Friday, April 6, 2007

Morning Sweep

David Mixner features a column by SLDN Exec. Director Dixon Osborn on the likely repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The New York Blade thoroughly covers the record budget allocation to the NYS LGBT Health & Human Services Network. More about the budget here.

Advocacy groups in New York expect to see action in the New York State Legislature on three major pieces of pro-LGBT legislation this year, according to the NY Blade. These bills are: the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), the anti-bullying bill called the Dignity for All Students Act, and the marriage equality bill. You can also see where each NYS Assemblymember and Senator stands on all three issues here.

A nice round-up of the state of LGBT rights legislation across the counrty by the Washington Blade.

Much ado about foreskin: in response to the apparently large amount of feedback to yesterday's circumcision story (more here) in the Times, the Empire Zone has posted a response from the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. Blabbeando begs to differ with the recommendations of the UN/WHO and cites Brazil's findings on the issue.

Geoffrey Stone pens a thoughtful column on the Huffington Post, noting the "shift in public attitudes" on various gay issues. He references a recent report put out by Third Way, a progressive think-tank.

And finally, on a hopeful note on this Good Friday: a transgender Air Force veteran runs for city council seat in Aurora, Colorado.

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