Thursday, February 05, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - February 05, 2009

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Washington Post
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--Ask Amy
DEAR AMY: Our son is gay and has been in a stable relationship for the past 12 years. He and his partner have not kept their relationship in the closet nor have they announced it. Recently, my sister-in-law took it upon herself to disclose our son's relationship to her siblings and her mother, who is 97. That didn't bother our son so much, but now his aunt is calling our son and telling him that he can change. She is also bringing in other people to this situation. We have kept out of it. Our son is an adult; he feels he can handle things, and I agree. I tried to talk to my sister-in-law, but when she laughed and said this had to "come out," I lost my cool. How can we handle this, defuse the situation and still get her to stop? -- Angry Mom

-Christian right challenges Obama's Justice picks
Christian conservatives are challenging President Barack Obama's picks for top Justice Department positions, charging that past clients like Playboy taint their resumes. "Ogden has been an activist in the support of a right to pornography, a right of abortion and the rights of homosexuals," said Patrick Trueman, a former Justice Department official during the first Bush presidency who is now in private practice. "It isn't so much that he's represented pornographers or that he's been a porn attorney, but it's his world view, and his world view reflects President Obama's world view," said Trueman, echoing criticism from conservative activist groups like the American Family Association and Focus on the Family.

Wall Street Journal

-Faith-Based Program Gets Wider Focus
When President Barack Obama launches his version of the faith-based initiative Thursday, he will expand the mission to include abortion reduction and outreach to the Muslim world. He will also try to avoid the thorniest constitutional issues that beset the program for years under his predecessor.

The Advocate
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-Sam Adams Speaks to
Sam Adams made history when he became the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, taking the reins of Portland, Ore., in January. Unfortunately, Sam Adams made bigger headlines when he admitted, just days after he took office, to having had a sexual relationship with a teenager while he was city commissioner in 2005, an allegation that he had denied while running for office. Days later, Adams sat down with to tell his side of the story.

-N.H. Considers Competing Bills on Same-Sex Marriage
New Hampshire legislators are mulling two very different bills -- one that would build on the state's civil union bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and one that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The state's house judiciary committee will hold a hearing on both bills Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Bishop of the New Hampshire diocese V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay -- and actively partnered -- priest to be elected bishop by the Episcopal Church, is slated to testify in favor of the same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Splaine. The bill that would ban same-sex marriage is being carried by GOP representative Leo Pepino. Other legislation regarding legal unions is also under consideration. One bill would make the protections afforded by civil unions accessible to straight couples and relatives of the same gender. Another would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states as civil unions. (

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-New Figures: Catholics, Evangelical groups outspent Mormons on Prop 8
Newly released figures from the California secretary of state's office show that the biggest contributor to the campaign to approve a ban on same-sex marriage in the state was the Knights of Columbus, the political arm of the Roman Catholic Church, which gave $1.275 million.

-Calif. Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case March 5

-Mayor's Affair: Beau Breedlove speaks out
by Barbara Simon
We've heard the openly gay mayor of Portland, Oregon, Sam Adams, apologize for his affair with a teenage intern, and confess he lied about it while running for office. But for the first time, the young man at the center of the City Hall scandal is speaking out, and only to 365gay News. You can see the full interview exclusively on 365gay News, Thursday at 7pm Eastern and Pacific, on Logo.

-Teen accused of male-on-male sex assaults in web scam
An 18-year-old male student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.

-Anti-gay amendment advances in Wyoming
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Legislation to amend the Wyoming constitution to ban same-sex marriage has passed a key legislative committee. The House Judiciary Committee voted 5 to 4 to send the joint resolution to the full House for debate.

-NYC Judge: Survivor of gay couple married in Canada gets estate
By The Associated Press
A judge has issued New York state's first ruling that the survivor of a legal same-sex marriage is entitled to inherit a dead spouse's estate.

-Only 20 percent of Oregon gay couples register
A year after Oregon established a domestic partner registry, about 2,600 Oregon same-sex couples - about one in five - have registered.

-Mass. man pledges $100M for AIDS vaccine research
A businessman pledged $100 million Wednesday to Massachusetts General Hospital to create an institute that will search for vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases.

