Living: July 2010

A Prescription for Playfulness

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 31, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Lutes is a psychotherapist who lives with his husband and their three adopted children in Austin, Texas. He is the principal consultant for ContemporaryCouples.com, where he teaches online dating and relationship workshops to the LGBTQ...Read More


A Prescription for Playfulness

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 31, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Lutes is a psychotherapist who lives with his husband and their three adopted children in Austin, Texas. He is the principal consultant for ContemporaryCouples.com, where he teaches online dating and relationship workshops to the LGBTQ...Read More


Okay, let's talk

Filed by Sean Martin | July 30, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

No cartoon today, guys (please, hold your applause). Instead, a little story. As some of you know, I moved to Canada in the mid-80s, and the simple act of crossing that border had a profound impact on my view of...Read More


Should gays and lesbians boycott Target?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 30, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

A video featuring an amazingly well intentioned straight ally from Minnesota has been widely shared this week on social media sites. She respectfully purchased over $200 worth of merchandise from her local target store, then returned it to customer service...Read More


Dumbledore is Gaaaaay

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has arrived. In order to convey the excitement that this news generated at our house, I have to confirm one of fundamentalist Christianity's most apoplectic fantasies: the Harry Potter series is...Read More


Dumbledore is Gaaaaay

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has arrived. In order to convey the excitement that this news generated at our house, I have to confirm one of fundamentalist Christianity's most apoplectic fantasies: the Harry Potter series is...Read More


Chelsea Girls

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 30, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

Congratulations to Chelsea Clinton who's getting married this week. It's so exciting. She's getting married there because she can....Read More


NOM Indianapolis: Newbie Report

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | July 29, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I'm breathless, but in a good way. I attended the protest at the NOM rally in front of the Indiana Statehouse on Monday, and someone took my picture. That picture has found its way on the InterWebs, and it's kind...Read More


My fiance and I have an Iowa marriage license

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 29, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

It was Monday morning and it was the first day the Johnson County Recorder's office in Iowa City, Iowa was open on our recent trip home. The previous visit home in April 2009, we stopped by the Recorder's office to...Read More


Michael Is Lost In The Woods

Filed by Father Tony | July 29, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Recently my partner and I, after being together 5 years, playing with a third once in a while started playing separately this weekend while at our camp. I've talked it over with him the next day telling him how...Read More


Can homophobes be good counselors?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Everyone's talking about this student, Jennifer Keeton, who doesn't like gays all that much, says that we've made a sinful lifestyle choice, but still wants to be a counselor and promises that "those beliefs would not affect [her] ability to...Read More


Congress app for Android puts the Legislature in the palm of your hand

Filed by Nathan Strang | July 29, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Caught in a political discussion and want to immediately recall your Senator's voting record? There's an [Android] App for that. Released out of beta on July 27th, 2010, the 'Congress' App for Android leverages the power of Sunlight Congress API...Read More


NOM: Love requires expensive lawyers

Filed by Bil Browning | July 28, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

When the National Organization for Marriage's summer bus tour rolled into Indianapolis, I grabbed the chance to chat one-on-one with Maggie Gallagher, NOM's President. After all, I'd already sat down with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and Ryan McCann,...Read More


Washington Post Picks Up UVA Study Upholding Gay Parenting

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I previously looked at a study conducted by the University of Virginia that found that children of gay parents thrive and succeed just as well as those raised in heterosexual headed families. The story I quoted was from a newspaper...Read More


Washington Post Picks Up UVA Study Upholding Gay Parenting

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I previously looked at a study conducted by the University of Virginia that found that children of gay parents thrive and succeed just as well as those raised in heterosexual headed families. The story I quoted was from a newspaper...Read More


Man's HIV status disclosed, photo released by police calling him "sexual predator"

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I know, as always, that I'm the oddball on this issue, but I just don't think the long arm of the law is the best way to deal with HIV as a public health problem. It only increases stigma, puts...Read More


That's Amore: Goodbye Fritz

Filed by Bil Browning | July 27, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I miss you, my fat little friend. You stuck with me for almost 20 years - through thick and thin as only a best friend can. I'll bring a balloon for us to play with when I come to meet...Read More


To Play or Not to Play... Separately

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 27, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

After being together 5 years and occasionally adding a third person, my partner and I played separately for the first time this weekend. As he put it, "It's only sex, what matters is that we came home to each...Read More


