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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"The Gay Rub" & Derrick Gordon

Week of April 14, 2014
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Poet/collector Steven Reigns invites people around the world to join him gathering impressions of LGBT history (interviewed by Steve Pride).

Coming out is a slam-dunk for top tier U.S. college basketball player Derrick Gordon! The University of Massachusetts sophomore talks with ESPN's Kate Fagan, while sports legends Bill Russell and Jim Brown each briefly weigh in on out athletes.

And in NewsWrap: Saudi cops bust 35 "gay party"-goers to promote "virtue," Italian court recognizes gay couple's New York marriage, Utah's marriage equality case heard in federal appeals court, Minnesota moves against bullying, Seattle stands with ousted gay scoutmaster, and more news reported by Michael Allan and Carole Meyers (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending April 12, 2014

SUMMARY

Party Off - Thirty-five men are arrested by Saudi Arabia religious police for being at a "gay party" in Jeddah, while four gay men are jailed in Egypt for "debauchery" …

Tuscan Triumph - an Italian court orders the country's first-ever recognition of the marriage of a same-gender couple legally performed abroad …

Last Rights - a U.S. federal court orders the state of Indiana to recognize the Massachusetts marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has terminal cancer …

Line Starts Here - a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears Utah's case challenging a lower court decision declaring the state's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples unconstitutional – and Oklahoma's challenge will be heard by the same three judges in the coming week …

Safe Bet - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring sides with marriage equality-seeking same-gender couples in their lawsuit challenging the "heterosexuals only" state ban, and only five U.S. states with bans have escaped court challenges …

Bullies Begone - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signs an LGBT-inclusive state anti-bullying bill …

Solemn Oath - Seattle, Washington city officials and his troop's church sponsor stand behind ousted-because-he's-out Boy Scout leader Geoff McGrath ….

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Heaven and Hell

Week of April 7, 2014
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There's good news and bad news from two very different men of the cloth:

United Methodist Church minister Franklyn Schaefer, defrocked for officiating the marriage of his gay son, shares his spiritual and activist journey with our Steve Pride.

Pastor James David Manning of Harlem’s ATLAH Missionary Baptist Church defends their "Jesus Would Stone Homos" marquee as protests continue.

And in NewsWrap: opponents of India's sex law throwback file final appeal, homophobic Uganda cops raid Kampala AIDS clinic, Nigerian court frees two nabbed under new anti-LGBT law, Russian court makes history by upholding LGBT rights, U.S. feds trump state inequality with DOMA-doctored Medicare, and more news reported by Abby Dees and Gary Shaw (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, April 07, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending April 5, 2014

SUMMARY

All In - A last ditch effort launches at India's High Court to overturn Penal Code Section 377, which outlaws private consensual adult gay sex …

School for Scandal - Uganda police raid a U.S.-funded HIV clinic in Kampala for allegedly "training youths in homosexuality," and many thousands march with President Yoweri Museveni to celebrate passage of the nation's draconian "Anti-Homosexuality Law" …

Escaped the Lash - an Islamic court in northern Nigeria frees two men charged with belonging to a gay rights group …

Homo Promo Demos a Go - the highest court in Russia's Kostroma region rules that bans on peaceful protests of the national law criminalizing "gay propaganda" were illegal, while President Vladimir ("traditional values") Putin divorces his wife of 30 years …

DOMA-Doctored Healthcare - the Obama administration opens Medicare to legally married same-gender couples, no matter what state they live in …

How Many Is That Now? - a U.S. federal judge announces that he'll strike down Ohio's law banning the recognition of same-gender couples legally married in other states …

Devil Made Him Do It - Mississippi's Republican Governor Phil Bryant signs the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that critics say legalizes bias in the state against LGBT people …

No Vacancy - a Louisiana House committee kills a bill that would have banned anti-LGBT housing discrimination …

Lucky Seven - a U.S. federal judge rules that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects lesbians and gay men from employment discrimination ….

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

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Escape from Cameroon & Lesbian Lit

Week of March 31, 2014
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Lesbian activist Gertrude Melong tells This Way Out's Steve Pride her story of terror and flight from the official homophobic repression of her west central African homeland. (Gertrude is one recipient of assistance from a fund for LGBTI Cameroonian refugees administered by The Horizons Foundation; she and the fund are featured in the documentary Born This Way.)

Mysterious lesbian poetry meets poetic lesbian mystery as Queer Life and Literature Commentator Janet Mason discovers the works of Nicole Brossard and Joan Timberlake.

