Politics: April 2008

Public radio interview

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 30, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Here's a link to the public radio interview we did that I told you about yesterday. It turned out pretty good. 4 minutes on 9 statewide NPR affiliates. It ran at least twice in the Indianapolis market. Click on over...Read More


Public radio interview

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 30, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Here's a link to the public radio interview we did that I told you about yesterday. It turned out pretty good. 4 minutes on 9 statewide NPR affiliates. It ran at least twice in the Indianapolis market. Click on over...Read More


A message from Team Orentlicher

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

A message from David O's campaign just landed in the inbox. A snippet: As we enter the final week of this primary race, our campaign is firing on all cylinders and driving to victory! Our television ads have elicited lots...Read More


Pansy-gate

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2008 | 2:17 PM | comments

I'm a bit surprised by the reaction I've seen to NC Governor Mike Easley's comments saying that Hillary Clinton would make Rocky Balboa look like a pansy. A few people are debating the meaning of the word "pansy" in that...Read More


Pansy-gate

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2008 | 2:17 PM | comments

I'm a bit surprised by the reaction I've seen to NC Governor Mike Easley's comments saying that Hillary Clinton would make Rocky Balboa look like a pansy. A few people are debating the meaning of the word "pansy" in that...Read More


ISPCA designates Best in Show

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

I got an e-mail from the Indiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the other day with their endorsements in this election. ISPCA is not a non-profit organization, but an animal rights activist group. The candidates who got...Read More


Black History: Southerners Contemplate Manual Labor

Filed by Storm Bear | April 30, 2008 | 11:41 AM | comments

click to enlarge At the beginning of 1864, Lincoln made Grant commander of all Union armies. Grant made his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac, and put Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in command of most of the...Read More


A Possible Solution to the ENDA Equation

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2008 | 11:05 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Allison Bricker works as a Senior Political Analyst for an Indiana public opinion and research company, and has a lifelong love affair with all things political. She currently manages her own blog, Political-Soapbox. While I believe...Read More


Too Little, Too Late

Filed by Bruce Parker | April 29, 2008 | 5:48 PM | comments

My mother called me last night in an incredibly upbeat mood. She had just finished watching clips of Reverend Jeremiah Wright's latest statements. In a joking way she asked me if Hillary and Bill had paid Reverend Wright to get...Read More


Great Polling News for Carson and JLT; Presidential Race is a Push

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 29, 2008 | 3:02 PM | comments

From the IBJ, the Howey-Gauge poll shows wide margins for Andre Carson in IN-07 and Jill Long Thompson in the gubernatorial primary: Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are locked in a virtual dead heat in Indiana, according...Read More


Great Polling News for Carson and JLT; Presidential Race is a Push

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 29, 2008 | 3:02 PM | comments

From the IBJ, the Howey-Gauge poll shows wide margins for Andre Carson in IN-07 and Jill Long Thompson in the gubernatorial primary: Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are locked in a virtual dead heat in Indiana, according...Read More


Black History: Sing your way to a Contraband Camp

Filed by Storm Bear | April 29, 2008 | 2:39 PM | comments

click to enlarge At the beginning of the war some Union commanders thought they were supposed to return escaped slaves to their masters. By 1862, when it became clear that this would be a long war, the question of...Read More


Hillary Clinton is a successful politician

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

There are two basic rules for politics: Always book a room smaller than you need so it looks like the place is packed with supporters.Never attack your opponent when someone else will do it for you. iPhone users: Click to...Read More


Baracktails

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2008 | 2:10 PM | comments

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Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2008 | 2:10 PM | comments

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There are gays in Indiana?!

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 29, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

I'm such a NPR geek. When I get in the car, I always tune to our local NPR affiliate, WFYI. So how excited was I today when Bil and I went for our first interview with WFYI? (I think if...Read More


There are gays in Indiana?!

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 29, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

I'm such a NPR geek. When I get in the car, I always tune to our local NPR affiliate, WFYI. So how excited was I today when Bil and I went for our first interview with WFYI? (I think if...Read More


Woody Myers reaches out to LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

Congressional candidate Woody Myers will be holding a GLBT community reception at his campaign headquarters on Wednesday evening at 7pm. The office is located at 30 South Meridian Street. Topics for discussion include ENDA, the federal marriage amendment and Don't...Read More


Reviewing Elaine's Re-Invention Tour

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 29, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

As the nation pauses to celebrate the release of a new gift from her Madge-sty, another girl from Michigan is launching her own Re-Invention Tour . . . but with a decidedly less-thrilling tune. Elaine Donnelly, who gave up the...Read More


Obama's Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 29, 2008 | 11:31 AM | comments

Religion plays too important of a role in today's theater of American politics. Given the collapsing of church and state since Bush came into office, how and where and why a presidential candidate worships or not, unfortunately, speaks to his...Read More


Support San Diego Mayor Sanders!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Stampp Corbin works for the Mayor Sanders Reelection campaign and Nicole Murray-Ramirez is a San Diego City Commissioner. There is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show that we support those who support us. That opportunity is...Read More


Support San Diego Mayor Sanders!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Stampp Corbin works for the Mayor Sanders Reelection campaign and Nicole Murray-Ramirez is a San Diego City Commissioner. There is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show that we support those who support us. That opportunity is...Read More


SJR7 Revisited: Why Micah Clark Is Throwing His Own Legal Experts Under the Bus

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

There's a lively debate between me and the American Family Association's Micah Clark going on at Veritas Rex, the blogsite of the Indiana Family Institute. Micah started with the usual blather blaming the Democratic leadership in the Indiana House for...Read More


HRC releases endorsements, mum on NC U.S. Senate race

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 28, 2008 | 4:28 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) put out its first wave of endorsements as it touts its Election 08 website, where voters can gauge the political landscape of each state, donate to candidates, access the latest news and information on LGBT...Read More


Winning and Losing Matters: Slating Edition

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 28, 2008 | 2:23 PM | comments

If you want the County Party's support on the day of the primary, you have to win that support through the mechanism that the rules state: a vote of all precinct committee people and ward chairs at the slating convention....Read More


