Marriage Equality: December 2008

Last LGBT Parenting Roundup of the Year

Filed by Dana Rudolph | December 31, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

For those of you still out there and reading pre-holiday, here's a quick roundup of LGBT parenting news to hold you for a few days: President Bush—yes, that's right—signed the Worker, Retiree and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 (WRERA), making...Read More


Beyond marriage? Let's move beyond progress

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 31, 2008 | 3:20 PM | comments

American workers have had their retirements under assault for over three decades. They've been losing as companies moved from defined-benefit programs over to defined-compensation and plans that were basically a tool to move worthless or soon-to-be worthless stock onto workers....Read More


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The Top 70 Bilerico Project posts in 2008

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 30, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Yesterday Bil and I posted our top LGBTQ stories of 2008. That was based on us asking, "What will people be talking about 20 years from now?" Today I'm just taking the top 70 posts on The Bilerico Project based...Read More


The Media, the Legislature and the Police Are Guilty Too

Filed by Bil Browning | December 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My post, "Transgender woman and her boyfriend murdered in Indianapolis," has created quite a bit of conversation - both here on the Project and in certain circles in Indiana. I've just finished an interview with an Indianapolis Star reporter about...Read More


Top 10 LGBT Stories of 2008

Filed by Bil Browning | December 29, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Was 2008 the year of the queer? As our community gets more and more visibility, we've all had plenty to talk about this year but did anything actually get accomplished? Alex and I worked together on this post recapping the...Read More


Washington Times columnist: Pope Benedict hasn't a hateful homophobic bone in his body

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 29, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Frequent visitors to my pad know that we monitor including the latest one. This time it involved a speech to senior Vatican staff where the homo-obsessed Pope said that saving humanity from gays and transfolk was as critical as protecting...Read More


Kirchick: gays, cool your jets on Warren

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 29, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

OK folks, what is your take on this piece by Jamie Kirchick, "The Gay Community Needs to Calm Down About Rick Warren"? A snippet: The problem for gay activists is that many Americans agree with Rick Warren when it comes...Read More


Gay rights in 2008

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 28, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock, MD has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up...Read More


How Can I Talk To My Parents?

Filed by Eric Marcus | December 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

More gay folks write to me for advice about how to have a relationship with their parents than just about anything else. And given how a lot of parents deal with their gay kids I'm impressed that their kids want...Read More


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New York Times on Marriage vs Civil Unions

Filed by Ed Team | December 28, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Civil unions are an inadequate substitute for marriage. Creating a separate, new legal structure to confer some benefits on same-sex couples neither honors American ideals of fairness, nor does it grant true equality. The results are clearly visible in...Read More


End of the week round-up

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 27, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Here are some great posts you may have missed on The Bilerico Project, Bilerico-Indiana, and Bilerico-Florida. Feel free to promote your own site in the comments. Sunday Help! I'm Afraid to Come Out! (Eric Marcus) How Homophobia Hurts Everyone (Paige...Read More


Lesbian Teen Pregnancy Rates: Can We See the Inequality beyond the Stigma?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 27, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

There's a new story about lesbian teens making the rounds, and it's being framed in somewhat sensationalist terms. The Vancouver Sun recently reported on University of British Columbia findings about pregnancy among LGB teens with the headline: "Lesbian Youth at...Read More


LGBT Parent Newsmakers of the Year

Filed by Dana Rudolph | December 27, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Who were the LGBT parents who made headlines this year in mainstream or LGBT news? Here are my top individuals or couples, in alphabetic (not rank) order. (This started as a top-ten list, but outgrew that appellation by a bit....Read More


Please Don't Divorce...

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 27, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Courage Campaign has launched an amazing and heartbreaking new community photo project called Please Don't Divorce to put faces to the 18,000 married same-sex couples facing the possibility of being forcibly divorced in California. Kenneth Starr, the right-wing prosecutor...Read More


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Peter Staley on Join the Impact

Filed by Ed Team | December 27, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Momentum is a bitch. It's probably the hardest thing to maintain in any activist movement. Join The Impact, the new web-based group that organized the remarkable nationwide anti-Prop 8 rallies on November 15th, is learning this hard truth pretty...Read More


Saving Marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 27, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

This is the trailer for the new documentary Saving Marriage about the fight for marriage equality in Massachusetts....Read More


Rick Warren is trampling on MLK Day and it's OK

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 26, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Matt Hennie is a freelance journalist in Atlanta. A product of the legacy media (those printed newspaper no one seems to be reading anymore), he jumped into the blogosphere in September with the launch of Project...Read More


