Today’s Lady News: The DMV Now Offering Opinions About Your Sex Life

  • Meet Amber Yust, a transgender San Francisco woman who contacted the DMV to change her official gender from “male” to “female” and received a letter from a bigoted DMV staffer calling her an “abomination” and a DVD comparing homosexuality to being possessed by demons. Now Yust, 23, is suing because it turns out the same DMV employee refused to process another transgendered woman’s name-change application back in 2009. [Queerty]
  • Last week, Rep. Tom Perriello introduced the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would revamp the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights by expanding the list of offenses that must be included in a campus sexual assault policy to include sex offenses, stalking, and domestic violence, among other things. [SAFERcampus.org]

  • The University of Wisconsin has ditched plans to provide second-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center because it couldn’t guarantee the safety of its patients. Anti-abortion protestors had long been opposed to the plans, which were approved last year. [WAOW]
  • A Las Vegas nightlife exec has been hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former employee who claims she was canned after eight years of work because she refused sexual advances by the boss. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Union League, a super-schmancy and exclusive society in Philadelphia that’s been around since the days of Abraham Lincoln, has elected its first female president. The Union League was founded in 1862 and didn’t allow women members for over a century; it was only in 1972 that it accepted its first female black man as a member. [Philly.com]
  • Five ways NBC’s new drama “Playboy,” about the inner workings of a New York City Playboy Club in the 1960s, could not suck. (I love the “written by Diablo Cody” idea!) [YourTango]
  • Venus Zine, a quarterly women’s music magazine that’s been publishing since 1995, is shutting down. [AfterEllen.com]
  • Ever wonder how Brian David Mitchell, the creep who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart in 2002, was able to avoid detection? According to this Salt Lake City-based writer, it’s because relationships between older men and their teenage brides don’t always arise too much suspicion. [Mother Jones]
  • Adele Starr, the mother of a gay son who became a gay rights activist, passed away on Friday at the age of 90. When Starr’s son came out of the closet in 1974, homosexuality was still technically viewed by the medical community as a mental illness or the result of bad parenting. In 1976, she founded the Los Angeles chapter of the support group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and two years later became PFLAG’s national president. [Los Angeles Times]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Congratulations and ouch: a woman in Brazil gave birth to a 15-lb. baby girl yesterday. [Guanabee]
  • Here are seven reasons to watch the British teen drama “Skins” before American MTV ruins it. [Feministing]
  • Frisky pals Anita Cookie and Clams Casino aren’t the only burlesque dancers who think “Burlesque,” the Cher/Christina Aguilera vehicle, is a pile of hooey. This British burlesque dancer was not impressed, either. [The Guardian]
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