Thursday, December 18, 2008

GLBT DIGEST December 18, 2008

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New York Times
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-Psychiatrists Revising the Book of Human Troubles
The book is at least three years away from publication, but it is already stirring bitter debates over a new set of possible psychiatric disorders. Is compulsive shopping a mental problem? Do children who continually recoil from sights and sounds suffer from sensory problems - or just need extra attention? Should a fetish be considered a mental disorder, as many now are?

-Obama Selects Evangelist for Invocation
Barack Obama has selected the Rev. Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor and author of "The Purpose Driven Life," to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, a role that positions Mr. Warren to succeed Billy Graham as the nation's pre-eminent minister and reflects the generational changes in the evangelical Christian movement.

Miami Herald
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-Unions, not marriage
I believe that gays and lesbians should receive the same benefits and entitlements as married couples. If this were the only argument, then Amendment 2 probably would have failed. However, if the gay and lesbian community wants equal rights, they should be happy with the words ''civil union'' or ''partners,'' instead of trying to insert the word ''marriage'' into law. Laws from centuries ago identify marriage as between a man and a woman, not between a man and a man. We must not change the meaning of marriage. Otherwise, it will cause others to challenge the true meaning.
What if someone wants to marry his cousin? We must not discriminate against anyone. We should let gays and lesbians have the benefits of married people, using ''civil union'' or ''partners'' to describe their bond.
FRANK P. REILLY, Miami Beach

Steve Rothaus
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-Family Research Council: Obama political picks too gay friendly
Just as gay activists are criticizing President-elect Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, Christian conservatives are dismayed by some of Obama's political appointments. From Wednesday's Family Research Council Washington Update:

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-Defrocked pastor promoting documentary about own gay sex scandal
By The Associated Press
Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard has agreed to help promote a new documentary following his life in exile after a 2006 gay sex scandal - no longer bound by an agreement with his former church that prohibited him from talking publicly about the events that led to his downfall.

-Gay retirement community foreclosed
A planned LGBT retirement community in Palm Springs that was promoted by lesbian tennis great Billie Jean King has become a victim of the nation's mortgage crisis. Land for the RainbowVision project was reclaimed this week by its lender in a foreclosure auction. The land, at East Palm Canyon Drive and Gene Autry Trail, was mortgaged for $9.6 million. The lender, Senior Housing Partners III, took it back, successfully bidding $8 million for the 13-acre site.

The Advocate
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-LGBTs Slam Inclusion of Antigay Reverend Rick Warren in Obama Inauguration
Progressives are up in arms over the Obama transition team's announcement that the Reverend Rick Warren has been selected to deliver the invocation at his inauguration in January. Warren, the founder and senior pastor of California's Saddleback Church, was a vocal supporter of Prop. 8.

-Sharon Gless (Finally) Goes Gay
She's best known for playing the role of an outspoken, eccentric, overbearing PFLAG mom on Queer as Folk, a tough cop named Cagney on Cagney & Lacey, and most recently the mouthy mother on Burn Notice. But Sharon Gless has returned to gay and lesbian audiences playing a new kind of role: an actual lesbian.

Pink News - UK
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-Obama's choice of inauguration preacher is "spiritual violence" against gays
Lesbian and gay rights advocates in America have reacted with fury to the announcement that Rick Warren has been asked to deliver the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next month. Click here for full article

-Foreign Secretary backs UN statement on LGBT human rights
The British government has said that a statement to be read at the United Nations shows that the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people is far from over. Click here for full article


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