Man and his Trans wife sue Amazon for discrimination, harassment

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer A Kentucky man and his Transgender wife sued Amazon on August 9, charging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during the year they spent working at Amazon’s warehouse in northern Kentucky. Dane Lane and his wife, Allegra Schawe-Lane went to work for Amazon in October 2014, and quit a year later because they found their working conditions ‘intolerable’ their lawsuit says. A lawyer working with the couple said the case is notable because Amazon, one of the nation’s largest corporations, has been publicly supportive of LGBT rights. In fact, Schawe-Lane said, she wanted a job with Amazon in part because of the company’s reputation as LGBT-friendly. ‘I thought we would be safe and accepted,’ Schawe-Lane said in a telephone interview with Fox News. ‘Instead it was like a bad dream. Every day, I’d wish it was ‘Candid Camera’ and someone would pop out a

50 Years: The BBC Monologues

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act the BBC are broadcasting a series of eight monologues, informing the stories of fictional heroes all set in the same pub. They range across time from before the 1967 Act to the modern day, with actors including Alan Cumming, Gemma Whelan, Rebecca Front and Russell Tovey. The tales range from […]

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Anti-Transgender losers lose again I-1552 fails to qualify for November ballot

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Once again, the campaign to deny basic rights for Transgender people has failed. The Washington Secretary of State’s office announced on July 7 that the I-1552 campaign cancelled its 3pm appointment to turn in the petitions that would have put the measure on the November ballot. July 7 was the last day to submit petitions to put the measure before voters. I-1552 would have repealed 10-year-old legal protections for Transgender people and denied them the right to use gender-appropriate restroom facilities. HRC said the initiative’s failure was ‘a victory for equality and validation for Washington’s non-discrimination laws that ensure fair and equal treatment for LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public accommodations.’ According to the initiative’s backers, they fell 20,000 signatures short of the number required to qualify for the ballot, in spite of spending m

Your own Bi Diary 10-16 July

It’s a new bisexual week in our calendar of bi events – and it’ s a active week. Tuesday night in London Bisexual Underground meet at The Blue Content, 81 Newman Street, London. It’s a pub meetup and; get more information here. Also that night it’s Brum Bi Group, a community-centre space group at the LGBT Centre, 38 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. […]

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What will happen if and when anti-Trans groups submit I-1552 petitions?

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer By the time you read this, we’ll know whether I-1552 petitions have been submitted to the Secretary of State’s office. Just Want Privacy – the inaptly named group that’s backing the initiative to take restroom access away from Transgender people – has an appointment with the Secretary of State for 3pm on Friday, July 7. If they don’t show up, they’re done. No initiative goes on the ballot in November and Transgender people can continue using gender-appropriate restroom facilities. If they do show, however, things have only just gotten started. We may not know for a long time whether I-1552 will be on the November ballot. First, the Secretary of State will decide if there are enough valid signatures – 259,622 – for the initiative to qualify for the ballot. Of course, the state won’t examine each and every signature. ‘We’ll take a random sample,’ the Se

SGN exclusive interview: Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer According to Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda, Seattle is a tale of two cities. ‘On the surface, this city has a progressive reputation,’ she says. ‘Other cities look to us to see what can be done – from our $15 minimum wage law, to paid sick days, to secure scheduling. Arguably, Seattle is leading the resistance to the Trump administration. ‘People from all over the country want to move here. Our economy is booming. ‘But one layer below all that, you see the inequities. People of color, immigrants, the LGBT community – all of them experience negative outcomes. There’s where you find the greatest level of income inequality. There’s displacement of communities due to gentrification. I’ve talked to seniors who have to pay more in property taxes than they do for their mortgage. ‘There’s so much prosperity but so little shared prosperity!’ Mosqu

fifth Annual Pride Flag Raising event at Seattle City Hallheld June 1

Dear buddies, Each year we proudly raise and display the Pride flag outdoors City Hall to demonstrate Seattle’s dedication to inclusion and to honor the LGBTQ residents and visitors. This particular month-long display signals to all they are welcome in our city and that they will be accepted for who they are. Thank you for suggesting, educating and supporting the growth and strength of the LGBTQ Community of Seattle Sincerely, Edward B. Murray
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Mayor Ed Murray and Generations Aging with Pride host ‘Aging the LGBTQ Way’ June 3

LGBTQ community members are invited to participate in ‘Aging the LGBTQ Way’ on Saturday, June 3, at Seattle City Hall. The forum starts at 10am (arrive at 9:30am to visit the resource fair). Hear Mayor Ed Murray and community leaders. Learn what the Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study can tell us about Seattle. Consider the intersections between sexuality, gender, race, and social justice. Help inform #agefriendlySeattle with your own views about LGBTQ equity, respect, and inclusion; economic and housing security; social and civic engagement; and aging, health, and community services. Lunch and afternoon appetizers are included at no cost. Pre-register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGBTQforum060317. For more info, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov or visit Age Friendly Seattle on Facebook and Twitter. Tweet: Aging the LGBTQ Way forum 6/3 Seattle City Hall #agefriendlySeattle @agefriendlySEA RSVP http://bit.ly/2qsdYPG On Faceb

No visas for Chechen refugees Let ’em die, State Department says

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The US State Department has refused to issue visas to Gay Chechens fleeing persecution in their country, according to Russian LGBT activists. The Russian-based organization LGBT Network says about 40 Chechens have escaped the wave of kidnapping, tortures, and murders that swept up more than 100 of their Gay countrymen and are now in hiding in other parts of Russia. They are unable to get the visas that would allow them to leave the country, LGBT Network spokesperson Svetlana Zakharova told BuzzFeed News. In fact, just two Chechens have managed to secure visas and travel to safe countries since the Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported the campaign against Gay Chechens in April. A ‘handful’ have escaped Russia without visas, Zakharova said. Both the US and the European Union (EU) have expressed diplomatic concern over the anti-Gay persecutions an

FESTIVAL OF RESISTANCE Thousands march on May Day while churches promise sanctuary for immigrants and City Council Trump-proofs Seattle

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Thousands of people marched from Judkins Park to Seattle Center on May 1, while church leaders met at St. Mark’s Cathedral to relaunch the Sanctuary Movement. And at City Hall, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass a city income tax by July 10. Union workers and immigrants joined in a long march – larger than in recent years – through central Seattle. Along the way, marchers paused at some sites to support ongoing struggles. At 12th and Alder, for example, the march stopped to offer solidarity to a ‘pop-up block party’ protesting plans for a new youth detention center. The column then proceeded to Seattle University, where the school administration is stalling a union contract for adjunct professors. Downtown, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and UNITE HERE (hotel and restaurant employees) lined the march route next to the new Amazon Doppler b