Tuesday, June 09, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - June 09, 2009

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Coup attempt leaves NY state Senate in disarray
(Reuters) - New York state Senate Republicans and two rogue Democrats said they wrested control of the Senate from the Democratic leadership on Monday in an unresolved dispute that had both sides claiming victory. The chaos threatened to throw a range of pending bills into disarray, including pension reform, New York City's mayoral control of the schools, and gay marriage.

Court Ties Campaign Largess to Judicial Bias
By Robert Barnes
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled for the first time that excessive campaign contributions to a judge create an unconstitutional threat to a fair trial, a decision that could have a nationwide impact on whether judges must recuse themselves in cases involving their political benefactors.

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iTunes celebrates Gay Pride Month
This month, iTunes features gay movies, music and podcasts:

The Advocate
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GLSEN Founder, Kevin Jennings, Smeared
By William McGuinness
The appointment of Kevin Jennings to federal office has not come without controversy. U.S. Department of Education secretary Arne Duncan announced nine appointments on May 19, including Jennings, founder and former executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. Jennings was named assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. Those opposed to his placement took occasion to levy the expected accusations against him, warning that Jennings will use his office to “promote the homosexual agenda.”

KRXQ to Apologize, 11 Ads Pulled
By Michelle Garcia
Management at KRXQ radio in Sacramento, Calif., have agreed to welcome a transgender person and the parent of a transgender kid as on-air guests after the hosts of a morning talk show made violent, transphobic remarks in May.

Lambert Honored at Hollywood Life Awards
Adam Lambert was honored at Hollywood Life’s Young Hollywood Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., last night. The singer joined fellow honorees Catherine Hardwicke, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Westwick, Shawn Johnson, and others for the company’s 11th annual award ceremony. The ceremony was long and the night ended with Lambert accepting his award from American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. Lambert commented on what a wild ride it has been, from recently living in a small apartment in West Hollywood and dreaming that one day he could get into Teddy’s.

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RachelWatch: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me You’re Fierce
By Ali Davis, Contributing writer
Fierce Advocate?
Rachel led off with the story that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of Captain James Pietrangelo, who after 13 years of service was fired for being gay under the monumentally stupid Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

Vanasco: Uproar in NY Senate - gay marriage gone?
By Jennifer Vanasco, editor in chief, 365gay.com
The New York Times is reporting that the Democrats have suddenly - and unexpectedly - lost control of the NYS Senate after two Democrats defected. This comes after gay marriage advocates were fairly confidently predicting that New York State would have gay marriage by Pride. The State Assembly has already voted in favor; the governor has said he’d sign.

DC pride festival honors gay rights pioneer Kameny
By The Associated Press
Fresh off his doctorate from Harvard, Franklin Kameny had been a government astronomer for just five months when he was asked to meet with federal investigators. They said they had information that he was a homosexual. He was promptly fired.

Ads pulled over radio hosts’ transgender remarks
By The Associated Press
Bank of America, Verizon, Chipotle and other companies have pulled advertising from a Sacramento radio station after talk show hosts referred to transgender people as “freaks” with mental disorders.

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Woman launches legal battle after son is placed with gay foster parents
A Catholic woman whose son was placed with a gay foster couple after she was unable to look after him is taking legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.

Whosigned.org plans to publish online the details of voters who oppose equality measures
Groups threaten to publish names of US gay rights opponents
Two groups are threatening to publish the names of Washington voters who oppose a new law granting same-sex couples many of the benefits received by straight married couples.

US gay advocates call for national march
Gay rights activists in the US are calling for a national march on Washington to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th.

Peter Davies has vowed to cut funding for Doncaster Pride
New mayor of Doncaster cuts funding for Pride
The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual gay Pride event. Peter Davies, an English Democrat, has said: "My policy on gays and lesbians is very simple. I don't think councils should be spending money on them parading through town advertising their sexuality."