Black History: First Shots of the Civil War

Filed by Storm Bear | April 28, 2008 | 12:39 PM | comments

click to enlarge Six days after South Carolina seceded, U.S. Army Major Robert Anderson abandoned the indefensible Fort Moultrie and secretly relocated the 85 men under his command, who comprised two companies of the 1st U.S. Artillery, to Fort...Read More


Marion County Democratic Party chair threatens fellow democrats

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

I got an unexpected letter in the mail on Saturday. It was from the Marion County Democratic Party; they were writing me as a precinct committee person. Of course when it came time to choose a candidate for the special...Read More


Marion County Democratic Party chair threatens fellow democrats

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

I got an unexpected letter in the mail on Saturday. It was from the Marion County Democratic Party; they were writing me as a precinct committee person. Of course when it came time to choose a candidate for the special...Read More


Marion County Democratic Party chair threatens fellow democrats

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

I got an unexpected letter in the mail on Saturday. It was from the Marion County Democratic Party; they were writing me as a precinct committee person. Of course when it came time to choose a candidate for the special...Read More


Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is Queen for a weekend

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2008 | 9:17 AM | comments

Friend of the blog Abdul Hakim-Shabazz made a guest appearance on Fox News last night. Between Fox and the IMA's blogger float, he won't be able to fit through a door for a week... Oh, who am I kidding? I'm...Read More


Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is Queen for a weekend

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2008 | 9:17 AM | comments

Friend of the blog Abdul Hakim-Shabazz made a guest appearance on Fox News last night. Between Fox and the IMA's blogger float, he won't be able to fit through a door for a week... Oh, who am I kidding? I'm...Read More


The Messiah Wears No Clothes

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 27, 2008 | 4:24 PM | comments

Indiana has become the center of the universe thanks to the red hot contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I cannot recall the national interest in what Indiana has to say about the presidential race ever reaching this point....Read More


The Messiah Wears No Clothes

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 27, 2008 | 4:24 PM | comments

Indiana has become the center of the universe thanks to the red hot contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I cannot recall the national interest in what Indiana has to say about the presidential race ever reaching this point....Read More


David Orentlicher profiled in Indy Star

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Friday the Star did a profile on Carolene Mays, the homophobic state representative running in the 7th Congressional District primary. On Saturday, it was Rep David Orentlicher's turn to be featured. The article points out David's willingness to speak...Read More


David Orentlicher profiled in Indy Star

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Friday the Star did a profile on Carolene Mays, the homophobic state representative running in the 7th Congressional District primary. On Saturday, it was Rep David Orentlicher's turn to be featured. The article points out David's willingness to speak...Read More


Bigotry, Show Thyself!

Filed by Dustin Kight | April 26, 2008 | 11:45 PM | comments

This past Thursday, April 24, the Senate passed the immensely popular Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Put broadly the Act bars discrimination in insurance and employment based on one's genetic information. Medical researchers, in particular, decry the reluctance of individuals...Read More


Crabby Putinesca

Filed by Kate Clinton | April 26, 2008 | 6:10 PM | comments

It is an amazing spring day here in New York City. Finally. The trees are leafing out, providing cover for the tattered, plastic Fairway bags lufting all winter in the bare tree branches. The yellow forsythia petals have given way...Read More


Hagee still blames gays for Katrina

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 26, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

It looks like McCain supporter John Hagee still blames us for Hurricane Katrina. Hagee has long said that Katrina was God's judgment for a "massive homosexual rally" that was planned for the Monday following the storm. McCain has refused to...Read More


Hutch Misses the Snap

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: ShannonB is an activist both for trans rights in society but also for trans and all LGBTQI in religious communities on the west coast. She is an electrical engineer in her day job, and a leader in her...Read More


Barney Won't Talk To Us

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 25, 2008 | 9:50 PM | comments

Never let it be said I didn't give it my best effort. During a surprise call-in during my March 6th show featuring Donna Rose, Joe Racalto, an aide in Congressman Barney Frank's office, suggested I contact him to set up...Read More


Barney Won't Talk To Us

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 25, 2008 | 9:50 PM | comments

Never let it be said I didn't give it my best effort. During a surprise call-in during my March 6th show featuring Donna Rose, Joe Racalto, an aide in Congressman Barney Frank's office, suggested I contact him to set up...Read More


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We get international mail!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

This week's installment of We Get Mail is more like an open thread... I immediately wrote the reader with my suggestions but I'd like to get your recommendations too. From: Niall Couper Message: Just wondering if you can help us....Read More


Starting From Scratch:The Death of United ENDA Part II

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In March I said: Essentially it's business as usual for HRC. Nothing has substantially changed in their lobbying efforts. They've had no "'rehabilitative"' moment or change of heart. If you take Keisling's words to heart, the only other conclusion that...Read More


So which is it?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Congressional candidate and state representative Carolene Mays is talking out of both sides of her mouth these days. In today's Indianapolis Star, Brendan O'Shaughnessy features Mays' campaign and highlights one segment of voters that have a huge problem with electing...Read More


So which is it?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Congressional candidate and state representative Carolene Mays is talking out of both sides of her mouth these days. In today's Indianapolis Star, Brendan O'Shaughnessy features Mays' campaign and highlights one segment of voters that have a huge problem with electing...Read More


Black History: Prison for teaching slaves to read

Filed by Storm Bear | April 25, 2008 | 10:11 AM | comments

click to enlarge SPECIAL REQUEST FOR TCD FANS: The San Francisco Chronicle is pondering the addition of new cartoons for their paper - a process that seems to be initiated by Darren Bell, creator of Candorville (one of my...Read More


Doings in the 7th

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 24, 2008 | 2:13 PM | comments

Barack Obama has cut a radio ad for Andre Carson and Jim Shella says there's a TV ad in the works too. (H/T BlueIndiana and Jim Shella.) In other news, David Orentlicher has loaned his own campaign $327,000 according to...Read More


