Thursday, July 30, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - July 30, 2009

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New York Times
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Out and Proud in Amsterdam
By Joel Weickgenant
AMSTERDAM | The next few days will feature an around-the-clock program of photo exhibitions, movies, and parties, all leading up to the signature event of Amsterdam Gay Pride Week: the Saturday boat parade, which this year will feature a ceremony aimed at hearts and minds on both sides of the Atlantic.

Washington Post
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Albania plans to legalize gay marriages
The Associated Press
TIRANA, Albania -- Albania's governing Democrats have proposed a law allowing same-sex civil weddings in the small, predominantly Muslim country.

Steve Rothaus
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Florida: Complete schedule of events for Equality Weekend 2009
5th annual HRC Summer Event Series
From Tony Sandonato, community events co-chair, HRC South Florida:

Rachel Maddow video | U.S. Rep Alcee Hastings on 'don't ask, don't tell': 'The time is now to eliminate this bigoted law'

Political Town Hall with HRC's Marty Rouse & Equality Florida’s Joe Saunders on Aug. 7 in Fort Lauderdale
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Music review | American Idols improve on tour, but Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta have it all
American Idol is easy to champion on TV. Yet its contestants are, all too often, just as easy to forget before the inevitable summer tour of the Top 10 finalists comes around just a couple months after a winner is crowned in May. (Michael Sarver, you were on Idol this season? Who knew?)

The Advocate
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Utah Kissing Couple Won't Face Charges
Click the byline to view more stories by this author.By Chris Jai Centeno
A gay couple arrested for trespassing after exchanging kisses in Salt Lake City’s Main Street Plaza earlier this month will not face any charges.

Kalamazoo LGBT Law Opposed
Opponents of the new LGBT rights ordinance in Kalamazoo, Michigan submitted petitions with more than 2,000 signatures on Wednesday in an attempt to have the law overturned, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Greek Goes Gay: Really Gay
On the heels of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Network Responsibility Index (ranking which networks are doing right by the gays), Gawker has spliced together a video reel of what could possibly hold the title "Gayest Show on TV": ABC Family's Greek.

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Chicago considers set asides for LGBT businesses
By Ali Davis, Contributing writer
Out gay Chicago alderman Tom Tunney has reintroduced a proposal to add contract set asides for LGBT businesses in addition to the set asides that already exist for women and racial minorities.

Syfy Promises More LGBT Characters
By Ali Davis
Of all the networks that received failing grades from GLAAD’s Network Responsibility Index, so far only Syfy has responded. Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president in charge of original content, made a statement to TV Guide that is sensible enough that I can almost forgive the network for its recent, terrible name change.

Besen: Setting the stage for tragedy
By Wayne Besen
On Sunday, The New York Times featured a chilling article on how fundamentalist Christians stalked, harassed and ultimately murdered Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, who they taunted with the nickname, “Tiller the Baby Killer.”

Is DADT still around because of us?
By James Withers
Spend anytime reading the comment sections on gay political sites and there is lots of vitriol for President Barack Obama. From DOMA to DADT, there is a palpable sense the Obama administration has turned its back to the LGBT community. That is a fair reading few would dispute, even those who continue to support the White House. However, the Palm Center released a paper arguing DADT is still around because of conscious choices by gay activists.

Pink News - UK
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Man arrested for 'hate crime' at World Outgames
A man has been arrested at the World Outgames in Copenhagen for allegedly throwing fireworks at athletes. The 31-year-old man told a court he had thrown one firework against a wall but did not intend to hurt athletes.

US survey finds almost a third of trans respondents have considered suicide
A study has found that almost a third of trans respondents have seriously considered committing suicide in the last year.

Police urge caution after gay chatline muggings
Police have urged users of gay chatlines to take care after two men in Haringey were robbed at knifepoint. The men were robbed after being lured to a private place by someone they met on a gay chat line.

Dutch Olympic champions promote gay tolerance in sport
Several Dutch Olympic champions, including openly gay swimmer Johan Kenkhuis, take part in this year’s Amsterdam gay pride canal parade to promote acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people in sport. Adrian Tippetts reports.

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Broward Teacher's Union Files Lawsuit
Union Wants To Stop District Hiring
The Broward Teachers Union is suing the school district to stop the hiring of new teachers. The district wants to hire 89 new teachers instead of re-instating hundreds of others recently laid off.


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