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04/19/2007


News: Mary Cheney, Lutherans, DOMA, Mariah Carey, Detroit

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Federal judge rules that gay couple denied benefits should receive compensation: "U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt deemed the denial of healthcare and other benefits to the spouse of federal public defender Brad Levenson to be a violation of the Constitution's guarantee of due process and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, which is prohibited by California state law."

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Mary Cheney and Heather Poe welcome new baby: "Sarah Lynne Cheney was born Wednesday morning at Sibley Hospital in Washington, weighing 6 pounds and 14 ounces. She is the seventh grandchild of the former vice president and his wife, Lynne."

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Mariah Carey demands 20 fluffy white kittens, 100 doves, 80 security guards and more so she can turn on the Christmas lights at a London mall.

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South African runner Caster Semenya keeps title after gender dispute.

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Robert Pattinson can play things other than vampires.

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Incoming gay Detroit City Council member Charles Pugh talks of AIDS crisis in city: “There needs to be more money targets at the crisis areas."

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David Vitter won't comment on the Louisiana justice who refused to marry an interracial couple because he isn't familiar with Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case which lifted the ban on interracial marriages.

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Demi Moore has lost a chunk of her thigh!

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WATCH: Band uses naked men as furniture in new video.

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Levi Johnston never intended to go full-frontal in Playgirl.

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Neil Patrick Harris has a signature pose.

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Probably one of the skankiest beards in Hollywood.

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Anti-gay evangelicals met with protest at Syracuse University: "Pesto, a junior from Westchester County, said he saw the Deferios’ signs earlier in the day. It made him uncomfortable, he said, so he made his own sign. 'Corduroy skirts are a sin,' it said, referring to what Michelle Deferio was wearing. 'I was just making a gay joke,' he said. But friends saw him and joined in, standing with him and making signs of their own. Other students came and, by 6:30, there were about 70 people at the scene, holding signs, cheering and challenging the Deferios."

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If you were called "Mary" for 55 years would you really want your name changed to "Terry"?

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Adam Lambert is starting to resemble a member of the Queen's Guard.

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Gay vs Gay? Queer/trans anarchist group Bash Back protests Join the Impact demonstration in Minneapolis.

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A guide to D.C. marriage equality discrimination.

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Mall Santas and doctors neckties are to be avoided if you want to escape the flu.

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Gay couples blast DOMA in new court filing: "DOMA marks a stark, and unique, departure from the respect and recognition the federal government has long afforded to State marital status determinations."

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Via Boy Culture, Susan Boyle sings Madonna's "You'll See".

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UK pit bull owner hunted after allowing his dog to attack blind woman's seeing-eye dog.

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Get hubbied.

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Lutherans upset over gay clergy split to form new denomination: "Leaders of Lutheran CORE said Wednesday that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to have it off the ground by next August. 'There are many people within the ELCA who are very unhappy with what has happened,' said the Rev. Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE and a retired ELCA bishop from State College, Pa."


Trans/Queer Anarchist Group Bash Back Takes Credit for Vandalism of Gay Soldier Billboard in Memphis

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The radical trans/queer anarchist group Bash Back, which was profiled in September's Details magazine, has taken credit for vandalizing the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center's "Coming Out Day" billboard, which featured a gay soldier.

Bb After mocking the rallies held by the gay and lesbian community in Memphis in response, a Bash Back blogger writes:

"I’m here to dispute the claim that this action was an anti-gay act. First, sending gays to be military fodder is NOT pro-gay or conclusive whatsoever to gay liberation. State militarism only reinforces the dominant structures, and the racism/heterosexism they perpetuate, as well as reducing the number of gay people in the world (both those in Amerikkka and the countries Amerikkka is colonizing/conquering). Second, we accuse the MGLCC of being flat out racist/anti-queer/anti-trans; and we furiously question how that the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center can squander $3500 on military billboards, when Memphis has the highest trans-murder rate (11 trans women of color, 1 white transwoman and 1 transman of color), as well as one of the highest queer youth homeless rates in the nation, and how they can justify putting a pro-military billboard in the overwhelmingly POC neighborhood of Morris Park, when the poor Black community in Morris Park is disporportionately preyed upon by the military (through the court system’s 'prison or military service' rule for minor felonies as well as recruiters’ false promises of otherwise impossible economic/education opportunities)?"


Details Features Radical Trans/Queer Group Bash Back

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Bash Back gets a glamour shot in this month's Details. Photo by Danielle Levitt.

You may remember the incident in November in which the Lansing, Michigan-based chapter of the Bash Back anarchist group, angry over the church's repression of gays, held a demonstration at the Mt Hope Church in that city, "disrupting a service by pulling a fire alarm, dropping leaflets and yelling at parishioners."

There's a profile of the group in this month's Details: "Founded just over a year ago, the group adamantly opposes what it calls the 'gender binary system,' which classifies people as either male or female. Most members consider themselves neither or both. It's anti-establishment, anti-military, and anti-marriage—for anyone. What Bash Back! supports is gender self-determination, lots of sex and pornography, and confrontation as a first resort—a necessary response to violence."

The group's approach troubles gay rights groups. Sue Hyde of the NGLTF notes: "This looks too much like something I don't want to be involved with. Seeing weapons in the hands of gay folks in the U.S.? There's plenty of hate in the world."

But one group member — Milwaukee member Tristyn Trailer-Trash — says they're not trying to persuade anyone: "We're not trying to change people's minds, we're not trying to bend straight people to give us freedom—we're fighting back. We're going to stop them from preaching hate, stop them from creating an environment that's unfriendly to gay, queer, and trans people. We're not going to be nice about it—they're not being nice about it!"

Read the whole article here.


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