More than 40 years after the initial stirrings of the Gay Liberation movement, our gay alphabet still hasn't stopped expanding. Lesbians (L), gays (G), bisexuals (B) and transgender (T) individuals comprised an initial LGBT alphabet soup before getting swallowed up by LGBTQ(ueer/uestioning.) Now the bloggers behind Queer at the University of Michigan see fit to finish their soup by arranging the movement's recent amalgamation of letters into an actual, identifiable term: QUILTBAG. In your standard QUILTBAG, you'll find the aforementioned letters from above, joined by "I" and "A" for those proudly identifying as "Intersex" or an "Ally" of ours. But, what about the "U"? I'm "Undecided" if it should be there at all. Here's another loving spoonful of what you need to know:
- Run, Tammy, run! Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first out lesbian elected to Congress, has the lead ahead of her nearest Republican challengers campaigning for U.S. Senate. Polling agency Rasmussen Reports indicated Saturday that Baldwin earns the support of 45 to 48 percent of 'Likely Wisconsin Voters,' regardless of her Republican opponent, as they compete for Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl's vacated seat. It was Kohl's vote last year that advanced the Respect for Marriage Act out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Looking for a gender-neutral bathroom? Now there's an app for that. Powered by safe2pee, TranSquat lets iPhone users not only safely locate the can. It also encourages users to upload brand-new locations nationwide into an online database.
- Speaking of San Francisco's "cultural diversity" as both "a strength and a challenge," Oakland Bishop Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, 56, announced Friday that he'd be departing for The City by the Bay as its next archbishop. Spanning San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties, the theologically-conservative Cordileone shall inherit an archdiocese at the epicenter of California's same-sex marriage debate, whose members have historically participated in the city's gay pride festivities. Proponents of Prop. 8 credit Cordileone for lobbying the Church's wealthy donors to contribute $1.5 million toward putting the constitutional amendment to a vote.
- The 60-foot tall transmission tower, erected by T-Mobile, that's kept California's Castro Valley at attention isn't going to be so conspicuous anymore. That's after residents deluged the Alameda County planning department to complain about the very phallic structure that T-Mobile technicians are trying to convert into an Italian cypress - with a rounded top.
- Recently upon American Family Radio, Pastor Aaron Fruh of Mobile, Alabama defended Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's homophobia from the flood of criticism he's received by bringing up Noah's Ark. "God knew that the people on the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage, and so that's why he brought the flood," Fruh claimed. Perhaps Alabama could've ditched those "Days of Prayer for Rain" if they'd made way for our nuptials already?
- Ask and you shall receive. Hired by Amazon.com in its infancy, Jennifer Cast recently e-mailed CEO Jeff Bezos of the Seattle-based online retailer requesting a slight favor. Please support the passage of Washington State's Referendum 74, giving same-sex couples the right to wed. Little did the mother of four children, and her lesbian partner, anticipate that Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, might support them to the tune of $2.5 million!
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