Politics: 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


Historic Debate Tonight

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 31, 2008 | 8:33 PM | comments

Someone reminded me today, tonight's debate is an historic event. A woman and an African-American man will debate about who is best fit to be the next President of the United States. Think about it. Unless the Democrats blunder big-...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


John & Rudy Sittin' in a Tree

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Is it just me or does it seem that John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have suddenly gotten very chummy? Something tells me that when John McCain sends Rudy to find his Veep, Rudy is going to find himself as McCain's...Read More


Barack Obama on LGBT Equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 31, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

One thing is clear about the race for the Democratic presidential nomination between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: by voting in large numbers LGBT voters can play a crucial role in deciding who will be our next president. Hillary Clinton...Read More


John Edwards: Duty Performed

Filed by Storm Bear | January 31, 2008 | 10:02 AM | comments

click to enlarge There has been a lot of rage, tears and way to much "idiot Edwards supporter" language going on. Yes, I would have liked it if he kept going but he has gone far and beyond what...Read More


Ugliness in DC black Baptist church - outing email campaign by homophobic choir member

Filed by Pam Spaulding | January 31, 2008 | 9:02 AM | comments

"I will be leaving the choir at the top of the year because 80 percent of the tenors are homosexuals and act more like a female in choir rehearsal than I do." -- female choir member of the DC-based...Read More


John Edwards drops out

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 30, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App...Read More


Another great reason to visit Vermont

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 30, 2008 | 1:20 PM | comments

The town of Brattleboro, Vermont has placed a rather interesting petition on the March ballot. The town will be voting to arrest President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for “crimes against the Constitution.” While the petition has no legal...Read More


John Edwards and the Standoff in New Orleans

Filed by Storm Bear | January 30, 2008 | 9:27 AM | comments

click to enlarge Rumors this morning is that John Edwards will quit the campaign today. Only time will tell. I am unsure if this is true or not - it may be. I think if I was John, I...Read More


We Are All Floridians

Filed by Nadine Smith | January 29, 2008 | 6:12 PM | comments

On this cool January morning, a Clearwater grandmother is talking to a conservative Christian health care worker who says she will vote NO in November on the so-called "marriage amendment" because she has witnessed first-hand the cruel impact of refusing...Read More


We Are All Floridians

Filed by Nadine Smith | January 29, 2008 | 6:12 PM | comments

On this cool January morning, a Clearwater grandmother is talking to a conservative Christian health care worker who says she will vote NO in November on the so-called "marriage amendment" because she has witnessed first-hand the cruel impact of refusing...Read More


Obama’s playing us stupid

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 29, 2008 | 4:07 PM | comments

Is it mere happenstance that once again, and seemingly unbeknownst to the Obama campaign, another anti-gay African American minister has endorsed the presidential hopeful? But with an Obama endorsement coming from the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, longtime spiritual adviser to President...Read More


Meet Maxine – the RNC’s Pink Elephant

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 29, 2008 | 1:58 PM | comments

Finally get it! Finally I understand why – without a hint of irony, without so much as a twinkle in their eye – Republicans can still claim to be the party of limited government and fiscal and personal responsibility! They're...Read More


Calm down. Indiana's marriage amendment is still dead.

Filed by Bil Browning | January 29, 2008 | 1:43 PM | comments

[Jan 29 - 5:18pm - Updated at the end] [Jan 30 - 11:00am - Updated again to reflect new information] I've taken some flack on various Indiana mailing lists and blogs for saying that Indiana's constitutional amendment to ban same-sex...Read More


State of the Union HIV Hypocrisy

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 29, 2008 | 12:27 PM | comments

While there were many horrible things about Bush’s SOTU last night, I think what offended and disgusted me the most was his hypocrisy on HIV/AIDS. The administration has drastically slashed funding for HIV programs in our country, but Bush holds...Read More


State of the Union HIV Hypocrisy

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 29, 2008 | 12:27 PM | comments

While there were many horrible things about Bush’s SOTU last night, I think what offended and disgusted me the most was his hypocrisy on HIV/AIDS. The administration has drastically slashed funding for HIV programs in our country, but Bush holds...Read More


Let us celebrate….

Filed by Brynn Craffey | January 29, 2008 | 11:21 AM | comments

I couldn’t stomach listening to President Bush’s SOTU last night—the man’s distortions and lies infuriate me so deeply—but I’m reading the recaps and listening to NPR’s take on it and may I say just one thing? “Thank god this is...Read More


Let us celebrate….

Filed by Brynn Craffey | January 29, 2008 | 11:21 AM | comments

I couldn’t stomach listening to President Bush’s SOTU last night—the man’s distortions and lies infuriate me so deeply—but I’m reading the recaps and listening to NPR’s take on it and may I say just one thing? “Thank god this is...Read More


The State of Some Other Nation Speech

Filed by Storm Bear | January 29, 2008 | 9:42 AM | comments

click to enlarge Like passing a turd that overstayed its welcome by a few days, that is what it felt like to see George W. Bush giving his last and final State of the Union Address (unless he declares...Read More


TCR on Mormon Church leader's death: It was murder

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2008 | 9:39 AM | comments

Does Mitt Romney look like Guy Smiley to you all too? I think the resemblance is uncanny - Smiley is Romney Muppified:...Read More


We Are All Floridians

Filed by Nadine Smith | January 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

On this cool January morning, a Clearwater grandmother is talking to a conservative Christian health care worker who says she will vote NO in November on the so-called "marriage amendment" because she has witnessed first-hand the cruel impact of refusing...Read More


Subprime Mortgage Crisis Meets LGBTQ Families?

Filed by Dustin Kight | January 29, 2008 | 7:33 AM | comments

I've been doing some poking around online about the subprime mortgage crisis, specificially looking to see if there are reports of it affecting LGBTQ couples/families in any particular ways. I'm no housing expert, so I'm not sure how the defaults...Read More


LGBT Democratic Response to the State of the Union Address

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 28, 2008 | 10:05 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is from Jon Hoadley, Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats. Jon is responding to this evening's State of the Union address by President Bush. For eight years, we’ve heard President Bush report on the...Read More


Indiana's SJR7: The "Marriage Protection Amendment" really ISN'T over until it's over AND WHY!

