Wednesday, January 03, 2007

GLBT DIGEST - January 3, 2007

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The Year In Sports
Part One

by Jim Allen, Jim Buzinski & Cyd Zeigler Jr.,


Aussie Tennis Star Comes Out: Rennae Stubbs may be less than a householdname in the United States (considerably less), but in Australian she's thequeen tennis bee. With 52 doubles titles (and six of them Grand Slamevents), she has won more than all but 10 women in history; and she has wonmore than any Australian ever.

In Australia, she's known as a champion and a loudmouth. She's gottenherself into a bit of trouble with her willingness to address every questionabout every issue presented to her. She's gone after Martina Hingis, Fed Cupofficials and anyone else whom she saw as standing between her and herversion of justice. Now, Stubbs is telling the world what she says thetennis world has known for a while: she's gay.

much more....


The Year In Sports
Part Two

by Jim Allen, Jim Buzinski & Cyd Zeigler Jr.,


Tour starts under cloud: I'm still kind of shocked after readinga bunch of online articles about it earlier today, but it's unreal that theTour de France, which starts today, didn't even get to the first startingline before being engulfed in a doping scandal. With Lance Armstrongretired, this Tour was, to the use the sports cliche, "wide open for anyoneto win". Instead, two of the favorites, Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, werejust the big names sent home before even pedaling a metre after a recentdoping investigation in Spain spilled over to the Tour. The Spanishinvestigation linked over 50 riders on various teams to a doctor, EufemianoFuentes, after Fuentes was busted in May with performance-enhancing drugs.

I'm a casual cycling fan, loving the Tour every year, but thisis getting absurd. As a friend said to me the other day, "They should justgive up. Almost everyone dopes, just accept it that doping *is* the levelplaying field". While I admire my friends combination of resignation andcynicism and generally approve of a "better living through chemistry"aesthetic, I can't see that happening any time soon. The fragile credibilityof the sport would nosedive if the authorities gave up prosecuting dopers,but it's hard to see anything substantial being done. It's common sense thatthe chemists are always going to be ahead of the testers as long as there'sthe money and prestige involved in winning the Tour de France. It's just sadthat such a cool sport gets written about for the wrong reasons, such assoccer and its hooligans. It's a cliche, but the Tour really is wide openfor anyone to win now.

much more....


Japan Court Refuses To Amend Transsexual's Birth Record
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 3, 2007 - 12:01 am ET

(Kobe, Japan) A Japanese court has refused to amend the birth records of atranssexual because prior to sex reassignment surgery she had fathered achild.

Under a 2004 law only unmarried, childless applicants can change theirofficial gender. Applicants also must have had a sex-change operation andbeen diagnosed by two doctors as having gender-identity disorder.

Masami Osako, 51, was once married and had a child but later divorced.

She subsequently underwent a sex-change operation but is still listed as amale in her family registry.

"I feel uneasy about the incongruity of my current appearance and the genderin the registry," Osako told the Kyodo news service.


Front Runner Author Runs For WeHo Council

by Cyd Zeigler,

(West Hollywood, California) Patricia Nell Warren, author of "The FrontRunner" and "The Lavender Locker Room" and regular contributor to Outsports,has filed papers to run for a position on the West Hollywood City Council.There are three seats open on the city council and 10 candidates arerunning. We talked with Warren about her decision.

Outsports: Why have you decided to run for West Hollywood City Council?Patricia Nell Warren: My friends and family are not surprised by thisdecision. For years I've been getting more politically active. Not justwriting political commentary, but working on legislative projects, doingsome canvassing in West Hollywood, serving as a commissioner in the LosAngeles Unified School District. A natural next step is running for officein a local election. The logical choice is West Hollywood, where I've beenactive since arriving in southern California in 1991.

OS: What prompted this decision?
PNW: For years I've been encouraged to go into politics, so it's been on mymind a while. I made the decision in early December when I heard thatfilings were still open for the WeHo election. Three of the five seats areup for re-election. The three incumbents -- John Heilman, Abbe Land and SalGuarriello -- are running again. There are six other candidates besides me.

The election is March 6.


