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New York Times
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‘A Secret Weapon to Destabilize Systems’
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In the next issue of Rolling Stone, “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert will apparently announce he is gay. This will come as quite a shock to both people who are just getting over the discovery that Clay Aiken is gay. – Janice Hough, Palo Alto, Calif.

Harvard to Endow Chair in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
By Jacques Steinberg
Harvard University will endow a visiting professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, a position that, it believes, will be the first endowed, named chair in the subject at an American college. The visiting professorship, which the university is planning to formally announce as part of commencement exercises on Thursday, was made possible by a gift of $1.5 million from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus. With the gift, Harvard said it would regularly invite “eminent scholars studying issues related to sexuality or sexual minorities” to teach on campus for one semester, according to a draft of a university press release.

Bill Proposes Immigration Rights for Gay Couples
Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Democrat from Vermont who is the powerful chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is adding another controversial ingredient to the volatile mix of an immigration debate that President Obama has said he hopes to spur in Congress before the end of the year.

Washington Post
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Federal City Digest: What to Watch
by Garance Franke-Ruta
The Senate Judiciary Committee holds the first-ever congressional hearing on obstacles faced by gay couples under U.S. immigration law and the Uniting American Families Act, written to address them.

Steve Rothaus
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Candidate to lead North Carolina GOP sues over 'vicious rumor' that he's gay
By SARAH OVASKA, News & Observer
Tom Fetzer, the former mayor of Raleigh, N.C., filed a libel lawsuit late Monday afternoon against a Wilmington radio host who is accused of forwarding an e-mail insinuating that Fetzer is gay.

MTV Awards writer: Eminem, Bruno stunt was completely planned, rehearsed
By JAKE COYLE, Associated Press
The head writer for the MTV Movie Awards has settled the debate: the stunt involving Sacha Baron Cohen and Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards was completely planned. Comedy writing veteran Scott Aukerman wrote in a posting on his blog that the incident was staged and rehearsed in advance.

Dunedin, Fla., takes small step boldly against gay and transgender discrimination
Editorial in The St. Petersburg Times:
Without a peep of protest from any resident, Dunedin city commissioners gave preliminary approval two weeks ago to an ordinance intended to protect gay and transgender individuals from some forms of discrimination. Thursday night, commissioners will take a final vote, and if the proposal is approved, Dunedin will be only the second Pinellas city to go so far to protect people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation or identification. Dunedin's effort is commendable and the protections are needed, but city officials should make sure they understand the limitations of their proposal and some potential problems with its implementation.

BBC video | Venezuela 'silent' on hate crimes rise
By Will Grant
In a city where about 40 murders take place every weekend, it may not come as a big surprise that four prostitutes have been killed on the same stretch of road in Caracas in recent months. But when you find out that all four were transsexuals or transgender, it changes the picture somewhat.

South Florida Blade
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D.C. ministers back same-sex marriage
More than 130 sign ‘marriage equality’ declaration
More than 130 clergy representing dozens of churches and at least two synagogues in the District of Columbia released a joint statement Tuesday expressing support for legalizing same-sex marriage in the city.

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Vanasco: Where is Obama on Ill. civil unions?
By Jennifer Vanasco
Southern Illinois’ The Pantagraph reports that Illinois’ civil unions bill, after passing a state House committee, was left to languish at the end of the session. The bill is still alive, if barely: it can be passed anytime in the next two years.

Together - but apart: the challenging world of same-sex, binational couples
By Jennifer Vanasco
“I fell in love with America because of the Declaration of Independence, with the idea of a right to the pursuit of happiness,” says Fred, from France, in Sebastian Cordoba’s documentary ‘Through Thick and Thin.’ “Now I live in America, and to me my family is my happiness; and it is this most simple happiness that we are denied.”

Pink News - UK
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Stonewall: Go and vote tomorrow to keep homophobes out
By Comment
As the homophobic British National Party (BNP) look set to gain a seat in the European Parliament, Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill calls on gay voters to go to the polls. It's been a tough month for politics. From moats to mortgages, dog food to duck islands, the credibility of the democratic process in Britain has been hit hard.

Tribunal rules Catholic charities are breaking the law over gay adoptions
By Jessica Geen
The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic adoption charities which refuse to serve gay couples are breaking the law. Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) had wanted to take advantage of a clause the 2007 Sexual Orientation Regulations which allows charities to discriminate by amending its charitable objectives.

Daily Queer News
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Video: Masters & Johnson’s Notorious ‘Ex-Gay’ Study Debunked
Wayne Besen | Truth Wins Out
For decades, anti-gay organizations have gleefully pointed to a Masters & Johnson study that claimed to cure homosexuality. It has also been used by the so-called “ex-gay” industry to “prove” gays could go straight, if they just tried hard enough. In a groundbreaking book, “Masters of Sex”, author Thomas Maier discovered through investigative reporting that the results of Masters & Johnson’s study were fabricated.

Gitmo Detainee Dies of Apparent Suicide
DAVID McFADDEN and DANICA COTO The Associated Press | Rutland Herald
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay has died of an apparent suicide, U.S. military officials announced Tuesday. The Joint Task Force that runs the U.S. prison in Cuba said guards found Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih unresponsive and not breathing in his cell Monday night. His is the fifth apparent suicide at the Guantanamo prison, which President Barack Obama plans to close by January.

Honduran Police Aide, Abet Trans Murder
Michelle Garcia | Advocate
Human Rights Watch released a report on Friday calling on Honduras’s police to stop abusing transgender citizens. According to the international human rights group, transgender people are reporting repeated rape, beatings, extortion, and arbitrary arrests by officers. At least 17 transgender Hondurans have been publicly murdered since 2004, yet none of the killings have led to prosecution. Juliana Cano Nieto, LGBT researcher for Human Rights Watch, said the state is “failing miserably” at protecting those under the most basic of rights. “The police have an obligation to protect people and to investigate violence, no matter who the victims are,” she added.


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