Politics: February 2008

Are We Doing Enough to Stop Bullying at School?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 29, 2008 | 8:58 PM | comments

When I entered Powell County High School in 1949, the boys called me "Nellie the Horse." Back in the day, "Nellie" was understood as a generic reference to horses, like the word "Fido" for dogs. But it was also a...Read More


Michael Bloomberg: King of the World

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 29, 2008 | 7:35 PM | comments

Big News: Michael Bloomberg will not run for President. Bigger News: I will not run for President either....Read More


Breaking up is hard to do

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 29, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

ABC news reported Tuesday that though New York state does not allow same-sex marriages, the courts are allowing the first gay divorce to proceed. (Technically, is this the first? Anybody know about the Massachusetts couple?) In what appears to be...Read More


Too Funny -- HRC Nominated for Pink Brick Award

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 29, 2008 | 12:35 PM | comments

I gotta say, there are moments when I really love our community. So much sass. So much, well, nominating the largest "LGBT" civil rights organization for San Francisco Pride's Pink Brick Award, intended to dishonor folks and organizations who set...Read More


Remembering a life and demanding change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 29, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Community leaders, family, friends, and LGBT activists gathered yeserday at an emotional vigil to honor the life of 17-year-old gay teenager, Simmie Williams Jr, at the spot where he was murdered last week in what many consider a hate-crime. Among...Read More


Remembering a life and demanding change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 29, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Community leaders, family, friends, and LGBT activists gathered yeserday at an emotional vigil to honor the life of 17-year-old gay teenager, Simmie Williams Jr, at the spot where he was murdered last week in what many consider a hate-crime. Among...Read More


Anything you can do, I can do better

Filed by Bil Browning | February 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

This was too funny not to share. Normally I'd save it for a You Gotta See This video, but it really made me laugh this morning so I thought I'd promote it to the main column. Doesn't it seem like...Read More


Nader: The Audacity of Ego

Filed by Storm Bear | February 29, 2008 | 8:12 AM | comments

click to enlarge Technorati Profile It takes a particularly high opinion of self to be Ralph Nader. A multiple-loser for the Presidency, he is at again with another political loser, Matt Gonzalez. Although he lead the San Francisco Board...Read More


Primary Questions

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 28, 2008 | 9:45 PM | comments

There was a time - not too many election cycles ago - when LGBT families were virtually invisible to politicians, and candidates sat in silence when it came time to speak out on issues important to our community or, even...Read More


Dancing backwards and in high heels

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 28, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

I had a friend tell me the other day, the reason why Obama doesn’t say anything about policy or program is because it’s so similar to Clinton’s it would be almost impossible to distinguish the two. So Clinton does all...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Dr. Aviva Nubel

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 28, 2008 | 5:04 PM | comments

Dr. Aviva Nubel returns to "The Rebecca Juro Show" to update us on new developments in her case. Dr. Nubel was forced to give up her license when a couple of selfish transwomen reported her to the New Jersey State...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Dr. Aviva Nubel

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 28, 2008 | 5:04 PM | comments

Dr. Aviva Nubel returns to "The Rebecca Juro Show" to update us on new developments in her case. Dr. Nubel was forced to give up her license when a couple of selfish transwomen reported her to the New Jersey State...Read More


Legacy Worries

Filed by Storm Bear | February 28, 2008 | 10:17 AM | comments

click to enlarge The Clintons, if anything, are complicated. Very complicated - sometimes seeming compassionate and sometimes appearing aloof and disconnected. I do think however the Clintons do care about the safety and well-being of America. Regardless of all...Read More


Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 28, 2008 | 9:38 AM | comments

[Editor's note:] The following letter was released by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to GLBT Americans. This letter follows the announcement that the Obama campaign will be taking out full page ads in GLBT newspapers in Ohio and Texas beginning...Read More


Valaida Snow: Black and queer in Nazi Germany?!

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 28, 2008 | 9:35 AM | comments

Missing from the annals of African American history and the history of Nazi Germany are the documented stories and struggles of African Americans, straight and "queer." Valaida Snow, captured in Nazi- occupied Copenhagen and interned in a concentration camp for...Read More


Update: Super Tuesday Problem Vote Count in California

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 27, 2008 | 5:20 PM | comments

Once in a while, the creaky system works -- and a loud uproar by angry voters gets a problem fixed overnight. Right after the California Democratic primary, I reported on a ballot-counting snafu in Los Angeles County that looked to...Read More


Update: Super Tuesday Problem Vote Count in California

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 27, 2008 | 5:20 PM | comments

Once in a while, the creaky system works -- and a loud uproar by angry voters gets a problem fixed overnight. Right after the California Democratic primary, I reported on a ballot-counting snafu in Los Angeles County that looked to...Read More


No Sex, Please. We're Parents.

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 27, 2008 | 4:01 PM | comments

First of all, this post is not what you think it's about. (Though I could write style-crampin' aspects of having an infant who doesn't sleep through the night yet. Suffice it to say that the spirit is willing but the...Read More


Sitting Shiva On She

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 27, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Don’t ask. I’m a 60 year old white woman with the last name Clinton. How do you think I feel? Please do not tell me your long night of the soul “Let this cup pass from me, Oprah” story about...Read More


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Forget

Filed by Eric Marcus | February 27, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

Back in the early 1990’s, the thought of a Clinton in the White House gave me the warm fuzzies. Bill Clinton was the first candidate for president to so openly embrace gay people and invite us to be a part...Read More


An Unsettling Trend of Anti-Gay Violence in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 27, 2008 | 11:23 AM | comments

I am very disturbed with the recent string of anti-gay crimes in Broward County, Florida, home of Fort Lauderdale. First, there was the senseless murder of 17 year-old Simmie Williams Jr, which Police are investigating as a possible hate crime...Read More


An Unsettling Trend of Anti-Gay Violence in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 27, 2008 | 11:23 AM | comments

I am very disturbed with the recent string of anti-gay crimes in Broward County, Florida, home of Fort Lauderdale. First, there was the senseless murder of 17 year-old Simmie Williams Jr, which Police are investigating as a possible hate crime...Read More


My Apology to Black Women for Gay America and Charles Knipp

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 27, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is from Jasmyne Cannick. At 30, Jasmyne Cannick is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who writes about the worlds of pop culture, race, class, sexuality, and politics as it relates to the...Read More


Hillary Takes Florida Nuclear

Filed by Storm Bear | February 27, 2008 | 12:03 AM | comments

click to enlarge From CNN: A failed switch and fire at an electrical substation outside Miami triggered widespread blackouts across Florida on Tuesday, cutting off power for nearly 1 million customers across most of the state, a utility executive...Read More


Live blogging The Ohio Debate

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 26, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

The liveblogging interface has been moved behind the jump. You can still read the entire liveblog back there - including all of the comments left by readers to help fill out the debate! Big thanks to everyone for joining us!...Read More


Tina Fey is a goddess and Mike Huckabee is truly hilarious

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 26, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I love Tina Fey. Her take on Hillary Clinton is exactly why I love her so... Mike Huckabee is milking his presidential bid for all it's worth. He scares me, but he really is a funny guy. Check out the...Read More


I'm Pissed Off

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 26, 2008 | 10:50 AM | comments

I'm not a happy camper this morning. A little after midnight EST I received a long distance phone call from a dear friend, who proceeded to shock me by revealing how despondent she was over some accumulated negativity in her...Read More


Three gay-friendly Republicans walk into a fundraiser...

