Media: February 2010

Making Trouble: Useful Information

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Being a maker of trouble often has its own set of requirements. Among those requirements is a willingness to rely on factual information. That is, data that can be relied on so one can look at things with an eye...Read More


Sunday Funnies: InfoMania takes on Johnny Weir & Homophobia in the Media

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 28, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The brilliant and irreverent satirist Bryan Safi, from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania, is back exploring more LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media and pop culture. This week's...Read More


Interview: Qui Nguyen of Vampire Cowboys

Filed by Jason Tseng | February 26, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Earlier this year, Vampire Cowboys was nominated for a GLAAD Media award for Soul Samurai. I had the exciting opportunity to speak to Qui Nguyen of Vampire Cowboys about his recent production Soul Samurai, a blaxploitation, kung fu, vampire story featuring...Read More


NOM's Maggie Gallagher Supports & Admires Killing Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 26, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

We all know Maggie Gallagher makes her living off of peddling anti-LGBT hate with the National Organization for Marriage. She claims she's just "saving marriage from the evil gays" and that she doesn't hate us. Sure she claims that we...Read More


"High Society" doesn't mean high culture

Filed by Austen Crowder | February 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Remember, folks: when you're rich, you can say anything! CW is premiering its show "High Society" about Tinsley Mortimer. By the looks of the trailer it's going to be a high class affair, with smatterings of "the n-word" and the...Read More


The ex-gay bar isn't nice to its old friends

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I read this article yesterday morning, but I'm still shocked that London's oldest gay bar got slapped with a fine for discriminating against gay people. The bar was bought up by a chain (always the beginning of trouble) and then...Read More


Citibank shuts down gay social networking site's bank account

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Updated three times after the jump. Fabulis, a social networking site directed at gay men that just started up, is reporting that their bank account was blocked for content reasons: In a bit of strange and disturbing news, fabulis discovered...Read More


Ads that don't work: French smoking ad and the Tim Tebow anti-choice ad revisited

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Just because an ad says something doesn't mean that it's message is going to get through. Take this French ad that's supposed to be anti-smoking, even though all I see at first glance is a hot guy getting some action,...Read More


Vancouver: TV Ratings R Us

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Winter Games are made to order for TV ratings. Day before yesterday, two luscious and photogenic young couples, Canada and U.S.A., duked it out for the gold, while U.S.A. and Russia slugged over the bronze. Re the win, judging...Read More


Human contact isn't the end of the world

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

During the DADT Senate House hearing, one retired Army officer, Sgt. Maj. Brian Jones, commented: "The only way to keep from freezing at night was to get as close as possible for body heat -- which means skin-to-skin.... There can't...Read More


Covering the Prop. 8 Trial: Can the Gay Press Maintain Objectivity (and Should It)

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 21, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Next Thursday - Feb. 25 - I am going to be on a Los Angeles Press Club panel with Andrew Harmon, senior editor for The Advocate, and my legally married friend, Ted Johnson, managing editor of Variety and blogger at...Read More


Rea Carey meet BadEvan. BadEvan, Rea Carey.

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

One of the treats from the Creating Change conference earlier this month was meeting Evan McMahon, an Indiana queer blogger known as BadEvan. We'd e-mailed, IMed, and tweeted back and forth, but we'd never actually met in real life. Right...Read More


Being a D--k: 20 More Seconds of Transphobia

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm a fan of Daniel Tosh's comedy and his Comedy Central show, Tosh.0. Tosh isn't an insult comic like Lisa Lampenelli, but his schtick is to make slightly offensive jokes that usually targets a certain community. Most of the time...Read More


3D Porn: The Cutting Edge of Technology? Or the Decline of Western Civilization?

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | February 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now that Avatar, James Cameron's 3D extravaganza, has grossed more money than, well, anything, studios are tripping over their dicks to jump on the 3D bandwagon. The upcoming 2D releases, Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter and the Deathly...Read More


Hiding is bad for the military's mental health

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 15, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mary Barber, MD, is a psychiatrist and member of the LGBT committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry. Imagine one day at work that you are being evacuated because of a terrorist attack. However getting...Read More


Queering the Lunar New Year

Filed by Jason Tseng | February 14, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

While many people around the world are celebrating Valentine's Day with chocolates, romantic dinners, and the such, hundreds of thousands of Asian folk are celebrating the Lunar New Year. That's right, February 14th is not only a day to buy...Read More


Freedom to Marry Week: Bringing It Home

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Marc Solomon is the marriage director of Equality California, where he focuses on overturning Prop 8 and restore the freedom to marry in the state. Before joining EQCA, Marc led the successful fight to protect marriage...Read More


Sunday Funnies: InfoMania takes on DADT with 'Ac**kalypse Now'

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 14, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The brilliant and irreverent satirist Bryan Safi, from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania, is back exploring more LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media and pop culture. This week's...Read More


Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I posted this two years ago, and thought it would be appropriate to repost this year. You can see the older post and comments here. Or you can just read it below. We know by now that Valentine's Day, like...Read More


"Valentine's Day" - A Day in the Life of (Hetero) Love

Filed by Jason Tseng | February 12, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I consider my movie tastes pretty eclectic. And by eclectic, I mean a thinly veiled attempt at justifying my undying passion for sappy romantic comedies and teenage chick flicks. I watched Ever After on a loop for about two weeks,...Read More


CinErotic for the Hopelessly Queer Romantic

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 12, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

