Friday, January 21, 2005

Daily News Round Up (1/21/05)

GLAAD about Monica
By: Dallas Voice

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation sure picked a winner to spotlight for Saturday’s nomination ceremony for the 16th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The media watchdog group will present restaurateur Monica Greene, a candidate for Dallas City Council, with a Dallas Leadership Award.

Born in Mexico City, Greene arrived in Dallas in 1974 at the age of 17. In 1995, Greene underwent gender reassignment surgery and began a new life with a new name, Monica. For more than 22 years, she’s lorded over some acclaimed eateries in Big D’s (Monica’s Aca Y Alla, Ciudad D.F., 8.0, Baby Routh and Pegaso).

According to a memo from the Dallas leadership committee, GLAAD is honoring Greene’s passion for community involvement, charity events and grassroots efforts — also for being “an effective voice for civic, business, and gay, lesbian and transgender issues.”

Students rally for gay rights


In the spirit of civil rights protests in the 1960s, about 200 students and supporters of gay rights marched from Lincoln High School to the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon.

"It's a very long skinny march," said Joe Gerstandt, as he walked with others down a narrow sidewalk lined with snow. Gerstandt came from Omaha to support the Lincoln public high school students who organized the Inauguration Day march and rally.

"I think it's important to show some unity," he said. "High school needs to be a safer place (for gay and lesbian students). We have a lot of work to do."

Gay Road draws lots of media stories

By Barbara Owens

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS -- Blair Williams is upset.

Williams, who initiated a petition to change the name of the road he lives on -- Gay Road -- was caught off guard by the firestorm of publicity generated after area media converged on his neighborhood.

"I want it to be fully known that the reason for this name change request isn't that we have any judgment on anyone's sexual preference," said Williams, who is also the spokesman for the other six households on Gay Road that signed the petition.

"I don't care who likes who, or what people think I like. I want to be able to give my address, be proud of my residence, and be able to give that address without having to give a history lesson."

Banning gay unions: fight looms

by: AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gay and lesbian activists are girding for a political battle to slow down or dilute a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Indiana. Even before the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a state law banning same-sex marriage Thursday, opponents and proponents of a constitutional ban were focused on legislation to amend the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman only.

The Indiana Senate approved such a measure last year but it died in the House, then controlled by Democrats. Republicans now control the House.

Amendment legislation is expected to easily clear the Indiana Senate this session, and House Speaker Brian Bosma predicted Thursday it will pass in his chamber as well. A proposed amendment needs approval from two separately elected General Assemblies before going to voters for their decision.

Gays and lesbians mark Inauguration Day with protests

by: Advocate

As President Bush began his second term in Washington, gay rights demonstrators joined others across the country to protest another four years of his administration. They marched through the streets of cities and towns, denouncing Bush's marginalization of gay people and his opposition to same-sex marriage. In Washington, D.C., thousands of protesters, including a number of gays and lesbians, were kept far from Bush, and about a dozen were arrested for trying to penetrate various barricades. Along the parade route from the Capitol to the White House, protesters roared boos and chants as Bush and then Cheney passed by in their limousines.

At a large protest in Seattle, lesbian activist Meighan Doherty, 25, said she found Bush's inaugural address hypocritical and was not impressed with his focus on freedom, liberty, and equality. "He willingly marginalizes groups such as pro-choice, the gay community, and people of color if they do not agree with his personal values, particularly in the world of religion," said Doherty, outreach director for Action Northwest. The Seattle-based group provides training and grants for organizations interested in women's reproductive rights, labor issues, civil rights, marriage equality, and socio-economic justice.

The Seattle protesters carried signs reading, "I am not a second-class citizen" and "Gay rights are civil rights," as well as posters reading, "Axis of Evil," with a photograph of Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice, Bush 's nominee for secretary of state. At Seattle Central Community College, students marched through buildings, pounding on doors and encouraging others to leave. About 1,000 demonstrators then marched from the community college to the downtown area, where several people gave speeches.

Judge lifts bail restriction on Christians who protested homosexual event

By Ron Strom

The four adult defendants who are part of the "Philadelphia 5," Christians who have been criminally charged for preaching at a homosexual event last fall, won a court battle today when a judge removed the bail requirement that they stay at least 100 feet away from any homosexual gathering.

"The judge dissolved the bail restriction," the defendants' attorney Scott Shields told WND.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe ruled the bail requirement was an "unusual restriction on a person's right to speech."

Illinois Court OKs Gay Fostering

by Steph Smith Chicago Bureau

(Chicago, Illinois) The Illinois Supreme Court Friday overturned a lower-court decision that ordered a foster child removed from the home of his lesbian foster mother and her partner.

In rendering its decision the lower court awarded the child, (known only as "Austin W." in court documents) place in the guardianship of grandparents even though they had been indicated for abuse against him.

The lower court ruling was appealed by both the foster mother, Rosemary Fontaine, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

'Innocent' Pleas In Gay Teen's Beating

by Newscenter Staff

(Cleburne, Texas) Three teens charged in the vicious beating last October of a gay high school student pleaded innocent Thursday at their arraignment.

The name of the 17 year old victim is being withheld from publication at the request of his family and police.

He was beaten and then stomped on and kicked with steel-toe boots. His injuries were so severe he needed reconstructive face surgery and may have permanent damage.

Barney Frank: Gays & Poor To Feel Effects Of New Bush Term

by The Associated Press

(Washington) There were no cowboy hats, no cowboy boots.

The only fur coat on the rack was a fake one.

While 50,000 revelers celebrated President George W. Bush's inauguration Thursday night at nine official balls across Washington, a couple of hundred people chose the company of fellow liberals at an Alternative Inaugural Ball downtown.

No 'Gay Families' In Arkansas Schools

by Newscenter Staff

(Little Rock, Arkansas) Arkansas is considering following Texas in banning any mention of gay families in school books.

Legislation was introduced in the Legislature Thursday by Rep. Roy Ragland (R-Marshall) that would force the state's school districts to purchase only textbooks which define marriage as between one man and one woman.

The measure was approved by the House Education Committee despite concerns from some committee members that it could limit discussion in social studies and history classes.


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