Thursday, March 06, 2008

GLBT DIGEST March 6, 2008

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From Kate Kendell
The National Center for Lesbian Rights
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Watching yesterday's arguments in our California marriage case, I feltoverwhelmed and moved in a way I don't quite know how to describe. NCLRLegal Director Shannon Minter was extraordinary, laying out our case onbehalf of the couples we represent with brilliant poignancy, clarity, andhumanity. Terry Stewart, arguing on behalf of the City and County of SanFrancisco, was likewise a model of intellect and articulation.
The Court was engaged and involved in the argument at a level I have rarelyseen in any appellate argument. It is, of course, impossible to predict theoutcome, but it is clear that the members of the California Supreme Courtdid their homework-they understood the arguments of all parties and hadcomplete mastery of the relevant case law. All seven members of the Courtasked multiple questions. There can be no doubt that they understand theissue and the law. Now we just hope, pray, visualize, meditate, and believein infinite possibility.
http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer
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Forwarded from Steve Krantz, PhD
PFLAG Director, Southern Pacific Region, http://www.pflag.org
Jews for Marriage Equality Founder, http://www.jewsformarriageequality.org
Valley Grassroots for Democracy Board Member,
http://www.valleygrassroots.org
Personal Blog - http://krantzarama.blogspot.com
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California Conservative Rabbis Rally Behind Same-Sex Marriage Rights
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. ..... Three years ago, an activist named Steve Krantz foundedthe L.A.-based Jews for Marriage Equality. Krantz, 60, was a member ofValley Beth Shalom, a 1,700-family Conservative synagogue located in Encinoin the heavily Jewish San Fernando Valley. Krantz's rabbi, Harold Schulweis,was one of the earliest Conservative voices to call for support of gay andlesbian rights; in 1992 he delivered a sermon calling for the fullacceptance of gays and lesbians in Jewish life. .... PS - we are at 98CA rabbis and counting!
http://www.forward.com/articles/12828/
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FRANK CALLS FOR EXTENDING MASSACHUSETTS ANTIDISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION TO
TRANSGENDER PEOPLE
Newton, MA-U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Newton) today
submitted the following statement urging the Massachusetts legislature toextend current state antidiscrimination laws to people who are transgender.
Rep. Frank has long supported policies to extend important employment,housing and other protections to people who are transgender.
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New York Times
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New York: Gay Marriage Gains Notice in State Court
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/nyregion/06gay.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=gay&st=nyt&oref=slogin
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Ireland: Ian Paisley's Protestant followers loved, respected and feared theiconic leader in equal measure, but many loathed the favoritism he affordedhis son, Ian Jr.
That resentment helped fuel the downfall this week of Northern Ireland'sgreatest political survivor.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-NIreland-Juniors-Follies.html?scp=3&sq=gay&st=nyt
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U.S. Universities Join Saudis in Partnerships
...American institutions said they were concerned about the possiblepitfalls of working in a society where women cannot drive, gay rights do notexist and Israelis are not welcome. The agreements do contain an exitclause.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/education/06partner.html?scp=5&sq=gay&st=nyt
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Washington Post
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Md. Senator at a Loss for Words Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The votes to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland aren't there this year.
There may be enough to legalize civil unions, but not if they are calledcivil unions.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503537.html
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'Idol' Shocker! Another Truth Bared!
A participant in a CBS competition series once worked as a stripper at aclub in New York City, performing for its mostly male clientele!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503511.html
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'Extraordinarily Brutal' Crime Draws 28-Year Term
Toni Brown is paralyzed from her neck down, the result of a jealousex-lover's bullet that severed her spine five months ago.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502963.html
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Is America Ready for a Gay 'Idol'?
