Tuesday, May 19, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - May 19, 2009

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New York Times
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The F├╝hrer Returns to Berlin, This Time Saluted Only by Laughs
BERLIN — Can Germans laugh at Hitler? This country is so earnest sometimes that even the arrival, finally, of Mel Brooks’s slapstick musical adaptation of his cult classic film “The Producers” has provoked newspapers here to rehash the eternal question.

Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside
When a loved one is in the hospital, you naturally want to be at the bedside. But what if the staff won’t allow it? That’s what Janice Langbehn, a social worker in Lacey, Wash., says she experienced when her partner of 18 years, Lisa Pond, collapsed with an aneurysm during a Florida vacation and was taken to a Miami trauma center. She died there, at age 39, as Ms. Langbehn tried in vain to persuade hospital officials to let her visit, along with the couple’s adopted children.

Washington Post
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Police: DNA links 5 women's slayings in Milwaukee
A person known only by DNA has killed five prostitutes over two decades in Milwaukee, the city where serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer once cruised gay bars for victims, police said Monday.

Eye Opener: Stimulus Progress Reports Are In
Obama Avoids Test on Gays in Military: The administration has decided to accept an appeals-court ruling that could undermine the military's ban on service members found to be gay.

Wall Street Journal

Obama Avoids Test on Gays in Military
The Obama administration has decided to accept an appeals-court ruling that could undermine the military's ban on service members found to be gay.

Steve Rothaus
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Gay American Heroes Foundation: Tampa boy gang raped at school, Delray Beach hotel manager shot to death
From Scott Hall of Gay American Heroes Foundation:
13 year old boy Gang Raped by Four Classmates...with Hockey stick.
“ Hate is poison... and those who teach hate are poisonous and need to get held accountable for their insidious actions." Scott Hall
TAMPA - Four Walker Middle School students raped a 13-year-old classmate with a broom handle and a hockey stick last week in a campus locker room, deputies said Friday. The boy identified his attackers, and investigators arrested four students at the school on Wednesday.

Gay man shot 12 times close range.
At least 12 gunshots were fired before a 30-year-old hotel manager was left dead just outside his home, police said.
Mark Harriss was shot and killed next to his truck Monday night as he returned home from a local restaurant, said Delray Beach Police Detective Troy Baer. Police said detectives recovered at least 12 spent bullet casings at the scene of Harriss' death in the 400 block of Northeast Seventh Avenue. "Many shots were fired and it appears it was at close range," said police Sgt. Russ Mager.Police said the slaying didn't appear to be part of a robbery, but they didn't offer an alternative motive. Harriss was gay, but police couldn't say if his death was a hate crime.

Tickets on sale now for Kinsey Sicks concert July 19 at Colony Theater in South Beach
"America's favorite dragapella quartet" The Kinsey Sicks will be performing their fabulous show "Wake the F@#K Up America" at the Colony Theater for one show only on Sunday, July 19th at 7pm. Ticket Pre-Sale starts Monday at 2pm! (One week ticket pre-sale Now - Monday 5.25.09) $5 off each ticket with the password: KINSEY
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1040 Lincoln Road

South Florida Blade
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Gay rights bill advances in Nevada
Measure faces gubernatorial veto
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Nevada's same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships, with many of the rights of married couples, passed the state Assembly on Friday. Senate Bill 283 now goes back to the Senate to see if it agrees with the amendments that the Assembly added. If it passes the Senate again, it would land on the desk of Gov. Jim Gibbons, who has said he would veto it. The bill originally passed in the Senate 12-9.

The Advocate
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Nine-Year-Old Organizes Gay Rights Rally
A Denver third-grader put himself front and center in the debate over same-sex marriage Saturday -- 9-year-old Ethan McNamee organized a rally in support of marriage equality, lining up speakers and taking to the stage at Colorado’s state capitol.

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Canada trying to make ice skating more “macho”?
By The Canadian Press
(Toronto, Ontario) When Canadian skaters take the ice in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, they won’t be adorned in feathers and frills.

Canada’s ethnic minorities launch fight against homophobia
By The Canadian Press
(Montreal, Quebec) Patrick Yousse was jailed for a year in his native Cameroon, where he says he was abused, nearly raped and discriminated against daily because he was gay. The stocky 27-year-old, sporting stylish glasses and a silver stud in his right ear, grew teary-eyed as he told his story at a rally against homophobia held in Montreal.

Duffy: A gay party at the embassy in Iraq
By Michael Duffy, 365gay blogger 05.19.2009 9:02am EDT
I should really check my military email more often. Apparently, the U.S. embassy in Iraq is holding a gay pride celebration. My first sergeant notified me of this when he asked, “What gay icon are you going to dress up as for the party?”

Pink News - UK
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Vigilante who filmed men cottaging is spared jail
A self-styled 'protector of morals' who filmed gay men having sex in a woodland was spared jail yesterday. Colin Haw, 47, led a group of men who dressed in balaclavas and combat kit to patrol a wood near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

Partner of gay comedian Frankie Howerd dies
Dennis Heymer, the former partner and manager of comedian Frankie Howerd, has died. Mr Heymer died aged 80 last Friday in the arms of Chris Byrne, who the couple unofficially adopted as a teenager.

Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts
Nick Brown, the openly gay Chief Whip and Labour MP, claimed £18,880 for food expenses between 2004 and 2008 without submitting any expenses.

Daily Queer News
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Same-Sex Partner Benefits on the Way for American Diplomats
Congress has inserted a provision into the State Department authorization budget that would require the State Department to confer the same benefits to same-sex partners as it does to married couples. Congressman Howard Berman, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, included the provision in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 (H.R. 2410) to “end the long-standing practice of excluding the committed partners of Foreign Service officers from the benefits routinely provided to the spouses and children of officers serving abroad.” The provision now must make its way through the budget process, including the conference committee where many-a-well intentioned proposal hits the chopping block. But in this case, it would be hard to imagine that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is lead by Chairman John Kerry and the moderate republic ranking member Richard Lugar, would do anything to strip out this provision. More . . .


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