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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Manning's Twin Transitions & Greenwald's True Terror

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A report on US Army Private Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning's 35-year prison sentence by Free Speech Radio News anchor Dorian Merina features comments by Manning's attorney David Coombs and analysis by Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld. Then consider how Manning's latest revelation -- the decision to live as a woman -- may test military mettle.

Brazilian David Miranda and his American husband, The Guardian's investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, tell their horror story about harassment at Heathrow to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360.

And in NewsWrap: winning weddings ring in New Zealand marriage equality, New Mexico's largest counties leap the broom while a Pennsylvania county defies that U.S. state's hetero-only marriage law, and New Jersey's new "prayer cure" ban pits Christians against Christie, and more news reported by Wenzel Jones and Pam Marshall (produced by Steve Pride).

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Friday, August 30, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending August 24, 2013

SUMMARY

Winning Weddings - New Zealand becomes the fourteenth country in the world to begin legally marrying same-gender couples …

Countdown Crescendo - Australians push for equality ahead of their September 7th national elections …

Will It Grow As It Goes? - officials in two counties in the U.S. state of New Mexico issue marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples, which has Republican lawmakers howling …

Independently for Virtuous Liberty - an official in Montgomery County defies Pennsylvania's specific law banning them to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, as oral arguments are set to begin in an ACLU lawsuit challenging the law …

Weeding the Garden State - New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie signs a second-in-the-nation bill to ban so-called "reparative therapy" for minors, becoming the second-in-the-nation state to be sued by the rightwing Liberty Counsel for enacting it, joining California, which was the first …

California Class Conflict - the Golden State now braces for an effort to challenge a recently-passed bill requiring equal access for transgender students to programs and facilities in public schools …

Baby Unbestimmt - Germany becomes the first country in the world to allow alternatives to "male" or "female" on the birth certificates of intersex babies …

Welcome to Jail - topping this week's Russia/Olympics confluence, the International Olympic Committee appears satisfied with Russian government reassurances that "everyone will be welcome at the Games in Sochi," although the same statement reaffirms that the recently enacted law criminalizing "the promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships" will be enforced against competitors and fans alike, as Russian President Vladimir Putin issues an ostensibly "antiterrorism" edict banning "gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" in Sochi during the Olympics …

She Has A Point - a Swedish high jumper's rainbow-colored nails turn red with love ….

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Manning’s Mea Culpa

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Trans whistleblower Bradley Manning’s explanatory apology is analyzed by Firedoglake trial-watcher Kevin Gosztola (with Free Speech Radio News reporter Alice Ollstein) and independent journalist Alexa O'Brien (with Amy Goodman and Nakeem Shaikh of Democracy Now!).

Plus: a musical Rainbow [More-Than-A] Minute celebrates the advent this month of marriage equality in Minnesota and Rhode Island.

And in NewsWrap: U.S. evangelical charged with Ugandan crimes against humanity, Prop 8 propelled to ninth circle of hell, German Evangelicals marry unionized same-gender couples, Russian TV anchor fired for coming out on the air, WWE Superstar pins closet, and more news reported by Jenn Mahoney and Jason Proctor (produced by Steve Pride).

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending August 17, 2013

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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness - In a precedent-setting lawsuit, professional Massachusetts-based homophobe Scott Lively is ordered to stand trial in U.S. federal court for "fomenting" crimes against humanity in Uganda …

R.I.Prop. - the California Supreme Court drives the final nail into the coffin of the state's marriage equality-banning Proposition 8

Blessed Union - Germany's Protestant Church sanctions its first marriage ceremony for a same-gender couple …

Rock and Hard Place Event - the International Olympic Committee vows to punish any athlete at the Sochi Winter Games in February who violates Russia's law banning "gay propaganda" …

Broken News - prominent Russian TV newscaster Anton Krasovsky comes out on the air and is promptly fired …

Double-Dare - a few competitors at this week's track and field Moscow Athletics World Championships test the "no promo homo law" …

Different Bells - out Puerto Rican pro featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz announces his engagement …

Smooth Move - World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) Superstar Darren Young casually comes out to TMZ ….

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rudd's Word, Rejecting Russia & Keller's Parent

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his main reelection challenger Tony Abbott briefly debate marriage equality during their first face-to-face campaign match-up.

U.S. President Barack Obama condemns Russia's "no promo homo" law, but nixes a protest boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi … and Georgetown University Professor Charles King tells MSNBC's Rachel Maddow why the Olympics controversy is fostering increased global support for gay rights.

Our Steve Pride chats with cartoonist Dan Parent at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego about creating the popular Archie Comics gay teen character "Kevin Keller."