Bristol radio station censured by Ofcom over 'hostile' homophobic comments
A Bristol radio station has been forced to apologise after a presenter called homosexuality a "pestilence" and claimed that "right thinking" people thought it was unnatural. The segment was broadcast in March on Ujima Radio, a community station serving Bristol's black community.

Public support for repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is rising
Poll finds rising support for gay US troops
A poll has found rising support for repealing the US ban on openly gay military personnel. The Gallup-conducted research found the biggest increases in support among conservatives and weekly churchgoers - up 12 and 11 percentage points respectively.

Gordon Ramsay calls journalist a 'lesbian pig'
TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been condemned after calling a leading Australian journalist a "lesbian pig". He made the comment while giving a demonstration at a food show in Melbourne.

Ron deHarte was attacked at the Equality Torch Relay
Video: San Diego Pride organiser attacked at equality event
The organiser of San Diego Pride, Ron deHarte, was attacked on Saturday at the city's annual Equality Torch Relay. Kenyatta Mitchell was arrested after taunting deHarte with homophobic slurs, kicking out at him and trying to take his Pride flag.

Russian activists plan picket for Obama's visit to Moscow
Gay rights campaigners are planning to stage a picket during US President Barack Obama's visit to Moscow in July to highlight his pledge to increase rights for same-sex couples.

BNP wins two seats in European elections
The British National Party won two seats in last week's European elections, with one seat in the north-west going to party leader Nick Griffin. The other, in Yorkshire and the Humber, was won by Andrew Brons, a former National Front chairman.

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The Civil Rights Challenge of Our Time
Star Parker | Kitsap Sun
An incensed Andrew Sullivan — homosexual journalist and activist — told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper the other night that Barack Obama is ducking the “core civil rights challenge of his time.” For once, I find myself on the same page with Sullivan. But he and I have very different ideas about what that “core civil rights challenge” is.

FL: Family Tree Helps American Legion Help Homeless Vets
The Family Tree Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center has paired with the American Legion Post 13 at Lake Ella to help collect household items that will be used in an apartment complex for homeless veterans. Items needed include kitchen wares, bathroom wares, rugs, lamps, decorative items and toiletries. Donations can be dropped off at 310 Blount Street, Suite 205. Small items can be dropped off at the Family Tree booth at Tom Brown Park during the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

OK: Court Removes Couple from Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Marie Price | The Journal Record
A Tulsa couple vow to continue their effort to have same-sex marriage recognized in Oklahoma, despite a federal appeals court decision Friday that essentially removed them from a lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s ban on such unions. On Monday, Sharon Baldwin noted that the weekend had marked the 2009 Pride celebration for Tulsa’s gay community.

Both Black and Gay: Internal Rights Fight
It was already challenging enough for Cornelius Jones Jr. to grow up being black in the racially-tense South. But facing the prejudices of the people outside the African American community wouldn’t be the hardest struggle of his life. Even from the young age of 5, Jones had a sense of the obstacles he would face on the inside.

An Interview with Alex Ortega, A Director of the National Marriage Boycott
Patrick Sauer | Huffington Post
A few weeks back, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece about how I would be getting an (Un)legal Divorce until same-sex marriages becomes the law of the land. I was contacted by Alexis Ortega, a student at Stanford and a director of the National Marriage Boycott. The organization calls on President Obama to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and encourages straight married couples to wear an “equality ring” as a sign of support. Here is an email exchange I had with Ortega.

Gay and Lesbian Adults More Likely to Read Blogs and Use Social Networking Tools
Business Wire
New online study also shows gay and lesbian adults are more likely to be members of Facebook and MySpace
ROCHESTER, N.Y. & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to a recent national survey conducted by Harris Interactive®, a small majority of gay and lesbian adults online today are reading blogs (a familiar, and abbreviated term for online commentary known as a weblog). More than half (55%) of gay and lesbian respondents reported reading some type of blog, compared with only 38% of heterosexuals. This represents a small increase from March 2008 when 51% of gay and lesbian respondents reported reading some type of blog. A similar question was asked in November 2006 and only 32% of gay and lesbian adults then reported reading blogs.

