Friday, July 24, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 24, 2009

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Washington Post
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For Two Best Friends, A Fine Bromance
If prizes were handed out for a low-budget movie with the year's highest concept, one would have to be reserved for Lynn Shelton's "Humpday," in which two straight, former college buddies decide to make a gay porn film together.

Steve Rothaus
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Navy: Murder charge filed in gay seaman's death
Associated Press
The U.S. Navy says a sailor has been charged in military court with murder and other offenses in the shooting death of a gay San Diego seaman. Petty Officer Jonathan Campos of Lancaster, Calif., was charged Thursday in connection to last month's fatal shooting of Seaman August Provost of Houston.

Task Force: Enact federal hate crimes legislation without ‘inhumane’ death penalty provision
News release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Federal hate crimes legislation clears another hurdle with passage of Department of Defense authorization bill
WASHINGTON, July 23 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund responded to today’s U.S. Senate passage of the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill, which includes a long-sought hate crimes provision but also an amendment to expand the death penalty. Hate crimes legislation cleared the House in April with a vote of 249 to 175. The DOD authorization bill, with the hate crimes provision attached, now moves to conference committee where differences will be ironed out. The Task Force Action Fund is urging for enactment of hate crimes legislation without the death penalty amendment.

South Florida Blade
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Thursday: Grand Resort and Spa Anniversary
Celebrate ten years at award-winning guest house
By Dan Renzi
Tonight from 6 to 10 p.m., join the award-winning Grand Resort & Spa for their tenth anniversary celebration. Proceeds benefit GLCC, Tuesday’s Angels and Stonewall Library & Archives. It’s going to be a lovely party—you must be on the RSVP list to attend! Go to and click on the link for the invite. Contact info: 539 Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-630-3000.

What’s the next step for Stonewall Street Fest?
Grants awarded, planning started for next festival
The board members of The Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale (PGFL) met with sponsors of the Stonewall Parade and Street Festival to generate feedback and begin laying the groundwork for next year’s event. About 25 people attended the event on Tuesday, July 21 at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.

Gay adoption judge stripped of top post
Lederman made historic ruling in late 2008
A Miami-Dade circuit court judge who ruled in favor of allowing gays to adopt has lost her job as the top administrator of the juvenile division of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Sotomayor decision in gay man’s case wins praise
Nominee sought careful review of 'equal protection rights'
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor provided only vague hints of her views on LGBT rights issues during her Senate confirmation hearings last week, legal experts concluded.

Gillibrand's 'Don't Ask' amendment off the table
N.Y. senator sought moratorium on military discharges
The New York senator who once said she was considering an amendment to a defense bill mandating a stay on discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has decided against introducing the measure after determining there aren't enough votes for passage, according to her office.

The Advocate
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Men Charged in Gay Pageant Smackdown
By Julie Bolcer
Two men were charged Wednesday with using a trophy to beat a judge at a gay beauty pageant in Chicago, reports the area’s NBC affiliate.

Trans Teacher Retires Frustrated
By Chris Jai Centeno
Few job calls and an alleged prejudice from members of a New Jersey school district's board were sources of frustration a transgender substitute teacher cited that led to her resignation.

Lesbians Now Legally Parents After Insemination
By Amita Parashar
Children born through artificial insemination can now legally have two female parents at birth in Washington, D.C., thanks to a new law. Prior to the law, the female partner of a birth mother would have to adopt the child at birth to become a legal parent.

$3 Million to Lesbian Drinking Study
By Chris Jai Centeno
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has agreed to fund a groundbreaking $3 million University of Illinois, Chicago, study on lesbian health.

Pink News - UK
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Boris Johnson says he will not enter GLA for Stonewall's top employer list
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he will not enter the Greater London Authority in Stonewall's annual Top 100 employers list, despite the authority coming in third place last year.

Comment: They're at it again
Around this time last year, the Presbyterian Church of Wales made national news after paying out a record sum to a gay employee who had endured ‘grotesquely’ discriminatory conduct and sexual harassment. You might reasonably assume, then, that they’d watch their step when it comes to the ever-so-touchy subject of homosexuality. You would, of course, be wrong to make such an assumption.

Washington DC gives parental rights to lesbian couples
A law which gives lesbian parents in DC more rights has come into effect. The legislation, which was enacted on Saturday, gives lesbians the right to become the legal parent of a partner's artificially-inseminated child without having to adopt.

Imperial War Museum celebrates ten years since military gay ban was lifted
Imperial War Museum North is to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the lifting of the ban on gays and lesbian serving in the British Armed Forces.

Review: National Portrait Gallery salutes gay icons
The large and opulent halls of the National Portrait Gallery play host to an interesting exhibition on the personal histories and inspirations of influential gay and lesbian figures this summer.

Daniel Radcliffe comes out as a Lib Dem
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out about his political allegiances, his thoughts on Gordon Brown and his plans to vote for the Liberal Democrats at the next general election.


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