Thursday, March 06, 2008

GLBT DIGEST March 6, 2008

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From Kate Kendell
The National Center for Lesbian Rights
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Watching yesterday's arguments in our California marriage case, I feltoverwhelmed and moved in a way I don't quite know how to describe. NCLRLegal Director Shannon Minter was extraordinary, laying out our case onbehalf of the couples we represent with brilliant poignancy, clarity, andhumanity. Terry Stewart, arguing on behalf of the City and County of SanFrancisco, was likewise a model of intellect and articulation.
The Court was engaged and involved in the argument at a level I have rarelyseen in any appellate argument. It is, of course, impossible to predict theoutcome, but it is clear that the members of the California Supreme Courtdid their homework-they understood the arguments of all parties and hadcomplete mastery of the relevant case law. All seven members of the Courtasked multiple questions. There can be no doubt that they understand theissue and the law. Now we just hope, pray, visualize, meditate, and believein infinite possibility.
http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer
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Forwarded from Steve Krantz, PhD
PFLAG Director, Southern Pacific Region, http://www.pflag.org
Jews for Marriage Equality Founder, http://www.jewsformarriageequality.org
Valley Grassroots for Democracy Board Member,
http://www.valleygrassroots.org
Personal Blog - http://krantzarama.blogspot.com
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California Conservative Rabbis Rally Behind Same-Sex Marriage Rights
In 2005, when a Jewish gay-marriage activist first pressed California rabbisto sign a statement supporting full marriage equality for gays and lesbians,only a handful of Conservative rabbis lent their names. Over the course ofthe past two months, however, more than a dozen Conservative rabbis herehave signed on to a growing list of clergy who support gay marriage in thecivil realm. ..... Three years ago, an activist named Steve Krantz foundedthe L.A.-based Jews for Marriage Equality. Krantz, 60, was a member ofValley Beth Shalom, a 1,700-family Conservative synagogue located in Encinoin the heavily Jewish San Fernando Valley. Krantz's rabbi, Harold Schulweis,was one of the earliest Conservative voices to call for support of gay andlesbian rights; in 1992 he delivered a sermon calling for the fullacceptance of gays and lesbians in Jewish life. .... PS - we are at 98CA rabbis and counting!
http://www.forward.com/articles/12828/
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FRANK CALLS FOR EXTENDING MASSACHUSETTS ANTIDISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION TO
TRANSGENDER PEOPLE
Newton, MA-U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Newton) today
submitted the following statement urging the Massachusetts legislature toextend current state antidiscrimination laws to people who are transgender.
Rep. Frank has long supported policies to extend important employment,housing and other protections to people who are transgender.
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New York Times
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New York: Gay Marriage Gains Notice in State Court
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/nyregion/06gay.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=gay&st=nyt&oref=slogin
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Ireland: Ian Paisley's Protestant followers loved, respected and feared theiconic leader in equal measure, but many loathed the favoritism he affordedhis son, Ian Jr.
That resentment helped fuel the downfall this week of Northern Ireland'sgreatest political survivor.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-NIreland-Juniors-Follies.html?scp=3&sq=gay&st=nyt
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U.S. Universities Join Saudis in Partnerships
...American institutions said they were concerned about the possiblepitfalls of working in a society where women cannot drive, gay rights do notexist and Israelis are not welcome. The agreements do contain an exitclause.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/education/06partner.html?scp=5&sq=gay&st=nyt
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Washington Post
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Md. Senator at a Loss for Words Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The votes to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland aren't there this year.
There may be enough to legalize civil unions, but not if they are calledcivil unions.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503537.html
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'Idol' Shocker! Another Truth Bared!
A participant in a CBS competition series once worked as a stripper at aclub in New York City, performing for its mostly male clientele!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503511.html
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'Extraordinarily Brutal' Crime Draws 28-Year Term
Toni Brown is paralyzed from her neck down, the result of a jealousex-lover's bullet that severed her spine five months ago.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502963.html
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Is America Ready for a Gay 'Idol'?
No finalist has ever been portrayed as openly gay during the past six
seasons of "American Idol." With more details about contestants' personallives being exposed _ both on the show and unofficially online _ that couldchange, and soon. Or will it be "Idol" business as usual?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502899.html
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Sun-Sentinel
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Fort Lauderdale pulls mayor's column for criticism of gays
The mayor's column in Fort Lauderdale's bi-monthly publication will bediscontinued, replaced in the future with a message from the entire CityCommission, after his latest subject matter - men having sex in parks -ticked off his colleagues and some in the public.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbnaugle0305sbmar06,0,5989349.story
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Express Gay News
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Gay outrage builds over military invasion of the Oscars
Just two years after Oscar snubbed best-picture front-runner "BrokebackMountain," gay leaders wonder if they just got slapped deliberately again byGolden Boy. Outrage continues to build over how Oscar chiefs chose to stagethe presentation of the award for best documentary short. It was bestowed byU.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine troops in Iraq. Surely, they must'verealized that a gay-themed nominee, "Freeheld," might win and the awardpresentation would be an awkward setup.
http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2008/03/gay-outrage-bui.html
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Six held in torture of Jewish teen in France
Six youths in France have been detained for allegedly torturing a Jewishteenager by punching him, sexually humiliating him and writing "dirty Jew"on his forehead, France's main Jewish organization said Wednesday.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-03-05-teen-torture_N.htm
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Tennessee: Bill to ban teaching about homosexuality in schools killedThe move was coupled with a request that the state Department of Educationinvestigate whether homosexuality is being discussed now in schools.
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/mar/05/bill-to-ban-teaching-about-homosexuality-in/
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Right wing magazine 'clears up confusion' on gays
http://pageoneq.com/news/2008/Right_wing_magazine_clears_up_confusion_on_0305.html
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Four gay candidates advance in Texas - Link to pictures:
http://bloggernista.com/2008/03/05/four-gay-candidates-advance-in-texas/
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365Gay.com
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Do-Over In Michigan, Florida?
(Washington) Officials in Michigan and Florida are showing renewed interestin holding repeat presidential nominating contests so that their votes willcount in the epic Democratic campaign.
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Superdelegates Reluctant Power Brokers
Washington) More than 200 Democratic Party officials pondered theircollective power to tip the presidential nomination to Barack Obama orHillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday, and came to a near-universal consensus:sit tight for now.
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Group Unveils McCain Attack Ads
Washington) A Democratic-leaning group financed by a major labor union andwealthy liberal activists is running ads against Sen. John McCain in Ohioand Pennsylvania, the beginning of a media campaign against the GOPnominee-in-waiting.
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NYS Lawmakers Urged To Pass Transgender Rights Bill
Albany, New York) It is time for New York state lawmakers to pass theGender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, the state's largest LGBTrights organization said Wednesday, pointing to a new poll that shows NewYorkers overwhelmingly support the bill.
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Columbia SC Passes Trans Rights Bill
Columbia, South Carolina) Columbia, South Carolina on Wednesday became thefirst municipality in the state to enact laws protecting gays andtransgendereds.
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Gay Georgia Man Wins Coverage Dispute With State Insurance Plan
(Atlanta, Georgia) After pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union,Georgia's Commissioner of Insurance has agreed to allow Jon Lawson, a gayman, to purchase health insurance through a state plan designed to helppeople who are uninsured.
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Hospitals In Canadian Province Agree To Recognize Unmarried Same-SexPartners As Next Of Kin
(Fredericton, New Brunswick) New Brunswick hospitals have agreed to acceptsame-sex partners as next of kin following a human rights complaint.
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Wa. Gov. To Sign Expanded Partnership Bill
(Olympia, Washington) Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to signlegislation expanding the state's domestic partnership law to provide formore than 170 additional rights and responsibilities which married couplesalready have.
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Iowa GOP Fails In Bid To Advance Anti-Gay Amendment
(Des Moines, Iowa) Iowa Republicans frustrated with the majority Democratsrefusal to hold a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to bansame-sex marriage have failed in their last ditch effort to advance the
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Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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A life or death decision
Mehdi Kazemi is a gay teenager from Iran. He sought sanctuary in Britainafter his boyfriend was hanged for homosexuality. So why is Britain sodetermined to send him back to Tehran - to almost certain execution?
A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Britain when his boyfriend wasexecuted by the Iranian authorities now faces the same fate after losing hislegal battle for asylum. Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study Englishin 2004 but later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by theIranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged. In a telephoneconversation with his father in Tehran, Mr Kazemi was told that before theexecution in April 2006, his boyfriend had been questioned about sexualrelations he had with other men and under interrogation had named Mr Kazemias his partner. Fearing for his own life if he returned to Iran, MrKazemi claimed asylum in Britain. But late in 2007 his case was refused.
Terror-stricken at the prospect of deportation, the young Iranian made adesperate attempt to evade deportation and fled Britain for Holland where heis now being detained amid a growing outcry from campaigners.
