Saturday, June 14, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - June 14, 2008

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New York Times
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-California Braces for 'New Summer of Love'
The groom was shopping for the perfect diamond for his betrothed - the othergroom. As Rey Almeida, a 47-year-old elementary school principal, perusedthe Equality Forever rings (a same-sex wedding special at 40 percent off ifpurchased from June 16 to June 26), he couldn't help reflecting on thesymbolism.

-Pure Tyranny
Righteous indignation is so easy, so pleasant, when you can sit back andfling it overseas. I had that edifying experience on the D.C. MetroWednesday morning, reading in the Times about the Muslim women in France whoare going to cosmetic surgeons for hymen replacement surgery so that theycan bleed as seeming virgins on their wedding nights. It's a practice thathas, apparently, become relatively common in the immigrant communities ofEurope. But, of course, it seems like hair-raising news in a country likeours, where a young woman's right to do with her body as she sees fit has,for decades, been enshrined as perhaps the most essential part of herGod-given human dignity. As my 11-year-old says, Yeah, right. Right after Ifinished reading the Times piece, I called the French Embassy to find outunder what conditions French social security would pay for thehymen-restoration procedure.

-Bending Gender Every Which Way
It's a mystery why sometimes a few people moving on a stage in apparentlyrandom patterns can look so right. In the first 10 seconds - maybe 5 - ofDance by Neil Greenberg's "Quartet With Three Gay Men," the oddly graceful,undulating movements of the four dancers, the jangly sounds of Zeena
score, and Michael Stiller's clear, bright light have the immediate effectof a poem. Meaning is compressed and harbored, to be released in thrillingfragments, inconclusive and richly layered.

-Stewart R. Mott, Longtime Patron of Liberal and Offbeat Causes, Dies at 70
Stewart R. Mott, a philanthropist whose gifts to progressive and sometimesoffbeat causes were often upstaged by his eccentricities, like cultivating alarge garden atop his Manhattan penthouse, complete with 460 plant species(including 17 types of radishes) and a chicken coop, died on Thursday night.
He was 70 and had homes in North Salem, N.Y., and Bermuda.

Washington Post
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-Outlook: Long Road Remains for Gay Marriage
California's Gay Marriage Fight Distracts From Real Struggle in Washington
"This week should be a joyous one for those of us who believe in the rightto marry the person you love. A month after the California Supreme Courtoverturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, gay couples will walk intocounty offices here and secure the same marriage license to whichheterosexual couples such as my wife and I are entitled. ... Gay rightssupporters should toast the happy couples, but they might want to waitbefore raising a glass to the state. The ruling will hardly changeCalifornia, a place blissfully devoted to its live-and-let-live ethos. ButCalifornia -- with its dysfunctional politics and government -- may hurt thecause of same-sex marriage. ... For gay couples and their supporters,California could become an expensive, time-consuming quagmire -- gaymarriage's Vietnam."

-University of California law professor Larry Levine, a frequent panelist,lecturer, and speaker on legal issues involving torts and sexualorientation, will be online Monday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss theimplementation of the recent California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gaymarriage, and the fight ahead. He'll be joined by Stuart Gaffney and JohnLewis, plaintiffs in the Supreme Court lawsuit who have been partners for 21years and will get married early Monday.
Submit your questions and comments before or during the discussion.

-"I went into stripping for all the wrong reasons."
After Craig Seymour Took It All Off, He Wrote It All Down
Before Washington leveled Southeast's gay clubs for a stadium, whenneighborhood men could get up close and sweaty together without being in theNats lineup, Craig Seymour, 39, took the stage in a G-string. A PhD studentand stripper. This fall, he joins the journalism faculty at NorthernIllinois University. He'll discuss "All I Could Bare," his memoir ofdisrobing, at the DC Center on June 19.

-California Gay Marriage: The Ruling and One Couple's View
University of California law professor Larry Levine, a frequent panelist,lecturer, and speaker on legal issues involving torts and sexualorientation, will be online Monday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss theimplementation of the recent California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gaymarriage, and the fight ahead. He'll be joined by Stuart Gaffney and JohnLewis, plaintiffs in the Supreme Court lawsuit who have been partners for 21years and will get married early Monday.

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-More than 5,000 delegates and 120 choirs from 40 states and six countrieswill gather in Miami, Florida, from July 12 through 19, 2008, to help GALAChoruses celebrate its 25th anniversary at Festival 2008. GALA ChorusesFestival 2008 is the largest GLBT performing arts event in the world. [...]GALA Choruses is an internationally recognized advocacy organization forgay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) choruses. The group's weeklonggathering of singers, choirs and clinicians boasts a full schedule ofperformances, commissioned works, workshops and social events. The eventwill be held at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts,formerly known as the Carnival Center. For more information, please visit

Express Gay News
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-Tensions rise as Billerica selectmen vote to recognize Gay Pride Week
BILLERICA, Mass.: Police Sgt. Jerry Roche said he was moved that a majorityof the selectmen voted last night to support a proclamation recognizing GayPride Week, but angry that Selectmen Marc Lombardo and Mike Rosa did notattend the meeting and are refusing to sign the proclamation. "I have beenon this department for 22 years, decorated by the governor, twice by theselectmen, and received several commendations from the chief," he said afterthe meeting. "I have served this community and I deserve respect as aperson. Am I any less of a person because I am gay? It angers me to no endthat I do not get the respect they would give anyone else."

-Homosexuality is 'sport's last taboo'
Graeme Le Saux played more than 400 matches for Blackburn, Chelsea andSouthampton, winning a Premier League title and 36 international caps. CNN'sDon Riddell talks to the former England star about homophobia and racism inthe game.

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-Move To Broaden Chicago Gay Partner Benefits
(Chicago, Illinois) An openly gay Chicago alderman is proposing changes tothe city's domestic partner benefits plan to ensure that the partners ofcity workers remain insured if they marry in California.

-Straight Couples Rush To Wed Before Ban Goes Into Effect
(Bakersfield, California) Heterosexual couples are rushing to get married ina conservative California county that plans to halt all civil weddingceremonies as gay marriage is set to be legalized.

-Bingham Cup Attracts Gay Teams From Around The World
(Dublin) Hundreds of sports enthusiasts from around the world are in Dublinthis weekend for the gay rugby world cup.

-Budapest Police Lift Gay Pride March Ban
(Budapest) Under international pressure Budapest's police chief Fridaylifted a ban imposed a day earlier on this year's Gay Pride parade.

-Campaign: Michelle Obama Never Used Word Whitey
(Washington) The Barack Obama campaign said that Michelle Obama never usedthe word "whitey" in a speech from the church pulpit as it launched a Website to debunk rumors about him and his wife.

-Fox News Accused Of Slurs Against Barack, Michelle Obama
(New York City) Fox News Channel referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's babymama" in a graphic on Wednesday, the latest in a trio of references to theDemocratic presidential campaign that have given fuel to network critics.

The Advocate
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-McInerney's Lawyer: I Won't Gay-Bash
As the arraignment of Lawrence King's accused killer, Brandon McInerney,gets postponed again, both the prosecuting attorney and the public defendertalk to The Advocate. Commemorates California Marriage Equality
Starting Monday, June 16, the day before same-sex marriages can officiallybegin throughout the entire state of California, the online dating will offer a free seven-day membership to anyone living inCalifornia, according to a press release from the company. The website,whose mantra is "come as you are," is inviting LGBT Californians (and theirstraight allies) to meet someone special on "This is afantastic moment for California," a company representative said in therelease, "and we hope we can start some new relationships in that state."

-Ex-GOP Official Pleads Guilty to Oral Sex Charge
The former chair of the Clark County, Ind., Republican Party pleaded guiltyThursday to criminal deviate conduct, which could land him in prison for upto six years. Glenn Murphy Jr. is accused of performing oral sex on a manwho was asleep while the act took place. Along with the prison sentence,Murphy would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life,according to the Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville, Ky.

-Poll: Montana Voters Favor Employment Protections for Gays
A survey by the Montana Human Rights Network shows that a majority of votersin the state favor protecting gays and lesbians from employmentdiscrimination. According to KTVQ TV in Billings, a CBS affiliate, nearly90% of those polled were in favor of such protections. Activists are usingthe findings to push legislators to pass a bill that would bandiscrimination against gay and lesbian workers. "We really need to launchan educational effort so that people understand they're not alone in thesekinds of feelings," Montana Human Rights Network executive director and outstate senator Christine Kaufmann said. "When they accept and understand thatemployment discrimination is wrong no matter who it's directed at; that hate
crimes are wrong no matter who it's directed at."

-Friends and Foes List
The Advocate's list of our best friends and worst enemies when it comes topreserving the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. Here's yourchance to get involved!

National Gay News,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/
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-Homosexuality Takes Congress by Storm
The two openly homosexual members of the U.S. House of Representatives haverecruited 50 of their colleagues to officially join them in promoting thehomosexual agenda in Congress. Democrats Barney Frank of Massachusetts andTammy Baldwin of Wisconsin are the only open homosexuals serving inCongress. They have joined with Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Floridaand Christopher Shays of Connecticut, and 50 other Democrats to create theHouse Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus. Peter LaBarbera,president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says it is a sad daywhen Congress enshrines official promotion of sexual immorality.

