Friday, June 05, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - June 05, 2009

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Washington Post
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Old-School Treatment for Miss California
Regarding Michael Kinsley's May 22 op-ed column, "A Crown of Thorns for Miss California?":
I am in favor of same-sex marriage, and I agree with Mr. Kinsley that Miss California, Carrie Prejean, should be free to voice her opinion against it. Yet I found it amazing that, in service to his argument that Miss California be allowed to speak out, Mr. Kinsley qualified it with, "[she did so] ever so politely and tentatively, and only when asked." Huh?

Ganymede Readings
Forty years ago this month, the patrons of a popular Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall Inn -- fed up with the frequent police raids and arrests -- decided to fight back, during a time when it was still risky to make noise about being gay. Known as the Stonewall Riots, the angry, sometimes violent demonstrations that followed marked the birth of the modern gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) rights movement.

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Lowe cartoon hit its mark
June 5, 2009
I want to thank Chan Lowe for his outstanding gays in the military cartoon, which a friend passed on to me. It says so much, so eloquently, without rancor.
Richard Fogaley, Atlanta, Ga.,0,65792.story

Steve Rothaus
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The Forward: Why straight people go to gay synagogues – and what we can learn from them
From The Jewish Daily Forward:
By Jay Michaelson
In the next few weeks, gay and lesbian synagogues and Jewish organizations will be marching in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the country as part of gay pride parades. But many of the people marching won’t be gay themselves: More and more “gay” or GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) synagogues have significant percentages of “straight allies” among their membership — in some cases, even majorities. Although there are no precise statistics quantifying this trend, it is unmistakable to anyone who visits one of these congregations, and, in an era of shrinking synagogue affiliation, prompts the question of why these institutions are growing among a population they do not even try to serve. Maybe all of us have something to learn here.

Photo gallery | Miami Gay Men’s Chorus rehearses for June 19, 20 concerts at Colony Theater on Lincoln Road
Thursday night, I attended rehearsal for the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus’ upcoming concerts on June 19 & 20 at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach. The chorus will perform Look Back, Inward & Forward, a “celebration of the Miami Gay Mens Chorus’ fabulous first decade features a sparkling selection of audience favorites from ABBA to Sondheim to Elton John,’’ according to a news release.

'Bent' at Rising Action Theatre
Martin Sherman's Bent opened on Broadway almost 30 years ago, but the power of its storytelling, which helped win it the 1980 Tony Award as best play, hasn't aged. Fort Lauderdale's Rising Action Theatre is taking on its biggest dramatic challenge to date in producing Sherman's play about gay men who were shipped off to Nazi concentration camps. Michael Perry, Larry Brooks and Larry Buzzeo, who is also staging the play, are featured in the cast. Bent, which contains sexual situations and nudity, runs through July 19 at Rising Action, 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 ($25 this Friday, Sunday and Wednesday only). Call 800-595-4849 or visit

South Florida Blade
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SoFla gets Syked out
Wanda Sykes serves up her signature sarcasm
Angry, outspoken and politically incorrect, Wanda Sykes is always outrageously funny. Known for her roles on “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Chris Rock Show,” “Monster-in-Law” and most recently for killing at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, the sassy comedian will perform at the Fillmore Miami on Saturday, June 6.

Students protest in Weston over teacher’s anti-gay remarks
Cypress Bay High School students learn real-life lesson in activism
A group of approximately 30 students took to the suburban streets of Weston in protest of GLBT rights, calling attention to anti-gay comments made public at Cypress Bay High School.

Pride is a go!
Plans for festival keep marching on
The Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale organization voted Wednesday to approve the festival plans and hold the event, as scheduled on the weekend of June 20th and 21st. For several weeks, the annual festival faced cancellation because of lack of sponsorships.

