British singer Boy George doesn't believe the stereotype that all gay guys have promiscuous sex.
The 52-year-old George made his comments in the latest issue of gay UK glossy Attitude.
“I think you have to be careful with the assumption that everyone that goes into gay clubs takes drugs,” George told the magazine.
“And not everyone has promiscuous sex. That is one type of person. And they exist in the straight world too.”
“It's hard with all the technology,” he said. “When you try to have a conversation with somebody these days they are constantly checking their phones. I think maybe it is harder to be in the moment these days.”
George, the lead singer of Culture Club, recently was honored with the magazine's Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement.
At the 1974 national convention of the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, Judith Edelman presented data showing that 1.2 percent of registered architects in the United States were women. Only coal miners and steelworkers, she suggested, counted a lower proportion.
These survey results, she said, “clearly demonstrate that the alleged grievances are not all in the heads of some paranoid chicks.” She then agreed to lead a task force to tackle the issue, out of fear that someone “insufficiently stubborn” would get the job.
Ms. Edelman died of a heart attack at 91 on Oct. 4 at her home in Manhattan, her son Marc said. Her legacy includes designing housing for the needy, health clinics and other buildings throughout New York City, as well as drafting many respected planning studies.
But it was as a firebrand for women in architecture — she said she came to be called Dragon Lady at A.I.A. headquarters in Washington — that Ms. Edelman established a broader reputation. In the early 1970s, as feminism challenged many institutions, she pointed out that women were far less likely to be in architecture schools or partners in firms than men, and were paid less.
In 1974, Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture critic for The New York Times, wrote that it was “appalling” that the institute’s national membership consisted of 24,000 men and 300 women. When Life magazine in 1976 surveyed women in professions, it said that “none even today is a more exclusively male preserve than architecture.”
In 1971, Ms. Edelman became the first woman elected to the executive committee of the New York chapter of the institute, with the goal of persuading what she termed “an exclusive gentleman’s club” to elevate women. She also fought for change from outside the establishment, helping found the Alliance of Women in Architecture in 1972.
In designing buildings, Ms. Edelman was clearly successful. The firm she started with her husband built more than 1,500 apartment units and commercial enterprises between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges; devised a way to preserve the facades of nine brownstones on the Upper West Side to fashion a single multiunit building, where Jackie Robinson was one of the first residents; restored the La MaMa theater on the Lower East Side; and built many affordable housing projects. It won awards from the City Club of New York, the Municipal Art Society and the American Institute of Architects.
Her great feminist cause has fared less well. Although women now account for half of all graduates of American architecture schools, they represent only 20 percent of licensed practitioners and an even lower proportion of partners in firms, according to the blog of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, which chronicles women’s past and present contributions to the industry.
Judith Deena Hochberg was born on Sept. 16, 1923, in Brooklyn to immigrants from Eastern Europe. Her childhood fascination with building turned into a desire to become an architect when she visited an architect’s office as a junior in high school. The desire solidified when an injury prevented her from dancing, her first love.
Her politics came from her upbringing. “I was raised in a very lefty environment,” she said in an interview with the blog of ESKW/A, the current name of her firm. (The initials stand for Edelman Sultan Knox Wood.)
She attended Connecticut College and New York University before earning an architecture degree from Columbia. Her class was mostly women and Latin Americans, because American men were fighting in World War II. In the interview, she said she had led a successful rebellion to include more modernist architecture in the curriculum.
Columbia professors, she recalled, often said, “We’re wasting our time on you girls.” Asked by her interviewer if they said that to the women directly, she replied, “Oh, yes.”
When Ms. Edelman started looking for a job, she heard something similar. “We don’t hire girls,” one potential employer after another said.
She finally found work drawing designs for brickwork for mental hospitals. She was then hired by the architect Huson Jackson, who had an office in Greenwich Village, where she lived. Mr. Jackson, a professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, was a leader in bringing the International Style from Europe to the United States.
“He was a great thinker, but he couldn’t draw, interestingly enough,” Ms. Edelman said. “He’d draw a squiggle and say, ‘Turn this into a building.’ ”
In 1947, she married Harold Edelman, and they spent a year traveling in Europe on a fellowship she had won from Columbia. After returning to the United States, they formed a partnership with Stanley Salzman, who had worked with Walter Gropius, a giant of the profession who founded the Bauhaus architectural school. Mr. Salzman left the firm in 1979 and died in 1991.
