Saturday, September 30, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - September 30, 2006


AIDS Bill Backers Maneuver To Force Senate Vote
by The Associated Press
September 30, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Washington) Supporters of a bill to shift AIDS money from urban to ruralareas failed Friday to overcome objections from senators in New York and NewJersey but maneuvered to force a vote when Congress returns after theNovember elections.

That left the fate of the $2.1 billion Ryan White CARE Act uncertain.

The House passed legislation renewing the law 325-98 Thursday night. (story)

On Friday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., dropped her opposition aftergetting assurances about California's funding.

New York and New Jersey stand to lose more than $70 million each under therevisions to the Ryan White law, the largest federal program specificallyfor people with HIV/AIDS. Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and HillaryRodham Clinton of New York and Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey remained opposed.


The Miami Herald

Friday, September 29, 2006
From ABC News: 2003 Internet exchange between Congressman Foley [Maf54] and a former
congressional page, according to the young man.

Maf54 (7:25:14 PM): hey

Auto response from Xxxxxxxxx (7:25:14 PM): scrounging for food...brb

Maf54 (7:25:25 PM): ok
Maf54 (7:25:35 PM): kep scrounging
Xxxxxxxxx (7:31:51 PM): boo
Maf54 (7:32:13 PM): bo dude
Xxxxxxxxx (7:32:17 PM): lol
Xxxxxxxxx (7:32:26 PM): whered ya go this afternoon
Maf54 (7:33:39 PM): i am in pensecola...had to catch a plane
Xxxxxxxxx (7:33:47 PM): oh well thats fun
Maf54 (7:34:04 PM): indeed
Xxxxxxxxx (7:34:14 PM): what are you doing in pensecola
Maf54 (7:34:21 PM): now in my hotel room
Xxxxxxxxx (7:34:39 PM): well why did you go there
Maf54 (7:35:02 PM): for the campaign
Xxxxxxxxx (7:35:29 PM): have you officialy announced yt
Maf54 (7:35:45 PM): not yet
Xxxxxxxxx (7:36:06 PM): cool cool...
Maf54 (7:37:27 PM): how my favorite young stud doing
Xxxxxxxxx (7:37:46 PM): tired and sore



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The New York Times

September 30, 2006

Disgraced, Rep. Foley Exits in a Hurry
Filed at 4:25 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- This time there were no tortured explanations, no heels dug in, no long, slow drip of revelation or fight for redemption. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., just up and quit after his e-mails expressing undue interest in a 16-year-old male page were exposed to the nation. Less than six weeks from a tough election for Republicans who control an already ethically tainted Congress, the more common stick-it-out approach to scandal was cast aside.

''Resigning leaves your attackers nowhere to go,'' said Eric Dezenhall, a crisis-management consultant. ''If this had dragged on, it could have sucked Republicans into the vortex of scandal.''

Foley, a moderate Republican whose work in Congress included protections for children against sexual predators, repeatedly e-mailed a boy working as a page in August 2005, asking for his picture, asking what he wanted for his birthday and making chatty comments about school and about another page who he said was ''in really great shape.''

The page told a colleague the e-mails ''freaked me out'' and were ''sick,'' according to transcripts posted online by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.


An Insider Speaks About Foley Instant Messages
By Liz Mair, Section News

Posted on Fri Sep 29, 2006 at 05:52:38 PM EST

About 15 minutes ago, I received a call from someone who knows Rep. Foley, and who was made aware this evening of the content of the full spread of Instant Messages (IMs) whose revelation prompted Foley's resignation today. My source detailed to me the content of the IMs, which is, in a word, well, shocking.

According to my source, the IMs are extremely explicit, and certainly amount to numerous, direct, and unmistakable sexual advances. The content does sound like it matches the overall characterization offered by ABC, which claimed that references to sexual acts and sexual organs were strewn throughout the IMs.

They were indeed directed at former Capitol Hill pages, and it seems they turned out to be far worse than might have been suggested by early reports-- hence Foley's resignation at the drop of a hat.

