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Today’s Lady News: “Essence” Wedding Column Features Lesbian Couple For First Time Ever

  • Essence, an African-American women’s lifestyle magazine, is featuring lesbian couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for the first time ever on the “Bridal Bliss” section of its website. “Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity,” said the magazine’s managing editor. [AfterEllen.com]
  • Carl Paladino, a candidate for New York governor, banned female reporters and photographers from covering an event at a conservative Hasidic Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn. Paladino said he was respecting the religious practices of the synagogue to keep the genders separate, but critics say that’s no excuse. “Would Paladino have agreed to appear at an event at which the organizers had said, OK, but no black reporters allowed?” asks blogger Patt Morrison. “No Latino journalists?” [Los Angeles Times]
  • Colorado Republican/Tea Party Senate candidate Ken Buck, a former district attorney, refused to prosecute a rape case in 2005 because he said the victim, who had been drunk during the assault, had a case of “buyer’s remorse.” Oh no, Ken Buck, you did not go there. [Feministing]
  • Allow me to self-promote: My article about the media policing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s sexuality has been published in Extra, the magazine of media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. [FAIR]

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Today’s Lady News: Happy National Coming Out Day!

  • Happy National Coming Out Day to our gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual readers! In honor of this special day, our friends at Marie Claire have this fantastic essay by a lesbian named Stephanie Fairyington, who at 28 decided to come out to her beauty queen mom. [Marie Claire]
  • New York City’s mayor is blasting a paid-sick leave bill which would require businesses to provide up to nine days of paid sick leave per year, saying it will hurt small businesses. But women’s rights activists in New York say that pregnant women, especially, are crunched for time for doctors appointments and should not have to use vacation days, if they even get them. [New York Observer, Wall Street Journal]
  • Two lesbians say they were kicked out of a Baltimore Ravens game on Sept. 26 for kissing in the concessions stand line, for which they were warned by a security guard to “stop making a scene” and asked to show their drivers’ licenses and receipts for their purchases. The stadium claims they kicked these heathens out because they “stole” a plastic cup to pour ketchup into. So stupid. [Queerty]

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Today’s Lady News: California Candidate Meg Whitman Gets Called A “Whore”

  • An aide for California’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate called Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate, a “whore” on a voicemail which was accidentally left on a phone. According to the transcript, it sounds like the aide was specifically trying to say Whitman is a whore for pension reform. Whitman’s campaign released a statement calling it “an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California.” [KPSP, Los Angeles Times]
  • A so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in Wisconsin, which pretends to offer family planning services but in actuality dissuades women from abortion, has paid for a billboard depicting a teen girl and a fetus in her belly. A thought bubble coming from the teen girl reads, “My mom’s going to kill me” and one from the fetus said, “My mom REALLY is going to KILL ME.” Some locals said the billboard is upsetting to young children who may read the sign, but Bay Area Pregnancy Services said it does not think that it’s inappropriate. [Daily Mail]
  • Sigma Gamma Rho, an African-American sorority, has been accused by students at two different colleges (Rutgers in New Jersey and San Jose State in CA) for “hazing” pledges by beating them with wooden paddles. [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Ohio Woman Forced Into Abortion Clinic At Gunpoint

  • Police say an Ohio man, Dominic Holt-Reid, forced his girlfriend into an abortion clinic at gunpoint after she refused to terminate her pregnancy. The couple had a morning appointment for an abortion and she refused to go, so he pulled a gun from the glove compartment. While inside the clinic, she passed a note to a clinic employee, who called the police. Holt-Reid was charged with kidnapping and carrying a concealed weapon. Sigh. Here’s a little Reproductive Rights 101: “freedom of choice” also means being free to not have an abortion, too. [Columbus Post-Dispatch]
  • A fence business in Ocala, Florida, posted a sign on its property which reads, “Breast inspection 20 feet ahead, please have ‘em out. You got to love them rednecks.” The employees of Hercules Fence Company say it’s just “humorous, good stuff,” but some breast cancer survivors say a crude joke is not appropriate during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. [WESH]

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Today’s Lady News: Michael Lohan’s Women-Only Rehab Might Be The Worst Idea Ever

