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3 countries see progress in gay marriage fight
Trend seen as promising for U.S. couples

Friday, December 01, 2006

While voters in seven U.S. states approved constitutional bans on same-sexmarriage last month, courts and lawmakers in three other countries madeheadline-grabbing progress on the issue of gay unions, providing someencouragement to activists here.

Mexico City now allows civil unions, Israel officially recognizes the statusof gay couples married in other countries. And South Africa has legalizedsame-sex marriage. U.S. gay activists viewed those developments as steps inthe right direction for marriage equality in the U.S. and abroad.


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Guess who's not coming to dinner
This Thanksgiving marked a turning point for my mother in accepting herson'ssexual orientation.

Dec. 01, 2006

MY MOM ASKED my partner and me to come over for Thanksgiving this year. Forthe last few years, we've been out of town. Other family members hadcommitments, so she told me there was room if I wanted to invite a fewfriends. I invited another gay couple. It wound up being five of us - fourhomos and my mom.

When I came out to my mom 15 years ago, she said she had been clueless aboutmy attraction to men. Although I don't care for stereotypes, I found it oddthat my interest as a kid in antiquing, Broadway shows and baking didn'tprovide any hints. And, of course, there was that incident when, at the ageof 5, I was caught fellating my best friend. But I digress.

Although my mom is very accepting of my being gay, it has caused her somediscomfort in dealing with others. About a year ago, she proudly showed me aphoto of my partner and me prominently displayed with other family photos.She explained to me that the photo presented a dilemma for her. She reallyliked it, but didn't display it because she didn't want to deal with theinevitable questions from guests. Mom said she finally got to the pointwhere she really didn't care what other people thought about her having agay son. This time I confessed to being clueless - my mom is so comfortablewith my partner and me, I never realized that she gave much consideration towhat other people thought.


The Washington Post

1st Openly Gay Congressman Memorialized

The Associated Press
Saturday, December 2, 2006; 7:56 PM

BOSTON -- Friends of the nation's first openly gay congressman rememberedhim Saturday as a man who went to Washington to end the Vietnam War andprotect the environment, then became a champion of gay rights.

The packed memorial service for former U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds featured hisfavored choral music and stories _ some bittersweet, some humorous _ abouthis keen devotion to Cape Cod and his skill at balancing the oft-competinginterests of commercial fishermen in his Congressional district withenvironmentalists concerned about dwindling ocean resources.


The New York Times

December 2, 2006

Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn't Clear

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 1 - Until recently, many children who did not conformto gender norms in their clothing or behavior and identified intensely withthe opposite sex were steered to psychoanalysis or behavior modification.

But as advocates gain ground for what they call gender-identity rights,evidenced most recently by New York City's decision to let people alter thesex listed on their birth certificates, a major change is taking place amongschools and families. Children as young as 5 who display predispositions todress like the opposite sex are being supported by a growing number of youngparents, educators and mental health professionals.

Doctors, some of them from the top pediatric hospitals, have begun to advisefamilies to let these children be "who they are" to foster a sense ofsecurity and self-esteem. They are motivated, in part, by the high incidenceof depression, suicidal feelings and self-mutilation that has been common inpast generations of transgender children. Legal trends suggest that schoolsare now required to respect parents' decisions.


The New York Times

December 3, 2006

Losing the Race Against AIDS

Despite all the lofty goals set by world leaders, and billions of dollarsthrown into the fight to quench the global AIDS pandemic in recent years, itis discouraging to learn the world is still falling behind.

A recent update issued by the United Nations AIDS program and the WorldHealth Organization found some encouraging signs of progress, including adrop in H.I.V. infections in young people in eight African countries, thanksto aggressive prevention programs. But the number of people living with theAIDS virus continued to grow, reaching a record 39.5 million in 2006; 4.3million people became infected this year; and the number of deaths due toAIDS reached an all-time high.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Sat, Dec. 02, 2006

Dogs enhance gay celebs' lives


In a new collection of essays, 25 gay celebrities tell how theirlives have changed by becoming doggie daddies.

''Having a dog is like having a child,'' said Neil Plakcy ofHollywood, who edited the book, Paws And Reflect: Exploring the Bond BetweenGay Men and Their Dogs. ``You have to make your life with this othercreature work. You have to be sure to be home to feed and walk this animal.You have to schedule your life. You can't just go off from work in theevening. You have to make a pit stop at home.

''In Florida, it's hard for gay men to have children. For a lotof even coupled men, the dogs become their children. I thought that would bean interesting thing to explore,'' said Plakcy, 49, who writes mysteries andis an assistant English professor at Broward Community College.


The New York Times

November 19, 2006

Gay Donor or Gay Dad?

