Saturday, September 23, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - September 23, 2006


The New York Times

September 23, 2006

Newark Episcopal Diocese to Pick Bishop
Filed at 4:39 a.m. ET

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The Episcopal Diocese of Newark was voting for a new bishop Saturday, with an openly gay priest among the six candidates.

The election in the historically liberal diocese comes at a time when divisions over the Bible and sexuality are threatening the denomination and the worldwide Anglican family.

A win by Canon Michael Barlowe, 51, would put the diocese at the center of a
crisis over whether Anglicans who disagree about ordaining gays can stay in the same fellowship.

The election will determine the replacement for Bishop John Palmer Croneberger, who is resigning to spend more time with his ill wife, said the Rev. Sandye Wilson, a spokeswoman for the diocese. The winner will become the diocese's 10th bishop. The bishop will be chosen Saturday by 339 lay people and nearly 200 clergy from the diocese, which serves about 35,000 people in seven northern New Jersey counties.

He or she must then be approved nationally by diocesan standing committees, which are panels of local lay people and clergy similar to a board of directors, and a majority of the more than 100 Episcopal bishops who lead U.S. dioceses.


Gays Barred From UN Sponsored Zimbabwe Human Rights Meeting
by Newscenter Staff
September 22, 2006 - 3:00 pm ET

(Harare) The Zimbabwean government has banned gays and lesbians fromparticipating in a United Nations sponsored meeting between the governmentand human rights groups.

The 3-day meeting taking place in Kariba was organized following UN concernsabout human rights abuses in the African nation.The meetings are expected to lay the groundwork for an independent HumanRights Commission in Zimbabwe.

NANGOs - the National Association of Non Governmental Organizations - anumbrella group which represents minorityorganizations in Zimbabwe and a key component of any human rights commissionsays it was told by the government of PresidentRobert Mugabe that the Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe could notattend.


Trio Change Pleas In San Diego Gay Pride Attacks
by Newscenter Staff
September 23, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(San Diego, California) Three men accused of brutal attacks on men leavingSan Diego's gay pride festival last July changed their pleas to guilty Friday after two days of damning testimony.

James Carroll, Lyonn Tatum, and Kenneth Lincoln will be sentenced on Monday.

Six men were attacked as they left Balboa Park where San Diego's gay pridewas being held on July 29. The victims were tauntedwith homophobic remarks then beaten.

At least two of the victims were struck by a baseball bat. One victim,Oscar Foster, is expected to be released from hospital next week followingreconstructive surgery on his face. He was struck nearly a dozen times withan aluminum bat.


AIDS activists urge more funds for treatment

By Bob LaMendola
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Health Writer

September 23, 2006

Minority AIDS activists meeting in Hollywood praised federal healthofficials Friday for urging routine HIV tests for everyone ages 13 to 64 butsaid the government failed to back up the move with more money forprevention and treatment.

"Testing without treatment is amoral," Phill Wilson, executive director ofthe Black AIDS Institute, told an audience at the United States Conferenceon AIDS, taking place through Monday in Hollywood.

"What good does it do to tell people they have HIV if we can't treat them?"Wilson said. "If we don't spend the money to prevent them from getting HIV,when they test positive, we have failed them."

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Thursdaythat HIV tests be made a routine part of medical checkups that would be doneunless the person explicitly refused it.


The New York Times

September 23, 2006
The Saturday Profile

Berlin Mayor, Symbol of Openness, Has National Appeal

FRESH from his never-in-doubt re-election as Berlin's mayor, Klaus Wowereit was soaking up the vibe at Popkomm, a music-industry trade show where the conventioneers favor fishnet stockings and motorcycle boots. In short: a typical Berlin scene.

It is Mr. Wowereit's kind of scene, too, though the sunny, 52-year-old mayor was trying hard to look statesmanlike as he toured the floor with a scrum of television cameras. Famous for once being photographed at a party sipping Champagne from an actress's red pump, Mr. Wowereit politely declined the bubbly offered by the organizers, drinking water instead.

