Marriage Equality: October 2009

The White House

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 31, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have to be honest. I fawned. A little. I could not help it. I was in the White House, walking along a corridor of Presidential portraits, past the first lady's garden, and my chin was on the floor. Welcome...Read More


Soulful Voices for Marriage Equality: DC Clergy United

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 31, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The big untold story in the movement towards marriage in DC is the strong clergy support for equality. The traditional media is stick in a mythical narrative that people of faith are categorically opposed to full LGBT equality. In DC,...Read More


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A Change of Heart

Filed by Ed Team | October 31, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I came to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal...Read More


Most Maine Catholics - Gay Or Straight - Are Going To Hell

Filed by Father Tony | October 30, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Let the handful of Roman Catholics in Maine who are not divorced, not remarried or having sex with someone new, not having gay sex, not practicing some form of contraception or not cohabitating decide who among themselves should cast...Read More


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Equality Is the Natural Thing to Do

Filed by Ed Team | October 30, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It just really seemed like a natural thing that we would do. We believe as African Americans who have been discriminated against . . . we don't have the right to discriminate against anyone else." --Rev. Christine Y. Wiley, pastor...Read More


Gays, kids, and recruiting: It's ain't over yet

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 30, 2009 | 1:00 AM | comments

Jonathan Zimmerman in the SF Chronicle asks the $64,000 question: Let's suppose, for a moment, that conservative critics are correct: Gay educators want to "promote homosexuality" in American schools. So what?[...] Jennings acknowledged the contradiction in a 1997 interview about...Read More


Why do homophobes want to keep their names secret?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Fundies continue to try to shield the names of their donors, a trend that, as far as I know, started in 2008 in Florida well before the elections. In Maine, a judge told them NOM they have to disclose their...Read More


Stand For Marriage Maine is forcing children to learn about same-sex marriage!

Filed by Phil Reese | October 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There is a sinister force at work right now trying to take the innocence away from our children, undermine and tear our families apart, and corrupt and recruit a generation of Americans--the youngest generation--to buy into their terrifying agenda. Stand...Read More


Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness- For All

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Wake up America! A huge battle for rights is about to be voted on in Maine. This will effect everyone from sea to shining sea. Just like in California in 2008, rights that have already been granted will be voted...Read More


LGBT History: A British Bisexual and American Religious Liberty

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Seldom do LGBT historians have the chance to write about pre-1800 historical figures whose orientation was clearly non-hetero. Even more seldom do we dwell on bisexuals, since bisexuality is such a divisive political issue with some of us. So I...Read More


Queering Twilight

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 28, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

In preparation for the release of the latest Twilight movie, I've been thinking a lot about the series' leading man, Edward Cullen. Edward is mysterious and masterful, chivalrous and cool. He decides when his lover can touch him and where....Read More


Obama Signs Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Bill into Law

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 28, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

President Obama has just signed the first ever piece of pro-LGBT federal legislation into law. The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was attached to the Defense Authorization Bill and added gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and...Read More


Politicians fall further behind the public on LGB legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 28, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Via the New York Times, here's an interesting chart comparing public opinion on various LGB rights issues (since it says NY has job protections I'm assuming it excludes transgender people). The different colors refer to different issues, the different lines...Read More


Blog This: The Battleground Basics

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009- less than a week away- there will be critical votes on on LGBT equality in three states: Washington State, Maine, and Michigan. With so much attention devoted to other issues in the political realm, bloggers...Read More


Picking an Easier Target

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Howard teaches in the Education Program at Colby College. He has written numerous articles and paper, and a few books on issues relating to social justice in education with a particular focus on identity and...Read More


And now for our closing prayer

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Over 100 witnesses spoke before a Washington DC Council meeting on ''The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment of 2009.'' The bill is expected to pass through the Council (10 of the 13 members are co-sponsors). Ernestine Copelander...Read More


Arlen Specter: A Tale of Two DOMAs

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Interesting. Take a look at these two statements from Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat Senator Arlen Specter. On September 2nd, Specter sent this in reply to a constituent who wrote about amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. In 1996, the Congress passed...Read More


Headed to DC

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 27, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I am honored, humbled, to have been invited to witness the President signing the Hate Crimes Bill. This is the first, the very first, piece of legislation to be signed into law that includes TRANSGENDER. Truly honored. My kids... well......Read More