R. described himself as ''a man in his 40s, voluntarily employed in thearts,'' a situation made possible, he explained, by a private family income.His six-foot frame is fit and slim; his eyes, blue and bright. He dresses ina cultured but casual way, an aesthetic captured in his speech, in whichphatic blips like ''kind of'' or ''sort of'' are interspersed with termslike ''Richter-esque.'' As in Gerhard, the German painter.

In an effort to become a parent of a sort, R., who is gay, agreed, 11 yearsago, to donate sperm to a lesbian couple aspiring to pregnancy. A few yearsbefore, R. became friendly with a woman -- white and upper class likehimself -- through the gay activist world. They weren't good friends, hesaid, ''just friendly.'' The woman had a partner, a middle-class blackwoman, whom R. knew less well but who seemed solid.


This excellent article has some reflections applicable to the controversyover Iran which played out on this listserve and elsewhere.

Scott Long to QueerNet

Prisoners of Sex
Published: December 3, 2006


Mostafa Bakry has a knack for reinventing himself. He is an old-school Arabnationalist, newspaper editor and parliamentarian, and has managed to keephimself in the middle of the Egyptian political scene for almost twodecades. He rails against decadence, against corruption - anything that canget the otherwise sleepy Egyptian public excited. This past July, he took onthe issue of homosexuality, introducing a motion in Parliament calling forcensorship of several scenes in a popular new film, "The Yacoubian Building," and denouncing the racier parts of the movie as "spreadingobscenity and debauchery." One of the central characters in the story - amosaic of downtown Cairo life complete with political intrigue, lovetriangles, the specter of extremism and more - is an affluent, dashing,Francophone newspaper editor who happens to be gay. He has an affair with asimple soldier from the countryside, and thus begins a tale of lust thatends in murder.


Dublin to host gay rugby world cup
Colin Coyle

The Sunday Times December 03, 2006,,2091-2484018,00.html

IRELAND has won the scrum to host the next gay rugby world cup in 2008. Thebiennial competition was awarded to Dublin at a meeting in Seattle ofrepresentatives from 30 countries. Paris and Sydney had been Ireland's mainrivals to host the Bingham Cup, a three-day competition.

Richie Whyte, the tournament director, said beating off Paris and Sydney wasa huge achievement. "We had to compete with the natural attractions of twoof the world's greatest cities," he said. Philip Browne, the chief executiveof the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), sent a message of support to theorganising committee yesterday.


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The Sit-In at the Altar: No 'I Do' Till Gays Can Do It, Too

The New York Times | December 3, 2006

LAST July, Kelly White and her boyfriend became engaged. They had a cozypicnic of wine and cheese on a hill before he presented her with awatermelon-flavor Ring Pop and asked her to marry him. "I'd rather not sayif he got down on one knee or not," she said. "It's embarrassing."

But they won't end up at the altar anytime soon: they said they would notmarry until gay and lesbian couples are also allowed to.

"I usually explain that I wouldn't go to a lunch counter that wouldn'tallow people of color to eat there, so why would I support an institutionthat won't allow everyone to take part," said Ms. White, 24, a law studentat the University of California, Davis. "Sometimes people don't buy thatanalogy."


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State faces intense campaign for gay marriage Posted by the Asbury Park
Press on 12/2/06

[New Jersey]


WASHINGTON - A dozen political operatives from around the country are in NewJersey running an intense campaign, but there's no candidate.Their goal is to convince state lawmakers - and residents - that gay couplesshould have the right to marry.

Gay rights advocates are raising money, lobbying state lawmakers and goingdoor-to-door to drum up support for their cause: legislation that would givegay unions the same legal status as marriage.


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Canada: Gay marriages will stand despite vote outcome

Gay marriages will stand despite vote outcome


Janice Tibbetts, CanWest News Service
Published: Saturday, December 02, 2006

OTTAWA -- The Conservative government says it is not looking to revoke morethan 12,000 gay marriages that have taken place in Canada in the last threeyears, regardless of the outcome of a vote in the Commons next week onwhether the traditional definition of marriage should be restored.

The government will introduce a motion "to call on government to introducelegislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage withoutaffecting civil unions and while respecting existing same-sex marriages."


The current issue of The Independent Gay News is online


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Special report: Gay rights - how hardline Christians use shock tactics against new law

Former lord chancellor backs religious coalition that claims new equalityrules for homosexuals threaten freedom of belief.

Anthony Barnes reports

Published: 03 December 2006

One of Baroness Thatcher's closest political allies is behind a push toderail new laws designed to end discrimination against homosexuals.

Lord Mackay of Clashfern, a former lord chancellor during the Thatcher era,is the patron of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship (LCF), part of acoalition of religious groups opposed to the new rules which they say willride roughshod over their beliefs. The new rules, which ban those offeringgoods and services from discriminating against gays and lesbians, will forcethem to act against their consciences, they say.


