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Coming to Berlin: Lesbian-Only Cemetery

It will be a space for lesbians to 'live together in the afterlife'

(Newser) - A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital this weekend. A 400-square-yard area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, established in 1814 in central Berlin, will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians, says Safia association spokeswoman...

'Quarantine' Gays? Lawmaker Stands by His Book

Wyoming Rep. Troy Mader self-published nearly 30 years ago

(Newser) - Do gays demand the right to have sex with kids? Should gays who have sex be quarantined? That's what new Wyoming state legislator Troy Mader wrote in a book about AIDS nearly 30 years ago, and he still stands by at least some of it, the Casper Star-Tribune reports....

Sex Between Women Spreads HIV in Rare Case

CDC says it's the first confirmed case of this occurring

(Newser) - It's rare but definitely not impossible for HIV to be transmitted by sexual contact between women, according to a paper published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the first confirmed case of its kind, the CDC believes one Texas woman infected another with HIV...

Texas Frees Lesbians Convicted on 'Junk Science'

They were accused of assaulting two girls in Satanic ritual

(Newser) - Four lesbians imprisoned in Texas since the late 1990s on sex-assault charges are now free, a reversal in a case that critics say relied on "junk science" and anti-gay bias, reports Reuters . Elizabeth Ramirez, 39, Kristie Mayhugh, 40, and Cassandra Rivera, 38, walked out of Bexar County jail last...

Obama: Scouts Should Let In Gays and Lesbians

The president urges group to drop longstanding ban

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week. Obama praised the scouts as "a great institution" that promotes young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities. During a pre-Super...

Debuting Today: LPAC, the Lesbian Super PAC

Jane Lynch, Billie Jean King, and Laura Ricketts all on board

(Newser) - Laura Ricketts attends a lot of political fundraisers targeting gay donors, and she's noticed something: There aren't a lot of lesbians in attendance. That's one of the reasons why Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, has signed on as one of the founding members of LPAC,...

China Lets Lesbians Donate Blood Again

Gay men, too, but only if they're celibate

(Newser) - For the first time since 1998, lesbians can legally give blood in China. The ban, prompted by HIV and AIDS fears 14 years ago, also has been lifted on celibate gay men, though sexually active gay men are still barred from donating. A major Chinese lesbian activist applauded the move,...

Dad of Murdered Lesbian Teen Calls for Justice

My 'guardian angel' was happy, says Mario Olgin

(Newser) - The dad of the teenage lesbian shot dead in a Texas park called for justice yesterday. He immediately had a "bad feeling" when his 19-year-old daughter, Mollie, failed to show up for work, said Mario Olgin. “It was not like Mollie," he told KIII-TV . "If she...

Teenage Lesbians Found Shot in Texas

Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, was dead on the scene

(Newser) - Two teenage lesbians were found shot in the head in a south Texas park on Saturday, and police have no apparent motive or suspect, MSNBC reports. Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, was dead on the scene, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, is in a hospital in serious condition. Police in Portland,...

Boy Scouts Boot Lesbian Den Leader

Jennifer Tyrrell launches petition for policy shift

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Cub Scout den leader and mom was removed from her post because she's gay. Now she has launched a campaign to change the organization's policy. When Jennifer Tyrrell became a leader in Bridgeport, Ohio, she was aware of the Boy Scouts' rules against openly-homosexual...

Restaurant Boots Lesbian Couple After Kiss

Phoenix Sheraton is 'reaching out' after outrage ensues

(Newser) - A lesbian couple celebrating their 10th anniversary at a Phoenix restaurant shared a hug and a kiss, and then promptly got shown the door. Kenyata White posted about the incident on Facebook, however, and the ensuing social media outrage has prompted the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel to begin "reaching...

Anti-Gay Marriage Politician Donated Sperm to Lesbians

Bill Johnson made donations without wife's knowledge while in New Zealand

(Newser) - In his failed quest to become governor of Alabama, Bill Johnson campaigned against gay marriage in 2009—but he has been secretly donating sperm to lesbian couples in New Zealand since. Johnson headed to the country this year to aid in earthquake recovery; it was his desire to father children...

Matchmaking Rabbi Pairs Gay Men With Lesbians

... so they can become parents

(Newser) - It might well be the most unusual matchmaking service in the world: An Israeli rabbi specializes in setting up Orthodox Jewish gay men with Orthodox lesbians for marriage, reports the AP . The idea is that they can raise a family together while still adhering to religious laws. The spouses could...

Married Gay Couple Saved 40 Youths in Oslo Massacre

But lesbians' heroics seems to slipped under the radar

(Newser) - We’ve heard several stories of heroism following the Oslo massacre, but one big story seems to have slipped through the cracks: The story of Toril Hansen and Hege Dalen, who saved 40 teens from Utoya island in their boat. The couple made four trips to save the youths, even...

Lesbians Booted From Gertrude Stein Exhibit

San Francisco museum guard orders them to stop holding hands

(Newser) - The irony was apparently lost on a museum guard who ejected two lesbians from a San Francisco exhibit on Gertrude Stein for holding hands. "We are not leaving and we want to talk to somebody in authority right now," the couple told the guard after they were informed...

Gays Linked to Higher Cancer Rates

Researchers scramble for an explanation

(Newser) - A US study has discovered higher reports of cancer among gays, and researchers are at a loss to explain why. The study of more than 120,000 Californians found that gay men were twice as likely as straight men to report a cancer diagnosis, which occurred, on average, a decade...

Facebook Bans Another Gay Kiss Photo

This time it's a movie ad for the Greek film ' Attenberg '

(Newser) - Less than a month after Facebook apologized for removing a photo of two men kissing , the social networking site has axed another gay kiss photo. Facebook did not approve an ad for Greek film Attenberg, which shows two women touching tongues. In a statement on its Facebook page, TriArt Film...

9M Americans Gay or Bisexual
 9M Americans Gay or Bisexual 
survey says

9M Americans Gay or Bisexual

But we need better surveys for a more accurate number: demographer

(Newser) - The true number remains elusive, but one demographer estimates that more than 9 million Americans—roughly the population of New Jersey—are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Gary Gates averaged the results of five US surveys conducted between 2004 and 2009 to find that 3.5% of Americans identify themselves as...

In College, Less Lesbian Experimenting Than Thought
In College, Less Lesbian Experimenting Than Thought
study says

In College, Less Lesbian Experimenting Than Thought

Was it all just a male-driven fantasy?

(Newser) - Ahh, college: that magical time when women dabble in same-sex experimentation. Or not. A new study from the CDC shows that women who did not finish high school were actually more likely to have dipped their toes in the same-sex pool, the New York Times reports. “It may be...

Classmates Cheer Lesbian Prom Royalty

Minnesota school relents on couple after lawsuit

(Newser) - Hundreds of classmates cheered as a lesbian couple paraded in matching tuxes to take their place among prom royalty at their Minneapolis suburban high school. "It felt amazing," said senior Desiree Shelton. She and date Sarah Lindstrom had battled to walk to the prom court as a couple...

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