Sunday, February 15, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - February 15, 2009

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-Fallen Soldiers, Coming Home in Public
In an HBO movie that has its premiere on Saturday, Kevin Bacon, playing the part of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, escorts the body of Chance Phelps, 19, a fellow Marine killed in Iraq, home to his parents in Wyoming. There's no real plot; the linear narrative follows Colonel Strobl through his solemn rituals, often including a slow ceremonial salute, as he watches over Private Phelps (later Lance Corporal Phelps). The body is moved in a shipping container through various airports, from cargo hold to cargo hold, on its long last journey.

-Ventura, CA: Suit Filed Over Killing of Teenager in Classroom
The family of a gay middle school student who was shot to death in class has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit that accuses the school district, a shelter and a gay rights organization of failing to protect him.

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-Scripture war behind schism
Some parishes chose to leave their national churches.
By Sue Nowicki
The Episcopal Church isn't the only denomination facing a split between liberal and conservative interpretations of Scripture. The Presbyterian Church USA also has seen individual churches leave the national church. There are similarities between the denominations: Both have had more than 100 churches leave the national churches, mainly over differences about the authority of Scripture and the ordination of gay clergy. Both national churches claim more than 2 million members.,0,3663616.story

-South Florida sees slump in lucrative gay tourism
Competing destinations, poor economy cut into lucrative gay, lesbian tourism market
By Doreen Hemlock
In the aftermath of 9-11 attacks in 2001, gays were among the first to board planes and travel, providing a lifeline for South Florida tourism. Marketers swooned over the resilience of gay tourists, who tend not to have children and generally travel more than average.,0,3224156.story


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