Saturday, February 02, 2008

GLBT DIGEST February 2, 2008

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Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/775/story/402907.html

Gay marriage ban makes ballot, Hometown Democracy fails

By BILL KACZOR
Posted on Fri, Feb. 01, 2008

A citizen initiative to ban gay marriage will be on the November ballot, theonly one of more than 50 active petition drives that qualified Friday at thedeadline for signature verification.

Hometown Democracy, which would have required voter approval of local growthplan changes, was the only other proposal that appeared to have a chancebefore the 5 p.m. deadline, but it missed the mark.

Officials, though, ran out of time before they could process all signaturesdue to a deluge of petitions submitted in the past month and the diversionof county election workers to preparing for and carrying out Tuesday'spresidential primary election.

It couldn't immediately be determined if there were enough unprocessedsignatures to have placed Hometown Democracy on the ballot.

Sponsors of the single-gender marriage ban announced in December said theyhad obtained enough verified signatures. State officials then lowered thecount by more than 20,000 signatures due to a glitch in the Division ofElections' electronic reporting system. Some signatures had been countedtwice.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=16331

SJSU suspends blood drives over federal gay donor ban
President says ban violates nondiscrimination policy

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) | Feb 1, 11:01 AM

San Jose State University has suspended all campus blood drives because of along-standing government policy that bars gay men from donating blood.

San Jose State President Don Kassing says the policy by the U.S. Food andDrug Administration violates the school's nondiscrimination policy.


The American Red Cross and other national organizations that regularly runblood drives have been pushing the FDA to revise the policy. The policy hasbeen in place since AIDS first emerged in the United States.


Officials at local blood banks are not pleased with Kassing's decision. Theysay could lead to a drop in blood donations at numerous Bay Area collegesand put patients' lives at risk.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=16320

HIV races like Pac-Man through body
Scientists struggling to attack 'reservoirs of dormant HIV'

WASHINGTON (AP) | Jan 31, 3:34 PM

The AIDS virus has hideouts deep in the immune system that today's drugscan't reach. Now scientists finally have discovered how HIV builds one ofthose fortresses - and they're exploring whether a drug already used tofight a parasite in developing countries just might hold a key to break in.

Researchers have long struggled unsuccessfully to attack what they callreservoirs of dormant HIV, and the new work is in very early stages.

But University of Rochester scientists say it may be fairly straightforwardto attack one of these reservoirs, blood cells called macrophages that HIVhijacks and turns into viral hideaways.

The new discovery shows the exact steps that HIV takes to do that - andfound that some existing drugs, including a long-used treatment forleishmaniasis called miltefosine, can block the main step and thus causethese cells to self-destruct.

"It's a very smart virus," said lead researcher Dr. Baek Kim. "They have tohave a very good fence to protect their house for a long time. ... Get ridof the fence, and now their house is gone."

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/02/nyregion/02samesex.html?scp=2&sq=GAY&st=nyt

State Court Recognizes Gay Marriages From Elsewhere

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
February 2, 2008

A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages ofsame-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the lawrecognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers forboth sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers inthe state.

Even though gay couples may not legally marry in New York, the appellatecourt in Rochester held that a gay couple's 2004 marriage in Canada must berespected under the state's longstanding "marriage recognition rule," andthat an employer's denial of health benefits had discriminated against thecouple on the basis of their sexual orientation.

"The Legislature may decide to prohibit the recognition of same-sexmarriages solemnized abroad," a five-judge panel of the Appellate Divisionof State Supreme Court ruled unanimously in rejecting a 2006 lower courtdecision. "Until it does so, however, such marriages are entitled torecognition in New York."

For more than a century, the court noted, New York State has recognizedvalid out-of-state marriages. Moreover, it said that the Court of Appeals,the state's highest judicial body, has said the Legislature may enact lawsrecognizing same-sex marriages. "In our view, the Court of Appeals therebyindicated that the recognition of plaintiff's marriage is not against thepublic policy of New York," the court held.

As a practical matter, the marriages of thousands of gay couples enteredinto outside the state have been recognized in recent years by many stateand local agencies and by private employers for purposes of allowing healthand life insurance coverage, child care and other benefits. But others haveresisted doing so voluntarily, pending the outcome of numerous cases in thecourts.

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New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Oregon-Gay-Rights.html?scp=5&sq=GAY&st=nyt

Domestic Partnerships Allowed in Oregon

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:53 p.m. ET
February 1, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A state law allowing gay couples to register asdomestic partners belatedly took effect Friday after a federal judge ruledthe state's process of disqualifying petition signatures was consistentenough to be valid.

The state quickly announced that the domestic partnership applications wereavailable online, and jubilant gay-rights activists predicted hundreds ofcouples would line up on Monday morning at county offices to register.

''We're a family. We've been waiting for this for a long time,'' said abeaming Cathy Kravitz of Portland. She said she and her partner of 21 yearswill be among those registering on Monday.

The law passed by the 2007 Legislature was to take effect when the new yearstarted, but U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman suspended it to heartestimony about a petition drive that sought to put the law before voters.

The petitions fell 96 signatures short of the 55,179 needed to refer the lawto the November 2008 ballot. The petitioners claim that county clerksrejected signatures improperly.

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Express Gay News

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Swiss change safe sex message on HIV
Say people with virus can have unprotected sex with partners

GENEVA (AP) | Jan 31, 3:15 PM

Swiss AIDS experts said Thursday that some people with HIV who meet strictconditions and are under treatment can safely have unprotected sex withnon-infected partners.

The proposal astonished AIDS researchers in Europe and North America whohave long argued that safe sex with a condom is the single most effectiveway of preventing the spread of the disease - apart from abstinence.

"Not only is (the Swiss proposal) dangerous, it's misleading and it is not
considering the implications of the biological facts involved with HIVtransmission," said Jay Levy, director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDSVirus Research at the University of California in San Francisco.

The Swiss National AIDS Commission said patients who can satisfy strictconditions, including successful antiretroviral treatment to suppress thevirus and who do not have any other sexually transmitted diseases, do notpose a danger to others. The proposal was published this week in theBulletin of Swiss Medicine.

The Swiss scientists took as their starting point a 1999 study by the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that transmissiondepends strongly on the viral load in the blood.

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The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/265504.html

Unproven sex allegations used to fire girls coach at McKinley

By Mark Sommer
Updated: 02/01/08 7:34 AM

Buffalo School Superintendent James A. Williams told the Buffalo Board ofEducation in executive session Tuesday that Michelle Stiles was dismissed asthe volunteer coach of the McKinley High School girls basketball teambecause of suspicions that she was having sexual relations with girls on theteam.

Williams also told board members he lacked proof to back up the suspicion,according to several board members who were present but spoke on conditionof anonymity.

Sexual contact with an underage student is a criminal offense.

But more than two months after Stiles' dismissal, police sources say nocomplaints have been lodged against her, nor has any investigation beenopened against her.

In addition, parents and legal guardians of several girls on the basketballteam say the school district has never notified them about suspicions ofanything improper involving Stiles.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/blog/index.cfm?type=blog&start=1/27/08&end=2/3/08#16301

Sirius Radio hosts gay presidential caucus today

Washington Blade Editor Kevin Naff will be calling in to grill thecandidates on Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius show on OutQ, the nation'sonly 24/7 gay radio channel, from 3 - 5 p.m. Eastern on channel 109.Non-members can listen to the show for free here.

Hilary Rosen, the president of OurChart.com, will be supporting SenatorHillary Clinton, and Stampp Corbin, LGBT liaison for the Obama campaign,will represent Senator Barack Obama.

Both Rosen and Corbin will share their candidates' platforms and views andtake questions from callers. Listeners can also participate in an onlinepoll here and vote in the caucus for a preferred candidate. The results willbe announced at the end of the show.



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The Bilerico Report

http://www.bilerico.com/2008/02/yes_black_glbt_history_exists.php

Yes, Black GLBT History Exists

Filed by: Monica Roberts
February 1, 2008 10:00 AM

The purpose of studying history is not to deride human action, nor to weepover it or to hate it, but to understand it-and then to learn from it as wecontemplate our future.

-- Nelson Mandela

As someone who is the child and godchild of historians, I grew up with ahealthy appreciation and love of my people's history. In my house everymonth was Black History Month, not just 28 days (29 since it's a leap year)in February.

One thing I've been keenly cognizant of is the lack of documentation ofAfrican-American contributions to GLBT history. Over the last few years,that seems to be changing for the better, and there are some tantalizingtidbits to this historical buffet that awaits you.

For example. did you know that the first person to go through the now closedJohns Hopkins gender program in Baltimore was an African-American transwomannamed Avon Wilson?

