Saturday, August 22, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - August 22, 2009

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New York Times
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Conservatives Mull Future After ELCA Lifts Gay Ban
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Even though the Rev. Mark Chavez believes the leaders of his church made a decision in direct contradiction of the Bible by lifting a ban on sexually active, monogamous gays and lesbians as clergy, he said he's staying with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/08/22/us/AP-US-Lutherans-Gays.html?scp=4&sq=gay&st=cse

Wisconsin: Attorney General Rebuffs Gay Rights Law
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The state attorney general, J. B. Van Hollen, said he would not defend a new law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits like hospital visits and inheritance, saying lawmakers went against voters’ decision not to extend such privileges. Mr. Van Hollen, a Republican, said the state’s Constitution prohibited same-sex couples from holding a legal status that is “substantially similar” to marriage, and said he had concluded that the new domestic partner registry did that. His decision will force the state to hire an outside counsel to defend the law. Gov. James E. Doyle, a Democrat, said: “The attorney general’s job is to represent the state and defend state law when there is a good-faith defense to be made. His representation should not be based on whether he likes the state law.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/22/us/22brfs-ATTORNEYGENE_BRF.html?scp=3&sq=gay&st=cse

Lutheran Group Eases Limits on Gay Clergy
By MICHAEL LUO and CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
After an emotional debate over the authority of Scripture and the limits of biblical inclusiveness, leaders of the country’s largest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gay men and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as members of the clergy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/22/us/22lutherans.html?scp=2&sq=gay&st=cse


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Washington Post
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'Monogamous' Gays Can Serve in ELCA
Largest Lutheran Denomination in U.S. Split on Divisive Issue
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Leaders of the nation's biggest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the church -- making it one of the largest Christian denominations in the country to significantly open the pulpit to gays. Previously, only celibate gays were permitted to serve as clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination of 4.8 million members. But delegates to a church assembly voted 559-451 to allow gays in "life-long, monogamous" relationships to serve as clergy and professional lay leaders in the church.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082103343.html


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Steve Rothaus
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Florida's GOP tries for youth vote at Orlando conference; speakers include dethroned Miss California Carrie Prejean
BY ADAM C. SMITH, St. Petersburg Times
ORLANDO -- What do you get when you cross a dethroned beauty queen, an Olympian-turned-reality-show wannabe and a pubescent pundit? Maybe the start of the GOP's revitalization. Or maybe a sign of how desperate Republicans are about stemming the departure of young voters from their fold.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gasouthflorida/2009/08/floridas-gop-tries-for-youth-vote-at-orlando-conference-speakers-include-dethroned-miss-california-carrie-prejean.html

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse pays $1.7M to settle Washington state harassment case
By TIM KLASS, Associated Press
SEATTLE -- Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Inc. has agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle in a sexual harassment case brought by three employees in Longview, including one who said she was sexually assaulted in 2006.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/lowes-home-improvement-warehouse-pays-17m-to-settle-washington-state-harassment-case.html


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The Advocate
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Heiresses, Lesbians, and Millions
By Neal Broverman
A legal battle between lesbian exes -- one an heiress to the IBM fortune, the other hoping to be an heiress to the IBM fortune -- has been waging for almost 20 years. It may finally come to a head in October, when a Connecticut probate court is set to rule on the contentious battle.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid106731.asp


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365Gay.com
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In Brazil, you’ve got mail - and possibly an STD
By The Associated Press
(Rio de Janeiro) You’ve got mail - and possibly an STD. The Brazilian Health Ministry has created a Web site to let people inform partners they’ve got a sexually transmitted disease via an e-mailed virtual postcard.
http://www.365gay.com/news/in-brazil-youve-got-mail-and-possibly-an-std/

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Pink News - UK
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Scottish police force holds gay and trans recruitment day
By Jessica Geen
Strathclyde Police, Scotland's largest police force, is holding a special recruitment day in an effort to attract new lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans officers.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13772.html


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Friday, August 21, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - August 21, 2009

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New York Times
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Lutherans to Vote in Minn. On Gay Clergy Proposal
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination are set to decide whether gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships should be allowed to lead individual congregations. The 1,045 delegates to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's convention in Minneapolis are scheduled to vote Friday on the gay clergy proposal.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/08/21/us/AP-US-Lutherans-Gays.html?scp=4&sq=gay&st=cse

Lutherans May Permit Noncelibate Gay Pastors
By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
Leaders of the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination began a civil but tense debate here on Thursday on whether to ordain gay men and lesbians, an issue that is likely to come to a vote on Friday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/us/21lutheran.html?scp=2&sq=gay&st=cse


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CoolAunt.org, a National Sexuality Resource Center website for young people, launches
I just learned of an interesting National Sexuality Resource Center website called CoolAunt.org.
From spokeswoman Ann Whidden:
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/coolauntorg-a-national-sexuality-resource-center-website-for-young-people-launches.html

Gays, lesbians more likely to seek mental health services, study finds
From UCLA Newsroom:
By Sarah Anderson
Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to seek help from mental health professionals, according to a new study by the UCLA School of Public Health.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/gays-lesbians-more-likely-to-seek-mental-health-services-study-finds.html


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The Advocate
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Pastor Blames Tornado on Gays
By Julie Bolcer
A Baptist pastor in Minneapolis said a tornado that damaged a Lutheran church on Wednesday was a divine sign of opposition to the proposal to lift restrictions on non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, reports WCCO-TV. Pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church wrote a blog post on Thursday that called the tornado a “gentle but firm warning” for the Lutheran general assembly, which is currently meeting in the city, to “turn from the approval of sin.” More . . .
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid106608.asp

Tel Aviv Gay Center Managers Threatened
By Julie Bolcer
An ultra-Orthodox web site published a letter this week calling for Israeli police to arrest the managers of the Tel Aviv gay youth center where two people were fatally shot this month and prosecute them for “depraved behavior” including child sexual abuse, reports Haaretz .
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid106595.asp

White House and Gay Group Talk Health
By Kerry Eleveld
An LGBT advocacy group for seniors last Friday attended a meeting about health care reform held by White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and director of public liaison Tina Tchen to discuss the needs of older Americans.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid106454.asp


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Pink News - UK
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Man steals earring-wearing Chihuahua from Florida gay bar
A Chihuahua with pink earrings was allegedly stolen from a south Florida gay bar by a man with a Britney Spears tattoo.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13761.html

Anti-gay bullying campaign hits streets in time for term
A new Stonewall campaign against homophobic bullying has been relaunched to coincide with back-to-school time. The message, 'Some people are gay, get over it', was devised by school pupils.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13762.html

Israeli rabbis discuss gay parenting
A Jewish initiative may see gay men marrying women to have children while continuing relationships with their male partners.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13764.html

