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Thursday, October 31, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending October 26, 2013

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Legislative Time Out - Proposed legislation in Russia to remove children from the homes of their gay or lesbian parents is withdrawn, but not forgotten …

200 Overcome 1500 - violent attacks by right-wing extremists on the first-ever Pride march in Montenegro's capital of Podgorica end with several injuries and multiple arrests …

Aussies At Odds - the federal government challenges the latest effort to enact marriage equality in the Australian Capital Territory, anti-equality P.M. Tony Abbott's out lesbian sister announces her engagement, and lawmakers consider marriage equality bills in the Australian states of New South Wales and Tasmania …

Tar Heel Tap Dancing - an official in Buncombe County, North Carolina tests that U.S. state's hetero-only marriage law, while same-gender couples legally married elsewhere demand recognition of their marriages there …

Clarity To Come - a ruling is expected by year's end by the New Mexico Supreme Court after it hears arguments this week in a marriage equality case …

Forever Hold Your Peace - France's Constitutional Council -- the country's highest court – rules that mayors opposed to marriage equality cannot refuse to officiate at weddings of same-gender couples …

Skater Won't Let Russia Slide - out U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir retires from competition, but not from LGBT rights advocacy –- including sharp criticism of Russia's so-called "no promo homo law" --  when he serves as a figure skating analyst for the NBC TV Network's coverage of the February 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian seaside city of Sochi ….

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Out In The Dark" & "A Piece of the Sky"

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Set against the backdrop of one of the most difficult situations in the world, co-writer/director Michael Mayer's new film puts a different face on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Her new CD and upcoming tour prove that Tret Fure's four-decade career as a music industry trailblazer is still on the move.

And in NewsWrap: Christie surrenders to New Jersey marriage equality, Tasmanian equity gets constitutional okay, four neo-Nazis convicted of killing "Chile's Matthew Shepard," Cairo cops raid alleged gay bathhouse, public service puppets "Sheka and Teka" spark controversy in Israel, and more news reported by Michael Allan and Abby Dees (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending October 19, 2013

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Wedding Garden - In U.S. state marriage equality news, the New Jersey Supreme Court green-lights marriage licenses for same-gender couples beginning October 21st …

Awaiting Enchantment - New Mexico's high court is scheduled to hear arguments on October 23rd in a marriage equality case there …

Great Lakes Front - a U.S. District court judge schedules oral arguments for February 2014 in a challenge to Michigan's hetero-only constitutional marriage statute …

Beaver State Breaks Dam - Oregon's chief operating officer orders state agencies to recognize the marriages of same-gender couples conducted in other jurisdictions where they're legal …

Perpetuated in Righteousness - Hawai'i lawmakers begin a special session to consider marriage equality on October 28th …

Prairie Justice - activists are hoping for debate to be held in the coming week on a marriage equality proposal in Illinois …

Fertile Ground for Faithfulness - two Australian constitutional law experts conclude that the state of Tasmania can enact marriage equality without being in conflict with the federal Marriage Act …

On Matthew Shepard's Anniversary - four alleged neo-Nazis are convicted of last year's brutal torture and murder of Chilean student Daniel Zamudio …

Devil Made Them Do It - at least 14 men are arrested for "practicing homosexuality" in a raid of a Cairo "health club" …

Romantic Sparks - speculation rises about the sexual orientation of "Plug" and "Socket," a pair of male puppets that have been promoting the Israel Electric Corporation for more than a decade, after the arrival of a baby puppet in their latest ad ….

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Christie V. Equality & Religious Right Romances Russia

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New Jersey voters are torn between Governor Chris Christie and equality as the incumbent debates marriage equality with his reelection opponent, State Senator Barbara Buono.

U.S. homophobes' praise for Putin's Russia is documented in excerpts from an exclusive MSNBC report by news analyst Rachel Maddow, featuring The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats and the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer.

Plus cultural theorist and self-identified mischief-maker Charlie Bauer asks Do I Look GAY?

And in NewsWrap: Cyprus outlaws hate crimes against sexual minorities, Iran nabs dancing "homosexual Satanists", Moldova repeals its "no promo homo" law, Harvey Milk gets a stamp of approval, and more news reported by Natalie Peoples and Wenzel Jones (produced by Wenzel Jones and Steve Pride).

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending October 12, 2013

SUMMARY

Victory in the Midst of Chaos - Cyprus adds sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-vilification laws, while Northern Cyprus lawmakers promise repeal of their sodomy statute by year's end …

In Gandhi's Backyard - a first-ever Pride parade is held in Surat, the second largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat …

Those Gay Devils - Iran's religious militia arrest "a network of homosexuals and Satanists" during a raid of a birthday party in a private meeting hall near the Iraq border …

Out of the Closets and Into the Jails - four protestors of Russia's "no promo homo" law are roughly arrested in Moscow, and at least 67 LGBT activists trying to observe National Coming Out Day are attacked by homophobes and then arrested in St. Petersburg …

Just Like in the Movies - St. Petersburg's Side By Side film festival successfully appeals its conviction and heavy fine for being a "foreign agent," though an appeal by the group leader of his individual conviction and fine under that law is still pending …

Birth Control - the same lawmaker who co-sponsored Russia's "no promo homo" law wants to ban gay men from using surrogate mothers, and parliament is set to debate a bill in February to remove children from the homes of their lesbian or gay parents …

Let's Not and Say We Did - Moldova repeals its version of a "no promo homo" law in its quest for E.U. membership …

Need for Speed - the New Jersey Supreme Court expedites an appeal by GOP Governor Chris Christie of a state judge's order that civil marriage licenses be available to same-gender couples on October 21st after the judge rejects Christie's request for a stay …

Stamp of Approval - following several years of lobbying, the late San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk will be smiling at U.S. postage stamp users next year ….