"Queer" as a Challenge: Notes on Louise Bourgeois, Milk, Revolutionary Road, White-Led Feminist and Gay-Rights Movements, and Etc.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | December 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Queer, as in "strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint" [Random House Webster's Unabridged]; "questionable ... differing in some way from what is usual or normal." As in "often disparaging: homosexual" or "sometimes offensive: gay." As in "a contemporary antonym...Read More


If you read ONE article on Prop 8, make it this one

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | December 26, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Of course most of you have reads lots of articles about Prop 8. I've been silent about it because I had nothing to add, but today I read a piece that is so good I have to recommend it to...Read More


Top 10 Victories for LGBT Equality in 2008

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | December 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 2008, there were some significants setbacks for equality when we lost the ballot initiatives in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas. But there were some significant victories that will help to advance equality in 2009 and beyond. Read our...Read More


My Grown-Up Christmas List

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 24, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm a sucker for holiday tunes. And one of my favorites is "Grown-up Christmas List." This season, with all that has happened, it strikes an even bigger chord with me, especially the opening line of the chorus: No More Lives...Read More


On Barack Obama, Rick Warren, and Leading From Behind

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | December 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Catholic Worker Peter Maurin's essay, "Politics Is Politics", pre-saged Obama's failure in moral thinking on gay issues that led to the Warren and McClurkin gaffes.Read More


About that "behind-the-scenes effort underway to change the focus of the discussion"

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 24, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

I need your help, Projectors. I have to come forward with the secrets that seaQwa has only begun to uncover. I hope that by speaking out against the secret conspiracy to silence queer people that Bil Browning's been engaged in...Read More


Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Filed by Brett Abrams | December 23, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

'Tis the season. The View provided a small gift on its program yesterday. Judy Gold made a sensible point about the inconsistencies of marriage laws. Honestly, I have watched the show intermittently over the last few years and have never...Read More


A Novel Take on Marriage and Rick Warren

Filed by Brynn Craffey | December 23, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Bob Ostertag, over at Huffington Post, has written an excellent article arguing that elevating same-sex marriage to the forefront of the LGBT movement is ill-advised both strategically and morally. Even more thought-provoking, he writes that rather than an enemy, Rick...Read More


Rick Warren's ridiculous damage control efforts

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 23, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Rick Warren's feeling the heat and he's trying to dodge it. The image to the right will live on in infamy. It's Rick Warren at the Out off the Closet thrift store in LA with his new gay friend. It...Read More


Words Matter: Hate and Bigotry

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The intense discussion about the Rick Warren choice for the inauguration here and in the media has really been both enlightening and surprising. I've been overjoyed to see the concerns of our community get national attention (which is always a...Read More


Très belle

Filed by Kate Clinton | December 23, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Just got word of another piece of coal from Benedict the Pope for our gay stockings this holiday season. I heard if from the smoky voiced Sylvia Polgolla in Rome, so it must be true. To review: as far as...Read More


Rick 'Bearing False Witness' Warren: What he really said on gays, pedophilia, incest

Filed by Matt Comer | December 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, gave a message to his congregants recently. He addressed the controversy over the invite he received to lead the inaugural invocation. Addressing his repeated comparisons of gay relationships with incest and pedophilia, Warren said...Read More


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To all the folks who think we're too angry...

Filed by Ed Team | December 23, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"You keep saying things like, "Just because someone is against gay marriage doesn't mean they're a homophobe or a bigot," even though there are no non-bigoted, non-homophobic reasons to oppose marriage equality. You say that equality for LGBT citizens is...Read More


Forget Rick Warren, Joseph Lowery is the voice our country needs to hear

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

While the debate over Rick Warren delivering the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration continues, not nearly enough attention has been paid to the selection of Rev. Joseph Lowery to deliver the benediction. Unlike Rev. Warren who has equated marriage with...Read More


A new twist in the Prop 8 litigation

Filed by Nan Hunter | December 21, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

CA Attorney General Jerry Brown surprised all sides in the Prop 8 litigation by filing a 90-page brief in the state supreme court that takes a unique position in the case, not agreeing completely with either side. In general, a...Read More


It is important to say these things out loud

Filed by Nadine Smith | December 21, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

President-elect Barack Obama believes "marriage is between a man and a woman". Barack Obama does not think gay couples' relationships are worthy of the same stature as his and Michelle's. He does not believe that gay couples deserve the precise...Read More


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Caroline Kennedy supports gay rights

Filed by Ed Team | December 21, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples." --Senate hopeful Caronline Kennedy's response to a political questionnaire asking her opinion on same-sex marriage...Read More


1 of 18,000 Being Attacked This Holiday Season

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 20, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

My "homosexual agenda" is pretty much the same everyday. Wake-up, give my husband a kiss on the cheek, give one of our dogs his allergy medicine and make sure there is food in their bowls, decide if I can skip...Read More


Not a Disagreement among Friends...

