Living: August 2010

Uncle Stacey

Filed by Paige Schilt | August 31, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Sometimes I start thinking I'm an expert. I get to feeling like I've got things all figured out. And then, inevitably, parenthood brings me right back down to earth. Take the time we told our son, Waylon, that his friend...Read More


Cancer and Kittens

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 31, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Home again. This time for good. No more Maine, no more driving outside the city limits, no more beach. Bah. I went to Dana Farber, the cancer hospital of extraordinary care, with my sister yesterday. It's not the greatest news....Read More


Richmond, Virginia Launches Gay Tourism Site

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 31, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a move that one would think has Virginia's uber-Christian and decidedly anti-gay attorney general Ken Cuccinelli having convulsions, the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a tourism page aimed at the LGBT tourism dollar. The site, called...Read More


Why Can't I Tell My Ex to F-Off ?

Filed by Michele O'Mara | August 31, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I try my best to stay on good terms with my exes. I wouldn't say we always end up friends but we can at least see each other and have a decent conversation. However, it's different with one person....Read More


Silently Listening

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 31, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alan L. Bounville is a full time graduate student studying theatre for social change at New York University and is one of the founding members of Queer Rising New York City, a direct action group fighting...Read More


Focus on the Family's Model Pro-Bullying Policy

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 31, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Focus on the Family is going all out when it comes to schools, mainly to try to make the next generation of Americans more homophobic than the group of teens who just graduated. They know the battle is in schools...Read More


Does the Gay Men's Health Summit make me look fat?

Filed by Mark S. King | August 31, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I took more time than usual choosing an outfit this morning, because of two terribly conflicting forces. First, I was on my way to the 2010 Gay Men's Health Summit and, diametrically opposed to this fact, I went shopping for...Read More


My Christianity Problem

Filed by Diane Silver | August 30, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I am three months into my 12-month Goodness Project, and I think I should probably turn in my goodness card. I blew up -- via email -- at a well-meaning Christian who wrote to tell me that all I needed...Read More


Rancho Bilerico: Touring the new apartment

Filed by Bil Browning | August 30, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

So it'll be quite the adjustment, but we've found a place to live in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood. Jerame has spent his first week on the job now and he's settled in to our new digs. We're going from an...Read More


Genderfluid, pansexual, and in high school

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I got this email yesterday from a queer high school student. Now how many of us went through similar experiences, only to run far away at the end and never go back? I live in Kansas and moved from the...Read More


The Way We Were

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 29, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: 25 year old guest blogger Hunter Andrews began as an escort while working on his International Business degree as a sophomore in college. He currently lives in New York City and is the writer for his blog, Confessions...Read More


Focus on the Family focuses on schools; will we?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Focus on the Family knows where the battle is right now: As kids head back to school, conservative Christian media ministry Focus on the Family perceives a bully on the playground: national gay-advocacy groups. School officials allow these outside groups...Read More


Adore: To Regard with the Utmost Esteem, Love, and Respect

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

One last day. Jeanine took the boys out to play mini golf while I cleaned the house. We're going to go swimming in a little bit- the ocean has been warm, the waves big. Okay, it's warm for Ogunquit. Sixty...Read More


The Birds

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Back when I was in college, I was a waitress for the school's catering company. It was good money and free food. When you lived off campus, free food was key because no one ever spent money on food- only...Read More


Focus on the schools, because they sure are

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

Two European countries are engaged in gay textbook battles, and one American school district is engaged in a debate over their gag order on sexual orientation. Here's the news from Poland: A gay rights group urged the Polish government on...Read More


Activist & Philanthropist Joseph F. Miller Dies

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

If you're a Hoosier LGBT person, you've probably heard of longtime activist and philanthropist Joseph F. Miller. He was a large donor to the Democratic Party and HIV/AIDS organizations. He supported and encouraged almost every Indiana state-level organization. He was...Read More


Monsoon Day

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I talked to a friend in Provincetown yesterday afternoon and she told me they were having a huge rainstorm down there. All day, pouring rain, whipping wind... same here today. So along with the entire vacationing population, we went to...Read More


She Prayed for Love, and Guess What?

