Tuesday, September 29, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - September 29, 2009

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New York Times
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French Soccer Fan Attacked in Belgrade Dies
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- A 28-year-old French soccer fan who was brutally attacked in Belgrade by Serbian hooligans earlier this month died Tuesday in a hospital.

Germany's Likely Next Foreign Minister Openly Gay
BERLIN (AP) -- Guido Westerwelle and his gay partner are Germany's new ''power couple'' -- at least according to the nation's leading daily, which splashed a photo of the pair hugging on election night on the front-page above the fold in Tuesday's paper.

Washington Post
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7,000 Gay Men Help Study AIDS
Effort to Beat Disease Began 25 Years Ago
By Lori Aratani
It was the early 1980s, and an unknown disease was spreading throughout the gay community. "We were all scared back then," said Walter Smalling, a photographer who lives in the District. "In the beginning, it was a death sentence. Nothing could be done."

Steve Rothaus
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Tips-Q: Washington Times slimes GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings
From Tips-Q:
Submitted by David Hart:
In May, Kevin Jennings was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education’s Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. Since then, every fundamentalist nut job has taken a whack at Jennings. The reason that they are attacking Jennings is simple; He is gay. Furthermore, the right wing is doing anything that they can to undermine President Obama. They are trying to get Obama to terminate Jennings as a desperate show of (waning) force.

Play's sequel gives voice to Matthew Shepard's killer
By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
A decade after "The Laramie Project" became a theatrical phenomenon, its creators are back with an epilogue highlighted by a riveting prison interview with the killer of gay college student Matthew Shepard - depicting him as candid but not remorseful over the murder.

The Advocate
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Dr. Drew Poses for NOH8 Campaign
Dr. Drew dispenses his advice on marriage equality and Proposition 8 with the NOH8 Campaign.
By Julie Bolcer
Loveline guru Dr. Drew Pinsky recently posed for the NOH8 campaign in support of marriage equality.

Castro Espín a Gay-Friendly Communist
COMMENTARY: Mariela Castro Espín, the daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro, is devoted to improving the status of gay people in Cuba. But whatever pleasant sounding pieties she mouths, Espín is still a communist.
By James Kirchick
Over the past few years, the government of Cuba has earned praise for an unlikely development: a campaign to improve the status of the island’s gays. Standing at the forefront of this effort has been an even unlikelier figure: Mariela Castro Espín, the daughter of Raul Castro, who officially assumed the Cuban presidency last year after his brother Fidel fell ill. The latest entry in this narrative was a largely laudatory profile of Espín in The Advocate, which described her as a “champion” of the island’s “gay and transgender community.” Espín is director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, an organization which, according to its website, promotes “the development of a culture of sexuality that is full, pleasurable, and responsible, as well as to promote the full exercise of sexual rights.”

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New temporary Mass. senator is likely a GLBT supporter
By Lisa Keen
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul Kirk was sworn in yesterday to the seat vacated last month when Massachusetts’ Senator Ted Kennedy died of brain cancer.

Pink News - UK
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Holidaymaker jailed after drunken homophobic slur
A holidaymaker who got drunk and called an air steward a "poof" has been jailed for ten and a half months. Grant Smith, 36, was drinking heavily aboard the New Year's Eve flight to the Dominican Republic.

Bruno banned in Malaysia
The film Bruno, about a gay fashion journalist, has been banned in Malaysia for its gay sex scenes. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, the film has already been banned in Ukraine for the same reason.

Gay humanist group to protest against Pope's visit at Labour Conference
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has organised a protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK to be held at the Labour Party's annual conference this week.

New York governor David Paterson confirms plans to run again in 2010
New York governor David Paterson, a strong gay rights ally, has confirmed he plans to run for re-election in 2010.

Terrence Higgins Trust offers HIV detection test four weeks after exposure
Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is now offering an HIV test which can be used four weeks after infection. Usually, tests can only be carried out three months after the date of suspected transmission.

London's gay art festival announces 2009 line-up
The programme for GFest, London's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans art festival, has been announced. The event, now in its third year, is due to take place between November 9th and 22nd and will be held at various venues across the capital.

Daily Queer News
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More School: Obama Would Curtail Summer Vacation
Associated Press \ Education Week
Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.

What Do You Stand For?
Dale Barton, chair of the 2010 Affirmation ConferenceSeptember 28, 2009
We are excited to announce that the 2010 Affirmation Conference will be held in the beautiful city by the bay… SAN FRANCISCO! We welcome everyone to join us over the Columbus Day Weekend, October 8-10, 2010 in the Gay Mecca of the world to Stand Up and make a difference.

Religious Life Won’t Be the Same After Downturn
RACHEL ZOLL \ The Associated Press \ Washington Post
Organized religion was already in trouble before the fall of 2008. Denominations were stagnating or shrinking, and congregations across faith groups were fretting about their finances.

Defense Bill, Lauded by White House, Contains Billions in Earmarks
R. Jeffrey Smith \ Washington Post Staff Writer \ Washington Post
Sen. Thad Cochran’s most recent reelection campaign collected more than $10,000 from University of Southern Mississippi professors and staff members, including three who work at the school’s center for research on polymers. To a defense spending bill slated to be on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Mississippi Republican has added $10.8 million in military grants earmarked for the school’s polymer research.

Celebrating Banned Books!
Dana Rudolph \ Bilerico Project
It’s the start of Banned Books Week here in the U.S., “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. . . . Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.”


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