Issue 391

Big Gay News

National News

Mishandling of Funds Alleged at Chicago Gay Health Clinic

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the Howard Brown Health Center, one of the largest gay health centers in the nation, is investigating allegations that staff mishandled federal funding for a landmark HIV/AIDS study. The center receives up to $4 million a year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for participating in the Multicenter AIDS cohort study. While NIH officials wouldn’t discuss allegations, Howard Brown CEO Jamal Edwards said it was conducting an internal investigation, and likely would turn findings over to NIH in a few weeks.

Episcopal Church Consecrates Woman as Its Second Gay Bishop

The Episcopal Church has ordained and consecrated its second openly gay or lesbian bishop. Reverend Canon Mary Glasspool, Bishop of the Los Angeles Diocese, is the church’s first lesbian bishop, and one of the first two female bishops. In attendance at the historic ceremony were 3,000 people. Security guards escorted two men out during the event after they shouted that the church needs to repent.

Gay Student Faces Deportation to Iran for McCain Protest

Mohammad Abdollahi, 24, an openly gay student from Ann Arbor, Michigan, faces deportation to Iran after participating in a peaceful demonstration at the Arizona offices of Senator John McCain. Abdollahi and a small group of immigrant students were protesting the senator’s lack of support for the DREAM Act. It would grant a conditional path to citizenship for the thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally at a young age. Abdollahi came to this country when he was only 3. If he ultimately is deported to Iran, where homosexuality is a capital crime, he could face imprisonment or even death.

Laura Bush Supports Gay Marriage and Abortion Rights

Former First Lady Laura Bush admitted in a recent interview regarding her new book that during her husband’s presidency, she supported same-sex marriage and abortion rights. She recalled that she urged her husband not to make gay marriage an issue during the 2004 campaign. Bush remarked, “I think we ought to look at gay marriage, and debate it. A lot of people have trouble coming to terms with it, because they see marriage traditionally as a man and woman. But I also know that when couples are committed to each other, and love each other, they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.” Human Rights Campaign Spokesman Michael Cole said in a statement, “When the right-wing was using same-sex couples as election-year pawns, we would have welcomed support from the First Lady. Nevertheless, her speaking out now for marriage equality shows that more and more Americans realize all families need the same rights and protections.”

World News

Portugal’s President Signs Gay-Marriage Law

The Associated Press reports that Portugal’s conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva has decided to sign the country’s recently passed gay marriage legislation. His decision makes Portugal the sixth European country to allow same-sex marriage.

Malawi Gay Couple Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

A Malawi gay couple arrested for holding an engagement party, and then convicted of unnatural acts and gross indecency, were sentenced to the maximum of 14 years in prison with hard labor. In handing down his verdict, the judge in the case told the men, “I will give you a scaring sentence so that the public can be protected from people like you, so that we are not tempted to emulate this horrendous example.” Great Britain, Malawi’s largest donor of foreign aid, has expressed its “dismay” at the sentences. The US State Department issued a statement calling the case “a step backwards in the protection of human rights in Malawi.”

Trolín

Big Gay News

Local News

Couples Sue To Challenge Minnesota’s Gay Marriage Ban
The Star Tribune reports that three same-sex couples in Minnesota are suing to overturn the state’s Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage. The couples, who organized a group called Marry Me Minnesota, argue that the law violates the state constitution’s single subject rule. It prohibits legislation from being passed that includes more than one subject. Minnesota’s law was passed in 1997 as part of wider legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Twin Cities Hosts NAGAAA Cup and North Star Classic

The inaugural North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) Cup is coming to the Twin Cities as part of the annual North Star Classic over Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. The possibility of up to 80 softball teams participating makes it one of the biggest national tournaments. Though the NAGAAA Cup will highlight the ever-popular Twin Cities GLBT softball leagues, the event takes place in the shadow of what is becoming a very public legal battle. On April 20, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington State against NAGAAA on behalf of bisexuals Steven Apilado, LeRon Charles, and Jon Russ of San Francisco. It claims that team D2 on which the men played was discriminated against at the 2008 Gay Softball World Series. Current NAGAAA rules limit the number of heterosexual/bisexual players on each team, which the organization asserts D2 team exceeded. An open letter can be viewed at www.nagaaasoftball.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Just When I Thought It Was Safe To Go Back in the Water

I wanted to bend my efforts toward something important, something worthwhile—like Kevin Keller, Riverdale High’s new gay student coming to Archie Comics on September 1. Read the rest of this entry »

What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Need To Stay in Vegas

Excess and Class Make Las Vegas the Summer Getaway

If one city in all of the country knows how to foster glitz and glamour, it’s Las Vegas. The city famous for abundance is also the one that attracts millions of visitors each year to walk Las Vegas Boulevard, or simply The Strip. From cheap eats and stays to five-star restaurant and hotels, it is a place for everyone, whether a newbie staring wide-eyed at all the flashing lights, or a veteran who knows exactly where to dine and lodge—and where to be—all hours of the day and night. Vegas truly is the place that never sleeps. Read the rest of this entry »

Outdoor Dining

Roy Goslin of Z Wines Recommends Braaivleis Grilling

Patios swell with patrons as soon as winter coats are packed away in Minnesota. Denizens can’t wait for their favorite restaurants to put tables and chairs outside. You should feel the same excitement about inviting guests to dine in your own backyard. Offbeat flourishes can take any barbecue to the next level without a lot of extra effort. Read the rest of this entry »

How To: Plan A Summer Getaway

For many Minnesotans, the idea of traveling pops up around January, when the car stops starting, and you curse everything in sight, acquiring a reputation as the foul-mouthed neighbor. But that’s Minnesota for you. If you hate it so much, move. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

Local News

Couples Sue To Challenge Minnesota’s Gay Marriage Ban
The Star Tribune reports that three same-sex couples in Minnesota are suing to overturn the state’s Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage. The couples, who organized a group called Marry Me Minnesota, argue that the law violates the state constitution’s single subject rule. It prohibits legislation from being passed that includes more than one subject. Minnesota’s law was passed in 1997 as part of wider legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Old Day Festival

Organizer David Regan Pushes for GLBT Inclusiveness

The tree-lined charm, quaint ice cream shops and boutiques, historic brick homes, and variety of storefronts makes St. Paul’s Grand Avenue a Minnesota sweet spot. It’s the home of a summer favorite: Grand Old Day. Somewhere between a compact version of the State Fair and a phat block party, it has grown into the largest one-day festival in the Midwest. Beer in hand, get ready to cheer the planning committee. Read the rest of this entry »

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