Sunday, May 27, 2007

GLBT DIGEST May 27, 2007

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Forwarded from Good as You

Mary C: Let the condemnations begin

Peter LaBarbera has become the first (to our knowledge) of the "pro-family"movement to respond to Mary Cheney's new delivery:

LaBarbera's statement:
There should be no touch of sadness when a healthy baby boy is born to twoparents, but in this case, we're afraid, there is.

While we celebrate life, we cannot celebrate homosexual parenting -- whichinvolves intentionally denying a child either a mom or a dad. In this case,young Samuel David -- who, as a Cheney, will surely enjoy privileges andcomforts greater than most children born in 2007 -- will be missing anirreplaceable one: a father, to have as a loving guide, male authority,friend and role model as he grows from boy into man.

The pro-"gay" media have an odd way of reporting stories like this, as ifboth Mary Cheney and Heather Poe were involved in the baby's conception. Todo otherwise, I suppose, would call unwanted attention to the unnaturalnessof the enterprise known as "gay parenting." And yet, the truth remains: twohomosexuals cannot create a baby. Heterosexuality - the people whom radicalsin the early days of "gay liberation" derided as "breeders" - must beinvolved.

The USA Today reports that Vice President Dick Cheney has "bristled atquestions on the topic." But he and Mrs. Cheney, an ardent foe of politicalcorrectness, and a conservative, should know that there is nothing wrongwith asking critical questions about something so patently wrong -- andagainst Nature, common sense, and God's wonderful design of the familyitself -- as parenting that is fatherless or motherless by design.

We will keep on asking those tough questions, all the while praying for thisboy, and that both Mary Cheney and Heather Poe will join Charlene Cothranand the many women who have come out of homosexuality, which surely is notGod's plan for their lives.


The New York Times

May 27, 2007
Gays Flock to Fla. Panhandle for Holiday
Filed at 8:49 a.m. ET

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Souvenir shops lining this sugary whitePanhandle beach display Confederate flag beach towels, window decals andT-shirts. Hooters and other bars fly POW-MIA, Marine and Navy flags andcater to the sailors and Marines from the nearby base. Vacationing Southernfamilies usually fill the hotels and condominiums in this slice of paradiselong nicknamed ''The Redneck Riviera.'' But every Memorial Day they mostlystay away as this town becomes more like trendy Miami Beach -- 700 miles anda world away.

Starting in the mid-1980s, gay men from New Orleans and other nearby citiesbegan gathering here for a three-day party that has grown into one of theSouth's largest gay gatherings, attracting more than 60,000 people in 2004before hurricanes Ivan and Dennis destroyed many beach roads and buildings.

Following two years of rebuilding, organizers anticipate 50,000 thisweekend.

While no one can recall any violent incidents targeting the gay tourists,the raucous weekend of entertainment including concerts, Cirque deSoleil-like dance troupes and female impersonator RuPaul hasn't always satwell with everyone -- although that may be subsiding.

''We used to have groups that picketed but for the most part even that hasgone away -- there are just some religious groups that have a problem withit now,'' said Jim Goldman, an organizer of the charity Art Against AIDS,which receives a portion of the proceeds of the events.


The Washington Post

Russian police detain gays as punches, eggs fly

By Guy Faulconbridge
Sunday, May 27, 2007; 10:47 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained gay protesters calling for theright to hold a Gay Pride parade in central Moscow on Sunday whilenationalists shouting "death to homosexuals" punched and kicked thedemonstrators.

Riot police detained the protesters, including two Europeanparliamentarians, as they tried to present a petition asking Moscow MayorYuri Luzhkov, who has called gay marches satanic acts, to lift a ban on theparade.

Nationalists and extreme Russian Orthodox believers held icons and enouncedhomosexuality as "evil" while a group of thick-set young men turned up with
surgeon's masks, which they said would protect them from the "gay disease."

"We are defending our rights," said a young gay man named Alexey, with bloodpouring from his nose after he was beaten up by a man screaming "homosexualsare perverts" opposite the mayor's office. His attacker was detained.

"This is terrible but I am not scared. This is a pretty scary place, apretty scary country if you are gay. But we won't give up until they allowus our rights," he said.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,3381885,print.story?coll=sfla-news-florida

Culture clash on Redneck Riviera
Pensacola site of gay celebration
By Melissa Nelson
The Associated Press

May 27, 2007

PENSACOLA BEACH · Vacationing Southern families usually fill the hotels andcondominiums in this slice of paradise long nicknamed "The Redneck Riviera."

