Living: July 2008

What'll happen to Californian domestic partners?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've been doing a lot of personal research into French PACS (civil unions) this past week, and it's gotten me to wonder about what exactly is going to happen to Californian domestic partners. California created its domestic partnership registry in...Read More


Possible meeting between HRC and trans activists

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The comments on my recent post about the HRC dinner dust-up have gotten off-topic with discussion of a possible meeting between HRC staffers and some transgender representatives. I thought I'd open up this post to be a thread about the...Read More


Just Launched! Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 31, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm very excited to let you know about the launch of Enough. Created and edited by the wonderful Tyrone Boucher and Dean Spade: Enough is a space for conversations about how a commitment to wealth redistribution plays out in our...Read More


Just Launched! Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 31, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm very excited to let you know about the launch of Enough. Created and edited by the wonderful Tyrone Boucher and Dean Spade: Enough is a space for conversations about how a commitment to wealth redistribution plays out in our...Read More


Catholic Church Takes Aim at Condoms

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 31, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

A Catholic group called Human Life International has put up billboards in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to fight the scourge of condom usage. Human Life International's website claims that their mission is to "fight the evils of abortion, contraception, sex...Read More


Catholic Church Takes Aim at Condoms

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 31, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

A Catholic group called Human Life International has put up billboards in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to fight the scourge of condom usage. Human Life International's website claims that their mission is to "fight the evils of abortion, contraception, sex...Read More


Students Win Precedent Setting GSA fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 31, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

"Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Yesterday, Federal Judge K. Michael Moore ruled that school officials in Okeechobee, Florida, must allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to form at their high...Read More


Prohibitive Prescriptions

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

You can tell a lot about a person by what is in their medicine cabinet. A quick peek during a trip to the bathroom and the nosey neighbor could find out whose taking anti-depressants or birth control pills. Maybe someone...Read More


Tennessee Shooting

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm still stunned by the news that an armed gunman went into a Unitarian Church in Tennessee that was in the middle of a performance by kids of the play "Annie" and killed two people, with the intention of killing...Read More


Tennessee Shooting

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm still stunned by the news that an armed gunman went into a Unitarian Church in Tennessee that was in the middle of a performance by kids of the play "Annie" and killed two people, with the intention of killing...Read More


Pass the PEPFAR, join the bipart-gasm, and redeem colonialism

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 30, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is just too much wrong with this Michael Gerson column on PEPFAR reauthorization for me not to address it here on Bilerico. According to him, the PEPFAR reauthorization proves that politics is meaningless and that the Bush Doctrine, not...Read More


More Wedding Bells for Massachusetts

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 30, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law that prevented the state from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be valid in their home states. This comes a week after the Senate voted...Read More


More on single-payer

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

nyceve pointed out testimony before The President's Council on Bioethics about single payer in the US from Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, and I wanted to highlight it here. That's just the right forum for the issue, in the context of medical...Read More


Speaking Youth to Power

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

One thing that can be said about the current generation of young gays is that they are a smart and ambitious lot. Eugene Resnick, an openly gay candidate for National Membership Director of the College Democrats, definitely fits that mold....Read More


David Davis's crusade against the gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Richard Smoak, the judge in the case of Heather Gillman (the girl in Florida who wanted to wear pride gear to school, was forbidden by her principal, and then sued and won a case against the school for freedom of...Read More


Invisible Man

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Contemplating my response to CNN's Black in America series, I was reminded of something W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in the "Souls of Black Folk" published in 1903: How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word....Read More


Shooting in Tennessee -- Knoxville church had just put up gay-affirming sign

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 28, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Out & About, Tennesee's LGBT paper, reports one aspect of the high-profile tragic shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church that I didn't see when I flipped on the TV to see coverage on CNN this AM. While you probably...Read More


Shooting in Tennessee -- Knoxville church had just put up gay-affirming sign

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 28, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Out & About, Tennesee's LGBT paper, reports one aspect of the high-profile tragic shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church that I didn't see when I flipped on the TV to see coverage on CNN this AM. While you probably...Read More


McCain comes out against gay adoption... Again.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I guess we'll be hearing from his campaign to "clarify" his position again. In a Sunday interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous, McCain- who first said he was against gay adoption, then had his campaign backtrack on it- is...Read More


