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6 Relatively Simple Things that will make your Relationship Awesome

Monday April 21, 2014

It's the little things that matter, right? Well here are six little things that you can do in your relationship to make a BIG difference. Why not do all six this week?

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Lesbian Dating Just for Femmes

Sunday April 6, 2014

Where can I meet femme lesbians for dating? It's one of the most common questions I'm asked. Today I am happy to share with you about a lesbian dating site for and by femme lesbians. I had the chance to sit and chat with Juliette Prais the founder and CEO of Pink Lobster Dating.

Coming Out to Your Children

Monday March 31, 2014

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Dear Lesbian Life:
I have been in my lesbian relationship for going on 3 years. My son is almost 9 and my daughter is 7 1/2. They love my girlfriend. They know we love each other but we have not told them any detail. We have been very gradual with how much time we all spend together over the years. Lately, we have been feeling as though we would like to progress our relationship and within the next year or so, move in together. She has been spending more time with us and we have been doing sleepovers. My kids are always asking when will she move in with us to which my response has always been "these things take time :)".

My ex has been fairly supportive of our relationship and knows that we need to sit down and have a discussion with our kids about my life, so that we can progress. I am wondering if you have any information that you could share with me about coming out to my children?

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Updates on Marriage Equality

Sunday March 30, 2014

couple married in MichiganIt's been a good week for marriage equality. As of today, March 29, 2014, same-sex couples can get legally married in England and Wales, bringing the number of countries to legalize same-sex marriage to 16.

And in Michigan a Federal judge overturned Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, March 21, 2014. Approximately 300 couples were married on Saturday before a the Court of Appeals put a stay on the ceremonies. Although Michigan is not yet recognizing the marriages, the federal government will.
"These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder's decision is similar to one in Utah, where more than 1,000 same-sex couples were legally married before the U. S. Supreme Court issued a stay on a lower court ruling same-sex marriage legal.

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Unsure Alice Doesn't Know her Sexual Orientation

Wednesday March 26, 2014

unsureUncertainty is tough. No matter what it is. People who've gotten scary medical news sometimes say the toughest part is not knowing. Waiting to find out if you got into the college of your choice or hearing if you got the jobs is stressful and difficult. So is not knowing what your sexual orientation is. Especially when it seems like everyone else around you has it figured out. That's the case with 25-year-old Alice. She's pretty sure she's not straight, but what is she?

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A Lesbian at the Tennis Club

Monday March 24, 2014

lesbian tennis playerWhat do you do if you belong to a homophobic club or organization and you want to make real connections with people? What if there's one person in particular that you want to be friends with, but she acts kind of strange around you? How do you break through and become friends? Tammy wrote in with this dilemma. She's a lesbian at the tennis club and she needs some advice.

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Women's History Month: Sally Ride

Wednesday March 12, 2014

Sally Ride was a hero when I was growing up. She was the first American woman to go into space and she inspired generations of women to pursue careers in science and other "non-traditional" fields. After she retired from NASA she spent her career trying to get children--especially girls and minorities--interested in science. Sally Ride was a lesbian, but that fact was only made public after she died in 2012. As part of Women's History Month, we remember the life and achievements of Sally Ride.

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Things Are Getting Scary in Uganda

Friday February 28, 2014

Uganda FlagThis week things have gotten scary in Uganda. While most of the United States LGBT community was focused on a bill in Arizona, Uganda passed a draconian anti-gay law and then one of the country's newspapers published an naming names of people they claim to be LGBT entitled: "EXPOSED! Uganda's 200 Top Homos Named."

Despite widespread international condemnation of the bill, it is said to be widely popular in Uganda. Even as the governments vow to cut funding to Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni said fine, Western governments can keep their money.

LGBT activists are scared. Frank Mugisha, a gay activist said this is "a truly terrifying day for human rights in Uganda." He is worried he will be thrown in jail for life and likely killed.

Homosexuality already was illegal in Uganda, but law makers, under influence from American Christian fundamentalists argued that they needed tougher legislation because homosexuals from the West threatened to destroy Ugandan families and were allegedly "recruiting" Ugandan children into gay lifestyles.

Anti-Gay Bill Vetoed in Arizona

Thursday February 27, 2014

After weeks of public outcry, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed anti-gay bill SB 1062 that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians--or anyone--based on their religious beliefs. Everyone from LGBT activists to Republican such as Arizona Senator John McCain and Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney decried the bill. Arizona relies heavily on the tourism industry and next year is hosting the Super Bowl. Residents feared passage of the bill would result in a boycott of the state.

Lesbian Professional Athletes

Thursday February 27, 2014

Brittney GrinerI'm proud of Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out. I'm also proud of Michael Sam, the college football player who came out before the NFL draft. But I have to admit, I was annoyed the other day when I was watching a women's college basketball game and I kept seeing, scrolling across the bottom of the screen on ESPN, that Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play on a professional team. Of course, Jason Collins isn't the first openly gay professional athlete. There have been numerous openly gay female athletes--for decades. Here are just ten of the out professional lesbian athletes.

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