Saturday, April 26, 2008

GLBT DIGEST April 26, 2008

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-Fort Riley atheist soldier speaks out on lawsuit
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Like hundreds of young men joining the Army inrecent years, Jeremy Hall professes a desire to serve his country while itfights terrorism.

-Episcopal church sues deposed Calif. bishop over property
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin has sued adeposed bishop, demanding he vacate his offices and turn over financialaccounts for leading a secession last year prompted by the church'sordination of women and gays.

Washington Post
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-The Orange on the Seder Plate
Communities Expand Passover Story to Embrace Modern Struggles of Oppression

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-Top church court reviews gay marriage case
Atty. for plaintiff says 'no one is above church law'
The highest court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is reviewing the caseof a longtime minister found guilty of violating church law for officiatingat the weddings of 2 lesbian couples.

-Nebraska: Pro-gay rights event prompts protest at high school
Three men holding anti-gay banners at Lincoln East High School Fridaymorning prompted 10 to 15 students to stage their own impromptu protest ofthe demonstrators.

-Discrimination lawsuit settled
Woman had said job offer rescinded because she was born a man

-Moscow's Banned Pride Day Becomes Pride Month
Russian gay rights advocate Nikolai Alexeyev's bid for a gay pride paradeduring the May Day holidays was rejected by Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov. SegeiTsoi, the mayor's spokesman, warned that if they went ahead with the march,there "could be blood, which no one wants. He also accused Alexeyev oftrying to "spoil" a traditional labor holiday, a charge which Alexeyevadamantly rejected: "As if gays don't support peace and don't work," said an incredulous Alexeyev. "Don't we pay the taxes that support this government? I don't understand this at all."

-Tim Gill Terrifies The Jeebus People
Gay activist Tim Gill has got the Christian right positively shaking intheir pews.

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-Federal Court Overturns Verdict In Lesbian Discrimination Case
(Cheyenne, Wyoming) A federal appeals court has overturned a lower courtverdict that found a school district had discriminated against two formerschool administrators because they are lesbians.

-Episcopal Church Sues Breakaway Bishop
(San Francisco, California) The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin has sued adeposed bishop who led a secession last year prompted by the church'sordination of women and gays.

-Fort Wayne AIDS Memorial Damaged By Vandals
Sections of a memorial to people in the Fort Waynearea who have died as a result of HIV/AIDS have been toppled and badlydamaged.

-Politician Claims Gay Blackmailer Made Him Steal
(Los Angeles, California) A former member of the Colton, California citycouncil has been sentenced to six months behind bars for using taxpayermoney on hotels and sex lines.

-Obama Courts Unions, Clinton Goes After Vets
(Chicago, Illinois) How does Sen. Barack Obama spend a day off in hishometown? What was Sen. Hillary Clinton doing in North Carolina?

-Flashback: Obama Faced Tough Choice In First Race
Barack Obama faced a choice: launch a political battle against a highly respected woman with more seniority or step aside and hope for another chance later.

-Pelosi: Dream Ticket Not A Good Idea
(Washington) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Sens. Barack Obama and HillaryRodham Clinton shouldn't share the Democratic presidential ticket unlessthey really want to.

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-HIV Patients On Antiretroviral Drugs May Not Need Regular Lab Tests, StudySays
Patients with HIV who aren't monitored with the expensive laboratory tests
commonly used in rich countries may survive just as long as those who do getthe tests, a new study says.

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-OUTtv Signs Licensing Deal To Create The Netherland's First Gay LifestyleTV Network
Following their exciting new programming partnership with the here! channelin the US, OUTtv, Canada's national gay and lesbian television network,announced today that they have licensed popular programming to OUTTV Mediain the Netherlands, creating the first Dutch gay lifestyle televisionnetwork.

-Not So 'Backwoods Barbie'
"I'm just a Backwoods Barbie in a pushup bra and heels/I might lookartificial, but where it counts I'm real/And I'm all dolled up and hopin'for a chance to prove my worth." With lyrics like these from the titletrack of her latest album, "Backwoods Barbie," it's no surprise that livingcountry legend Dolly Parton strikes a chord with gay and lesbian fans.
Throughout her career, spanning 40-plus years of big hair, bigger boobs, andenough makeup to paint the faces of Mt. Rushmore twice over, Parton easilyearns her place among other gay icons of the era.

-Jail Term for Homophobic Mother
A mother has been sentenced to 150 days in prison for leading her daughterin a campaign of homophobic abuse against a gay couple. Karen Reeves, 44,and Christie Myles, 22, both of The Halt, Whitstable, were handed afive-year ban from the parish of Kingston, on the outskirts of Canterbury,where they made the lives of Michael Harris and Shires Crichton a misery.

Marriage Equality News
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-There's still time to contact your Arizona state representatives. TheArizona House has still not given its final approval to the proposedanti-marriage constitutional amendment (SCR 1041).
We reported that the Arizona House of Representatives brought the proposedanti-marriage constitutional amendment (SCR 1042) to the floor on Wednesdayand that the final vote was expected to take place as soon as Thursday.
Well, it didn't happen, and last I heard the vote wasn't expected to takeplace today either.

-In a case that some say legitimizes marriage between couples of the samegender, Israel has given the extended citizenship to the adopted son of twomen.The decision follows an earlier decision by Israel's Attorney General,Menahem Mazuz, in which Mazuz declared that, "in the proper circumstancesand when it is in the best interest of the child," gay couples mayadopt.That decision, in turn, followed a High Court ruling that found thatadoptions by same-sex couples granted in other countries would also behonored in Israel.

-Rev. Jane Spahr now awaits the verdict following a two-hour trial Fridaybefore the Presbyterian Church's highest court on charges that she violatedchurch law by marrying same-sex couples."It's been wonderfully inspiring,"Spahr, 65, a lesbian activist, said in a telephone interview. "So we wait,but we're with wonderful family and friends." Spahr has acknowledgedmarrying gay and lesbian couples, saying it is a matter of principle andconscience. Critics and church prosecutors say she is flouting Presbyterianlaw which defines marriage as "a civil contract between a woman and a man."
A 16-member Permanent Judicial Commission of the General Assembly isexpected to issue a verdict Monday. The body heard the case at thedenomination's national headquarters in Louisville, Ky.

-When it comes to winning back the Senate, Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennesseeis beginning to look like the Democrats' make-or-break candidate--and thatmight not be such a good thing. Ford is running surprisingly well in hisrace to replace retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in traditionallyconservative Tennessee. In August, he ran virtually unopposed for theDemocratic nomination. And now, a recent poll has Ford just one point behindhis Republican rival, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker. If he wins inNovember, the 36-year-old Ford would become the first African-Americansenator from the South since reconstruction. Ever since his keynote speechat the 2000 Democratic convention, Ford has been seen as a rising star inthe party, yet his very conservative views on a variety of issues make himseem more like the next Joe Lieberman than a beacon of light in future ofthe party.

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-Eurovision organisers meet with Serbian police to guarantee LGBT safety
Organisers from the Eurovision song contest have met with Serbian policeofficials to discuss the possibility of homophobic violence at this yearsevent.

-New study brings hope for HIV sufferers in developing countries
A paper published by The Lancet medical journal has revealed that patientswho suffer from HIV may no longer need to have regular testing.

-Latvian Pride marchers 'fenced off' for own good
The Latvian government has advised that next months gay pride event shouldbe held in a fenced of area to avoid confrontation.
Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis and Integration Minister OskarsKastens have both said that next month's Riga Pride and March for Equalityshould take place in an enclosed park.

-Travel: Orangutan adventure in Borneo
If you're an avid nature lover and a travel enthusiast then why not combineyour passions for the trip of a lifetime? If exploring the depths ofBorneo's rainforest while enjoying the spectacular wildlife on offer soundslike your idea of the perfect holiday then a trip to Southeast Asia could bejust what you're looking for.

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-Moscow gays fight for the right to hold five parades a day in May Moscow,April 25, Interfax - Organizer of the Moscow gay parade Nikolay Alexeyevstated that his associates would hold five marches a day all May through tosupport the rights of sex minorities. "We plan to inform Moscow authoritiesthat we hold five gay marches a day till the end of May," Alexeyev toldInterfax-Religion. According to him, "the strategy and tactics" of theMoscow gay parade organizational committee have changed and from May 1Moscow will live through a month of gay parade." "We will give fivenotifications to Moscow government for each day in May tohold marches in central streets of the city at various time," Alexeyev said.

