[OutVoice] Historian Stuart Timmons puts the Larry Kramer controversy in context

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                             THIS WAY OUT
             the international gay & lesbian radio magazine
                 Program #995, distributed 04/23/07
        (hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
 Historian Stuart Timmons puts the Larry Kramer controversy in context;
  A "Rainbow Minute" remembers famed artist and activist Keith Haring;
  Anti-Pride protest explodes in Jerusalem, Canterbury refutes a gay-
   bashing Bible reading, while U.S. clergy lobby Congress for LGBT
 rights, a "Day of Silence" speaks volumes against campus homophobia,
but a Moscow court says "satanic" isn't libelous, and more global news

* In "NewsWrap": A bomb that disperses flyers condemning the upcoming LGBT 
Pride parade injures a man working in a Jerusalem-area settlement;  Archbishop 
of Canterbury Rowan Williams says conservative fellow Anglican clerics who cite 
the Bible to condemn homosexuality are misreading a key passage written by 
Saint Paul in "Romans," while more than 200 clergy members representing a wide 
range of religious denominations from every state in the U.S. gather in the 
nation's capital to lobby for passage of federal hate crime and job bias 
protection bills for gays and lesbians... LGBT students and their allies at more than 
5,000 schools across the U.S. observe the 11th annual "National Day of 
Silence" to draw attention to homophobia on campus, while a Moscow court rejects 
libel charges filed by Pride parade organizers against Mayor Yuri Luzhkov for his 
comments that such events are "satanic"... and more GLBT news from around the 
world (written by GREG GORDON, and reported this week by LUCIA CHAPPELLE & 

by JUDD PROCTOR & BRIAN BURNS at the studios of WRIR-FM in Richmond, Virginia 

* Last month, ACT UP instigator LARRY KRAMER set the community buzzing with a 
speech marking the twentieth anniversary of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash 
Power.  In his typical firebrand fashion, Kramer raised controversy with his low 
estimation of the movement's progress, his assertion that LGBT people are 
still hated even by their allies, and his call for a new queer army of street 
activists.  Many people have criticized the activist/novelist/playwright for 
disparaging the movement's real accomplishments and misusing facts to prove his 
exaggerated claims.  The familiar-sounding argument prompted This Way Out's LUCIA 
CHAPPELLE to look up gay historian STUART TIMMONS.  The author of "The 
Trouble with Harry Hay, the Founder of the Gay Movement" and co-author with Lillian 
Faderman of "Gay LA: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick 
Lesbians," discusses the current debate from a different perspective. 
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