Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Lesbian comedian Rosie O' Donnell, who in November revealed that her longtime partner Kelli Carpenter had moved out of their home two years ago, is now dating Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a Texas-based artist with six kids.
The pair were spotted walking hand-in-hand in Miami Beach on Tuesday.
Last month, when asked if she was enjoying the single life, O'Donnell, 47 said, "I'm not. But on we grow, so to speak."
And in October, in an interview with Examiner.com, Kachtick-Anders said, "Maybe for a future plan, I'd like a date with an inspiring woman!"
Like O'Donnell, Kachtick-Anders is active in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting and adoption issues. She launched Open Arms Campaign, a non-profit organization to recruit and foster adoptive families that targets the LGBT community. "I have become an activist and work to educate everyone, not only about the plight of foster children," she wrote on TheRainbowBabies.com, "but also the inequality that faces LGBT people in their quest to create families." Kachtick-Anders has six children, five of whom are adopted, according to the Examiner.com.
O'Donnell, meanwhile, is gearing up for the airing on HBO in late January of A Family Is A Family Is A Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration, a documentary that challenges the traditional ideas of family.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
As some of you may already know, earlier this year I launched an online lesbian and dating personal site www.lesbiansanddating.com. And if you have been thinking about joining, now is the time to do it. Basic membership is free and if you decide to upgrade to a Premium Membership (where you can initiate an e-mail conversation or respond to a smile with an e-mail), now through 12/31/09 we are offering a special "After the Holidays" deal where you can get 1 month for only $24.95. All you have to do is enter the coupon code "xmone," when you upgrade your membership, it really is that easy.
Our Lesbian and Dating site is intended to serve as a safe, online meeting place for single lesbians of all ages who are looking for love, a relationship or just some fun.
Basic membership is free, and once you join you will be able to browse through the thousands of profiles from women living in your area, your country or around the world. And with over 7000 members, why not check it out.
What we offer:
- Create a profile and upload photos
- Receive and reply to E-mail from other members
- Freely send smiles to break the ice to any member
- Search Worldwide network of members
- All private data is held on secure servers so you don’t need to worry about identity theft
- Members personal information is kept secure and never given or sold to third parties
- You will never receive unsolicited e-mails
Join today and see for yourself.
Friday, December 25, 2009
BY FLASH SILVERMOON
Ah, another year passes and a new one unfolds right before our very eyes! We may all be a bit groggy from a Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse in Cancer from the night before and or too much New Year's cheer.
Some of us may have made resolutions that become a distant memory by mid month, but if you wait until mid month to make your resolutions, you just might be more likely to keep them.
I must admit that it will be hard to feel too much forward motion at the beginning of the month because Mercury, Mars, and Saturn are all retrograde. This means that the energy of these planets must wander inward before manifesting anything outwardly hence many situations can feel as if they are stuck in the mud or at least in slow mo.
The trick is to not waste too much energy pushing the river just because we have a New Year.. Winter time is always a time of contraction, of sorting out your life and options so no rush. Allow your options to be viewed like a tasty smorgasbord and if possible sample but don't get too attached to anything just yet.
If you have been in a funk or feeling kind of grumpy for the past month or so you are not alone. It's not even seasonal depression but a rather funky square aspect between Saturn and Pluto and a sluggish Mars that is causing all the fuss. These energies can make us even more conscious of our security needs which can cause fear for some. Of course if you become too involved with the madness of the fear mongers that pollute the air waves this energy will be heightened.
This is a wonderful time for self-examination as many issues that can remain hidden during easier times, are ripe for exploration now as Pluto demands that we dig deep into our core to become even more authentic and Saturn can give us the fortitude to do so. In this way, one can truly plumb the fertile darkness that may reveal hidden gifts if we are willing to take the time and effort to "get dirty".
On the lighter side of things, the Sun and Venus will be conjoined in Capricorn on Jan 8 with Mercury and Pluto occupying the same sign as well. Not exactly light because Saturn rules Capricorn. We can complain about the heaviness of the time or we can make heavy lemonade which can allow us to create sturdy structures that will in the long run give us a true and reliable security, this is Saturn's gift for those who are patient and not afraid to break a sweat.
Jan 13 will mark the beginning of Saturn's retro motion so we will get a chance to double check all of our decisions. Lots of changes mid month and managing to keep our balance will be interesting.
As if this wasn't enough intensity, the Annular Solar Eclipse in Capricorn occurs on Jan. 15 as Mercury comes out of retrograde.
Fortunately, sweet Venus is snuggling up to the Sun and Moon that are already quite cozy with each other making this a good time for romance.
The good news, is that all the energies that have been held back will flood forward and that can also be the bad news because if there has been a lot of frustration, which is likely on some fronts, angry words may also fly out of the box as well.
No doubt the whole Health Care Reform is being stymied by these regressive energies as well as fear mongering that has been hovering about the issue for a long time. With Saturn in the egalitarian sign of Libra, there is a strong need to make things FAIR and to some extent that can be most subjective and hence time consuming.
I must say, that I could think of several issues right off the top of my head that could be passed to institute a more egalitarian way of life like Marriage and the rights that offers for everyone who wants to be married, end DOMA, and Don't Ask Don't Tell and Equal Rights and Pay for everyone. What a fascinating experience that would be.
On Jan. 17 Jupiter will enter Pisces and finally separate all the way from its long time buddies Neptune and Chiron who will remain Siamese twins for this month as well.
Neptune periodically offers a rosy glow over these challenging times and it is crucial to balance these times of intensity with joy, pleasure, and light heartedness. Find the places and activities that help you to lighten up. In this way, you can find enjoyable and creative solutions for some of the tougher choices and changes we are encountering.
We will be defining what is truly important and ideally moving in that direction.
What are you made of and how do you want to move forward into this New Year, THE CHOICE IS YOURS, choose to use all of your options.
ARIES - What the hell! Mars moving backwards all month? I am just not having it. I need to move and action is my primary way of being in the world. I don't want to think too much about what i am doing that spoils my spontaneity which is like the air that I breathe. I want to speak to the management about this problem and.. I refuse to be tardy for the party.
TAURUS - Retro Mars, Saturn, no biggie with me. Slow and steady wins the race that's my way and a slower pace for me feels just right. Anything that is of value is worth waiting for and taking one's time that way you know what you are getting into or out of for that matter. And...sometimes slow can be absolutely delicious if you catch my drift.
GEMINI - Difficult times call for creative solutions and I have a dozen that I have been nurturing for the past week or so. The more challenges, the more I journal, blog and communicate. It helps me to stretch out my thoughts and look at all the options before me so that I do the right thing. I must admit, I do change my mind a bit but maybe the changes won;t come as fast for now.
CANCER - Everyone is so damned focused on their careers and making money. I have known all my life how to make something from nothing, how to stretch a meal or a budget. There's nothing more important than sitting around the table with friends and family and sharing a home cooked dinner or at least a good piping hot drink and pie. If you want to really feel at home and nurtured, c'mon over.
LEO - What a burn! Mars is in my sign all month but it doesn't want to go anywhere. I will have to really get very creative with all my energy and I know I can always do something. I just hope that somebody notices me because half of the reason that I create is to express myself but it can feel sort of empty if nobody sees me.
