Living: January 2009

Creating Change, Day 4: They Got You Covered

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 31, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today was another day full of amazing sessions and institutes. Every issue you can imagine, from healthcare to identity-based politics to youth to faith, had a great space for discussion and communal learning. One of the things that keeps striking...Read More


Creating Change, Day 4: They Got You Covered

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 31, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today was another day full of amazing sessions and institutes. Every issue you can imagine, from healthcare to identity-based politics to youth to faith, had a great space for discussion and communal learning. One of the things that keeps striking...Read More


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HIV and Hooking Up

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 31, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Justin B. Smith is a 28 year old Air Force veteran and gay and AIDS activist from Baltimore, MD. He writes Justin's HIV Journal. People hook up online for sex all the time, whether it is on websites...Read More


There's a health care crisis going on too, y'know

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 30, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

There have been far too many pundits on my teevee telling me that Obama can't make a move on health care right now because the economy's in bad shape. It's ridiculous, and I wish that they'd just come right out...Read More


A very special interview with Dolores Huerta

Filed by Bil Browning | January 30, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

This is one of those stories that will stick with me for the rest of my life. During the Indianapolis event for the National Day of Protest, I shot some video of various attendees and one of them was Daniel,...Read More


Marriage in Indiana: The Non-Defining Moment

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm always a little skeptical when the proponents of constitutional amendments that would, in their words "define and defend" marriage. Given that the U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the Second Amendment associates a right of self-defense with the right...Read More


Perfect Parents

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm at the Creating Change conference in Denver. A massive gathering of LGBT folks put on by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, it is something to behold. An entire hotel filled with every beautiful aspect of our community....Read More


Michael Gerson latest temper tantrum... about PEPFAR

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There's no other term to describe this latest screed from former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson other than "temper tantrum." The non-sensical tirade goes from extolling the virtues of the Bush Administration to calling anyone who believes in "reproductive rights" (his...Read More


MBLGTACC Conference in Bloomington coming on Feb. 13-15

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 29, 2009 | 12:32 PM | comments

The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) will hold its 17th annual conference Feb. 13-15, 2009 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The online registration deadline is Friday, February 6, but registration is also available at the...Read More


MBLGTACC Conference in Bloomington coming on Feb. 13-15

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 29, 2009 | 12:32 PM | comments

The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) will hold its 17th annual conference Feb. 13-15, 2009 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The online registration deadline is Friday, February 6, but registration is also available at the...Read More


Kevin Unrepentant

Filed by Father Tony | January 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The text of Kevin's letter and my response after the jump....Read More


Recession Woes Helping Gay Men Place a Higher Value on Love?

Filed by Nina Smith | January 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The gay dating service myPartner.com issued this press release today: As the nation's economic news worsens, and Valentine's Day approaches, many gay men in America are re-assessing the value of true love in their lives. "We've been hearing from our...Read More


HIV in Puerto Rico from a Puerto Rican perspective

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 28, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up middle-class...Read More


Did We Just Stumble on Another Gay Scandal?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 28, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As if flying weren't bad enough nowadays, it seems that cluelessness is on the rise in the skies. As most of you know, I spent yesterday flying to Denver for the Creating Change conference. As if going from 78 degree...Read More


Beautiful downtown Denver

Filed by Bil Browning | January 28, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, here we are in beautiful downtown Denver at the NGLTF Creating Change conference. I've been looking forward to this for months; I loved attending last year! The problem? I'm sick as a dog. I caught a head cold the...Read More


Ak-scent-tu-ate the Positive

Filed by Ricci Levy | January 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

That phrase is from a (probably very) old song - "Accentuate the Positive," by Johnny Mercer. Well, that's what I feel like doing this morning from here in (really cold!) Denver at Creating Change. Yesterday when I arrived at the...Read More


Dating After 5 Years?

