Monday, April 06, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - April 06, 2009

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Washington Post
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-The Guerillas' Last Call
Washington Activists Liberate One Final Straight Bar
By Monica Hesse
After five years, 43 bars, 48 events, and at least one instance of a guy whipping his shirt off and gyrating to Madonna in front of confused Georgetown University parents, it was time for a beloved gay and lesbian institution to end.

Wall Street Journal

-MySpace a Bulletin Board, Not Private Room, Says California Court
By Ashby Jones
How do social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace fit within the world of privacy law? Are such sites private rooms in which one can pen his or her internal thoughts without fear of others misappropriating such thoughts? Or are such sites really just bulletin boards for the world?

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-Mormon church president tells followers not to let protesters discourage their faith
Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson told members Sunday
to not be discouraged by those who may malign or ridicule the church as it seeks to uphold its moral values in a changing world. His remarks on the second day of the annual spring conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are a tacit reminder of the negative backlash Mormons felt since last fall when the church worked with a coalition of groups to successfully ban gay marriage in California.,0,5165188.story

Steve Rothaus
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-CNN: 6 gay Iraqi men shot dead by members of their tribe
CNN reports that six gay men in Iraq were shot dead by members of their tribe in two separate incidents in the past 10 days. Click here to read more.

-MAC AIDS Fund grants $475,000 for initiative targeting people with HIV/AIDS over the age of 50
The MAC AIDS Fund, the AIDS foundation founded by M·A·C Cosmetics, in 1994, has granted nearly a half-million dollars to four HIV/AIDS service groups to launch an initiative targeting people with AIDS over the age of 50.

The Advocate
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-Union Leader: Prospective Male Teachers Thwarted by 'Gay' Stereotype
By Julie Bolcer
Fears that they will be perceived as gay combine with poor pay to discourage men from pursuing careers as primary school teachers in England and Wales, a national union official says. "It's important that there are male role models in primary schools but a lot of the time we don't see them," said Tony Souter, joint divisional secretary of the National Union of Teachers, as reported by the Coventry Telegraph.

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-Ex-Playboy staffer files discrimination suit
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Playboy magazine's former fashion director claims he was fired because of his sexual orientation and his age.

Pink News - UK
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-Coronation Street to feature first lesbian character?
ITV soap Coronation Street is to feature its first lesbian character, according to reports. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, will begin a same-sex relationship with a friend, a source told a Sunday newspaper. Click here for full article

-Mark Oaten: 'Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before expose'
Former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him. Click here for full article

-HIV stigma "fuels homophobia and discrimination"
A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein. Click here for full article

-Lesbian couples undergoing IVF now permitted to put both names on birth certificates
Lesbian women in civil partnerships who use IVF to conceive children will now be legally recognised on birth certificates. This new right was introduced as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which was approved by the House of Commons last year. Click here for full article

-Gay groups call for medical help for 'homophobic' university professor
A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted". Click here for full article

-Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum
Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric. It has also emerged today that a further four were murdered in March. Click here for full article

-Chicago police officer accused of gay harassment
A Chicago police officer has been accused of making false drink-driving arrests, using excessive force and gay harassment. The Chicago Tribune reports that four lawsuits were filed against Town Hall District Police Officer Richard Fiorito on Thursday. Click here for full article

Daily Queer News
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-No On 8 Honchos Catch a Break
Rex Wockner | Wockner
Last Nov. 15 when gays and their supporters marched against just-passed Prop 8 in 300 cities in all 50 states, San Diego had the biggest march of all that day, making many locals wonder, WTF? But things apparently have calmed down here since, and the classic "chill" attitude of our local GLBT dudes and dudettes again rules the day. Last night, the Equality California, et al., traveling road show came through town - to update us on marriage-equality issues in California and seek our input on how to proceed - and not one of the 125 people who turned out at the gay center criticized the No on 8 honchos for their handling of the campaign that lost us same-sex marriage in California. Apparently, at least here, it is time to move on. Speaking above, the ever-foxy Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. To her right, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors and, to his right, EQCA's new marriage director, Marc Solomon, former head of MassEquality. The night before, the road show was in L.A. I'm told some 400 people turned out there and that the crowd was somewhat less forgiving, but I've yet to see any actual news reports from the gathering. Unfortunately, most of the audience questions in San Diego weren't really all that informed. One can only assume that people who are already informed didn't so much feel the need to attend. Read more

-Urgent: Hate crimes legislation introduced - speak out
We've just gotten word from our legislative action team that a comprehensive hate crimes bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives.This very same bill has been before Congress many times before, but here's what's different: this time, we have a chance of seeing it become law. Your representatives need to hear from you right now. Click here to send them a short message urging them to pass comprehensive hate crimes legislation. This is our chance to secure federal protections for the LGBT community from vicious attacks and hate. But there's no guarantee we'll win without your action today.Our opponents also know that we have the votes to get this bill passed and with the Obama administration poised to see it through, they'll be fighting with everything they've got to make sure we lose.We cannot let that happen. By taking action today, you can help make sure the LGBT community is protected and has the resources to seek justice when victimized by hate crimes.Please, take action now, then urge everyone you know to get in touch with their representatives. Now is our moment and we need your voice. Sincerely,
Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