Lawrence King's Killer to be tried as Adult

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Brandon McInerney, the alleged killer of 15 year-old Lawrence King, will be tried as an adult. From the Ventura County Star: Relying on past court decisions, a judge ruled Thursday that trying a 14-year-old boy accused of murder in an...Read More


Condoms Save!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 27, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This just made me happy. One of our readers, Danielle, sent this preview of her new safe sex t-shirt design- and I LOVE IT!! Hallelujah!!...Read More


Neil Patrick Harris Brings Some Fairy Action to Sesame Street

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 27, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Shoe Fairy action, that is... Neil Patrick Harris, the Emmy-nominated out star of "How I Met Your Mother" and old school "Doogie Howser, MD", is bringing some musical gaiety to Sesame Street. And you thought Feist wailing on the kids...Read More


Oh, God!

Filed by Eric Marcus | July 27, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Way back in the pre-e-mail mid-1990s I received a letter from "Mark," a seventeen-year-old who lived in suburban far-eastern Long Island with his devoutly religious parents. He didn't know how to reconcile his religious beliefs with his homosexuality and wrote...Read More


Colbert takes on the Anglican Church Schism: Homo-sect-ual

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 26, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Because we have to laugh sometimes... The Colbert Report tackles the schism in the Anglican Church. Stephen asks Laurie Goodstein why Anglicans can't just ordain gay priests and then not talk about it -- like the Catholics....Read More


Dealing with Family and Friends Tip #3: Cut the Apron Strings

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 26, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Having already identified Tip #1 and Tip #2 in a series of ten tips for GLBT persons in dealing with family and friends, we are now ready for tip number three: cut the apron strings. I never felt married, until...Read More


Why Black Transgender Issues Are Black Community Issues

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute..." - Justice Thurgood Marshall As a proud African-American that also happens to be a transwoman, there is no doubt- and I make it quite clear on...Read More


Open Thread: Does Heath Ledger Deserve an Oscar?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 26, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

So it's a little bit early for Oscar nominations, but there is already a lot of buzz floating around that Heath Ledger should get a nomination for his performance in "Batman: Dark Knight." I haven't seen the movie, nor do...Read More


Are gay men wealthier than straight men?

Filed by Nina Smith | July 25, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

"Spending is quick, earning is slow." - Russian proverb According to a new national survey conducted online by Harris Interactive, nearly half (48%) of gay and lesbian adults report they like to keep up with the latest styles and trends....Read More


A Great Divide

Filed by Eric Leven | July 25, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This past Sunday I helped my friends of ACT UP New York sell tee shirts and buttons at their booth at the Broadway Street Fair. I'll always make myself available for any additional help ACT UP needs and I am...Read More


HIV/AIDS Crisis Across the South

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Southern AIDS Coalition, a nonprofit partnership of government and private-sector programs based in Birmingham, Ala., has issued a report concluding that AIDS has created a health disaster in the South. They are calling for a "fundamental rethinking of HIV...Read More


HIV/AIDS Crisis Across the South

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Southern AIDS Coalition, a nonprofit partnership of government and private-sector programs based in Birmingham, Ala., has issued a report concluding that AIDS has created a health disaster in the South. They are calling for a "fundamental rethinking of HIV...Read More


Anti-queer violence & spiritual/community protection

Filed by Gina de Vries | July 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I work part-time at a queer non-profit that does activism and outreach around issues of spirituality, religion, ministry, and LGBTQ communities. I just had a big "this is why I do the work that I do" moment. An older, disabled...Read More


Anti-queer violence & spiritual/community protection

Filed by Gina de Vries | July 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I work part-time at a queer non-profit that does activism and outreach around issues of spirituality, religion, ministry, and LGBTQ communities. I just had a big "this is why I do the work that I do" moment. An older, disabled...Read More


Anti-queer violence & spiritual/community protection

Filed by Gina de Vries | July 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I work part-time at a queer non-profit that does activism and outreach around issues of spirituality, religion, ministry, and LGBTQ communities. I just had a big "this is why I do the work that I do" moment. An older, disabled...Read More


Top Ten Check List for Same-Sex Couples Marrying in California

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 24, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Getting the boy or girl of your dreams to say yes to your marriage proposal is only the first step in having the fiercest wedding in all the land. And no, I am not thinking about how crucial it is...Read More


