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Saturday, January 24, 2009

KFAI Truth to Tell - GLBT STATE POLICY: What do Minnesota's Gays Want?

GLBT STATE POLICY: What do Minnesota's Gays Want?

Not an easy question to ask for this legislative session. Some advocates are pushing hard for a marriage bill and have a raft of stellar legislative co-sponsors in both houses in their corner, BUT, other groups are concerned about backlash and want to eliminate discriminatory statutes one-by-one. Just what do Minnesota's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender activists want - and will division in the ranks fragment or dilute support for any one legislative agenda? TRUTH TO TELL seeks to bring issues often confined to directly affected constituencies and their media outlets to a more general audience.


It's laughable that gays in Minnesota really have a targeted media outlet. Lavender Magazine does not cover politics.

This week, TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL & LYNNELL MICKELSEN talk with a variety of GLBT organizations and advocates about this legislative session's agenda around human rights issues and their differing approaches to ensuring equal treatment and recognition of same-sex families in housing, employment, health care, financial and estate matters.


GUESTS:

LAURA SMIDZIK - Executive Director, PROJECT 515

JOHN TOWNSEND - Co-Host, KFAI's "FRESH FRUIT" and arts writer for
Lavender Magazine.

AMY JOHNSON, Executive Director, OUTFRONT MINNESOTA, GLBT Advocacy
Group

DAVID EDWARD STRAND - Co-founder, MARRIAGE EQUALITY MINNESOTA

INVITED: YOU AND LEGISLATIVE SPONSORS

WHAT'S YOUR OPINION ON THESE ISSUES? CALL AND TELL US OR ASK QUESTIONS: 612-341-0980

Solar Oven Cooking with Roberta Avidor

Roberta Avidor, Ken Avidor's wife does an excellent cooking demonstration:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama Agrees with Pope Benedict: Gays Should not be included in the institution of marriage

Newsmax has the story, which comes from a Bush administration source. They didn't confirm the story with an Obama source.

Pope Benedict XVI has communicated with Barack Obama twice since the Democrat won the White House — but the first message almost never got through.

The Pope telephoned Obama shortly after Election Day to congratulate him on his electoral success, but the Obama staffer receiving the call didn’t believe it was actually the Pontiff on the line and wouldn’t put the call through.

Benedict was eventually able to get through, however, and he and the president-elect had a “cordial” conversation mainly about cultural issues, according to a Bush administration source with close ties to the Vatican.

When the Pope brought up the subject of abortion, Obama said simply: “We agree to disagree.”

But the source said that Obama did agree with the Pope on the controversial issue of same-sex marriage, saying the two shared a common view that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama's White House Website Discussing GLBT Civil Rights

Check it out here. The usual suspects, Matt Barber and Peter LaBarbara are livid.