Saturday, August 23, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - August 23, 2008

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New York Times
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-Modern Love
We'll Marry Each Other as Often as Needed
"Come to California," I said. "I will if you marry me," Ira replied. Thiswas two days before I was leaving for Los Angeles for work, and a week aftersame-sex marriage had been legalized there, making it reciprocally legal inNew York State, where we live. At the request of a lesbian couple, theCoquille Indian Tribe on the southern Oregon coast has adopted a lawrecognizing same-sex marriage. Tribal law specialists say the Coquilleappear to be the first tribe to sanction such marriages. Most tribal lawdoesn't address the issue. The Navajo and Cherokee tribes prohibit same-sexmarriages.

-8 States Cut From System That Tracks Rate of H.I.V.
Eight states and Puerto Rico will no longer receive federal money for anadvanced H.I.V. monitoring system that showed that the annual infection ratein the nation was 40 percent higher than previously estimated, officials atthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Washington Post
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-Oregon tribe to allow same-sex marriages
At the request of a lesbian couple, the Coquille Indian Tribe on thesouthern Oregon coast has adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage.Tribal law specialists say the Coquille appear to be the first tribe tosanction such marriages. Most tribal law doesn't address the issue. TheNavajo and Cherokee tribes prohibit same-sex marriages. The couple planningtheir wedding at the tribal plankhouse say they seek only tribal recognitionand are unconcerned about Oregon and federal prohibitions against gaymarriage.

-Leo Abse, 91; Led British Campaign For Gay Rights
Leo Abse, 91, a colorful Welsh politician who took a leading role inliberalizing laws on homosexuality and divorce, died Aug. 19 in London. Thecause of death was not announced. Mr. Abse, noted for his dandyish apparel,also won attention with books that attempted to apply psychoanalysis toMargaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.

-The Man With All the Medals Blows a Golden Opportunity
Before assessing the supremely unflattering Sports Illustrated cover thatcelebrates Olympian Michael Phelps's eight gold medals in Beijing, one thingmust be made clear: Phelps is an extraordinary athlete. He is an amphibiousmarvel. The man set an unprecedented goal for himself and then madeaccomplishing it look easy. He will undoubtedly serve as inspiration forgenerations of swimmers to come. All hail, Michael Phelps.

-Home Circumcisions Appealing to Christian Parents
Jewish Community's Mohels Infuse 'Holistic' Procedure With Spiritual MeaningMark Kushner pulled up to the Watson family's suburban Philadelphia home aweek after the birth of their first son, Colin. In the dining room, heunpacked the tools of his trade: sterilized surgical instruments, topicalanesthetic, prayer shawls and a small bottle of kosher wine.

-Protections Set for Antiabortion Health Workers
Opponents Denounce Proposed Regulation Allowing Federal Officials to PullFunding
The Bush administration yesterday announced plans to implement acontroversial regulation designed to protect doctors, nurses and otherhealth-care workers who object to abortion from being forced to deliverservices that violate their personal beliefs. The rule empowers federalhealth officials to pull funding from more than 584,000 hospitals, clinics,health plans, doctors' offices and other entities if they do not accommodateemployees who refuse to participate in care they find objectionable onpersonal, moral or religious grounds. "People should not be forced to sayor do things they believe are morally wrong," Health and Human ServicesSecretary Mike Leavitt said. "Health-care workers should not be forced toprovide services that violate their own conscience."

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-A Mormon site supports gays
Prompted by their church's support for a California initiative to ban gaymarriage, some Mormons are voicing opposition to the proposed ban on theInternet - saying in cyberspace what they might not be able to express inchurch buildings. MormonsforMarriage is one of a handful of Web sites tospring up since June, when top Mormon leaders distributed a letter to beread from California pulpits to call the faith's 750,000-plus members thereto contribute money and time to help pass Proposition 8.,0,1117840.story

-Neb. 'safe-haven' law allows abandonment of teens
Nebraska's new "safe-haven" law allowing parents to abandon unwantedchildren at hospitals with no questions asked is unique in a significantway: It goes beyond babies and potentially permits the abandonment of anyoneunder 19.,0,4739473.story

Express Gay News
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-Study states 10 percent of trans vets turned away from VA hospitals
An interesting study released today by the Palm Center at the University ofCalifornia, Santa Barbara, shows that transgender veterans face being turnedaway by Veterans Administration hospitals and medical facilities as well asfacing other forms of discrimination. The study, based on a surveyconducted by the Transgender American Veterans Association, is the first ofits kind, according to TAVA. Participating in the survey were 827 U.S.military veterans and active-duty personnel.

-Obama campaign unveils LGBT website
After recent polls came out showing that Sen. Barack Obama has a 58 pointlead over John McCain among LGBT voters, the Obama campaign has revved upits gay out reach with a new website and blog called Thesite is aimed at gay voters to point out the differences between thepresidential candidates in their stances on GLBT issues. Topics includeFederal hate crimes legislation, Don't Ask Don't Tell policies, and the needfor more inclusive measures to protect civil rights for all Americans.Visitors may get little information on Obama's views on same-sex marriage.The senator says he supports civil unions and not marriage.

-All eyes on Denver as Dems seek unity
Record number of openly gay delegates to participate in conventionTens of thousands of Democrats, including an estimated 360 openly gayparticipants, will flock to Denver next week for the 2008 DemocraticNational Convention.

-Farewell, Express Gay News-our final issue
New look, new name, and new vibe is on the way with "South?Florida Blade"And so it is time, dear readers, to say goodbye to Express Gay News. Today,August 21, 2008, marks the final edition of this version of our newspaper.Express Gay News is taking a trip to the media publications spa, so tospeak: we're having a few nips and tucks to freshen up our image and makethings look pretty. We're changing our name, to "South Florida Blade," andwe're launching new graphics and colors and layout concepts. Our web sitewill start fresh and new as well, also with the new look and the new name.But fret not-we won't be on hiatus, the new paper will unroll next week,keeping us on our publishing schedule. What's in store, you ask? It'snatural to be curious. You'll have to come back next week to see.

-Bitch Session
I think it's high time we started beating the crap out of random straightboys. Better yet, pull a "Dexter" and track down those who deserve it. Aw,is that mean? Meeting up with them in public bathrooms does not mean thatyour churchgoing friends and white male Republicans are more accepting, justhorny and out for a thrill before they go home to their wives and families.

-Extra Signatures Turned In For Gay Adoption Ban Initiative
The group backing a proposed gay adoption ban says it has enough signaturesthis time to get it on the November ballot. But even if the Arkansas FamilyCouncil has enough signatures the initiative could land in the courts beforeyou vote on it.

-Wales: Guide for victims of hate crime
Victims of homophobic hate crime are being encouraged by police and a gayrights group to report attacks on them. Stonewall Cymru believes attacks ongay, lesbian and bisexual people in Wales are underreported.

-Hitchcock says no to $100,000 offer
Donald Hitchcock, the plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit against theDemocratic National Committee, has rejected a settlement offer of $100,000made in mediation with the defendants, PageOneQ has learned. The partieswill continue trying to work out their differences when mediation continueson September 11. Because of confidentiality agreements related the case,sources requested anonymity.

-Beijing's homosexuals live in the shadows
The Beijing Olympics have not changed anything for Benjamin Han. He is stillgay, still single and still compelled to hide his orientation from publicview. The 28-year-old employee of a large international public relationsfirm is one of an estimated 5 million to 10 million gay men in China wholive, for the most part, in the shadows.

-Transgender journalist caught in Wikipedia edit war
Ina Fried, the veteran technology reporter and a regular source of goodMicrosoft dish, is very open about her status as a transgender woman -- herCNET blog is titled "Beyond Binary." She knows she's female. But some usersof Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia any bigot can edit, aren't convinced.An anonymous Wikipedia user in Knoxville, Tenn. however, refuses to accepthers as the last word on the subject, and has been changing pronouns from"she" to "he" on Fried's listing with repeated edits in the last six weeks.The justification offered: I am a med student with an additional major inClinical Psychology. Ina's self-proclaimed gender is debatable (and anydebatable factoids should be left out of an encyclopedic entry).

-McCain Antoinette
"If there be no bread, let them eat cake" - Marie Antoinette. Thehistorical portrait of Marie Antoinette is one of legendary excess anddisconnection to the common man. When confronted with a starving populace,myth has it that she blithely responded with the line above- notunderstanding that perhaps working class people did not have the luxuries inlife she had come to know and depend on.

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-Who we need at the top: Notes from our leaders, writers, activists andcelebs
We're not going to have a gay president - at least, not this time around.But where would an openly gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgender appointeeor elected official make the most difference during the next administration?

-Vanasco: Quick take on Biden and gay issues
I'm at the airport, heading to the DNC. But I thought you might find thisuseful, from
Lesbian and Gay Rights - Everything But Marriage:
Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, but has been quoted assaying "I don't know why we should be frightened of [same-sex marriage]."Although he sees same-sex marriage as a likely inevitability, he has nottaken the step of actually supporting it. Instead, he supports a civilunions policy that would grant the same legal rights. He also supports theEmployment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal hate crime legislationthat includes sexual orientation and gender identity as protectedcategories, and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

-Groups planning court fight over Ark. anti-gay adoption measure
A group fighting a proposed ballot measure to ban adoptions by unmarriedcouples living together are preparing to take their battle to court.Arkansas Families First, the group fighting the adoption ban, said that ifthe question is certified for the ballot, it will go to court.

-Canadian AIDS researcher given France's highest honor
(Montreal, Quebec) A leading Canadian AIDS researcher has been awardedFrance's highest honor. Dr. Mark Wainberg was named a Chevalier, or knight,of the Legion d'honneur for his work fighting the spread of AIDS and HIV.

The Advocate
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-Nebraska Wrestlers Broke Rules Before
University of Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne says the two wrestlersdismissed last week after appearing on a pornographic website had run afoulof NCAA rules on a previous occasion.

- Poll: Most Americans Would Support Gay Presidential Candidate
Following an Advocate article pondering the electability of an openly gaycandidate for president, a new nationwide poll from Zogby Internationalfound that 65% of likely voters would support an openly gay person to serveas president of the United States if they believed he or she was the mostqualified person for the post.

-Jindal Lets Louisiana Nondiscrimination Policy Lapse
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will not renew an antidiscrimination orderput in place by his predecessor when it expires Friday, the Associated Pressreports. The policy, sanctioned by then-governor Kathleen Blanco in 2004by executive order, bars state agencies and contractors from harassing anddiscriminating against employees based on race, religion, gender, sexualorientation, national origin, political affiliation, or disabilities. Jindaltold reporters Wednesday that because state and federal laws prohibitdiscrimination, he did not feel an executive order was necessary. However,neither federal nor Louisiana law protects against discrimination based onsexual orientation or gender identity. He said he was also concerned thatfaith-based organizations could not contract with the state under Blanco'sorder.

