Wednesday, December 09, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - December 08, 2009

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New York Times
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Senate Panel in N.J. Approves Gay Marriage Bill
The battle over same-sex marriage in New Jersey headed toward a legislative showdown Monday night, when a bill that would allow such unions narrowly cleared a key legislative committee and was set for a vote by the full State Senate.

Washington Post
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Court to rule on Christian group's policy
By Robert Barnes
The Supreme Court will review whether a public university may refuse to officially recognize a campus Christian group because it bars gays and nonbelievers from its membership.

End of the story for gay-oriented bookshop
Lambda Rising to close within weeks; owner proud of impact
By Paul Schwartzman
Lambda Rising, the Dupont Circle bookshop that grew into a pillar of Washington's gay community since its opening more than three decades ago, is closing at the end of the month, its owner said Monday. Deacon Maccubbin, Lambda Rising's founder, said that he has accomplished all he had intended when he opened the gay-oriented bookstore in 1974 and that "it's time to move on."

Court to decide if college group must allow gays
The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether a California law school must force a Christian group to admit gays, lesbians and nonbelievers to gain stature as an official campus organization.

Steve Rothaus
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Video | Lesbians face 'correction' rape in South Africa
From Sky News:
BY LISA HOLLAND, in South Africa
Lesbians in South Africa are being dragged off the street and raped to "correct" them, it has been claimed. Sky News has found evidence of widespread abuse against the lesbian community - resulting in a new trend of so-called "corrective rape".

North Miami High teacher stabbed to death by ex-lover, police say
Police identified a North Miami High School teacher as the man who was reportedly stabbed to death Thursday by an ex-lover seeking revenge.

‘Escort,’ photo book of male prostitutes inspired by Mike Jones-Ted Haggard scandal, available
Now available: Escort, 40 Profiles with Photographs of Men Who Sell Sex.
The paperback is written by South Florida’s David Leddick and Heriberto Sanchez, with photographs by David Vance. (On the cover is actor-model Stefan Pinto, formerly of South Florida and now living in Los Angeles. Pinto is not an escort, by the way!)

Mike Jones hates the word "prostitute." "I was an escort, all right? Not everyone I went with wanted sex, " said Jones, who this month brought down evangelist Ted Haggard. "I think I give escorts a good name."

Miami Beach Gay Pride holiday party 8-10 p.m. Wednesday at Halo Lounge off Lincoln Road
From Miami Beach Gay Pride:
Join Miami Beach Gay Pride & Celebrate the Holidays!!!
Wednesday December 9, 2009
8 - 10 PM
Halo Miami Beach -
1625 Michigan Avenue
Become a Legend for $20.10 and get your first drink on the house!!

Survey: LGBT adults likely to spend more on average this holiday season than heterosexuals
News release from Harris Interactive and Witeck-Combs Communications:
LGBT adults likely to spend more on average this holiday season than heterosexuals
New York, N.Y. and Washington, DC – December 7, 2009 – With Black Friday unofficially launching the holiday spending season and constant news coverage of the nation’s economic health, a recent survey showed one-third (34%) of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) adults sampled, when thinking about their household’s financial condition, continue to say that they expect it to get better in the next 6 months, compared with just 17% of heterosexual adults. This is a significant increase from March 2009 when 25% of LGBT adults expected their household’s financial condition to get better. In March a slightly higher 19% of heterosexual adults said that their situation would get better.

The Advocate
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Memphis Gay Newspaper Closes
By Julie Bolcer
The only LGBT newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee has ceased publication. Publishers of the Memphis Triangle Journal cited decreasing ad revenue and declining use of print media as the reasons for closing the publication, which operated since 1990.

Tomato Thrown at Sarah Palin
By Julie Bolcer
Police in Bloomington, Minnesota arrested a man on Monday for throwing a tomato at Sarah Palin during her book tour appearance at the Mall of America. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential was not hit, but tomato fragments struck two police officers.

In Mass., Gay Vote Might Mean Kennedy's Seat
Mass. attorney general Martha Coakley is the front runner in tomorrow's special U.S. Senate primary election — all while boasting a pretty active gay rights résumé.
By Michelle Garcia
Massachusetts voters will flock to the polls Tuesday to choose the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in a special election to fill the seat of late senator Ted Kennedy, who died in August after a battle with brain cancer.

Johnston to Behar; Comfortable as Gay Icon
By Editors
Now that his second set of Playgirl images has been released, Levi Johnston is making the press rounds again, this time stopping by The Joy Behar Show to talk about the pics, Sarah Palin, and being a gay icon.

UCLA: Stem Cells Kill HIV
By Neal Broverman
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, made a stunning announcement Monday: Stem cells can be engineered to kill HIV.

Pink News - UK
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Bollywood's first gay love scene
An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene. I Am Omar, one of four short stories which make up the film I Am, focuses on male sex workers and homophobic police officers.

Guide released to help teachers tackle gay insults
A guide has been released by gay charity Stonewall to help teachers deal with homophobic insults. Research from the organisation found that the majority of secondary school teachers had heard phrases such as "dyke", "poof" and "that's gay" being used by students.

George Michael defends gay cruising
Gay singer George Michael has defended cruising for sex on Hampstead Heath, saying it is "nicer" than trying to pull in a bar. He said he visited the cruising hotspot in the summer.

Gay Labour councillor loses legal challenge over underage sex
A Labour councillor who was arrested in a Belfast hotel room in 2007 with his 17-year-old boyfriend has failed in a bid to bring a legal challenge against police. Steven Bayes, 47, was found with his boyfriend Dale Martin, who was 17 when he was arrested.


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