Volume # 1 Issue # 10
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New Mexico News
THE 9 ANNUIAL SOUTHWEST GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL TO DELIVER THE
BIGGEST AND BOLDEST LINEUP FOR 2011
Film Lovers Will Enjoy Over 60 Great Films Highlighting Every Aspect of the GLBT Experience
Albuquerque--The 9 Annual Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, sponsored by Xfinity,
Effex, New Mexico Tourism and the McCune Foundation kicks-off on October 7 with an exciting
celebration of more than 60 entries, including short films, documentaries and feature-length
films from the USA, Israel, Australia, Europe and South America. The Festival, which is
produced by Closet Cinema and will run through October 13, has become both the largest film
festival in Albuquerque and the most supported and fastest growing film happening in the state
of New Mexico.
The excitement begins on October 7 with the screening of GUN HILL ROAD, a complex and
moving drama by director Rashaad Ernesto Green. The feature was an official 2011 Sundance
Film Festival selection dealing with a family in transition, with strong performances by Esai
Morales (CAPRICA) Judy Reyes (OZ, SCRUBS) and newcomer Harmony Santana. The 7 p.m.
The international flair of the greatest little GLBT film festival in the Southwest continues with
this year's International Centerpiece film MARY LOU, which screens October 11 at the Guild
Cinema. Directed by Eytan Fox (JOSSI AND JAGGER, THE BUBBLE) MARY LOU, is
considered the Israeli GLEE, with equal parts of PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT and
Closing the festival is from the director of the iconic i
latest film, THREE, explores the nature of bisexuality, love and longing in cosmopolitan Berlin.
The Closing Night party will follow the screening of THREE at La Provence.
Showcase ABSENT from Argentina.
ore you race
over to the Guild Cinema for the screening of this year's best in queer cinema, which will be
showing throughout the day!
In addition to all the great films, parties and celebrity appearances, the SWGLFF will once
again feature the ever-popular Audience Awards, where attendees can vote for the best films of
the festival. So come out and enjoy, socialize, and be part of one of the biggest GLBT events of
Bank Of America Theatre, and the Southwest Film Center at the University of New Mexico.
Festival passes, punch cards and tickets will be available to purchase beginning September 23
at: Self Serve in Nob Hill at 3904B Central Avenue SE, in Albuquerque and online at
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Program guides with complete information, schedule of films and events will be at the
ticket outlet and other locations. For more information about the 9 Annual Southwest
Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, visit www.closetcinema.org or call 505-243-1870.
DIRECTOR TO ATTEND GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Albuquerque Morgan Jon Fox, the director of the documentary THIS IS WHAT LOVE IN
ACTION LOOKS LIKE, will attend a question and answer session following the screening
of his film on Sunday, October 9 , at 1pm at the Southwest Film Center at the University of
story to tell.
fundamentalist ex-gay ministry whose goal is to turn young gays and lesbians straight. The
enroll him in the Love in Action program after he comes out. The LGBT community of
Memphis responds, demonstrating what love in action really looks like, resulting in a history
making confrontation with this international religious organization.
Morgan for the amazing story of what love in action can accomplish when it is
unconditional. For more information about this screening, visit www.closetcinema.org or call
NMLL PRESENTS ¡LEATHER FIESTA!
Albuquerque--Join New Mexico Leather League for an exciting weekend featuring NCSF Board
Chair Leigha Fleming and International Mr Bootblack Jim Deuder. This is a kink, leather, fetish,
alternative lifestyle, GLBT positive event.
Friday, October 14, 2011 to Sunday, October 16, 2011
Ramada Albuquerque Hotel and Conference Center
10300 Hotel Avenue, ABQ, NM, 87123
$5 cover charge Friday
$20 for Saturday events
FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW:
¡Leather Fiesta! presents Variety Spectacular!
at Evolution Nightclub! 6132 4th St NW.
Friday evening, 7-9 to benefit the NCSF!
Protecting Your Rights, Your Privacy, Your Freedom.
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Come out and show your support as we give back to NCSF and help PEP celebrate their 25th
Birthday! $5.00 cover charge payable at the door only. 21+ event.
The hotel is a public venue. In public areas you must be clothed and abstain from overt BDSM play
that might be deemed offensive by other hotel guests. Err on the side of caution here. We have a
supportive, accommodating venue. We'd like to keep it.
Classes: 10am-5pm. Presented by Jim and Leigha. 4 classes on various topics of kink interest.
Dont miss your opportunity to hear these important and dynamic speakers.
Cigar Party: 7-9pm. Hosted by Jayson DaBoi, IMsBB 2010, in honor of Jim Deuder, IMBB 2011.
Enjoy Bootblacking at its finest, delicious cigars, raffle giveaways and more. The cigar party is held
in a public area in the courtyard of the hotel. In order to participate you must be clothed and abstain
from overt BDSM play that might be deemed offensive by other hotel guests.
Play Party 9pm-1am. Must be preregistered.
Lots of your usual fare plus some new fun. If you want to participate in Lube Wrestling (yes, Lube
Wrestling) you need to bring your own towels and flip flops.
You must have your valid, government issued ID for entry to the event. It must be available to be
checked during the event.
Friday is a 21+ event.
Saturday is a 18+ event.
By PayPal: NMLLEvents@gmail.com
Indicate scene name/ fetname if you wish and what you are paying for: Leather Fiesta Saturday
Please print/bring your receipt as proof of payment!
At the door:
A registration table will be setup for Saturdays events at Variety Spectacular!
Registration opens at 9:30 Saturday morning in the conference center lobby, and will run until 7pm.
You must be registered by 7pm in order to attend the play party.