VIRGO - Leo, is there no end to your need for ego gratification?
Sometimes you have to do things that other people need to really make a difference.I still feel like I have a lot to accomplish and I look forward to the opportunities that the New Year offers. I know that I will be doing my part to push the envelope towards a more humane world.
LIBRA - I like the way you are thinking Virgo. My problem is that I have a hard time deciding which cause to throw my energy into so I wind up all over the place. I wouldn't want anyone to think that I was disinterested in their issues because one person's struggle is every one's struggle. One thing I do know is that equality needs to go all the way around.
SCORPIO -I like to really focus on one thing, one person, the deeper the better. How can you ever really know someone if you spill your energy everywhere. I am not always willing but true intimacy is my goal if I have to be honest. I am surprised that I am telling you all my secrets here but sometimes one must reveal to attract the one who can actually connect with enough depth to make it interesting.
SAGITTARIUS - "Don't ask me nothin' about nothin', 'cause I just might tell ya the truth." Uh huh with the tension lately my nerves are stretched to the limit so excuse me if I do not sugar coat but I really want to get to the bottom of things and then move along. I am tired of making excuses for everybody and leaving my needs unmet.I'm taking names.
CAPRICORN - I have to say that I am feeling right at home with all the Capricorn planets floating around me. I like to keep busy and have something to show for it at the end of the day . I am also willing to work long and hard to meet my responsibilities which are many but then I have the satisfaction to know it was done RIGHT! People respect me and they should because I respect myself and take pride in my accomplishments and that matters to me.
AQUARIUS - I am still feeling pulled by Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron which makes it hard to take a solid position on anything but Jupiter will be moving into Pisces so the overwhelm factor will not be so strong for a change. I do feel like I have gotten a better handle on parts of my personality that have literally been under construction these months. I like who is showing up these days.
PISCES - Oh Jupiter, you big old planet, I am so ready for your grand wisdom and style. It will be quite the contrast to having Saturn and its contracted ways dogging my every step so bring it, I AM READY! Haven't had nearly enough laughs and giggles and you are nothing if not humorous. Even if I have some tough lessons still , if I can have some humor to make the medicine go down that really works for me.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL
BLESSINGS FLASH SILVERMOON
In case you haven’t noticed, this is not your Mama’s Astrological report. I deliberately let the signs talk right to you, giving them a voice that really tells it like it is!
I have endeavored to make it more gender neutral to speak to all sexual preferences and identities.
If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign.
For deeper questions and readings of an Astrological or Psychic nature, feel free to call 352 475.2432 for an apt.or contact me through my website www.Flashsilvermoon.com.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Despite her screams and tearful pleas to stop, a mob of young girls allegedly beat and repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old girl in a violent and disturbing attack that police suggested could have resulted in a homicide.
No one was able to stop the assailants and no one bothered to call 911 while the assault was in progress during an underage drinking party at a North End home late Saturday.
"She was lying on the bed and they stabbed her six or seven times all over," said a 20-year-old woman who watched part of the attack, which occurred at her family's College Avenue home.
"She was crying and pleading with them to stop stabbing her."
Despite suffering multiple stab wounds and other injuries, the victim survived and is out of hospital.
The suspects are 13 to 16. Two are charged with attempted murder.
The vicious assault took place possibly because of a love triangle between the victim and two suspects, the woman said.
"These other girls were jealous (of the victim)," said the woman, whose name can't be published because it would identify her younger sister and other minors allegedly responsible.
The woman said her sister was involved with the victim, which angered another girl her sister used to be involved with.
Kicked in door
It's alleged that girl confronted the victim about an offensive comment made behind her back and knocked the victim to the floor while about seven girls drank alcohol in the basement.
Four girls ganged up on the victim, punching and kicking her in the face and smashing her head with a 1.1-kg weight used for weightlifting, said the woman, who was watching TV upstairs.
Eventually, the girl fled upstairs, running past the woman, and locked herself in a bedroom but the suspects kicked in the door, the woman said.
The scorned girl grabbed a small knife from a kitchen drawer, gave it to a second girl and urged her to stab the victim, said the woman, who was the lone adult present.
This occurred while two girls, aged five and seven, were asleep in bed down the hall.
The woman said efforts to stop the attack were futile. She said she didn't call 911 because she was afraid.
Police said the victim, who suffered stab wounds to the upper and lower body, blacked out. The suspects fled.
The woman said the bloodied victim called police and her parents.
Police said the call was received shortly after 11:55 p.m.
The suspects were arrested Tuesday, police said.
Two girls, aged 13 and 14, who allegedly handled the knife, are charged with attempted murder and other offences.
Charges against two others, aged 13 and 16, include assault with a weapon.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - Five Republican House members are urging the president of Uganda to oppose a proposed law that would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans.
The lawmakers say they are all men of faith, and that the bill is antithetical to the Christian belief of "inherent dignity and worth" of all people. The congressmen used a Tuesday letter to urge President Yoweri Museveni to stop the bill from becoming law.
The bill would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act faces life imprisonment.
The letter that was sent out was signed by Reps. Frank Wolf of Virginia, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, Trent Franks of Arizona and Anh "Joseph" Cao of Louisiana.
The District of Columbia is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by opponents of same-sex marriage.
The plaintiffs, led by local pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, are seeking to get their proposed ban on gay marriage on the ballot. They are suing after the Board of Elections and Ethics turned them down.
City lawyers filed a response Friday. They say the ballot initiative would violate the city's Human Rights Act because it seeks to deny benefits on the basis of sexual orientation.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6.
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed a bill legalizing gay marriage on Friday, and the measure is expected to pass congressional review.
Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give gay couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
If you're in a relationship and looking for a little direction, there is a new Relationship "self help" Book out by Frances S. Fuchs Ph.D., called, "Working it Out: A Lesbian Relationship Primer."
Relationships are both our source of deepest satisfaction and our greatest distress. While many books are written with the goal of helping couples, most are written with heterosexual relationships in mind. This workbook specifically addresses issues that lesbians face such as coming out, domestic partnership or marriage commitment, and the effects of homophobia (both internalized and external). Working It Out contains steps for overcoming these specific roadblocks, as well as information and exercises to develop your emotional bonds, your communication skills, your decision-making ease and your fair fighting abilities. Designed to further your understanding of and your connection to the one you love, it is written with humor, kindness and practicality to assist you in your quest for loving, healthy and successful relating.
by JP Mangalindan
One feature Netflix users have always taken for granted, privacy, might be in danger if they're one of the 480,000 members whose information was shared as part of a contest to improve the company's popular movie recommendation system. According to Wired, a closeted lesbian mother going by the pseudonym "Jane Doe" filed a lawsuit yesterday against the rental giant, claiming it had, among other things, broken a federal privacy law protecting citizens' video rental information.
The backstory: Netflix started a contest back in September 2006 that gave 50,000 contestants vying for $1 million two sets of data. The first included 100 million movie ratings, the date of the rating, subscriber IDs, and movie info culled from some 480,000 customers. The goal? Create a movie recommendation algorithm at least 10-percent more accurate than Netflix's own.
