June 2, 2010 |
There was nothing complicated about that photograph of Elena Kagan, the one that showed her standing at bat on a playground diamond. Maybe if she had been kicking a soccer ball or diving off the high board, there wouldn't have been as much fuss. But the Supreme Court nominee's sexual orientation was already the stuff of rumors, given that she was single and kept her hair short. Her supporters accused conservatives of trying to damage her chances by whispering that she was gay. Adding softball to the conversation only amped up the volume, all those bloggers and television commentators, and the White House was compelled to reiterate that Kagan was heterosexual.
August 27, 2000
Re: "All Smiles After Kiss Commotion," Aug. 24: To put it mildly, I am disturbed that The Times would print a large photograph of two lesbians kissing! You might tell me to wake up and get a clue about our changing society, but not everyone agrees that such behavior is a morally acceptable thing. I particularly resent having to explain it, prematurely, to my young daughter who happened to see the photo and questioned it. Gay and lesbian folks--God bless them--are not the only people who should have rights in matters like this.
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June 4, 2013 |
On Sunday night at West Hollywood's last lesbian bar, Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" blared over the speakers. Dozens of women stood outside the Palms on Santa Monica Boulevard, hugging old friends and escaping from the heat inside the crowded bar. They congratulated one couple on their recent engagement then cheered as an older woman pulled up on a loud motorcycle. It was a wake for the Palms and for a way of life in West Hollywood. Gay men have always well outnumbered lesbians in West Hollywood, but until recently, the city managed to maintain a small but vibrant lesbian social scene.
December 6, 1992
So Julia Phillips is writing about power lesbians in Hollywood (Film Clips, Nov. 22). Considering the misogyny so evident in "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again," she seems an unlikely candidate to study the subject. Rather like assigning Stacey Koon to cover the black community in Los Angeles. Actually, her involvement in the subject doesn't surprise me. I saw her in the audience at a panel discussion recently concerning the sometimes-uneasy alliance between lesbians and feminists.
April 18, 2011 |
Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are much more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers, research has shown, but a new study suggests that a supportive school and community might be able to reduce that risk, if only slightly, for both groups. Researchers from Columbia University analyzed a survey of 31,852 Oregon 11 th -graders in which the students were asked, among other things, about their sexual orientation, drinking habits, and whether they had attempted suicide.
July 13, 1995
An article on lesbians (Westside, July 6) that doesn't stoop to preconceived notions and titillation is a welcomed relief. I take exception, however, to the suggestion based on the closing of Little Frida's, a lesbian-owned coffeehouse, that lesbians are not capable of supporting lesbian-owned businesses. On the contrary, like anyone else with money to spend, lesbians support businesses that offer quality, consistency and value. When the new owner of Little Frida's moved the coffeehouse to its last location, she chose to hire young and relatively inexperienced help with little customer service skills.