Matthew Shepard’s Name Added Hate Crimes Bill

April 13, 2007

Matthew Shepard
WASHINGTON – Supporters of hate-crimes legislation said Thursday they expect Congress to enact a law this year expanding federal penalties for acts of violence against homosexuals.
They have renamed their latest proposal in honor of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student who died after he was beaten and tied to a fence in Wyoming in 1998.
Lawmakers from both parties have pushed for a hate-crimes bill for nearly a decade. This year, however, supporters expect it will make it to President Bush partly because they consider Congress’ new Democratic majority more sympathetic than its previous GOP leaders.
By putting Shepard’s name on the bill, “I believe we’ll be more successful,” said Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., who is co-sponsoring the bill with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
The measure would add protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity to existing laws that target violence because of race and religion.
“I can’t think of a better way to honor Matthew’s memory. He was a 21-year-old college student just living his life,” said Shepard’s mother Judy Shepard, who now heads a foundation in her son’s name.
Asked about potential opposition from religious groups that disagree with homosexuality, Smith said that should not be a problem.
“This act is about the prosecution of crime, not prohibition of speech,” Smith said. “Unless they believe part of their religion is the practice of violence against others, they should not be affected by this bill.”
Various versions of the hate crimes bill have passed the House or Senate in recent years, but have never reached the president.
from The Associated Press

Just One Look…#71

April 12, 2007

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Gay Men At Higher Risk For Eating Disorders

April 12, 2007

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Gay and bisexual men may be at far higher risk for eating disorders than heterosexual men, while women seem to be equally affected regardless of their sexual orientation, a new study suggests.
Researchers surveyed 516 New York City residents; 126 were straight men and the rest were gay or bisexual men and women. The results showed that more than 15 percent of gay or bisexual men had at some time suffered anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder, or at least certain symptoms of those disorders — a problem known as a “subclinical” eating disorder.
That compared with less than 5 percent of heterosexual men, the researchers report in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.
In contrast, sexual orientation did not seem to influence the risk of eating disorder symptoms among women. Just under 10 percent of lesbian and bisexual women had ever had a full-blown or subclinical eating disorder, as had 8 percent of heterosexual women.
It’s not clear why men’s sexual orientation may affect their vulnerability to eating disorders, according to the study authors, led by Dr. Matthew Feldman of the National Development and Research Institutes, a non-profit research organization in New York.
Other studies have had similar findings, and one theory is that gay men have different ideals about physical appearance, and, similar to women, they may feel pressure to stay thin.
In their study, Feldman and colleague Dr. Ilan H. Meyer found an elevated eating disorder risk among men who were active in recreational groups, such as sports teams, that primarily included other gay or bisexual men.
On the other hand, men who said they felt closely connected to the gay community had a lower risk of currently suffering eating disorder symptoms. This supports the theory that acceptance in the gay community boosts men’s self-esteem and may offer a buffer against eating disorders, according to the researchers.
As for the findings in women, Feldman and Meyer say, they refute the notion that homosexual and bisexual women may be less vulnerable to body-image issues and eating disorders.
There needs to be greater awareness of these problems among gay and bisexual men and women alike, the researchers conclude.
from Reuters

Restrooms Don’t Even Need Glory Holes Anymore

April 12, 2007

Glory Hole
ATLANTA – At the world’s busiest airport, plainclothes officers patrolling public restrooms in search of luggage thieves have instead uncovered a rash of other, more sordid crimes.
The new restroom dragnet has led to the arrests of more than 30 people in three months for indecent exposure and public sex acts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Airport restrooms apparently have become such popular meeting places for men looking for sexual trysts with other men that they have been suggested several times as meeting places in personal ads on the Web site Craigslist.
“Hey … I’m stuck at the airport from 5 p.m. and I’m looking for a good time …,” one ad reads. In another, the person posting says he is stuck at the airport for three hours in the evening and is looking for “discreet, quick action.”
The new patrols were started to stop theft, not catch people in sex acts, police officials say.
Officers started monitoring the restrooms after figuring out that thieves were pulling bags off baggage-claim carousels and taking them into toilet stalls to comb through them.
“We’re trying to provide a safe environment for everyone at the airport,” said Officer Joseph Villafane, a police spokesman. “We’re not out to get all that – it’s just we encounter it.”
Among those arrested is Ed Wall, the board chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. An officer said he saw Wall having oral sex with another man. Wall, who has temporarily stepped down from his post, has maintained his innocence. A court date has not been set.
The other court cases are pending.
James Cates, a clinical psychologist, said airport indecency arrests usually involve people getting caught performing sexual acts. He said it illustrates compulsive behavior known as exhibitionism.
“They’re not a lot different from any compulsion … it’s just that this kind of behavior can be offensive to people and can be traumatizing,” said Cates, who counsels and performs psychological testing on sex offenders and people with sexual disorders. “They’ve got to have the thrill and as they keep not getting caught or reported, the thrill gets less and less. It has to become more risky and daring to keep the thrill up.”
Still, some say the airport police should have better things to do than stake out restrooms.
“Police have far better things to do with their time than to arrest people for this,” said Kenneth Sherrill, professor at Hunter College of The City University of New York. “Being ‘sex police’ in bathrooms strikes me as a perversion of rational law enforcement activities.”
Atlanta’s is not the only airport to have had restroom-related arrests. Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was ordered to pay $35,000 in damages to a custodian who said he shoved her and exposed himself to her in a bathroom at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in 2000. A year later, a county judge in Michigan was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport for allegedly exposing himself to an undercover officer, although a district attorney decided not to prosecute.
The Atlanta airport police efforts may be working, as new personal ads have on Craigslist have warned people to be careful.
“Do NOT do anything at the airport,” one posting from March 29 reads. “If you want to hook up, do it outside the airport! Have fun but be smart about it. It’s not worth going to jail for the night and having your face put on the news.”
from The Associated Press

