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Seattle WA - Donnie Davis says he hates homosexuality. He also claims onhis websites and warbles in his new song, The Bible Says, that "If you'rea fag, then God hates you, too."

"It's not often that people actually admit to their own hatefulness ofothers of their actions," says Marc Adams of HeartStrong, Inc. "There wasa time in my life when I thought I was exgay just like Donnie Davis andThe Bible Says might have been a duet."

Adams is referring to the nearly four years he spent trying to change hisbehavior from homosexual to heterosexual while a student at JerryFalwell's Liberty University. While he was a student and employee, hisrestorative therapy came from a group outside of the evangelicaluniversity.


Law 'threat' to Catholic adoption

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/01/23 02:04:51 GMT

Catholic Church adoption agencies will close if not allowed to opt out ofnew gay rights laws, the head of the church in England and Wales has said.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has written to the Cabinet to say churchteaching prevented its agencies placing children with homosexual couples.

He says forcing agencies to act against their consciences would constitutediscrimination against Catholics.

The Equality Act is due to come into effect in April.

It outlaws discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and serviceson the basis of sexual orientation in a similar way to rules on sex and racediscrimination.


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The UK Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has warmly welcomed thestatement issued by a prominent Nigerian Humanist concerning the proposedvirulently anti-gay legislation in his country.

The Nigerian Humanist Movement's Executive Secretary, Leo Igwe, has stronglycondemned the legislation saying: "The move by Nigeria tolegislate against same-sex marriage should be opposed by all who valuehumanrights, equity and justice worldwide.

The proposed legislation is clearly an attempt to reinforce hatred,intolerance, discrimination and persecution of people on the basis of sexualorientation in a country that has witnessed so much violence, repression andvictimization of people on the basis of sex, ethnicity and religion sinceits independence in 1960.

The proposed legislation does not in any way reflect or address thediversity and dynamics of human sexuality and relationships in Nigeria, nordoes it accord with the norms of international human rights law. It is insharp contrast and conflict with the values needed for the realisation of amodern, peaceful, progressive, tolerant and pluralistic Nigeria early inthis 21st century.


European year of Equal Opportunities for All -Eurobarometer onDiscrimination

Are Europeans concerned about discrimination and do they feel that they, orsections of society, are discriminated against?

Today's Eurobarometer survey shows that a large proportion of Europeans areof the opinion that discrimination is widespread in their country (64%). Onaverage 51 % of Europeans think that not enough effort is being made intheir country to fight discrimination and they would like to see thischange.

At the same time, the survey highlights that awareness of the existence ofanti-discrimination laws in the EU remains quite low. Disability is the onlytype of discrimination which more than half of the European public knows isprohibited by law when hiring employees. The public is least aware oflegislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age (31%) and sexualorientation (30%). Only one third of European Union citizens (32%) knowtheir rights should they become a victim of discrimination or harassment.What do Europeans think are the main areas for discrimination?


Holleran and Bechdel win 2007 Stonewall Book awards

SEATTLE - The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT)of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the winnersof the 2007 Stonewall Book Awards. Andrew Holleran, author of Grief(Hyperion), is the winner of the Barbara Gittings Book Award in Literature,and Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (HoughtonMifflin), is the winner of the Israel Fishman Book Award for Nonfiction.

The announcement was made January 21 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting inSeattle. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Stonewall Awards. Theywill be presented to the winners at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference inWashington, D.C., on June 25, 2007.

Grief is a first-person novel. Set in the nation’s capitol, the narratorattempts to reconcile the loss of a parent against the background ofpost-AIDS Washington. Meanwhile, he finds an unexpected emotional connectionin the correspondence of Mary Todd Lincoln and a bittersweet friendship withhis landlord, a gay contemporary.

Holleran, the acclaimed author of Dancer from the Dance, has consistentlybeen a distinctive voice of the gay male experience, explains Stonewall BookAward Committee Chair Robin Imhof. In Grief, Holleran has captured not onlythe grief experienced by the gay community dealing with the AIDS epidemic,but also the human experience of loss.

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Trial Ends For Gay Pastor
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 23, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Atlanta, Georgia) An openly gay Atlanta pastor who told his bishop that heis in a same-sex relationship won't know his fate for about two weeks afterhis clerical trial ended on Tuesday.

The Rev. Bradley E. Schmeling could be disciplined or removed from hischurch.

Schmeling, of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Atlanta, says thathe never kept his sexuality a secret and made it clear when he came to thediocese six years ago that he opposed a ban on non celibate gay clergy.

In August he informed Bishop Ronald B. Warren that he was in a committedrelationship with another man. Warren immediately began proceedings againstSchmeling.

Schmeling said that he met Darin Easler when they were both Lutheranpastors.

Easler moved to the gay-welcoming United Church of Christ but Schmelingstayed at St. John's.


January 24, 2007
Musgrave gives up on federal marriage ban

A proposed federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriagenationwide has been shelved in light of the Democratic takeover of Congress.A proposed federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriagenationwide has been shelved in light of the congressional takeover by theDemocratic Party, The Pueblo [Colo.] Chieftain newspaper reports.

