Monday, January 26, 2009

Transgender women sues Appleton bar for discrimination

Sierra Broussard, a transgender woman, has sued an Appleton bar for discrimination. Employees of Park Central bar reportedly forbade her from using either the women's or the men's restroom because "it would cause confusion for the other patrons." A manager told the Appleton Post-Crescent that use of restrooms by Broussard is a "safety issue."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Scholarship for gay-friendly high schoolers

We received this press release today from the Gay-Straight Alliance for Safe Schools:

GSAFE Youth Scholarship Application Now Available -- Deadline March 13, 2009!

Scholarships to be presented at May 16, 2009 Celebration of Leadership

The Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE) Youth Scholarship awards four high school seniors $1000 each. The recipients of these awards will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting respect for all, especially in a school setting, with an emphasis on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues (LGBT). This scholarship is open to all Wisconsin high school seniors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Download the application [link] and apply today!

Examples of student activities that might bring an applicant to the attention of GSAFE include, but are not limited to:
  • A student who has been active in the formation or the continuation of a Gay-Straight Alliance.
  • A student who has consistently included LGBT materials in his/her/hir coursework.
  • A student who has organized an event that has promoted fair treatment and safety for LGBT people.
  • A student who has been an active part of community efforts involving LGBT issues.
  • A student who has faced and sought to overcome obstacles related to LGBT issues.

Requirements for the Youth Scholarship
  • Graduating High School Senior
  • Resident of Wisconsin
  • Completion of enclosed application
  • Two letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be written by a member of your school staff.
  • If awarded scholarship: Attendance at GSA for Safe Schools Celebration of Leadership Awards Ceremony in Madison on May 16, 2009.

Application Deadline: All applications must be received by March 13, 2009 and will be kept confidential.
Announcement: April 2009

Submission of the Scholarship Application:
Application can be submitted electronically as a Word attachment or as a hard copy that is hand-delivered, mailed or faxed to the office of:
GSA for Safe Schools
301 S. Bedford Street #1
Madison, WI 53703

For Further Information
Awards Committee, (608) 661-4141 or at scholarship@ gsaforsafeschool s.org. More information, including a PDF and Word version of this application, may be found at our website: www.gsaforsafeschoo ls.org

BRIEFING CONCLUDES IN PROP 8 LEGAL CHALLENGE

BRIEFING CONCLUDES IN PROP 8 LEGAL CHALLENGE
Nation's top civil rights groups and legal scholars agree: Invalidate Prop 8


(San Francisco, CA, January 21, 2009) In the last round of an expedited
briefing schedule, final briefs were filed today by both petitioners and
respondents in the lawsuits challenging Proposition 8. The briefs filed today
by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU
responded to the more than 60 amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," briefs
filed in the case last week.

Those amicus briefs highlight the extraordinary breadth of support for
Petitioners' argument that Proposition 8 is invalid. The supporters represent
the full gamut of California's and the nation's civil rights organizations and
legal scholars, as well as California legislators, local governments, bar
associations, business interests, labor unions, and religious groups.

In amicus briefs filed last Thursday, the nation's leading legal scholars argued
that Proposition 8 is invalid because it seeks to eliminate a fundamental right
only for a targeted minority, which cannot be done through the initiative
process. Professors from the most prominent universities and law schools in
California and the country authored briefs urging the Court to invalidate
Proposition 8, including scholars from Harvard University, Stanford University,
Yale University, University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, Hastings,
Davis, Irvine), University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania,
Rutgers University, University of San Francisco, Loyola Law School, Santa
Clara Law School, Chapman University, and Pepperdine University.

A brief authored by Hastings Law Professor Donna Ryu and joined by 20
constitutional law experts, argued: "Proposition 8 represents the first time
that the California initiative process has been wielded to abolish a
fundamental freedom for an unpopular minority group and to alter the
Constitution so as to mandate governmental discrimination against that
group. In this way, Proposition 8 attempts to breach some of the most
elemental textual and structural promises of our state Constitution. It revokes
a fundamental right that, in the words of the Constitution, is "inalienable." It
dismantles constitutional equality for a single group of Californians – a group
that, because of its history of oppression and stigma, is entitled to the
highest level of constitutional protection against discrimination."

