Living: October 2009

Finding Happiness at Halloween: Lifting the Veil off Mental Health

Filed by David Castillo | October 31, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Halloween is my partner Jim's favorite holiday. He loves it more than Thanksgiving and more than Christmas. Around this time of year, it's not uncommon for our apartment to smell of baked pumpkin seeds and hot cider infused with mulling...Read More


Finding Happiness at Halloween: Lifting the Veil off Mental Health

Filed by David Castillo | October 31, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Halloween is my partner Jim's favorite holiday. He loves it more than Thanksgiving and more than Christmas. Around this time of year, it's not uncommon for our apartment to smell of baked pumpkin seeds and hot cider infused with mulling...Read More


The White House

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 31, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have to be honest. I fawned. A little. I could not help it. I was in the White House, walking along a corridor of Presidential portraits, past the first lady's garden, and my chin was on the floor. Welcome...Read More


Soulful Voices for Marriage Equality: DC Clergy United

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 31, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The big untold story in the movement towards marriage in DC is the strong clergy support for equality. The traditional media is stick in a mythical narrative that people of faith are categorically opposed to full LGBT equality. In DC,...Read More


Christianist Loons and Halloween

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 30, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Each year Halloween sends many far right Christians completely over the edge - not that many of them aren't already there - and they begin to spout all kinds of lunacy and seek to prevent their children from being exposed...Read More


Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act and Announces End of HIV Travel Ban

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 30, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

President Obama announced an end to the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban during the signing ceremony for the vital Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act this afternoon. The travel ban, a legacy of Jesse Helms, has been in place since...Read More


Gays, kids, and recruiting: It's ain't over yet

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 30, 2009 | 1:00 AM | comments

Jonathan Zimmerman in the SF Chronicle asks the $64,000 question: Let's suppose, for a moment, that conservative critics are correct: Gay educators want to "promote homosexuality" in American schools. So what?[...] Jennings acknowledged the contradiction in a 1997 interview about...Read More


Sen Evan Bayh will oppose Republican filibuster

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

All of the health care reform debate is really confusing to me and I'll admit that I'm not that well versed in the intricacies. By the time you throw Congressional procedures and protocols, insurance practices lingo, and a bunch of...Read More


Rusty Gordon, 1942-2009. A community pioneer who will be sorely missed.

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's guest post about the sad news of Feminist & LGBT Warrior Rusty Gordon's death comes from South Florida activist Bill Vayens. Gordon was listed as one of the "Feminist who Changed America" in the book by Barbara...Read More


LGBT History: A British Bisexual and American Religious Liberty

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Seldom do LGBT historians have the chance to write about pre-1800 historical figures whose orientation was clearly non-hetero. Even more seldom do we dwell on bisexuals, since bisexuality is such a divisive political issue with some of us. So I...Read More


Being Gay IS A Choice

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 29, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Smith is a gay, HIV+ native Montanan, a Rome-educated former priest who is now a mental health therapist, health educator, activist, spiritual adventurer and overall wiseguy who loves to write. He blogs at From Eternity to Here....Read More


Guilty When You Sneeze?

Filed by Father Tony | October 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, Please take off your pope hat for a moment and put your shrink hat on for a moment. I don't feel guilty about being gay. I'm proud of who I am. A 100% gay man. But...Read More


Halloworldseries

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 29, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Happy Halloween! Why is Philly vs New York City the "World" Series? Is Hillary a ref? Know what's scary? Losing in Maine!...Read More


Reclaiming "We"

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 28, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Mike Elk couldn't have been more right in his thinking about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of the Teabaggers, Birthers, etc. He would have seen that those faces that at first glance seem twisted in anger are...Read More


Calvin and Hope? More like Calvin and Hobbes!