Mr. Edelman died in 1999. In addition to her son Marc, Ms. Edelman is survived by another son, Joshua; her sister, Joan Gitlow; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Ms. Edelman, who attended a design criticism session two weeks before her death and then walked more than a dozen blocks home, was the model for a 1974 children’s book, “What Can She Be? An Architect.” The authors, Gloria and Esther Goldreich, changed the character’s name to Susan Brody.
As a young architect, Ms. Edelman did not know of Julia Morgan, the great California architect who designed San Simeon, the home of William Randolph Hearst, and more than 700 other buildings. She made that admission in a speech accepting the Woman of Vision award from the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women in 1989.
Later generations knew about Ms. Edelman. In that same speech, she talked about a young female architect, unknown to her, who years ago had said she named her cat Judy Edelman.
“Astonished, I asked why,” she said.
The woman, she said, answered, “What other role models are there?”
Jillian Michaels wants to clarify comments she made about her sexuality.
Over the weekend, the former "Biggest Loser" trainer gave an exclusive statement to People to clear up what she said in a recent Health magazine interview, in which she discussed her continued struggle with talking about "the gay thing" and expressed that it would be "a dream" to be "normal."
Michaels told People that members of the LGBT community "misunderstood" her remarks about being out:
I am deeply disheartened and sorry to hear that members of the gay community have misunderstood the points I was trying to make about being 'out.' I attempted to shed light on how hard and scary it can be to be out. That gay families get attacked and even small daily interactions involve others being 'shocked and disturbed' by the gay lifestyle. I was saying if along the way in my life that had been a choice I would have made it, but it's not who I am. Gay is not a choice. If I was ashamed of who I am, I would be in the closet. Considering my family was on the cover of People magazine, I think I'm pretty far from that.
In the original Health interview, Michaels told the magazine she wished she had "some strapping football player husband" and that it would be "a dream to be 'normal' like that:"
I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking about being gay] now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.
President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
Obama first publicly backed gay marriage in May 2012, but noted he thought the issue should be left to the states. Speaking with Toobin for the Oct. 27 issue of The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decision since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states, a move the president said is "a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up."
While Obama said the high court "was not quite ready" to "indicate an equal-protection right across the board," he personally believes same-sex marriage is protected under that clause. From The New Yorker:
Obama opposed marriage equality until May of 2012. He told me that he now believes the Constitution requires all states to allow same-sex marriage, an argument that his Administration has not yet made before the Supreme Court. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.
“The bulk of my nominees, twenty years ago or even ten years ago, would have been considered very much centrists, well within the mainstream of American jurisprudence, not particularly fire-breathing or ideologically driven,” Obama went on. “So the fact that now Democratic appointees and Republican appointees tend to vote differently on issues really has more to do with the shift in the Republican Party and in the nature of Republican-appointed jurists ... Democrats haven’t moved from where they were.”
The federal government has extended federal benefits to same-sex married couples in states where gay marriage has been legalized, most recently giving benefits to those in the five states where the gay marriage appeals were rejected.
Read Toobin's entire piece on Obama at The New Yorker.
When news broke on Wednesday that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Oscars in 2015, he tweeted a video in which he crossed the gig off a lengthy bucket list. But in an interview with Z100, Harris admitted that he was initially "terrified" to take the job.
"I’ve been in the hosting world for a little while and the Oscars has been that show that I was terrified to take on, but had never been asked to do," Harris told Elvis Duran. "So when Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of the show, they just reach out to someone, and thankfully, I think with the help of 'Gone Girl' and 'A Million Ways to Die in the West,' I had a couple more feature film credits than I did before and that definitely helps with the Academy and their decision making. It’s weirdly one of those things that you don’t know when it’s happening and you don’t reach out for it and present yourself, you just sometimes get a call.”
When asked if he was excited to host, he said, "Partly, I’m that way, and partly I’m reticent because I’ve always thought and said it’s the big target and as exciting as it is it’s potentially lose-lose in various ways because it’s just such a big show."
Harris said that he first got the call last Friday, but he hasn't started planning the details of the show, which airs Feb. 22, 2015, just yet.
