Thursday, May 24, 2007

GLBT DIGEST May 24, 2007

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The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/24/washington/24blood.html


May 24, 2007
Drug Agency Reaffirms Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON, May 23 (AP) - Gay men remain barred from donating blood, thegovernment said Wednesday, leaving in place a 1983 prohibition meant toprevent the spread of H.I.V. through transfusions.

The Food and Drug Administration reaffirmed the policy on its Web site onWednesday, more than a year after the Red Cross and two other blood groupscriticized the ban as "medically and scientifically unwarranted."

"I am disappointed, I must confess," said Dr. Celso Bianco, executive vicepresident of America's Blood Centers, whose members provide nearly half thenation's blood supply.

Before giving blood, all men are asked if they have had sex, even once, withanother man since 1977, when the AIDS epidemic began in the United States,according to the drug agency. Those who say they have are barred fromdonating. The drug agency says those men are at increased risk of infectionby H.I.V., which can be transmitted by blood transfusion. Anyone who hasused intravenous drugs or been paid for sex is also permanently barred fromdonating blood.

In March 2006, the Red Cross, the international blood association AABB andAmerica's Blood Centers proposed replacing the lifetime ban with a one-yeardeferral after male-to-male sexual contact. New and improved tests, whichcan detect H.I.V.-positive donors within 10 to 21 days of infection, makethe lifetime ban unnecessary, the blood groups told the F.D.A.

In a document posted Wednesday, the drug agency said it would change itspolicy if it received data proving that doing so would not pose a"significant and preventable" risk to blood recipients.



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The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Military-Gay-Linguists.html?pagewanted=print

May 23, 2007

Hearing Sought Over Linguists' Discharge
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:18 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers who say the military has kicked out 58 Arabiclanguage experts because they were gay want the Pentagon to explain how itcan afford to let the valuable specialists go.

Seizing on the latest discharge, involving three specialists, House memberswrote the House Armed Services Committee chairman on Wednesday that thecontinued loss of such ''capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continuesto compromise our national security during time of war.''

Former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Benjamin said his supervisortried to keep him on the job and urged him to sign a statement saying he wasnot gay. Benjamin said his lawyer advised against signing because thestatement could be used against him later if other evidence surfaced.



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The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/23/us/23anglican.html

May 23, 2007

Gay and Dissident Bishops Excluded From '08 Meeting
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

The archbishop of Canterbury sent out more than 800 invitations yesterday toa once-a-decade global gathering of Anglican bishops. But he did not invitethe openly gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire and the bishop in Virginiawho heads a conservative cluster of disaffected American churches affiliatedwith the archbishop of Nigeria.

The exclusions offended liberals and conservatives in the worldwide AnglicanCommunion, which has been threatened by schism since the election in 2003 ofthe bishop of New Hampshire, V. Gene Robinson, who lives with his gaypartner.



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The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/24/AR2007052400071.html

The Reliable Source

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, May 24, 2007; Page C01

Baby Cheney, Weighed on Political Scale, Too

Mary Cheney gave birth yesterday to perhaps the most anticipated baby incontemporary U.S. politics -- her first child, Samuel David Cheney , whomshe will raise with her longtime partner, Heather Poe .

The 8-pound 6-ounce boy is the sixth grandchild for Dick Cheney . The vicepresident and his wife, Lynne , both beaming, posed for a photo with himjust hours after his 9:46 a.m. birth at Washington's Sibley Hospital.



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The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/23/AR2007052300204.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.



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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/17/us/17homeless.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print

May 17, 2007

Gay Youths Find Place to Call Home in Specialty Shelters
By IAN URBINA

DETROIT - One girl said she started living on the streets after her motherbeat her for dressing like a boy. Another said she ran away from home afterher father pulled a gun on her for hanging around with so many "tomboys." Athird said she left home after a family acquaintance raped her because shewas a lesbian and he wanted to "straighten her out."

But gathered at Ruth's House, a 10-bed emergency shelter for gay homelessyouths here in east Detroit, they all said that for the first time they feltsafe.

Ruth's House is one of a small number of shelters for gay youths that haveopened around the nation in the past four years, reflecting an increasingawareness among child welfare advocates of the disproportionately highnumber of gay youths in the homeless population and the special problemsthey face.

Five years ago, such shelters were rare, but now there are more than 25nationwide.