If it's all about procreation, then why did I just marry an octogenarian?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

While there are still major issues with the Perry vs. Schwarzeneggar case to overturn Prop 8 at the federal level, at least the case it turning out gems like this: A federal judge said sponsors of California's ban on same-sex...Read More


Stephen Colbert Wants You to Approve Referendum 71

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Colbert Report took aim at Washington State's Referendum 71 on last night's episode. Colbert used his popular "The Word" segment to decimate the opposition to LGBT partnerships. The word was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and looked at how the...Read More


ND's Senator Kent Conrad: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 27, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

North Dakota is a key state in the fight for ENDA. North Dakota's Senator Kent Conrad may be a supporter of ENDA, but his vote is unconfirmed. Please call him today to ask for his support of S.1584. Facts and...Read More


On A New System (Sort Of), Or, Referendum 71 And Mail-In Voting

Filed by Don Davis | October 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We are now about two weeks away from the November election in Washington State, and one item on the ballot that has national attention is Referendum 71, the so-called "everything but marriage" proposal that would give same-sex couples more rights...Read More


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A Senior Moment in the Prop 8 Battle

Filed by Ed Team | October 27, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The last marriage that I performed involved a groom who was 95, and the bride was 83. I did not demand that they prove that they intended to engage in procreative activity. Now, was I missing something?" --Judge Vaughn R....Read More


I have a problem with faggots

Filed by Bil Browning | October 26, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

I have a problem with faggots. "I look up in the tree. What do I see? I see a faggot trying to pee on me. I pick up a rock. Threw it at his cock." -- Balloon Boy and his...Read More


Wanda Sykes, Miss Coco Peru, and the Back of Zachary Quinto's Head: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Anniversary Gala

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | October 26, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

[This post is part of a continuing series about fancy Hollywood parties that I have somehow managed to infiltrate.] Before heading off to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center 38th Anniversary Gala & Auction on Saturday, where comedian Wanda Sykes...Read More


Count me! Count me! Here comes the census.

Filed by Gloria Nieto | October 26, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Thursday, October 22, the US Census hosted a meeting in San Francisco at the SF LGBT Center to encourage LGBT participation in the 2010 census. The census is upon us. Every decade the US sets about collecting data about the...Read More


Progress Is Measured By Dollars Too

Filed by Michael Adams | October 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Some of our recent juxtaposed headlines - thousands marching for LGBT equality in the nation's capital at the same time that President Obama is speaking at an HRC dinner and Congress is passing LGBT hate crimes legislation - are fanning...Read More


Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in advance of marriage bill hearing

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 26, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Anti-gay activists gathered in DC's Freedom Plaza on Sunday afternoon to protest a bill that will legalize marriages between same-sex couples in the District. The rally, organized by a National Organization for Marriage affiliated group, was composed largely of religious...Read More


Lily Tomlin talks to Joy Behar

Filed by Bil Browning | October 26, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Lily Tomlin sat down with Joy Behar recently. The two talk about Lily's longtime partner, Jane Wagner, for most of this segment - including marriage plans and a famous line usually credited to Ann Richards: "George Bush was born...Read More


E-Marriage? You Heard Right

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 25, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

My friend Bryan Wildenthal, who teaches constitutional law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, drew my attention to this startling proposal being put forth by two professors at Michigan State University. In a news release on MSU...Read More


Playing Fair

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Can I rant for a few moments? It's that kind of day. After standing in the rain, coaching my son's soccer team with a single parent- you know, the straight white guy who has not volunteered to coach but feels...Read More


TV ads aren't the answer in Maine

Filed by Matt Foreman | October 25, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

As the campaign in Maine enters the home stretch, our skeevy opponents have unleashed yet another ad claiming that unless marriage equality is overturned, same-sex marriage will be "pushed" on elementary school children. Our side has responded with calm, rebutting...Read More


URGENT! Gays Could Lose Domestic Partnerships in Washington State Nov 3

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

While the eyes of the LGBT nation are now focused on President Obama signing the federal hate crimes bill and on beating back the Religious Right Prop 8 sequel in Maine - same sex couples in Washington state are sweating...Read More