Though user data had been anonymized through a common method called perturbation, that didn't stop two savvy University of Texas researchers from figuring out the real identities, political leanings, and even sexual orientation of several Netflix users, by cross-referencing data given by the company to reviews posted on IMDB. Which is why Doe is concerned: if information like her sexual orientation became available, it might negatively affect her and her family's lives, she stated in her complaint. But, we point out: the Netflix findings aren't public, and the ability to re-link identities to connect to other Web profiles is neither encouraged nor part of the contest. Netflix never gives users the option to state a sexual preference, so the claim that raw data can be used to predict sexuality outside of Netflix is either suggesting movie choice determines type of person, or it's Netflix's fault for allowing researchers to look outside of the given data set.
However, Doe does bring up a crucial point, as her suit also aims to stop Netflix from starting the second phase of its contest, which would provide even more information about customers, like ZIP codes, ages, and gender. If that comes to pass, Wired remarks that it's 87-percent possible to take someone's age, tastes, and ZIP code and hunt them down on the Internet. With these tangible, real-world (and identifiable values), Netflix is breaching user privacy (especially if those accounts opt to be hidden).
Therefore, it appears the Netflix contest really did succeed in what it set out to do, which was accurately glean our preferences and choices via movie lists. So while movie recommendations might be more accurate going forward, remember: every time you rate a movie, song, or TV show, bits of yourself are released into the cyber-sphere.
From Switch.com and Wired.com
Friday, December 18, 2009
by Kilian Melloy, Edge - Boston, MA
Continuing in his efforts to reach out to Britain’s GLBT community, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for the adoption of civil unions for gay and lesbian families across all of Europe.
Thirteen European nations already offer civil unions or some similar option for same-sex couples; in addition to Britain, Germany and France provide many of the same rights, obligations, and protections to gay and lesbian families as those enjoyed by married heterosexuals.
Additionally, in a handful of nations--Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden among them--full-fledged marriage equality is the law of the land. Portugal is contemplating marriage equality, and Ireland is moving toward civil unions. However, in a number of Eastern European nations, marriage equality is banned as a matter of constitutional law.
Brown would like to see protections for gay and lesbian families extended into Eastern European countries as well, a Dec. 17 CourierMail.com.au story said. Several Eastern European nations--Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary--offer civil unions, although in many Eastern European countries anti-gay prejudices still linger and enshrined in law.
With the recent passage of civil unions legislation in Austria, which is a conservative Catholic nation, equality advocates in other Catholic countries such as Poland have a precedent to cite as they argue for their rights, noted a Dec. 17 Inter-Press Service article. But homophobia runs deep in some Eastern European societies, the article noted: Poland’s president, Lech Kazcynski, has said that gays would bring about the end of the world, and the mayor of Moscow, Yuriy Luzkhov, declared that gays were "satanic" and banned a Pride parade in the city. Pride events in Russia and in Poland have been met with violence by anti-gay protesters; the Ukraine has barred Pride events altogether.
Brown recognized that his grand vision for equality across Europe would not be easy to achieve, but he said that his government was attempting to broker arrangements in which British civil unions would be honored everywhere in Europe. "I’m fighting to get all the countries in Europe to recognize civil partnerships carried out in Britain," said Brown, adding, "We want countries where that hasn’t been the case--especially in eastern Europe--to recognize them.
"Of course it will be tough," Brown noted, "and will take many years, but that has never ever been a good reason not to fight."
Kilian Melloy reviews media, conducts interviews, and writes commentary for EDGEBoston, where he also serves as Assistant Arts Editor.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, applauded the Washington, D.C. Council’s overwhelming vote today for final passage of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage.
“Today’s vote is a victory for all D.C. residents, whose relationships will soon be treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the law,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “This legislation is an important and historic step towards equal dignity, equal respect and equal rights for same-sex couples here in our nation’s capital, which also preserves the right of clergy and congregations to adhere to their faiths. The legislation the Council passed today reinforces the legal equality and religious freedoms to which all D.C. residents are entitled.”
“Congratulations to the D.C. Council – particularly Councilmember David Catania who spearheaded this bill - Mayor Fenty and the many advocates of equality in our community who have worked so hard for, and will vigorously fight to protect marriage equality in D.C. We look forward to the Mayor’s signature and the day not too far off when same-sex couples in D.C. will be able to enjoy all the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage,” added Solmonese.
The D.C. Council voted today 11 to 2 to give final approval to the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009. The vote recognizing same-sex marriage was the second in two weeks for the Council, which approved the bill in an initial vote on December 1, 2009 by the same margin. Since last July, D.C. law has recognized marriages by same-sex couples from other jurisdictions, including foreign countries. The new legislation would permit same-sex couples to marry in D.C. itself while ensuring that clergy and religious organizations would not be required to provide services, accommodations, facilities or goods for the solemnization of a same-sex marriage.
The legislation now goes to the desk of Mayor Fenty, who has said he will sign it. The law would take effect at the conclusion of the Congressional review period, which lasts for 30 legislative days following the Mayor’s signature.
Opponents of marriage equality have attempted to overturn the legislation by proposing a ballot initiative to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled last month that the proposed initiative would violate the D.C. Human Rights Act and therefore was not a proper subject matter for the referendum process under D.C. law. Opponents have sued in D.C. Superior Court despite the fact that last June, a Superior Court judge ruled that a similar proposed referendum prohibiting recognition of marriages by same-sex couples performed in other jurisdictions would violate the D.C. Human Rights Act and therefore was ineligible for the ballot.
At this time, five states recognize marriage for same-sex couples under state law: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire (effective January 1, 2010). New York recognizes marriages by same-sex couples legally entered into in another jurisdiction. Five states—California, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada—plus D.C. provide same-sex couples with access to the state level benefits and responsibilities of marriage, through either civil unions or domestic partnerships.
Hawaii, Colorado, Maine, Maryland and Wisconsin provide same-sex couples with limited rights and benefits. California recognized marriage by same-sex couples between June and November of 2008, before a slim majority of voters approved Proposition 8, which purports to amend the state constitution to prohibit marriage equality. Couples married during that window remain married under California law, but all other same-sex couples can only receive a domestic partnership within the state. The state will recognize out of state same-sex marriages that occurred before November 5, 2008 as marriages and those that occurred on or after November 5, 2008 as domestic partnerships. The Prop. 8 vote has been challenged in federal court; a decision is not expected any time soon.
Same-sex couples do not receive federal rights and responsibilities anywhere in the United States. To learn more about state by state legislation, visit: www.hrc.org/state_laws.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thinking about New Year's Eve yet? Maybe dinner and dancing? Well, if you haven't made any plans, here is a list of 2009/2010 lesbian and LGBT New Year's Eve events from around the US. Since this is a work in progress you may want to check back now and again to see what I have added. Also, if you know of any events I haven't listed, please email me the details and I will be sure to add it to the list.
Mad Myrna's New year's Eve Extravaganza
Two Dance Floors, Party Stuff and toast at Midnight. Tickets are $10, event starts at 9:30pm.