Top Ten Check List for Same-Sex Couples Marrying in California

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 24, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Getting the boy or girl of your dreams to say yes to your marriage proposal is only the first step in having the fiercest wedding in all the land. And no, I am not thinking about how crucial it is...Read More


Officials Change California's Prop 8 Language on Ballot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 24, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Election officials in California made what could be an important change to Proposition 8's language yesterday. Prop 8, which was put forward by fundies to reverse the state's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, is on the ballot in...Read More


Farewell Fannie! and Married with Problems

Filed by Fannie Fierce | July 23, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Hello Projectors, Fannie here. I'm sad to announce that this will be my farewell post to Fiercely Fannie. I've been doing this advice thing for the past year or so, and it's really been a fun, fun run with y'all....Read More


Pregnant man gives birth to a beautiful baby girl

Filed by Bil Browning | July 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Pregnant transman Thomas Beatie recently gave birth to an absolutely gorgeous little girl. The proud father shows off he and his wife's newborn in the latest issue of People magazine. Congratulations to the happy parents! While they were subject to...Read More


Controlling partners

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 23, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I try to micro-manage everything in my girlfriends life. I realize this. She doesn't feel like she can go do things without me because I'll get mad. How do I get over controlling her?? I don't know how to...Read More


Stabbing at Parliament House in Orlando

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two people are in the hospital after being stabbed at Parliament House, a gay nightclub and resort in Orlando. According to Central Florida News 13: It happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday at the Parliament House on Orange Blossom Trail in...Read More


I'm Baaaaack!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Lock the doors, batten down the hatches, and cover your kid's eyes- Waymon's back! After a bit of a long delay (okay, a REALLY long delay), I'm back home and getting back to work. As many of you know, I...Read More


Republican donation letter

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

On the right is a letter sent from the RNC treasurer to a Republican and fundamentalist activist in Indiana. The text version is after the jump. The letter reads like it's begging Kristen to come back to into the party's...Read More


Why We Hate On Gays

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I love Kirk Franklin, and not just because he's ahem, a fellow Texan. He fused traditional call and response style gospel singing with contemporary R&B and hip-hop tunes. It put a fresh, funky spin on gospel music, African-American style. I...Read More


Breaking News: COPA Not Copacetic

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It has taken ten years, but the long and bloody battle over COPA (the Child Online Protection Act) has finally taken one more gory step towards a possible victory for free speech. As one of the plaintiffs, I hope the...Read More


Families on the Frontlines

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 22, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

In preparation for tomorrow's historic Congressional hearings on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," PFLAG invited family members and veterans from across the country to be part of its Families on the Frontlines series at the PFLAG National blog. And, we wanted...Read More


John McCain Should Talk to the Real Expert on My Family - Me

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Gust blogger Alan O'Brien-Myers is a rising senior at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, MA, where he lives with his two moms and younger brother. As someone who was adopted by two lesbian moms, I was certainly disappointed...Read More


Cursive schmursive

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm working on cover letters now to various jobs. In France, they have to be handwritten in cursive. I don't write anything by hand anymore that isn't just for me, and it's never, never, never in cursive. It's useless and...Read More


Firearms for Felons?

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My previous posts on the Supreme Court overturning the D.C. gun ban stirred up more debate than I expected, second amendment rights being pretty far outside the realm of issues I usually cover. So, why not continue? Especially since some...Read More


Kids in NC Get Thrown Under the Bus

Filed by Jim Neal | July 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

As has been reported the NC Senate's failure to pass anti-bullying legislation in tact despite having the votes is disappointing shows a disturbing and unacceptable lack of courage and compassion. They threw kids in the state of North Carolina under...Read More


What Would Jesus Say?

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Don't worry, you're still on the right blog site. When Serena asked me recently about my posting on the Anglican Communion it occurred to me that I had never made my present religious views clear. I feel I should do...Read More


Newsweek on Larry King's death

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It's surprising, even though it shouldn't be, to me that one of the most mainstream news publications in the US, in 2008, would be much more interested in dissecting the fact that a fourteen-year-old murder victim bought a pair of...Read More


Chocolate love

Filed by Bil Browning | July 21, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Not only does Fritz have Pizza Eating Disorder, he's a chocoholic. I know, I know, chocolate isn't good for dogs. It can make them sick; it can even kill them if they eat enough. Fritz, however, has always stood ready...Read More


Newsweek on Lawrence King: News or not?