-Mormon Supporters of Gay Unions Take to the Web
Prompted by their church's support for a California initiative to ban gaymarriage, some Mormons are voicing opposition to the proposed ban on theInternet -- saying in cyberspace what they might not be able to express inchurch buildings.

-GOP Faces Hard Choices in Bid for Revival
The Republican Party that strode confidently into New York City to nominatePresident Bush for a second term in 2004 would hardly recognize the one thatopens its national convention September 1 in St. Paul, Minn.

-Many, Many Points for Us
It was a good week for gays in the news as Ellen and Portia marry, RachelMaddow gets her own TV show, even Karl Rove says same-sex marriage is nolonger a wedge issue, and Esquire asks the question, "What makes a lesbiantop?"

-Beijing in Pictures
On assignment for Amnesty International, out former NBA player John Amaechiand out photographer Jeff Sheng report from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.When former NBA star John Amaechi, who was raised in England, acceptedassignments from Amnesty International (where he serves as a spokesperson)and the BBC (where he provides basketball commentary) to cover the 2008Olympic Games in Beijing, he knew exactly who he wanted as a travellingcompanion. His friend Jeff Sheng is ethnically Chinese, fluent in thelanguage, and has spent more than a year living and traveling mainland Chinaas a foreign exchange student and frequent visitor. Sheng is also somethingof a wunderkind. At 27 his arresting photographs have appeared in more than20 exhibits across the country, including at Yale University and as part of"LA25," a select group of diverse artists showing October 8 to November 16at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Hollywood. And he's a visitingprofessor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marriage Equality News
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-Bob Barr -- "From Public Enemy No. 1 to gay rights advocate?"
Local resident Rob Calhoun and his husband, Clay, were devastated whenCongress passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, the same year Georgiapassed its own law against gay marriage. "We were so demoralized," RobCalhoun said. "But we were also shocked the community didn't come togethermore [to oppose it]. There was an apathy about marriage equality in themid-1990s. Nothing like we see now." The gay rights movement's increasedfocus on marriage isn't the only change since 1996. Bob Barr sponsored theDefense of Marriage Act when he served in Congress as a Republicanrepresenting Georgia's 7th District. Now running for president as aLibertarian, Barr advocates repealing part of the law.

-Republican officials leaving party over social issues
A wave of GOP state legislators and other officials is defecting from theRepublican Party, exposing the role that an increasingly hard line on socialissues may be playing in driving out moderates. The departures weaken theGOP as it confronts another challenging election. "I don't think RonaldReagan would recognize the party anymore," Wisconsin state Rep. Jeff Woodtold the Chippewa Herald on July 8.

-Arizona Secretary of State goes to court to avoid mention of existing lawagainst freedom to marry
Secretary of State Jan Brewer has gone to court to keep from having to tellArizona voters that same-sex marriage is already illegal under state law.Brewer wants a judge to rule that the only thing she needs to tell voters isthat approval of Proposition 102 would amend the state constitution todefine marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

-"Member of European Parliament plans campaign to have UK civil partnershipsrecognised in Europe"
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Sharon Bowles hasrevealed plans to campaign for the recognition of UK civil partnerships(CPs) in other EU states. At present, the French equivalent of a civilpartnership, known as a pacte civil de solidarité (PACS) is fully recognisedin Britain, but France does not recognise UK CPs.

-NY: County board overturns ruling that prevented recognition of same-sexcouples
The Otsego County Board of Representatives voted late Wednesday night tonullify an amendment to the county's employee health plan that excludessame-sex spouses and others from coverage. There was no dissension as allattending representatives voted to strike down a change in language made byTreasurer Myrna Thayne that listed civil union partners, same-sex spouses ordomestic partners of county employees as ineligible for health carecoverage.

-Opinion: "Same-sex marriage debate is similar in California and Germany"
Few topics on either side of the Atlantic are as emotionally charged as thequestion of same-sex marriage. Germany is following with great interest theCalifornian debate on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent judgment and theimpending referendum on same-sex marriage. In my position as the justiceminister of Germany, I am quite familiar with the arguments and attitudesboth for and against providing same-sex couples with a legal framework -something I learned when I proposed improved rights for registered lifepartnerships in Germany. A visible sign that the important thing in thesedeliberations is love is the rainbow flag that flew over the Hamburg CityHall from July 31 to Aug. 3 to commemorate the local gay pride celebration.While the rainbow flag can be seen flying from several German city halltowers on Christopher Street Day (as the day commemorating the beginning ofthe gay liberation movement is called in Germany), this year was the firsttime the flag flew over Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany. Theevent was the result of a political agreement between the parties that formthe local government, which is led by the Christian Democratic Union. TheCDU is Germany's leading conservative party, and its attitude towardcreating a legal foundation for registered same-sex partnerships has rangedfrom reluctance to rejection.

-Hill vote on D.C. gun law alarms gay activists, casts doubt on marriage
A decision by House Democrats to allow a vote next month on a proposal togut the city's handgun law has stunned local home rule advocates and couldforetell a congressional overturn of a future same-sex marriage bill,according to city hall insiders. Developments surrounding proposed Houseaction to weaken the city's controversial handgun law come at a time whensome gay activists are urging Mayor Adrian Fenty and the D.C. Council toapprove legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the District. Members ofthe Council are said to be considering introducing a same-sex marriage billnext year.

Pink News - UK
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-Lawrence King's school records obtained for accused teen's defence case
The school records of murdered gay teenager Lawrence King have been releasedto the lawyer defending the student accused of killing him. Mr King, 15,who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing to school, was shot inthe head on 12th February during a lesson, allegedly by Brandon McInerney,14, his classmate at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.

-Concerned Women for America claim gay greeting cards are detrimental tochildren
Senior members of Concerned Women for America (CWA) have condemnedHallmark's marketing of greeting cards aimed at gays and lesbians.

-COMMENT: Stonewall FC to win Gay Football World Championship?
The British team Stonewall FC is strongly tipped to win the Gay FootballWorld Championship which opens in London this Sunday, 24th August writesPeter Tatchell

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-Judges loved it; fairgoers didn't
Prize-winning photo removed from display after complaints that it was too racy
Indiana State Fair officials removed a first-prize wedding photo from adisplay at the fair because the bride and groom were too close for someviewers' comfort. The photo was removed Thursday, a week into the fair,said spokesman Andy Klotz. He said the decision came in response to two orthree complaints officials heard each day about the photograph.

-Lesbian Festival Tickets on Sale!
Make sure you don't miss this year's Ohio Lesbian Festival, on September 13,2008 in Kirkersville Ohio at Frontier Ranch. Entertainment on two stages,workshops, merchant area, and more all for one low price! Pre-sale Ticketsare $35 and Senior and Student tickets are $30. Buy early and save money.All tickets are $40 on the day of the festival. You can purchase ticketson-line at our website,

Letter: As the parent of a young man who happens to be gay, I know thestresses my son went through in middle and high school. Luckily, he had astable home life and stable parents. Apparently, Larry King and BrandonMcInerney had neither. As you report, both boys were under terrible dailystress where they lived and were schooled. Although California provideslegal protections for gay students and mandates fairness in schooladministration, human beings implement these protections. Unfortunately,local schools resisted offers from the local Ventura chapter of Parents,Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to provide speakers tohelp educate staff and students before the shooting. Nor did local schoolsemulate the model gay and lesbian support program, called Project 10,offered by the neighboring Los Angeles Unified School District, only 50miles away. Sometimes, 50 miles is a world away when tragedy strikes.
Steve Krantz, Director
PFLAG Southern Pacific Region
Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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-Deb Price: Librarian champions intellectual freedom
Veteran of book challenges resists efforts at censorship
Weddings are supposed to be joyful occasions. But reading about UncleBobby's big day in a children's book upset a grownup library patron.Fortunately, a calm and wise librarian, James LaRue, was there to guide thepatron through the dark emotional woods that can be very scary after readingsomething unsettling. That interaction recounted on LaRue's MYLIBLOG -- hastouched countless lovers of books and intellectual freedom.


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NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - August 23, 2008

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-Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate
Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware tobe his running mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and alongtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, Mr. Obamaannounced in text and e-mail messages early Saturday.

-For McCains, a Public Path but Private Wealth
When Senator John McCain is in Washington, he lives in a luxury high-risecondominium in Arlington, Va., owned by his wife, Cindy Hensley McCain. Mrs.McCain also owns their condos in Phoenix, San Diego and Coronado, Calif.,and their vacation compound near Sedona, Ariz. And it is the beer business,Hensley & Company, she inherited from her father that is the source of theMcCain family fortune.

-Editorial: Beijing's Bad Faith Olympics
The Beijing Olympics still have one more day to run. But the final goldmedal - for authoritarian image management - can already be safely awardedto China's Communist Party leadership.

-Op-Ed Columnist: McCain's Drill Appeal
Mr. Obama, I'm stunned. You've allowed John McCain to use the energy issueto steal your momentum and erase your lead in the polls. McCain told Americathat we needed to explore all our options to solve the energy crisis,including drilling offshore. He said that you disagreed. He summed up hisargument in a powerful little phrase: "Drill here and drill now." Brilliant!

-Editorial: Taking On the Traffickers
The Federal Trafficking and Victims Protection Act of 2000 was an ambitiousattempt to rescue women and children who are smuggled into the country assex slaves and to step up prosecution of the pimps and traffickers who drivethis ghastly business. It has fallen short on both counts.

-Editorial: Mr. Johnson Steps Up
We have had very little good to say about Stephen Johnson, the administratorof the Environmental Protection Agency who has refused to stand up to theWhite House or industry on important issues involving clean air and climatechange. Yet he clearly deserves credit for asserting his authority in twoclean water cases where the Army Corps of Engineers was on the verge ofcausing environmental damage.

-Despite Pullout, Russia Envisions Long-Term Shift
MOSCOW - As the Russian Army withdrew most of its forces from Georgia, itwas becoming ever more clear on Friday that Moscow had no intention ofrestoring what once was - either on the ground or diplomatically.

-The Olympics over, China counts medals and respect
BEIJING (AP) -- In the heady, waning days of Beijing's Olympics, youngChinese took to greeting each other gleefully: ''How many gold medals havewe won today?''

-News Analysis: After Musharraf, U.S. Struggles to Find New Pakistan AllyAgainst Taliban
Now that Washington's close friend, President Pervez Musharraf, is gone, thequestion is this: who among the array of characters in the politicalfirmament here will America turn to in the messy fight against an emboldenedTaliban?