Shall We Dance, New Year's Eve
$75:00 per person in advance $90:00 at the door
Shall We Dance? offers its thirteenth New Year's Eve dance for the Gay and Lesbian community no need to be a Shall We Dance? student. This is not a couples-only event, so come kick up your heels with us, dance in the New Year and start 2010 right.A delicious international buffet dinner and pastries Champagne at midnight (Sparkling cider if you prefer)Gloria's famous Cadbury-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries Noisemakers Mixers
Prizes (including a $75.00 series to Shall We Dance?)
Girlbar New Years Eve
80's & 90's with a twist with DJ Beau
@ Ultra Suede – 661 North Robertson Blvd.
$20 Advance ($30 at the Door)
NEW YEARS EVE 2009 / 2010
“TWISTED” 80’S & 90’S
2 Dj’s – 2 Dance Floors
- Cash Balloon Drop
- Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight
- New Years Party Favors
Trip The Light Fantastics Very Last NYE Dance
200 grand Ave.
Dec 31st 2009 Trip the Light Fantastic presents For LGBTQI community and it's friends Beginning partner dance lesson 8.30 to 9.00pm. Non stop dancing till 1am. What better place to welcome in the New Year, meet new friends and old, and celebrate the past.
NYE Consciousness Party- LookingBackMovingForward
A ritualistic ceremony for learning from the old and embracing the new. Clarify the power of intention, Create the life you want. *What:* A ceremony of spiritual alignment and intentional journey. Come and learn from ancient and modern spiritual practices and let them help u on your journey to your core. We will be dancing & singing around the fire, chanting, meditating, singing, laughing, talking and listening as we share a space of hope, joy and well being with our very own community.
390 27th Street, Oakland CA
Tasty & Coochielicious New Year's Eve
w/ DJ Jacatac
The Blue Moon Phenomenon
"A Magical & Experiential "
Night of Mayhem
Thursday, December 31 at 7:00pm
Friday, January 1 at 1:00am
Humanity Garden Hall,
San Francisco, CA
Beyond Beyond: A Queer New Year's Eve Party
The Make Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Bring in 2010 at The Make Out Room & have your best New Year's Eve yet.
Black & gold balloon and confetti drop!
Complimentary midnight champagne toast!
Foxy & festive photographs by Amos Mac!
San Francisco, CA
The Marga Gomes New Year's Eve Spectacular 2009/2010
This year Marga shares the limelight with three hot new queer stand-ups David Hawkins, Ben Lerman and Natasha Muse.
1360 Mission St, Suite #200
San Francisco CA 94103
To request a brochure call 415-552-4100 or email email@example.com
San Francisco, CA
Juanita More! New Years Eve
601 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Nightlife tastemaker Juanita MORE! joins forces with the best and brightest of SF's queer club scene to present a boogie buffet of beats, beautiful boys and girls, and after-dark shenanigans.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
New Year's Eve Dance
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Whitcomb Hotel, 1231 Market St., San Francisco
New Year's Eve dance in the beautiful ballroom of the Hotel Whitcomb! Please join us for a festive night as the country-western dance community gathers to ring in the new year together. Lessons from 8:00 to 9:00 (beginning two-step at 8:00, line dance at 8:30), then open dancing 9:00 to 1:00 am.
Admission will be $20 at the door, or $15 in advance. Advance tickets are available now through December 27 at Sundance Saloon, or on-line.
Santa Rosa, CA
GLAM New Years Eve 2010!
Inside the new Days Inn
3345 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Brien Perry and CSquared Productions Proudly Present GLAM New Years Eve 2010! Yes you heard it right.... Brien Perry is back on board to bring you and your besties the BIGGEST HOTTEST New Years Eve Party North of the Gate!
- Free Champagne Toast @ Midnight
- Balloon Drop with Cash Prizes inside!
- Free Party favors
- Room Rates start @ $79 for a Deluxe 2 bed room with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Champagne in the room awaiting your arrival!
- Special Surprises throughout the night!
- For VIP Bottle Service call Joy 707.....332.4630...
- Full Red Carpet so Dress to Impress!
- Photographers will be on hand!
- Early Arrival is HIGHLY Suggested as this will be a Sell Out Event!
- Doors Open 9pm with a $10 cover charge for the Mature 21+
Santa Rosa, CA
Sapphire NYE 2010, a party for Queer girlz and boyz and our Friends at the Beautiful HILTON
3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa
Thursday, December 31, 2009
- Dance with your Closest friends as we bring in the New Year with Gratitude, Groove, & Style......Festive, Elegant Attire Encouraged!!
- Special $99 Room Rate at the Hilton !!
- Doors open at 8:30 pm - 1 am Free Parking
- Plentiful Seating
- Danceable Music at Comfortable Vibe with DJ temadancer & DJ James Calamera
- 21 & over Please
Bobbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-292-1520.
Presale Tickets $20 available at our Website!!
New Year's Eve Celebration - "Betty's List" & Olivia Travel
Dinner Dance, Dessert & Celebration!
With "Betty's List" & Olivia Travel
Couples, Singles, all ages, all women, one & all are welcome. Dinner,
dancing, dessert, champagne toast and a panoramic view like none other. You
and yours are invited to join us! - Betty
Ondine-558 Bridgeway, 2nd Floor, Sausalito
Early Bird Cost: $105 Per Person
(Includes Dinner and Non-Alcoholic Beverage,
Dance, Dessert, Champagne Celebration; Tax/Gratuities also included.)
Dress: Festive for the Occasion - Elegant Costumes Too!
Reservation Information or Questions:
Questions: Call "Betty's List" - 415-503-1375
or E-mail: BettyEventInfo@aol.com
New Year's Eve Party 'Bang'
HipChicksOut and BabesArounDenver team up again for a New Year's rager
"Bang" at The Annex.
3090 Downing (31st and Downing near downtown).
Presale Tix for only $10 purchased no later than 12/28/09 ($15 at the door) available at www.babesaroundenver.com
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Women's New year's Eve Dinner & Dance
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
$95 in advance, $50 for Dance only
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
2010 Exclusive Ladies Bash
1322 U Street NW
The biggest women's party will be at hosted by A-2-Zee Events, B.O.I. Marketing and Promotions, Midnight Intrigue Events, Nikisha, and Phatgirlchic.com with partners including LURe, ADKLN, LiveOUT Events, Savage Entertainment and more!
Lace Exclusive New Years Celebration
2214 Rhode Island Avenue
5:00pm - 2:00am
$25 Limited Advance Tickets.
New Moon New year's Eve
2440 Wilton Dr Fort Lauderdale,
The best party on the Drive is FREE at New Moon. No cover!
- DJ Rae Rae will be spinning all night long so you can end AND start your year getting your groove on!
- FREE champagne to toast at midnight.
- We'll have plenty of FREE party hats, noise makers and other cool stuff to bring the new year in style.
- Drink specials and no cover.
St Pete, FL
Chiq Bar New Year's Eve Bash 2010
4900 66th Street N
St. Pete, Fl
Open until 2:00am
My Sister's Room New Year's Eve Party 2010
222 E. Howard Ave.,
Atlanta (Decatur) GA
8:00pm - 2:00am
Min. Age 21+
Atlanta , GA
New Year's Eve at Mary's
1287 Glenwood Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
LGBT New Year's Eve Extravaganza with Michelle Balan!