Filed by Father Tony | August 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, My name is Karen. I am writing because you were recommended to me by a friend of mine. I have hit a spiritual crisis. I'll be brief. I am Catholic. I am bi-sexual. I am marrying...Read More


A blue collar American with a son

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

Editors' Note: With the Pentagon's family survey now in the field, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), will release a letter each day this week from...Read More


Old San Fran Bath Goes to the Dogs

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

There's nothing more ecologically sound than reusing old buildings for new purposes instead of watching them crumble or razing them to build something new. In this case, however, a former gay bath in San Francisco is going to the dogs....Read More


Do Not Disturb

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 25, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Ah, moldy towels, unworn underwear and athletes foot. The joys of camp return. I will say, no lice this year was a lovely treat. To be safe, I left all the clothes in the garage for a night, did my...Read More


Gay porn actor Mason Wyler comes out as positive

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 25, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Gay porn star Mason Wyler had his serostatus disclosed on Twitter and came out on his own site (link NSFW). I'm glad he had the courage to come out - it shows that the virus is still around, it's still...Read More


Rules For Living With A Military Partner

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: With the Pentagon's family survey now in the field, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), will release a letter each day this week from...Read More


On vacation with the bearded lady

Filed by Susan Raffo | August 24, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

A few weeks back, while meandering through a park, Luca, our daughter, refused to hold my partner's hand. Now, this wouldn't particularly stand out if it weren't that she was still happy to hold my hand, swinging it back and...Read More


Old Drugs, New HIV Treatment?

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 24, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

There's news on the HIV treatment front. From Science Daily: Researchers at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center have identified two drugs, that, when combined, may serve as an effective treatment for HIV. The two drugs, decitabine and gemcitabine...Read More


Get Well Wishes for Two Contributors

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I know you'll join me in wishing two ill contributors a full and speedy recovery. Veteran activist Cleve Jones is recuperating nicely now, but still a little slower than normal. Things are looking up though, so let's keep the positive...Read More


A Military Mom for 6 Years

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 24, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: With the Pentagon's family survey now in the field, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), will release a letter each day this week from...Read More


Kitty Clinton

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 24, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

This whole mosque controversy is stupid. Why not buy a Catholic church and remodel? There's plenty of empty ones sitting around town lately....Read More


Homophobic counseling student loses case

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Jennifer Keeton, who filed suit a month ago to keep herself from being expelled from a graduate counseling program that required her to have some basic sensitivity towards LGBT people, lost her case: In his ruling, Judge Hall tried hard...Read More


On Homeland Security

Filed by Don Davis | August 23, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

They better not build that mosque down by Ground Zero, we're being told, not just because it's insensitive, but because we have no idea what they'll be up to down there. I mean, where did the money come from? Who...Read More


Loved Ones Serve In Silence Too

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: With the Pentagon's family survey now in the field, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), will release a letter each day this week from...Read More


News From Rancho Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Jerame leaves for Washington DC in a few hours. We're hopeful that we've found a place to live and he'll be able to sign a lease in his first couple of days in town. I'll be flying to DC at...Read More


Fort Eustis Troops Punished For Refusing to Attend Christian Concert

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have written a number of times on my personal blog about something that I believe to be a serious threat to the U.S. military and constitutional freedoms servicemembers: the presence of Christo-fascists in command positions in the U.S. military....Read More


Soaking in the Green

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 22, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Green. I love coming home after being at the ocean for a while because everything looks so green. It's new and refreshed. For the first time in what feels like forever, I woke up this morning without a stabbing pain...Read More


Pennies From Heaven

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 22, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Kim Pearson is the executive director of TransYouth Family Allies, TYFA. Those of you who follow my Facebook may be aware that I made an emergency trip to Kansas this week. A school there was refusing to recognize...Read More


Simplify

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 21, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

At my sister's insistence, I'm writing a blog post. I'm nervous. For the first time since I started blogging, I've become frightened of it's impact. Not only are Ben's friends reading the blog, Ben's older "fans" on Facebook have been...Read More


Can we agree to change the name of ENDA?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

ENDA is a terrible acronym. No one knows what it means that doesn't live and breathe LGBT politics. Asking straight friends to support ENDA inspires blanks stairs. Never mind no one knows what ENDA stands for, the acronym itself is...Read More


God's Punishment? Huh?