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 28, 2008 | 5:10 PM | comments

Today Representative Eric Turner, ranking Republican on the Indiana House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee, filed a amendment to House Joint Resolution No. 1 (HJR1) a proposed constitutional amendment concerning property taxes. While I have not examined every detail, it...Read More


Indiana's SJR7: The "Marriage Protection Amendment" really ISN'T over until it's over AND WHY!

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 28, 2008 | 5:10 PM | comments

Today Representative Eric Turner, ranking Republican on the Indiana House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee, filed a amendment to House Joint Resolution No. 1 (HJR1) a proposed constitutional amendment concerning property taxes. While I have not examined every detail, it...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


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


Don't expect health care reform in 2009

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2008 | 3:07 PM | comments

For all the talk of health care this time around, the New England Journal of Medicine is warning us that American health care isn't in crisis in any way that would translate into substantive reform. The argument responds to the...Read More


Out for justice: Politics be damned

Filed by Kate Kendell | January 28, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

Late last week, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore posted a video on Current TV, where he very matter-of-factly said, “The loyalty and love that two people feel for one another when they fall in love ought to...Read More


Sak vide pas kanpe

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2008 | 11:39 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App Several weeks ago Waymon and I got into a comments discussion about the origins of homophobia. It's a big question and one I hope our community activist and media folks, as...Read More


The last SJR7 hearing: some unreal remarks at a "non-event"

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 28, 2008 | 9:49 AM | comments

Whether or not I testified at a non-event last Thursday morning before the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee against SJR-7 (the so-called "Indiana Marriage Protection Amendment") may be a valid point of debate, I guess. Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana would...Read More


John Edwards will gain once Hillary drives off the road.

Filed by Storm Bear | January 28, 2008 | 8:52 AM | comments

click to enlarge As we all know by now, the outcome of the South Carolina democratic primary was an earthquake and the fault line went right through the Clinton campaign. Race was a factor in this campaign and was...Read More


I'd like to be convinced but remain wary...

Filed by Brynn Craffey | January 27, 2008 | 9:52 PM | comments

So, Barack Obama has scored an incredible victory in South Carolina, receiving 55 percent of Democratic votes, to Clinton's 27 percent and Edwards's 18. According to exit polls, his margin of support was more than 4-to-1 among African American voters!...Read More


I'd like to be convinced but remain wary...

Filed by Brynn Craffey | January 27, 2008 | 9:52 PM | comments

So, Barack Obama has scored an incredible victory in South Carolina, receiving 55 percent of Democratic votes, to Clinton's 27 percent and Edwards's 18. According to exit polls, his margin of support was more than 4-to-1 among African American voters!...Read More


A Fistful of Dollars...er, Euros

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 27, 2008 | 4:21 PM | comments

Among the themes here at Bilerico, I notice that posts about the economic crisis get the least attention. In our media, most of us LGBT folk love to argue fiercely about our in-house political issues, and of course we pay...Read More


Mad TV makes Hillary show some love for Barack

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 27, 2008 | 1:24 PM | comments

This just made me giggle. It’s a hilarious Mad TV spoof of the "Umbrella" song featuring Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The name should say it all: "Under Barack Obama"... bama bama, eh eh eh... I guarantee you'll be singing...Read More


Kucinich Drops Out of Race

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 27, 2008 | 9:41 AM | comments

Representative Dennis Kucinich announced on Friday that he is dropping out of the presidential race to focus on his Congressional re-election campaign. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Kucinich often noted that he was the only Democrat who had voted against...Read More


Kucinich Drops Out of Race

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 27, 2008 | 9:41 AM | comments

Representative Dennis Kucinich announced on Friday that he is dropping out of the presidential race to focus on his Congressional re-election campaign. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Kucinich often noted that he was the only Democrat who had voted against...Read More


Barack Obama: I Believe in What This Country Can Be

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 27, 2008 | 9:06 AM | comments

This is one of the most inspiring political speeches I have ever heard. Barack Obama scored a big win over Hillary Clinton in South Carolina. On to Super Tuesday! iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App...Read More


The Evolution of Input

Filed by Dustin Kight | January 26, 2008 | 8:41 PM | comments

Despite coming to the Bilerico Project through my work at the Family Equality Council, I try not to push my organization on this site. But it's a bit like the separation of Church and State -- hard to define and...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


Another Reason to Hate Huckabee

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It’s really a move that should surprise no one. Toilet-crazy, gay-hating Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has endorsed Mike Huckabee for President. Sigh. It’s like two gay-bashing peas in a pod. I actually have a sneaking suspicion that Naugle...Read More


Another Reason to Hate Huckabee

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 25, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It’s really a move that should surprise no one. Toilet-crazy, gay-hating Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has endorsed Mike Huckabee for President. Sigh. It’s like two gay-bashing peas in a pod. I actually have a sneaking suspicion that Naugle...Read More


No One To Vote For

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 25, 2008 | 11:36 AM | comments

Since turning 18, I have never not voted. In every election in which I've been eligible—local, state, and national—I have cast a ballot. Maybe it's because I had parents who lived during the civil rights era. They made sure I...Read More


No One To Vote For

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 25, 2008 | 11:36 AM | comments

Since turning 18, I have never not voted. In every election in which I've been eligible—local, state, and national—I have cast a ballot. Maybe it's because I had parents who lived during the civil rights era. They made sure I...Read More


Hillary Clinton Talks About Preventing LGBT Youth Suicide

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 25, 2008 | 10:34 AM | comments

Hillary Clinton took out some time to answer some questions from young voters sent in via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. including a question about preventing suicide among LGBT youth. The question and Clinton's answer comes about 3:22 into the clip....Read More


Call and Email Nancy Pelosi to Demand Action on Medicaid

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 25, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's note: This call to action comes to us from our friends at Campaign to End AIDS. Tell Speaker Pelosi the Stimulus Package Must Include a Boost for Medicaid Medicaid — the single largest payer for HIV/AIDS care in the...Read More