Stupid Medical Profession Tricks

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 27, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

One of the things that continues to be an issue in the trans community is the negative treatment that trans people receive at the hands of people in the medical establishment. While some doctors, nurses, EMT's and other medical personnel...Read More


They Should Just Give You Rings. Marriage is Easy to Understand

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 27, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I just returned from Iowa after visiting family and friends. We flew into Cedar Rapids, Iowa a small river town I called home for 17 years of my childhood. My parents greeted my partner and I as we left the...Read More


The DownRIGHT Crazy

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 27, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Matt R. Salmon is an ASU Graduate with a Bachelor's in Psychology. He works in clinical research and is the chairman of the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans. Growing up in a political, conservative, religious family instilled...Read More


Showing NOM some Hoosier hospitality

Filed by Bil Browning | July 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

When the National Organization for Marriage brought their Summer of Marriage tour bus to Indianapolis to hold an anti-gay marriage rally on the Indiana Statehouse steps, the Hoosier LGBT community decided to greet them with our renowned hospitality. Apparently no...Read More


NOM Sign: Lynch Gay Couples to Save Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | July 26, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage's "One Man, One Woman" bus tour hit Indianapolis today and the LGBT community came out to greet them. Since we're hospitable Hoosiers, of course, our welcome wagon outnumbered the small dog and pony show put...Read More


Interview with Erin Vaught on transphobia at an Indiana hospital

Filed by Austen Crowder | July 26, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Austen Crowder: What happened? Erin Vaught: Last week I was in Indy to see my doc and told him I was coughing up a lot of blood, and without divulging what possible conditions could have caused it (privacy reasons) he...Read More


Sexuality and the Catholic Church

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 26, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Catholic Church is trying to sweep its gays under the rug again after Panorama, an Italian paper owned by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, did a hidden camera investigation and found three priests living the gay life in Rome. A...Read More


My favorite saint: Fiacre

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 26, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's such a shame that the Vatican limited the number of official saints. Because this one, Saint Fiacre, the patron saint of hemorrhoids, is my hands-down favorite. Is it me, or does he look a tad constipated?...Read More


I'm Living With 'Poz Face'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 26, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: From San Francisco, Guest blogger and advocate Michael Petrelis reports stories the mainstream media choose to ignore. Michael has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted by The New...Read More


I'm Living With 'Poz Face'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 26, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: From San Francisco, Guest blogger and advocate Michael Petrelis reports stories the mainstream media choose to ignore. Michael has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted by The New...Read More


New Media Journalist Sets Self On Fire To Protest Soul-Destroying Boredom At Netroots Session

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 25, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

I'm in a session at Netroots Nation writing this. No New Media Journalists were harmed in the making of this post, but, boy, it sure feels like dementors are sucking my soul out of my mouth. Omfg. as I write...Read More


AIDS2010 in Vienna: A Final Look

Filed by Mark S. King | July 25, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Life is such an arbitrary thing; I was born here, you were born there, she was born over there... and that simple geography equation will mean virtually everything when it comes to our human rights, our access to basic health...Read More


A Victory for Clay Greene

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just days before trial was set to begin in our lawsuit on behalf of Clay Greene, Sonoma County officials have agreed to settle out of court with the elderly man, who County officials separated from his partner, Harold Scull, after...Read More


A Victory for Clay Greene

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just days before trial was set to begin in our lawsuit on behalf of Clay Greene, Sonoma County officials have agreed to settle out of court with the elderly man, who County officials separated from his partner, Harold Scull, after...Read More


Thanks LGBT Blogger Initiative!

Filed by Nathan Strang | July 24, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Las Vegas is hot. Some of the locals are saying its one of the hottest weeks of the year in, and it sure feels like it. Between the sessions, hunting the elusive "internets" and the quest for real food, a...Read More


AIDS2010: The Art of AIDS

Filed by Mark S. King | July 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Everywhere you look at AIDS 2010 (the international AIDS conference happening in Vienna), HIV is being expressed artistically. It's as if the disease is so profound that simple words can't communicate its meaning. In my video blog entry from Vienna,...Read More


Busting into the land of the make-believers: On parenthood and "being gay"

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | July 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

These were the sentiments of a good friend who is gay: I don't think I'm even gay any more. I mean I don't feel gay. I mean I live my life, I am out, I have great friends, I have...Read More


