Living: September 2009

Capitalism: The Prequel Part 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 30, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

On my way to the DC premiere of Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, it occurred to me that we all know the story, because we’ve been watching the “prequel” — and starring in it — for a while now....Read More


A brief moment of effortless being

Filed by Sean Bugg | September 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Before being introduced to Provincetown, I considered myself to be an anti-beach type of person. Beach towns were all annoying tourists, garish boardwalks and gym-sculpted, sun-kissed bodies that give pale white boys like me severe complexes. Double all that for...Read More


A brief moment of effortless being

Filed by Sean Bugg | September 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Before being introduced to Provincetown, I considered myself to be an anti-beach type of person. Beach towns were all annoying tourists, garish boardwalks and gym-sculpted, sun-kissed bodies that give pale white boys like me severe complexes. Double all that for...Read More


Maggie Gallagher's husband not welcome at NOM event?

Filed by Donna Pandori | September 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Anyone remotely tuned into the same-sex marriage debate has heard of Maggie Gallagher. Most know her from the national stir she has created as President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy....Read More


Florida Equality News: September Highlights

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

This Equality Florida update is designed to keep you informed about important elements of our work. In this month's Update: 1. Florida Venues Canceling Singer Who Calls for the Murder of Gays 2. October 11th: Take Action in D.C. or...Read More


Injustice for Florida Family

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 30, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm spitting nails over this one: A U.S. District Court in Florida rejected a lawsuit by a lesbian mom who had been kept apart from her partner who lay dying in a Florida hospital. The couple's three children were kept...Read More


The morality of selfishness

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

A recent college graduate in Ohio died late last week because she didn't seek treatment for her flu symptoms until it was too late. She was a vibrant young woman, and it makes little sense that she would die from...Read More


The Bench: A story about Wabash College's gay community

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 29, 2009 | 7:45 PM | comments

A friend of mine from Wabash once summed up the gay experience at Wabash with a single shirt. He distributed it to all his friends, who wore the shirt with a proud sense of irony. The joke, in plain white...Read More


Good, Bad, Beautiful and Ugly

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 29, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

What a day. Let me start with some of the good stuff- my sister is happily ensconced in Ogunquit, and we spent her first weekend there with her, helping her get settled. The boys were all tremendously good all day...Read More


The Vatican talks man-boy love

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Ho boy. It's going to be fun to see the response to this one: In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic...Read More


Like throwing lions to the Christians

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Let's take a trip in the Wayback machine to 2005. Same-sex marriage started in Massachusetts in May of 2004. In January of 2005, a legal challenge to Indiana's DOMA law brought by the ACLU on behalf of three same-sex couples...Read More


The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 5

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 28, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

“The fundamental truth about health care in every country is that national values, national character, determine how each system works.” Prof. Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton Professor & Health Care Economist “I think health care is a privilege. I wouldn’t call...Read More


The Personal Impact of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Virginian-Pilot ran a fascinating story yesterday looking at the impact DADT is having on the lives and families of gay and lesbian soldiers who are forced to remain closeted. Rather than focus on the political or military implications of...Read More


Gay military billboard destroyed in Memphis

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 28, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

We post often about pro-gay billboards here at Bilerico, both because Indianapolis had a rash of them a few years ago, and because they're one of the few prominent examples of gay people getting out of our little groups and...Read More


America's Fastest Growing Religious Segment: Those with No Religion

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new Trinity College report looks at what ought to be frightening to all religious denominations (perhaps the Catholic Church the most): the fact that the fastest growing segment of the American population in terms of religion is those people...Read More


Hard Medicine: How Beautiful New Yorkers dress, party and support HIV research.

Filed by Father Tony | September 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

With Nick Rice, future Bilerico NYC blogger, I attended Hard Medicine, a fundraising event dedicated to supporting the work of Dr. Benjamin Adler and Dr. Sudhir Paul. Dr. Paul has committed the last 26 years to searching for a...Read More


Sorry I Haven't Written

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 27, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's been a busy summer. Between trying to find the parts to fix my 20-year-old car (after three months we were successful and the car is being worked on as I write this), looking for some paying work as a...Read More


Open thread: $50k or $100k?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here's an interesting question overheard on the radio last night. Which job would you rather have? A job where you make $50k/year and everyone else makes $20k/year A job where you make $100k/year and everyone else makes $200k/year Me? Easy...Read More


The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 4

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 27, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

...[Q]uality care shouldn't depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to. This is...Read More


The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt 3.

