All the news that fits

General Gayety

by Leslie Robinson  Contributing Writer  lesarobinson@gmail.com
Published: May 31, 2008 in General Gayety, Opinion

I know it’s hard for you. What with the Democratic drama, Myanmar mess and other big stories to keep track of, it’s tough to stay abreast of LGBT news as well.

I’m here to help. I can’t recount every piece of recent gay news for you, but I can offer a selection of items guaranteed to make you sound like you’ve been paying attention all along.
No need to thank me. I live to serve.

Starting on a positive note, the country of Nepal has its first openly-gay politician. Sunil Babu Pant will represent a small communist party in Nepal’s new constituent assembly. Pant leads the nation’s gay rights group called the Blue Diamond Society.

No, the organization has nothing to do with almonds and if you hold me up like this, we won’t get anywhere.

In another political breakthrough, the state of Virginia got its first black, gay elected official. Voters chose Lawrence Webb for the Falls Church City Council. He won by 39 votes. I didn’t say it was a landslide.

Also in Virginia, Mildred Loving died. Don’t try and fool me — I know you haven’t a clue who she was. Thank goodness you have me.

Loving, who was African-American and Native American, married a white man in 1958. A hoo-hah ensued — yes, hoo-hah is a legal term — and in 1967, in the case of Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws against interracial marriage.

Last year, on the 40th anniversary of that decision, Mildred Loving issued a statement in support of same-sex marriage. She’s one of our community’s straight heroines. Aren’t you glad you know now? Honestly, I’m not paid nearly enough for this.

On the subject of marriage and what people will do to get it, Sheila Schroeder and Kate Burns of Englewood, Colo., were convicted of trespassing for staging a sit-in after the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office refused them a marriage license. These hardened criminals now have to perform 28 hours of community service and pay $41 in court fines.

On the subject of marriage and what people will do to get out of it, the divorce trial of James and Dina Matos McGreevey got underway. I’m so sick of the shenanigans of New Jersey’s former first couple, I can’t bring myself to write about the pair anymore.

However, mindful of my responsibility to inform you, I suggest that if you need a fix, head to Court TV, where perhaps you’ll get an answer to the question of whether she knew she was marrying a gay man. Then you’ll know more about the matter than I do and you can go all smug on me.

Over in St. Louis, administrators at Washington University have gotten an earful from those within and outside the university community who are appalled at the school’s plan to bestow an honorary doctorate on Phyllis Schlafly, longtime foe of gay and women’s rights and an alumna of the school.
If this news nugget has inspired you to do further research, I recommend you examine the twin facts that Schlafly is an anti-gay activist who has a gay son. Then explain that to me.

The American Library Association reported that for the second year in a row the book most often challenged in public schools and libraries was the children’s book “And Tango Makes Three.” It’s a true story about a penguin family with two dads. Objectors moan that the book will have children believing homosexuality is acceptable. The most hated book for two years running? Just another example of gays making it to the top.

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