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  • Gay Couples in Common Law Marriage States: Call Your Lawyer

    09/30/2015 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    A wedding is not just two people exchanging rings; it is an entanglement of their personal, legal, and business affairs. For better or for worse, marriage affects a broad and substantial list of rights involving inheritance, property, child custody, and more. Now that gay marriage is legal in all fifty states, both the people involved in gay relationships and the legislators drafting the laws that govern all these rights need to carefully analyze the issues presented. As it turns out, those who cheered the decision [legalizing homosexual marriage] may have their own reasons to worry. The Law of Unintended Consequences...
  • Caitlyn Jenner can legally change name (and gender), L.A. County judge rules

    09/26/2015 12:01:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 113 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 25, 2015
    A judge on Friday approved Caitlyn Jenner's request to formally change her name and gender, marking another milestone in the Olympic gold medalist's public transition as a transgender woman. Jenner, 65, sought the change “to better match my identity,” according to court filings she submitted earlier this month.
  • What a massive sexual assault survey found at 27 top U.S. universities

    09/21/2015 1:44:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2015 | Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga
    The Association of American Universities on Monday released the overall results of a survey that asked students at 27 universities about their experiences with sexual assault and sexual misconduct, drawing responses from more than 150,000 students. [Snip] Here are key data and reactions from universities that participated in the AAU’s joint study of sexual assault this year. ... The survey found that 23 percent of undergraduate women and 5 percent of undergraduate men said they were victims of non-consensual sexual contact – ranging from penetration to sexual touching — due to force or incapacitation. Eleven percent of undergraduate women said...
  • Boys can be princesses too! Disney removes gender-labeling on Halloween costumes ...

    09/19/2015 10:14:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2015 | Erica Tempesta
    Complete Headline: Boys can be princesses too! Disney removes gender-labeling on Halloween costumes to make its trick-or-treating attire for 'all kids' Disney has done away with gender-based labels on its Halloween costumes and is instead marketing its vast selection of looks as 'kids' - encouraging children to choose any trick-or-treating attire that appeals to them. The change comes just a month after Target announced that it would no longer be using gender-specific signs in its children's bedding and toy departments, acknowledging that both boys and girls can be interested in princesses and cars.
  • Lesbian Couple, Like Kentucky Clerk, Standing up for Beliefs (tissue alert)

    09/02/2015 3:05:20 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 2, 2015 | Claire Galofaro
    As April Miller drove to work, still too stunned to grasp the magnitude of the fight erupting around her, an old song crackled over the car radio. "Will you still love me for the rest of my life?" the band Chicago sang. "I can't go on if I'm on my own." Miller pulled over. And for the first time since she and her partner stepped into the vortex of history, she wept. [Snip] The couple has lived quietly together for years, never intending to lead a battle that has consumed their town of Morehead, where Miller is a tenured university...
  • Vester Lee Flanagan: Inside the home of gunman Bryce Williams where he prepared for murder

    08/27/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2015 | Ruth Sherlock
    The Telegraph is given exclusive video and pictures showing the Virginia gunman's home, with cat urine all over the kitchen floor and the discovery of sex toys ... revealing details of the gunman’s life in the days before he murdered Alison Palmer and Adam Ward. [Snip] He left behind an apartment filled with his personal effects, including photographs of himself during his days as a television journalist and posters that appear to be of male pin-ups. In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag. They also found "many" sex toys, which may have...
  • CEO of Largest Online Male Escort Service (Rentboy.com) Arrested on Prostitution Charges

    08/25/2015 2:34:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tanya Basu
    Authorities arrested the CEO of Rentboy.com, which prosecutors called the largest online male escort service, on Tuesday on prostitution charges. [Snip] Subscriptions to Rentboy start at $59.95 per month and advertisements can cost hundreds of dollars. In total, Rentboy.com was able to generate more than $10 million in revenue between 2010 and 2015.
  • Why ‘I Am Cait’ is an unwatchable mess

