Friday, September 11, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - September 11, 2009

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New York Times
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Britain Apologizes to Gay Codebreaker Alan Turing
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologized for the ''inhumane'' treatment of World War II code-breaker Alan Turing. The mathematician Turing helped crack Nazi Germany's Enigma communications code -- a turning point in the war. But he was later convicted of gross indecency for having sex with a man and forcibly treated with female hormones to reduce his sex drive. Homosexuality was then illegal in Britain.

Washington Post
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Competition Brings Artists Down to Earth
By Michael O'Sullivan
"The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards" is a dirty show this year. That tongue-in-cheek observation, by Catriona Fraser, whose gallery is hosting the seventh annual showcase, has less to do with the fact that grand prize winner René Treviño's contribution features a bit of male frontal nudity than it does with all the, well, soil in the gallery.

D.C. Says Votes Aligned for Gay Marriage Bill
By Tim Craig
The District is poised once again to become the battleground for a divisive social issue as the D.C. Council moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage, an action that could force Congress and White House to take sides in the debate.

Steve Rothaus
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Matthew Shepard's murder made his mom an activist: An interview with Judy Shepard
Judy Shepard spent eight years digging into her past, recalling the excruciating details of her son Matthew's murder 11 years ago. ``I wasn't sure I could go back to those memories and come back to a good place in the present,'' Shepard says. ``With the help of my family, my husband and my son Logan, it was really hard, but not as hard as it could have been.''

Rep. Jerrold Nadler will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next week
By Kerry Eleveld
The Advocate has learned that Democratic representative Jerrold Nadler of New York will be introducing legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next Tuesday. A Democratic aide confirmed that a press conference to announce the bill will be held September 15 at 11 a.m. at the House Triangle.

Miami Herald
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Gay adoptive dad gets help to receive subsidy
In his battle with Florida child welfare administrators, a gay adoptive father in Key West may now have a new ally: federal regulators.
As a Miami appeals court ponders the fate of one gay adoptive father, federal child welfare regulators may step in on behalf of another. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrators have written an e-mail backing the efforts of Wayne LaRue Smith, the first openly gay person in Florida to legally adopt in decades, who is seeking a federal subsidy given to Floridians who adopt a foster child.

South Florida Blade
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Missing: Bill Bridger disappears from home
Fort Lauderdale resident worked at Boom Nightclub
A missing person report has been filed with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for a beloved local club doorman. Bill Bridger worked at Boom, 2232 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors, for a little over a year as a doorman and a handyman. Boom is a nightclub inside the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.

New home for New Divine Mercy Catholic Church
Pro-GLBT priests expand services
Wilton Manors’ only all-inclusive Catholic Church is moving up from their humble beginnings into an expanded worship center. New Divine Mercy Catholic Communities will begin offering Sunday Mass at 1:30 p.m. on September 20 at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St., Wilton Manors.

Coming to the Internet in 2010: ‘.gay’ domain names
Spotting a gay-friendly business on the Internet might get a lot easier next year if two GLBT groups have their way. Domain names with the ending “.gay” could start appearing as early as 2010. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization that authorizes which domain names may be used for the Internet, has agreed to expand the ending words for websites from the 21 current options to limitless possibilities. Currently, domain names may the two, three, or four letter words, including the most common “.com,” “.net,” and “.org,” as well as newer options “.info,” “.mobi” and “.tv”.

The Advocate
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DOMA Repeal Bill Coming Next Week
Rep. Jerrold Nadler will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next week.
By Kerry Eleveld
The Advocate has learned that Democratic representative Jerrold Nadler of New York will be introducing legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act next Tuesday. A Democratic aide confirmed that a press conference to announce the bill will be held September 15 at 11 a.m. at the House Triangle.

Back to Laramie
Eleven years after Matthew Shepard’s murder, the creators of The Laramie Project take a look at everything that’s happened in the town since in a new play that will premiere in more than a hundred theaters worldwide on the same night.
By Bruce Shenitz
At first it sounded like the premise for a bizarro-world reality show: Nine New York City actors, several of them gay, journey to Laramie, Wyo., just five weeks after the most notorious antigay crime in memory, the murder of Matthew Shepard. Their goal was to interview townspeople and write a play about the events of that October 1998. Two hundred interviews and a year and a half later, those accounts were melded to create The Laramie Project, “a play that portrays a town in turmoil,” says Moisés Kaufman, founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, the company that created the play.

Sex and the City 2 Casting and Spoilers
The reports and rumors are flying around the second Sex and the City movie, including some very gay script leaks.
By Matthew Breen
The reports and rumors are flying around the second Sex and the City movie, including some very gay script leaks. Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon reprise their roles as Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes, respectively, while Jason Lewis will be returning -- for at least one scene, according to various reports -- as Jerry "Smith" Jerrod, ex-beau of Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), now taking hormone pills, though her new love interest will be played by Max Ryan (Death Race, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), according to TheHollywood Reporter. The English hunk Ryan will play Rikard, a European architect. Michael Patrick King will once again take the reins as writer and director. Miley Cyrus has been approached for a guest role, according to Life & Style magazine.

