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Episcopal Church plans legal action over breakaway antigay parishes


Episcopal Church leaders plan to take legal action for the return ofproperty held by 11 parishes that broke away because of the church'stolerance of gay clergy and relationships.

Episcopal Church leaders on Thursday said they are done negotiating and planto take legal action for the return of property held by 11 parishes thatbroke away because of the church's tolerance of gay clergy andrelationships.

Bishop Peter Lee and the executive board of the Diocese of Virginia declaredthe land and buildings held by the churches ''abandoned'' and said they meanto go to court to recover or protect diocesan property.

Lee wrote Thursday that he had tried unsuccessfully to find ways to resolvethe dispute without taking it to court.



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Singer John Mayer: Make Grey's Washington Gay
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: January 19, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET



(New York City) A day after Isaiah Washington publicly apologized for hisuse of the word "faggot" at the Golden Globe Awards and tried to put thecontroversy behind him it shows no sign of ending soon.

The latest to weigh in is singer John Mayer, who is straight and reportedlyseeing Jessica Simpson, and who has some thoughts on how ABC and "Grey'sAnatomy" should deal with its star.

"Sometimes you have to turn around and butt into a situation that doesn'tconcern you in order to offer a little bit of assistance," Mayer writes inhis blog.

He suggests that the shows writers make some alterations to Washington'scharacter, Dr. Preston Burke and make him gay.



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McCain To Target Romney Gay Flip Flops
by The Associated Press

Posted: January 19, 2007 - 1:00 pm ET



(Boston, Massachusetts) Sen. John McCain has hired a Boston politicaloperative with intimate knowledge of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romneyand his changing political positions to work on his presidential exploratorycommittee.

Rob Gray, president of Gray Media, served as the top political adviser toLt. Gov. Kerry Healey last fall in her unsuccessful campaign to succeedRomney as governor. That campaign suffered, in part, as Romney adoptedincreasingly conservative positions that differed from the moderate platformhe and Healey campaigned on in 2002.

In his new position, Gray will advise McCain, R-Ariz., on New Englandstrategy, Gray told The Associated Press on Friday.



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The Miami Herald

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Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

Congregation prays as gay pastor's disciplinary hearing starts

GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO
Associated Press

ATLANTA - A dozen Lutherans, some wearing multicolored stoles around theirnecks, prayed silently Friday as their pastor began facing a disciplinarycommittee that is expected not only to decide his fate within theEvangelical Lutheran Church in America but to add more fuel to the debateover gay clergy.

The Rev. Bradley Schmeling's supporters gathered at his church, St. John's,to pray in support of the gay pastor, who is facing the proceedings becausehe announced he had entered a relationship with a partner. The stoles camefrom gay clergy members who have resigned over the church's stance. Memberswore them in support gay clergy.

"It's been very painful and made me very angry, not having our relationshipsrespected," said congregation member John Ballew, 52, who's gay and said herejoined the Lutheran church thanks to Schmeling's ministry. "I'd askbishops to picture my face when they're dancing with their wives and say,John Ballew is never allowed to have this."



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The Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-lifriendsofgodjan20,0,1495267,print.story


GOD, MOM, COUNTRY

A sincere examination of evangelical Christians by filmmaker AlexandraPelosi (yes, that Pelosi) includes one not so minor distraction: Leading manTed Haggard.

By Felicia R. Lee,
The New York Times

January 20, 2007

You are a young documentary filmmaker with a reputation for capturingpoliticians' antics. In a deliberate departure from politics, your latestfilm is a road trip into the world of evangelical Christians that includes adrive-through church, a Christian wrestling federation, a stand-up Christiancomic, an evangelical Elvis and a biblical miniature golf course completewith the empty tomb of Jesus.

It just so happens, though, that your designated tour guide in that world isthe Rev. Ted Haggard, then president of the National Association ofEvangelicals who, after your film is finished, is accused of buying illegaldrugs from a male prostitute and paying him for sex. And your mother makeshistory by becoming the first female speaker of the House just weeks beforeyour film is broadcast.

