News: Tim Gill, Cholesterol, Satan, Queen Latifah, Smith College
National GiveOUTDay is May 15.
Charleston City Paper reflects on homophobia and the fired Latta police chief.
French lesbian couple barred from adopting child conceived via artificial insemination in Belgium.
Philanthropist Tim Gill putting $25 million into LGBT rights causes in handful of conservative-leaning states. Politico profiles Gill and his Outgiving conference which takes place this week in Los Angeles: "Gill’s funneling of more than $300 million between his philanthropic and political giving into different groups focused on gay rights issues has led to a string of victories, including flipping the state legislature to Democrats in Colorado in 2005. That win involved a strategy of inspiring respect and fear in lawmakers, who were made keenly aware they’d be held accountable in the next election."
Page Six attempts to start a Ronan Farrow contact lens scandal.
Ex-Tennessee basketball star Michelle Marciniak marries ex-Purdue basketball player Beth Brooke.
Is cholesterol key to why some people can withstand the HIV virus for years? "Among the slowly progressing patients, called 'nonprogressors,' the researchers found low levels of cholesterol in immune system cells called dendritic cells. They believe that the cholesterol-deprived dendritic cells, which transfer HIV to T-cells, may not be able to do their job. If HIV cannot get to the body's T-cells, also known as CD4 helper cells, the virus has no way to replicate, the scientists hypothesize."
You're going to want to see this shirtless shot of Nick Zano.
Where have all the popular politicians gone?
Bradley Cooper put on 40 pounds of muscle.
Cool 3-D sand art just in time for summer.
Queen Latifah to play Blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO biopic: "HBO, The Zanuck Company, Shelby Stone Productions and Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment are all listed as backers of the project, with a mid-June 2014 production start date in Atlanta eyed. Casting is underway to fill other roles, including that of Ma Rainey, the 'Mother Of The Blues.'"
Smith College students protest school's refusal to admit transgender women: "Activists in the Smith Q&A student organization are frustrated after a year’s worth of talks with administrators that recently came to a halt. These discussions were sparked by the rejection of then-high schooler Calliope Wong, a transgender woman, was rejected from Smith last spring because a federal student aid form identified her as male."
UK government confirms opposition to gay conversion therapy: "We have made no estimate of the extent of the use of reparative or conversion therapies on gay people. This Government does not believe that being lesbian, gay or bisexual is an illness to be treated or cured. We are therefore strongly against the practice of so called ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy.”
America is on Harry-watch.
Simpsons goes 3D with LEGO-themed episode.
Transgender inmate in Ohio sues to force state to allow hormone treatments: "Whitney Lee, whose legal name is still Antione Lee, had undergone continuous hormone therapy since 1999 until the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction abruptly halted the treatments in February 2012. "Parr married Dawn Malega in California last December. Shortly after, she changed her name with the federal government, getting a new Social Security card with her new name. Yet, when she took the card and her marriage certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Lantana, they told her the name change would not be allowed.
Gay bride can't take her wife's name in Florida: "Parr married Dawn Malega in California last December. Shortly after, she changed her name with the federal government, getting a new Social Security card with her new name. Yet, when she took the card and her marriage certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Lantana, they told her the name change would not be allowed."