Wednesday, October 29, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - October 29, 2008

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Anything but Straight
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-Sarah's All Dressed Up And Plotting
To fight her culture war, Sarah Palin needed a cultured wardrobe. The Main Street hockey mom wasted no time trading up to 5th Avenue and found the attire much nicer at Saks. Dressed in her Sunday best, Palin pried herself away from Bergdrof Goodman and ventured into the "real America," where she promptly announced her support for a U.S. constitutional amendment prohibiting gay people from marrying.

New York Times
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-New Orleans Rising, by Hammer and Art
Over the last few weeks more than a few locals have stopped by to inform a small construction crew in the Lower Ninth Ward here that it obviously does not know what it is doing. "The whole time we've been here, people have been like, 'You know, that's not the way to build a house,' " said Karen Del Aguila, laughing. "They'd be like, 'Are you guys licensed?' "

Washington Post
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-Gay marriages to begin next month in Connecticut
Officials are gearing up for the day next month when gay and lesbian couples can begin tying the knot in Connecticut. Attorneys involved in the gay marriage case said Tuesday that couples can begin picking up marriage license applications sometime on or after Nov. 10. A judge at the New Haven Superior Court, where the case began in 2004, still must decide the precise date.

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-Divorce, not gays, biggest threat to 'sanctity of marriage'
While contemplating the rhetoric behind Amendment 2, I began to think about the "sanctity of marriage" and the things that threaten it. The greatest threat to the "sanctity of marriage" is divorce. About 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, and for many people, that happens more than once. The second greatest threat is adultery - a phenomenon that has become more commonplace every year.,0,2522791.story

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-Military Group: Ending DADT would ease burden on troops
An organization that represents gays in the military said Tuesday that the Army's continued use of stop loss is further evidence that the discharge of over 12,500 service members based on sexual orientation since 1993 under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" undermines military readiness.

The Advocate
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-The Latino Players in the Prop. 8 Fight: Mayors and Models
José Eduardo Verástegui is tall, dark, and handsome, not to mention rich and famous. This Latino actor and sex symbol was a favorite of gay Mexicans and Mexican-Americans -- until he came out as one of the loudest proponents of California's Proposition 8. The pitched battle raging between gay leaders and conservative Christians over the ballot initiative that could take marriage rights away from same-sex couples has spread beyond California's borders: The Utah-based Mormon Church has contributed the bulk of the money to promote Proposition 8, and many donors to the fight against the initiative live thousands of miles from the Golden State.

-No on 8 Rolls Out Sen. Dianne Feinstein Ad
U.S. senator Dianne Feinstein has filmed an ad urging voters to vote against California's Proposition 8, the proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn the state supreme court's May decision legalizing gay marriage by banning same-sex couples from getting married. No on 8 campaign staff announced the new ad during a conference call with reporters Tuesday, in which they also said their fund-raising totals had reached $32 million, giving them a narrow $1 million to $2 million lead over Prop. 8 supporters.

-Washington State Students Asked to Support LGBT Peers
Students at Washington State University were asked to wear red Tuesday to show support for gay students in the wake of a rash of alleged antigay bias crimes on campus, reports the Associated Press. Campus police in conjunction with Pullman police are looking into three potential hate crimes that occurred on or near the university earlier this month. (The Advocate)

-Gay Dems and Republicans Can Find Common Ground in Obama
COMMENTARY: According to polls, George W. Bush received around 25% of the gay vote in 2000 and 2004 in spite of his abandoning a promise to be a compassionate conservative. Now the Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed a McCain-Palin ticket, and while this endorsement is essential to LCR's remaining politically relevant within the GOP, the gay community should not follow Log Cabin's lead -- and instead should fervently and actively support Barack Obama. According to polls, George W. Bush received around 25% of the gay vote in 2000 and 2004. This was in spite of his abandoning a promise to be a compassionate conservative by backing discriminatory constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in order to win reelection by driving conservative turnout. It was also in spite of the Log Cabin Republicans withholding its support for his reelection.

