6/3/2013 This Way Out

 

 

Program #1,313
Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle
 

"NewsWrap": A lopsided approval in its third and final reading in the British House of Commons sends the "Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill" for England and Wales to the House of Lords, where passage may be more difficult, while Nevada's Assembly advances a bill already passed in the Senate to repeal the U.S. state's 2002 voter-approved constitutional ban and open civil marriage to same-gender couples, as former Australian P.M. and current M.P. Kevin Rudd surprises many with his blog posting in support of secular marriage equality; Portugal's parliament allows members of legally married same-gender couples to adopt their spouse's biological or adopted children, but nixes joint adoption rights; Puerto Rico's House joins its Senate to approve a bill banning bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and government services, while the House approves a measure and sends to the Senate a bill to add those two categories to the island territory's domestic violence laws; several U.S. advocacy groups acknowledge that LGBT people will be among the estimated 11 million undocumented people currently living in the U.S. to benefit from proposed immigration reform, but criticize Democrats for throwing same-gender couples under the bus because they believed including rights for them would scuttle the legislation; the Boy Scouts of America decides to welcome openly gay members, but will kick them out when they turn 18 if they want to be scout leaders [JESS BURNS of "Free Speech Radio News" reports/www.fsrn.org]; and posthumous honors bring the Presidential Medal of Freedom to trailblazing lesbian astronaut Sally Ride, and the first national park in the U.S. named for him to pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by SARAH SWEENEY and GARY SHAW)

The south-of-Los Angeles city of LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA is home to a flourishing LGBT bedroom community that has paraded its Pride for 30 years. But a related "Dyke March" had never been part of the festivities – until this year. "This Way Out" correspondent ZAMNÁ ÁVILA was there for the herstory-making procession 

An artful novel took "This Way Out's" "Queer Life and Literature" commentator JANET MASON back to the days of yesteryear (she peeks between the pages of ELLIS AVERY's "THE LAST NUDE", set in 1920s Paris and the 2013 American Library Association 2013 Barbara Gittings Literature Award winner) 

A new highlight was added to the storied history of BRISTOL when PETER MAIN became the BRITISH city's first openly gay Lord Mayor. His yearlong ceremonial post ended earlier this month, and MARY MILTON of BCFM's "ShoutOut" show attended the farewell festivities at Mansion House 

 
 

 

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