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Bil Browning

Variety pack: Dancehall, Commercial Closet and Join the Impact founder

Filed By Bil Browning | November 13, 2008 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Weekly Reader
Tags: Commercial Closet, GLAAD, Join the Impact, protest march, roundup, The Center, The Guardian

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Reformed Ascetic | November 13, 2008 9:35 PM

· A doctor in Germany may well have cured AIDS with a bone marrow transplant from a donor natural immunity. Unfortunately however the requirements of bone marrow transplants prevents this from being a viable treatment for most people, even if proven successful. I also found it interesting that this may well explain a previous case where a patient appears to have been cured following a transplant years ago, but at the time natural immunities weren’t yet understood so it’s impossible to know for sure.

· Barack Obama quietly sought out and met with Bishop Gene Robinson three times during the election race to discuss what it was like to be a “first.”

· Equaility Utah is asking the LDS church to act on their comments that they are not anti-gay by supporting new bills promoting equal rights for LGBT people in Utah.

· Patrick Sammon, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, has announced plans to resign.

· Silverton, Oregon has elected Stu Rasmussen mayor. Rasmussen describes himself as an open transgender and “a dude …a heterosexual male who happens to look like a female.”

On the lighter side:

· Isaiah Washington blasted Grey’s Anatomy for the homophobia they showed by releasing Brooke Smith who played a lesbian character. Grey’s Anatomy reports that the change was for other reasons and that more lesbian/bisexual characters are in the works.

· Ted Haggard and Mark Foley chose to do interviews this week. Haggard suggests that the religious community missed an opportunity to demonstrate their Christianity by supporting him, and others, during a crisis. Foley says it wasn’t like he was messing around with young children. Apparently Larry Craig is having trouble raising money for his defense fund so far coming in at around $4.6K.

· In case you haven’t heard Lindsey Lohan has an unnamed girlfriend. While Lohan told Bazaar that she definitely wasn’t a lesbian she might, perhaps, be bisexual.

Reformed Ascetic | November 13, 2008 10:12 PM

Oh, I also forgot that the LDS church made the news this week because of their practice of baptizing dead people into the Mormon faith. In this case, specifically, Jews who had suffered through the Holocaust. Though a deal of sorts had previously been struck between representatives of the two faiths, observations suggest that the Mormons are not keeping to their part of the bargain leading to a public rift.