    08/07/2015 1:10:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2015 | David Kaufman
    Barely two weeks since its debut, E!’s “I Am Cait” is already in serious trouble. While tabloid interest in and social media chatter about Caitlyn Jenner may remain strong, actual viewer numbers are down — way down! — suggesting that TV’s great transgender hope might actually be a dud on arrival. The problem with “I Am Cait” isn’t its lack of ambition. If anything, the show suffers from an overdose of the stuff. In less than 60 minutes of screen time, “Cait” shifts from “Real Housewives”-type fluff to Lifetime-like melodrama to “60 Minutes”-style seriousness. There are makeup shots and bikini...
  • Indiana University-Bloomington Lets LGBT Students Self-Segregate in Their Own Dorm

    08/02/2015 3:11:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 29, 2015 | Matt Lamb
    ‘A safe space for those people who feel they need it’ One of the most gay-friendly universities in the country is becoming even friendlier, by offering to shelter its LGBTQ students from the rest of the school. Indiana University-Bloomington is opening a “thematic residence hall” this fall for students who don’t identify as straight men or women. It will have a particular emphasis on transgender students and those who don’t “subscribe to conventional gender distinctions,” the Herald-Times reported, citing GLBT Student Support Services Office Coordinator Doug Bauder. IU’s Residential Programs & Services (RPS) is less specific than Bauder. It says...
  • Boy Scouts expected to lift ban on gay adult leaders on Monday

    07/27/2015 4:54:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2015 | Marice Richter
    The Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders on Monday, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The Boy Scouts National Executive Board will consider a resolution that was unanimously approved by the organization’s executive committee on July 13. The organization is urging an end to the ban because of "sea change in the law with respect to gay rights."
  • Hillary Clinton Encourages Distraught Gay Child Depicted in Viral (staged) Photo

    07/04/2015 10:51:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 83 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 4, 2014 | Liz Kreutz
    I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me. This Humans of New York photo showing what it says is a distraught young boy crying because he is gay has gone viral, with thousands of people commenting on Facebook offering advice and words of support. “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” the caption reads. [Snip] “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” [Hillary] wrote. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things...
  • LGBT Studies Course At San Francisco High School May Be 1st In Nation

    06/23/2015 5:51:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 22, 2015
    A San Francisco high school may be the first in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. “We’ll look at what it’s been like for gay men, what it’s been like for lesbian women ...
  • Caitlyn Jenner can use the ladies’ room (as per new OSHA mandate)

    06/09/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Bob Fredericks
    It’s official — Caitlyn Jenner can now use the ladies’ room. The US Department of Labor has issued guidelines to private businesses that say transgender employees should be allowed to decide for themselves whether to use the men’s or ladies’ room. “The core belief underlying these policies is that all employees should be permitted to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity,” according to OSHA guidelines released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Labor Department. The National Center for Transgender Equality had requested the guidance.
  • ESPN to Honor Bruce Jenner With Arthur Ashe Award For Courage At ESPYS

    06/02/2015 9:26:58 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 2, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    At the 1976 summer Olympics in Montréal, Bruce Jenner won the gold medal for the men’s decathlon, setting a world record with 8616 points. In July, Jenner will be honored with another award, this time for a much different “achievement.” On Monday, Time reported that at ESPN’s ESPY Awards, the former world’s greatest male athlete will receive the acclaimed Arthur Ashe Award for coming out as a transgender.
  • Former Virginia lawmaker plans to wed teenager involved in sex scandal

    05/22/2015 5:09:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gary Robertson
    A former Virginia Democratic lawmaker who became a pariah in the state legislature after a sex scandal involving a teenage receptionist has announced that he plans to marry the woman, a day after he acknowledged fathering her 9-week-old baby. Joseph D. Morrissey, 57, told a news conference on Thursday that the woman, Myrna Pride, gave birth to their baby about a week before she turned 19. She is still employed at his law office, he said. [Snip] Morrissey also said that he was father to a total of four children born out of wedlock with different women. Last December, Morrissey,...
  • U.S. Has No Process For Accepting Transgender Passports, State Department Confirms

    05/07/2015 11:26:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | May 7, 2015 | J. Lester Feder
    More than 1.5 billion people now live in countries that allow people to identify as neither male nor female on passports, but the U.S. immigration system doesn’t have a way to process these documents.
  • Schools Quiz Twelve-Year-Olds about Gay, Oral, and Anal Sex (and group sex and guns and more)

