Marriage Equality: June 2007

Friday Update - Saturday Edition

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 30, 2007 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner gave Poland a failing grade in human rights due in large part to their policies and rhetoric towards gays and lesbians. (International Herald-Tribune) The Senate Appropriations committee passed a bill that increased funding...Read More


L.A. City Council honors LGBT community

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 30, 2007 | 2:32 PM | comments

It was a bit of history and everyone knew it. For an hour and a half on Friday morning, June 29, the Los Angeles City Council ceased all other business to honor the LGBT community in conjunction with Gay Pride...Read More


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Pulling back the curtain: Announcing our new line up of contributors!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2007 | 6:48 PM | comments

We've kept you in suspense for months now as we've planned for next week's re-launch about who would be joining the site. Are you ready for the big list of contributors? We're excited about the starting line up - and...Read More


The Blade has two sides

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2007 | 10:49 AM | comments

So what the hell is up with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels - or "The Blade" as his former boss George W called him? This man has more faces than Eve. (And just like Eve, he'll be supplanted in the party...Read More


Terry Schiavo, Patrick Atkins, and YOU

Filed by Jen Jorczak | June 28, 2007 | 6:05 PM | comments

If you, like me, have been meaning to set up power of attorney and a living will and everything else that you need to have things in order, "just in case"--especially if you, like me, don't have even the protection...Read More


Out of touch with reality: The Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 28, 2007 | 3:08 PM | comments

The LCR is pumping a new survey of Republican voters to show how pro-gay they are. They describe it as showing that "Republican voters support basic fairness for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation," and "This poll makes it clear...Read More


Clinton Campaign Releases List of LGBT Supporters; Edwards Visits L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2007 | 12:39 PM | comments

Updated I just received this list of LGBT supporters for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. I emailed the campaign to ask if they are going to post it on the website - and LGBT National spokesperson Jin Chon got back...Read More


Elizabeth Edwards steps into the wading pool

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2007 | 11:43 AM | comments

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, came out in favor of same-sex marriage yesterday after a speech at the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club in San Francisco. Mrs. Edwards was attending a breakfast event...Read More


A poll that Hillary doesn't win!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

What's this!?! There's a presidential candidate poll that Hillary doesn't automatically win?! Apparently, there is... Our poll question from last week was, "Who do you think is the most LGBTQ friendly?" And the answers you provided actually stunned me. I...Read More


The Cheney grandson and the fuss over grandpa's place in the executive branch

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 25, 2007 | 7:40 AM | comments

I've been wondering of late why, after all of the talk leading up to the birth of Mary Cheney and Heather Poe's baby Samuel David Cheney, and the initial headlines and picture of Grandpa Dick and Grandma Lynne (but not...Read More


Flashes of a Day in Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 24, 2007 | 10:26 AM | comments

Updated If she is elected President of the United States, Hillary Clinton will surely pay attention to the pleas from L.A. Mayor and Clinton-supporter Antonio Villaraigosa for funding to fix the sprawling city's horrendous traffic problems after her Friday visit...Read More


Postcards from the Sodomite Zeitgeist

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

ABC's Susan Donaldson James reports on crazy military weapons being researched, including the gay bomb:Scientists are exploring beamed speaker systems that only one person can hear and foam that makes the enemy slip and fall. And they are using...Read More


Is theft a family value?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2007 | 8:00 PM | comments

Wow. It's official. I'm a "homosexual activist." And you may be too! The American Family Association (AFA) sent out an action alert today slamming Governor Mitch Daniels. Earlier this month the Guv was asked whether he would push for a...Read More


Since Rosie left it's been all downhill

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2007 | 9:33 AM | comments

Boy, The View just isn't the same since Rosie packed up her toys and went home, is it? Did you see Star Parker as the recent guest host? The far right wingnut certainly made some ripples when she denied that...Read More


Colombia & New York: not this year

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2007 | 10:44 AM | comments

It's not often that you get to kill two stories with one stone like this, but yesterday was a busy day for LGBTQ marriage rights... First, in New York state, same-sex marriage took a big step forward when the State...Read More


The AARP takes note of LGBT seniors

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 20, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

I became aware yesterday that this week in Los Angeles the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is sponsoring a major conference on "Diversity and Aging in the 21st Century". Among the featured participants is Amber Hollibaugh, Senior Strategist for...Read More


Hair whorls? Is this what we've come to?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2007 | 11:37 PM | comments

This article from New York Magazine has been floating around the LGBTQueer blogsphere. It's about some of the studies some scientists are doing to find other differences between gays and lesbians and straight men and women (sorry, everyone else, but...Read More


Gulf between black, gay communities narrowing

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 19, 2007 | 6:18 PM | comments

There was a time when the only voices the American public heard on the issue of marriage equality in the African-American community were those of fire and brimstone, bible-thumping ministers. Today, their vitriol is weakening as more and more African-American...Read More


June Bride

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 19, 2007 | 1:51 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This is a guest post from Wendell Ricketts, a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, The Advocate, Out, and many other publications. He edited Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by...Read More


Silencing preachers? Again? Seriously?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2007 | 12:22 PM | comments

Several Black pastors in conjunction with the High Impact Leadership Coalition have put out an ad about how they're opposed to the hate crimes bill currently in Congress. It's the same old argument, that preachers won't be able to speak...Read More


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Coffee & Toast with Leslie Gabel-Brett

Filed by Ed Team | June 19, 2007 | 6:42 AM | comments

"Amazing change is possible. It used to be that employees across the country were without clear protection from getting fired or being harassed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. "Now, the list of states with workplace protections...Read More


