Politics: March 2008

Fact-Checking Sally's Three-Step

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 31, 2008 | 8:48 PM | comments

Originally posted at the PFLAG National Blog. There she goes again. It seems as if Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern is determined to do some fancy footwork to avoid even the perception that she might be open-minded enough to consider...Read More


Clinton and Obama Should Target McCain, Not Each Other

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 31, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

The never-ending fight for the Democratic nomination has me feeling like Courtney, the bitchy blonde cheerleader from the movie Bring It On. In a moment of complete frustration at the inability of the cheerleaders to choose someone to replace an...Read More


Alabama lesbian couple fights to attend prom

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 31, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

A judge has ruled that a lesbian couple in Scottsboro, Alabama can attend their high school prom. The Scottsboro City Board of Education tried to stop the pair from attending since they were "a homosexual couple." The last-minute court order...Read More


Alabama lesbian couple fights to attend prom

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 31, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

A judge has ruled that a lesbian couple in Scottsboro, Alabama can attend their high school prom. The Scottsboro City Board of Education tried to stop the pair from attending since they were "a homosexual couple." The last-minute court order...Read More


DOMA, Obama, and Pennsylvania

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 31, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Jeremy Bishop is Executive Director of Pride At Work, the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers. Pride At Work does not endorse candidates on any level. In my job as Executive Director of Pride At...Read More


Books, Not Bombs

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | March 31, 2008 | 9:40 AM | comments

Greg Mortenson is changing the world. If you haven't heard about him and his mission to bring schools to Pakistan and Afghanistan, you NEED to read the book Three Cups of Tea! It is the very moving account of Mortenson's...Read More


High School Students Discuss Obama's Speech on Race

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 30, 2008 | 5:16 PM | comments

This amazing video has been making the rounds of progressive blogs including AmericaBlog and Pam's House Blend. I am posting it here because I believe that as many people as possible need to see this group of incredibly smart and...Read More


Remembering Alan Rogers

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 30, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Alan Rogers wasn't particularly fond of silence. In fact, the Alan Rogers I knew absolutely deplored it, and knew all too well the pain and isolation that silence could create. Rogers, a stellar Army Major who recently became the first...Read More


Oklahoma paper publishes unhinged Kern letter to the editor

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 30, 2008 | 10:18 AM | comments

Note to readers: Oklahomans for Equality and Cimarron Alliance are on the frontlines as Wildmon's American Family Association, the Family Resource Council, the Thomas More Law Center and the rest of the professional "Christian" set are backing Kern. A "Christian...Read More


It Ain't Over

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 30, 2008 | 10:03 AM | comments

Hillary Clinton is like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. She just keeps coming back for more. She's a fighter and you've got to love that. No really, you've got to love that. Don't make me have to come over there....Read More


Quaker women: "She Hangs There as a Flag"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 30, 2008 | 8:19 AM | comments

We spend so much time complaining about religions that persecute us that we sometimes forget about the religions that support the cause of human rights for LGBT people. The Quakers certainly should be recognized for being probably the first religion...Read More


Is Obama Running for the GOP Nomination, or What?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | March 29, 2008 | 5:28 PM | comments

So I've tried to shy away from posting about the election (except for my one post about Obama's gay crush on John Edwards). But this article about Obama's foreign policy goals had me scratching my head. (If I had balls,...Read More


Is Obama Running for the GOP Nomination, or What?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | March 29, 2008 | 5:28 PM | comments

So I've tried to shy away from posting about the election (except for my one post about Obama's gay crush on John Edwards). But this article about Obama's foreign policy goals had me scratching my head. (If I had balls,...Read More


First Black Transgender Delegate to the Democratic National Convention

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 29, 2008 | 4:28 PM | comments

Marisa Richmond is set to become the first Black transgender person to be seated as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Richmond, a college history professor at Middle Tennessee State University, will be a delegate for Hillary Clinton. Richmond...Read More


Hillary Clinton specifies premium cap in her health care plan

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 29, 2008 | 2:51 PM | comments

The NY Times has an interview up (video at the link) with Hillary Clinton about her health care plan: In an extensive interview on health policy, Mrs. Clinton said she would like to cap health insurance premiums at 5 percent...Read More


Gay Activists Say "Save the Boom"

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 29, 2008 | 12:01 PM | comments

Gay activists in Southern California are stepping up their efforts to save the historic gay bar Boom Boom Room in Laguna Beach. The bar was closed by billionaire property owner and the 83rd richest person in America Steven Udvar-Hazy. The...Read More


The Cartoonist's Dilemma

Filed by Storm Bear | March 29, 2008 | 11:57 AM | comments

click to enlarge Left Toon Lane asked a question of cartoonists last week, wondering which candidate would be best the President for the sake of cartooning. This is my entry....Read More


Cuba looking to expand LGBT rights

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 29, 2008 | 9:17 AM | comments

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's new president Raul Castro, has been pushing what could be the most inclusive LGBT rights law in Latin America. The bill before the Cuban National Assembly would grant same-sex couples legal status and give them...Read More


If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sue 'Em.

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 28, 2008 | 3:38 PM | comments

When it comes to blogging these days, when I come across something I want to blog about days — even weeks or months — go by before I get around to actually blogging about it. Half the time, I let...Read More


IN-07 Congressional race sees movement

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

It's been a busy week for Indiana's 7th district Congressional race. Here are the highlights: Democrat Woody Myers has loaned his campaign $550k of his own money. Candidates David Orentlicher and Andre Carson are both doing well in the fundraising...Read More


Can we get along?

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 28, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I had a friend of mine admit today that she's an Obama supporter. I would say a good friend of mine but now... I'm not so sure. Only kidding. I was a little surprised but not completely. Frankly? At this...Read More


Married gay man denied passport over his name

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 28, 2008 | 11:24 AM | comments

Jason Hair-Wynn got married to his partner in Massachusetts and then legally added his partner's last name to his own. But when Jason applied for a new passport in order to go to Africa to do HIV/AIDS education work for...Read More


Married gay man denied passport over his name

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 28, 2008 | 11:24 AM | comments

Jason Hair-Wynn got married to his partner in Massachusetts and then legally added his partner's last name to his own. But when Jason applied for a new passport in order to go to Africa to do HIV/AIDS education work for...Read More


Black History: Triangular Trade

Filed by Storm Bear | March 28, 2008 | 10:55 AM | comments

click to enlarge Triangular trade is a historical term indicating trade between three ports or regions. The trade evolved where a region had an export commodity that was not required in the region from which its major imports came....Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Alex Blaze

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 27, 2008 | 5:46 PM | comments

Tonight we're taking on the hot LGBT topics of the day with the Bilerico Project's Managing Editor Alex Blaze! ENDA! Hillary! Barack! Barney! Pregnant Men! Plus lots more! It's the "Rebecca Juro Show, tonight at 7pm eastern, 4pm pacific! Don't...Read More


