Saturday, November 29, 2008

GLBT DIGEST November 29, 2008

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New York Times
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-Gay Marriage and a Moral Minority
An analysis of why blacks voted in favor of Proposition 8, and of how their vote possibly could be swayed next time around. We now know that blacks probably didn't tip the balance for Proposition 8. Myth busted. However, the fact remains that a strikingly high percentage of blacks said they voted to ban same-sex marriage in California. Why?

-The Prop 8 Campaign Money
California is right to look into whether the Mormon Church broke state laws by failing to report Proposition 8 campaign-related expenditures. [...] Churches, which risk their tax-exempt status if they endorse candidates, have more leeway in referendum campaigns. Still, when they enter the political fray, they have the same obligation to follow the rules that nonreligious groups do.

-N.Y. Democrats May Skip Gay Marriage Vote
After a pledge from New York Democratic leaders that their party would legalize same-sex marriage if they won control of the State Senate this year, money from gay rights supporters poured in from across the country, helping cinch a Democratic victory.

-Op-Ed Columnist: Gay Marriage and a Moral Minority
We now know that blacks probably didn't tip the balance for Proposition 8. Myth busted. However, the fact remains that a strikingly high percentage of blacks said they voted to ban same-sex marriage in California. Why?

-Editorial: The Prop 8 Campaign Money
California's fair-elections commission is investigating a complaint against the Mormon Church's role in campaigning for Proposition 8, which made marriage illegal between people of the same sex. Based on the facts that have come out so far, the state is right to look into whether the church broke state laws by failing to report campaign-related expenditures.

Washington Post
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-Don't Be Blue, Red America; This won't hurt a bit
Now that Barack Obama has won the presidency after a long and divisive campaign, it is time to start binding the country's wounds. Liberals like me have a duty to "reach out" to the other side, particularly to rural conservative white men, whose opposition to Obama was most intense and who seemed to have the most misgivings about the cultural and political direction of an Obama presidency.

-Gay Officials Who Blazed Trails
Post staff writer Ann Hornaday is not the only one recently to assert that Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States ["By Delivering Poignant Depth, 'Milk' Hits the Stirring Heights," Style, Nov. 26]. Milk was the first openly gay person elected in California, in November 1977, but Allan Spear was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1972. Spear came out in 1974 and was reelected in 1976. He served for 28 years and retired in 2000. The last seven years of his time in office, he served as president of the Senate. Spear passed away this past Oct. 11, which was ironic since the date is National Coming Out Day.

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-Obama White House won't change 'values' on same-sex marriage right away
The president-elect, and his wife, America's new "mom-in-chief," decided to put their girls in private school. It's the best "fit for what the daughters need right now," they say. The girls, the first preteens to occupy the White House in a while, will get their puppy in the spring, and they're OK with that. The youngest of the two, following their first tour of their new home, says she believes studying on the desk once used by Abraham Lincoln might be inspiring.,0,6259679.column

-AIDS Day events to be health reminders, for some South Floridians especially
Activists set to emphasize that safe sex practices and getting tested for HIV remain vital, especially for some South Floridians,0,3960079.story

-Rosie's TV show is really too much Rosie, really
Two words: Dancing food.,0,1120192.story

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-Wanda Sykes Comes Out at Prop. 8 Rally
Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes officially came out this weekend, announcing to the estimated crowd of 1,000 gathered in Las Vegas at one of the many rallies for gay rights taking place around the country on Saturday that she's gay, and that she legally married her wife in California on Oct. 25.

Pink News - UK
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-Health ambassador sacked for standing by anti-gay comments
Australia's Health Minister Nicola Roxon has dismissed one of the new Men's Health Ambassadors for co-authoring an anti-gay, anti-transgender report. Warwick Marsh, president of Fatherhood Foundation, was one of 34 co-authors of 21 Reasons Why Gender Matters, a report which calls homosexuality a mental disorder.

-Trevor Phillips: "We can't allow a spiral of silence on homophobic bullying to continue"
Last night a charity that works with the victims of homophobic and transphobic bullying was honoured with a parliamentary reception. At the event EACH launched its new online reporting service. The guest speaker was Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

-Online reporting service for homophobic bullying "needs your money"
A charity for young people and adults affected by homophobia launched its newly refurbished website and online reporting service yesterday with an appeal for funds. EACH runs a national free Actionline, provides training to many organisations and helps the victims of homophobic or transphobic incidents.

-'Ladyboy' protests amid Thailand's political chaos
The ever increasing turbulence of the anti-government protests notwithstanding, a demonstration of a different nature was taking place yesterday in Bangkok. Unaffiliated to any political party, a group of transgender 'ladyboys' paraded past central Police Headquarters in Bangkok to protest at the lack of AIDS awareness in Thailand.

-Gay penguin couple accused of stealing eggs from straights
A pair of gay penguins has been stealing eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'. The three-year-old male penguins who are kept in Polar Land in Harbin, north-east China attempted to conceal their theft by placing stones at the feet of the parents before waddling away with their eggs.

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-A Pioneer's Life Richly Rendered:
Sheila Rowbotham offers the comprehensive, critical, contextualized biography Edward Carpenter deserves
When Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) broke free of the stifling world of upper-class Victorian England into which he was born, his rejection of its cosseted, impossibly mannered life was total. In his time, he became the most famous apostle of a wide-ranging revolt against sexual hypocrisy and the straightjacket of class divisions in human interpersonal relations. And Carpenter's courageous contributions over a long life made him one of the most important precursors of gay liberation, one whose influence spanned countries and continents. Carpenter and his working-class lover of 37 years, George Merrill, became one of history's most celebrated same-sex couples, on a par with Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais or with Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy. Yet despite his well-known defense of homosexuality, Carpenter was one of the most beloved figures of British socialism, so much so that on his 80th birthday in 1924, 43 years before same-sex relations were legalized in the United Kingdom, the entire Cabinet of the first Labour Party government, led by Carpenter's old friend Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, signed a profuse tribute to him.

-The new issue of the Gay & Lesbian Humanist is now online

-Iran's gay exiles seek help in Turkey
ISTANBUL - Gays, lesbians and transsexuals suffer discrimination throughout the world, but in Iran, the difficulties are compounded by the government's denial of their very existence. Iran's gay exiles seek help in Turkey "There are no gays in Iran" was the statement made in New York last year by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in response to a question on the difficulties gays faced in Iran. It was met with incredulous smiles from the American audience he was addressing, but certainly could not have been more hurtful to the gays of his country.

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-HIV diagnoses in European MSM have almost doubled since 2000, UK tops the list
Data from 23 European countries show that the annual number of HIV diagnoses in men who have sex with men (MSM) has increased by 86% between 2000 and 2006, report epidemiologists in the November 2008 issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections. The United Kingdom is the country with the highest number of new diagnoses in Europe, but dramatic increases were also seen in low prevalence countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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-UK: A lesbian soldier has won almost £200,000 compensation after being subjected to a lewd campaign of sexual harassment by a male sergeant.

-The First Iranian Queer Radio Has Been Broadcasted
Dear Friends,
We proudly announce that the first Iranian queer radio called RAHA has been re-broadcasted. RAHA means "Liberated" which started to broadcast from April 2005. Its aim was to deliver the message of Iranian queer population nation wide. Due to some technical difficulty the radio has been off for a while. But now we are back again with new team, new mottos, and new goals. We are a group of Iranian queers who decided to work on this project in order to express and prove that "We Do Exist" With especial thanks to IRanian Queer Railroad - IRQR for being with us in the all steps of this broadcast.
Radio Raha Team

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