-2 Withdraw From Petition to Rethink Drinking Age
Two college presidents, both in Georgia, have withdrawn their names from apetition to reconsider the legal drinking age after it drew blisteringcriticism this week from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, safety experts,transportation officials and politicians.

-Mixed Results on Paying City Students to Pass Tests
Offered up to $1,000 for scoring well on Advanced Placement exams, studentsat 31 New York City high schools took 345 more of the tests this year thanlast. But the number who passed declined slightly, raising questions aboutthe effectiveness of increasingly popular pay-for-performance programs inschools here and across the country.

Washington Post
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-Deepak Chopra: Founder and president of the Alliance for a New HumanityFaith Quizzes Get an F
For me, the God quiz that Barack Obama endured with barely concealed sweatypalms and that John McCain breezed through with seasoned casualness has noplace in American politics. Rick Warren is a feel-good preacher who softenedthe interrogation and administered no canings, but that's irrelevant. Toclaim that "faith and politics" is different -- and more acceptable -- than"church and state" is semantic sleight of hand. The reason that anycontemporary presidential candidate is forced to suffer the indignity ofconfessing his religious beliefs in public goes back to the Reaganrevolution. Pandora's box was opened by the right wing in 1980, admittingnot just inappropriate matters of religion into political life but alsomaking acceptable a range of prejudice, bigotry, and divisiveness that hadbeen banished by an era of liberal social legislation. Reagan, after all,was the president who, if left to his own devices, would have let thousandsmore AIDS victims die through neglect and lack of funding for basic medicalresearch. The implicit reason, well understood by the right and endorsed byfundamentalists, was that gays deserve what they get if they pursue alifestyle that doesn't match right-wing Christian ideology. Minorities,women, immigrants, and progressivism in general were given the same backhand.

-What Rick Warren Should Have Asked
Even a cable TV commentator could watch Saturday's Saddleback Church CivilForum and figure out why John McCain did so well. In a sanctuary filled withconservative evangelicals, McCain decided to preach to the choir whileBarack Obama decided to talk to the pastor. Obama had a conversation;McCain's goal was conversion. Fortunately for McCain, Karl Rove could nothave designed a better set of questions for him. In his opening remarks,Rev. Rick Warren, Saddleback's pastor and forum moderator acknowledged that"faith is just a worldview and everybody has some kind of worldview and it'simportant to know what they are." Intentionally or not, understandably ornot, Warren's questions were grounded in the priorities and worldview ofAmerican cultural conservatives.

-New Data: Impact of Biden
Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate is unlikely toshake-up the presidential horse race. In a new Washington Post-ABC News pollcompleted last night, three-quarters of voters said picking Biden would notsway their votes one way or the other. And about as many said they would bemore apt to support Obama with Biden on the ticket as said the choice wouldmake them less likely to vote Democratic on Election Day (13 to 10 percent).

-Convicted Of Charisma
"On Thursday, as the convention moves from the indoor Pepsi Center to MileHigh, an open-air football stadium, Democrats will have to balance theirdesire to spotlight Obama's enthusiastic following with concern that imagesof a cheering throng will ratify Republican attacks on the candidate as aglitzy but untested celebrity." -- The Post, Aug. 14
It's not completely crazy for a political party to worry that a campaignevent could be too successful. In Britain in 1992, the Labor Party wasleading in all the polls until just a few days before the election, when italso staged a huge rally in a football stadium (different kind of football,of course). British voters punished Labor's leader, Neil Kinnock, forseeming complacent and overconfident and delivered an upset victory toConservative Prime Minister John Major. The rally was regarded as "tooAmerican."

-They Can Only Go So Far
The world's bullies are throwing their weight around. But history isn't ontheir side. Are we entering the age of the autocrat? It's certainlytempting to think so after watching Russia's recent clobbering of Georgia.That invasion clearly marks a new phase in world politics, but it's amistake to think that the future belongs to Russian strongman Vladimir Putinand his fellow despots.

-Who Needs Russia?
The United States should make a clear-eyed assessment of the fruits ofstrategic cooperation. ON THURSDAY, while overseeing his country'scontinuing occupation of neighboring Georgia, Russian President DmitryMedvedev found time to meet with visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Mr. Assad, who is under suspicion of ordering the murder of politicalopponents in Lebanon, lavishly praised Russia's invasion of Georgia andasked for more Russian weapons. Mr. Medvedev acceded to this request,according to his foreign minister.

-The Overthinking Obama
Abortion is back with, dare we say it, biblical vengeance. Republicansrecently have focused on Barack Obama's opposition years ago to "born alive"legislation in Illinois that mirrored federal legislation aimed at grantingpersonhood to a fetus or baby that was alive after removal from its mother'sbody, either by abortion or premature birth.

-U.S. Halts Self-Deportation Project
In 3-Week Test, Just 8 Illegal Immigrants Volunteered to LeaveDespite drawing only eight volunteers, a three-week pilot program that urgedsome illegal immigrants to turn themselves in for deportation was not afailure, U.S. authorities declared yesterday.

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-A dream reawakened
Obama poised to accept candidacy 45 years after King's historic speechKetley Blaise Williams believes. The 50-year-old West Palm Beachbusinesswoman already has her plane ticket to Washington, D.C., for theJanuary 2009 presidential inauguration.,0,1813521.story

-Neb. 'safe-haven' law allows abandonment of teens
Nebraska's new "safe-haven" law allowing parents to abandon unwantedchildren at hospitals with no questions asked is unique in a significantway: It goes beyond babies and potentially permits the abandonment of anyoneunder 19. While lawmakers may not have intended it, the month-old lawraises the possibility that frustrated parents could drop off misbehavingteens or even severely disabled older children with impunity.,0,4739473.story

-Tips for saving money on prescription drugs
Switch to generic drugs if your doctor approves it; generic drugs usuallycost less than equivalent brand names. Buy three-month supplies throughyour pharmacy or mail-order service.,0,918955.story

-Medicare costs cause some to stop meds
Many people in Medicare with diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronicconditions stop taking their medicine when faced with picking up the entirecosts of their prescriptions, researchers say. About 3.4 million older anddisabled people hit a gap, known as the doughnut hole, in their Medicaredrug coverage in 2007. When that happened, they had to pay the entire costsof their medicine until they spent $3,850 out of pocket. Then, insurancecoverage would kick in again.,0,2399914.story

Miami Herald
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-FTC pulls plug on annoying `robo calls'
The Federal Trade Commission this week adopted a new rule that will prohibittelemarketers from calling households with prerecorded messages -- except incases where consumers have given the caller written consent to dial theirnumber.

-EQUAL RIGHTS: Losers, line up for your awards, please
Once more we prepare to honor our foremothers by celebrating the anniversaryof the passage of women's suffrage. Each year, in advance of Aug. 26, ourone-woman committee gathers to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to thosestalwarts who have done the most in the past year to set back the cause ofwomen.

Thoughtful questions, candid answers
First I spent long moments trying to decide upon my greatest moral failing.Then I spent longer moments asking myself whether I'd really want to sharethat failing with an audience of millions. So much for playing along athome.

-IN MY OPINION: John Edwards is the new Clinton, Spitzer, Craig
There is obviously no way to quantify this, but I regard Bill Clinton as themost thoroughly humiliated person in all of human history. Who else evencomes close? There is obviously no way to quantify this, but I regard BillClinton as the most thoroughly humiliated person in all of human history.Who else even comes close?

The Advocate
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-Gay-baiting Ads Get Their Due
Writer Bob Garfield takes issue with intolerance being used as marketing.
Clad in bright yellow short shorts, a speed-walker swishes down thesidewalk. Suddenly Mr. T drives up in a truck and machine-guns the walkerwith a Snickers bar, calling him a "disgrace to the man race," then imploresviewers to "get some nuts!" This is the latest questionable commercialcreated by Omnicom Group advertising agencies. You may know their work: Theywere behind the 2007 Super Bowl Snickers spot that showed two men freakingout after accidentally kissing -- and attacking each other with wrenches inan alternative online version. And in a Dodge ad from another Omnicomagency, a macho man snidely calls a male Tinker Bell-like character a "sillylittle fairy," only to have the pixie turn him into a sweater-cladmetrosexual -- a silly little fairy in his own right.

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WASHINGTON ? Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vicepresidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with aseasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defenseissues. Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two menand an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly afterward thatsaid, "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee." Biden, 65,has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots,a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times notonly as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of theJudiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation,Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.

-College presidents' petition sparks national debate
The college presidents said they wanted a national debate on the 21-year-olddrinking age. They got it. For years, former Middlebury College PresidentJohn McCardell has been criticizing the law, saying it only encourages bingedrinking and pushes alcohol into the shadows.

-PROJECT GREEN: Saving the Everglades
The engine that spurred restoration of a dying eco-treasure
On a sweltering day in June, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist convened a pressconference at the edge of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge near PalmBeach to make a blockbuster announcement. The state, he declared, had agreedto buy the U.S. Sugar Corp. for $1.75 billion in a bold effort to acceleraterestoration of the Everglades. The company's vast swath of land wouldprovide a "missing link" reconnecting Lake Okeechobee with marshlands to thesouth that depend on it for nourishment. Widely hailed by environmentalists,the deal nevertheless came as a shock to most of them. But not to the folksat the Everglades Foundation, a tiny conservation group that was dialed into the negotiations months earlier. At the June announcement, itsrepresentatives were already armed with gleaming press kits touting thebuyout proposal.

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-AP Says Biden Accepts Dem. VP Nom.
Neither Camp Confirms Choice
A Democratic official said Sen. Joe Biden will be Sen. Barack Obama's vicepresidential nominee. An unnamed source close to the Obama camp said Bidenwas asked -- and accepted -- the vice presidential nomination, TheAssociated Press reported.


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FLORIDA DIGEST - August 23, 2008

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-Six gay films come to town
After stints in New York and Los Angeles, TLA Releasing is bringing itsmini-fest of six gay-themed films to Fort Lauderdale.Running today through Thursday at Sunrise Cinemas Gateway (1820 E. SunriseBlvd.), the series features everything from comedy to suspense to romance.(Although there is one constant: It seems most of the movie postersprominently feature a shirtless man.) To see a trailer of the lineup, checkout For a schedule and information, go or call 954-763-7994.,0,6865635.story

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--Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to screen 'Boystown' and 'Anatomy of anIcon' in Fort Lauderdale

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-Farewell, Express Gay News-our final issue
New look, new name, and new vibe is on the way with "South?Florida Blade"

-SoFla in Gay World Series
Plus: Charitable laughs, festivals of films
Several local softball teams are heading to Seattle for the 2008 GaySoftball World Series, Aug. 23 - 30. More than 4000 athletes are expectedfor the tournament, which is the pinnacle of the North American Gay AmateurAthletic Alliance season. Former Army officer Grethe Cammermeyer andpro-football player Dave Kopay will be the featured guests at the openingceremonies. In open division play, South Florida will be represented AlibiC-5 (A Division); Bill's Raptors and Scandals Maulers (B Division); Rosie'sBlue Ice and Sidelines Cyclones (C Division); and Paladin Knights (DDivision). For more information or scores, go to

-Fort Lauderdale travel agent flees
Broward Circuit Judge Michael L. Gates issued a warrant for Jacob Torossian,the former owner of Rita Olwell Travel Agency in Fort Lauderdale, when hefailed to show up for a hearing Aug. 14. Torossian pled guilty to threefelony counts of grand theft May 12. He was convicted of raking up more than$200,000 in false credit card charges, arranging fake trips and pocketingthe money. In several cases Torossian billed clients for cruises, but whenthey showed up they found that the agency had never booked their tickets.