But every Memorial Day many stay away as this Florida Panhandle town becomesmore like trendy Miami Beach -- 700 miles and a world away.

Starting in the mid-1980s, gay men from New Orleans and other nearby citiesbegan gathering here for a three-day party that has grown into one of theSouth's largest gay gatherings, attracting more than 60,000 people in 2004before hurricanes Ivan and Dennis destroyed many beach roads and buildings.

Following two years of rebuilding, organizers were anticipating 50,000 thisweekend -- and the resulting culture clash. While no one can recall anyviolent incidents targeting the gay tourists, the raucous weekend ofconcerts, Cirque de Soleil-like dance troupes and female impersonator RuPaulhasn't always sat well with everyone -- although that may be subsiding.

"We used to have groups that picketed but for the most part even that hasgone away. There are just some religious groups that have a problem with itnow," said Jim Goldman, an organizer of the charity Art Against AIDS, whichreceives a portion of the proceeds of the events.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Sun, May. 27, 2007
GAY TRAVEL: Family-friendly vacations

More than 135,000 gays and lesbians are expected in Orlando for the annualGay Days festivities, a weeklong series of events beginning Tuesday thatsprouted from a small group trip to Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 1991.Activities for grown-up gay friends of Mickey are a staple, but this yearmarks the debut of a hotel and event package that targets gay families aswell.

''A lot of people who went to Gay Day early on to party now have families,''says Yesi Leon, who conceptualized Gay Day Family with Alison Burgos and AmyAlonso. ``So many people told us that they wished they could bring theirkids to Gay Day, but there were no events for kids to enjoy. Now there are.We want kids with two moms or two dads to feel like they belong and theirfamilies are accepted.''

The South Florida event producers hope to tap into the expanding ranks ofgay families contributing to the $54 billion gay travel market -- like SanFrancisco-based journalist Gretchen Lee, filmmaker-media producer Evie Lederand their 3-year-old daughter, Rose Leder-Lee. The couple began travelingwith Rose when she was only 4 months old.

''Rose is enrolled in three frequent flier programs,'' Lee says, adding thattheir daughter has already logged 13 cross-country trips.


According to a recent study by Witeck-Combs Communications and the researchfirm Packaged Facts, an estimated 1.8 million gay and lesbian households nowinclude at least one child. But planning a gay-friendly family vacationisn't always as simple as heading to the nearest airport. It requiresstriking a balance between the gay and heterosexual travel worlds.


Demonstrators, Pop Star Brutally Attacked During Gay Protest

MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- British pop star Richard Fairbrass and several Europeanlawmakers were among the activists that were attacked and beaten up byRussian ultra nationalists during a demonstration for gay rights in MoscowSunday.

Fairbrass was punched in the face and kicked by anti-gay activists whilespeaking to Reuters in an interview. "We understand this is a gay event andso we came down here today," Fairbrass told Reuters before being hit.

Richard Fairbrass, 53, is best known for his part in the British pop groupRight Said Fred which had an International smash hit with the song "I'm TooSexy." In Britain, Fairbrass remains a famous musician and TV personality.

Russian police detained gay protesters calling for the right to hold a GayPride parade in central Moscow while nationalists shouting "death tohomosexuals" brutally attacked the demonstrators. None of the nationalistswere detained by police and demonstrators claim police ignored the violence.

The demonstrators tried to present a petition signed by some 40 Europeanlawmakers to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has called gay marches satanicacts, to lift a ban on the parade.


Coach Richardson is Back After Suspension for Anti-Gay, Anti-SemiticComments

By Dylan Vox

Remember a few months back when former NBA player Micheal Ray Richardsondecided to unload some perceived anti-Semitic and homophobic comments toreporters and fans? Well, he's back, coaching in the league that is, after ashort suspension handed down by the Continental Basketball Association (CBA)and after not having his contract renewed with Albany.

The 52 year old Richardson was a fourth overall draft pick in 1978 andplayed basketball for eight seasons in the NBA. He moved from club to clubplaying with the New Your Knicks, Golden State Warriors and finally settlingwith the New Jersey Nets.

After violating the leagues drug policy a few times, he was permanentlybanned from the league and his troubled life became the subject of the 2000film Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray?

Richardson went on to play a few more seasons with the CBA until he retiredfrom play altogether. In 2004 he was brought on as head coach of AlbanyPatroons where he has been until his recent troubles.

