6. Gay News

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Bird’s Eye: It was surprising, given the inches of press that I read about Tim Cook, Steve Jobs’ replacement, that no one mentioned his orientation. That seems a really good sign, as the Observer discusses. In the UK, gay men can again donate blood, as Canada is likely to follow in a similar vein. And a fascinating study explores the evolutionary advantages of homosexuality, through kinship selection advantage.

* So Apple’s new CEO is gay. Is that worth all the chatter? The Observer

Tim Cook, the new CEO of Apple, is gay. He is therefore, on one accounting, the most powerful gay business leader in the world. AndFelix Salmon, blogging for Reuters, no less, thinks this has to be newsworthy. Cook doesn’t keep his sexuality secret. He just makes nothing of it, neither denying nor campaigning: a non-political gay, according to Salmon. So how does that fit in the mystic world of media morality?

Installing a woman as boss of Apple would clearly be instant symbolism, headlines, even triumphalism – just like seeing Obama made president of the US. No argument there. It’s obvious. But when an FT correspondent mentioned Cook’s sexuality in a single tweet he was instantly buried in criticism (of a kind that continues in the Columbia Journalism Review). Don’t ask, don’t tell, expect a barrel full of vitriol? Some papers (the Guardian for one) have reported the issue. Some have let it lie. Is achievement, out of the closet, something to celebrate? Or something business can still do without? Discuss – and don’t expect to finish anytime soon

* Gay Men Can Donate Blood As Health Experts Lift Controversial Ban The Guardian

Gay men will soon be able to give blood after a ban on them donating, dating back to the emergence of HIV and Aids in the mid-1980s, was scrapped by ministers. The ban, which permanently prevented gay men from being donors, was lifted after a team of experts said it was no longer required to stop the spread of infection through blood.

* Signs Pointing To Homosexuality Being Evolutionarily Selected For

At first glance, homosexuality presents a evolutionary quandary. Since homosexual couples cannot reproduce, how do the genes get passed on? Researchers have studied this problem for a while, and are starting to make some interesting discoveries. In the South Pacific islands of Samoa, boys who show feminine behavioral tendencies are picked at an early age to become fa’afafine, which means “in the manner of a woman.” They are brought up not as gay men or as women, but as a third, distinct social group. The fa’afafine take on the role similar to an uncle, wherein they help care of their siblings’ children. In a way, this allows their siblings—who they share genes with—to have more children, as they can better rear them with the help of the fa’afafine. This indirect method of passing on genetic material is known as kin selection.



5. Gay and Lesbian News

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Bird’s-Eye: The first recorded gays lived in Egypt: who knew? Other things we don’t know include the orientation of Elena Kagan, Obama’s latest nominee for the Supreme Court. But a lot of people seem to care, passionately. (The American Family Association says, “We cannot afford to have another sexually abnormal individual in a position of important civic responsibility” which we hope means a lot of Republicans are about to resign) And a wonderful must-read rant by the mother of a gay man on those who have made his life harder.

Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum

The first recorded same sex couple in history… with pictures!

* Elena Kagan Is Not Gay The Nation

I don’t know if Elena Kagan sleeps with women or men. I don’t know if she sleeps with anyone at all. I don’t care. What I do know is that she has never claimed to be a lesbian, that she’s never spoken out in the first-person as an advocate of gay rights and that she has never publicly discussed a romantic relationship with a woman. Gay isn’t some genetic or soulful essence; it’s a name you call yourself–and Kagan has not done that. So in my book, case closed. Elena Kagan is not gay.  Is she straight? I don’t know, and again, I don’t care. Why does she have to have a sexuality at all?

* The Best Thing I’ve Read All Year Andrew Tobias

I am the mother of a gay son and I’ve taken enough from you good people.

I’m tired of your foolish rhetoric about the “homosexual agenda” and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny.

My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade….



5. GLBTQ News

Apr-30-2010 | Comments Off

Bird’s-Eye: In the UK, the conservatives hasten to back away from a homophobic remark of the shadow secretary, in the US Obama takes another (baby) step forward; in popular culture Archie acquires a gay friend, while surveys show that people are irrational around terms used for alternate sexualities.

* Chris Grayling Apologises For B&B Gay Comments Guardian

The shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, today apologised for the offence caused by his comments in which he said that people who ran bed and breakfasts in their homes should “have the right” to turn away gay couples. Grayling, who has kept a low profile since the comments emerged in a recording obtained by the Observer, told BBC Radio 5 Live that he supported gay rights and said sorry for giving the “wrong impression”.

* Gay NC Teens Allowed to go to Prom After Cool Mom Steps In Towleroad

Two gay teens, Jordan Nixon and his boyfriend Chase have been allowed to attend prom at Starmount High School in Booneville, NC after Jordan’s mom Leesa heard how Chase had been told by the principal that he couldn’t bring a “friend” to the prom. After explaining that Jordan was not a friend but a “boyfriend” the school still wouldn’t relent. Jordan’s mom Leesa Nixon went to the principal, threatened to take action and go to the media, and quickly the issue was resolved. This is the story of a great parent standing up for her gay kid and a school faced with the threat of exposing its discriminatory behavior.

* Obama Extends Hospital Visitation Rights To Same-Sex Partners Of Gays Washington Post

President Obama mandated Thursday that nearly all hospitals extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and respect patients’ choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them, perhaps the most significant step so far in his efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans.

* Why Archie Comics’ New Gay Character Matters Change.org

It’s fair to say that Archie comics aren’t exactly at the height of cultural relevance these days. The squeaky-clean misadventures of Riverdale’s teenagers have never been known for their novel plot ideas or raw, realistic depiction of adolescent sexuality. They’ve arguably retained a following precisely because parents can buy them for their children, knowing that the plot will involve nothing more complex or provocative than a new wrinkle in the eternally unresolved Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle, or Jughead’s latest attempt to find the perfect hamburger.  But by introducing a new gay character, Archie may be suddenly — and surprisingly — be on the cultural cutting edge.

* Survey Finds Different Levels of Acceptance for “Gays” Versus “Homosexuals” Sociological Images

People like gays and lesbians more than they like homosexuals….







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