Today’s Lady News: Queen Latifah Says Give Chris Brown “A Second Chance”

  • Queen Latifah has spoken up to say it’s time to stop punishing Chris Brown for his assault on Rihanna last year. “The guy is a young guy and he made a big mistake and he needs to bounce back from that,” she said. “And he needs an opportunity for a second chance … We can’t condemn that kid. He’s a kid and he needs to correct the mistake for the future, not live in the past. He needs to be forgiven. Enough already. We can’t keep beating him up.” What do y’all think? [Feministing via Zap2It.com]
  • The Indiana Supreme Court is appointing its first new justice since 1999 and 19 of the 34 applicants (more than half ) are women. Yay! [Chicago Tribune]
  • Judy Blume‘s grandson, 18-year-old Eliot Blume-Pickle, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with acquaintance rape of a 17-year-old girl last week. The unfortunately named Blume-Pickle allegedly lifted the girl, carried her to a bedroom, and forced her onto a bed in a house on Martha’s Vineyard owned by Judy Blume Trustees. Police say alcohol may have been involved. [The Martha’s Vineyard Times (ninth item)]

  • Google will increase the pay for gay and lesbian employees in domestic partner relationships (and, thus, who receive domestic partner health care benefits) to compensate for the extra taxes that heterosexual married couples do not have to pay. [New York Times]
  • A American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study of over half a million births in North America and Europe found that women who plan home births recover more rapidly after childbirth, but there is a slightly increased risk that the baby will die. [NewScientist.com]
  • A study of over 30,000 Caucasian and African-American women found that sedentary white women are more likely to become obese. [UPI.com]
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued new guidelines regarding housing discrimination complaints, which now benefit transgendered and transexual people who are victims of gender discrimination. [Lez Get Real]
  • Women veterans: are we failing them? [Time]
  • Rebecca Kaplan, a city councilwoman, in Oakland, California, who is a lesbian, announced her candidacy for mayor. If Kaplan is elected, Oakland would become the third-largest city with an openly gay mayor. [SheWired.com]
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a classically trained pianist, and Aretha Franklin are teaming up for a fundraising concert. Cool! [New York Times]
  • Not everyone is psyched that Wonder Woman ditched her boy shorts for pants. [Women’s Media Center]

INTERNATIONAL

  • British politician Philip Hollobone of the Tory party has called wearing a face-covering Muslim veil akin to “going ’round with a paper bag over your head” and is seeking to ban the wearing of burqas and niqabs in public. [New York Daily News]
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