Same-Sex Seven Sue Big Sky State

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Another reason why Montana matters: Seven committed same-sex couples and the ACLU are suing the State of Montana for 'failing to offer legal protections to same-sex couples and their families in violation of the Montana Constitution's rights of privacy, dignity...Read More


Party like it's 1989: HIV/AIDS activists hold die-in

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Obviously everyone needs to pull together and make some sacrifices in these difficult times. Surely we can't expect the execs at British Petroleum to give up their weekends yachting or for failed finance-sector firms to give up their bonuses, but...Read More


Florida GOP AG Candidate Jeff Kottkamp: Gays Shouldn't Adopt

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a video interview with the Sun Sentinel editorial board, Republican Attorney General candidate Jeff Kottkamp says he fully supports Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. Kottkamp is the current Lieutenant Governor under Charlie Crist. He goes on to...Read More


AIDS2010: Human Rights March with Annie Lennox

Filed by Mark S. King | July 23, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The AIDS2010 theme, "Rights Here, Right Now," took center stage on day three, with speakers, seminars and events focused on how important human rights are the the AIDS equation. Access to health care and treatment is a human right. Women...Read More


AIDS2010 Day Two: The Wisdom of Youth

Filed by Mark S. King | July 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Today was a blast, because I spent it with my intellectual peers -- puppets, show people and youth! In this video blog entry from AIDS2010 in Vienna you'll meet some amazing young people from around the world who are making...Read More


When Gays in Straight Marriages Come Out

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Coincidentally, I have run into two individuals within the last week that are grappling with what I went through some years back and which I have discussed frequently on my blog, Michael-in-Norfolk. It is also a topic addressed with somewhat...Read More


When Gays in Straight Marriages Come Out

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Coincidentally, I have run into two individuals within the last week that are grappling with what I went through some years back and which I have discussed frequently on my blog, Michael-in-Norfolk. It is also a topic addressed with somewhat...Read More


One Dessert. Two Forks. The Open Relationship.

Filed by Father Tony | July 22, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dining out with your partner, lover or spouse follows a typical pattern. Seated opposite each other at the same table, you are furnished with separate menus from which you make individual choices. One chooses Diet Coke, the other a Daiquiri....Read More


Why Formspring.me is Damaging to Our LGBT Youth and How it Became the Perfect Platform for Cyber-Bullying

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 22, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Leone Kraus is the voice behind the LGBT social media blog krausnotes.com. From volunteering, to lobbying, and now blogging, Leone has continuously played an active role in the fight for LGBT equality for the past 16...Read More


Interview: Derrick Martin talks Prom, Being Kicked Out, & Helping Other LGBT Youth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I recently wrote about Derrick Martin, the gay teenager from Georgia who sparked a media firestorm when he asked his school if he could bring another boy to prom, has turned his experience into a project to help other LGBT...Read More


Trailer for New Uganda "Kill the Gays" Bill Documentary: Killing in the Name

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A trailer has just been released for a new documentary about Uganda's odious "Anti-Homosexality Bill" that prescribes the death penalty and other harsh punishments for LGBT people and their allies. The film is by Dominique Mesmin and if the trailer...Read More


Paul Mayen: Fallingwater's Lesser-Known Architect

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 21, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Almost a year ago the boyfriend and I visited Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous residential projects, while in southwestern Pennsylvania for the boyfriend's family reunion. As I noted in a post last August on my personal blog,...Read More


Lonely Sailor Days: vintage photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sweet early 20th century image of French sailors dancing away some of their boredom while at sea....Read More


School settles with Constance

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

This seems to be the best result from the whole prom fake-out: "The agreement ends a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and...Read More


What It Means to Be Out In the World of Sports

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alexia Krause is a lifelong fan of sports and fitness. She is a passionate writer of issues close to her, including mixed martial arts. It can be extremely difficult for anyone to announce their sexuality in...Read More


Fringe Candidate to Protest "Homosexual Agenda" in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 20, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Every so often, a crazy fringe candidate comes along that seems so far down the rabbit hole that you assume they must be joking. From Sue "Chickens for Healthcare" Lowden to Sharron "Make Rape Lemons into Lemonade" Angle, there will...Read More


America's False Promises

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 20, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I often note on my personal blog the vast difference between what the USA claims to stand for - especially in terms of religious freedom - versus the sad reality of what citizens actually experience. Indeed, I wonder at times...Read More


