News Bites for November 4, 2015

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news bites.


Margarethe Cammermeyer to Receive Matlovich Medal

(AVER) American Veterans for Equal Rights announced that US Army (ret) Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer will receive the 2016 Leonard P. Matlovich Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of her contributions towards the right of LGBT patriots to serve with dignity, honor, and equality in the armed forces of the United States. The Matlovich Medal is the highest award AVER presents to any individual. Past Recipients include President Barack Obama, Admiral Mike Mullen, Dr. Frank Kameny, Rev. Dr. John McNeill, and SSGT Eric Alva, USMC (ret).  

The Matlovich Medal will be presented to Colonel Cammermeyer at AVER’s National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-24, 2016. The keynote speaker for the convention will be Major General Patricia A. Rose, the highest ranking openly LGBT officer in the United States Military. Registration for the convention and hotel along with information regarding the convention will open on Nov. 15, 2015.


The Quips and Put-Downs of Gay Rugby Referee Nigel Owens

(AP) They've racked up thousands of views on YouTube. They're emblazoned on the front of T-shirts. They've put some of the world's burliest sportsmen in their place.

The put-downs and quips delivered by Welsh referee Nigel Owens have become a thing of legend in rugby. The 44-year-old Owens is famous for being one of the few openly gay men in sports, but less well-known is his past in stand-up comedy and acting on stage as a youngster. He is in demand as a speaker on the after-dinner or social-club circuit.

It means his jokes are sharp, his retorts are quick - and all are broadcast to the world because rugby makes referees wear television microphones during games.

Here is a selection of his best one-liners on the rugby field:

To Harlequins lock George Robson and Wasps lock Bradley Davies, as they grappled after play had been stopped during an English Premiership league game:

"It's embarrassing, Will you leave it. If you want a cwtch (a Welsh word for 'cuddle'), do it off the field."

To Harlequins hooker Dave Ward, who delivered a crooked lineout throw against Castres during a European Cup game:

"I'm straighter than that one."

To Treviso scrumhalf Tobias Botes in a Pro 12 game against Munster:

"I don't think we've met before. I'm the referee on this field. Stick to your job and I will do mine. If I hear you shouting anything again, I will be penalizing you. This is not soccer. Back you go."

To Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg, who dived theatrically after being lightly touched during a Rugby World Cup game against South Africa at St. James' Park, the home of soccer club Newcastle United:

"Dive like that again, and come back in two weeks and play. Not today. Watch it."


TV Bisexuals are the Bad Guys

(SFGN) GLAAD’s annual report on the state of minorities in TV, shows that four percent of characters on broadcast primetime shows are LGBT. And bisexuals make up 28 percent of regular or recurring LGBT characters on television, The Atlantic reports. Yet while depictions of lesbian and gay characters increasingly carry less of a sexual stigma, GLAAD identified the negative bisexual stereo types which are regularly portrayed on TV.

  • bisexual characters who are depicted as untrustworthy, prone to infidelity, and/or lacking a sense of morality;
  • characters who use sex as a means of manipulation or who are lacking the ability to form genuine relationships;
  • associations with self-destructive behavior;
  • and treating a character’s attraction to more than one gender as a temporary plot device that is rarely addressed again.

The GLAAD list includes “Cyrus Henstridge on E!’s The Royals who last season seduced a member of parliament and then blackmailed him into helping the Queen; Mr. Robot’s Tyrell who sleeps with a male office assistant to install spyware on the man’s phone; and the traitorous Chamberlain Milus Corbett on FX’s The Bastard Executioner, whose sexual liaisons have so far been depicted as a way for him to exert power,” the Atlantic reports.

GLAAD’s Alexandra Bolles explains, “Though bisexual people make up the majority of the LGBT community, they are less likely than their gay and lesbian peers to be out to the people they love, because their identity is constantly misconstrued as either a form of confusion, a lie, or a contrived and hypersexualized means to an end. Perpetuating these tropes undermines the truth that bisexuality is real and that bi people deserve to be treated equally and fairly.”


Task Force Celebrates Transgender Awareness Month

(TheTaskForce) To mark Transgender Awareness Month this November, the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Executive Director Rea Carey issued a statement. The following are excerpts.

“As we mark Transgender Awareness Month, there is much to celebrate in terms of awareness for the transgender community but there are urgent issues that must be addressed that directly affect transgender lives.

“But with all the awareness, there has been too little attention paid to the murders of transgender women, and particularly transgender women of color, across the nation and the shocking rates of unemployment, homelessness and poverty that are way above those faced by the rest of the LGBQ community and the general public.

The solution to these problems are as diverse as employers hiring more transgender people to every level of government passing strong non-discrimination laws, from passing federal legislation that effectively tackles police profiling to not criminalizing people engaged in sex work. While progress has been made through groundbreaking EEOC rulings, we are still waiting for Congress to pass a strong, explicit and comprehensive federal non-discrimination law.

"As we mark this very special month, we all must work harder for a world where transgender people and all LGBQ people can bring their whole selves to life without the fear of discrimination, persecution and violence.”

Last year, the National LGBTQ Task Force launched the public education campaign #StopTransMurders. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the appalling murder rate of transgender women of color across the country and to stimulate discussion about how to solve this national tragedy. To learn more about the campaign, visit:

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