The Week in Gay: DADT hearings, Gaga appreciation, and Happy Hanukkah!
The Most Cake’s weekly round-up of lesbian-ish/gay lady/queer grrrl news from around the world…
Yes, I’m back already, not so much because this week is so full of news but more to make up for time lost in the past couple of weeks. The news is still exciting though, it always is!
Happy Birthday GLAAD:
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is 25 years old this month!
UK marriage equality:
Collette and Katie stepped out in Portsmouth to get married, but were rejected at the Register office, now they’re going to court. Peter Tatchell is behind this, so stay tuned!
This week, there were hearings before a Senate committee with the main players re: defense, to discuss the results of a survey conducted in the armed forces about gays in the military and just how bad it would be. Basically, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense said yes, go on, get rid of that policy, it’s about time. The head of the Marines, Army, and Air Force reckon it shouldn’t be done just yet, but the head of the Navy also says yeah sure because other countries that have allowed gays and they seem fine. Box Turtle Bulletin has a round-up of the survey’s results and recommendations here – they’re pretty tame. Senator John McCain is, to put it lightly, being difficult.
The Phillipines had a Pride parade because it’s summer there so they can do that, also because LGBT people still lack significant legal rights. Yay!
December 9th is when Her Ladyship Gaga gets a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s, so it’s International Gaga Day. Write it down, there WILL be a quiz on this later.
Illinois I knew you were awesome cos you have lots of vowels and so do Iowa and Maine:
Civil unions are a thing now in Illinois, and you get all the rights you’d get with marriage except for the federal ones because of DOMA.
Classy, firing someone who has a baby on the way:
A lesbian football coach at Belmont University in Tennessee has been pressured into resigning after her disclosure to university officials that her partner is pregnant. She wanted to tell her team that she was starting a family, and apparently this was TMI in a state where LGBT employees still have no legal protection from workplace discrimination whatsoever. Can you say “ENDA”? Can you say “pretty please”?
Ciao First Amendment, it was fun while it lasted:
The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has his panties in a twist. See, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., is running an exhibition titled Hide/Seek, which explores how gay artists have tackled issues of sexual difference and, y’know, gayness, in their art. One piece, by David Wojnarowicz, features a crucifix covered in ants, and this is offensive to Christians and therefore should be removed AND HAS. No really. As in, art. Just taken out of an exhibition because someone (powerful) complained. I didn’t think this was how things worked in America, but appaz, it is. On the bright side, the exhibition also features this photo of Ellen taken by Annie Leibovitz:
Happy Hanukkah everyone! Autostraddle has a list of eight hot lesbian Jews especially for the occasion!