Those two big events are the backstory for Alexandra Pelosi, whose filmFriends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi, is to be shown on HBO onThursday. The youngest child of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democratand speaker of the House, Alexandra Pelosi said she worried her film wouldnot be received in an "open-minded way."



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The Miami Herald

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Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

Congregation prays as gay pastor's disciplinary hearing starts

GIOVANNA DELL'ORTO
Associated Press

ATLANTA - A dozen Lutherans, some wearing multicolored stoles around theirnecks, prayed silently Friday as their pastor began facing a disciplinarycommittee that is expected not only to decide his fate within theEvangelical Lutheran Church in America but to add more fuel to the debateover gay clergy.

The Rev. Bradley Schmeling's supporters gathered at his church, St. John's,to pray in support of the gay pastor, who is facing the proceedings becausehe announced he had entered a relationship with a partner. The stoles camefrom gay clergy members who have resigned over the church's stance. Memberswore them in support gay clergy.



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Kennedy mum on new version of ENDA
Trans-inclusive rights bill faces unclear future in new new Congress

By LOU CHIBBARO JR
Friday, January 19, 2007

Editors' note: This is the second story in a two-part series looking at theprospects for passage of ENDA. Visit washingtonblade.com to read part one.

With the Democrats in control of Congress for the first time in 12 years,gay rights advocates are optimistic about a vote in the House and Senatelater this year on the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act, orENDA.

An outgrowth of gay civil rights bills introduced in Congress since the1970s, ENDA has called for banning employment discrimination based on sexualorientation. The most recent version of the bill introduced in October 2003defined sexual orientation as homosexuality, bisexuality or heterosexuality,whether actual or "perceived."

Over the past two years, the nation's most prominent gay rights groupsjoined forces with transgender advocacy organizations in calling for amodified version of ENDA that also bans discrimination based on "genderidentity" and "gender expression." Legal experts have adopted those terms asa means of defining transgender persons in civil rights legislation.




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Gays and lesbians in the 'Promised Land'
Despite Orthodox influence, Israel is the most gay-friendly country in theMiddle East

By JESSE MONTEAGUDO
Friday, January 19, 2007

Shortly after a United Nations cease-fire ended the Israel-Hezbollah war inLebanon and the Galilee, gay porn auteur Michael Lucas raised eyebrows andmade headlines when he announced his plans to visit Israel and entertain thetroops. Lucas, a Jew, timed his visit to show his support for thebeleaguered Jewish state: "I am very proud to be going to my home away fromhome and entertain gay Israelis in a time of war," wrote Lucas in his"adults-only" blog, lucasblog.com. "People need to see the faces of war,"Lucas added. "I will expose the reality that the people of Israel faceright now, especially that of gay Israelis who are targeted by the hate ofHezbollah."

Lucas was true to his word, visiting Israeli troops near the front andentertaining them (and others) in a hard-core "performance" at a gay club inTel Aviv. Though Lucas's obvious affection for himself never faltered, andhis version of Israel's "faces of war" (as shown on his blog) left out thefemale, the old, and the ugly, his feelings for his "home away from home"(and its men) were apparently sincere.




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Vancouver Gay Bookstore Loses Supreme Court Appeal
by The Canadian Press

Posted: January 19, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Ottawa) A gay and lesbian book store that wanted to sue Canada Customs overthe way it declares books and magazines obscene hit a dead end Friday whenthe Supreme Curt of Canada said the case can't get federal funding up front.

Joe Arvay, lawyer for Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium of Vancouver,said the matter is finished unless a Good Samaritan appears with a lot ofmoney.

``The case is dead,'' he said.

In a 7-2 decision, the high court upheld a ruling by the British ColumbiaCourt of Appeals and denied advance funding for the suit, which has been onhold since 2004 pending the money decision.

Writing for the majority, Justice Michel Bastarache and Justice Louis LeBelsaid the case doesn't meet the very special circumstances required toqualify for cash in advance.



