Saturday, October 04, 2008

NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - October 04, 2008

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New York Times
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-O. J. Simpson was found guilty late Friday on all 12 counts stemming from a confrontation in a hotel room last year, including armed robbery and kidnapping.

-Op-Ed Columnist: Palin's Alternate Universe
Sarah Palin is the perfect exclamation point to the Bush years. We've lived through nearly two terms of an administration that believed it could create its own reality: "Deficits don't matter." "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job." "Those weapons of mass destruction must be somewhere."

-Op-Ed Columnist: Talking in Points
The Republicans were euphoric over Sarah Palin's debate performance, particularly the part in which she stood tall and refrained from falling off the stage. "There are conservatives and Republicans across America who are ... breathing a sigh of relief," said Pat Buchanan on MSNBC, adding that "of the four debaters we've seen, she was the most interesting, attractive of them all."

-Op-Ed Columnist: The Joe Biden Show
I expected Sarah Palin to perform well in Thursday's debate, so I wanted to watch it with the most conservative crowd I could find. (In truth, after her horrendous performance with Katie Couric, anything short of her head spinning around and spewing vomit would have been considered an improvement.)

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-Burger King switches to trans fat free cooking oil at all US restaurants
Burger King Corp. said Thursday it is now cooking with trans fat free cooking oils at all of its restaurants nationwide. The No. 2 hamburger chain also said all of its menu ingredients, including its baked goods, will contain zero grams of trans fat by Nov. 1.,0,943253.story

Wall Street Journal
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-Historic Bailout Passes As Economy Slips Further
President George W. Bush signed into law an unprecedented $700 billion plan to rescue the U.S. financial system, one of the largest-ever government interventions in the nation's economy -- and almost certainly not the last.

-Kim Jong Il Makes Public Appearance
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has made his first public appearance in more than a month, a state-run news agency said from Pyongyang on Saturday amid speculation about his health.

-Palin Is Lowest Earner of the Candidates
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin released her tax returns and personal financial disclosure report Friday, showing her to be the lowest earner of the four national candidates.

-Russian Tycoon Turns Big Stake Over to Creditors
Divestment in Auto-Parts Maker Shows How Financial Turmoil, Stock Free Fall
Hit the Country's Wealthy Power Brokers
MOSCOW -- One of Russia's billionaire tycoons, Oleg Deripaska, gave up a showcase Western acquisition to creditors, in the first public example of how the global credit crisis is squeezing some of the country's wealthiest and most powerful men.

-Palin and Populism
The downside of appealing to Joe Six-Pack. She killed. She had him at "Nice to meet you. Hey, can I call you Joe?" She was the star. He was the second male lead, the good-natured best friend of the leading man. She was not petrified but peppy.

Technology Review
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-Tracking Laptop Thieves Safely
New software tracks a stolen laptop without tracking its owner.
Nowadays a lost or stolen laptop can often be recovered thanks to software that automatically transmits the location of the device back to a central server. However, some experts worry that, without additional security measures, this kind of tracking technology could inadvertently make users more vulnerable to spying. "If you lose your laptop, a commercial service can tell you where it is right now," says Tadayoshi Kohno, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Washington, in Seattle.
"The issue, from a privacy perspective, is that this also means that someone who might break into or have access to the commercial service's database might be able to track you even before the laptop leaves your possession."§ion


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FLORIDA DIGEST - October 04, 2008

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-Dolphin Democrats - Ft. Lauderdale
"Come Out" and hit the bars with the Dolphin Democrats! We are doing a final "hard drive push" to register any stragglers that we may have missed to vote in November.
We are asking you to join us at the following locations:
Alibi and Bills - Friday, Saturday @ 9pm, Sunday @6pm
Steele - Sunday @ 8pm
Tea Cruise - Sunday @ 2pm
Come on out and join us in this historic registration drive.
For more details, call:
Chip at 954.701.2902 or Linda at 954.630.VOTE
We will see you there! Thanks for "coming out!"
Adriane Reesey
Vice President of the Dolphin Democrats

Ft. Lauderdale - GLCCSF

-Educational Program at the GLCC on October 6
You are cordially invited to attend a Program On STDs: What you need to know
Presented By: John Marangio, RN
Monday, October 6 at 6:00 PM
1717 N. Andrews Avenue
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311
Food and beverages will be provided
PLEASE RSVP TO: Seth Leverence @ 954-205-8396


In the wake of one of the most violent years on record of assaults on transgender people, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force) have teamed up on a comprehensive national survey to collect data on discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, public accommodation, health care, education, family life and criminal justice. NCTE and the Task Force have partnered with Pennsylvania State University's Center for the Study of Higher Education to collect and analyze the data. Applying rigorous academic standards to the investigation will strengthen any case made to legislators, policy makers, health care providers, and others whose decisions impact the lives of transgender people. A national team of experts in survey research and transgender issues developed the questionnaire, which can be completed on-line at:


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-Stateside: In Florida's Economic Pain, Obama Gains Ground
Jim Piccillo lost his job as a bank vice president in August, applied for food stamps to support his two young daughters and swore off a life of loyalty to the Republican Party. He now volunteers here in Pasco County for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Fort Report
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-Sink Shaking Things Up In Tallahassee
In July, the FBI arrested a 35-year-old man and charged him with wire fraud after the Florida Department of Financial Services discovered some $5.7 million in state funds in his personal account.

-South Florida's Jewish voters, traditionally Democrats, mixed over Obama's qualifications
West Boca - Nancy Factor listened intently as Halie Soifer, Jewish vote director for the Barack Obama campaign in Florida, laid out the senator's steadfast commitment to Israel. A Republican among Democrats at this gathering in Montoya Estates, she raised her hand.,0,6194131.story

Four years ago, nearly 500,000 registered black voters stayed home, a significant figure considering that President George W. Bush beat John Kerry by 381,000 votes. There were 1.2-million black voters overall in Florida. What's more, hundreds of thousands of African-Americans were not registered to vote, even though they were eligible. Today, that number stands at 600,000. Taken together, the potential for Democrats is tremendous and the Obama campaign is aggressively trying to turn the tables. "It doesn't take much history in Florida to know that a few extra votes can be the difference between winning and losing," said Steve Schale, Obama's campaign director in Florida.

-For third time, killer's execution is scheduled
A Death Row inmate convicted in the strangulation murder of his Tampa girlfriend's teen daughter more than 25 years ago is scheduled to be executed this month, Gov. Charlie Crist said in a letter signed Thursday.

-Restoration of felons' voting rights in Florida has 'never been easier'
With felons who have served their time now having a much easier path back to the voting booth, the 2008 political season has led to some efforts to harness a newly accessible voting bloc. Since April 2007, when new procedures were approved to rescind much of Florida's Jim Crow-era voting practices, 123,000 felons have had their rights restored and could help decide where Florida's 27 electoral votes go in the presidential election. There are still 56,502 cases pending for felons seeking to get back the right to vote.

-Sunshine Law trouble on Ave Maria boards?
For almost two years, two representatives from Ave Maria Development have served on both Ave Maria town's public and private decision-making bodies, sparking concerns about their compliance with state law. Once a month, high-level officials from Ave Maria Development, made up of representatives from local developer Barron Collier Cos. and associates of Ave Maria University founder Tom Monaghan, make the development's private decisions in "executive committee" meetings.

-School chief delay urged
As questions persist about new Dade schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, an ethics committee urged the School Board to hold off on his contract.

-Voter registration deadline approaches
Time is ticking away for those who need to register to vote in the November general election.


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Friday, October 03, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - October 03, 2008

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Washington Post
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-Melissa Etheridge to wed girlfriend: report
Melissa Etheridge will wed girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels, the singer told celebrity television show "Extra" ahead of California's vote next month on whether to strip same-sex couples of the right to marry. "Yes, we have four children and we're trying to find the right time," Etheridge said when asked about marriage in an interview set to air on Wednesday night.

