Media: January 2009

Identity and politics from a gay conservative viewpoint

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 31, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the most annoying and hypocritical arguments homocons make is that gay identity should not affect someone's politics. We hear it in statements like "Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I'm liberal," "I'm not a single-issue gay voter," or...Read More


There's a health care crisis going on too, y'know

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

There have been far too many pundits on my teevee telling me that Obama can't make a move on health care right now because the economy's in bad shape. It's ridiculous, and I wish that they'd just come right out...Read More


The only moral use of an epithet is my own...

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 30, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Lena Dahlstrom, a crossdresser from the San Francisco Bay Area who also performs under the stage name "Joie de Vivre," addresses the Life+Style Editor of a gay newspaper petulantly defending his right to call people "trannies." Dear Faggot:...Read More


Sean Penn and PC in Movie Casting

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The other day, when accepting his award for best male lead at the SAG Awards, Sean Penn made an important and incisive comment about his experience while playing the role of an out gay activist in Milk. He said, "We...Read More


Bush's Final Message

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 28, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

You know that tradition that started with Reagan, where the outgoing president leaves a note for the incoming president, in his desk drawer? Well The Progressive has an exclusive of Bush's note to Obama....Read More


20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Announce Nominees

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has announced 180 some nominees for their annual Media Awards gala that honors various film, television, print, and news media for their contributions in shaping the storytelling for the LGBT populace. It comes...Read More


5 Gay Blogs You Should Be Reading (But Probably Aren't)

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm going to take it on faith that you already subscribe to the Bilerico RSS feed and that you're looking for something new to feed your blog addiction. My rules for choosing these blogs were simple and frankly subjective: the...Read More


Two Girls, One Pumpkin

Filed by Father Tony | January 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

See, this is what's wrong with America. I am told that the following PETA ad was rejected for use during the Super Bowl....Read More


A child molester of GIRLS...why didn't they say so?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | January 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This wasn't just any guy convicted of forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration of children. It was Stephen McPherson, a former assistant dean at Regent University Law School -- the law school that is a part of Pat Robertson's right-wing...Read More


Social Commentary or Socially Irresponsible: You Decide

Filed by Scott Kaiser | January 26, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

So the popular online store T-Shirt Hell is shutting down, and it's not because of the bad economy. Rather it's because the owner "Sunshine Megatron" (formerly Aaron Landau Schwarz) could no longer handle the flak he was receiving over some...Read More


OMG! Sam and Beau kissed!

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

OMG, did you hear about the latest in the Breedams luv drama? It's so weird! Like, Beau is saying that they kissed before he turned 18 and Sam is all like, oh no we didn't! So, like, here's what happened....Read More


Reflections on "Prayers for Bobby"

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 26, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I had heard a lot about the buzz surrounding Lifetime's newest Made-for-TV-movie, Prayers for Bobby. Gay son kills himself which leads heartbroken mother to open her horizons and become an activist for the queer community. It seems like a story...Read More


If Sam Adams can lose his job for having sex, what about us?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | January 25, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Sam Adams, the Mayor of Portland, OR, admitted this week that he engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with an 18 year old. Now he faces editorials and rallies calling for his resignation, and a few of each in his...Read More


Is Sam Adams's tryst a gay issue or a media issue?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 24, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Well, it turns out that a lot of people in Portland are uneasy with the idea of newspapers deciding what's a moral outrage and what's not, especially after Sam Adams won just last November with 58% of the vote. The...Read More


Indy WTHR-NBC reporter "Worst in the Nation" for Taysia Elzy coverage

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updated at the end of the post Apparently, I'm not the only person upset with the Indianapolis media coverage of the Taysia Elzy and Michael Hunt double homicide. GLAAD has recently named WTHR-13 (NBC) reporter Steve Jefferson the "worst of...Read More


Marching Bands and Rushing Judgments

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 22, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

While so many of us were angrily beating our drums over alleged sabotage of Bishop Robinson's LGBT prayer, an LGBT marching band was happily doing a brass fanfare of history as it came filing down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Inauguration...Read More


Breaking: Traditional media sensationalizes sex scandal

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Both the Portland Tribune and the Oregonian published editorials calling for Portland mayor Sam Adams to resign. Two days ago it came out that Adams had a relationship with a male 18-year-old former intern, Beau Breedlove, and then lied about...Read More


First Lady makes Gay Asian Designer Break Out Star of Inaugural Fashion

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 22, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Almost matching in anticipation to the contents of Barack Obama's inaugural address, speculations on Michelle Obama's choice of inaugural gown reached a near fever pitch in the entertainment and fashion worlds as the clock counted down to the beginning of...Read More


Jon Stewart on the inauguration, interview with Gene Robinson

Filed by Pam Spaulding | January 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Start off the morning with this laugh. Stewart's comments about Dick Cheney (and the accompanying visuals) are hysterical. He also scorches Rick Warren quite nicely. The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cChangefest '09 - Obama's InaugurationBarack...Read More