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

"I don't understand you Americans. You blow billions on a useless war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and billions more to bail out banks that nearly bankrupted the world economy, but you don't ensure healthcare for your own people. Even...Read More


All alone against the enemy (or so I thought)

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger AJ Dick lives in Indianapolis with her husband of almost 12 years, Dillan, their dog Cedar, and two cats, Emma and Gato. When AJ isn't protesting in the rain, she likes to crochet, read, watch TV...Read More


On Life In The Modern World, Or, What If Jesus Was An HMO?

Filed by Don Davis | September 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Those among us who are familiar with the Bible will recall that Jesus Christ himself was an active member of the health care community as he travelled about the Holy Land. It is reported that he practiced within multiple medical...Read More


Open thread: Who are the "real women"?

Filed by Phil Reese | September 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I met a very special lady in 2003 named Rachel Crandall. Rachel is a lawyer and a philanthropist in Detroit. Rachel is one of the single nicest people I've ever met in my life. Rachel, though her driver's license says...Read More


My letter to The Hill on LGBT people and health care

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I was disappointed when I read the op-ed entitled, "Expanding government-run health insurance means expanding discrimination against gays," by GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia. According to polling data, the majority of Americans support a public option in health care reform, and there's...Read More


Ordinary people

Filed by Amy Hunter | September 25, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It is late, after 3:00am as I write this. I am tired, it's been a long day working on the details for an event that will happen in October. The event is "An inclusive community event" put together by a...Read More


The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 24, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

"We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country's interest and concern; and we will never regard any faithful law-abiding group within our borders as superfluous. The test of our progress is not whether we...Read More


LGB teens at risk for eating disorders

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I am kind of surprised by this. I was aware that eating disorders were much more common among gay men than among straight men, but I didn't know lesbian and bisexual women faced heightened levels of eating disorders as well....Read More


Queers Who Surrender Their Lives to a Needful Parent

Filed by Father Tony | September 24, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I find myself on the cusp of a personal reinvention. Or, a mid-life crisis, if you prefer. I believe both are apropos descriptions. When I graduated from college in 1985, I reinvented myself by moving to...Read More


Indiana counties top in the nation for divorced people

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

Ah, Indiana. We're #1! In divorced people! Wayne County - home of Richmond - made the top spot for the highest proportion of divorced residents in the United States. Floyd and Madison counties also made the top ten list. So...Read More


Be There!

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 24, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

I'm back in New York City! Summer is over. So what do we do now? We go march on DC to demand our full equality! I'll be there - won't have a bake sale and get yourself there too?...Read More


North Central High Principal Asks for No Counter Protests of Phelps Clan

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

C E Quandt, Principal of Indianapolis' North Central High School, has e-mailed students, faculty and parents asking them to refrain from counter-protesting at the school Thursday afternoon. Westboro Baptist Church members (aka Fred Phelps' family) will be protesting outside the...Read More


Ft. Worth gay bar raid might have happened because the TABC doesn't discipline its officers properly

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 23, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Surprise, surprise: the police can't police themselves. An Associated Press review of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's internal affairs logs found that all but 39 of the 234 allegations of excessive force or unprofessional conduct lodged against agents since 2004...Read More


Equality Alabama Gala - must-see speech by ally Congressman John Lewis

Filed by Pam Spaulding | September 22, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

It was an amazing evening with many old and new friends at Equality Alabama's Gala Saturday night. The highlight was keynote speaker Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who is a native of Troy, Alabama. His played a legendary fearless role in...Read More


Should men use condoms while cruising for sex?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I love the stories about peopel who just plain don't like cruisers. It's always "They're having unprotected sex!" followed by "We know that because we found condoms!" Just say you don't like the idea that people are having sex and...Read More


Save the Insurance Companies!