HOST HOTEL: Ramada Albuquerque Hotel and Conference Center We have an amazing nightly
rate of $60 plus tax, double occupancy. Book your room now! Let them know you are with ¡Leather
Fiesta! to receive the discounted rate.
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ALL FAMILIES MATTERS ANNOUNCES A GALLUP FORUM WITH NATIVE LGBTQ
There will be Gallup LGBTQ Forum on Thursday Oct. 6th from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. It
will be a day of presentations on working with the Native LGBTQ Community, HIV
Awareness, suicide prevention and much more. It will be held at the Red Lion Inn
and Suites, formerly the Best Western Inn and Suites, 3009 W. Historic Hwy,
Gallup. This is a free event with lunch provided. If you are interested in
attending, please RSVP to me so we can ensure an adequate amount of lunches. A
special thank you to the sponsors of this event: First Nations Community
Healthsource, NM AIDS Education and Training Center, Best Western Inn and
Suites, and the Santa Fe Mountain Center.
In further news, Jordan Johnson meet with PB & J Family Services and will begin working
with them to raise awareness about LGBT families with their staff and community
members. I also connected with the Border Network for Human Rights to begin thinking
about how we can work more closely together in the Southern part of our state.
If you are interested, please take a few minutes to read this article on the Movement
Jordan Johnson Advancement Project about Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults:
er-adults This is a great resource for starting conversations and raising awareness about
NM GAY ME /CONCERTS
The Fall season of the Gay Men's Chorus is packed with activities. We hope you will
consider participating in each of them. We are working hard to put on really big shows for
your entertainment and enjoyment.
Once a year, we have one major fund raising event and it's just around the corner on
October 15. This event supports the bulk of the Chorus's activities for the year to come so
we ask that you please come and enjoy an evening of dining, music, and the opportunity to
purchase exciting auction items to benefit the Chorus.
Enjoy an evening of dining, music, friendship, and the opportunity to purchase exciting
auction items to benefit the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus!
Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque
Tickets can only be purchased online--https://nmgmc.musetta.org/public_events--or by
phone at 505-569-0139. Tickets are NOT available for sale at the door. Due to the hotel's
requirement for providing a count for meals, the deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday,
October 11 at 5:00 PM.
HALLOWEEN CABARET PERFORMS COMMISSIONED WORK
This year we are adding a new Halloween Cabaret. Shows will be on Halloween weekend
(Oct 28-30) and we are having loads of fun rehearsing the material for this performance. It
promises to be quite an evening with solos, group numbers, and several pieces performed
by the whole Chorus. Details about the Halloween Cabaret are below. d on page 5
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Enjoy many of your Halloween favorites sung by NMGMC from Rocky Horror Picture Show,
Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Lady Gaga, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Michael
Special Commissioned Piece written specifically for NMGMC:
from The Addams Family Musical
written by Andrew Lippa and arranged by Mary-Michell Campbell
Dates & T imes
F riday, October 28--7:30 PM
Saturday, October 29--7:30 PM
Sunday, October 30--3:00 PM
Effex Night Club
100 5th St. SW
$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors (55+)
Cash Bar Available
For Adult Audiences Age 21 and Over Only
HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH SONGS OLD & NEW FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Our 2011 Holiday Concert series is scheduled for December 9, 10, and 11.
The first section is Holiday songs that are familiar and specific to our American culture of
Christmas. The second section is Holiday songs that are from far away, e.g. Ireland, Spain,
Africa. The third section is Holiday songs from long ago, but are still with us now. The fourth
section is Holiday songs of now, e.g. carols done in a new way, or with new lyrics or new
Friday, Dec 9--7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 10--7:30 PM
Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque
114 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Sunday, Dec 11--3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe
208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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$20 General Admission
Tickets are available for all these events by going online at www.nmgmc.org/tickets. Tickets will
also be available for sale at participating local businesses as the event dates approach. We
promise to keep you informed of all our upcoming events and we hope to see you at all three of
Please support the work of the Chorus. We are a 501c3 and welcome donations. However, our
major sources of income is the annual auction and the ticket sales for our concerts. We are here
to transform the world through music. This year the chorus is celebrating 30 years of fulfilling this
SANTA FE HRA RUNDRAISE TO RAISE TOYS FOR KIDS
On October 15, 2011, Santa Fe Human Right Alliance is holding The Nightmare Before Christmas
Revisited to raise money for needy kids for the holidays and the HRA. The location is The Kachina
Ballroom at The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Admission is $5.00 with a toy and $10 without a toy. This event is hosted by Miss Santa Fe Marie
Antoinette Du Barry and the guest list includes: Emperor Papi Chulo, Miss Native GLBT 2011 Lola
Dee, the Court of the Sandias, Princess Asia Beaverhausen, Tiffany Starr, Michael Peter and
Richard Bell. The event is sponsored by The Pantry Restaurant and Luca Marino Baker.
Reservations can be made by calling (505) 795-3205.
The mission of HRA is building the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, raising
political awareness and encouraging social action.
The Human Rights Alliance was Founded in 1993 in response to the defeat of Senate Bill 91, civil
rights legislation for lesbians and gay men. Rallying around the enthusiasm of our grassroots
crusade, local activists joined together to create this non-profit organization whose primary goal
was to end discrimination of all kinds. The Alliance seeks to build coalitions with groups who will
work for the civil rights of all New Mexicans.
friends informed is an ongoing development. Our hits on the HRA website has exceeded 140,000
for Pride and hits increased by 48% for the Gayla. Our total hits will reach 1/2 a million next year.
Your contribution ensures that we can remain dedicated to better keep you informed about the
CENSUS: NM RANKS 5TH IN PROPORTION OF GAY COUPLES
By Russell Contreras
Albuqueruqe New Mexico has the fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples in the nation
and over ten years has seen a 73 percent jump in households identifying as same-sex couples,
according to a new analysis of census figures.
