Out lesbians dominate Grammy’s ‘spoken word’ category

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 December 2012 13:53

Nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were released on Dec. 5 and one category – Best Spoken Word Album – is dominated by out lesbians.

Openly lesbian entertainers Janis Ian and Ellen DeGeneres and out journalist Rachel Maddow are nominated in the category. The other nominees are former President Bill Clinton, for “Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy,” and first lady Michelle Obama, for “American Grown.”

Takei and Trump discuss marriage equality over lunch

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:25

Out actor George Takei lunched with Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss same-sex marriage.

Takei, who was a cast member of the original “Star Trek” TV show, had a “lively and engaging” chat with the Donald at the Trump Tower Grill, Towleroad reported.

British Scouts consider change to allow atheists

Written by AP Wednesday, 05 December 2012 12:36

Atheists could be allowed into Britain’s boy and girl scouts after more than a century.

The British Scout Association said this week it plans to draft an alternative oath without references to God so that young people who do not have a faith could also join the organization.

Hours to go before first gay marriage licenses in Washington

Written by AP Wednesday, 05 December 2012 05:08

Ten same-sex couples were selected in a lottery on Dec. 3 to receive some of the first licenses issued under the new Washington state law allowing gay marriage.

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman held the lottery involving 15 couples that sought to receive their license at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 6.

Gay senator to run for Seattle mayor

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 13:39

Washington state Sen. Ed Murray, who is openly gay, intends to run for Seattle mayor next year.

Murray is establishing an exploratory committee and will work in the coming months to build the foundation for a campaign. Because of rules for state lawmakers, Murray soon will be unable to raise money until the legislature completes next year’s session.

Seattle smokers celebrate with public pot party

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:22

The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year's Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.

Ellen DeGeneres, elves ad Scrooged by far-right group. Video

Written by WiG Wednesday, 05 December 2012 12:11

One Million Moms, which raised a ruckus earlier this year over JC Penney enlisting Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson, is objecting to the retailer’s new holiday ad.

The commercial features DeGeneres and several elves.

George Takei beams into Riverdale

Written by MATT MOORE,
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:17

Mr. Sulu in Riverdale? Oh my!

Actor and equal rights advocate George Takei, whose portrayal of the Star Trek character in television and film has made him a science fiction legend, is crossing a new frontier this week by appearing as himself in issue No. 6 of Archie Comics' "Kevin Keller," a series about Riverdale's only gay teenager.

Minneapolis' new police chief is openly gay

Written by AP Thursday, 06 December 2012 10:45

Minneapolis has sworn in Janee Harteau as the city's new police chief.

Harteau, a Duluth native, was sworn in as Minneapolis' 52nd police chief at a ceremony this week at city hall. She is the first female and first openly gay police chief in Minneapolis history.

Washington gay couples get marriage licenses

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 06 December 2012 05:07

Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Dec. 6, just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law legalizing gay marriage.

King County, the state's biggest county, opened the doors to its auditor's office in Seattle just after midnight PST to start distributing marriage licenses. But hundreds of people had lined up hours earlier, snaking around the downtown Seattle building on a chilly December night.

Princess minded surrogate children for gay couple with visa troubles

Written by AP Wednesday, 05 December 2012 05:29

When friends of Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit couldn’t travel to India to welcome their surrogate twins into the world, the royal stepped up, minding the gay couple’s newborns for three days and even being mistaken by hospital staff for a nanny.

In a statement from the Royal Court, the princess described how she had flown to New Delhi on Oct. 23 after visa problems prevented the children’s Norwegian parents – a same-sex couple – from arriving at the hospital in time for the birth.

Timing essential in Indiana anti-gay marriage battle

Written by TOM LoBIANCO,
AP writer
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:45

Timing is everything when it comes to the battle over whether to amend Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages. And key lawmakers are playing their cards close to the vest heading into the 2013 legislative session with a new governor and a list of big priorities.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma told reporters before the election that the measure could move swiftly through his chamber, but he did not include it in a package of ideas House Republicans said they would push in 2013.