Friday, May 08, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - May 08, 2009

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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
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-With Gay Issues in View, Obama Is Pressed to Engage
As President Obama deals with enormous challenges, some gay activists have counseled patience. But others are suspicious of his commitment to their cause.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/us/politics/07obama.html?hp

-Among Filmgoers, It's the Age of Outrage
By MICHAEL CIEPLY
Ticked off? Take it out on a movie. Everybody else does. In a remarkable measure of cultural prickliness, most of the major movies opening this month have someone, somewhere, rumbling about a boycott.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/movies/07boycott.html?scp=8&sq=gay&st=cse

-Group Renews Fight for Same-Sex Marriage in California
By JESSE McKINLEY
As the California Supreme Court mulls the fate of a 2008 ballot measure outlawing same-sex marriage, one of the state's largest gay rights groups is laying the groundwork for a campaign to overturn the measure, perhaps as soon as next year. The announcement by the group, Equality California, comes almost a year after the court's initial decision to legalize same-sex marriage, a ruling that voters negated in November when they passed the ballot measure, Proposition 8. The proposition has since been challenged in court, but gay rights advocates worry the court will uphold it, and are preparing for the next stage of the fight.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/us/07calif.html?scp=7&sq=gay&st=cse

-Maine Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill
By ABBY GOODNOUGH
Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday minutes after the Legislature sent it to his desk, saying he had reversed his position because gay couples were entitled to the state Constitution's equal rights protections.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/us/07marriage.html?scp=5&sq=gay&st=cse

-Campaign Trail Leads to a Web Start-up
They figured out how to get New Mexico residents to vote for George W. Bush in 2004. Now, some of the nation's top political strategists are creating an online-advertising company, hoping to apply to the Web what they know about aiming messages on the campaign trail.
http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/campaign-trail-leads-to-the-web/?scp=4&sq=gay&st=cse


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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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-Gay rights advocates celebrated swift and unexpected twin victories in New England on Wednesday when Maine became the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage and New Hampshire's legislature shortly afterward sent a marriage equality bill to the governor. If Gov. John Lynch (D) signs the New Hampshire bill or allows it to become law without his signature, New Hampshire will become the sixth state to legalize marriages of same-sex couples, leaving Rhode Island as the only New England holdout.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050601681.html

-White House Cheat Sheet: Sifting Through the Specter Damage
A series of odd incidents that have proceeded from Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's party switch last week have raised questions about whether the newest Democrat has permanently damaged himself in the eyes of the state's voters. The White House is concerned enough about the developments that deputy chief of staff Jim Messina and Ron Klain, a senior adviser to Vice President Biden, traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday and huddled with Specter to try to iron out the problems, according to informed Democratic officials.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/cheat-sheet/050709white-house-cheat-sheet.html

-Eye Opener: Budget Day!
Happy Thursday! The president's detailed FY 2010 budget gets released today and hundreds of government programs appear headed for the chopping block.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/05/eye_opener_may_7_2009.html

-In Search of Scoundrels
By Howard Kurtz
It's not that there's a news vacuum: After all, Bank of America needs to find $34 billion, the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan were at the White House, and Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are sniping at each other on the morning shows.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050701372.html

-Play Vibrantly Chronicles Wilde's Demise
By Michael J. Toscano
You can focus on what interests you most with "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," a historically accurate account of the trials that ruined the life of the celebrated Irish writer. It's an engrossing courtroom thriller and a fascinating historical document. It can also be a compelling character study and an illuminating bit of sociology.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050601276.html

-NH gov. promises 'best decision' on gay marriage
By HOLLY RAMER and GLENN ADAMS
The legalization of gay marriage in New Hampshire hinges on the next move of Gov. John Lynch, who remains uncommitted but has said he believes the word "marriage" should be reserved for the union of a man and a woman.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050700726.html

-Maine and N.H. Move to Expand Gay Rights
By Keith B. Richburg
Gay rights advocates celebrated swift and unexpected twin victories in New England on Wednesday when Maine became the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage and New Hampshire's legislature shortly afterward sent a marriage equality bill to the governor.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050601681.html


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Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/public/us
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-Civil-Rights Gains Test New Memorials' Relevance
Obama's Success Is a Fund-Raising Obstacle for Museums, Monuments Devoted to African-American Struggle
By COREY DADE
Does the America of 2009, led by an African-American president, need any more museums or monuments to the struggle for civil rights?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124164783046593317.html

