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Friday, May 31, 2013

Lord Mayor & "Last Nude" & Long Beach Dykes

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Bristol, UK bids a fond farewell to its "out"-going Lord Mayor Peter Main (Mary Milton reorts from the festivities at Mansion House).

Queer Life & Literature Commentator Janet Mason enters the lesbian world of 1920s Paris in Ellis Avery's The Last Nude.

Long Beach, California's first Dyke March demonstrates a different kind of Pride (Zamna Avila covers the her-storic procession).

And in NewsWrap: Britain's Commons makes marriage equality the Lords' work, Australia's former P.M. surprisingly calls for parity, Puerto Rico passes LGBT anti-bias protections, bi-national same-gender couples divorced from U.S. immigration reform, and more news reported by Sarah Sweeney and Gary Shaw (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, May 27, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending May 25, 2013

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In the Lords' Hands - A lopsided approval in its third and final reading in the British House of Commons sends the "Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill" for England and Wales to the House of Lords, where passage may be more difficult …

Remedial Legislation - Nevada's Assembly advances a bill already passed in the Senate to repeal the U.S. state's 2002 voter-approved constitutional ban and open civil marriage to same-gender couples …

Apply Full Rudd-er - former Australian P.M. and current M.P. Kevin Rudd surprises many with his blog posting in support of secular marriage equality …

Family Whys - Portugal's parliament allows members of legally married same-gender couples to adopt their spouse's biological or adopted children, but nixes joint adoption rights …

Discrimination Derailed - Puerto Rico's House joins its Senate to approve a bill banning bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and government services, while the House approves a measure and sends to the Senate a bill to add those two categories to the island territory's domestic violence laws …

Collateral Damage - several U.S. advocacy groups acknowledge that LGBT people will be among the estimated 11 million undocumented people currently living in the U.S. to benefit from proposed immigration reform, but criticize Democrats for throwing same-gender couples under the bus because they believed including rights for them would scuttle the legislation …

Half Empty - the Boy Scouts of America decides to welcome openly gay members, but will kick them out when they turn 18 if they want to be scout leaders [JESS BURNS of "Free Speech Radio News" reports/www.fsrn.org] …

In Memoriam - posthumous honors bring the Presidential Medal of Freedom to trailblazing lesbian astronaut Sally Ride, and the first national park in the U.S. named for him to pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted May 28th.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Minnesota Marriage & Riley's Witness

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The North Star State makes it a U.S. marriage equality dozen while Dixie Treichel is on the scene at the capitol in St. Paul among the people to whom it matters.

18-year-old son-of-lesbians Riley Roberts' testimony before a Nevada State Assembly committee is clearly sane, whereas Linda Harvey's Mission: America diatribe is certified hate speech.

And in NewsWrap:  international actions oppose homo- and trans-phobia, protestors squelch Ukrainian job rights bill, EU poll proves that the poor and the young bear the brunt of anti-LGBT bias, and more news reported by Jason Proctor and Natalie Peoples (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending May 18, 2013

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IDA Hot - The annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) is observed on May 17th by the United Nations [with brief comments by U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon], and in a variety of events across Asia …

IDA Cold - police shut down an IDAHOT march in Nairobi and a rally on the same day in St. Petersburg, while several people are injured as religious extremists violently attack an IDAHOT rally in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi …

Squeaky Wheel - anti-gay demonstrators in Kiev succeed in getting a proposed bill in the Ukrainian parliament to ban sexual orientation-based workplace bias shelved indefinitely …

Blows Count - according to a largest-of-its-kind survey by the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency, virtually one in two LGBT people on the continent have been discriminated against or attacked during the last year for being who they are …

Who Needs Enemies - a young Russian man is brutally tortured and murdered in Volgograd after reportedly coming out to two of his drinking buddies, although one news source says his parents claim that he wasn't gay …

Lindo Maravilhoso! - a near-unanimous ruling by Brazil's National Council of Justice virtually opens civil marriage to same-gender couples in Latin America's largest country …

Voilà, ça y est! - President Francois Hollande signs legislation to open civil marriage and extend adoption rights to French same-gender couples the day after a ruling by the nation's highest court clears the way …

Freer By the Dozen - Governor Mark Dayton's signature officially makes Minnesota the 12th U.S. state with marriage equality …

Internal Struggle - Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta quashes a proposal by his own Equality Minister Josefa Idem to create some form of legal recognition for lesbian and gay couples …

Two Toppings - Italy's lower house of parliament extends health insurance coverage to its members' same-gender partners, and a court in Milan recognizes the British civil partnership of an Italian gay couple as a legal union ….

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Out Lesbian Athletes & The Deadly Nightshade

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Nothing taken away from NBA player Jason Collins, whose recent coming out has been met with practically universal praise and support, but over a dozen active women professional athletes have come out since 1981. In fact, the WNBA's Brittney Griner discussed being a lesbian several weeks before Collins' ballyhooed letter to Sports Illustrated. Michelle-Marie Gilkeson hits the streets to get the score.

The first all-women's band to sign with a major record label makes a come-back after 38 years! Queer music historian extraordinaire JD Doyle tends the garden where The Deadly Nightshade blooms anew (with their new CD, Never Never Gonna Stop).

And in NewsWrap: Delaware joins U.S. marriage equality club, Minnesota moves and Illinois inches toward wedding rights, 35,000 Estonians petition against marriage equality, Albania revolts against homophobia and hate crimes, young gay lovers persecuted in Zambia, Sydney's "Glorias" recognize inglorious bastards, and more news reported by Tanya Kane-Parry and Robert LeBlanc (produced by Steve Pride).