-NJ City Ordered to Pay Millions to Victims of Anti-Gay Harassment
A jury has awarded a gay couple nearly $3 million in damages as part of alawsuit against the city of Seacaucus, NJ. The couple, Peter DeVries andTimothy Carter, were awarded $2.84 million by the jury after the judgepresiding over the case, which was heard in a state Superior Court, ruledagainst the city.

-Winning Isn't Everything
After pouring over $100,000 of his own money into his campaign, Jim Nealonly took second place in this year's primary for the Democratic nominationto challenge North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senator Elizabeth "Liddy"Dole. Yet he's amazingly calm and upbeat. "I am in anything but depression,"Neal told me in a recent phone interview. "I was passionate about what I wasdoing, and I continue to be passionate about the issues that drove me torun."

-HIV and Parenthood: Poz Men Find New Hope with Surrogates
Men living with HIV are finding new hope of creating biological familieswith their own sperm through a new program created by the California-basedGrowing Generations, which provides surrogates and egg donation services toHIV-positive men. Recent technological advances have made testing semen forthe HIV virus viable. Along with the implementation of Californialegislation that allows the use of semen from someone with HIV for assistedreproduction, Growing Generations, the nation's largest surrogacy agency,has been able to launch the groundbreaking new program.

-HIV Prevention Goes Digital
As HIV infections continue to rise in some sectors of the gay community, NYUand Public Health Solutions this week debuted an innovative new tool aimedat reducing high-risk sexual behavior among gay men. HIV is Still a Big Dealis a new online video series that follows a character named Josh, a younggay man living in Manhattan, negotiating everything from love to friendshipsin addition to the agony and ecstasy attendant upon each. In the first twoepisodes alone-entitled "The Morning After" and "The Test"-Josh deals withissues like online hookups, unprotected sex, disclosing HIV status, andgetting tested for HIV.

Marriage Equality News
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-Video: Let My Partner Stay
Gay, lesbian and transgender city employees who go to California,Massachusetts or other states to get legally married would keep theirdomestic partner benefits under an ordinance introduced this week byChicago's first openly gay alderman. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) proposed thechange in the wake of a recent California court decision affirming gaymarriage.

-Because same-sex marriages are not recognized in the United States, certainmarital benefits, like the advantage of permanent residency for a foreignborn partner, are denied to bi-national spouses. This commonly results inthe foreign partner being forced to leave the United States, and their lovedones, behind. Brittany and Joanna's story is one of thousands.

-The balance of public opinion regarding gay marriage is more positive nowthan it was during the 2004 campaign. However, Republicans and whiteevangelical Protestants, in particular, remain staunchly opposed to allowinggays and lesbians to marry, and increasing numbers of Republicans and whiteevangelicals say that gay marriage will be very important in their votingdecisions.

Pink News - UK
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-Queer as Folk creator receives an OBE
Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies has been awarded an OBE in theQueen's Birthday Honours List. Mr Davies who revived Doctor Who for the BBCin addition to creating spin off Torchwood has been honoured for services todrama.

-Google removes HIV "cure" ad after complaints
Internet company Google has said that adverts supplied by its AdSenseservice to websites across the country should not include ones that claim to"cure" HIV.

-Sir Elton John: Diana trusted "the wrong people"
Sir Elton John has claimed that the late Diana, Princess of Wales trusted"the wrong people" towards the end of her life.

-Drag Queen Lily Savage to receive MBE from the real Queen
The gay comedian Paul O'Grady is among a number of high profile celebritiesto have been bestowed an award in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. MrO'Grady, who first shot to fame as drag queen Lily Savage now hosts a chatshow for Channel 4.

-Spanish judge ordered to marry British gay couple
A judge in the Denia region of Spain has been forced to marry a British gaycouple she had previously refused.

-Dublin shows its Pride at 25 years of progress
Dublin's 25th Gay Pride festival opens tonight with a launch party to markthe beginning of the ten day festival taking place in the George on SouthGreat George's street.

-Confusion over Kazakhstan's first ever Pride parade
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association in Kazakhstan hasannounced it intends to hold a parade in the city of Almaty on June 21st.

-Travel on the "Orient-Express of the North"
Britain's railways have romantic history. It began with steam trains andblossomed into a golden age of opulent rail travel during the 1930s. Theheady romance may have gone from everyday rail travel, but it still lives onin the Orient-Express.

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
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-Palm Beach County Domestic Partners Prevail in Equal Health InsurancePremiums
The Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) ruled this week thatthe School District of Palm Beach County discriminated against two lesbianemployees with domestic partners by charging excessive health insurancepremiums. "School District administrators have been under the mistakenbelief for years that they did not have to comply with the county's equalemployment ordinance," said Rand Hoch, President of the Palm Beach CountyHuman Rights Council. "Hopefully these two rulings will now put an end totheir discriminatory practices." For more than twenty years the Palm BeachCounty Human Rights Council has been lobbying for GLBT-inclusive laws. TheCounty's equal employment ordinance now prohibits discrimination inemployment, housing, and public accommodations based on race, color,religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genderidentity or expression, familial status, and marital status.

Gay American Heroes Foundation
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-News from Gay American Heroes Foundation
Honoring all LGBT persons who have been murdered because of their sexualorientation and-or gender identity All people who live honestly about their sexual orientation or genderidentity are heroic, as it takes great strength and courage to face thedaily struggles for personal freedom in the face of enormous opposition; toultimately give their life for said freedom makes them...HEROES.

-Gay Murder in Detroit, Jermey Waggoner openly gay hairdresser, 37 year-oldsuffered violent death June 10, 2008. Another HERO to be remembered onthe Gay American Heroes National Memorial?
Contact: Scott Hall (321) 586-8738
Cell Phone: 321/ 586-8738

Gay & Lesbian Leadership SmartBrier
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-Norway becomes sixth nation to allow gays, lesbians to marry
Norway has become the sixth country in world to grant equal marriage rightsto same-sex couples. The new marriage law, approved by a vote of 84 to 41,also permits gay and lesbian couples to adopt children and allows lesbiansto be artificially inseminated, according to this article. Google/AgenceFrance-Presse (6/12)

-Groups: Timing wrong for federal marriage lawsuits
Out-of-state couples heading to California to marry should bide their timeand refrain from filing federal lawsuits seeking federal recognition oftheir unions, according to a coalition of nine LGBT groups, including LambdaLegal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Freedom to Marry. "Pushingthe federal government before we have a critical mass of states recognizingsame-sex relationships or suing in states where the courts aren't ready islikely to get us bad rulings," the groups said in a joint statement. "Badrulings will make it much more difficult for us to win marriage, and willcertainly make it take much longer." (6/10)

-Are Democrats all talk on lifting military ban?
Although recent opinion polls show a majority of Americans favor lifting the
military gay ban, most top Democrats reportedly are reluctant to take on theissue in an election year and when the party lacks a veto-proof majority inCongress. One who disagrees is former Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., who said,"Many [party] members underestimate where Americans are on this." SanFrancisco Chronicle/Associated Press (6/11)

-Baldwin, ex-ambassador discuss DP benefits for federal workers
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act and a gay-inclusive hate-crimes billhave more chance of being enacted by Congress in the next session than billsaimed at reversing the marriage and military gay bans, according to out U.S.Rep. Tammy Baldwin. Her comments came during a panel discussion -- whichalso included U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., former Secretary of StateMadeleine Albright and former U.S. Ambassador to Romania Michael Guest -- ona pending federal bill to offer gay federal workers equal benefits for theirpartners as those given to employees' spouses. Washington Blade (6/11)

-Brazil's leader backs civil unions and making homophobia a crime
Calling homophobia the "the most perverse disease impregnated in the humanhead," Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, pledged to "do allthat is possible" to enact civil unions and to make homophobia a criminaloffense. Lula made his comments at the First National Conference of Gays,Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals. (U.K.)(6/11)

-Do you want to work for the next President of the United States?
The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute is leading a community-wide effort toidentify strong candidates to serve the next president of the United States.
GLLI's Presidential Appointments Project serves as the talent bank foropenly LGBT professionals seeking appointed positions in the nextpresidential administration. If you've ever considered working for thefederal government, now is the time to start thinking about whether you havewhat it takes to work for the president and help to bring about positivechange in our country. GLLI's partners in the project include the HumanRights Campaign, The Task Force, National Black Justice Coalition and theNational Stonewall Democrats. For more information and to submit yourresume, go to

-LGBT voters could stay home if Nunn tapped as Obama's VP
Choosing former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn to fill the vice-presidential slot on theDemocratic ticket could alienate top LGBT fundraisers, well as LGBT voters,over Nunn's prominent role in enacting the military gay ban, according toWashington Post editorial page staffer Jonathan Capehart. Nunn recently saidit would be "appropriate" to take a new look at the military ban, but thatmay not be enough to reassure those who question his support of LGBT issues.
"If Obama taps Nunn, he could end up adding gay men and lesbians to the listof disgruntled Democrats," Capehart writes. "They might not vote for McCain,but they might very well stay home." The Washington Post (6/11)

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-Girl Power & standing for what is right
A year or so ago, HeartStrong launched a letter writing campaign toCalifornia Lutheran High School in Wildomar, CA. (Wildomar is locatedjust inland from Laguna Beach and just north of Temecula.)
The Christian school had expelled two girls for an alleged lesbianrelationship. (A perfect example of what we talk about all the time,religious schools expelling students based on suspicion of being GLBT.)The girls took their former school to court, saying they werediscriminated against for being suspected of being lesbian.
That is when many of you submitted letters to the school through theHeartStrong website.
As a general point, religious schools in the US and pretty much every othercountry (except Canada) have the right to do whatever they want to anystudent or employee as long as they have a religious reason to back uptheir actions.