And in NewsWrap: celebrity gay couple gets Uruguay's first same-gender marriage license, Pennsylvania county leaps to "right side of history," Pride blooms in Hanoi and Entebbe, Stockholm and Amsterdam offer surrogate Pride to Russian visitors, anti-gay suppression fails in Armenia and Lithuania, and more news reported by Pamela Brooks and Charlie Bauer (produced by Steve Pride).

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending August 10, 2013

SUMMARY

Felicitaciones y los Mejores Deseos! - Uruguay begins offering marriage licenses to same-gender couples, becoming the second country in South America with such equality nationwide …

Penn's Spirit - Pennsylvania's Montgomery County defies the U.S. state's heterosexuals-only marriage law …

Even in Vietnam and Uganda - LGBT Pride celebrates its second birthday in both Hanoi and Entebbe …

Brakes on Bigotry - a "no promo homo" law is proposed and then quickly withdrawn in Armenia, while Lithuanian officials reject holding a referendum on such a law there …

Payback is a ... -  Putin's Russia continues to suffer economic and political backlash against government promises to enforce its law banning "gay propaganda" among native and foreign athletes and spectators alike when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi …

Välkomna! - Pride in Stockholm puts out the welcome mat for beleaguered celebrants from Russia …

Float You, Vladimir! - more than a half-million watch Amsterdam float its condemnation of Putin and support for a homophobia-free sports world …

Marching to the Russian Front - a pair of Canadian Olympians march in support of diversity in the 35th annual Pride parade in Vancouver, British Columbia ….

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Russia Update & Manning Sentencing

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Moscow-based activist Nikolai Alekseev (via Skype with correspondent Steve Pride) brings us the latest from the frontlines of Russia's crackdown on LGBT people -- is Vladimir Putin playing Russian roulette with the Winter Olympics?

Elizabeth Goitein of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice shares her analysis of what's ahead for the controversial queer whistle-blower, as a U.S. Army judge measures Pvt. Bradley Manning's guilt (an interview with Dorian Merina of Free Speech Radio News).

And in NewsWrap: the new Pope says he won't "judge" gay priests, activists align with LGBT bar owners to "Dump Stoli," U.S. citizens get equal visa rights for their same-gender spouses, marriage equality bells ring in Minnesota and Rhode Island, and more news reported by Pamela Brooks and Charlie Bauer (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending August 3, 2013

SUMMARY

Gamesmanship - The Russian government ignores global protests and vows no exceptions in enforcement of the recently passed "no promo homo" law at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but then maybe relents …

Dry Politics - debate among LGBT activists and their allies continues around the world about how to best respond to Russia's escalating war on sexual minorities, but there's a push to "Dump Stoli" (arguably the most popular Russian vodka in the West) that’s growing around the world …

Vodka Veritas - Latvia's leading LGBT rights group Mozaika asks activists to stop their vodka protest actions, claiming that Stoli is made in their country, but the U.S. based Queer Nation disputes that claim with facts …

Judge Not - Pope Francis makes headlines with seemingly positive comments about gay priests, but critics remind LGBT Catholics that the Church still condemns homosexual *acts* as mortal sin …

Truth's Consequences - military court convicts U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, described as either gay or transgendered, of all but the most serious charge – aiding the enemy – for releasing reams of classified documents to Wikileaks in what's been called the largest breach of national security in American history …

Welcome Home - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirms (post-DOMA) that visa applications of the married foreign same-gender spouses of U.S. citizens will be treated the same as those from heterosexual spouses …

Wedding Cake-Bakers' Dozen - joining 11 other U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Rhode Island officially begin marrying lesbian and gay couples ….

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Troubles in Russia, Cameroon and Zimbabwe

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Venerable writer/activist Harvey Fierstein takes aim at President Vladimir Putin in a New York Times op-ed  as an outbreak of Russian repression threatens the Olympic torch (Fierstein appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.)

Cameroon activists mourn assassinated LGBT leader Eric Lembembe (Ngala Killian Chimtom of Free Speech Radio News reports from Yaounde.)

Zimbabwe's long hard slog against hate continues (Free Speech Radio News reporter Garikai Chaunza has the latest from Harare.)

And in NewsWrap: news in or about Russia dominates this week's LGBT headlines, Moldova surprises rights groups with "no promo homo" law, death threats and stones greet Montenegro's first LGBT Pride march, dignitaries pelted with eggs at Lithuania's second Pride, Super Mario satire stings Mexican media, and more news reported by Christopher Gaal and Tanya Kane-Parry (produced by Steve Pride).

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