The report said 9.8 out of every 1,000 New Mexico households are headed by same-sex couples
with most located in the northern part of the state.
Only Vermont, Massachusetts, California and Oregon had higher proportions of same-sex
couples, according to the report by Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law, a think tank
based at the University of California, Los Angeles
The Eldorado community outside of Santa Fe, the state's capital, had the highest proportion of
same-sex couples of any town or city in the state with nearly 45 out of every 1,000 households
reporting to be headed by a same-sex couple.
Placitas, a town located just north of Albuquerque and next to the Santa Ana Pueblo Indian
Reservation, came in second and reported 26.45 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Most of the same-sex couples approximately 66 percent were women, the numbers showed.
The report also said that since the 2000 Census that New Mexico saw the number of reported
same-sex household jump from about 4,900 to around 7,800.
Gary Gates, one of the study's authors and a demographer who studies sexual orientation and
gender identity laws and policy, said New Mexico's spike is likely a result of increased migration
to the state and because more couples are identifying as same-sex households.
"New Mexico relative to some other states did in fact have a proportional larger population
increase, which could contribute, somewhat, to why it has a higher increase in same-sex
couples," said Gates. "But again I think the bulk of that increase suggests increase acceptance
and more people willing to report."
New Mexico does not allow same-sex couples to legally marry.
Gates said there was a 50 percent increase nationally of same-sex couples.
Last year's once-a-decade count of the nation's population represented the first time the Census
Bureau encouraged gay, lesbian and bisexual couples who consider themselves spouses to
report their marital status as "husband," or "wife" even if they were not legally married. Couples
also had the option of counting themselves as "unmarried partners."
Rodney Felix, 51, editor of gayinsantafe.com, said he wasn't surprised about the news that New
Mexico saw a jump in reported same-sex couples. Felix moved eight years to Santa Fe from the
Jersey Shore mainly because the area was gay friendly.
"I think what's shocking for a lot of people," said Felix, "is that the community is so entrenched
with the rest of the community that it's just life to us."
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SILVER STARLIGHT LOUNGE SCHEDULES OCTOBER EVENTS
Every Wednesday in October:
Wrangler Wednesday Happy Hour with Lino from 5:00 8:00
PM. Country music, dance floor, $3 Bud & Bud Lt, drink specials,
$5 appetizers and full bar menu.
Every Thursday in October:
Tambien Thursday Happy Hour with Javier from 5:00 8:00 PM. Latin music, dance
floor, $3 Corona, $5 Margaritas and Rum & Coke, $5 appetizers and full bar menu.
Friday, October 7, 14 & 28 and Thursday, October 20 :
Piano Bar Friday with Charles Tichenor from 6:30 9:00 PM, no cover. International
Buffet available from 6:00 8:00 PM. Charles Tichenor was one of the leading piano bar
Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 :
Linda K. presents The Jewel Box Cabaret in Incognito, A Halloween Spooktacular!
show. Starring Guava Chiffon, Tiffany Starr, Taffy Shalamar and Madame DuBarry. Special
guests include Victoria Vail, Sterling Silver, Tsunami Rice Pattie and Johnny Angel with the
JBC Dancers. 8:30 PM, $10 cover at the door. Come in costume and receive $2 off the
cover charge. Cash bar. 21+
You can help educate a multi-national corporation about our human rights. Community Voice
editor, Barry Simon, has started a petition on Change.org, urging Eddie Bauer to remove itself
from Christian Values Network . Dozens of major companies like Netflix, Target,
Best Buy, USA Today,
service.(To see the full list of companies that support CVN, go to http://frc.cvn.org/stores.)
When customers make purchases through CVN, a donation is made to the religious charity of
the purchase price for products bought through Apple iTunes store can be donated to groups like
Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council that actively work to oppose equal rights
for our community.
He needs 100 signatures for the petition to move on to greater exposure. As of this writing he
needs just 20 more. As students occupy Wall Street and the grassroots movement is feeling its
growing power to produce change, you can stand up for your community against religious bigotry
financed by multi-national corporations! All it takes is one click and your voice will be heard.
Please sign it at:
OBAMA LAUDS LGBT ACHIEVEMENTS IN HRC KEYNOTE ADDRESS
by Andrew Harmon
President Barack Obama blasted GOP presidential candidates for the now infamous booing
incident of a gay soldier at a Republican debate while touting his LGBT rights
in Washington, D.C.
The last time he stood at the podium of an HRC dinner in October 2009, Obama pledged to
istory books as evidenced by many in the
Pres. Barack crowd who attended in military dress uniform.
This evening, before more than 3,000 attendees in the cavernous Washington Convention
Center, the president listed significant advancements for gay rights during his administration
among them, passage of hate crimes legislation, an executive order on hospital visitation
rights, and a July endorsement of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Obama did not make any revelatory statements regarding his evolving views on marriage
equality nor did he address the cynical, anti-gay marriage ballot measures in Minnesota
and North Carolina but told the audience that he has never expected complacency from the
mistake I want people to feel encouraged here
real and lasting change. We can
Following his recitation of accomplished goals as well as a plea for all-hands-on-deck
support in the 2012 reelection campaign Obama leveled a pointed criticism at Republican
presidential candidates who participated in a Sept. 22 debate in which a gay service
okay for a stage full of political leaders one of whom could end up being the President of
the United States
happ -in-Chief? You can start by standing up for the men
ve Director Christian
tolerated. After the debate, Governors [Jon] Huntsman and [Gary] Johnson were quick to
be ashamed that he used that incident to score political points and to hide the fact that his
speech tonight did not say anything of subst
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Others thought the charge was on point, and that the speech was an accurate reflection of an
administration that has made significant progress for LGBT rights on multiple fronts.
rican Foundation for Equal Rights
and today he had the
opportunity to say that he has delivered. It was a bold speech. Clearly we need to reelect this
Obama also tackled the issue of LGBT bullying, sadly again in the headlines following the
recent suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer. Earlier at the dinner, Greyson Chance, who
name following the last chord.
