Saturday, December 13, 2008

GLBT DIGEST December 13, 2008

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New York Times
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-When Your Beliefs and My Civil Rights Collide

...To the Editor:
Re "Showdown in the Big Tent" (Op-Ed, Dec. 7):
Caitlin Flanagan and Benjamin Schwarz categorize gay marriage, and homosexuality in general, as "matters of morality and lifestyle." "Lifestyle" in this context is a trivializing term, and connotes that it is a choice, on a par with deciding whether you drink red wine or white, or deciding to dye your hair. Choice is the lynchpin of the religious right's campaigns to keep discrimination against gay people legal. Their "special rights" argument is particularly specious. If it's not a choice, there can be no question of morality or that gay marriage, for example, is a civil right. To those who blandly assume that it is a matter of choice, please ask yourself: Did you choose your sexuality? If you did, how? And if you didn't, why do you think I did? What all of us do choose are the beliefs we hold and follow. We are individually responsible for those choices.
Edward Hobler
Santa Fe, N.M., Dec. 8, 2008

...To the Editor:
The deep repugnance and aversion to homosexuality held by the black church-going community revealed in the passing of Proposition 8 in California are not a wedge in the progressive agenda. They are simply a very common human failing. It is human to scapegoat. This is an opportunity to make the tent even bigger, if it is construed as an opportunity to examine prejudice from the other side. Progressives should invite the black church community to engage in the dialogue. The result would allow all those in the tent to feel and work better with each other. The tent would become an even better tent. It would even make it easier to reach out to those still outside the tent. Name-calling means we have learned nothing.
Catherine Barinas
New York, Dec. 7, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/opinion/l13tent.html?_r=1&scp=9&sq=GAY&st=cse

-A Huggable Evangelical
By Nicholas Kristof
Sad word today from Washington that Richard Cizik, who helped lead the evangelical Christian movement away from the culture wars and gay-bashing to tackle global poverty and climate change, has been pushed out of his job. Rich had headed the Washington office of the National Association of Evangelicals, and for many years he had played a critical role in the rebranding of evangelicals.
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/a-huggable-evangelical/?scp=11&sq=GAY&st=cse

-White House Ready to Aid Auto Industry
By STEPHEN LABATON and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
The Bush administration said on Friday that it was prepared to intervene to prevent the collapse of General Motors and Chrysler after Republican senators blocked a compromise proposal to rescue the automakers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/13/business/13auto.html?hp


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Washington Post
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-Gay anti-violence group: 2008 attacks might be up
By MARCUS FRANKLIN
A rash of attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country _ including the severe beating of a New York man whose attackers believed he was gay _ suggests the number of reported assaults could rise in 2008, an advocacy group said. The number of reported attacks against LGBT people increased 24 percent in 2007 over 2006, and they were expected to jump in 2008, said Sharon Stapel, executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/12/AR2008121204001.html

-A Religious Case for Gay Marriage
Let's try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife, Sarah, was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon and the kings of Judah and Israel -- all these fathers and heroes were polygamists. The New Testament model of marriage is hardly better. Jesus himself was single and preached an indifference to earthly attachments -- especially family. The apostle Paul (also single) regarded marriage as an act of last resort for those unable to contain their animal lust. "It is better to marry than to burn with passion," says the apostle, in one of the most lukewarm endorsements of a treasured institution ever uttered. Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple -- who likely woke up on their wedding day harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love -- turn to the Bible as a how-to script?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/12/AR2008121203685.html

-R. Gustav Niebuhr
In too many discussions of gay marriage, its opponents' default position seems to be that marriage is an "institution" sorely needing defense. A rather soulless word, institution, especially in this case. Yet I'm willing to buy that label if we imagine marriage as an alliance whose principal benefits lie in what it confers financially and politically on the partners. Two powerful families unite to preserve their worldly influence and fortune. Don't kings always marry other kings' daughters?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/12/AR2008121203687.html

-C. Welton Gaddy
Whether or not there is a religious or scriptural basis for gay marriage depends entirely upon who is answering that question as well as the religious background of the respondent and the methodology of his/her scriptural interpretation. One of the great blessings of the religious freedom embraced and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is every person's right to believe or not to believe when it comes to religion generally and, if one believes, to decide specifically in whom or in what to believe.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/12/AR2008121203797.html