Filed by Kate Kendell | December 20, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Even as we endured the passage of Prop 8 and three other anti-gay measures on November 4, we took comfort in the near end of the most treacherous administration in recent history and the historic election of a man who...Read More


CA Attorney General Supports Repeal of Prop 8!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | December 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Californian Attorney General (and former two-term governor) Jerry Brown, in a surprise turnabout, has filed a brief to the State Supreme Court in support of overturning Proposition 8! Prior to this move, Brown had publicly stated he would uphold Prop...Read More


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Kenneth Starr talks marriage

Filed by Ed Team | December 20, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Proposition 8's brevity is matched by its clarity. There are no conditional clauses, exceptions, exemptions or exclusions." --Kenneth Starr, the special investigator famous for his obsession with Clinton's sex life, in his suit to invalidate same-sex marriages already performed in...Read More


Calm down: Rick Warren is not a big deal

Filed by Bil Browning | December 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You might be surprised at my thoughts on the current Rick Warren scandal. I've hesitated to blog about it for the past couple of days, but as this story has grown bigger and bigger, it's time I stepped out and...Read More


Should "Inclusion" Include Everyone?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 19, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

It is pretty obvious to anyone how I feel about Rick Warren being chosen to deliver the blessing on inauguration day. Warren is a unabashed bigot draped in religious clothing who hates the entire LGBT community. And let's be clear,...Read More


Man does not live by doughnuts alone

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 19, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

365Gay is reporting that Geoff Kors, who led the No on Prop 8 campaign, has decided to boycott the inauguration because of Rick Warren's invocation. I suspect he won't be the last. What's getting me about this is the straight...Read More


That Weird Hug from Rick Warren

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Lutes is the Executive Director of Soulforce, a national civil rights and social justice organization dedicated to freedom for LGBT people through nonviolent direct action. According to the first three books of the New Testament,...Read More


Make Your Voice Heard About Rick Warren

Filed by Scott Kaiser | December 18, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

As a gay American who supported, campaigned, and voted for Barack Obama, I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed and hurt I feel by the choice of anti-gay Pastor Rick Warren to lead the inaugural invocation. Although I...Read More


The More Things "Change", the More They Stay the Same...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 18, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

With the crushing defeats at the ballot box for our community this past November, the one bright spot, the glimmer of hope, that I held on to was Obama's election. While I may not always have agreed with all his...Read More


Being an Atheist in the Queer Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 18, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greta Christina blogs at Greta Christina's Blog. I want to talk about being an atheist in the queer community. This is going to be hard to talk about. But it's been on my mind a lot lately, and...Read More


Responding to Obama: We can disagree without being disagreeable, but Rick Warren cannot

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Obama team has come out with its official talking points on the Warren invocation, and there's nothing there that's all too surprising. They want the celebrity power at their ceremony but they don't want to take responsibility for picking...Read More


Obama picks arch-homophobe Rick Warren to deliver inauguration invocation

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 17, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This is unbelievable. Just when you thought the era of insane right-wing pastors having the president on speed-dial was over, Obama goes and shows that it's not: Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister of the Saddleback Church,...Read More


Diego Sanchez Named As Senior Advisor To Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today Transadvocate.com is reporting that FTM transgender activist and business leader Diego Sanchez has been named to replace Joe Racalto as Congressman Barney Frank's senior policy advisor. As you would expect, this news is receiving mixed reaction from many in...Read More


Did Mat Staver Really Just Say That? Seriously?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 17, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Sometimes you read something and have to do a double take. One of those shake-your-head, cartoon-sound-effect "Huh??" moments. That's what happened when I read the Liberty Council's Mat Staver's quote in the Florida Baptist Witness. The article was discussing the...Read More


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Rick Warren has gay friends

Filed by Ed Team | December 17, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

"I have many gay friends, I've eaten dinner in gay homes, no church has probably done more for people with AIDS than Saddleback Church. Kay and I have given millions of dollars out of "A Purpose-Driven Life" helping people who...Read More


