Tuesday, July 28, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 28, 2009

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New York Times
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Learning to Tolerate Intolerance
It is always edifying to see how New Yorkers deal with opinions that they despise. Three members of the Westboro Baptist Church held a protest the other day across from the Jewish Community Center on Amsterdam Avenue. This is a group based in Topeka, Kan., whose views may safely be described as loathsome to most people in this city.

Showcase: Women Celebrating Womyn
By Daniel J. Wakin
It seemed a paradox. The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival was started in 1976 as a private space for women, most of whom are lesbians, to set themselves apart and away from scrutinizing eyes. “For many of us, it is a relaxing, organic environment where we feel most whole and most truly ourselves,” the festival’s Web site says.

Study Rates Inclusion of Gay TV Characters
Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
Cable channels outpaced the broadcast networks in the third annual Network Responsibility Index compiled by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which analyzes the amount of prime-time television hours that feature gay, bisexual and transgender characters, the group said Monday in a news release. According to the report, for which Glaad reviewed more than 4,900 hours of prime-time programming on the five major networks and more than 1,200 hours on 10 cable networks, such characters are represented in 42 percent of HBO’s programming hours, and 26 percent of Showtime’s. ABC led the broadcast networks with 24 percent, with CW at 20 percent, Fox at 11 percent, NBC 8 percent and CBS 5 percent.

Washington Post
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Anglican Sees Way To Reconcile on Gays
The archbishop of Canterbury says the Anglican Church may have to accept a "two track" communion in which believers can hold different opinions about gay clergy and same-sex unions.
Rowan Williams wrote on his Web site Monday that there are "two styles of being Anglican" and that both sides should work together to maintain the church.
Williams is the Anglican spiritual leader. His comments are in response to a decision this month by the U.S. Episcopal Church, a member of the Anglican Communion, to authorize bishops to bless same-sex unions and research an official prayer for the ceremonies.
-- Associated Press

Obama Supreme Court pick Sotomayor clears panel
By Deborah Charles
President Barack Obama's nominee Sonia Sotomayor won the backing of the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday, all but ensuring she will become the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lesbians in China petition to donate blood
BEIJING -- Lesbians in China have organized an online petition calling for gay people to be allowed to donate blood, state media reported Tuesday.

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Anti-gay adoption law a drawback for Florida's efforts
By Sen. Nan Rich
Recently, the Sun Sentinel ran a guest column by Gov. Charlie Crist to highlight "Explore Adoption Day" in Florida. In it, the governor celebrated last year's record-high 3,700 adoptions of foster children in our state, and says that all an adoptive parent needs is "an open heart and the willingness to be a parent to a child who has experienced abuse, or neglect, and needs a safe and loving home."

Activists want to make it tougher, more expensive to get Florida marriage license
Activists want getting a marriage license to be tough, more expensive
By Anthony Man
Nan Rich has been married 47 years and Virginia Brooks for 40. They offer similar perspectives on how their marriages thrived. "You learned through experience. You learned by working through things together. You didn't run at the first sign of difficulties. You worked things out," Rich said.

Steve Rothaus
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Florida Family Association: AAA pressured into offering Family Memberships to Same-Gender spouses
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Miami Herald
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When Walter Cronkite got ``zapped'' by gay-rights activist

Walter Cronkite's illustrious career is remembered for the historic events he covered, from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to the moon landing and the Vietnam War. But Cronkite also reported on burgeoning social movements, including the struggle for gay liberation. After becoming a target of that movement, Cronkite would become a behind-the-scenes ally.

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Neff: The dangerous ex-gay movement
By Lisa Neff, columnist, 365gay.com
I’m the first to admit that I need people to show me the way. I’m accepting of help in household duties, because I’m not too handy with repairs, and only capable in the kitchen.

Pink News - UK
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Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Gays have split Anglican church in two'
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the church may have to accept "two styles of being Anglican" in order to avoid a schism.

HIV worker gets naked for gay charities on the Fourth Plinth
A sexual health worker has used his hour on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth to support the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow.

Irish civil partnerships are for 'second-class people'
The Irish government's proposals to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples have been attacked by Amnesty International as being "a second-class form of marriage".

US Senate to hold hearing on gay military policy
The US Senate will hold congressional hearings into the country's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The policy prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the US military and has so far seen nearly 13,000 servicemen and women dismissed on the grounds of their sexuality.

No restrictions for Belfast Pride
Belfast Pride will not be subject to any restrictions when the parade marches through the city this Saturday. The Parades Commission said it had received assurances from organisers over the "stewarding of the parade and the general conduct of the participants".


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