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Rex Wockner
International News
COPENHAGEN FUNDS 2009 OUTGAMES
The Copenhagen City Council has donated 20 million Danish kroner ($3.45 million) to help organize the 2009 2nd World Outgames there.

The Outgames were born last year in Montreal to compete head-on with the Gay Games after a rupture between Montreal Gay Games organizers and the Federation of Gay Games.

Following the split, the Gay Games were relocated to Chicago. Both events ended up losing money -- $5.3 million in Montreal and $200,000 in Chicago. Efforts are ongoing in both cities to reduce the deficits.

With their new funding, Copenhagen organizers announced they are seeking to hire a director and several project leaders. For more information, see www.copenhagen2009.org.

COURT ORDERS REGISTRATION OF ARGENTINE TRANS GROUP
Argentina's Supreme Court ordered the Justice Department to officially register the Association for the Struggle of the Travesti and Transsexual Identity on Nov. 22.

The department's General Inspectorate of Justice had declined to recognize the group and was backed up by a lower court which said the association's goals went against "the common good."

The new ruling said the earlier determinations violated the nation's guarantees of freedom of association.

20,000 AT BUENOS AIRES PRIDE
Some 20,000 people turned out for Buenos Aires' 15th Gay-pride parade Nov. 25, organizers said.

The procession began at the famous Casa Rosada and proceeded up Avenida de Mayo to a rally and dance at the Plaza of the Two Congresses.

Marchers demanded an end to discrimination, equal treatment for Transgender people and legalization of same-sex marriage.

This year's theme was "We are all marvelously different."

BRAZIL VOTES FOR ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAW
Brazil's lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, passed a bill Nov. 23 banning discrimination based on sexual orientation under penalty of one to five years in jail.

The measure would apply in areas that include housing, employment and public accommodations. It also criminalizes attempts to prevent public displays of homosexual affection and prohibits offensive references to sexual orientation.

The measure now moves to the Senate.

POZNAN RAINBOW PARADE A SUCCESS
Despite a history of government hostility and bans across the nation, a Gay-rights parade came off smoothly in Poznan, Poland, Nov. 19.

Reports said police cleared neo-Nazi protesters and other homophobes from the parade's path as marchers approached and occupied the city's Freedom Square.

Last year's parade was banned by Poznan officials. When about 65 people tried to march anyway, they were pursued by members of the group All Polish Youth chanting "Let's gas the fags."

When police ordered the marchers to halt, they sat down in the street and were aggressively arrested. They were later released without charge.

A local court later declared the city's ban in violation of both Polish and European law.

GUATEMALAN TRANSVESTITES MURDERED
Two Transvestites were gunned down outside a bar in Guatemala City Nov. 22.

The two individuals, who were hit several times each, were at least the 10th and 11th Transvestites murdered in the nation this year.

Gay leaders say police make little effort to solve such killings and are likely involved in some of them as well.

IRISH SUPPORT SAME-SEX UNIONS
A new poll has found that 84 percent of Irish people support recognition of same-sex unions, and 53 percent support access to ordinary marriage for same-sex couples.

However, only 39 percent support allowing Gay couples to adopt.

The poll of more than 1,000 people was conducted by Lansdowne Market Research for the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.

CHINESE AIDS ACTIVIST ARRESTED, RELEASED
Beijing police arrested AIDS activist Wan Yanhai, director of the nongovernmental Aizhixing Institute of Health Education, on Nov. 24.

They forced him to cancel a conference about HIV transmission via blood transfusions that was scheduled to take place Nov. 25-30, then released him Nov. 27.

In an e-mail written in the third person, Wan said: "Wan Yanhai has expressed his intention to actively seek for the government's support and understanding in the future so as to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings. At the same time, he also hopes the relevant health departments will pay attention to the requests of thousands of people infected by blood transfusion and provide them with compensation, treatment and care."

In 2002, Wan was detained for two months after exposing an epidemic of HIV transmission via blood transfusions in Henan province.

HIV SURGE IN SYDNEY Between 10 percent and 18 percent of Gay men in central Sydney are now infected with HIV, Australia's National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research said Nov. 26.

The infection rate has been climbing in recent years because of an apparent breakdown in safer-sex practices.
Quote / Unquote
Quote / Unquote by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"A lot of the chiefs of staff, the people who really run the underpinnings of the Republican Party, are Gay. [RNC Chairman] Ken Mehlman. OK, there's one I think people have talked about. I don't think he's denied it when he's been -- people have suggested -- he doesn't say 'I'm not.'"
--TV talk-show host Bill Maher appearing on CNN's Larry King Live, Nov. 8. CNN removed the attempted outing from rebroadcasts of the show and forced YouTube to delete a clip of the remarks, claiming that blogger John Aravosis, who posted the clip, had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. King responded to Maher that he'd "never heard" that Mehlman is Gay. Maher replied, "Maybe you don't go to the same bathhouse I do, Larry." The following day, CNN reported that Mehlman will step down from his job by the end of the year. This publication has no independent knowledge of Mehlman's sexual orientation.

"I was certainly not trying to out Ken Mehlman. I was surprised to learn what a surprise this was to so many people because I guess I'm in my little bubble world of political junkies and in that world, you know, this is, you know, it's about as much of a secret as Liberace."
--Bill Maher to TheStripPodcast.com, Nov. 16.

