Friday, July 24, 2009

Equality in the News: July 18 – July 24

Once again ENC Intern Harmony Pringle has prepared our news round up!

PRIDE Charlotte 2009 is happening this weekend! Come represent the LGBT community and their Allies at any or all of these exciting events, and be sure to stop by our table at the festival and say hi!

In the Old North State ...

Angela Boatright-Spencer, of the Charlotte Episcopal Examiner, offers an interpretation of the Episcopal Church's recent action in favor of LGBT rights within the church, correcting misrepresentations. The Associated press also covers the story.

The Charlotte Observer covers a round-table discussion "Out is In ... at the Workplace" held by the Lesbian and Gay Community Center as part of Pride Charlotte this past Thursday, focusing on LGBT experiences on the job.

Ali Davis, a contributor to, lambastes the Pentecostal Evangelists for their protest plan at Pride Charlotte.

Jim Burroway of the Box Turtle Bulletin expands the story, providing a disturbing and detailed profile of each of the leaders of the group of "worshipers, intercessors, musicians, soul-winners, walkers, talkers, and believers of every age, color, and size" there to "stand together as a prophetic witness to our society" this weekend in Charlotte.

Pitt County resident Laurie Potter writes a letter to the editor of the Reflector, addressing County Commissioner David Hammond's request for a same-sex marriage ban and highlighting its disagreement with former Supreme Court rulings.

A new study from UNC-Chapel Hill reports that gays and lesbians smoke more than people who identify as heterosexual. Outcome, Buffalo's Gay Newspaper, has the story.

If you're still thinking about it, the Healthy Youth Act receives a positive and optimistic review in the Gaston Gazette.

In the Nation ...

FindLaw's got a hefty review of the position of the states on same-sex marriage. Find out where each of the fifty stands in part two of this series!

The major LGBT legal groups are skeptical of the legal approach to the upcoming federal challenge of California's Prop 8, and are seeking to intervene in the case. Read more about their concerns at

"The Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT political organizations feel comfortable that gay issues will get a fair consideration from Sotomayor." Read more from the Bay Area Reporter.

Out in the World ...

A two-day symposium in Srinagar debates the legality of homosexuality, and other moral questions facing modern India, before Islamic law.

Here's a pick-me-up from the fiery Irish Senator who folks are dubbing Ireland's Harvey Milk. About gay rights in America he offers, ""I want the whole lot now, with the cream and cherry on top,'' he says. "And an apology.'' Read more and even catch a video.

A lesbian couple in Russia is fighting for marriage rights, reports Radio Free Europe. Wish them luck!

That's all for this week!

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