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Today’s Lady News: Happy National Coming Out Day!

  • Happy National Coming Out Day to our gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual readers! In honor of this special day, our friends at Marie Claire have this fantastic essay by a lesbian named Stephanie Fairyington, who at 28 decided to come out to her beauty queen mom. [Marie Claire]
  • New York City’s mayor is blasting a paid-sick leave bill which would require businesses to provide up to nine days of paid sick leave per year, saying it will hurt small businesses. But women’s rights activists in New York say that pregnant women, especially, are crunched for time for doctors appointments and should not have to use vacation days, if they even get them. [New York Observer, Wall Street Journal]
  • Two lesbians say they were kicked out of a Baltimore Ravens game on Sept. 26 for kissing in the concessions stand line, for which they were warned by a security guard to “stop making a scene” and asked to show their drivers’ licenses and receipts for their purchases. The stadium claims they kicked these heathens out because they “stole” a plastic cup to pour ketchup into. So stupid. [Queerty]

  • My high school friend Ashley McGuffie, a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps who served from 2001 to 2003, spoke about how “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” impacted her military service and her work with OutSpoken, an LGBT youth group in southern Connecticut. [Patch.com]
  • An Amarillo, Texas, woman is suing the federal government after she claims TSA agents pulled her blouse down and exposed her breasts to everyone in the airport screening area. The lawsuit claims the agents joked and laughed about the incident for a period of time, further humiliating her. [Amarillo.com]
  • Women on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation said Indian Health Services treat the women like “just like guinea pigs” while giving birth and induce labor against women’s wishes. [ACLU]
  • Sociologist Stephanie Cootnz penned a Washington Post op-ed on why “Mad Men” is TV’s most feminist show. [Washington Post]
  • Brazen Careerist columnist Penelope Trunk’s opinion on why women don’t want to run business start-ups — because they’d rather devote their time to children — may not be orthodox, but I found it interesting. [TechCrunch.com]
  • “Teen Mom” is “the best PSA ever made,” says Emily Nussbaum at New York magazine. Couldn’t agree more. [New York]
  • Anyone else come down with “pink ribbon fatigue” during Breast Cancer Awareness Month? [New York Times]
  • Shanti Das, whose whole life has been hip hop, talks to NPR about life as a woman in hip hop and her new book, The Hip-Hop Professional: A Woman’s Guide to Climbing the Ladder of Success in the Entertainment Business. [NPR]
  • Do feminists make better girlfriends? [The Huffington Post]
  • A tribute to 10 great computer nerds in pop culture, including Willow from Buffy! [Flavorwire]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The editor of now-defunct Playboy Indonesia has begun to serve two years in jail for printing pictures of women’s bare breasts in his magazine. [New York Daily News]
  • Virginia Mokgobo, the former matron of Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa, has been cleared of 14 charges for sexually and physically abusing her students. Oprah Winfrey has said she is disappointed in the verdict. [BBC]
  • The Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for under two months should be rescued soon … which means their wives and girlfriends are dolling up for their return. Aw, that’s kinda cute! [BBC]
  • Dame Joan Sutherland, a famous operatic soprano, has passed away at age 83. Opera star Luciano Pavarotti said she had “the voice of the century.” [BBC]
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