Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he has named openly gay Benjamin C. Mizer as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Mizer replaced Joyce R.Branda, who will return to her permanent role as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch. Mizer and Branda assumed their positions today. Prior to this appointment, Mizer served as a senior advisor to Attorney General Holder on matters related to constitutional law, national security, civil rights, civil litigation, antitrust law, and the Supreme Court.
Find out what Holder had to say about Mizer after the jump…
ABC Family’s The Fosters has already made television history as one of the first shows to depict a lesbian-headed foster care household. In addition to last night’s return of Rosie O’Donnell, it showed the tension-so-high-you-can-cut-it relationship between 13-year-olds Jude and Connor. While both have been in “relationships” with girls—despite an unknown event occurring during a camping trip and a “pink holding” during a group-date movie outing—things reached a boiling point when Connor had to stay overnight at Jude’s house (the Foster’s house). After being invited to hang out with his girlfriend, Connor decided instead to spend more time with Jude. After finally confirming that the two had kissed in the tent, Jude expressed his frustration with the situation. Connor leaned forward and kissed the 13-year-old.
Next week it seems that the two have to deal with the ramifications of the kiss from Connor’s homophobic father.
Tiffany & Co. has already been upfront about their advertising toward the LGBT community when they launched an ad campaign featuring a real gay couple, and now the iconic jeweler has released an inclusive TV spot. The ad follows a diverse range of couples on the road to becoming engaged. “Nowadays, the road to marriage is no longer linear,” Tiffany spokesperson Linda Buckley after the release of their first gay print ad. “True love can happen more than once with love stories coming in a variety of forms.”
Feel the love after the jump…
The best part of the “eat local” trend is discovering a city with incredible regional ingredients. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, diners enjoy an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the region’s especially fertile and productive growing season, and the bold restaurateurs who take full advantage of Atlantic Canada’s best.
In this island province, seafood is of course the star attraction. It’s often so fresh that your fish, lobster, oyster, or other marine delicacy may have been pulled from the bay just hours before. Local chefs complement their prized seafood with well-suited herbs, vegetables, grains, as well as wines and craft brews unique to Nova Scotia. They also excel at making old-favorite dishes their own. Who knew there could be so many delicious versions of poutine or chowder?
Gay-friendly Halifax enthusiastically celebrates its Pride every July, but the rest of the year this midsize city is awash in its pride of food sourced from farms, fisheries, foragers, and small-batch producers. While you’re here, you’ll happily devour some of the tastiest food and creatively prepared dishes that we had the pleasure of experiencing during a recent visit.
Today Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality, requiring all state officials to treat same-sex couples equally for the purposes of marriage effective March 9. In Waters v. Ricketts, the ACLU sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples, arguing last month that Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. HRC congratulates the ACLU and the courageous plaintiffs who made this victory possible.
With oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States just weeks away, the national drumbeat for marriage equality continues with this new ruling. A recent poll by the Human Rights Campaign revealed that, for the first time, a full 60 percent of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry.
The writers of Catwoman have hinted for over a decade that the feisty feline anti-heroine, Selina Kyle, was bisexual, and now, head writers have finally confirmed that she is, in fact, bisexual. In Catwoman #39, the DC Comics star kisses Eiko Hasigaway. And as the head of Gotham’s Calabrese crime family and with war on the horizon, it seems that Catwoman has finally expressed her true feelings. “She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” said head weiters Genevieve Valentine. “The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen.”
Still on your juice cleanse for the beginning of the year? Don’t stop now, but don’t deny yourself a little end-of-the-month indulgence, either. The cocktail craftsmen at NYC’s KTCHN (the restaurant tucked inside the gay OUT Hotel) have the perfect way to booze while you detox. These four cocktails by Urban Greens are exclusively at KTCHN and the Out hotel and are made from organic, raw juices. We couldn’t pick a favorite, so here are all four!
Beet Smash: Hennessey, Urban Greens beet juice, muddled mint and orange
Café Green: Café Patron, Stoli Vanilla, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Urban Greens spinach juice
Greenhound: Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau, grapefruit juice, Urban Greens kale juice
Chialini: Champagne, St. Germain, Urban Greens pineapple pear chia juice
Singer/songwriter “Who Is Fancy” has released the song “Goodbye” as the first offering as a part of a recent partnership with Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift), Scooter Braun Projects, and Republic Records. But Who Is Fancy? His identity has not yet been revealed, but the artist has released three videos, all three are nearly identical, except they star three different people.
Check them out after the jump…
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who is most famous for portraying pointy-eared Spock on Star Trek, has died at the age of 83. During his just three seasons as the Vulcan science officer and first officer, Nimoy made the “Live long and prosper” gesture and line into a worldwide phenomenon. Nimoy embraced his role as Spock, attending fan expos, writing two autobiographies, and reprising his role in the series’ recent big-screen reboot.
Nimoy, despite not attending his costar George Takei’s wedding to his partner, discussed his support for same-sex marriage. Saying to Zap2Zit: “Absolutely NO on Prop 8 because I believe that gay people have every right to get married and share their lives. George and Brad have been together for many years. They have every right to be together in any way they choose. Prop 8 is completely unjust.”
Make your pilgrimage to the gay mecca of Palm Springs a little early this year for the first-ever Festival of the Desert. Enjoy music, arts, celebrations, and a culinary experience by lesbian chef Cat Cora (check out our profile of her here), all under the California sun.
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