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Columbia Law School's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Sets a Precedent

By Lois Elfman
Nov 25, 2007, 23:26

So far this year, Columbia University Law School's Sexuality and Gender LawClinic has secured political asylum in the U.S. for a gay Jamaican man andfor a lesbian from Turkmenistan, who feared persecution for her sexualorientation and political opinions in that mostly Muslim country. These arejust two of the cases being handled by the fledgling clinic embarking on anemerging field - sexuality and gender law.

Directed by Suzanne B. Goldberg, who is renowned for her work and teachingin the area of sexuality and gender law, the clinic, which began inSeptember 2006, is the first sexuality and gender law clinic at a law schoolto be staffed full time by a faculty member. "One of the goals is toencourage and prod other law schools to develop similar clinics," saysGoldberg.

Although the clinic is just over a year old, Goldberg says many of theschool's applicants say that this clinic drove their choice of law school."They want to go into careers where they are working on international women's rights or the rights of lesbian, gay and transgendered people or variationsof these themes," she says. "Part of what's most exciting about teachingstudents in this area is it is a field in active development, which raisesinteresting, substantive questions."

Says Jennifer Stark, one of eight students participating in the clinic, "Istarted law school with the hope of doing sexuality and gender law. Theclinic has helped me figure out how I can potentially do this work in thefuture. This is undoubtedly an emerging field of law."

The students in the clinic devote 21 hours per week to their clinic work andattend a two-hour weekly clinic seminar. Recent projects have includedamicus briefs to the Connecticut and California supreme courts in marriagelitigation and to the Iraqi Tribunal regarding prosecution of rape;development of legal manuals to support enforcement of women's rightsprotocols in Africa and a transgender rights ordinance in New York City; andlitigation research, planning and support on issues related to women'srights, gay and lesbian rights and the rights of transgender individualsboth in the U.S. and abroad.

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State's 1st openly gay Republican elected
Brian Bates' victory in Doraville City Council race called groundbreaking

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 11/26/07

Brian Bates is a 36-year-old business owner in charge of Doraville's annualPolice Appreciation Day.

He's active in his neighborhood association and staunchly supports popularpolice Chief John King, who became a major issue in elections earlier thismonth.

So Bates' victory in a race for city council didn't come as a major surprisein this town of about 10,000 residents. But, it was, in fact,groundbreaking.

Bates is now the state's first openly gay Republican elected to office - adevelopment that has gained the attention of politicos and pundits acrossthe country.

Georgia Equality, the state's largest organization supporting gay rights,says he's the first openly gay Republican to win a race in the Deep South.

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New Zealand

Trial begins over gruesome gay murder

Nov 26, 2007 7:21 PM

The Palmerston North High Court has been told that two men kicked and beat ahomosexual man to death and removed parts of his body in a frenzied attacklasting for hours.

Andre Gilling and Ashley Arnopp are accused of murdering 39-year-old StanleyWaipouri at his Palmerston North flat in December last year.

The Crown alleges the two accused used the cover of loud music at aipouri'sRangitikei Street flat to beat him to death.

"Arnopp said he had a huge amount of adrenalin, these are his words...'and Iwas just powering for hours'," says Crown prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk.

The court was told that a neighbour came to complain about the noise andwhen the door of the flat opened he saw a body lying on the floor insidewith its clothes pulled down.

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New Hampshire Civil Unions Become Law on New Year's Day

Monday November 26, 2007
Staff at gfn.com

Same-sex couples seeking civil unions will be able to go to New Hampshiretown and city halls on Monday, Dec. 10, to obtain a license.

The state's civil unions law, however, takes effect on New Year's Day.

Deputy secretary of state David Scanlan said he expects everything to be inplace for couples who want to seala civil union at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1.

Worksheets for clerks to use in issuing a license are being printed thisweek. According to Scanlan, they'realmost identical to marriage license forms, with a few changes that deletethe terms "bride" and "groom," hesaid.

The final test of a statewide computer system on the weekend of Dec. 8 willbe the last step in getting the state's licensing process in place.

