Wednesday, November 18, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - November 18, 2009

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New York Times
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Finding on Priests’ Sexuality and Abuse
A preliminary report commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to investigate sexual abuse by members of the clergy has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely than heterosexual ones to molest children, the authors of the study said. The full report by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice will not be completed until the end of next year. But the authors said their evidence to date found no data indicating that homosexuality was a predictor of abuse.

No Measure to Ban Gay Marriage
The District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Elections said a measure that would ban same-sex marriages cannot go on the city’s ballot. Opponents of same-sex marriage wanted to ask voters whether “only marriage between a man and woman” should be recognized. The City Council is expected to pass a measure that would let same-sex couples marry. The elections board said that putting a measure to ban same-sex marriage on the ballot would conflict with the city’s Human Rights Act.

Washington Post
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The Blade's hard times
A Washington paper provided a critical voice.
THE FINANCIAL problems of Window Media, the parent company of the Washington Blade, had been known for a while -- so much so that the 20 staffers of the weekly newspaper put in a bid to buy the publication last summer. No action was taken. And so, on Monday morning, after 40 years of chronicling the gay and lesbian community in the nation's capital and elsewhere, the Blade and several other gay publications ceased operation.

Seeking to put asunder
Despite D.C. setback, Bishop Jackson carries his national message -- and mission -- against gay marriage
By Wil Haygood
This is how Bishop Harry Jackson spent his summer vacation: He hustled back and forth across the District rallying his faithful flock who oppose gay marriage. He leaned into microphones over at the Board of Elections and Ethics, quoting biblical verse, decrying those who would trumpet marriage between man and man, woman and woman.

Wall Street Journal
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In Palin Tour, No Sign of 2012 Run
One of the biggest questions about Sarah Palin's new book is whether her promotional tour, which starts this week, is a prelude to a 2012 presidential bid.

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Keechl becomes Broward's first openly gay mayor
County commissioners choose colleague unanimously for post
By Scott Wyman
Ken Keechl - openly gay - took over as Broward mayor Tuesday amid a wide-ranging government corruption investigation that has ensnared one county commissioner.,0,3613787.story/

Steve Rothaus
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Orlando mayor leads community condemnation of anti-gay hate crime at gay community center
Here's a joint news release on behalf of Equality Florida, The Center, Florida ACLU, One Orlando, The Jewish Federation of Central Florida, Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center: Community leaders point to a rising tide of anti-gay hate crimes in Florida
ORLANDO, FL, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Central Florida, more commonly known as The Center, was vandalized on Sunday along with neighboring gay owned businesses. The Center was spray painted with a swastika and the words “Gay Pawer” while gay owned business Ritzy Rags was marked with “Kill Gays,” “Go To Hell” and other homophobic slurs.

Broward swears in Ken Keechl, county’s first openly gay mayor
Ken Keechl, 47, was sworn in Tuesday as Broward County's first openly gay mayor. For the next year he will preside over the Broward County Commission.

Gay ex-Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Góngora wins runoff, will return to dais
In a runoff election guaranteed to bring two new commissioners to Miami Beach City Hall, former Commissioner Michael Góngora coasted to a second stint on the dais while Jorge Exposito narrowly won a seat.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force condemns dismemberment slaying of gay teen in Puerto Rico
News release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force condemns the brutal murder of Jorge Steven López, a 19-year-old gay man in Puerto Rico, in a possible hate crime. A suspect has reportedly been arrested.

Miami Herald
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Vandalism discovered at Orlando community center
The Associated Press
Donors, volunteers and local leaders are lining up in support of an Orlando community center that was the target of vandalism earlier this week.

SARAH PALIN: Sigh . . . here to stay
No force on earth can stop Sarah Palin from becoming our very own ``lite'' version of Eva Peron -- a glamorous and tragic legend, minus the tragedy. Eventually, some clever composer will write a blockbuster musical about her life and times. Stage directions will include: ``SARAH fires gun. MOOSE dies.''

Ken Keechl makes Broward history
Broward County's first openly gay mayor was sworn in to office Tuesday. His new role was celebrated by gay and lesbian activists.
Growing up, Ken Keechl was always fascinated by politics, but thought he could never get elected as an openly gay man. Tuesday morning, Keechl, 47, raised his right hand as he was sworn in as Broward County's first openly gay mayor. For the next year, he will preside over the dais of Florida's second-most populous county (1.8 million residents).

The Advocate
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Bishop Jackson: What, Me Homophobic?
By Julie Bolcer
The growing list of marriage equality opponents that deny their position is rooted in homophobia includes Barry Harry Jackson, Jr. the Pentecostal minister fighting against same-sex marriage legislation in Washington, D.C.

Blade Successor in Print This Friday?
By Julie Bolcer
In a Washington Post editorial on the demise of the Washington Blade, former editor Kevin Naff indicates that a successor publication could appear in print as early as this Friday.

