Living: March 2007

We need you NOW!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 31, 2007 | 2:51 PM | comments

[UPDATE FROM THE AVA WEBSITE:] This fundraising appeal has been suspended. Attorneys for the AVA have raised concerns over whether this activity would jeopardize our 501(c)(3) status since this could be considered political lobbying. We are continuing to work with...Read More


Emmis Communication joins companies opposing SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2007 | 5:46 PM | comments

Another big announcement on the SJR-7 front! Today Emmis Communications announced their opposition to SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Emmis joins Cummins Engine, Wellpoint, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly in pointing out the...Read More


Call Me a Worry-wort

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | March 30, 2007 | 5:31 PM | comments

My first experience with gay rights activism in Indianapolis was in 1992. I had just become the Executive Director of the Indiana ACLU. There were wonderful, committed people working for the community, at the legislature and with the media, but...Read More


Open Thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

For the past two days I've been asking you all pretty cliche questions (Who do you support of the presidential nominees on the Democratic/Republican side?) to try to get some good debates going in the comments only to get the...Read More


SJR-7: Gary Bauer and the Concerned Women for America: An Inconvenient Truth

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 30, 2007 | 8:27 AM | comments

If you want more proof that Senator Brandt Hershman and other proponents of SJR-7 aren't being totally upfront when they claim it would still allow the General Assembly to enact civil unions and make laws bestowing similar benefits, all you...Read More


The Pro-Cancer forces at the statehouse

Filed by Jen Jorczak | March 29, 2007 | 5:35 PM | comments

As if you needed any more proof that certain members of the Indiana General Assembly are truly anti-sex, seven of our favorite Representatives today offered no less than twelve inane amendments to Senate Bill 327. Senate Bill 327, if you...Read More


The Pro-Cancer forces at the statehouse

Filed by Jen Jorczak | March 29, 2007 | 5:35 PM | comments

As if you needed any more proof that certain members of the Indiana General Assembly are truly anti-sex, seven of our favorite Representatives today offered no less than twelve inane amendments to Senate Bill 327. Senate Bill 327, if you...Read More


Profiles in Cowardice - Rep. Milo Smith

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 29, 2007 | 5:08 PM | comments

Today's profile is on Rep. Milo Smith (R - Columbus). It's appropriate to point out here that Smith represents my home town and most of my family lives in his district - House District 59. Recently, Mr. Smith was quoted...Read More


Profiles in Cowardice - Rep. Milo Smith

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 29, 2007 | 5:08 PM | comments

Today's profile is on Rep. Milo Smith (R - Columbus). It's appropriate to point out here that Smith represents my home town and most of my family lives in his district - House District 59. Recently, Mr. Smith was quoted...Read More


130 clergy members mad as hell over SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2007 | 4:19 PM | comments

Yesterday's e-mail brought a welcome press release from the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) announcing a letter the organization just sent to the General Assembly. The letter, signed by 130 "Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals,"...Read More


130 clergy members mad as hell over SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2007 | 4:19 PM | comments

Yesterday's e-mail brought a welcome press release from the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) announcing a letter the organization just sent to the General Assembly. The letter, signed by 130 "Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals,"...Read More


Interesting tidbits from the latest Star article on SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2007 | 11:18 AM | comments

This morning's Star has an article on SJR-7 that has some points I wanted to pick up and comment on. The piece focuses on Lilly's opposition to the proposed amendment, but some of the sections stood out to me. (All...Read More


Open Thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 29, 2007 | 10:48 AM | comments

OK, as a continuation of yesterday's question, if you knew for certain that the Democratic nominee would be president, who would you support during the primary?...Read More


The Colts put out a statement on Dungy controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 | 1:53 PM | comments

The Colts released a statement yesterday in response to Coach Dungy's appearance at the Indiana Family Institute's banquet and the controversy that has arisen because of it. I actually think it's a pretty darn good statement. While they defend Dungy's...Read More


Open Thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 28, 2007 | 8:54 AM | comments

If you knew for certain that the Republican candidate for president would win the general election, who would you support in the primary right now?...Read More


Lawrence school board promotes tolerance

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 | 12:06 AM | comments

Sources say that the Lawrence Township school district approved adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the non-discrimination policies. The vote was unanimous. While only a few people spoke against the policy, several testified in favor. I couldn't find anything...Read More


