Tuesday, May 06, 2008

GLBT DIGEST May 6, 2008

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New York Times
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-Mildred Loving, Who Fought Ban on Mixed Marriage, Dies at 68
Mildred Loving, a black woman whose anger over being banished from Virginiafor marrying a white man led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturningstate miscegenation laws, died on May 2 at her home in Central Point, Va.She was 68.

-McCain criticizes Obama for vote against chief justice
Republican John McCain is castigating Democrat Barack Obama for votingagainst John Roberts as Supreme Court chief justice.

-Gay former N.J. gov's divorce trial to begin in closed court
After two tell-all books, tawdry sex claims and 3 1/2 years of living apart,New Jersey's gay former governor and his estranged wife are finally facingoff in divorce court.

-Republican Evangelical Support Has Peaked: Analyst
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain will almostcertainly garner less of the evangelical vote in November than the almost 80percent that President George W. Bush took in 2004, a former top Bush aidesaid on Monday.

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-ACLU: Teens outed by principal were not publicly displaying affection
Monday, I spoke with Chris Hampton of the ACLU's national LGBT Project. Sheassured me that both Memphis teens outed by their high school principal werenot kissing, hugging or doing anything sexual at school.

Express Gay News
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-Judge orders Ga. Tech gay 'Safe Space' program to drop religious references
Group's website had described some faiths as anti-gay
A gay student group at Georgia Tech, known as Safe Space and funded bystudent activity fees, cannot include information in its training materialsand website that labels certain religions in a negative context because oftheir views on homosexuality, a federal judge ruled last week.

-Stage set for Pa. Senate vote on gay marriage, civil unions
Vote in full Senate is likely for Wed.
The stage is set for the full Pennsylvania Senate to vote on aconstitutional amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriage and civilunions in Pennsylvania.

-John Gibson Mocks Rachel Maddow's Sexuality: "Ooh, Lesbians! Yummy!"
On his radio show yesterday, Fox News host John Gibson made fun of AirAmerica host/MSNBC analyst Rachel Maddow, playing a clip that says "Ooh,lesbians! Yummy!" after airing audio of her discussing media coverage ofJeremiah Wright. Maddow is a lesbian.

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-McCain Promotes Conservative Stand On Supreme Court Nominations
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina) Republican John McCain castigated DemocratBarack Obama for voting against John Roberts as Supreme Court chief justicein a speech about the kind of judges McCain would nominate.

-Indiana, NC To Settle Largest Remaining Contests
(Evansville, Indiana) Like marathoners on their second wind, Barack Obamaand Hillary Rodham Clinton raced for advantage until the final hours in thecampaign for the Indiana and North Carolina primaries Tuesday.

-Kiss Lands Mass. Gay Couple In Trouble With Police
(George Town, Grand Cayman) A gay couple from Massachusetts was detained bypolice after kissing on the dance floor of a popular club on Grand Cayman.

-Anti-Gay Amendment Advances In Pennsylvania
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) A proposed constitutional amendment that wouldbar same-sex marriage and civil unions in Pennsylvania passed a keycommittee on Monday and is now headed for a full vote on the Senate floor.

-Gay Ex-NJ Gov Divorce Trial Promises Sordid Details
(Trenton, New Jersey) New Jersey's former first couple is finally about tobecome unhitched, and it figures to be especially messy.

-School District Stands Behind Principal Who Outed Gay Teen Couple
(Memphis, Tennessee) A principal who outed two gay students, claiming theywere a couple, did nothing wrong the Memphis Schools board says.

-Civil Union Bill Dropped Over Veto Threat
(Canberra) The Australian Capital Territory has dropped plans forlegislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples following a weekendthreat by the federal government to veto the proposal.

-Clinton More Like Bush Than McCain?
(Indianapolis, Indiana) Barack Obama likened Hillary Rodham Clinton toPresident Bush for threatening to "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacksIsrael and called her gas-tax holiday a gimmick as he tried to fend off herchallenge ahead of two pivotal Democratic primaries.

National Gay News
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-Is Being Well Hung the Key to Happiness?
Things were not looking good for Josh (not his real name). He had lost allthe money he'd made as a day trader. To make matters worse, his longtimegirlfriend walked out on him, taking all the furniture and whatever else shecould carry. By any measure, it was rock bottom. But when Josh's friendsmobilized the rescue crew, they were astounded: Josh appeared to be totallyunfazed.

-African American Delegate Makes History
It's beginning to look like the Democrats might not have an official nomineebefore their August 25th national convention. That could bestowunprecedented power to delegates to determine the party's officialcandidate. When party bigwigs meet in Denver, they'll share the room withtwo transgender activists. The first, Diego Sanchez was appointed by the DNCchairman himself-Howard Dean. The second, Marisa Richmond, is the party'sfirst openly transgender African-American delegate.

