Daily Agenda for Tuesday, June 7

Jim Burroway

June 7th, 2011

The Sissy Boy Experiment:
Tonight’s Anderson Cooper 360 will air the first installment of a three-part series, “The Sissy Boy Experiment: Uncovering the Truth.” This series is the result of several month’s of  investigating the truth behind the UCLA program to turn effeminate boys into straight men. One young patient was a four-year-old boy by the name of Kirk Murphy. In tonight’s episode, you will meet Kirk’s family as they describe the impact that program had on Kirk and their family since 1970. (For full disclosure, I was interviewed by CNN as part of their investigation, although I doubt that my interview will make it on air.) AC360 starts at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, this is television you won’t want to miss.

EQCA Town Hall: San Jose, CA. Equality California will host a “Back to the Ballot?” Town hall meeting in San Jose to discuss whether we should wait for the courts to restore the freedom to marry — a decision which could have a nationwide impact — or whether Californians should try to overturn Prop. 8 through a ballot measure in 2012. The town hall will take place this evening at the Billy De Frank Community Center, 938 The Alameda, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Premiere of “Courage Unfolds”: New York. “Courage Unfolds” is the culmination of two and a half years of gathering stories from sixteen countries across Asia. LGBT Asians have shared their stories of struggle and survival in the face of police harassment, religious homophobia, job discrimination, and family and community violence. The video showcases courageous individuals fighting for equality, safety, and the decriminalization of their lives. The video’s New York screening will be hosted with a reception by Credit Suisse and will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. The event is free and open to the public.

Miami Rescinds Gay Rights Ordinance: 1977. With a final tally of 202,319 to just 89,562, Dade County voted overwhelmingly to jump onto Anita Bryant’s bandwagon to repeal a law prohibiting discrimination in housing or employment on the basis of sexual orientation. Bryant responded, “The laws of God and the cultural values of man have been vindicated,” and announced that she would take her campaign to other cities across America. By 1977, about 40 other communities around the nation had similar anti-discrimination laws in effect.

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June 7th, 2011

Ugh, Jim, if I’ve converted it correctly, 10:00 pm EDT is 5:00 am my time (Eastern European Summer Time, or GMT+3). Will there be a video (viewable in Europe)?

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