Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender stories of the week...

Lesbian

Tomlin Ponders Decision to Come Out

Actress, writer and producer Lily Tomlin, in an interview with the Huffington Post, wondered if she had disclosed her sexuality in a 1975 cover story for Time Magazine, if she would have enjoyed such a long and successful career. “It would have been an inopportune time to make such a grand statement,” Tomlin suggested. The 75-year-old Detroit native, known for comedy roles in films such as “9-to-5” and “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” came out 20 years after the Time cover story. She joins Jane Fonda in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” which is scheduled to debut May 8 on the streaming service.

Gay

British Diplomats Marry in Japan

A British couple married last week at the United Kingdom’s embassy in Tokyo. The men, employees of the British Embassy in Tokyo, told journalists they chose the location to raise awareness in Japan of the U.K.’s mission of diversity and inclusion. Diplomat Tim Johnson, 51, and embassy staffer Ryan Parkins, 41, became the fifth same-sex couple to tie the knot at the embassy since June of 2014 when gay Brits were first permitted to register their marriages at a diplomatic post in 24 countries, Gay Star News reports. Selected Japanese media and guests were invited to the ceremony, which included a traditional kagami biraki ritual.

Bisexual

‘Honey Boo Boo’ Actors Come Out As Bi

A reality television show mother and daughter tandem announced they are bisexual. Mama June Shannon and daughter Lauryn Thompson from The Learning Channel (TLC) production, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” declared in an interview with Inside Edition they both prefer men and women in their sexual encounters. Thompson, aka “Pumpkin” stated, “I’m attracted to females, I’m attracted to males, you cannot hide who you truly are.” Pumpkin then proceeded to out her mother as “gay,” only to have Mama June clarify she is “Bisexual.” Set in rural Georgia, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” follows the life of a child beauty pageant contestant.

Transgender

NPR Special Wins Peabody Award

A National Public Radio special on the plight of a 94-year-old transgender woman has captured a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. The September 2014 report by NPR highlighted the story of Robina Asti, a pilot in World War II, engaged in a legal struggle with the Social Security Administration following the death of her husband, Norwood in 2012. In April of 2014, the SSA changed its policy regarding transgender spouses. Asti’s story was documented by NPR in the piece, “State of the Re:Union” and supported by Lambda Legal. A complete list of the 74th Annual Peabody Award winners can be found at www.PeabodyAwards.com


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