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2008 | 10:35 AM | comments

Finding gay-friendly Republicans almost seems like a joke, doesn't it? The times, they are a changin'... Would you be surprised to know that Indiana's first openly gay elected official is a Republican? Terry Michael is the Hamilton County Fall Creek...Read More


Darren Manzella on Coming Out, Speaking Up... and Staying In

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 26, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

Many Bilerico readers have been closely following the story of Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, the openly gay Army medic who 'came out' in December during an interview with 60 Minutes. As we reported here on the site in late December,...Read More


Hillary Takes Heat off of McCain

Filed by Storm Bear | February 26, 2008 | 9:08 AM | comments

click to enlarge The antics of the Hillary campaign has easily distracted the media from talking about John McCain. Last night we all saw the photo of Obama with the traditional African garb (over khakis and a golf shirt)...Read More


Sexing up Hillary Clinton

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

This one ranks right up there with Republican operative Roger Stone's new 527 - Citizens United Not Timid. To quote Pam, "This sort of mind-numbing "He-Man Woman Haters Club" frat boy crotch-grabbing has been out of control this cycle." I...Read More


The Tide Is Turning

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 25, 2008 | 9:09 PM | comments

New York's Gay City News is reporting that over fifty people protested outside the Human Rights Campaign's annual Midtown Manhattan Dinner this Saturday, and that the event was snubbed by every single gay, lesbian, and bisexual elected official in New...Read More


The Tide Is Turning

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 25, 2008 | 9:09 PM | comments

New York's Gay City News is reporting that over fifty people protested outside the Human Rights Campaign's annual Midtown Manhattan Dinner this Saturday, and that the event was snubbed by every single gay, lesbian, and bisexual elected official in New...Read More


Is It Funny Because It Is True?

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 25, 2008 | 6:47 PM | comments

The clip below from Saturday night live had me laughing my a** off. I know that Hillary is taking a lot of hits for directing funders toward SNL as evidence that the media has been biased against her, but to...Read More


Out black candidates can bridge a divide

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | February 25, 2008 | 5:49 PM | comments

Enemies of the LGBT community have long sought to divide Americans for political gain. In recent years, they’ve worked hard to break up a progressive coalition that has included gay people and the African-American civil rights community. African-American gays and...Read More


Ralph Nader jumps in

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2008 | 3:29 PM | comments

I guess it was expected; Ralph Nader is running again, this time without the support of the Green Party like in 2004. I don't really know why, since there isn't much of a movement to back him, the grassroots is...Read More


Mary Ann Sullivan will replace Jon Elrod

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

Just in from the tip line... Mary Ann Sullivan will not be contested in the Democratic primary in May for Indiana House District 97. Sullivan was victorious at the Marion County Slating Convention on February 16. Sullivan has never held...Read More


Sex sells, corruption doesn't

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2008 | 12:22 PM | comments

I've been meaning to write something up about the McCain scandalage that broke in the NY Times this past week (as well as a few others that have been happening for some time before that), but I haven't really had...Read More


It’s Not The Issues, It’s Your God

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 25, 2008 | 11:48 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch The Democratic candidate for Indiana's 7th Congressional District is in law enforcement, sits on the City-County Council, and is the grandson of an Indiana political legend, Julia Carson. Andre Carson wants to end the Iraq...Read More


Pakistan Bans YouTube

Filed by Storm Bear | February 25, 2008 | 10:12 AM | comments

click to enlarge From CNN: Pakistan has become the latest country to block access to the video-sharing Web site YouTube on the grounds that one or more videos on the site offend Islam, authorities said Monday. The Pakistani government...Read More


Freeheld

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 25, 2008 | 12:54 AM | comments

I can count on one hand the times that an Oscar win caused me to jump up and down in the middle of my living room, out of excitement. And there are even fewer that have brought a tear to...Read More


Hillary Clinton makes fun of Barack Obama

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2008 | 9:24 PM | comments

I usually don't post on the tit-for-tat of this primary campaign, but this is not on the list of things I was expecting to see tonight. Not at all: iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


¿Quién es más sexist - Chris Matthews or Maureen Dowd?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2008 | 6:57 AM | comments

From Maureen Dowd today: And when historians trace how her inevitability dissolved, they will surely note this paradox: The first serious female candidate for president was rejected by voters drawn to the more feminine management style of her male rival....Read More


More on the Candidate Security Flap

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 23, 2008 | 8:42 PM | comments

Suspension of weapons security before the 2/20 Obama rally in Dallas, and allegations by Dallas police that the Secret Service allowed security to lapse, was briefly reported in mainstream media. But the story hasn't gotten explosive network attention. I first...Read More


More on the Candidate Security Flap

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 23, 2008 | 8:42 PM | comments

Suspension of weapons security before the 2/20 Obama rally in Dallas, and allegations by Dallas police that the Secret Service allowed security to lapse, was briefly reported in mainstream media. But the story hasn't gotten explosive network attention. I first...Read More


More on the Candidate Security Flap

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 23, 2008 | 8:42 PM | comments

Suspension of weapons security before the 2/20 Obama rally in Dallas, and allegations by Dallas police that the Secret Service allowed security to lapse, was briefly reported in mainstream media. But the story hasn't gotten explosive network attention. I first...Read More


Statement from Barack Obama on the death of Lawrence King

Filed by Bil Browning | February 23, 2008 | 7:15 PM | comments

Just in from the Obama campaign: “It was heartbreaking to learn about Lawrence King’s death, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. King’s senseless death is a tragic example of the corrosive effect that bigotry and fear...Read More


Chinatown & Cricket Will Save Indianapolis

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 23, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

Seriously. Greg Ballard, the "Accidental Mayor" of Indianapolis recently mused that creating a Chinatown and creating an international cricket tournament would be the magic touch needed to bring Indiana into the black and make us a world class city. So,...Read More


What Would You Do With $720,000,000?