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-A gay man has been murdered in the Detroit area and Triangle Foundationneeds your help to solve this crime and bring justice for him and hisfamily. Jeremy Waggoner, a 37-year-old Detroit resident, was murdered earlythis week. Jeremy, a stylist at the Michael Angelo Salon in Royal Oak, waswell-known and deeply loved. On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, Jeremy Waggoner'sbody was found in a grassy field on Detroit's eastside. He was brutallybludgeoned and possibly stabbed. Police are not sure whether Jeremy waskilled in the grassy field or at another location and his body then dropped off. Few details of themurder, including the possible motive, are known at this time. His green1997 Mazda MPV has not been found. If anyone has information about themurder of Jeremy Waggoner, please contact Melissa Pope at 313-909-3634 orvia e-mail at

-This Week in Washington Blade - Pride Issue!

-U.S. Senator Larry Craig
Serving the citizens of Idaho
Honoring My Children On Father's Day
by Senator Larry Craig
Though the origin of Father's Day is not clear, fathers throughout theUnited States are made to feel special by their children every year, on thethird Sunday in June. Sunday, June 15, marks my 24th year as Dad to Mike,Jay and Shae. And in recent years, their seven children have made me adoting Granddad to boot, doubling the joy of our celebration. Throughoutthese years, I have never taken a Father's Day remembrance forgranted - perhaps because I adopted my children when I had the wisdom andmaturity to appreciate the pure joy of having them in my life. I havetreasured the handmade trinkets, the interesting ties and the simple melodyof their voices greeting me on that Sunday morning every year, "HappyFather's Day, Dad! We love you."
Father's Day always has been a time of reflection for Suzanne and me - tolook back fondly on our kids' achievements and to take pride in how theyhandled life's disappointments. I remember Shae's first date and her firstbreakup, Mike's first car and Jay's first soccer game. But nothing affectedme as emotionally as my children's love and loyalty during the dark days oflast August.

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-American Family Outing visits Bill Hybels & Willow Creek: Effort concludesthis weekend at Dr. Rick Warren's Saddleback Church Last weekend, over twodozen LGBT and straight-ally couples and families met with Bill Hybels andselect staff from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington,Illinois. The conversation was frank, honest, and respectful at all times asdiscussions focused on theological understanding, relationships, andfamilies.
The following are links to stories of the meeting:
..Soulforce, Willow Creek, and Me, Julie Nemecek, AFO participant
..Willow Creek Welcomes Gay Rights Advocates, Chicago Tribune
..Gay Christians meet with Rev. Bill Hybels and Others at Willow Creek
Community Church in South Barrington, Chicago Tribune,0,1906519.story
..LGBTs have Historic Meeting with Influential Church, Windy City Times

-This Father's Day, June 15, a group of families will attend services atSaddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, the mega-church founded byRick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life. The following day thefamilies will join leaders from Saddleback Church for a private meal andconversation. The visit is the conclusion of a six-week journey, agay-friendly family road trip, to initiate dialogue with mega-churchcongregations across the nation.
For photos of the AFO visit to Willow Creek Community Church go

-Soulforce featured in Newsweek Magazine
The June 16th edition of Newsweek Magazine features the story of a young manat Bethel University who is fighting to start a Gay-Straight Alliance. Theamazing work of our young adults at Soulforce Q was a significant part ofthe story -- indicating their ability to offer hope and healing to so manystudents at campuses across America with the Equality Ride.
The final visit of the American Family Outing was also mentioned in thearticle. To read the Newsweek article, go to


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-Plan Would Lift Saudi Oil Output to Highest Ever
Saudi Arabia's plan to boost production next month was seen as a sign thatthe Saudis are nervous about the political and economic effect of high oilprices.

-In Midwest, Rising Waters and Fears of Worse
Continued flooding has raised the prospect of a year like 1993, when therewas widespread misery and an economic cost of $20 billion.

-Tim Russert, 58, NBC's Face of Politics, Dies
Mr. Russert, moderator of "Meet the Press," was a fixture on television onSunday mornings and election nights.

-A Moment of Clarity in Baghdad
As the Bush administration pushes for a legal agreement to extend theAmerican military presence in Iraq, the Iraqis are pushing back. That is apositive sign.

-Courting Conflict
Judges must be impartial - in both appearance and reality - so federal lawsensibly requires that they disqualify themselves from cases if they ownstock in a company that is a party in the matter. It would be best if alljudges ordered their investments to avoid conflicts. But the issue is mostacute for Supreme Court justices, who cannot be replaced by another jurist.
When Supreme Court justices recuse themselves, they risk altering importantdecisions and blocking the court from doing its job.

-Taliban Free 1,200 in Attack on Afghan Prison
In a brazen attack, Taliban fighters assaulted the main prison in thesouthern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday night, blowing up the mud walls,killing 15 guards and freeing around 1,200 inmates. Among the escapees wereabout 350 Taliban members, including commanders, would-be suicide bombersand assassins, said Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of Kandahar's provincialcouncil and a brother of President Hamid Karzai. "It is very dangerous forsecurity. They are the most experienced killers and they all managed toescape," he said by telephone from Kandahar. A Taliban spokesman, QariYousuf Ahmadi, said that the attack was carried out by 30 insurgents onmotorbikes and two suicide bombers, and that they had freed about 400Taliban members, The Associated Press reported.

-Legal Drugs Kill Far More Than Illegal, Florida Says
From "Scarface" to "Miami Vice," Florida's drug problem has been portrayedas the story of a single narcotic: cocaine. But for Floridians, prescriptiondrugs are increasingly a far more lethal habit.

-China Increases Lead as Biggest Carbon Dioxide Emitter
China has clearly overtaken the United States as the world's leading emitterof carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas, a new study has found, itsemissions increasing 8 percent in 2007. The Chinese increase accounted fortwo-thirds of the growth in the year's global greenhouse gas emissions, thestudy found.

-Campaigns Unable to Agree on Series of Meetings
In almost every campaign appearance this week, Senator John McCain has beenleaning on Senator Barack Obama to accept his offer to engage in a series of10 one-on-one town-hall-style meetings, a format that worked well for Mr.McCain in the primaries.

-Justices Come Under Election-Year Spotlight
Thanks in no small part to Justice Antonin Scalia's dire warning thatgranting Guantánamo detainees access to habeas corpus "will almost certainlycause more Americans to be killed," the Supreme Court finds itself on theverge of becoming something that it has not been for many election cycles -a campaign issue.

Washington Post
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-A Marriage Form Will Just Be Icing On Our Cake
I have an elaborate fantasy about the morning of my wedding day. It will bea cool summer morning, a weekday. At breakfast, our 8-year-old, Jacob, won'tcomplain that food is getting stuck in his brand-new braces. When Ruth, 4,puts on her own shoes, she'll get the right shoe on the right foot. Ellenwill unlock the garage and arrange all our bikes in the driveway. We'll ridethe five miles down to the Alameda County clerk's office. The kids will getrestless waiting out in the hall. Finally, some random person in the clerk'soffice will be ready for us. She'll be a little bored because she hasmarried so many other gay couples in the past few weeks. She won't care thatEllen and I are wearing shorts and T-shirts. Ellen will write a check. Theclerk will fill out some forms.

-GAY MARRIAGE: Calif. Episcopal Dioceses Split on Issue
As California clerks prepare to issue civil marriage licenses to same-sexcouples starting Tuesday, some Episcopal dioceses say they will marry gaysand lesbians, while others are urging caution.

-The New 'I Do'
The Way We're Handling It Is Pretty Half-Baked
Hold the champagne. Or at least the California sparkling wine. This weekshould be a joyous one for those of us who believe in the right to marry theperson you love. A month after the California Supreme Court overturned thestate's ban on same-sex marriage, gay couples will be able to walk intocounty offices here and secure the same marriage license to whichheterosexual couples such as my wife and I are entitled.

-What We'll Miss by David S. Broder
Tim was one of the most fearless journalists in the business and a generousfriend.

-Seoul's Beef Beef
The Bush administration and Congress must rescue free trade with SouthKorea. There is no reason for South Koreans to fear beef from the UnitedStates. Seoul banned it five years ago after U.S. officials confirmed a caseof mad-cow disease in an American herd. But the health risk, never great,has long since faded; Americans have been consuming meat with nomad-cow-related problems, and the World Organization for Animal Healthdeclared U.S. beef fit for consumption last September. This fulfilledSeoul's final condition for lifting the ban, and, in April, newly electedPresident Lee Myung-bak announced that it would indeed end.