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Neb. Lawmaker Urges Passage Of Gay Nondiscrimination Bill
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 19, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Lincoln, Nebraska) Legislation has been filed in the Nebraska Senate to addsexual orientation to existing laws banning discrimination in employment andhousing in the state.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers (D) who attempted to get asimilar bill enacted two years ago.

That attempt was defeated in committee.

Another LGBT rights bill sponsored by Chambers in 2005 that would ban gaydiscrimination in state hiring also failed.

Following defeat of the legislation, a third bill put forward by Chambers in2005, to discrimination of gay employees at the University of NebraskaMedical Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University andBoys Town National Research Hospital passed on a 23 - 11 vote.



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National Stonewall Democrats expressed "deep concern" over the announcementthat former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. will become chair of the DemocraticLeadership Council ( DLC ) . Other politically connected gay Democrats didnot share that concern.


The DLC supports policy issues that pull the Democratic Party toward thepolitical mainstream. Bill Clinton used it as a forum to advance hispresidential ambitions in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Ford, 36, is the scion of one of the most politically prominentAfrican-American families in Tennessee. He represented a Memphis district inCongress for 10 years and ran a close but ultimately unsuccessful race forthe U.S. Senate in 2006.




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Russia: Activists to Sue Moscow City Authorities Over Gay Pride Ban

http://www.mosnews.com/news/2007/01/19/gaypride.shtml

MosNews

Russian gay Pride organizers are planning to take the Moscow city governmentto European Court of Human Rights over its refusal to allow the event lastyear, the Gay.com web-site reports.

The city government denied a permit for the May 27 parade. Despite cityapproval, the Russian gay community carried on, only to be harassed byanti-gay protesters.

Police arrested nearly 200 marchers, many of whom were gay.

A riot among marchers, religious fundamentalists and skinheads left one gayman beaten unconscious.

The decision to move to the European court follows an earlier dismissal ofthe case by the Moscow City Court, which refused the appeal from the gaygroup.




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Harassment of lesbian and gay students common, study reports

ARIZONA DAILY STAR
By George B. Sánchez

Arizona's gay and lesbian students need better protection againstharassment, a national study says.

That study, titled "From Teasing to Torment: a Report on School Climate inArizona," is the cornerstone of a local symposium that begins today onlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth in Arizona schools.

Scholars, attorneys and community members will gather for the two-day event,said University of Arizona Associate Professor Stephen Russell, with thehope of creating progressive social policy from a foundation of academicresearch.

"What are the possibilities of thinking about system-level changes inschools and school policy?" Russell asked. "Having said that, there aregreat examples in Arizona, mostly in Tucson, of inclusive, nondiscriminatoryand anti-harassment policies."

In 2004, the Tucson Unified School District adopted a policy that strictlyprohibits harassment based on "real or perceived race, color, religion(creed), national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, disability or on the basis of association with others identifiedby these categories."


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HRC RESEARCH CENTER UPDATE

The majority of incoming college freshmen - 61 percent - believe gay andlesbian couples should have marriage rights, according to a UCLA's HigherEducation Research Institute report released today. This study appears to bea very accurate gauge of the 1.3 million incoming freshmen in the U.S., dueto a large sample size - 271,441 - of first-time/full-time college studentsat 393 schools nationwide. In addition, the study shows support hasincreased since 2005 by 3.3 percent.


Do you agree or disagree that .


Same-sex couples should have the right to legal marriage status.
Liberal Moderate Conservative
Agree 84% 63% 30%


It is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships.
Liberal Moderate Conservative
Agree 11% 23% 49%



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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/20/us/20yale.html?pagewanted=print


January 20, 2007

San Francisco Police Are Criticized in Wake of Fight Involving a YaleSinging Group
By JESSE McKINLEY


SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 - Investigators from the San Francisco PoliceDepartment are expected to travel toConnecticut this weekend to interviewvictims of a New Year's Day street fight here that left several YaleUniversity students injured and the department once again fending offcriticism.

