Wednesday, March 05, 2008

GLBT DIGEST March 5, 2008

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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
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Definition of Marriage Is at Heart of California Case
SAN FRANCISCO - For almost four hours on Tuesday, the California SupremeCourt heard arguments in the most important same-sex marriage case sinceMassachusetts's highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry theremore than four years ago.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/us/05marriage.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=GAY&st=nyt&oref=slogin
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California's Top Court Seems Split on Gay Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California Supreme Court appeared divided onTuesday over whether to allow gay marriage during nearly four hours of oralarguments on the contentious issue that could impact gay rights nationwide.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-rights-california-gays.html?scp=3&sq=GAY&st=nyt
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Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/
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Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival launches Fort Lauderdale festival,announces screenings, parties
The acclaimed 10th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented byHBO has announced its Gala Screenings and Parties during the 10-day eventfrom April 25 to May 4, 2008.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2008/03/miami-gay-lesbi.html
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Steve Rothaus
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/steve_rothaus/
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BBC: HIV scandal in gay porn industry
Three films have been withdrawn from sale following a Newsnightinvestigation into the health risks of so-called bareback gay porn - whichshows men have unprotected sex.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2008/03/bbc-hiv-scandal.html
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365Gay.com
http://www.365gay.com/
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Clinton Scores 3 Wins, McCain Clinches
(Washington) Hillary Rodham Clinton scored three victories in a night ofrevival that denied Barack Obama a ripe opportunity to drive her from theDemocratic presidential race. Clarity came only to the Republican side,where John McCain made the nomination his own.
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Canadian Government To Investigate Only One Obama Leak
(Ottawa) Two information leaks from the Canadian government have rockedBarack Obama's campaign for the U.S. presidency _ and the Government ofCanada says it will only investigate one of them.
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Huckabee Drops Out
Irving, Texas) Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and out of theRepublican presidential race.
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Kucinich Secures Nomination
(Columbus, Ohio) Dennis Kucinich, the liberal Ohio politician who has madetwo failed White House campaigns, won the Democratic primary Tuesday in hisbattle to keep his seat against the toughest, best-financed challenger inhis 12-year congressional career.
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California Gay Couples Await Ruling
(San Francisco, California) Sometime within the next three months same-sexcouples in California will learn if they will be allowed to marry. For mostthe wait will be excruciating.
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CDC Warns Of Safety Problems At Clinics Nationwide
(Washington) An outbreak of hepatitis C at a Nevada clinic may represent"the tip of an iceberg" of safety problems at clinics around the country,according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery - Could Lead To HIV Vaccine
(Toronto) Researchers in Canada and the United States have made abreakthrough discovery in the fight against HIV infection: a protein thatcan limit the viral attack.
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National Gay News
http://nationalgaynews.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/
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HRC Organizes Capitol Hill Lobby Day
Hundreds to Raise Awareness & Educate Congress on GLBT Issues
Volunteers and staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, will gather onCapitol Hill on Thursday, March 6, to lobby their senators and
representatives to promote equality and civil rights of GLBT Americans.
"This is an opportunity for GLBT people from across the country to engagetheir members of Congress and speak out on the issues critical to ourcommunity," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Whether itbe calling for the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' educating on HIV/AIDS,or working to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on genderidentity and sexual orientation, GLBT constituents will have theiropportunity to be heard."
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GLAAD Announces Educational Partnership with The Hetrick-Martin Instituteand The New York Blade
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced aneducational collaboration with The Hetrick-Martin Institute and The New YorkBlade for students at the Harvey Milk High School. The joint partnershipwill provide a weekly interactive learning experience for studentsinterested in beginning a career in communications or journalism. GLAADAsian-Pacific Islander Media Strategist Andy Marra and Communities ofAfrican Descent Media Strategist Katina Parker will instruct theskills-building class.
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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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The Advocate Posts Photos From Sydney's Mardi Gras\
http://www.advocateinsider.com/
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View oral argument of state supreme court marriage cases
Link: The California Channel http://www.calchannel.com/MEDIA/0304A.asx
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In 2005, when a Jewish gay-marriage activist first pressed California rabbisto sign a statement supporting full marriage equality for gays and lesbians,only a handful of Conservative rabbis lent their names. Over the course ofthe past two months, however, more than a dozen Conservative rabbis herehave signed on to a growing list of clergy who support gay marriage in thecivil realm.
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Marriage Equality News
http://samesexmarriage.typepad.com/weblog/
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The crowd at Monday's Moscow City Council meeting gave a standing ovationafter the council voted 4-1 to maintain support for a resolution extendinghealth insurance benefits to employees' domestic partners.
