Saturday, January 02, 2010

GLBT DIGEST - January 02, 2010

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New York Times
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NH Gays Celebrate New Law With Statehouse Weddings
Jubilant gay couples have rung in the New Year in New Hampshire with wedding vows to celebrate the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage. At midnight, New Hampshire joined Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa in allowing gay marriage.

The Last Remaining AIDS Hospice in California
This week’s Barbary Coast column is about people who have become millionaires running medical marijuana dispensaries. Some are trying to give away their new-found wealth, but often charities won’t take it due to the legal gray zone of the money’s origin. Selling pot is still a federal crime. One charity that has accepted donations from pot clubs is San Francisco’s Maitri, the last remaining hospice in California caring exclusively for people dying from AIDS. It’s a reminder that the pandemic isn’t over.

In Senate Race, the Illinois G.O.P. Is Digging Its Own Hole
The Republican primary for President Obama’s old United States Senate seat is so consumed by closets, it should be sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond.

Washington Post
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Ellen Goodman writes of letting go in her final column
By Ellen Goodman
There is something fitting about publishing my last column on the first day of a new year. January, after all, is named for the Roman god of beginnings and endings. He looked backward and forward at the same time. So, this morning, do I.

California's scary sneak preview
Washington Post Staff Writer
We Californians pride ourselves on the crystal-ball quality of our state. Auto emissions regulations, the tech boom and bust, Ronald Reagan, Hispanic immigration, the anti-tax revolt, the mortgage bubble, the struggle for gay rights, most movies, the popularity of Richard Nixon, the unpopularity of Richard Nixon, plastic surgery, and Tiger Woods's marital problems were all tested in the Golden State before being released to audiences nationwide.

Steve Rothaus
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Op-ed: Is Scouting prepared to change?
On New Year's Day, the Boy Scouts of America will begin a yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday. The festivities will commence with a first-ever Boy Scout float in the Tournament of Roses Parade accompanied by an honor guard of 300 Eagle Scouts.

New Year’s Eve video | Barbra Streisand sings Auld Lang Syne
Barbra Streisand sings Auld Lang Syne during Timeless concert on New Year’s Eve 1999:

Rosie O’Donnell and new Texas girlfriend photographed together in South Beach reports that Rosie O’Donnell and her new girlfriend, Texas artist Tracy Kachtick-Anders, are spending a few days in South Beach together. Click here and here to see a few photos of Rosie and Tracy. Read more about Kachtick-Anders and her five children, pictured, at The Rainbow Babies website.

The Advocate
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Obama Makes History, Appoints Trans Woman
By Michelle Garcia
Aerospace and defense veteran Amanda Simpson has been appointed to the Department of Commerce as a senior technical adviser. Simpson, who is transgender, will be working in the Bureau of Industry and Security.

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Ruby-Sachs: Daytime TV Airs Gay Sex Scene For the First Time
By Emma Ruby-Sachs
I know I’m supposed to do some top ten list on the eve of 2009, but I hate those kinds of lists. Or at least, there is nothing I am sufficiently knowledgeable about to really determine what the ten best would look like. And so, I am forced to stick to what I know, which is news and often gay news. ABC is not the most gay friendly station, but they have taken a big step forward: airing a sex scene between two male characters on the soap opera “One Life to Live.” The scene, romantic and adorable, is a pretty amazing break though.

Pink News - UK
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Senator succeeds in validating gay marriages before Proposition 8
New legislation penned by openly gay California senator ensures pre-Proposition 8 marriages between same-sex couples remain valid.

Ugandan tabloid prints list of 'tycoons who bankroll homos'
A notorious Ugandan tabloid has run an article this week which, it claims, identifies individuals who finance the 'stinking vice' of homosexuality.

Activist Harvey Milk birthday to be honoured
California makes 22 May 'Harvey Milk Day', in honour of the gay rights activist after profile posthumously boosted by biopic and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mexico City mayor refuses to veto gay marriage legislation
The mayor of Mexico City has overcome pressure from opponents to new gay marriage legislation, refusing to veto the new laws.

Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws
An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.

Daily Queer News
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“Anti-gay”: The All Purpose Slur to Silence Politically Incorrect Opinions on Gay Issues
Posted by B. Daniel Blatt
One of our readers, the blogger sometimes known as That Gay Conservative, alerted me to an interesting post that gets at something we’ve been saying for sometime: “Declaring people who don’t think gay marriage is good policy as ‘anti-gay’ was always an obvious slander.“ With these words, blogger Brian Garst comments on a New York Times article reporting that while Texans voted overwhelmingly (”by a ratio of three to one”) to enact “a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage“, citizens twice elected one lesbian as sheriff of Dallas County, another as district attorney for Travis County and yet another as Mayor of Houston, the state’s largest city.


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