Lawrence school board promotes tolerance

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 | 12:06 AM | comments

Sources say that the Lawrence Township school district approved adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the non-discrimination policies. The vote was unanimous. While only a few people spoke against the policy, several testified in favor. I couldn't find anything...Read More


Soulforcers arrested in Louisville

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 27, 2007 | 12:41 PM | comments

Remember Albert Mohler? The leader of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who supported eugenics of queer people about a month ago? Yeah, well, apparently calling yourself Christian and calling for genocide isn't the way to get on Soulforce's good side....Read More


Open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 27, 2007 | 8:03 AM | comments

I've been looking to find queer blogs from France, Canada, Britain, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and Australia to follow, to keep up with the news. I googled for about an hour and I've decided to put it off for a while...Read More


Tomorrow The Family Circus will just be a blockquote from MyDD

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 26, 2007 | 10:47 PM | comments

I had to share this with you all. Apparently what passes for a "comic" these days is linking to a blog. Like Ed Tinsley, creator of Mallard Fillmore and Hoosier, has just given up on any facade of doing...Read More


Open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 26, 2007 | 11:49 AM | comments

How did you spend this first weekend of spring?...Read More


Tony Dungy and the whole shebang

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2007 | 6:29 PM | comments

So I have to admit, I've never seen this much attention paid to bilerico.com as I have over the Tony Dungy/Indiana Family Institute story. From the Associated Press to Sports Illustrated, from Pam's House Blend to Stampede Blue (a Colts...Read More


Friday Open Thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 23, 2007 | 9:53 AM | comments

Thinking of questions that people will like is hard. So the question today is: What sorts of questions would you all like to discuss? Culture, Indiana politics, national politics, personal information, science, history, anything? Any ideas for the question of...Read More


SJR-7: A well conducted hearing

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 23, 2007 | 8:20 AM | comments

Before much more time passes, I wanted to note for the record my appreciation for the manner in which House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee Chairman Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) conducted the hearing on SJR-7 last Wednesday. There had been...Read More


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Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | March 23, 2007 | 6:43 AM | comments

The following is the testimony by Professor Keith Bowman of Purdue University before the House committee hearing on SJR-7. Keith is a regular bilerico reader and we're all very proud of him for his excellent testimony and his strength under...Read More


Curiouser and Curiouser...

Filed by Carrie Wooten | March 22, 2007 | 10:15 PM | comments

With the discovery and subsequent identification of Wade Steffey's body on Monday in a Purdue dormitory's high-voltage utility room, rumors and speculation have erupted on campus with many believing there is more than meets the eye with Wade's death. Wade...Read More


Ask God

Filed by Michele O'Mara | March 22, 2007 | 10:00 PM | comments

Q. why do you think gays should be in heaven? if you are not living your life according to god why should you enter?in the bible it says a man onto a woman also didnt god destroy sodom and gomarah...Read More


Michael Savage: "You know, I'm sick" and Open Thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 22, 2007 | 1:25 PM | comments

Oh, we all knew, Michael. Check out the whole thing at the Blend. So, question: Does Michael Savage suck or does he suck majorly? Discuss....Read More


Let's play catch up

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2007 | 6:58 PM | comments

So today has been one hectic day, eh? First there was the Tony Dungy story. While most of us fully expected Coach Dungy to steer clear of any political landmines, the coach threw himself into the fray with glee. Even...Read More


Apologies all around... and Open Thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 21, 2007 | 8:13 AM | comments

My apologies, mentioned in the title of this post, because I can't help but laugh at this. It's just so over-the-top that I find it funny. Sorry! Because it really isn't funny at all - these folks are serious....Read More


Dungy "embraces" homophobia

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2007 | 7:10 AM | comments

At last night's Indiana Family Institute dinner, Colts coach Tony Dungy announced his support of SJR-7 and his belief in the superiority of heterosexual marriage. Reporter Bobby King called shortly after the dinner for a quote and I provided one...Read More


Dungy "embraces" homophobia

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2007 | 7:10 AM | comments

At last night's Indiana Family Institute dinner, Colts coach Tony Dungy announced his support of SJR-7 and his belief in the superiority of heterosexual marriage. Reporter Bobby King called shortly after the dinner for a quote and I provided one...Read More


Woodlan High School principal further retaliates against school paper

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 20, 2007 | 11:38 PM | comments

Man, oh, man. Remember that school newspaper advisor, Amy Sorrell, at Woodlan High school who was reprimanded for allowing an opinion piece to be published that said it was OK to be gay? Well, she's in more trouble now. She's...Read More


