Monday, August 27, 2007

GLBT DIGEST August 27, 2007

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Ailing Rev. Kennedy retires from Coral Ridge Presbyterian ChurchHe shepherded church into a global empire

Religion Editor
August 27, 2007

Months of rumors ended with a Sunday morning revelation at Coral RidgePresbyterian Church: The ailing Rev. D. James Kennedy is not returning tothe helm of the congregation he founded 48 years ago.

The pastor, religious broadcaster, conservative activist and evangelicalleader has been in and out of hospitals since Dec. 28, when he suffered abrief cardiac arrest. On Sunday, his family and church leaders made itofficial.

"Today I am formally announcing the retirement of my dad as the seniorminister of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church," Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy,speaking for the family, told 1,700 listeners in the three-steepled whitechurch in Fort Lauderdale.

The announcement, at a joint gathering of all three morning services, endsKennedy's multilayered efforts to further his vision of Christianity andsocial values: education, prayer in schools, opposition to gay rights, andother conservative causes. His influence was felt far beyond church walls,to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and numerous nations whereordinary people heard his broadcast messages and applied his evangelisticmethods.

"I'm sad that an era is over, but I'm excited for the future," said GladysIsraels, of Pompano Beach, who has attended Coral Ridge since 1960."[Kennedy] laid a solid foundation, and the future will be as great orgreater than the past."

His wife, Anne Kennedy, made no public statement but walked down the aislewith her daughter at the end of the service, to extended applause. In thechurch foyer, the two hugged and shook hands with well-wishers in a linethat stretched more than 100 feet. The Kennedys observed their 51st weddinganniversary on Saturday.

As the church adjusted to the news, accolades poured in from otherconservative Christian leaders.

Kennedy, 76, is one of Christianity's "truly significant figures," accordingto a statement by James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family. "Believersaround the world are indebted to you for your vision and leadership."


Mob in northern Nigeria attacks prison, injures official Sat Aug 25, 3:41 PM

Angry demonstrators have injured a prison official in northern NigerianBauchi state in an attempt to lynch suspected homosexuals being held incustody, official news agency NAN said Saturday.

The prison chief, Mohammed Nata'ala, was quoted by NAN as saying the unnamedofficial was injured while preventing the mob from forcing their way intothe prison late Friday.

The demonstrators were said to be protesting the substitution of the chargeagainst the suspects from sodomy, which carries the death penalty under theIslamic sharia code, to idleness.

The sharia penal code was adopted in Bauchi and other states in Muslimnorthern Nigeria eight years ago following the end of military rule.

The suspects, 18 in all, were arrested on August 4 in a hotel in Bauchi forwearing women's clothing and allegedly attempting to conduct a gay marriage.


Ten reasons why gay marriage is un-American
By Arlen Parsa
Filed: Sunday August 26th 2007, 10:06 AM

This is one of those things that floats around the internets and throughemail, and it's not exactly new. Still, I stumbled upon it again recentlyand thought it was worth sharing anyways. The only one of these I'm not afan of is the first one, because I don't think you can compare being borngay to inventing air conditioning.

Ten Reasons Gay Marriage is Un-American

1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural thingslike eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way thathanging around tall people will make you tall.

3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazybehavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legalstanding and can sign a marriage contract.

4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all;women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce isstill illegal.


Safe Sex Poster Boys come on down!
Press Release: AIDS Foundation

Gay and bisexual men of all shapes and sizes have until September 30 to stepforward as potential models for a new team of safe sex poster boys for GayMen's Health.

Entries are now being accepted online at in thefirst phase of a three-month competition involving events around thecountry. Contestants can enter themselves in one of six categories: PartyBoy, Bear/Cub/Leather, Boy Next Door/Regular Guy, Sportsman,Businessman/Professional, and Alternative (for those who don't like to belabelled!)