Gay dog whistles

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Nate Silver got phone-banking talking points from the No (homophobic) campaign in Maine. Under a title that says that they've "literally stopped making sense," he summarizes the arguments as they'd be heard by a normal, functional human being who has...Read More


Anti-gay DC minister pledges to use "the full force of my being" to fight marriage equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 23, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Anti-gay ministers are stepping up their oppositional rhetoric and vowing to urge Congress to undercut DC's home rule to fight marriage equality. Sixteen ministers including Maryland's Harry Jackson and Anthony Evans organized a meeting with Council Chair Vincent Gray in...Read More


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The Right Decision in Sweden

Filed by Ed Team | October 23, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"For my part, the right decision was taken, but I can empathise with the many who believe this has gone too fast." --The Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden, Anders Wejryd, on the Lutheran Church of Sweden's vote in favor of conducting...Read More


Washington, Val Stevens is your Sally Kern

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 22, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Her name is Washington state senator Val Stevens, and she's on to the homosexual agenda. Here's a bit from an email she sent out to supporters: Important message from Sen. Val Stevens on R-71! Could this be the final battle?...Read More


Congressman Hastings to Receive Dolphin Democrats' Political Alliance Award

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 22, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) will receive the Political Alliance Award from the Dolphin Democrats on Saturday, October 24, 2009. The Political Alliance Award is bestowed to an individual for his or her outstanding contributions and leadership in fostering good...Read More


Rosie and Kelli Working on Their Issues; So Is the Media

Filed by Dana Rudolph | October 22, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Two of the most famous lesbian-mom spouses in the world are having trouble. Rosie O'Donnell told USA Today that all is not well between herself and spouse Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell, but would not confirm if Kelli had moved out, as...Read More


WWII Veteran Phillip Spooner on Marriage Equality

Filed by Donna Pandori | October 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

"Everybody is supposed to be equal in this country. By voting NO on question 1, I'm casting a vote for equality and a vote for my son." "Americans have shown the world again and again that we can figure...Read More


Pat Robertson: Gays want to destroy marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Pat Robertson seems to have missed the media spotlight. To get back in the glare of the overhead lights he's decided to attack The Gays. Again. And, what does Pat have to say this time? "Gays don't want to get...Read More


Obama adminstration moves forward on LGBT rights via HUD & HHS

Filed by Bil Browning | October 21, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Obama administration released three major LGBT rights advances this afternoon. None are as sexy as repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act, but - make no mistake - they are part of the foundation for...Read More


Maine's "No On 1" Jesse Connolly on the Rachel Maddow Show

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

No On 1 Maine campaign manager Jesse Connolly appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about the fight to keep the fundies from doing a "Prop 8: Part Duex." Polls show the fight in Maine is extremely...Read More


Why is uber-homophobe Tom Coburn writing for the Advocate?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Sen. Tom Coburn has a column up in The Advocate about health care. His argument is asinine (the private health care system is great for people with HIV, particularly the individual market, that we should further empower it), but that's...Read More


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A Teachable Moment

Filed by Ed Team | October 20, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As for education, children are already being raised by gay couples. Those children attend our schools, and have for decades. If Sally's two dads come to an elementary school awards night, or if Billy's two moms come to the school...Read More


This is all we're getting from Obama

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 19, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The White House released a statement about R-71 in Washington and Question 1 in Maine (FYI, they had to be nudged by the Advocate to do this. Yay for the new management over there, and yay for Kerry Eleveld): "The...Read More


Need Insane Fundie GOP Congressmembers? There's an App for that!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

This makes me me smile. And it also scares the crap out of me because it is all true. This brilliant video parody of an iPhone App commercial takes aim at the bigoted, homophobic, fear-mongering, racist, misogynistic nut-baggery coming out...Read More


District of Columbia publishes list of registered relationships that will be recognized as domestic partnerships

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 18, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last year's expansion of the District of Columbia's domestic partnership laws included a provision requiring DC to recognize as domestic partnerships those relationships registered elsewhere that are "substantially similar" to domestic partnerships in DC. The law required the Mayor to...Read More


What I Learned from Isaiah, or: A Queer Jew Returns from DC

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Joanna Ware is a queer Jewish community organizer, activist, and rabble rouser at Keshet, a Boston-based non-profit building community locally and creating change nationally, working for the full inclusion of GLBT Jews in Jewish communities. In...Read More