Video: Another fire breaks out in Soho
A fire broke out in the centre of Soho earlier today, making it the third to hit the area in two months. Firefighters were called to Wardour Street, in the heart of London's gay scene, at 12.57pm today.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13765.html

First black lesbian mayor in America to marry her partner
Denise Simmons, the first black lesbian mayor in America, has announced she is to marry her partner next weekend.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13754.html

17-year-old faces homosexuality trial in Senegal
A 17-year-old boy is due to face trial for "acts against nature" in Senegal next week, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13753.html

Clinic nurse claims he was Michael Jackson's gay lover
A man who worked at the offices of Michael Jackson's dermatologist is claiming he had an affair with the singer. Jason Pfeiffer said he first got to know Jackson over the phone and the couple began an affair when he gave the singer a lift home.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13752.html

Alan Cumming: 'There'll be a new wave of AIDS deaths'
Actor Alan Cumming has spoken about HIV and AIDS, saying that young people in particular must be aware of using condoms. In an interview with Attitude, out on Monday, the star claimed there was likely to be a new wave of deaths.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13751.html

New Zealand judge calls for gay couples to be given right to adopt
The acting head judge of the Family Court in New Zealand has said the country is lagging behind others when it comes to gay adoption.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13749.html


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Daily Queer News
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Anti Gay Epithets Found in Holocaust Park
Thomas Tracy | YourNabe
The push to honor gay victims of the Nazi regime at Holocaust Memorial Park took an ugly turn last week. Officials said that someone smeared anti-gay epithets on two stones in the park located near Emmons Avenue and West Street on Thursday afternoon — right where stones were set to be inscribed to honor homosexual victims of the Holocaust as well as gypsies and political upstarts killed by the Nazis. More . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9125/

2012, Not 2010
Richard J. Rosendall | Independent Gay Forum
First published in Bay Windows, August 20, 2009
Equality California (EQCA) is not sitting back and waiting in the struggle to regain marriage equality in the Golden State. They are “ready and committed to fighting, persuading and working tirelessly - doing whatever it takes to win the right back as quickly as possible.” The question for them, in a smart analysis and plan released last week, is when a return to the ballot will give the best chance for victory. Their conclusion: 2012, not 2010. More . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9124/

Horror in Iraq Detailed
DOUG IRELAND | Gay City News
In a 67-page report released on August 17, Human Rights Watch (HRW) — the most prestigious international human rights watchdog organization — has detailed an intensive “sexual cleansing” campaign of murder, torture, kidnapping, beatings, and blackmail carried out against those perceived to be gay in Iraq. More . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9122/

NAACP’s Julian Bond Endores the National Equality March
Waymon Hudson | Bilerico Project
NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond has joined other high-profile people endorsing the the National Equality March on October 11th:
GLBT rights are civil rights; there are no ’special rights’ in America. Everyone has rights - or should have - and I am happy to join in this battle for justice and fairness. Other recent endorsements for the NEM include US Representative Danny K. Davis of Chicago, Michael Letwin (Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War), Susan Stryker (Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University and author of “Transgender History”), HRC, as well as Bilerico Project’s own Bil Browning, who was against the idea of the March until very recently. Some more info on Julian Bond’s direct involvement with the march (and some insider tips!) after the jump… Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9121/


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - August 20, 2009

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New York Times
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California: Trial Date Set in Same-Sex Marriage Fight
By JESSE MCKINLEY
The highly anticipated trial of the legal challenge to California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is to start Jan. 11, a federal judge announced. The judge, Vaughn R. Walker of Federal District Court in San Francisco, said arguments would begin then over the fate of Proposition 8, which Californians passed in November with 52 percent of the vote, prompting protests across the country. Supporters of the proposition had hoped to avoid a trial, but both sides said they were eager to get started.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/us/20brfs-TRIALDATESET_BRF.html


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Sun-Sentinel
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Transplanting our hearts
There is an old fable of a dying man who was in need of a heart transplant if he was to stay alive. There was a big problem though because this man lived with deep prejudice all his life, and when word of the availability of a heart came to him, he wanted to know who the donor was. The first time he was told it was from a gay man who had died in a car accident, but his heart was very strong and the match would be perfect.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/coral-springs/sfl-flcspfjack0820dffaug20,0,6430824.story


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Steve Rothaus
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‘Queer as Folk’ co-star Thea Gill tells why she supports Gay American Heroes Foundation
From South Florida-based Gay American Heroes Foundation:
On Sunday, Aug. 23, Judge David Young and Stuart Milk will host a Wilton Manors wine-tasting fundraiser for Gay American Heroes Foundation:
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/video-queer-as-folk-co-star-thea-gill-tells-why-she-supports-gay-american-heroes-foundation.html

Fort Lauderdale travel guru Richard Gray honored with ‘Gay+ Award for Achievement in Making Our World Gayer’
News release from Logo: Logo, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), announced today that TripOutGayTravel.com, its comprehensive travel site dedicated to the LGBT traveler and MTV Network's first stand-alone, travel-focused site, will present its first ever "TripOut Gay Travel Awards." The awards honor the most stylish, exciting and hottest destinations and services that attract, pamper and market to the LGBT traveler.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/fort-lauderdale-travel-guru-richard-gray-honored-with-gay-award-for-achievement-in-making-our-world-gayer-award.html

North Miami man to sue Veterans Administration over HIV infection
BY FRED TASKER, ftasker@MiamiHerald.com
A 55-year-old North Miami man who claims he was infected with HIV during a colonoscopy at the Miami Veterans Administration hospital has filed notice he will sue the federal government. Juan Rivera charges that he was infected by improperly cleaned equipment in a colonoscopy around May 19, 2008, at the Miami VA facility.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/north-miami-man-to-sue-veterans-administration-over-hiv-infection.html

Lutherans move toward more open view on gays
By PATRICK CONDON
Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have agreed to disagree on homosexuality, endorsing an official statement on human sexuality that says there's room in the church for differing views on an issue that's divided other religious groups.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/lutherans-move-toward-more-open-view-on-gays.html

Florida: 2010 South Florida Firefighters Calendar to be unveiled Thursday at Hard Rock in Hollywood
From The Miami Herald’s People page:
Sixteen new hunks of burnin' love will heat up the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when South Florida firefighters unveil the smoking pages of their 2010 calendar. They'll paint their bods with Woodstock-inspired body paint (don't worry; there's still a lot to see). The unveiling/after party at Passion Nightclub (10 p.m.) will benefit various charities. More info on how to get the $17 calendar: 954-583-3250. Get a sneak peek at the guys at www.firefighterscalendar.com.
-- MADELEINE MARR
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/2010-south-florida-firefighters-calendar-to-be-unveiled-thursday-at-hard-rock-in-hollywood.html


