Living: November 2009

FAIL: Rick Warren tries to take a neutral position on Uganda's 'execute gays' bill

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

Pastor Rick Warren attempts to straddle a volatile issue -- Uganda's legislation that calls for the execution of gays -- and commits a double twist, backflip FAIL by saying "As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I...Read More


Where are the torch bearers? A World AIDS Day 2009 Message from the Florida Panhandle

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 30, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Butch McKay, a dear friend and champion for the AIDS community, shared his message for World AIDS Day 2009. Butch serves as the executive director for the Okaloosa AIDS Service & Information Services (AIDS Oasis) in Fort Walton Beach, FL....Read More


It's That Time of Year...

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 30, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

One holiday down. One to go... I wish I could say I loved the holidays. I don't. I never have. I doubt I ever will. Even though I've had more wonderful celebrations in my adulthood than horrible ones as a...Read More


Episcopalians will now officiate same-sex marriages in church

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 30, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Eastern Massachusetts diocese of the Episcopal Church is now allowing priests to officiate same-sex weddings: Five years after same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts, the local Episcopal bishop yesterday gave permission for priests in Eastern Massachusetts to officiate at...Read More


Your life is now in the cloud, security is more important than ever [gay geeks]

Filed by Nathan Strang | November 29, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Before Facebook, before Twitter, before Ebay, identity theft required a bit more work. Every once in a while you'd hear a nightly news special on how someone could sift through your garbage, finding bits of pieces to your life, leading...Read More


On Transition & Suicide

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | November 29, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

A recent death and the comments I've read has me in an unusual mood today. And I'm reminded of something that I've seen, and that many in the LGBT community as a whole have seen. There was, for a couple...Read More


Stupak, Pitts, and the Classist, Sexist "Sin Tax" Amendment

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Louisa V. Hill is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa's Playwrights' Workshop. LGBT folks and their allies know all too well that their human rights are often the first to be sacrificed under the...Read More


PhRMA Report: 97 Treatments in Development for HIV

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Don't get me wrong. I'm grateful, really I am. I routinely swallow pharmaceuticals that keep me alive (and cost over $2300.00 a month)-and because of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), I don't pay full price for these meds. I...Read More


The 2nd Thanksgiving: A Personal Story On Conflict Resolution

Filed by Bil Browning | November 26, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since it's Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share a personal story and invite our readers to do the same in the comments section. Take a moment and tell us your standout Turkey Day memory - whether funny, sad, or heartwarming. Mine...Read More


Atlanta: Eagle patrons sue city & top cops hit the door

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Granted, this is pure conjecture on my part, but I'm not a big believer in coincidences. If any Atlanta readers have the inside scoop, let me know... In an earlier Journal-Constitution article about the raid on the Atlanta Eagle, they...Read More


Harvey Milk and the holidays

Filed by Adam Bink | November 25, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Awhile back, I wrote a piece at my home blog, OpenLeft.com, looking at the map of results in Maine, and noted the results in small towns where we lost badly. A colleague of mine at OpenLeft, Mike Lux, who has...Read More


I ♥ New York

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you are coming to New York City during the holidays and you want to see a show - book some tickets to The 39 Steps. Based on the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, it is a comedic tour de farce...Read More


Post-modern feminist peeing: Go Girl!

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 25, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

If you must know more, visit go-girl.com. via Yahoo news...Read More


Victory Garden: Celery and Season's Greetings

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

With Thanksgiving is almost upon us, not to mention Christmas and New Year's, it's time for the final racking of brains over which stuffing recipe to choose. Every LGBT person I know in L.A. is planning on forgetting the economic...Read More


Why I wouldn't expect the Catholic Church to become more gay-friendly

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 24, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Church-outing might be happening with the right motives and might change minds of people who don't work for the Church, but don't expect it to change Church policy on gay clergy any time soon. This is a direct and obvious...Read More


18 Naughty Things You Can Only Say On Thanksgiving

Filed by Bil Browning | November 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Note: I ran this list last year and Projectors had so much fun coming up with an extra two naughty things to say on Turkey Day that I thought I'd post it again this year. Let's see what y'all come...Read More


Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 24, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I just have one thing to say about this. Forget WWJD. The new question is apparently What Would MLK Do? A coalition of politically and theologically conservative Christian leaders, including nine Roman Catholic bishops, who have just signed a...Read More


FBI: LGBT hate crimes increase but Indy doesn't report any

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The FBI has released their detailed report on hate crimes in America for 2008. Crimes against LGBT people increased by 11% nationwide. Indiana is one of a handful of states without a statewide hate crimes law. Instead, we have a...Read More


Cha-Ching! The Insurance Companies Win?

