11/27/2011 This Way Out

 

Program #1,234

Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs sounds the alarm about a bill in Nigeria to not only criminalize same-gender relationships but to prosecute anyone who witnesses, abet[s] or aids them; two Malaysian states consider enacting Islamic laws to punish sexual minorities and their supporters with prison sentences on top of penalties they'd get from federal prosecutions, hot on the heels of police banning an annual LGBT festival in Kuala Lumpur; the first LGBT-themed films from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand highlight the 22nd annual Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, following a thousands-strong mid-month Pride march through the city center; in U.S. news, it appears that the religions exemption in Michigan's anti-bullying law will be dropped, while California's Supreme Court rules that ProtectMarriage.com, the sponsors of the marriage equality-banning Proposition 8, can defend it in a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality even though state officials refused to do so, and opponents of the new state law requiring the integration of age-appropriate teaching of the historical roles of LGBT and disabled people into social science instruction launch two new propositions to specifically delete language requiring the inclusion of LGBT people and sexual orientation, and to allow parents to remove their children from social science and family life instruction that violates their religious beliefs; and who will prevail in a battle over $150.00 between Marcus Bachmann (husband of GOP presidential hopeful Michele) and the ex-gay-exposing LGBT advocacy group Truth Wins Out? (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by PAM MARSHALL and JENN MAHONEY)

The latest skirmish in the long-running battle over the legality of PROPOSITION 8 was adjudicated on November 17th. The CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT said backers of the marriage equality-banning measure should be allowed to defend it in a federal challenge to its constitutionality. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had asked the state’s high court for a recommendation on the legal standing of ballot initiative sponsors to defend them if state officials refuse to do so, which was the specific situation in this case. Pacifica Radio’s CHRISTOPHER MARTINEZ has more (with comments by Prop 8 opponents attorney THEODORE OLSON, ProtectMarriage.com attorney ANTHONY PUGNO, and Legal Director SHANNON MINTER of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and a dash of music by PAUL McCARTNEY)

U.S.-born DEANNE SMITH now calls Montreal her home, but recently she hasn't been spending much time there either. The lesbian comic has been on tour, sharing her edgy brand of humor from Australia to Edinburgh, where her appearance at that city's Fringe Festival brought her to the attention of ROSIE WILBY & WENDY BAVERSTOCK of Renaissance FM's Out in South London show [www.deannesmith.com]


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November 27, 2011

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