Living: February 2007

It's baaa-aaack

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2007 | 1:01 AM | comments

Remember that bill I blogged about earlier going through the Utah House to block GSA's from forming in schools, and reader Lynn pointed out in comments that it was gone? Well, it's back. From the Salt Lake Tribune (sometimes I...Read More


Respected trans woman fired for being trans

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2007 | 12:33 AM | comments

From 365gay:Largo city commissioners voted Tuesday night to fire its longtime city administrator less than a week after she disclosed she is embarking on sex reassignment. For 14 years Steven Stanton was an admired overseer of the Tama Bay community's...Read More


Cleaning out the files - more non-SJR-7 diversion (almost)

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 27, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

One thing I've discovered since becoming a contributor to this site, and searching the Internet for links or other material to support or embellish my offerings, is that I've managed to pick up some odds and ends that don't quite...Read More


Dear Michele

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 27, 2007 | 8:16 AM | comments

Q. Dear Michele, I have kind of a complicated problem with a guy. He and I dated for a while about five years ago, off and on, for about half a year. He was plenty nice and the sex...Read More


The politics of personal destruction

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2007 | 10:41 PM | comments

As some of you might have heard, last week was a really rough one for me. After leading the impromptu protest at the Statehouse, things have turned toward the ugly. While there is a small faction within the LGBT community...Read More


This week's poll

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2007 | 7:56 PM | comments

Take Our Poll from PollDaddy.com What do you think will happen to SJR-7 now that it is going to the house? Will it be amended? Will it steamroll right through the legislature as-is? Or will they kill it completely?...Read More


SB289 - a stealth companion of SJR-7?

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 26, 2007 | 7:28 AM | comments

We all know how proponents and opponents of SJR-7 are arguing over whether the text of that proposed "Marriage" amendment is crystal-clear or river-bottom muddy, what it means and what it doesn't. It now seems that a companion piece of...Read More


A short "time out" from SJR-7 - a 92 county perspective

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 25, 2007 | 7:48 AM | comments

As you know many, if not most, of my posts have been on the subject of SJR-7. And I need a little break on a Sunday morning. So indulge me with a little diversion as I tell you about a...Read More


Ex-gayism is one big yo' mama joke

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2007 | 2:27 PM | comments

If you spend enough time going through the literature of people who sell ex-gayism as a cure, you begin to hear a near-constant blame-the-parents message. Sure, if their cure doesn't work, they blame you, but when they talk about why...Read More


My objection over-ruled.....by me

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 24, 2007 | 8:28 AM | comments

Yesterday I took issue with something in an item by Thomas Nolan, a Purdue student writing in the Purdue Exponent, appeared to imply about SJR-7 being unconstitutional. Fellow contributor Alex Blaze posted a comment saying he didn't think that was...Read More


Those parents in Massachusetts got their suit tossed

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 23, 2007 | 4:14 PM | comments

That Massachusetts couple suing the school district because the book King and King was read in school, brainwashing their kids into the homosexual agenda, just had their suit dismissed. They thought the school was out of order. The judge told...Read More


Would SJR-7 be constitutional? yes, but......

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 23, 2007 | 7:19 AM | comments

Yesterday Bil posted and quoted extensively from an item written in the Purdue Exponent by Thomas Nolan, a sophomore in the School of Mechanical Engineering. I applaud and agree with Nolan's opposition to SJR-7 as being repugnant to the very...Read More


Thank you!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2007 | 8:46 PM | comments

Thanks to the beautiful reader who saw my clip about needing a new digital camera. My new camera will get lots of use! Thank you for the support and love!...Read More


I'm not a lawyer - I just play one on the internet

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 12:42 AM | comments

Utah's state legislature just passed a bill to restrict GSA's in that state. More from 365gay.com:The bill would allow schools to ban clubs they believe would threaten the "moral well-being" of students or faculty. It would require parents to sign...Read More


Fort Wayne area principal retaliates against pro-gay student editorial

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2007 | 5:03 PM | comments

Speaking of high school, some Woodlan school administrators are acting pretty adolescent themselves. The principal is all mad over a student editorial in the school paper that said that it's OK to be gay. You can read the full text...Read More


NJ schools have to fight systemic harassment (Oh, hell yes)

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2007 | 4:17 PM | comments

From the Daily Record:Public schools can be held liable for repeated, prolonged student-on-student sexual harassment, the state Supreme Court ruled today in a case brought by a New Jersey boy who contended he was victimized by years of homophobic taunts...Read More


Coming together

Filed by Bil Browning | February 20, 2007 | 11:51 PM | comments

There's been a lot going on lately and I haven't gotten a chance to talk about something that's very important to me. On Sunday night I was witness to a remarkable and empowering experience. A little background... I truly and...Read More


The Anger Gap

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2007 | 10:29 PM | comments

Jeffrey Feldman has a great post up over at the Huffington Post about answering the anti-Christian charge that conservatives often level at liberals, especially during the recent Edwards campaign hullabaloo. One thing that I found really interesting was in a...Read More


Episcopalians rebuked over the Issue that Dare not Speak Its Name

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2007 | 1:04 PM | comments

In a move that was called unprecedented, the Anglican hierarchy has rebuked American Episcopalians for being OK with the gay. The NY Times article is good, but the Washington Post article says it more concisely:Anglican leaders concluded their five-day meeting...Read More


Heather Poe, ya better take note...