-International Day of Silence in Russia
The Day of Silence is dedicated to the issues of discrimination,emotional harassment, and violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender (LGBT) people. This is an annual action of nonviolentprotest that started in the US in 1996, and in 2007 was extended toPoland and Slovenia. This year, the International Day of Silence willtake place on April 25 in the US and Europe. On May 3, the Day ofSilence will take place in Russia for the first time, and will bededicated to the problems of discrimination and intolerance towardsLGBT, as well as ethnic, religious, and other minorities.
These issues are no less relevant to modern Russia than they are tothe Western nations. In recent years, the number of hate crimes basedon etnicity or religion has been growing. Periodically, isolatedreports of hate crimes against LGBT people appear in mass media,whereas in reality these crimes are tens if not hundreds of times morenumerous. Harassment and bullying at educational institutions ofchildren that are "different" is a fact shrouded in shamed silence yetever-present.

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-New York: Arsham Parsi of the Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO) will discuss the IRQO's work with Human Rights Watch, and the challenges in advocating for sexual rights for Iranians in their home country as well as Iranian refugees and asylum-seekers worldwide. IRQO is an international, non-profit, queer human rights organization based in Toronto, Canada with key workers in Europe and Iran. It provides assistance to Iranian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered refugees all over the world, endeavoringto help when Iranian lesbians or gay men are threatened with deportation back to Iran, as well as assisting Iranian LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) to obtain asylum in friendly countries. Arsham Parsi helped found the IRQO while seeking refugee status in Turkey in 2004. He is visiting New York to receive IGLHRC's Felipa award on April 28.

-Montgomery County, Md. - A group of Montgomery County residents, joined bythe advocacy organization Equality Maryland, announced the formation of acampaign to preserve a gender identity non-discrimination law that wasunanimously passed last November by the County Council. Basic RightsMontgomery, chaired by local business leader James R. Walker, Jr., willensure that voters have the facts about this law.
"Transgender people deserve the right to have a job and a home and providefor themselves and their families, just like everybody else," said Walker, aChevy Chase resident who sits on the Board of Equality Maryland. "We inMontgomeryCounty are proud to live in a diverse community that welcomes allpeople. Basic Rights Montgomery is confident that with the facts, thefair-minded people of our county will reject attempts to roll back ouranti-discrimination laws."

-Panel debates effectiveness of abstinence education
A House hearing on the effectiveness of abstinence education loosed a flurryof statistics, studies and anecdotes, but concluded yesterday with littlemovement on the contentious issue. "Maybe we should just have a blockgrant" and let states use sex education funding for the kind of programsthey want, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A.Waxman, California Democrat, said near the end of the four-hour hearing. The"let the states choose" idea followed powerful testimonies from three panelsof witnesses, including one composed of leading medical and public healthofficials. Republicans complained that the hearing was lopsided, but thethree witnesses who supported abstinence - Sen. Sam Brownback, KansasRepublican;researcher Stan Weed; and Charles Keckler of the Department ofHealth and Human Services (HHS) - were assisted by friendly comments andquestions from numerous Republican committee members who made a point ofstaying at the hearing.

-Christian psychologist Warren Throckmorton sugar-coats homosexual "cures."
Psychiatrists Allow Ex-Gay End Run
In 1973, in one of the signal achievements of the emerging gay liberationmovement, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), at its annualconvention, voted to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Yet, 35 years later, on May 5, at APA's 2008 convention in Washington, thegroup will host a symposium, at which one of the two mental healthpractitioner-panelists is Dr. Warren Throckmorton, a psychologist withoutstate board certification and an advocate for "Sexual Identity Therapy,"which he says he has successfully applied to help patients "alter homosexualfeelings or behaviors" and live their lives "heterosexually" with "only veryfew weak instances of homosexual attraction."

-American Family Association:
Procter & Gamble promotes explicit open-mouth homosexual kissing.
Scene included in this alert! WARNING - content is repulsive!Procter &Gamble has resumed using explicit, open-mouth homosexual kissing in theirsoap opera, "As the World Turns." P&G decided to include this type ofcontent as a commitment to "diversity." P&G stopped showing such scenes somemonths ago, but has now decided to again help promote the homosexual agendawhich includes homosexual marriage. Gay activists are hopeful that the P&Geffort will desensitize viewers to the homosexual lifestyle and help makethe unhealthy and immoral lifestyle more acceptable to society, especiallyto children and youth. .... "As the World Turns" is owned and controlled completely by P&G. No networkmade this decision. P&G alone made the decision to support the homosexual agenda.
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-North Carolina GOP Defies McCain Request, Runs Wright Ad
Despite John McCain's request to state party chair Linda Daves that an adrunning in North Carolina featuring Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright (andusing Wright's rant "No! No! No! Not God bless America. God bleep America!")not be run, the North Carolina Republican Party has decided to defy McCainand run the ad anyway.

-Sex Offenders Okay for Military Duty; Not So Gays
The United States military would rather have sex offenders and peopleconvicted of assault and manslaughter in its uniforms than honest gay menand lesbians.

-Far Right Claims 1.1 Million Signatures to Put Anti-Gay Marriage Amendmenton BallotHomophobic groups claimed on April 21 that they had gathered more thanenough signatures to place on the November ballot a vote to make aCalifornia Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and
one woman. The result of a yes vote would thus officially placediscrimination against marriage equality and same-sex marriage in the stateconstitution. A coalition of "religious" groups known as Protect Marriageallegedly has collected more than 1.1 million signatures in support of his,according to Brian Brown, Executive Director of the California Office of theNational Organization for Marriage. The initiative only requiresapproximately 700,000 signatures or 8 percent of the votes cast in the lastGovernor's race, to put it to public vote. Brown has claimed this is thechance for voters to protect marriage.

-Odd Corner owner gives $2 million for Kent LGBT students
Akron--Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at Kent StateUniversity will benefit from a $2 million endowment targeted to them.

-Discharges Gays Fuming Over Felony Waivers

-Paul Cameron Testifies As "Expert Witness"
We were able to obtain a copy of Paul Cameron's March newsletter from one of our favorite readers. And it looks like he's still capable of quite a bit of angerous mischief: I was invited as an expert witness to present evidence as to why one state's use of homosexuals as foster parents should be halted. Since a continuance was issued at the court hearing, I'll keep you informed of further developments.

-Sexual harassment at school more harmful than bullying
The current focus on bullying prevention in schools may be masking seriousand underestimated consequences of sexual harassment, according to a study.

-Of Dutch Gays & the Limits of Tolerance
Building on my post, Dutch Gays Prefer Conservative Parties in a post of hisown, our friend Chris Crain, provides some information about conservatism inthe Netherlands, based on his travels here and greater knowledge of Dutchpolitics. He also repeats a question he had asked before: "how do youtolerate everything while not tolerating intolerance?"

-Indiana Republican on Hitler's Birthday and Porn Mule Womanslaughtering

-Soulforce Releases Open Letter from Jay Bakker to Joel Osteen
"As a child growing up, I saw a side of the church that to me did not alwaysreflect God's grace. This experience has led me to be concerned for ourbrothers and sisters in Christ who sometimes may feel rejected and left outof the church." -Jay Bakker

-Jaida's gift
It was the Thursday before Christmas. The secretary gave me that familiarpleading look as she put a caller on hold. "Someone wants to know about ourchurch and homosexuality."

-Horrible coverage of Day of Silence on MI Station
WNEM has run one of the worst stories I have seen in recent years on LGBTissues by using insensitive and inflammatory terms to cover the Day ofSilence today

-Media Looks At Long-Term Implications of a Potential McCain Presidency
In an April 23 Op-Ed in The Ithaca Journal, Christopher Latimer, a political scientist and openly gay Republican, raised issues surrounding John McCain'scandidacy as it relates to LGBT voters that haven't been fully discussed inthe media before.

-Dr. Laura nominated again
For at least the third year, controversial personality Dr. LauraSchlessinger has been nominated for induction to the National Radio Hall ofFame ( NRHOF ) , housed at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC ) .

-'Where Grace Abounds' Latest to Leave Exodus International
Since its inception, Exodus International has been an umbrella organizationfor a coalition of local ministries focused on the issue of homosexuality.
In most cases these organizations are founded by churches or individualsacting independently of Exodus, with varying degrees of input from existingministries.

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-Marriage rights hitting home for Mass. official
For Easton, Mass., Town Administrator David Colton, his black-tie wedding tolongtime partner Brian Khoo is a major personal step that also links back tohis professional role. "I never wanted to be the gay town administrator; Inever wanted to be the gay leader; I just wanted to be the leader," he said.
"You have to risk being defined that way in order to shed the label. How doyou dispel that rumor until you speak it?"