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Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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Venezuela: In a ruling published yesterday by the Supreme Justice Tribunalin Venezuela, the top court's constitutional wing ruled that same-sexmarriages cannot be constitutionally authorized even if the Venezuelanconstitution prohibits "any form of discrimination, including that which isbased on sexual orientation."
This according to an article in today's El Universal that says that thejustices keyed in on language that elevates marriage between a man and awoman to the constitutional level unlike other forms of relationships.
http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/2008/03/venezuela-top-court-says-no-to-same-sex.html
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Forwarded from Gay Asalyum - UK
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A group representing lesbians in Croatia has questioned why only one personhas been prosecuted for attacking last year's Pride parade in the capitalcity of Zagreb. Last week Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives andproperty and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind barsafter being found guilty of a hate crime.
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Sudan: The Japanese government should make ending the suffering andviolence in Sudan a top priority in meetings this week with the Sudanesepresidential assistant, Nafi Ali Nafi, Human Rights Watch said today. HumanRights Watch has written a letter to Japan's Foreign Minister MasahikoKoumura asking him to use this official visit to press Sudan to immediatelyend attacks on civilians, to stop obstructing the deployment ofpeacekeepers, and to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court.
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Pakistan protests against Wilders film
Pakistan has summoned the Dutch ambassador because of Geert Wilders' anti-Qur'an film Fitna. A spokesperson for the Pakistani authorities callsthe Dutch Freedom Party leader "biased and bigoted" and says the film hasnothing to do with freedom of expression. Pakistan has also brought theissue to the attention of the European Union and the Vatican. At Islamabad'srequest, the matter has been placed at the top of the agenda at next week'ssummit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference in Senegal. There have beennew demonstrations against the Netherlands and Denmark in Afghanistan. Dutchflags were burned in a number of cities. The protestors are demanding thatthe Afghan government break all ties with the two countries.
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Gay Asylum shall be dedicating all its posting and news tomorrow For MadhiKamazi, with our sincere wish and desire being that he receives a positiveresponse from the Dutch judge, when he delivers his verdict. It is also toshow both the Dutch and British governments the world wide support andconcern there is for Madhi.
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Netherlands: The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told aninternational meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserveequal rights. Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of theUnited Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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China's National People's Congress should not allow another session toconclude without adopting reforms to improve protections on 10 key humanrights issues, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Chinese PremierWen Jiabao.The letter urges Premier Wen to act on his stated commitment topromoting social justice and building the rule of law, and expresses regretat the Chinese government's failure to make substantial progress on thesekey human rights reforms over the last year since the last National People'sCongress session. The congress, which meets annually and is attended by morethan 3,000 delegates, is meeting from March 5-18.
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Ukrainian Members of Parliament Move to Staunch Alternate Sexual Identities
According to information spread by the group "Love againsthomosexualism" atthe beginning of March, some members of theParliament of Ukraine considerthat "propaganda and expansion ofhomosexuality in the country form a threatto national security, contradict national interests, undermine authority ofrights and freedoms of human being and family".
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National Gay News
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Massachusetts: Patrick Backs Bill to Protect Rights of Transgendered
Governor Deval Patrick said yesterday he supports a bill protectingtransgendered people from discrimination, legislation similar to lawsalready enacted in more than a dozen states.
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Last Refugee Bid Refused to Gay Malaysian
A Malaysian man who is to be deported Thursday after being refused refugeestatus is pleading with the federal government to intervene and let him stayin Canada.
Kulenthiran Amirthalingan made a last-ditch appeal to Immigration MinisterDiane Finley, asking her to stay the March 6 deportation order to his nativeMalaysia. He fears persecution because he is gay.
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Canada: Lover Acquitted of Murdering Gay Bar Owner
The long-time lover of popular Toronto gay bar owner Janko Naglic has beenacquitted of his first-degree murder by a jury that deliberated for aroundfour hours.
The jury returned with its not guilty verdict around 10:15 p.m. Tuesdayfollowing a three-week trial that heard from an array of witnesses whotestified about the deteriorating relationship between the accused, IvanMendez-Romero, and Naglic.
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Controversy Continues About Gay Dads Who Happen to be Penguins
In The Life presents its new episode in April, called ChallengingConvention. The show looks at same-sex animals that choose to cohabitate;
and the program will be focusing on the children's book And Tango MakesThree.
"Tango" topped the American Library Association's (ALA) list of the mostchallenged books in 2006, and the ALA named it as a Notable Children's Bookof 2006.
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Columbia, S.C., Bans Housing Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientationand Gender Identity
Today the Columbia City Council voted unanimously to pass ordinancesprohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or genderidentity in housing and public accommodations. South Carolina Equalityproposed these ordinances in January and the ordinances passed with littleopposition.
C. Ray Drew, Executive Director of South Carolina Equality, said, "We havepassed one of the most comprehensive bills in the country, in one of themost conservative states in the country. South Carolina, and states likeours, represents the front lines of our battle for LGBT civil rights in thiscountry."
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In an Absolut World, All Advertisers Would Be This Gay-Friendly
To avid readers, it probably seems like Absolut's iconic imagery has beengracing the back pages of U.S. glossies forever. In actual fact, the Swedishspirit company's squat-necked bottle has only been starring in print adssince its aptly-titled introduction in 1981, Absolut Perfection.
That campaign did more than bring the brand to the American masses; it alsoacquainted Absolut with the gay and lesbian community, with ads appearing inThe Advocate, Out and other such publications right from the start.
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Website Picks 'Gayest Song'
IF you are "having the time of your life" you may be dancing to the gayestsong ever.
The lyric comes ABBA's Dancing Queen, which has been ranked by visitors toAustralia's SameSame.com.au website as the gayest song of all time in a listcompiled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and LesbianMardi Gras.
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The Advocate
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Taking the Temperature of Clinton Supporters
LGBT Hillary backers from Iowa, South Carolina, and Texas weigh in on theClinton/Obama divide and whether it can be bridged.
http://advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid52495.asp
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Marriage Equality News
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Unlike many other states, California also has a robust domestic partnershiplaw, passed in 1999, which gives gay couples almost all of the legal rightsand benefits afforded to married couples. Civil unions, in other words,already exist in California in all but name. "It will be hard to point afinger at California and say, 'You discriminator,' because they've been wayahead of the curve in eliminating all of the tangible aspects ofdiscrimination," says Kmiec. The flip side of that is also true, of course.
"The court can turn that around and say, 'Well, if you've made virtually allof these choices, why are you withholding this last increment of dignity?' "
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The Sheboygan Area School District today announced that it has denied agrievance filed by a female employee over the district's refusal to granther two days paid leave to travel to Canada and marry another woman. LeighRobert, 38, who works in the district's recreation department and also as asecretary at Jefferson Elementary School, filed the grievance when thedistrict would not pay the leave for her to wed Judy Stock, 51. The women,who live in Kiel and are unable to marry legally in Wisconsin, appeared Feb.28 at a hearing before the Human Resources Committee of the district'sgoverning board.
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Pink News - UK
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Ukrainian MPs attack "popularisation" of homosexuality
A parliamentary committee in the Ukraine has recommended that the state takesteps to repress "homosexualism, lesbianism, other sexual perversions, whichdo not correspond to moral principles of the society."
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Call for action against bogus AIDS cures
A leading human rights group has called on the United Nations to act againstthe proliferation of unproven treatments for AIDS.
An article published in the peer-reviewed journal Globalisation and Health,Human Rights Watch cited examples of the promotion of these remedies incountries as diverse as Zambia,
Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, India, and Zimbabwe.
Human Rights Watch says the UN and its member states are failing to addressserious threats to life and health.
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Gay equality group gets million YouTube hits
Videos produced by the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, have beenviewed more than one million times on the popular online video site YouTube.
HRC has created nearly 70 videos on a wide variety of subjects relevant tothe fight for GLBT equality. The first clip was posted in September 2006.
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Good news for Obama in Texas
Though Hillary Clinton took Texas with the popular vote in the primaries,Barack Obama regained some lost ground by winning the state's caucus, whichaccounts for one-third of the state's delegates.
But the win is bittersweet, with the Clinton campaign crying foul, saying itmight mount a legal challenge to the state's caucus results.
Clinton's camp is citing what it says are "hundreds of complaints" theyreceived accusing the Obama campaign of mischief.
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Porn company abandons bareback after BBC investigation
British porn producer Icreme has agreed to stop filming bareback scenes.
The company claims to produce more adult material than any other in the UK.
Icreme told the BBC that all their porn performers would use condoms fromnow on.
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HIV+ bareback porn performer speaks out
Clyde is like many 20 year old gay boys: chatty, outgoing, sweet natured,and already learning the harsh realities of life on the scene.
A former porn performer, he found out he is HIV+ last year.
BBC news programme Newsnight has been investigating the booming industry incheaply made gay porn and the seemingly insatiable appetite for filmsfeaturing sex without condoms, known as 'bareback.'
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Straight man taunted for being gay backed by EHRC
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken up the case of a56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gaybecause he lives in Brighton.
