Friday, July 10, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 10, 2009

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New York Times
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Morning Skim: Is ‘Brüno’ Bad (for Gays)? and More
By Eric Etheridge
* Salon: David Rakoff says “‘Brüno’ is bad for the gays.”
Brüno is a gay minstrel, in the most literal sense of the word.
* Slate: Dennis Lim says “Brüno” is “good for the gays.”
And are the gays who anxiously anticipate the mocking, hostile reactions of the unenlightened really that blind to Brüno’s obvious counteroffensive strategy, which is to make that mocking, hostile idiocy the subject of his film? The beauty—and perhaps even the moral logic—of Baron Cohen’s method is that those who’re not in on his joke are invariably the butts of the joke.

Washington Post
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Stalemate In N.Y. Appears Resolved
Democratic Senator Rejoins His Caucus
By Keith B. Richburg
A month-long political stalemate in New York's state capital, Albany, appeared resolved Thursday when a defecting state senator rejoined the Democratic caucus, once again giving the party a razor-thin majority in the chamber.

'Z' Still Thrills 40 Years Later
Forty years ago this summer, a man walked on the moon. Later that year, a series of riots around Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn gave birth to the gay rights movement. And filmmaker Costa-Gavras released "Z," his landmark political thriller based on the real-life assassination of Greek peace activist Gregoris Lambrakis by right-wing hoods. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (the movie is in French and set in an indeterminate locale) and, with its generalized indictment of government corruption everywhere, packed a powerful punch.

The Dare That Went Too Far
Two men take a sexually charged challenge in ‘Humpday’
Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton may be a happily-married mother of one, but the 43-year-old writer/director of “Humpday”—a comedy-drama about two childless thirtysomething friends (Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard) who are drawn into a sexually-charged dare—had no problem identifying with her film’s antsy male protagonists. (The film opens in limited release July 10.)

The Bucks Stop, but Will Colleges Notice?
The recent news that Harvard was establishing a new chair in Gay Lesbian Transgendered and Queer Studies, in the wake of a 22% drop in the university's endowment value, suggested that nothing could curtail expenditures on the progressive agenda in the modern academy. But this week brought some indication that even Harvard will have to confront the recession. Not only did it lay off almost 300 employees, but it actually suspended the operations of its Office of Sexual Assault, Prevention, and Response for the month of July. The university indicated that the office's services were duplicated elsewhere. This summer, someone else will have to sponsor events it previously offered -- like "Hooking Up: Hot Hints for a Great Sex Life" and "Choose Your Own Sex Adventure."

Rufus Wainwright’s New Aria
The singer-songwriter unveils his first opera in England
Since his debut roughly a decade ago, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has attracted a following for his lush, romantic pop songs. He ventures into new territory this month with the premiere of his first opera, “Prima Donna.”

Steve Rothaus
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Movie review | Brüno (R) ***
The real genius, if that is what it is, behind Sacha Baron Cohen's crude, shocking and explosively funny Brüno is the fact that the filmmakers actually found enough gullible human targets. Surely they had thinned out after Borat became a hit and introduced Cohen to the cable-free parts of the planet that had never seen his characters torment the unwitting on Da Ali G Show.

This weekend’s Out and About from Give Me a Beat Productions
From George Maiko Coronado, director of Marketing and Business Development for Give Me A Beat Productions:
Tonight, Friday, July 10, we are gearing up for another fantastic soiree of music, fashion and entertainment, at the now nationally renowned Living Room Nightclub and the party that everyone is talking about, Liquid Fridays! From the sexiest crowd of South Florida and beyond, to model types, to body painted staff, percussionists, stilt walkers, outrageous performers, recording artists, sultry dancers and the best dance music to ever hit the East Coast, the energy of our party is a spiritual adventure that is almost indescribable, so come join us and experience it tonight! You will love to feel all your senses awakened...

Miami Herald
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Find a new church
Re the July 2 story Mennonites protest church exclusion of gays: Gay Mennonites don't like that they are not permitted to worship in Mennonite churches. Big deal. If they really feel a need to be in a church, they should go to another one that will accept them. Prejudice will begin to die away when religious groups realize that their numbers are decreasing because people, gay and straight, are no longer tolerant of bigotry. Leaving and joining another organization, religious or not, is probably the most powerful statement that a gay person can make.

South Florida Blade
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Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale nets nearly $30K
But conflict with former Ed. Dir. slows collections
After a tumultuous couple of months, Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale is wrapping up the books for the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival, while fighting continues with its now-former executive director over money and merchandise.