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

So lemme see if I have this right... women are to wait until they are 50 for a mammogram, till 21 to have a pap smear, and all the research that showed otherwise is in the toilet? Do you hear...Read More


If S/he Were Positive, Would You Stay?

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | November 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Recently on PostSecret:...Read More


Indy's LGBT Bookstore to Close

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sad news this morning from Out Word Bound bookstore as the 11 year old business announces it will be closing immediately after Christmas. The closing of Indy's only LGBT bookstore is a huge loss for our community. It will leave...Read More


Public Health cuts could leave Chicago HIV+ in the lurch

Filed by Phil Reese | November 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Chicago was recently hit with the bad news it has some of the highest HIV infection rates of any city in the nation--especially high in the adult African American men who have sex with men population. The state has already...Read More


Thanksgiving Gay Geeks Ready Kit

Filed by Nathan Strang | November 22, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Thanksgiving is hard enough dealing with all the family, food, and little ones running around, there's no reason why you can't rely on a little something to help you get through it all, and I don't mean Klonopin. Check through...Read More


GayCities iPhone App Review Redux

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 22, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In February, I reviewed the GayCities iPhone app. It wasn't the most positive review, but at the time, I said it was "worth a download" even with several major flaws and lackluster listings. I recently got an email request from...Read More


CA Bay Area: Vigil Sunday for Jorge Steven Lopez-Mercado and Jason Mattison Jr.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 21, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

This Sunday in Oakland, Bay Area queers and allies will gather near Lake Merritt for a candlelight vigil and open mic to mourn Jorge Steven López-Mercado and Jason Mattison Jr., queer and gender non-conforming teenagers who were brutally murdered last...Read More


Irene Vilar's Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 20, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The title of Irene Vilar's new memoir, Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict, is a bit misleading. Although Vilar chronicles 15 abortions over 15 years, "addiction" as a diagnostic category is only hastily grafted onto her tale of existential...Read More


Report: Gay Priests No More Likely To Abuse

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 19, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

A preliminary report commissioned by the U.S. Catholic Bishops in response to priest sex abuse scandals finds no evidence that gay priests are more likely to abuse minors than their straight counterparts. This is in rather striking contradiction to a...Read More


In My Grandmother's Dress

Filed by Father Tony | November 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I read what you recently wrote about parenting so maybe you can settle something for me. We are two men raising my five year old son. I want this kid to grow up to be confident,...Read More


Yesvember

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

Did you know that a gathering of Bishops is called a "prick?" Isn't that appropriate?...Read More


Jorge and Will: Tragedy and Hope

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 18, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

This week two stories collided: The story of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado and the story of Will Phillips. On November 14 the decapitated, dismembered, and burned body of Jorge Steven Lopez was found by the side of the road in...Read More


Lambda Legal sues because health care isn't a luxury

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 18, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

A few months ago, saying they needed to cut spending, the state of Arizona rescinded domestic partner benefits for same-sex partners of state employees. They seemed to forget that it would have saved a whole lot more money if they...Read More


Thank You, Straight, White Women!

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 18, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the 1980's, when AIDS transfixed and terrified the entire nation, decimated a generation of gay men and brought the concept of guilt and shame to a whole new (mostly sexual) level, something remarkable happened. In the cities, ACT UP...Read More


Simon LeVay and the Biology of Sexual Orientation

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | November 18, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last Friday I had the great pleasure of attending a seminar intended to help professionals in the mental health field understand and counsel clients who are lesbian, gay and bisexual. Open to interested parties as well, it was held at...Read More


Happy Anniversary

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 17, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I know, I know, I know. I've been away for a while. Partly, I needed a break after the loss in Maine. I needed to stop and think about where I am in my life, where I was heading and...Read More


