NH Gets Same Sex Marriage

Oh, New Yorkers, are we not embarassed enough YET?! Honestly. The New England states are kicking our collective ass.

Last Titanic Survivor Dies at 97

The last survivor of the Titanic disaster died on Sunday, on May 31, 2009, on the 98th anniversary of the launch of the ship from Southampton, England. She died – in Southampton, England.

France Depathologizes Transsexualism

Saturday’s edition of the French language newspaper Le Provence headline: Transsexuality will no longer be classified mental illness in France and the article explains why France has now become the first country to depathologize transsexualism. English translation is now online.… Continue Reading

Another NYC Landmark… Gone

& Now Kim’s is going to Italy, since no one in NYC came up with a proposal to keep Mr. Kim’s remarkable collection here. I’m starting to feel like I’m living in Venice in the late 17th Century (which was,… Continue Reading

Commissioner for Human Rights

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe has released a statement about transgender people, discrimination, violence, and human rights that is stunningly thorough and well-articulated. Here’s an example: To require surgery as a prerequisite to enjoy legal… Continue Reading

Girl Reader

From an article in the December 2008 Atlantic Monthly about why teen girls love vampires: The salient fact of an adolescent girl’s existence is her need for a secret emotional life – one that she slips inot during her sulks… Continue Reading

Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba died on Sunday right after she finished a concert in Italy. She was a South African singer who I first discovered on a collection of music from the tv show Northern Exposure (of which I was, & am,… Continue Reading

Soeur Emmanuelle

Here’s a woman who got a heck of a lot less press than Mother Theresa, but who, in my opinion, took the best stands on things like contraception. I’m entirely flummoxed at her descriptions of her own desire & flirtation,… Continue Reading

Not a Goomba*

I was just bitching on the MHB boards that nearly all the only portrayals of Italian-Americans is mafia related, and people pointed out a few others – like did you know Elaine on Seinfeld was supposed to be Catholic? Nice… Continue Reading

Albanian Sworn Virgins in Decline

The tradition of Albanian Sworn Virgins is dying out, & the implication is that it’s dying out because women can now do things that women weren’t allowed to do before: This is the last generation of sworn virgins, according to… Continue Reading


Katha Pollitt’s recent column in The Nation, “Lipstick on a Wing Nut,” proposes that we skip all the Sarah Palin family saga & simply ask her a dozen questions instead: Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her… Continue Reading

The Requisite Sarah Palin Post

The real kicker of Sarah Palin’s talk tonight was the “scary ideas from Europe” idea. I mean, seriously? Scary Europeans? Where there’s national healthcare and maternity leave and no gun crime? That scary place? I’m still flummoxed by just about… Continue Reading

Not Your Phone

This is the singularly funniest dumb news story I think I’ve ever read. I’m trying to figure out how significantly distanced from your own body you have to be to not notice a living animal in your bra. Secondarily, what… Continue Reading

The Disappearing Virgin

The New York Times just did a great article on the tradition of sworn virgins in Albanian culture – that’s the tradition that says a woman can foreswear marriage (& presumably, sex) in order to live as a man &… Continue Reading

White Privilege

& More on the Fr. Pfleger post! Someone wrote to me & said: I am Catholic as well, 1st generation Irish-American, I was poor, faced prejudice – and feel I owe nothing to Father Pfleger’s constituency. I feel I worked… Continue Reading

Guest Author : Mercedes Allen

(crossposted in several places, and people are welcome to forward this on freely to others in the transgender and GLBT communities, as I see this as being very serious — Mercedes) A short time ago, I’d discussed the movement to… Continue Reading

Unjustice of the Peace

A church in the UK stopped performing weddings when the congregation realized how different the laws are governing civil unions vs. marriages there. Unitarians, of course. (Thanks to Valery for the tip!)

When Worlds Collide

I’m at an Au Bon Pain in Boston’s South Station the other day trying to buy a cup of soup while I waited for my next train. They have clam chowder on the list of soups, so I ask, “What… Continue Reading

Alt Marriage

It seems medieval Europe was a lot hipper than we might assume.

The Greeks* & Now the English

Hey, it works in the UK: Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears — about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness… Continue Reading