Politics: December 2007

What (Gay) Conventional Wisdom?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 31, 2007 | 6:18 PM | comments

I love Sunday brunch. My friends and I gather at some West Hollywood or L.A. eatery and let the politics fly. It’s all off the record so spin takes a back seat to “truth” – whatever that might mean in...Read More


Indiana amendment: Where are we now?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 31, 2007 | 4:27 PM | comments

The Indianapolis Star has a story today about the fate of Indiana's constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. There's not really any new information, but it's nice to see the Star helping to raise awareness. Sen. Brandt...Read More


An Open Letter To Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 30, 2007 | 7:04 PM | comments

Dear Congressman Frank, Since you've posted here a few times, and I'm quite sure your staff keeps track of what's being said about you and those you ally yourself with here and in other community media, since not being an...Read More


An Open Letter To Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 30, 2007 | 7:04 PM | comments

Dear Congressman Frank, Since you've posted here a few times, and I'm quite sure your staff keeps track of what's being said about you and those you ally yourself with here and in other community media, since not being an...Read More


Mike Huckabee Anti-Gay Hit Parade

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 30, 2007 | 8:53 AM | comments

With only a few days before the Iowa caucuses, I thought it a good idea to recap some of the hateful things that Republican frontrunner Mike Huckabee has said about LGBT people. Homosexuality I believe to try to legitimize that...Read More


John McCain vs Mitt Romney

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 29, 2007 | 10:56 AM | comments

After months of the Republican presidential candidates trying to prove who's more anti-gay, its nice to see them turning their fire on each other. In this new campaign ad John McCain unloads on Mitt Romney....Read More


The Season & Its Reasons

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 28, 2007 | 1:19 PM | comments

The holiday wouldn't be complete without the obligatory "Jesus is the reason for the season" commentary, and this year Roland S. Martin provides it. This whole push to remove Christ from the Christmas season has gotten so ridiculous that it's...Read More


Charlie Crist doesn't support Florida's anti-marriage amendment

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 28, 2007 | 7:52 AM | comments

Florida's anti-marriage amendment, which just got enough signatures a couple weeks ago to get on the ballot this November, can't even get the support of the state's Republican governor. Thanks to Pam for finding this Palm Beach Post article that's...Read More


Barack Obama: Stand for Change

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 27, 2007 | 7:42 PM | comments

Barack Obama urges voters to stand for change in our country in this excerpt from a speech given seven days before the iowa caucuses. After seven long years of George Bush, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, Tom Delay and...Read More


Don't insult the Congresswoman

Filed by Jerame Davis | December 27, 2007 | 5:32 PM | comments

The passing of Congresswoman Julia Carson has left a gaping hole in Indiana political life. Julia Carson was a great leader and a strong progressive voice. As we consider her replacement, we should not forget the legacy Julia left and...Read More


Don't insult the Congresswoman

Filed by Jerame Davis | December 27, 2007 | 5:32 PM | comments

The passing of Congresswoman Julia Carson has left a gaping hole in Indiana political life. Julia Carson was a great leader and a strong progressive voice. As we consider her replacement, we should not forget the legacy Julia left and...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Mara Keisling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 27, 2007 | 5:30 PM | comments

Join us tonight at 7pm eastern, 4pm Pacific, as we get into the issues with National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling. Questions and comments while we're on the air: Call in with Skype: Usernames (no quotes) "beckystudio"...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Mara Keisling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 27, 2007 | 5:30 PM | comments

Join us tonight at 7pm eastern, 4pm Pacific, as we get into the issues with National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling. Questions and comments while we're on the air: Call in with Skype: Usernames (no quotes) "beckystudio"...Read More


Benazir and Hillary

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 27, 2007 | 4:59 PM | comments

Benazir Bhutto's assassination should be making American voters ask themselves a nightmarish but necessary question. How ready is the United States -- really -- for a woman President? We'd better not be pointing fingers at the neoconservative Islamic element in...Read More


My responsibility

Filed by Jim Neal | December 27, 2007 | 10:11 AM | comments

Pam, thanks for your warm welcome to The Bilerico Project community. I look forward to sharing my views on issues important to the LGBT community on my newest URL in the blogophere! Our campaign’s all about reaching out to grassroots...Read More


My responsibility

Filed by Jim Neal | December 27, 2007 | 10:11 AM | comments

Pam, thanks for your warm welcome to The Bilerico Project community. I look forward to sharing my views on issues important to the LGBT community on my newest URL in the blogophere! Our campaign’s all about reaching out to grassroots...Read More


The Neo-Con Virgin Birth and how John Edwards will save us all.

