Living: February 2009

Killer of Ryan Skipper Found Guilty in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 28, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In March of 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed 19 times and left to die on a dirt road in rural Polk County, Florida. He was only 25. His killers drove around in his blood-soaked car, bragging how they had killed...Read More


Ryan Skipper's Killer Found Guilty

Filed by Nadine Smith | February 28, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Joseph Bearden, one of the two accused killers of Ryan Skipper, was found guilty of second-degree murder and robbery. On March 15, 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed 19 times and left to die on a dirt road in Polk...Read More


GayCities iPhone App Review

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 27, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

GayCities.com, which bills itself as "Your Gay Travel Guide" has recently released an iPhone app for their service - aptly named GayCities. The app can use the location awareness of your iPhone to locate "gay-friendly" bars, hotels, and restaurants in...Read More


Big Mammas

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 27, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

After reading the promo for a new webcast reality series, Big Mammas, I had to find out more about the Indiana-based lesbian couple behind this adventure. The promo reads: "Jon and Kate Plus Eight meets Will and Grace. As self-made...Read More


Let's Define Our Terms: Bashing

Filed by Scott Kaiser | February 26, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

This has been making the rounds for a while, but that's ok because it deserves and needs the widest possible audience. If you haven't seen this yet, please take a moment to watch. The most effective thing you can do...Read More


Daniela Sea at the Winter Party

Filed by Father Tony | February 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Actress Daniela Sea greets the crowd at the opening reception of the 2009 Winter Party in Miami Beach....Read More


Obama picks openly gay man to head Office of National AIDS Policy

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

From a press release sent to Bilerico Project by the White House press secretary: President Barack Obama today announced the appointment of one of the nation's leading public health policy experts as the Director of Office of National AIDS Policy....Read More


Obama admin found funding for health care

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The White House will release details today for their 10-year budget outline, but to be included will be a $634-billion fund for health care reform. The money will come from cap-and-trade on carbon emissions, rolling back on Bush's tax cuts...Read More


Transgender veterans and navigating the VA system

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 26, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. For the first time since the Transgender American Veterans Association existed, a mainstream print media has dedicated an extensive amount of space to present the stories of...Read More


A fool and his donuts are soon parted.

Filed by Father Tony | February 26, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I've been seeing one guy for about six months and have stopped dating anyone else. I think we are in love and that this may be the guy I spend my life with but there is...Read More


Colorado Republican and Democrat: No HIV screening for sluts!

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Colorado Senator Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) is opposed to HIV screening for pregnant women, because if a woman has HIV she's obviously a slut who deserves to die from AIDS: "This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part, and...Read More


@ The Winter Party in Miami Beach

Filed by Father Tony | February 26, 2009 | 2:05 AM | comments

You'll have to go to my blog to see the photos of the celebrities and festivities of the opening reception of the 2009 Winter Party sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It's just a bit too late...Read More


Obama's going for an individual mandate in health care reform

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

According to Ezra Klein, the Obama administration will be trying to include an individual mandate in health care reform. The White House wants Congress to write the bill, so it'll start there, but they're working on an outline of what...Read More


I'm on the cover of the WaPo Style section today

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 24, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Although, it's not because I'm a style or fashion icon... A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by Jose Antonio Vargas of the Washington Post. He was doing a piece about gay bloggers and what's in store post-election as the...Read More


Is the U.S. Changing Its Anti-Gay Stance at the UN?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 24, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Amid the marriage uproars, many gay media almost lost an important piece of news in the shuffle. We LGBT people had a longstanding grievance against the Bush administration for opposing and undercutting establishment of our rights in the global arena....Read More


How to get the spark back in your relationship

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 24, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There is no more spark in my 7-year relationship and I would like advice on how to reignite it with her. ~ Sparkless Sparkless, I am really encouraged that you have a desire to get the spark back! It...Read More


It's a Dirty Word

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Josh Verbeke is a student at IUPUI and a longtime LGBT activist. Josh attended the Midwest LGBT College Conference on behalf of Bilerico-Indiana. Bilerico Project was a sponsor of the conference. Queer. No matter who you...Read More


With son's sex arrest queries resurfaces about Bishop T. D. Jakes's sexuality

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your words invariable will come back to bite you, as we have seen with...Read More


Bush's new job

Filed by Bil Browning | February 24, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I ran across this yesterday and thought it would make for a perfect open thread today. A few weeks ago Elliott's Hardware offered former President George Bush a job as a greeter. George stopped by the store a couple of...Read More