Only when he spied a bank of headphones did the mayor break into a grin. Strapping on a pair, he bobbed his head to a new release by the American hip-hopper Lupe Fiasco. Later, Mr. Wowereit, whose nickname is Wowi, confided that his favorite pop singer was Madonna.


Commonwealth For The Common Good

by Libby Post

Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are headquartered there. State legislatorsconsidered creating anti-gay marriage license plates there.The state's attorney general has declared that the governor doesn't have theauthority to include sexual orientation in an executive order protectingstate employees there.

Where is there? The state of Virginia--where a battle royale is shaping upover the upcoming vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution toban same-sex marriage.

I had previously written that passing that ban was a slam dunk witheverything over but the shouting. Now, I'm not so sure.

The coalition of groups fighting the amendment which would not only bansame-sex marriage but also civil union and quite possiblyany type of domestic partner benefits are raising more money to supporttheir effort than the anti folks at a rate of two to one according toVirginia State Board of Elections filings.


From Wayne Besen


In Letter, National Black Justice Coalition Urges Dr. Joseph Nicolosi To Apologize For His Organization's Divisive Article

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Truth Wins Out called on Focus on the Family today tocancel a Saturday keynote speaking appearance by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, theExecutive Director of The National Association for Research and Therapy ofHomosexuality (NARTH), after a column was discovered on the group's websitethat appeared to justify slavery.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) also wrote a letter to Dr.Nicolosi this afternoon, calling on his organization to apologize forposting the article. NBJC is a national civil rights organization of blacklesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people that fosters equality byfighting racism and homophobia.

"In the name of propriety, respect, common decency and professionalintegrity, the National Black Justice Coalition strongly urges NARTH toissue a public apology on the front page of its website for publishing suchan outrageous and offensive article," wrote H. Alexander RobinsonCEO/Executive Director in the group's letter. "We also hope that youreevaluate your relationship with Dr. Schoenewolf whose peculiar views haveno place in civilized discourse."


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Daily Queer News

S. Korea picks gay film for Oscar contention

Thursday, September 21, 2006 / 11:04 AM

SUMMARY: "King and the Clown," about a male clown caught between the love of a despotic ruler and a fellow performer, is the country's No. 2 all-time hit.

South Korea has selected a gay-themed movie that became an unexpected domestic box-office hit to put forward as its candidate for best foreign film at the U.S. Academy Awards, the country's state-run film agency said Thursday in Seoul.

"King and the Clown," a tale by director Lee Jun-ik about a male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and the love of a fellow performer, is the No. 2 film in all-time ticket sales in South Korea. It only lost the top spot this month to "The Host," a thriller about a family's fight against a mutant monster.

The Korean Film Council said it reviewed the two films and another, "Time," by internationally renowned director Kim Ki-duk, and decided to pick "King and the Clown" because it was believed to have a better chance of winning an Oscar nomination. Nominated films are scheduled to be announced in January, the council said. A Korean film has never been nominated for an Academy Award.(AP)


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

ExxonMobil: NOT a gay-friendly workplace

Posted Sep 20th 2006 12:25PM by Michael Fowlkes

Filed under: Other issues, Bad news, Management, Apple Computer (AAPL), Dell (DELL), Time Warner (TWX), Ford Motor (F), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Employees

ExxonMobil, says the Human Rights Campaign, is a big zero. A new report out from HRC, the nation's largest lesbian and gay political organization, scores American companies on how well they are reaching out to their gay and lesbian workforce, and ExxonMobil finds itself at the bottom of the list.

According to the report from HRC, companies are scored in handful of areas. For a company to receive a perfect score they must demonstrate that they have policies in place for banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, they must provide partner benefits, offer diversity training, and advertise to the gay community. Several companies that we follow closely on BloggingStocks scored perfect 100's in the report. They include Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL). Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) came in with an 85 score.

As For ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)... well, the picture isn't so pretty. Exxon managed to be one of only three companies in the report that came in with a score of zero. Why the poor score? The company did not even offer minimal benefits or workplace protection for gay employees.