New York City gay newspaper takes notice of 7th district congressional race

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gay City News is reporting on Dr. Woody Myers' democratic primary challenge to Andre Carson. The LGBT newspaper published a story today about Myers' highly controversial confirmation as the New York City Health Commissioner. Myers' 1990 appointment had to be...Read More


New York City gay newspaper takes notice of 7th district congressional race

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gay City News is reporting on Dr. Woody Myers' democratic primary challenge to Andre Carson. The LGBT newspaper published a story today about Myers' highly controversial confirmation as the New York City Health Commissioner. Myers' 1990 appointment had to be...Read More


Indiana Censorship Law: an attack dog in sheep's clothing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 27, 2008 | 4:54 PM | comments

Indiana HB 1042, which requires anyone selling "sexually explicit" material to pay a licensing fee to the state, has a lot of Hoosiers hopping mad -- but it's not a new idea. It's an attack dog in sheep's clothing that...Read More


Indiana Censorship Law: an attack dog in sheep's clothing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 27, 2008 | 4:54 PM | comments

Indiana HB 1042, which requires anyone selling "sexually explicit" material to pay a licensing fee to the state, has a lot of Hoosiers hopping mad -- but it's not a new idea. It's an attack dog in sheep's clothing that...Read More


Gay cheerleaders

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 27, 2008 | 4:37 PM | comments

Check this out from Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill: Many argue otherwise. They say that if we want to end the war, we should simply pick a candidate who is not John McCain and help them win: We'll sort out...Read More


Obama hits the airwaves

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2008 | 4:10 PM | comments

Barack Obama's first Indiana ad will hit the airwaves tomorrow. He takes aim at employment issues in our terminally economically depressed state. While there's no direct mention of NAFTA, the shut down factories and American jobs theme comes through loud...Read More


Obama hits the airwaves

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2008 | 4:10 PM | comments

Barack Obama's first Indiana ad will hit the airwaves tomorrow. He takes aim at employment issues in our terminally economically depressed state. While there's no direct mention of NAFTA, the shut down factories and American jobs theme comes through loud...Read More


Norway to get Full Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 27, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Norway has announced plans to open marriage to same-sex couples. The nation has had a domestic partnership registry since 1993 that gives gay couples some of the same rights as marriage. Anniken Huitfeldt, the Minister of Children and Equality, said:...Read More


Black History: Sailing To Arabia

Filed by Storm Bear | March 27, 2008 | 9:44 AM | comments

click to enlarge Subscribe to Town Called Dobson by Email! In order to achieve profit, the owners of the ships divided their hulls into holds with little headroom, so they could transport as many slaves as possible. Unhygienic conditions,...Read More


Desmond Tutu honored for LGBT rights work

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 27, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be the recipient of 2008 Outspoken Award as part of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's "Celebration of Courage" human rights ceremony. The Archbishop has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights around the...Read More


Pamela Anderson Honors Sanctity of Marriage by Getting Divorced, Again

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 26, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson's most recent marriage has been annulled after less than three months on Monday. She cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed for divorce from entrepreneur Rick Salomon. This was Anderson's third marriage. She was previously married...Read More


Just me, or is Chuck Norris kinda dim?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Chuck Norris's column this week is rather funny if you share in my sick sense of humor. He lays out three items, one on each guns, God, and gays, and asks how crazy we've become because we aren't doing what...Read More


Orentlicher campaign wants volunteers

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two messages from the Orentlicher for Congress campaign to pass along: The campaign needs some volunteers to staff the office. Volunteers will be responsible for answering phones, making phone calls, data entry into computer data bases, record keeping, filing, etc....Read More


Orentlicher campaign wants volunteers

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two messages from the Orentlicher for Congress campaign to pass along: The campaign needs some volunteers to staff the office. Volunteers will be responsible for answering phones, making phone calls, data entry into computer data bases, record keeping, filing, etc....Read More


Civil union, domestic partnership... mutual commitment?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 26, 2008 | 10:43 AM | comments

From the great state of Utah: Salt Lake City is dumping "domestic partners" for "mutual commitment." Restrictions imposed by the Utah State Legislature has led to name change for the city's domestic partnership registry, a mechanism by which employers voluntarily...Read More


Black History: Sailing to the New World

Filed by Storm Bear | March 26, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

click to enlarge Subscribe to Town Called Dobson by Email! The trade of enslaved Africans in the Atlantic has its origins in the explorations of Portuguese mariners down the coast of West Africa in the 15th century. Before that,...Read More


It's Time for Them to Go

Filed by Eric Marcus | March 26, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Back when Bill Clinton was being hounded by Kenn Starr and the Republican Congress, I was one of those Clinton supporters who never once thought that President Clinton should resign. Even when it turned out that the affair was for...Read More


Congress to review ban on travelers with HIV

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 25, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

The Senate is expected to debate the ban on HIV+ travelers this month as part of Bush's global AIDS relief package. The United States remains one of only 13 nations -- including Iraq, Qatar and Armenia -- to ban HIV+...Read More


Congress to review ban on travelers with HIV

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 25, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

The Senate is expected to debate the ban on HIV+ travelers this month as part of Bush's global AIDS relief package. The United States remains one of only 13 nations -- including Iraq, Qatar and Armenia -- to ban HIV+...Read More


Passion Weekend

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 25, 2008 | 1:55 PM | comments

Because of my lapsed Catholic state, just as I was leaving for the airport I realized that I was going to be traveling on Easter weekend. I'm still thrown off by the three weeks earlier than usual spring-ahead clock change,...Read More


I Support Medical Marijuana Use

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 25, 2008 | 12:13 PM | comments

I wrote a commentary on this crucial subject for my column in a recent issue of A & U Magazine. Since the piece isn't available online to link to, I'm reprinting it here. Earlier in 2007, when I ran for...Read More


I Support Medical Marijuana Use

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 25, 2008 | 12:13 PM | comments

I wrote a commentary on this crucial subject for my column in a recent issue of A & U Magazine. Since the piece isn't available online to link to, I'm reprinting it here. Earlier in 2007, when I ran for...Read More


Russ Stilwell joins Obama camp

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2008 | 9:47 AM | comments

Indiana House Majority Leader Russ Stilwell announced his endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential bid today. He joins former Indiana Democratic Party chair Kip Tew and current vice-chair Cordelia Lewis-Burks and former Congressman Tim Roemer in publicly supporting Obama. "Senator Obama...Read More


The Inexcusable

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 25, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was forwarded an article today by Linda Burnham, The Tightrope and the Needle. "Liberal feminists have every right to spend down their political capital on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hard choices have to made; political debts have to...Read More


Black History: Slave Factories, The Middle Passage and Seasoning Camps

Filed by Storm Bear | March 25, 2008 | 9:22 AM | comments

click to enlarge After being marched to the coast for sale, Africans waited in large forts called factories. The amount of time in factories varied, but Milton Meltzer's Slavery: A World History states this process resulted in or around...Read More


Exceptionalism

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2008 | 10:40 PM | comments

I posted last week about Jeremiah Wright's comments that got played and replayed in the news, particularly those that criticized America ("God damn America..."). They were generally assumed to be offensive, even if no one really explained why a US...Read More