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 23, 2008 | 1:28 PM | comments

$720,000,0000 is being spent every single day on the war in Iraq. This fantastic video from the American Friends Services Committee offers a range of options for how that money can be better spent. If you could decide how that...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 23: Former State Senator Chuck Allen

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 23, 2008 | 10:18 AM | comments

(1953-2008) Contributor Note: The following article was written by Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent. State Senator Chuck Allen was not publicly out during his years in elective office but actually came out to his family at the age...Read More


Campaign Security: WHAT were they thinking?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 22, 2008 | 8:23 PM | comments

I'm still reeling at the breaking news that the U.S. Secret Service called off routine weapons security during Obama's visit in Dallas. According to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: "Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons...Read More


Campaign Security: WHAT were they thinking?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 22, 2008 | 8:23 PM | comments

I'm still reeling at the breaking news that the U.S. Secret Service called off routine weapons security during Obama's visit in Dallas. According to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: "Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons...Read More


Campaign Security: WHAT were they thinking?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 22, 2008 | 8:23 PM | comments

I'm still reeling at the breaking news that the U.S. Secret Service called off routine weapons security during Obama's visit in Dallas. According to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram: "Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons...Read More


Hate Crimes Laws-Needed and Necessary

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 22, 2008 | 5:11 PM | comments

One of the things that irritates me is when somebody on the GLBT side of the equation (usually white) starts making these BS arguments that hate crimes laws aren't needed, are a waste of time or they start echoing the...Read More


Hate Crimes Laws-Needed and Necessary

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 22, 2008 | 5:11 PM | comments

One of the things that irritates me is when somebody on the GLBT side of the equation (usually white) starts making these BS arguments that hate crimes laws aren't needed, are a waste of time or they start echoing the...Read More


Educational Initiative, Charlotte, NC

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 22, 2008 | 3:08 PM | comments

[Editor's note: This guest post is from Monica Helms, president of the Transgender American Veterans Association.] Since this article will find its way to various non-trans-specific blogs, I should begin with describing what an Educational Initiative is and a little...Read More


Perils of Being a Jew

Filed by Storm Bear | February 22, 2008 | 8:54 AM | comments

click to enlarge A good friend of mine was telling me a story about some new people he met recently - he was the first Jew they had ever met. In their curiosity, they had a laundry list of...Read More


Live Blogging The CNN Debates

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 21, 2008 | 8:07 PM | comments

I'm Live blogging the CNN Debates under the cut......Read More


Israeli lawmaker: Homosexual activity causes earthquakes

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 21, 2008 | 8:03 PM | comments

Every time I think the homophobes here have cornered the mark on complete batsh*ttery, here comes something out of left field from the international set. Let's examine the wisdom of Knesset Member Shlomo Benizri....Read More


Of course...

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 21, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

they won't deny it, now will they? McCain's official response to the story does not even deny he had an affair with her. I bet it kept the lawyers up all night to come up with this one:...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 21, 2008 | 5:47 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! Obama's surging...he's now won ten in a row! Is Hillary finished? We'll get into that and...Read More


Transwomen of Color Testify to the UN on Racism in the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Right now, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Switzerland -- and two Bay Area activists are there to advocate for the rights of transwomen of color in the U.S. Miss Major and Melenie...Read More


Transwomen of Color Testify to the UN on Racism in the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Right now, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Switzerland -- and two Bay Area activists are there to advocate for the rights of transwomen of color in the U.S. Miss Major and Melenie...Read More


Indiana Equality Forum

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night I attended a forum sponsored by Indiana Equality. The forum featured the three candidates (Andre Carson (D), Jon Elrod (R). and Sean Shepard (L)) running in the March 11, 2008 special election. This election will decide who will...Read More


Despair, stereotyping, barebacking, and pizza in the belle ville of St. Etienne

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2008 | 11:51 AM | comments

One of the most persistent questions I get asked here in France is "What are the big differences between the US and France?" I also get asked that in America, but I'm here right now so I'm thinking about it...Read More


Nancy boys who live in glass houses...

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2008 | 8:32 AM | comments

Tim Gunn thinks Hillary Clinton is suffering from gender confusion (about 5:50 in): iPhone users: Click to watch What's also interesting is that of the three politicians whose fashion he and Conan commented on, two were women. That makes sense...Read More


John McCain off the ballot in Indiana?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 20, 2008 | 11:25 PM | comments

Fellow Hoosier blogger Thomas Cook from Blue Indiana may have an effect on the presidential election. In Indiana a presidential candidate has to get 500 signatures from each congressional district to qualify for the ballot. Thomas did some quick checking...Read More


Superhighway to an American Hell

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 20, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Last night CNN was asking viewers whether the Presidential candidates should be pressed for their positions on the Trans Texas Corridor. I say yes. I want to know Obama's and Clinton's position on this giant construction project that has hardly...Read More


Superhighway to an American Hell

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 20, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Last night CNN was asking viewers whether the Presidential candidates should be pressed for their positions on the Trans Texas Corridor. I say yes. I want to know Obama's and Clinton's position on this giant construction project that has hardly...Read More


Superhighway to an American Hell

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 20, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Last night CNN was asking viewers whether the Presidential candidates should be pressed for their positions on the Trans Texas Corridor. I say yes. I want to know Obama's and Clinton's position on this giant construction project that has hardly...Read More


Superhighway to an American Hell

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 20, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Last night CNN was asking viewers whether the Presidential candidates should be pressed for their positions on the Trans Texas Corridor. I say yes. I want to know Obama's and Clinton's position on this giant construction project that has hardly...Read More


New Jersey Proves Civil Unions Don't Work

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 20, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

New Jersey has been of the state's at the forefront of the fight for marriage rights for same-sex couples. Much credit for that goes to Garden State Equality, a statewide organization fighting for GLBT civil rights. Jay Lassiter of Blue...Read More


The legitimate votes

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2008 | 2:03 PM | comments

Apparently, it's not just white women and black men who are dealing with identity politics in this presidential race: Working-class white men make up nearly one-quarter of the electorate, outnumbering African-American and Hispanic voters combined. As the Democratic primary race...Read More


IN-07 debate tonight

Filed by Bil Browning | February 20, 2008 | 1:08 PM | comments

Indiana Equality and several national LGBT organizations have announced they will host a public forum featuring the three candidates running in the March 11, 2008 special election. The forum will take place at 7:00 PM tonight at Jesus Metropolitan Community...Read More


The Obama plagiarism flap and my unmatched sock

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 20, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an unabashed Barack Obama supporter, although I have not before this joined any of my fellow TBP contributors in announcing a preference in the current race. Having said that, I want to...Read More


The Obama plagiarism flap and my unmatched sock

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 20, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an unabashed Barack Obama supporter, although I have not before this joined any of my fellow TBP contributors in announcing a preference in the current race. Having said that, I want to...Read More


Project launched to place LGBT professionals in the next presidential administration

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | February 20, 2008 | 10:15 AM | comments

The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, along with partners including HRC, the Task Force and Stonewall Democrats, today launched a community-wide effort to make sure openly LGBT professionals have a shot at the thousands of presidential appointments that will fill...Read More


But she has momentum!