NOM's answer to "ban gay marriage" talking points: Chatty Cathy

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 17, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's difficult to make it through an entire video clip of NOM's executive director Brian Brown anymore but when I can I get a horrible déjà vu of Chatty Cathy. Somebody PLEASE stop pulling that string! Mr. Brown's "ban same...Read More


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Needed: A Better Definition of Bigotry

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

"Bigot" is an excellent word -- a necessary word. If it didn't exist, we'd have to invent it. History has shown us the awful picture of how bigots operate, and why we shouldn't mis-define their activities today.Read More


Michelle Obama - What a Woman!

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Roberta Raeburn is a photographer who lives Staten Island, NY and is a Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) client and volunteer Imagine my surprise when Catherine Thurston, Deputy Director for Programs at SAGE called...Read More


Perspective: Career Blogging, LGBT Priorities, & a Courage Award

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week, Jerame and I traveled to NYC where I was honored to receive the NYC Anti-Violence Project's Courage Award alongside fellow LGBT bloggers, Joe Jervis (Joe.My.God.), Pam Spaulding (Pam's House Blend), and Andy Towle (Towleroad). The honor is two-fold:...Read More


The Recession and LGBT Communities: A Series

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | November 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The global economic recession has been rolling over the world full force for over a year now. We have seen the markets flowing in red, homeowners being turned out at a rate not seen since the great depression, and the...Read More


The Recession and LGBT Communities: A Series

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | November 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The global economic recession has been rolling over the world full force for over a year now. We have seen the markets flowing in red, homeowners being turned out at a rate not seen since the great depression, and the...Read More


Is smoking gay?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Doug Masson is one of Indiana's best bloggers. He focuses on local politics and news mostly; he's a daily stop on the intertubes for both Jerame and I. He did a post Saturday about Indiana's high rate of smokers and...Read More


Pixis, Chumbys, and Wifi (Oh My!) [Gay Geeks]

Filed by Nathan Strang | November 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I promise, not one mention of Android vs iPhone this time around. Instead, I've got a gift from Google, a new phone that doesn't run Android, and a bedside clock to rule all bedside clocks....Read More


Why Are So Many Gay Men Grateful They Got HIV?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mike Alvear is the author of Attract Hotter Guys with the Secrets & Science of Sexual Body Language, host of HBO's The Sex Inspectors and writes a sex advice column syndicated to the gay press. He...Read More


The sexual politics of a hug

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | November 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Far from just warm and fuzzy, hugging is commonly rich with personal revelations regarding our sexual and gender identity, as well as sexual equality. What got me to thinking about this? I was hanging out recently with this girl I...Read More


Should Heterosexuals be allowed to serve openly in the military?

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

According to One News Now the American Medical Association (AMA) is ignoring health facts in homosexual advocacy with it's passage of a resolution that opposes "don't ask, don't tell" and declaration that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities: Elaine...Read More


Preacher's Sons: Two Dads, Five Sons, Four Cities

Filed by Dana Rudolph | November 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

President Barack Obama, in his proclamation of November as National Adoption Month, said: "By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families [my emphasis], we allow more children to find...Read More


Preacher's Sons: Two Dads, Five Sons, Four Cities

Filed by Dana Rudolph | November 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

President Barack Obama, in his proclamation of November as National Adoption Month, said: "By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families [my emphasis], we allow more children to find...Read More


The greatest librarian ever

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Over the past few years working here at Bilerico, I've become something of a free speech fundamentalist. A few years ago I was all in favor of "safe spaces," etc., but now it all seems quaint and counterproductive. I guess...Read More


Third gender in India

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 13, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I know that people often point to understandings of gender and sex that include more than two options, but have you ever seen a system of understanding sex that rejected the binary in a modern state's government? (Let me know...Read More


Cong. Etz Chaim presents Debbie Friedman Chanukah Concert

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Congregation Etz Chaim, Wilton Manors' only synagogue, proudly presents the world famous, Jewish singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman in a Chanukah Concert on Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 p.m. The c+ncert will be held at Temple Beth Torah, 9101 N.W. 57th Street,...Read More


The Pernicious "Choice Myth" and "Change Myth"