Why We Were Marching

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

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tommy News is an internet peace and equal rights activist in New York. We are guaranteed equal protection by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize...Read More


National Equality March: A star-studded affair

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Steve Publicover is a former DC resident who lives in southwestern Virginia. The National Equality March in Washington, DC yesterday was all about re-energizing the LGBT rights movement by tapping into the passion of our next generation. That...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Get

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Daniel Chandler is a freelance journalist from London, and is currently based in New York. As many as 200,000 people marched for LGBT rights in Washington, DC, this past Sunday in a bold attempt to reinvigorate...Read More


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Plus ça change . . .

Filed by Ed Team | October 17, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"There is a problem with both [blacks and whites] accepting a child from such a marriage. I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it." --Keith Bardwell, a Louisiana justice of the peace, who has refused...Read More


No on 1 / Protect Maine Equality Thanks the Netroots

Filed by Bil Browning | October 17, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

How sweet and unexpected! The No On 1/Protect Maine Equality folks made a fun video thanking the netroots for helping them to raise over a million dollars to protect marriage equality. Projectors get a shoutout for raising over $5000...Read More


A Lethal Love Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the USA

Filed by Father Tony | October 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I suspect this final draft of the American Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Marriage was deliberately leaked to make an impact on a certain situation in Maine. For this reason, I am doing a series of videos in which I take...Read More


National Equality March - Pride of a Different Sort

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I arrived in DC on a glorious evening. Standing at Union Station at midnight on Wednesday, October 7th, I noticed that most of the people quietly slipping into the cabs sweeping into the night were somehow queer. My hope for...Read More


Ex-Gays Target Librarians

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This guest post is by Sarah Stumpf, a bisexual feminist librarian who used to work with the GLBTSSS Library on the Indiana University campus and now works as a Teen Librarian in the south Chicago suburbs. Check out...Read More


The NAACP, Rory Reid, and a lesbian in a tuxedo

Filed by Bil Browning | October 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's time for my regular roundup of queer items from around the web this week. As always, feel free to blogwhore in the comments section and link us to your own (or someone else's!) posts and articles. A Mississippi lesbian...Read More


Who's in charge: Fox News or Congressional Republicans?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've posted quite a few times about Kevin Jennings, the gay man who was appointed to the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools on the back of his life's work to make schools safer for LGBT students. Homophobes, naturally,...Read More


A Movement Moving Forward

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 15, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The National Equality March held in Washington, D.C., last weekend resonated and refreshed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and our...Read More


Give me $5 now please

Filed by Bil Browning | October 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Gang, Once again, a generous donor and Bilerico reader has offered to match donations to our ActBlue Maine Page up to $1000 to help protect marriage equality for all families! The deadline is in six hours! We need your help,...Read More


Cal Thomas is stupid...

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

And a DADT story from a non-officer. But first, Cal Thomas an idiot. I was reading his column on DADT when I came across this paragraph: But we are beginning in the wrong place. The place to start is whether...Read More


On Same-Sex Inheritance, Or, "'Til Death Do We Part" Comes To Boyzone

Filed by Don Davis | October 14, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

There was a time, in the 1990s, when "boy bands" walked tall in the musical world. New stars with names like "BoyzIIMen" and "Backstreet Boys" and "*NSYNC" were everywhere to be seen, and positioned prominently within this firmament of stars...Read More


Quién es más gay-friendly, Arnold or Barack?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The governor of California signed two bills into law that: designate May 22 "Harvey Milk Day," andrequire the state recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages as civil unions. He also vetoed two bills that: would have added sexual orientation and gender identity...Read More


Is Barney Frank Relevant?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congressman Barney Frank has been for decades the iconic image of gay civil rights advocacy on Capitol Hill. For many years he was the lone voice and only openly gay congressman. And as a Massachusetts resident I was once proud...Read More


Protect Maine Equality

Double your investment in 48 hours

Filed by Phil Reese | October 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Today we're going to help you double your investment in under 48 hours--your investment in equality! Once again, a generous donor and Bilerico reader has offered to match donations to our ActBlue Maine Page up to $1000 to help stop...Read More