Thanks to transgender historian Dr. Susan Stryker and Marc Stein's 2000 bookCity of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia 1945-1972,we now have knowledge of the first organizaed GLBT protest. It happened inApril-May 1965 at Philadelphia's Dewey's Lunch Counter, and the participantswere African-American transgender and SGL people.

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Pam's House Blend

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=A66BA92C2F9944CF3D1555661467F7D2?diaryId=4364

Kentucky governor: I'll veto bill banning DP benefits

by: pam
Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 11:00:00 AM EST

Poor Kentucky residents. They managed to vote out first-class homophobe andscandal-ridden Republican Ernie Fletcher last year, replacing him withDemocrat Steve Beshear.

(Can I be more lightheaded today? I was half asleep when I put this in thequeue last night, thanks, Dan!) Beshear picked up where Fletcher off ; hepromises to sign veto, if passed, a bill that would bar state fundedagencies or colleges from offering domestic partner benefits. Wingers in thelegislature have lost any modicum of common sense; one lawmaker embarrasseshimself by forgetting he's in an elected body, not bible class. (365gay):

The bill passed the state Senate 30 - 5 on Wednesday with five Democratsvoting against it. Among them was Sen. Ernesto Scorsone of Lexington, theonly openly gay man in the Senate.

"The only thing that drives this measure is a gay-bashing effort," saidScorsone.

Republican Vernie McGaha who supported the legislation called it a moralissue and pointed to the state constitution which bans same-sex marriage.

"I do not recognize domestic partnerships as being a correct thing," saidMcGaha. "My Bible teaches against it."



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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/locallife/feature/4376.cfm

Gay diplomat was at center of world crises
From Kosovo to Sri Lanka, Burleigh was a big player in U.S. Foreign Service

By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Thursday, January 31, 2008

In his 33-year career with the Foreign Service, Ambassador A. Peter Burleighrepresented the United States through some serious high-pressure situations.When U.S. bombers accidentally hit the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in 1999,it was Burleigh who had to face the Chinese ambassador and do theappropriate damage control to prevent the situation from escalating into amajor international crisis.

In his role as acting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Burleigh wasthe top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations from late 1997 to 1999. When theChinese embassy crisis erupted, Burleigh had to first find out what happenedfrom U.S Air Force officials, who were reluctant to reveal the embarrassingtruth: It was eventually revealed that U.S. airmen had accidentally bombedthe wrong building because they had been using an outdated map.

After getting the facts straight, Burleigh had to then act according to howhis bosses Bill Clinton and then Secretary of State Madeleine Albrightinstructed him.

"I was trying to find out if I could apologize for the government," Burleighsaid. "But I could only say that the U.S. regretted [the bombing]."

It was one of the many international crises that Burleigh faced at theUnited Nations, and in several other diplomatic posts that he held,including serving as ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He also heldseveral jobs at the U.S. State Department, including coordinator of theOffice of Counter-Terrorism with the rank of ambassador (1991-92) andprincipal deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research(1989-91).

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/localnews/4372.cfm

Italian writers, films spice up Art Explosion
Gay festival plans to highlight a different country each year

By PHIL LAPADULA
Jan. 31, 2008

In recent years, the annual Art Explosion festival has been credited withhelping to transform Fort Lauderdale from a strictly fun-in-the-sun place toa more cultural destination. This year, ArtsUnited, Art Explosion'sproducers, decided to give the festival a sophisticated edge by featuringsome gay cultural icons from a country that is synonymous with art andculture - Italy.

Gay Italian authors Valerio Bartolucci and Matteo B. Bianchi andscreenwriter Ivan Controneo will be in town for the gay Italian program ofArt Explosion, titled "Colloquio: Gay Culture in Italy." The three writerswill participate in a panel discussion at ArtServe on Sunday, Feb. 10. Theywill also be special guests at the Gay Italian American group's dinnerMonday, Feb. 11, at Primavera Restaurant in Oakland Park. In addition, ascreening of Controneo's film, "Ginger and Cinnamon," will be shown atStonewall Library on Saturday, Feb. 9, and his film "Paz!" will be screenedat Cinema Paradiso on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The Italian program is part of Art Explosion's new foreign cultural focus.

"Every year, we want to highlight a different country and focus on the gayarts and culture from that country," said Keith Clark, chairman of ArtExplosion. "Next year, we will probably do one of the Latin Americancountries."

Clark expects the Italian program to be a hit, and he has good reason to beoptimistic. While Florida and Italy appear to have little in common - asidefrom the fact that both are peninsulas - the greater Fort Lauderdale areaactually has a very large Italian-American population. The local Gay ItalianAmerican group sells out its dinners every week and has recently started asecond weekly dinner to meet demand.

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ExpressGayNews.com

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/localnews/4372.cfm

A gay 'DaVinci Code'?

Bartolucci is currently working on a new book, which he described as a "sortof gay 'DaVinci Code.'" He expects it to be released in April.

Novelist Matteo Bianchi is a well-known writer in Italy and is particularlypopular among the young generation. He has a hit novel titled "Generation ofLove" and currently works for MTV.

Bartolucci described screenwriter Controneo as a "very active person with alot of energy and ideas." He has written movie scripts, documentaries andbooks. His film "Ginger and Cinamon" is about a mother and daughtertraveling through Mikonos, a Greek island that's very popular with gays.

Art Explosion started as a one-day multi-media art event at ArtServe. Lastyear, it expanded to a two-week-long festival in March. Organizers decidedto move the festival to February this year because there were too many gayevents clustered in March, including Winter Party and the Pride festival.

This year, organizers have been focusing on growing the festival andattracting new sponsors. New sponsors this year include Auto Nation, bothlocal Pride organizations, Comcast and the Express and 411 Magazine, Clarksaid. Sponsors back from last year include Tylenol, the Atlantic Resort andSpa, Bank Atlantic Foundation and Broward Cultural Council.

"Last year, we didn't quite break even; we lost a little money, which isn'tunusual for a new event," Clark said. "It's difficult for a new event totake hold here."



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ExpressGayNews.com

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/localnews/4372.cfm

Andrew Holleran and the 'Gay Mafia'

One of the highlights of this year's festival will be a presentation byfamous gay author Andrew Holleran at Stonewall Library on Feb. 17.

"He's pretty reclusive, so we were lucky to get him," Clark said. "He willbe reading from his new book, which is not even published yet."

Organizers are hoping that the finale event, featuring the comic group theGay Mafia at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, will be more successfulthan last year, when only 215 people showed up in the 600-capacity BrowardCenter theater.

"They're going to do a 'Saturday Night Live' inspired night of sketchcomedy," Clark said.

Last year, a snow storm in the Northeast that caused the cancellation of oneof the finale acts contributed to the attendance problem. Headliner act JoeKovacs and Madame were unable to get here because of canceled flights.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/news/national/4375.cfm

Lesbian activist's residency disputed in lawsuit
Senior Democratic National Committee staffer opposes same-sex marriage

By JOSHUA LYNSEN
Jan. 31, 2008

TA prominent lesbian activist is seeking to clarify where she lives as sheworks to avoid testifying in a civil lawsuit against the Democratic NationalCommittee.

Claire Lucas, a longtime Democratic Party volunteer and donor, says indocuments filed Jan. 23 that she's a legal resident of Washington, D.C., fortax and voting purposes, but actually lives in California.

"Since October 2005," says the filing, "Ms. Lucas has lived in Californiadealing with her dying father's illness and matters related to his estate."

But lawyers seeking to depose Lucas said she can't "have it both ways," andif she maintains a home in Washington, she must testify in the suit againstthe DNC.

In papers filed the same day, the lawyers said Lucas legally resides inWashington and "cannot now claim that she is not a resident of the Districtof Columbia for purposes of civil discovery."

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/view/editorial/4379.cfm

Meth and pot are a waste of your time - and your life
The legal drug pushers and their TV ads are also to blame for the carnage

By PHIL LAPADULA
Jan. 31, 2008

TWO STORIES FROM last week's Express highlight the destructive drug culturein this country. The first was the story about the ecstasy-methamphetaminecombination that has been linked to traffic accidents and homicides. Thesecond was about the tragic death of actor Heath Ledger. Based on newsreports, it appears that prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills mayhave played a role or were the direct cause of the young actor's death.

The two stories expose the two-pronged nature of drug abuse in America -illicit street drugs and prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In fact, Ibelieve the drug pushers are both street thugs and legal pharmaceuticalcompanies, who have flooded the airwaves in recent years with drug ads forevery ailment imaginable.