Filed by Phil Reese | October 28, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Wisdom does not necessarily come with age. Two of Michigan's oldest academic institutions are showing nothing but stubbornness when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Rather than endorse healthy academic debate, Hope College of Holland, Michigan and...Read More


WWJB: Where Would Jesus Bank? -or- Jesus Doesn't Bank Here Any More

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

While Jesus drove the moneychangers from the temple, a Minnesota bank brought the good Lord to commerce. Federal regulators, however, have closed "God's favored financial institution." It attracted national attention for advocating prayer in the workplace. Among the decorations in...Read More


WWJB: Where Would Jesus Bank? -or- Jesus Doesn't Bank Here Any More

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

While Jesus drove the moneychangers from the temple, a Minnesota bank brought the good Lord to commerce. Federal regulators, however, have closed "God's favored financial institution." It attracted national attention for advocating prayer in the workplace. Among the decorations in...Read More


Child witches, demons, and LGBT youth

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 28, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

This Halloween many American children will dress up as witches. And we'll hear their laughter and see their smiles as they joyfully go door-to-door trick-or-treating. But in some places across the globe children would never pretend to be witches because...Read More


Picking an Easier Target

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Howard teaches in the Education Program at Colby College. He has written numerous articles and paper, and a few books on issues relating to social justice in education with a particular focus on identity and...Read More


Headed to DC

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 27, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I am honored, humbled, to have been invited to witness the President signing the Hate Crimes Bill. This is the first, the very first, piece of legislation to be signed into law that includes TRANSGENDER. Truly honored. My kids... well......Read More


We Had A Ball

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | October 27, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Saturday night the Damien Center of Indianapolis held their 22nd annual Grande Masquerade, the premier fundraising event for the city's primary HIV/AIDS support center. I was privileged to be one of many volunteers to help this event run smoothly, and...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Yves St. Laurent

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 27, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Yves St. Laurent. One...Read More


Sit on My Lapse

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

When people wonder to me about what I'll do without George Bush, I tell them that I'll always have the Pope. And of course, the Cheneys who are keeping America safe, but not from themselves. I could do a whole...Read More


Playing Fair

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Can I rant for a few moments? It's that kind of day. After standing in the rain, coaching my son's soccer team with a single parent- you know, the straight white guy who has not volunteered to coach but feels...Read More


Trying to stop HIV/AIDS deaths = Child molestation

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The latest attack on Kevin Jennings is that he was once an ACT UP activist and that he gave money to a exhibition related to the history of ACT UP. The poster on the right (that WND ran under the...Read More


Singing For Health Care Reform

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 24, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

(Full disclosure: The group that organized the protest is one I work with on my job.) This is something I wish I'd been a part of, and I hope they call me if they need an extra baritone next time....Read More


Inside baseball: The all-male college "gay problem"

Filed by Austen Crowder | October 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Okay, I have two confessions to make. One, I went to one of the two remaining all-male colleges left in the country, Wabash College. (I know of exactly one other alumna from my alma mater: you may know her already.)...Read More


Change and Change Again

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm listening to Zachary and Jake wrestle upstairs- they are sharing a room so my sister can stay here. She has been half the time in Ogunquit, half the time here. I've become quite spoiled- she helps with the cooking,...Read More


One day, an armless man walked into a village in southern Italy....

Filed by Father Tony | October 22, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, "Barry" and I were legally married last year. We had been boyfriends and partners for ten years before that. Last night we went to a party where I told a funny story that fell flat. Oh...Read More


Pat Robertson: Gays want to destroy marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Pat Robertson seems to have missed the media spotlight. To get back in the glare of the overhead lights he's decided to attack The Gays. Again. And, what does Pat have to say this time? "Gays don't want to get...Read More


Did the Pope go pro-choice?