The investigation stems from an attack just after midnight on Jan. 1, whenseveral members of the Baker's Dozen, an all-male a cappella group fromYale, were set upon by a group of young men. The latter were apparentlyenvious of the attention the singers had received at a New Year's Eve party,those who gave the party say. Members of the Yale group said they weretaunted with anti-gay slurs, and were later jumped and pummeled on a nearbystreet in the city's usually sedate Richmond neighborhood. Three members ofthe group were injured, including one whose jaw was broken in two places.



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Poll Explains Motives for Defeat of Marriage Amendment in Arizona

A majority, 60 percent, of those who voted against Arizona's marriageamendment said they felt it violated individual rights. But, of those thatvoted against it only 8 percent said they supported same-sex marriage.

Another 30 percent said they voted against the measure because it was notfair to deny benefits to unmarried couples, according to a Cronkite Schoolof Journalism at Arizona State University poll conducted Nov. 16 - 19, 2006.




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Everyone:
I have to try to add a note of caution and realism to this issue.Outrage did not consult or communicate with the Nigerian activists whohave been leading the fight against this bill before releasing thisalert. Please, people, do not flood Nigerian consulates and embassieswith protest letters at this time. It is not what is needed at thisjuncture; and it is emphatically not what the Nigerian activists who arein the forefront of the struggle want right now.

There are a number of inaccuracies in this alert.

The bill is a horrible, draconian one. (Seehttp://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/03/23/nigeri13064.htmfor an earlyresponse to it from a group of African organizations, as well as IGLHRCand HRW.) But it is not imminently about to pass unless internationalpressure is applied. To the contrary: Nigerian activists hope,tentatively but with increasing anticipation, that it will die a quietdeath if left undisturbed. Since this alert spread worldwide, I havespent a good part of the last two days communicating with colleagues inNigeria--as well as colleagues from other organizations that have beenmonitoring the bill's progress, and the general situation in Nigeria,closely.

There is no evidence right now that the bill is movingforward. It has been stalled in committee in the legislature formonths. While some action on it is still technically possible, thelegislature is now winding down and readying for elections. They're notlikely to take up the bill unless something--such as an internationalcampaign--pushes them to.

Moreover, after the elections there will nolonger be a Christian President. This doesn't mean Nigeria's leaderswill be less homophobic--but it does mean that the influence ofArchbishop Akinola and the Christian Association of Nigeria, who havebeen the main forces pushing the bill, will be more or less moot.



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Matthew Shepard's mum nominated for award
19th January 2007 16:13
Tony Grew

Gay activists in America are urging people across the world to vote for JudyShepard, who has been chosen as a finalist in the fifth "Volvo For Life"awards.

Mrs Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, hasbecome one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender equality.

The foundation was created by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime inWyoming in October 1998.

Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney are currently serving life sentencesfor the murder.


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http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/bloodban/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Overturn the NationalBlood Service (NBS) ban stopping Gay and Bi (G&B) Men giving Blood.

Blood in the UK is tested for HIV and Hep B&C before use. The NBS say therecord for testing is exceptionally good. Last year patients received threemillion+ units of blood and blood products, 6 of which were infected with ablood borne infection (or only 1/100th more of a risk if Gay and Bi men wereto donate).

UN and World Health Organisation position for blood donation is not todiscriminate against groups of individuals.

HIV is now at its fast growing rate in the heterosexual community. Thepolices of the NBS are outdated, making decisions as to whether or not yourallowed to give blood on how honest you are.



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Education Secretary stands up for gay song

8th January 2007 12:11
Tony Grew

Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBCRadio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) GladTo Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.

The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."

Speaking on arts programme Front Row yesterday, the cabinet minister wasdiscussing the government's 21st Century Songbook, a £10m project.

It aims to encourage singing in schools and thirty songs will be picked bypupils and teachers.

Mr Johnson said he would be happy for the 1978 anthem to be included in thesongbook.




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Mardi Gras protest over gay marriage


19th January 2007 09:55
Tony Grew

Sydney Mardi Gras organisers have launched a stinging attack on theAustralian Prime Minister's stance on same-sex marriage.