When writing a column about drug abuse, I think it's important not to comeacross like Nancy Reagan wagging her finger and saying, "Just say no." Sobefore I go further, in the interest of full disclosure, let me just saythat I've been there myself. I was a bit of a pothead in my early 20s, andit caused my grades to take a dive in my senior year of college. I neverexperimented with any drugs stronger than pot, though I was also a bit of alush in my younger years, and I think the pot contributed to my heavydrinking.

After realizing that the pot was just making me lazy and unmotivated, I quitit. I haven't smoked pot in 22 years, and I have never missed it. Soon afterquitting marijuana, I also gained control of my drinking. Now, I rarely havemore than one or two drinks when I go out. I now regret that I spent so muchof my cute twink years in a fog. I think it prevented me from developingmeaningful relationships and kept me from advancing in my career.

If you are one of those people who thinks that a drug like marijuana isinnocuous and that all drugs should be legalized, I suggest thinking aboutthe people you have known who have been hooked on drugs. For example, if youever tried to date someone who is into illegal drugs, you probably noticedthat they were not interested in you; they were only interested in theirdrugs - and how to get more of them. Whether they are meth maniacs, potheadsor crackheads, people on drugs tend to be very selfish - and selfish peopleend up alone and isolated.

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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/view/friendfoe/4381.cfm

Friend & Foe: Leo Marlow & Westboro Baptist Church

By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Jan. 31, 2008

FRIEND OF THE WEEK

Leo Marlow
Contestant on 'American Idol'

One thing we like about potential "American Idol" finalist Leo Marlow isthat he's no Clay Aiken. Marlow won a ticket to Hollywood when he appearedbefore Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson singing a Donny Hathawaysong. It wasn't his singing that blew the judges away; it was Marlow'suncomplicated openness about himself.

"My mother always said she raised the perfect homecoming queen," Marlowsaid. "Too bad it wasn't one of her daughters."

All these years we've been wondering who would emerge as the groundbreakinglavender idol. Regardless of whether this small-town Iowa boy goes far inthe competition, he's won a place in the hearts of gay pop culture vultures.Simon cooed, "I like you." Paula squealed, and Randy set him on his way."You're going to Hollywood," he said.

Being open and up front and his sexual orientation appears to have paid offfor Marlow.

FOE OF THE WEEK

Westboro Baptist Church
God-exploiting homophobes

While we recognize that Fred Phelps' church does not deserve the attentionit gets for such hideous and low-down tactics as picketing at the funeralsof soldiers, the Phelps clan's plans to protest at straight actor HeathLedger's funeral is a new low. The so-called church made an unseemlyspectacle of itself when members said that Ledger would burn in hell forportraying a gay character in the breakthough film "Brokeback Mountain."Perhaps the more noise they make, the more chances Americans have to seejust how repulsive hate-mongers - especially those who cloak themselves inreligion - really are.



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Express Gay News

http://www.expressgaynews.com/2008/1-31/view/bitch/4389.cfm

Bitch Session: 'I don't need drugs. I am drugs.' - Gay artist Salvador Dali

Jan. 31, 2008

Stop waxing your brows! Joan Crawford has been dead for decades.

Having a sugar daddy is like having a job. What do you think I do under himevery night? I earn every cent that I make. Mind you the health and pensionplans suck.

It's not that your gay friends do not accept your being bi as real - it isjust that they are jealous that you are getting it more often then they everwill. Enjoy it.

For gay men who never clean house but play online games or trick online:grow up!

To the massage therapist who goes to trashy leather bars "for the music": Ihope you grow up some day and stop having wet dreams about what I did toyou.

Per your Manhunt tracking feature - yes, I still think about you. I thinkyou're immature, self-absorbed, rude and unquestionably beneath thestandards required to be my friend. There's no need to consider yourselfflattered.

Has the bitch who painted gays as superior parents met any of the U-Haullesbians who repeatedly make their kids adjust to new mommies overnight? Orstraight people who also have gone to hell and back to get children? Good orbad parenting has nothing to do with being gay or straight.

Best advice I ever got: instead of looking for Mr. Right, try being Mr.Right. Unfortunately, a lot of guys don't appreciate the gesture. So maybeit wasn't such great advice but I like it anyway.

I love that someone said that the "whole package" was "looks and body."

The secret to happiness: Stay away from bars. Don't watch Fox News. Andnever, ever, ever live in a Republican neighborhood.

It's true. All the gay and lesbian parents I have seen have been fantasticparents. I am sure there are exceptions, but by God I wish schmucks likeHuckabee and the other Republican homophobes could see how beautifully manykids are being raised by gay parents, in spite of being second-classcitizens in America.

Straight or gay, nobody wanting anything worthwhile is going to hook up withsomeone who hangs out in a bar every night. Being a fixture of the bar sceneis only going to get you another fixture of the bar scene.

My ex boyfriend cheated on every boyfriend he ever had. I was dumb enough tothink I was different and, guess what, he cheated on me. A cheating slutwill always be a cheating slut.

You have to be at the happy hour every day so you can make connections withthe movers and shakers. Yeah, keep telling yourself that.

I had to break up with him because he was too hairy, other than that he wasperfect.

Bitch Boy responds: A razor was too complicated for you?

There is no more racism in Bitch Session than elsewhere - people just aren'tafraid to be ugly, nasty and shallow when they can't get their butt kickedfor it.

Who gives a crap who Obama campaigns with? All I care about is his votingrecord. Check it out you dope!

Why are gay men so afraid of pubic hair? Be a man and stop shaving everypube!

To the bitch who said all pub-lic bathrooms should have glory holes: Wecould get rid of tons of Republicans.

To all you guys with your skinny 19- and 20-year-old twinks: on thesewinter nights, I wouldn't switch my big ole cuddle bear for anything.

The bitch who defines the "whole package" as "looks and body" vividlyillustrates gay shallowness. Oh wow, he has a body to go with that face,what a man of character he must be!

To whoever said "not cute=no friends": You are a real role model and shouldbe proud of yourself. I hope you will eventually find a real friend andlearn what being a decent human being is all about.

Twinks: skinny, athletic is hot, sunken-eyed anorexia is not.

To the total fruit loop queen who said "not cute = no friends": You are oneof the many reasons why people just don't care anymore and becomedestructive with their lives. Karma is a bitch!

Ever notice how much of the Bible the typical atheist knows and how littlethe typical Christian knows? That should tell you something.



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365Gay.com

http://www.365gay.com/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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Florida Anti-Gay Amendment Heads To Ballot
(Tallahassee, Florida) Florida LGBT civil rights groups said Saturday theywill mount an aggressive campaign to defeat a proposed amendment to thestate constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.
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Federal Court OKs Oregon Partner Law
(Portland, Oregon) A state law allowing gay couples to register as domesticpartners belatedly took effect late Friday after a federal judge ruled thestate's process of disqualifying petition signatures was consistent enoughto be valid.
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Rio Carnival In Full Swing
(Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) To the sound of blasting samba, men dressed as nunsswilled beer and danced down the cobblestoned streets of a Rio hillsideFriday night to kick off five days of uninhibited carnival madness.
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NY Appeals Court Rules State Should Recognize Gay Canadian Marriages(Rochester, New York) An appeals court has ruled that a gay couple'smarriage in Canada should be recognized in New York.
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World Captivated By US Election
(New York City) America's extraordinary presidential campaign has captivatedpoliticians and ordinary people around the globe. With so much at stake inthe race for the White House, the world is watching with an intensity thathasn't been seen since the Clinton era began in 1992.
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Few Sparks As Clinton, Obama Debate
(Los Angeles, California) Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clintonsparred, for the most part cordially, over immigration, health care and thewar in Iraq in their first one-on-one debate on Thursday as they facedhigh-stakes Super Tuesday contests that could go a long way towarddetermining the party's presidential nominee.
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Kentucky Bill Would Ban Domestic Partner Benefits
(Frankfort, Kentucky) Kentucky Gov. Gov. Steve Beshear (D) says he will vetoa bill that would bar state funded agencies or colleges from offeringdomestic partner benefits if the measure arrives on his desk.