-Movies: 'Religulous': O, He of Little Faith
Maher Documentary Goes for the Laughs, Not Enlightenment
Bill Maher doesn't believe in God, but he has a lot of funny ideas about religion. They will either make you howl in outrage or laugh out loud as you watch "Religulous," the irreverent television host's globe-trotting, full-frontal assault on Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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-San Francisco voters asked to weigh merits of JROTC, embattled high school military program
In this city long associated with the peace movement, some teens are taking an unlikely stance - campaigning to keep the armed forces' Junior ROTC program in public schools. If a school board decision stands, San Francisco would become the first city to remove a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. But supporters, including many college-bound Asian-American students who make up the majority of cadets here, initiated an advisory measure on the November ballot. They hope it will persuade a new school board to save JROTC.,0,2485136.story

-Koch tells Jewish seniors Obama supports Israel
Former New York City mayor Edward Koch was warmly greeted by a crowd of about 100 seniors - a few even asked the still popular Koch "How ya doin'? - when he went to the Sunrise Senior Center last Sunday to assure Jewish voters of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's support for Israel.,0,7077072.story

-Groups fight Ark. policy banning unmarried couples from fostering children
A coalition of child advocates is challenging an Arkansas policy that bars unmarried couples who live together from being foster parents. Officials with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and other groups plan to testify Thursday against the policy, which bans "cohabitating adults" from fostering children. They argue that the restriction reduces the potential number of good homes available to needy children.,0,6140194.story

-Presbyterian minister who officiated at lesbian union near Pittsburgh cleared of wrongdoing
A church panel has ruled that a Presbyterian minister did not violate church law when she officiated at the wedding of two women near Pittsburgh. The nine-member panel unanimously concluded Tuesday that the Rev. Janet Edwards could not have performed at the ceremony. That's because neither the church nor the state of Pennsylvania recognizes gay marriage.,0,6765672.story

-Groups fight Ark. policy banning unmarried couples from fostering children
A coalition of child advocates is challenging an Arkansas policy that bars unmarried couples who live together from being foster parents. Officials with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and other groups plan to testify Thursday against the policy, which bans "cohabitating adults" from fostering children. They argue that the restriction reduces the potential number of good homes available to needy children.,0,6140194.story

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-Biden supports same-sex legal benefits; Palin 'not if it goes closer and closer towards redefining the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman'

-Record number of gay candidates running for office
Victory Fund news release:
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund endorsements reach 100 for first time
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund announced it has endorsed 100 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political candidates in 2008, making this endorsement slate the group's largest ever. LGBT candidates are running for offices at all levels of government, from school boards to the U.S. Congress, according to the group.

-'Goddesses and Monsters' on Oct. 16 at World Erotic Art Museum
"Goddesses and Monsters"
Drag queens, circus performers, exotic dancers, strippers and porn stars are considered by some to be denizens of the night, dangers to society, or simply monsters; others, understanding their talent, dedication and passion, prefer to worship them as Gods and Goddesses alike. With this photo series, I have tried to capture the beauty and the allure of these talented performers who only want to entertain and please their public at large.

Florida Blade
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-Backers of gay marriage measure raise $6.4 million
Recent poll finds 49 percent in favor of marriage ban
Supporters of a measure that would alter Arizona's constitution to ban gay marriage have out-raised opponents by millions of dollars.

-Study traces AIDS virus origin to 100 years ago
Scientists estimate date of 1908, not 1930
The AIDS virus has been circulating among people for about 100 years, decades longer than scientists had thought, a new study suggests. Genetic analysis pushes the estimated origin of HIV back to between 1884 and 1924, with a more focused estimate at 1908.

-Pace appointment to IU business chair riles gays
General will meet with gay advocates, student leaders
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace will meet Thursday with student leaders, including gay advocates, at Indiana University concerned about his appointment to a chair in the Kelley School of Business.

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-Biden says gay relationships are protected by the Constitution
Sen. Joe Biden made a strong statement for gay relationship equality during the only vice presidential debate, held Thursday evening in St. Louis.

-Latino church leaders join crusade for Florida anti-gay amendment
Latino church leaders from a variety of denominations have joined a religious umbrella group to advocate for a proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage in Florida.

-Morales: An LGBT high school is not a ghetto
If you want help settling the debate over Chicago's proposed LGBT high school, just look 90 miles north. Milwaukee's Alliance High School, now in its fourth year of operation, is a small, public high school dedicated to serving students who have been bullied or harassed in other school settings. The school doesn't keep track of students' sexual orientation, but the staff estimates that LGBT kids make up at least 70 percent of the student body.

-Rosie O'Donnell Returns to NBC with "Rosie's Variety Show"
Openly gay former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell will host a live, hour-long special on NBC on Nov. 26 called Rosie's Variety Show, it was announced in The Hollywood Reporter today.

-Prosecutor: Boy accused of Larry King murder owned White Supremist materials
Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox said that the discovery of white supremacist materials in the bedroom of the 14-year old boy accused of killing openly gay teen Larry King led to the murder charge being upgraded to include a hate crime charge and for the case to be tried in adult court.

-Canadian politician: Execute gays
A Northern Ontario candidate running for a seat in Canada's parliament could find himself sitting in jail instead, after telling high school students that gays should be executed.

-Rosie O'Donnell Returns to NBC with "Rosie's Variety Show"
Openly gay former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell will host a live, hour-long special on NBC on Nov. 26 called Rosie's Variety Show, it was announced in The Hollywood Reporter today.

The Advocate
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-Palin Says McCain White House will be Tolerant of Gay Rights
As the pundits continue to weigh in on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's performance at last night's vice presidential debates -- most agreeing that while she managed to repair a bit of the damage she'd done to her own reputation, nothing to come out the debate proved to be a major game changer -- one particular exchange between Palin and Senator Joe Biden seemed to leave audiences flustered.

-McCain Campaign Does Written Q&A With LGBT Newspaper
The McCain campaign granted an interview to the Washington Blade Wednesday that produced few surprises other than giving the first glimmer that, although Sen. John McCain presently supports the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, he would consider having it analyzed. "On 'don't ask, don't tell,' I'm going to defer to our military commanders. So far they have told me it's working. I'm willing to have the policy reviewed to make sure that's the case, but at the end of the day, I'm going to rely on the commanders who will be impacted by a change in the law," McCain responded in a written statement.

-Equality Riders Get Warm Reception at Liberty University
The 2008 edition of the Soulforce Q Equality Ride reached its first destination at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on Wednesday, where five riders were permitted on campus to deliver books to the library on LGBT issues. In its third year, the Equality Ride seeks to promote dialogue about homosexuality and Christianity by having gay students visit schools across the country where other gay students are discriminated against or outright barred from attending. Seventeen riders are participating this year.

-Pepperdine Wants Name Removed From Yes on 8 Ad
Pepperdine University president Andrew Benton wants all references to his school to be removed from the first Yes on 8 advertisement, which premiered on Monday, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The commercial, which is running throughout California, features Pepperdine law professor Richard Peterson warning that if the ban on marriage equality is not passed on November 4, people could be sued over their personal beliefs, churches could lose their tax exemption, and gay marriage could be taught in public schools. The school's name and Peterson's title appears in text on the screen.

-Advocates for Homeless Gay Youths Descend on Washington
The National Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Homeless Youth will be convening on Friday in Washington, D.C., to ask congressional leaders to help gay homeless children.

-"Condom-Mobile" Stolen in Mexico City
The Condomovil, which has been touring Mexico for a decade dispensing condoms for the purpose of HIV/AIDS awareness and education, was stolen Sunday in Mexico City, according to the Associated Press. While the vehicle was recovered Wednesday, it was missing about 5,000 condoms and some educational equipment.

-GLBT History Month: 31 Days, 31 Heroes
October is GLBT History Month, a national celebration of queer culture through the ages. To remind people of our achievements, the Equality Forum has honored a hero for every day of the month. Who made the list? This month's GLBT History Month was created to remind our youth that gay people can accomplish anything. The Equality Forum -- the nonprofit civil rights group that coordinates GLBT History Month -- is spreading the word about gay achievement by honoring a different queer leader every day through Halloween. Its esteemed list is below; click here for more info on these history-makers.

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-Gay Community Urges Hate Crime Charges
Members of Vancouver's gay community have joined Vancouver police in urging that hate crime provisions of the Criminal Code be applied in what is alleged to have been an unprovoked attack on a gay man preceded by anti-gay insults. Michael Kandola, 20, of Vancouver, appeared in Vancouver Downtown Community Court Monday accused of assaulting Jordan Smith, 27, of White Rock.

