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  • Museum on a mission to save local gay history (Houston -TX)

    08/24/2004 10:24:44 AM PDT · by Jalapeno · 17 replies · 733+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | ALLAN TURNER
    Museum on a mission to save local gay history Collection shows long fight to gain rights in Houston By ALLAN TURNER Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle HOUSTON'S GLBT MUSEUM Long after the odor faded, the memory lingers. In a dimly lit, nighttime alley, a lone man rummaged through a giant trash bin, heaving bag after garbage bag to the pavement. He could have been a homeless man digging for a meal. But this intrepid anonymous raider of the greasy Dumpster was a guerrilla of history. His mission: to save from an ignoble burial in a city landfill the documents of a...
  • Democrats tout GLBT-friendly platform

    08/02/2004 4:24:06 AM PDT · by Screaming_Gerbil · 9 replies · 494+ views
    PlanetOut ^ | Monday, July 12, 2004 / 05:45 PM | Christopher Curtis, PlanetOut Network
    SUMMARY: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) claims this year's party platform is the most inclusive in American history on issues important to the GLBT community. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) claims this year's party platform is the most inclusive in American history on issues important to the GLBT community. The DNC's Platform Committee finished the platform on Saturday. Among the issues included are: Protections for GLBT families; Legislation barring workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation; Opening the armed services to all Americans; Fighting HIV/AIDS with community-based prevention programs that President Bush has cut; Protecting GLBT Americans from hate crimes; and,...
  • Lesbians sue to have all states recognize Massachusetts marriage

    07/20/2004 10:14:57 PM PDT · by ambrose · 45 replies · 1,107+ views
    AP ^ | 7.20.04
    Posted on Tue, Jul. 20, 2004 Lesbians sue to have all states recognize Massachusetts marriage MITCH STACY Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. - A lesbian couple from Bradenton who were married in Massachusetts sued the federal government Tuesday to have their union legally recognized in the rest of the country. The suit was filed against U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in federal court in Tampa. The couple's attorney, Ellis Rubin, has filed five previous suits in state and federal courts challenging the ban, but Tuesday's was believed to be the first to attempt to compel the federal government and other states...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Positions Untenable

    07/18/2004 5:57:50 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 29 replies · 4,903+ views ^ | July 15, 2004 | Roger F. Gay
    Same-Sex Marriage Positions UntenableJuly 15, 2004 by Roger F. Gay The debate over a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples is shaping up as expected. Such an amendment is supported by Republicans and President Bush. John Kerry and John Edwards favor civil unions for same-sex couples but insist that marriage and family issues should be left to the states.The Kerry-Edwards position suffers an obvious flaw. With state courts, such as the supreme court of Massachusetts, finding prohibitions against same-sex marriage unconstitutional, state legislatures are left without the power to limit who can get married to who....
  • Bishop urges gay ban in clergy Presses overhaul for screening priests

    07/19/2004 7:21:58 AM PDT · by Polycarp IV · 16 replies · 635+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 19, 2004 | Meredith Goldstein
    Bishop urges gay ban in clergy Presses overhaul for screening priests By Meredith Goldstein, Globe Staff | July 19, 2004 Bishop John M. D'Arcy, who in private letters to other church officials as early as 1978 questioned the reassignment of priests accused of sexual misconduct, said yesterday that the church must improve its screening process for accepting seminarians and that homosexuals should be prohibited from being ordained as priests. ''We must be very careful of who we accept in the seminary and who we ordain as priests," D'Arcy told parishioners at Our Lady of the Presentation Church, the Brighton parish...
  • Study: Some Gays Can Go Straight

    By Malcolm Ritter AP Science Writer Wednesday, May 9, 2001; 1:39 a.m. EDT NEW ORLEANS –– An explosive new study says some gay people can turn straight if they really want to. That conclusion clashes with that of major mental health organizations, which say that sexual orientation is fixed and that so-called reparative therapy may actually be harmful.
  • Governor won't apologize for calling his foes 'girlie men'

    07/19/2004 7:22:18 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 150 replies · 3,458+ views
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | July 19, 2004 | Staff
    Democrats say comment sexist and homophobic LOS ANGELES - A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday that the governor would not apologize for calling lawmakers "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic. Schwarzenegger said during a rally Saturday that Democrats were delaying the budget by catering to special interests, and that the lawmakers were "girlie men" if they refused to admit it. He also said Californians should vote out lawmakers who stand in the way of passing the budget. "If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you...
  • Gays try to ban protests at events

    07/19/2004 5:40:38 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 99 replies · 4,168+ views
    Philly Pride seeks court order to prevent 'Outfest' evangelism
  • Schwarzenegger Calls Dems 'Girlie Men'

    07/19/2004 6:06:45 AM PDT · by mneville · 23 replies · 1,393+ views
    my way ^ | TIM MOLLOY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Sunday that the governor would not apologize for calling lawmakers "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic...
  • Democrats: Schwarzenegger Comment Sexist (take offense at the term "girlie men")

    07/19/2004 5:28:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 60 replies · 1,920+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon, Jul 19, 2004 | TIM MOLLOY
    LOS ANGELES - Democrats aren't amused by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites)'s use of the mocking term "girlie men" to describe some lawmakers, although a spokesman for the governor said no apology would be forthcoming. Schwarzenegger dished out the insult at a rally Saturday as he claimed Democrats were delaying the budget by catering to special interests. Democrats protested that the remark was sexist and homophobic. "If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the...
  • Gay-marriage ban gets on (Montana) ballot