-Birth certificates to reflect NY gay-marriage move
By JENNIFER PELTZ
State officials will now let married same-sex couples list both their names on their children's birth certificates in a policy shift deeply important to many gays and lesbians. The decision, which echoes similar provisions in states that allow gay marriages or civil unions, is one of many changes since Gov. David Paterson ordered state agencies in May to respect out-of-state gay marriages.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/12/AR2008121203444.html

-On Dating: Gay Man Rejected by eHarmony Wins Lawsuit; Company to Set Up
Alternative Site
By Ellen McCarthy
It was the stories that got to Eric McKinley. Stories of happy couples who were totally compatible, completely in love. "Who wouldn't want that?" McKinley thought when he decided to sign up for eHarmony, hoping to become another swooning success story.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121101164.html

-Evangelical Leader Quits Over Gay Union Remark
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
A prominent evangelical lobbyist resigned yesterday over his remarks in a National Public Radio interview, in which he said he supports permitting same-sex civil unions. The Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), later apologized for the remark, said the Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the 30 million-member organization.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103578.html


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Steve Rothaus
www.MiamiHerald.com/gay
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-Will New York become first state to have an out U.S. senator?
From New York Daily News:
Randi Weingarten, the out president of the New York City teachers union, is among those vying to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. Weingarten, who would become the first openly gay U.S. senator, said in a statement that she is "very flattered and honored" to be considered for the post by New York Gov. David Paterson.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/

-Early-bird specials till Jan. 7 for 2009 Winter Party Festival
News release:
Buy Passes Early and Save Big Bucks, Plus a Special Deal for Floridians
Miami, FL, December 11--- The early bird catches the worm and saves a ton on ticket prices for the 2009 Winter Party Festival, February 21 through March 2, 2009. Special discounted multi-event pass prices are in effect through January 7th only. The week-long celebration produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force features parties at some of the most popular nightclubs in South Beach and Miami, as well as an expanding line-up of cultural events and programming for specific segments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. For more information on these packages, tickets and a description of the events, visit
http://winterparty.com/tickets/index.php


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South Florida Blade
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-Leader of the gay pack: Gary Resnick
New Mayor of Wilton Manors discusses politics, parking woes, and GLBT pride
By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Gary Resnick, the newly elected openly gay mayor of Wilton Manors, was sworn in to office last month along with Justin Flippen and Tom Green, two other newly-elected openly-gay commissioners.
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/12-11/news/localnews/5358.cfm

-Trapped in Thailand by political upheaval
Victoria Park residents get more than they asked for during vacation
By JAMES MICHAELS
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/12-11/news/localnews/5361.cfm

-Holiday productions light up SoFla
'Reindeer Monologues,' 'Miss Twinkleton's' open this weekend
By J.W. ARNOLD
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/12-11/arts/theater/5367.cfm

-Crowded marriage meeting yields no consensus
D.C. activists support proposed bill, unsure on timing
By LOU CHIBBARO JR, Washington Blade | Dec 12, 3:35 PM
http://www.floridablade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=22972

-Activists meet with Obama's team
Meaningful appointments, policy changes urged
By CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade | Dec 11, 2:36 PM
http://www.floridablade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=22951

-Getting over the 'ick' factor
Forget religion-our enemies are motivated by a fear of gay sex
By KEVIN NAFF
http://www.floridablade.com/2008/12-11/view/editorial/5363.cfm


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365Gay.com
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-Corvino: Friends with the enemy
By John Corvino, columnist, 365gay.com
Glenn Stanton is a friend of mine. He's also badly wrong about same-sex marriage, and I tell him so-frequently, publicly, and sharply.
http://www.365gay.com/opinion/corvino-friends-with-the-enemy/

-Ruby-Sachs: Reflecting on Calling in Gay
By Emma Ruby-Sachs, Blogger, 365gay Agenda Blog 12.11.2008 4:12pm EST
The call in gay day has been met with mixed reviews. Perhaps the most understandable critique is that a day off work is a hard thing to orchestrate in these economic times. Asking even the most out gay employees to call in when they are not sick or they do not have a family emergency is asking for a lot.
http://www.365gay.com/blog/ruby-sachs-reflecting-on-calling-in-gay/

