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04/19/2007


Venezuela Government Urged to Provide Asylum for LGBT Ugandan Refugees

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Earlier this week, members from a number of LGBT organizations allied with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced they would petition the country’s Foreign Ministry to grant political asylum to any LGBT Ugandan citizen seeking refuge in the country. Blabbeando reports:

The announcement, carried by the official government news agency AVN, said the groups would submit a written statement to a Foreign Ministry representative urging the government to "suspend any type of collaboration or plans to strengthen a relationship with Uganda by making a public statement addressed to the international community and Uganda and to and grant political asylum to gay Ugandans."

On Thursday, members of the Hugo Chávez Command for Sexual Diversity, Equality Venezuela and the Venezuelan United Socialist Party Youth Committe handed the letter to an an unnamed representative outside the Foreign Ministry offices and said that they decided to speak up as citizens of an important nation.

"The reason we came to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry is that we do not consider the Bolivarian Government to be just any government at this time in the world - at least among third world countries," said Chea Rodriguez speaking to the EFE news agency, adding "this is a country that has great influence."


Venezuelan Presidential Candidate Henrique Capriles Denounces Nicolas Maduro: Homophobia is 'Fascism' - VIDEO

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Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles called out chosen interim president Nicolas Maduro yesterday for reviving allegations that Capriles is gay and attacking him for his Jewish faith, Blabbeando reports.

In a video recorded after a social media campaign by supporters intended to get Capriles to speak out against Maduro's homophobia, he did so.

Said Capriles:

I'd like to send a respectful and considerate message in rejection to the homophobic remarks made by Nicolás [Maduro] today. It's not the first time. I believe in a society without exclusion and that's the way I express it to the country. A society where no one feels excluded based on the way they think, their race, their creed, their sexual orientation. People should go out and reject it.

That's fascism. Absolute fascism. From the extreme right.

If that's how you want to attack me, let it be. But from here on I will always demand respect for all Venezuelans. Because the society that we want to build in Venezuela is a society without exclusion.

You cannot talk of inclusion if there is exclusion. There should be overwhelming rejection of something like that.

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Venezuela Foreign Minister Gets Big Round of Applause for 'Faggots' Slur Against Chavez Opposition: VIDEO

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Our tipster in Caracas writes: "This is a video today in Caracas of Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro condemning the political opposition to President Hugo Chavez. He calls them 'fascist faggots,' as he clutches a pink flower. All the other government ministers laugh and applaud.... "

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News: Luke and Noah, Venezuela, Bollywood, HIV, Chad White

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TSA leaks entire screening procedures manual.

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In response to the Manhattan Declaration, the Affirmation Declaration.


Noah Send a good-bye kiss to daytime TV's pioneering gay couple Luke and Noah.

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UCLA researchers: stem cells can be engineered to kill HIV: "We have demonstrated in this proof-of-principle study that this type of approach can be used to engineer the human immune system, particularly the T-cell response, to specifically target HIV-infected cells. These studies lay the foundation for further therapeutic development that involves restoring damaged or defective immune responses toward a variety of viruses that cause chronic disease, or even different types of tumors."

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Susan Boyle to perform at Michelle Obama's birthday party.

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Inside Cory Monteith's crib.

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Miami teacher murdered by his ex-lover: "According to a police report, neighbors watched in horror as Higgs stabbed Brown several times with a kitchen knife in the hallway at Inland Towers Apartment. Higgs, 53, then fled the scene but was captured a short time later. Police believe the two men knew each other for a long time and had an intimate relationship for the past seven or eight years before brown broke it off for unknown reasons."

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There's been a death in the Beckham family.

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Pageant held for 'Miss Fat Gay Venezuela'. Video.

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A Christian-Hollywood link to the Uganda "kill gays" bill.

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Chad White and Kerry Degman in "boot camp".

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AfterElton does a post-season interview with gay brothers Sam and Dan McMillen from The Amazing Race.

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Washington lawmaker Reuven Carlyle to introduce disclosure bill: "[Bill] would clarify that signatures, names and addresses of people who sign initiatives and referendums are part of the public record. The issue of releasing names of people who sign referendums and initiatives surfaced earlier this year in the fight over the new 'everything but marriage' law that expands rights for gay domestic partners in Washington state."

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Widowed lesbian wins landmark payout over hospital error: "The case is believed to mark the first time a civil partner in England has been awarded compensation for medical negligence since the passage of a law that provides civil partners similar rights as married couples."

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Avatar turns Sigourney Weaver into a weeping mess: "It [Avatar] will pick you up and shake you like a rag doll. I'm not too much of an emotional creature, but I was weeping by the end. I remember reading the script and thinking, I love this but how can he [Cameron] ever do this. Nothing like this had been done before — floating mountains!"

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Boy Culture has a boatload of material from the Single Man press junket in NYC.

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Homophobic easter egg found in new video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

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In the can: Bollywood's first gay lovemaking scene.