Computer work that will link licenses to the state vital records database --where births, deaths and marriagesare recorded -- is also well along, he said.

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Jodie Foster to Present Trevor Project Founders Award
Will Be Presented at Organization's Tenth Annual Benefit

(BI) Nate Leaf

LOS ANGELES -- The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operatesthe nation's only around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay andquestioning youth, announced that two-time Academy Award-winning actressJodie Foster will present The Trevor Founders Award at the organization'sannual Cracked Xmas event.

Ms. Foster will present the award to two of the organization's founders,director Peggy Rajski and screenwriter James Lecesne. The award will bepresented in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the first Cracked Xmasbenefit and in memory of the organization's third founder, producer RandyStone, who passed away unexpectedly in February of this year.

The presentation will take place at Cracked Xmas 10, to be held on December2, 2007 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ms. Foster's support of the organization is both extensive and longstanding.

In 1994, she was the first major donor to provide support for the productionof the short film Trevor.

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More Programs Move to Halt Bias Against Gays

Chubb, Other Employers Train Managers on How To Foster Inclusiveness

November 26, 2007; Page B3

Valorie Gilmore, a specialty-insurance manager at Chubb Corp., was meetingwith a client two months ago when participants began discussing a localwomen's basketball team. One person blurted, "You mean the lady lesbians?"
Ms. Gilmore recalls.

"Let's not go down that road," Ms. Gilmore quickly replied. She says shefelt compelled to speak "to set the right example here at Chubb in the waywe conduct business."

Ms. Gilmore later attended a training program for Chubb managers on dealingwith bias against gays in the workplace and learned that she'd actedappropriately. "You want to redirect the conversation to make it clear youare uncomfortable with it," says Kevin Hannan, a senior performancespecialist at the insurer who helped start and design the training.

Chubb is among a growing number of employers training managers on how toprevent workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexual andtransgender employees. Other big companies that offer similar traininginclude Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Merck & Co., Ernst & Young LLP, andToronto-Dominion Bank. Such offerings are rare because "there is still alevel of discomfort in talking about the subject," says John Peoples, amanaging partner at Global Lead, a Cincinnati diversity-consulting firm.

Other employers include sexual-orientation issues in general training oninclusiveness, Mr. Peoples says. All told, 41% of 255 big companies surveyedby the Human Rights Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy group for gays in theworkplace, offer some kind of training that touches on sexual orientation.




Transgender student elected king

By Caroline An, Staff Writer

PASADENA - For Andrew Gomez, the month of November was one of firsts.

First, he broke the news to his mother that he was transitioning from afemale to a male. Then the 24-year-old transgender student was electedHomecoming King at Pasadena City College.

Neither event came easily, but the second milestone nearly did not happen.PCC's homecoming committee initially ruled Gomez ineligible because of hispierced ear.

But after students complained, lodging charges of discrimination, thecommittee relented and reversed its decision. Gomez said his electionearlier this month as Homecoming King surprised him, even though heinitially ran hoping to become a source of inspiration for other gay,lesbian and transgender students.

"I wanted them to feel like they could do something like this, instead ofhaving them feel, `I am not straight so I can't do this,"' Gomez said.

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Gay Foe Trent Lott Won't Seek Re-Election

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: November 26, 2007 - 11:00 am ET

(Washington) Trent Lott, the GOP's second most powerful man in the Senate,is ending his political career.

The Mississippi Republican who currently is serving his fourth Senate termhas been a consistent opponent of LGBT civil rights.

Lott was ousted as Majority Leader in the Senate in 2002 over remarks hemade at retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday. Lott had saluted theSouth Carolina senator with comments later interpreted as support forsouthern segregationist policies.

After the GOP fell from power in both the Senate and House Lott was made theSenate's Republican whip.

In 2003 he was a lead supporter of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering'snomination to the federal appeals court. Pickering had been opposed by allLGBT rights groups over rulings in which included slurs against gays.

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Cartoon Series Features Boy With Two Moms

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: November 26, 2007 - 3:00 pm ET

(Omaha, Nebraska) A small Nebraska-based film company has released what itcalls the first animated series featuring a family made up of two moms.

