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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Gay power hits Aglipay
PNP chief scored for spurning homosexuals applying as cops
 

A gay rights group on Sunday scored the Philipúpine National Police chief, Deputy Director General Edgardo Aglipay, for disúcouúraging homosexual men from applying as police officers, saying gay cops can do anything that their straight counterparts can.

Michael Urbano, secretary-general of Pro-Gay, or the Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines, also said there are already gays in the force who do not want to reveal their homosexuality.

At a news conference Friday, Aglipay said gays were better off if they did not sign up with the PNP, because they might not pass the rigorous training for police recruits.

Aglipay’s statement contradicts what he said two days earlier, when he told reporters he welcomed gays in the PNP. That was before he was named the PNP chief.



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Anti-gay protest draws notice
Message sparks a few conflicts
By Laura Rineer


BLOOMINGTON -- A Kansas-based anti-gay group was met with catcalls and some tomatoes as they picketed outside two locations Saturday afternoon.

Although the hourlong protest by Westboro Baptist Church was largely nonviolent, one man spit on a protester, someone else threw tomatoes, and another woman left her car to confront the group and grab a sign.

At one point, a priest from Holy Trinity Catholic Church stopped traffic on Main Street and encouraged a van full of people to stop arguing with the group and drive on.

Twenty Westboro members, including children and teens, held signs outside Electrolux Home Care Products, 807 N. Main St., and Holy Trinity, 704 N. Main S



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India News > Gay murders halt weekend gay parties:

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) : A police probe into the murders of a USAID employee and his gay partner has forced the gay community to call off weekend parties in the national capital.

Dozens of gays, especially those under the police scanner, have stopped meeting with one another and decided not to organise any weekend parties.

Amit, a call centre employee who is a regular at such parties, said: "There is no option but to go underground to avoid harassment by the police which now believe that every gay is a murderer and a criminal."

According to Amit, all gay groups have been informed through e-mails and SMS that the parties have been cancelled for the time being and dating gay couples have been asked to take precautions while out late at night.



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Gay marriage issue might make ballot
Detroit News staff and wire reports


LANSING — A proposal to outlaw gay marriage in Michigan appears headed for the November ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers will decide whether to approve the Citizens for Protection of Marriage petitions at its Monday meeting at 1 p.m. in Room 426 of the Capitol.

The group collected 500,000 signatures and needs 317,757 valid ones to earn a spot on the ballot for the proposal. A group opposing the initiative said it will not challenge the petitions at Monday’s meeting.

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