Living: June 2007

Terry Schiavo, Patrick Atkins, and YOU

Filed by Jen Jorczak | June 28, 2007 | 6:05 PM | comments

If you, like me, have been meaning to set up power of attorney and a living will and everything else that you need to have things in order, "just in case"--especially if you, like me, don't have even the protection...Read More


Terry Schiavo, Patrick Atkins, and YOU

Filed by Jen Jorczak | June 28, 2007 | 6:05 PM | comments

If you, like me, have been meaning to set up power of attorney and a living will and everything else that you need to have things in order, "just in case"--especially if you, like me, don't have even the protection...Read More


What does freedom mean to you?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 28, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

Indianapolis weekly INTake magazine features myself and eleven others in their cover story: Free speech: Freedom's not just another word to 12 local residents. Other folks featured in the article include Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and talk show host...Read More


AIDS is over, according to Andrew Sullivan, again

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 28, 2007 | 11:35 AM | comments

You know, I'm falling so far behind in the things that I want to post about that Andrew Sullivan could say that he was right eleven years ago when he said that AIDS is over and I wouldn't even have...Read More


Question of the Thursday

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 28, 2007 | 11:20 AM | comments

How would you describe your gender (masculine, feminine, androgynous, etc.)? How would others describe it?...Read More


Ex-Ex-Gay Ministers Apologize for Damaging Gays

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2007 | 7:19 PM | comments

According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, a majority of Americans (56%) do not believe that sexual orientation can be changed. That may be good news to the ex-ex-gay ministry leaders heading for the big Soulforce and beyondexgay.com conference...Read More


Hump day question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 27, 2007 | 2:31 PM | comments

Do you plan to vote in the '08 primaries? How about in the general election?...Read More


MySpace is for Queers?

Filed by Bruce Parker | June 27, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

Allow me to open with two brief stories, FACEBOOK: As an instructor in a teacher education multicultural education classroom at Purdue University in Indiana I tried everything imaginable to get my students to critically engage in discussions about diversity. Along...Read More


Transyouth in the News

Filed by Bruce Parker | June 27, 2007 | 7:42 AM | comments

The media is paying a lot of attention lately to transgender people. I have posted here a few times about Transyouth Family Advocates. Obviously I am a big fan of the work these four mothers on a mission have been...Read More


Tuesday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 26, 2007 | 10:20 AM | comments

Do you trust Bush's current strategy in Iraq? If you could change it, how would you?...Read More


The Winds of Love and In-Love

Filed by Michele O'Mara | June 26, 2007 | 9:34 AM | comments

Q. How do you know if you are really "In love" and why do some people seem to fall out of love over time - especially if they are in a loooooong relationship. I guess I am not sure...Read More


And just after Bil posts...

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2007 | 3:13 PM | comments

...the school offers to replace the yearbooks. And the superintendent also apologized. This whole story just goes to show that there's always something extra sexual about queer relationships that gets imposed on them. Even if they're doing same thing as...Read More


Gay kiss gets blacked out

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2007 | 2:46 PM | comments

Let's play an easy game, shall we? When you see this picture, do you consider it: illicitprovocativea simple kiss Yeah, I chose option C too. Newark, New Jersey Superintendent of Schools Marion Bolden chose "illicit" and "provocative." The homophobic school...Read More


A poll that Hillary doesn't win!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

What's this!?! There's a presidential candidate poll that Hillary doesn't automatically win?! Apparently, there is... Our poll question from last week was, "Who do you think is the most LGBTQ friendly?" And the answers you provided actually stunned me. I...Read More


Monday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2007 | 9:04 AM | comments

Would I sound too hippy if I said Monday's are like mornings, they're both about new beginnings? Well, that's not really the question, but this is: Who would you like to see in the two open spots on The View?...Read More


Monday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2007 | 9:04 AM | comments

Would I sound too hippy if I said Monday's are like mornings, they're both about new beginnings? Well, that's not really the question, but this is: Who would you like to see in the two open spots on The View?...Read More


