Earth lost one of its brightest stars Monday with the passing of Dr. Sally Ride after fighting pancreatic cancer for nearly a year and a half. Ride wasn't only the United States' first female astronaut, or its first lesbian astronaut for that matter - she also happened to be its youngest when she first steered the shuttle Challenger into space after its second launch in June of 1983. Ride is survived by her mother, Joyce, sister, Bear, and Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years. Sadly, O'Shaughnessy fails to qualify for survivor benefits due to DOMA. Here are the well-thought out twinkles you need to know:
- Residents of Lincoln, Neb. are aghast after three unidentified suspects invaded a 33-year-old lesbian's home, bound her, carved anti-gay epithets into her body, and attempted to burn her alive. Miraculously, the victim crawled to the safety of a neighbor's doorstep as her house burned. Lincoln Police haven't announced any suspects at this time.
- The Jim Henson Company, and its colorful cavalcade of Muppets, has decided to cut ties with Chick-fil-A (much to Gonzo's relief), and instead donate a payment received by them to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
- How do you spell "G-A-Y?" Not with a Chinese dictionary, apparently. Publishers of the Contemporary Chinese Dictionary's sixth edition eliminated the colloquialism altogether.
- Comedian Eddie Griffin didn't leave one lesbian couple laughing after he allegedly thrust his crotch into Fiona Walshe's face, and then lunged at her after she hurled her beverage at him. He then pelted the couple with items from their table before dumping a bottle of water upon Walshe's head. The couple has threatened suit against Griffin if he doesn't first apologize for the incident at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Pleasanton, Calif. Watch the video here.
- Where there's smoke, there's your favorite lesbian pyrokinetic. Author Mari L. Stroud has unleashed her hot-headed heroine, "J," upon readers through Fire With Fire; the sequel to her high-flying LGBT caper, Super.
- So much for a "braver, kinder school year." Bullies at the Florida Family Association aren't happy about Office Depot partnering up with Lady Gaga, and her Born This Way Foundation, and are petitioning the retailer to rescind their $1 million donation going toward limited-edition back-to-school items, such as "empowerment gift cards" and "Bravery Bracelets."
- Be afraid, bears. Be very afraid. Bryan Fischer, a "Director of Issues Analysis" for the American Family Association, set his sights recently upon the North American grizzly bear, until they're hunted into extinction. Now if he would only shut his trap.
(Sally Ride graphic via Wikipedia)