Conservative media going intellectually bankrupt

Filed by Matt Comer | December 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Cliff Kincaid, the editor of the conservative Accuracy in Media, took to the web to share his hatred-laden viewpoint that "Pro-homosexual media is going bankrupt." I guess it's a shame that conservative personalities like Kincaid are causing their media to...Read More


Gay is NOT the new Black

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

If you are African American and gay, and fighting alongside your white LGBTQ brothers and sisters for queer civil rights, the notion that "Gay is the new black" is not only absurdly arrogant, it is also dangerously divisive. In a...Read More


GLAAD responds to Becket Fund "No Mob Veto" ad

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 15, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Rashad Robinson is the Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD. Last week, GLAAD issued an action alert about a full page ad in The New York Times paid for by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an...Read More


By Seizing the Truth, We Seize the Upper Hand

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 15, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Today's guest bloggers are Bishop Carlton Pearson and Bishop John L. Selders, Jr. Bishop Pearson is the founder and senior pastor of the New Dimensions Worship Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bishop Selders is an ordained minister serving the...Read More


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The weekly advertising post

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Advertising on the Bilerico Project is easy and affordable. We have many options available to help you get the biggest bang out of your buck. If you'd advertised last month, your ad would have been seen almost 250,000 times! With...Read More


Don't call it a roundup roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 13, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Upgrade your weekend with the best of Bilerico for the past week: Monday Equal Roots Coalition: Organizing in the aftermath of Prop 8 - Guest Blogger Matthew Palazzolo Sorority Boys: Trans Guide for Fraternities and Sororities - Simon Aronoff Tuesday...Read More


The defense of the defense of marriage - and post Prop 8 right-wing rhetoric

Filed by Nan Hunter | December 13, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

With the Democrats having control of the White House and Congress, there won't be any federal marriage amendment moving anywhere in the next two years, and probably no time soon, if ever again. As icing on the cake, its chief...Read More


Want to see a Grade A homobigot? Meet Firpo W. Carr

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 13, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Oh, and let's not leave out lesbians. Law enforcement agencies are struggling with a new phenomenon. "Butch" lesbians who physically abuse "lipstick" lesbians can easily penetrate the defenses of women's shelters where victims seek refuge since they, too, are...Read More


Gays: Not the Last Oppressed Minority

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 13, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A couple of people here at Bilerico have already commented on the phrase, "Gay is the New Black," which adorns the most recent cover of The Advocate. Yet the subtitle on that cover, "The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle," is...Read More


DC Activists Discuss Marriage Strategy

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

More than 200 people braved the cold and rainy DC weather to participate in a community forum to discuss a plan for winning marriage equality in the District. The forum was organized by DC for Marriage, a project of the...Read More


Coping with Holiday Stress

Filed by Michele O'Mara | December 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Managing Expectations Holidays are an issue of supply and demand and I'm not talking about shopping on black Friday. There's only one of you. Therefore, in order to manage the stress of the holidays you are responsible for managing the...Read More


My letter to President-Elect Obama

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 11, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Before the election, The Advocate asked me to write a letter to the Dem and GOP nominees for president. The magazine planned to feature missives from various well-known voices in the LGBT community; it was an interesting idea, since we...Read More


Basic fundamentalist theology fail

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 11, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Still-president Bush is letting it all hang out these last few months. MCFADDEN: Is it literally true, the Bible? BUSH: You know. Probably not ... No, I'm not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it,...Read More


Reminding me why I hate Christmas

Filed by Father Tony | December 11, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dear Father Tony, Do you think it is possible to forgive and forget? Betrayed Dear Betrayed, You ask a timeless question. I am reminded of a story about Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val (gay) who was a Vatican power-queen...Read More


Building Relationships before Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 11, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Rev. Rick Elliott has been a minister since June 1973 and has frequently handled the overflow of weddings from a university chapel. He's a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received...Read More


Huckabee: Words more important than human dignity

Filed by Matt Comer | December 10, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Note: Hey all! Matt Comer here. Thought I'd give just a little introduction on my first post as a regular Bilerico contributor. I'm so excited to be among the list of your contributors here. I'm looking forward to the community,...Read More


Yes, there is a Biblical argument for same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 10, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Lisa Miller wrote up a defense of same-sex marriage from the Biblical perspective in Newsweek earlier this week that I haven't had a chance to link to. It's a lot of the same arguments that queer, Christian and Jewish theologians...Read More


