The New Adventures of Old Christine: When L.A. Times sports writer Mike Penner announced to the world in April 2007 that he was now Christine Daniels, he became the most celebrated transsexual since Renee Richards made a splash on the women's tennis circuit in 1977. But about a year and a half later, he went back to work as Mike Penner, and hasn't discussed his experience since. A new article looks at the phenomenon of "transgender regret." "It's unfortunate and it's relatively uncommon but certainly not unheard of," says Denise Leclair, executive director of the International Foundation for Gender Education, a Waltham, Mass.-based transgender advocacy group. "The simplest way to think about it is being trans is something that never goes away. ... There's just a fairly constant social pressure to just go back. You don't have to be a genius to understand that society doesn't really accept this." When I met Christine at the NLGJA conference in San Diego that year, she certainly wasn't at a loss for words. Would love to hear more. (USA Today)
Geek Harassment: A woman says she was banned from XBOX Live for identifying herself as lesbian, and a man says his "gamer tag" was banned because it had "gay" in in it. His name is Richard Gaywood. (Consumerist)
Speaking of Lesbians: After her disastrous variety show outing, Rosie O'Donnell is slated to return to television in a new Lifetime movie called "America" about the foster-care system in this country. (AP)
Oscar Censorship: Gay Asians voiced indignation Wednesday after television broadcasts of the Academy Awards in their region censored the words “gay” and “lesbian” in speeches that called for equal rights. (AP)
It Adds Up: Despite what you may have read, calories still determine weight-loss success. (USA Today) Need help deciding which foods to eat in the mall food court? Well, stay AWAY from the Panda Express orange chicken and click HERE.
Mr. Whipple Meets Mr. Gore: Apparently we all need to start wiping our asses with sandpaper to be more "green." (NYT)
YSL: Two rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China nearly 150 years ago — and were demanded back by Beijing — sold for millions Wednesday as an auction of art works owned by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent concluded with dazzling sales of nearly $500 million. (AP)
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