Sunday, November 30, 2008

GLBT DIGEST November 30, 2008

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New York Times
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-Letter: Do Not Deny a Minority the Right to Marry
To the Editor:
Re "California's Legal Tangle" (editorial, Nov. 25):
You rightly urge the California Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, not just to uphold the freedom to marry for committed gay couples, but because "the justices' job is to protect minority rights and the State Constitution - even when, for the moment at least, it may not be the popular thing to do."

Washington Post
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-China's rural migrants are new front in AIDS fight
BEIJING (Reuters) - The new face of AIDS in China is a shy man with a heavy provincial accent, a weathered face and the rough hands of a manual worker. Zhang Xiaohu, a character in an educational film for migrant workers, is part of a trend that worries Chinese officials: the potential for AIDS to spread among the estimated 200 million rural migrants driving the country's rapid economic expansion.

-Joint Chiefs Chairman 'Very Positive' After Meeting With Obama
Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went unarmed into his first meeting with the new commander in chief -- no aides, no PowerPoint presentation, no briefing books. Summoned nine days ago to President-elect Barack Obama's Chicago transition office, Mullen showed up with just a pad, a pen and a desire to take the measure of his incoming boss.

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-Gus Van Sant's biopic 'Milk' was a long time coming
Could a story about gay rights be more timely? Enter Gus Van Sant's biopic on the life of Harvey Milk. Long before making Milk, the film released Wednesday about the life and death of openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, director Gus Van Sant imagined a scene in which the voluble, charismatic Milk was dressed as Ronald McDonald. In that version, Dan White, a fellow city supervisor who shot and killed Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in 1978, was deep in a "sugar-infused rage" and "envisioned himself as the Twinkie sheriff and he shot Mayor McCheese, and Harvey was Ronald McDonald.",0,3562285.story

-With Democrats about to take control, liberals see new day dawn in D.C.
For many years, progressive groups and their causes have been in the political wilderness. Now, with president-elect Barack Obama preparing to enter the White House and Democrats firmly in control of Congress, the party's liberal constituencies can see their way to a promised land.,0,6904869.story

-It's time to end Florida gay adoption ban
Wayne LaRue Smith was outside the Andrews Diner in Wilton Manors on Friday when he interrupted our phone conversation. "I'll have to call you back," Smith said. "My son just came out and told me my breakfast is on the table. You don't know how good it feels to say that: My son." It took seven years and a court fight, but Smith recently became the legal father of a 12-year-old boy. Not a foster parent. Not a guardian.,0,3718622.column

The Advocate
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-U.S. Politics From a Distance
As America continues to rejoice in election of Barack Obama -- while gay Californians lament the passing of Prop. 8 -- overseas, political activists look on from a distance. Zachery Scott has watched the drama following election day unfold as he serves in the peace corps in Mozambique.

-Indonesian Province May Tag People With HIV
Lawmakers in Indonesia's Papua province are supporting a bill that would mandate implantation of microchip tracking devices into some people with HIV. Supporting legislator John Manasang said Saturday that implanting the chips beneath the skin of "sexually aggressive" HIV-positive people would help authorities monitor those with the virus and punish those who transmit it, according to the Associated Press.

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-WORKING HOLLYWOOD: 'Milk' advisor Cleve Jones is, in a way, just paying it forward
Jones learned a lot from Harvey Milk, which he shared with others on the set of Gus Van Sant's film.,0,5821357.story

-Gay Tour Operator Announces Launch Of Lgbt Family Tours
Canadian based OUT Adventures today announced 8 new Family trips which are dedicated to LGBT parents with children above the age of 6. Trips will operate in Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, South Africa, Spain and Italy with a maximum of 14 passengers per departure.

-Mexico's top destinations for gay vacations
Call it an anomaly or call it irony: While debate and legal maneuvers roil around Prop. 8 in California, in Mexico - Catholic, traditional, macho Mexico - gay civil unions have been legalized in Mexico City and the entire northern border state of Coahila. Michoacán and Veracruz states are on the verge of passing similar measures, and gay rights legislation is under consideration in Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero and Puebla states.

-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 Yes, the economy is bad, and yes we have a new president, but South Florida can't forget it is a national epicenter for HIV/AIDS, said organizers of World AIDS Day events starting today.,0,3960079.story

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-The Decision to Close Down Lambdaistanbul was Overturned !*
Our process towards becoming an official association that started in May 2006 was carried to the court due to Istanbul Governor's Office's decision that our name and our constitution is against the law, morality and Turkish family values. We survived six hearings, and Istanbul 3rd Principle Court has decided to close us down despite the expert opinion supporting us. Today, our case was heard at the Supreme Court of Appeals. As witnesses to a late-arriving justice we shout out that our organizing is not immoral. True, justice arrived quite late. A similar criminal complaint was filed against our sibling associations in Ankara , Kaos GL and Pembe Hayat (Pink Life), by Ankara Governor's Office, claiming that they were against the law, morality and Turkish family values. However, things worked out differently in their case, and the local courts and prosecution office decided not to close down these associations -a decision that is opposed to the decision made by Istanbul 3rd Principle Court. How come there are two opposing verdicts based on the same law? We repeat: Decisions influenced by prejudices will remain inevitable, and inequality, discrimination and intense human rights violations will prevail as long as "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" are not added to the equality clause of the constitution. Yet finally, justice has arrived. We are stronger now with the overturn of the decision to close down Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association. As people who face violence, who get expelled from our jobs, who are excluded and isolated, who are denied their legal rights, our voices will now multiply; and as the LGBTT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, transsexual) movement we will be louder when we shout out our right to equality.


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