-Senate bill would link hate-crimes measure, defense spending
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., plans to try to get a vote on hate-crimesprotections for gays by attaching the bill to a major defense measure thatwould authorize recalling troops from Iraq and shift more of thereconstruction cost to Iraqis. A similar attempt by Democrats to link ahate-crimes measure with a defense bill failed last year when Republicansbalked. Google/Associated Press (4/23)

-Moscow mayor, group at odds over gay-pride events
Citing security concerns, the Moscow mayor's office is prohibiting gay-pridemarches during events marking May Day in Moscow. However, Nikolai Alexeyev,leader of the group Gay Russia, said his organization would seek approvalsto hold five events a day during May. "This is not a question of security.
It is only a question of the personal hatred of the Moscow mayor towards gaypeople," he said. Google/Agence France-Presse (4/23)

-2008 International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference
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Registration is now open for the 24th International Gay & Lesbian LeadershipConference, the premier gathering of openly LGBT elected, appointed andcommunity leaders. This year the conference returns to Washington, D.C. justweeks after U.S. voters choose a new president. It will be an exciting timeto be in the capital city, and attendees will be at the center of it all inthe famed Mayflower Hotel just steps from the White House and Dupont Circle.
There are a limited number of hotel rooms at the Mayflower at our specialconference rate of just $149 per night. Book yours now using our conferencegroup code: GLLGLLA

-Blaze: Don't underestimate the range of gay political thought
Blogger Alex Blaze believes the gay movement has reached the point where itneeds to develop a term that would take into account the limits of identitypolitics and help to describe the varying points of views among those whoidentify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. "I haven't come up with agood word to describe that, though," he writes. "Thoughts?" Read more at TheBilerico Project.


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NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS April 26, 2008

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-The Tarnished Brass
As it prepared to invade Iraq five years ago, the Bush administration calledup retired military officers to help sell the war. Defense Secretary DonaldRumsfeld and his propaganda team courted as many as 75 retired militaryofficers who could best market the Pentagon line, particularly ontelevision. As detailed in The Times on Sunday, many of these officers usedtheir access to Pentagon bigwigs to promote their private businesses.

-A Shameful, Ugly Ad
Manipulative. Shameful. Race-baiting. Those are the only words to describe anew television ad from the Republican Party running in North Carolina thatattacks Senator Barack Obama as "too extreme" for the state.

-Mugabe's Party Loses in Recount
HARARE (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe's party has failed to securecontrol of Zimbabwe's parliament in a partial recount of the March 29election, results showed on Saturday, handing the ruling party its firstdefeat in 28 years.

-Zimbabwe Rounds Up Opposition Members and Election Monitors
JOHANNESBURG - Truckloads of heavily armed police officers rounded uphundreds of people at the headquarters of Zimbabwe's opposition party onFriday as plainclothes investigators descended on independent monitors ofthe nation's disputed elections last month, according to oppositionofficials, witnesses and the police.

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-Party Fears Racial Divide
Attacks Could Do Lasting Harm, Democrats Say
The protracted and increasingly acrimonious fight for the Democraticpresidential nomination is unnerving core constituencies -- AfricanAmericans and wealthy liberals -- who are becoming convinced that the partycould suffer irreversible harm if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton maintains hersharp line of attack against Sen. Barack Obama.

-A Not-So-Solid Republican South
TUPELO, Miss. -- While the eyes of the political world were focused onPennsylvania last week, I played hooky for a day at the invitation of theLee County Library and bumped into a story as revealing in its way as thelatest round in the struggle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Amongother things, it explains why John McCain found it useful to spend last weektouring poverty-stricken areas in the South, where Republicans rarely go.

-Farrakhan's Pennsylvania Admirer
The old Irving Berlin tune "The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)"captures the aftermath of Pennsylvania's Democratic primary -- with a twist.
The contest is, indeed, over. But the tune that's slow in parting is more ofa sour note than a sweet sound.

-Iranians Aspire to Sharpen Public Image
Lobbying Group Seeks to Promote Heritage, Build Political Clout

-Prayer Day 'Hijacked' by Evangelicals, Critics Say
Groups Complain That Application Process for May 1 Observance Excludes SomeReligions

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-Beware of e-mails, calls asking for personal info
WARNING: Be on the lookout for emails and phone calls involving your taxrefund or economic stimulus payment. Thieves are posing as IRS agents toaccess to taxpayer bank accounts.
Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Kathy Collins almost took the bait: ane-mail that said it was from the Internal Revenue Service telling her shequalified for a bigger refund.,0,7486667.story

-Free trade agreements help U.S. as much as trading partners
ISSUE: Continent's leaders praise NAFTA.
OK, maybe President Bush and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon,weren't the most popular spokesmen to rally a defense for NAFTA.,0,7449660.story

Miami Herald
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-Fla. fate to be decided May 31
The Democratic National Committee is slated to decide May 31 if Florida'spresidential primary votes will count.

-Indiana polls: Obama-Clinton dead-heat
Barack Obama has called Indiana his "tie-breaker'' in the three-state seriesof primaries that started with Hillary Clinton's victory in Pennsylvaniathis week.

-To the rescue of endangered grocery bags!
Seattle is thinking about making shoppers pay 20 cents for every new paperor plastic bag. San Fransciso has outlawed plastic bags altogether at largesupermarkets. Boston is also considering a ban, while Phoenix is giving awayfree canvas bags.

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-Obama and Clinton: two cynical losers
Despite having all the trumps, the Democrats have squandered the chance of alifetime

-Indiana polls: Obama-Clinton dead-heat
Barack Obama has called Indiana his "tie-breaker'' in the three-state seriesof primaries that started with Hillary Clinton's victory in Pennsylvaniathis week.

-How to Manufacture a Popular-Vote Victory
The Clinton campaign, which is losing the pledged delegate race, is nowtalking up a different metric: the cumulative popular vote.

-Sleeping with the enemy
The mainstream news media jumps into bed with another propagandist.,0,3587621.story

-Turning tide in Indiana
Worried about Iraq and the economy, some Republican Hoosiers are feelingblue, and may vote that way, too

-Clinton fundraiser defects to Obama campaign
Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon, a former ambassador to Chile under PresidentClinton, is joining the Illinois senator's national finance committee.,0,2111231.story

-Clinton Challenges Obama to more Debates
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. - Democratic presidential candidates have held more than20 debates. Evidently that's not enough for Hillary Clinton.


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FLORIDA DIGEST April 26, 2008

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-Palm Beach County: Gay Men's Chorus prepares two shows of American songs
Voices of Pride: The Gay Men's Chorus of the Palm Beaches will present"Songbook" - a "lively, light-hearted homage to the American song" at 8 p.m.May 7 and May 8 in West Palm Beach.,0,3131078.story

-Thousands strip-searched by Broward deputies to be paid in settlement
Thousands of trespassers, drunken people and others strip-searched at theBroward County Jail, though they were charged with only minor offenses, areentitled to $1,000 each as part of a multimillion-dollar settlement reachedFriday.,0,217587.story

-Democrats across Florida rally for primary votes to countObama backers label effort as ploy to assist Clinton,0,7727825.story

-Adriane Reesey for Broward Supervisor of Elections
Supervisor of elections candidate gets Democratic icon Janet Reno to help her raise campaign cash Janet Reno, who remains immensly popular among Democrats in South Florida,is helping Adriane Reesey raise money for her campaign for Broward supervisor of elections. Reesey is challenging Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary. Reno, the former Dade County state attorney, was former resident Bill
Clinton's attorney general. She was the first and only woman to hold thatposition. She'll appear at a Reesey fundraiser next month at Long Key Nature Center in
Davie. Regular admission is $100. The VIP event is $250.

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Evolution bill evolves in debate
A bill originally written to protect teachers who question evolution fromharassment was amended to mandate the teaching of alternate views such asintelligent design.

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-Photo gallery | Opening Night of the 10th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian FilmFestival

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-DNC chief welcomes gays to their 'seat at the table'
Daughtry backs inclusion at NBJC convention

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-Letter to legislative leaders: Florida's CFO Criticizes Railroad Deal
Sink urges lawmakers to revise $641 mil. CSX track sale plan for commuterline and to reject company's liability demand


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GLBT DIGEST April 25, 2008

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-TV Has Never Seen More Transgender Characters
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Although long known to the gay community,breakout star Candis Cayne became a household name this year with herrecurring role as the male-to-female transgender character Carmelita onABC's "Dirty Sexy Money."

-Some young religious voters focus on social justice
CHICAGO (AP) -- Beau Underwood is putting his faith in politics. He's a22-year-old at the University of Chicago Divinity School, an active memberof the Disciples of Christ and -- in his spare time -- he's showingcandidates that the path to political righteousness doesn't always veerright.