-After closure gym nets no takers
Main Street Gym landlord wants to keep a fitness facility, but has yet tofind a buyer
Two days after Broward Sheriff's deputies locked the doors of the MainStreet Gym in Wilton Manors, the front door was unlocked and ajar. The gym'sair conditioning - for months out of order - kept the now-empty business acool 79 degrees.

-Relationships redux
Sol Theatre scores win with "Blowing Whistles"
Years ago, it was very trendy for directors to change the location orcontext of a classic play or opera, in an attempt to force audiences tofurther delve into the playwright's or composer's deepest message.Shapespearian dramas were set in modern day suburbs; characters written asminorities were portrayed by white actors; details were adjusted, to(theoretically) make the productions more pertinent to local audiences.

Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South Florida (GLCC) eVOICE
Ft. Lauderdale

3030 Holiday Drive
Christina Wan's - 664 N. Federal Highway
Galanga Thai Kitchen - 2389 Wilton Drive
Java Boys - 2230 Wilton Drive
Catalina Restaurant - 1611 N. Federal Hwy
The Melting Pot - 1135 N. Federal Highway
One Tea Lounge - 2037 Wilton Drive
Primavera - 830 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Rendez Vous - 1576 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Rosie's Bar & Grill - 2449 Wilton Drive
The Usual Place - 3045 N. Federal Highway

Thank you to the Broward County Convention Center for hosting and sponsoringthe July Founder Circle Reception. Click on these two links to view thepictures from Steve Shires:

-Mike Trost will host the second annual fundraising event at his home forthe GLCC.
Last year Mike raised $25,000 to support the programs and services of theGLCC. This year the goal is $40,000. Cost is only $100 to enjoy greatfood, drink, Silent Auction with great items, and much more. For moreinformation contact Robert Boo, Development Director, at 954.463.9005

Our next Founder Circle Reception will be on Thursday, August 28 on the newGLCC Campus. To learn more about the Founder Circle membership and how youcan get invited to these great networking events, contact Robert Boo,Development Director at or 954.463.9005.

Lavender Events, the new women's committee established by the Gay andLesbian Community Center (GLCC) of South Florida is pleased to announce itsfirst dance! Lavender Events is comprised of lesbian, bisexual andtransgendered women who take an active interest in the south Floridacommunity. "I Am What I Am, So Come As You Are" is the theme of this eventwhich will take place at the GLCC, 1717 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdaleon Saturday, August 30 from 8-midnight. DJs Rae Rae and Gemini from New Moonwill be playing a variety of music for all ages. The cost is $12 at the doorwhich includes 2 drinks and snacks or $10 in advance. Advance tickets can bepurchased by contacting Janet Vargas at 954.463.9005. For furtherinformation regarding the dance, other events or volunteering, pleasecontact Janet Vargas at 954-463-9005 or

The NAMES Project South Florida Chapter of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will beshowing over 300 12 x 12 foot sections beginning the week of September 8thand continuing thru December5th 2008. The majority of these sections willbe displayed during the NMAC conference being held at the Broward ConventionCenter Sept 18th-20th,.6 hotels along 17th street causeway and Ft.Lauderdalebeach have requested Quilt to be hung in their lobby during this time.Additional displays are being scheduled for both Miami International Airportand the Ft.Lauderdale Airport. After the conference a portion the displaywill continue to the Galleria Mall for display and WPB Compass in observanceof World AIDS Day. We are in need of volunteers to help inventory, hang inthe hotels and pack up for transport to other destinations and displaysafter the conference. We will be hosting a volunteer training on SaturdaySeptember 13 from 1 - 3PM at the GLCC 1717 N Andrews Ave. If you areavailable and would like to help please contact Jodi at our web or e-mail, We can alsobe reached at 954-599-7782. Please leave your contact information and wewill get back to you as quickly as possible.

From Clarence Brooks
Boca Raton
I've helped add a few more seconds to my mother's 15 minutes of fame when Inominated her for the Mom-of-the-Month in Instinct Magazine (August Issue,page 15) which is just out on magazine newsstands now. (Compass, GLSEN anddance are mentioned in the article.)
PS Yes the picture of the two of us is old, but there is no denying thefamily resemblance.
Clarence Brooks
Boca Raton

White Party Week Miami
Now is the time to make your plans for the 24th Annual White Party week asall passes and tickets will go on sale, Monday, September 1st with specialdiscounts available for a limited time on select pass purchases. TheFlorida Resident Pass is currently available for only $175.00 and is limitedto 4 per household with proof of State of Florida residency. This passentitles entrance to both the 24th Annual White Party at Villa Vizcaya andPoseidon's Muscle Beach. The Florida Resident Pass sale ends September 30thso be sure to get yours today before they sell out.


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-Fay's 4th Florida landfall is one for record books
Tropical Storm Fay crossed into the Florida Panhandle on Saturday, becomingthe first storm of its kind in recorded history to hit the state fourdifferent times. Fay's center made landfall around 1 a.m. EDT about 15miles north-northeast of Apalachicola, according to the National WeatherService's National Hurricane Center.

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-On the 5th day of Fay, cleanup begins in Fla.
As Tropical Storm Fay finally got on track Friday to leave Florida behind,flood-stricken homeowners got an encouraging sign: Muddy brown water linesbegan appearing on the sides of homes, a clue that floodwaters werereceding. The fickle storm that stuck around for five days and carved adizzying path that included three separate landfalls dumped more than twofeet of rain in some places. But to the relief of Floridians, it finallyveered west on a path that should take it away from the state for good laterthis weekend.

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-Robin Bartleman raises most money among Broward School Board contendersStudent enrollment is declining at Broward public schools, the state'sbuilding industry is in a financial slump and the school district's budgetis so tight that officials say there isn't money for teacher raises thisyear. That isn't stopping many groups from spending thousands to influencethis year's race for the Broward County School Board.,0,3730114.story


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GLBT DIGEST - August 22, 2008

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-Gay Candidate Wins a Colorado Primary
Jared Polis, a 33-year-old openly gay entrepreneur from Boulder, beat twoopponents on Tuesday night to win the Democratic primary to fillRepresentative Mark Udall's seat in Congress.

-A Comic Seeks Herself and Finds a New Series
If Margaret Cho were to describe her brand of comedy, she would probablyinvoke a phrase like "in your face." But that might not accurately representher motives. What it seems she'd really like to do, once she's in your face,is grab you by the shoulders and squeeze your cheeks and slap them around alittle.

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-John Shelby Spong, Former Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Newark
"On Faith" panelist John Shelby Spong served as Bishop of the EpiscopalDiocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000.
Good Show, Poor Theology
The Saddleback Forum was good theater, but it was theologically naïve. Thequestions asked reflected an evangelical world view that is one to whicheducated people today cannot relate. It did reveal that evangelicalChristianity is broadening in its interests to concerns about life afterbirth and the environment, but part of that is because the old hot buttonissues of abortion and homosexuality are simply fading in importance.Everyone knows that abortions can be greatly reduced by competent sexeducation in the public schools and by the wide distribution of safecontraceptive devices. The pity is that the same people who fight againstabortion also fight against sex education, birth control and theavailability of safe contraceptives. It is not a surprise, therefore, thatabortions have risen rapidly during the administration of pro-life GeorgeBush. Homosexuality is also fading because the pejorative definition ofhomosexuality as either a mental illness (the liberal evangelical position)or a chosen act of moral depravity (the conservative evangelical position)are both dismissed today as incompetent among educated scientists anddoctors. Homosexuality is no more a choice for gay and lesbian people thanheterosexuality is a choice for straight people.

-Oregon tribe to allow same-sex marriages
At the request of a lesbian couple, the Coquille Indian Tribe on thesouthern Oregon coast has adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage.

-Calif. Court Puts Gays' Care Over Doctors' Faith
Doctors may not refuse medical treatment to gay men or lesbians forreligious reasons, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday.The court ruled that physicians' constitutional right to the free exerciseof religion does not exempt businesses that serve the public from followingstate law that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

-Argentine gay couples may claim widow's pension
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina on Monday announced its firstnationwide gay-rights measure: granting same-sex couples the right to claimtheir deceased partners' pensions.

-Britain's spy service seeking to hire gays
Britain's domestic spy agency wants gay recruits to know: It'stime to come out of the closet. After shunning them for decades overworries of blackmail, MI5 is now asking gay and lesbian people to consider acareer as a spy, promising the chance to fight terrorists, protect theircountry _ and earn a decent salary, plus benefits.

-Reports: DeGeneres and de Rossi wed in California
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are married, according to reports. Inthe biggest celebrity union since California legalized same-sex marriage,DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, wed Saturday night in an intimate ceremonyat their Beverly Hills home, People and Us Magazine reported.

-The Verdict at MSNBC: Maddow Gets Own Show
Rachel Maddow has been sounding off about politics on MSNBC so often shemight as well have her own show. With the promotion -- "The Rachel MaddowShow" begins Sept. 8 -- the 35-year-old commentator breaks into what hassometimes been derided as a boys club at the network, led by Olbermann andChris Matthews. Hillary Clinton's campaign frequently ripped MSNBC for whatit called sexist coverage during the Democratic primaries. Maddow, who liveswith her girlfriend Susan Mikula in Manhattan and Northampton, Mass., mayalso be the first openly gay woman to host a prime-time news program.

-Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay marriage cards
Most states don't recognize gay marriage _ but now Hallmark does. Thenation's largest greeting card company is rolling out same-sex wedding cards_ featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, withbest wishes inside. "Two hearts. One promise," one says.

-Conservatives Grow Wary of Mixing Church, Politics
Social conservatives are growing more wary of church involvement inpolitics, joining moderates and liberals in their unease about blurring thelines between pulpit and ballot box, a new study found.