The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center - Northampton
One Atwood Drive, Northampton
Coconuts New Year's Eve
311 West Madison Street
8:00pm - 2:00am
New Year's Eve @ Hideaway
105 Canal St
Malden, MA 02148
We will be celebrating in the elegant Terrace Ball Room on the 2nd floor.
We will start the night off with hors d’oeuvres and to be followed by a New Year’s Dinner featuring a buffet, all prepared by our special chef along with desert.
After dinner, dance the night away to R&B, Latin and Hip Hop music of D.J. Mojo.
In addition we will be having live entertainment with a champagne toast.
Price for this special event is $35.00 per person. Purchase your tickets today as the price will increase after Dec 12th. Any questions e-mail Hideaway0101@yahoo.com or call 617 877 1808
Ann Arbor, MI
Living Out Loud LGBT New Year's Eve Party
- Dinner at The Melting Pot
- 4 courses with a Champagne toast
- Private 3rd floor VIP seating for LGBT
- LGBT Party at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
- One complimentary drink of your choice
- Hors d’oeuvres served
- Only $98 per person
- Limited number of romantic booths on Lover’s Lane overlooking Downtown A2
- Seating available for those looking to mingle (limit of 40)
- Professional DJ spinning all the hits
- Cash bar and Complimentary coffee station
- New Year’s Eve Party fun & favors
- Discounted room rates with breakfast
New Year's Eve 2010
The Rainbow Room
6640 E. 8 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI
Tickets $15 Open until 4:00am
NEW YEAR'S 2010 at the Highlands Inn
Bring in the New Year with a great dinner followed by a fabulous party with DJs and champagne. Festivities begin with pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres served in our fireplaced living room. Dinner features succulent prime rib (alternative available for non-meat eaters), lots of veggies, and a fantastic selection of homemade desserts. Then we party! There is no better place to dance the night away and ring in the New Year! Four-night minimum. Packages are $740-$1,180 per couple.
Santa Fe, NM
Studio 54 One More Night - NYE Party
The Silverlight Lounge
500 Rodeo Road
- 2 Dance Floors
- 2 Bars
- Champagene Toast
- 8:30 - 1:00am
Girls 101 New Years Eve Dance Party
149 Van Winkle Ave., Garfield NJ
Thursday, December 31, 2009
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
New York, NY
Shescape Big Juicy New Year's Eve Bash
The Apple 17 Waverly Place
$25 Party Admission
Doors Open at 9pm
New York, NY
438 Hudson Street
NY, New York
FLO (little black nothing) NEW YEARS EVE BASH
Thursday, December 31, 2009
400 South Summit Street
Charlotte, NC 28208
Doors Open: 9PM-2AM
Cost: $15 (all night)
Dress Code: Sexxy Black (encouraged but not a must to enter)
FLO: For Lesbians Only and women who are comfortable around women who love women
Hot Flash Dance Party Presents New Years 2010
New Years Eve (for seasoned lesbians) at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach, at the Oregon/Washington border. Semi-formal to formal attire 8pm - 1am, tickets $40-$45.
Featuring Jody Crocker and performances by The B.B. Dolls.
Smoke-free dancing with DJ Lauren. Contact the Red Lion directly [503-283-4466] and ask for the "Hot Flash" discount.
Located in the PET-FRIENDLY Red Lion on the River, we are right at the WA/OR border - an easy commute with a fabulous hotel, a sophisticated event complete with filling hors d'oeuvres and great performers - all waiting to give you one of the best New Year's Eves you'll ever experience and - o, did I mention hundreds of women?
East Stroudsburg (Pocono Mountains), PA
New Years 2010 Celebration at Rainbow Mountain Resort
Advance tickets for the evening's happenings in the Nightclub (DJ JoeyZ, Karaoke with Rich, Champagne Toast at midnight, Breakfast Buffet, the obligatory Hats and Horns - although no one really wants to mess their hair, and [yes, Amanda knows it's been mentioned to death, but reading about themselves is their lifeblood] the two-and-only Carol Ann and Heaven Leigh) are only $15 in advance and $20 on 12-31-09.
Party into 2010 with Silk
Tickets $65 each ot 2 for $120 (before Nov. 30th)
Sisters New Years Eve Party 2010
1320 Chancellor Street
Top Shelf Open Bar
Loaded Dinner Buffett
Countdown with Hats and Horns
Tickets $25 advance/ $30 at the door
Girlspot New Year's Eve
150 Point Street, Providence, RI
$15/$20 in Advance
$20/$25 at Door
Open Until 3am
Late Night Buffet
Sister's Edge II New Year's Eve.
113 San Jacinto
Check their Website for more info
Chances New Year's Eve Party
Houston Texas 77006
New Year's Eve Open House Party
Thursday, December 31 @ 10:00 pm
609 E. Market Street
Featuring the best music from 2009 and a champagne toast at midnight. $5 for members; $20 for non-members.
Wildrose Lesbian New Year's Eve
Giant New Year's Eve Street Party under heated tents
1021 East Pike Street
Cherry Queer New Year's Eve Party
1114 Howell Street
Doors open at 10:00pm
Advance Tickets $8
$10 at door
21 and over
Hot Flash Dance New Years Eve
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach, at the Oregon/Washington border.
Semi-formal to formal attire 8pm - 1am, tickets $40-$45.
Featuring Jody Crocker and performances by The B.B. Dolls.
Smoke-free dancing with DJ Lauren.
Contact the Red Lion directly [503-283-4466] and ask for the "Hot Flash" discount.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"Tonight, my beautiful girlfriend has just asked me to marry her and check out this rock," "Bam! That is a 17-carat diamond ring from my baby."
Johnson, who was recently arrested under suspicion of grand-theft, admitted, "Yes, we are engaged and very excited about starting our life together."
Showing off her engagement ring, Tequila added: "My baby takes care of me. Beat that J.Lo! Beat that Khloé and Lamar!"
Below is the Ustream video...although I have to admit, I couldn't get past the first 60 secs, some of you may find it entertaining...just not really my thing.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
For the last few year's I have compiled a list of Lesbian New Year's Eve events from all over the US. However, each year it seems to get harder and harder to find any information about these events. I am not sure if it is because there are less lesbian NYE events going on or that clubs are holding off to the last minute to do any marketing. Either way, I was hoping that perhaps you all could help me out. SO, if you know of any Lesbian or LGBT New Year's Eve events coming up, I would love if you could email the info to me, that way, I can get my list finalized and up on the blog before the end of this week.
Thanks for all your help in advance!
WASHINGTON - Martina Navratilova’s lesbian lover has slapped the tennis great with a lawsuit, claiming she was unexpectedly dumped and left with nothing.
Martina and her lesbian lover-of-eight years Toni Layton held an unofficial wedding ceremony in which they allegedly agreed to share all assets earned and obtained while in a relationship.
Layton was appointed grantor and trustee of her “wife’s” estate in 2002 but was removed from the position in 2008 after Martina accused her of “abusing” her power for “improper purposes”.
And now, Layton has hit back seeking damages over a million dollars, according to her attorney, Ray Rafool.
