Friday, August 28, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - August 28, 2009

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New York Times
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Kennedy's Catholicism Source of Comfort, Conflict
Sen. Edward Kennedy was raised from birth to cherish his Catholicism, and it became both a source of comfort and conflict throughout his life. The son of the country's most famous Catholic family defied church teachings when he divorced his first wife, then was granted an annulment only after he admitted he wasn't being honest when he promised her he'd be faithful. His most significant and public break with the church came with his support for abortion rights.

Washington Post
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Opposing Gay Unions With Sanity & a Smile
NOM Head Moves His Cause to D.C.
By Monica Hesse
The nightmares of gay marriage supporters are the Pat Robertsons of the world. The James Dobsons, the John Hagees -- the people who specialize in whipping crowds into frothy frenzies, who say things like Katrina was caused by the gays.

Wall Street Journal
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Bridging the Gay-Evangelical Divide
Extreme opinions move toward the middle.
'Efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm." So says a new American Psychological Association report affirmed by its governing body in a 125-to-4 vote. No surprise there, given the past advice of the APA—and of other mental-health associations—against sexual-reorientation therapies.

Steve Rothaus
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Aqua Foundation for Women honor outgoing chair Alison Burgos with party at Halo
Aqua Foundation for Women honored chair Alison Burgos with a party and a glass plaque Thursday night at Halo Lounge in Miami Beach. Burgos, whose company Pandora Events produces major parties and events for women, retired as chairwoman and has been succeeded by Miami financial advisor Laura Steckler.

Transgender Vermont teen wants genderless bathrooms
By WILSON RING, Associated Press
A transgender teenager is lending his voice to a movement in Vermont to require the state's middle and high schools to offer genderless bathrooms.

South Florida Blade
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Gay man wins $45,000 after false arrest
Plaintiff claimed police targeted him for being gay
Claude Lessard, the plaintiff in a 2003 case of false arrest at John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach, is taking home $45,000 from the state of Florida.

Vigil for Israeli gay youth attracts supporters to GLCC
Supporters mourn attack on Tel Aviv gay center
Wilton Manors, FL: About 125 people attended a special vigil last Tuesday night honoring those killed in an attack at a GLBT center in Tel Aviv, Israel. On August 1, 2009, an unidentified masked man entered the center shooting at a mostly teen gathering at the Agudah Gay Community Center. Police have not made any arrests yet but believe the shooter to be an Israeli. The vigil was sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida, Congregation Etz Chaim and the Gay American Heroes Foundation.

Manor Inn of Wilton Manors
Great things come in small packages
In October 1999, Kip Wargo made local history when the Wilton Manors City Commission granted him a zoning variance to have the first “bed and breakfast” in a residential area—the first in the city’s history. The Manor Inn was born.

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Uruguay lawmakers OK gay adoption
By The Associated Press
(Montevido, Uruguay) Lawmakers in Uruguay have approved a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. Despite opposition from Uruguay’s Roman Catholic Church and some of the political opposition, the 99-seat Chamber or Representatives on Thursday passed the bill 40-13, with the remaining members absent.

Utah governor: No special rights for gay people
By The Associated Press
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that discriminating against gay people shouldn’t be illegal, although he would prefer it if everyone were treated with respect.

Gay luxury hotel for Wilton Manors?
Developers seek approval for 172-room complex
Although South Florida’s gay guesthouses are currently the only place to stay with an all-male crowd, that may change if plans for G Resorts, a 172-unit hotel and timeshare complex, is approved by the Wilton Manors Planning and Zoning board and City Commission. The proposed development would be located at a 6.04 acre property at the corner of NE 24th St. and NE 13th Ave. between Dixie Highway and NE 15th St.

Lawsuit challenging gay adoptions moves forward
Court hears oral arguments
Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Wednesday on behalf of a gay man who is looking to fully adopt two children he has fostered for five years.

The Advocate
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Live Nation Cancels Antigay Artist
Click the byline to view more stories by this author.By Julie Bolcer
Concert promoter Live Nation cancelled a series of upcoming shows by Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton (pictured) on Thursday after gay rights activists pressured the company to drop the antigay performer through an e-mail campaign, reports

School Protects Gay Student After Suit
Click the byline to view more stories by this author.By Michelle Garcia
A school district in Herkimer County, N.Y. has agreed to take immediate action to protect a gay student before the academic year begins in September.