President and the First Lady is standing right by them
ity Award, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg,
who was accompanied by Sarah Jessica Parker as he entered the dinner, said of the recent
all couples have
Prior to introducing Obama, HRC president Joe Solmonese called his tenure at the LGBT
the privilege and the honor to work with people who have been the heroes and trailblazers in
after joining HRC in 2005.
The National Organization for Marriage has grown quickly since its formation in 2007. In its
quest to fight marriage equality, it now brings in millions of dollars every year, which allows it
fundraising continues to grow at exponential levels, even though that money comes from a
very small number of people. Consider this Washington Independent report*
fundraising, which shows that in 2009, Brian Brown and company brought in over $7 million,
14 times what they raised in 2007. But the number of donors giving over $5,000 is still
relatively small -gay
NOM president Brian $65, 625. Two years later, their salaries had risen to $294,667. NOM-defector Louis J.
Brown crying on the steps
of the NY Senate when the ceremonies and noticed that all the same staff people were there as when he worked for
marriage equality bill them. They even brought in their Rhode Island staff to help. So this indicates that the staff
earned $154,167 in 2009 and Maggie Gallagher, Chairman (their description) of the Board
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In short, spreading hate about the LGBT community and blocking its access to full protection
rights. How else would they earn a living? Maybe going after immigrants? And then there is
losing their comfortable lifestyle once we achieve full equality under the law because they
will find some other minority to campaign against.
are exposed to every day. I love the way their brains work.
day, I will have a girlfriend. But I might have a boyfriend.
---Actress Kate Winslet Kate Winslet
(looking a lot like
MARCHERS URGE RECONSIDERATION OF LGBT ORDINANCE
By Trudy Ring
More than 150 supporters of an LGBT rights ordinance marched to City Hall in Holland, Mich.,
August 4, 2011 to take their message to the City Council.
The council voted down the ordinance 5-4 in June, but supporters have vowed to keep
campaigning for its passage and are considering putting the matter to a referendum.
Many of the marchers participated in a 90-minute public comment period during the
council meeting. Several of them were young people who stressed their how important
acceptance of LGBT people is to their generation, The Grand Rapids Press reports.
-accepting community, in this day and age, will lose the support of its young
19-year- -out story.
Thomas Crisp, a Florida college professor who grew up in Holland, said he faced antigay
harassment and discrimination in the city, to the point that he attempted suicide and later decided
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Opponents of the ordinance spoke as well, including local minister Ralph Houston, who said that
discriminate between right
Council member Dave Hoekstra, who voted in favor of the ordinance, urged his colleagues to give
denied their God-
probably not ready to vote on the matter again.
LGBT YOUTH NEED CLERGY ON NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY
The Religious Institute, a multi-faith organization dedicated to
sexual health, education and justice, calls on the nation's clergy
once again to speak out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender teens and young adults in recognition of
National Coming Out Day, which is Oct. 11.
"All of us have teens and young adults who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in our congregations,
many who are suffering in silence and are at risk," noted Rev. Debra W. Haffner, executive director of the
Religious Institute. "One study found that 14 percent of teens in religious communities identify as something
other than heterosexual. Almost nine in 10 of them have not been open about their sexuality with clergy or
other adult leaders in their faith communities."
Studies show that almost six in 10 clergy from mainline denominations support the full inclusion and
acceptance of LGBT persons, yet other studies have found that eight in 10 of even the most progressive
clergy don't have programs in their congregations to support LGBT youth.
"We have known for more than 30 years that at least one-third of all suicides to teens are to gay youth,"
Haffner pointed out. "Our young people are dying because we are not speaking out for them. Ask yourself
honestly, do the LGBT youth in your faith community know that you welcome and support them? What have
you done to make sure that these youth know they are loved and supported, to demonstrate that you
understand that they, too, are God's children?"
The Religious Institute has created new worship resources in support of National Coming Out Day, including
a responsive reading, a prayer litany and more, available at www.religiousinstitute.org/lgbtqworship.
-- Religious Institute/ Religion News
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NEW REPORT FINDS GROWING SUPPORT FOR GAY AND LESBIAN EQUALITY AMONG
by Zaid Jilani
The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)* released a report earlier this week examining the views
of religious millennials on gay and lesbian rights. [Ed Note: Millenials are loosely described as everyone
born from 1981 to 2000 who are the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.] The report,
that religious millennials are much more supportive than older generations of gay and lesbian equality.
Here are some important highlights from the PRRI report:
- There Is Strong Millenial Support for Gay And Lesbian
Equality: Sixty-two percent of Millennials favor allowing
same-sex to marry, while 69 percent support allowing them
to adopt children. 71 percent favor civil unions and a
whopping 79 percent support employment discrimination
protections for gay and lesbian people.
- Millennials Think Religious Groups Are Being Too
Judgemental Of Gay And Lesbian Issues: Sixty-nine
alienating young people by being too judgemental about gay
, only 37 percent agree.
- Growing Acceptance Of Gay And Lesbian Americans
Overall: The report also finds that Americans overall are
showing support for LGBT rights. It finds that 64 percent of
Americans agree that gay and lesbian couples should be
accepted by society and that a majority of all religious groups
agree except white evangelicals.