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Monday, May 13, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending May 11, 2013

SUMMARY

On a Roll - Delaware becomes the 11th U.S. state (along with the District of Columbia) to open civil marriage to same-gender couples, and Minnesota and Illinois could be next …

And Rolling On - debate on the third and final reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in Britain's House of Commons has been scheduled for May 21st and 22nd, while Australia's Greens push for a new vote on marriage equality ahead of general elections there …

Heels Digging In - more than 35,000 people sign a petition opposing marriage equality in Estonia …

No Anti-Homo Promo - Albania's parliament passes historic LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation …

One Zambia vs. Two Lovers - the persecution of two gay men continues in Zambia …

Not Lovin' It - Auckland, New Zealand demonstrators protest the offensive treatment of a McDonald's staff member who was told by his manager that he'd be disciplined if he "acted gay" during his shift …

Inglorious Bastards - winners in Sydney, Australia of the annual "Glorias" –- the Gay & Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous and Ignorant comment Awards –- include New South Wales roads minister Duncan Gay, "Herald Sun" columnist Andrew Bolt, rightwing U.K. politician John Sullivan, and American Southern Baptist Convention President Reverend Fred Luter ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted May 14th.

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Give OUT Day on "This Way Out"

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Associate Producer Lucia Chappelle on the importance of supporting this unique service on the day the LGBT community Gives OUT to its vital non-profit organizations.



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Raise Your Voice for LGBT Justice!

Everybody’s talking about Give OUT Day! On May 9th, 2013, thousands of people like you are going to show their support for their favorite LGBT non-profit – and you have just 24 hours to get on board!

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Demonstrations for marriage equality in France …



Rosie Wilby’s interview with Leslie Jordan in London …


Documentarians Katie Cook and Maggie Young sent an audio postcard from Kyrgyzstan…
Bishop Gene Robinson affirmed that God believes in love ...


Renowned scholar Martin Duberman challenged LGBT assimilationism ...


And there have been so many more!

Let us hear your voice on May 9th between midnight and 11:59pm! Give OUT Day is your chance to be heard, your chance to turn up the volume on the global LGBT movement! 
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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Collins v. Closet & Teacher v. Diocese

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NBA player Jason Collins' "outing" wins championship coverage from ABC's George Stephanapolous and ersatz Comedy Central commentator Stephen Colbert, who laments the growing acceptance of "out" LGBT people in professional sports.

Fired lesbian Roman Catholic high school educator Carla Hale aims to teach her diocese a lesson (Free Speech Radio News reporter Evan Davis has the story of Columbus, Ohio).

And in NewsWrap: two more Brazilian states declare marital parity, Northern Ireland lawmakers quash marriage equality bill, Samoa decriminalizes "third gender," "Best Gay Friends" a hit in Vietnam, world's first elected "out" head of state retires, and more news reported by Rick Watts and Michelle-Marie Gilkeson (produced by Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending May 4, 2013

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Lindo Maravilhoso! - Santa Catarina and Paraiba become the thirteenth and fourteenth states in Brazil to open civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples …

Not So Lucky - lawmakers in Northern Ireland reject a marriage equality proposal for the second time …

Jesus Wept - Cook Islands P.M. Henry Puna says his self-governing nation's "Christian values" prevent opening civil marriage to same-gender couples there …

Three's Company - a new penal code that took effect on May 1st in Samoa literally legalizes the lives of the fa'afafine, a third gender culture native to that island nation …

Lotus Flowers - LGBT rights appear to be blossoming in Vietnam, with government officials signaling that marriage equality may be on the horizon, and Youtube sensation "My Best Gay Friends," the nation's first gay sitcom, surpassing a million views (and counting) …

A Color A Day - about 12,000 people kick off "Tokyo Rainbow Week" with a parade through the capital city's upscale Harajuku shopping district …

Leave No Spaces Blank - the Supreme Court of the U.S. state of Iowa, which ordered marriage equality in 2009, unanimously rules that married same-gender couples can have both parents listed on the birth certificates of their newborn children …

Embargo Lifted - the U.S. State Department reverses itself and grants a visa to Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela to travel to Philadelphia to accept an LGBT "ally" award …

Bless Bless - the first open gay or lesbian to lead a national government, Iceland's now former Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, officially retires from politics after what she calls a "long and eventful" career ….

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Martin Duberman & Marriage in FRA and RI

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Author-historian Martin Duberman eschews liberalism and reconsiders the gay movement in his Kessler Award lecture, Acceptance at What Price? The Gay Movement Reconsidered (excerpted). Has the marriage equality strategy annulled our radical roots?

Dateline Paris -- France finalizes its Marriage for All bill! Celebrations in the streets … and homophobic violence spreads from outside the parliament around the country.

Dateline Providence -- State Senator Maryellen Goodwin is a Roman Catholic, but she converted to equality to vote to open civil marriage to Rhode Island's same-gender couples.

And in NewsWrap: the fourteenth country and tenth U.S. state okay marital parity, Nevada Senators begin to un-DOMA their constitution, Colombian marriage activists are undaunted by legislative rejection, Cuba's sex ed head is denied an "Ally" award, ignorance muddies Mongolian activists' magic moment, and more news reported by Sarah Sweeney and Michelle-Marie Gilkeson (produced by Steve Pride).

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