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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Weekly gay news update

Without further ado,
  • Among other laws taking effect after the stroke of midnight, reading, writing and sending text messages while driving all become illegal. Other laws include massage therapist certification, teachers and sex crimes, wave pool operators, and a law that makes it illegal to plant a tree that blocks your neighbors solar panels.

  • In a keynote speech to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Evangelical mega-Pastor Rick Warren responds with an, "I love gays", to what he calls a blogger-fueled uproar after being selected to give the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration. Warren also more directly addresses the bloggers in a three-part video series posted to his church website.

  • Want thicker, longer eyelashes? Mascara is so old fashioned: get some prescription strength Latisse--recently approved by the FDA--from Allergan, the makers of Botox.

  • It is hoped that up to a dozen players (including David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, David James, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Cristiano Ronaldo) will be persuaded to take part in an anti-homophobia video showing european soccer stars speaking out against homophobia to be released next year.

  • Looking for some volunteer work? How about recording a few tracks for Porn for the Blind?

  • Results of a recent SFSU study directly linking family acceptance (or in this case, rejection) and healthy outcomes for LGBT youth shows youth in rejecting families are 8.4 times more likely to report attempting suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to report illegal drug use, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse

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