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Catholic League and Republican members of congress.

concerned gay and lesbian issues were covered in urine poured from a bottle, and will have to be thrown away. An investigation is pending.

Your Nation, Your World Compiled by Elena Buckley

Preddy reported the incident to the police and are suing for up to £5,000 under the 2007 Equality Act Regulations.

Elizabeth Edwards Dec. 7

Elizabeth Edwards (1949 to 2010): Elizabeth Edwards, estranged wife of former Sen. John Ed- wards, died after a long battle with breast cancer. Edwards, 61, was an open advocate of marriage equality and LGBT rights. As an attendee at the 2007 Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s annual Pride breakfast in San Francisco she said, “I don’t know why somebody else’s marriage has anything to do with me. I’m completely comfortable with gay marriage.”

First mile-high gay marriages: SAS Scandinavian Airlines launched a media campaign en- titled “Love is in the Air” to marry same-sex couples in-flight. Two couples were married en route from Stockholm to New York: Aleksandar Mijatovic and Shantu Bhattache of Germany and Ewa Tomaszewicz and Gosia Rawin- ska of Poland. Once the plane landed in New York, Thomas Landreth and Brett Kessler from North Carolina were waiting to board and do the same on the return flight to Sweden.

Dec 9 Czechs use questionable ‘arousal’ test: The Czech government has been using a test that gauges “sexual arousal” in order to determine acceptance to asylum based on who is truly gay and who is not. According to the BBC, “Gay asy- lum seekers are hooked up to a machine that monitors blood-flow to the penis and are then shown straight porn.” The European Union’s Human Rights Agency stated that the Czech Republic is still the only country that uses this test, potentially violating the European Convention on Human Rights.

Reinstatement called for Smithsonian exhibit: According to The Washington Blade, a gay Republican who helped fund the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit “Hide/Seek,” is now calling for the gallery to reinstate the video. The video, which uses imagery to depict the suffering of AIDS victims, such as ants crawling on a crucifix, was taken down after being labeled sacrilegious by the

Anti-bullying campaign spreads to Italy: As a part of Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign, David Thorne, the U.S. Ambassador to Italy spoke against LGBT bullying in a tele- vised address promoting the use of an Italian hotline.

December 17-30, 2010 GAY SAN DIEGO


ciation Football made comments about gay fans refraining from overt of displays of gay sexuality during the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. He said that while there are no rules or limits in football, gay activities in Qatar are illegal and should be refrained from.

PFLAG pioneer dies: Adele Starr, one of the founding members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) died in Santa Monica at age 90. After forming PFLAG with Jeanne and Jules Manford in 1974, the organization took off and Starr was eventually elected the first national president. Anti-gay DVDs returned to church: In October, the Archdio- cese of St. Paul and Minneapolis sent some 400, 000 DVDs oppos- ing same-sex marriage to Catho- lic homes. Bob Radecki formed a group called “Return the DVD.” According to Minnesota Public Radio, they “will deliver about 3,000 DVDs to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.” Gay books ruined at Har- vard library: In what is being labeled as a hate crime, almost 40 books at Harvard University that

Adele Starr Dec. 10

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Oprah not a lesbian: Once again denying rampant rumors she is gay, Oprah told Barbara Walters in an ABC televi- sion interview, “I’m not even kind of a lesbian.” While rumors insist that Oprah’s close friend Gayle King is much more than a chum, Oprah said that if the rumors were true, “Why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life.”

Dec. 8

Gay couple denied lodging: Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy were denied the right to share a bed at a Christian Bed and Breakfast in Cornwall, England. Christian owners Peter and Ha- zelmary Bull told the couple that it would be “an affront to their faith” if the men slept together, according to The Sun. Hall and



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Mark Leno Dec 11

HRC takes over Castro Camera: In January, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) plans to take over the retail space where Cas- tro Camera—slain gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk’s camera shop/office—was located, ac- cording to Some activists that fought alongside Milk, however, claim that the HRC isn’t in step with Milk’s ide- als, making the organization unfit to set up shop there. Cleve Jones told The Advocate “I think it is completely inappropriate for the simple reason that the HRC rep- resents the antithesis of Harvey Milk’s organizing strategy.”

Dec 14

LGBT history added to school textbooks: In an effort to end school bul- lying, a bill was introduced by openly gay California senator Mark Leno that will add infor- mation about important LGBT events and people to school textbooks. Leno said in a recent press release that the absence of this information is fueling nega- tive stereotypes that promote bullying.

No gay sex at the World Cup: Sepp Blatter, president of the International Federation of Asso-

Dec. 16, Girl killed man in ‘Clockwork Orange’ attack: An 18-year-old girl in London was facing jail Dec. 16 after being found guilty of a homophobic attack one witness described as being like something out of the film “A Clockwork Orange.” Ruby Thomas was convicted of the manslaughter of 62-year-old Ian Baynham, who died 18 days after the drink-fuelled assault in Trafalgar Square. According to witnesses, the girl smiled as she “put the boot into” Baynham after he was knocked to the ground by another teenager, the Associated Press reported.♚

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