Pity the Citizens of South Carolina

Filed by Storm Bear | January 25, 2008 | 8:41 AM | comments

click to enlarge In past elections, only those poor souls in Iowa and New Hampshire were abused at the hands of a media circus, but now it has spread to South Carolina. South Carolinians are getting tired of the...Read More


Newsflash: Presidential Politics, Not Where It's At

Filed by Dustin Kight | January 24, 2008 | 11:03 PM | comments

After a brief hiatus, I'm back with a vengeance! I'm sick of all this primary stuff! Boo to the primaries! We need a reality check. The Democratic contenders are all "on our side," more so than any other viable candidates...Read More


Newsflash: Presidential Politics, Not Where It's At

Filed by Dustin Kight | January 24, 2008 | 11:03 PM | comments

After a brief hiatus, I'm back with a vengeance! I'm sick of all this primary stuff! Boo to the primaries! We need a reality check. The Democratic contenders are all "on our side," more so than any other viable candidates...Read More


Newsflash: Presidential Politics, Not Where It's At

Filed by Dustin Kight | January 24, 2008 | 11:03 PM | comments

After a brief hiatus, I'm back with a vengeance! I'm sick of all this primary stuff! Boo to the primaries! We need a reality check. The Democratic contenders are all "on our side," more so than any other viable candidates...Read More


Inhumanity, your name is Melissa

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Allow me to introduce you to one of the lowest pieces of shit in America. Take a good look at inhumanity incarnate. This is Melissa Arrington, an exotic dancer from Tuscon, who killed a cyclist in a drunk driving accident....Read More


Obama's Gay Pass

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 24, 2008 | 1:14 PM | comments

Based on what I've been reading as the primaries lay out, there's a struggle going on in the Democratic party. Actually, more than one. At least two. One is obvious to be discussed in the media; the candidates' battle to...Read More


Obama's Gay Pass

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 24, 2008 | 1:14 PM | comments

Based on what I've been reading as the primaries lay out, there's a struggle going on in the Democratic party. Actually, more than one. At least two. One is obvious to be discussed in the media; the candidates' battle to...Read More


Darren Tells

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 24, 2008 | 9:48 AM | comments

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions via our blog for Sergeant Darren Manzella. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network passed along your questions to Manzella, who has responded to a number of those. Here are his answers to our readers' inquiries....Read More


Darren Tells

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 24, 2008 | 9:48 AM | comments

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions via our blog for Sergeant Darren Manzella. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network passed along your questions to Manzella, who has responded to a number of those. Here are his answers to our readers' inquiries....Read More


The Haute Cuisine of Hoppin’ John Edwards

Filed by Storm Bear | January 24, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

click to enlarge Most people are very aware of Cajun cuisine from Louisiana but few are aware of South Carolina's claim to fame - Lowcountry Cuisine. It is a subtle blend of flavors from unusual ingredients to make a...Read More


Clinton, Obama spar on health care

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 24, 2008 | 8:28 AM | comments

The latest from the Hillary camp on Obama on health care (via JMG): I don't know if it's a great strategy to push the fact that your opponent once held a better position than you currently do on one of...Read More


Legalized Extortion

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 24, 2008 | 8:13 AM | comments

I'm on the warpath about blood-sucking financial practices in the U.S., that drain the life out of many of us, a drop of blood at a time. Last time I wrote about legalized loan-sharking. This time I'm going to bark...Read More


Parade Magazine on health care: Let's rock and roll

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 23, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Parade Magazine, that Sunday insert famous for celeb gossip, exclusive photo-shoots with the hottest reality TV stars, and Marilyn vos Savant's logic games column, had an article this past Sunday about how to fight your health insurance company. Denial of...Read More


The Iraqi Border With Africa

Filed by Storm Bear | January 23, 2008 | 10:15 AM | comments

click to enlarge With all the news about the elections and the financial meltdown in the economy and the Strait of Hormuz propaganda and the million other things that get dumped on us, some things have gotten little or...Read More


Al Gore Supports Full Gay Marriage Rights

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 23, 2008 | 8:33 AM | comments

Al Gore video blogs about full marriage equality for gays and lesbians. What a different place our world would have been if he had been President......Read More


Vote John McCain today! (He could be dead tomorrow!)

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2008 | 9:10 PM | comments

Man, where did everyone go today? I'm like that guy who's up on stage and being told "Stall..." Even Alex is down and out with the flu. Funny video time! Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary - McCain Political Ad...Read More


The North Star

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Fredrick Douglass printed a paper called the North Star. The banner read: "Right has no sex, truth has no color." Hillary Clinton's quote of the evening....Read More


The quick and easy Democratic debate review

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2008 | 10:13 AM | comments

Last night's Democratic debate is the talk of the nation today after Hillary and Obama tore into each other while John Edwards tried to get a word in. In the interest of those of us with short attention spans, I...Read More


The Thug Life Of John Edwards

Filed by Storm Bear | January 22, 2008 | 10:09 AM | comments

click to enlarge Last night during CNN's South Carolina Democratic Debate, John Edwards came out swinging, but not at Hillary or Obama, he came out swinging for the poor, the middle class - for those of us who aren't...Read More


New Canadian law makes gay organ donors illegal

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

This special report/rant comes to us from north of the border, where a new law has gone into affect outlawing gay men (and prisoners!) from donating organs after they die. Shades of US blood donations, anyone?...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


The Traitorous Pink Elephant in the Room

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 22, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

Log Cabin Republicans. It’s a segment of our community that I just don’t understand. They seem to be crawling back out of their hiding spots now that Bush is leaving office. But should they? I have seen many “I heart...Read More


Fact Check: Elaine Donnelly in The Washington Times

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 21, 2008 | 7:24 PM | comments

This morning's Washington Times includes an article about the decline in dismissals under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," pointing to a 50% drop in firings under the law since 2001. Right-wing pundit Elaine Donnelly, of the Center for Military Readiness, tries...Read More


