Thursday, November 02, 2006

GLBT DIGEST - November 2, 2006

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The Miami Herald

Posted on Thu, Nov. 02, 2006


Challenges await first female Episcopal leader
The Episcopal Church will install its first female presiding
bishop Saturday in an elaborate ceremony at the National Cathedral inWashington. Her tenure is sure to be rocky.


As the first woman to serve as presiding bishop since theEpiscopal Church approved women priests 30 years ago, Katharine JeffertsSchori is already facing a mutiny.

Jefferts Schori, who will be installed this weekend at theNational Cathedral in Washington, starts her nine-year term during one ofthe most trying periods in the church's history. Rifts over church teachingson gays threaten to divide the 2.4 million-member denomination.

About 10 Episcopal dioceses -- including the diocese of CentralFlorida -- have rejected her authority, arguing her support for same-sexblessings and the ordination of gay clergy runs counter to biblicalmorality.


The New York Times

November 2, 2006
"Will & Grace" Creators Eye Another Gay Comedy
Filed at 4:20 a.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Call it ``David & Max'' -- ''Will &Grace'' creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are teaming with CBS fortheir next comedy project, which is loosely based on their friendship.

The network has committed to produce a pilot for the untitled show.

Kohan, who is straight, and Mutchnick, who is gay, have been friends sincetheir teen years at Beverly Hills High School. Like ``Will & Grace,'' theirproject for CBS is a buddy comedy about a quartet of characters -- a gaywriter and a straight writer, who are best friends, and their hot youngassistants.


The New York Times

Gays Make Inroads on Wall Street
November 2, 2006, 6:01 am
Wall Street is often portrayed as a bastion of tradition where old habits -and old boys' networks - die hard.

But on the issue of gays and lesbians in the workplace, thefinancial-services sector may have embraced change faster than otherindustries. That is the suggestion of a recent feature from Bloomberg News,which examines the increasing number of openly gay employees at old-linesecurities firms. None of the examples from the article come from theexecutive suite, but many are managing directors. Some mentioned in thepiece, such as Credit Suisse global equity derivatives and European equitieshead Simon Yates (pictured above), run entire departments.

As DealBook has noted previously, most of the major investment banks havereceived high marks for implementing gay-friendly corporate policies. DarylHerrschaft, director of the Human Rights Campaign Workplace Project, whichissues an annual report on such policies, told Bloomberg that "the bankingand financial services industry has moved well out in front of the others."


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

October 31, 2006

Hillary's Marriage Fib
by Dick Morris

As she prepares for her presidential race, confident that New Yorkers willre-elect her, Hillary Clinton is working to position herself properly to winthe Democratic nomination by adjusting, tweaking and, where necessary,reversing her issue positions.

But last week's flip-flop on gay marriage, in which she said she wouldapprove of state action to legalize it, came with some reconstructed historythat tried to paper over her switch by obfuscating the historical record.

Her statement dismissed her support of her husband's Defense of Marriage Actas "a strategic decision to help derail a constitutional amendment thatwould have banned gay marriage."

Nonsense. I was in the room at the White House strategy meeting and wassitting next to the president when he decided to promote and sign the bill.Nobody was even talking about a constitutional amendment back then-- 1995-96 -- and no one in the meeting so much as mentioned thepossibility.


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Dick Morris is Confused, Says Andy Humm

While Hillary Clinton still opposes same-sex marriage, Dick Morris's columnis pure fiction. Vermont didn't do civil unions until 2000, long after the1996 Defense of Marriage Act which was in response to a lower court rulingin Hawaii opening marriage to same-sex couples. The voters of Hawaiieventually changed their constitution to let the legislature regulatemarriage which it did by banning same-sex marriage and establishingreciprocal benefits for gay couples. The high court there then overruledthe lower court decision.

Hillary is now saying that she will not oppose New York if it's legislatureopens marriage to gay couples. In June, she dodged my question about whethershe would support the state high court if it did so, saying, "Let's see whathappens."


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

WorldNetDaily, November 1, 2006
Same-sex slippery slope
Judge Roy Moore

Last week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey handed down a decision thatordered their state Legislature to change its marriage laws to ensure thathomosexual couples receive the same benefits and privileges that marriedcouples receive. Even though the Court admitted that it could not locate a"fundamental right" to same-sex marriage in the state constitution, itnonetheless ruled that "the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits tocommitted same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our StateConstitution." In other words, in the name of "tolerance," the New JerseySupreme Court rewrote the marriage laws of the state.