-HeteroQueer Activist Speaks at Southern Comfort
"I've been in the family for so long-nearly 30 years-it's home to me.
Straight, to me, is a lifestyle I just can't relate to even though I present fairly straight." C. Michael Woodward identifies as heteroqueer; "It means I'm a man who enjoys the company of women-although that has been known to be flexible-but lives almost exclusively in LGBTQ social circles"

-Senate Okays Bill to Require HIV Testing in Prisons
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday OK'd a bill, already passed by the House, that would require HIV testing for all inmates upon arrival in federal prisons. The bill would require HIV antibody testing and counseling for all incoming inmates and follow-up testing to be available annually. Prisoners potentially exposed to HIV while incarcerated could request follow-up testing and counseling at any time.

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-Portuguese Govt says no to freedom to marry
Link: Otago Daily Times Online
The governing Socialist Party will block an attempt by smaller parties to pass legislation allowing same-sex marriages in Portugal, a senior official says. Socialist parliamentary leader Alberto Martins said his party's lawmakers will be instructed to vote down the proposal. "An overwhelming majority (of Socialist lawmakers) support the party line," Martins said after a meeting of party officials.

-Gay couples as committed as straight couples: study
Link: Reuters
In two new studies that compared same-sex and heterosexual couples using different factors and methods to assess their happiness, scientists found few differences. "Among the committed couples, there were very few differences that we were able to identify either in terms of how satisfied these couples were, how effectively they interacted with one another or how their bodies responded physiologically while they were interacting with one another," Glenn I. Roisman, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, said in an interview. He and his colleagues compared 30 gay male and 30 lesbian couples with 50 engaged heterosexual couples, 40 older, married heterosexual couples and dating heterosexual couples.

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-Leading gay politician Peter Mandelson to rejoin government
The openly gay European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson is to rejoin the Cabinet as Business Secretary. Mr Mandelson twice resigned from the government, having served as Trade and Industry Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary.

-London gay youth left permanently paralysed by homophobic attack
A 21-year-old man has been left permanently paralysed from the waist down after he was set upon by a group of youths while he was on his way to a gay bar in east London.

-Organisers claim homophobic fire department closed gay festival
A gay and lesbian film festival which was supposed to open in St Petersburg yesterday has been thrown into disarray after city fire inspectors ruled the venues were not suitable.

-Arsenal manager says homophobic abuse should not be tolerated
A leading football coach has said insults of any kind should not be tolerated after a Portsmouth player was targeted with homophobic and racist abuse.

-Finnish President speaks out after sacking of lesbian editor
A media company in Finland is facing high level criticism after it allegedly sacked a female newspaper editor because she is in a lesbian relationship. Today the country's President, Tarja Halonen, said she had been shocked to hear of the case.

-McCain's limp responses to questions from gay community
The Republican candidate for President of the United States has given a written response to questions for a leading American gay publication. However, John McCain refused to engage with many of the issues put to him.

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-Judge Orders Obama to Produce Birth Certificate
By Jon Christian Dryer |
On September 29, 2008 US District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick, the federal magistrate for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in the matter of Philip J. Berg vs Barack Hussein Obama, et al as the world was distracted by the $700 billion subprime mortgage crisis. Obama signed a breathe of relief as the mainstream media chose to ignore the question: "Can Senator Barack Hussein Obama legally seek the office of President of the United States?" The flap began in June when National Review's Jim Geraghty raised the question and asked the Obama Campaign to release a copy of his birth certificate in order to prove that he actually was born in the United States. (Reports had previously surfaced claiming that Obama's Kenyan grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, told reporters that Obama was not born in Hawaii, but in Kenya. She reportedly told reporters that when her son, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. returned to Kenya he was accompanied by a pregnant white wife who was close to term.)

-Young, Black, Gay and Vulnerable
At 20, you should be getting dressed at midnight to go to a party, harassing your friends to help put gas in your hooptie, falling in and out of love. The last thing you should be doing is sitting in a doctor's office reading phrases like "viral load" on the wall. But that's exactly where Nkosi Figueroa found himself in 2002 - young and HIV-positive. "It was hard because I thought I knew how HIV worked," said Figueroa, who was working as an outreach worker at a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth.

-Gay Iraqi Leader Assassinated in Baghdad
UK Gay News
LONDON, September 25, 2008 - The Baghdad coordinator of Iraqi LGBT has been assassinated, probably by one of the two religious militia . Peter Tatchell of Outrage! issued the following statement at lunchtime: This morning, I received news from Iraq that the coordinator of Iraqi LGBT in Baghdad, Bashar, aged 27, a university student, has been assassinated in a barber shop. Militias burst in and sprayed his body with bullets at point blank range.

"Happy Porn-Writing Sodomite" Removed from Ministry
BOSTON, MA - On September 19, a Roman Catholic Church in Boston removed author Scott Pomfret from his lay ministry posts due to publicity concerning Pomfret's recently published memoir Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir. Confession details Pomfret's attempts to persuade Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston to drop his support for an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution banning gay marriage. Separately, the church, known as St. Anthony Shrine, also terminated the meetings of its Gay and Lesbian Spirituality Group, of which Pomfret was co-leader. Following Pomfret's ouster, a Roman Catholic Church in Hartford, Connecticut, also abruptly cancelled a previously scheduled speaking engagement by Pomfret.

-Harvey Milk Day Dies with Governor's Veto
By On Top Magazine Staff | On Top Magazine
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a proposed Harvey Milk Day. The measure would have set aside the birthday of the slain gay activist/politician in his memory and encourage public schools to commemorate and educate about the history of California's first openly gay politician. Schwarzenegger's veto came on the last day possible to kill the legislation introduced by openly gay Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)
and passed by lawmakers.

-Army Private Subjected to Anti-Semitic Attacks Brutally Beaten by Soldiers
By Jason Leopold | The Public Record
A U.S. Army soldier was brutally beaten by other soldiers in his platoon earlier this month following two incidents in which a drill sergeants allegedly used anti-Semitic slurs to address the soldier. Pvt. Michael Handman, 20, who has just completed his fifth week of basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, was recently released from a hospital where he was treated for a concussion, facial wounds, and severe oral injuries following the attack, according to the boy's father, Jonathan Handman.

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ROME, Sept 29, 2008 (AFP) - France has settled on an envoy to represent Paris at the Vatican after the Holy See rejected a gay candidate, a French diplomatic source told AFP on Monday. France had earlier decided against proposing author Denis Tillinac for the post because he is divorced, sources close to the dossier said. Instead, Stanislas Lefebvre de Laboulaye, currently France's ambassador to Moscow, is to take up the post, the diplomatic source said. The Beirut-born Lefebvre de Laboulaye has represented France in Moscow since November 2006, following stints as ambassador to Madagascar and consul general in Jerusalem in the 1990s. The last French ambassador to the Holy See, Bernard Kessedjian, died in December 2007. The gay man whose candidacy to replace Kessedjian was rejected is a career diplomat who is in a civil union with his partner, the sources said. The Roman Catholic Church condemns both divorce and active homosexuality, and strongly opposes legal rights for gay couples. The Vatican is rarely placed in the position of opposing potential ambassadors on personal grounds. However, Argentina has also had difficulty naming a new ambassador, having withdrawn the candidacy of divorced former justice minister Alberto Iribarne, who is divorced and living with another woman.

-The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly has condemned discrimination and violence against LGBT people in Bosnia, as part of a Resolution on the Honouring of obligations and commitments by Bosnia and Herzegovina.

-Russian gay community to contest Moscow parade ban in Strasbourg
MOSCOW, October 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian gay activists are set to contest in the European Court of Human Rights the decision by authorities to ban a gay pride march in Moscow during the May holidays, the Gay Russia Web site reported. The Moscow City Court rejected Wednesday the appeal by the gay parade organizers against the decision by the Tverskoy court to accept the ban on holding the event on May 1 and 2 in the Russian capital as legal. The organizers made a total of 155 applications to hold the gay pride march in Moscow five times on the each day of May holidays. However, all of them were rejected by the Russian authorities.