Grow Up: Sharing is for babies

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Susan Raffo lives in Minneapolis where she writes, is a bodyworker, parents, lives in communal housing, organizes and, when the weather permits, gardens. She is working, collectively, on a book of practical approaches to sharing for...Read More


Rhythm

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 19, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

After placing all the plates down on the table and calling the kids to lunch, it occurred to me the rhythm here is similar to when the boys were little. Except that they slept until 9:30 this morning. Believe me,...Read More


The Best of Bilerico Project

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of our most popular sections on the front page is our "Project Highlights" box - a regularly rotating group of links to some of the best blog posts on the site. I mix them up occasionally and changed it...Read More


AIDS2010 Begins with Sex, Drugs, and Annie Lennox

Filed by Mark S. King | July 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Wendy Knerr from The Pleasure Project really, really wants me to put a female condom inside my rectum. She keeps coaxing me, as if I'll go running to the men's room to try it on like a Ralph Lauren pullover....Read More


An Open Letter to Louisiana's LGBt Organization, Forum for Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Wesley Ware has been fighting for the rights of LGBT individuals from Atlanta, GA and New Orleans, LA for over ten years. He now works as an advocate for incarcerated youth in Louisiana, including LGBT youth,...Read More


'Gay Day' at AIDS2010 in Vienna!

Filed by Mark S. King | July 19, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

In this, the first of daily video blogs from AIDS2010 in Vienna, I'm taking you along to meet leaders from the gay response to HIV/AIDS. You'll hear from Michel Sidibe of the United Nations, saying that a world in which...Read More


Downeast... Again

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 18, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's beautiful. Ok, it's foggy and chilly but right now that feels great. I don't care what my kids say, the minute they start driving down the road to the house? their energy perks up and they start talking about...Read More


Dear Red States

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 18, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Like Michael Tomasky, this pretty much sums up my mood right now....Read More


Gay Georgia Teen Starts Group to Help LGBT Youth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Derrick Martin, the gay teenager from Georgia who was inspired by the anti-gay prom cancellation story out of Mississippi and asked to bring another boy to prom, has turned his experience into a project to help other LGBT youth in...Read More


Grave Crimes: The Catholics Get Serious

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Catholic Church has announced that it's going to be cracking down on some of that unsavory behavior going on all over the world. They've re-classified the attempted ordination of a woman priest to be a "grave crime" on par...Read More


Mamma Bear

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 16, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

It's unbearably hot because Mother Earth is tired of getting deep drilled, but is that the top news? Oh, no. Levi Johnson and Bristol Palin are getting married....Read More


The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Milestone in the History of the Epidemic

Filed by Dan O'Neill | July 15, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

During his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama stated, "If elected, during my first year in office, I will develop and implement a comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) that includes all federal agencies." He continued, "That strategy will reduce HIV infections,...Read More


Reader's Digest Version

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Ok, Ok, Ok. I am very sorry. I owe all of you about eighteen posts. All today. All funny, too. Over the last few months, I've been involved in an incredible experience of searching for a new Executive Director of...Read More


What Makes Mark Foley The Hottest Guy On The Beach?

Filed by Father Tony | July 15, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

(No, not that Mark Foley. This profile of another Mark Foley - an admirable one - will brighten your day. Getting to know him has made me aware of an entire world just below the surface of the sand outside...Read More


Get The Heck Out Of Our "Family Friendly" Beach Club

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 14, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

"Family friendly" has become the new code for "we don't want you people here." The opposite of "family friendly" is "gay friendly," as in the recent story about a gay couple who went to a hotel touted as "gay friendly"...Read More


My 100th* Bilerico Post

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 14, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Projectors, I reached a blogging milestone here at the Project with my 100th Bilerico post. But you'll note in the title I placed an asterisk in it. This post that you're perusing at this moment celebrating that accomplishment is actually...Read More


"Sex Reassignment": What's in a Word?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 13, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Shayna Schwach practiced accounting as a CPA for 22 years, and later transitioned at work as a paramedic. She has held public office, and lobbied in D.C. and Albany, NY for six years on education issues. Before being...Read More


Mad Menses: Vintage advertising

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 13, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Monthly blackouts from your period? What? On the other hand, dammit, why didn't I think of using that as an excuse when I got periodically dysfunctional from a margarita?...Read More


