Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Morning Sweep

The New York Blade
writes comprehensively on our LGBT health and human services needs assessment, which found that there is still much work to be done in the state the close the gap in disparity of services for LGBT New Yorkers.

In a trial yesterday, a Syracuse military board recommended that Lt. Dan Choi—a national activist against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—should be discharged for being openly gay. If this recommendation is followed, Choi will become the first New York National Guard member discharged for violating DADT.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is looking into ways to tone down the use of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until the law can be repealed.

Matt Barber of the anti-gay Liberty Counsel penned this lovely op-ed in support of DADT for Oregon magazine. Our favorite hateful line: “It's understandably disquieting to wonder whether your foxhole buddy ‘has your back’ or wants to rub it.”

In a meeting with more than 250 LGBT rights activists on Monday, Obama reaffirmed his support for LGBT rights and asked for patience.

This columnist writes that Obama’s remarks to LGBT “hit all the right notes.” This editorial says his promises are great, but he should hurry up and take action. And this Washington Post story reports that not all LGBT leaders are thrilled at the idea of being “patient” and waiting for change.

The New York Times’ Frank Rich wrote eloquently on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, how far we’ve come since then, and how far we still have to go.

More stories on NYC Pride and the anniversary of Stonewall here, here and here.

Police in Suffolk County have arrested three people on charges of assaulting a woman while making anti-gay remarks, although the woman’s injuries are not severe enough for her attackers to be charged with a hate crime.

A hearing on a federal injunction to stop the Prop. 8 ban on marriage for same-sex couples in CA is scheduled for Thursday, but it is unlikely that the judge will allow marriages to resume before the federal trial on the ban takes place.

A proposal to lift the decades-old federal HIV travel and immigration ban is just a 45-day approval period away from finally being implemented.

New York Magazine’s Daily Intel has one of our favorite images from the Pride Agenda’s march in NYC Pride (See the last picture in the slideshow).

We're not sure how accurate this New York Times Style story on gay-straight male friendships is, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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