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm annoyed. First, Iowa candidate for Congress, Jeremy Walters made remarks on his Facebook page about AIDS: "The Holy Bible say(sic) if your(sic) "GAY" homosexual they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them" & etc.,...Read More


Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs meets NOM's Brian Brown

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Oh what a fantastic sight this is. Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, finally met the National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown at NOM's final stop on their anti-marriage equality stop. The Courage Campaign has been the main...Read More


Andrew Sullivan Thinks the Pope is Gay - and I Suspect He's Right

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I will be the first to admit that in retrospect I spent 37 years of my life trying to live my life within a fabricated mental construct that would allow me to convince myself that I wasn't really gay. This...Read More


Watch Live: Today's BlogIndiana Presentation

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

My BlogIndiana session, "Blogging About Issue Politics," will be broadcast live online for free today at 11:30am Eastern time. I'll be discussing political blogging with a focus on issue advocacy. It can be rough pushing a progressive message in a...Read More


Rand Paul doesn't believe HIV causes AIDS?

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

Kentucky Tea Party Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul belongs to a psuedo-science "medical association" that make the ex-gays look like the reasonable sort. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is one of those far-far-right whacked out groups that you...Read More


Practicing Safe Ex

Filed by Father Tony | August 19, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I write this with a hat tip to a friend who suggested this subject and its title, but had only examples of horribly Unsafe Ex illustrating what to avoid but not what to practice. As the highest form of animal...Read More


Not Getting Married Today

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Thom Watson was born in a "pro-America" part of the country but then grew up to become a gay, liberal, Harvard-educated atheist living in northern California. He has come to terms with the fact that this...Read More


Gay Or Straight, Marriage Matters -- For Taxes

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 19, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I have had to educate a number of political candidates on the issue of why the word "marriage" means so much to LGBT Americans. In fact, the issue came up last night at the Norfolk Democratic Party Committee meeting I...Read More


Watch Live: Online issue advocacy tips

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Good news for those of you who wanted to see my presentation at the BlogIndiana conference on Friday but weren't in the Indianapolis area. The conference has had enough interest in the session that they'll be broadcasting it live online...Read More


A Trans Spiritual Retreat

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 18, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm off for a few days of renewal and self-reflection to Hot Springs, North Carolina. It's been an incredibly busy summer, not the quiet one I hoped for. Kindred Spirits is "a global network based in the Southern Appalachians near...Read More


Teen sues Mississippi high school over gender policing

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 17, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Another Mississippi lesbian high school student is suing her school for taking away part of her senior year: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi today filed a lawsuit against a Mississippi high school that excluded a...Read More


Christianists: The Real Force Behind the Mosque Controversy

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 17, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I have already noted on my own blog that part of the insane controversy around the proposed Muslim community center in lower Manhattan is being fueled by the shameless pandering and opportunism of low lifes within the Republican Party like...Read More


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Leaving Indiana: What does it mean for Bilerico?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I announced yesterday afternoon that Jerame has taken a job with the National Stonewall Democrats and that means there will be some big changes in our lives. The biggest change for both of us is that we'll be moving out...Read More


Karate/Sissy Ad Update: A Teachable Moment in Stereotypes, Gender Roles, & Shaming

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 16, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The print ads for a South Florida Karate School featuring young boys doing stereotypically "feminine things" like wearing their mother's high heels or playing with make-up have been making their way around the internet this past week and causing lots...Read More


When you're writing about war, there aren't any good headlines

Filed by Susan Raffo | August 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I wrote this piece a week before President Obama announced that we were pulling out of Iraq by the end of August. I am reminding myself that this is not the end of the war. Today was a beautiful day....Read More


A Dance to an Atlanta Night

Filed by Mark S. King | August 16, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Stephanie's feet are bare, and she is on a sidewalk, and she is dancing. And everything in the world is exactly as it is supposed to be. We've already been hanging out with each other all evening, our group of...Read More


Being a Young Person's Hero

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 16, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Charles Robbins, the executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. To...Read More


"Among The Flutterers" Explains A Lot

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 15, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In the London Review Of Books, Colm Tóibín reviews The Pope Is Not Gay by Angelo Quattrocchi, and comes up with a mind-numbingly simple analysis of clerical culture, social norms, gay priests and ecclesiastical/institutional fear. As I was reading it,...Read More


Karate Kick the Sissy Out of Your Son: Gay Panic as Advertising

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 13, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Be sure to check out the update on this story, complete with my contact and conversations with both the Ad Agency and the Karate School: Karate/Sissy Ad Update: A Teachable Moment in Stereotypes, Gender Roles, & Shaming. In...Read More


My Website is UP!