Pink News - UK
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VIDEO: Bucharest crowd boo Madonna's defence of gays and Roma
Romanian fans of singer Madonna showed their displeasure during a concert yesterday when she condemned discrimination against Roma people and gays.
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CPS brings domestic violence message to Soho
A Crown Prosecution Service Community Prosecutor spent last Friday night in London’s West End. The visit aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and homophobic crime. Click here for full article

Whoopi Goldberg records message of support for Budapest Pride
Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg has recorded a special message of support for a Pride event marred by violent attacks in recent years. Click here for full article

Docs on Queer as Folk and Harvey Milk for launch of Fruit TV
An online channel for the LGBT community due to launch next year has revealed some of its schedule highlights. Click here for full article

Germany's highest court confirms adoption by mother's lesbian partner
The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has confirmed that gay and lesbian people can adopt their partner's children, overturning a previous court ruling. Click here for full article

22 police forces to march at Manchester Pride
Police officers and staff from all over the UK will be in Manchester this weekend for Pride. Click here for full article

Lesbian ex-soldier "disgusted at MoD" over payouts to injured
A lesbian former soldier who was awarded £187,000 in compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment has said she is disgusted at the low sums paid to servicemen and women injured in action. Click here for full article

Forwarded from Victoria Lavin
Daily Queer News
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GA: Mayoral Race Heats Up as Official Qualifying Nears
MATT SCHAFER | Southern Voice
City Council President Lisa Borders gave a colorful campaign speech to the gay Atlanta Executive Network on Aug. 20, where she promised never to wear anything similar to Mayor Shirley Franklin’s trademark flower, told how late gay activist Allen Thornell had once assumed she was a lesbian, and laid out her plans to fix the city in a tightening race for mayor. “Atlanta can no longer stand as an island, whether she’s trying to talk with the state leaders or with our sister jurisdictions,” she said. “We are at a very interesting place in our development — we are at a crossroads, where we have to decide and understand at points there is infinite need but finite resources.”

Miami, Florida - On Monday, August 24, 2009, three members of Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s staff met for an hour with C.J. Ortuno, Executive Director for SAVE Dade, Georg Ketelhohn, Vice-Chair for SAVE Dade and chair of Organizations United Together (OUT) Advocacy Network, and Michael Rajner, South Florida OUT member living with AIDS. The meeting was a dialogue on various issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Miami-Dade.Michael Rajner provided the Congressman’s staff with a proposed letter in support of the Ryan White program and requested the Congressman’s support. The day after the meeting, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s office made known the Congressman’s decision to sign on to the letter. The letter callson Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Member Barton of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to swiftly pass athree-year extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment ModernizationAct. The current law expires on September 30th, 2009, and, without anextension, countless low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS would losecritical benefits.

The Kids Are All Right
Will O’Bryan | Metro Weekly
It’s been about six months since Andrew Barnett was appointed executive director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League — though he’s been filling the spot as acting director since May 2008. Even with his months of experience helming the area’s primary nonprofit organization supporting GLBT youth, the 26-year-old Barnett doesn’t look that much different than the kids he’s supporting.

Just Say NO to NARTH
A Former Patient of NARTH’s Founder Speaks Out
Over the weekend of November 20-22, 2009, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) will converge on West Palm Beach, Florida for their annual antigay conference. This year, their theme is “Preventing & Treating Sexual Identity Confusion in the Lives of Children, Teenagers, and Adults.” NARTH frequently distorts and misrepresents the social science research and rejects the findings of the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, to name just a few. While NARTH’s membership represents a minuscule percentage of the millions of health care professionals in this country, their false antigay rhetoric is promoted widely by Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and many religious groups and websites that oppose equality for LGBTQ people.

Health Care Bill Has Curious Coverage for Illegal Immigrants
Mariano Castillo
Immigrants living illegally in the United States could be mandated to have health insurance under the proposed health care reform bill but would be ineligible to receive subsidies to afford such coverage, a report from the Congressional Research Service says.

Gay Group Widens Probe of Illegal Fundraising Reporting
By Carlos Santoscoy
A California-based gay rights group has asked Maine officials to investigate the financial background of the coalition of groups behind an effort to repeal gay marriage in the state. Californians Against Hate founder Fred Karger has contacted campaign ethics officials in Maine and asked for an investigation. Karger alleges the group Stand for Marriage Maine of illegally shielding the names of individual donors.


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