Pink News - UK
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-Milk biopic premieres in San Francisco
Hollywood glamour came to Northern California last night as San Francisco hosted the premiere of a film about one of its most famous sons. Hundreds of supporters of a ban on gay marriage in the state picketed the screening of Milk, which was attended by stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna.

-Lottery funding for five year study into gays, drugs and alcohol
The Big Lottery Fund's Big Research Programme is to provide funds for "England's first ever research into drug and alcohol use among lesbian, gay and bisexual communities." The Lesbian and Gay Foundation and The International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion at the University of Central Lancashire will conduct the project will take place over the next five years.

-Gay hate preachers will be refused entry to UK under new rules
The government has announced new measures to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages from coming to the UK. The new laws will target extremist Muslims, neo-Nazis, animal rights terrorists and others.

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-India: Stop Abuse of Sexual Rights Activists
Police Accused of Violence, Sexual Abuse Against 42 in Bangalore
Indian authorities should investigate the mass arrests and ill-treatment of activists working on sexual orientation and gender-identity issues in Bangalore and punish those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 20, 2008, police arrested five hijras (working-class, male-to-female, transgender people), detained representatives of a nongovernmental organization trying to negotiate their release, and subsequently attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators protesting the arrests. A total of 42 people were detained. The negotiators later informed Human Rights Watch that police officials told them higher-level authorities had ordered a campaign to arrest hijras on serious charges. "These arrests clearly show that it is time for India's repressive attitudes and laws to change," said Dipika Nath, researcher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. "Such blatant police violence points to a system where prejudice trumps justice."

-Gay-only housing development planned in Germany
A £5.3m housing development for homosexuals only is planned in Germany with the hope that residents will be able to live in a discrimination-free environment. Villa Anders in Ehrenfeld in Cologne features 70 flats, which all but 15 have been snapped up by gay people who plan to move in by the end of 2009. Organisers the Gay and Lesbian Living Association said the project, which receives some public money, will be self-financing.

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-Call For Papers: 2009 TransRhetorics Conference - Cornell University
The Cornell University Lesbian, Bisexual, & Gay Studies Program is proud to annouce the 2009 TransRhetorics Conference Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2008
Conference Date: March 6-8, 2009
Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The 2009 TransRhetorics Conference inaugurates the transition of Cornell University's LBG Studies Program into the LGBT Studies Program. This conference celebrates the interdisciplinary approaches used within the field of Transgender Studies, the multiple rhetorics that go into the work of framing and representing transgender lives. This year's conference welcomes seven notable invited guests from across various academic disciplines: Susan Stryker (History); Paisley Currah (Political Science); Shannon Minter (legal director, NCLR); Leah DeVun (History); Matt Richardson (English/Women's Studies); Gayle Salamon (English/Philosophy) and Vic Munoz (Psychology). Proposals should be no more than 300 words, and submitted NOVEMBER 30th,
2008, to Seth Pardo at

-New Book on Politics of Sexuality
Gay Rights and Moral Panic
The Origins of America's Debate on Homosexuality
by Fred Fejes
Are lesbians and gay men a "legitimate" minority?
This, and many other issues, is explored in Fred Fejes' book, Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America's Debate on Homosexuality. "The fight for gay civil rights did not begin in Greenwich Village nor end in the Castro. There have been many battlefields in this long struggle and Miami has played a central role in our ongoing fight for equality. Gay Rights and Moral Panic will take a central place on the list of indispensable works for anyone wishing to understand the past--and the present--of sexual minorities in America." --Larry Gross, Professor and Director, USC Annenberg School for Communication Fred Fejes is a member of the faculty of the School of Communications and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. His research and teaching includes media and society, sexuality and media, and media analysis theory and methods. He currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The book is available for review. Please contact Alaina Kunin, Publicist ( for a review copy.


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