The proposal's sponsors, Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, saidlast week they have no plans to reintroduce their antigay legislation in thenew Congress. "At this time I haven't discussed it with anyone," Allard toldthe newspaper on Thursday. "If we thought there was a decent chance to bringit to the floor for debate, I would, but with the new Congress, I'm not surewe will ever have that opportunity."

A Musgrave spokesman confirmed that the congresswoman would not introducethe legislation this year.


Parent Hurls Names At No Name-Calling Week Meeting
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 24, 2007 - 12:01 am ET

(Farmington, Minnesota) "No Name-Calling Week" has gotten under way atFarmington Middle School East, but not before a raucous school board meetingin which one parent protesting the Gay, Lesbian and Straight EducationNetwork event was thrown out by police for "name-calling".

"No Name-Calling Week" is a collaboration between GLSEN and over 40 nationaleducation organizational partners.

Schools organize activities aimed at ending name-calling and bullying of allkinds. GLSEN provides schools with tools and suggestions for events and waysof launching an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in theircommunities.

In Farmington, about a dozen parent converged on the school board to protestthe week.


Express Gay News

Critics mock marriage law proposal, call it homophobic
Bill's author repeatedly tried to ban gay marriage
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) | Jan 24, 7:55 AM

Critics mocked a proposed change to New Hampshire's marriage law Tuesday,calling the bill ludicrous, homophobic and silly as they urged legislatorsto toss it out.

Opponents of Fremont Republican Daniel Itse's bill find it problematic andpuzzling. They worry it breaches the divide between church and state, takingaim at liberal clerics who perform marriage and commitment ceremonies forsame-sex couples.

Itse, sponsor last year and this year of a constitutional amendment to bangay marriage, denied that's the point of the bill, which had a hearingTuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. He said the bill's intentionis to extend an exemption that so far has only been given to Quakers andrabbis. The exemption makes clear that Quakers and rabbis have the right toperform marriages according to their custom, even though both religions donot have ordained clergy.


Posted on Wed, Jan. 24, 2007

Gay in NEPA in 2007: plights and progress

By Donna Talarico Weekender Correspondent

Within every bustling metropolis therein lie smaller communities, and notjust geographically speaking, but communities made of groups of people.

Today, the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community in NortheastPennsylvania is quite significant.

In this issue, we will explore what it is like to be "out" in NEPA. We'lltalk to John Dawe, executive director of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, ScottPreisel, an HIV educator and board member and past president of NEPA Pride,and even clergy who are supportive of the gay community.

The changing climate of NEPA: Does homophobia or discrimination exist?


HONG KONG: Gay marriage show sparks TV row
Broadcasting Authority calls RTHK documentary 'biased towards homosexuality'

South China Morning Post
Sunday, January 21, 2007

By Mary Ann Benitez

A row broke out yesterday between RTHK and the Broadcasting Authority over aprogramme on gay marriages.

The controversial segment, called "Gay Lovers", was shown on theRTHK-produced series Hong Kong Connection on TVB Jade on July 9 during peakfamily viewing hours.

The episode featured the stories of two lesbians and a gay man.

The Broadcasting Authority strongly advised the broadcaster to follow thefamily viewing policy after ruling on an appeal brought by a member of thepublic. It decided the documentary was "unfair, partial and biased towardshomosexuality".

It also promoted an acceptance of homosexual marriages, the authority said.


Salt Lake Tribune

Lawmakers take a new run at bill on gay clubs

The proposal to restrict high-school support alliances, dropped last year,passes its first House panel hearing
By Matt Canham
The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake Tribune
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The move to restrict gay student support clubs in high schools resurfaced atthe Legislature on Tuesday and passed its first committee hearing withRepublicans in favor and Democrats opposed.

The controversial and complicated bill that affects all school clubs,curriculum-based or not, failed last year when House Republicans avoided thedebate late in the session.

The legislation is the brainchild of Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan,who believes so-called gay-straight alliances are "conditioning" clubsaiming to recruit students to a gay lifestyle.

Confident he has the support of a majority of senators, Buttars askedRep. Aaron Tilton, R-Springville, to start the bill in the House.

Tilton's view differs from Buttars'. He says he isn't trying toeliminate gay-straight alliances but he wants parents to be aware theirchildren are members and have a chance to review any material presented tothe club. Although he has never attended an alliance meeting, Tiltonbelieves alliance members sometimes inappropriately discuss sexuality.


The New York Times

January 24, 2007
Born - Again Crowd a Scary Bunch of "Friends"
Filed at 3:26 a.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Alexandra Pelosi, speaking about herdocumentary on red state evangelicals, said it's possible for everyone toget along if we can get past the hot-button issues of abortion and gaymarriage. She may be overly optimistic.

The daughter of House speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled the Bible Belt to bring
back footage of fundamentalist worshipers, as well as Christian miniature
golf courses, wrestling federations, car clubs and theme parks. Her guide
for much of the journey was Ted Haggard, president of the 30 million-member
National Association of evangelicals until he resigned in November after
evidence of his gay relationships and drug use came to light. The film was
completed a week or so before that happened, and Pelosi chose not to revisit
the interviews to make points on evangelical hypocrisy, though she mighthave.