First Out Gay Man in Colorado Senate Sworn In
Gay Politics
Sen. Pat Steadman, a former lobbyist, says his constituents are now his only clients, according to the Colorado Statesman newspaper. The first out gay man sworn in as a Colorado state senator last week was elected by a vacancy committee to fill the seat of former Sen. Jennifer Veiga, an out lesbian who resigned earlier this year to move to Australia with her partner.

119 Million Americans Want a Public Health Option–Why Aren’t Politicians Listening
Robert Parry, Consortium News | AlterNet
As the health insurance industry and its defenders in Congress lay out their case against permitting a public option in a reform bill, perhaps their most curious argument is that some 119 million Americans are ready to dump their private plans and jump to something more like Medicare – and that’s why the choice can’t be permitted. In other words, the industry and its backers are acknowledging that more than one-third of the American people are so dissatisfied with their private health insurance that they trust the U.S. government to give them a fairer shake on health care. The industry says its allies in Congress must prevent that.

Gay or Not, Marriage Limiting
Philadelphia Inquirer | Philly.com
Mikaya Heart is the author of “With the Sun in My Eyes”
I am the kind of person who holds radical views, but the issue of gay marriage is an odd one for me. I came out as a lesbian in 1977 in England. A wave of feminism was sweeping through the Western World, and a lot of women woke up. For me and many others, coming out and recognizing how traditional male dominance kept us down were one and the same thing. We didn’t just climb out of the box made for us; we leapt out. Discovering that we could have great sex without men was only the beginning. We were going to live our own lives, do what we wanted, and be independent. We certainly weren’t going to get married - to anyone. Marriage was all about being in that limiting little box. Wedding bells sounded too much like chains clanking.

Around 50,000 Turn Up at Gay Festival Europride in Zurich
ZURICH (AFP) — Around 50,000 people turned out for the European gay and lesbian parade Europride’s annual festival in the Swiss city of Zurich on Saturday, organiser Michael Rueegg said. The festival, which was held for the first time in London in 1993, takes place in a different European city every year, attracting participants from all over the continent. This year’s Europride coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first gay rights movements in the United States.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s Gay Royal Prince
He types awkwardly, his fingers scrunched on the keyboard, back hunched over and elbows bent outward. I’m guessing he’s rarely done it. “Never mind typing, I’ve never had to bathe myself,” he says, turning his attention back to a gay men’s Web site.

Carrying the Torch for Gay Marriage
Jeanette Steele, Union-Tribune Staff Writer | Sign on San Diego
A handful of “marriage equality torches” were carried on foot, in cars and even on a unicycle to city halls around the county yesterday by people protesting Proposition 8, the November state ballot initiative that stripped gays and lesbians of the right to marry.


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Monday, June 08, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - June 08, 2009

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A Big Night for Broadway, and Especially for Billy
Broadway productions with roots in the London theater dominated the 63rd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, with “Billy Elliot” winning best musical and nine other awards and “God of Carnage” picking up honors for best play, best director and best actress.

A Deception, and a Reluctance to Ask Questions
The thick-muscled man with close-cropped hair who called himself Rick Duncan seemed right out of central casting as a prop for a Democratic candidate running against Bush administration policies last fall. A former Marine Corps captain who suffered brain trauma from a roadside bomb in Iraq and was at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attacks. An advocate for veterans rights who opposed the war. An Annapolis graduate who was proudly gay. With his gold-plated credentials, he commanded the respect and attention of not just politicians, but also police chiefs, reporters and veterans advocates for the better part of two years.