An employment tribunal and an appeal tribunal have both rejected his claimsof sexual discrimination.
Stephen English suffered years of abuse and insinuation from colleagues atThomas Sanderson Blinds, based near Portsmouth, where he had worked insales.
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Homophobia to be tackled at Euro 2008
An LGBT rights organisation in Austria will display posters around Viennatackling the subject of homophobia during the UEFA European FootballChampionship later this year.
Switzerland and Austria will co-host the tournament from June 7th to 29th.None of the UK home nations qualified.
QWIEN, which is based in Vienna, has announced a Europe-wide competition todesign the posters.
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Runners invited to do their bit for gay rights
In the light of their successful performance last year, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) have once again secured places in the Manchester Run.
The charity are inviting people to team up and join them in what promises tobe one of the biggest 10 km events in the world.
The LGF is one of the UK's largest gay charities, offering a variety ofservices and supporting the lesbian, gay and bisexual community, such aslegal advice and a free helpline.
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Bi and lesbian women's net communities studied
A London university is looking at the role that internet communities have inthe lives of lesbian and bisexual women and how this may relate to healthand well being.
Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to takepart in an online survey as part of the study, which will also consider ifmessage boards function as a sense of community or social support.
In the next phase of the study the research team will be conducting a seriesof interviews and are keen for bi and lesbian women to take part.
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Iranian and Chilean LGBT activists honoured
A trans activist and an Iranian queer organisation will be honoured by theInternational Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) at a specialceremony next month.
Andres Ignacio Rivera Duarte of Chile's Organización de Transexuales por laDignidad de la Diversidad and the Canada-based Iranian Queer Organisation(IRQO) will be awarded the 2008 Felipa de Souza Award.
Each award winner will receive a $5,000 (£2,516) stipend. The awards will bepresented at a ceremony in New York on April 28th, 2008.
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American porn performers concerned about STDs
In an anonymous survey conducted by TheSword.com last week, almost 30% ofgay adult performers revealed that they were either HIV positive or wereunaware of their HIV status.
While many performers believed that condom-only studios were providingsafety for industry workers in the area of HIV prevention, only halfbelieved that they were receiving adequate prevention from other STDs likesyphilis, HPV and chlamydia. The study comes on the heels of legendary adultfilm director Chi Chi Larue's new "safe sex is hot sex" campaign.
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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
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As a health care specialist, Army Sgt. Darren Manzella has served hiscountry in Iraq and Kuwait, having twice been deployed to the Middle Eastsince joining in the Army in 2002. The second time around, however, Manzellaserved as an openly gay soldier, having come out after the first tour. Thatopenness led to anonymous calls and e-mails, Manzella says, advising him tobe less open. Manzella laid out everything for his superiors, even supplyingthem with evidence of his then relationship with another man. Despite aninvestigation, the Pentagon seems to have found no evidence of Manzellabeing gay.
http://www.metroweekly.com/covers/cover_preview.html
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Action Fund and Equality Maryland team up against efforts to nix genderidentity protections.
The Task Force Action Fund is working with Equality Maryland to review morethan 30,000 signatures that were gathered to challenge a law banningdiscrimination on the basis of gender identity. The Montgomery County (Md.)Council unanimously passed the law last fall, but opponents recentlysubmitted signatures to county officials seeking to place a measure on theNovember ballot aimed at abolishing the law.
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West Virginia: The Task Force Action Fund this week sent out an action alertto West Virginians, urging them to ask their delegates in the state House tosupport Senate Bill 60, which would add sexual orientation to the state'snondiscrimination policy. The Senate unanimously passed the measure lastweek.
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Mississippi: The Task Force Action Fund this week sent an action alert toMississippians, urging them to ask their state representatives to rejectSenate Bill 2766, which would prohibit unmarried, cohabitating couples fromadopting children in Mississippi. The House Judiciary Committee may act onthe bill this week.
http://www.kintera.org/TR.asp?a=jwKYJiM4IkJXJpL&s=fvK0KgMZJtJ4LiOWIrG&m=hgKSJ3MEIjK1E>
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The Los Angeles Times reports that the debate over what
constitutes an "indecent" broadcast may come up before the Supreme Courtthis week. It would mark the first time in 30 years that the question hasappeared before the court.
The court last ruled on the issue in 1978, and, as The Los Angeles Timespoints out, media has changed dramatically since then with cable television,the internet and radio "shock jocks."
http://avn.com/index.cfm?objectID=760DD71C-D7AC-C68C-E1D7FFCAE17B9871
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IN THE LIFE has a 16-year heritage of producing powerful stories about thepeople and issues shaping the gay experience, nationally and abroad. Now weare looking to the independent producing community to help expand anddiversify our programming.
IN THE LIFE MEDIA, INC is now seeking documentaries about the LGBTQexperience for our 2008 and 2009 season. We will consider non-fiction filmsof all lengths created by independent producers or entities in the past fiveyears for acquisition. Preference will be given to broadcast premieres.
For submission guidelines and more information go to http://www.inthelifetv.org/
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Consulate of Uruguay in New York
Please join Mateando and the International Gay and Lesbian Human RightsCommission (IGLHRC) for an evening event to celebrate Uruguay's new civilunion law, which grants same-sex couples who have been in a relationship forfive years the same rights and privileges as married heterosexual couples.
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Iraqi Police arresting Gays and Transgender Iraqi's in new and rare videofootage.
Evidence of the Brutality by the Badr Corps and Iraqi police against thelgbt community in Iraq. Iraqi government uses terrorizing methods toilluminate homosexuality in Iraq. New evidence highlighting video streams ofIraqi lgbt's that we have recently obtained shows member of the most forbidden group in Iraq beenarrested, held in custody and having their heads shaved and praised withsongs of hate and revenge.
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Iranian feminist and journalist Parvin Ardalan was prevented from leavingIran on Sunday to travel to Sweden where she was to receive the 2007 OlofPalme Prize in Stockholm. She told the AFP news agency that after sheboarded an Air France flight at Tehran airport she was paged and then toldthat she was not permitted to leave the country.
"They took my passport and asked me to refer to the presidential officedepartment for passport affairs after 72 hours to take it back," she said.
"The only reason for this move is to prevent me from taking part in theceremony. I think this is unreasonable."
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Forwarded from Paul Harris
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Arts organizations are becoming aggressive in getting candidates to talkabout funding.
When it comes to campaign themes, the arts can't compete with healthcarereform, national security, the sluggish economy -- just about anything youmight name. But this presidential primary season, people who work at thecrossroads of politics and culture say the arts have attained a higherprofile than usual -- and the push for an arts agenda has established afoothold in the campaign landscape. Linda Frye Burnham, well known in LosAngeles arts circles for starting High Performance magazine and co-foundingHighways Performance Space in Santa Monica, began hearing in January aboutBarack Obama's support for the arts.Along with thousands of other artsfigures, she received an e-mail detailing how Obama would increase supportfor the National Endowment for the Arts, embrace arts education, strengthencultural diplomacy, advocate an artist-friendly tax law and propose anArtist Corps to send young artists to teach in low-income areas.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-polartists4mar04,1,2194161.story?track=rss&ctrack=4&cset=true
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Miami Herald
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McCain trails Clinton, Obama in new poll
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502646.html?hpid=topnews
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A nation of laws, even at Guantánamo
The Pentagon would make a big mistake by failing to allow terrorist suspectsa vigorous defense in its war court at Guantánamo Bay. Most of the world,including many Americans, already believes that there can be no justice forGuantánamo captives. Unless accused terrorists have legal protections, anyconviction will be suspect, and rightfully so. The outrage in adeath-penalty case would be even worse.
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/444523.html
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Fort Report
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How Democrats Can Avoid Civil War and Prevent Defeat
To save the Democratic Party from imploding into self-defeating andself-destructive civil war, Hillary and Obama should immediately pledge toappoint the other as their running-mate if nominated.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shaun-jacob-halper/hillbama-rises-how-democ_b_90149.html
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Clinton Success Alters Delegate Race's Dynamic
After Tuesday's primary victories for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, herfocus is momentum; for her Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama, it ismath.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/us/politics/06elect.html?hp
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Police Investigate Times Square Explosion
Traffic was diverted for about two hours after what police described as an"improvised explosive device" damaged the armed forces recruiting station.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/police-investigate-explosion-in-times-square/index.html?hp
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Hillary's Edge
Of all the things that went right for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, the Ohioprimary win was most impressive.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/opinion/06collins.html?ref=opinion
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Take a Deep Breath
It is hard to believe that in the 21st century the democratically electedgovernments of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela would be talking about war.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/opinion/06thu2.html?ref=opinion
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The Obamas of the World
Piecing together Barack Obama's family is like piecing together the world.It's a rich experience, but not easy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/opinion/06cohen.html?ref=opinion
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Florida's 'Theory of ...'