-Video: Newsweek's religious case for gay marriage
By Barbara Simon, Executive Producer, 365gay News
Newsweek's provocative cover story this week explores what the Bible really says about gay people, gay marriage, even gay sex.
http://www.365gay.com/news/video-newsweeks-religious-case-for-gay-marriage/

-Withers: Looming marriage battle in New York
By James Withers, contributing editor, 365Gay Blog 12.11.2008 8:22am EST
It's not a good sign when a politician issues a threat to a reporter, but that is what state senator Ruben Diaz Sr. did. Elected to the New York State Senate in 2002, Diaz, Sr. has been in the news recently as one member of the Gang of Three, a trio of Democrats who promised to support state Senator Malcolm A. Smith as leader of the senate as long as he followed certain rules. One of those regulations was to keep same-sex marriage from being voted on.
http://www.365gay.com/blog/withers-looming-marriage-battle-in-new-york/

-Judge Removes Child From Lesbian Parents
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
The West Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a lesbian couple's appeal of a lower court ruling that removed a child they had reared from birth because the judge wanted the child placed with a married opposite-sex couple.
http://www.365gay.com/news/judge-removes-child-from-lesbian-parents/

-Rights Group Slams Mormon Attack Ad
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
(New York City) A full page ad in today's Salt Lake Tribune slams the Church of Latter Day Saints and other religious conservatives for accusing gays of "mob violence" over protests against Proposition 8.
http://www.365gay.com/news/rights-group-slams-mormon-attack-ad/

-NJ Governor Urges Action On Gay Marriage Report
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
(Trenton, New Jersey) New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) is urging lawmakers to "seriously review" a report submitted by a blue ribbon state-appointed panel that found civil unions were not working and the law needs to be amended to provide for full marriage for same-sex couples.
http://www.365gay.com/news/nj-governor-urges-action-on-gay-marriage-report/


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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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-W.Va. Couple Battle for Adoption Rights
A lesbian couple who have been raising a foster child since December 2007 are being blocked from adopting her by the child's legal advocate, who argues that she would be better off with a "traditional" married couple. Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess will go before the West Virginia supreme court March 11 to appeal a November decision by a lower court, according to the Associated Press.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid68378.asp

-Till the Census Do Us Part?
By H. Alexander Robinson
National Black Justice Coalition CEO H. Alexander Robinson discusses the U.S. government policy that "requires all federal agencies to recognize only opposite-sex marriages for the purposes of administering federal programs." The examples of the unfairness of the second-class status of America's gay and lesbian couples continue to mount. Though married, my husband, Greg, and I -- along with tens of thousands of married same-sex couples -- will be unmarried in the eyes of the U.S. government unless something is done quickly to fix the upcoming census.
http://www.advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid68361.asp

-The New Religious Right
By James Kirchick
Does the organizational and fund-raising prowess displayed by the LDS church during California's Proposition 8 campaign augur future political might? In june the governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter to every Mormon congregation in California asking that a message be read to members at Sunday services stating that "marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God," and "local church leaders will provide information about how you may become involved in this important cause." The cause was Proposition 8, and church members were implored to "do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time."
http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid67125.asp

-Segregation High -- and Lows
The age-old question of assimilation vs. separation hits the Chicago public schools, leaving a proposed high school for gay students lost in the shuffle.
By Jessica Reaves
http://www.advocate.com/issue_story_ektid67101.asp


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National Gay News
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-Lesbian and Gay Band Association to Perform in Obama Inaugural Parade
The Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), a musical organization comprising marching and concert bands from across the United States and around the world, has been chosen to perform in the parade for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009. This is the first time in history that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group will march in a Presidential Inaugural Parade. The 177-piece LGBA band will join groups from across the country as well as from the Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which follows President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol. Read More...

-Who Will Save America's Gay Hockey Team?
Like a burning forest fire, the global financial panic is burning everything in its path; businesses are folding, workers are being laid off, and now the burning embers of recession threaten to melt the ice for GForce, America's national LGBT hockey team. The team, made up of LGBT athletes from L.A., New York, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and elsewhere across the country lost their sponsors this year - and the team's continued existence is in peril. Read More...


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Pink News - UK
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-Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian
A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled. The singer had claimed the humourous article, by Marina Hyde, made fun of Sir Elton's charity work and joked thathe held events such as the White Tie Ball for self-promotion and to meet celebrities and not to raise serious funds.

-MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights
Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.

-Obama's environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment
The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.

-Video: Republican party must take "long hard look at itself"
A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.

-Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement
Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.


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Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News
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-When the Result Enables the Religious Right
Fredrick Clarkson | Talk to Action
Let me start out by saying that I know the leaders of the liberal, Washington, DC-based think tank Faith in Public Life are progressive people with a record of good works. But there are times when it is important to tell friends and colleagues that we differ on matters of importance. Especially when they are eggregiously wrong. Writing in response to Sarah Posner's important article at Religion Dispatches, "Katie Paris and The Faith in Public Life Team" issued what amounts to a long press release titled "Common Ground Gets Results." They say they are "proud" of their "results-based" approach. Results is certainly a fair way to measure any organization's work, but we need to look at the bad as well as the good results, however unintended they may be. In this case, FPL has promoted the ambitions of conservative, anti-abortion, anti-LGTB equality Republicans under the banner of finding common ground. Many question the value of the excercise, but for an organization that stakes it's reputation on dialog and finding common ground with people who do not necessarily agree, their statement in response to Posner's article is a textbook example of the difference between public relations deflection and authentic engagement. There is much that we could discuss here, but I will develop just one point, (raised by Posner and ignored by Katie and the Team), since it is of such historic consequence regarding the ever-changing role of the Religious Right in American public life. Read more


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South Florida Blade
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-Colin Powell on 'Don't Ask'
General Colin Powell was on "The Situation Room" last night, where he answered a question about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays. He said: "It's been 15 years since we put in 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' which was a policy that became a law. I didn't want it to become a law, but it became a law. Congress felt that strongly about it ... I think it's time for Congress to have a full review of it, and I'm quite sure that's what President-elect Obama will want to do." Steve Ralls, formerly of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, had this to say on the Huffington Post. Video:
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm?blog_id=22963


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Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-English Catholics defy Vatican?
A Catholic Rebellion?
In contrast to the homophobia of the Pope, Catholic Bishops in England and Wales are urging understanding and acceptance of gay people By Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/11/gayrights-catholicism?commentpage=1&commentposted=1

-A Rare Meeting with Nepal's Openly Gay MP, Sunil Panth
By Kalki Subramaniam, published Dec 11, 2008
He is tall, slender and handsome and could make for a model. Surprisingly he is a politician. Sunil Panth is an MP from Nepal, the country that has recently become a democratic country throwing the king's rule. In an event organized by the human rights organization Sangama in Chennai, Mr. Panth addressed the audience who were all sexual minorities and their supporters. It was a fascinating evening for both me and Rose, fellow Transgender activist and a TV person. For the first time we were able to meet and interact with lesbians, gays, transwomen and transmen all under one roof. It was a wonderful moment as the air was filled with the scents of flowers and musks. We were taken aback by the masculinity of the transmen whom we met at the doorsteps. They were cool and determined. Moreover, they really made us comfortable with their warm reception. There were exciting introductions, hugs, laughter, cordial 'hellos' and 'how are you's.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/image/422537/index.html?cat=49


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Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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-UN: General Assembly to Address Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Statement affirms promise of Universal Declaration of Human RightsAs the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN General Assembly will hear a statement in mid-December endorsed by more than 50 countries across the globe calling for an end to rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A coalition of international human rights organizations today urged all the world's nations to support the statement in affirmation of the UDHR's basic promise: that human rights apply to everyone. Nations on four continents are coordinating the statement, including: Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, Japan, the Netherlands, and Norway. The reading of the statement will be the first time the General Assembly has formally addressed rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

-"The Vatican must end denying human rights at UN."
"The Vatican must end its resistance to ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and support the French initiated UN Declaration on decriminalisation of homosexuality" said the European Parliament´s LGBT Intergroup. On 1 December the permanent representative of the Vatican at the United Nations Mr.Celesto Migliore stated that the forthcoming UN Declaration on decriminalisation of homosexuality should not be endorsed. According to the Vatican, the Declaration would create discrimination against countries which do not recognise same-sex marriages or partnerships. 'We are born equal and all people should be treated equally. The Vatican has a sad history of intolerance on these issues and whilst I respect the beliefs of others these beliefs should not be imposed on or used to deny people equal treatment or civil liberties." said Michael Cashman, President of the Intergroup. "It is plain wrong to suggest the proposal of the French will bring about gay marriages or civil partnerships. If only that were true. Truth is that the Declaration is calling to stop cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment and even capital punishment against LGBT people. We must end such barbaric attitudes." "The Vatican should teach the word of Jesus Christ and not the values of the Old Testament. It is worth noting in these harsh economic times that there are approximately 30 references to Usury as a sin and approximately three references to homosexuality as a sin! If the Vatican is serious in implementing policy based on the Old Testament then it should call for the closure of banks, Building societies and credit Card companies." added Michael Cashman.

