Monday, October 05, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - October 05, 2009

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Florida’s Sharon J. Lettman named executive director of gay National Black Justice Coalition
News release from National Black Justice Coalition:
The National Black Justice Coalition Board of Directors today announced that they have chosen Sharon J. Lettman as the organization's new Executive Director. Headquartered in Washington, DC, The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and ending racism and homophobia.

Obama to take on military gay ban at `right time'
Associated Press
National security adviser James Jones says the president is committed to taking on the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military.

The Advocate
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$467,562: The Lifetime Cost of Being Gay
By Julie Bolcer
Two business journalists for The New York Times examined the question of what it costs to be a gay couple, and found that the extra expenses occurred over a lifetime could total as high as $467,562.$467,562__The_Lifetime_Cost_of_Being_Gay/

Lesbian Arrested for $6 Mil Embezzlement
By Michelle Garcia
A gay rights activist from Des Moines has been accused of embezzling nearly $6 million from her employer Aviva, a global insurance company.$6_Mil_Embezzlement/

Pink News - UK
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Mother of boy Elton John hoped to adopt says she will not give him up
A woman who claims she is the mother of a 15-month-old Ukrainian boy Elton John has said she will not let the star adopt him. John said that Lev had stolen his heart.

Former student supports gay White House staffer over condom comment
The former student of a gay White House official has released a statement in his support. Kevin Jennings, who is the head of the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, told the student 21 years ago that if he was having a relationship with an older man, he should be careful to use a condom.

UK: Stonewall forces DVLA to withdraw auction of 'anti-gay' numberplates
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has had to withdraw two personalised numberplates from an auction after gay rights charity Stonewall said they were offensive.

Man arrested over 'homophobic' death of British honorary consul
A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.

Daily Queer News
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Seven out of Ten LGBT Adults, Given the Choice, Prefer Jobs in States That Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
Seven out of Ten LGBT Adults, Given the Choice,
Prefer Jobs in States That Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
One in five LGBT adults also say the economy has influenced their openness about sexual orientation with co-workers and colleagues

GA: Court Date for Atlanta Eagle Employees Reset
DYANA BAGBY and Matt Schafer | Southern Voice
The arraignment of eight Atlanta Eagle employees arrested during a raid of the bar by the Atlanta Police Department has been postponed six weeks.

Equality Texas
On Thursday, October 1st, a Dallas judge ruled that the Texas prohibition on marriage for same-sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution.

CA: San Diego Center: Women’s Events for October
“Coffee & Conversation” Puts Tryce in the Hot Seat –Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm
The Center’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is pleased to announce another installment of its popular series, Coffee & Conversation with Cool Women, on Tuesday, October 6, at 7pm at The Center (3909 Centre St.). Coffee & Conversation is a monthly event featuring hostess Tryce Czyczynska interviewing notable women from the community, but this month we’re turning the tables and putting Tryce in the hot seat! Women’s Resource Center Coordinator Abby Schwartz will conduct the interview.When Tryce is not interviewing local celebrities, she keeps busy with her organization, 51%, dedicated to increasing the presence of women in politics. She is also a feng shui master, a prolific poet and a community activist. In addition, Tryce will be the recipient of the M. Corrine Mackey Award at The Center’s 2009 Gala. Please join us for an exciting conversation about Tryce’s life and experiences and see how she handles being on the receiving end of some fun and probing questions! This event is FREE, open to all, and will take place in The Center’s library.

Bill Would Keep Medicare Advantage Intact
Just News
A health care bill approved early Friday morning by a key Senate committee will keep most Medicare benefits intact, including Medicare Advantage, a supplemental insurance plan that some wanted to eliminate.

Becoming a Gay Exorcist for Beginners
Dave White The Advocate
I know, I know, breaking David Letterman news and all that. And as really incredibly shocking as it is when powerful people use their muscle to get tons of sex from their own employees, I can’t see how it helps anyone to arrest the guy who tried to blackmail Dave. (The anti-Dave/pro-cash schemer threatened to write a book and screenplay about all of Letterman’s sex ways: Apparently D.L. did it on the DL with lots of ladies at the office, sort of like on Mad Men, which is a really great show you should be watching.) All that nefarious person wanted was a piece of the Hollywood lifestyle where you get your book and movie going together simultaneously, taking your brand to that next level. I know that technically it’s a crime and all, but what is the real ethical dilemma in wanting to participate in multilevel marketing of true stories about nerdy gap-tooth sex? Maybe I’ve just lived in Los Angeles for too long, but I’d totally watch that movie.

Gay Bar Raids: A Double Standard at Work
Gay Today
As long as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people gathered together in urban areas, there have been gay bars. And as long as there have been gay bars, there have been bar raids. Since the beginning, governments have used their power to regulate businesses that sell liquor to go after sexual or gender minorities who they considered to be sick, immoral and/or illegal. Until the 1960s, it was against the law for taverns to employ or serve homosexuals, which made gay bars illegal. Even after the laws were abolished, law enforcement agencies continued to find excuses to raid gay bars. Sometimes, GLBT people fought back, as we did 40 years ago at the Stonewall Inn.

Military Men are Silent Victims of Sexual Assault
Bill Sizemore \ The Virginian-Pilot \
For years after the parachute accident that ended his Army service, Cody Openshaw spiraled downward. He entered college but couldn’t keep up with his studies. He had trouble holding a job. He drank too much. He had trouble sleeping, and when he did sleep, he had nightmares. He got married and divorced in less than a year. He had flashbacks. He isolated himself from his friends and drank more.

Tourism Agencies Tell California Gays: “Iowa Welcomes You”
NBC Los Angeles
Iowa tourist officials have targeted the annual gay weekend at Disneyland to market the Hawkeye state for gay and lesbian weddings, which are legal there but illegal in California.

PA: City Moving on Scouts’ Eviction
Timothy Cwiek \ The Philadelphia Gay News
City officials are seeking the immediate eviction of a local Boy Scouts chapter from a city-owned building, though the Scouts maintain their federal anti-bias lawsuit should take precedence over the eviction action.

ME: Should the Catholic Church be Collecting Money to Repeal the Gay Marriage Law?
Bangor Daily News
Maine’s Catholic churches have taken up collections in recent weeks to fund the diocese’s effort to repeal the state’s newly enacted law permitting gay marriage. Some Catholics object to the effort, while others believe the church is acting within its mission. Does such political advocacy violate the spirit of the law blocking tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering? Or should churches, like other non-profits, be free to conduct all sorts of political campaigns without legal repercussions? Did the church cross a line by passing the collection plate for this effort? Should a separate political action group be formed by church leaders if they want to effect political change?

ME: Ethics Panel to Investigate Anti-Gay Marriage Group
Kevin Miller \ BDN Staff \ Bangor Daily News
A national organization that has provided hefty sums to the fight against Maine’s gay marriage law will be the subject of an investigation into potential campaign finance violations.

ME: Question 1 TV Ad Sparks Charges of ‘Blatant Misinformation’
Eric Russell \ Bangor Daily News
You have probably seen the television advertisement by now. It warns that if Maine’s recently passed law that allows same-sex marriage is upheld by voters in November, schools could be mandated to teach students about it, according to Stand for Marriage Maine, the group that paid for the ad titled, “Everything to Do With Schools.”


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