Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck your hand in the Large Hadron Collider, the particle accelerator currently looking for the so-called "God Particle"?
Well, even if you haven't, a Sixty Symbols reader did and the site's staff posed that very question to physicists and engineers working on or with the Swiss-based project.
True Blood actress Anna Paquin caused a stir in 2010 when she came out as bisexual, and two years later the topic continues to fascinate. Well, it fascinated a Zooey magazine journalist who broached the subject during a recent chat with the 29-year old.
"I’m sure for some people saying they’re bisexual feels less scary than making a statement that they’re gay," Paquin, currently married to co-star Stephen Moyer, said about her sexuality.
"For me, it’s not really an issue because I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It’s not made up. It’s not a lack of decision. It’s not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I’ve heard at this point."
Paquin went on: "For a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor for who they’re attracted to."
I would say that Paquin's advocacy on this topic is just as important as campaigning for same-sex equality. She's totally right: a lot of people dismiss bisexuality as a cop-out for people afraid to admit their they're gay. Paquin proves that, yes, actual bisexual people exist, and naysayers need to get over it.
One Million Moms, the group that protested JC Penney's hiring of Ellen DeGeneres, have a fresh bee in their anti-gay bonnet. And, yes, it again concerns JC Penney's LGBT-inclusion.
JC Penney has infuriated the group after including a lesbian couple in their latest catalogue. "You'll often find Wendi, her partner, Maggie, and daughters elbow deep in paint, clay or mosaics," the store's "freedom of expression" advert reads, leading One Million Moms to revive their boycott.
OMM has so many issues to cover we had no choice but to move on earlier in the year but have decided to revisit this issue and speak out again. It is obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral. JCP will hear from the other side so they need to hear from us as well.
The group then offers the obligatory "take action" call, imploring supporters to confront store manager's about the lesbian couple. They ask: "What was the purpose in stating on page eleven that Wendi and Maggie are partners?" The answer is of course simple: because lesbians exist, have children and need to buy clothes, just like straight people.
Lloyd Blankfein became a left-wing hero after the Goldman Sachs CEO came out in support of gay marriage in New York State. Not everyone, however, cheered the money man's decision. Blankfein told a crowd at the "Out on the Street" LGBT finance summit yesterday that Goldman Sachs has lost at least one client since he came out for equality.
At an event discussing Wall Street's role in pushing for greater lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality across corporate America, Blankfein said his stance on the matter was "not without price."
Blankfein said there had been some "adverse reaction" on at least one occasion, where a money management client "did not want to continue a relationship" with Goldman in the wake of his advocacy.
"I won't say the name of the client, but if you heard the name, it wouldn't surprise you," he added.
Billionaire and fellow marriage advocate Paul Singer was also at the event and was asked whether he thought his preferred presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, would further alienate and discriminate against LGBT people.
"I don't think it's going to be a harsh environment," Singer said of a potential Romney administration.
Radio host David Pakman spent some time discussing Sean Harris, the North Carolina pastor who advocated beating gay children into heterosexuality, and the pastor's church during his radio show this week.
In addition to highlighting the relationship between homophobia, sexism and misogyny, Pakman also called up Harris' church, Berean Baptist Church, and asked whether the church as a whole agreed with Harris' controversial comments.
The answer? Find out AFTER THE JUMP…
Mitt Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom was asked about Richard Grenell's resignation last night on CNN and claimed he and his boss tried to persuade Grenell to stay on the team, despite social conservative pressure against him, and then bemoaned "intolerance."
"Wherever there are voices of intolerance within the party or the Democratic party for that matter, it doesn’t matter where it’s coming from, it’s disappointing. And the governor has taken the opportunity in the past to denounce those voices of intolerance," Fehrnstrom told host Erin Burnett. "We do not take into consideration non-factors like race or ethnicity or sexual orientation [when hiring people]. We look for the best possible people to do the job."
Watch Fehrnstrom's remarks AFTER THE JUMP.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Romney's campaign realized the Grenell controversy would complicate the candidate's bid to win over the religious right. "It’s not that the campaign cared whether Ric Grenell was gay,” a GOP adviser told the paper.. “They believed this was a nonissue. But they didn’t want to confront the religious right." Courage under fire apparently is not one of Romney's strong suits.
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