-Countrywide Gave Special Attention To Lawmakers
Lender's Chief Executive Offered Incentives to VIPs
In 2004, Sen. Kent Conrad was hunting for a lender for a $1.07 millionmortgage on his vacation home in Bethany Beach, Del., when an old friendhanded him the phone number of Angelo Mozilo.

-Seeking Common Ground in Faith
Area Jews and Muslims Are Pioneers in Nationwide Effort
For the first time in five Sundays of gatherings, the small group ofWashington area Muslims and Jews around the fireside table seemed like itwas about to move from polite chat on religious history to somethingunavoidably combustible: Zionism.

-I'm Not Anti-Islam; Islam is Anti-Me'
Sally Quinn Interview | VIDEO: Ayaan Hirsi Ali explains why she left Islamand became an atheist.

-Critics Study Possible Limits to Habeas Corpus Ruling
Affirming Right to Challenge Detention Is Considered by Some a Taking ofFederal Power
The White House and allies in Congress have begun exploring how to limit thescope of this week's Supreme Court ruling that says suspected terroristsheld at Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detentions infederal court.

Miami Herald
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-CUBA: Cuba 'chokes' dissident support
The Cuban government is putting the squeeze on dissidents, citing Bushadministration rules to keep them from receiving aid from U.S. groups.
Apparently abusing Bush administration rules that restrict who can sendmoney to the island, the Cuban government is cutting off resources to humanrights activists who had been receiving cash from exile groups in Miami.

-Even the playing field for women By ELLEN GOODMAN
So is the glass half full or half empty? Or to pick a better metaphor, isthe ''highest, hardest'' glass ceiling now half shattered by the 18 millioncracks, or does it look as impermeable as ever after this unsuccessfulbattering? [...] Mourning is not too strong a word to describe what I'vebeen hearing in the last few days. No sooner had the speech ended than aHillary fundraiser received an e-mail from the Democratic National Committeeasking her to raise money for Barack Obama. She said, tersely, they didn'teven wait for the body to cool. The next day, with Hillary waving goodbye onThe New York Times' Page 1, there was an article on Michelle Obama's clothesin the Styles section. Back to the first lady beat, sighed a reader.

-Pay attention to Pakistan
The most urgent foreign policy problem that the next U.S. president willface won't be Iraq. Nor will it be Iran. The next terrorist attack onAmerica is likely to originate, according to the top U.S. militarycommander, Adm. Mike Mullen, in a place you've probably never heard of: theFATA. That's the acronym for the Federally Ad ministered Tribal Areas ofnorthern Pakistan.

-Obama considering overseas tour
To bolster his credibility on foreign policy, Sen. Barack Obama may visitseveral countries this summer, his advisors said. Sen. Barack Obama maydepart this summer from his road warrior tour of election battlegroundstates to take a trip around the world, one intended to shore up hiscredentials on foreign policy. With a foreign trip under discussion in theObama camp, any itinerary almost certainly would include a stop in Iraq. That would be his first trip to the war zone since early 2006. It would bedesigned to answer Republican presidential candidate John McCain's criticismthat anti-war Obama can't talk credibly about withdrawing U.S. forces sincehe hasn't been on the ground there since the 2007 troop buildup brought somemilitary success.

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-U.S. Should Flunk Electoral College, Sen. Nelson Says
Saying the United States should "abolish this archaic way we electpresidents," Florida's Sen. Bill Nelson argued in a Tampa news conferenceFriday for eliminating the Electoral College. Inspired by the Floridafiascos in both the 2000 and this year's presidential primaries, Nelson saysit's time for presidential election changes both in primaries and in thegeneral election.

-Lawmakers Near Deal On Surveillance Bill
Wiretap Orders Begin Expiring Soon
A bipartisan group of congressional negotiators neared a deal yesterday oncontroversial wiretapping legislation that could be unveiled as early asnext week, according to Capitol Hill sources and civil liberties advocatesmonitoring the talks.


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-Obama campaign begins massive Florida mobilization this weekend
They're coming from all over the country, lured by their faith in BarackObama, to spend a weekend in Tamarac, then six weeks bringing the Obamamessage to Floridians. It's part of a massive mobilization of volunteersfor Obama's campaign throughout the nation. The 3,600 volunteers - thecampaign calls them "fellows" - include 400 in the key battleground state ofFlorida.,0,7601364.story

-Troubled group home in Lauderhill shuts down abruptly
A Lauderhill group home for troubled teenage boys abruptly shut down Fridayafternoon, just three weeks after a court-appointed investigator concludedthat the residents faced "insurmountable safety concerns." Impact CommunityServices closed its group home with less than three hours warning, leavingblindsided child welfare officials scrambling to find spots in the fostercare system for the eight boys at the facility.,0,4215293.story

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-Senate Bill 1706 invites so much mischief from South Florida countycommissions that it makes one's head spin. Representing itself as a growthmanagement bill, SB 1706 instead has two noxious provisions that wouldundermine local and state oversight of large developments. One provisionwould allow counties with more than 1.25 million residents to exempt landfrom the Development of Regional Impact process. Only three countiesqualify -- Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. With this provision the threecounty commissions could by a simple resolution open up sites to massiveprojects without either state approval or regional planning councilscrutiny. State law deems DRIs to be so large that they have substantialimpact on the health, safety and welfare of residents in more than onecounty, according to the Florida League of Counties, which opposes thisbill. Under the exemption, a DRI could get the green light without firstsubmitting traffic-impact studies, an evaluation of hurricane evacuationtimes, etc.

-SEVEN MILE BRIDGE: State bans fishing on old Seven Mile Bridge
While the old Seven Mile Bridge renovation project has been stalled for sixyears, the steel structure keeps deteriorating and is now deemed unsafe forfishing.

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-When out this weekend, please pick up a copy of BUZZ Magazine. This week'sissue of BUZZ Magazine will include the first of my weekly South FloridaCommunity Columns. In this week's column, I feature the TransgenderEquality Rights Initiatives (TERI) and the role this incredible group playedto help broaden protections under Broward County's Human Rights Ordinance.
[....] To view the column on-line, visit:
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-Democrats can swoop in and dash GOP hopes
In any other year, Democrats in Florida might be accused of beingdelusional. But this is not just another year. Gasoline may soon cost fivebucks a gallon. Florida has the nation's second-highest rate of homeforeclosures. Even unemployment, rarely a problem here, is going up.


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Friday, June 13, 2008

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-Massachusetts: Governor’s Daughter Announces She Is a Lesbian
The youngest daughter of Gov. Deval Patrick said in an interview that shewas gay, and that she came out to her parents after lawmakers voted to killa proposal that could have outlawed gay marriage in the state. The daughter,Katherine Patrick, 18, said her father responded to her announcement bygiving her a bear hug and saying, “Well, we love you no matter what.” Ms.Patrick made her revelation public in an interview with her family in BayWindows, a weekly Boston newspaper. The governor told the paper his familyagreed to the interview to make the news public on their own terms. Ms.Patrick said she told her father and her mother, Diane Patrick, of hersexual orientation on July 3, 2007, about three weeks after the legislaturerejected an amendment opposing same-sex marriage to the State Constitution. Mr. Patrick supports same-sex marriage.

-Three's A Charm? Gay California Couples Wed Again
For many California gays and lesbians, getting married is nothing new. They've done it more than once -- to the same person. But as the stateofficially begins marrying same-sex couples next week, old hands say eachtime is different. "How many times am I going to have to marry this woman

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-Gay. Latino. 'Gaytino!'
Dan Guerrero owes an awful lot to a certain hot tub. The one at his spa,where he sat soaking when it came to him like divine inspiration: "Isuddenly thought 'Gaytino!' " he excitedly recalls. "I'm a gaytino. Hell!That's a good little phrase."

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-Budapest Police Lift Gay Pride March Ban
Under international pressure Budapest's police chief Friday lifted a banimposed a day earlier on this year's Gay Pride parade.

-Campaign: Michelle Obama Never Used Word Whitey
The Barack Obama campaign said that Michelle Obama never used the word"whitey" in a speech from the church pulpit as it launched a Web site todebunk rumors about him and his wife.

-Fox News Accused Of Slurs Against Barack, Michelle Obama
Fox News Channel referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby mama" in agraphic on Wednesday, the latest in a trio of references to the Democraticpresidential campaign that have given fuel to network critics.

-3 Yr. Sentence In Gay Man's Death
A 19 year old man has been sentenced to three years in prison in death of agay man who was beaten outside a Greenville, South Carolina bar.

-Nashville Schools To Protect LGBT Students
Nashville's Metro School Board has unanimously approved changes to the codeof student conduct to protect students from discrimination based onsexuality and gender identity.

-NJ Town Ordered To Pay Gay Couple $2.84M In Harassment Case
A Secaucus gay couple who endured years of threats and harassment fromvolunteer firefighters have been awarded $2.84 million in a civil rightssuit against the town.

-Transgender Rights Spread, But Opposition Mounts
As more state and local governments extend anti-bias protections totransgender people, fierce opposition is surfacing.

