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Saturday, August 12, 2006

OIA Newsdesk

WASHINGTON - Detectives in San Diego arrested a 24-year-old man and two teenage boys in connection with Saturday's attacks on six men outside the LGBT pride festival in San Diego`s Balboa Park.

According to media reports, the suspects will face charges of attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement and assault with a deadly weapon. The assailants allegedly attacked the victims with baseball bats and a knife while taunting them with anti-gay epithets. One of the victims remains hospitalized with a fractured skull.

"The hatred fueling these terrible attacks is not innate; it is learned. And who is teaching it? Leaders of the right wing, who use their vast resources, media networks and affiliated pulpits to blame lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for all the ills of society," said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "We have witnessed years of anti-LGBT organizing in California, and violence is an obvious and potent outgrowth of such malicious activity. It poisons culture and inspires some to believe that it is open season on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Activists Will Try To Enlist After Disclosing They’re Gay

Little Rock is among the cities where young gay activists will try to enlist in the military during the next few months. The group is challenging the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay service members.

Organizers have dubbed the campaign Right to Serve. It was conceived by a Minnesota woman and a coordinator for the Virginia-based gay rights group called Soulforce

Friday, August 11, 2006


OKLAHOMA CITY - Al McAffrey is poised to become the first openly gay member of the Oklahoma state legislature after winning his Democratic primary to represent District 88 in the Oklahoma State House. He faces no Republican opposition in the general election in November.


More arrests in New Mexico gay bashing

More arrests have been made in the July beating of an 18-year-old gay man in Edgewood, N.M. Leroy Segura, 21, has turned himself in to police and faces several charges, including kidnapping and aggravated battery causing great bodily injury, according to KRQE TV in Albuquerque. Cecily Gonzales, 16, was arrested Saturday and faces similar charges.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tasmanian transsexual cleared to play in women’s league

A 47-year-old post-operative transsexual will be able to continue her life-long love of playing soccer with the announcement by Soccer Tasmania that she will be able to compete in the women’s league. 

As Martin Delaney, she loved the beautiful game and competed in the male league for over 25 years. After the operation, Martine was shy about getting back on the pitch, but with the encouragement of some female friends she found the courage to play again. 

Her dazzling performances for Claremont United, in the women's division one competition, led other female players to question whether Martine had the right to play.

Soccer Tasmania confirmed that International Olympic Committee rules state that as Martine is legally now a woman, she has the right to compete. The state also has laws prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of gender or sexuality. The Football Federation of Australia also advised that they would not condone discrimination.


Transgender crew member criticises ship's “mob culture”

A transgender woman was quizzed about her “balls” and deliberately referred to as a “he,” an employment tribunal has been told.

Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P & O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.

She told the hearing that she was ridiculed because of her gender reassignment and had to deal with jibes such as “we are all men here” on the Pride of Bilbao ship.

She said: “There was a mob culture in the engine crew which saw me as an outsider.”


Gay couples ask for more time to consider challenge

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples will get two more weeks to possibly challenge the state Supreme Court's ruling upholding Washington's gay marriage ban.

Plaintiffs' attorneys still haven't decided whether to ask the high court to reconsider its 5-4 decision, which held that the state's law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was constitutional.
The court has agreed to move the deadline for a reconsideration filing from Aug. 15 to Aug. 29, while the lawyers consider their next move.

"The longer we have to think about it, the better off we are," said Lisa Stone, director of the Northwest Women's Law center. "We are analyzing every conceivable option, and nothing's off the table at this point."


Anti-Gay Billboard Suit Likely To Go To Supreme Court

(New York City) A conservative pastor who is battling Staten Island for ordering the removal of a billboard containing a Biblical condemnation of homosexuality says he is prepared to take the fight all the way to the US Supreme Court.  

A three judge federal appeals panel is hearing his appeal of a ruling last November dismissing his case.

The Rev. Kristopher Okwedy says the billboard message is protected under his constitutional right to practice his religion. He is being represented by a lawyer furnished by the American Family Association. 


Judge denies lawmakers' request to intervene in gay marriage case

DES MOINES, Iowa A Polk County judge has denied a request by 25 lawmakers to intervene in a legal battle over the state's ban on gay marriages.

Judge Robert Hanson overruled several arguments made by the lawmakers, including how allowing gay marriages would have a sweeping impact on the state's budget and several other laws.

The lawmakers wanted to be included as defendants in a lawsuit filed by six gay and lesbian couples who contend the state's marriage laws are unconstitutional.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Gay Iraqis Set to Take Part in UK Pride

GLOUCESTER, August 9, 2006  –  Three gay Iraqis are set to join the Gloucestershire Rainbow Day march through Gloucester city centre on Saturday (August 12) days after More4 Television News and the Observer reported on gays were the “new target” for death squads in Iraq.

Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT – a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London – will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country as hardline insurgent groups started targeting gay men, many of whom have been murdered on account of their sexuality.

Expected to attend are Ibba Alawi, a former employee at the British Embassy in Baghdad, and Dr. Haider Jaber who fled from Iraq two years ago who was viciously beaten and kicked because he was gay.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Backward logic in the courts

NOW I got it. After hours spent poring over Washington state's Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on same-sex marriage, I've finally figured it out. The court wasn't just ruling against same-sex marriage. It was ruling in favor of ``procreationist marriage."

This is the heart of the opinion written by Justice Barbara Madsen: ``Limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples furthers procreation, essential to survival of the human race, and furthers the well-being of children by encouraging families where children are reared in homes headed by the children's biological parents." In short, the state's wedding bells are ringing for procreators