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04/19/2007


Turkish Football Referee Ousted for Being Gay Seeks Reinstatement

Two years ago following a surge of public support in his favor, Turkey's football federation backpedaled after firing referee Halil Ibrahim Dincdag and outing him to the press. The public response was because instead of running and hiding, Dincdag went on a popular sports program to discuss his sexuality. Diincdag had been a referee for 14 years.

Halil The football federation then claimed that Dincdag was fired for his performance. At the time, activists said his case had the potential to become a landmark anti-discrimination case because of Turkey's European Union accession bid.

Today, Dincdag pleaded for a Turkish court to reinstate him, Reuters reports:

Halil Ibrahim Dincdag, 35, has accused the Turkish Football Federation of passing documents to the media showing he was exempted from compulsory military service because of his sexual orientation, which in turn led to death threats.

The case is being closely followed by rights groups and has attracted much attention in Turkey, where homosexuals are excluded from the military, although many hide their sexuality and complete military service due to fears of social prejudice.

"I have been unable to find a job since my name hit the headlines. I have received threats, and have lost hope of earning my own living," Dincdag told Reuters.

The court was adjourned until October 20. Dincdag seeks reinstatement and 110,000 Turkish lira ($69,000) compensation.


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 roadACLU wants Rapid City, South Dakota to pay $800,000 to Jene Newsome for outing her to the U.S. Air Force, who then discharged her under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In addition to financial compensation for Newsome's lost wages and benefits, the ACLU wants an apology to Newsome for the disclosure of her private information to the Air Force; a police department policy regarding privacy and prohibiting officers from releasing information to the Air Force with specific reference to any information about a person's sexual orientation, and a written reprimand for the officers involved."

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 roadUpper Midwest LGBT Foundation meets with Senator Al Franken (D-MN): "Senator Franken highlighted his long-term and unwavering support of LGBT communities. He shared his work to repeal 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell', his support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) among other things."

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 roadTurkish gays hold tomato protest against Turkish Family Affairs minister Aliye Selma Kavaf, who said last week that homosexuality is a disease and gays should be treated: "In the statement it released at the protest, Lambda countered that it believes that it is not homosexuality but homophobia, transphobia and discrimination more generally that are disease in need of treatment. Lamdaistanbul has also announced that it has nominated the minister Kavaf for its annual 'Hormone Tomatoes Homophobia Award.' The theme of the Hormone Tomatoes Award also carried over to Lamba protest. Participants threw rotten, genetically modified tomatoes at Kavaf in effigy."


Turkish Family Affairs Minister Aliye Selma Kavaf: Homosexuality a Disease, Gays Should Be Treated

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A Turkish gay rights group is protesting remark's by the country's Family Affairs Minister, Aliye Selma Kavaf, that homosexuality is a biological disorder that should be treated, Deutsche Welle reports:

"The complaint, by the LAMBDA Association, charges that Kavaf's remarks in a newspaper interview were 'an insult, incitement to crime and incitement to enmity and hate' - crimes which, in Turkey, are punishable by up to five years in jail. Kavaf had said that she believed homosexuality was a 'biological disorder, a disease.' 'I think it should be treated,' she was quoted as saying. Kavaf 'should apologize to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals in this country for her discriminatory statements that turn homosexuals into a target,' said Ruzgar Gokce, a LAMBDA member, outside the Istanbul courthouse where the group filed its complaint. 'The only person who is sick, is the minister,' chanted dozens of gays and lesbians in front of the courthouse. Firat Soyle, a lawyer for LAMBDA, said the complaint was only symbolic since the minister enjoyed parliamentary immunity and would not face prosecution."

Kavaf has thus far refused to apologize, but her remarks have been denounced by parties, unions, and NGOs, DW reports.

Also: "The controversy will raise eyebrows in Brussels, where observers say there are growing questions about the sincerity of the Islamic government's commitment to implementing European Union membership requirements."


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Dq  roadMelbourne to Sydney flight featured drag queen cabin crew.

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Mauro  roadHe's back. New shot of Clint Mauro for Armani Exchange.

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 roadMemorial held in Los Altos, California for Henry Stuart Matis, a gay Mormon who killed himself 10 years ago: "He was a 32-year-old gay man and devoted member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and after a lifetime spent struggling to reconcile the two, explained in a suicide note that 'for the first time in over 20 years, I am free from my pains. As I believed that I was a Christian, I believed that I could never be gay,' he wrote. 'Perhaps my death ... might become the catalyst for much good ... Your actions might help to save many young people's lives'."

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Kellan  roadKellan the Barbarian?

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Anti-gay right now targeting Chai Feldblum, President Obama's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominee.

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Anti-gay Chicago police officer Richard Fiorito (accused in 21 federal suits of trumping up bogus charges against gay and lesbian motorists) busted by dash cam: "In dash cam video from Fiorito's squad car, he is shown conducting field sobriety tests against a driver, Michael Vaughn. In each of the tests, Vaughn performed 'perfectly...yet Fiorito noted in the official report that Vaughn had failed them."

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WATCH: Tom DeLay performs the Samba with stress fractures on both feet (he says).

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The Advocate talks to Rep. Patrick Murphy about gays in the military.

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The fashion police are watching Jake Gyllenhaal's every move.

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Jude Law takes New York stage in Hamlet. Review.

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Disney gone beefcake.

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Boston DJ Barry Scott wants new trial in unnecessary force case against Provincetown police.

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Poll: R-71 has narrow lead in Washington state: "Among men, the measure is rejected by a 4-point margin; among women, it is approved by 12 points — a 16-point gender gap. 72% of Republicans say they will vote to reject; 72% of Democrats say they will vote to approve; independents reject by a 13-point margin. In Metro Seattle, the measure is approved by 18 points; in Eastern Washington, it is rejected by 18 points. Western Washington voters outside of Metro Seattle are more divided, with an 8-point margin voting against the referendum."

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Welsh-based Muslim actor takes on gay role in new film, Colonial Gods: "I am a Muslim but I approached the project in a professional manner, as I hope most actors would."

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Mad Men's Bryan Batt denies he's getting married.

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More sickening speech from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), this time on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

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Elizabeth Taylor to undergo heart surgery.

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UK conservative Tory party throws gay club night: "Protesters gathered outside with placards reading 'Queers against Tories', outraged that the party had crashed Manchester’s gay scene. Inside, hundreds packed two dancefloors and a roof terrace."

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Turkey shuts down gay and lesbian internet communities: "The Web sites have more than 200,000 members combined. According to its administrators and members, the sites do not contain any pornographic or criminal content. The directorate blocked the sites without providing any information to the owners or issuing a demand to take down certain content, site mangers said, calling the action unlawful and arbitrary."

Saturn

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Massive ring discovered around Saturn.

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LGBT people at greater risk in Honduras following coup: "Groups that were vulnerable to human rights abuses before the coup face even more risk now. Since the coup, for example, there have been six murders of gay men or transvestites, according to gay rights groups. Until 2008, the average number of such killings each year was three to six."

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T.R. Knight receives standing O at Parade opening.

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Volunteers hit Maine to campaign for marriage equality: "A No on 1 coordinator Darlene Huntress says the campaign initially was asking Mainers to take time off from their jobs to volunteer. 'Then we started getting you know hundreds of calls and e-mails from folks around the country who  also feel invested in this and we sort of folded our Maine volunteer vacation program and kind of extended it out to other folks in the country that wanted to come and help.' Huntress says that out-of-staters make up just a tiny fraction of the 1,000-plus volunteers on the ground, but that the campaign can use all the help it can."


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