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July 16, 2009

Lithuanian president expressed her disapproval of new law to keep gay info away from kids

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Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite, who took office last week, says she is upset that lawmakers passed a censorship bill that aims to keep information about homosexuality away from children.

Grybauskaite said on Thursday that although she is required to sign the bill into law, she would attempt to use constitutional tools to to propose amendments to the law later this year. She told reporters that it won’t be possible to implement the vaguely worded measure, which is set to take effect in March 2010.

She cited the vague wording of the measure, which bans the public dissemination of material deemed harmful to the “intellectual and moral development” of minors, including material that “agitates for homosexual, bisexual, and polygamous relations.”

Lithuanian lawmakers on Tuesday passed the bill which calls for banning the public dissemination of material deemed harmful to minors. The measure lists 19 examples of “detrimental” information, including material that “agitates for homosexual, bisexual, and polygamous relations,” instructions on how to make explosives and graphic depictions of violence or death.

It also bars information that gives credence to paranormal phenomena, hypnosis or “promotes bad eating.”

While critics said the text violated the freedom of speech and international standards of human rights, others said the vague wording would make it difficult to enforce.

The text does not define “public information” in detail, though it makes references to TV programs, films, computer games and advertising as well as online and print media accessible by children.

“This is absurd. I cannot even imagine how they will implement this law,” said Dainius Radzevicius, chairman of the Lithuanian Journalists Union.

Lithuania’s former president rejected the bill before he left office last week, but lawmakers voted 87-6 on Tuesday to override his veto. Forty-eight lawmakers either abstained or were absent in the 141-member legislature.

Supporters said the measure was necessary to defend traditional family values in the former Soviet republic of 3.4 million people, which joined the European Union and NATO in 2004.


March 18, 2009

Oklahoma teacher lost her job after assigning gay-themed play

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After showing her class the 2002 film adaptation of The Laramie Project, about the hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard, Debra Taylor’s high school class wanted to film scenes for a class project. A few weeks later she was fired. Students say it’s because the community is homophobic.

Several weeks into the project, school officials told her to stop production on the project, which featured strong language.

After students protested, she then held a 20-minute “funeral” for the cancelled project, in which her class wrote their thoughts on notes pushed inside helium balloons.

According to Taylor and school officials, she lost her job for complaining to a school board member about the class being cancelled.

She said that Superintendent Ed Turlington put her on paid leave and recommended she be sacked. She handed in her resignation last week.

However, others have said the loss of her job was due to the subject matter of the film.

Senior Matt Ebner, one of Taylor’s former students, told USA Today: “They don’t want something like this addressed in our community.”

Said Taylor: “I didn’t ask [the students] to change their belief systems, but what I asked them was, ‘Can you be tolerant of those that are different from you?’ Many times the students came back and said, ‘I don’t like gays.’ I said: ‘I’m not asking you to like gays. But can you be tolerant?'”

The film was based on a play by the New York-based Tectonic Theater Project and features interviews with Laramie residents after Shepard’s death.

March 10, 2009

Violent attack at Baltimore Lesbian Bar

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A woman was killed in a violent attack at a lesbian bar in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Saturday morning outside of the Coconuts Cafe’ in Mount Vernon.

Once voted the best lesbian bar in Baltimore, the Coconuts Café may now be known for the fatal shooting of 25-year-old victim Sctario Tia Edwards.
“And in the club individuals where inside dancing and as a result someone bumped into someone else according to witnesses and that person angrily left the location,” says Nicole Monroe of the Baltimore City Police Department.

The two friends later left the bar and started getting into their vehicle. That is when the woman that was bumped pulled up in a dark colored SUV. She got out and pulled out a metal pipe, and began beating one of the female victims.

“After beating the suspect produced a handgun and shot the victim, then shot the individual seated in the car, and a stray bullet struck a third victim,” says Monroe.

The enraged suspect didn’t stop there. After she shot the three women, she proceeded to get in her car and run over the victim with her truck before fatally shooting her for the last time.

The shooter is described as a light skinned black female, with dreadlocks down her back, about 5’6-5’7, and weighing over 200 pounds.

February 10, 2009

Rihanna postpones Malaysia concert after alleged assault

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Rihanna has delayed a planned concert in Malaysia this week, following reports that she accused boyfriend and fellow performer Chris Brown of assault, a news report said Tuesday.

“In light of recent events involving Rihanna, [William Morris Agency] will confirm within two weeks from now on a replacement date to be mutually agreed” upon by the organizer and the singer’s camp, Pineapple managing director Razman Razali said in a statement.

“We sincerely regret this unavoidable shift in schedule and apologize to the fans for any inconvenience caused.”