-Questions remain over gay inclusion at White House faith-based office
The Obama administration is set to announce a diverse set of advisers to a revamped White House office that will steer government money to religious and neighborhood groups doing social service work. They include a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Jewish rabbi active in Washington and a pioneering female African-American bishop.

Pink News - UK
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-Home Office is failing HIV+ asylum seekers claims charity
By Staff Writer,
A leading charity has said the government is not doing enough to help asylum seekers who are living with HIV or AIDS.

-Vatican diplomat stresses the principles of "natural law" ahead of Spain visit
By Staff Writer,
The Roman Catholic Church's most senior diplomat has set the tone for his visit to Spain today with some oblique criticisms of the country's government.

-New index hopes to identify world's most gay friendly business
By Staff Writer,
A new international business equality index will assess which companies are best serving their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees, suppliers and consumers.

-Chronicler of New York's gay liberation movement dies aged 76
By Staff Writer, .
One of the founders of one of the first gay rights groups in America who later chronicled the movement has died. G Donn Teal was 76 years old.

-Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence
By Staff Writer,
A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.

-Peer convicted of gay sex offences could be expelled from Lords under new rules
By Staff Writer,
An hereditary peer who was prosecuted for gay sex offences in a trial that scandalised 1950s Britain could lose his seat in the House of Lords under new proposals. Last month it was revealed that four Labour peers had discussed changing legislation at the behest of lobbyists for payments of up to £120,000.

-Beckham: Inside me there is a gay man who wants to come out
By Staff Writer,
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has said she has more in common with gay men than other women. The wife of footballer David Beckham, she is close friends with prominent gays Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish.

Daily Queer News
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-TX: Out Lesbian Annise Parker Runs for Mayor of Houston
Pam Spaudling | The Bilerico Project
Annise Parker is a popular elected official in Houston, and she's making a strong bid to become the city's first openly gay mayor. Parker is a past president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, and represents 2.2 million people as City Controller; Houston is the fourth most populous city in the US, so a win by Parker - and she's a frontrunner - would be momentous, particularly in a Red State. Parker has a proven track record serving the people of Houston for the last 11 years - first on the City Council, and for the last five years she has been the City Controller. Her campaign video: Read more

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-Rugby Players Go Balls Out Against Cancer
Leave it to British rugby players to put their balls on display to educate other men about testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is one of the leading cancers among men 14-40. In this NSFW clip a rugby team disrobes with the help of a health professional to learn how to examine their testicles for lumps that may signal testicular cancer. The clip is fun, sexy and informative. We need more of this kind of smart and honest stuff to educate men on how to keep themselves healthy.

-Teaching Moments on Free Speech, Constitutionalism and Lobbying the Court
A small town's plea to the US Supreme Court raises a number of big-theory constitutional questions. Its being reported (article below from The Olympian) that lawmakers in Sugar City, Iowa, wrote to the Justices urging them to reconsider the constitutional protection given some forms of adult entertainment. Judicial decisions that prohibit municipalities from banning adult entertainment outright, they said, "severely handicapped the community's efforts to retain a morally and aesthetically satisfying environment."

-Fla. Bar Joins Fight Against State's Ban on Adoptions by Gays

-Women say S.A. mall cops arrested them for kissing
By Jeorge Zarazua San Antonio Express-News
Jessica Garcia intends to prove in court that security officers at Rolling Oaks Mall unfairly targeted her and her girlfriend when they were arrested in December on trespassing and other charges. Garcia said the officers - a Bexar County sheriff's deputy and an employee from a private security company - began harassing them Dec. 26 because her girlfriend gave her a kiss on the cheek while sitting inside the mall on a bench. Mall officials said the women, both 22, were acting inappropriately and were told to leave because they were not complying with the shopping center's code of conduct.

-Sex Toy Sales Rise in Struggling Economy
MINNEAPOLIS - After the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, shocked the world, retailers of adult products reported an upswing in sales of "bedroom aids." That didn't surprise marriage and family therapists, sexuality counselors or sex workers, who believe that in hard times people naturally gravitate toward intimate pleasure as a coping mechanism. Now, with the economy taking a full-fledged nose-dive, sex-toy retailers are reporting revenue increases of from 7 to 13 percent, both in the brick-and-mortar realm and online.


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