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Oakland Park: Theater company gets its own space
August 17, 2007

Rising Action Theater Inc. recently took over about 4,000 square feet in thePrimavera Shopping Mall, 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd.

David Goldyn, creator of the theater group, installed an air conditioner,built a stage and bought 96 seats from the New Theatre in Coral Gables.Goldyn's group used to set up shop wherever it could.

"I believe if you're going to be taken seriously as a theater, you need yourown space," he said.

Goldyn's venue will open in time for the company's newest production,Terrence McNally's Some Men, which begins Sept. 21. It is a retrospective ofthe lives of gay men over 80 years.

Goldyn said the group does not want to be pigeon-holed as a gay theater. Hewants to produce plays about social tolerance, accepting differences andequality.


Broward County: GLBT book festival is looking for authors
August 17, 2007

Authors are sought to take part in the GLBT Bookfest Expo, set for 2 to 5p.m. Sept. 30 at the Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Locally published authors are invited to discuss their books and have booksignings as the county recognizes the contributions made by gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender authors.

Published authors are asked to e-mail book and contact information toLorraine Woods at or call 954-357-7348.

After review of the materials, authors will be notified of theirparticipation. Deadline for authors to submit their information is Aug. 30.


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Check out the editorial cartoon - Mayor James Naugle, of Ft. Lauderdale



August 17, 2007 -- An assistant corrections commissioner - who lovesrefrigerator magnets and "kissing with my eyes open" - was busted forpunching out the bartender at a gay watering hole in Chelsea yesterday,officials said.

Marc Carpentier, a financial-management bigwig at the city Department ofCorrection, was charged with assault, criminal mischief and resistingarrest. He was arrested at a popular gay bar, The View, on Eighth Avenue.

The 41-year-old official also was indefinitely suspended from his $140,000-a-year job, authorities said.

Carpentier's drunken bender began late Wednesday when he was tossed out ofanother Chelsea gay bar, sources said.

Several minutes after heading to The View, Carpentier got into a beef with abartender when he paid for a $5 beer and the server handed over five $1bills in change, cops said.


Brookhaven student attends 1st camp for GSA members
By Staff Reports
Aug 17, 2007, 11:01

40 students from colleges across the country meet in Maryland to discussissues facing LGBT students and their allies

Chad Pride
Chad Pride, a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Brookhaven College inDallas, was one of more than 40 student leaders from colleges anduniversities across the country who recently participated in the first-evercamp for LGBT college students and their allies.

The Gay-Straight Alliance at Brookhaven is sponsored by Linus Spiller, astudent services specialist with the school.

The five-day-long leadership camp, referred to as “Gay Camp,” was held July24-29, on the campus of Towson University in Towson, Md., with the QueerStudent Union as the host for the gathering.

The camp was the result of more than six months of planning by members ofCampus Pride coordinating with a team of 12 LGBT educators and activists.

The curriculum included classes in leadership development, social justiceand civic involvement.


Anti-gay activists crash worship services
Minutemen take 'word of God' to 2 congregations

Friday, August 17, 2007 3:31 AM
By Gail Martineau


A conservative Christian values group has been interrupting services at twocentral Ohio churches to protest their support for homosexuality.

Minutemen United vowed to attend services every Sunday.

The group started its crusade when First Baptist Church in Granville hosted"Love Makes a Family," a traveling exhibit by the Family Diversity Projectshowing photos of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families.

The night the exhibit opened in July, members of Minutemen United stoodoutside and protested the exhibit and the church's open attitude towardhomosexuality, said the Rev. Kathy Hurt, senior pastor at the Granvillechurch.

Since then, the group has been visiting the church every Sunday, she said.


Debate intensifies in same-sex divorce case
10:59 AM EDT on Friday, August 17, 2007
By Edward Fitzpatrick
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — The debate stemming from Rhode Island’s first same-sex divorcecase is escalating as the Supreme Court reviews a second round of legalbriefs that delve into the meaning of the word “marriage,” the limits ofjudicial power and even “inter-species marriage” and “marrying dead bodies.”

The case involves two Providence women — Margaret R. Chambers and CassandraB. Ormiston — who married in Massachusetts in May 2004 and are now seeking adivorce in Rhode Island. The Supreme Court is weighing this certifiedquestion: “May the Family Court properly recognize, for the purpose ofentertaining a divorce petition, the marriage of two persons of the same sexwho were purportedly married in another state?”

The state’s high court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Oct. 9,and in the meantime it has invited state officials and other interestedparties to submit friend-of-the-court briefs. In all, 16 briefs were filedby the initial Aug. 1 deadline, and six briefs were filed in response tothose briefs by Wednesday’s deadline. A third round of briefs is due Aug.31.

In support of their arguments, the authors of the legal briefs have quotedeveryone from Humpty Dumpty to Abraham Lincoln.

The Family Research Council, based in Washington, D.C., and the Rev. LyleMook, of South Kingstown, filed a response brief, saying, “This court isbeing requested literally to ignore the true meaning of ‘marriage’ that hasdefined the institution for centuries throughout the world.”


Brazil public health system to provide free sex-change operations
The Associated Press
Friday, August 17, 2007

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Brazil's public health system will begin providingfree sex-change operations in compliance with a court order, the HealthMinistry said Friday.

Ministry spokesman Edmilson Oliveira da Silva said the government would notappeal Wednesday's ruling by a panel of federal judges giving the government30 days to offer the procedure or face fines of US$5,000 (€3,700) a day.

"The health minister was prompted by the judges' decision," Silva said. "Butwe already had a technical group studying the procedure with the idea ofincluding it among the procedures that are covered."

Federal prosecutors from Rio Grande do Sul state had argued that sexualreassignment surgery is covered under a constitutional clause guaranteeingmedical care as a basic right.

On Wednesday the 4th Regional Federal Court agreed, saying in its rulingthat "from the biomedical perspective, transsexuality can be described as asexual identity disturbance where individuals need to change their sexualdesignation or face serious consequences in their lives, including intensesuffering, mutilation and suicide."


Merv Griffin never revealed the man behind the curtain
By RAY RICHMOND, Hollywood Reporter

Merv Griffin was gay.

Why should that be so uncomfortable to read? Why is it so difficult towrite? Why are we still so jittery even about raising the issue inpurportedly liberal-minded Hollywood in 2007? We can refer to it casually inconversation, but the mainstream media somehow remains trapped in the DarkAges when it comes to labeling a person as gay.

Maybe that helps explain why Griffin, who died of prostate cancer Sunday at82, stayed in the closet throughout his life. Perhaps he figured it waspreferable to remain the object of gossip rather than live openly as "one ofthem." But how tremendously sad it is that a man of Merv's renown, of hisgregarious nature and social dexterity, would feel compelled to endure sucha stealthy double life even as the gay community's clout, and its levels ofacceptance and equality, rose steadily from the ashes of ignorance.

I'm not at all insinuating that Griffin had a responsibility to come out.That was up to him.

But what a powerful message Griffin might have sent had he squired his malecompanions around town rather than Eva Gabor, his longtime good friend andplatonic public pal. Imagine the amount of good Merv could have done as awell-respected, hugely successful, beloved and uncloseted gay man inembodying a positive image.


Study into why gay men avoid condoms despite rising HIV ratesResearchers want to find out why gay and bisexual men tend not to usecondoms for sex despite the trebling of new HIV cases in New Zealand in thepast seven years.

They want 58 men from the Auckland region who have sex with men to take partanonymously in on-line discussions and individual interviews.

The study is a collaboration between researchers from Massey’s Centre forSocial and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE), the Maori healthresearch group, Te Ropu Whariki and the School of Health Sciences at theUniversity’s Auckland campus.

In addition to men who openly identify as gay, lead researcher Jeff Adamssays the team is looking for other men who have sex with men to take part.

“The key thing here is we are particularly interested in speaking with menwho don’t like, or don’t use, condoms for anal sex with other men. We’dlike to discuss why condoms aren’t working for them, and what alternativestrategies or methods they may use for protecting themselves against HIV.”


Obama pledges to clean up Washington

Democrat Barack Obama, who says he swims in ''the same muddy water'' oflobbyists and fund-raising that corrupts Washington, is pledging to reformthe system if elected president.

Presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton ''doesn't recognize the problem,''Obama told the Associated Press in an interview late Thursday.

''I have a bunch of friends who were state lobbyists. The fact of the matteris...I played poker with them, so I don't think that lobbyists are evil,''said the first-term U.S. senator from Illinois. ''I just think they've gotan agenda and you got to be clear about that, and not pretend that theydon't.''

''Why else are they getting hired and making all this money unless they'reactually getting something done?''

The renewed criticism of Clinton and Obama's blunt assessment of his ownrole in the ''original sin'' of politics is the latest twist in a Democraticprimary fight over lobbyist donations. Fellow Democratic candidate JohnEdwards has challenged both Clinton and Obama to join him in refusingcampaign donations from lobbyists.


Ugandan gays allege police brutality; govt. official calls gays "repugnant"

Ugandan gay rights advocates appealed for acceptance Friday, saying gaysface regular abuse by police in a country where being gay is punishable bylife in prison.

''Our message is simple and clear: Let us live in peace,'' said VictorJuliet Mukasa, 32, head of Sexual Minorities Uganda—a previouslylittle-known group that spoke to the media for the first time this week.''We are human beings and should have the same rights as any other citizenof Uganda.''

Attitudes toward gays in Uganda are typical of those across the continent,where many countries outlaw homosexuality and where gays are prone toprejudice and violence.

''There is no question of equal treatment for these strange fellows,''government spokesman Kirunda Kivejinja said. ''Homosexuality is repugnant tothe people of Uganda.''

Police denied the accusation of abuse.


Prominent N.J. legislator voices support for marriage equality

The idea of moving beyond civil unions to provide full marriage rights tosame-sex couples in New Jersey is gaining traction. A prominent New Jerseylegislator who had not previously supported full marriage rights is nowasking, "Why not gay marriage?"

Sen. Raymond Lesniak posted an entry on a New Jersey blog Thursday thatconcluded, "Allowing gay couples to marry is not going to repair the fabricof society, but it's not going to tear it apart either. To paraphrase JohnLennon, let's give love a chance. We might just find it works."

The post came on the heels of a Garden State Equality poll that found 63% ofpeople in New Jersey said they "would be fine" if the state legislaturedecided to grant gay couples full marriage rights because civil unions hadfailed to provide full equality under the law.

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said Lesniak is among a"handful of the most powerful politicians in New Jersey" and called the news"spectacular." (The Advocate)


Florida's Representative Allen opens mouth, inserts foot

Florida state representative Bob Allen, stripped of his committeeassignments this week by a house speaker seeking his resignation over a gaysex scandal, made more enemies with an apparent slur against Florida'sLatino leadership.

"I would think this leadership more than anyone would think that we don'twant to copy totalitarian governments but copy American principles," Allentold the Miami Herald on Wednesday in an apparent reference to house speakerMarco Rubio being Cuban-American.

Allen was forced to backpedal as yet more of his fellow Republicans calledfor his head.

"The fact that he's comparing the consequences of the allegations of hissexual misconduct to the plight of dissidents trapped in Castro's gulag isat best absurd and at worst insulting. He needs to go," Rep. CarlosLopez-Cantera told the Herald, adding that Allen's comments made him"physically irked."

The party leadership wants Allen to resign before his August 23 arraignmenton a misdemeanor charge of solicitation to commit prostitution.



GOP hopeful Thompson would push for a marriage amendment

GOP hopeful Fred Thompson may have yet to officially announce his candidacy,but that didn’t stop him from saying that a constitutional amendment could“cure” the disparity between different state laws on same-sex marriage.

During an interview in Iowa with CNN’s John King, Thompson intimated thatrather than leaving marriage up to individual states, he would use the bullypulpit as president to push for a federal marriage amendment—an initiativethat has dismal prospects at best as long as at least one of the chambers ofCongress stays in Democratic hands.

King: “Would you, a President Fred Thompson, actively push a presidentialamendment banning gay marriage?”