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 22, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

When did the Pope go pro-choice? The Catholics want the Anglicans to choose them after all these years. Maybe the Church needs the money after those pedophilia payoffs....Read More


Morehouse's non-tolerance for gays

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 21, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Morehouse College has a problem with its dress-code offenders. These dress-code offenders wear baggy pants, du-rags, flash their "bling bling" like gold chains, and "decorative orthodontic appliances" like gold teeth, and tattoos, bringing too much of black urban ghetto...Read More


Happy Birthday, Sister

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 21, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today is my sister's birthday! I have two older brothers and a younger brother, and when I was young I begged my mother for a sister, or a dog. I got a sister. My sister begged my mother for a...Read More


Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Congress has promised to begin the process of reforming America's broken immigration system later this year. There is widespread consensus that reform is urgently needed, and a growing insistence among lawmakers that any reform effort must adhere to our nation's...Read More


Let's talk job segregation, not LGBT people and pedophilia

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 21, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've been following the Kevin Jennings story here on TBP pretty closely, and it's not just because it's a blatant case of homophobia. The story is important because of it's political implications, yes, but also because of its social implications....Read More


Shame and blood on a prayer shawl

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 21, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Gregory Hinton is an acclaimed author, filmmaker, and lecturer. His novels include Cathedral City, The Way Things Ought to Be and Santa Monica Canyon. His films include It's My Party and Circuit. Last Saturday morning around...Read More


On Using Mr. Bullhorn, Or, DC Health Summit Thursday: Come Say Hi...Loudly

Filed by Don Davis | October 21, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

It was a long hot August for those who would like to see health care reform, as rabid "Town Hall" protesters proffered visions of public options that would lead to death panels and socialism and government tax collectors with special...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Todd Oldham

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Todd Oldham. Best known...Read More


High School Hand Holding as Punishment... with a Dash of Internalized Homophobia

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 20, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Advocate has a brief story up on a Colorado high school football coach who made two players hold hands and run together as punishment during a recent practice: Officials from the Aurora Public Schools say they are investigating the...Read More


Serious Shortage at Home

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 20, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Big drama today in the house. We are down to our last two rolls of toilet paper. Years ago, a columnist for the Boston Globe, Diane White, wrote a fabulous piece on what families tended to hoard. Back in the...Read More


Why is uber-homophobe Tom Coburn writing for the Advocate?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Sen. Tom Coburn has a column up in The Advocate about health care. His argument is asinine (the private health care system is great for people with HIV, particularly the individual market, that we should further empower it), but that's...Read More


Whatever, Mary

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 20, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I saw this on Friday and -- as is typical in my life -- didn’t get around to writing something about it until today. Since then, of course, bigger bloggers than me -- with bigger media megaphones -- have covered...Read More


BPFL's Michael Emanuel Rajner featured in POZ Magazine

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 20, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

We've got out very own coverboy, Projectors! Bilerico Florida's own Michael Emanuel Rajner is featured in this month's POZ Magazine as one of the inspirational people living with HIV who make the establishment sit up and take notice. I've had...Read More


Unfiltered homophobia in the New York Times

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

We started in the "exploratory outrage" phase back in June. By late September, it turned into a full-blown hissy fit, with everyone on the right jumping up and down, stomping their feet, and demanding their demands be met without really...Read More


Norfolk Country Club Bars Same-Sex Family Membership in Vote

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This article from the Virginian Pilot involves two friends of mine and their family. In fact, Shannon was one of the co-founders of HRBOR with me and is one of this year's co-chair for the Equality Virginia Legends event on...Read More


Norfolk Country Club Bars Same-Sex Family Membership in Vote

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This article from the Virginian Pilot involves two friends of mine and their family. In fact, Shannon was one of the co-founders of HRBOR with me and is one of this year's co-chair for the Equality Virginia Legends event on...Read More


The APLA AIDS Walk, the Age of Aquarius, and people like me

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 19, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Most of us take historic events in stride, rarely pausing to notice that once something momentous happened that day. Religious holidays, on the other hand, demand that attention be paid - if only in buying of gifts or breaking of...Read More


Pride and Joy

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 19, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Parents talk a lot, amongst ourselves, about the unending work of … well … parenting, and less about the immense rewards of that work -- when being your kids’ mom or dad pays off with moments of incredible “pride and...Read More


Lots of Love... and Good Boundaries

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 19, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Thursday night was Ben's birthday. 14 years old. It's hard to imagine my little baby with curls and a big giant smile all the time is 14. Zachary called around 5pm- he and Walter had been in a car accident....Read More