Filed by Yasmin Nair | August 13, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

And I'm so excited that I have allowed myself one word in capital letters and an exclamation mark. But seriously, friends, it is up, the one that you have been waiting for with bated breath. The one that has taken...Read More


Get EQUAL Get NOM

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 13, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

NOM is coming to Washington DC on Sunday, August 15 for the big finale of their Summer of Same-Old-Sex Marriage tour and GetEqual is going to meet them. I give you several witty and funny potential sign slogans, but...Read More


The Plot Twist That Twists Me

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 12, 2010 | 5:00 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 My partner Anne and I finally got around to seeing "The...Read More


In The New Solitude, How Do You Edit Yourself?

Filed by Father Tony | August 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

In the not too distant past, American farmers would occasionally look up from the plow to greet a stranger offering some news about national politics, revolution and war, the finding of gold, or perhaps the wonders of cities he would...Read More


WV: Equality Threw a Picnic & NOM Said Let Them Eat Hate

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ed Kennedy is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who was born and raised in West Virginia. After 20 years of traveling the country and the globe, he's come back to West Virginia to be...Read More


Portia did it, would you?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 11, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

America's favorite lesbian power couple (sorry, Mary and Heather) is back in the news with this headline: Portia de Rossi is now Portia Lee James DeGeneres To each their own. What about you? What do you think about last name...Read More


Portia did it, would you?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 11, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

America's favorite lesbian power couple (sorry, Mary and Heather) is back in the news with this headline: Portia de Rossi is now Portia Lee James DeGeneres To each their own. What about you? What do you think about last name...Read More


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What's the 'secret' to being a political/issues blogger?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I recently did a podcast for "Gillespie" on From The Right Radio. I debated conservative blogger Dr. Melissa Cloutheir about the Prop 8 decision. The best part is that right after they stopped recording, all of the people on line...Read More


"MSM" Revisited: Trans Inclusion in LGBT Medical Study

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 11, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Recently, I'd blogged about a term that's increasing in usage in HIV research and outreach: "MSM," or "men who have sex with men." The term was originally invented because of a need to include not just sexually active gay men...Read More


Negotiating the Closet

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alan L. Bounville is a full time graduate student studying theatre for social change at New York University and is one of the founding members of Queer Rising New York City, a direct action group fighting...Read More


"When I Was A Little Boy, I Prayed To God"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 09, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Several years ago, my synagogue asked me to write something about being transgender and Jewish. I grew up very, very devoutly religious, and I felt terrible about my feelings inside. It hurt me every day. Can you see it in...Read More


Fighting sex crimes by showing kids child porn

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 09, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

British Columbia has stopped a program in which young sex offenders were hooked up to a penile plethysmograph, a device that measures changes in tumescence, and were shown various pornography to see if they get turned on by kiddie porn....Read More


Dinner for Schmucks: A Bisexual Film about Female Orgasm

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 09, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Featured from CNN to Cosmo for her expertise in bisexuality and LGBT rights, guest blogger Amy Andre is the Executive Director of San Francisco Pride and co-author of Bisexual Health. With a master's degree in sexuality studies, she...Read More


'Legalize Trans' campaign takes on American Apparel, gender equality issues

Filed by Matt Comer | August 08, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

"Legalize Gay. Repeal Prop 8." We've all seen it. American Apparel has made sure of that. Their brightly-colored T-shirts emblazoned with an amazingly simple yet strongly impactful slogan have been passed out to thousands at LGBT Pride festivals and other...Read More


When Does Good News Become Bad News?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 08, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rev. Rick Elliott has been a minister since June 1973 and has frequently handled the overflow of weddings from a university chapel. He has received an M/Div from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and did five-sixths of...Read More


