Thursday, January 07, 2010

GLBT DIGEST - January 07, 2010

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New York Times
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Judge: Gay Marriage Trial Can Be Shown on YouTube
The federal trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban beginning next week will be videotaped and uploaded to a video-sharing Web site, the presiding judge ruled Wednesday.

Less Than Two Weeks
Published: January 6, 2010
After weeks of maneuvering and delay, the New Jersey State Senate will finally vote on Thursday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. The Senate needs to approve the bill, and the General Assembly needs to follow — quickly. Gov. Jon Corzine has pledged to sign the legislation into law; his soon-to-be-successor, Gov.-elect Christopher Christie, has vowed to veto it. The transfer of power takes place in less than two weeks on Jan. 19.

Ugandan President Urges Softening of Anti-Gay Bill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Gay Ugandans likely won't face the death penalty after the president said he opposed the provision in proposed legislation, but an international gay rights group said Thursday even a watered-down bill would be repressive.

Washington Post
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Uganda's bill to imprison gays for life is an outrage that should be rejected
Thursday, January 7, 2010
THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY Bill of 2009 is an ugly and ignorant piece of legislation being considered in Uganda. If it is approved, the gay people of that nation would be subject to life in prison. This retreat from the death sentence originally proposed should neither be celebrated nor considered a concession by the government in response to pressure from the United States and other nations. The proposal is barbaric. That it is even being considered puts Uganda beyond the pale of civilized nations.

Hill Republicans join fight against D.C. gay marriage
By Tim Craig
Republican congressional leaders have joined local activists in a court fight to allow voters to decide whether same-sex marriage should be legal in the District, underscoring the continued uncertainty surrounding the issue.

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Alleged mistress: Tiger Woods had gay encounters
By Hal Boedeker
Just when you think you've heard it all about Tiger Woods, another story crops up. An alleged Woods mistress, who's trying to sell a book, says she saw the golfer enjoy gay sex, the Web site says in an exclusive report.,0,3990581.story/

Gay travel dropped for the first time in years
By Doreen Hemlock
Travel by gays and lesbians declined last year for the first time in the 14 years that a San Francisco group has been tracking it, showing that the recession has hit tourism harder even than the 2001 terrorist attacks.,0,953181.story/

Steve Rothaus
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Restaurant review | Life partners’ petite Le Patio in Wilton Manors has outsized charms
Le Patio is so diminutive, its owners call it ``the tiniest, cutest restaurant in South Florida.'' If you happened to drive past the little venue on a Wilton Manors side street, you could blink and miss it. But with delicious dishes at recession-busting prices -- the most expensive is $12.95 -- Le Patio has been thriving since it opened in September.

The Advocate
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Antigay Irish MP Iris Robinson an Adulterer
By Editors
Days after stepping down from her post as Northern Ireland’s Member of the Parliament to deal with her “lifelong battle with depression,” antigay politician Iris Robinson has admitted that she was cheating on her husband last year.

The Advocate's Photos of the Year
From Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham to comedian Wanda Sykes, take a look back at some of most memorable photos from the pages of The Advocate in 2009.
By Albert Smith
From Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham to comedian Wanda Sykes, if they lent their voices to the fight for gay rights, made a splash or simply made headlines in gay media in 2009, The Advocate was there to capture the moment on film. Take a look back at some of our favorite photos from last year.

Porn Star Francois Sagat Does Fallen Britney
By Editors
Britney Spears may have cleaned up her act, but that hasn’t seemed to stop gay porn star Francois Sagat from making fun of the pop star for her messy public image. Sagat posted a series of pictures to his Facebook titled “Fallen Britney” over the weekend. Check them out here.

Wash Po: Antigay Uganda Bill an Outrage
By Editors
An editorial in Wednesday’s Washington Post calls Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill an outrage, saying that even with the death penalty off the table, the alternative of life-imprisonment “should neither be celebrated nor considered a concession by the government in response to pressure from the United States and other nations.”

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Withers: Ford might challenge Gillibrand
By James Withers, contributing editor, 365Gay Blog
Harold Ford, a former Democratic congressman from Tennessee, is considering a run against New York’s junior senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. Presently he pundits for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and when he was in office Ford was a regular on the Don Imus radio show; that gig lasted until the “I-Man” decided to ruminate on the follicle and sexual backgrounds of a college basketball team.

RachelWatch: Politics and Plinko
By Ali Davis, Contributing writer
Rachel started us off with the observation that, thanks to the announcements of three whole retirements, many terribly savvy political analysts have decided that the Democratic Party is totally collapsing and maybe on fire and is definitely now less relevant than the Whigs or the Free Soil Party.