Many experts estimate that while gay men and lesbians make up 3 percent to 5percent of the general population, more than 20 percent of homeless youthsunder age 21 in many urban areas are gay, according to recent surveys ofstreet youths and shelter workers published in peer-reviewed academicjournals, and a study released in January by the National Gay and LesbianTask Force and the National Coalition for the Homeless.



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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/local/sfl-zpalms24may24,0,447677,print.story

Thinking smaller to get larger
Tourist council member a new voice for the little guy
By Tom Stieghorst
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 24, 2007

When Richard Gray moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1991, the city's tourism wasstill foundering after the demise of Spring Break.

An auction of hotels several years earlier had drawn only tepid interest.Small hotels were available starting at about $500,000. So Gray, aninvestment banker, opened a 12-room property called the Royal Palms Resort,aimed at attracting gay tourists.

Sixteen years later, Fort Lauderdale is bustling with luxury hoteldevelopment. And Gray is set to take a seat on the nine-member TouristDevelopment Council, which approves the budget for Broward County tourismpromotion.

Gray's appointment brings some fresh perspective to the council, a mix ofpoliticians and hospitality business types. He will be the first member whois openly gay, and the first to represent such a small hotel.

Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, who chose Gray for the job, saidit will help diversify the group beyond the longtime tourism establishment.



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http://www.expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=12826

Vt. gov. signs non-discrimination bill into law
Gender identity now included
MONTPELIER, Vt. | May 23, 2:17 PM

According to the Human Rights Campaign, on May 22, 2007, Governor JimDouglas (R-VT) signed into law a bill which will broaden the state'santi-discrimination laws and include the prohibition of discrimination onthe basis of gender identity. Employment, public accommodations, housing,insurance and credit services are included in the law.

In the Vermont legislature, the Senate voted 27 to 1 and the House ofRepresentatives voted 118 to 28 to pass the bill.

The law will become effective on July 1, 2007, making Vermont the 9th U.S.state to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity.Workplace protection laws exist in California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota,New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington State, as well asWashington, D.C.



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http://www.expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=12825

Okla. gov. appoints Jim Roth to State Corporation Commission
Openly gay Roth has been county commissioner since 2002

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) | May 23, 11:52 AM

Gov. Brad Henry appointed Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth on Monday toreplace Denise Bode on the three-member state agency that regulatesutilities and oil companies.

Henry called Roth a man of unquestioned integrity who had been ``acontinuing voice of reason' as one of Oklahoma County's three commissioners.

"Not only does he exemplify the highest ethical standards, but he is aconsensus-builder who recognizes the importance of bipartisanship andworking together. I am confident that Jim's fair-mindedness, honesty andattention to detail will make him an excellent addition to the commission.'

Bode announced last month that she is resigning effective May 31 from theOklahoma Corporation Commission to launch a new foundation promoting the useof natural gas.

Henry announced the appointment of the Democratic county commissioner at anews conference attended by Oklahoma County officials, including Ray Vaughn,a fellow commissioner. Vaughn, a Republican, has sided with Roth on someissues against Republican Brent Rinehart, the third commissioner.

Roth, who is openly gay, has been county commissioner since 2002. He wasre-elected with 63 percent in 2006.



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http://www.expressgaynews.com/blog/index.cfm?type=blog&start=5/18/07&end=5/25/07#12827

Shame on the Chronicle

On Monday the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a local initiative torecruit same-sex couples as foster parents. As part of a goal to remain"balanced" on the issue, reporter Ilene Lelchuk quoted Paul Cameron,director of the Family Research Institute, in the story for an opposingview.

The Family Research Institute says its goal is to work for the preservationof the traditional family, and it generates "empirical research" to showthat, for instance, gays make unfit parents and die younger thanheterosexuals. The research for the latter consisted of Cameron poring overobituaries in gay newspapers. Talk about flawed methodology.

Thanks to the keen eyes at Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, America Blog,and even the Human Rights Campaign, the Chronicle posted a clarification onits website today. It reads: "In an article about San Francisco's campaignto get more gays and lesbians to adopt foster children - as well as anopposing evangelical campaign to get more Christian families to adopt - theChronicle quoted Paul Cameron, director of the Family Research Institute.The article should have noted that Cameron, who believes gays make unfitparents and self-published dozens of articles he said were based on hisresearch, was expelled from the American Psychological Association in 1983when he refused to subject his work to peer review. The article also shouldhave reported that his Family Research Institute was named a hate group in2006 by the Southern Poverty Law Center."