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 22, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell...Read More


Chicago-area bar will gender police ID's

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 22, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

This shit will never die: An Elk Grove Village gay bar popular with cross-dressers now requires them to show a valid photo ID that matches their "gender presentation." Put another way, they now need a photo ID that shows them...Read More


Victory Garden: Looking Ahead to Those Halloween Pumpkins

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today, September 22nd, is the date that fall officially arrives in our hemisphere. The sun is crossing the celestial equator in its march south, so day and night are about the same length. Fall means Halloween...and pumpkins. If you're making...Read More


Victory Garden: Looking Ahead to Those Halloween Pumpkins

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today, September 22nd, is the date that fall officially arrives in our hemisphere. The sun is crossing the celestial equator in its march south, so day and night are about the same length. Fall means Halloween...and pumpkins. If you're making...Read More


Atlanta protests Eagle bar raid: Was it part of a mission to clean up the city?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There was a protest this weekend over the bar raid in Atlanta. Monica Helms has lots of videos (in good quality), so hop on over to her site if you couldn't be there. The police also released the police reports...Read More


dot coms fight for control of the dot gay domains

Filed by Nathan Strang | September 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

In 2010, ICANN, the organization behind domain name registration, will allow independent registration of new TLDs (Top Level Domains), as long as one has the infrastructure to manage the responsibility, and of course, the cash. This will open up new...Read More


Missionary

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | September 20, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I was surfing working on my computer early one evening when the doorbell rang. The dog went nuts, of course, so I had to put down my laptop and find out who was here. It was three Mormon missionary boys,...Read More


You Can Keep Your Hat On

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Not to brag, but this summer, everyone coming out of my summer show in Provincetown told me it was my best ever. Oh, okay, not everyone. Two couples got up and left in a huff shortly after I described the...Read More


Come Support the Trevor Project Tonight in Miami!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Come out and support The Trevor Project, the national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. The Lifeline Event Series will take place on September 20, 2009 from 7:00pm-10:00pm, at Halo Lounge, 1625 Michigan Avenue in...Read More


Universal health care is still an LGBT issue

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 19, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have barely posted anything about health care now that the "debate" (if you will) is in full-swing all over the country. It's partly because I figure that an issue that's being covered everywhere doesn't need any help from me...Read More


HIV's Politically Invisible Cousins: HTLV-1 and -2

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

To explore the reasons why these formidable relatives of HIV have such a scanty public profile in the U.S., we need to take a detective's look back over some AIDS history. In 1983, French researcher Luc Montagnier and a colleague...Read More


PRIDE in the PARK 2009

Filed by Donna Pandori | September 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The GLBT Resource Center of Michiana is holding their 2nd annual "PRIDE in the PARK" celebration on Saturday October 3, 2009 at Potawatomi Park, South Bend. Festivities will commence at 1:00pm and conclude at 6:00pm. This is a kid friendly...Read More


FL Fundraiser to Prevent LGBT Teen Suicide Gets a Surprising Supporter: Tim "I hate gay people" Hardaway?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Trevor Project, a national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, is hosting the Lifeline Event Series, which will take place on September 20, 2009 from 7:00pm-10:00pm, at Halo...Read More


Another day of sobriety

Filed by Gloria Nieto | September 18, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

What a difference 23 years makes. On September 18, 1986, I woke up and thought I would try this new "one day at a time" thing I had been hearing about in meetings. Earlier that year, I had racked up...Read More


Tampa Gets Openly Lesbian Police Chief

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Mayor Pam Iorio appointed the city of Tampa's first woman and first openly Lesbian Police Chief, Jane Castor. She will be sworn in on Oct. 1, marking a huge milestone for the city and for the LGBT community. Castor is...Read More


Any firm plans?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 18, 2009 | 11:15 AM | comments

Anyone know of any firm plans to counter demonstrate against the Phelps clan's visit to Indianapolis? There's an online "protest" that raises money for charity based on how many minutes the group protests, but so far that's all I've heard....Read More


Ujima Men's Collective Conference 2009 for Black Same Gender Loving Men

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | September 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Black Same Gender Loving men will meet in West Palm Beach at the Hilton Airport Hotel, September 25-27, for the Ujima Men's Collective Conference 2009. The Conference will feature such speakers as Connecticut State Representative Jason Bartlett, Timothy Harrison, Ph.D....Read More


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A Bilerico Project meetup (and my birthday party!)