The federal government of John Howard has rejected calls for Australian gayand lesbian couples to be allowed to have same-sex marriages or civilunions.

The Liberal leader has spoken out against gay rights on many occasions.

In 2004 the government passed the Marriage Amendment Act, which stops thecourts recognising the validity of same-sex relationships.

Lex Lindsay, Queer Screen's Festival Manager commented, "Australia's gay andlesbian community are treated like second class citizens by Australia'sFederal Government.

"John Howard would be screaming from the rooftops if his marriage wasn'trecognised by the government, yet this is just one of the many basic rightsthat the gay community is still denied here in Australia.



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Troop 'surge' unlikely to help gay Iraqis
Militias continue to hunt gays in wake of 2005 fatwa

By JOSHUA LYNSEN
Jan. 19, 2007

President Bush's plan to deploy an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq will dolittle to stop the death squads that continue to hunt gays, according toexiled gay Iraqis and organizations monitoring the violence there.

Gay Iraqi citizens have been the victims of increased attacks and killingssince the U.S. invasion began in 2003, insiders told the Blade.

"Before the invasion, we never experienced any kind of trouble being gay inIraq," said Ali Hili, an exiled gay Iraqi living in London. "Saddam was atyrant. But while he was in power, discrete homosexuality was usuallytolerated. There was certainly no danger of gay people being assassinated byreligious fanatics."



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Bush may soon meet with group that "cures" gays
by John in DC - 1/17/2007 01:28:00 PM

That's what the anti-gay groups are claiming. Good. When Bush does themeeting, I hope the reporters ask Bush what he thinks of the "ex-gay" theorythat slavery was a good thing for those savage Africans.

A lead anti-gay activist claimed today on his email list that he is workingwith a "very well know" (sic) US Senator to set up a private meeting betweenBush and anti-civil-rights groups who think gays can be cured with prayer.Here's what the activist, who has worked with the men at the Concerned Womenfor America, had to say:

"I cannot give any more of the details as of this time, but SBM iscoordinating a private meeting with President Bush and other FORMERhomosexual men and women, along with their families to VETO this bill,should it come to that point. A very well know Senator who believes in ourefforts is working directly with SBM to secure this meeting. Lord willing,this meeting will be taking place VERY soon and we need you to PRAY."



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Majority dictates people's morality
Moral relativism, inherently flawed, lacks a foundation to convey itsdubious message.
Joshua Sharp
Posted: 1/18/07


"Pluralism and open-mindedness. There's no one right way. What works for oneperson doesn't work for all. No one should be forced to believe one thing,"somebody wrote on my door.

The door had been covered in sketch paper, and a box of crayons was attachedto let people draw anything they wanted. It was good fun, but eventuallydescended into scrawled anti-Christian messages.

In response, my roommate and I wrote that we'd be willing to respectfullydiscuss our faith with anybody, and an anonymous respondent offered theaforementioned pluralism quote.

It's a common view in our politically correct society. And lest I bemisunderstood, I'm the first to agree that tolerance and open-mindedness isimportant, and values should not be necessarily shoved down somebody'sthroat.



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Families of sexually abused teens sue MySpace, alleging negligence
- Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, January 19, 2007


our families whose underage daughters were sexually abused after meetingpeople they encountered on the social networking site MySpace have sued NewsCorp., the site's parent company, alleging it was negligent in not creatingsafety measures to protect younger users.

In separate suits filed this week in Los Angeles Superior Court, an attorneyfor the families said the virtual site is like at a day care facility or arestaurant that didn't adequately protect its customers.

"These virtual sites are no different," said Jason Itkin, a Houston attorneyrepresenting the families. "MySpace has not taken the steps necessary toprotect its customers. They know that these predators have been there."




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Is Harold Ford built for the road ahead?

The DLC proves it's living in the past by picking the failed senatorialcandidate as its new chairman.

By Thomas F. Schaller

Jan. 19, 2007 | In the final weeks of the 2006 campaign, one could barelyturn on the national cable news or talk shows without seeing Harold Ford.And whenever one did see Ford, he was pandering.

