Program #1,373: Obama’s order/Holder’s vow/Thorpe’s outing/Sam’s win/Tutu’s heaven+more!
Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle
Obama's order, Holder's vow, Thorpe's outing, Sam's win, and Tutu's heaven; HIV/AIDS researchers and activists become victims of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, U.S. judges consider marriage equality in Oklahoma, Florida, Utah and Colorado, Croatian couples win almost-equality, Malawi cuts costs by ignoring same-gender sex, and more LGBT news
"NewsWrap": Renowned Dutch HIV/AIDS researcher/activist Joep Lange and at least a few fellow scientists/activists traveling to the annual International AIDS Conference in Melbourne perish in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine; the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns Oklahoma's ban on civil marriage for same-gender couples, a circuit court judge declares Florida's ban unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to force Utah to recognize the marriages of more than a thousand lesbian and gay couples who legally wed in the state during the brief time that was possible, and Colorado's Supreme Court orders the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples, but doesn’t stop fellow rogue clerks in Boulder and Pueblo counties from continuing to do so; Croatian lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a bill to create marriage-like but less-than-equal "life partnerships" for gay and lesbian couples; Malawi's Justice Minister tell a U.N. human rights panel that her government has told police to stop arresting gay people, who can be and have been punished by up to 14 years in prison at hard labor -- but financial constraints seem to have been the practical motivation; and Singapore's National Library Board takes heat for ordering the removal and destruction of all copies of the true-life penguin story "And Tango Makes Three" and two other LGBT-themed children's books [with brief comments by "Tango" co-author JUSTIN RICHARDSON] (produced by STEVE PRIDE, written by GREG GORDON, and reported this week by MICHAEL LEBEAU and SARAH SWEENEY)
On July 21st U.S. PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA made good on his Pride Month promise to issue executive orders adding federal anti-bias employment protections for LGBT people (an excerpt from Mr. Obama's remarks during the official Pride reception at the White House on June 30th, followed by details of the executive order) [2:30]; meanwhile, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER talked with PIERRE THOMAS on ABC-TV's "This Week" about the Obama administration's plan if and whenever a marriage equality case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court
There were two main events on the coming out scorecard this week. After years of questions, AUSTRALIAN Olympic swimmer IAN THORPE finally took the plunge during a national TV interview with British broadcaster SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON (hear an excerpt); also this week, newly minted U.S. NFL football sensation and St. Louis Rams rookie MICHAEL SAM was gay visibility's most valuable player when he accepted the ESPN television network's Arthur Ashe Courage Award
With the renewed wave of official and violent homophobia sweeping across the African continent, Russia and many other parts of the world, SOUTH AFRICA's preeminent representative of reconciliation and Nobel Prize winner ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU cannot be silent. He spoke out against homophobia during an NBC-TV News interview with ANN CURRY