Jesse's Journal: Halloween, the Great Gay Holiday

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | October 19, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

October is an important month in our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender calendar. This is GLBT History Month (www.glbthistorymonth.com), dedicated to re-discovering our past and celebrating our community's icons October 11 was also "National Coming Out Day," which we observed...Read More


What I Learned from Isaiah, or: A Queer Jew Returns from DC

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Joanna Ware is a queer Jewish community organizer, activist, and rabble rouser at Keshet, a Boston-based non-profit building community locally and creating change nationally, working for the full inclusion of GLBT Jews in Jewish communities. In...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Deirdre McCloskey

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Deirdre McCloskey. Deirdre McCloskey...Read More


A Lethal Love Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the USA

Filed by Father Tony | October 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I suspect this final draft of the American Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Marriage was deliberately leaked to make an impact on a certain situation in Maine. For this reason, I am doing a series of videos in which I take...Read More


Who's in charge: Fox News or Congressional Republicans?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've posted quite a few times about Kevin Jennings, the gay man who was appointed to the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools on the back of his life's work to make schools safer for LGBT students. Homophobes, naturally,...Read More


6 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Your Relationship

Filed by Michele O'Mara | October 15, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Relationships are a team sport. Do you play well with others? Here are six suggestions for improving your relationship....Read More


Advice for a Gay Roman Catholic Convert

Filed by Father Tony | October 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Fr. Tony, Hello, my name is Steven. I was viewing the Bilerico website and saw your blog. I have a question in hoping you may assist me. First of all, I am a Roman Catholic and have been for...Read More


On Same-Sex Inheritance, Or, "'Til Death Do We Part" Comes To Boyzone

Filed by Don Davis | October 14, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

There was a time, in the 1990s, when "boy bands" walked tall in the musical world. New stars with names like "BoyzIIMen" and "Backstreet Boys" and "*NSYNC" were everywhere to be seen, and positioned prominently within this firmament of stars...Read More


Equality Idol contestant Mario Nguyen talks with Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | October 14, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I championed Equality Idol contestant Mario Nguyen during the contest and while the straight guy got the most votes, Mario was also invited to speak since he was so popular. I had a chance to sit down with him before...Read More


Any questions?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 14, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

And this is your brain on Fox News: Hunter said during a lecture on tax dollars on Oct. 5, Geneva High consumer education teacher Dave Burk started talking about the National Endowment for the Arts, asking his students, "'How would...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Alfred Kinsey

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Alfred Kinsey. Alfred Kinsey...Read More


Swedish school fights back against Toys R Us's sexism

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Well, they're right: Last winter, a sixth grade class at Gustavslund school in Växjö in south central Sweden reported Toys"R"Us to the Reklamombudsmannen (Ro), a self-regulatory agency which polices marketing and advertising communications in Sweden to ensure they are in...Read More


Personal Reflections from the National Equality March

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Only time will tell exactly what effect the National Equality March in DC will have. Will the crowds move from the streets of the Capitol back to their home states and districts? I hope so. Will it further the divide...Read More


Carrots, Giggles and Ninjas

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 13, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I realized something this weekend. I can't do it all. I'm exhausted most of the time. I'm not doing anything well, just a lot of stuff half- assed. I'm done. We had our last weekend in downeast. Too cold from...Read More


My moment in the sun at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

For one brief shining moment, I got to stand on the main stage of the National Equality March to be recognized as an Executive Steering Committee member instead of working as press backstage. Even then, I couldn't help snapping pictures...Read More


The Chaos, Hubbub, and Order Scale

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 13, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

6:30 comes early when you go to bed at 2. Last night, my wife's heavy metal band played to a packed house of head-banging lezzies. Of course we had to go out for triumphant post-show pancakes. Now it's my turn...Read More


Openly Gay Boyzone Singer Stephen Gately Dead at 33

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | October 12, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Longtime readers of my blog, Bamboo Nation, know that I love boy bands, so the news that Stephen Gately, the openly gay member of Boyzone, has passed away saddens me deeply. BBC News reports: Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has died...Read More


