8/11/2013 This Way Out

 

 

Program #1,323

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

"NewsWrap": The Russian government ignores global protests and vows no exceptions in enforcement of the recently passed "no promo homo" law at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but then maybe relents; debate among LGBT activists and their allies continues around the world about how to best respond to Russia's escalating war on sexual minorities, but there's a push to "Dump Stoli" (arguably the most popular Russian vodka in the West) that’s growing around the world; Latvia's leading LGBT rights group Mozaika asks activists to stop those protest actions, claiming that Stoli is made in their country, but the U.S. based Queer Nation disputes that claim with facts; Pope Francis makes headlines with seemingly positive comments about gay priests, but critics remind LGBT Catholics that the Church still condemns homosexual *acts* as mortal sin; a military court convicts U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, described as either gay or transgendered, of all but the most serious charge – aiding the enemy – for releasing reams of classified documents to Wikileaks in what's been called the largest breach of national security in American history; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirms (post-DOMA) that visa applications of the married foreign same-gender spouses of U.S. citizens will be treated the same as those from heterosexual spouses; and, joining 11 other U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Rhode Island officially begin marrying lesbian and gay couples (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by PAMELA BROOKS and CHARLIE BAUER)

Billboard for Alekseev interview [:10] + Whistle-blowing Army Private BRADLEY MANNING, variously described as gay or transgendered, was found not guilty of "aiding the enemy" at his U.S. military trial this week, but was convicted of 20 lesser-but-still-serious charges, including violations of the Espionage Act. What's next for the soldier at the center of the controversy? DORIAN MERINA of "Free Speech Radio News" asked ELIZABETH GOITEIN, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice 

Are you boycotting RUSSIAN vodka? Are you canceling plans to attend the WINTER OLYMPICS in SOCHI? Or do you think those are bad ideas? Activists around the world are arguing about the correct strategy to take against the country's new so-called "homosexual propaganda" law and other horrifying developments in the crackdown on LGBT people there. "This Way Out's" STEVE PRIDE contacted leading Russian activist NIKOLAI ALEKSEEV via Skype to get his take on this dangerous and complex situation (with intro music from the Russian National Anthem, and a brief outro musical "stinger" from "Power In The Darkness" by THE TOM ROBINSON BAND)

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