-Oprah, Lesbianism, and a Colonoscopy
Dave White | Advocate Oprah, Lesbianism, and a Colonoscopy Isis, before The gays are bringing the heartwarmth to the airwaves lately. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's sweeps. Now, in life, it's always a mixed bag of stuff. All grown folks know this. A bit of awesome happens for the queers in one corner of the globe while at the same time something horrifying takes place somewhere else. But it's weird, when you're paying attention to the media and our little niche in it, how things seem to go in waves. For a while all you'll see is doom: some new injustice or embarrassment or asshole politician trying to make our lives miserable with the help of his newfound friends from religions he formerly demonized. And then, without warning, it's all smiles and love and cotton candy and glamour shots and people in love with Adam Lambert. And there's no way of predicting which way the tide will turn. Read more

Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-Gays and Lesbians: the hidden minorities of Bangladesh
Bangladesh has been on the pages of the western media of late, mostly due to political violence, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and attacks on minorities. One of the minorities rarely mentioned in any media, Bangladeshi or western is the gay/lesbian population of the country. It is a topic seldom discussed anywhere, very rarely even in progressive circles. It is not that the estimated more than 10 million gay/lesbian Bangladeshis are having a great time in Bangladesh. Instead, they are constantly on the vigilance, having to watch behind their backs for fear of being found out. In the process their lives and those who are dependent on them are being ruined.

-Iraqi police: 2 gay men killed in Baghdad slum

Equality Forum 2009
International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center Equality Forum's signature event honors Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco with the 14th annual International Role Model Award and The New York Times Company with the 7th annual International Business Leadership Award. On February 12, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom garnered worldwide attention when, at his direction, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to sanction same-sex marriages. "The New York Times Company has had a profound impact on our civil rights movement, with its diverse and inclusive workplace, its international impact with news and editorial content, and inclusion of same-sex marriages and civil unions in the Vows section," said Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum. GLBT elected officials and movement leaders expected to attend the International Equality Dinner are the following:
Toni Broaddus, Executive Director, Equality Federation
Geoff Callan, Producer, "Pursuit of Equality"
David Cicilline, Mayor, Providence, RI
Earl Fowlkes, President & CEO, International Federation of Black Prides
Patrick Guerriero, Executive Director, Gill Action Fund
Neil Giuliano, President, GLAAD
Michael Guest, former US Ambassador
James Hormel, former US Ambassador
Nan Hunter, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Bruce Kraus, Pittsburgh, PA, City Councilman
Dan Miller, Harrisburg, PA, City Council Vice President
Ruslan Porshnev, Russian GLBT leader
Susan Russell, National President, Integrity
Aubrey Sarvis, Executive Director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Polina Savchenko, Russian GLBT leader
Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute
Terry Stone, Executive Director, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Sharon Ullman, Professor, Bryn Mawr College
Kenji Yoshino, Professor, New York University School of Law
Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania is the Honorary Dinner Chair. The International Equality Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 2, 7-10 p.m., at the National Constitution Center. For more information or to purchase tickets online, [Click here]

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-Interregional social movement "Russian LGBT-Network" alongside with Moscow
Helsinki Group presented report "Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Russia". This is the first specialized study of legal situation of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT-community) in Russia. In this 100-pages report was presented analysis of Russian laws in respect to existence of discriminating laws and existence of guaranteed protection of rights for all citizens, without respect to their sexual orientation and gender identity. In the report were collected and summarized certain cases of infringements of rights and discrimination. Authors state that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, together with native, origin or any other discrimination, is a part of whole xenophobia problem in modern Russia. Authors warn that this problem seriously endangers social security. First, this leads to exclude persons with homo- or bisexual orientation and transgenders from full social life, endangers their lives and security, and humiliates their personal dignity. Second, government and social tolerance to rushes of this discrimination leads to the legalization of neo-Nazi ideology and religious fundamentalism. Moreover, this incites the activity of organizations, that are openly endangers social security and violates the public peace in Russia.

Gay American Heros
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-Parents Sue School for Son's Death. Teen Commits Suicide Due to Bullying.
One of 4 Deaths in his class.
Eric Mohat,17 ... Hate Crime ?
Eric Mohat, 17, was harassed so mercilessly in high school that when one bully said publicly in class, "Why don't you go home and shoot yourself, no one will miss you," He was called "gay," "fag," "queer" and "homo" and often in front of his teachers.SO HE DID KILL HIMSELF. IS THIS A HATE CRIME ? SHOULD ERIC'S NAME BE PUT ON OUR RAINBOW MEMORIAL ? PLEASE EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS TO
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On Monday, April 27, 2009, the newly appointed Director of the Office on National AIDS Policy (ONAP), Jeffrey Crowley, will speak directly with people living with HIV/AIDS at this year's AIDSWatch. Mr. Crowley will discuss his office's plans to develop a National AIDS Strategy. The development of a National AIDS Strategy is the first opportunity in almost a decade for people with HIV/AIDS to share their thoughts and concerns directly with the President of the United States and his Administration about domestic HIV/AIDS policies and priorities. This meeting will provide the space for people living with HIV/AIDS to share their recommendations for the National AIDS Strategy and discuss their successes and concerns related to Federal HIV/AIDS programs. This meeting is a signal that the Obama Administration has heard community concerns about being left out of planning and implementation processes. A group of people living with HIV/AIDS will facilitate the discussion and solicit questions and comments from people living with HIV/AIDS for the Office of National AIDS Policy. Register for AIDSWatch 2009 today!


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