"Gay men are pedophiles" meme back in full force

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Well, it seems like hard evidence of the falseness and stupidity of the charges against Kevin Jennings weren't enough; both Sean Hannity and the AFA are continuing to wage war against Obama's pick for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free...Read More


AIDS Walk & Ride 2009 raises nearly $156,000 for Indiana HIV/AIDS needs

Filed by Austen Crowder | October 12, 2009 | 10:16 AM | comments

A big "thank you" goes out to everyone that participated in the AIDS Walk & Ride this year. Nearly $156,000 was raised to help Hoosiers living with HIV and AIDS! Rain and clouds gave way to sunshine and pleasant temperatures...Read More


What's in a name? (In honor of National Coming Out Day)

Filed by Amy Hunter | October 11, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Those of you who speak to groups or do workshops know that there are certain questions you can almost count on. This is one of the more inevitable: "How did you pick your name?" I don't really want to answer....Read More


What's in a name? (In honor of National Coming Out Day)

Filed by Amy Hunter | October 11, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Those of you who speak to groups or do workshops know that there are certain questions you can almost count on. This is one of the more inevitable: "How did you pick your name?" I don't really want to answer....Read More


How I Never Came Out

Filed by David Badash | October 11, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I believe human sexuality can be a very fluid element of our being. If you believe in the Kinsey Scale, however, I'm definitely a six. But I remember well a conversation I had with my first real boyfriend, Tom. I...Read More


A coming out story: "Cis"

Filed by Austen Crowder | October 11, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: We don't post works of fiction much, but we hope you'll enjoy this short story from Austen. Funny how the therapist drains the words right out of you. All the way here the words echoed in your head,...Read More


LGBT History and Hispanic Heritage Month: Two Puerto Rican AIDS Activists

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

As Americans argue over healthcare reform and whether poor people should receive government-funded health care, one of the first and bloodiest battles ever fought over this issue took place ten years ago in Puerto Rico -- and got little coverage...Read More


Parenting Stories to Change Hearts and Minds

Filed by Dana Rudolph | October 10, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

An important part of National Coming Out Day--and changing hearts and minds at any time--is telling our stories. I therefore wanted to share a collection of recent stories about LGBT parents. Unfortunately, lesbian moms and our kids seem to be...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Zora Neale Hurston

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

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Zora Neale Hurston. For...Read More


Victory Garden: A Way to Avoid Eating at Least a Few of Those GM Foods

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 09, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Even in a weekend of political explosions from the National Equality March, my "urban gardening" theme is relevant. How do I connect my Victory Garden with the marchers in D.C.? Many of them will surely be munching on fast food...Read More


Socialized, heavily regulated, or single-payer: A health care system is as good as the people running it

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

It seems like it's the universe's goal to simultaneously lower my expectations for my fellow humans and to surprise me with their generosity. Today I schlepped myself across town to do visa paperwork and found out, when I got to...Read More


Socialized, heavily regulated, or single-payer: A health care system is as good as the people running it

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

It seems like it's the universe's goal to simultaneously lower my expectations for my fellow humans and to surprise me with their generosity. Today I schlepped myself across town to do visa paperwork and found out, when I got to...Read More


Name Mary Cheney's second child open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Considering how much attention the first petit Cheney-spawn received on this site and others two years ago, I'm surprised that no one has even posted about number 2 here on Bilerico. For shame! We all need to explore the intersection...Read More


And Gemma Makes Three: A Baby for Tango's Real Dads, and More on Banned Books

Filed by Dana Rudolph | October 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

"We tried to incubate a rock and that didn't work," jokes Justin Richardson, one of the authors of And Tango Makes Three, the true story of two male penguins who hatch a real egg after fruitlessly trying with a rock....Read More


What is this, America?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I posted on Facebook yesterday that I twisted my ankle pretty hard, and am now unable to walk. And even though I work for the French government, I can't go to the doctor because immigration laws were recently changed so...Read More


