Today’s Lady News: Happy LGBT History Month!

  • Happy LGBT History Month, y’all! The Frisky’s Girl On Girl columnist Trish Bendix has five kick-ass documentaries to watch about gays and lesbians throughout the ages. I’ve heard that “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” about a lesbian couple who was together for 42 years, is a two-hankie affair, so be warned! [After Ellen]
  • Friday marked the 35th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which bans most federal funding for abortion. You hear that, people freaking out about Obama’s health care reform? [NPR]
  • A lesbian couple in New York that was refused a marriage license from a bigoted town clerk after same-sex marriage became legal in the state appeared on MSBNC and said they “felt like we were second-class citizens.” [Think Progress]
  • Remember Melissa Petro, the former sex worker who was exposed by the New York Post, causing her to lose her job as a New York City public school teacher? Petro is blogging for the next eight weeks at Bitch Magazine about re-framing sex work from a feminist perspective. [Bitch Magazine]
  • One woman at Stanford’s business school explains how a TED talk by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg about women, children and jobs inspired her to launch a start-up while pregnant.  Make sure you don’t miss her Barnard College commencement speech, either. (Thanks to reader Eric for the link!) [Harvard Business Review]
  • Hear one woman’s story about how she was told she was too overweight to have an abortion. [Jezebel]
  • The NYC fire department has fired hired its first openly transgender firefighter, a trans woman named Brooke who is a third-generation firefighter. [Apologies for the typo. Thank you to commenter WMLizzie07 for alerting me.] [Think Progress]
  • A new study out of Stanford finds that abortion rate in Africa rose after America instituted the so-called “global gag rule,” which refuses any federal funding to family planning programs in developing countries that so much as mention abortion. The researchers fingered a lack of contraceptives during the years when the “global gag rule” was in effect as the cause for the abortion spike. []
  • Neo-Nazis disrupted a pro-LGBT rights rally in Moscow this weekend. [Queerty]
  • UK passport forms will update their options for same-sex parents, adding “parent one” and “parent two” in addition to “mother” and “father.” [BBC]
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