-St. Petersburg, Russia: Gay Festival Hit By Fire Inspection
Two popular local nightclubs are facing closure after they agreed to hold a gay and lesbian film festival on their premises. The Place and Sochi, two venues popular with students, the art crowd and expats, were targets of unscheduled fire safety inspections on the eve of the festival's opening and were in the process shut down for breaking the fire code.

-"MEPs expressing concerns to the embassy of Uganda."
On 23 September the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights sent a letter to the Ambassador S.T. Katenta Apuuli at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the EU. "We have to react to the continued State sponsored persecution of human rights defenders taking place in Uganda," said Raúl Romeva, Vice-President of the Intergroup for Greens/EFA. "Illegal arrests, harassment and torture of LGBT activists are not acceptable and should be halted immediately". In the letter, Members of the European Parliament are bringing up the arrest of human rights defenders Oundo George and Kiiza in the village of Nabweru on 10 September. Oundo and Kiiza were released a week later without receiving any explanation or charges.

-Ireland: Call for reform of sex-change legislation
There is a need for urgent reform of Irish law relating to transgendered people, according to the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC). Transgendered people are those who have had gender reassignment surgery and treatment, having being diagnosed with gender identity disorder. This is a recognised medical disorder where a person's psychological identity and physical characteristics diverge. Under current law a transgendered person cannot have a birth certificate issued with his or her new gender, and does not have the right to marry in that identity. However, in 2008, following a High Court case, the Oireachtas enacted the Passports Act 2008 which recognised a person's right to have a passport issued in his or her new gender.

-Poland's National Gay Rights Organization Is Kicking-Off Its First
International Branch In NYC- With Special Events: To Hold A Conference On Lesbian And Gays In East Europe Poland's main LGBT rights NGO Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), based in seven locations around Poland, is establishing a New York branch. It will kick-off with FILMS ON OCT 3 at the LGBT Center along with a PHOTO EXHIBIT of Polish Parades. There will be a CONFERENCE ON OCT 7 at Syngergos focusing on the recent pride parades in East Europe. A CLOSING PARTY will be held at Mehanata Bar. They hope to march in the annual PULASKI DAY PARADE on Oct 5. as well.

-80% of Bulgarians Have Homophobic Sentiments - Report
The majority of the Bulgarians do not accept people with homosexual orientation, according to a poll, which was presented Wednesday at a roundtable in Sofia dedicated to sexuality issues and AIDS and HIV prevention. According to the research, 80% of all Bulgarians have negative attitudes towards gay people, whereas 59% are extremely homophobic. 70% of the respondents would not send their kids to school with a gay teacher, and 50% would not work with persons with homosexual orientation. In comparison over 50% of the Americans believe gay marriage should be made legal.

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-Regulatory Change to HIV Travel Ban Continues to Stigmatize HIV-positive People, Fails to End Ban
Immigration Equality: "timing of these regulations is deeply troubling" Two months after Congress voted to repeal the ban on HIV-positive travelers to the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that it will issue regulations which purport to "streamline" the waiver application process for HIV-positive short-term visitors. The move comes nearly two years after President Bush directed the agency to streamline the process and fails to follow Congress' mandate to end the ban. "The timing of these regulations is deeply troubling," said Victoria Neilson, Legal Director of Immigration Equality. "In July, Congress issued a bipartisan message to this Administration - remove HIV as a barrier to travel and immigration. Instead of simply ending the HIV travel ban, the administration is again treating HIV differently from any other medical condition."

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Sassy lifestyle e-publication now publishes LA, New York, Dallas and national editions
Gay List Daily, a swank e-publication 'dedicated to making trendy gays even more trendy and gay,' has launched a new localized Los Angeles edition. Gay List Daily also publishes New York City and Dallas editions, as well as a national "anywhere" edition.
Subscribers, who can sign up for free at receive Gay List Daily in their email inboxes every morning (Monday - Friday). Each issue highlights one single item that the publication's editor and writers think subscribers would enjoy reading about. City-specific editions also include localized weekend guides on Thursdays that focus on events, community activities and other fun happenings for the upcoming weekend.

-Pressure on Finland's Alma Media to explain the dismissal of a gay editor mounted on Thursday, with Tarja Halonen, the president, saying she had been shocked by the news. The president urged the employer to explain why a partner's sexual orientation or political activities were valid grounds for dismissal.

-STDs Spread Among Boomers, Seniors
You're Never Too Old For HIV, Activist Says Jane Fowler found herself back on the dating scene after being married 23 years. Then, she found out she had HIV. "I was not promiscuous at all," Fowler said. "I went out with men who were known to me. They had been married and had divorced. They were acquaintances." After dating a few years and having unprotected sex, the mother and grandmother got her diagnosis when she was 56.

-The Importance of Looking Back as We Move Forward
As our movement makes important strides forward, it's important that all of us, especially those of us haven't been around as long, look back at the important accomplishments that brought us here. It's up to all of us to remind each other to occasionally take the time to do this. It's also very important for folks who have any piece of this valuable historical knowledge to share it.
Maybe it's just because I'm a bit of a history geek, but I'm really excited about the film Milk coming out later this year. As I've shared my excitement with others, I've been surprised at other young activists who can't imagine why I would be looking forward to a biopic about the legendary Harvey Milk. "Was he gay?" one young LGBT activist asked me.

-Sen. McCain Reaches Out to Gay Voters
"I hope gay and lesbian Americans will give full consideration to supporting me" - Sen. John McCain
In an historic first, the Republican nominee for President of the United States John McCain, participated in an interview with a gay publication. In a Washington Blade exclusive, Sen. McCain answered questions on a variety of issues important to gay & lesbian Americans and asks for our votes in November. "Sen. McCain's outreach to gay and lesbian voters is unprecedented from a GOP presidential candidate," said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. "Log Cabin is proud to endorse him. We know his inclusive vision for America will draw strong support from LGBT voters." â?oThe gay left has been trying to define John McCain as another George W. Bush on gay issues. His words in this interview further undermine that ridiculous argument,â? said Sammon.

-Tennessee: Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Charging Johnson City Police Department with Bias
Today Lambda Legal is filing a federal lawsuit in Tennessee on behalf of Kenneth Giles against Johnson City and its police chief. The lawsuit centers on the fact that the Johnson City Police Department (JCPD), in a highly unusual action for that Department, released photos of Giles and 39 other men who were arrested in a public sex sting operation. "In America, the police do not get to add an extra punishment to people they don't like," said Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta. "They also do not get to ignore the principle of innocent until proven guilty. The JCPD went out of its way to humiliate Mr. Giles and caused irreparable damage."

-Mont. former same-sex partner gets parental rights
A judge ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former same-sex partner, a decision described as a first for Montana. Michelle Kulstad sought joint custody of two children - an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl - adopted by Barbara Maniaci. In his ruling Monday, District Judge Ed McLean agreed. "To discriminate further against Ms. Kulstad because of her sexual preference in this day and age is no different than telling a person to go to the back of the bus because of her skin color," McLean wrote.

-Western Michigan University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of LBGT Student Services, with generous funding from the Arcus Gay & Lesbian Fund, is pleased to present their inaugeral Student Leadership & Activism Conference on WMU's main campus. The conference is open to everyone, but will focus on the development of student leaders and activists, not only on the campus of Western Michigan University, but on other college campuses as well. Conference activities include keynote speaker Dr. John Corvino, "the Gay Moralist" and presentations from national organizations Advocates for Youth and the Center For Progressive Leadership. Please see the full schedule and info here.

-My name is Kris Goodrich, and I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Human Services at Syracuse University. Currently, I am engaging in my dissertation research which explores the experiences of heterosexual parents with lesbian, gay or bisexual-identified sons or daughters. I have attached the participant's letter which explains the project in greater detail. The survey can be found at this link:

-Victory Fund backs record slate of 100 out candidates

-Parental Notice For Abortion Back On Calif. Ballot
California voters may have a sense of deja vu when they reach Proposition 4 on the November ballot. Twice before, in 2005 and 2006, they have defeated similar initiatives seeking to require notification of parents or guardians when unemancipated minors seek an abortion.

-Iowa AG seeks review of nude dancing ruling

-Deb Price on senate hearing on gay partner benefits.

