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Monday, September 15, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending September 13, 2014

SUMMARY

Hateful Contagion - Gambia lawmakers approve a draconian Uganda-like anti-LGBT law, while seven men arrested in Cairo for appearing in a viral video that allegedly shows Egypt's first gay wedding ceremony "test negative" for homosexuality …

Deal With the Sultan - the Australian Football League "reassesses" its major sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines in view of the pending laws in the tiny Southeast Asian country that call for gay people to be stoned to death …

Supreme Suspense - all eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court on September 29th when justices meet behind closed doors to consider hearing appeals of marriage equality rulings in Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Utah, while three other federal appeals courts ponder marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Idaho, Nevada, and Hawai'i …

Clobbering Quackery - a federal appeals court upholds New Jersey's ban on so-called "reparative therapy" for patients under the age of 18 that claims to turn gay people straight …

Dishonorable Bias - a Republican-controlled panel of the U.S. House of Representatives rejects a bill to provide lesbian and gay military veterans with spousal benefits equal to their heterosexual counterparts, even if they live in states that don't recognize their legal marriages …

Taming the Beast - professional homophobes Mat Staver and Matt Barber of the "Faith and Freedom" radio show use a "heterosexual men are pigs" argument to keep civil marriage exclusively heterosexual ….

Complete NewsWrap text and this week's podcast to be posted September 16, 2014.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Unhidden McClellan & Home Outgrown

Week of September 8, 2014
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Fear Nothing, listeners! The Voice finalist Beverly McClellan sings I Can't Hide Me … and tells Dixie Treichel just why she can't.

The viral video of a family feud fuels support -- and funding -- for gay Georgia teen Daniel Ashley Pierce and Lost-n-Found Youth, an Atlanta-based non-profit serving homeless LGBT young people (as told to WXIA-TV).

And in NewsWrap: Coahuila becomes the first Mexican state to legislate marriage equality, the U.S. 7th Circuit slams marriage bans with lightning speed, a gay man challenging Jamaica's "buggery" statute withdraws after death threats, Uganda's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Law looms again, and more news reported this week by Natalie Peoples and Jason Proctor (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending September 6, 2014

SUMMARY

Free Unions With Full Consent - Coahuila becomes the first state in Mexico to legislatively open civil marriage to same-gender couples …

With All Due Haste - the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rapidly rules that bans on civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Indiana and Wisconsin violate the U.S. Constitution …

Judicial Choices Refutation - a federal judge in Louisiana bucks the tide and upholds that state's ban, calling marriage equality "lifestyle choices recognition" …

Plaintiff Intimidation - Jamaican activist Javed Jaghai withdraws his Supreme Court challenge to the island nation's anti-gay buggery laws after receiving death threats to him and his family …

New Improved Hate - a possibly-revised form of Uganda's infamous Anti-Homosexuality Law is headed for parliament …

Emerald Ops - organizers of New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade bend a 253-year ban by announcing that they’ll allow one – but only one - LGBT-identified organization, as it happens the employee group of one of its major sponsors, to march in the Parade next year …

Ride 'Em, Cowboy - the St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first out player drafted into the professional ranks of the U.S. National Football League, due to an over-abundance of other defensive end talent, but the Dallas Cowboys quickly hire Sam for their practice squad, a possible gateway to his first regular season debut …

Laced With Pride - the Australian Football League (AFL) endorses marriage equality, and top British professional football stars will soon be sporting rainbow laces in support of out players and fans ….

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Ambush at the 7th Circuit

Week of September 1, 2014
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7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Richard Posner, Ann Claire Williams and David Hamilton scoff at Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher's "bad breeder behavior"-based inequality arguments, as attorneys Camilla Taylor and Kenneth Falk represented the plaintiffs. Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner and Freedom To Marry's Evan Wolfson comment on the hearing.

And in NewsWrap: Ecuador engages civil unions; Utah's marriage case climbs the Supreme Court ladder; Switzerland, Italy and Colombia each adopt rights for same-gender parents; Berlin's out mayor opts out; lipstick lesbians wear beauty queen crowns in Spain and Ireland; more news reported this week by Wenzel Jones and Carole Meyers (produced by Steve Pride).

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending August 30, 2014

SUMMARY

Engaged - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa announces the advent of civil unions for lesbian and gay couples …

Stairway to SCOTUS - equality-seeking plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples join state Attorney General Sean Reyes in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case …

Blaming Breeders' Bad Behavior - a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing challenges to Indiana's and Wisconsin's bans batters state lawyers with logic …

Moms, Dads and the Kids - coupled same-gender parents win adoption rights in Switzerland, Italy and Colombia …

Poor But Sexy, So Long! - Berlin, Germany's long-serving out Mayor Klaus Wowereit announces that he'll step down in December …

Ultimate Lipstick Lesbian - two-time Miss Universe entry from Spain Patricia Yurena Rodríguez comes out on Instagram …

Will Irish Eyes Be Squinting? - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Maria Walsh, the reigning Rose of Tralee, "a global celebration of Irish culture," comes out in an interview with the "Irish Sun" – which could make things a bit sticky for New York City's Ancient Order of Hibernians ….

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Friday, August 29, 2014

OUT India & Ambassador Bean

Week of August 25, 2014
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Sapphic Nomads Maggie Young and Katie Cook discover what life is like behind the headlines in Mumbai as they canvass the world in search of LGBT communities for a documentary film.

Retired player Billy Bean comes up for bat as Major League Baseball's new Ambassador of Inclusivity (interviewed by Chrisanne Eastwood and Wenzel Jones).

And in NewsWrap: U.S. Labor Dept. orders trans-inclusion, Manning's transition arrested in military prison, Russia's violent anti-gay video vigilante jailed, hateful Ugandan faith group loses U.S. and E.U. aid, scared straights sound Ireland's "Armagayddon" alarm, and more news reported this week by Natalie Peoples and Jason Proctor (produced by Steve Pride).

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NewsWrap for the week ending August 23, 2014

SUMMARY

Policy Transition - The U.S. Department of Labor issues guidelines to officially ban bias against transgender workers by federal contractors …

Arrested Development - imprisoned Wikileaker Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning says she's still waiting for the gender transition treatment she's been promised …

Picture This - Russian thug Maxim Martsinkevich, notorious for leading an anti-gay vigilante group called Operation Pedophelia that tortured and outed young gay men in web-posted videos, gets five years behind bars for "extremism," but not for his anti-gay crimes …

Lifted Offering - a major multi-faith Ugandan religious group loses U.S. funding for endorsing the country's horrific Anti-Homosexuality Law …

Brighter Sunshine - a U.S. federal judge joins four state courts that had already declared Florida's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples unconstitutional …

Hoosier Justice - another federal judge orders Indiana to recognize the marriages of lesbian and gay couples legally performed elsewhere …

Staying Power - an appeals court ruling overturning Virginia's ban is stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court …

Steep Incline - a federal appeals court extends an indefinite stay on a lower court ruling striking down Colorado's ban …

Summer Sci Fi Hate-Buster - Irish marriage equality group LGBT Noise web-posts "Armagayddon," an over-the-top video satire lampooning people who believe opening civil marriage to same-gender couples marks the end of the world ….

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