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

If you're going to the National Equality March, I'd like to invite you to a very special Bilerico Project meetup - it'll be my birthday party too! The Helix Hotel is an awesome venue for a meetup/party; it's one of...Read More


My Offended Reader in Maine

Filed by Father Tony | September 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Dear "Father" Tony: Your fanatically anti-Catholic efforts sadden me and I will pray for you because I think you need it desperately. Have you not asked yourself why you are attacking our clergy? Isn't it self-serving? Don't bother responding,...Read More


Love your inner lesbian

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 16, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a new poster ad campaign being run in the UK by Stonewall, an LGBT group, directed towards lesbian and bisexual women. I think it's cute, but do you think it's effective? The other two posters in the campaign are...Read More


Phelps clan says they'll picket in Indy

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Fred Phelps and his group of crazed anti-gay nutjobs from Westboro Baptist Church have announced they'll be picketing outside of Indianapolis's North Central High School on Sept 24 from 2:55-3:30pm. Why? Because the school is putting on a performance of...Read More


"I thought this was a sex club"

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 16, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Atlanta Police Department released complaints filed by Eagle bar patrons regarding the bar raid last week that turned up several arrests for permit violations. Is this how permit laws are supposed to be enforced? • One man said officers...Read More


Indiana gay men have smaller willies?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Not that men don't lie about their d--k size on the internet, but... Now that gay cruising site Manhunt has a spot to put in the length of your member, they can track and see which state is most has...Read More


Repeal DOMA bill introduced in Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. The Respect for Marriage Act, which is a brilliant name...Read More


Atlanta Eagle raided by cops. Why?

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Caught this and it surprises me as much as it concerns me. Cops are claiming they saw sex and drugs at the Eagle in Atlanta. Which can only mean one thing: they weren't looking at other Atlanta bars. Sex and...Read More


The Dawn of LGBT Equality

Filed by Diane Silver | September 15, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Sometimes I wonder if we'll miss the moment when the LGBT revolution really does arrive. Many, myself included, have always expected that moment to come with cheers and back slapping as equal rights legislation finally becomes law. Others may be...Read More


Loose ends in same-sex marriage bans: divorce

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 15, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

From the Chicago Tribune: Indiana court turns down same-sex divorce request: An Indiana judge has turned down a divorce request from two women married in Canada, ruling that state law doesn't give courts the authority to dissolve same-sex marriages. These...Read More


Police now saying they saw sex shows at The Eagle in Atlanta

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 15, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

The police's story is changing when it comes to the bar raid at The Eagle in Atlanta last Thursday. First they said they were there because of noise complaints from the neighbors. Yesterday, their gay liaison said it was "criminal...Read More


L@s homofóbic@s pueden cambiar

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | September 15, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

En mi último blog, di un consejo muy saludable a l@s homofóbic@s: dejen de serlo. Así de sencillo. Algun@s se ofendieron y trataron infructuosamente de justificarse porque no querían ser catalogad@s como lo que son, pero es que no se...Read More


Jesse's Journal: California's Nude Beach Crackdown

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | September 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since 1979, California nudists enjoyed a "live and let live" attitude from that state's Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). That year DPR Director Russell Cahill decided that California's anti-nudity law will not be enforced in the state's "unofficial" clothing-optional...Read More


The Morality of Health Care Reform: Competing Voices

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 14, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

During Take Back America 2008, I spent part of a day running around with a camera and a microphone asking people which issue was most important to them in the upcoming election. Just when I thought I was done, the...Read More


8 arrests in Atlanta gay bar raid

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Atlanta police raided a gay bar last Thursday. I'd encourage you to read the entire Atlanta Progressive article, which says that no one was told why they were raiding the bar, except that they were threatened with violence if...Read More


A very special caption this

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Family Institute is raising cash with the help of the Indianapolis Star's political cartoonist, Gary Varvel. They're running a "Caption This" contest for one of Varvel's uncaptioned cartoons - and for the low, low price of $25 you...Read More


