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BBC Gets This Week’s Big Martina Navratilova Story

The circumstances of Martina Navratilova‘s public coming out were messy. Despite a hold request from the tennis star, the New York Daily News jumped the gun with a July 30, 1981 article, prompting a follow-up piece in the Dallas Morning News by Skip Bayless and, eventually, Navratilova’s coming out as fully gay rather than, as then, bisexual.

This week, Navratilova’s courageous and trailblazing personal story came full circle right here in New York. On Monday, as reported by D.C.-based BBC anchor Katty Kay and seemingly overshadowed by all that Sony hack business, Navratilova, at age 58, married her partner Julia Lemagova. Our belated congratulations to the radiantly happy couple.

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Earlier UVA Sexual Assault Victim Recounts Her Story

The sexual assault of Liz Seccuro, which occurred in the fall of 1984 at the same University of Virginia fraternity fingered by Jackie, was mentioned in the disputed Rolling Stone article. Today, via The Daily Beast, it is Seccuro herself recounting the assault and related events, in much fuller detail.

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The Long Island wife and mother of two wrote a book in 2011 about her traumatic experience titled Crash Into Me: A Survivor’s Search for Justice. The book arrived five years after an assailant was charged with two counts of felony rape, indicted by a Grand Jury and sentenced after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sexual battery.

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Freida Pinto Recalls a Foolish Paparazzi Question

Alongside Marianne Pearl, actress Freida Pinto is a global ambassador for Plan International‘s “I Am a Girl” campaign. The initiative encourages and empowers female education.

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In an interview with the Times of India, Pinto laughed as she recalled the time she was baited here in NYC by a video paparazzi. From her conversation with Anmil Vijay:

In one of your interviews, you said that you are startled by the questions paparazzi throws at you. Like when someone asked you what you were doing for the poor children in India. Did that in any way trigger the drive to do something in India?

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Lily Tomlin on the 1975 Time Cover That Never Was

ShutterstockLilyTomlin2014Ahead of this Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors broadcast, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday has shared a wonderful celebration of 2014 honoree Lily Tomlin‘s many talents.

Tomlin explains to Hornaday that she “remembers life in anecdotes.” And so, there are several memorable ones here about the performer’s early days in New York City, shared in full or in snippets. There is also, at one point, a reminder of what would have been an earth-shaking media moment:

Although Tomlin had been pressured over the years to publicly acknowledge her sexual orientation — in 1975 Time magazine offered her the cover if she’d come out — Tomlin always demurred. “I never did not come out,” she explains now.

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Jay Leno’s Decision to Cancel on Newtown Group Sparks Further Outrage

ShutterstockJayLenoJuly2014Media Matters For America has a good summary of the social and Conservative media blowback sparked by Jay Leno‘s decision to cancel out of a commitment with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The former Tonight Show host was set to MC a dinner in late January as part of the group’s annual SHOT convention in Las Vegas.

The NSSF stated that it looks forward to finding a replacement performer “that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for Leno insisted to the New York Daily News that it was a matter of clarification:

“Jay was asked to do what was positioned as a sportsman show, and when he found out it was a pro-gun lobby show, he cancelled,” Bruce Bobbins said. “There was no money involved at this point, and if there was any, he would return it.”

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Daily News Gives Dan Snyder a New Team Logo

It’s not just the name of the Washington franchise that will be absent from tomorrow’s Daily News NFL 2014 season preview. The paper has also created a modified version of the team’s logo for use in the paper, one that loses the illustration of a feathered Native American:

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From the paper’s editorial:

Henceforth, in The News’ sports coverage, the team that has been known as the Redskins since 1933 will simply be called Washington.

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Joan Rivers Remarries Gay Couple

The video of Joan Rivers marrying Jed and Joe – for the second overall and first legal time - at the Plaza Athenee New York is pretty great.

But the descriptive text for the video posted by a wedding guest is even better:

A week ago we got an invitation to clear Friday August 15, 2014 for an event. The following day we were told there was going to be a second wedding ceremony hosted by Joan Rivers at 6 p.m. with the location to be determined.

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Freddie Mercury Then, Adam Lambert Now

Interesting interview with Adam Lambert by Curtis M. Wong, deputy editor of HuffPo Gay Voices. Framed by the fact that in six, vertiginous years, Lambert has gone from auditioning on American Idol with “Bohemian Rhapsody” to fronting this summer’s Queen tour.

The bulk of the article is about how it was basically impossible for Mercury to talk publicly about his sexuality:

“From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality, and once he did… He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits,” said Lambert…

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Update: Jose Antonio Vargas’ Arrest is Trending in NYC

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Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times, has been arrested and detained. The news quickly spread through Twitter, and is trending in New York, according to Trendsmap.

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Village Voice Contract Negotiations Down to the Wire

It started with a June 13 fundraiser, and continued today with a lunchtime staged walkout by employees in front of The Village Voice headquarters. In between, there was a Strike Bulletin featuring a Beyonce GIF (“I Can’t With These Basic Bitches”).

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It’s all part of some effective in-their-face media outreach by the Village Voice employees union. The group’s three-year contract expires tomorrow, July 1, and at press time, negotiations with management had resumed.

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