Filed by Storm Bear | February 20, 2008 | 9:54 AM | comments

click to enlarge No, I am not calling for Hillary to quit, I am not calling for Hillary to give it up and endorse Obama, but I would like her to show that, she too, can change course, change...Read More


When the Best Just Isn't Enough: Hillary Clinton

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 20, 2008 | 8:03 AM | comments

I have said it before and I will say it again, Barack Obama is pretty fucking impressive. I am not one of the folks who will critique him as being all style and no substance. On some level, when he...Read More


CA: Vigils for Lawrence King

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 19, 2008 | 6:22 PM | comments

Several vigils are being held throughout California for Lawrence King, the gender-nonconforming teenager who was shot and killed in Oxnard last week. Details after the jump....Read More


Gender and the Holy Protestant Empire

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 19, 2008 | 5:13 PM | comments

While the ENDA uproar goes on, evangelicals are desperately figuring out how to wrap the Bible around their vehement "no" on civil rights for people with gender issues. A recent article in Christianity Today lays out their developing position. Author...Read More


Gender and the Holy Protestant Empire

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 19, 2008 | 5:13 PM | comments

While the ENDA uproar goes on, evangelicals are desperately figuring out how to wrap the Bible around their vehement "no" on civil rights for people with gender issues. A recent article in Christianity Today lays out their developing position. Author...Read More


Connecticut lawmaker becomes nation's first out African American state legislator

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | February 19, 2008 | 3:26 PM | comments

State Rep. Jason Bartlett has had quite a morning. He's already given multiple interviews to state press and says the congratulatory e-mails are starting to roll in. Jason came out to his local paper this morning, making him the first...Read More


Repackaging racism

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 19, 2008 | 1:53 PM | comments

The Nation has a great article up about the rise of the international Religious Right movement. It's been fomenting for several years now, and I'm sure we're all familiar with the rhetoric that Europe is dying because of women's rights...Read More


Montana: homo-hysteric prank by GOP congressman

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 19, 2008 | 10:48 AM | comments

With our Frat Boy-In-Chief setting the standard for jackassery in public office, it's not a shock to hear what passes for humor in the mind of Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT). Look at this knee-slapper: On a congressional trip to the...Read More


On Congressional candidates and fundraisers

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2008 | 10:45 AM | comments

Saturday night I attended a fundraiser for a local LGBT organization that was held at the home of former Indianapolis Councilor Scott Keller. Scott has done these fundraisers for the past three years and each time the list of prominent...Read More


Indiana law professors flunk proposed "marriage protection amendment"

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 19, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

For those of you who have an interest in Indiana GLBT topics, either because you are a resident or because you have another Hoosier connection, Bil and Jerame are in the process of bringing up a special corner of The...Read More


There is no Regime Change with Dynasties

Filed by Storm Bear | February 19, 2008 | 8:59 AM | comments

click to enlarge Just get ready to fire up your email client and send me some hate mail, but I can't get all worked up over the retirement of Fidel Castro. I hope for many things - the birth...Read More


56 Hoosier Law Professors Flunk SJR7

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 19, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Fifty-six law professors at three Indiana law schools (IU Bloomington and Indianapolis, and Valparaiso) have signed a letter to the Indiana General Assembly deeply critical of SJR7, the proposed "Marriage Protection Amendment" to the Indiana Constitution. You can read it...Read More


Texas Primary Primer

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 19, 2008 | 4:24 AM | comments

In a few hours the polls will open in Wisconsin, Hawaii and Texas for the next round in the Democratic nomination battle between Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama. Texas? Yep. Election day may officially be March 4, but my home...Read More


20+ campaign slogan ideas for John McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 18, 2008 | 7:20 PM | comments

I posted this on my DKos diary this morning and it got quite a response, so I thought I'd share. Yes, this is hyper-partisan McCain bashing. Enjoy! John McCain 2008 - Change is scary John McCain 2008 - Because the...Read More


Cleaning up afterwards

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2008 | 6:41 PM | comments

My street was full of cop cars, ambulances and a fire truck again today. The city's crime wave has touched our block yet again. From what the neighbors tell me, this time a couple of guys tried to steal a...Read More


300 Rally for Equality

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 18, 2008 | 3:25 PM | comments

Equality IS a Hoosier Value and today at the Indiana Statehouse, 300 LGBT Hoosiers and their supporters made that message ring loud and clear. From the Indianapolis Star: About 300 Hoosiers rallied at the Statehouse today to urge the defeat...Read More


Weekend at Bernie's wasn't a very good movie

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I hesitated to post this because I'd already reported on it. Now that everyone else - including the Indianapolis Star - has said the same damn thing, would everyone please get off my back for saying it weeks ago? Indiana's...Read More


Hope....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 18, 2008 | 11:55 AM | comments

My dad plopped a folded section of the Sunday paper in front of me. "This should make you feel better," he said. And he was right. While no demonstration after the fact can bring Lawrence King back to life, this...Read More


I want a President

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2008 | 10:09 AM | comments

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Liberal pr0n

Filed by Storm Bear | February 18, 2008 | 9:42 AM | comments

click to enlarge Kids today! So there I was writing a college paper on Jesse Jackson and one of my sources was Jackson's Playboy interview (June, 1984). I was half way through my paper when the binder I had...Read More


Is Obama Gay for Edwards?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 17, 2008 | 8:31 PM | comments

Apparantly, Barack Obama has been making secret trips to visit his friend John Edwards in North Carolina. Barack Obama sneaked down to North Carolina Sunday and met with former rival John Edwards, who has yet to make an endorsement in...Read More


Is Obama Gay for Edwards?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 17, 2008 | 8:31 PM | comments

Apparantly, Barack Obama has been making secret trips to visit his friend John Edwards in North Carolina. Barack Obama sneaked down to North Carolina Sunday and met with former rival John Edwards, who has yet to make an endorsement in...Read More


Arizona Legislators Propose Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 17, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last week, Republicans in the Arizona legislature introduced a bill that would define marriage as being "between one man and one woman." How silly is that, seeing as Arizona already has a law that prohibits same-sex marriage? I thought that...Read More


Update on homophobic Von’s petitioner….

