Gay USA - September 18-24, 2012

BREAKING: After we taped this week we learned that the House in Australia voted overwhelmingly against opening marriage to same-sex couples. More details next week. In the News This Week: Before writing off half the country, Mitt Romney made his pitch at the Value Voters Summit. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts pull ahead in the polls of their Senate races. In the New York primary elections, the results are decidedly mixed for state legislators who voted for same-sex marriage. The fight between Barney Frank and gay Republicans intensifies. Ted Olson, who with David Boies got Prop 8 overturned in court, is now going all-out to elect the anti-gay Romney-Ryan ticket. The Boy Scouts rival the Catholic Church and Penn State in their cover-ups of sexual abuse by Scoutmasters. Philadelphia will name a street after a pioneering lesbian activist on October 1. Washington, DC launches a campaign to build respect for people of transgender experience, the first such effort in the nation. Lesbian spouses win the Lottery. Another crackdown on gay men cruising for sex, this time in Miami Valley, Ohio. A trailblazing Christian minister who was in the vanguard of women’s rights, gay rights, and services to people with AIDS dies at 91. Sex education in New York is outdated, wrong and discriminatory, an investigation by the NYCLU finds. The centennial of the birth of pioneering gay activist Harry Hay will be marked by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) with events at the CUNY Graduate Center, NYU Kimmel Center and LGBT Center September 27-30. For information, go to: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/clags/pages/conferences/hay.php. A new documentary on ACT UP and AIDS activism, “How to Survive a Plague,” opens in theatres on September 21. Go to www.surviveaplague.com for screening schedule. Andy reviews the musical “Chaplin,” the latest edition of “Forbidden Broadway,” the revival of “The Exonerated” about the falsely incarcerated, and a new play by one of the stars of “Queer as Folk”. The Andy Warhol exhibit opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY.

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