"Buddy G - My Two Moms and Me" a five year old boy named Buddy who lovesscience and solves daily problems with the help of his sidekick "Socrates,"an armband computer with Internet capabilities.

In addition to Buddy G's 2 moms, the cartoon includes a 7 year old next doorneighbor "Owen," who is fascinated with Elvis.

In the premiere episode, The Lost Rings, the boys learn the value of beingtruthful while picking up some facts from Socrates about the science ofmetal detectors.

The series was created by Margaux and Donna Towne-Colley who say it wasinspired by the birth of their own son.

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Medical Records Hacked In Canadian Province

by The Canadian Press
Posted: November 26, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(St. John's Newfoundland) Police are investigating whether computer hackersviewed sensitive patient information, including test results on HIV andhepatitis, that was on a Newfoundland government computer.

Attorney General Jerome Kennedy said the release of the information from acomputer taken home by a private-sector consultant is ``a very seriousmatter that required immediate action.''

He said police are investigating to see ``if there is any illegal activityor hacking.''

He said in an interview that it's still not clear how many patient recordswere accessed on from the databank collected by the Provincial Public HealthLaboratory.

``We don't now the extent of the breach, we just know a breach hasoccurred,'' he said.

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Final Preps Underway For World AIDS Day

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: November 26, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(San Francisco, California) On December 1 communities across the globe willobserve World AIDS Day with memorials to concerts.

An estimated 40 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS.

In South Africa, the country with the largest number of people withHIV/AIDS, an international concert will be held in Johannesburg. It is thefifth in a series of annual concerts that Nelson Mandela has used to raiseawareness about AIDS.

The concert, expected to attract 30-35 international and local artists anddraw a crowd of over 50,000 people. Among those participating will be U2,Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce, Bob Geldof and Angelique Kidjo.

The funds raised through the concerts are used to create awareness of theAIDS pandemic among young people.

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Oprah to Stump for Obama in Iowa, N.H., S.C.

November 27, 2007

Oprah Winfrey will join Democrat Barack Obama again on the campaign trail,this time visiting the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire, andSouth Carolina, the candidate's campaign said Monday.

The popular talk show host and media mogul plans to visit Iowa on Saturday,December 8, with stops in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. The following day,she'll travel to Columbia, S.C. Later that day, Obama's campaign said,she'll travel to Manchester, N.H.

This isn't the first time Oprah has lent her star power to the Illinoissenator.

In September she rolled out the red carpet for Obama at a gala fund-raiserin California that brought in about $3 million for his campaign.

Winfrey is a well-known fan of Obama's, calling him ''my favorite guy'' and''my choice'' on CNN's Larry King Live last year before he announced hewould seek the presidency.

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An MTF Gender Journey Reaches Unhappy Ending at Florida Church

November 27, 2007

High on prescription drugs and four days without sleep, Michael Berke ofDelray Beach, Fla., raced his Harley to the megachurch where he had found ahome.

He barged into the church office, wearing a mesh shirt printed withprofanity. In his hands he held a picture of a curvy woman with long redhair and pouty lips.

''This is who I used to be,'' he said. ''And this'' -- he gestured to hisflat chest, bald head, and red goatee -- "'is who I've become.''

He was born a man. After a lifetime as a social misfit, he had transformedhimself into Michelle, a saucy redhead. Then, three months ago, he hadbecome Michael again -- with the financial aid and spiritual encouragementof Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale.

Now he wanted to be Michelle again, and he blamed Calvary for making him theman he had become.

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Norway's Lutherans Ease Ban on Gays in the Clergy

November 27, 2007

Norway's state Lutheran Church lifted an outright ban on clergy in same-sexrelationships but will allow each bishop to decide whether to employ them.

After an anguished week of debate at its annual meeting, the church's86-member governing synod voted 50-34 to make the change. Two membersabstained. The meeting, which ended November 16, was held in the town ofLillehammer.

Six of Norway's 11 bishops are expected to open their local pulpits tononcelibate gay and lesbian clergy.