Focusing on four issues civil unions, marriage equality, adoption rights, and job discrimination
protections the report illustrates the gap in views between religious millennials, older Americans, and
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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) released a statement lauding the
movement for LGBT equality will shift the public perception of LGBT people to a more
positive position. An increasingly positive perception will, in turn, promote understanding,
*Public Religion Research Institute is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan, independent organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion,
values, and public life. As a research organization, PRRI does not take positions on
particular policies. As members of the American Academy of Religion and the American
Association for Public Opinion Research, our research team follows the highest academic
research standards and ethical guidelines.
PROGRESS OBSCURES GAY INEQUALITY
By Ineke Mushovic
Talk about a roller coaster. In September, Bradford Wells, who is
severely ill with AIDS, faced losing his primary caregiver and loving
partner of 19 years, Anthony John Makk. Although Wells, an
American, and Makk, an Australian, are legally married in
Massachusetts, the federal government does not recognize their
marriage and ordered Makk to leave the country. Then, the
government announced that deportation enforcement would focus on
those identified as security threats or convicted criminals. The
result? Though Makk's actual deportation is now unlikely, the couple
will continue to live in uncertainty.
For the estimated 9 million gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
Americans, and millions more who support them, next year's election
will not be critical only for addressing the nation's economic woes,
but also for addressing pressing social issues, including gay and
The good stuff
On one hand, gay and transgender Americans have seen some high-profile and remarkable recent
, have extended marriage or
relationship recognition to gay couples.
orientation and gender identity.
members will finally be able to serve their country.
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Yet such advances can obscure the substantial inequality still faced by gay and transgender
Americans who live in an increasingly two-tiered system, depending largely on where they reside.
A gay or lesbian couple in New York can marry, start a family and provide for that family without fear
of being fired just for being gay. But what about the same couple raising a child in North Carolina?
Because the state bans the couple from marrying, an accident or illness can mean legal and economic
turmoil. The North Carolina Supreme Court recently invalidated all second-parent adoptions (an
adoption of a partner's child to become a legal second parent), throwing gay couples and their children
into legal limbo. And the absence of employment non-discrimination protections means that
hardworking gay and transgender employees can still be unfairly fired from their jobs.
In all, 29 states lack employment non-discrimination protections for gay employees and 35 states
(including New York) lack such protections for transgender employees. These protections are needed.
Data analyzed by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law reveals that 8%-17% of gay, lesbian
and bisexual employees report being fired or passed over for a job because of their sexual orientation.
In a national survey of transgender people, 26% reported they had lost a job due to being transgender.
In addition, the committed relationships of gay couples lack even basic legal recognition in 30 states;
32 states lack safe schools laws that prohibit bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation;
and 34 states lack similar laws based on gender identity.
And no matter where they live, gay and transgender Americans are simply still not equal under federal
law. The federal government's refusal to recognize gay and lesbian couples means that even those
who legally marry in their state are denied fundamental protections extended to their straight
counterparts such as family health insurance, Social Security benefits and, in Wells' and Makk's
case, the security of sponsoring a spouse for immigration.
These inequalities have real-life impact. Data from the National Survey of Family Growth show that
lesbians and gay men are more likely to live in poverty than their straight counterparts. Gay and
transgender people are also less likely to have health insurance, in part because employees often
cannot extend their benefits to a same-sex partner.
Still plenty to do
With all the recent progress, it is easy to form an incomplete picture of the lives of gay and
transgender Americans. Seeing only half of the picture creates real problems.
For example, the Center for American Progress, a leading progressive think tank, found that nearly
three-quarters of voters support protecting gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination,
but also that nine out of 10 erroneously believe that federal law already provides such protections. Is it
any wonder, then, that there is little public pressure to extend federal workplace protections by passing
the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act?
The progress of the past few years is worth celebrating. But it shouldn't lull us into believing that the
daily injustices that gay and transgender people face are becoming a thing of the past.
Ineke Mushovic directs the Movement Advancement Project, www.lgbtmap.org, an independent think
tank researching issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
STARBUCKS CEO CANCELS SPEECH AT CHURCH OVER ITS GAY 'REPARATIVE
THERAPY' VIEWS, TIES TO 'EX-GAY' ORG
Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, has canceled a scheduled talk titled
-based Willow Creek
Community Church, one branch of a mega-church formerly tied to "ex-gay" group Exodus
International, following pressure from a petition on Change.org.
Said the petition:
The church that is sponsoring the event on August 11th and 12th has a long history anti-
gay persecution. For decades the church was a member of Exodus International, the
organization that seeks to cure homosexuality through dangerous conversion therapy.
LGBT community to spread their anti-lgbt message.
(Ed. Note: This is no fundamentalist fringe event. According to Wikipedia: The Willow Creek
Association along with Bill Hybels started the Global Leadership Summit in 1995 as an annual
training event for church, ministry and other leaders to sharpen their skills. The Global
Leadership Summit exists to transform Christian leaders around the world with an injection of
vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local Church. The Summit telecasts
LIVE from the campus of WIllow Creek Community Church near Chicago reaching more than
185 premier host sites across the United States. In the months following, the Summit moves into
more than 200 cities in 70+ countries across the globe, via videocast.
Each year this two day event features experts in the arena of leadership in lecture and interview
formats, plus worship singing and dramatic skits. Past speakers have included Bono (former
Bill Hybels Time Magazine Co-Man of the Year and U2 lead singer), Ken Blanchard ("One Minute
Manager"), Jim Collins ("Good to Great" and "Built to Last"), and Mike Singletary (NFL Hall of
Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears). Speakers at the Leadership Summit have included
Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Karen Hughes, Special Advisor to President George
W. Bush, Lady Vols' women's college Basketball coach Pat Summitt, Dallas, Texas pastor
Bishop T.D. Jakes, University of Southern California president Steven Sample, Yahoo!'s Tim
Sanders, business author and leadership consultant Marcus Buckingham, Rick Warren, pastor of
Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life and former United States Secretary
of State, Colin Powell.)