Filed by Michele O'Mara | January 28, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

My partner and I have been together for almost five years and lived together for four but recently found out that she has been lying about some things and now she thinks the best thing is to spend time...Read More


Why I Could Not Wait for Obama

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | January 28, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I love and hate many things about America. Not the least of which in the "hate list" is how the "end game" is played out. As the partner for 32 years of a Social Security/Medicare recipient, living in Florida, I...Read More


Bilerico gets GLAAD kudos in WTHR-TV transgender reporting controversy

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 28, 2009 | 8:18 AM | comments

Bill and Jerame are at the Creating Change conference in Denver this week, and have asked me to "mind the store". (All of us make imperfect decisions once in a while.) In rummaging through their inboxI came across this piece...Read More


Indiana Legislative Pi(e) Pronouncements

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 27, 2009 | 11:33 AM | comments

The Indiana General Assembly is back in session, wrangling with budgetary considerations against continuing bad economic news. Still, as always, whether there is really time or not, a number of our Hoosier lawmakers can't resist tossing a variety of far...Read More


Where are your hands? Self exams and testicular cancer

Filed by Dr. David Fawcett | January 27, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Every year between 7500 and 8000 men in the United States are diagnosed with testicular cancer. About 1 in 250 men will receive such a diagnosis over the course of their lifetime, but it is most common in men between...Read More


A Few Questions From Monday Morning

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 26, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have a few questions... simple questions but ones that perplex me. I am proud of the kind of food critics my children have become. Over the years, Jeanine and I have encouraged them to think about the food they...Read More


A Few Questions From Monday Morning

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 26, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have a few questions... simple questions but ones that perplex me. I am proud of the kind of food critics my children have become. Over the years, Jeanine and I have encouraged them to think about the food they...Read More


Would It Kill You To Look Like A Man? Transgender Employees in Indiana

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Judge Robert L. Miller, a Reagan appointee who sits on the federal district court for the Northern District of Indiana, has recently issued yet another curious decision in the case of Creed v. Family Express Corp. Amber Creed was fired...Read More


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The Day I Saved a Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: "Stories from the Helpline" is a recurring feature on The Bilerico Project, bringing in the personal accounts of Helpline counselors from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis...Read More


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The Day I Saved a Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: "Stories from the Helpline" is a recurring feature on The Bilerico Project, bringing in the personal accounts of Helpline counselors from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis...Read More


Gamma Mu Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunity for Gay Men in Rural America

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | January 25, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Gamma Mu Social organization, founded over 40 years ago to support unmet needs of the gay community, primarily in rural parts of the country, have announced a scholarship opportunity for gay men under the age of 35. "The Gamma...Read More


Indiana's Katie Stam is Miss America 2009

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2009 | 11:30 PM | comments

Congratulations to University of Indianapolis senior Katie Stam. The 22 year old was just crowned Miss America. The Miss Gay America pageant is held at the end of the year. Ginger Ale is the current Miss Gay Indiana....Read More


Just Say No to Civil Unions -- Hard Evidentiary Version

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Regarding civil marriage vs. civil unions, a few of us have been crying in the wilderness about things like ... separate ain't equal and never will be and what faux equality does to people's heads and that self-imposing more of it would be just plain shoot-yerself-in-the-foot dumb. Now we've got gummint-sponsored proof by way of the New Jersey Civil Union Commission.Read More


Just Say No to Civil Unions -- Hard Evidentiary Version

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Regarding civil marriage vs. civil unions, a few of us have been crying in the wilderness about things like ... separate ain't equal and never will be and what faux equality does to people's heads and that self-imposing more of it would be just plain shoot-yerself-in-the-foot dumb. Now we've got gummint-sponsored proof by way of the New Jersey Civil Union Commission.Read More


Birthday wishes!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's a special day for one of our contributors. Today is Karen Ocamb's birthday! Join me in wishing Karen a fantastic day and an even better year! She's even more fabulous now!!...Read More


AIDS Community mourns the death of longtime AIDS Activist Martin Delaney

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | January 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Project Inform announces the passing of founder, Martin Delaney Friday, January 23, 2009 Dear Friends -- It is with profound sadness that Project Inform announces the passing this morning of our Founder, Martin Delaney. He was 63 years old. Martin...Read More


Catholic Church maliciously blocks new job for Father Geoffrey Farrow

Filed by Father Tony | January 23, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Have you wondered whatever became of that California priest who refused to give in to a directive from his bishop to instruct folks to vote yes to Prop 8? If you've been following his blog, you know that Father Geoffrey...Read More


