|Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon
Actress Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda on HBOâs Sex and the City and reprises her role in the new film of the same name, likely would marry her girlfriend, Christine Marinoni, if New York state legalizes same-sex marriage. âI think that to get married to her would be a little act of rebellion,â Nixon told Londonâs Daily Mirror on May 12. âItâs like if youâve never had the vote and then you get it youâre going to run out there and vote. ... If it becomes legal, I think we would.
Nixon, 42, also said she never came out of the closet after leaving her longtime boyfriend, and the father of her two children, several years ago. âI had been with men all my life and I had never met a woman I had fallen in love with before, but when I did, it didnât seem so strange.â she said. âI donât define myself. Iâm just a woman in love with another woman.
âI never felt like there was an unconscious part of me that woke up or came out of the closet. There wasnât a struggle or an attempt to suppress. I met this woman and I fell in love with her.â
First Openly Gay Illinois Legislator Dies
Larry McKeon, Illinoisâ first openly gay and first openly HIV-positive state legislator, died May 13 of a severe stroke. He was 63. McKeon represented a district of Chicagoâs North Side in the state House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007. An Army veteran and former cop, McKeon also served as Mayor Richard M. Daleyâs liaison to the GLBT community prior to his election to public office.
McKeon retired last year, citing HIV and cancer health issues .
Florida Student Wins Case Against School Over Gay Symbols
After a trial in which a Florida high-school principal testified that he believed clothing or stickers featuring rainbows make people automatically envision gay sex acts, a federal judge ruled May 13 that Ponce de Leon High School had violated studentsâ First Amendment rights. The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a student who had been forbidden to wear clothing, stickers, buttons or symbols supporting gay rights.
âStanding up to my school was really hard to do, but Iâm so happy that I did because the First Amendment is a big deal to everyone,â said plaintiff Heather Gillman, a junior at the school in the Florida Panhandle.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Smoak ordered the school to cease its unconstitutional censorship of students who want to express support for gay equality, and warned the district not to retaliate against students over the lawsuit.
The case came about after Gillman and other students told the ACLU they were routinely intimidated by school officials for doing things like writing âgay prideâ on their arms and notebooks or wearing rainbow-themed clothes.
Frank: Transgender People Were Terrible Lobbyists
Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., says transgender people did a terrible job of lobbying for inclusion in the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. A version of the measure, known as ENDA, that protects sexual orientation but not gender identity has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate.
âIâve never seen a worse job of lobbying done by the transgender community,â Frank told the Oregon gay newspaper Just Out in its May 2 issue. âThey seem to think that all they had to do was to get the gay and lesbian community to say âOK.â I think they thought that this was a train, and that they were a car on the train.â
âI said to them, âYouâve got to work this, youâve got to lobby people.â They did a terrible job of lobbying, and so we didnât have the votes,â Frank said.
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