This American Life On Transgender Children

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 23, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Sure, you're spending the day re-watching Dustin Lance Black's acceptance speech after winning an Oscar for Milk. Take a few minutes, however, to listen to the second segment on the Valentine's Day episode of This American Life. Each of the...Read More


A Plea for Putting Health Care at the Center of Our Movement

Filed by Paige Schilt | February 23, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This past Saturday, I received two telling pieces of mail. The first was a thick package of postcards for the upcoming Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference at the Mazzoni Center. The second was a doctor's bill. My wife, Katy, has rheumatoid arthritis....Read More


A Plea for Putting Health Care at the Center of Our Movement

Filed by Paige Schilt | February 23, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This past Saturday, I received two telling pieces of mail. The first was a thick package of postcards for the upcoming Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference at the Mazzoni Center. The second was a doctor's bill. My wife, Katy, has rheumatoid arthritis....Read More


A College Frat Boy & The Kiss of Dismissal

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 23, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

How officially homophobic is the U.S. military? Apparently, even more so than a frat party, as we learned from a story on the campus of GW in recent weeks. "GW," for those not living inside the beltway, is short for...Read More


Holding "Ex-Gay" Programs Legally Liable For Harm

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 23, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Truth Wins Out and Lambda Legal have teamed up to produce a booklet, Ex-Gay & The Law, that looks at the possible harmful effects of reparative therapy utilized by "ex-gay ministries" - which is condemned by the American Psychiatric Association,...Read More


The Digital Archive

Filed by Eric Leven | February 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Some rare gems no longer collecting dust: Footage of the pre-action meeting for Target City Hall, March 27, 1988 (eve of Target City Hall demonstration). The 3:28 mark stirs something....Read More


Phenomenal Woman

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

One of the hardest things I did last Saturday at the Mass Equality gig, was get up on stage, and be in front of 500 people. I've done it before, I'll do it again, but the next day, I always...Read More


Live blogging at Java Boys Fort Lauderdale

Filed by Father Tony | February 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Live blogging at Java Boys in Fort Lauderdale with my husband. As the boys and girls (and same sex couples with kids in tow!) come pouring into Java Boys coffee house on this glorious Saturday morning, one takes note, and...Read More


"A Good Parent Is A Good Parent"

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 21, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's news that should surprise absolutely no one: Children raised by loving lesbian and gay parents fare just as well as children brought up by heterosexual couples. In a widely circulated article from Tuesday's Chicago Tribune, reporter Bonnie Miller Rubin...Read More


There's nothing depressing about saving young lives

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger John Palmer is a volunteer counselor on The Trevor Project Helpline. He volunteers at The Randy Stone West Coast Call Center in Los Angeles. "Are you thinking of killing yourself?" We ask this of every person...Read More


Upper West Side Religion

Filed by Father Tony | February 20, 2009 | 10:00 PM | comments

Now that's my idea of church! In our neighborhood is the totally delightful Society for Ethical Culture. After the jump, their sign announcing this week's sermon....Read More


GMU Elects Drag Queen As Homecoming Queen

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | February 20, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

From The Washington Post: Ryan Allen, a popular host of the George Mason University's yearly drag show, was elected its homecoming queen over the weekend in an emotional crowning ceremony at halftime of the sold-out GMU vs. Northeastern basketball game...Read More


Witness: Ryan Skipper Killed Because He was Gay

Filed by Nadine Smith | February 20, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Ryan Skipper Murder Trial Update As the trial of Ryan Skipper's accused murderer unfolds, it is clear that anti-gay hatred played a significant role in Ryan's murder. According to a witness who took the stand yesterday: "He (Bearden) said he...Read More


Governor Crist commits to Review Title V Abstinence-Only Funding

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | February 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Wednesday, February 18th I attended a town hall meeting in Fort Lauderale to ask Governor Crist if he would commit to review the wasted tax dollars the State of Florida contributes to ineffective Title V Abstinence-Only sex-education programs. Florida...Read More


Not without its share of surprises

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 19, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger George True Simpson is the eCommunications Associate at Equality California and blogs at The California Ripple Effect. Interests include any and all internet fads/trends/memes and harnessing the extraordinary potential of online organizing to advocate for justice...Read More


Simmie Williams, Jr. Murder Still Unsolved

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | February 19, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, Denise King, surviving mother of Simmie Williams, Jr., spoke of her incredible grief exclusively in her first television interview with CBS-4 News Ted Scouten. In the interview Denise shares her grief and struggle for police to bring her child's...Read More


