6/23/2013 This Way Out

 

 

Program #1,316
Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle
 

"NewsWrap": Russia's parliament votes 436-0 to outlaw "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations", which if eventually signed by President Vladimir Putin will effectively ban public expressions of support for LGBT rights across the country, a move swiftly condemned by global human rights groups; a few shirtless men who oppose already-enacted civil marriage equality disrupt the French Open tennis finals, but in a far more serious demonstration of growing homophobia in the country, 5 suspects with ties to an ultra-nationalist group face manslaughter charges in the brutal bashing murder in Paris of promising 18-year-old student and gay activist Clemenet Meric; after a 7-month delay while founder Sunil Pant and his Blue Diamond Society were ostensibly being investigated for corruption, Nepal's leading LGBT rights group finally gets its charity license renewed; U.S. professional basketball player Jason Collins stands "out" in Boston's annual LGBT Pride parade, record crowds celebrate Motor City Pride in downtown Detroit, and an estimated 400,000 hit the streets of West Hollywood for that city's annual festivities; partnered U.S. lesbian and gay military personnel will get some of the benefits of their heterosexual peers starting September 1st, and a New York Congressman pushes legislation to make the past sexuality-based dishonorable discharges of gays and lesbians honorable; and Britain's Prince Harry saves a military subordinate from an almost-certain gay bashing (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by WENZEL JONES and MICHELLE-MARIE GILKESON) 

Some have called the American Theatre Wing's 67th annual honors on June 9th "the gayest Tony Awards ever." The gala celebrated a Broadway season with an epic number of LGBT characters and openly gay actors. One notable winner was playwright and AIDS activist LARRY KRAMER, who accepted the Isabelle Stevenson Award for his humanitarian work, while the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical went to BILLY PORTER for his role in "Kinky Boots", the very queer tale of a failing shoe company that saves its soles with footwear for drag queens 

The importance of Pride Month is captured in a pair of "RAINBOW MINUTES", produced by JUDD PROCTOR & BRIAN BURNS at WRIR-FM in Richmond, Virginia: "Gay Pride Events Worldwide", read by NANCY WALDO, and "A Rainbow From Sea to Sea", read by Richmond City Councilman CHARLES SAMUELS 

What was loved and hated and read all over? When it hit the streets in 1972, "GAY NEWS" was the first national LGBT newspaper in BRITAIN, and it remained a lively and sometimes controversial presence for a decade. Now forty years later, "Gay News" Features Editor KEITH HOWES is bringing the paper's politics, celebrities and music back to life in a YouTube series that recalls the sense of community that the paper helped build. Howes, who now lives in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, told "This Way Out" correspondent BARRY McKAY about the project 

 

 

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