-Gay Bishop Plans His Civil Union Rite
Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal prelate whose consecrationled conservatives to split from the church, said in an interview on Thursdaythat he and his partner of 20 years were planning a civil union ceremony tobe held in his home church in the diocese of New Hampshire in June.

-Faith of Our Fathers
Watching the polygamists in West Texas come into the sunlight of the 21stcentury has been jarring, making you feel like a voyeur of some weirdhistorical episode

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-Court says Ill. student can wear anti-gay T-shirt at school
CHICAGO - A federal appeals court has ruled that a suburban Chicago studentshould be allowed to wear an anti-gay T-shirt at his high school -- adecision the teen's attorneys describe as a victory for First Amendmentrights.,0,7486491.story

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-BENEDICT XVI: Pope's U.S. visit incomplete
The pastoral visit by Pope Benedict XVI was a missed opportunity. It wasadmirable that the pope talked with four men and one woman who had beenabused by priests.

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-Gay rights bill dies in Florida Senate
Deutch bill could re-emerge in 2009 legislative session

-UK:Woman jailed for gay couple abuse
A mother has been jailed and her daughter given a community order afterbeing found guilty of harassing a gay couple in Kent.

-Blood agencies' ban on gay donors is outdated and unjustified
Giving blood is not a right. The overriding responsibility of blood collection and distribution agencies is not to ensure all Canadians are allowed to join in this altruistic act, but to ensure the safety of blood and blood products for recipients.

-Gay Rights Group Plans to Announce Senate Endorsements
The nation's largest gay rights organization is planning to make anannouncement on Monday naming its endorsements for key U.S. Senate races. Atthe same time, the group plans to launch what it calls an "unprecedentednationwide campaign" to get out the vote this fall.

-Students pledge silence to support hate crime victims
About 6,000 registered to participate in event

-Looking for the first out
New baseball season revives hope that a gay player will come out

Robert Rosenberg
Founder of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Pope Benedict XVI

-Branded as a felon for life
Harsh criminal laws make second chances rare in Fla.

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-Some Young Religious Voters Steering Away From Anti-Gay Measures
(Chicago, Illinois) Beau Underwood is putting his faith in politics. He's a22-year-old at the University of Chicago Divinity School, an active memberof the Disciples of Christ and - in his spare time - he's showing candidatesthat the path to political righteousness doesn't always veer right.

-Record Number Of Schools Observe Day Of Silence
(New York City) Students from some 6,000 middle and high schools are takingpart today in the 12th annual National Day of Silence to bring attention toanti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender name-calling, bullying andharassment.

-5 Mos. In Prison For Terrorizing Gay Neighbors
(London) A British court has sentenced a woman to 150 days behind bars andher daughter to 24-months of supervised probation for a terror campaignagainst the gay couple who lived next door.

-Anglican Church Issues Warning Over Controversial South American Bishop
(Vancouver, British Columbia) A controversial Anglican leader from SouthAmerica arrived in Canada on Wednesday, over the objections of the AnglicanChurch of Canada.

-Never Too Late: Aging Lesbians Marry In Nursing Home
(Victoria, British Columbia) Ruth Pogson, 83, and Beth Aime, 79, have provedyou are never to old to marry.

-Singapore Fines Second Broadcaster For Showing Gay Couples
(Singapore) A Singapore television station has been fined for airing a showthat depicted a gay couple and their baby in a way that "promotes a gaylifestyle," the city-state's media regulator said Thursday.

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-Most Married LGBT Folks Believe Love is a Gift
For as many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender marriages and unions thatexist, there are at least as many explanations of spirituality's role intheir lives together. Irregardless of the fact that most LGBT couples'unions are not sanctioned by either state or most religious institutions, itappears that some of the rituals and traditions of a marriage ceremonyitself - shared with supportive friends and family - will suffice until lawscatch up with more accepting recognition. There is some irony, though, inthat the majority of couples interviewed clearly expressed an acknowledgmentof their love being a gift of spirituality.

-Neil Reveals all to Howard Stern
For over a year now, I've written about Howard Stern's positive impact onthe gay community, and his interview today with openly gay "How I Met YourMother" star Neil Patrick Harris was perhaps one of the best examples todate. It's probably the most interesting interview Harris will do in hislife. Harris spoke in-depth about his sexuality, but Stern wanted more --and Harris was more than game to reveal details.

-Task Force Loses Foreman, Makes Big plans for Future
Last Tuesday, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force underwent asignificant change when Matt Foreman had his last day as the gay rightsorganization's executive director. Foreman has served in the position since2003. Deputy Executive Director Rea Carey, who will serve while the searchfor a new executive director continues, will temporarily replace him.

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-The State of Israel has agreed for the first time to register an overseasadoption by a gay couple and to grant the child Israeli citizenship. Thelandmark case involves a Cambodia-born boy, now eight years old, who wasadopted in 2000 in the United States by two men who hold American andIsraeli citizenship. Following his adoption, the boy received Americancitizenship and was also converted to Judaism. The parents returned toIsrael shortly after the adoption, but their applications to the InteriorMinistry to recognize the adoption and grant their child citizenship wereunsuccessful. Since 2001, the child has lived in Israel on a temporaryresidence visa that is extended annually.

-The first test of whether or not Ohio's marriage ban amendment affectschild custody will be decided in a dispute between two former domesticpartners. The Tenth Ohio District Court of Appeals was asked on March 27 tooverturn a Franklin County ruling that the amendment has no effect oncustody agreements. Almost immediately after the amendment passed in 2004,Denise Marie Fairchild asked the Franklin County Common Pleas Court toinvalidate a nearly four-year-old parenting agreement with her formerpartner, Therese Marie Fairchild, now Therese Marie Leach. Denise is thebiological mother of a son, now 12, born of artificial insemination from ananonymous donor. The couple lived together for four years before he was bornin 1996. Their relationship ended in 2001, six months after the custodyagreement was entered.

-State Sen. Fred Smith says a proposed constitutional amendment that hesupported in the legislature is not "anti-gay marriage." In several posts,Dome has referred to a constitutional amendment supported by Smith, aRepublican gubernatorial candidate, as "banning gay marriage." But Smithsaid that's not accurate.He argues that the amendment would allow voters todecide whether to amend the constitution to define marriage as between oneman and one woman."There's a lot of relationships that that law would sayare not legal," he said. "Polygamy, bigamy -- just look at what's going ondown in Texas -- all that other stuff would be prohibited."

-With popping corks and tinkling glasses, with laughter and with tears, RuthPogson, 83, and Beth Aime, 79, exchanged simple, loving vows in Island Viewnursing home yesterday. The two retired Anglican priests, committed to eachother since 1995, wanted to make their relationship legal, said Pogson.
"What we're here for is about justice and it's about bringing a communityinto an inclusive community rather than being shut out all the time," Aimetold their guests. "We're here to hopefully bring this world somewhere wherewe're all equal. The Anglican Church of Canada, to whom they have devoteddecades of their lives, was not there to marry them or to bless them. Pogsonand Aime were married in a civil ceremony in front of a small group offamily and friends.

-Kitty Lambert is one of the most enthusiastic people you will ever meet.
Lambert and her partner of 14 years, Cheryle Rudd, are both grandmothers wholead the group Outspoken for Equality. This Tuesday, April 29, they aregoing to Albany to meet with state leaders about the issue of gay marriage.
Outspoken for Equality is working on the passage of the Marriage EqualityBill in New York, not only to recognize same-sex marriages from otherjurisdictions but also to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state andprovide them with the same rights and privileges afforded heterosexualcouples. The group emphasizes that marriage is a civil right and thatgovernments, not religious institutions, issue marriage licenses. Withmarriage comes 1,324 New York State rights, benefits, and protections thatare denied to LGBT families.

-They met by chance in Amsterdam one night 11 years ago. Their journey hastaken them through challenging times, when slurs and threats were hurled attwo men holding hands and, later, through the successful fight for same-sexmarriage. And, now, finally, matrimony. Tomorrow, Easton Town AdministratorDavid Colton will marry his longtime partner, Brian Khoo, an interiordesigner from Malaysia. It will be a black-tie event. The five Eastonselectmen will attend. So will state Senator Brian A. Joyce, a legislativesupporter of gay marriage who will deliver a speech on the subject.

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-Footballers launch anti-homophobia campaign in honour of Justin Fashanu
A campaign is being launched to help stamp out homophobia in Britishfootball. Justin is a campaign against homophobia in football that aims to,"vindicate the memory of Justin Fashanu, the world's first openly gayprofessional footballer."

