Saturday, July 11, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 11, 2009

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New York Times
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Civil Rights Group Divided Over Gay Marriage
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the 50-year-old civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, is seeking to remove the president of its Los Angeles chapter in response to his support of same-sex marriage in California.

Manhattan Man, 19, Arrested in Anti-Gay Robbery Attacks
A 19-year-old Manhattan man has been arrested in connection with anti-gay robbery attacks on the Upper East Side in May and June, the police said on Friday. The man, Driton Nicaj, was arrested on Thursday night near his home on East 84th Street, his father said. He faces charges including aggravated harassment and robbery as hate crimes. The police said they were searching for as many as three other men who participated in the early-morning attacks.

South Florida Blade
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Gay couple detained by security near Mormon plaza after kiss
Told public displays of affection not allowed on property
A gay couple say they were detained by security guards on a plaza owned by the Mormon church and later cited by police, claiming it stemmed from a kiss on the cheek.

New campaign to overturn 'Don't Ask'
Rep. Murphy takes lead on repeal effort in House
By CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade
Gay rights activists this week kicked off a national tour to build public support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” as a new lawmaker officially took the lead in sponsoring legislation that would end the ban on service by openly LGBT people in the U.S. military.

The Advocate
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The Hot Sheet
Harry Potter is officially all grown up, gay actor Dan Butler falls in love with Karl Rove, and the Gay Men's Chorus of San Francisco pays tribute to Joan Baez.

Pink News - UK
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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.

Bisexual MP Simon Hughes consulting lawyer over News of the World phone hack
The bisexual senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has confirmed that he is consulting with his solicitor after his phone was hacked by the News of the World. The saga relating to The Guardian’s allegations that the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper operated a complex programme of hacking into celebrities mobile phone voicemail and paid off some of the victims has continued for another day.

Major fire destroys historic building in the heart of London's gay scene
Some 100 firefighters are tackling a fire which has broken out in Dean Street, in the heart of Soho, the centre for gay life in London. Dean Street will remain closed all evening.

Conservatives' grouping with homophobic Polish party 'will give them more power'
The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.


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