Sunday, July 26, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 26, 2009

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New York Times
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A Tall Order
To the Editor: Re Jennifer Schuessler’s review of “The Tall Book,” by Arianne Cohen (July 12): Today I can buy long-sleeved pink men’s shirts and chartreuse men’s Levi’s, and nobody thinks they aren’t women’s clothes. As a tall woman, I am eternally grateful to the gay rights movement, which made “feminine” clothing accessible to long-armed, long-legged people of any gender. So much for the stigma of wearing men’s trousers.

The Battle Over a Baby
On Christmas Eve in 2007, the State of West Virginia bestowed upon Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess of Oak Hill a relative rarity in the foster-care system: a newborn. The baby girl, TiCasey, was born on Dec. 8 to a longtime drug addict, father unknown, and entered the world with cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines in her bloodstream. For two weeks after delivery, she went through withdrawal, unable to sleep and crying incessantly. When not being held by a hospital nurse, she was put in special rocking machines to help relieve her pain. Still suffering from tremors and extended crying jags, TiCasey arrived at Kutil and Hess’s home, where she was met by five other foster children all clamoring to hold her.

Washington Post
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A Sanctuary From Hate
Pastor, D.C. Church Offer Gay African Americans A Message of Acceptance and Responsibility
By Darryl Fears
In the middle of a sermon, Bishop Rainey Cheeks felt his medicine bottle bulging in his pocket and realized he hadn't taken his pills. He paused in the pulpit and faced the congregation in his tiny storefront church.

Steve Rothaus
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Washington state gay partnership foes turn in signatures
By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Sponsors of a campaign to overturn Washington state's domestic partnership law turned in their petition signatures Saturday and said they believe they have enough to force a public vote. The expanded "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law was scheduled to take effect Sunday, but is now delayed until the signatures can be counted, a process that could take up to a month.

South Florida Blade
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Lavender Events Sports Fair for women
Sunday, Sept. 26 at new GLCC campus
By Dan Renzi
Lavender Events for Women at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida (GLCC) is committed to enriching the lives of those who identify as women-- through education, community involvement, health awareness and social networking. With these endeavors in mind, we are hosting a Sports Fair on September 26, 2009 at the new GLCC campus at 2040 North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors from 10am-2pm.

The Advocate
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Roundup: Gay Churches Praised, Outgames Begin
By Julie Bolcer
Just like heaven: Some straight believers feel more at home in predominantly gay congregations.


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