-Should Obama Appoint a District-Court Judge?
By Ashby Jones
President Obama should appoint a woman to fill David Souter's seat. He should appoint an academic. An Hispanic. A gay man or lesbian woman. A politician in the vein of Earl Warren. Seems there's no shortage of opinion on the category from which Obama should draw when making his selection. Today, in a NYT opinion piece, we're introduced to yet another take: Obama should go with a federal district court judge.
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/05/07/should-obama-appoint-a-district-court-judge/


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Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/
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-Joe the Plumber calls gays 'queer'
Samuel Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man hailed as "Joe the Plumber" by Republican John McCain's presidential campaign last year, said he believes gays are "queer" and said he won't allow them near his children. Nevertheless, Wurzelbacher said the decision about whether to allow same-sex couples to marry should be left to states.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/1035735.html


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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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-Two Out Lesbians Considered for Supreme Court
By Amita Parashar
Pam Karlan a Stanford University law professor, is one of two out lesbians rumored to be on Obama's list to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who is due to retire this spring.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid82801.asp

-McDonald's Pays Up After Gay Slurs
By Neal Broverman
McDonald's has agreed to pay a settlement and fund diversity training for managers at 30 Louisville, Ky., restaurants after two men were subjected to antigay slurs at a Louisville McDonald's in July 2008.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid82804.asp


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Pink News - UK
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/
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-Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims
A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12321.html

-Openly gay soldier Dan Choi dismissed from National Guard under Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Lieutenant Dan Choi, the National Guard soldier who publicly came out live on national television, has been dismissed from duty. He was dismissed for "homosexual conduct".
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12324.html

-Former M*A*S*H star comes out
David Ogden Stiers, who played Major Charles Winchester in "M*A*S*H," has revealed he is gay. In an interview with the blog Gossip-Boy.com, he said: "I am [gay]. Very proud to be so."
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12320.html

-Conservative Party 'to prioritise gay rights'
Reaching out to gay rights groups is one of Tory leader David Cameron's top five priorities, it has been claimed. A shadow cabinet member told ConservativeHome.com blogger Tim Montgomerie that the move is part of Cameron's drive "to show that 'new Toryism' is still alive and kicking".
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12307.html

-US radio presenter threatens to sue over UK entry ban
American radio presenter Michael Savage has threatened to sue Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for placing him on a list of 'undesirables' banned from entering the UK.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12323.html

-California Senate committee gives green light for Harvey Milk Day
The California Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to designate a day to honour murdered gay rights activist Harvey Milk. If passed by the Senate, it would designate May 22nd, Milk's birthday, as a special commemorative day.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12322.html

-Gay group lobbies Obama for lesbian Supreme Court nominee
A new grassroots group called Equal Rep is lobbying US president Barack Obama to appoint a lesbian to the Supreme Court.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12313.html

-Former employee wins unfair dismissal case against gay charity
An employment tribunal has decided that Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation unfairly dismissed an employee. Molly Dunn, a therapeutic services manager, won her case against the LGF.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12312.html

-'Outraged' parents attack drag queen website
A parents' group has attacked the creators of an online drag queen community, saying it may encourage children to "see gay sex as normal".
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12311.html


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Daily Queer News
www.dailyqueernews.com
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-States Grant More Rights to Gay Couples
Carol J. Williams | Tribune Newspapers | Chicago Tribune
When Maine's highest court ruled two years ago that lesbians Marilyn Kirby and Ann Courtney could adopt the two children they had cared for since 2001, the man who has led the state battle against gay marriage for 25 years got a glimpse of the defeat now looming. "There's a sense people have - a sense of inevitability - and a tremendous sense of frustration because of the history of the gay-rights fight in Maine," said Michael Heath, executive director of the Maine Family Policy Council. He was referring to rights incrementally accorded gay couples that have led to virtual equality between same-sex and heterosexual unions in states where gay marriage remains banned, a growing trend in Maine and elsewhere, experts on both sides of the issue agree. These rights are expanding as legally married gay couples relocate to states that don't allow gay marriage, forcing courts, legislatures and employers to deal with a new wrinkle on issues of custody, divorce, inheritance and end-of-life decisions. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/6923/

-CA: Governor Asks: What if Pot's Legal and Taxed?
Kevin Yamamura | kyamamura@sacbee.com | Sacramento Bee
As California struggles to find cash, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday it's time to study whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use. The Republican governor did not support legalization - and the federal government still bans marijuana use - but advocates hailed the fact that Schwarzenegger endorsed studying a once-taboo political subject. "Well, I think it's not time for (legalization), but I think it's time for a debate," Schwarzenegger said. "I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I'm always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?" Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/6919/


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- The Butch Voices Conference will be held in Oakland from August 20 to 23 of this year. Butch Voices is a grassroots organization dedicated to all self-identified butches, studs, aggressives, transmasculine folks, and our allies. We can be found online at
www.butchvoices.com.

