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GLBT DIGEST - November 01, 2009

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New York Times
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Third Party Challenges in NJ, NY Are Warning Sign
Third party candidates are shaking up two major races in elections Tuesday, and the success of those candidacies is a warning shot fired at both major parties by voters angry at government and disillusioned by politics as usual.

The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York
BARACK OBAMA’S most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the Army. This week’s election to fill that vacant seat has set off nothing less than a riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war. No matter what the results in that race on Tuesday, the Republicans are the sure losers. This could be a gift that keeps on giving to the Democrats through 2010, and perhaps beyond.

Questions for John Baldacci
The Wedding March
Last spring, you signed a bill that made Maine the fifth state in this country to legalize same-sex marriage. But this Tuesday, in a referendum known as Question 1, the citizens of Maine will be voting on whether to repeal the new law. In what way is this a national issue?
We’re not focused on it that way; we’re focused on it Maine-specific, why we’re going to be helpful to families in Maine who need to make sure that they have equal protection under the Constitution.

G.O.P. Moderate, Pressed by Right, Abandons Race
A moderate Republican whose candidacy for an upstate New York Congressional seat had set off a storm of national conservative opposition, abruptly withdrew on Saturday, emboldening the right at a time when the Republican Party is enmeshed in a debate over how to rebuild itself.

The R.O.T.C. Dilemma
The ban of the program at the elites is in its 40th year. Yet the students are hardly antimilitary. The opposite, in fact. Is it time to bring R.O.T.C. back? Share your thoughts or ask a question of Michael Winerip, who will be responding to selected questions from readers.

Referendum Would Extend Protections to Gay Couples
Referendum 71, a proposal to extend more legal protections to domestic partners in Washington State, has been nicknamed “everything but marriage.” But its opponents say even that is an understatement.

Privacy Looms Over Gay Rights Vote
At a time when voters in many states are using petitions to qualify ballot measures on issues from gay rights to property rights, a legal dispute over the identity of 138,000 petition signers here is raising new questions about privacy, free speech and elections in the Internet age.

Washington Post
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In a war within GOP, the right wins a battle
Moderate nominee leaves House race in Upstate New York
By Karl Vick and Philip Rucker
The moderate Republican nominee for a vacant U.S. House seat here unexpectedly withdrew from the race Saturday, bowing to a revolt led by conservative activists that badly split the national GOP leadership and is likely to influence the shape of the party heading into next year's midterm elections.

Bullying by disclosure
By George F. Will
SEATTLE: Conservatives here, a droll minority, say that under this city's quota system, when a conservative enters the city, one already here is required to leave. They also say that Washington is actually two states: There is what you can see from atop this city's Space Needle -- meaning, this liberal city -- and there is everything else, extending to the Oregon, Idaho and Canadian borders.

A right that any committed couple deserves
When I was a young boy, I always thought about my future and what it would be like to be married. As I grew older and came to terms with my sexual orientation, I no longer thought about marriage, as I knew it was not an option for a gay man. I spent several years afraid that my life would be lonely and much different than those of my two married sisters. This wasn't out of fear of being single, but knowing that even if I fell in love, I'd never be able to marry and start a family.

Montgomery prods its contractors to cover gay partners
By Michael Laris
Want to do business with Montgomery County? Then give your gay employees the same benefits as your married ones.

Steve Rothaus
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Gallery | SAVE Dade’s big gay Halloween Asylum
About 1,000 revelers turned out Saturday for SAVE Dade’s annual Halloween night bash, this year themed “Asylum” and held in Miami’s Design District. I helped judge the big costume contest, along with other celebrity judges WSVN-7 anchor Craig Stevens, MTV’s Real World/Road Rules reality TV star and personal fitness trainer Rachel Robinson, MTV’s Real World reality TV star and dolphin trainer JD OrdoƱez, and SoBe Social Club’s Edison Farrow.