Filed by Storm Bear | December 26, 2007 | 12:43 PM | comments

click to enlarge Some things are just too horrible to contemplate. This is one of those things. As with all Christmas family gatherings, sometime, somewhere, the conversation always turns to politics. It can't be helped. This year, the conversation...Read More


Happy tears for the holiday

Filed by Mike Rogers | December 25, 2007 | 8:30 PM | comments

Jay Lassiter of Blue Jersey headed to Rome... If you're opposed to the death penalty, you'll love it. If you support the death penalty, you are barbaric. And if your're gay and support the death penalty then you just don't...Read More


American Scrooge

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 25, 2007 | 4:51 PM | comments

Yesterday, as I was watching "A Christmas Carol" for the umpteen hundredth time in my life, I suddenly understood the real reason why Charles Dickens' story has been such a holiday heart-wrencher for 165 years. The book was first published...Read More


Food Pantry Shortages: What's the Real Story?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 24, 2007 | 9:26 PM | comments

One of the big stories this season is unrelated to shopping or entertainment: food pantries across the country are facing drastic shortages in items donated from the agricultural industry. This means that more people who depend on food pantries will...Read More


Food Pantry Shortages: What's the Real Story?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 24, 2007 | 9:26 PM | comments

One of the big stories this season is unrelated to shopping or entertainment: food pantries across the country are facing drastic shortages in items donated from the agricultural industry. This means that more people who depend on food pantries will...Read More


Food Pantry Shortages: What's the Real Story?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 24, 2007 | 9:26 PM | comments

One of the big stories this season is unrelated to shopping or entertainment: food pantries across the country are facing drastic shortages in items donated from the agricultural industry. This means that more people who depend on food pantries will...Read More


Food Pantry Shortages: What's the Real Story?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 24, 2007 | 9:26 PM | comments

One of the big stories this season is unrelated to shopping or entertainment: food pantries across the country are facing drastic shortages in items donated from the agricultural industry. This means that more people who depend on food pantries will...Read More


Queers and Gentrification, Part 1: Wind Chimes

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 23, 2007 | 3:22 PM | comments

I’m woken up by the sounds of a winter night in Chicago. The wind is rushing around our building, the windows sound like they’re being shaken by a child trying to get back in, and the porch door has creaked...Read More


Queers and Gentrification, Part 1: Wind Chimes

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 23, 2007 | 3:22 PM | comments

I’m woken up by the sounds of a winter night in Chicago. The wind is rushing around our building, the windows sound like they’re being shaken by a child trying to get back in, and the porch door has creaked...Read More


New Zogby Poll: Only Obama Beats All 5 Top GOP Candidates

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 22, 2007 | 3:36 PM | comments

According to the latest Zogby poll, Barack Obama is the only Democratic Presidential candidate who would beat all five of the top Republican candidates in the general election. Zogby’s poll of 1,000 likely voters nationwide shows Hillary Clinton losing to...Read More


New Zogby Poll: Only Obama Beats All 5 Top GOP Candidates

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 22, 2007 | 3:36 PM | comments

According to the latest Zogby poll, Barack Obama is the only Democratic Presidential candidate who would beat all five of the top Republican candidates in the general election. Zogby’s poll of 1,000 likely voters nationwide shows Hillary Clinton losing to...Read More


How the War On Christmas started.

Filed by Storm Bear | December 22, 2007 | 2:25 PM | comments

click to enlarge The Christmas tree is often explained as a Christianization of the ancient Pagan idea that the evergreen tree represents a celebration of the renewal of life. In actuality, when the Roman Empire was converted en masse...Read More


Christmas with the candidates

Filed by Bil Browning | December 22, 2007 | 1:42 PM | comments

While the right wing nutjobs are freaking out over "The War on Christmas" and a majority bemoan the crass commercialization of the holiday season, I'd like to throw out another complaint. What's with all the political Christmas cards? This year...Read More


Barney Frank: No Trans-Inclusive ENDA In '09

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 21, 2007 | 12:40 PM | comments

As reported on last night's "Rebecca Juro Show", during a guest appearance on "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" this week (natch), Barney Frank tells Solmonese: "At this point three important pieces of legislation to vindicate our rights, or – there...Read More


Barney Frank: No Trans-Inclusive ENDA In '09

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 21, 2007 | 12:40 PM | comments

As reported on last night's "Rebecca Juro Show", during a guest appearance on "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" this week (natch), Barney Frank tells Solmonese: "At this point three important pieces of legislation to vindicate our rights, or – there...Read More


NBJC Mourns The Loss of Congresswoman Julia Carson

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | December 21, 2007 | 11:22 AM | comments