-Fla. town backs ex-principal in gay student case
When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting herfor being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to herparents and ordered her to stay away from children. He suspended some ofher friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts andbuttons at Ponce de Leon High School, according to court records. And heasked dozens of students whether they were gay or associated with gaystudents

-DEAR AMY: It has recently come to our attention that several years ago mywife's brother was arrested and convicted for soliciting a minor online. Hethought he was meeting a 13-year-old boy, but it was a police officer. Hegot probation.
My in-laws kept this a secret. We only learned about it when a friend toldmy wife that her own brother was on the list of registered sex offenders! Ihave four sons who were teens during that time. My in-laws refuse to discussthis, saying only that they didn't feel he was a danger to our children. Mybrother-in-law insists he is not a pedophile or gay. He says he didn't tellus because he was so ashamed. I think that my brother-in-law is ahomosexual, which would be fine if he'd admit it. Do straight men solicitmen or boys online? He is either in denial or a liar, but either way I wantnothing to do with him. I certainly don't want him around my children orgrandchildren! Do you think we should forgive and forget, as they want usto do? My wife feels so betrayed that she is numb. -- Worried
DEAR WORRIED: One look at "To Catch a Predator" would tell you that straightand gay people are both capable of behaving in ways that are surprising oroutside their norm. Your family shouldn't have to learn that yourbrother-in-law is a registered sex offender by checking the online registry,and I agree with you that your in-laws betrayed your family by keeping thisa secret. You should inform your sons about this and make sure they knowthey should tell you if they had any unusual or uncomfortable contact withtheir uncle. Your brother-in-law committed a crime and is paying the price.He and his parents lied to you, even though doing so might have placed yourchildren at risk. You have every right to be furious. But then you need tosimmer down, realize that this person is a human being and a family member,and do what you can to reconcile your feelings. There is no reason toforget that this happened, but once you are secure about your family'ssafety, you should work on forgiveness.

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-Stop bashing gays
The only reason I can think of that the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
incessantly publishes letters submitted by "moral" zealots is to inform thepublic that hate and prejudice are alive and prospering. I'm sick of it! Arecent writer stated: "Gay couples cannot produce children. Why, then,should they be allowed to get married?" Whether heterosexual or gay, allwomen, without physical limitations, can produce children. What harm doesgay marriage cause her or her ilk? Gay couples I know have maintainedmonogamous relationships years longer (and are still together) thanheterosexual couples I know. They are hard-working, productive members ofsociety, and capable of providing the financial and emotional support, loveand nurturing a child needs. The gay population has a higher tolerance levelthan most heterosexuals (obviously, since their rights as human beings areconstantly trampled upon), which is a necessary trait when raising children.,0,4886666.story

-Routine blood transfusions infect 2 with HIV in Argentine public hospitals
Two intensive-care patients contracted HIV after receiving blood transfusions at public hospitals in the Argentine province of Cordoba, a newspaper reported Friday.,0,4255768.story

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-Gay marriage and the black vote
At a Democratic presidential forum on gay issues last year, The WashingtonPost's Jonathan Capehart prefaced a question to Sen. Barack Obama this way:''Now, you and I both know that there's a homophobia problem in the blackcommunity.'' Capehart seemed to suggest that he was disclosing a sharedsecret, but the belief that blacks are disproportionately hostile towardgays and lesbians is widespread.

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-'It would be unconscionable for any gay individual or organization tosupport John McCain's bid to lead our nation'
by Marc Paige of Fort Lauderdale:
Remember the 1999 John McCain who said he would be "comfortable" with a gayPresident? He is long gone. John McCain today is uncomfortable with even agay-friendly Vice-President. The 2008 John McCain states that those whosupport the rights of gay people are not welcome on his presidential team.In an interview with the conservative "Weekly Standard" magazine on August13, McCain made it clear that in choosing a running mate, he would be morecomfortable picking pro-choice former Governor Tom Ridge, with whom hedisagrees on abortion rights (which the Republican Party likens to murder),over picking a "pro-gay rights" Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "I think it's afundamental tenet of our party to be pro-life but that does not mean weexclude people from our party that are pro-choice. We just have a strongdisagreement. And I think Ridge is a great example of that. Far more so thanBloomberg, because Bloomberg is pro-gay rights, pro, you know, a number ofissues."

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-Brazil congress rejects adoption by gay couples
Gay rights vary in country's different states
Brazil's lower house of Congress has rejected part of a pending adoption lawthat would have allowed gay couples to adopt children. A Wednesdaystatement from the Chamber of Deputies says a measure giving gay couples theright to adopt was withdrawn because federal law doesn't recognize same-sexcivil unions. A proposal granting same-sex couples the same rights asmarried heterosexuals has stalled in Brazil's Congress for more than 10years, prompting some states to take their own actions. Southern Rio Grandedo Sul state has permitted same-sex civil unions since 2004, and a Sao Paulostate court allowed a gay couple to adopt a 5-year-old girl in late 2006.

-Study Says 'Gaydar' Is Real
Not only does "gaydar" exist, suggests a study out of Tufts University, butit can work pretty fast. Some people say they can tell the sexualorientation of folks with little information, and now a study gives themdata to back up their claims.,0,1062750.story

-La. gov won't renew anti-discrimination order
Jindal confirms he will not run as McCain's VP
An anti-discrimination order put in place by former Louisiana Gov. KathleenBlanco four years ago won't be renewed by Gov. Bobby Jindal when it expiresFriday.

-Gays arrive to push anti-bias agenda
When nearly 360 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender delegatesdescend on Denver today, four days before the Democratic NationalConvention, they will discuss equal rights and anti-discrimination laws.

-New York: Gay Pride Protesters Suing City of Elmira
The lawyer for the protesters says they have the right to express theirreligious beliefs. But they say that right was taken away from them atJune's gay pride event. No one was arrested. But the protester's attorneysays police told not to hold signs or pass out literature on Christianity.He says one of the protesters was also told to take off a shirt with thewords "liberated by the blood of Jesus."

-Why I'm Not Betting on CDC's HIV Statistics
Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the Acting Executive Director of the NationalYouth Advocacy Coalition. I've got some national disease infection figuresfor you based on results of an optional test people in 22 states bothered totake. By the way, I also have another report telling you that only anestimated 10.4% of people between the ages of 18 and 64 bothered to get thattest in the year those figures came from. This the introduction to therecent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) on HIV infections that I would have proposed. Not as compelling aswhat they went with...but a bit more direct.

-FRC's 25 Point Memo in Advance of the GOP Convention
(Nine of 25? Wow. Who would have thought that The Homosexualist Agenda ratedthis much attention with the country's economy in the crapper? - promoted byPam Spaulding);jsessionid=3F3CBCF888A870BBFEB03C75EB0FBEB0?diaryId=6575

-DP registry opens for Miami-Dade
Unmarried couples, both straight and gay, gain recognition
The threat of a wet and windy tropical storm was not enough to scare offmore than a dozen couples from being among the first people to register asdomestic partners in Miami Dade County Monday.

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-Military Veterans Who Transition Victimized by Discrimination
More than one third of military veterans who currently identify astransgender have experienced discrimination of some form because of theirgender identity, according to a study conducted by the Transgender AmericanVeterans Association. Ten percent of respondents in the survey of 827veterans and active-duty personnel who are transgender said they had beenturned away from Veterans Affairs medical facilities because of their genderexpression or identity. Other respondents said they experienced lack ofrespect from VA doctors (22%), nonmedical staff (21%), and nurses (13%).

-Minister on Trial Again for Marrying Lesbian Couple
A minister who officiated a same-sex wedding will face a Presbyterian court,two years after the initial charges against her were dropped because of atechnicality. USA Today reports that the Reverend Janet Edwards will betried by the Permanent Judicial Council of the Pittsburgh Presbytery forconducting a wedding for a lesbian couple in 2005. In her 2006 trial,prosecutors missed a deadline to file charges, so the case was dropped. TheReverend James Yearsley of Tampa, Fla., has refiled the suit againstEdwards, and seven other church officials joined the complaint as"co-accusers," according to Presbyterian News Service.

-Everything They Always Wanted to Know About Sex
Because their health class doesn't always include the safe-sex lessons thatthey need, some Chicago teens have taken matters (and the lessons) intotheir own hands -- by staging a new show.

-F4M? F4F? WTF!
Celeb mags are all agog: Lindsay is either lesbian, bisexual, or justanother straight girl engaged in an elaborate -- albeit genius -- publicitystunt. But really, what difference does it make?

-Ricky Martin a Father of Twin Boys
There won't be much "livin' la vida loca" for Ricky Martin these days - he'snow the father of twin boys. The Latin superstar had the children via asurrogate mother, and the babies were born a few weeks ago, according to astatement from his representatives. "The children, delivered viagestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-timecare," said the statement. "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in hislife as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of thepublic spotlight in order to spend time with his children."

-Should You Believe in Obama?
He may have stumbled on marriage equality and cuddled with a few homophobes,but the people who know him best swear that he's your man. Barack Obama hadjust finished a long day of campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2004 when hecalled his daughters on the cell phone to say good night. Then he sat backin the car, turned to an aide (who had also been a close friend for morethan a decade), and asked, "So, Kevin-have you and Greg thought about havingkids?"

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-Poll: Majority of voters would support gay presidential candidate
A poll released Friday shows that issues - not sexuality - are moreimportant to American voters. A Zogby Poll found that more than six in 10U.S. voters say they could support an openly gay candidate for president ofthe United States.

-Young Evangelical backs out of Dem convention prayer
It was a coup for Democrats: An emerging young evangelical voice, aregistered Republican no less, accepted their invitation to deliver a prayerat next week's Democratic National Convention. But Cameron Strang, the32-year-old editor of edgy and hip Relevant Magazine, had second thoughtsand pulled out of delivering the benediction on the convention's firstnight, Monday. Citing fears that his bridge-building gesture would bewrongly construed as an endorsement, Strang said he instead hopes to take alower-profile role, participating in a convention caucus meeting on religionlater in the week.

-Withers: McCain returns Manhunt founder's donation
Oh, the Manhunt saga is so juicy. Sex, politics, and money. What's not tolove? Unless you get your news from CBN, the Manhunt tale has been tearingit up on the gay political sites. Here is the Cliff Notes version:co-founder Jonathan Crutchley gives maximum donation to John McCain'scampaign. People lose their minds. Crutchley is asked to resign from theManhunt board and co-founder Larry Basile issues a statement apologizing forthe whole mess.

-Brazil kills gay adoption bill
(Brasilia) Lawmakers in Brazil's lower house of Congress Thursday strippedout portions of a new adoption bill that would have allowed same-sex couplesto adopt children.

-Tips on safer sex for lesbians and bisexual women
Ask anyone in the LGBTQ community about safe sex, STD prevention and risksof HIV/AIDS, and you'll notice that the conversation usually shifts to gaymale-to-male sex.

