May 2010 Archives

''My practice in my entire political career when it came to gay issues was to prevent any kind of spotlight from being shined my way, because I was in hiding. So casting any kind of vote might, could in some way, lead to my secret being revealed.... That was terrifying to me. It was paralyzing. So I cast some ... [Read]

''The pardon only applies to the offence under which they were convicted. If, for example, they go back and the state is of the view that they have recommited the offence, the pardon will not apply.'' Mauya Msuku, lawyer for Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, two Malawi males who were arrested after engaging in a public same-sex wedding ceremony, ... [Read]

At a recent visit to Floriana Restaurant, Tim Daly talks with Metro Weekly about whether or not President Obama is doing enough on LGBT issues. ... [Read]

''The legislation involved is a deferred repeal. In other words, it would repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' but only after -- I repeat, after! -- the ongoing Department of Defense high-level review is completed. And only after the President, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and I can all certify that we are ready to make the change without ... [Read]

''I am violating 'don't ask, don't tell. And I understand if [my Commander] has to, he has to take the proceedings he does, because it is something he has to do. I am willing to take responsibility for this, I am willing to take anything that comes my way through this ... it will be for a better cause ... [Read]

''The daring scenes portray the heterosexual Barbadian singer as a leather clad dominatrix, kissing and striking suggestive poses with dark-haired French supermodel Laeticia Casta. ... The new video is set in the manicured grounds of the romantic 15th century Château de Vigny, just outside Paris.'' News from the Daily Mail that pop music star Rihanna has a new music ... [Read]

''The use of the word 'compromise,' I think, is a little bit too generous. A compromise assumes both sides have done something or given something. We all know that this is not a compromise, it's a delay. What the President has done, saying that 'Congress should repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the law.' And it will be a ... [Read]

''Senators Ben Nelson, Susan Collins and Robert Byrd now reportedly saying they'll vote for an Amendment to repeal the policy after Pentagon review. That means the Amendment will probably pass. It would take 60 votes to strip that Amendment out later, so for opponents of the [DADT] policy, the pospects, at least on the Senate side, seem pretty good. ... [Read]

''[DOMA] gives us funding but tells us to treat one category of married people differently than another. It forces us to violate equal protection.'' Massachusetts Assisant Attorney General Maura Healey arguing against the Defense of Marriage Act in the case of Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services. (Bay Windows / Keeen News ) '''Never before has the federal government ... [Read]

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''It's a celebration and an admiration of gay love - it confesses my envy of the courage and bravery they require to be together.'' Pop music sensation Lady Gaga speaking about her next music video, "Alejandro." The Ace of Base-like song earned a little controversy already, when the Fox TV channel edited her 6-minute stage performace before it was ... [Read]

''There are, however, also some clear differences. While the biggest topic areas overlap, there was considerable divergence in the specific news events that garnered attention. In less than one third of the weeks did the blogosphere and traditional press share the same top story. Bloggers tend to gravitate toward events that affect personal rights and cultural norms – issues ... [Read]

''Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East -- nobody cares... Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.'' One of three unnamed members of the ''CIA's Iraq Operations Group'' as quoted by ... [Read]

''Are you a [bleep]? You like to [bleep]? ... Are you gonna grow up to be a terrorist. You gonna plant IEDs? Yeah, awesome.'' From a video posted on the Facebook page of Alaskan soldier, Robert Rodriguez, who writes ''i was bored in iraq... so i kept myself entertained!'' In English, he taunts two very young Iraqi boys. The ... [Read]

''Opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage continue to outnumber supporters in the United States, by 53% to 44%. However, opposition is now tied for the lowest Gallup has measured. Support was slightly higher, at 46%, in 2007.'' Results of a Gallup Poll survey that shows US residents as a whole continue to waver in their support and opposition to same-sex ... [Read]

''I have resigned as Minister of Transport and Roads for personal reasons, not reasons relating to [his] ministerial duties. I apologize to my wife, family colleagues, staff and the community for letting them down.'' David Campbell, an Australian Transportation Minister for New South Wales. He is married to a woman and has children, and was caught by Channel 7 news ... [Read]

''How do people read publications and run with WHATEVER is said.jus because its said/written ..I don't get it.. ''The passion behind the hatred.over Misinformed info breaks my heart, but also shows me the malice of 'fans'''Iowa, remember when I cancelled that show? Cuz of Letterman and transportation..Hofstra remember when that show was cancelled..''Some ppl love a 'story'.. Sooo bad that ... [Read]

''As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved. I call upon the progressive men and women ... [Read]

''Stonewall Miner LLC faces a foreclosure auction on June 11 on two properties in the Fenway where the 53-unit development was planned, according to a legal notice. ... . In 2007, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the $20 million Stonewall at Audubon Circle project where one- and two-bedroom condominiums were expected to range in price from $400,000 to $700,000. ... [Read]

Brian Betts ''Joel Johnson, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of armed robbery.'' From WTOP's news report that a fourth teenager, Joel Johnson, 19, has been arrested in the shocking murder of Brian Betts of Silver Spring, MD, who was also the ... [Read]

''We've seen a lot of folks excited about being able to get married in a Midwestern state.... Most people have not been rushing into it. They're taking their time and taking it very seriously.'' Justin Uebelhor of One Iowa on the newly released numbers that details the marriages in that state from April 27, 2009 through March 31, 2010. ... [Read]

''I applaud everybody's right to say what they thing. And I think, you don't have to agree with him. And I don't.... I play straight people all the time and nobody's upset about it.'' Actress Jane Lynch taking a free speech, middle-of-the-road approach to the opinion piece written by Ramin Setoodeh for Newsweek last month. A controversy boiled over ... [Read]