Gay-friendly businesses celebrate milestones
Wilton Manors: Java Boys celebrates anniversary
In today’s economic climate, any business anniversary can be considered a milestone. It’s been a year since the current owners of Java Boys, Nicky and Steve Rose, took over and the future continues to look bright. Over the years, Java Boys has become a meeting place of sorts where small groups continue to gather. “The number one reason for our success is that we value each and every customer, treat them with respect, give them the service and the quality they are looking for,” said Java Boys owner, Nicky Rose. “We also give back to the community by getting involved with very important organizations and activities.”

The Advocate
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Gay Camaro Ad Not “Vetted” by GM
A viral video featuring men in their underwear washing a Camaro -- which was yanked by General Motors Wednesday morning -- was not vetted through all departments of the company, Travis Parman, who handles LGBT media relations for GM, told Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania Senators introduce Marriage Equality Bill
By 365gay Newswire
(Harrisburg) Pennsylvania Senator Jim Ferlo has joined in supporting SB 935, the first bill in Pennsylvania to allow gay marriage. The bill, created by Senator Daylin Leach, now has three Pennsylvania senators backing it.

Pink News - UK
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House of Lords votes to keep 'free speech' defence in homophobic hatred laws
The House of Lords has voted to keep an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.

Swedish nursing home may cater specifically for gays
Elderly gays and lesbians in Stockholm may soon be able to live in a special gay-friendly nursing home.

Events for older LGBT people to be held in London
Older LGBT people will be able to attend two social networking events in Tower Hamlets and Redbridge this summer. The events are being held by Age Concern and Positive East, an HIV charity.

Christian arts festival is 'too gay'
A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.

Mother of boy who committed suicide after gay bullying urges Congress to take action
The mother of Carl Hoover-Walker, the 11-year-old Massachusetts boy who hung himself after homophobic abuse from bullies, has pleaded with Congress to do more to tackle the problem.

Daily Queer News
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MO: Events: PROMO
St. Louis
Wednesday, July 29, 7:30pm-9:30pm
PROMO is proud to host the Equality Federation Summer Meeting July 29-Aug. 2. Equality Federation is a national alliance of state-based LGBT advocacy organizations such as PROMO. The Federation works to achieve equality for LGBT people in every state and territory by building strong and sustainable statewide organizations. PROMO invites you the Summer Meeting Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 29, 7:30pm-9:30pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact

Cured ‘Ex-Gay’ Caught Misbehaving; Banned from Gym; Distrubing Criminal Record
Wayne Besen | Truth Wins Out
‘Ex-Gay’ Activist Supposedly ‘Cured’ From AIDS and Homosexuality, Banned From Gym and Charged After Lewd Incident Occurs
NEW YORK – A new report by the website, “Ex-Gay Watch”, has cast a dark cloud of skepticism over “ex-gay” activist Matthew Manning’s tale of being “delivered” from homosexuality and AIDS. According to the report, Manning has been repeatedly dragged into court for allegations of inappropriate behavior and was even banned from a popular gym after improper sexual advances were made on a 22-year-old heterosexual male. Manning, a frequent television guest and the founder of Lighthouse World Evangelism Inc., based in Santa Rosa, California, has yet to comment on the allegations made in the investigative report.

IL: Events: Equality Illinois
The Addams Family – A New Musical
The Addams Family, starring two-time Tony Award® winners Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, is opening in Chicago this Fall before it goes to Broadway. The weird and wonderful family created by New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams comes to devilishly delightful life in a Broadway musical - and you can see it before the public.

Gay Minister Supported by His Ex-Wife as He Begins New Job
Scotland’s first openly gay minister took up his new job yesterday - with his ex-wife and partner sitting in the pews. The Rev Scott Rennie, 37, sparked controversy when he was appointed minister at Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen.

Wounded Ex-Marine Now Fighting a Two-Front War
Sig Christenson - Express-News | My San Antonio
Eric Alva lived and breathed the Marine Corps for 13 years. Then he earned a dubious slice of American history by becoming the first GI injured in the Iraq invasion in 2003. He stepped on a mine three hours after rolling into Iraq, breaking both legs, suffering a badly mangled right arm and being filled with shrapnel from torso to his legs. The picture-perfect Marine, who later lost part of his right leg and still carries 27 pieces of shrapnel, has evolved from a war hero photographed with President George W. Bush to one of the nation’s prominent gay activists after coming out on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Feb. 27, 2007. Read more


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