Saturday, October 17, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - October 17, 2009

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Wall Street Journal
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Tea-Party Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy
The rise of conservative "tea party" activists around the country has created a dilemma for Republicans. They are breathing life into the party's quest to regain power. But they're also waging war on some candidates hand-picked by GOP leaders as the most likely to win.

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Gay veterans tackle "don't ask, don't tell"
By Anthony Man
At age 20, Mark LaFontaine found himself in the western Pacific as a seaman apprentice aboard the Coast Guard cutter Basswood. And then his shipmates figured out he was gay. LaFontaine said he was discharged after a months-long journey through the military justice system.,0,6626128.story/

Miami Herald
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Let policy stand
What is President Obama going to change about the policy regarding gays and lesbians in the military? They are allowed to serve as long as they follow the rules. President Clinton did the right thing by ordering ``don't ask-don't tell.'' They can serve in the military as long as they don't advertise their sexual orientation.
So what do gays and lesbians want? And what is Obama going to give them?

Don't ask, tell or legitimize
I am sympathetic to the story told by Joseph Rocha, who claims in a Washington Post opinion column that he was discharged from the Navy because he is gay, though he says he never told anyone. Rocha says his male colleagues concluded he was gay when he wouldn't laugh at their dirty jokes about women or visit prostitutes with them.

Judgmental kin stymie gay couple's family plan
Q: My partner, Jason, and I were foster fathers to Juan, who unfortunately got into trouble, was diagnosed with schizophrenia and placed in a residential setting. The adoption never happened. Now Jason's sister (with addiction problems) is pregnant and wants us to raise the baby. I know my family will be very negative. They considered Juan ``damaged goods'' and will see this baby similarly. Any suggestions?
A: It is commendable that you and Jason opened your hearts and home to a child in the foster care system. Intending to adopt Juan demonstrated your heartfelt dedication to parenthood. The unfortunate turn of events must have been terribly disappointing for everyone.

The Advocate
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Communities of Color Endorse R-71
By Michelle Garcia
Thirty-one Washington-based organizations representing communities of color have endorsed Referendum-71, which if approved in November would keep the state's expanded domestic-partnership law intact.

White House Says No to Antigay Referenda
By Kerry Eleveld
In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House sent the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s position on same-sex relationship recognition voter referenda in Maine and Washington.

Lindsey Graham Asked About Gay Rumors
By Editors
During the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, had some questions about Sotomayor's rumored temper, claiming that his questions were valid even though there was no evidence that the rumors were true.

What’s the Story, John Stamos?
Former Full House star and Advocate coverboy John Stamos puts on a happy face for the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie and gives the word, hummingbird, on his gay fans and gay icon girlfriends.
By Brandon Voss
When John Stamos suited up for the cover of The Advocate in 2006, he was playing doctor on ER and promoting his role as a gay wedding planner striking for marriage equality rights in the A&E original movie Wedding Wars. The former General Hospital heartthrob best known as Uncle Jesse on the hit family sitcom Full House is now performing to full houses as mama’s boy Albert Peterson in the first Broadway revival of the Tony-winning 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie, which opened October 15 at Henry Miller’s Theatre. The eternally youthful 46-year-old called to confess his campy obsession with Birdie costar Gina Gershon and the boozy truth behind that now-infamous Australian morning show interview.

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Fla. gay org works for patient visitation rights
By 365gay Newswire
press release from SAVE Dade: Despite the recent United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruling that Jackson Memorial Hospital had no obligation to allow visitors to see patients, and that that there was no obligation to provide patients’ families, healthcare surrogates, or visitors with access to patients in their trauma unit, SAVE Dade continues to work with the hospital to review and enhance its visitation policies.

Pink News - UK
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Gay man jailed for attacking woman after sex proposal
A former soldier who attacked a woman after she invited him home for sex has been jailed for three years. Mark Wardley, of Crosthwaite Court, Workington, bit the woman's chest and crashed her car into a wall.

Man admits robbing men he met on gay chatlines
A man has admitted using gay chatlines to find men to rob. Adil Zahid, 27, from Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery, one of false imprisonment and one theft of a motor vehicle.

Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir blames 'orchestrated campaign' for gay backlash
Jan Moir, the Daily Mail columnist who suggested that gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately's death was "unnatural", has blamed an "orchestrated campaign" for the backlash against her.


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