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EQCA: Ensuring LGBT equality in California

The first task for Roland Palencia, Equality California’s new executive director, included a quick tour around the state. On the job for only three days, Palencia stopped in San Diego. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve California’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to build upon Equality California’s tremendous success,” said […]

The government wants to know your penis size – seriously

MARYLAND – The government has been fiercely criticized for funding a study into how the size of a gay man’s penis affects his sex life and general well-being with particular focus on whether penis size results in the decision to be a “top” or a “bottom.” The report, entitled The Association Between Penis Size and […]

First openly gay man confirmed by Senate as federal judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate have confirmed Paul Oetken to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Oetken is considered the first openly gay man to be confirmed by the Senate for a seat on an Article III court. “As the first openly gay man to […]

Senate holds first-ever hearing on DOMA repeal bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate has held the first ever Judiciary Committee hearing on the Respect of Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal recognition to legally married same-sex couples. The hearing was called by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). “I’m concerned that DOMA has served […]

Motive of transgender woman’s murder still unclear

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A transgender woman has been shot and killed in Washington, D.C. during the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 20. Two black males are thought to be the suspects according to The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Lashai Mclean. The homicide took place on the 6100 […]

Lesbian couple sue Vermont inn for barring wedding reception

VERMONT – A Vermont inn is being sued by a lesbian couple from New York for refusing to host their wedding reception. Kate Baker and Ming Linsley said the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville turned them away last autumn after the owners realized that they were lesbians. “When the Wildflower Inn told us last fall that […]

Ghana minister orders arrest of all homosexuals

GHANA – A minister in Ghana has reportedly ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in the country’s Western Region. Paul Evans Aidoo, Ghana’s Western Region minister has tasked the Bureau of National Investigations and all security agencies to smoke out persons suspected to be engaging in same-sex. He has also enlisted the services […]

Gay independent senator leads Irish presidential race

IRELAND – Gay independent Sen. David Norris is ahead in the race to succeed Mary McAleese as the next president of Ireland, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell is in second place, followed closely by Labour Party candidate Michael D Higgins. According to the poll, Norris has 25 […]

Full diplomatic privilege not extended to same-sex spouses by Taiwan

TAIWAN – The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has confirmed in a statement that same-sex spouses of foreign diplomats are not entitled to full diplomatic privilege and immunity in Taiwan. The news channel Focus Taiwan reported that the statement was made after an anonymous diplomatic official complained to local media that his same-sex partner […]

Get comfortable with a classic confit

Confit – the traditional preparation of cooking proteins such as pork or (more traditionally) duck underneath fat – may at first not seem like the most appropriate topic in the months of bared mid-drifts and love handles but, as with most classic techniques in modern foodie vogue, it is now associated with anything cooked under […]

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