Just Tell Mama

Filed by Father Tony | February 19, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Message: I have worked for the Catholic Church most of my life. I have seen many relationships that were hushed. I do find that the Church is a safe place for the clergy to be a couple, or carry...Read More


Virginia is For Haters - Virginia General Assembly Slights Gays Again

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Tuesday last week was "Crossover" day in the Virginia General Assembly, which is the day when the two legislative houses of original introduction must complete work on their bills. Unfortunately, Virginia is maintaining it's record for being an extremely anti-gay...Read More


The Grammys, the Oscars, and the Westminster Kennel Club show

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 19, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Yes, they're all related. Sign up for Kate's newsletter, get Kate's latest dates, news, and Vlog archives....Read More


Evil plan is working

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 18, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

So far, the week has been great. Ben and I have been chillin' and it's nice. Last night, we argued about whether to watch "John Tucker Must Die" or "Million Dollar Baby." I won. He watched on and off. He...Read More


Winterizing open thread

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm stuck with workers at the house today and the internet access has been spotty at best. Not only did we put in new windows last summer, but we're finally getting insulation! W00t! The unfortunate problem is this is the...Read More


ACTION: Urge Mayor Fenty to Recognize Gay Relationships

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 17, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

LGBT activists are calling on D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty to recognize marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships legally performed in other jurisdictions as domestic partnerships in the District. The D.C. City Council passed a law last year giving the mayor...Read More


My Girlfriend's Kid

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 17, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

How much should I spend when dealing with my new girlfriend and her 6-year-old child? She is putting unrealistic demands on me. I never wanted children and don't really want to change my entire life around because now there...Read More


Mea culpa

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 17, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I just got yelled at by two people. Where's the posts??? Mea Culpa. I really have been remiss....Read More


That Texas cowgirl spirit

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 16, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

On the way to my show at the gorgeous Lakewood Theater in Dallas, my impish driver, a volunteer in OpenDoor Productions, asked me if I wanted to swing by to see where George and Laura Bush were living. I told...Read More


Your magic wand open thread

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Here's today's open thread question: A fairy (of course) gives you a magic wand. When you wave the wand, you will right one injustice in the world - but only one. Personally, I'm going to opt for a revamping of...Read More


Stop the Arrests!

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It is hard to believe, but almost forty years after the Stonewall Riots gay men are still being harassed by the New York City Police Department. Since 2004, the NYPD has entrapped and arrested 52 gay or bisexual men on...Read More


Beer Pong, the Sequel: An Update on Agnes Scott's Filming Policies

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 16, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Louisa Hill is a senior at Agnes Scott College where she studies theatre, French, and women's studies. She last guest blogged on The Bilerico Project in December, when she informed us of the filming of Road Trip II:...Read More


Suze Orman on Marriage Equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2009 | 6:30 AM | comments

Suze Orman makes a powerful case for marriage equality in this clip from her show. By being denied the freedom to marry in 48 states and being denied the federal rights and responsibilities of marriage nationwide, same-sex couples are put...Read More


Suze Orman on Marriage Equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2009 | 6:30 AM | comments

Suze Orman makes a powerful case for marriage equality in this clip from her show. By being denied the freedom to marry in 48 states and being denied the federal rights and responsibilities of marriage nationwide, same-sex couples are put...Read More


Slavery and Semantics

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Living in D.C. means that there are lots of historical sites and I can visit if I want. Living here for almost 15 years means that I've either visited them already or don't really think about visiting them anymore, because...Read More


Slavery and Semantics

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Living in D.C. means that there are lots of historical sites and I can visit if I want. Living here for almost 15 years means that I've either visited them already or don't really think about visiting them anymore, because...Read More


HRC Throws Trans Health Equity Under the Bus - Again

Filed by Kelley Winters | February 15, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

This week, the Human Rights Campaign released its 2009 State of the Workplace report and Corporate Equality Index (CEI) ratings of large US employers for GLBT inclusive policies and practices.[1] Perfect 100% ratings were awarded to a record 260 major...Read More


He Said the Principal Banned Rent; She Said "Did Not!"

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | February 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

When I saw Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist on DVD last night, I finally realized why it deservedly received a nomination for Outstanding Film by the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - a nomination that I didn't quite understand when...Read More


Continental Flight 3407 Crashes in Clarence NY: 50 souls lost.