    05/06/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Brietbart ^ | May 6, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    A public hearing is taking place Wednesday morning in the Massachusetts State House to look into a controversial sex survey given to middle school and high school students. [Snip] The survey asks students if they are homosexual and if they are transgender. It also asks if they have had oral or anal sex and if they have performed such acts with up to six people. Whether or not they have carried a gun, smoked cigarettes, consumed alcohol and how much also appear on the questionnaire, as well as whether they have taken drugs, such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. It...
  • Rick Santorum: 'Love and accept' Bruce Jenner (If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman)

    05/04/2015 5:49:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is clarifying — but not stepping back from — surprising comments this weekend in support of former Olympian Bruce Jenner's decision to come out as a transgender woman. "If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman," Santorum told BuzzFeed during a roundtable discussion in South Carolina on Saturday. Santorum continued: "My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are."
  • All-woman Smith College votes to accept transgender applicants who identify as female

    05/04/2015 5:18:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 3, 2015
    Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women. [Snip] Other women's colleges, including Mount Holyoke and Wellesley, also have changed their policies to admit transgender women.
  • Barney Frank on the Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling: 'I cannot wait to see Scalia's reaction'

    04/28/2015 11:30:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Weber
    Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is pretty bullish on the Supreme Court recognizing a national right to same-sex marriage, he told Seth Meyers on Tuesday's Late Night, though he said he hadn't read much about the oral arguments that took place earlier in the day. He's excited, Frank added, because he has a husband, and because "I cannot wait to see Justice Scalia's reaction. I'm speculating that like Rumpelstiltskin he will stamp his foot and go up in a puff of smoke." Meyers laughed, "That would be something to see."
  • Bruce Jenner said he’s Republican. Only 21 percent of LGBT Americans are.

    04/25/2015 4:50:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    In an interview with ABC Friday, Bruce Jenner said he is transgender, and also Republican. [Snip] According to a July Gallup poll, 21 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are Republican or lean Republican ... Note: Bruce Jenner's current name and a male pronoun is used in this post, as he has not requested a new name or pronoun be used.
  • Utah Girl Scouts Troop Hopes to Attract Transgender Recruits

    04/17/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Brietbart ^ | April 16, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    The Girl Scouts are concerned about falling membership and a declining number of adult volunteers, so a Girl Scout staffer in Salt Lake City cooked up the idea to start a troop headquartered in the area’s “gay pride center.” The idea is to attract “transgender” youth and children living with an LGBT parent. Shari Solomon-Kleba told the Associated Press, “Girl Scouts is all about empowering girls to become leaders who make the world a better place. Why not at the Pride Center?”
  • (Pitt) University Warns Professors That Their Students’ Genders May Change Over Time

    04/16/2015 8:19:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | April 15, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    This information was part of the University of Pittsburgh’s “Gender-Inclusive/Non-Sexist Language Guidelines and Resources” document. The University of Pittsburgh has released a set of “Gender-Inclusive/Non-Sexist Language Guidelines and Resources” informing instructors how they should be talking in their classrooms in order to not offend anyone. One suggestion is to ask “students to write down preferred names and pronouns” on the first day while also keeping in mind that just because a student wanted a particular pronoun on the first day doesn’t mean that he/she/they/zi/zie will always want that pronoun because “a person’s gender identity may change over time.” “Zi” and...
  • Hillary Clinton has a new position on same-sex marriage (guaranteed constitutional right)

    04/15/2015 1:47:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dan Merica
    As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage, defending her past reticence to discuss the issue and falling well short of full-throated support. Now, in a markedly new position, Clinton is offering just that, calling gay marriage a right afforded by the Constitution. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," said Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, in a statement. This is an entirely new position for Clinton.
  • GLAAD Gives Failing Grades to Sony and Disney for (not having enough) Gays in Film

    04/15/2015 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 15, 2015 | Gregg Kilday
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters may be showing up on television with increasing regularity, but they are still a relative rarity in mainstream movies released by the major Hollywood studios. In its third annual report about LGBT representation on film, GLAAD, the gay advocacy group, found that of the 114 releases from the major studios in 2014, only 20 of them, or 17.5 percent, included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. [Snip] Among the inclusive films, the report found, 65 percent of them featured gay male characters, less than a third featured bisexuals and about one tenth included...
  • NCAA expresses concern over Indiana 'religious freedom' law