Filed by Cathy Renna | July 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week's cover story in Newsweek - which we should all recognize is a HUGE deal given the elections, economy and other issues happening in the world - is focused on the two intersecting LGBT issues: the plummeting age of...Read More


University of Southern Indiana Should Treat All Employees Equally

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 21, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Chad Tew is an associate professor of online journalism at the University of Southern Indiana. The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees should vote for domestic partner benefits instead of putting off the issue until...Read More


About that New Yorker cover

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'd hate to see this one drift off into the ether without it being posted on TBP, so it's now the question of the day. What do you all think about the New Yorker's "Obama is a secret Muslim" cover?...Read More


The Rotweiller of God Prada Steps His Way Though Sydney

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 20, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

As I write these words, "His Holiness" is presiding over the 22nd celebration of World Youth Day in Sydney. The pope has already done what is expected and apologized for priest abuse in Australia. In that persons from 70 countries...Read More


Making a Dent in China

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Some years ago, I was visiting two Chinese friends, wife and husband, at their home in Palos Verdes. Both of them, and their well-to-do families, had somehow survived the Cultural Revolution and succeeded in leaving the People's Republic of China...Read More


Ridiculous Assumptions

Filed by Annette Gross | July 20, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Whenever a child comes out to their parents, the parents most always wonder "what did I do to cause this?" Even the most liberal and educated parents will have this reaction. Image via WikipediaSo today I thought I'd make a...Read More


Ridiculous Assumptions

Filed by Annette Gross | July 20, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Whenever a child comes out to their parents, the parents most always wonder "what did I do to cause this?" Even the most liberal and educated parents will have this reaction. Image via WikipediaSo today I thought I'd make a...Read More


Dog Days of Summer

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 19, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

One of the questions I've been asking a lot of our contributors for the Better Know a Contributor series is this: What's your favorite thing to do in the summertime? For me, it's backyard BBQs with friends, tasty margaritas, and...Read More


Pizza Run

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 18, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Note from Bil: I added some pictures from last night to Monica's post. Click to embiggen. Yesterday Polar and I decided we wanted to grab a bite to eat . We were in the mood for pizza, and since both...Read More


North Carolina anti-bullying bill killed

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 18, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Unbelievable. Let's just look at this from the 30,000-foot view. How on earth is it controversial to protect children from harassment and violence? (N&O): Sen. Doug Berger, a Franklin County Democrat, said the bullying bill will not be approved this...Read More


I have a new mancrush

Filed by Bil Browning | July 18, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

This is where Projectors learn just how geeky Bil is. I have a new crush. He's not a model, or a body builder, or a sweet little twink. Instead, he has a receding hairline and a PhD in Robotics. Oh,...Read More


A Military Mom "Tells" Her Story

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

For almost a decade, I have had the great honor and privilege of working alongside some of the best and most courageous men and women serving in our nation's military. These brave men and women sacrifice, every day, in unimaginable...Read More


HIV travel ban repealed, PEPFAR funding passed

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Senate did something useful for once, probably because it didn't involve a confrontation with the president: they just passed the Lantos/Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act. This bill:passed without a provision requiring abstinence-only education,designates...Read More


The grieving process starts

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since we started Bilerico Project, my icon picture has stayed the same. It's me and my little buddy, Fritz. Fritz is a rat terrier and he's 16 now. Fritz and I have lived together longer than any other relationship in...Read More


Gay Ron Paul staffer dies of pneumonia without health coverage, leaves $400K debt

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Kent Snyder, Ron Paul's campaign chair, died of pneumonia a couple of weeks ago after two months in the hospital. He was openly gay. Here's what Paul had to say about Snyder: Kent poured every ounce of his being into...Read More


Wildcatting

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 16, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's a beautiful day here in Ptown and we were out at Herring Cove and some of the gals were in their beach chairs. It was low tide. We were talking, just idly letting the sand sift through our fingers....Read More


A Turning Point for Troops & Their Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Next Wednesday -- July 23 -- may well mark a critical turning point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the federal ban on open service that has cost our country the talent and skills of more than...Read More


Believing in Our Families

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

As you're reading this, I'm either on my way to, in, or on my way back from New Jersey. There reason for the trip is incredibly happy one. Today is the day we're finalizing Dylan's adoption. Last week we got...Read More


Try Harder, or Let Go?