“Nine years ago in their promise ceremony they agreed to share their lives, careers and the fruits of their business relationship,” Fox News quoted Rafool as saying.
“Martina cooked up the claim that Toni abused the trustee position. We’re suing for well over a million dollars but we’re still trying to determine the value of the assets and they (Navratilova’s counsel) are doing everything they can do to stop us find the truth,” Rafool added.
But Vincent Carissimi, from Navratilova’s legal counsel, denied the claims, tagging them baseless.
He said: “We’ve stated very clearly in our court papers that we believe Ms. Layton’s claims are totally meritless, and we’ve stated in the counter claim that we filed on behalf of Ms. Navratilova that in fact, we think it’s Ms. Layton who owes money to Ms. Navratilova.
“So our position is pretty clearly set forth in those papers and I’m not inclined as I said, to do anything but try this in court where it belongs.” (ANI)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I saw this great article on Queerty this morning and knew I had to share it with you all!
"Homos aren't the only ones livid over yesterday's marriage defeat in New York. Jamie Frevele, a heterosexual New Yorker gal, is pissed too. Jamie, you see, was born with the right to marry the person she loves, because she is a straight person. But she's a single gal in the big city, and believes it's unlikely she'll be exercising that right anytime soon. So she's auctioning it off to the highest bidder. We'd say something about how the auction is "open to all," but let's be honest: While homos can bid, they can never win.
Before eBay takes it down — immutable rights can't be sold, can they? — go here to see the auction item. Jamie, a media industry vet, tells Queerty that any proceeds will go to The Point Foundation, the mentoring group for LGBT youth. For the curious:
New York State has voted down marriage equality. A lot of people just don't believe all adults should be allowed to get married, usually for religious reasons, which is silly because you need to obtain a license from the state to get married, and there's a separation of church and state in this country, so denying someone the right to get married based on their sexual orientation is actually against the Constitution. The 14th Amendment, actually: Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
I'm an unmarried heterosexual woman, and since I probably won't be using my right to get married, I would like to give it away. I would like to sell it to the highest bidder and donate the proceeds to an organization that supports LGBT rights since the government designed to protect all of us is picking and choosing based on what they think is icky, weird, or unkown to them.
Bid now, and you can have my super wonderful privilege and legal ability to get married as many times as you want in a classy place like the one pictured. You don't have to know the person, you don't have to like them, you don't have to think through your decision to get married or anything – you can just do it! Because you can! Come on, it's cool to get married, and think of the pictures you'll have to show people of this person that they will definitely think is so wrong for you and probably is! But heavens to BETSY, do NOT marry someone of the same gender because that would be a mockery of the institution of marriage.
And if it doesn't work out, just get divorced. Half the cool people who get married do that anyway.
I will write you up a fancy, wonderful, articulate proclamation handing over my right to get married. I have no official documentation because this is something I was born with since I was born heterosexual. Unfortunately, this is only a symbolic gesture. However, since I'm picky and difficult, it's probably something that, if a physical object, would have been considered pristine and shiny after some dusting. Your bid, on the other hand, is real, and the donation you make to an organization that supports those who have been treated as second-class citizens will be well worth it.
I have not named an organization yet because I thought I would see if anyone wanted to join me on this journey rather than drag them into something they're not serious about, ready for, etc.
Free shipping included.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Baxter, 62, revealed to The Advocate that after three marriages and five children, she started dating women seven years ago, after testing the waters with a brief fling six years prior.
"I've been married three times, and I have a slew of children, but I've never felt that kind of connection before in that kind of awakening. It was very profound for me," Baxter said of her revelation.
While she came out to family and friends, she kept her sexuality quiet, deciding to go public after taking a Caribbean cruise last month with thousands of other gay women, among them Top Gun actress Kelly McGillis.
Baxter says she's been in a four-year relationship with Nancy Locke, a building contractor. The couple have been living together for the past two years.
While she earned a Daytime Emmy nod playing a lesbian mom on CBS' Other Mothers back in 1993, the tube star admitted that at the time she was clueless about her own internal struggle about her sexuality.
She attributes part of her awakening to not only going sober almost two decades ago, but also to living a more open life after years of therapy to deal with her marital problems, her mother's death and her battle with breast cancer.
The reaction so far from friends, colleagues and Family Ties fans has been nothing but positive.
"The message I get is that I'm America's mom," said Baxter. "And because research seems to show that people who have someone who is gay in their family—or a friend or just know someone in the community who is gay—they seem to have a more open attitude about gay and lesbian issues. So I can say I'm still that mom."
She also hoped that her coming out will inspire others in similar circumstances.
"I am still the same person. I'm nonthreatening, I'm very friendly, I'm accessible, and if they can say, "OK, well, she's a lesbian, maybe that's not such a scary thing. And if she can come out and say that without too much fear, then maybe I can do that."
The Photo is of Meredith Baxter (bottom right) with her twins Mollie and Peter, and her partner Nancy Locke.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Earlier this month Window Media, the largest chain of LGBT newspapers in the US, abruptly went out of business. Although Window Media had been in financial trouble for a while, their employees had been told a possible reorganization or sale of the company was in the works, not a liquidation.
“We found out when two of the corporate officers were waiting for us when we got to work this morning,” said Kevin Naff, editor of The Blade, a 40-year-old paper that was one of the most important publications written for a gay audience. “It’s not a complete surprise. The abruptness of it was what was surprising.”
Employees at Southern Voice, an Atlanta-based gay paper also owned by Window Media, found their offices locked when they went in to work and a note posted on the door saying that the company had ceased operation. It told the workers to return in 2 days with boxes to collect their belongings.
The names of the Publications owned by Window Media are: The Washington Blade, Southern Voice, The Houston Voice, The South Florida Blade, David Atlanta magazine and 411 Magazine.
Luckily, a few of these magazine have already found ways to continue publishing. 411 Magazine will now publish under the name Mark's List Magazine, starting next month. And a new iteration of the Washington Blade, called The D.C. Agenda, will also launch in December. And most recently, I heard that in the effort to create a new gay publication to replace the Southern Voice, the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation, which was started by an Atlanta gay activist/businessman to help promote the GLBT community, gave a $12,000 matching grant.
As more news about these publications becomes available, I will be sure to keep you posted.
Friday, November 27, 2009
There is a new social network site exclusively for LESBIANS. Meet, greet, & chat up local or long distance lesbians! Lezzbook.com is designed to be a safe and fun meeting place for ALL lesbians! Just like other social networks you can add pictures, content, music, and videos with the profile page design of YOUR choice! But unlike other social networks there is no need to worry that your family, "straight friends", or business contacts will see your "lesbian communications". On Lezbook.com you have two options, either choose to have only approved "members" see your profile or you can choose to make your profile public to all members of Lezzbook.com.
Lezzbook.com fills the a void in the lesbian community by creating an open and inviting environment. Their goal is to provide an environment where women can talk, meet, post events, become informed through interesting articles regarding lesbian life and engage with other women without boundaries.
And when you sign up for Lezzbook, in the "Where You Found Us" part, put LD2010 or Lesbiansanddating.com. See you online!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This week that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a statement late Tuesday about the decision by ABC's "Good Morning America" to cancel a scheduled performance by Adam Lambert on Wednesday morning's (November 25) show in light of the singer's controversial appearance at the American Music Awards on Sunday night.