    07/16/2004 8:57:47 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 37 replies · 828+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | July 16, 2004 | Gazette State Bureau
    HELENA - A move to change the Montana Constitution to define marriage as only between one man and one woman qualified for the November ballot Thursday, just one day after the U.S. Senate declined to pursue a similar effort to change the U.S. Constitution. Constitutional Initiative 96, proposed by Rep. Jeff Laszloffy, R-Laurel, will ask Montana voters to change the state constitution to specifically ban same-sex marriage and define the union as existing only between one man and one woman. The initiative also states that only marriages between one man and one woman will be recognized in Montana, a stipulation...
  • Dance world in a spin as gay pair launch ballroom blitz

    07/17/2004 10:08:07 AM PDT · by aculeus · 39 replies · 2,084+ views
    The Irish Independent ^ | July 17th 2004 | James Bone in New York
    RUSSELL Halley takes pride in being able to do the splits as well as any woman on the dance floor. His partner, Jorge Guzman, can spin faster than the female competition. So when the two men don their see-through chiffon shirts to dance together, they alternate the lead. "I can send Jorge into a triple spin and catch him, and vice versa - even in the course of one move," Mr Halley boasts. "We can change place instantly. From an audience point of view it can be very exciting." The duo are at the forefront of an upheaval in America's...
  • Elton attacks 'censorship' in US

    07/17/2004 7:56:58 AM PDT · by mcg1969 · 189 replies · 3,482+ views
    BBC (via Drudge) ^ | July 17 | BBC
    Elton John has said stars are scared to speak out against war in Iraq because of "bullying tactics" used by the US government to hinder free speech. "There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious," he told New York magazine, Interview. Sir Elton said performers could be "frightened by the current administration's bullying tactics", The singer likened the current "fear factor" to McCarthyism in the 1950s. "There was a moment about a year ago when you couldn't say a word about anything in this country for fear of your career being shot...
  • Moms the word - Lesbian couple first on birth certificate

    07/16/2004 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 1,345+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/16/04 | Casey Ross
    Moms the word - Lesbian couple first on birth certificate By Casey Ross Friday, July 16, 2004 In a milestone for same-sex parents, a married lesbian couple from Jamaica Plain is believed to be the first homosexual pair recognized as parents on their child's birth certificate. Cora Roelofs and Liz Steinhauser are named as mother and ``second parent'' on a certificate issued by the town of Wellesley and approved by the state Department of Public Health. ``We hope people realize this is both justice and a joy, and we hope they support our family,'' said Roelofs, who gave birth June...
  • Gay cruise meets protest in Bahamas (Rosie O'Donnell)

    07/16/2004 7:28:46 PM PDT · by MikalM · 250 replies · 5,529+ views
    Passengers on a gay cruise were greeted by more than 100 protesters as they stepped off their chartered ship Friday in the Bahamas. The protesters, led by Christian pastors, gathered in a square in front of the cruise terminal and chanted, "Gay Ways are Not God's Ways!"
  • Virginia is for Haters (Barf alert)

    07/16/2004 7:13:01 PM PDT · by SoftballMominVA · 32 replies · 970+ views ^ |
    We're here to prove that when a U.S. state attacks the fundamental rights of gay and lesbian citizens, gays and lesbians know how to fight back. Our friends and families are cheering us on. Please join forward-thinking Americans across the country in boycotting Virginia companies and their products and services. And by all means, don't take your tourism dollars there until they disprove their new slogan, "Virginia is for Haters." **snip**
  • Black Group (BOND)To Debate 'Gay' Marriage at Town Hall July 22; Explore Impact On Black Families

    07/15/2004 8:58:23 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 2 replies · 357+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 7/15/04
    Black Group To Debate 'Gay' Marriage at Town Hall July 22; Forum Will Explore Impact On Black Families7/15/2004 11:37:00 AM To: National Desk Contact: Ermias Alemayehu of the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, 323-782-1980, Ext. 109, 213-804-1872 (mobile) or LOS ANGELES, July 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, will host a town hall meeting on "Same-Sex Marriage and the Impact on Black Families" and the Federal Marriage Amendment on Thursday, July 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. PST. The event will be held at the BOND headquarters, 6146 West Pico Blvd., Los...
  • Clinton Urges Kerry to Avoid 'Cultural' Issues

    07/15/2004 8:48:30 AM PDT · by bannie · 23 replies · 751+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jul 14, 5:45 PM ET | Philip Stephens in London
    Bill Clinton has warned Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, to counter Republican efforts to turn this year's election into a debate on gay marriage and other "cultural issues" such as gun control and abortion. In an interview with the Financial Times, the former US president urged Senator Kerry to fight a values-based campaign focused on health, education and crime. If he stayed on that ground, Mr Kerry could win by "quite a nice margin". < clip >
  • John Kerry Statement on Federal Marriage Amendment

    07/14/2004 1:43:58 PM PDT · by weegee · 55 replies · 1,865+ views ^ | July 14 2004 | no byline
    To: National Desk and Political Reporter Contact: Allison Dobson of Kerry-Edwards, 202-464-2800, Web: BOSTON, July 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Senator John Kerry released the following statement today: "The floor of the United States Senate should only be used for the common good, not issues designed to divide us for political purposes. Throughout history, amending our Constitution -- the foundation of the nation's values and ideals -- has been serious business. However, even Republicans concede that this amendment is being offered only for political gains. The unfortunate result is that the important work of the American people -- funding our...
  • Senate rejects move to ban same-sex marriage (Not support Families)

    07/14/2004 11:35:35 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 99 replies · 1,902+ views
    CNN ^ | 07/14/2004 | Craig Broffman and Ed Henry
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage foundered Wednesday afternoon when the proposal failed to garner enough votes in the Senate to stay alive. After final arguments by the leaders of each party, Republicans mustered 48 votes, 12 short of the 60 they needed to overcome a procedural hurdle and move the proposed amendment to the floor.