Can An E-Cigarette Really Help You Quit Smoking? Part 3 - The Totally Wicked Tornado

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 13, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Trying to describe the difference between using Blu and using Totally Wicked's Tornado is like trying to describe the difference between a light snack and a full meal. The Tornado is about as close as you can get to actual...Read More


Elaine Henderson: ADAP Stories from the Hill

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 13, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

On the last day of our visits with Congressional offices, I had just turned a corner while on my way to visit with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's staff person, when a bright angel crossed my path, embracing her Dab the AIDS...Read More


Presbyterians: Gay Clergy OK But No Marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

As a lapsed Presbyterian, I can unequivocally say that the church drove me out with their anti-gay stances. I'll never forget my mother calling me one Sunday after she'd gone to church when I was a teenager. I was 16...Read More


More About Trans Healthcare: Sex Reassignment Surgery: When Things Go Wrong,

Filed by Amy Hunter | July 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

A few weeks ago, I filed an article, both here at The Bilerico Project and in Australian on-line monthly, The Scavenger. Sex Reassignment Surgery: When Things Go Wrong, received great commentary on and off-site from Scavenger and Bilerico readers....Read More


Off to the White House for 2 incredible events!

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 13, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Over the weekend I decided to take a short break from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program crisis and spent the weekend ocean kayaking in a BlackBerry-free zone, the Atlantic Ocean. I have a few more ADAP Stories from the Hill...Read More


A few articles about queer prisoners

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 12, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have a few items here about LGBT people in prison that remind us what an incredibly socially conservative environment that is and how that makes it more dangerous for LGBT people. Take, for example, the queer prisoners group Pink...Read More


Homophobic, transphobic professor loses job because he just knows too much

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 12, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

A Catholic professor, Kenneth Howell, at the University of Illinois was fired for an anti-gay and anti-trans email diatribe to students. He's saying that it violates his "academic freedom." He's an adjunct professor, and the university is claiming that he...Read More


Dahlin'

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In Ptown we are cycling too fast through the themed weekends of summer: Film Festival, Portuguese Festival, Circuit Party 4th of July, and now it's already Bear Week. Up- Cape, Melissa Etheridge has already made her summer stop at the...Read More


Nick Rhoades: ADAP Stories from the Hill

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 10, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

For many us, when we think of HIV/AIDS it's often assumed that the survivors of this virus live in urban parts with an infrastructure to support individuals seeking care, treatment and support. Nick Rhoades, a 36-year old gay man who...Read More


My ADAP Story from the Hill

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 09, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I've spent the past few days in Washington, DC meeting some wonderful people fighting for their lives and the lives of those they love. Together, we engaged in rich dialogue and each of us took turns to vent our anger...Read More


ADAP Stories from the Hill - Arick Buckles

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 08, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

As activists walked the halls of Congress on Wednesday to speak with Hill staffers about the AIDS Drug Assistance Program crisis, the problem was no longer limited to just numbers of people on a wait list with no end in...Read More


Coming Out to Iowa

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 08, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm heading home to Iowa with my partner next week. We have two big events drawing us back to our roots, my class reunion and his family reunion. You know, a nice relaxing vacation. I reconnected with many of my...Read More


"Don't Do Anything Stupid."

Filed by Father Tony | July 08, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

When I got married, I changed my name. I had no idea that the promulgation of this adjustment - simple for straight couples - would be so outrageously difficult for me. In strange Florida, where gay adoption is illegal and...Read More


AIDS Activists plead with Congress for action

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On the final day of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Crisis Summit, AIDS activists from several states took to the Hill and visited with Congressional staffers to urge their Members of Congress to take action and save ADAP....Read More


Putting people to work and saving lives won't destroy the economy

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I've been reading Michael Rajner's recent coverage of ADAP funding cuts and the Obama administration and Congress's refusal to make up for state budget cuts that will put people on wait lists for necessary HIV/AIDS medication, and I'm wondering why...Read More


Yup, I'm a racist!