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National Gay News

http://nationalgaynews.com/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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We're Here, And We're Also Queer
If you drew up a list of gay-friendly states, Alabama, which still treatshomosexual conduct as a crime, and Utah, home of a large, conservativeMormon community, probably wouldn't be near the top. But according to a newUCLA Law School study, the gay population is booming in both places.
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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Turns 15
It was 15 years ago, Tuesday, that President Clinton rolled out the policythat came to be known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which relaxed thelong-standing bar against gay men and women serving in the U.S. military.
While the move was initially hailed as progress for the rights of gays inthe military, today many see it as a liability.
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Jamaica: Shield Gays from Mob Attacks
A homophobic mob attack in Jamaica that left one man severely injured andanother missing and feared dead shows yet again that authorities must takeurgent action against violence and hatred, Human Rights Watch said today.
This incident is the latest in a string of homophobic mob violence over thelast year, including an attack on mourners in a church.
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Valentine's and Equality; Same Love, Same Rights Mobilizes Gay & LesbianMinority
The Same Love, Same Rights® Mobile Marriage Summit is traveling the nationthis election year,rallying the GLBTQ community in promoting equal rights inmarriage and adoption. An initiative of the national company Rainbow WeddingNetwork, Same Love, Same Rights® combines both a Wedding Expo geared tosame-sex couples along with a Forum in which ideas are brainstormed from allwho attend on innovative ways to create mass change in America concerningmarriage equality. Upcoming dates for the Same Love, Same Rights® MobileMarriage Summit include Atlanta (February 24, 2008), Seattle (April 6,2008), Tampa (May 4, 2008) and plans are underway for events in New YorkCity and Chicago.
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Scientists Create Sperm From Female Stem Cells
A research team at the University of Newcastle has created primitive spermcells with female embryonic stem cells.The breakthrough could lead tosame-sex couples producing children with both their genes.
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New Jersey: Judge Orders Property Settlement in Same-Sex Split
A state judge here has ordered a property settlement for two women ending adomestic partnership, saying the couple should be treated the same asmarried spouses who divorce, an attorney involved in the case saidWednesday.
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Panda Travel Targets Gays and Lesbians
Panda Travel, one of Hawaii's largest and oldest travel agencies, is tryingto capture greater market share in the gay and lesbian community by with thelaunch of HawaiiGayTravel.com While there are many gay and lesbian travelWeb sites that focus on Hawaii, most are currently run by private bloggersor smaller travel companies. Panda Travel's increased interest in thismarket demonstrates its growing influence both in Hawaii and elsewhere.
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India: Homosexuality: Struggling for Social Acceptance
Homosexuality has always been one acrid issue throwing venom on the societyin various ways. The Indian society fails to recognise homosexuality as anorm and propagates a hostile attitude towards homosexual people.
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Nashville Pride Celebrates 20th
Anniversary With Change
Nashville Pride plans to celebrate its 20th year by taking the PrideFestival and events to the next level. Nashville Pride President BradBennett plans to make some pretty major changes to this year's festival withnew traditions and some powerhouse entertainment in hopes of bringing outeven larger crowds than in previous years.
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TV's Outlook in Doubt, Mardi Gras Show Plan
The producer of TV2's late night GLBT show The Outlook says the series maynot return, but he's planning a special television event for mid-2008looking at the 30th Anniversary of Sydney Mardi Gras."The feedback we gotabout The Outlook was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging," explains theshow's producer Glenn Sims, now Managing Director of television productioncompany Redflame Media. He says a second series for 2008 is in doubt howeveras Redflame is fully committed to a number of other prime-time televisionproductions this year.
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Gay Group Faces Court Challenge in Turkey
Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBTorganisations will resume in court today. A department of the IstanbulGovernor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations allegesthat the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.
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Cell Phones Get Spicy With Porn
The next frontier for erotica rapidly approaches, as it comes to tiny mobilephone screens.According to Reuters, if the adult entertainment industry hasits way, Americans may soon get a choice of free porn on cell phones, or atleast some photographs of good-looking girls in bikinis.
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Chi Chi LaRue PSA on Barebacking in the Gay Porn Industry
Given the recent reports of a sharp increase in HIV infection in men under30 and an increase in so-called "barebacking" porn, industry legend Chi ChiLaRue has decided to speak out about the importance of wearing a condom, andthe importance of setting an example in the adult film industry.
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Let Gays March
In order to explain why the proposal to ban the gay pride parade inJerusalem is so damaging, we can write about values, freedom of expression,human rights, and the future of democracy. But in order to fully illustrateit, it would be better to go back to our good old high school days.
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Two Novembers Movements, Rights, and the Yogyakarta Principles
In 1992 in Romania, repression was a vivid legacy, privation a livedreality, and intimacy of any kind had to survive in whatever privacy itcould garner. That November in the city of Timisoara, Ciprian C., in thelast year of high school, met Marian M., two years older. They were bothmen; they fell in love.
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Study: More Than 600,000 in U.S. Have HIV
Less than 1 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-49 who are not homeless orincarcerated have contracted HIV, according to a national study releasedTuesday.The Center for Health Statistics' evaluation of HIV patients in thecountry shows that 600,000 people in this group -- which excludes those whoare homeless, prisoners or patients in institutions -- have the virus.
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Students Petition for Gayand Lesbian Acceptance
Administrators with the Susquehanna Township School District are reviewingtheir harassment policy, following concerns from students. More than 300students signed a petition recently, in hopes of getting administrators totake a closer look at how gay and lesbian students are treated byclassmates.
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Gyllenhaal 'Happy' to be Gay Icon
Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he is happy to be a gay icon following hisrole in Brokeback Mountain. The 27-year-old played a gay rodeo cowboy in the2005 movie, which also starred late actor Heath Ledger.
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Space, The Final Frontier for Homosexuality
There has been openly gay television actors and characters, there has beenopenly gay (retired) NFL football players, there has even been an openly gayUS Republican Member of Congress, but there has never been an openly gayastronaut, active or retired.



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To Form a More Perfect Union: Marriage Equality News

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

http://samesexmarriage.typepad.com/weblog/

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday upheld a districtcourt's dismissal of a lawsuit against a Massachusetts town that allows itspublic school system to teach children about same-sex marriage [JURIST newsarchive]. The appeals court held that "Public schools are not obliged toshield individual students from ideas which potentially are religiouslyoffensive," pointing out that the students were not required to agree withthose ideas or participate in discussions about them. Two families ofelementary school students filed the lawsuit [plaintiffs' materials] in 2006to stop the school from reading homosexual-themed books to their childrenwithout first notifying parents, arguing that the school's actions violatedtheir right to free exercise of religion. [.] AP has more.
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In a ruling that could thrust New York into the debate over same-sexmarriages, an appellate court has ruled that the marriage of a gay couple inCanada should be recognized in New York. The Appellate Division, FourthJudicial Department reversed the 2006 ruling of a state Supreme Courtjustice who determined that Monroe Community College did not have to extendhealth care benefits to the same-sex partner of MCC employee PatriciaMartinez.In August 2006 state Supreme Court Justice Harold L. Gallowaydismissed Martinez's lawsuit, saying that the state does not recognizesame-sex marriages. The state Legislature "currently defines marriage aslimited to the union of one man and one woman," Galloway wrote.Appellatejudges disagreed with Galloway Friday, determining that there is no legalimpediment in New York to the recognition of a same-sex marriage."TheLegislature may decide to prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriagessolemnized abroad," the ruling states. "Until it does so, however, suchmarriages are entitled to recognition in New York."
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[Letter writer] Merkovsky is right when he says marriage is about more thanjust "benefits." It is about emotional security and societal respect and theright to live in a world that honors love. I am a straight 18-year-oldHempfield Area High School senior and it makes me sad to think that Mr.Merkovsky thinks that he speaks for the world I will live in. Amber Stahl,Hempfield
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A measure to expand the state's domestic partnership law passed a Housecommittee Wednesday, and could be up for a vote on the House floor withinthe next two weeks.
The bill would grant same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits andresponsibilities given to married couples, including property andguardianship rights. The House Judiciary Committee passed it on a 7-4 vote.



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Planet Out

http://www.planetout.com/fitness/article.html?sernum=5246&navpath=/channels/fitness/sports/

Super Bowl XLII for the clueless

by Jim Buzinski, Outsports.com

The Super Bowl is again upon us, and like death and taxes there is noescaping it. The teams were off last week and we still heard about Tom Bradyand his model girlfriend in addition to a lineman who used to castrate lambswith his teeth. Mercifully, the game is almost here.

Since some of you reading this barely know who is playing, Outsports offersas a public service our annual Super Bowl for the Clueless.

What: Super Bowl 42 (I am lousy with Roman numerals, so will ignore theNFL's designation of SB XLII). The New England Patriots represent theAmerican Football Conference and the New York Giants the National FootballConference. The game will be played Sunday with a 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff fromGlendale, Ariz. Fox will broadcast the game.

In addition to English, the game will be broadcast in Danish, Flemish,French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish,Thai, Arabic, Basque, Catalan, Cantonese, Croatian, Farsi, Filipino,Galician, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Montenegrin,Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian and Swedish in their respectivecountries. What, no Klingon?

