Tuesday, March 03, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - March 02, 2009

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Washington Post
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-Indian Youth Festival Puts Sexy Back in Dialogue About Safe Sex
By Rama Lakshmi
NEW DELHI -- A recent youth festival aimed at raising awareness about health issues and HIV in India did something unique to draw visitors. Amid all the sobering talk of at-risk communities, safe sex and health care, the festival invited bashful attendees to talk about pleasure.

-Deja new: Prop. 8 challenge reaches Calif. court
A year after the state Supreme Court entertained arguments on extending marriage to gay couples, many of the same lawyers will be back before the same justices this week arguing why California's voter-appproved ban on same-sex marriage should stand or fall.

Wall Street Journal

-Generalísimo Francisco Franco Is Still Dead -- And His Statues Are Next Socialist Government Banishes Fascist Icons Though Nostalgia for the Dictator Lives On
MADRID -- Every Nov. 20, for the past dozen years, Sinforiano Bezanilla has visited a pigeon-covered statue of Gen. Francisco Franco to pay homage to Europe's longest-serving fascist dictator.

South Florida Blade
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-Tauscher to introduce 'Don't Ask' repeal
Bill has 144 bipartisan co-sponsors
From Washington Blade staff reports
An aide of Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) has said she will introduce legislation today to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban against gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, according to The Politico. Tauscher is the lead sponsor of the MIlitary Readiness Enhancement Act.

-Obama to boost domestic AIDS spending
But 2010 budget seen as a 'mixed bag' on HIV
President Barack Obama has released a summary of his proposed $3.6 trillion federal budget for fiscal year 2010 that calls for an unspecified increase in funding for domestic AIDS program, including HIV prevention efforts.

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-Challenge to Arkansas gay adoption ban continues
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Attorneys for a dozen families who are challenging an Arkansas law banning unmarried couples from becoming foster or adoptive parents have asked a judge to deny a state motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.

-Argentina officially ends trials for homosexual acts in military
By The Associated Press
(Buenos Aires, Argentina) Members of Argentina's armed forces will be tried by civil courts rather than military tribunals under a new rule - part of a government effort to increase control over the military.

-No charges in San Diego gay pride shooting death
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
A seven month investigation by San Diego Police and the District Attorney's office into the police shooting of a man during a gay pride boat cruise has concluded that officers acted legally.

-Second suspect arrested in Sucuzhanay murder
By James Withers
At the height of the first OJ Simpson trial (yeah he killed his former wife and her friend), I heard many a conversation about the perfidy of defense lawyers. "I could never be a defense attorney," was the standard refrain. "I care too much about the truth."

Pink News - UK
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-MPs and celebs back petition on gay asylum seekers
More than 4,000 people have signed a petition on the Downing St website calling for an end to gay deportations. It asks the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned. Click here for full article

-Lesbians who have IVF win right to name partners on birth certificates
Lesbians who have children through IVF will be able to name their partners on birth certificates from next month. Click here for full article

-Analysis: What the new IVF parenthood laws mean for lesbians
From April 6th, lesbian couples will automatically have both their names added to the birth certificate of children conceived following fertility treatment. Click here for full article

-Sean Penn wants to take Milk to the White House
Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has said that his film Milk is "one of the steps forward" in the battle for gay marriage. Mr Penn won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk. Click here for full article

-Norwegian lesbians celebrate "first" humanist marriage ceremony
Humanists in Norway are claiming to have conducted their first legal same-sex marriage ceremony. Cecilia Patricia Stensland, 24, and Janne Lemvig Abrahamsen, 38, wed in Oslo last week. Click here for full article

-Roman Catholics complain about teachers "promoting equality"
A new code for teachers has been branded "unacceptable" by Roman Catholic leaders because it promotes equality. Click here for full article

-Gay marriage vigils planned ahead of Prop 8 appeal to Supreme Court
Lesbian, gay and bisexual Californians and their supporters will take to the streets of more than a dozen cities next month to protest against a ban on gay marriage in the state. Click here for full article

-Catholic bishops 'helped defeat' domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico
Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate. Click here for full article

-Republican politician partially apologises for comparing gays to murderers
A state Senator in Colorado has admitted he has caused insult by comparing gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers. Click here for full article

-Lithuania's EU Commissioner denies she is a lesbian
A leading Euro politician has responded to speculation about her personal life. Dalia Grybauskaite is the EU Commissioner for Financial Planning and Budgets. Click here for full article

Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-Support the Iranian people, oppose Tehran's clerical fascism
Peter Tatchell says solidarity with the Iranian freedom struggle is non-negotiable, no matter how much the US threatens a military strike.

-From Richard J. Rosendall
I have extracted the HIV/AIDS-related items from the U.S. State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practice for 2008. You can find the extracts online. Richard J. Rosendall

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