Thompson: “Yes, yes, I think that with regard to gay marriage you have afull faith and credit issue. I don't think one state ought to be able topass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have anotherstate be required to follow along under full faith and credit. There's someexceptions and exemptions for that. Hasn't happened yet, but I think afederal court very well likely will go in that direction, and aconstitutional amendment would cure that.” (The Advocate )


Man accused of illegally using silicone on transgender patients
By DAVE FORSTER, The Virginian-Pilot
© August 16, 2007
Last updated: 4:13 PM

SUFFOLK – Police have arrested a man they say injected silicone intotransgender patients at his home without a license to practice medicine.

A former client of Francis Rene White reported the situation to police, saidLt. D.J. George, a department spokeswoman. White, 36, has since been chargedwith two counts of practicing medicine without a license. He turned himselfinto police Wednesday.

Police have two former clients who say they went to White's home in the 300block of S. Main St., and let him inject silicone into their face or breastarea, George said. White charged them for his services, they said.

George said she did not know if either of the two known customers sufferedany complications from their procedures.

The police believe White had other clients and would like to speak to them,George said. They are asked to call Det. Sgt. Robert Ross at (757) 514-7947.


Uganda Gays Go Public to Denounce Repressive Regime
by Newscenter Staff
Posted: August 17, 2007 - 1:00 pm ET

(Kampala) For the first time Ugandan gays have emerged from the shadows tohold a news conference demanding basic civil rights.

But even at their news conference at a Kampala hotel most of the the sevenrepresentatives of LGBT groups wore masks to disguise their identity,fearful of the repressive regime of President Yoweri Museveni.

One of the speakers, identifying himself only as Douglas and wearing a masksaid police regularly arrest and beat gays.

"The goal of the police is to protect all people within the borders ofUganda," he said. "It is not legal for the police to beat or bribe people."

Another speaker, Paul Semugoma, a doctor, said that medical schools inUganda offer no information on sexuality.


Arkansas Law Allows Opposite-Sex Toddlers To Wed
by The Associated Press
Posted: August 17, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(Little Rock, Arkansas) A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age -even infants - to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have tocall a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday.

The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry butalso allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsorRep. Will Bond said. An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyonewho is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it.

"It's clearly not the intent to allow 10-year-olds or 11-year-olds to getmarried," Bond said. "The legislation was screwed up."

The bill reads: "In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18)years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, theperson must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent tothe marriage."

A code revision commission - which fixes typographical and technical errorsin laws - had tried to correct the mistake, but a group of legislators saidFriday the commission went beyond its powers.


Marrying Same Sex Like Marrying Corpse Court Told
by Newscenter Staff
Posted: August 17, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(Providence, Rhode Island) Lawyers for conservative groups have told RhodeIsland's highest court that a case involving a same-sex couple seeking adivorce should be thrown out because the state does not explicitly allowsame-sex marriage.

The case involves Margaret R. Chambers and Cassandra B. Ormiston who weremarried in Massachusetts in 2004.

The marriage was never recognized in their home state of Rhode Island.

Last year the women filed for divorce in Providence, citing "irreconcilabledifferences".

Rhode Island has no specific law banning same-sex marriage. But the ChiefFamily Court Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. said he did knot know if hecould rule without taking up the issue of marriage and asked the SupremeCourt justices to determine if he has the authority to hear the case.


Legal Battle For Same-Sex Marriage Advances In California
by Newscenter Staff
Posted: August 17, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(San Francisco, California) Attorneys for same-sex couples seeking the rightto marry in California on Friday submitted answers to a series of questionsposed earlier this year by the state Supreme Court on the legalramifications of the case.

The justices sought the answers after both sides in the case filed theirinitial briefs in June, (story) saying the briefs failed to address threekey issues.

First, the court asked for a detailed description of the differences betweenthe legal rights accorded by domestic partnerships and those of marriageunder California law. California has one of the nation's most inclusivedomestic partner laws providing many of the rights of marriage, but not all.

The second question asked for the lawyers' positions on what marriagerights, if any are enshrined in California's constitution. The question isimportant because only a constitutional amendment could alter those - notthe legislature nor a voter initiative.

That question led to the third, involving Proposition 22, an initiativepassed by voters in 2000. "Do the terms 'marriage' or 'marry' themselveshave constitutional significance under the California constitution," thecourt asked.


Mbeki Defends Controversial AIDS Plan
by The Associated Press
Posted: August 18, 2007 - 9:00 am ET

(Cape Town, South Africa) South African President Thabo Mbeki - who has longbeen accused of playing down the AIDS epidemic - has hit back at criticismof his government's policy and his firing of the popular deputy healthminister.

In his weekly column, Mbeki said that he would not be pressured by the"ill-intentioned and ill-founded hue and cry" about the dismissal of NozizweMadlala-Routledge. The deputy minister had won widespread praise forrevitalizing the country's anti-AIDS campaign, while her boss, the healthminister, has been seen as a destructive force because she has questionedthe efficacy of AIDS drugs and instead promoted beets and garlic as aremedy.

Mbeki fired her last week, saying she was incapable of working as part of ateam. Domestic and international critics, who have long called for thedismissal of health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, said he had fired thewrong person.

An estimated 5.4 million South Africans are infected with the AIDS virus,the second highest total in the world after India. About 900 people die eachday and an estimated 1,400 people are newly infected, according to theMedical Research Council, which predicts that fewer than half the country's15 year-olds will live to see their 60th birthday.

Critics have accused Mbeki of denying the link between HIV and AIDS andturning a blind eye to the devastation the epidemic is wreaking in SouthAfrica.


Gay NGOs Gain Status at U.N. with U.S. Vote

The United Nations Economic and Social Council has voted to giveconsultative status to two LGBT non-governmental organizations, theCoalition gaie et lesbienne du Quebec and the Swedish Federation for LGBTRights, the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)announced. The Council includes 54 member states and the vote was 22-13-13for the Quebec group and 22-12-12 for the Swedes with the United Statesvoting in favor of both.

Russia voted no as did China and Muslim nations. Japan and South Africavoted yes as did Mexico.

Paula Ettelbrick of IGLHRC said the successful votes were due in large partto the backing that these groups received from their governments.


Wilton Manors

Forwarded from Michael Rajner

Two months ago a local youth, 20 years of age and recently diagnosed HIV+approached me and asked for my help. He wanted to attend the 2007 StayingAlive! conference in Cleveland, Ohio sponsored by the National Associationof People With AIDS (NAPWA) so he can learn more about thevirus that now inhabits his body.

This conference is an amazing source of empowerment for many that areprivileged to attend. At the conference, many will learn how to livehealthier lives, increase their knowledge in prevention, care, treatment,advocacy and more.

With very little effort, you can be instrumental to help this individualplay a greater role in HIV/AIDS community. This weekend, when out and about,please feel free to drop a $1 or more in the bucket at the followinglocations:

Friday 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Tropics Restaurant & Piano Bar Cabaret
2000 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL

Saturday 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Georgie's Alibi
2266 Wilton Drive (N.E. 4th Avenue)
Wilton Manors, FL

Sunday 3:00 to 7:00 PM
Rosie's Bar & Grill
2449 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL

Checks can be made payable to "GLCC" and write "Staying Alive" in the memosection. GLCC has agreed to serve as interim fiscal agent for this project.

Will little effort, we can make great change.

Michael Emanuel Rajner
National Secretary - Campaign to End AIDS
phone: 954-463-9005



Police report C4 over Muslim homophobia documentary
8th August 2007
by Tony Grew

Broadcaster Channel 4 has hit back at allegations from West Midlands policethat they distorted the truth in documentary that showed Muslim preacherscalling for homosexuals to be killed.

The Dispatches programme, broadcast on January, showed undercover footage ofpreacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.

"If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should bemurdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.

The preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

Eight MPs signed an early day motion condemning his comments and policebegan an investigation.

Today the Crown Prosecution Service accused Channel 4 of distorting what thepreachers were saying, while the police said they will report thebroadcaster to Ofcom, the media watchdog.

Kevin Sutcliffe, commissioning editor for Dispatches, told the BBC:

"We find it extraordinary that they have gone public on these concernswithout discussing them with us first.

"We believe the comments made in the film speak for themselves - severalspeakers were clearly shown making abhorrent and extreme comments.

"All the speakers featured in the film were offered a right to reply andnone denied making these comments, nor have any of them complained to Ofcomto our knowledge."

However, a CPS lawyer who examined 56 hours of uncut footage said theproduction team had cut together excepts from different speeches and therebydistorted what the preachers were saying.

Mr Usamah said that his comments about gay people had been taken out ofcontext and that he was explaining the views of others but did not agreewith their stance.

No charges will be brought against him or the other two preachers featuredin the hour-long documentary.


August 13, 2007
Malaysia to block planned gay church

Kuala Lumpur - Muslim-majority Malaysia will block a plan by the country'sfirst and only openly gay pastor to establish a church embracinghomosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals, a minister said on Monday.

Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, an ethnic Chinese Malaysian ordained in the US,caused controversy after saying he wanted to set up the church by 2010.

The government would block the plan, Tourism Minister Adnan Tengku Mansortold AFP, adding the country had always sought to portray itself as a"family-oriented" holiday destination.

"We have no intention of being portrayed the same way like other cities suchas Bangkok or those other cities in that league," Mansor said, apparentlyreferring to the Thai capital's sex industry.

"We are here to be seen as a multicultural country with people who are good,excellent followers of their respective religions," Mansor added.

Homosexuality falls under a Malaysian law prohibiting sodomy, which ispunishable by up to 20 years in prison and whipping.

Ouyang's plan to start the church had stirred anxiety, Reverend Wong KinKong, the secretary general of Malaysia's National Evangelical ChristianFellowship, said last week.

This was "because Christians do not want others to assume they condone sucha thing," he said.

But Ouyang remained unfazed and urged a congregation of about 80 people -including his male partner - to "reclaim faith and celebrate our sexuality"in an underground mass on Sunday.

"For some of us, especially our gay brothers and sisters, we haveexperienced first hand that Christianity has been used to persecuteminorities," Ouyang told the mass, according to press reports. - Sapa-AFP


Philadelphia Gay News

Activists: Rental negotiations with Scouts should be open
By Timothy Cwiek
PGN Writer-at-Large
© 2007 Philadelphia Gay News

As city officials work to determine the amount of rent the Boy Scouts mustpay to remain in a city-owned building, GLBT activists are calling for anopen negotiation process.

“Historically, LGBT people have not had access to information that iscritical to our community,” said Stacey Sobel, executive director ofEquality Advocates Pennsylvania.

If open lines of communication are maintained, members of the GLBT community
will have more confidence in the negotiations, she noted.

“It’s important to us, like any other community, to be able to seetransparency and fairness on issues where discrimination has occurred,”Sobel added.

Some activists are particularly concerned because, in 2004, city officialsentered into a closed-door agreement with the Cradle of Liberty chapter ofthe Scouts, allowing them to remain rent-free in the building after the U.S.Supreme Court ruled that the Scouts’ anti-gay policy was legal.

The City eventually revoked that agreement.

Sobel has been active with a working group instrumental in requiring theScouts to pay fair-market rent for use of a city building at 22nd Street,near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


Good As You

Gay endorsement liability: 'Factor' fiction

So have a look at this Aug. 13 exchange between Bill O'Reilly and Fox NewsCorrespondent Kirsten Powers, and then we'll get back to you:

O'REILLY: Now, a new poll says that most Americans won't vote for you ifyou get an endorsement by a gay rights group. Did you know that?

POWERS: No, I didn't --

O'REILLY: Ah! What is that poll? Pew Research or something like that. Butanyway --

POWERS: I find that -- I have to say I find that very difficult tobelieve. Maybe if they're asked that question in a poll, but most Americansdon't have any idea who's endorsing candidates. They are not payingattention to that.

O'REILLY: OK, but say a gay -- the question posed, "If a gay rights --


O'REILLY: -- organization endorses you, would that make you more or lesslikely to vote?

POWERS: Right.