Compiled by STEVEN McELROY

The New York Neo-Futurists (nyneofuturists.org), the company behind the fast-paced production “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” will present its third annual gay-pride show, “30 Gay Plays in 60 Straight Minutes.” This rapid-fire event will be performed on June 26 and 27 at the Kraine Theater in the East Village. Proceeds will benefit Marriage Equality New York to support that group’s efforts on behalf of gay marriage. ... “Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words,” the recurring show at the Triad Theater (158 West 72nd Street in Manhattan) presents actors and comedians reading from the memoirs of people including Elizabeth Taylor and Miley Cyrus.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/08/arts/08arts-006.html?scp=4&sq=gay&st=cse

Revisiting 1969 and the Start of Gay Liberation
By Sewell Chan
On Friday afternoon, officials from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and also to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

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Bette Midler marks her 100th show in Las Vegas
The Associated Press
Bette Midler admits it takes a little work to keep her Las Vegas Strip show fresh - especially now that it's hit its 100th performance. The entertainer marked the 100th milestone of "The Showgirl Must Go On" at the Caesars Palace Colosseum on Sunday. In a recent interview, she said focus was the key to keeping her song-and-sass act from "becoming a little like groundhog day, not a lot like groundhog day, but a little."

Activists Plan March On D.C. for Oct. 11
An activist who worked alongside slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk announced plans for a march on Washington this fall to demand that Congress establish equality and marriage rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Supreme Court Turns Down 'Don't Ask' Challenge
By William Branigin
The Supreme Court today declined to hear a constitutional challenge to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. military, a move that could effectively leave it to the Obama administration to resolve the long-controversial issue.

Court rejects challenge to 'don't ask, don't tell'
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed with the Obama administration and upheld Pentagon policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

DC pride festival honors gay rights pioneer Kameny
Fresh off his doctorate from Harvard, Franklin Kameny had been a government astronomer for just five months when he was asked to meet with federal investigators. They said they had information that he was a homosexual. He was promptly fired.

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New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today released the 2009 edition of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Directory of Services and Resources for the New York Metropolitan area.

In macho culture, gays find acceptance in Mexico City district
By MAIRYS JOAQUIN, McClatchy Newspapers
MEXICO CITY -- Bright neon lights twinkle from bars and clubs on the otherwise dimly lit streets of the Mexican capital's trendy Zona Rosa district. Same-sex couples embrace lovingly in public or hold hands without drawing so much as a raised eyebrow. Only one word describes this place, 21-year-old Antonio Flores said: freedom.

Vermont program helps students explore gender
Like plenty of other high school students, a group of about a dozen Vermont teenagers trundled into a youth center one day every week this spring to participate in an after-school program. But their program was different; it focused on gender.

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Supreme Court actions on Monday
The Associated Press
On Monday, the Supreme Court:
- Ruled that judges must step aside from cases when large campaign contributions from interested parties create the appearance of bias. The high court on a 5-4 vote sent back to the West Virginia Supreme Court a case where a judge remained involved in a lawsuit filed against the company of the most generous supporter of his election.

Britain's far right wins first 2 seats in EU vote
LONDON -- A British far-right party won its first-ever parliamentary seats in European Union elections as the extreme right advanced in several countries across the continent on a volatile mix of apathy, anger and economic uncertainty.

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Gay Homeowners in Pride Flag Dispute
By Julie Bolcer
An Arizona couple in dispute with their property owners association charges that homophobia lies behind an order to remove a gay pride flag from their home, according to the Associated Press. Steven and Zeniff Vanderran, residents of Queen Creek southeast of Phoenix, say they were told to remove the rainbow flag from their home in August, after receiving a complaint from the Cambria Ocotillo Home Owners Association. They say that their previous management company approved the same flag for display in 2003.

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RachelWatch: All Hail to the Queen
By Ali Davis, Contributing writer
Feds Step Up
Rachel started us off with an update on the investigation of Dr. George Tiller’s murder, then noted that the American Life League was commemorating the sanctity of all human life in their own superclassy special way: By planning national birth control protests on the day of Tiller’s memorial service.

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Gordon Brown's reshuffle results in three openly gay cabinet figures
Openly gay MP Ben Bradshaw has been appointed as the new culture secretary, replacing Andy Burnham, who is to become health secretary. The latest reshuffle means that there will be three openly gay figures in the cabinet.

LGBT group claims Iraq is waging a 'campaign of violence and murder' against gays
An Iraqi gay group has said it has evidence the Iraqi government is involved with militia groups advocating violence and murder towards gays. Iraqi LGBT also described a statement from the Baghdad US Embassy as "offensive and insulting".