The Chicago Tribune reports that Schultz' withdrawal from the leadership summit may also have
had in mind the bad publicity the company received earlier this summer over a NYC barista fired
for being gay. The Trib writes:
Though Starbucks confirmed Schultz no longer planned to be there, the company would not
Earlier this summer, the coffee company announced an investigation of allegations that an
openly gay New York barista was fired for discussing his personal life because Starbucks had
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Meanwhile, Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, plans to discuss the
church's views on homosexuality at the summit. (Ed. Note: And remember that his comments will
be broadcast to more than 185 premier host sites across the United States. In the months
following, the Summit moves into more than 200 cities in 70+ countries across the globe, via
THINK TANKS SAYS MOVEMENT NEEDS MORE MONEY AND FOCUS
by Lisa Keen
-depth analysis by
-edged conclusion in a year which has seen many dramatic gains for the
Defense of Marriage Act, and a swing in public opinion toward support for same-sex
But the report, prepared by the five-year-old Movement Advancement Project (MAP), is
clearly aimed not at just patting the LGBT movement on the back but at helping direct the
The report notes, for example, that only 3.4 percent of LGBT people made a contribution to a
national LGBT group in 2009 against a backdrop in which anti-LGBT groups have more than
three times the revenue of pro-LGBT groups.
It also notes that:
rn among men having sex with men. While 59
percent of new HIV infections among men in 2000 were attributed to male-to-male
sexual contact, 75 percent were in 2009;
24 percent of lesbians are living in poverty, compared to 19 percent of straight
women; 15 percent of gay men live in poverty, compared to 13 percent of straight
the median household income of a same-sex couple with children is 23 percent less
than that of a straight couple with children; and,
53 percent of LGBT people live in states where there is no legal recognition of their
Much of the information presented in the report was reviewed in March at a closed-to-
the-press conference of wealthy LGBT donors, organized by the OutGiving Conference.
The invitation-only conference is
foundation. Gill Foundation President Tim Sweeney, a long-time respected activist and
former head of Lambda Legal Defense, sits on the MAP board. Other MAP board
members include representatives from the foundations of other gay philanthropists,
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The presentation to the conference, provided by MAP Executive Director Ineke Mushovic and
Williams Institute Executive Director Brad Sears, was more blunt than the report. (You can see the
presentation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIP0JO3XQNE) They noted that the 2010
election results giving Republicans control of the House and many state legislatures limited
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona.
The presentation also noted that while 550 LGBT non-profit groups collected a total of $574 million
in contributions during 2009, most of that money ($299 million or 52 percent) went to providing
health services and community center programs. About $192 million (33 percent) was spent on
advocacy, and about $35 million (6 percent) on legal challenges. Arts and recreation accounted for
about $36 million (6 percent). Only $13 million (2 percent) is spent on public education. And, as
reported in a study released by MAP earlier this year, revenue to LGBT groups dropped by 20
percent between 2008 and 2009.
But both the written report and the OutGiving presentation included a long list of advancements by
the movement, including increasing public support and increasing bipartisan support of civil rights
for LGBT people. The reports note that the LGBT movement has gotten better at working with its
Brad Sears bullying of LGBT youth has gone from zero in 2001 to 14 today.
support, along with a growing list of legislative successes, shows that momentum is on the side of
UNAPOLOGETICALLY GAY MICHIGAN ROWING COACH PROMOTES INCLUSIVE
by Zack Ford
Recently, some prominent athletes like German soccer captain Philipp Lahm and cyclist
Graeme Obree have discouraged gay athletes from coming out for safety and morale
reasons. But this week, the Associate Head Coach of the U
rowing team offers a thoughtful reply on the importance of being out and authentic as an
athlete. Charley Sullivan speaks from his own experience as an out coach and the
environment he is able to cultivate for his athletes: Co
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I firmly believe that athletes can only perform at their best when they are able to be
themselves. Putting on acts
brave and never afraid, of not being devastated when your grandfather dies simply takes
too much energy. And acts have a reliable way of cracking under pressure. Teams that take
the we-will-dress-alike-in-practice and we-will-
all-have-the-same-basic-haircut and we-will-all-believe-in-the-same-God approach are
often basing their hopes for success on a set of external appearances that may or may not
The ties that a team needs when the
on a T-shirt o be about things like the desire for the group to succeed as a group,
about mutual trust built through daily striving, and about a feeling of truly belonging to the
team, no matter what.
Charley Sullivan having coaches that are gay or lesbian. He encourages those coaches who are gay to use their
identities as a strength, not a weakness, concluding:
other coaches, come
on out and play, the weather can be just fine if you make it so and choose the right places to
invest your energies. And you just may find yourself being a better and more fulfilled coach
This seems to be a much more affirmative approach. Sullivan seeks to help the world of athletics
grow to be more inclusive rather than force his athletes (and himself) to hide in a closet
conforming to a chilly, unwelcoming culture.
(Ed. Note here:
Homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries - punishable by death in seven.
That's almost half of the world's nations. --from towleroad.com
ANGLICAN DIOCESE ON SUPPORT FOR GLBT MEMBERS
St Matthew-in-the-City Congratulates Anglican Diocese on Support for GLBT Members
Auckland, New Zealand--Saturday, September 3. 2011, was a huge day in the ongoing
struggle to end discrimination against GLBT members of the Anglican Church.