O'REILLY: And most Americans said less likely.
(**see the video at Media Matters)
Okay, so Bill put it out into the ether that a gay-endorsed candidate isgoing to automatically lose the vote of the majority of Americans. Soundshurtful to our pro-gay side, right? Sounds to you like our groups are thepolitical cold that none of the candidates want to catch?

Well, this might be damaging, if not for the fact that Bill's words are 100%bullsh*t and his data is pulled straight from his fanny! For you see, dearreaders, there is no recent Pew Research Poll that exists on this subject.There is, however, a recent Qunnipiac poll that gauges the thoughts of swingstate voters (and only swing state voters) on the subject of gayendorsements. But the findings of that poll were NOT "that most Americanswon't vote for you if you get an endorsement by a gay rights group." Infact, the findings were that to the vast majority, these endorsements makeno difference:

And if you tally the "doesn't make a difference" and the "more likely"numbers, it is the "less likely" camp that makes up a very scant minority.And as we mentioned in our last post on this subject, this contingent islikely the sort who is not going to vote for the gay-progressive candidate,HRC-endorsed or not. So Ms. Powers was absolutely right to find this data"very difficult to believe." Mainly because it is as believable as a 12th ofNever snipe hunting match between Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the toothfairy, and a flying pig, the likes of which takes place on Hell's newlyfrozen over ice rink!

So Mr. O'Reilly, we look forward to your correcting of the record. We trustyou'll be eager to do so.



King Kaufman's Sports Daily

"We don't try to undermine gay stereotypes": Outsports co-founder CydZiegler Jr. talks about gay athletes, gay allies and the site's new book.

Aug. 14, 2007 | "The Outsports Revolution," the first book by the foundersand editors of Outsports, the leading gay sports Web site, has a littlesomething for a lot of people.

Gay and sports-phobic? There's advice about how to get over the horriblegym-class memories many gay men share and relate to jock friends andsignificant others, right down to co-founder Jim Buzinski's recipe for theperfect Super Bowl chili.

Buzinski and Cyd Ziegler Jr. also offer lists of the best gay-themed sportsbooks and movies, discussions of sports fashion -- Speedos good, baggybasketball duds bad, is how they see it -- and serious consideration of someof the issues gay athletes and sports fans face. Plus, at the behest of thepublisher, Ziegler says, great bunches of photos of buff dudes at sportingevents.

Those shots echo one of the most popular features of the Outsports site, thephoto galleries. "The Outsports Revolution" includes a fascinating e-mailexchange between Buzinski and "Timmy," who said he was a closetedprofessional athlete whose name wasn't anything like Timmy.

Timmy objected to the photo galleries on the site, arguing that they confirmthe mainstream's stereotype that "if we're gay, we'll want to 'sexualize'our sport."

He wrote that he realized the galleries of rugby and water polo playershugging and kissing were probably very popular, "but do you honestly expect'straight america' to take us seriously when this is the first image we'reputting out about ourselves?"



In a macho sport, an uproar over gays and soccer in Brazil
By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press Writer

SAO PAULO, Brazil — The director of a prominent soccer team insinuates onnational television that a player on a rival team is gay. The player suesfor slander and goes on TV to deny it. A judge causes an uproar by sayinggays don't belong in Brazilian soccer.

With a narrative like a Latin American soap opera, the flap over the sexualorientation of Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson has shaken the hallowed andmacho institution of Brazilian soccer.

The commotion started in June when Palmeiras club director Jose CyrilloJunior was asked on TV whether it was true that a soccer player from histeam was negotiating for an exclusive television interview to announce hewas gay.

Cyrillo denied the report, but added "Richarlyson 'almost' played forPalmeiras," suggesting the 24-year-old player was gay.

Cyrillo later apologized, but Richarlyson - whose father playedprofessionally and whose brother played in Portugal and is now with Brazil'sCruzeiro - filed a criminal complaint for slander.

Judge Manoel Maximiano Junqueira Filho stoked the dispute by dismissingRicharlyson's claim and issuing a ruling that suggested he leave the game ifhe were gay. If he weren't, the judge said, Richarlyson was obliged todefend himself on the same TV program.

"Not that a homosexual can't play soccer," Filho wrote. "He can, but he mustform his own team and federation, setting up matches with those who want toplay against him."


Washingon Business Journal

Marriott adds gay suppliers to shopping list
Washington Business Journal - 1:53 PM EDT Thursday, August 16, 2007
by Jeff Clabaugh
Staff Reporter

Marriott International Inc. is adding lesbian, gay, bi-sexual andtransgender-run businesses to its list of suppliers as part of itscommitment to do business with diverse suppliers.

It is also expanding its supplier diversity program to international marketsincluding Brazil and the U.K.

Marriott became a corporate member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamberof Commerce in April.

"Last year our company reached record levels in spending," said MikeTobolski, senior director of Marriott's diversity initiatives. "We plan tobuild on our company's success in the U.S. and expand our program to nurturerelationships internationally and with the LGBT community."

Marriott (NYSE: MAR) spent a record $400 million with diverse suppliers lastyear. The company set a five year goal in 2005 to spend $1 billion withdiverse suppliers by 2010. Marriott says it is on track to reach the goalbefore 2010.


Logo Builds Online LGBT Presence
Purchase of Is Latest Addition To Federation of Sites
By Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 8/15/2007 2:10:00 PM

Continuing its push into the community, Logo signed an agreement to, a leading social networking site for the multiculturallesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audience. has more than 400,000 members, according to Logo officials,who said the base is largely gender split, with 72% of its users eitherAfrican-American, Asian or of Latino descent. The core audience is youngadults ages 18 to 25.

Launched in June 2005, ad-supported Logo now counts some 27 millionsubscribers, according to MTV Networks officials.

The DowneLink deal, terms of which were not disclosed and is subject tocustomary closing conditions, will add to Logo’s federation of affiliatedWeb sites for niche audiences and fans of LGBT entertainment. These (fan site for TV series Rick & Steve), and, as well as, and, which Logo purchased last year.

In addition to bolstering its voice in the LGBT community, the cadre ofsites enables Logo to expand its advertising base, according to networkofficials.


Ugandan Homosexuals Launch Media Campaign:“LET US LIVE IN PEACE”

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, the Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, andintersex (LGBTI) community held its first ever press conference tolaunch the LGBTI Human Rights Media Campaign: “LET US LIVE IN PEACE”.

The PRESS RELEASE IS ATTACHED, with versions in both English andLuganda. In addition, a PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT is attached. PHOTOGRAPHSand a more complete transcript will follow.

This press conference was organised by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)and utilised the court case issues as a launching pad for the broadercampaign. The goal of this campaign is to engage the nation in apublic conversation about LGBTI rights, to help people see the humanside of this issue, and to bring about greater understanding and spacefor Ugandan LGBTI people to live in peace.

Questions regarding the court case can be directed to:

Juliet Victor Mukasa
Mobile: +256 753 116 034

Monique Boivin, Court Case Safety and Logistics Coordinator
Mobile: +256 753 374 820


New Haven Register

Good Fit
Cara Baruzzi , Register Staff
Reggie Solomon, co-owner of the T-shirt company ISSO. Peter

NEW HAVEN - Dubbing it a T-shirt company "with a heart, conscience and senseof humor," three young entrepreneurs have started a business that aims topromote marriage equality - one shirt at a time.

The Internet-based company, called ISSO, recently launched its firstT-shirt, which bears the message "marriage is so gay." A portion of theshirt's proceeds are donated to organizations that advocate equal rights forgay and straight couples.

"We're not trying to be political in any sense," said Reggie Solomon, 31, ofNew Haven, one of ISSO's owners. "Unfortunately, marriage has becomepolitical, but we don't think it is."

ISSO merely wanted to create a stylish shirt that people would enjoywearing, he said. Solomon, who is gay, founded the company in May with BenBerkowitz, 28, of New Haven and Andy Horowitz, 26, who recently moved fromNew Haven to Louisiana, both of whom are straight. They had the idea forISSO while on a road trip with friends when "somehow the subject of marriageequality came up."

Berkowitz had previous experience making shirts, having designed andindependently sold T-shirts that said, "New Haven: It's Better Than YourTown" in the past.


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Zogby Poll: Six months into New Jersey civil unions, voters say change thelaw to real marriage equality

Poll results

Poll demographics

News release below

By 63% to 31%, New Jersey voters say they'd be fine with the statelegislature upgrading civil unions to marriage equality.

By 72% to 21%, New Jersey voters say state legislators would be in noelectoral danger if they enacted marriage equality.

By 61% to 29%, New Jersey voters say they expect the state to enact marriageequality within just a couple of years.

Zogby asked the baseline question - do you favor marriage equality versuscivil unions - in two ways. Results are 48% to 45% for marriage equalityinone question, 48% to 30% in another.

And a significant 35% of respondents said they would be less likely todobusiness with a company that denies equal benefits to gay employees. 20%said "much less likely."

As New Jersey marks the six-month anniversary of the civil unions law onSunday, August 19, a new statewide Zogby Poll shows majorities of votersfavoring changing the law to full marriage equality for same-sex couples.The poll of 803 New Jersey voters was taken from August 8th through 10,2007, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. Though Garden State Equalitycommissioned the poll, Zogby collected the data independently.

With news organizations reporting on the failure of the New Jersey civilunion law to consistently provide equal rights to same-sex couples - andwith statistics showing the law failing at least 1 in every 7 times - thepoll asked:

"If public officials in New Jersey come to the conclusion that civil unionsfor gay couples have not worked to provide equality under the law, and thatthe way to fix the law is to give gay couples the same right to marry asheterosexual couples, would you be fine with that or would you be upset bythat?" 63% responded "fine with that," while only 31% responded "upset bythat."

The poll also provides key political information to legislators for whenthey consider changing civil unions to marriage equality. The poll asked:

"Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen to legislatorsif they were to allow gay couples to marry? Those legislators would not bereelected, or nothing because people care about other issues more." 72% saidnothing would happen to legislators, while only 21% said legislators wouldnot be reelected.

In response to the question, "Regardless of where you stand on the issue ofallowing gay couples to marry, do you agree or disagree that gay coupleswill be allowed to get married in New Jersey in a couple of years anyway?",61% agreed, while only 29% disagreed.

The poll also asked the baseline question testing support for marriageequality versus civil unions in two different ways.


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The Dems Should Shut Up About Gay Marriage.
Check Mate
by James Kirchick
Only at TNR Online
Post date: 08.16.07

During last week's gay issues forum, broadcast on the cable televisionstation LOGO and sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), all of theDemocratic presidential candidates expressed their support for legalequality for gays via civil unions. But, with the exceptions of formerAlaska Senator Mike Gravel and Congressman Dennis Kucinich, they opposedcalling those relationships marriage.

This seeming hypocrisy doesn't sit well with gay rights advocates. EvanWolfson, head of the Freedom to Marry coalition and one of the intellectualfathers of gay marriage, says that, just as previous American presidentsmade the civil rights struggle into a national issue through the power of"moral suasion," presidential candidates ought to voice support for gaymarriage today because it "creates a political, cultural and moral space forAmerica to rise to fairness." HRC's vice president of programs, David M.Smith, says that "The most important role the presidency plays in publicpolicy debates is the bully pulpit, to sway public opinion." And as HRCPresident Joe Solmonese put it after the debate, "The next president must becommitted to not only doing what's achievable, but also what's right."

It would certainly be refreshing to hear a leading presidential candidatecome out in favor of "what's right" and support gay marriage. But gaymarriage advocates are actually doing their cause a disservice by pushingthe Democratic candidates on the issue.


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Medscape Medical News
Bullying and Victimization in Childhood Linked to Psychiatric Disorders inEarly Adulthood CME/CE
News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
CME Author: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd

August 9, 2007 - Bullying and victimization during early school years mayidentify boys at risk for psychiatric disorders in early adulthood,according to the results of a study reported in the August issue ofPediatrics.

