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News: Yellowstone, Jared Polis, Bangkok, Barney Frank, Seattle

road.jpg Seattle-area couple charged with immigration fraud: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday morning arrested a south King County couple accused of cooking up bogus asylum applications that falsely asserted the immigrant was gay and faced persecution in his or her home country. Steven Mahoney, 41, and his estranged wife, Helen Mahoney, 38, -- who prosecutors say held themselves out for more than a decade as immigration experts -- are accused of charging fees to immigrants for helping them file fraudulent asylum applications."

Barneyroad.jpg The New Yorker profiles Barney Frank: "For the first time in more than forty years of public life, Frank has real power, and he is wielding it in a characteristically idiosyncratic manner. He remains a national symbol of outré sexuality as well as a rare wit in generally humor-deficient Washington."

road.jpg U.S. Rep. Jared Polis secures seat on the House Committee on Education and Labor.

road.jpg Anderson Cooper: "Get this bitch off the stage!"

road.jpg Minnesota couple loses appeal in discrimination case: "Another setback for a lesbian couple trying to get a family membership at the Rochester Athletic Club. The Minneapolis Court of Appeals has upheld an Olmsted County judge’s ruling that the club did not discriminate against the women when it denied them a family membership. Amy and Sarah Monson, a same-sex couple raising a daughter together, sued in 2007, claiming the club discriminated against them based on their sexual orientation, a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The club says it simply was following its policy to provide family rates only to married couples."

road.jpg Mariah Carey joins those who recycle.

road.jpg Neil Patrick Harris in NYC to host Saturday Night Live.

Oldfaithful_2road.jpg Simmering: Yellowstone quakes raise fears of massive steam explosion.

road.jpg Canada's FAB magazine talks to Lady Gaga.

road.jpg Mesa, Arizona considering domestic partner registry: "Arizona’s most conservative big city may become only the third in the state to offer a domestic-partner registry to unmarried couples. Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh has been exploring the idea and has asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would allow people to register their relationships with the city."

road.jpg Newsweek on Don't Ask: Obama's Joint Chiefs chair caught between his boss and a conservative military.

Shepardroad.jpg Oregon church to stop signing marriage licenses until they are able to do so for any couple, gay or straight: "The Rev. Pam Shepherd came up with the idea after realizing she was inadvertently contributing to discrimination against gay and lesbian couples, she said. 'I've been for civil rights for gay and lesbian people for a long, long time, but I never thought, 'I'm helping the discrimination every time I sign a license,'' she said. 'Every time I sign a license, it's like I'm saying, 'OK,' but it's not OK.'"

road.jpg Richard Gere and Daniel Craig yacht together

road.jpg In one of his last acts as President, Bush named former surgeon general nominee James Holsinger to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Holsinger's nomination to surgeon general languished as controversy erupted around the nominee, who said in a 1991 paper that homosexuality was "intuitively" unnatural.

road.jpg Britain anoints its most gay-friendly police force.

road.jpg Gay man among dead as fire sweeps through Bangkok's Chinatown district: "Bangkok's The Nation newspaper reported that the victim – identified by the police as Sanguan Saenkaew - was found by rescue workers on the seventh floor of the building early Monday morning. He is believed to be a patron of GSM Sauna at the time of the fire. Reports say about 60 fire engines fought the blaze which took hours to put out. The blaze was reported to have started at about 8.30pm on Sunday night. Some 100 people were evacuated from the nine-storey building via two firetruck ladders and a helicopter. The sauna - said to be popular among locals and travelers from Hong Kong and Taiwan - also operated a massage parlour on the fourth floor and guesthouse on the sixth floor."


News: Polo, Jeff Gannon, Jerusalem, Sacha Baron-Cohen, Banksy

road.jpg With Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem set for Thursday, Haredim choose this year to avoid public protest.

Lopezroad.jpg Mario Lopez attempts to recreate a classic.

road.jpg VV: Why isn't anyone fucking anymore? "The city has shut down all but two bathhouses and every known sex club in Manhattan, as well as citing bars, clubs, and private parties where inspectors find any men-on-men action. The few entrepreneurs still out there complain about apathy and different priorities among younger gay men."

road.jpg Nomination of homophobic surgeon general James Holsinger may be dead: "Sen. Jim Bunning (R., Ky.), a staunch supporter of surgeon general nominee James W. Holsinger Jr., suggested yesterday that the doctor’s quest for the top U.S. medical post is at an end. During a telephone news conference, Bunning said he doubted the nomination would move forward. He cited the Democratic leadership’s blockage of several Bush administration-backed judicial appointments. 'They are not moving any positions of consequence,' he said."

road.jpg May 15: Universal sets release date for Sacha Baron-Cohen comedy about gay Austrian journalist Bruno.

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road.jpg Washington Times columnist >Wes Pruden cavalier over millions of AIDS deaths: "We were all supposed to be dead now, done in by AIDS, the gift of the gays. After that it was SARS, bequeathed to the world by China. Then it was avian flu, which, to be fair to the alarmists, did in fact result in the deaths of millions. The millions were all chickens, true, but chickens have feelings, too. You could ask the folks at PETA."

road.jpg Rex Wockner chronicles the same-sex marriages in San Diego in photos.

road.jpg Prince Harry gets in uniform to honor Britain's fallen.

road.jpg Gay Polo League plays in first tournament ever.

road.jpg Slate: Gay culture war about to turn chemical. "If the idea of chemically suppressing homosexuality in the womb horrifies you, I have bad news: You won't be in the room when it happens. Parents control medical decisions, and surveys indicate that the vast majority of them would be upset to learn that their child was gay. Already, millions are screening embryos and fetuses to eliminate those of the "wrong" sex. Do you think they won't screen for the 'wrong' sexual orientation, too?"

