poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Jackson opposes gay marriage ban
Rejects comparison to blacks' struggle
By Joanna Weiss, Globe Staff
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, who has stopped short of endorsing gay marriage in the past, yesterday said he opposed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would outlaw gay marriage and create civil unions. "We must measure human rights by one yardstick: Marry who you want to. And leave when you're ready," he said at a meeting with Globe reporters and editors.


Angela Davis 'Takes Five'
Activist still battling for civil, human rights
The handbill for her appearance described her as a "political activist, human rights advocate, author and poet." It's sometimes hard to believe she was once a fugitive. Angela Davis was in town Saturday to speak at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Journal Sentinel reporter Jamaal Abdul-Alim found Davis, 60, at her reception at Milwaukee's Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Transgender Community Center, 315 W. Court St. Davis, who was ultimately acquitted for her suspected role in a failed but deadly 1970 courtroom escape, discussed her views on various subjects, such as the war in Iraq, racial disparities in education and the controversy surrounding gay marriage.
Q. What are your thoughts on all the controversy about whether to ban gay marriage?

A. The gay and lesbian marriage issue has been used to demonize a large community of people in ways that remind me very much of the way black people were demonized, that remind me very much of the way prisoners are demonized. So I think it's important to think about those issues politically and to support those who are pushing for progressive positions.


Europe has mixture of laws on gay unions


David Booth: We can learn from debate over slavery
David Booth
What should good Christians think about "gay marriage"?

To many, it feels wrong to stop people who love each other from publicly sanctifying their commitments. Yet Christians base their beliefs on the Bible, and doesn't the Bible condemn homosexuality? So how could a Christian who regards the Bible as a revelation of God's purposes support a gay right


1,000 Catholics march against gay marriage in San Francisco
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Catholic opponents of same-sex marriage held a prayer march Saturday, criticizing city officials who have licensed thousands of weddings for gay couples and calling for a federal amendment banning the unions.


After U.S. visit, Africa's top Anglican leader denounces Episcopal Church on gays
The Associated PressThe spokesman for bishops who claim leadership of a majority of the world's Anglican Christians denounced the gay-rights policies of America's Episcopal Church on Saturday, following a two-day caucus in Atlanta with U.S. conservatives.


Araujo Murder Trial Scheduled to Begin April 5

On October 3, 2002, 17-year-old Gwen Araujo was slowly and brutally murdered at a party after young men with whom she had previously had sex discovered that she was anatomically male. After finishing their "Tony Soprano-type" hit, they drove the teen's body to a site over 150 miles away and buried her in a shallow grave



March 30, 2004 - Al-Fatiha Foundation, a US-based organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning (LGBTIQ) condemned the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) for forcing the removal of a United Nations resolution that would have recognized discrimination and human rights abuses based on sexual orientation. The resolution was withdrawn by Brazil at the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) in Geneva. The OIC is a network of predominantly Muslim countries. In the past few years, the organization has been voting as a bloc against reproductive health, sexual and gender minority rights and HIV/AIDS issues.


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