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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/23/AR2007052300204_pf.html

Liberty Student Arrested on Bomb Charges

By SUE LINDSEY
The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 23, 2007; 7:13 AM

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- A Liberty University student who told a family member hehad made bombs and planned to attend the funeral of the Rev. Jerry Falwellwas apparently upset about an anti-gay fringe group that protested at thefuneral, authorities said.

Officials were still trying to figure out what Mark David Uhl planned to dowith the bombs. Police do not believe he intended to disrupt the funeralTuesday or harm the Falwell family, Campbell County Sheriff Terry Gaddysaid.

Uhl, 19, was being held without bond in the Campbell County Adult DetentionCenter on charges of manufacturing an explosive device. It was not known ifhe had a lawyer, and messages seeking comment left at numbers believed tobelong to his family were not returned.

Uhl, of Amissville, was arrested Monday night after a family membercontacted authorities, who found homemade bombs in the trunk of Uhl's car,Major Steve Hutcherson said.

Gaddy described the five bombs as "sort of like napalm" and about the sizeof soda cans.



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Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/22/AR2007052200411_pf.html

Gay Bishop Kept Out of Anglican Meeting

By RACHEL ZOLL
The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 22, 2007; 4:56 PM

NEW YORK -- The first openly gay Episcopal bishop will not be invited to aonce-a-decade meeting of world Anglican leaders next year, as the fellowshiptries to avert a schism over homosexuality. A breakaway conservative U.S.bishop also was snubbed.

New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who lives with his male partner,called the decision Tuesday "an affront to the entire Episcopal Church." Theother prelate, Bishop Martyn Minns, leads a U.S. parish network formed byNigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola to counter the liberal-leaning Americandenomination on its home turf.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the AnglicanCommunion, said he took the rare step of withholding the two invitations sothat the meeting, called the Lambeth Conference, can focus on keepingAnglicans together.

Inviting "bishops whose appointment, actions or manner of life have causedexceptionally serious division or scandal within the communion," would erodetrust, Williams said.

More than 850 other bishops were asked to participate in the conference,scheduled to begin in July 2008 at the University of Kent in England.Williams warned against interpreting an invitation as a "certificate oforthodoxy."

But Anglicans have long been awaiting word on who would be included as asign of whether liberals or conservatives will wield more influence at themeeting.



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Sun-Sentinel.com

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-falwell-funeral-arrest,0,233729,print.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

Liberty Student Arrested on Bomb Charges
By SUE LINDSEY
Associated Press Writer

May 23, 2007, 5:24 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- A Liberty University student who told a family member hehad made bombs and planned to attend the funeral of the Rev. Jerry Falwellwas apparently upset about an anti-gay fringe group that protested at thefuneral, authorities said.

Officials were still trying to figure out what Mark David Uhl planned to dowith the bombs. Police do not believe he intended to disrupt the funeralTuesday or harm the Falwell family, Campbell County Sheriff Terry Gaddysaid.

Uhl, 19, was being held without bond in the Campbell County Adult DetentionCenter on charges of manufacturing an explosive device. It was not known ifhe had a lawyer, and messages seeking comment left at numbers believed tobelong to his family were not returned.

Uhl, of Amissville, was arrested Monday night after a family membercontacted authorities, who found homemade bombs in the trunk of Uhl's car,Major Steve Hutcherson said.

Gaddy described the five bombs as "sort of like napalm" and about the sizeof soda cans.



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The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/v-print/story/115286.html

Posted on Tue, May. 22, 2007
R.I. court to take up gay divorce case
By ERIC TUCKER

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether a gay couplewho wed in Massachusetts can get divorced in Rhode Island, where the law issilent on the legality of same-sex marriages.

The justices said they would decide only whether a lower court can recognizea same-sex marriage performed in another state for the purpose of handling adivorce petition. Lawyers for both sides say the divorce case won't decidewhether gay couples can get married in Rhode Island.

Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers were married in 2004 after same-sexmarriage became legal in Massachusetts. Last year, the couple filed fordivorce in Rhode Island, where they live, citing irreconcilable differences.

In December, Chief Family Court Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. asked theRhode Island Supreme Court to decide whether he had jurisdiction to handlewhat is believed to be the state's first same-sex divorce case.

The court returned the case to him at first, saying it needed moreinformation about the couple's marriage. But in an order dated Monday, thejustices agreed to take the case and said it would accept written briefs onor before Aug. 1.



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ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=3196988

MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data
Under Pressure From Attorney Generals, MySpace Agrees to Share Sex OffenderData With States
By MARGARET LILLARD
The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C.

Faced with legal demands from several state attorneys general, MySpace.comsaid Monday it will immediately begin sharing data on the registered sexoffenders it has identified and removed from the popular social networkingWeb site.

MySpace balked last week when attorneys general from eight states demandedit provide data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site andwhere they live.

The company said federal privacy laws required the states to file subpoenasor other legal requests before it could release the information. MySpacegeneral counsel Mike Angus said company officials met with North CarolinaAttorney General Roy Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General RichardBlumenthal last week to sort out the details of those requests.

"We hope to get requests from every state," Angus said. "From day one, wehave preserved all the information in the hopes of getting these requests."

MySpace, owned by media conglomerate News Corp., obtained the data fromSentinel Tech Holding Corp. The companies partnered in December to build adatabase with information on sex offenders in the United States, and Angussaid MySpace has already used the database to remove about 7,000 profilesout of a total of about 180 million.



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New York Law School

http://newyorklawschool.typepad.com/leonardlink/2007/05/9th_circuit_say.html

9th Circuit Says Roommates Website Not Immune From Civil Rights Suit

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on May 15 in Fair HousingCouncil v. Roommates.com, 2007 WL 1412650, that an internet website for theuse of potential roommates may be violating Fair Housing laws by havingusers fill out an interactive questionnaire about preferences concerningsex, sexual orientation, and family status of roommates.

Without expressing a final opinion on whether there is a violation ofhousing discrimination law, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that theimmunity for interactive computer service providers created by the federalCommunications Decency Act (CDA) does not extend to Roommates.com, at leastregarding the questionnaires and resulting information published on itswebsite.

Congress passed this provision of the CDA mainly to insulate internetservice providers who allow users to post text on their websites from directliability for defamation, but it could also have the incidental effect ofshielding service providers from liability under civil rights laws.According to Judge Alex Kosinski's opinion for the court, "The touchstone... is that providers of interactive computer services are immune fromliability for content created by third parties," and, according to anearlier decision by the 9th Circuit, the immunity created by the CDA is"quite robust."

In this case, groups in California concerned about housing discriminationcharged that Roommates.com was violating fair housing laws by requiringthose who sought to be listed on its website to indicate their preferencesby filling out an on-line questionnaire, as well as writing a free-formstatement about their preferences to include with their listing. Those withapartments seeking roommates had to indicate the sex and sexual orientationof everybody living in the household, and whether children would be present.Those seeking living situations also had to indicate the sex, sexualorientation and family status of those with whom they were willing to liveas roommates.

Roommates.com defended against the lawsuit by arguing that the "content"being created for the listings on its site came from the third parties whowere filling out the forms, and thus Roommates.com could not be heldresponsible for their content under the immunity provision of the CDA. U.S.District Judge Percy Anderson agreed, granting judgment in favor of thedefendant.



