September 29, 2006
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Rex Wockner
International News

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark declared Sept. 17 that her husband, Dr. Peter Davis, is not Gay after Investigate magazine ran photos taken from TV footage that showed him being hugged and kissed by a man.

It turned out the man was openly Gay Ian Scott, an old family friend who had thrown his arms around Davis when Clark and Davis arrived at the Labour Party campaign headquarters the night of her 2005 re-election.

"I would describe him [Scott] as being one of an inner circle of Auckland friends whom we have, and all of them will be falling over themselves laughing today at this kind of rumor," Clark said. "My husband was not particularly happy with Ian's hugging of him at the time, but that happened and there is nothing more to it."

Clark said Davis is "absolutely not" Gay and denounced the suggestion as "schoolboy smutty rumors."

"I've been married for 25 years, I have a happy marriage," she said.

Scott told the Sunday Star-Times that the magazine's treatment of the video stills was "bullshit."

"I am not his Gay lover. He is not Gay," Scott said.


Thousands of Christians marched in several South African cities Sept. 16 against the government's plan to pass a civil-union bill that would give same-sex couples the same rights as married people.

The marches were organized by the African Christian Democratic Party, which wants to see the Constitution amended to "protect" traditional marriage.

The civil-union bill was introduced in response to a Constitutional Court ruling that gave legislators until Dec. 1 to end the Marriage Act's discrimination against same-sex couples.

If lawmakers do not take satisfactory action by that date, the court said the Marriage Act automatically will be construed to allow same-sex marriage.

It is unclear if the proposed "separate but equal" civil unions will satisfy the court.


Two male members of Spain's air force got married in Seville Sept. 15.

Spain is one of five nations where same-sex couples have access to traditional marriage.

Privates Alberto Linero Marchena and Alberto Sánchez Fernández tied the knot at City Hall, in uniform, before friends and family.

Mayor Alfredo Sánchez Monteseirín conducted the ceremony, commenting, "This is not just your wedding. You symbolize millions of people who are not here and suffer from homophobia."


More than 100 Indian authors, actors, filmmakers, journalists, academics, lawyers and others issued an open letter Sept. 16 calling for legalization of Gay sex.

Led by writer Vikram Seth, the group called the 145-year-old ban "archaic and brutal."

They said it has been used to "persecute, blackmail, arrest and terrorise sexual minorities" and "has spawned public intolerance and abuse, forcing tens of millions of Gay and Bisexual women and men to live in fear and secrecy, at a tragic cost to them and their families."

The law also has been utilized by authorities to scuttle HIV-prevention activities, they noted.

The signatories included Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen and Booker prizewinner Arundhati Roy.

Known as Section 377, the statute punishes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" with up to 10 years in prison.

In February, the Supreme Court remanded a case seeking to overturn the law back to the Delhi High Court, which had dismissed it on a technicality.

The high court ordered that the case be considered on its merits and that the Delhi court rule on the law's constitutionality. A hearing is set for October.


The thrice-canceled Jerusalem WorldPride Parade is now scheduled to take place Nov. 10.

It was canceled last year because the police said they were preoccupied with a planned evacuation of Jews from Gaza. It was canceled twice this year, once because police said they were preoccupied with Israel's war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, and then again after police said they would be preoccupied with the Jewish New Year holiday season.

On Sept. 18, responding to a complaint by organizers, the High Court of Justice put its foot down, chose a date, told the police to cooperate, and ordered the city to support the event with funding.

WorldPride, which was last held in 2000 in Rome, is licensed by InterPride, the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators.


The Filipino Gay group Ang Ladlad registered in Manila Sept. 15 to run a candidate for Congress in 2007.

Chairman Danton Remoto told local media the group wants to "reclaim the rights we have lost from centuries of homophobia and discrimination."

Ang Ladlad means coming out. The Manila Bulletin said it comes from the word "magladlad" which means "to unfurl the cape that used to cover one's body as a shield."


Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights and other Euro MPs launched a project Sept. 13 to combat homophobic behavior in schools.

Among other moves, they unveiled a report on social exclusion of GLBT youth produced by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe).

The report included results from a survey of 700 GLBT youth in 37 European nations which found that 61 percent have experienced prejudice and discrimination at school, 51 percent at home and 30 percent among their friends.

"Even though education does not lie within the EU competences, but is a responsibility of EU member states, there is a clear need to protect young people from discrimination whilst in education," said ILGA-Europe Executive Director Patricia Prendiville. "We will formulate concrete measures which will support LGBT young people in becoming full citizens of their societies."
>"I have heard that [Wheel of Fortune creator Merv Griffin might be Gay]. But I care very little whether he is or not. I guess the question is, 'Are you only Gay if you live the Gay lifestyle?' I may or may not be heterosexual. I've never made that announcement, and I don't expect to."

-Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak to the Gay newspaper Dallas Voice, Sept. 1.

"We undressed and he kissed me. It was the first time in my life that a kiss meant what it was supposed to mean - it sent me through the roof. I was like a man emerging from 44 years in a cave to taste pure air for the first time, feel direct sunlight on pallid skin, warmth where there had only ever been a bone-chilling numbness. I pulled him to the bed and we made love like I'd always dreamed: a boastful, passionate, whispering, masculine kind of love."

-Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey in his new book "The Confession," recalling the December 2001 beginning of his alleged affair with Golan Cipel, whom McGreevey later put in charge of New Jersey's counterterrorism efforts despite Cipel's lacking the necessary experience. Cipel says he's not Gay and never had sex with McGreevey, but was sexually harassed by him.

"Twice Golan [Cipel] and I had managed to spend whole nights together, once in Philadelphia, when we'd gone for an Army-Navy game and a Jewish event; and another time for a meeting at the American Israeli Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., where we had the nerve to tell the state troopers we would share a double-occupancy room to save taxpayers' money. We grew so concerned about the troopers listening in that we made love on the floor, fearing a squeak from the beds."

-Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey in his new book "The Confession." Cipel, whom McGreevey put in charge of New Jersey's counterterrorism efforts despite Cipel's lacking the necessary experience, says he's not Gay and never had sex with McGreevey, but was sexually harassed by him.

"Where are we going to live?"

-The first words spoken by former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's wife, Dina Matos, after he came out to her, according to McGreevey's just-released book "The Confession."

"I wasn't his lover. I didn't have sex with him. I never heard anything from him saying that he loved me. The only things that happened were sexual harassments. And unwanted sexual advances and assaults. ... He turned and pushed me with a lot of strength to the bedroom, and I was in shock. He put his hands to my chest and pushed me into the bedroom. He pushed me onto the bed and jumped on me. We wrestled and he stopped. And ... I asked him, 'Why did you think I was Gay?' And he said, 'Everybody's a little bit Gay.' I was very embarrassed. ... I just hurried out, out of the house."

-Golan Cipel's version of a very different story (see above) told by former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey in his new tell-all book "The Confession," to New York's Daily News, Sept. 17.

"You have that itch, and it feels good to scratch it. There is still a place to go for it. You should see this place at 6 [p.m.] before all of the guys go home to their wives."

-Construction worker Peter, 57, speaking to the Reuters news service at the New York City Gay bathhouse East Side Club, Sept. 11. He didn't provide his last name.

"Gay guys are hot. I've really, really fallen for several! One thing like that just happened. Roberto Cavalli threw me a huge party for my record, and there were four of the hottest guys I've ever seen in my life. I was like, 'Oh, my God, get them in here, now!' They came in, and I was so excited, and then they were like, 'Omigod, we LOVE you, girl!' I was like, 'Hmm...'"

-Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton writing in the September issue of Instinct magazine.

"I loved Gays before it was chic! ... Gay men just adore their divas. There are a whole group of women of a certain age Gay men just love. There's Liz, there's Liza and, of course, there's me!"

-Comedian Joan Rivers to San Francisco's Bay Times, Sept. 7.

"One of the qualities that Gay people can have is that out of defence, you start laughing the longest and the loudest at everything. In the end, it is fatal because once you start laughing at everything, you destroy the mechanism for taking anything seriously. Including yourself."

-Actor Rupert Everett, 47, to England's Daily Telegraph, Sept. 19.

"Not having to hide - and to be able to come to an event like this, be able to hold hands [with my partner] and be proud - that's not something I could have done a year ago. It's [coming out] made a big difference in my life."

-Olympic gold medalist and WNBA Most Valuable Player Sheryl Swoopes to the national Lesbian magazine Curve, October issue. The event was the National Center for Lesbian Rights annual gala.

"It's the largest step I've taken to be more active in the organization, and to interact with other Gay journalists. ... No one advised me against doing it. I have no regrets."

-CNN anchor Thomas Roberts after he appeared on a panel called "Off Camera: The Challenges for LGBT TV Anchors" at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's recent conference in Miami Beach, to, Sept. 15.

"My trainer married her girlfriend last weekend and we went. It was beautiful. I was so touched by their vows to each other, I totally cried. They have some disapproving family members who actually decided to be present for the wedding. Afterwards, I wondered, Did they get it? Did they see the love? I never get people that think [being Gay] is some kind of choice. You might be able to suppress it, but why would you live life that way? It really saddens me."

-Singer Christina Aguilera to, Sept. 11.

"I was involved with someone who had a Gay past. I was in the relationship knowing that. ... It was a paranoia at times, like when you walk into a room with a guy that you know has feelings for other men, you're like, Is he looking at the guy or the girl over there? I don't know if he's come to terms with it yet."

-Singer Christina Aguilera to, Sept. 11.

as some last-resort thing that you do privately and don't talk to your friends about."

-Bill Stackhouse, director of the Institute for Gay Men's Health at New York City's Gay Men's Health Crisis, to the Reuters wire service, Sept. 11.

"[In New York City,] two thick, glossy, ad-heavy, full-coloured magazines tell NYC Gay men where to go to party, while two thin tabloids cover politics in the driest way possible. The Gay party boys, it is assumed, don't care about social change, while the Gay politicos, it is assumed, never get any tingling feeling in their nether regions."

-Paul Gallant, managing editor of the Toronto Gay newspaper Xtra!, writing in the Sept. 14 issue.

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