ArchivesEphemera Archives › Mombian

Gay Penguin Dads to Form Support Group

penguins_denmark_thumb

Well, no. But the pair of male penguins that just hatched an egg together in Denmark makes the fourth such couple, by my count. At the very least, they should all get together and have brunch while the chicks swim. (Maybe they’ll even invite the gay flamingos.)

Read More...

So Few LGBT Parenting Memoirs, So Few Cover Designs?

aizley_bucatinsky

LGBT parenting memoirs are few and far between. You’d think any publisher’s marketing and design team would take the time to investigate what’s already been done. But I’m afraid I’m going to have to take drastic measures here and declare a moratorium on LGBT parenting memoir covers with blue gradient backgrounds, all-lowercase white titles, and Ken dolls.

Read More...

Battening Down

Earthquakes, hurricanes . . . I’m waiting for the locusts. We’re battening down the hatches here in New England in preparation for Hurricane Irene. I usually cast a skeptical eye on the sensationalist weather forecasting that seems to be the norm these days, but in this case, I think precautions are warranted. Best wishes to those […]

Read More...

The Magic Schoolbus’ New Route

Those of you who have had kids in elementary school will likely know the Magic Schoolbus series. XKCD uses it to make a point about the state of science education: If you’re looking for real science resources for your children, check out Science News for Kids, an online science site for older elementary and middle […]

Read More...

What Was Your Favorite Lesbian Mom Celebrity News in 2009?

Let’s keep it light this week:

Read More...

Heather Has a Good Laugh

Somewhere, a pair of penguins is snickering. (Thanks, Queerty.) As always, more videos with positive images of LGBT families at the Mombian YouTube channel.

Read More...

Happy Fall!

Happy fall to everyone! Fall, to me, has always signaled new beginnings. Too many years in academia, I suppose, and now a son in the educational system. I also love the foods of fall, from fresh apples to savory casseroles to home-baked pumpkin pie. What are your favorite fall activities or foods?

Read More...

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

This has nothing to do with parenting or LGBT rights, but I thought I’d pass along this timely tidbit on a groundbreaking woman: On June 9, 1909, Alice Huyler Ramsey set off on her successful journey to become the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast. Three other women accompanied […]

Read More...

Five Years Later: Proof Positive

May 17, 2004: The first legal marriages of same-sex couples in Massachusetts. Still locust-free here in the Bay State.

Read More...

Make Way for Lesbian Swans

The city of Boston today celebrates the Nineteenth Annual Return of the Swans to the Public Garden, the park captured in the childhood classic Make Way for Ducklings. A parade will be held in their honor as the swan pair, Romeo and Juliet, return to the Garden from their winter home at a nearby zoo. […]

Read More...

The Connecticut Catholic Conference’s Misplaced Advocacy

Saturday’s Hartford Courant reports: Concerned that the state’s new same-sex marriage law would infringe on religious liberties, the Connecticut Catholic Conference today proposed some broad exemptions which it believes are necessary to protect those rights. The law does not require Catholic priests—or any other clergy member—to preside over same-sex weddings. However, the church is seeking […]

Read More...

Gay Penguin Dads Wed

At the end of last year, I mentioned a pair of male penguins at a zoo in China who had been stealing other couples’ eggs until zookeepers gave them their own. They have become known as the zoo’s best penguin parents. Now, the helpful zookeepers have decided the two birds should formalize their union. They […]

Read More...

Inauguration in Legos

We love us some Legos here at the Mombian household, and have played with little else since our son received a few new sets over the holidays. Still, I am humbled by the Legoland California recreation of President Obama’s Inauguration. I didn’t spot a little (B)Rick Warren, but I may go build one myself and […]

Read More...

Cause and Effect

See also under Locusts, Absence of. (Thanks, Wil.)

Read More...

Palin vs. Maddow

Compare and contrast: The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August. (Politico) On one side of [Rachel Maddow's] still-bare office hang about a dozen suits in varying shades of black and gray, […]

Read More...

The Sarah Palin Cocktail

For those of you watching the presidential debate tonight, I offer up a libation for your consideration—the Sarah Palin Cocktail: Lipstick on the rim, but nothing inside. Naw. I’m going for something stronger. I think I’ll need it. I might also invite some friends to bring over their favorite ingredients so we can create a […]

Read More...

The Lipstick Schtick

Ellen Degeneres revealed she is the new face of Cover Girl barely a week after the first smear in the lipstick wars between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama. {democracy:13}

Read More...

Barbie Dykes on Bikes

Random lesbian cultural moment for the weekend: Barbie dykes on bikes, from the sixth annual Altered Barbie art show. It’s almost enough to make me want a Barbie—never thought I’d hear myself say that.

Read More...

See, It Does Lead to Polygamy

Headline from 365gay.com: “LA Mayor Weds Gay Couple” (Or am I the only one who parsed it this way? Compare, for example, “Gay Bishop Weds Longtime Partner,” or, on a straight note, “‘SNL’ alum Chris Kattan weds model Sunshine Tutt,” not to mention, from the amusing annals of straight, marriage-themed reality shows, “Ex-Bachelor Firestone Weds […]

Read More...

A Cultural Icon?

I’ve kept my presidential preferences quiet. I think both Democratic candidates have their pros and cons, and while I favor one a bit more than the other, it’s not by enough to make it worth preaching or getting into debates here. As long as it’s not McCain. As a sometime student of medieval history and […]

Read More...

Some/Thing Blog Meme

Robin Reagler of The Other Mother has come up with a clever blog carnival idea. For the rest of the week, post a photo, memory, poem, music, or a combination on the following theme: Tuesday, 2/12: Something old Wednesday, 2/13: Something new Thursday, 2/14: Something borrowed Friday, 2/15: Something blue Further details at her site. […]

Read More...

Do People Take Women with Short Hair More Seriously?

Strollerderby asks this provoking question in reference to Hillary Clinton. Heh. If it was true, of course, there would have been a lesbian president long ago, and Martina Navratilova’s birthday would be a national holiday. (Yeah, yeah. It’s a stereotype. Laugh with me here.)

Read More...

Ilene Chaiken: Channeling Shakespeare?

It came to my attention that January 6, when The L Word, Season Five premieres, is the date traditionally celebrated as “Twelfth Night” (though modern observances may place it on the 5th). Shakespeare, in his gender-mix-up comedy Twelfth Night, has Viola, in male drag, comment upon the Countess Olivia: She made good view of me; […]

Read More...

Post-Holiday Haiku

I’ll start the year on a light note, with a bit of post-season haiku: Spouse is back to work Son is still awash in toys Legos underfoot And reflecting on some of the year-end political news: Oregon waylaid New Hampshire civilized now Trip to Uruguay? Feel free to leave your own contributions in the comments.

Read More...

Butch-Femme Holiday Gift Question

OK, my ever-insightful readers: Which of the following items best represents an amalgam of butch-femme, a perfect gift for the keep-’em-guessing lesbian: The Swiss Army Knife in a pink floral pattern or the KitchenAid Mixer with the flame detailing? Other suggestions welcome.

Read More...