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Is that Penguin Insured?

A Florida college is offering employees pet insurance after denying them insurance for same-sex partners. This of course begs the question of whether the pet insurance would cover gay penguins.

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The Decline of LGBT Culture?

Famous LGBT enclaves like the Castro District in San Francisco, Key West, Florida, and West Hollywood “struggle to maintain cultural relevance in the face of gentrification,” claims the New York Times. “In the Castro, the influx of baby strollers—some being pushed by straight parents, some by gay parents—is perhaps the most blatant sign of change,” […]

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Lesbian Worms

When scientists at the University of Utah flipped a certain genetic switch in the brains of female worms, it caused them to be attracted to other female worms, further proof that sexual orientation is genetic. Now the nematodes are forming a softball team and planning a music festival. (What does a lesbian worm bring on […]

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Non-Bio Mom of the Week

A golden retriever in Virginia has stepped in to mother a stray kitten, and even began producing milk for the tiny feline when she refused the bottles her human rescuers offered. Love makes a family indeed. Virginia. The state where alternative animal families make the news, but where “courts have routinely discriminated against gays and […]

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Will Massachusetts Legalize Robot-Human Marriage?

As we all know, it’s a slippery slope. If you legalize marriage for same-sex couples, then marriage between humans and robots is soon to follow. Well, not exactly. Human-robot love is inevitable, however, and could first become legal in Massachusetts, according to Dr. David Levy of the University of Maastricht. In his Ph.D thesis, as […]

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How Wide Was the Stance on that Peacock?

First penguins, then swans and flamingos—now peacocks. A headline-making British baronet, Sir Benjamin Slade, claims his pet peacock is gay, causing the bird to claw a visitor’s Lexus in a fit of passion: “It started when he fell in love with this Lexus, which was in a very distinct peacock blue and looked like another […]

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First Gay Man to Have a Heavenly Body

Now there’s a headline I never thought I’d be writing on this site. I wanted to note, however, that George Takei, aka Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu, now has an asteroid named after him. This makes him perhaps the first out gay man (or out LGBT person, for that matter) to be given such an honor […]

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Hillary and Mary, Separated at Birth?

Is it just me, or have Hillary Clinton and Mary Cheney been sporting some rather similar hairdos over the years? What could it all mean? Do they share some strange bond? Does this explain Hillary’s initial hawkishness on the war? Or Mary’s support for marriage equality in the face of her party’s opposition? Dorothy Snarker […]

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Not the Same Dana

To forestall any questions or confusion: I was in no way the inspiration for the character Dana in Logo’s upcoming new series The Happiest Gay Couple in the World, despite the storyline involving Dana and her partner trying to become parents. Curly hair like mine just can’t do a mullet like that. (For that matter, […]

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When Giant Gay Penguins Roamed the Earth

Given the discovery of five-foot-tall penguins that lived in prehistoric Peru, coupled with the knowledge that some penguins exhibit a certain “biological exuberance” towards members of the same sex, one can only conclude that 36 million years ago, free of today’s social mores, the giant birds once frolicked free and proud. That seems an appropriate […]

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Giving Genetics the (Ring) Finger

Boys with ring fingers longer than their index fingers tend to do better in math, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Bath. (Thanks, Slashdot.) This would be nothing more than an interesting tidbit that might make me check my son’s hands next time I cut his nails, except that it […]

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Life Is a Highway

I was driving home from Boston the other day, reflecting that if I got hit by the semi in the next lane, at least I had a legal spouse who would be able to visit me in the hospital. I began then to ponder the advances in same-sex relationship recognition over the last several weeks. […]

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Shakespeare and Lesbianism

While we’re on the subject of April observances, I’ll note that today is the traditional (though perhaps incorrect) celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday. In honor of the Bard, therefore, yet in keeping with the theme of this site, I give you two quotes. The first is from his gender-mix-up comedy Twelfth Night. Viola, disguised as a […]

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April Fool’s Debriefing

No, Mary Cheney is not going to appear on the next season of The L Word. You should, however, be aware of the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide, as Blogging Baby reports. In fact, a new study shows that everything is harmful to children—except, perhaps, Vanilla Chai Spice Similac. Babble’s Strollerderby has more.

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Male Bonding

I don’t often write about my family’s daily happenings, but this incident was too funny not to relate: I encourage my dad to let my three-year-old son go into the bathroom with him. Between my partner and I, we can teach our son to throw a ball, throw a punch, build a bookcase, follow a […]

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Impress Your Kids: New Dinosaur Discovered

Win “cool mom” points with your dino-loving kids by telling them about the discovery of a new horned dinosaur, Albertaceratops nesmoi. The half-ton, plant-eating beast lived nearly 78 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period in what is now southernmost Alberta, Canada. Dr. Michael J. Ryan of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History found […]

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Lesbian Koalas

First lesbian swans, then gay penguins, now lesbian koalas. Researchers at the University of Queensland recently studied a group of 130 captive koalas and discovered the females attempting to mate with other females, sometimes with up to five others at a time. Good news in support of the view that same-sex attractions are as “natural” […]

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New Diet Fad: Lesbianism

Are partnered lesbians less subject to weight gain than straight women? Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine reported on dietary research that showed “women tend to gain weight once they move in with male partners.” Researchers found that “Living with a male seemed to put pressure on females to consume more of the ‘unhealthy’ choices.” This […]

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Insidious LGBT Culture

LGBT culture creeps in when you least expect it. No wonder the right wing is scared of us. My son loves when my partner or I make up stories for him. He can be very specific in his requests, however, and often tells us what characters he wants in the story, where they should be, […]

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New Jersey Marriage Decision Imminent

Garden State Equality, the New Jersey LGBTI civil rights group, sent out an e-mail today to supporters stating that: The New Jersey Supreme Court will hand down its ruling on marriage equality for same-sex couples on or before Wednesday, October 25th, the last day of Chief Justice Deborah Poritz’s service on the court. That means […]

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Play-Doh Warning Label

Has anyone else noticed that some containers of Play-Doh products contain the warning: “Molded results vary depending on child’s age and level of skill”? I suppose I should have expected such a thing in a country where all takeout coffee cups must caution us that “Contents May be Hot.” Come on, though. Is any parent […]

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Try to Remember, It’s Only September

I received an e-mail from HRC today, advertising their limited-edition holiday ornament and holiday greeting cards. Reality check: It’s still September. I’ve heard rumors of people who do their holiday shopping this early, but I’m not sure I want to know anyone that organized. If I manage to have a Halloween costume ready for my […]

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Free Coffee

Yahoo! will be offering coupons for a free cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee to anyone who sets Yahoo! as their homepage this Friday. It’s unclear what the actual mechanics of this will be, or how long Yahoo! has to be your homepage before you can reset it. Presumably Yahoo! will publish details later in the […]

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The Lesbian Lifestyle, II

I went to our local warehouse store today and bought toilet paper, diapers, tampons, and cat litter. I spend entirely too much time taking care of my family’s nether regions.

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The Lesbian Lifestyle

My partner and I are sitting here on the sofa watching the women’s U. S. Open finals. Never missing an opportunity to multitask, we both have our laptops open on the coffee table in front of us. I’m catching up on newsfeeds and she’s logged in to the office, doing actual salaried work. The baby […]

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