The Patriots (18-0) are seeking to become the first NFL team to finish 19-0and join the 1972 Miami Dolphins, so far the only unbeaten team. The Giants(13-6) have taken the hard road, becoming only the third team in history towin three consecutive road playoff games to reach the Super Bowl.

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The Advocate

http://advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid52017.asp

Obama Picks Up LGBT Supporters From Edwards

A critical mass of John Edwards's LGBT steering committee is going publicwith support for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton.

By Kerry Eleveld
February 01, 2008

A critical mass of John Edwards's LGBT steering committee is going publicwith support for Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton. Twenty-twomembers of the Edwards campaign's original 59-person gay and lesbiancommittee will now be working for Obama victories next Tuesday andthroughout the rest of the primary season.

The new Obama converts include Eric Stern, who headed up Edwards's LGBTsteering committee, and longtime gay activist David Mixner, who famouslycampaigned for Bill Clinton in 1992, holding some of the first gayfund-raisers for a U.S. presidential candidate.

Mixner, a peace activist during the war in Vietnam, came out early forEdwards after the former North Carolina senator made an unequivocal case forending the Iraq war at the historic Riverside Church in New York City.

Mixner said Obama's clear and consistent opposition to the war is alsodriving his decision on this go-around. "Moving from one candidate toanother is never an easy process," he said, "but the times demand that weall participate fully and completely to bring about change. Originally, mysupport went to Senator Edwards because of the war in Iraq. For the verysame reason, I am supporting Senator Obama. This is not even a close callfor me."

Stern, who served more generally as a political adviser to the Edwardscampaign, said he met with Hillary Clinton's director of LGBT outreach, MarkWalsh, and had several phone conversations with Tobias Wolff, the chair ofObama's national LGBT policy committee.

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Planet Out

http://www.planetout.com/news/article.html?date=2008/02/01/8

Coulter: I'll back Clinton over McCain

Friday, February 1, 2008 / 03:09 PM

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter jabbed Republican frontrunner Sen. JohnMcCain on Thursday when she said she would support Democratic candidate Sen.
Hillary Clinton if he clenched the GOP nomination.

In her announcement, on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes," Coulter said that shewould be even willing to campaign for Sen. Clinton because McCain is notonly bad for Republicans, "he is bad for the country."

"If you are looking at substance rather than if there is an 'R' or a 'D'after his name," she said according to United Press International,"manifestly, if he's our candidate, then Hillary is going to be our girl,because she's more conservative than he is. I think she would be stronger onthe war on terrorism."

Other conservatives, including talk radio's Rush Limbaugh, said thatMcCain's popularity has been drawn from a "fractured" conservative base andan uninspiring field of candidates on the Republican side.

"He is not the choice of conservatives, as opposed to the choice of theRepublican establishment -- and that distinction is key," Limbaugh said,according to CNN. "The Republican establishment, which has long sought torid the party of conservative influence since Reagan, is feeling a victorytoday as well as our friends in the media."

According to exit-poll numbers, among voters who identify as conservative,he has consistently lost. The Arizona senator is ahead in delegates afterhis Florida win. McCain has also taken South Carolina, Michigan and NewHampshire, while Mitt Romney has won Michigan, Nevada and Wyoming. (TheAdvocate)



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The Advocate

http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid52000.asp

Hillary Clinton Gives Gay Interview Ahead of Super Tuesday

02/02/08-02/04/08

Sen. Hillary Clinton is reaching out to LGBT voters one last time -- onLogo -- before Super Tuesday, February 5, when 22 states representing morethan 1,600 delegates will weigh in on the Democratic nomination.

The candidates need a total of 2,025 delegates to become the nominee, andnext Tuesday's vote may or may not bring either Clinton or Sen. Barack Obamato that number. Clinton currently has 249 delegates, and Obama is at 181.The Advocate will have a constellation of bloggers from New York to Atlantato Los Angeles updating our Election 2008 blog throughout the evening nextTuesday as returns come in.

In Logo's interview with Senator Clinton, news anchor Jason Belliniquestions her about "don't ask, don't tell" and how that issue might playout if she runs against John McCain in the general election. The interviewwill stream at Logo's 365gay.com beginning Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m.Eastern, and throughout the weekend on Logo.

The Advocate interviewed both Clinton and Obama last fall:

-Senator Clinton following the HRC/Logo debate last summer

-Senator Obama last October

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The Advocate

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Obama Raises A Record $32 Million in January

02/02/08-02/04/08

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised a staggering $32million in January from an ever-increasing donor base, aides said Thursday.Republican Mitt Romney dipped into his personal fortune to give hispresidential campaign $35 million in 2007, including $18 million in the lastthree months of the year alone.

Obama's $1 million-a-day rate is the largest haul ever by a presidentialcandidate during a competitive primary. The outpouring of money will permitObama to boost staff and extend advertising to states beyond the sweepingFebruary 5 contests, aides said. In an e-mail to supporters Thursdayevening, Obama's campaign said it had attracted 224,000 new donors inJanuary for a total of more than 700,000 overall.

Romney reported raising $9 million in contributions and spending $33.8million during the last three months of 2007. He did not release anyfund-raising numbers for January, when seven Republican contests were held,but reported $2.4 million cash on hand going into a month in which he spentheavily on advertising.

Campaign aides said he was ready to embark on an aggressive strategy toconfront rival John McCain with television ads in California and otherFebruary 5 states. The decision signaled that Romney might be prepared todip into his wealth again.

Thursday was the deadline for campaigns to file their end-of-year financereports with the Federal Election Commission, numbers that were fairly datedgiven the hyperactive month of January with its slew of early contests andheavy spending.

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The Advocate

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Keyes Holds Romney Responsible for Passing Massachusetts Marriage Law

02/02/08-02/04/08

Republican presidential aspirant Alan Keyes says he holds fellow candidateMitt Romney responsible for passing the Massachusetts same-sex marriage lawin 2004.

In a Thursday posting on his website, Keyes, who openly expresses hisantigay opinions, argues that despite common belief that the Massachusetts'ssupreme judicial court ordered the existing marriage laws to be changedimmediately, "The court merely issued an opinion stating that, in its view,the existing marriage law was unconstitutional because it failed to allowpersons of the same sex to marry. The court then gave the legislature 180days to 'take such action as it may deem appropriate in light of thisopinion' -- implicitly telling lawmakers to come up with a new marriagestatute."

Keyes insists that Romney was under no pressure to act and pass any laws.According to Keyes, "The appropriate course of action for Romney was to donothing."

Keyes continues, "This action by Mitt Romney is among the most sociallydamaging actions by a chief executive in our nation's history." He goes onto speak against Romney's capabilities as potential president by saying,"The failure by Romney to 'say no' to corrupt activist judges in a criticalcontroversy over 'separation of powers,' and his willingness to takeunwarranted steps that exceeded his lawful authority, reveal the kind ofchief executive he would be if elected president." (The Advocate)



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Spain's Catholic Bishops Make Antigay Voting Recommendations

02/02/08-02/04/08

Spain's ruling Socialists on Friday slammed Catholic bishops for urgingpeople to vote against parties who favor same-sex marriage or negotiationswith armed separatists in next month's elections -- two obvious jabs aimedat the government.

''The bishops have decided to enter the election campaign. They have decidedto call for votes for the [right-wing] Popular Party,'' Socialist spokesmanJosé Blanco told Cadena SER radio.

But Blanco said it was logical given that for the past four years the churchhad joined the Popular Party in numerous anti-government demonstrationsagainst negotiations with the armed Basque group ETA, gay marriage, andcurtailing religious education in schools.

Describing the bishops' stance as ''immoral'' and ''hypocritical,'' Blancosaid he was sure that many Catholics, like him, felt ashamed of the church'spolitical interference.

Spain holds general elections March 9, with latest polls indicating theSocialists and the Popular Party are in a dead heat.

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The Advocate

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It Takes Two Men to Tango

January 28, 2008

Steve Valentine has always dreamed of making same-sex ballroom dancing morethan a novelty. Now, with his gay ballroom dancing program debuting in WestHollywood in January, he may. But for Valentine, ballroom is about more thanhaving fun and feeling sexy. He wants to compete -- and win.

By Japhy Grant

"There's something about two men dancing together that's so beautiful andpowerful," gushes Steve Valentine, the creator of a gay ballroom dancingprogram debuting in West Hollywood in January. Inspired by the popularity ofshows like Dancing With the Stars, Valentine has partnered with the city ofWest Hollywood and North American International Ballroom FinalistChristopher Beroiz to give amateurs a chance to swivel their hips in thecha-cha, fox-trot, and tango in a fun and easy environment.