Marriage Equality News
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-San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2006 - In an adroit end-run against aVatican ban on granting adoptions to same-sex couples, Catholic Charities ofSan Francisco will launch a new project in coming weeks that experts saywill lead to the placement of hundreds of foster children around the stateevery year.
While the agency will no longer directly place children in homes, it willprovide staff and financial resources to connect needy children to adoptiveparents, expanding from 25 placements a year to assisting in the adoptionsof as many as 800 children annually, say those involved in the program.

-The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts has criticized state leaders ofthe Knights of Columbus for refusing to allow a vote at their annualconvention on a measure that would have required suspension of themembership of politicians who support abortion or same-sex marriage. [...]Two-thirds of K of C members who serve in the Massachusetts legislaturerecently voted in favor or a proposal to expand "buffer zones" outsideabortion clinics, while more than three-quarters voted against aconstitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

From Stonewall Democrats
I wanted to take a moment today to report to you the results of ourinaugural Stonewall Census. This past December, we conducted an in-depthsurvey of the opinions and priorities of our members.
The Stonewall Census surveyed our membership on a range of subjectsincluding voting priorities, Democratic participation and satisfaction withour work. The responses are invaluable and continue to inform our programs.
As a service to you, we would like to provide you with the results of ourStonewall Census. Stonewall Census Report:

Pink News - UK
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-"Russian Madonna" reluctant to be a gay icon
She has had 17 number one singles and is reputed to have sold over 100million records. Valeriya is undoubtedly a Russian superstar.PinkNews.co.uk's Adam Lake met up with Eastern diva.

-Day of Silence participants attacked by thugs in St Petersburg
Three prominent Russian gay rights activists were attacked at a non-violentprotest on Saturday. The homophobic assailants were dressed as rappers,according to Interfax. They fled as police approached.

-Modovan gay activists hopeful their Pride march will not be banned
A range of events planned by the gay and lesbian community in the easternEuropean nation of Moldova should go ahead this year without interferencefrom the authorities. For the past three years public events have beenbanned by authorities in the capital city Chisinau.

-Royal blackmailer to appeal conviction
One of the two men sentenced last week to five years in prison forattempting to blackmail a member of the Royal family over gay allegationswill appeal. A lawyer for 31-year-old Ian Strachan told The Scotsman thatthere was no blackmail.

-Australian government stands by ban on gay marriage
The Australian government's decision to refuse same-sex marriages has beencompared to slavery by gay rights groups. Last week the Australiangovernment announced more than 100 reforms.

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-College Students - Partner Preference Survey
Hi! My name is Kristi Young, and I am a graduate student at New MexicoState University working to complete a degree in Marriage and FamilyTherapy. I am currently working on my thesis in which I am exploring mateselection and how individuals choose partners. Because most of thescientific research in the field of mate selection has been carried outthrough studying responses of heterosexual individuals, I am interested inhow gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals decide (1) whichindividuals they would like to date in the short-term, and (2) whatqualities are of interest regarding long-term, committed partners. Toexplore these issues, I have posted a survey online, with the hopes ofgathering information from heterosexual and homosexual college students. Iwill then perform data analyses on this data to check for similarities anddifferences across the two groups. Survey Link:

-An important video about homophobia
This is a video about homophobia set to the words and music of Jewel. Itonly takes a few moments to view and has a profound message. Please feelfree to share the video with others.

-Launch of the website of the International Resource Network
the International Resource Network (IRN) was created to connect researchersfrom both academic and community bases across the global in areas related todiverse sexualities and genders. The International Resource Network acts asan international clearinghouse with contact information, summaries ofholdings and work, web links to regional projects. Additionally, the IRNfosters new and creative work through the development of regional workingpapers and journals. The reception will be held on May 9, 2007 at 6pm in theSkylight room of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, locatedat 365 Fifth Avenue, New York,
NY 10016. Please RSVP to: irn@gc.cuny.edu

Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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We are Meeting against Homophobia!
Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association organizethe Third International Anti-Homophobia Meeting during 12-19 May 2008 inAnkara. Addressing the date on which the World Health Organization droppedhomosexuality from its disease list, 17 May International Day AgainstHomophobia is the day for standing and acting against all physical, moraland symbolic types of violence targeting sexual identities and sexualorientations. This day aims to be in coordination with all initiativesstruggling for the equality of humankind through inspiring and supportingthem.[...] We would like to invite you to this Meeting, in which ideas on aworld where LGBT people and heterosexuals are freed together will be sharedand discussed.

-Members of the Orthodox community demand to re-establish criminal liabilityfor homosexuality
Kaliningrad: Activists of the Orthodox monarchial organization "RussianVanguard" picketed the concert of gay singer Boris Moiseyev in Kaliningrad.
"Kaliningrad administration authorities banned us from picketing the concertof Moiseyev pursuant to Article 23 on personal security of the RussianConstitution. Thus, the authorities say that they are going to protecthomosexuals, and we disagree with that," said the leader of this movementAlexander Klementyev to Interfax. According to Klementyev, "the fear of theofficials who protect Moiseyev's rights for this concert is unclear, as theyat the same time violate our own right to say "no" to the singer."