"There have been no longitudinal cohort studies that examined thepsychiatric outcomes in late adolescence or early adulthood of children whobully or are victimized in childhood," write Andre Sourander, MD, from TurkuUniversity in Finland, and colleagues. "Generally, our knowledge of thecontinuities and discontinuities of childhood problems to early adulthoodwas based on a limited number of study cohorts. However, information aboutthe long-term effects of bullying has considerable public healthsignificance that would justify universal or targeted preventiveinterventions and research directed at school bullying."

The goal of this study was to evaluate the relationships between bullyingand victimization in boys aged 8 years and psychiatric diagnoses 10 to 15years later. In 1989, the investigators collected data on 2540 boys who wereborn in 1981, by administering questionnaires about bullying andvictimization to parents, teachers, and to the boys themselves. Militarycall-up examination and army registry data were used to determine thepresence of psychiatric disorders when the participants reached 18 to 23years of age.


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Former Surgeon General Calls For Change In Health Care System, Sex Education
By Jason Wiest

LITTLE ROCK -- Fired in 1994 for suggesting school children be taught aboutmasturbation, former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders said Wednesday alack of sex education in the nation's public schools has hastened the spreadof sexually transmitted diseases and sex crimes against children.

"When we talk about sex education, we all go wild as if that's something wedon't talk about. Well, our silence has been deafening and we are paying avery heavy price for not educating our young people," Elders said in aspeech to about 200 people at a Community Health Centers of Arkansas summit.

Elders, who as Arkansas health director advocated dispensing condoms atschool-based health clinics, was appointed by former President Clinton in1993 and was fired the next year after saying masturbation "perhaps shouldbe taught" in schools as a way to avoid the spread of sexually transmitteddiseases.

Speaking about a national health care crisis Wednesday, Elders said onlyeducation, not any amount of money, could improve the U.S. health caresystem.

"The reason why we have so much AIDS and STDs in Southern states is becausewe are less likely to have sex education and talk about it as part of ourschools and a part of our system," Elders said.

Ignoring contraception and instead teaching only abstinence will not solvethe problem, she said.


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[euro-queer] Gay Humanist Quarterly

You can read the current and previous issues of Gay Humanist Quarterly bygoing to

You should find these a good antidote to the many examples of religioushomophobia that are posted to this list.

George Broadhead


Saturday, August 18, 2007; Page A11
Judge by the Record

As a Latina lesbian who supports Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, Itake issue with Jonathan Capehart's glib dismissal of Gov. Bill Richardsonbecause of his comment that homosexuality is a choice ["Wrong Answer,Governor," op-ed, Aug. 13]. To ignore Richardson's record while cheaplylambasting him for an off-hand response -- which he later corrected -- iswhat I find "inexcusable." It does not provide readers with an accurateassessment of where he stands or what he stands for. Richardson's record onissues of importance to the LGBT community is unmatched in the presidentialrace.

I've been a lesbian activist for more than 25 years, and even I don't knowthe answer to why I am gay. And I really don't care. Bill Richardson clearlyhas not given it much thought, but, more important, that has never impededhis willingness to fight for our equal rights. It matters much more to mewhat somebody actually does than how well they are briefed.

-- Laura M. Esquivel

Takoma Park


The Washington Post

Qualified to Serve
The opponents of appeals court nominee Leslie H. Southwick haven't madetheir case.
Saturday, August 18, 2007; Page A12

BEFORE BEING nominated by President Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals forthe 5th Circuit, Leslie H. Southwick served for almost 12 years on theMississippi Court of Appeals, where he participated in thousands of casesspanning the gamut of civil and criminal law. A panel of the American BarAssociation unanimously found Judge Southwick to be "well qualified" for thepromotion, its highest ranking. Yet congressional opponents have latched onto two opinions that Mr. Southwick joined, but did not write, to argue thathe is unfit for the federal appeals post.

One case involved a child custody dispute in which a lower court awardedcustody to the biological father, in part because the biological mother wasa self-identified bisexual. The lower court weighed many other factors inmaking its determination, including income, family stability and time spentwith the child, and it found the father better situated to care for her.Judge Southwick was part of the 8-2 majority that left that decision intactafter finding that the lower court had not abused its discretion in reachingthat conclusion. But he went a step further, joining an unnecessaryconcurrence that outlined the many laws in Mississippi at the time of this2001 custody ruling that condemned or penalized homosexual activity.



Biden's son prepares for deployment to Iraq next year

The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing fordeployment to Iraq. The candidate is a U.S. senator and critic of U.S.policy in Iraq.

Capt. Beau Biden, a judge advocate general in the Delaware National Guardand the state's attorney general, is part of the 261st Signal Brigade thathas been told to prepare for duty in Iraq in 2008. They have not been givena date of deployment.

''I don't want him going,'' Joe Biden said during his campaigning Wednesday, according to a report on Radio Iowa. ''But I tell you what, I don't want mygrandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years, and so how we leavemakes a big difference.''

Biden criticized Democratic rivals such as senators Hillary Rodham Clintonand Barack Obama, who have voted against Iraq funding bills to try topressure President George W. Bush to end the war.

''There's no political point worth my son's life,'' Biden said, according toRadio Iowa. ''There's no political point worth anybody's life out there.None.''


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The New York Times

August 18, 2007
Keeping Cool, Clear Tap Water

Americans have some of the best water in the world - a bragging point thatseems to have gotten lost lately, even by those who take their dailyexercise by waving the flag. Perhaps it is because the bottled waterindustry markets their product with waterfalls and soothing colors to makeit seem like the clearest, cleanest, healthiest drink on earth.Unfortunately, that marketing can make tap water seem less clear, less cleanand less healthy. When New York City did a survey on tap water recently, oneyouth was asked whether he drank from the public water fountains. "Yes," hesaid, "but I'm going to die."

Luckily, he's wrong. The public water supply in this country is generally sogood that bottlers of several leading brands of water have recentlyexplained to consumers that their product originally springs from the tap.The problem is that it won't stay so good without more government help.

Pipes and tunnels are aging fast with many of these subterranean networksnearly a century old. In 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency estimatedthat it would take nearly $277 billion to keep the nation's waterdistribution systems up to par over the next 20 years. That is a lot ofmoney. And to get the necessary federal, state and local funds, it will takea lot of public support for a system people blissfully take for granted.

The fear is that if too many people convert to bottled water, there would beeven less political support for such spending. The last thing America needsis two water streams - one for the rich and another for the rest of us.


The New York Times

August 18, 2007
Texas Trader Admits Guilt in Iraq Oil-for-Food Fraud

A Houston oil trader pleaded guilty yesterday in New York to federal fraudcharges in connection with illegal profits and kickbacks involving theUnited Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's rule.

The trader, David B. Chalmers Jr., admitted that he and two companies heran, Bayoil USA and Bayoil Supply and Trading, made millions of dollars inkickbacks to the Iraqi government - as well as huge profits - while tradingoil under the $65 billion aid program.

In April 2005, Bayoil USA became the first American company to be indictedin the wide-ranging criminal investigation of the program, which wasestablished by the United Nations in 1995 to ease some aspects of thesanctions imposed on Iraq after it invaded Kuwait in 1990. Under it, Mr.Hussein's government could use the money from limited oil sales to buysupplies like food and medicine.


The New York Times

August 18, 2007
A Congressman's $10 Million Gift for Road Is Rebuffed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 - It is not often that a local government tries to turndown $10 million in federal construction money.

But then it is not every day that an Alaska congressman surprises a Floridacommunity with the gift of a highway interchange that just happens to abutthe property of a major political fund-raiser.

The money for the interchange was the work of Representative Don Young, theAlaska Republican who was chairman of the transportation committee beforethe last election.

Officials of Lee County considered the project a low priority, environmentalgroups opposed it and the Republican congressman from the district neverasked for it.

But the interchange, on Interstate 75 at a place called Coconut Road, wouldbe a boon to Daniel J. Aronoff, a Michigan real estate developer withadjacent property who helped raise $40,000 in donations to Mr. Young at afund-raiser in the region shortly before Mr. Young inserted an earmark forthe project in a transportation bill.

The connections were too much for the Lee County Metropolitan PlanningOrganization, said Carla Johnston, its chairwoman and a Democrat.

On Friday, the members of the organization voted overwhelmingly to returnthe money in the hope that Congress would let them spend it elsewhere in thecounty.


The New York Times

August 18, 2007
U.S. Agency Is Swamped by Requests for Visas

Immigration authorities have received about 300,000 applications forhigh-skilled-employment visas since July 1, federal officials saidyesterday, a deluge unleashed after the federal government first said itwould not accept any applications for those visas during July and thenreversed course.

Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency, was stillreceiving applications for employment visas yesterday, the last day of aspecial period it announced on July 17 for immigrants with professionalskills to file petitions for permanent residence visas, known as greencards. As a result, the total tally of applications received in the last sixweeks was not available.

The agency admitted it was swamped by the applications it had alreadyreceived, which was more than double the annual limit of 140,000 employmentvisas.


The Washington Post

Recruiting For Iraq War Undercut in Puerto Rico
By Paul Lewis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 18, 2007; A01

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The political activists, brown envelopes tuckedunder their arms, staked out the high school gates just after sunrise. Whenstudents emerged from the graffiti-scorched streets of the Rio Piedraneighborhood here and began streaming toward their school, thepro-independence advocates ripped open the envelopes and began handing theteens fliers emblazoned with the slogan: "Our youth should not go to war."

At the bottom of the leaflet was a tear sheet that students could sign andlater hand to teachers, to request that students' personal contactinformation not be released to the U.S. Defense Department or to anyoneinvolved in military recruiting.

The scene outside the Ramon Vila Mayo high school unfolded at schoolsthroughout Puerto Rico this week as the academic year opened. On this islandwith a long tradition of military service, pro-independence advocates aretapping the territory's growing anti-Iraq war sentiment to revitalize theircause. As a result, 57 percent of Puerto Rico's 10th-, 11th- and12th-graders, or their parents, have signed forms over the past yearwithholding contact information from the Pentagon -- effectively barringU.S. recruiters from reaching out to an estimated 65,000 high schoolstudents.


The Washington Post

Permanent Republican Majority? Think Again.
By Andrew Kohut and Carroll Doherty
Sunday, August 19, 2007; Page B01

Karl Rove dreamed of creating a "permanent Republican majority." But asPresident Bush's longtime adviser exits the Washington scene, the politicallandscape he helped chart is already shifting beneath his feet: The era ofconservative values -- a tight-fisted approach toward government aid to thepoor, traditional positions on social issues and a belief in a muscularforeign policy -- that emerged in the 1990s is coming to a close.

Disenchanted by the failures of the Bush administration, the public ismoving away from its policies, values and ideology. This shift is an echo ofthe late 1960s, when weariness with the Vietnam War and discord at homeresulted in a backlash against Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society, and thelate 1970s, when growing discontent over the stumbling performance of JimmyCarter's administration opened the door to the Reagan revolution.


The Washington Post

Take Some Cues From the Cold War, Mr. President
By Philip H. Gordon
Sunday, August 19, 2007; B03

In his efforts to persuade Americans to stay the course in the war on terrorism , President Bush often likens that struggle to the Cold War: Theterrorists are like the Communists, "followers of a murderous ideology thatdespises freedom, crushes all dissent, has expansionist ambitions, andpursues totalitarian aims." He argues that in the long run, "like theCommunists, the followers of violent Islamic radicalism are doomed to fail."

The president is right about that, but he doesn't seem to understand themost important part of his own analogy, which is that the Cold War wasn'treally a war at all. Whereas real wars are won or lost on blood-soakedbattlefields, the Cold War was decided in the hearts and minds of those whowaged it. It wasn't about destroying hostile armies but about discreditingmisguided dreams. We had to maintain our military strength, but ultimatelywe were able to prevail only when the enemy's ideology collapsed.

The Cold War analogy has real implications for fighting terror ism, but youwouldn't know it from observing U.S. policy. Bush may speak as though hebelieves we're in a battle of ideas, but he wages the "war on terror" as ifit were a traditional conflict, in which military force matters more thanmoral authority and allied support.



The Miami Herald
Posted on Sat, Aug. 18, 2007
Option One stops writing Fla. condo loans

In a blow to an already weak housing market, Option One Mortgage will nolonger provide mortgages to buy Florida condos, a decision industry watcherswarn other lenders could copy.

