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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Transgender journalist offers look at gender-identity issues

Transsexuality involves the felt need of a person of one sex to be that of the opposite sex, and journalist Matt Kailey has tried to explain that experience to the world.
Kailey, 51, of Denver, author of ``Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience,'' lived as a straight woman for the first 42 years of his life. Now he lives as a man and is still attracted to men.
While a woman, he was a social worker for a protective-services agency in Denver. As a man, he works as a journalist for Out Front of Denver, one of the oldest gay newspapers in the country, founded in 1976.


Israel acknowledges gay Holocaust victims for first time
Gays and lesbians in Israel have been invited to participate in Holocaust memorial services for the first time. Two members of Jerusalem Open House, the LGBT center, placed a wreath in the name of the gay community at the foot of the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion monument at Yad Vashem, the memorial to the millions who were exterminated by the Nazis


Florida schools to target gay bullying

Gay groups in Florida are claiming victory after state representative Ellyn Bogdanooff added homophobia to school bullying categories.

Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff’s new legislation on school bullying last week. 

They claimed it failed to specifically highlight the most vulnerable students such as gays and minorities.


Gay-Bashing Unabated Nationwide Study Shows 
by Doreen Brandt, Washington Bureau

(Washington) As students across the country button their lips today marking the 10th annual National Day of Silence to draw awareness to homophobia in classrooms a new study shows that gay-bashing remains a major problem in the nation's schools.
Three-quarters of students surveyed across America said that over the past year they heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently or often at school, and nearly nine out of ten  reported hearing "that's so gay" or "you're so gay" - meaning stupid or worthless - frequently or often.
Over a third of students said they experienced physical harassment at school on the basis of sexual orientation and more than


Arsonists target gay friendly pub

Two men are being questioned after a gay friendly pub was set on fire in Bolton. 

Arsonists targeted the Star and Garter Public House in the early hours of this morning, setting fire to the front door after pouring petrol around it.


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