Gay USA: Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2012

Ann Northup and Andy Humm give the latest news from the LGBT community. In our last show before the election, we will talk about how LGBT issues are playing out nationally and in state and local races. For information on LGBT candidates across the country, go to   ALL races are important. We will bring you a message from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt about the Republicans of his day that has great resonance today. The US Supreme Court announces it will meet on November 20th to decide which of the federal same-sex marriage cases to hear—a decision that we could learn as early as November 26th though the court is under no obligation to announce its decision that soon. Four state referenda on same-sex marriage are on the line—Maine, Maryland, Washington State, and Minnesota. There are hopes for a breakthrough victory but polls are tightening as our opponents hit the airwaves with their most misleading ads—but we are hitting back and we will show you how. More evidence of Romney’s anti-gay attitudes surface as Obama re-affirms determination to end DOMA and Vice President Biden comes out strongly for transgender rights. OutServe/Servicemembers Legal Defense Network picks a transgender leader—a first for a major national LGBT group not specifically focused on transgender rights. Lou Rispoli, 62, a beloved gay activist in Sunnyside, Queens was mysteriously murdered by two men walking in his neighborhood in the wee hours of Saturday, October 20th. It is not known if this was a bias attack yet. Read Andy’s story in Gay City News and if you can help the police with information, there is a $22,000 reward now. Call the police tip hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. Story at:

Sicily, Italy elects an out gay man as governor

Steve Harvey addresses gayness in the African American community. We will bring you his comments.

A timely gay play opens in New York: “The Austerity of Hope” (see review at end of e-mail)


Movement photographer Bettye Lane: Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 11 AM at Judson Church on Washington Sq. South

Rev. Howard Moody, pastor emeritus of Judson Church, and a major leader on gay, AIDS, women’s and other justice issues: Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 AM at Judson

Donald Suggs, veteran gay and AIDS activist and former board member of Manhattan Neighborhood Network responsible for bringing “Gay USA” to MNN: Saturday, Dec. 8th at 1 PM at St. Mark’s on the Bowery, 2nd Avenue at 10th St.


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