Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

  • Dr. LeRoy Carhart, the last doctor in the U.S. who publicly admits to performing late-term abortions, will allegedly be offering his services at a clinic in Germantown, Maryland. At least that’s what the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue is saying. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking of Operation Rescue, the leader of that group, Randall Terry, has confirmed he will be meeting with incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner’s staff. I know that Rep. Boehner is against legal abortion, but shouldn’t our government not be meeting with anti-abortion extremists? [ProChoiceAmerica.org]
  • Dr. Nancy Rudner Lugo, a former professor at the University of Central Florida, said her contract with the school wasn’t renewed after she complained about a textbook, Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care, that described Mexicans as binge drinkers and Cubans as proud to be overweight. [Guanabee]
  • Employees at the University of Colorado are opposing the re-hiring of Bill McCartney, 70, as a football coach over bigoted and sexist comments he has made in the past. McCartney previously coached at the school in the ’80s and ’90s. In 1992, while speaking at the school, McCartney said homosexuality was an “abomination,” and in 1990, he founded Promise Keepers, a religious group on campus. The school eventually adopted a policy forbidding coaches from organizing religious activities in response to complaints about McCartney. [OutSports.com]
  • Meet Lana Lawless, a 57-year-old transgender woman and former police officer, who is suing the Ladies Professional Golf Association for its policy that players must be “female at birth.” Lawless underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2005. [USA Today]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The female police chief of Meoqui, Mexico, was killed on her way to work on Monday. Hermila Garcia ran a 90-person police force about 40 miles from Chihuahua. Investigators suspect she was killed by drug traffickers. [Fox News Latino]
  • A women’s shelter in York, Canada, held a symposium today on the “upward trend” of so-called “honor killings” of women in Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities. “Honor killing” means the murder of a young woman who has somehow brought dishonor on the family name, like by having premarital sex or dating someone her parents dislike. [National Post]
  • UNICEF is working to halt the transmission of HIV from mother to baby and said they could potentially stop the virus from being transmitted in childbirth by 2015. [The Grio]
  • The U.K.’s Daily Mail keeps trying and failing to make the word “flexisexual” happen. Apparently, a flexisexual is a straight women who flirts with bisexuality. [AfterEllen.com]
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