News: Joe Rogan, Squid Worm, Wikileaks, Polar Bears, Brazil

Road Burlesque vs. Showgirls: The Face-Off.

Rogan RoadUFC commentator Joe Rogan enjoys the F-word "immensely", apologizes for using it: "As for my use of the offensive word 'f**got' please accept my apologies and replace it with 'c**k-sucker.'"

RoadDennis Rodman "serviced" during interview.

RoadWikiLeaks promises new release "7 times" greater than Iraq war logs: "We anticipate that the release could negatively impact U.S. foreign relations. We will brief you once we have a better understanding of what documents the WikiLeaks publication contains."

RoadStudy: Polar Bears to lose out to Grizzlies in battle for land, resources.

RoadIran parliament moves to impeach Ahmadinejad.

RoadUgly Betty actor Michael Brea decapitated mom with samurai sword while reciting Bible verses: "I had just dozed off to go to sleep and then I woke up to somebody screaming," said Bernard Bent, another resident. "It sounded like a lady's voice and after a while I just didn't hear the woman's voice again."

RoadWatch: Black-Eyed Peas debut video for "The Time".

Squidworm RoadScientists discover deep sea 'Squid Worm'.

RoadNicki Minaj says to expect a gay rapper: “I think we just have to be open-minded. You know, we have to do whatwe do, and not worry about what they accept.”

RoadJustic Scalia slams "living constitution" which has led to decriminalized homosexual conduct.

RoadGarrett Hedlund is country strong.

RoadFormer Catholic priest caught hiring a hit man to kill teen who accused him of sexual abuse: "Authorities said John Fiala first offered the job to a neighbor, who blew the whistle and helped police arrange a sting. They said Fiala got as far as negotiating a ,000 price for the slaying before investigators moved in. The 52-year-old clergyman was arrested Nov. 18 at his suburban Dallas home and jailed on 0,000 bail. In April, he was named in a lawsuit filed by the boy's family, which accused Fiala of molesting the youth, including twice forcing him to have sex at gunpoint."

Maupin_mckellen RoadIan McKellen and Armistead Maupin, together at last.

RoadJared Leto strips to the waist for "Hurricane" video.

RoadNew footage of gay bashings in Sao Paulo. Rio victim speaks: "He was taken to a deserted location, and forced to eat dirt and drink a glass of gasoline. The three men also threatened to rape him with a bar of steel so he could feel 'how good it is to be gay'. The attack lasted for about ten minutes, when Daniel was rescued by a truck driver who was passing by."

RoadFilipino "expert" Stress leads to homosexuality.

RoadJim Carrey says there are no hard feelings over his scolding of David Letterman, after Letterman asked him about playing a gay man: "He honestly said to me that he's been watching me for a long time and that this movie was really special and he thought it was the best thing I've ever done. [Letterman] was super, super, super supportive of it."


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One Dead At Gay Pride Parade In Brazil

In what sounds similar to what happened during the kick-off to pride in San Francisco in June, one teen is dead after a gang battle at a pride parade in Brazil. Reports The AP:

Brazil "Authorities say a teenager has been shot to death in a fight between rival gangs at a gay parade in southeastern Brazil. Police say the teenager was shot when the gangs got into a confrontation late Saturday as they headed to the parade attended by nearly 70,000 people in Juiz de Fora."

"Authorities told local news media another teen was shot in the leg, but the injury was not life threatening. Globo's G1 website said police detained 17 youngsters, including a man suspected of firing the shots that killed the teenager. Their ages were not immediately released. Calls to the police in Minas Gerais state were not immediately answered."

According to Rod 2.0, police have a suspect in custody.


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1 Killed, 17 Detained at Brazil Pride

Police say a teenager has been shot to death in a fight between rival gangs at a gay pride festival in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
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Gays in Brazil can file taxes jointly

We’re number one!

From O Globo in Brazil:

Casais homossexuais poderão declarar o companheiro ou companheira como dependente do Imposto de Renda (IR), desde que cumpram os mesmos requisitos estabelecidos pela lei para os heterossexuais com união estável, como vida em comum por cinco anos. A Receita Federal poderá notificar o contribuinte para verificar a informação.

I speak Spanish, and studied a bit of Portuguese, so I’ll give you a good, but less than perfect, translation. Actually, I just went to Google Translate, and it did a shockingly good job. So here’s its translation, with my tweeks:

Gay couples can declare their partner as a dependent on their income tax (IR), provided they meet the same requirements established by law for heterosexuals (such as living together for five years). The IRS may notify the taxpayer to verify the information.




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—  John Wright

More than 3 million attend the world's largest gay Pride celebration in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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An aerial view of Sao Paulo Pride from the GayPrideBrazil.org website.

More than 3 million people gathered in South America’s largest city, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday, June 6, for the world’s largest gay event. Some reports said as many as 3.2 million to 3.5 million attended.

According to the Portuguese-language newspaper Diario de Sao Paulo, this is the city’s 14th Pride parade and was its most political.

The theme was “Vote contra a homofobia. Defenda a cidadania,” according to the Sao Paulo newspaper Agora. That translates to, “Vote against homophobia. Defend citizenship.”

Marchers demanded making homophobia a crime and keeping religion out of government, according to Alexandre Santos, the president of Associação da Parada do Orgulho GLBT de São Paulo, the parade organizing committee. The organization is particularly concerned with hate-related murders of gays, lesbians and transgender people.

—  David Taffet

Brazil recognizes gay partners of diplomats

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry announced last week that it has authorized issuing diplomatic passports to gay and lesbian couples, according to the Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos.

Not only does the move officially recognize the partners of gay and lesbian diplomats as family, it officially announces that gays and lesbians represent the government of Brazil around the world.

Partners of the diplomats have received health benefits since 2006.

The newspaper reports that gay-rights organizations around the country celebrated the policy change.

The day before, however, Vice President Jose Alencar declined to sign a decree establishing May 17 as a day to fight homophobia.

The vice president is a member of the Brazilian Republican Party, which has evangelical church ties and is opposed to LGBT rights.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a member of the Workers Party, was out of the country and was expected to sign the decree when he returned.

—  David Taffet

Advice to Catholic Church on treatment of gays: Glass houses

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Is it me or does the Catholic Church have no business doing any criticizing of the LGBT community? Here are some headlines I found today:

The BBC reports today that during the past decade, “the Holy Office received details of 3,000 Catholic priests reported by their Bishops to Rome for sexual misconduct or, even worse, crimes.”

The Vatican minimizes the importance by saying that only 10 percent of these cases, or 300 priests, involve pediophelia.

Brazil:

Sex scandal embroils Catholic Church in Brazil

Three priests being investigated.

Ireland:

Irish Cardinal Apologizes for Sex Abuse Scandal

This scandal involves abuse of as many as 15,000 children, according to an AP report.

Germany:

Pope meets with German bishop amid sex scandal

From various German Catholic schools and an all-boys choir once led by the pope’s brother, 170 former students from  have come forward.

Austria:

Vienna Boys Choir admits possible sexual abuses

Abuse of boys ages 10 to 14 goes back decades and involves priests, although the chior is not offically affiliated with the church.

That’s just from today’s news.

Yet, when Mexico City began allowing same-sex couples to marry last week, where did the biggest criticism come from? The Catholic Church.

When Washington, D.C. insisted that agencies funded by the government treat all couples married in that city equally, where did the loudest protests come from? The Catholic Church.

As Vera Carp said, “Glass houses.”

For more news about religion and how if affects the LGBT community, see tomorrow’s Spirituality section of the Dallas Voice.

—  David Taffet