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-Letters to the editor
'Ad resembles ... crazy missive'
Re "Battling for America's Soul," advertisement, June 5
I am extremely offended that The Times would choose to publish a two-pageadvertisement from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Familyand Property. Since when is intolerant hate speech appropriate in anewspaper advertisement? Would The Times consider running an anti-Jewish adfrom a neo-Nazi group, or an anti-African American ad from the Ku Klux Klan?From its condescending use of quotation marks in every mention of the wordssame-sex marriage to its dubious conclusion of religious persecution againstopponents of gay unions, the ad is a slap in the face to everyforward-thinking person, gay or straight, who reads it. How interesting thatthe wedding photo of the heterosexual couple featured in the ad shows themwith their eyes shut. The Op-Ed section is the appropriate place for publicdiscourse regarding same-sex marriage in California. I know the newspaperbusiness is tough nowadays, but please don't sell your soul to bigotry andintolerance.
Richard Waddleton Long Beach
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This Father’s Day, one of most popular pastors in America will open hismegachurch to homosexual dads, an event that would usually signal an extremeweather alert from old guard Republican evangelical leaders.

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-Groundbreaking gay grads
Gay high schoolers enter adulthood with hope, big dreams
Yanssen Borges Perreira, Michelle Chadwick, and Adam Brock each walked downthe aisles at their high school commencement ceremonies last week as out andproud members of the graduating Class of 2008.

-Constitutional issue raised in R.I. gay divorce case
A Superior Court judge has refused to hear the divorce case of a lesbiancouple, but questioned whether the law that barred the women from endingtheir marriage unconstitutionally denied them a right enjoyed byheterosexual Rhode Islanders.

-D.C. mayor orders review of gay marriage options
Calif. ruling prompts city to analyze legal position
Mayor Adrian Fenty said he has directed his interim attorney general, PeterNickles, to conduct a thorough review on what the city’s legal options mightbe if same-sex couples in D.C. go to California to marry and ask theDistrict government to recognize their marriages.

-Poll: New Yorkers support Patterson's directive to recognize same-sex marriages
A majority of New Yorkers support Gov. David Paterson’s directive torecognize same-sex marriages in the state, but they also think Patersonshould have left the decision to the state Legislature, a poll found today.

-Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick's 18-year-old daughter announced thismorning that she is a lesbian, calling it a source of pride that she isready to share with Massachusetts. "As private of an issue as it is, we'vesort of had to come to terms with the fact that we are a public family andthere you give a part of yourself away," Katherine Patrick told the gaynewspaper Bay Windows in an article published today. "And we also ... wantedpeople to know that it's not only something that we accept, but it'ssomething that we�re very proud of. It's a great aspect of our lives andthere's nothing about it that is shameful or that we would want to hide."

-Most Americans say government should let gays wed: USA Today
Over 60% favor same-sex marriage
Six in 10 Americans say the government shouldn’t regulate whether gays andlesbians can marry whom they choose, USA Today reported last week, citing aGallup Poll the paper co-conducted. It found that 63 percent of adults saysame-sex marriage is “strictly a private decision” between two people. Thatthe government has the right “to prohibit or allow” such marriages wasagreed to by 33 percent of responders. Another 4 percent had no opinion. Majorities agreeing same-sex marriage should be private crossed level ofeducation, income and regional brackets. The poll also found that 97 percentsaid people of different religions should be allowed to wed; 95 percentfavored interracial marriages; 63 percent favored same-sex marriages; 30percent favored polygamy; and 18 percent marriages where one or both wereunder age 16.

-PFLAG demonstrates at ex-gay conference
Church in Orlando site of "Love Won Out"
About 30 members of PFLAG organizations from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, andSouth Carolina, including members of the national board, peacefullydemonstrated in front of an Orlando church where Love Won Out, an ex-gayconference, was held June 7.

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- Gay Couple Turned Away From Volunteer Work
When a gay couple tried to give back to their small town's local church,they were met with hate. Now the two are testing the waters of Washingtonstate's antidiscrimination policy, to see how it truly holds up.

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-University Researcher Says Gay Communities on the Decline
The face of the gay community worldwide may be changing, according to aUniversity researcher's recently released study. Epidemiology professorSimon Rosser said he learned that "while the gay population is stable orincreasing," in all but the world's largest cities, "the size of thephysical gay community appears to be contracting." This means the number ofgay bars, clubs and bookstores appears to be thinning or becoming moremainstream.

-Our House: Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents
If Lifetime is looking for story ideas for movies, there are five good onesin Meema Spadola's Our House: Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents. Aside fromoriginally giving it an even more unwieldy subtitle ( A Very RealDocumentary about Kids of Gay/Lesbian Parents ) , the filmmaker has doneeverything right in showing five diverse families, their common thread beingthat the children have lesbian or gay parents. Even for the kids who arecool with their situation, having queer parents adds another level ofdifficulty to the already tough task of growing up. But most are copingwell—or manage to fake it for Spadola's camera—as it captures moments fromtheir lives, at home and away, filling in more details through interviews.

-Gay Candidates Win Primaries, Including South Carolina Congressional Race
Two Victory-endorsed candidates won their primaries last night, including aCongressional race in South Carolina. Linda Ketner and Larry Bliss bothdefeated their opponents by margins of 30 percent or more. Linda Ketner wonher primary in a race to represent South Carolina’s first Congressionaldistrict. By a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent, Ketner defeated fellowDemocrat Ben Frasier.

-Sentenced to 3 Years For Killing Man With Punch
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to three years in prison in thedeath of an openly gay man outside a Greenville bar. An attorney for19-year-old Stephen Andrew Moller said his client pleaded guilty and wassentenced Wednesday in the May 2007 death of 20-year-old Sean WilliamKennedy.

-Seniors Can Keep Their Minds Young Playing Video Games
Who would have thought that gunning down kamikaze pilots could keep youyoung? That's the finding of a new University of Florida study that showsthat playing video games helps senior citizens stay mentally alert. But youdon't have to tell that to residents of the Weinberg Village retirement homein Citrus Park, Fla., who are proving that conquering enemies in "Age ofEmpires" or "Medal of Honor" is no longer the domain of the young.

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-California is known as a friendly destination for gay travelers, and withthe state due to sanction same-sex weddings next week, it's really rollingout the welcome mat. The California Travel and Tourism Commission websiteis howcasing four dozen wedding locales and packages for gay honeymooners. ...] "There is no doubt that same-sex marriage and vacations toCalifornia will be good for the economy," tourism commission exec SusanWilcox said in a statement. Information on hotel packages and weddingsites — more are being added — is posted at

-A ruling yesterday by Providence, Rhode Island, Superior Court Justice Patricia A. Hurst should sound a cautionary note for same-sex couples fromaround the country (or the world, for that matter) planning to go toCalifornia to get married beginning next week. Of course, folkscontemplating marriage full intend and hope that their union will bepermanent -- "until death do us part," as they say -- but a little realismsuggests that some portion of those blissful unions will turn out to be notquite as blissful as anticipated, and the ability to dissolve the legalbond, distribute the property, etc., will become relevant some day to someportion of those who will be marrying.

-Opponents of same-sex marriage asked the California Court of Appeal todayto put on hold a ruling that permits gays to marry next week, a move thatsupporters of the ruling quickly belittled as frivolous and certain to fail. The California Supreme Court, which approved same-sex nuptials in a historicruling May 15, already has refused to delay the effective date of itsdecision. Opponents wanted the court to postpone the ruling's effect untilafter a November ballot initiative to limit marriage to opposite-sexcouples. The ruling becomes law June 16 at 5 p.m.

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-EU will include sexual orientation in discrimination directive
The European Commission has announced that disability, sexual orientation,religion or belief and age will be included in a new directive ondiscrimination.

-Northern Ireland gay groups to be honoured at Stormont reception
A Sinn Fein member of the Northern Ireland Assembly is to host a receptionfor gay rights groups at Parliament Buildings.

-Swedish "prince" accused of faking gay relationship
Gerard Bernadotte, the so called 'fake' Prince, is being sued by Lufthansaairlines for allegedly pretending to be in a gay relationship with flightattendants in order to qualify for reduced airfares.

-Police will allow Budapest Pride to go ahead along planned route
The chief of police in the Hungarian capital Budapest has agreed to let aPride march take place along its original route. Yesterday he facedinternational condemnation when he attempted to ban the event.

-Gay rugby world cup kicks off in Dublin
The Bingham Cup started in Dublin today with 32 teams competing for thebiggest prize in gay rugby. London team Kings Cross Steelers will take on opponents such as theNashville Grizzlies.

-New York turns to online video to promote safer sex
As HIV infections continue to rise in some sectors of New York's gaycommunity, NYU and Public Health Solutions this week debuted an innovativenew tool.

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-CA: Gay Unions Get Early Start
By Bobby Caina Calvan | Sacramento Bee
Yolo County will begin marrying same-sex couples the minute it is legal – atthe stroke of 5 o’clock Monday afternoon. Clerk-Recorder Freddie Oakley willclose her office for about an hour Monday afternoon so staff can loadgender-neutral marriage forms into county computer systems. Then, at 5 p.m.,she’ll start performing weddings for at least seven couples. “This is a bigevent for them, and we’re extending our hours to accommodate them,” saidBarbara Patenaude, Yolo County’s chief deputy clerk/recorder.