Miami Beach commission race fired up by political potshots
Old drunken driving arrests. Potshots at a ``slumlord boyfriend.'' Allegations of fraud and hypocrisy.

The Advocate
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Duncan Roy Joins Dr. Drew for Sex Rehab
He may think Dr. Drew is a bit of a charlatan, but that didn't stop gay British director Duncan Roy from learning a lot in Sex Rehab.
By Harrison Pierce
On the first two seasons of VH1's Celebrity Rehab, Dr. Drew Pinsky attempted to help a series of famous and/or infamous personalities overcome myriad drug and alcohol addictions. For his third round of televised rehabilitation, he’s narrowed the focus to one specific, more taboo form of dependency: sex addiction. Although VH1 is retitling the show Sex Rehab to downplay the celeb factor this season, participants do include former Playmate and Colin Farrell sex tape star Nicole Narain, ex-porn star Kendra Jade, and gay British film director Duncan Roy.

Deepak Chopra to Pose for NO H8 Pic
By Editors
Photographer Adam Bouska tweeted Friday that he is heading down to San Diego this weekend to shoot a picture of Deepak Chopra for the NO H8 Campaign. Born and educated in medicine in New Delhi, Chopra joins other notable public figures, including Dr. Drew Pinsky and Lt. Dan Choi, in posing for the campaign. A physician and public speaker, he is also the author of books that routinely top the best-seller list. They have been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 20 million copies.

Daily Queer News
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The Unspoken Violence in Our Relationships
Bilerico Project
Editors’ note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition.
With all the talk of hate crimes happening in our community, and with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wanted to take an opportunity to comment on one form of violence often overlooked - violence within our own relationships.

PA: Group Says Transgender Teen was Abused in Philadelphia Agency’s Custody
The Morning Call
PHILADELPHIA A transgender teenager who identifies as a girl said she was subject to constant abuse and discrimination during 18 months in the custody of the Department of Human Services. At the Youth Study Center, the 16-year-old teen was placed in the boys’ unit, where she said she was harassed by staff and residents despite a judge’s order that she be addressed by her preferred female name and female pronouns.

Gay Renters to Get Some Discrimination Protection
Associated Press \ New York Times
When it comes to negotiating a lease or paying fair rent, gay and transgender renters may soon get more protection. Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it’s fast-tracking a nationwide study to determine the extent of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s also proposing regulations to insure these individuals won’t be denied public housing or government housing vouchers because of their identities.

Gay Vet, Discharged Under DADT, Elected President of American Veterans for Equal Rights
Denny Meyer \ Gay Military Signal
Danny Ingram, a former US Army Sergeant who was among the first to be discharged in 1994 under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, was elected president of American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER) at its convention in Ft. Lauderdale 15-18 Oct. Sgt Ingram, of Atlanta, will lead the largest national veteran service organization dedicated to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender vets, and advocating the repeal of the law banning open service of gay military personnel.

Nemat Safavi has been sentenced to Death
Nemat Safavi, 21 years old, has been sentenced to death by the juvenile court in Ardebil, a city northwest Iran. Queers in Iran are put to death and persecution by their government, simply for being who they are. Now more than ever we need your help.

Tax Dollars and Sex Ed
Marcia Stegelstein \ World
My home state of Connecticut has recently unveiled a new website sponsored by the Department of Children and Families., paid for with tax money, has a video greeting by Gov. Jodi Rell, welcoming visitors “with great pride” to explore the website for resources and answers to their questions. After all, she says, we want to “keep our families safe, healthy, and happy.”

Religious Right & Ex-Gay Movement Inspired by Hate Crimes Bill to Lie More, Be Hateful
The ex-gay movement and Pat Robertson’s religious righteousness army want you to think they’re going to be persecuted under the Hate Crimes Law (but they’re not). THAT’S GAY does ex-gays, Wanda Sykes gives her Obama eval and Argentina considers gay marriage.


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