Gay Teen Attacked By Fellow High School Students

April 12, 2007

Anthony Hergesheimer
PUEBLO, COLORADO – An openly gay high school student in Pueblo was assaulted by six of his fellow students last week because of his sexual orientation, his family said Tuesday.
The attack happened last Thursday while the 15-year-old boy was walking home from Centennial High School, his mother, Theresa Ornelas, said.
Anthony Hergesheimer was alone when a vehicle with six teenagers inside passed him four times along Denver Boulevard.
The vehicle finally stopped and someone threw objects at him and shouted derogatory insults at him, Ornelas said.
“One of the boys got out and he hit me on my eye, right on my face with a full can of Lysol,” Hergesheimer said. “My nose just started gushing everywhere.”
Hergesheimer said he ran to a nearby house for help.
He suffered a black eye, severe damage to his face and a broken nose. He must undergo surgery on his nose and forehead Wednesday, Ornelas said.
Hergesheimer said he was attacked because he is openly gay.
“I’m very upset. Yeah, my son is gay. But that shouldn’t matter. He should be proud of who he is,” Ornelas said.
“It’s frustrating. We can get mad, (but) at the end, they will get what they deserve,” said Hergesheimer’s stepfather Michael Ornelas.
Hergesheimer said taunting began at school earlier in the day.
“They said things to me like, ‘You, fag, this and you, fag, that,’ and then they walked off,” he said.
Ornelas said her son had also received a threatening e-mail prior to the attack.
“We are looking into it. It’s an assault that we are calling a hate crime,” said deputy chief John Ereul of the Pueblo Police Department.
Three of the six suspects have been interviewed and all three admitted to the crime, police said. Police said because of the seriousness of the case, felony charges could be filed.
The school district was alerted to the incident and conducted its own investigation. The Pueblo City Schools then suspended the six students in question.
“Students are considered in the jurisdiction or care of the district en route to or form school until they cross their front door,” said district spokesman Greg Sinn. “Given the level of violence involved and apparently being a bias-motivated crime, Pueblo City Schools is taking this matter very seriously. The findings of our investigation may be result in a recommendation of expulsion for all six suspects.”
The school district has 25 days to make a recommendation to the superintendent and conduct hearings in cases of expulsion. It is likely that the six suspects will be placed on extended suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
Hergesheimer said he will return to school next week, and he said he feels confident that the majority of his classmates will accept him.
“You shouldn’t be afraid to be who you are. Of course there will be people who won’t agree with you,” he said. “But you shouldn’t be scared to be who you are.”
“You can’t sit and cry about it. It’s not going to change what happened to him,” Theresa Ornelas said. “He has no choice but to move forward. And if his story can help someone else, then so be it. That’s all I want from this.”
from The Denver Channel

McGreevey Custody Battle Heats Up

April 11, 2007

James McGreevey
Gay former Gov. Jim McGreevey is ramping up an increasingly contentious divorce from his estranged wife, suggesting she’s homophobic and asking a court to bar her from dragging their 5-year-old daughter on tours to promote a much-anticipated tell-all.
In the latest motions detailing his demands for joint custody of the girl, Jacqueline, the former New Jersey governor asks a judge to ensure he’s not cut off from her as a result of Dina Matos McGreevey’s “seemingly irrational fears” about his sexuality.
He also puts his foot down on Jacqueline tagging along with Matos McGreevey on tours for her memoir, “Silent Partner.”
According to the motion, Jacqueline has already been to the set of “Good Morning America” and in Kelly Ripa’s dressing room on the set of “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and joined Matos McGreevey and Diane Sawyer at a meeting.
Mirroring McGreevey’s own launch last year of his memoir, Matos McGreevey is set for an interview about her book with Oprah Winfrey on May 1.
The latest motions illustrate the ugly chasm widening between the one-time power couple.
When McGreevey filed for divorce in February, he said custody issues had been resolved.
When Matos McGreevey publicly denied any such agreement, McGreevey promptly filed a revised complaint seeking custody and child support.
The latest motions don’t address the issue of support.
Matos McGreevey – who, appearing stunned, stood beside her husband as he announced to the world in August 2004 that he was gay and had had an adulterous affair with a man – last Wednesday asked Union County Superior Court to give her a one-month extension to respond to her husband’s divorce filing.
“Dina and I both seek to serve the interests of our daughter,” McGreevey said yesterday. “It is my hope the court would provide for an added measure of balance and nurturing of Jacqueline’s interests.”
McGreevey also claimed Matos McGreevey, who has primary custody, has kept him in the dark about the child’s medical tests and absences from preschool.
He also groused about artwork in their home, demanding that one nude photograph be removed.
McGreevey seeks overnight parenting time with his daughter on some weekdays and weekends, and wants to share in parental decision-making.
In addition, he wants to take Jacqueline to Australia, where his partner Mark O’Donnell’s parents live, and to continue to teach her to swim in the pool at the home he shares with O’Donnell.
A lawyer for Matos McGreevey didn’t return phone or e-mail messages for comment.
from The New York Post