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The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5951623

Culture Vulture: 'Gay Pages' address the business of tolerance
Brandon Griggs
Article Last Updated: 05/21/2007 07:14:23 PM MDT

Last month, Gay Pages phone books began appearing on doorsteps of homesacross Salt Lake City. They came with a note explaining, "In our book youwill find businesses that are gay-owned or gay-friendly. Please considerusing our book no matter what your orientation, because it supportsbusinesses that do not discriminate."

The directory is the brainchild of Sean Wright, an entrepreneur whomoved to Utah in 2005 after publishing similar gay-oriented phone books inLos Angeles and Las Vegas. Wright said he wasn't planning on issuing a SaltLake Gay Pages but was dismayed by such episodes as Larry H. Miller'sbanning of "Brokeback Mountain."

"It's really a different bubble here [in Utah]," he says. "I wasshocked."

His concerns were reinforced when he began selling space in the GayPages last summer and business owners repeatedly turned him down.

"They'd tell me, 'I'd love to be in the book but I don't want to beboycotted by the Mormons.' '' Two callers left death threats. Two otherwould-be clients spat at Wright after he pitched the project. One was areal-estate agent who told him, "all you faggots should burn in hell."

"The funniest thing about all this is that everybody always assumes I'mgay," says Wright, who has a girlfriend. "I'm not. But I believe the gaycommunity has the right to . . . be treated as equals."



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http://www.kcbs.com/pages/485296.php?contentType=4&contentId=525192

Posted: Monday, 21 May 2007 5:57PM

SF Campaign Hopes to Help Gay Couples Adopt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- The city of San Francisco's new "Adoption SF"campaign aims to stop the discrimination of gay couples that want to adoptchildren.

Jill Jacobs is the executive director the Oakland adoption agency FamilyBuilders, which the city has hired to run the campaign. She said manystates, such as Florida and Mississippi, have laws banning gay couples frombecoming foster parents.

"I don't understand morally and ethically how other jurisdictions can keeptheir children locked away in foster care when they have a community ofpeople that are waiting and willing and able to parent," said Jacobs.

San Francisco has more than 1,700 children in foster care, most of whom areadolescents.

"Youth end up in foster care through no fault of their own," said Jacobs."And there are many great, wonderful children and youth in foster care thatneed families."



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Advocate.com

http://www.advocate.com/print_article_ektid45378.asp

May 22, 2007
California prisons to allow gay family visits

Gay and lesbian inmates in California prisons will have equal access toconjugal visits from their registered domestic partners, the state agencysaid last week after prodding from the American Civil Liberties Union.The change followed an application last year from convicted burglar VernonFoeller, 40, of Sacramento, whose partner contacted the ACLU after beingdenied a family visit to the state's Vacaville facility.

The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ultimately allowedthe couple an overnight family visit a week before Christmas. On Wednesday,the agency held a public hearing toward bringing its regulations in linewith California's domestic-partner law.

Foeller, who was serving a 20-month term, was released last month andtestified at the hearing.

"I heard from a lot of people inside the prison who thought it was a stepforward," he told Gay.com on Monday.

"People who are doing life terms, or even seven to life, can't get familyvisits, and they saw what I was doing as a step to roll that back."



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The Buffalo News

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Fired BPO musician's allegation of anti-gay bias to get hearing
By Tom Buckham NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Updated: 05/21/07 6:37 AM


Allegations that the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra fired a musician threeyears ago because he protested the anti-gay bias of a fellow musician willbe explored during a state Division of Human Rights hearing next month.Discrimination complaints filed by J. Bud Roach, the orchestra's formersecond oboist, charge that in February 2003 - a year before his dismissal -first oboist Pierre Roy remarked during an audition for prospective BPOmusicians, "We wouldn't want any more fags in the orchestra."

Roach, who is gay, alleges that when he complained to Music Director JoAnnFalletta about Roy's comment, which he heard secondhand, she urged him todrop the matter because "these things can get messy." He further claims thatafter he took his case to the state in late 2003, the BPO retaliated bydismissing him.

The musician's allegations surfaced this week in a statement issued on his
behalf by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Reached by telephone in Canada, where he is now a teacher, Roach said thatwhen he visited Falletta's dressing room in February 2003 to complain aboutRoy's comment, she did not question his musicianship.



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The Advocate

http://www.advocate.com/print_article_ektid45385.asp

May 23, 2007
California antidiscrimination bill would be toughest in country

The toughest nondiscrimination protections in the country may be enforced in
California after the state assembly passed the Civil Rights Act of 2007 on
Monday. The bill won by a vote of 42-26 and will advance to the statesenate.

The measure, AB 14, strengthens and clarifies 51 provisions in state law toprohibit bias based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin,ethnicity, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, genderidentity, and sexual orientation.

Authored by Assemblyman John Laird, a Santa Cruz Democrat, the act was alsobacked by gay rights advocacy group Equality California and the NAACP.

Laird said in the press release that the bill is a progressive step for thestate and "a significant step forward in filling key gaps in civil rightsprotections, as well as preventing unnecessary litigation. All Californiansdeserve the strongest level of protection available in state law-this billdoes that for 51 codes that are currently deficient."



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The Advocate

http://www.advocate.com/print_article_ektid45389.asp

Funeral returns Falwell to his roots

The Reverend Jerry Falwell was remembered by thousands Tuesday as a championof conservative Christian values who fearlessly galvanized the religiousright into a powerful force in American politics.

The funeral returned Falwell to his roots, the Thomas Road Baptist Church inLynchburg, Va., where he started as a young preacher in 1956 with just 35parishioners in an old, abandoned soda bottling plant. More than 10,000people attended the funeral, many forced into overflow seating.

''He was a champion of the fundamental values that we hold dear,'' fellowVirginia evangelist Pat Robertson said as he entered the sanctuary. ''Hestepped on some toes.''

Falwell, 73, died a week ago after collapsing in his office at LibertyUniversity, which he founded in 1971 as Lynchburg (later Liberty) BaptistCollege. His physician said Falwell had a heart condition and presumablydied of a heart rhythm abnormality.

In many ways he was the architect of his own farewell: He designated thespeakers and picked out the music for the service, according to Mark DeMoss,his former executive assistant. The most prominent of those attending wereleaders of the religious right; none of the Republican presidentialcandidates attended.



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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/05/052207lithuania.htm

Lithuania Bars EU Sponsored Tolerance Bus
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: May 22, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET

(Vilnius) A tolerance campaign sponsored by the European Union has been toldit is not welcome in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

The tolerance campaign - a bus carrying the slogan "For diversity, Againstdiscrimination" - has been touring Europe. It's goal is to education peopleabout the EU's human rights laws. Among the laws that it is hoping toeducate people on are those guaranteeing the rights of the EU's LGBTcommunities.

This is the fourth year the bus has toured EU capitals. Nineteen cities areon this year's tour.

Vilnius is the first city to refuse to allow the campaign. The bus was tohave arrived in the city this Friday.

City council voted unanimously to bar the bus claiming that it had receivedinformation that anti-gay protestors were planning to disrupt events relatedto the bus' arrival.



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365gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/biz/closet/052207closet.htm

Cadillac Cruises With Gay Imagery as a GM First
by Michael Wilke, special to 365Gay.com

After three years in the gay and lesbian marketplace for Cadillac, GM Corp.is taking things to the next level with custom-created ads showing a malecouple together for the Cadillac DTS in the crowded gay parking lot.

It is the first gay specific ad for GM too, even though the company's otherbrands Saab and Saturn have been in the marketplace for over a decade.

The Cadillac print ad, part of the general market "Life. Liberty. And thePursuit" campaign from Modernista, Boston, features a scruffy driver in his20s, dressed in a black shirt with a Miami Vice-style jacket, accompanied byanother man riding in a black DTS.