Queer Lasso!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2007 | 2:00 PM | comments

Josh Kilmer-Purcell defends diversity in genderqueer language:GLAAD now defines transgender as "an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth." As one who prefers to sing in the...Read More


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Coffee & Toast with Tony Perkins

Filed by Ed Team | June 16, 2007 | 6:34 AM | comments

"In the end, all three branches of government conspired to frustrate the desire of the voters, ignoring over 170,000 residents who signed petitions, wrongly believing that the principle of representative government would prevail." -- Family Research Council's Tony Perkins trying...Read More


Homotopia: An Interview with Filmmakers Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 15, 2007 | 7:31 PM | comments

Homotopia is a movie with sophisticated politics that revels in the lowbrow: bimbo revolutionaries, porn movie sexcapades, a Dolly Parton lip-synch, shaky-camera hijinks. While the movie purports to follow a group of queer malcontents as they plan to sabotage a...Read More


Queer music Friday - Savage Garden

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2007 | 5:00 PM | comments

You might remember Savage Garden as that one aggressively heterosexual Australian disco/rock band with the lead singer who came out years after they were famous, but I'll always remember them as that one aggressively heterosexual Australian disco/rock band with a...Read More


Massachusetts Constitutional Convention today

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 14, 2007 | 7:45 PM | comments

The State of Massachusetts is having their convention today to decide whether or not to put the anti marriage amendment on the ballot, which would make it both the first state to legally recognize same-sex marriages and the first state...Read More


Bill Richardson is a funny guy

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 13, 2007 | 6:19 PM | comments

Bill Richardson is a funny guy. He's affable, charming, and amusingly mischievous. He's the kind of guy I'd love to have a beer with, if I still drank. And unlike that other amiable guy who wanted to be president -...Read More


Tuesday question

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 12, 2007 | 11:11 AM | comments

On the fortieth anniversary of Loving, I've got marriage on the mind. If a similar Supreme Court decision were handed down for same-sex couples to marry, do you think that the gay/queer rights movement would pack up its bags and...Read More


Fortieth Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 12, 2007 | 10:57 AM | comments

Forty years ago the Supreme Court decided that it was illegal for states to bar interracial couples from marrying. It's not the same thing as same-sex marriage, but there are parallels. And I can't think of a better way to...Read More


Pride and Prejudice

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | June 11, 2007 | 11:51 AM | comments

Last weekend was IndyPride. Twenty years ago, when I first started attending Pride events, they were small, and the subject of snickering coverage by the local media. Attendance largely consisted of guys in leather harnesses. Not, I hasten to add,...Read More


Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 08, 2007 | 3:00 PM | comments

Almost all of the men arrested in last month's crack-down on an Iranian party were released. Sixteen are out on bail and could face the death penalty. (Pink News) The city of Kalamazoo will no longer offer insurance benefits to...Read More


I have returned

Filed by Candace Gingrich | June 08, 2007 | 9:10 AM | comments

I've got "Goin' Back to Indiana" bouncing around my head. That song comes to mind every time I come to the Hoosier State but so does the fact that a good lot of the Generation Equality (under-30 voters) that I...Read More


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Coffee & Toast with Hillary Clinton

Filed by Ed Team | June 07, 2007 | 6:18 AM | comments

"As we celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, I want to commend the LGBT community on a historic year that brought our country closer to equality and closer to ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Just a...Read More


Thou shalt not float in the air

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2007 | 5:25 PM | comments

I'm fed up. I'm sick and tired of seeing LGBT rights advance around the nation. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against our community gaining acceptance and respect in general. I'm just irritated that it seems to be happening everywhere...Read More


Two questions the HRC forgot to ask

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 06, 2007 | 10:24 AM | comments

After getting the long-form questionnaires all in from the Democratic presidential candidate, the HRC has compiled all that information into an easy-to-read pdf. Everyone's supportive of the same things, except for Kucinich on federal marriage, and Mike Gravel didn't answer,...Read More


The economics of marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2007 | 6:43 PM | comments

The comptroller of the city of New York released a report that estimated that recognizing same-sex marriage in that state would "boost the economy by $184 million statewide." Ah, well, that sounds great! Love makes money, and if there's anything...Read More


Confessions of A Ex-Ex-Transgender

Filed by Marti Abernathey | June 05, 2007 | 12:15 PM | comments

You've probably heard of the ex-gay movement. You may have even heard of the ex-ex-gay movement. Odds are slim that you know anyone that is ex-transgender. But have you ever known anyone that is ex-ex-transgender? You have if you've read...Read More


Is the Cheney baby a Pride Messiah?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 04, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE] The following is a guest post by Sean Kosofsky. Sean is the Director of Policy for Triangle Foundation, Michigan's leading civil rights organization for GLBT people. He is one of the most visible, recognizable and accomplished GLBT activists...Read More


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Coffee & Toast with eHarmony.com

Filed by Ed Team | June 02, 2007 | 6:24 AM | comments

"The research that eHarmony has developed, through years of research, to match couples has been based on traits and personality patterns of successful heterosexual marriages. Nothing precludes us from providing same-sex matching in the future. It's just not a service...Read More


Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 01, 2007 | 12:00 PM | comments

Colorado governor Bill Ritter signed an employment nondiscrimination law inclusive of sexual orientation. (Denver Post) A transman and his wife were jailed for three years in Pakistan, after seeking protection from harassment, for perjury because he said he was a...Read More