Thursday, September 10, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - September 10, 2009

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New York Times
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Lawmakers in Uruguay Vote to Allow Gay Couples to Adopt
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Reuters) — Lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend adoption rights to gay couples in Uruguay, the latest measure to relax laws on homosexuality that has drawn criticism from church leaders in the country, which is predominantly Roman Catholic.

Wall Street Journal
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Why Are Jews Liberals?
I'm hoping buyer's remorse on Obama will finally cause a Jewish shift to the right.
One of the most extraordinary features of Barack Obama's victory over John McCain was his capture of 78% of the Jewish vote. To be sure, there was nothing extraordinary about the number itself. Since 1928, the average Jewish vote for the Democrat in presidential elections has been an amazing 75%—far higher than that of any other ethno-religious group.

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Former anchor Charles Perez to marry in Conn.
By Steve Rothaus
Fired WPLG- ABC 10 news anchor Charles Perez and his boyfriend, Miami accountant Keith Rinehard, are leaving Florida for Connecticut -- where they'll marry on Sept. 27. The Sunshine State is too chilly for a gay couple in love, Perez says.,0,160076.story

Steve Rothaus
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Gay adoptions a victory for kids, ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon writes
An op-ed piece in today’s Miami Herald:
Last month, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal heard the state's appeal of the victory the ACLU achieved last November when the Miami-Dade Circuit Court struck down Florida's ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians.

Gay & Lesbian Manners: All about Chaz Bono, anti-LGBT jokes, and straights using gay slang
From Steven Petrow’s Gay & Lesbian Manners column at Huffington Post:
Q: I've been reading all these stories about Chaz, previously Chastity, Bono's change of gender identity and I see that Wikipedia already says Cher has "a son ... who was born female." Even as a gay person, I'm a bit confused -- especially about what's the right pronoun to use with a transgender friend? I have a colleague at work, Michael, who is now transitioning to Michelle, and we don't know what to call him (or is it her?)

South Florida Blade
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Episcopal nuns leave over gays, join Catholic Church
By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
Ten Maryland nuns — almost an entire religious community — converted from the Episcopal Church to Catholicism on Thursday, saying their former denomination had become too liberal in its acceptance of homosexuality.

Gay Latino Americans are 'coming of age'
By John Blake
Perez Hilton is a celebrity blogger who dishes out the latest Hollywood gossip, but there's something about his personal life you may not know. Hilton is a Latino pioneer. He is one of the first Latino public figures in the U.S. to be openly gay. While Latinos have broken ground on the U.S. Supreme Court, in Hollywood and in professional sports, gay Latinos in the nation's public arena remain largely invisible.

The Advocate
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Ellen Is the Newest Idol Judge
By Matthew Breen
Ellen DeGeneres has been announced as the newest guest judge tapped to fill the still-warm seat of departing America Idol judge Paula Abdul.

California School Settles Antigay Suit
By Neal Broverman
A high school in conservative Orange County, Calif., has settled a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a female student from homophobic and sexist harassment.

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Former US Rep. Mark Foley to host talk radio show
By The Associated Press
Former Congressman Mark Foley, who resigned after sending lurid Internet messages to male teens who worked on Capitol Hill, has found new a gig as a talk radio host in Florida.

Columnist who outed Rock Hudson as HIV positive, dies
By The Associated Press
Army Archerd, whose breezy column for the entertainment trade publication Daily Variety kept tabs on various Hollywood doings for more than a half-century, has died. He was 87. Archerd’s wife, Selma, said he died Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs strongly tied to asbestos exposure. She said the cancer was the result of his time spent in shipyards while serving in the Navy during World War II. She said he had become very ill over the last two years, especially in the last two weeks.

Pink News - UK
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Comment: We need to speak up against homophobia in music
Several concerts by reggae artist Buju Banton were recently cancelled in America, amid controversy over notoriously homophobic lyrics which incite the murder of gay people. The campaign which led to the cancellations shows gay people need to confront musicians like him.

Man accused of murdering lesbian couple escapes jail in a cardboard box
A French man charged with the murder of two lesbian women managed to escape jail in a cardboard box, prison authorities have admitted.

ACLU reaches settlement with California school over alleged homophobia
A California school accused of allowing sexism and homophobia has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union. It had accused the Newport-Mesa Unified School District of failing to prevent homophobic and sexist bullying at Corona del Mar High School.