Strangely now I'm feeling better about the whole thing, but I like the poetry of these earlier thoughts

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 24, 2007 | 4:36 AM | comments

I always forget how horrible Pride is, I mean no I don't forget how horrible it is. What I forget is how all-encompassing it becomes. I've only seen a few gay tourists so far, and I haven't been to anything...Read More


Presidential poll: Most gay-friendly candidate

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2007 | 2:02 PM | comments

Don't forget this week's poll. I know PollDaddy (God, I love that name!) was having some issues the morning I put it up, so if you didn't get a chance to vote before, now's your chance! Who do you consider...Read More


Wal-Mart kicks us to the curb

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2007 | 1:36 PM | comments

Oh, Wal-Mart. How I love to hate them. And they just keep making it easier and easier! Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has decided to curb its support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organizations after conservative Christian groups...Read More


Aaron Hall: Gays as the scapegoat

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2007 | 3:25 PM | comments

Let's revisit my hate crimes post that focused on the murder of Aaron Hall from last week. That post is still getting quite a bit of traffic, and I need to clarify something that's arisen time and time again in...Read More


Question of the Thursday

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 21, 2007 | 9:09 AM | comments

Usually I try to be deep with the Questions of the Thursday, but I'm not feeling deep right now. Who's your all-time favorite band or singer?...Read More


A Major Setback for Women and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | June 20, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

I, for one, cannot keep quiet about an intelligent, qualified officer being demoted for such obvious departmental political reasons. Read More


Possessive Partner: The Roots of Jealousy

Filed by Michele O'Mara | June 20, 2007 | 9:37 AM | comments

"I find myself having irrational thoughts of jealousy or get jealous for no reason. It upsets my gf and in turn I am upset that I caused the conflict. It is a repeating cycle of me thinking she will go...Read More


Most friendly presidential candidate?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2007 | 9:27 AM | comments

Let's run with another poll today, plus a bit of an open thread... Who do you consider to be the most gay friendly presidential candidate? I'm only including folks who have officially announced their candidacy - so no Al Gore...Read More


Most friendly presidential candidate?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2007 | 9:27 AM | comments

Let's run with another poll today, plus a bit of an open thread... Who do you consider to be the most gay friendly presidential candidate? I'm only including folks who have officially announced their candidacy - so no Al Gore...Read More


Gulf between black, gay communities narrowing

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 19, 2007 | 6:18 PM | comments

There was a time when the only voices the American public heard on the issue of marriage equality in the African-American community were those of fire and brimstone, bible-thumping ministers. Today, their vitriol is weakening as more and more African-American...Read More


June Bride

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 19, 2007 | 1:51 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This is a guest post from Wendell Ricketts, a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, The Advocate, Out, and many other publications. He edited Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by...Read More


Tiny Toons cheer me up

Filed by Bil Browning | June 19, 2007 | 10:04 AM | comments

Ever wake up with such a bad case of the blahs that you knew you had to do something immediately to cheer yourself up? Yeah, that's this morning for me. When I was a kid (okay, young adult is more...Read More


Our big poll results

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 18, 2007 | 7:16 PM | comments

Bil posted a survey last week to find out more about our readers' sex and sexual identities. The best part of the results is that I posted several surveys about three months ago on this site, and this survey got...Read More


Kentuckiana Pride 2007

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 18, 2007 | 12:17 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Bilerico reader Allen Lopp attended Louisville's pride festival and submitted this post with pictures of the festivities. We'll continue to bring you Pride coverage from around the nation from various contributors and guest bloggers. Stay tuned for more!...Read More


Antioch College Closing

Filed by Bruce Parker | June 18, 2007 | 9:11 AM | comments

In the past week or so my phone and email have been exploding with conversations about the imminent closing of Antioch College and what if anything current students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration can do to cause the board of...Read More


Antioch College Closing

Filed by Bruce Parker | June 18, 2007 | 9:11 AM | comments

In the past week or so my phone and email have been exploding with conversations about the imminent closing of Antioch College and what if anything current students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration can do to cause the board of...Read More


