Politics: May 2008

When politicians pander

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2008 | 1:05 PM | comments

As ten Attorney Generals from around the country are filing with the California Supreme Court to beg the court to stay their recent marriage equality ruling, Indiana is gearing up for the Republican nomination battle for this year's general election....Read More


Opening the Door to Full Inclusion

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 31, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have released a new joint publication, Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations...Read More


Tomorrow Night! Critical Resistance Parties All Over the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | May 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Critical Resistance, a visionary organization working to abolish the racist, classist, and violently heteronormative prison system, is hard at work planning CR10, their tenth-anniversary gathering, which will take place in Oakland in September. This will be a major moment in...Read More


Tomorrow Night! Critical Resistance Parties All Over the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | May 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Critical Resistance, a visionary organization working to abolish the racist, classist, and violently heteronormative prison system, is hard at work planning CR10, their tenth-anniversary gathering, which will take place in Oakland in September. This will be a major moment in...Read More


Larry Craig to write book about being booked

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 30, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Larry Craig has just announced that he's going to be writing a "tell-all" book which will deal with his Minneapolis restroom episode as well as his never-been-gay-for-even-one-millisecond Senate career. This one the heels of the bruhaha about Scott McClellan's new...Read More


O'Reilly Guest has No Good Reason

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

Oh God. I never thought I'd say this, but Bill O'Reilly was right about something. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit... Bill-O had fundie Family Law Attorney Don Schweitzer on his show Wednesday to...Read More


The Death of Munchkins

Filed by Storm Bear | May 30, 2008 | 11:01 AM | comments

click to enlarge What in the Hell is wrong with Michelle Malkin? This past week, we have seen the controversy over Malkin's remarks about the Dunkin Donuts ad featuring Rachael Ray wearing a scarf that resembles a keffiyeh. Here...Read More


DNC thinks LGBT has too many letters

Filed by Bil Browning | May 29, 2008 | 11:45 PM | comments

The list of credentialed blogs to cover the Democratic National Convention was released this evening and Bilerico Project was denied credentials. Contributor Pam Spaulding's home blog, Pam's House Blend, was one of two gay blogs issued credentials. The other blog?...Read More


Tonight on The Rebecca Juro Show: Nancy Nangeroni

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 29, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll be talking with transgender activist and mediamaker Nancy Nangeroni. In addition to being a longtime transgender activist, Nancy also created and hosted "Gendertalk," the groundbreaking radio show that took on topics of interest to transgender people and ran...Read More


Let's not resort to process arguments....

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Rebecca Hagelin is a conservative who thinks she cares about democracy: If you've ever wondered why liberals fight tooth and nail whenever it comes to confirming judges, just look to California. There, in another outrageous example of judicial over-reach and...Read More


BREAKING NEWS: NY to Recognize Out-of-State Marriages

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 29, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

NY Governor David Paterson has ordered state agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriages legally officiated in other states and countries. Gov. Paterson issued his memo to state agencies one day before the California State Supreme Court overturned the ban on...Read More


BREAKING NEWS: NY to Recognize Out-of-State Marriages

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 29, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

NY Governor David Paterson has ordered state agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriages legally officiated in other states and countries. Gov. Paterson issued his memo to state agencies one day before the California State Supreme Court overturned the ban on...Read More


McCain: Only As Strong As His Weakest Lobbyist

Filed by Storm Bear | May 29, 2008 | 11:50 AM | comments

click to enlarge John McCain showed his true strips (again) last week when he came out against the G.I. Bill on the eve of Memorial Day Weekend. He has a history of ignoring the needs of the military even...Read More


Miss Tiffany Universe 2008

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 29, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

As many of you Projectors know, I'm a huge pageant fan, be they GLBT or not. I just love the drama, the suspense, the competition, and the evening gowns. I have to admit that watching a GLBT pageant is more...Read More


My Reaction to the California Marriage Ruling -- As the Plaintiff

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 28, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Guest blogger Robin Tyler is one of the original plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court lawsuit Tyler v. County of Los Angeles. Tyler has been an activist for same-sex marriage and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights for...Read More


Don't take your eye off of Bush

Filed by Storm Bear | May 28, 2008 | 11:20 AM | comments

click to enlarge The only thing that seems to be in the news is McCain, Hillary and Obama with an occasional smattering of tornado coverage and a few blurbs about gas prices. I rarely see any recent coverage on...Read More


Larry Craig to make unscheduled orbital junket?