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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/23/BAGKBPVT3D1.DTL&feed=rss.bayarea

CALIFORNIA

Gay couple win lawsuit against adoption Web site
Service in Arizona posts profiles only of married pairs
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

An out-of-state Internet service will no longer post profiles of Californiaresidents seeking to adopt children as a result of a settlement with a gaycouple from San Jose who sued after their information was barred from theWeb site, attorneys in the case said Tuesday.

Michael and Rich Butler, domestic partners since 2000, filed a federal civilrights suit against Adoption.com of Arizona in 2004 after the company toldthe men it posted profiles only of married, opposite-sex couples.

The adoption company had argued that it was governed by Arizona law, whichdoes not prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of maritalstatus or sexual orientation. It said requiring it to post profiles ofsame-sex couples would violate its freedom of speech.

But in a March ruling, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in San Franciscosaid California law applies to the defendants and allowed the suit to goforward.



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http://www.nbc11.com/news/13367105/detail.html

NBC11.com
Report: Murder Rate Rises For Transgender Women
POSTED: 11:24 am PDT May 22, 2007

While discrimination and hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transgenderindividuals plummeted in 2006, severe violence has spiked around NorthernCalifornia, according to a report released Tuesday morning.

Transgender women of color are particularly at risk, according to CommunityUnited Against Violence, the San Francisco-based organization that releasedthe Report of Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Violence.

The overall murder rate for gays, lesbians and transgender people inNorthern California doubled from 2005 to 2006, from two to four cases. Halfof those victims were transgender women of color, according to the report.

The count does not include transgender murder victim Ruby Ordenana, alsoknown as Ruby Rodriguez, whose body was found near a freeway off-ramp in SanFrancisco on March 16. Police have made no arrests in her murder, SanFrancisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said Tuesday.



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http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/National_30/AIDS_Walk_New_York_Raises_Record-Setting_6_857_Million.shtml

From HealthNewsDigest.com
National AIDS Walk New York Raises Record-Setting $6.857 Million
May 22, 2007 - 4:09:40 PM

AIDS Walk New York Raises Record-Setting $6.857 Million

World's Largest AIDS Fundraiser Draws 45,000 Participants, Host ofCelebrities

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEW YORK, -- The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk New York, onSunday May 20, was the largest and most successful AIDS Walk ever held,setting records for both participation and fundraising. Organizers announcedthat 45,000 walkers helped to raise a grand total of $6,857,527.

"New York showed its strong support for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC),"said AIDS Walk Founder and Producer Craig R. Miller. "We all took to thestreets to raise a record-setting $6.8 million to support people living withHIV/AIDS in New York City and to fund the critical HIV prevention programsneeded to stop new infections."

"The phenomenal success of AIDS Walk represents teamwork at its essence.None of us walks alone, and the success of AIDS Walk is a testament to ourability to work, walk, and succeed together," said Marjorie J. Hill, ChiefExecutive Officer of GMHC. "AIDS Walk is proof that New Yorkers care verydeeply about AIDS here in New York City, the epicenter of the AIDS epidemicin the U.S."



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http://www.expressgaynews.com/2007/5-18/news/national/3720.cfm

Activists celebrate legislative wins across country
Majority of U.S. now covered by non-discrimination laws: report
By JOSHUA LYNSEN
Friday, May 18, 2007

A majority of U.S. residents now live in areas that bar employmentdiscrimination based on sexual orientation, according to findings reportedby the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

The analysis also shows that 37 percent of the U.S. population lives inareas that bar discrimination against transgender people and 20 percent ofresidents live in states that offer same-sex couples broad protections.

"I think the tide is shifting," said Matt Foreman, executive director of theTask Force. "We are going to continue to face both pushback and challengesin moving forward, but this legislative session has been unprecedented andshows just how much momentum there is in our case all across the country."



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http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid45396.asp

May 24, 2007
R.I. court to take up gay divorce case

The Rhode Island state supreme court has agreed to hear arguments on whethera gay couple who wed in Massachusetts can get divorced in Rhode Island,where the law is silent 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.



