· The 40th NAACP Image Awards nominees are announced and a number of black gay artists are honored. "Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom was nominated for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture," reports Jasmyne Cannick. "In addition, creator, Patrik-Ian Polk was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture. Recently self-outed Wanda Sykes received a nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series her work on The New Adventures of Old Christine."
· NYS appeals court upholds Westchester County's recognition of gay marriages performed out of state.
· Gov. David Paterson refers to LGBT issues in his State of the State address: "Hate has no place in the Empire State. I call upon all parents to increase their efforts to teach their children respect for all people—no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. And we in State government must strengthen our school-based curriculum to reinforce the critical message of acceptance and tolerance.
· Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards: The year in pictures.
· Senate Republicans threaten to derail the confirmation of Eric Holder as attorney general. "Holder goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee Jan. 15. For conservative Republicans, he is the liberal face of nominees to come as Obama remakes the federal judiciary, and possibly the Supreme Court. Republicans also want to show they still have some clout in the Senate - enough votes to stop a nomination with a filibuster. Holder is expected to eventually win the AG job, but not without a fight."
· Mad Professah reviews The Diner in Washington DC's Adams-Morgan. "The ambiance is a bit loud but it is a very comfortable setting. The food is cheap, reasonably good and available 24 hours a day. I tried the chicken salad cheddar melt on English muffins with fries. The chicken salad was a bit salty but it's actually a really good idea to do a melt on an English muffin and the cheese was deliciously melted. The fries were good, not great."
· Florida state senator introduces legislation to repeal state ban on adoptions by gays and lesbians.