Yes on K8

Filed by Kate Clinton | January 23, 2009 | 4:15 PM | comments

My first vlog for Bilerico Project! Sageing, the inauguration, and more! Sign up for my newsletter, get my latest dates, news, and vlog archives at: kateclinton.com...Read More


Indy WTHR-NBC reporter "Worst in the Nation" for Taysia Elzy coverage

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updated at the end of the post Apparently, I'm not the only person upset with the Indianapolis media coverage of the Taysia Elzy and Michael Hunt double homicide. GLAAD has recently named WTHR-13 (NBC) reporter Steve Jefferson the "worst of...Read More


Gays should celebrate Roe anniversary

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | January 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The November elections are only the beginning. We must continue to shovel layer upon layer of dirt onto the grave of right wing political playbooks that have hurt so many Americans. Last year I left the Triangle Foundation in Michigan...Read More


"Inspot" website lets you anonymously notify others about your STD

Filed by Dr. David Fawcett | January 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Imagine receiving this email: "No one wants to be the bearer of bad news but I got diagnosed with STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and you might have one too." This email might be from someone you know, or it could...Read More


A Purpose Driven Prayer

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 22, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Pastor Rick Warren delivered his invocation to the masses on Tuesday. It was a huge crowd on a historic occasion- but it was a small and narrow prayer. And it made the man that delivered it seem even smaller and...Read More


Is this Good Thing a Good Thing?

Filed by Father Tony | January 22, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The letter and my response, after the jump....Read More


Little Red Door benefit raises $3k for cancer

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Little Red Door Cancer Agency accepted the proceeds Wednesday from a benefit event hosted last year by RJE Business Interiors, a full-service furniture and design company located in Downtown Indianapolis. RJE held its inaugural "Red Event" in October to benefit...Read More


Purple Invitation: A Ticket to Nowhere

Filed by Donna Rose | January 22, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

If there's a mess somewhere I have a knack of finding myself in the middle of it. Even after all these years I still haven't decided if that quality is a blessing or a curse. I was one of the...Read More


Jon Stewart on the inauguration, interview with Gene Robinson

Filed by Pam Spaulding | January 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Start off the morning with this laugh. Stewart's comments about Dick Cheney (and the accompanying visuals) are hysterical. He also scorches Rick Warren quite nicely. The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cChangefest '09 - Obama's InaugurationBarack...Read More


Obama pimp-slaps queer community by omitting Robinson's invocation

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

As quietly as it would like to be kept by the Obama team and even by many in the LGBTQ community, Obama exploits the queer community for his political gains. And like pawns on his chess board, Obama checkmates us...Read More


Interesting bit of info

Filed by Annette Gross | January 21, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I spoke to my cousin in California last night. Her son is having a Bar Mitzvah in March and we're all going. So I spoke to my cousin last night. She told me that her rabbi is the first gay...Read More


The end of BushCo open thread

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I have a tough open thread topic today, Projectors. Let's see if you're up to it. In the spirit of Barack Obama's positive message of hope and change, let's try to look on the bright side of the Bush presidency....Read More


Gay Parenting Hip Hop Video

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 19, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

This awesome hip hop video about being a lesbian mom, "Gay Parenting: aka I've Got You," by Mélange Lavonne, is now part of Logo TV's Top 10 Videos Click List. Go vote for it to make sure it stays there!...Read More


Ralston and Hudnut: Recognition Overdue

Filed by Douglas Meagher | January 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Statues, monuments, sculpture and public art are ornaments that give cities identity, beauty (usually) and a sense of place. Indianapolis has a good supply of such works, more than most of the forty-three state capitals I've visited. We're a bit...Read More


Rep Andre Carson on Martin Luther King Jr Day

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

As a simple way to observe Martin Luther King Jr Day on Bilerico-Indiana, I thought I'd share this statement Indianapolis Congressman Andre Carson's office sent over a few days ago. "Dr. Martin Luther King's unprecedented and altruistic advocacy for equality,...Read More


Bishop Gene Robinson's Speech at the Lincoln Memorial (Video)

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 18, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

Update II: From Leah McElrath at Huffington Post A PIC source reports that some clips from the Lincoln Memorial event, including Bishop Robinson's prayer, will be played on the Mall prior to the swearing in ceremony. In addition, HBO's Cusson...Read More


If I was straight

Filed by Annette Gross | January 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

My son sent me this video. It's entitled "If I was straight......." The young man in it speaks about how being gay has made him stronger and more accepting of other people. There is a mom in our PFLAG chapter...Read More


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Being Gay Is Exhausting!