If a new set of science standards are strictly followed, Florida may finallybe on the way toward improving the quality of its science curriculum.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/opinion/06thu3.html?ref=opinion
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To Dream the Possible Dream Ticket
If Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama became running mates, who would be theboss?
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/the-possible-dream-ticket/index.html?ref=opinion
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Two Tests Added to Recommended List to Prevent or Detect Colorectal Cancer
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/health/research/06cancer.html
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Where's the Exit Strategy?
The Democrats can't find their way out of a primary contest that almostsurreally refuses to end.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502891.html
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Why Clinton Isn't Dead by Robert D. Novak
A convention showdown may be unavoidable, much to the chagrin of Democraticinsiders. They have themselves to blame.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502888.html
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Democrats' Intraparty Gender Gap
| We may be ready to elect a woman president, but that doesn't explain thegender divisions within the Democratic party.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030502960.html
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Agencies Build National Intelligence Network
Fledgling Justice Department system enables authorities to examine enormouscaches of digital records and raises civil liberties concerns.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503656.html?hpid=topnews
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Atheist Soldier Says Army Punished Him
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Fla. Governor Wants Delegates Reinstated
Stripped Delegates Should Be Seated, Crist Says
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From Fight OUT Loud: www.fightoutloud.org
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Victory in Fort Lauderdale! Your Voice Made a Difference!
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After much outcry from around the country, the City of Fort Lauderdale hasremoved the "Focus on Fort Lauderdale" newsletter with Mayor Jim Naugle'sbigoted message against the LGBT community from the city's website. Thecity also decided that the mayor's column in Fort Lauderdale's bi-monthlypublication will be permanently removed, giving Naugle one less platformfrom which to spew hate. A special thanks to Commissioners Hutchinson andMoore for standing up for the respect and equality of all residents.

This shows the power and influence of a united LGBT community. Fight OUTLoud thanks its over 20,000 members, many who have written in to expresstheir outrage over this. Within 1 day, the offensive language was removedfrom the city website and Naugle's message was removed from futurepublications.

Thank you to everyone who wrote, called, and stood up against the spread ofanti-gay rhetoric at the expense of Fort Lauderdale tax-payers. Your voicewas heard. Never again will our community sit by and let dangerous,
violence inducing language go unanswered.

We continue to call on Mayor Naugle and the entire City Commission to speakout and denounce the outbreak of violence against the LGBT community. TheSouth Florida LGBT Community demands that its leaders step forward anddiffuse the atmosphere of hate and intolerance that is brewing.

A heartfelt thanks to the members of Fight OUT Loud who once again stood insolidarity against the bigotry and hatred of Mayor Naugle.
We are standing up, being heard, and making a difference!
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbnaugle0305sbmar06,0,5989349.story
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The openly gay Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson will begiving a talk at All Saint's Episcopal Church, 333 Tarpon Dr. FortLauderdale, FL 33301 at 7 pm Wednesday, March 12th. All are invited. Formore information, please contact Todd Hoover 954 524-5941 or attoddjhoover@bellsouth.net
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Anthony Niedwiecki for Oakland Park City Commission
Campaign Kick-Off Event
At the Home of RoseAnn & Mike Flynn
2930 Oak Tree Drive
Oakland Park, 33309
Sunday March 9, 2008 - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Suggested Minimum Donation: $100 per person
Maximum Donation is $250 per person
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Ailing senator says she still can serve
At a news conference during which she wept , state Sen. Mandy Dawsonannounced Wednesday she is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, a disablingand painful disease, and depression.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flfmandy0306sbmar06,0,6907994.story
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American Idol: Miramar's Ramiele is no longer a sure thing
http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/tv/
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Michael Mayo: Democrats on way to another presidential election mess
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbmayocol0306sbmar06,0,2037671.column
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Miami Herald
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Victim dressed as a woman, 'buried as a boy'
In the days since the shooting death of a Fort Lauderdale teenager whopolice said was dressed as a woman, a conflicted portrait has emerged. ....
''Simmie's friends asked me if I was going to dress him as a woman for thefuneral. I said no. I gave birth to a boy, and my baby would be buried as aboy,'' says King, 38, her thin voice suddenly firm. ``I don't know . . .
what he did or didn't do across town. What I know is that he was gay anddidn't deserve to be gunned down because of who he was.''
http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/445790.html
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Edison students not troublemakers
As a teacher at Miami Edison Senior High School for the past four years, Ihave had many difficult and challenging days. But never have I felt as lowand helpless as I did Friday. I was shocked to see students whose safety isentrusted to me being pushed back by police in riot gear and, in some cases,thrown to the ground. Seeing students crying, traumatized by what they hadseen, while more police arrived with dogs, hurt me profoundly.
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Fight brews over university control
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/story/445778.html
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Will Florida tip the nomination?
Clinton's recent wins may make state's delegates crucial. Deja vu? Would aFlorida revote make the crucial difference? Obama could get a second chancehere and in Michigan. With Obama leading in delegates, what does hiscampaign favor?
http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/06/State/Will_Florida_tip_the_.shtml
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Another Florida primary? Unlikely, Democrats say
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080306/NEWS/803060492/1018/news02
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Florida Republicans push ahead with budget cuts
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orl-spend0608mar06,0,2381273.story
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Crist speaks out on delegate issue
Saying it is "reprehensible" to ignore the presidential preferences of 5.1million voters, Gov. Charlie Crist urged both political parties Wednesday torecognize the Florida and Michigan delegations to national nominatingconventions next summer.
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GLBT DIGEST March 5, 2008

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New York Times
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Definition of Marriage Is at Heart of California Case
SAN FRANCISCO - For almost four hours on Tuesday, the California SupremeCourt heard arguments in the most important same-sex marriage case sinceMassachusetts's highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry theremore than four years ago.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/us/05marriage.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=GAY&st=nyt&oref=slogin
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California's Top Court Seems Split on Gay Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California Supreme Court appeared divided onTuesday over whether to allow gay marriage during nearly four hours of oralarguments on the contentious issue that could impact gay rights nationwide.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-rights-california-gays.html?scp=3&sq=GAY&st=nyt
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Miami Herald
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Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival launches Fort Lauderdale festival,announces screenings, parties
The acclaimed 10th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented byHBO has announced its Gala Screenings and Parties during the 10-day eventfrom April 25 to May 4, 2008.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2008/03/miami-gay-lesbi.html
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Steve Rothaus
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BBC: HIV scandal in gay porn industry
Three films have been withdrawn from sale following a Newsnightinvestigation into the health risks of so-called bareback gay porn - whichshows men have unprotected sex.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2008/03/bbc-hiv-scandal.html
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Clinton Scores 3 Wins, McCain Clinches
(Washington) Hillary Rodham Clinton scored three victories in a night ofrevival that denied Barack Obama a ripe opportunity to drive her from theDemocratic presidential race. Clarity came only to the Republican side,where John McCain made the nomination his own.
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Canadian Government To Investigate Only One Obama Leak
(Ottawa) Two information leaks from the Canadian government have rockedBarack Obama's campaign for the U.S. presidency _ and the Government ofCanada says it will only investigate one of them.
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Huckabee Drops Out
Irving, Texas) Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and out of theRepublican presidential race.
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Kucinich Secures Nomination
(Columbus, Ohio) Dennis Kucinich, the liberal Ohio politician who has madetwo failed White House campaigns, won the Democratic primary Tuesday in hisbattle to keep his seat against the toughest, best-financed challenger inhis 12-year congressional career.
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California Gay Couples Await Ruling
(San Francisco, California) Sometime within the next three months same-sexcouples in California will learn if they will be allowed to marry. For mostthe wait will be excruciating.
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CDC Warns Of Safety Problems At Clinics Nationwide
(Washington) An outbreak of hepatitis C at a Nevada clinic may represent"the tip of an iceberg" of safety problems at clinics around the country,according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery - Could Lead To HIV Vaccine
(Toronto) Researchers in Canada and the United States have made abreakthrough discovery in the fight against HIV infection: a protein thatcan limit the viral attack.
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National Gay News
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HRC Organizes Capitol Hill Lobby Day
Hundreds to Raise Awareness & Educate Congress on GLBT Issues
Volunteers and staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, will gather onCapitol Hill on Thursday, March 6, to lobby their senators and
representatives to promote equality and civil rights of GLBT Americans.
"This is an opportunity for GLBT people from across the country to engagetheir members of Congress and speak out on the issues critical to ourcommunity," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Whether itbe calling for the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' educating on HIV/AIDS,or working to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on genderidentity and sexual orientation, GLBT constituents will have theiropportunity to be heard."
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GLAAD Announces Educational Partnership with The Hetrick-Martin Instituteand The New York Blade
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced aneducational collaboration with The Hetrick-Martin Institute and The New YorkBlade for students at the Harvey Milk High School. The joint partnershipwill provide a weekly interactive learning experience for studentsinterested in beginning a career in communications or journalism. GLAADAsian-Pacific Islander Media Strategist Andy Marra and Communities ofAfrican Descent Media Strategist Katina Parker will instruct theskills-building class.