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 16, 2008 | 5:48 PM | comments

The same right-wing religious, homophobic, anti-Democratic activist had his table set up in front of my local Von’s again today. Sadly, a man and women looking to be in their early 50’s were avidly perusing and signing his petitions as...Read More


What's wrong with Elaine Chao?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 16, 2008 | 4:29 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Michael Whitney of American Rights at Work. Brownie, Rummy, Wolfie, and Alberto - all incompetent Bush appointees, none of whom enjoy taxpayer-funded jobs anymore. When the public heard about their wrongdoings,...Read More


What's wrong with Elaine Chao?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 16, 2008 | 4:29 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Michael Whitney of American Rights at Work. Brownie, Rummy, Wolfie, and Alberto - all incompetent Bush appointees, none of whom enjoy taxpayer-funded jobs anymore. When the public heard about their wrongdoings,...Read More


No "endorsement" here

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 16, 2008 | 2:25 PM | comments

I think it's kind of funny how bloggers, both left and right, debate if it's appropriate for bloggers to "endorse" candidates. I can't imagine making a decision based on which candidate this blogger or that blogger "endorsed." I could tell...Read More


When all else fails, go negative

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2008 | 2:12 PM | comments

You would think that after losing the last primaries/caucuses, that Hillary Clinton would be focused on explaining her vision for the country to voters in the upcoming primaries. And you would be wrong. iPhone users: Click to watch There have...Read More


Update on Oxnard shooting....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 15, 2008 | 12:55 PM | comments

Even though law enforcement officials are refusing to comment or give details, it's looking like they will charge 14-year-old Brandon McInerney, who shot and killed eighth-grader, Larry King, 15, (pictured above) this past week at an Oxnard middle school,...Read More


Back To Oz

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 15, 2008 | 11:06 AM | comments

I really do hesitate to even write this post, as the topic is a rehash of one of the ugliest times for GLBT unity I've ever seen. But recently Matt Foreman said the following on the Michelangelo Signorile Show...Read More


Homosex, retroactive immunity, and the Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2008 | 9:53 AM | comments

Mike posted about the Senate Ethics Committee's formal admonishment of Larry Craig yesterday. But I wanted to focus a bit more on this part: “We consider your attempt to withdraw your guilty plea to be an attempt to evade the...Read More


Colorado couple goes to court

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 15, 2008 | 8:59 AM | comments

Remember Kate Burns and Sheila Schroeder, the couple who staged a sit-in at their county clerk's office when they were refused a marriage license? This week, they were in court on the trespassing charge stemming from their sit-in and to...Read More


Colorado couple goes to court

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 15, 2008 | 8:59 AM | comments

Remember Kate Burns and Sheila Schroeder, the couple who staged a sit-in at their county clerk's office when they were refused a marriage license? This week, they were in court on the trespassing charge stemming from their sit-in and to...Read More


FISA Fallout

Filed by Storm Bear | February 15, 2008 | 8:33 AM | comments

click to enlarge I must say, I have to giggle at the utter silliness of the GOP these days. Yesterday was a prime example of their staged fake rage. During the FISA fracas, the House Republicans got up and...Read More


Broward County Gender Identity Ordinance

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 14, 2008 | 7:23 PM | comments

Waymon has already posted about the great news coming out of Broward county earlier this week. I just wanted to take a moment to link to an article and video featuring one of the local organizers in Florida named Tobias...Read More


Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2008 | 6:48 PM | comments

We know by now that Valentine's day, like the concept of romantic love as the highest form of affection, is a modern invention. The language of romantic love is all around us, even after the 14th of February, and it...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Vanessa Edwards-Foster

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 14, 2008 | 6:03 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be activist, blogger, and former Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, Vanessa Edwards Foster. Vanessa's been a respected leader in the LGBT and transgender rights movement for many years, and since leaving the reins of...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Vanessa Edwards-Foster

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 14, 2008 | 6:03 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be activist, blogger, and former Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, Vanessa Edwards Foster. Vanessa's been a respected leader in the LGBT and transgender rights movement for many years, and since leaving the reins of...Read More


A Love That Knows No Bounds

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 14, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

On this Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving (1942- ) who I am honoring as...Read More


Senate committee attacks gay man, leave hetero alone...

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 14, 2008 | 12:04 PM | comments

So, what Larry Craig did brought discredit upon the Senate? I don't disagree with that. The question I would like to have answered is "Why are you letting Vitter off the hook?" Apparently, the Senate is OK with paid female...Read More


R.I.P.

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 13, 2008 | 11:40 PM | comments

Lawrence King, the eighth-grade boy was shot and wounded by a classmate at E.O. Green School in Oxnard Tuesday, has been pronounced brain dead, authorities said this afternoon. Oxnard police released a statement this afternoon saying King had died....Read More


A Call to "Universal Marriage"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 13, 2008 | 5:27 PM | comments

As I said in my recent post "Gender, Gay Marriage and Galileo" -- we have to get past the mental obstacle that marriage is for specifed categories of people. We have to stop tying it to notions of gender or...Read More


A Call to "Universal Marriage"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 13, 2008 | 5:27 PM | comments

As I said in my recent post "Gender, Gay Marriage and Galileo" -- we have to get past the mental obstacle that marriage is for specifed categories of people. We have to stop tying it to notions of gender or...Read More


A Call to "Universal Marriage"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 13, 2008 | 5:27 PM | comments

As I said in my recent post "Gender, Gay Marriage and Galileo" -- we have to get past the mental obstacle that marriage is for specifed categories of people. We have to stop tying it to notions of gender or...Read More


Deadly Anti-Gay Attack in Jamaica Spurs Protests

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 13, 2008 | 4:06 PM | comments

Another deadly anti-gay attack has occurred in Jamaica. The Jan. 29th attack left one man dead and two men seriously injured with machete wounds. The surviving men have said that a group of men came to their house in Mandeville,...Read More


Florida’s Broward County Passes Trans Protections

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 13, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

Transgender and gender-non-conforming residents of Broward County, Florida, are now protected from discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public venues, such as restaurants and hospitals. Broward, home of Fort Lauderdale, becomes the largest Florida community to outlaw transgender discrimination and...Read More


Arizona bigots seek another marriage amendment vote

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 13, 2008 | 11:16 AM | comments

"I believe that the institution of marriage should be reserved for the union of one man and one woman, said Sen. McCain. The Protect Marriage Arizona Amendment would allow the people of Arizona to decide on the definition of...Read More


Feminists 1, Biblethumpers 0

Filed by Storm Bear | February 13, 2008 | 10:14 AM | comments

click to enlarge When I was growing up in an evangelical family, there was a lot of bullshit in terms of what I had to believe. These days, the BS evangelicals must swallow is a lot higher, wider and...Read More


Who wants to file taxes anyway?