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Saturday, December 02, 2006 7:15 AM


Sexual Intelligence; Issue 82
an electronic newsletter written & published by
Marty Klein, Ph.D.

Issue #82 December 2006

1. Loving the Sin <> More Than The Sinner?
2. Fox Appointed To Guard <> Henhouse
3. Zeffirelli Tells His Truth <>
4. Civil Unions, <> si
5. Correspondence--Decency or Shame? <>
6. Rare and <> Moving Nudes
7. America's War On Sex


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State should legalize civil unions for gays

Nashua Telegraph {New Hampshire]

Published: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006

Fiscal reality should and will temper the aspirations of New Hampshire'snewly Democratic Legislature. But it will cost nothing to right a trulymajor wrong: the discrimination against homosexuals inherent in state law.

The next session of the Legislature should legalize civil unions and grantinheritance, visitation, custody and other rights currently enjoyed byheterosexual married couples to same-sex partners in committedrelationships.

Earlier this month, voters in seven states approved constitutionalamendments banning gay marriage. Society isn't ready to broaden thedefinition of that sacramental word to include the union of two men or twowomen.


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A&E to Premiere Wedding Wars

Written by Connie Phillips
Published December 01, 2006

On Monday, December 11, A&E will premiere Wedding Wars, a two-hour originalmovie staring John Stamos, Eric Dane, and James Brolin. What sets thisromantic comedy apart from the usual fare is the focus on same-sex marriage.

Love and family get confused with politics and marriage rights when Shel, agay wedding planner (Stamos), agrees to lend his services to his brother Ben(Dane) and Maggie (Bonnie Sommerville), who is the daughter of the Governor(Brolin). After the Governor comes out against gay marriage, in a speechwritten by Ben, Shel goes on strike. His actions ultimately fuel anation-wide protest by gays for the right to marry. Sean Maher and RosemaryDunsmore also co-star.


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FL: Crash Prompts Lawsuit By Same-Sex Couple

Crash Prompts Lawsuit By Same-Sex Couple

News 4 Jacksonville, FL

POSTED: 10:03 pm EST December 1, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Weeks after Melinda Garrison crashed into antractor-trailer that pulled into her path as she was driving to work nearPalatka, she still needs help putting one foot in front of the other.

"I don't remember seeing this truck or anything," Garrison said. "All I cantell you is, I was going the speed limit, I had a seat belt on, I wasn't onthe phone, everything was good."

She was airlifted to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center, where she was in acoma for 28 days. When she was well enough, she was transferred to BrookRehabilitation, where her same-sex partner, Judith Bashaway, visits everyday.


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Media Matters for America, November 29, 2006

WSJ's Miniter baselessly linked same-sex marriage to rise in out-of-wedlockbirths

In his November 28 online column, Wall Street Journal assistant editor Brendan Miniter baselessly asserted that a study indicatingan increase in out-of-wedlock births "reveals why" the debate over same-sexmarriage "is worth having now."

Miniter wrote that a lawsuit recently filed by Massachusetts Gov. MittRomney (R) against his state's legislature, in which Romney seeks to forcelawmakers to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot, "serv[es] as anopportunity to reach a consensus on why marriage as an institution is worthprotecting." Miniter then baselessly connected same-sex marriage to a studyby the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which, as Miniterwrote, "found that although teen pregnancy rates are dropping, the number ofout-of-wedlock births in America has been steadily rising since the 1990s."


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Queer Inc.
How Corporate America fell in love with gays and lesbians.
It's a movement.

Marc Gunther, Fortune senior writer
November 30 2006: 3:41 PM EST

(Fortune Magazine) -- Business is booming atthe$22-billion-a-year defense contractor that sells Tomahawk cruise missiles,laser-vision goggles and advanced radar systems to the Pentagon. This,improbably, is good news for the gay-rights movement.

A platoon of Raytheon employees wearing identical blue-and-black bowlingshirts, pins with the company's logo and black pants proudly walked thehalls of this fall's convention of Out & Equal, an organization that bringstogether the networks of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -GLBT, in the argot of the moment - that have taken root at America's bigcompanies.


For More Quotes Read: Breakthrough "A Brief Moment in Mind" By: Ron Mills

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of live. It turns what we have into enough,and more, It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion toclarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a strangerinto a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,and creates a vision for tomorrow."
Melody Beattie

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I wouldnot have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything yougave me."
Erma Bombeck

For More Quotes Read: Breakthrough "A Brief Moment in Mind" By: Ron Mills


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The Advocate, November 21, 2006

Don't bet on Barack
LGBT voters may want to think twice about throwing their support toward2008's great blue hope.
By the Reverend Irene Monroe

Barack Obama, the lanky and charismatic U.S. senator from Illinois, is anational, if not global, phenomenon. He is being touted as the miracleelixir for a nation divided along the fault lines of race, religion, andclass.