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The Advocate
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The Advocate Posts Photos From Sydney's Mardi Gras\
http://www.advocateinsider.com/
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View oral argument of state supreme court marriage cases
Link: The California Channel http://www.calchannel.com/MEDIA/0304A.asx
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In 2005, when a Jewish gay-marriage activist first pressed California rabbisto sign a statement supporting full marriage equality for gays and lesbians,only a handful of Conservative rabbis lent their names. Over the course ofthe past two months, however, more than a dozen Conservative rabbis herehave signed on to a growing list of clergy who support gay marriage in thecivil realm.
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Marriage Equality News
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The crowd at Monday's Moscow City Council meeting gave a standing ovationafter the council voted 4-1 to maintain support for a resolution extendinghealth insurance benefits to employees' domestic partners.
One of the few who remained seated was the director of the Idaho ValuesAlliance, who has threatened legal action against the city for what he saysis a violation of the state constitution.
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The Senate on Tuesday passed a measure 29-20 that greatly expands the rightsof same-sex couples who register as domestic partners. The bill passed theHouse last month by a 62-32 vote after very little debate. The bill now goesto Gov. Chris Gregoire. House Bill 3104 adds domestic partners to sectionsof laws where previously only spouses were mentioned, including areasreferring to probate and trusts, community property and homesteadexemptions, and guardianship and powers of attorney.
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Georgia's state insurance commissioner gave into an ACLU demand to allow anHIV-positive Atlanta man into the state's insurance pool, after initiallydenying the request because the man was previously insured under a domesticpartnership policy.
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The California Supreme Court peppered both sides of the same-sex marriagedebate with questions today in a 3½-hour hearing into whether the state lawdefining marriage as the union of a man and a woman is constitutional. Thehearing dealt with challenges to the law filed by nearly two dozen same-sexcouples and the city of San Francisco, which entered the case after thecourt invalidated an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom that allowed nearly 4,000same-sex couples to marry in 2004.
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Legislative Republicans today tried and failed to force a debate on thesame-sex marriage issue.
House members voted 46-50 to reject House GOP Leader Christopher Rants'procedural move to pull a constitutional amendment resolution out ofcommittee and place it on the House debate calendar. The resolution seeks toallow Iowa voters to decide whether to amend the Iowa Constitution bydeclaring that marriage only is between a man and a woman - not partners ofthe same sex.
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Gay and lesbian couples in Arizona generally make less money, are lesslikely to own a home and have fewer resources to raise children than theirmarried counterparts, according to a new study by the Williams Institute atthe University of California Los Angeles.
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VIENNA, March 4 (Reuters) - An Austrian gay rights group has launched aninternational poster competition to raise the issue of homophobia infootball during June's European Championship.
The Vienna-based QWIEN organisation said on its Web site (www.qwien.at) thata jury would select the 50 best posters to put on display in the city duringthe tournament being co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.
"According to statistics five percent of the total population is gay," theorganisation said in a statement announcing the competition.
"As a result therefore, of the 500 professional players in the Austrianfootball league 25 should be gay. However there is not one gay professionalplayer in Austria... who openly admits his homosexuality.
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Iranian asylum seeker's deportation delayed
A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week isstill in detention in Holland.
19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if hereturns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal forasylum in the UK was refused.
He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should bereturned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-6997.html
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The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) announcedtoday that it would award its 2008 Felipa de Souza Award to two outstandingnominees-the Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO) and Chilean trans activistAndrés Ignacio Rivera Duarte. IGLHRC's Felipa Award recognizes the courageand effectiveness of groups or leaders dedicated to improving the humanrights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and otherindividuals stigmatized and abused because of their sexuality or HIV status.
Each award winner will receive a $5,000 stipend. The awards will bepresented at a special ceremony in New York on April 28, 2008.www.iglhrc.org
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The European Court of Human Rights today reaffirmed that the ban ondeporting people to countries where they are at risk of torture orill-treatment is absolute and unconditional. The judgment in Saadi v. Italyis being hailed as a major reassertion of the importance of the rule of lawby 11 international human rights groups, including Amnesty International,the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the AIRE Centre, Human RightsWatch, INTERIGHTS, the International Commission of Jurists, JUSTICE, theMedical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture, Open SocietyJustice Initiative, REDRESS, and the World Organization Against Torture(OMCT). This judgment comes at a time when deportation to states known topractice torture and ill-treatment is occurring with troubling frequency inthe name of the 'war on terror.'
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Two former high-ranking Shiite government officials charged with kidnappingand killing scores of Sunnis were ordered released Monday after prosecutorsdropped the case. The abrupt move renewed concerns about the willingness ofIraq's leaders to act against sectarianism and cast doubts on U.S. effortsto build an independent judiciary.
The collapse of the trial stunned American and Iraqi officials who had spentmore than a year assembling the case, which they said included a wide arrayof evidence.
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Homosexual relations are criminalised in every countryin Southasia except Nepal. In the majority of thesecountries, this criminalisation is based on thecolonial-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), drafted by theBritish in 1860 and subsequently introduced across theEmpire. Section 377 of the IPC has remained in placein many former colonies, including Bangladesh, Burma,India and Pakistan. It states: "Whoever voluntarilyhas carnal intercourse against the order of naturewith any man, woman or animal, shall be punished withimprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of eitherdescription for a term which may extend to 10 years,and shall also be liable to fine."
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This is a link to a study looking at the role that internet communities havein the lives of Lesbian and Bisexual women and how this may relate, if atall, to health and well being. Further it will consider if message boardsmay in some way function as a sense of community and/or social support.
At the end of the survey (mostly multiple choice questions) there is anopportunity to register your interest in taking part in the qualitative partof the study.
www.surveymonkey.com/sexualitysurvey
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The "Stop the Hate" program is
now under new leadership. Effective today, ownership of the highly acclaimednational bias & hate crime prevention program was officially transferredfrom the Association of Colleges Unions International (ACUI) to CampusPride.
Stop the Hate is an educational program founded in 2000 by Shane Windmeyeras a volunteer of ACUI and has consistently grown under his leadership withACUI. Stop the Hate provides trainings and resources on how toprevent/respond to hate crimes and bias incidents at colleges anduniversities across the United States.
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New York borough may field five out candidates for council
A record five out candidates from Queens, New York, are mulling runs in 2009to become the first LGBT elected official to represent the borough on theNew York City Council. The possibility of having five out candidates is asign of the success of the borough's LGBT community in working with thelocal Democratic Party, according to this article. New York Daily News (3/2)
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Korean lesbian aims to be first out member of Parliament
Choi Hyun-sook, chairwoman of the committee for sexual minorities in Korea'sDemocratic Labor Party, is running to become the nation's first out memberof Parliament. The Korea Times (3/3)
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9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurateand inclusive representations of the gay and transgender community and theissues that affect their lives. Special nominees and presenters at upcomingGLAAD Media Awards include Janet Jackson, Rufus Wainwright, Ilene Chaiken,Brian Graden, Wilson Cruz, Judy Shepard, Alan Cumming, Billy Baldwin andCandis Cayne. The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in New York onMonday, March 17, 2008 at the Marriott Marquis; in South Florida at theSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 12; in Los Angeles onSaturday, April 26 at the Kodak Theatre; and in San Francisco on Saturday,May 10 at the San Francisco Marriott.
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Anything but Straight
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When openly gay Gene Robinson was elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshirein 2003, the Nigerian Archbishop, Peter J. Akinola, called the event"Satanic." However, after reading the latest issue of Atlantic Magazine, itappears that Akinola is the one whose behavior is modeled on the devil.

According to the article, Muslim fanatics attacked Christian worshippers inthe Nigerian town of Yelwa in February 2004. They set fire to a church andmurdered anyone who tried to escape - leaving 78 people dead. Inretaliation, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, led, at thetime, by Akinola, surrounded the town. The vigilantes murdered 660 Muslims -while torching twelve mosques and 300 houses.
http://www.waynebesen.com/2008/03/arch-butcher-of-nigeria.html
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West Virginia: Bill would make sexual orientation protected class
http://www.timeswv.com/westvirginia/local_story_065020313.html
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Gay Village Can Grow to Other Areas, Forum Told
Toronto's gay village - located at Church and Wellesley Sts. - is a greatlanding spot, but it's no longer the only safe residential haven forhomosexuals.
http://www.towncrieronline.ca/main/main.php?direction=viewstory&storyid=6590&rootcatid=8&rootsubcatid=
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Dutch Stand up for Gays at UN Human Rights Council
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7022.html
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Gay and lesbian teachings defended
A call for children to be taught more about gay and lesbian issues has beendefended by the Scottish Government.
http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5i7gbAXidIOW9StyMT0_R5IJjc7qQ
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Gay Porn House Ruling Upheld
A Court of Appeal in Florida has upheld a ruling in favour of a homeowners' association that claimed a group of men leasing a house in its neighbourhoodwere violating its restrictions on running a business out of a home.