Another brief authored by Professor Karl Manheim, one of the foremost
authorities on California's initiative process, stated: "Proposition 8 . . .
improperly attempts to revise the Constitution by taking the unprecedented
step of singling out a suspect class and depriving that class – and only that
class – of a fundamental right."

On January 15, 2009, 43 friend-of-the-court briefs urging the Court to
invalidate Prop 8 were filed, arguing that Proposition 8 drastically alters the
equal protection guarantee in California's Constitution, and that the rights of
a minority cannot be eliminated by a simple majority vote.

Other briefs supporting the legal challenge to Prop 8 were filed on behalf of
65 current and former California legislators; dozens of bar associations, legal
aid organizations; and numerous California municipal governments.

In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court held that laws that treat people
differently based on their sexual orientation violate the equal protection
clause of the California Constitution and that same-sex couples have the
same fundamental right to marry as other Californians. Proposition 8
eliminated this fundamental right only for same-sex couples. No other
initiative has ever successfully changed the California Constitution to take
away a right only from a targeted minority group. Proposition 8 passed by a
bare 52 percent on November 4.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU filed this
challenge on November 5, representing Equality California, whose members
include many same-sex couples who married between June 16 and November
4, 2008, and six same-sex couples who want to marry in California. The
California Supreme Court has also agreed to hear two other challenges filed
on the same day: one filed by the City and County of San Francisco (joined
by Santa Clara County and the City of Los Angeles, and subsequently by Los
Angeles County and other local governments); and another filed by a private
attorney. These three cases are jointly under review by the California
Supreme Court.

Serving as co-counsel on the case with NCLR, Lambda Legal, and the ACLU
are the Law Office of David C. Codell, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, and Orrick,
Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

On November 19, 2008, the California Supreme Court granted review in the
legal challenges to Proposition 8, and established an expedited briefing
schedule, under which briefing was completed on January 21, 2009. The
California Supreme Court has stated that it may schedule oral argument as
early as March 2009.

The case is Strauss et al. v. Horton et al. (#S168047).

For a complete list of organizations filing amicus briefs, visit
www.nclrights.org/overturn8, www.aclu.org, www.lambdalegal.org and
www.eqca.org.

This Weeks News

Big gay News 01/21/2009
Well, within minutes of Obama’s swearing-in at the Capitol yesterday, the office White House Web site was completely updated to reflect the new administration - including the President’s LGBT campaign pledges.

It includes a quote by president barak Obama from June 1, 2007 that states “While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

The Web site says that the President supports the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.
It also says that Obama would fight for civil unions and federal rights for same-sex couples and guarantee adoption rights. And it pledges to fight any attempt to pass an amendment to the Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.
In addition, the site said the President is pledged to support for AIDS relief, both nationally and abroad. Not bad for day 1.
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Gay Rights advocates were in a huge uproar earlier this week after HBO failed to air Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson’s prayer in their broadcast of The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial Sunday afternoon. HBO is saying they were not to blame for the exclusion.

The Presidential Inauguration Committee issued a statement saying, that they had always intended and planned for Robinson’s invocation to be included in the televised portion of yesterday’s program and that they regretted the error in making that happen.

The irony is that Robinson had helped diffuse outrage from the LGBT community After Obama endured a wave of criticism for selecting the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the swearing in ceremony.
The committee’s statement doesn’t exactly come out and say the whole thing is their fault, but it does seem to verify HBO’s comments that they had nothing to do with Robinson’s exclusion from the broadcast.
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Speaking of Rev. Rick Warren, several dozen gay rights activists protested Monday morning to counter Warren's keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Service at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. As churchgoers and political leaders filled the Ebenezer sanctuary, protesters led by the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition and GLBT Atlanta carried signs including "We still have a dream. Equality," proclaiming Warren incompatible with the slain civil rights leader's dream of fairness and justice for all people. Other progressive activists joined in the effort, with signs decrying war and bigotry, and supporting equal marriage rights. Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in California, is an outspoken critic of gay marriage and has compared it with incest and pedophillia.
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The new Mayor of Portland apologized Tuesday for lying about a sexual relationship with a male teenager he was mentoring three years ago, but asked the city to consider it an anomaly in two decades of public service. Sam Adams was elected easily last year, making Portland the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. He was sworn in Jan. 1.

