9/18/2011 This Way Out


Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

NewsWrap: South African President Jacob Zuma appoints Mogoena Mogoena, a judge that critics say has issued misogynistic and homophobic rulings, as Chief Justice of the nation's highest court, while two of nine men charged with the brutal murder of South African lesbian activist Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006 are released for lack of evidence; Ghana's Attorney General and Justice Minister Martin Amidu bucks the predominant continental mindset when he tells a press conference that private consensual adult same-gender sex should be decriminalized; three men are reportedly hanged in Iran for penetrative sodomy, an unusual admission by the state-run media; Thai katoeys will no longer be publicly labeled permanently insane when they report for the military service required of all men in the country, but will still be said to have gender identity disorder; Argentina's armed forces okay full dress uniforms for the first same-gender military couple to be civilly wed since marriage equality became the law of the land there last year; the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tells Arizona that it must provide the same health care benefits to the partners of its gay and lesbian state workers as it offers to heterosexual spouses; and the Big Apple's Big Gay Ice Cream goes from Truck to Shop [with brief comments by co-founder DOUG QUINT] (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by NATALIE PEOPLES and JOHN TORRES)

The CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT heard oral arguments on September 6th about who could defend a voter-approved state ballot initiative in a federal challenge to its legality. The backers of the marriage equality-banning PROPOSITION 8 told the state high court that, as the measure’s sponsors, they are entitled to step in if state officials refuse to do so. Opponents argued against such legal standing. They insisted that, as elected representatives of the people, only the Governor and Attorney General have the authority to defend state laws - or to refuse to defend a law, as they've done in this case. The struggle of California’s gay and lesbian couples to legally marry seems to require climbing every single rung on a very tall legal ladder. CHRISTOPHER MARTINEZ of PACIFICA RADIO’s California Evening News reports from SAN FRANCISCO on the latest of those rungs (includes remarks by opposing attorneys THEODORE OLSON and CHARLES COOPER, CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOYCE KENNARD, and original Prop 8 lawsuit plaintiff KRIS PERRY)

Billboard for Alexandra Billings feature, SAPPHO, THE FIRST RECORDED LESBIAN IN HISTORY (read by ALLEN BROWNE) and THE DAUGHTERS OF BILITIS (read by BRENDA THORNTON) are each remembered in these RAINBOW MINUTES (produced at WRIR-FM in Richmond, Virginia by JUDD PROCTOR BRIAN BURNS)

Singer-songwriter RYAN STATES talks about how listening to This Way Out helped inspire him to be an out performer [with an excerpt from his Better (When You're Older), and special thanks to JD DOYLE

ALEXANDRA BILLINGS has racked up more firsts in her acting career than we can count in a half-hour radio show. In fact, every role she's ever played may have been a first -- the first time each was done by a transgendered actress. She is also an entertaining singer and comedian, the subject of a U.S. public television documentary called From Schoolboy to Showgirl, and the star of the YouTube series Katie's Corner. Still, Billings tells This Way Out correspondents DIXIE TREICHEL and JOHN TOWNSEND (from Fresh Fruit on KFAI-FM in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota) that some of her television roles in particular have been kind of mixed blessings.

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September 18, 2011

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