The homeowner, Judith Crago, leased the home to Charles Foulk, the owner ofthe 'College Boys Live' pornography site.
More than 20 live feed cameras were installed throughout the property sothat customers could pay to watch live sex acts.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-7028.html
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Under God: McCain's Incendiary Supporter
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2008/03/hagee_hug.html
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I was an Ex-Gay in Bible School
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Focus on the Family 'Saddened' at Obama's Respect for Bible, Gay Couples
http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/focus-on-the-family-saddened-at-obamas-respect-for-the-bible/
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Gay Sports Groups Sprout on Campus
http://www.outsports.com/os/index.php/2008021861/Campus/News/Gay-Sports-Groups-Sprout-Up-on-Campus.html
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New York Times
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Full State-by-State Results
Detailed results, county-by-county maps and the delegate selection process.
http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/votes/index.html
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Campaign Tallies of the Superdelegates
Counts based on lists from the Democrats' campaigns showing whom thesuperdelegates are supporting.
http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/superdelegates/index.html
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Easily Overlooked Lesions Tied to Colon Cancer
A hard-to-find abnormality in the colon is more common than previouslythought, researchers say.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/health/research/05cancer.html?hp
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Colombia Is Flashpoint in Chávez's Feud With U.S.
A three-country dispute highlights the fact that Colombia is increasinglyseen in Venezuela as an American proxy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/world/americas/05venez.html?hp
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Can Students Be Paid to Excel?
Many schools in New York City are experimenting with monetary incentives topromote learning.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/nyregion/05incentive.html?hp
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Abbas Says Peace Talks Will Resume
The Palestinian president backed off a threat to boycott negotiations untilIsrael reaches a truce with Hamas militants in Gaza.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-US-Mideast.html?hp
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Arizona Weighs Bill to Allow Guns on Campuses
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/us/05guns.html
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With McCain Atop Ticket, Talk Shifts to Spot No. 2
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Washington Post
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Silence on Armenia
We in Armenia have been trying to understand the roots of the West'sindifference to the rape of our democracy.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030402329.html
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The Force of Gender
If Hillary Clinton doesn't win the nomination, her gender won't be herundoing.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030402333.html
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The GOP's Dream Candidate
Hillary Clinton is politically doomed -- and incapable of admitting she isdoomed.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030402331.html
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Help the Good Guys in the West Bank
The U.S.should work to strengthen the moderate Palestinian opponents ofHamas.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030402332.html
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A Costly Battle on Two Fronts
Obama campaign faces protracted, two-front war against Clinton and GOP'sMcCain.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030403392.html?hpid=topnews
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Clinton hints at sharing ticket
Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted at the possibility of sharing the Democraticpresidential ticket with Barack Obama, but said voters still have to decidethe party nominee. .... Asked on CBS' The Early Show whether she and Obamashould be on the same ticket, Clinton said: ``That may be where this isheaded, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I thinkthe people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.''
http://www.miamiherald.com/campaign08/story/444748.html
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Good-natured Huckabee reaches end of the road
Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and out of the Republicanpresidential race.
http://www.miamiherald.com/campaign08/story/444509.html
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Report details black women's challenges
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/5593661.html
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Analysis: McCain brings challenges for GOP
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/5592895.html
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Step by Step, Bush and Fed Move on Mortgage Rescue
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/business/05housing.html?ex=1205384400&en=6b57d4249ecfb750&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVERNEWS
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Broward County: Diversity performance troupe is in need of performers
Volunteers should be prepared to participate for the entire season and perform at the International Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival scheduled for July in Miami . For more information, go to www.inharmonyproductions.com ...
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DESPITE CRIST OPTIMISM, LEGISLATORS REMAIN DOUR
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Charlie Crist helped open the annual legislative sessionTuesday by offering an optimistic agenda for Florida, despite "extraordinaryeconomic times" that are blowing holes in the state budget.
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Headlines/frtHEAD04POL030508.htm
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Democrats in Legislature blame economy on GOP
Florida Democrats kicked off the legislative session by attackingRepublicans over the bad economy, not considering some tax increases andslashing the budget.
http://www.miamiherald.com/458/story/444458.html
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Florida mulls slavery apology
http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/05/State/Florida_mulls_slavery.shtml
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Pedophiles:A fitting punishment
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/030508/opi_253682109.shtml
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Legislator proposes abolishing state university system's governing board
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Four years after San Francisco ignited passionate embraces and heatednational debate by briefly allowing gay marriage, California's top courthears arguments on Tuesday as to whether matrimony should be limited to aman and a woman.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/news/news-rights-california-gays.html?scp=2&sq=GAY&st=nyt
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Unexpected Soap Protest Favors Gay Kiss
NEW YORK (AP) -- The love affair between two young men on the venerable CBSsoap opera ''As the World Turns'' has triggered a protest campaign by angryviewers. It's just not the sort of protest you'd expect.
Fans of the fictional romance between Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer are baffledabout why the two characters haven't kissed on-screen since September,wondering whether it's a sign of squeamishness by CBS or show sponsorsProcter & Gamble Co.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-AP-on-TV-Missing-Kisses.html?scp=4&sq=GAY&st=nyt
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"American Idol" contestant David Hernandez once entertained audiences byremoving his clothes instead of singing tunes, a manager at a male stripclub in Phoenix told The Associated Press. The 24-year-old finalist fromGlendale, Ariz., once worked as a stripper at Dick's Cabaret, appearingfully nude and performing lap dances for the club's "mostly male" clientele,club manager Gordy Bryan said Monday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030400387.html
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Transexual teen has faith in self, others
Ralph De La Cruz
The night I heard that a cross-dressing teen had been shot and killed onSistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, I immediately thought of WillieLitersky.
I had interviewed Willie, another cross-dressing teen, for a column aboutthe challenges that gay and transgender kids face.
I had been so impressed with Willie's courage and self-confidence that Iwrote, "When I grow up, I want to be like Willie."
That was 18 months ago. When he was 15. When Willie was still Willie.
Monday, Willie turned 17, the same age as murder victim Simmie Williams Jr.And Willie is now Niki.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-ralph04sbmar04,0,5435329,print.column
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Study: Spanking Affects Adult Sex Lives
New research by a University of New Hampshire domestic abuse expert saysspanking children affects their sex lives as adults. Professor Murray Strausconcludes that children who are spanked are more likely as adults to coercepartners to have sex, to have unprotected sex and to have masochistic sex.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/health/sns-ap-spanking-study,0,6275865.story
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Gay Marriage Attracting Skilled Workers To Mass.
(Boston, Massachusetts) Massachusetts is reaping huge financial gains as aresult of same-sex marriage.
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Gay Paris Mayor Mulling Presidency
(Paris) Bertrand Delanoe appears headed for easy re-election in next week'smunicipal vote but he already is being courted by his Socialist Party to runfor the presidency in the next general election.
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Nova Scotia Liberals Call For Government To Fund Sex Change Operations
Halifax, Nova Scotia) Nova Scotia Liberals have passed a resolution callingfor the province to pay for sex-change operations.
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Anti-Quran Film To Show In Netherlands
(The Hague) Protesters already have torched Dutch flags in Afghanistan aheadof a new Dutch film portraying Islam's holy book as a "fascist" text thatincites violence and preaches the oppression of women and gays.
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Poll: Iowa Supports Civil Unions But No Gay Marriage
(Des Moines, Iowa) The majority of Iowa voters support restricting marriageto opposite-sex couples but at the same time are divided on a constitutionalamendment to put that in place, and most believe same-sex couples shouldhave the right to have civil unions a new poll shows.
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California Gay Couples Hopeful For June Weddings
(San Francisco, California) Same-sex marriage is at the top of the docketwith the California Supreme Court resumes on Tuesday. If the court rulesfor gay and lesbian couples challenging the state California could be thesecond area in the US where same-sex marriage is legal.
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Obama In Damage Control After Canadian NAFTA Report
(San Antonio, Texas) Barack Obama's senior economic policy adviser says thatCanadian government officials wrote an inaccurate portrayal of his privatediscussion on the campaign's trade policy in a memo obtained by TheAssociated Press.
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HIV Breakthrough:
Researchers Identify Protein That Fights Immunodeficiency
A Canada-U.S. research team has solved a major genetic mystery: How aprotein in some people's DNA guards them against killer immune diseases suchas HIV. In an advance online edition of Nature Medicine, the scientistsexplain how the protein, FOX03a, shields against viral attacks and how thediscovery will help in the development of a HIV vaccine.
"HIV infection is characterised by the slow demise of T-cells, in particularcentral memory cells, which can mediate lifelong protection against viruses," said lead researcher Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, a Université deMontréal professor and a researcher at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal and the French Institut national de la santé et de la recherchemédicale (Inserm).
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Gays and Lesbians Urged to Kick the Habit
Smoking rates among the gay and lesbian community in the UK aresignificantly higher than the general population, and this No Smoking Day weare being urged to give up the fags for good.
