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THIS WAY OUT the international gay & lesbian radio magazine Program #734. (hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle) Program I.D.#02-F72-00016 "Lotus Roots" run deep at a North American queer Asian conference; Pittsburgh's Persad Center puts mental health on the gay agenda; Australian bishops beaten in bid to limit lesbian baby-making, Texas sodomy challenge suffers another legal setback, gay "Damanhour Five" appeal victory raises hopes for other jailed Egyptians, a gay Manchester couple christens a 2nd UK city's partners registry, and other global GLBT news Opening Teases/Theme Music/Intro Continuity 1:10 SEGMENT #1 NewsWrap: Australia's High Court dismisses a challenge by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to the right of access by lesbians and other women not in relationships with men to fertility treatment and other assisted reproduction services; the justices of Texas' Court of Criminal Appeals decline to hear a challenge to the state's gay-only sodomy law, even though the Texas Supreme Court had previously ruled that the issue belonged before them; an Egyptian appeals court unanimously overturns the "debauchery" convictions of the so-called "Damanhour Five", raising hopes for an indeterminate number of other gay men in custody on similar charges; a gay male couple registers their relationship in Manchester, making it the second U.K. city (after London) to have such a (ceremonial-only) registry; an bisexual Australian man gets a suspended sentence for assisting his ex's HIV-related suicide; Cleveland Heights is poised to become the first city in the U.S. state of Ohio to extend health benefits to the same-gender domestic partners of its gay & lesbian municipal employees; a Nebraska bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation dies in the state's legislature, but not quietly; Illinois Democratic Congressional candidate Hank Perritt publicly identifies himself as a gay man; openly-gay Canadian MP Svend Robinson is spanked for his pro-Palestinian pronouncements; open gay Mark Bingham's hero role among those who foiled the attempted September 11th terrorist hijacking of Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania, is confirmed during an unprecedented listening session by passengers' family members to the cockpit recordings; and Canadian actor and "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack cracks wise as he accepts the series' 4th trophy for Outstanding Comedy Series at one of four annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies [written by CINDY FRIEDMAN, with thanks to GRAHAM UNDERHILL, BRIAN NUNES, JASON LIN, CHRIS AMBIDGE, REX WOCKNER, LUCIA CHAPPELLE & GREG GORDON, and anchored by CHRISTOPHER GAAL & CINDY FRIEDMAN]. 9:55 SEGMENT #2 - "Lotus Roots" billboard [:15] + When BETTY HILL assumed the role of Executive Director of the PERSAD CENTER in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last year, she took the helm of one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. providing mental health services to sexual minorities communities. Since the organization's creation not long after the landmark Stonewall Rebellion, they've addressed issues ranging from gender disphoria to HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, and most recently domestic partner violence. As Persad celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, This Way Out correspondent JOE RESCH [WYEP-FM/Pittsburgh] chats with Hill about how the organization has evolved to meet new challenges, the relative dearth of similar service organizations around the U.S., and Persad's desire to share and expand on what they've learned [7:00]. 7:15 SEGMENT #3 - "TWO" I.D. by pioneering gay singing/songwriting duo ROMANOVSKY & PHILLIPS (with an excerpt from their "Brave Boys") [:20] + Vancouver, British Columbia was the site of a unique gathering of queer Asians and Pacific Islanders in mid-April called "LOTUS ROOTS 2002". When it started in 1996, "Lotus Roots" was the first such gathering in Western Canada. Now, it travels between Vancouver and Seattle and draws delegates from all over North America. Organizers say they welcome anyone who finds themselves under the "queer Asian" umbrella, and that they strive to keep the agenda for the event wide open so that anyone can use it as a forum to pursue their interests and discuss what they need to. On scene at this year's "Lotus Roots", HEATHER KITCHING [CITR/Vancouver's "Queer FM"] reports on the event's diverse range of activities, samples some of its music, and provides comments by SHAHAA KAKAR (Conference Coordinator), CYNTHIA LOW (Executive Director of the Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS), ROMI CHANDRA (GAP Youth Services), IMTIAZ POPAT (Salamaat/Al-Fatiha), JIMMY SUSHEEL (performer) and others among its some 200 participants [8:55] 9:15 Closing Continuity/Credits. 1:20 TOTAL PROGRAM TIME. . 28:55

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April 22, 2002
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