Filed by Julien A. Sharp | February 20, 2007 | 10:44 AM | comments

You could be on the wrong end of this story someday if you and l'il Mary (Cheney) have a l'il tiff that results in, er...irreconcilable differences. Having a baby "together" in Virginia?? What were you thinking ?!?!? I mean, this...Read More


Read the Fine Print rally a success

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 5:50 PM | comments

Today's "Read the Fine Print" rally at the Statehouse was a success, I think. About 500-600 people gathered at the Statehouse rotunda to demand that Indiana's LGBT citizens get the same rights as other Hoosiers. Indiana Equality and HRC sponsored...Read More


Read the Fine Print rally a success

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 5:50 PM | comments

Today's "Read the Fine Print" rally at the Statehouse was a success, I think. About 500-600 people gathered at the Statehouse rotunda to demand that Indiana's LGBT citizens get the same rights as other Hoosiers. Indiana Equality and HRC sponsored...Read More


Update on Mark Lee

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 9:12 AM | comments

You might remember that I brought you the news of Mark Lee's carjacking and his appeal to the community to assist him in finding his car and bringing the perpetrator to justice. Good news! Mark's car has been found and,...Read More


Connect the dots

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2007 | 9:15 PM | comments

Let's take a closer look at Brandt Hershman - author of SJR-7 and chief proponent. Good old Brandt has realized that he's no longer able to whip folks into a fury with the gay boogieman. Hoosiers point out that a...Read More


Anglican split deepens

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 16, 2007 | 11:22 AM | comments

Because it hasn't really widened. From the AP via The Houma Courier:Seven conservative Anglican leaders refused Friday to take Holy Communion with the head of the U.S. branch of the church, who supports ordaining gays and blessing same-sex unions, as...Read More


Anti-Defamation League testimony

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 7:16 PM | comments

At yesterday's hearing on the hate crimes bill, several individuals testified about the importance of passing the bill. Testifying were: Carl Brizzi (Marion County Prosecutor)Earl Morgan (Director, Indianapolis Department of Public Safety)Abigail Seif, (Anti-Defamation League, Chicago office)Cornell Burris (President, Greater...Read More


Getting Intimate

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 15, 2007 | 3:53 PM | comments

Hopefully the lovin' feelings that are traditionally stirred by a big red holiday like Valentine's Day have not yet worn off - it was, afterall, only yesterday. My newsletter this month was about intimacy. I thought I'd share the text...Read More


Blog Wars: Indy Style

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 15, 2007 | 3:05 PM | comments

This is too funny to leave alone... It seems that Jennifer Wagner of Taking Down Words (and former bilerico.com contributor) and Matt Tully of the Indy Star (and his own semi-blog) are having a bit of a blog war. Wednesday,...Read More


Gay man victimized then verbally abused by IMPD officer

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 9:05 AM | comments

A friend of mine, Mark Lee, gave me a call last night. You might know Mark too - he's a well-known local photographer and has shot several local LGBT couples for various organizations and his own show. Mark was recently...Read More


The Big Lie III: "Terms of Art" and other Social Conservative Red Herrings

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 15, 2007 | 6:55 AM | comments

Hoosier social conservatives have called in their out-of-state hired guns, this one in the person of Chris Stovall, an attorney out of Arizona, who publishes in this morning's Indianapolis Star. (Arizona, incidentally, land of Goldwater western conservatives, voted down their...Read More


The Big Lie II

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 14, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

I think it's important for the media to understand the conflation of two strategies at work among Republicans, business interests, and academic interests in the legislature, whether friend or foe. As educated press rooms, editorial boards, reporters and blogs around...Read More


Did I shovel the drive-way this afternoon?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2007 | 3:43 PM | comments

The snow is piling up here in Indiana and quite a few of the schools are closed. So, instead of being locked in my house, I did what every respectable ex-urban does when it snows: I shoveled the drive-way. The...Read More


My Fellow Central Indiana Republicans: Time to Smell the Coffee

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 13, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