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-Slavic Immigrants vs. Gay Rights
In this election season, American River College is providing a useful lesson of what happens when you don't vote. A slate of candidates wins a student government election and uses its bully pulpit to take a stand against same-sex marriage.


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NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - October 03, 2008

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-House Approves Bailout on Second Try
Rescue Bill Passed By Safe Margin
By a vote of 263-171, the House of Representatives on Friday accepted the Senate's revised version of the $700 billion plan for the Treasury to intervene in financial markets.

-U.S. Sheds 159,000 Jobs; 9th Straight Monthly Drop
Government data showed the worst month of retrenchment in five years, enhancing fears that the downturn has entered a more painful stage.

-Palin and Biden Are Cordial but Pointed
Gov. Sarah Palin used a steady grin, folksy manner and carefully scripted talking points to punch politely and persist politically at the vice-presidential debate on Thursday night, turning in a performance that her rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., sought to undermine with cordially delivered but pointed criticism.

-Video: Vice-Presidential Debate
Watch the debate, analyze the transcript, check the facts and share your thoughts.

--McCain Abandons His Efforts to Win Michigan
Senator John McCain is giving up on his efforts to win the state of Michigan, his campaign said Thursday, in the latest sign that the faltering economy has reshaped the presidential race and cost Mr. McCain support in crucial states.

Washington Post
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-Banned Books, Chapter 2
Conservative Group Urges Libraries to Accept Collection
During a week that librarians nationwide are highlighting banned books, conservative Christian students and parents showcased their own collection outside a Fairfax County high school yesterday -- a collection they say was banned by the librarians themselves.

-Candidates spar on energy, taxes, war
Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden sparred over taxes, energy policy and the Iraq war in a high-profile debate in which Palin sought to reclaim her identity as a feisty reformer and Biden tried to undercut the maverick image of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain.

-Vice presidential debate quotes from Biden, Palin
Quotes from Democratic Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska during their vice presidential debate Thursday at Washington University in St. Louis:

-Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban Appears to Lose Support
Backers of a referendum to ban same-sex marriage in California are winning the fundraising race, but analysts and public polls suggest that voter sentiment appears to be turning against them.

Biden, Palin on First Amendment
First Amendment Center Online
The First Amendment Center Online has added Democratic Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to its series of First Amendment profiles of the 2008 candidates for president and vice president. The new profiles, by First Amendment Center intern Courtney Holliday, examine areas of the vice presidential candidates' records, votes, statements and other actions pertaining to any of the five freedoms of the First Amendment. In addition, we have recently updated the profiles posted earlier of the Republican and Democratic candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

Pew Research center
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-Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Gains Significant Lead Over McCain
The Illinois senator, helped by the debate, has been able to erase concerns about his ability to lead, to widen his advantage on economic issues and to move to a significant lead in swing states. There has been a broad-based decline in the number of voters who view Palin as qualified to become president. Read more

-A Media/Public Debate Disconnect?
Political pundits, seeing no knockout punch, scored a tie. But viewers awarded the win to Obama. Read more

-Coverage Centers on Volatility in Economy and McCain Campaign
The week's drama suggested that a national crisis and campaign for president do not easily mix; the candidate who tried harder to seize the moment may have had the tougher week. Read more

-Uncertain Times
In every recent election the public has accurately picked the final winner by this time in the cycle. This year is different. Read more

-Money and Politics
Public Support Declines but a Plurality Still Favors the Financial BailoutPlan
A new poll finds little partisan difference in views of the overall plan.
Republicans, however, are less concerned about protecting homeowners although they are not particularly worried about excessive government involvement in the nation's financial markets. Read more

-Interest in Economic News Surges
Public attention to news about the U.S. economy skyrocketed last week, with 70% of Americans following economic developments very closely, up from 56% the previous week. Very close interest cuts across partisan lines with Republicans, Democrats and independents equally engaged. Read more

-Religion and Government
Faith-Based Initiatives Can Expect Further Expansion
Two experts discuss how and why partnerships between governments and religious social service groups are likely to continue to grow no matter which party controls the White House. Read more

-Daily Number 52% - The Best Policy
Fully 52% of the public say it is "absolutely essential" that a political leader be honest and an additional 44% say it is a "very important" quality, making it the most sought after trait in political leader. Check back every weekday for another number in the news. Read more

-A Changing America
Undocumented Immigration Now Trails Legal Inflow, Reversing Trend
Estimates now show that the unauthorized immigrant population grew more slowly from 2005 to 2008 than it did earlier in the decade, although its size has increased by more than 40% since 2000, and now constitutes 4% of the total U.S. population. Read more

-Non-Citizen Immigrants Suffer Sharp Recent Decline in Household Income
The current economic slowdown has taken a far greater toll on households headed by non-citizens than it has on the U.S. population as a whole, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of new Census data. Read more

-Pocketbook Polls
The Bad Rap on the Bailout Bill
Members who voted against the original House bill are said to be responding to strong opposition to the rescue plan from their constituents, but that's not what most Americans are saying. Read moreFaith-Based Politics

-Religious Vote: Much like 2004 but Economy Now Tops Social Issues
A national survey finds remarkable stability in the candidate preferences of major religious groups compared with the last presidential campaign. But issue priorities among all religious groups have changed with possible implications in November. Read more

-Daily Number 37% - Ready on Day One? In
advance of tonight's vice presidential debate, fewer than four-in-ten (37%) Americans say Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as president if necessary, while a majority (63%) say her opponent, Joe Biden, is qualified for the job. Check back every weekday for another number in the news. Read more

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-Obama Adviser Suggests Gates As Possible Holdover
Senior Defense Adviser To Obama Says Gates Might Be A Good Choice To Remain As Pentagon Chief
A senior adviser to Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that the Democrat might see Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a candidate to remain at the Pentagon if Obama wins the White House.

-Stevens loses bid for mistrial
Prosecutors draw a rebuke from judge
A federal judge yesterday rejected a request by Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska to dismiss the charges or declare a mistrial because prosecutors withheld possibly exculpatory evidence from the defense.

-Months later, Obama strikes new tone in Mich.
The financial meltdown is hardly news in Michigan, which has been mired in its own economic crisis for some time and has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

-Alaska Probe of Palin to Go Forward
Judge Won't Block State Investigation of Firing of Police Official
An Alaska judge on Thursday refused to block a state investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her public safety commissioner this summer.

-CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Biden Won
But Voters Also Say Their Perceptions Of Palin Improved
Uncommitted voters who watched the vice presidential debate thought Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden did the best job by a margin of more than two to one, according to a CBS News/Knowledge Networks poll taken immediately following the debate.


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FLORIDA DIGEST - October 03, 2008

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You're invited
Arts NightOUT at the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood
Features artist Alex Heria
Friday, October 3, 2008 6-8:30pm
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood will be hosting Arts NightOUT for Artsunited members and their friends this Friday [tonight}. This reception will feature local gay artist Alex Heria, whose exhibition " Alex Heria: Photographs 2000 -2008 " is on view in the Center's main galleries. The reception with Heria includes beer, wine, a special signature cocktail, and light hors d'oeuvres. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is located at 1650 Harrison Street in Hollywood, Florida. RSVP to Keith Clark at or call 954.568.1154 by Wed., Oct. 1st. The event is $10 with RSVP; $12 at door. For more information about upcoming Art NightOUT event and ArtsUnited programs go to

"Come Out" and hit the bars with the Dolphin Democrats! We are doing a final "hard drive push" to register any stragglers that we may have missed to vote in November. We are asking you to join us at the following locations:
Alibi and Bills - Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 9
New Moon - Friday @ 9
Steele - Sunday @ 9
Tea Cruise - Sunday @ 2
Come on out and join us in this historic registration drive.
For more details, call:
Chip at 954.701.2902 or Linda at 954.630.VOTE

Come join me, Anthony Niedwiecki, for "good spirits, good times, laughter, and goodwill" at the 4th annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest Celebration! I will be there all day meeting residents, answering questions, and enjoying the spirit of the Oakland Park community at one of the city's biggest events of the year.
Oakland Park Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
11:00 AM - 11:00PM
Jaco Pastorius Park
Dixie Highway, North & NE 38th Street
Oakland Park
(for more information click here)

With an 85 percent turnout expected at Florida's polls Nov. 4, it is critical that we urge everyone to VOTE EARLY or ABSENTEE because the voting system will NOT be able to handle the turnout successfully. See Miami Herald article below.