The Advocate made me smile, and your Monday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 18, 2007 | 9:09 AM | comments

The Advocate has its online sex survey ready for you to take and for them to publish in next month's issue. Now, anyone who's been reading this blog for a while knows that gaystream publications and me don't get along,...Read More


Happy Father's Day

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2007 | 3:46 PM | comments

(Photograph by Mark Lee)...Read More


Hey, Pardner, just got in... Where's the bathhouse?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2007 | 10:12 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE]: The following is a guest post by Allen J. Lopp. He is one of bilerico.com's most prolific commentors, so when he submitted this piece we jumped at the chance to run it. Allen lives in rural southern Indiana...Read More


I always have the most amusing conversations with doctors...

Filed by Gina de Vries | June 15, 2007 | 10:39 AM | comments

Doctor: Is there any chance you could be pregnant? Me: Definitely not. Doctor (fishing): Not having sex? Not having sex with guys, or...? Me (resisting the urge to launch into a lecture about how some men don't have the anatomy...Read More


Easiest Caption This ever

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 2007 | 8:27 AM | comments

Your Friday "Caption This" has to be one of the easiest ever. The jokes just spring to mind. Read below for my official entry. What's yours? Mitt Romney is really a fudge packer. Thank you, thank you. I'm here all...Read More


Sperm party!!!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 14, 2007 | 4:10 PM | comments

Puerto Rico is a colorful island filled with vibrant personalities, including their fundies. The above picture is from an anti-gay, anti-choice demonstration, where some of the ralliers thought it would be moving to dress up their kids as rainbow sperm...Read More


Reader gender and sexuality

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2007 | 10:34 AM | comments

Don't forget that we're currently running two polls on bilerico readers' gender and sexuality... Please take the time to answer both questions - it'll only take a few seconds of your time. The poll will close at midnight on Sunday...Read More


Eighteen and outed: The Tyler Whitney Story

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2007 | 3:15 PM | comments

In case you haven't heard, Tyler Whitney, the webmaster for the fundamentalist Tom Tancredo campaign, has just been outed by Between the Lines, a Michigan LGBT paper. From them:Whitney's candidate, Rep. Tancredo, has a zero rating from the Human Rights...Read More


Why the media isn't paying attention to Aaron Hall's killing

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2007 | 1:03 PM | comments

You may have noticed the talk around the blogosphere about the murder of Hoosier Aaron Hall and the cries about why the mainstream media hasn't picked up on the story. Advance Indiana has a post from early May entitled "Why...Read More


Today's open thread

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2007 | 10:56 AM | comments

I've been sick the past couple of days, so I have a lot of catch-up work to get done today - including several posts. So while I'm working, let's start off with an open thread. How did you meet your...Read More


Tuesday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 12, 2007 | 11:11 AM | comments

On the fortieth anniversary of Loving, I've got marriage on the mind. If a similar Supreme Court decision were handed down for same-sex couples to marry, do you think that the gay/queer rights movement would pack up its bags and...Read More


Kroger pulls gay publication

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2007 | 8:14 AM | comments

You know those free magazines that you find at grocery stores? They're usually about cars, employment, parenting and so on. They run the gamut of topics and professionalism and are always stuck by the exit. It seems that in Nashville,...Read More


A couple questions

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2007 | 11:17 AM | comments

In case you missed the results of our demographic survey, two questions arose in the comments section from the results. First, the gender breakdown for bilerico.com was a little surprising - and also a little simplified. For example, while the...Read More


Indianapolis Pride photos and thoughts

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2007 | 12:20 PM | comments

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Pride day in Indy

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2007 | 9:23 AM | comments

Today will be another slow posting day - it's Gay Pride here in Indy. I'm off to hop in the shower and go check out the parade and festival. I'll try and snap some good photos of the day. As...Read More


Caption this!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 08, 2007 | 10:51 AM | comments