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South Florida Blade
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Wilton Manors Merchant Bazaar draws big crowd
Estimates of over a thousand shoppers
By BOB KECSEMETY
Over 1,000 people attended and seven puppies were adopted at last weekend’s Merchant’s Bazaar, “Woodstock” at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. This was the second monthly festival at the shopping center that doubled in size to 85 vendors since it’s first bazaar in July. The bazaar is a large community yard sale where almost everything and anything is available for sale. Business owners in the Shoppes developed the idea of the bazaar to increase foot traffic during the summer months, which has been especially problematic during the current economic downturn. More
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6188.cfm

Florida: New Copa Club opens Friday in Hallandale Beach
By DAN RENZI
“Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl, but that was 30 years ago when they used to have a show…”well the show is back! Just like the bar in the hit Barry Manilow song, “Copacabana,” a new Copa Club is opening in Hallandale Beach, 1484 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, with a gay night every Friday beginning August 21.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6189.cfm

O.U.T. comes to Fort Lauderdale, recruits political groups
Florida-based gay rights group O.U.T., Organizations United Together, has moved into Fort Lauderdale to better utilize local political activism in state-wide efforts. The first organizing meeting will be held this Saturday, August 22, at the Stonewall Library and Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, at 10:30 a.m.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6184.cfm

Justice Dept. hires former Fla. staffer for GLBT outreach
By DAN RENZI
After angering the GLBT community by comparing same-sex marriage to incest and pedophilia, in a legal brief written in June, the United States Justice Dept. has hired Matt Nosanchuk as a Senior Counselor who will also serve as a liaison with the gay community.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6185.cfm

Wilton Manors: Poverello Bowl-A-Thon nets appx. $50,000 for AIDS org
By BOB KECSEMETY
The 19th Annual Poverello Bowl-a-Thon raised an estimated $50,000 for the Poverello Center, which provides food for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. At press time, $40,000 has already been deposited with another $10,000 expected.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6186.cfm

Southeast Regional Gay Men’s Health Summit
By BOB KECSEMETY
The eighth Southeast Regional Gay Men’s Health Summit is being held in Fort Lauderdale August 28 through 30, 2009 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1100 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6187.cfm

Medal of Honor on display in Wilton Manors
Only Florida appearance before joining museum
By BOB KECSEMETY
On Sunday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., The Naked Grape Wine Bar on Wilton Drive will offer the first public viewing—and the only viewing in Florida—of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Harvey Milk, former San Francisco city supervisor and gay rights activist. The award was accepted by his nephew, Fort Lauderdale resident Stuart Milk.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-20/news/localnews/6181.cfm

Anti-gay gangs terrorise Iraq
Militias are targeting gay men in a killing campaign, ignored by police and prosecutors, that belies promises of security
By Scott Long
Who rules Iraq? If you ask Baghdad officials or the Obama administration's proconsuls, they will tell you: a democratically elected Iraqi government, a triumphant product of the "purple revolution" that reflects the will of Iraq's people.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/19/iraq-anti-gay-gangs-killing-campaign


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The Advocate
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Maine Marriage Equality Ad Debuts
Click the byline to view more stories by this author.By Julie Bolcer
As Maine braces for an expected November referendum on the new marriage equality law, the first television advertisement urging voters to uphold the law began airing across the state on Thursday, reports the Associated Press.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid106415.asp

Gay Apt. Residents Claim Discrimination
By Julie Bolcer
Gay and lesbian residents of an apartment building in Queens, New York claim their co-op board called them antigay slurs and refused to make repairs to their apartments, reports the New York Daily News.
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid106385.asp


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Runner’s father, grandmother dismiss gender uproar
By The Associated Press
(Berlin) A day after winning her first 800-meter world title amid a gender-test controversy, the father of South African teenager Caster Semenya dismissed speculation his daughter is not a woman.
http://www.365gay.com/news/runners-father-grandmother-dismiss-gender-uproar/


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Pink News - UK
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Kylie Minogue: My gay fans looked after me
By Jessica Geen
In an interview with gay magazine Instinct, the star said her gay fans "adopted" her and defended her from criticism. She said: "When I started out in music, going from acting to singing, that transition was very successful, but I also got flack for it. Many hurtful things were said. It wasn't easy." More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13747.html

Lesbian couple protest after being asked to leave Maryland restaurant
By Staff Writer
A lesbian couple who were asked to leave a Maryland restaurant have held a small protest outside it. Aiyi'nah Ford and her partner Torian Brown said they were ejected from the Tastee Diner in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, last Wednesday night. More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13744.html

Jerusalem gay community centre hires armed guard
Following a fatal shooting at a Tel Aviv gay youth venue several weeks ago, Jerusalem's only gay community centre has now employed an armed security guard. More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13735.html

California judge sets January court date for Prop 8 trial
A California judge has set a date in January 2010 for a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue the ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th. More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13734.html

New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defence
A bill to abolish the so-called 'gay panic defence' has passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament. The Crimes Provocation Repeal Amendment Bill was unanimously passed on Tuesday night. More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13743.html

Gay Mad Men episode under fire from parents' group
An episode of TV drama Mad Men which featured a gay scene has been attacked by the Parents' Television Council which says it should have been given a higher rating. More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13745.html

MP calls for halt on deportation of Iraqi gay man
An MP has said that a recent report on the plight of gays in Iraq means a gay Iraqi man living in her north London constituency must not be deported. More
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13740.html


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Rep. Frank Lashes Out at Protester for Nazi Remark
Associated Press | 365Gay.com
Rep. Barney Frank lashed out at protester who held a poster depicting President Barack Obama with a Hitler-style mustache during a heated town hall meeting on federal health care reform. “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Frank asked the woman, who had stepped up to the podium at a southeastern Massachusetts senior center to ask why Frank supports what she called a Nazi policy.
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9075/

A Library’s Approach to Books That Offend
Alison Leigh Cowan | City Room | New York Times
Ruby Washington/The New York Times The vault-like room in the Brooklyn Public Library where “Tintin au Congo” was reshelved after a patron took issue with the book. The cartoonist Hergé is popular again, as is his adventurous reporter Tintin, who will be featured in a Steven Spielberg movie due out in 2011. But if you go to the Brooklyn Public Library seeking a copy of “Tintin au Congo,” Hergé’s second book in a series, prepare to make an appointment and wait days to see the book. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9072/

Homeless Gain Further Hate Crime Protections
Newsdesk
Homeless people are gradually being included in hate crimes laws, as the number of fatal attacks on the homeless remains steady even as overall attacks decline. Last November, Newsdesk.org tracked reports of sometimes deadly attacks on homeless people around the nation, and noted both skepticism about claims of a trend in hate crimes, as well as new protections against such attacks. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9070/

