This Week in Alts: Eleanor Roosevelt's great lesbian love affair, the breakthrough in medicine you've never heard of, and more
By By Anna Walsh
Jan 09, 2015 | 4:04 PM
East Bay Express, "Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair" Eleanor Roosevelt is famous for a lot of things—championing for women and the underprivileged, being the longest-serving (and probably most influential) first lady in the U.S., that one quote about feeling inferior that everyone posts on Facebook all the time. But there is one fact about her that is not nearly as well-known as it should be: She had a 30-year love affair with Lorena Hickok, "a top reporter for the Associated Press in New York and the nation's best-known female journalist in the 1930s." In this review of the one-woman play "Hick: A Love Story," writer Anna Pulley shares some of the utterly adorable details of their relationship, "including Eleanor's response to Hick's presumption that Eleanor had never been intimate with women before: 'I went to English boarding school.'" Do tell, Eleanor.
Missoula Independent, "A Mind of His Own" Modern medical research tends to work under the assumption that every distinct disease will require a distinct treatment. But Dr. Walt Peschel may have discovered a cocktail of generic drugs that would treat the underlying root of many progressive diseases: inflammation. Anecdotally, his cocktail has helped people with everything from Parkinson's disease to hypertension to diabetes; one doctor called it "potentially a breakthrough discovery" and likened it to the discovery of penicillin. So why isn't this discovery international news? The short answer: the politics of medicine, funding problems, and Peschel himself.
Houston Press, "40 Weeks Later, No One Has Been Charged With the Murders of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson" "The bodies were impossible to miss. They were the first thing the beer-truck delivery man saw when he stepped out to haul the trash to the dumpster behind the little convenience store on Bolivar Point on Friday morning, March 7, 2014. They'd been left in a messy pile and could almost be mistaken for stacked mannequins if it weren't for the trail of blood dribbling toward the street." When the bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, two black 24-year-old women from Houston who had been dating for two years, were discovered, it garnered national coverage and inspired gay-rights groups to host candlelight vigils. But now the hype has passed, and the chief suspect in the murder, Britney's father, has still not been charged with murder. Houston Press provides an in-depth profile of Crystal and Britney's lives, and their relationship. Britney's cousin told the paper, "They seemed good for each other. They were like a power couple, and they were always together. I never saw two people so attached."