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

My girl and i (together for 14 months) have not had sex for 8 months now. I understand we hit a rough patch, and we came out of it beautifully 4 months ago. However, her low sex drive has...Read More


Trying to pull the wool over our eyes

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Elizabeth Dole has a passion for irony, apparently. The North Carolina Senator proposed an amendment to rename a tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV funding bill for Jesse Helms. Yes, she thought it was appropriate to name a bill aimed at fighting...Read More


Want to learn some blogging tips and tricks?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Are you considering starting your own blog? Do you have a blog already, but you're struggling to get visitors? Maybe you get decent traffic and would like to monetize your site. Blogging can be a lot of fun, but there...Read More


The Importance of the West Village and those God-Damned Christopher Street Kids

Filed by Eric Leven | July 15, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I want to start this blog entry by prefacing that, yes, I realize the Christopher street kids are loud, that they loiter and yes, I feel for those residents plagued by the noise pollution, crowded and dirty sidewalks and youths...Read More


TRANScending Identities - A Resource for Transgender Literature

Filed by Bruce Parker | July 15, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I have recently been working on a research project and publication that combines my work with TransYouth Family Allies and my Ph.D. studies in education. The study addresses portrayals of gender variant and transgender characters in young adult literature. A...Read More


Hot Mormon boy pics! A cause for excommunication

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Here's where I step into Creepsville a little bit... You know those Mormon mission boys who go through neighborhoods, door-to-door, in their pressed white shirts and black pants, ready to tell you about the Book of Mormon? Well, someone made...Read More


Gay Anglican Bishop Suffers Death Threats

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 14, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Bishop Gene Robinson is under siege in London. He has gone there at the invitation of an Anglican church to give a sermon to the faithful. He has gone to London because he was specifically disinvited from the Anglican annual...Read More


Locked Up For Loving

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 13, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Well, that didn't take long. Just this week I asked: I'm just wondering if it's too far-fetched to suggest that we're probably not too far from the day when someone -- a gay couple who gets married, or the person...Read More


Am I Normal?

Filed by Eric Marcus | July 13, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

More than anything else, the teens who write to me want to know if they're normal. Here's a letter I received this past week from a teenaged girl: I've here recently came out to my mom about being gay. the...Read More


When bigots shop

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 13, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Bil and I stopped by the local supermarket Friday night for a few items and wow, what a treat we had in line in front of us. I risked my life to snap a few photos of the scene to...Read More


When bigots shop

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 13, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Bil and I stopped by the local supermarket Friday night for a few items and wow, what a treat we had in line in front of us. I risked my life to snap a few photos of the scene to...Read More


Wallet Woes!

Filed by Fannie Fierce | July 12, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Dear Fannie, I'm in a relationship now where my boyfriend pays for everything, and I mean everything. Restaurants, bars, the rent, utilities, clothes, presents, it's all on his tab. It makes sense, I guess, since he makes a lot...Read More


Case in point: playing with fantasy characters too much can warp a fragile mind

Filed by Bil Browning | July 12, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's been a merry-go-round of rightwing nutjobs in the ole Indiana blogosphere lately, hasn't it? This week even brought us a retro trip to the 80's courtesy of Veritas Rex blogger Aaron Baker. Baker somehow manages to connect the US...Read More


How Are You Weathering the Economic Crunch?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I know it's a depressing thing to think about on the weekend, but let's face it: these are depressing economic times. From high gas prices, to rising food costs, everyone's starting to tighten their belts. Quite literally. For me it's...Read More


How Are You Weathering the Economic Crunch?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I know it's a depressing thing to think about on the weekend, but let's face it: these are depressing economic times. From high gas prices, to rising food costs, everyone's starting to tighten their belts. Quite literally. For me it's...Read More


Washington Post: The Beginning of the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 11, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Washington Post weighs in this morning with its latest editorial calling on Congress to repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning gay troops. The Post has called for an end to the law more than a dozen...Read More


Welcome to the neighborhood: Indy cop gets shot

Filed by Bil Browning | July 10, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

I've been blogging repeatedly about the overwhelming crime problem plaguing my neighborhood. When our car was stolen or when the windows were smashed out, I knew crime was up all across the city. After having a gun stuck in my...Read More


Should Gays Move Back to City: Are gas prices affecting your life in the suburbs?

