11/6/2011 This Way Out


Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

We Were Here documents the advent of AIDS in San Francisco;
Riot Acts traces the travels of trans-musicians; Taipei Pride parades for equality, there's renewed life for Uganda's Kill the Gays bill, Brazil's top appeals court favors same-gender nuptials, Queensland lawmakers consider civil unions while New Hampshire legislators advance a marriage equality repeal bill, and more


NewsWrap: A record crowd numbering as many as 50,000 colorfully march in Taipei in the Taiwanese capital's 9th annual Pride parade; Uganda's infamous Kill the Gays bill is apparently back on the front burner, and Nigerian lawmakers consider harsher laws against homosexuality in their country, while Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai does an about-face from his support last year of President Robert Mugabe's position and now favors the inclusion of sexual minority rights in the new constitution now being drafted; Brazil's top appeals court becomes the highest court in Latin America's most populous nation to rule in favor of marriage equality, while Denmark's government announces a proposal to upgrade currently-available registered partnerships for gay and lesbian couples to full marriage equality, and to allow their wedding ceremonies in the Church of Denmark; a civil unions bill is introduced in the Australian state of Queensland's parliament, while the Republican-controlled legislature in New Hampshire is on track to repeal the U.S. state's 2009 marriage equality law and revert to a form of inferior civil unions for same-gender couples that had been established in 2007, although Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, has vowed to repeal any repeal measure; leading Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev announces his resignation from the advocacy groups he's led since 2005, while U.S. Freedom to Marry activist Evan Wolfson finally ties his own knot in New York (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by SARAH SWEENEY and VASH BODDIE)

The world contracted Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 30 years ago this year. Like an unrelenting hurricane, AIDS roiled the city of SAN FRANCISCO for two decades until the medical advancements of the late 90s brought the eye of the storm. Those death years left the city ravaged and exhausted – yet the memories seem to be fading for a younger generation. Our media correspondent STEVE PRIDE found a moving refresher course in WE WERE HERE, a new documentary that utilizes San Francisco’s experience to encourage an overdue conversation – both about the history of the epidemic, and the lessons to be learned from it. [www.wewereherefilm.com]

The film RIOT ACTS has been called a ‘trans-fabulous rockumentary’ representing the multi-dimensional lives of transgender and gender variant musicians.” According to our queer music correspondent JD DOYLE it’s not about politics or body parts – but it does get personal. [www.actorslashmodel.com]

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