Is Bill Clinton Defending DOMA?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 24, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

Bill Clinton gets more than a little testy with MTVu reporters when asked about the Defense of Marriage Act which he signed into law. Clinton claims that it was a "reasonable compromise." He later says that Melissa Etheridge was "rewriting...Read More


DC Gay, Lesbian, Bi Students 10 Times More Likely to Have Used Meth

Filed by David Mariner | March 24, 2008 | 5:26 PM | comments

Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students in DC public schools are 10 times more likely to have tried crystal meth than their peers, according to a new fact sheet released by DC Public Schools. 23.5% of self identified GLB identified students...Read More


Exhibit A: Pat Buchanan - why we desperately need to discuss race

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 24, 2008 | 5:09 PM | comments

While progressives and average Americans who think Barack Obama's speech presented a difficult challenge wring their hands worrying about appearing to be racist if they broach the subject in any significant way, the depth of the problem at hand is...Read More


Could a gay running mate energize the Republican ticket?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2008 | 4:43 PM | comments

It would sure get them media attention: So when Crist earlier this month introduced 38-year-old socialite Carole Rome as "my girlfriend" at a Governor's Mansion reception, tongues wagged: Could she be 'the one,' the future first lady of Florida? Or...Read More


No more Craig...

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2008 | 2:43 PM | comments

Mr. Never Gay didn't file in time to run again. From The Hill: The passing of Friday's 5:00 p.m. deadline brings to a close a career in elected office that began with Craig's election to the Idaho state Senate in...Read More


Barney Frank: Smoke it if you got it

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Now that Congressman Barney Frank has lost a sizable portion of his LGBT support, he's apparently turning to pot smokers to shore up his base. The openly gay Congressman came under fire for abandoning transgender folks in an attempt to...Read More


Black History: The Slave Coast

Filed by Storm Bear | March 24, 2008 | 9:48 AM | comments

click to enlarge The Atlantic slave trade would eventually be by far the largest and have the greatest impact. The first Europeans to arrive on the coast of Guinea were the Portuguese; the first European to actually buy African...Read More


Iraq War Reaches 5th Anniversary, Dick Cheney: "So?"

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 24, 2008 | 9:01 AM | comments

Some have joked that Dick Cheney is Darth Vader in vice-presidential garb. This clip of Cheney taken from an interview with Martha Radditz on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war shows that that Cheney may be Vader's more evil...Read More


Family Research Council: Export the Gays

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 23, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Not content to demonize gays in the public sphere and advocate writing anti-gay discrimination in the U.S. and state level constitutions, the Family Research Council has decided it is time to "export" the gays. Here is what Peter Sprigg of...Read More


Beck To Work

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 22, 2008 | 10:26 PM | comments

You may have been wondering why you haven't seen much in the way of postings from me in the last several weeks (or not). The truth is that I've been looking for a new job during this time, and about...Read More


Fundie Endorsement Watch: Janet "The Sheep" Folger

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

And the right-wing bigots keep coming to McCain's side... The latest fundie to join the McCain bandwagon is Janet Folger, the former national director of the Center for Reclaiming America, the ultra right-wing religious group started by the late Rev....Read More


Vitter Scores!

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | March 22, 2008 | 1:22 PM | comments

This month's Church and State from Americans United, tells how Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter has scored a 100% rating from the Family Research Council. This just shows, once again, the hypocrisy on the right and the proof that right-wing...Read More


Amelia Earhart: You have to think like a pilot

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 22, 2008 | 11:28 AM | comments

Some great women go on making headlines long after their deaths. Earhart is one of those. She's unforgettable for her efforts to make way for women in aviation -- and for her disappearance on July 3, 1937, after she and...Read More


John McCain Sought Endorsement of Anti-Gay Rev. John Hagee

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 22, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Republican presidential nominee John McCain is "proud" and "honored" to have received the endorsement of Reverend John Hagee who claimed that Hurricane Katrina was God's judgement against homosexuality....Read More


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Note on "Fundie Endorsement Watch"

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 22, 2008 | 7:12 AM | comments

Yeah, that item definitely slipped through the cracks here, and it shouldn't have. Generally we don't do the "Fundie Watch" posts around all that much at Bilerico, and contributors choose for themselves what they want to post about. But it's...Read More


Fundie Endorsement Watch: John Hagee

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 22, 2008 | 7:03 AM | comments

Awesome video on John Hagee from TPM via Crawford: iPhone users: Click to watch A few weeks ago, fundamentalist Christian nut job and former Huckabee supporter John Hagee endorsed John McCain. Here's his thoughts (in text) on why Hurricane Katrina...Read More


A champion for all of us: Marv Johnson, 1955-2008

Filed by Ricci Levy | March 21, 2008 | 4:22 PM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed its deep sorrow over the death of First Amendment Counsel Marvin Johnson, who passed away last night after a long battle with complications from diabetes. Before he joined the Washington Legislative Office in...Read More


Within arm's reach

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 21, 2008 | 4:10 PM | comments

It is painful how this political race is ending up. The Democrats are imploding and the sole Republican is sitting pretty, looking calm, almost regal. It's been hard to watch. I am a Clinton supporter. I believe she is a...Read More


I Know Who The True Opponent Is

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 21, 2008 | 3:56 PM | comments

Birds of a feather flock together. Perhaps it's time Democrats woke up to realize who the true opponent is. Bil's absolutely right. It's time we Democrats focus on who and what the real enemy is. Personally, I've known who...Read More


The invisible queer woman

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 21, 2008 | 3:07 PM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is by [f]embody, one of the many fabulous bloggers at Below the Belt, a fresh, hip, and fun gender and sexuality theory blog that's definitely worth checking out if you haven't. Recently, I got out...Read More


Orentlicher, OUTSpoken and Obama - Oh My!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2008 | 1:39 PM | comments

While David Orentlicher's campaign website still isn't updated, he does have a politician page on Facebook now. You can add yourself as a fan of Orentlicher's congressional race. I hear a MySpace page and other netroots outreach will kick off...Read More


Jamie Kirchick ADVOCATES for McCain

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

It is another example of why the Advocate no longer represents or advocates for the LGBT community. The magazine ran a ridiculous article in the latest issue by Jamie Kirchick, an editor at the New Republic, stating that the LGBT...Read More


Black History: Raw Human Stock

Filed by Storm Bear | March 21, 2008 | 10:35 AM | comments

click to enlarge In the late 15th century, Europeans (Spanish and Portuguese first) began to explore, colonize and conquer the territory in the Americas. The European colonists attempted to enslave some of the Native Americans to perform hard physical...Read More


Bill Richardson endorses Barack Obama for President

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2008 | 7:10 AM | comments

What did I have in my inbox this morning? An e-mail from Bill Richardson: Dear Bil, During the last year, I have shared with you my vision and hopes for this nation as we look to repair the damage of...Read More


John McCain's Anti-Gay Spiritual Advisor

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 21, 2008 | 4:00 AM | comments