My source said that it is clear from the IMs that Foley had a very serious problem of which no one was aware before word about the weird, but non-sexual, emails to a former page got out (these were ultimately followed up, and in the ensuing investigation, the IMs, which are extremely explicit, were uncovered).

Whether anything beyond the sending of explicit sexual advances via IM occurred is not known yet-- given the description of the IM content, one certainly hopes not (though I imagine this will be investigated in detail, given the surrounding circumstances). This whole episode strikes me as very sad. Mark Foley was a good and competent legislator, who obviously succumbed to inner demons. Let us hope that no lasting damage was done to anyone at whom his advances may have been directed, and that the only casualty here will be his career.


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Sexual Intelligence; Issue 80

Sexual IntelligenceTM
an electronic newsletter written & published by
Marty Klein, Ph.D.

Issue #80 October 2006

1. "I Do, <> Sir"
2. Bush Out of Touch on Touching <>
3. In Their Own Words <>
4. The Naked <> Truth
5. Years Late, But About Time <>
6. How They Do It <>
7. It Isn't <> Complicated
8. UK: More Than Tea <> & Crumpets
9. America's War On <> Sex

1. "I Do, Sir"

Two Spanish air force privates wed last month. They were both men. Yes, as
we've already reported (issues #56
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The Gay Governor Has No Clothes


Jim McGreevey wasted his life living a lie. Now he wants us to waste our time reading more of them.

The gay establishment's embrace of McGreevey is a depressing spectacle, treating the disgraced and treacherous politician as if he is some kind of courageous role model for people who come out late in life. Maybe he will bein inspiration to other 47-year old, closet-case corrupt governors lookingto chuck their second beard wives and partake of A-list gay life, but todaythere are high school students like Tully Satre in Virginia, helping leadthe fight against the anti-gay marriage referendum there, who have more toteach us-and could do infinitely more good with the $26.95 people areshelling out for McGreevey's "The Confession."

It is one thing to suffer in the closet on Brokeback Mountain in the 1960sor Iran today, but McGreevey is a highly educated, middle class guy who grewup in a Jersey suburb and received his higher education years after theStonewall Rebellion in Washington, Boston, and New York. He describes goingto the library at age 13-as many did in 1970-and finding few books onhomosexuality and all of them written by anti-gay psychiatrists. It left him"steeped in hopelessness."


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Homophobia Hinders Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS in Jamaica

Negative attitudes toward homosexuality present one of the biggestchallenges to addressing HIV/AIDS in Jamaica -- where sexual relationsbetween men are outlawed and carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison -- according to HIV/AIDS advocates, <> Inter Press Service reports.

Although "great strides" have been made toward the acceptance of gays andlesbians in Jamaica, a "kernel of violent bigotry remains," making the workof HIV/AIDS advocates more difficult, according to Inter Press Service.

"It's a common perception that HIV affects largely the gay population, (and)we can't say that that sort of perception has been totally wiped out,"Daniel Townsend, Jamaica AIDS <>Support's advocacy and research coordinator, said, adding, "But to a largeextent people are now getting the message that everyone is at risk forcontracting this disease, and that is a huge and great help for AIDS serviceorganizations in this country."


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September 29, 2006

CONTACT: Dannie Tillman, Director of Communications & Coalitions, Equality
PHONE: (323) 217-8875 EMAIL:

San Francisco, CA - The September poll by the Public Policy Institute ofCalifornia shows that 47% of registered voters in California supportmarriage equality while 46% do not.

"This is the first major poll to show more support than opposition tomarriage for gay and lesbian couples," said Seth Kilbourn, EqualityCalifornia's political director. "The poll shows that the more Californiansthink and talk about this issue, the more supportive they become.

Lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians have engaged their friendsand family in millions of conversations about ending the exclusion ofsame-sex couples from marriage. This work is clearly having an impact."