The story that never dies

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 20, 2007 | 10:28 PM | comments

Tonight was the Indiana Family Institute banquet/fundraiser and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy was the guest of honor. (For those who've been under a rock for the past couple of months, go here here or here for background on this...Read More


The story that never dies

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 20, 2007 | 10:28 PM | comments

Tonight was the Indiana Family Institute banquet/fundraiser and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy was the guest of honor. (For those who've been under a rock for the past couple of months, go here here or here for background on this...Read More


Guest post by Anita Brown

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2007 | 3:17 PM | comments

The following is a guest post by Anita Brown, a Ball State student and community organizer. If you can assist Anita, please send her an e-mail. Members of GLBT Collegiate Community: I am a graduate of Ball State University and...Read More


WTF?!?!?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2007 | 6:57 AM | comments

I don't think I really need to say anything about this one. It speaks for itself. Consider this today's open thread. Whattaya think? Naked middle school principal found with sex toys watching gay porn in office (when arrested for dealing...Read More


Remember our youth

Filed by Bil Browning | March 18, 2007 | 9:32 AM | comments

It's hard enough to be a kid. Sometimes we get all caught up in politics and pointing out the homophobia and bigotry of our fellow citizens and we forget what it's like to grow up wondering what the hell...Read More


Laura sends her love

Filed by Bil Browning | March 14, 2007 | 8:38 PM | comments

After last week's terrific Nuvo article focusing on Eric Miller, author Laura McPhee took considerable heat for not crediting Advance Indiana's Gary Welsh for a lot of the research and blogging he's done on the topic. While AI focuses on...Read More


IPS/Lawrence Township schools support diversity

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2007 | 4:04 PM | comments

Today's Indianapolis Star has a story about Indianapolis Public Schools and Lawrence Township Schools. With all the negative publicity some local schools have been getting, it's nice to see a pin-point of light. What are these two districts doing? They're...Read More


A one woman machine!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2007 | 2:16 PM | comments

Annette Gross, president of Indy PFLAG and a former bilerico contributor, rocks! She is truly an inspiration to me - and I thought I'd share why... I spoke at the PFLAG meeting yesterday afternoon where Annette spent several hours preparing...Read More


Say it ain't so!

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 12, 2007 | 10:17 AM | comments

The governor of Utah announced that he'll sign that toxic anti-GSA bill into law. (I may have mentioned it here, here, and here.) I'm really trying to understand the point of this. We know we have a group of kids...Read More


Einstein's brain, DP benefits, tiny robots, Hershman and SJR-7...what a mix!

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 12, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Anytime I hear the term "brain drain" the one in my own cranial cavity conjures up Albert Einstein. After his demise in 1955, his superintelligent topper was preserved while the rest of him became ashes. It was the subject of...Read More


Soulforce Equality Riders arrested at Notre Dame

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2007 | 1:13 PM | comments

Friday night, several of the Equality Riders went on the Notre Dame campus to place a wreath of flowers on the memorial of a gay Notre Dame alum who served in the navy. They were joined by two Notre Dame...Read More


Indy Star trips over own feet: Finds Dungy story

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2007 | 10:11 AM | comments

Well, whattaya know? The Indianapolis Star has realized that there is a story in the whole Tony Dungy controversy - a month and a half after everyone else did. You can tell that they're taking it seriously though - after...Read More


Indiana welcomes the Soulforce Equality Riders

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 08, 2007 | 11:31 PM | comments

From their press release:As the Riders on the eastbound bus were meeting with students and administrators on the Dordt College campus, the Riders on the westbound bus were supporting gay students at Notre Dame who attempted to speak publicly about...Read More


No gay club for you!

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 07, 2007 | 10:20 PM | comments

More on the Utah anti-GSA bill from Utah County's Daily-Herald:"This is really broad policy," said Carol Lear, director of school law and legislation for the Utah Office of Education. "To write this -- the seventh iteration of a bill --...Read More


A few things

Filed by Bil Browning | March 07, 2007 | 3:45 PM | comments

I'm down and out with a nasty case of Indiana crud... To tide you over and still get the info out there, I'm going to give you a roundup of some times that have come out locally. Enjoy. I'll be...Read More


The News-Sentinel hit piece on a high school sophomore

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 02, 2007 | 9:19 AM | comments

There's just so much wrong with this. The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has published a column that shows that some high school students are way more advanced than their surrounding community of adults. Remember that high school editorial that said it...Read More