Filed by Nina Smith | July 10, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

"Remorse goes to sleep during a prosperous period and wakes up in adversity." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau Awhile back, a journalist was looking for stories from Queercents readers experiencing buyer's remorse in the wake of higher gas prices. He wanted to...Read More


Harassment open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just yesterday someone yelled the French equivalent of "faggot" at Alberto and me from their car, and it got me to thinking about how homophobic and transphobic harassment still occurs in 2008. I really thought that it was mostly over,...Read More


Gay man sues Bible publishers

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's an interesting item. Bradley Fowler, a gay man, is suing two Bible publishers for mistranslating the Bible and causing him "demoralization, chaos and bewilderment." The lawsuits also blames the publishers for causing "me or anyone who is a homosexual...Read More


Walk Like a Man

Filed by Eric Marcus | July 09, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As a young teen I studied men. How they talked. What they talked about. How they gestured. How they walked. And I studied them because I was determined to pass. No one likes to be teased and I saw what...Read More


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Pink cupcakes for everyone!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 09, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

About a year and a half ago Bil, Jerame, and I were talking about taking Indiana's premier LGBT blog, Bilerico, national. After hammering out how it would work, the big details and the mindless details (if you knew how many...Read More


Obama's turn to the right leaves out poor LGBTQ Americans

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 09, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The senate's most left leaning member, presidential hopeful Barack Obama, is now turning to the right. And the turn, he's finding out, is not as easy as calculated. On July 1, Obama announced partnering with communities of faith. His proposed...Read More


Attraction Distraction

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 09, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I'm in a 4-year relationship that's going just about as well as it can. I love my girlfriend to death and couldn't do without her. Just recently, though, it's come to my attention that another person I've been attracted...Read More


Four More Voices in the Chorus for Repeal

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 08, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Is there anyone left who still thinks "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a good idea? According to a new report released yesterday, the answer is increasingly no. A group of four senior retired military officials weighed into the debate on...Read More


The 100 Best Books

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

One thing I noticed right away (I'm a geek like this) is that #51 is missing! So I got 54 out of 99. How many would you get? And what should #51 be? Full list after the jump. (Thanks to...Read More


Girl, Interrupted

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 07, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

One of the things that bothers me from time to time is the fact that I didn't get to experience growing up female. Sometimes it's triggered when I see a little girl walking hand-in-hand with her mother. Other times it...Read More


Girl, Interrupted

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 07, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

One of the things that bothers me from time to time is the fact that I didn't get to experience growing up female. Sometimes it's triggered when I see a little girl walking hand-in-hand with her mother. Other times it...Read More


Photos from Pride and Dyke March Chicago

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 07, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Hi everyone, Thought you might be interested in photos from Dyke March Chicago and Pride. With regard to the latter: I just covered one portion of it, a new group named Bash Back! that's doing some interesing radical organising work...Read More


Faithful Friends!

Filed by Fannie Fierce | July 07, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Dear Fannie, Is the Christian right really all that bad? I used to think that most devoutly religious groups were against LGBT rights, but as I'm meeting more religious, right-wing people...I'm noticing that not all of them are actually...Read More


Future Sex

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 06, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dr. Helen Fisher is the founder and Chief Scientific Advisor to Chemistry.com. Dr. Fisher has been posting every Sunday evening for the past month, so I hope someone fixed her a plate. Hi all, I'm learning...Read More


Ta Ta

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Conservative icon, former Senator Jesse Helms dies at age 86: Former Sen. Jesse Helms, who built a career along the fault lines of racial politics and battled liberals, Communists and the occasional fellow Republican during 30 conservative years in Congress,...Read More


Trevor Project on CNN

Filed by Eric Leven | July 06, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Pat on the back to CNN for featuring this article on The Trevor Project. I have known about The Trevor Project for a few years now and really commend their efforts. It is a relief to know this is available...Read More


I Have a Crush!

