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Satisfaction London’s advisory board proposes revival

Pride in London’ s Independent Community Advisory Board (CAB) today releases its annual report on the 2017 Satisfaction in London events, which also consists of its thoughts on the future of the capital’ s LGBT+ Pride. Suggestions incorporate a rotating ‘ theme’ for the march with a bi block leading the march some years. Outlining the particular report they note that the CAB’ t membership is drawn from […]

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Transgender service members sue Trump

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Five Transgender service members filed suit against Donald Trump and other federal officials on August 9. The five are collectively identified as ‘Jane Doe’ in the 15-page complaint filed on their behalf by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders). The lawsuit – now known as Doe v. Trump – charges that Trump’s tweets barring Trans people from military service ‘upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight.’ This undermining of Trans service members’ expectation of continued military service amounts to a violation of the right to equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, the lawsuit says. The plaintiffs have also been injured by Trump’s new policy barring them from military service, their attor

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

The particular Bi Week: 8-13 August 2017

It’s a new bisexual week within our calendar of bi events – and it’s a busy 7 days. Tuesday night in London Bisexual Subterranean meet at The Blue Posts, seventy eight Newman Street, London. It’s the pub meetup and; find out more 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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Primary election roundup: Seattle will have a woman mayor

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer For the first time since 1928, Seattle will have a woman Mayor in January 2018. Four women topped the ballot in the race to succeed Ed Murray as Mayor of Seattle. Leading the pack, and almost certain to make it onto the November ballot is former US Attorney and out Lesbian Jenny Durkan, with almost a third of the votes in a 21-candidate field. Urban planner Cary Moon is currently leading Queer lawyer, activist, and artist Nikkita Oliver, but by less than 3,000 votes. One of the two will faceoff against Durkan in November. Former State Representative Jessyn Farrell is in fourth place, another 3,000 votes behind Oliver. Bob Hasegawa, in fifth place – 5,000 votes behind Farrell – is the highest male vote-getter in the race. Durkan is backed by outgoing Mayor Ed Murray and Murray’s Chamber of Commerce allies. Until this spring, Murray was the odds-on favorite to win reel

Trump tweets sow confusion, fear among Trans service members ACLU says ‘Get in touch with us’

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In a series of three early morning tweets on July 26, Donald Trump managed to throw the Pentagon into disarray and sow fear and confusion among Transgender people serving in the US military. ‘After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… ‘Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming… ‘Victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,’ the tweets read in sequence. Trump’s tweets apparently reverse the standing policy of the Defense Department, inaugurated last year by Pres. Obama’s Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, that Trans people may serve openly in the US military and are entitled to transition services as part o

LGBT Americans have no rights under federal law, DOJ says DOJ brief contradicts EEOC ruling

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer LGBT Americans are not protected by federal civil rights law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a brief filed July 26. DOJ intervened in a lawsuit brought by a Gay skydiving instructor, Donald Zarda, who charged that his employer fired him because of his sexual orientation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1967. The suit is now being heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the federal agency charged with enforcing civil rights laws in the workplace – agreed with Zarda that Title VII’s ban on discrimination based on sex also covered sexual orientation. The EEOC has maintained that Title VII bans discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2014, saying it is based on sex stereotyping, and therefore discrimination on the basis of sex. The agency ruled in 2012 that Title VII bars d

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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I won’t go, Ed Murray says Old documents spark new calls for resignation

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Embattled Seattle Mayor Ed Murray insisted he would not step down after the Seattle Times released documents showing that Oregon child protective officials believed that he had molested his foster son in the early 1980s. The documents – once thought to have been destroyed – resurfaced in the Times on July 16, and reignited the controversy around Murray’s sexual conduct. Murray was the defendant in a lawsuit filed three months ago charging that he’d had sex with a then-underage 15-year-old boy in the late 1980s. Other accusations of sexual abuse of teenage boys followed. The newly revealed documents come from one of those cases, complaints made by Murray’s one-time foster son Jeff Simpson. Murray’s long political career came to an abrupt end in May when he dropped out of the race for reelection. In June his accuser, Delvonn Heckard, dropped his lawsuit against Murray the day before H

Your Bi Week 17-23 July 2017

It’s a new bisexual week in our calendar of bi events – and there’s lots upon around the country. Things get started on Wednesday when from 7. 45pm it is Swansea Bi Group at Mozarts, Walter Road. Which is in Swansea, obviously. Also that night it’s the particular monthly bi pub meet designed for Manchester BiPhoria. 8pm at the Waterhouse on Princess Street; they […]

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