How the National Equality March Could Undermine LGBT America
Diane Silver | Bilerico Project
There are no villains in this post. Please note that fact before reading farther. I don’t believe that the wonderful folks who are organizing the national march are evil or stupid, but I am worried that we could be marching ourselves right off a cliff. I’ll admit that I’ve never been a fan of this particular march. I wrote about my worries in Political IQ. I shared many of Bil’s concerns. Today, I will also for the first time share his endorsement of the march, and I may well find myself in DC in October. I have to admit, though, that I can’t give the wholehearted endorsement Bil makes. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9069/

Split on Health Care Goes Beyond Public Option
Teddy Davis | Visit article original @ ABC News
Senate’s number two Republican opposes guaranteed issue and community rating of health insurance. If you were to listen to most coverage of the health-care debate, you would be excused for thinking that the public option is the only significant difference between the parties. It’s not. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9067/

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - August 19, 2009

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A Library’s Approach to Books That Offend
By Alison Leigh Cowan
The cartoonist Hergé is popular again, as is his adventurous reporter Tintin, who will be featured in a Stephen Spielberg movie due out in 2011. But if you go to the Brooklyn Public Library seeking a copy of “Tintin au Congo,” Hergé’s second book in a series, prepare to make an appointment and wait days to see the book.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/a-librarys-approach-to-books-that-offend/?scp=7&sq=gay&st=cse

A Conservative’s Road to Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy
By JO BECKER
Theodore B. Olson’s office is a testament to his iconic status in the conservative legal movement. A framed photograph of Ronald Reagan, the first of two Republican presidents Mr. Olson served, is warmly inscribed with “heartfelt thanks.” Fifty-five white quills commemorate each of his appearances before the Supreme Court, where he most famously argued the 2000 election case that put George W. Bush in the White House. On the bookshelf sits a Defense Department medal honoring his legal defense of Mr. Bush’s counterterrorism policies after Sept. 11.
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'Survivor' winner Richard Hatch in jail again
By RODRIQUE NGOWI
"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch is once again behind bars. Federal officials arrested Hatch, 48, and took him to a Massachusetts county jail that's used to temporarily hold federal prisoners Tuesday afternoon.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/18/AR2009081801774.html

Radio station: No OK for 'Survivor' winner call-in
The Associated Press
The sister of "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch said Wednesday she thinks her brother was sent back to jail over an interview, and a radio station host said Hatch called in to his show twice without the station first getting permission from the federal Bureau of Prisons.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081901094.html

DEAR AMY:
I am getting married next month, and my fiance and I are selecting readings for our wedding. I would like to include a reading--perhaps from Mildred Loving--that openly expresses support for gay couples to marry, just as I have the right and honor to do so. Many of our guests, however, are conservative or elderly and not likely to share my beliefs on this matter. I would find it difficult to let the day pass without a public recognition that everyone deserves the right to marry his or her life partner, but I don't want to make my guests feel as if I am deliberately antagonizing them. What are your thoughts?--Indecisive Bride
DEAR BRIDE: The short answer: This is your wedding, and within fairly loose boundaries, you and your guy can do as you choose--certainly if the officiant agrees to it.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/11/AR2009081101870.html

Justice Dept. Adds Liaison to Gay Community
By Ed O'Keefe
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has hired a veteran Senate staffer as a senior counselor also tasked with serving as a representative to the gay community. The hire comes amid efforts by the Obama administration to mollify growing impatience and displeasure among gay men and lesbians with how the White House is handling issues important to them.
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Ted Olson’s New Chapter
By Ashby Jones
Back in May, when news broke that David Boies was teaming up with Ted Olson in a lawsuit to strike down California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the Golden State, some LB readers voice skepticism. Why, they wondered, would Ted Olson, a known conservative who represented George W. Bush during the Florida recount litigation in 2000, be taking on such a cause? Was he legitimately committed to gay marriage? Or was he secretly hoping to rush the issue to a U.S. Supreme Court that, at least in its current alignment, might not seem all that receptive to a Prop 8 challenge?
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Fired Channel 10 anchor Charles Perez wins two-year restraining order against ex-partner
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Charles Perez, former anchor for WPLG-ABC 10, on Tuesday won a two-year restraining order against his ex-partner, whom he believes caused a chain of events that got him fired this month from the Post-Newsweek station.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/fired-channel-10-anchor-charles-perez-wins-two-year-restraining-order-against-ex-partner.html

State of Nevada to take domestic partnership applications
By Associated Press
The Nevada secretary of state's office will take applications starting next week from couples who wish to register as domestic partners. Same- and opposite-sex couples who apply soon will receive their certificates of domestic partnership on Oct. 1.
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Rep. Frank lashes out at protester for Nazi remark
By The Associated Press
Rep. Barney Frank lashed out at protester who held a poster depicting President Barack Obama with a Hitler-style mustache during a heated town hall meeting on federal health care reform.
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Richard Dawkins joins calls for apology for gay mathematician Alan Turing
Professor Richard Dawkins has joined the calls for the government to apologise to Alan Turing who committed suicide after being jailed for homosexuality.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13715.html

Government consultant jailed for attempted male rape
A Labour consultant has been jailed for 30 months for the attempted rape of a man he met at a party. Derek Barrett, 34, met his victim at a social event in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, in January 2007.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13723.html

Photography lecturer to be disciplined for showing students trans artist's work
A photography lecturer at East Surrey College in Redhill is facing disciplinary action for showing students the work of an trans artist.
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Quebec to Table Wide-Ranging Anti-Homophobia Action Plan this Fall
Jessica Murphy (CP) | Google News
MONTREAL — Revellers at Montreal’s gay pride parade had one more reason to celebrate on Sunday: Quebec’s wide-ranging action plan against homophobia, years in the making, is expected to be tabled this fall. “It’s a big step,” said Jasmin Roy, spokesman for Montreal Pride. He said the gay and lesbian community expects the new plan will lead to “enormous” results in the fight against discrimination. “That’s why we’re marching: to say that finally, this year, Quebec will have a policy against homophobia.” Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9029/

Barney Frank Goes Toe to Toe at Health Care Town Hall
CNN
Most Congress members conducting town hall meetings this month have chosen a noncombative posture to deal with angry participants who disrupt the proceedings. Not Rep. Barney Frank. More . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9027/

ENDA Support…But Can You Please Drop the Transgenders?: Florida’s Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | Bilerico Project
The Employment Non-Discrimination, one of the only LGBT protections likely to be put in place this legislative session, is haunted by a giant shadow of the sordid past.
That shadow is the effort by our “leaders” to pass ENDA in 2007 by stripping out gender identity provisions that would protect members of our clan who are not gender-conforming, whether they be transgender persons or gay men or lesbians or even straight people.
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/9026/