Foster Dad Fights Fla. Ban On Gay Adoption
Recent Ruling Could Help Foster Father's Case
A North Miami couple is the latest to challenge Florida's decades-old ban on adoption for same sex couples, by launching a court fight Wednesday in Miami. Frank Martin Gill and his partner have been foster parents to 4-year old and 8-year old half brothers since 2004. The state terminated the parental rights of the boys' birth mother which makes them eligible for permanent adoption. "I'm just trying to do what I believe is the best thing and in the best interest of my kids," Gill said. "I'm trying to give them a permanent home."

Historic Showdown in Hillsborough County
Just 3 years ago the Hillsborough County commission voted to ban any recognition of gay pride and incumbent Brian Blair, an arch conservative, was at the head of the homophobic pack.
This November we have a huge opportunity to Bring Pride Back in Hillsborough County.
Openly gay candidate Kevin Beckner won the Democratic Primary by a wide margin and now faces Blair in the general election.
Please help Kevin's historic campaign with a donation today.

Dean Trantalis Masquerade Fundraiser at Cinema Paradiso
There has been great response and a lot of excitement generated for The October 10th, Masquerade Fundraiser for Dean Trantalis! We have many great prizes to give away for the Best Masks. There will be 5 chances to win, so be creative! Please note, there will be a special performance scheduled promptly at 8:00pm , in the theatre! If you have not already RSVP 'd for this Event, please do so at (954) 294-7000.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Dean Trantalis Masquerade Fundraiser Committee.
P.S. - Please consider a donation of $25.00-$250.00.

From Broward House
I know most of you received the mass invite to the "Fashion and Compassion" event that Macys, OUT Magazine and INC Clothing are holding as a benefit for Broward House next Thursday, October 9, but I personally wanted to send you and invitation in hopes that you can be with us at this fantastic event. Those who were there last year can tell you how packed and how much fun this event was. There will a live INC Male Clothing Runway Show, the event is hosted by Nikki Adams, DJ Herbie James will be spinning inside Macy's, there will be giveaways and special one night only INC discounts on this night. The space is very limited so if you are able to be with us, please click here to secure your tickets through Pay Pal's secured service (which are only $20 and 100% goes of that to Broward House). If for any reason you have a problem using the online system to order please call Carmine Martorilli (954-522-4749 x 1208) in my office and he will make sure you get on the list. Thanks everyone, I really hope to see you there and please feel free to send this out to anyone you would like
Terry DeCarlo
Public Relations, Marketing and Event Manager
Broward House

You are Invited!
A meet and greet fundraiser for Justin Flippen
Candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission
Sunday, October 12th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
George's Alibi
Manchester Room
2266 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Please consider a contribution between $25 and $500.

Justin S. Flippen
Candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission
The campaign is in the final stretch as we look to November 4th and my email to you today is a request asking for your assistance. Your help walking with me door to door passing out campaign literature would mean a great deal. Please join me any Saturday or Sunday between now and Sunday, November 2nd walking around our beautiful Island City of Wilton Manors. There will be other volunteer opportunities to come, such as volunteering to promote my campaign at the poll on Election Day, November 4th, but the challenge before us now is to make sure that we talk to as many people face to face as possible. We have a strong presence in the community and people are aware of the campaign, but a personal interaction with voters can make a huge difference in guaranteeing their support.
Justin S. Flippen
Candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission

St. Petersburg Times

-Battle Heats Up Over Florida's Marriage Amendment
On the surface, Amendment 2 reads like a ban on gay marriage. But in the final weeks before the election, people on both sides of the debate are traveling the state, arguing that the effects of the amendment could reach far beyond gay people who seek to marry.


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-Florida GOP meets in secret as Obama passes McCain in polls
Florida Republican leaders hastily convened a top secret meeting this week to grapple with Sen. John McCain's sagging performance in this must-win state. Their fears were confirmed Wednesday when four new polls showed Sen. Barack Obama leading, a reversal from just a few weeks ago when McCain was opening
up an advantage.

-Florida's dilemma: Can offshore drilling and tourism coexist?
As tourism industry leaders from the Florida Keys to the Panhandle met Thursday for a summit on offshore drilling, David Mattiford cleaned his fishing charter boat on the Destin Docks nearby and explained why he would welcome the oil companies. Oil platforms could provide perfect cover for attracting schools of fish, oil spills are easily contained with today's technology and - Mattiford argued - charter boat operators cannot keep paying $1,200 each time they fill their boats with gas.

-DEATH PENALTY: Execution set for killer in 1983 case
Gov. Charlie Crist has signed the death warrant for Wayne Tompkins, who has twice avoided execution for the 1983 slaying of a Tampa teenager. His is scheduled to die Oct. 28. An execution date was set Thursday -- for the third time in two decades -- for a man who murdered a Tampa teenager more than 25 years ago.

-Fla. teacher suspended for Obama comment
A Florida middle school teacher has been suspended after students said he used a racial epithet directed at presidential candidate Barack Obama. Seventh-grade social studies teacher Greg Howard reportedly wrote the word CHANGE as an acronym on the board and wrote an expletive with the letter 'N.'

-ELECTIONS: Deadline to register to vote is Monday
To cast an Election Day ballot, the law requires new voters to register by the 'closing date,' traditionally the 29th day before an election -- which this year is Oct. 6.


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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - September 30, 2008

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New York Times
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-Combining Words and Physicality to Explore Religion and Homosexuality
Lloyd Newson first became recognized as a choreographer who boldly blurs the boundaries between dance and theater when his British company, DV8 Physical Theater, arrived on the scene in 1986. His intensely physical, sometimes violent pieces deal frankly with complex issues like sexuality, masculinity and alienation. In "Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men" from 1988, for example, he explored a serial killer's psyche through intense, repetitive movements that were physically daring, even dangerous: falling, climbing, dancers' throwing one another around.

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-Greece: Gays protest for right to wed
ATHENS ROME - Greek gay and lesbian activists are protesting a prosecutor's bid to have the country's first same-sex marriages annulled. Some 50 people took part in Monday's peaceful protest outside parliament, with banners that read "Same-sex weddings are legal" and "I want to get married too." A lesbian couple and two gay men made legal history in Greece in June by getting married in two civil ceremonies on the small Aegean Sea island of Tilos. They took advantage of a loophole in a 26-year-old law that does not specify gender in civil weddings. A prosecutor on the nearby island of Rhodes has tabled a lawsuit seeking the marriages' annulment. The case is due to be heard Thursday.,0,3261009.story

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-Veep debate likely lively
Sarah Palin brought something more effective than facts and figures to an agriculture debate in the Alaska governor's race. She packed an engaging disposition. One of her opponents, Andrew Halcro, had memorized the complexities of the subject beforehand. He was super prepared. He might as well have stared out the window during the proceedings, for all it mattered.

-Neff: Read a banned book lately?
My new Borders Rewards card arrived in the mail the other day and I began to think about all the books off the "banned books" lists I could buy at a discounted rate. I've always wanted to build a library of classics and I could tailor the content to consist of books that have been lifted, removed, defaced or banned - but probably not burned - from U.S. schools and libraries.

-American Airlines calls for passage of inclusive ENDA
American Airlines has told Congress that it's time to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. "[We are] proud to express our strong support of federal workplace non-discrimination legislation that would extend basic job protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans," the company said in a letter to members of Congress.

-Gay Australia beyond Sydney
If you love a big gay Aussie parade (you know, the one that adds a little color to the mainstream media each year) and a crushing number of near naked guys out for fun, Sydney has what you're looking for. However, if you've "been there, done that," or are looking for a different kind of Aussie adventure, head south, and take a chance on the States of Victoria and Tasmania.

The Advocate
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-Gay Bush Appointee Loses Appeal for Fair Treatment
Richard Grenell was appointed spokesperson for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations by President Bush more than seven years ago and became the longest-serving public servant to hold that post. But when it came to having his partner of six years listed alongside the spouses of other U.N. diplomats, his dedication to the job didn't carry much weight with the State Department.