"We wanted to put a face on the brand," says John Gasloli, nationaladvertising manager for Cadillac. "We previously focused on the product andwanted to pull in more of the emotional."

The new ad was shot simultaneously with the general market campaign, Gasloliexplains, where "we cast a large cross section of people, with a variety ofages, gender groupings and looks." For the Cadillac DTS, the photo shootincluded four young guys and two young guys together, he says.



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Express Gay News

http://expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=12811

Maine governor signs emergency bill barring funeral protests
Will prevent anti-gay demonstrations
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) | May 22, 2:08 PM

Legislation prompted by anti-homosexual demonstrations at soldiers' funeralswas signed into law late last week by Gov. John Baldacci. The law tookeffect immediately.

The emergency measure, L.D. 246, received final approval in the Maine Senateon May 15 and was signed by Baldacci on May 18.

Maine is the latest state to take action in response to demonstrations bythe Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kan.-based church that preachesthat U.S. soldiers are being killed in Iraq because of America's toleranceof homosexuality.

The law, which was sponsored by state Sen. David Hastings III, R-Fryeburg,makes it a crime to accost, insult, taunt or challenge any person attendinga funeral, burial or memorial service.

Hastings said he was prompted to introduce the bill after members of theWestboro church threatened to show up at the March funeral of a soldier fromhis district, Army Sgt. Corey Dan of Norway, who died in Iraq. Theprotesters never showed.



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Express Gay News

http://expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=12811

Maine governor signs emergency bill barring funeral protests
Will prevent anti-gay demonstrations
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) | May 22, 2:08 PM

Legislation prompted by anti-homosexual demonstrations at soldiers' funeralswas signed into law late last week by Gov. John Baldacci. The law tookeffect immediately.

The emergency measure, L.D. 246, received final approval in the Maine Senateon May 15 and was signed by Baldacci on May 18.

Maine is the latest state to take action in response to demonstrations bythe Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kan.-based church that preachesthat U.S. soldiers are being killed in Iraq because of America's toleranceof homosexuality.

The law, which was sponsored by state Sen. David Hastings III, R-Fryeburg,makes it a crime to accost, insult, taunt or challenge any person attendinga funeral, burial or memorial service.

Hastings said he was prompted to introduce the bill after members of theWestboro church threatened to show up at the March funeral of a soldier fromhis district, Army Sgt. Corey Dan of Norway, who died in Iraq. Theprotesters never showed.



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Express Gay News

http://expressgaynews.com/print.cfm?content_id=3706

Alibi sold
Bill's Filling Station owners buy out two partners; Kessinger to stay
By PHIL LAPADULA
May. 18, 2007

Georgie's Alibi, the popular Wilton Manors gay bar, has two new owners.

Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, owners of Bill's Filling Station bar, havebought out two of the Alibi's owners. But George Kessinger, the man who ismost associated with the Alibi and its namesake, will remain as a partner.

All three men said they plan to enhance the bar's current product but areplanning no major changes.

"If it's not broken, don't fix it," Padgett said. "George [Kessinger] isstaying on as a partner so that we can continue the consistency of theproduct. We will assist George in enhancing what is already successful.Georgie's Alibi is one of the most well-known gay bars in the nation."

Padgett and Negrete bought out Alibi partners Terry Norman and Ron Gofrank.They closed on the sale May 15. The sale will have no effect on Kessinger'sother bars, the Georgie's Alibi in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a new Alibithat is scheduled to open in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. Kessingersaid the Wilton Manors bar will continue unchanged as well.



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Express Gay News

http://expressgaynews.com/print.cfm?content_id=3707

Local gay vets graduate from police Citizens Academy
Program offers look at inner workings of Broward Sheriff's Office
By CANUTE KNOTT-MALCOLM
May. 18, 2007

A group of gay and lesbian veterans recently graduated from alaw-enforcement course offered by the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Sixmembers of the local chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER)completed the 13-week law-enforcement orientation course known as theCitizens Academy.

The Citizens Academy is part of BSO's outreach to the residents of BrowardCounty. The course is designed to give individuals knowledge about the innerworkings of BSO.

"This is the first time AVER, as a group, participated in the course," saidDick Rogers, a U.S. Army veteran and one of the six AVER members whoparticipated in the course.

AVER members who participated in the academy overwhelming described it as apositive experience.

"Every time we went, it was something new and different," Rogers said. "Wecovered everything from ethics to criminal justice."



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The Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/blog/index.cfm?type=blog&start=5/21/07&end=5/24/07#12794

Coulter's crass Falwell tribute

I'm not paying tribute to anyone who, among countless other transgressions,said that "[feminists] just need a man in the house."

Ann Coulter, who praises the late Rev. Falwell as her own personalJesus-on-earth, feels differently. Her tribute in Front Page Magazine toutsthe late Falwell as someone she always agreed with, leaving out the "whetheryou agreed with him or not" disclaimer that's been tritely used since hedied last week.

The famous statement Falwell made post-9/11 - you know, the one blaming theentire tragedy on liberals, feminists and the gay population - well, Anndoesn't think he should have retracted it. And in fact, she'd like to makean addendum to the list: "Teddy Kennedy and 'the Reverend' Barry Lynn."

Half of her homage to Falwell focuses on Tinky Winky - that's right, thepurple and handbag-toting Teletubby who Falwell famously outed in February1999. The character's purple hue first set him off, which is strange,because Falwell would never have discriminated based on color, right? Healso cited the triangle atop Tinky Winky's head and the red magic "purse" hecarried around as indications of Tinky's sexual orientation.

Any kid young enough to find entertainment in the Teletubbies, who speak ina "baby language" consisting of basic syllables, does not understand thesymbolism behind colors, shapes and accessories the educated American publicpins on the state of being out and proud.



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The Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/blog/index.cfm?type=blog&start=5/22/07&end=5/24/07#12805

Outed Fla. guv gets new girl

Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, is making waves in theblogosphere today after a newspaper published a story about his newgirlfriend.

As the Blade reported last October, one of Crist's opponents in the 2006elections outed him on WFTL, a South Florida radio station.

Max Linn, who was the Reform Party candidate, participated in a three-monthprogram called Leadership St. Petersburg, which focuses on training would-beleaders in business and politics. There were about 20 people in the class,Linn said, and they all got pretty close -- close enough, he claimed, forCrist to profess his sexual orientation.

It's more than 20 years later and the recently elected Crist insists that heis not ay. The salt on the wound comes not from his denial but from thefact that he hanges his position on gay rights more than Mitt Romney. Heisconveniently "undecided" on whether he would support a repeal on the ban onadoptions by same-sex couples. He supports Florida's Defense of MarriageAct.

Now the latest: Crist's new girlfriend. She's a former Mrs. South Carolina,small-time actress and contestant on "Fear Factor." In political circlesthey're calling her "America's Hottest Mom." Kelly Crosby Heyniger saysshe's a former tomboy who always preferred fishing and motorcycles to dollsand makeup.



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Forwarded from Paul Harris
The Independent

Paul Harris at the "The Independent" is working on an article looking at theeffects of the proposed Immigration legislation upon undocumented gays andlesbians living inside the US. He would like to interview them anonymouslyonline so as to produce a better article for his readers about what thereality is for many of our friends and neighbors.

