‘Army Wives,’ gay sheriff scandal, lesbian mayor
Lesbian twist on “Army Wives,” Log Cabin support becomes gay sheriff’s latest scandal, New York poised for its first gay and first female mayor, Soulforce meets LDS, Missouri weighs “Don’t Say Gay,” feds protect transgender workers, and more LGBT headlines.
• Lesbian jumps to head of polls for New York City mayor. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (top photo) polls 20 points ahead of competitors. If she wins, Quinn would be the city’s first gay and first female mayor, as well as its first Irish-American mayor since the 1960s.
• Missouri gets its own “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Like the one in Tennessee, the measure would ban discussions of gay issues in public schools. Unlike Tennessee’s bill, it would ban it at all grade levels, not just before high school, except in human reproduction classes.
• Gay GOP raises money for scandal plagued Arizona sheriff. Log Cabin Republicans, including retired gay Congress member Jim Kolbe, threw a big-bucks fundraiser for gay congressional hopeful Paul Babeu (middle photo). Sheriff Babeau stands accused of blackmailing his former lover as well as an affair with an underage student at his former school job.
• Gay group meets with Mormon officials. Soulforce, a gay group that seeks to stamp out religious oppression of LGBT people, met on Monday with a handful of LDS representatives in Salt Lake City to discuss church policies against gay employees and members.
• Lindsay Lohan to play Elizabeth Taylor. The Lifetime movie is titled “Liz & Dick.” Producers have not cast an actor yet to play Taylor’s twice-husband Richard Burton.
• “Army Wives” goes gay. Actress Kellie Martin (bottom photo) provided the twist in Monday’s episode and a first for military television characters. She plays Capt. Nicole Galassini, who is an out and partnered lesbian.
• Title VII ruled to cover transgender workers. The federal EEOC interpreted the article in the Civil Rights Act as protecting transgender people from workplace discrimination as it does employees based on gender or gender non-conformity. It does not protect gay and lesbian workers.
• Ads debut against North Carolina gay marriage ban. Two TV spots began airing statewide on Monday that point up the harm to children and families that the state’s proposed constitutional amendment would do if passed by voters. Here’s one of them:
Quinn photo via Irish Central; Babeu photo by AP; Martin photo from Lifetime
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