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Friday, September 27, 2013

"Facing Fear"

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Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal's unlikely friendship fights fear and fosters forgiveness in an acclaimed documentary short considered by Entertainment Correspondent Steve Pride.

Plus -- Canadian Artist Steven Walker is remembered in a Rainbow Minute (produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns, read by Heidi Trepanizer).

And in NewsWrap: more moderating words from the newly-minted Pope, U.S. Labor Department pushes spousal benefits for same-gender couples, Oklahoma not OK with National Guard benefits, Russian YouTube video claims gays and lesbians adopt children for rape, and more news reported by Michael LeBeau and Pamela Brooks (produced by Angela Brooks and Steve Pride).

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NewsWrap for the week ending September 21, 2013

SUMMARY

The Gospel Truth - Pope Francis shakes up Roman Catholics opining during a lengthy interview that the Church has been overly "obsessed" with abortion, contraception and marriage equality …

That's Amore - Italian Parliament kiss-in heralds passage of a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the country's hate crime laws …

Labor of Love - U.S. Department of Labor makes a post-DOMA announcement that same-gender couples are now eligible to participate with their spouses in private employer-provided health care and pension benefits plans organized under federal law …

Both Sides of the Family - bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would extend family benefits to federal gay and lesbian workers and their domestic partners equal to those given ...

Not OK With Them - Oklahoma joins Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana to defy a post-DOMA Pentagon directive to enroll same-gender couples in National Guard benefits programs …

Native American Movement - California's Santa Ysabel Tribe brings the total of Native American tribes that marry lesbian and gay couples to six …

Nothing to See Here - new out writer for DC Comics' "Batwoman" franchise insists that his employer isn't anti-gay by rejecting the story line developed by his predecessors that had the lesbian superhero marrying her longtime gal pal detective Maggie Sawyer …

Fingers Crossed Behind Their Backs - Russia agrees in its generic version of the UN's traditional Olympics Truce that it won't discriminate, but refuses to be more specific …

Sick Young Imaginations - new Russian YouTube video warns that gays and lesbians want to adopt children so they can rape them and "satisfy their sexual desires" …

Soft Drink Gambit - former chess champion and Russian opposition figure Gary Kasparov suggests how things in Sochi could go even better with Coke ….

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Big Joy" & BUTCH Voices

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Radical Faerie filmmaker, facilitator, futurist and freelance writer Stephen Sihla celebrates the iconoclastic poet and spiritual visionary James Broughton's Big Joy with correspondent Dixie Treichel.

The BUTCH Voices Conference in Oakland, California bridges the gender divide (Angela Brooks reports).

And in NewsWrap: Hawai'i gets re-engaged in marriage equality, a Pacific Northwest tribe has no reservations about Two-Spirit weddings, symbolic same-gender nuptials are held in Taipei and Seoul, a Russian lawmaker wants to yank kids out of lesbian or gay homes, Betty Crocker's inclusive wedding cakes frost the U.S. right wing, and more news reported by Jason Proctor and Michelle-Marie Gilkeson (produced by Steve Pride).

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Friday, September 20, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending September 14, 2013

SUMMARY

Re-engagement - Hawai'i's governor calls a special session of the state legislature to pass a marriage equality bill …

Arrest That County - a judge in Pennsylvania orders Montgomery County to stop issuing marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples in defiance of a state ban against them …

Ask the Ref - the New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to issue a statewide marriage equality ruling after several counties begin issuing licenses to same-gender couples …

Two Spirit Day - Washington state's Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation becomes the fifth Native American tribe to open marriage to gay and lesbian couples …

Ganbei - more than 1200 equality supporters celebrate a traditional "wedding banquet" outside the presidential palace in Taipei to push the Taiwan government toward enacting marriage equality …

Good for the Wild Goose - out filmmaker Kim Jho Gwang-Soo symbolically marries his longtime partner Kim Seung-Hwan on a bridge in Seoul in Korea's first-ever public gay wedding …

Could It Be ... Saaa-tin??? - Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I condemns same-gender unions as "sinful, reprehensible," and a "new invention," while Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota John Nienstedt thinks that marriage equality is the Devil's handiwork …

Don't Rain on My Parade - the organizer of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi pleads with the IOC to find a way to stop the global outcry over Russia's so-called "no promo homo" law because it's overshadowing his preparations for the upcoming Games …

Pied Piper - a Russian lawmaker proposes legislation to deny child custody to gay and lesbian parents and to even remove from their homes kids who are already living with gay or lesbian parents …

Psycho - Tony Perkins of the U.S. Family Research Council, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group, bakes up another rightwing boycott against another pro-LGBT company in a widely-distributed radio diatribe against Minnesota-based Betty Crocker  ….

