Newark, New Jersey, Councilwoman Dana Rone, one of two out black officials in the Garden State, is setting a new leadership standard by emphasizing nongay issues while still being open about her sexual orientation.  Elected onto the city council in May, Rone, a lifelong Newark resident, is the city’s first openly gay council member and one of only a handful of openly gay officials in the state. Next month, Rone will be one of nine people honored for her activism by Garden State Equality.  Read more.

Migon Moore (pictured), a professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been studying race and its effect on lesbian minorities for her book “Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood Among Black and Latina Women in New York.” Though her study is not yet complete, the message thus far is that the life experiences of gays in minority communities is rarely as homogenous as it may seem to the outside observer. Moore’s study of issues of class and race within the gay community have earned her various honors and accolades.  Read more.

A Lesbian’s Life, Inc. is looking for the hottest lesbian kiss.  The first place winner will receive $500. They’re asking women to send photos of their hottest kiss.  It could be a photo of you and your partner, girlfriend, one-night stand or a ‘special friend’.
They’ll post selected pictures on their website and give you an opportunity to comment on the photo you think is the hottest by posting in the blog below.  The contest ends March 31, 2007 and the winners announced on April 1, 2007.  For contest rules and details, click here.