Media: June 2009

Prop 8: A Spoonful of Sugar

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 30, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

(O riginally published in Bay Windows, May 28, 2009. I thought it was worth reposting here because of the pending Prop 8 case that will go before a district court this Thursday.) We've been on a Disney movie kick around...Read More


Necessary evil

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 29, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Way back in the day when I started doing this blogging thing, I wrote that labeling folks who preach so-called traditional moral values and then go running around town with their dicks out wouldn't resonate all that much with Americans...Read More


Gay NYC Marching Bloggers in front of Stonewall on the 40th Anniversary

Filed by Father Tony | June 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

We assembled on 54th Street at 11:30 AM Sunday June 28, 2009 with our group in Section 8 (of 12 - largest gay pride New York City parade ever). FIrst time the gay bloggers and digital activists marched as...Read More


For Michael

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 28, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

  We all have a few of them. Those "where-were-you-when" moments that simultaneously help define generations and span generational differences. Our parents and grandparents may recall where they were when FDR died or when they heard that Kennedy —...Read More


Our One Year Wedding Anniversary: A Journey of Recognition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

One year ago, we made a trek from Florida to California to celebrate our 6 year anniversary (this year makes it 7). While visiting San Francisco on June 27, Anthony and I were lucky enough to become one of the...Read More


Michael Jackson: Goodnight, Sweet Prince...or Princess

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 26, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

It was an amazing night, with recession, war, torture and politics put on hold as people all over the world turned out for Michael Jackson. Even conservative CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer turned to mush before our eyes as he...Read More


I'll Be Debating Gay Marriage on the Radio

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 25, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I will be debating gay marriage at 2 PM, CST, Friday, June 26, with Gay Liberation Network's Bob Schwartz, on Vocalo, the locally-focused Chicago Public Radio outlet at 89.5 FM WBEW. You should be able to listen to it on...Read More


Broadway Bares it all for Susan Blackwell

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Broadway star Susan Blackwell takes us backstage before this year's Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser, Broadway Bares. This is the 19th year the stars of the stage have taken it off to raise money for HIV/AIDS services. (Hat tip to...Read More


Major Networks Fail Gay Service Members

Filed by Donna Pandori | June 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Major media networks frequently honor our military service members by providing news about the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe at home. Sadly, the news stops short when it comes to the additional human sacrifices made by gay...Read More


Obama Signs Landmark Action to Extend Gay Rights

Filed by John Shields | June 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Breaking News: WASHINGTON, D.C. At an unprecedented early morning briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert L. Gibbs, outlined the Obama administration's rationale behind the low-key June 17th rollout of the "Memorandum on Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination, and Support of the...Read More


Speaking Washington's Language: Money and Media

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It seems the silence from the Obama Administration might be coming to end. Maybe. Well, at least they're being forced to respond. After the increasing outrage from all sides in the LGBT community over not leading on ENDA, DADT, Hate...Read More


He's Not Your Daddy, or: Obama and the Personal Politics of Gay Marriage

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 16, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

As I've written countless times before, I think gay marriage is the wrong cause and should be dumped immediately. So I didn't think I'd care much about the recent Department of Justice move to dismiss the Smelt case against DOMA....Read More


Behind The Scenes at D.C. Pride

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

So what really is the best part of working behind the scenes at one of the largest LGBT Pride events in the country? The longtime activist in me says it's the clean bathrooms with no lines and a truck full...Read More


Yelling "Stop!"

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've been working on a post about the murder of Dr. George Tiller for most of the week, and since it isn't a four-paragraphs-a-link-and-a-blockquote kind of post, it's taken that long. Then in the middle of it, the shooting at...Read More


Johnny Weir, Adam Lambert - and Gay Guinea Pigs?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Pop Star on Ice, a feature film documentary about Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir, recently started screening at festivals around the country. Even though ice skating seems unseasonal as we turn towards summer, I found myself thinking of Weir, who...Read More


Force of Nature

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 13, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm a woman. I can make love to a crocodile... ~ Koko Taylor, "I'm a Woman" That's my favorite line from my favorite Koko Taylor song -- "I'm a Woman," which sounds like an answer to the Muddy Waters/Bo...Read More


Virginia prison segregated lesbians, butch women

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Will the wonders of stereotyping never end... A Virginia prison has been segregating butch looking women for appearing gay. For more than a year, Virginia's largest women's prison rounded up inmates who had loose-fitting clothes, short hair or otherwise masculine...Read More


Chaz Bono Transitions: A Few Memories of His Work at GLAAD

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

It was announced yesterday to much fanfare that Chaz Bono is transitioning from female to male. The child of Sonny Bono and Cher, Chaz was someone many of us grew up with when his parents hoisted him on stage at...Read More


Sacramento Radio Show Comes Clean

Filed by Kelley Winters | June 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

After three days off the air, the Rob, Arnie and Dawn Show returned to KRXQ FM radio Thursday morning to apologize for defamatory remarks about transpeople on their May 28 broadcast. Hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States outraged the transcommunity...Read More


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Pride Parade

Filed by Sean Bugg | June 11, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Here's the reason I don't usually consider myself a parade person: Since childhood, every public appearance for me is an exercise in fear of all the ways I can be mortified, from unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions to buckets of pig's blood...Read More


Rob, Arnie, and Dawn really go all out

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you have a chance, please listen to Rob, Arnie, and Dawn's response to the transgender controversy. Even if you can't listen to the whole broadcast, at least catch the first twenty minutes. I am genuinely impressed....Read More


Video from my CNN.com appearance

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Thanks for all the blog and Twitter support this morning, Projectors. My first time on CNN.com/live went pretty well except for the beginning when my Skype died. Take pity on me for the first question and remember I was still...Read More


Your chance to visit Cuba!