Pink News - UK
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Jonathan Ross quits the BBC
Updated: 11.20am. Jonathan Ross has announced today that he is leaving the BBC. The star, who got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke last year, said his reasons for leaving were not financially motivated.

Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a 'hypocrite'
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.

Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter

The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.

Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as 'cynical'
The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".

Social worker struck off for abusing trans child

A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.

New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban
The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.

Daily Queer News
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Iowa Senate leader rules out same-sex marriage debate
Gronstal says budget, jobs to take lead.
As the Legislature prepares to convene next week, a key leader Wednesday ruled out any debate over an Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said the session beginning Monday will be focused on the state's budget problems and job creation.

Shelter for LGBT youth faces closure
by Seth Hemmelgarn
A San Francisco organization that aims to provide shelter for queer youth could close March 1. But Bishop Yvette Flunder, the CEO of Ark of Refuge Inc., which includes Ark House, the endangered program, balks at the idea.

The punishment doesn't fit the crime: More on transgender women, prison, and Maria Benita Santamaria
Filed by: Alex Blaze
I posted the other day about Maria Benita Santamaria, a transgender woman sent to prison after she was found with ten pounds of meth on her. She was sent to a men's prison, put in solitary confinement, and denied hormones after having been on them for two years.

D.C. Jail guards accused of beating gay inmate
Posted by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
A 39-year-old gay man being held in the D.C. Jail has accused jail guards of severely beating him last month, saying they carried him, handcuffed, down three flights of stairs while deliberately knocking his head against the walls and handrails.

Maddow: Obama Names First Transgender Nominee; USAJobs Adds Gender Identity
by: Autumn Sandeen
Well, color me surprised -- and in the good way! Rachel Maddow picked up on two trans specific stories for her show last night. I was expecting either her or Keith Oberman to pick up on the Amanda Simpson story, but I didn't expect her to pick up on the second story about the USAJobs website story (First video is 2:06 minutes long; second video is 0:49 minutes long).

Memorial service for Mike Penner (f.k.a. Christine Daniels)
by: Autumn Sandeen
I'm planning a trip up to Los Angeles for the service.
By Karen Ocamb
Many of us were stunned by news last November of the suicide of Los Angeles Times sports columnist Mike Penner -- who we had come to know as Christine Daniels. I confessed that I was confused about which name to call Christine -- as I knew her after my interview with her for IN Los Angeles Magazine and I asked Pam's House Blend columnist Autumn Sandeen if I could cross-post her story about the difficulties transgender people suffer when transitioning. Autumn said that Christine wanted to be known as Mike and we should respect that.

Will Atlanta officially apologize to the Eagle?
Filed by: Gloria Brame Ph.D.
Just in from one of the lawyers representing the owners of the Atlanta Eagle. Some of you may recall the club was targeted by rogue Atlanta cops who intimidated and abused innocent patrons this past fall. On January 12, the Atlanta City Council will be voting on whether the city should apologize to the Eagle.. (Watch the WSB video..) If you live in area, please consider attending this historic event, and letting the City Council know how you feel.

16 Years Old And Already A Catholic Rebel
Filed by: Father Tony
Fr. Tony,
My name is Donny, and I am a 16 year old Catholic. I read one of your articles online about the Roman Catholic Church and homosexuality and LOVED it. You brought up a really good point about the "fan club card"! My question to you is this... I love Jesus and most teachings of the Catholic Church but some just do not click. (Especially when it comes to homosexuality being "sinful"). I really want to have a partner some day and I do not want to be looked down on because of it! Would it be wrong to explore and find Jesus myself without the aid of the Church? Thanks for taking the time, and I hope to hear from you soon.
God bless,
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Neil Patrick Harris wins Gay Man of the Decade: Shuns me again
Filed by: Bil Browning
Neil Patrick Harris has won's Gay Man of the Decade contest. The actor took 61% of the vote in the online poll that went viral once he and actor John Barrowman started a Twitter battle over the title. Various celebrities like Neil Gaimon, Alyssa Milano, Hal Sparks, Kevin Smith, and Felicia Day endorsed their favorite nominee, and I threw my weight under behind Neil Patrick Harris.

Martha Coakley: Dishonoring her Alma Mater*
Posted by B. Daniel Blatt
Like yours truly, Martha Coakley is a graduate of the college currently ranked (by U.S. News and World Report) as the nation’s top liberal arts college. But, unlike our fellow alum and her fellow Democrat, Chris Murphy, she doesn’t seem very interested in the concerns of her constituents who do not share her political point of view.


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