Option One's move comes as the once-hot market for condominiums in Floridahas become glutted with thousands of unsold units, threatening the prospectsof developers like WCI Communities that are under pressure to round upscarce buyers. Compounding the problems for mortgage lenders, investors arerefusing to fund loans they think look risky, producing a credit crunch thathas roiled the housing market and forced dozens of lenders out of business.

Option One wouldn't discuss what led to the move in Florida, which in thefirst four months of the year was its second-largest source of mortgageoriginations. Mortgage brokers in the state say they expect other lenders tofollow suit.

Warned Alex Barron, an analyst with Agency Trading Group: ''It's got apretty broad implication.'' If other lenders follow, 'you're going to find alot of very desperate buyers' who won't be able to close even if they wantedto.''


The Miami Herald

Posted on Sat, Aug. 18, 2007
Florida leads growth in virtual schooling

As a seventh-grader, Kelsey-Anne Hizer was getting mostly D's and F's andfelt teachers at her Ocala middle school weren't giving her the help sheneeded. She was ready to give up.

But after switching schools for eighth grade, Kelsey-Anne is receiving moreindividual attention, making A's and B's and enthusiastic about learning -even though she has never been in the same room as her teachers.

Kelsey-Anne transferred to the Orlando-based Florida Virtual School, one ofthe nation's oldest and largest online schools. About 2,700 full-time and51,400 part-time Florida students in grades six through 12 get lessons overthe Internet from teachers scattered across the state and nation.

They, along with about 1,000 students around the world who pay tuition andan indeterminate number served through contracts with 35 other states,communicate with their teachers and each other through chat rooms, e-mail,telephone and instant messaging.


New York Post


August 18, 2007 -- ANTICIPATING that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will clinchthe Democratic presidential nomination, some supporters are beginning toargue against her principal rival - Sen. Barack Obama - for vice president.

They maintain that Obama provides no general-election help for Clinton. Asan African-American from Illinois, Obama represents an ethnic group and astate solidly in the Democratic column. This school of thought advocates aSoutherner as Clinton's running mate. The last time Democrats won a nationalelection without a Southerner on the ticket was 1944. Prominent Democratsfrom the South are in short supply today. The leading prospect: Virginiaex-Gov. Mark Warner.


The Washington Post

Error in Ark. Law Allows Kids to Marry
The Associated Press
Saturday, August 18, 2007; 5:58 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age _even infants _ to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have tocall a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday.

The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry butalso allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsorRep. Will Bond said. An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyonewho is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it.


The New York Times

August 18, 2007
After Loss of Majority, Several Republicans Head for Exits

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 - A rash of retirements among House Republicans isadding to the party's electoral challenges and raising questions about arush for the exits.

Four House Republicans - Representatives J. Dennis Hastert and Ray LaHood,both of Illinois; Deborah Pryce of Ohio; and Charles W. Pickering Jr. ofMississippi - have all announced in recent days that they will not seekre-election next year, worrying Republican leaders anxious to hold back apotential wave of retirements after the loss of their majority in 2006. Mr.Hastert, the former speaker, Mr. LaHood and Ms. Pryce were all well-likedleaders within their party.

"I think our party's chances for winning the majority back next time arepretty bleak at the moment," Mr. LaHood said in an interview, "and I willadmit to you that being in the minority is less fun."

"People are going to continue to have heartburn over the war," he said."Democrats will win the White House, hold their majority in the House and inthe Senate in 2008, and then in 2010 we will have an extraordinaryopportunity in the off-year of a Democratic presidency and Congressionalmajorities to possibly win it back. But it is not going to happen the nexttime," in 2008.


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August 17, 2007
Advocates Hail Lutheran Act on Gay Clergy Members

The country's largest Lutheran denomination officially bars openly gaypeople from the ministry. But in a move that advocates for gay men andlesbians are hailing as a step toward changing that policy, the denominationis urging its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay members of the clergywho are in committed same-sex relationships.

A resolution to that effect was passed last weekend in Chicago by delegatesto the biennial meeting of the Churchwide Assembly of the EvangelicalLutheran Church of America.

Church officials said it did not signal a change in policy. But they saidthat a denomination task force was completing "a social statement," ortheological document, on human sexuality, to be discussed in 2009, and thatthe resolution allowed bishops to hold off, in the interim, on taking actionagainst gay and lesbian ministers in their jurisdictions.

Robert Tuttle, counsel to the bishop of the synod of metropolitanWashington, D.C., said, "What it changes is that it gives bishops some coverwho want to exercise discretion to not bring charges."


Homosexuals Trying to Turn Penis into Drill
Two screws cannot join, two nails cannot enter one another, masturbation isa strikeout, says Supetar parish priest Andro Ursic.

Published: August 17, 2007 11:26h

Supetar's parish priest don Andro Ursic issued a text on homosexuality thatshocked the public in the parish's official gazette, Mozaik. The text isplentiful of interesting and vivid descriptions of homosexual relationships,Vecernji list writes.

-Two homosexuals join unnaturally and aggressively. Two screws cannot join,two nails cannot enter one another - Ursic wrote.

He added that such behaviour was conditioned by physical and psychologicaldefects.

-True, there are several holes in a man that are intended for something elseby nature and God's plan. But a disoriented homosexual is trying to turn hispenis into a drill and widen the hole of his partner where faeces come out -don Ursic says.

Ursic dubs masturbation as a flop and a strikeout because, he says, mutualmasturbation has no final purpose or goal but erotic satisfaction.

-Homosexuals find justification in the spiritual rifts of geniuses. Addicts,alcoholics, those who commit suicide and the like will also find suchjustification - don Ursic believes.

A renowned theologist don Ivan Grubisic told Vecernji list that he condemnedthe parish priest's statements, adding that the Church deemed homosexualisman unnatural relationship, but never stooped to the level that don Ursishad.


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Los Angeles Times

Buena Park pastor asks followers to pray for the death of his critics
His response comes after a call to the IRS about a political endorsement heissued on church letterhead.
By Dave McKibben
August 16, 2007

Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park pastor and a former national leader of theSouthern Baptist Convention, called on his followers to pray for the deathsof two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The request was in response to the liberal group's urging the IRS on Tuesdayto investigate Drake's church's nonprofit status because Drake endorsedformer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president on church letterhead andduring a church-affiliated Internet radio show.

Drake said Wednesday he was "simply doing what God told me to do" bytargeting Americans United officials Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming, whom hecalls the "enemies of God."

"God says to pray imprecatory prayer against people who attack God'schurch," he said. "The Bible says that if anybody attacks God's people,David said this is what will happen to them. . . . Children will becomeorphans and wives will become widows."

Imprecatory prayers are alternately defined as praying for someone'smisfortune, or an appeal to God for justice.

"Let his days be few; and let another take his office," the prayer reads."Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow."

Conn said he was "startled" at Drake's reaction to the complaint againstDrake's First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.

"We expected him to try to defend his actions," Conn said. "Instead he goeson spiritual blitzkrieg against us, praying for our destruction. Hecompletely glossed over the fact that his actions are clearly a violation offederal tax law."


From Paul Hyman
Executive Director
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida

This email is our first, but by no means our last, communication with youconcerning the new building and our relationship with Tarragon.

The Board of Directors is very committed to ensuring the future of the GLCC,which includes overseeing the new building project. With that, please beaware that Tarragon Corporation, our current real estate developmentpartner, has reported on its poor financial performance and future outlook.

Several months ago the GLCC retained additional legal counsel andproactively engaged Tarragon in negotiations for the GLCC to complete thebuilding project independent of them. While the GLCC is somewhat protectedfrom Tarragon's current vulnerability, the situation is not risk-free. Weare weighing options carefully and are extremely optimistic about ourstrategy to further protect our interests.

Please know that we have a team of carefully selected leaders from thecommunity and highly experienced legal counsel working diligently on ourbehalf. We will keep you updated in as much detail as possible, given thesensitivity of our negotiations.

As always, we are grateful for your continued support.


Pew Research Center

38% - Say Premarital Sex is Wrong

Fewer than four-in-ten American adults (38%) now say that sexualrelations between a man and woman before marriage is always or almost alwayswrong compared with nearly six in ten (59%) who say that it is onlysometimes or never wrong. Not surprisingly, premarital sex is even moreaccepted as morally OK by adults who have themselves engaged in it. A recentPew survey found that about a third of all adults (and more than four-in-tenadults under age 50) have, at some point in their lives, been in acohabiting relationship with a person to whom they were not married. Amongthis group only 21% believe that premarital sex is always or usually wrong.Demographically, cohabiters are more likely than the rest of the adultpopulation to be younger, black, and secular rather than religious. Readmore



Friday, August 10, 2007
Homophobic Muslim GP suspended

The president of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspendedafter making a ferocious attack on gay people in Pulse, the magazine forGPs.

In the letter, Dr Muhammad Siddiq says that gays need "the stick ofthe law to put them on the right path" and that they deserve neither helpnor pity.

"There is punishment and fine if you throw rubbish or filth in thestreets. The gays are worse than the ordinary careless citizen," wrote theGP, who is a contracted by Walsall Primary Care Trust in the West Midlands,"They are causing the spread of disease with their irresponsible behaviour.They are the root of many sexually transmitted diseases." The letter went onto say that a depressed transsexual awaiting gender reassignment was"twisted."

Dr Siddiq denies that he wrote the letter and claims his son wasplaying a "cynical spoof" on him by forcing him to sign the letter andsending it to Pulse, a magazine for GPs. When the magazine checked with DrSiddiq, he made no effort to deny that these were his views. Allegedly, hehas privately told his colleagues that he had actually written the letter.

Dr Michael Irwin, co-ordinator of the Secular Medical Forum commented:"If Dr. Muhammad Siddiq holds these views, he should not be allowed to workwithin the NHS. And, if he has a private practice, his patients should bemade aware of his opinion, so that only those with a similar bigoted outlookwould be likely to see him. Looking to the future, I believe the GMC shouldrequire him to attend a 'Fitness-to-Practice' hearing: then, if it isconfirmed that he has been correctly quoted, his medical registration shouldbe suspended."

The GP has now been suspended while Walsall PCT carry out aninvestigation into the comments attributed to Dr M Siddiq.


Express Gay News


Naugle campaign has had severe repercussions
Mayor's crusade could result in harassment of law-abiding gays inpublic parks
Aug. 16, 2007

If anyone doubted that Mayor Naugle's anti-gay campaign would havelong legs and affect the reputation of the Fort Lauderdale area throughoutthe country, those doubts should have been laid to rest last week when theBar Area Reporter, the gay newspaper for the San Francisco area, ran aneditorial telling tourists to "Forget Fort Lauderdale."

It is indeed disappointing - and puzzling - that a gay newspaper wouldadvocate a boycott that will almost certainly hurt only gay and gay-friendlybusinesses while delighting Mayor Naugle and the right-wing rubes whosupport him. Gay people who visit Fort Lauderdale tend to stay at one of themany gay guesthouses in the area or at large hotels. It should be noted thatmost of the big hotels have hosted gay events and have gay-friendlyreputations. The visitors go out to gay bars and eat at gay and gay-friendlyrestaurants that they see advertised in the local gay publications. So howdoes BAR figure that its proposed boycott will hurt anyone but the gaycommunity of Fort Lauderdale and its allies?

But the boycott talk is just one example of the fallout from Naugle'scontinued barrage of negative public comments about his own city. Is it justa coincidence that someone scrawls anti-gay graffiti all over the walls of atunnel leading to Haulover Beach the weekend following Naugle's infamousJuly 24 press conference?

The Express has even received hate mail for the first time in the fiveyears since I've been at the paper. The Express received a letter last weekthat was postmarked Aug. 7 from a group that calls itself ChristiansCombating Humanist Deception. The letter was addressed to "Express New Sodom& Gomorrah, Florida" (as long you get the zip code right, I guess you canput anything there). The group listed its return address as simply "NewSodom & Gomorrah, FL." The letter included a copy of the Aug. 2 cover of theExpress with several anti-gay messages scrawled on it.

