Gay Radio Novella will be broadcast to Latino Farm Workers in California

Considering how the comedy “Will and Grace” moved social acceptance of gay rights forward in our country, the more serious radionovela, “Bienvenidos a Casa,” or “Welcome Home,” is a great idea. It features the story of a gay teenager who is rejected by latino society then accepted by his mother, then his neighbors:

Activists say it’s the first time information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues is reaching rural Latino farmworker communities in a language and format that’s accessible.

The three-episode radionovela, developed in collaboration with San Francisco State University and California Rural Legal Assistance, was based on input from community focus groups and performed by community volunteers.

Many Latinos grew up listening to radionovelas, which in some parts of Latin America are more popular than television and have inspired the creation of telenovelas – TV soap operas. The radio dramas depict life’s struggles through recurring characters and themes. In recent years, short radionovelas have become an increasingly popular way to raise awareness of various issues among Latino audiences in the U.S.

Welcome change for a culture that is used to ridiculing and trumpeting negative stereotypes. Latino entertainment has been in dire need of positive messages regarding acceptance of differing sexual orientations and gender expression.

Note from Joe: This is a pretty cool development — and can only help with potential allies. Last year, polling in California showed that Latino Catholics are actually strong supporters of marriage equality. Family matters.




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Kerry Eleveld’s ‘A View from the Hill’ goes broadcast

In this feature, “The Death of DADT?”, The Advocate’s Eleveld, our eyes and ears on the Hill, discusses DADT repeal before the end of the year with insiders.

The inaugural episode of A View From the Hill With Kerry Eleveld examines the prospect of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy before year’s end. Eleveld first sits down for a one-on-one with Richard Socarides, former aide to President Clinton. That segment is followed by a panel discussion with Washington insiders, including AmericaBlog’s Joe Sudbay, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s Aubrey Sarvis, and Mike Sozan, chief of staff to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo).

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Lawyers For Students Who Broadcast Tyler Clementi’s Intimate Encounter Claim No Sexual Contact On Webcam Video

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Lawyers and friends of Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, the two former Rutgers students (they both withdrew from the school late last week) who filmed Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with another man intimate before the freshman student took his own life, have announced that there was no sex or nudity involved in the webcam broadcast. They also claim that the video was only viewed from one computer: Wei's.

The Star-Ledger reports:

"I’m unaware of any evidence of sexual contact," said Rubin Sinins, Wei’s attorney. "The statute defining sexual contact refers to nudity and private parts, and, to my knowledge, nothing like that was seen. I’m also unaware of any evidence that any video was recorded, reproduced or disseminated in any way." Law enforcement officials declined to discuss the case because it is still under investigation. Prosecutors are considering whether to upgrade the charges against Ravi and Wei to bias crimes because Clementi was gay.

The article also includes accounts from friends of the duo: "She said, 'Dharun came in to my room and turned on my computer to web chatting. We watched for two minutes," said Sean Yan, 18, a longtime friend. Wei told friends she saw Clementi and a male visitor kissing. She described the visitor as 'kind of sketchy,' with ragged clothes and a scruffy beard, Yan said. Later on the night of Sept. 19, Ravi used his Twitter account to tell friends that he and Wei had seen his roommate 'making out with a dude.' The feed went out to Ravi’s nearly 150 Twitter followers."


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Atlas Sound show at Hailey's canceled

Atlas Sound won't be making any this Saturday at Hailey's
Atlas Sound won’t be making any this weekend in North Texas

If you had made plans to head out to Denton this Saturday to catch the Atlas Soundaka Bradford Cox aka the gay lead singer of Deerhunter — and Broadcast show at Hailey’s, you’ll want to consider different plans. Event promoters Spune just mentioned on their Facebook, the show has been canceled.

Atlas Sound / Broadcast Cancelled: Due to scheduling/travel problems that are impossible to change, Atlas Sound and Broadcast have to cancel this show. We’re very sorry, as are they. We’re disappointed and sorry to bring you this news, but we do thank you for understanding these things happen. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase. Thanks for your support of Spune, Hailey’s and the events in our area.

This sucks because Atlas Sound has some shoegazing rock worth listening to outside Deerhunter. We’re hoping for a reschedule.

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