Filed by Nathan Strang | February 13, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Last night, Continental flight 3407 went down in Clarence, NY. The plane, operated by Colgan Air, was on its way to Buffalo, NY, from Newark, NJ. 50 souls were lost: 44 passengers, two pilots, two flight attendants, one off-duty pilot,...Read More


More GSA Fights in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 13, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The ACLU of Florida has filed a lawsuit against another Florida School Board for denying a Gay-Straight Alliance to form. Administrators from the School Board of Nassau County, Florida have unlawfully denied students' requests for permission to form a GSA...Read More


The Universe's Pull

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 13, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was tired yesterday. Sleep wasn't my friend the night before. Every time I drifted into it I had the most awful dreams. Children, so many of them, being abused and I was trying to save them all. I couldn't....Read More


Kiss of Peace

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 13, 2009 | 11:45 AM | comments

I want to pursue George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld with the same fervor that those people are going after steroid users in baseball. Sign up for Kate's newsletter, get Kate's latest dates, news, and Vlog archives at:...Read More


The Indianapolis mating game

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I was pleasantly shocked a few weeks ago when the Indianapolis Star solicited my help in finding a "20-something gay couple" for an upcoming feature on Valentine's Day. I quickly called long-time friend (and total hottie!) Josh Verbeke and asked...Read More


A Horrible Anniversary: Lawrence King Killed One Year Ago

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 12, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today is a day of sadness and reflection for me. One year ago, 15 year-old Lawrence "Larry" King was shot in front of his classmates while sitting in school. For many younger LGBTQ people, this was a murder that defined...Read More


A Snake Charmer?

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

Dear Father Tony, Last week, I did something I have wanted to do for years. I did it while my partner was away on business for a week. I got my first tattoo. It's a really sensuous green serpent...Read More


Keeping whites and colors separate: The "U-Washee"

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Racism is ingrained in the Midwest; we've normalized it. Take, for example, my earlier post on Tony Zirkle, the Hoosier Republican congressional candidate who spoke at a dinner honoring Hitler's birthday. (He also publicly advocated for racial segregation.) Zirkle lost,...Read More


Clearly, you need more Gina de Vries in your life!

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 11, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Attention Pioneer Valley, Boston, NYC, & New England people! I'm hoping to make it out to the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Reproductive Justice conference at Hampshire College this April, and to turn it into an opportunity to do some...Read More


The Real American Family

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Nikol Hasler, the brilliant creator of the Midwest Teen Sex Show, has a new series on the Public Internet Channel. Real American Family will also cover teen sexuality issues, but will also cover issues parents can relate to. Episode One...Read More


Let's Talk Stimulation: The Economy & the LGBTQ Community

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 10, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

We have lots of issues facing us as a community. They are all extremely important (I'm not one to make grand "this is the number one issue facing LGBTQ folks" statements). But one that seems to not get included in...Read More


Let's Talk Stimulation: The Economy & the LGBTQ Community

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 10, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

We have lots of issues facing us as a community. They are all extremely important (I'm not one to make grand "this is the number one issue facing LGBTQ folks" statements). But one that seems to not get included in...Read More


Let's Talk Stimulation: The Economy & the LGBTQ Community

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 10, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

We have lots of issues facing us as a community. They are all extremely important (I'm not one to make grand "this is the number one issue facing LGBTQ folks" statements). But one that seems to not get included in...Read More


Teenager Accused of Using Facebook to Blackmail Classmates

Filed by Jason Tseng | February 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Shocking news comes out of Wisconsin, where Anthony Stancl, 18, has been accused of using the wildly popular social networking site, Facebook, to coerce fellow male students into sex acts. Police discovered Stancl's actions after confiscating his computer after tracing...Read More


Being Gay is a Gift From God

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 09, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Being gay is indeed a gift from God. And, the fact that not one, but two, ministers affirmed this on Oprah is amazing. We too often hear religious leaders denigrating LGBT and attempting to scapegoat us for everything they see...Read More


Being Gay is a Gift From God

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 09, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Being gay is indeed a gift from God. And, the fact that not one, but two, ministers affirmed this on Oprah is amazing. We too often hear religious leaders denigrating LGBT and attempting to scapegoat us for everything they see...Read More


Bankers and Guantanamo - a solution

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 09, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Kate Clinton's Feb. 4th Vlog. Sign up for Kate's newsletter, get Kate's latest dates, news, and Vlog archives at: http://kateclinton.com...Read More


My mom would say, "I hope some day you get paid for being Alex Blaze"

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 08, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

For the past two or three weeks I've been in and out around this site, and this past week has been even worse. I'm back to as full-time as I normally am, though, and I'll just give the short version...Read More


Abstinence is not 100% safe

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | February 07, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I taught peer sex ed in high school. It was one of the most progressive sex ed courses in the area, covering queer people, healthy relationships, and setting and asserting boundaries. But despite being a comprehensive (i.e. abstinence-based while still...Read More


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A Sixth Grader Is Being Harassed (or Is He?): What Would You Do?