-Two Courts Go In Opposite Directions on ‘DADT’
By Eric Resnick | Gay People’s Chronicle
Boston–Two federal circuit courts have come to different conclusions about“don’t ask, don’t tell” in the last month, making a Supreme Court showdownmore likely if the law is not repealed first. The First Circuit Court ofAppeals in Boston upheld the measure this week, disagreeing with a NinthCircuit ruling that the military ban on open gays and lesbians may no longermeet constitutional muster since the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws. The Ninth Circuit’s May 22 opinion says the military must prove thatallowing openly gay and lesbian servicemembers is bad for morale and unitcohesion, and that the standard of proof was set very high by the top court’s2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling. The Lawrence decision declared sexualactivity between consenting adults of the same sex “private,constitutionally protected conduct.”

-Two Ohio Lawmakers Join New LGBT Equality Caucus
By Eric Resnick | Gay People’s Chronicle
Washington, D.C.–Two Ohio lawmakers are among the charter members of a Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus formed last week. Reps. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland and Betty Sutton of Akron, both Democrats, have joined in the venture led by openly lesbian and gay Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Barney Frank of Massachusetts with 61 others, including two Republicans. The caucus was launched on June 4. Baldwin spokesperson Jerilyn Goodman said that members of the caucus will work on educating other House members on issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Goodman said Baldwin has wanted to organize such a group for years, but the opportunity to do it came this session after the votes on hate crime legislation in May 2007 and on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in October.

-62% of RX Drugs Purchased On-Line are Fake: StudyPharma Times
62% of medicines purchased on-line are fake or substandard, and theseinclude drugs used in the treatment of serious conditions such ascardiovascular and respiratory diseases, neurological disorders and mentalhealth conditions, according to new research presented this month at theGlobal Forum on Pharmaceutical AntiCounterfeiting in Washington, DC.

-Transgender Rights Law Spread, Not Always Calmly
By David Crary | Associated Press Writer | Seattle Post Intellegencer
NEW YORK — As more state and local governments extend anti-bias protectionsto transgender people, fierce opposition is surfacing. In Colorado,conservatives contend a new state law will enable sexual predators tofrequent women’s bathrooms; in Maryland a “Not My Shower” campaign seeks tooverturn a comparable county law. Though frustrated by the resistance, andinsistent that the alarms are unfounded, transgender-rights activists areheartened by an overall trend toward greater protection under the law. Inthe past 15 years, 13 states and more than 90 cities and counties - home toroughly 40 percent of the U.S. population - have passed measures banningvarious types of discrimination against transgender people.

Equality Forum Announces 31 Icons for GLBT Month 2008 in October
Georgina Beyer Mark Bingham
Margarethe Cammermeyer Rachel Carson
Bertrand Delanoe Melissa Etheridge
Harvey Fierstein E.M. Forster
Allen Ginsburg Philip Johnson
Bill T. Jones Cleve Jones
Sheila Kuehl Tony Kushner
Greg Louganis Robert Mapplethorpe
Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon Margaret Mead
Michelangelo Rosie O’Donnell
Troy Perry Gene Robinson
Anthony Romero Randy Shilts
Stephen Sondheim Gianni Versace
Alice Walker Andy Warhol
John Waters Jann Wenner
Tennessee Williams

“From Renaissance artist Michelangelo to environmental pioneer RachelCarson, the 31 Icons for 2008 combined with the 62 Icons for GLBT HistoryMonth 2006 and 2007, are extraordinarily impressive,” stated Malcolm Lazin,Executive Director, Equality Forum. Each day in October 2008, an Icon isfeatured with a video, biography, bibliography and other educationalresources. The resources for GLBT History Month 2008 Icons will be availablein October at Educational resources for 2006 and2007 Icons are archived on the site. GLBT History Month Icon videos areexpected to be broadcast on Logo and here! and streamed on major gayportals. The videos are offered without charge to educational nstitutions,nonprofit organizations, for profit companies and the public.

-MI: Grand Rapids Kicks Off Pride with An Eye-Opening Film
by Sarah Mieras - Between The Lines News
Pride month in Michigan’s second largest city was ushered in with the publicviewing of the touching documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So” and a paneldiscussion. Sponsored by the Triangle Foundation, the film played to anearly full house at the Wealthy Street Theater on June 4. The 2007Sundance-nominated film was produced and directed by Daniel Karslake, andaims to illuminate the effects homophobia has on real people, while gentlycombating anti-gay Christian messages through a mix of interviews,animation, expert testimony and personal life stories.

-MI: K-Zoo Pride to Take Over Downtown
by Sarah Mieras | Pride Source
The Kalamazoo LGBT community is stepping into the spotlight with its firstdowntown Pride festival in recent memory on June 14. The “It’s A FamilyAffair” Pride festival is slated to rock the Arcadia Festival Site in thecenter of downtown Kalamazoo with live music, crafts for the kiddies, adoggy fashion show, drag show, and yes, a beer tent. Artists lined up forthe day include Grand Rapids’ lesbian folk rocker LVNMUZIQ, the Irishtraditional group Whiskey Before Breakfast and the R&B group The Movement.

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Firebombings of unwanted gypsies and immigrants, rising gay-bashing,xenophobia and racism, and a hegemonic right against which a left incollapse can do little: our Rome correspondent, veteran ex-pat journalistJudy Harris, delivers exclusively for DIRELAND a dissection of the currentpolitical situation in Italy under hard-right billionaire Prime MinisterSilvio Berlusconi and whether or not the word "fascist" may be correctlyapplied to it. Fausto Bertinotti, former Speaker of the parliament andleader of the Rifondazione Comunista, has opened the debat e. Read thisLetter from Rome by clicking on:

-Dublin's 25th Gay Pride opens tonight
Dublin's 25th Gay Pride festival opens tonight and will celebrate thechanges for the community over the last two decades. An 80s revival in TheGeorge on South Great Georges Street will open the 10-day fest, which isexpected to draw thousands of visitors to the city. Highlights include theDublin Pride Parade, to be held on June 21st to mark the Stonewall riots inNew York, a pride ceili, family sports day and night party. Some 10,000revellers are due to attend the parade, which is second in size only to thecapital's St Patrick's Day parade.

Urgent Marriage Alert by Libby Post
Just when you thought it was safe to board a flight to California to say “Ido” the Radical Christian Right wing nuts have come out of their closet withthreats of lawsuits and radio attack ads. Reaching a quick fever pitch withan “Urgent Marriage Alert,” the National Organization for Marriage has an adrunning on a local talk radio across New York. It starts with “Grandma, myteacher says if grandpa was a girl it’s okay, you can still be married . . .” A young girl contends that Adam and Eve and, essentially, God, areold-fashioned and a boy asks if Dad married a man, who would be his mom? The announcer then steps in with an “Urgent Marriage Alert”—likes there’s aweather-system of same-sex marriage spreading across the nation underminingevery straight married couple out there. He tells listeners that New YorkGovernor David Paterson “just ordered state officials to use our tax dollarsto help same sex couples evade New York’s marriage laws.”

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
Office of Equal Opportunity Finds Palm Beach County School District
Discriminates Against Employees With Domestic Partners
The Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) issued two rulingsearlier this week finding that the School District of Palm Beach Countydiscriminated against employees with domestic partners by charging excessivehealth insurance premiums. The OEO also reinforced that the SchoolDistrict was subject to the County's Equal Employment Odinance. "Districtadministrators have been under the mistaken belief for years that they didnot have to comply with the county's equal employment ordiance," said RandHoch, President of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. "Hopefullythese two rulings will now put an end to their discrimantory practices."

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-Getting a Campaign Job
Are you currently looking for a job on a campaign? Is your campaign readyto start hiring staff? Staffing can be a very frustrating experience forboth job seekers and campaign staffers. On June 25th DFA Night School isteaming up with Democratic GAIN to help you find the right campaign orstaffer for you or your campaign. Democratic GAIN is the premiere onlineclearinghouse for Campaigns looking to hire staff and activists looking forjobs. Democratic GAIN President Amy Pritchard will join us for an hour longdiscussion on the do's and don'ts of searching for the right campaign job.

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-Homophobia exists in all countries, but also manifests itself in differentways. In most the past soviet union countries (because of certain historicalevents and cultural traditions), homophobia, even if it seems imperceptible,is part of the social order. An exception of Belarus, where homophobia is apolitical question also. In Belarus, homophobia has long been a casualnature. Jokes about the gays and insults, after a load, steel,unfortunately, an integral part of our lives. Homosexuals if suddenly becomeaware of their orientation, can be beaten, to dismiss work, to hunt down atthe university.

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-What Women Want (Maybe)
LADIES! Behold the splendor of the nude male form: sleek and powerful, amiracle of sculpted sinew, striding confidently across the sand orstretching out before you in ever-uncoiling glory. On second thought,perhaps you'd prefer not to. So say scientists at the frontiers of researchon the eternal question of what women find erotic, the latest answer towhich seems to be: not naked guys, or at least not simply naked guys. "Forheterosexual women," a researcher, Meredith Chivers, says in a newdocumentary about bisexuality called "Bi the Way," which was shown at theNewFest film festival in New York last Friday, "looking at a naked manwalking on the beach is about as exciting as looking at landscapes."

