Tuesday, October 20, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - October 20, 2009

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New York Times
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AIDS Vaccine Seen as Modest Help
Fresh results from the world's first successful test of an experimental AIDS vaccine confirm that it is only marginally effective and suggest that its protection against HIV infection may wane over time.

Mind: When Parents Are Too Toxic to Tolerate
You can divorce an abusive spouse. You can call it quits if your lover mistreats you. But what can you do if the source of your misery is your own parent?

As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks
Only nine months ago, the Pentagon pronounced itself reassured by the early steps of a new commander in chief. President Obama was moving slowly on an American withdrawal from Iraq, had retained former President George W. Bush’s defense secretary and, in a gesture much noticed, had executed his first military salute with crisp precision.

Pope Approves Plan to Bring Anglicans Into the Fold
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has made it easier for Anglicans to join the Catholic Church, responding to the disillusionment of some Anglicans over the election of openly gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions.

Washington Post
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Virginia governor race a snapshot of US attitudes
Just a year after this one-time Confederate state helped elect a black man president, Democrats are desperately trying to hang onto the governorship.

Wall Street Journal
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Steve Rothaus
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Photo gallery | Former WPLG-TV news anchor Charles Perez weds accountant Keith Rinehard
Fired WPLG-TV news anchor Charles Perez has married Miami accountant Keith Rinehard in Westport, Conn. Here are a few of the wedding pictures:

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‘Queer the Census’ campaign launched
By Lisa Neff, columnist, 365gay.com
The U.S. Census Bureau will make an official count of same-sex couples next spring while LGBT activists will attempt to “queer the census” with a grassroots write-in campaign.

Pink News - UK
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Exclusive: Barnado's calls for more gay couples to adopt children
Children's charity Barnardo's is looking for more gay couples and individuals to adopt children. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, head of adoption at the charity, Carolyn Oliver, said she wanted to ensure gays and lesbians were aware of their adoption rights.

Anti-gay Miss California sued for the price of her breast implants
Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who publicly disagreed with gay marriage, is being sued for $5,200, the price of her breast implants.

BBC Trust rules Lindsay Lohan 'lesbian jokes' reinforced homophobic stereotypes
A BBC3 programme in which lesbians were described as "munters" was crude and offensive, the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee (ESC) has found.

Elton John regrets losing his virginity at 23
Singer Elton John has spoken about losing his virginity at the age of 23, saying he wished he had slept with a man sooner. The gay star said that he didn't know who he was until having sex for the first time.

Young lesbian couple beaten in Brighton
A young lesbian couple were verbally abused and punched in the face by a group of men in Brighton. The women, aged 18 and 22, were walking along Gloucester Place at around 3am on October 7th when three men began shouting homophobic insults at them.

Gordon Brown wants civil partnerships to be held in the House of Commons
Prime minister Gordon Brown will today suggest to the Speaker's Committee that civil partnerships for gay couples should be held in parliament.

Daily Queer News
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WA: Voters to Settle Issue of Rights for Same-Sex Couples
Jerry Cornfield \ Herald Net
Herald WriterReferendum 71 is the biggest civil rights issue placed in the hands of Washington voters since an anti-affirmative action measure reached the ballot a decade ago.

TX: Gay ‘Kiss-In’ Turns Into Shouting Match
On Top Magazine
A gay “kiss-in” descended into a war of words Sunday when a group of mostly Christian protesters staged a counter protest in Fort Worth, the Star-Telegram reported. The gay rights group Queer Liberaction’s “kiss-in” was suppose to be about showing a little bit of queer love in the conservative Stockyards, a uniquely Texas scene of rodeo, shopping and dining.

Gay Partner Benefits Bill Warmly Greeted In Senate Hearing
Carlos Santoscoy \ On Top Magazine
Senator Joseph Lieberman’s federal gay partner benefits bill was warmly greeted during a Thursday Senate hearing.

RI Gov. to Meet with Activist After Anti-Gay Marriage Speech
Carlos Santoscoy \ On Top Magazine
Outgoing Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has agreed to meet in early November with a group of gay and lesbian activists, but proceeded to speak out against gay marriage at a fundraiser for a Massachusetts group opposed to gay and lesbian rights.

Obama Must Make Time for Gay Rights
Sun Sentinel
As if he didn’t have enough headaches. President Barack Obama has to decide not only whether to deploy more troops to Afghanistan but also whether gays and lesbians will be allowed to serve there.

A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!
I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is “an abomination to God,” about how homosexuality is a “chosen lifestyle,” or about how through prayer and “spiritual counseling” homosexual persons can be “cured.” Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy. I will no longer dignify by listening to the thoughts of those who advocate “reparative therapy,” as if homosexual persons are somehow broken and need to be repaired. I will no longer talk to those who believe that the unity of the church can or should be achieved by rejecting the presence of, or at least at the expense of, gay and lesbian people. I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality “deviant.” I will no longer listen to that pious sentimentality that certain Christian leaders continue to employ, which suggests some version of that strange and overtly dishonest phrase that “we love the sinner but hate the sin.” That statement is, I have concluded, nothing more than a self-serving lie designed to cover the fact that these people hate homosexual persons and fear homosexuality itself, but somehow know that hatred is incompatible with the Christ they claim to profess, so they adopt this face-saving and absolutely false statement. I will no longer temper my understanding of truth in order to pretend that I have even a tiny smidgen of respect for the appalling negativity that continues to emanate from religious circles where the church has for centuries conveniently perfumed its ongoing prejudices against blacks, Jews, women and homosexual persons with what it assumes is “high-sounding, pious rhetoric.” The day for that mentality has quite simply come to an end for me. I will personally neither tolerate it nor listen to it any longer. The world has moved on, leaving these elements of the Christian Church that cannot adjust to new knowledge or a new consciousness lost in a sea of their own irrelevance. They no longer talk to anyone but themselves. I will no longer seek to slow down the witness to inclusiveness by pretending that there is some middle ground between prejudice and oppression. There isn’t. Justice postponed is justice denied. That can be a resting place no longer for anyone. An old civil rights song proclaimed that the only choice awaiting those who cannot adjust to a new understanding was to “Roll on over or we’ll roll on over you!” Time waits for no one.

Island House Key West Named Favorite Gay Resort by Gay.com
By Robert Malcolm
Since its renovation in 2000, Island House in Key West has been winning awards and applause from the gay press for its high standards of accommodation and service including the coveted “Best gay resort in the world” from Out Traveler Magazine in 2007. This year Island House has received the “Oscar” of all gay travel awards, the Planet Out - Gay.com Travel Award 2009 for Favorite Guest House, voted by more than 24,000 of the website’s readers.

Toronto Chosen to Host 2014 World Pride Event
Montreal Gazette
An international celebration of gay rights will be held in Toronto in 2014. The city has been chosen to host World Pride, a statement on the website of the Pride Toronto organization announced Sunday. World Pride, which includes a parade, festivals and cultural activities, promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues on the international stage.

Straight Dope: Feds Won’t Prosecute Medical Marijuana Use, Sale
Joel Zand \ Findlaw Blogs
Medical marijuana use and sales won’t be prosecuted by the federal government, according to a new Justice Department memo from Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden. But there’s a catch: the federal directive only applies in states that have laws authorizing medical marijuana usage.

Click Here to Email 36 US Representatives Unconfirmed on ENDA
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss \ Bilerico Project
The House is poised to take a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) soon. While the real fight is going to be in the Senate, it is worthwhile to pause for a moment and take note of where we are in the House. Crunch time is coming, and it won’t work to call the day before the vote.


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