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 28, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Several readers (well, my partner at least) have asked me if I think there is any truth to the rumor that Idaho Senator Larry Craig, target of my recent speculation concerning his becoming John McCain's running mate, is undergoing accelerated...Read More


Yes, I Could Write Something About His Mustache...

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 28, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Which is, after all, very 70s gay porn star, dontcha think? But instead, just this once, I'll let someone else skewer the fundies. Yesterday PFLAG published the e-mail musings of one John Wagner (pictured), an Ohio state lawmaker (and farmer,...Read More


Joanne Sanders: Et tu, Brute?

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 28, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

Late last month, Bil reported about a letter sent by the Marion County Democratic Party to Precinct Committee persons and elected and party officials. That letter offered barely veiled threats of retaliation for anyone who did not work to pass...Read More


Class Act

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 27, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Proving that a picture is sometimes worth more than just a thousands words, conservative activists in New Mexico are descending upon a local high school after student editors placed two photos of (gasp!) lesbian couples in their yearbook. Students at...Read More


Obama-rama in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 27, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

So I had the chance this past Friday to go to an Obama Rally here in South Florida. It was probably one of the most amazing events I've ever been to. It was a horribly hot Florida day- mid 90's...Read More


Obama-rama in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 27, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

So I had the chance this past Friday to go to an Obama Rally here in South Florida. It was probably one of the most amazing events I've ever been to. It was a horribly hot Florida day- mid 90's...Read More


Say Good-Bye to Red America

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

click to enlarge Howard Dean was of course correct when he said America was really shades of maroon. His 50 State Strategy was specifically designed to nudged the maroon in all states a few shades closer to blue... and...Read More


Marriage vs. healthcare, and guess who loses?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 26, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Back when I first started doing radical queer direct action (in the early '90s), universal health care was almost a mainstream gay issue. So many people had seen a dramatic percentage of their friends die quickly and painfully of AIDS...Read More


We Are Family

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 25, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sometimes politics, like life, is just not as black and white as we often like to think it is, especially for those of us who perpetually inhabit gray space. Thursday night, I interviewed Hilary Rosen on my radio show. While...Read More


McCain breaks up with Hagee

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 24, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Let the flip flopping continue! John McCain has rejected the endorsement of fundie-favorite Pastor John Hagee after the pastor was "discovered to have made some derogatory comments about Jews". This comes after McCain actively sought out Hagee's endorsement for a...Read More


Ellen puts McCain in the Hot Seat

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 23, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ellen has one again used her talk show to shine a spotlight on gay rights. When John McCain stopped by her show on his "reinvention" tour, the host decided to press him on the big news in California and in...Read More


G.I. Bill Debacle- Just another slap in the face.

Filed by Storm Bear | May 23, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge As some of you may know, I founded Books For Soldiers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that sends books, DVDs and other care package items to any US Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine - for free of course....Read More


Victory Fund Endorses Mark LaFontaine for Florida House

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 23, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

There's great news coming out of Florida! Mark LaFontaine, candidate for the Florida State Legislature from District 92, has been formally endorsed by the Victory Fund. If elected, LaFontaine would be the first openly gay representative elected in Florida, something...Read More


What It All Means

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 22, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was on NPR's News & Notes this afternoon talking about the California marriage decision, so this seemed like as good a time as any to sort out my thoughts on the ruling and its implications. After recovering from the...Read More


What It All Means

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 22, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was on NPR's News & Notes this afternoon talking about the California marriage decision, so this seemed like as good a time as any to sort out my thoughts on the ruling and its implications. After recovering from the...Read More


Glad To See Her There

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 22, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