Ok, it's Friday, and I'm going to take Bil's cue from last Friday and do a "caption this" post instead of a "question of the day" post for the Friday open thread. This is one of my fave photos... totally...Read More


I have returned

Filed by Candace Gingrich | June 08, 2007 | 9:10 AM | comments

I've got "Goin' Back to Indiana" bouncing around my head. That song comes to mind every time I come to the Hoosier State but so does the fact that a good lot of the Generation Equality (under-30 voters) that I...Read More


I have returned

Filed by Candace Gingrich | June 08, 2007 | 9:10 AM | comments

I've got "Goin' Back to Indiana" bouncing around my head. That song comes to mind every time I come to the Hoosier State but so does the fact that a good lot of the Generation Equality (under-30 voters) that I...Read More


Abstinence-only education makes little sense, the politics of it make even less

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 08, 2007 | 8:38 AM | comments

The Democrats caved on this one. The House Labor-Human Services subcommittee just approved an increase in funding for federal abstinence-only programs to the tune of $27.8 million. The CQ reported the other day that House Democrats wanted the bill to...Read More


Question of the Thursday

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2007 | 9:33 AM | comments

If you could live anywhere in the world, and money weren't a factor, where would it be?...Read More


Thou shalt not float in the air

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2007 | 5:25 PM | comments

I'm fed up. I'm sick and tired of seeing LGBT rights advance around the nation. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against our community gaining acceptance and respect in general. I'm just irritated that it seems to be happening everywhere...Read More


Wednesday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 06, 2007 | 9:18 AM | comments

If you could ask the Republican nominees (as a group or individually) one question, what would it be?...Read More


Welsh teen commits suicide after facing school harassment

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2007 | 10:37 PM | comments

From icWales:A TEENAGE boy who had been teased at school about his sexuality was killed after he lay down in front of a speeding train, an inquest heard today. Jonathan Reynolds was struck by the train travelling at 85mph through...Read More


The Anglican Communion's fall guy

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 05, 2007 | 4:38 PM | comments

The tension that currently exists inside the worldwide Anglican Communion is undeniable. But what many don't realize is that it is as much about how its unforeseen legacy of unbridled missionary efforts expanded into the Third World as it is...Read More


The Lonely Lesbian

Filed by Michele O'Mara | June 05, 2007 | 12:25 PM | comments

My girlfriend and i have been together for 3 years now. In the last year, the sex has been far and few between!! She works 70-80hrs per week and I know that she does not have time to cheat. When...Read More


Confessions of A Ex-Ex-Transgender

Filed by Marti Abernathey | June 05, 2007 | 12:15 PM | comments

You've probably heard of the ex-gay movement. You may have even heard of the ex-ex-gay movement. Odds are slim that you know anyone that is ex-transgender. But have you ever known anyone that is ex-ex-transgender? You have if you've read...Read More


Contributor birthday!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 05, 2007 | 11:40 AM | comments

Happy Birthday to Bruce Parker! I won't say how old he is, but he's legal!...Read More


Question of the day

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2007 | 9:20 AM | comments

If you could ask the Democratic presidential nominees any question, what would it be?...Read More


Monday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2007 | 8:57 AM | comments

Do you plan on going to your city's Pride this month?...Read More


Think you have a boring job?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 04, 2007 | 8:48 AM | comments

No matter what, this is an amazing video. By now most of you know my fascination with Asian culture, but this Japanese TV clip takes the cake. It should be a fun way to start out your work week. So...Read More


Come on over!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2007 | 11:11 AM | comments

I won't be posting much until later this afternoon/evening. Hopefully some of the other contributors will put up some content for those of you not enjoying a beautiful late spring day. Our neighborhood is having a yard sale, so if...Read More


Boy scouts could be kicked off public property in Philly

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 01, 2007 | 1:46 PM | comments

From 365gay:The days of free rent on a city owned building may be coming to an end for the Philadelphia branch of the Boy Scouts of America. City Council has voted 16 - 1 to direct the city to end...Read More