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It’s Good to be Able to Relate to Others
LEONARD PITTS JR. | lpitts@miamiherald.com | Miami Herald
A few words about identity politics. That’s the knock on Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated to the Supreme Court last week by President Obama. If confirmed, Sotomayor, who is Puerto Rican, will be the first Hispanic to sit on the nation’s highest tribunal.

Homosexual in Charge of School ‘Safety’ Draws Opposition
World Net Daily
A coalition of Christian organizations has launched an effort to have Kevin Jennings, the founder of the pro-homosexual GLSEN organization who has been appointed in president Obama’s administration to oversee the nation’s “safe schools” program, booted from office. “The American Family Association of Pennsylvania is repulsed by the idea that Jennings, who has a twisted idea of safety, will help make official policy for our nation’s school children,” the organization said. “Parents should be VERY concerned with Kevin Jennings’ appointment.”

Opinions on Same-Sex Marriage Shifting in Michigan
Ed Brayton | Michgan Messenger
6/8/09 12:35 AM
The Detroit Free Press reports on a new poll that shows a remarkable and significant shift in public opinion in Michigan over the issue of same-sex marriage. In 2004, a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage passed with 59% of the vote, but if that vote were held today it would be much closer:

HIV Challenge African-American Community
Peggy O’Farrell | pofarrell@enquirer.com | Cincinnati.com
Bishop Victor Couzens knows people don’t expect to hear about some things in church come Sunday morning. Like sex, for example, and condoms and the importance of HIV testing.

Is Rick Warren Scared of George Stephanopoulos?
ABC’s “This Week” began Sunday with this announcement from a slightly miffed George Stephanopoulos: “For those of you tuning in this morning expecting to hear from Pastor Rick Warren, we were too. But the pastor’s representatives canceled moments before the scheduled interview, saying that Mr. Warren is sick from exhaustion.”


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Sunday, June 07, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - June 07, 2009

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The Right to Divorce
WHEN C. C. married C. M. in Massachusetts in 2005, they expected the marriage to be forever. The lesbian couple, who lived together on the Upper East Side, had been in a relationship for five years.

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Mural memorializes victims of anti-gay crimes
In March 2007, Scott Hall watched as a news report flashed across his television screen about the murder of 25-year-old Polk County resident Ryan Skipper, who was targeted by two men for being homosexual. Hall later discovered that crimes like this were all too common, and he vowed to find a way to honor the memories of victims, those specifically targeted because of their sexual orientation. His work resulted in the formation of the nonprofit Gay American Heroes Foundation, based in Fort Lauderdale. Through the organization, Hall has designed a traveling memorial more than 7 feet high and 75 feet long made up of about 700 star-shaped metal plaques memorializing the names, ages and geographical information of hate-crime victims by attaching them to color panels. Photos corresponding to the names will appear on alternating panels. "When you murder a gay [person], he may have been the firefighter that saved your mother's life or the hairdresser who did your sister's hair for prom," Hall said. "If they were killing any other group of people — nuns, Harvard graduates — there would be a public outcry. This is our public outcry."

Sotomayor would be court's sixth Catholic
By Rachel Zoll
If Judge Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, she will be the sixth Roman Catholic of the nine justices. But far from forming any unified bloc, the justices would represent the vast diversity of American Catholics, from weekly churchgoers to the occasional attendee.

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Want to get married? Here’s how.
By Cory Stottlemyer
Equal marriage has been on a roller coaster this year. Yes in Iowa, Vermont, Maine and - just this week - New Hampshire, which join granddaddy Massachusetts. A big NO in California. Requirements for marriage licenses vary from state to state, and couples determining where to get married can find it baffling. Here’s a state-by-state equal marriage guide:

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Gays Push for Partner Immigration Rights
Matthew B. Stannard,Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle Staff Writer | San Francisco Chronicle
As Congress and immigrant advocacy groups gear up for the annual tussle over comprehensive immigration reform, a proposal by San Jose Rep. Mike Honda is opening up a new angle on the debate - one that some groups warn could overshadow years of effort at building consensus. Honda’s Reuniting Families Act, introduced Thursday, would extend to “permanent partners” the same naturalization rights accorded to spouses under the bill, allowing gay and lesbian Americans to seek legal residency for their immigrant same-sex partners.