There was the Democratic Senate nominee in a Tennessee restaurant, wearing acamouflage baseball hunting cap and talking about how powerful his Jesuswas. There he was endorsing ex-Democrat Joe Lieberman in Connecticut andpiling on John Kerry. There he was with his dander up about the New Jerseysame-sex marriage ruling. Most egregiously, there was Ford, a 37-year-oldblack man, telling the MSNBC anchor who asked him if he thought the infamousRepublican ad with a white girl telling Ford to "call me" was racist, thathe didn't know. Ultimately, all his pandering wasn't enough. In a year inwhich Democrats won six of the seven most competitive Senate races, Ford wasthe seventh. He lost to Republican Bob Corker by three points.


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Tutu stands up for gays

19th January 2007 17:12
Tony Grew

Legendary anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged hisfellow Anglicans to focus on the problems facing Africa and stop obsessingover gay issues.

Dr Tutu told a conference in Nairobi that the God he worships does notconsider the position of homosexual clergy to be more important that AIDS.

The former Archbishop of Cape Town is attending the World Social Forum inKenya.

After decades of eloquent resistance to the apartheid system in SouthAfrica, Tutu led the newly democratic nation's Peace and ReconciliationCommission.

"I am deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendousproblems facing Africa, we concentrate on 'what do I do in bed with whom,'"he told a news conference in Nairobi.


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Raytheon making push for diversity
Its initiatives are unique to industry
By Bryan Bender and Robert Weisman, Globe Staff | January 16, 2007

WASHINGTON -- When Raytheon software engineer Louise Young and her partnerwanted a civil union in 2001, her employer did something unexpected in theconservative defense industry: It temporarily moved her to a division inSudbury, Vt., so they could realize their dream.

The Waltham-based defense giant considered Young too important an asset tolose. And since then, Raytheon has instituted a series of initiatives torecruit and promote racial minorities, gays, transgendered people, andpeople with disabilities, making the company the undisputed leader inchanging the complexion of an industry long dominated by white men.

The push to change the image of the Pentagon's fifth-largest contractor isconsidered a matter of survival. Raytheon faces the looming retirement ofthe baby boom generation and decided it must cast as wide a net as possiblefor new talent to help develop the technologies of the future. It found thatminorities of many backgrounds have steered away from defense contractors onthe assumption that they had an unwelcoming work environment and culture.



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Posted on Fri, Jan. 19, 2007

The other f-word - is it ever OK?
Yes. No. Maybe. 'Grey's Anatomy' spat turns the spotlight on anti-gay slur.
BY CHRIS HEWITT
Pioneer Press

Is the f-word the new n-word? No, not that f-word. The other one.

A pejorative word for gay people, the other f-word has been in the newslately because of a controversy at the TV show "Grey's Anatomy." ActorIsaiah Washington supposedly called another actor - gay performer T.R.Knight, a Twin Cities native - that word. He then denied it Monday whileusing the word again. Which raises the question: Is it ever an OK word touse?

Not in that situation, said gay singer-songwriter Tim Carroll, who is in aposition to know: He named his punk band after the word: Faggot.

"It is loaded. . Just as rap people will use the n-word incessantly, my takeis very similar: I use it because I can, because it's about disempowerment."

Carroll, 49, said the epithet has been directed at him since he was inschool, so naming his band after it has been a way to reclaim the word. Now,if someone yells it out of a car window at him, his reply is, "Yeah. Come tothe show!" (His band's next show is at Big V's nightclub in St. Paul onValentine's Day.)



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Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe


19th January 2007 11:21
PinkNews.co.uk writer

The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca forextremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP forpolice to intervene.

The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage ofpreacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.

"If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should bemurdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.

The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque inBirmingham.

He also mocked Western attitudes towards women and attacked Christians andJews.

Eight MPs have signed an early day motion condemning the preacher's views.

Labour MP Roger Godsiff wrote to the West Midlands Chief Constable askingfor an investigation, and police have confirmed they are studying thedocumentary.


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