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 12, 2008 | 6:01 PM | comments

Taxes. Who doesn't hate them? Even as an unabashed Liberal (note the capital L) I hate taxes. Unlike Republicans, I understand they are a necessary evil that keeps our democracy running and capable of dealing with everything life throws at...Read More


Obama is on the ‘down low’ with the LGBTQ community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 12, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

Obama has “barack the vote” by getting disinterested and disenfranchised Americans involved in his campaign for the presidential bid. His promise to cease partisan politics and the old beltway boys’ bickering has not only raised the hope of the American...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 12: Regina Shavers

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 12, 2008 | 12:59 PM | comments

Transitioned January 29, 2008 Regina Shavers founded the GRIOT Circle, "an intergenerational and culturally diverse community-based social service organization responsive to the realities of older lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, two-spirit and transgender people (LGBTST) of all colors." Regina Shavers had...Read More


Is it any wonder?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2008 | 12:36 PM | comments

Are you surprised that women keep telling pollsters that they're voting for Hillary even though they agree with Obama more on the issues? One look at this t-shirt outta tell you why... Another sexist example after the jump courtesy of...Read More


Obama Musings

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 11, 2008 | 5:52 PM | comments

I originally posted this to TransGriot, but I decided I needed to share this with Bilerico readers as well. As an Obama supporter, I was ecstatic about the weekend sweep of primaries and caucuses held in Louisiana, Washington, and Nebraska...Read More


Obama Musings

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 11, 2008 | 5:52 PM | comments

I originally posted this to TransGriot, but I decided I needed to share this with Bilerico readers as well. As an Obama supporter, I was ecstatic about the weekend sweep of primaries and caucuses held in Louisiana, Washington, and Nebraska...Read More


Hillary Clinton's interview with the Washington Blade

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 11, 2008 | 1:39 PM | comments

Clinton just did an interview with Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff to clarify some of her positions on LGBT issues. They discussed the usual laundry list of legislation and a little bit more. First on her noted position that only...Read More


John McCain Is Ready For His Gay Moment

Filed by Storm Bear | February 11, 2008 | 10:36 AM | comments

click to enlarge George W. Bush, in essence, chose his successor for the White House and it was John McCain. Nauseating? You betcha. But this is not the first incident of Bush/McCain love. After McCain capitulated to Bush in...Read More


Transgender Woman wins Election in Tennessee

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 11, 2008 | 9:54 AM | comments

Marisa Richmond has become Tennessee’s first openly transgender person to win an election in the history of the state. Richmond won over 99% of the vote to become the Davidson County Democratic Committeewoman to represent District 23. She is also...Read More


“God wouldn’t create somethin’ less than perfect, now, would He?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 10, 2008 | 9:32 PM | comments

The words above, uttered in a Southern Californian drawl by the large woman cutting my hair as we chit-chatted about baldness—of all things!—caught my attention and hit me harder than anything has so far. I’m no longer in the...Read More


Black LGBT History: The Black Panthers on Gay Rights

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 10, 2008 | 8:32 AM | comments

I'm a big fan of The Black Panthers. If I had been around in the 60's, I would have been a Panther. (Or so I like to think.) Many people like to criticize the Black Panthers by saying that they...Read More


Obama in a Three State Sweep

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 09, 2008 | 11:45 PM | comments

Obama wins, decidedly, in all three states today. Huckabee is WINNING in Louisiana and Nebraska. Folks? I'm beyond concerned for my country. Listen, I can live with Obama, no question. But Obama versus Huckabee? What does that say? What kinds...Read More


Black History Month: Remembering Slave Rebellions

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 09, 2008 | 10:52 AM | comments

I have been enjoying all of the posts so far about Black History Month. And true to my "militant" nature, I wanted to share a little bit about the numerous slave rebellions that took place during the slavery era. Slave...Read More


DOJ Allows Gay Pride on Property

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 09, 2008 | 9:34 AM | comments

The Department of Justice has now ended a five year old policy of denying the LGBT employee group, DOJ Pride, the same privileges it offers other minority groups. Justice Department workers had celebrated Pride in the Great Hall of DOJ...Read More


Katrina on the Potomac

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 08, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

There are natural disasters and man-made disasters. There are those who look upon the aftermath of disaster and see things as they should be. We call them conservatives. As I write this, the seeds of disaster and an aftermath of...Read More


Katrina on the Potomac

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 08, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

There are natural disasters and man-made disasters. There are those who look upon the aftermath of disaster and see things as they should be. We call them conservatives. As I write this, the seeds of disaster and an aftermath of...Read More


Katrina on the Potomac

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 08, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

There are natural disasters and man-made disasters. There are those who look upon the aftermath of disaster and see things as they should be. We call them conservatives. As I write this, the seeds of disaster and an aftermath of...Read More


God Picks McCain

Filed by Storm Bear | February 08, 2008 | 9:18 AM | comments

click to enlarge I must admit I was a tad surprised that Mitt Romney pulled out of the race. I at least expected him to go another week before wimping out. All of those millions gone and for what?...Read More


Hillary Talk, Not Gender Talk, Not Frank Talk

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 08, 2008 | 7:54 AM | comments

In the past week or so I've noticed increasing heat (see also: infighting) from the supporters in the GLBT Clinton camp. Tuesday they pointed towards Hillary Clinton's "fully inclusive" ENDA statement as a sign that Hillary is a more GLBT...Read More


The Smell of Florida 2000 in the Morning

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 08, 2008 | 2:29 AM | comments

Is there no end to the election corruption that disenfranchises more American voters every day? Super Tuesday in California already smells like Florida 2000. Here's what happened: California has 1.1 million independent "Decline to State" voters. For weeks, the Courage...Read More


The Smell of Florida 2000 in the Morning

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 08, 2008 | 2:29 AM | comments

Is there no end to the election corruption that disenfranchises more American voters every day? Super Tuesday in California already smells like Florida 2000. Here's what happened: California has 1.1 million independent "Decline to State" voters. For weeks, the Courage...Read More


The Smell of Florida 2000 in the Morning

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 08, 2008 | 2:29 AM | comments

Is there no end to the election corruption that disenfranchises more American voters every day? Super Tuesday in California already smells like Florida 2000. Here's what happened: California has 1.1 million independent "Decline to State" voters. For weeks, the Courage...Read More


No Ann Coulter at the CPAC

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 07, 2008 | 8:56 PM | comments

Well, the CPAC (huge conservative convention) is underway, and they've decided not to invite Ann Coulter to speak. It might have something to do with the fact that she called John Edwards a "faggot" last year and Middle Eastern people...Read More


Another One Bites the Dust…

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 07, 2008 | 1:50 PM | comments

Mitt Romney has announced he is dropping out of the Republican Presidential race, saying “I'd be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a...Read More


California Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Equality Case

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 07, 2008 | 9:38 AM | comments

The California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments next month regarding same-sex marriage. Scheduled for March 4, the court then has 90 days to rule on the case. The case being heard challenges the constitutionality of the current...Read More


BREAKING: WMDs have been found!

