Thursday, November 30, 2006

Interview: Indie Filmer Lesli Klainberg

(Link) Lesli's documentary, "Fabulous: The Story of Queer Cinema" traces the roots of LGBT films. As you can expect, she's got lots to say about the state of queer cinema, past and present. And she's rather cute!

Massachusetts Marriage Going to High Court

(Link) Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has decided to push the marriage issue into that state's supreme court. He's hoping to force a decision on whether to amend the state constition to ban same-sex marriage.

Wal-Mart Becoming Gay-Friendly?

(Link) Apparently they are, according to Fortune magazine. And that's got Fundy-mentalist types in a tizzy of righteous indignation.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Lesbian Firechief Steps Down Amid Charges

Link After a 2-tenure as Minneapolis first openly gay firechief, Bonnie Bleskachek is calling it quits after facing discrimination charges in court. Yep, she knows when she's licked. And yep, that was a bad joke.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Ooh, You Knew Jodie Was Taken!

Link All these years our gaydar has tinkled merrily over Jodie, who's been trying to deflect it all this time. She must be mellowing out these days because photos of Jodie Foster and her longtime girlfriend are starting to hit the press.

UN Urged to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Link You may have it easy in your neighborhood, but others aren't so lucky. Not by a long shot. In more than 70 countries, homosexuality is a crime by law, and punishable by death in 12 of them.

Danish Divorce Rate Low For Same-Sex Couples

Link Gay marriage has been legal in Denmark since 1989, and the stats look good. The same-sex divorce rate is less than half that for hetero Danes splitting up.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Dem Leader Calls for More LGBT Leaders

Link Howard Dean, former US Presidential contender turned chairman of the Democratic Party, says we need to do more than just get a seat at the table. We need to get some LGBT people on the ballot.

Governor Wants to Force Vote on Gay Marriage

Link The governor of the only US state in which same-sex marriage is legal now wants to force an anti-gay marriage amendment vote in an attempt to kill off the issue.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"Tipping the Remake" With Beyonce and Eva Longoria

Link Proving that Hollywood can't leave well enough alone, Beyonce and Eva Longoria have been tapped to star in a US remake of "Tipping the Velvet". Sofia Coppola's set to direct, but we can't imagine it'll top the most-excellent BBC production of Sarah Waters' excellent novel.

Lesbian Punker Tops Cool Musicians List

Link The UK music magazine NME has named Beth Ditto of Gossip as its coolest musician in this year's poll. Said the judges, she's "living proof that you can still rock a crowd when you’re wearing stilettos.”

Israel Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

Link Although actually getting married in Israel isn't legal yet, same-sex couples who marry legally in other locals now get legal recognition and all the same rights as married hetero couples.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Lesbian Holds Sit-In At Army Recruiter

Link When the Indiana National Guard turned her down, Julie Benson and her girlfriend decided to stand up -- er, sit down -- and be counted among all the other LGBTers denied service. The Army, however, says her weight was the deciding factor.

Softball Coach Caught Chasing Grrlies

Link Sometimes that "hot phys-ed teacher" thing is supposed to remain in the realm of fantasy. This is one of those times.

"Abominable" Meeting of Lesbians Held in Ghana

Link If you can read between the slanted lines of this article, you'll notice that some real ground is being broken for human rights when a group of 80 lesbians gather in one of the world's least-gay-friendly locales.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Personal View of Same-Sex Marriage

Link Alicia Heath-Toby and Saundra Toby-Heath are more than just a couple of plaintiffs in the recent New Jersey lawsuit over marriage. They've been a devoted couple for more than 18 years, embodying the spirit of marriage, even if they're not allowed to have it just yet.

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized for South Africa

Link "We sought to distinguish ourselves from an unjust painful past by declaring that never again shall it be that any South African will be discriminated against on the basis of color, creed, culture and sex."

Catholic Church Says "Okay, But Stay Single"

Link In an effort to be more "welcoming", the Catholic church now allows LGBT parishioners to exist. As long as they're celibate. And it's okay if they come out of the closet, as long as they don't leave the house.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Female Firechief Hit With Fourth Lawsuit

Link A fourth Minneapolis firefighter is claiming discrimination over low ratings he received from his lesbian boss and her partner, the fire department captain. Something tells us there's more to this story that we're not privy to...yet.

Israeli PM's Daughter Slams Homophobic Dad

Link Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's daughter is publicly condemning her father over his lack of support for Jerusalem's now-cancelled Pride parade. Makes you wonder: would Barb and Jenna speak out against their dad's follies in Iraq? Or would it take too long for them to sober up first?

Inside a Lesbian Witch Hunt

Link No, this isn't a belated Halloween story. It's an inside look at the military's method of detecting and discharging women who didn't ask or tell, but got named as lesbians anyway.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wal-Mart to Throw Gay Rights Fundraiser

Link At least that's how the American Family Association sees it. They're trying to recruit 1,000,000 people to NOT enjoy a post-Thanksgiving Wal-Mart shopping spree because 5% of that company's online sales will benefit homosexuals in Washington, DC! Oh, the horror...of thinking it might be a good idea to shop Wal-Mart online for the cause....

Michigan City Finally Approves Gay Rights

Link The third time was the charm for residents of Ferndale, MI (population 22,105). The suburb of Detroit has finally convinced its citizens that it's time to ban discrimination against LGBT folk. Go, Michiganders! Go forth and be freely gay!

Mexico City Legalizes Civil Unions

Link Sure, it's not totally marriage, but there is a plan now: Step 1) Become a resident, Step 2) Get CU'd, Step 3) Enjoy honeymoon in Acapulco, baby!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Talk Show Host Fired for On-Air Lesbian Slur

Link Just because she's a curvy, hetero-challenged female doesn't mean it's okay to call her a "fat lesbian" and tell her to shut up.

Israel Refuses to Ban Pride Parade

Link Ultra-orthodox Jews have been in a tizzy over the upcoming Gay Pride Parade to be held in Israel. Despite their protests, Israel's attorney general refuses to shut down the festivities.

Can Evangelicals and Gays Find Common Ground?

Link The VP for Governmental Affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals thinks so. In fact, he thinks the Ted Haggard scandal might help by convincing closeted Evangelicals to come out. Our question: And then what? Let the stoning begin?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Did a Threesome Make her a Lesbian?

Link Hubby's 60th birthday surprise introduces the missus to the joys of womanflesh, and now she wants more. Does that mean she's gay? The Hartford Courant's "Dear Amy" ponders the issue.

Martina Slams Anti-Gay Sheep Experiment

Link Tennis goddess Martina Navratilova is raising a racket over a study by two Oregon universities. The experiments involve hormone-fiddling in an attempt to create a totally heterosexual sheep.

Support for Marriage Drops After NJ Ruling

Link Days after New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled that LGBT couples should have the same rights as straight couples, new polls are showing support for same-sex marriage is suddenly waning. Back in June, the same poll showed more than half were okay with it.