Ingredients for a new Christian church

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 24, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Father Tony is a perpetually vacationing Roman Catholic priest partnered for 25 years and dividing his time beween homes in Manhattan and Fort Lauderdale. He spent four years in Rome where he improved his tennis game,...Read More


Presidential Candidates weigh in on Iranian Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 24, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

Deportation of gay Iranian refugees is essentially a death sentence, according to Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum. The issue recently came into the spotlight with 19 year old Mehdi Kazemi, who was first denied asylum in the...Read More


Presidential Candidates weigh in on Iranian Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 24, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

Deportation of gay Iranian refugees is essentially a death sentence, according to Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum. The issue recently came into the spotlight with 19 year old Mehdi Kazemi, who was first denied asylum in the...Read More


Obama announces "Hoosier Leadership Committee"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Obama campaign released a list of prominent political supporters yesterday. They're calling the group the Indiana Leadership Committee. The supporters have been tasked "to lead grassroots organizing efforts for the Indiana campaign." The list includes Congress members, mayors, prosecutors...Read More


Obama announces "Hoosier Leadership Committee"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Obama campaign released a list of prominent political supporters yesterday. They're calling the group the Indiana Leadership Committee. The supporters have been tasked "to lead grassroots organizing efforts for the Indiana campaign." The list includes Congress members, mayors, prosecutors...Read More


Danger Zone

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 24, 2008 | 9:11 AM | comments

I'm a huge fan of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and listen to it every day. Its combination of news, interviews, humor and insightful commentary from such peeps as Tavis Smiley, Michael Eric Dyson, and 'the Revs' routinely draws...Read More


Former Indiana state senator Jean Leising loves lobbyists

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

When I say that Indiana's legislature is one of the most corrupt and inept, I can point to former Republican state senator Jean Leising (and current state senate candidate!) as an example of what I'm talking about. Leising recently sent...Read More


Obama Goes For Dirt

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 23, 2008 | 7:45 PM | comments

According to the Washington Post today, and "anonymous" source in the Obama campaign said they are going to rehash all the old dirt on Clinton. You know, Whitewater- the investigation that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to find she did...Read More


AZ Anti-Marriage Amendment Advances

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 23, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's a bummer, but today the Arizona State Legislature moved a bill through the House that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. From the Arizona Daily Star: Without comment, lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a measure to...Read More


Pennsylvania primary odds n' ends

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2008 | 2:43 PM | comments

I was already getting primary fatigue back in December, but I think that I'm over it now. I'm sure whatever state I'm in now will be diagnosed later as a form of Stockholm Syndrome; I'm learning to love this primary...Read More


Obama Indiana GLBT Meetup - Dine Out For Life

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 23, 2008 | 1:46 PM | comments

To those of you that read this blog and support Barack Obama, OUR TIME IS NOW. The results from last nights returns point more than ever how vital this primary in Indiana is going to be. The GLBT vote could...Read More


Louisiana Leaves Some Children Behind

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 23, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

This week, students across the country will participate in The Day of Silence, a remarkable event that rallies thousands of young people to stand in solidarity with their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender classmates. Later today, in Los Angeles, more...Read More


The Danger of McCain

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 23, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

Many are all atwitter trying to spin for their Democratic candidate today. They continue the in-party attacks and have taken their eyes off the big prize. While we bruise up each other, we are leaving a dangerous candidate to tour...Read More


The Danger of McCain

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 23, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

Many are all atwitter trying to spin for their Democratic candidate today. They continue the in-party attacks and have taken their eyes off the big prize. While we bruise up each other, we are leaving a dangerous candidate to tour...Read More


Nazi Republicans Running For Congress

Filed by Storm Bear | April 23, 2008 | 10:22 AM | comments

click to enlarge SPECIAL REQUEST FOR TCD FANS: The San Francisco Chronicle is pondering the addition of new cartoons for their paper - a process that seems to be initiated by Darren Bell, creator of Candorville (one of my...Read More


Larry Craig as Veep Nominee: the (d)elusive evidence

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 23, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

The speculation concerning Idaho Senator Larry Craig being selected by John McCain as his running mate this fall seems to be continuing, despite claims by skeptics that there is absolutely no hard evidence to support it. I first broke the...Read More


Clinton Wins By TEN

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 23, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

I have one thing to say: It doesn't matter how you win. THINK: BUSH 2000. The world laughed at us and that son-of-a-bitch won. Whine, complain, stomp your feet. She won. And won big....Read More


Jack Bauer, masculinity, and torture

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2008 | 7:42 PM | comments

It seems that so much has been coming out these past few weeks about who knew and authorized what re torture at the White House. The Guardian has an interesting article up about Guantanamo Bay and the Haynes memo, and...Read More


Jack Bauer, masculinity, and torture

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2008 | 7:42 PM | comments

It seems that so much has been coming out these past few weeks about who knew and authorized what re torture at the White House. The Guardian has an interesting article up about Guantanamo Bay and the Haynes memo, and...Read More


Anti-Marriage Amendment Vote Delayed

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 22, 2008 | 5:57 PM | comments

Last week I reported on an anti-marriage amendment working its way through the AZ State Legislature. Today, the Arizona House of Representatives, acting as the Committee of the Whole, moved the anti-marriage amendment (SCR 1042) forward. However, House leadership did...Read More


We're Trying To Make HRC Better, Not Tear It Down

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 22, 2008 | 4:46 PM | comments

HRC and its defenders has been on a furious spin offensive in the last several weeks. They've been trying to paint its numerous critics like myself as 'transgender conspiracy theorists' and other nastier epithets in other corners of the GLBT...Read More


Zirkle: I don't hate all Jews - only the ones sexing our white Christian women

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

There is just so much wrong with this story that I can't stop laughing at all the possible punchlines available. This story just doesn't stop either. First Indiana's 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Tony Zirkle advocates segregation. Then he speaks...Read More


Black History: The Causes of the Civil War

Filed by Storm Bear | April 22, 2008 | 12:03 PM | comments

click to enlarge SPECIAL REQUEST FOR TCD FANS: The San Francisco Chronicle is pondering the addition of new cartoons for their paper - a process that seems to be initiated by Darren Bell, creator of Candorville (one of my...Read More