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Judge shields signatures in gay rights referendum
By The Associated Press
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Washington to keep shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a vote on expanded benefits for gay couples.

Pink News - UK
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Graham Norton claims its 'rude' to ask salaries of highly-paid BBC stars
Gay BBC presenter Graham Norton has suggested that licence fee payers should not be allowed to know how much television stars are paid, but admitted salaries at the corporation are too high.

Survey: Gays thought to face most discrimination
A US survey has found that people believe gays are the most discriminated-against social group, with Muslims and Hispanics following.

Simon Cowell blasts Beatles
Simon Cowell has blasted The Beatles, claiming they would have failed auditions on The X Factor. The man who once rejected the Spice Girls, the best-selling girl group of all time, says he would have kicked the iconic band off his British TV talent show unless they fired drummer Ringo Starr.

Trade unions meet to tackle homophobia in sport
A fringe meeting to discuss tackling homophobia in sport is to be held at the TUC's annual conference in Liverpool. The meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday and is supported by Liverpool Football Club.

British consul killed in 'homophobic' attack in Jamaica – note on his bed called him a 'batty man'
A British honourary consul has been found murdered at his home in Jamaica, in what police believe is a homophobic attack.

Daily Queer News
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NOM Under Investigation
Lisa Keen | contributing writer | Bay Windows
The National Organization for Marriage, which formed two years ago to take the lead to oppose equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, is coming under increased scrutiny.Two civil rights groups in Iowa filed a letter with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board Monday, August 31, requesting an investigation into the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). A pro-gay group in California filed a similar request August 13 with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices. The Iowa groups — One Iowa and the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund — allege that NOM is violating state laws that require the public disclosure of contributors to political activities in the state. The law kicks in whenever an organization raises more than $750 for a campaign.

Showdown on the Hill: Congress Tackles Gay Bills
Lisa Keen, Keen News Service | Windy City Times
It’s show time in Washington, D.C.: time to talk turkey and put some money where the mouth is, and time to put the pedal to the metal and the rubber to the road. Read more

FL: USF Will Offer Domestic Partner Benefits, School President Says
Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer | Tampa Bay
The University of South Florida plans to start offering full domestic partner benefits to employees, president Judy Genshaft said Wednesday. Details of the benefits and eligibility requirements still need to be worked out, but administrators said they would cover both heterosexual and same-sex couples.

SLDN Monthly Update
Each success we achieve and every mind we change is possible because of you, our loyal donors and advocates. So we’d like to share with you SLDN’s activities and accomplishments of the past month–made possible only because of your support. During the August congressional recess, our policy and media teams focused their energy at the grassroots level, and our legal team continued its tireless work helping service members around the globe who continue living under the draconian law.

NCLR: Action Alert: Support Equal Access to Justice–Urge Congress to Rollback Restrictions to Legal Aid for Low-Income People
During these tough times, legal aid is more important than ever to our community. Fortunately Legal Services Corp. (LSC), the single largest provider of legal aid to low-income people, is around to help those who deserve but can’t afford adequate counsel. Funded completely by Congress, LSC is a non-profit organization that assists low-income individuals in times of crisis. Unfortunately, current costly and ineffective restrictions to LSC-funding make it difficult for full legal services to be available to the poor. It’s up to you to make sure that everyone has the same access to the full protection of the law.

CA: $1.45 Million for Police Sergeant Who Alleged Gay Slurs
City officials have agreed to pay $1.45 million to a Newport Beach police sergeant who won a lawsuit this year regarding discrimination and retaliation. Jurors in March backed allegations by Sgt. Neil Harvey that he was repeatedly denied promotions during a 27-year career because of false rumors he is gay.

National Anti-Gay Conference to Hit South Florida
DMITRY RASHNITSOV | South Florida Blade
An unlikely pair of conferences is taking over West Palm Beach in November, turning the usually reserved city into a battle for GLBT rights. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is holding their convention and training institute on November 20-22 at the West Palm Beach Marriot, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. With its theme of “Preventing & Treating Sexual Identity Confusion in the Lives of Children, Teenagers, and Adults,” about 200 professional therapists are expected to gather and discuss how to better equip their practices in treating patients who no longer want to be homosexuals.

Sunburst: Time for Reflection, Time for Action
Gay & Lesbian Times
There is a sad irony in San Diego’s GLBT community as we recognize National Suicide Prevention Week.
In what is the second incident in just more than two months, yet another young person overdosed at The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Sunburst Youth Housing Project on Monday. The previous case, on June 29, resulted in the death of a resident. According to residents of the facility, the resident’s drug use was no secret. Heroin and methamphetamine were his drugs of choice.

Battling Censorship
Mark Sullivan | The Guide
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions. In a stinging rebuke to the federal government, the high court ruled that Grove Press had every right to send copies of Lady Chatterley’s Lover through the mail. The case began earlier that year when Grove Press sued the US Post Office for confiscating copies of its unabridged version of DH Lawrence’s 1928 novel, which contained graphic sex scenes.


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