Saturday, October 24, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - October 24, 2009

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New York Times
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To the Editor:
Regarding the Vatican and the disaffected Anglicans, I have a twofold response: First, is this a precursor to the Vatican’s finally accepting a married clergy? Then amen, so be it! The Catholic Church began with a married clergy. Second, however, if the criterion of the disaffected Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism is based on the presupposition that the Catholic hierarchy forbids gays and women in the priesthood, then the prospective candidates will be sadly disappointed. Whether we care to admit it or not, there are many gays in the Catholic priesthood, and many faithful lay Catholics would like to see women join the priesthood. I would hope that those converting to the Roman Catholic faith would do so because of the church’s teaching on faith and morals rather than on a false perception of an ecclesiastical utopia. My advice would be to look before you leap — with faith, not fear!
(Rev.) Brian Jordan
New York, Oct. 22, 2009
The writer is a Franciscan priest.

Rightist on BBC Panel Draws Protests and Viewers
LONDON — In a usual week, “Question Time” is a worthy but largely unexciting television production, a late-night panel discussion on the BBC that for 30 years has attracted a modest, pre-bedtime audience.

Washington Post
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Is Pope Benedict a closet liberal?
By David Gibson
When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope in April 2005, all the world rejoiced -- or recoiled -- with the certain knowledge that the cardinals had settled on the one man who would be more conservative than John Paul II.

Steve Rothaus
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Rising Action Theatre auditions Nov. 9 and 10
News release from Rising Action Theatre artistic director David Goldyn: Auditions for the next season of plays at Rising Action Theatre will be held Monday Nov 9 and Tuesday Nov 10 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the theatre, 840 E Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 104

Maine gay marriage supporters lead in funding
By GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press
Supporters of Maine's same-sex marriage law continued Friday to collect far more campaign contributions than their opponents in a referendum that's being watched nationally.

Washington state man gets 18 months in gay immigration fraud
Associated Press
A man accused of advising straight immigrants to claim homosexuality - and potential persecution in their home countries - when they applied for asylum has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Miami Commissioner Joe Sanchez ‘voices strong opposition to performer Buju Banton’s violent anti-gay lyrics’
News release from Miami Commissioner (and mayoral candidate) Joe Sanchez:
City Commission Chairman Joe Sanchez issued a statement today denouncing the violent anti-gay lyrics of performer Buju Banton, who will appear as part of a reggae show October 31 at the City-owned James L. Knight Center.

Pink News - UK
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Comment: Guilty bystanders and alpha male eunuchs
Efforts to kick homophobia out of football will go nowhere if players and fans don’t have the balls to stand up to the bigots, Adrian Tippetts argues.

Ruling bars courts from asking for doctor's notes in trans name changes
Trans people who legally change their names will no longer need to provide courts with a doctor's note after a ruling from New York's Supreme Court.

Russian lesbians to marry in Canada today
A Russian lesbian couple will marry in Canada today and then attempt to force their native country to recognise their marriage.

Exclusive: Met police accused of 'watering down' lesbian and gay liaison officers as hate crime rises
Updated 6:30pm. The Metropolitan Police Service has been accused of watering down LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) liaison officers in London at a time of increased reports of homophobic hate crime.

Daily Queer News
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Paycheck Feminism
In a subtle shift with momentous implications, women are on the verge of becoming more than 50 percent of U.S. paid workers. This landmark should come as no surprise; labor statisticians are well aware that women’s share of the paid workforce has been swelling for decades, hitting 48 percent at the start of the new millennium. That means that this economy depends on women’s strong participation. Oddly enough, it was the current economic bad times that helped boost women to the halfway point, as men have comprised nearly three-quarters of recent job layoffs.

The Ex-Gay Cry Censorship: No One Wants Their Books
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The headline of the story on FOX News is a doozy: “Gay Reversal Advocates Say School Libraries Banning Their ‘Ex-Gay’ Books.”, is suing the Montgomery County, MD school district for their purported “exclusion of “ex-gay” information in its sexual orientation health curriculum.”

DC: Hundreds Plan to Testify at Same-Sex Marriage Hearing
Washington Post
More than 250 people have signed up to testify for or against a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, setting the stage for what may be one of the biggest hearings ever conducted by the D.C. Council.


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