"All you sodomites are welcome to leave Ft.L!" the sender wrote."Homosexuality is an abomination to God & to those of us who know him" and"Sodomy is not a family value" were other messages scrawled on the Expresscover along with Bible passages.

Meanwhile, Mayor Naugle continues his media campaign, which may havesucceeded in depicting all gay people as toilet trash in the minds of theuninformed. He was on CNN earlier this week, repeating his unsubstantiatedclaims that "homosexual" sex in public parks is a major problem in his city.He also blamed the bathhouses for spreading AIDS, and indicated that hewould like to shut them down.

The mayor cites a website that lists local parks as gay cruising areasas evidence to support his claim that sex in public parks is widespread inthe area. Yet he should know that anyone can create a website promotinganything, and it doesn't necessarily mean that there is a huge demand forthat particular viewpoint or activity. After all, Fred Phelps has his ownwebsite,, even though there are only a handful of people inhis "congregation." Why doesn't Naugle cite Phelps website as an example ofthe widespread virulent hatred of homosexuals?

A possible fallout from the mayor's campaign could be harassment oflaw-abiding gay guys in public parks. You may recall the situation at JohnLloyd Park a few years ago. The park authorities decided they were going tocrack down after receiving reports of sexual activity in the park. So theystarted targeting everyone in the park who they perceived as gay. Many gaymen were cited for nonsexual offenses, such as being in an area that was offlimits because of environmental concerns even though there was no clearsignage. One man was arrested for "attempted lewd and lascivious behavior"in the park's restroom/changing room for looking at a naked man. (I read thepolice report. No one was even accused of touching anyone!) The charges inthat case and most of the others were dropped.

I live next door to Easterlin Park in Oakland Park, which is one ofthe parks that Mayor Naugle mentioned at his news conference as being on awebsite's cruising list. I ride my bike through the park all the time, and Ihave never once seen any guys cruising each other or engaging in sex. I seenothing but the family groups picnicking there.

During the John Lloyd Park situation, I stated at a public hearingthat people should respect the parks and others, including families withchildren, who visit them. It's worth repeating again, even though MayorNaugle hasn't offered a shred of evidence that this is a widespread orgrowing problem. There is no excuse for having sex in a public park. If youwant to have anonymous sex, get a room or go to one of the bathhouses. Youare causing those of us who want to use the park for lawful purposes, suchas exercising, to think twice about going there out of fear of being falselyaccused of cruising for sex by some overzealous undercover cop.

But maybe that is what Mayor Naugle and his cohorts want - to create afearful and inhospitable environment for gay people in Fort Lauderdale.


Some want transgender protection now
August 16, 2007
By William Butte

"I just don't think there should be all these little laws protectingeverybody."

In words practically dripping with condescension, Barbara Collier,chairwoman of Broward's Christian Coalition, recently expressed herdisapproval at the idea of the Broward County Commission extending "littlelaws" through the county's Human Rights Ordinance to protect transgenderfolks from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

With the focus of a religious zealot, Collier said she'd not only try toblock the new provision but would support using it to launch anall-compassing repeal effort in yet another attempt to overturn theordinance's similar protections for the gay community.

The threat of such action has gay leaders in the county divided.

Some want county commissioners to include transgender protections as soon aspossible - even if three county-wide elections next year would giveopponents like Collier three opportunities to get a repeal referendum on theballot, at the same time the gay community faces a proposed statewide ballotmeasure next November that would ban same-sex marriage and domesticpartnerships.


Maybe segregated public restrooms are needed?
August 16, 2007

Perhaps, as when public facilities were labeled "black" and "white," theyshould now be labeled "gay" and "straight." It might solve all thisunnecessary nonsense fomented by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle.

Cyn Delafield

Fort Lauderdale


Huckabee Might Be Out of Element in NH
Associated Press Writer
7:10 PM EDT, August 16, 2007


The traits that helped Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee race to
a second-place finish in last week's Iowa straw poll might be more of a dragwith voters in New Hampshire.

Huckabee returns to the state Friday with an uptick in fundraising and freshcriticism aimed at his chief rivals. The former Arkansas governor's tripalso carries a bevy of questions: Can he convince New Hampshire the strawpoll results matter? Can the few religious voters in the state mobilize onhis behalf? Can he scramble a state organization late in an already freneticcampaign cycle?

The straw poll is viewed by some as an early sign of organizationalstrength, with participants paying to cast ballots. While Huckabee andothers pushed hard for votes, three top Republicans -- Rudy Giuliani, JohnMcCain and the all-but-declared Fred Thompson -- skipped the event and, tomany, diminished its impact.

"I think that voters correctly see the straw poll as a scam," said CharlieArlinghaus, a former Republican Party executive director who is nowpresident of the Concord-based Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy."The only bump he'll get from it is the fact that he was scammed for lessmoney than the rest of them."

Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and broadcast executive, has struggled tofind support in New Hampshire, a state where economic issues overshadowsocial ones.


Oakland Park: Theater company gets its own space
August 17, 2007

Rising Action Theater Inc. recently took over about 4,000 square feet inthe Primavera Shopping Mall, 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd.

David Goldyn, creator of the theater group, installed an air conditioner,built a stage and bought 96 seats from the New Theatre in Coral Gables.Goldyn's group used to set up shop wherever it could.

"I believe if you're going to be taken seriously as a theater, you need yourown space," he said.

Goldyn's venue will open in time for the company's newest production,Terrence McNally's Some Men, which begins Sept. 21. It is a retrospective ofthe lives of gay men over 80 years.

Goldyn said the group does not want to be pigeon-holed as a gay theater. Hewants to produce plays about social tolerance, accepting differences andequality.


The Miami Herald

Posted on Fri, Aug. 17, 2007
Judge kicks up a storm over gay players

The director of a prominent soccer team insinuates on national televisionthat a player on a rival team is gay. The player sues for slander and goeson TV to deny it. A judge causes an uproar by saying gays don't belong inBrazilian soccer.

With a narrative like a Latin American soap opera, the flap over the sexualorientation of Sao Paulo midfielder Richarlyson has shaken the hallowed andmacho institution of Brazilian soccer.

The commotion started in June when Palmeiras club director José CyrilloJunior was asked on TV whether it was true that a soccer player from histeam was negotiating for an exclusive television interview to announce hewas gay.

Cyrillo denied the report, but added 'Richarlyson `almost' played forPalmeiras,'' suggesting the 24-year-old player was gay.

Cyrillo later apologized, but Richarlyson filed a criminal complaint forslander.


New Poll: Six Months Into New Jersey Civil Unions, Voters Say Change the Lawto Real Marriage Equality

MONTCLAIR, N.J., -- As New Jersey marks the six-month anniversary of thecivil unions law this Sunday, a new statewide Zogby Poll shows majorities ofvoters favoring changing the law to full marriage equality for same-sexcouples. The poll of 803 New Jersey voters was taken from August 8th through10, 2007, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. Though Garden State Equalitycommissioned the poll, Zogby collected the data independently.

As of today, 1,514 couples have gotten civil-unioned in New Jersey. GardenState Equality alone has heard from 242 civil-unioned couples reporting thattheir employers are not recognizing their civil unions. The poll asked:

"If public officials in New Jersey come to the conclusion that civil unionsfor gay couples have not worked to provide equality under the law, and thatthe way to fix the law is to give gay couples the same right to marry asheterosexual couples, would you be fine with that or would you be upset bythat?" 63% responded "fine with that," while only 31% responded "upset bythat."

The poll also provides key political information to legislators for whenthey consider changing civil unions to marriage equality. The poll asked:

"Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen to legislatorsif they were to allow gay couples to marry? Those legislators would not bereelected, or nothing because people care about other issues more." 72% saidnothing would happen to legislators, while only 21% said legislators wouldnot be reelected.


The Advocate

Feds target gay Iowan senator
A state senator from Iowa defends his innocence after a federal probe findshe may have had a hand in a case of extortion.
By Jim Ferguson
An exclusive posted August 15, 2007

Iowa's highest ranking openly gay elected official has been indicted by theU.S. Department of Justice for extortion, facing fines up to $250,000 and 20years in prison. State Senator Matt McCoy, 41, allegedly attempted to obtain$100 for each installation of a home security system from an ADT dealershipin Des Moines, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The motion-sensor system, called QuietCare, is placed in senior citizens'homes to keep track of their safety. According to the indictment, McCoycollected about $2,000 from the company between Dec. 29, 2005, and March 24,2006.

A clear target

McCoy, who was outed on the senate floor in 2003 by ultraconservativeRepublican Senator Ken Veenstra, has been reelected several times sincefirst winning his state House seat in 1992. Veenstra lost his bid forreelection in 2004 after outing his colleague, as did several other antigayIowa officials.

"Since coming out as an openly gay man," McCoy said, "I have been acontinuous target of groups targeting gays to advance their own agendas ofintolerance and hate. Clearly, there is significant speculation about whathas motivated federal officials to take this action against me."

The senator says that U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker, an admittedconservative, targeted him to show his conservative loyalty to the Bushadministration in the wake of the U.S. Attorney firings by the Department ofJustice. McCoy is an outspoken advocate for gay rights issues, including anefforts to defeat a proposed gay marriage ban as well as to confirm anopenly gay man to the state's Board of Education and also to ensure a$400,000 allocation to provide drugs for AIDS patients. McCoy hassuccessfully pushed an anti-bullying law in public schools andantidiscrimination laws for LGBT people in housing and the workplace.


August 17, 2007
Edwards backs his wife's criticism of Clinton, Obama

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards on the trail Wednesday in SouthCarolina stood by his wife's criticism of rivals Barack Obama and HillaryRodham Clinton, saying her comments are consistent with what he has said inpresidential debates.

In an interview published in the August issue of The Progressive magazine,Elizabeth Edwards criticized Obama as ''holier-than-thou'' on the Iraq warand said the Illinois senator and Clinton failed to show leadership oncutting funding for the war.

Obama, she said, ''gives a speech that's likely to be extraordinarilypopular in his home district, and then comes to the Senate and votes forfunding.... So you are going to get people behaving in a holier-than-thouway.''

In a phone interview Wednesday with the Associated Press, Edwards said hehad said as much himself.

''You can look back at what I said in the New Hampshire debate totallyindependent of Elizabeth about this subject. My belief is that the Congresshas a responsibility-they actually have a mandate-to force George Bush'shand on a different course in Iraq. I think that means using theirconstitutional authority to fund to ensure that any bill that goes to thepresident has a timetable for withdrawal. I've said that all along and Istand by it,'' said Edwards, the former North Carolina senator.


August 17, 2007
Protesters to gather at RV park that turned away HIV-positive 2-year-old

Following national outrage when an HIV-positive 2-year-old boy was denieduse of a public pool, the Campaign to End AIDS is holding a "family reunion"to protest the RV park where the incident occurred. An expected 150attendees plan to use the pool and showers at Wales West RV Park in SilverHill, Ala., while wearing bathing suits that read "HIV Positive." OnSeptember 3, at least 100 people living with HIV/AIDS will arrive at thepark via caravans originating in Washington, D.C.; Nashville; Miami;Houston; Dallas; and Little Rock, Ark.

The owner of Wales West RV Park, Ken Zadnichek, said he welcomes theCampaign to End AIDS to the facilities. In July, he told Dick and SilviaGlover that their adopted son, Caleb, was not welcome to use the shower andpool while they were on vacation. Silvia earlier mentioned to an attendantthat her son was HIV-positive. "We weren't sure if somebody could get thevirus if the child upchucked on them or from blood or what," Zadnichek saidshortly following the incident to Good Morning America. "We didn't know whatthe risk was. That's why we asked for something from their doctor or thecounty health department." (The Advocate)


August 17, 2007
O'Reilly statement about gay-friendly candidates debunked

Conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly said on his Fox News cable show TheO'Reilly Factor August 13 that a majority of Americans would not vote for apresidential candidate who is backed by a gay rights group. Media watchdogWeb site debunked his statement Wednesday after failing tolocate the poll O'Reilly cited.