One of the few who remained seated was the director of the Idaho ValuesAlliance, who has threatened legal action against the city for what he saysis a violation of the state constitution.
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The Senate on Tuesday passed a measure 29-20 that greatly expands the rightsof same-sex couples who register as domestic partners. The bill passed theHouse last month by a 62-32 vote after very little debate. The bill now goesto Gov. Chris Gregoire. House Bill 3104 adds domestic partners to sectionsof laws where previously only spouses were mentioned, including areasreferring to probate and trusts, community property and homesteadexemptions, and guardianship and powers of attorney.
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Georgia's state insurance commissioner gave into an ACLU demand to allow anHIV-positive Atlanta man into the state's insurance pool, after initiallydenying the request because the man was previously insured under a domesticpartnership policy.
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The California Supreme Court peppered both sides of the same-sex marriagedebate with questions today in a 3½-hour hearing into whether the state lawdefining marriage as the union of a man and a woman is constitutional. Thehearing dealt with challenges to the law filed by nearly two dozen same-sexcouples and the city of San Francisco, which entered the case after thecourt invalidated an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom that allowed nearly 4,000same-sex couples to marry in 2004.
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Legislative Republicans today tried and failed to force a debate on thesame-sex marriage issue.
House members voted 46-50 to reject House GOP Leader Christopher Rants'procedural move to pull a constitutional amendment resolution out ofcommittee and place it on the House debate calendar. The resolution seeks toallow Iowa voters to decide whether to amend the Iowa Constitution bydeclaring that marriage only is between a man and a woman - not partners ofthe same sex.
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Gay and lesbian couples in Arizona generally make less money, are lesslikely to own a home and have fewer resources to raise children than theirmarried counterparts, according to a new study by the Williams Institute atthe University of California Los Angeles.
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Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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VIENNA, March 4 (Reuters) - An Austrian gay rights group has launched aninternational poster competition to raise the issue of homophobia infootball during June's European Championship.
The Vienna-based QWIEN organisation said on its Web site (www.qwien.at) thata jury would select the 50 best posters to put on display in the city duringthe tournament being co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.
"According to statistics five percent of the total population is gay," theorganisation said in a statement announcing the competition.
"As a result therefore, of the 500 professional players in the Austrianfootball league 25 should be gay. However there is not one gay professionalplayer in Austria... who openly admits his homosexuality.
http://football.uk.reuters.com/euro2008/news/L04911056.php
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Forwarded from Gay Asalyum - UK
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gayasylum/messages?o=1
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Iranian asylum seeker's deportation delayed
A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week isstill in detention in Holland.
19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if hereturns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal forasylum in the UK was refused.
He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should bereturned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-6997.html
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The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) announcedtoday that it would award its 2008 Felipa de Souza Award to two outstandingnominees-the Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO) and Chilean trans activistAndr├ęs Ignacio Rivera Duarte. IGLHRC's Felipa Award recognizes the courageand effectiveness of groups or leaders dedicated to improving the humanrights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and otherindividuals stigmatized and abused because of their sexuality or HIV status.
Each award winner will receive a $5,000 stipend. The awards will bepresented at a special ceremony in New York on April 28, 2008.www.iglhrc.org
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The European Court of Human Rights today reaffirmed that the ban ondeporting people to countries where they are at risk of torture orill-treatment is absolute and unconditional. The judgment in Saadi v. Italyis being hailed as a major reassertion of the importance of the rule of lawby 11 international human rights groups, including Amnesty International,the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the AIRE Centre, Human RightsWatch, INTERIGHTS, the International Commission of Jurists, JUSTICE, theMedical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture, Open SocietyJustice Initiative, REDRESS, and the World Organization Against Torture(OMCT). This judgment comes at a time when deportation to states known topractice torture and ill-treatment is occurring with troubling frequency inthe name of the 'war on terror.'
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Two former high-ranking Shiite government officials charged with kidnappingand killing scores of Sunnis were ordered released Monday after prosecutorsdropped the case. The abrupt move renewed concerns about the willingness ofIraq's leaders to act against sectarianism and cast doubts on U.S. effortsto build an independent judiciary.
The collapse of the trial stunned American and Iraqi officials who had spentmore than a year assembling the case, which they said included a wide arrayof evidence.
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Homosexual relations are criminalised in every countryin Southasia except Nepal. In the majority of thesecountries, this criminalisation is based on thecolonial-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), drafted by theBritish in 1860 and subsequently introduced across theEmpire. Section 377 of the IPC has remained in placein many former colonies, including Bangladesh, Burma,India and Pakistan. It states: "Whoever voluntarilyhas carnal intercourse against the order of naturewith any man, woman or animal, shall be punished withimprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of eitherdescription for a term which may extend to 10 years,and shall also be liable to fine."