Chelsea Clinton Goes to a Gay Bar; Gays Go Wild

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 22, 2008 | 9:52 AM | comments

Am I the only gay that really could care less if Chelsea shows up to mingle at a gay bar? It is not like she has done anything ever to advance GLBT civil rights. She simply showed up at a...Read More


Elaine's Wild Ride on the Sapphic Slip 'N Slide

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 21, 2008 | 10:23 PM | comments

There she goes again. Elaine Donnelly, the ever-so-coiffed defense-department-damsel-in-distress, is having Sapphic visions of a Slip 'N Slide ride with openly lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. And of course, it has something to do with Tammy's mile-high adventure with a woman....Read More


Money Changes (Almost) Everything

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM | comments

Recently, there's been much discussion about how we go forward in dealing with the Human Rights Campaign as a community, where the popular opinion of the greater LGBT community, and probably of nearly all of those who identify as transgender...Read More


Money Changes (Almost) Everything

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM | comments

Recently, there's been much discussion about how we go forward in dealing with the Human Rights Campaign as a community, where the popular opinion of the greater LGBT community, and probably of nearly all of those who identify as transgender...Read More


Don't expect the Jewish, gypsy and gay vote

Filed by Bil Browning | April 21, 2008 | 3:40 PM | comments

Just when you think Indiana couldn't become a bigger national mockery of human rights, Tony Zirkle is willing to step right in there and push us that extra yard further. A hat tip to Hoosier Access for finding this picture...Read More


Win or Lose, We Still Have a Long Way, Baby

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

With the PA vote loaming on the horizon, I'm going to resist writing about the Primary race. We'll know enough tomorrow night, and I can wait. I can't really wait but I have to so instead of getting anxious now,...Read More


Big Sky Country Gets Bigger

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 21, 2008 | 10:46 AM | comments

I just got back from book-touring in my home state, Montana, and can report that the world-famous "big sky" is getting a little bigger for LGBT issues. It's springtime in the Rockies, with cottonwood trees coming into bud. The chinooks...Read More


Lock(e)ing it...

Filed by Mike Rogers | April 21, 2008 | 10:45 AM | comments

Barney talks about John Locke in OUT Magazine: What Rogers does makes some Democrats squeamish, because they think no one should ever decide for someone else when he must come out of the closet. But Representative Frank is not among...Read More


Black History: The Underground Railroad

Filed by Storm Bear | April 21, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

click to enlarge Many people associated with the Underground Railroad only knew their part of the operation and not of the whole scheme. Though this may seem like an unreliable route for slaves to gain their freedom, hundreds of...Read More


John McCain Is Older Than...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 20, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

This just made me laugh. It's a great video of things younger than John McCain, created by 55 year old Steve Rosenthal when a friend tried to console him on his birthday by saying, "You're not old, John McCain is...Read More


A Scout Is ... Queer?

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 20, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Well, you won't find it among the characteristics listed on the Scout Law. But, yeah, in my case a scout is queer. A few weeks ago, I got an email from the National Eagle Scout Association. (Yes, I'm an Eagle...Read More


MIT hate mail and cultural redaction

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Sara posted about this response to an email that the LGBT Club at Sloan Management School received this past week: Last semester, on December 10th, the club officers at MIT Sloan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Club (LGBT) sent an...Read More


A transgender message from Thailand

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | April 19, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Robert Ganshorn was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front at Purdue University before creating one of the first Public Television documentaries on gay lifestyles broadcast during his graduate studies at Indiana University. Failing to become the...Read More


Callout for Volunteers for David Orentlicher

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 19, 2008 | 12:23 PM | comments

The David Orentlicher for Congress campaign is putting together a big push to canvass the district before the election on May 6 and the campaign needs as many volunteers as are available. On Saturday, May 3, David O's campaign is...Read More


Callout for Volunteers for David Orentlicher

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 19, 2008 | 12:23 PM | comments

The David Orentlicher for Congress campaign is putting together a big push to canvass the district before the election on May 6 and the campaign needs as many volunteers as are available. On Saturday, May 3, David O's campaign is...Read More


No (Finally) Means No

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 18, 2008 | 9:58 PM | comments

I'd forgotten about this. If a woman consents to having sex with a man but then during intercourse says no, and the man continues, is it rape? In Maryland--as well as in North Carolina--when a woman says yes, she can't...Read More


Endorsements abound

Filed by Bil Browning | April 18, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Now that the Presidential circus has come to Indiana, my inbox is flooded with press releases and tidbits from both campaigns. I have to say - Obama's folks are much better. They send more actual press releases while Clinton's folks...Read More


Florida Amendment sponsors roll out new campaign of hate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 18, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

The group behind the Florida "Marriage Amendment" has launched a new website and media blitz. Not surprising, all of the press conferences announcing the effort took place at churches around the state. It seems they aren't even trying to hide...Read More


Black History: Trusting Whitey

Filed by Storm Bear | April 18, 2008 | 12:48 PM | comments

click to enlarge The Underground Railroad was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th century Black slaves in the United States to escape to free states (or as far north as Canada) with the...Read More


NCTE Lobby Days: Where's Waldo, HRC, or Barney Frank?

