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Os Hillman Claims Stronger Heterosexual Marriages Will Produce Fewer Gay Children


 | Truth Wins Out | April 22, 2013

Right Wing Watch tips us off to a long, meandering piece (which is apparently part of a longer, meandering series) by dominionist Os Hillman on the subject of The Evils Of The Gay, and as a document, what strikes me is just how much denial our opponents are in these days. They can’t simply accept that sexuality is what it is, and that perhaps what they’ve been taught is incorrect, so they construct strange, elaborate excuses for why they’re right, despite what reality says.

On heterosexual marriages producing gay children:

A friend of mine who was delivered from the gay lifestyle said to me one time, “If there was a divorce rate of less than 5%, you would not be talking about gay issues.” It would be a non-issue. That’s because healthy marriages produce healthy children with healthy identities.

It is so odd that they continue to believe this. The majority of my gay friends come from intact, nuclear heterosexual families. I come from one of those families. So does Wayne Besen. I have friends who come from divorced parents as well. This makes sense, because whether your parents are married or not has absolutely nothing to do with being gay.

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Divinyls Singer Chrissy Amphlett Dead at 53


Jase Peeples | Advocate | April 22 2013

Divinyls front woman Chrissy Amphlett, best known for the Australian band’s 1991 hit “I Touch Myself,” died Sunday at her home in New York after suffering from both multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.

Reuters reports that her husband, and Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton, said the singer died in her sleep surrounded by loved ones.

“Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” Drayton said in a statement posted on the Australian Recording Industry Association’s website.”Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”

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AIDS ‘Patient Zero’ was a publicity strategy, scholar writes


Don Sapatkin | Philly.com | April 22, 2013

The 1987 New York Post headline – THE MAN WHO GAVE US AIDS – was arguably one of the most influential of all time.

“Patient Zero” – a promiscuous gay Canadian flight attendant – had spread AIDS from coast to coast. The story sparked sensational media coverage, drove a book onto the best-seller lists, pushed the “gay disease” onto mainstream America’s radar screen, and helped jump-start an activist movement, all of which eventually focused more money and scientific brainpower on an epidemic that had already killed tens of thousands.

It was also wrong – intentionally creating a scapegoat to publicize And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts’ authoritative chronicle of the early years of AIDS. The book mentioned the case on just a dozen or so of its 630 pages.

“We lowered ourselves to yellow journalism. My publicist told me, ‘Sex, death, glamour, and, best of all, he is a foreigner, that would be the icing on the cake,’ ” Michael Denneny, Shilts’ editor, said in an interview. “That was the only way we could get them to pay attention.”

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Advocates upbeat as gay marriage vote nears in RI


NECN.com | April 22, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Supporters of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island say they’re hopeful about their chances ahead of a key legislative vote on the contentious debate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to debate and vote Tuesday on legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The committee’s endorsement would send the bill to the full Senate for a vote, possibly as soon as Wednesday. The House has already passed the bill.

Sen. Donna Nesselbush, a Pawtucket Democrat and the sponsor of the Senate bill, says she believes a majority of her colleagues will support gay marriage.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she remains opposed to the legislation but won’t obstruct the bill.

Rhode Island is now the only state in New England that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry.

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Augusten Burroughs, John Irving, and Cherrie Moraga to Be Honored as the Lambda Literary Awards


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 22, 2013

Contact:  Tony Valenzuela at LLF (323) 366-2104

tvalenzuela@lambdaliterary.org

 

Augusten Burroughs, John Irving, and Cherrie Moraga

to be honored as the Lambda Literary Awards

Celebrate 25Years of RECOGNIZING the Best LGBT Books

Master of Ceremonies Kate Clinton  

to Host Remarkable Line up of Presenters

Special Performance by Janis Ian

 

Los Angeles, CA – The Lambda Literary Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s trio of major award recipients: Augusten Burroughs will receive the Foundation’s Trustee Award, John Irving will receive the Bridge Builder Award, and Cherríe Moraga will receive the Pioneer Award. They will be honored, along with dozens of writers chosen from the list of extensive nominees, at the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (“Lammys”) ceremony to be hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton on Monday, June 3rd in New York City at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th St @ 3rd Ave, New York City). Immediately following the ceremony will be a private After-Party at The Sky Room of the New Museum (235 Bowery, New York City). The Lammys bring together over 400 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature, making it the most glamorous and prestigious LGBT literary event in the country.

The three outstanding honorees will be featured prominently during the ceremony. Augusten Burroughs has published three essay collections and three memoirs, including Dry, about his experience as an alcoholic trying to get sober in Manhattan, and Running With Scissors, a memoir about his unconventional childhood, which became a publishing phenomenon, remaining at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three consecutive years. John Irving’s novels, including his 1980 National Book Award winner, The World According to Garp, are translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had ten international bestsellers. In 2000, Irving won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.  In One Person is John Irving’s latest novel, which is also nominated for a Lammy Award this year. Cherríe Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (with the late Gloria Anzaldúa).  Her most recent collection of writings, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000 – 2010, was published by Duke University Press in 2011.  Moraga’s publications and plays have received national recognition, including the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature and American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program at Stanford University.

“The works by this year’s special honorees have brought us memorable characters, radical ideas, and have been profoundly influential,” says LLF Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela.  “Their contributions are original and leave an enduring mark on our literature.”

Previous Lammy finalist and 2010 Pioneer Award recipient, Kate Clinton, will infuse the gala celebration with her brand of topical, political comedy.

