Lady Gaga, gay Nevada marriage, Boy Scouts
Singer's film debut as “Machete” femme fatale, gay couples are happier than straight couples, Virginia as first Southern gay rights battleground, lesbian teen with underage girlfriend considers plea, Nevada advances gay marriage, and more LGBT headlines.
Lady Gaga among “Machete Kills” femme fatales in film debut. The first stills leaked from the star studded film, and Mother Monster (top photo) is going to leave a body count. Zoe Saldana, Amber Heard, Sofía Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and Vanessa Hudgens are also knife-weidling babes in the movie due out Sept. 13.
Boy Scouts vote lifts ban on gay members. It’s far from over after 61 percent of the 1,400-member national council voted Thursday to allow openly gay scouts beginning Jan. 1. The issue remains divisive with religious groups pledging boycotts, Atlanta bigots being dicks, and LGBT groups pissed that gay scout leaders – like former lesbian Den Mother Jennifer Tyrell (second photo) – are still banned. Here’s BSA’s slow evolution timeline.
What gay couples can teach straight ones. A new study shows same-sex unions are happier than heterosexual marriages. Here are a few tips on the differences in the way they go about their relationships that any pair could follow to better wedded bliss.
Statutory rape teen considers plea deal. Kaitlyn Hunt, the Florida lesbian charged with two felonies the day she turned 18 by her 15-year-old high school girlfriend’s parents, could prevent prison time by pleading guilty. If she does, she’d be a convicted criminal and required to attend sex offender counseling. If she takes it to trial and is convicted, Hunt faces up to 15 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for life.
Is Virginia the next gay rights battleground? Some say yes. Gone is the conventional Southern Democratic playbook of running away from the national party on culture wars. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate openly embraces gay marriage, and even Republicans are scared that one of their statewide candidates is too rabidly anti-gay to win.
Dems may still challenge GOP on gay immigration rights. Senate aides are now saying that U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy — who as chair of the Judiciary Committee pushed two amendments to cover gay married couples then pulled them — may reintroduce one or both amendments to the immigration bill on the Senate floor. The sad news is that if he does, they’re unlikely to pass.
Trans senior skips high school graduation. A Catholic school in Albuquerque refused to let Damian Garcia (bottom photo) wear the black cap and gown worn by male graduates, instead insisting he wear the white graduation garb worn by female students. He skipped the event when he was unable to sway the school.
Nevada Assembly votes to overturn ban and approve gay marriage. The state Senate approved the same measure last month. If both chambers pass it again next year, voters can have the final say in 2016 on whether to permanently overturn the amendment that created the ban and in turn legalize unions for same-sex couples.
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Lady Gaga photo via E!; Tyrell from New York Times; Hunt via CBS; Garcia by Albuquerque Journal
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