Unfortunately, the New Jersey Supreme Court is not the first to redefinemarriage. This moral slide in the law began in 2003 with a U.S. Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, in which the Court ruled that"liberty protected by the [U.S.] Constitution allows" individuals to commitsodomy, even though 17 years earlier in Bowers v. Hardwick the Court hademphatically stated that the Constitution contains no such right. The BowersCourt had explained that the whole history of the law was against suchimmoral acts, but the Court in Lawrence ignored that history, in partbecause a decision by the European Court of Human Rights approved of sodomy.


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Govt. Tells Singles No Sex Till You're 30
Critics Say the New Guidelines Are About Morality, Not Health


WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2006 - - If you're single and in your 20s, the federalgovernment wants you to steer clear of sex.

That's the new guidance for states under the Department of Health and HumanServices' $50 million Abstinence Education Program. HHS officials say it'snot a requirement -- just another option for states to combat what they callan alarming rise in out-of-wedlock births.

A record 1.5 million babies were born to single mothers in 2004, accordingto the National Center for Health Statistics. More than half of them wereborn to women in their early 20s.

Critics of the guidelines, such as James Wagoner, president of a group whosetop goal is a "society that views sexuality as normal and healthy," say suchstatistics illustrate that most people in their 20s are already having sex.


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Internet And Child Pornography Link To Abuse Of Children Unclear
31 Oct 2006

If someone downloads child pornography onto their computer, is that anindication they're a pedophile, or might become one in the future?

That question is gaining the attention of forensic psychiatrists as neverbefore, thanks to recent legislation making possession of Internet childpornography a federal crime constituting an unlawful transmission ofinformation across state lines.

"A large number of cases are going to court and attorneys are calling us,wanting to know what is the reason this person has child porn on theircomputer," said Dr. Humberto Temporini, a forensic psychiatrist at UC DavisHealth System. The answer is often unclear - not least because Temporini andhis colleagues are still in the process of developing a standardized way toevaluate the risk, or lack of it, posed by someone who collects kiddie pornon the Internet.


News for Asylum Seekers - New Online Library Documents LGBT Human RightsAbuses Worldwide

From the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission -

New Online Library Documents LGBT Human Rights Abuses Worldwide

October 30, 2006 US & Canada » USA » Press Release

For Immediate Release October 30, 2006

Media Contact: Geoffrey Knox 212-229-0540; 917-414-1749

New Online Documentation of Human Rights Abuses Against Gay, Lesbian andHIV+ People Now Available to Help Those Seeking Political Asylum

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and teamup to create online library that documents human rights abuses in countriesaround the world

(New York City) The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission(IGLHRC) announced today the launch of a new online library that willprovide support to worldwide claims for political asylum made by people whofear persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV/AIDSstatus. The online library documents human rights abuses against lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV/AIDSin countries around the world. It is the most complete documentationresource of its kind in the world. The information now available online willenable asylum seekers or their legal advocates to quickly provideimmigration authorities with proof of human rights abuses in their countryof origin.


Baghdad gays fear for their lives

Homosexuals across the capital are being hunted down and murdered byIslamic militants and even the police.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Basim al-Shara'a

Faris Thamir carefully watches the street in his Al-Batawinneighbourhood, afraid the police or militia men might try to kill him.

In Iraq, where religious radicals consider homosexuality a sinpunishable by death, gays have good reason to worry about being"outed".

Thamir, 35, is wary of the extremist Islamic groups that prowl thestreets of the capital - but neither does he trust the police who aresupposedly there to protect him.

Thamir and other gay men complain about frequent mistreatment bypolice, accusing them of blackmail, torture, sexual abuse and theft."Policemen raped me several times at gunpoint and threatened to handme over to extremist groups if I refuse," said Thamir.



Russian Gay Activist to speak in London

Panel discussion: Holding Gay Pride events in hostile countries

DATE: Friday 10 November 2006
TIME: 7.30 PM
VENUE: Conway Hall Humanist Centre, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn,


The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a paneldiscussion meeting and film presentation focusing on homophobia atMoscow Pride in May this year, and in other Eastern Europeancountries.

The public meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Friday 10 November atConway Hall Humanist Centre, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, andall are welcome.

GALHA has lined up five panellists for the event including thecourageous Russian gay activist, Nicolai Alekseev, who is being flownin from Moscow for the meeting and as guest-of-honour/speaker at thegroup's annual lunch.


Vote on Senate Nears After Tumultuous CampaignControversies Bury the Issues In Final Months

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 2, 2006; VA20


Virginians will go to the polls Tuesday to choose between incumbent Sen.George Allen (R) and his Democratic challenger, James Webb, in a tight racewith national implications that was not supposed to be close.

After months of attacking each other's personal character, Webb and Allenheaded into the final week in a virtual tie, with some surveys showing theRepublican a few points ahead and others showing the Democrat leadingslightly.


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