Will Neil Patrick Harris give me a present this year?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 08, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Do you know how much it breaks my heart that my "He Just Doesn't Know It" husband won't be in DC for the National Equality March? This means he won't be at my birthday party tomorrow night to give me...Read More


Father John J. McNeill wins the Building Bridges Award

Filed by Father Tony | October 08, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Father John J. McNeill, the author of several important books about gay spirituality, and a guest contributor at Bilerico, was in New York City on October 4th at The Desmond Tutu Center to accept New Ways Ministry's Bridge Building Award....Read More


Marching alongside the pink elephant

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mitchell Gold is the co-founder of the successful and innovative furniture design and manufacturing company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The Advocate magazine recognized Mitchell as a Person of the Year in 2006, calling him a...Read More


The "Larry Craig" catches on

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Leave your terrorist fist bump at home, because it'll spread the dreaded swine flu (I heard somewhere that's why the terrorists made it up and Obama tried to popularize it). NPR has a funny article up of alternatives to touching...Read More


Engineered T cell receptor trial opens with new cellular therapy for HIV

Filed by Bil Browning | October 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Adaptimmune Limited today announced the approval of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and opening for enrollment of the first-ever study using...Read More


Did the Army spin the AIDS vaccine story?

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Big and little media, including this blogger, welcomed recent news from Thailand that trials of an AIDS vaccine were very promising. Today, word in the scientific community is, sadly, that this drug is not nearly as promising as the U.S....Read More


Heads-up: LGB workshop at the University of Indianapolis

Filed by Austen Crowder | October 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The staff at Bilerico was tipped off to a wonderful workshop happening in a few weeks at the University of Indianapolis. It's good to see workshops on these issues; I've heard stories that GLB issues are occasionally seen as unimportant...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Michel Foucault

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 07, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Michel Foucault. For more...Read More


Back to school in Maine

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new ad from the Yes campaign: Is this discussion really about who can say their claim more often and more sternly? I debated back in high school, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was their tactic. I'd also...Read More


DC marriage bill introduced today and what's next

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today D.C. Council Member David Catania introduced a bill that would legalize marriages between same-sex couples. The bill, known as the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, sets the stage for DC to become the next...Read More


The Word of God has a well-known liberal bias

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 06, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The Bible is apparently too namby-pamby liberal for the folks at Conservapedia, so they're trying to get a crew together to retranslate it conservatively. Because if I understand anything about Christians' relationship to the Word of God, it's that it...Read More


Out of my Black Church, Into the Streets

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I will not be in church this Sunday, but I will be in a place where my spiritual self will be fed. I will be participating in the National Equality March (NEM) this Sunday, carrying the banner of Faith in...Read More


National Coming Out Day Events

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

National Coming Out Day is this Sunday, October 11 and there are lot's of great events going on over the National Coming Out Day Weekend. Saturday October 10 at 11AM is the Indiana AIDS Walk & Ride. I've participated in...Read More


Give This Column to a Woman You Love- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 06, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 20th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is also Chairwoman of the Committee on Appropriations' Legislative Branch Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. The...Read More


Brewster speaks out for Kevin Jennings

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Kevin Jennings, the head of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, the founder of GLSEN, and an openly gay man, came under fire these past few weeks because the right thought they could get rid of him by accusing...Read More


Marriage, money, discrimination, and the New York Times

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 05, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The New York Times has an interesting article up about how much more it costs to be a same-sex couple than a heterosexual couple over a lifetime, considering additional expenses when it comes to retirement, health care, and income tax....Read More


Go Tammy Baldwin!