In an important ruling that could facilitate the beginning of the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Air Force Major Margaret Witt can have her day in court to challenge the...Read More


Super (Bowl)

Filed by Bil Browning | May 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I realize that I'm supposed to be celebrating how super cool it is that Indianapolis landed the 2012 Super Bowl. Since I'm not a football fan, this is not an easy feat. Increased traffic, blocked off streets and media madness...Read More


What I hate most about gay marriage

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It's when there's some couple that's been together for 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 years and they're constantly saying, I mean over and over again in the press -- whatever press it is, it's over and over again:...Read More


What I hate most about gay marriage

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It's when there's some couple that's been together for 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 years and they're constantly saying, I mean over and over again in the press -- whatever press it is, it's over and over again:...Read More


Hillary Clinton Hits Democrats Over Florida and Michigan

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 22, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A couple of weeks ago I asked Has Hillary Clinton Lost Her Damn Mind? and judging from this clip from a radio interview in which she literally throws the Democratic Party under the bus, the answer is a resounding yes....Read More


Gay Iranian Is Finally Granted Asylum in UK

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The UK Gay news is reporting some good news: Mehdi Kazemi, the 20-year-old gay Iranian who has been trying to get asylum in the UK for two years, has been granted permission to stay in the United Kingdom. Kazemi arrived...Read More


Protecting All of Our Families

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | May 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

At a recent commission meeting in my home town of Oakland Park, Florida, I became aware of an issue that affects so many families in the LGBT community. During a discussion about possibly limiting short term rentals in the city,...Read More


Protecting All of Our Families

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Anthony Niedwiecki is a law professor that specializes in discrimination and LGBT issues at Nova Southeastern University. Anthony is also running for City Commission in Oakland Park, where he lives with his partner of 6 years, Bilerico contributor...Read More


Protecting All of Our Families

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Anthony Niedwiecki is a law professor that specializes in discrimination and LGBT issues at Nova Southeastern University. Anthony is also running for City Commission in Oakland Park, where he lives with his partner of 6 years, Bilerico contributor...Read More


Gambian President to kill homosexuals

Filed by Storm Bear | May 21, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

It is rare day when my malformed verbiage graces the front page here at Bilerico, but this article is horrifying. The article is actually titled "President plans to kill off every single homosexual" and my bent sense of humor thought...Read More


Sesame Street supports cruel labor practices?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Why in the world is Sesame Street partnering with Stemilt Cherries? Stemilt's website touts the partnership and you can find displays of Elmo saying, "Cherries put the bling in Elmo's Spring!" in your local supermarket. More than one hundred cherry...Read More


Sesame Street supports cruel labor practices?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Why in the world is Sesame Street partnering with Stemilt Cherries? Stemilt's website touts the partnership and you can find displays of Elmo saying, "Cherries put the bling in Elmo's Spring!" in your local supermarket. More than one hundred cherry...Read More


Coming to LA to Marry? Here's What You Need to Know

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 21, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

First of all - congratulations. If you've read the marriage ruling, issued by the California Supreme Court on May 15, you know our love and our humanity is now officially a constitutionally protected family value. Yesterday the L.A. County Clerk...Read More


Coming to LA to Marry? Here's What You Need to Know

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 21, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

First of all - congratulations. If you've read the marriage ruling, issued by the California Supreme Court on May 15, you know our love and our humanity is now officially a constitutionally protected family value. Yesterday the L.A. County Clerk...Read More


Stop Insulting The Soldiers!

