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Kristin Chenoweth has posted a defense of Promises, Promises costar Sean Hayes on Newsweek's website after the actor was attacked in an article that many readers have deemed "homophobic," even though it was written by a gay journalist. In an article titled "Straight Jacket" that was posted on Newsweek.com on April 26, Ramin Setoodeh has drawn the ire of many readers for implying that it's impossible to believe openly gay actors as straight characters. Setoodeh specifically takes aim at Hayes for his otherwise much-lauded performance in the hit Broadway revival of the musical, for which he has been nominated for a Tony award as Best Actor.
Sacramento- Today the California State Assembly passed the Separation Equity Act (AB 2700) in a 44-21 vote. The bill, introduced by Assembly member Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by Equality California and the Conference of California Bar Associations, would create a consolidated form and procedure to dissolve both a civil marriage and domestic partnership.
"Currently, couples must navigate a confusing system that is especially daunting for those who lack legal representation," said Geoff Kors, Equality California executive director. "Since the State of California treats the relationships of same-sex couples differently, we need this legislation to prevent couples from having to jump through bureaucratic hoops until we restore a system of fairness and equality."
AB 2700 would amend the state's family code, allowing for couples who first registered as domestic partners and who legally married thereafter, to dissolve both contracts through a single, uniform procedure. The current system forces couples to go through a separate process for each.
"AB 2700 brings us a step closer towards marriage equality by recognizing that ALL marriages are treated alike, even when it comes to dissolving marriages," Assembly member Ma said.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org
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May 10, 2010
By Heather World
At an April 8 community meeting at St. Philip's Church, local residents and merchants got a chance to see preliminary sketches of two proposed designs for a pedestrian park on Noe Street. Plan A (above), the car-free "plaza," would close a 60-foot section of Noe Street extending south from 24th Street. Plan B (below), the smaller "parklet," would allow drivers road access. The city is currently doing traffic studies at the intersection and on several side streets, in preparation for a second meeting. Sketches by Seth Boor of Boor Bridges Architecture
Posted on www.Advocate.com May 10, 2010
From The Advocate December-January 2010
Tom Ford Tells All
By Kevin Sessums
Ford has now remade himself, as director of A Single Man. Kevin Sessums's frank interview with Ford reveals the extent to which he's shedding his old skin.
"I don't think of myself as gay. That doesn't mean that I'm not gay. I just don't define myself by my sexuality," says Tom Ford with no sense of irony in his voice. Ford built a fashion empire at Gucci. When Yves Saint Laurent was acquired by Gucci in 1999, he reinvented that brand. Since then he has launched his own Tom Ford line of menswear and accessories. Always, throughout his career, whole collections and marketing campaigns were designed around his highly honed sense of the needs of others to define themselves as sexual beings.
"The gay aspect of A Single Man certainly wasn't what drew me to make a film of the Christopher Isherwood book. It was its human aspect, that unifying quality," he continues, segueing into a discussion of his remarkable directorial debut. The film, which was nominated for the Golden Lion top prize at the Venice film festival, and for which Ford won Venice's Queer Lion prize and Colin Firth the best actor award, opens in limited release December 11.
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May 4, 2010
By Dennis Richards
On March 23rd, the Plans
and Programs Committee of
the San Francisco Transportation
unanimously approved two
projects that will enhance
public transit in Duboce Triangle
and improve the pedestrian
safety and the urban
design along both Duboce
First, the Plans and Programs
the plans for the Rail Replacement
will be administered by the
MTA. The boundaries for
the rail replacement program
are along Church (between
Duboce and Market) and
along Duboce (between Noe
The transit corridor leading
onto Church and into the
Duboce Muni Metro Tunnel
is a vital thoroughfare for the
J and N connecting downtown
and Upper Market, as
well as all the neighborhoods
served by the J and N. The
existing track is nearly 40
years old and is nearing the
end of its serviceable life.
The rail replacement program
replaces more than
4600' of track with a new
support system and will
also replace aging parts of
the overhead contact system,
upgrade the signal and
track switch control system,
expand and extend boarding
islands (Duboce at Noe and
Duboce at Church).
In addition to the Rail Replacement
Plans and Programs Committee
also approved funding
for the "Duboce Avenue
As a result of this vote, two
curb bulbs will be added to
Duboce, one located at the
northwest corner of Steiner
and the other on the southwest
corner of Sanchez.
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May 04, 2010
By Julie Bolcer
A gay police officer arrested a Baptist preacher in the UK last month for telling a passerby that homosexuality is a sin.
According to the Daily Telegraph, "Dale McAlpine was charged with causing 'harassment, alarm or distress' after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of 'sins' referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same-sex relationships."
Police say the 42-year-old McAlpine, who preaches in Cumbria, used insulting language in violation of the Public Order Act, introduced in 1986 to control rioters at football games. He was held in jail for seven hours on April 20.
Christian legal defenders say that McAlpine committed no crime in expressing his antigay beliefs, and that the law is being used to curb his religious free speech.
