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GLBT DIGEST - May 01, 2009

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Washington Post
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-Replacement Speculation Begins
By Robert Barnes
As President Obama begins the search for a replacement for Justice David H. Souter, the following people are being mentioned as possible nominees by administration officials, interest groups and others who watch the court. The list is heavy with women and minorities, because the last three justices confirmed to the court were white men.

-Could Adam Lambert be first gay "American Idol"?
Adam Lambert wears eyeliner and diamond stud earrings, sings like a dream and has won a rare standing ovation from tough-minded judge Simon Cowell. With three weeks to go before the "American Idol" final, Lambert, 27, is favored to win the No. 1 U.S. television talent show and become, possibly, the first gay or bisexual singer to be handed the "Idol" title by millions of Americans.

-Carol Ann Duffy chosen as UK poet laureate
LONDON -- Britain on Friday awarded the role of national poet laureate to Carol Ann Duffy _ the first woman to hold a post that has been filled by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes.

-A Rising Anger in India's Streets
Hindu Extremists Lash Out Against Symbols of Change
By Emily Wax
BANGALORE, India -- At a trendy pub in this cosmopolitan IT capital, Hemangini Gupta, 28, and some of her girlfriends were recently relaxing with cocktails after work. A group of Hindu men later followed them outside, verbally accosting them for drinking in a public bar and for wearing jeans. "These guys went psycho," Gupta said. "This isn't Afghanistan. But here in Bangalore, as a young woman on the streets, if you are driving a car or in a pub or dressed a certain way, you just feel this rising anger."

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-NC congresswoman calls gay death case a 'hoax' during debate on Matthew Shepard bill
A North Carolina congresswoman said Thursday she chose her words poorly when she called claims that a Wyoming college student was murdered because he was gay a "hoax." Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx said during debate in the House that Matthew Shepard's 1998 death wasn't a hate crime and shouldn't be invoked by supporters of a bill to expand the definition of such crimes to include violence motivated by sexual orientation.,0,533883.story

South Florida Blade
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-Deception, denial and Opus Dei
Are religious groups illegally funding anti-gay political battles in America?
On April 17, 2009 I made a trip from Florida to Princeton, NJ, for the sole purpose of visiting 20 Nassau Street. One of the organizations in this building, formerly in Suite 242, is the Witherspoon Institute, an "independent research center" that works to uphold Republican policies; the same suite, 242, is also home to the National Organization for Marriage, which spearheaded the multi-million dollar homophobic "Yes on 8" campaign in California. More . . . .

-Court lets private schools expel lesbians
Bob Egelko
The state Supreme Court left intact Wednesday a lower-court ruling that said a private religious high school wasn't covered by California civil rights law and could expel students it believed were lesbians. Over Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar's dissent, the court denied review of an appeal by parents of two girls who were expelled from a high school in Riverside County. A lawyer for the parents said the ruling, which is binding on trial courts statewide, would allow private schools to discriminate against students on any basis they chose, including sex and religion.

The Advocate
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-Judy Shepard Responds to Re. Foxx
By Julie Bolcer
Judy Shepard appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC on Thursday night to discuss the recent passage of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and to address hurtful comments made by Rep. Virginia Foxx about the murder of her son, Matthew. The hate crimes legislation, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, passed the house by a 75-vote margin on Wednesday. During the debate, Rep. Foxx, a Republican from North Carolina, denied that the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard was motivated by hate, calling the crime a "hoax." Maddow asked Judy Shepard how she felt about that remark.

-Ted Allen Dines Out for Life
Ted Allen's love of food and wine made him a household name. Now he's putting that passion to good use and fighting HIV/AIDS as the spokesman for Dining Out for Life.
By Duane Wells
Ted Allen has become a household name because of his love for food and wine. First gaining notoriety as a contributing editor to Esquire magazine and later as the food and wine specialist on Bravo's Emmy-winning hit series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Allen has gone on to author a collection of classic recipes titled The Food You Want to Eat and host the culinary-themed series Food Detectives and Chopped for Food Network. Along the way, Ted, Renaissance man that he is, has also found time to serve as a judge on Iron Chef America and Top Chef.

Pink News - UK
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-Gay marriage becomes legal in Sweden today
By Jessica Geen
A gender-neutral marriage law in Sweden has come into force today, meaning gay couples can now marry in the country in religious or civil ceremonies.
However, they cannot yet get married in church ceremonies.

-Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister
An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.

-Gay lawyer sues Miami firm for discrimination
A gay man is suing a law firm for discrimination, claiming he had been passed over for promotion and denied holiday requests.

-Church of Scotland group calls for HIV training for ministers
A Church of Scotland group has said that HIV education should be part of the training for new recruits to the ministry.

-Man denies attacking gay squatter
A man accused of taking part in a one-hour attack on gay squatter has continued to deny his involvement. Neil Warner, his former lover Jonathan Wicks, and 2007 X-Factor contestant Kim Marrero were charged with carrying out the attack on Keiran Dulai.

-Man jailed for attack after gay joke
A man who severely beat a Good Samaritan over a gay joke has been jailed for four and a half years. Craig Stewart, 20, beat David Torrance unconscious in the attack in March 2008, causing him to spend almost three months in hospital.

-US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes
The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.

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While watching the Miss USA pageant to marvel at the shoes, it was not at all surprising to see Miss California, Carrie Prejean, a finalist to become a Deal or No Deal briefcase model, answer the gay marriage question the way she did. She is a current student at the anti-GLBT San Diego Christian College. San Diego Christian College is part of Shadow Mountain Community Churh and shares space with the equally owned Christian Unified Schools of San Diego, and the Southern California Seminary. San Diego Christian College is one of the rare (perhaps only) evangelical Christian colleges which not only has a written anti-gay policy but also an anti-transgender policy. More . . . .


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