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Lynn Casper is the co-founder of Be Yr Own Queero, a queer blog based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. The other night babe useless, bizzzle and I were in the bathroom at the Soapbox hanging up...Read More


PC's, let's talk Chrome

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

About 37% percent of the times TBP was viewed over the past month the reader was using Internet Explorer. As the whole editorial team at the Bilerico Project uses Macs except for yours truly, I thought I'd point out that...Read More


Get Your Hot, Fresh Abortion Doughnuts!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 18, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Let's take a minute to go down the rabbit hole (or doughnut hole, in this case) with yet another bizarre fundie press statement... Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, like every other business in the country, is looking to get in on all...Read More


How Do I Come Out to My Parents Again?

Filed by Eric Marcus | January 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Hi Eric, This month it will have been 8 years since I came out to my parents. It didn't go very well at all. I sat down at the kitchen table with them and said simply "I'm gay" and...Read More


Indiana Employer Can Fire Transgender Employee for Violating "Dress Code"

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Arthur S. Leonard is a professor at the New York School of Law. Professor Leonard is also the editor of the Lesbian/Gay Law Notes and blogs at Leonard Link. Chief Judge Robert L. Miller of the...Read More


Thomas Beatie Bedtime Story

Filed by Paige Schilt | January 17, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The other night, my 5-year-old son, Waylon, was sitting on the toilet and reading Us Weekly. (Normally I would not confess that our home harbors such toxic tabloid sludge--much less that we expose our child to it--but since it is...Read More


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Acceptance is Key to Combating LGBTQ Youth Suicide

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Charles Robbins is Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. At The Trevor Project, we listen to young people every day who confirm exactly what the new study from the Family Acceptance Project at San...Read More


The Rumors of my Death have been Greatly Exaggerated...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 17, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Look out, Projectors. I'm slowly coming back and ready to start kevetching online again. This is your official warning (hint, hint Rick Warren, Peter Labarbera, and other fundie madmen- look out!). A big thank you to everyone who has been...Read More


Why the HELL Are Gays So Excited about Religion?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 16, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Obama has decided that Gene Robinson will deliver the opening prayer at his inauguration, and the gay community is ecstatic at the idea of an openly gay pastor at such a public event. Of course, all this excitement comes after...Read More


All I Wanted for my Birthday was a "Cock"

Filed by Nathan Strang | January 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

What better way to celebrate the turning of age than to hang around in one's birthday suit with cock in hand... Click after the jump to see and wish me a Happy Birthday! (Possibly NSFW)...Read More


Bareback = Risk: Make Healthier Choices

Filed by Eric Leven | January 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

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Durex: Get it On

Filed by Nathan Strang | January 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Most commercials about safe sex are corny and quite often miss the point. And often times they either target straight folk or some media portrayed idea of the "gay hunt." Superfad, the incredibly talented ad agency behind those quick turnaround...Read More


Rev. Al Sharpton on Marriage, Mormons and Prop. 8

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rev. Al Sharpton left no doubt on where he stands on marriage equality and the passage of Prop. 8 in his speech at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta: It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that...Read More


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Never sit on your laurels

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Editorial Team is meeting tonight to discuss where we want the blog to go over the next year and agree to some basic blueprints to get there. This seems like the perfect time to get Projectors involved too. First,...Read More


The "New" Indiana "Marriage Amendment": The Hypocrisy of "Substantially Similar"

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last Monday afternoon the Indiana Family Institute, flanked by its usual ideological colleagues including Tony Perkins, national president of the Family Research Council, ended the suspense over their perennial offering, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" to the Indiana Constitution. The...Read More


His Closet is a Duplex!