Filed by Storm Bear | February 07, 2008 | 9:05 AM | comments

click to enlarge The war against John McCain continues with irrational outbursts from all the usual suspects and now that their rhetoric has run out of steam, they are starting to quote from Matt Welch's McCain: The Myth of...Read More


Barack Obama: a transcendent person of color

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | February 07, 2008 | 8:18 AM | comments

I certainly wasn't planning on talking about the election, but then I ended up listening to this whole post-primary discussion on Uprising Radio, where Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and executive director of Hermandad Mexicana...Read More


New York, California, Hillary Clinton, GLB's, and exit polling

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 06, 2008 | 7:03 PM | comments

Exit polling reported by The Advocate: The exit polling found that among the 4% of California voters who identified as GLB, 63% voted for Clinton, 29% for Obama, and 1% for Edwards. In New York, 7% of voters self-identified as...Read More


Liberal John McCain and other Limbaugh Fantasies

Filed by Storm Bear | February 06, 2008 | 3:38 PM | comments

click to enlarge I know a lot of you avoid Rush Limbaugh like a case of burning genital itching, but there have been odd things coming out of the tarnished EIB microphone of late. Limbaugh, Hannity and the clean,...Read More


Gender, gay marriage...and Galileo

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 06, 2008 | 2:34 PM | comments

The righters are stamping their foot again, to keep marriage "a man and a woman." Next week, on Feb. 11th, the Arizona State Senate Committee on Government will vote on a bill that would write marriage discrimination into the state...Read More


Saying No to Just Saying No

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 06, 2008 | 12:25 PM | comments

There has been a national trend of states turning down federal funding for abstinence-only education. And as of last week, Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona has joined the list of governors who are saying no to just saying no. Napolitano,...Read More


What is the conservative movement?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 06, 2008 | 10:01 AM | comments

That's the question that the GOP primary was supposed to answer this time around, but the movement itself is still in disarray. All the in-fighting, the claiming Ronald Reagan, the out-conservatizing one another, it's all a mad power-grab at the...Read More


It works

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 06, 2008 | 7:15 AM | comments

The Larry Craigs of the world are easy ongoing targets. Despite an arrest in an airport sex sting, he still doesn't get it. And while he tries to change people's thinking by attacking "homosexual activists" and "radicals," his legacy --...Read More


The numbers come in

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 05, 2008 | 7:46 PM | comments

[ED NOTE:] Sara will be providing our coverage of the election results. This post will keep refreshing with the newest update on the front page. Everything else will drop back to after the jump. Refresh the page for updates. [12:35...Read More


Mukasey Makes Progress for Gays at DOJ

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | February 05, 2008 | 4:10 PM | comments

Attorney General Michael Mukasey has issued a non-discrimination policy that clearly includes GLB employees of the U.S. Department of Justice. President Clinton signed an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1998, but once Bush took office his...Read More


Super Snooze-Day in L.A.

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 05, 2008 | 12:39 PM | comments

Super Tuesday in California didn't get off to a great start -- at least at one polling place in Los Angeles, where election officials were evidently snoozing at the switch. A friend of mine whose voting mailer told him to...Read More


Super Snooze-Day in L.A.

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 05, 2008 | 12:39 PM | comments

Super Tuesday in California didn't get off to a great start -- at least at one polling place in Los Angeles, where election officials were evidently snoozing at the switch. A friend of mine whose voting mailer told him to...Read More


Clinton Key in LGBT Massachusetts Win

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Super Tuesday is here and LGBT voters across the country are asking, Why won't Clinton or Obama just say they support our rights, clearly, without hesitation, without disclaimers? Why all the wordsmithing? With a media that will spend days parsing...Read More


Are You Voting Today?

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 05, 2008 | 11:10 AM | comments

This question goes out to every Bilerico reader living in one of the Super Tuesday states....Read More


Barry Morse - Offline

Filed by Storm Bear | February 05, 2008 | 10:05 AM | comments

click to enlarge From the Canadian Press: British-Canadian actor-director Barry Morse, best known as the police detective in hot pursuit of David Janssen's Dr. Richard Kimble in the TV series "The Fugitive," has died in England at the age...Read More


Oprah Explains Why Barack Obama

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 05, 2008 | 9:49 AM | comments

Oprah tears it up in this speech explaining why she is supporting Barack Obama for the presidency. She is fired up and ready to go! In the last few days Barack's campaign rallies in places like Connecticut and Delaware each...Read More


A Vote Divided, But Hopes That Remain the Same

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 05, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

One look at the diverse array of presidential political postings here at Bilerico, and it becomes clear that, on this 'Super' Tuesday, our own community is as torn between candidates as the electorate in general. And while I’ve been proud...Read More


A Vote Divided, But Hopes That Remain the Same

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 05, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

One look at the diverse array of presidential political postings here at Bilerico, and it becomes clear that, on this 'Super' Tuesday, our own community is as torn between candidates as the electorate in general. And while I’ve been proud...Read More


I Made My Decision: I’m Voting For…

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 05, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Today's guest post is from friend of the blog Scott-O-Rama. Since today is Super Tuesday, Scott wanted to share his endorsement in the democratic primary since - like myself - his first choice has left the race. Up...Read More


I Made My Decision: I’m Voting For…

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 05, 2008 | 7:00 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Today's guest post is from friend of the blog Scott-O-Rama. Since today is Super Tuesday, Scott wanted to share his endorsement in the democratic primary since - like myself - his first choice has left the race. Up...Read More


A message to LGBT Americans: I want to be your President

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2008 | 7:45 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton issued this guest post to talk about her support for LGBT civil rights. As I have traveled around the country these past twelve months, what I sensed in my heart has been confirmed...Read More


Two One last items on the LGBT issues just before Super Tuesday

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2008 | 6:56 PM | comments

[ED NOTE:] I've updated Alex's post to link back to Senator Clinton's guest post here on the Bilerico Project. I hadn't had a chance to put up the guest post before Alex posted about it. [ED NOTE from Alex: Meh,...Read More


Sex(ism) and gender and everything that comes next

Filed by Andrea Hildebran | February 04, 2008 | 4:22 PM | comments

Check out this much-needed commentary by Robin Morgan on the sexism displayed in the presidential race so far. Whoever you want to see win the presidency (I am personally so deeply moved by both Clinton and Obama to the point...Read More


Abstaining from the Reality of Gay Familes

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 04, 2008 | 2:20 PM | comments

This Friday, I had something anyone who's ever lived through the first few months of parenting a newborn will understand is something to be treasured: a day off. The rest of the family left the house in the morning, and...Read More


Hope in the Neighborhood

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 04, 2008 | 12:29 PM | comments

As election fever intensifies, I've found myself saying, over and over, to slightly baffled listeners, "No, I haven't really been watching the debates"; "No, I didn't see that big speech"; "Um, no, I'm honestly not sure of the distinctions between...Read More


Clinton or Obama: Clinton of course - Here's why

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since we've had an Obama lovefest on the site of late, I thought it was time we gave Hillary a bit of love. Hillary Clinton is the right candidate for this point in our history and gets my wholehearted endorsement...Read More


Recruit. Rally. Repeal.