No finalist has ever been portrayed as openly gay during the past six
seasons of "American Idol." With more details about contestants' personallives being exposed _ both on the show and unofficially online _ that couldchange, and soon. Or will it be "Idol" business as usual?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502899.html
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Sun-Sentinel
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Fort Lauderdale pulls mayor's column for criticism of gays
The mayor's column in Fort Lauderdale's bi-monthly publication will bediscontinued, replaced in the future with a message from the entire CityCommission, after his latest subject matter - men having sex in parks -ticked off his colleagues and some in the public.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbnaugle0305sbmar06,0,5989349.story
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Express Gay News
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Gay outrage builds over military invasion of the Oscars
Just two years after Oscar snubbed best-picture front-runner "BrokebackMountain," gay leaders wonder if they just got slapped deliberately again byGolden Boy. Outrage continues to build over how Oscar chiefs chose to stagethe presentation of the award for best documentary short. It was bestowed byU.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine troops in Iraq. Surely, they must'verealized that a gay-themed nominee, "Freeheld," might win and the awardpresentation would be an awkward setup.
http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/03/gay-outrage-bui.html
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Six held in torture of Jewish teen in France
Six youths in France have been detained for allegedly torturing a Jewishteenager by punching him, sexually humiliating him and writing "dirty Jew"on his forehead, France's main Jewish organization said Wednesday.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-03-05-teen-torture_N.htm
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Tennessee: Bill to ban teaching about homosexuality in schools killedThe move was coupled with a request that the state Department of Educationinvestigate whether homosexuality is being discussed now in schools.
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/mar/05/bill-to-ban-teaching-about-homosexuality-in/
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Right wing magazine 'clears up confusion' on gays
http://pageoneq.com/news/2008/Right_wing_magazine_clears_up_confusion_on_0305.html
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Four gay candidates advance in Texas - Link to pictures:
http://bloggernista.com/2008/03/05/four-gay-candidates-advance-in-texas/
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365Gay.com
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Do-Over In Michigan, Florida?
(Washington) Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interestin holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes willcount in the epic Democratic campaign.
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Superdelegates Reluctant Power Brokers
Washington) More than 200 Democratic Party officials pondered theircollective power to tip the presidential nomination to Barack Obama orHillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday, and came to a near-universal consensus:sit tight for now.
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Group Unveils McCain Attack Ads
Washington) A Democratic-leaning group financed by a major labor union andwealthy liberal activists is running ads against Sen. John McCain in Ohioand Pennsylvania, the beginning of a media campaign against the GOPnominee-in-waiting.
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NYS Lawmakers Urged To Pass Transgender Rights Bill
Albany, New York) It is time for New York state lawmakers to pass theGender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, the state's largest LGBTrights organization said Wednesday, pointing to a new poll that shows NewYorkers overwhelmingly support the bill.
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Columbia SC Passes Trans Rights Bill
Columbia, South Carolina) Columbia, South Carolina on Wednesday became thefirst municipality in the state to enact laws protecting gays andtransgendereds.
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Gay Georgia Man Wins Coverage Dispute With State Insurance Plan
(Atlanta, Georgia) After pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union,Georgia's Commissioner of Insurance has agreed to allow Jon Lawson, a gayman, to purchase health insurance through a state plan designed to helppeople who are uninsured.
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Hospitals In Canadian Province Agree To Recognize Unmarried Same-SexPartners As Next Of Kin
(Fredericton, New Brunswick) New Brunswick hospitals have agreed to acceptsame-sex partners as next of kin following a human rights complaint.
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Wa. Gov. To Sign Expanded Partnership Bill
(Olympia, Washington) Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to signlegislation expanding the state's domestic partnership law to provide formore than 170 additional rights and responsibilities which married couplesalready have.
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Iowa GOP Fails In Bid To Advance Anti-Gay Amendment
(Des Moines, Iowa) Iowa Republicans frustrated with the majority Democratsrefusal to hold a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to bansame-sex marriage have failed in their last ditch effort to advance the
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Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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A life or death decision
Mehdi Kazemi is a gay teenager from Iran. He sought sanctuary in Britainafter his boyfriend was hanged for homosexuality. So why is Britain sodetermined to send him back to Tehran - to almost certain execution?
