Sunday, January 07, 2007

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The Express Gay News


New Year's Wishes
My wish list for 2007

Jan. 05, 2007

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR when we all look ahead with hope and optimism andmake our resolutions and pledges for the coming year. Inevitably, we vow tolose weight, get that promotion at the office, be more caring partners, keepup the yard, take out the trash regularly, call our family more often andjust all in all be better people.

This week, I share some of my wishes for the gay and lesbian community for2007. Some of the things on my wish list are personal some are universal andsome are light-hearted jabs at this thing we call the gay and lesbiancommunity, that little enclave we’ve come together to create in hopes ofmaking a better world than where most of us came from.

Whatever’s on your wish list, I wish you luck and happiness in working toachieve it this coming year.

The Express Gay News

Two men convicted in 1991 gay killing about to be paroled
Mother of victim requests photos of inmates
HOUSTON (AP) | Jan 5, 11:29 AM

The impending parole of two of the people convicted in the 1991 gang beatingand stabbing death of a gay banker has prompted the victim's mother to askfor current photos of the men.

Nancy Rodriguez said she wanted the photos so she will be able to recognizethem if they should come to her door.

"To be honest with you, I fear for the safety of my family," she said in astory in Friday's Houston Chronicle.


The New York Times

January 7, 2007
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'? No, Sir! (8 Letters)
To the Editor:

Re "Second Thoughts on Gays in the Military," by Gen. John M. Shalikashvili,a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Op-Ed, Jan. 2):

I am on my second yearlong tour in Iraq, the first having ended 15 monthsago. In my opinion, troops here want only someone next to them who isdependable in a firefight, knows first aid and keeps a good morale. We don'tcare if that person is male, female, gay, straight, white, black, cheats onhis wife or her husband, is Catholic or Jewish, rich or poor.

When you live in close quarters in combat over a long period, all you careabout is whether the person knows his job and is trustworthy.

With all that is going on here, it amazes me that "gays in the military" isstill being debated by those out of uniform.

Charles Mitchell
Baghdad, Jan. 2, 2007

7 more letters....


The Washington Post
A New Attempt to Solve One of AIDS's Biggest Riddles
Researchers to Seek Approval for a Global Study That Will Examine WhenPatients Should Begin Drug Treatment

By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 7, 2007; A07

In the past 20 years, just about everything has changed in the treatment ofHIV infection except that there is still no answer to the question: Whenshould it start?

The answer is easy in the case of many diseases, but not for infection withthe AIDS virus, whose course is languid -- and lethal.

For most people with HIV, there are few problems and almost no symptoms foryears after they acquire the virus. But the disease is incurable, andwithout treatment, it is eventually fatal for almost everyone who has it.

Treatment consists of a combination of three or more drugs, knowngenerically as antiretroviral therapy (ART). But the drugs are not without adownside. They are costly, they have side effects, and, once started, theymust be taken for the rest of the patient's life.


The Sunday TimesJanuary 07, 2007

I’m gay and soon science may be able to tell me why
Andrew Sullivan

In the 21st century, we have decoded human DNA, we can examine the starsof distant galaxies and we have even begun to unlock the myriad mechanismsinside the human brain, but of one universally natural phenomenon we stillknow virtually nothing. That phenomenon is homosexuality.

When I was a teenager trying to find out how or why I turned out gay,there were very few reference books to help me. The phenomenon itself hadbeen scientifically documented by the American social scientist AlfredKinsey — but he proffered no explanation of its origins. It had befuddledFreud.

The scientific consensus had been laid out in the Wolfenden report in1957, which solemnly concluded that homosexuality was “compatible with fullmental health”. But the tantalising questions endured. Are people borngay? Is it genetic? Is it related to hormonal variations in the womb duringpregnancy? Could it be affected by early childhood environment? Or is it afunction of some other unknown factor?


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Young Bakker Gets His Life Back
'One Punk Under God' takes a look at Jay Bakker's life, ministry.

Religion News Service
Lakeland Florida Ledger
Saturday, January 6, 2007

After a year of being closely shadowed by a camera crew, this month JayBakker, the tatooed and pierced son of televangelists Jim and Tammy FayeBakker, finally is getting his private life back.

The rest of us, however, have a chance to watch his year in review on theSundance Channel in "One Punk Under God," a six-part documentary that beganairing in December and ends on Jan. 17.

"One Punk Under God" takes a close look at Bakker's life and his ministry,Revolution Church, almost 20 years after the implosion of his parents'Praise The Lord (PTL) ministry and television network.Although born to parents who helped create the definition of televangelist,the younger Bakker, 31, took some convincing before agreeing to participatein the documentary.

