This Way Out: Iranian Gays Protest & Sotomayor on Marriage

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July 20, 2009: Iranian Queer Railroad acrivist discusses LGBT participation in the ongoing turmoil; Supreme Court pick "judicial" on marriage equality. Plus Lithuanian parliament overrides "no promo homo" veto, Pakistani high court orders trans-equality, Mongolian LGBT Center is nixed for its name, Episcopalians defy Anglican admonitions, Mormons defend their land against gay lip-locks, and more news.

This Way Out #1112 Program Rundown:

Opening teases/theme music/intro continuity. . . . . . . . . . .  1:17

SEGMENT #1 -  "NewsWrap":  Lithuania's parliament overrides the presidential veto of a free speech-censoring "no promo homo" law;  Pakistan's Supreme Court orders equal access to social welfare programs for gender-variant minorities, but IGLHRC reports increased violence against LGBT people following the military coup in Honduras;  Mongolia's Government refuses to legally register the Ulan Bator-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, while Gibraltar's Government rejects a measure to equalize the age of consent;  the U.S. Episcopal Church, at its General Convention in Anaheim, California, exacerbates years-old tensions with its theologically-traditionalist global Angl ican Communion colleagues by voting to drop its pledge not to ordain openly gay or lesbian ministers, and to develop specific liturgies to bless same-gender unions;  and an update to last week's report about gay men being ejected from an El Paso, Texas restaurant for kissing precedes a new report about yet another gay kissing controversy, this time in Salt Lake City, Utah  (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER with BILL KELLEY, and reported this week by MICHAEL LEBEAU and CHRIS COLEMAN) [10:03]  +  Queer Iranians billboard [:11]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10:14

SEGMENT #2 –  In her quest for the post of Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR fielded several questions regarding marriage equality during her confirmation hearings this week.  Conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee like REPUBLICAN JOHN CORNYN of TEXAS tried to manipulate President Obama's first nominee to the high court into taking positions on controversial issues [hear an excerpt from their exchange]. National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director KATE KENDELL discussed Sotomayor's testimony with Pacifica Radio's MITCH JESERICH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5:26

SEGMENT #3 -  "TWO" Web site Promo (voiced by CHRIS WILSON) . .   1:15

SEGMENT #4 –  Despite the government crackdown, IRANIANS continue to protest the contested re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad .  Not surprisingly, LGBT people are taking an active role in the renewed movement for democracy in the Islamic Republic.  For a perspective from someone with considerable knowledge of the situation, "This Way Out" correspondent HEATHER KITCHING ["Queer-FM"/CiTR-Vancouver, B.C.] spoke to gay Iranian exile ARSHAM PARSI, who, with the many contacts he has in his native country, has been using his Facebook page to distribute video, news and information about the continuing turmoil. . . .   9:33

Closing Credits/continuity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1:16

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29:01

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