· Legislation filed in Pennsylvania to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
· Connecticut legislature hopes to amend the state’s marriage laws to become gender-neutral since same-sex marriage is legal. Civil unions would be elevated into fully valid marriages by 2010. Legislation to amend Minnesota's marriage law to make it gender neutral is filed in the state Senate.
· Darian Aaron reflects on the ridiculously talented Billy Porter.
· Gov. David Paterson appoints two lesbian judges to the New York State Appellate Division, said to be "the first openly gay or lesbian members" to serve at this level.
· Vermont Democrats will fast-track a marriage equality bill expected to "easily" sail through both houses despite Republican opposition. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas opposes gay marriage legislation "but won’t say whether he’d veto a bill until after it comes out of the Legislature. The Senate would likely have no trouble with a veto override but the House would have a tougher time."
· Terrell Owens is released from the Dallas Cowboys. Outsports reports the Cowboys "decided a $9 million cap hit was worth getting rid of the future Hall of Famer. Sources are reporting that Owens finally just became too much of a distraction to deal with any more. Where does TO take the show from here? About 10 teams either leaked or blatantly said they have no interest." The San Francisco Chronicle adds, "One NFL team after the next say they have no interest in Owens. ... Multiple team sources said the Raiders have in no shape or form discussed the idea of signing Owens." Ouch.
· Did Madonna undergo the "ribbon lift"? The 30-minute procedure uses a "dissolvable ribbon implant to lift neck tissues'. The effect lasts up to three years and look considerably more natural than a regular face lift."
· RNC Chair Michael Steele stepping down? "Steele was guest hosting blowhard gambling man Bill Bennett's conservative talk radio," reports Pam Spaulding. "And gave this response to the whispers that he should step aside. 'Aww, trust me. Not me Baby! Nuh-uh. Not happening. No way, no how!' "
· Meanwhile ... Steele has taken his blog down. After criticizing Rush Limbaugh and being "ripped apart" by conservative critics on his blog, Think Progress reports "in the past few days, Steele’s blog has been disabled and now just redirects to the RNC homepage. 'One has to wonder if the RNC has taken the site down in response to the attacks being launched.' "