[OutVoice] Spanbauer's "Now is the Hour"+ J'lem WorldPride Wrap-Up+GLBT news

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                          THIS WAY OUT
               the international gay & lesbian radio magazine
                    Program #959 - the week of 8/14/06
          (hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
    A celebrated writer finds a "novel" way to tell his coming out story;
       Queers brave the Mid-East conflict to stand proud in Jerusalem;
  London lesbians lose their bid for Canadian marriage recognition, Chilean
and U.S. states' lesbian custody cases head for higher authorities, a German
court orders asylum for an Iranian lesbian, anti-queer U.S. military bias is
challenged on land and at sea, Focus on the Family strikes out, & more news

* In "NewsWrap": British lesbians wed in Canada are denied legal recognition 
of their marriage by the London High Court Family Division... a Chilean 
lesbian fights for custody of her children at the Organization of American States' 
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, while a nasty child custody battle 
by a civilly-united lesbian pair yields contrary court rulings in Vermont and 
Virginia... a major court ruling in Germany protects an Iranian lesbian asylum 
seeker... the GALZ stall is once again trashed at Harare's International Book 
Fair... homophobic abuse continues in the U.S. military six years after the 
Pentagon prohibited it, while lesbigay teens demand the "Right To Serve" at 
recruiting stations in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota... Focus on the Family 
is benched by Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves... and other GLBT news 
from around the world (written by GREG GORDON and reported this week by JON 
BEAUPRE and TANYA KANE-PARRY).

* Considering the volatile situation in the Middle East, it had to have been 
nothing less than remarkable that the JERUSALEM WORLD PRIDE FESTIVAL came off 
without any major problems this week.  A Health Fair, Women's Day, and LGBT 
Youth Day each drew several hundred participants.  A MULTI-FAITH RELIGIOUS 
CONFERENCE may have been something of a first, as lay people and clergy gathered at 
Hebrew Union College for several plenary sessions, speeches, and unique 
dialogue, while a concluding silent vigil at Jerusalem's Liberty Bell Park 
protesting anti-queer religious rhetoric and abuse replaced the planned Pride march.  
This report by This Way Out's GREG GORDON includes comments by RABBIS SHARON 
KLEINBAUM and AYELHE COHEN of New York City's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah; 
IRSHAD MANJI, the best-selling author of "The Trouble With Islam Today: A 
Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith"; and NOA SATTAH of Jerusalem Open House, 
the major organizers of the week's events [www.worldpride.net].

* Pulitzer-nominated author TOM SPANBAUER is most widely known for his epic 
novel "The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon."  His latest work is the 
autobiographical story of a gay teenager growing up in a bigoted IDAHO farming town 
in the 1960's.  This Way Out's BRYAN GOEBEL caught up with Spanbauer on the San 
Francisco leg of his book tour to talk about "NOW IS THE HOUR" (with 
Spanbauer reading excerpts, and music by SCOTT MACKENZIE and JIMI HENDRIX).
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