How Perry Bindelglass became the official Bilerico photographer at NEM

Filed by Bil Browning | October 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This weekend's National Equality March was absolutely amazing and the unexpected moments kept piling up. We ran into Glee star Corey Montieth while shopping and the Mayor of DC stopped me in the street to say hello, but one of...Read More


Personal Reflections from the National Equality March

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Only time will tell exactly what effect the National Equality March in DC will have. Will the crowds move from the streets of the Capitol back to their home states and districts? I hope so. Will it further the divide...Read More


NYC Speaker Christine Quinn talks with Bilerico Project

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn left the stage at the National Equality March, she took a few moments to talk with me about the march and the fate of same-sex marriage in New York state....Read More


HRC's Solmonese: dinner attendees 'more politically aware', have 'better sense of what's at stake'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Those are his words, not mine. Joe Solmonese said them to CNN's Don Lemon in an interview on Sunday that hasn't received much play, and there are some interesting nuggets that reveal more about thinking inside the org than he...Read More


HRC's Rhode Island Avenue office vandalized: What does it mean?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A few hours after Obama spoke to the gay lobby, a group of queers going by the name "Queers Against Assimilation" (to the point) tagged HRC's building with the sentence "Quit leaving queers behind." Their statement is after the jump....Read More


Why the March worked

Filed by Phil Reese | October 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Saturday night before the October 11, 2009 National Equality March, I stood in the Bauman Foundation meeting room with Kip Williams--N.E.M. co-chair--members of the Tides Foundation and Kip's gushing mother and sister. Kip looked really tired from a week of...Read More


The Fundie's Handbook

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the way I see it, and with the steamroller momentum of birtherism, teabagging, speechies, marriage protection and the like, one can't help but just want to take the easier road of rolling...Read More


National Equality March: The measure of success

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 12, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Open Left blogger Adam Bink raises the question of how do you judge the success...Read More


The National Equality March: Confessions and Snapshots

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 12, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Leah McElrath Renna is a Managing Partner with the communications-consulting firm Renna Communications and a professional psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. She has authored and contributed to...Read More


How I Never Came Out

Filed by David Badash | October 11, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I believe human sexuality can be a very fluid element of our being. If you believe in the Kinsey Scale, however, I'm definitely a six. But I remember well a conversation I had with my first real boyfriend, Tom. I...Read More


What Barack Obama really said about transgender rights

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It seems like each time I write something about Barack Obama some variant of the following sentence is included in the first paragraph: The man knows how to deliver a speech. Was there any real news to gleaned here? Well,...Read More


Weekly Reader: Naked Levi Johnson, National Equality March, and the HIV vaccine

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Bil's in DC at the National Equality March, so I'm giving you all the list of what you need to read this week on Bilerico. Bilerico Nation Indiana Family Institute = Westboro Baptist Lite by Bil Browning (Bilerico-Indiana) 20 reasons...Read More


LGBT History and Hispanic Heritage Month: Two Puerto Rican AIDS Activists

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

As Americans argue over healthcare reform and whether poor people should receive government-funded health care, one of the first and bloodiest battles ever fought over this issue took place ten years ago in Puerto Rico -- and got little coverage...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


Parenting Stories to Change Hearts and Minds

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

An important part of National Coming Out Day--and changing hearts and minds at any time--is telling our stories. I therefore wanted to share a collection of recent stories about LGBT parents. Unfortunately, lesbian moms and our kids seem to be...Read More


Now is not the time to eliminate domestic partnership in the District of Columbia

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 09, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The bill authorizing same-sex marriages in the District of Columbia contains a disturbing additional provision that has gotten little attention. It eliminates any new domestic partnerships as of January 1, 2011. I don't know why Councilmember David Catania wrote this...Read More


Bilerico Radio: Maine marriage roundtable

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

We recorded this a few days ago, and due to some administrative difficulties, it won't be made into a full show. But it was a great roundtable session and it's worth a listen. We talked about the ballot initiative to...Read More


Why I Won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 09, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Note: I wrote this piece last year and am resurrecting it here, with a few additions. This is the week of the March on Washington. Or, wait, is it the March Through Washington, a city that will be missing most...Read More


Montana's Senator Jon Tester: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 09, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Montana is a key state in the fight for ENDA. There are two Senators supportive of ENDA here. One of these is Senator Jon Tester. Please call him today to ask for his support. There are 40 co-sponsors of ENDA,...Read More