Legendary songwriter, performer, and author Janis Ian, who has 9 Grammy nominations to date, will perform at the ceremony.  Ian won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Spoken Word Album.  Her songs “At 17″ and “Society’s Child” are in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Once again, The Lammys will raise the bar for glamour with its dazzling roster of presenters from the worlds of film, television, theatre, politics, religion, sex, and, of course, literature. Gracing the stage will be: Ingrid Abrams, Children’s Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Susan Atkins, Lambda Literary Foundation Board Member and Board Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund; Justin Vivian Bond, author and Tony-nominated cabaret performer; Frank Bruni, the first openly gay op-ed columnist of The New York Times, and bestselling author; Nick Burd, acclaimed young adult author; Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor; Kathleen DeBold, activist and Lambda Literary Awards Administrator; Stacey D’Erasmo, novelist and literary critic; David France, journalist and documentary filmmaker; Deborah Gregory, television producer and award-winning author; Nina Hartley, legendary adult film actress and feminist sex educator; Karla Jay, lesbian activist historian; Randy Jones, pop star and original cowboy of The Village People;  James Lecesne, actor, writer and Academy Award winning short filmmaker; Deacon MacCubbin & Jim Bennett, founders of Lambda Rising Bookstore and of the Lambda Literary Foundation; Keith Price, stand-up comic and Sirius OUT Z radio personality; Mike Ruiz, celebrity photographer; George Slowick, President of Publishers Weekly; Peter Staley, AIDS and gay rights activist, founder of AIDSmeds.com; Kim Stolz, fashion model, television personality, and financial executive; Edmund White, award-winning novelist and memoirist; Riki Anne Wilchins, groundbreaking transgender activist; and Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning young adult author.

“This year’s Lambda Awards ceremony is doubly special,” says LLF President Emeritus and Host Committee Co-Chair, Don Weise. “It’s not only about honoring the best in LGBT literature over the past year but celebrating the Lambda Literary Foundation’s 25th anniversary. No other organization provides the essential services that the Foundation offers, and as the publishing industry changes and evolves into the digital era, it’s more vital than ever to have an organization committed to the furtherance and visibility of LGBT literature.”

Corporate Sponsors:

Benefactor Level: Ketel One Vodka

Patron Level: American Institute of Bisexuality, Barnes & Noble, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bold Strokes Books, Simon & Schuster

Mentor Level: Chronicle Books, Harper Perennial, Samhain Publishing

Friend Level: Arsenal Pulp Press, Bywater Books, Circlet Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Riverdale AVE Books, Seal Press

Gift Bag Level: Topside Press

Event and Ticket Information:

The 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 3, 2010 at the The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 East 7th St @ 3rd Ave, New York City). Immediately following the ceremony will be a private After-Party at The Skyroom of the New Museum (235 Bowery, New York City).

5:30 P.M.: Cocktail reception

7:00 P.M.: Ceremony

9:30 P.M.: VIP After-Party at The Skyroom of the New Museum

Tickets for the Lambda Literary Award ceremony and After-Party can be purchased via
Finalists of the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards can be found at

2013 New York City Host Committee Members:

S. Chris Shirley, Co-Chair

Don Weise, Co-Chair

Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Ceremony Director

Jason Wells, Publicity Chair

Dick Donahue

David Gale

Antonio Gonzalez

Tal Goretsky

Wayne Hoffman

Karl Jones

Dean Klingler

Melanie La Rosa

Mario Lopez-Cordero

Dan Manjovi

David McConnell

Bill Miller

Jay Moore

Nick Nicholson

Angelo Nikolopoulos

Julia Pastore

Lori Perkins

Jay Plum

Patrick Ryan

Eddie Sarfaty

Liz Scheier

Bob Smith

Jerl Surratt

Martin Wilson

 

About the Lambda Literary Foundation: The Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF’s programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, LGBT Writers in Schools, and our web magazine, The Lambda Literary Review, at http://www.lambdaliterary.org.

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The Tower of Basel: Secretive Plans for the Issuing of a Global Currency


Ellen Brown | Global Research | April 22, 2013

This carefully research article by Ellen Brown was first published in April 2009. It sheds light on the current crisis of the World monetary system. (GR ed. M. Ch.)

In an April 7 [2009] article in The London Telegraph titled “The G20 Moves the World a Step Closer to

a Global Currency,” Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote:

“A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

“‘We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,’ it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

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Three Years After the BP Spill and the Gulf Is Still a Mess


Maureen Nandini Mitra | Earth Island Journal | AlterNet | April 22, 2013

Three years after an explosion at British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers, injured dozens, and set off the worst oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, the waters along Gulf Coast seems almost back to normal. Much of the oil is gone. New Orleans-based photographer  Julie Dermansky says there’s still a lot left. The oil, she says, is often hard to locate because it has a tendency to play hide and seek.

Dermansky, who photographed the spill in 2010 “pretty much non-stop for four months, has been doggedly following the story for the past three years — reading up all the research she can lay her hands on, making trips out to the worst impacted areas in Louisiana every few months, and talking to people from affected communities. In the early days of the spill the spill she was hired by several major publications, including The Times, London, The Washington Post, and Der Spiegel.

But these days she travels without assignment, covering expenses on her own since few publications hire photographers or reporters to cover what’s now an old news story. Last, Dermansky again visited the beaches and marshes along the Louisiana and Mississippi coast — some of the worst hit areas where crews are still cleaning up tar mats and tar balls. I spoke with Dermansky via email and over the phone about her trip and her assessment of the situation in the Gulf Coast.

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Maureen Nandini Mitra: What did you find on your recent trip out to Grand Isle, Bay Jimmy in Louisiana, and the Mississippi coast?

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