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 04, 2008 | 10:55 AM | comments

As I pointed out in my very first post here at Bilerico, there are many reasons that LGBT Americans should care about the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel. Whether...Read More


A Post-Culture War America?

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 04, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Former contributor Sheila Kennedy noticed Michael Crawford's poll on Democratic presidential candidates and sent us a copy of her next Word column. Sheila has decided to endorse Barack Obama, but lives in Indiana (which has a very late...Read More


Obama Fathered A Black Child!

Filed by Storm Bear | February 04, 2008 | 9:22 AM | comments

click to enlarge This past Sunday, my wife and I were having a bite to eat at a local burger joint when the table next to us started talking about how Barack Obama was a Muslim. This is a...Read More


An Open Letter to Bob Cesca

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 04, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Dear Bob, Recently over on The Huffington Post, you declared that "It’s Time For Progressive Bloggers To Choose a Candidate.” In the words of my Southeast Kentuckian mom, “You are not the boss of me.”...Read More


Hillary Opposes Amerexida, Supports Gay Things She Recalls

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 03, 2008 | 3:28 PM | comments

What I would've given to be in the room when Hillary Clinton had to react to a Missouri woman accusing Dubya of planning to merge Mexico, Canada and the US into Amerexida! Clinton also (kind of) addressed "gay issues" at...Read More


Hillary Opposes Amerexida, Supports Gay Things She Recalls

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 03, 2008 | 3:28 PM | comments

What I would've given to be in the room when Hillary Clinton had to react to a Missouri woman accusing Dubya of planning to merge Mexico, Canada and the US into Amerexida! Clinton also (kind of) addressed "gay issues" at...Read More


What Man and What Woman?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is by Mark Casey, a cultural and political commentator whose work can be seen in such places as the Baltimore Sun, The Santa Monica Daily Press, and The Flyer Group. He welcomes comments and can...Read More


Suicide Rapidly Increasing Among Soldiers

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 03, 2008 | 12:31 PM | comments

As if we needed further proof that the Republican Party's bleating about "supporting the troops" is nothing more than cynical political rhetoric, check out this from CNN: Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war...Read More


Which Republican are You Supporting for President?

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 03, 2008 | 11:05 AM | comments

Yesterday I asked "which Democrat you are supporting for president?" Today I am flipping the script and asking the question "which Republican are you supporting for president?...Read More


Yes We Can!

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 02, 2008 | 8:20 PM | comments

When I was watching the speeches after the New Hampshire primary, I admit that even though I am a Clinton supporter, I teared up when Obama gave his "Yes We Can!" speech. Even after not winning there he gave a...Read More


Hillary Dodges The Trans-Inclusive ENDA Question Again

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 02, 2008 | 1:33 PM | comments

Check this video out. Kudos to Jason Bellini for at least asking the question. A pity he didn't bother to follow-up and press for an actual answer when Clinton completely ignored the actual question and went off about hate crimes....Read More


Hillary Dodges The Trans-Inclusive ENDA Question Again

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 02, 2008 | 1:33 PM | comments

Check this video out. Kudos to Jason Bellini for at least asking the question. A pity he didn't bother to follow-up and press for an actual answer when Clinton completely ignored the actual question and went off about hate crimes....Read More


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Why I am Endorsing Obama for President

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 02, 2008 | 1:13 PM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is by Eric J. Stern. Eric is the former Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats and the former Director of LGBT Outreach for the Democratic National Committee. He currently serves as the Associate Director of...Read More


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Why I am Endorsing Obama for President

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 02, 2008 | 1:13 PM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is by Eric J. Stern. Eric is the former Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats and the former Director of LGBT Outreach for the Democratic National Committee. He currently serves as the Associate Director of...Read More


Florida’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ban Makes it to the Ballot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

After coming up thousands of signatures short just three weeks ago, the ridiculously named “Marriage Protection” Amendment to the Florida Constitution (pushed by the equally preposterous “Florida4Marriage” campaign) will be on the ballot in November. The broadly-worded amendment seeks to...Read More


Which Democrat Are You Supporting for President?

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 02, 2008 | 10:26 AM | comments

Now that we are down to two candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, which candidate are supporting? Read Barack Obama's platform on LGBT civil rights. Read Hillary Clinton's platform on LGBT civil rights. ....Read More


Larry Kramer on the Presidential Race

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 02, 2008 | 7:59 AM | comments

I originally considered using this quote from the amazing Larry Kramer as a Homotextual, but decided that the power of his words demanded its own post. Unlike Larry I have chosen to support one of the presidential candidates (Barack Obama)....Read More


To sticker or not to sticker....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 01, 2008 | 11:05 PM | comments

Three weeks ago Sunday, I moved back to California from Dublin, Ireland. The virus I had when I arrived has run its course, jet-lag is almost resolved (though I still wake up too damned early!) and my initial cultural shock...Read More


To sticker or not to sticker....

Filed by Brynn Craffey | February 01, 2008 | 11:05 PM | comments

Three weeks ago Sunday, I moved back to California from Dublin, Ireland. The virus I had when I arrived has run its course, jet-lag is almost resolved (though I still wake up too damned early!) and my initial cultural shock...Read More


Stonewall Democrats going local to make national change

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 01, 2008 | 11:59 AM | comments

Editor's note: This guest is written by Jon Hoadley, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats. There is a hush this week in South Carolina as February begins to fade the memory of the recent presidential contest here in the...Read More


Stonewall Democrats going local to make national change

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 01, 2008 | 11:59 AM | comments

Editor's note: This guest is written by Jon Hoadley, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats. There is a hush this week in South Carolina as February begins to fade the memory of the recent presidential contest here in the...Read More


Imagine a gay president

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | February 01, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

My job is to help more LGBT Americans get elected to public office, so I’m thankful that I rarely have to convince talented, ambitious and passionate people to step up and run for office. We’re doing that in a lot...Read More