To read the report, visit


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Polygamists using 'gay marriage' arguments in suit;
Tenn. church takes stand for marriage amendment

Sep 29, 2006
By Michael Foust

Baptist Press

DENVER (BP)--An attorney representing three Utah polygamists wants to seethe state's ban on polygamy overturned in federal court, and he's using manyof the same arguments used by "gay marriage" supporters in the process.Attorney Brian Barnard filed legal briefs with the U.S. 10th Circuit Courtof Appeals in Denver earlier this year that were accepted formally by thecourt Sept. 25, the Associated Press reported.

Representing a man and two women, Barnard argues that Utah's ban on polygamyviolates their constitutional right to privacy, association and religion, APsaid. He is relying heavily on the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court's Lawrence v.Texas decision, which overturned anti-sodomy laws and is considered thebiggest Supreme Court win ever for homosexual activists. Liberal groupseventually hope to use Lawrence as a stepping stone to legalizing "gaymarriage" nationwide.


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OH: U of Cincinnati trustees weigh benefits change

UC trustees weigh benefits change

Cincinnati Enquirer

Domestic partners of University of Cincinnati faculty might soon have accessto some employee benefits if UC's trustees approve a change to the union'scontract.

Members of the faculty union this week approved giving its 3,000-plus full- time or mostly full-time members the ability to buy life insurance,personal accident insurance and long-term insurance for their domesticpartners of the same or opposite sex.

The changes also would allow faculty to use sick leave if their partnerbecomes ill, injured or dies, and would give the employee the opportunity torequest personal or child-rearing leave for needs related to their partner.


First adoption by a gay couple in Cataluña

Sat, 30 Sep 2006, 12:30
Typically Spanish

The first case of legal adoption for a gay male couple has been registeredin Cataluña. It follows the reform of the family law.

The couple, who have not been identified, have been looking after the childsince the summer, according to the Welfare and Family councillor from theregional government, Carme Figueras.

There are in fact many cases in Spain of children being adopted into a gayrelationship, but up to now the adoption has been carried out by a singleperson and not the couple.

In Cataluña there are 28 more cases under current consideration, 20 malecouple and 8 female couples.


The New York Times

September 30, 2006

Principal Killed by Shot in Struggle With Angry Student

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 - The principal of a rural Wisconsin school was shot to death on Friday, on the eve of what was to have been a weekend of homecoming festivities, by a 15-year-old who was disciplined on Thursday for having tobacco in school, the authorities said.

After the shooting at Weston Schools, near Cazenovia, 50 miles northwest of Madison, the 15-year-old, Eric Hainstock, told investigators that a group of fellow students had been picking on him at the school, calling him sexually derogatory names, according to the criminal complaint filed against Mr. Hainstock.

The principal, John Klang, and teachers "would not do anything about the other students," the teenager said, according to the complaint. "He decided to confront the students and teachers and principal with the guns to make them listen to him."

Representatives from Weston Schools told investigators that Mr. Hainstock had received a written disciplinary notice from Mr. Klang on Thursday for having tobacco in the school and that he would probably be punished with an in-school suspension.


Gay reaction to Mark Foley's resignation

"He was a homophobe who needed to be exposed,'' said journalist MichaelRogers, whose website,, reported on Rep. Mark Foley of West Palm Beach for three years.

"I first started to report on Foley in March 2003,'' said Rogers, who isgay. "The reason why -- he's antigay. He voted for the Defense of MarriageAct and has not renounced that vote. He refused to acknowledge that hesupported the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.' He would not sign on as aco-sponsor. He should be held accountable for not supporting that orco-sponsoring.

"No community is expected to harbor their own enemies from within. He is anenemy of our community, yet he wants to step into our community and put usat risk. He puts every one of us in a bad light."