Academic warns schools are not doing enough to tackle homophobic bullying
A leading academic has said that schools are not doing enough to tackle issues such as homophobic and cyber bullying. Professor Peter Smith, of Goldsmiths College, said the situation is still not good enough.

Daily Queer News
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CA: GOP Assemblyman Steps Down; Speaks of Trysts on Open Mic
Wayne Besen | Truth Wins Out
The next time Orange County Assemblyman Michael Duvall wants to turn his life into a sexually explicit joke, I suggest he try open mic night at a comedy club. Instead, Duvall talked about his conquest of two married female lobbyists into an open media microphone. His career as a conservative, anti-gay hypocrite ended before one could mutter “family values”.

Mullen to Testify before Senate Committee Next Week. Should Get DADT Questions.
Joe Sudbay (DC) at 8:20 AM | Gay American Blog
From Kerry Eleveld, news that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen, will be testifying before the Senate Armed Service Committee next Tuesday, September 15th — and the topic of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should come up:

Ted Haggard’s Now ‘A Heterosexual with Very Few Issues’
Pam Spaulding | Pam’s House Blend
Oy. The bad penny with a former penchant for tweaking and man-on-man intimate massage in the name of Jeebus, failed pastor Ted Haggard, has turned up again. He’s told a reporter that he was “a heterosexual with issues” but has now moved to ‘a heterosexual with very few issues.’ He’s also on Twitter answering his critics. I won’t bother spending any more time on this guy.

NE: 2nd District Candidate White Pledges Independent House Vote
DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 3:25 pm
Describing himself as an independent pragmatist, State Sen. Tom White on Wednesday jumped into Nebraska’s premier 2010 election contest. White will carry the Democratic banner into battle against six-term Republican Rep. Lee Terry in metropolitan Omaha’s 2nd Congressional District.

NE: Same-Sex Couple Can’t Share Last Name
NANCY HICKS / Lincoln Journal Star
They’re married now, and they want to share a last name. Bambi and Sarah Fentress. It’s that simple on the surface. But Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and prejudice stand in the way, the two women say.

LGBT Organizaters Redouble Efforts Against “Killing Gays” Singer
For Press Information: Syd Stevens, 858.414.3337,
Cancel Buju Banton Website Launched
To Counter Misinformation from His Promoters
It was a short-lived victory for gay rights groups a few weeks ago after concert promoters AEG Live & Live Nation canceled several concerts in large cities by Buju Banton, a performer who gruesomely calls for killing gays in the lyrics of his most well-known song, “Boom Bye Bye.” Some mainstream media outlets wrongly reported that the entire tour was canceled. But Banton’s Gargamel label recently announced that the tour was on with more than 30 cities booked. His MySpace Music page lists canceled shows as TBD, indicating he’s seeking out other venues. In Philadelphia , the first city in the tour, the concert was initially canceled, but then the promoter and venue agreed to have the show anyway. To counter the tour, San Diego gay rights activist Syd Stevens launched over the Labor Day weekend. The site not only gives updated information about the tour and how to contact concert venues to protest, it also aims to counter myths peddled by Banton’s business allies.

Young, Gifted and Intensely Anti-Abortion
Bill Berkowitz | Buzz Flash
Ignacio Reyes and David Schmidt have the look of a boy band; they’re young and flashy, earnest and media-savvy. As leaders of the group Live Action, they’re committed to organizing a corps of young anti-abortion activists. During a town hall meeting hosted by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), a neatly attired young man rose to ask the congresswoman a question. He identified himself as Ignacio Reyes and he asked Lofgren: “We know that over 90 percent of abortions are purely elective, not medically necessary. Why is this being covered when abortion is not clearly health care?” The question — a fair one, and asked politely — was greeted by a round of applause and cheers from some members of the audience. “Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the healthcare plans available to Americans, and I think it should be,” Lofgren responded.

High Court Hears ‘Hillary: The Movie!’ Campaign Finance Case
The Supreme Court heard new arguments Wednesday in a dramatic case that started with a movie attacking Hillary Clinton — but that could have far-reaching implications for U.S. elections.

Rude Republican Breaches Protocol
LAURIE KELLMAN | Capitol Hill Blue
Democrats and Republicans alike are denouncing Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting “You lie” at President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress, an extraordinary breach of decorum for which the South Carolina Republican swiftly apologized.

GLBT History Month October
The GLBT History Month 2009 Web site is now online with a new look, expanded resources and easier navigation. No passwords are needed to access the GLBT History Month 2009 resources. A 2-½ minute overview video showcasing all 31 GLBT Icons is available on the site.


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