What's with John McCain and his love of anti-gay evangelical preachers? Check out this video of Ohio pastor Rod Parsley, the latest gay hater that McCain is getting all close and snuggly with. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey and Rye Seronie

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 20, 2008 | 5:52 PM | comments

The team is back in full swing as Marti and Rye join me tonight for good fun and good conversation! Plus, your phone calls! Barney Frank: First he's against inclusive workplace legislation, then he's for it, then he's against it,...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey and Rye Seronie

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 20, 2008 | 5:52 PM | comments

The team is back in full swing as Marti and Rye join me tonight for good fun and good conversation! Plus, your phone calls! Barney Frank: First he's against inclusive workplace legislation, then he's for it, then he's against it,...Read More


I'm going on strike

Filed by Bil Browning | March 20, 2008 | 3:20 PM | comments

I'm just not going to do it anymore. I can't take it. My nerves are on edge, the internet has become a war zone and friends and family members are turning against each other. We have 50 contributors. You won't...Read More


Solmonese: No Means No on ENDA vote

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2008 | 2:39 PM | comments

I was completely flummoxed by the Human Rights Campaign's gala in Los Angeles last Saturday - lots of tuxes and spots of inspiration but no real take-away message, except something about The Big Picture. This is a critical election year...Read More


Solmonese: No Means No on ENDA vote

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2008 | 2:39 PM | comments

I was completely flummoxed by the Human Rights Campaign's gala in Los Angeles last Saturday - lots of tuxes and spots of inspiration but no real take-away message, except something about The Big Picture. This is a critical election year...Read More


Bart Peterson - A True Indiana Hero

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 20, 2008 | 2:35 PM | comments

Indiana (and particularly Indianapolis) has seen better days. We're in economic recession across the state. Indianapolis has seen property taxes skyrocket and foreclosure rates here are the highest in the nation. Jobs are stagnant and the price of everything is...Read More


Re: "If Obama can throw his pastor under the bus, what will he do to us?"

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 20, 2008 | 11:07 AM | comments

Did Obama's speech help him or hurt him? In my opinion it helped him at the expense of throwing his pastor under the bus, feeding into the media's portrayal of Rev. Wright as a demagogue, and exonerating himself of any...Read More


Ancient Goat Casinos of Thebes

Filed by Storm Bear | March 20, 2008 | 9:27 AM | comments

click to enlarge The transatlantic slave trade was the trade of African people supplied to the colonies of the "New World" that occurred in and around the Atlantic Ocean. It lasted from the 16th century to the 19th century....Read More


Integrity: The LGBT Foreign Policy Project

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2008 | 8:49 AM | comments

[Editor's note: Michael Guest is a former US Ambassador.] Has anyone out there read the State Department's 2007 Human Rights Report? According to our own embassies, LGBT individuals in over 100 foreign countries are being subjected to abuse or discriminatory...Read More


Is the Wall Street crisis a "gay issue"?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 20, 2008 | 1:54 AM | comments

So far, no chilly onrush of the new tidal wave hitting Wall Street can be felt on Bilerico. But the outline of the towering wave can definitely be glimpsed at media like Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this...Read More


Pioneering Woman Racehorse Trainer

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 19, 2008 | 6:08 PM | comments

"Women's history" is still such a new concept that many of us, as kids, knew a woman who dared to make female footprints across some new planet. For me, in the sports world, trainer Janet Thomson was one of those....Read More


Vote for Pro-Life

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 19, 2008 | 4:22 PM | comments

The candidate formerly known as Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, who's running as an independent to replace Larry Craig, has legally changed his name to Pro-Life: A Senate candidate has legally changed his name to Pro-Life and will appear on the ballot...Read More


The problem with Republicans...

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Is that they believe their own bullshit. Vitter on Spitzer: "Anybody who looks at the two cases will see that there is an enormous difference between the two of them," he said. "The people that are trying to draw comparisons...Read More


Victory Fund Training Seeks Gay Candidates of Color

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 19, 2008 | 11:10 AM | comments

It is no secret that the path to GLBT civil rights runs through the halls of legislative bodies at the local, state and national levels. Elected officials say yea or nay to legislation that allows us to adopt children, visit...Read More


Sally Kern Will Not Apologize for God... or Herself

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 19, 2008 | 10:45 AM | comments

Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern is what my mother likes to call "a piece of work." And she is what I like to call "a special kind of crazy." After more than 350 people, led by PFLAG's Oklahoma City chapter, gathered...Read More


If Obama can throw his pastor under the bus, what will he do to us?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 19, 2008 | 10:42 AM | comments

When the religious narrative you tell about your life to the American public is revealed to be vastly different than the one you actually lived, you have more than a credibility problem - you have a dilemma as Obama is...Read More


We're claiming the City-County Building, which piece are you after?

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 19, 2008 | 9:09 AM | comments

Everyone knows things are a bit out of whack here in Indy. I mean, we have the village idiot elected mayor because the last one was said to be unable to balance a checkbook without needing to raise taxes. The...Read More


This cartoon is not funny.

Filed by Storm Bear | March 19, 2008 | 8:35 AM | comments

click to enlarge Call me a mutant, but I don't see that much wrong with Pastor Wright's sermons. America's chickens did come home to roost on 9-11. Right after the Towers fell, we asked first "who" never "why." Some...Read More


Obama on Race and Jeremiah Wright

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | March 18, 2008 | 12:47 PM | comments

No matter what your politics are, no matter who your candidate is, and no matter how you feel about Jeremiah Wright, this is a truly remarkable speech. Read the whole damn thing. My thoughts and the meat, after the jump....Read More


Barack Obama: A More Perfect Union

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 18, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post was submitted by Barack Obama. It is a copy of the speech he just made on race and politics. Video of the speech is at the end of the post. "We the people, in order...Read More


The Governor and his Marital Aide

Filed by Eric Marcus | March 18, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

Did anyone really think that Jim McGreevey's manipulative and cynical declaration "I am a gay American!" and his subsequent resignation were the end of it? Oh, how I wish it had been! This latest revelation of hetero-homo three-ways is definitely...Read More


The Governor and his Marital Aide

Filed by Eric Marcus | March 18, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

Did anyone really think that Jim McGreevey's manipulative and cynical declaration "I am a gay American!" and his subsequent resignation were the end of it? Oh, how I wish it had been! This latest revelation of hetero-homo three-ways is definitely...Read More


Hillary needs to super-size her delegate count.