A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Britain when his boyfriend wasexecuted by the Iranian authorities now faces the same fate after losing hislegal battle for asylum. Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study Englishin 2004 but later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by theIranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged. In a telephoneconversation with his father in Tehran, Mr Kazemi was told that before theexecution in April 2006, his boyfriend had been questioned about sexualrelations he had with other men and under interrogation had named Mr Kazemias his partner. Fearing for his own life if he returned to Iran, MrKazemi claimed asylum in Britain. But late in 2007 his case was refused.
Terror-stricken at the prospect of deportation, the young Iranian made adesperate attempt to evade deportation and fled Britain for Holland where heis now being detained amid a growing outcry from campaigners.
http://independent.co.uk/
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Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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Venezuela: In a ruling published yesterday by the Supreme Justice Tribunalin Venezuela, the top court's constitutional wing ruled that same-sexmarriages cannot be constitutionally authorized even if the Venezuelanconstitution prohibits "any form of discrimination, including that which isbased on sexual orientation."
This according to an article in today's El Universal that says that thejustices keyed in on language that elevates marriage between a man and awoman to the constitutional level unlike other forms of relationships.
http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/2008/03/venezuela-top-court-says-no-to-same-sex.html
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Forwarded from Gay Asalyum - UK
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A group representing lesbians in Croatia has questioned why only one personhas been prosecuted for attacking last year's Pride parade in the capitalcity of Zagreb. Last week Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives andproperty and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind barsafter being found guilty of a hate crime.
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Sudan: The Japanese government should make ending the suffering andviolence in Sudan a top priority in meetings this week with the Sudanesepresidential assistant, Nafi Ali Nafi, Human Rights Watch said today. HumanRights Watch has written a letter to Japan's Foreign Minister MasahikoKoumura asking him to use this official visit to press Sudan to immediatelyend attacks on civilians, to stop obstructing the deployment ofpeacekeepers, and to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court.
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Pakistan protests against Wilders film
Pakistan has summoned the Dutch ambassador because of Geert Wilders' anti-Qur'an film Fitna. A spokesperson for the Pakistani authorities callsthe Dutch Freedom Party leader "biased and bigoted" and says the film hasnothing to do with freedom of expression. Pakistan has also brought theissue to the attention of the European Union and the Vatican. At Islamabad'srequest, the matter has been placed at the top of the agenda at next week'ssummit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference in Senegal. There have beennew demonstrations against the Netherlands and Denmark in Afghanistan. Dutchflags were burned in a number of cities. The protestors are demanding thatthe Afghan government break all ties with the two countries.
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Gay Asylum shall be dedicating all its posting and news tomorrow For MadhiKamazi, with our sincere wish and desire being that he receives a positiveresponse from the Dutch judge, when he delivers his verdict. It is also toshow both the Dutch and British governments the world wide support andconcern there is for Madhi.
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Netherlands: The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told aninternational meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserveequal rights. Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of theUnited Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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China's National People's Congress should not allow another session toconclude without adopting reforms to improve protections on 10 key humanrights issues, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Chinese PremierWen Jiabao.The letter urges Premier Wen to act on his stated commitment topromoting social justice and building the rule of law, and expresses regretat the Chinese government's failure to make substantial progress on thesekey human rights reforms over the last year since the last National People'sCongress session. The congress, which meets annually and is attended by morethan 3,000 delegates, is meeting from March 5-18.
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Ukrainian Members of Parliament Move to Staunch Alternate Sexual Identities
According to information spread by the group "Love againsthomosexualism" atthe beginning of March, some members of theParliament of Ukraine considerthat "propaganda and expansion ofhomosexuality in the country form a threatto national security, contradict national interests, undermine authority ofrights and freedoms of human being and family".
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National Gay News
http://nationalgaynews.com/component/option,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/
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Massachusetts: Patrick Backs Bill to Protect Rights of Transgendered
Governor Deval Patrick said yesterday he supports a bill protectingtransgendered people from discrimination, legislation similar to lawsalready enacted in more than a dozen states.
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Last Refugee Bid Refused to Gay Malaysian
A Malaysian man who is to be deported Thursday after being refused refugeestatus is pleading with the federal government to intervene and let him stayin Canada.
