Monday, March 09, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - March 09, 2009

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-Cardinal Keith O'Brien: SNP gay reforms are 'misguided and inappropriate'
By Staff Writer,
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents. The proposal would give gay couples the same fostering rights as straight couples in an effort to address Scotland's shortfall in temporary carers.

-Homophobia 'more common than racism'
By Jessica Geen
A study has suggested that negative attitudes to gay and lesbian people are now more prevalent than racism. The research, carried out by the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology, found that the 60 volunteers surveyed were more likely to show negative attitudes to gays and lesbians than towards any other area of diversity, such as race, gender, age or disability.

-Parents face prosecution for protesting over LGBT History Month lessons
By Jessica Geen
Around 30 parents who took their children out of an east London primary school to protest against them being taught about gay, lesbian and trans relationships may be prosecuted.

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-More Americans Say They Have No Religion
30 Percent Of People Don't Have Religious Weddings
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-John Bosco Nyombi, Ugandan Gay Asylum Seeker, Is Back in the UK

-Gordon Brown on his return from Washington:
"I was in America yesterday and I know you will be sorry I didn't bring Barack Obama back. He is coming soon. But what I saw in America told me what we have to do. This Proposition 8 [which banned gay marriage in California], this attempt to undo the good that has been done. This attempt to create divorces among 18,000 people who were perfectly legally brought together in partnerships, this is unacceptable and shows me why we always have to be vigilant, why we have always got to fight homophobic behaviour and any form of discrimination."

-A gay blog from Texas, operated by several gay men, recently addressed the issue of gay people taking vacations in Jamaica. While the blog doesn't come right out and say there should be a tourist boycott organized over the country's woeful mistreatment and demonizing of gay people, it still makes a direct point: Don't spend money visiting Jamaica. I am still amazed that there has been no real coordinated effort on the Jamaican government by both USA and other activists. We seem to keep wishing that our non-action will someday move this awful government to end its violence and stigma against gays. Good wishes aren't enough. Count me as one gay American who supports not only what the BoxTurtleBulletin is saying about no travel to Jamaica, but who also endorses more economic and political pressure on this homo-hating government.

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-The chief of Moscow's militia Vladimir Pronin is convinced that mass public
acts involving sexual minorities are unacceptable for the city. "It's inappropriate, and we can't allow any gay prides. Nobody will venture do it, otherwise this darer will be torn into pieces", Pronin declared in his interview to Interfax. "Let everybody in the West consider us bad, but our citizens know that we're right. Our country is patriarchal, and that's all of it", he underlined. "I fully support the opinion of the Church, our Patriarch, and politicians including Luzkov (the mayor of Moscow) who are assured that man and woman should love each other. It's the law of God and nature", the head of Central Home Affairs Directorate added. "It looks like the capital's militia is confessing its own inconsistency which means their disability to defend RF citizens from offence and encroachment upon their safety", Vyacheslav Revin, the coordinator of Movement For The Rights Of Lesbian Gays Bisexual And Transgender People In Russia

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-Church: Florists Should Be Allowed To Say No To Gay Weddings
The Hartford Courant
Concerned that the state's new same-sex marriage law would infringe on religious liberties, the Connecticut Catholic Conference today proposed some broad exemptions which it believes are necessary to protect those rights.,0,4115315.story

-Transgender kids: How young is too young for a sex change?


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