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has an Auckland Synod so clearly, overwhelmingly,
and emphatically endorsed the being, relationships
For the first time an Auckland Diocesan bishop
publicly said he would be willing to discern and ordain
GLBT candidates for ordained ministry, including if
they were in committed same-sex relationships. The
the appropriate basis for change be found within the
-namely some level of agreement in the
House of Bishops and an understanding of, or
change to, our Ca
Auckland, NZ For what is believed to be the first time, the Diocesan
Synod had a long, thorough and civil debate on the
issue thanks to Bishop Ross Bay who allowed the
synod space to test the mind of the diocese. As one
made it particularly powerful and affirming was that most of the voices calling for justice for the
GLBT co -
The motion [as amended with clauses 3, 4, and 5] presented by Glynn Cardy and seconded by
Margaret Bedggood both of St Matthew-in-the-City read:
"That this Synod
 Holds that sexual orientation should not be an impediment to the discernment,
ordination, and licensing of gay and lesbian members to any lay and ordained offices of the
Church; and further
 persons in committed same-sex relationships likewise should not be excluded from
being considered for discernment, ordination, and licensing to any lay andordained offices
of the Church.
 commits to an intentional process of listening to gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered people, organized by the Archdeacons in consultation with the gay and
 commits to an ongoing discussion with the ministry units, asks the Archdeacons to
facilitate this, and invites responses to those discussions to be submitted to Diocesan
Council by 31st March 2012; and
 commits to support the process and work of the Commission to be appointed by
General Synod Standing Committee, as resolved at its meeting in July 2011."
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This motion was put in parts, and members voted via a paper ballot. The most contentious clause,
, passed by nearly a two-thirds majority. The rest passed overwhelmingly.
One gay member of the House responded, "For the first time, after all these years, I feel affirmed by
my Church." Another noted "this has drawn a line in the sand that has not been drawn before, and
we will never go back".
One Anglican same-sex couple upon hearing the vote thanked Glynn and the many others involved
too long n
After the vote, Mr Cardy wished to express St Matthew-in-the-
Anglicans who have stuck with us, or prayed for us
Ever contemplate what superheroes would
look like if they were posed like Wonder
Woman? Contemplate no more, courtesy
of the Justice League comic book, drawn
by artist Kelly Turnbull.
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Regular Meetings around the State
Community Voice is a ABQmen on Facebook: A gay men's social group in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, largely
monthly newsletter the guys who wouldn't normally go out to the bars. 60-90 guys come out each month for
published by Common the events. We meet 3rd Thursday of the month 6-9PM, and 1st Sunday for brunch
Bond which takes no 11AM-1PM at various locations. Check out the ABQmen Facebook page to see what
responsibility for the we're all about. Contact info is ABQmen@gmail.com.
accuracy of the
information that appears
LGBTQ Al-Anon Meeting-Albuquerque: Every Saturday morning at 10:30am at the
Desert Club, 4305 Mesa Grande SE (Betw. Zuni and Central, one block West of
If you wish to submit an Washington) For info, call (505) 262-2177 or www.nmal-anon.org.
article, want to be listed
in the Regular Meetings MPower-Albuquerque: Every night M-F at 7:30pm at 107 Jefferson NE. For info, call
around the State, have (505) 232-2990. For a monthly calendar, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
an upcoming event, or
have a comment, please nd
Native GLBT Support Group: Every 2 and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm at
send your submission to:
First Nations Community HealthSource Conference Room, 5608 Zuni Rd., Albuquerque.
For info, call (505) 262-6554.
In order to appear in the PFLAG-Albuquerque: 3 Tuesday of the month at 7pm at First Congregational UCC.
2801 Lomas NE. www.pflagabq.org.
newsletter, all articles
and lisitings must be PFLAG-Farmington: 3 Sunday at 1 pm at the Unitarian Church, 219 N. Orchard.
submitted no later than
the 15th of the previous PFLAG-Taos: Usually the 1 Sunday of every month at 1335 Gusdorf Rd, Suite R, Taos
month. All submissions at 5pm. For info, call (575) 779 7264. www.pflagtaos.org.
must include a contact
person and phone Santa Fe HRA and Pride: 1 Sunday of the month at 11am. For more info, call (505) 692-
number and/or email 9061. www.santafehra.org
address for verification
purposes. Please include
date, time, location and
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico-Albuquerque/Gallup/Las Cruces: For
contact information for all info, www.tgrcnm.org or contact Adrien Lawyer at (505) 440-3402.
upcoming events and
Rainbow Friends Support Group 3 Monday, 7-9 PM. Open to all transgender,
transsexual, or gender nonconforming people and their SOFFAs. At Young
Women United, 120 Morningside NE, ABQ
Trans Youth Support Group Every Sunday, 5-7pm. An 18 and Under TG Youth
Group (with possible exceptions being made on a case by case basis). At Young
Women United, 120 Morningside NE, ABQ. For info, contact Seth at
ABQ FTM Group 3 Friday, 6:30 pm. Details are posted on the yahoo group:
ABQ FTM Yahoo Group.
Transgender New Mexico Support Group Every Friday, 7:30pm. For info,
contact Shannon at Shannon@transgendernm.org.
GLBT Support Group of Gallup For info, contact Jeremy at (505) 713-2828.
Southern New Mexico Trans Support Group Every 4th Friday, 6:00PM. At the
Las Cruces GLBTQ Center at 1210 N. Main St., Las Cruces.
