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Mom confirms Kristen Stewart in same-sex relationship

“Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart is in a relationship with personal assistant Alicia Cargile, according to the actress’s mom and a report in the Sunday Mirror.

Jules Stewart told the Mirror she’s given her blessing to the relationship. Two years ago, Kristin Stewart broke up with actor Robert Pattinson.

The newspaper quoted mom as saying, “What’s not to be accepting about her now having a girlfriend? She’s happy. She’s my daughter. I’m just her mom so she knows I would accept her choices.”

Mom called Cargile “a lovely girl.”

Robin Roberts thanks girlfriend in end-of-year post

Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published on Dec. 29 on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page.

The message, which follows Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the “Good Morning America” anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Roberts’ post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley.

Sunday was the anniversary of Roberts’ 100-day milestone following a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 for treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood and bone marrow disease.

In May, Grand Central Publishing announced Roberts, one of the most popular figures in morning TV news, will write a memoir about her battle with MDS and the life lessons she continues to gather following her return to “GMA” last February.

In May 2012, President Barack Obama first came out in support of marriage equality in an interview with Roberts.

Michael Jordan’s daughter comes out via photo on Instagram

Jasmine Johnson, the only daughter of NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, revealed that she’s a lesbian by posting a picture on Instagram of her with her girlfriend on Aug. 29.

The photo of Jordan with girlfriend Carmen Tyson-Thomas included a caption that read: “This Little Closet Is Holding Me Back.”

Responding to users’ questions on whether or not she was gay, Jordan confirmed that she is.

She had previously written online: “Until love, trust, honesty, respect, loyalty, commitment, genuine happiness and other characteristics or aspects I want in a relationship is defined by one gender then and only then will I discuss my sexual preference.”

A week before posting her coming-out photo, Jordan posted a new tattoo on the same site. The tattoo includes the words “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Jordan is a junior at Syracuse University majoring in sports management. Her girlfriend is a former Syracuse Orange basketball star.

The son of Michael Jordan’s fellow basketball legend Magic Johnson recently came out as gay after he was caught by a photographer strolling hand-in-hand with his boyfriend in New York. Johnson issued a statement saying that he was his wife were proud of their gay son.

I addition to Jasmine, Michael Jordan and his ex-wife Juanita also have two sons, Jeffrey Michael, 24, a basketball player and Marcus James, 22, a basketball player.

Lesbian teen accused of underage sex back in Florida jail after plea deal withdrawn

A lesbian teenager accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend was taken back into custody in Florida after the prosecutor withdrew a negotiated plea deal.

Kaitlyn Hunt, who is now 19, was booked into the Indian River County Jail on Aug. 19. She was still in jail early Aug. 20 but expected to post bail.

Hunt is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child.

The regional state attorney’s office withdrew a plea offer on Aug. 19 alleging that Hunt violated pretrial conditions by contacting the girl.

The Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reported that the bond company that posted her initial bail brought Hunt to the jail.

Hunt, according to authorities, engaged in sexual relations with her 14-year-old girlfriend last year. Florida law says that an individual under 16 years old cannot legally consent to having sex. So, such a relationship is a felony.

Hunt’s family – and a growing legion of Internet supporters – says that the teenager was arrested because the girlfriend’s family objected to a same-sex relationship.

Hunt’s supporters also maintain that she likely would not be facing criminal prosecution if she were a boy.

Pistorius cut from ‘It Gets Better’ campaign in South Africa

Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, has been ousted from a pro-gay “It Gets Better” campaign being launched in Cape Town, South Africa.

In a video cut from the campaign, Pistorius says, “You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to change. Take a deep breath and remember, ‘It will get better.'”

Pistorius also has been ousted from an advertising campaign for Clarins Group, which owns Thierry Mugler Perfumes. The company said in an email that “out of respect and compassion for the families involved in this tragedy, Thierry Mugler Perfumes have taken the decision to withdraw all of their advertising campaigns featuring Oscar Pistorius.”

The announcements came on Feb. 19, as Pistorius appeared in court with his defense lawyer, who read the athlete’s account of how he shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day. He claim he mistook her for an intruder.

Prosecutors, however, told a packed courtroom that the double-amputee known as the Blade Runner intentionally and mercilessly shot and killed 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp as she cowered inside a locked bathroom. 

The Valentine’s Day shooting in Pistorius’ home in Pretoria shocked South Africans and many around the world who idolized him for overcoming adversity to become a sports champion, competing in the London Olympics last year in track besides being a Paralympian. Steenkamp was a model and law graduate who made her debut on a South African reality TV program that was broadcast two days after her death.