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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
Kenneth.Sherrill@hunter.cuny.edu
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This is a link to a study looking at the role that internet communities havein the lives of Lesbian and Bisexual women and how this may relate, if atall, to health and well being. Further it will consider if message boardsmay in some way function as a sense of community and/or social support.
At the end of the survey (mostly multiple choice questions) there is anopportunity to register your interest in taking part in the qualitative partof the study.
www.surveymonkey.com/sexualitysurvey
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The "Stop the Hate" program is
now under new leadership. Effective today, ownership of the highly acclaimednational bias & hate crime prevention program was officially transferredfrom the Association of Colleges Unions International (ACUI) to CampusPride.
Stop the Hate is an educational program founded in 2000 by Shane Windmeyeras a volunteer of ACUI and has consistently grown under his leadership withACUI. Stop the Hate provides trainings and resources on how toprevent/respond to hate crimes and bias incidents at colleges anduniversities across the United States.
www.stophate.org
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Gay & Lesbian Leadership SmartBrier
http://www.smartbrief.com/index.jsp
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New York borough may field five out candidates for council
A record five out candidates from Queens, New York, are mulling runs in 2009to become the first LGBT elected official to represent the borough on theNew York City Council. The possibility of having five out candidates is asign of the success of the borough's LGBT community in working with thelocal Democratic Party, according to this article. New York Daily News (3/2)
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Korean lesbian aims to be first out member of Parliament
Choi Hyun-sook, chairwoman of the committee for sexual minorities in Korea'sDemocratic Labor Party, is running to become the nation's first out memberof Parliament. The Korea Times (3/3)
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9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurateand inclusive representations of the gay and transgender community and theissues that affect their lives. Special nominees and presenters at upcomingGLAAD Media Awards include Janet Jackson, Rufus Wainwright, Ilene Chaiken,Brian Graden, Wilson Cruz, Judy Shepard, Alan Cumming, Billy Baldwin andCandis Cayne. The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in New York onMonday, March 17, 2008 at the Marriott Marquis; in South Florida at theSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 12; in Los Angeles onSaturday, April 26 at the Kodak Theatre; and in San Francisco on Saturday,May 10 at the San Francisco Marriott.
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Anything but Straight
http://www.waynebesen.com/
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When openly gay Gene Robinson was elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshirein 2003, the Nigerian Archbishop, Peter J. Akinola, called the event"Satanic." However, after reading the latest issue of Atlantic Magazine, itappears that Akinola is the one whose behavior is modeled on the devil.

According to the article, Muslim fanatics attacked Christian worshippers inthe Nigerian town of Yelwa in February 2004. They set fire to a church andmurdered anyone who tried to escape - leaving 78 people dead. Inretaliation, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, led, at thetime, by Akinola, surrounded the town. The vigilantes murdered 660 Muslims -while torching twelve mosques and 300 houses.
http://www.waynebesen.com/2008/03/arch-butcher-of-nigeria.html
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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News
dailyqueernews@yahoo.com
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West Virginia: Bill would make sexual orientation protected class
http://www.timeswv.com/westvirginia/local_story_065020313.html
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Gay Village Can Grow to Other Areas, Forum Told
Toronto's gay village - located at Church and Wellesley Sts. - is a greatlanding spot, but it's no longer the only safe residential haven forhomosexuals.
http://www.towncrieronline.ca/main/main.php?direction=viewstory&storyid=6590&rootcatid=8&rootsubcatid=
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Dutch Stand up for Gays at UN Human Rights Council
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7022.html
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Gay and lesbian teachings defended
A call for children to be taught more about gay and lesbian issues has beendefended by the Scottish Government.
http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5i7gbAXidIOW9StyMT0_R5IJjc7qQ
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Gay Porn House Ruling Upheld
A Court of Appeal in Florida has upheld a ruling in favour of a homeowners' association that claimed a group of men leasing a house in its neighbourhoodwere violating its restrictions on running a business out of a home.
The homeowner, Judith Crago, leased the home to Charles Foulk, the owner ofthe 'College Boys Live' pornography site.
More than 20 live feed cameras were installed throughout the property sothat customers could pay to watch live sex acts.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7028.html
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Under God: McCain's Incendiary Supporter
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2008/03/hagee_hug.html
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I was an Ex-Gay in Bible School
http://a_musing.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
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Focus on the Family 'Saddened' at Obama's Respect for Bible, Gay Couples
http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/focus-on-the-family-saddened-at-obamas-respect-for-the-bible/
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Gay Sports Groups Sprout on Campus
http://www.outsports.com/os/index.php/2008021861/Campus/News/Gay-Sports-Groups-Sprout-Up-on-Campus.html
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