-Participants Sought for Survey to Develop Lesbian Health Research Agenda -
The survey is available at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=U1REoUuIDFagpygKCE_2b7Hw_3d_3d

-Maine: Governor Signs LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom
"I have followed closely the debate on this issue. I have listened to both sides, as they have presented their arguments during the public hearing and on the floor of the Maine Senate and the House of Representatives. I have read many of the notes and letters sent to my office, and I have weighed my decision carefully," Governor Baldacci said. "I did not come to this decision lightly or in haste."
http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Gov+News&id=72146&v=Article-2006

-New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the recent enactment of a marriage equality law by the State of Maine:
"I applaud Maine Governor John Baldacci for his action today to support marriage equality. I have long been a proponent of marriage of same-sex couples to ensure equality for all. Same-sex couples deserve the same legal protections as heterosexual couples. Simply put, this is an issue of civil rights and same-sex couples in committed relationships should benefit from the same rights and legal protections as heterosexual couples. I am hopeful that our State legislators will follow the lead of other States, such as Maine and Vermont, and move swiftly to work with our Governor to enact the recently introduced marriage equality legislation so that all New Yorkers can have the freedom to live and love as they wish."

-Craigslist to meet with state AGs over sex ads
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/05/05/craigslist.sex.ads/index.html

-Analysis: First Amendment Jurisprudence By Gut Check
The long-awaited decision in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) v. Fox Broadcasting has arrived ... and it only took until page 3 before Justice Antonin Scalia, author of the majority opinion, dragged in the "morality" issue. "In FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, supra, we upheld the Commission's order against statutory and constitutional challenge," Scalia recounts. "We rejected the broadcasters' argument that the statutory proscription applied only to speech appealing to the prurient interest, noting that 'the normal definition of "indecent" merely refers to nonconformance with accepted standards of morality.'" "Morality," of course, is not defined in the law, and one might have thought that a "strict constructionist" like Scalia would understand that - but it's clear that the current opinion was not authored by a "strict constructionist." Rather, its author was the life-long Roman Catholic who once described himself as a "fool for Christ's sake."
http://business.avn.com/articles/35189.html

-"Joe the Plumber": Some of My Best Friends Are Queer, but I Wouldn't Let Them Near My Kids
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/sex/139821

-There are just about ten days left to apply for Soulforce Q Camp, a free summer retreat that will assist grassroots LGBTQ and allied activists in their work for justice and collective liberation. Location: Austin, TX at the Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change
www.soulforce.org/q-camp

-Will Obama pick an out Supreme Court candidate?
Kathleen Sullivan, an out First Amendment expert and former dean of Stanford Law School, is being touted by The Victory Fund as a strong candidate to fill the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, while openly gay Pam Karlan, who is also on the Stanford Law faculty, is another name being mentioned for consideration. Attorney and longtime LGBT-rights advocate Dixon Osburn said he believes President Barack Obama would choose a gay nominee if the candidate were the most qualified. "I don't think he would shy away from that, but first and foremost he's going to pick someone he thinks has constitutional gravitas," Osburn said. The Politico (Washington)
http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/pGnghixlhWufACCibTdfBVmycz?format=standard

-Florida Keys News
Monroe County debates nude beach sites
To bare or not to bare? And if so, where? Those are the questions facing Monroe County government and possibly the city of Key West. County attorneys last month began researc hing the idea of creating a clothing-optional beach, after a group of naturists made the request for a nude beach in Key West. The subject came up during a discussion of the revitalization of Higgs Beach. Political gadfly Sloan Bashinsky, who has announced his candidacy for Key West mayor, proffered the idea of establishing a nude beach on the small strip of sand between the West Martello and the ocean, and the County Commission agreed it was worth pursuing. While a majority of the commission agrees a nude beach could be good for tourism, allowing it at Higgs Beach might be a problem, as it would be difficult to shield naked sunbathers and swimmers from children at the neighboring Astro City Park and pedestrians on the White Street Pier.
http://keysnews.com/print/12927