Bilerico Project's Alex Blaze on CNN

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Don't blink or you'll miss this brief glimpse of Alex's post on Rick Warren on CNN. Contributor Pam Spaulding's Pam's House Blend is also shown along with Americablog and Leah McElrath's (contributor Cathy Renna's partner) post on the Huffington Post....Read More


Change... your wardrobe: Obamawear

Filed by Nathan Strang | January 19, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

On my Birthday romp into DC this weekend, the boyfriend and I were bombarded everywhere by street vendors, hawking all sorts of tchotchkeys plastered with the likeness of Barack Obama. I passed on the mousepads, the keyrings, calendars, and buttons,...Read More


Equal Rep.com/Nation-Wide Campaign to Create a New Secretary of GLBT Affairs. Or, How To Silence Queers and Still Love the Idea of Democracy.

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 18, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Oh, this is too amusing for words. Following, perhaps, on the heels of Mary Frances Berry's idea that we should just dump the Commission on Civil Rights in favour of a new organisation that will focus first on, yup, you...Read More


Help send the Lesbian and Gay Bands of America to Washington

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 16, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Lesbian and Gay Bands of America need your help to go to the inauguration. If you could hop on over to their site and kick a few dollars to them, I know they'd appreciate it. We can't buy this...Read More


The jokes write themselves on this one

Filed by Bil Browning | January 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

It's not often that I find myself speechless. Of course, sometimes the best retort is just to say nothing. This one speaks for itself. The former head of faith-based programs in Ohio was arrested Wednesday on charges he promoted prostitution,...Read More


Gay Geeks rejoice: Battlestar Galactica gets its first gay character

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Battlestar Galactica, the award-winning television show with a cult fan following has been a favorite of mine. The superb acting, stunning visual effects, beautiful cinematography, and great writing have had me coming back season after season. On the eve of...Read More


George Will: Lying, snooty homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Long-time readers of this blog know that I plain don't like George Will. There isn't much space between him and the farthest right on substance, but he's usually held up as a "true conservative," a "respectable conservative," or an "intellectual...Read More


The Trials of Sharon Gless

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 15, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

No one can play strong women quite like Sharon Gless. From television's original strong woman on Cagney & Lacey to a tough-as-nails attorney on The Trials of Rosie O'Neill - and even a defiant PFLAG mom on the Showtime series...Read More


From Alex, to certain gays, re "Mann Coulter"

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Hi gay people. Not all gay people. Some gay people. I'm not going to name names; you know who you are. It's the "Mann Coulter" thing. Sometimes it's spelled with one "n," as in "Man Coulter." I don't know the...Read More


Olympic Possibilities

Filed by Brett Abrams | January 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

With the beginning of the new year, all sorts of blogs and news outlets ran articles on the top events of 2008. One of the more intriguing posts to me came from the Outsports site. The editors named the Summer...Read More


Come See Me + Make/shift in Brooklyn on Saturday!

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | January 07, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm heading to NY for a few days this week. On Saturday in Brooklyn, we're having a reading/party/benefit for make/shift, the feminist magazine I coedit and copublish. There will be readings by some wonderful queer writers, and I'd love to...Read More


"He Likes Guys," and So Do I

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | January 07, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Short films, which were commonplace near the beginning of cinema history, have been enjoying a sort of renaissance over the last couple of decades because attention spans continue to decrease and the digital revolution has made it easier for any...Read More


Reinventing the Wheel: Cultural Reproductive Labor and its cost on Queer youth

Filed by Jason Tseng | January 07, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Michael Crawford's recent post on the significance of Gus Van Sant's film, Milk, as an important tool in the retelling and solidification of queer history in the collective consciousness of our nation, reminded me of a conversation I had over...Read More


Gay network's possible copyright infringement

Filed by Matt Comer | January 05, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Early afternoon on Monday, Jan. 5, I published an exclusive InterstateQ.com story on the OutGayLife.com network's alleged copyright infringement and violations of intellectual property rights. The network, containing at least 21 other websites with the same or similar content, had...Read More


Stop Minding Anderson Cooper's Business

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 05, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Renee is a mother, a committed humanist, a pacifist, a anti-racist, and a WOC from Canada. She blogs at Womanist Musings. For a large part of the day my television is on CNN. I have even developed my...Read More


Kudos to the Indy Star's Francesca Jarosz

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Indianapolis Star reporter Francesca Jarosz is a professional journalist. I say this, not because she works for the Indy Star, but because unlike every other Indianapolis media source, Jarosz reached out to ask how the Star could report on the...Read More


Worst PR Pitches of the Year

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I get a lot of e-mail from PR firms wanting me to blog about their products at Mombian.com (which, if you don't know and it isn't obvious, is a site for lesbian moms). I usually give them a glance, having...Read More