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Houston Voice, July 7, 2006 - File 006. 2006-07-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2641/show/2625.

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Title Houston Voice, July 7, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
Publisher Window Media
Date July 7, 2006
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com lews in brief Castro's niece wants Cubans to change attitudes on gays HAVANA — The niece of leader Fidel Castro wants her countrymen to be more tolerant of homosexuality and bisexuality In March, 43-year-old Mariela Castro, director of the government-funded National Center for Sex Education, promoted a television soap opera that scandalized many Cubans by depicting bisexuality in a sympathetic light, Reuters reported June 29. The controversial show told the story of a consfruction worker who leaves his wife and children for the man next door Now Mariela Castro is campaigning for a law that would give transsexuals sex-change operations and hormonal therapy in addition to new identification documents with their changed gender The proposed law. up for a December vote, would offer the surgery for free. Castro told Reuters she wants to bring the revolution her uncle fought 47 years ago to the issue of sexuality "I want to bring the revolution's humanity to those aspects of life that it hasn't reached because of old prejudices," she told Reuters. JULY 7, 2006 Fidel Castro's niece Mariela said she's bringing tier uncles revolutionary ideas to the area of sex. increasing tolerance for gays and transgender people Men with older brothers are more likely to be gay WASHINGTON (AP) - Men who have several older brothers have an increased chance of being gay — whether they were raised together or not — a finding researchers say adds weight to the idea that sexual orientation is based in biology The increase was seen in men with older brothers from the same mother, but not those who had stepbrothers or adopted brothers who were older. "If s likely to be a prenatal effect," said Anthony E Bogaert of Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, who did the research. "This and other studies suggest that there is probably a biological basis" for homosexuality said Bogaert. He studied four groups of Canadian men, a total of 944 people, analyzing the number of brothers and sisters each had, whether or not they lived with those siblings and whether the siblings were related by blood or adopted. His findings were reported June 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. S. Marc Breedlove, a professor at Michigan State University said the finding "absolutely" confirms a biological basis. The effect of birth order on male homosexuality has been reported previously, but Bogaert's work is the first designed to rule out social or environmental effects. Gay Microsoft original employee takes his own life SEATTLE leaders of a half-dozen gay rights groups mourned this week the death of Ric Weiland, one of five original employees of Microsoft, who had made large donations to support gay rights and the fight against HIV Weiland, 53, died last Saturday June 24, in his Seattle home of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, the King County Medical Examiner's Office reported Friday Friends say he suffered from depression, the Seattle Times reported. "Ric is someone who quietfy m& witl1 S-*63' humility supported the work of many organizations dedicated to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality" said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, in a statement. "The breadth and scope of this commitment was immense and unwavering." Weiland attended high school with Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, and tiie duo hired Weiland in 1976 as one of the software giant's original five employees. Weiland retired from Microsoft in 1988 and became a benefactor. Pentagon admits error in saying homosexuality is mental disorder WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is revising a document that calls homosexuality a mental disorder, officials said June 28. Lawmakers, medical professionals and others had pressed for the change in a document outlining procedures for dealing with disabled service members. "Homosexuality should not have been characterized as a mental disorder in an appendix of a procedural instruction," Lt Col Jeremy Martin, a Defense Department spokesman, said. The document outlines discharge policies for service members with physical disabilities, and in a section on defects lists homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders. Also, this week, a new group was formed to lobby for repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military The Military Equality Alliance announced its formation on July 5 and will focus on grassroots lobbying in select congressional districts. "We realized that we could contribute in a very significant way by focusing on gaining the support of the public in key Congressional districts and states," said Jim Maloney the group's director. Mass. gay activists plan to fight marriage amendment BOSTON -- Gay-rights activists in Massachusetts are urging state residents to contact legislators in advance of a July 12 constitutional convention on whether gays should be banned from marrying. "We need to make sure legislators hear from supporters of equality that discrimination should not be added to the constitution," said Gay & Lesbian Adovcates & Defenders Executive Director Lee Swislow in an e-mail July 3. Republican Gov Mitt Romney and Boston's Cardinal Sean E O'Malley encouraged the Legislature to schedule a vote on the proposed same-sex marriage ban. To be on the 2008 ballot, the amendment must win the support of at least 50 legislators during the convention, which is a joint session of the House and Senate. It then must win at least 50 votes during a similar convention during the 2007-2008 legislative session. From staff and wire reports national news Move to reinstate overturned foster parent ban in Ark. Court ruled barring gays is unconstitutional By KELLY CARSON Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee is lobbying legislators to reinstate a ban on gay foster parents, but activists are still hailing the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling on June 29 that overturned the nation's only such statewide ban. The celebration isn't just about the decision itself, but that Arkansas' justices discussed at length mainstream research that contradicts the notion that children are negatively impacted by growing up in gay households. "The fact that a court in Arkansas can do that and come up with a reasonable conclusion is encouraging," said Carisa Cunningham, director of public affairs for the New England-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Cunningham said because state courts weighing the legality of gay and lesbian marriage often look at issues of children in same-sex families, the Arkansas decision brings to the debate judicial review of the evidence. In its unanimous ruling upholding a lower state court finding that Arkansas' ban on gays serving as foster parents was unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court said there is no connection between a foster child's well being and the sexual orientation of the child's foster parents. In the original 2004 decision of a 1999 lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas' ban, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Fox rejected claims by the state that gays are unsuitable as parents. The findings of fact by Fox, upheld by the high court, included: • Being raised by gay parents doesn't increase the risk of psychological, behav- iora, or academic problems. • Children of gay parents are as well adjusted as those of straight parents. • There is no factual basis for saying heterosexual parents might be better able to guide children through adolescence. • There are no reasons that health, safety or welfare of a foster chdd might be negatively impacted by living in a foster home where there is a gay adult present. • The blanket exclusion can hurt children by excluding a pool of effective foster parents. Move to reinstate ban Soon after the Arkansas high court's decision, Huckabee, the conservative Republican governor, said he hopes the state legislature will reimpose the ban. "I'm very disappointed that the court seems more interested in what's good for gay couples than what's good for children Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee says he would like the Arkansas state legislature to reimpose a ban on gays as foster parents after the state's supreme court last week ruled the previous ban unconstitutional (Photo by Steve Mitchell/AP) needing foster care." Huckabee said through his spokesperson, Alice Stewart. The Texas legislature also has tried to bar gay foster parents, but the measure has thus far faUed to garner majority support Republican Rep. Robert Talton introduced an amendment in the Texas House in 2005 that passed by a 136-6 vote with two abstentions, but failed to pass in a Senate conference committee. "It is our responsibdity to make sure that we protect our most vulnerable children, and I don't think we are doing that if we allow a foster parent that is homosexual or bisexual." Talton said when his amendment was approved by the Texas House. "There's no doubt in the world that it will come up again." said Dan Quinn, communications director for the Texas Freedom Network, an organization that is working to advance the mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties to counter the religious right. Bans weighed elsewhere But while media attention has focused on the Arkansas decision, other states are considering similar measures, said Ken Upton, senior staff attorney for the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund. "Kansas has had this issue pop up but in the last term the legislature expressly declined to let it get beyond a proposal," Upton said. Upton said fundamentalist Christians are looking at new ways to limit the legal rights of gays and lesbians. "If you want to hurt gays, you have to attack their relationships," he said. "The only way to oppress and make second-class citizens is to attack relationships with each other and relationships with parents and children." KeHy Carson can be reached at kcarsonta'washblade.com
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