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January 13, 2011 - 09:00 AM
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And so it continues (Photo: Associated Press)

THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT is but days away, prompting The New Gay to reflect on the fact that for the first time in almost a century, one pageant contestant—Miss New York Claire Buffie—has selected a platform of gay rights: "Maybe a pretty, well-spoken woman in immaculate formal wear can make a difference after all."

AFTER THE JUMP: How a pink-clad giraffe gymnast will teach your kids not to be fat and/or anorexic; why a 17-year-old girl missing for Baltimore hasn't received a nationwide media blitz; doin' it in space:

REMINDER: Don't Ask, Don't Tell is still in effect. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which helps LGBT servicemen and women navigate their rights under DADT, reports: "Since the President signed legislation, 135 service members and veterans have contacted our legal team for help. 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' will remain the law until certification and the 60-day implementation period have been completed."

I WONDER: TBD Justice reporter Sarah Larimer asks why 17-year-old Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared from a family member's home in Baltimore on Dec, 28, hasn't received the missing-young-woman press attention conferred upon a Natalee Holloway of a Caylee Anthony. Spoiler: She's not a white lady.

NEW WORST THING FOR YOUR KIDS: The Gymanimals, a fat-fighting squad of gender-stereotyped zoo animals who use their boxing, gymnastics, and dead-lifting skills to combat foes like "O-Bee-Sity" and "Anna-Rexia," the latter of which “infects little girls with eating disorders.” Packaging Girlhood counts down all the wrong, including: "Who in the world recommends dead lifting to kids in order to keep them fit?" Also, can you copyright a name like "Couch Potato©"?

"SEX AND SPACE" has disappointingly few deets about the logistics of actually doing the deed in zero gravity, save for this: Rats don't feel like getting it on in orbit (according to four rats sent into space 30 years ago). In 1979, rats housed in a scientific "mating chamber" aboard a Russian satellite failed to copulate after a partition separating the males from the females was conspicuously raised. Prudes.

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  1. Lizrd Lizrd

    Liz B

    Jan 14, 2011 - 11:13:42 AM

    White woman syndrome strikes again. It really is an honor to be a part of Obama's post -racial America.

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  2. noodlez noodlez

    noodlez . . .

    Jan 13, 2011 - 02:07:31 PM

    THEY SHOULD CHECK MS BUFFIE TO SEE IF SHE EXCHANGED PACKAGES. ALSO HER NAME IS MADE FOR PAGEANTS "CLAIR BUFFIE". UHH MS MANDY BY THE NAME ALONE ONE CAN PRETTY MUCH DETERMINE THAT SHE IS BLACK AND BEING FROM B-MO PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL.

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