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UNM Queer-Straight Alliance-Albuquerque: Every Wednesday from 7-9pm in the Acoma
Room of the UNM Student Union Building during the school year. For info, call (505) 277-
6739 M-F from 12-4pm.
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice: Please check calendar at
U21 (under 21 only group) Albuquerque: Every Friday night at 7 PM at Metropolitan
Community Church of Albuquerque, 1103 Texas NE (1 block north of Lomas Blvd & 4
blocks west of Wyoming Blvd.). If you know a GLBTQ person under 21, tell them to sign up
for U/21 emails. Have them contact us at email@example.com.
Las Cruces GLBTQ Center: The Center is located at 1210 Main St. and offers various
programs. Schedule can change, so call to verify time and day: (575) 635-4902.
SCA Sexual Compulsives Anonymous Every Monday, 7-8pm
Pride on Main Al-Anon Every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm
AA-Lambda Group Every Wednesday, 6-7pm
Las Cruces HIV Support Group Every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm
HIV Testing (rapid test) 2nd Monday, 2-5pm
Rainbow Writers of the Southwest Writing Group, 2 & 4 Saturdays, 1-2:30pm
"I Am Who I Am" - Women's Group - 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 6-7pm
1 & 3 Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
1 & 3 Wednesday, 7-8:30pm
Parents of G L B T Q Youth Support G roup will be C A N C E L E D indefinitely until
we find a facilitator
GLBTQ Youth Support Group 2 & 4 Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm
Bisexual Community Circle 2 & 4 Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
Rainbow Writers of the Southwest Writing Group 2 & 4 Saturdays, 1-2:30pm
Reading Q - 1st Sunday each month, 1-2:30pm
Family Fun Night - 1st Friday, 7-9pm
Pride Cinema at The Center 3 Friday, 7-9pm
Stonewall Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night 4 Friday, 7-10pm
Family Fun Night 1 Friday of each month, 7-9pm
Southern New Mexico Trans Support Group 1 & 3 Saturdays, 4-5:30pm
Grupo de apoyo-Familias apoyando al joven gay, lesbiana, bisexual, transgénero, o
queer (GLBTQ)- Cada primer sabado del mes, 1-2:15pm
Grupo de apoyo para jovenenes gay, lesbiana, bisexual, transgénero, y joven en
duda. (GLBTQ) Grupo de apoyo - Cada primer sabado del mes, 2:15-3:30pm
The location is the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM
88001 (corner of Solano & Wofford Dr.). The group meets in the Red room inside Religious
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4 Corners GLAD Happy Hour-Durango, CO: Every Friday at 5:30pm at Lost
Dog Bar and Saloon, 12 and Main, Durango, CO. For info, call (970) 385-
New Mexico Leather League (NMLL)-Albuquerque: General Meeting is
every third Saturday of the month from 2-5 PM at I-Hop, Wyoming and Paseo
Prime Timers-Albuquerque: 2 Sunday of each month at 2 pm at MCC, 1103
Texas St. NE. For more info, go to http://primetimersww.org/primetimersnm/
U21 (under 21 only group) Albuquerque: Every Friday night at 7 PM at
Metropolitan Community Church of Albuquerque, 1103 Texas NE (1 block
north of Lomas Blvd & 4 blocks west of Wyoming Blvd.). If you know a
GLBTQ person under 21, tell them to sign up for U/21 emails. Have them
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMLL General Meeting-Albuquerque: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Every month on the
Metropolitan Community Church-Albuquerque: Every Sunday at 10:30am at
1103 Texas St. NE. For more info, call (505) 268-5252. www.mccabq.com
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church-Albuquerque: Eucharist every
Sunday at 7:30, 9 & 11:15am and 5pm. For more info, call (505) 345-8147.
NMLL: Leather Fiesta, Friday, October 14, 2011 to Sunday, October 16, 2011,
Ramada Albuquerque Hotel and Conference Center, 10300 Hotel Avenue,
ABQ, NM, 87123. You must have your valid, government issued ID for
entry to the event. It must be available to be checked during the event.
Registration opens at 9:30 Saturday morning in the conference center
lobby, and will run until 7pm. You must be registered by 7pm in order to
attend the play party.
NMLL General Meeting - Saturday October 15, 2011, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
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Annual Fundraiser. Saturday, October 15, 2011, at 6:00 PM, Embassy
Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque Tickets can only be
purchased online--https://nmgmc.musetta.org/public_events--or by phone
at 505-569-0139. Tickets are NOT available for sale at the door. Due to the
hotel's requirement for providing a count for meals, the deadline to
purchase tickets is Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00 PM.
Halloween Fundraiser. Friday, October 28--7:30 PM, Saturday, October
29--7:30 PM, Sunday, October 30--3:00 PM. Effex Night Club, 100 5th St.
SW, Albuquerque, NM. $20 General Admission, $15 Seniors (55+), $15
Students. Cash Bar Available. For Adult Audiences Age 21 and Over Only.
Holiday Concert: Friday, Dec 9--7:30 PM, Saturday, Dec 10--7:30 PM,
Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque, 114 Carlisle Blvd SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87106, & Sunday, Dec 11--3:00 PM, First Presbyterian
Church of Santa Fe, 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501. $20 General
Admission, $15 Students, $15 Seniors.
Tickets are available for all these events by going online at
www.nmgmc.org/tickets. Tickets will also be available for sale at
participating local businesses as the event dates approach.
Santa Fe HRA: The Nightmare Before Christmas Revisited. October 15, 2011.
The Kachina Ballroom at The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Drive,
Santa Fe, NM. Admission is $5.00 with a toy and $10 without a toy.
Reservations can be made by calling (505) 795-3205.
S.H.I.N.E: A presentation by Mark Landowski, group facilitator,
7:30 pm on
Wednesday October 26, 2011. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S.
Solano Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88001 (corner of Solano & Wofford Dr.).
The group meets in the Red room inside Religious Education Bldg.
Deadline for November Issue: October 15th
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