-Obama, McCain agree on debates
John McCain and Barack Obama say they are agreeing to hold threepresidential debates and one vice presidential debate this fall.

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-"Santorum - He's Back!"
Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican former senator defeated in 2006who famously warned that the 2003 Supreme Court sodomy ruling could open thedoor to "man-on-dog sex," is back - this time working to overturn themarriage equality ruling handed down by the California Supreme Court. In amessage in support of the November ballot measure aimed at repealing the Mayruling, Santorum wrote, "Unless we act today, we will lose the battle formarriage--not a decade from now, not "someday," but quite possibly in thenext few months. Writing on, a leading right-wing website,Santorum took particular umbrage at the notion that "sexual orientationshould be treated just like race under the California equal protectionamendment."

-CA: "Pension board won't hold conference at Manchester Grand Hyatt"
The county pension board won't hold an October conference at the ManchesterGrand Hyatt after all. The board voted unanimously Thursday to change theconference venue to the San Diego Convention Center after a board memberraised objections earlier this month.

-Current ENDA Draft Co-Signs Defense of Marriage Act
A little-discussed provision of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)would allow employers to give health insurance coverage and other benefitsto married opposite-sex couples and deny those same benefits to the partnersof their gay and lesbian employees who are legally married in Massachusettsand California. "It was unanimously agreed by all of us... that we had toput this language in there to protect this from being turned into a marriagebill which we would have lost," said Barney Frank, the openly-gayMassachusetts congressman who is ENDA's champion in the House, in a phonemessage to Gay City News.

-Children of lesbian families happy and healthy despite homophobia
The 17-year-olds participating in the National Longitudinal Lesbian FamilyStudy (NLLFS) "demonstrate significantly higher social competence" and"significantly lower total problem behavior [than the standard population].This is a very high indication of mental health," asserts Dr. NanetteGartrell, principal investigator of the NLLFS and Associate ClinicalProfessor of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. "Theyare performing much better than the enormous [overall] population of teensout there."

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation's largest gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender civil rights group, today released a guide advisingemployers on how to address marriage for same-sex couples in their spousaland partner benefits packages. Among the topics covered in "Marriage forSame-Sex Couples: Considerations for Employers" are taxation of healthbenefits, complications due to varied degrees of legal recognition ofsame-sex couples, and the impact of marriage equality in California andMassachusetts.

-Knights of Columbus tip the balance with big anti-gay marriage donation
It's official -- opponents of gay marriage have raised more cash in supportof Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative, than gay marriagesupporters, who have vowed to defeat the Nov. 4 ballot measure. Acontribution by the Connecticut-based Knights of Columbus of $1.25 millionon Aug. 14 put Proposition 8 supporters within striking distance ofopponents. Yesterday, another infusion of cash from groups and individualswho oppose same-sex marriage put them ahead in the money race.

-4,000 Law Professors Move Convention Next Door to San Diego Marriott HotelPlease read the story below that broke yesterday in the National Law Journalre: the decision reached by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS)to move their January 2009 convention away from Doug Manchester's ManchesterGrand Hyatt Hotel to its major competitor, right next door, the San DiegoMarriott Hotel and Marina. This was due to Doug Manchester's contribution of$125,000 to the campaign to take away marriage equality in California forsame-sex couples.

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-Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief says homosexuality must be stamped out inschools
Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, the Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief, has warned theeducation ministry of that country that homosexuality is "rife" in schools.

-Gay footballers gear up for the world championships
The world's largest gay global cup is coming to Regent's Park this comingMonday. Fifty teams from six continents will be competing for the holy grailof gay football.

-Heniz shrugs off gay boycott with soaring sales figures
Despite a boycott organised by gay rights group Stonewall, Heinz, sawearnings in the most recent quarter increase by $229 million (£123m). It wasslammed by gay rights groups for pulling a television advertisementfeaturing two men kissing.

-Gay rights supporter Stephanie Tubbs Jones dies
Ohio Representative and Democratic super-delegate Stephanie Tubbs Jones hasdied after suffering an aneurysm while driving her car on Tuesday night.

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-Obama Has 58 Point Lead over McCain among GLBT Registered Voters
Obama Also Maintains Eight Point Lead over McCain among All RegisteredVoters
Among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) registered voters, 68percent of GLBT adults favor Obama while 10 percent favor McCain. Threepercent of GLBT adults favor Ralph Nader, while one percent chooses BobBarr. Three percent choose "other," while 15 percent of all GLBT voters arenot yet sure which candidate to support.

-Library of Congress in Sex Discrimination Court Case
A woman has taken the Library of Congress to court, alleging a job offerthere was withdrawn one day after she informed an official that she wasmaking the transition from being a man to a woman. Diane Schroer, 52, hassued for sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.

-South African Trans-woman in beauty pageant furore
A row has erupted over a transgender woman who has apparently been snubbedby the organisers of the Miss South Africa pageant. The transgender woman,Lindiwe Ringane, reportedly wanted to enrol in a workshop for potentialparticipants but was made to feel unwelcome by the organisers, SunInternational, reported Beeld, an Afrikaans daily newspaper.

-FL: Student victim of gay "witch-hunt" wins in court but faces backlashfrom neighbours
A student who sued her headmaster for conducting a homophobic "witch-hunt"is facing a hostile response from local residents. Heather Gillman, ofPonce de Leon High School in Florida, was outraged when a lesbian classmate(who wishes to remain anonymous) was told that homosexuality was wrong byher headmaster.

-Malawi Gay Rights Movement to promote female condoms
The newly-formed gay movement in Malawi is committed to preventing thespread of HIV/AIDS by advocating female condoms, Africa News reports.Chairperson of the committee of Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim) Ruth(committee members have asked for their surnames to be kept from the press)said in an interview today that members will use female condoms to preventthe spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

-Gay Olympian Matthew Mitcham Loses Out on a Medal
Everyone in the LGBT community was rooting for Matthew Mitcham, who competedin the men's 3 meter springboard event at the Olympic Games. He graced thecover of The Advocate magazine and made headlines across Australia as theonly athlete competing in the Games to be openly gay. And we couldn't bemore proud of him.

-Germans React to Gay Holocaust Memorial Vandalization
German officials have launched an investigation after a monumentmemorializing gay Holocaust victims was vandalized last week, Reutersreports. Vandals smashed a window in the monument, a large gray cube inTiergarten park in Berlin. Through the window, onlookers could see a pictureof two men kissing. The perpetrators also ripped down fencing.

-Germans React to Gay Holocaust Memorial Vandalization
German officials have launched an investigation after a monumentmemorializing gay Holocaust victims was vandalized last week, Reutersreports. Vandals smashed a window in the monument, a large gray cube inTiergarten park in Berlin. Through the window, onlookers could see a pictureof two men kissing. The perpetrators also ripped down fencing.

-LGBT-onics and the Dem Platform (II)
Two lesbian elected officials are defending the draft Democratic Partyplatform they helped write against complaints that it omits the G-word -along with the L, B and T words. Lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, whoco-chaired the platform committee, whose 15 members also included Alabamastate rep Patricia Todd, both both spoke to Ohio's Gay Peoples Chronicle:Baldwin explained that the committee made a conscious choice to use moredescriptive language that models the wording used in legislation.

-'Top Model' Announces Trans Finalist
"America's Next Top Model" is keeping things fresh and progressive for theupcoming season by featuring a trans contestant. One of the 14 femalefinalists to compete in the upcoming eleventh cycle, which begins Sept. 3,is a 22-year-old transgender woman from Maryland named Isis, The CWtelevision network announced.

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-UN Chief: End Bias Against Gay Men
Discrimination against men who have sex with men must end, and countriesmust gear up prevention programs against AIDS in this high-risk group, thesecretary general of the United Nations said Wednesday. Speaking at theopening ceremonies for the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, UNchief Ban Ki-moon was one of several world leaders and health officials whospoke about the need to focus on the epidemic among homosexual men.

-Former Attorney Tackles Workplace Issues, FTM Borderlands and Transphobia
When Dr. Jillian T. Weiss first began accepting her transsexuality, sheadmits, "I didn't really have the courage to transition on the job. Nobody Iknew at the time had done it, and I didn't anticipate that it would besuccessful." A decade later, Weiss shepherds others through that veryprocess, advising employers and trans workers alike on successfully managingworkplace issues like transitioning on the job-which she argues is still"one of the most difficult situations."

-Gay In Gay Mag Takes Strong Stand Against Gay Sex Site
In the new issue of Out, Michael Joseph Gross takes on the thing that gayguys sort of refuse to but also can't stop talking about: the hookup siteManhunt. The website, founded in 2001, claims a million members, with400,000 uniques a month-and a stupendously long time-per-visitor, onaverage, 40 minutes. (The New York Times would kill for that.) They get30,000 new members a week, and that is a lot of horny gays. How do thosenumbers stack up in gayland? Matt Foreman, former executive director of theNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force, notes with some awe that Manhunt'smembership is "larger than the membership of every major gay politicalorganization combined."

-In Defense of Liberalism
Anything But Straight by Wayne Besen
It is campaign season, once again, which means conservatives, will try topaint Democrats as "liberals," as if it were a dirty word. I, for one, amproud to be a liberal and believe we should stand up against theseconservative smears. One of the great fallacies in modern lore is thatliberalism stands for nothing and liberals have no core beliefs. The rightwing, from the Pope to the President, has impugned the left by unfairlyportraying it as a valueless movement mired in moral relativism.

-Scandalous, Sexy, and Disturbingly Humorous Website Captures All NewAudience
The Lacuna Group, LLC announced today the launch of an innovative sitecatching fire in the Lesbian Community, an honest and bitingly humorouswebsite examining celebrities, pop culture, products, from the uniqueperspective of women who dig women. No other website has done it to thiscaliber. From the funny yet true entry that states boldly that "Angelina washotter when she banged chicks," (that includes pictorial support), to thedownright honest assessment that dental damns suck but should be used..thiswebsite seems to have gained crossover appeal because of its humor andhonesty, and well, sexiness. The blog has edge, but is right on the mark.

-Human Rights Groups Petition
Iran for Release of HIV/AIDS Doctors
A coalition of AIDS and human rights organizations that includes Physiciansfor Human Rights (PHR) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) has launched a campaignto free two Iranian physicians, Drs. Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei. Thedoctors, who are brothers, are active in HIV/AIDS education, prevention andtreatment in Iran. According to international news reports, Iraniansecurity forces detained the Drs. Alaei in late June, 2008 and are holdingthem incommunicado. The doctors' whereabouts remain unknown. On Sunday, theAssociated Press and Agence France-Presse cited Iranian news reports statingthat the brothers have been charged with participating in "a velvetrevolution," partly due to their activities at international AIDSconferences, such as the one currently taking place in Mexico City. Dr.Arash Alaei had been slated to speak here Thursday.

