[OutVoice] US phobes praise Putin+Christie or equality?+more news+"Do I Look GAY?"

Greg Gordon greggordon2003 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 15 15:05:20 EDT 2013

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(hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
U.S. homophobes praise Putin's Russia;
New Jersey voters are torn between Christie and equality;
Cyprus outlaws hate crimes against sexual minorities, Iran nabs dancing
"homosexual Satanists", Moldova repeals its "no promo homo" law, Harvey
Milk gets a stamp of approval, and more LGBT news;
And a cultural theorist asks "Do I Look Gay?"

 In "NewsWrap": Cyprus adds sexual orientation and gender identity to 
its anti-vilification laws, while Northern Cyprus lawmakers promise 
repeal of their sodomy statute by year's end… a first-ever Pride parade 
is held in Surat, the second largest city in the Indian state of 
Gujarat… Iran's religious militia arrest "a network of homosexuals and 
Satanists" during a raid of a birthday party in a private meeting hall 
near the Iraq border… at least 67 LGBT activists trying to observe 
National Coming Out Day are attacked by homophobes and then arrested in 
St. Petersburg, but the city's Side By Side film festival successfully 
appeals its conviction and heavy fine for being a "foreign agent"… 
Moldova repeals its version of a "no promo homo" law in its quest for 
E.U. membership… the late San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights 
pioneer Harvey Milk will be smiling at U.S. postage stamp users next 
year… and more LGBT news from around the world (written by GREG GORDON, 
produced this week by WENZEL JONES and STEVE PRIDE, and reported by 

- Most people in New Jersey 
agree on two things: they love GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE, who enjoys a 63%
 favorability rating, and they support marriage equality. The problem is
 that equality and Christie don't fit. He vetoed a bill last year that 
would have opened civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples, he's 
currently challenging a state court order to do it, and he's 
consistently insisted that the issue be decided at the ballot box. 
Christie was unwavering when the question was raised during a debate 
with his pro-equality gubernatorial opponent, STATE SENATOR BARBARA 
BUONO, who was unable to turn his words against him (with brief intro 
music from "Married" performed by ALAN CUMMING).

- You might 
think that the U.S., Europe, and most of the Western world have spoken 
with one voice to condemn the growing oppression of lesbians and gay men
 in Russia. But you’d be wrong. Several right-wing groups in the U.S. 
have applauded the trend. As we reported last week in "NewsWrap", 
America’s rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage – fresh 
off a string of failures to stop marriage equality from making gains in 
the U.S. – has been exporting its homophobic agenda, most recently to 
Russia  The group’s president Brian Brown visited that country earlier 
this year to spread a message that was right in step with President 
Vladimir Putin’s escalating efforts to curb the basic rights of LGBT 
people. Brown’s efforts, and the vocal support Putin is getting from 
other right wing groups in the U.S., has also not escaped the notice of 
MSNBC news commentator Rachel Maddow (with comments by The Family 
Leader's BOB VANDER PLAATS and the American Family Association's BRYAN 

- Just what is "GAY"? And how does one 
go about "looking" it? Cultural theorist and self-identified 
mischief-maker CHARLIE BAUER tries to figure that out in his audio 
essay, "DO I LOOK GAY?"
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