Laura Bush Opens Up: Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage, Totally Unexpected

Former First Lady Laura Bush was well known as a sort of traditional First Lady: content to take a supporting role to her president husband during his eight years in office. Recently, though, Laura published her memoirs, revealing surprising details about her personal life -- and her personal disagreements with George W. ...more

I thought her almost complete silence on these issues while her husband was president, along ...more

What Lesbian Moms Want for Mother's Day: Divorce

Alright, maybe "want" is putting it a bit strongly. But "need," unfortunately, is an accurate term. Yes, love is love, and yes, parents are parents, and yes, all families are different. But let's get beyond the bumper stickers and look at the hard, cold facts. Legal marriage would put my partner and I in our proper tax bracket when filing together and save our kids oodles of money a year for the college fund.  The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports (pdf) that the average family of four, including two lesbian parents, will spend tens -- even hundreds -- of thousands of dollars more than identical families with opposite-sex parents raising the children to age 18. ...more

Sappho Speaks: Liberals, Labeling and How Much We Lose

What Would Sappho Say? Lectori Salutem! or L.S. (Greetings to the Reader!) I know we were all taught as children not to call each other names and we know how much racism hurts us as a culture (or at least I hope those reading this blog do) but there as so many more ways we use labels in our lives that shut us off from groups, from information, and from individuals and if you are anything like me, it takes someone pointing it out every now and then for a real wake up call to happen in your life so change can begin to rebuild your way of interacting in the world....more

I'm Resigning My Role as Rosie O'Donnell Apologist

I am considerably late to the game of criticizing Rosie O'Donnell. Rosie often draws fire from even her longstanding fans for acts of ego and hubris, but I will admit that until recently, I was a Rosie O'Donnell apologist. ...more

Very good post, but I think your first item is a bit of an overreaction. 

Before ...more

Powerful Women Video Newsmix: Diane Sofrito, Meredith Baxter Burney, and more

by Chris LombardiToday, we're doing a different kind of Newsmix — because our Youtube has been overflowing with the voices of women in midlife. Mostly, they're not talking about midlife itself, but speaking from the well of strength and experience and power it represents, in connection with the most current of events....more

Wording in Texas Amendment Banning Gay Marriage Nullifies All Marriages After 2005 (Oops!)

A constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Texas included language that effectively bans ALL MARRIAGES AFTER 2005 in Texas says Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general....more

Marriage Equality: Not Just for Today's Adults

By Mary Barber, MD, and Serena Yuan Volpp, MD The other day, our friend Sheila and her daughter Maya were talking about growing up. Sheila told her daughter, "Honey, when you grow up, I promise you'll find a nice boy to marry who will love you." Maya, who is eight years old, replied, "But Mom, I could marry a girl." Sheila stood corrected. They live in Massachusetts. ...more

US Episcopal Church Convention affirms gay clergy/bishops and does not reject same sex unions

In the past week, the Episcopalian Church in the USA took major steps at their Convention to move forward and affirm the development of liturgical material for same sex unions, and instructed local bishops to make their own decisions as they "determine what such a generous pastoral response might mean in her or his diocesan context" re performing same sex unions. Further they stated "that God has called and may call" gay and lesbian people "to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church." Some History ...more

Yes, ordination is OKd by the diocese and done by the bishop...IF the bishop agrees to the ...more

A Telemarketer Tries to Teach My Kids About Gay Marriage!?

Emmie, my 10-year-old, posed a humorous question to me yesterday, as she was making her lunch and our caller ID voice (who we think sounds just like the lady from our neighborhood Chinese restaurant) suddenly filled the air.  Emmie had just heard me say, "Don't answer it-- I recognize that name and it's a telemarketer."  She paused a moment, pouring leftover chili into a bowl, and said, "Mom, do telemarketers like getting calls from telemarketers?" What a great question.  I wonder if they do? ...more

Straight But Not Narrow

OnePinky sister, Sara, recently wrote this testimony in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month and I wanted to share it with you all: I like to say that I’m straight, but not narrow. I’m married to a man, but I can appreciate the curves of a woman just as much as I can the broad torso of a man. I might have a crush on Will Smith—but I’ve also had a little thing going for Rosario Dawson for a while (yes, Seven Pounds just made my entire year). ...more