''I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual affair with a part-time member of my staff. In the poisonous environment of Washington, DC, any personal failing is seized upon, and twisted for political gain.'' Mark Souder, US Representative for the 3rd District of Indiana crying about anonymous tips that exposed his cheating ways. A video ... [Read]

''Given that fact [Portugal's current economic crisis], I feel I should not contribute to a pointless extension of this debate, which would only serve to deepen the divisions between the Portuguese and divert the attention of politicians away from the grave problems affecting us.'' President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal announcing that he would sign a bill to allow same-sex ... [Read]

''A judge has found a gay couple guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency after a trial that drew worldwide condemnation of Malawi's laws on homosexuality.'' -- AP ''A court in Malawi has convicted a gay couple of gross indecency and unnatural acts... and could now face 14 years in prison. They had denied both charges and their arrest ... [Read]

''Magazines would always ask about [her sexuality] but would get stopped by my publicists... It was my choice, too, because I was a bit worried about it -- but now I don't really give a s--- ... You can't hide away forever. It's just stupid and now I've come out I feel a lot more comfortable with myself. But ... [Read]

''Marriage - defined as between a man and woman - should remain elevated in our society at a special level, as it traditionally has been. I oppose efforts to treat domestic relationships as the equivalent of traditional marriage. Accordingly, I am opposed to this bill.'' Statement by Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota as he vetoed a bill that would have ... [Read]

''Initiatives aimed at protecting the essential and primary values of life, beginning at conception, and of the family based on the indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman, help to respond to some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good. Such initiatives represent, alongside numerous other forms of commitment, essential elements in the building of ... [Read]

In the first three months of 2010, the court processed 376 applications. Since March 3 -- when gay marriage became legal in the District -- the marriage license office has received 2,082 applications. Based on the early numbers, the District is on target to issue four times as many marriage licenses this year as they did in 2009. Figures ... [Read]

''This one's a drama that focuses on a 'hard R' homosexual relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi. It's a cinema verite-style treatment that begins in the near future and then spans back over years that include the current war in Iraq.'' Hollywood rumor circulated by about a possible project under development by the creative Wachowski siblings -- ... [Read]

Dr. Arnie Klein declared on May 2 that he did not betray Michael Jackson by saying publicly that he had a homosexual relationship. 5:57 AM May 13th via web with someone in "Arnie's" office. It seems he supplies not only women (Debbie Rowe), but men convenient. 5:59 AM May 13th via web Just what we want in our ... [Read]

''A total of 402.31 hours was submitted for payment by invoice attached. Of the 402.31 hours, 203 was paid by Direct Order.... We accept responsibility for not obtaining a written document for the 199.31 remaining hours. However, the monies are legally due.'' Sandi Copes, described the the Miami Herald as communications director for the Florida Attorney General's Office. The paper ... [Read]

''According to property records the remodeled Mediterranean was snatched up by none other that Dana Owens-otherwise known as Queen Latifah-and her, er, trainer Jeanette Jenkins who paid $1,340,000 for the house in mid-December of 2009.'' Post by ''Your Mama'' of The Real Estalker about entertainer Queen Latifah and exercise entrepreneur Jeanette Jenkins. Latifah has a new movie opening today ... [Read]

''I understand totally what George thinks, and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman. And it a real, you know, reversal of that to accept gay marriage ... but I think we could.'' Laura Bush, wife of former President George Bush, continuing to push her new autobiography. Here Mrs. Bush speaks with Larry ... [Read]

'What I'm going for is ... without changing the church's policy, to create a safe place for gay people to experience a journey of discovering God in our midst... What we've really created is a nice, comfortable gospel for us, but then we use that to inflict heavily on others who sin in the ways we don't.'' Bill Henson telling ... [Read]

''I am immediately resigning my membership in NARTH to allow myself the time necessary to fight the false media reports that have been made against me. With the assistance of a defamation attorney, I will fight these false reports because I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever. I am not gay and never have been.'' George Rekers, an ... [Read]

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''Most actors would tell you that the biographical details of their lives are beside the point. Except when they're not. As viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker-room torture in junior high school.'' Ramin Setoodeh, a writer for Newsweek, who has offended many by stating his strong opinion that gay actors ... [Read]

''Youth are coming out at a lot younger ages.... It is becoming less stigmatizing, but there are still a lot of challenges. It is still very difficult to come out in high school. Ideally the community center would be the central focal point for after-school programming for youth.'' Andrew Ansel of the Baltimore Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center ... [Read]

''The court has granted the petition, and Chaz now has a court name change and a court order recognizing him as male.... Chaz couldn't be happier. This is an important step in his transition and will allow him to change a variety of his identity documents to show who he truly is.'' Kristina Wertz of the Transgender Law Center which ... [Read]

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DaveWeigel: I can empathize with everyone I cover except for the anti-gay marriage bigots. In 20 years no one will admit they were part of that. 11:38 AM May 1st Stage_Right: @daveweigel The real question a journalist needs to ask is: Can one oppose same sex marriage without being an "Anti-gay Bigot"? 11:43 AM May 1st DaveWeigel: @Stage_Right I ... [Read]

''Growing up in Michigan, I didn't really know what a gay man was. [Christopher Flynn] was the first man-the first human being-who made me feel good about myself and special. He was the first person who told me that I was beautiful or that I had something to offer the world, and he encouraged me to believe in my ... [Read]

''We hugged. And it was kind of then that the hug was a little bit more... It wasn't until a few months later that it was obvious that Michael had feelings for me as well.... I just assumed that he was probably bisexual.... I know we loved each other, I know he told me that all the time. I ... [Read]

''I had surgery, and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him.'' George Alan Rekers as quoted by the Miami New Times which describes Rekers as ''a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right'' and ''a general in the culture wars.'' Here Rekers is allegedly defending his vacation with a young man who he ... [Read]

''In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path ... [Read]