End of the Ed Murray era

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Article writer Euripides should have written the story. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced he was dropping his re-election campaign on May 9. Only 40 days before, he looked like he or she was cruising to an easy victory and would go down in history not just as Seattle’s first out Gay mayor but the first successful gran in 20 years. On April six, however , it all changed. That was the afternoon that lawyer Lincoln Beauregard filed a lawsuit charging that Murray taken care of sex with his client, Delvonn Heckard, when Heckard was only 15. The Seattle Times then ran a story charging that two some other men also claimed to have experienced sex with Murray when they had been underage. By the time Murray dropped out from the race, still another accuser entered the particular picture. Murray denied the fees, and his backers stuck with him – not a single endorser withdrew their particular support – and when he finally announced he was dropping from

Welsh Bis get Festive in Swansea

It’ s BiFest in Swansea this Saturday! The annual large bi day (and night) out is at the YMCA. The timetable and workshop details for BiFest Wales 2017 have now been confirmed ahead of the weekend and are as follows: Time Workshop Room 1 Workshop Room 2 12: 30 – 1: 15pm All about bisexuality 1: fifteen – 2pm BREAK (refreshments plus socialising in […]

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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

The particular Bisexual Diary: 1-7 May 2017

Welcome to May! When the excited motorway tailbacks of a Financial institution Holiday Monday weekend are behind us there’ s a smattering of bi meets around the country to look forward to. Get your journal out! On Tuesday 2nd there are two talky-space type meetings within community centres. It’s Manchester BiPhoria at the LGBT Foundation on Richmond Street at 7. 30pm. Their web […]

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Rock and roll The Bi Vote

With a General Election a little more than a month away, are you registered in order to vote? You need to get on the electoral roll by 22 May to get your say come polling day. The political makeup UK govt will have even more influence on LGBT equality with Brexit, as so many of the reforms we have seen in the past […]

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Downright calls on Exxon, BP, plus Shell to stand up for persecuted Gay men in Chechnya

OutRight Activity International is calling on British Oil, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to take a stand contrary to the kidnapping, detention, torture, and murder of Gay men in Chechnya. All three companies have substantial investment and partnerships with state-owned oil and gas companies in Russia, with ventures worth hundreds of billions of bucks. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, urges the oil companies to take a endure and said, ‘This is one of the worst homophobic campaigns the world has actually seen. If Russia will not listen to other governments or even the United Nations, it is time to see if we can get money to talk in a language that they will listen to. The arrests and torture of perceived Gay men has to end and the ones involved must be held to account. ‘ Over the past two weeks hundreds of Gay men or those perceived to become Gay have been systematically rounded up by Chechen authorities and positioned

Suddenly it’s a race: Mike McGinn and Cary Moon challenge Ed Murray for mayor

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer A month ago, it looked like Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was strolling toward re-election in November. Now, in the wake of allegations that Murray paid for sex with a teenage boy 30 years ago, it looks like a race. On April 18 Murray’s 2013 opponent, Mike McGinn, jumped into the race. The next day, Cary Moon – urban planner, business heir, and anti-tunnel activist – declared her candidacy. In a front yard press conference announcing his run, McGinn all but admitted that he entered the race hoping to take advantage of the allegations against Murray. ‘Any candidate looks at the lay of the land,’ McGinn said. ‘I’m really trying to avoid talking about the mayor’s legal troubles. Of course I looked at the lay of the land.’ McGinn was mayor for one term before being defeated by Murray in 2013. ‘I think I can do a better job than Ed,’ he claimed, citing rising hous

Rainbow Railroad asks Canada for emergency visas to evacuate Chechen Gays

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian human rights group, has asked the Canadian government to issue emergency visas to Chechen Gays so they can flee their country. More than 100 Gay men have reportedly been arrested and tortured by Chechen police in the past month, and the government of Chechnya is said to have at least two secret prisons dedicated to holding and torturing Gay prisoners. Rainbow Railroad was founded in 2006 with the mission of helping LGBT people escape dangerous areas through an international network of safe travel routes. ‘Since we first received initial reports of gay concentration camps being established in Chechnya, Rainbow Railroad immediately reclassified Eastern Europe as a priority region,’ Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell explained. ‘This means we’re expanding our on-the-ground contacts as well as increasing our capacity to identi

Murray accuser reveals his identity, many unanswered questions remain

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The plaintiff in a sex abuse lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray – identified only as DH in the original court documents – revealed his identity in an April 18 court filing, but many unanswered questions remain in the case. The man is Delvonn Heckard, and he said in a letter released by his attorneys that he ‘expects’ Murray to remember him as ‘Delvonn’ but ‘doubts Mr. Murray ever knew his last name.’ According to allegations in his lawsuit, Heckard met Murray when he was 15 years old and had sex with him repeatedly over a period of years in return for money. In a statement issued shortly after Heckard revealed his name, Murray emphatically denied knowing him. ‘I can state categorically that I have never had a sexual relationship with this individual, Delvonn Heckard, of any kind or at any time,’ Murray says in the statement. ‘I have never paid fo

Ed Murray to Seattle: I ask for your supportand Seattle Times in order to Murray: Drop out!

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Seattle Mayor Ed Murray reaffirmed his intention to seek re-election and asked voters for his or her support in a statement issued Apr 12. The same day, the conventional Seattle Times newspaper called for Murray to drop his re-election bid. Admitting that the charges of child misuse made against him in a suit filed April 6 were ‘very painful to me and Michael, ‘ Murray’s statement went on to say the accusations were ‘simply not true. ‘ ‘Without offering any evidence, ‘ Murray continued, ‘the accuser offers described me in very specific and intimate detail, and his accusation depends on these descriptions being accurate. If this description is inaccurate, the particular accusation cannot be credible. Yesterday, I provided material evidence refuting the particular accusation. The accusation should be put to rest. ‘ In the legal action, the plaintiff, identified only because DH, alleges that he had repeated

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Is ANY sexual desire a “choice”?

Sexual orientation has a strong physiological component. It appears to be influenced by both genetic and hormonal factors.

• The trait is similar to being left or right-handed; the genetic influence on
both traits is estimated at less than 50%; and both seem to be established at an early age or before birth.

• A same-sex orientation is held by approximately 3-5% of the world’s population. There are twice as many homosexual males as females.

• Sexual orientation is a complex trait which appears to have multiple
mechanisms acting upon it. It is unlikely that there is a single cause,
although it is quite clear that the primary roots of the trait lie in biology.

• Gay men and lesbians are more likely than straight men and women to be left-handed. Since hand preference can be observed in the womb, this suggests a prenatal influence.

• Gay men’s object location memory skills exceed that of straight men. Gay men’s skill level in this involuntary indicator of brain organization between the sexes approaches that of straight women.

• Both lesbians and gay men outperform heterosexual men and women in verbal fluency from early childhood.

How can you explain it?

Which sexual orientations are “ok”?

"All of this logic goes for the sexual paraphilias, too, which are primary patterns of arousal that lie outside the norm. The paraphilias, of course, are less tolerated as a whole than simply being gay, straight, or bi, and we argue over which groups get to use the term sexual orientation, but I see no rational reason not to regard the paraphilias as their own distinct sexual orientations."

"“I don’t ‘hate’ gay people,” they say. “I just disagree with them, that’s all.” By “disagreeing,” either you’re willfully ignoring the obvious fact that sexual orientation is not a choice (which indeed makes you a bigot), or you’re simply unable to grasp the obvious fact that sexual orientation is not a choice (which makes you stupid)."

Great comments from Jesse Bering