It is being reported that Rihanna’s injuries are worse than previously thought. Law coercion sources have been removing some-more specific per Sunday night’s Chris Brown arrest – as well as cops who photographed Rihanna’s injuries contend they have been “horrific.”

The photos uncover vital contusions upon both sides of a singer’s face – there is critical flourishing as well as bruising . Her mouth is separate as well as her nose bloody.

Also, it was not Rihanna who privately called 911 . Someone in a area listened her screams during a alleged assault as well as placed a obligatory call for help.

Rihanna was treated with colour as well as liberated from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, carrying been escorted out a behind exit of a sanatorium a little time which night . “They used a fake to chuck off a media, ” a source tighten to a review said.

Neither Rihanna nor Chris Brown’s expect locale have been well known during this time, nonetheless Brown was speckled nearing during a London road house in West Hollywood after being expelled from control upon$ 50, 000 bail a night of a attack.

A part of of Rihanna’s middle round reportedly told E! News that her family is making skeleton to get her out of L.A . as shortly as possible: “They wish to get her behind to Barbados . They wish to keep her divided from Chris right now.”

Brown, nineteen, has pulled out of his scheduled coming Sunday during a 2009 NBA All-Star Game, whilst Rihanna, twenty, opted to carry over a sold-out unison scheduled for Friday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, citing an “unavoidable” conflict.

December 3, 2008

Barack Obama opposes gay military ban, but warns that any action might take a year

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When it comes to President-elect Barack Obama making good on his campaign promise to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” gays and lesbians—70 percent of whom voted for him—may have to be patient. Advocates of the repeal are warning that any action might take a year or more.

Given the host of issues on Obama’s plate, they say that some delay is understandable. But it may not simply be a fiscal crisis and two wars that could put off reversing the military policy, which mandates discharge of gays or lesbians if they speak about their sexual orientation or engage in homosexual conduct.

Instead, the delay could be a result of the repeal strategy that many advocates are encouraging Obama to pursue—one that would focus on consensus building and securing the military’s support.

The president-elect stated his opposition to “don’t ask, don’t tell” during the long campaign, and he included its repeal on the transition website’s agenda of issues. The fastest way to make good on his promise would be tacking a signing order onto a military appropriations bill, which President Bush has done in the past.
But Obama isn’t planning on taking that route. “I want to make sure that when we revert ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ it has gone through a process and we’ve built a consensus or at least a clarity of that, of what my expectations are, so that it works,” he said in a September interview. Such a process, he said, would include “getting the Joint Chiefs of Staff clear in terms of what our priorities are going to be.”

A spokesperson for Obama’s transition team, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said only that decisions would not be made until the national security team is in place.

A slow approach to change, however, worries Aaron Belkin, a leading expert on the issue of gays in the military, who says it likely will prolong the process without ensuring success. In the 24 foreign countries that overturned similar bans, he says, not once was the process initiated by the military. An early Obama supporter, Gen. Merrill McPeak, has even cautioned against repeal in remarks that Obama declined to repudiate publicly.

“Even the most hardcore opponents in the military understand that repeal is inevitable,” Belkin says. “But if you give them the option to weigh in, they will kick and scream for 50 years. Unless they are told what to do, the change will not happen.”

In fact, he warns, giving the opposition time to mobilize could hurt the repeal’s chances. That’s what happened when President Clinton attempted to make good on his campaign promise to allow gays into the military, sparking the fight that led to the passage of “don’t ask, don’t tell” as a compromise bill.

Most advocates of repeal, however, downplay the probability of a strong opposition. They point out that an ABC poll this summer found 78 percent of Americans in favor of gays serving openly in the military. More than 100 retired admirals and generals signed a letter as of last week calling for repeal, while a bill seeking to overturn the ban in Congress has accumulated 149 cosponsors.

Establishing consensus will take time, and repeal supporters say that overturning the ban might not happen until the end of 2009 or 2010.

November 19, 2008

Johansson is “flattered” to have inspired Katy Perry’s song I Kissed A Girl

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The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star – who recently married actor Ryan Reynolds – was unaware she had motivated Katy to pen the risque record.

She said: “I had no idea about the song, but I should get a cut! It’s really flattering, but my lips are kind of taken.”

Scarlett Johansson also spoke about her feud with Lindsay Lohan – which started when Lindsay was given the lead role in 1998 movie The Parent Trap over her and escalated when Lindsay allegedly wrote vulgar words about Scarlett on the wall of a New York toilet – insisting Lindsay is a nobody.

She said: “I really don’t know that person. I only met her, like, three times.”

Speaking about Lindsay’s bathroom scrawlings two years ago, Scarlett added to Allure magazine: “That’s what I heard. I don’t know what the motivation was behind that.

“I remember it was something really vulgar – I mean, shockingly so, like, ‘Whoa, what, who are you?'”

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