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http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid45408.asp

May 24, 2007
Clinton campaign hires HRC marketing whiz

Luis Vizcaino, a marketing director with the gay rights group Human RightsCampaign, has been tapped to head up communications efforts in Californiafor the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Vizcaino currently serves as communications and marketing director for HRC.As of June 1, Vizcaino will help Clinton make inroads in the Golden State asthe New York senator's California communications director and spokesperson.

"Luis is a seasoned communications expert that brings a wealth of experienceand knowledge to my team," Clinton said in a press release. "I am confidentthat his skills will help us reach more communities and engage individualson the issues that matter most."

White at HRC, Vizcaino managed the group's messaging and strategy, workingto increase the HRC's presence within the Latino community. Vizcaino alsofunctioned as the HRC's spokesperson in the press.



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http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid45402.asp

May 24, 2007
Cadillac vies for gay consumers in new ad campaign

General Motors is raising its visibility to LGBT consumers as it unleashesits newest ad push targeted to the demographic. In its first gay-specificprint ad, GM will run a spot showing a male couple together in the CadillacDTS.

"We wanted to put a face on the brand," John Gasloli, national advertisingmanager for Cadillac, told Commercial Closet.org, a Web site concerned withLGBT advertising. "We previously focused on the product and wanted to pullin more of the emotional." This ad is part of their general "Life. Liberty.And the Pursuit" campaign, which features a larger cross section of Americancar buyers.

"I was on the shoot looking ahead to our print buy, knowing we'd be in Out,The Advocate, and Instinct," Gasloli said in the article.

This new spot continues a three-year effort for GM to advertise ingay-focused media. (The Advocate)



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http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid45404.asp

May 24, 2007
Dr. Laura takes a break from column

Laura Schlessinger, known for her biting, conservative, antigay views,announced she is "taking a break from her column" that she writes for theSanta Barbara News-Press. The decision follows a rough month for the pundit,according to the Santa Barbara Independent.

First, there are reports that the Pentagon is investigating the MySpace pageof Schlessinger's son, Deryk, now a soldier based in Afghanistan, because itcontains images of rape, murder, torture, and child molestation.

Then Schlessinger stirred angry debate with a comment she made in a story byMatthew LaPlante for The Salt Lake Tribune. "He could come back withoutarms, legs, or eyeballs, and you're bitching?" Schlessigner said in responseto military wives bemoaning the absence of their husbands deployed in Iraq."You're not dodging bullets, so I don't want to hear any whining-that's mymessage to them."

In her latest blog entry, posted May 14, Dr. Laura, as she is known,defended the statement, claiming that LaPlante pulled the quote out ofcontext.

"I am a military mom," she later wrote. "I whine to my husband every dayabout how scared I am for my son and how helpless I feel to protect his bodyand soul. However, I never whine to my son when he is able to call betweenmissions." (The Advocate)



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May 24, 2007
South Africa criminalizes male rape

South African lawmakers Tuesday approved major reforms to the country's rapelaws, including extending the definition of rape to include men.

The Sexual Offences Bill was passed less than two weeks after a separatechallenge was turned down by South Africa's highest court, which said theissue should be decided by legislators.

The bill must go to the National Council of Provinces before it can besigned into law, the South African Press Association reported.

Among other changes, it equalizes treatment of male and female victims andlabels many more types of assaults, including forced oral sex, as "rape."Previously, forced anal penetration of men or boys was prosecuted as an"indecent act" and given much lighter sentencing.

It allows victims to obtain a court order for alleged offenders to undergocompulsory HIV testing and for the results to be revealed to them. Itentitles victims to PEP, post-exposure prophylaxis in the form ofantiretroviral drugs, at state expense, provided that they press criminalcharges against their attackers-an amendment that had been fought byactivists.



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http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/05/052307uni.htm

Illinois School To Recognize Religious Group That Bars Gays
by The Associated Press
Posted: May 23, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET

(Carbondale, Illinois) Southern Illinois University will again recognize areligious group whose student organization status had been revoked becauseits members must pledge to adhere to Christian beliefs.

Tuesday's announcement came 10 months after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals granted an injunction re-establishing the Christian Legal Society'sstatus while its lawsuit against the university proceeded.

As part of the settlement, the university said it will officially recognizethe group and its membership and leadership policies. Southern Illinois alsowill establish a $10,000 scholarship fund that the society will administer.