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and members of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) we extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, staff, and constituents of Congresswoman Julia Carson. During her tenure US Rep. Carson exhibited...Read More


Congress Cuts HIV Prevention Funding

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 21, 2007 | 9:45 AM | comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been sitting on data that shows that nearly 50% more Americans are infected with HIV than originally estimated which makes this the perfect time for Congress to cut funding for HIV prevention....Read More


I'll be forever grateful

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 21, 2007 | 8:28 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Congresswoman Julia Carson will lay in state today in the Indiana Statehouse rotunda. A memorial service will be held this evening and Governor Daniels will give the eulogy. I wanted to elevate this comment left on Ellen's post...Read More


I'll be forever grateful

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 21, 2007 | 8:28 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Congresswoman Julia Carson will lay in state today in the Indiana Statehouse rotunda. A memorial service will be held this evening and Governor Daniels will give the eulogy. I wanted to elevate this comment left on Ellen's post...Read More


Sergeant Manzella Comes Home

Filed by Steve Ralls | December 20, 2007 | 7:46 PM | comments

The holidays will be a whole lot brighter for the Manzella family, who are looking forward to welcoming a very special guest home. Many of you have called and emailed about what's next for Sergeant Darren Manzella, the Servicemembers Legal...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Ethan St Pierre

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 20, 2007 | 4:44 PM | comments

You know him, you love him...activist, Bilerico Project contributor, radio talk show host, Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, the man who compiles the hate crimes statistics for the Remembering Our Dead website, and the guy who runs the...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Ethan St Pierre

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 20, 2007 | 4:44 PM | comments

You know him, you love him...activist, Bilerico Project contributor, radio talk show host, Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, the man who compiles the hate crimes statistics for the Remembering Our Dead website, and the guy who runs the...Read More


Here's why I like Dodd for Majority Leader

Filed by Mike Rogers | December 20, 2007 | 1:05 PM | comments

While the Democratic candidates for president claim to be for equal rights for LGBT Americans, Chris Dodd is the only one who took a bold step in bringing his own family in to the discussion. When I heard Dodd speak...Read More


NC: Jim Neal's polling strong against Dole -- and Hagan

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 20, 2007 | 9:47 AM | comments

Jim Neal, who's running out and proud for the Democratic nom for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, is ready to unseat Liddy "Do Nothing" Dole and he's polling well. I'm tired of hearing all the Dem (and gay) naysayers...Read More


Cynthia McKinney, Calling Us Back Home

Filed by Steve Ralls | December 20, 2007 | 8:34 AM | comments

"The 2008 race for the White House is about to get a lot more interesting. Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has announced she's running for the Oval Office on the Green Party ticket. After speculating for months that she may...Read More


Huckabee's Procreative Imperative

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 19, 2007 | 6:01 PM | comments

As I was catching up on my blog reading this week, I came across Timothy's response, over at Box Turtle Bulletin, to something Mike Huckabee said about homosexuality. "Let's understand what sin means -- sin means missing the mark," he...Read More


Mike Huckabee, We Hardly Know Ye

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 19, 2007 | 3:20 PM | comments

It seems we can't get enough out of this new endless source of amusement here in the liberal blogosphere. I've been holding off on posting everything we find out about Huck's nutty past here even though at any other time...Read More


Iowa - Smells Like Edwards Country

Filed by Storm Bear | December 19, 2007 | 12:14 PM | comments

click to enlarge I have always considered Iowa as being volatile when it comes to elections. When Dean charged through the state in 2004, Iowans turned to a war hero and picked John Kerry. I doubt they knew he...Read More


Ryan White's attorneys: Huckabee is an idiot who doesn't read

Filed by Bil Browning | December 19, 2007 | 9:44 AM | comments

This is too darn great not to share. Ryan White's former attorneys published a letter to the editor in the Lafayette Journal and Courier responding to Mike Huckabee's outrageous statements about quarantining AIDS patients. I don't really need to add...Read More


STFU and deal with it, fundamentalist Christianity is America's religion

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 19, 2007 | 7:06 AM | comments

I didn't mention this last week when it passed, but anyone interested in maintaining a secular state would probably be frightened/annoyed by this resolution. The same House that can't be counted on to do much of anything for actually repressed...Read More


Mitt Romney, Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2007 | 10:03 PM | comments

Jen Jorczak posted way back in May about how someone dug up a $150 check from Mitt Romney to Planned Parenthood from back when he was OK with women having control over their own bodies. He immediately blamed his wife,...Read More


Mitt Romney, Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2007 | 10:03 PM | comments

Jen Jorczak posted way back in May about how someone dug up a $150 check from Mitt Romney to Planned Parenthood from back when he was OK with women having control over their own bodies. He immediately blamed his wife,...Read More


