4/15/2012 This Way Out

 

program #1254

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

"NewsWrap": An anti-gay group in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia distributes fliers with what is being described as a "hit list" of people who support LGBT rights, whom one member said could be punished by "flogging and death," while authorities in Cameroon's capital of Yaounde shut down a human rights workshop when they discover that the focus is on LGBT rights; two Russian gay activists become the first to be arrested in St. Petersburg under the city's recently enacted law criminalizing dissemination of LGBT "propaganda" to minors for holding placards outside a popular youth center simply reading "Gay – this is normal", while Malaysian government authorities announce a ban on state-owned radio and TV stations of any shows that feature gay characters, although one official says male program hosts who appear effeminate are exempt "because they are born this way"; Chilean lawmakers pass a bill to ban sexual orientation- and gender identity-based bias 7 years after it was first introduced, but about a week after the highly-publicized brutal neo-Nazi gang beating death of "out" young man Daniel Zamudio; citing several polling place irregularities, the ACLU of Alaska demands a formal review of municipal election results this week in Anchorage that included the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 5, which would have banned anti-LGBT bias; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund joins 72 members of Congress to urge President Obama to issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to have LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies, while 23 of the largest LGBT rights organizations in the U.S. sign on to a joint open letter condemning the shooting death in Florida of unarmed 17-year-old African-American teen Trayvon Martin; and after almost a half-million people petition the Motion Picture Association of America to protest the "R" rating of "Bully", the highly-praised documentary about anti-queer school bullying that would only allow viewers 17 and older to see it in theaters, filmmakers agree to cut the number of "f"-words from six to three to get a "PG-13" rating, which will allow movie houses to admit viewers aged 13 and older, and screenings in middle schools and high schools, so that it can be seen by the film's target audience (written by GREG GORDON with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by TANYA KANE-PARRY & GARY SHAW)

Constitutional challenges to DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, reached a U.S. federal appeals court for the first time this week. The 1996 law that bans recognition of same-gender unions denies those couples more than a thousand federal benefits in areas ranging from healthcare, children and families to taxation, property, and inheritance rights. Three judges from the BOSTON-based UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT heard attorneys for the state of MASSACHUSETTS and a group of seven legally married same-gender couples and three widowers urge them to uphold two lower court decisions from July 2010 that declared a key provision of DOMA to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process Clause. ALICE OLLSTEIN filed this report for “Free Speech Radio News” with comments by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Senior Staff Attorney VICKIE HENRY; Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director CAMILLA TAYLOR; and Massachusetts Attorney General MARTHA COAKLEY www.fsrn.org

The Yale Young Poets prize, the National Book Award, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award, the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award... she would've received the National Medal for the Arts, too, but she turned that one down in 1997. In a note to President Bill Clinton, the iconic "out" lesbian-feminist writer said that, "The radical disparities of wealth and power in America are widening at a devastating rate. A president cannot meaningfully honor certain token artists while the people at large are so dishonored." The recent passing of ADRIENNE RICH is marked by "This Way Out's" RICK WATTS in a tribute produced by STEVE PRIDE featuring excerpts from a Pacific Radio Archives interview with her conducted in 1983 by the noted feminist poet ELOISE KLEIN HEALY


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