PA: Lutheran Northeast Synod Assembly Votes in Reading to Back Proposal for Gay, Lesbian Pastors
John W. Smith | Reading Eagle
Northeastern Pennsylvania Lutherans voted overwhelming support Saturday for a proposal that would allow gay and lesbian pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The margins were even more decisive than in preliminary votes Friday night at the annual synod assembly in the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading.

HomoQuotable–Chris Crain
Joe. My. God
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you. HRC and the Democrats have been promising (with no plan to deliver) passage of a hate crime law and Employment Non-Discrimination Act for more than a decade, including before the 2006 election, and yet we are still expected to be satisfied by these same civil rights crumbs for the entire first year that Democrats are firmly in control of Washington. “In some ways, delay is somewhat more justifiable on DADT than other gay rights measures, given the implementation steps to be taken in the midst of two foreign wars. But make no mistake: if DADT waits until 2010, then relationship recognition — whether repeal of DOMA or a federal civil unions law — won’t get touched until after the midterm elections, if then.

WA: Gay-Rights Strategy Raises Issue of Privacy in Democratic Process
Lornet Turnbull | Seattle Times staff reporter | Seattle Times
Across the country, thousands who contributed to a campaign banning gay marriage in California — including some people in the Seattle area — have had their names and addresses permanently ascribed to an Internet site, along with the amount they gave and their place of employment. Last week, a Seattle gay man said he will do something similar: post and make searchable online the names and addresses of all who sign a referendum petition to recall legislation giving gay couples in Washington the benefits of marriage, except the name.

NV: How Speaker Corralled the Final Vote for Partnerships
David McGrath Schwartz (contact) | Las Vegas Sun
Sun, Jun 7, 2009 (2 a.m.)
Once the governor’s veto of the domestic partnership bill was overridden in the Senate, observers assumed that the legislation would easily make it out of the Assembly — even though the bill had been approved originally without enough votes to override. No one doubted that Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley would find the additional two votes she needed.

Ketner Apologizes for ‘Outing’ S.C. Republicans
Matt Comer | Q-Notes
June 6th, 2009
Linda Ketner, an openly lesbian 2008 South Carolina Democratic candidate for Congress, issued an apology on Friday, June 5, for comments she made claiming three Palmetto State Republicans were closeted gays. The bombshell statements were made in a FireDogLake interview on June 1.

AK: Ordiance is Simply About the Basics of Living Your Life
DON HUNTER | dhunter@adn.com | Anchorage Daily news
The following are excerpts from a recent interview with Jackie Buckley of Equality Works on the proposed city law to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Equality Works asked that the ordinance be proposed. Read more

AK: Gay Rights Go Before Assembly Once Again
DON HUNTER | dhunter@adn.com | Anchorage Daily News
The longest, bitterest argument in Anchorage’s social and political experience returns to center stage Tuesday before the municipal Assembly. For the third time in little more than 30 years, a proposal to ban discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals is up for public hearing and action. It arrives at the request of Acting Mayor Matt Claman, who said he was happy to sponsor it when asked to do so by members of an organization called Equality Works. The change would add “sexual orientation” to a list of characteristics — race, color, religion, age, marital status and so on — for which it is illegal to discriminate in employment, property sales or rental, education, financing and public accommodations. Read more