One More Time…Marriage Is Not a “Church-Based Tradition”
Patricia Nell Warren | Bilerico Project
Back in 1957, when I was 21 and closeted, I tied the knot with a heterosexual European guy named Yuriy. We did the deed at City Hall in New York City. My mother had wanted to see me walk down the aisle at her Presbyterian church in Montana, so she was very disappointed. But the groom and I had our way. We were both refugees from Christianity — snarky young existentialists who wanted nothing to do with “church” at this moment in our lives. But we had no problem with “civil marriage.”
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GLBT DIGEST - August 18, 2009

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Matchmaking in India: Canine Division
By LYDIA POLGREEN
NEW DELHI — Their lonely-hearts faces peer out of the advertisements, hangdog and looking for love. “Hi, I am Musti,” one poster reads. “I am a well-mannered, good-looking and considerate hunk. I am very health conscious and love my carrots. I am a one-woman man and promise to take good care of you.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/world/asia/18delhi.html?_r=1&scp=6&sq=gay&st=cse

Anchorage Gay Rights Measure Is Set Back by Mayor’s Veto
By WILLIAM YARDLEY
The mayor of Anchorage on Monday vetoed a ban against discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying it was unclear that such discrimination existed. The mayor, Dan Sullivan, a Republican who took office on July 1, added that “the vast majority of those who communicated their position on the ordinance are in opposition.”
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APA: Therapy Won't Change Gays
On Aug. 4, the American Psychological Association adopted a resolution that says there's no scientific evidence that therapy can make gay people straight. In a review of 83 English-language, peer-reviewed studies from 1960 to 2007, an APA task force found nothing to suggest that therapy could steer a member of a sexual minority (a term that encompasses all varieties and degrees of same-sex attraction) toward heterosexuality.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/17/AR2009081702066.html

Obama Says Marriage Law Should Be Repealed
Justice Dept. Filing Distances Administration From Arguments That Angered Gays
By Carrie Johnson
The Obama administration distanced itself Monday from legal arguments it had made earlier this summer, taking pains to remove and renounce language that had outraged advocates in the gay community in a case that centers on the constitutionality of a same-sex marriage law.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/17/AR2009081702722.html

Lutherans to Vote on Sexually Active Gay Clergy
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the largest Christian denominations in the country, will decide this week whether to allow gay people in relationships to serve as clergy.
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DOJ Shifts Tone on Marriage Act
By EVAN PEREZ
The Obama administration shifted its tone on a federal marriage law, calling the statute that bars federal benefits for same-sex marriages "discriminatory" even as it filed a legal defense of the law.
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Proposal to allow gay clergy in largest US Lutheran denomination passes 1st hurdle in Minn.
by Patrick Condon
Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination prayed for unity Monday as they waded into a weeklong debate over homosexuality and the clergy, while a rule change that would allow people in same-sex relationships to serve cleared its first hurdle.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-rel-lutherans-gays,0,6382815.story


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The Laramie Project: Ten years later, Matthew Shepard epilogue to premiere Oct. 12 in over 100 cities
News release from The Laramie Project:
TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT LAUNCHS ONLINE COMMUNITY WWW.LARAMIEPROJECT.ORG
New York, NY, August 18, 2009…..The creators of the highly acclaimed play The Laramie Project, which since 2000 has been one of the most performed plays in America, will premiere a compelling and groundbreaking epilogue to the original piece. Entitled THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER, the play will be performed in New York at Lincoln Center, over 100 other theaters across the country on October 12, 2009. The writers of this play are Tectonic Theater Project members Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/the-laramie-project-ten-years-later-matthew-shepard-epilogue-to-premiere-oct-12-in-over-100-cities.html

Residence for homeless gay youth named for Beatrice Arthur
News release from Ali Forney Center: New York, NY….The Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation's largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, will formally announce it's plan to name a residence for LGBT youth in honor of Bea Arthur at her memorial service on September 14th at the Majestic Theater in New York City. The Ali Forney Center is working with a group of Bea's close friends and colleagues to plan the memorial service.
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Gay College Footballers: They Exist
By Michelle Garcia
A survey of 85 college football players shows that nearly half of them know of at least one openly gay athlete actively playing on their team.
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Madonna has birthday in Poland amid protests
By The Associated Press
(Warsaw, Poland) Polish fans joined together in song to wish Madonna a happy birthday at a concert in Warsaw Saturday evening - just hours before she turned 51.
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Australian trans men win court appeal over surgery
Two Australian trans men have won a court appeal allowing them to be legally recognised as men without having to have their female reproductive organs removed.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13705.html

Lady Gaga: 'I'm gay, my show is gay, my fans are gay'
Lady Gaga told Kanye West he had to accept the gayness of her show before they went on tour together. Speaking to Out magazine, the star said she told the rapper that their joint show had to remain gay to keep her fans happy.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13704.html

Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals
A trans woman who claims she was asked by her employer for a photograph of her genitals has filed a lawsuit. The request was apparently made to confirm which bathroom she should use.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13703.html

Trans woman performed own surgery after transition delays
A trans woman has performed her own gender reassignment surgery after being told she would have to wait two years for professional help.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13699.html

Gay Israeli peace campaigner avoids jail for now
A gay Israeli man who has opposed the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank has escaped jail for now. Ezra Nawi will be sentenced on September 21st.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13696.html

Obama administration says marriage law discriminates against gays but will still defend it
The Obama administration has admitted that the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory but has said it will still defend it in court.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13695.html

Street preacher takes legal action after claiming he was threatened with arrest
A street preacher who read out anti-gay Bible passages in Manchester city centre has accused police of abusing their powers.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13694.html

Video: Bill Clinton 'regrets' Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Former US president Bill Clinton has said he regrets how the military's ban on gays serving openly was implemented. He was interrupted by a heckler last week in Pittsburgh.
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Six Lobbyists Per Lawmaker Work on Health Overhaul
by: Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O’Leary | Visit article original @ Bloomberg News
That’s six lobbyists for each of the 535 members of the House and Senate, according to Senate records, and three times the number of people registered to lobby on defense. More than 1,500 organizations have health-care lobbyists, and about three more are signing up each day. Every one of the 10 biggest lobbying firms by revenue is involved in an effort that could affect 17 percent of the U.S. economy. These groups spent $263.4 million on lobbying during the first six months of 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group, more than any other industry. They spent $241.4 million during the same period of 2008. Drugmakers alone spent $134.5 million, 64 percent more than the next biggest spenders, oil and gas companies. More . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8957/

