Media: January 2008

Help Amnesty Fight Anti-Gay Executions in Iran

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 31, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

Amnesty International is asking the public to speak out on behalf of two men convicted on charges related to sexual orientation. The sentence was condemned by the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, a Tehran-based human rights NGO whose members include...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Monica Helms

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 31, 2008 | 5:01 PM | comments

Tonight it's activist, writer, and Transgender American Veterans Association President Monica Helms. We'll be talking politics, issues, and getting some insight on the issues faced by Transgender-Americans who have served this country. Also, Marti Abernathey joins us for her segment!...Read More


Pass the smelling salts, GayWired endorsed Clinton and Paul

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 31, 2008 | 1:31 PM | comments

You all may already know how I feel about candidate endorsements, especially those from media outlets, especially those from community media outlets: we need them about as much as a slug needs a pretzel. Stop telling us how to vote...Read More


TWO GAY GUYS: Early 80s Music Video Edition

Filed by Brent Hartinger | January 31, 2008 | 2:39 AM | comments

Another day, another vlog, this one on homoeroticism in early 80s music videos. Sounds like a masters thesis, doesn't it? Get Embed Code...Read More


10 Films Every Gay Boy Should See

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 30, 2008 | 10:45 AM | comments

I admit upfront that I am being a total blog whore with this post (and Bil may kick my butt for it), but I want to call your attention to 10 Films Every Gay Boy Should See. It is my...Read More


Living A Second Life: Dating, Sex, Work, And Looking Good While Doing It

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 30, 2008 | 1:24 AM | comments

[Some of the terms used here which are specific to Second Life are defined in Getting A Second (Or Maybe A Third) Life.] As I entered Second Life for the first time in earnest, I still thought of it in...Read More


The Color Line Is a GLBT Issue, Too

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 28, 2008 | 3:50 PM | comments

A century ago W.E.B. Du Bois once stated 'that the problem of the twentieth century will be the problem of the color line'. He was not only dead on target with his assessment, but eight years into the twenty-first century...Read More


Identity Pluralism, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 28, 2008 | 3:11 PM | comments

When I started writing this series, I knew that some time would pass between posts and that—given the nature of the blogosphere—what I'm writing about here might not be news anymore and that people would have moved on. Especially after...Read More


The Oscar Question: To Be or Not to Be

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 27, 2008 | 9:58 AM | comments

With the Writers' Guild strike stretching into its third month, the state of this year's Oscars is highly debated. Officially, the Academy is saying that "the show will go on," but if the writers' strike doesn't end by Oscar time,...Read More


The Other Side: A Queer History

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

We don't know enough about our history as LGBT people. In a lot of ways that's because we have been straight-washed out history books, schools and libraries. But, we have also not done enough to seek out, collect and share...Read More


Identity Pluralism, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 26, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

I suppose it was inevitable. The race for the White House is about to go full tilt boogie, and of the candidates vying for the Democratic party's nomination one is an African American man and the other is a white...Read More


Heath Ledger, John Gibson, and the Westboro Baptist Church

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2008 | 6:25 AM | comments

Dan Abrams took a look at some of the homophobia following Heath Ledger's death: iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App That the Westboro Baptist Church is protesting his death isn't surprising - they use any tired link...Read More


My Sistahs Can Do More Than Just Shows

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 25, 2008 | 7:23 PM | comments

One of the things that irritates me when I'm out and about in the world is when some white GLBT (or non-GLBT) person either mistakes me for an illusionist they're acquainted with or asks me if I know ___________. (Fill...Read More


No Show Tonight :(

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 24, 2008 | 5:13 PM | comments

A double-whammy...I've got a cold kicking my butt and my Internet is wonky, so no show tonight, gang, but check in at our regular time for a rerun. Sorry, but be sure to tune in next week!...Read More


When did sweet and dirty become opposites?

Filed by Gina de Vries | January 23, 2008 | 7:39 PM | comments

I went to see uber-adorable indie queer recording artist Mirah in concert last night. I have an even softer soft spot for her music after seeing her live. She's indie rock without being tragically, oh-so-cool-hipster. She talked about feeling awkward...Read More


35 years after Roe, the right tries a new tactic: exploiting men

Filed by Jen Jorczak | January 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Today is the 35th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. You probably already know that Roe struck down state laws outlawing abortion, but unless it's part of your job description (as it is mine) to keep...Read More


Dream big

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2008 | 9:01 AM | comments

It's interesting that Obama's praise of Ronald Reagan came several days before a holiday honoring a man whose vision for America truly transcended politics, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reagan didn't support such a holiday - his famous "states' rights"...Read More


Wonkette, Over and Out

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 20, 2008 | 7:45 PM | comments