For OBVIOUS reasons people's identity will be protected. Please write toPaul at PHarris@OurIndy.com. Use ANY name that you choose in writing to him(and stick to it) so that at no time will he know your real name. Interviewscan be conducted by e-mail so that there is no face-to-face contact so thatnot only will he not know your name he will not even know what you looklike. Please place the word "Immigration" in the subject line of youre-mail.

To other readers of Ray's List please forward this to anyone to whom theabove applies. Thanking you in advance for your help with this. Whateverone's personal views about illegal immigration this issue affects manypeople and is therefore of interest to many readers of "The Indy."



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The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/285/story/110655.html

Posted on Fri, May. 18, 2007
For a moment, Falwell put aside his hate
By LEONARD PITTS JR.
lpitts@MiamiHerald.com

A few words about Jerry Falwell's finest hour.

Some would say his life did not produce many such hours but, rather, asurfeit of regrettable ones. Like in 1958, when he preached that God meantblack Americans to serve white ones. Like in 1985, when he offered warmsupport to the apartheid government of South Africa and denounced BishopDesmond Tutu as a ''phony.'' Like in 1999, when he published an articlewarning parents that Tinky Winky of the toddlers' show Teletubbies was gay.Like in 2001, when he blamed abortion providers, gay rights proponents andthe American Civil Liberties Union for the Sept. 11 attacks.

Though seldom as flat-out nutty as Pat Robertson, Rev. Falwell, who diedTuesday of heart failure, nevertheless had an uncanny ability to miss themoment. Time after time when great issues of the day demanded moralleadership, the founder of the Moral Majority proved himself bereft of same.

Which is what makes that finest hour fine.

It happened in 1999, when Falwell and other Christian conservatives met witha group of gay, lesbian and transgendered people of faith. As gays condemnedthe gay delegation for its involvement and his fellow Christians excoriatedFalwell for his, the two groups worshiped together and talked.

Falwell and the Rev. Mel White, leader of Soulforce, a group of gayChristian activists, said they organized the meeting out of a sense that thelanguage between them and the groups they represented had become harsh,acrid, un-Christian. If they could not change one another's minds, theyreasoned, perhaps they could at least change one another's words. In thespirit of the moment, each apologized for hateful language directed at theother. It was a brave and moral moment.


In a column I wrote at the time, I warned both sides that, while it'seasy to stigmatize anonymous others, it would become a lot more difficultafter they had spent time in one another's company and gotten to know eachother a little. ''How,'' I asked, ''do you go back to being who you were andhating as blindly as you did?'' The answer, I said, is that you don't.

Which was way too optimistic. It wasn't quite two years later thatFalwell blamed gays for 9/11.

Still, as we pause to assess his legacy, it's hard not to glance backat that 1999 meeting with a certain respect for what the two sides sought toachieve. The attempt seems especially noteworthy in the context of ourtimes.

With Robertson and a few others, Jerry Falwell presided over the riseof a Christianity unrecognizable to many of us who were raised in thatfaith. This Christianity's moral purview was reduced to two issues: abortionand homosexuality. It had nothing to say about feeding the hungry, housingthe homeless, helping the helpless.

Worse, it was mean, smug and self-satisfied. The language of faith,forgiveness and forebearance became the language of demonization,marginalization and objectification -- the language of us against them,particularly where ''them'' were gay. That's why the 1999 meeting seemedsuch a hopeful -- and, more to the point, such a Christian -- thing, thesort of thing you should be able to expect from men and women of God.

That you can't says much about the Christianity Falwell helped create.In girding it for political warfare, he seemed to simultaneously strip it ofthe revolutionary love that is supposed to be at its core.

When he reclaimed that love eight years ago, Falwell did himselfproud, as he had not done before, as he would not do again. So that momentis a singular thing, filled with if.

Makes you sad for what was. Sadder still for what might have been.



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The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5951623

Culture Vulture: 'Gay Pages' address the business of tolerance
Brandon Griggs
Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:05/21/2007 07:14:23 PM MDT

Last month, Gay Pages phone books began appearing on doorsteps of homesacross Salt LakeCity. They came with a note explaining, "In our book you will findbusinesses that are gay-owned or gay-friendly. Please consider using ourbook no matter what your orientation, because it supports businesses that donot discriminate."

The directory is the brainchild of Sean Wright, an entrepreneur whomoved to Utah in 2005 after publishing similar gay-oriented phone books inLos Angeles and Las Vegas. Wright said he wasn't planning on issuing a SaltLake Gay Pages but was dismayed by such episodes as Larry H. Miller'sbanning of "Brokeback Mountain."

"It's really a different bubble here [in Utah]," he says. "I wasshocked."

His concerns were reinforced when he began selling space in the GayPages last summer and business owners repeatedly turned him down.

"They'd tell me, 'I'd love to be in the book but I don't want to beboycotted by the Mormons.' '' Two callers left death threats. Two otherwould-be clients spat at Wright after he pitched the project. One was areal-estate agent who told him, "all you faggots should burn in hell."



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http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/654/173/

California prisons to allow gay family visits

Gay and lesbian inmates in California prisons will have equal access toconjugal visits from their registered domestic partners, the state agencysaid last week after prodding from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The change followed an application last year from convicted burglar VernonFoeller, 40, of Sacramento, whose partner contacted the ACLU after beingdenied a family visit to the state's Vacaville facility.

The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ultimately allowedthe couple an overnight family visit a week before Christmas. On Wednesday,the agency held a public hearing toward bringing its regulations in linewith California's domestic-partner law.

Foeller, who was serving a 20-month term, was released last month andtestified at the hearing.

"I heard from a lot of people inside the prison who thought it was a stepforward," he told Gay.com on Monday. "People who are doing life terms, oreven seven to life, can't get family visits, and they saw what I was doingas a step to roll that back."



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http://nationalgaynews.com/content/view/642/173/

New Yorkers March For Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Supporters of same-sex marriage rights rallied Saturday -- calling on thestate to legalize gay marriage. Advocates held a march across the BrooklynBridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

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Domestic Partnership supporters plan rally at State Capitol
By Todd A. Heywood
Originally printed 05/17/2007 (Issue 1520 - Between The Lines News)

Capitol Correspondent

LANSING- When the state court of appeals ruling came down last year sayingthat offering domestic partner benefits violated a new state constitutionalamendment, Mike Spencer a student at the University of Michigan School ofSocial Work, knew it was time to act.

"I identify as a straight man," Spencer says, "and while this rulingimpacted my friends and the people I love, it impacts me too. I felt it wasimportant for people like myself to stand up and say this is important tome."

And stand up he is. On May 22, Spencer and a coalition of groups includingthe ACLU of Michigan, Triangle Foundation, Michigan Equality, Affirmations,the Concerned Social Workers of UofM, and Consortium of LBGT Organization inHigher Ed will hold a rally on the steps of the state capitol to protest therulings by the state appeals court.



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Savannah gay beating case prompts protest
Ga. Equality urges residents to express outrage to judge over plea deal

By ZACK HUDSON
May. 18, 2007

The state's largest gay rights group plans to picket next month in Savannahto protest the sentence handed down in a gay beating case, but the efendant'sattorney said the crime was not motivated by any homphobic bias.

Charles Thomas Prickett, 24, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 31 topay a $300 fine, attend an anger management class and time on probation forbeating Travis McLain in a Savannah parking lot during the St. Patrick's Daycelebrations in 2006.

Billy Tomlinson, Prickett's attorney in the case, said his client chalkedthe incident up to aggression in the wake of tension between his group ofaccompanying friends and McLain's group. As the scuffle ensued, blows werethrown, though not out of anti-gay bias, Prickett's attorney said his clienttold him.



