The gay website Queerty is no more:
From Dyana Bagby of GA Voice in Atlanta:
Gay couples and families who want to spend eternity together may soon have the chance to do so with plans for a gay section in an Atlanta cemetery.
John Suggs of Dignity Memorial said the idea of having a gay section in a cemetery seemed like a natural progression gay men and lesbians gather more acceptance in mainstream society.
Pentagon defends lifting military gay ban; U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Deerfield Beach, criticizes repeal
WASHINGTON -- Senior Pentagon leaders are defending repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military to House Republicans who labeled it as political correctness and social engineering.
Undersecretary of Defense Clifford Stanley says the military is moving deliberately in changing the policy that has been in place since 1993.
Stanley tells a House panel that the military services are currently undergoing training on how to implement the new policy.
But Republicans criticized the repeal Friday. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina said the policy was driven by politics. Rep. Allen West of Florida called it the result of social engineering interest groups.
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
In a shift, foreign spouses of American gays and lesbians will be allowed to apply for green cards while courts weigh the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
"It’s a very significant relief for couples who have faced separations or exile," said Steve Ralls, a spokesman for gay-oriented Immigration Equality in Washington. "The final resolution will depend on DOMA’s ultimate constitutionality."
"Those spousal applications will not be denied but kept pending until DOMA’s constitutionality is settled by the courts," Ralls said.
The Obama administration in February announced it would no longer defend DOMA's constitutionality. Attorney General Eric Holder said the section of the 1996 law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. House Speaker John Boehner later said the House may go to court to defend the law.
On Monday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed to gay Metro Weekly that it would hold related cases "in abeyance" until a high court decides DOMA's constitutionality.
"There’s been no change in policy," USCIS spokesman Christopher Bentley said.
Friday, I co-moderated an online panel discussion, How Can Donors Accelerate Equality? Click here to listen to the recorded discussion.
Here are the details:
Panel: How Can Donors Accelerate Equality?
- What are the current areas of focus for these donors?
- How do donors make choices between issues and organizations?
- And how do they measure impact and evaluate success?
- How do they balance giving for political campaigns and non-profits?
- Ron Ansin, Founder, Ronald M. Ansin Foundation
- Joanne Herman, Author, Transgender Explained for Those Who Are Not
- Alix Ritchie, Founder, Provincetown Banner
- Paul Yandura, Cofounder, Scott+Yandura
- Leslie Payne, Senior Director, Arabella Philanthropic Advisors
- Steve Rothaus, Journalist, Miami Herald
TMZ reports that Elizabeth Taylor's funeral will be today and that the star will be buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif.
Among the other celebrities at Forest Lawn: Taylor's friend Michael Jackson.
Also at Forest Lawn, according to the Seeing Stars website:
Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Pickford, Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, George Burns & Gracie Allen, W.C. Fields, Tom Mix, Sammy Davis Jr., Walt Disney, Red Skelton, Robert Young, Lon Chaney, Ethel Waters, Alan Ladd, Dick Powell, Robert Taylor, Wallace Beery, Ted Knight, Sam Cooke, Joe E. Brown, Sydney Greenstreet, Nat King Cole, Jack Oakie, Ed Wynn, Jack Carson, Norma Shearer, Chico Marx, Dorothy Dandridge, Robert Cummings, Sid Grauman, Dan Daily, William Boyd ("Hopalong Cassidy"), Marie Dressler ("Tugboat Annie"), Irving Thalberg, Casey Stengel, Larry Fine, Aimee Semple McPherson, Edward Everett Horton and Jean Hersholt, plus authors Louis L'Amour, Theodore Dreiser and L. Frank Baum.
Truth Wins Out and Change.org Praise Apple For Wise and Responsible Decision To Remove Anti-Gay iPhone App
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Truth Wins Out and Change.org praised Apple today after the company removed a virulently anti-gay iPhone app launched by Exodus International that promoted “curing” gay people. The move came after 146,000 people signed a Truth Wins Out petition on Change.org, calling on Apple to remove the app from iTunes.
“Apple made a wise and responsible decision to dump an offensive app that demonized gay and lesbian people,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “The real winners today are LGBT youth who are safer and less at risk for receiving Exodus’ malice and misinformation.”
