News: Margaret Witt, R.E.M., Harry Shum, Volcano, Harry Reid

Road Judge to rule Friday in Margaret Witt DADT case: "A lawyer for a decorated flight nurse discharged for being gay urged a federal judge Tuesday to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated he might have no other choice."

Outnyc RoadWindows of NYC's new gay urban 42nd street resort will spell "OUT".

RoadHooray for Hillary's hair clip.

Road Glenn Beck calls Colbert/Stewart rally a "progressive plot": "They are going to activate the youth to try to get them to vote with the labor unions apparently."

RoadLog Cabin Republicans to give awards to Senators John Cornyn and Jeff Sessions: "Neither Cornyn nor Sessions are in favor of same-sex marriage or repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' both of which the Log Cabin Republicans support. But last week, Cornyn defended his scheduled appearance at the reception, after the president of a social conservative group urged Cornyn to cancel."

Kluchevskoy RoadVolcano on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula gets active.

RoadJackson High School students "generally showed sensitivity" on 'Opposite Gender Day': "They said members of the group were split on whether the day was a good idea, and some of them raised concerns beforehand."

RoadListen: Adam Lambert discusses attack on paparazzo.

RoadMLB Fanhouse columnist doesn't want to see men kissing on the kiss cam: "I’m not ready to discuss same-sex relationships with my 3-year-old. I don’t think she’s ready, either."

RoadWatch: Glee teases Britney Spears episode.

Shum RoadGlee's Harry Shum gets set on fire – for art.

RoadHigh-priced hooker squeals on alleged affairs with David Beckham.

RoadGay Toronto man missing since September 6: "'We have contact almost every single day. He's like my little brother,' says Cloutier, who notes that Navaratnam has no family members in Canada. Navaratnam's brother in Dubai has not heard from him. Cloutier says there was one time, two years ago, when he didn't hear from Navaratnam for four days. When Navaratnam returned, the two friends made a pact: if they ever couldn't reach other after three days, they should be worried."

RoadR.E.M. finish new album.

RoadJim Burroway: Harry Reid botched the DADT vote on purpose. "This was never a serious attempt to pass legislation in the best interests of the American people. It was nothing but political theater, and everyone on both sides were eager actors in the drama."


  1. Terry says

    So, the LCR is giving an award to Beauregard and “Box Turtle Love”, even though both voted yesterday to continue to discriminate against gay and lesbian people in the military. Why, sure. That makes a lot of sense.

  2. LB says

    Small correction to this post: the LCR is giving its award to Pete Sessions (US Representative from TX), not Jeff Sessions (Senator from AL). As someone who has to endure the pain and ignominy of having Jeff Sessions represent me and my state, I nearly spit out my drink at the thought he might get a gay-related award, even from that bunch.

  3. Paul R says

    The OUT windows are damn subtle, Hillary’s hair clip hurts my eyes, the new quarterback on Glee is painfully hot (though the Harry Shum video isn’t bad either), and I’ll never understand why it takes a band (REM) 8-9 months to release a completed album.

  4. jeffinhfx says

    Dude, it’s Sex Worker, not Hooker. I Don’t Read Pig in place of the word Police on Here, or Fag in place of Gay.

  5. says

    “The complex issues associated with being gay and in politics also were evident in the recent scandal involving former U.S. representative Mark Foley, R-Fla., who resigned from Congress Sept. 29 after ABC News confronted him with sexually explicit Internet messages he allegedly sent to teenage pages.

    Foley publicly acknowledged that he is gay, and his resignation drew attention to the pressures some gay men and lesbians in Washington feel to hide their sexual orientation.

    It’s unclear how many gay judges there are among the roughly 30,000 local, state and federal jurists in the USA. No one keeps precise figures, but comparisons of membership lists of gay and lesbian legal groups — including the Victory Fund and the International Association of Gay and Lesbian Judges — suggest there are 75 to 100 openly gay judges, most of them in California, New York and Chicago.

    That’s a large increase from the early 1990s, but still a tiny percentage of the overall number of judges. It does not include any gay judges who have kept their sexual orientation secret for a range of reasons, including a fear it would harm them professionally.

    New York trial judge Michael Sonberg, 58, a former president of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges, says California and New York each have about 20 openly gay judges. In the Chicago area, where jurists are elected, there are 10 openly gay judges on municipal courts, says Chicago’s Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.”

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    “Leighton determined after a six-day trial that Witt’s discharge advanced no legitimate military interest. To the contrary, her dismissal hurt morale in her unit and weakened the squadron’s ability to carry out its mission, he ruled.

    “”There is no evidence that wounded troops care about the sexual orientation of the flight nurse or medical technician tending to their wounds,”” Leighton ruled.

    Leighton became emotional as he recalled Witt’s testimony about the support she has received from her parents since she came out to them on the eve of filing her lawsuit.

    “”The best thing to come out of all this tumult is still that love and support,”” he said.

    A crowd of spectators remained quiet until the judge left the courtroom, when it erupted in cheers.

    “”I’m just so thrilled I have the chance to do what I wanted to do all along: that’s return to my unit,”” Witt said.

    She also said that she appreciated the judge’s recognition of the many gays who continue to quietly serve in the military.”