Marriage Equality News
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-FL: Orlando protesters target Magic owner for support of marriage ban
Link: Orlando Sentinel
Inside the Amway Arena, a voice over the public-address system announced that the next two people to buy upper-bowl tickets to the Orlando Magic would get a basketball autographed by Hedo Turkoglu. Meanwhile, outside the facility, protesters chanted, "The billionaire's a bonehead. The billionaire's a bonehead."

-Mormon Youth Group Mans Utah Phone Bank for Proposition 8
Link: Box Turtle Bulletin
by Timothy Kincaid
Students at Brigham Young University are being encouraged to campaign for California's anti-gay marriage amendment, Proposition 8. (BYU News) The International Voice for Youth club sponsored an assembly Thursday night to educate students about the possible effects of not passing Proposition 8 in November. After a speech by Lynn Wardle, a BYU law professor, the students got on their cell phones and started calling fellow students from California.

-New Ecuador constitution includes gay rights guarantees, civil unions
Link: 365 Gay News
Rafael Correa's avowed quest for an "equitable, just" Ecuador won a major boost as voters approved a new constitution that will help the leftist president consolidate power and enable him to run for two more consecutive terms. The new constitution guarantees civil rights for gays and lesbians, including civil unions affording all the rights of marriage. It also guarantees free education through college and pensions for stay-at-home mothers and informal-sector workers. Such measures build on already popular Correa programs that provide low-interest micro-loans, building material for first-time homeowners and free seeds for growing crops.

-FL: Commentary--Gay Marriage Not The Issue For Black Clergy
Link: Palm Beach Post Rhythm & Views blog
by Rhonda Swan
When will more black pastors start putting time and energy into helping bring and keep families together instead of trying to keep gay folks apart? Last week, the Florida Baptist Witness published a story online about a group of 40 black pastors gathering at a Tampa church to announce their support of Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment that seeks to "protect traditional marriage" by prohibiting marriage between same sex couples. [.] How exactly is keeping gay folks from getting married protecting "traditional marriage?"

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-Sean Penn boasts to Madonna about kissing boys
Sean Penn, who is to star in new film Milk, has share an on-screen kiss with co-star James Franco. The actor was reportedly so excited about his first gay kiss that he sent a text message to Madonna about it.

-Top author to create gay characters
Alexander McCall Smith, the best-selling author of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, will introduce gay characters into his new books. The new gay characters will appear in Mr McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street and Sunday Philosophy Club series.

-Gay Congressman at centre of financial crisis
A veteran fighter for gay rights has come under fire for his role in the current crisis in the financial markets. Barney Frank, chairman of the US House of Representatives Financial Services panel, hit back yeserday, mocking Republican representatives for blocking an attempt to inject hundreds of billions of dollars into the American economy.

-Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony
The first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony to take place in a synagogue was held on Sunday. Christopher Whitmont-Stein, 38, and Scott Whitmont, 47, had already entered into a civil commitment ceremony in 2002, took part in traditional Jewish wedding rites.

-Indian court told to ignore health minister's call for decriminalisation
A lawyer representing the government of India has said it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex. The government is opposing a petition filed by gay rights activists asking the Delhi High Court to overturn the law on homosexual acts between consenting adults.

-Record turnout at Asia's largest Pride event
The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday. There were 18,000 participants, making it the largest gay event in Asia.

-EU equality summit meets in Paris
Diplomats, gay rights advocates and equal opportunities experts are meeting in France today to discuss how to apply the principles of non-discrimination in the European Union. 400 delegates will assess the commitments undertaken by the countries which took part in the European Year of Equal Opportunities in 2007.

-Morocco may give gays some rights 'within fifty years'
An international congress on gay rights in Muslim countries has been told that the north African nation of Morocco may grant rights to homosexuals "within fifty years." A representative of a gay group in the country, Kif-Kif, said that although homosexual acts are still illegal, they have unofficial contacts with the Moroccan Socialist Party, reports DPA.

-Google opposes ban on gay marriage
Internet company Google will publicly oppose an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in California. Co-founder Sergey Brin said in a blog posting that the company, which is headquartered in the state and employs nearly 20,000 people, sees the issue as one of equality.

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-Gay Marriage Ban Sparks 'War of the Rings'
By Lisa Leff | Tahoe Daily Tribune
Gettysburg. Armageddon. The War of the Rings.
Those are some of the superlatives culture warriors on both sides of the same-sex marriage divide are using to convey the urgency surrounding California's Proposition 8 on the Nov. 4 ballot, which would place a ban on gay marriage in the state Constitution. To the initiative's backers, nothing less weighty than religious liberty and even the building blocks of society are at stake. To its opponents, the California Marriage Protection Amendment tests nothing more cherished than the American ideals of equality and personal freedom. All of it is riding on whether voters in the nation's most populous state accept or reject 14 words: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

-Jay Bakker Ministers to Those 'Who Have Given Up on Church'
By YONAT SHIMRON | McClatchy Newspapers | Centre Daily
Jay Bakker, Christian punk preacher and son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, preaches about God's love for gays and lesbians, building on a theme his late mother championed. The pierced and tattooed Bakker grew up in Charlotte, N.C., at the heels of his parents' Praise The Lord ministry and television network. The PTL empire imploded in scandal in the 1980s. Afterward, Tammy Faye, who divorced an imprisoned Jim Bakker and married Roe Messner, re-emerged as a television and cult personality - this time embracing gay men infected with the AIDS virus. She died of cancer last year. Her son is following in her footsteps - fighting to end religious and political discrimination against gays and lesbians, and presenting a nonjudgmental, inclusive face to his Christian faith.

-Blacks, Whites Show Prejudices Along Racial Divide
By RON FOURNIER and ERRIN HAINES | Associated Press Writers | Yahoo News
The Classic Creations barber shop sits empty, surrounded by drunks and shuttered storefronts just two blocks from the manicured lawns of Grosse Pointe Park. The contrast isn't lost on LaVar Anthony, a young barber who speaks in riddles of race, class and politics. "What's already understood," he says without looking up from his Ebony magazine, "don't need to be explained." But when it comes to race, what is understood? And what is misunderstood?

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-Sexual cleansing in Iraq: coordinator of Iraqi LGBT murdered in Baghdad by Therion
McCain keeps trumpeting that the surge is responsible for a 'much improved' security situation in Iraq. What he omits to say is that without ethnic cleansing, the partitioning of Baghdad into a walled city and the paying off of Sunni fighters the surge wouldn't have had as much of an impact. These measures have created the surreal appearance of normality heralded as 'progress' by the propagandists at Fox news - but behind the scenes is a tale of repression and violence. This was demonstrated this week when the coordinator of the Iraqi LGBT community in Baghdad, 27 year old Bashar, was gunned down in a barber shop by militia members. This killing and others of gay people, has been given the seal of approval by religious authorities. Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr has actively encouraged attacks on gays. There
is a strain of virulent homophobia in Iraqi society, given sanction by religion and tradition.

-Link here to the video: Queer Fear - Gay life, Gay Death in Iraq, produced by David Grey for Village Film. It documents the tragic fates of gay Iraqis who have fallen victim to the homophobic fanatics who would like nothing less than sexual cleansing directed against the LGBT community in Iraq.

-Link to Gays Without Borders for comprehensive coverage of this story and international challenges facing the LGBT rights movement.

-Iran admits it has gay people
But only a few, says President Ahmadinejad
Execution of lesbians and gays denied
The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has done an astonishing volte-face by admitting in a US TV interview that there are lesbian and gay people in Iran. Only last year, in a speech at Columbia University in New York, he notoriously claimed there were no lesbians and gays in his country. "We do not have this phenomenon," he declared. Last week, however, Ahmadinejad grudgingly conceded there "might be a few" gay people in Iran. [...] Text of the section of the interview relating to gay issues

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-Greeks protest government crackdown on gay marriage
Dozens of gays and lesbians protested outside parliament on Monday against the conservative government's attempt to overturn Greece's first same-sex marriages. Waving banners reading "These Weddings Are Valid", dozens of homosexual couples gathered in central Athens ahead of a court ruling due this week on the two marriages celebrated on the tiny Aegean island of Tilos in June. The Justice Ministry has filed a legal suit to overturn the union of one gay and one lesbian couple after they took advantage of a loophole in Greek civil law that fails to specify gender in matrimony.