On the day of his arrest, McAlpine was approached by a woman on the street who debated him about his beliefs, during which time he said homosexuality is a sin. The woman complained to the nearby police community support officer (PCSO), who told the preacher he could be arrested for using homophobic language.
According to the Telegraph, "The street preacher said he told the PCSO: 'I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator.'
"He claims that the PCSO then said he was homosexual and identified himself as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison officer for Cumbria police. Mr McAlpine replied: 'It's still a sin.'
"The preacher then began a 20 minute sermon, in which he says he mentioned drunkenness and adultery, but not homosexuality. Three regular uniformed police officers arrived during the address, arrested Mr McAlpine and put him in the back of a police van."
McAlpine was released on bail and is now awaiting a trial date.
Egyptian music officials have banned Elton John from playing later this month because of his recent comments that Jesus was gay.
Sir Elton John has been banned from playing a private concert in Egypt later this month because music officials object to his recent comments in support of a gay Jesus and against Middle Eastern countries' treatment of gay people.
The Jerusalem Post reports from German Press Agency DPA.
"The news agency quoted Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt's Musician Union, as saying that his country could not allow 'a homosexual who wants to ban religions, claimed that the prophet Issa (Jesus) was gay and calls for Middle Eastern countries to allow gays to have sexual freedom' to perform there."
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May 04, 2010
By Julie Bolcer
Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional District in Tennessee attended a Tea Party forum last Thursday during which they defended the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy and joked about violence against gay service members.
According to the Jackson Sun, Dr. Ron Kirkland, a Vietnam veteran, and Randy Smith, a veteran of the first Iraq War, joked that gay service members were "taken care of" during the forum in Paris.
"I can tell you if there were any homosexuals in that group, they were taken care of in ways I can't describe to you," said Kirkland.
Smith, who served in the first Iraqi war, said, "I definitely wouldn't want to share a shower with a homosexual. We took care of that kind of stuff, just like (Kirkland) said."
In response to an uproar about the comments, Smith issued a lukewarm apology, the Sun later reported.
"Smith said he knew of violence against gay service members in concept only and never knew of any actual incidents or anything that he could report.
"'I heard guys that said, 'If there was a gay dude I knew about, he'd fall down the line or get pushed over' ... but I haven't actually seen anything like that or seen a blanket party or anything like that,' he said. '... I've never known anybody personally to do that.'
"Smith apologized if his comments offended, but maintained he was 'telling it how it is actually; and warning about hazing — physical and emotional — that could come if 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is repealed.
"He said he has a 19-year-old gay daughter who lives in California, and that while he disagrees with her lifestyle, he understands that it is her right to live it.
"'I don't begrudge her because she's gay,' Smith said. '... I would have no problem standing beside a gay man in a time of war, standing back to back, him having my back and me having his back, but I would, as I said last night, have trouble sharing a shower with a gay man.'"
HIV prevention and treatment service coverage for injection-drug users (IDU) is too low in many countries to prevent transmission, a discrepancy that affects infection rates at the local level, new research shows.
"Governments that have not made needle and syringe programs and opioid substitution available need to be convinced that these interventions are the most effective ways to stop HIV spreading among [IDUs], and to the wider community," said lead author Dr. Bradley Mathers of the University of New South Wales National Drug and Alcohol Research Center.
Australian health authorities distribute 213 clean needles per IDU each year, compared with 188 for the United Kingdom, 46 in Canada and 22 in the United States. In Russia, which has the second-largest IDU population after China, there is no methadone substitution. Other prevention measures among Russian IDUs are, similarly, virtually non-existent.
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April 30, 2010
By Advocate.com Editors
Mark Wahlberg said in a 2007 interview that he was “creeped out” by the script for Brokeback Mountain and "thankful" when director Ang Lee didn’t call him back to talk more about the film.
Now, The National Enquirer reports that it was Wahlberg’s Catholic priest who convinced him not to do the film.
Reads the article: "The 38-year-old reformed bad boy relies on his closest confidante and longtime religious mentor, the Rev. James Flavin, to help him pick and choose his parts. 'Mark is a practicing Catholic, and he never makes a final decision on a starring role until Father Flavin gives his OK,' an insider revealed to The Enquirer. 'Mark says he owes his career to Father Flavin.'... 'Father Flavin pushes Mark to honor his religious roots,' said the source. 'Even though Mark was offered one of the leads in Brokeback Mountain, he passed because of the gay subject matter, which clashes with Catholic doctrine.'"
In 2007, Wahlberg told WENN: "I met with Ang Lee on that movie; I read 15 pages of the script and got a little creeped out. It was very graphic, descriptive - the spitting on the hand, getting ready to do the thing. I told Ang Lee, 'I like you; you're a talented guy, if you want to talk about it more...' Thankfully, he didn't...I didn't rush to see Brokeback; it's just not my deal... Obviously, it was done in taste - look how it was received."
In 1994, when Wahlberg was still performing as Marky Mark and dodging rumors he was homophobic, the then budding actor talked to The Advocate about his gay uncle, his relationship with Madonna, and his love of And the Band Played On.