Gay Icons and History: June 2009

Welcome to Your White House

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The title of this post is one of the first things President Obama said yesterday at the Stonewall commemoration at the White House yesterday. Were there cocktails? Yes. But this was not a typical cocktail party. Were there many "A-listers?"...Read More


Clubland's Wonder Woman: Kristine W interview

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 29, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Scott David recently interviewed dance music artist Kristine W for Bilerico Project. She has had 13 No. 1 Billboard Dance hits and is one of the best selling dance artists of all time. The singer took...Read More


Two quick hits from Projectors

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Two quick hits from the "What do Bilerico Project contributors do when they're not blogging for the site?" department. The answer? They write for large mainstream newspapers! Here are two must-read articles from Bilerico contributors that were published yesterday and...Read More


Gay NYC Marching Bloggers in front of Stonewall on the 40th Anniversary

Filed by Father Tony | June 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

We assembled on 54th Street at 11:30 AM Sunday June 28, 2009 with our group in Section 8 (of 12 - largest gay pride New York City parade ever). FIrst time the gay bloggers and digital activists marched as...Read More


Sitting About the Gay Campfire of History

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I quipped to a friend about 2 hours into one of last week's events, a reunion of the Gay Liberation Front; All we need is a small fire and some marshmallows. This is like a gay campfire, ghost stories included....Read More


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Stonewall: A Photo Retrospective

Filed by John Shields | June 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Bilerico Team thought we'd make a photo spread surrounding that small tavern in Greenwich Village that changed our world. The death of Judy Garland, coupled with the hate and...Read More


40 Years Across the Table, Stonewall Vets Talk with LGBT Youth

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 28, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

[E ditor's Note: Carl Siciliano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, whose mission is to help homeless LGBT youth be safe and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. For moreinformation go to...Read More


Michael Jackson: Goodnight, Sweet Prince...or Princess

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 26, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

It was an amazing night, with recession, war, torture and politics put on hold as people all over the world turned out for Michael Jackson. Even conservative CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer turned to mush before our eyes as he...Read More


Stonewall police officer speaks

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Unsurprisingly, one of the police officers involved in the Stonewall raid 40 years ago thinks that their actions were right. Surprisingly, he seemed surprised that anyone would think they were homophobic: When pressed about the motivation for the raid, Pine,...Read More


Thanks, Frank!

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 25, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Jaime Grant is the director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She holds a Ph.D. in Women's Studies from the Union Institute and has offered a course in social movements at Georgetown...Read More


Apology Accepted

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 25, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

You know you are at an official political event when there are no less than four American flags on stage. But I could not have been prouder to be an American yesterday when Dr. Frank Kameny received a long-overdue apology...Read More


US Government apologizes to Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

One of the skills I don't practice often enough is the ability to apologize. But how often does a government apologize for anything? The US Government apologized to Dr. Frank Kameny today for dismissing him from his job 52 years...Read More


Transgender rights, the President's memo and legal history

Filed by Nan Hunter | June 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I've gotten so many questions about legal issues related to federal employees in the past week of Obummer-ness that I thought it might be useful to provide a bit of historical context. In my blog's post about the memorandum that...Read More


"The Times of Harvey Milk" now on YouTube

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

YouTube has recently put up the amazing documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" in its entirety. Everyone should watch this great piece of LGBT history, with interviews and footage from Milk's life and death. (h/t Joe.My.God.)...Read More


Tony Kushner gets political

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Playwright Tony Kushner of Angels in America fame gave an interview to CNN recently that focused on Minneapolis's three month long "Kushner Celebration." While most of the piece is on his plays and the upcoming festival (which includes his new...Read More


40-year-old table

Filed by Eric Leven | June 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

On Saturday The Ali Forney Center hosted a panel discussion on the involvement of queer youth during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The panel consisted of two actual Stonewall Riot participants, Martin Boyce and Tommy Lanigan Schmidt as well as Ali...Read More


Was Jesus Gay? The Detective Story Continues

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 14, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

This subject has fascinated me for many years. Most of us agree on the importance of claiming some great historical figures, provided there is evidence. But with Jesus, what some of us view as "evidence" is that heart-throbbing incident in...Read More


Capital Pride Festival - It's Time to Shake Up "The System"

Filed by John Shields | June 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

From New York City to San Francisco to our nation's capital, I've been to - and in - many Pride parades and festivals across this country. Arguably the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, New York City has to lay...Read More


Stonewall Rebooted

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

On an early morning flight from Orlando, after appearing at the 19th Annual Gay Days at Disneyworld, I was "sirred" twice by a cab driver and flight attendant. All before 7 a.m. I would have thought the brand new faux...Read More


Introducing Annise Parker

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 05, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

One of the first mayoral elections I was eligible to participate in back home after I turned 18 the previous year was the historic 1981 one in which we elected city controller Kathy Whitmire our first female mayor. The road...Read More


Driving Mr. Kameny

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last night we kicked off Capital Pride week here in Washington, DC. The opening event is one that I love for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is held inside (gotta love the humidity here). The...Read More