Filed by Eric Marcus | July 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

We've all had crushes. But what do you do if you're sixteen and you've got a crush on a high school classmate, a football player no less. And you have no idea whether he's gay. That's the predicament a sixteen-year-old...Read More


Walking in Faith, With Obama: Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I only glanced at the headline, because I was up to my ears in work. But what I read was enough to give me a sick feeling; the kind you get when you begin to wonder whether you've made a...Read More


Dealing With Family & Friends Tip # 2: Live Your Truth

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 05, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Live your truth. Recently I started a Series of 10 tips for GLBT Folks to Deal with Friends and Family. Tip # 1 stresses the importance of giving your friends and family the opportunity to accept you. This is speaking...Read More


Knee high by the 4th of July

Filed by Bil Browning | July 04, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Happy 4th of July! It's America's birthday and time for cookouts, fireworks and a day off from work. When I appeared on the John Selig Outspoken podcast, one of the things we talked about was Indiana's corn crop and how...Read More


Fourth of July post

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This disgusts me: iPhone users: Click to watch If you haven't heard about this, Wesley Clark in response to a question by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation this past Sunday and to point out that John McCain has no...Read More


The AFA is boycotting McDonald's

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

High on their successful boycotts against Disney and Ford, the AFA has decided to take on another corporation that's better integrated into American culture than they are: McDonald's. And, no, this has nothing to do with the fact that Grimace...Read More


Indiana's Historic Moment

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The recent post over at Indiana Equality blog was enough of a kick in the pants, reminding me to post about some recent events. If you know me, you know how jazzed I am about Barack Obama. The first time...Read More


ZOMG! They Banned the BIBLE!!!!!!!!!111111

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yes, it's true. That is, World Net Daily has sounded the panic alarm once again: "Section 8 of Senate Bill 200 is a wide open door for any judge to censor anything that condemns homosexuality, including Scripture," Lundberg [state Rep....Read More


Obama's promise to change faith-based initiative funding pisses off the Religious Right

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Obama isn't making friends with the extremists elements of the evangelical community with his plan to expand funding of faith-based initiatives and prevent organizations that receive that funding from discriminating: "For those of who us who believe in protecting the...Read More


Tea With Nelson Mandela

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Robert Ganshorn Gay_liberation.jpgwas a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front at Purdue University before creating one of the first Public Television documentaries on gay lifestyles broadcast during his graduate studies at Indiana University. Failing to become the...Read More


Catholic Charities: Let's Not Forget

Filed by Dustin Kight | July 02, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Many cases of carpal tunnel will be diagnosed before the blogging about Obama's faith-based programs announcement is over and done with. Let me contribute my two (wrist-destructive) cents: As someone who has seen the best and the worst that organized...Read More


It's Just a Drag March!

Filed by Eric Leven | July 01, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

No joke. I turn the corner on 9th Street on my way home and look what my silly ass runs into. Go figure. Fortunately I had my camera with me....Read More


The Price of Principles

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 01, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The New York Times reported on Sunday that at least one law school, in its efforts to combat the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, is paying a price for standing on principle. Vermont...Read More


Obama wants to expand faith-based initiatives

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is currently up on 365gay.com and is causing a few gasps: Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and...Read More


Just joking!

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

We all get jokes in our inbox constantly. Sometimes they're horrible, but sometimes they make you giggle. What's the best joke that's landed in your inbox lately? If they've all sucked, lay your best giggle-maker on me. It's been a...Read More


3 questions for John McCain during his visit to Indy

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2008 | 10:50 AM | comments

Since McSame is visiting Indianapolis today in an attempt to raise some badly needed cash, the DNC sent me "Three Questions John McCain Won't Answer Today." They were intriguing even though they're not LGBT related so I thought I'd pass...Read More


A short interview with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4, just after her release from prison

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

(I had the chance to sit down briefly with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4 just two days after her surprising release from prison, after 673 days in prison for fighting back against a homophobic attacker.) Mattilda: First of...Read More


A short interview with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4, just after her release from prison

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

(I had the chance to sit down briefly with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4 just two days after her surprising release from prison, after 673 days in prison for fighting back against a homophobic attacker.) Mattilda: First of...Read More