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GAY CITY NEWS 1-19-11

GAY CITY NEWS 1-19-11

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 YOUR FREELGBTQ NEWSPAPER
© GAY CITY NEWS 2010 COMMUNITY MEDIA, LLC, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
SERVING GAY, LESBIAN, BI AND TRANSGENDERED NEW YORK • WWW.GAYCITYNEWS.COM
 AMERICA’S LARGEST CIRCULATION GAY AND LESBIAN NEWSPAPER!
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JANUARY 19-FEBRUARY 1, 2011VOLUME TEN, ISSUE 1
CIVIL LIBERTIES
Getting theGay Out
BY DUNCAN OSBORNE
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t is standard practice among cops who conduct public sex stings toassert they are merely respond-ing to complaints and not targetinggay and bisexual men. Some officersin the Essex County Sheriff’s Office inNew Jersey appear to have missed thememo.“The area in question is known by the above Officer’s [sic] to be fre-quented by individuals who engage inhomosexual activity,” an unidentifiedofficer wrote in a May 31, 2010 report on an arrest in Newark’s BranchBrook Park. After an unarmed DeFarra Gaymon was shot and killed in that park last  July by Edward Esposito, a detectivein the Sheriff’s Office, Garden StateEquality, New Jersey’s statewide gay lobbying group, made an open recordsrequest to that office seeking docu-ments related to alleged “sexual con-duct” in Essex County parks from2005 to mid-2010.Esposito said that Gaymon wasmasturbating and approached himin the park. When the police officer 
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ultural and political homophobia in Latin America remains stark-ly lethal, as evidence from twodivergent societies there demonstrates.In Honduras, there have been threenew murders of LGBT people in recent  weeks, bringing the death toll in the offi-cially approved assassination campaignof queers to 31.Meanwhile, in Brazil a new study by a gay group tracking homophobic andtransphobic violence shows that anLGBT person is murdered every day anda half, a significant increase from three years ago, when it was one murder every three days. According to a coalition of opposi-tion groups, in Honduras, transvestites,hard-hit by the assassination campaign, were the targets of the three most recent  brutal murders. On December 22, inComayagüela, a 23-year-old
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named Lorenza — whose legal name isLuis Alexis Alvarado Hernández— wasfound dead, her body visibly beaten and burned. Bloody stones near her corpseindicate that the bruises covering her  body were caused by stoning, and her  body had been set on fire. Used condomsfound nearby have fueled the suspicionthat she was also raped. After her death,the assailants threw her body into a ditch. News reports indicate that severeinjuries to her face rendered her corpse virtually unrecognizable. The same day, another 
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, Lady Oscar — whose legal name was Oscar Martinez Salgado — age 45, was found burned to death in her home in Tegu-cigalpa’s Barrio El Rincón. Her body showed multiple stab wounds. Neigh- bors reported witnessing two suspiciousindividuals running from her house asthe fire ignited.Less than two weeks later, on January 
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ARE GUNS A GAY ISSUE?
Self-defense claims meet toll in violence, suicide
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CIVILITY AND CENTRISM
Cooling the rhetoric different than trimming our wings
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APOCALYPSE THEN
Gregg Araki celebrates youth’s freedom & anarchy 
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Gay Murder Rates Soarin Brazil, Honduras
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Pride Agenda, Vocal New YorkHail CuomoDebut
In his January 5 inaugural Stateof the State speech at the Capi-tol in Albany, Governor AndrewCuomo renewed his commitmentto push for equal marriage rights,saying, “We believe in justice forall, then let’s pass marriage equal-ity this year once and for all.”The new governor’s mention ofmarriage equality brought praisefrom the Empire State Pride Agen-da, the statewide gay lobby group.“The Pride Agenda is very pleasedthat Governor Cuomo in his Stateof the State address specificallyincluded LGBT New Yorkers in hisvision of a great Empire State,”said Ross Levi, ESPA’s executivedirector. “He has strongly andrepeatedly shown his support forLGBT fairness and equality, andthe affirmation today of his com-mitment to see marriage for lovingsame-sex couples become law inNew York State is another indica-tion of that support.”At ESPA’s annual Manhattanfall dinner this past October 14,candidate Cuomo said, “I wantto be the governor who signs thelaw that makes marriage equalitya reality in the State of New York,and we are going to get that donetogether.”Marriage equality has beenapproved by the heavily Demo-cratic Assembly three times since2007, but was rejected by the Sen-ate in a 38-24 vote in December2009. Since then, the number ofpublic supporters of equal marriagerights in the Senate has increasedto 26, but Republicans, who voted“no” 30-0 in 2009, have recapturedthe Senate.In an October 12 appearancebefore the Log Cabin Republicansin Manhattan, however, LongIsland Republican Dean Skelos,the new majority leader, voiceda willingness to have the Senateconsider the marriage equalitybill again. “I think our conferencewould say, ‘Put it up, let it up,’” hetold the group. As Cuomo strugglesto get control of a state budget cur-rently facing large deficits, he iswidely expected to work closelywith the Senate Republican major-ity to challenge the more liberalDemocratic Assembly.ESPA also praised Cuomo forrenewing the executive orderissued by former Governor DavidPaterson last year prohibiting dis-crimination in state employmenton the basis of gender identity andexpression. Like marriage equality,a transgender civil rights bill hasbeen stalled in the Senate becauseof strong Republican opposition.The Pride Agenda noted thegovernor’s appointment of Alphon-so David to the post of deputy sec-retary for civil rights. A former staffattorney at Lambda Legal, Davidalso served Cuomo during his ten-ure as attorney general in a civilrights post.On January 17, the Cuomoadministration announced theappointment of Erik Bottcher as aspecial assistant for communityaffairs. Bottcher previously workedas City Council Speaker ChristineQuinn’s LGBT and HIV/ AIDS liai-son. The release announcing theappointment quotes Cuomo sayingthat, as a Council staffer, Bottcher,who worked on LGBT issues in thegovernor’s fall campaign, “wasinstrumental in advancing NewYork City’s progressive agenda. Hisexperience in public service will beessential to my administration aswe move forward.”Noting the contribution Bot-tcher made to the City Council’sadvocacy of a state legislativeproposal to cap the rents paid bymore than 10,000 New Yorkersliving with AIDS and on publicassistance at 30 percent of theirincome, the AIDS housing groupVocal New York praised him for his“knowledge and commitment” onthe issue of homelessness in thatpopulation. Paterson vetoed the30 percent cap measure, but advo-cates are hopeful of advancing itunder Cuomo.
Reversals inCongress by theNumbers
According to a study releasedJanuary 5 by the Human RightsCampaign, the leading LGBT lobbyin Washington, the number of anti-LGBT members of Congress hasincreased by 58, going from 172to 225 in the House and 35 to 40 inthe Senate. Meanwhile, the tallyof pro-gay members has declinedby 32 — from 196 to 167 in theHouse and 42 to 40 in the Senate.HRC noted a decline of 25 total inthe number of House and Senatemembers with a mixed record onLGBT issues.A Huffington Post story pub-lished the same day quotes AllisonHerwitt, HRC’s legislative director,saying the group will be lookingto make incremental progresson LGBT issues by incorporatingadvances like federal anti-bullyingprotections and same-sex coupletax equity into broader pieces oflegislation.“I think that going into the112th Congress, generally, we’ll belooking at — what are the biggerbills that will be moving that wecan put pieces of pro-equality —either amendments or provisions— into those larger moving bills?,”she said. On the bullying issue, shesaid the logical fit would be theElementary and Secondary Educa-tion Act reauthorization.The clear conclusion from theHRC report is that efforts to pass
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