Bakker, with his arms and torso covered in tattoos, a hipster beard andmultiple piercings,, said his motivation was giving more people a chance tohear his message. "Not many people see, for lack of a better term, moreliberal Christians," he said.


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Boston news anchor marries partner on statehouse steps

Friday, January 5, 2007

Boston's 7News anchor Randy Price married his longtime partner, MarkSteffen, on the steps of the statehouse Friday, one day after a proposed banon same-sex marriage advanced in the legislature. "Our timing couldn't bebetter," Price told, referring to the marriage ban. "Butactually it's pure coincidence since [today] is our 30th anniversary."

Price said he and Steffen wanted to swap vows on the capitol steps for"symbolic reasons." "We're certainly not defiant people, but we believe thatwe should have the right to marry like anyone else,"Price said. "Right now it's right for us. And we've got as good a trackrecord with vows and commitment as anyone else." (The Advocate)


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Gay Link News

Friday, January 5, 2007

LONDON -- For the past year, lesbians and gay men have been flocking to thealtar in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

According to newly released government figures, a total of 14,084partnerships took place in England, a further 537 in Wales, 942 in Scotlandand 109 in Northern Ireland. The first day that most couples could form acivil partnership was 19 December 2005 in Northern Ireland, 20 December 2005in Scotland and 21 December 2005 in England and Wales.

In fact, more than 30,000 people have walked down the aisle -- faroutstripping the original government estimates of only 22,000 being in civilpartnerships by 2010.

As of September 2006, a total of 15,672 civil partnerships have now takenplace across the UK.


Trans Athletes Fight To Have Medal Returned To Runner Who Failed Sex Test
by The Canadian Press

Posted: January 5, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Toronto, Ontario) A Canadian transgender athlete who hopes to compete atthe 2008 Summer Olympics has written IOC president Jacques Rogge a pair ofletters criticizing how an Indian runner was stripped of her medal afterfailing a gender test during the Asian Games in December.

Kristen Worley, a cyclist and waterskier who has undergone sex-reassignmentsurgery, is leading a fight to have the medal returned to Santhi Soundarajan(pictured).

Worley argues Soundarajan should never have been subjected to a gender test.She also says the incident is an example of the misconceptions surroundingthe issue of gender in sport.


The Express Gay News

A gay tribute to Gerald Ford
GOP should honor former president and end our national nightmare of treatinggays like second-class citizens.

Friday, January 05, 2007

WITH THE PASSING of former President Gerald Ford last week at the age of 93,Republicans and Democrats have joined in bipartisan praise of the man wholed the country through the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

President Bush praised Ford as “a man of complete integrity” whose “life wasa blessing to America.” Conservative politicians, activists and journalistsacross the country echoed this sentiment. But in their encomiums to the latepresident, they have conveniently left out one important fact: in his lateryears, Ford was a prominent ­— though hardly outspoken — supporter of gayrights.

In a 2001 interview with the Detroit News, Ford said, “I have alwaysbelieved in an inclusive policy, in welcoming gays and others into theparty. I think the party has to have an umbrella philosophy if it expects towin elections.”


3-Year Investigation Into AIDS Drug Pricing Continues
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 6, 2007 - 12:01 am ET

(Chicago, Illinois) An investigation into the pricing of Norvir, a proteaseinhibitor made by Abbott Laboratories, has reached the three year point andofficials at the Illinois Attorney General's Office say they have no ideawhen it will be complete or if price gouging charges will ever be laid.

In December of 2003 Abbott boosted the price of the drug, which boosts thepotency of some AIDS combination-drug therapies, by 400 percent. Overnightpatients found the cost of the drug went up from $54 to $265 a month.

At the time the Illinois-based Abbott said lower than expected sales were toblame for the increase. In a letter to doctors the company said the newprice "will better reflect the drug's importance in treating AIDS and thecosts for improving Norvir's formulation."


Opposed Gay Marriage Ban But Kentucky State Rep. Won't Try To Overturn ItDespite New Powers
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 6, 2007 - 4:00 pm ET

(Frankfort, Kentucky) Kentucky state Rep. Kathy Stein has been named chairof the House Judiciary Committee but despite her history as a champion ofLGBT civil rights and her impassioned opposition to the 2004 state amendmentbanning same-sex marriage she says she will not propose legislation thatwould set the ball rolling to overturn the measure.

Stein, a Lexington Democrat, came under fire from conservatives who claimedshe would use her power as committee chair to begin a repeal measure.

In April 2004 she was one of a handful of lawmakers to vote against theamendment. Stein broke down in tears on the floor of the House as shechastised the majority.

"With this cowardice, with this hypocrisy, and with these people who callthemselves good Christians, who have voted in a way only to make themselvesmore popular with religious zealots back home, I am ashamed to be a memberof this body tonight," she said then.

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