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John Edwards In Love With The Gays

April 11, 2007

John Edwards
Democrat John Edwards is touting prominent gay supporters who have signed on to his presidential campaign, including a former adviser to President Clinton.
Blogger David Mixner is one of 25 people listed on a news release that the Edwards campaign distributed Tuesday, along with a statement from the candidate saying he is honored to have the backing of so many respected gay leaders.
“They work hard every day to make our country a better place and I am proud to join with them to fight for equal rights for all Americans,” Edwards said.
Edwards is making a push for gay support in the competitive Democratic presidential primary. In February, he came out in support of legislation that would end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevents people who are openly gay from serving in the military.
But Edwards has competition for the gay community’s support Barack Obama’s campaign has also said he is opposed to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as has Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign. She also told the Human Rights Campaign last month that she wants a partnership with gays if elected president.
Clinton’s husband, Bill, was president when the Pentagon instituted the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which says gays may serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation private. The policy was a compromise that Clinton was forced to accept.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” created a rift between President Clinton and Mixner, who raised millions for him among gay and lesbian voters but was later arrested in front of the White House in a protest of the policy. The two later said they patched up their differences and agreed to disagree on the administration’s policy.
Mixner said he’s supporting Edwards because he agrees with his position against the Iraq war and believes he would bring the troops home quickly.
Mixner said the Democratic candidates are roughly equal on gay rights issues and he also likes Edwards’ focus on poverty and his detailed policy positions.
“I have supported the Clintons in every race they have run in the last 33 years since Bill Clinton ran for Congress up to Hillary’s two Senate campaigns,” said Mixner, who lives in upstate New York. “But I am baffled and concerned and frustrated with her position on the war.”
Mixner said he hadn’t told Hillary Clinton that he was changing allegiances, but his position has been clear on his blog.
“One of the problems of that campaign is that it’s very hard to gain access if you don’t have a lot of money or aren’t in the inner circle or I would have talked to her directly,” he said.
The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
from ABC News

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April 10, 2007

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Are Governments Misreporting To Advance Gay Rights?

April 10, 2007

Gay Couple
According to Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron of Family Research Institute, a Colorado think tank, governments in three countries have exaggerated the percentage of homosexuals in the general population.
In 2003, Statistics Canada examined a random sample of 121,300 adults and reported that 1.7% were bi/homosexual. Yet because of a decline in incidence from about 2% of adults aged in their 20s and 30s to a third of one percent among the old, inclusion of respondents aged 60+ yields an estimate of 1.4% who engage in homosexual behavior.
In 2005, the US National Center for Health Statistics interviewed a random sample of 11,571 younger adults, but misreported the findings. The question asked respondents about “ever having” had a same-sex experience. According to the analysis, “[a]bout 6.5 percent of men 25-44 years of age have had oral or anal sex with another man… 11 percent of women 25-44 years of age reported having had a sexual experience with another woman.”
These statements were inaccurate: the questions that generated these statistics were about lifetime same-sex sexual activity, not merely sex with adults (e.g., for men “ever done any of the following with another male” [6% ‘ever’, but 2.9% in last 12 months — only 1.6% exclusively with men], and for women “ever had any sexual experience of any kind with another female” (p. 9) [11.2%; 4.4% in last 12 months – only 1.3% exclusively with female(s)]). Thus most ‘homosexuals’ also had sexual relations with the opposite sex.
In 2005, the British Department of Trade and Industry said “a wide range of research” indicated “lesbian, gay and bisexual people constitute 5-7% of the total adult population.” Yet surveys which include adults of all ages put the prevalence closer to 1-2%.
Dr. Paul Cameron, of the Family Research Institute, a Colorado-based think tank, said these were “Curious mistakes and omissions for well-funded bureaucracies charged with reporting the truth, but certainly in harmony with activists’ attempts to swell their numbers and hide their early average age of death.”
Paul Cameron, Ph.D. & Kirk Cameron, Ph.D., presented “Federal Distortion Of The Homosexual Footprint.” Paul Cameron, a reviewer for the British Medical Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Postgraduate Medical Journal, has published over 40 scientific articles on homosexuality. The EPA is the oldest regional Psychological Association in the United States. At its Philadelphia convention members presented the latest advances in scientific work to colleagues.
from The Christian News Wire

The Dangers Of Using Fruit Flavored Condoms: Video

April 10, 2007