Iowa marriage argument - good try

Filed by Nan Hunter | December 10, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal did their usually excellent job of lawyering with the challenge to the Iowa marriage law that was argued this morning before the Iowa Supreme Court. (Kudos to lead counsel Camilla Taylor!) But the court did not seem particularly...Read More


Marriage Community Forum in DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 10, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

After the passage of Prop 8 in California, more than 5,000 DC LGBT residents and allies marched to demand an end to marriage discrimination. But, how do we win marriage equality in the District? Prop 8 Passed, Now What: A...Read More


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There will issue forth a great yawn

Filed by Ed Team | December 10, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Already, same-sex marriage has joined this list of departures from tradition. Ludicrously expensive crusades have served to limit its legalization, but it's still a de facto fixture of community life; and it has gained so dramatically in acceptance over a...Read More


Iowa Supreme Court hears marriage equality argument

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | December 09, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Kudos to the Iowa Supreme Court for making its oral argument in Varnum v. Brien as user-friendly as possible. Chief Justice Ternus even explained from the bench the steps in the legal process. A number of media outlets streamed the...Read More


I Am An American

Filed by Sara Whitman | December 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I have spent much of my life as a victim. As a lesbian, as a woman, I have been a victim of hate, of violence, of job discrimination. I'm done. I don't want to be the other. I don't want...Read More


Salvation Army employee will be dismissed if he marries a woman

Filed by Bil Browning | December 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Oh, the shoe is on the other foot now. I wonder where Captain Harsh stands on same sex marriage? Capt. Johnny Harsh of Oshkosh, Wis., says he's been receiving letters and e-mails from people angered over the Salvation Army's decision...Read More


Change the definition of marriage?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 09, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Projector Michael Morgenstern writes in to point out an ad he's put together to run on the saysme.tv video contest. Good luck, Michael!...Read More


Equal Roots Coalition: Organizing in the aftermath of Prop 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 08, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Matthew Palazzolo is the co-founder of Equal Roots Coalition, a new group formed in response to the passage of Prop 8 in California. A new LGBT activist, Palazzolo is also a video artist and an actor....Read More


Sorority Boys: Trans Guide for Fraternities and Sororities

Filed by Simon Aronoff | December 08, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

On December 3rd, Campus Pride and the Lambda 10 Project announced the release of a resource guide to raise awareness of transgender students and the issues they face within the Greek system of campus life. The goal of the new...Read More


The cost of moving beyond ex-gay movement

Filed by Nina Smith | December 07, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Ex-gay survivor and queer quirky Quaker, Peterson Toscano is a theatrical performance activist. His one-person show about how he tried to de-gay himself for a number of years is now available on DVD. As some of you might know, therapy...Read More


Stephen Colbert goes Gay for Guns

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 07, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Colbert Report's "The Word" segment compares Prop 8/Marriage Equality with... gun control and Plaxico Burress? Stephen talks about his "man/gun love" and taking his gun home for Thanksgiving. .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;}The Colbert ReportMon -...Read More


Messaging message

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 07, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Tim McFeeley, former HRC director and Task Force Policy Institute director, is talking about messaging now at the LGBT bloggers summit. He's talking about moving LGBT rights messaging from "us" to "America" and had these following suggestions. I don't have...Read More


Welcome Back Alex Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 06, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

After three weeks of showing his French BF America, Alex is back at his keyboard stirring the proverbial queer pot. This week's roundup is dedicated to you Alex. Monday Gay duo kidnaps babies from straight couples - Prince Gomolvilas Where...Read More


Straight questionnaire passed around in Wisconsin high school

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 06, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

WND is going nuts over this heterosexuality questionnaire being handed out in a high school in Wisconsin: What do you think caused your heterosexuality? When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual? Is it possible that your heterosexuality...Read More


Gay Dollars, Labor, and Boycotts

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 06, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I just wrote a piece for Chicago's Windy City Times on the interlinked issues of Gay Dollars, the links between labor organizers and LGBT politics, and economic boycotts. All of these are, of course, tied to the recent upheavals around...Read More


Message to the religious right - this isn't just about marriage, it's about history

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 06, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Alvin McEwen is a blogger who tracks and catalogs religious right distortions about the gay community via two blogs (Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters and Anti-Gay Lies and Liars). He is also a board member of the South...Read More


How are we going to learn our lessons from the Prop 8 campaign?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 06, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm sitting a panel discussion here on Proposition 8. It includes: Marty Rouse of HRCTobias Packer of Equality FloridaJosh Cohen of Bloggers Against 8George Simpson of Equality CaliforniaMegan Kinninger of Freedom to MarryJoe Sudby of AmericaBlog (moderator) There's a lot...Read More


A Shotgun Wedding in Connecticut?