Cristianoroad.jpg Cristiano Ronaldo and the sweet taste of success.

road.jpg Keanu Reeves frolics in the surf.

road.jpg LETTER: The full letter from The Rt Rev Richard Chartres to Rev Martin Dudley following Dudley's marriage of two gay priests.

road.jpg Jeff Gannon now blogging at the National Press Club.

road.jpg Germany divided over prospect of gay Lutheran bishop: " Horst Gorski, a senior cleric from Hamburg, is standing for the post of bishop of Schleswig in northern Germany against Gerhard Ulrich, a senior cleric from the Schleswig area. The incumbent bishop is retiring in September. Gorski is a widely respected theologian and he helped set up a centre for gay and lesbian Lutheran pastors. His open homosexuality angers some Lutheran conservatives who argue his election as bishop would leave many Christians with no spiritual home."

road.jpg Pittsburgh paper: Rural gays isolated, but still stigmatized.


Will Bush Recess-Appoint Anti-Gay Surgeon General Nominee?

Whatever happened to Bush's U.S. Surgeon General nominee James Holsinger?

Turns out, nothing.

HolsingerThe nominee, whose Senate confirmation hearings in July were marked with concern regarding a 1991 paper the candidate wrote on homosexuality, was sent a questionnaire at the end of July. It has not yet been returned.

Holsinger concluded in his 1991 paper that homosexuality was "intuitively" unnatural. Here's a bit: "In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur..."

Holsinger said in July that he's not anti-gay and that the paper was based on "information available to him at the time."

Some are speculating that the reason for the languishing questionnaire may be that Bush is waiting until the Senate adjourns so he can make a recess appointment, allowing Holsinger to serve until the end of the current Congress late in 2008.

Think Progress reports: "Bush has been more than willing to use this executive power to avoid or delay battles over divisive nominees such as former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and Swift Boat-funder Sam Fox. In June, the Washington Post reported that Bush had filled 105 full-time positions with recess appointments, compared to just 42 such appointments under President Clinton at the same point in his presidency."

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Surgeon General nominee Dr. James Holsinger was questioned at a Senate confirmation hearing today about the 1991 paper he wrote on health and homosexuality in which he warned of "the dangers of 'anal eroticism'".

JamesholsingerWrote Holsinger in the paper: "In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur..." (The full document is available here)

Senator Edward Kennedy told the panel: "Dr. Holsinger's paper is ideological and decidedly not an accurate analysis of the science then available on homosexuality. Dr. Holsinger's paper cherry picks and misuses data to support his thesis that homosexuality is unhealthy and unnatural."

According to the Associated Press, Holsinger said the paper was non-scientific and "relied on the information available to him at the time." Said the candidate: "First of all, the paper does not represent where I am today. It does not represent who I am today. I've worked diligently to provide quality health care to everyone regardless of personal characteristics including sexual orientation."

He added: I don't think there is a place in my life as a physician to do anything inimical [to a person based on their personal or sexual characteristics]...Let me be clear: I have profound respect for the essential human dignity of all people, regardless of background or sexual orientation. I pledge to you to continue that commitment especially if I am confirmed as surgeon general.''

Following claims this week by Dr. Richard Carmona, the former surgeon general, that the Bush administration muzzled him on key issues in which his statements might affect policy, Holsinger told the panel that he would not allow politics to trump science.

Said Holsinger: "I think I have a clear response to that. I would resign."

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Two days before a Senate committee is scheduled to hold hearings on anti-gay surgeon general nominee Dr. James Holsinger, former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona, who was Bush's first surgeon general appointee, told a House committee that he was directed to keep quiet by the Bush administration on key health issues:

CarmonaSaid Carmona: "Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried. The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science, or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds. The job of surgeon general is to be the doctor of the nation, not the doctor of a political party."

Think Progress adds: "Carmona revealed that when he tried to explain the science of stem cell research to the American public, he was 'blocked at every turn, told a decision had already been made, stand down, don’t talk about it.' Additionally, political appointees were specifically assigned to 'vet his speeches' and 'spin [his] words in such a way that would be preferable to a political or ideologically pre-conceived notion that had nothing to do with science.' He was also barred from speaking freely to reporters."

Given these statements, is it any surprise that Bush has put up for nomination a man who concluded that gay sex is "intuitively" unnatural and wrote in a paper, "In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur..."

If you'll remember, Holsinger also voted to oust a lesbian pastor from the clergy of the Methodist church and founded a congregation that advocated the "curing" of gays and lesbians.


Surgeon General Nominee Holsinger Has Broad Anti-gay Bias

Earlier this week I briefly mentioned George Bush's nomination for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. James Holsinger.

JamesholsingerHolsinger's anti-gay bias has come under closer scrutiny in the past couple of days with the release of a paper he wrote in 1991 on the dangers of "anal eroticism" in which he concluded that gay sex is "intuitively" unnatural. Here's a bit of it:

"In fact, the logical complementarity of the human sexes has been so recognized in our culture that it has entered our vocabulary in the form of naming various pipe fittings either the male fitting or the female fitting depending upon which one interlocks within the other. When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur..."

The full document is here.

Holsinger also voted to oust a lesbian pastor from the United Methodist Church, the NYT reports:

"As president of the Methodist Church's national Judicial Council, Holsinger voted last year to support a pastor who blocked a gay man from joining a congregation. In 2004, he voted to expel a lesbian from the clergy. The majority of the panel voted to keep the lesbian associate pastor in place, citing questions about whether she had openly declared her homosexuality, but Holsinger dissented."

The congregation Holsinger helped establish, Hope Springs Community Church, as I noted earlier, advocates "curing" gays and lesbians.

Just one more fine nominee from George W. Bush.

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