    03/26/2015 12:22:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jon Solomon
    On the eve of next week's Final Four in Indianapolis, the NCAA expressed concern about a new Indiana law that will allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers based on “religious freedom” and suggested future NCAA championships in the state could be impacted. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a measure that has created uproar in the state where the NCAA is located. Some conventions are threatening to pull out of Indianapolis. Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, broke with the Republican governor on the bill and said it would put the city's economy...
  • S.F. area’s LGBT population tops survey; San Jose near bottom

    03/22/2015 11:43:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2015 | Hamed Aleaziz and Steve Rubenstein
    <p>A first-of-its-kind Gallup survey confirmed Friday what many people have long assumed — that the San Francisco area has the nation’s highest concentration of men and women who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.</p> <p>Few other areas come close.</p>
  • U of M (Univ of Minnesota) Duluth adds LGBTQ minor, gender-inclusive housing

    03/19/2015 5:32:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 16, 2015 | Allison Maass
    Starting in the fall of 2015, the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) will offer a LGBTQ minor and gender-inclusive housing options for students. “This minor will prepare students for life,” Gesa Zinn, head of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, told Campus Reform. “‘The job’ the LGBTQ minor prepares students for is to understand and embrace all members of an increasingly diverse society.” To complete the minor, students will have to take classes such as An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Queer Theory, Queer Cinema in International Perspective, History of the Homosexual Rights Movement 1895 – Present, and Queer Media. Zinn...
  • New York Fire Dept., Diversifying Ranks, Is Set to Swear In First Lesbian Chaplain

    03/14/2015 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | Tatiana Schlossberg
    Maybe it is her short, spiky hair, or the cigarettes, which she gives to the men repairing the wiring in her Brooklyn apartment. Maybe it is because she swears. For whatever reason, the Rev. Ann Kansfield does not fit the stereotype of a minister. Not that she is worried about meeting anyone’s expectations for what a clergywoman should say or do. “We shouldn’t have to hide ourselves or worry about being judged,” Ms. Kansfield, who ministers at the Greenpoint Reformed Church, said. In her newest ministry, that self-assuredness is likely to serve her well. Ms. Kansfield, 39, is to...

    02/28/2015 4:25:04 AM PST · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | February 26, 2015
    ROSIE O’DONNELL wrecked her marriage when she “went nuts” in a Thanksgiving Day tantrum fueled by booze and drugs! In a blockbuster world exclusive, The National ENQUIRER can reveal the untold story of Rosie’s relationship-ending meltdown, which left terrified wife Michelle Rounds locked in a bathroom and fearing for the safety of both herself and their 2-year-old daughter. Multiple sources have confirmed the shocking incident took place last November at Rosie’s home on Casey Key – north of Sarasota, Fla. – with raging Rosie throwing a holiday tantrum in front of Michelle’s visiting relatives!
  • State Department Names First Special Envoy For LGBT Rights

    02/23/2015 2:49:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    AP ^ | February 23. 2015 | Josh Lederman
    The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, Secretary of State John Kerry said. A longtime foreign service officer, Berry has served at U.S. posts in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa, and speaks Spanish and Arabic.
  • Atlanta Gay School Organizers Hope To Segregate Gay (pre-kindergarten) Students Into Gay Ghetto

    02/18/2015 11:44:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2015 | Eric Owens
    In Atlanta, Ga., a small and dedicated group of organizers is busily creating the city’s first and only private school especially for gay — or lesbian, or bisexual or transgender — kids as young as pre-kindergarten. [Snip] “I want a place where queer and trans families can bring their kids and not have to worry about being the token lesbian family or the token gay family,” Christian Zsilavetz, a chief founder, said, according to Pink News. Zsilavetz explained that he believes Atlanta needs a school where gay students are segregated from the general student population because too many children are...
  • LGBT adults better adjusted if they were ‘out’ in school

    02/10/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 10, 2015 | Andrew M. Seaman
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they were open about their sexual orientations as adolescents, a new study suggests. Attempts to hide sexual orientation are generally unsuccessful, and the result is more abuse and more depression, the authors say in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. What's needed, said Stephen Russell, the study’s lead author, are "supporting environments so that all kids can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be.”
  • Pa.'s new physician general brings an LGBT point of view