Broward GLBT Youth Group: the community’s next generation
"It’s really transformed my life and given me a greater sense of belonging"
Many teens who are struggling to come to terms with their sexuality hide behind a wall of emotional angst and unanswered questions, but one local group is available for adolescents and their parents to help in the understanding process.

Oakland Park attackers appear in court
Suspects accused in beatings of two gay men in separate attacks
The two men accused of assaulting two gay men in separate attacks in April had their first appearance in front of a judge on May 28.

Harvard to create chair in gay studies
$1.5 million gift helped create visiting professorship
Harvard University is creating a visiting professorship in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies with a gift of $1.5 million from the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus. The professorship is one of the first for gay and lesbian studies in the United States. The University of Louisville has a chair in race, class, gender and sexuality studies named for lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde.

The Advocate
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Air Firm Cleared of Antigay Claims
By Julie Bolcer
A cabin crew boss’s claims that she was told not to hire male flight attendants who might be perceived as gay were dismissed this week by a UK tribunal, reports the BBC. Alexandria Proud had claimed unfair constructive dismissal by Gama Aviation, a charter aircraft firm that supplies pilots and flight attendants for privately-owned aircraft.

Drag Queens, Canada, and Gum
Stride Gum, known as the "Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum," must really want gay chewers -- a new promotion for Stride will feature drag queens performing a dance-off during the Toronto Pride festival.

R.I.: Pick Up Your Dead Gay Partner
Rhode Island, the last New England state holding out on same-sex marriage, isn't quite ready to let gay couples walk down the aisle -- but it may grant domestic partners the right to claim each other's body and arrange funerals.

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German zoo: Gay penguin pair raising chick
By The Associated Press
(Berlin) A German zoo says a pair of gay male penguins are raising a chick from an egg abandoned by its parents.

New England may see long-term boost from gay marriage
By 365gay Newswire
New England might attract a new, young, “creative class” - thanks to marriage equality in every state but Rhode Island. “It will be a selling point when it comes to trying to lure people with same-sex partners who are being wooed for a job,” M.V. Lee Badgett, a University of Massachusetts economist who studies gay and lesbian issues, told Reuters.

Pink News - UK
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Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law
The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.

Tennessee schools to remove block on gay educational and news websites
A long running battle to unblock educational gay websites from schools in Knox County, Tennessee may be over. Following the start of legal proceedings, the County Superintendent has said web filters would be adjusted.

Study finds gay men do better at college but bisexual women lag behind
New research has indicated that gay men achieve more at college than their straight male counterparts. However, the work also showed that bisexual women do worse during higher education than straight women.

Gay couples refused marriage and partnership announcements
A number of American newspapers in states where gay marriage is illegal are refusing to print announcements of civil unions.

LGBT group claims Iraq is waging a 'campaign of violence and murder' against gays
An Iraqi gay group has said it has evidence the Iraqi government is involved with militia groups advocating violence and murder towards gays. Iraqi LGBT also described a statement from the Baghdad US Embassy as "offensive and insulting".

Daily Queer News
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IL: Civil Unions Bill in Limbo
Amy Wooten | Chicago Free Press
Because state lawmakers Sunday faced a fiscal crisis and a looming deadline, a bill that would have granted Illinois same-sex couples civil unions if passed never came up for a vote before the session ended.

IL: Chicago after Stonewall: The First Year
St. Sukie de la Croix | Chicago Free Press
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided New York’s Stonewall Inn and lesbians and gay men fought back for three days. We all know the story, but how did the lesbian and gay community in Chicago react? They didn’t … not at first, anyway.

Assaulted Lesbian Musician Posts Online Video Alleging Homophobia
Rhythm Turner, 25, singer and guitarist in local band, Rhythm and The Method believes she was the victim of a hate crime when Vincen Matthew Williams, 21, assaulted her, after she hugged her girlfriend, outside Canes Bar & Grill in Mission Beach on Thursday, May 14. “I was assaulted because of my sexual orientation, because I choose to want to give my girlfriend a hug,” Turner said.


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