· Gay rights advances in Maryland. Partners and dependents of gay state employees will receive health, dental and prescription drug benefits for the first time. Meanwhile the Senate votes to exempt domestic partners who jointly own homes from inheritance taxes. Legislation to "add gender identity to state laws barring discrimination" stalls in committee.
· Dark and lovely Pierre Woods covers British GQ. Photographer Tarrice Love: "This is big because magazines are notorious for selecting celebrities, athletes, and politicians to appear on their covers. This is an even bigger accomplishment for a black male model in this industry."
· Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) signs Designated Beneficiary Law, which allows unmarried adult couples— including same-sex partners—"some of the legal rights afforded to married couples, expanded rights in inheritance, medical decisions, and hospital visitation."
·Legislation to protect transgendered persons advances on both coasts. "The New Hampshire House approved by one vote a bill that would amend the state’s anti-discrimination law to include trans people. In the state of Washington, the House has approved a Senate bill adding 'gender expression or identity' to the state’s hate-crime law. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signing."
· Yahoo and Microsoft consider pooling advertising.
· Pharrell Williams debuts Bionic Yarn, a new eco-friendly fabric brand made of recycled plastic bottles that can be turned into anything. Says Pharrell: "We want to do everything from high-end luggage to high-end denim, to university caps and gowns to Parks Department uniforms."