There's a bit of a love story at the heart of these classes. Valentine, adance enthusiast and publicist, had seen same-sex ballroom dancing only ahandful of times (often as a novelty) and yearned for the opportunity to tryit. But there's more to same-sex dancing than finding a partner.

"There's a lot of issues of who leads and who follows, who's the top andwho's the bottom on the dance floor," Valentine explains. One day, whiledoing errands, he passed by a ballroom class saw "this beautiful manteaching a straight couple to dance" and was blown away. After the class wasover, he approached the instructor, Christopher Beroiz, and they struck up afriendship. Valentine pitched his idea of bringing ballroom dancing to LosAngeles gays and Beroiz joined up. The story leads Valentine to confess,"The truth is, this all started when I was stalking a ballroom instructorbecause he was hot."

These aren't your grandparents' ballroom classes. Local celebrity judges(Bruce Vilanch and Maria Conchita Alonso are confirmed) will be brought into judge the competition, and class locations can range from a club on theSunset Strip to the outdoor courtyard of the Pacific Design Center. Classeswill cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced styles, and in asame-sex-only twist, partners will be coached on who should lead and whowill follow. As the classes progress, Beroiz will be identifying one or twocouples who he will take under his wing for more intensive training --because as much as ballroom is about beauty, it's also about competition.The couples that are chosen for one-on-one training will be the classes'inaugural entrants in San Francisco's April Follies, a same-sex ballroomcompetition occurring on April 26. Rival teams are slated to come fromseveral other cities around the country.

Another step in the national push to bring ballroom to gay participants camelast October, when 33 same-sex dance partners, instructors, and organizersformed the nonprofit North American Same-Sex Dancesport Association (theycall it a "working title") to promote the sport. It became the firstnational organization for gay ballroom.

It's surprising that ballroom dancing, with its combination of athleticism,glamour, and eroticism hasn't caught on with gays yet, but Valentine isdetermined to spread his passion for the sport to others. And being apublicist doesn't hurt. He's already been approached by a number oftelevision producers, including those of Dancing With the Stars, to bringgay ballroom dancing to TV in some form. But is America ready for gayballroom? Valentine replies, "When people see same-sex couples dancing, you'd think their hair might bristle, but once they watch it, they always commenton the magic of it -- and it really is magical."



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Gays Without Borders

The following article, which chronicles Peter Tatchell's 40 years ofactivism and his latest campaign, is the cover story in this week's editionof Gay City News, New York City's largest LGBT newspaper:

http://www.gaycitynews.com:80/site/news.cfm?newsid=19251864&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6

TATCHELL'S LATEST CRUSADE: London's OutRage! Leader Blocks PakistaniStrongman's Limo

By: DOUG IRELAND
Gay City News, 1/31/2008

Britain's best-known gay activist, Peter Tatchell, confrontedPakistan's Pervez Musharraf this past weekend when the dictator arrived inLondon on the last leg of his European tour, blocking the general's car withhis body repeatedly to protest "the suppression of democracy and humanrights" by the military strongman.

Tatchell, who this year marks the 40th anniversary of his start as anactivist, undertook the protest against Musharraf even though he is stillsuffering the physical after-effects of the severe beating he received lastyear in Moscow when a crowd of fascist thugs, egged on by the police,violently broke up an attempted Gay Pride demonstration in front of Moscow'sCity Hall that Tatchell had gone to Russia to support (see this reporter'sMay 31-Jun. 5, 2007 article, "The Agony of Moscow Pride," a link to whichappears in the web version of this article).

"I've still got cognition and physical cordination problems, loss of vision,and memory holes" as a result of the Moscow beating, Tatchell, head of themilitant UK queer rights group OutRage!, told Gay City News by telephonefrom London. He added, "First my doctors told me I'd be alright in a month,then they said three months, and now they're telling me these problems maynever go away."

The ambush of Musharraf happened outside London's Hilton Hotel Park Lane onJanuary 25, as the Pakistani president's motorcade drew close to the hotel,where he was scheduled to speak.

"To avert police attention, I stood inconspicuously at a bus stop reading anewspaper, waiting for Musharraf's motorcade to arrive," said Tatchell."When the police motorcycle escorts drew level, I ran out into Park Lane andstraight in front of the president's car. It screeched to a halt. I unfurleda placard protesting against Musharraf's massacre of civilians in occupiedBaluchistan. The placard read: 'Stop Pakistan Massacre of Baluch people.'"

Tatchell got his message across to the Pakistani dictator.

"Musharraf could clearly see the placard, and he did not look pleased," hesaid. "His driver tried to back up and drive around me, but I ran in frontof the limousine again, forcing it to halt once more. I could see Musharrafshouting something at his driver. Perhaps he feared that I was an assassinor a suicide bomber."

Then, said Tatchell, "The limo reversed again and tried to swerve past me. Iblocked it for the third time. Musharraf and his colleagues looked veryagitated. Eventually, police motorcycle escorts ran over and dragged me awayfrom the bonnet of Musharraf's vehicle."

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Gays Without Borders

The following press release from Lambda Istanbul reports on the latesthearing in the court trial to ban the organization:

From: Lambdaistanbul
Date: 2008-feb-02 13:13

Update on the Closing Case of Lambdaistanbul LGBT SolidarityAssociation

The third hearing of the case which was opened last summer to shutdown Lambdaistanbul was held on 31st of January, 2008 in Istanbul. Due tothe fact that the expert report didn't arrive, the hearing was postponed toMarch 6th, 2008. On the second hearing, the judge had assigned an expert,specialized in the Civil Code, to write a report on the case.

Istanbul City Government had applied the prosecutor for a court caseto be opened, claiming that the words "lesbian", "gay", "bisexual","transvestite" nd "transsexual" and the aim of the association were againstgeneral morality and the turkish family values. There is no law in Turkeydefining being LGBT as a crime. Despite two reports from two differentprosecutors, stating that there was no need for a case, emphasizing thefreedom of expression and organization, guaranteed by various turkish anduniversal laws undersigned by Turkey, Istanbul City Government appealed tothe prosecutor's decision and the court decided to open the case. The trialstarted on July 19th, 2007. You can access to more information at:
http://www.lambdais tanbul.org/ php/main.php?menuID=26&altMenuID=56&icerikID=3590

A group of about 40 Lambdaistanbul supporters was present at the courtin order to show solidarity, as well as a few members of the press.

The police searched the Lambda supporters arbitrarily, after they haveentered the building, while waiting outside the courtroom. They said theydid this due to the fact that an international observer had taken picturesduring the second hearing. The lawyers objected to the search with no avail.

Then, during the hearing, the judge claimed that a crowded group haddone a demonstration, opened banners, forcing the windows and the doors andshowed resistance to the police and asked the lawyers to warn the members ofthe association. The lawyers tried to explain to the judge that there hasbeen no such thing, and if there had been, that the prosecutor and thepolice were present and that they would have interfered and kept a record ofthis, yet there was no such document. But the judge insisted on his claimand said that this was considered influencing the jurisdiction and thereforewas a crime.

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Euro-Queer

German Memorial to Honor Gay Victims

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 3:22 p.m. ET
January 31, 2008

BERLIN (AP) -- A new Berlin memorial to the Nazis' gay victims -- includinga video presentation showing same-sex couples kissing -- should be readywithin months, officials said Thursday.

The $890,000 memorial to gay victims will be located in Berlin'sTiergarten Park, across from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said.

Construction on another memorial to honor Roma and Sinti, or Gypsy,victims of the Nazis also is to begin this year.

Homosexuality was banned under the Nazis. Tens of thousands ofpeople -- primarily men -- were arrested and many were sent to concentrationcamps.

Some 220,000 to 500,000 Gypsies were killed during the Nazi Holocaust,in addition to some 6,000,000 Jews.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe -- some 2,700 massive slabsof concrete lined up to form a labyrinth of rising and falling pathways --opened in central Berlin in 2005.

Already, cracks in the slabs will need to be repaired at costs of up to$300,000, experts say. The memorial cost more than $41,000,000 million tobuild.



