Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle
"NewsWrap": The Queen's Royal Assent makes England and Wales the 16th and 17th countries in the world to open civil marriage to same-gender couples, U.S. House Republicans stop wasting taxpayer money defending DOMA, a gay Aussie couple wins a "dream wedding" in New Zealand, and the first kiwi same-gender couple to wed may do so at 30,000 feet; Alistair Stewart of Britain's Kaleidoscope Trust warns that advances in the West like marriage equality have lead to a "perverse" worsening of LGBT freedoms in the developing world; Cameroon gay and AIDS activist Eric Lembembe is horrifically tortured to death, while 20-year-old Hashim al-Asimi is shot to death in Yemen for being gay; a key witness in the high-profile Florida trial of George Zimmerman tells CNN that 17-year-old victim Trayvon Martin may have worried that wannabe cop Zimmerman was following him with rape in mind, while 35 American LGBT organizations issue a joint statement calling for a Justice Department probe into the killing because "Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights"; singer and gay bar owner Benjamin Medrano is elected mayor in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, a rural northern city of about 230,000, becoming Mexico's first "out" mayor; and Pink Dot Singapore begets Pink Dot Okinawa (written by GREG GORDON, produced this week by ANGELA BROOKS & STEVE PRIDE, and reported by PAM MARSHALL & MICHAEL LEBEAU)
Billboard for the "Rainbow Minute", David Daniels as "Oscar", and Pat Parker [:07] + The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin has prompted even President Barack Obama to speak openly about the experiences of African American men. No one has ever done that quite like author and activist JAMES BALDWIN, whose "NOTES OF A NATIVE SON" has recently been re-issued. "This Way Out Queer Life and Literature" commentator JANET MASON takes a new look at the iconic classic
"JIM HUTTON REMEMBERS FREDDIE MERCURY" in a "RAINBOW MINUTE" (produced by JUDD PROCTOR & BRIAN BURNS at WRIR-FM in Richmond, Virginia and read by GENE PEMBLETON)
Gay American countertenor DAVID DANIELS stars this month in the SANTA FE (NEW MEXICO) OPERA's world premier of a new work about the last years of gay British literary icon Oscar Wilde. SPENCER BECKWITH [of "Performance New Mexico" on KUNM-FM at the University of New Mexico] chats with Daniels about his collaborative effort with composer Theodore Morrison and librettist John Cox to bring "OSCAR" to life (introduced by a brief excerpt from Daniels singing "He Was Despised" from Handel's "Messiah") [www.KUNM.org]
The late lamented Black lesbian-feminist poet and activist PAT PARKER's still-timely classic "FOR THE STRAIGHT FOLKS (WHO DON'T MIND GAYS BUT WISH THEY WEREN'T SO BLATANT)"