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-A German Arabic language magazine is being investigated by policeafter itpublished an article claiming that shaking hands with gay men can transmitdisease. Al-Salam magazine printed an article entitled "A flesh-eatingbacteria and sexual abnormality', which says that gay men carry deadlydiseases and that Muslim men should not shake their hands as 'one neverknows what kind of bacteria and germs are found on them." The article isaccompanied by graphic photographs of skin diseases. Al-Salaam is free anddistributed to restaurants and cafes around Berlin. The article wasreported to police by the Lesbian and Gay Association of Berlin-Brandenburg(LSVD), who are now investigating the issue.

-Wales: Guide for victims of hate crime
Victims of homophobic hate crime are being encouraged by police and a gayrights group to report attacks on them. Stonewall Cymru believes attacks ongay, lesbian and bisexual people in Wales are underreported. The gay rightsgroup has worked with North Wales Police to produced a guide for victims ofhomophobic hate crime. A spokesperson said: "It's essential for victims ofhomophobic hate crime to understand that criminal justice agencies are thereto help them." The guide is launched at the Inter Change, Old Colwyn, at anevent to be attended by North Wales Police Chief Constable Richard Brunstromand Social Justice Minster Brian Gibbons.

-Russian Site Gay.Ru Expresses Loyalty Towards Military Intervention of
Russia Against Georgia
Gay site became a channel of homophobic authorities' propagandaRussian LGBT site Gay.Ru known for its opposition to the openness and publicmanifestations of LGBT community in Russia, expressed its full loyalty tothe military intervention which current Russian authorities launched againstindependent Georgia. On 11 August the site published the article thatRussian singer Zemfira, highly popular among lesbians, cancelled her concertin Georgia. Earlier, on 8 August, Russian troops entered the territory ofGeorgia without any international mandates and started military operationagainst this country.

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-ManHunt: The Law of Supply and Demand
Is ManHunt, the wildly popular online cruising site with the slogan "get on,get off," a blessing or a curse for gay men? This is the question OutMagazine writer Joseph Gross posed in one of the most provocative articlesof the year. The Out commentary points to the benefits of the site, butposits that it also has, "a tendency to isolate us, encourageobjectification, and diminish our sense of life's nonsexual possibilities."

-Rick Warren's Carnival of Confession
The Washington pundits who brought us George W. Bush's presidency and theIraq fiasco have reached a consensus that John McCain came across as "morepresidential" at mega church pastor Rick Warren's faith forum. Thisconclusion is true if we are still defining "presidential" as a cocksurewindbag who bonds with the common people by pandering to the lowest commondenominator. On cue, the media judged the candidates by how fun they'd beat a barbecue. McCain was lauded as a "commanding figure" while Obama wasderided for coming across as "professorial." In today's politics, if youdemonstrate your I.Q. your career may be through and a candidate can nowadmit having smoked marijuana, but not that he has experimented witharugula.

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-Transgender city worker dismayed by intolerance
The person who made history six years ago by becoming the first cityemployee to openly transition from male to female in the workplace has neverfound a burning cross outside her home. The acts of bigotry and intolerancehave been more subtle - but every bit as disheartening, said CamilleStephanie Hopkins. Crude notes have been slipped under her office door. Shehears giggles - sometimes sarcastic whistles - as she walks the halls. Whenelevator doors open, friendly chatter often turns into an icy hush. "Ithurts, because in some people's eyes, I'm a freak," she said.

-UK: My husband the transsexual
One day the man you married reveals that he wants to become a woman.How do you cope? Anna Moore meets two couples whose relationshipshavesurvived the ultimate test - and even flourishedSeated close together in their cluttered country cottage, laughing inunison, interjecting and correcting one another, the Conways are - on onelevel, anyway - typical of any couple who've managed to remain married for33 years.\change.xml

-One of the 14 girls who will compete on the new season of America'sNext Top Model - which returns to The CW on September 3 - is transgender."My cards were dealt differently," Isis, a 22-year-old former receptionist,tells Us Weekly exclusively in its new issue, onnewsstands now. Hailingfrom Prince George's County, Maryland, Isis identifies herself as "a womanborn physically male." Will she be a role model? "I like to help people,but I'm here to follow my dreams," she tells Us.

- Fox News Channel aired a crude and obnoxious segment concerning the recent announcement of America's Next Top Model's first-ever transgendercontestant. Isis, who will begin appearing on the new cycle of the popularCW program when it premieres on September 3, was interviewed exclusively inthe current issue of Us Weekly. Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett and Us WeeklyEditor-at-Large Ian Drew spent the segment gratuitously insulting theAmerica's Next Top Model contestant, using dehumanizing terminology,inaccurate and inappropriate pronouns and offensive references to heranatomy.

-Should teenagers who believe they are transgender be helped to change sex?
And if so, what about the four-year-olds who feel the same way? Viv Groskopmeets the parents and doctors in favour of intervention

-Chicago: Forum focuses on trans people and religion
What motivates religious conservatives to discriminate against thetransgender community, and how should transgender people respond to suchattacks?
On Aug. 9, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, hosted a discussion about thetransgender community and faith. Diversity counselor and trainer the Rev.Dr. Julie Nemecek, a transgender woman and former pastor, led the talk.Nemecek helped those present explore an aspect of many transgender people'slives not often touched upon: faith. Nemecek started out by discussing fivemotivations for religious discrimination against LGBT people. She titled herpresentation "Religion and GLBT People" because often, religious argumentsused against trans people are specifically about LGB people.

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-Berlin Mayor Condemns Attack on Gay Memorial
Berlin's memorial to the thousands of homosexuals persecuted and killed bythe Nazis was damaged over the weekend, less than three months after itsunveiling. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit condemned the attack and joined ademonstration at the site on Monday. Visitors inspect damage done to themonument to homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis in Berlin. The mayor ofBerlin, Klaus Wowereit, condemned an attack that damaged the city's monumentto homosexuals (more...)persecuted by the Nazis and joined a demonstrationat the scene on Monday afternoon. "An attack against this memorial isclearly directed against homosexuals -- that can be said without waiting forfurther police investigations. We must show our condemnation of this act ofintolerance and homophobia," said Wowereit, who is himself openly gay.,1518,572829,00.html

-Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Takes Lead on LGBT HumanRights
August 20, New York: the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office willplay a path breaking role in next month's human rights conference in Paris,sponsored by the UN's Department of Public Information and presented incooperation with the many nongovernmental organizations with consultativestatus at the UN. Held to commemorate the signing in Paris in 1948 of theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights, the event is cosponsored by UNESCO,the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Governmentof France. Titled "Reaffirming Human Rights for All: the UniversalDeclaration at 60," the conference will be held September 3 - 5, 2008 atUNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The Australian Red Cross has ignored the expert opinion of its chief medicaladvisor on low risk sexual activity between men. The revelation came todayduring the cross examination of Dr Brenton Wylie, the primary Red Crosswitness in the Tasmanian gay blood donor case initiated by Launceston gayman, Michael Cain. According to documents presented to the TasmanianAnti-Discrimination Tribunal by Mr Cain's lawyer, Peter Tree SC, the RedCross's chief epidemiological advisor, Dr John Kaldor advised in 2001 that,"based on current epidemiological evidence, there is no justification forexcluding donors on the basis of oral sex". For more on gay blood donationvisit

-Gay activists in India want British apology for sex law
First it was slavery, then it was looting the world's architecturaltreasures for our museums. Now it is homophobia. Activists in India areabout to demand another apology from Britain. Sixty-six years after MahatmaGandhi called on the British to leave India from a park in Mumbai, thousandsof gay activists will gather in the same park today to call on the BritishGovernment to apologise for introducing anti-sodomy laws that still makehomosexuality illegal in India today. Their call will be issued during thefirst gay pride march in Mumbai for three years and is part of a widercampaign to abolish Section 377 of the Indian penal code which outlaws"unnatural sexual offences" and theoretically punishes anal or oral sex withup to 10 years in prison. In practice no one has been prosecuted under thelaw in the past two decades but it has been used by officials to counter thework of HIV activists in some Indian states.

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-Opponents of Ark. gay foster ban plan court case
Opponents of a proposal that would ban unmarried couples living togetherfrom adopting or fostering children said Tuesday they plan to challenge themeasure in court if it's approved for the fall general election ballot.Debbie Willhite, lead consultant for Arkansas Families First, said thecampaign against the proposed initiated act is already preparing to petitionthe Arkansas Supreme Court if the secretary of state's office says backersof the proposal have submitted enough signatures.

-Tolerant Faculty, Intolerant Students
Inspired by David Horowitz and others, legislators in many states haveproposed legislation that would insist on annual reports from publiccolleges on their efforts to promote "intellectual diversity." Theseefforts - which have attracted considerable attention while not moving veryfar legislatively - have been opposed by most educators. Faculty groups andpresidents tend to fear that the measures could pressure colleges intopolitical quotas on hiring or campus speaking engagements, and that theseproposals respond to a problem that doesn't really exist. The UniversitySystem of Georgia on Tuesday unveiled an unusual response to this sort ofdebate. The system - whose member campuses include just about every kind ofpublic college, in both urban and rural locations - released a statewidesurvey of student views on free speech and discussion at their campuses.

-APA Adopts Resolution on Transgender, Gender Identity, andGender Expression Non-Discrimination
During the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention, August 14to 17, 2008, the Council of Representatives adopted a resolution,Transgender, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Non-Discrimination,urging psychologists to take a leading role in ending discrimination basedon gender identity. The Council also received the final report of the APATask Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance.

-An anti-gay-marriage group that counts state Sen. Serphin Maltese
(R-Glendale) among its supporters has sued the state of New York to overturnGov. David Paterson's executive directive favoring gay marriage. The Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund filed the lawsuit June 3 in BronxSupreme Court on behalf of Maltese, state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn)and 14 other legislators and New York residents. The first hearing in thecase was held last Thursday. The suit asks the court to invalidatePaterson's May 14 directive ordering state agencies to recognizeout-of-state gay marriages.

-A Plea Is Entered in an Obscenity Prosecution Against a Sexual Abuse Victim
Who Posted Her Writings About Abuse on the Internet: Should the FederalGovernment Be Prosecuting Words As Obscenity?
FindLaw columnist, attorney, and author Julie Hilden discusses theunusual -- and, she argues, disturbing -- case of Karen Fletcher, who postedher writings regarding child sexual abuse on the Internet, was charged withbreaking federal obscenity laws, and now has entered a guilty plea. Fletchersays she is a survivor of abuse, and that the writings were therapeutic forher. Prosecutors, however, expressed fear that abusers might copy the actsFletcher described. Hilden contends that this rare prosecution for writtenobscenity, as opposed to obscene images, fits into a general societal trendof bending or breaking the law in order to reach child abusers. In addition,Hilden argues that -- while the judge and prosecutors made commentssuggesting they were proceeding on the theory that Fletcher's writingsadvocated or constituted a manual for abuse -- this case fell far short ofthe standard under which speech advocating or describing unlawful conductcan sometimes be suppressed.