Filed by Father Tony | June 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Jack Rutland, Executive Director of Fort Lauderdale's Stonewall Library and Archives, has announced that the library is organizing a nine day cultural tour of Cuba scheduled for Thanksgiving 2009....Read More


Rockstar energy drink threatens Bilerico Project with lawsuit

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: Over the course of the last few weeks, Bilerico Project and Change.org have worked closely with Rockstar Energy Drink to take concrete steps on addressing LGBT rights. We are pleased to announce though these discussions a bold agreement was...Read More


I'll be on CNN.com's LIVE show at noon today

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

I just got confirmation that I'll be a guest on CNN.com's LIVE show today to discuss President Obama and LGBT rights. Some of the areas we're supposed to cover are: The Obama administration/same-sex marriage/Supreme Court's refusal to take up don't...Read More


Two shows in two weeks! Come out!

Filed by Gina de Vries | June 09, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

1. Have I mentioned those two shows I have in two weeks? If you're in San Francisco, please come to "REBEL GIRL: a riot grrrl nostalgia show" on Thursday night. Performers are bringing old & new zines, buttons, flyers, and...Read More


LGBT organizing WIN

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The other day Dr. Kelley Winters posted an action item about the KRXQ radio hosts who attacked trans youth on a segment on their morning radio show. Check out her post for the description of what they said if you...Read More


Affirming Our Books Too

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

To help celebrate Pride Month, many bookstores around the nation are doing special displays of LGBT books and authors. I found news mention of this fact as far afield as the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India! Mainstream organizations like the...Read More


Colbert Takes on Marriage & the Prop 8 Decision

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Stephen Colbert points out the absurdity of the "Separate but Equal" idea in his hilarious "The Word" segment. His solution? Just make different categories for everyone so no one feels left out. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cThe...Read More


George Tiller's killer "treated as a criminal"

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Over the last several decades, the right has constructed and reinforced the idea among themselves that if someone does something, however illegal or wrong, because of their "personal morals" or "religious beliefs," then they should get off the hook. According...Read More


Greta Christina

"I'm Confused": Dance Homophobia, Gender Rigidity, and "So You Think You Can Dance"

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 07, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

[Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and...Read More


Affirming Movies

Filed by Brett Abrams | June 06, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Happy Pride month! Cities are preparing for tons of events from now through the end of June, capped by the big parade. New York has started its eight day, three venue, film festival, Newfest. Check out the schedule. The largest...Read More


Anti-abortion and Anti-gay: It's Terrorism That Works

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 06, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

While the nation reverberates with the gunshots that assassinated activist abortion doctor George Tiller, many Americans are finally, reluctantly having a long-overdue discussion about hate speech, admitting that it leads to hate deeds. But the anti-abortionists are not interested in...Read More


Gay Dads Get a Lift at IKEA

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 06, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

One more reason I love IKEA. Actual photo from the IKEA in Stoughton, Mass. (Slight color correction, but otherwise not Photoshopped.) And yes, there was another elevator next to it with a "man" and a "woman" and a child—or at...Read More


Discussing the federal case for same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While I'm not fond of George Will, George Stephanopoulos annoys me to no end. No, his politics aren't bad, since he doesn't really have any. The problem I have with him is how vapid he is and how he doesn't...Read More


The transgender row to hoe

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I had a strange experience at a drag club the other night. I had gone with friends to see the show, see, and we were having a great time of it. During the end-of-show monologue, the queen onstage asked how...Read More


What does Pride mean to Hoosiers?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 04, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I had the opportunity to sit with the folks from Metromix (aka Indy.com) a couple of weeks ago as part of a group discussion about what Pride means to Hoosiers. Also on the panel was former scientist/journalist Tanisha Neely (hell...Read More


Really, Right-wing? "Homosexualizing"?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's not the first time I've seen it, but for some reason it jumped out at me in a recent press release I was reading from some nutty, fundie, right-wing group (insert some combination of "America" "Traditional" and "Family" and...Read More


Fried Rice: A Failed Attempt at Subverting Sexual Racism, pt. 2

Filed by Jason Tseng | June 03, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Part 1 in Jason Tseng's series on racism and dating was posted in April. It is New Year's Eve in New York City, and "new" is definitely the word du jour. It's a night of many firsts: My...Read More


The Leading Edge

Filed by John Shields | June 01, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

First off, let me state for the record that the newspaper, as we now know it, will cease to exist in the next few years. I'm thinking it's going to hit - or actually not hit - your driveway or...Read More