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LGBT News - Youth/Education

This first story refers to a new initiative by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Padres Pledge Support for LGBT Student Athletes

The Padres are pioneers in pledging to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student athletes. As part of the “Team Respect Challenge” campaign, the Padres will promote an inclusive environment among San Diego school teams regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Padres spokeswoman Sue Botos hopes the baseball team will serve as a role model.

“We signed this challenge so the (San Diego) Unified School District can use the Padres as an example for other schools and other teams to show that this is the proper way to act, and the proper way to treat your teammates and your fans,” Botos said.

'30 Rock': Tracy Morgan sits down with homeless gay youth

As a part of massive campaign to show just how sorry he is about some of his anti-gay comments made at a comedy show in Nashville, "30 Rock" star is taking what is yet again another step in the right direction.

On Friday, Morgan met with GLAAD officials in New York to speak with a number of homeless gay teens, many of whom were disowned by their parents after revealing their sexuality. (Morgan had kicked off this controversy by making a "joke" that he would stab his son if he revealed himself to be gay.)

LGBT News - Transgender

New Restroom Policy for Denny’s in Maine

All Denny’s restaurants in Maine will allow customers to use restrooms in accordance with their gender identity under the terms of a settlement with a transgender woman denied access to the women’s restroom in Auburn.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, reports on the settlement reached by Realty Resources Hospitality and Brianna Freeman, who was represented by Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. The policy reversal applies to all Denny’s restaurants in Maine.

The parties reached agreement in March and announced the settlement Monday. An attorney for GLAD declined to discuss other terms of the settlement, including any compensation for Freeman.

Cities move toward transgender health care

Ten years after San Francisco became the first local government in the nation to offer transgender health care benefits for their employees, other public employers are beginning to follow suit.

Last month, city commissioners in Portland, Ore., voted unanimously to offer employees insurance covering gender reassignment surgery. Portland is in Multnomah County, which began providing similar benefits a year ago.

Berkeley, Calif., officials are working with the city's providers to offer transgender health care, spokeswoman Mary Kay Clunies-Ross said. Similar discussions are underway in Seattle and Fort Worth.

LGBT News - Health/HIV

Two studies show that drugs used to treat AIDS can prevent HIV infection

Two new studies conducted in three African countries have shown for the first time that AIDS drugs taken daily can cut by more than half a person’s chance of becoming infected with HIV through heterosexual intercourse.

The results, announced Wednesday, provide more evidence that the medicines responsible for saving millions of HIV-infected people over the past 15 years may also be the most useful tool for preventing new infections.

In the past 12 months, research has shown that antiretroviral drugs in a vaginal gel can protect women from infection and that in pill form they can protect male homosexuals. A study also showed that when an HIV-positive person starts antiretroviral therapy, the chance of transmitting the virus to someone else falls steeply.

Gay Latinos Fighting Bias, Stereotypes on Many Levels

Carolina Ramos has seen the struggle over and over again. She is the Latino/a services coordinator for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Community Center in San Diego, where she sees families torn and battered, as they try to come to grips with a child who has a different sexual orientation.

"A lot of people think LGBT issues are one thing, and Latino issues are another," Ramos said. "But for many people, you cannot separate them."

Ramos traveled to Sacramento recently to testify at an Assembly hearing on the subject. In general, she said, health risk factors increase in severity with societal pressures -- and Latinos in the LGBT community have multiple stressors, Ramos said.

LGBT News - International

Rio de Janeiro aims to become world capital of gay tourism

The theatre lights dim and a Brazilian supermodel takes to the stage, tanned legs emerging from a skintight miniskirt.

In the audience, an A to Z of Rio de Janeiro's great and good: pop stars, sports stars, soap stars and would-be stars, flanked by an army of local paparazzi. Clutching a microphone, the model addresses the crowd. "My name is Lea and I am a transsexual," she says, triggering a frenzy of applause and whistles.

The model in question is Lea T, Brazil's first transsexual supermodel. And this is the champagne-soaked launch party for Rio's inaugural diversity week – a celebration of the city's cultural and ethnic differences and an attempt to position Rio as the global capital of gay tourism.

Asian gay couples: adoption is still a challenge

"I think we've come a long way and it was a difficult journey.. My mum resigned herself to the fact that she would never have [grand] kids, and now suddenly she has two."

The words of Faisal*, an openly gay man from India, who now lives in the UK.

Three years ago, he jointly adopted two children with his partner Jacques*, who is French. The children are blood siblings and from a mixed British-Indian cultural background.