-California Supreme Court rules school can expel students for being gay
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-12248.html

-Iowa: Gay man gets 25 years for one-time non-HIV-disclosure to a single complainant
http://criminalhivtransmission.blogspot.com/

-Florida: Suspects arrested in Broward County attacks
After an anonymous tip through the Crime Stoppers hotline, two men are under arrest in connection with the April assaults on two gay men in Broward County, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office. Victor Gonzalez, 21, and Pargu Leandro, 25, of Deerfield Beach are being held at Broward County Main Jail with charges of Attempted Felony Murder, Strong Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery for their April 6 attacks on 25-year-old David Villanova and 47-year-old Craig Cohen, each attacked in separate incidents, according to BSO.

-Congressman Plays "Name That Fetish" on House Floor
Transcribers cringe, wash hands repeatedly
Fort Lauderdale Rep. Alcee Hastings nearly turned C-Span into XXX-Span when he ran through a laundry list of sex fetishes on the House floor in D.C. on Thursday. The outraged Hastings was apparently mad that the odd array of sex acts and fetishes were listed in an amendment to a hate crimes bill that he had to read over.
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird/Congressman-Records-List-of-Sex-Acts-on-CSPAN.html

-While gay and lesbian couples have been planning their celebrations, the extreme right has been plotting to take the freedom to marry away in Iowa. On the same day that gay and lesbian couples began to marry, 17,000 signatures were delivered asking County Recorders to disobey the law!
https://secure.ga4.org/01/stop_at_nothing

-Iowa Guard will still oust married gays
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200905040405/NEWS/905040325

-UK: Visiting Fellowships at IDS this summer
The Institute of Development Studies, in University of Sussex UK, is offering six visiting fellowships this summer on themes related to power, social change, masculinities, heteronormativity, sexuality etc. Please see enclosed for details. And please do circulate.
http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/sexualityanddevelopment

-Craigslist Killers Constant Danger for Erotic Service Providers
Coverage of "death trick" Philip Markoff accused of killing masseuse Julissa Brisman and robbing prostitute Trisha Leffler in Boston and a prostitute in Rhode Island shows the sordid underbelly of the actress/model/singer/dancer but currently a stripper syndrome.
http://newsblaze.com/story/20090430080434rose.nb/topstory.html

-Defining sexual health in your life
http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/23033

-How can we justify denying a child a loving home?
Gay adoption before Fla. Legislature, high court

-Dutch signs point to gay sex seekers
A park near Amsterdam has unveiled information signs pointing out spots where officials say gay men are known to have sex, so visitors are not taken by surprise.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/29/2555405.htm

-Iowa: GOP poll: Voters put economy over social issues
A poll conducted for an Iowa Republican group and released today found that voters in the state decidedly prefer a candidate that will put the economy and government management ahead of social issues such as gay marriage. Seventy percent of likely Iowa voters surveyed in the poll said they preferred a candidate focused on economic and government management issues.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090501/NEWS/90501018/-1/NEWS04

-Take up the IDAHO video challenge -- Help fight homophobia and transphobia
The Idaho Challenge is a community project by Gays.com to produce a user-generated video to be released 17 May 2009, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). While 67 countries have signed the new United Nations statement to decriminalise homosexuality worldwide, anti-gay discrimination remains a reality in many parts of the world. This year, with your help, we want to create a video that sends out the message that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people are just like everyone else. We come from all over the world and we come in all shapes and sizes and colours. And we want to send this message to the people of the world in every language that's out there!
http://gays.com/en

-'They kill people like us,' says gay Iraqi
BAGHDAD - Widespread violence is down across Baghdad, but not for one minority group. Iraq's gay population is being targeted by militia groups in a wave of killings that has claimed the lives of up to 25 young men and boys in the past month. "They know I am gay. I don't know if I am going to be killed, this is up to God," said Moyad, a 38-year-old Baghdad resident who would not give his last name out of fear for his safety.
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/05/04/1921277.aspx

-MOSCOW (Reuters) - A lesbian couple will try to defy deep-rooted Russian homophobia next week in the first attempt at a gay marriage even though rights activists say it will be rejected outright. Public relations worker Irina Fyet, 31, and her partner of the same age will apply for a marriage license at a register office on May 12 in Moscow, a city where mayor Yuri Luzhkov once described gay pride marches as "satanic."