Kulenthiran Amirthalingan made a last-ditch appeal to Immigration MinisterDiane Finley, asking her to stay the March 6 deportation order to his nativeMalaysia. He fears persecution because he is gay.
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Canada: Lover Acquitted of Murdering Gay Bar Owner
The long-time lover of popular Toronto gay bar owner Janko Naglic has beenacquitted of his first-degree murder by a jury that deliberated for aroundfour hours.
The jury returned with its not guilty verdict around 10:15 p.m. Tuesdayfollowing a three-week trial that heard from an array of witnesses whotestified about the deteriorating relationship between the accused, IvanMendez-Romero, and Naglic.
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Controversy Continues About Gay Dads Who Happen to be Penguins
In The Life presents its new episode in April, called ChallengingConvention. The show looks at same-sex animals that choose to cohabitate;
and the program will be focusing on the children's book And Tango MakesThree.
"Tango" topped the American Library Association's (ALA) list of the mostchallenged books in 2006, and the ALA named it as a Notable Children's Bookof 2006.
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Columbia, S.C., Bans Housing Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientationand Gender Identity
Today the Columbia City Council voted unanimously to pass ordinancesprohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or genderidentity in housing and public accommodations. South Carolina Equalityproposed these ordinances in January and the ordinances passed with littleopposition.
C. Ray Drew, Executive Director of South Carolina Equality, said, "We havepassed one of the most comprehensive bills in the country, in one of themost conservative states in the country. South Carolina, and states likeours, represents the front lines of our battle for LGBT civil rights in thiscountry."
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In an Absolut World, All Advertisers Would Be This Gay-Friendly
To avid readers, it probably seems like Absolut's iconic imagery has beengracing the back pages of U.S. glossies forever. In actual fact, the Swedishspirit company's squat-necked bottle has only been starring in print adssince its aptly-titled introduction in 1981, Absolut Perfection.
That campaign did more than bring the brand to the American masses; it alsoacquainted Absolut with the gay and lesbian community, with ads appearing inThe Advocate, Out and other such publications right from the start.
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Website Picks 'Gayest Song'
IF you are "having the time of your life" you may be dancing to the gayestsong ever.
The lyric comes ABBA's Dancing Queen, which has been ranked by visitors toAustralia's SameSame.com.au website as the gayest song of all time in a listcompiled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and LesbianMardi Gras.
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The Advocate
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Taking the Temperature of Clinton Supporters
LGBT Hillary backers from Iowa, South Carolina, and Texas weigh in on theClinton/Obama divide and whether it can be bridged.
http://advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid52495.asp
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Marriage Equality News
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Unlike many other states, California also has a robust domestic partnershiplaw, passed in 1999, which gives gay couples almost all of the legal rightsand benefits afforded to married couples. Civil unions, in other words,already exist in California in all but name. "It will be hard to point afinger at California and say, 'You discriminator,' because they've been wayahead of the curve in eliminating all of the tangible aspects ofdiscrimination," says Kmiec. The flip side of that is also true, of course.
"The court can turn that around and say, 'Well, if you've made virtually allof these choices, why are you withholding this last increment of dignity?' "
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The Sheboygan Area School District today announced that it has denied agrievance filed by a female employee over the district's refusal to granther two days paid leave to travel to Canada and marry another woman. LeighRobert, 38, who works in the district's recreation department and also as asecretary at Jefferson Elementary School, filed the grievance when thedistrict would not pay the leave for her to wed Judy Stock, 51. The women,who live in Kiel and are unable to marry legally in Wisconsin, appeared Feb.28 at a hearing before the Human Resources Committee of the district'sgoverning board.
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Pink News - UK
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Ukrainian MPs attack "popularisation" of homosexuality
A parliamentary committee in the Ukraine has recommended that the state takesteps to repress "homosexualism, lesbianism, other sexual perversions, whichdo not correspond to moral principles of the society."
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Call for action against bogus AIDS cures
A leading human rights group has called on the United Nations to act againstthe proliferation of unproven treatments for AIDS.