LGBT Kos News

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Notable Diaries


LGBT-related diaries from the previous week (Friday, July 8st through Thursday, July 14th) that did not make the recommended diaries list and were not rescued.
Diary Title Diary Author
Thank You, Patrick Leahy! TheSolipsisticMe
DOD Still Enforcing DADT Clarknt67
Next, they came for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. jpmassar
Australia Has A Really Mean, Nasty Prime Minister Clarknt67
Hero of the Week Award: July 8 TheSolipsisticMe
Clinics Owned by Michele Bachmann’s Husband Practice 'Curing' Gays Desi
The Loss of An American Icon: Betty Ford TheSolipsisticMe
12 Reasons Why, as a Historian, You Should Be Against Marriage Equality TheSolipsisticMe
Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS: No Love For The Gays TheSolipsisticMe
The Awakening notdarkyet
Tim Pawlenty Didn't Choose To Be Stupid. He Was Born That Way. Cullen Milligan
The Next Three Years. A Fractured Fairy Tale. jpmassar
Action: Help Keep Gay Bashing Murderer in Prison wyldraven
Gay-Bashing is Terrorism joe from Lowell
Westboro Haters to Picket Betty Ford's Funeral Mets102
Moment in Women’s History: Roseanne Barr TheSolipsisticMe
Bigot Resigns. New York Moves On. Steveningen
Violence up against LGBT people rserven
Hall of Fame Receiver Michael Irvin appears on cover of Out, supports LGBT equality taylormattd
Michele Bachmann 2004: Gays are 'Part of Satan' Desi
Judge Postpones Deportation Proceedings For Two Years, Allowing Married Gay Couple to Stay Together RCAnelson
Another Win! Alex Can Stay In USA! Clarknt67
Keith and John are getting married! Happy Hour! mapamp
Some good news on the HIV/AIDS front musing85
Update on Target Boycott: Target Funds Frau Bachmann TheSolipsisticMe
Update: Signed! | Governor Brown To Veto CA’s SB 48 Education Bill? Clarknt67
MAJOR UPDATE: THE FUNDIES DO NOT WANT YOU TO READ THIS DIARY! BUT THEY LOST jpmassar
Baaaachmmmockkkapalooza! Clarknt67
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  •  Things are picking up speed! (8+ / 0-)

    "Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley expresses support for new gay marriage bill"

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley said Friday he will push harder for a same-sex marriage measure in Maryland next year if it mirrors legislation that passed in New York after changes were made to protect religious freedom.

    “There are times in Annapolis when a governor’s support can move an issue over the goal line.... This is one of those issues that can be resolved, as New York showed, with proper protections in place for religious freedoms,” O’Malley said.

    "Gay-marriage effort planned for Colorado's 2012 ballot"
    * http://www.denverpost.com/...
    * http://coloradoindependent.com/...

    2012 is going to be interesting

  •  Happy Friday Beautiful People! (3+ / 0-)
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    dharmafarmer, psychodrew, bythesea

    Fantastic round up, such happy news about Alex.

    TWiUP is a really fun group!

    "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

    by Adept2u on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 02:46:25 PM PDT

  •  "Marylanders for Marriage Equality" Launches (5+ / 0-)


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    C'mon, Marylanders!  Shake off that deep-blue-state ennui and let's make marriage equality a reality in our state!

    Three days ago, Progressive Maryland and allies launched "Marylanders for Marriage Equality," a coalition campaign based in Silver Spring.   Progressive Maryland has a track record of championing important causes, no matter how tough the issue or opposition.   Marylanders for Marriage Equality is determined to win in Maryland by waging a more aggressive, public campaign targeting specific districts and regions needed to shore up the vote count among legislators. We'll also prod Gov. O'Malley to take an active, visible leadership role, as Gov. Cuomo led so successfully in New York.

    Support Marylanders for Marriage Equality by donating $12 to win marriage equality in 2012.

  •  Equality Maryland Board of Directors Search (2+ / 0-)
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    cooper888, psychodrew
    BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 15: Today, Equality Maryland announced a call for applications from people interested in serving on the Board of Directors. The organization expects to add ten to twenty new board members by the end of the summer.

    The Nominations Committee for the search process will be chaired by Senator Rich Madaleno and Erin Leveton.  Other members of the committee are Lori Hollander, Kathleen Darden, Del. Mary Washington, MaryAnne Arnow, Mike Meller and Marvin Masterson.  Patrick Wojahn, Chair of the Equality Maryland Foundation board, will serve as the liaison with the current board of directors.  The Nominations Committee will be responsible for review of all applications, interview of applicants and development of a final slate of candidates for a vote by the current board.

    “I am very pleased that each of these individuals has agreed to serve in this capacity” said Wojahn. “Increasing the board of Equality Maryland is a critical step towards further stabilizing this organization.  The people on this committee bring a fresh perspective and a variety of backgrounds to the selection process.  I’m confident that their leadership will ensure Equality Maryland brings on highly qualified new board members to help govern the organization.”

    Individuals with experience in nonprofit governance, fundraising, public relations, political advocacy, personnel management and financial management are strongly encouraged to apply.  Diversity of experience, opinion, background, geography and engagement will be considered and valued when developing the final slate of candidates.  All first year board members must commit to attending meetings in Baltimore every two to three months, making a personally significant financial contribution to the organization, and with the support of board colleagues and staff, securing $3,000 through solicitation of others or personal giving.

    Nominations for the board will be accepted from July 15 until July 31.  Interested parties should read the Board expectations document and contact info@equalitymaryland.org for an application.

  •  Happy Friday!!! YAHOO! (2+ / 0-)
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    psychodrew, dharmafarmer

    I'm dying for a beer... 12 more days! Can't wait!

    I'm having some mild OCD frustration in that we don't have a matching bookend to NY marriage equality. Come on California lets overturn or toss out PropH8!!

    by cooper888 on Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 07:37:48 PM PDT

  •  I've been out all day with my family. (2+ / 0-)
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    dharmafarmer, bythesea

    Guess what a wild and crazy Friday night with my 60+ year old parents consists of--the early bird special and a community theater production of the Music Man.

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