5 reasons why same-sex marriage in D.C. would be huge

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Michael A. Jones blogs about LGBT issues for Change.org. He is the Communications Director for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and previously was Communications Director for Pax Christi USA, a progressive Catholic human...Read More


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Bilerico-DC's Dan O'Neill Makes The Advocate

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The work of Bilerico DC contributor Dan O'Neill is spotlight in the current issue of The Advocate. Dan is Chair of the HIV Working Group, a program of The DC Center focused on reducing HIV infections among GBT men. I...Read More


Mi consejo a l@s homofóbic@s

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | September 13, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Si no quiere que le digan homofóbic@, no lo sea. Así de sencillo. Muchas personas que se oponen a la igualdad de derechos para las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transgéneros (LGBT) se ofenden si se les cataloga de homofóbic@s,...Read More


The Other 300: gay military history

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you ever run into anyone who gives you a mouthful of right-wing nonsense about how gays shouldn't serve in the military, or protests that gays have never been allowed to openly serve in the military, tell them about the...Read More


Mormon Men of Power and Authority in our Governments: Why They're Big trouble!

Filed by Bobby Parker | September 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm an 'inactive Mormon.' That means I don't go to church and don't give 'em money anymore. For my grandchildren's sakes, it sounds better in Mormon parlance for Grandpa Parker to be inactive rather than a nonbeliever. Semantics...but don't we...Read More


White Whine

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 12, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

For all I know, Keith Olberman might still be doing his special extended commentary on the You Lie Guy, but I had to get to bed. I have not checked this morning to see if he is still going strong...Read More


9-11 Remembered: A Flight Attendant's Story

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 11, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Many of you may know that I am a former flight attendant. What you may not know is that I was in the air on September 11th, working a flight leaving New York City going to Florida. I worked for...Read More


Am I Gay?

Filed by Michele O'Mara | September 11, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It was 1979 and I was 13 when the beautiful new girl in school, with long brown hair and green eyes, approached the locker next to mine. Obviously struggling to satisfy the lock she was trying to open, she turned...Read More


DC gearing up for marriage bill introduction

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I wrote last week that now is the time for marriage equality in DC and the City Council is gearing up to make that happen. 10 of 13 members of the Council are reportedly co-sponsors a marriage bill that is...Read More


9-11 Remembered: A Flight Attendant's Story

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 11, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Many of you may know that I am a former flight attendant. What you may not know is that I was in the air on September 11th, working a flight leaving New York City going to Florida. I worked for...Read More


When Do You Tell?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica F. Helms is the president of the Transgender Americans Veterans Association. One of the most controversial subject matters in the transgender community has to do with when to tell a new or potential love interest about your...Read More


Of Two Minds on an Album for Kids with Two Moms

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Canadian musician Kate Reid, a self-described "homofolkie," is working on an album for kids with two moms, according to an article in the Edmonton Sun: Reid hopes to interview children of lesbian couples during her current Canadian tour. She says...Read More


Of Two Minds on an Album for Kids with Two Moms

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Canadian musician Kate Reid, a self-described "homofolkie," is working on an album for kids with two moms, according to an article in the Edmonton Sun: Reid hopes to interview children of lesbian couples during her current Canadian tour. She says...Read More


Same-sex partners benefits and the state of Virginia

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 10, 2009 | 2:24 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Witeck, native citizen of Virginia, is a graduate of the University of Virginia (1974) and CEO/co-founder of Witeck-Combs Communications, which specializes in consulting with corporations and nonprofits on LGBT households, marketing, and public relations. For...Read More


A school official took students to a church to be baptized

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 10, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

A mother is considering suing her son's school after the football coach took them on a field trip to a church and had him baptized. Seriously, a school official thought it would be a great idea to take a group...Read More


Giving Money to "Homeless" Beggars on City Streets

Filed by Father Tony | September 10, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, My partner and I got into a huge fight when we visited New York City three weeks ago. I gave money to a woman on the subway who said she was HIV+, had three kids, homeless...Read More