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Friday, September 13, 2013

London Calling & Rudd's Anti-Homophobe Hymn

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Brits bang the drum against Russian repression at a big pre-G20 anti-Putin demonstration (covered by correspondent Kathy Caton).

Now-outgoing Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd meets a Christian challenger regarding biblical support for marriage equality.

Plus -- Queer Life and Literature Commentator Janet Mason says poet Richard Blanco's Looking for the Gulf Motel is mesmerizing.

And in NewsWrap: Scots pipe up for wedding rights, marriage equality by microns in Mexico and New Mexico, U.S. National Guard benefits trapped in state marriage prisons, fictional lesbian superhero sinks while a real one swims long-distance, and more news reported by Jason Proctor and Michelle-Marie Gilkeson (produced by Steve Pride).

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending September 7, 2013

SUMMARY

Cue the Pipes - A civil marriage equality bill moves toward predicted passage in Scotland …

Poquito Mas - a gay couple in Chihuahua get a court-ordered marriage license …

Manhattan Marriage Project - a judge in New Mexico makes Los Alamos the eighth county in the U.S. state to offer marriage licenses  to same-gender couples …

Gaining on 'Em - one in three marriage licenses issued in Minnesota in August went to lesbian and gay couples …

Guard the Guardians - U.S. National Guard commanders in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana hinder the efforts of their married gay and lesbian enlistees to get equal military benefits …

Immersed in Bigotry - the Southern Baptist Convention bans their U.S. military chaplains from any action, including performing or attending the wedding of a same-gender couple, that "gives the appearance of accepting the homosexual lifestyle" …

Abandoned at the Altar -  the writers of GLAAD award-winning DC Comics' "Batwoman" quit after being told that "Kate Kane" (the lesbian caped crusader's real name) can't marry her police officer girlfriend "Maggie Sawyer," to whom she proposed in the February issue …

Super Sapphic Swimmer - why the sexual orientation of 64-year-old record-breaking Cuba to Florida long-distance lesbian swimmer Diana Nyad needs to be part of the story ….

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Nepal Progresses & Russia Regresses

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Sapphic Nomads Katie Cook and Maggie Young arrive in the Himalaya to meet Nepal's leading gay activist, Sunil Babu Pant, in Kathmandu. Cook and Young are filmmakers searching for LGBT activists all over the world for a documentary. Pant is the founder of the Blue Diamond Society and was the country's first openly gay Member of Parliament.

Lesbian writer Masha Gessen confronts Russia's growing homophobic fascism on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes.

And in NewsWrap: Jamaica's sodomy repeal debate motivates escalating violence, California lesbian couple wins post-DOMA disabled veteran benefits, marriage equality revolts engulf U.S. localities, worker-unfriendly WalMart romances same-gender partners, and more news reported by Pamela Brooks and Michael Allan (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending August 31, 2013

SUMMARY

Island Fever - Mob violence against LGBT people rises sharply in Jamaica, fueled by anti-sodomy preachers …

Health and Taxes - the reverberating effects this week of the U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA decision include the Internal Revenue Service announcing that it will treat married same-gender couples the same as their heterosexual peers, and the Health and Human Services Department declaring that same-gender couples will now have access to all the benefits of Medicare that had previously been reserved for heterosexual married couples …

About Face - a federal judge declares a U.S. statute that denies equal benefits to married lesbian and gay veterans unconstitutional …

Tipping Point - marriage equality is now enjoyed in more than half of New Mexico while its Association of Counties asks the state high court to issue a definitive ruling on the issue …

Oh, Grow Up! - Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett compares gay and lesbian couples to 12-year-old children in his legal filing against an official in the state's Montgomery County who's also handing out marriage licenses to same-gender couples …

Thank Goodness for Small Favors - global retail behemoth WalMart extends domestic partner benefits to its 2.2 million employees around the world …

Keep Out of Reach of Children - the San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds California's first-in-the-nation law banning so-called "conversion therapy" for minors …

Prisoner of Gender - the attorney for U.S. Army Private Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning reports that the transgender soldier is doing well as she acclimates to life at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, but that the Army is denying her hormone therapy and other necessary treatment for gender dysphoria …

Justice of the Peace - Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes history as the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to officiate at the wedding of a same-gender couple ….

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