An Open Letter To My Fellow Straight Christians About Marriage Equality

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | August 08, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I write to you who are still ambivalent about the issue raised by Judge Walker's repeal of Proposition 8 in California: is it a sin to support the marriage of two people of the same sex? Let me explain why...Read More


Tyra Hunter Medical Transphobia Death 15th Anniversary

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday marked another sad anniversary. It was the 15th anniversary of the death of Tyra Hunter on August 7, 1995 at the hands of Washington DC transphobes. Transphobes who sadly held the titles of doctor, nurse and emergency medical technician....Read More


Update on Ball Memorial

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 06, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Great news from Muncie, Indiana: it looks as if Erin Vaught and INTRAA have come to an understanding with Ball Memorial Hospital. Better yet, Ball Memorial has agreed to an "aggressive" response to the problem of transphobia. Via INTRAA: Working...Read More


Happy 21st Birthday Angie Zapata

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 06, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday was a day that should have been a happy occasion for a young Latina transwoman who lived in Colorado. But sadly, it wasn't, thanks to a waste of DNA who is now serving a life sentence in a Colorado...Read More


Call to Action: Queering the Midterm Election!

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Brianna Marquez is the Youth Engagement intern at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) this summer. I still remember my emotions the night of November 4, 2008 right before Barack Obama gave his victory speech in...Read More


Convicted Wall Street Felon To Speak At Peter LaBarbera's "Truth Academy"

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 06, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Back in February I wrote a post on my blog, Michael-in-Norfolk about a story that I helped break working with Wayne Besen and Norm Kent of South Florida Gay News concerning Arthur Abba Goldberg, one of the founders of JONAH...Read More


Two Women In Love

Filed by Father Tony | August 05, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

"Here at Sidelines, we have what we call the seventeen second rule," said Laurie Whittaker, co-owner with Marty Kildea of Sidelines, the popular gay owned and operated Wilton Manors, Florida, sports bar. Before a definition of that rule could be...Read More


Judge Walker Strikes Down Prop 8: Shows the Backbone the Virginia Supreme Court Lacks

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 04, 2010 | 10:00 PM | comments

I have now had an opportunity to review Judge Walker's opinion handed down today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger and my reaction in a nut shell is wow!! The reaction of professional Christians and others who are enriching themselves by beating...Read More


42% of Americans living with HIV/AIDS feel "alone and isolated"

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 04, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I post often here about prosecutions of people with HIV for not disclosing their status before having sex. Using the law to force people to disclose just doesn't work, and real solutions will have to start with an actual understanding...Read More


Black church stages fight to test white cop

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Indianapolis has seen a rise in racial tensions this summer. First an African-American teenager accused police of brutality for wrestling him to the ground after he intervened in his brother's arrest for breaking and entering. The teen also tried to...Read More


Think of the children and vote

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

It's not at all surprising to me that the recent study of Prop 8 campaigns found that the "gay marriage will be taught to your children" argument was effective. There's just something about kids and gay people, usually men, that...Read More


Why I'm In Love With the Ali Forney Center

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 03, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

"You're all family now," said the devilishly handsome Bill Torres, Director of Community Resources at the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth in NYC, where I went last week to a training for volunteers. He was telling us how...Read More


Fatigue

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 02, 2010 | 2:00 PM | 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


Fatigue

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 02, 2010 | 2:00 PM | 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


Masturbation, Sin, and Showers: the fundamental guilt of growing up gay

Filed by Nathan Strang | August 01, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I would masturbate in my bed at night... my mother would often knock on my door: "Nathan, I know what you are doing. Is that right in the eyes of the Lord?" Ashamed, I'd fight a raging teenage erection...addicted...Read More


More crazy signs from 'lynch gay couples' NOM supporter

Filed by Bil Browning | August 01, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

I started digging around in my files and found a couple of photos of NOM supporter Larry Adams protesting Indy Pride with his creative signs. The one he chose for NOM's anti-gay marriage rally in Indianapolis earlier this week featured...Read More


Time for Change

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 01, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Finally, finally, things are starting to calm down. This past week was the one time of the year when all three boys are at camp. No one to take care of, no one to drive around, no one to tell...Read More