More states opting out of abstinence-only education

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2007 | 2:47 PM | comments

The Sunday Washington Post had an article detailing the states dropping out of federal abstinence-only education funds: At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected...Read More


More states opting out of abstinence-only education

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2007 | 2:47 PM | comments

The Sunday Washington Post had an article detailing the states dropping out of federal abstinence-only education funds: At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected...Read More


Huckabee on AIDS, DADT and the Role of Religion in Politics

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 18, 2007 | 11:07 AM | comments

Mike Huckabee appeared on the Larry King Show and talked his AIDS quarantine remarks, his opposition to allowing gays to serve openly in the military and whether or not he would have gays in a Huckabee White House. Huckabee claims...Read More


The Gay Girls' Guide to Amsterdam

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | December 18, 2007 | 6:51 AM | comments

Looking for a quick getaway and hoping to stay on a budget? Traveling to Amsterdam could be just what a girl needs to rejuvenate her spirit after a hectic holiday shopping season. Holland is one of the most laidback countries...Read More


The Art Of The Possible

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 17, 2007 | 7:40 PM | comments

I have to admit that I really didn't think it was possible, and while I'm still not sure was wrong in the first place, I do have to acknowledge that there's a much better chance now than I'd previously believed:...Read More


The Art Of The Possible

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 17, 2007 | 7:40 PM | comments

I have to admit that I really didn't think it was possible, and while I'm still not sure was wrong in the first place, I do have to acknowledge that there's a much better chance now than I'd previously believed:...Read More


The Art Of The Possible

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 17, 2007 | 7:40 PM | comments

I have to admit that I really didn't think it was possible, and while I'm still not sure was wrong in the first place, I do have to acknowledge that there's a much better chance now than I'd previously believed:...Read More


In Praise of Julia Carson

Filed by Ellen Andersen | December 17, 2007 | 5:10 PM | comments

U.S. Representative Julia Carson (1938-2007) is widely beloved by the LGBT community in Indiana, but readers from beyond our fair state may not understand why we here at Bilerico are so devastated by her death. I’m writing this post to...Read More


In Praise of Julia Carson

Filed by Ellen Andersen | December 17, 2007 | 5:10 PM | comments

U.S. Representative Julia Carson (1938-2007) is widely beloved by the LGBT community in Indiana, but readers from beyond our fair state may not understand why we here at Bilerico are so devastated by her death. I’m writing this post to...Read More


In Praise of Julia Carson

Filed by Ellen Andersen | December 17, 2007 | 5:10 PM | comments

U.S. Representative Julia Carson (1938-2007) is widely beloved by the LGBT community in Indiana, but readers from beyond our fair state may not understand why we here at Bilerico are so devastated by her death. I’m writing this post to...Read More


For Christ's Sake!

Filed by Eric Leven | December 17, 2007 | 4:22 PM | comments

I think I just projectile vomited all the eggnog I had this weekend after seeing this ad by candidate Mike "what separation between church and state?" Huckabee. I wonder how Jesus would feel if he knew good ol' Huckabee was...Read More


Pam Spaulding on CNN

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 17, 2007 | 3:07 PM | comments

Bilerico contributor Pam Spaulding was on CNN yesterday talking about endorsements: Isn't Tony Harris annoying? And isn't it somehow more annoying that Amanda Carpenter played along with his annoying-ness? But Pam did awesome. Totally worth the watch just for her....Read More


Tammy Baldwin says "Don't be a pain-y, impeach Dick Cheney"

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 17, 2007 | 2:01 PM | comments

The House's only lesbian member, Tammy Baldwin, along with Robert Wexler and Luis Gutierrez, has called for hearings to impeach Cheney: Holding hearings would put the evidence on the table, and the evidence – not politics – should determine the...Read More


Duncan Hunter Thinks You're a Sissy

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 17, 2007 | 11:45 AM | comments

Republican presidential Duncan Hunter said on 60 Minutes on Sunday that you are not man (or woman) enough to serve in the U.S. military. He made the following comments in a 60 Minutes segment focused on gay soldiers who are...Read More


11 Holiday Gifts that Build a Better World

Filed by David Mariner | December 17, 2007 | 9:28 AM | comments

If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, you're running out of time. If you're looking for some last-minute gift ideas, here are 11 great presents. Of course, the best part of these gifts is that the proceeds benefit worthy...Read More


Ron Paul, more of an anti-war leader than Pelosi!

