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GLBT DIGEST - November 08, 2009

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New York Times
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Questions for Robert Duncan
Is This Bishop Catholic?
As the archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, you are known as the leader of a conservative — and even ultraright — movement that was founded last year in a break from the Episcopal Church. Do you plan to convert to Catholicism now that Pope Benedict has opened his doors to Anglicans?
I wouldn’t characterize us as ultraright. We don’t beat up folks. We are sort of mainstream right. I am very pleased that the Vatican has done this, but my call now is to lead all those Anglicans who stand where Anglicans have always stood.

Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?
BY now, most high school dress codes have just about done away with the guesswork. Girls: no midriff-baring blouses, stiletto heels, miniskirts. Boys: no sagging pants, muscle shirts. But do the math.

Equality’s Ragged March
Last Tuesday’s Election Day results showed how far the nation has traveled in the struggle for gay equality — and the distance still to go. The returns also added fresh urgency to promising efforts in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.

The Way We Live Now
What’s Good for the Kids
It has been apparent for a while now that we live in child-centric times. We approach parenting with a single-mindedness that baffles our own parents, and certainly their parents, who thought children should be seen and not heard. We think it’s just fine to put our kids ahead of our careers, our relationships, our social lives, and even if we aren’t doing so, everyone around us seems to be.

Washington Post
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McDonnell's Winning Model
By Lee Hockstader
Bob McDonnell's lopsided win in Virginia's gubernatorial election was the victory of an agile, disciplined, focused and attractive Republican against an unpolished Democrat who ran a lackluster campaign. It also rewarded a shrewd judgment by McDonnell, who drew the right conclusion from the Republican defeat in the 2005 race for governor, and from a string of other GOP failures in the state -- even as party leaders drew the exact opposite lesson.

A quiet voice for gay marriage
Legalization could avert doomed relationships, straight ex-spouses say
By Theresa Vargas
If anyone could have talked himself out of being gay, Kimberly Brooks said, it was her husband. He wanted to be straight; she wanted him to be straight. She once followed his gaze across the beach to another man but quickly dismissed the thought. No, he couldn't be. Then he started spending more time with one particular friend, and an unease pushed Brooks to ask the question that ultimately confirmed her fears: Was that friend gay?

Steve Rothaus
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Joan Rivers brings laughs to Miami’s Arsht Center on Wednesday
Her face has, hmmm, changed over the years, but the way she talks is vintage Joan Rivers.

HRC Back Story blog: House passes health reform bill with key LGBT provisions
Michael Cole
Late this evening, the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962, by a vote of 220 to 215. While this is a historic step toward improving health care for all Americans, it is also a tremendous advance for the health needs of LGBT people. HRC lobbied the three committees involved in drafting the bill to include provisions that would help LGBT people in particular obtain the improved access to health care that the Act is designed to provide. Some of these measures have been part of HRC’s legislative agenda as free-standing bills for many years. The key provisions in the bill that the House passed are:

Jesse’s Journal: Kevin Jennings and the antigay witch hunt
In May 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Kevin Jennings to the post of Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education (the so-called “safe schools czar.”) The openly gay Jennings (b. 1963) is uniquely qualified for this job. After years of distinguished service as a teacher and youth counselor, Jennings founded (1990) the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In 1992 Massachusetts Governor William Weld (a Republican) appointed Jennings to co-chair the Education Committee of the Governor’s Commission of Gay and Lesbian Youth. Jennings has written several books addressing the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and teachers, including the Lambda Award-winning anthology Telling Tales Out of School (1998). “It has been said that one person can start a revolution and, in the case of Kevin Jennings, ... that has never been more profoundly true,” biographer Victoria Shannon wrote in “For nearly twenty years, Jennings has campaigned all over the country to educate glbtq and straight teachers, parents, students, and community members about ending bias in the nation’s K-12 schools.”

New York Times: Obama healthcare plan would provide tax relief for gay domestic partners
The New York Times on Saturday reports that President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan includes tax relief for gay couples:
Supporters of gay rights have long been trying to change the tax treatment of health benefits provided by employers to the domestic partners of their employees. In effect, such benefits are now treated as taxable income for the employee, and the employer may owe payroll taxes on their fair-market value.

Miami Herald
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Author Stuart E. Weisberg on Rep. Barney Frank -- a Miami Book Fair International Q & A
Miami Book Fair International 2009 runs Nov. 8-15 at Miami Dade College. Stuart E. Weisberg, author of ``Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman'' (University of Massachusetts Press, $30 hardback), appears Saturday, Nov. 14.
I asked Weisberg these questions about Frank:
Q: How long have you known Barney Frank? Are you social friends or business acquaintances?

Here's to Maine
I wish to congratulate the voters of Maine, a liberal state, for rejecting the counterfeit and oxymoronic notion of ``same-sex marriage.''
The vote is significant because we are dealing with forced affirmation of homosexuality under penalty of law. This is a historic battle for the minds and souls of our children. Gay marriage has now lost in all 31 states in which the question has been put to a popular vote. The time has come for a federal constitutional amendment banning homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

Pink News - UK
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Stephen Gately's partner Andrew Cowles appears at Stonewall awards
Andrew Cowles, the civil partner of the late Boyzone star Stephen Gately, made his first public appearance last night at the Stonewall awards since the singer died four weeks ago.

Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wins Stonewall Bigot of the Year award
Jan Moir, the Daily Mail columnist whose column on the death of gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately provoked widespread anger, won the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Awards last night jointly with Father John Owen, the priest who said most paedophiles were gay.

Daily Queer News
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Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage in NJ Takes on New Urgency
Jeff Diamant/The Star-Ledger
The radio ad, warning that same-sex marriage would send the wrong message to children, played over a loudspeaker in a church gym Thursday in Asbury Park, as 200 gay-rights supporters listened in silence at a post-Election Day “emergency action” meeting.

Same-Sex Marriage Debate Scheduled at CSU-Pueblo
Two of the nation’s top experts in the ongoing controversy over whether to allow same-sex marriage will debate the issue Wednesday at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Glenn Stanton, a senior analyst for Marriage and Sexuality and the director of social research and cultural affairs at Focus on the Family, will speak in opposition of same-sex marriage.

TX: TABC to Change Way it Investigates Use of Excessive Force
Danny Robbins \ ASSOCIATED PRESS \ Austin Statesman
Texas’ liquor board plans to change the way it conducts investigations into allegations of excessive use of force, the agency said Thursday, after its agents were accused of wrongdoing during a raid at a gay bar that left a customer with severe head wounds.

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House Votes To Expand Homebuyer Tax Credit
The House votes 403-12 to extend and expand the tax credit to include many more buyers. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama.


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