New Maine ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Here's the No campaign's response to the accusation that a book will appear in Maine schools to teach kids about gay marriage. Personally, I think a little book-burning party followed by a mass gay wedding would make a lovely...Read More


Washington: It's all about voter turn-out

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

This is the most explicitly religious ad I've seen in one of these anti-gay ballot initiatives, and I've seen quite a few from the past few years: And what about people who don't believe in God? Or, as the ad...Read More


And Gemma Makes Three: A Baby for Tango's Real Dads, and More on Banned Books

Filed by Dana Rudolph | October 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

"We tried to incubate a rock and that didn't work," jokes Justin Richardson, one of the authors of And Tango Makes Three, the true story of two male penguins who hatch a real egg after fruitlessly trying with a rock....Read More


Hearing set for DC marriage bill

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 08, 2009 | 10:45 AM | comments

A hearing on DC's marriage equality bill will be held on Monday, October 26 in the 5th floor Council Chambers of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW.) This is a crucial opportunity for us to make the case for...Read More


Guess who's going to the National Equality March

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bil and Jerame are traveling to DC today to attend the National Equality March, while I can't even walk to the metro station to go to work because I busted my ankle pretty bad. Are you going to DC? The...Read More


Bil's Birthday Book Giveaway!

Filed by Nathan Strang | October 08, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Since Bil is enroute to DC for the March on Washington (I had a lapse in priorities and am going to a They Might Be Giants show in Chicago, but alas...), he asked me to take care of the contests...Read More


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It's a blogger (and reader) birthday party!

Filed by Bil Browning | October 07, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

If you're going to the National Equality March or live in DC, I'd like to invite you to a very special Bilerico Project blogger meetup - it'll be my birthday party too! The Helix Hotel is an awesome venue for...Read More


Montana Supreme Court protects children with two same-sex parents

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Montana Supreme Court has affirmed a trial court decision granting a "parental interest" to a lesbian mother who co-parented two children legally adopted only by her partner. The case, Kulstad v. Maniaci, is a strong and unequivocal victory for...Read More


DC marriage bill introduced today and what's next

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today D.C. Council Member David Catania introduced a bill that would legalize marriages between same-sex couples. The bill, known as the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, sets the stage for DC to become the next...Read More


Out of my Black Church, Into the Streets

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I will not be in church this Sunday, but I will be in a place where my spiritual self will be fed. I will be participating in the National Equality March (NEM) this Sunday, carrying the banner of Faith in...Read More


Microsoft donates $100k to keep Washington relationship recognition

Filed by Bil Browning | October 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Good news out of Washington... Microsoft has given $100,000 to Approve Referendum 71 - the org leading the push to keep Washington's new domestic partnership law. The donation is larger than all the combined contributions to Protect Marriage Washington, the...Read More


DC marriage bill to be introduced today

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2009 | 9:48 AM | comments

Today, DC Council Member David Catania will introduce a bill legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in the District. The bill will be introduced with ten of thirteen members of the Council co-sponsoring the bill. There has been little opposition to...Read More


Everyone wants a piece of Glenn Beck's pie

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

Speaking of strange pitches we get at Bilerico, here's Jerry Falwell's Liberty Council trying to prove that they're still relevant even after the teabaggers took the rightwing over from the Religious Right establishment. They made a page where you can...Read More


Marriage, money, discrimination, and the New York Times

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 05, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The New York Times has an interesting article up about how much more it costs to be a same-sex couple than a heterosexual couple over a lifetime, considering additional expenses when it comes to retirement, health care, and income tax....Read More


NYT: The High Price of Being a Gay Couple

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 05, 2009 | 12:45 PM | comments

For many of us, the emotional and human costs of being denied the freedom to marry are clear. The moments that matter most are fraught with additional worries including difficulties in visiting one another on the hospital, the worry about...Read More


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Real Maine Family Values

Filed by Ed Team | October 05, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Our love for one another, covering four generations, four New England states, and marriages that have lasted decades, is the kind of family portrait that those in opposition to same-gender marriage would want you to believe does not exist. ....Read More