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Robert Downey Jr. shows off at Mann's Chinese Theater handprint ceremony.

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NY Dems to be targeted in 2010 over marriage vote: "It's going to be a bloodbath. We're going to use every single weapon in our quiver to take these people out. We either need to replace them or scare the hell out of them so they do the right thing."

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Big Love villain Alby to get boyfriend.

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Lambeth: London police conduct raids against homophobic crime at 17 addresses: " The operation was carried out to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and was part of wider police action across London. A Lambeth police spokeswoman said the main thrust of the action was to combat violence against women, but it also focussed on combating racist, homophobic and disability motivated hate crime, and crimes against the vulnerable or older people by members of their own family and carers."


Hugo Chavez on LGBT Persecution and Marriage Equality

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In an interview conducted at the Venice Film Festival in September, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is asked his thoughts on marriage equality.

Answers Chavez, in a series of questions: "I believe that... look, each country has its customs, no? At least, in Venezuela, it is not well-regarded, no? But there are societies, there are societies, there are ideas which continue to mature [EDIT] ...what I am indeed against is any persecution against anyone based on sexual orientations...Now, [as far as gay marriage]... The same as Venezuelans, as the majority of Venezuelans, those of us who don't see it as being good...it's a state of opinion, it's a state of opinion. Which doesn't mean we are in opposition, that I am in opposition of what you might think."

Translation by Andres Duques at Blabbeando, who dug up the rare clip. Duques notes that Chavez' responses have been truncated as the interview is edited: "All in all, Chavez admits a couple of things: 1) He thinks that being gay is a 'sexual orientation' instead of being an identity; 2) Interestingly, he thinks that marriage equality is a symbol of a 'mature' society and yet he sides with the Venezuelan population that believes marriage equality is wrong, and; 3) He says that he is against persecution against anyone based on sexual orientation."

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News: Venezuela, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Chapel Hill, Mormons

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Marriage Equality New York holding rally tonight to protest anti-gay vote in Maine: "Please join us at a rally on Nov 4th in Union Square on 14th Street side at 5:30pm urging the NYS Senate to vote and in response to the votes on marriage equality across the United States."

Power

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50 Cent is a power ______.

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Venezuelan police harassing and arresting LGBT citizens: "Like most of those arrested, our identity documents and mobile phones were taken away, we were beaten, our sexual orientation was insulted in degrading language, and we were refused permission to speak to the Justice Ministry officials and members of the National Guard who were present."

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Mark Kleinschmidt becomes openly gay mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Just Jared interviews Glee's Mark Salling.

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Author details how Tom Cruise personally audited him for Scientology: "You tell the ashtray, 'Sit in that chair.' Then you actually go over and put the ashtray on the chair. Then you tell the ashtray, 'Thank you.' Then you do the same thing with the bottle, and the book. And you do this for hours and hours."

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Fort Worth, Texas task force makes recommendations on expansion of gay rights in the city: "Jon Nelson, an attorney and chairman of the task force, called the recommendations 'one of the most far-reaching actions this city has taken, in the shortest amount of time.'"

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Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell, who refused to marry an interracial couple, has resigned.


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Female Spectacled Bears suddenly go bald in Leipzig.

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Carrie Prejean - Miss California USA settlement details revealed: "We've learned the Pageant will fork over around $100,000 for Carrie's lawyers and publicists connected with the public battle royale. That money goes directly to her flacks and not into her bank account. We're told Carrie personally gets zilch. What Carrie walks away with: Her book comes out on Monday and we're told the Pageant won't fight her for writing it without its permission."

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Sean Penn's son arrested at school.

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Blu Dot tracks NYC abandoned chairs in "curb-mining" experiment.

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Foundation for Reconciliation to deliver 2,000 signatures to Mormon leaders: "About 50 people are expected to deliver the petition to the offices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday. Organizer Cheryl Nunn of Santa Cruz, Calif., says the petition is a reaction to the Salt Lake City-based church's support for Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in California."

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Brad Pitt dresses up his beard with beads.

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Facebook: the movie?

Singer

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Seattle gay rights pioneer Paul Barwick reflects on applying for a marriage license in King County, Washington in 1971: We knew they weren't going to give us one, but damn it, they were going to have to tell us no to escort us out the door."

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Early marriage equality advocates?

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Gay Annapolis alderman candidate to file complaint over gay 'child molester' smears.

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Dallas Morning News corrects article labeling OUT and The advocate "alternative lifestyle magazines."

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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison recommends gay man as U.S. Attorney: "Some Republicans are vehemently and unapologetically not ready for that. That could make it even harder for Hutchison to woo social conservatives in her bid to outflank and oust Gov. Rick Perry in March. "

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Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga to hawk MAC lipstick for AIDS fund: "MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick and Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick, $14 each, will launch in North America on March 18 and globally throughout the month, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the MAC AIDS Fund."


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