This is an amazing flip-flop: Chirlane McCray, wife of likely Republican Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, was forced to release a statement yesterday admitting that, yes, she was a lesbian before she met her husband, currently the city's public advocate.
"[I] identified as a lesbian and wrote about it," she said after Hunter Walker at The Observer dug up a 1979 Essence magazine article Ms. McCray wrote called "I Am a Lesbian."
"I survived the tears, the isolation and the feeling that something was terribly wrong with me for loving another woman," she wrote. “Coming to terms with my life as a lesbian has been easier for me than it has been for many. Since I don’t look or dress like the typical bulldagger, I have a choice as to whether my sexual preference is known.”
Then, a sentence that she could never have known could complicate a future husband's political career: "I have also been fortunate because I discovered my preference for women early, before getting locked into a traditional marriage and having children.”
Reacting to the story yesterday, McCray said that meeting Bill in 1991 changed everything: "In 1991, I met the love of my life, married him, and together we’ve raised two amazing kids. I’m reminded every day how lucky I am to have met my soul mate."
In a move that's surprising for a career politicians but makes perfect sense for an unwavering ideologue, Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is stepping down in January to take the helm as president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that spends its $80 million annual budget fighting everything from raising taxes to marriage equality to giving ex-convicts the right to vote.
The Wall Street Journal reports that DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name a successor who will then run on their own during a special 2014 election.
DeMint, a former US Rep. elected to the Senate in 2004 and reelected during the Tea Party surge of 2010, has made homophobia a hallmark of his Senate career: he has consistently said gay marriage will destroy society and even went so far as to say that gay people and single women shouldn't be teachers, a remark he lated defended.
Gay Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham looks just as good in boxer briefs as he does in a speedo, which explains why Funky Trunks underwear asked the Aussie to model their drawers.
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said he opposed marriage equality during his failed gubernatorial run, but the same can't be said for his wife, Marilyn McKenna.
Last night, as Washington officials began distributing the state's first marriage licenses for same-sex couples, the wouldbe first lady tweeted, "Marriage is a blessing, not a political issue. We do well to remember that everyone benefits when couples commit."
She then wrote to Seattle PI: "I believe that being pro-gay marriage is completely consistent with being a Republican too. It’s a matter of personal choice that the government has no right to interfere in."
And then she went even further with follow-up email: "Both the government and the Republican Party need to get the hell out of people’s bedrooms and get a life!" She seems fun!
It's worth noting that despite his opposition to marriage equality, Attorney General McKenna, an Eagle Scout, has been working to bypass the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policies.
The official full-length Star Trek Into Darkness trailer won't be released until next Friday, when The Hobbit comes out, but this teaser for JJ Abrams' second crack at the beloved franchise gives fans plenty of bits and pieces to chew on.
Watch Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew battle a new villain rumored to be wrathful Khan AFTER THE JUMP.
NASA and the NOAA yesterday released some shots of our planet at night taken by their Suomi NPP satellite. Snapped over nine days in April and 13 days in October of this year, the entire collection shows the planet as a "Black Marble Earth" spinning in space. The organizations have also created an amazing animated video with the pictures.
More info, from Business Insider:
The incredible global view comes from a joint NASA-NOAA satellite, called Suomi NPP, which carries an instrument (the day-night band) that is sensitive enough to detect light from a highway lamp, a ship at sea, or a wildfire in the middle of the night.
A snapshot of Earth's city lights was pieced together from images acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012 — which means that the satellite also got a good look at Hurricane Sandy barreling toward the Eastern seaboard at the end of October.
According to NASA, "Night images showed the widespread power outages that left millions in darkness in the wake of the storm."