Czech Civil Partnerships Gain In Popularity
by Newscenter Staff

Posted: January 2, 2007 - 9:00 pm ET

(Prague) In the six months since civil partnerships became legal in theCzech Republic more than 200 gay and lesbian couples have exchanged vowsPrague Radio reported on Tuesday.

LGBT civil rights leaders said they were pleasantly surprised by thenumbers. Jiri Hromada, of the Gay Initiative, said he had expected muchless interest.

The legislation passed the lower house in December, 2005 and the upper housea month later but was vetoed by President Vaclav Klaus in February 2006

Last March Parliament overrode the veto, allowing the law to take effectJuly 1.

It made the Czech Republic the first post-communist country in centralEurope to legalize gay and lesbian partnerships.


Express Gay News

Gov.-elect's statements on gay marriage
Deval Patrick vows to 'turn this around'
BOSTON (AP) | Jan 3, 8:32 AM

The following are statements from Gov.-elect Deval Patrick before and afterTuesday's Constitutional Convention:


"I am disappointed by today's vote in the Constitutional Convention. We havenever used the initiative petition to limit individual freedoms and personalprivacy, but today's vote was a regrettable step in that direction.

"We have work to do over the next year to turn this around. I am heartenedby the fact that the overwhelming majority of the members of theLegislature - a margin of over 2 to 1 - voted to move on. I pledge to dowhat I can to build on that momentum, so that our Constitution will continueto stand for liberty and freedom, and not discrimination."


The New York Times

January 3, 2007
Former General Backs Gay Policy Change
Filed at 7:22 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army general who was Joint Chiefs chairman when thePentagon adopted its ''don't ask, don't tell'' policy on gays says he nolonger opposes allowing them to serve openly.

John Shalikashvili, who retired in 1997 after four years as the nation's topmilitary officer, had argued that allowing homosexuals to serve openly wouldhurt troop morale and recruitment and undermine the cohesion of combatunits. He said he has changed his mind after meeting with gay servicemen.

''These conversations showed me just how much the military has changed, andthat gays and lesbians can be accepted by their peers,'' Shalikashvili wrotein an opinion piece in Tuesday's New York Times.

His view could carry weight at a time when advocates of lifting therestriction on gay service members argue that the military -- under thestrain of fighting two wars -- can ill-afford to exclude any qualifiedvolunteers.


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Up-date from Mass Legislator Stan Rosenberg on today's

I am writing to provide a report on today's meeting of the ConstitutionalConvention which is the last of this legislative term.

The news is mixed, but in my opinion should not be depressing. There wasinsufficient support in the legislature to use parliamentary maneuvers toblock the progress of the citizen initiative to ban same sex marriage. As aresult we voted on the citizen initiative itself and our opponents got 62votes, which is 12 more than the necessary 50 to advance it to the nextlegislative session. Even after a successful vote to reconsider thatdecision we were unable to move any additional members today so the matterdoes move to the next convention.

The good news is that their 12 vote margin of victory will be reduced by7 votes as there will be a net gain for our side among the freshmenlegislators to be sworn in tomorrow. So we will then only need to find 5 newvotes for our side prior to the next convention. That next convention cantake place any time as early as next week and no later than July 31st, 2008.With Governor-Elect Deval Patrick and Speaker Dimasi as strong supporters ofsame-sex marriage, I am very optimistic that we will be able to find thevotes to defeat the amendment in the next term.


Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

Portsmouth Herald, NH, January 2, 2007

Partnerships warrant legal protections

When it comes to the issue of gay marriage, aside from the still contesteddecision by Massachusetts to allow it, little has changed either nationallyor locally over the past several years.

Back in 2003, just before the presidential elections, a national AssociatedPress poll found 52 percent of Americans favored laws banning gay marriage.A Concord Monitor poll taken recently here in New Hampshire had 55 percentof those interviewed opposed to marriage between people of the same sex.

There has been a shift, however, at least here in New Hampshire, concerningthe issue of civil or -- as Portsmouth Democratic state Rep. Jim Splainelikes to call them -- domestic unions. While the 2003 national polls had 53percent opposing these unions, the Monitor poll had only 40 percent voicingopposition.