Rumors of the relationship had surfaced when the then-city commissioner was getting ready to run for mayor in 2007, but he and the teen both denied it at the time. In a statement he released Monday confirming the relationship, Adams said he lied then because the rumors claimed the teen was underage. He said the relationship did not begin until after the teen turned 18 in June 2005. the legal age of consent in Oregon.

At the time, the teen was a legislative intern whom Adams mentored on being gay and in public service. He is now 21 and has not made any public comments acknowledging any relationship with Adams. He did not return a request for comment Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Adams stressed the issue is about a public official lying, not sexual orientation, and he would work to regain the public’s trust. he said he would cooperate in any investigation and has no plan to resign.
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In a massive medical trial on three continents, doctors are testing a controversial pill that could temporarily boost immunity against HIV before a person is even exposed to the virus. If the pill works safely, doctors must then address whether such a drug, if made widely available, could actually worsen the AIDS epidemic.
The pre-exposure pill undergoing testing seems promising, since HIV drugs taken within days after exposure to the virus have been shown to reduce the risk of infection by 80 percent. But public health officials debate whether people at high risk for the virus, such as men who have sex with men, would be more likely to set aside the use of condoms to instead rely on a drug regimen that doesn't provide full protection against the disease, which is spread by contact with the blood or semen of an infected person.

And that’s all for the news this Wednesday January 21st, 2009.

This Week's Announcements

Gay Announcement January 21, 2009

The Dials are playing on friday at the high noon saloon. This group from milwaukee have a great stage show and Sound a lot like Sleater Kinney but with a more rocking style!
The show is this Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:00pm the High Noon Saloon is at 701 E. Washington Ave in madison.

also at the high noon saloon the next day, Saturday, Jan 24th at 2:00 PM at is the Pillowpalooza 3 - with All proceeds from this event helping the A.S.A.N.A. Softball World Series.. Doors open at 1:00 PM, and fights start at 2:00 and go until 4:30. you can enjoy the campy good fun, cheer on your favorite fighters, and bribe the judges. in fact bribes are encouraged! There may be some opportunities for amateur fighters – making this a BYOP event.

a new Women's Health Group is starting up in madison. They'll be meeting at the Madison Infoshop every other Monday night from 7 to 8:30 (opposite Infoshop collective meetings) with different discussions/workshops each meeting. The first meeting is Monday, January 27th at 7 o'clock, where they'll be figuring out a facilitation schedule. workshop ideas include fertility awareness! , how to conduct a D.I.Y. cervical exam, and others. The group's organizers have done similar workshops in other cities. During these meetings, the Infoshop will be a women-, trans-, & intersex-only space.

and speaking of d.i.y. - it’s never too early to begin planning for the 2009 National Bash Back! Convergence. this year’s event is going to be held in chicago over the weekend of Thursday, May 28, 2009 THROUGH SUNDAY, May 31, 2009. the group is seeking folks to conduct Workshops around queer and trans liberation, anti-racism, confronting patriarchy, sex work, self defense, DIY mental and sexual health, radical history, or queer theory.
To RSVP, volunteer for a workshop, get more information email
radicalqueer2009@gmail.com

the "Keep WORT Wired" winter pledge drive is coming up. The drive will run from Feb. 8-21. We’re looking for a few good queery fans to sign up to answer phones during our shows on February 11th and 18th. It’s easy to do, by simply logging on to the WORT web site: at www.wort-fm.org or by calling 256-2001 during business hours and selecting the news block on those days.