Earlier this year he was suspended for the rest of the CBA championshipseries for his comments in an interview with the Albany Times Unionnewspaper, in which he stated that Jews were "crafty (because) they arehated worldwide." As the investigation was underway into his intentionbehind his remarks, the coach very unwisely decided to scream, "Shut theF*** up, you Faggot" at a fan during a game. The decision was made, and hewas fired from league games and as the Patroons coach.


May 24th, 2007
(Rev. Jerry Stephenson)

TWO Urges All Former 'Ex-Gays' To Participate In The Campaign And Save Lives

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Truth Wins Out launched its "Talking Truth" Internetvideo campaign today, so Americans can finally learn from the victims of"ex-gay" ministries how these misleading groups are ineffective and ruinlives. The video testimonies paint an accurate portrait of "ex-gay" groupsthat teach client's denial, while offering false promises about changingfrom gay-to-straight. The Talking Truth campaign also gives hope to thosewho are still ensnared in the "ex-gay" trap and lets them know that they canremain both spiritual and openly gay.

"We hope our videos will save lives and make it more difficult for ExodusInternational to seduce young people with its fictions and fabrications."said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. "In our campaign,people will hear directly from the victims and see that these programssimply don't work and can be a drain on time, money and self-esteem. We urgeall former ex-gays to immediately contact Truth Wins Out and tell us yourcompelling story on video, so we can continue to rescue people harmed by'ex-gay' programs."

For thirty years, Exodus International, an umbrella group for "ex-gay"ministries, has used fear tactics and propaganda to recruit victims. Theorganization usually relies on the testimonies of paid staff or politicallobbyists to deceive Americans into believing the gay can be prayed away.The Talking Truth campaign will finally let people hear from the vastmajority of clients - not those on a right wing group's payroll - who foundthat Exodus and other "ex-gay" organizations offer false hope.

"We are airing these stories on the Internet, because this is where mostvulnerable gay people will search for information about homosexuality," saidTWO Board member and Exodus victim, Rev. Jerry Stephenson, who appeared in aTalking Truth video.

In the first video - which is in the format of a public serviceannouncement - Shawn O'Donnell, a victim of New Hope, an Exodus affiliate inCalifornia, warns those thinking of entering ex-gay programs that he wasted10 years of his life and $45,000 trying to change. In a second video, O'Donnell discusses how members of his ex-gay group used to cruise the mall for meneach Sunday, highlighting the ineffectiveness of Exodus.


The Right's Crisis in Confidence
by Wayne Besen

In sports, it is known that confidence is the main ingredient that separatesgreat players from those who are merely good. A legend such as MichaelJordan could miss 10 shots in a row, but he would still expect the eleventhshot to fall. The average player, on the other hand, would start havingdoubts after a few missed baskets, even if he has the same physical talentsas the star.

After tossing a generous number of political bricks, the religious right isin the midst of a crisis in confidence that will determine whether it willbe remembered as a great movement or merely an ugly historical footnote. Thedeath of Rev. Jerry Falwell, combined with the upcoming presidentialelection and the implosion of Bush's legacy has left the right rudderless.

Much of the malaise comes from the embarrassing fact that evangelicals linedup behind Bush for years and spoke of him as if he were a prophet. Now thatBush has transformed from Baby Jesus to idiot child, social conservativesare deservedly getting most of the blame for the Bush debacle.

Things are so bad for Bush that Jimmy Carter - a man who knows a littlesomething about failed presidencies - has said Bush is the "worst" inhistory. Finally Carter got something right, but Evangelicals were alsoreminded by his outburst that they backed Carter's presidency because he asoutspokenly Born Again.

Looking at the Bush/Carter messes they have made, some fundamentalists aredisillusioned with politics. They also see that shifting public opinion hasnixed aims at absolute dominion and their political domination isdangerously sliding into alienation. The once fearless now seems ratherfeckless and the Jesus Juggernaut is looking like the Little Engine thatcannot.


Moscow Gay Leaders Arrested
by Newscenter Staff
Posted: May 27, 2007 - 7:00 am ET
Updated 8:30 am ET

(Moscow) Moscow police arrested about 20 people Sunday as they attempted topresent a petition denouncing a decision to bar a gay pride parade in thecapital.

Among those detained were gay rights leader Nikolai Alexeyev and a number offoreign supporters including British gay advocate Peter Tatchell and tworeportedly two European lawmakers.