An article published in the peer-reviewed journal Globalisation and Health,Human Rights Watch cited examples of the promotion of these remedies incountries as diverse as Zambia,
Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, India, and Zimbabwe.
Human Rights Watch says the UN and its member states are failing to addressserious threats to life and health.
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Gay equality group gets million YouTube hits
Videos produced by the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, have beenviewed more than one million times on the popular online video site YouTube.
HRC has created nearly 70 videos on a wide variety of subjects relevant tothe fight for GLBT equality. The first clip was posted in September 2006.
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Good news for Obama in Texas
Though Hillary Clinton took Texas with the popular vote in the primaries,Barack Obama regained some lost ground by winning the state's caucus, whichaccounts for one-third of the state's delegates.
But the win is bittersweet, with the Clinton campaign crying foul, saying itmight mount a legal challenge to the state's caucus results.
Clinton's camp is citing what it says are "hundreds of complaints" theyreceived accusing the Obama campaign of mischief.
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Porn company abandons bareback after BBC investigation
British porn producer Icreme has agreed to stop filming bareback scenes.
The company claims to produce more adult material than any other in the UK.
Icreme told the BBC that all their porn performers would use condoms fromnow on.
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HIV+ bareback porn performer speaks out
Clyde is like many 20 year old gay boys: chatty, outgoing, sweet natured,and already learning the harsh realities of life on the scene.
A former porn performer, he found out he is HIV+ last year.
BBC news programme Newsnight has been investigating the booming industry incheaply made gay porn and the seemingly insatiable appetite for filmsfeaturing sex without condoms, known as 'bareback.'
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Straight man taunted for being gay backed by EHRC
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken up the case of a56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gaybecause he lives in Brighton.
An employment tribunal and an appeal tribunal have both rejected his claimsof sexual discrimination.
Stephen English suffered years of abuse and insinuation from colleagues atThomas Sanderson Blinds, based near Portsmouth, where he had worked insales.
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Homophobia to be tackled at Euro 2008
An LGBT rights organisation in Austria will display posters around Viennatackling the subject of homophobia during the UEFA European FootballChampionship later this year.
Switzerland and Austria will co-host the tournament from June 7th to 29th.None of the UK home nations qualified.
QWIEN, which is based in Vienna, has announced a Europe-wide competition todesign the posters.
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Runners invited to do their bit for gay rights
In the light of their successful performance last year, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) have once again secured places in the Manchester Run.
The charity are inviting people to team up and join them in what promises tobe one of the biggest 10 km events in the world.
The LGF is one of the UK's largest gay charities, offering a variety ofservices and supporting the lesbian, gay and bisexual community, such aslegal advice and a free helpline.
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Bi and lesbian women's net communities studied
A London university is looking at the role that internet communities have inthe lives of lesbian and bisexual women and how this may relate to healthand well being.
Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to takepart in an online survey as part of the study, which will also consider ifmessage boards function as a sense of community or social support.
In the next phase of the study the research team will be conducting a seriesof interviews and are keen for bi and lesbian women to take part.
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Iranian and Chilean LGBT activists honoured
A trans activist and an Iranian queer organisation will be honoured by theInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) at a specialceremony next month.
Andres Ignacio Rivera Duarte of Chile's OrganizaciĆ³n de Transexuales por laDignidad de la Diversidad and the Canada-based Iranian Queer Organisation(IRQO) will be awarded the 2008 Felipa de Souza Award.
Each award winner will receive a $5,000 (£2,516) stipend. The awards will bepresented at a ceremony in New York on April 28th, 2008.
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American porn performers concerned about STDs
In an anonymous survey conducted by TheSword.com last week, almost 30% ofgay adult performers revealed that they were either HIV positive or wereunaware of their HIV status.