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 18, 2008 | 12:24 PM | comments

Last October Representative Barney Frank said: It's partly because some of the people who are now lately to this fight weren't there helping us through the lobbying. and then said: I have been pleading with people in the gay and...Read More


Obama Brushes Clinton Dirt Off His Shoulder

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 18, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Hillary Clinton has tried her damnedest to tar and feather Barack Obama with Karl Rove-like smears. But Barack just ain't having it. After the appalling ABC debate on Wednesday in which it seemed that Clinton, George Stephanoupolis and Charles Gibson...Read More


Judy Shepard at the HRC Houston Dinner

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 18, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

There are moments when I become so frustrated by the in-fighting and division with the GLBT movement that I just want to rip every strand of my hair out. Then there are moments when people like Judy Shepard remind me...Read More


Sometimes Even Soldiers Get the Blues

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 18, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

A new report from the Rand Corporation shows that 300,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental illness. The co-leader of the study by the Rand Corporation, Terri Tanielian, calls the situation "a major health crisis" that could have...Read More


You Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 17, 2008 | 9:40 PM | comments

Like a mofo record player! Clinton and Obama need to stop with the spinning. Who really gives a shit about the minutia these two keep dragging up in order to paint themselves as different from one another? The thing I...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Dana Beyer

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 17, 2008 | 4:42 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll talk with former candidate for Maryland State Delegate and HRC Board of Governors member Dr. Dana Beyer. One of of the very few transpeople still associated with HRC, and certainly the highest-ranking transperson in the organization, we'll talk...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Dana Beyer

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 17, 2008 | 4:42 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll talk with former candidate for Maryland State Delegate and HRC Board of Governors member Dr. Dana Beyer. One of of the very few transpeople still associated with HRC, and certainly the highest-ranking transperson in the organization, we'll talk...Read More


Israel: At the Forefront of Gay Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 17, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Michal Slawny is a member of the communications team of The Israel Project (TIP). TIP works to educate the press and the public about Israel. Resources are at the bottom of the post. At only 60...Read More


Israel: At the Forefront of Gay Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 17, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Michal Slawny is a member of the communications team of The Israel Project (TIP). TIP works to educate the press and the public about Israel. Resources are at the bottom of the post. At only 60...Read More


Orentlicher's second ad revealed

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

Congressional candidate David Orentlicher's second ad debuted today. It focuses on fixing health care and special interests. As a doctor and an experienced legislator, I think David is in a much better position to fix the health care system than...Read More


TV ad demands Condoleezza Rice's resignation

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Kudos to Brave New Films for last night's commercial after the debate starring Condoleezza Rice. Check out CondiMustGo.com to sign the petition to demand that Rice resign and be prosecuted for sanctioning torture. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Charlie Gibson's Debate: 4 Cartoons

Filed by Storm Bear | April 17, 2008 | 9:36 AM | comments

click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge I watched last night's "debate" with horror. As you probably know by now, nearly the entire first hour was taken up by bullshit questions about lapel pins,...Read More


Last Debate

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 17, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

No, I did not watch it. My wife made me go out to dinner instead. She says I get a little crazy when I watch debates. I yell at the television and wake the children. My face turns red and...Read More


A Call for Congressional Leadership and a Word on Barney Frank's ENDA Compromise

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest Blogger Ed Fallon is a candidate for US Congress in Iowa's 3rd District. He's a former state legislator and is known widely for his 1996 speech in opposition to Iowa's anti-gay marriage bill. He faces Representative Leonard...Read More


A Call for Congressional Leadership and a Word on Barney Frank's ENDA Compromise

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest Blogger Ed Fallon is a candidate for US Congress in Iowa's 3rd District. He's a former state legislator and is known widely for his 1996 speech in opposition to Iowa's anti-gay marriage bill. He faces Representative Leonard...Read More


Black History: Overseers

Filed by Storm Bear | April 16, 2008 | 9:12 AM | comments

click to enlarge As the nation expanded west, so did the cultivation of cotton and the institution of slavery. Historian Peter Kolchin wrote, "By breaking up existing families and forcing slaves to relocate far from everyone and everything they...Read More


Barack Obama, bitterness, and classism personalized

Filed by Bil Browning | April 15, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm going to break my strike. I have some insights into what Obama was saying with his remarks about the rural poor as a Midwesterner who was born in a small town. Since I regularly deal with anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-trade,...Read More


Pope Brings His Pradas to the US

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Pope Benedict XVI is making his first tour of the US this week. He will only be stopping in Washington, DC and New York, but he is hoping the visit will rally Catholics around the US. According to NPR: At...Read More


Right Wingers Push for AZ Marriage Amendment

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Members of the Arizona legislature are making another concerted effort to place a measure on the November ballot that would amend the state's constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. As proof positive that this is really just about how much...Read More


How much taxation is too much?

Filed by Storm Bear | April 15, 2008 | 8:55 AM | comments

click to enlarge I keep hearing the GOP and their hand-wringers waxing poetic about tax cuts. One of Rush Limbaugh's fav tricks is asking alleged liberals about tax increases. "If 5% is good why not 10% or 20%?" What...Read More


Sally Kern: Called Out by Clergy

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 14, 2008 | 9:15 PM | comments

The following is an op-ed from Rev. Loyce Newton-Edwards, president of PFLAG Oklahoma City, which appeared over the weekend in the Oklahoma Observer. Archbishop Desmond Tutu once observed that, "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you,...Read More


Poor Words for the Poor

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 14, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I think someone stuck their foot in their mouth the other day. And it was covered in the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Washington Post, and many many more. Campaigning in Pennsylvania, he said voters, bitter over their...Read More


Black History: The Native Americans

Filed by Storm Bear | April 14, 2008 | 12:23 PM | comments

click to enlarge The first Native American group encountered by Christopher Columbus were the Island Arawaks (more properly called the Taino) of Boriquen (Puerto Rico), the (Quisqueya) of the Dominican Republic, and the Cubanacan (of Cuba). It has been...Read More


Orentlicher campaign launches first television ad

Filed by Bil Browning | April 14, 2008 | 10:58 AM | comments

The David Orentlicher campaign has released their first television ad for the primary election. It's a cute ad that highlights David's experience as a doctor and a state legislator while poking at how often people butcher his last name. His...Read More


The Larry Craig Vice-Presidency: My Credibility Challenged

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The message from my TBP Managing Editor was terse, and couldn't have been clearer: "Your 'Larry Craig as John McCain's Vice-Presidential running mate' item and its follow-up have lost all credibility with our readers. We trust that you will use...Read More


Republican Did Not Rape, But Had Lots of Gay Sex on Tape

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 14, 2008 | 7:40 AM | comments