-Clinton campaign accuses Brown of neglecting gay refugees
Gordon Brown has been condemned by Hillary Clinton's campaign team for theUK governments policy to deport LGBT people to countries where they facepersecution.

From Marc Paige
Letter to the Editor

-On April 20th on ABC, John McCain said it was a "mistake" to solicitReverend John Hagee's endorsement, but he was "glad" to have it. I guessthis means he was against Hagee's endorsement before he was for it.
At that time he sought the endorsement, was Senator McCain aware thatPastor Hagee had called the Catholic Church "a false cult" and "the greatwhore"? Did John McCain know that Pastor Hagee also felt Hurricane Katrinawas a way for God to damn America, or at least New Orleans and the Louisianaand Mississippi Gulf Coast, because of a planned gay pride parade? InSeptember, 2006, over one year before endorsing Senator McCain, Hageestated on radio that, "I believe that the hurricane Katrina was in fact thejudgment of God against the city of New Orleans." Hagee has also impliedthat Katrina was God's damnation on America because Washington supported theevacuation of Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, and that God willunleash terrorists on America for supporting a two-state solution inIsrael-Palestine.
During a recent radio interview on April 22nd, Pastor Hagee saidHurricane Katrina "may in time be called a blessing," and reiterated hisposition that gay people were responsible for a storm that left over 1000people dead, hundreds of thousands homeless, and destroyed a major Americancity.
In New Orleans on April 24th, Senator McCain again declined to renouncePastor Hagee's endorsement. If instead Pastor Hagee had said Jewish peoplehad caused the death and destruction to the Gulf region, would McCain havesought Hagee's endorsement? I don't think so. It is unacceptable for JohnMcCain to remain "very honored" and "glad" for the endorsement of a man whoclaims the gay community brought on the worst natural disaster in our nation's history, and who continues to justify his hate speech in the name ofreligion.


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NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS April 25, 2008

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-The Trouble With Not Being Earnest
Senator John McCain sells himself for the presidency as a champion ofcampaign finance reform, a sworn enemy of Congressional handouts and amaverick who is immune to the corrupting influence of big money. In twocampaigns, he has vowed not to dispense favors to contributors.

-Self-Inflicted Confusion
After Barack Obama's defeat in Pennsylvania, David Axelrod, his campaignmanager, brushed it off: "Nothing has changed tonight in the basic physicsof this race."

-In Democrats' Calculus, Race Returns
Robert Novak, writing in his Chicago Sun-Times column, thinks race is at theheart of the Democrats' "deepening dilemma."

-'American Idol' Meets 'Survivor'
Back in the heady, halcyon days of winter, the Democratic primary had takenon the characteristics of a high-stakes and more substantive version of"American Idol," in which a dwindling number of contestants performed theirbest material before a group of surrogate judges and a nationwide audience.
The eventual winner would receive not only the party's presidentialnomination, but an almost certain path to the White House over abaggage-laden Republican nominee. While there was great suspense over whichcompetitor would eventually claim the prize, the political version of thestardom that had been granted to Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard seemed acertainty for the victor.

-McCain and His Shadow
While Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have spent the week moving theirbattle from Pennsylvania to Indiana and North Carolina, John McCain has beenfighting a different foe: the dark overhang that the Bush presidency castson his campaign.

-After Earth Day
Now that Earth Day 2008 has come to a close, it's easy to be cynical. I won't even begin to list all the examples of crass commercialism/brandopportunism/greenwashing/totally missed-the-point-ism that transpired. Toomany easy targets, too few surprises. As one blogger on Treehugger.comappropriately quipped, "Earth Day is the new Christmas."

-Pakistan Asserts It Is Near a Deal With Militants
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani government is close to an agreement toend hostilities with the most militant tribes in its turbulent border area,whose main leader is accused of orchestrating most of the suicide bombingsof recent months and the assassination of former Prime Minister BenazirBhutto.

-Black Leader in the House Sharply Criticizes Bill Clinton
One of the nation's most influential African-American political leaderssharply criticized former President Bill Clinton on Thursday afternoon forwhat he called his "bizarre" conduct during the Democratic primary campaign.

-Informal Style of Electronic Messages Is Showing Up in Schoolwork, StudyFinds
As e-mail messages, text messages and social network postings become nearlyubiquitous in the lives of teenagers, the informality of electroniccommunications is seeping into their schoolwork, a new study says.

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-Obama's 'Distractions'?
Real change has never been easy. . . . The status quo in Washington willfight. They will fight harder than ever to divide us and distract us withads and attacks from now until November.
-- Barack Obama,
Pennsylvania primary night speech
With that, Obama identified the new public enemy: the "distractions" foistedupon a pliable electorate by the malevolent forces of the status quo, i.e.,those who might wish to see someone else become president next January.
"It's easy to get caught up in the distractions and the silliness and thetit for tat that consumes our politics" and "trivializes the profoundissues" that face our country, he warned sternly. These must be resisted.

-The Race Goes On
And why not? Democrats are still learning about Hillary Clinton and Barack

-Economy Showing Signs of Stability
Future Cloudy as New-Home Sales, Durables Slump.

-Many states appear to be in recession
The finances of many states have deteriorated so badly that they appear tobe in a recession, regardless of whether that's true for the nation as awhole, a survey of all 50 state fiscal directors concludes.

-Texas Court: State Can Take Sect Children to Foster Homes
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Dozens of mothers from a polygamist retreat were busedaway from their children Thursday, their legal efforts to stay unitedrejected as Texas officials sort out their massive custody case.

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-Future of justices depends on election
Every four years, we're told that this is the most important election sincea caveman asked for a show of hands. So some skepticism seems warranted whenwe hear the same refrain this year.,0,6529818.story

-Rising cost of rice, flour pressuring restaurants
South Florida restaurant owners and bakers that use rice and flour sayrising costs may soon be served up to customers.,0,1035784.story

Miami Herald
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-IN MY OPINION: U.S. athletes won't win by being silent

-WE THE PEOPLE: A hunger for national purpose by Leonard Pitts
Let's talk about us. Not as in you and me but, rather, as in common cause.

-White House favors secrecy, privilege

-Boycotting Games makes no sense

-PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Get ready for the smear
Barack Obama believes his patriotism can't be challenged. Maybe he shouldtalk to Michael Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry.

-Eating out ain't cheap
With grocery prices spiking -- 2007 had the worst food inflation in 17years -- it became more important than ever to find out which was moreexpensive: eating at home or going to a restaurant.

Pew Research center
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-Writing, Technology and Teens
Most teenagers spend a considerable amount of their life composing texts.
Still, a new Pew Internet & American Life survey finds, they don't regardmost of the material they create electronically as real writing. Doese-communication help -- or hurt -- students' writing skills? Read more

-Election '08
Campaign More Negative, Less Interesting
Barack Obama's 'bitter' comment registered widely, but just 29% of Americanssay they paid very close attention to news about the presidential campaignlast week, the lowest percentage recorded since December 2007. Read more

-Debatable Campaign Coverage
Last week, a major part of the media narrative about the 2008 campaigninvolved the media themselves -- specifically ABC's moderators for the April16 debate in Philadelphia. Read more

-The Evidence for Belief
In an interview, Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and anevangelical Christian, argues that advances in science present "anopportunity for worship," rather than a catalyst for doubt. Read more

-How Different Are People Who Don't Respond to Pollsters?
Survey research firms face increasingly high non-completion rates. Analysisbased on extra efforts to reach non-responders finds few differences betweenthe responses of the easy- and hard-to-reach. Read more

-11% - Rating the Current Economy Good
Just 11% of the public rates the economy as excellent or good, down from 17%in early February, and 26% in January. Check back every weekday for anothernumber in the news. Read more

Inside Higher Education

-Validation for
You've heard the reasons why professors don't trust, the Web site to which students flock. Students who don't do the work have equal say with those who do. The best way to get good ratings is to be relatively easy on grades, good looking or both, and so forth. But what if the much derided Web site's rankings have a high correlation with markers that are more widely accepted as measures of faculty performance? Last year, a scholarly study found a high correlation between and a university's own system of student evaluations. Now, a new study is finding a high correlation between RateMyProfessors and a student evaluation system used nationally.

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-Cheer Up, Democrats!
Even if the primary stretches on, a long-term tectonic shift in theelectorate means the party is in great shape for November.


