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BiCon: place and date known, just add bisexuals

The BiCon 2018 team have confirmed Salford as the host city of next summer’s big bi bash. The dates have moved forward two weeks though, to kick off on the 2nd August rather than the 16th. Two months ago at the closing plenary of BiCon 2017 it was noted that Salford had been in contention alongside other cities near the […]

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Governor Jay Inslee enthusiastically endorses Jenny Durkan

New web ad: ‘Very Jenny’ highlights her bold proposals including Seattle Promise and Micro-Housing Praising her progressive record and ability to get things done, Governor Jay Inslee announced his endorsement for former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan in the Seattle mayor’s race. In a new web ad, Governor Inslee highlights Durkan’s plans to build more micro-housing, create more affordable housing for thousands of families, and her Seattle Promise plan to provide free college tuition, which has been hailed as ‘bold’ and ‘progressive.’ Durkan has previously launched two web ads including ‘More Housing Now’ [] and ‘Seattle Promise’ [] WATCH: ‘Very Jenny’ [] Transcript of ‘Very Jenny’ Governor Jay Inslee: Hi – I’m J

DOJ rescinds Transgender employment protections

Ends Obama-era Title VII rights by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has reversed Obama-era protections for Transgender workers in a new memo. The two-page October 4 memo says that the prohibition against sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies only to biological sex and not to gender identity. ‘Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in the memo. ‘This is a conclusion of law, not policy.’ Sessions’ memo reverses the Obama administration’s position that Title VII protection ‘encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status.’ Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, established that rule in a 2014 memo. Current DOJ

Another Bi Boost

The latest statistics from ONS once again show more people identifying as bisexual – and again it’s a generational shift with younger people less likely to identify as straight. Emily Knipe, of the Population Statistics Division at the Office for National Statistics, says of the new figures: “In 2016, around 2% of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or […]

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Why Jenny Durkan is right for Seattle

by Charlene Strong – Special to the SGN Finding the sweet spot in the manifold definitions of ‘Progressive’ in Seattle politics can at best be elusive and at worst the ignition source to endless divisive wrangling. It’s almost as if we are falling all over ourselves to see who can out ‘progress’ the others’ Progressive scruples. Arguments and perceptions are a deafening racket that is difficult to ignore, much less decipher in this city. The scrutiny and judgment that goes into the endorsement of willing candidates is not for the weak of heart. During my run for office I observed the efforts of many who offered themselves up to be the next civic leader for our city. In that time, I witnessed up close the candidates for Mayor. When I heard that Jenny Durkan was going to run for the office I was elated and encouraged. Our sitting Mayor, struggling with personal histories that were proving formidable, caused needless distraction and questions about c

Seattle/King County Clinic on October 26-29

People who struggle to access and/or afford dental, medical and eye care services may receive them free of charge at the largest free health clinic ever organized in the State of Washington, Seattle/King County Clinic, Oct. 26 – 29, in KeyArena at Seattle Center. Organizers of this extraordinary undertaking expect to help 4,000 people over the four-day period this year. Now in its fourth year, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together over 100 healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofit entities, private businesses and thousands of volunteers to help underserved and vulnerable populations. Over the past three years, the Clinic has cared for 11,900 patients and provided over $10 million in services. Statistics show patients come to the Clinic from 262 unique zip codes and speak 37 primary languages. Many who seek service

Overall September: the bi week forward

It’s a new bisexual 7 days in our calendar of bi occasions – and following Bi Presence Day this Saturday. On Mon it’ s Manchester‘ s Bi Visibility Quiz night, and there’ s a filming session for the #StillBisexual project too. Both are in the LGBT Foundation building on Richmond Street, organised by BiPhoria: filming at 630pm, quiz through 730pm. In London on Monday […]

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SPD hate crime unit reviewing Transgender attack at Rancho Bravo

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Police say a Transgender woman was beaten and bloodied inside the Rancho Bravo Capitol Hill restaurant over the weekend. The late night attack is being reviewed by the city’s hate crime officials. Officers found the victim with blood on her face and chest, and a cut above her eye after the attack inside Rancho Bravo, according to the Seattle Police report. A close friend, Chris Ferrentino, was with the victim at the time of the assault. Ferrentino said the night started as celebratory, but it turned into one of the worst of his life shortly after he and his friend arrived at the restaurant. “It was my birthday last week, so she wanted to take me out,” he told KOMO News. They ordered some food and sat down, he said. The victim told police she was beaten after a verbal exchange with the suspects who were recording her and her f

Ed out, Bruce Harrell inandat least temporarily

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned September 12 in the wake of the fifth accusation of sexual abuse of a minor, this time leveled by his cousin, Joseph Dyer, who said Murray forced him to have oral sex when Dyer was 13 and Murray was in his twenties. Murray’s office announced he would resign three hours after the Seattle Times broke Dyer’s story. Murray was once thought to be a shoe-in for re-election, but his campaign began to unravel in April, when the Times published a story accusing the mayor of having molested three boys in the 1980s, one of whom was suing him. A fourth accuser came forward in May, and Dyer surfaced only days ago. On September 13, City Council President Bruce Harrell was sworn in as mayor, in accordance with the city charter. Harrell was accompanied by several of his City Council colleagues, City Attorney Pete Holmes, and other officials at his inau

The Queer Film Fest with the N in?

SQIFF (Scottish Andersrum (umgangssprachlich) International Film Festival) is in complete flow this month and unlike many ‘ queer’ film programs, this one hasn’ t forgotten the particular “ B”. The /bisexual section of their programme includes several tests around Scotland of “ Don’ t Look At Me That Way” the Edinburgh date of which (23rd) is followed by a discussion to enjoy Bi Visibility Day on bi […]

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