"Every student group has the right to ensure that its leaders and memberssupport its mission; religious student groups should be treated nodifferently," said Casey Mattox, litigation counsel for the society's Centerfor Law and Religious Freedom.



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http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/05/052307linguists.htm

Military Discharges More Linguists For Being Gay
by The Associated Press
Posted: May 23, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET

(Washington) Lawmakers who say the military has kicked out 58 Arabiclanguage experts because they were gay want the Pentagon to explain how itcan afford to let the valuable specialists go.

Seizing on the latest discharge, involving three specialists, House memberswrote the House Armed Services Committee chairman on Wednesday that thecontinued loss of such "capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continuesto compromise our national security during time of war."

Former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Benjamin, said his supervisortried to keep him on the job and urged him to sign a statement saying he wasnot gay.

Benjamin said his lawyer advised against signing because the statement couldbe used against him later if other evidence surfaced.



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http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/05/052307nebrts.htm

Nebraska Defeats Gay Civil Rights Bill
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: May 23, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(Lincoln, Nebraska) If nothing Nebraska lawmakers are consistent, continuinga 14 year tradition of voting down attempts to add sexuality to thecategories protected under the state's anti-discrimination law.

The Senate voted 24-15 to kill the most recent bill, introduced by Sen.Ernie Chambers (D-Omaha).

Prior to the vote Chambers said the legislation would give gays and lesbians"what all of us take for granted: the right to earn an honest living. We'renot talking about anything other than the right to get a job."

Two Republicans led the attack on the bill. Sen. Tony Fulton (R-Lincoln)said it would give special rights to homosexuals and said it could lead toprotections for to pedophiles and transvestites.

Sen. Tom Carlson (R-Holdrege) said gays don't need workplace protections aslong as they keep their sex lives in the closet.



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http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/05/052307illhate.htm

Teen Charged Over Anti-Gay Fliers Ordered Held In Custody
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: May 23, 2007 - 3:00 pm ET

(Woodstock, Illinois) A judge has ordered a 16 year girl charged with hatecrimes after posting fliers containing a picture of a male student andhomophobic statements in an area high school to be be held in custody at ajuvenile detention center until her trial.

A second girl charged in the same incident has had her 24-hour curfewcancelled and has been placed in home detention, allowed to leave only forcourt approved purposes and required to wear an ankle bracelet monitoringdevice.

The fliers were found scattered around the parking lot of Crystal Lake SouthHigh School.

The names of both teens are being withheld because they are minors.

The pair are charged with committing a hate crime, disorderly conduct, andobstructing justice. The state's hate crime law includes sexuality orperceived sexuality.

In ordering the first girl held in custody Judge Michael Chmiel told theteenager's mother that he is "m very nervous about your daughter being homewithout supervision," noting that the girl has had about a dozen otherrun-ins with police over recent years, the Northwest Herald reported.



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

Mass. Senate To Lose Key Gay Marriage Supporter
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: May 22, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET

(Boston, Massachusetts) Massachusetts state Sen. Jarrett Barrios (D)announced Tuesday he will step down to enter private business.

The openly gay Barrios said he will leave the State House in early July tobecome president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. What effect thatwill have on the battle over a proposed amendment to the state constitutionto bar same-sex marriage remains to be seen.

The proposed amendment is the result of a petition drive by conservativegroups. Amending the Constitution requires just 50 votes in two consecutivejoint sessions of the House and Senate, called a Constitutional Convention,in order to put the measure on the ballot.



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http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2007/05/23/news/local/news03.txt

Assault victim says attack was anti-gay
By TRISTAN SCOTT of the Missoulian

The victim of a recent assault has characterized the brutal attack ashomophobic, and said his two assailants uttered anti-gay epithets whilebeating him inside his downtown Missoula apartment.

"They literally left me hogtied on the floor to die, and I'm sure the factthat I'm gay made it easier for them to do it," said Stevenpaul Richey, 51,who spent nine days in the hospital with a collapsed lung and numerous otherinjuries following the May 8 assault.

Michael Daniel Lemay, 20, and Christopher Lance Newrider, also 20, are incustody at the Missoula County jail on charges of aggravated assault andaggravated kidnapping, both felonies for which they face maximum penaltiesof life in prison.

Both men remain in jail on $100,000 bail.