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FLORIDA DIGEST April 25, 2008

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-Broward schools allow Day of Silence against bullying of gay students,0,5306457.story

-Florida voters to decide whether to cut property taxes, hike sales tax,0,1755465.story

-Tax portability forms languish in Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's

-Florida Senate launders lyrics of state song Swanee River,0,4784483.story

-Portability calculator: Find out how your property taxes will be affected,0,1787141.flash

-Higher water rates a sign of the times, and the future
ISSUE: County water rates going up.
Palm Beach County water utility customers, get ready. Next month, your waterbill is going up 15 percent. Welcome to your new future.,0,5449262.story

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-TRANSPORTATION: 25 percent toll hike sought on turnpike
The state Senate is proposing to sharply hike tolls on Florida's Turnpike inJuly

-Jailed ex-sheriff Jenne to testify from prison
From behind the walls of a federal penitentiary in rural Virginia where he'sserving time for corruption, former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne will testifyunder oath Friday about how he used to run the Broward County Jail.

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-Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival starts tonight

-Sharon Gless to be a presenter Friday at Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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-Voucher amendment cleared to make November ballot
TALLAHASSEE - A constitutional amendment that could allow public dollars forprivate schools appears headed for the Nov. 4 ballot.

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-Taking a bite out of the AIDS crisis
S. Florida restaurants participate in Dining Out for Life on May 1
More than 40 South Florida restaurants will serve up a portion of theirreceipts on Thursday, May 1, to help fight HIV/AIDS. Dining Out for Life isan annual event held in 46 cities to raise funds for local HIV/AIDS serviceorganizations.

-Gay Davie official running for county commission
Coletka's race against controversial Rodstrom is heating up
It's a bright Saturday afternoon and Davie City Commissioner Bryan Caletkais knocking on doors at Pine Island Ridge collecting signatures to qualifyfor Broward County Commissioner for District 7 in the Aug. 26 primary.

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-Don't mix science, religion
With newly passed science standards that require the teaching of evolution,Florida is finally on track to give its young people a solid educationalgrounding for careers in biology and medical science.

-Florida lawmakers consider a Christian license plate
This handout photo supplied by Craig Dobson from Faith in Teaching onThursday April 17, 2008, shows a proposed specialty license plate. TheFlorida legislature is considering a specialty license plate design thatwould include a cross, a stained glass window and the words "I Believe". Ifapproved it would be the first state to have a license plate featuring areligious symbol that it is not part of a college logo.,0,7816236.story

-Tax 'swap' will be on ballot
Plan ends main property tax
TALLAHASSEE -- A plan to jettison the main property tax for public schoolsand replace it -- in part, at least -- with more sales tax is headed for theballot after withstanding a lobbying blitz by business and trade groupsopposed to it.

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-Win Us $1,000 - Don't Forget to Vote!
The eQuality Giving poll closes on April 30 - please click HERE to vote forFlorida Red and Blue on the far right hand box. It only takes a few secondsand the winner receives $1,000. Every dollar we get goes into fightingAmendment 2, and even though we're in Florida this is one place where yourvote really does count!

-Amendment 2 "Protects No One"
Amendment 2 "threatens not only gay people but all Floridians who have setup joint households instead of getting married.It would put governmentsquarely where it does not belong-regulating the personal relationshipbetween two consenting adults," writes George Griffin. We couldn't say itbetter ourselves.

-"Numerous government employers in Florida, including cities, counties,school districts, hospitals, and half of the Fortune 500 corporations havealready established domestic partnership arrangements to extend healthinsurance and other employee benefits to straight and gay couples withoutbeing married," Mr. Griffin continues. "My own daughter was able to add heruninsured fiancé to her policy under such an arrangement and many retirees -who risk losing pension benefits if they remarry - have entered partnershipagreements to maximize their benefit opportunities." Read the rest of GeorgeGriffin's op-ed HERE.

-Sign Up for HRC's Camp Equality
Florida Red and Blue/Say No 2 has partnered with the Human Rights Campaignfor Camp Equality, a two-and-a-half day training designed to teach keycampaign skills that will strengthen our impact on the 2008 election. Thereare two exciting training tracks depending upon your level of campaignknowledge: The Fundamentals of Working on a Campaign is designed forindividuals new to political campaigns, and the Advanced Campaign Track isaimed at seasoned volunteers or campaign professionals. We have two sessionson the books. The first is in Orlando and is scheduled for Friday, May 2through Sunday, May 4 - but hurry, because the deadline to sign up isFriday, April 25! The second session is set for Fort Lauderdale May 9-11.
To sign up, please visit

-Say No 2 Website Updates
Have you visited our new website yet? is a comprehensiveresource for fighting the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. We'readding content daily, so please visit often! We've just added valuableinformation resources for seniors and a letter attorneys can 'sign' on-lineto express their concerns about how dangerous Amendment 2 is. We'll keepfighting for you to defeat the amendment. To help us, visit our website forways you can help including making a secure on-line donation, hosting yourown house party or printing campaign literature you can give to friends orco-workers.


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GLBT DIGEST April 24, 2008

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-Singapore fines TV station for gay show
SINGAPORE -- A Singapore television station has been fined for airing a showthat depicted a gay couple and their baby in a way that "promotes a gaylifestyle," the city-state's media regulator said Thursday.

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-Study: Gay and lesbian youth want long-term couple relationships andraising children
In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, social scientistshave found that many lesbian and gay youth have expectations of spendingtheir adult life in a long-term relationship raising children. More than 90percent of females and more than 80 percent of males expect to be partneredin a monogamous relationship after age 30. Two thirds of females and morethan half of males expressed likelihood that they would raise children inthe future.

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-Gay couple kisses on 'As the World Turns'
Fans accused soap opera of censoring male liplocks
After 214 days and an e-mail campaign by angry fans that generatedinternational coverage, the gay teen couple on CBS soap opera "As The WorldTurns" finally got to share their third on-screen kiss.

-Clinton, Obama weigh in on plight of Iranian gays
Activist asks campaigns to condemn U.K. deportations
Britain's deportation of gay Iranians has emerged as a minor presidentialcampaign issue after a gay rights group asked each candidate to take astand.

-T.R. Knight and Larry King Breaking the Silence
Silence will be golden tomorrow for T.R. Knight.
The openly gay Grey's Anatomy star has just signed on to participate in theNational Day of Silence ceremony at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex inLos Angeles.

-After three years, 'Jeff's Law' cleared for Senate vote
An anti-bullying bill named after a Cape Coral teenager has made it to theFlorida Senate floor for a vote after three years.

-Royal 'blackmail sting a failure'
A police operation to catch two men for allegedly blackmailing a member ofthe Royal Family was an "abject failure", London's Old Bailey has been told

-What If Your Kid Is Gay? (Or Not?)
It's a question posed to some parents, and especially - in one form oranother - gay parents. I was asked this question during an interview withSlovenian television (of all things). The question got cut from our segmentof the interview, which instead included a short clip of me talking aboutgender roles (or the lack thereof) in our household. But when I saw thatDetails magazine has tackled the question, it seemed like a good time toaddress it.

-Omens In California
The chatter suggests that California's State Supreme Court may mandate equalmarriage rights in June. The governor has said he'll abide by the court; thelegislature has already voted to extend civil marriage to gay couples twice.
But those who believe that gay couples are a threat to social stability andto heterosexual families have managed to get enough signatures to get ameasure on the ballot this fall that would ban all such marriages. It wouldeffectively forcibly divorce all those gay couples who got married in Juneby November.

-An Affront to American Principles of Fairness and Equality
Dan Tepfler knows a thing or two about the armed forces. The PFLAG dad, andnational PFLAG board member, served more than 23 years in the United StatesAir Force, retiring as Colonel. And he's alarmed that, while the militaryscrambles to find good people for its ranks, it continues to dismisslesbian, gay and bisexual service members under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

-Fleeing Torture But Finding Only Persecution
With just 17 days left until 19-year-old Jojo Yakob is due to be forciblyremoved from the UK to his imprisonment, torture, and probable execution inSyria, our negative attitude to refugees and why we have it needs to beseriously looked at.

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-McCain Miffed Over NC GOP Attack Ad
(Inez, Kentucky) Republican John McCain asked the North Carolina GOP not torun a television ad that brings up the controversial former pastor ofDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

-Clinton, Obama Both Claim Lead In Popular Votes
(Washington) If numbers don't lie, the Democratic presidential race isproving they can confuse: Both campaigns claim they are ahead in the popularvote.

-Rest A Luxury Obama, Clinton Cannot Afford
(New Albany, Indiana) How can they not be tired? Barack Obama and HillaryRodham Clinton are undeniably exhausted.

-Hollywood Still Forcing Gay Actors To Remain Closeted
(Toronto, Ontario) Ian McKellen made headlines two years ago when the openlygay British actor spouted off on what seemed an unspoken truth: it'simpossible for openly gay Hollywood actors to have successful careers.