NY: Brooklyn Cops Beat Us, Say 2 Lesbians
Rachel Monahan and Wil Cruz | DAILY NEWS WRITERS | New York Daily News
Two lesbians Saturday accused cops of beating them with nightsticks while hurling anti-gay slurs at them outside of a Brooklyn lounge. The women, Jeannette Grey and Tiffany Jimenez, said five officers threw them to the ground May 17 in front of IFE Lounge in Crown Heights about 3:30 a.m. “All of a sudden cops are pushing,” Jimenez, 19, said in front of the 77th Precinct stationhouse. “I was on the floor. I had no shoes and they threw me on my back. “They’re yelling at me, ‘B—, get down!’” she added. “I’m screaming and crying. I was shocked and angry and scared.” “Tiffany and I were brutally beaten,” Grey, 31, claimed. Read more


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FLORIDA DIGEST - June 07, 2009

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Equality Florida

"No Excuses. No Delays." Do we really mean it?
by Nadine Smith, Executive Director
At a recent speaking engagement, I asked a group of people, "What would the world be like if, from the day you were born, prejudice had never touched your lives?" No homophobic bullying in school. Supportive families at homes No trans-bashing humor on TV. No workplace discrimination. Equal treatment of all families regardless or orientation or gender identity. No closet, ever, because you had never, ever needed one. Most of the people responded by talking about new laws that would be in effect but they struggled to name the deeper, more personal impact on the texture of their daily lives.
A few talked about what they would no longer fear but struggled to articulate what affirmative would replace those fears. [Contact Ray's List for the full article.]

Come Celebrate Stonewall Street Festival
with Equality Florida!
As a member of our Stonewall Pride Team you will have the opportunity to talk to all sorts of the fun and friendly people. Here's your chance to take a stand and get a tan. Take a stand for equality and have fun in the sun with family and friends. We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who care about equality and who are willing to share their enthusiasm with others. Volunteer shifts typically last three hours, and involve engaging passers-by, signing up new members, and spreading the word about Equality Florida’s work. The work is easy and fun, and one of the best ways to get others involved! WE NEED YOUR HELP - Just click the link to sign up as a volunteer - Stonewall Street Festival June 20-21

2009 Grant Recipients
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – June 1, 2009 – Pride South Florida, Inc., the 501 © 3 non-profit organization run by unpaid volunteers that supports a variety of groups who work to promote charitable activities, educational programs, and cultural arts for the GLBT community, is delighted to announce their 2009 Grant Award recipients. As a result of this year's successful “Destination Pride” festival, fifteen (15) qualifying grant requests/proposals were submitted to PSF. After careful consideration and an equitable election process, its Board of Directors selected ten groups for funding for over $24,000. The organizations, awarded dollar amounts, and their grant's missions are listed below.
**2009 Pride Grants
1- Red Hispana Florida – $1,500 - To preserve GLBT pre-AIDS era films which also serve as documentary of our lifestyles.
2- Tuesday's Angels - $2,500 – To provide emergency assistance in the form of eyeglasses to financially needy people with HIV/AIDS.
3- KP Productions - $2,500 – To continue the outreach program providing live musical entertainment to the GLBT community and seniors in our community.
4- Arts United - $2,500 – Sponsorship for Art Explosion 2010. 5- The Names Project South Florida (The Aids Memorial Quilt) - $2,500 – To preserve, care, and use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.
6- Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives (TERI) - $2,500 – To provide educational, social support and outreach.
7- Sunshine Cathedral /MCC - $2,500 – to purchase follow spotlights for use at community concerts and events held at Sunshine Cathedral.
8- South Florida Musical Guild Inc. - $2,500 - To support the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble Fall Concert entitled “Incantations”.
9- Church of The Holy Spirit Song - $2,500 – To fund the COHSS food pantry.
10- Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus - $2,500 – To assist with four concert series during the upcoming season.

Florida Democratic Party
Karen Thurman Honors PRIDE Month; Reaffirms Democrats' Commitment To GLBT Equality
Tallahassee, FL - As Floridians honor the contributions on the of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Community by celebrating PRIDE Month, Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman released the following statement: "During this month-long celebration of PRIDE and throughout the year, Florida Democrats are fighting for equality and civil rights for all residents of the Sunshine State. "As the Party of inclusion, Democrats know that all are created equal and we have fought against discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability. "Over the past several years, Democrats stood up to change Washington. In doing so, the cause of ending discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans has taken a giant leap forward. [Contact Ray's List for the full article.]

