Saturday, December 12, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - December 12, 2009

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New York Times
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Houston Voters May Elect Openly Gay Mayor
Voters are deciding Saturday whether Houston will become the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. The runoff election pits City Controller Annise Parker against former city attorney Gene Locke.

Wall Street Journal
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Houston Election May Prove Historic
HOUSTON -- It was no great surprise when some religious leaders and conservative activists voiced fierce opposition to the mayoral candidacy of Annise Parker, a gay woman. But voters here have largely dismissed the issue as insignificant, even though she could become the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city.

Steve Rothaus
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African-American LGBT organizations join GLAAD in protest of Buju Banton
News release from GLAAD:
Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) announced today that they stand with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in its petition drive and advocacy work protesting the recent Grammy nomination of reggae singer Buju Banton’s album “Rasta Got Soul.” Banton has a long history of advocating the killing of gay people.

Gay couple from Orlando picked to help promote Thailand and for a chance to win $10K
Posted Thursday to by Troy Petenbrink:
Beginning today, gay couple Ben Reed and Brian Sommer will undertake a six-day exploration of Pattaya, Thailand, in hopes of winning $10,000 for their efforts to promote Thailand as a vacation destination.

The Advocate
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Murder Suspect Deemed Mentally Ill
By Michelle Garcia
After a mental evaluation was ordered for murder suspect Juan Martínez Matos, a court-appointed psychiatrist has determined that the 26-year-old is not fit to stand trial.

18 Gays Gone From TV Too Soon
By Editors
The editors over at have compiled a list of 18 gay characters who went missing from the small screen too soon after their shows were canceled.

Greg Grunberg Sorry for Chaz Bono Jokes
By Editors
Heroes star Greg Grunberg is sorry for a pair of tweets he posted earlier this month making fun of Chaz Bono. The actor was called out by trans author Kate Bornstein and bloggers for The Bilerico Project for a tweet in which he suggested that Bono should play his character in the Heroes movie.

Black LGBT Orgs. Protesting Buju
By Michelle Garcia
Two black LGBT organizations have joined the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in condemning the Grammy nomination of homophobic singer Buju Banton. The National Black Justice Coalition and Gay Men of African Descent are working on a petition drive to protest Banton's Best Reggae Album nomination for his Rasta Got Soul. The singer has a history of being antigay and is from Jamaica, a country where violent attacks on gay people are common.

Pink News - UK
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Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan
A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.

Call for Archbishop of Canterbury to retract statements on lesbian bishop
Liberal Anglicans are calling for Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to retract comments he made on the selection of a US lesbian bishop. They are demanding he speaks out about Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill instead

National Front places homophobic stickers around Manchester's gay village
The extreme-right group National Front has been accused of placing homophobic stickers around the Canal Street area of Manchester. The stickers began appearing several weeks ago in the popular gay village.

Daily Queer News
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Disney Teen Star on Guys With iPhones
By Editors
If ABC/Disney was upset about Adam Lambert’s AMAs performance, the PR department is probably going to spend all day trying to spin the fact that one of its young male stars has popped up on the very gay, very salacious

Church Wants Out of Antigay Group
By Trudy Ring
A Lutheran church in Minnesota wants off a list of those wanting to join a new Lutheran body with less tolerant views on homosexuality, saying it never wished to be part of the group.

‘Don’t Ask’ not an issue for McChrystal
By Chris Johnson
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who’s leading the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, told DC Agenda on Thursday that he hasn’t thought much about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law barring open gays from serving in the armed forces.

Vote against gay marriage
By Letters to the Editor/Gloucester County ...
To the Editor:
I hope and pray that New Jersey lawmakers will vote against the proposal for gay marriage. Marriage has always been between a man and a woman, and it should remain that way. I know our Founding Fathers would not have condoned such a law. I believe it is not only against the nature of the human species, but a way to break up families as we know them. Again, I ask for our senators and Assembly members to uphold the marriage of man and woman. May God bless them in their endeavors.
Thomas Barnett

Viewpoints: Get government out of all marriages
By Bruce Maiman
Why is the government involved in marriage? I wondered that after reading about John Marcotte's petition initiative to ban divorce in California.

Militant Charlotte pastor has ‘concerns’ over anti-gay Ugandan law
by Matt Comer
Dr. Michael Brown, founder of several Charlotte-area ministries including the activist Coalition of Conscience, says he has “serious concerns” about the anti-gay Ugandan law that would punish homosexuality by death.

Anti-gay pol to step down in N.C.
by Matt Comer
North Carolina state Sen. David Hoyle (D-Gaston) announced Dec. 9 he’d step down at the end of his term in 2010. Hoyle, chairman of the Senate’s Finance Committee, had been considered the third most powerful member of the Senate’s leadership, after President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight and former Majority Leader Tony Rand.

Gay Appalachian Mountains project receives $6K grant
by Matt Comer
There used to be a time — and that time, in many respects, might still be now — when most people thought of urban areas as the only places in to find any sort of measurable or visible LGBT presence. As gays move forward in our movement for civil and social equality, attention on our issues and recognition of our communities are starting to mount up in even the most unlikely of places.

Ronald Gold, You Hurt Us
Filed by: Tobi Hill-Meyer
Note: In this post I am specifically addressing Ronald Gold's article, even though I understand that is only half the problem. I am working on a second post detailing the problems in Bilerico's current approach to dealing with situations like these, along with suggestions for how to improve the system in which they are handled.
In a matter of hours Ronald Gold's Thursday post describing trans people as "deluded" and "mutilated" was quickly met with over 200 comments decrying it as bigoted, hurtful, mean spirited, counterproductive, and above all ignorant. Bil posted a follow up about his intentions in allowing the piece to make it onto the front page. In it, and in Ronald's only subsequent comment, his "good intentions" and desire to have an "open dialog" were cited frequently,

No Confused Penguins
Filed by: Dana Rudolph
"He's strong and healthy and showing no signs of confusion from having non-heterosexual parents. He's happy and loves swimming around - I think the parents are very proud."
--Curator Siani Tinley of the East London Aquarium in South Africa, on the chick raised by a male penguin pair


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