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Open thread – this and that

Items to check out:

* Doug Ireland’s piece on Bush’s secret assault on the world’s poorest AIDS patients.

* BlogActive exposes the activities of politically closeted U.S. Rep. James McCreary (R-LA) — who was outed by the Advocate back in 1992 — raises over $27 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Those folks are clearly not in our corner (or his for that matter, but what’s new with these self-loathers).

* More Ohio womb control: A judge has ordered Cincinnati’s Planned Parenthood Clinic to fork over records for any abortion patients who are under 18 to the attorneys of a family whose teenager had an abortion there. (H/t Holly)

* Pennsylvania Senate Approves Gay Marriage Ban. This moves forward, but does not include a ban on civil unions. It requires approval by the House and Senate in successive two-year sessions of the General Assembly and can then go on to voters. The supporters of the amendment want to get it on the ballot in 2007.

* What a blast from the past: House Republicans stall Voting Rights Act renewal. Back to whipping on the colored folks for the GOP — nice to see nostalgia in full force. The excuse this time is that GOPers complained the Act unfairly singles out nine Southern states for federal oversight (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia). Hey, I’ll agree on that one — we need to expand the list given the election shenanigans in Florida and Ohio.

* Great news – out director Bryan Singer will take on the endlessly talked about (but never produced) biopic of Harvey Milk, “The Mayor of Castro Street,” based on Randy Shilts’s biography. Milk, the first openly gay San Francisco supervisor — he was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) in 1978 by fellow supervisor, Dan White. White received a seven year sentence. (H/t, Towleroad)

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A couple of weeks ago, Richard Hart, the editor of local progressive paper The Independent Weekly, asked me to contribute a feature to the Stonewall anniversary section of the latest issue. I’m always kind of surprised when asked out of the blue about this sort of thing. There’s still some kind of disconnect I have about the fact that there are more of you out there reading my random tappings than the small slice represented by the beloved Blender commenters — and Peter LaBarbera, of course.

Anyway, my little piece is called My, how things have changed since Stonewall.

Also, catch the companion piece by Jim Baxter, Before the ‘Net, there was The Front Page. Jim is the former editor of The Front Page, a biweekly newspaper for the community in the Tar Heel state. It had a 26 year run, publishing its final issue on May 12.

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