-Please share this information with New York State residents
New York Governor David Paterson has opened a phone line to determine howmuch support there is for his directive to recognize same-sex marriages fromother states and countries. The call is simple and takes about 5 seconds.
Call: 1-518-474-8390
Here's what happens:
Person on the Other End of the Phone: "Executive Chamber, may I help you?"
You: "I want to voice my support for Governor Paterson's same-sex marriagedirective."
POTOEOTP: "OK, what's your New York zip code?"

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-Evangelicals rethink views on gays
Can the terms gay and evangelical coexist? More evangelical Christians aretrying to grapple with homosexuality without straying from traditionallyheld views that same-sex relationships violate God's word. A privateconversation between leaders of a gay-rights advocacy group called Soulforceand Willow Creek Community Church last Sunday could mark a significantturning point.,0,4891181.story


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-Ga. group aims to coax more seminarians to pulpit
They come from a host of Christian denominations, but one thing unites them:they are part of a shrinking number of theology students nationally who areinterested in taking over a pulpit rather than doing something else withtheir degrees.

-Bush, Pope Take Break In Calm Of Vatican Gardens
Pope Benedict gave George W. Bush an unprecedented welcome in thetranquility of the Vatican Gardens on Friday before the U.S. presidentresumed his campaign to rally European support for sanctions against Iran. Under tight security, Bush was driven from the bustle of Rome into theidyllic setting. As birds chirped, the two entered a restored medieval towerand held 30 minutes of private talks.

-Justices Rule Terror Suspects Can Appeal in Civilian Courts
The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered its third consecutive rebuff to theBush administration's handling of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, ruling 5to 4 that the prisoners there have a constitutional right to go to federalcourt to challenge their continued detention. The court declared unconstitutional a provision of the Military CommissionsAct of 2006 that, at the administration's behest, stripped the federalcourts of jurisdiction to hear habeas corpus petitions from the detaineesseeking to challenge their designation as enemy combatants.

-McCain and Obama Split on Justices' Guantánamo Ruling
The presidential candidates took differing positions Thursday on the SupremeCourt decision granting foreign terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay a rightto challenge their detention in civilian courts. Senator John McCainexpressed concern about the ruling, while Senator Barack Obama lauded it. Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama have both long advocated closing the Guantánamodetention center but have disagreed on the rights of prisoners there.

-Detention Camp Remains, but Not Its Legal Rationale
Despite the Supreme Court's decision stripping the legal premise behind the Guantánamo Bay detention center, it will not close today or any day soon.

-Justice 5, Brutality 4
The Supreme Court's most recent ruling was a good day for people who abhorPresident Bush's attempts to turn Guantánamo Bay into a constitutional-rights-free zone.

-Media and Critics Split Over Sexism in Clinton Coverage
Many in the news media see little need to reconsider their coverage of theClinton campaign.

-In Eastern Iowa, the City That 'Would Never Flood' Goes 12 Feet UnderThey said this city would never flood. They talked about 1993, and 1966 and1851, years when the Cedar River swelled and hissed but mostly stayed withinits banks. They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

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-Bush says West must stand with Afghanistan
President Bush said Friday that Europe and United States must hold firm in Afghanistan and never let it be a base for terrorists again. In a speechbilled by the White House as the centerpiece of his European trip, Bushurged allies to stand by the Afghanistan, where the ongoing conflict andredevelopment effort is often overshadowed by the war in Iraq.

--America's Gitmo Victory by Eugene Robinson
George W. Bush may not trust America's basic values and highest ideals, but I do. [....] It shouldn't be necessary for the Supreme Court to tell the president that he can't have people taken into custody, spirited to a remote prison camp and held indefinitely, with no legal right to argue that they've been unjustly imprisoned -- not even on grounds of mistaken identity. But the president in question is, sigh, George W. Bush, who has taken a chainsaw to the rule of law with the same manic gusto he displays while clearing brush at his Texas ranch.

-Democrats on the Rise by E. J. Dionne Jr.
A sharp shift toward the Democrats could prove decisive in November.

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-24-Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey
Economic Gloom on the Rise, But Some Positive Signs for U.S. Image
The latest Pew Global Attitudes survey of more than 24,000 people in 24countries finds some encouraging signs for America's global image for thefirst time this decade. Although views of the U.S. remain negativeoverall -- and many now worry about the U.S. economy's impact on their ownnational economy -- favorable views of the U.S. have increased modestlysince 2007 in 10 of 21 countries with comparative data. People around theworld are following the U.S. election closely -- and in most placessurveyed, express greater confidence in Obama than in McCain. Read more

-Values Voters
Gay Marriage Back on the Radar
While overall public opinion regarding gay marriage is more positive nowthan during the 2004 campaign, many Republicans and white evangelicalProtestants, in particular, remain staunchly opposed to allowing gays andlesbians to marry. Among these groups, unlike others in the electorate, gaymarriage has regained the importance as a voting factor that it held fouryears ago. Read more

-Sizing Up the 'Religious Left'
Questions and answers about the various groups that make up the religiousleft movement and the implications for the "religious right" in the comingelections. Read more

-Political History
Most Americans See a Black Nominee as Important for the Country
A solid majority says the nomination of an African American for president isimportant to the country, but racial and partisan divisions exist on thesignificance of Obama's historical achievement. Read more

-Clinton Question Drives Coverage
While Obama's primary win gave him the edge in quantity of coverage, Clintonwas the driving force in a media narrative that focused largely on what shewould do next. Themes revolving around the question of "what does Hillarywant" alone accounted for 29% coverage. Read more

-Popular Vote? States Take Aim at Electoral College
A movement is bubbling at the state level to ensure that future presidentsare the candidates who get the most votes nationwide. Read more

-Daily Number
43% - Obama Not Tough Enough on Foreign Policy
A sizable minority of voters (43%) say that Barack Obama would not be toughenough in dealing with foreign policy and national security issues aspresident; an equal number of voters say Obama's foreign policy would beabout right (43%). Check back every weekday for another number in the news. Check back every weekday for another number in the news. Read more

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-Crist's style called Republican Party's future
Florida Republicans get it, and they want the rest of the nation to watchand follow their lead. That was the message from Florida Republican partyleaders as they gathered in Orlando to honor Florida Republican governorsand tout their own winning formula.

-Poll: Many in world look to US election for change
People around the globe widely expect the next American president to improvethe country's policies toward the rest of the world, especially if BarackObama is elected, yet they retain a persistently poor image of the U.S.,according to a poll released Thursday.

-Joe Lieberman keeps twisting that knife
He campaigns for McCain, recruits independents and Democrats, swipes atObama -- and even parts with former party colleagues on some Senate votes. Joe Lieberman, Al Gore's partner on the 2000 Democratic presidential ticketbut now an independent, has turned into a major annoyance for Democrats inthis year's race for the White House.,0,814130.story?track=rss

-Obama camp creates website to fight rumors
Senator Barack Obama, dogged throughout the presidential race byInternet-driven smears, launched an aggressive campaign yesterday to fightthem head on, betting that the political benefit of debunking damagingrumors outweighs the risk of making them more visible.

-Obama moves DNC operations to Chicago
In a major shakeup at the Democratic National Committee -- and a departurefrom tradition -- large parts of the committee's operations are relocatingto Chicago to be fully integrated with the Obama campaign.

-A little 'whitey' lie?
Jobless women in Germany can't collect unemployment benefits if they declineto work at brothels. Black citizens will lose the right to vote unless 38states ratify an extension of the Civil Rights Act. Rapper 50 Cent's handwas surgically reattached after being slammed in a car door.,0,6286827.story


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-School Board Considers Selling WLRN
Selling Public Radio, TV Station Could Help Make Up $284 Million ProjectedWindfall
In an effort to help make up for a projected $284 million shortfall inMiami-Dade County's school budget, school board members are consideringselling the broadcast spectrum that is WLRN, the county's public radio andtelevision stations. With $136 million from the school budget already cut,the school board has been struggling to come up with a way to trim theremaining $148 million for the upcoming fiscal year. Licensed to Miami-DadeCounty Public Schools, WLRN TV-17 and WLRN 98.3 FM reaches an audience fromWest Palm Beach to Key West.