It has been clear for a long time that Republicans are far more obsessed with gay sex than any of us card-carrying, militant homosexuals. In the light of day, Republicans foam at the mouth about The Gay Agenda to destroy...Read More


Arizona, IFGE, Love, and My Two Sons

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 13, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's note: Monica Helms is an Atlanta based transgender activist. Monica is past executive director of Trans=Action and co-founder of Transgender American Veterans Association. Going back to Arizona has always been one of adventure and pain for me. I lived...Read More


Luis Barragán was that way

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

Editor's Note: Stephen Suess stymies attempts at a simple bio, having been at various points in his life an Architect, Film Student, Bartender, Web Worker, and VP of Technology. Stephen is currently a writer and blogger (satoristephen.com) on a spiritual...Read More


Schwarzenegger Opposes Antigay Marriage Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 11, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Whooping news: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has always referred to Prop. 22 and the "will of the people" as one of the reasons for twice vetoing the California marriage equality bills, came out against the antigay marriage constitutional amendment initiative...Read More


Schwarzenegger Opposes Antigay Marriage Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 11, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Whooping news: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has always referred to Prop. 22 and the "will of the people" as one of the reasons for twice vetoing the California marriage equality bills, came out against the antigay marriage constitutional amendment initiative...Read More


Woody's Rejoinder

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 11, 2008 | 4:05 PM | comments

This press release from the Myers campaign really seems like it's grasping at straws. Part of what they say is true: Andre has accepted quite a bit of money from both PACs and wealthy individuals. It would be one thing...Read More


Wal-Mart Should Watch Who They Fire

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 10, 2008 | 8:50 PM | comments

Oh, Wal-Mart. Will you never learn? After twenty years of hiring a small video company to video tape executive meetings and so forth, they fired Flagler Productions. Without notice. Just like Wal-Mart, isn't it? But this time, according to Pride...Read More


Wal-Mart Should Watch Who They Fire

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 10, 2008 | 8:50 PM | comments

Oh, Wal-Mart. Will you never learn? After twenty years of hiring a small video company to video tape executive meetings and so forth, they fired Flagler Productions. Without notice. Just like Wal-Mart, isn't it? But this time, according to Pride...Read More


HRC Calls Police To Stop Houston Dinner Protest

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 10, 2008 | 4:07 PM | comments

As I noted in a TransGriot blog post, it's my Houston homeboys' and homegirls' turn to protest an HRC dinner. The HRC Dinner is being held at the convention center hotel across the street from the George R. Brown Convention...Read More


Condi Says She Doesn't Do Veep

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 10, 2008 | 3:52 PM | comments

Forget what you've heard, Condi says she won't do Veep. Sure, she'll do anal. And we all know she's into the S&M (fuck me boots, anyone?), but she's not about to get it on with John McCain, no matter how...Read More


Fort Lauderdale rolls out the rainbow carpet for the U.K.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a pink campaign into the British market aimed at bringing in gay travelers. This PR launch comes in conjunction with Zoom Airlines beginning a new direct route from London to...Read More


Fort Lauderdale rolls out the rainbow carpet for the U.K.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a pink campaign into the British market aimed at bringing in gay travelers. This PR launch comes in conjunction with Zoom Airlines beginning a new direct route from London to...Read More


Obama Talks GLBT Issues with The Advocate

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 10, 2008 | 10:20 AM | comments

Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama sat for a wide ranging interview with The Advocate in which he talks about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, his commitment to GLBT civil rights, and speaking about gay issues to non-gay audiences. The interview...Read More


Black History: Transition from Servitude

Filed by Storm Bear | April 10, 2008 | 10:06 AM | comments

click to enlarge The transformation from indentured servitude to racial slavery happened gradually. There were no laws regarding slavery early in Virginia's history. However, by 1640 the Virginia courts had sentenced at least one black servant to slavery. In...Read More


The Almighty Dollar

Filed by Jim Neal | April 10, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Raising money is the dirty underbelly of our democracy. And that's why I do not take money from PACs or special interest groups. I do this in order to set an example because until we...Read More


P.B.T.S.D.

Filed by Kate Clinton | April 09, 2008 | 5:17 PM | comments

I can't focus on the news, but near as I can figure The Widow Ratzinger is carrying an Olympic torch for Cardinal Egan of the Diocese of New York. He's come a-courtin'! Antiques Roadshow says it's the original torch! Benny...Read More


Detroit Bans Anti-Transgender Discrimination!

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | April 09, 2008 | 3:53 PM | comments

The 11th largest city in the country just banned anti-transgender discrimination. After a grueling 2 hours of other council business, I emerged from the Detroit City Council meeting with good news. The Council voted 8-1 in support of amending the...Read More


NC-Sen: Kay Hagan refuses to answer questions about LGBT legislation

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 09, 2008 | 1:29 PM | comments

I trust that the LGBT community and its advocacy orgs will not ignore this. --Pam I've blogged extensively about the U.S. Senate race in the state of North Carolina at my pad. Bush rubber-stamping Elizabeth Dole absolutely must be unseated,...Read More


NC-Sen: Kay Hagan refuses to answer questions about LGBT legislation

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 09, 2008 | 1:29 PM | comments

I trust that the LGBT community and its advocacy orgs will not ignore this. --Pam I've blogged extensively about the U.S. Senate race in the state of North Carolina at my pad. Bush rubber-stamping Elizabeth Dole absolutely must be unseated,...Read More


From the Office of Sally Kern

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 09, 2008 | 12:09 PM | comments

Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern just doesn't seem to learn: Tape recorders are decidedly not her friend. It's been just over a week since the midwest's favorite homophobe told her local paper, The Oklahoman, that PFLAG supporters from the state took...Read More


Black History: Birth of Colonial Slavery

Filed by Storm Bear | April 09, 2008 | 10:24 AM | comments

click to enlarge The first record of African slavery in Colonial America occurred in 1619. A Dutch ship, the White Lion, had captured 20 enslaved Africans in a battle with a Spanish ship bound for Mexico. The Dutch ship...Read More