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Gay Parade Denied Permission, But Activists Fight On
By Galina Stolyarova
Staff Writer

City Hall has refused to give permission for a gay pride parade to be heldon Nevsky Prospekt in downtown St. Petersburg on May 26, citing the tightschedule of already confirmed events in the city center that day.

Russian gay rights activists have previously made two attempts to organize agay parade in Moscow but Mayor Yury Luzhkov fiercely opposed the idea,condemning the parade as "satanic" and swearing he would never allow them totake place in the Russian capital.

Alexandra Polyanskaya, a spokesman of the St. Petersburg parade's organizingcommittee, said it is planning to reapply for permission to hold the paradeon another day.

"Misconceptions about sexual minorities are widespread here," Polyanskayasaid. "Gay people feel they need to show they are normal human beings. Theirsexual orientation does not make them monsters."

Igor Petrov, coordinator of the Russian gay and lesbian network, saidoutdoor festivals of gay culture are essential to resist homophobicattitudes which he said reign in the country.



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Creep of the Week: Tommy Thompson
By D'Anne Witkowski
Originally printed 05/17/2007 (Issue 1520 - Between The Lines News)

Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin and United States Secretary ofHealth and Human Services from 2001-2005, is feeling the heat after hisdecidedly anti-gay response to a question during the GOP presidentialdebate.

The moderator asked the presidential hopeful the following question, "If aprivate employer finds homosexuality immoral, should he be allowed to fire agay worker?"

Thompsonis answer: "I think that is left up to the individual business. Ireally sincerely believe that that is an issue that business people have gotto make their own determination as to whether or not they should be."

He was even given the chance to clarify. The moderator asked, "So the answeris yes?" Thompson replied, simply, "Yes."



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Let's unite all our families

The new bipartisan immigration proposal under consideration in Congressalready has many of the leading candidates from both parties bobbing andweaving for fear of angering their core constituencies. Of course, leadingthe way in calibrations and calculations is the Democrats' weather vane,Hillary Rodham Clinton. The New York Times reports:

When Mrs. Clinton was asked about the bill in New Orleans on Friday, sheavoided stating any precise position and instead highlighted her support forboth toughening border security and providing a path to citizenship forillegal immigrants.

Clinton's primary problem with the compromise bill is apparently the lesserpriority it would place on what has been a central tenet of U.S. immigrationlaws: family reunification. The new bill introduces a merit-based pointsystem for foreigners wishing to live in the U.S., valuing theircontribution to our economy as much or more than bringing families together.



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http://www.rightwingwatch.org/2007/05/religious_right_18.html

May 16, 2007
Religious Right's Trip to Poland: From Nazism to Communism to the 'Forcesfrom San Francisco'

At a convening of U.S. religious-right activists and reactionary leadersfrom around the world, Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey passedalong an important message. "I bring you greetings from President Bush!" shetold the World Congress of Families in Poland, helping to legitimize thecontroversial conference. Sauerbrey also specifically thanked theIllinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society "for all oftheir hard work in organizing this wonderful opportunity to celebrate andreflect upon the family and its vital role in society."

WCF was organized around the theme of the "natural family"; in practice,that meant, as the Howard Center's Allan Carlson put it, the "religiousright . gone global." Carlson's group warned of a "demographic winter" inEurope with declining birthrates in many countries. Naturally, women boremuch of the blame for this. Paige Patterson, president of the SouthwesternBaptist Theological Seminary, noted that 60 percent of college students arefemale and warned that the advance of feminism and "the marginalization ofmen" are leading to a dire threat to the home. Soon, Patterson warned, menwill be underrepresented in "the intelligentsia." David Mills of TouchstoneMagazine decried that even conservatives "will often 'stiffen and scowl'when they're told the calling of each girl is to become a wife and mother,"as the American Family Association's news service reported. And PatrickFagan of the Heritage Foundation declared: "Feminists of Europe take note,the safest place for children is in the natural family."



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When Leading Men Prefer Men
Homosexual Actors Face Hollywood's Last Glass Ceiling
By LEE HOFFMAN and SUSAN B. MILLER
May 16, 2007-

People in dark movie theaters will believe just about anything. A boymagically becoming "Big" overnight, the Terminator recast as a pregnantwoman? "Bennifer" in an unconventional romantic comedy. Okay, that last onedidn't quite work out, but at least Hollywood took a shot.

But some people say that one thing Hollywood, and audiences, won't believein, is an openly gay actor playing a leading man.

Chad Allen, former child star of shows such as "Our House" and "Dr. Quinn,Medicine Woman" believes that Hollywood is still not accepting of actors"coming out" and then playing lead romantic roles. "I think it's the lastgreat hurdle that we have to overcome," said Allen.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" was a top-ten television hit, and Allen's facewas on the cover of teen magazines worldwide. But he now says he was livinga lie, keeping secret the fact that he was gay. "Everywhere I went, teenagegirls followed me around screaming. And inside, I'm going, 'You have noidea,'" Allen said.



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Float controversy empowers Berrien County community
By Sarah Mieras
Originally printed 05/17/2007 (Issue 1520 - Between The Lines News)

BERRIEN COUNTY - The effects of a float entry by the Out & AffirmationCenter in the ever-popular Blossom Festival Parade in St. Joseph Countycontinues to unfold in communities along the southern Lake Michiganshoreline.

When a LGBT organization's participation in the annual parade was announced,negative letters and phone calls flooded its parent organization the YWCA.Threats were even made against the float. But the YWCA and the Out andAffirmation Center pushed forward, and on parade day they heard cheers ofsupport along the route.

In a place with no "gay bar," the float has become a catalyst for change,sparking discussion among allies as well as those opposed to LGBT equality.The float entry, explained the OAC's Director Steven Jurki, was "an honestand sincere effort to participate in the parade as it is seen by the BerrienCounty Community."

Still, a float depicting the American Flag, made by LGBT people, sparkedcontroversy.



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Mel White appears on CNN's Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper 360

http://www.soulforce.org/sendstudio/users/link.php?LinkID=2052&UserID=35882&Newsletter=176&List=3&LinkType=Send

Last week, Mel White appeared on CNN's Larry King Live to discuss Rev.Jerry Falwell's death.

Mel also appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 and talked about Soulforce'sefforts since 1999 to change Falwell's heart and mind about lesbian, gay,bisexual, and transgender people.

COOPER: Well, we turn now to someone who spent years trying to convinceJerry Falwell that his anti-gay views were wrong.

Reverend Mel White became friends with Falwell while working for him as aghostwriter in the 1980s. White was married and the father of two at thetime. When he later announced he was gay, he and Falwell didn't speak forfive years.

White and his male partner founded an interfaith movement for gays calledSoulforce, and moved into a house across the street from Falwell's church,and began going to services at his church.

Reverend White joins me now.

First of all, when you heard -- the moment you heard Jerry Falwell had died,what -- what went through your mind?



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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/18/AR2007051801392_pf.html

The Legacy of Falwell's Bully Pulpit

By Hans Johnson and William Eskridge
Saturday, May 19, 2007; A17

In striving to distinguish between the passing of a man and the impact ofhis activism, the gay community and its allies show a moral and strategicsophistication that is itself a legacy of the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

For 30 years, the televangelist from Lynchburg combined lacerating sermonswith loving disclaimers to rekindle and redirect the religious right. Gayadvocates, gradually realizing that they could not beat him throughvehemence alone, learned to seek out religious spokespeople, cultivatemultiracial alliances and trade diatribe for discipline so as to useFalwell's polarizing statements to gain moderate supporters.