Mr. Big Dog Triangulator: DADT's legacy isn't my fault

Filed by Pam Spaulding | January 21, 2008 | 2:32 PM | comments

Don't Ask, Don't Tell was used to hurt gays and lesbians in uniform, and the president who signed on to it is now laying the blame for the toll it has taken on the careers of well-trained, loyal members of...Read More


MLK Day in Choteau, MT

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 21, 2008 | 11:49 AM | comments

It may seem odd to some that I'm talking about global warming on Martin Luther King Day. But if Dr. King were alive today, I'll bet he would be concerned at how this threat has some terrifying implications for civil...Read More


MLK Day in Choteau, MT

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 21, 2008 | 11:49 AM | comments

It may seem odd to some that I'm talking about global warming on Martin Luther King Day. But if Dr. King were alive today, I'll bet he would be concerned at how this threat has some terrifying implications for civil...Read More


MLK Day in Choteau, MT

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 21, 2008 | 11:49 AM | comments

It may seem odd to some that I'm talking about global warming on Martin Luther King Day. But if Dr. King were alive today, I'll bet he would be concerned at how this threat has some terrifying implications for civil...Read More


Barack Obama: None of Our Hands are Entirely Clean

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 21, 2008 | 9:48 AM | comments

This speech by Barack Obama is the perfect embodiment of why we need him as our next president. The speech was delivered on Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....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


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


South Dakota's AIDS offenders

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 20, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Thomas Heald. When not slaving away for "The Man," he has researched and written for Ogilvy Public Relations, David Letterman’s World Wide Pants Inc., RawStoryQ/PageOneQ.com, a long running "mutated TV...Read More


South Dakota's AIDS offenders

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 20, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Thomas Heald. When not slaving away for "The Man," he has researched and written for Ogilvy Public Relations, David Letterman’s World Wide Pants Inc., RawStoryQ/PageOneQ.com, a long running "mutated TV...Read More


Presidential milkshakes

Filed by Bil Browning | January 20, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

AllTooFlat's "If the election were about milkshakes" post is too good not to share... I drink your milkshake, even though I opposed drinking your milkshake four years ago. -Mitt Romney I drink your milkshake, but only if the Bible says...Read More


Enron Activism

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 19, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's note: This guest post is by Monica Helms, an Atlanta based transgender activist. Monica is past executive director of Tran=Action and co-founder of Transgender American Veterans Association. After ten years as an activist for the transgender community, I am...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


Indiana's marriage amendment is DOA

Filed by Bil Browning | January 18, 2008 | 9:17 PM | comments

While several folks have asked why I haven't been banging the amendment drum as loudly this legislative session, I'm happy to report some good news by way of explanation. I didn't have to. Our grassroots effort from last year really...Read More


Obama Hearts... Reagan?

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 18, 2008 | 8:05 PM | comments

It's not surprising when you hear GOP candidates like John McCain, Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney invoking the spectre of former President Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail. After all, Reagan has long held celebrity status among Republicans, who seem...Read More


Obama Hearts... Reagan?

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 18, 2008 | 8:05 PM | comments

It's not surprising when you hear GOP candidates like John McCain, Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney invoking the spectre of former President Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail. After all, Reagan has long held celebrity status among Republicans, who seem...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


For once, I don't have anything to add

Filed by Bil Browning | January 18, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Have you read Mark Morford's recent column, "The woman vs the black guy" yet? If not, go. Go now. (Hat tip to reader, Kim.) Yes indeed, the sexism that surrounds Clinton's run like a toxic fog is almost too easy...Read More


Are We Ready For Prime Time?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 18, 2008 | 2:55 PM | comments

With the announcement from the Democratic National Committee of the appointment of a record number of LGBT members to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Standing Committees, an obvious question for transgender activists and supporters is are we ready for prime...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


Who needs 10 commandments? AFA prefers 8.

Filed by Bil Browning | January 18, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

So what is it about "Christian" groups with "family" in their names? They always seem to be the most unlike Christ, don't they? Take the American Family Association... Back in June of last year I reported that the AFA had...Read More


The Huckabee Wonder Diet: Popcorned Squirrel

Filed by Storm Bear | January 18, 2008 | 12:04 PM | comments

click to enlarge Some days, they write themselves. From Raw Story: After pulling an upset in the Iowa caucus, Mike Huckabee has now placed a respectable third in two northern primaries, New Hampshire and Michigan, but he has hopes...Read More


With friends like these, who needs Republicans

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2008 | 9:06 AM | comments

At the Nevada debate this past Tuesday, all three top Democrats expressed support for extending the Solomon Amendment, a law created and expanded to keep recruiters on campuses that have sexual orientation inclusive anti-discrimination policies. Not that it's all that...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


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


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


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


Europe - The New Terror Front? What I said to the BBC.

Filed by Storm Bear | January 17, 2008 | 12:28 PM | comments

click to enlarge On occasion, I am a guest on the BBC program World Have Your Say and yesterday the topic was Michael Chertoff's statements about how Europe was the next platform for terrorists. Chertoff wants the EU to...Read More


Cameroon Sentences Gays to Hard Labor

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 17, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The African Republic of Cameroon has sentenced three men to six months of hard labor for “being homosexuals”. Lazare Baeeg, Emmanuel Balep and Tony Dikongue were arrested last August and have been in prison for nearly six months awaiting trial....Read More


What happened to us?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 16, 2008 | 3:40 PM | comments

Remember when creative people were stereotyped as gay? We're going to have to give the honors to the animal rights folks if we don't get our stuff together! The folks from PETA bought the cemetery lot next to Colonel Sanders...Read More


Nevada Debate: When Media Zombies Attack!