Filed by Storm Bear | March 18, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

click to enlarge Kos over at the big orange machine posted a diary with great links on Hillary and her superdelegate nightmare. Summing up the article, she is not gaining superdelegates, but losing them to Obama. In fact, she...Read More


Must Read: Markos on Hillary Clinton

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 18, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

Kos on Hillary Clinton's slash and burn campaign strategy: First of all, the only path to victory for Clinton is via coup by super delegate. She knows this. That's why there's all the talk about poaching pledged delegates and spinning...Read More


Pass me the smelling salts, Maude

Filed by Bil Browning | March 17, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

First Barack Obama last Saturday. Hillary Clinton on Thursday. And now Bill Clinton tomorrow? In 3 different cities? My God, it's like living in a state that matters....Read More


Do you have your American flag underwear on right now?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 17, 2008 | 1:48 PM | comments

Here's Jasmyne Cannick and Hermine Hartman's appearance on Bill O'Reilly's show to discuss Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I think this shows that the ways we talk about and understand identity, politics, patriotism, and history are entrenched in race, whether we like...Read More


Do you have your American flag underwear on right now?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 17, 2008 | 1:48 PM | comments

Here's Jasmyne Cannick and Hermine Hartman's appearance on Bill O'Reilly's show to discuss Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I think this shows that the ways we talk about and understand identity, politics, patriotism, and history are entrenched in race, whether we like...Read More


Wife of N.C. state Senator pens hate-filled op-ed

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post was written by Matt Comer who blogs at Interstate-Q. Matt is the editor of Q-Notes, the paper of record for the Carolinas. The wife of a conservative North Carolina state senator sponsoring an anti-gay, anti-family...Read More


Oklahoma Families Ask to Meet with Sally Kern

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 17, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

Tomorrow in Oklahoma City, families from across the state will converge on the capitol rotunda and call on Representative Sally Kern to come out from her office and meet the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender loved ones of her constituents....Read More


David Orentlicher has something to say

Filed by Bil Browning | March 17, 2008 | 10:16 AM | comments

7th District Congressional candidate David Orentlicher has been working the campaign trail hard lately. Not only has he been doing the traditional campaign appearances, but the savvy Democrat is reaching out to the netroots as well. He'll be live-blogging on...Read More


Carson City? Carson County.

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | March 16, 2008 | 4:01 PM | comments

Friday's Indianapolis Star has some fairly interesting information about the recent Special Election in IN-07. In case you missed it, the Star reported that Andre Carson's victory over Jon Elrod could be directly attributed to his extremely effective GOTV effort...Read More


Apology Accepted?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 16, 2008 | 3:58 PM | comments

I don't know if this counts as a trend or not, but I didn't expect to see something like this so soon after the previous post. This time is the Lutheran Church, which still opposes marriage equality but expresses regret...Read More


An Obama Supporter Speaks the Truth

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 15, 2008 | 8:18 PM | comments

I've picked on Obama supporters lately for being wide-eyed and bamboozled. Imagine my surprise when I found this bit (on a local Indiana blog no less) about Geraldine Ferraro on Indy's Painfully Objective Political Analysis: But I digress. If Geraldine...Read More


Gay Groups Protest Naugle's Prayer Breakfast

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

A group of around 30 LGBT activists and supporters carried picket signs with pictures of hate crimes victims and bearing placards that called for an end to hate speech by public officials outside of the March 13 prayer breakfast hosted...Read More


Your Pastor, My Pastor, and Barack's Pastor

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | March 15, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Have you noticed the recent media kerfuffle surrounding the former pastor of Barack Obama's church? Last night, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly featured video of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright venting some extremely unpopular opinions about the causes of 9/11. The Atlantic...Read More


I Hear A Fat Lady Singing......

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 14, 2008 | 7:55 PM | comments

The current session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned today, and that means that SJR7, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" (many prefer "Marriage Discrimination Amendment") to the Indiana Constitution is finished. Good Riddance! I'll be posting a few thoughts concerning...Read More


Gays Pay More Taxes Than Churches -- Good Point

Filed by Dustin Kight | March 14, 2008 | 3:34 PM | comments

Tulsa World has an interesting article up about the response to Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern's hateful comments about gays. Since Kern claims that gays are a worse threat to this nation than Islam and the terrorists (I'm paraphrasing here),...Read More


The election is black and white

Filed by Storm Bear | March 14, 2008 | 9:26 AM | comments

click to enlarge I have been reading some stuff on John Adams of late - always been a fan of his, especially his work on the Treaty of Tripoli. After a spot of reading I switched on the news...Read More


MoveOn: Obama in 30 Seconds

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 14, 2008 | 7:14 AM | comments

Check out this cool contest that MoveOn is sponsoring to help elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States. Dear MoveOn member, Your mission, should you choose to accept it: make a 30-second TV ad that tells the...Read More


Tell it like it is, Fox News viewers

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 14, 2008 | 12:05 AM | comments

Check out what Greta van Susteren had to say on Fox News' website (via Hullabaloo): No doubt these days are extremely painful for Governor Spitzer's wife Silda. In addition to her own pain, she has 3 children -- and no...Read More


Ellen mocks Sally Kern

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 13, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Ellen DeGeneres is on a roll! First, she comes out against the murder of Lawrence King on her day-time talk show. Now she's taking on Sally Kern, the hate-spewing Oklahoma Legislator. Here's the video: iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Did DNC Lawyers Try to Intimidate Gay Media?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 13, 2008 | 12:23 PM | comments

Just when you thought the anti-gay discrimination lawsuit against the DNC couldn't get any messier, it is. On Friday Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff will publish a scathing editorial in which he says that lawyers for DNC chief of staff...Read More


The pain splitting me

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | March 13, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

I'm saying something to my sister about when she used to wake up every night screaming help! Help! And my mother would suit her back to sleep, our mother. Lauren says she doesn't remember that, which kind of surprises me...Read More


Should the rules be changed?

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 13, 2008 | 9:35 AM | comments

In September of 2006 I told the Washington Post's Mary Ann Akers that I had decided to no longer report on staffers and instead focus on elected officials and high-level political appointees. Recently, a surprisingly large number of tips have...Read More


Enough Already!

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 13, 2008 | 8:45 AM | comments

Ah, the debate between Obama and Clinton camps rages on. Personally, I'm sick of it. No one comes up with anything new, same accusations are flying back and forth. No one is going to convince me Obama is the savior,...Read More


Racist Mississippi

Filed by Storm Bear | March 13, 2008 | 8:31 AM | comments

click to enlarge To me, this is not rocket science. Over the last 48 hours, I have seen on television and on the blogosphere the notion that Blacks are racist because they are turning out in droves (one drove...Read More


Nancy Pelosi weighs in on Carson's victory

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

This time it's Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that sends out a press release about Andre Carson's victory last night. "It is with great pleasure that I welcome Congressman-elect Andre Carson to the 110th Congress. On behalf of all...Read More


Nancy Pelosi weighs in on Carson's victory

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

This time it's Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that sends out a press release about Andre Carson's victory last night. "It is with great pleasure that I welcome Congressman-elect Andre Carson to the 110th Congress. On behalf of all...Read More


Good News from the Campaign Trail!