2015: Last year an Indiana marriage amendment could pass

Filed by Bil Browning | October 04, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After reading Nate Silver's prediction that rightwingers attempts to overturn Maine's same-sex marriage law would likely fail, I found this list by state of the last year voters would pass a marriage amendment. Nate says that by 2015 Indiana voters...Read More


Pie a realtor for Marriage Equality? I'm serious!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Okay, this might be the weirdest ad I've ever seen, in the current issue of the Bay Area Reporter -- at the top it says: "PIE A REALTOR FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY!" And then -- yes yes, a picture of someone...Read More


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A Daughter's Point of View

Filed by Ed Team | October 04, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I hope it inspires young gay men and lesbians to feel comfortable with who they are; and kids from gay families to feel proud of who they are. I hope it changes people who are kind of in the middle...Read More


Weekly Reader: Roman Polanski, funny bracelets & old perverts

Filed by Bil Browning | October 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Are you going to the National Equality March or live in DC? If so, don't forget about the Bilerico Project blogger meetup (and my birthday party!). We'll be having our bash Friday Oct 9 at the Hotel Helix lounge; there...Read More


Dallas Voice's John Wright on the big marriage news out of Texas

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

By now, you've probably heard about the big news coming out of Texas. A state district court judge considering whether a gay couple married in Massachusetts could get a divorce in Texas, which has a constitutional state ban against same...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


UPDATED: Prominent Midwestern LGBT Activist Accused of Embezzling $5.9 Million

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

Editor's Note: Contributor Marla Stevens was the first person to join Bilerico as a contributor in April 2005. Neither she nor her wife, Phyllis Stevens, have donated any money to Bilerico Project. UPDATED AT THE END OF THE POST Phyllis...Read More


Deep in the heart(s) of Texas

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Two bits of Texas news for those doing the two-step. A Texas judge has declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and is granting two Dallas men the state's first same-sex divorce. The lawyers for the case say...Read More


Congresswoman Norton Issues Statement on DC's Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton released the following statement in the DC marriage equality bill that will be introduced on Tuesday: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement on the same-sex marriage bill expected to...Read More


Why I Am Marching

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville, Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. I will be at the NEM (National Equality March) on October 11, proudly marching for GLBT civil rights. The purpose...Read More


Valued Members of Society

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 02, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm ready for a week at the spa. It's been crazy around here in so many ways... After the cat died, very sad and her sister is walking around the house meowing for her which breaks my heart, Ben was...Read More


Maine's 3:1 odds, lesbian moms, & Maggie Gallagher's Hindu husband

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Here's this week's roundup of news bits and pieces that you should be checking out but we didn't find time to do longer posts about. Feel free to use this as an open thread to link us to other stories...Read More


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Bilerico Blogger Meetup and Birthday Party

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

If you're going to the National Equality March or live in DC, I'd like to invite you to a very special Bilerico Project blogger meetup - it'll be my birthday party too! The Helix Hotel is an awesome venue for...Read More


Black queers are tying the knot

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 01, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

More and more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people of African descent are marrying. An idea that was once thought of as an anathema to black queer identity, marriage, in our LGBTQ communities, is being celebrated and on the...Read More


Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in Illinois Senate: Matches House Version

Filed by Phil Reese | October 01, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

And we're off! The race to marriage equality for the fifth largest state in the Union was kicked off this morning when State Senator Heather Steans became the first Illinois Senator to introduce a marriage equality bill - SB2468 the...Read More


Nebraska's Ben Nelson: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. That is wonderful. Unlike the rest of NE's congressional delegation, Nelson has been supportive of ENDA and hate crimes legislation in...Read More


He's 20 And He's Worried

Filed by Father Tony | October 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, I've been a reader on Bilerico for a few months. I've read previous letters that you have received and posted on the Bilerico website and wondered if I could do the same. I am a 20...Read More


DC marriage bill to be introduced on Tuesday

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 01, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

At a meeting last night to mobilize the LGBT community and allies Council Member David Catania announced that on October 6 he would introduce a bill to legalize marriage between same-sex couples in the District. "We are going to do...Read More


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An Interference of Personal and Civil Rights

Filed by Ed Team | October 01, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I don't see why states should have any interest in gay marriage. That's not an issue that the state government or any government should be involved in. This is a personal question and should be solved on a personal basis,...Read More