Around 40% of gays and lesbians smoke, as opposed to 23% of men and 24% ofwomen in general population.
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A Proud Father of a Gay Son
Full disclosure: I'm the proud father of a gay son. And I'm not the onlyone. Our prime minister, Ehud Olmert, is the proud father of a gaydaughter - a daughter who has become a symbol, the pride of the community,for being an open lesbian and a brave fighter for equal rights for thehomosexual community.
And because I know, from personal acquaintance, that Ehud Olmert is a warmand loving father, I am angry at his thundering silence in light of thenonsense and incitement against the homosexual community by several leadersof Shas.
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Drunk Teens Spoil Mardis Gras
Drunk teenagers marred an otherwise well-behaved Mardi Gras in Sydney onSaturday night, police say.
Tens of thousands of people watched 10,000 participants in the 30th SydneyGay and Lesbian Mardi Gras sing and dance their way along Oxford Street lastnight for the annual celebration of gay rights.
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Sexual Orientation a Factor in Violence
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals reported higher rates of victimization byviolence than heterosexuals in 2004 - including sexual assault, robbery andphysical assault.
The Statistics Canada study examined victimization rates, perceptions ofdiscrimination, fear of crime and attitudes toward the justice system amonggays, lesbians and bisexuals.
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Not Single, Not Married: State Supreme Court to Consider Rights of GayCouples
It has taken four years, but the fierce conflict over gay marriage hasfinally shifted from its cradle at San Francisco City Hall to the CaliforniaSupreme Court, just a few hundred yards away.
The state's high court on Tuesday will consider three hours of legalargument in a series of cases that challenge California's ban on gaymarriage and a 2000 voter-approved ballot initiative that defines marriageas a union between a man and woman.
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In a controversial 21-7 vote Monday, the Senate passed legislation promptedby Salt Lake City's domestic partner registry program.
After a great deal of reworking, the legislation is expected to allow thecapital city's program to continue, but it would have to change the name.
Lawmakers Monday, though, removed an amendment approved last week tospecifically allow hospital visitation for unmarried partners.
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Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini said today she was notsurprised to learn that anti-gay interests have filed an initiative torepeal Oregon's domestic partnership law. The initiative was filed lateFriday by State Senator Fred Girod (R-Stayton) and State Rep. Sal Esquivel(R-Medford).
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Students at Andover High are bringing an exhibit featuring photographs ofgay families to their school next week, and inviting the community to cometake a look.
"Love Makes A Family," a series of photographs of gay parents and theirchildren, has traveled to hundreds of colleges, businesses and some otherhigh schools across the country. The exhibit will be on display all week.On Wednesday night, the school's Gay-Straight All
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Canada: New Brunswick hospitals have agreed to accept same-sex partners asnext of kin following a human rights complaint.
The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission said Monday it has reachedagreements with all eight provincial health districts that allows patientsto designate a person to make care decisions on their behalf should theybecome incapacitated.
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Iowa's gay marriage controversy is expected to heat up again Tuesday when aRepublican lawmaker will attempt a rarely-used House rule in an attempt toforce legislative debate on the issue.
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The civil union law gives same-sex couples legal recognition and most statebenefits and responsibilities of marriage.
Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest gay rights group, tallied 1,250partnerships as of Feb. 22. Another 59 couples registered last week in thePortland area, giving the region about two-thirds of the state total.
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Gay.com parent company loses $51m
One of the largest gay media companies in the world has reported a loss of$51.2m (£25.8m) in 2007.
PlanetOut saw sales slide to $53m last year, down from $58.8m in 2006. Thecompany also recorded a $25.9 million charge for "impairment of goodwill andintangible assets" in 2007.
In May 2007 high operating costs and declining sales resulted in aconsiderable first-quarter loss and a resulting slide in share price.
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Sydney celebrates biggest-ever Mardi Gras
More than 300,000 people lined the streets of the Australian city of Sydneyto watch a mile long Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.
The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
10,000 marchers in a variety of dazzling costumes, and more than 150 floatsincluding a gay 'pope-mobile,' took part. The parade was led by the'78er's', who staged a 1,500 strong protest march for gay rights in 1978.
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Pope praises US opposition to gay rights
The leader of the Roman Catholic church has welcomed the new United StatesAmbassador to the Vatican with praise for her country's opposition toabortion and gay marriage.
Mary Ann Glendon, a close friend of President Bush, took up her appointmentlast month.
Speaking in English Pope Benedict XVI said that he is "looking forward" tohis five-day trip to the US next month.
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Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council
The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meetingthat gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.
Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the UnitedNations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children inUzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" andproposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced"using any form of slavery."
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Lesbian group criticise police in Croatia
A group representing lesbians in Croatia has questioned why only one personhas been prosecuted for attacking last year's Pride parade in the capitalcity of Zagreb.
Last week Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives and property andordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars after being foundguilty of a hate crime.
Police spotted him at the Pride event in Zagreb on 7th July 2007 with petrolbombs, but he fled the scene. Ten people were injured when violence brokeout at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.
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Baldwin brothers disagree over gay marriage
Film and TV star Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly about the anti-gaypolitical views of his younger and less well-known brother Stephen.
Stephen is best-known for his roles in the controversial 1994 film Threesomeand 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects.
He became a born-again Christian after the attacks on New York on September11th 2001. During an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show in January hespoke out about same-sex marriage.
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LesbiaNation lists top ten film lesbians
In February, we asked our readers to tell us their favourite hot lesbiancharacters from the silver screen.
Based on your votes, we bring you the LesbiaNation Top Ten Film Lesbians,including Gina Gershon in Bound, Queen Latifah in Set It Off, Erin Kelly inLoving Annabelle and more!
We wanted to know who your top favourite lesbian characters were from themovies. Our readers sent us a plethora of suggestions, which we narroweddown to ten based on the number of requests received.
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The state of homosexuality
A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Nepal hasbrought about a significant victory in the ongoingpush for sexual rights. But in allowing the state tobe the final arbiter of these rights, Nepali activistgroups have allowed their own local identities to beoverwritten by globalised notions of sexuality.
http://www.himalmag.com/2008/march/cover_state_of_homosexuality.htm
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Obama has been talking about LGBT Americans in his speeches at criticalmoments in his career---from introducing himself to America at the DNCConvention, to announcing his presidential candidacy, to campaigning inIowa, to his historic speech on Martin Luther King Day, and more recentlywhile campaigning in Beaumont, TX and Nelsonville, OH. He stands up for ourcommunity---making clear that he will not tolerate homophobia or attacks onour community and that he will fight for our rights--in speeches beforemainstream audiences all across the nation; not just in front of gayaudiences; not just when he knows he will get a round of applause, but whenit is sometimes awkward or uncomfortable. That is leadership; that is whywe need to Barack Obama as our next President.
http://www.towleroad.com/2008/02/barack-obama-te.html
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Julian Bond: Gay rights are civil rights
NAACP chair opens 20th LGBT activists' convention
Detroit--"I want to talk about civil rights because I believe gay rights arecivil rights," said civil rights leader Julian Bond, opening the 20th annualCreating Change conference held in the Motor City February 6 to 10.
The conference is the nation's premier lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender training aimed at grassroots activism and organizing. This year,the gathering's sponsors, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, gave it anew name: the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.
http://www.gbmnews.com/articles/2850/1/Julian-Bond-Gay-rights-are-civil-rights/Page1.html
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Schools must grow more gay friendly by Deb Price
Kindergartner Jacob Parker brought home a "diversity" book bag that includeda picture book called "Who's in a Family?"
The book shows a variety of families, including a mom-dad family, a familyheaded by a grandmother, an animal family and a family headed by lesbianmoms. "Who's in a family? The people who love you the most!" the book ends.
In the same Massachusetts elementary school, second grader Joey Wirthlinlistened as his teacher read from another picture book, "King & King." Aprince, told by his mother Queen to marry, passes over several princessesbefore falling in love with another prince. The princes kiss on the finalpage, and a red heart is superimposed on their lips.
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Laws should grant the same rights to all of today's families.
Four years ago, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared by fiat thatthe state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, televisioncameras captured for the whole world the images of gay and lesbian couplesinundating the streets outside City Hall. In less than a month, more than4,000 same-sex couples wed there, until the California Supreme Court stoppedthe weddings and later declared the marriages invalid. The court said itwould willingly hear a constitutional challenge brought in a more orderlyfashion.
