Gay News! Lesbian Joins SNL, New Customs Rule, and Starbucks Brew-haha

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Out Lesbian Kate McKinnon to be on SNL
Ellen and Rosie have been around for awhile, so it’s refreshing to hear about a new lesbian comedian hitting the small screen. Lorne Michaels recently tapped Upright Citizen’s Brigade veteran and out lesbian Kate McKinnon to join the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Word is female comedy goddess and leader of the recent revolution of women-centered comedy Kristen Wiig might be exiting next season, and McKinnon has a distinctly Wiig-ish wild glint in her eye when she performs.

McKinnon is slated to make an appearance on SNL as early as next weekend, during a show scheduled to be hosted by Sofia Vergara of Modern Family. The 27-year-old starred on the first three seasons of the Big Gay Sketch Show, worked on the 2010 web series Vag Magazine, running a fictional feminist magazine with other comedians, and will be Saturday Night Live’s first out lesbian to join the cast since Danitra Vance in 1985.

Check out a sample of McKinnon’s work from the UCB below.

The 40 Year Old 20 Year Old – Ep. 3 "Bachelorette Party" UCBcomedy.com
Watch more comedy videos from the twisted minds of the UCB Theatre at UCBcomedy.com

Via The Advocate.

New Customs Rule Recognizes Gay Families
Same-sex couples would be allowed to re-enter the country with a single customs declaration form under a new proposal that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Departments of Homeland Security and Treasury formally unveiled on March 27.

Current policy allows members of a family who are related through blood, marriage, or adoption and live in the same household to file a single customs declaration form. The proposal would expand the definition of “members of a family living in one household” to include domestic partners, same-sex couples, and those in other relationships where “the partners share financial assets and obligations, and are not married to, or a partner of, anyone else.”

Another move that makes sense, harms no one, and helps everyone. Let’s keep the momentum going.

Via The Huffington Post

Starbucks Fends off NOM Boycott, Gains Supporters in its Wake

The notoriously antigay National Organization for Marriage announced last week that they are boycotting Starbucks for the company’s support of marriage equality in Washington State. Not surprisingly, their move completely backfired and led to thousands affirming their support for the giant coffee chain.

Jonathan Baker, director of NOM’s Corporate Fairness Project, told The Christian Post that Starbucks’ support for same-sex marriage goes beyond a mere statement from an executive.

“We have every expectation that tens of thousands of Starbucks consumers will support our effort as we tell Starbucks that true diversity is respecting the views of all customers.” You can get a better feel for the types of confusing arguments NOM is making in this video of its members quizzing Starbucks board members on the company’s marriage stance at a recent shareholder meeting.

Predictably, instead of affecting Starbucks’ bottom line negatively, the boycott essentially became an ad for Starbucks, with Twitter hashtags like #LatteLove, #StarbucksBrewsLove, #Equaliventi, #LGrandeBTall, and #StarbucksEquality.

Via The Advocate.

New Hampshire Marriage Repeal Fails
Continuing the theme of failed anti-gay movements, New Hampshire lawmakers easily defeated a bill last week that would have been the first step toward reversing the state’s law that allows same-sex couples to marry. State lawmakers approved civil unions in 2007 and same-sex marriages in 2009, when both houses in the state legislature were controlled by Democrats.

The attempt to repeal a law that made gay marriages legal in the state, failed by a vote of 116-211 in the Republican-controlled legislature, drawing applause from many lawmakers in the historic statehouse in Concord.

Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, had promised to veto the bill if it reached his desk.

Close to 2,000 gay and lesbian couples have been married in New Hampshire since the current law went into effect January 1, 2010. The new law would have replaced same-sex marriages with civil unions starting in 2013, but marriages that took place before the repeal would have remained valid.

Via Reuters

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