In a major point of contention that emerged during the bail hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Pistorius took the time to put on his prostheses, walked from the bed to the enclosed toilet inside his bathroom and only then opened fire. Three of the four bullets fired hit Steenkamp.

Pistorius said in his sworn statement that after opening fire, he realized that Steenkamp was not in his bed.

“It filled me with horror and fear,” Pistorius said. The 26-year-old Olympian said he put on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick down the door before bashing it in with a cricket bat. Inside, he said he found Steenkamp, slumped over. He said he lifted her bloodied body into his arms and tried to carry her downstairs to seek medical help. 

“She died in my arms,” the athlete said.

Nel charged Pistorius with premeditated murder and said the athlete opened fire after the couple engaged in a shouting match and she fled to the bathroom.

“She couldn’t go anywhere. You can run nowhere,” Nel said. “It must have been horrific.”

Outside the court, several dozen women protested against domestic violence and waved placards urging that Pistorius be refused bail. “Pistorius must rot in jail,” one placard said.

South Africa has some of the world’s worst rates of violence against females and the highest rate in the world of women killed by an intimate partner, according to a study by the Medical Research Council. Professor Rachel Jewkes of the council said at least three women are killed by a partner every day in the country of 50 million.

Steenkamp campaigned actively against domestic violence and had tweeted on Twitter that she planned to join a “Black Friday” protest by wearing black in honor of a 17-year-old girl who was gang-raped and mutilated two weeks ago.

What “she stood for, and the abuse against women, unfortunately it’s gone right around and I think the Lord knows that statement is more powerful now,” her uncle Mike Steenkamp, the family’s spokesman, said.

Group files ethics complaint against tea party Rep. DesJarlais

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a congressional ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, accusing the Jasper, Tenn., physician of lying when confronted about an affair with a patient.

DesJarlais, a reproductive rights foe and tea party favorite in Congress, won a second term this month despite revelations that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion. He also supported – or encouraged – his now ex-wife’s decisions to get abortions.

During the campaign DesJarlais disputed allegations he dated patients and wrote prescriptions for them. A court transcript released the week after the election showed he admitted the incidents while testifying at his 2001 divorce trial.

The transcript also showed that DesJarlais acknowledged recording the abortion conversation with his mistress, although he denied that during the campaign.

DesJarlais spokesman Robert Jameson dismissed the complaint as a “shallow publicity stunt by a far-left organization.”

CREW, which frequently brings ethics complaints against lawmakers, issued a statement that calls on Congress to punish DesJarlais for “numerous lies.”

Preliminary investigations into outside complaints are conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which then makes recommendations to the House Ethics Committee.

DesJarlais in an interview with The Knoxville News Sentinel last week acknowledged making incorrect assertions about the transcript.

“One of the biggest mistakes I made was I commented to the press before I had the opportunity to go back and read a transcript that was 13, 14 years old,” DesJarlais said. “It was never my intention to mislead anyone, and had I read this, I don’t think the inaccuracies that occurred would have taken place.”

DesJarlais also told the newspaper he regretted the past relationships with two patients and three co-workers while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper. He had previously denied a newspaper report that said he had a sexual relationship with a patient and he prescribed her painkillers. 

“It was in poor taste, and it was a poor decision on my part,” DesJarlais said. “If I had a chance to go back and do it over again, I would change many things, and that would be one of them.”

Those comments stand in contrast to his reaction to a Chattanooga Times Free Press report late in the campaign that a patient had said she had a sexual relationship with DesJarlais and he prescribed her painkillers. The campaign at the time attacked the newspaper for “reporting a factually inaccurate story from a non-credible anonymous source who is lying.”

But on the witness stand, DesJarlais acknowledged dating at least two patients and prescribing a painkiller. “Yes, she is a patient and I wrote her prescriptions,” he said.

CREW has also filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health, arguing that DesJarlais should be disciplined by the state for conducting an inappropriate sexual relationship with a patient.

Report: Lesbian beaten by girlfriend’s brother on Thanksgiving

A Change.org campaign is urging authorities in Mobile, Ala., to prosecute as attempted murder an attack on a lesbian attending Thanksgiving dinner with her girlfriend’s family.

Mallory Owens, 23, was invited to the home of her girlfriend’s family to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Details of what happened were not immediately available, but various activists websites allege that Owens was severely beaten by her girlfriend’s brother, Travis Hawkins Jr.

Taken to the USA Hospital in Mobile, Owens suffered a fractured skull, a crushed cheekbone and a brain bleed.

Hawkins was arrested on Nov. 25 for second-degree assault in the incident. He has been released on bail.