Marriage is between one man and one woman, his mistress, and his other mistress

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

One of the great lies of the conservative "family values" crowd is they oppose marriage equality because they are protecting the so-called "sanctity of marriage." "Marriage is a union of one man and one woman," they scream and anything else...Read More


Black Episcopal Congregation Celebrates Lesbian Marriage

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 09, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Since the liberal arm of the U.S. Episcopal Church passed a resolution in July to bless same-sex unions - particularly in states like Massachusetts that legalize such marriages - so too has, at least, one black congregation within the Massachusetts...Read More


Mind the Gap, Cross the Valley

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 09, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The computing world often talks about the "uncanny valley" when discussing 3D effects in modern virtual worlds. The theory is simple: as a computer's rendering of a human being becomes more realistic, viewers eventually reach a point where the image...Read More


Indiana transition resources - do we have them?

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 09, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

A friend of mine asked me for help with gender issues, which is usually no big deal. We talked for a while, discussing why he felt the way he did, and what could be done to fix the issue, when...Read More


On Understanding Your Market, Or, Mr. Obama, We Need To Talk

Filed by Don Davis | September 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

So it's the day of the big speech, Mr. President, and we got trouble with a capital "T" right here in Health Care City. What are you gonna do? Do we follow the traditional Democratic Party legislative process of passing...Read More


Woman transforms gender during epileptic seizure

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is fascinating. We've had plenty of conversations on the site about gender identity disorder. While sexual orientation was considered a mental condition a few decades ago, that hasn't changed for transgender folks. As with sexual orientation, scientists have been...Read More


How to guarantee you'll end up on YouTube

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's not often that I find myself agreeing with the folks at Hoosier Access, but this time is a good exception. I think Baron Hill is a good Congressman, but his aversion to being recorded has become absurd. In this...Read More


Archbishop Rembert Weakland: A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 09, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Father John McNeill is a pioneer in the gay liberation movement. John helped found Dignity New York City, a spiritual support group for gay and lesbian Catholics, in 1972. In 1976 he published The Church and...Read More


Angry Response to Obama's Speech to Children

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 08, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

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How To Think

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

One of the teachers who influenced me the most was Mr. Harrison, my high school English teacher. He taught me that the purpose of education was not to teach me what to think, but how to think -- how to...Read More


Quick Story

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm getting ready to have some fun today. Not much fun has been had lately and today, fun is on the highest order. I have some ribs in the oven, after having been patted down with a homemade dry rub...Read More


Congress Needs Your Story about Living with HIV/AIDS

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | September 08, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Are you a person living with HIV/AIDS in Florida and depend on Ryan White funded services? If so, I need you to provide me with a few short paragraphs on how important of a role the Ryan White Programs play...Read More


A real Congressional town hall

Filed by Matt Comer | September 08, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Do you have a somewhat sadistic fetish for all the yelling, screaming and downright crazy antics at the U.S. House members' and Senators' town halls across the country? Well then, you might want to join U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC)...Read More


Godwin's Law Fail

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

This ad was made to run in Germany: There really isn't anything creative about this ad, as shocking as its creators think they are. Showing sexy, firm bodies having sex to get attention, directing an ad message to straight people,...Read More


Coming (Out) to Terms...

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger John Squires and his partner Steve have been together for 7 years and are at the stage in their life where having a baby feels...well right. John is documenting their experience in the blog, John and...Read More


On Fighting The Madness, Or, Send This To A Deather

Filed by Don Davis | September 07, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

We are coming down to the home stretch on health care, and we have seen the results of the first couple of rounds of crazy that have been sent forth in an effort to stop the process. In addition to...Read More


Advertising Equality: A Poll on Impact

Filed by John Shields | September 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Being Labor Day and all that, it's time to take a good old-fashioned straw poll of what YOU think are the best advertisements regarding LGBTQ issues facing this country. Below you will find an unscientific sample of ads and videos...Read More


Do ya feel it too?

