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Utah State Representative Christine Johnson

Rep. Christine Johnson will serve an additional role when the Utah Legislature convenes this month. The lesbian lawmaker announced she's a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men.

Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, said she decided to become artificially impregnated with sperm from one of the men after the two close friends expressed frustration over the difficulty of adopting a child.

Utah law prohibits unmarried couples from adopting and does not recognize gay marriage.

Johnson, 41, who has a 17-year-old daughter from a two-year marriage, is four months pregnant and expecting on June 21.

"I can very much empathize with their desire to become parents and share their lives with and open their hearts to a child," Johnson told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I'm immeasurably grateful to be a mother."

Johnson offered to be a surrogate at no cost to save the Salt Lake County men the prohibitive cost of hiring one — as much as $100,000. The men, who were married in California when gay marriage was legal, will pick up the medical costs. Johnson said she's aware that many lawmakers in conservative Utah think a child does best with both a mother and a father. She predicts the men will be "wonderful parents." "Gender or sexual orientation is less important than children being welcomed into a supportive, loving home," she told the Deseret News. "This child is going to have an amazing life."

Complete Story in The Sun-Sentinel

Asian Travel Symposium 2010

1st Asian Symposium on Gay & Lesbian TourismThe Everest Hotel Kathmandu - February 6, 2010

Presented by Pink Mountain Tours and Travels, and Blue Diamond Society. Sponsored by IGLTA and Community Marketing, Inc., plus Nepal Tourism Board, NATTA, ECO Trek International, Hotel Everest and Hotel Holy Himalaya. A Productive Program of Education and Networking: Research, Insights, Strategies and Case Studies.

Special appearance by openly gay Prince Manvendra Singh Ji Gohil (Rajvant Palace) of Rajasthan, India.

Jane Lych Reveals All

Jane Lynch recently interviewed with the UK Guardian, about her spectacular performance as Sue Sylvester in the Fox series, Glee, which has earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

The actress, born and raised Irish Catholic in a suburban south-side Chicago town, is finally getting accolades for her incredible talent and versatiltiy. For over 20 years, she has appeared in over 100 mainstream and indy films, as well as appearing on such hit TV shows as Two And A Half Men and The West Wing.

Kamikaze Iguanas

With the temperatures falling below 40 degrees, South Florida's non-native iguanas have started falling from the skies...literally.

When temperatures drop below 40 degrees, these iguanas go into a state of hibernation.  And if they're perched in a tree, and not gripped or balanced when that happens, down they come.  Drivers in some neighborhoods have reported near misses on their cars from igaunas dropping into the streets.

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Prop 8 YouTube Broadcast

The backers of Proposition 8 have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesing a stay in the broadcast of trial set to begin Monday morning.

Freddy Mercury and Jim Hutton

Jim Hutton, life partner of late singer Freddy Mercury, passed away on New Year's Day.  Hutton, who lived with Mercury for six years prior to his death in 1991, tested positive for HIV in 1990 but didn't tell Mercury about his status until shortly before the singer passed away.

Hutton passed away after a battle with cancer and was buried in Carlow, Ireland, where he built a house with the money Mercury left in his estate.  He was laid to rest on what would have been his 61 birthday.  Hutton is survived by his brothers, sisters, aunts and other relatives.

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