Monday, December 22, 2008

GLBT DIGEST December 22, 2008

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Washington Post
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-Frank Criticizes Obama's Invocation Choice
Congressman Joins Other Gay Voices in Opposing Warren's Invitation to Inauguration
The first openly gay member of Congress said yesterday that it was a mistake for President-elect Barack Obama to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

-Amsterdam's gay Christmas features Mary in drag
Amsterdam hosted a Christmas celebration for its gay community on Sunday featuring a nativity tableau with a male Mary in drag that church organizations denounced as an affront to traditional values.

The Advocate
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-Jerry Brown's About Face: Void Prop. 8
In a surprising change of pace, California Attorney General Jerry Brown made a bold statement Friday by urging the state's supreme court to void Proposition 8.

-Last Known Gay Holocaust Survivor Speaks Out in New Interview
Rudolf Brazda, a 95-year-old German citizen and the last known gay survivor of the Holocaust, has definitively broken his silence on his experience at the Buchenwald camp. In a new interview in the French gay magazine TĂȘtu, Brazda speaks in detail for the first time since he made provisional remarks at the June inauguration of a Berlin memorial to gay victims of the Nazis.

Pink News - UK
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-Gay group upset at lack of gays in Obama's Cabinet
By Tony Grew
A group that funds lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates for political office in the United States has expressed disappointment at the makeup of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed Cabinet.

Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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-Turkey breaks company with EU in gay vote
In an atmosphere where Turkey is being criticized for the slow pace of its EU reforms, the country refuses to sign a declaration calling all states to take steps to stop the criminalization of homosexuality, contradicting its commitments to the EU in promoting human rights Turkey breaks company with EU in gay vote Turkey refused to sign a European Union-led declaration presented last week at the United Nations calling all states to take steps to stop the criminalization of homosexuality. The move contradicted Turkey's commitments to the EU to promote human rights for all without any discrimination.

-Gay rights campaigners hope to bring 'offensive' exhibition to Cyprus
GAY rights proponents hope to bring the photo exhibition that offended Euro MP Marios Matsakis to Cyprus for a showing some time next year, they said yesterday. Matsakis ruffled feathers in Strasbourg last week when he asked not to be sent any more invitations to the exhibition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in the European Parliament, titled "Different families, same love". The Cypriot MEP said he found the photographs offensive and asked not to be sent any more.

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-Since 1996, HeartStrong has provided hope and help to gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender students from religious educational institutions worldwide. More than 1000 current and former students ages 13-68 have come to HeartStrong after being on the receiving end of faith-based GLBT bullying and persecution. Aside from successfully implementing 14 other outreach/educational programs, the volunteer HeartStrong Outreach team has self driven more than 375,000 miles doing outreach & educational work. With enrollment at religious schools exploding worldwide, the social justice work of HeartStrong is more relevant and necessary today than ever. HeartStrong has never raised a full year's budget within that year. You can help us change that for 2009. HeartStrong is an all volunteer educational 501 (c)(3) organization. The only way that HeartStrong continues its life-saving work is by the generous donations from people like you. Many of you are already supporting HeartStrong financially, some since 1996. Others reading this are new to HeartStrong. Perhaps you heard me speak at a PFLAG meeting, UU group, a university presentation or elsewhere. HeartStrong needs you!
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