Thursday, November 10, 2011

Flying Through the News

Prepare yourself for a whirlwind tour through recent news.  Buckle up, Dorothy.

"Tuesday was a very good day for openly LGBT candidates around the country, with three out of four of the more than 60 candidates winning," wrote journalist Lisa Keen.  Ah, the sweet smell of lavender success.

Of particular interest, Annise Parker was returned as mayor of Houston, LaWana Mayfield became the first openly LGBT member of the Charlotte City Council and Daniel Hernandez, the guy credited with saving Rep. Gabby Giffords' life, took a Tucson school board seat.

Click here to read Keen's story and indulge in further reveling.

In marriage news, the election of Liz Mathis to the Iowa State Senate means Democrats retain their majority, which means marriage rights are safe.  In Maine, folks wanting to legalize gay marriage gathered enough signatures to qualify for the 2012 ballot.  From Oregon, however, we hear that activists won't put the state's ban on gay marriage up for a vote.

Got all that?  Lucky for you, there's no test.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Ellen DeGeneres a special envoy for global AIDS awareness.  Perhaps Ellen will start her show dressed as a giant dancing condom.

The Toronto Zoo intends to separate gay penguins Buddy and Pedro.  Both belong to an endangered species, so zookeepers will try to get them to mate with female penguins in order to increase the population.  Gay people are up in arms; gay penguins are up in flippers.