Sunday, July 29, 2007

UK Facing a Gayby Boom

Link With fertility clinics opening their doors wide to lesbian couples (and singles) who want families, those groups could soon overtake hetero couples as the largest group to use its services.

Out US General to Speak on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Link An Army two-star general and seven other high-ranking military officers will be telling their stories at an upcoming benefit for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund next month. Their point: "[the policy]forces them to lie, undermines trust, and is an insult to those who are willing and able to serve.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Same-Sex Couples Register in Washington State

Link Hundreds of couples headed for the Secretary of State's office in Olympia to register as domestic partners, among them a couple of gals who dressed to protest -- in half a wedding gown (article includes great pic!). Said another twosome, "This is a big day, but it's not the real deal."

Gay IconTammy Faye Bakker, Dead at 65

Link After surviving the collapse of a corrupt televangelism empire she ran with her husband, Tammy Faye divorced him and reinvented herself, becoming a friend to the LGBT community. On Friday, she lost a long-running battle with colon cancer and left us with inspiring words: "Don't let fear rule your life," she said. "Live one day at a time, and never be afraid."

Alimony Tests Same-Sex Unions

Link When a guy's ex-wife remarries, he's off the hook for those alimony payments. But what happens if his ex-wife registers as the legal domestic partner of another woman?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ireland to Get Civil Partnerships

Link Said Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, "This Government is committed to providing a more supportive and secure legal environment for same-sex couples." Shoutout to Canada's legal same-sex marriages for getting the ball rolling across the pond on this one!

How to Tell If Someone is Gay?

Link A closeted Kiwi asks an Agony Aunt for advice. Surprisingly, "get your Gaydar recalibrated" is not mentioned.

Redmond, WA May Offer Partner Benefits

Link What started with a legal threat may end up with benefits for the same-sex partners of city employees in Redmond, WA. Remember kids, marches and rallies may be cathartic, but it takes legal work and votes to make change happen!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Dykes on Bikes Lawsuit Officially Dead

Link The long-running saga of a man offended by the name of the biker babes group is finally history. Said the court, "Men have no legal basis for being offended by the name that the group of motorcycle-riding lesbians picked for themselves."

New Film Highlights Immigration Issues

Link "Through Thick and Thin" dissects US policy on immigration for same-sex couples, and follows several couples through the headaches and heartaches of trying to get a green card for their partners.

Prez Candidates to Meet for LGBT Debate

Link Mark the calendar for August 9th and make sure to have the popcorn (and your scorecard) ready! 2008's presidential candidates will be holding a first-ever televised debate focusing solely over LGBT issues.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Fred Phelps Clan Charged With Child Abuse

Link The daughter of the homophobe we all love to hate has been hit with several charges, among them negligent child abuse and flag mutilation. The arrest took place in Nebraska following the group's protest at a National Guardsman's funeral. The group normally makes its money suing others. Now, we'll see what happens when they're legally under fire.

Ad Council Starts First Gay Campaign

Link For 60 years, the Ad Council's public service ads have put hundreds of powerful, memorable slogans into the American cultural lexicon. Now, for the first time, they're taking on the LGBT cause, focusing on anti-gay slurs and harrassment in schools.

Lambda Legal Joins Fight Against UPS

Link Lambda Legal's investigators have found the smoking gun in the UPS vs same-sex couples insurance case: a document that clearly spells out UPS's idea of the difference between marriage and civil unions. The shipping company is using that distinction to prevent couples from acquiring insurance and other benefits that married hetero couples get automatically.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Prisoner Demands Access to Sex Toys

Link Quoth the inmate in question: "Drug addicts get help, smokers get cigarettes but what do we legitimate sex addicts get? Zilch." What better way to wile away those many, many idle hours!

UPS To Gays: No Marriage, No Benefits

Link In an anti-gay, anti-union move, United Parcel Service (UPS) has banned benefits for same-sex unmarried partners -- but only if they're non-union. Said one veteran driver, "It just goes to show when something is separate, it's never equal."

Lesbian Charged With Bigamy In Partner Case

Link Another reminder that you can't legally have your cake and eat it, too. So do remember to divorce your husband before marrying your wife.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Fox News: Lesbian Gangs Are Taking Over!

Fox News blowhard Bill O'Reilly blows the lid off the nationwide phenomenon of lesbian gangs who recruit ten-year-old kids, carry pink pistols and beat up men. Hilarious crap worth forwarding to all the violent femmes (and butches) you know!

Top 10 Lesbian Make Out Scenes

Link Proving that once again LNews will go all over the internet for you, this Greek-American site lists a collection of the finest humpity scenes in lesbian cinema. And yes, they do include "Bound" and "Gia"!

NYC Woman Booted From Ladies Room

Link After enjoying shrimp nachos at a Greenwich Village restaurant, Khadijah Farmer just wanted to freshen up in the ladies room. Instead, she was kicked to the curb because she didn't meet the femininity quota set by another patron.

Lesbian Firefighter Nets $6.2 Million in Lawsuit

Link A Los Angeles woman who apparently offended coworkers by being both black and a lesbian has taken her case to court and won. The harrassment ranged from supervisors making nasty comments to some sicko "tampering with" her mouthwash.