-Moscow Bans Gay Pride
(Moscow) Moscow Mayor Yuri Lushkov has banned pride celebrations in Moscow,scheduled for next month - the twelfth year in a row the city has refused toissue permits to LGBT rights groups.

-UK Lords Nix Expanded Gay Hate Law
(London) A bill to toughen Britain's hate speech law banning attacks on gayshas been defeated in the House of Lords.

-New N.C. Hospital Rule To Benefit Gay Families
(Raleigh, North Carolina) North Carolina hospital patients will soon have anew right, ensuring that they can receive the visitors who matter most tothem regardless of the legal status of their relationship.

-Anti-Gay Amendment Advances In Arizona
(Phoenix, Arizona) A proposed amendment that would prevent same-sex couplesin Arizona from marrying has passed the House and if approved in the stateSenate will appear on the ballot in November.

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-Analysis: Obama Still Struggling to Win Key Constituencies
Why can't Barack Obama close the deal?
It's a question Hillary Rodham Clinton and her surrogates raised through thelast days of the caustic Pennsylvania primary contest. And unfortunately forObama -- who lost to the former first lady by a 10-point margin Tuesdaynight -- it's a question that bears repeating.

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-Gay Entertainment Report
In Miami the mojitos are sweet, the pink flamingos indigen, and the GLBTfilms hot. That's because the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008 willpremiere several featured films and shorts over its ten day run startingApril 25th.

-Students Stop Talking, Start Walking
Students should not be surprised if they are able to hear a pin droptoday.The National Day of Silence at IU will be commemorated on campustoday. The event, in which participants take a vow of silence for all orpart of the day, is meant to bring attention to how people who are gay,lesbian, bisexual or transsexual often feel overlooked and silenced becausethey are different.

-Treasures and Secrets
"You've got so much here!" reads one comment in the guestbook at theAustralian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA). Those who venture down to thesmall room beneath the Victorian AIDS Council where the Archives are storedare often overwhelmed by the breadth of materials they find there. Swapcards from a recent safe-sex campaign rub shoulders with lesbian magazinesof the 1960s. The wall-to-wall boxes, albums and files are home to thestories of thousands of lesbians and gay men, camps and butches, 'passingwomen' and all manner of queer types in between. For the past 30 years,volunteers have lovingly collected and preserved these traces of ourhistories from across the country.

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-Same-sex marriage has been prohibited in Florida since the 1997 Defense ofMarriage Act was passed. Marriage is defined by law as the legal union ofone man and one woman only. A same-sex marriage performed in another stateor country is not recognized in Florida, period. Yet, the proponents of theso-called "Marriage Amendment," (Amendment 2) to the state constitution, andthe media, continue to refer to this amendment as a "gay marriage ban." Anaccurate and honest reading of the wording of the amendment, which onlyrecently garnered the necessary signatures to be placed on the ballot aftera failed attempt in 2006, shows that this is untrue and is completelymisleading. The amendment threatens not only gay people but all Floridianswho have set up joint households instead of getting married.

-Frank Ferri has played many roles in his life: business owner, GLBT civilrights activist and husband. Last December, Ferri, 54, was sworn in as thenewest member of the Rhode Island legislature. Ferri is epresenting District22 in Warwick as a Democrat, filling the seat vacated last July by longtimestate Rep. Peter Ginaitt (D). Ferri is only the second openly gay member ofthe general assembly, joining House Majority Leader Gordon Fox, who came outat a marriage equality rally in 2004. Ferri has served as co-chair ofMarriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI). Ferri and his partner Tony Caparcowere married in Vancouver, Canada in 2006. They have been together for 27years.

-TIAA-CREF today announced its support for H.R. 1820, Tax Equity for HealthPlan Beneficiaries Act of 2007, introduced by Congressman Jim McDermott(D-WA) in the House and S. 1556, Tax Equity for Domestic Partner and HealthPlan Beneficiaries Act of 2007, introduced by Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) inthe Senate. The bill would eliminate the inequities in federal tax law byexcluding the value of domestic partner health coverage from the taxableincome of the employee and from wages for purposes of payroll taxobligations. The bill would correct these inequities for domestic partnersand others who qualify as plan beneficiaries under the employer plan but donot meet the tax code definition of spouse or dependent.
In particular, it would permit a Voluntary Employees' BeneficiaryAssociation (also known as a VEBA) to provide full benefits to domesticpartners or other non-spouse, non-dependent beneficiaries withoutendangering its tax-exempt status.

-It seems like a more recent event, but it was 12 years ago that I receivedthe phone call.
I was at work in Baltimore. Suddenly, on the line was a voice I didn't knowtelling me something I didn't want to hear. He explained that he was afriend of my brother's who lived in San Francisco. He said Calvin was dyingof AIDS and didn't want his family to know. When the phone caller told meCalvin was sick, I immediately made plans to go see him. There, I met the"roommate" who I then knew was Calvin's partner - the man who made sure hereceived the best home hospice care available. Only months later, Calvindied. I was glad he had someone who loved him with him during the ordeal. Noone should be alone knowing death is so near.

-The atmosphere surrounding the issue of gay marriage has changedsubstantially since the furor that gripped the state eight years ago. Thatwas when the Vermont Legislature became the first in the nation to institutecivil unions for gay and lesbian couples.A commission appointed by theLegislature last year to study the issue of gay marriage has presented itsreport amid a resounding absence of controversy. The commission held aseries of meetings around the state to hear all sides of the issue, butmostly what they heard were pleas by Vermonters to enact full marriageequality by moving beyond civil unions to civil marriage.

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-Scientists consider giving up search for Aids vaccine
A shocking new survey has uncovered that the international community of Aidsscientists are giving up hope of finding a vaccine for the virus.

-UK: Gay men incorrectly sent for HIV tests by health insurers
Research has shown that many gay men are too often being sent to haveunnecessary HIV tests when they apply for health insurance.

Anything but Straight

-The Question of Choice Matters
In 2002, a large gay rights organization was hosting a luncheon thatfeatured a transgender speaker. During the Q&A, there was discussion on themerits of adding "gender identity" to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act(ENDA) - which, if passed, would protect people from being fired because oftheir sexual orientation. In the middle of a serious debate, a new staffer,who was just hired from the bluest city in a blue state, earnestly rose tohis feet. He proclaimed that he "couldn't comprehend" anti-trans attitudesand was dumbfounded that average people still held deep-seated prejudicesagainst such non-conforming individuals. "Why was this out-of-touch personhired for a GLBT movement job?" I thought to myself, upon hearing hisassertion. It was one thing to believe that transgender Americans deserveequality - which I do - and quite another to be "perplexed" that someconservatives are still freaked out by transgender (and, yes, gay) people.

The Truth about the Day of Silence
Every year, more and more students participate in the Day of Silence, whichbegan 12 years ago when University of Virginia students wanted to find a wayto bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment oncampus. As the day's popularity and exposure have increased, manymisperceptions have spread about what the Day of Silence is, why the dayexists and what participating in it means. Here are 4 truths that addresscommon misinformation about the Day of Silence.
1) The Day of Silence's purpose is to bring attention to anti-LGBTname-calling, bullying and harassment and effective responses.

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-Fighting for Silence
For Jennifer Legat, a high school sophomore in the Broward County PublicSchool System, the Day of Silence is the part of the year she looks forwardto most. As president of her high school's Gay Straight Alliance, Jenniferspends most of the year preparing and prepping the club's members for thisday.

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-BELGRADE -- The conditions for a homosexual parade to be held in Serbia donot exist, an activists told reporters in Belgrade today. "In order torealize the freedom of movement that is guaranteed to us by theconstitution, we, the homosexuals, need the police protection, which theycannot provide," Boban Stojanovic, of the Queeria Culture and Non-ViolenceCenter, said in a news conference. The organization was promoting a campaigndubbed, "Love to the streets, hooligans to jails". Stojanovic also saidthat the Serbian police, MUP, advised them to seek protection from privatesecurity firms. He added policemen were not reacting to continuous threatsthat some gay activists have been receiving. "One in four homosexuals comesunder some form of attack, physical or physiological, and for that reason wehave launched this campaign," Stojanovic said. He also denied rumors thatsome 20,000 homosexuals were set to arrive in Belgrade in time for thisyear's Eurovision song contest.

