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GLBT DIGEST - December 26, 2009

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Washington Post
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Archbishop of York attacks Uganda's anti-gay bill
LONDON -- A top Anglican cleric who was born in Uganda spoke out Thursday against a proposed law in his native country that would impose the death penalty on some gays.

Gay marriage foes deserve to be heard, even on Metrobuses
By Colbert I. King
"What is freedom of expression?" Salman Rushdie once asked. "Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist." Ride a Metrobus in this city, and you'll see an example of what Rushdie is talking about.

5 myths about a president's first year
By Chris Cillizza
It has been nearly a year since Barack Obama was (sort of) sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. So what can his first year in office tell us about the next three?

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Rome beckons Episcopalians away from liberals
By George F. Will
Late in life, the mother of the Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., began attending mass at a Southern California church, the congregation of which soon became Spanish-speaking. Services were conducted entirely in that language, which she could not understand, yet she happily continued attending. When her son asked why, she replied: "It is just like the Latin Mass, I don't understand a word of it. It is even better, I don't understand the homily.",0,6366924.story/

Steve Rothaus
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Gallery | Gay-rights activists celebrate legalization of same-sex marriage in Mexico City
Gay rights activists Ruben Duran, 23, left, and Saul Aparicio, 27, kiss as they celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in front of Mexico City's local assembly, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Mexico's capital's lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give gay couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children.

The Advocate
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Undiagnosed Heart Condition Killed Gately
By Editors
An undiagnosed heart condition claimed the life of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, a forensic report revealed on Thursday. Gately, who died in October, suffered from atheromatosis, a thickening of the arteries. A preliminary pathology report showd the star died from an acute pulmonary oedema, a build-up of fluid on the lungs caused by the atheromatosis.

Daily Queer News

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Privilege In A Soup Kitchen
By Justine Valinotti
Most of the day was briskly cold, as the past couple of days have been. However, toward sunset, the air started to feel damp in spite of the clear sky. It probably had to do with the melting snow. Interestingly, the snow seems to be melting even more quickly now: I think it's warmer at I write this, late at night, than it was earlier in the evening.

CPAC takes GOProud's sponsorship, but says it cannot speak there
by: Pam Spaulding
Wow, this is a spit in the face. GOProud recently announced its co-sponsorship of the next Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), setting off alarm bells of the anti-gay right. In fact, when the wheezing about a fundie boycott occurred, CPAC director Lisa De Pasquale defended GOProud, stating that those in the gay org "do not represent a 'radical leftist agenda' and "should not be rejected as a CPAC cosponsor."'' Anyway, the latest word is that after ponying up to sponsor, conference organizer David Keene rolled that support back, taking the money but not allowing GOProud an opportunity to speak. Why? Because equality issues aren't up for discussion.

Max Clifford on staying in the closet
Filed by: Alex Blaze
"Do I think that's right? Of course not. It's a very sad state of affairs. But it's a fact that homophobia in football is as strong now as it was 10 years ago. If you'd asked me in 2000 whether I thought we'd have a famous, openly gay footballer by 2010 I would have said yes. "You look across society and see openly gay people in music, movies, television, politics, the clergy, and it's not a problem, nor in many sports. It's not that footballers are homophobic but the fans can be vicious."

Dr. Maxwell Anderson's message to his friends
Filed by: Alex Blaze
Monica Helms sent in this video from Maxwell Anderson, a transgender psychologist in Georgia in Atlanta whom you might know from the documentary "Southern Comfort." He is in the hospital for an inoperable brain tumor. Maxwell sends a message to his friends in this video, and Monica asked that it be posted on TBP since there are people here who might be reached with his message who wouldn't otherwise see it. I didn't know Dr. Anderson, but watching this video makes me wish I had.

An Ancient Contemporary Mexican Christmas Eve
Filed by: Guest Blogger
Editor's Note: Jim Toevs was a member of the founding Board of Directors, and is a past President of The Pride Foundation of Seattle. In 1990, he co-founded the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, (IGLHRC) with Roman Kalinin and Julie Dorf. In 1992, Jim was the Democratic nominee for Congress against then-closeted Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, garnering 77,000 votes- which at that time was the most votes ever received by a gay non-incumbent gay person running for Congress. He resides in Hot Springs, Montana and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Seven years ago, my young Mexican friend, Trini, and I were returning to Alamos from Tucson just before Christmas. We crossed at Nogales about 7 PM, thinking we would get a room in Santa Ana. There was literally no room at the Inn anywhere. Several hours later we were finally able to get a room by driving to San Carlos, several miles off of the freeway near Guaymas. The experience of that night, searching for a room, and seeing the thousands of Mexicans returning home for Christmas, inspired the following piece. Wishing you and yours a Blessed, Joyful, and Peaceful Holiday Season!


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