"Some music performances, regardless of the sexual orientation of the performer, are tailored for a primetime audience but not for a morning show audience," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in the statement. "It is disappointing that 'Good Morning America' did not give Adam Lambert the opportunity to tailor his performance to their audience, as he did on their show in August 2009," when he performed the Muse cover "Starlight."
After receiving 1,500 viewer complaints about Lambert's show-closing performance on the ABC broadcast — during which he kissed a male keyboard player, grabbed a female dancer's crotch, dragged another around by her ankles and mimed getting oral sex from a male dancer — GMA pulled the plug on the appearance. "Given his controversial live performance on the American Music Awards we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning," read a statement from the network.
On Tuesday, Lambert was quickly offered a replacement spot on rival CBS' "Early Show," which aired his performance and interview on Wednesday.
Barrios added, "We applaud the CBS 'Early Show' for taking this opportunity to work with Lambert on a performance that is entertaining for an early morning television audience." A spokesperson for GLAAD added that during calls between the organization and "GMA," spokespeople for the morning news program said that sexual orientation did not play a role in their decision. GLAAD suggested that "GMA" work with and host Lambert at some point and continue to make gay and lesbian performers and guests welcome on the program in the future. A spokesperson for "GMA" confirmed the nature of the discussion to MTV News.
Lambert took the cancellation in stride, telling "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show on Tuesday that he respected the show's decision. "They gotta do what they gotta do," Lambert said. "It's too bad. I think there were a lot of fans who were excited to come see me. They probably had a lot of pressure coming at them from certain people who weren't happy about it. I respect their decision — I don't necessarily agree with it, but they need to do what they need to do. ... It's really not that big of a deal. I'm not a babysitter, I'm a performer."
The singer also revealed on Tuesday that the most controversial bits of his AMA coming out party were spontaneous and even surprised him.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Several Jackson Memorial Hospital nurses personally apologized to Janice Langbehn, a Washington state lesbian who said a Jackson social worker wouldn't allow her to be with her dying partner in 2007.
"We certainly are sorry for the pain and suffering she felt," said Martha Baker, a registered nurse and president of SEIU local 1991, the union representing about 5,000 doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals at Jackson.
"I apologize," said registered nurse Norberto Molina, chairman of theunion's gay Lavender Caucus. "I can't imagine what you went through."
The apologies came at a town hall-style meeting Thursday night at Unity on the Bay church, in which Langbehn returned to Miami as a speaker. Baker, Molina and two other Jackson nurses, Jim Nicholson and Diane Poirier, along with 60 other people, attended the meeting.
Langbehn, whose lawsuit against Jackson was dismissed in September by a federal court in Miami, gracefully welcomed the nurses’ personal gesture. But she still want the hospital to apologize formally.
"The management has to do it," Langbehn said.
langbehn She tearfully told the audience of her final moments with longtime partner Lisa Pond, who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on Feb. 18, 2007, shortly before they were to sail with their three children on a Caribbean cruise for gay families.
At Jackson, Langbehn said, a social worker would not let her visit Pond because Florida is "an anti-gay state." Pond, 39, died the next day.
From the beginning, Jackson said Langbehn was not discriminated against and defended social worker Garnett Frederick, who denied making the comment.
Langbehn, with the help of Lambda Legal, sued the hospital. The case, which received publicity around the country, was dismissed without a decision whether Jackson discriminated against Langbehn because she is gay. The court determined Jackson had no legal obligation to allow anyone to visit a patient.
“It’s my duty to speak out, that this should never happen to another family of ours,” said Langbehn, seated next to her attorney, Beth Littrell of Lambda Legal in Atlanta, Stratton Pollitzer of Equality Florida and Miami attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, who specializes in nontraditional-family issues. C.J. Ortuño, executive director of SAVE Dade, moderated.
All along, Jackson has denied that the hospital discriminated against Langbehn.
"We have always believed and known that the staff at Jackson treats everyone equally, and that their main concern is the well-being of the patients in their care," Jackson spokeswoman Jennifer Piedra said in a news release after the case was dismissed in September.
"At Jackson Health System, we believe in a culture of inclusion. For more than 90 years, the institution has taken great pride in serving everyone who enters its doors, regardless of race, creed, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. We also employ a very diverse workforce, one that mirrors the community we serve."
Added Piedra: "Jackson will continue to work with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to ensure that everyone knows they are welcome at all of our facilities, where they will receive the highest quality of medical care."
Janice Langbehn town hall 017 Ortuño, pictured right, told the audience that, indeed, Jackson has met with a group of South Florida gay activists to make sure gay people’s rights at the hospital are upheld.
Activists say they hope to use the Langbehn-Pond case as an example of why laws are needed to protect gay families.
“These stories, these tragedies can change the minds of lawmakers,’’ Pollitzer said.
Schwartz said that until laws are passed protecting gay families, it is imperative that they protect themselves.
“The No. 1 thing, the most important thing, is to have a will,” Schwartz said.
Baker, a lesbian who has worked at Jackson for nearly a quarter-century, said she is heartbroken that the hospital has been accused of being anti-gay.
“It’s a shame that the public hospital that delivers care here is the focus of her pain,” said Baker, also a Lavender Caucus member. “Is Jackson homophobic? Oh, no. I’d say 30 percent of our staff is gay or lesbian. A lot of us work here because it is considered a safe space here in Miami-Dade County.”
Source: Miami Herald
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
December opens its gates with a Full Moon in Gemini on the 2nd so we can expect lots and lots of words. Will we hear the Truth? Now that may be another story entirely depending on how exacting you are about the T word. I have learned that Geminis rarely lie but they do change their minds;so it depends on which twin is talking.
The political and economic log jam that was created when Saturn and Pluto began a most UN-seductive tango with each other will ease up as the two become slightly less intimate in the beginning of the month and drift even further apart as the month continues. This should be quite a relief for all of us who have had the month from hell in November feeling the continual pressure of these 2 planetary energies duking it out all over our minds, bodies and spirits.
By the 17th of December we should start seeing more progress in the world both politically and economically and not just mud slinging and back room arm twisting. We have all been under potentially fear producing energies that have even caused some to question their very survival!
Thankfully Venus and Mars are both in fire signs so they will heat things up and keep our hearts more open as well. Venus in Sag all month will keep us feeling feisty and active which will be necessary to get everything done and still have time for play.
Holiday festivities may be grander too with Mars doing it bigger and better in Leo while on the political side of things Pride could make or break efforts towards peace and domestic policy.
Essentially everyone will want to look like a winner so working with Saturn in Libra's desire for equity, a win win shift could really work. So important for us all to make the quantum leap from the dominance and submission paradigm to willing cooperation.
I want to start calling Jupiter,Neptune and Chiron, the Three Weird Sisters, because these three oh so heavenly bodies have hardly been more than a degree or 2 apart for a year. On the plus side, that they have draped this whole challenging mess in a magical mystical cloak which has allowed us to move ahead with some measure of faith that somehow it will all turn out OK as well as forcing us to dig deep into our self healing and metaphysical bag of tricks.
