A few weeks ago, my girlfriend’s father told her the family is taking a vacation to Maryland this summer. Her immediate response was, “I’m not going.” Desperate to get his very un-family-oriented daughter to participate, he quickly added, “Your girlfriend can come.”
She mentioned this to me on the phone later and, naturally, I was very enthusiastic. The two of us talked about how nice it would be to lie on the beach together, especially at night. We discussed swimming in the ocean and sleeping in every day for a week. By the end of our phone conversation, the two of us had talked so much about the trip, it felt like the trip had already happened.
But things changed when my girlfriend excitedly told her mother that I’d likely be going, too. Keep reading »
I’m not going to lie, this story makes my eyes tear up. In 2007, Lisa Pond, of Florida, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and a few hours later at the hospital, she died alone, without her kids or the person she’d spent the last 18 years of her life with. Lisa Pond died this way because she was a lesbian.
Yesterday, President Obama called Pond’s former partner, Janice Langbehn, to inform her that he mandated all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding — which are most in the country — must extend visitation rights to same-sex couples. This mandate, which should go into effect in a few months, will allow a gay or lesbian partner to not only make medical decisions for their ill or injured loved one, but also to be there during the last moments of their life. In the past, LGBT partners who are not legally married have been refused by hospitals’ “relatives-only” policies. Keep reading »
Out Magazine‘s “Power 50” is a list of the most powerful gay peeps in the country. It just dropped, and we’re pretty excited about it. The mag ranks people based on their political clout, pop culture value, wealth and, of course, their personal life. Numero uno on the list was David Geffen, a record exec, producer and all around big shot. He was followed by Anderson Cooper, which surprised me quite a bit because, last time I checked, he’s tight-lipped on the subject on his sexuality. I’m definitely not down with assuming, and I’m pretty sure the mag’s readers were none too pleased, either. But, hey, let’s not give all our attention to the dudes. After the jump, look at the big shot lesbians. Keep reading »
“The L Word” is back, but this time it’s fo’ reals! We already told you
about the gang of real L.A. women aiming to replace our beloved Bette, Tina, Alice, and Shane, but here’s a first look at the show, which Showtime will premiere on June 20, the day before my birthday. So, mark your calendars, people! [After Ellen
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Remember that time that Ellen gave the super awesome lesbian high-schooler a scholarship and internship after she sued her school district for canceling prom? It looked like maybe the international scrutiny and an ACLU lawsuit had worked and Constance McMillen‘s school agreed to throw a parent-sponsored prom in the cafeteria. But no, it was a trap. While McMillen, her girlfriend, and seven friends showed up to decoy prom, her classmates were partying at a different location planned by the school district. As Gawker summed it up, “Basically, a bunch of grownups may have staged an elaborate ruse so the gay girl and her gay lesbian girlfriend and all their totally homo friends could stand around one place looking like chumps.” Someone even tracked down a classmate’s prom photos, which proved there was, in fact, a secret prom Constance was not invited to. [Gawker]
I’m so utterly sickened by these awful hick people and their evil hick scheming. I had no idea people were still so close-minded and openly discriminating. Maybe Constance can sue them again and start a fund to get discriminated students out of their school district and into real cities where this kind of thing doesn’t happen? Keep reading »
I am the most disappointing bi-curious girl ever. My first kiss was with a girl at age 15, over a game of spin-the-bottle. But in the decade-plus since then, I have failed to act on any of the moments where I’m in close quarters with someone I am taken with. I’ve had these really intense crushes on women where I think about them and look at them all moon-eyed … but when it comes to making a move, I get pee-your-pants-nervous. It’s really lame.
Hopefully, one day I’ll just grow a pair of ovaries. But, luckily, some of my Frisky sisters act on their desires more than I do. After the jump, I asked them why they’ve experimented with other women: Keep reading »
Spring may have sprung last week, but here in New York City, things are still not heating up as much as I’d like. I don’t know about you but I’m dreaming of sun, sandy beaches and balmy breezes. In order to satiate my thirst for travel, I started doing some vacay research and I was surprised to learn that many popular destinations are totally unfriendly to LGBT peeps. So I decided to round up a list of places I’m going to avoid for my own safety, and places you should steer clear of just to make a point. Keep reading »
A Mississippi judge ruled yesterday that Itawamba Agricultural High School violated a lesbian student’s rights by forbidding her from bringing her girlfriend to prom and wearing a tuxedo. Constance McMillen, 18, came out of the closet as gay in the 8th grade and asked school officials in December and February of this school year if she could bring her 16-year-old girlfriend to the April 2 prom. Itawamba not only said same-sex dates were not allowed, but a female student could not wear a tux. When the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi took up McMillen’s cause, the school just canceled prom entirely. Keep reading »
The first time I questioned my sexuality was when I was 12 years old. My family and I were in Las Vegas for my uncle’s wedding. Twelve was an awkward age because I was boob height, meaning not tall enough to look people in the eyes, but short enough so that it seemed everywhere I looked there were boobs, boobs, boobs. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas you’ll know that in addition to the huge casinos, ginormous buffets and larger-than-life hotels, Sin City also seems to draw particularly busty women. It’s hot there and they walk around in plunging necklines and strapless dresses and wear tiny bikinis by the pool. So I was walking around at boob-height in a city where cleavage rules and I realized, to my horror, that I liked it. What’s more, all these women with their breasts hanging out turned me on. Keep reading »
We are so happy people are protesting this bigotry: A nursery school at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, in Boulder, Colorado, will not admit one of their preschoolers because the child’s parents are lesbians. The Archdiocese of Denver issued a statement about the refusal, which said:
“To preserve the mission of our schools, and to respect the faith of wider Catholic community, we expect all families who enroll students to live in accord with Catholic teaching. Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment.”
Protesters who have stood outside the church during a recent Mass disagree. Protester Joellen Radestorf told ABC7 News in Denver that the school is not strict about which parents are divorced or which ones use birth control —both of which are against the religion‘s teachings — and added, “God and Jesus would not allow discrimination in that way.” Let’s hope the little kids at preschool are too young to understand the bigotry that’s going on. [ABC7 News] Keep reading »