Friday, April 03, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - April 03, 2009

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New York Times
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-Early Alarm for Church on Abusers in the Clergy
The founder of a Roman Catholic religious order that ran retreat centers for troubled priests warned American bishops in forceful letters dating back to 1952 that pedophiles should be removed from the priesthood because they could not be cured.

-Vermont: House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The Vermont House has advanced a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry. The bill has already cleared the Senate. It passed the House in a 95-to-52 vote, enough for approval but not enough to override a promised veto by Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican.

Washington Post
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-Iowa Supreme Court to release gay marriage ruling
The Iowa Supreme Court was expected to release a much-anticipated ruling Friday on whether the state's gay marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples.

Wall Street Journal

-Sequins? What Sequins? Canada's New Spin on Triple Loops
Figure Skaters Have a Tough Time Pitching The Sport's Muscle; 'Show the Masculinity'
Vaughn Chipeur says he has "to pound it out" every day to keep up with the competition. He endures two grueling practice sessions a day, six days a week. He's suffered a groin injury and his feet are sometimes wrecked after a tough workout.

Steve Rothaus
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-Daughter of transgender mother sends good wishes to those attending gender identity workshop
An e-mail from K. Warren:
The Brain God Gave Me: A Fictional Memoir Based Upon the True Life Story of Roxie HowardI am the daughter of a transgender parent, although I don't live in Fl anymore I came across your article. I believe I have a book that you or others may even find help with. My mother wrote it, "The Brains god Gave Me," by Roxie Howard. I have always stood by my mother and accepted her, no matter what. Family members other than myself have "disappeared" and wanted nothing to do with us. Although her book hasn't sold many copies it has yet to have a bad review. A mother who has a gay son actually read the book and told my mother it helped her understand her son. I hope you take the time to look at the book, it is currently on Amazon. I have lobbied with my mother and others in D.C. I have never judged, I was taught by a great mother, someone who was there for me no matter what, that judging others is wrong. People are who they are. I wish you much luck with your workshop in Miami
Health and Happiness,
K. Warren

-Care Resource in Broward designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center
An e-mail from Care Resource, South Florida's largest AIDS service agency:
Care Resource
April 2, 2009
This is a second communication in an ongoing series of news items updating you on our agency, Care Resource. This time, I am particularly pleased to announce that Care Resource was recently designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center for its Broward office location and operations, effective March 1, 2009. A little over a year ago now, we applied for this designation to expand our work and mission in the community to provide primary medical health care to underserved individuals in our service area. Our application proposed to serve all those from adolescents to the elderly, with of course, a continued special focus on our current work with those affected by HIV, but also to expand our services overall to the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Community in particular. This application was the result of a strategic planning process undertaken by our Board the year prior. This effort focused on (among other things), what our current strengths and opportunities were to grow our work in the community where we perceived there may be unmet needs. When we applied, we learned initially (last summer) that we actually received a "grant rating" of 94 out of 100 possible points, and while we felt very good about that score, it was just under the level needed to be funded and designated at the time, due to financial constraints on the overall monies available, and the very high number of applicants. It was explained however, that if more monies were to become available in the same year, we still might receive an award. More . . . .

The Advocate
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-Ultimate Fighting President Apologizes for Antigay Slur
By Julie Bolcer
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White has apologized for a profanity-laced video blog in which he used an antigay slur. White posted the video on Wednesday to comment on a story that he disliked by mixed martial arts reporter Loretta Hunt of The story was critical of new UFC restrictions on how backstage credentials are issued to fighters' agents and managers.

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-eHarmony now loves gay people. Really.
By Kate X Messer
It's true. After a court settlement in November, 2008, online dating giant eHarmony is coming out with Compatible Partners, a new website offering gay and lesbian members the same chance to find love as heterosexual customers.

Pink News - UK
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-Gay adoption critic named as New Archbishop of Westminster
The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, a staunch opponent of gay adoption, has been named as the new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Archbishop Nichols, 63, will take over from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor next month.

-Slimming World backs down over competition gay ban
Slimming World, the weight loss company, has said it will allow gay couples to enter its Mr & Mrs slimming competition after members complained to Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner were barred from entering the competition, as were Rob Perry-Griffiths and his partner.

-Gays and lesbians 'more likely to vote Tory'
Gay and lesbian voters are now more likely to vote Tory rather than Labour, a poll has suggested. The survey of 1,800 gay men and women, found 30 per cent said they intend to vote Conservative at the next general election.

Daily Queer News
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-Active Ingredient in Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells
Yahoo News
HealthDay Reporter by Alan Mozes
New research out of Spain suggests that THC - the active ingredient in marijuana - appears to prompt the death of brain cancer cells. The finding is based on work with mice designed to carry human cancer tumors, as well as from an analysis of THC's impact on tumor cells extracted from two patients coping with a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. Explaining that the introduction of THC into the brain triggers a cellular self-digestion process known as "autophagy," study co-author Guillermo Velasco said his team has isolated the specific pathway by which this process unfolds, and noted that it appears "to kill cancer cells, while it does not affect normal cells." Read more


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