Filed by Storm Bear | May 21, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

click to enlarge The whole degrading of the word "elite" bothers me to no end. Leave it to politics to take something that is good and turn it into something bad. BushCo has been doing that for eight years...Read More


Correcting the Governor's Record

Filed by Chris Douglas | May 21, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Indianapolis Star on Saturday in reporting on backlash to the Supreme Court decision in California erred significantly in attributing to the Governor support for an amendment banning same sex marriage. This report caught my eye and the eyes of...Read More


Miami-Dade County Approves Domestic Partnerships

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 21, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Miami-Dade - Florida's largest county - has created a domestic partnership registry and extended health care benefits to domestic partners. This will give basic legal protections and benefits to some 2.2 million Floridians. A special thanks goes out to SAVE...Read More


California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 21, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tyrion Lannister is a Bilerico-Indiana blogger. This post ran yesterday on B-IN, but it's good enough it deserved more attention here on the main site. As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into...Read More


California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 21, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tyrion Lannister is a Bilerico-Indiana blogger. This post ran yesterday on B-IN, but it's good enough it deserved more attention here on the main site. As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into...Read More


California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 21, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tyrion Lannister is a Bilerico-Indiana blogger. This post ran yesterday on B-IN, but it's good enough it deserved more attention here on the main site. As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into...Read More


A fleeting moment of democracy for California's same-sex couples

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have learned as both a pastor and as a member belonging to several minority groups- African-American, women and lesbian- that a popular opinion on an issue does not always reflect the right choice. Too often, the right choice and...Read More


California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 20, 2008 | 3:11 PM | comments

As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into one of two camps. The first camp starts with the assumption that gay sex is sinful. Therefore, this line of reasoning continues, the state is justified in doing whatever...Read More


St. Alf's Science Fair

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 20, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Faster than you can say, "CA Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage," his Extreme Slippery Slopeheadedness, Pope Benedict had an announcement to make. Barely taking the time to translate it from the Latin, in that oddly high voice, the...Read More


St. Alf's Science Fair

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 20, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Faster than you can say, "CA Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage," his Extreme Slippery Slopeheadedness, Pope Benedict had an announcement to make. Barely taking the time to translate it from the Latin, in that oddly high voice, the...Read More


Almost every trope of sexism

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Watch this video about McCain: iPhone users: Click to watch Consider it in conjunction with pretty much the Platonic ideal of the gendered political narrative I was talking about this weekend (Democratic men are prissy, women in politics are bitches,...Read More


We'll never be able to imagine

Filed by Bil Browning | May 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Keep in mind, we're still occupying Afghanistan; nominally, we're in charge. BushCo should be deeply ashamed. Go read the story and let's remember that this still happens. "I would lie to my family and say I bought them food from...Read More


For Memorial Day, have you helped a soldier?

Filed by Storm Bear | May 20, 2008 | 9:08 AM | comments

click to enlarge Until the Bush administration approves of the new VA benefits package there are ways you can help the troops. As some of you may know, I founded Books For Soldiers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that sends books,...Read More


Four not-gay politics videos

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Mike Huckabee speaks to the NRA and jokes about Obama being shot (via JMG): iPhone users: Click to watch Going in front of a group of (I'm going to guess mostly white) gun fanatics and joking about shooting a prominent...Read More


Engage a few more gears, Josh.

Filed by Bil Browning | May 19, 2008 | 6:45 PM | comments

Usually when I grind the gears in a car it's because I don't have the gear engaged. Now I'm not trying to say anything about Josh Gillespie, but maybe if he really thought about this, his gears wouldn't be grinding......Read More


Clown Hall bigot eruption: gay rights vs democracy

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

According to Town Hall columnist, racism apologist and author Dinesh D'Souza, the advancement of gay rights via the courts is undermining our democracy. I almost refrained from posting this asshattery, but I just couldn't after reading:...Read More


Bowing to fear, candidates ignore historic nature of CA decision

Filed by Lane Hudson | May 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court issued a historic ruling that overturned a law denying gays and lesbians equal access to civil marriage. For millions of people like me, it was a moving moment - a moment where we were...Read More


Idaho, the gift that keeps on giving

Filed by Mike Rogers | May 19, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Just as we've come to accept that Larry Craig is not running for reelection, the good folks in Idaho come up with more news. Nick Langewis at PageOneQ wrote about a right winger in Idaho runing for office advocating separate...Read More


Feeling Left Out

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Don't get me wrong, I was just as happy as many of you when the California Supreme Court came down on the side of justice Thursday. You have every right to be happy, excited, proud, party hearty or whatever emotion...Read More


