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    November 17, 2007

    Gay News Watch Friday Top 5

    Posted by: Chris

    Gnw_lighthouse_logosmall_3 Here are the five most popular stories yesterday on Gay News Watch, along with an Editor's Pick from me at the end:

    1. Natalieportmaninstyle Natalie Portman unsure about marraige till gays can: QUICK LOOK: Actress Natalie Portman says she's not sure she will ever get married, and she'll wait at least until gay couples can do so. In an interview for the cover of InStyle... (MORE)
    2. Bencohenleft Gay rugby fans turn out for English star's calendar signing: UICK LOOK: Gay rugby fans turned out in force to meet and greet England rugby player Ben Cohen yesterday. The 29-year-old former Northampton Saints winger chose a bar in London's... (MORE)
    3. Guatemalakis Guatemala soccer coach not 'faggot' despite kiss: QUICK LOOK: As a number of Latin American sports journalists were interviewing Hernán Darío Gómez in advance of Sunday's friendly match between Guatemala and Honduras at the Miami... (MORE)
    4. Uva UVa. 'not gay' song prompts protest gay groups: QUICK LOOK: After a Cavalier touchdown, the marching band strikes up what, to an outsider, sounds like “Auld Lang Syne.” But, to its tune, students and alumni sing the “Good Old... (MORE)
    5. Elliotspitzer N.Y. gov wants Dem Senate to push marriage: QUICK LOOK: New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer said at a private fund-raiser that he wants a Democratic controlled state Senate to legalize gay marriage - -a highly divisive and controversial... (MORE)

    EDITOR'S PICK

    • Trans activist showdown set for Dallas HRC dinner: QUICK LOOK: It’s beginning to sound like Dallas’ 2007 Black Tie Dinner could turn into a food fight.  At the very least, there will be some big issues on the table at the annual... (MORE)

    It's hard to decide who is more deserving of this public spat, the transgender activists foiled at the last minute from completely hijacking historic gay rights legislation, or "the nation's largest LGBT group," which tried until the last minute to play all sides of the controversy and ended up (further) eroding its credibility with everyone.

    Personally, I've got my money Donna Rose over Joe Solmonese. In my run-ins with the two, she packs the much bigger wallop.

    Rose

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    1. North Dallas Thirty on Nov 17, 2007 6:43:50 PM:

      Natalie Portman needs to be honest and say that she just doesn't want to get married. My sexual orientation has nothing to do with it, just like it has nothing to do with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's unwillingness to go through another legal divorce.

    1. Rebecca Juro on Nov 18, 2007 2:44:26 AM:

      Another one we agree on, Chris. While I only know Solmonese by word, deed, and reputation, I do know Donna Rose personally, and the woman is a class act in every sense of the word. Comparing those two, there's no doubt whatsoever, who's the more credible, the more righteous, and on the right side of both truth and justice.

      Donna's done more damage to HRC's reputation in a few weeks than the rest of us have done in years. That should tell you everything you need to know about how she's popularly perceived by those on all sides of the issues.

    1. anonymous on Nov 18, 2007 3:40:52 AM:

      "Donna's done more damage to HRC's reputation in a few weeks than the rest of us have done in years."

      This is my problem with trans activists. Instead of doing damage to - say - the Republican Right or Evangelican Christians, they focus on doing damage to the gay community.

      I think those 300 "gay" organizations that tried to trans-jack ENDA are actually afraid of the trans-activists. I thank god that Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi stood up to them.

      A note to the trans-activists : if you actually want to ally yourself with the gay community, then you shouldn't threaten to try to destroy any gay person who doesn't kiss up to you.

      And I looked at Donna Rose's website - she said that HRC should have supressed the poll that said 70% of gay people don't want our civil rights trans-jacked.

      So, she is in favor of suppressing the voices of gay people. Great.

      I think we need some real accountability among "gay" organizations, since they are now TRANS FIRST organizations.

    1. Rebecca Juro on Nov 18, 2007 12:13:16 PM:

      HRC and liars and sellouts, plain and simple, and they deserve what they get and more. Before we can effectively and credibly go after those who oppose us ideologically, we have to clean up our own house first.

      Clearly, you only scanned Donna's blog. I suggest a much closer reading, especially of her ENDA blog. Perhaps then you'll understand why she has the rep and community credibility that she does.

      Oh and it's not "trans first", that's just bull and not reality for any organization I'm aware of, no matter how trans-supportive they are...what it is, and what it should always be, is "always trans-inclusive". Basic human dignity and equality for all citizens should always be considered non-negotiable, particularly by those who are (claiming to be) actively working toward it.

    1. Steve Scott on Nov 18, 2007 3:41:18 PM:

      Donna Rose and the militant, sex change activists need to get their own civil rights organizations. We don't need "allies" who blatantly sabotage gay civil rights because their struggle hasn't progressed as far. With friends like the trans community, who needs enemies.

    1. Citizen Crain on Nov 18, 2007 9:59:27 PM:

      Err...I should have been clearer that saying Donna would have the best of a run-in with Solmonese wasn't intended as a compliment, except to acknowledge that she has a backbone and Solmonese to date has been completely invertebrate with all constituencies, LGBT and otherwise.

      Since Donna and other trans activists have chosen to rely almost entirely on guilting and leveraging the LGB rights movement, rather than focusing on the people who actually need convincing of their equality, I fully expect that she'll get the better of things.

    1. Double T on Nov 19, 2007 2:54:12 PM:

      Chris,
      Would it kill you to pay the woman a compliment?

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