Fight for the Public Option
Marc Ash, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
As August comes to a close, one of the most important debates in American history will come to a point of decision making. Will Americans have the option to support their own health care system if they choose? It will not only be important as a political precedent or as policy statement; it will be a landmark moment socially. Will we as Americans care for Americans in illness and need? The conflict could not be more stark, the stakes any higher. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8956/

NLGJA Reaches Out to Journalists in Troubled Times
Media Contact: Tom Avila, 202-588-9888 or tavila@nlgja.org
New membership level available for media professionals who are without a Job
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is reaching out to help journalists and members who are struggling because of the economy and newsroom cutbacks. NLGJA is offering a steeply discounted membership to individuals who are currently without a job. Normally $75, a year’s membership at the $25 level provides access to the “Members Only” Job Bank, NLGJA’s CareerWatch e-newsletter and numerous training resources, as well as opportunities to network through the online Members Directory.
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8953/

Alabama Bishop Defends Episcopal Church Statement in Support of Ordainig Homosexuals
News | AL.com
Although critics have blasted the Episcopal Church for its statement in support of ordaining homosexuals this week at its General Convention, Alabama Bishop Henry N. Parsley defended the denomination’s stance as valuing the rights of all its members. “We passed a large and subtle resolution, wanting to value the ministries of gays and lesbians,” Parsley said in an interview. The Episcopal Convention, meeting in Anaheim, Calif., passed a resolution Tuesday that “any ordained ministry” in the 2.3 million-member denomination is open to homosexuals. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8952/

WA: Anti-Gay Rights Ref. Signature Check Half Finished
Seattle Post Intelligencer
State elections officials say the check of Referendum 71 signatures is almost half done - with more than 65,000 examined. R-71 is the measure seeking to overturn Washington’s “everything but marriage” same-sex domestic partner law. David Ammons, secretary of state spokesman, said the latest tally shows 58,306 signatures accepted “and 7,225 rejected (6,165 because the person wasn’t found on the state voter database, 24 where a digital signature is needed from the voter’s home county in order to compare with the signature on the petition, 566 where the signer’s signature did not match the one on file, and 470 duplicates.)” Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8946/

TN School District Dumps Filters that Block LGBT Sites
Rocco Staino — School Library Journal, 8/17/2009
A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against two Tennessee school districts for agreeing to stop using Internet filters that block access to information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues (LGBT). The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Knox County Schools agreed to the settlement after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on May 19 saying that the filters were censoring important educational information. The suit was filed on behalf of three Nashville high school students, as well as a Knoxville student and high school librarian, who is also the advisor of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8945/

America Is Still Paying for the Sin of Slavery
Alex Blaze | Bilerico Project
I was in and out last week, and this week will be the same. I did want to comment briefly on the current health care “debate.” It’s depressing that some people think other people (or even themselves) going to the doctor will destroy the country. All this foreign usurper stuff is undoubtedly related to the current protesters against health care, and I seriously doubt that they’d be up in arms if Bush were pushing for the same sort of moderate health care reforms Obama’s pushing for. But the title refers to more than Obama’s skin color. No, the reason Truman wasn’t able to get universal health care was because, fundamentally, poor and working class conservatives, especially Southerners, oppose social services because they think undeserving black people will get them. Slavery, especially post-Enlightenment, was a system that required a fundamental disavowal of the value of certain humans (and autonomy, democracy, and humanity themselves) in order to work. Several centuries of it caused the basic ways we see the world to change. It created a breed of people who identify more with the interests of rich people than other poor people. It’s Pavlovian in that most of these folks don’t even know enough to know why they’re protesting against health care, but they know the people they trust to tell them what’s right are saying this will kill grandma and destroy America, so they pull out their guns and head down to a town hall. It’s not about different reasoning or values or experiences.
As Nathan Glazer put it: Read more
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GLBT DIGEST - August 17, 2009

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Iraqi Gays Face Murder, Torture Campaign: HRW
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi militias are conducting a campaign of torture and murder against men suspected of homosexual activity, a leading rights group said on Monday, adding that government security forces may be involved. New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the killings began earlier this year in the poor Sadr City district of Baghdad, once ruled by Shi'ite Muslim militias, and had since spread to many cities across Iraq.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/08/17/world/international-us-iraq-rights-gays.html?_r=1&scp=31&sq=gay&st=cse

Why We Need Health Care Reform
By BARACK OBAMA
In the end, health care reform isn’t about politics and fear. It’s about changing a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for millions of Americans. Comments are no longer being accepted. More . . .
http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/opinion/16obama.html?scp=27&sq=gay&st=cse

Obama Administration Says Marriage Law Unfair
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continued to defend it. Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration's response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking on campaign promises made by Barack Obama last year.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/08/17/us/politics/AP-US-Gay-Marriage.html?scp=21&sq=gay&st=cse

G.I. Jane Breaks the Combat Barrier
By LIZETTE ALVAREZ
As the convoy rumbled up the road in Iraq, Specialist Veronica Alfaro was struck by the beauty of fireflies dancing in the night. Then she heard the unmistakable pinging of tracer rounds and, in a Baghdad moment, realized the insects were illuminated bullets. She jumped from behind the wheel of her gun truck, grabbed her medical bag and sprinted 50 yards to a stalled civilian truck. On the way, bullets kicked up dust near her feet. She pulled the badly wounded driver to the ground and got to work.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/us/16women.html?scp=15&sq=gay&st=cse

Lutherans Prepare for Big Decision on Gay Clergy
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Rev. Dave Glesne stood before the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church a few weeks ago and told them there might be some painful decisions in the near future. Glesne is against letting people in same-sex relationships serve as pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and he says his congregation is behind him. They're worried this suburban Minneapolis church could find itself on the losing side as leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination vote on whether to take that step at their biennial national convention, which starts Monday in Minneapolis.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/08/14/us/AP-US-REL-Lutherans-Gays.html?scp=13&sq=gay&st=cse

Gay Marriage Fight,' Kiss-Ins' Smack Mormon Image
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Mormon church's vigorous, well-heeled support for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California last year, has turned the Utah-based faith into a lightning rod for gay rights activism, including a nationwide ''kiss-in'' Saturday.
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Good News for Gay Christians
By Joel P. Engardio
There's an online group of 13,000 gays who profess their belief in Christ. The Gay Christian Network is a bit of a miracle, given how hostile some religions are to gays. While fundamental ministers decry the "homosexual agenda" and gay activists deplore "ex-gay treatment," the members of GCN must live the tug-of-war over their sexual identity and faith. That's why gay Christians will benefit from a recent report by the American Psychological Association that says efforts to change someone's sexual orientation don't work.
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/08/good_news_for_gay_christians.html

Liberal bloggers watch Obama closely, want action
By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
They wish he'd done more in his first eight months, but the liberal bloggers who helped propel Barack Obama to the White House are far from giving up on him.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/15/AR2009081500912.html