Stonewall Library & Archives - Ft. Lauderdale
We need you!
Stonewall will be participating in this year's Stonewall Street Festival
Pride of Greater Fort Lauderdale 0 June 20 and 21
Stonewall will have a contingent in the evening parade, Saturday, June 20, 7:00 PM, and we will have an information/membership booth on Sunday, June 21, Noon -7:00 PM.
If you would like to join in the festivities and are able to volunteer your time please let me know.

From Transgender Equality
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In commemoration of the one year anniversary of Broward County adding Gender Identity and Expression as a protected class to Broward County's Human Rights Bill, TERI, the Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives has announced the recipient of it inaugural college scholarship. The winner of the 2009 TERI scholarship is Alexandra Vivas of Davie, FL. Ms Vivas is a junior at FIU, working towards a degree in Social Work. Her focus is in advocating for the international transgender community, especially in Spanish speaking countries, which have shown a reduced tolerance for the transgender population. The scholarship was open to transgender individuals and allies to the transgender community. Priority was given to transgender students, but students pursuing medicine, law, social work, psychology, education, public health, etc. and who want to work specifically with the transgender population, advocating on their behalf and providing comprehensive services were encouraged to apply. The scholarship is for future (new students beginning summer semester), current Broward College students, and BC alumni who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree at a University. The scholarship will be for Summer Semester 2009. The award amount is $500 and was given in its entirety to one student. TERI funding for this scholarship was made possible by a grant from PRIDE South Florida. (PRIDEFEST)

Saturday, June 13, 2:00 PM
On Saturday, June 13, at 2:00 PM, Stonewall will welcome editor Michael Montlack who will be reading from his new book, "My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them." The essayists encompass a wide swath of experience, from poets and professors to novelists and activists. The range of the subjects of their adoration are no less varied.Please join us on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 PM for this chance to hear Michael Montlack read selections from his book. The event will include light refreshments and is free and open to the public. Stonewall is located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

Dolphin Democrats - Ft. Lauderdale
The Dolphin Democrats Host “Presidential Pride Reception”
Event to Feature the Current and Former Presidents of the GLBT Democratic Club
WILTON MANORS, FL—The Dolphin Democrats, Florida’s largest and oldest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Democratic Club, is hosting its annual “Presidential Pride Reception” on Sunday, June 7th at 5pm. With over 400 members, the Dolphin Democrats is the largest GLBT political club in Florida and one of the strongest in the nation. Please join us as we celebrate our success, honor our leaders, and plan for the future in this year of renaissance for the Dolphin Democrats.
Sunday, June 7th, 2009 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
At the Home of - Julie Carson and Susan Pierce
1500 NE 24th Street - Wilton Manors, Florida
Member $10.00 • Non Member $20.00
FREE Entry with $30.00 Membership Renewal
Press is welcome to attend.

Stonewall Street Festival - Wilton Manors
Stonewall Street Festival - 40th Anniversary
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which is internationally recognized as the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement. We send out the call to everyone to join us in honoring this historic event. The Stonewall Committee needs volunteers for this wonderful event. If you are interested, please contact Marc Hanson at marc@stonewallstreetfestival.com


Fort Report
Go to the links for the following articles:

Crist leading over Rubio for US Senate seat, poll shows
Florida Today - 06/06/09

Crist's high court pick puts him in political center
Miami Herald - 06/06/09

On offshore oil, a cracked door
Florida Today - 06/06/09

St. Petersburg Times - 06/05/09

A Brief History of the Radical, Violent Right: How Racist Hate Groups Joined up With Abortion Terrorists
AlterNet - 06/06/09

Florida's fourth black Supreme Court justice sworn in
Sun-Sentinel - 06/06/09

Obama's 2012 Florida strategy
Miami Herald - 06/06/09

Lower medical costs will boost economy
Miami Herald - 06/06/09


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