Friday Fix: Essence’s Lesbian Wedding, Stephen Colbert’s Gay Fear, Other Stories

A lot of stuff happened this week that we have not yet told you about. We are going to tell you about it right now, because it’s Friday. Friday is the beginning of “the weekend” for students and people with “real jobs.” This is when you should relax. Maybe get ready for Halloween

+ Good DADT News: Early reports from the massive Don’t Ask Don’t Tell survey reveal that most army members really don’t give two shits about whether or not gay people are serving with them.because they were not authorized to publicly share details of the survey.

+ News That is Not Good or Bad, But Is Related to a Thing That Makes Us Sad and Mad: Tyler Clementi’s Accused Tormentors Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei Withdraw From Rutgers: The lady & fellow who broadcast Tyler Clementi’s sexual encounters on the internet, the incident which is believed to have led to his suicide, have dropped out.

+ Good Same-Sex Marriage News: Essence‘s First Lesbian Wedding: “The only reference the short feature made of their lesbianism was the legal implications. The rest focused, as all the Bridal Bliss posts do, on their personal stories, including how they met (Aisha “focused on the vision of love in front of her. It was love at first sight”) and the proposal (a ring nestled in sushi at the restaurant they went to on their first date.)” (@jezebel)

+ Bad Reality TV News: MTV Plays Along While Jersey Shore Bashes Trans Women One More Time: “Oh, you didn’t know what a “tra-nade” is? That would be a trans grenade, the cast’s friendly term for an ugly girl. And that’s exactly what Ronnie, Mike, and Pauly D are all calling this unidentified woman.” (@queerty)

+ Probably Bad News about Uganda: David Bahati, the member of Ugandan Parliament behind the Anti-Homosexual Bill that calls for life imprisonment or execution of gay people, says he is “very confident” that the bill will become law “soon.” Hopefully he is wrong. The Rolling Stone (not the music magazine) article that recently listed 100 “top homosexuals” with photos, names, addresses and a large yellow headline that read “Hang Them” is reportedly helping the cause, and the editor there hopes that “by publishing that story, the police would investigate [gay people], prosecute them, and hang them.” And unless you are Ugandan, I can’t even tell you to go sign a petition or something because Uganda has so far ignored the bulk of the international opposition to the bill. (@queerty)

+ New Book News: In an interview with Salon, former neuroscientist Simon LeVay, author of Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation, answers important questions about gay sheep (really) and why, if being gay is genetic and lesbians can’t knock each other up without careful planning and possibly medical assistance, we haven’t died out. (@dailydish)

+ Anderson Cooper interviews the asshole who said the terrible things on Facebook. Mostly I am yelling at the teevee that Anderson should ask him what the RIGHT words would’ve been.

+ New Interview With Our Girlfriend: Feministing interviewed Rachel Maddow. We’re too jealous to really go any further into this topic. (@feministing)

+ Really Bad News: Noose Hung at Gay Rights Group’s Office, cops told them “Sometimes you just have to live with being a victim.” (@oc weekly)

+ Winston is a snail for Halloween

+ Funny Fear: Stephen Colbert is preparing for THE RALLY TO KEEP FEAR ALIVE by meeting with all the potential enemies of his rally, including OUT magazine editor Aaron Hickler.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Fear for All Pt. 1
Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010 Election March to Keep Fear Alive

Here’s Part Two, which is almost totally 100% The Gay Guy.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Fear for All Pt. 2
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  1. I think that someone should make a comic book based on super hero versions of the guys Stephen Colbert talked to and call it “Legion of Doom”.

  2. “Really Bad News: Noose Hung at Gay Rights Group’s Office, cops told them “Sometimes you just have to live with being a victim.” (@oc weekly)”

    If you don’t know why people choose to own guns, re-read this statement several times.

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