-The Pink Army
The first time he said it, his face was so passive I didn't register what he was saying. "Did you get that?" Georges asked me. "They raped him." We were sitting in the courtyard of Helem, the Lebanese gay rights organization located in a beautiful French colonial building not far from downtown Beirut. Helem's director, Georges Azzi, was helping me interview a young arrival from Baghdad. I looked back at the slender 21-year-old with the confident voice and tried to determine what invisible force was holding him upright, helping him to speak. Three weeks of rape and torture at the hands of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, followed by a month of living as a fugitive before fleeing to Lebanon would surely destroy a person, I thought.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meris-lutz/the-pink-army_b_195282.html

-Gay Men's Zarah Leander
Zarah Leander was the Swedish singer and actress who became the leading star of the Third Reich, where there was little competition, as few actors wanted that position. She never had a Nazi conviction, but she supported Nazism, as it favoured her interests. This caused plenty of bitterness and disappointment among her Swedish colleagues, as she had belonged to strongly anti-Nazi circles in Sweden, and acted in anti-Nazi revues, written by Karl Gerhard (a bisexual man, who wished to marry her). So she was in no way
politically naive. After the war, she was boycotted by the Swedish audience
for some time, but then Karl Gerhard helped her to a come back. In spite of
her background, gay men loved her prima donna manners, especially as she had
broad shoulders and a dark, "lesbian" voice. She, too, liked gay audiences,
who gave her plenty of applause. In a new book, Gay Men's Zarah, Tiina
Rosenberg explores this gay diva cult. (I suppose Marlene Dietrich, who had
a different attitude to Nazi Germany, can be said to be another example of
this diva cult.)
http://www.normal.se/1100/1100.asp?id=3325

-From the Arab worlds first gay rights demonstration to wild parties to a
new graphic magazine, sexual attitudes are changing in Beirut. For a country
once known more for wars, car bombs and political assasinations, Lebanon is
assuming a new identity. Worldfocus special correspondent Kristen Gillespie reports on sexual attitudes in Beirut.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y6Rku4NX-Q

-A new United Nations human rights report for Iraq for the last half of 2008 has just been published, and Larry Kaplow of Newsweek has pored over the document and made note of what was omitted and included related to LGBT persons:
http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2009/04/un-report-omits-gay-iraqi-deaths-cites.html

-Social workers reject 'reparative therapy' for gays
Social workers have taken a stand against therapies which claim to "cure" homosexuality on the grounds that they add to the mental distress of gay and lesbian people. Declan Coogan, spokesman for the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), said sexual orientation conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, "is based on the erroneous belief that homosexuality is an illness". "There is no evidence that conversion therapy is effective, though there is evidence of mental health risks associated with the use of such approaches with gay, lesbian or bisexual people," he said.
http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/social-workers-reject-reparative-therapy-for-gays-90972.html

-Nepali TG beauty queens appears on front page on the most prestigious magazine called VOW Nepal.
Please check the link for their portal, fashion and personal stories of these beauties.
http://www.vownepal.com/portal/

-Israeli Activist To Be Jailed For Caring
Without international intervention, Israeli human rights activist Ezra Nawi will most likely be sent to jail. Nawi is not a typical rights activist. A member of Ta'ayush Arab-Jewish Partnership he is a Jewish Israeli of Iraqi descent who speaks fluent Arabic. He is a gay man in his fifties and a plumber by trade. Perhaps because he himself comes from the margins, he empathises with others who have been marginalised - often violently. His "crime" was trying to stop a military bulldozer from destroying the homes of Palestinian Bedouins from Um El Hir in the South Hebron region. These Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation for almost 42 years; they still live without electricity, running water and other basic services and are continuously harassed by Jewish settlers and the military - two groups that have united to expropriate Palestinian land and that clearly have received the government's blessing to do so.
http://www.countercurrents.org/gordon060509.htm


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-Improving security prompts UN to revise guidelines for Iraqi asylum claims
A drop off in levels of violence in some parts of Iraq has allowed the United Nations refugee agency to revise its guidelines on eligibility for those seeking asylum. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) previously advised that all Iraqis from the central and southern governorates be considered refugees. In its latest recommendations, the agency believes that the international protection needs for those originating from Al-Anbar, encompassing much of the country's western territory, and the south should be assessed on individual
merit.http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=30702&Cr=iraq&Cr1=

