Sunday, March 08, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - March 08, 2009

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New York Times
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-Gossip Boy, but Just for a Day
GORE VIDAL, it is said, advised us never to pass up a chance to have sex or appear on television. Many have learned through brutal experience the spectacular unwisdom of the first admonition. I now have personal knowledge of the folly of the second.

-The Baffling World of Visa Restrictions
LATE last month, the United Arab Emirates denied a visa to the Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer to play in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. Then, just days later and after harsh criticism by the tennis world, the Emirates turned around and issued a visa for another Israeli tennis player, Andy Ram, to play the next week.

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-Clinton offers Iran, Syria, Russia new path with U.S.
By Paul Richter
GENEVA - If anyone doubts the "restart" button has been pushed on U.S. diplomacy, consider the message on a T-shirt worn by a young gay rights advocate at a question-and-answer session in Belgium last week: "I Love Hillary." "I must call on this young man," said the new secretary of state.,0,3918686.story

The Advocate
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--Clinton: We'll Do Better By Gays and Lesbians
By Michelle Garcia
The Obama administration will focus more on humanitarian efforts concerning gays and lesbians around the world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said when addressing old U.S. foreign policies at a European Parliament session. Clinton answered a question from a gay rights activist identifying himself as Max from Moldova, about uninclusive foreign policies.

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-Corvino: Why gay couples are like straight couples
By John Corvino
Sex doesn't merely make babies; it creates intimacy-for gays and straights alike. Read more...

-Hawaii lawmakers cautious on future of civil union bill
A bill that would allow civil unions for same-sex couples remains stalled in committee with Senate leaders uncertain how to move forward.

-Kentucky anti-gay adoption bill advances
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Legislation that would bar unmarried couples in Kentucky from adopting or fostering children has passed a key committee and now advances to a vote on the floor of the Senate.

Pink News - UK
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-California Supreme Court judges hear Prop 8 arguments
By Jessica Geen
Campaigners must wait 90 days to hear the judges' decision Supreme Court judges sat to hear arguments last night in favour of abolishing Proposition 8 in California.

South Florida Blade
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-Fla. students challenge school's gay club ruling
'Gay-Straight Alliance' against school policy
By Dan Renzi
An attorney for two gay students at a north Florida high school told a federal judge Thursday they should be allowed to form a campus club promoting tolerance toward gays, despite a school prohibition. But a lawyer for the Nassau County School Board said the group's name, Gay-Straight Alliance, is against school policy.

Steve Rothaus
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-Gay Task Force executive director Rea Carey attends White House healthcare forum
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey, in South Florida last week for Winter Party Festival, attended a White House healthcare forum this week with President Barack Obama. Here's the Task Force news release: "In the coming months, the macro themes and issues raised at the summit will work their way through to concrete policy and funding decisions that will affect the day-to-day lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."


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