Monday, October 22, 2007

GLBT DIGEST October 22, 2007

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The Detroit News

Gay GOP group attacks Romney's flip-flops

Monday, October 22, 2007
Deb Price

For years, he's fought conservatives and religious extremists," the upbeat female narrator of a TV campaign ad approvingly begins. "Mitt Romney."

The audacious 30-second ad by the gay Log Cabin Republicans aired in high-stakes Iowa and nationally for two weeks on Fox News Channel. The ad uses the Republican presidential candidate himself to make the devastating case that he's a flip-flopper, the label that hobbled Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004.

In a video clip from his U.S. Senate run in 1994, Romney says, "I believe abortion should be safe and legal."

The narrator gushes that Romney opposed the gun lobby and "even Ronald Reagan."

"Look," Romney says in another video clip, "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush."

For the social conservatives Romney is now wooing, the narrator's final salute sums up the ad's jarring message: "A record fighting the religious right, a pro-choice record, Massachusetts values: Mitt Romney."

Only then does the "paid for" disclaimer identify Log Cabin as the sponsor of the ad, which calculatingly doesn't point out Romney's U-turn on gay rights since the days he vowed he could do more for gays than Sen. Edward Kennedy.

By then, Log Cabin has planted the idea with social conservatives that they actually share something in common: They can't trust Mitt Romney.

The daredevil ad is the latest feat by the gay Republican group that's long tried to steer its party away from divisive social issues and toward a mix of fiscal conservatism and inclusive libertarianism. (See ad at



The Washington Post

Harry Potter & the Surprise Outing: Dumbledore

By Hillel Italie
Associated Press
Monday, October 22, 2007; C04

NEW YORK -- With author J.K. Rowling's revelation that master wizard AlbusDumbledore is gay, some passages about the Hogwarts headmaster and rivalwizard Gellert Grindelwald have taken on a new and clearer meaning.

The British author stunned her fans at Carnegie Hall on Friday night whenshe answered one young reader's question about Dumbledore by saying that hewas gay and had been in love with Grindelwald, whom he had defeated yearsago in a bitter fight.

" 'You cannot imagine how his ideas caught me, Harry, inflamed me,' "Dumbledore says in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh andfinal book in Rowling's record-breaking fantasy series.

The news brought gasps, then applause at Carnegie Hall, the last stop onRowling's brief U.S. tour, and set off thousands of e-mails on Potter fanWeb sites around the world. Some were dismayed, but most were supportive.

"Jo Rowling calling any Harry Potter character gay would make wonderfulstrides in tolerance toward homosexuality," Melissa Anelli, webmaster of thefan site, told the Associated Press.

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The Washington Post

AIDS Prevention: What Works?

By Daniel Halperin
Monday, October 22, 2007; A23

Richard Holbrooke should be commended for urging a renewed focus on globalHIV prevention [" Still Losing the AIDS Fight," op-ed, Oct. 9]. Although HIVtreatment and care programs must be expanded, only by preventing newinfections can we ultimately hope to turn back this devastating disease.

Holbrooke is also correct to emphasize the importance of HIV testing,especially for providing the main gateway into treatment. There is, however,little evidence that knowing one's HIV status fundamentally alters behavior.A few studies have found some modest changes in behavior among those whotest positive, but most trials unfortunately show that people who discoverthat they are not infected with the virus continue acting as they did beforebeing tested -- despite the obvious danger to themselves and to others.

The most rigorous study yet conducted, a randomized trial from Zimbabwepublished last month in the journal AIDS, found an increased rate of HIVafter people underwent testing and counseling compared with those who didnot, though the increase was not quite statistically significant. TheLondon-based researchers noted that some other studies similarly have found"disinhibition," or a worsening of behavior, among people who learned theywere not infected. While it might seem intuitive that knowing one's HIVstatus and, ideally, receiving good counseling would lead to behavior changeand reduced risk, the real-world evidence for this conventional wisdom isstill unclear, especially for the large majority who test negative.

Worse, those who have been recently infected are by far the most infectious,even though they generally do not test positive (as they have yet to developHIV antibodies). A recent study from Uganda estimated that about half of allHIV transmission there was due to such "window period" cases. And in a 2003Tanzanian study, more than a quarter of women who tested positive anddisclosed this to their male partners suffered negative consequences,including violence and abandonment.

HIV testing, in fact, does not appear to have played a crucial role in thedeclines in HIV rates observed in a number of countries and settings,including the U.S. gay community in the 1980s; in Thailand and Uganda in theearly 1990s; and more recently in Kenya, Zimbabwe, southern India, urbanMalawi and Ethiopia. In most of those places, HIV testing facilities werescarce or even nonexistent during the period in which HIV rates fellfastest.

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The Washington Post

Looking for a Candidate to Call Their Own
Choices Lamented at Values Voter Gathering

By Sridhar Pappu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 22, 2007; C01

To travel down the escalators of the Hilton Washington this weekend was toenter a secure sanctuary, a world protected from interlopers and would-behaters, from those who would destroy America's Christian culture. Those whocame to the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing 2007: Values VoterSummit descended into a deeply guarded place, a sheltered bubble worthy ofthe lost city of Atlantis -- if Atlantis had been ruled by Jesus or RonaldReagan.