-Invitation to submit testimonies to a document concerning transgender rights breaches in Europe
ILGA-Europe is currently compiling an advocacy document concerning transgender human rights breaches across Europe. We intend to illustrate the breaches that we shall highlight through real life examples through personal testimonies, discriminatory practices/policies that are currently in place (in public and private institutions) and/or discriminatory court decisions. I would thus like to ask the members of this group to send any information/documentation that they may have to as soon as possible and ideally by not later than 15th October.

HIV researcher, Prof John Kaldor, has agreed rates of sexually transmitted diseases other than HIV are not a basis upon which to ban gay men from blood donation. The concession came during evidence from Prof Kaldor to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal hearing into gay blood donation which continued in Hobart today. During his evidence, Prof Kaldor has also agree that gay oral sex is safe and that having a period of celibacy from gay anal sex that is longer than the current HIV-detection period of nine days is "conservative". However, Prof Kaldor still maintains that gay anal sex is a high risk activity even when condoms are used.

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-NBJC Partners with California State Conference of the NACCP
In a striking display of unity and support to ensure the civil rights protection of all people across the state, the California State Conference of the NAACP and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have joined forces to champion the issue of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

-The Biology of Voting
A small band of scholars tries to reshape political science
Five years ago, John R. Alford was chafing under the limitations of political science. Despite more than two decades of work in that area, he and his colleagues were failing to make much progress in explaining basic political inclinations, such as why some people trust government while others do not.


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NATIONAL & WORLD DIGEST - September 30, 2008

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-An array of forces lined up against bailout
In the end, the financial markets didn't stand a chance against voter antipathy, partisanship and election year politics. The defeat of the extraordinary $700 billion financial rescue package represented a perfect collision of the forces of modern politics _ a fast-moving Internet campaign, vulnerable incumbents, a weakened and unpopular president, and a roiling presidential campaign _ all working against the so-called Titans of the Universe.

-Palin Gets Ready For Eagerly Awaited Debate With Biden
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew yesterday to Sedona, Ariz., where she will spend the next two days at Sen. John McCain's ranch preparing for Thursday's vice presidential debate, a potentially pivotal event in what has been a whirlwind since she joined the Republican ticket.

-Vote Underscores Bush's Loss of Influence
President Unable To Persuade Many In His Own Party
At 7:34 a.m. yesterday, President Bush strode onto the south driveway of the White House and urged Congress to approve his $700 billion Wall Street rescue package. "With the improvements made to this bill, I'm confident that members of both parties will support it," he predicted.

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-How Voter Fury Stopped Bailout
Left-Right Combo By Opponents Put Plan on the Ropes
The defeat in Congress of a proposed $700 billion economic-rescue package followed an intense outpouring of voter anger, fanned by politicians, interest groups and media on the left and right, that overwhelmed calls from the president and top lawmakers to pass the deal.

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-Skip the line -- vote early or absentee
OUR OPINION: Avoid the crowds, predicted 85 percent turnout on Election Day
A daunting 85 percent turnout is expected at Florida's polls Nov. 4, decision day for deciding the next U.S. president and many other contest. Registrations are way up, keeping election departments busy even as they make preparations for the actual vote. Now some political officials, Democratic and Republican, are worrying that the record turnout will overwhelm Florida's polling system, once again disgracing the state -- as happened in the 2000 presidential election.

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-Minds made up, millions voting early
Confident in their choice, won't wait for Election Day
If you have already made up your mind in the presidential race, is there any point to waiting until Election Day to vote?

-McCain blames Democrats for bailout failure; Obama says look at the record
The failure of the economic rescue plan in the House, and the stock market losses that followed, presented a challenge to both major presidential candidates.,0,5361460.story?track=rss

-The Beltway Crash
Congress lives up to its 10% approval rating. America has survived a feckless political class in the past, and it will again after this week. But Monday's crash and burn of the Paulson plan on Capitol Hill reveals a Washington elite that has earned every bit of the disdain that Americans have for it. This crowd can't even make sausage.

-Palin still excites GOP and conservatives,
but she dips in polls and comedians take aim
Has Sarah Palin become a liability for John McCain? Since joining his ticket, the overnight political celebrity has seen the shine come off her poll standings and doubts surface among some conservatives once excited about her candidacy.,0,4903120.story

-Investigating the Gonzales era
A report on the firings of nine U.S. attorneys is scathing in its portrayal of ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales. U.S. Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey wisely has accepted a recommendation by two watchdog agencies that he name a special prosecutor to determine whether laws were broken in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. But even if there is no finding of criminality, the report released Monday by the Justice Department's office of inspector general and office of professional responsibility is a devastating judgment on one of the worst attorneys general of modern times: Alberto R. Gonzales.,0,93150.story?track=rss

-Our view on Fiancial rescue: At critical moment of crisis, irresponsibility wins the day
GOP ideologues fail test of leadership, block their own president's
proposal. So, at a pivotal moment of severe crisis for our country, here's what passes for leadership: finger-pointing. No sooner had the House of Representatives surprised everyone by voting down a plan to shore up the nation's financial markets, then out came the accusations and blame shifting.


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FLORIDA DIGEST - September 30, 2008

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Gary Resnick is very honored to have received endorsements of key GLBT political leaders. Resnick is running for Mayor in the November 4, 2008, Wilton Manors election. Chief among his endorsements in the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community are Broward County Commissioner Ken Keechl, whose district includes Wilton Manors, Dean Trantalis, former City Commissioner of Fort Lauderdale and President of the Dolphin Democrats, and Michael A. Albetta, former President of the Dolphin Democrats and current President of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. In addition to these leaders in the GLBT community, Gary is very honored to receive the endorsements of State Senators Chris Smith and Nan Rich, State Representatives Perry Thurston, Martin Kiar, and Jim Waldman, as well as virtually all Mayors within Broward County including: Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong of Plantation, Mayor Lori Mosely of Miramar, Mayor Jack Brady of North Lauderdale, Mayor Beth Talabisco of Tamarac, Mayor Debby Eisenger of Cooper City, Mayor Michael Udine of Parkland, and Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach.
For further information, contact Gary Resnick at 954-610-0016.


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-Broward County librarians will help find banned books
It's a novel way to express your rights. Some public libraries in Broward County are participating in a national Banned Books Week They will supply the titles of books banned or challenged. "We believe you should be able to read whatever you want to read," said Michele Andrews, Parkland Library's program coordinator. Among the libraries participating: Margate/Catherine Young branch in Margate;the Pembroke Pines branch/Walter C. Young Resource Center; Tamarac branch, and the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale.,0,4019818.story

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-Broward Judge Cheryl Aleman reprimanded
The Florida Supreme Court on Monday issued a reprimand against Broward Circuit Judge Cheryl Aleman for acting in an ''arrogant'' and unprofessional manner against defense counsel during the 2006 jury selection for accused Hollywood killer Lawrence Braynen. Aleman, who was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush, will have to pay the cost of the investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the state's governing body that investigates complaints against judges.

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-Florida House members help sink bailout
Call it the Sunshine State revolt. House members from across Florida rallied to help defeat the $700-billion Wall Street bailout bill on Monday, with most Republicans and one Democrat opposing the measure despite warnings of economic ruin.

-Report: Everglades In Decline As Restoration Lags
Everglades Report: Delayed Restoration Puts Entire Florida Ecosystem In Peril
A multibillion-dollar effort to restore Florida's Everglades has made little progress amid funding shortfalls, bureaucratic red tape and disagreements, according to a congressionally mandated report that warns the vast wetland is in peril.

-Climate experts, biologists in Orlando to ponder climate change's effect on Florida wildlife
Enormous pythons gorge on rare wading birds along the Wekiva River. Violent storms destroy the aging pines that red-cockaded woodpeckers depend on for nesting. The shock of warming waters and intense sunlight kills coral along the Florida Keys. Those are examples of what global warming could mean in the next century -- if not the coming decades -- for Florida wildlife.,0,5762837.story?track=rss


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