Hear Neil Patrick Harris' interview in its entirety over at ElvisDuran.com
Women's magazine Marie Claire announced last July the addition of a new name to its masthead: Author Janet Mock was named contributing editor. The news received wide media attention, not just because of Mock's résumé but because of her gender identity as well. Mock is a professional writer who happens to be a trans woman. In the stories about her appointment, her gender identity and her new job were talked about in the same breath.
Pro Journo talked with trans and intersex journalists about their perspectives on having a presence, voice and career in the media.
Gaming journalist and trans woman Laura Kate Dale had mixed feelings on the coverage of Mock's hiring. "It is positive that there is recognition and that we can say, 'Look, here is a good example,'" she said. Mock is a positive and encouraging role model for the trans community. She is a well-known trans advocate, writer of the best-seller Redefining Realness, and creator of the hashtag #girlslikeus, and promotes trans women's empowerment. But alongside the positive aspects of promoting good practices, Dale saw a "fixation from non-trans people to take one victory for the minority group of transgender people and holding it up, saying, 'Look, things are getting better for trans people because of one instance.'"
A popular magazine hiring one transgender woman does not mean the whole industry is there yet. "Many trans people keep telling us that they wish for more visibility, because they want people to be more accepting," said Jennie Kermode, chair of Trans Media Watch (TMW), a charity dedicated to improving coverage of trans and intersex issues by the British media.
Trans and intersex people still face challenges in their gender identity in today's media industry. For one thing, they have to deal with comments by the audience. Dale has personally experienced this.
"Being open about my gender identity has brought a lot more online abuse and harassment than if I would not have done so. At the same time, people also tell me they really appreciate what I do, as a lot of people in this industry do not talk about their gender identity," she said.
An issue in the workplace is discrimination in employment. "Trans people certainly worry that they are not getting certain jobs because they are trans," Kermode said. As an example, Kermode notes there are not many trans people working as TV reporters. "Just as sexism limits opportunities for women, other kinds of prejudice limit opportunities for other minorities, like trans people. There is a tendency for people that go ahead as part of a certain social group. It is easier to get a job if you are in the same group as people who already have jobs in that organization--i.e., if you're a cisgender, able-bodied white man."
Labeled and limited
"I think news organizations need to be bold and employ people on their merits. If you go on to a mainstream American channel, women tend to look very feminine and men masculine. Be open to people that look different to the stereotype," a trans correspondent told Student Reporter, speaking on condition of anonymity. He added, "I've covered the London Olympics, worked in Libya and reported on Turkey during the earthquakes. Those are all really big stories. Who cares what I look like if there is a natural disaster that just happened?"
This TV journalist wished to stay anonymous for many reasons. One is that he believes his journalistic work should be the story, and not himself. Coming out may result in media outlets offering him a job just to report exclusively or increasingly on trans gender issues. This is not something he wishes to pursue.
"It is kind of, 'OK, you are the transgender person, so you are the best person to talk about these things,'" he explained. "I don't like the idea that the rest of the media industry feels like they don't need to learn about [transgender issues], to discuss them, research them or report on them, because 'that's somebody else's issue,'" he said. "I think any journalist worth his or her salt should be able to report on areas that aren't their immediate field of expertise. The information is out there. It is not rocket science."
Kermode agreed with this point, adding that the speed at which news is delivered nowadays is problematic. "TMW worked with an online newsroom from a broadcasting company. Their people were allowed five minutes researching on the story and writing it down. Often journalists are not trained on transgender issues. They have to look for the facts in a short time, whereby they can easily make mistakes."
Besides the importance of accurate reporting, "getting things right from the start is also a safety issue," Kermode explained. "Information coming from television programs or news articles can encourage verbal and sometimes even physical abuse towards trans and intersex people." TMW encourages all journalists to write about trans issues, providing training and a terminology guide to support those who wish to do so.
Good example tends to be followed
Intentionally or unintentionally, journalists educate and form public perceptions on gender identity. This can affect the way trans and intersex people are perceived. Dale believes that journalism should stimulate positive coverage of trans subjects and "continue to get high-profile people to raise the voice of transgender people."
According to Kermode, media companies should take the initiative in employing onscreen trans and intersex journalists. "Once viewers get used to it, they are completely fine with it," Kermode said. "I'd like one's gender identity not to be an issue in the future. And I think we are starting to get there, actually."