"One gay or bisexual man is being diagnosed with HIV every five days, and weall need to work together to stop it," says Matt Creamer, Team Co-ordinatorfor Gay Men's Health. "These infections could have been prevented by usingcondoms for anal sex, which most gay and bisexual men do. This competitionis going to be a positive reinforcement of that."

There are a number of conditions for entry, says Douglas Jenkin, NationalCampaigns Co-ordinator. "You have to be over 18, you must self-identify aseither gay or bisexual, and you must consistently use condoms for anal sex -this is what safe sex for gay and bisexual men is all about."

Preliminary events will take place in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch andWellington throughout the month of October, with contestants from each ofthese regions appearing before a panel of community-based judges.



Retired Navratilova miffed at snub by broadcast networks
August 27, 2007

The only professional role Martina Navratilova has at this U.S. Open isspectator, and she's not too happy about it.

She has no regrets about choosing to retire from professional tennis - forthe second time - last year with a win at the Open in mixed doubles. It washer 59th Grand Slam title and 177th doubles title, the most in history.

But she is a little ticked that no broadcast network had room for her as acommentator, a role she's taken on this year at the French Open andWimbledon to shining reviews.

"I'll be giving all my great knowledge to the person sitting next to me,"Navratilova said by phone Tuesday before she headed to the Hamptons for theHuggy Bear Invitational. "It's kind of mind-boggling. When you have afootball team and Joe Montana becomes available, you don't say, 'Oh, wealready have a quarterback,' but that's exactly what happened."

She said she hopes one of the networks will take her on next year, becauseshe has a lot to offer.


ROBISON: Where's the loyalty?
Local Columnist

- Another local resident has made it to the big-time spotlight. Lately, hewas all over the Internet, radio, newspapers - you name it. He was at thecenter of national debate; talking heads and bloggers yakked and spun prose,respectively, about his personal and professional life. Even Jay Leno made ajoke at his expense - a tried and true indication that a person has hit thebig time.

But this local is not famous; he is infamous. Fingered in a police report ascommitting a sex act on a sleeping man, president of the Young RepublicanNational Federation and Clark County resident Glenn Murphy Jr., is now aposter child for what happens when one's personal, professional andpolitical lives meet at an unfortunate impasse.

Predictably, when this news broke, Murphy was unceremoniously dumped fromthe YRNF and any traces that he was once the leader of one of the mostinfluential Republican organizations in the country can only be found inInternet backwaters. That is quite the strong response to an unsubstantiatedallegation found in a police report. In fact, Murphy has yet to be chargedwith a crime.

Granted, he admits the act took place but claims it was consensual. And he'sentitled to this defense, if charged. And isn't he considered innocent untilproven otherwise?

So why did Republican national machine disown him so quickly and completely?And why have they remained mum in his defense? A once valued and trustedmember of the GOP inner circle is now a discarded pariah - despite the facthe has not been charged or indicted. This reaction seems completelyincongruent to the status of the situation.


Today's Poll Question Is...

Does the United Nations do enough to protect the LGBT community around theworld?


Town That Refused Gay Pride Flag Subject Of Rights Complaint
by The Canadian Press
Posted: August 26, 2007 - 11:00 am ET

(Truro, Nova Scotia) A gay rights advocate says he's confident a humanrights complaint against the Town of Truro, N.S., over its refusal to fly agay pride flag will be successful.

Charles Thompson of Truro Pride says he submitted his complaint to the NovaScotia Human Rights Commission on Wednesday.

He says several other cases involving town councils refusing to recognizegay rights have succeeded in similar tribunals.

The dispute arises out of Truro Mayor Bill Mills' refusal to fly the gaypride flag on the town hall building in the central Nova Scotia community.

Mills told Thompson he could not sanction flying the flag because he doesn'tcondone homosexuality for religious reasons.


WHO Ties Rising Population To Rise In AIDS, Other Diseases
by The Associated Press
Posted: August 26, 2007 - 4:00 pm ET

(Geneva) A ballooning world population, intensive farming practices andchanges in sexual behavior have provided a breeding ground for anunprecedented number of emerging diseases, the U.N. health agency says in anew report.