While many performers believed that condom-only studios were providingsafety for industry workers in the area of HIV prevention, only halfbelieved that they were receiving adequate prevention from other STDs likesyphilis, HPV and chlamydia. The study comes on the heels of legendary adultfilm director Chi Chi Larue's new "safe sex is hot sex" campaign.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
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As a health care specialist, Army Sgt. Darren Manzella has served hiscountry in Iraq and Kuwait, having twice been deployed to the Middle Eastsince joining in the Army in 2002. The second time around, however, Manzellaserved as an openly gay soldier, having come out after the first tour. Thatopenness led to anonymous calls and e-mails, Manzella says, advising him tobe less open. Manzella laid out everything for his superiors, even supplyingthem with evidence of his then relationship with another man. Despite aninvestigation, the Pentagon seems to have found no evidence of Manzellabeing gay.
http://www.metroweekly.com/covers/cover_preview.html
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Action Fund and Equality Maryland team up against efforts to nix genderidentity protections.
The Task Force Action Fund is working with Equality Maryland to review morethan 30,000 signatures that were gathered to challenge a law banningdiscrimination on the basis of gender identity. The Montgomery County (Md.)Council unanimously passed the law last fall, but opponents recentlysubmitted signatures to county officials seeking to place a measure on theNovember ballot aimed at abolishing the law.
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West Virginia: The Task Force Action Fund this week sent out an action alertto West Virginians, urging them to ask their delegates in the state House tosupport Senate Bill 60, which would add sexual orientation to the state'snondiscrimination policy. The Senate unanimously passed the measure lastweek.
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Mississippi: The Task Force Action Fund this week sent an action alert toMississippians, urging them to ask their state representatives to rejectSenate Bill 2766, which would prohibit unmarried, cohabitating couples fromadopting children in Mississippi. The House Judiciary Committee may act onthe bill this week.
http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=jwKYJiM4IkJXJpL&s=fvK0KgMZJtJ4LiOWIrG&m=hgKSJ3MEIjK1E>
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The Los Angeles Times reports that the debate over what
constitutes an "indecent" broadcast may come up before the Supreme Courtthis week. It would mark the first time in 30 years that the question hasappeared before the court.
The court last ruled on the issue in 1978, and, as The Los Angeles Timespoints out, media has changed dramatically since then with cable television,the internet and radio "shock jocks."
http://avn.com/index.cfm?objectID=760DD71C-D7AC-C68C-E1D7FFCAE17B9871
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IN THE LIFE has a 16-year heritage of producing powerful stories about thepeople and issues shaping the gay experience, nationally and abroad. Now weare looking to the independent producing community to help expand anddiversify our programming.
IN THE LIFE MEDIA, INC is now seeking documentaries about the LGBTQexperience for our 2008 and 2009 season. We will consider non-fiction filmsof all lengths created by independent producers or entities in the past fiveyears for acquisition. Preference will be given to broadcast premieres.
For submission guidelines and more information go to http://www.inthelifetv.org/
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Consulate of Uruguay in New York
Please join Mateando and the International Gay and Lesbian Human RightsCommission (IGLHRC) for an evening event to celebrate Uruguay's new civilunion law, which grants same-sex couples who have been in a relationship forfive years the same rights and privileges as married heterosexual couples.
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Iraqi Police arresting Gays and Transgender Iraqi's in new and rare videofootage.
Evidence of the Brutality by the Badr Corps and Iraqi police against thelgbt community in Iraq. Iraqi government uses terrorizing methods toilluminate homosexuality in Iraq. New evidence highlighting video streams ofIraqi lgbt's that we have recently obtained shows member of the most forbidden group in Iraq beenarrested, held in custody and having their heads shaved and praised withsongs of hate and revenge.
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Iranian feminist and journalist Parvin Ardalan was prevented from leavingIran on Sunday to travel to Sweden where she was to receive the 2007 OlofPalme Prize in Stockholm. She told the AFP news agency that after sheboarded an Air France flight at Tehran airport she was paged and then toldthat she was not permitted to leave the country.
"They took my passport and asked me to refer to the presidential officedepartment for passport affairs after 72 hours to take it back," she said.
"The only reason for this move is to prevent me from taking part in theceremony. I think this is unreasonable."
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