Filed by Storm Bear | January 16, 2008 | 9:32 AM | comments

click to enlarge What a miserable debate last night. The worst of the campaign season by far. This one started off with what looked like a a group hug in the principal's office over race relations and it slid...Read More


Romney Wins MI: See Hilarious Spoof on Romney Bigotry

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | January 15, 2008 | 10:26 PM | comments

Romney just won Michigan. If you can't bear to laugh, check out this hilarious video spoof from The Onion: Romney really had to win Michigan to stay in this race but the longer it goes for the Republicans the more...Read More


"Biblical law" isn't a figure of speech to Huckabee

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2008 | 8:19 PM | comments

From a "political rally" in Michigan: That's right, folks, the Constitution doesn't matter to Mike Huckabee. Time to impose one religion on everyone else. Line the sluts, queers, and anyone else Huck decides he doesn't like up for stoning. I...Read More


King's vision of healing injustice

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Many people working for justice today stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr. However, King’s vision of justice is often gravely limited and misunderstood. Too many people thought then, and continue to think, that King's statements regarding justice...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


Waterboarding - Romney's New Olympic Sport

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 15, 2008 | 12:05 PM | comments

I just read an article on Raw Story about Mitt Romney's refusal to classify waterboarding as torture. No, it's not torture. It's a new Olympic sport. Why, it's so much fun, you might want to take a class and learn...Read More


Waterboarding - Romney's New Olympic Sport

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 15, 2008 | 12:05 PM | comments

I just read an article on Raw Story about Mitt Romney's refusal to classify waterboarding as torture. No, it's not torture. It's a new Olympic sport. Why, it's so much fun, you might want to take a class and learn...Read More


Health care, schmealth care: What the candidates are getting for themselves

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2008 | 10:57 AM | comments

NPR has a great report up about the presidential candidates' and their personal health insurance. Interesting, as we can tell about people's values from the space between what they tell others to put up with and what they get for...Read More


Ultra K, Back In Play

Filed by Storm Bear | January 15, 2008 | 9:07 AM | comments

click to enlarge The corporate overlords back in the Star Chambers of MSNBC must not be happy with a new ruling from Judge Thompson of Nevada, denying MSNBC the right to ban Dennis Kucinich from the Democratic debate. NBC...Read More


Surprise, Surprise: A Voting Miscount in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 15, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

[UPDATED AT THE END] But it’s a good one this time. The Florida Secretary of State announced Monday that Florida4Marriage, the ridiculously named, Republican-money backed group behind the so-called “marriage protection” amendment, has fallen over 20,000 signatures short of the...Read More


Don’t Stereotype Me, Bro!

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 14, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

I’ve had it. And the 2008 election system has just started. According to the pollsters, I am one of those “older female voters” who can be counted on to support Hillary Clinton because, after all, we’re so much alike. We...Read More


DNC Not Being Straight On 700 Club Interview

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 14, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

That is a question that has to be asked as the controversy continues over Howard Dean's interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network for The 700 Club in 2006 in which he says that Democrats have much in common with evangelicals...Read More


The Doma Difference

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 14, 2008 | 2:04 PM | comments

In many ways, when it comes to the presidential primaries, I feel like I "don't have a dog in this fight." But it's interesting to me that some people are already declaring the Democratic primaries a two person race. And,...Read More


The Doma Difference

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 14, 2008 | 2:04 PM | comments

In many ways, when it comes to the presidential primaries, I feel like I "don't have a dog in this fight." But it's interesting to me that some people are already declaring the Democratic primaries a two person race. And,...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


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


Hate in the Sunshine State

Filed by Cathy Renna | January 14, 2008 | 11:59 AM | comments

In the 2004 election cycle, the LGBT community learned some very hard lessons. Lessons about loyalty and the lack thereof – can you hear me John Kerry? Lessons about blame and scapegoating – scores of anti-gay initiatives that focused on...Read More


Why are we blocking the Strait of Hormuz?

Filed by Storm Bear | January 14, 2008 | 11:35 AM | comments

click to enlarge As any sailor will tell you, deploying a naval battle group into a small body off water like the Persian Gulf is difficult, when you drop three or four battle groups in there, it becomes insane....Read More


IN-07: There's something shady going on

Filed by Bil Browning | January 14, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Some of the events surrounding Saturday's special Democratic caucus to elect the candidate for Indiana's 7th Congressional District seat after the death of Rep. Julia Carson seem a little off. Julia's grandson, Andre Carson, won the 8-way election on the...Read More


Is America Ready for This Nutcracker?

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 13, 2008 | 4:10 PM | comments

That’s it. I have decided who to support, who I want to be President. In the 1970’s, I remember the rhetoric against the Equal Rights Amendment. Men in women’s bathrooms. Shared showers in schools. Horror of all horrors, men would...Read More


Cans of Worms at the Polls

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 13, 2008 | 3:26 PM | comments

Many of us know in our hearts that this Presidential election will be a series of procedural nightmares. Fatal weaknesses in our voting system will be exposed -- and exploited by some -- as never before. The potential for throwing...Read More


Cans of Worms at the Polls

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 13, 2008 | 3:26 PM | comments

Many of us know in our hearts that this Presidential election will be a series of procedural nightmares. Fatal weaknesses in our voting system will be exposed -- and exploited by some -- as never before. The potential for throwing...Read More


Cans of Worms at the Polls

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 13, 2008 | 3:26 PM | comments

Many of us know in our hearts that this Presidential election will be a series of procedural nightmares. Fatal weaknesses in our voting system will be exposed -- and exploited by some -- as never before. The potential for throwing...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


Why Romney Looks So Robotic

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 13, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

He's really Bob Barker after a rejuvenation treatment gone horribly awry... But at least we know if Romney gets elected every pet in America will be spayed or neutered....Read More


Barack Obama in Nevada

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 13, 2008 | 2:25 PM | comments

Truer words were never spoken: There is nothing we cannot do. If you decide you want change, we will have change....Read More


Filing the edges off of racism

Filed by Pam Spaulding | January 13, 2008 | 12:59 PM | comments

I really can't say it any better than Portly Dyke over at Shakesville, so please go read her essay about how the desire to will away public expressions of racism, sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and homophobia, paired with desensitization have brought...Read More


Best Places to Work for LGBT People

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 13, 2008 | 9:25 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign has just released its 2008 list of Best Places to Work for LGBT People. 195 corporations were named to the list and will be able to use the 2008 "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality"...Read More


2008 Tragic, Fabulous and Hopefully Not Failures: Hillary and Britney

Filed by Bruce Parker | January 12, 2008 | 7:02 PM | comments

I LOVE THIS VIDEO! 2008 may very well be shaping up as the year of the tragic diva for me. I find myself falling into what I will call the Kelly k-hole, but this time it's even more insidious....Read More


Legalized Loan-sharking

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 12, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

The human face of all the devastation created by the credit industry is finally looming on the news. Yesterday, news media put the spotlight on Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson. His Honor is mad as hell at what home foreclosures and...Read More


Is the Military Bending the Rules on Gay Soldiers?