And also a nation divided along the battle lines of Red State versus BlueState.


From Marc Adams

Diocese Attempts to Silence Gay Activist; Scraps Unitarian Congregation'sLease

HeartStrong, Inc.
PO Box 2051
Seattle WA 98111

Marc Adams, Executive Director

SEATTLE WA - "We find what Father Lavin and the Diocese of Camden havedone to be completely unacceptable," HeartStrong Executive Director MarcAdams says. "We refuse to allow them to imply that my message and themessage of HeartStrong is wrong, sinful or unacceptable. They may be ableto attempt to try to intimidate or silence those who subscribe to theirbeliefs, but they can't silence or intimidate HeartStrong."

The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, leased space for threeyears to the Unitarian Unversalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore.Now, the congregation has been forced out of their leased space withoutwarning because of their commitment to truth.



Dutch gays widely accepted, but not in immigrant community

dpa German Press Agency

Published: Wednesday November 29, 2006

Amsterdam- Dutch gays and lesbians enjoy greater acceptance in society atlarge and more rights under the law than almost anywhere else. Since 2001,they have been allowed to marry, and the law specifically provides forsame-sex couples to adopt children.

Only around 6 per cent of the Dutch would object to a gay neighbour,compared to 14 per cent in Germany, 55 per cent in Poland and 66 per cent inUkraine, according to figures compiled some six years ago by thestate-funded Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP).

A new survey by the SCP published earlier this month shows that less than aquarter of the population - 22 per cent - is against same-sex marriage, withmany of these from the ranks of the strongly religious.


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ABC News Transcripts
This Week with George Stephanopoulous
November 19, 2006


(Off-camera) Good morning everyone. Proving that it's never too early forPresidential politics both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain set up exploratorycampaign committees this week and we're joined this morning here in thestudio by Senator McCain. Welcome back.


Thanks George.


(Off-camera) So you're in South Carolina or Michigan talking to a countychairman when he asks why should I support you over Rudy Giuliani what doyou say?



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Judge to Rule on Landmark Internet Porn Law
November 20, 2006

By Jon Hurdle, Reuters
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters)-A U.S. law designed to prevent children from viewingpornography online would undermine the free speech of millions of adultInternet users, opponents of the measure said on Monday.

The law is so imprecisely written it would restrict most adult Internetusers to material that is only suitable for children, lawyers for theAmerican Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs said in closingarguments of a four-week trial.

The ACLU and others sued the U.S. government, claiming the Child OnlineProtection Act of 1998 violates the Constitution, and they argued on Mondaythat filtering was a more effective tool that does not curtail free speech.


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The Argentinean Supreme Court Recognizes Transgender Group


For Immediate Release: Wednesday November 22, 2006
Media Contact: Hossein Alizadeh, 212-430-6016,

(Buenos Aires, November 22, 2006)- Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Argentinaruled that official legal recognition must be given to the Association forthe Struggle of the Travesti and Transsexual Identity (ALITT). The courtdecision overrules earlier decisions by the General Inspectorate of Justice(a division of the Argentinean Justice Department dealing with theregistration of the NGOs, "Inspeccion General de Justicia" in Spanish) andthe civil court, which declared that ALITT's goals were unacceptable as"going against the common good."


Journal of Homosexuality
Volume 51, Issue 3
Editor(s): John P. De Cecco, PhD

This issue is now available online and will soon be mailed to subscribers inapproximately 4-6 weeks.

NOTE: If the URLs in this email are not active hyperlinks, copy and pastethe URL into the address/location box in your browser.


Sexual Minorities and Selection of a Primary Care Physician in a MidwesternU.S. City
Chalmer E. Labig, Tim O. Peterson

From "Male Bonding Rituals" to "Suicide Tuesday": A Qualitative Study ofIssues Faced by Gay Male Ecstasy (MDMA) Users
Robert Klitzman


From Marc Adams

Anger Builds a Place of Help for Others
Kay Mehl Miller Ph.d.

Marc Adams is a powerful speaker. The son of a fundamentalist Baptistpreacher and a former ex-gay, Marc is the executive director of avolunteer organization that ministers to gays and lesbians educated inreligious schools. He had me in tears when he spoke to our Santa RosaPFLAG group recently.

Adams is crackling with anger, the kind of anger that demands action. InMarc's case, he founded HeartStrong, the only organization of its kind inthe world. After 10 years HeartStrong has helped nearly 1000 students whowere abused, harassed, intimidated and/or isolated by their religiousschool experiences.


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