''This will create peace in the church, and security for homosexualclergy,'' Marit Tingelstad, head of the Bishop's Council for southeasternNorway's Hamar district, said on state radio network NRK.

But Bishop Ole Hagesaeter, of the Bjoergvin district, said, ''This is a sadday for the church. It will be a splitting factor and lead to many feelinghomeless in the church.''

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Transgender Pol Fights Fraud Claims

November 27, 2007

Four years after she won a city council seat, making her what is believed tobe Georgia's first transgender politician, Michelle Bruce is battling alawsuit launched by an unsuccessful opponent who claims she misled voters byrunning as a female.

Bruce, a tall woman with shoulder-length graying hair, said she has alwaysidentified herself as transgender. ''I've always been Michelle,'' she said.''If someone has a problem with that, I can't help them. It's a personalissue.''

Bruce, 46, who runs an auto repossession business, launched her politicalcampaign in 2003. Running unopposed, she landed one of four council seatsand pledged to attract more jobs and residents to Riverdale, a gritty townof 12,000 about 12 miles south of Atlanta, lined with rundown strip mallsand used car lots.

Three rivals ran against her in the November 6 election. She captured 312votes, not enough to avoid a December 4 runoff against second-place finisherWayne Hall, who earned 202 votes.

Then the third-place finisher, Georgia Fuller, who collected 171 votes,filed a lawsuit claiming election fraud.

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LGBT People Added to Dayton, Ohio, Antidiscrimination Law

November 27, 2007

The Dayton, Ohio, city commission voted 3-1 on Wednesday to add sexualorientation and gender identity to the list of protected groups under itsantidiscrimination law. One commission member abstained from voting, theDayton Daily News reported. The change becomes effective 30 days after thevote.

"The [city commission] is keeping Dayton on the cutting edge," Roger McKay,president and founder of Diversity Dayton said to the Daily News. "Thisshows the city wants to be inclusive."

Dayton mayor Rhine McLin announced that the adjustment to the statute wasthe right thing to do. "Justice delayed is justice denied," McLin said.

According to the Daily News, the city will be the 15th municipality in thestate to add protections for LGBT citizens in its antidiscrimination laws.

Local ministers called the move flawed, saying there had not been enoughdialogue leading up to the vote. Leaders from Ohio's Stonewall Democrats metwith each of the commissioners over the summer. By mid October, thecommission received a draft of the proposed law change, Tony Ballis,president of Dayton Stonewall Democrats, said in the article. (The Advocate)


From Kate Kendall

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Kate's Blog: Coming Out and the "F" Word

In a recent interview, I was asked when I first "came out." For those of usof a certain age, in my case 47, coming out meant transformation,liberation, and living with integrity. There was "before coming out," whenwe changed all the pronouns and lied to our parents, friends, and co-workersand "after coming out," when we brought girlfriends or boyfriends home tomeet the parents, left copies of The Advocate on the coffee table, and putpictures of our latest vacation tacked up on the fridge. But for me my firstcoming out-the one where my life finally made sense-was when I came out as afeminist.

Growing up Mormon in Utah, it was a close contest between who was actuallydevil spawn-feminists or lesbians (or if you're Pat Robertson, there is nodistinction). In college, when I came to the realization that I could nolonger be an active Mormon, the reason was not that I liked girls, it wasbecause I could no longer be a part of an institution that I believeddevalued women and elevated patriarchy. Now, I know that feminism as a wordand as a movement is so 1970's, but the lessons of feminism and the ongoingstruggle to comprehend and dismantle sexism is so here and now.

Exhibit "A": ENDA. The recent community fight over the introduction of anEmployment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that removed protections based ongender identity is perhaps the definitive recent example of how gender andsexism still divide even we who should be allies. While there has beeninspiring and resounding support for an ENDA that is fully inclusive, therehave also been dissenting voices. Those who support an ENDA that does notinclude gender protections make one of several arguments:

We have to take what we can get now;

A non-inclusive ENDA will protect the LGB community just fine and that'senough; or, I wish transgender people the best, but my sexual orientationhas nothing to do with gender.