I believe that we will see even more merging of spiritual and scientific worlds.
On the down side, we will continue to be engaged in more hand washing as one or another flu morphs and chases us around or keeps us hunkered down at home.
The Jupiter/ Neptune effect will likely have us in even more of a daze than usual this holiday season and we will need to be mindful about impulse buying to chase the blues away.
Could be a good time to organize your dreams and aspirations as old Murky Mercury does its 3 week retro dance from Dec.26 to Jan.15. By this time many of you know of mercury retrograde and the way that it can totally screw up forward motion... because the mind and mental processes are going backwards. Solution is to not push the river forward. You want to get all your ducks in a row,weed out all physical and emotional clutter so that when Mercury moves forward on Jan. 15, you will be ready to go!
On New years Eve, we will have a Blue Moon and a Lunar Eclipse, that is, a second Full Moon in the month, this one being in Cancer which will bring a most interesting vibe to our parties. I find the Lunar Eclipses to be very internal times and this one being Cancer, may encourage many more to stay home and have quieter celebrations.
Whatever you choose, listen to your inner wisdom which is always there to give you the best guidance. See ya next year!!!
ARIES - I love anything new so get me out of this month ASAP. I could go on a shopping frenzy but anything to keep me busy will be good right now. Oh fine, another retro Mercury. Saturn and Pluto wore my poor patience to a frazzle and I had so little to start. I will surely need to learn some new meditation skills or Yoga for this one. Actually, maybe I could go cruise the Yoga studio?
TAURUS - Right now, I just want things to feel a little easier. I mean turkey and stuffing and apple pie sending warm cinnamon smells through the house will really work for me. Back to basics and solid values that I can count on to be there next year is what I need. I know nothing is promised but maybe just a little promise please?
GEMINI - It's my Full Moon Yeahhhhhhhhhh let's have a party or go do karaoke or recite our poetry or, let's do it all. If we schedule it right we can make it all happen in one day. Anybody game? OK I will get on Face Book and Twitter and let all my friends know that it is ON! If you miss it not to worry because it will all be on my BLOG tomorrow.
CANCER - OK Gemini you just run wild. This is my big nesting time and I think I will call Taurus up and plan a cooking day because we are on the same page. Spending quality time with old friends really warms my heart and allows me to just slow down and feel my feelings rather than run away from them. Gratitude is my attitude.
LEO - So glad that you noticed Mars in my sign and yes i am on the prowl for my mate. Life just isn't fun without one and I have so much to offer that it would be a waste to not share my heart and enthusiasm.Others may have left you cold. I promise that would never be the case with me. I would make you my Queen and we would rule our world together purring happily.
VIRGO - I am glad that mercury won't be retrograde til after the holidays because I have everything planned just so and I hate to have to rearrange it all. The retro is always so hard for me but I have learned to get ahead of it and now its not so bad. Planning is everything. My cards are organized and stamped. With Saturn off my butt I have so much more energy and I can actually get a lot done and still have time to read and work on my "special projects."
LIBRA - GIVE PEACE A CHANCE wouldn't that be a wonderful gift under every one's Solstice Tree? If the powers that be could see that War never solves anything and good mediation can work wonders where bullets can not.... Trouble is, sometimes we need to create a more equitable way to share and those who have are rarely willing to simply give to those who do not. Everything in balance really works for us all and we all get more rather than less.
SCORPIO - I think it's all about motivation and intention.That's the key to the lock that opens up our willingness. Now don't think for a minute that I will open up and tell you mine. A girl needs some secrets however, if you really take the time to get to know me, all will be revealed. I just need to know that you are interested in depth and substance. Intensity is good but I have learned not to be beguiled by a one trick pony.
SAGITTARIUS - Enough of all this serious talk. I have had 4 years of that and now I am ready to play. Sky's the limit and for me beyond that. Magic Carpet let's set the controls for the hear of the sun and see where that takes us. A bottle of vino or sparkling juice, a hunk of cheese and some really dark chocolate should be all the supplies that we need for an exotic get away. Maybe a DVD of some of my fave comics for this excursion would be just the ticket.
CAPRICORN - I need to understand the core issues around why I am always struggling. I mean, I don't mind hard work, Goddess knows that I can do that just fine but I need more and want more balance in my life. Saturn is getting on my case about that and creating situations for me that demand that I lose my denial blinders. Pluto is compelling but Saturn forces the issue into reality and I am feeling compelled to change my reality.
AQUARIUS - Like it or not, I am in a polygamous marriage with 3 planets. One of them shifts and we all go tumbling after. Sometimes it's a lot of fun but I rarely know where I am going til I get there and even then, it takes me a minute to shake off the fog. I must be learning some deep lessons that I might have been resisting because this pattern just keeps hammering away at me. OK I am learning to have faith and trust already, I give,now can we get back to something resembling consistent reality?
PISCES - Consistent reality? Oh Aquarius, Please! Since when is reality consistent. You at least have Neptune yanking your chain and she can be so seductive. I am dealing with lightning - fast changes that shift in the blink of an eye, third eye or other. Half the time I am so restless that I don't know what to do with myself while other times I am scrambling to keep up with all the new projects that I start. It's all good but sometimes I long for my peaceful pond.
In case you haven’t noticed, this is not your Mama’s Astrological report. I deliberately let the signs talk right to you, giving them a voice that really tells it like it is!
I have endeavored to make it more gender neutral to speak to all sexual preferences and identities.
If you know your Rising sign, your personal reading will be more accurate if you read the passage for that sign as well as your Sun sign.
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Monday, November 16, 2009
The Associated Press announced that the northwest Alabama school district has changed their mind and won't stop a high school student from bringing her girlfriend to prom after the principal initially had said the lesbian couple would not be allowed to attend.
Cynthia Stewart, 17, told the TimesDaily, a Florence newspaper, that she asked to bring her girlfriend to the prom at Tharptown High School in Franklin County Alabama, but was refused permission by the principal.
"All I want is to be able to be myself and go to my prom with the person I love, just like any other student wants to do," said Stewart, who is on the committee planning the dance scheduled for March.
Stewart sought help from the American Civil Liberties Union, and school officials on Tuesday said they had reconsidered.
The school reviews all potential prom dates who, like Stewart's girlfriend, live outside the regular attendance district. Assistant Superintendent Donald Borden said that process hasn't begun but would include the young woman.
"If her date passes, she comes," he said. The checks screen out troublemakers and students with documented behavioral problems.
ACLU attorney Hank Sherrod III said Stewart's girlfriend "is a teenager with no problems that would keep her from being able to attend the prom."
"We're not asking for special treatment. We just want to be treated like everyone else," he said.
Stewart said she hoped that raising the issue would change the way some people think about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. She said there are other students at Tharptown High School who are gay.
"I'm not just doing this for me; I'm trying to help other kids in my situation," Stewart said.
Kathy Baker, who is Stewart's aunt and legal guardian, appealed the principal's initial refusal to the school board last month. Sherrod said allowing Stewart to bring the date of her choice to the prom was the correct decision.
"This issue is going to be confronting a lot of conservative school districts more and more as this generation accepts people for who they are," Sherrod said. "There is case law that makes right and wrong very clear."