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Yes, I Am

California’s Proposition 8 has a lot of people’s panties up in a bunch, but maybe that’s not a bad thing. At a November protest rally,
comedian Wanda Sykes publicly came out, announcing that she’d gotten married on Oct. 25 to a woman. Though Sykes had previously been married to a man (whom she divorced in ’98), she told the crowd, “You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life…Everybody that knows me personally, they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives…Now, I gotta get in their face. I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”

You tell ’em, sister.

Only in Her Dreams

Oh, Tyra Banks, what won’t you do for more TV time? She’s shown how much she loves us on Top Model and recently, the supermodel-turned-television superhero had Paris Hilton as a guest on her daytime talk show, all to promote the heiress’s reality show, Paris Hilton’s My New BFF. When Tyra asked Paris what celebrity she’d want to be friends with, Paris responded with the world’s most obvious choice: Angelina Jolie. Ah, yes, Tyra agreed, that’s a good choice. Because “if you have lesbian dreams, she’s the one that you want to sleep with.”  No, we’re not making this up.

For Once, White Powder That’s Not Cocaine

This month’s obligatory LiRo update: Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan’s relationship seems to be rocky—the Sun reports that Lohan “wants an open relationship where she can explore her heterosexuality,” and that Ronson started throwing fists at Lohan’s ex, Calum Best, when she saw the twosome dancing at a London hotspot, while the New York Post reports that the duo are in couples’ therapy.

But despite their issues, Ronson is all for sticking up for her girlfriend. When Lohan, wearing a fur stole over a blue dress, got flour-bombed by PETA activists waiting outside a Paris nightclub, Ronson took to her MySpace blog to chastise the animal rights activists.

“I don’t wear fur, but I don’t think I have the right to ATTACK those who do. No one has that right,” she blogged. “PETA should focus their efforts on educating people on what they believe are injustices instead of seeking press via harassing those in the limelight. I received an apology too many days late from the PETA folks (the blog removal was too little too late) and today I’m pissed at the bag of flour thrown on Lindsay last night. Not because I got powdered down, but because the girl who threw it acted like an animal herself. I take that back, it’s an insult to animals to group her in with them, my dog is FAR more civilized than that person. I would have more respect for them if they didn’t use other people to get their point across [sic].”

One lesbian, one questionable “lesbian,” and animal rights issues: Could this setup be any gayer if I tried?

Just Your Average, Normal Couple

Thomas Beatie, the trans man who gave birth to a baby girl in July, is pregnant for the second time. In an interview with Larry King, Beatie asserted that when he and his wife, Nancy, met, they were a “normal couple.”

“I lived my life as a woman at that point,” Beatie told King. “Legally, I was female. But inside I still felt male. So the way other people perceived us, they saw us as a lesbian couple.

“Do you feel gay?” King asked Nancy.

“I don’t feel gay,” Nancy said.

“So you feel you’re married to a man?”

“Yes.”

“Completely?”

“Yes. Even when he was pregnant, he was still a man to me.”

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