They're accused of binding Richey's hands and ankles together with rope,then punching and kicking the man, shattering bones in his face, breakingtwo ribs and puncturing a lung.

Staff at St. Patrick Hospital told police that Richey would have died if afriend hadn't found him just two hours after the assault occurred, accordingto court records.

"They spent the first two days just trying to keep me alive," Richey saidTuesday. "My head was so swollen I couldn't get my glasses on."

Missoula Police Detective Dean Chrestenson said he couldn't provide detailsabout some aspects of the investigation, which is still active and ongoing.However, Chrestenson confirmed he is investigating the possibility of abias-based crime.

"That is one of the angles I'm investigating," Chrestenson said. "It's onedirection this investigation is going."



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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070521shelter,1,4220690.story?coll=chi-news-hed

Lesbian alleges shelter left her out in the cold
Pastor denies any discrimination

By Matt O'Connor
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 21, 2007, 5:57 AM CDT

The staffer for the homeless shelter didn't seem to understand MichelleWang's explanation why she needed a place to stay. Wang offered again overthe telephone how she had broken up with her girlfriend and moved out of theapartment they shared. The staffer appeared to become agitated, raised hervoice and continued to profess confusion, Wang said.

Finally, Wang blurted out that she was a lesbian. The staffer immediatelyput her on hold. After a long wait, Wang got the word she feared: There wereno beds available. She would have to fend for herself for another night inthe unseasonably cold fall weather. In complaints with city and stateofficials and in an expected lawsuit, the 27-year-old Wang alleges New LifeInterim Housing, a homeless shelter in Chicago's Rogers Park eighborhood,discriminated against her on the basis of sexual orientation.



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http://www.waynebesen.com/

Weekly Column: Anything But Straight
May 22, 2007
The Right's Crisis in Confidence

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 ten shots in a row, but he would still expect theeleventh shot to fall. The average player, on the other hand, would starthaving doubts after a few missed baskets, even if he has the same physicaltalents as 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.



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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News
dailyqueernews@yahoo.com

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/05-22-2007/0004593337&EDATE=TUE+May+22+2007,+07:10+AM

New Brochure Available to Help LGBTQ Teens 'Being Out, Being Safe'

CHICAGO, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Being a teenager isn't easy.Being a teenager who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning(LGBTQ) can be increasingly challenging.

A new brochure developed by the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS),"Being Out, Being Safe," is now available to help LGBTQ teens deal withissues such as hiding their sexuality, lack of family support,understanding and accepting their sexual and gender identity, or dealingwith teasing and bullying.

"Research shows that LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to exhibitthe symptoms of major depression than heterosexual youth -- which may leadto a runaway episode," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. "Thisnew brochure will educate and help all LGBTQ youth get the assistance theyneed to be safe."

"Being Out, Being Safe," explains the realities facing LGBTQ teens,tips for youth and adults on how to become an ally of LGBTQ youth,resources where LGBTQ teens can find additional services and support, andstaggering statistics such as:



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http://gay_blog.blogspot.com/2007/05/aclu-wins-return-of-seven-year-old-to.html

May 21, 2007
ACLU Wins Return of Seven-Year-Old to Lesbian Mother in Georgia

ATLANTA - After almost three months, a seven-year-old girl has beenreunited with the woman in whose care she'd thrived for almost a year beforebeing sent to live in a crowded foster home. The child had been held infoster care by the Wilkinson County Division of Family and Children Services(DFCS) since February 20, when a judge took her away from her home after helearned that she was being raised by a lesbian.

"Emma and I missed each other so much while we were separated, and I hopeshe can put this painful experience behind her quickly. But I'm grateful toDFCS for recognizing that Emma's biological mother always had her bestinterests at heart in wanting her to live with me," said Elizabeth Hadaway,a 28-year-old paramedic who first took in the little girl when the child'sbiological mother asked her to raise and adopt Emma. "Emma and I are justso glad she's finally home."



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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News
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http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20070519T230000-0500_123213_OBS_GAY_MAN_SEEKS_ASYLUM_IN_THE_UK__.asp

Gay man seeks asylum in the UK

BY VAUGHN DAVIS Sunday Observer staff reporter
davisv@jamaicaobserver.com
Sunday, May 20, 2007

THE scars have long healed, but 28-year-old Asher's wounds go much deeperthan the physical. Asher, who declined to give his surname, said he wasbeaten by men who didn't like his 'walk'.