Filed by Father Tony | January 15, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Message: I am a happy self-identified gay man living in San Francisco who has had a number of successful long-term relationships with men. But for the last couple of years, I been having sexual dreams and fantasies about making...Read More


Clean Up Time Already?

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 14, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's very quiet today. Ben is home sick, lying like the dead on the couch with a high fever. Yesterday it was Zachary. Jake asked me this morning if he was next. I said Wash Your Hands! I must admit,...Read More


Trans Youth Discussed on Dr. Phil

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger Monica Helms is the president of TAVA, the Transgender American Veterans Association. First of all, I have to say up front that I am not a fan of Dr. Phil. Never have been. He comes...Read More


Quiet City

Filed by Eric Leven | January 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The apartment is solely illuminated by the blue-black flicker of a television set airing football against the white walls. I am just waking up. It's morning, but it might as well be dusk, or even later- maybe somewhere around the...Read More


Write Your Own Caption #27

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

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Meat-ing in the Middle

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 12, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a Chicago native currently living in Washington, DC. A recently downsized reporter, he enjoys running, cheap puns and defending ELO and Steely Dan to non-believers. He currently lives in Adams Morgan with his...Read More


Gay Bishop to Deliver Invocation at Inaugural Event

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson has been invited by President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural committee to deliver the invocation at a concert held at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert will be held on Sunday, January 18th and will be the first...Read More


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Shadowboxing with HIV

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

Editors' Note: Michael Eichler lives in Washington DC and works in urban planning. When he's not designing new bus rapid transit lines, he enjoys nearly-vegan cooking, cycling, making music, his rockin' boyfriend, and contemplating deep questions about the queer experience...Read More


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Shadowboxing with HIV

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

Editors' Note: Michael Eichler lives in Washington DC and works in urban planning. When he's not designing new bus rapid transit lines, he enjoys nearly-vegan cooking, cycling, making music, his rockin' boyfriend, and contemplating deep questions about the queer experience...Read More


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Shadowboxing with HIV

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

Editors' Note: Michael Eichler lives in Washington DC and works in urban planning. When he's not designing new bus rapid transit lines, he enjoys nearly-vegan cooking, cycling, making music, his rockin' boyfriend, and contemplating deep questions about the queer experience...Read More


The Bankruptcy Meatgrinder

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 10, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The following joint announcement hit the wires today from five consumer-rights groups: the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Center for Responsible Lending, National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients), Consumer Federation of America and Leadership Conference...Read More


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Waymon Hudson is one sick little man

Filed by Bil Browning | January 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Several of you have written me privately after noticing that Waymon hasn't been posting and that Bilerico-Florida has been a little sparse on content lately without Waymon around to steer the ship. What happened? He's very sick right now. Waymon...Read More


Savage thoughts on transgender detective

Filed by Donna Rose | January 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Michael Savage is an ass. I looked for another word to put there but that is, in fact, the kindest one I can find. He's one of those people who's so consistently hateful, abrasive, ignorant, and just plain foul that...Read More


Autogynephilia: The Infallible Derogatory Hypothesis, Part 2

Filed by Kelley Winters | January 09, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: This is part two of a two part series on autogynephilia. Part 1 is here. Dr. Blanchard's taxonomy of "autogynephilia" and "homosexual transsexualism" follows a long tradition of dividing transsexual women into categorical buckets based on sexual orientation....Read More


Martin Luther King Jr Day Interfaith Worship Service

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm thinking about checking this out. Anyone else want to go? The 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day interfaith worship service will be held on Monday, January 19, 11:00 AM at Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church, 237 N. East St.,...Read More


My first television interview

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Jerame and I have been going through a bunch of old video tapes and converting them to digital and we found a gem the other night - my first television interview. I was 19 and had just come back from...Read More


The Naked Boy Giver

Filed by Father Tony | January 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm making a bit of a detour this week to comment (with owner's permission) on an irresistible post I read at a blog called Naked Boy Chronicles Here's the post abbreviated: I have a problem letting go I did not...Read More


Reinventing the Wheel: Cultural Reproductive Labor and its cost on Queer youth

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 07, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Michael Crawford's recent post on the significance of Gus Van Sant's film, Milk, as an important tool in the retelling and solidification of queer history in the collective consciousness of our nation, reminded me of a conversation I had over...Read More