  • Lindsay Lohan’s wackadoodle dad claims to be opening a women-only rehab in Pasadena, California. Stay far, far away. [New York Post]
  • Plus-size model Crystal Renn — who, at size 10, is hardly “plus-size” — has walked three shows at Paris Fashion Week and said she’s being treated just like any other model. [NYmag.com]
  • Surprising fact: African-American women and other people of color in the armed services are the ones most affected by the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. [The Root]

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Today’s Lady News: “The Social Network” Stars Facebook Geniuses, Trophy Girlfriends

  • Women in “The Social Network” (i.e., the Facebook movie) are not computer programmers, silly! They are just trophy girlfriends. In real life, however, Mark Zuckerberg’s right-hand man is a … woman. Or maybe that’s the “fiction” part? [Salon.com]
  • A 20-something male-to-female transsexual in Hong Kong has lost a court battle to marry her boyfriend. [BBC]
  • In the mid-90s, a Department of Defense employee operated a Museum of Menstruation out of his suburban basement. If that sounds creepy, it wasn’t. Amanda Hess at TDB.com interviewed Harry Finley on why the Museum of Menstruation closed up shop. (But don’t worry — it can still be found online!) [TDB.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Wonder Woman Is Coming To TV

  • We were too young to watch the original “Wonder Woman” TV show, which ran from ’75 to ’79, but we still think she’s a badass! Lucky for us, Wonder Woman is coming back to TV and will be written by “Ally McBeal” creator David E. Kelley. Does this mean she’s going to see dancing babies? [CBC.ca]
  • Today is Justice Elena Kagan’s first day on the Supreme Court. It’s also the first time in history the Supreme Court has had three women sitting on it. Yay for the ladies! [Los Angeles Times]
  • Two students who call themselves “Niqabitches” are protesting France’s new burqa ban by strolling the streets of Paris in face-covering niqab veils and short shorts. [Telegraph UK]

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Today’s Lady News: 78 Candidates Would Force A Woman To Have A Baby From Rape

  • There are at least 78 political candidates in this year’s midterm elections who would force a woman to give birth to a rapist’s baby. That’s the extreme-of-the-extreme when it comes to opposing legal abortion. [Raw Story]
  • The ex-wife of Bishop Eddie Long, the Georgia megachurch pastor who has been accused of forcing four young men into sex, claimed in 1985 divorce papers that he had a “vicious and violent” temper and physically abused her while she was pregnant. Considering Eddie Long’s opinions on uppity wives who don’t submit to their husbands, this news does not surprise us. [Essence]
  • The U.S. is distributing $27 million in grants to programs in 20 states that fight teen pregnancy and assist young parents. The grants will help with child care, housing, and finishing their educations. [Politics Daily]

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Today’s Lady News: Disneyland Says Muslim Woman Has To Wear A Disney-Designed Veil

  • A University of Illinois student recruited for an internship at Disneyland has been told she is allowed to wear a hijab veil for her job, but it must be one designed by Disney. Noor Abdallah, 22, was told this week she could wear a headscarf with a blue Disney beret on it; unfortunately, her internship is now over. The Council for American-Islamic Relations said Disney has been involved in numerous disputes with Muslim women this year. [UPI]
  • Eleven women were among the 23 peeps to win MacArthur “Genius” grants, which provide $500K annually for five years to encourage brilliant individuals to keep working. Jessie Little Doe Baird, a Native American linguist, is one of those lucky ladies. [New York Times, AOL News]
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said last night that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be gone by the end of the year. It will just be a said memory” — despite the fact that it died in the Senate last week. [Metro Weekly]

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Today’s Lady News: Meg Whitman Accused Of Employing An Undocumented Maid

  • Meg Whitman’s undocumented maid claimed in a press conference today that she was fired after she asked the California gubernatorial candidate and her husband for help gaining legal status. Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for the Whitman/Harsh family for nine years and claimed they never asked for her legal status before employing her. When Santillan was let go, she claims Meg Whitman told her, “From now on, you don’t know me and I don’t know you.” Her campaign, which touts that Meg Whitman is “tough as nails” on illegal immigration, says the former housekeeper is lying. [Guanabee, Guanabee, MegWhitman.com]
  • Someone asked President Obama about his support for late-term abortions at a recent town hall-style Q&A. The president replied that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare” and that families “should be the ones making the decision” to have children, not the government. He did not directly address the late-term abortion question, however, other than to say laws prohibit them and “people still argue and disagree about it.” [CNN]

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