Welcome to a weekly roundup of news related to the gay, lesbian, trans, and otherwise “other” community.
- After Bill Richardson’s much-discussed comment in the HRC debate, the discussion over choice as a factor in sexual orientation continues with viagra generico 200 mg in farmacia senza ricetta pagamento online a Genova a new study on “ex-gays” published by InterVarsity Press (h/t Box Turtle Bulletin). Of course, they can be counted on for total scientific rigor:
The relationship between sexuality, biology, environment, and choice has never been an easy one to understand, much less encapsulate in a single soundbite – but something makes me a bit suspicious of scientific studies in which science is not the end goal. Is that fair?
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- An online petition is circulating to demand http://maientertainmentlaw.com/?search=cheap-propecia-online investigation into the death of a transgendered immigrant denied life-saving medication by Immigration. Victoria Arellano died in late July in a California hospital after ICE allegedly withheld her medication:
ICE officials routinely denied Arellano the antibiotic dapasone and other necessary medications to treat HIV-related side effects, published reports indicate. Her mother, Olga, and her fellow detainees at San Pedro confirmed these accounts to the Daily Journal and other publications this month.
ICE’s decision to house Arellano in a male facility in San Pedro was particularly problematic, said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.
“Clearly she was someone who was openly transgender and presented herself as a female,” Silverman said. “There are a whole host of reasons to suggest abuse and outright refusal to provide care at play.”
The petition has been circulating via email, but you can find a copy of it at The Bilerico Project.
- Terrance at The Republic of T continues his outstanding series on LGBT-targeted hate crimes, a resource originally developed for wikipedia. This installment, the nineteenth since the series’ inception, discusses a 2000 shooting in Roanoke, VA that left one man dead:
Thirteen minutes. That’s the amount of time that passed between the moment police arrived to take a report from a bar employee in Roanoke, VA, who called 911 – after a man asked for directions to a gay bar, flashed his gun, and said he was “wasting faggots” that night – and the the moment when the shooting at the Backstreet Cafe was called in to police.
- Here’s your go here nutcase of the week: 365gay is reporting that an anti-gay activist in Oregon is calling his legal troubles “Oregon’s own 9-11“. David Crowe’s “Concerned Oregonians” was targeted for election-related investigations into its attempts to solicit funds to overturn the state’s LGBT civil rights laws; he made the completely tasteless comparison in an email to his supporters.
(For those of you keeping count, that makes two 9/11s that teh gay are responsible for.)
- Dueling biopics are nothing new (we’ve already had two on Truman Capote, and another two on Janis coming down the pipeline), but follow url two high-profile films about Harvey Milk, both by openly gay mainstream directors, might be. The Hollywood Reporter has Gus Van Sant beating Brian Singer to the punch; the former’s already signed Sean Penn (as Milk) and Matt Damon (as Dan “twinkie defense” White), while Singer’s is still far in the future. Meanwhile Van Sant is also scoring high marks at the Toronto Film Festival for his new release, Paranoid Park.
- For the second time, the California legislature source has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, but it still requires the signature of the veto-happy Governator. Equity California reports that the bill picked up a few extra votes this time around, a sign that change is moving in the right direction. Due credit to a broad and diverse coalition that helped push the bill through:
AB 43 is co-authored by 29 Assemblymembers and 14 Senators, including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Sen. President Pro Tempore Don Perata. A broad coalition of more than 250 civil rights organizations and leaders support the measure, including the NAACP California State Conference, United Farm Workers, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Chinese for Affirmative Action, California Teachers Association, ACLU, California Nurses Association, Lambda Legal, Anti-Defamation League, California National Organization for Women, California Church Impact, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Meanwhile New Jersey’s governor Jon Corzine has has promised to sign a marriage bill… after the 2008 Presidential election, citing his fear that Republicans might use it as a wedge issue in the state.
Speaking of which, I’m happy to report that I’m a recent addition to the list of those waiting for the legal right to be married, having upgraded my status from ‘boyfriend’ to ‘fiancé’. (I also believe that our own Robyn is celebrating a union ceremony next month.) Apologies that we’re so determined to wreck your marriages by this naked aggression against tradition, but frankly, we throw pretty cool parties.
(My first run on autopublish, so if I screwed up and posted it too early, I’ll be here later to sweep up the mess.)