Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her lifelong partner in June on the first day that same-sex couples here gained that right, died Wednesday. She was 87. she and her partner, Phyllis Lyons, were among the first and strongest voices for lesbian visibility and rights.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), one of the US's most powerful lobby groups, is taking up the cause of gay and lesbian senior citizens. Over the next 25 years, those aged 65 and above will make up about 20% of the US population, and of those, approximately 4.7 million will be gay or lesbian.
That country's drafting up a new constitution that includes the right of same-sex couples to marry. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa says the need to include it is -- gasp! -- based on the teachings of Jesus: "Jesus of Nazareth never preached hatred, homophobia or segregation; instead he knew to say, 'Love one another.'"
Anti-gay bigots are renewing their attack on the four-year-old legal change that allowed same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Specifically, they're trying to create a ballot question regarding the ability of out-of-staters to tie the knot in MA -- something they say could turn the state into "the Las Vegas of Gay Marriage."
Thugs smashed a display feature and pulled down a fence around one of the world's only memorials to gay and lesbian Holocaust victims. Located in Berlin, the three-month-old monument features a film of a same-sex couple kissing that visitors can view through a window. The engraving on the triangle, translated: "Put to death - 'put to silence' - for the homosexual victims of National Socialism"
After four years of dating, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are finally tying the knot in California. Says Ellen, "I feel like I found my perfect fit."
Friday, August 08, 2008
We've all heard the argument that since gayness doesn't cause reproduction, it must not be a good thing in terms of evolution. But if it's such a disadvantage in the evolutionary rat race, why was it not selected into oblivion millennia ago? Apparently, being "family" can be good for your family.
Gosh darn. Just when a trashy, former pop star's trying to make a comeback from rehab, the psych ward, and lots of other drama. Rumor mill had previous whispered that Britney Spears might be playing a lesbian stripper in an upcoming Tarantino flick. Apparently, it's not so. And we're crushed, because it might have given "Showgirls" some competition in the Lesbian Trash Movie competition...
"The Seer" has been billed as Cagney and Lacy, meets Medium, meets the L-Word. It's in the works at the "Here!" TV cable network. Clairvoyant lesbians with guns! And uniforms! Check your listings and warm up the Tivo. And keep your fingers crossed for Katherine V Forrest, too. Her Kate Delafield mysteries may be coming to a big screen near you soon. See Lee Lynch's latest in the "Other Voices" link here.
If you've ever bumped up against the pink glass ceiling, you already know how crappy that feels. To know you're being quietly discriminated against because you're honest about your private life, that you have a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend or that the woman in the picture frame on your cubical wall isn't your buddy. She's your partner of perhaps several years. Finally, we hear a clear voice from a guy who lays to waste all the myths about "lesbians in management."
The 2008 Olympics kicked off today in China, and with that country's overzealous security measures, chronic pollution and crackdown on flag-waving, this promises to be the most un-fun Olympics ever! We do, however, have a bright spot. Ellen Degeneres carried the torch for Athens 2004, and this year we've got another out lesbian bringing on the flame: out lesbian journalist Helen Zia.