The New York Times

January 3, 2007

Same-Sex Marriage Setback in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Jan. 2 - Massachusetts, the only state where same-sex marriage islegal, took a first step toward possibly banning it Tuesday when legislatorsvoted to advance a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the unionbetween a man and a woman.

The amendment now requires the approval of at least 50 legislators inanother vote in the 2007-8 session. Then it would be placed on the November2008 ballot as a referendum question.

If it passed, the amendment would not invalidate the more than 8,000same-sex marriages that have taken place since they became legal in May2004. But it would prevent future marriages of gay men and lesbians.

"This is democracy in action," said Kris Mineau, president of theMassachusetts Family Institute, which sponsored the amendment. "It's givingpeople the opportunity to vote on the most essential institution in humanexistence - marriage."


The New York Times

January 3, 2007
Mass. Proposed Gay Marriage Ban Advances
Filed at 5:02 a.m. ET

BOSTON (AP) -- Gay marriage in Massachusetts, the only state to recognizesame-sex marriage, is moving closer to becoming a ballot issue in the 2008election.

State lawmakers voted Tuesday to advance a proposed constitutional amendmentdefining marriage as the union between a man and woman.

The measure still needs approval of the next legislative session before itcan get on the ballot. Supporters and opponents of gay marriage vowed tostep up their campaigns in the meantime.

''There are thousands and thousands of supporters who are committed toensuring that the rights of a few are never put to a public popularityballot,'' said Marc Solomon, campaign director for MassEquality.

Kris Mineau of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which backs theamendment, hailed Tuesday's vote.


Doug Ireland

http://direland. direland/ 2006/10/indonesi a_gays_.html

October 18, 2006

Indonesia's fledgling LGBT group, Arus Pelangi (Rainbow Flag), lastMonday launched a national campaign against a welter of ultrahomophobic regional statutes based on Muslim Sharia law.

"Many LGBT people are arrested and detained, often without charges orclear reason, only to be released after a few days," saidWidodo "Dodo" Budi Darmo (in foreground, photo left), the 35-yearold director of campaigning for Arus Pelangi, which was formed inJanuary this year as Indonesia's first explicitly activist LGBT groupon the legal and political fronts.

"In 2004, the region of Palembang introduced a regional law thatproscribes homosexuality as an act of prostitution that `violates thenorms of common decency, religion, and legal norms as they apply tosocietal rule,'" Dodo-a co-founder of Arus Pelangi-told Gay City Newsfrom Jakarta. "That law says that included under the term `act ofprostitution' are `homosexual sex, lesbians, sodomy, sexualharassment, and other pornographic acts.'"


A Personal Note From:
Michael Emanuel Rajner
National Secretary - Campaign to End AIDS
Telephone: (305) 677-3506

C2EA: A Formidable Contender Gears Up For 2007!

Success is defined and measured in many ways, for Campaign to End AIDS, 2006was a pivotal year for C2EA and we could not have done it without thepassion and support of our membership and partnership with national andinternational organizations.

This summer's Youth Action Institute 2006 played an instrumental role in thedevelopment of tomorrow's leaders. National sponsors such as AIDSFoundation of Chicago, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project-CHAMP,Housing Works, National Association of People with AIDS-NAPWA, SexualityInformation & Education Council of the United States-SIECUS, TreatmentAccess Expansion Project-TAEP and The Well Project helped mold the minds ofthe next generation of leaders. The institute provided young men and women(most living with HIV/AIDS) with the education and resources of empowermentto strengthen their leadership abilities. During this week long ofdiscovery, young adults learned how to harness the power they possess andprepare them as the next generation of activists to END AIDS! We continueto receive progress reports on the continued success of these courageousheroes.



The Washington Post

Head to Head On the Hill
New Finance Chairman, SEC Chief Are a Study in Contrast

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 3, 2007; D01

From their years at Harvard Law School to their tenure in the House ofRepresentatives, Barney Frank and Christopher Cox chose markedly differentapproaches to reach their destinations.

This week, their paths will cross again as Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat,assumes control of the House Financial Services Committee, which overseesthe Securities and Exchange Commission -- led by Cox, a former Republicanlawmaker from California.

Despite similar r?sum?s, the men could hardly be more divergent in ideologyand personal style.

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