Say what?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

I'm just wondering if anyone else noticed this. I saw it and had to laugh. iPhone users: Click to watch So Woody is going to protect the environment and bust down the oil companies - by driving an SUV. Isn't...Read More


Politician uses "Day of Silence" to attack opponent

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 08, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

A County Commissioner from Hillsborough County, Florida has just sent out a nasty anti-gay email to his supporters to oppose the National Day of Silence scheduled for April 25. In the e-mail, Commissioner Brian Blair told his supporters that the...Read More


Cornel West calls Obama out for dissing King tribute

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 08, 2008 | 5:03 PM | comments

While presidential hopefuls McCain and Clinton trek to Memphis on April 4th to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., was Obama's absence due to political inconvenience or personal smugness? As the candidate running on...Read More


Woody Myers, Self-Financing, and Jeffersonian Democracy

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 08, 2008 | 2:19 PM | comments

Via BlueIndiana, Woody Myers has donated another quarter-million to his own campaign, bringing his total self-financing up to $806,000. That's some serious money, and Abdul thinks Woody has momentum. Maybe so, but I also have to wonder if it doesn't...Read More


Andrew Sullivan, Lesbian pundit

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2008 | 1:47 PM | comments

On MSNBC this past Sunday, Christopher Hitchens called Andrew Sullivan a lesbian: SULLIVAN: Again, you keep playing with that quote. We're happy to have it on the record. And now you've made me forget my second point, which is --...Read More


What Cha' Gonna Do For Me, Hillary?

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 08, 2008 | 1:40 PM | comments

I've said before that I'm not supporting either Clinton or Obama in the Democratic primaries, and I'm still not. (Though, as the contest wears on, one campaign is seriously trying my patience.) In part, that's the differences between them, for...Read More


Protestors Say "Free Tibet!"

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 08, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Protestors in San Francisco climbed the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday to drop banners in support of a free Tibet. Three of the protestors were arrested, despite the fact that this was a nonviolent protest. Protests have also...Read More


Readers respond to Larry Craig as Vice-President

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 08, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

A little over a week ago, along with other contributors to this site, I received a message from its Managing Editor-in-Chief (suitably captioned: "A message from the Great and Powerful Managing Editor-in-Chief", reminiscent of a movie made in 1938, just...Read More


Hillary shows up for the dance

Filed by Bil Browning | April 07, 2008 | 10:35 PM | comments

HIllary Clinton's campaign has hit the airwaves finally with an ad featuring Senator Evan Bayh. Bayh, a former presidential candidate himself, dropped out of the race early and endorsed Clinton. He's long been rumored to be her vice presidential pick,...Read More


Taking it back...

Filed by Mike Rogers | April 07, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

So, I give up. I'm over the whole "It's not outing, it's reporting" thing. Everyone else uses 'outing' so that's that. A real outing hero, Peter Tatchell, was detained in the UK protesting the Olympic torch: Peter Tatchell, the gay...Read More


Look what Timothy Kincaid found....

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2008 | 2:21 PM | comments

With all this talk about Obama's pastor, it's interesting not only how McCain is getting away with pandering to the Religious Right's lowest common denominator, but how no one in the mainstream media has even cared to look up what...Read More


Celebrating allies: profile of NC Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Besse

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 07, 2008 | 2:18 PM | comments

It's important to recognize -- and encourage -- our allies in the effort to move LGBT rights forward. In the past I've interviewed or profiled politicians in Red states who took public stands in favor of LGBT equality. Virginia Delegate...Read More


McCain on economics

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 07, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm not advocating for Ron Paul. Everytime I see his name I think of Ru Paul. Who I would vote for. iPhone users: Click to watch Someone needs to explain the effect of his 100 year war in Iraq....Read More


Black History: Slave Names

Filed by Storm Bear | April 07, 2008 | 10:07 AM | comments

click to enlarge The vast majority of African-Americans in the United States were enslaved prior to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. During enslavement, slaves' names were assigned by their owners. Others received a name...Read More


McCain says: Who needs condoms when you have a Bush?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 05, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

John "Bush the Third" McCain again showed his amazing grasp of the issues facing America when he said in an interview that he supports Bush's abstinence only campaigns to fight HIV/AIDS. The New York Times reported that when McCain was...Read More


I like butch Arizonans and I cannot lie...

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 04, 2008 | 1:48 PM | comments

A video to accompany McCain's biography tour (via Hullabaloo): iPhone users: Click to watch Did anyone else notice that McCain's just so tough; he's just so handsome. He's so... butch! And a specific type of butch. More after....Read More


Barack Obama: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 04, 2008 | 12:02 PM | comments

Editor's note: Presidential candidate Barack Obama gave these remarks in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. He has provided them to Bilerico-Indiana as a guest post. Senator Obama has guest posted twice...Read More


Black History: Smile When You Are Sold

Filed by Storm Bear | April 04, 2008 | 8:37 AM | comments

click to enlarge The history of slavery in the United States (1619-1865) began when English colonists first settled Virginia and lasted until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Before the widespread establishment of chattel slavery,...Read More


What a dope...

Filed by Mike Rogers | April 03, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

What more is there to say about these idiots? Report: Stabenow's husband paid prostitute in sting Thomas Athans, the husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and cofounder of a liberal talk radio network, told Troy police detectives that he paid...Read More


When Jerre Met Sally

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 03, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

If Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern wants to talk about terror, Islam or cancer, she should look up Jerre Fine in the Oklahoma City phonebook. Fine, a veteran of the United States Air Force, was based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and...Read More


John McCain Won't Oppose Anti-Gay GOP Platform

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 03, 2008 | 1:03 PM | comments

John McCain's campaign advisers say that he will not seek to "soften" anti-gay and anti-choice planks in the Republican Party platform. McCain associates told The Washington Times that his operatives are not going to work behind the scenes to eliminate...Read More


Exhausting Race, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 03, 2008 | 12:59 PM | comments

We are all, as Sean Gonsalves wrote, morally exhausted from dealing with and talking about race. But, to borrow from an old spiritual, we have little choice but to "run on, see what the end will be," because the exhausting...Read More