They and about 100 other people gathered in a park across from the office ofMoscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov to collect signatures for the petition whichalready had been signed by about 40 members of the European Parliament.

Waiting for them were members of extreme right nationalist groups, RussianOrthodox churchgoers, and young militants.

The crowd pelted the gay group with eggs and started a number of skirmishesuntil police moved in arresting the gay leaders.


Rosie Quits The View Early
by The Associated Press
Posted: May 25, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(New York City) Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at `The View.' ABCsaid Friday she won't be back on the show following her angry confrontationwith co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday.

O'Donnell asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract. She wasdue to leave "The View" in mid-June.

"Rosie contributed to one of our most exciting and successful years at `TheView,'" show creator Barbara Walters said. "I am most appreciative. Ourclose and affectionate relationship will not change."

In a statement, O'Donnell said she was grateful. "It's been an amazing yearand I love all three women."

Presumably, that includes Hasselbeck. The two exchanged bitter words onWednesday over O'Donnell's opposition to the war in Iraq. They've frequentlyhad snippy political exchanges during O'Donnell's year on the daytimechatfest, but never as long and loud as that one.


Legal Briefs
Ga. lesbian mother reunited with child she hopes to adopt
May. 25, 2007

ATLANTA - A Georgia woman spent last weekend with the 7-year-old girl shehas been trying to adopt for almost a year, following a months-long legaldispute that saw a state judge there remove the child from the woman's homeafter discovering she was a lesbian. The attorney representing ElizabethHadaway said the child, Emma Rose, has been taken out of state foster careand returned to Hadaway's home. The young girl has been in the custody ofthe Georgia Department of Family & Children Services since February, despitethe biological mother twice signing her parental rights away to Hadaway,whom she believed was better suited to raise the child. Emma Rose lived withHadaway from May 2006 to February 2007 with Hadaway initially breezingthrough the adoption process. But during a November hearing, WilkinsonCounty Judge John Lee Parrott objected to granting Hadaway the adoptionafter learning she was a lesbian. In a January ruling Parrott argued thatthe state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage also prohibitedsame-sex couples from adopting children, and accused Hadaway of attemptingto "sham" the court by applying as a single person when she was involved ina seven-year relationship with a woman.

Parrott had the child placed in foster care. After Bibb County SuperiorCourt Judge Tilman Self granted Hadaway custody in March, Parrott refused torecognize Self's ruling and ordered the young girl to remain with her fosterfamily, despite a social worker calling that "the worst possible scenario"for the young girl. After a series of hearings about which court hadjurisdiction to grant or deny an adoption, officials agreed to release EmmaRose to her biological mother on May 18 with Shultz again asking Hadaway tobe Emma Rose's mother.


Jerry Falwell was not a hater

We do ourselves no favors when we stoop to the rhetoric of Falwell and his

by Chris Crain

Friday, May 25, 2007

The death of televangelist Jerry Falwell has brought the expected chorus ofpraise from the right and expressions of good riddance to the "hate-monger"from the left. I am no fan of Falwell, but I've always thought that gaycritics did themselves and our cause no good by portraying Falwell as somesort of hateful villain.

Jerry Falwell no doubt became intoxicated with the notoriety that came fromalways pushing the rhetorical envelope to the extreme, and he rationalizedaway the damage he did as necessary to bring attention to his cause (andhim). Ultimately, that pattern led to his own undoing, as his pronouncementson 9-11 and Tinky Winky diminished his mainstream political influence.

But a hater? No. Those of us who have real, firsthand experience withfundamentalist Christians, who have known them as our friends and ourfamily, know that the vast majority are not motivated by hate. They may bewillfully ignorant of our lives and the lives of others they judge, but mostare not animated by some irrational animus toward gays, pregnant women andso on. The same, I believe, can be said of Jerry Falwell.

My best guess, having watched Falwell closely for years, is that like somany other fundamentalist Christians, he overreacted with fear and worry tothe social changes of the sexual revolution by retreating to his Bible,where he found support for dressing up his own prejudices as "traditionalvalues."

The problem is that looking to an ancient manuscript to understand modernsocial issues makes about as much sense as consulting a text of similarvintage for scientific or medical information. Not only has our knowledge ofthe human body, physics and biology advanced dramatically since biblicaltimes but so has our understanding of human beings, including theiremotional, psychological and sexual makeup.