-Scottish paedophile ring found guilty of more than 50 charges
Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
A ring of eight paedophiles, including a former welfare campaigner for young gay men, were today convicted of child abuse and producing indecent images of children. The men, from across central Scotland, were found guilty by a jury in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges, ranging from abusing infants from three months old to conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/may/07/scottish-paedophile-ring-guilty-child-abuse


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-Moscow city authorities will not allow gay parade - mayor's spokesman
The Moscow city authorities will not allow a gay parade in the city, Sergey Tsoy, a spokesman for the Moscow mayor, told journalists on Thursday. "Members of the gay movement are threatening to hold their action on May 16 regardless of whether they get permission or not and without reckoning with the opinion of a community majority. The Moscow government is declaring that no gay parades have been and will be held in Moscow," Tsoy said.

-Ireland: Marriage rights the main issue for LGBT community
Marriage rights are the main priority for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Ireland, according to a survey due out today. The results of the questionnaire, which gauges issues of importance to the LGBT community, are due to be presented to the National Lesbian and Gay Federation in Dublin. Marriage rights were the top priority for more than 40% of respondents and were among the top three issues for more than half of all those surveyed. The Government has proposed civil partnership rights for gay couples, but campaigners say they will not be happy with anything less than full marriage rights.
http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/national-news/marriage-rights-the-main-issue-for-lgbt-community-1731603.html?service=Print

-LONDON EVENTS FOR IDAHO 2009
The following events have been arranged to mark the fifth International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia campaign in London. Please support these events and tell others about them.. For more info and to see if an invite is necessary-please refer to www.idaho.org.uk


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Truth Wins Out - TWO
by Wayne Besen
http://www.truthwinsout.org/

-TWO Applauds The Irish Association of Social Workers For Rejecting 'Ex-Gay'
Therapy
NEW YORK - Truth Wins Out applauded the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) today for condemning "reparative therapy" -- a fringe and discredited practice that claims to "cure" homosexuality.
http://www.truthwinsout.org/pressreleases/the-irish-association-of-social-workers-reject-ex-gay-therapy/

-A Fractious Movement
In an online discussion forum, a respected activist recently lamented the decentralization of gay community advocacy. He made a powerful case that we would be better off if our efforts were more regimented and unified.
http://www.waynebesen.com/2009/05/fractious-movement.html

-I am proud to announce that Truth Wins Out has finally moved into its new Manhattan office!
For the past three years, I had run the organization out of a small studio apartment in Brooklyn. While I loved the short commute and liberal dress code, space was extremely tight. As the organization grew, so did the stacks of media packets, brochures and educational materials. Even my cat, Critter, began to complain about the lack of space. Clearly, the time had come for Truth Wins Out to find an office. This is especially true, when you consider that our main "ex-gay" opposition, Exodus International, has a one million dollar budget, thirteen staff members and a large office complex to plan its destructive "pray away the gay" operations. Exodus also has a quarter-million dollar youth program to shame vulnerable teens into renouncing their sexual orientation. To effectively compete with Exodus and stop them from shattering more families and ruining more lives - it was time to spread our wings. I hope you will consider a tax-deductible contribution to help us cover our new office space. There is so much more for us to accomplish. At a time when the GLBT movement has seen rapid advances, our opponents have grown more desperate and shrill. They will stop at nothing to smear the gay community and distort our lives. It is more important than ever to support our work. If you are able, please sponsor a month's rent with a $1,500 contribution. A week's sponsorship of $375 would also be enormously helpful. If this is not possible, please consider covering a day of TWO's vital work with a donation of $50.
http://www.truthwinsout.org/donate.html


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-Analysis: New justice may reignite social issues
President Barack Obama has tried to hold off debate on contentious social issues such as abortion, immigration and gay rights as he focuses on the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Supreme Court vacancy will make that harder to do.
http://news.yahoo.com/

-GOP group launches listening tour to rebrand image
WASHINGTON - With its party struggling to define itself, a group of prominent Republicans launched a listening tour Saturday in a bid to boost the GOP's sagging image and regroup for future elections. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., held a town-hall style meeting at a pizza restaurant in the Democratic suburb of Arlington, Va., to hear about people's concerns on issues from the economy and health care to the rising costs of college tuition.


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