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 12, 2008 | 9:35 AM | comments

Gays in the military is one of the hottest topics among LGBT issues right now. This increased visibility is due in no small part to the work fantastic work of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and its communications director Steve Ralls....Read More


The next Indiana Congressperson

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2008 | 7:45 AM | comments

The Democrats are meeting today to pick our choice to run in the special election to replace recently passed Congresswoman Julia Carson (IN-7). The Republicans will be meeting tomorrow. Ellen Andersen, Jerame Davis and I will all be attending and...Read More


HIV positions of Presidential contenders?

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | January 11, 2008 | 7:35 PM | comments

Recently the Gay Men’s Health Crisis unveiled a new report analyzing the positions on HIV/AIDS of all the presidential candidates. Here is a brief summary written by my awesome intern Alex Boskovich. I think you will find it interesting....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


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


Open Comment to Barack Obama on Religious Tolerance

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 11, 2008 | 4:39 PM | comments

Dear Mr. Obama, In 2006 you made a speech at the Call to Renewal's "Building a Covenant for a New America" conference. The speech is often cited today as your position on religion in public life. I think it's great...Read More


Open Comment to Barack Obama on Religious Tolerance

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 11, 2008 | 4:39 PM | comments

Dear Mr. Obama, In 2006 you made a speech at the Call to Renewal's "Building a Covenant for a New America" conference. The speech is often cited today as your position on religion in public life. I think it's great...Read More


I still have a dream and Hillary ain’t in it.

Filed by Storm Bear | January 11, 2008 | 9:53 AM | comments

click to enlarge Many in the blogosphere just simply do not believe someone would say... I can’t believe we have to vote for Hillary to keep the nigger out of the White House. But that is the reality of...Read More


Guantanamo Bay: Against the tenets of democracy

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 11, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] In solidarity with the ACLU, we've turned the blog orange today to protest the 6th anniversary of the first detainees arriving at Guantanamo Bay. This guest post is from Jenny Egan, Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU's National Security...Read More


Ask Darren

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 11, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's blog, Frontlines, invites Bilerico Project readers to submit questions for Army Sergeant Darren Manzella. SLDN will send a selection of questions submitted directly to Darren, and he will respond next week. We'll post the answers...Read More


Ask Darren

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 11, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's blog, Frontlines, invites Bilerico Project readers to submit questions for Army Sergeant Darren Manzella. SLDN will send a selection of questions submitted directly to Darren, and he will respond next week. We'll post the answers...Read More


Ron Paul: Libertarians can't be racist, but they can be insane

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2008 | 7:44 AM | comments

He's got to be kidding, but he just isn't: Ron Paul was on CNN yesterday talking about those newsletters. He's still denying that he wrote them and says that no one ever heard him say stuff like that as evidence...Read More


Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Accepts HRC Grant

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 10, 2008 | 10:48 PM | comments

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTCP) announced today: MTPC is buttressed by milestone grants, including a $25,000 Civic Engagement Grant from Boston Foundation and $25,000 total in four phases from Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), including $10,000 immediately as a...Read More


Irreplaceable: Three Days with Darren & His Mom

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 10, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

For the past three days, I've had the privilege of spending time with Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, the openly gay medic who recently came out on 60 Minutes, and his amazing mother, Nancy. Darren and his mom (pictured, below) came...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


Queers and Immigration Reform: Where Do We Stand?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 10, 2008 | 5:24 PM | comments

On January 8, The Washington Times reported that Mike Huckabee supported amending the constitution so that children born in the US to “illegal aliens” could not automatically become American citizens. On January 9, the same paper reported Huckabee’s denial that...Read More


Queers and Immigration Reform: Where Do We Stand?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 10, 2008 | 5:24 PM | comments

On January 8, The Washington Times reported that Mike Huckabee supported amending the constitution so that children born in the US to “illegal aliens” could not automatically become American citizens. On January 9, the same paper reported Huckabee’s denial that...Read More


Queers and Immigration Reform: Where Do We Stand?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 10, 2008 | 5:24 PM | comments

On January 8, The Washington Times reported that Mike Huckabee supported amending the constitution so that children born in the US to “illegal aliens” could not automatically become American citizens. On January 9, the same paper reported Huckabee’s denial that...Read More


Queers and Immigration Reform: Where Do We Stand?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 10, 2008 | 5:24 PM | comments

On January 8, The Washington Times reported that Mike Huckabee supported amending the constitution so that children born in the US to “illegal aliens” could not automatically become American citizens. On January 9, the same paper reported Huckabee’s denial that...Read More


How Can Non-Violent Activism Win?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 10, 2008 | 2:04 PM | comments

The thread on my "Chicago 10" item went to non-violent activism and how effective it might be today. We need to be clear on what makes non-violence such a devastating and successful strategy. I mean...how can non-violence win when a...Read More


PROOF: George W Bush Is An Anti-Semite!

Filed by Storm Bear | January 10, 2008 | 8:55 AM | comments

click to enlarge Before you get too wound up and think this is some Zionist rant, it is not. Keep reading... While we were watching the "crying card" being played out in New Hampshire, while we were listening to...Read More


Larry Craig's back in court

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

This is, like, so 2007. Larry Craig is appealing a ruling from October where a judge said his guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges was completely valid. His first argument is: The undercover police officer who busted U.S. Sen. Larry...Read More


Oh no! Mr. Bill!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2008 | 9:43 PM | comments

Bill Richardson is calling it quits. My source inside the campaign says Richardson will be officially dropping out of the presidential race tomorrow. While Lou Dobbs reported that Richardson was calling it quits, he retracted the statement and said they...Read More


LGBTs in Florida: A New Year for Political Change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 09, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It seems the current buzz word in politics this election cycle is change. Presidential candidates from both parties are rolling out the message of change and hope, energizing the electorate. The voter turnouts and new registrations across the country are...Read More


Epic misogyny

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary last night. Here's Chris Matthews this morning: She was falling behind in the polls that were released in the days leading up to the election by double digits, so this win has been...Read More


Epic misogyny

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary last night. Here's Chris Matthews this morning: She was falling behind in the polls that were released in the days leading up to the election by double digits, so this win has been...Read More


Ron Paul, Martin Luther King, and the space between

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2008 | 12:18 PM | comments

The Paul Campaign's response to his hateful newsletters is available: “The quotations in The New Republic article are not mine and do not represent what I believe or have ever believed. I have never uttered such words and denounce such...Read More


Hillary vs Obama: What’s Christian Fascist To Do?

