Thursday, October 22, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - October 22, 2009

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New York Times
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Housing Regs to Add Protections for Gays
Federal housing officials said Wednesday they're developing regulations to ensure that gays and lesbians aren't denied access to federally subsidized housing based on their sexual orientation.

Offer Raises Idea of Marriage for Catholic Priests
ROME — In making it easier for traditionalist Anglicans to become Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI once again revealed the character of his papacy: to reach out to the most fervent of like-minded believers, even if they are not Catholic. Yet some observers wonder whether his move could paradoxically liberalize the church — or at least wedge it open — on a crucial issue: celibacy.

Washington Post
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Sailor to be ousted in harassment probe
The former leader of a dog unit in Bahrain will be removed from his current position and forced to retire after the Navy reviewed years-old allegations of hazing and sexual harassment. The Navy announced that Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint also would receive a letter of censure and be subject to a retirement pay-grade determination, which could affect his retirement pay. The move came after the Navy decided last month to review its investigation of more than 90 hazing incidents between 2004 and 2006 in the Military Working Dog Division at Bahrain. One of the victims of the hazing, Joseph Rocha, said he was tied to a chair and left in a dog kennel, and forced to simulate sex on another sailor. He said he decided to leave the Navy in 2007 by telling his commander he was gay, in violation of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Rocha wrote about his experience earlier this month in The Washington Post.
-- Associated Press

Housing regs to add protections for gays
Federal housing officials said Wednesday they're developing regulations to ensure that gays and lesbians aren't denied access to federally subsidized housing based on their sexual orientation.

Wall Street Journal
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Vatican in Bold Bid to Attract Anglicans
The Vatican said it will make it far easier for disgruntled Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, in one of Rome's most sweeping gestures to a Protestant church since the Reformation.

Pope's Wooing of Anglicans Challenges Archbishop
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI are both noted theological scholars leading flocks through complicated times. In recent days, Archbishop Williams's already tough mission became even more difficult.

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Federal agency say sexual orientation won't play factor in eligibility for housing programs
By Kevin Freking
Federal housing officials said Wednesday they're developing regulations to ensure that gays and lesbians aren't denied access to federally subsidized housing based on their sexual orientation.,0,7678592.story/

Unity proving elusive for both major parties
MCT News Service
Recent years have seen the Democrats and Republicans evolve into predominantly liberal and conservative parties, respectively, rather than the broad coalitions of the past. But some current developments suggest neither has achieved total unity and that internal conflicts threaten both parties' short-term goals _ and possibly their long-term ones.,0,2927227.story/

Steve Rothaus
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Pridelines Youth Services to hold volunteer training on Saturday at Miami center
From Pridelines Youth Services:
Volunteer Training Announcement
October, 2009
Dear Pridelines' Friends & Volunteers,
Please join us for our Fall Volunteer Training, at the Pridelines Service Center, 180 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132, Saturday, October 24 from 11AM to 1PM. We will be discussing our volunteer needs (roles & responsibilities) for our New Fall '09 Programming and upcoming special events (Thanksgiving & Holiday Dinners, Angel Project, and others). Dianne Hickman, Learning For Life/Exploring Executive, will also be joining us to talk about our new Explorer carrier exploration and mentorship programs.

'For Women Only' exhibit opens Nov. 1 at Stonewall Library & Archives
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‘Surprises from Hebrew’s Golden Age,’ Debbie Friedman Chanukah concert upcoming at Congregation Etz Chaim
Jesse Monteagudo shares a few interesting events coming up at Congregation Etz Chaim in Wilton Manors:
Cong. Etz Chaim lecture promises "Surprises from Hebrew's Golden Age"
Congregation Etz Chaim, Wilton Manors' reform synagogue, presents "Love! Humor! Chivalry! Surprises from Hebrew's Golden Age" on Wednesday, November 18, at 8 p.m. Dr. Murray H. Lichtenstein, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York, will rediscover unsuspected treasures from a bygone age. The Hebrew literature composed in medieval Spain under Moslem rule is rich, varied, and indeed full of surprises. Hebrew poets of the Middle Ages sang lavishly and sensually of love, its agony, and its ecstasy. There are also plenty of comic takes on the timeless battle of the sexes, in which men and women lampoon the foibles of the opposite gender. We will enjoy the work of Jews, especially those who lived in Spain and Italy, who composed highly creative Hebrew versions of the great works being written in the world around them: clever fables in the tradition of Aesop, heroic tales of Alexander the Great, adventures of the knights of King Arthur's court, and more.

Photo gallery | New scenes from this month’s gay National Equality March in Washington
Here are some photos of the National Equality March in Washington earlier this month, shot by my friend Ariel Roman-Harris of Miami:

‘Shortbus’ star Jay Brannan talks about himself, the Internet, gay rights and sings his new song, ‘beautifully’
Folk singer Jay Brannan's path to cult stardom (and a one-night gig in Miami): Told he has no talent, Brannan gets kicked out of acting school, then lands a plum role in John Cameron Mitchell's controversial, sexually explicit 2006 film Shortbus -- as a singer who has a ménage à trois with a dissatisfied gay couple.