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Gay & Lesbian Leadership
SmartBrier

http://www.smartbrief.com/index.jsp

Go to the website, above, for the following articles:
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AIDS experts in uproar over finding that some unprotected sex is safe
AIDS experts in Europe and North America, who have long been proponents ofthe use of condoms as the most effective way to stop the epidemic, weretaken aback by a new finding of the The Swiss National AIDS Commission thatcertain people with HIV can safely have unprotected sex with an HIV-negativepartner. "Not only is [the Swiss proposal] dangerous, it's misleading and itis not considering the implications of the biological facts involved withHIV transmission," said Jay Levy, director of the Laboratory for Tumor andAIDS Virus Research at the University of California, San Francisco.
MSNBC/Associated Press (1/31)
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Military gay ban marks 15th year
This article looks at the impact of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" militarypolicy, which was proposed by President Bill Clinton 15 years ago, and itschances for being revoked by Congress or the next president. TIME (1/28)
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Marriage ban approved by Indiana Senate, but House unlikely to act on it
The Indianapolis Star (1/30)
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Bill to end DP benefits for Ky. state workers clears Senate, could stall inHouse
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (1/31)
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Florida city adds "gender identity" to list of groups protected from bias
The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (1/29)
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When the president says hello to your boyfriend
The Boston Globe (1/29)
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HRC's D.C. store hit by armed robbery
Washington Blade (1/29)
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Learn to run a winning campaign!
The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute is bringing its renowned Candidate &Campaign Training to Charlotte, NC. Join us Feb. 21 to 24 to learn how tobuild a winning campaign. Whether you're running as openly LGBT or workingon a campaign, our training will provide you with the tools you need forsuccess. Click here to learn more and apply by Jan. 28.
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Editorial: Civil unions now, marriage later
This Baltimore Sun editorial proposes the passage of civil unions forsame-sex couples in Maryland as a "bridge" to a time when equal marriagerights can be attained. "If such a [civil unions] law would help offset, ifonly partially, the injustice done same-sex couples, it ought to be approvedthis session," The Sun writes. The Sun (Baltimore) (free registration)(1/27)
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High-profile women blog about White House raceMalinda Lo, managing editor of AfterEllen.com; Kate Kendell, executivedirector of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; gay press veteran LisaNeff; and Joan Garry, former executive director of Gay & Lesbian AllianceAgainst Defamation offer their takes on the presidential contest. Read moreat Visible Vote.



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Gays Without Borders

The following article, which chronicles Peter Tatchell's 40 years ofactivism and his latest campaign, is the cover story in this week's editionof Gay City News, New York City's largest LGBT newspaper:

http://www.gaycitynews.com:80/site/news.cfm?newsid=19251864&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6

TATCHELL'S LATEST CRUSADE: London's OutRage! Leader Blocks PakistaniStrongman's Limo

By: DOUG IRELAND
Gay City News, 1/31/2008

Britain's best-known gay activist, Peter Tatchell, confrontedPakistan's Pervez Musharraf this past weekend when the dictator arrived inLondon on the last leg of his European tour, blocking the general's car withhis body repeatedly to protest "the suppression of democracy and humanrights" by the military strongman.

Tatchell, who this year marks the 40th anniversary of his start as anactivist, undertook the protest against Musharraf even though he is stillsuffering the physical after-effects of the severe beating he received lastyear in Moscow when a crowd of fascist thugs, egged on by the police,violently broke up an attempted Gay Pride demonstration in front of Moscow'sCity Hall that Tatchell had gone to Russia to support (see this reporter'sMay 31-Jun. 5, 2007 article, "The Agony of Moscow Pride," a link to whichappears in the web version of this article).

"I've still got cognition and physical cordination problems, loss of vision,and memory holes" as a result of the Moscow beating, Tatchell, head of themilitant UK queer rights group OutRage!, told Gay City News by telephonefrom London. He added, "First my doctors told me I'd be alright in a month,then they said three months, and now they're telling me these problems maynever go away."

The ambush of Musharraf happened outside London's Hilton Hotel Park Lane onJanuary 25, as the Pakistani president's motorcade drew close to the hotel,where he was scheduled to speak.

"To avert police attention, I stood inconspicuously at a bus stop reading anewspaper, waiting for Musharraf's motorcade to arrive," said Tatchell."When the police motorcycle escorts drew level, I ran out into Park Lane andstraight in front of the president's car. It screeched to a halt. I unfurleda placard protesting against Musharraf's massacre of civilians in occupiedBaluchistan. The placard read: 'Stop Pakistan Massacre of Baluch people.'"

Tatchell got his message across to the Pakistani dictator.

"Musharraf could clearly see the placard, and he did not look pleased," hesaid. "His driver tried to back up and drive around me, but I ran in frontof the limousine again, forcing it to halt once more. I could see Musharrafshouting something at his driver. Perhaps he feared that I was an assassinor a suicide bomber."

Then, said Tatchell, "The limo reversed again and tried to swerve past me. Iblocked it for the third time. Musharraf and his colleagues looked veryagitated. Eventually, police motorcycle escorts ran over and dragged me awayfrom the bonnet of Musharraf's vehicle."

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Gays Without Borders

The following press release from Lambda Istanbul reports on the latesthearing in the court trial to ban the organization:

From: Lambdaistanbul
Date: 2008-feb-02 13:13

Update on the Closing Case of Lambdaistanbul LGBT SolidarityAssociation


The third hearing of the case which was opened last summer to shutdown Lambdaistanbul was held on 31st of January, 2008 in Istanbul. Due tothe fact that the expert report didn't arrive, the hearing was postponed toMarch 6th, 2008. On the second hearing, the judge had assigned an expert,specialized in the Civil Code, to write a report on the case.

Istanbul City Government had applied the prosecutor for a court caseto be opened, claiming that the words "lesbian", "gay", "bisexual","transvestite" and "transsexual" and the aim of the association were againstgeneral morality and the turkish family values. There is no law in Turkeydefining being LGBT as a crime. Despite two reports from two differentprosecutors, stating that there was no need for a case, emphasizing thefreedom of expression and organization, guaranteed by various turkish anduniversal laws undersigned by Turkey, Istanbul City Government appealed tothe prosecutor's decision and the court decided to open the case. The trialstarted on July 19th, 2007. You can access to more information at:

http://www.lambdais tanbul.org/ php/main. php?menuID=26&altMenuID=56&icerikID=3590

A group of about 40 Lambdaistanbul supporters was present at the courtin order to show solidarity, as well as a few members of the press.

The police searched the Lambda supporters arbitrarily, after they haveentered the building, while waiting outside the courtroom. They said theydid this due to the fact that an international observer had taken picturesduring the second hearing. The lawyers objected to the search with no avail.

Then, during the hearing, the judge claimed that a crowded group haddone a demonstration, opened banners, forcing the windows and the doors andshowed resistance to the police and asked the lawyers to warn the members ofthe association. The lawyers tried to explain to the judge that there hasbeen no such thing, and if there had been, that the prosecutor and thepolice were present and that they would have interfered and kept a record ofthis, yet there was no such document. But the judge insisted on his claimand said that this was considered influencing the jurisdiction and thereforewas a crime.

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Euro-Queer

German Memorial to Honor Gay Victims

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 3:22 p.m. ET
January 31, 2008

BERLIN (AP) -- A new Berlin memorial to the Nazis' gay victims -- includinga video presentation showing same-sex couples kissing -- should be readywithin months, officials said Thursday.

The $890,000 memorial to gay victims will be located in Berlin'sTiergarten Park, across from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said.

Construction on another memorial to honor Roma and Sinti, or Gypsy,victims of the Nazis also is to begin this year.

Homosexuality was banned under the Nazis. Tens of thousands ofpeople -- primarily men -- were arrested and many were sent to concentrationcamps.

Some 220,000 to 500,000 Gypsies were killed during the Nazi Holocaust,in addition to some 6,000,000 Jews.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe -- some 2,700 massive slabsof concrete lined up to form a labyrinth of rising and falling pathways --opened in central Berlin in 2005.

Already, cracks in the slabs will need to be repaired at costs of up to$300,000, experts say. The memorial cost more than $41,000,000 million tobuild.



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Euro-Queer

Please find enclose copies of articles written and approved by the SwissFederal Commission (National Committee) on HIV/AIDS which were published on30 January. You'll find the text in German and French and a summary inEnglish (word document).

The main summary of this publication the Commission worked on in the lastyear is:

"An HIV-infected person on anti-retroviral therapy with completelysuppressed viremia ("effective ART") is not sexually infectious, i.e. cannotpropagate HIV through sexual contact."

This statement is valid if

· This person is compliant with ART, whose effect must be evaluatedregularly by the treating physician, and

· The viral load has been suppressed (non-detectable) for at leastsix months, and there are no other sexually transmitted diseases

This is potentially a pivotal moment in the field of HIV prevention: theSwiss doctors are publicly saying what many of us with HIV have believed(and applying it in our private lives) for years.