Filed by Storm Bear | January 09, 2008 | 9:24 AM | comments

click to enlarge Sometimes when I walk down to the local redneck corner store, some of the things I hear from the patrons make me cringe. (I really need to STOP supporting the local economy if this is what...Read More


Election 2008 Seen From Election 1968

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 09, 2008 | 2:02 AM | comments

Today in Los Angeles I saw a screening of Brett Morgen's stunning documentary film "Chicago 10." As America barrels on towards the Presidential election, this film ought to be required viewing for every American voter. Especially those under 40, and...Read More


Thus spake Ron Paul

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 08, 2008 | 3:49 PM | comments

Or so it seems. The National Review The New Republic has hunted down some of Ron Paul's old newsletters (blogs before there were blogs... and some are still being published to this day). One, entitled Ron Paul's Freedom Report, was...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


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


Crazy Ron Paul supporters

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 08, 2008 | 10:35 AM | comments

I often wonder aloud here which candidate's supporters are crazier: the "He's the Second Coming" Obama supporters or the "Thou shalt not take His name in vain" Ron Paul supporters. And we have a winner: And it's the good kind...Read More


Weeping Hillary and the Progress of a Nation

Filed by Storm Bear | January 08, 2008 | 8:22 AM | comments

click to enlarge Was it the stress? Was it the impending doom? Was it a product of all those acting lessons? Regardless of the primary reason, Hillary got teary-eyed about America and what America has given her. This is...Read More


Smoke and Fire on LGBT Hiring

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 07, 2008 | 9:04 PM | comments

The day that Iowa’s primary results hit the news, another event almost got lost in the election uproar. The national unemployment rate has soared to a two-year high of 5 percent. Beyond what ENDA ought to be doing for us,...Read More


Why I Believe: Barack Obama For President

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 07, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

Let’s start with some basic, honest facts: I didn’t start out here. I had to reach this place, and I had to be shown the way. At the start of this Presidential campaign season, I was an ardent supporter of...Read More


Why I Believe: Barack Obama For President

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 07, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

Let’s start with some basic, honest facts: I didn’t start out here. I had to reach this place, and I had to be shown the way. At the start of this Presidential campaign season, I was an ardent supporter of...Read More


A small prediction

Filed by Bil Browning | January 07, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton teared up at a campaign stop today. By midnight tonight Barack Obama and John Edwards will both be bawling. Bill Richardson will pull out an old hanky and blow his nose into it loudly before putting it back...Read More


A small prediction

Filed by Bil Browning | January 07, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton teared up at a campaign stop today. By midnight tonight Barack Obama and John Edwards will both be bawling. Bill Richardson will pull out an old hanky and blow his nose into it loudly before putting it back...Read More


Loving Obama, and keeping my head

Filed by Andrea Hildebran | January 07, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

I replayed the Obama acceptance speech from Iowa yesterday and felt the excitement all over again. A progressive, someone of my generation being buoyed by a massive wave of support. Volunteers. Millions of dollars. Massive rallies. Dazzling press. Votes. Barack...Read More


New Jersey makes transgender inclusion unequivocal

Filed by Matt Foreman | January 07, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

By a 65-10 vote, the New Jersey Assembly today approved legislation making the state’s anti-bullying and hate crimes laws two of the strongest in the country by making transgender-inclusion unequivocal and significantly bolstering the two laws’ enforcement mechanisms. The National...Read More


May God Be Your Co-Parent...Or Else!

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 07, 2008 | 3:18 PM | comments

That's what I thought when I read about John and Cynthia Burke, after someone linked to the article in a comment on my post at Pam's. After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to...Read More


The Clinton campaign - is it circling the drain?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | January 07, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

She's got a big war chest, but it sounds like there is panic setting in Camp Hillary about South Carolina at this point -- the anonymous staffers are whispering. (The Politico): “It’s still possible to win or take a close...Read More


Clinton: Spiraling Downward

Filed by Storm Bear | January 07, 2008 | 1:14 PM | comments

click to enlarge What a mess for the Clinton campaign. Iowa was a total disaster for Hillary and she didn't need to expose herself in that way. A friend of mine over at If This Be Treason laid it...Read More


What do I need?

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 07, 2008 | 12:25 PM | comments

One of the striking images of Costa Rica was the poverty. And Costa Rica is wealthy by many standards, although they suffer a high inflation rate, and have had a struggling economy until recently. But they have a 96% literacy...Read More


My goofy tax form package and the "Marriage Protection Amendment" (SJR-7)

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 07, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Indiana General Assembly Member: I know you’re plenty busy with the property tax mess this short session, but I just got my State Income Tax booklet and am very confused. I hope you can help me. The tax instructions...Read More


Want to work for the next president?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | January 07, 2008 | 9:09 AM | comments

If you want to work for the next president, it’s time to dust off your resume. With the frontloaded primaries this year, we’ll probably know soon who the nominees for president of the United States will be, but that doesn’t...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


Meet Sergeant Manzella

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 06, 2008 | 3:40 PM | comments

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network invites Bilerico's DC-area readers to join us on Wednesday evening, January 9, for a special reception in Washington with Sergeant Darren Manzella, the openly gay medic recently featured on 60 Minutes. Sergeant Manzella will be joined...Read More