SLC Mayor Signs Gay-Friendly Ordinances
By Christopher Mangum
Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker signed a pair of nondiscrimination ordinances Tuesday afternoon. "This is a great moment ... in the history of Salt Lake City," Becker told reporters, according to the Deseret News. "Part of our success as a community is all of us living together and respecting each other."

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Report: Homosexuality no factor in abusive priests
By The Associated Press
A preliminary report commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on the roots of the clergy sex abuse scandal found no evidence that gay priests are more likely than heterosexual clergy to molest children, the lead authors of the study said Tuesday.

Lambda Legal files suit to prevent Ariz. from stripping domestic partner benefits
By 365gay Newswire
From Lambda Legal: (Tuscon, Ariz.) Lambda Legal has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tucson to block a move to strip domestic partner benefits from gay and lesbian state employees. Arizona lawmakers included a provision stripping domestic partner health benefits from state employees as part of a last-minute budget deal signed by Governor Jan Brewer in September, while retaining spousal health benefits for heterosexual workers.

Behind the news: Washington Blade was almost saved
By 365gay Newswire
A publisher was in negotiations to buy and run the Washington Blade before it was shut down on Monday. From a press release: In response to media inquiries and an apparent information blackout by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Nicholas F. Benton, owner of the Falls Church News-Press, a Washington, D.C.-area weekly, confirmed today that his corporation, Benton Communications, Inc., had won a bid from parties that included the SBA in September to obtain the assets of the Washington Blade from its bankrupt parent company for purposes of a seamless perpetuation of the nation’s oldest gay community newspaper.

Pink News - UK
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Gay superheroes star in new comic
A comic book featuring an all-LGBT team has gone on sale. Spandex is set in Brighton and features trans crime fighter Liberty and Diva, a lesbian equivalent of Wonder Woman, as they take on various villains.

Gay marriage campaign kicks off in California
The fight to win back gay marriage has begun in California. Yesterday, gay rights group Love Honor Cherish launched its campaign to get one million signatures in favour of repealing the ban.

Gay policeman James Parkes expected to return to work soon
James Parkes, the gay trainee policeman who was beaten in a homophobic attack, is expected to return to work in a matter of weeks. He has been recovering from his injuries.

Peter Tatchell to speak with former Bishop of Edinburgh tonight
Peter Tatchell will appear in conversation with Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, tonight. Holloway has supported Tatchell in the past, even defending him when he appeared in court in 1998 for storming the Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter sermon.

Lesbian mayor candidate in Houston 'targeted by conservatives'
Annise Parker, the frontrunning candidate for Houston's mayor, is the subject of a campaign by a conservative group to discourage residents from voting from her. They fear a "gay takeover" of City Hall.

Georgia teacher 'threatened to have gay student killed'
A teacher in the US state of Georgia is accused of trying to "put a hit" on a student he thought was gay Randolph Forde, a teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, has been suspended with pay after being arrested last month.

Adam Lambert: 'People are freaked out by male sexuality'
American Idol star Adam Lambert has said that people find his expressions of his sexuality offensive because he is gay. The star also said that promiscuity was not for him.

Follow on Twitter, Facebook and MyPinkNews
Sometimes we admit we're a little behind the times. Yes has had a Facebook application since they were invented but we haven't helped you easily follow us on Facebook or indeed Twitter or even MyPinkNews until now.

Gay man killed by sparring partner he paid to fight him
A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday. Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs.

Ben Elton makes gay joke about Prince Edward
Comedian Ben Elton was accused of poor taste last night after making a remark about Prince Edward's sexuality and calling the Queen "a sad old lady".

Thief robs gay men in Brighton
Police have appealed for information to help catch a thief who befriends gay men in order to steal from them. Two men have reported having their possessions stolen by him after they invited him home.

Scottish presbytery 'broke gay moratorium' by accepting gay man for training
A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.

Gay priests 'no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals'
A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy.

Exclusive: HIV film 'dangerous and misleading'
A film about HIV and what causes AIDS has been attacked for being misleading and even dangerous. HIV charities and health experts have told that the ideas the film promotes are "pseudo-science" and could damage the public health.

Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches
Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.

Daily Queer News
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Will Gay Bloggers’ Boycott of Democrats Get Traction?
Joe Siegel \ EDGE New England Editor \ EDGE Boston
How effective would an LGBT boycott of an organization, a big, a very big organization, be? We’re about to find out–if, that is, enough people agree. In an effort to motivate the Democrats in Congress to move faster on LGBT civil rights issues, a coalition of progressive bloggers have launched a boycott of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, and the Obama administration.

Prevaricating Pastors: Mendacious Ministers Prove It’s Still Legal to be Bigots
Rob Boston \ Talk 2 Action
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Religious Right. Through my work at Americans United, I’ve opposed this movement for 22 years and have written three books challenging the Religious Right’s perspective.

