Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gay USA: May 10-16 & 17-23

Andy Humm co-hosts with Utahan gay activist Doug Jennings (r.) this week and with associate producer Bill Bahlman, who took this picture, next week. Ann Northrop returns to the show in two weeks. The gay world and the world of theatre lose two giants: playwright Doric Wilson (1939-2011) who wrote gay-themed plays before Stonewall and participated in the Rebellion and Arthur Laurents (1917-2011), the man who wrote "West Side Story," "Gypsy," "The Turning Point," "The Way We Were" and much, much more. Two foreign same-sex spouses of Americans are given temporary reprieves from deportation after Attorney General Eric Holder asks an immigration board to reconsider a decision. Learn more at Big push for opening marriage bureaus in New York to same-sex couples, though chief sponsor says votes are not there yet. Get involved at The Navy said it will do gay weddings on bases in states where same-sex marriage is legal once DADT is gone, but Republicans in Congress invoke DOMA to try to stop them. NOTE: After our taping, the Navy put the policy change on hold. Tony Kushner is denied an honorary degree by the City University of New York's board of trustees until an uproar ensues and the decision is reversed. Out lesbian Speaker Christine Quinn defends City funding to anti-gay religious parades in New York. See Andy's article here. A teacher in San Diego is fired for putting a sex ad on Craig's List. Uganda's Kill-the-Gays Bill is on the front burner again in that nation's parliament. Learn more at Brazil's high court unanimously rules that committed same-sex couples are entitled to most of the same rights as married couples. A Derek Jacobi opens in triumph as "King Lear" in Brooklyn. Go to for more information on this production playing through June 5.

Guest co-hosting with Andy Humm this week is our longtime associate producer Bill Bahlman, himself a gay activist since 1971 and a veteran AIDS activist as well. Ann Northrop reunites with Andy next week.
  • It was a BIG week for prominent people coming out: a CNN anchor, a basketball executive, and a former college basketball star
  • At a New York rally against same-sex marriage, an out lesbian confronts her grandfather who is the leader of the movement against same-sex marriage here. For updates on the marriage equality bill in New York, go to
  • Minnesota moves to ban same-sex marriage in its constitution, but a poll shows Minnesotans aren’t buying it. To keep up with the struggle there, go to
  • House Republicans try to stop repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • The Presbyterian Church USA opens its ministries to out LGBT people
  • Out lesbian Representative Tammy Baldwin poised to run for the US Senate in Wisconsin
  • On the International Day Against Homophobia, Moscow again moves to ban any pride celebration defying a court order
  • Uganda’s Kill-the-Gays bill dies in parliament but could be back in June
  • And a report on the famous Berlin Patient who is the first person who had HIV to have it cleared from his body

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