    01/27/2015 12:06:09 PM PST · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 25, 2015 | Melissa Dribben
    Rachel Levine stood tall in the doorway, offered a polite handshake, and took a seat at the L-shaped desk in her drab, blank slate of an office. [Snip] Levine, who has just been named Pennsylvania's physician general, spent most of her 57 years - at least outwardly - as a man. If the state Senate confirms her appointment, the doctor, who until a few years ago was known as Richard Levine, will become one of the nation's very few, openly transgender people in public office. [Snip] She was dressed conservatively in a tailored gray jacket and matching skirt, accented by...
  • Golden Globe Goes to Series About Lesbians, Adultery, S&M and Transgender ‘Dad’

    01/12/2015 1:25:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 12, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Hollywood, gay activists, and the media that cover them are crowing about Amazon.com’s Transparent show getting the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy on Sunday. [Snip] The show, created by Jill Soloway, features three grown children and their father, who is a transgender woman. One daughter is married but has a lesbian affair. Another daughter likes S&M, illegal drugs, and three-somes. The son has multiple sexual relationships. There is much drinking, drug use, and sexual promiscuity and deviancy in the show.
  • Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL player, engaged to boyfriend: report

    01/09/2015 3:33:40 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 8, 2015
    Michael Sam is officially off the market. Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, is engaged to his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, according to a TMZ report.
  • Pedophilia Deserves Civil Rights, Says New York Times’ Op-Ed

    10/06/2014 12:30:42 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Obtober 6, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The nation’s tough anti-pedophilia laws are unfair to pedophiles, according to an op-ed published by The New York Times’ editors. “One can live with pedophilia and not act on it,” says Margo Kaplan, an entrepreneurial assistant law professor at Rutgers University, and a former lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. Tragically, the roughly 1 percent of “people who are sexually attracted to children] must hide their disorder from everyone they know — or risk losing educational and job opportunities, and face the prospect of harassment and even violence,” she wrote.
  • South Carolina teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

    09/02/2014 1:43:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2014
    A 16-year-old in South Carolina is suing the state's Department of Motor Vehicles because the agency won't allow the teen to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup. Chase Culpepper, who was born male, regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women's clothing. The teen does not identify with gender-specific pronouns. Culpepper told reporters Tuesday that being ordered by officials to remove what they called a disguise was humiliating. The lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday says the DMV violated the teen's rights.
  • Academic Org Lets Members Choose Any Of Six Genders

    08/27/2014 11:28:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 27, 2014 | Blake Neff
    The American Sociological Association, the leading professional organization for American sociologists, is now granting its members much greater leeway in how to define their gender identities. Previously, the ASA’s membership surveys only allowed three choices of gender: “male,” “female” and “prefer not to answer.” Now, as reported at Inside Higher Ed, members will have no fewer than seven options for their gender choice, with the added ability to select “all that apply.” The added options include “transgender male/transgender man,” “transgender female/transgender woman,” “genderqueer/gender non-conforming,” or another “preferred identity” of their choice not explicitly named. “Genderqueer” is defined by the Gender...
  • New York City Council Speaker reveals she has 'high risk HPV'

    08/18/2014 1:33:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    Melissa Mark-Viverito, 45, shared her diagnosis on Twitter on Sunday She learned she had the infection after her first appointment with a gynecologist in two years - and encouraged women to get checked HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can lead to cervical cancer, as well as other cancers New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has revealed she has 'high risk HPV', a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause cancer. She made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday, explaining that she learned about her human papillomavirus diagnosis on Friday following a long overdue gynecologist's appointment. [Snip]...
  • University to Offer ‘Gender-Open’ Restrooms

    07/30/2014 5:33:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dominic Lynch
    Northwestern University will offer “gender-open restrooms” to its students this fall. “We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive,” campus spokesman Bob Rowley said in an email to The College Fix. “This is becoming a common occurrence on campuses across the U.S.” At Northwestern, the two sex-segregated bathrooms to be changed will simply have their front door placards replaced to reflect the transition – no major renovations are planned. The bathrooms are located on the third floor of the university’s main building that serves as the campus hub. Northwestern joins...
  • (Willamette University) D-III kicker becomes first active player to publicly come out

    01/28/2014 2:30:58 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 28, 2014 | Mike Singer
    Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman kicker at D-III Willamette University in Oregon, did something on Monday night that no college football player on any level had ever done before. He came out, while still an active player. First to his coach, then to his team, and now Conner Mertens is coming out publicly. “I'm bisexual,” Mertens told head coach Glen Fowles via Outsports.com, who informed his young kicker prior to his message that all the coach cared about was his kicker's accuracy. His off the field actions wouldn't affect his playing time, Fowles told Mertens. In fact, when Mertens asked...
  • What would Walt say? The Disney Channel debuts its first ever same sex couple on the...

