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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Iceland's Lesbian Prime Minister Marries Her Girlfriend

Iceland's prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir made history last week when she married her longtime partner writer Jonina Leosdottir, at a church service on Sunday.

On June 12th, 2010, Iceland's parliament had unanimously adopted legislation that legalized same-sex marriage. This law came into effect this past Sunday, the day in which the Prime Minister and her partner chose to wed.

The couple had previously been in a civil partnership for 8 years and chose to apply to have it converted into a formal marriage as soon as the new law was passed.

Johanna Sigurdardottir is the world's first head of government to enter into a same-sex marriage.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Batwoman & Rachal Maddow...Hmmmmm

Batwoman and Rachel Maddow, a lesbian's nerd wet dream!

I just heard that Rachel Maddow wrote the introduction to the highly anticipated compilation of Batwoman comics, entitled Batwoman: Elegy. And with the release only a few weeks away, I can't wait to read what my favorite lesbian Pundit has to say about my favorite lesbian Comic Book Hero!

For more about the June 30th release, check out the DC Comics website.

Expanded Medical Leave Benefits to Include Gay & Lesbian Employees

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is expected to announce today a reinterpretation of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act that will allow gay & lesbian employees working for large employers (including the federal government) to take the leave necessary to care for their domestic partners, if that domestic partner contracts a serious health condition, or becomes an adoptive or foster parent.

According to the Associated Press, this new interpretation of the existing law will also apply to other nontraditional families such as co-habitating heterosexual couples and grandparents with guardianship of their grandchildren.

The Family and Medical Leave Act provides workers with 12 weeks of unpaid leave for situations like the birth or adoption of a child; care for a seriously ill child, spouse or parent; or the employees' own serious health condition.

Due to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (defining marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman), gay & lesbian workers had been ineligible for leave under FMLA. This announcement will allow gay & lesbians the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Critics say the Obama administration is going too far. “They're trying to redefine marriage and family by these arbitrary policies with no debate by congress, no public discussion about it," says Carrie Gordon Earll of Focus on the Family.

Gay rights activists, who strongly supported President Obama’s campaign, wish the administration would go further. “It's not repealing the defense of marriage act, it's a small step but it's an important one," says Brian Moulton of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Real L-Word Season 1 Promos

The Real L-Word Series Premiere is this Sunday, June 20th at 10PM ET/PT. Check out the season 1 promo videos...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Darth Vader endorses Meg Whitman?

Meg Whitman won the Republican nomination for governor because she had more endorsements from the dark side of American politics. Newt Gingrich, Pete Wilson, Condoleeza Rice, Rudy Giuliani, and other members of the right-wing empire came together to promote Meg Whitman as one of their own. Meg Whitman even received -- and celebrated -- the endorsement of a man whose name is synonymous with being a master of evil: Dick Cheney.

That's why Courage Campaign California and the California Federation of Teachers decided to have some fun and see what happens when one of the most villainous people in recent memory takes to the streets of Los Angeles to campaign for Meg Whitman.

After spending 8 long years destroying our country, the right-wing empire is striking back at California. They're promoting Meg Whitman and backing Carly Fiorina -- who was even endorsed by Sarah Palin. It's up to us to lead the progressive rebel alliance against these forces of corporate wealth and power.

Click here to sign up with Courage Campaign California and join their "rebel alliance" to stop the corporate attack on California. They will keep you updated about the right-wing empire and let you know how you can help win progressive victories in 2010.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Recent Report Shows Children of Lesbian Parents Have Fewer Behavior Problems

Based on a a long-running study that began in 1986, Pediatrics recently reported that children raised by lesbian parents scored higher in psychological adjustment in areas of competency and lower in problem behaviors than the normative age-matched sample of kids raised in traditional families with a mom and a dad," says researcher Nanette Gartrell, MD, the Williams distinguished scholar at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

Click here to read the full story at CNN's website.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

4th Annual LGBT Community Survey

Community Marketing, Inc. invites you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBT perspective. Everyone who completes the survey by June 30th, 2010, will be entered into a drawing to win one of 20 Amazon $25 gift credits, or the grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card. Participating in this study helps open minds and doors around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. You may have seen previous years' surveys quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc.

Click here to start the survey, or paste the following into your browser:


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