Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle
"NewsWrap": A groundbreaking two-day LGBT leadership conference in Beijing makes Chinese history; Ugandan Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo orders police to shut down an "illegal" LGBT workshop in Kampala ironically intended to train activists on how to report human rights abuses, Lokodo then threatens to ban 38 local and international NGOs that he says are funding "homosexual recruitment", but international criticism prompts a hastily issued statement that may be the first-ever Ugandan government affirmation of the basic rights of LGBT people; gay bars in Kenya are reportedly barring entry to LGBT people who can't "pass as straight", but Pride is celebrated for the first time at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi; despite overwhelming public support, two bills in the Australian Parliament to open civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples don't appear to have enough votes for passage, while the high-priced attorneys hired by GOP House leadership to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court reportedly ask the U.S. Supreme Court to fast-track their appeal of a federal appeals court decision calling a key provision of DOMA unconstitutional, and ask that a pending district court case be put on hold because a Supreme Court DOMA ruling would address the issues raised in that lawsuit; and a letter to the editor of the Findlay, Ohio "Courier" damns "shameful" bisexual trees (written by GREG GORDON with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by SARAH SWEENEY and GARY SHAW)
"This Way Out's" "Queer Life and Literature" commentator JANET MASON studies "THE LIVES OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE" by GENNY BEEMYN & SUSAN RANKIN and "TRANSGENDER 101: A SIMPLE GUIDE TO A COMPLEX ISSUE" by NICHOLAS M. TEICH (each from Columbia University Press)
Pioneering British transwoman, actress and human rights campaigner April Ashley becomes an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), and "QUEEN ELIZABETH II HONORS DAVID HOCKNEY" in a "RAINBOW MINUTE" (produced by JUDD PROCTOR & BRIAN BURNS at WRIR-FM in Richmond, Virginia and read by HEIDE TREPANIER)
UGANDAN activist JOHN "LONGJONES" WAMBERE discusses the uphill battle for LGBT rights in his homeland with our STEVE PRIDE (with brief intro music from "I Am Ugandan" performed by JULIANA)
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