Some news items you might have missed:
• Birthdays: Celebrating the 74th birthday of the luminous Tony Award winner and longtime LGBTQ ally, Judith Light! A great, great talent who’s stood up for the LGBTQ community again, and again, and again. Raising a glass to the awesomeness that is Judith Light.
• The Advocate: The South Dakota Senate has passed a bill banning gender-affirming care for minors. The state House approved it last week, so it’s on its way to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem for her expected signature.
"House Bill 1080 is a devastating and dangerous violation of the rights and privacy of transgender South Dakotans, their families and their medical providers." https://t.co/uXjFwzPbBH
— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) February 10, 2023
• AP News: Missouri’s Republican-led House voted against banning children from carrying guns without adult supervision in public by a 104-39 vote. Only one Republican voted in support of it. #WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
• PEOPLE: Golden Globe winner John Travolta revisits his GREASE roots for this thoroughly entertaining Super Bowl commercial for T-Mobile co-starring Zach Braff and Donald Faison singing their own version of “Summer Nights.”
• Huffpost: A GOP leader in Tennessee’s state House says the state should stop accepting the nearly $1.8 billion of federal education dollars that help provide support for low-income students and students with disabilities. Rejecting federal education money, they believe, will free them from anti-discrimination oversight.
• CBS News: The pro-Trump rioter who marched through the halls of Congress while wielding a Confederate flag on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced to 36 months behind bars on Thursday. #FuckedAroundFoundOut
• Politico: Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) stole the show at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual dinner with jokes about her GOP colleagues. On George Santos: “Really, who lies about playing college volleyball? Like, who does that? If you’re going to lie, at least make it about something big, like you actually won the 2020 presidential election.”