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I thought I’d collect up a few cultural oddities you may or may not have heard.

1. Howard K Stern is suing Rita Cosby for defamation, based on her portrait of him in her book about Anna Nicole Smith. Recently, however, a judge ruled that while the defamation suit could go ahead, it could not include the claim that Stern was gay, because calling someone gay is no longer automatically defamatory, although prejudice still exists. “”I respectfully disagree that the existence of this continued prejudice leads to the conclusion that there is a widespread view of gays and lesbians as contemptible and disgraceful.”

Slate published an excellent article on this point: “Queer Eye for the Libel Guy” I’m certainly pleased to see this step–maybe next we can wipe out the definition of “gay” as “stupid” that grade school boys are so used to using.

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According to this article on CNN’s website, “The American Psychological Association concluded Wednesday that there is little evidence that efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay or lesbian to heterosexual are effective.” The article itself points out that the APA has not considered homosexuality a mental illness since 1975, but apparently a task force was formed two years ago because of the rise of so-called conversion therapy. Obviously, this is good news, even if many of us will feel it falls under the heading of “duh.”

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