It is this third point that transports me back to my college women's studiesdays. And I find it shocking that any gay man or lesbian could make such astatement absent the barest hint of irony.



Dispatch from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

LGBT Participation in the NGO Forum and the 42nd Session of the AfricanCommission on Human and Peoples Rights

IGLHRC continues to work with progressive human rights partners fromthroughout Africa and around the world to promote sexual rights at thetwice-annual sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples?Rights.? Advocacy and education around sexual rights at the Commission andthe NGO Forum that immediately precedes the sessions are central to IGLHRC?sstrategy for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Africa.? At a meetingof its Africa Advisors in October 2007, LGBT leaders from throughout thecontinent confirmed their collective commitment to the African regionalhuman rights process as a forum for promoting LGBT rights, and supportedIGLHRC?s continued role as a technical advisor to that process.

IGLHRC Senior Africa Specialist Cary Alan Johnson attended the NGO Forum andthe 42nd Session of the Commission, held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo,last week.? Other representatives from the LGBT sector included StefanoFabeni, Director of the LGBT program at Global Rights in Washington, D.C.and Vanessa Ludwig, the new director of the Triangle Project in Capetown.

?Human rights advocacy in Africa is still carried out in a tenuous andfragile environment,? said Johnson.? ?Violations of LGBT rights in Africamust be understood and addressed in the broader context of lukewarmcommitments and frequent, flagrant violations of international human rightstreaties by many African governments.

IGLHRC has attended the last four NGO Forums and Commission sessions and hassupported the participation of LGBT activists from more than 25 Africancountries.? One of the main pillars of IGLHRC?s strategy of engagement atthe African Commission is to show solidarity with the human rights strugglesof women, indigenous people, ethnic and linguistic minorities, and humanrights defenders.? IGLHRC believes that by becoming valued members of theAfrican human rights community, LGBT activists can counter the tendency tomarginalize LGBT rights.



Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News


Saudi women activists furious at gang-rape ruling4 days ago

DUBAI (AFP) - A recent Saudi court ruling sentencing a woman to six monthsin jail and 200 lashes despite being gang-raped highlights the injusticefaced by women in the ultra-conservative kingdom, women rights activistssaid.

"Sure, there is injustice against women in courts. It is a bitter situationthat Saudi women have to endure," Saudi activist Wajiha al-Hweider said onThursday, after the court ruling received widespread publicity.

"The kingdom is in an embarrassing position. King (Abdullah) should step inand stop this farce," Hweider told AFP, adding that the judicial system,which is based on Islamic law, should be reformed.

Despite being raped by seven men who kidnapped her with a male companion atknife-point, the 19-year-old woman was sentenced in November 2006 to 90lashes.

The judge sentenced her for being in a car with a man who was not herrelative, a taboo in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom.

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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News


Imagine a world without gays, says gay Indian prince

Rajpipla, October 09, 2007
First Published: 17:08 IST(9/10/2007)
Last Updated: 17:37 IST(9/10/2007)

Pumping the bellows of his harmonium, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil performswith a purpose at the festival, he puts on every year to celebratehomosexuality in India, where it is illegal.

"Gays are talented, creative, imagine a world without us," said theflamboyant 42-year-old at the event that promotes gay and bisexual artistsand raises awareness about HIV and AIDS.

"I was born gay with some talent and skills, this festival is for peoplelike me," he added as guests filled the hall of his pink palace withclassical Indian songs.

Oprah Winfrey, the American talk show host, has invited Gohil to appear onher show later this month, where he will discuss his work as a gay rightsactivist in a country where homosexuality is a crime, punishable by up to 10years in jail under a vaguely worded law that bans sex "against the order ofnature".

Outside the more liberal enclaves of wealthy middle-class Delhi and Mumbai,gays are often scorned and persecuted in a country where sculptures inancient temples, murals and other arts graphically depict gay sex.

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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News



Government "split" over homophobic incitement law

26th November 2007 10:45
PinkNews.co.uk staff writer

The government's chief law officer does not support a new offence ofincitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, according to areport in The Times.

Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has privately clashed with JusticeSecretary Jack Straw over the proposals, which form part of the CriminalJustice and Immigration Bill which is before Parliament.

The Times reports that Baroness Scotland is concerned the homophobicincitement proposals will be blocked or watered down by the House of Lords,and she believes that existing legislation is sufficient to deal with theproblem.

In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk published today, Justice minister MariaEagle defended the proposed new law.

"There is existing legislation about violence against individuals,provisions within the current law that will enable the Criminal JusticeSystem to take a dimmer view of those who get engaged in violence against anindividual because of their sexuality," she said.

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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News


Christian bookshops refuse to stock gay study Bible

Linda Morris
November 26, 2007

CHRISTIAN bookshops are refusing to stock copies of a new Bible study guidethat challenges standard New Testament translations that describe gay sex assinful.

A US distributor, God's Word to Women, has banned the Australianpublication, and withdrawn another Bible translation published by the sameNSW publishing house, Smith and Stirling, for promoting a lifestyle incontradiction of the scriptures.

Two American academics have asked that their endorsements be removed fromother works by a classical Greek lexicographer, Ann Nyland, because of herauthorship of the gay study Bible.

Australia's largest Christian retailer, Koorong, said it was unlikely tocarry the Study New Testament for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender if thecontent proves controversial.

Mainstream Christian churches claim practising homosexuality is a sin basedon several biblical verses and stories.

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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News


The Homosexual Agenda Strikes The Schools Again!

by: Autumn Sandeen
Mon Nov 26, 2007 at 22:30:00 PM EST

Now that transgender issues are part of the Radical Homosexual Agenda®, Ishould probably mention at the start here that my Radical Homosexual Agenda®item for today was making a lower fat tray of lasagna. To lower the fat, Iused ground turkey breast, non-fat feta, and low fat ricotta. Also, I usedwhole wheat lasagna noodles to well, put healthy whole grain goodness intothe dish. Y'all should be taking notes.

But more seriously, here in my home state of California, Focus on the FamilyAction is grousing about the Homosexual Agenda® wasting of California'seducation resources:

Lynne Fishel, spokeswoman for the California Family Council, said thehomosexual agenda is using up valuable instruction time and resources.

"The Legislature continues to pass legislation that affects schools, but arereally peripheral to basic education," she told Family News in Focus.

Finn Laursen of the Christian Educators Association said the solution is toget back to core curriculum.

Egads! Apparently, I and the rest of my homosexual agendaists want studentsgraduating out of California's schools to be dumber than a box of rocks!But, we apparently want the rocks to be gay friendly. Go figure.

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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News


Just off Insular Senate Floor, Life of the Uninsured Intrudes

By Robert Pear
The New York Times
Sunday 25 November 2007

Washington - When senators debate health care, they usually speak inabstract terms about soaring health costs and the plight of the uninsured.

But just 20 feet from the Senate chamber is a young man who knows thoseproblems all too well from personal experience. The man, Sergio A. Olaya,runs the Capitol elevators on which the senators ride. Whenever the Senateis in session, he is on duty.

Mr. Olaya, 21, is struggling with $255,000 of medical bills incurred byhis mother before she died in April from an aggressive form of brain cancer.

A local hospital and its collection agency have been hounding him in aneffort to collect from his mother's estate, Mr. Olaya said. To pay thebills, he is selling the Maryland home where he lived with his mother, ClaraInes Olaya, 61.

His experience highlights the problems of the uninsured, from whichmembers of Congress are usually insulated. The leading Democraticpresidential candidates say all Americans should have coverage as good aswhat Congress has.

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To Form a More Perfect Union: Marriage Equality News

Information, news, and discussion about the legal recognition of same-sexcouples and their families, including marriages, domestic partnerships,civil unions, adoptions, foster children and similar issues.