Filed by Jim Neal | March 12, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I wanted to take some time out of my busy campaign schedule - I'm visiting at least five different towns today - to talk to the communities that have fertilized the soil for our grassroots campaign. I've been endorsed by...Read More


There Will Be Cross Burnings

Filed by Storm Bear | March 12, 2008 | 8:56 AM | comments

click to enlarge On Politico, there is a short quote from Ferraro that originally appeared in the Washington Post on April 15, 1988. Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who...Read More


David Orentlicher kicks off primary campaign for Congress

Filed by Bil Browning | March 12, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

State Representative David Orentlicher will kick off his campaign for the primary in the 7th Congressional District of Indiana today at noon with an announcement at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (Kennedy/King Park) alongside Dr. Derek King, the nephew...Read More


What Sally Kern and I have in common

Filed by Cathy Renna | March 12, 2008 | 8:13 AM | comments

If you haven't heard (and how could that be??) that Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern made some vociferously homophobic and inflammatory remarks about LGBT people recently, take a listen. Working with the Victory fund on the media surrounding that has...Read More


And the press releases start to come in...

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2008 | 11:24 PM | comments

The Indiana Democratic Party's release: Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker congratulated Seventh District Congressional candidate Andre Carson on his win tonight in the special election to fill his late grandmother's seat. "Andre ran a great campaign that focused on...Read More


And the press releases start to come in...

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2008 | 11:24 PM | comments

The Indiana Democratic Party's release: Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker congratulated Seventh District Congressional candidate Andre Carson on his win tonight in the special election to fill his late grandmother's seat. "Andre ran a great campaign that focused on...Read More


Geraldine Ferraro continues: I'm being attacked because I'm white

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

More on the plight of White America from Geraldine Ferraro: Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being...Read More


Obama Campaign Announces New GLBT Endorsements

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 11, 2008 | 8:28 PM | comments

The Barack Obama campaign just announced a list of 40 prominent GLBT activists who have endorsed Obama's campaign for the presidency. The list includes state and municipal elected officials, the leadership of the AFL-CIO's Pride at Work initiative, and prominent...Read More


Watch the IN-07 Special Election Results Live!

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 11, 2008 | 8:22 PM | comments

Election Results...Read More


Mike Sodrel: Any wedge issue necessary

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

What do you do when you're a four time Congressional candidate with a thirst for office? Mike Sodrel got lucky once before being pitched out on his ear, but the losing politician is trying hard to regain his holier-than-thou street...Read More


Mike Sodrel: Any wedge issue necessary

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

What do you do when you're a four time Congressional candidate with a thirst for office? Mike Sodrel got lucky once before being pitched out on his ear, but the losing politician is trying hard to regain his holier-than-thou street...Read More


Let's Not Cut Off Our Noses to Spite Our Faces

Filed by Ricci Levy | March 11, 2008 | 4:36 PM | comments

It is delicious when public figures are caught engaging in the very sex acts that they condemn in their official capacities. Payback's a bitch. However, we must be careful not to hurt our own cause. We must be unequivocal in...Read More


Let's Not Cut Off Our Noses to Spite Our Faces

Filed by Ricci Levy | March 11, 2008 | 4:36 PM | comments

It is delicious when public figures are caught engaging in the very sex acts that they condemn in their official capacities. Payback's a bitch. However, we must be careful not to hurt our own cause. We must be unequivocal in...Read More


An open letter to Sally Kern

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | March 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Dear Sally, I saw the statement you released yesterday in which you said your "hate speech" is merely "free speech." That's kind of gross, but it's also beside the point. The point is this: your words have consequences. Ask Judy...Read More


Living in Obamaland and hoping for a reality check

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 11, 2008 | 2:46 PM | comments

Does anyone besides me wonder what the Obama supporters have been smoking lately? I find it fascinating that if Hillary's people say Obama is not ready, she's a witch and will do anything to win, but Obama's supporters give his...Read More


Eliot Spitzer, the Department of Justice, and you!

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2008 | 1:23 PM | comments

I'm not really inclined to post on the Spitzer drama since it isn't really all that directly LGBTQ-related, but it does demonstrate something I've been shouting about on this blog in several 0-2 comment posts: don't get personally invested in...Read More


AFA's Day of Absence

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 11, 2008 | 1:13 PM | comments

It's an old cliché, but nonetheless true: even a broken watch is right twice a day. The same can be said for even the most bigoted organizations of the religious right. (Maybe it's just that if you keep moving to...Read More


How Eliot Spitzer screwed the gays

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 11, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

When I worked at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in the mid-90's I used to say that the last generation busted open the closet and that this generation's challenge is to secure marriage rights in at least one...Read More


Does Viagra Work On The Spine?

Filed by Storm Bear | March 11, 2008 | 8:56 AM | comments

click to enlarge As the most remote village in all of the Himalayas has already learned by now, Eliot Spitzer hired a female prostitute, maybe several. And that is it. I honestly never liked Spitzer and I thought he...Read More


Sometimes I think about how everything is just handed to Black people and I want to vote for Clinton

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2008 | 8:32 PM | comments

From Clinton finance committee member and former VP candidate Geraldine Ferarro: If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position....Read More


Oklahoma's Sally Kern is defiant as ever

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 10, 2008 | 5:29 PM | comments

After all the calls and emails, take a look at this reaction from unrepentant homophobe Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (sallykern@okhouse.gov). (Via Oklahomans for Equality's Laura Belmonte): Oklahoma House of Representatives Media Division March 10, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:...Read More


10 questions for Indiana state senator Brent Waltz

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Since the state Senate's most effeminate straight legislator is going before the Indiana Election Commission to answer questions about his residency, I thought I'd throw out ten questions I'd also like to ask the not-gay Senator. I hope he responds...Read More


Jeffrey Dahmer was experienced too!

Filed by Storm Bear | March 10, 2008 | 12:59 PM | comments

click to enlarge I know, another "anti-Hillary" strip. And yes, I am prepared for the onslaught of emails proclaiming I "have gone too far." How is Barack lacking in experience? Surely the sum total of the man's work is...Read More


A Response to Chris Douglas

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | March 10, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post is by anonymous blogger, Tyrion. Tyrion was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes professionally about twentieth century American history, and blogs pseudonymously at Tyrion's Point about queer politics, cooking, music, running, and his...Read More


My main reason for not voting "Elrod"

Filed by Bil Browning | March 09, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

I like Jon. Honestly. This is a damn good example, though, of why I won't be voting for him on Tuesday. (Thanks to TDW for the graphic.)...Read More


My main reason for not voting "Elrod"

Filed by Bil Browning | March 09, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

I like Jon. Honestly. This is a damn good example, though, of why I won't be voting for him on Tuesday. (Thanks to TDW for the graphic.)...Read More


Christian identity politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 09, 2008 | 3:05 PM | comments

The Nation has a great article up about the changing Religious Right movement, about how the Old Guard (Robertson, Dobson, et al.) are losing power and the next generation is less focused on gays and abortion and more on the...Read More


Kenny Mehlman goes job hunting...