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

America's pro-homosexual giants: 2006
List of companies scoring perfect 100 percent from 'gay'-rights group

Posted: September 20, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2006

Below is the list of companies scoring a perfect 100 percent on the HumanRights Campaign's 2006 Corporate Equality Index, with policies beneficialtoward homosexuals:

Adobe Systems
Agere Systems
Agilent Technologies
Allianz Life Insurance
Alston & Bird
American Express
AMR Corp. (American Airlines)
Apple Computer
Arnold & Porter
Bain & Company
Bank of America
Bausch & Lomb
Bell South
Best Buy
BP America
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Bristol-Myers Squibb
California State Automobile Association
Capital One Financial



Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

You've got hate mail

Gays should empathize with other minority groups. Instead, I received death threats after writing about my Palestinian father.

Sep. 22, 2006

THE ONLY GOOD ARAB is a dead Arab."

I knew I was going to get this e-mail, or something similar, long before I opened it casually one recent afternoon at work as I was sorting through my regular deluge of electronic correspondence.

It was hardly the only such letter I received in response to an editorial I wrote several weeks ago detailing my two-decades-long struggle with my Palestinian father over my sexual orientation.

Despite my very difficult history with my father, Sabir - who I haven't seen in 17 years - I still worry about him becoming a casualty of war, as he currently lives in the West Bank, part of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories.


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

Gay Italians defy Vatican power
By Charis Dunn-Chan

Muslim fury at Pope Benedict XVI over his comments on Islam has overshadowed another sensitive issue involving the Vatican - the question of gay rights in Italy.

Gay marriage is already legal in several European countries, including traditionally Catholic Spain.

But the Pope has said gay marriage would "obscure the value and function of the legitimate family".

Italian rights activists say the Vatican - a state within a state - has used its power to block reforms it deems to be contrary to Catholic teaching.

They point to the Vatican's influence on a referendum on fertility last year. The call to ease Italy's strict fertility laws failed after the Church had urged voters to boycott it.

Vatican opposition

The Vatican is hostile to moves to give gay people civil marriage rights.


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

Washington Blade

Mich. politician criticized over ties to Ford boycott Automaker is one of state's largest employers
Sep. 22, 2006

A conservative foundation for which the wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard DeVos of Michigan serves as vice president gave money to an anti-gay group that has organized a boycott of the Ford Motor Company.

News of the DeVos family's ties to a foundation that contributed funds to the American Family Association, which called on consumers to boycott Ford because of Ford's support for gay rights causes, surfaced at a time when DeVos has pledged to reverse Michigan's high rate of unemployment.

"If DeVos claims he wants to bring jobs to Michigan, why is his family trying to put one of Michigan's largest companies out of business?" asked Sean Kosofsky, director of policy for the Triangle Foundation, Michigan's largest gay rights group. The AFA announced its call for a Ford boycott on May 31, 2005, saying it was aimed at forcing Ford to end its advertising in gay publications, its gay-supportive workplace policies, and its sponsorship of Gay Pride festivals.


Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News

Historic Resolution for LGBT Rights Adopted Overwhelmingly at National Meeting of Latino/a Organizations

(Washington, D.C.) - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has applauded the National Latino Congreso for the passage of a historic resolution calling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights equality and civil rights protections. The resolution was adopted at the Latino/a community gathering earlier this month in Los Angeles, CA. The Task Force also praises the work of the many Latino/a LGBT activists and allies who promoted this resolution, including Bienestar, Equality California, Lambda Legal and the Latino Coalition for Justice-Los Angeles.

"The passage of this historic resolution brings new meaning to the concept of 'familia' for the Latino community," said Matt Foreman, the Task Force's executive director. "The acknowledgment behind this resolution is that no one should be left behind and that when the Latino community speaks about 'familia,' it is talking about embracing everyone, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos. We are deeply grateful to the activists and organizations that made possible this resolution and we honor the courage of the Latino Congreso in putting out such a powerful statement to the Latino community."

"True equality, full justice and our community's well-being can only be achieved through a unified front," said Oscar De La O, president and CEO of Bienestar. "As an organization that advocates for Latinos, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos, we are pleased to see that the broader Latino community is placing the well-being of all Latinos on the agenda."


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Daily Show examination of Massachusetts, 1 year after passing the gaymarriage bill.