Filed by Amy Hunter | September 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Do you feel it too? The energy. The excitement. The focus? I feel it. Here in Kalamazoo, it's palpable. It's in the air. Iowa, Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and, yep, Kalamazoo. (Remember? I'm your gal in Kalamazoo?) All...Read More


Labor Day open thread

Filed by Bil Browning | September 07, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

It's Labor Day here in the states - a holiday meant to support and honor the worker. We're taking the day off here at TBP and the state sites, so comments may not be approved right away. (Want to avoid...Read More


Lifting the Veil off Mental Health: Labor Day Lessons

Filed by David Castillo | September 06, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Labor day has arrived, which marks the end of summer, but we all have one last weekend to celebrate the season before getting back to work and settling down for the cold months. This weekend we will be a spending...Read More


Lifting the Veil off Mental Health: Labor Day Lessons

Filed by David Castillo | September 06, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Labor day has arrived, which marks the end of summer, but we all have one last weekend to celebrate the season before getting back to work and settling down for the cold months. This weekend we will be a spending...Read More


New HIV campaign: AIDS is a mass murderer

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A controversial new German AIDS campaign is under fire for showing an Adolf Hitler lookalike having sex. The tagline of the ad: AIDS is a mass murderer. With new infections occurring at increasing rate, are provocative tactics like this what's...Read More


Rev. Rob Hardies: I believe it is wrong to use the language of war to speak about matters of love

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 06, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

As we prepare for the introduction of a marriage bill in the D.C. City Council, opponents of equality are ratcheting up their violence rhetoric. They've used phrases such as "declaration of war" and "civil war" to whip D.C. residents into...Read More


Victory Garden: Delight and Danger with Peppers

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 05, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The fiery colors of autumn come to the garden a little early...in the form of peppers getting ripe. With the Labor Day holiday hitting America, many of us are going to be doing family feasts or cookouts, and the menu...Read More


Raining Dogs and Dogs in Ptown

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 05, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The much-anticipated benefit for the Provincetown Dog Park starring Lily Tomlin was a huge success. All day long tropical disturbance Danny dumped rain on our little town, but an hour before the event in a huge white tent out on...Read More


An unexpected honor

Filed by Bil Browning | September 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The good folks at the Indiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have decided to give me the "Two Paws Up Award" for blogging about animal abuse. The award will be given during the group's annual honors meeting...Read More


Two Oddly Related Letters

Filed by Father Tony | September 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I am 22, Columbian and athletic. My English is very good, but sometimes I miss signals and make mistakes. At the gym an old guy was cruising me in the locker room. He followed me everywhere....Read More


The K8 Word

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 03, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Women athletes on the cover of the New York Times? Great! Oh, it says women in tennis can't serve? Oy. At least this Dykus Maximum can look forward to the return of the new L Word reality show!...Read More


Vigil for Transgender Woman Murdered in DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 02, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Two transgender women in D.C. were stabbed on August 26. One of the victims, Tyli'a "NaNa Boo" Mack, was killed. The DC LGBT community held a vigil to honor her life and to condemn the anti-LGBT violence that occurs every...Read More


The Pressure to Perform

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 02, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I was just told by my lovely son Ben how he is going to get me some wrinkle cream for Christmas. He pointed to my forehead, my eyes, and said... here and here... Just sayin', Mom. Nice. So poetry and...Read More


DC Archbishop comes out against marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

In an unsurprising move DC Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has joined anti-equality activist Harry Jackson in urging continued discrimination against gay and lesbian families. Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition...Read More


Goshen Amendment Fails

Filed by Donna Pandori | September 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Around 1:00 am this morning the Goshen City Council voted against an amendment which would have included "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" in the city's civil rights ordinance. The vote came after the second reading of the amendment and approximately...Read More


One More Time: Everything Is Not Slavery

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t occur to me to respond to the madness of Michelle Bachman. There’s a point at which merely legitimizes mindless rantings like hers, and dignifies them are more than they deserve. However, there is a...Read More


CDC says AIDS 50 Times Higher in Gays, Bi Men

Filed by Jason Tseng | September 01, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

The CDC announced findings stating that Gay/Bi men and MSMs contract HIV/AIDS at a rate 50 times higher than the general populace. Allow me to repeat that statistic: Gay men get HIV/AIDS fifty times more often than straight folk. Previously,...Read More


WWII Soldiers in drag

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 01, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Queenie's my type of girl! Take a peek at other WWII era soldiers in drag from someone who was there....Read More