For the Washington politico scene, the online blog Wonkette can sometimes make even the most mundane and tedious days a little more fun. The blog, which began as the brainchild of Ana Marie Cox, shows the side of politics that...Read More


Election Perceptions

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 20, 2008 | 5:41 PM | comments

There's an old saying that "politics is perception." News is about perception, too. Never is this more obvious than when the media are reporting on election results. Anything goes, apparently, in some publications' frenzy to give some push to their...Read More


Making History Sexy

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 20, 2008 | 12:12 PM | comments

Are you the kind of person who falls asleep as soon as someone starts talking about history? If this describes you, perhaps you haven't discovered historical novelist Philippa Gregory. I found her books in an airport bookstore. But my interest...Read More


Mitt Romney vs. Hillary Clinton

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 19, 2008 | 10:59 AM | comments

I agree with Ezra Klein - if that were John McCain making the same statements Romney did above about not having lobbyist run his campaign, no one would have cared. In fact, the Chicago Tribune says pretty much that...Read More


Marriage as Perks

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 18, 2008 | 5:27 PM | comments

Ten years ago, I published a long essay about how marriage can equal perks. With the discussion raging on, the issues haven't really changed. I'd like to make some of these points again: When the American Revolution separated church and...Read More


Pat Buchanan, white supremacist

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2008 | 2:16 PM | comments

Bill Press, Tucker Carlson, and Pat Buchanan on MSNBC: Someone finally called Pat Buchanan a white supremacist to his face. Well, I'm sure someone else has before, but when was the last time another pundit did? If it's any amount...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Steven Goldstein

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 17, 2008 | 4:44 PM | comments

Tonight, Steven Goldstein, Chair of Garden State Equality, joins us to talk to the passage of the new hate crimes and anti-bullying bills in the New Jersey legislature. GSE, along with the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey and...Read More


Planet Out of Business?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2008 | 6:36 AM | comments

I remember back when I signed up for AOL yea those many years ago... The gay and lesbian section (no trans or bi back then!) was called PlanetOut. I rarely visited for more than the occasional chat room. The content...Read More


Sodomy, the Final Frontier

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 16, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

A New York construction worker is suing a hospital for performing a rectal exam to check for spinal injury after a wooden beam hit his forehead. I'm not going to get into the specifics of the case because the...Read More


Who's Your Favorite Lesbian?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 16, 2008 | 2:50 PM | comments

Are you a big fan of lesbian bloggers? The Lesbian Lifestyle has announced that it's accepting nominations for the best lesbian blog awards. Managing editor of TLL Kelly Leszczynski explains that, "the contest began last year and became a great...Read More


PlanetOut and the Pink Peril

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 16, 2008 | 2:20 PM | comments

It's a sad end for a big corporate dream. According to BMO Capital Markets, "Struggling gay and lesbian media and entertainment company PlanetOut Inc. [LGBT] late Monday said it has retained Allen & Company LLC to assist it in evaluating...Read More


No, David Brooks, you're absurd

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2008 | 2:59 PM | comments

In case equality-minded people aren't annoyed enough with the media reducing the Obama and Clinton campaigns down to race and gender, David Brooks has to take it one step further and declare himself a the victor in the war between...Read More


Rise and Fall of the Electoral College

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 14, 2008 | 12:47 PM | comments

The 1/11 Chicago Tribune tells us that Illinois' general assembly just passed HB 1685, the National Popular Vote Act. If signed into law, this bill would direct the 21 Illinois electors to cast their electoral-college votes for whatever candidate wins...Read More


Filth & Wisdom

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 13, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

Ask almost anyone you know what they think about the world's most famous pop star, and you're likely to get a response that will fall into one of two categories: filth, or wisdom. For those of us who worship at...Read More


Fence sitting on America's favorite issue

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2008 | 3:24 PM | comments

What does it mean to "support" a candidate? Recently, while calling into the Rebecca Juro Show, Rebecca asked if I was supporting anyone for president. I've pretty much posted something negative about every candidate here at Bilerico except Duncan...Read More


Change? What Change?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 11, 2008 | 5:47 PM | comments

Updated at the bottom of the post. Change? Bah, humbug. When I watched John Kerry endorse Barack Obama, I couldn’t help but think: “Here we go, again.” Kerry, in case you forgot, was the Vietnam war hero turned anti-war hero...Read More


TWO GAY GUYS: Passing Judgment Review Vlog

Filed by Brent Hartinger | January 10, 2008 | 6:14 PM | comments

We're back with another "review" edition of our vlog. This week, we give a gay look at the FX series Nip/Tuck, the new FOX series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and the Bob Smith novel Selfish & Perverted. Online Videos by...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 10, 2008 | 5:33 PM | comments

