Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 21, 2009

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New York Times
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Much Has Changed in Surrogate Pregnancies
Published: July 20, 2009
With the birth last month of twin girls for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, surrogate pregnancy once again assumed center stage. After years of infertility following the birth of their son in 2002, the couple chose to have another woman gestate the embryos they created.

Aids: Role of Gay Men in Spreading Virus Is Ignored in Africa, Study Finds
The role of gay sex in the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS in Africa has been long ignored, say the authors of a new study in the medical journal Lancet.

Washington Post
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Miss California lost crown, but gains a book deal
The Associated Press
The former Miss California who was stripped of her title last month has a book deal.

Steve Rothaus
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HRC: Senate adopts unwelcomed amendments to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, responded today to votes relating to the hate crimes provisions in the Defense Department authorization bill. The Senate passed four amendments to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act: three offered by Senator Sessions (R-AL) and one offered by Senator Kennedy (D-MA). The Matthew Shepard Act was added this past Thursday, July 16, to S. 1390, the Senate version of the Department of Defense Authorization bill.

HRC: Matthew Shepard Act passes - contact your senators
A letter from HRC President Joe Solmonese:
I have great news to share: the Senate has passed the Matthew Shepard Act!

Miami Herald
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Include gays, lesbians in anti-bias act
Forty years ago, when I first came to the U.S. Senate, it was entirely possible for an employer to fire workers because of their sexual orientation, and that remains true today in 30 states. In 38 states, it is true for gender identity as well. Today there is no federal law banning employment discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity. That baffles many of us.

The Advocate
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Wash. DP Foes to Turn in Signatures
By Julie Bolcer
Opponents of the domestic partnership law in Washington seeking to overturn the measure granting marriage-like rights to same-sex couples are expected to turn in their petition signatures on Saturday, reports the Seattle Times .

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Pentecostal Evangelists Plan To Surround Charlotte Pride
By Ali Davis, Contributing writer
Pride celebrations in Charlotte, North Carolina are scheduled for this weekend, July 25. As an added treat for everyone, Pentecostal preachers Lou Engle and Michael Brown have announced plans to “surround” the Pride events with a hoped-for thousand flock members in order to “reach out to gays and lesbians with the compassion of Jesus.”

Hearing begins in Lawrence King case
By The Associated Press
A police sergeant says a Southern California junior high school student made threats about a gay classmate a day before he allegedly shot him.

Boy harassed at 4-H summer camp for being gay
By 365gay Newswire
A mother from Jackson County, West Virginia, filed a police report after her 15-year-old son was harassed for an hour and a half at a summer 4-H camp because he is gay.

Pink News - UK
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Parents of 'ex-gay' student threaten lawsuits
The parents of a US student who is thought to be in 'ex-gay' therapy have threatened legal action over a website set up to find him, his boyfriend has said. Click here for full article

Video: Durex condom ad shows gay policemen
The condom manufacturer Durex has released a new advert which shows two policemen about to get it on to the sound of ABBA.

Gay bar raid chief apologises
The chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has apologised for a raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously injured.

Man jailed for stabbing lesbian wife
A man has been jailed for nine years after an "enraged" and "frenzied" attack on his ex-wife, after she told him she thought she was a lesbian. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13343.html

Video game allows players to shoot gays
Gay groups are outraged over a video game where the object is to shoot gay men before they 'rape' the player. Click here for full article

Equality and Human Rights Commission hit by resignations and 'unacceptable' spending
Trevor Phillips, the newly-reappointed head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is under fire over the organisation's annual reports, while three commissioners have resigned in the last week over the way the quango is being run. Click here for full article

Man convicted of trans woman's manslaughter
A court in New York has found a man guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for the killing of 22-year-old trans woman Lateisha Green.


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