Gay Icons and History: August 2008

Better Know a Contributor: Rev. Irene Monroe

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 31, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More


Del Martin, and What Makes a Meaningful Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and...Read More


Tributes to Del

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 28, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

There has been an outpouring of public statements about the far-reaching impact of activist Del Martin's life on the LGBT community. Gavin Newsom, who attended yesterday's LGBT caucus, and learned of Martin's death minutes before, released this statement: For over...Read More


Restoring a name, March on Washington 45 years later

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 28, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Who was the man who put Brother Martin on stage and organized the gathering of "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation"? Who was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest...Read More


Senator Obama's Statement on Del Martin

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 28, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Senator Obama, and his wife Michelle, issued the following statement earlier today about the passing of Del Martin: "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear that Del Martin had passed. Del committed her life to fighting discrimination and promoting...Read More


Mourning

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 27, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

It is always hard for me to write when the topic is personal. This is such a moment. On August 27, 2008 a personal hero, transformative icon, deeply cherished role-model and my friend, Del Martin, died at the age of...Read More


There's More Than One Sports Hero

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 27, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Now that the Beijing Games are over, I'm on the warpath over the way some gay media have mis-reported our 11 out athletes' collective achievement. Search engines teem with headlines about the "gay sports hero," Matthew Mitcham, who won a...Read More


The Women Who Lead Me

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 27, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday was the 88th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, which gave women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, by one vote, a young 24-year-old Tennessee legislator named Harry Burn had been voting with the anti-suffrage forces. At...Read More


Madonna Kicks Off World Tour By Slamming McCain

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 27, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Her Madgesty kicked off her "Sticky and Sweet" tour on Monday in England and infuriated the McCain campaign by drawing comparisons between John McCain, Adolf Hitler, and Robert Mugabe. According to the Times (London) Online: Madonna . . . made...Read More


Blinded Me with Science: Devolution of the DSM

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer on issues of transgender medical policy, founder of GID Reform Advocates and an Advisory Board Member for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and TransYouth Family Advocates. She has presented papers on the psychiatric...Read More


Breaking News: Mitcham Wins Gold in Platform Diving

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Will he be the next Greg Louganis? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, Matthew Mitcham is the openly gay Australian diver who scored a colossal upset of the heavily favored Chinese divers in the very last round of dives in the...Read More


NBJC Celebrates the Life of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

WASHINGTON, DC --The fervor, passion and dedication of American Politics lost one of its greatest and colorful leaders. U.S. Congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio (D-11) passed away Wednesday evening leaving her family, a constituency and a legacy of social...Read More


Tune In, Bear Out

Filed by Eric Leven | August 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

JMG just peeped that one of my all-time favorite Bears, The Infomercial World's Billy Mays, has just landed his own reality TV Show. Back off bitches! I loved him first....Read More


Ellen DeGeneres ties the Knot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have gotten married! According to their spokesperson, they married in a private, intimate ceremony at their $29 million mansion in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. The small ceremony was attended by just 19 guests,...Read More


Why Is It Important Who is President?

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 16, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

This question keeps being asked. For those of us with memories, we have more reasons each passing year to care. I have had heroes my entire life, but nothing can color my life more than the incredible year 1968. YIKES!...Read More


Lesbian Fencer Speaks Out in Beijing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

German fencing champion Imke Duplitzer -- one of the 10 out athletes in Beijing -- may have missed a gold medal yesterday in women's individual épée, but she should get a diamond-studded platinum medal for speaking out on human rights....Read More


Olympic Games: A Century of Boycotts

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 12, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The modern Olympics are not supposed to be "political." But they are political. They are profoundly, pungently, proudly, putridly and pathetically political... and have been for 112 years. After all, they were the brain-child of a few white upper-class European...Read More


Heroes Are Sometimes Just That

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Rebecca Wininger is a member of the LGBT community in Phoenix, Arizona. She is an independent business consultant and volunteers with many worthwhile organizations who are committed to equality for all. Rebecca lives with her two Golden Retrievers...Read More


NBJC Action Fund Endorsement of Keisha Waites

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 02, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

NBJC ACTION Fund Endorses Keisha Waites for Georgia State Assembly (GA-61). Georgia resident Keisha Waites seeks to be first African American openly gay woman legislator in the state. On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 the residents of Georgia's 61st Assembly District...Read More