Filed by Father Tony | December 05, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

As some may know, in 2007, I elected to take advantage of the earliest possible retirement offered by the State of Connecticut to its managers. Recently, I received a letter from Nancy Wyman, Comptroller of the State of Connecticut. (Nancy...Read More


Impact Florida- Why We Demonstrate

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Lorna Bracewell is the director of Impact Florida, an organization devoted to attaining marriage equality for all of Florida's citizens. She is also a singer/songwriter and has released six albums of original music on her own label, Braced...Read More


BU Law's LGBT Group Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Students and Society

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Dana Rudolph is the founder and publisher of Mombian, a blog and resource directory for LGBT parents. This post is originally published in Bay Windows, New England's largest LGBT newspaper. OutLaw, the LGBT student group at Boston University...Read More


NY Senate not to pursue same-sex marriage bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 05, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The NY general assembly has already passed same-sex marriage and governor Patterson has indicated that he would sign the bill, but it died in the Senate last year due to Republican opposition. The focus was on turning two of those...Read More


Meet My Muse -- Editoria

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 04, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Literary critics make much of the difference between fiction and nonfiction. For me, both genres are equally exciting. For years my Muse was named Fictiona, who wears a power suit and likes good stories with offbeat characters. With her leaning...Read More


Marriage initiatives and mental health

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 04, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you're wondering just where those gays who are out there protesting were before the election, this study on marriage initiatives might help explain why: The researchers sorted participants into two groups -- those living in a state with an...Read More


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No need to get snippy about it

Filed by Ed Team | December 04, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This resolution adds nothing to the debate about the validity of Proposition 8. It is simply designed to get press coverage for the legislators involved. The California Supreme Court, at our request, has already decided to hear the challenges to...Read More


Report: anti-gay org to run ad in NYT blaming gays for 'Campaign Of Violence' in wake of Prop 8

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

You knew this was coming -- it was only a matter of time before the emotion and outrage in the LGBT community after Prop 8 would be turned into a rampaging mob of heathen homosexuals persecuting Christians. The Blend has...Read More


Indiana's marriage amendment to make a comeback?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Could Indiana's constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions make a comeback after all? While I wrote yesterday that the marriage amendment's chances were slim according to the Indianapolis Star, WIBC radio has a different story to report....Read More


Civil Rights: Does "Immutable Characteristic" Really Describe Us?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 02, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

The recent fallout over Prop 8 -- questions about whether African Americans voted heavily to ban same-sex marriage -- points up a need to redefine and strengthen the basis of our demand for civil rights. In recent decades, we LGBT...Read More


California legislature to step into Prop 8 battle?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The California legislature appears to be whipping out the "Checks and Balances" card... Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced resolutions today in their respective houses. The legislation deems Prop 8 a revision to the state Constitution that should...Read More


Vatican Cheers on Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Someone better head to confessional. The Times Online is reporting that the Vatican has come out strongly against a United Nations declaration formally condemning anti-LGBT discrimination, saying that the declaration would lead to the decriminalization of same-sex unions. The nonbinding...Read More


The Iowa Marriage Case- Coming up... and you can follow it

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | December 02, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

There's only one marriage equality case left. I'm not counting the case before the California Supreme Court on the proper method to amend that state's constitution. I'm talking about a state constitutional challenge to a ban on same-sex marriage, litigated...Read More


Gay Rights Group to Protest FL Governor Crist's Nuptials

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

After much speculation from bloggers and media outlets, it does appear that what many viewed as a conveniently timed wedding between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Carole Rome is still on. The wedding announcement came out when Crist was on...Read More


No marriage amendment for Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Good news on the marriage front! The Indianapolis Star brings us news that Indiana won't be debating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After last year's defeat in committee, Republican backers have decided it's just not...Read More


This Era of Black Women and HIV/AIDS

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 01, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

December 1 is World AIDS Day and Black women are dying of AIDS. And is anyone doing anything about it? Right here in the nation's capitol, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rivals that of many Third World countries. Washington DC, affectionately dubbed...Read More


The New Politics of Yes: Yes We Can... Overturn Prop 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Torie Osborn has been a social activist for 40 years; She is former Executive Director of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, NGLTF, and the LIberty HIll Foundation. She is currently Senior Advisor to Los Angeles...Read More