Mr Gay Europe 2013 Robbie O’Bara is getting his face on a stamp. Born in Canada and representing Ireland, O’Bara will appear on a postage stamp issued by the Norwegian Postal Office. The A Class European stamp will go on sale February 14, Valentine’s Day.
A new study from Melbourne indicates that children of same-sex couples are doing just as well, or better, than kids raised by heterosexual parents.
The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families gathered data on 500 Australian children ages 17 and under: Initial results indicated there were no statistical differences when it came to emotional behavior, self-esteem or amount of time spent with parents. Kids from gay parents, though, did score higher than average for overall health and family cohesion (how well the family gets along.)
“Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying,” said Dr Simon Crouch, the study’s lead researcher.”This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.”
A Yale University professor found dead in a jail cell last November overdosed on meth, according to a coroner’s report issued this week.
Samuel See, an associate professor of literature, died at the Union Avenue detention facility in New Haven, Connecticut, where he had been taken after being arrested during a domestic disturbance. His body was discovered by guards the next morning.
See was apprehended at his home on November 23, following a call to the police by his sister. See’s estranged husband, Sunder Ganglani, had come by to pick up his belonging but stayed for hours, in violation of an order of protection.
The couple had both been previously arrested in September, on charges of third-degree assault, and a judge issued orders of protection for both, ordering them to avoid close contact.
When authorities attempted to arrest both men, See reportedly became enraged. “I will kill you… I will destroy you,” See allegedly shouted at officers as he was taken away.
At the time of the arrest, information linking See to male-escort sites was discovered online. The New Haven Register reports that a profile for an escort named Ryan Cochran included See’s photo and phone number, as well as sexually explicit photos.
Actress-activist Laverne Cox joined Drag Race star Carmen Carrera for a segment on The Katie Couric Show on Monday and while, the ladies were eloquent and informative, some criticized Couric for steering the conversation toward discussion of surgeries and genitalia. “The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people,” Cox schooled Couric during the interview. “And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences.”
In a Tumblr post today, the Orange is the New Black star said she felt “deeply moved” by the conversations her and Carrera’s appearance have sparked, and said she was “grateful” to Couric for giving her a platform to discuss trans issues.
I am so deeply moved by the dialogues that are happening around my appearance with Carmen Carrera on “The Katie Show” on Monday. It is my dream that by highlighting the deep humanity of trans people’s lives in the media, elevating actual trans voices to speak the truth of our lived experiences in ways that don’t sensationalize and objectify us, those human voices and stories can be a part of the disruption needed to end the disproportionate injustices that threaten so many trans people’s lives, particularly the lives of trans women of color.
It is a state of emergency for far too many trans people across this country. The stories of women like Islan Nettles and CeCe McDonald are far too commonplace in our community.
I look forward to engaging in more dialogues about the complicated intersectional issues around these injustices and ways to make them a thing of the past. I am so grateful to Katie Couric and her show for the opportunity to highlight these important issues.
Um, can we get Cox her own talk show? Y’know, after she finishes shooting the next season of Orange.