Mariela Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter accused the ruling Communist Party on Tuesday of discrimination against gays and said she will write a letter to its "top leadership" demanding that it end.

Her uncle, Fidel Castro, heads the party, while her father is No. 2. Mariela Castro, a sexologist who advocates for gay rights, said the party excludes gays who want to become members.

Prop 8 Day 6

The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 will continue Tuesday, January 19 at 8:30 am. The legal team, led by Theodore Olson and David Boies, will continue to illustrate the discrimination and impact of the initiative.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights launched the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case and brought together Olson and Boies to lead the litigation.

Suzanne Westenhoeffer

For those who don’t know, Suzanne Westenhoefer is a lesbian comedian. She has been performing as an out lesbian since the early 1990s. She is the first open lesbian to be on Comedy Central, Evening at the Improv., Caroline’s Comedy Hour, to have her own HBO special and to be on David Letterman.  On Thursday and Friday last week, The Manor brought her to Wilton Manors.  My reaction:  Suzanne is a very bright, charismatic, and very funny WOMAN.

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2010 Collection

Press release for Westwood’s menswear collection, for Milan Fashion Week: “Perhaps the oddest of heroes to emerge this season, Vivienne Westwood found inspiration in the roving vagrant whose daily get-up is a battle gear for the harsh weather conditions . . . Quilted bombers and snug hoodies also work well in keeping the vagrant warm.”

Anderson Cooper Saves Bloodied Haitian Boy

Chaos in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti has repeatedly resulted in reporters on the ground getting emotionally and physically involved in helping the desperate. This time it is Anderson Cooper, who was there with the CNN crew covering the utter pandemonium in the streets, where innocent people were being injured, including one boy who was dragged and later carried to safety by Cooper.

Graphic footage ahead...

Top Chef Anita Lo

Anita Lo is a fisherwoman, a gardener, a Top Chef Master and a hunter-gatherer. She’s also one of the best chefs in America and a super successful restaurateur in a city where it’s ridiculously difficult to be either.

Autostraddle chatted with Anita about new dumpling flavors, her propensity toward eating fried bugs, and what it’s like to be a lady in the kitchen.

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