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Coney Island Mermaid Parade and Ball

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade kicks off the summer on the first Saturday after the solstice every year. This year it's on Saturday, June 23rd. The parade steps off at 2pm and the Mermaid Ball starts at 6pm. The parade route is from Astroland to W. 16th street along the boardwalk, and then down Surf Avenue between West 16th Street back to Astroland.

If you've never been, it's quite a site: think "art parade + burlesque show + pagan rite of spring + amusement park" and you'll be close.

This is me at last year's parade with a parade regular, his parrot and his poodle.

Elizabeth at the Mermaid Parade 2006

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State Senators Go To Bat For Genarlow Wilson

Read the full article at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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NYC spends $29,000 to arrest a topless woman

This from the AP (sent by Will who saw it on MSNBC and is always generous in sharing “can you believe this madness type stories.)

It seems that despite an appeals court ruling 15 years ago that determined women have the right to be shirtless anywhere men are allowed to be shirtless, the New York City police arrested a woman, Jill Coccaro, (now known as Phoenix Feeley) two years ago for “indecent exposure” when she walked topless in public.

She was held for 12 hours before she was released and told she would not be prosecuted. She claims that during that time she was treated roughly and also taken for a mental health exam.

So if you’re shirtless in public and you’re female you must be crazy?

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CLOSED: Tell FOX and CBS that Condom Ads Should Mention Preventing Pregnancy!

Yesterday's New York Times reported that two networks, FOX and CBS, refused to accept Trojan's new condom ad campaign because it explicitly mentions using the condoms to prevent pregnancy. FOX reportedly told Trojan that any ad campaign for contraception needed to put the focus on disease prevention. ABC reportedly told the company that the campaign was just inappropriate, even for their late night viewers.

Both networks ran Trojans previous campaign advertising condoms for HIV prevention.

Mark Crispin Miller, an NYU communications and media expert, is quoted in the Times article pointing out that lots of content on major networks is "salacious" and calles the decision by these two networks "hypocritical."

An email alert from Planned Parenthood Federation of America is more specific:

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*NEW*: Local Forums

We've just added forums for a bunch of metro areas. You'll find them toward the bottom of the list on the forums page (so they don't get in the way of the topic-specific forums), and metro areas are listed in alphabetical order. I've started just with those metro areas from which I've noticed significant numbers of visits. Since we're pretty new, this is only a handful of places. If you don't see one for your area, please let me know! (Use the contact form under the "About Us" menu.)

We're thinking these local forums can be a way for people to talk about issues that are facing their own local communities, and as a way for people to meet other interesting people in their areas, but we're sure you'll come up with other interesting uses for them!


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Thoughts on Fathers Day

What are you doing for Fathers Day? My partner, a father of five children all adopted or conceived long before I entered the picture, is off sailing for two days on the Schooner Pioneer and enjoying parts of the Clearwater Festival. (Check his blog for an account, probably Tuesday.)

Our fathers and grandfathers have all passed away (my father when I was a child, my partner’s father just a few months ago) but my partner is himself a father and today I thank him for helping to shape the lives of five truly unique and wonderful individuals. I am honored to know them, and glad that they came into my life as adults so that we could develop relationships based on something other than a step-parent/step-child dynamic. (Don’t get me wrong, step-families can be wonderful! I had an amazing step-mother myself for a while, but I’m grateful for having the chance to know these people without the inevitable difficulties that come with any kind of parent/child relationship.)

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No Freakin' Amazon!

This afternoon, I was chatting online with Elizabeth, and somewhere between making lewd, ungentlemanly suggestions and parsing CSS code, I made a policy suggestion about the site. Put succinctly, it was this:

NO Freakin' Amazon links!

Report from the Massachusetts State House -- Marriage is Safe!

I'm proud that Massachusetts took the lead in recognizing the right to marry for same sex couples. The Massachusetts Supreme Court recognized that right on May 17, 2004. Despite dire predictions, the sky has stayed right where it is, and I’m not aware of any heterosexuals filing for divorce on the grounds that their marriage has been devalued. And now I’m proud again; yesterday, June 14, 2007, the Massachusetts legislature rejected a proposal that would have subjected the fundamental right to marry to a public vote.

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Massachusetts Defeats Anti-Marriage-Equality Amendment

On the AP wire: Lawmakers in the Bay State have tossed out a Constitutional amendment that would have allowed voters to decide whether to bring back the days of state sponsored discrimination against same-sex Americans.

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers threw out a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday that would have let voters decide whether to ban gay marriage in the only state that allows it.

The vote - which came amid heavy pressure to kill the measure from Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders - was a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

"Today's vote is not just a victory for marriage equality. It was a victory for equality itself," said Patrick, who had lobbied lawmakers up until the final hours to kill the measure.

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Georgia Gestapo Pays Visit to Genarlow Wilson's "Victim"

The latest details to emerge in the Genarlow Wilson case certainly don't do much for the image of Georgia's Attorney General or his conduct in this travesty.

Apparently, although neither the girl involved with Genarlow nor her mother wished to press any charges under Georgia's Dark-Age-esque anti-sex law, a visit from the AG's office and a threat to the mother's parental rights fixed things in a hurry.

Highlights of the AP story:

ATLANTA (AP) -- The mother of a then-15-year-old girl in a highly publicized teen sex case told a newspaper that the boy involved should not have been criminally charged, but she changed her statement a day later after a visit from prosecutors, the newspaper said Thursday.

Lawyer B.J. Bernstein, who represents the young man, Genarlow Wilson, called the prosecution's visit "pure intimidation."


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