Confirmed as a solitary Christian
Our high school diarist recalls his unceremonious ejection from his church just as he was ready for confirmation-excommunication without ritual. It shook his faith in the church, but not in God.
By Tully Satre
Satre is a junior at Notre Dame Academy, a private Catholic high school in Middleburg, Va., and the founder of the Virginia LGBT activist group Equality Fauquier-Culpeper. He writes regular journal entries for The Advocate. Excommunication may be the most violent word in the intricate vocabulary of Catholicism. Although the Catholic Church has specific doctrine for the process and analysis of excommunication, some petty diocesan priests have bestowed upon themselves the responsibility of performing the deed, something I have myself experienced.
McKinney and gays: This circle isn't unbroken
Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 06:31 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In political campaigns, victory is about coalitions holding together, however tentatively. Fractured alliances are often a prelude to defeat. For years, gays and lesbians in DeKalb County were an essential ingredient in Cynthia McKinney's formula for holding her 4th District congressional seat. No more, and it's gotten quite personal. Shortly after her 2002 loss to Denise Majette, McKinney locked on DeKalb County's same-sex community as one of the groups that had betrayed her.
Philly Scouts Refuse To Go Quietly
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
July 25, 2006 - 3:00 pm ET
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) The Boy Scouts of America say they have no intention of changing their policy barring gays or of leaving a city owned building despite an order to abide by Philadelphia's human rights ordinance or move. A spokesperson for the Scouts tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that the organization is prepared to go to court. "The scouts intend to stand up for their constitutional rights," Robert Bork Jr. told the Inquirer from the BSA's national headquarters in Texas.
Stars On Bill For AIDS Conference
by The Canadian Press
July 25, 2006 - 11:00 am ET
(Toronto, Ontario) Once a stage for big-name scientists to showcase their latest research, the International AIDS Conference is also attracting another kind of star power - actors, singers, politicians and business magnates who lend their status to raise awareness and funds for global causes. The 2006 installment of the biennial AIDS conference - to be held in Toronto next month - will kick off with an opening ceremony and concert featuring a who's who from the world of entertainment and HIV/AIDS activism.
July 26, 2006
Justices have announced that the Washington State supreme court expects to issue a long-awaited ruling on Wednesday in a case challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The Washington State supreme court expects to issue its long-awaited ruling in a case challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday, justices announced. The short notice, posted on the court's Web site Tuesday, gave no indication of how the court might rule. The 38 plaintiffs in the case-19 gay and lesbian couples seeking to marry-challenged the constitutionality of the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which limits marriage to heterosexual couples. In 2004, judges in King and Thurston counties overturned the law, citing the state constitution's "privileges and immunities" section. The cases were consolidated for supreme court review.
July 24, 2006
How can Israelis be antigay?
A nation born from the hatred and violence of the Holocaust ought to be the last place on earth where citizens offer a bounty for the murder of an entire class of people. But World Pride has provoked some Israelis to Nazi-like behavior.
By Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson, OSJB
Of all the countries in the world, Israel is the last one from which I would expect to find a headline such as "Bounty for Killing Gays at World Pride." Press reports coming out of Jerusalem indicate that flyers have arrived in the mailboxes of Israeli citizens offering what amounts to $4,500 to anyone who kills a gay person who comes to the Holy City for the World Pride celebration scheduled for August 6-12. The flyer reportedly refers to gays as "corrupt animals" who seek to defile as many Israeli children as possible. Did Dobson, Falwell, or Robertson write this Goebbels-like propaganda, by chance?
The New York Times
July 26, 2006
The Immutable President
By MAUREEN DOWD
It's too bad President Bush spurns evolution - both in his view of the universe and his view of himself. Scientists see more and more evidence that human evolution not only exists but is ongoing, as people adapt to changing circumstances with shifts in everything from skin color to the protein structure of sperm. But with W., it's more a matter of survival of the stubbornist.If you turn on TV, you see missiles flying, bodies lying, nuclear missiles unleashed and a slaughterhouse in Iraq. But don't despair, because yesterday President Bush announced the establishment of "a joint committee to achieve Iraqi self-reliance." He called it a "new partnership," as if it were some small business.Isn't it a little late, in July 2006, to be launching a new partnership for such an old mess?
As a resource for travelers around the world, Karl Lemmen and Peter Wiessner of the German AIDS Federation and David Haerry have put together Quick Reference: Travel and Residence Regulations for People with HIV and AIDS
2005, which is now available online through ILGA.
The regulations and restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS can be drasticallydifferent from country to country, and the guide is being updated as quicklyas possible to reflect these changes. The project, sponsored by DeutscheAIDS-Hilfe and put online by Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe and AIDS Info Docu Schweizof Switzerland, offers the information that was available at the time that this resource was produced, and a new version of the survey is tentativelyslated for publication after the summer of 2007.
To view the survey materials, please visit