Filed by Storm Bear | December 17, 2007 | 9:08 AM | comments

click to enlarge Ron Paul is the new Six Million Dollar Man: Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, raised an astounding $6 million and change Sunday, his campaign said, almost certainly guaranteeing he'll outraise his rivals for the Republican nomination in...Read More


Huck's anti-lesbian

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 16, 2007 | 1:01 PM | comments

A Kossack diary reports that Mike Huckabee endorsed the idea that women should "submit" to husbands: In August of 1998, Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: "I affirm the statement on...Read More


Marriage in the Nation's Capital?

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 16, 2007 | 8:20 AM | comments

Here is a great article on a new campaign to win marriage rights in Washington, D.C. The residents of D.C. are in a unique position in that the city's mayor and an overwhelming majority of council members support marriage equality,...Read More


RIP Julia Carson

Filed by Ellen Andersen | December 15, 2007 | 10:36 AM | comments

U.S. Representative Julia Carson has passed away. She'll be profoundly missed. More later, when we've had a chance to absorb the news. [EDITOR'S NOTE:] This entry was updated with the posts "In Praise of Julia Carson" and "I'll Be...Read More


RIP Julia Carson

Filed by Ellen Andersen | December 15, 2007 | 10:36 AM | comments

U.S. Representative Julia Carson has passed away. She'll be profoundly missed. More later, when we've had a chance to absorb the news. [EDITOR'S NOTE:] This entry was updated with the posts "In Praise of Julia Carson" and "I'll Be...Read More


Mike Huckabee, The Soup Man?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | December 15, 2007 | 9:38 AM | comments

Am I the only one that thinks Mike Huckabee is the Campbell's Soup Chef?...Read More


Gay Ambassador Spills Shame on Condi Rice

Filed by Dustin Kight | December 14, 2007 | 4:11 PM | comments

This "just in" from The Washington Post: Openly gay, former U.S. ambassador to Romania, Michael E. Guest, resigned his post at the State Department in late November. Guest cited Condoleeza Rice's personal refusal to offer equal benefits to domestic partners,...Read More


Gay Ambassador Spills Shame on Condi Rice

Filed by Dustin Kight | December 14, 2007 | 4:11 PM | comments

This "just in" from The Washington Post: Openly gay, former U.S. ambassador to Romania, Michael E. Guest, resigned his post at the State Department in late November. Guest cited Condoleeza Rice's personal refusal to offer equal benefits to domestic partners,...Read More


Al Gore is the Kwisatz Haderach

Filed by Storm Bear | December 14, 2007 | 10:08 AM | comments

click to enlarge Frequent readers of TCD will know I have made a few references to Frank Herbert's Dune series - maybe some of the best science fiction ever written. What I can't escape is the close allegories between...Read More


Your religion is stupid

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 14, 2007 | 7:57 AM | comments

The latest dig at Romney's religion came from Mike Huckabee (of course), as reported by the NY Times: Romney, a Mormon, had promised that he would be addressing the subject of his religion a few days later. I asked Huckabee,...Read More


I bet Jamie Kirchick is embarrassed now!

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 13, 2007 | 9:35 PM | comments

In The Advocate's quest to make Rudy seem pro-gay, they published this op-ed by James Kirchick about a week ago. I just noticed it again when I was on their site (I know, I know, it'll warp my fragile mind)....Read More


The Fight Is On and You Are In It

Filed by Nadine Smith | December 13, 2007 | 6:06 PM | comments

The far right now has the signatures... Another spiteful amendment is heading to the ballot. This time Florida will face a deceptively named and dangerous "Marriage Protection Amendment." They picked a fight in Florida in 2008 for one reason -...Read More


Just in Time for the Holidays: An Anti-Gay Amendment

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 13, 2007 | 4:21 PM | comments

The ridiculously named group Florida4Marriage (a Karl Rovian name if I’ve ever heard one…) has announced that they have gathered the required 611,009 signatures needed to get the so-called “Marriage Protection Amendment” to the Florida Constitution on the November ‘08...Read More


The start of something special?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 13, 2007 | 1:20 PM | comments

Just a quick note for those of you following along at home. The radio appearance went well this morning. For the first time since I've been appearing on these types of shows, all of the callers were against the marriage...Read More


60 Minutes with Darren Manzella

Filed by Steve Ralls | December 13, 2007 | 10:54 AM | comments

This Sunday, Army Sergeant Darren Manzella (pictured) will make history. Manzella, who is on duty today in Kuwait, will become the first active-duty, openly gay service member to speak, on camera, about life in the warzone under "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


Singles cause global warming, Part 2: a bad marriage is good for the environment

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 13, 2007 | 9:21 AM | comments

