NewsBriefs - February 2, 2007
January 28, 2007
Noah's Arc to leap to Big Screen
Logo's dramedy about a group of West Hollywood friends will not be renewed for a third season. Instead, Noah's Arc will become a film for theatrical release. The decision was met by ambivalence both by series stars and fans.
"Ex-Gay" Flyers in Schools do Harm
According to PageOneQ, the Board of Education of Montgomery County (Maryland) is allowing in its schools the distribution of "ex-gay" literature produced by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX).
"In August 2006, the American Psychological Association clearly said that 'ex-gay' therapy was scientifically unsound and could promote discrimination." - Wayne Besen, TruthWinsOut.org
GLAAD's Nominees for its 18th Annual Media Awards
Little Miss Sunshine, Running with Scissors, V for Vendetta, The History Boys, Quinceañera, Shortbus, Brothers & Sisters, The L Word, Desperate Housewives, and The Office were among the nominees for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 18th Annual Media Awards announced January 21 in Park City, Utah.
Award ceremonies will be held in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami, and televised April 21 on Logo. Click here for a video rundown.
No Name-calling Week
January 22-26 is No Name-calling Week is No Name-calling Week is "an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities."
Locally, Northgate Middle School, in the North Kansas City School District, won first place in the grade 5-8 category of the No Name-calling Week Creative Expression Contest sponsored by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network), Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and Cisco Systems.
Lutheran Minister faces Church Trial for having Partner
The ecclesiastical trial of Pastor Bradley Schmeling begins January 19. Schmeling is the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church of Atlanta, Georgia. St. John's is a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). ELCA allows denominationally ordained LGBT clergy to serve only if they vow to be celibate. However, Schmeling is in a committed same-sex relationship with Rev. Darin Easler.
Rev. Schmeling has the support of his congregation, which is facilitating a worldwide prayer vigil for him over the weekend, as well as a Special Concert for Justice on January 20.
Madison Officials may use Alternate Oath
As a means to protest Wisconsin's new anti-gay marriage amendment, Madison city officials will have the option of using an addendum to their oaths of office. Those taking the oath, which includes vowing to uphold the state constitution, will have the prerogative of signing a statement saying the new amendment "besmirches our constitution," stating that the oath-taker pledges to work to overturn the discriminatory amendment, and minimize its impact in the mean time.
In November, most voters in Madison voted against the anti-gay constitutional amendment that now outlaws same-sex marriage in Wisconsin.
Warsaw Monument planned for Gay Victims of Nazi Concentration Camps
Polish activists plan to erect in Warsaw a monument to LGBT victims of the Holocaust. "Warsaw should be a city of equal rights," said Councillor Bartosz Dominiak. The planned monument would resemble the pink triangular badges that gays were forced to wear during Nazi occupation.
Horror Series coming to here! Networks
One of America's gay-themed channels, here!, has wrapped production on the first season of its new original, horror series entitled Lair. Lair is set in a small town where the bodies of unnamed, young men keep turning up dead.
"This newest addition to our line up authentically and unapologetically reclaims the horror genre for a LGBT audience," says Paul Colichman, CEO of here! Networks.
The first of six half-hour episodes of Lair will premiere on here! in the spring.
Northern Mexican state to allow Civil Unions
On January 11, the Mexican state of Coahuila approved a bill that gives same-sex partners greater rights than a similar law passed by Mexico City last November. "It is more like a civil marriage," said activist Silvia Solis.
Monday January 15 is the American holiday officially known as the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the only US federal holiday commemorating an African American. MLK worked for years alongside his counselor Bayard Rustin, an openly gay man. And his wife, Coretta, advocated for LGBT rights until her death.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., laid the foundation for gay and lesbian rights by the work he did to advance civil rights for Black Americans. Dr. King would have been 78 on Monday.
Last November, ground was finally broken on the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial in Washington, DC. The memorial is set to open in 2008.
Gay.com's Best of 2006
Gay.com has tallied the votes for its Best of 2006. Stephen Colbert tops the list.
Gay Cop will help train Afghan National Police
Missoula, Montana, police officer Scott Oak will spend a year in Afghanistan helping to train the Afghan National Police force in human and civil rights, ethics, diversity, and basic police operations. He serves as Missoula's liaison to the GLBT community, being replaced by an interim liaison during his absence. Oak leaves behind leave his partner of 12 years and their teenage foster son.
Qr Magazine Debuts
The former staff of XY Magazine is publishing a new monthly magazine for young gay men. Qr Magazine deals with identity, dating, advice, style, technology, music, film, education, fashion, and more.
Also, according to a new Pew Research Center and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions study, 47 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds (Generation Next) support the idea of same-sex marriage.
Lifetime premieres Gay, Straight or Taken?
Starting Monday January 8, and airing as two episodes back to back each week, Gay, Straight or Taken? comes to Lifetime Television. The show features a single woman looking for the love of a single, straight man.
The challenge: decide which guy among three choices is the unattached hetero. Only one of the guys is straight and single, while one has a girlfriend, and the third is gay. If she chooses correctly, she wins the guy and a "dream getaway." If she chooses incorrectly, the guy whom she mischooses and his significant other win the trip.
The series airs at 7:00 and 7:30 PM CST Mondays on Lifetime.
To read the January 2007 NewsBriefs, go to NewsBriefs - January 2007.