The audacity of false hope

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | January 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm finding it harder and harder to understand progressive and radical-identified people who continually voice their hopes for the Obama administration, hopes that I can't see as anything other than delusional. Like, for example, the hope that Obama will do...Read More


Autogynephilia: The Infallible Derogatory Hypothesis, Part 1

Filed by Kelley Winters | January 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the Third Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1980, the American Psychiatric Association explained the reasons for removing the diagnostic category of homosexuality: [1] "The crucial issue in determining whether or not homosexuality...Read More


Bono for the Homos

Filed by Kate Clinton | January 07, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Provincetown holiday break was lovely. Especially since after initial losses, I won our in-house vacation Scrabble tourney in a close final day best-of smackdown. The whole town is still agog over the transformation of our former soviet era Grand...Read More


The Future of Transsexual Medical Care

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 06, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This article has been a long time coming. Each time I've revised it, some new discovery added a pertinent dimension that needed to be addressed. But one thing is certain: the future of medical care for transsexuals is changing --...Read More


MacWorld 2009: iLife, iWork, and iMiss Steve Jobs.

Filed by Nathan Strang | January 06, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Macworld 2009 has come and gone, and it seems like the Apple goodies weren't quite so fresh and shiny this year. A lot of it had to do with Steve Jobs stepping down from the duties of presenting the Keynote...Read More


2009: The Year of Trans

Filed by Donna Rose | January 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The beginning of a New Year always seems to be a time of predictions. It's a time when people try to guess what's going to happen over the next 365 days so they can look back at the end of...Read More


Jindal's Latest Attack on Louisiana's Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 06, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is often cited as a rising star in Republican politics. One of the party's most visible state executives, he has worked hard to endear himself to the GOP faithful, and has been widely mentioned as a...Read More


Jindal's Latest Attack on Louisiana's Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 06, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is often cited as a rising star in Republican politics. One of the party's most visible state executives, he has worked hard to endear himself to the GOP faithful, and has been widely mentioned as a...Read More


Road notes

Filed by Father Tony | January 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

To prepare for the DC beltway, study the chariot race scene in Ben Hur. The South is different. Between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida, NPR disappears, and the dial is swamped with Jesus. Consumers are fed what they want. The...Read More


HIV Denial Kills

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 04, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Justin B. Smith is a 28 year old Air Force veteran and gay and AIDS activist from Baltimore, MD. He writes Justin's HIV Journal. HIV denialist Christine Maggiore, 52 died on the 27th of December. Maggorie was a...Read More


HIV Denial Kills

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 04, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Justin B. Smith is a 28 year old Air Force veteran and gay and AIDS activist from Baltimore, MD. He writes Justin's HIV Journal. HIV denialist Christine Maggiore, 52 died on the 27th of December. Maggorie was a...Read More


A Weighty Resolution: Drop the Extra Baggage

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 03, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

No this isn't about yet another year of making a new year's resolution to drop all those extra holiday pounds (although I have done that again this year). As I was looking back at the past year, I realized I...Read More


Review: Uncharitable by Dan Pallotta

Filed by Nina Smith | January 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

"What percentage of my donation goes to the cause?" Isn't that what we're all trained to ask when a charitable organization comes calling for money? Dan Pallotta's new book, Uncharitable argues that this paradigm needs a shift and he's speaking...Read More


Prisoners of Technology

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Seldom do we realize what prisoners of technology we have all become... until our DSL line goes down. Gay or straight, atheist or Christian, Democrat or Republican, those of us who use the Internet all find ourselves suddenly and ruthlessly...Read More


Third man in

Filed by Father Tony | January 02, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Have you ever seen a 3way relationship work? Really? We tried it once and it didn't go so hot because he was more into Fred (my partner) than me. This time I was the instigator, but he seems to...Read More


New Year's Day open thread

Filed by Bil Browning | January 01, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Happy New Years, everyone! Today's a holiday; we're taking the day off. :) So here's a question, but, honestly, ya'll can talk about whatever you'd like... What's your New Year resolution?...Read More