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Oh, those silly teabaggers. They complain about being called racists and bigots, but I guess some of them have decided to reclaim the words. Apparently "racist" and "bigot" are the new "nigger" and "queer." Greg Skilling, a columnist for the...Read More


Diseased Women: Vintage WPA anti-VD art

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 07, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Interesting to consider that the spread of venereal disease was, until modern times, largely blamed on women (and specifically on prostitutes). Somewhere perhaps some scholar has drawn the comparison between the misogyny that historically attached to VD and the intense...Read More


AIDS Activists head to the Hill to save ADAP Today

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 07, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Today, it will be another scorching day in Washington, DC, where the mercury is rising up to 100 degrees as AIDS advocates and activists pound the marble hallways of Congress to save AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). Nearly 150 people,...Read More


Officer Down! It was 9 years ago yesterday...

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 07, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The death of two Tampa police officers conjures the painful memory of Officer Lois Marrero, killed in the line of duty in July 6th, 2001. Her partner of 10 years, Mickie Mashburn, was denied benefits that would properly be provided...Read More


The Man That AIDS Forgot

Filed by Mark S. King | July 07, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

The New York City of 1979 shown during the opening minutes of "Sex Positive," the documentary now available on DVD, is awash in gay sexual liberation. Male couples strut their stuff arm in arm, sporting biker jackets and cocky mustaches...Read More


Gay and (Reasonably) Athletic

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 07, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Bill Konigsberg is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Out of the Pocket and a GLAAD Media Award-winning sports writer. Bill came out on the front page of ESPN.com in 2001 with his essay "Sports World...Read More


President Obama: Address the ADAP Crisis

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 06, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

As temperatures reach 100 degrees for the past 2 days in Washington, DC, AIDS activists and advocates are vocalizing their frustration at the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Crisis Summit in Washington, DC. They are frustrated with the silence and...Read More


What I Mean When I Say Family

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 05, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Last month, my hometown of Austin, Texas, had two separate pride celebrations--Austin Pride 2010, organized under the auspices of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and QueerBomb, a counter procession dedicated to reclaiming pride's radical, carnal, noncommercial, and...Read More


Indiana man wins $1.25M after doc discloses he's HIV+

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A Bloomington, Indiana man won $1.25 million judgment against Internal Medicine Associates after they disclosed his HIV status when they sued him for a $326 past due bill. The doctor's office gave the information to their collection lawyers who gave...Read More


Indiana man wins $1.25M after doc discloses he's HIV+

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A Bloomington, Indiana man won $1.25 million judgment against Internal Medicine Associates after they disclosed his HIV status when they sued him for a $326 past due bill. The doctor's office gave the information to their collection lawyers who gave...Read More


Lit and Flicks Sustain the Newly Out

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Leslie Robinson hails from New England, lives in Seattle and is shacked up with a Southerner. Check out more of Leslie's humor columns at generalgayety.com After we finished working out and I had breath again to...Read More


Our Fourth of July Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | July 04, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

It's Independence Day and Alex, Jill and I have all gone on holiday. While we're away, we're naming Aiko, the transgender waiter with serious attitude, as today's Bilerico. Be good. This Canadian has expectations. Consider this your open thread to...Read More


Christians Apologize At Chicago Pride

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | July 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Nathan Albert, the Director of Pastoral Care for the Marin Foundation, attended Chicago Pride wearing a shirt that read "I'm sorry." He and his fellow foundation members held signs apologizing to paraders for "how the church has treated you" and...Read More


Poisonous Parenting: The Pride Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 03, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Every time I write one of these posts, I think -- or, rather, I hope -- it will be the last one. Maybe that’s because I harbor two apparently unrealistic hopes: (1) that no more children will be hurt, abused,...Read More


Locked Up & Out! New Report Tackles LGBT Youth in the Louisiana Juvenile Justice System

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 02, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Wesley Ware has been advocating for the rights of incarcerated youth and the creation of community-based alternatives to incarceration since he came to the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) in 2007. He also serves on the Advisory...Read More


Why I want to be smaller

Filed by Phil Reese | July 01, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

We are sometimes a community of size queens, but believe it or not, I want to be smaller. No, I know what you're thinking, and I'm not talking about that, I'm talking about my gut. Before I was blogging at...Read More


Smoking still high among LGBT people

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The American Lung Association confirms what we've known for a long time, something that afflicts LGBT people that study after study has shown us particularly susceptible to: The study indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the...Read More


She's lyin' and cheatin'

Filed by Michele O'Mara | July 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I was going through our phone records when I saw a number that I did not recognize. My girlfriend text messaged this number over 350 times in 2 days. When I asked her who it was she said it...Read More