Forwarded from EuroQueer Groups,2933,275738,00.html

MOSCOW ­ Russian police detained gay rights activists, including at least two European lawmakers, as they tried to hold a demonstration in downtown Moscow on Sunday while members of a hostile crowd punched the activists and pelted them with eggs.

The demonstrators, appearing to number less than 100, tried to present a letter signed by some 40 European lawmakers to the office of Moscow's mayor, appealing the city's ban on a march they wanted to conduct.

But police quickly grabbed about a dozen demonstrators and forced them into a bus, including Russian gay rights movement leader Nikolai Alexeyev. Police then hustled away others, including German parliament member Volker Beck, as gay rights opponents threw eggs and shouted: "Moscow is not Sodom."

Marco Cappato, a European Parliament deputy from Italy, was kicked by one as he spoke to journalists; Cappato began shouting: "Where are the police? Why don't you protect us?" and officers hauled him away as he struggled with them.

Cappato later told Italy's Skt TG24 that he had been released. He said that when he saw that Ottavio Marzocchi, an official with the Liberal Democrats in the European parliament, had come under attack, he began shouting and "within five seconds I was taken away by police in anti-riot gear."

A total of 31 people were detained and most of them later released, Moscow police spokesman Yevgeny Gildeyev said. Two Italians were detained for jaywalking, and a German man was taken away from the area by police to prevent him from being beaten, Gildeyev said.

But Beck, who was later released, told The Associated Press that police had beat him and the others and took their passports away as they moved in on the group in what he said authorities called a "security measure."


Forwarded from EuroQueer Groups

Moscow Gay Arrests & Violence
Tatchell Bashed by Moscow Nazis
Police Let Right-Wing Extremists Rampage
Moscow Gay Pride Leader Arrested, with German Green MP Volker Beck

Moscow - 26 May 2007 - 8 pm Moscow time

Arrests and violent attacks marred today's attempted Moscow Gay Pridemarch. Fifteen to 20 marchers were arrested. The organizer of MoscowPride, Nikolai Alekseev, is being detained overnight at Moscow'sTverskoi district police station, together with two prominent membersof Russia's Radical and Free Radical parties, Nikolai Khramov andSergei Konstantinov.

British gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was one of severalGay Pride marchers who were beaten today by gangs of neo-Nazis,nationalist extremists and Russian Orthodox fundamentalists, with theapparent collusion of sections of the Moscow police and the RussianOMON riot squad.

"There is no rule of law in Moscow. The right to protest does notexist. This is not a democracy," said Mr. Tatchell

"Today's protest was about much more than gay rights. We weredefending the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest forall Russians, gay and straight.

"The ban on Moscow Gay Pride is one aspect of a much wider attack oncivil society and human rights. It is evidence of a failed transitionfrom communism to democracy and of a rising trend towards autocracyand authoritarianism," he added.

Good photo of the assault on Peter Tatchell ...


Forwarded from EuroQueer Groups

Police detain 31 persons in attempted gay parade in Moscow

18:13 | 27/ 05/ 2007

MOSCOW, May 27 (RIA Novosti) - Police detained 31 persons, including twocitizens of Italy, during an unauthorized action in support of a gay paradein the Russian capital, the Moscow interior department said Sunday.

Moscow authorities earlier refused to allow a gay pride parade set for May27, saying the event would interfere with the rights and interests of othercitizens.

However, gay rights activists tried to stage a protest in the center ofMoscow on May 27 and present a petition to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkovrequesting the Russian capital's authorities to lift a ban on the parade.

Last year, Luzhkov also refused permission for the march. At the time,organizers petitioned the Version Court of Moscow, but their motion wasdismissed.


Forwarded from EuroQueer Groups

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007
13:16 MECCA TIME, 10:16 GMT
Al Jazeera

Russia arrests gay rights activists

Several gay rights activists, including a Russian gay pride organiser and aBritish campaigner, have been arrested at the start of a demonstrationoutside the Moscow mayor's office.

Nikolai Alexeyev, Peter Tatchell and a number of others were detained afterclashes with ultra-nationalists who had gathered to disrupt Sunday's march.

The ultra-nationalists attacked the several dozen homosexual rightsprotesters before riot police moved in to separate the two sides.

Tatchell was punched in the head in full view of police and dozens ofjournalists. Another activist was seen bleeding from his face after beingassaulted.

Several far-right demonstrators were also detained by police.

The banned march was planned to mark the 14th anniversary of Russiadecriminalising homosexuality.


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