12/18/2011 This Way Out

 

Program #1,237

Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

NewsWrap: A U.S. presidential directive and a U.N. speech by the Secretary of State combine for what is being called the most affirming LGBT rights foreign policy in the nation's history – although extremist televangelist PAT ROBERTSON strongly disagrees (hear what he told his Christian Broadcasting Network 700 Club viewers); Elio Di Rupo's swearing in as Prime Minister of Belgium makes him the world's first openly gay head of government, while Australia's Tony Briffa may be the Western world's first known intersex elected official as he becomes the Mayor of Hobsons Bay, a local government authority near Melbourne, Victoria; adversaries debate the release of video recordings of the Proposition 8 trial, and Chief District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's ability to impartially rule that the California marriage-banning measure is unconstitutional, during two hours of hearings at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, while a Honolulu lesbian couple sues the state of Hawai'i for marriage rights, and equality activists in Anchorage, Alaska appear to have submitted the required number of signatures on initiative petitions to put an LGBT anti-bias measure on the April 2012 city ballot; Jacob Rogers of Ashland City, Tennessee becomes the latest reported bullied gay teen to kill himself, while an unknown number of upstate New York high school classmates of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer are suspended for indeterminate periods for contributing to his suicide earlier this year, and Dharun Ravi rejects a generous plea deal and will stand trial in New Jersey for allegedly driving fellow Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi to suicide after uploading secret webcam video of Clementi having what he thought was private gay sex in his dorm room; but Kevin Keller's Riverdale nuptials headlining the January issue of Life With Archie will not only be mainstream comics' first same-gender wedding, it'll be an interracial one at that (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by VASH BODDIE and RICK WATTS)

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON delivered a groundbreaking speech in advance of INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY at the UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL in GENEVA on December 6th. She insisted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which defines in general terms the basic rights to which all human beings are entitled, applies to sexual minorities, too. In these highlights from her historic half-hour address, Clinton also disputes widely-held beliefs in some parts of the world that homosexuality is a Western import; addresses religious-based opposition to LGBT rights; talks about how government support for the rights of sexual minorities can advance social acceptance; and offers support to LGBT people around the world


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