The ability to distinguish between individuals and the larger causes theyare part of is a ground rule of both family values and public life. But itwas not always a hallmark of Falwell's ministry.

Falwell became a household name in the late 1970s with attacks onhomosexuality that were often crude and dehumanizing. At a rally in Miami in1977, just days before a referendum on a recently approved local ordinanceto outlaw bias against gays, Falwell told the crowd that "so-called gayfolks would just as soon kill you as look at you." Voters repealed theordinance.

In 1981, having championed the election of Ronald Reagan, Falwell took issuewith a bid in Washington to repeal the District's anti-sodomy law. Relics ofpuritan zeal to penalize non-marital intercourse, such laws remained on thebooks in a majority of states. For decades they proved a tool for police andblackmailers to coerce gay men and lesbians. Bosses in private and publicagencies, in turn, made sodomy charges the basis for firings.



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Lithuania bans EU-sponsored gay rights parade
22.05.2007 - 09:25 CET | By Helena Spongenberg

Lithuanian officials in Vilnius have rejected an EU-sponsored tolerancecampaign rally over fears that the event could spark unrest in the Balticcountry known for its anti-gay sentiments.

The decision - taken unanimously by the city council - was based oninformation suggesting that anti-gay protestors could attempt to violatepublic order, said the director of the city's public order unit, GintarasTamosiunas, according to Baltic News Service BNS.

The rally was due to take place on Friday (25 May) and is a campaign - named"For Diversity - Against Discrimination" - organised in cooperation with theEuropean Union, aimed at promoting tolerance towards minority groups,including gays and lesbians.

One of the highlights of the event was to have been the arrival of aso-called "anti-discrimination" bus, which is touring 19 EU member statesand designed to inform citizens of their rights under EU and nationalanti-discrimination legislation.

The move makes Vilnius the first capital in Europe to reject the travellingcampaign, which is now into its fourth season.



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MEDIA RELEASE
12 may 2007
For immediate release

Mayor of Vilnius does not allow EU anti-discrimination truck into the city

Juozas Imbrasas, Mayor of Vilnius, today refused to give permission for theanti-discrimination truck tour [currently touring 19 Member States as partof the 'For Diversity. Against Discrimination' information campaign] to makeits planned stop in Vilnius this Friday. The objective of the Truck Tour2007 is to raise awareness and disseminate information about the "ForDiversity. Against Discrimination" campaign, as well as the European Year ofEqual Opportunities for All.

Among other activities planned for the Equality Day around the truck, theLithuanian LGBT organisation was planning to host an action "We Are for AllColours of Life" as part of the first Lithuanian LGBT Pride and display a 30meter rainbow flag at the square next to the truck.

The Mayor's grounds for refusal were security risks and that events aroundthe truck might cause riots. Just days ago the Mayor of Vilnius alsosupported a refusal to display advertisements on Vilnius' trolleybusespromoting sexual orientation equality in employment developed for anEU-funded project. He stated: "We disapprove of the public display ofhomosexualists (sic)' ideas in the city of Vilnius". After a Swedishambassador made a speech at the Lithuanian Parliament defending the rightsof LGBT people, a protest demonstration took place outside the Swedishembassy in Vilnius claiming that "the virtues possibly acceptable forSwedish are not acceptable for Lithuanians".




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"Call Poland to account for homophobia"

14 May 2007
Expatica
http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=1&story_id=39729

UTRECHT - COC Nederland (Centre for Culture and Leisure) is urging thecabinet to call Poland to account for its policy which discriminates againsthomosexuals. The advocacy organisation for gay rights says that the EUshould be allowed to ban Poland from its meetings until the situation in theEastern European country changes.

COC Chairman Frank van Dalen called on Education and Culture Minister onaldPlasterk, also responsible for gay rights policy, in Utrecht on Saturday.



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UK

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1826629.ece

From The Times
May 23, 2007
Religious people back gay rights
Ruth Gledhill

Most religious people want equal rights for lesbians and homosexuals,according to a survey to be published today.

More than eight out of ten religious people disagreed with the statementthat "homosexuality is morally unacceptable in all circumstances". Nearlynine out of ten wanted to see an end to discrimination against gay people.

More than six in ten said that they would be happy if their local vicaror other "religious representative" was gay.

However, more than half the public believed that prejudice againsthomosexuals was caused by religious attitudes.

The research into public attitudes to homosexuality was commissioned byStonewall, the gay rights group, and conducted by YouGov. More than 2,000people were questioned for the report.



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Zagreb marks International Day Against Homophobia
21 May 2007 | 11:54 | Source: SEE Portal

ZAGREB -- "We are not homophobic, however..." leaflets were distributed inCroatia by a number of NGOs.

The leaflets distributed by the Legal Team of Iskorak and Kontra, and theCroatian Women Network, presented quotes from homophobic statements byCatholic Church representatives and the Program of Catholic Catechises forelementary schools.

The action aimed to warn the citizens of Croatia and the officialinstitutions about the rising homophobia in the Catholic Church and thehate-speech used by Church representatives in public appearances.



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Irish Times, Thursday 17 May 2007

Three face prison for attack on gay man

Ann Healy

Three men who admitted being involved in a gay-bashing incident at a gayrendezvous area on the promenade in Salthill, Co Galway, have been remandedin custody for sentencing on May 24th.

David O'Halloran (19), Boleybeg, Barna; Kevin Corcoran (19), Bun an Cnoic,Rahoon, and James Buckley (20), Camilaun Park, Newcastle, pleaded guiltybefore Galway Circuit Criminal Court this week to assaulting a 35- year-oldman at Blackrock, Salthill, in April last year, causing him harm. They alsoadmitted stealing ?20.

Garda John Lavery said he believed the assault had nothing to do withrobbery of the money but was a gay-bashing incident and that the three hadgone there for homophobic reasons.

They were spotted acting suspiciously at a car park outside an apartmentblock near Blackrock at 1.30am by an independent witness. They made theirway to the shelters near the diving board and were seen kicking and beatingtheir victim, whom they had ambushed on the beach. They then fled but thewitness took the registration of the car, which belonged to Corcoran, andlater helped to bring the victim to Salthill Garda station.



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Lithuanian bus drivers protest gay ads

May 14, 2007
From wire reports
The Baltic News
http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/17868/

Concerns about gay rights in the Baltics flared again when Lithuaniantrolleybus drivers refused to drive vehicles carrying advertisementsencouraging sexual tolerance.

The Leituyos Rytas daily newspaper on May 12 reported that theadvertisements, placed by the Lithuanian Gay League, were removed from thesides of trolleybuses.

Drivers were offended by the advertisements, which carried slogans such as"A gay (person) can serve in the police," "A lesbian can work at school,"and "Homosexual employees can be frank."

Similar advertisements are due to be placed on buses in Vilnius next week.



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Equality Parade must go ahead - Warsaw Mayor
2007-05-18, 15:21
News from Poland

Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz Walz will not withdraw her consent for the'Equality Parade' to march through the capital this Saturday.

A motion to ban the parade by gays and lesbians has been forwarded by theYouth Movement of the catholic right League of Polish Families the juniorcoalition party.

Speaking on Polish Radio Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz said that there are nogrounds to ban the parade and underlined that opposing the parade would becounter to the latest ruling of the European Court of Human Rights inStrasbourg.