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 13, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

As the recent Yes on 1 campaign confirmed, two of the key elements utilized by Christianist enemies of gay equality are the myths that (1) sexual orientation is a "lifestyle" choice as opposed to an immutable aspects of GLBT individuals...Read More


Anger Management

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 13, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

I think Don't Ask, Don't Give is a fine idea, but I think you should take that money and give it your local hardworking LGBT rights organization....Read More


For marriage victories, we must face and use religion

Filed by Matt Comer | November 12, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is saying it might not be able to continue its social services programs if a marriage equality bill is passed by the D.C. Council. The Washington Post reports that Archdiocese officials say the proposed...Read More


OMG1 AIDS SCARY CAN'T THINK OMG OMG OMG!!11!

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 12, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Does it count as terrorism if people are only terrified because they're ignorant? Here's a case of a man being tried as a terrorist for the crime of having HIV. He got in a fight with a neighbor, bit him,...Read More


OMG1 AIDS SCARY CAN'T THINK OMG OMG OMG!!11!

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 12, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Does it count as terrorism if people are only terrified because they're ignorant? Here's a case of a man being tried as a terrorist for the crime of having HIV. He got in a fight with a neighbor, bit him,...Read More


Get your self-pitying hate straight before you waste our time

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I don't know why this marine attacked this priest, and it doesn't seem like he does either. First he claims that the guy was a Muslim terrorist who shouted "Allahu Akbar," so he had to respond by beating him up....Read More


How to snap out of it

Filed by Father Tony | November 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I am tired of everything I have here. But everything is just fine. Home, guy, job, money. Car. I just think maybe this is all a mistake and I'm not happy and I could be if...Read More


Attacking Tax-Exemptions for Churches a Lose-Lose Proposition

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sam Ritchie is a writer and activist who lives with his husband of twelve years in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He writes, edits and manages online content for the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & AIDS Projects....Read More


A Presbyterian Welcome: Convincing the "Movable Middle"

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | November 11, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I spent four days last week in lovely tropical Cleveland, OH, at the annual convention for the Covenant Network of Presbyterian Churches (CovNet), an organization of churches and individuals who affirm their welcome to the LGBT community. The event was...Read More


Weather Girl

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 11, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

"Purpose of your visit?" "To visit friends." "And you're only staying one night?" "It's for a party." "Are you bringing gifts?" "No." As usual I began my trip to Vancouver, feeling like a really bad friend. As we began our...Read More


Neg, U B 2

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 10, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

I have done it. At least once. I know it's not uncommon. I hear it from friends, clients, strangers and it's even discussed in the media. So I'm pretty sure plenty of people reading this have done it, too. Or...Read More


Indianapolis Transgender Day of Rememberance

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 10, 2009 | 11:57 AM | comments

It's that time again. This year's Transgender Day of Rememberance activities include a presentation of "TransActions," a play exploring the emotions and realities of being transgender in this day and age. It's a wonderful play, and a wonderful way to...Read More


Exclusion of GLBT dialogue in schools hurts all children

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We've seen in California and now Maine how far religious fundamentalists will go to prevent same-sex couples from obtaining the civil right of marriage. The successful theme continually used which resonates with their supporters is "homosexuals will indoctrinate your children...Read More


Everyone has to do the Wal-Mart cheer now

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Do you still shop at Wal-Mart? If you do, you might want to read this story about two gay dads getting kicked out. Thomas Hitchcock and Joe Paolucci were there buying groceries, and Hitchcock used the self-scan lane. As he...Read More


Cong. Etz Chaim presents 'Surprises from Hebrew's Golden Age'

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Congregation Etz Chaim, Wilton Manors' Reform synagogue, presents "Love! Humor! Chivalry! Surprises from Hebrew's Golden Age" on Wednesday, November 18, at 8 p.m. Dr. Murray H. Lichtenstein, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies at Hunter College,...Read More


My worst fear: Microphobia

Filed by Bil Browning | November 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I should be hopping on a flight to New York around the time this goes live on the site. Flying has never scared me; snakes, spiders and rodents don't really bother me either. Instead, there's one thing that will send...Read More


The Objects of our Desire [Gay Geeks]

Filed by Nathan Strang | November 08, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hulla! Things, we really love our things. Gay or straight, at some point in time, you've let a gadget influence your decision. Whether buying a car that will sync with your iPod, dumping your boyfriend for being glued to his...Read More


House health care bill includes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity"

Filed by Bil Browning | November 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

When the House of Representatives passed their version of health care reform last night, sexual orientation and gender identity were defined [pdf] as groups likely to "experience significant gaps in disease, health outcomes, or access to health care." Hat tip...Read More


Are you normal?