My last post promised to look closely at a recent study by Jianguo Liu of Michigan State University (MSU), claiming to prove that divorce and singles-people households are bad for the environment. You can read it here. Let's put aside...Read More


Obama: To mandate or not to mandate... there really isn't a question

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 12, 2007 | 3:02 PM | comments

Barack Obama released an opp doc on NY Times columnist Paul Krugman last Friday, hopefully the climax of a battle between progressive columnists and the Obama campaign on one of the stickiest points of health care reform: mandates. I've previously...Read More


I'm up to my old tricks

Filed by Bil Browning | December 12, 2007 | 2:15 PM | comments

"Radio is the theater of the mind; television is the theater of the mindless." -- Steve Allen Tomorrow morning I'll be doing a popular local radio call-in show to talk about Indiana's proposed marriage amendment. I'll be appearing on Abdul...Read More


Mike Huckabee Says Homosexuality a "Public Health Risk"

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 12, 2007 | 11:57 AM | comments

More information is coming out about what Andrew Sullivan calls the "rancid homophobia" of Republican Mike Huckabee. In a 1992 senate race Huckabee when asked about allowing openly gay Americans to serve in the military said: I believe to try...Read More


Hey Mitt, thanks for the warning!!!

Filed by Storm Bear | December 12, 2007 | 11:08 AM | comments

click to enlarge Freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone......Read More


What is going on?

Filed by Sara Whitman | December 12, 2007 | 7:29 AM | comments

Churches with armed guards and waterboard torture approved at the top levels of the U.S. government. Does anyone else think there is something deeply, deeply wrong with our country? Why does a church need an armed guard? Although, in hindsight,...Read More


Obama-Rama Swings Into Universal City

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 11, 2007 | 8:14 PM | comments

Remember when the press called Barack Obama a rock star? Well, after playing second-fiddle to Oprah Winfrey in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Obama took center stage at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City last night – and held...Read More


Singles Cause Global Warming: Where’s the Revolution?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 11, 2007 | 6:34 PM | comments

So Al Gore picked up his Nobel Peace Prize. He insisted on taking public transportation from the airport, instead of the traditional motorcade. Hmmm. It’s not every day that the words “public transportation” appear alongside “motorcade.” And it’s not every...Read More


What the Huck? Mike responds to Ryan White's mother

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 11, 2007 | 2:53 PM | comments

Mike Huckabee responded to an HRC letter about his statements that poz people should be quarantined...Read More


Gay house member will not seek reelection

Filed by Mike Rogers | December 11, 2007 | 11:10 AM | comments

Gay Louisiana GOP Lawmaker Jim McCrery to Retire: Louisiana Rep. Jim McCrery, senior Republican on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, told associates Friday he intends to retire rather than seek re-election in 2008. McCrery, 58, joins 17 other...Read More


What’s the worst thing Dick Cheney could say?

Filed by Storm Bear | December 11, 2007 | 9:17 AM | comments

click to enlarge Welcome to the first appearance of Dick Cheney in Town Called Dobson! It has taken me FOREVER to draw Cheney's character. I had him as Darth Vader - that was too easy, not creative at all....Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Carolers Spread Xmas Jeers in CA

Filed by Dustin Kight | December 11, 2007 | 8:05 AM | comments

Just when you thought anti-LGBTQ protesting couldn’t get any more upsetting (and ridiculous): Anti-LGBTQ carolers in a Sacramento suburb gathered at their local Target to show (aka sing) their opposition to recent updates to California’s safe schools laws. The spectacle...Read More


Anti-LGBTQ Carolers Spread Xmas Jeers in CA

Filed by Dustin Kight | December 11, 2007 | 8:05 AM | comments

Just when you thought anti-LGBTQ protesting couldn’t get any more upsetting (and ridiculous): Anti-LGBTQ carolers in a Sacramento suburb gathered at their local Target to show (aka sing) their opposition to recent updates to California’s safe schools laws. The spectacle...Read More


Ron Paul: Ban marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 11, 2007 | 7:53 AM | comments

In case you've never witnessed a libertarian mutual j/o session, for your edification here's Ron Paul being interviewed by John Stossel: On the issue of gay marriage, it really doesn't matter what any of the presidential candidates think. They're not...Read More


A Plague of Biblical Proportions

Filed by David Mariner | December 10, 2007 | 10:58 PM | comments

Presidential Candidates, Democrat and Republican alike laid out their plans to fight HIV/AIDS at the Global AIDS Summit, sponsored by the evangelical Saddle Back Church. Hillary Clinton was the only candidate to appear in-person. Barack Obama, who gave his most...Read More


Mike Huckabee: Let's round up some homos!