HIV Prevention Funding Cuts Make No Sense

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I think its fair to say that President Bush and members of Congress don't really give a damn about preventing HIV infections. How else would you explain six consecutive years of cuts to federal funding for HIV prevention programs? What's...Read More


The Double-Screw Is In: Ted Kennedy and Senate Dems Set To Wimp Out On ENDA

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 05, 2008 | 2:08 AM | comments

The Washington Blade is reporting that a spokesperson for Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy has said that he will push for passage in the Senate of the crippled, non-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which passed the House last November....Read More


The Double-Screw Is In: Ted Kennedy and Senate Dems Set To Wimp Out On ENDA

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 05, 2008 | 2:08 AM | comments

The Washington Blade is reporting that a spokesperson for Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy has said that he will push for passage in the Senate of the crippled, non-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which passed the House last November....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


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


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


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


Voting for Ourselves

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 04, 2008 | 5:31 PM | comments

Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, I've noticed posts on several of the blogs on my regular reading list with titles blaring "So-and-So for President" or "Why I'm Supporting Such-and-Such," followed by reasons why candidate This-and-That deserves even more...Read More


Colts' Coach Dungy bungles employment civil rights questions on HBO

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 04, 2008 | 4:31 PM | comments

Tony Dungy, in a recent interview on Bob Costas' NFL show on HBO, virtually announced how he has and/or plans to break several federal, state, and local civil rights laws regarding employees' rights to employment regardless of religion and sexual...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


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


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


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


Values Voting

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 04, 2008 | 2:19 PM | comments

With Mike Huckabee’s ascension to GOP front runner, the role of so-called “values voters” are once again at the forefront of media coverage. My disgust with this block of voters was challenged by one of these conservative evangelicals in a...Read More


Local LGBT Priorities for 2008

Filed by David Mariner | January 04, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

We spend a lot of time online talking about LGBT priorities at the federal level (ENDA, Hate Crimes, etc ...), but perhaps not as much time talking about LGBT priorities for our local communities. The District of Columbia's Offce of...Read More


When Even Romney Isn't "Right" Enough

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 04, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

When Mitt Romney becomes too liberal for the GOP base, you know it's time to worry. That's just what seems to be happening, though, among the fervent few in the Republican party who hold tight to the idea that the...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


Religious Right: Jesus has abandoned us!

Filed by Storm Bear | January 04, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge Yesterday I made some bold predictions. Let's see how I measured up... Prediction: Hillary - losses big. Reality: Right on target. Prediction: Obama - Finally learns that having a FIRM STANCE on issues is really audacious....Read More


Barack Obama Wins Iowa!

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 03, 2008 | 11:10 PM | comments

CNN is reporting that Barack Obama has won the Iowa caucuses with 37% of the vote. Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are in a neck and neck battle for second place. Just over half of Democratic caucus goers said change...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


Happy new year...!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | January 03, 2008 | 4:58 PM | comments

Happy 2008 to the Bilerico community!!! May it be a healthy, joyful, peaceful and prosperous year for all of us and our loved ones and allies. And may it bring to the White House a president courageous and determined enough...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


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


In search of the perfect candidate

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I just got off the phone with Indianapolis City-County Council minority leader Joanne Sanders. She confirmed to me that she is running for the open Congress seat caused by the passing of Congresswoman Julia Carson. She joins Andre Carson (Julia's...Read More


Soylent Red, White and Blue

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 03, 2008 | 12:33 PM | comments

Over New Year's, I had a sobering conversation with a retired friend who lives in Oklahoma. Sobering because, these days, it's a conversation that I find myself having more often with people my age. My friend is 67, and needs...Read More


Gay Discrimination Lawsuit Against DNC Moves Forward

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 03, 2008 | 11:28 AM | comments

A number of high-ranking DNC officials are starting off the new year with depositions in a discrimination lawsuit filed by former LGBT outreach director Donald Hitchcock. The lawsuit is the result of claims by Hitchcock that he was fired from...Read More


Riding the Democratic Donkey?

Filed by Jim Neal | January 03, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

A person with a wealth of experience as a Democratic insider recently told me that the political sophistication of black Americans underpinned the civil rights movement’s sensible decision to “ride the Democratic Donkey” toward securing freedoms for African Americans. I’ve...Read More


Obama on Marriage Equality

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 03, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

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Why Obama

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 03, 2008 | 9:50 AM | comments

I admit that this post is nothing more than a shameless attempt on my part to urge LGBT Americans to vote for Barack Obama for the presidency. For that, I do not apologize. On the Democratic side we have a...Read More


Equality cuts deeper than Huckabee's personal religious views?

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 03, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is by Brent Childers. Brent serves as executive director of Faith In America, a North Carolina-based organization that works to educate Americans about the harm caused by religion-based bigotry. GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in...Read More


Equality cuts deeper than Huckabee's personal religious views?

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 03, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is by Brent Childers. Brent serves as executive director of Faith In America, a North Carolina-based organization that works to educate Americans about the harm caused by religion-based bigotry. GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in...Read More


Iowa Caucus: Like Passing A Kidney Stone

Filed by Storm Bear | January 03, 2008 | 8:56 AM | comments

click to enlarge The day has come and I can't wait for it to be over. I have said this before but I think it needs repeating - Americans are so hungry for change in their government they somewhat...Read More


Susan Stanton: Americans “Not Ready” To Treat Transpeople As Equals

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 02, 2008 | 5:29 PM | comments

In an article published in Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times, Susan Stanton, who was fired last March from her job as City Manager of Largo, Florida shortly after she announced that would be beginning her transition from male to female, said...Read More


Susan Stanton: Americans “Not Ready” To Treat Transpeople As Equals

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 02, 2008 | 5:29 PM | comments

In an article published in Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times, Susan Stanton, who was fired last March from her job as City Manager of Largo, Florida shortly after she announced that would be beginning her transition from male to female, said...Read More


Happy New Year from Dobson

Filed by Storm Bear | January 01, 2008 | 7:37 AM | comments

click to enlarge It is amazing to me that TCD started publication in 2004, it seems just like yesterday but when you realize Bush was reelected in 2004, it seems like forever! This year we plan two new special...Read More