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 05, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation to increase funding through the CARE Act for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the US. With state budget crunches all over the country, with people losing their jobs and needing to rely programs like Medicaid...Read More


Ramapo College Goes To Washington

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 05, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

At Ramapo College of New Jersey, where I teach, we're taking three vans down to the National Equality March on Saturday morning. I am so excited! And more importantly, so are they. They are psyched! You wouldn't believe what they...Read More


NYT: The High Price of Being a Gay Couple

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 05, 2009 | 12:45 PM | comments

For many of us, the emotional and human costs of being denied the freedom to marry are clear. The moments that matter most are fraught with additional worries including difficulties in visiting one another on the hospital, the worry about...Read More


NYT: The High Price of Being a Gay Couple

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 05, 2009 | 12:45 PM | comments

For many of us, the emotional and human costs of being denied the freedom to marry are clear. The moments that matter most are fraught with additional worries including difficulties in visiting one another on the hospital, the worry about...Read More


A brief history of domestic violence against men, in vintage postcards

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 05, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Wives beating up their disobedient or wayward husbands was once perceived as downright hilarious. Maybe it was the shock of the role reversal (wife-battering was a commonplace in those days) or that men who submitted to female authority were viewed...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Ruth Ellis

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 05, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Ruth Ellis. For more...Read More


Straight, now gay: How do you come out every day?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Who was it that said, and I can't quote directly since I can't find it, "Whenever I read Dear Abby I feel the world is dark and mean..."? I used to read Dear Abby every day, along with Ann Landers...Read More


Pie a realtor for Marriage Equality? I'm serious!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Okay, this might be the weirdest ad I've ever seen, in the current issue of the Bay Area Reporter -- at the top it says: "PIE A REALTOR FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY!" And then -- yes yes, a picture of someone...Read More


The Lazy Queer Parent's Guide to Sex Ed Books for Kids

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 04, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

One night in the bath, my five-year-old son poked at his testicles. "What are these things called again?" "They're called testicles, but sometimes people call them balls," I said. He seemed momentarily satisfied, but the next night, on the toilet,...Read More


The Lazy Queer Parent's Guide to Sex Ed Books for Kids

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 04, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

One night in the bath, my five-year-old son poked at his testicles. "What are these things called again?" "They're called testicles, but sometimes people call them balls," I said. He seemed momentarily satisfied, but the next night, on the toilet,...Read More


Acrux: Roll on a better libido (men)

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 04, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new testosterone treatment to restore libido in the aging male population may be coming to a pharmacy near you in the next year or two.  Australian company Acrux has announced trial results of its new drug, Axiron, which offers...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: John Cage

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 04, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is John Cage. For more...Read More


Deep in the heart(s) of Texas

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Two bits of Texas news for those doing the two-step. A Texas judge has declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and is granting two Dallas men the state's first same-sex divorce. The lawyers for the case say...Read More


More people are getting AIDS meds worldwide

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The UN released some good numbers in the global fight against AIDS: In 2008, officials estimated more than 4 million people were on AIDS drugs in low- and middle-income countries. The biggest increase was in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 3...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: John Amaechi

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is John Amaechi. For more...Read More


Capitalism: The Prequel 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 01, 2009 | 4:30 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


October is GLBT History Month!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 01, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

October is GLBT History Month! Modeled after Black and Women's History Months, GLBT History Month highlights annually the achievements of 31 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Icons. The GLBT History Month 2009 Web site is now online at www.glbthistorymonth.com....Read More


ISU Students will march in DC

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Indiana State University's student newspaper is reporting that a sizable contingent of ISU students will be marching in DC next weekend. Members of a campus LGBT-awareness group will travel to Washington, D.C. next month for the National Equality March, part...Read More


Jesse's Journal: Gay Bar Raids: A Double Standard

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | October 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

As long as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people gathered together in urban areas, there have been gay bars. And as long as there have been gay bars, there have been bar raids. Since the beginning, governments have used their...Read More


He's 20 And He's Worried

Filed by Father Tony | October 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I've been a reader on Bilerico for a few months. I've read previous letters that you have received and posted on the Bilerico website and wondered if I could do the same. I am a 20...Read More


Abstinence-only funding is still winning votes

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Isn't it great that the Democrats have a 60-vote majority in the Senate? Now at least the 20% of the population that's batshit conservative won't have power over the rest of us: A Senate committee voted Tuesday night to restore...Read More


Ye Olde Standards

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 01, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

I'm furious about the death of the public option. 2/3 of the public wants it and 2/3 of Congress voted against it. What sense does that make?...Read More