People Are Paying Attention (to Barack Obama)

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some call it idol worship. I call it a rare opportunity in American politics to engage the disengaged in making their world a better place: Via the New York Times: 75,000 people gather for Obama rally in Oregon -- more...Read More


Power of Personal Storytelling in CA and Beyond

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality in California -- it seems somehow more appropriate than marriage equality in Massachusetts, an arguably less free-spirited place than the Golden State. Liberal, but not free-spirited. (And I can say that, 'cause I live in MA, and scorn...Read More


Power of Personal Storytelling in CA and Beyond

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality in California -- it seems somehow more appropriate than marriage equality in Massachusetts, an arguably less free-spirited place than the Golden State. Liberal, but not free-spirited. (And I can say that, 'cause I live in MA, and scorn...Read More


Paging Micah Clark: Your Silence on the Michigan Domestic Benefits Decision is Deafening

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 18, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

[NOTE: Gary Glenn of the American Family Association in Michigan, in a length comment, takes significant exception to claims that his organization itself engaged in the "bait and switch" tactics I refer to below. See my further commentary at the...Read More


A Few Clarifications

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

What a day Thursday was, with the ruling, the excitement before and after. There was a lot to digest with everyone claiming information- like CNN saying marriage equality was defeated- so I would like to clarify a couple points that...Read More


Obama's so gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

So I'm working on a mini-project here to track mainstream media and politicians calling Obama a faggot, directly or indirectly. This will become a dominant narrative this fall as McCain is a real manly man and Obama can't bowl over...Read More


America Will Be ...

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 17, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I knew as soon as the California Supreme Court marriage ruling was posted that I would read the whole thing. I started reading it at my desk after it was posted but stopped once I got to the "bottom line"...Read More


America Will Be ...

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 17, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I knew as soon as the California Supreme Court marriage ruling was posted that I would read the whole thing. I started reading it at my desk after it was posted but stopped once I got to the "bottom line"...Read More


Let's Face It, We Are All Getting Older

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | May 17, 2008 | 10:30 AM | 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


Where Kurt is King

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is why I stopped reading Veritas Rex - false advertising. The truth is never King; spin is King there. I'm very disappointed that Kurt would claim to follow God's footsteps while treading (most dangerously) on the path of the...Read More


International Day Against Homophobia

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year. It is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. Each year has a theme and 2008's is...Read More


800-1000 Celebrate Marriage Victory in WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 16, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

Celebration is too calm a word. For two hours, the heart of West Hollywood burst with boisterous joy, gratitude, pride, applause, marriage proposals and promises, laughter, tons of couples - some with marriage licenses, some with children - bubbles, candy,...Read More


Congratulations California! Go Buckeyes!

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Four years after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's gay marriage block party got shut down by a very testy legislature, the California Supreme Court lifted the ban on gay marriage statewide. Woo Hoo! Make some noise! Tie strings of tin...Read More


Black History: The Ku Klux Klan

Filed by Storm Bear | May 16, 2008 | 12:06 PM | comments

click to enlarge Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is the name of several past and present secret organizations in the United States, mostly in the South, that are best known for advocating white supremacy and acting as vigilantes while hidden...Read More


A somewhat victory in Ontario

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 16, 2008 | 12:05 PM | comments

Ontario health minister George Smitherman said yesterday that the province's government would soon start covering SRS. So, first, hurray! While we don't even have a single-payer system in the US, if we did, I'm pretty sure that the procedures involved...Read More


Republican blind item

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sources tell me that a certain Indianapolis Republican politician is moving from the 7th Congressional district to the 5th. He figures that after another two years in office, Dan Burton will hang himself; thus he'd be a sure-win for Burton's...Read More


Republican blind item

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sources tell me that a certain Indianapolis Republican politician is moving from the 7th Congressional district to the 5th. He figures that after another two years in office, Dan Burton will hang himself; thus he'd be a sure-win for Burton's...Read More


Rape and Murder of a Lesbian Soccer Player

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 16, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

