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My mom was a secretary at GM in Flint, Michigan, in the '60s before having me. Of course, once she got pregnant, she had to resign—that's how it was done in those days.
She actually had a lot of responsibilities, including arranging for the delivery of certain models all around the world when they were bought by individuals.
In the above notes from a speech her boss gave, check out how he introduces the women in his office:
“...some extremely fine additions to the Opel line. Here's one of our exciting new models. Linda Rettenmund [my mom] is the stenographer with primary responsibility for foreign delivery details. And...
“...Ruth Ann Bissonette is the new opel typist-clerk and will handle the receipt of orders, releasing details, etc.
“These additions are in keeping with the new trend in Opel: Sharp styling, lovely trim, to say nothing of options.”
Gloria Steinem was finishing up as a Playboy bunny at the time.
Check out Manuel Betancourt's highly watchable Gay Men on Screen: A Place for Us, which splices together scenes from dozens of gay films in the space of about five minutes to explore the representations we've had in the cinema, especially in recent times...
Rob Gronkowski gets naked.
Why LGBT people have always had to “rediscover” our heroes.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman defiantly sorry for breaking Ebola quarantine.
McCartney more popular than Jesus, Madonna richer than McCartney.
Olivia Newton-John sold her house to Madonna & Sean Penn.
Whoa, check out Barbie's box!
Does Michael Sam think he's not in the NFL because he's gay?
Olympic legend John Carlos criticizes Charles Barkley's “scumbags” comments.
Elton John defends his ongoing friendship with Rush Limbaugh.
Jeremy Parisi is gonna make you sweat till you bleed.
Pretty sure Coming of Age in Cherry Grove: The Invasion is a film you'll want to see...
Cleve Jones is featured in the Showtime documentary (airing tonight) called The Last One, about the rise of HIV infections. He wades into the PrEP conversation with comments underscoring the importance of prevention by any means available:
“There is kind of a controversy going on in the community right now around the issue of pre-exposure prophylaxis. Of course the slogan from my generation was that Silence = Death. I think the slogan today needs to be that Treatment = Prevention. The researchers that I’m in touch with, and I still speak with some of them, tell me that a vaccine and a cure are still years away. But we do know that people were successfully treated, people who are HIV+ are being successfully treated are very unlikely to transmit the disease. Now we know that uninfected individuals by taking one pill a day can prevent themselves from being infected. Now there’s a controversy about this.
“People are speaking in very harsh terms about young people and criticizing them for being irresponsible. There’s a lot of finger wagging, shaming and blaming going on. I wish it would stop. My message to young people and what I think everybody should be saying to these young people is that we love them. That they are beautiful. That their lives matter. That their lives have value. That the choices they make are important. We’re talking about a population that does not need to be further put down. We’re talking about a group of people who need to be raised up and shown as much as possible the promise that we’ve seen when we look at them.”