"THIS WAY OUT: the international lesbian & gay radio magazine" Program #1,237

Published: December 12, 2011

"Listen now via our free podcasts at www.thiswayout.org or on iTunes. (hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes U.N. history;
There’s no waffling in Belgium over the world’s first openly gay Prime Minister, Australia claims the Western world’s first intersex public official, the U.S. Ninth Circuit hears even more about Prop 8, a
Honolulu lesbian couple sues for marriage equality, a rights vote looms in Anchorage, Riverdale’s Kevin Keller gets hitched, and more LGBT news

– In "NewsWrap": A U.S. presidential directive and a U.N. speech by the Secretary of State combine for what is being called "the most affirming LGBT rights foreign policy in the nation’s history" – although extremist televangelist PAT ROBERTSON strongly disagrees (hear what he told his Christian Broadcasting Network "700 Club" viewers)… Elio Di Rupo’s swearing in as Prime Minister of Belgium makes him the world’s first openly gay head of government, while Australia’s Tony Briffa may be the Western world’s first known intersex elected official as he becomes the Mayor of Hobsons Bay, a local government authority near Melbourne, Victoria… adversaries debate the release of video recordings of the Proposition 8 trial, and Chief District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ability to impartially rule that the California marriage-banning measure is unconstitutional, at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, while a Honolulu lesbian couple sues the state of Hawai’i for marriage rights, and equality activists in Anchorage, Alaska appear to have submitted the required number of signatures on initiative petitions to put an LGBT anti-bias measure on the April 2012 city ballot…  Kevin Keller’s Riverdale nuptials headlining the January issue of "Life With Archie" will not only be mainstream comics’ first same-gender wedding, it’ll be an interracial one at that.. and more LGBT news from around the world (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by VASH BODDIE and RICK WATTS).

– U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON delivered a groundbreaking speech in advance of INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY at the U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL in GENEVA on December 6th. She insisted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which defines in general terms the basic rights to which all human beings are entitled, applies to sexual minorities, too. In these excerpts from her historic half-hour address, Clinton also disputes widely-held beliefs in some parts of the world that homosexuality is a Western import; addresses religious-based opposition to LGBT rights; talks about how government support for sexual minority rights can advance social acceptance; and offers support to LGBT people around the world. "

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