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Face Off HIV" & "The Happy Sad"

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Keith Pederson started to do a coffee table book featuring the rich and diverse stories of Minnesotans living with HIV and AIDS … then came the web project … and soon there will be a movie, too! He talks with Dixie Treichel about getting people to put the ribbon back on.

Film festival fans favor bi-curious couples in director Rodney Evans new movie starring Leroy McClain, who share a preview with Steve Pride.

Plus syndicated lesbian columnist Abby Dees answers a question that never seems to get old, Who's The Man?

And in NewsWrap: Russian lesbian's regional "no promo homo" conviction overturned, Belgrade Pride seems to be Serbia's E.U. membership ticket, second ruling by the same judge upholds Singapore's gay sex ban, homophobes hate being moved by Modern Family, and more news reported by Michael LeBeau and Carole Meyers (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending October 5, 2013

SUMMARY

Full Parental Assault - A Russian court overturns a regional "no promo homo" law, but a bill is introduced in parliament to remove children from homes headed by lesbian or gay parents, adoptions of Russian children by married Swedes are prohibited, and the visiting president of America's notoriously anti-equality National Organization for Marriage tells Russian lawmakers and television viewers that gays and lesbians are unfit to raise children …

EU Ticket Pride - Serbia's president promises the Council of Europe, which his nation is eager to join, that this year's ban on an LGBT Pride march won't be repeated next year, while skeptical equality activists demonstrate with pride anyway in a virtually impromptu late-evening rally outside the Prime Minister's office in Belgrade …

Another Loh Blow - the same Singapore High Court judge who upheld the city-state's law criminalizing consensual adult gay sex in April again passes the buck to legislators in a second legal challenge to the colonial era sodomy statute …

Virtue, Liberty and Independence Duke It Out - Pennsylvania's Montgomery County appeals a state court order that stopped it from continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples, Republican Governor Tom Corbett defends the state law banning matrimonial equality by comparing the marriages of gay or lesbian couples to incest, but out Representative Brian Sims co-authors a marriage equality bill in the state legislature …

Marriage Champions Ride Again - the victorious attorneys in California's Prop 8 case set their sites on Virginia …

Don't Touch Me - Evan Mantel of the rabidly homophobic Media Research Center grouses about being moved by the charming TV engagement of gay couple Mitchell and Cam in the season opener of Modern Family ….

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

"Petunia" & Gay Games' Olympic Issues

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A dysfunctional family blooms in a new-to-DVD comedy featuring Tobias Segal, David Rasche, Christine Lahti and Michael Urie. They're all featured in scenes from the movie and Entertainment Correspondent Steve Pride chats with co-writer/director Ash Christian.

Shamey Cramer of the Federation of Gay Games explicates Olympic politics with Dixie Treichel.

And in NewsWrap: affirmations and accusations compete at the UN General Assembly, Costa Rican judge closes "accidental" marriage equality loophole, New Jersey judge slams civil unions inequality, international protests boil Italian pasta king's homophobia, and more news reported by Natalie Peoples and Charlie Bauer (produced by Steve Pride).

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Friday, October 04, 2013

NewsWrap for the week ending September 28, 2013

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Ring of Allies - Eleven countries and the European Union reaffirm their support for LGBT rights during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York …

Worlds Apart - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh uses his address to the General Assembly to call gays & lesbians one of the three "biggest threats to human existence," Cameroon's Ambassador to the U.N. office in Geneva suggests that brutally-tortured and murdered gay activist Eric Lembembe had it coming, while Bangladesh also rejects a recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Council to abolish its colonial-era sodomy law …

Slip-knotted Loophole - a family court judge in Costa Rica refuses to allow a gay couple to register as married even though legislators "accidentally" removed gender references in the country's marriage laws in July …

Second Place Not Good Enough - a Superior Court judge in New Jersey orders civil marriage opened to same-gender couples in the U.S. state on October 21st, though Republican Governor Chris Christie vows to appeal …

Old Friends - Republican former President George H.W. Bush officially witnesses the civil marriage of a lesbian couplenhn in Kennebunkport, Maine …

Credit Where It Isn't Due - notoriously rights-resistant ExxonMobil announces that the giant oil conglomerate will extend spousal benefits to the same-gender partners of its legally married gay and lesbian workers – but only because the U.S. Labor Department requires it …

Spaghetti Opera - CEO Guido Barilla gets his global pasta company in hot water by telling an Italian radio audience that their advertising will never feature a gay couple because "we like the traditional family," and "if gays don't like it they can buy another brand" …

Too Easily Satisfied - Amnesty International joins a chorus of global human rights groups criticizing the International Olympic Committee for being "completely satisfied" with Russian assurances that its "no promo homo" law won't put LGBT athletes or visitors to Sochi in harms way …

Frontlines - ten LGBT activists are arrested outside Russia's Olympic headquarters in Moscow for protesting the "no promo homo" statute …

Shades of Gray - prosecutors in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk assure a local citizen that a rainbow-colored lamppost does not violate the law ….

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