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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending July 19, 2014

SUMMARY

Hope Shot Down - Renowned Dutch HIV/AIDS researcher/activist Joep Lange and at least a few fellow scientists/activists traveling to the annual International AIDS Conference in Melbourne perish in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine …

Wooing and Courting - the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns Oklahoma's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples, a circuit court judge declares Florida's ban unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to force Utah to recognize the marriages of more than a thousand lesbian and gay couples who legally wed in the state during a brief time when that was possible, and Colorado's Supreme Court orders the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples, but doesn’t stop fellow rogue clerks in Boulder and Pueblo counties from continuing to do so …

Equality-Adjacent - Croatian lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a bill to create marriage-like but less-than-equal "life partnerships" for gay and lesbian couples …

The High Price of Persecution - Malawi's Justice Minister tell a U.N. human rights panel that her government has told police to stop arresting gay people, who can be and have been punished with up to 14 years in prison at hard labor -- but financial constraints seem to have been the practical motivation …

Closing the Books - Singapore's National Library Board takes heat for ordering the removal and destruction of all copies of the true-life penguin story "And Tango Makes Three" and two other LGBT-themed children's books ….

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Before You Know It"

Week of July 14, 2014

Documentarian P J Raval and his subjects Tyler, Dennis, and Robert talk about their award-winning film celebrating gay seniors' gusto (interviewed by Steve Pride).

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera and Harlem's All The Land Anointed Holy (ATLAH) church pastor James David Manning pander to gay sex paranoia with an expose of "cheap orgasms" and Obama's "obsession" with homosexuality.

And in <i><a href="http://bit.ly/1kX0G1b">NewsWrap</a></i>: Uganda's unending nightmare worsens; Kiev skinheads crash gay night spot; Rocky Mountain marriage mash-up and other nuptials news from Utah, Indiana and Wisconsin; Ireland sets the date for marriage equality referendum; French court reunites bi-national gay couple; more news reported this week by Michelle-Marie Gilkeson and Wenzel Jones (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, July 14, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending July 12, 2014

SUMMARY

Economical Excuse - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni blames reduced Western aid over the draconian "Anti-Homosexuality Law" for having to raise taxes, which LGBT activists fear will add even more fuel to the homophobic fire in the country …

Unending Ugandan Nightmare - a statement by the Ugandan government insists that the so-called "Jail All The Gays" law is not meant to punish gay people but only to curb "the open promotion of homosexuality," but recent actions by government agencies contradict that assertion, and five Ugandans – including 16- and 18-year old students – suffer torturous "anal probes" to supposedly confirm their homosexuality after being charged with "promoting" it "to minors" …

Not On the Guest List - a bouncer at Kiev's Pamada Club rebuffs an attempt by neo-Nazi skinheads to invade the gay nightspot in the Ukrainian capital after its mayor's cancellation of a Pride parade over safety concerns …

Mile-High Marriage Dogfight - Colorado is the latest state to have its ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples declared federally unconstitutional, while rogue county clerks led by Boulder's Hillary Hall issue licenses to lesbian and gay couples despite being ordered not to by the state Attorney General …

Straight to the Top - Utah officials announce a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court of the appeals court ruling overturning that state's ban …

Shut Your Eyes - Indiana's governor orders state officials not to recognize the legal marriages of same-gender couples …

Forward March - Wisconsin's Attorney General formally challenges a district court ruling striking down his state's ban in a federal appeals court …

Voting on Vows - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny officially announces that a planned national referendum on marriage equality will be held within the first four months of 2015 …

Storming the Bastille - a landmark ruling by France's top administrative court clears the way for the marriage of an immigrant Senegalese man to his gay French partner ….

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Drag King Mo B. Dick

Week of July 7, 2014
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Entertainer Mo B. Dick (aka Maureen Fischer) drags in a different direction, taking correspondent Michelle-Marie Gilkeson into the world of male impersonators.

Plus: queer life and literature commentator Janet Mason bids a fond arrivederci to Philadelphia LGBT/feminist bookstore Giovanni’s Room.

And in NewsWrap: U.N. equalizes spousal benefits, federal court finds marriage equality not harmful to Kentucky heterosexuals, SCOTUS nixes conversion and contraception, freed Zambian gays face fuzzy future, Dorothy's friend unveils homophobe housing plan, and more news reported this week by Wenzel Jones and Gary Shaw (produced by Wenzel Jones and Steve Pride).

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Monday, July 07, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending July 5, 2014

SUMMARY

Peace and Security - The United Nations extends spousal benefits to its legally married lesbian and gay workers equal to those given to married heterosexual employees …

Big Fish Worth Fishing - a Finnish parliamentary committee again rejects a marriage equality proposal …

War of Weddings - Kentucky's state ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples is the latest in the U.S. to be declared unconstitutional, an appeals court stops gay and lesbian marriages in Indiana, and Colorado's Attorney General squares off against a marriage license-distributing Boulder County Clerk …

Conversion & Contraception - the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding California's ban on so-called "reparative therapy" for minors, but sides with closely-held businesses like Hobby Lobby that want to deny birth control options for its female workers based on religious belief – which could open the door to religious-based bias against LGBT people …

Freed to Fuzzy Future - Zambia frees two young men charged with engaging in illegal homosexual acts due to lack of evidence …

Marching Backwards - an estimated 25,000 Jamaicans rally against LGBT rights in Kingston …

Homophobe Housing Plan - Seattle, Washington drag queen "Mama Tits" warns homophobic religious protesters at the Emerald City's annual Pride parade to watch out for falling houses ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted July 8, 2014.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

"Test" & Divergent Christians


Week of June 30, 2014
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Writer/director Chris Mason Johnson's film Test brings the AIDS dance to the big screen (preview and interview with Steve Pride).

Christian conniptions and kudos conflict over LGBT rites: the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and novice movie mogul Rick Santorum fantasize about "re-education camps" for faith-based homophobes, Episcopal priest Cameron Partridge is the first transgender preacher at the U.S. National Cathedral, and United Methodist Church minister Frank Schaefer is "re-frocked" after his same-gender wedding conviction is overturned.

And in NewsWrap: appealing wins advance U.S. marriage equality in Utah and Colorado, Mexican Supremes okay one Baja California gay wedding, most U.S. citizens believe ENDA already exists, South Carolina town saves lesbian police chief,  and more news reported this week by Michelle Marie-Gilkeson and Wenzel Jones (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending June 28, 2014

SUMMARY

Industry Takes the Lead - In a case involving Utah's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples, the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals becomes the first appeals court since last year's Supreme Court DOMA ruling to affirm a district court decision striking down a state's constitutional ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples as federally unconstitutional …

Ahead of the Curve - Boulder, Colorado County Clerk Hillary Hall, citing the 10th Circuit ruling that also affects her state, starts handing out marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples …

Ding, Ding, Ding - St. Louis, Missouri Mayor Francis Slay marries four same-gender couples in defiance of the state's ban on marriage equality …

Crossroads of History - a federal district court overturns Indiana's marriage ban, and with no immediate stay, hundreds of couples reportedly exchange vows before an appeals court stops them …

First Drop - Mexico's Supreme Court grants a civil marriage license to a gay couple from Baja California – but the ruling only affects that couple …

Fantasy Fairness - according to a YouGov/Huffington Post poll, 69% of the U.S. population falsely believes that federal law protects LGBT people from workplace discrimination …

Restoring the Peace - the "nightmare that will not stop" for "unprotected" openly lesbian Latta, South Carolina Police Chief Crystal Moore appears to finally be over ….

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