Saturday, September 05, 2009

GLBT DIGEST September 05, 2009

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New York Times
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Italy: Premier Scolds Press
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi criticized the press on Friday for its coverage of the resignation of a newspaper editor after he was attacked by a newspaper owned by Mr. Berlusconi’s brother. “Poor Italy, if this is the way that news circulates,” the prime minister said. He added that that day’s papers carried “the opposite of reality.” Dino Boffo, editor of the Catholic newspaper Avvenire, stepped down on Thursday after the Berlusconi-owned Giornale said that he was gay and that he had been accused of making harassing phone calls. The attacks on Mr. Boffo came after he wrote an article critical of Mr. Berlusconi’s personal behavior.

With Sharp Satire, Enfant Terrible Challenges Czech Identity
DAVID CERNY sends a rude text message to two bronze sculptures of naked, urinating men, which proceed to swivel their hips and move their protruding penises to trace his four-letter words into a pond shaped like a map of the Czech Republic.

Bill Saluting Harvey Milk Brings California Fight
In a demonstration of the complex layer cake that is the body politic of California, one of the most contentious pieces of legislation before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would set aside a day of recognition for Harvey Milk, the openly gay San Francisco politician assassinated in 1978.

Washington Post
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President of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and former Massachusetts state senator
Ted Kennedy's last big campaign -- against Mitt Romney in 1994 -- used the slogan "His voice is always heard." I'd add this: He heard every voice. Candidate X won't fill Teddy's shoes, but if he or she deserves to win it'll be because he or she has that remarkable decency that so defined Kennedy to the world, and that made it possible for him to hear all of us.

'Sanity & a Smile' and an Outpouring of Rage
By Andrew Alexander
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Post recently featured a story by reporter Monica Hesse that ran on the front of the Style section while she was on vacation. The day before returning, she logged on to check e-mails -- and wept. She was buried by an avalanche of messages angrily attacking her lengthy Aug. 28 profile of Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the group leading the fight against legalization of same-sex marriage.

Counselors Get at the Heart of Issues for Same-Sex Couples
By Ellen McCarthy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 6, 2009
It was a strange summer of heartbreak for Salvatore Garanzini and his partner, Alapaki Yee. They were happy together, but three of the same-sex couples they were closest to underwent painful breakups in quick succession.

By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On what (not) to do if you think your child is gay: I studied musical theater in college and the majority of my friends were gay, but I am about as straight as you can get. Always thought this was rather obvious since I dated a lot of different girls, but one day my mother approached me and said, "Are you gay? And if you are, I am totally fine with that and I support you."


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