· Activist and openly gay actor Wilson Cruz (Noah's Arc, Rick & Steve) will host the 16th Annual Lambda Liberty Awards on October 2 at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles. This year’s honorees include the fabulous actress and HIV/'AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and lawyer David Codell "who as co-counsel with Lambda Legal represented Equality California and numerous same-sex couples in the historic [California] marriage case."
· In a "harshly worded opinion", the Kentucky Court of Appeals bars judges from allowing gays and lesbians from adopting their partners’ children as though they are a step-parents. "Ruling 3-0, the court said that stepparent adoptions are allowed only when the stepmother or father is married to the biological parent, and marriages between gays are forbidden by both statute and Kentucky's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage."
· The ridiculously talented Billy Porter directs the Caribbean-infused revival of Once On This Island in Los Angeles. Blogger and critic Darian Aaron reviews: "The musical is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid with some Romeo and Juliet sprinkled on top. ... In this new production Porter directs an amazing ensemble cast that includes vocal powerhouses Ledisi in the role of Asaka and Bryan Terrell Clark who plays Papa Ge. Critics are praising Porter's skillful direction and the brilliance of his talented cast."
· Report: Sexual and racial harassment and discrimination are commonplace at an enforcement branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to one special agent at the Criminal Investigations Division in Dallas: Female employees were routinely referred to as "pu__ies," Native American co-workers were "called names like 'Squatting Eagle' and 'Two Dogs F__king' while an African-American colleague was ridiculed as mentally slow."