LGBT in the Libyan Revolution

by Mark Segal, PGN, Feb. 27, 2011

Covering the fall of the Berlin Wall from East Berlin, sneaking into Cuba without government knowledge, reporting for the gay press from behind the Iron Curtain or reporting from Lebanon ... but actually participating in a revolution had to wait until this past weekend.

While attempting to get more info on the revolution in Libya using the Internet, I stumbled into a live stream from those actually in the battle against the Moammar Gadhafi regime. They were in Benghazi, in the eastern part of Libya, and they had just captured the second-largest city in Libya in a very bloody street-to-street battle. They were not sure how Gadhafi would come after them and the others around that country. Bodies were in the streets. The next day, it became clear. He sent his air force to fire on the people and used mercenaries in the streets.

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White House Announces Jeremy Bernard as Social SecretaryJeremy Bernard

Feb. 25, 2011

The White House has announced that Jeremy Bernard has been named Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary.  Bernard will become the first male and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.

He joins the White House staff from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he serves as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador.  Prior to this role, he worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Obama Declares DOMA Unconstitutional - Sort Of

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

In a ground breaking decision, the Obama administration has declared section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. The U.S. Attorney General said, in a letter to Congress, that the federal government will no longer defend Doma in certain jurisdictions. But it may defend the law in other jurisdictions.

Here is why. The U.S. Courts are divided into 11 different "Circuits" plus a DC, Circuit and a Federal Circuit. In each of the Circuits there are numerous "District Courts" and one "Appeals Court." If a litigant disagrees with the decision of a Circuit Court he or she may appeal the decision to the Appeals Court for the Circuit in which that District Court is found. For example, a District Court in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The supporters of the proposition have appealed the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The February 24 Issue is Out Now427

The totally lovable, yet disgusting and mangy, Polka Spot, the Llama, couldn’t resist nosing his way onto the front cover of our latest issue of Outword. While we are touting our Best Of for 2011, Polka is excited to be joining the Fabulous Beekman Boys as they return for a second season on Planet Green. Polka aside, we would like to congratulate the Best Of winners for 2011 as voted by Outword readers!

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Chicago Declines to Use Controversial Ordinance To Prosecute Gay Protesters

CHICAGO, IL Feb., 10, 2011

In an important victory for LGBT rights activists and for civil liberties in general, the top legal official for the City of Chicago sent the American Civil Liberties Union a letter saying they would not arrest protesters at a forthcoming February 13 Gay Liberation Network (GLN) protest for violation of an ordinance which bans most picketing of religious institutions immediately before, during or after religious services are being conducted.

After a similar protest last year in front of Holy Name Cathedral, the right wing blogisphere lit up with complaints that the GLN protest violated 8-4-010(j) of the Chicago Municipal Code, demanding criminal prosecution of the protesters by the City of Chicago.

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