We have these and many other events listed on our Queery Page on Facebook. You can become a friend of Queery and get advanced notice of our show topics, guests and announcements. We also have a discussion board if you want to continue a discussion on a topic we’ve raised, or give us feedback and show ideas. That’s Queery on WORT if you are on Facebook. We also have a blog if you want to subscribe to it you can find it at queery-wort.blogspot.com.

This week's show

Last night we interviewed Nanette Gartrell, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and principal investigator of the USA National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study. Since 1986, the NLLFS has been following lesbian couples and the children they bore through donor insemination. An article based on this study and recently published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies found that these children are as well-adjusted and happy as children raised by heterosexual couples -- in some cases, happier. Within the study group, however, children whose schools had an LGBT-friendly curriculum and/or whose mothers felt part of the larger lesbian community had more resilience in the face of homophobia than children who lacked these sources of support.

Gartrell is also working with Dutch researchers to compare the experiences of lesbian-headed families in the two countries. An analysis they published recently in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry found that Dutch children conceived through donor insemination and raised by lesbian parents confront fewer incidents of homophobia and experience less homophobia-related stress than their American peers. These findings are not surprising, given more accepting social attitudes in the Netherlands.

Go to the "Listen to Our Recent Shows" section of our sidebar to listen to the full interview.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Gay-friendly Elkhorn curriculum recognized by Southern Poverty Law Center

The new issue of Teaching Tolerance, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center, features a story on teacher Sarah Arnold's gay-positive English curriculum at Elkhorn Area High School. Naturally, some cranky folks are condemning this as a "homosexual indoctrination regimen," failing to note that the unit is optional.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Big gay news 01/14/2009

During questioning at her confirmation hearing for secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was asked by Wisconsin senator, Russ Feingold about regulations that deny the same-sex partners of LGBT personnel the same rights as heterosexual spouses.

Clinton indicated that she would review existing policies, but noted that many foreign countries have already changed the policies to provide equal treatment for gay and lesbian staff of foreign affairs agencies.

The LGBT Employee Affinity Group of the State Department said that it plans to present the incoming Secretary of State with a letter signed by over 2,000 current and former employees of the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies requesting fairness for LBGT employees.

U.S. Foreign service personnel – as well as civil service and contract employees – are required to serve a large portion of their careers at U.S. Embassies and missions overseas. However, the partners of gay personnel receive no assistance while accompanying employees on these mandatory assignments.

Among many other obstacles, gay partners lack access to affordable health insurance coverage and resources for moving abroad, such as assistance in obtaining a visa, access to employment opportunities, emergency evacuation, and embassy medical units, all of which are afforded to married, heterosexual couples.

Former U.S. Ambassador Michael Guest, who resigned in protest in 2007, was the highest profile foreign service officer to leave the state department due to its failure to redress inequalities in the treatment between heterosexual spouses and same-sex partners.

Clinton’s confirmation as Secretary of State is not in doubt, and she could be on the job as soon as president-elect Barack Obama’s first full day in office.

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Speaking of Obama, The Washington Post is reporting that Obama intends to nominate John Berry as director of the Office of Personnel Management. Berry served in the Clinton administration as Assistant of the Interior. He would be the first openly gay director of the Office of Personnel Management, and one of the highest-ranking openly gay presidential appointees in history.

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, praised the selection. The director of OPM is the president’s principal advisor in matters of personnel administration. The agency is responsible for planning for the needs of the federal workforce and for helping federal agencies improve human resources management.

This appointment, and inviting prominent gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, to open his inaugural festivities Sunday, has gay rights advocates a little happier with Obama this week. Some believe the decision is the latest in a series of moves that Obama has done to calm the storm after inviting evangelical pastor Rick Warren to the swearing-in ceremony next week.

Additional moves include having Nancy Sutley, a lesbian who has been named to head the white house council on environmental quality accompany Obama on a train ride to the White House from Philadelphia on Sunday. Also, incoming White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs, recently indicated that Obama plans to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was an early Obama supporter who advises him on gay issues. Robinson said he was invited more than two weeks ago and that he was not asked in reaction to the furor over Warren. Warren is the founder and senior pastor of the evangelical megachurch Saddleback Church, the fourth largest church in the United States. He has compared gay marriage to incest, pedophilia and polygamy.

