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Mississippi Lesbian Tries To Open Gay Bar, Gets Blocked By City Council

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  • Pat Newton, a lesbian who is trying to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, said there is a discriminatory “conspiracy” in town to prevent her from getting the appropriate permits. It’s the same bar which was featured in the 2006 documentary “Small Town Gay Bar,” which Newton is trying to reopen. [Advocate]
  • New York City’s newest public advocate Letitia James has become the first-ever African-American woman to hold citywide office. Congrats! [Madame Noire]
  • Seven ways the government shutdown will hit women the hardest … including halting investigations into how colleges are handling sexual assault allegations. [Slate, Huffington Post]
  • Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert on sexism in the literary world and being shunted into the “chick lit dungeon.” [Slate] Keep reading »

Michelle Rodriguez On Sexual Assault, Addresses Sexuality Rumors: “I Go Both Ways”

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“Well, get this. This girl from Jersey City has a knife in her boot. I pulled it out and said, ‘I’ll cut your dick off.’ You know what he did? He laughed at me.”

“Lost”‘s Michelle Rodriguez opened up to Entertainment Weekly about when she was 22 and a producer “pinned her against the wall and grabbed her between the legs.” Sadly, this kind of sexual abuse — particularly in the form of ‘casting couch’ perviness — is all too common for women in Hollywood. But after pulling a knife on him, that producer never bothered Rodriguez again.

Rodriguez also revealed for the first time publicly that she’s bisexual: Keep reading »

Ugh: Barilla Pasta Chairman Serves Up A Heaping Scoop Of Homophobia

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Barilla Pasta Anti-Gay

This has been a bad, bad week for Italian public relations. On the heels of Melissa Gorga’s horrifying claims in her book, Love Italian Style, that emotional abuse and marital rape = “just being Italian LOL!”, Guido Barilla, the chairman of Barilla Pasta, went on the record yesterday in an Italian newspaper with some good ol’ fashioned homophobia:

“We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays don’t like it, they can always eat another brand of pasta. Everyone is free to do what they want, provided it doesn’t bother anyone else.”

Just FYI, Barilla, that does bother a lot of people. It bothers me enough that I will not be purchasing your brand of pasta again, and thousands of other people have had the same response: a massive boycott is currently being organized by politicians and LGBT activists in Italy and around the globe. The president of Equality Italia summed it up just perfectly: “We accept [Barilla's] invitation to not eat his pasta.” I hope De Cecco is ready for an influx of new customers who don’t appreciate anti-gay undertones in their fusilli. [Buzzfeed]

Pope: The Catholic Church Is “Obsessed” With Abortion, Gays

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  • In an interview published by 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage and birth control. “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the Pope said. “We have to find a new balance.” [New York Times]
  • Occidental College in California has settled with 10 female students, past and present, who accused the university of mishandling their sexual assaults. [LA Times]
  • A BBC reporter confronted former Rep. Ron Paul over his nincompoop plan for mothers to drop out of the workforce and homeschool their children. [Raw Story]
  • I have nothing but good things to say about this article in Bitch magazine about the history of anti-abuse activism in BDSM. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

Cher Refuses To Attend Russia’s 2014 Olympics Over Anti-Gay Bigotry

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  • First Andy Cohen, then Wentworth Miller, now Cher — everyone is telling Russia where to stuff it. (Well, not President Obama. Oh, Syria.) Cher revealed that she refused an invitation to serve as an “ambassador” at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia due to the country’s horrid criminalization of homosexuality. [Pink News UK]
  • Looking back on the Steubenville rape one year later. [Jezebel]
  • A doctor in Texas shamed a woman for sporting a big ol’ hickey. [Raw Story]
  • Remembering the four little girls who died in a Birmingham, Alabama church bombing — credited with igniting the civil rights movement — 50 years later. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Hooray For Gay Rights & Feminism! Amber Tamblyn Will Play A “Debaucherous Lesbian” On “Two & A Half Men”

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Charlie Sheen isn’t even on “Two and a Half Men” anymore, but his legacy continues— his legacy of womanizing, that is. I am referring to the newest “Two” character, played by Amber Tamblyn, Charlie Harper’s daughter who — wait for it — is also a womanizer.

Sure, it’s a sign of progress that an actress will play a lesbian on one of the country’s most mainstream of mainstream of shows. (Although I’m scratching my head as to why Tamblyn, who acts in abortion rights PSAs and edits the poetry section of BUST magazine, would join the cast.) But it’s just a little bit frustrating that as Charlie Harper’s kid, Tamblyn’s character Jenny is basically serving as a female stand-in for her womanizing father.  There was a hole for a tomcat and they plugged it up with a lesbian character. Keep reading »

New Mexico To Consider Legalizing Marriage Equality

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  • The New Mexico Supreme Court will hold a hearing on October 23 regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage. Woo hoo! [Talking Points Memo]
  • Read MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s touching letter to Tiana Parker, the seven-year-old Black girl who had to switch elementary schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because the dress code deemed her Afro “unacceptable.” [MSNBC]
  • Meanwhile, 111 Black women have sent little Tiana an uplifting care package. Very cute. [Ebony]
  • One of our writers, Shanelle Matthews, is up for a social media award from the Women’s Media Center for her work as a feminist activist. You can vote for her at the WMC website. Congrats, Shanelle! [Women's Media Center] Keep reading »

A Mother’s Amazing Letter To Her Gay Son Makes Us Feel All The Feelings

a mothers amazing letter to her gay son makes us feel all the feelsEarlier this week, teenager Zach Gibson came out as gay on Facebook. His mother found out about her son’s sexual orientation through the social networking site and penned the touching letter above, noting that she loved him very much, but he really needed to do something about those empty soda bottles (they attract ants!). Zach posted the letter and it immediately went viral, which blew Zach and his family away. “When I came out last week, I never expected this much support,” he wrote on the Facebook wall of the NoH8 campaign. “I knew my mom would be fine with it, but I never expected this letter and I never expected this many people to spread it around. This means so much.” [NoH8 Campaign]

5 Things To Know About Mary Lambert, The Female Vocalist On Macklemore’s “Same Love” Song

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won big at Sunday night’s VMAs, taking home two moon men, one for the song “Same Love,” which features a stirring vocal hook from singer Mary Lambert. After winning the award, Lambert took to the stage with Macklemore and surprise guest Jennifer Hudson to sing the track and pretty much brought down the house. We were moved by Lambert’s performance, and wanted to know more about the 24-year-old Seattle, Washington-based singer. After the jump, five things you should know about the vocal powerhouse that is Mary Lambert. Keep reading »

Wentworth Miller Comes Out … As A 41-Year-Old

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  • Rejecting an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival on account of Russia’s criminalization of homosexuality, “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller has come out as gay … but we’re more shocked he’s 41. Damn, 41 looks good. [TMZ]
  • Screw wedding planning: Kelly Clarkson and her fiancé Brandon Blackstock have decided to just elope. [People]
  • In honor of Tori Amos’ 50th birthday, here are her top 100 songs ranked! [Flavorwire]
  • Movies are seriously lagging behind TV shows in depiction of LGBT characters, according to study released yesterday by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. [Yahoo]
  • Oscar De La Renta has a theory as to why Hillary Clinton loves her scrunchies. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
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