Happy Hump Day Headlines: Civil Unions, Ally Athletes, and Coming Outs

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Colorado Rainbow Get ready for a double rainbow Colorado -- the House is expected to follow the Senate in passing a civil unions bill. Photo by Madhubala Naicker.
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
It's Wednesday, and we're pushing through to the weekend. Here's some of the good news we're reading this morning.

Colorado Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

The third time's the charm for the Colorado Senate, which easily passed a civil unions bill Monday. Previous attempts to pass the bill were stalled by a Republican-controlled Senate. Now that Democrats have a 20-15 majority, the bill passed without debate. That voters elected the first gay speaker couldn't have hurt. The bill is expected to pass in the House and Gov. John Hickenlooper has indicated he will sign it into law. "Committed gay and lesbian couples in the state have been waiting for years - 10, 20, even 40 years - to have their relationships protected," One Colorado Executive Director Brad Clark says. Read more at the Gay Star News.

Kobe Bryant Schools Fan on Anti-Gay Slurs

LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant called out a Twitter follower for using "gay" as an insult. Bryant was penalized last April for using an anti-gay slur in a game and says he learned from the experience and owns his mistake. "Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using 'your gay' as a way to put someone down ain't ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab," Bryant tweeted. Read more at ESPN.

Clatsop Community College Board Member Comes Out as Trans

Jim Scheller, a Clatsop Community College Board member, came out as transgender in a profile in the Daily Astorian Monday. According to the article, Scheller decided to finally embrace what he calls his "feminine shadow" after seeing a presentation on transgender issues by Basic Rights Oregon staffer tash shatz. “I encourage all people to be honest about who they really are and being honest and out about who I really am is one of the most therapeutic and positive things I have ever done in my life," Scheller says. Read more at the Daily Astorian. What are you reading this morning?