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Best and Worst of Lesbian 2009

Well, it’s been… a year. With all its ups and downs, Oh-Nine is a year we will certainly never forget. ...

Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Most Significant Queer Women of 2009

Velvetpark's editors knocked our heads together and came up with the Top 25 Queer Women of 2009. We chose these women based on having advanced LGBT visibility, culture and/or policy. ...

Happy Holidays From Velvetpark

After a night of too much eggnog and a twitter spat, Diana and I got our act together this morning to send you merry, merry, happy holidays! — GM ...

The Black (Female) Body in Hollywood

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a book release party for a new anthology, The Black Body, edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah. ...

Glaad OUTAuction 2009

For the last eight years GLAAD has hosted the OUTAuction, an LGBT art auction to raise money for their programatic work. ...

Lesbian Home Ec: The Dinner Party

Diana Cage weighs in on how not to make dinner for your date, in her latest episode of Lesbian Home Ec. Want to impress your gal pal with your culinary chops? Go for it! ...

Trascript of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world: ...

Rachel Maddow Visits Jimmy Fallon After Kicking Anti-Gay Ass

After eviscerating Richard Cohen, the fix-the-gay gay-guy, Rachel Maddow climbed out of her Superman outfit and back into her Clark Kent attire and shot the shit with Jimmy Fallon. ...

Erin McKeown and Jill Sobule: Titans on Tour

I love Erin McKeown and Jill Sobule. Love is not even a strong enough word. I would gay marry both of them in a polyamorous lesbian co-habitating musical love nest. ...

Rihanna Would Do Megan Fox

Rihanna told the UK Tabloid, Daily Star, Megan Fox is "yummy": ...

Mary Jane: To Weed or not to Weed?

Up until I left Jamaica, I had never been really close to the Cannabis Sativa plant. I knew what it smelled like (sort of) and I knew what it looked like from pictures. ...

Reinventing Plus-Size Style
New Yorker
September 18, 2014

Lizzie Widdicombe attends Full Figured Fashion Week, and asks whether the designs will ever find acceptance in the high-fashion world.

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Daniele Watts'; Boyfriend Throws Her Under The Bus
MadameNoire
September 18, 2014

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts' boyfriend throws her under the bus to police officer in newly release audio.

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A NYC Bartender's Powerful Open Letter To The Hedge Funder Who Allegedly Grabbed Her Ass: Gothamist
gothamist
September 18, 2014

A SoHo bartender is fed up with misogynistic bros treating her like a piece of meat, and she's written a powerful open letter to the hedge funder who she says grabbed her ass at work.

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My Dad Was James Brown. I Saw Him Beat My Mom.
Vulture
September 17, 2014

The beatings always begin the same way, with the same terrible sounds. My parents are in their bedroom, behind closed doors.

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Report: Joan Rivers' Doctor Took Selfie During Unauthorized Biopsy
jezebel
September 17, 2014

New details have come out about the medical procedure during which Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest, and they're really appalling.

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What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
Slate
September 17, 2014

A German scientist named Klaus Conrad coined apophanie (from the Greek apo, away, and phaenein, to show) in 1958. He was describing the acute stage of schizophrenia, during which unrelated details seem saturated in connections and meaning.

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An Unlikely Ballerina
New Yorker
September 16, 2014

Rivka Galchen profiles Misty Copeland, ballet’s rising star, whose goal “is to become the first African-American principal dancer with A.B.T.”

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Rihanna to CBS and NFL: 'Fuck You!'
jezebel
September 16, 2014

Last week, the NFL tried to cover its ass for its abysmal handling of the Ray Rice elevator tape -- and its depraved indifference to domestic violence in general -- by, uh, canceling a game-opening sequence that featured Rihanna. Because Rihanna is a domestic violence survivor. Okay.

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Django Unchained Actress to Cops: 'Is It Just Because I'm Black?'
jezebel
September 16, 2014

An audio recording of an incident involving Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts and the LAPD was released on Monday.

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These Women's Cycling Team Uniforms Don't Exactly Photograph Well
gawekr
September 16, 2014

An unfortunately placed gold panel captured the imaginations of thousands of cycling enthusiasts this weekend when the Colombian women's team debuted their new team uniforms.

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‘Screwed’ New York artists are fleeing to Los Angeles
Page Six
September 16, 2014

Popular street artist Shepard Fairey — who created the “Hope” posters widely used during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — says New York City’s high cost of living is driving artists out of town to Los Angeles, and making LA the country’s new cultural hub.

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Wonder Woman’s Secret Past
newyorker.com
September 15, 2014

Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman’s real origin story: she was a utopian feminist creation, inspired by Margaret Sanger and the ideals of free love.

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Mark Sanford's Fiancee Found Out About Split From Facebook Post
Huffpo
September 15, 2014

The former fiancee of Rep. Mark Sanford found out the engagement was off the same way the rest of the world did: on Facebook written by Sanford... Meanwhile his ex-wife, demanded he undergo a psychiatric exam and take both anger management and parenting classes.

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My Year As an Abortion Doula
The Cut
September 15, 2014

What it's like to help other women end their pregnancies.

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The Woman Who Will Judge Oscar Pistorius
The New Yorker
September 11, 2014

In 1998, Masipa was appointed as a judge in the High Court of South Africa—only the second black woman to the bench. Albie Sachs, a former Constitutional Court Justice told me, “It was part of a breakthrough. In a sense, she is a pioneer.”

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Judge Finds Oscar Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder
NYmag
September 11, 2014

But the Olympic athlete still faces other charges.

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Does Anyone Care About an Apple Watch?
New Yorker
September 11, 2014

It’s still not clear whether people will actually be interested in the new products. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are incremental improvements on their predecessors. It is harder to predict what will happen with the Apple Watch...

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Planned Parenthood to Offer Birth Control and Counseling Online
jezebel
September 11, 2014

Birth control for everyone! Planned Parenthood services are available online if you live in Minnesota and Washington state and need medication and, soon, counseling for sexually transmitted diseases. They’re basically a nurse in your purse.

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Advice from Jenny Holzer for the NFL and Ray Rice
hyperallergic
September 10, 2014

Today's horrific video of football player Ray Rice knocking his girlfriend out cold and dragging her body out of an elevator in Atlantic City last May should appall everyone. The news coincides with the emergence of the #MaddenGiferator meme, which has been attempting to hijack EA's marketing

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