Head to head: Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson

Filed by Bil Browning | April 03, 2008 | 12:14 PM | comments

Both Democratic gubernatorial candidates will be going head to head at a fundraiser tomorrow night for the Stonewall Democrats. The LGBT democrats group will host the event at the home of Indianapolis City-County Council member Jackie Nytes. A general reception...Read More


Black History: Thirty Seasoned Negroes

Filed by Storm Bear | April 03, 2008 | 9:39 AM | comments

click to enlarge This is a recreation of an advertisement for the sale of Slaves in the American South. Link Ads such as these were not the exception, they were not rare, they were in every paper and similar...Read More


What DOMA's repeal still wouldn't do

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

A couple of days ago guest poster Jeremy Bishop, Executive Director of Pride at Work, discussed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an impediment to marriage equality. I fully agree with almost everything he says and commend him for...Read More


If not you

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 02, 2008 | 10:20 PM | comments

Dear Senator Kennedy: I understand you are going to support a non-gender identity inclusive ENDA. As a constituent, as a lesbian but mostly, as a mother, I am asking you to reconsider. It's a bad choice, Senator Kennedy. And one...Read More


Privileged, Anxious

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2008 | 9:11 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Just what are those "sensitive areas" that would cause "white voters" to "turn against Obama" that are "politically incorrect to talk about it in polite company sometimes" that Clinton's going to use to try to...Read More


Florida Delegates Will Be Seated

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 02, 2008 | 4:40 PM | comments

It seems Howard Dean has been listening. As per a NY Times article posted a few minutes ago, the Florida delegates will be seated. How, who will get what delegates, it seems, is being worked out between the two campaigns....Read More


David Orentlicher's Campaign Online

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 02, 2008 | 4:16 PM | comments

Check out all the ways to keep in touch with David Orentlicher as he runs for Congress in the 7th Congressional District. David's grassroots campaign is reaching voters all across Indianapolis. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers...Read More


David Orentlicher's Campaign Online

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 02, 2008 | 4:16 PM | comments

Check out all the ways to keep in touch with David Orentlicher as he runs for Congress in the 7th Congressional District. David's grassroots campaign is reaching voters all across Indianapolis. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers...Read More


Dave Matthews to perform free concert for Obama in Bloomington

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

The Obama for President campaign announced a free concert featuring Dave Matthews and his longtime collaborator, Tim Reynolds. The performers will urge concert-goers to register to vote. Concert information (including where to get tickets) after the jump...Read More


Dave Matthews to perform free concert for Obama in Bloomington

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

The Obama for President campaign announced a free concert featuring Dave Matthews and his longtime collaborator, Tim Reynolds. The performers will urge concert-goers to register to vote. Concert information (including where to get tickets) after the jump...Read More


We did it!

Filed by Jim Neal | April 02, 2008 | 1:20 PM | comments

We did it! I wanted to drop by and tell you that I was just named the Favorite eQualityGiving Endorsed Candidate. eQualityGiving hosted this contest, pledging to give a $1,000 campaign contribution to the candidate who earned the most votes....Read More


Black History: Slave Market of Charleston

Filed by Storm Bear | April 02, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

click to enlarge The seasoning camps of the Caribbean were built to break the will of the Africans before being sold. Any emotional bonds between slaves were torn by selling the slaves in different markets. If families were together,...Read More


They Aren't Fooling Us In April or November

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 02, 2008 | 10:37 AM | comments

Dennis Patrick, his partner, Tom Patrick, and their four adopted children lost their family health benefits after Michigan passed a constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex partners. Those backing the amendment promised voters it would not hurt unmarried couples....Read More


Ted Kennedy wants non-trans ENDA

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Ted Kennedy will push the non-inclusive ENDA forward in the Senate. While he's usually extremely LGBT-friendly, Kennedy has taken a page from Rep Barney Frank's playbook. The Massachusetts Democrat is leading a push in the Senate for a federal...Read More


Pelosi helped Baldwin's relationship get recognized

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2008 | 7:09 AM | comments

The Politico's reporting that Nancy Pelosi helped get Tammy Baldwin's partner on a fact-finding trip to Europe: Under House guidelines, members of Congress may take their spouses with them on military flights if there is room for them and when...Read More


PageOneQ Exclusive! Shocker!

Filed by Mike Rogers | April 01, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

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Black History: Inside the Seasoning Camps

Filed by Storm Bear | April 01, 2008 | 12:09 PM | comments

click to enlarge On reaching the Americas the slaver ship crews prepared the Africans for sale. They washed, shaved and rubbed them with palm oil to disguise sores and wounds caused by conditions on board. The captains usually sold...Read More


The Newest Obama Girl

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 01, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

After carefully considering Eric Stern's hairdresser's dogsitter's official endorsement of Senator Obama last week- I have decided to give up supporting Senator Clinton for President. I am not pleased with my decision but have been told once I actually drink...Read More


Gay Republicans expand strategy

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 01, 2008 | 10:15 AM | comments

The Log Cabin Republicans announced plans today to take a trip into a live volcano. In a written statement, the group said: We truly believe we can make a real difference and create change from the inside... This has been...Read More


Larry Craig Ponders Veep Nomination

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 01, 2008 | 7:32 AM | comments

Boise, Idaho - After receiving a call from the John McCain campaign that he was on the presumptive Republican Nominee's short list, Idaho Senator Larry Craig hastily called another press conference. This time his wife was not by his side,...Read More


I'm Sellin' Out

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 01, 2008 | 2:54 AM | comments

Projectors, I have an announcement to make. Today I'm changing my voter registration to Republican and joining the ever expanding ranks of freethinkng Black people rushing to get off the Democrat plantation....Read More


No Joke... Condi Remembers She's Black

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 01, 2008 | 12:02 AM | comments

The interesting thing about Negro conservatives is that every now and then, when an issue comes up that Black America is commenting on that is strongly at variance with prevailing conservative opinion or spin, every now and then they shock...Read More