Paper: Wilde’s Wife Had MS
Gay Irish writer Oscar Wilde is in the news again some 115 years after his death. The Lancet, a leading medical journal, published a paper from what is believed to be Wilde’s grandson, which claims his grandmother died of undiagnosed multiple sclerosis. Wilde, author of classic literature such as “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” was married to Constance Lloyd, a woman who died of an unknown illness in Paris in 1898. The couple’s grandson, who goes by the name Merlin Holland, claims evidence to suggest Mrs. Lloyd’s cause of death was due to multiple sclerosis. Through years many theories of her demise have been offered, one of which being she died of syphilis caught from her husband.
Same-Sex Marriage Begins in Luxembourg: Same-sex marriage became legal in the tiny European country of Luxembourg last week. Jean Paul Olinger and Henri Lorenzo Huber, both men in their 60s, became Luxembourg’s first same-sex married couple, according to several European news agencies. Luxembourg is a member of the European Union and NATO and is known for its high income citizens (GDP per capita ranked sixth globally in 2013). Neighboring countries France and Belgium have already instituted same-sex marriage.
Page Swears at Queen: Actress Ellen Page tweeted her disgust at Queen Elizabeth II after Her Majesty awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) to a homophobic politician from Northern Ireland. Page, a Canadian, best known for her role in the 2007 film “Juno,” was outraged by the Queen’s decision to honor Councillor Maurice Mills, who blamed the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the “filthy practice of sodomy.” Mills also stated Hurricane Katrina’s wrath on New Orleans was the result of gay pride. Page, 27, came out last year as a lesbian. She greeted Mills’ award with two words: “fuck that.” It should be noted the Queen honored four LGBT rights campaigners in her annual New Year’s list.
Idaho Continues Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage
Idaho, led by Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to re-ban same-same marriage in the Gem State. The two public figures, both Republicans, filed separate petitions Friday asking for a review of Idaho’s marriage equality. Otter is arguing opposite-sex couples make better parents. Marriage equality has been in effect since last October in Idaho when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld another ruling that lifted the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Idaho has already spent $400,000 in taxpayer money to fight marriage equality.
Suicide Prompts Call for ‘Leelah’s Law’: In the wake of a transgender teen’s tragic suicide, activists are calling for a ban on trans conversion therapy. Leelah Alcorn, 17, committed suicide in her home state of Ohio after failing to receive support from her family regarding her wishes to live life as a female. Her death made national headlines and led to a petition on org to ban trans conversion therapy. The petition currently has more than 250,000 signatures. In her suicide note on the blogging site Tumblr, Leelah said she was taking her own life because she could not live up to her parents’ expectations of a “perfect straight little Christian boy.”
Medical Marijuana Months Away
Those expecting to use marijuana under Florida’s guidelines for medicinal purposes will have to wait for the state to get its act together. Officials with the Department of Health’s newly created Office of Compassionate Use met last week in Orlando to discuss rewriting regulations for cannabis. Office director Patricia Nelson told the Sun-Sentinel she expects new rules by March. The law, known as “Charlotte’s Web,” originally allowed for the use of cannabis oil to treat children suffering from brain disorders and intractable seizures. The Florida legislature approved the law during the 2014 session and it was signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Pride Center hosts ‘Seniors into the Wild’ photo exhibit
The Pride Center in Wilton Manors is hosting a playful photography exhibit by Japanese photojournalist Kaz Takahashi. Titled “Seniors into the Wild,” Takahashi’s exhibit combines his love for nature with mature people, but mature does not necessarily mean prudish. “I don’t think seniors are old,” Takahashi says. “Seniors are young, charming and have a lot of humor. I take pictures of seniors to make people happy.” Takahashi, 66, has visited every National Park, Monument and Wildlife Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada. The opening reception for his “Seniors into the Wild” exhibit is Jan. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pride Center.