In the exchange between the host and correspondent Kirsten Powers, O'Reillysaid that a recent poll, possibly by the Pew Research Center, showed thatcandidates would lose votes for being endorsed by a gay group. His statementwas related to a discussion about the Logo presidential candidate forum thatfeatured the Democratic candidates answering questions exclusively about gayissues.

"OK, but say a gay-the question posed, 'If a gay rights organizationendorses you, would that make you more or less likely to vote?' [sic] Andmost Americans said less likely," he said, according to MediaMatters.

Powers argued that most Americans are not knowledgeable about what groupsare endorsing which candidates.

Media Matters was unable to find such a Pew poll but instead found an August6-8 Quinnipiac poll that showed voters from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohiowould be willing to vote for a candidate who was backed by a gay rightsgroup. In Florida, 60% said it would make no difference, as did 54% fromOhio and 59% from Pennsylvania. Ten percent of voters from Florida and Ohiosaid they would be more likely to vote for a gay-friendly candidate; 11%said the same in Pennsylvania. Nearly a third in each state said they wouldbe less likely to vote for the candidate. (The Advocate)


August 17, 2007
Survey reveals detailed information about gay men and lesbians

A massive 25,000-person survey of gay men and lesbians conducted byCommunity Marketing Inc. is revealing new insights about the demographic andconsumer tends of the LGBT population.

The survey found that there are approximately 1.3 million gay and lesbianhouseholds in the United States with children under the age of 18, gay andlesbian consumers are more likely to have used a Visa card than otherAmericans, and they are also more likely to buy products from companies thattreat their LGBT employees well and advertise in gay media.

Tom Roth, president of Community Marketing Inc., said the 2007 Gay ConsumerIndex and 2007 Lesbian Consumer Index, which is based on data collected frommore than 12,000 men and 10,000 women, could be used by marketers interestedin targeting gay consumers.

"Our community has risen to the forefront among corporate marketingexecutives in recent years, but most campaigns have relied on a 'shotgun'approach to reaching various segments. This is mainly because in-depth crosssections of gay and lesbian consumer data have not been available," Rothsaid. "These indices are a comprehensive and truly representativestatistical picture of gay and lesbian consumers. They tell us who the U.S.lesbian and gay consumer is, including an unprecedented profile of thedemographic and psychographic details of their motivations, issues andpreferences."

According to the survey, the top three most widely-read publications amonggay men are LGBT-specific titles such as The Advocate, Out and local LGBTpublications; The New York Times, Men's Health, and GQ were the three mostcommonly cited "mainstream" publications. For lesbians, the three mostwidely read publications were The Advocate, Curve, and local LGBT papers,with People, AARP The Magazine, and O The Oprah Magazine serving as theirmainstream favorites.


August 17, 2007
Richardson's forum statements reveal second possible blunder

New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has clearly been a friend to LGBTpeople, promoting a domestic-partner bill in his state and backing a numberof line items on the "gay agenda," including the repeal of "don't ask, don'ttell," a rollback of the Defense of Marriage Act, and an end to immigrationblocks against binational same-sex partners.

Yet his performance on the stump has been rife with controversy, from hisuse of a Spanish term for "faggot" last year to his comment on last week'sLogo debate that homosexuality is a "choice."

The "choice" remark drew immediate condemnation from activists and bloggers,obliging the candidate to offer an apology and an explanation (he was tired)the following day, when he went personally to The Advocate's Los Angelesoffice and spoke with news editor Kerry Eleveld.

Overlooked in the hoopla, however, was an inexplicable misstatement duringthe debate, one that arguably should have triggered a far greater outcrythan the comment about choice. When asked about his 1996 House vote in favorof the Defense of Marriage Act, Richardson told the panel:

"Well, I was the chief deputy whip of the Democrats at the time. PresidentClinton was president. And at the time the objective in passing DOMA was tofight a huge assault for a constitutional amendment in the Congress to banmarriage. It was sort of a cheap political way to decimate a badinitiative."


A brotherhood for us
Delta Lambda Phi, a social fraternity created by gay men for all men,celebrates its 20th year.
By Frank Mok
An exclusive posted August 14, 2007

In a world that values beer busts, hazing, and crass behavior, collegefraternities don't come off as the most gay-friendly of organizations. ButDelta Lambda Phi, a national fraternity for gay and bisexual men withheadquarters in Washington, D.C., is working hard to change that image, andit celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

A frat for gays? It's true, explains Randy Hubach, the organization'snational vice president of outreach. "Delta Lambda Phi, like mostfraternities, serves as a second family and brotherhood, networkingorganization, and professional development organization for our members," hesays.

Delta Lambda Phi was the brainchild of Vernon Strickland III, who with threewealthy benefactors created in 1987 the Alpha chapter, the fraternity'sfirst. "The creation of a gay fraternity seemed a natural extension of themovement towards increased visibility," says Strickland, now a prominentattorney in the D.C. area. He explains that the LGBT movement informed thefraternity's mission from the beginning.

"In 1986 the national political scene was dominated by Jerry Falwell and hisfundamentalist Moral Majority organization," says Strickland. "The ReaganWhite House wanted gays to be invisible. Gay rights or marriage was not evendiscussed, and although AIDS was a known pandemic by that time, Reagan wouldnot speak the term 'AIDS' publicly [until 1985]. The national gay movementwas focused on the repeal of sodomy laws, and [Georgia's Bowers v.] Hardwickcase was being taken to the Supreme Court; but the court upheld the sodomylaw by one vote."

Then a 20-something Georgetown University law student, Strickland acted asthe informal legal counsel for a fellow student who had been denied amembership bid from a fraternity based on the presumption that he was gay.After hearing similar stories from other parts of the country, Stricklandbecame aware of the pervasiveness of behind-the-scenes fraternity proceduresthat kept "gay" men-supposed or actual-from receiving bids.


This gay is not for Giuliani
After posting online his fake PSA "Gays for Giuliani," 25-year-old RyanDavis became an unlikely political mouthpiece.
By Steven Gaughan
An exclusive posted August 13, 2007

You may not be familiar with Ryan Davis or his organization "Gays forGiuliani"-probably because the former is a 25-year-old off-Broadwaydirector, and the latter is made up-but both are exerting a tangibleinfluence on the presidential primary race, at least among the Internetsavvy. With a home video camera and a few friends, Davis created the mockPSA "Gays for Giuliani," a mini movie expressing facetious support for theformer New York City mayor-and sometime drag queen-Rudy Giuliani. Accordingto the creator, the fake PSA was intended as a criticism of Giuliani'srecent flip-flopping on gay rights issues. But Davis's use of gaystereotypes have some calling the out-and-proud politico, rather than theGOP, homophobic.

What prompted you to create this "advertisement"?
I was pretty upset that Giuliani was turning his back on the gay community.When he was mayor of NYC, I always thought of him as a social progressive,and now he just panders to the Christian right.

Why online video as opposed to another medium?
It's a great way to get your message out there. Corporations and churcheshave lots of money and lobbyists. I don't have either one of those, but I dohave a video camera and access to

Do you see the Internet-more specifically, blogs and YouTube-as majorinfluences in the upcoming election?
Absolutely. It's holding candidates constantly accountable. Look at formersenator George Allen from Virginia-he basically lost the election because avideo of him using a racial slur during a campaign speech surfaced onYouTube. I don't think you're going to hear anyone saying "macaca" this timearound.

How has your opinion of Giuliani changed, given his flip-flopping on gayrights and other controversial issues?
I've disagreed with Giuliani on some issues and agreed with him on others,but I've always respected him as a real leader. He seemed to stand forthings he actually believed in. Now, he's gone back and forth on so manyissues I can't keep track. It's hard to respect someone who is so constantlypandering.


Crowd wants same-sex ban lifted

OCEAN GROVE -- Words of support, exhortations to act and promises of plentyof opportunities to do so reverberated through the Manchester Inn onWednesday during a public meeting of a new grass-roots group formed toconvince the Camp Meeting Association to change its policy banning same-sexcivil unions from the boardwalk pavilion.

Local, county and federal politicians, gay-rights activists, clergy membersand Ocean Grove residents all took turns at the microphone to urge the morethan 50 people attending the meeting sponsored by Ocean Grove United to keepup the struggle.

:This is a blatant and plainly un-Christian display of bigotry," the Rev.David Parker, a Methodist minister, told the crowd. "We should be ready tospeak truth to power and be ready to say to them again and again, undo thisdiscrimination, do what is right, do a deed of justice."

The meeting came several days after the Camp Meeting Association, throughthe Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defense Fund, filed a federal lawsuitagainst the state Division on Civil Rights for instituting an investigationinto the association's refusal to allow same-sex civil unions in thepavilion.

The state started the investigation after it received complaints from twolesbian couples who claimed the association's refusal to allow theirceremonies violated their civil rights.


King Kaufman's Sports Daily
"We don't try to undermine gay stereotypes": Outsports co-founder CydZiegler Jr. talks about gay athletes, gay allies and the site's new book.

Aug. 14, 2007 | "The Outsports Revolution," the first book by the foundersand editors of Outsports, the leading gay sports Web site, has a littlesomething for a lot of people.

Gay and sports-phobic? There's advice about how to get over the horriblegym-class memories many gay men share and relate to jock friends andsignificant others, right down to co-founder Jim Buzinski's recipe for theperfect Super Bowl chili.

Buzinski and Cyd Ziegler Jr. also offer lists of the best gay-themed sportsbooks and movies, discussions of sports fashion -- Speedos good, baggybasketball duds bad, is how they see it -- and serious consideration of someof the issues gay athletes and sports fans face. Plus, at the behest of thepublisher, Ziegler says, great bunches of photos of buff dudes at sportingevents.

Those shots echo one of the most popular features of the Outsports site, thephoto galleries. "The Outsports Revolution" includes a fascinating e-mailexchange between Buzinski and "Timmy," who said he was a closetedprofessional athlete whose name wasn't anything like Timmy.

Timmy objected to the photo galleries on the site, arguing that they confirmthe mainstream's stereotype that "if we're gay, we'll want to 'sexualize'our sport."


The courageous life of Noel Coward
Gay actor and playwright Mark Anders brings Coward's wit to Florida Stage

Aug. 16, 2007

The work of gay playwright, actor and composer Noel Coward has alwaysinspired Mark Anders. In fact, the theater actor has participated in threeshows based on Coward's life.

Anders' latest Coward production is "A Marvelous Party," which iscurrently playing at Florida Stage in Manalapan in the Palm Beach area.

"I love Noel Coward," says Anders, who is gay. "He is hilariously funnyand to the point."

Coward was gay, but chose not to discuss his private life. He wasfamously quoted as saying, "There is still a woman in Paddington Square whowants to marry me, and I don't want to disappoint her."

Through his life, which spanned from 1899 to 1973, he was a confidant tomany celebrities, including Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland,Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth.


NM Abandons Plans For State Medical Pot Farms
by The Associated Press
Posted: August 16, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) New Mexico will not grow medical marijuana forseriously ill patients for fear that the federal government could prosecutestate workers, but will continue to certify which patients are eligible topossess the drug.

The state health department said it will not comply with a portion of thenew medical marijuana law (story) that requires it to oversee production anddistribution of the drug. It will still certify patients as eligible topossess marijuana, protecting them from state prosecution.

"The Department of Health will not subject its employees to potentialfederal prosecution, and therefore will not distribute or produce medicalmarijuana," said Dr. Alfredo Vigil, who heads the agency.

The decision came after state Attorney General Gary King cautioned last weekthat the agency and its employees could face federal prosecution forimplementing the new law, and that his office can't defend state workers incriminal cases. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

The attorney general's office, which acts as legal counsel for stateagencies, was pleased with the health department's decision, spokesman PhilSisneros said.


Two Former Prime Ministers To Attend Canadian Gay Politician's Wedding
by The Canadian Press
Posted: August 16, 2007 - 5:00 pm ET

(Halifax, Nova Scotia) It may be known for its breathtaking views of theMinas Basin and the sheer cliffs of Blomidon, but a quiet corner of NovaScotia has become the setting for an historic political first that some saywill further affirm gay rights.