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Gay Activists Poised for Warsaw Rights Rally

19.05.2007
Deutsche Welle
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2543504,00.html

Gay rights campaigners from Poland and across Europe gathered Saturday fortheir annual rally which has been galvanized by what activists say isrampant public and official homophobia.

A string of politicians from other European Union countries where the lot ofgays and lesbians is better than in Poland were expected to join the march,organizers said.

Among them were Sweden's European Affairs Minister Cecilia Malmstroem,German Green Party chief Claudia Roth, plus her party colleague Volker Beckand Spanish Socialist lawmaker Pedro Zerolo, both leading gay activists.



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Polish education minister proposes ban on 'propagation of homosexuality' inschools

The Associated Press / International Herald Tribune
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/16/europe/EU-GEN-Poland-Gay-Rights.php

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

WARSAW, Poland: Poland's education minister on Wednesday called for a ban onthe "propagation of homosexuality" in the country's schools, a plan that heargues would protect traditional family values.

Amendments to the education law would require school directors to scrap orban any activities that promote "homosexuality, pornography or otherphenomena violating moral norms," said Education Minister Roman Giertych.

Giertych's outspoken views on homosexuality have attracted condemnationabroad in recent months.

He unveiled his proposal at the education ministry less than a month afterthe European Parliament passed a resolution sharply criticizing seniorPolish officials for declarations "inciting discrimination and hatred basedon sexual orientation."



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Gay activists to hold pride parade in St. Petersburg late May
16:40 | 14/ 05/ 2007

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070514/65454422.html

ST. PETERSBURG, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russian homosexuals rights activistssaid Monday some 2,000 people are expected to take part in a gay prideparade in St. Petersburg later this month despite authorities' opposition toevents celebrating gay culture.

Organizers of the parade said they had notified municipal authorities oftheir intention to stage a march along the city's main thoroughfare, NevskyProspekt, May 26. Officials at City Hall, however, said they had not yetreceived any notification.

Last May, gay parades in St. Petersburg and Moscow took place despiteauthorities' refusal to give the go-ahead, but many of its participants weredetained by police and attacked by neo-Nazi groups.



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Metropolitan of St. Petersburg urges to prevent gay-parade

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3062

St. Petersburg, May 17, Interfax - Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburgand Ladoga has appealed to St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko toprevent the holding a gay-parade in 'the Northern Capital'.

'The Russian Orthodox Church keeps stating that Holy Scriptures and the HolyTradition unequivocally condemn homosexual relations as contradicting theprimordial design of the Lord for the human being', the metropolitan says inhis appeal published on the official website of the diocese of St.
Petersburg.

At the same time, the appeal stresses that according to the MoscowPatriarchate's social concept, the Church 'treats those with homosexualinclinations with pastoral responsibility, but at the same time resolutelyopposes the attempts to present this sinful tendency as a 'norm' and evensomething to be proud of and to be emulated. This is why the Church condemnsany propaganda of homosexuality'.



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Procession for traditional values to precede gay pride parade in Moscow

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3026

Moscow, May 14, Interfax - The People's Union organization is planning tohold a procession in Moscow in defense of Christian Orthodox culture andtraditional lifestyles on the eve of a gay pride parade planned for May 27.

The procession will be held on May 26 during the festivities of Days ofSlavic Literature and Culture and will be aimed "against tarnishing theRussian language, and in defense of traditions of Russian culture fromattempts to impose alien liberal values and morals on Russia - abortions,homosexuality, drugs and euthanasia," procession organizers told Interfax onMonday.



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Nigeria: Lesbian marries four, goes AWOL

Nigeria's Kano State Government has ordered police to arrest five women -Aunty Maiduguri and her four spouces - after an elaborate polygamous lesbianunion last weekend.

An estimated 2,000 guests watched Maiduguri, 45, wed the four women in aceremony that was followed by two days of feasting and merry-making, reportslocal media.

But neighbours tipped off the authorities, who enforce Sharia law.

"As defenders of Sharia law, we shall not allow this unhealthy developmentto take place," Rabo Abdulkarim, deputy commander of the state Islamicpolice, told This Day newspaper.

"We are investigating the matter with a view to find the culprits and punishthem."

Last year it became a crime for same-sex Nigerian couples to travel abroadto marry.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Nigeria: Woman in hiding not a lesbian

A Nigerian woman on the run from police who want to charge her withhomosexuality says she is not a lesbian and the 'wedding' she is accused ofhaving with four other women was nothing more than a fundraiser to help thewomen marry men.

Last week local media in the city of Kano reported that Aunty Maiduguri, 45,married the four as 2,000 guests looked on. The wedding was followed by twodays of feasting.

Residents in the Moslem region complained to police who issued an arrestwarrant.

Homosexuality is illegal under Islamic Sharia law and under the Nigeriancriminal code.



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[euro-queer] UK: Gay Flamingos Become Proud Parents

Gay Flamingos Become Proud Parents

Updated: 08:19, Tuesday May 22, 2007
Sky News

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1266787,00.html

Gay flamingos Carlos and Fernando have become proud foster parents aftertaking an abandoned chick under their wings.

The pink pair were so desperate to have a family they started stealing eggsat the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

But their egg-sitting and hatching skills impressed staff so much that whenone of the Greater Flamingo nests was abandoned, they were considered thenumber one choice to "adopt" the chick.

The unhatched egg was whisked off to an incubator where it was warmed up andmonitored.

Hours later a healthy chick hatched, but staff were concerned the flamboyantduo would not bond with the newborn because the process normally begins whenthe chicks are "calling" them from inside the egg.



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Police Raid Lingerie Shop
KLBK CBS 13, Air Date: 5/21/2007

An obscure law sends one local lingerie store clerk to jail. And now she mayforever have to register as a sex offender.

The lingerie store, Somethin' Sexy was raided by police last week forviolating Lubbock`s sexually oriented business ordinance.

"I feel like I`m in 1690 Salem, Massachusetts and we`re looking for a witchto burn" says the store's owner.

The witch: the owner of Somethin' Sexy. He`s speaking out about the raid ofhis shop and the arrest of his employee. Now, if convicted, the clerk willhave to register as a sex offender.

"I think it`s ridiculous. She`s not a sex offender, she was sellingsomething that I had instructed them it was ok to sell, I think it`sridiculous" he says.

Earlier this month, four officers raided the shop, confiscating several toysdeemed to be illegal by the Texas penal code. The code states "a person whopossesses six or more obscene devices is presumed to possess them withintent to promote the same." In other words, intent to sell.

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MySpace to Share Data With States on Offenders

By BRAD STONE, The New York Times, May 22, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 - MySpace and the 50 state attorneys general appear tohave made peace.

In a statement released Monday, MySpace, the popular social networking site,said it had agreed to hand over to the states the names, addresses andonline profiles of thousands of known convicted sex offenders who haveopened up accounts on the service.

The company also said it had deleted the online profiles of 7,000 convictedsexual predators, whose names were flagged through the cross-matching of itsmembership rolls with a database of registered sex offenders maintained bySentinel Tech Holding.

The statement from MySpace came after a week of tensions between MySpace andthe state attorneys general. Last Monday, state prosecutors demanded thatMySpace reveal the results of its partnership with Sentinel and beginturning over names to law enforcement.

MySpace replied by saying that it wanted to comply but was legally hamstrungby the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which required the company toreceive a subpoena first before divulging user information to thegovernment. State law enforcement officials viewed MySpace's reaction as asnub, igniting a series of dueling news releases and television appearancesby angry law enforcement officials.