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 10, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

Every time I hear someone disparaging the idea of "political correctness", I just roll my eyes because they just don't get it. Which is what I did when I read what Mike Huckabee said yesterday in response to publication of...Read More


The True Statements of George W. Bush

Filed by Storm Bear | December 10, 2007 | 10:48 AM | comments

click to enlarge Any credibility left for Bush? The intelligence community released the NIE on Iran to avoid the cherry picking that went on for the Iraq war. In other words, they didn't want anyone lying about it. A...Read More


From his fingers to politicians' ears

Filed by Bil Browning | December 10, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

Popular local radio host Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is an Indiana political pundit who tends to lean Republican. While I'm a regular guest on his show (I'll be appearing again later this week to talk about Indiana's marriage amendment), prominent Republican politicians...Read More


Rudy on homosexuality: It's the acts that are sinful

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 09, 2007 | 9:09 PM | comments

Here's my quick transcript of Rudy on Meet the Press this morning: Russert: But You don't think homosexuality is aberrant, unnatural, or sinful. Giuliani: No, no, no. No, I don't believe it's sinful. My moral views on this come from...Read More


HRC Credibility Crisis: Nobody Trusts A Liar And A Cheater

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 09, 2007 | 7:44 PM | comments

It’s a sign of things to come. This week, Gay City News is reporting on a forum was held by the Human Rights Campaign at New York’s LGBT Community Center. A stop on what the organization is calling a “listening...Read More


HRC Credibility Crisis: Nobody Trusts A Liar And A Cheater

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 09, 2007 | 7:44 PM | comments

It’s a sign of things to come. This week, Gay City News is reporting on a forum was held by the Human Rights Campaign at New York’s LGBT Community Center. A stop on what the organization is calling a “listening...Read More


Re: Huckabee, Thoughts on HIV and Quarantines

Filed by Dustin Kight | December 08, 2007 | 6:32 PM | comments

As Mike Huckabee gains in the Iowa polls, he no longer gets to play the favored part for an underdog in a presidential race: the underdog, itself. The press love to shoot skeet with rising stars, and Huckabee's getting his...Read More


Does God Want Mike Huckabee to Be President?

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 08, 2007 | 10:15 AM | comments

Huckabee seems to think so. But, then he also thinks gay marriage will destroy civilization....Read More


Thoughts on recent hate crimes legislation developments

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 07, 2007 | 3:36 PM | comments

The Matthew Shepard Act, the current incarnation of LGBT federal hate crimes legislation, hit a snag in its road to becoming a real law yesterday when it got dropped from the defense spending bill. What's interesting is how this is...Read More


Homo-hate thuggery is alive and well - and targeting out officials

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 07, 2007 | 1:11 PM | comments

Openly gay Chapel Hill (NC) Town Councilman Mark Kleinschmidt (who I recently met up with at the G&L Leadership Conference last weekend) is the target of a bunch of online neo-Nazi thugs who have compiled a list of out gay...Read More


Michelle Bruce wins lawsuit, loses reelection

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 07, 2007 | 12:44 PM | comments

Michelle Bruce, the transgender city council woman in Riverdale Georgia, lost reelection (via Daimeon at PHB): In Riverdale, Bruce — surrounded by supporters from Georgia Equality and the Human Rights Campaign — dabbed her eyes as the results were read....Read More


Romney wants you (not) to look at his religion

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 06, 2007 | 5:12 PM | comments

Mitt Romney delivered a major speech on religion today. Quotations from that speech can be broken down into two categories: "Religion is the effin' most important thing ever" and "Please, please don't judge me based on my religion!" Quotations and...Read More


Trans candidates fight for political power

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | December 06, 2007 | 2:18 PM | comments

During the recent debate over ENDA most agreed on one major point—the transgender community could use more political power. Judging by the numbers who hold political office in the United States, that’s an understatement. Out of more than a half...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 06, 2007 | 1:40 PM | comments

Tonight we'll be joined by Transadvocate.com webmistress and Bilerico Project contributor Marti Abernathey. We'll be discussing the leaked internal HRC memo referred to as "Project Win Back ", that was published at Transadvocate.com this week and describes ideas being considered...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 06, 2007 | 1:40 PM | comments

Tonight we'll be joined by Transadvocate.com webmistress and Bilerico Project contributor Marti Abernathey. We'll be discussing the leaked internal HRC memo referred to as "Project Win Back ", that was published at Transadvocate.com this week and describes ideas being considered...Read More


Hate Crimes Bill Dead for This Year

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 06, 2007 | 12:39 PM | comments

Have the Democrats Killed the Hate Crimes Bill?: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)Thursday morning acquiesced to demands by House Democratic leaders to drop a gay and transgender inclusive hate crimes bill from the National...Read More


House Dems selling out gays? Again.

