Wednesday, July 22, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 22, 2009

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Washington Post
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Black, white protesters rally over dragging death
Paris, TX: State police in riot gear rushed a downtown street to break up a standoff Tuesday between hundreds of black and white extremists who exchanged screams of "Black power!" and "White power!" during a protest over the state's handling of the case of a black man who was run over and dragged by a vehicle.

Steve Rothaus
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Alarming Africa male gay HIV rate
From BBC News: HIV rates among gay men in some African countries are 10 times higher than among the general male population, says research in medical journal the Lancet. The report said prejudice towards gay people was leading to isolation and harassment, which in turn led to risky sexual practices among gay communities. But the risks are not limited to gay men, as many of the infected also have female sexual partners.

Judy Garland Live’ performed by Tommy Femia Aug. 12-23 at Rising Action Theatre in Oakland Park, Florida
News release from Rising Action Theatre:
8 performances only!
August 12-16: Wed, Fri and Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 7 pm
August 20-23: Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8pm; Sun at 7 pm
Tix: $25 Wed. 8/12 $30 other nites
Free opening night party with Tommy Femia at Primavera
Restaurant directly after the show on August 12.
Show and 3 Course Dinner at Primavera Restaurant -
Recession Special Pricing - only $52.

The Advocate
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Don Roos: Out Actors Can't Get Cast
By Michelle Garcia
Following last week's statements by Emmy-winning director Todd Holland that gay actors should stay closeted, another writer-director is seconding his (now-recanted) opinion.

Carter Wants Women in the Pulpit
By Michelle Garcia
Former president Jimmy Carter said he will leave the Southern Baptist Church over its decision prohibiting the ordination of women.

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Amendments limit extension of federal hate-crimes law
By 365gay Newswire
The Senate passed several amendments Monday afternoon that would limit the extension of the federal hate-crimes law the Advocate reports.

Pink News - UK
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Lesbian couple celebrate 70th anniversary
A lesbian couple in Florida are celebrating their 70th anniversary together. Caroline Leto, 96, and Venera Magazzu, 97, from Dania Beach, will celebrate the landmark anniversary on August 17th.

Tories to hold gay Pride event at this year's party conference
The Conservative Party is to hold a Pride event for the first time at its annual conference in Manchester. 'Conference Pride' will be held at Spirit Bar in the heart of Manchester's gay village on Tuesday October 6th.

Second annual gay rodeo held in Philadelphia
The second annual gay rodeo, 'Stampede', is being held by the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association in Philadelphia from July 31st - August 2nd

Culture minister tells he will look into BBC 'homophobia'
Culture minister Ben Bradshaw has told he will look at the evidence of alleged homophobia by BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.

Nations of the world meet to discuss and celebrate gay rights movement
Copenhagen is next week hosting World Outgames 2009, a nine-day festival of sports, culture, and a conference on gay rights that will involve over 100 countries under the banner "Love of freedom, freedom to love".

Obama's call to civil rights group to back gay rights
In a speech to National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), US president Barack Obama called for an end to discrimination of gays and lesbians.


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