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Jamaica: Homophobic Mob Attacks Go Unpunished

Violence in Homes, Streets, Churches Shows Failure of Police Protection

(New York, February 1, 2008) - A homophobic mob attack in Jamaica that leftone man severely injured and another missing and feared dead shows yet againthat authorities must take urgent action against violence and hatred, HumanRights Watch said today. This incident is the latest in a string ofhomophobic mob violence over the last year, including an attack on mournersin a church.

"Roving mobs attacking innocent people and staining the streets with bloodshould shame the nation's leaders," said Scott Long, director of theLesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch."Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in ahouse of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."

On the evening of January 29, a group of men approached a house where fourmales lived in the central Jamaican town of Mandeville, and demanded thatthey leave the community because they were gay, according to human rightsdefenders who spoke with the victims. Later that evening, a mob returned andsurrounded the house. The four men inside called the police when they sawthe crowd gathering; the mob started to attack the house, shouting andthrowing bottles. Those in the house called police again and were told thatthe police were on the way. Approximately half an hour later, 15-20 menbroke down the door and began beating and slashing the inhabitants.

Human rights defenders who spoke to the victims also reported that policearrived half an hour after the mob had broken into the house - 90 minutesafter the men first called for help. One of the victims managed to flee withthe mob pursuing. A Jamaican newspaper reported that blood was found at themouth of a nearby pit, suggesting he had fallen inside or may have beenkilled nearby. The police escorted the three other victims away from thescene; two of them were taken to the hospital. One of the men had his leftear severed, his arm broken in two places, and his spine reportedly damaged.

The attack on these men echoes another incident in the same town on EasterSunday, April 8, 2007. Approximately 100 men gathered outside a church where150 people were attending the funeral of a gay man. According to mourners,the crowd broke the windows with bottles and shouted, "We want no battyman[gay] funeral here. Leave or else we're going to kill you. We don't want nobattyman buried here in Mandeville." Several mourners inside the churchcalled the police to request protection. After half an hour, three policeofficers arrived.

But instead of protecting the mourners, police socialized with the mob,laughing along at the situation. A highway patrol car subsequently arrived,and one of the highway patrol officers reportedly told the churchgoers, "It's full time this needs to happen. Enough of you guys." The highway patrolofficers then drove off. The remaining officers at the scene refused tointervene when the mob threatened the mourners with sticks, stones, andbatons as they tried to leave the service. Only when several gay men amongthe mourners took knives from their cars for self-defense did policereportedly take action by firing their guns into the air. Officers stoppedgay men from leaving and searched their vehicles, but did not restrain ordetain members of the mob.

"While Jamaican police have begun to reach out to gay and lesbiancommunities, this change hasn't reached many police stations whereprotection remains a chimera," said Rebecca Schleifer, advocate on HIV/AIDSand human rights at Human Rights Watch. "These horrifying attacks shouldgalvanize officials to protect all Jamaicans against violence, regardless ofwho they are."

Two other mob attacks last year reinforced the fears of gay and lesbianJamaicans. On April 2, 2007, a crowd in Montego Bay attacked three menalleged to be gay who were attending a carnival. The men took to a stage todance during the revelry, but the mob began throwing bottles and stones atthem. Witnesses said the crowd chased the men down the street, slashed oneman with knives and beat him with a manhole cover. According to local pressreports, at least 30 or 40 people beat another man as he sought refuge in abar, tearing his clothes from him and striking him as he bled severely froma head wound.

In this case, police did intervene in an attempt to protect the men, butwere overpowered by the mob. They were able to transport at least one victimto the hospital only after backup forces arrived more than 20 minutes later.

On February 14, 2007, a mob in Kingston attacked four men, including theco-chair of t the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG).The men took refuge in a store in Tropical Plaza on Constant Spring Road inKingston, while a crowd of at least 200 people gathered outside, calling forthe men to be beaten to death because they were gay. The men called localpolice, as well as Human Rights Watch. When officers arrived, instead ofprotecting them, they verbally abused the victims, calling them "nastybattymen," and struck one in the face, head, and stomach. They took the mento Halfway Tree Police Station in Kingston, but refused to take theircomplaints and ordered them never to return to the station.

In 2007, Human Rights Watch wrote to then-Prime Minister PortiaSimpson-Miller and Peter Phillips, minister of national security, callingfor an investigation into all the reported violence, as well as protectionof witnesses from threats or reprisals. Human Rights Watch has received noresponse from the government to any of this correspondence.

To view the November 2004 Human Rights Watch report, "Hated to Death:Homophobia, Violence, and Jamaica's HIV/AIDS Epidemic," please visit:

http://hrw.org/reports/2004/jamaica1104/



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Top cop up for 'sexiest gay' title

By CHRIS MARSHALL
Friday, 1st February 2008

A TOP Edinburgh police officer is at the centre of an internet campaign tovote him the world's sexiest gay man.

Chief Inspector David Lyle, from the Lothian and Borders force, todaysaid he was flattered someone had seen fit to nominate him for the SexFactor 2008 contest, hosted by dating site Gaydar.

"It's a light-hearted bit of frivolous fun," the 55-year-old said. "Itmakes me smile - I feel slightly flattered. I woke up one morning, sawsomebody had nominated me and thought 'good heavens'. I feel quitechuffed."

The officer, who campaigns for gay rights in the police, said his onlinepresence had allowed other homosexual officers to speak to him about comingout.

On his online profile on the dating site, which includes half nakedpictures of himself, the inspector describes himself as a "big-chested,big-hearted man who laughs a lot".

He says he is looking for outgoing males aged 18-40 for "friendship,chat/e-mail and other activities".

Today he said: "I don't think it's in anyway inappropriate. I thinkit's interesting that all the attention is always on gay sites. There are alot of heterosexual dating sites but no one ever seems to hear about them.

"I have had a profile on Gaydar for eight years and the force has knownabout it since day one. The main reason for using it is trying to reach outto police officers who are not out. I have been able to make contact with alot of gay officers who have nobody to talk to."

Iain Whyte, convener of Lothian and Borders Police board, said the forcehad been using Gaydar for some time as an attempt to improve relations.

"The force has a presence on that site to reach out to reassure gaypeople that the police are there for them," he said.

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'Surrogacy for gay couples'

Health authorities are considering paying up to £15,000 tosurrogate mothers to help homosexual couples have children.

North Essex Primary Care Trust has been asked to pay towarda surrogate mother. The PCT said it would also have to consider whether topay toward surrogates for homosexual couples and single people.

In a report to the PCT, Dr Rebecca Gibbs said: "The majorityof applications for surrogacy to be funded on the NHS stem from heterosexualcouples, but consideration would need to be taken for any homosexual coupleor single person who wished to become a parent through surrogacy."

The North Essex PCT said no firm decision had been taken onthe issue.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 37, a homosexual father of three fromChelmsford, Essex, said although he thinks everyone has the right to have afamily, NHS funds should be used to treat the sick.

Information appearing on telegraph.co.uk is the copyright of TelegraphMedia Group Limited.



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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
Kenneth.Sherrill@hunter.cuny.edu
kenslist@groups.queernet.org

SIGNATURE GATHERING HAS BEGUN TO PLACEDISCRIMINATORY MARRIAGE MEASURE ON CALIFORNIA'S
NOVEMBER 2008 BALLOT

Jan. 31, 2008 - After failing multiple times toqualify an anti-marriage equality measure for theballot, conservative organizations are now utilizingpaid signature gatherers in another attempt to putthis discriminatory constitutional amendment on theNovember 2008 ballot according to Equality for All,the statewide campaign to defeat such measures. In2006, California became the first state where aneffort to qualify such a discriminatory amendmentfailed.

Equality for All has confirmed that an out-of-stateorganization is backing this effort to permanentlydeny loving and committed California couples theright to marry. Nationformarriage.org andprotectmarriage.com are financially supporting thiseffort.

"These out-of-state extremists continue to expendtime and resources to write discrimination into ourCalifornia Constitution, in spite of the fact thatCalifornians are tired of these costly and divisivecampaigns," said Lorri L. Jean, chief executiveofficer of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and memberof the Equality for All campaign's executivecommittee. "California voters have a long history ofsupporting fairness and equal treatment under thelaw. We believe voters will reject this measure, andthe politics of hate and division it represents."

"We are committed to a vigorous oppositioncampaign," said Geoff Kors, executive director ofEquality California, and a member of the Equalityfor All executive committee. "Californians supportequality and we are determined to make sure votersunderstand the very real pain that comes withmarriage discrimination and how these types ofamendments will only bring harm to Californiafamilies."

An amendment of this type would have long-term anddamaging repercussions for Californians.

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