Sunday, December 14, 2008

GLBT DIGEST December 14, 2008

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New York Times
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-Brooklyn Man Dies From Beating
An Ecuadorean immigrant who was brutally beaten with a bottle and baseball bat last week by men said to be shouting anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs has died, a family spokesman said on Saturday night.

-A Night Out With | Harvey Fierstein
After the Show, a Pedicure
TEN minutes after the matinee curtain came down at the Neil Simon Theater in New York on a recent Friday, Harvey Fierstein was backstage, face scrubbed and bereft of his character Edna Turnblad's penciled-on eyebrows (indeed, of any eyebrows at all), holding court.

Washington Post
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-Birth certificates to reflect NY gay-marriage move
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.

Pink News - UK
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-Eid pardon for Kurdish journalist imprisoned for writing about gay sex
A doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an medical article about sodomy has been pardoned and released.

-Two men questioned over Sol Campbell abuse
Two men have been arrested, questioned and bailed after police in Hampshire released images of 16 people wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse directed towards footballer Sol Campbell.

Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-In recent years, the national LGBT groups in the U.S. have established "religion departments." The Human Rights Campaign and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force forsook a previous stance of separation of church and state to push a gay-is-blessed-by-god agenda. The electoral ally of the gay organizations-- the Democratic party-- has also forsaken its former church/state separation stance for a dip into the quagmire of religiosity. Indeed, the one time skeptic Barack Obama says he opposes same-sex marriage due to his (now) deeply held "religious belief." It is worth recalling that a majority of Americans polled preferred a divine "creation" over the natural selection taught by science and more widely supported in other parts of the world. Despite the propaganda of rightists, the Constitution of the United States is a secular document fashioned by men who had seen the results of religious strife in the former colonies and wanted a secular government. At a recent protest for marriage equality in Chicago, I noted with approval the following message carried aloft:
Bob Schwartz

Truth Wins Out

-Radio Hall of Fame Craters A Month After It Inducts James Dobson Amid Protests
A month after protesters picketed its annual dinner for inducting Focus on the Family's James Dobson into its Radio Hall of Fame, the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) announced today that it was selling its half-finished building.
"It is with deep regret that I announce the MBC board on December 10th voted to sell its half-finished building at State and Kinzie in downtown Chicago," said Bruce DuMont, Founder, President and CEO of the MBC. "This is a very disappointing development." "Pandering to extremists doesn't pay and the Museum of Broadcast Communications suffered a catastrophic blow to its reputation by honoring Focus on the Family's James Dobson," said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out (TWO). "Bruce DuMont hoped to cash in by catering to the deep pockets of the religious right, but his prayers weren't answered. Truth Wins Out wants to thank the hundreds of people who came out to protest in freezing weather - your efforts and determination paid off. We also thank those who donated to our efforts and wrote letters to pressure the Radio Hall of Fame."

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