-LETTER FROM THE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Next week, in an historic event for the global gay community, for the very first time a declaration in favor of the universal decriminalization of homosexuality will be presented at the United Nations and read from the podium of the General Assembly. This declaration has already been formally signed and endorsed by the governments of 55 UN member states. Unfortunately, the U.S. is not among them. According to a detailed report released this past May by the International Lesbian and Gay Association, which represents LGBT groups in more than 100 countries, "In 2008, no less than 86 member states of the United Nations still criminalize consensual same-sex acts among adults, thus institutionally promoting a culture of hatred. Among those, seven have legal provisions with the death penalty as punishment." (A link to the report appears in the online version of the editorial at gaycitynews.com.) The idea for a statement of principal by the United Nations in support of decriminalizing homosexuality globally was the brainchild of Professor Louis-Georges Tin, the founder of IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia, and the president of the Paris-based International Committee for IDAHO. The campaign for the declaration was launched in November 2006 when IDAHO, at a Paris press conference, unveiled a list of hundreds of VIPs who supported it, including five Nobel Prize winners, ten Pulitzer Prize winners, two former French prime ministers, and six Academy Award winners (see "Bold Move for UN Action," November 21-27, 2006.) This past May, after a year-long lobbying campaign by IDAHO and an alliance of French LGBT groups spanning the political spectrum from right to left, the French government promised to push for "a European initiative calling for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality," according to a statement released by French Minister Of Human Rights Rama Yade after conferring with a delegation from this gay alliance (see "France Fights for Decriminalization," May 22-28, 2008, a link to which appears on the online version of this editorial at gaycitynews.com.)
http://gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20219233&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=585504&rfi=6

-Put Mugabe on trial for murder and torture
I tried and failed. It's time someone else arrested Robert Mugabe
We flunked an opportunity to jail Mugabe in 1999 and prevent eight years of murder, mayhem, starvation and disease
By Peter Tatchell, LGBT human rights campaigner, Outrage!
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article5327393.ece

-Portugal: Homosexual acts to be penalised with 40c fine
A list of rules, regulations and cash fines for bad behaviour of players from the Caldas da Rainha 'Casa do Benfica' junior football team is causing controversy due to its peculiar content, which includes a 40 cent fine for homosexual behaviour in the changing rooms'. Being late for practice and missing practice are other misdemeanours that are punished with 20 cent and three euro fines, respectively, but it is other odd rules such as being fined for 'slapping a colleague's bottom' that are making the list a talking point. Currently circulating on the Internet, the list was originally posted in the changing rooms of the Caldas da Rainha 'Rainha D. Leonor' sports pavilion, where the local junior team trains.
http://www.the-news.net/cgi-bin/google.pl?id=989-6


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-FDA advisory panel backs new female condom
Female Health Co's new, potentially less costly version of its female condom, won crucial backing from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday. The FDA panel of outside advisers, in a 15-0 vote, said the company's data supported FDA approval of the FC2 Female Condom as long as some changes were made to the product's label. The company is seeking to market the new version as a method to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The FDA usually follows its panel's advice.

-Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund & Leadership
Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, PFLAG, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, National Black Justice Coalition, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Equality Federation, Freedom to Marry, BiNet USA, DignityUSA, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, National Coalition for LGBT Health, LGBT Community Center of NY, International Federation of Black Prides, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, and Family Equality Coalition present:
OUT FOR EQUALITY
The LGBT community commemoration of Barack Obama & Joe Biden's Inauguration
Tuesday, January 20 - 7 p.m. - Midnight
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
Tickets are on sale at
www.boxofficetickets.com/outforequality

-Survey: Teens sharing nude images online
Recent survey finds that sex, tech and teens make bad bedfellows
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28141513/