Too gung-ho? Israel military rabbis draw criticism
By MATTI FRIEDMAN
JERUSALEM -- Most Israelis expect their military rabbis to confine themselves to such tasks as making sure the army provides kosher food and respects the Sabbath. But lately, some of them are asserting their own idea of Jewish virtue at the risk of stepping into the country's culture wars.
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The Old Order Loses Its Grip
Stirrings of change in a South African town—and hints of big changes to come
By MARTIN RUBIN
It is the 1960s, in the Afrikaner heartland of South ­Africa—a little town called Verkeerderspruit (literally, the wrong creek) in the land-locked province of the Orange Free State. The 1960s in ­Verkeerdespruit are a far cry from the bacchanalia of Haight-Ashbury and "Hair." Even the Beatles are banned from the radio, and television will not reach South Africa for another decade. The ­established order of church and state seem to keep the town in an iron grip. But there is an odd little counterculture growing in this petri dish of tradition and, lest we forget, prejudice.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203863204574347084066208954.html

Grindr Says It’s More Than a Hook-Up Service
By Andrew LaVallee
Gay men looking for love already have plenty of ways to connect online, but how many of them tell you if your prospective date is a block away?
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/08/17/app-watch-grindr-says-its-more-than-a-hook-up-service/


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Southern Utah newspaper rejects gay couple's wedding announcement, cites legal marriage policy
JENNIFER DOBNER
A southern Utah newspaper has rejected a gay California couple's wedding announcement, saying its policy is to publish announcements only for marriages legal under Utah law. The Spectrum in St. George initially accepted a paid wedding announcement for Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones last week, but then changed course, Jones said. The San Francisco couple were legally married June 17, 2008. They wanted the announcement printed in Jones' hometown paper ahead of a family party next week.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-gay-marriage-newspaper,0,7891327.story

City employees who sent racist e-mails deserved ax
Sun Sentinel Editorial Board
What were they thinking? That's the first thing that comes to mind about the 13 South Florida building department inspectors and employees who were disciplined — including two firings — for sending or receiving pornographic, racist and anti-gay e-mails on their work computers.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-email-firings-m081409pnaug14,0,6857336.story

Lutherans, gathering in Minn., prepare for major vote on church stance toward gay clergy
PATRICK CONDON
The Rev. Dave Glesne stood before the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church a few weeks ago and told them there might be some painful decisions in the near future. Glesne is against letting people in same-sex relationships serve as pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and he says his congregation is behind him. They're worried this suburban Minneapolis church could find itself on the losing side as leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination vote on whether to take that step at their biennial national convention, which starts Monday in Minneapolis.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-rel-lutherans-gays,0,6382815.story

Gay Marine tells it like it is
Scott Maxwell
Brian Fricke remembers the moment that triggered his decision to out himself. He was in Iraq, surrounded by blasting mortars and rocket attacks. And he realized that if he was killed, the military wouldn't even notify the person he loved most in the world — because the military didn't know his partner existed.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/orl-locscott-maxwell-column-gay-sol081609aug16,0,6434112.column

Sexual battery allegations against Broward deputy depict a man reviled
BY LAURA FIGUEROA and ROBERT SAMUELS
``If you have any interaction with this officer, please inform Father Bob,'' read the flier put up this winter at Oakland Park's All Saints Catholic Mission soup kitchen. Above the cautionary words was a photo of a 5-foot-6, round-faced Broward Sheriff's Office deputy, Jonathan Morgan Bleiweiss. Stay away from him, warned Father Bob Caudill, after hearing dozens of complaints about how the rogue deputy was terrorizing the homeless who came to the mission.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-jonathan-morgan-bleiweiss-bso-081609,0,2813673.story


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Steve Rothaus
www.MiamiHerald.com/gay
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Video | ‘Ask A Gay Family’ Ep. 3 -- Do the kids get teased?
On YouTube:
We started making "Gay Family Values" videos as a response to prop 8 here in Ca. These videos have been a huge hit. We have come to understand that the reason these videos are so popular is that people don't get to see what it means to be a gay couple in a long term relationship raising children. Our family is no better and no worse then any other family.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/video-ask-a-gay-family-ep-3----do-the-kids-get-teased.html

Video | Levi Johnston likes his gay fans and perhaps would pose nude: ‘It depends on the money’
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/video-levi-johnston-likes-his-gay-fans-and-perhaps-would-pose-nude-it-depends-on-the-money.html

gayagenda.com: Unzipped Media Offers to Unzip Levi Johnston
On gayagenda.com:
From: Unzipped Media –
The publishers of the world’s top-selling erotic men’s magazines Men, Freshmen, and Unzipped, as well as the highly trafficked website Unzipped.net, is extending an official invitation to Levi Johnston, father of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s grandson, for a cover story and a full nude photo layout in the pages of Unzipped magazine.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/gayagendacom-unzipped-media-offers-to-unzip-levi-johnston.html

Read the Human Rights Watch report: ‘They Want Us Exterminated’: Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq
From Human Rights Watch:
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/read-the-human-rights-watch-report-they-want-us-exterminated-murder-torture-sexual-orientation-and-gender-in-iraq.html

Video | Couples gather in Atlanta to kiss for gay rights
From AP: About 50 people, mostly gay and lesbian couples, gathered in downtown Atlanta to protest the recent arrests of gays kissing in Utah and Texas.
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2009/08/video-couples-gather-in-atlanta-to-kiss-for-gay-rights.html


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Miami Herald
http://www.miamiherald.com/
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Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it
By DEVLIN BARRETT
President Barack Obama insisted Monday he still wants to scrap what he calls a discriminatory federal marriage law, even as his administration angered gay rights activists by defending it in court.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/1189647.html?storylink=pd

Anchorage mayor must decide today on gay rights veto
By Don Hunter
Hundreds of people who spent long hours packing Anchorage Assembly meetings this summer to argue about a proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation are taking their cases to Mayor Dan Sullivan. Sullivan's deadline arrives today for deciding if he will veto the compromise ordinance passed by a 7-4 Assembly vote last week. If he does veto, the Assembly would need an eighth vote to make the ordinance become law over the mayor's opposition.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/1189857.html?storylink=pd


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South Florida Blade
http://www.floridablade.com/
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Openly gay anchor dismissed from WPLG Channel 10
Charles Perez files sexual discrimination complaint
By DMITRY RASHNITSOV
One of South Florida’s best-known television anchors is unemployed after his dismissal from WPLG Local 10 news, South Florida’s ABC affiliate, in what he says is anti-gay discrimination.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-13/news/localnews/6155.cfm

