Happy Gay News for April 23, 2009

Happy day all! Let’s get to the happy gay news for today, Thursday, April 23, 2009.

Connecticut Governor Rell signs marriage equality bill

One more reason that I think I would love to live in Connecticut.

This is a great day for loving, committed couples in Connecticut, their families, and everyone who supports marriage equality.  We congratulate and thank Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Sen. Andrew McDonald, Rep. Mike Lawlor, and the other legislators who voted for this bill, as well as Love Makes a Family, and other organizations and activists, including HRC members, for working to build support for this legislation.  This is another important step toward equality, and it’s exciting to see another state legislature overwhelmingly pass marriage equality legislation. (Joe Solmonese)

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Washington Governor OKs Transgender Hate-Crime Protection

It’s official! Governor Chris Gregoire signed the SB5952 today.

Senate Bill 5952 added “transgender” to the definition of sexual orientation in the state’s hate crime law, meaning people who commit violent crimes against someone because of gender identity or expression can be charged with hate crimes and face harsher penalties.

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New Jersey Voters Support Gay Marriage

Not only does someone pump your gas for you in New Jersey (seriously, I love that law), but chances are that person might also support gay marriage.

A new poll finds New Jersey voters support allowing gay couples to marry…This poll finds 49 percent supporting gay marriage; 43 percent are opposed.

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NC Presbyterian churches could allow gay ministers

A Presbyterian group representing 150 central North Carolina congregations has narrowly approved a constitutional change that could enable gays to serve as ministers and elders…The Rev. Lou East of Epiphany Presbyterian in Greensboro added: “I believe God’s church is big enough for all of us.”

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Why women are leaving men for other women

CNN picked up an Oprah.com story (that now I’m picking up) about female sexuality.  It’s an interesting read. Here’s a little snippet:

In a 2004 landmark study at Northwestern University, the results were eye-opening. During the experiment, the female subjects became sexually aroused when they viewed heterosexual as well as lesbian erotic films. This was true for both gay and straight women.

Among the male subjects, however, the straight men were turned on only by erotic films with women, the gay ones by those with men.

“We found that women’s sexual desire is less rigidly directed toward a particular sex, as compared with men’s, and it’s more changeable over time,” says the study’s senior researcher, J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D. “These findings likely represent a fundamental difference between men’s and women’s brains.”

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11th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

If you’re in South Florida, sounds like this year’s Film Festival will be great.

Organizers of the 11th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival say they’ve learned their lesson — this year’s program won’t be headlined by dark, weird, experimental movies that two years ago drove away some filmgoers. Instead, audiences will get more mainstream gay comedies and dramas — plus notorious Pink Flamingos director John Waters live on stage and Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson on-screen in the nude.

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Gay-themed library celebrates opening in Fort Lauderdale

A gay library!  I will have to make a pilgrimage.

The Stonewall Library and Archives, a collection of gay-themed materials that was the subject of political controversy two years ago, celebrated its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday…The grand opening coincides with the Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts Festival, which will be held at the library Friday and Saturday.

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Gay rights groups in NY suburbs honor Harvey Milk

His legacy lives on.

A network of Long Island gay and lesbian advocacy groups is honoring slain gay rights hero Harvey Milk.

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Various Voices: sing, if you’re glad to be gay

This story is for my friends in the gay men’s chorus…

As 60 gay choirs from around the world arrive in the UK for a special festival, our correspondent discovers what changed their tune from political anger and mourning to celebration and joy

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Today’s Happy Gay History

1968 – The Student Homophile League at Columbia University pickets to protest the psychological theory that homosexuality is a mental illness.

Today’s Gay Birthday

1791 – James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857 – 1861). Whether or not the bachelor president was gay is in dispute, but his very closest friend, Senator William Rufus De Vane King was called “Miss Nancy” by his detractors.

Today’s Gay Quote

“We all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little.” – Oscar Wilde

Read more for the full history lesson…

My Indulgent Story of the Day – La Femme Nikita

I gasped.  Yes, I literally gasped when I saw this tweet from Natazzz: “YouTube Thursday: Peta Wilson in La Femme Nikita“.  This is one of my favorite shows ever, so I found Natazzz’s post quite fun.

Peta was also in a Bally commercial. If this doesn’t want to make me go to the gym, nothing will:

Watch more Peta Wilson on natazzz.blogspot.com

That’s all for today from Florida where the weather is perfect, the sunset is lovely, and my puppies are exhausted from their first full day at the beach. Life is good (and my t-shirt agrees).

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  1. It’s great that there’s so much happy news, but, as someone who works in a library, I can’t help focusing on the gay-themed library. I think it’s a wonderful idea. I think generally a library should represent everyone, but that’s not realistic–there’s no way any one library can hold everything. A gay-themed library just adds to the collective, and, like other libraries devoted to a specific subject, it will be able to hold materials that other libraries can’t add to their collections because of lack of space or other reasons.

  2. I was really excited when I read about the gay-themed library, too. What a great resource!

    I think I just found my dream job!

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