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | February 07, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I can't decide whether ABC's What Would You Do? is just another trashy hidden-camera program or a revealing exploration of modern day ethical issues. Whatever it is, I'm addicted to it. John Quinones goes around setting up horrible situations -...Read More


Ugliest. Caterpillar. Ever.

Filed by Bil Browning | February 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Don't like my caption? Give us yours in the comments section!...Read More


A Question of Religion

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 06, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'll be the first to admit that I have a long and messy history with organized religion. Having been chased out of the Southern Pentecostal church I grew up in for at first asking too many questions, then for coming...Read More


Pierced ears

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 06, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Jake came up to me yesterday and said, Mom? Can I get my ears pierced? The question surprised me but I shrugged. Lemme talk to your mom. I texted her and she didn't care. I emailed a friend because it...Read More


So what's so wrong about a little bit of unpaid taxes?

Filed by Ricci Levy | February 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I mean, clearly, this is not an usual situation. Lots of folks don't pay their taxes - or pay them, but not quite all of them - or even have liens against them for back taxes due for 16 years....Read More


Taking Out the Trash

Filed by Father Tony | February 05, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

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University of Tampa to Provide Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | February 05, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The University of Tampa's student newspaper, the Minaret Online, is now reporting that the university will begin offering health insurance and other benefits for same-sex couples in domestic partnerships. An email sent to school faculty and staff stated that they...Read More


Ted Haggard issues with his homosexuality

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 04, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

After a publicity junket promoting the HBO documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard, which landed him on Oprah and Larry King Live fallen evangelical star Haggard has risen from public obscurity to tell us he's not gay - he's "heterosexual...Read More


Yes We Can, #21

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 04, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It had to happen. My galpal got a wicked cold at the inauguration. We called it America's Cold. I did my Florence Nightingale best - very cute in a nurse's cap - with chicken soup, aspirin, plenty of fluids, the...Read More


Overpaid CEOs: What Other Rich People Are Robbing the Rest of Us?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 04, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Americans are loving it as President Obama vents at the CEOs who paid themselves bonuses out of bailout funds. People cheered when Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill made her historic speech demanding that CEOs "shouldn't get paid more than the President...Read More


Overpaid CEOs: What Other Rich People Are Robbing the Rest of Us?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 04, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Americans are loving it as President Obama vents at the CEOs who paid themselves bonuses out of bailout funds. People cheered when Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill made her historic speech demanding that CEOs "shouldn't get paid more than the President...Read More


I'm in recovery

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 04, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Kate recorded this video blog during the Creating Change conference in Denver. Sign up for Kate's newsletter, get Kate's latest dates, news, and Vlog archives at: http://kateclinton.com...Read More


Pretty girl, foxy lady, or both?

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 03, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's my birthday today! I am 26, officially closer to thirty than twenty. That brings up a very important question: Do I have to relinquish my femme chicken status? I'm being mostly tongue in cheek in asking this question --...Read More


A Taste of Utopia

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I just got home from my first Creating Change Conference in Denver and have been slowly processing the entire experience. I do promise to write an in-depth look back on the policy, tools, and overall look at the conference, but...Read More


Creating Change Plenary Speech on HIV/AIDS

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Kenyon Farrow is an organizer, communications strategist and writer working on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons and homophobia. A current Policy Institute fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Farrow is working on a...Read More


Creating Change: The life observed

Filed by Bil Browning | February 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

One of the best parts of social networking technology is what I think of as "the life observed." If you follow me on Twitter or we're friends on Facebook, you inevitably end up learning more about my personal life than...Read More


Why the family planning funding mattered

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Several people argued on my last post about Obama capitulating to House Republicans on funding for women's reproductive health in the stimulus package that it's in the spirit of bipartisanship, not capitulating, to take rational criticism from the minority party...Read More


Our Personal Comfy Folks - an open question.

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

This NY Times article about lesbian communities is a must-read. Like convents of nuns, they are becoming extinct. The article opines about the lack of new and younger members but I think the big issue is the comfort we each...Read More


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An Open Letter to the Citizens and Elected Official in the Great State of California

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock, MD 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...Read More


"Domestic Partnership" Does Not Equal Marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

An editorial on marriage in the Portland Press Herald laid out in the clearest language possible why the debate around relationship recognition should about marriage and not just the collection of rights and responsibilities accessed through marriage. A domestic partnership...Read More