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Speaking of the Reverend Gene Robinson, St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in Elm Grove, Wisconsin has announced its decision to leave the Episcopal Church U.S.A., because of what they deem to be unbiblical teachings and practices, including the ordination of the Reverend. The church will instead join with the Herndon, Virginia-based Convocation of Anglicans in North America, which falls under the purview of the Anglican Church of Nigeria.

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In other state-wide news, we’re excited to report that the Milwaukee public school system will expand the services provided by its gay-friendly high school and in turn, will become the nation's first school system to create a gay-friendly middle school.

At a December school board subcommittee meeting, Milwaukee’s Board of Education unanimously approved the Alliance School's proposal to serve sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Alliance School lead teacher Tina Owen said the public charter school will begin accepting new applicants eligible for middle school in the 2009-2010 school year immediately.

Milwaukee's response to gay-friendly schools has been much different from other cities'. As reported by Queery last month, community leaders in Chicago expressed concerns about creating a gay-friendly high school and stalled plans to bring such a proposal before the city's school board.

Marty Lexmond, the director of school innovation for Milwaukee Public Schools, said the need for a gay-friendly middle school is even greater today because adolescents are publicly identifying their sexuality as early as middle school.

Though alliance is certainly a safe place for gay youth, Owen makes clear that she did not help create the school or its new middle school to benefit gay students only. She indicated that Alliance has never been exclusively gay; rather, so many LGBTQ students are the ones being bullied in traditional school settings.

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This week, Maine became the fourth New England state to introduce plans for gay marriage.

State Senator Dennis S. Damon said the legislation would amend existing laws defining partners of a marriage to be “the legally recognized union of two people.”

He said the bill would eliminate discrimination in marriage licenses and would affirm that no religion would be forced to conduct a same-sex marriage.

The legislation also would recognize same-sex marriages from other states where they are legal.

Damon was joined at the new conference by leaders of gay and lesbian advocates and defenders and other LGBT rights organizations.

Gay and lesbian advocates and defenders is the Boston-based group that won equal marriage rights in Massachusetts and Connecticut. They said last fall that they intended to fight for gay marriage rights in the other four New England states and predicted success by 2012. Same-sex marriage bills already have been announced in Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The chances of success in Maine are unclear at this stage. Following Damon’s announcement, the conservative Maine Marriage Alliance said it would press for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

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And, while we’re on the topic of marriage – the latest news in the Prop. 8 battle occurred just a few hours ago, when the California Council of Churches and other religious leaders and faith organizations representing millions of members filed an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court today urging the court to invalidate Proposition 8. The brief argues that Proposition 8 poses a severe threat to the guarantee of equal protection for all and was not enacted through the constitutionally required process for such a dramatic change to the California constitution.

Executive director of the organization, Rich Schlosser, explained the reasons for the brief in a press conference earlier today.

This is an exciting new approach to challenge the constitutional amendment. We’ll continue to follow the Prop. 8 saga as things unfold.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This week's show

We spoke to Mike Fitzgerald of Quest magazine about the top news stories of 2008 affecting the LGBT communities in Wisconsin and nationally. We also reviewed his predictions for 2008 (he scored 3 out of 5) and his predictions for 2009 (we'll have to wait until our first news show of 2010 to score those).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This Week's Announcements

The time warp is coming back to the Majestic Theater. That’s right, the quintessential midnight movie, Rocky Horror Picture show will once again gracing the big screen with a premiere this Friday January 16th. To start the night, there will be usic by Madison’s Null Device at 9pm…..then it’s off to Brad and Janet, damnit…and there adventures with Dr. Frank N Furter. The Velvet Darkness add their live stage show to complete the event. That’s the Rocky Horror Picture show at the Majestic Theatre with Null Device and Velvet Darkness this Friday at 9pm.