-New Hampshire Upholds Citizens' Right To Make Sexual Content
The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that a man who offered to pay two adults to have sex while he videotaped the act is not guilty of a crime. Robert Theriault was charged under New Hampshire Revised Statutes 645:2, which holds that a person is guilty of a misdemeanor if that person "[p]ays, agrees to pay, or offers to pay another person to engage in sexual contact as defined in RSA 632-A:1, IV or sexual penetration as defined in RSA 632-A:1, V, with the payor or with another person."
http://avn.com/law/articles/33714.html


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Truth Wins Out
www.TruthWinsOut.org
by Wayne Besen

-Truth Wins Out Praises Rich Cizik For His Courageous Decision To Step Down
From the National Association of Evangelicals
Evangelical Leader Takes Heat For His 'Shift' On Same-Sex Relationships Truth Wins Out praised the National Association of Evangelicals' top lobbyist today for resigning in a storm of controversy after he said on a Dec. 2 "Fresh Air" NPR broadcast that he had shifted his position on gay relationships. The Associated Press reported that he told Fresh Air, "I'm shifting, I have to admit. In other words, I would willingly say I believe in civil unions. I don't officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don't think." "We applaud Rich Cizik for opening his mind and speaking from his heart," said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. "It would have been easier for Cizik to have remained silent and continued collecting a paycheck. Instead he did what he thought was right and one can only admire such courage."
http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/two-praises-rich-cizik-for-his-courageous-decision-to-step-down-from-the-national-association-of-evangelicals/


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Soulforce
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-Soulforce Releases Marriage Equality Video --
Featuring the Music of Ray Boltz, "Don't Tell Me Who To Love"
Have you seen the new Soulforce video yet? Featuring the music of Ray Boltz, the video captures the powerful images of committed same-gender couples and families -- mixed with Prop 8 protest signs -- to demonstrate our community's resolve to resist injustice until marriage equality becomes a reality for all people. View the video by clicking here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBQyJTXiOYs
Please help us share it on MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites. We know you'll love Ray's upbeat and inspiring song, "Don't Tell Me Who To Love," and it's available as a free MP3 download at
www.rayboltzblog.wordpress.com. Enjoy!


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Human Rights Campaign - HRC
How many times have you had to hear opponents of marriage equality cite passage after passage from the Bible? How many times have you wanted to know exactly the right response to their literary acrobatics?
Newsweek's recent cover story, "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage" provides just that - debunking all the popular myths. The response? On the first day, Newsweek was "bombarded" with 20,000 emails in opposition to its article. Stand up for equality and fairness - send Newsweek a note today.
http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/newsweek/x8e5sur9jndxm6d?
The current cover story of Newsweek magazine titled, "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage" should be read by each and every member of our community. The piece provides an in-depth debunking of many of the popular myths about Scripture that the religious-right has used time and time again. How refreshing to see a major, mainstream American news outlet speaking the truth in such a courageous way. But, as you would fully expect, the right-wing has launched a massive uproar to the piece by flooding Newsweek's editors with thousands of letters in opposition. Last night, I interviewed Lisa Miller, Religion Editor for Newsweek Magazine and the article's author, on my Sirius XM radio show, The Agenda. You can hear Lisa in her own words describe how on the first day the story came out Newsweek was "bombarded" with 20,000 emails in opposition to the article. Friends, when someone is courageously willing to stand up and take on the those who have for so long twisted the words of the Bible and gone unchecked - it is our obligation to make sure they know that there are also millions of us standing right on their side. Don't let the voices of extremists silence those of inclusion and truth. Join me by sending a letter of support to Newsweek today. You too can make sure that the voices of equality and fairness aren't drowned out by those who oppose our families.
Warmly,
Joe Solmonese
President
www.hrc.org


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Mark's List
http://frontpage.jumponmarkslist.com/MSFL/2008/052908.htm

-Movie: "Doubt" centers on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of sexually abusing a new black student, but the priest denies the charges. Much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality and authority. Doubt is an film adaptation of the John Patrick Shanley play Doubt. Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, the film is directed by Shanley, produced by Scott Rudin and shot in New York City.


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Gay.com
Gay manger scene?
Is a Dutch group going too far by putting a gay spin on one of the holiest events of Christianity? Weigh in now.
http://hottopics.gay.com/2008/12/a-dutch-gay-gro.html


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