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

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the vote in Wisconsin to banmarriage for gay couples. But now that the hype of a polarizingmultimillion-dollar campaign is over, real progress on equal rights for gay,lesbian and transgender citizens is nevertheless under way. The group I workfor, Center Advocates, co-founded the Fair Wisconsin campaign, the effort todefeat the discriminatory ban. We've spent this month honoring the manyMilwaukee-area neighborhoods that rejected the nasty politics of the ban.I've spoken to local groups representing areas that range from scruffyRiverwest to the tony Third Ward, and everywhere people are proud that theircommunities rejected hate. Progress toward greater equality has beenpossible despite Wisconsin's marriage amendment.

Some interesting gay-related news out of the Equality State today. Astraight pro-gay marriage GOP champion announced he's running for Congressnext year. In February, without any prodding from the Human Rights Campaign,the supposedly community leader for gay marriage, or a single gay advocacyorganization for that matter, Dan Zwonitzer, in a committee hearingeloquently and movingly spoke in favor of marriage equality. Click here tore-read his terrific speech and then here for some of the positive feedbackletters he received from around the nation and beyond the USA borders. Dan,who does not sit on the committee that was considering a bill barringWyoming from recognizing out-of-state gay marriages, went out of his way andrisked political criticism and voice his young voice not just for marriageequality, but really for treating gay Americans with dignity and respect.He's now tossed his cowboy hat into the race for the state's single seat inthe US House of Representatives. I don't know what his chances are ofwinning, but I hope his candidacy gains traction and that he's again giventhe opportunity to speak up on gay issues, as the voters consider who tovote for.



Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

[euro-queer] Gay health insurance launched in the Netherlands

by Louise Dunne
Radioa Netherlands Worldwide



A Dutch insurance firm plans to offer special healthcare policies for gayand lesbian clients. A spokesperson for the Agis company said the policy hadbeen worked out in co-operation with the COC Dutch gay rights group, andwill be available from the beginning of 2008.

gay health insurance The Schorer Foundation offers advice and information togays lesbians and transsexuals here in the Netherlands. Its Social Servicesdirector, Dawn Betteridge, is very much in favour of the policies.

"Options are always a good idea, different people, different needs. Andhowever we can highlight whatever specifically plays a role for gay andlesbian people the better."

"We also need to start thinking about health a little bit more broadly thanjust in terms of medical health. For gays and lesbians in particular thatalso stretches into mental health, and we may be able to say then thatthere's more of a need for certain groups of people than for others, basedon the level of discrimination that they face."

Heterosexuality assumed
One of the problems that gay and lesbian patients often face in thehealthcare system is the assumption that they are heterosexual. In thisrespect, says Betteridge, the new policy will have an important educationaleffect.



Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List

The LGBT Mental Health Syllabus

Introducing a new website created by the
LGBT Issues Committee of the
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)

The site's goal is to teach psychiatry residents about caring for lesbian,gay, bisexual, trangender, and intersex patients.

The LGBT Issues Committee hopes it will also be useful to all health andmental health trainees and practitioners.

The site includes a series of modules that can be used sequentially toprovide a comprehensive learning guide for working with LGBT patients.

The eight modules are:

* The History of Psychiatry and Homosexuality
* Taking a Sexual History with LBGT Patients
* Psychological Development & Life Cycle
* Psychotherapy
* Medical and Mental Health
* Transgender
* Intersex
* Diversity / People of Color

Each module has been designed to be a stand-alone unit on a specific topicconcerning LGBT patients. All modules include learning goals and objectives.

Each module begins with a pre-test to help participants assess theirexisting nowledge about specific topics. After the main body of eachmodule, a post-test elps assure that learning goals have been achieved.

Modules also have relevant links, resource lists, and references tofacilitate deeper exploration of topics.

Development of this site was supported by a generous grant fromThe Gill Foundation.

The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) is a U.S. organization fnationally respected psychiatrists dedicated to shaping psychiatricthinking, public programs and clinical practice in mental health.

Its 29 committees meet semi-annually and choose their own topics forexploration. GAP Committees have pioneered the exploration of issues andideas on the frontiers of psychiatry and in applying psychiatric insightsinto the general medical, social, and interpersonal problems of our times.

The GAP webpage can be found at:http://www.groupadpsych.org/files/aboutgap


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