The tiny community of Cheverie on the province's western shoreline will hostthe wedding on Saturday of one of its most famous sons, Liberal MP ScottBrison, and his partner Maxime St. Pierre.

News of the nuptials has made headlines across the country as Brison becomesthe first federal politician to tie the knot since gay marriage waslegalized just over two years ago.

But many of the 200 or so residents of the blink-and-you-miss-it communityof Cheverie don't understand the fuss, saying it's merely the story of apopular local boy who's come home to marry his longtime love.

``Everybody knows Scott, so it's just another wedding, I guess,'' said Paul,an employee at Cheverie's autobody shop who would only give his first name.


Obama: I'm The One To Clean Up Washington
by The Associated Press
Posted: August 17, 2007 - 8:30 am ET

(Des Moines, Iowa) Democrat Barack Obama, who accepts special interest moneyand played poker with lobbyist pals as an Illinois lawmaker, acknowledgesthat he swims in "the same muddy water" that corrupts Washington, but hepledged to reform the system if elected president.

Presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "doesn't recognize the problem,"Obama told The Associated Press.

"I have a bunch of friends who were state lobbyists. The fact of the matteris ... I played poker with them, so I don't think that lobbyists are evil,"said the first-term Illinois senator. "I just think they've got an agendaand you got to be clear about that, and not pretend that they don't."

"Why else are they getting hired and making all this money unless they'reactually getting something done?"

The renewed criticism of Clinton and Obama's blunt assessment of his ownrole in the "original sin" of politics is the latest twist in a Democraticprimary fight over lobbyist donations. Fellow Democratic presidentialcandidate John Edwards has challenged both Clinton and Obama to join him inrefusing campaign donations from lobbyists.


Following Hastert 2 More GOP Reps Won't Run Again
by The Associated Press
Posted: August 17, 2007 - 8:30 am ET

(Washington) Republicans are scrambling to find a candidate for one of thenation's most competitive congressional districts as Rep. Deborah Pryce,nearly a casualty of the 2006 Democratic surge, announced that she would notseek a ninth term.

Also announcing that he will not run for re-election in 2008 was Rep. ChipPickering, a six-term Republican from Mississippi.

Pryce, once the most powerful Republican woman in Congress, beat Mary JoKilroy last year by 1,062 votes out of 220,000 cast. Democrats are backingKilroy, a Franklin County commissioner, in 2008.

Republicans could have trouble finding a top-flight candidate for an openseat in the district. Former Attorney General Jim Petro, now a lawyer inprivate practice, said Thursday that House GOP leader John Boehner andothers had approached him about running for the nomination. He said he woulddecide whether to get back into politics within two weeks.

"I'm giving those thoughts a lot of consideration now," Petro said.


The New York Times

August 17, 2007
Advocates Hail Lutheran Act on Gay Clergy Members

The country's largest Lutheran denomination officially bars openly gay people from the ministry. But in a move that advocates for gay men and
lesbians are hailing as a step toward changing that policy, thedenomination
is urging its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay members of theclergy
who are in committed same-sex relationships.

A resolution to that effect was passed last weekend in Chicago bydelegates
to the biennial meeting of the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church of America.

Church officials said it did not signal a change in policy. But theysaid
that a denomination task force was completing "a social statement," or
theological document, on human sexuality, to be discussed in 2009, andthat
the resolution allowed bishops to hold off, in the interim, on takingaction
against gay and lesbian ministers in their jurisdictions.

Robert Tuttle, counsel to the bishop of the synod of metropolitan Washington, D.C., said, "What it changes is that it gives bishops somecover who want to exercise discretion to not bring charges."


Gay travel columnists urge tourists to visit Lauderdale
BAR editor defends editorial, says she didn't call for boycott

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Syndicated gay travel columnists Donald Pile and Ray Williams are urgingvacationers to visit Fort Lauderdale to show support for the local gaycommunity in the wake of Mayor Jim Naugle's recent anti-gay comments.

"We have been getting dozens of e-mails from all around the countryregarding the mayor of Fort Lauderdale and asking if they should boycottFort Lauderdale," Pile and Williams wrote in a press statement. "We have onesimple answer to that question: NO! A boycott is not the answer. In fact,just the opposite should happen. You should intentionally make a point ofvisiting Fort Lauderdale NOW!.... Fort Lauderdale has been the gay mecca ofthe East Coast of the country for years, and it is a fabulous place."

Pile and Williams' column, "Gay Travelers," appears in more than 20 gaynewspapers and on several websites. Their press release comes about a weekafter the Bay Area Reporter, a gay newspaper in San Francisco, ran aneditorial that urged tourists to vacation elsewhere because of Naugle'santi-gay remarks.

"LGBT travelers should seriously consider whether they should visit FortLauderdale," the BAR editorial said. "We would argue that they should send amessage with their wallets and vacation elsewhere. Cities such as FortLauderdale shouldn't be rewarded with our hard-earned dollars its leadingpublic official inflames public sentiment and makes defamatory and unfoundedcharges."


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Kaiser Network
Message from sender:

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Programs Not Effective at Preventing Spread ofHIV in High-Income Countries, Study Says

Abstinence-only sex education programs are not effective at reducing therisk of HIV transmission in developed countries, according to a studypublished in the Aug. 4 issue of the British Medical Journal, the New York Timesreports (Bakalar, New York Times, 8/14).

For the study, Kristen Underhill, a research officer at the University ofOxford , and colleagues searched 30 electronicdatabases that included information from January 1980 to February 2007. Thesearch identified 13 abstinence-only education trials involving about 15,940young people in the U.S. The programs aimed to prevent only HIV or bothpregnancy and HIV. The trials assessed self-reported biological outcomes,such as HIV incidence and sexually transmitted infections. They alsoassessed self-reported behavioral outcomes, including the incidence orfrequency of unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex; incidence or frequencyof any vaginal, anal or oral sex; number of partners; condom use; and sexualinitiation (Underhill et al., BMJ, 8/4). Most of the programs were based inschools and directed at children in grades five through eight. One programtargeted adults ages 18 to 21. There were various control groups, includingthose in modified programs and, in some cases, no programs at all, the Timesreports.


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Federal Judge: Students Can Never Consent to Sex With Their Teachers
Shannon P. Duffy
The Legal Intelligencer

Finding that a high school student can never truly consent to having asexual relationship with a teacher whose class she is taking, a federaljudge has refused to dismiss a civil rights suit brought by a woman whoclaims she had a 10-month affair with her band teacher beginning in 2003.

"A high school student who is assigned to a teacher's class does not havethe capacity to welcome that teacher's physical sexual conduct," U.S.District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno wrote in his 41-page opinion in Chancellorv. Pottsgrove School District.

"Under these circumstances, the teacher's conduct is deemed unwelcomed.Unwelcome sexual conduct constitutes a sexually hostile educationalenvironment, a form of sexual harassment. And sexual harassment constitutesdiscrimination on the basis of sex," Robreno wrote.

As a result, Robreno said, "a teacher who has sex with a high school studentwho is assigned to his class discriminates against the student on the basisof sex in violation of Title IX."

Robreno also refused to allow the Pottsgrove, Pa., School District to amendits answer to the suit to add a statute-of-limitations defense on thegrounds that plaintiff Jeanette Chancellor filed the suit more than twoyears after her 18th birthday.


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Should 14-Year-Olds Have to Register as Sex Offenders?


Chicago Free Press

Why not Kucinich?
Wed, 08/15/2007 - 16:20 - Admin
As touted, last week's first-ever nationally televised presidentialcandidate forum on GLBT issues was historic.

Those who watched saw firsthand how each of the six Democratic presidentialcandidates who participated stand on issues important to our community. It'sone thing to read accounts or statements about the candidates' positions. Onall but one gay community issue, to be honest, they all pretty much agree.To watch them interact with a GLBT panel and audience is something elsealtogether.

It is time in this presidential race to start making decisions. Believe itor not, in less than six months, Illinois voters cast ballots for the personwe want in the White House. Voters need to start focusing on who we wantthat to be; more importantly, those who want to take a more active role inthe race by providing financial support or volunteering need to do so now.

So what did we learn from this forum?

For starters, every Republican candidate for president turned down theopportunity to participate. That's too bad-some GLBT voters might beinclined to vote for a Republican. Apparently, they don't want our votesthis time. If they did, they'd gladly take advantage of a chance to reachout to millions of GLBT voters.

Two Democratic candidates-Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd-also chose tobypass the forum. Dodd later responded with written answers to some of thequestions. Sorry-that's not good enough, and neither is ignoring usaltogether. If you want our votes, you'll do us the courtesy of coming intoour living rooms and asking for them.

Of the candidates who did appear, it was clear that one-Rep. Dennis Kucinichof Ohio-really gets it.


Wilton Manors - Labor Day Weekend Fund Raisers

Rosie's Bar and Grill has an announcement!

The community at large is always asking for something unique and fun to dooutside of the ordinary. Rosie's starts it's weekend long celebration ofit's 1 year anniversary on Labor Day Weekend by answering this call as wellas continuing it's commitment to supporting local and national non-profits.

The following events cover the map so that everyone will find something thatthey might like to try or do and all of it with no cover charge - Just lookfor the BIG TENT.

We start the party with a movie that made a mark in all of our hearts with alittle bit of "Summer Lovin" - GREASE! Come out and sing in your best andworst voices and if you dress up as one of your favorite characters you justmight win a prize too!

Friday Night Martini Movie Madness
Benefiting The Smart Ride
Starting time 8:00
Movie - Grease! The Sing Along
Theme - 50's
Prizes for best look - a - like

The weekend of events continues with an afternoon of B-I-N-G-O on August1st. It's the game that everyone loves and we will of course put our usualtwist on it! Benefiting the PALS Project (a program of the GLCC) BeachBlanket Bingo will make you laugh and hopefully yell that one thing we wouldall like to yell - BINGO!

Saturday Afternoon Beach Blanket Bingo
Benefiting The PALS Project - a program of the GLCC
1st session starting time 2:00
30 minute intermission
2nd session starting around 4:15
Theme - anything beach! - Beach balls, blankets, swimsuits,
Great prizes will be awarded for each bingo culminating of course to onegrand prize.

Remember the entire event is a fundraiser so bring your game on and do somegood too. Prizes will also be awarded for Best Beach Ensemble, Beast BeachBlanket Table Decoration, and Best Group Effort

The Day continues into night and with what else! Names Names Names
Darling - Couture! That's Right - Rosie's brings a night of Sex on theIsland City -
Drag, Divas and Designers!

The night will be filled with comedy, costumes, and clothing all answeringthe ever present questions What Should I Wear? With a large runway, plentyof room, and of course plenty of laughs - people will be talking about this"episode" for years to come.

Saturday Night
Sex on the Island City - Drag, Divas and Designers!
Starting time 8:00
Benefiting Poverello Clothing Store and Treats for Troops
Featuring fashion and models from Honey and Zoo14
Drag Show by Deserea, Misty Eyezs, and the entire Rosie Cast

Rosie's 1 year anniversary weekend doesn't end there - oh no no - Rosie'sFamous T-Dance is back and fearcer than ever with a Royal Spin Off betweenTwo DJ Legends, DJ Wendy Hunt and DJ Warren Gluck. Get your groove backwith more than enough time to recover before having to go back to work onTuesday and of course NO COVER CHARGE

Sunday Day - T-Dance
Starting time 11:00 with Rosie's own DJ James
Main Event 1:00 with DJ Wendy Hunt and DJ Warren Gluck

Feeling a little tired darling? whew a weekend of events need a recoveryday and we have just the thing for you. Mondays Recovery Lunch starting at11:00 gives you enough time to sleep in and just late enough to make itfashionable. Sit on our fantastic patio with a Bloody Mary and marvel atjust how fabulous you are - it will be a Labor Day that is truly a work oflove.

Contact information
Keith Willard
Event Manager
Rosie's Bar & Grill
2449 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors,FL 33304


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