AIDS and 38 other new pathogens are afflicting mankind that were unknown ageneration ago, the World Health Organization said.

Though advances in science could account for the discovery of existingpathogens that were previously unidentified, WHO epidemics expert Dr. MikeRyan said changes in human behavior and practices have produced more newdiseases.

"We've seen a shift in trend that reflects a transition of humancivilization," Ryan said. "The relationship to the animal kingdom, ourtravel, our social, sexual and other behaviors have changed the nature ofour relationship with the microbial world and the result of that is theemergence of new pathogens and the spread of those pathogens around theworld."

He noted that in the late 19th century, scientists discovered a range ofagents causing ancient scourges such as anthrax, staphylococcus,tuberculosis and tetanus.


Inside Higher Education

Momentum for Gender Neutrality

While only a small minority of colleges have added gender identity to theiranti-bias policies or created gender-neutral dormitories or bathrooms, themovement to do so is growing, especially in the Northeast and among eliteuniversities, according to a report being released today.

The GENIUS Index (for Gender Equality National Index for Universities andSchools) found that:

a.. 147 colleges and universities have added gender identity andexpression to their non-discrimination policies.

b.. 141 colleges and universities have created some gender neutralbathrooms, frequently private bathrooms that students can use without fearof being judged as being in the wrong bathroom based on the way others viewthe students' identity.

c.. 30 colleges and universities have created options for gender-neutralhousing, in which the norm for roommates is not presumed to be someone ofthe same sex.

Policies such as those highlighted in the report have been an emerging goalof transgender students on campus and their supporters, who say that peoplewho don't fit into standard gender categories face not only discrimination,but threats of violence.

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition, which pushes for policies ineducational institutions and the workplace that allow people "to learn, growand succeed - whether or not they meet expectations for masculinity andfemininity" - produced the study.

The report notes that these policies are almost always relatively recent andwere unheard of just a decade ago. The adoption of such policies is stillsufficiently new that a college's actions on creating a new restroom mayattract news coverage, as was the case this weekend with the new studentcenter at the University of Vermont would feature some gender-neutralbathrooms.



Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

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The theme for National Coming Out Day 2007 will be Talk About It, continuingthe slogan and branding that the national program has been building since2005.

National Coming Out Day is a time to celebrate openness and honesty -whether you came out 20 minutes ago, or 20 years ago - this is a time forall Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight supportive people toTalk About It with friends, family and coworkers.

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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

[euro-queer] Denmark: Copenhagen Pride Parade

Copenhagen Pride Week 2007 has taken place from August 16-26.

The Pride Parede which took place on Saturday August 25 attracted about60.000 spectators along the route from Nörrebro to the Town Hall Square. Thenumber of participants in the parade is not known. Media coverage of theevent seems to have been poor (the Danes most certainly have a lot to learnfrom their Swedish colleagues).

The parade concluded with a huge party at the Town Hall Square with Danishand Swedish entertainers.

Some pictures from the parade can be seen at the Swedish lgbt magazine QX's


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Study: Bondage May Make Men Happier
Monday , April 16, 2007

Bondage and discipline may actually make men happier, according to the firstnational survey of Australians' fetish habits.

The new sex study has revealed that 2 percent of Australian men and 1.4percent of women admit to enjoying dominance, submission andsadomasochism-type sex in the past year.

But researchers involved in the phone survey of 20,000 people say theyexpect many more Australians to be engaging in the practice but unwilling tolabel it BDSM (bondage, discipline, domination and submission).

"There will definitely be more men and women who have sexual tastes in thisdirection but won't call it this," said Dr. Juliet Richters, of theUniversity of New South Wales.

"They might not like sex magazines but they just happen to like being tiedup and spanked as part of foreplay.

"Ask them if they're into BDSM they'll say 'Yuck, no'."



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