The crime is horrific in itself, but few countries can point an accusing finger at South Africa and not admit that crimes like this are endemic within their own borders. On April 28, in a town near Johannesburg, the body...Read More


California Supreme Court OKs Marriage for Gays - But It Ain't Over Yet

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 15, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

That joyful noise you hear rumbling across America is the sound of equality applauding: today the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that lesbian and gay couples have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The decision could be overturned,...Read More


The Reasoning of the CA Supreme Court

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

OK, two hours and 120 pages later, I'm back with a quick summary and analysis of the majority decision in the California marriage cases. I'll post on the concurring/dissenting opinions later....Read More


Victory in California

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 15, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Toni Broaddus is the Executive Director of the Equality Federation. The Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations. Just over an hour ago, the California Supreme Court ruled in...Read More


California Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 1:08 PM | comments

The decision has come down. We won by a 4-3 majority. The full decision is 172 pages long, containing 4 separate opinions. Full text after jump with commentary to follow....Read More


Radio is the theater of the mind

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Our own Don Sherfick was recently interviewed for WFIU radio about the implications Michigan's recent domestic benefits ruling will have in Indiana. He has become one of the foremost activists fighting against Indiana's marriage amendment. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Stealing Edwards' Delegates

Filed by Storm Bear | May 15, 2008 | 10:01 AM | comments

click to enlarge I was somewhat shocked with the attitudes of some Hillary supporters after the Edwards endorsement, especially those swearing they will still vote for Hillary even if she is not on the ballot. Yeah, it is their...Read More


Hillary Clinton's campaign

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Now that John Edwards has endorsed Barack Obama......Read More


Tide is Changing

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 15, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

If the California Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing gay marriage, as is expected, do we all understand the magnitude of this decision?...Read More


Florida Bully Principal loses his case, but may win the battle

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 14, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Florida is in the news again for its anti-LGBT attitudes towards youth. Alex posted about this briefly below, but I wanted to take it a little more in-depth and more importantly talk about how this relates to the recently passed...Read More


John Hagee, we need more than a letter to Bill Donohue

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 14, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Catholic/gay/Muslim/ACLU/Russia/China basher John Hagee just sent a letter to Bill Donohue of the Catholic League (dude in his basement with his cats claiming that liberals are out to destroy Catholicism and the world). Donohue accepted the apology. Hunter has a...Read More


California Marriage Decision to be announced tomorrow

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 14, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Breaking News! The California Supreme Court has just announced that it will rule on the same-sex marriage lawsuits tomorrow at 10 am PT. Both Equality California and Lambda Legal are sponsoring events and demonstrations around the state on this historic...Read More


The results of rhetoric like Schlafly's

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 14, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Dr. Dean L. Rosen is the president of PFLAG's St. Louis chapter. PFLAG has taken the lead in opposing an honorary degree to be given to Phyllis Schafly by Washington University. This Friday, the graduating class...Read More


Khadijah Farmer Case Points Out Need For Inclusive ENDA

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 14, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Khadijah Farmer settled her legal case yesterday, and I hope HRC, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep Barney Frank were paying attention. But I doubt it. To refresh your memory banks, Projectors, on what happened, we'll set the way back machine...Read More


Khadijah Farmer Case Points Out Need For Inclusive ENDA

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 14, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Khadijah Farmer settled her legal case yesterday, and I hope HRC, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep Barney Frank were paying attention. But I doubt it. To refresh your memory banks, Projectors, on what happened, we'll set the way back machine...Read More


Hillary is the Real McCain... er McCoy

Filed by Storm Bear | May 14, 2008 | 10:07 AM | comments

click to enlarge The outcome of the West Virginia Primary shows something I have suspected all along - Hillary Clinton has more in common with neo-con beliefs than she does with progressive ideas. Exit polls showed that 67% of...Read More


Can We Show Some Pride In The Sky, Please?