-Riga Pride 2008: in a park behind the fence and police protection, again?
Today, Ivars Godmanis, Latvian Prime Minister, and yesterday, OskarsKastens, Integration Minister, said they believe this year Riga Pride/Marchfor Equality should take place in an enclosed park as it happened last yearat Vermanes Park in central Riga. Edgars Vaikulis, a press secretary ofprime minister said: "Last year the prime minister was an interior minister,managed to avoid any verbal or physical conflicts during the March andthinks that the optimal solution for this year would be to organise theMarch at the same place as last year - in Vermanes Park." Yesterday'sstatement by the integration minister was heavily critisised by IlzeBrands-Kehre, Director of the Latvian Human Rights Centre. She said that itis not within the competence of the integration minister to evaluate riskfactors and security situation and therefore the minister draws unfoundconclusions before even the police came out with their own conclusions onthe security situation for this year's Pride March. She also said that bydoing so the integration minister is interfering and limiting the freedom ofassembly.

-Germany says no additional legislation needed 'at this point in time'.
Germany has defended blocking a wide-ranging extension of Europeananti-discrimination legislation on the grounds that it is still assessingthe impact of previous European directives transposed into national law in2006. Ricklef Beutin of Germany's permanent representation to the EU saidthat his government had implemented four previous Europeananti-discrimination directives in 2006 alone and was not "at this point intime" in favour of introducing any further European laws. Germany isunderstood to be of the view that decisions on additional legislation inthis area are best left to the national governments of EU member states.
Current EU anti-discrimination legislation bans discrimination in theworkplace on all grounds. However, protection against discrimination inaccess to goods and services is provided only on the basis of gender andrace.

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-Earlier this month the AP wire put out a story of great concern to humanrights, gay and HIV/AIDS advocates, one that I hope would generate actionsat and visits to Egyptian embassies and consulates in the U.S. and aroundthe globe: An Egyptian judicial official says four HIV-positive men havebeen convicted of being homosexual and sentenced to three years in prisonfollowed by three years of close police supervision . . .The defense lawyerfor the five, Adel Ramadan, says the judge convicted the men of the''habitual practice of debauchery,'' a term used in the Egyptian legalsystem to denote consensual homosexual acts . . .

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-Call for Submissions:
Still Blue: More Writing By (For or About)Working-Class Queers
Following the success of *Everything I Have is Blue: Short Fiction byWorking-Class Men about More-or-Less Gay Life a new anthology on queer,working-class themes is currently in preparation. Writers are encouraged tosend their work for possible inclusion in the new volume, tentativelyentitled *Still Blue: More Writing By (For or About) Working-Class Queers*.
Writers of any and all genders are welcome! Submissions must be received byJuly 1, 2008.

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-Campaign for Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Launches From San Diego
A San Diego reception marks the beginning of a six city whistle-stop tour ofcommunities in the Western U.S organized by Servicemembers Legal DefenseNetwork (SLDN) to highlight efforts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Thetour, which takes SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis from San Diego toPalm Springs before making stops in Las Vegas, Denver, Boulder, and ColoradoSprings, is an initiative aimed at educating Americans on efforts to liftthe ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.

-Anglican church warns against visit by controversial South American bishop
A controversial Anglican leader from South America arrived in Canada on
Wednesday, over the objections of the Anglican Church of Canada.

-Indian Police Force Launches HIV/AIDS Awareness Program Aimed At Officers,Soldiers
India's Central Reserve Police Force on Saturday launched an HIV/AIDSawareness campaign aimed at officers and soldiers in an effort to reduce thespread of the disease, ANI/Thaindian News reports. Under the program, CRPFwill provide personnel with education about the disease and informationabout prevention methods. The police force also will establish condomvending machines. "Since people are often awkward and shy while buyingcondoms, we have taken care to maintain privacy while placing the machines,"M.V. Rao, chief medical officer for CRPF, said. In addition, CRPF plans toestablish a voluntary confidential counseling testing center, ANI/Newsreports.

-S. Africa: Township Lesbians too Scared

- Spain: Organizations decry homophobic attacks against gay men caughthaving sex in public bathrooms
Remember Senator Larry Craig's bathroom incident? You probably do as itbecame almost as big a news story as Britney Spears' meltdown last year(actually, my friend Michael Rogers broke the story over at his BlogActiveblog).

-What bullying would Jesus embolden?
LGBT kids are still bullied in our nation's public schools. Those who woulddeny this are in a grand state of denial, and their rebuffing is quiteoffensive to those of us who either suffered adolescent harassment orcloseted ourselves in order to stave off the same. And those who would go sofar as to protest against those who are trying to end this bullying,teasing, and harassment, are following a code of conduct that is anythingbut moral!

-Happy Passover, Jewish queers
Rabbi calls for 'rehabilitation of gays'
Homosexuality is a disease that should be treated, the chief rabbi of KIryatOno, near Tel Aviv, wrote in response to a letter from the gay communitypublished in Ynet weeks ago.

-John Hagee Stands by Remarks that Sinful Gays Caused Katrina
Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement John McCain gladly gobbled up, stood byremarks he made in 2006 that Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for thesinful Southern Decadence party that gays were planning to hold in NewOrleans.

-Israel: Rabbi thinks we're rabid
Pastor John Hagee suggested to NPR that the devastating, life-robbingHurricane Katrina was God's judgement against New Orleans for the"homosexual parade" that was to be held in the city the following week.
February of 2008: Hagee endorses John McCain for President. This is anendorsement McCain has said he's both "very honored" by and "glad to have."
April 22, 2008: Hagee, apparently feeling like he hadn't made his ideasabout God's contempt for drag queens marching down Bourbon Street clearenough the first time, said the following on the talk show of conservativehost Dennis Prager:
PRAGER: Right, but in the case, did NPR get, is this quote correct thoughthat in the case of New Orleans you do feel it was sin?

-Tough times for Brazilian friends
My friend Marcos Costa, who blogs at Carioca Virtual, has been drawingattention to an outrageous case of mistreatment inflicted on Jose Ávila,days after the death of Fabio, his partner of 10 years. That's Jose andFabio in the photo; Jose's on the right.

-Gay Dutch tilting rightward
My pal Dan over at Gay Patriot has an interesting post about the rightwardtilt of gays in liberal Holland. Apparently a conservative party calledProud of the Netherlands scored best among gays in a poll by the TV programNova. The trend dates back at least to Pim Fortuyn, an openly gay politicianthere who launched his own nationalist party and was competing to be primeminister before being murdered by a radical animal rights activist.

-In the Business of Hurting Businesses. and People
Don Wildmon and his "American Family Association" just love to hurt Americanbusinesses and the families they support. Their modus operandi is launchingcampaigns and boycotts against any company that treats its gay and lesbianemployees equally or has the audacity to advertise in gay-orientedpublications. They don't give a damn about the families that might be hurt,including families they claim to be representing and "protecting."

-When Dems act like Dems You know what's refreshing?
When instead of having an election in which a pair of supposed progressivesstop short of taking a reasoned position so as to not endanger theirelectability, you have two competing Democrats who both take a stand formarriage equality.

-A wolf in Republican clothing on gay issues
John McCain is certainly not perfect on gay issues. Even though the senatorhas been ordained a "maverick," which occasionally places him at odds withthe religious right, gay voters should still maintain a healthy skepticismconcerning him.

-Human Rights Campaign releases transgender workplace guide
Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT rights advocacy group in the nation,has released the second edition of its guide, Transgender Inclusion in theWorkplace, this week.

-Every day for the past 17 years, the members of Westboro Baptist Church inTopeka, Kan., have picketed churches, courthouses, gay pride parades andeven the White House for one express purpose: to preach that God hatesomosexuals and that those who support the homosexual lifestyle will be sentto hell.

-INTOLERANCE: Churches differ on gay stance
Focus on the Family Double-Speak
Focus in the Family has long been truth challenged. A story on its websitethis week, "Psychiatric group will host 'historic' symposium on faith andtherapy," shows just how unethical and slippery the organization can be.

-Relatively Masculine
Poking around in personals, I keep seeing guys' profiles listingthem as "masculine." This confuses me because everyone's idea of masculinitydiffers. Sometimes it means that they are, "Yo, dude!'s" on the street, and"pansy boi's" in the bedroom, and sometimes it means they just aren'tcomfortable with anything feminine.

-House Committee questions anti-gay, ineffective abstinence-only programsFrom Dena Wigder Feldman, HRC's public policy advocate:
"Research shows the homosexual lifestyle is not a healthy alternative formales or females. The male and female body are not anatomically suited toaccommodate sexual relations with members of the same sex. Sexual practicesin the homosexual lifestyle are considered very dangerous for disease,infection, etc. This lifestyle should not be encouraged as healthy or as anequal alternative to marriage."

-Louisiana Leaves Some Children Behind
It used to be that turning the big 3-0 was about as scary as waiting to betaken into that little room to receive your test results. Nowadays, however,30 is the new 20. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. But there'sone group of ladies who isn't afraid to show their age - the Dykes onBikes®!


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