The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. "Why NBA Center Jason Collins Is Coming Out Now" [Excerpt] by Jason Collins (Ft. Franz Lidz)

Collins' aunt, Teri Jackson, is a judge for the Superior Court of California’s Asbestos/CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) Department.

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Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? "Why NBA Center Jason Collins Is Coming Out Now" [Excerpt] by Jason Collins (Ft. Franz Lidz)

This is a play on the theory of six degrees of separation — first introduced by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy — which states:

Everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of 'a friend of a friend' statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Source: “Three Degrees of Jason Collins” here

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I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. "Why NBA Center Jason Collins Is Coming Out Now" [Excerpt] by Jason Collins (Ft. Franz Lidz)

Interestingly enough, Collins isn’t the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.

That title goes to Sheryl Swoopes — the first player to be signed to the WNBA when it was created and commonly referred to as the “female Michael Jordan” — who came out in 2005 in an interview with ESPN.

Another big name in the WNBA, Britney Griner, has come out as well.

Collins is the first openly gay male athlete playing in a major American team sport, though!

Source: WNBA star becomes only openly gay player active in pro team sports

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But obviously this is a special national conference, because it’s been nearly a hundred years since the first health clinic of what later would become Planned Parenthood opened its doors to women in Brooklyn. Remarks by the President at the Planned Parenthood Conference (April 26, 2013) by President Barack Obama

In 1916, Margaret Higgins Sanger — an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse — opened up the first ever birth control clinic in the United States in Brooklyn, New York, with the help of her sister and a friend. Because of this, she was thrown in jail.

Roughly two decades later, the clinic organized into the American Birth Control League and remained one of the only birth control organizations in the United States until the 60s.

In 1942 the American Birth Control League was folded into what is now referred to as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Cecile, thank you for the warm introduction, and thank you for the outstanding leadership that you’ve shown over the years. You just do a great, great job. Remarks by the President at the Planned Parenthood Conference (April 26, 2013) by President Barack Obama

Cecile Richards is the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and “is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights.”

She is the daughter of Ann Richards, a former Texas Democratic governor.

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Delta Gamma now considers this matter closed. Letter Circulating Online by Delta Gamma (National)

These three animated GIFs probably sum up every range of emotion felt by the Delta Gamma National chapter regarding the email:

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Delta Gamma has accepted the resignation of one of its members whose email relating to a social event has been widely distributed and publicized through social media and traditional media channels. Letter Circulating Online by Delta Gamma (National)

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We remember his commitment to reaching across the aisle to unlikely allies like Ted Kennedy, because he believed that we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some; Remarks at the George W. Bush Library Dedication (Transcript) by President Barack Obama

A reference to the No Child Left Behind Act, which pushes standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education.

The Act expanded the federal role in public education through annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, teacher qualifications, and funding changes.

Initially sponsored by Ted Kennedy, the bill passed the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support, was signed by President Bush, and was enacted January 8th of 2002.

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And that’s why every President gains a greater appreciation for all those who served before him; Remarks at the George W. Bush Library Dedication (Transcript) by President Barack Obama

This appreciation for previous presidents isn’t reserved solely for presidents. A recent ABC News/Washington Post survey (released Tuesday, April 23, 2013) pegged Bush with a 14 percentage point increase in approval ratings from January 2009, when he stood at 33 percent in the same poll.

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This is a Texas-sized party. Remarks at the George W. Bush Library Dedication (Transcript) by President Barack Obama

Interestingly enough, “Texas-sized” is considered a unit of measurement, albeit an unusual one. The expression itself can be used in two ways: to describe something that is approximately the size of the state of Texas, or to describe something (usually but not always originating from Texas) that is large compared to other objects of its type.

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