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-South Floridians help form gay equality caucus in Congress
Wasserman Shultz joins as a co-leader
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, is one of the leaders of thenewly formed House LGBT Equality Caucus. Wasserman Schultz, who said"lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Americans are awash in a sea ofinequality," is one of the new caucus' vice chairs.,0,6143454.story

-We'd better get used to expensive oil, analysts say
While consumers and governments struggle with steep oil prices, one of thebiggest questions looming over the global economy is this: Will costs evercome down? Unlike the energy crisis of the 1970s, when the world assumed thespike was temporary, high energy prices could be here to stay, according tooil experts.,0,2266273.story

-South Florida leads the state in prescription drug deaths
FDLE report finds S. Florida leads state
Prescription drug overdose deaths skyrocketed in South Florida last year,surpassing increases in the state overall. The Florida Department of LawEnforcement released on Thursday its yearly drug report outlining cases ofpeople who died with drugs in their system. The state saw sharp increases innearly every category of drug-related death, with the exception of heroinand cocaine.,0,247534.story

-Analyst paints rosy picture for S. Fla. real estate agents
Home prices in South Florida "easily" could be 20 percent to 30 percenthigher by 2013, the chief economist for the National Association of Realtorssaid Thursday.,0,1841150.story

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-Water wars -- South Florida style
On its face, the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement this weekthat the South Florida Water Management District's back-pumping of pollutedwater into Lake Okeechobee doesn't require a federal permit seems to be theopposite of what the EPA is supposed to do: Protect our water resources. After all, a federal judge in Miami ruled last year that under the CleanWater Act the district had to seek federal permits from the EPA before itcould move polluted water into the lake.

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-Green Gay Warriors
A winning day for the beach and its residents
Saturday, June 12, the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach (ECOMB) ishosting "The Big Sweep, " a beach clean-up competition designed to reducelitter along Miami-Dade's garbage-laden beaches. From 8am-2pm, volunteerswill target the section between South Pointe and 14th Street Beach,collecting the rubbish strewn along South Beach's most heavily populatedstrip.

-Top Dems come out against Amendment 2
Florida Red and Blue, the political action committee organized to fight theso-called marriage protection amendment, announced two major endorsements bytop Democrats, Sen. Barack Obama and Alex Sink, Florida Chief FinancialOfficer.

-Gay Prom Goes Green
Pridelines Youth Services hosts its 13th Annual Youth Prom June 13, a funand safe space for gay youth ages 13 to 20 to party and celebrate the end ofthe school year.

-Gay judge gets a Daytime Emmy nod
Miami native Judge David Young celebrates a year of compassionate justiceNow it's Judge David Young's turn to await a verdict--from Emmy voters. It'sbeen just over a year since the first openly gay judge on daytime televisionstepped off the bench of Miami-Dade Circuit Court to preside over hiscourtroom TV show, and he's celebrating his first anniversary on camera instyle with a Daytime Emmy nomination. "Judge David Young" is nominated for"Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program," but through all the excitement, a fewthings remain consistent: Judge Young's courtroom philosophy ofcompassionate justice, his desire to save the world, and his 13-yearsrelationship with his partner, Judge Scott Bernstein. Judge Young was "bornand raised in Miami," and it's where he and Scott still call home, alongwith their "four-legged child," a dog named Maggie.

-Local Artists Exhibit Pride
United & Proud Opens at Broward Co. Library
ArtsUnited, the local organization dedicated to promoting LGBT artists,opened its annual United & Proud 2008 exhibit last week at Gallery 6 in theBroward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. According to organizers, entries were not limited to a theme; instead theexhibition was designed to showcase local gay and lesbian artists during thetraditional Pride month. Works include photography, painting, 3-D/mixedmedia and drawing/print. United & Proud 2008 shares the gallery with theStonewall Library and Archives new exhibit, "Out of the Shadows: Gay Americafrom Kinsey to Stonewall" and will remain on view through June 27. For moreinformation, go to

-Take a stroll down memory lane (or, if you're a youngster learn somethingnew) reminiscing about Fort Lauderdale's gay history, at a meet & greet for"Greetings from the Gayborhood," written by Donald Reuter. "Gayborhood" isa nostalgic look at gay neighborhoods across the U.S., with Fort Lauderdaleplaying a major role in the tales; Reuter will be on hand to sign books andanswer questions. Sunday, June 15, at George's Alibi, 4:00 p.m., 2266Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors. 954-565-2526. LMC Interfaith Ministries, a newaffirming congregation under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lori Cardona, hasbegun meeting on the third Sunday of each month at the Atlantic Insitute ofOriental Medicine, 100 E. Broward Blvd., second floor, in Fort Lauderdale. The next service will be held on Sunday, June 15 at 10 a.m. For moreinformation, contact

-The Miami Gay Men's Chorus salutes the men and women of the armed serviceswith "By the Sword," June 13-15 at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road inMiami Beach. The musical program will address all of our nation's conflicts,as well as the soldiers from the LGBT community who have served theircountry. In these shows, chorus members occasionally jump off the risersand dance around, with some jazz-hands-infused choreography, proving onceagain that when they say "gay men's chorus," they really really mean it. "Above the fruited plain," indeed! For more information or tickets, go

-The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus presents "Rockin'with the Rhythm,"June 21-22 at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center. Artistic DirectorTodd Wiley promises an entertaining program with hits covering five decades.
For tickets, go to or call 954-462-0222.

-Melissa Etheridge takes the stage at Boca Raton's Mizner Park Amphitheatreon June 17 when her Revival Tour 2008 stops in South Florida. This is not tobe confused with the True Colors tour, as she is apparently notparticipating in that for some unbeknownst reason. Tickets are available or at the Mizner Park box office on the day ofshow.

-City Theatre's Summer Shorts Festival continues at Miami's Arsht Center forthe Performing Arts through June 22 before heading to Fort Lauderdale'sBroward Center, June 26-29. For the adult crowd, "UnderShorts," amini-series of plays for mature audiences (nudity and profanity) begins thisThursday, June 18. Be sure to catch UnderShorts in Miami because this newseries isn't making the trip to Broward. For more information or tickets, goto or call 305-365-5400.

Mark's List : A Guide to Your Weekend, Movies, Nightclubs and MORE DisneyPhotos!

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-A new tiff on Florida delegates
Party unity is on the agenda at the Florida Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson weekend. But first, before celebrating Barack Obama, they'll engage in alittle ritual bloodletting. The Obama campaign wants a new selection ofsome delegates to August's convention in Denver to reward supporters.,0,5961595.story?track=rss

-Florida's budget falls far short of praise
Gov. Charlie Crist didn't excise much from the 2008-09 state budget when hequietly signed it Wednesday. And he tried to put a happy face on thespending plan, praising it for being "balanced" and funding the state's"critical needs."

-Teachers union shuns Bogdanoff, endorses challenger
The Broward Teachers Union, which supported state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff,R-Fort Lauderdale, in her 2006 campaign against Democrat Chris Chiari, isendorsing the challenger in this year's rematch.

-Gov says he's blessed to have Carole
Buzz noticed that Gov. Charlie Crist gave a very public nod to hisgirlfriend Carole Rome, which might just be a first for the governor, atleast in a public speech. "Lt. Gov. (Jeff) Kottkamp and I are lucky guys. You're blessed with Cindy and I'm blessed with Carole, and that's a specialthing," Crist said during his speech at a Republican Party of Floridafundraiser on Thursday night.

-Column: As long as they don't cut football...
Here's my Thursday column. Each time I've written about Florida'suniversities in the past I've gotten a certain bit of reaction along thelines of, you know, them whiny liberal pointy-heads, good riddance,universities are bloated piles of nonsense, etc., etc. It's sometimesdiscouraging, but American society has always had a strong "know-nothing"streak in it, sneering at the importance of inquiry. We are pretty damnedsure of ourselves. I do think there is something especially off aboutFlorida. I've lived here 26 years, and never cease to marvel at the contrastwith my native North Carolina, where the much-praised state universitysystem was a revered institution.

-Will new law bring down price of textbooks?
The University of Florida has had little luck getting professors to provideadvance notice of the textbooks being used in their courses. Now they havea state law to force the issue, but some professors and textbook storeowners say the effort fails to address the problem of skyrocketing textbookprices.

Stonewall Library & Archives invites you:
Monday, June 16
Broward Main Library auditorium - 7p.m.
Chaired by John Coppola, curator of Out of the Shadows: Gay America fromKinsey to Stonewall
-William Mann, author of "Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped
Hollywood 1910-1969" and "Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines"
- Professor Fred Fejes, FAU, author of "Lesbians and Gay Men and thePolitics of Minority Identity"
- Dan Reuter author of "Greetings from the Gayborhood: A Nostalgic Look atGay Neighborhoods"
Also, Dan Reuter will be signing copies of his new book, "Greetings from theGayborhood: A Nostalgic Look at Gay Neighborhoods" at Georgies Alibi inWilton Manors on Sunday, June 15, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. A portion of theproceeds from books sold during the signing will be donated to Stonewall.

FILM SERIES Broward Main Library auditorium

June 18 7:00 pm
"Desert Hearts"

June 25 7:00 pm
"Brother Outside: The Life of Bayard Rustin"
"Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The William Haines Story"

This exhibition and its related programs were organized by Stonewall Library& Archives as part of its mission to collect, preserve and disseminatematerials related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture. Muchof the material featured in this exhibition was drawn from the StonewallLibrary & Archives collection. Generous support for this project wasprovided by Comcast, Pride South Florida, and the Stonewall Library &Archives staff and volunteers. The exhibition and its programs arecosponsored by the Broward County Library. Funding for this organization isprovided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners asrecommended by the Broward Cultural Council. For further information aboutthe exhibition, please contact:
Jack Rutland, Executive Director
Stonewall Library & Archives


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