Chelsea Clinton is in a New York state of mind. She surprised marriage equality volunteers last night to show her support for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign just hours after her father, former president Bill Clinton, announced his support for the campaign to win marriage by June.
Campaign volunteers--including Chelsea--reached out to thousands of supporters across all districts, asking them to urge their legislators to support full marriage rights for all New Yorkers this year.
“I was very grateful that my father gave me yet another reason to be proud,” Chelsea told the group. “It was the happiest day of my life to marry my best friend, and I believe every New Yorker should have that right.”
“Thank you all for being here this evening to thank your representatives. I know that we’ll get there, and hopefully before the summer,” she continued. “I couldn’t think of a better first year anniversary present.” She went on to thank the Human Rights Campaign and 1199 SEIU for organizing the phone bank.
The event kicked off what will be twice-weekly phone banks in an effort to pass marriage legislation by the end of the 2011 legislative session.
One of the main reasons Equally Wed was founded was because there simply weren't enough gay weddings visible online or in print. So when I see a gay or lesbian wedding being lifted up on a mainstream website or in a magazine, I get a little giddy. Big props to TresSugar.com, the sex and culture site on the PopSugar Network, for their fab roundup of some really gorgeous gay weddings out there on the web. We're inspired by the brides and grooms in the photos and all their creativity. Read all about it here: Gay Weddings Spread the Love. Pictured: Tabitha and Cynthia, photo by Beaux Arts Photographie via Style Me Pretty
White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses wed his partner Charlie Fabella Jr. in Washington, D.C., last week. The 57-year-old (far right) has been creatively curating the desserts and beyond at the White House since 2007, when Laura Bush hired him. Their wedding, which took place at the Moultrie Courthouse on Tuesday, was featured in The New York Times Sunday Weddings/Celebrations section. Yosses' husband, 38, is a native of the Philippines and a special education teacher in Queens, N.Y.
Who's tuning into see the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton? Our fave Brit couple, Sir Elton John and his partner David Partner, will be there. If you didn't score an invite, pull up a chair to YouTube, where it'll be streaming live.
— 0815 BST (3:15 a.m. EDT) — Guests begin arriving at the Great North Door of London's Westminster Abbey. — 0950 BST (4:50 a.m. EDT) — Governors-general and prime ministers of realm countries, the diplomatic corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the abbey. — 1010 BST (5:10 a.m. EDT) — Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. — 1015 BST (5:15 a.m. EDT) — The princes arrive at Westminster Abbey. — 1020 BST (5:20 a.m. EDT) — Members of foreign royal families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace. — 1027 BST (5:27 a.m. EDT) — Middleton's mother, Carole, and brother, James, arrive at the abbey. — 1030 BST (5:30 a.m. EDT) — Select members of Britain's royal family arrive at the abbey. — 1040 BST (5:40 a.m. EDT) — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, leave Buckingham Palace for the abbey as Prince Andrew and daughters Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie; Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie; Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence arrive for the ceremony. — 1042 BST (5:42 a.m. EDT) — Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive at the abbey from Clarence House. — 1045 BST (5:45 a.m. EDT) — The queen and Prince Philip arrive at the abbey. — 1051 BST (5:51 a.m. EDT) — The bride, accompanied by her father, Michael, leaves the Goring Hotel for the abbey. — 1055 BST (5:55 a.m. EDT) — Bridesmaids and pages arrive at the abbey from the Goring Hotel. — around 1100 BST (6:00 a.m. EDT) — The bride arrives. Marriage ceremony, which will be relayed on audio speakers along the wedding route, begins. — 1215 BST (7:15 a.m. EDT) — William and his new wife emerge from the abbey and depart in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage, and travel to Buckingham Palace, followed by the queen. — 1230 BST (7:30 a.m. EDT) — The bride's carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace, followed by members of Britain's royal family and other foreign royals 10 minutes later. — 1240 BST (7:40 a.m. EDT) — Guests for the wedding reception arrive at Buckingham Palace. — 1325 BST (8:25 a.m. EDT) — William and Middleton, accompanied by the queen and their families, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. — 1330 BST (8:30 a.m. EDT) — The royals watch a ceremonial flypast from the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight before returning inside for the queen's reception for some 600 guests. — 1800 BST (1 p.m. EDT) — Private reception begins at Buckingham Palace for 300 guests.
I'm a huge Grey's Anatomy fan, so when Arizona proposed to Callie just before the car accident two weeks ago, I was thrilled—if only for a split second, since immediately my attention went to Callie's survival. After last week's emotional musical episode, it does appear that Callie is going to make it—and she accepted Arizona's proposal with a simple and sweet "Yes. Yes, I'll marry you" with her doting girlfriend at her hospital bedside. I don't know about you, but I was crying the entire time. I was so moved by the love between them, worried about their baby, and of course, thrilled to be seeing their relationship play out on a major television show.
But some people aren't so thrilled, and, as first reported by The Advocate, one fan Tweeted to creator Shonda Rimes (pictured above) today asking her why she "panders to the gay/lesbian community." She added that it was "fine. But straight people don't suck, you know."
Rhimes said she and her writers are not pandering to any community. She later added:
"Isn't love universal? Isn't that the point? That you can watch a straight couple in love or a lesbian couple in love and what you see and feel is the LOVE? How is that pandering? Maybe I've been pandering to straight couples all this time. Another thing: one of the reasons I cast the show the way I did is because I like to turn on the TV and see people who look like me living in a world of diversity. I'm betting there's a lesbian girl out there who likes to turn on the TV and see people who love like her too."
The wedding episode is set to air in May. We'll be watching!