LESBIAN AFFAIR: Another lesbian teacher scandal, this time in London, though this case seems a bit more Allegedly Michael Jackson than Mary Kay Letourneau — The Daily News reports that Hellen Goddard, “a prep schoolteacher known as the “Jazz Lady” is facing the music“ and getting a 15-month jail sentence for having a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old student. The student admits that she “instigated” the relationship and felt “guilty” about Goddard’s legal situation. Goddard, “a child prodigy who performed at the opening ceremony at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney admitted to six sample counts of sexual activity with the student between February and July.” When searching her home the team found “various sex toys, including vibrators and “fluffy handcuffs.”
The BBC reports that “The judge, who was told the girl and the teacher were genuinely in love, did not uphold the prosecution’s request for a sexual offences prevention order as it would be “draconian and unnecessarily cruel” to the girl as well.” The judge also said he was going to rule “gender-blind” on this one. Well … she’s 15. That’s a pretty clear-cut “go directly to jail” moment, though possibly less so to a child prodigy who probably remembered being taken pretty seriously at that age.
LESBIAN MOM WINS: A three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Appeals has unanimously ordered a trial court to reconsider a ban preventing a divorced mom from having her partner of 10 years and her own children stay overnight at her home at the same time. In layman’s terms — the Dad said the kids shouldn’t be around his ex’s immoral lesbian relationship, and the court said that’s really f*cking stupid.
OBAMA: Obama Tells NY Gov. Paterson to Stay Out of 2010 Election: “Paterson has been very popular with the LGBT community thanks to his unwavering support for marriage equality, but his statewide approval ratings have barely been in the double-digits for the last year.” (@joemygod)
PRIDE: Pride Parade in Serbia Cancelled:“Organisers and the government had feared a repeat of 2001, when Belgrade’s first-ever gay pride parade was abandoned halfway through due to mass violence.” (@abcnews)