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GLBT DIGEST - December 14, 2009

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New York Times
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Pushing Republicans to the Right
The broadcasting entertainers Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, while influential with conservatives, Republican strategists explain, aren’t officeholders or political decision makers. Jim DeMint is.

A Fallen Barrier, but Little Fanfare
When asked why Houston became the first big city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor, rather than New York or San Francisco, the woman who had broken that barrier, Annise Parker, raised her eyebrows and said her victory came as no surprise to people who live here.

Washington Post
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The Republicans' war within
In California, repercussions of one vote by legislator illustrate fractured state party
By Michael Leahy
A few facts reveal just how far the Republican Party has fallen in California. A Republican hasn't carried the state in a presidential contest since 1988. The last time a California GOP candidate won a U.S. Senate election was in the same decade. Nowadays, Republicans' share of the state's registered voters has shrunk to 31 percent, a historic low.

Wall Street Journal
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Billionaire Leads Chile Election
Conservative Piñera Will Likely Head to a Runoff With Center-Left Rival
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Conservative billionaire Sebastián Piñera appeared headed for a win in Chile's presidential election, though falling short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

Steve Rothaus
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Gallery | Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell with fans after Arsht Center concert
Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell received several standing ovations Saturday night when he sang at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. A few highlights: This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific, which Stokes performed in concert at Carnegie Hall with Reba McEntire in 2006) – sung without amplification in the Knight Concert Hall; The Impossible Dream (from Stokes’ 2002 Tony-nominated turn as Broadway’s Man of La Mancha); a sexy, unusual take of Cole Porter’s Love For Sale; and songs from Kiss Me, Kate and Ragtime. Here are pictures of Stokes meeting fans and signing a few autographs after the performance.

Miami Herald
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Agenda: Business happenings in South Florida
Holly-Gay Party: Presented by the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Bring a holiday gift-card for Pridelines Youth Services. Includes free first drink, photo opportunities with the Clauses and hors d'oeuvres. Benefits the MDGLCC Foundation for Area Youth; 7-9 p.m., Halo, 1625 Michigan Ave., South Beach; $15 suggested donation. 786-586-4286 or mdglcc@bellsouth.net.

The Advocate
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E-marriages for Gay Couples?
By Julie Bolcer
Two Michigan State University professors want same-sex couples in any location to be able to receive marriage licenses remotely from states where the unions are legal.

Sarah Palin and William Shatner Face Off
By Advocate.com Editors
Say what you will about Sarah Palin, but the former vice-presidential nominee proved on The Tonight Show Friday that she can take a joke.

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Episcopal bishop seeks prayer in rift over gays
By The Associated Press
The Episcopal Church should respond with “prayer and discernment” to the recent election of a lesbian priest as an assistant bishop of the Los Angeles diocese, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Saturday.

Ask the Expert: Should I bring my partner home for the holidays?
By Joe Kort, relationship expert
When the holidays arrive, my partner of 10 years goes to her family and I go to mine. Afterward, we come together and meet up with our friends to celebrate.

RachelWatch: How To Protest an Unjust Bill
By Ali Davis, Contributing writer
Breaking News
You may have noticed – and indeed, may have been falling to your knees daily to give thanks – that Rachel was carefully not covering the Tiger Woods scandal. Her logic was that sex scandals are only truly newsworthy when at least one of the participants has been trumpeting his or her family values/moral superiority/purity of essence or has called for someone in a similar situation to resign.

Pink News - UK
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Archbishop of Canterbury makes first public statement on Uganda's anti-gay law
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has made his first public statement on the proposed anti-gay bill passing through Uganda's parliament.

Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim
A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.

Daily Queer News
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New Hampshire to Legalize Adultery? Gay Marriage IS a Slippery Slope!
By David Gibson
Last June, the New Hampshire legislature made that state the sixth to legalize gay marriage (although a ballot in Maine undid its law) with a law that takes effect on Jan. 1. Opponents argue, of course, that legalizing gay marriage winds up eroding traditional marriage -- and maybe they're right. News out of the Granite State is that the legislature is now considering a bill to legalize adultery. Yes, it's true.

Gay marriage supporters plan rally in DC
Associated Press
Supporters of gay marriage are planning a rally before the city council votes on a measure to grant same-sex couples the right to marry. The rally is planned for Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Recreation Center in the Shaw neighborhood. The city counsel is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday, clearing the way for it to be presented to the mayor.

Medical Marijuana Apartheid, Why Are We Drugging Our Kids?, NY Crisis in Youth Prisons, Gay Mayor Breaks Barrier, and more….
by Victoria Lavin
Are the rich treated differently than the poor in the medical marijuana debate? Are pyschiatric drugs over perscribed for our youth? New York’s juvenile prison system is broken, with young people battling mental illness or addiction held alongside violent offenders in abysmal facilities where they receive little counseling.

What If Santa Were Gay?
By Ruth Sherman
I just saw a sweet, funny, Off-Broadway play entitled "Santa Claus Is Coming Out" that entertains exactly this question. Written by Jeffrey Solomon, the story revolves around a little boy, Gary, who, more than anything else, wants a doll for Christmas. Although he is too young to connect the dots, Gary intuitively knows he is different, that his desire for the doll will cause trouble and he is naturally afraid of the consequences. Still, he asks Santa Claus for the toy in the hope that Santa will love him despite the unconventional nature of his request.

Look at what the cat dragged in - OUT 100 video of the photo shoot
by: Pam Spaulding
The video from the 2009 OUT 100 photo shoot is up now. The first one below is about the cover shoot, which featured Adam Lambert and Dan Choi. This year's photographer is Jason Bell, and the theme for the interior photos was "School Days."

Kiss-in in Paris
Filed by: Alex Blaze
TowleRoad put up video of a kiss-in here in Paris that took place at 4pm on Saturday this weekend. Alberto and I were there, but apparently our same-sex tongue-tying didn't make the final edit of this video. I thought we were pretty hot. Although I did spend some time there complaining that my camera didn't work and I couldn't get video or photos for Bilerico. Aw, well.

"Brokeback" and "Bruno" Top List of Highest-Grossing LGBT-Related Films of the 2000s
Filed by: Prince Gomolvilas
While I question the importance of box-office numbers when it comes to cinema (millions of Twilight) fans don't negate the fact that those movies make me want to punch the screen), I do think they're a good barometer of public consciousness around films, mainstream and independent. So it was with great interest I read a recent list of the top-grossing LGBT-related films of the 2000s, compiled by indieWIRE, a popular source of news and information about independent cinema.

Organizing for ENDA in District of Newest Member of Congress
By Michael Cole
After a great day collecting letters in support of ENDA from local business owners in Oswego, I was invited to attend the SUNY Oswego Rainbow Alliance’s last meeting before the semester’s end. With the coming winter break and the next day being the last day of classes, the students here at Oswego have a busy month ahead. Yet with everything going on here on campus, the students here still made time for ENDA. The President of the Rainbow Alliance, Michael Johnson, invited me to speak to his organization tonight which I of course loved. Like me, the students here can’t believe that there is no federal employment protection for the LGBT community like there is for other Americans.


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