"People [always] tell me that I walk like a girl," remarked Asher, who saida group of men recently attacked him as he was walking on Windward Road inKingston. They had accused him of being a homosexual, he said.

"What happened is that a group of men drew me into St Michael's Church, andthey used a stone and started knocking me in the head," he said.



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Daily Queer News
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http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/05/17/iran15942.htm

Iran: End Arrests on Immorality Charges
Mass Detentions, Home Raids Are Assaults on Privacy

(New York, May 17, 2007) - Iran's arbitrary arrests of thousands of men andwomen in recent weeks under the banner of "countering immoral behavior"threaten basic rights to privacy, Human Rights Watch said today. HumanRights Watch called for the immediate release of all those detained as partof this campaign, including more than 80 people seized in a raid on aprivate gathering in the city of Esfahan on May 10, 2007.

"In Iran, the walls of homes are transparent and the halls of justice areopaque," said Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East division ofHuman Rights Watch. "This 'morality' campaign shows how fragile respect forprivacy and personal dignity is in Iran today."

Since early April 2007, Iranian police and militia known as basiji havelaunched a nationwide crackdown against people they accuse of deviating fromofficial standards of dress or behavior. On April 14, Iran's Supreme Courtoverturned murder sentences against six basiji who had killed five people in2002 whom they considered "morally corrupt," contributing to a climate ofimpunity for the militia forces.



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http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyid=2007-05-23T085651Z_01_L22598845_RTRUKOC_0_UK-BRITAIN-GAY.xml

Majority of Brits back gay rights laws
Wed May 23, 2007 9:57 AM BST
By Astrid Zweynert

LONDON (Reuters) - The vast majority of Britons support new legislation toprotect gays from discrimination and would not mind if a member of theirfamily was homosexual, a survey showed on Wednesday.

The survey, commissioned by gay rights group Stonewall, found 85 percent ofthose questioned were in favour of laws brought in last month making itillegal to refuse gay people services such as medical treatment or hotelrooms because of their sexual orientation.

The legislation, a cornerstone of government efforts to promote equalrights, had been fiercely opposed by some religious leaders who said itwould threaten their freedom of conscience.

But the "Living Together" survey of just over 2,000 people painted a pictureof growing tolerance in Britain, most respondents saying they wanted actionto stop discrimination against gays.

Some 92 percent said they would be happy if a relative, their boss, or afootballer in the team they support was gay and three out of four said theywould be comfortable if their child's teacher was homosexual.



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http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-4465.html

London Tory leader announces civil partnership
23rd May 2007 13:20
Tony Grew

The head of one of London's leading local authorities has publicly come outand announced he is to enter into a civil partnership.

Sir Simon Milton is the leader of Westminster council and close toConservative leader David Cameron.

He is expected to be offered a seat in the Lords and possibly a job ingovernment if the Tories win the next election.

His partner is Robert Davis, 49, is a former mayor of Westminster andcurrent cabinet member for planning.

They have been together ten years.

They will hold their partnership ceremony next month at The Ritz hotel inLondon. It is not known if Mr Cameron will attend.



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http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/content/editorials/stories/2007/05/22/Hiser_ART_05-22-07_A8_M46OS6S.html

Beyond Ex-Gay hold a Survivors Conference [June 29-July 1 - UC Irvine, CA]
Beyond Ex-Gay
www.beyondexgay.com

Recent events have brought national attention to the existence of programsintended to modify same-sex desires. While much of that attention hasfocused on whether sexual orientation is subject to change, beyondexgay.comand The Ex-Gay Survivor's Conference are the first efforts to move beyondthat debate in order to focus on the community of "survivors"-people whofeel they have experienced more harm than benefits from ex-gay programs.

"We use the term 'survivor' because we want to emphasize the very realpsychological trauma that these programs can cause, and also because we wantto highlight the strength of the men and women who, in spite of enormouspressures, come to accept themselves as they are," says Jeff Lutes, apracticing psychotherapist and Executive Director of Soulforce.

The creators of beyondexgay.com, Peterson Toscano and Christine Bakke,talked to hundreds of fellow ex-gay survivors. What they heard, again andagain, was that ex-gay experiences brought inner turmoil, confusion andshame.