"[Traditional Values Coalition Chairman Lou] Sheldon disclosed that he and 'a lot' of others knew about [disgraced Christian right leader Ted] Haggard's homosexuality 'for awhile ... but we weren't sure just how to deal with it.' Months before a male prostitute publicly revealed Haggard's secret relationship with him, and the reverend's drug use as well, 'Ted and I had a discussion,' explained Sheldon, who said Haggard gave him a telltale signal then: 'He said homosexuality is genetic. I said, no it isn't. But I just knew he was covering up. They need to say that.'"
--From a Nov. 10 article in The Jewish Week entitled "Christian Right Agenda In Shambles After GOP Defeat."

"You'll find no evangelical, no Christian leader anywhere coming out and saying: Let's do something different. Let's take this shocking [Ted] Haggard scandal as a cosmic sign, as a big rainbow-colored warning flag that maybe, just maybe we need to look at this Gay issue with a little more love and a little less nauseating pseudo-spiritual homophobic dogma. Maybe now is the time to rethink this hateful ideology that has kept us so deep in fear and mistrust and sexual agony for so long."
--San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford, Nov. 8.

"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards Gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against Gays. But there are so many Christian people I know who are Gay and love their religion. ... I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it. I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."
--Elton John to Britain's The Observer, Nov. 12.

"Dave [Furnish] and I as a couple seem to be the acceptable face of Gayness, and that's great. I've got to use that power to try and do what I can ... to try to make the situations in Russia and Poland [better]. I'm off to Poland in two weeks to say something there because the situation is not good. If I'm on the board of Amnesty International I can't just sit back and say nothing. ... I'm going to fight for them, whether I do it silently behind the scenes or vocally so that I get locked up. I can't just sit back; it's not in my nature any more. I'm nearly 60 years old, after all. I can't sit back and blindly ignore it, and I won't."
--Elton John to Britain's The Observer, Nov. 12.

"We'll have been together 36 years in March. ... It's a matter of commitment and something that binds you soulwise. I don't know what it is. I can't imagine Jane [Wagner] not being in my life. If you really know what there is to love about someone, it really can't be violated. Our families are intertwined and I'm close to her sister too. It just is."
--Actress/comedian Lily Tomlin to the Carolinas Gay newspaper Q-Notes, Nov. 4.

"The auto-fellatio scene. We had to film it three times, with three cameras each time. And because there was a 'money shot,' we did it in the morning one day, then again that afternoon, and then again the next morning."
--Gay actor Paul Dawson recalling his most difficult scene in the critically acclaimed new film Shortbus, to the Palm Springs Gay magazine The Bottom Line, Nov. 10. Dawson's character fellates himself and then ejaculates into his own mouth while masturbating.

"Last night we saw unprecedented victories for fair-minded candidates and for equality; we also witnessed a stinging rebuke of anti-Gay elected officials in this country. The historic rejection of the domestic partnership ban in Arizona is a symbolic turning point in the march towards marriage equality."
--Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, Nov. 8.

"Rick Santorum, the third-ranking GOP senator, compared same-sex marriage to 'man on child, man on dog' sex. He supported allowing faith-based service providers to discriminate in hiring based on religion with federal dollars and to proselytize. ... We are thrilled, ecstatic and overjoyed that Rick Santorum has been thrashed at the polls. His extreme and gratuitous homophobia will no longer pollute the Senate. Good riddance."
--National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, Nov. 7.

"Praise Jesus, the Christian right's stranglehold on culture and morality is over. As pointed out by Slate, the all-powerful evangelical church's bizarre and insufferable run of influence has peaked, and its easy access to Washington is now falling away like Tom DeLay's toupee during the Apocalypse. And Ted Haggard, bless his little meth-happy Gay soul, provided the final nail in the coffin of religious right hypocrisy at just the right moment. It's almost as if it were ... ordained."
--San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford, Nov. 10.

"Social conservatives drove the GOP's agenda the last several years. Their divisive agenda alienated the mainstream Republicans and independents who determined this election's outcome. Social conservatives should take responsibility for this loss. ... A strategy that caters solely to a narrow group may win one election, but it won't create a permanent majority. The GOP spent the last several years catering to social extremists. But social conservative leaders will always bully and threaten instead of working for the party's future. They're an unreliable foundation who can't be trusted for long-term support."
--Log Cabin Republicans Executive Vice President Patrick Sammon, Nov. 7.

"Doogie Howser wasn't outed, he was 'lanced.' That's a new term to describe celebrities who have been forced to reveal they're Gay, said Reichen Lehmkuhl, boyfriend of 'N Sync star Lance Bass. 'It's to be outed by someone in the public media and to a celebrity, and Neil Patrick Harris, I understand, has been "lanced,"' Lehmkuhl told AP Radio News."
--The Associated Press wire service, Nov. 7.

"In 1970, not a single law protected Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people from discrimination. Today, 18 states -- representing 40 percent of the U.S. population -- protect LGB people from discrimination, including Washington state, which was added to the roster this year. And these figures do not include the many municipalities in other states that have passed nondiscrimination laws -- places like Kansas City and Indianapolis and Covington, Kentucky. And when you include these local jurisdictions, 49.9 percent of the population lives in a place where anti-LGB discrimination is prohibited."
--National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman addressing the annual Creating Change conference, Nov. 10.

"Let me just say one thing to [disgraced former U.S. Rep.] Mark Foley: Mark, whenever you re-emerge from wherever you are, please don't pop up looking to us for acceptance and support, or a toaster -- there's no toaster waiting for you here."
--National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman addressing the annual Creating Change conference, Nov. 10.

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