I sat yesterday sipping a drink with a fellow Republican holding close to vest the name of another Republican thought capable of beating Bart Peterson. In my opinion, it was delusional. I don't think the ramifications on Marion County politics...Read More


Klan presence increases in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 3:58 PM | comments

Well, color me surprised. Membership in the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana has soared. I wonder what could be causing that? Hmmmm. Let's think about what hateful, discriminatory laws and attitudes have been floating around the state lately? Hmmmmm. Could...Read More


SJR-7 passes the Senate

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 3:35 PM | comments

The Indiana State Senate has passed SJR-7, the proposed amendment to the constitution that would not only outlaw same-sex marriage, but would also strip all unmarried couples of hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, domestic partner benefits, civil unions and domestic...Read More


Vacation with Ex-Flingy-Thingy

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 12, 2007 | 3:16 PM | comments

While my girlfriend and I were split up she made plans to go on a vacation with a woman she was seeing during our "off" time. We have since reunited and she is planning to follow-through with her plans, which...Read More


Laugh Out Loud

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 2:20 PM | comments

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Help Helen help you

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 6:16 AM | comments

This weekend at a dinner party I was talking to Carl Brizzi's Chief of Staff, Helen Marchal. We were talking about the proposed hate crimes law and I promised her that I would ask bilerico readers to help her to...Read More


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Quote of the Day

Filed by Ed Team | February 10, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

"The Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. Committee members would have served their constituents better by addressing serious concerns about the proposal. They should have considered, too,...Read More


It's Not Just the Bigotry...

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 09, 2007 | 6:37 PM | comments

It's the hypocrisy. By now, readers of this blog know that a Michigan court--ruling on language very similar to the language in "clause B" of SJR-7--said "The marriage amendment's plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any...Read More


Shakes keeps her job!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2007 | 5:54 PM | comments

It looks like Melissa gets to keep her job after all. From the JohnEdwards08 blog comes Edwards's statement on the bloggers: The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not...Read More


SJR7-Watch your Indiana legislators in session

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 08, 2007 | 7:01 AM | comments

It's likely that Senator Hershman will bring up SJR7 for second reading in the Indiana Senate this afternoon (Thursday 2/08). If approved it will be eligible for third reading which I understand would likely happen next week. Live sessions of...Read More


Did Mr. Deity really help the Colts?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2007 | 11:50 AM | comments

With all the hullabaloo over Tony Dungy and the Colts' recent brushes with homophobia, I thought that this was really funny. In the clip, God (Mr. Deity) holds a press conference to talk about whether or not he really helps...Read More


Did Mr. Deity really help the Colts?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2007 | 11:50 AM | comments

With all the hullabaloo over Tony Dungy and the Colts' recent brushes with homophobia, I thought that this was really funny. In the clip, God (Mr. Deity) holds a press conference to talk about whether or not he really helps...Read More


On God and football outcomes

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 07, 2007 | 9:10 AM | comments

All of the discussion concerning Tony Dungy's referencing God as an important, if not decisive force in the Colts' Superbowl success leads me to offer this insightful Andrew Sullivan post yesterday. It doesn't deal directly with divine sports intervention, but...Read More


Snickers goes nuts with the Colts

Filed by Bil Browning | February 06, 2007 | 7:29 PM | comments

If you blinked you might have missed this story. I didn't get a chance to blog about it yesterday and by now it's a completely different story. Think back to Sunday's game. Do you remember the Snickers commercial that showed...Read More


Rally at the Statehouse!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 05, 2007 | 8:00 PM | comments

This coming Thursday, Planned Parenthood will be holding a rally at the Indiana Statehouse to advocate for "Prevention First" legislation. The proposed legislation aims at fighting right-wing religious doctrines that are currently invading sexual education curriculum. It also serves to...Read More


Blending Families

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 05, 2007 | 7:00 AM | comments

Q. My partner was previously married to a man with whom she had two children, now 17 and 13. Their father is involved and accepting of our relationship, but the kids have trouble accepting me in their life as a...Read More


"Read The Fine Print": Part II - SJR7 and the fresh eggs dilemma

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 02, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Wednesday I re-commenced a series designed to try and put SJR7, the so-called "Marriage Amendment" proposed to become part of the Indiana Constitution, into more "non-lawyer friendly" language. To begin, let's forget about SJR7's second paragraph for a moment (a...Read More


Talking to Mom

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

I'm spending today at the 2007 Indiana Counseling Association Educational Conference working at the PFLAG/IYG/YAD booth. (That's Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Indiana Youth Group, and Youth and Diversity for those of you from out of state.)...Read More


Talking to Mom

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

I'm spending today at the 2007 Indiana Counseling Association Educational Conference working at the PFLAG/IYG/YAD booth. (That's Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Indiana Youth Group, and Youth and Diversity for those of you from out of state.)...Read More