Jezebel: At the Glamour Women of the Year awards, J. Crew‘s Jenna Lyons thanked her girlfriend, jewelry executive Courtney Crangi, by name during her acceptance speech. This was Lyons’ first public acknowledgement of the relationship since she split from her husband last year. “Nothing worth having is easy,” said Lyons in her speech, before thanking her son, Beckett, “for reminding me that the world revolves around him every day,” and “Courtney, who has shown me new love.” Coming out of the closet at an awards show: so hot ever since Jodie did it.
I always thought the Representative Barbara Jordan had one of the best speaking voices ever. Growing up in Texas I would hear her speak and would think…that woman knows what she’s talking about. I will still say that I wanted her to be the first woman president…
I didn’t know until this morning that she was a lesbian. No wonder she knew how to deliver a speech.
ChicagoPride: President Barack Obama was 15 years old in 1976 when Texas Rep. Barbara Jordan became the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention – where some had hoped she would have been the vice-presidential candidate to nominee Jimmy Carter.
Many had been mesmerized by Jordan’s remarks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on July 25, 1974 when she explained why she would vote for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon in the Watergate scandal; Nixon resigned on Aug. 9 before the House could vote.
It was only after Jordan died Jan. 17, 1996, when the Houston Chronicle referred to her almost 30-year relationship with Nancy Earl, that most Americans learned that Jordan was a lesbian. The Advocate later went into more detail. Here is an excerpt from that convention speech.
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AfterEllen:Iron Chef Cat Cora will not be serving jail time for her DUI in June 2012. Yahoo!News.com is reporting that Cora has been sentenced to nine months of DUI school and three years probation and paid $2,386 in fines. Cora also received a 120-day suspended jail sentence, but will not spend time in jail “as long as she fulfills her DUI school and probation requirements.”
UnicornBooty: When it comes to doing things big, not many people could do them bigger than Sally Ride.
After all, she was the first female astronaut for the U.S., joining NASA in 1978 and first going into space in 1983, then again in 1984.
And in a grand gesture that leaves me teary eyed and awestruck, Ride came out today as a lesbian in her obituary after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
The pioneering scientist was, a statement from Sally Ride Science announced, survived by “Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years.”With that simple statement — listed alongside her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin and nephew, Whitney — Ride came out.
Our condolences go to her family and to her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy. We’re saddened to have lost this great figure of scientific pioneering for the country, for women, and for the LGBT community.
Buzzfeed: Yesterday the internet was buzzing with the news that Martha Stewart gently bites her animals to let them know that she is now their mother. We all know that this works in her world because Martha is queen of all she surveys, but how does this translate into my mere mortal life? I did a test to find out:
Test #1 Bite my 1year old cat, Adelaide. Immediately she rolled over on her back which I took as a good sign, but she was playing a classic trick. When I went to rub her belly I got all four claws and her mouth vice-gripped on my arm. Thinking I could outlast her games, I gently bit the back of her neck, and she not-so-gently bite into forearm muscle. I cried uncle and extracted my arm and mouth.
Test #2 Bite my 12 year old Labrador Retriever, Ellie. 30 seconds later there was still no response and after an hour I still had to feed her, walk her and pick up her poop. When my girlfriend got home 2 hours later Ellie jumped up, ran to greet her and gave her her paw and undying devotion.
Test #3 Bite my girlfriend who I’ve been in a relationship with for 15 years. I gently bite the back of her neck and say, “Who’s your mother?” She laughs so hard she has to get up and go to the bathroom…with both animals following her, because they obviously think of her as their mother.
Conclusion: Martha Stewart wears the motherly pants in the family; I do not.