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'Obscene' Devices Head for the Supreme Court
By: Mark Kernes
Posted: 9:00 am PDT 5-21-2007

WASHINGTON - You know a case is ripe for Supreme Court review when theretelling of its history cites lower court decisions labeled "Williams I,""Williams II," "Williams III," "Williams IV" and "Williams V."

The "Williams," of course, is Sherri Williams, who along with eightco-petitioners is seeking to overturn Alabama's obscene device law, which inWilliams' case would prevent her from selling and/or distributing any sextoy intended primarily for the stimulation of humans to orgasm in theprivacy of their own homes.

It's that "privacy" that matters, at least in two of the three questionsposed in Williams' petition for writ of certiorari, the official request forthe U.S. Supreme Court to decide her case. She asks, "Did the EleventhCircuit Court of Appeals employ an insufficient constitutional analysis whenit erroneously upheld an Alabama sexual device law that impermissiblyburdens consensual private conduct that is protected by the Due ProcessClause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the same extent as the private sexualconduct that was at issue in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)?" And,"Can a public morality rationale alone ever justify government intrusioninto personal decision-making concerning private sexual conduct?"



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9th Circuit Says Roommates Website Not Immune From Civil Rights Suit

by New York Law School Professor Arthur S. Leonard, Leonard Link, May 21,2007 in Legal Issues

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on May 15 in Fair HousingCouncil v. Roommates.com, 2007 WL 1412650, that an internet website for theuse of potential roommates may be violating Fair Housing laws by havingusers fill out an interactive questionnaire about preferences concerningsex, sexual orientation, and family status of roommates.

Without expressing a final opinion on whether there is a violation ofhousing discrimination law, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that theimmunity for interactive computer service providers created by the federalCommunications Decency Act (CDA) does not extend to Roommates.com, at leastregarding the questionnaires and resulting information published on itswebsite.

Congress passed this provision of the CDA mainly to insulate internetservice providers who allow users to post text on their websites from directliability for defamation, but it could also have the incidental effect ofshielding service providers from liability under civil rights laws.

According to Judge Alex Kosinski's opinion for the court, "The touchstone... is that providers of interactive computer services are immune fromliability for content created by third parties," and, according to anearlier decision by the 9th Circuit, the immunity created by the CDA is"quite robust."



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Man charged in S. Carolina gay slaying
Planet Out, Friday, May 18, 2007 / 04:43 PM

SUMMARY: Sean Kennedy, 20, dies of head injuries after being punched outsidea Greenville, S.C. bar; deputies say he was targeted over his sexuality.

An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in the death Wednesday of a gayGreenville, S.C., man who suffered fatal injuries after being punched in theface outside a bar that was having a "Teen Night."

Investigators believe Sean Kennedy, 20, was targeted because of his sexualorientation, the Greenville News reported Friday. Kennedy's friends toldauthorities he was openly gay.

Stephen Andrew Moller, 18, is charged in the killing and being held withoutbail.

Deputies believe he made a derogatory comment about Kennedy's sexualorientation either before or during the assault early Wednesday, in which aman stepped out of a silver car, punched Kennedy once in the face and droveoff. Kennedy fell and struck the back of his head on the pavement; he wasfound bleeding and unresponsive, and died late that night at a hospital.There were many witnesses, and Moller was arrested the next day.



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Another Asylum Disappointment for Gay Indonesian
by New York Law School Professor Arthur S. Leonard, May 19, 2007 in LegalIssues

Yet another gay Indonesian man has struck out in a U.S. asylum bid. On May10, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a who had experiencedsignificant suffering and bias in Indonesia did not qualify for U.S. asylum,partly because some of his woes were not clearly due to his sexualorientation, partly because the problems he suffered did not apparently stemfrom Indonesian government policy, and partly because discrimination, assuch, is not a basis for an asylum claim, which relies on showing pastpersecution based on membership in a particular social group and thereasonable fear of such persecution in the future if the petitioner werereturned to his home country.

As in our other recent asylum reports, we will not name the petitioner, who,it seems likely, may end up being sent involuntarily back to his homecountry. The unpublished decision is available on Westlaw at 2007 WL1371865.



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Sex toys never 'focus of bill'
By CHALLEN STEPHENS, Huntsville Times Staff Writer, Monday, May 21, 2007
challen.stephens@htimes.com

As ban reaches high court, Butler says law aimed at nude dancing

Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, didn't set out to ban the sale of sex toysthroughout the state, launching Alabama on a nine-year legal battle thatlast week reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Sex toys were not even the focus of the bill," said Tim Morgan, thedistrict attorney in Madison County, who helped Butler compile theinformation for the 1998 anti-obscenity law.

Instead, Butler, who sponsored the bill, had been vocal in his attempt toquash the nude dancing that proliferated in clubs in Madison County in the1990s. Several statutes had been tried, but club owners had always foundloopholes, recalled Morgan.

In 1998, the new law was designed to close those loopholes. "That's where itstarted," confirmed Butler on Friday.

Morgan said the state's 1998 Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act was successfulin that sense, ending completely nude dancing here. However, the 14-page actalso included a line banning the distribution of "any device designed ormarketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of the human genitalorgans."

Last week, Sherri Williams, owner of adult toy shops in Huntsville andDecatur, took what she says will be her final appeal, asking the U.S.Supreme Court to hear her challenge of the state law. Her attorneys contendthat the U.S. Constitution protects "sexual privacy."

"It's become quite an embarrassment to the state," said Williams inHuntsville last week.



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21 Mai 2007 | 09h41
Tribune de Genève

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Geneva citizens have voted massively in favor of giving equal rights to gaycouples who enter into a partnership as those enjoyed by marriedheterosexuals. The referendum on Sunday brings the canton's laws into linewith those in the rest of the country. The change, backed by 83 per cent ofvoters, gives gay couples equal access to benefits and inheritance.

The referendum was necessary because it requires a change in cantonal taxlaws. All the political parties in Geneva supported the change, except forthe right-wing Swiss People's Party (UDC). The UDC was strongly criticizedfor a poster campaign it ran, opposing the changes as a tax bonus to"infertile and well-off" gays. A spokesman for the UDC later acknowledgedthat the wrong wording had been used for the posters, which were eventuallyremoved.

Geneva voters also approved a dozen technical changes to housing laws thatgenerally make regulations less restrictive for property owners renting outapartments. Many of the rules are already in place. But following thepassage of a referendum last fall, all changes to housing regulations inGeneva - including those introduced in the last two years - must besubmitted to a vote.




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More anti-gay protests in Lithuania
May 21, 2007
From wire reports

Sweden's ambassador to Lithuania has drawn the ire of homophobic protestersin Lithuania by calling for the rights of gay and lesbian people to beupheld.

Ambassador Malin Karre delivered a speech to the Lithuanian Parliament onWednesday May 16 to commemorate the International Day of FightingHomophobia.

At the event, she told parliamentarians that the Swedish government was"opposed to any goals to trample human rights, including the rights ofpeople with non-traditional sexual orientation."

The comments angered anti-gay activists, who protested outside the Swedishembassy in Vilnius on May 18.

The leader of the For Honor and Nation group, opera soloist VaidasVysniauskas told BNS that the speech of the ambassador "hurt religiousfeelings of faithful Lithuanian citizens."

"We are worried that the representative of the foreign country does notunderstand that maybe the virtues possibly acceptable for Swedish are notacceptable for Lithuanians," Vysniauskas said.

"Everything that destroys the family institute should not be allowed and thepublicity of homosexuals violates the right of the majority of the societyto protect their values."


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