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Today’s Lady News: Texas Preschool Won’t Admit Girl With Lesbian Parents

  • Olivia Harrison has two mommies. Therefore, St. Vincent’s Cathedral School in Bedford, Texas, will not admit the 4-year-old girl to its preschool. Apparently, the school was fine during the application process but got upset when both mothers showed up for a parents’ night. Discrimination: exactly what kids should be learning in preschool. [CNN]
  • Meet the man who is trying to make Ford — one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world — a little more diverse. [NYMag.com]
  • When a gay couple marries, who takes whose last name? [AP]

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Girl On Girl: Lesbians, Stop With The Exclusivity Already!

I haven’t been out that long. And I haven’t been with, or even dated, that many women. These are facts I’m not ashamed to admit, and I don’t think they diminish the intensity of experiences and relationships I have had with women. Sure, it would be hard for me to do a long treatise on my struggles with being gay or write a handbook on dating and sleeping with women. I recognize the limitations of my lesbianism and I’m not trying to overstep or ignore them. But that hasn’t stopped the haters. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Gays Can Marry In California!

  • Good news! Earlier today, Judge Vaughn Walker lifted the stay imposed on the decision to repeal Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California. In other words, gay couples will not be prevented from marrying while gay marriage opponents appeal his decision. Congratulations, Cali gays and lesbians! [NOH8campaign.com]
  • Yesterday, two members of the House of Representatives introduced the SAFER Act, a bill that will fund the testing of thousands of “rape kits” around the country. “Rape kits” are the important DNA evidence collected by police/medical personnel following a sexual assault. The SAFER Act would also create a national registry so rape victims can track the status of their rape kit. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Meet U.S. Military Academy cadet Katherine Miller, a lesbian who is being discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. She sounds totally ballsy and awesome. [Mother Jones]

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Library Pressured To Remove Book About Gay Teens From Shelves

Do you know what is terrible for teenagers to read about? Homosexuality. They might get ideas! It’s a good thing Glenn Beck’s group, The 9.12 Project, (as in, after 9/11) is on the case. The 9.12 Project has pressured a New Jersey public library into considering removing all copies of Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, a young adult book about gay and lesbian teens, from the shelves. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: TV Host Called A “Big Lesbian” By Newspaper Critic

  • Ladies, why do you gotta be all oversensitive and stuff? A critic for London’s Sunday Times newspaper wrote a recent piece that stated “Britain By Bike” host/sports journalist Clare Balding looks like a big lesbian. When people objected to that characterization, critic AA Gill responded by writing, “Some time ago, I made a cheap and frankly unnecessary joke about Clare Balding looking like a big lesbian. And afterwards somebody tugged my sleeve to point out that she is a big lesbian, and I felt foolish and guilty. So I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize. Sorry. Now back to the dyke on a bike …” After further complaints about Gill’s obnoxiousness and not-really apology, editor John Witherow wrote, “In my view some members of the gay community need to stop regarding themselves as having a special victim status and behave like any other sensible group that is accepted by society.” So there you have it: anyone who objects to being called a “big lesbian” in the newspaper just isn’t being sensible! [Guardian UK, Qweerty]
  • The first female Somali district chief in Kenya has been chased out of her home by male elders who wouldn’t support a woman in leadership. And yeah, rocks were thrown. [Women's eNews]
  • OK, I’m biased because I’m quoted in this article, but here’s a story about some Canadian pole-dancing classes for (eek!) students as young as age five. [Canada.com]

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Knows What Turns Older Women Gay


After Whoopi Goldberg defended Mel Gibson (after also defending Roman Polanski and Michael Vick, amongst others), I found myself thinking, Hell hath frozen over — Elisabeth Hasselbeck is no longer the biggest ding-a-ling on “The View.” Whoopi still offends me more, on principle, perhaps because I expect a little more out of the woman who gave us “Sister Act,” but yesterday Elisabeth started licking at her heels once again. In a discussion about a study that says more and more women are coming out as lesbians later in life, Hasselbeck concluded that the reason is simple — “All the older men are going for younger women, leaving the women with no one.” Hear that, lesbians? Desperation is to blame! [Advocate] Keep reading »

Girl On Girl: Is Being Gay A Choice?

There is one central question underlying every debate about homosexuality going on in our country today: Is being gay a choice or is it innate? Is there a gay gene? Was I born a lesbian? These are things I think about all the time, but have shielded away from addressing. Why? Because my take on it is not the norm. Most people who fight for gay rights cling to the it’s-not-a-choice argument. For them, people are gay from day numero uno, regardless of whether they embrace it at age 7 or 70. If you argue with someone who believes this, they’ll say, “Why would anyone choose to be gay?” It’s a compelling argument because gays and lesbians do not have equal rights and are looked at as second class citizens in many areas of the world, including, at times, right here in the United States.

But, somehow, I’m not convinced. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Ridiculed On Radio By Louisiana Senator

  • Speaking on a radio show this morning, Louisiana Senator David Vitter made a joke about how MSNBC host Rachel Maddow looked like a woman “a long time ago.” (Maddow is openly lesbian, wears her hair short, and favors a more masculine way of dressing.) Sen. Vitter was on Rush Radio 99.5 in New Orleans discussing a high school photo of Maddow which has been making the rounds. The host said that Maddow looked “like a woman” in her high school photo and Vitter laughed and said, “Must have been a long time ago.” [Washington Post]
  • The Vatican has clarified a statement they released yesterday regarding de-frocking priests who have committed sex abuse. The document also stated “the attempted ordination of women” as priests was a serious crime within the church, but the Vatican has responded today to clarify it did not mean ordaining women was as bad as pedophilia. [Reuters]

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Girl On Girl: Why It Sucks To Have A Gay Crush On A Friend

Before I was in a relationship, I crushed on my female friends with alarming frequency. In high school, I got turned on when I slept in the same bed with my best friend who I had known since I was 2 years old. Obviously, I never told her this and, since we don’t speak anymore, I’m going to take this one to my grave. (Um, unless, of course, she reads The Frisky!) Later, I tried like hell to hook up with another friend who claimed to be bi, but now says that she is straight. Oh yeah, and I’ve totally slept with my current bestie. Twice. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Today” Will Not Be Throwing A Gay Wedding

  • Lesbian and gay couples are urging NBC to open “The Today Show”‘s wedding contest to them, too. The network has said it won’t do so because New York state, where the show is filmed, doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Gay rights advocates say that excuse doesn’t hold water because NY actually recognizes marriage licenses from other states, so a ceremony could, in fact, be performed on the show. [TheWrap.com]
  • Louisiana Senator David Vitter said it’s “old news” that his former staffer, Brent Furer, allegedly held a woman at knife point and threatened to kill her. The incident occurred in 2008 and Furer resigned last month after an ABC News report on the incident; Vitter had repeatedly refused to answer questions about why he kept Furer on staff all that time. [ABC News]
  • More crap news from the wage gap trenches: German women expect to earn a lower salary than their male counterparts because men are considered to be the breadwinners. A recent study found German women earn 20 percent less than men, one of the highest gender gaps in the European Union, and researchers theorize they accept the unequal pay as a part of their culture. [Washington Post]

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