Tonight on the Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones! We'll be taking your calls at 928-257-3171. You set the agenda, you choose the topics! Two primaries happened this week, who are you supporting? I endorsed a candidate this week...I'll read...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 10, 2008 | 5:33 PM | comments

Tonight on the Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones! We'll be taking your calls at 928-257-3171. You set the agenda, you choose the topics! Two primaries happened this week, who are you supporting? I endorsed a candidate this week...I'll read...Read More


Gus Van Sant and the politics of gentrification, Harvey Milk style

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | January 10, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Long ago I actually liked Gus Van Sant’s movies. In high school, I got all excited about Drugstore Cowboy -- Kelly Lynch's swagger and Matt Dillon's eyebrows, sure -- but mostly that counterculture allure that'll never again be so tantalizing....Read More


Size Matters

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 09, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

2007 was the year of the big girl. Jennifer Hudson received a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in "Dream Girls." She was also on the March cover of Vogue. (I don't really think Jennifer counts...Read More


Who needs straight homophobes when we have The Advocate?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | January 09, 2008 | 8:41 AM | comments

When I saw that the January 15, 2008 issue of The Advocate had an article at the end called “The Sissy Awards,” forgive me for thinking for just one moment that the gay newsmagazine of record might have briefly come...Read More


What if you had an awards ceremony and no one showed up?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

It's official. The Golden Globes have been canceled. In solidarity with the striking Writer's Guild, the actors refused to show up and accept their awards. The Academy Awards are looking iffy now as well. In the back of my mind,...Read More


Chris Crocker's comeback!

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2008 | 5:54 PM | comments

Chris Crocker ("Leave Britney Alone" kid), is back on YouTube after a long hiatus. Here's hir cover of Britney Spears's "Piece of Me" (possibly NSFW): I think it's great that ze's back! This video's too funny! 1/8 update: The video...Read More


Rank idiocy in American (meta)politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2008 | 7:36 AM | comments

It seems like when I try to post about national politics here, the words are squeezed out of me as I'm pressed down by the massive ennui I carry daily on my shoulders. I'm really not all that depressing in...Read More


Resolve to be suspicious and read the fine print

Filed by Jen Jorczak | January 05, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

So, it's a new year, and like many people, I've been thinking about things I could be doing better in my life--I won't go as far as to say I've made resolutions because mine always seem doomed to fail, but...Read More


This Week's Rebecca Juro Show With Guest Marti Abernathey Now Available For Download!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 04, 2008 | 9:57 PM | comments

Hey everyone, this week's Rebecca Juro Show with guest Marti Abernathey is now available for download here. Be sure to tune in to next week's show for a very special announcement!...Read More


Susan Stanton Responds

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 04, 2008 | 7:10 PM | comments

On a page on her personal website titled "Message to TS Community", Susan Stanton, the transwoman who came under fire from the transgender community for comments that were published in a story on her in the St. Petersburg Times that...Read More


Lifelong Companion

Filed by Eric Leven | January 04, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

Dear Virus, I was born on June 24th 1981- the same year you would be discovered. 18 years later, sitting on the living room floor of my suburban New Jersey home, a stream of tears running down my face I...Read More


Not Buying It: Alternatives to Hyperconsumption in 2008

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | January 04, 2008 | 2:47 PM | comments

I kept being "too busy" to watch The Story of Stuff (full video after the jump) when it came out in December, but I finally pushed the deadlines aside for 20 minutes this morning to check it out. This engaging...Read More


Sexy French PSA controversy

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2008 | 8:17 AM | comments

The National Health Education and Prevention Institute (Inpes), the advertising arm of the French Ministry of Health, Youth, and Sports, has put out the ad on the left. I got it on the back of the most recent Tetu, France's...Read More


The founders got it right

Filed by Mike Rogers | January 04, 2008 | 6:00 AM | comments

Some Americans get it that religion has no place in politics....Read More


WTF Iowa chose Huck!

Filed by Bruce Parker | January 03, 2008 | 10:08 PM | comments

Since I don't have a television, I followed the Iowa Caucus results on the Iowa Democratic Party homepage and The Huffington Post. For the first time in my memory my mother and I support the same candidate (Hillary Clinton) and...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 03, 2008 | 4:38 PM | comments

Yes, she's back again! Marti Abernathey, Webmistress of Transadvocate.com, Bilerico Project contributor, podcaster, and all-around radical transactivist and mediamaker joins us tonight! Barney Frank says no trans-inclusive ENDA in '09, no matter what happens! Is it already a done deal?...Read More


New Year's with Kathy Griffin

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 01, 2008 | 7:36 PM | comments

For those who didn't catch the politically incorrect moment on CNN last night -- here's what happened. CNN had to know they were bringing a loose cannon on board when they invited Griffin to be a special guest with Anderson...Read More