Saturday, September 12, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - September 12, 2009

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Washington Post
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Vice Chair, Arlington County Board
As governor, will you support and sign legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) public employees, a protection now contained only in an executive order, and will you support health insurance benefits for "other qualified adults" who share a home with a state employee, as many of Virginia's top private employers offer today?
In the past, both candidates have made statements about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians that they now say they regret. Both now say they oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation. One of these men will soon oversee our state workforce as governor -- with the power to move from words to action.
As attorney general, Robert McDonnell declared that the governor did not have the power by executive order to end discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment. But he also opined that a state agency (the University of Virginia) did have the authority to offer benefits to other adults living in state employee households. Ninety percent of Virginians support the right of GLBT people to work for our state government without discrimination. Almost two-thirds support the right of GLBT employees to share benefits with their partners. GLBT Virginians and their friends and families deserve to know what our next governor will do.

'Angels in America'
Fabled Gay Epic Finds New Wings
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 13, 2009
For sure, as a theater critic, you have a soft spot for the little guy, especially when he's swinging for the fences. So I've reserved the absolutely tenderest place this season for Forum Theatre, which is taking on a monster of a project: a revival of all seven hours of Tony Kushner's sprawling drama "Angels in America."

Wall Street Journal
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Conservatives Gather in Capital
Critics of Obama Policies, Energized by Town-Hall Meetings, Will March Saturday
Conservative activists from around the country are gathering in Washington on Saturday, seeking to continue their momentum in shaping the national debate on everything from health care to White House staffing.

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Federal child welfare officials may step in to help gay adoptive father get financial assistance
By Carol Marbin Miller
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 email 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.,0,3921965.story

Steve Rothaus
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Spanish-language ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ forum to be held in downtown Miami on Monday, Sept. 14 | Main
Father of South African intersex athlete outraged at handling of case
As South African running sensation Caster Semenya dropped out of sight Friday following reports that she has hidden male sex organs, her father expressed outrage and confusion -- emotions very often felt by families of intersex children, according to one local expert.

Miami Herald
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GAY IN MIAMI: We're off to a `warmer' place
I've decided to move out of the Sunshine State. It's a bit more chilly here than I had expected. Some may say good riddance, but I'm no longer willing to live in a place where I can't get married, can't adopt children and where there are no state laws to protect me from being fired because I'm gay.

The Advocate
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Discount to Gay Marriage Foes at Holiday Inn
An independently owned Holiday Inn in Augusta, Maine, is offering discounts to marriage equality opponents converging on the city Sunday night for a rally supporting a ballot initiative that could repeal the state's same-sex marriage law.
By Neal Broverman
An independently owned Holiday Inn in Augusta, Maine, is offering discounts to marriage equality opponents converging on the city Sunday night for a rally supporting Question 1, a November 3 ballot initiative that could repeal the state's legislatively passed same-sex marriage law.

Ellen’s Tune Troubles
Talk show producers for eagerly anticipated Idol judge DeGeneres may have to face the music in court.
By Matthew Breen
It’s her first full day in the music industry and already Ellen DeGeneres is hitting a sour note. Immediately following the announcement that DeGeneres will replace Paula Abdul on the upcoming season of American Idol, four major record companies have sued producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for unauthorized use of music.

Trevor Wayne's Pin Up Show
Inked, out, and "alternative," model Trevor Wayne strips down and talks to about challenging gay stereotypes -- and offers up a dozen images from his upcoming mini-mag Pin-Up Show and his collaboration with Clive Barker.
By Duane Wells
If you don’t immediately recognize Trevor Wayne’s face, you might recall catching a glimpse of one of the head-to-toe tattoos that have helped to earn the alternative pop model roles on ER, Mad TV, and Living With Fran in addition to landing him modeling gigs alongside Margaret Cho, Nip/Tuck’s Willam Belli, Project Runway’s Kit Pistol, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tom Lenk, and singer Cazwell.;s_Pin-Up_Show/

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Nadler, Baldwin and Polis to introduce legislation to repeal DOMA
By 365gay Newswire
From a statement: (Washington, D.C.) Next Tuesday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law which discriminates against lawfully married same-sex couples.

Gay-friendly church launches anti-discrimination campaign.
By 365gay Newswire
A liberal church movement based in Texas has launched a campaign that is “designed to ask people whether Jesus would discriminate against others,” according to PinkNews.

Pink News - UK
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Designer Tom Ford says lack of rights for gay couples is 'disgusting'
Openly gay fashion designer Tom Ford has hit out at the bans on gay marriage and civil partnerships in many parts of the world.

Women and ethnic minorites overrepresented in gay military ban firings
Women and ethnic minorities are more likely than white men to be fired under the US military's ban on openly gay service members, official figures have suggested.

Jodie Foster reportedly splits with lesbian partner
Actress Jodie Foster is reportedly single again after splitting up with the woman she left her long-term partner for. According to reports, her partner Cindy Mort has returned to an old flame.

Daily Queer News
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Racism is a Tale Told in All Colors
Leonard Pitts Jr. \ Syndicated columnist \ Seattle Times
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Your blues, author BeBe Moore Campbell famously wrote, ain’t like mine.
I’ve occasionally borrowed that phrase to explain how bigotry as experienced by majority and minority is not the same: the one has access to levers of power enabling it to express its hatred in public policy, the other has access only to fists and words. But there are times that observation is simultaneously true, and irrelevant. This is one of them.

40,000 Californians Sign Petition Urging Governor to Sign Milk Bill
Nicole C. Brambila \ The Desert Sun
Equality California has delivered a petition signed by nearly 40,000 Californians, urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the Harvey Milk Day Bill.

AL: Settlement Reached in Lambda Legal’s Federal Case Against the Mayor and City of Birmingham
Lambda Legal
(Birmingham, AL, September 2, 2009) — Yesterday afternoon, a settlement agreement was reached in Lambda Legal’s federal lawsuit on behalf of Central Alabama Pride (CAP) against the City of Birmingham and its Mayor, Larry Langford, who interfered with their right to free speech last summer.

BraveNew Films: Robert Reich and Healthcare Coverage Means for Workers
BraveNew Films
Dear Victoria,Watch this video of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explaining what a public option for healthcare coverage really means for working people. Then pass it on to everyone you know.
We can’t let the insurance companies decide who gets care and who doesn’t.
Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Films team

PA: Protest Against Anti-Gay Singer at the Troc
Michael Alan Goldberg | Philadephia Weekly
About a dozen members and supporters of Philadelphia’s LGBT community assembled in the driving rain in front of the Trocadero Theatre Friday morning to denounce the venue’s decision to go forward with a concert Saturday night by controversial Jamaican reggae/dancehall performer Buju Banton, whose anti-gay lyrics have sparked outrage and similar protests around the country. Two weeks ago, concert promoter AEG Live canceled Banton’s U.S. tour due to pressure from various LGBT groups, but Philadelphia promoter Jamaican Dave Productions subsequently negotiated a deal with the Trocadero to go ahead with tomorrow night’s scheduled show.


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