And in NewsWrap: equal wedding bells ring in the U.K., Puerto Rican lesbians demand marriage recognition, Russian homophobes assault leprechauns, Tennessee lawmakers legalize anti-LGBT student bias, Maryland protects transgenders from discrimination, and more news reported by Michael LeBeau and Kristin Mellian (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, March 31, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending March 29, 2014

SUMMARY

Inaugural Processions - Lesbian and gay couples begin civilly marrying in England and Wales …

DOMA Adobo - a lesbian couple who live in Puerto Rico but legally wed in Massachusetts files suit to require the U.S. territory to legally recognize the marriage …

Great Lakes Status - a U.S. appeals court extends the stay of a lower court ruling striking down Michigan's law banning civil marriage for same gender couples while state officials appeal it, and while U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces that the federal government will recognize the more than 300 couples who legally wed during the brief hours it was available to them, but Governor Rick Snyder says the state won't until there's a final legal resolution …

Celtic Confusion - a group of students in a flashmob celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the Siberian city of Irkutsk are assaulted by homophobic thugs thinking it was a gay event …

Russian Expansion - Russia-like "no promo homo" laws are pending in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan -- with harsher penalties for violators than the Russian version -- and are being considered in Lithuania and Ukraine …

Abolish the Gays - activists in Uganda report on the increasingly dire situation for sexual minorities in the East African country, while preachers begin a series of "abolish homosexuality" marches …

Bad Company - a proposal appears headed for passage in Ethiopia that would group consensual adult same-gender sex in the nation's Pardon and Amnesty Law with rape, human trafficking and terrorism …

Learned Behavior - a "religious freedom" bill to "protect" Tennessee students from anti-LGBT bias charges is headed to the governor's desk, with opponents calling it a "license to discriminate" …

Change for the Better - Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to sign into law a bill to protect transgender people in the state from discrimination …

'Til Death Do Us Join? - fringe opponents of marriage equality in the U.K. warn of apocalyptic consequences of marriage equality that include a resurrected Jesus being forced to marry a man and gay people digging up corpse on "National Necrophilia Day" ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted April 1, 2014.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

St. Paddy's Protest & Scientific Diplomacy

Week of March 17, 2014
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Green and lavender clash again in New York City in a re-invigorated boycott of the traditional -- and LGBT-exclusive -- St. Patrick's Day Parade (Kelly Cogswell reports).

Can medical experts in sexual orientation dispatched from the U.S. State Department save Uganda from the legalized homophobia inspired by preachers dispatched from the U.S. religious right?

Plus: some parting words from Westboro Baptist Church’s notorious (and now late) Fred ("God Hates Fags") Phelps.

And in NewsWrap: competing family factions face off in Taipei's Freedom Square, Gibraltar rocks civil partnerships, Australia's largest "ex-gay" group exits, an Idaho anti-bias advocate in and out of a closet, and more news reported by Abby Dees and Wenzel Jones (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending March 22, 2014

SUMMARY

Family Feud - Opponents and proponents of Taiwan marriage equality face off and occasionally scuffle at dueling rallies in Taipei's Freedom Square …

Civilized Proposals - lawmakers in Gibraltar approve a civil partnerships bill for both heterosexual and same-gender couples, but a similar proposal dies in Romania's Chamber of Deputies …

Sales Dried Up - Australia's largest "pray the gay away" ministry, Living Waters, shuts down for lack of interest …

No Peace - chairman Mohammed Naseem of Birmingham Central Mosque, one of the largest in Europe, compares gay people to "compulsive murderers, gamblers and pedophiles" …

Heaven Help Him - infamous "God Hates Fags" preacher Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas' fringe Westboro Baptist Church goes to his final reward …

Drip, Drip - a U.S. federal judges makes Michigan the 14th consecutive state since last June's Supreme Court DOMA ruling to have its ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples declared unconstitutional …

Slow Motion - a federal judge extends a stay of his ruling ordering Kentucky to recognize the marriages of lesbian and gay couples legally performed in other jurisdictions pending the state's appeal …

Why Wait? - another federal judge rejects Tennessee's request to delay its recognition of three plaintiff same-gender couples who married elsewhere while the state appeals her ruling declaring that refusal to be unconstitutional …

Cloakroom Disobedience - former Idaho lawmaker Nicole LeFavour literally comes out of a closet in the Senate chamber to protest the refusal of the Republican leadership to even consider protecting LGBT people in the state's anti-discrimination laws ….

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