Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Community Calendar for the week of June 22, 2011

God-des and She will be playing this Friday, June 24 at the High Noon Saloon at Madison. The show starts at 9:00 PM.

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Gaia Moves is a new exercise group at OutReach open to Womyn. This group meets every first and third Monday at 7pm. Yoga mats will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes. Due to limited space this group is open to the first 10 arrivals on a first come basis. OutReach LGBT Community Center is located in the Gateway Mall at 600 Williamson Street in Madison. This part of Williamson Street is NOT currently under construction.

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OutReach and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) are currently looking for men interested in joining a men's domestic violence support group. The group is an open, crisis-based peer support group for those experiencing or who have survived abuse. The group's location is confidential and is disclosed after an initial screening process. You can find out more at the OutReach website at www.lgbtoutreach.org.

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Rm2breathe is a program designed to help LGBT people stop smoking. If you're interested in participating, you can find out more at the OutReach website at www.lgbtoutreach.org.

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OMGqueer is soliciting fictional short stories about “being queer” from youth (14-24) across the nation. OMGqueer will strive for diversity with respect to the many identity categories that fall under the queer umbrella: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and so forth. Submissions will be judged on the quality of their narratives and diversity of voices. Specific submission guidelines can be found at www.omgqueer.com.

Methodist minister could be defrocked for Menominee same-sex wedding - and other news

On Friday, the United Nations' Human Rights Council approved a resolution that expresses "grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity." 23 members voted in favor of the human rights resolution;19 voted against it.

A U.N. commission will document discriminatory laws, practices, and violence against individuals based on perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The commission has also been charged with making recommendations for "how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

The recommendations are expected in December.

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Jarrett Barrios has resigned as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination. The resignation came amid allegations that GLAAD was involved in a pay-to-play deal with AT&T. Six of 29 GLAAD's board members have also resigned.

On May 31, GLAAD sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission supporting AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. AT&T had previously donated $50,000 to GLAAD.

GLAAD's support of AT&T led to widespread criticism from progressive bloggers. Critics said that the endorsement was outside the scope of GLAAD's mission, which is to ensure fair portrayal of LGBT people in the media. Critics also say the telecom merger could give AT&T too much control over the information that people can access over the internet.

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Today, a United Methodist Church panel found a northern Wisconsin minister guilty of violating church law. The minister, Amy DeLong, performed a wedding for a lesbian couple in Menominee in September 2009. She could be defrocked as a minister or face other sanctions.

However, the panel acquitted DeLong on a charge of being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." DeLong is out as a lesbian and registered in a domestic partnership in November 2009, but the panel had no evidence that she was sexually active. Church doctrine allows gays and lesbians to serve as ministers if they are celibate.

DeLong is nationally known within the United Methodist Church as an advocate for LGBT inclusion.

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Gabe Javier is the new director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Campus Center at UW-Madison. Javier is currently the senior assistant director of the Spectrum Center at the University of Michigan. He will begin on Aug. 1, 2011.

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And last but not least, a Dane County circuit judge ruled on Monday that Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry does not violate the state's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages. You can hear the full story at the beginning of Monday's In Our Backyard.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We hope you're enjoying tonight's hour-long show! As promised, here's a link to PrideFest Milwaukee's website.

We hope you'll pledge to WORT tonight to keep great radio on the air. One of the thank-you gifts we're offering is Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China by Judith Stacey. We had her on several weeks ago and had such a great time talking with her that she's back to talk about even more of the permutations of marriage and family that exist around the world.