-California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lambda Legal Lesbian
Client Denied Infertility Treatment by Christian Fundamentalist Doctors`Anyone could be the next target if doctors are allowed to pick and choosetheir patients based on religious views about other groups of people.' (SanFrancisco, August 18, 2008) - The California Supreme Court has ruled that agroup of doctors cannot use their religion as a legal excuse for violatingthe civil rights of their former patient - an Oceanside lesbian - to whomthey refused an infertility treatment based on their religious views abouther sexual orientation.

-While the nation's attention has been focused on summer vacation, thepresidential election and the Beijing Olympics, Mark LaFontaine hasmaintained a razor-sharp focus on winning his race next week for a seat inthe Florida House of Representatives. His victory would make him the state'sfirst-ever openly gay legislator. Voters go the polls one week from today.And, for Mark, this is it. The winner of this Tuesday's race will win theseat.

-Miami Herald: 26 domestic-partner couples sign up for recognition
The ceremony had all the romance of renewing a license plate -- which can bedone a few floors down in the same, drab government building -- but it hadpowerful meaning on Monday for the first couples to register underMiami-Dade's new domestic-partnership law. ''This is a step in the rightdirection toward recognizing our relationship,'' said Mindy McNichols, anattorney for the Miami-Dade school district, who registered Monday morningwith Ann Harrington, her partner of 18 years. Before Tropical Storm Fayforced the county to shut its offices at lunchtime, 20 couples hadregistered at the downtown office and six more had submitted notarizedapplications by mail. Registered couples receive some of the rights givento spouses, including hospital and jail visitation. In the past, somecouples hired attorneys to draw up legal papers to secure those rights, butthe process is costly and imperfect.

-New Evangelicals: Christian campuses now tackle touchy issues like divorce,
race and homosexuality.

-LGBT-Friendly? Want to Recruit Out LGBT & Ally Students?Your Campus Could Be There...

-VP contender Ridge's antigay stance
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, who is on presumptiveRepublican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's short list for vicepresident, has a long record on gay issues, dating back to 1993 when he wasrepresenting Northwestern Pennsylvania in Congress, and then as governor ofPennsylvania before he was tapped by President Bush. Ridge's record on gayissues is by far the worst of any of the vice presidential possibilities.Only former Sen. Sam Nunn (a possible V.P. choice for Sen. Barack Obama)comes close.

-Judge rules Iowa law protects nude dancing club

-Attempts to cure homosexuality in have included some rather odd practices.
Of course, there was psychotherapy, but an article from the August 2, 1913edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association describes a fewother courses of treatment which included castration, bladder washing and -I'm not making this up! - prostate massage.

-Faith doesn't figure in sexual behavior on college campuses, except at BYU,researcher says
Many American college students today make no connection between theirinvolvement in the "hook-up culture" and their religious faith, a BostonUniversity professor said Friday. Many students divorce their sexualpractices from religion because they believe religious teachings on sex areoutdated, potentially even laughable, said Donna Freitas, author of "Sex andthe Soul." "Yet some are not happy with the hookup culture and want itto stop dominating their lives."

-Judge rules Iowa law protects nude dancing club

-Athlete says sports steroids changed him from woman to man

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-ManHunt: The Law of Supply and Demand
by Wayne Besen
Is ManHunt, the wildly popular online cruising site with the slogan "get on,get off," a blessing or a curse for gay men? This is the question OutMagazine writer Joseph Gross posed in one of the most provocative articlesof the year. The Out commentary points to the benefits of the site, butposits that it also has, "a tendency to isolate us, encourageobjectification, and diminish our sense of life's nonsexual possibilities."

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-Buffalo News, NY, USA
Transgender city worker dismayed by intolerance
The person who made history six years ago by becoming the first cityemployee to openly transition from male to female in the workplace has neverfound a burning cross outside her home. The acts of bigotry and intolerancehave been more subtle - but every bit as disheartening, said Camille Stephanie Hopkins. Crude notes have been slipped under her office door. Shehears giggles - sometimes sarcastic whistles - as she walks the halls. Whenelevator doors open, friendly chatter often turns into an icy hush. "Ithurts, because in some people's eyes, I'm a freak," she said.

-UK: My husband the transsexual
One day the man you married reveals that he wants to become a woman.
How do you cope? Anna Moore meets two couples whose relationships havesurvived the ultimate test - and even flourished
Seated close together in their cluttered country cottage, laughing inunison, interjecting and correcting one another, the Conways are - on onelevel, anyway - typical of any couple who've managed to remain married for33 years.\change.xml

-One of the 14 girls who will compete on the new season of America's
Next Top Model - which returns to The CW on September 3 - is transgender."My cards were dealt differently," Isis, a 22-year-old former receptionist,tells Us Weekly exclusively in its new issue, on newsstands now. Hailingfrom Prince George's County, Maryland, Isis identifies herself as "a womanborn physically male." Will she be a role model? "I like to help people,but I'm here to follow my dreams," she tells Us.

- Fox News Channel aired a crude and obnoxious segment concerning the recentannouncement of America's Next Top Model's first-ever transgendercontestant. Isis, who will begin appearing on the new cycle of the popularCW program when it premieres on September 3, was interviewed exclusively inthe current issue of Us Weekly. Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett and Us WeeklyEditor-at-Large Ian Drew spent the segment gratuitously insulting theAmerica's Next Top Model contestant, using dehumanizing terminology,inaccurate and inappropriate pronouns and offensive references to heranatomy.

-Should teenagers who believe they are transgender be helped to change sex?
And if so, what about the four-year-olds who feel the same way?
Viv Groskop meets the parents and doctors in favour of intervention

-Chicago: Forum focuses on trans people and religion
What motivates religious conservatives to discriminate against thetransgender community, and how should transgender people respond to suchattacks? On Aug. 9, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, hosted a discussionabout the transgender community and faith. Diversity counselor and trainerthe Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek, a transgender woman and former pastor, led thetalk. Nemecek helped those present explore an aspect of many transgenderpeople's lives not often touched upon: faith. Nemecek started out bydiscussing five otivations for religious discrimination against LGBTpeople. She titled her resentation "Religion and GLBT People" becauseoften, religious arguments used gainst trans people are specifically aboutLGB people.

-From American Family Association
McDonald's has done it again. First, the company paid $20,000 to become amember of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and to have aseat on the board of directors. Next, McDonald's refused a request to remainneutral in the culture war by choosing to promote the gay agenda. ThenMcDonald's accused those opposing the gay agenda, including same-sexmarriage, of being motivated by hate. Now we learn that McDonald's sponsorstraining for homosexuals on how to promote their agenda among corporationsfrom the inside. Out & EqualT Workplace Advocates is a national organizationdevoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community inthe workplace. One of its primary purposes is to train employees how toaggressively promote homosexuality within the company they work for, all theway to the corporate boardroom. Part of last year's Out & Equal Summit inWashington, DC, (sponsored by McDonald's) was an organized march intocongressional offices demanding same-sex marriage laws be passed.

-At the Millennium March on Washington in 2000, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwintold hundreds of thousands of LGBT people gathered on the National Mall: "If you dream of a world in which there are more openly gay electedofficials, then run for office...and you will live in such a world." Ithought of that quote this evening when I learned that Rep. Baldwin and Rep.Barney Frank will be joined by another openly gay colleague in the UnitedStates House of Representatives. Jared Polis has won his Democratic primaryto represent Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, and he is theprohibitive favorite to win the general election in this heavily Democraticdistrict. Jared will become the first openly gay man to be elected to theU.S. Congress as a non-incumbent. (Tammy Baldwin was the first outcandidate to do this back in 1998.) This milestone is an important one forour community. It sends an unmistakable signal that voters are willing toconsider gay people as leaders at the highest level of government, andbrings us closer to the American ideal of a truly representative government.

-Our new gay Member of Congress: JARED POLIS, who won his primary in a safeDem. seat
I've worked with Jared Polis on the issue of the lethal "sexual cleansing"campaign targeting Iraqi queers -- it's an issue he's been committed to, andhe's put his money where his mouth is on it as well. A firm opponent of theIraq war too. He'll make a welcome addition to the Congress from this safeDemocratic seat. Bravo, Jared! -- Doug Ireland.

-Hate crimes are a daily reality all over the European continent. Crediblerecent reports show that people suffer violence because they are black,Jewish, Roma or Muslim or because of their sexual orientation or genderidentity. They give examples of how individuals have been physicallyattacked in the street, had their windows broken or homes put on fire.Government authorities have a responsibility to put an end to these shamefuland serious crimes.

-I am excited to announce that a test run of is now online at We are especially interested in feedback fromhistorians and other historically-oriented researchers. Please use the"Discuss" function on the Main Page top bar to post your comments. And wehope that lots of teachers will use OutHistory in their classrooms and havetheir students produce content for the site, as Esther Newton and SharonUllman already have.
Jonathan Ned Katz

-Asylum grows elusive for gays
Shift in U.S. policy a blow to Latin American AIDS patients, activists say

-The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has kicked Paul Donahoe (a formernational champion in his weight class) and Kenny Jordan off the wrestlingteam after photographs and videos of them, naked, appeared on,a gay pornographic Web site, the Associated Press reported. Mark Manning,the coach, said that the athletes' conduct "does not reflect the standard ofexcellence we aspire to on and off the mat." The athletes could not bereached for comment. John Marsh, who runs, told the AP that"if Nebraska is going to be pigheaded and kick him off unreasonably, therehas to be another wrestling program that's going to want him." He declinedto say how much the two had been paid, but said: "It's not money that theywould be making working as a waiter.... They get well-compensated. It'sbetter than beer money." The photos were first publicized by The ScarletProject, a Web site for "news,scandal and gossip" at the university.

-Action Fund applauds historic inclusion of LGBT issues in DemocraticNational Platform
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Careyspoke at an audio press conference yesterday about the proposed DemocraticNational Platform, which was hosted by the National Stonewall Democrats andfeatured U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), a member of the PlatformCommittee. "The vision put forth in the 2008 Democratic National Platformis historic in its embrace of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenderAmericans. Never before in our country's history has there been a nationalparty platform that is so inclusive of our entire community. ... Is theplatform perfect? No. ... Is it a good foundation? Unequivocally yes," Carey said.


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