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A New Battlefront Opens in the Textbook Wars

By Anneli Rufus, AlterNet

Posted on September 28, 2006, Printed on September 29, 2006

We trust school textbooks to be packed with facts, to be dispassionate overviews of everything that is and that has ever happened. We assume that middle-school and high-school students today know the same stuff we knew at their age: that with certain embellishments, certain improvements and updates, each new generation chiseling its initials into desktops inherits a basic knowledge set, taken for granted, the nuts and bolts and navigators that we studied, back then.

But that was then. Now we live in strange times when everyone nurses his or her own truth. The very concept of objectivity has been deconstructed on kindergarten nap carpets. Thus the question of what deserves to be taught -- and what gets forgotten -- is a political matter. At its core throbs a $4.5-billion-a-year textbook industry in which four megapublishing houses produce nearly all the books used at American public schools. And the process by which it is decided what kids will learn is a big messy mosh. Its winners and losers include pressure groups, religious zealots, lobbyists, school boards, the megapublishers -- Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, Pearson and McGraw-Hill and their many imprints -- and, oh yeah, the kids.


Gay Iranian to be deported

Published: 29th September 2006 18:38 CET
The Local


A gay Iranian is to be deported from Sweden back to his homeland, amigration court in Stockholm decided on Friday.

Gay rights group RFSL has condemned the decision, saying that the man couldbe executed on his return.

"They're choosing to send people back and just hope that things go well, andthat they're not executed," said RFSL's chairman Sören Andersson to TheLocal.

The man had appealed a decision from the Swedish Board of Migration todeport him. He told the court that he had been harassed, assaulted andimprisoned because of his sexual orientation. He also said that he had beenarrested by Iranian police and raped at the police station.

But the court said that the man faced no concrete and individual risk if he no were to return to Iran.


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Posted on Fri, Sep. 29, 2006

No more controversy over transgendered teacher's hiring

Associated Press

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Months after the hiring of a transgender substitute teacher roiled parents at an Ocean County elementary school, the woman was rehired with nary a peep from the audience.

Lily McBeth, 72, was one of several substitute teachers the Pinelands Regional Board of Education voted to hire Thursday night. None of the handful of residents who attended the meeting spoke on her hiring. McBeth underwent a sex change operation more than a year ago.

"I think this is a sign of progress, that the community indeed accepts and embraces Lily McBeth's right to teach in the classroom," Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, told the Asbury Park Press for Friday's newspapers.McBeth did not attend the Pinelands Regional meeting.

A retired medical marketing executive, McBeth was a father of three who was formerly named William. She also worked as a substitute at Pinelands Regional and in the Little Egg Harbor district before undergoing her sex-change operation.


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The Washington Blade

Man fights partner's family over gravesite (Gay)

Parents want gay son's body moved to family plot

Friday, September 29, 2006

Kevin-Douglas Olive still remembers talking to his partner Russell Groff about his grave.

Groff wanted to be buried in a cemetery along the gentle slopes outside Knoxville, Tenn. It was a reasoned choice. The land is close to where both were raised and large enough to accommodate a second plot.

"We had this romantic notion of being buried next to each other," Olive said. "Forever and ever."

But that dream is now in jeopardy. Groff's parents, Lowell and Carolyn Groff, are trying to overturn their son's will and move his body to the family cemetery in Severe County, Tenn.

Groff's parents, who could not be reached this week by the Blade, have argued in court that the 26-year-old man didn't know what he was doing when he completed his will. Olive said Groff had been estranged from his parents when he died.


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Posted on Thu, Sep. 28, 2006

Gay history month sparks district debate

By Susan Snyder
Inquirer Staff Writer

The Philadelphia School District has received about 120 complaints - including one from a parent who said she would keep her child out of school for the entire month of October - because the district recognized Gay and Lesbian History Month on its school calendars.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was added for the first time this year in an effort to be more inclusive and follow a long-standing district policy requiring equity for all races and minority groups, said Cecilia Cummings, the district's senior vice president for communications and community relations. It is one of four special history months noted, along with Hispanic Heritage in September, African American in February, and Asian Pacific American in May.