If you're still looking for a fun date idea for Valentine's Day (or a way to vanquish that pity-party you're having), and you're in the Atlanta, GA area, rejoice. The first CinErotic Fest is just what the love doctor ordered....Read More


John Mayer and sexual racism

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

John Mayer, in an interview with Playboy, regaled readers with how much "black people love me" and then said this: PLAYBOY: Do black women throw themselves at you? MAYER: I don't think I open myself to it. My dick is...Read More


Gay Men, Straight Wives: Two Women Show Acceptance and Love

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | February 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Two women have been put in the public spotlight for having married now-famous men who later confessed that they were gay. The spotlight could not have found better examples of gracious acceptance. Jemma Thomas, wife of gay rugby star Gareth...Read More


Send in the clowns

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Well, we all knew someone was going to say it eventually: "The revelation that Judge Walker apparently chooses to engage in homosexual conduct, if true, would explain much of his bizarre behavior throughout this trial," said [Matt] Barber. "At every...Read More


The End Of Disorder

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 10, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

On February 9th, 2010, The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version 5 (DSM-V) revision working groups released their Proposed Revisions for the areas in the manual under consideration for deletion, removal, revision, and addition. The current version of...Read More


Birthright

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Let's pause for a moment and look at one thing, though.  One thing that reaches outside that, so that people know why it is that I note, casually and consistently, the importance of our recognizing the kinship we have with each other within the LGBT. It starts when we are kids.Read More


Things I'm not worried about: LGBT affirmative action

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

A bizarre article appeared this morning on The Advocate's website, by gay conservative James Kirchick, denouncing LGBT affirmative action. The first thing that's bizarre about the article is that it's denouncing LGBT affirmative action. I don't know anyone who's proposing...Read More


When Will African Descended Trans People Get To Tell Our Stories On HBCU Campuses?

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 08, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

One of the things I and other transsisters enjoy doing is telling the story of African descended trans people to college students around the nation. Since only one side of the story has been told for the last 50 plus...Read More


Swedish lesbian love ad rejected by papers

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 08, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

A new print and television ad campaign by an LGBT org in Sweden has been rejected by two major newspapers already. Below is the rejected print at (the sentence says "love has many faces"): The editor of one the paper's...Read More


Good Christians motivated only by their moral values

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 06, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Donna Pandori posted earlier this week about a lesbian couple in Florida who adopted a child they were fostering and didn't lie on the application. A judge eventually awarded them custody; the best interests of the child and a parent's...Read More


David Bohnett Foundation gives $500,000 in 'refresh' grants

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 06, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Rachel Maddow fans know how she gets all geeky-giggly when talking about "infrastructure" - how great the need is to fix and maintain the crumbling structures and the highways and byways that keep America moving. Perhaps someone in the US...Read More


DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The news of a possible repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has gay and straight liberals billing and cooing at each other like long lost pigeon lovers. If the words of military top brass are to be believed, they really,...Read More


Spread the love (but not the power)

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Armani Exchange has a new ad campaign that has an AFA group riled up but really isn't all that interesting. They're going to put these posters up in their stores: Meh. I don't really get off on brands trying to...Read More


Do we still need to celebrate Black History Month?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 05, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

February 1 began Black History Month, a national annual observance since 1926, honoring and celebrating the achievements of African-Americans. This February 1 the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) opened in Greensboro, North Carolina, honoring the courageous action of...Read More


Monogamy: Gender vs. Sexual Orientation

Filed by Michele O'Mara | February 04, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

After studying 566 gay male couples over a three year period, Colleen Hoff of San Francisco State University discovered that roughly fifty percent of gay male couples choose to be non-monogamous. Blake Spears and Lanz Lowen are a great example...Read More


James O'Keefe's same-sex marriage stunt

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Surprise surprise, the guy who hated ACORN so much he went and asked them for financial advice and then doctored the video to make them look bad doesn't like gays all that much either. Here's another one of his "busts"...Read More


Gay, trans, man, and pregnant: Let's talk about cognitive dissonance in the media and the movement

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 02, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

...for all our effort to show how we are just as normal as anyone else, what we are saying is that we are not different from the het/cis people out there. And, in point of fact, we *are* different. And those differences shouldn't matter. We speak of how coming out is so awesome - how it frees us to be ourselves, how it loosens the shackles of conformity and enables us to truly be ourselves - to be an individual, different from others...Read More


Gist, or the demise of pseudo-privacy online

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 02, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

When I was fifteen and a budding gay in Small Town, South Carolina, I had an AOL account and a single mother who didn't have the time or the wherewithal to keep up with my Internet doings. (Thank God something...Read More


Fashion models with hardons are the new pink

Filed by Bil Browning | February 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is not your typical fashion shoot, is it? I'll admit that I'm fascinated by the photo shoot. While this isn't meant as porn, there's plenty of sites out there that feature photos of guys with hardons under their pants....Read More


FYI, there's no such thing as winning

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Remember the Canadian trans man whose photos were pulled by Facebook because he was shirtless in them? They put them back up saying that they'd educate people in much the same way photos of the earthquake in Haiti did, and...Read More


Oh No You Didn't

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 01, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

*Sigh* Stuff like this gives me a headache Excedrin can't begin to cure. Oh no you didn't, Chris. You didn't forget he was black. Not for a second. That you felt the need to mention it at all shows that...Read More


More on ManCrunch, the cruising site no one had heard of

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 01, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I posted the ManCrunch ad the other day was rejected by CBS for the Super Bowl. Interestingly enough, a few of you found it offensive, while I just thought it was tired (although something like that during the Super Bowl...Read More