Filed by Lane Hudson | December 06, 2007 | 12:09 PM | comments

There is a report that House Conferees on the Defense Authorization Act will scrap the Matthew Sheppard Act that was attached to the bill in the Senate. House Democrats are reportedly resigned to removing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime bill...Read More


Mike Huckabee Thinks You're a Threat to Civilization

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 06, 2007 | 11:45 AM | comments

Surging Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that he believes gay marriage is a threat to civilization. Yep, he believes that two men or two women who want to live together, build a life together in sickness and in health,...Read More


Romney’s Secret Weapon Against Huckabee

Filed by Storm Bear | December 06, 2007 | 8:50 AM | comments

click to enlarge If somehow Mitt Romney can overcome Rudy's mistress/police scandal and Huckabee's religious fueled surge in the polls, he may have one thing that can help him in the general election - a lack of serious religious...Read More


I'll say something nice about Mike Gravel

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 05, 2007 | 1:13 PM | comments

This video's been hopping around the internet: While I don't think Mike Gravel is playing the game the way that, unfortunately, it has to be played in order to have a decent shot at the White House, I still like...Read More


John McCain, Name That Tune!

Filed by Storm Bear | December 05, 2007 | 9:57 AM | comments

click to enlarge The only other "opps" that has been bigger than the recent NIE for Iran was going to war with Iraq for no damn reason. That was the Mack Daddy of "oppses." On some fronts, (the fronts...Read More


You never know when a wedge issue will come in handy

Filed by Bil Browning | December 04, 2007 | 7:41 PM | comments

The Indiana proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions will be back again this session. Keep in mind this state senator, Mr. Family Values himself, allegedly forced his wife to have an abortion before filing for divorce...Read More


The HRC Propaganda Machine In Action

Filed by Marti Abernathey | December 04, 2007 | 2:34 PM | comments

Recently the Human Rights Campaign had a conference call with certain leaders within the transgender community. The following information is from an email concerning the results of that conference call. I am going to dissect this email, but you can...Read More


Its Hard Out There For a Gay

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 04, 2007 | 10:19 AM | comments

If you think that the Gays in the U.S. have it so good, check out this story from the New York Times about the daily battles facing LGBT people living in Newark, NJ: To live in Newark often means grappling...Read More


Does Larry Craig have a problem with skin chafing?

Filed by Storm Bear | December 04, 2007 | 9:27 AM | comments

click to enlarge Seriously, with all the tail Larry Craig is getting, ya gotta wonder how he controls the chafing? Tis the season for Gay revelations it seems. With the months being named by Wonkette, Cocktober eased into Blowvember...Read More


Make it stop. Please make it stop.

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 04, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

Last week the CNN/YouTube Republican debate dominated the political news cycle. Another debate, more questions were asked, and everyone should have been a little bit better for it having happened. In a culture that values text, procedure, and image over...Read More


It is Happy Surge Day!

Filed by Storm Bear | December 03, 2007 | 9:46 AM | comments

click to enlarge Every so often, as appropriate, we list the recent fallen American soldiers that have died in Bush's war. From the list, we can see the surge didn't work. Sgt. 1st Class John J. Tobiason, 42, of...Read More


God works in mysterious ways

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 03, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest editorial comes to us from Vivian Benge, President of the Indiana Transgender Advocacy Alliance. Vivian is a long-time transgender activist and a personal friend of several of our contributors. Last week, the National Center for Transgender...Read More


Political trans-panic in Riverdale, Georgia

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 03, 2007 | 7:05 AM | comments

Michelle Bruce, a transgender city councilwoman, is being sued for voter fraud in Riverdale, Georgia because she ran as a woman: Four years after she won a City Council seat, making her what is believed to be Georgia’s first transgender...Read More


What Do the Log Cabin Republicans Have Against Mitt Romney?

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 02, 2007 | 3:23 PM | comments

Probably not the same things I do, but they have a new radio ad taking Romney to task for "Mitt Flops."...Read More


More Men Claim Encounters with Larry Craig

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 02, 2007 | 11:45 AM | comments

If the men quoted in a story in today's Idaho Stateman are to be believed, Senator Larry "I'm Not Gay" Craig really got around. There are now four gay men who say that they have had sexual encounters with Craig...Read More


The General Is Back

Filed by Steve Ralls | December 01, 2007 | 2:53 PM | comments

When CNN announced earlier this week that it had removed Brigadier General Keith Kerr's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" question from re-broadcasts of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network partnered with our friends at GLAAD to reach out to...Read More