Cummings said the district was not planning to roll out any districtwide curriculum or hold celebrations to coincide with the month, although individual schools with gay-straight alliances may have observances. The uproar in response to the calendar addition was not unexpected.


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The 85 percent rule of politics (Gay)

Democrats may not be with us 100 percent of the time, but it's crucial to dislodge the GOP.

Friday, September 29, 2006

WE ARE FACING what may be the most crucial elections we have had in many years and in November we appear to have a real chance to change the Congress. As a gay voter, I want to do that. Not because I have any illusions that a Democratic Congress will in the immediate future pass legislation that will benefit me as a gay person.

But what will happen is that our GLBT organizations will be able to stop fighting skirmishes with the Republican Congress on issues like the anti-gay marriage amendment that we know won't pass anyway. With a Democratic Congress we should be able to spend our hard earned money and valuable time on other issues at the national level.

The time has come for our community to go back to work on some of the basic issues we have fought for and made no progress on for years at the national level. Issues like ENDA and gays in the military. And we must focus our resources on the states where the real fights are taking place.


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Last update: September 29, 2006 - 11:44 AM

Judge rules gay R.I. couple has right to marry in Mass.
Denise Lavoie, Associated Press

BOSTON - A gay couple from Rhode Island has the right to marry in Massachusetts because laws in their home state do not expressly prohibit same-sex marriage, a judge ruled Friday.

Wendy Becker and Mary Norton of Providence, R.I., argued that a 1913 law that forbids out-of-state residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would not be permitted in their home state did not apply to them because Rhode Island does not specifically ban gay marriage.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly agreed.

"No evidence was introduced before this court of a constitutional amendment, statute, or controlling appellate decision from Rhode Island that explicitly deems void or otherwise expressly forbids same-sex marriage," he ruled.


Foley resigns from House in wake of e-mails
By Larry Lipman

Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau
Friday, September 29, 2006
UPDATED: 5:45 p.m. September 29, 2006

Rep. Mark Foley, a six-term Republican from Fort Pierce, announced today that he is resigning from Congress following reports of inappropriate e-mails he had with teenage pages and interns.

"I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent," Foley said in a statement.

Foley, 52, faxed his resignation to Gov. Jeb Bush at 3:41 p.m. and also sent a copy to House Speaker Dennis Hastert."I hereby resign as the representative of the 16th Congressional District of Florida, effective today," Foley wrote in the one-sentence letter.


Latvian nationalist leader faces prosecution for inciting public disorder during gay pride

RIGA, Sep 27, BNS -

The Latvian Prosecutor's General Office has asked an administrative districtcourt to lift a fine imposed on the leader of Latvia's National Forces Union(NSS) for causing public disturbances during a sexual minorities festival inRiga this summer, and to launch a criminal procedure against him, the courtsaid.

The prosecutor believes that by participating in the gay-bashing attacks NSSchairman Viktor Birze showed clear disrespect for society, the prosecutor's spokesman Andrejs Vasks said.

In late August, the Riga Vidzeme District Court imposed 25 to 40 lats (EUR 35-57) fines on three defendants charged with causing public disorder duringthe gay pride festival, including NSS chairman Birze.

The men were detained for participation in anti-gay attacks outside RevalHotel Latvia, where participants of the gay pride festival were holdingtheir events.


Irish Examiner, Friday 29 September 2006

Bullying forces gay teenagers to leave school, says expert

By Niall Murray, Education Correspondent

GAY and lesbian teenagers are being forced to leave school because they arebeing bullied over their sexual orientation, an expert claimed yesterday.

The BeLonG To youth project works with lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender young people but has had growing numbers of 14 and 15-year-oldsseeking support in the past few years.

According to the group's national development co-ordinator Michael Barron,an increasing number of young people are coming out about their sexualidentity. But these acts of courage are challenging schools andpolicy-makers as homophobic bullying becomes more widespread in schools.

"It's not just verbal abuse, we know of young people who have been assaultedand it has led to some of them leaving their school and some have droppedout of education altogether," he said.