    01/28/2014 4:18:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2014 | Bobbie Whiteman
    <p>The Disney Channel has gone all Glee, introducing its first-ever lesbian couple on the family series, Good Luck Charlie, on Sunday.</p>
  • Family promise gave life to man in 31-year coma

    01/26/2014 4:30:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    AP ^ | January 25, 2014
    As his 7-year-old son Mikey lay in a hospital bed on life support, the victim of a drunk driver who had smashed into his family's car, Paul Cortez took the boy's hand and made a solemn promise to God: If his son survived, no matter in what condition, he and his family would always be there for him. It was a promise the family would keep for 31 years ... Although he would never emerge from the persistent vegetative state his father had found him in that night, Mikey's family was not only there for him but also gave him...
  • (Charlottesville, Va) Ex-scoutmaster pleads guilty to 36 felony sex crimes

    01/22/2014 11:20:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress ^ | January 22, 2014 | K Burnell Evans
    An ex-scoutmaster who admitted to molesting his son’s teenage friends and fellow troop members for years at his Keswick home pleaded guilty to 36 felony sex crimes Wednesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court. David Brian Watkins, now 50, entered into an agreement with prosecutors that shields him from additional local or federal charges and calls for an active term of 30 years and five months in prison. The agreement “provides closure for … very promising young men who can now get on with their lives,” Assistant Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Darby Lowe said after the hearing. “The young men would have...
  • Book: Pope John Paul II’s Mother Rejected Doctor’s Abortion Suggestion

    01/19/2014 12:48:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 16, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    A new report out today suggests Pope John Paul II’s mother rejected an abortion when pregnant with him. The report suggests that the future Pope John Paul II was in danger of not being born because of the precarious state of health of his mother Emilia Kaczorowska. The book, “The Mother of the Pope,” indicates Emilia Kaczorowska, married in 1905 with Karol Wojtyla, the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, rejected an abortion. According to the gynecologist Kindziuk of Wadowice, Jan Moskala, he mother had lost her daughter Olga, who died shortly after giving birth. The report says the doctor advised...

    01/15/2014 1:52:48 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 94 replies
    JCPenney is cutting 2,000 jobs and closing 33 stores as the battered department store seeks to revive revenue growth, the company announced Wednesday. The move will save about $65 million annually beginning in 2014, the company said. JCPenney, which has about 1,100 stores, has struggled to turn a profit since former CEO Ron Johnson was fired in April.
  • J.C. Penney cutting 2,000 jobs, closing 33 stores

    01/15/2014 2:54:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | January 15, 2014
    The bad news continues at J.C. Penney. The ailing retailer announced Wednesday that it was cutting 2,000 jobs and closing 33 "underperforming" stores in an effort to rein in expenses. The store closings -- listed here -- are likely to be complete by early May. J.C. Penney said it expected the moves to generate $65 million in annual cost savings.
  • Congressman from New York to marry same-sex partner

    01/14/2014 2:30:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 14, 2014
    U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York will become the second-ever sitting member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner, confirming plans on Tuesday to wed his companion of 21 years. Maloney, 47, a Democrat who represents a district about 70 miles north of New York City, got engaged to his partner, Randy Florke, on Christmas Day, according to the congressman's spokeswoman Stephanie Formas. They have three children together, she said.
  • Signature Count Begins in Effort to Overturn Calif. Law That Lets Boys Use Girls' Bathrooms

    01/09/2014 8:21:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 9, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Complete Headline: Signature Count Begins in Effort to Overturn Calif. Law That Lets Boys Use Girls' Bathrooms, Play on Girls’ Sports Teams The California Secretary of State’s press office confirmed on Wednesday that Secretary Debra Bowen has given all 58 counties in the state until Feb. 24 to count and verify every signature in a petition campaign to let voters decide whether a law that gives students the right to use facilities and take part in sports and other activities based on their “gender identity” and not their biological sex stands. Assembly Bill 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act,...