U.S. HHS to create a national resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders
News release from U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS):
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced plans to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Gay Broward Commissioner Ken Keechl endorses state Sen. Dave Aronberg for Florida attorney general
Ken Keechl, Broward’s openly gay county commissioner, has endorsed Dave Aronberg for Florida attorney general. Here’s the announcement:
A popular Broward County Commissioner set to become Broward Mayor in November is asking his supporters to line up behind the nomination of Dave Aronberg for Attorney General.

Miami Herald
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Marco Rubio has cut Charlie Crist's lead in GOP Senate race by half
Turning a romp into a race, U.S. Senate contender Marco Rubio has cut Gov. Charlie Crist's lead in half in a nationally recognized poll. Crist, who surpassed Rubio by 29 points in an August survey, now leads 50-35 percent in the Republican contest for Florida's open Senate seat, according to a Quinnipiac University survey of 1,078 Florida voters released Wednesday.

Sex a private issue
The God that Cal Thomas serves is an unforgiving master (Don't ask, tell or legitimize, Other Views, Oct. 17). Thomas argues against gay rights because he believes that sexual behavior is a moral issue. He's dead wrong when it comes to sexual behavior among consenting adults. That's a private, personal issue that should be within no one's power to regulate or condemn. If God made man in his own image, then he surely made gay men and women, too.

Vatican decision unlikely to impact South Florida churches
The Vatican's announcement this week that it will allow disgruntled Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church en masse has caused a stir among South Florida Episcopalians, members of the American wing of the worldwide Anglican communion. But it likely won't have much of an impact on the local church landscape because of existing denominational splits.

The Advocate
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Man Arrested for Brewing Coffee Naked
By Julie Bolcer
A Springfield, Virginia man was arrested late Monday for indecent exposure after a neighbor reported she saw him brewing coffee in the nude. The case has ignited a civil liberties brouhaha in the community.

Gov't Creates Resource for LGBT Elders
By Julie Bolcer
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it would create the first national resource center to assist communities across the country in providing services and support for older LGBT individuals.

Ricky Martin, No Shirt and a Baby
Since joining Twitter about three months ago, Ricky Martin has made it a routine to regularly post photos of himself hanging out with his kids – usually at the beach, almost always wearing nothing more than a swimsuit. The oft rumored gay singer – he’s never denied it… he simply says that part of his life is not up for discussion – became a father in August, 2008 with the help of a surrogate mother.

Crist to Headline Christian Fund-raiser
By Julie Bolcer
Florida governor Charlie Crist, a frequent subject of gay rumors, will headline a right-wing Christian fund-raiser next month as he seeks to outmaneuver Marco Rubio, his more conservative opponent for the U.S. Senate nomination in 2010. According to the St. Petersburg Times,Crist will address an audience that supported Amendment 2, which last year wrote a ban on same-sex marriage and equivalent unions into Florida's constitution.

Pink News - UK
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Catholicism on trial: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry attack church's record on gay rights
The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.

Woman jailed for accusing gay boss of sex assault
A waitress has been jailed for falsely accusing her boss of sexual assault. Gema Revelles, 21, of Bermondsey, had not realised Gerhard Jacobs was gay.

Tom Cruise accused of being 'a homophobic bore'
Actor Tom Cruise was boring and homophobic on the set of a 1983 film, a co-star claims. Bronson Pinchot, who starred in Perfect Strangers, worked with Cruise on Risky Business.

US Navy officer forced to resign over gay hazing
An officer formerly in charge of a US Navy dog unit in Bahrain has been forced to retire after an investigation into the alleged abuse of a gay officer and others at the base.

Sweden allows gay couples to marry in church
The Lutheran Church of Sweden has decided to allow gay couples to marry in church. Gay marriage became legal in the country on May 1st, allowing couples to wed in religious or civil ceremonies but not in church.

Daily Queer News
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Ex-FBI Translator Claims Spying at DoD
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TWO Assails Vatican’s Appeal to Bigotry in Effort to Pilfer Anglican Church
Wayne Besen \ Truth Wins Out
Pope’s Effort To Unite Conservatives By Promoting Discrimination Is Divisive, Says TWO
Truth Wins Out today condemned the Vatican’s effort to steal conservative members of the Anglican Church by promising that Rome will remain hostile against women and gay people. In his naked appeal to prejudice, the Pope solidified his reputation as a divisive figure that is out of touch with modern society, said TWO.

New, Important Sexological Research Library in Berlin.
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For sexologists, this will finally put Berlin back on the map, and I don’t think there is anything else comparable in Europe.

NY: Nine Year Sentence in Brutal Dwan Prince Attack
Three years after insisting that he was not guilty, following his conviction in a 2006 trial, Steven Pomie admitted to the brutal, anti-gay assault that left Dwan Prince partially paralyzed to this day.

NY: Cops Blow Off Bias Attack
Police responding to an apparent bias attack in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend failed to report the incident or take any action against the assailant for allegedly assaulting a group of gay men and using anti-gay slurs as they walked down Ninth Avenue.

SAVE Dade Collaborates with Organizations United Together
We have come up with a plan, but it requires hard work by people committed to equality. Because of your dedication to equality for our community, we knew you needed to know about it

Somewhat Postitive
Neal McNamara \ Lansing City Pulse
Crouched down in a small room lined with bright red couches inside the Spiral Video Dance Bar, one of three gay clubs in Old Town, Maggie Rich described why she supports At-Large Councilwoman Carol Wood for mayor.


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