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Gay pride parade to attract international audience

May 23, 2007
By Talis Saule Archdeacon
The Baltic Times
http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/17917/

RIGA - With the 2007 Friendship Days fast approaching, debate surroundingthe pride parade, the culmination of the Friendship Days events to takeplace in Vermanes Park in downtown Riga, is heating up. The event, scheduledfor June 3, is expected to draw hundreds of participants from all overEurope, as well as a crowd of protesters who will likely try to disrupt theevent.

Last year's gay and lesbian event in Riga was canceled - a decision laterruled to be unconstitutional - though a group of sexual rights activistsdecided to meet informally. For their efforts, they were pelted by eggs andexcrement, which sparked a wave of indignation among equal rights activistsand gays and lesbians throughout Europe.



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http://www.dailyindia.com/show/143487.php/Arrested-same-sex-couple-seek-musharrafs-intervention

May 23, 2007

Arrested 'same-sex' couple seek Musharraf's intervention
From our ANI Correspondent

Lahore, May 23: A same-sex couple in Pakistan, who were arrested formarrying each other, have sought the help of 'broadminded' President GeneralPervez Musharraf.

The couple-- Shumail Raj and Shahzina Tariq --termed their arrest asunjust and said Musharraf should help them, as he believed in a liberalisingsociety.

Raj and Tariq also said that they would also seek help from theinternational community, who would support their decision and let them livetheir lives in peace, reports the Daily Times.

Stating that physical boundaries were not strong enough to break theiremotional bond, the couple vowed to carry on their relationship, come whatmay.

They were arrested on Sunday for going through with a same-sexmarriage, which is against Islam. The arrest came after a Pakistani courtruled that the husband was actually a woman and had a sex change operation,which was not done properly.



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Forwarded from EuroQueer Groups
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New from DIRELAND, May 23, 2006

IRAN: SHOCKING NEW PHOTOS OF GAY TORTURE VICTIMSplus BRUTAL RAID ON SUSPECTED "GAY" PARTY IN ESFAHAN

Sickening new photos of a young gay couple tortured by Iran's police lastmonth for being gay have just been released. Plus, an up-to-date account ofthe violent police raid in the Iranian city of Esfahan on a birthday partyauthorities suspected was gay, and what has happened since to the 87 partyguests arrested and beaten by police. For the photos and details, click on:
http://direland.typepad.com/direland/2007/05/horrific_new_ph.html



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Ft. Lauderdale

SCHOLAR/AUTHOR JOHN J. MCNEILL TO SPEAK AT STONEWALL LIBRARY & ARCHIVESTHURSDAY MAY 24

On Thursday, May 24, at 6:00, Stonewall Library & Archives, in associationwith Spiritus Institute, will present LGBT spiritual pioneer John J.McNeill. The event will be held in the Library's reading room, located at1717 North Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale.

McNeill, a psychotherapist, theologian, teacher, scholar and ordainedpriest, is the author of the groundbreaking 1976 book "The Church and theHomosexual" and he was a co-founder of the New York Chapter of Dignity,which in turn helped found the National Gay Task Force (known today at theNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force). He later published other major workson the subject of LGBT liberation, self-acceptance and spiritual maturityincluding "Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians,Their Lovers, Friends and Families" and "Freedom, Glorious Freedom: TheSpiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians, and EverybodyElse."

McNeill's latest work, "Sex as God Intended," continues his decades-longinvestigation of the intersection of spirituality and sexuality from an LGBTperspective.



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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

http://www.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=Fired+BPO+musician%26%238217%3Bs+allegation+of+anti-gay+bias+to+get+hearing&expire=&urlID=22405898&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buffalonews.com%2Fcityregion%2Fstory%2F80617.html&partnerID=173606

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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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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The National Gay News

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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http://www.pridesource.com/digestarticle.shtml?article=25105

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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http://citizenchris.typepad.com/citizenchris/2007/05/lets_unite_all_.html

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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RightWintWatch.org

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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http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=3176230

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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http://www.pridesource.com/digestarticle.shtml?article=25131

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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WashingtonPost.com

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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http://euobserver.com/9/24104

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
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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

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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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From CNN - Friday, April 27, 2007

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.

The government also is considering legislation that would strip gays andlesbians of all civil rights.



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http://www.gaynz.com/news/default.asp?dismode=article&artid=4618

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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