Filed by Michele O'Mara | November 08, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Imagine that all humans were produced on a production line of various human production factories around the world. Would all of the non-heterosexuals just be plucked right off the conveyor belt and tossed in to a pile labeled defects? Most...Read More


Elizabeth Edwards helped my breaking heart

Filed by Gloria Nieto | November 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

While living in New Mexico, I heard many folk stories. Tales of emergence, creation stories, even UFO sightings. One in particular has always had a profound impact on me, the story of Apache tears. The story says that some Apaches...Read More


The Secret Weapon in HIV Treatment

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 07, 2009 | 12:00 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


WWJD? Incite Hate Crimes Against LGBT People, according to this "Pastor"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 06, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The furious explosion of nutjobs over the passage of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act continues... Our old fundie friend, Pastor Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (yeah, that's clue number one about his point...Read More


Thank GOD police didn't use excessive force at the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth, Texas

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The police came out with their internal investigation of their raid on a Ft. Worth gay bar, and I for one am grateful for the results: they didn't use excessive force in the raid. The only thing police did wrong...Read More


Backyard Swings, Not Slings, For The Kids

Filed by Father Tony | November 05, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Hey FT, we are not looking for your advice, sorry. We are a gay couple 10 years strong and curious about what you have to say about displaying or hiding our sexuality in front of our kids who are...Read More


You Can't Get There From Here

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 05, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Sometimes you wake up and all you want to do is smoke cigarettes and spit at Christians. We're not just like them - they have their rights....Read More


Update: Statement on Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism in the DSM-V

Filed by Kelley Winters | November 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association is regarded as the medical and social definition of mental disorder throughout North America and strongly influences the The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and...Read More


Justice for Ryan and Something More

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 04, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Brian Winfield is the Equality Florida Communications Director. 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...Read More


Justice for Ryan and Something More

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 04, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Brian Winfield is the Equality Florida Communications Director. 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...Read More


Will Rev. Bernice King's bully pulpit at SCLC bash gays?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 04, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rev. Bernice King has been bestowed the honor to be the eighth president and first women to head the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Co-founded by her father, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rev. Bernice King may be...Read More


A little marriage bill moves ahead in D.C.

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 5:50 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Lost in the aftermath of the D.C. Council hearing on the marriage bill and in...Read More


Statement from Ryan Skipper's Family about today's Guilty Verdict

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After two hours of deliberations, a jury of 12 has found William Brown, Jr. guilty of first degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. From Ryan Skipper's Family: We would like to thank the State Attorney's Office and especially...Read More


Why does God hate kittens?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Okay, we can have too much fun with this idiotic video hoping to sway Maine voters and promoted by the Yes on 1 campaign. It claims that God sent a tornado to Minneapolis minutes after the Lutherans narrowly voted to...Read More


"We may be different, but we're not better"

Filed by Annette Gross | November 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

When my son first came out, one of my initial thoughts was that our family was not a "typical, normal" American family. I, too, thought that a family consisted of parents, children, and grandchildren. Since my son was gay, I...Read More


Lessons for the marginalized

Filed by Amy Hunter | November 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Kalamazoo will vote tomorrow. Should the city reinstate and keep on the books a transgender inclusive non-discrimination ordinance? Nearly all of these local initiatives ultimately stand or fall on two issues, "reverse discrimination", leveled at L,G,B and T and the...Read More


Apples and Androids [Gay Geeks]

Filed by Nathan Strang | November 01, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hey all! Once a week, I'll take you on a trip through the Digital Valley, shedding light on the latest tech news for all the gay geeks out there. Concise, snarky, and full of shiny new gadgets to drool over...Read More