Frank, Bladwin, Polis Make “Out 100″ List
Where are our “fierce advocates?” They’re in the United States House of Representatives. Frank, Baldwin, and Polis (left to right) form a powerful, out triumvirate, wielding influence over the economy, social welfare, labor, and education. Frank’s was one of few steady hands on the rudder of the failing U.S. economy during the 2008 credit crisis. He helped midwife the bailouts and stimulus package many say were crucial to avoiding a Great Depression redux.

TX: It’s Time to Disavow the Politics of Discrimination and Bigotry
Houston Chronicle
A band of socially conservative activists and ministers has injected intolerance into Houston’s mayoral election. As reported Saturday by the Chronicle’s Bradley Olson, the group plans to discourage voters from supporting City Controller Annise Parker in the Dec. 12 runoff because she is a lesbian, and because they’re worried about a “gay takeover” of City Hall.

Suspects Arrested in Horrific Puerto Rico Hate Crime; NYC Vigil Planned
By Jennifer Vanasco
A suspect has been arrested in the Puerto Rico murder and decapitation of gay teenager Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, according to an iReport by Christopher Pagan.: The main suspect of the cruel murder of a young homosexual found in the area of Guavate Cayey, was arrested this morning and shall be taken to a judge today to face charges, confirmed the press of the Puerto Rico Police, Damaris Periera.

Indian Prince Creating Change
Southern Star
When Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the Indian state of Rajpipla arrived in Australia it marked his first visit to Australia. However, rather than coming to relax or take in the country’s famous landmarks, his trip is purely professional.

HIV Film ‘Dangerous and Misleading’
Jessica Geen \ Pink News
A film about HIV and what causes AIDS has been attacked for being misleading and even dangerous.

Why Approval Matters
John Corvino \ Independent Gay Forum
It’s November, which means bookstores have next year’s calendars on display. When I was a teenager, this annual occurrence unnerved me. The “male interest” calendars”—think “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model of the Month”—held no appeal for me. Instead, I would nervously reach for a Chippendales calendar, hiding it behind something innocuously themed (race cars, puppies, whatever) so that I could stare admiringly at half-naked men. As soon as I noticed anyone approaching, I would throw both calendars back on the shelf and dart out of the store.

For more information on World AIDS Day, visit
Acclaimed artist-activist honors World AIDS Day with an American tour of intimacies, a groundbreaking theatre piece that he wrote and performed twenty years ago. The Gateway Men’s Chorus, under direction of Dr. Jeffrey Carter, will open the show. Show begins at 8:00pm, tickets are available at the door, all seating is general admission, audience members choose to pay $10-$25 to see the show; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. - Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis - 1919 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63104. For more information, please visit or call 314.995.4600.

MO: Transgender Day of Remembrance
For more information on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit St. Louis
Wednesday, November 18th
8:00pm - Transgender Day of Remembrance Service - St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3664 Arsenal St.

CA: The San Diego LGBT Center Events
50 and Better LGBT Senior Survey
Our seniors are our history and our heroes. They deserve our respect, our support and, when necessary, our help. This requires that we develop a real understanding of our seniors’ lives and of their needs. In order to help us do that, The Center is asking community members who are 50 and better to take part in the 50 and Better LGBT Senior Survey. If you’re 50 or better, take the survey now.

Press Conference Denounces Expansion of Hate Crimes, Coalition Presents Memo to Representative of Attorney General
To: National Desk Contact: Misty Allmond, 936-560-3900,
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /Christian Newswire/ — From 1 to 3 pm today, a coalition of concerned Christians held a press conference outside of the Justice Department in Washington. D.C., decrying the recent expansion of federal hate-crimes legislation to include homosexuals, and contending that this will result in the persecution of Bible-believing Christians.


Ft. Lauderdale: White House to Host AIDS Town Hall Meeting November 20
The White House Office of National AIDS Policy will host a town hall meeting
at Dillard High School, 2501 N.W. 11 Street, Fort Lauderdale on Friday,
November 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is one of 14 Town Hall Forums being held
across the country, including Puerto Rico. The Broward County Community
Partnerships Division is coordinating the event. The purpose of this
meeting is to receive input from the South Florida community as part of the
development of the nation's first National HIV/AIDS Strategy to end
HIV/AIDS. These community discussion forums will provide opportunities for
individual residents to dialogue and provide White House staff and other
policy makers with recommendations for achieving President Barack Obama's
three goals for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy:
· Reducing HIV incidence
· Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes
· Reducing HIV-related health disparities
Participants will have 1 minute and 30 seconds to share their
recommendations. To help prepare for the community forum, participants are
encouraged to download worksheets on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy at
On-line registration is encouraged at


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