“We’re thrilled that Apple has removed this 'gay cure' app from the iTunes store after more than 146,000 people signed this petition,” said Mike Jones, Editor at Change.org, the platform used by Truth Wins Out to launch the petition. “The message Apple is sending here is clear: there is no place for ‘ex-gay therapy’ on the Apple platform.”
Exodus’ app was not only offensive, but it relied on twisting legitimate research in its effort to dehumanize LGBT people. For example, Gary Remafedi, a researcher from the University of Minnesota, asked Apple earlier in the week to remove Exodus International’s app from its online store because he claimed it grossly distorted his work.
Apple’s move to drop the app brings it in line with every respected mental health organization in the nation. The American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Counseling Association have all rejected "ex-gay" therapy, saying that it can result in serious harm to the mental health of its victims.
“This is not a question of free speech, but of stopping a virulently anti-gay organization from peddling false speech at the expense of vulnerable LGBT youth,” said John Becker, Truth Wins Out’s Director of Communications and Development. “Exodus may pose as the victim, but they are a victimizer that has left a trail of shattered lives and broken families. We are grateful that Exodus has lost at least one platform with which to disperse its dangerous message.”
South Florida's Wayne Besen, founder and executive director of Truth Wins Out, a Vermont-based group fighting the ex-gay movement, has launched a campaign to remove a new application from Apple's iTunes store: an app from Orlando-based Exodus International, one of the nation's leading ex-gay groups.
From Exodus' website:
"Exodus International has released its new smartphone application now available through iTunes! Receiving a 4+ rating from Apple (applications in this category contain no objectionable material), this application is designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders."
Jeff Buchanan, Exodus International's senior director of Church Equipping & Student Ministries, told The Christian Post on Monday that "in no way shape or form is our message about trying to cure or do we try to promote that type of methodology or message.
"This is a label (gay cure app) that has been put forth by opponents to the application to serve as propaganda in order to stigmatize and really label the application in a false way and provoking a response such as you are seeing with the application," Buchanan continued.
Besen's online petition to remove the app from the iTunes store has reached more than 134,000 signatures.
Below is a video Besen posted to the TWO site, followed by an iTunes description of the Exodus International app.
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Wednesday, March 30 · 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Register at this link for the webinar.
Angela Diaz-Vidaillet, Victim Response The Lodge
Edme Pernia, Miami AIDS Project
Esther Tellechea, Hispanic AIDS Awareness Program
Issues to be discussed:
Social Economic/ Cultural
This training is for service providers who serve Latino populations in Florida. This training was created in collaboration with the Statewide Latino AIDS Coordinator from the Florida Department of Health.
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National LGBT Bar Association to honor Warner Bros. attorney with Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award
News release from The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association:
The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association will present Dean Marks, Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., with the Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award. Throughout the year, the LGBT Bar recognizes LGBT corporate attorneys for their contributions to equality in the legal profession.
Mr. Marks has worked for Warner Bros. and its parent company, Time Warner, for more than twenty years. In addition to his legal work at Warner Bros., Dean is also the Executive Sponsor of the Warner Bros. LGBT employee affinity group, OUT@WBS and has served in that role for many years. In 2009 OUT@WBS received the Outstanding Volunteer Team Award from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center for its involvement with the Jeff Griffith Youth Center, which serves homeless LGBT youth. Dean is also a supporter of the Point Foundation, the National LGBT Scholarship Fund and serves as a mentor to a Point graduate student. He also serves on the Los Angeles Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal.
“We are honored to present Dean with this award. His dedication and efforts on behalf of the LGBT community are truly inspiring,” said D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director at the National LGBT Bar Association. With his unwavering efforts to strengthen the LGBT community in the Los Angeles area, the National LGBT Bar Association believes Dean Marks is deserving of the Out & Proud award.
“We’ve been getting a lot of support for Dean and the upcoming event,” said Kemnitz. “You can tell he’s really valued in the community for his support in and out of the office.”
Mr. Marks is the father of two teenagers whom he adopted at 11 and 13 from Colombia. He also serves on the board of Kidsave, an organization whose mission is finding families for older children in foster care in the United States and government care abroad.
The Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Award will be presented on March 24, 2011, at a reception in the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. For more information about the event, please visit LGBTbar.org.
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The association promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
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