-Because of the challenges faced by gay bathhouses in Beijing and othercities like police raid, our group, Beijing Aizhixing Institute, iscollecting information on gay bathhouse, public health policies and HIVprograms worldwide. The purpose of the information collection is to findgood policies and advocate for good policies in China. Any suggestion orsupport is appreciated.

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Daily Queer News
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-Two faces of Abby
Dear Abby's pen is double-edged: One side dispenses her solid, homespunadvice; the other, according to critics, promotes a faddish,post-traditional, anything-goes approach to sexual morality.

-Female may claim high Senate post
A shake-up could well be coming to the Democratic good ole boy leadership inthe Utah Senate, making way for the first female Senate leader in Utahhistory, Republican or Democrat.

-Man's beating death is feared to be a hate crime
The March 27 beating and robbery of a man in the Camp Washingtonneighborhood has raised fears that he was targeted because he was gay.

-A Voice Badly Needed
Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and also has thehighest rate of HIV infection. With massive political upheaval compoundingits economic woes, at times in recent years as many as 80 percent of thepopulation has been unemployed. In a population of roughly eight million,there are an estimated 150,000 AIDS orphans and though women make up roughlyhalf the estimated HIV cases, only one in five of those who are pregnantreceive treatment to prevent transmission of the virus to their newborns,according to a 2006 report issued by UNAIDS, the Joint United NationsProgramme for HIV/ AIDS.

-Endangering A Transgender Youth To Tell A Story
Joelle Farrell and John Sullivan are the bylined writers of a PhiladelphiaInquirer (Philly.com) piece entitled School challenge: Transgender studentis age 9. Incredibly, the article gave out information that could helpidentify the specific daytime whereabouts and nighttime neighborhood of anine year old transgender youth.

-Future Unclear for Faith-Based Initiatives
The seventh anniversary of President George W. Bush's Faith Based Initiativepassed quietly. Interestingly, as Sarah Pulliam reported for ChristianityToday, candidates John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama "have eachvoiced support for federal funding of faith- based social services."

-Whatever Happened to Zach?
He's back, and he talked to Morgan Jon Fox for his forthcoming documentary,"This Is What Love In Action Looks Like."
Zach was the sixteen-year-old gay teen who, in 2005, gained worldwideattention when he wrote on his MySpace blog about coming out to his parents.
They quickly shipped him off to Love Won Out's Refuge program for teens. Butbefore entering the program, Zach posted Love In Action's rules online foreveryone to see, and those rules provide a very revealing glimpse into thevery strange world of Love In Action. After weeks of protest and worldwidecondemnation, the Refuge program was finally shut down. But Love In Actionremains active, a dark stain on an ex-gay movement running amok with nooversight or accountability.

-Biblical teachings and homosexuality debated
The debate on homosexuality attracted 40 participants Thursday evening whenstudents and faculty met in Lindsey Auditorium for a screening of thedocumentary "For the Bible tells me so."

-McCain Endorser Pastor Hagee's 'Thrilling' Scenario Includes Nuclear Strikeon US Coasts
The initial controversy over Pastor John Hagee's highly public endorsementof Senator John McCain's presidential bid, at a nationally televised pressconference viewed potentially by millions of Americans, arose when theCatholic League, a far-right Catholic defense organization headed by WilliamDonahue, attacked the endorsement on the basis that Hagee was virulentlyanti-Catholic. Beyond Hagee's demonizing of Catholics and Catholicism,pastor Hagee appears radically anti-American to the extent that he hopes andexpects, as evidenced by a 2006 Hagee appearance on WHYY's "Fresh Air" radioshow and also in Hagee's 2006 best-seller "Jerusalem Countdown", that Godwill incinerate most Americans now living - with a nuclear strike onAmerica's coastal regions. In 2006 Presidential hopeful John McCain appearedto hold a similar view on possible outcomes of a US war with Iran. In anApril 2nd, 2006 appearance on Meet The Press, Senator John McCain,describing to Tim Russert McCain's view of the possible result of a US warwith Iran, declared war with Iran "could be Armageddon".

-Jamaican singers banned in Guyana
Guyanese authorities have banned a Jamaican reggae artist known for anti-gaylyrics from performing in the South American country. Bounty Killer,performing in 2005, has faced opposition in Britain and Germany overanti-gay lyrics. Interior Minister Clement Rohee said Bounty Killer is nolonger welcome because gunfire erupted at an April 19 concert.

-PERSPECTIVE: A Crisis, and a Riddle Too
It's hard to explain, but black youth contract the AIDS virus more oftenthan their white and Latino peers. Yet when we look at the sexual behaviorof these young men, there seems to be little difference.


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