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Violence Leaves Iraqi Youth Doubting Clerics
Many young Iraqis, exhausted by constant exposure to the violence ofreligious extremism after five years of war, say they have growndisillusioned with religious leaders.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/world/middleeast/04youth.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
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A Promise of an Easier Night for Interpretation
Though not as complicated as Super Tuesday's returns, there will be noshortage of facts and analysis as results from Tuesday's high stakesprimaries in Texas and Ohio become available.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/us/politics/04primer.html?hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1204636366-435INtez/qhGcQsD6/SEig
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Mind: When People Drink Themselves Silly, and Why
The urge to binge mindlessly, though it can strike at any time, seems tostir in the collective unconscious during the last weeks of winter. Maybe it's the television images from places like Fort Lauderdale and Cabo San Lucas,of communications majors' face planting outside bars or on beaches.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/health/04mind.html
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Border Insecurity
Only by bringing people onto the books, being realistic about the supply ofvisas, and letting people in through ports of entry will the country restoreorder to the broken system.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/opinion/04tue1.html?ref=opinion
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The $2 Trillion Nightmare
There has been little public conversation about the consequences of thecosts of the Iraq war, which are like a cancer inside the American economy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/opinion/04herbert.html?ref=opinion
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A Defining Moment
On Nov. 10, 2007, Barack Obama unleashed a zealous part of himself that haspropelled his candidacy ever since. His first big subject was belief itself.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/opinion/04brooks.html?ref=opinion
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Confessions on Climate
E.P.A. administrator Stephen Johnson's decision to deny California the rightto set its own emission standards is a blow to those worried about climatechange.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/opinion/04tue3.html?ref=opinion
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Putin's Mini-Me (or Not?)
The United States cannot pretend that Vladimir Putin and his allies operatefrom democratic intentions. They must push for more open elections andpolitical and journalistic freedoms.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/opinion/04tue2.html?ref=opinion
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Why McCain Would Vote for Obama
John McCain would actually do better against Barack Obama than he wouldagainst Hillary Clinton.
http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/why-mccain-would-vote-for-obama/index.html?ref=opinion
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Another Sobering Call
It is a subtle but pernicious form of racism to turn one's back on what ishappening to young black men.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/03/AR2008030302629.html
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THE QUESTION of whether individuals should be required or simply encouragedto obtain health insurance sounds like a minor distinction. But thedisagreement between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama over anindividual mandate (she wants one, he doesn't) is worth examining.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/03/AR2008030302634.html
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Virginia: Latinos Looking Over Shoulder
Pr. William Begins Checking Suspects' Immigration Status
Work-van drivers signaled long before their turns to avoid being pulled overfor a traffic violation. Day laborers skipped their early morning coffee at7-Eleven, and merengue tunes played to empty tables at Latino lunch countersacross Prince William County yesterday.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/03/AR2008030303169.html?hpid=moreheadlines
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The head of the only major Western monitoring group that sent a team toRussia to observe Sunday's presidential election severely criticized theprocess Monday, drawing a furious rebuttal from the country's CentralElection Commission.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/03/AR2008030301684.html?hpid=sec-world
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Hagee Endorsement of McCain Has Risks
Endorsed by an influential Texas televangelist, Republican John McCainendeared himself to one group of voters but risked alienating another withthe pastor's anti-Catholic views.
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More warning signs for economy
Construction, manufacturing plunge
WASHINGTON - Construction spending took its biggest nose dive in 14 yearsand manufacturing activity contracted, fresh trouble signs for a strugglingeconomy.
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No welcome mat for Colombian rebels
Most of the time, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's saber-rattling islittle more than a cry for attention from someone who craves the limelight.
His latest maneuvers, however, show that Mr. Chávez well understands thedanger he has created for his own country by laying out the welcome mat forrebels from neighboring Colombia. A top leader of the FARC guerrillas waskilled last weekend by Colombian forces who found his camp in Ecuador. Mr.Chávez must believe that...
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/443012.html
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Without Fidel -- now what?
F idel leaves, but he stays. The first decision his brother Raúl made asbrand-new president of Cuba was to delegate his powers and consult withFidel on all the important issues. Parliament supported that proposalunanimously. There is a reason why these hapless deputies are known as ''theHavana Choir Boys.'' They form a puerile, pliant and well-tuned choir.
They've been obeying for half a century and know nothing else
http://www.miamiherald.com/851/story/443022.html
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Financed like Enron, run like GM
When President Bush disappears out the door of the White House, he'll leavehis successor a long list of horrendous problems, not least of them aDefense Department budget of more than $518 billion that doesn't eveninclude an additional $170 billion or so to continue funding a year of thewars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://www.miamiherald.com/851/story/443021.html
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Family Research Council on Obama, homosexuality and same-sex marriage
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Mark LaFontaine for State Representative
Join us at Rosie's Tuesday night if you want to...
-Prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity
-Beat back the "marriage protection" amendment
-Overturn the ban on gay adoption
-Pass an effective bullying bill
YOU can make a difference.
It's time we elected one of our own to Tallahassee!
MARK LAFONTAINE will be the first openly-gay State Representative inFlorida, but we have to get him elected first.
Please come and bring a friend
Tuesday, March 4th - 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
Hors d'oeuvres and a drink provided.
$25 Min. suggested contribution each
$500 Max. contribution allowed by law
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Thursday, March 6th - 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
@ Rosie's Bar & Grill
2449 Wilton Dr.
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Rosie's has a fun menu, too! If you think you may stay for dinner, givethem a call:
954-563-0123
Club Blue is a monthly social and networking event open to the community anddesigned to promote the Human Rights Campaign and its membership in SouthFlorida. Join the HRC South Florida Committee each month to network withother gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender professionals and to learnabout HRC in South Florida! The suggested donation is $10 at the door. Ifyou haven't been able to make it to a Club Blue event before, you are morethan welcome to attend! Club Blue is a great way to get to know fellow HRCmembers and supporters in your area. If you aren't able to come this time,make sure to keep the first
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The 5th Annual Valuing our Families Day SATURDAY MARCH 29
Sunshine Cathedral MCC Campus
1480 SW 9th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
GLBTQ YOUTH PROGRAM
A full day of cool and creative workshops
Meet new friends
Meet gay and lesbian families
Learn about what's up in the community
End the day with a carnival and picnic
It's FREE for teens,but you have to register in advance,so click on this:
https://www.sporg.com/pom/registration?cmd=event_info&event_id=103564.
Oh, you have more questions? OK, ASK
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You have been invited to:
Obama House Party and Fundraiser
Dolphin Members Todd Hoover & Ron Michel are holding an Obama House Party towatch the returns from Texas, Ohio (Texmex and Meatloaf will be served),Rhode Island and Vermont on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 from 6:30-9:30. BYOB.
Please pass this message.
952 SW 7th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 (954) 524-5941
Please click link below for information, maps and reservations:
http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/fundraising/4r9sh
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Sun-Sentinel
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/
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Schools, courts targeted as legislators slash $543 million
Schools will lose more than $200 million, state attorneys and publicdefenders may furlough some workers and nursing homes might offer lesspersonal care under a legislative plan to cut $543.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/legislature/sfl-flfbudget0304sbmar04,0,6107833.story
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Nooses are not welcome in South Florida
The dangling symbol of racial hatred appeared most recently at an outdoorlunch area at Somerset Academy, a charter school in Pembroke Pines. It wasmost likely an intended prank.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-303noose,0,7347014.story
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School's mission goes badly awry
Let us begin with the obvious. At this point, it isn't entirely clear whatcaused the melee at Edison Senior High School last week and who is to blame.
The facts will unfold as school administrators, police and the courts dotheir jobs. There will be ample time to deal with anyone who misbehavedegregiously or violated the law.
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/443013.html
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Deal expensive, maybe unconstitutional
The Miami-Dade County Commission last month approved a proposal to spend$347 million in taxpayer money to build a 37,000-seat, retractable-roofstadium for the Florida Marlins. This proposal not only provides a hugesubsidy to the team's much maligned owner, Jeffrey Loria, but it also mightviolate two provisions of the Florida Constitution.
http://www.miamiherald.com/851/story/443020.html
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Express Gay News
http://www.expressgaynews.com/
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We demand a real primary or caucus in Florida by Phil LaPadula
After I voted in Florida's Jan. 29 primary, a smiling poll worker handed mea sticker with an American flag and the words "My Vote Counted!" printed onit. I'm sure the people responsible for the stickers meant well, but I foundit to be another slap in the face in a state that has perfected the art of disenfranchising voters.
You see, our votes really didn't count here in Florida. The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of all of its delegates to the nationalconvention as punishment for the state holding its primary before Feb. 5.Since the votes do not translate into delegates, they are essentiallymeaningless, and the voters voiceless in the primary process.
http://www.expressgaynews.com/blog/index.cfm?type=blog&start=2/27/08&end=3/5/08#16905
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Fort Report
http://www.fortreport.com/
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Storms joins Darwin debate
The state senator files a bill to protect teachers who present otherarguments. It looks like the Florida Legislature will have its say on the role of evolution in the science classroom, after all. State Sen. Ronda Storms, a Brandon Republican, has filed what she calls the "Academic Freedom Act" (SB 2692) with a stated goal of "providing publicschool teachers with a right to present scientific information relevant tothe full range of views on biological and chemical origins."
http://www.sptimes.com/2008/03/04/State/Storms_joins_Darwin_d.shtml-
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