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Eve was not born of Adam, but of two lesbians and a sperm donor At least, that's what Blasphemy, the new play by Walmartopia writers Andrew Rohn and Catherine Capellaro contends. The play runs through january 31st at the Bartell Theatre, with Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sunday matinee on Jan. 18th at 2 pm. all performances are a benefit for Bartell, on Mifflin street just off the Capitol Square. For reservations, or more information, contact 608-661-9696 x1.

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Elves Palace is looking for Erotic Art for its Erotic Art February Gallery Showcase. If you are an artist interested in displaying your erotic work in a steamy seductive February Gallery please contact Elves Palace for more information. Elvespalace(at)gmail.com or call 608-442-3093. Elves palace is located at 2733 Atwood Ave in Madison.

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Keep the date open for Pillowpalooza III: The Even More Ultimate Smackdown. This is next Saturday, Jan 24th at 2:00 PM at the High Noon Saloon, 701 E Washington Ave. All proceeds from this event help the ASANA Softball World Series. Admission is $8. Doors open at 1:00 PM, and fights start at 2:00 and go until 4:30. Come ready to enjoy the campy good fun, cheer on your favorite fighters, and bribe the judges. There may be some opportunities for amateur fighters – making this a BYOP event.

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The "Keep WORT Wired" winter pledge drive is coming up. The drive will run from Feb. 8-21. We’re looking for a few good Queery fans to sign up to answer phones during our shows on February 11th and 18th. It’s easy to do, by simply logging on to the WORT web site: at www.wort-fm.org or by calling 256-2001 during business hours and selecting the news block on those days.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Milwaukee's Alliance School Protects Students From Bullying. Ain't It Horrible?

Publications of the religious right (see here and here) are shocked at Milwaukee's December decision to expand the Alliance High School of Milwaukee, a charter school, to serve middle school students. Why?

As stated on the school's Web site,
"The Alliance High School of Milwaukee serves the needs of students who are not succeeding in the traditional high school environment due to harassment, intimidation, physical and/or emotional abuse. It is a safe place, where students are treated fairly at all times, regardless of sexuality, appearance, ability, or beliefs."
As such, it tends to attract LGBT students who have been harassed in other public school environments. Alliance, naturally, does not tolerate such harassment and encourages students to stand up for themselves.

Horrible, isn't it?

Articles quote Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, a conservative Christian group, as saying, "This is not an issue for public schools."

It's not okay to provide kids with an environment free of bullying, but it is okay to tell government-funded institutions that they should violate the Constitution by imposing your religious views on others?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wisconsin congregation splits from the Episcopal Church

St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in Elm Grove has announced its decision to leave the Episcopal Church U.S.A., joining instead with the the Herndon, Va.-based Convocation of Anglicans in North America, which falls under the purview of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. A number of congregations have left the Episcopal Church U.S.A. because of what they deem to be unbiblical teachings and practices, including the ordination of a gay bishop in 2003.

Both the Episcopal Church U.S.A. and the Anglican Church of Nigeria are members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which originated in 1500s England as a break-off from the Roman Catholic church. The role of gays and lesbians in church life has become a point of contention among the communion's members, with some calling for the Episcopal Church U.S.A. to be expelled for its relative acceptance of same-sex couples and inclusion of gays and lesbians in the clergy. The Archbishop of Canterbury, who heads the Anglican Communion, has asked the Episcopal Church U.S.A. to reconsider its actions, but has shown no inclination to expel it.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Eve was not born of Adam, but of two lesbians and a sperm donor

At least, that's what Blasphemy, the new play by Walmartopia writers Andrew Rohn and Catherine Capellaro contends. The play runs Jan. 9-31 at the Bartell Theatre, just off the Capitol Square.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Portland gets gay mayor, but few people notice

Portland, Ore., today became the largest city in the United States to have an openly gay mayor. Mayor Sam Adams' sexual orientation did not come up as a campaign issue. Portlanders were probably more focused on the fact that his name sounds an awful lot like a certain brand of mass-produced craft beer.