- Is D.C. getting gayer, or more honest? (Photo: Associated Press)
THE GLAA FORUM parses the results of the District of Columbia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System's 2008 survey—including its count of the city's gay population. According to the survey, "Eighty percent (80%) indicated they were heterosexual – which ranked highest – followed by homosexual (5%), bisexual (2%), and other (1%)." Compare that to the 2005 and 2007 numbers, when 92.6 percent of residents claimed to be straight. "The interesting thing to think about comparing the two data sets is how in the latest numbers more people report being gay, bisexual, or other," Charlie Watson writes. "Does the increase in the number of people identify as other than heterosexual mean the city is getting gay? Probably not. Most likely it means that non-heterosexual people feel safer admiting that to someone doing a telephone survey."
AFTER THE JUMP: Va. gender gap persists; rethinking "ghetto"; how to use the word "queen":
THE NLGJA instructs journalists on how to use the word "queen": "Originally a pejorative term for an effeminate gay man but often used acceptably as slang among LGBT people. Offensive when used as an epithet. Use only if there is a compelling reason."
WASHINGTON BLADE editor Kevin Naff's headline on the occasion of CNN anchor Don Lemon's exit from the closet. "CNN anchor comes out (no, not Anderson)."
LADY who saved donkeys dies.
VIRGINIA allows gay people to hyphenate their last names. How generous!
A TRUCK DRIVER from Vienna, Va. becomes the latest target of the state's ramped-up child pornography prosecutions. Mike Latham, 43, "has been wanted on child pornography charges since February" after "the FBI found that the IP address was being used to share dozens of 'child notable files' -- those suspected of being child pornography." Upon questioning, Latham "said he used one of his computers to view adult and child pornography, according to court documents. He said that he searched for media files of girls ages 12 to 16 and that he preferred videos to images."Women, whether they wear hats or not, more often wait to be asked.
GENDER GAP PERSISTS in the Va. legislature: "What is clear in Virginia right now is that this year, as usual, many more men are seeking state legislative positions than are women," the Daily Progress reports. "Across the nation, 23 out of every 100 state legislators are women. In Virginia, the numbers are a bit lower. Only 19 of 100 members of the House of Delegates are women and just eight women serve in the 40-member Virginia Senate. Two of them are retiring this year. Of the first 116 candidates to announce for the House thus far, fewer than 20 percent are women. In the state Senate contests on the ballot, 18 percent of the first 61 candidates to announce are women."
RETHINKING "GHETTO" with Elahe Izadi.
LIBRARY MASTURBATION AT GW: "University Police Chief Kevin Hay said a student reported witnessing a man masturbating on the sixth floor of Gelman Library May 3, but the department’s investigative unit did not have sufficient evidence to pinpoint the individual," the G.W. Hatchet reports. "The female student called UPD a few hours after the incident occurred, at about 4 p.m., Hay said. She saw a man 'reaching into his pants and masturbating while at a computer in Gelman Library.' . . . 'She did use her phone to record a few frames of video and called us several hours later from her residence hall,' Hay said. 'When we checked out the location, there was no one in the area who met the description.'”