Filed by Mike Rogers | March 09, 2008 | 11:40 AM | comments

I was wondering when Kenny boy might resurface. Now the man who refuses to say why he has given conflicting answers on his on sexual orientation is working for McCain: From the Politico: John McCain is getting much more than...Read More


Iranian Teen faces deportation and death

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 09, 2008 | 9:48 AM | comments

Mehdi Kazemi, 19, faces what many believe to be a life or death decision in the Netherlands for the gay Iranian teen. Kazemi traveled to London in 2005 from Iran and applied for asylum in Britain after learning that his...Read More


Carson vs Elrod II

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 08, 2008 | 8:31 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post is from Chris Douglas, a noted Indiana republican LGBT activist. Chris is following up on his last guest post, "To my friends in the LGBT community: Elrod vs Carson." In response to the post...Read More


Happy International Women's Day!

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | March 08, 2008 | 2:24 PM | comments

Hope you're marching, striking, laughing, loving ... celebrating and working for change however you do it. Want to find an event near you? Check out the Global Women's Strike site. Read about IWD, Gaza-style, here (link via brownfemipower). This year's...Read More


The video Hillary does NOT want you to see

Filed by Bil Browning | March 08, 2008 | 11:38 AM | comments

Okay, this was too funny to pass up. Isn't the resemblance striking? Absolutely amazing. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


The Many Faces Of Mara Keisling: The Death of United ENDA?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | March 07, 2008 | 4:55 PM | comments

Is one of the key players in the United ENDA movement, Mara Keisling, signaling its death? Recently Keisling said: 'We have to show Barney Frank 220 votes,' she said. 'If we show him 220 votes, nobody is going to work...Read More


Larry Craiging

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 07, 2008 | 2:04 PM | comments

Florida's gay governor Charlie Crist seems to have a girlfriend: For months, Gov. Charlie Crist has insisted that New York socialite Carol Rome is just "a friend," but Tuesday night at a soiree in the Governor's Mansion, he introduced her...Read More


Larry Craiging

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 07, 2008 | 2:04 PM | comments

Florida's gay governor Charlie Crist seems to have a girlfriend: For months, Gov. Charlie Crist has insisted that New York socialite Carol Rome is just "a friend," but Tuesday night at a soiree in the Governor's Mansion, he introduced her...Read More


Indy Star to DCCC: Screw you!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 07, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

Today's Indianapolis Star had a surprise endorsement that is a direct slap in the face of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). In the special election to replace deceased Congresswoman Julia Carson (D), the Star has endorsed Republican Jon Elrod...Read More


A Farewell to Cussing?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 07, 2008 | 11:09 AM | comments

"No Cussing Week" just ended in South Pasadena. No, I'm not making this up. Mayor Michael Caccioitti of the staid California foothill community proclaimed the first week of March, now and hereafter, as a time when citizens will hopefully refrain...Read More


A Farewell to Cussing?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 07, 2008 | 11:09 AM | comments

"No Cussing Week" just ended in South Pasadena. No, I'm not making this up. Mayor Michael Caccioitti of the staid California foothill community proclaimed the first week of March, now and hereafter, as a time when citizens will hopefully refrain...Read More


A Time For Every Purpose: Anger, Grief, and Moving On

Filed by Donna Rose | March 07, 2008 | 10:41 AM | comments

I have taken a couple of days to consider Bil Browning's recent post titled "Let's rewind and start over". I really wasn't quite sure how to take it so I had to reread it several times. This is a complicated,...Read More


A Time For Every Purpose: Anger, Grief, and Moving On

Filed by Donna Rose | March 07, 2008 | 10:41 AM | comments

I have taken a couple of days to consider Bil Browning's recent post titled "Let's rewind and start over". I really wasn't quite sure how to take it so I had to reread it several times. This is a complicated,...Read More


The Accusations Fly

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 07, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

The accusations have started to fly at top speed. Obama's campaign accused Clinton's of 'darkening' Obama in an ad purposefully to play the race card. What? A few hours later, there was a recant. Ooops. Guess that wasn't true. But...Read More


Hillary Ain't No Obama

Filed by Storm Bear | March 07, 2008 | 8:40 AM | comments

click to enlarge I just do not understand why Hillary sounds so hollow and insincere. When she is on the stump, her presentation lacks passion and conviction. So why is she still in the race? I think it is...Read More


Senators cubed

Filed by Bil Browning | March 06, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

Three different Senators and three different stories today. State Senator David Ford has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A dedicated public servant, Ford continued to review legislation and cast votes from his hospital bed. State Senator Jeff...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Donna Rose

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 06, 2008 | 4:06 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be former Human Rights Campaign Executive Board Member, blogger, and Bilerico Project contributor Donna Rose. Donna Rose served as HRC's first and only transgender Executive Board member until late last year when she resigned in protest...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Donna Rose

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 06, 2008 | 4:06 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be former Human Rights Campaign Executive Board Member, blogger, and Bilerico Project contributor Donna Rose. Donna Rose served as HRC's first and only transgender Executive Board member until late last year when she resigned in protest...Read More


A Victory in Fort Lauderdale!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 06, 2008 | 1:32 PM | comments

After much outcry from around the country, the City of Fort Lauderdale has removed the "Focus on Fort Lauderdale" newsletter with Mayor Jim Naugle's bigoted message against the LGBT community from the city's website. The city also decided that the...Read More


Nationally recognized Homophobe dies

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | March 06, 2008 | 11:13 AM | comments

Robert Skolrood has died. Many of you may not be familiar with this man but he was a major player in fundamentalist activism. Included in the NY Times obit is this gem: "In 2002, when he was semi-retired, Mr. Skolrood...Read More


David Schuster Needs A Halo

Filed by Storm Bear | March 06, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

click to enlarge So I am up early working on my charity, BooksForSoldiers.com (donate), while watching Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. This morning David Schuster was on and discussing the race for the Democratic nomination. Joe kept spewing, as...Read More


Hillary Clinton marches on

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2008 | 9:20 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island yesterday and closed the gap between her and Senator Obama by about a dozen delegates, and Obama won the popular vote in the state of Vermont. Congratulations to...Read More


Hillary Clinton marches on

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2008 | 9:20 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island yesterday and closed the gap between her and Senator Obama by about a dozen delegates, and Obama won the popular vote in the state of Vermont. Congratulations to...Read More


To my friends in the LGBT community: Elrod vs Carson

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from former Bilerico contributor Chris Douglas. Chris is a longtime Republican LGBT activist. In the special election on March 11th, we will be presented with a decision which previously has been all...Read More


Jesus Doesn't Matter

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 05, 2008 | 2:37 PM | comments

Sweet Jesus, but I am sick and tired of hearing about Jesus. Let me be clear. When a presidential candidate is asked the following question — or any similar question — about his/her opponent, it shouldn't be answered. If said...Read More


Washington state DP bill passes Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2008 | 1:35 PM | comments

Congratulations to Equal Rights Washington and other local activists who worked to get this bill passed. A bill to expand domestic partnership rights just passed the state senate 29-20, after having already passed the house and it's expected to be...Read More


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The Last Bush AIDS Budget: Some Thoughts After Calming Down

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 05, 2008 | 10:01 AM | comments

[Editor's note:] This is guest post is by William McColl. William D. McColl, Esq., the Political Director of AIDS Action, has worked on HIV/AIDS, alcohol and other drug treatment, and criminal justice reform issues for nearly 15 years. He holds...Read More