Focus on the Family drops 'ex-gay' program
$6 million budget shortfall triggers move
By REBECCA ARMENDARIZ
Facing a $6 million budget shortfall, Focus on the Family is shifting control of its Love Won Out conference to an outside organization.
http://www.floridablade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=26703

Army finds no evidence soldiers killed gay Iraqis
Refugee changes story after pressed by U.S. investigators
By CHRIS JOHNSON
Army investigators have found no evidence to support allegations that U.S. service members were involved in committing atrocities against gays in Iraq, according to a military spokesperson.
http://www.floridablade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=26695

RockHard reaction
First ‘adult’ store opens in WilMaBy JASON MICHAELS
For several months, there was speculation about what a storefront with a large sign saying “RockHard” on Wilton Drive was going to be. Some local residents thought it was going to be a clothing store. Some business people along the drive thought it was going to be a music store. As it turned out, it’s the first adult toy store licensed in Wilton Manors.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/2-12/news/localnews/5531.cfm

Down and Out!
Merchants meet to improve business amid store closing
By BOB KECSEMETY
Gay pride merchandise and gift store, Out!, located in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, closed it’s doors for the last time Sunday evening, July 5. “At six o’clock they locked the doors,” said Jon Anthony, owner of the two stores located in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, Bottoms & Tops and Icon Shoe Outlet. “Then a truck,” continued Anthony, “backed up to the door and the store was cleared out.”
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/7-9/news/localnews/6027.cfm

G.-string I. Joe
Channing Tatum’s sexy stripper past
By Dish
Christmas has come early for Dish. She just watched the video of (then 18-years old) Channing Tatum dancing in a stripper routine, and she must say she is a little breathless from all the excitement. Mr. Tatum, star of the current mega-zillion dollar piece of box office garbage "G.I. Joe," paid his dues (and his rent!) in the late 90’s working as a dancer with a group called "Male Encounter," a Chippendales-style revue filled with lots of beefcake and very little body hair—as is evident in a video obtained by Us Weekly, showing Tatum shaking his little buns in his thong.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/8-13/arts/dishandgossip/6177.cfm


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365Gay.com
http://www.365gay.com/
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Actor Daniel Radcliffe makes major donation to The Trevor Project
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Harry Potter loves the gays! Or more accurately, the actor who plays him does. Daniel Radcliffe, the 20-year-old British actor who has risen to fame in recent years playing Harry Potter in the successful film series based on the best-selling novels, is an avid and generous supporter of gay causes, as evidenced by an announcement from The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the nationwide crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. A spokesman for The Trevor Project revealed today that it has received a major donation from the critically-acclaimed star of the “Harry Potter” film series and Broadway’s “Equus.”
http://www.365gay.com/news/actor-daniel-radcliffe-makes-major-donation-to-the-trevor-project/


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Pink News - UK
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/
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Religious groups planning to derail gay protections in Equality Bill
A number of faith groups are planning to fight anti-discrimination protections for gay people in the Equality Bill. An email seen by PinkNews.co.uk suggests the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is throwing its support behind the efforts. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13681.html

Video: Bill Clinton 'regrets' Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Former US president Bill Clinton has said he regrets how the military's ban on gays serving openly was implemented. He was interrupted by a heckler last week in Pittsburgh. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13693.html

Sir Michael Bishop: 'Gay people in business still face problems'
Sir Michael Bishop, the openly gay former head of airline BMI, has said that gay people still face discrimination in the corporate world. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13692.html

Equality and Human Rights Commission repeats calls for gay census question
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said it will continue to lobby for the next census to include a question on sexual orientation. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13691.html

George Michael arrested after collision with lorry
Openly gay pop star George Michael was arrested by police in the early hours of yesterday morning following a collision with a lorry it has been revealed. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13689.html

Scottish minister quits Kirk over gay ordination
A Church of Scotland minister has quit both his post and the Kirk over the ordination of an openly gay man. John MacLeod, 39, from the Church's World Mission at St Andrew's Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas, resigned in June. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13688.html

Tories choose lesbian to fight Glasgow by-election
A lesbian woman has been selected by the Conservatives to fight the Glasgow North East by-election. Ruth Davidson, 30, who lives with her partner in Partick, has pledged to fight an "honest campaign". Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13687.html

Alan Cumming dedicates show to HIV charity
Actor Alan Cumming is to dedicate one night of his solo show to HIV charity National AIDS Trust. The star, who describes himself as pansexual, is bringing his show 'Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today' to London in September. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13686.html

Soap star: 'Coronation Street needs more gay characters'
A Coronation Street actor has said the soap needs more gay characters. Antony Cotton, who is openly gay, plays the camp Sean Tully in the ITV soap. Click here for full article
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-13684.html


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Daily Queer News
www.dailyqueernews.com
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Sir Michael Bishop: ‘Gay People in Business Still Face Problems’
Jessica Geen | Pink News
Sir Michael Bishop, the openly gay former head of airline BMI, has said that gay people still face discrimination in the corporate world. Speaking to the BBC’s Leading Questions, Sir Michael said the only reason he managed to succeed as an openly gay man was the fact he was an owner-manager. He also agreed with the suggestion that careers of openly gay people could still be ruined and that prejudice was still present. More . . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8914/

Moscow Gays Allowed to Picket the Office of Homophobic Prefect
Gay Russia
The Prefect of the Northern district of Moscow accepted an application sent by gay activists to host a public protest in front of his office. The picket will take place on August 24 at 1pm in front of the Prefecture of the Northern administrative area of Moscow. More . . .
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8910/

Rachel Maddow Slams Dick Armey for Stirring Up Hate in Town Halls
Staff , MSNBC | AlterNet
David Gregory: This morning, a special hour-long discussion making sense of health care. What are the issues at the center of the debate? How would reform affect your health care? Separating fact from fiction in the fight. And what does it mean politically for President Obama? With us: former House majority leader Republican Dick Armey, now the head of FreedomWorks, a major organizer of protesters at town hall meetings; Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a medical doctor and member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; former Senate majority leader Democrat Tom Daschle, an informal adviser to the White House and author of “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis”; and Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Plus, additional perspectives from around the country: the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel of New York; Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce; and Democratic Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8908/

Man Claims His Boyfriend Was Forced Into ‘Ex-Gay’ Boot Camp By Parents
Truth Wins Out
Update, July 21: According to pinknews.co.uk, the parents of Bryce Faulkner are threatening to sue friends and youth-safety advocates that set up a web site to locate and protect Bryce from further abuse by an ex-gay re-education center. A Wisconsin man, Travis Swanson, claims that last month, his 23-year-old boyfriend, Bryce Faulkner, was economically blackmailed by his parents into entering an “ex-gay” boot camp. Swanson believes that Faulkner is in a ministry in Florida, where the ex-gay organization Exodus International is headquartered. Read more
http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/8901/


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