Petitioners on Change.org want the Mobile County, Ala., District Attorney Ashley Rich to upgrade the charge.

The petition, one of several circulating on the Web, states, “Mallory was an invited guest Thanksgiving Day to her (girlfriend’s family) dinner & brother, Trais Hawkins Jr. has been arrested, charged and released on bail for ONLY 2nd degree assault! Mallory had experienced a brain bleed, reconstructive facial surgeries, (metal plates due to crushed cheek bones), and skull fractures! This at best was an attempted murder! Mallory deserves justice for the horrific attack & by the Grace of God her long road to recover! It is reported that the accused attackers family stood by, did not intervene, and have threatened the victim family!”

Fox News reported that in 2011 Hawkins Jr. was shot by his father.



Man pleads no contest in case of woman found in freezer

A Connecticut man accused of killing a woman and putting her body in a freezer in 2010 has pleaded no contest to a murder charge.

The Day of New London reports that 51-year-old Luis Otero entered the plea in New London Superior Court in exchange for a 28 1/2 year prison sentence.

Otero is accused of killing his Groton housemate, 50-year-old Madeline Brisson. An arrest warrant said Otero told a friend he “flipped out” when Brisson told him to move out of her house and implied a lesbian affair with his daughter.

“The guy promised her that he was going to kill her and put her in the freezer and she told me this after they got in an argument one time. She also told her sisters that live in Florida, ‘If I ever come up missing look in the freezer,’” Brisson’s friend Johnny Robinson told News8-WTNH.

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that Brisson died of blunt traumatic injuries and asphyxia.

Otero has been held in lieu of $2 million bond since his arrest.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 9.

N.C. Democratic Party boss resigns after harassment claims

The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party resigned this month amid increasing frustrations among party activists over high turnover at the party headquarters and harassment allegations.

Jay Parmley, who became the top administrator last year after holding a similar post in South Carolina, submitted a resignation letter in which he vehemently denied harassing any party worker.

Party leaders raised concerns after emails began circulating in the media that mentioned the allegations. The party has been guarded in directly addressing the substance of the allegations, but conservative media outlets have reported that a young man who worked for the party alleged sexual harassment and a 29-year-old woman who worked for the party claimed she was Parmley’s girlfriend and he transmitted HIV.

In his resignation letter, Parmley wrote, “Let me be clear: I have never harassed any employee at any time at the (state party) or in any other job.”

He said the more than 1,000 people who have worked with him over the years “know this kind of behavior would be unconscionable to me.”

The dustup following the emails led party activists to call for the resignations of Parmley and party chairman David Parker.

In accepting Parmley’s resignation, Parker echoed Parmley’s view that the allegations were becoming a political distraction, particularly in an election year. Parker didn’t resign.

A Statesville, N.C., attorney who said he’s successfully prosecuted harassment and discrimination cases, Parker said it’s his legal opinion “that there have not been grounds for termination for cause of Jay Parmley.”

“In this political world of rushing to judgment and the presumption of guilt, however, my legal and personal opinion has been outweighed by this having become a political distraction and issue,” Parker wrote.

North Carolina plays a significant role in the 2012 election:

• A ballot measure on May 8 will determine whether the state becomes the last in the South to add an anti-gay marriage amendment to its constitution or the first to refuse such a measure.

• The Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte in early September.

• On election day in November, North Carolina is likely to become a battleground for the presidential vote.

Parmley, in his letter, said, “I refuse to be a distraction.”

Democratic officials had been speaking privately for weeks about why personnel changes occurred at the state party offices in downtown Raleigh.

A series of email messages raised the level of discomfort among party activists, who pleaded for more information from the party in the interest of full disclosure. After a conservative-leaning website posted the emails, Parker released a terse statement.

“Over the last several months, several employees left their employment with the NCDP for business or professional reasons unrelated to their job performance, by mutual agreement of the parties involved,” Parker said.

Parker said he couldn’t comment on any specific allegations on the advice of counsel but added, “There have never been any complaints or allegations concerning Jay Parmley before or since the matter.”

Hayes McNeill, a member of the state party’s executive committee, said Parker needs to take a hard look at whether he can continue as chairman because of how the situation has been handled. Transparency is needed from party leaders, he said.

“You have to realize the offense is not the problem,” said McNeill. He added, “There was a deficiency in supervision, management that allowed this thing to blossom out.”

State Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, a gubernatorial candidate who lost to Parker in the race for state party chairman in early 2011, suggested Parker should follow Parmley’s lead “on behalf of the 2.7 million Democrats in N.C. so that we can get on with the primary election without further distraction.”

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