Indeed, for three days, it was a huddle of people with "shared values." The2,000-plus participants banded together, bracing themselves for the constantattacks they expect on their beliefs as Christians. They are fighting onmultiple fronts -- fighting the government, fighting pop culture andfighting universities.

"I think people of conservative beliefs, people who take their faith beliefsvery seriously, find themselves very isolated," said Alan Sears, CEO andpresident of the Alliance Defense Fund, the Christian-based legal group.

In a session addressing the plight of Christian rights on campus, DavidFrench, senior attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, told those assembled:"You will find more political diversity in a suburban mega-church than youwill find in an elite university faculty. Now, that has consequences. One ofthose consequences is professors do not like Christians."

On the subterranean concourse level of the Hilton, it was very easy to feelyou were in a different world. Former Reagan administration official and2000 Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer told those assembled, "Youare Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's and Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare."

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Conservative Groups Target Calif. Students Rights Act

by Newscenter Staff
Posted: October 21, 2007 - 1:00 pm ET

(San Francisco, California) Socially conservative groups have begun apetition drive to repeal legislation that would protect California studentsfrom bias.

The Student Civil Rights Act was signed last week by Gov. ArnoldSchwarzenegger. (story) It would protect students from harassment andbullying in public schools by making sure teachers and school administratorsunderstand their responsibilities to protect youth.

Students, under the legislation, would be protected on the basis of gender,nationality, race or ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

It also requires the state to ensure teachers and school administratorsfully understand their responsibilities to protect youth.

The measures are similar to legislation rejected last year by Schwarzeneggerwho at the time said it was vague and potentially confusing and wasredundant because California's education code already prohibitsdiscrimination in schools. (story)

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Police Search For Shooter In Attack On Atlanta Gay Bar Patrons

by Newscenter Staff
Posted: October 21, 2007 - 1:00 pm ET

(Atlanta, Georgia) Police are searching for a drive by shooter who fired ona group people on their way to a popular Atlanta gay club.

Witnesses say the group of about five had stopped at a convenience store ontheir way to Wet Bar early Friday morning when a man entered the store andbegan yelling gay epithets at the group.

He then left the store, go into his vehicle, and drove off.

As the group made its way to the nearby club the car approached them. Awindow was rolled down and the man began firing.

Two people were slightly wounded. The others were unhurt.

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The Visible Vote 08

Pissing While White

By: Jennifer Vanasco

The Daily Show took a "wide stance" last night on Larry Craig's interviewwith Matt Lauer.

In the first half of the segment, Stewart shows images of Craig "not beinggay" - despite, he jokes, his active profile on And he pointsout the differences between Craig's wife's sexual experiences with him andhis possible gay experiences.

The second half, though, is even better. An R. Kelly impersonator comes onto sing about Craig's interview, crooning, "I like the gay part - but notthe lifestyle."

But he gets bitchy when Craig says in the interview clip that he wasprofiled.

He responds, "Caucasian from Idaho? What, the police hassle a man forpissing while white?"

Click on the above link for the videos.


To Form a More Perfect Union: Marriage Equality News

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Scott Lively, one of the founders of the international anti-gay hate groupWatchmen on the Walls, made this statement explaining the group's violentand hateful reason for being: We are the Watchmen on the Walls. We are aglobal coalition of men and women of every race, color and nationality whobelieve in the superiority of the natural family and marriage between oneman and one woman. We are against cohabitation, divorce, abortion, adulteryand other behaviors that weaken the marriage-based society on whichcivilization depends. But we are especially focused against homosexuality,because those who practice this self-destructive vice, and have organizedthemselves into a political movement, are the chief enemies of the naturalfamily.

We do not promote or condone violence. We do not apologize for opposinghomosexuality because it is morally, physically, psychologically andsocially wrong, unnatural and harmful. This is self-evident to the vastmajority of the citizens of the world, whom we represent.

. . . Right Wing Watch has a lot of wrapup coverage of the Values VoterSummit, including this on-site report from the Saturday gala honoring Focuson the Anus founder Daddy Dobson, who made it clear he's still willing tobolt and endorse a third party candidate and that anyone who is not for wombcontrol or willing to back a federal ban on gays and lesbians marrying isnot getting his vote. Dobson provided a boatload of unhinged quotes. BUT,Dobson made clear that he wouldn't budge from his pledge not to backGiuliani if he becomes the GOP nominee. (Perkins did the same at theafternoon press conference.) ...On the issue of marriage, Dobson said itwas "on the ropes" and in far more danger than people realized, in spite ofthe victories in 2004 and 2006. "Our families are in greater danger now thanthey ever have been," he said, saying that the legislature in New Jersey nowhas the votes to create same-sex marriage.


National Gay News

Go to the website, above, for the following article:

Some 300 national and local LGBT civil rights organizations have formed analliance called United ENDA to oppose a stripped down version of theEmployment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) that excludes protections fortransgender individuals from job discrimination. The bill was originallyintroduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) in the spring and included provisionsto protect transgender individuals from discrimination. Under pressure fromDemocratic leaders that an inclusive ENDA might fail to pass in theDemocratic-controlled House, Frank withdrew protections for transgenderpeople.


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