[OutVoice] Tune up with "Avenue Q" and a singer/boxer's "Honeymoon" blues + global LGBT news

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Mon Apr 13 07:24:04 EDT 2009


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"THIS WAY OUT: the international lesbian & gay radio magazine
Program #1,098 - distributed 4/13/09
(hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
A lawyer-turned-tunesmith traverses "Avenue Q";
A Switzerland-based lesbian songwriter sings the "Honeymoon" blues;
Death squads and "honor killings" terrorize Iraqi gay men, Moscow 
activists are convicted of educating students, Vermont lawmakers 
override their governor's marriage veto, an anti-equality TV ad bears 
false witnesses, and more global LGBT news

- In "NewsWrap": At least 6 gay men have been murdered in Iraq in the 
past 2 weeks in escalating violence against sexual minorities there, 
while  Morocco's government launches a crackdown on the "promotion" of 
homosexuality, and 2 Russian activists are convicted of promoting 
"pro-homosexual propaganda" in the city of Ryazan... Vermont becomes 
the 4th U.S. state to open civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples, 
and the first to do so legislatively... the Washington, D.C. City 
Council votes unanimously to recognize same-gender marriages legally 
performed elsewhere, but the U.S. National Organization for (hetero 
only) Marriage spends millions on a TV ad with actors pretending to be 
heterosexuals frightened by marriage equality [with a brief excerpt 
 from a report about it by openly lesbian commentator RACHEL MADDOW on 
her MSNBC cable show]... and more LGBT news from around the world  
(written by GREG GORDON, and reported this week by RICK WATTS and CHRIS 
WILSON).

- Singer-songwriter-activist... boxer?  That's right -- John Lennon 
International Songwriting Grand Prize Winner BETTINA SCHELKER also 
holds the Swiss National Women's middleweight boxing title.  She 
doesn't pull any punches when it comes to her politics, either.  Her 
partner under Switzerland's same-gender unions law is former pro 
basketball player INA NICOSIA-SCHELKER, another force to be reckoned 
with.  "This Way Out" correspondents DIXIE TREICHEL and JOHN TOWNSEND 
(from "Fresh Fruit" on KFAI-FM/Minneapolis-St. Paul) chat with the pair 
about their relationship, and what inspired the title cut of Schelker's 
current CD, "THE HONEYMOON IS OVER" (with intro/outro music from that 
song)[www.bettinaschelker.ch].

- An odd thing happened when a young entertainment lawyer named JEFF 
MARX trolled for clients by enrolling in a New York City songwriting 
workshop.  His homework changed the trajectory of his life and resulted 
in a Broadway phenomenon called "AVENUE Q".  The little puppet musical 
that began as a class assignment has since spawned 2005 Las Vegas and 
2006 West End productions, along with other touring companies around 
the world.  On July 31st "Avenue Q" enters its seventh year on the 
Great White Way.  Marx won a Tony award and a Grammy nomination for his 
efforts, and a new profession on his business card.  He talks about his 
unexpected journey with "This Way Out" correspondent STEVE PRIDE (with 
music from the show).
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