A Landslide of One

Filed by Storm Bear | March 05, 2008 | 9:18 AM | comments

click to enlarge As of this writing, Clinton gained one delegate from last night but is still behind in the total delegate count. After watching Hillary's speech last night, I found it remarkable that she portrayed it as a...Read More


Hypocrisy Watch: add two more to the list

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 05, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Stories about right-wing antigay figures saying one thing and doing quite another seem to come forth at a regular, if not accelerating, pace. These two deal with two important events in GLBT legal history before the U.S. Supreme Court: The...Read More


LGBT community to gain new advocate in Statehouse

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2008 | 8:25 AM | comments

Mary Ann Sullivan will talk your ear off. The state legislature candidate can talk about all of the regular Democratic talking points and then some. She may be a newbie to the political scene, but she knows her stuff and...Read More


LGBTQ Community Too Sharp For Recycled Propaganda

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 04, 2008 | 8:45 PM | comments

If Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's recent flood of campaign literature can be believed, then his recent media buys in Ohio and Texas might be a sign of "a change of heart" or, as we say in religious language, a "conversion,"...Read More


The Arguments and Politics of Marriage Equality in California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 04, 2008 | 5:41 PM | comments

As the nation tries to read the political tea leaves in Super Duper Tuesday Part Deux, Californians are trying to guess which way the state Supreme Court is leaning after hearing oral arguments this morning on marriage equality for same...Read More


The Arguments and Politics of Marriage Equality in California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 04, 2008 | 5:41 PM | comments

As the nation tries to read the political tea leaves in Super Duper Tuesday Part Deux, Californians are trying to guess which way the state Supreme Court is leaning after hearing oral arguments this morning on marriage equality for same...Read More


A Tale of Two Weddings

Filed by Cathy Renna | March 04, 2008 | 3:23 PM | comments

My wife and I often joke about the fact that we will just keep getting married "until it sticks." Not for us, mind you, we are 110% committed to each other, our family, our daughter and all that comes with...Read More


Roundup: Jon Elrod, Jill Long Thompson and a big dose o' crazy

Filed by Bil Browning | March 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

A quick look around Indiana tidbits that you shouldn't miss... Steph Mineart's guest post apparently made some waves. Talk show host Abdul Hakim-Shabazz questioned Elrod this morning on his radio show. For what it's worth, Elrod has told me he's...Read More


More and more misogyny in the Washington Post

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 04, 2008 | 9:20 AM | comments

Please, someone, just make it stop. I know it sells papers to pander to the most hateful among us. I know some people love reading contrarian screeds, no matter how idiotic and poorly researched, just to have something to disagree...Read More


No Defending John McCain on Gay Issues

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 04, 2008 | 8:18 AM | comments

Queen please! That's the first thought that came to mind when I read the sycophantic opinion piece called In Defense of John McCain by Scott Tucker, communications director for Log Cabin Republicans, making excuses for John McCain's weak record on...Read More


Jasmyne's Not Racist

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 03, 2008 | 11:50 PM | comments

One thing I've noted in our ongoing struggle in the United States to overcome our negative past in terms of race relations is we aren't speaking the same language. Yes, we all speak our version of English here in the...Read More


Hillary's Distant Diva Cousins

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 03, 2008 | 7:04 PM | comments

This should help get the gay vote back. People is reporting that Senator Hillary Clinton has a few distant diva cousins... including the Material Girl herself: Madonna....Read More


Women's History Month: The Latest Femicide

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 03, 2008 | 4:09 PM | comments

Amid our celebration of important women through the ages, we must keep our eyes on the staggering task still ahead. Violence against women is a huge global problem -- and it is growing. Indeed, as the world becomes ever more...Read More


Women's History Month: The Latest Femicide

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 03, 2008 | 4:09 PM | comments

Amid our celebration of important women through the ages, we must keep our eyes on the staggering task still ahead. Violence against women is a huge global problem -- and it is growing. Indeed, as the world becomes ever more...Read More


I've never heard this elephant in the room

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2008 | 12:24 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Steph Mineart. Steph is a website designer, lesbian, long-time blogger, and occasional writer on political issues. Commonplacebook.com is her online home, and she resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her lovely girlfriend,...Read More


Jim Naugle Uses Tax Dollars to Incite Violence in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 03, 2008 | 11:20 AM | comments

Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has once again used his office to spread fear and hate about the gay community. In the latest city newsletter, paid for by the city and available on the city's website, Naugle again used...Read More


Jim Naugle Uses Tax Dollars to Incite Violence in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 03, 2008 | 11:20 AM | comments

Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has once again used his office to spread fear and hate about the gay community. In the latest city newsletter, paid for by the city and available on the city's website, Naugle again used...Read More


Was it Bill or Hillary?

Filed by Storm Bear | March 03, 2008 | 9:59 AM | comments

click to enlarge Bill is slick and I mean that as a compliment. He has to be one of the most effective politicians of the 20th century. Even the folks who hate him the most always admit that Bill...Read More


The state of the 7th

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2008 | 9:21 AM | comments

A little birdie has told me that the Andre Carson campaign to replace his grandmother in Congress will be dealt a not-so-pleasant surprise today. I promised to let someone else break the news, but suffice it to say that the...Read More


A heartfelt apology

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

I owe an apology to our readers and I'd like to offer it now. I'm sorry that I was an ass. I didn't mean to and it was callous of me. I stand corrected. I should have known better and...Read More


We Are Not Helpless

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 03, 2008 | 7:36 AM | comments

We can be horrified, but we cannot be surprised. Witness the death of yet another child who said he was gay -- the murder of another teenager who defied gender stereotypes. On Friday, Feb. 22, 17-year-old Simmie Williams Jr. was...Read More


We Are Not Helpless

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 03, 2008 | 7:36 AM | comments

We can be horrified, but we cannot be surprised. Witness the death of yet another child who said he was gay -- the murder of another teenager who defied gender stereotypes. On Friday, Feb. 22, 17-year-old Simmie Williams Jr. was...Read More


TransLaw at Harvard: Discussions of Law, Justice and Equality

Filed by Donna Rose | March 02, 2008 | 10:40 PM | comments

I'm in chilly Cambridge, MA at Harvard Law School this weekend (yes, that Harvard) participating in a Trans Law conference organized by Harvard Law School Lambda. It's comprised of a number of panels led by an impressive array of nationally...Read More


Leadership Open Thread: What Makes a President?

Filed by Dustin Kight | March 02, 2008 | 12:03 PM | comments

Let us leave "facts" aside for a minute, disputed as they often are. Let us instead engage in the narrative that has developed (and sharpened) over the past few months of the Democratic primary -- that one candidate represents experience...Read More


Pope Cheers on Gay Haters

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 01, 2008 | 12:42 PM | comments

Pope Benedict XVI said Friday that he appreciates efforts of "the many Americans ."opposed to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage." This was reflected, he said, "in the efforts of so many of your fellow citizens and government leaders to ensure...Read More