Stuff Queer People Need To Know (follow them @SQPNTK) has just shared that the multi-talented dancer, photographer, student and current Miss New York Claire Buffie will be the first Miss America competitor to run on “Straight for Equality: Let’s Talk” platform, which will focusing on all aspects of equality for the LGBT community. Buffie told the Advocate that the major reason she stuck with the competition is her passion for her platform: improving the climate for LGBT youths in schools, and breaking stigma, and talking about misconceptions .
It’s to get so great to see a Beauty Queen who is an outspoken advocate for human rights. She is a real role model to young women everywhere! I’m so proud to be from NY.
via Stuff Queer People Need To Know
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Elena Kagan is the likely nominee to succeed Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court. Kagan, the current Solicitor General is the first nominee in forty years who has not served as a judge. She would be the fourth woman to serve on the court in history, joining Ginsburg, Sotomayor and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
If confirmed she will be the third women to join the bench. Three out of nine women, were getting closer to representing the sex ratio in the US.
Kagan was born to a Jewish Manhattanite family. She attended Hunter College High School and graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, with a degree in History in 1981. At Princeton, Kagan received the Daniel M. Sachs Memorial Scholarship. She went on to Worcester College in Oxford where she eventually earned a M.Phil degree in 1983. She graduated Harvard Law in 1983. After working for Williams & Connolly, a litigation firm in Washington, DC, Kagan went on to teach alongside President Obama at the University of Chicago Law School, achieving tenure in 1995. She has notably served the Clinton administration, taught at Harvard Law, where she was later appointed Dean.
As Dean she banned Military recruitment at Harvard in opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
During the Solicitor General nomination process there were rumors that Kagan is gay, which are yet to be publicly confirmed or denied but which are likely to come in to play during her confirmation. At 50 years old, Kagan would be the youngest justice on the court.
President Obama will likely make an made the official announcement nominating Kagan at 10 a.m. Monday in the East Room of the White House.
I’m excited to see how this plays out.
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