Friday, July 18, 2008

Morning Sweep

The Watertown Daily Times has a nice write-up about Watertown Area Gay Youth and SAGE/Jefferson County LGBT Alliance’s good work in the north country.

Gay City News interviews local gay men after hearing word of cuts in the City’s HIV/AIDS budget.

Asbury Park, NJ has arrived as a new gay resort town in the Northeast.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and GLAAD have called on the Boston Herald to publicly apologize for its defamatory coverage of transgender people.

On Monday, we posted the news about the U.S. Census Bureau’s plans to omit gay married couples from the 2010 census. Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute pens an op-ed in the LA Times stating that "decision on data collection should not be driven by political and value-laden judgments about marriage," rather "they should be grounded in the demographic and legal realities of this nation." Read on here.

Charles A. Haynes of the First Amendment Center makes a case for the division of church and state, at least in the debate over civil marriage.

Citing statewide victories in the LGBT movement, a Dallas Voice opinion piece calls for better allocation of resources between national and statewide organizations.

Dubai police officials have arrested and detained 17 foreigners for "being gay and wearing women's clothing in malls and other public places." Though Dubai has risen as a Western tourist hub, homosexuality is strictly prohibited in the Muslim city-state.

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