Still, the parts of the film that were most troubling were not aboutabortion or gay marriage or even the incredibly pathetic attacks onevolution. Rather, it was the willingness of evangelicals, young and old, toaccept as figurative and literal gospel anything and everything fed to themby authority figures. They appear as automatons, unable or unwilling toquestion the pronouncements of their leaders.


The Washington Post

Gay Stays in Virginia
At Inns Across the Old Dominion, Same-Sex Couples Enjoy a Little SouthernHospitality

By Gary Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 24, 2007; C02

No rainbow flag flies outside the red-brick mansion in downtownCharlottesville. No lambda sign hangs in the window. From outside, the Innat Court Square looks like most of the other handsome Federal-stylebuildings lining Jefferson Street.

But inside, amid the antique wood furnishings, chandeliers and Orientalcarpets, owner Candace DeLoach has fashioned this guesthouse into one of themost gay-friendly hotels in Virginia. While much of the clientele isstraight -- parents of university students, business executives, couples intown for a getaway -- gay men and lesbian travelers know this as a welcominghaven where they can check in and kick back without worries of secondglances or raised eyebrows.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Tue, Jan. 23, 2007

Teen fuels uproar over ban on gays' blood

San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Last month, Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, Calif.,held its annual blood drive with the American Red Cross. After volunteeringfor hours, student body president Ronnie Childers waited in line to donatehis own blood.

He was turned away.

Ronnie is gay, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bars any boy or manwho has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The FDAsays gay men are far more likely to be infected with HIV than the generalpopulation, so the agency has a duty to protect the nation's blood supply.

Ronnie's experience inflamed the Harbor High School community and hasreignited an ongoing debate about the FDA's policy. The fact that gay menare prohibited from donating blood -- regardless of their sexual activity,safe-sex practices or HIV status -- has rankled the gay community for years.But the American Red Cross and other national organizations that regularlyrun blood drives are also pushing the FDA to revise the policy, which hasbeen in place since AIDS first hit in the early 1980s.


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Human Rights Campaign Releases Annual Report: Equality from State to State:Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans and State Legislation in2006

WASHINGTON - As the nation prepares to hear the State of the Union address,today, the Human Rights Campaign - America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexualand transgender civil rights organization - released the third annualEquality from State to State: GLBT Americans and State Legislation report,examining the state of state legislation that affected the GLBT community in2006. From New York to Florida to California to Washington state, Equalityfrom State to State 2006 outlines the legislative gains and challenges GLBTAmericans faced in their state capitols.

"State capitols continue to be the epicenters in the quest for gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender equality and we will continue to work with ourallies to support legislation that moves our goal of equality forward," saidHuman Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.


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Tue, 23 Jan 2007 15:55:36

MEPs have welcomed the launch today of the European year of equalopportunities.

The year, unveiled in Brussels by EU employment commissioner VladimirSpidla, aims to raise awareness of discrimination against EU citizens ongrounds of gender, age, disability, religion or ethnic origin.

UK socialist MEP Richard Howitt, president of parliament's disabilityintergroup, said he hopes the initiative will "give ownership of the year tothe vulnerable groups that are most commonly discriminated against".

His comments were echoed by German socialist Lissy Groner, co-rapporteur onparliament's report on the European institute for gender equality.

She said: "It is essential that all policies of the EU take intoconsideration that discrimination based on age, disability, religion orbelief, rate and sexual orientation continue to exist."


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New York, NY - HIV/AIDS advocates, anticipating that President Bush may onceagain make AIDS-related promises in this evening's State of the Unionspeech, noted persistent and growing gaps in prevention and treatment inthis nation and around the world.

US EPIDEMIC: Prevention funds cut, African American most impacted, ½ ofthose in need of treatment cannot get steady supply:

240,000 people in the United States have become newly infected with HIVsince Bush took office, with African-Americans representing half of the40,000 new HIV infections each year.

"I'm sad to say that my president's talk on AIDS in these speeches does nottranslate into dollars, and certainly hasn't brought any decline in thenumber of new HIV infections," said Judith Dillard of CHAMP, an AfricanAmerican woman living with HIV in Fort Worth, TX. "His pledges to reduceinfections aren't worth the paper his speechwriters print them on, as longas he keeps attacking reality-based HIV prevention, and as long as he keepson paying religious programs to preach abstinence rather than funding publichealth programs that work.


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Ted Haggard Says Evangelicals Have the 'Best Sex Life'
Former Evangelical President Talks Frankly About Sex in a New Documentary byAlexandra Pelosi

Jan. 22, 2007 - - Much has been made of America's so-called religiousdivide, but few of the discussions and debates resemble Alexandra Pelosi'snew film, "Friends of God."

The HBO documentary shows the Rev. Ted Haggard, the former president of theNational Association of Evangelicals, talking frankly about how evangelicalChristians have sex more than any other religious group.

Haggard resigned from the church in 2006, after a scandal linked him todrugs and a male prostitute.

Haggard served as Pelosi's tour guide through the evangelical community. Inthe film, he proclaims that evangelicals have the best sex lives in theworld.

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