Today’s Lady News: Newspaper Almost Apologized For Lesbian Moms Article

  • The editor/publisher of the Annapolis Capitol newspaper sought to apologize to readers in an editorial for featuring a lesbian couple in an article about Mother’s Day. “Unfortunately for us, we lost sight of what the readers want to read: feel good stories about people who reflect their values,” wrote Tom Marquardt, in an editorial picked up by journalism blogs. “Newspapers need to mirror its readers — all of them perhaps, but inclusion not at the exception of the majority.” Reporters and other staff objected to the sentiment contained therein — give the people what they want, even if what they want is bigotry! — and it didn’t run. Still: lame, dude. [Gawker]
  • Maybe the Baltimore Capitol should do an article on this: support for gay marriage is at an all-time high, with a Gallup poll released today showing 53 percent of those polled said partners in a same-sex marriage should have the same rights as those in a traditional marriage. Other recent polls by major news outlets have also found support for gay marriage hovering between 51 and 53 percent. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • An image by photographer Cindy Sherman has sold for $3.98 million at auction, the highest ever for a photograph. “Untitled #96″ was created in 1981 and sold to New York dealer Philippe Segalot. [Pop Photo]

  • President Obama addressed women’s issues at two fundraising events in which he referenced yesterday’s speech about the Middle East and reiterated his intention to help empower marginalized women. [Bloomberg]
  • It sounds like it kinda sucks to be a woman at the International Monetary Fund, as if ex-chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn’s recent sexual assault accusation did not make that abundantly clear. [New York Times]
  • Reel Grrlz, a Seattle non-profit that teaches girls about filmmaking, criticized Comcast, a financial benefactor, in a tweet, which caused a Comcast exec to threaten to take their $18,000 of funding away. Comcast soon apologized, as the threat to pull the funding had not come from corporate headquarters and told Reel Grrlz could keep it’s funding. The nonprofit told Comcast “thanks but no thanks” and decided to give up the funding so it could be assured free expression. [Washington Post]
  • Behold, cutesy and annoying ways cartoonists and illustrators draw your ladybusiness. [BuzzFeed]
  • Actress Barbara Stuart, who appeared in shows like “The Twilight Zone” and “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” died Sunday at age 81. Most recently she appeared on “Huff” from 2004 to 2006 as one of co-star Blythe Danner’s bridge partners. [New York Times]

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