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04/19/2007


Christians Protest Lady Gaga's Concert In Seoul; Pray It Won't Go Through

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Lady Gaga is currently in South Korea, where she'll launch her Born This Way Ball tour on April 27th in Seoul's Olympic Stadium. Many thousands will be in attendance, but Seoul's most devout protestants will not be among them. Indeed, if the protestants had their way, nobody would see Gaga, and the pious are petitioning their deity to prevent the concert from going ahead.

PrayFrom Raw Story:

About 300 Protestant church members will gather in downtown Seoul Sunday night to hold a group prayer against the concert in the capital, Kang Ju-Hyun, a prayer organiser told AFP.

“We will pray to God that the concert will not be realised so that homosexuality and pornography will not spread around the country,” he said.

Kang, who leads a group called Alliance for Sound Culture In Sexuality, said other major church groups would join his campaign by holding protests around the Seoul headquarters of Hyundai Card, the concert organiser.

The Korean Association of Church Communication vowed last month to take “concerted action to stop young people from being infected with homosexuality and pornography.”

Last week, the Alliance for Sound Culture In Sexuality set up "street banners" around Seoul, which accused Gaga of spreading sin and sodomy with her "lewd lyrics and performances." The banners were removed by the city, but that's only a partial defeat for the Alliance: they and their censorious fellows have already succeeded in limiting concert attendance to fans 18 years of age and older.

Raw Story points out that South Korea is East Asia's second most Christian country after the Philippines. The Born This Way Ball will visit the Philippines in a few weeks, but the devout there are mostly Catholics, and less likely to be offended by pageantry.


Filipino Prison Dancers Inspire Interactive Web Musical: VIDEO

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You saw the Dancing Inmates of Cebu do "Thriller." You probably saw them do "They Don't Really Care About Us." But! Did you know that the Dancing Inmates have inspired an avant-garde multi-part interactive web drama?

It's called Prison Dancer:

... an original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu.” Featuring a cast of Youtube stars and some of the most exciting Filipino musical talent emerging in North America, Prison Dancer is “Glee meets Miss Saigon” wrapped in a “choose your own”adventure. Filled with catchy pop tunes, star-crossed lovers, and engaging interactive elements, Prison Dancer brings together the best of Broadway and Youtube entertainment and takes transmedia storytelling to the next level.

Prison Dancer: the Interactive Web Musical is the story of 6 Filipino prisoners whose lives are forever changed by the dancing rehabilitation program that eventually became a worldwide viral sensation on Youtube. Through surveillance footage, interviews with inmates inside the prison, and good old fashioned investigative journalism, pop culture journalist Matt Wells uncovers the personal, poignant, hilarious and universal stories of 6 prison dancers whose group dancing turned a maximum security jailhouse into a world stage. Behind the prison walls, we meet inmates Ruperto Poblador aka LOLA, who (along with his gay minions OO OO and NANA), choreographs the first prison dance routines, HOOKAPS, (the prison hustler), SHAKESPEARE (the prison’s resident poet) and CHRISTIAN, (the prison’s newest inmate) and discover a tale of life, death, dreams, fears and ultimately, redemption.

 Episode four is out now. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Phillippine Health Secretary Under Fire for Urging Survey of Homes with Gay Children

The Philippines Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender advocacy group called for the resignation of Health Secretary Enrique Ona following remarks he made at an AIDS conference suggesting that health care workers survey homes with gay children and advise parents of potentially risky behavior, the AP reports:

OnaHealth Secretary Enrique Ona said that “parents should rein in their homosexual children and get them tested.” He made the remark in a speech at Friday’s conference while discussing options for voluntary testing for young people who are most at risk of HIV/AIDS...Government spokeswoman Abigail Valte said “we do not support any discrimination” but did not comment on the resignation call.

Said Marlon Lacsamana, the founder of the Philippines LGBT Hate Crime Watch, a human rights watchdog: "We want Ona ousted. Bigots do not deserve high government posts, and more so he should not serve as a chair of PNAC if we do not want his unscientific biases to taint the good work of our unsung AIDS preventions heroes nationwide. We're wasting our hard-earned taxpayers' money on homophobes as he is undoing decades of evidence-based prevention practices that aim to encourage homosexuals and transgenders to voluntarily seek testing, counseling, and treatment. Ona's words will drive LGBTs away from HIV programs and make us so vulnerable to infections."


Philippine President Benigno Aquino Suggests Gays Should Have the Right to Marry but Not Adopt: VIDEO

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino was asked about gay marriage in an interview yesterday while in New York for the UN General Assembly. Aquino suggested he would support the rights of gays and lesbians to do what they want in that regard but fell short of endorsing it. Aquino then suggested same-sex marriage would lead to adoption by gay couples, which he opposes.

Said Aquino:

“Gay marriage—I don’t think I’m ready to tackle that fight right now. But the perspective... it is their choice. Normally I would say, you’re adults, you should be able to do whatever you want so long as it doesn’t harm anybody else....But if the next step is [that they] want the right to adopt, then I would be in a dilemma as to whether or not the child that will grow up in this world with a lot of problems would also have to, from the get-go, address that particular issue also at a very young age.”

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'Jesus Camp' Evangelist Plays 'Who Wants to Be the Dead Person?' with Children: VIDEO

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Conservative Christian pastor Becky Fischer, the controversial 'Jesus Camp' evangelist, visits a Singapore church and orders children to resurrect each other from the dead in the name of Jesus.

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(via jmg)

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News: Chris Evans, GLAAD, Nigeria Soccer, Brad Walsh

 road Former NYC mayor John Lindsay gave Florence Henderson crabs.

Cpt  road Chris Evans blankets the new poster for Captain America.

 road The Boston Globe on the GLAAD/AT&T letter controversy: "Many nonprofits seek corporate sponsorship, especially in today’s financial climate, but their fund-raising operations shouldn’t drive their advocacy. And if AT&T or any other corporation wants to support civil-rights groups or a teachers’ union, it should do so out of a commitment to those causes, not as a down payment on future favors."

 road Prince makes an attempt to hide his royal purple.

 road Tom Ford on his possiblel future children: "If I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born. And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn’t use it as a press tool."

 road Today marks the 2 year anniversary of Michael Jackson's sudden death.

 road "Gay Liberation" sculpture in Christopher Park gets a thorough scrubbing.

 road Hundreds march for marriage equality in North Carolina.

 road Church reportedly marries eight same-sex couples in Baguio, Philippines.

Brad  road Singer Brad Walsh on the anti-gay attack he experienced a few years ago: "There's a song on the new album called "D. F. W. M." which stands for Don't F*** With Me and it's about a time when I was walking and this truck driver got out, punched me in the face, called me a faggot, and chased me down the street. That was the first time a stranger has touched me in an angry manner. I made a big deal about it in the media and eventually got him fired. The police wouldn't classify it as an assault, so they called it harassment, which is not what it was. Nobody would stick around to be my witness for the police. It was one of those moments where I was like 'wow, it's really not the world I thought it was.' It took me two years to write that very angry song."

 road Gay organizations have called on FIFA to fight the discrimination produced by the Nigerian Football Federation. Sign the petition here. Earlier today, anti-gay Nigeria coach Eucharia Uche said "homosexuality is a dirty thing, spiritually and morally it is very, very wrong."

 road Despite the financial difficulties it has recently faced, organizers of San Francisco's pride parade will not skimp on the festivities.


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