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | May 14, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

In the last two months, two airlines have gone out of business, Aloha and ATA, leaving thousands of flight attendants unemployed. These flight attendants were covered under union contracts that provided them stable wages, health care, and a path to...Read More


White people look out for white people and black people look out for black people

Filed by Bil Browning | May 13, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

One of the backdrops of this primary season has been the ingrained racism and sexism both Democratic frontrunners have had to endure. One of the first questions asked about each candidate was "Is America ready for a black/woman president?" Why?...Read More


Witness To History-Obama In Da Ville

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 13, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Sen. Barack Obama was in Da Ville today for a campaign rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center. You know that I made sure yours truly was going to be inside the room and part of the 8,000 people that...Read More


Witness To History-Obama In Da Ville

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 13, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Sen. Barack Obama was in Da Ville today for a campaign rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center. You know that I made sure yours truly was going to be inside the room and part of the 8,000 people that...Read More


Things Younger than John McCain

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 13, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Did you know that John McCain is older than the state of Alaska, the polio vaccine and the chocolate chip cookie? He is also older than Mount Rushmore, the nation of Israel and FM radio. These fun facts and more...Read More


Black History: Reconstruction

Filed by Storm Bear | May 13, 2008 | 10:55 AM | comments

click to enlarge Reconstruction is the period from 1863 to 1877, when the government of the United States attempted to resolve the issues of the American Civil War (1861-1865), after the Confederacy was defeated and slavery ended. Reconstruction addressed...Read More


Moveon Announces "Obama in 30 Seconds" Contest Winner

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 13, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

MoveOn announced the winner of its Obama in 30 Seconds ad contest is Obamacan by David Gaw & Lance Mungia. The ad features a Republican veteran explaining why for the first ever he is crossing the aisle to vote for...Read More


The International Queer

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Sam Harris at the Huffington Post asked: But, leaving aside the practical and political impossibility of doing so, could we even allow ourselves to contemplate liberating the women and children of traditional Islam? I get asked to post (by emailers,...Read More


Black History: U.S. Colored Troops

Filed by Storm Bear | May 12, 2008 | 5:09 PM | comments

click to enlarge The history of African Americans in the U.S. Civil War is marked by 186,097 (7,122 officers, 178,975 enlisted) African Americans comprising 163 units served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and many more African...Read More


I can't believe this

Filed by Bil Browning | May 12, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The reader who wrote me to point this out nails it on the head. I can't f**king believe this. Jim Bopp, the bane of abortion rights and gay rights advocates, and a Republican attorney who is to the right of...Read More


Praise the Almighty Dollar!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Alliance Defense Fund (homophobic lawyers) is looking for pastors to break federal tax law this year: The Alliance Defense Fund, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., will ask the clergy to deliver a sermon about specific candidates Sept. 28. If the...Read More


Q of the day: NC Dems party like its 2004

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 12, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's been an interesting and enlightening last few days over at BlueNC since the state primary on the 6th. As you know, Dem U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal was defeated by Kay Hagan, and the latter will face off against...Read More


Pas ici!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

So this past Friday, after a long day in downtown Paris, A. and I walked back uptown to a small pizzeria (the Place de Clichy area, for those readers who are familiar with gay Pah-ree). I've been there once before...Read More


Why Hillary Clinton should win the White House

Filed by Bil Browning | May 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The number one reason why Hillary should win? I really want to see Amy Poehler continue to do the Clinton character she's been perfecting....Read More


Poisonous Parenting: Confused, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 11, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I was halfway through writing the previous post when I came across something that made me realize this would be a two-part deal. That's when I cut the post short and wrote: The last time we visited Parker's pre-school, one...Read More


Poisonous Parenting: Confused, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I fell down a bit of a rabbit hole yesterday. During a (rare) quiet moment, I took some time to catch up on my news/blog reading. And I finally started reading a collection of news stories that I'd quietly tucked...Read More


Are you a Chicken? The lesson of Stalin and a Chicken

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | May 10, 2008 | 8:30 AM | 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


The B.S. Doctorate

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 09, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Unless there is a doctorate in bigotry and sexism, I cannot think of one that Phyllis Schlafly deserves. And yet, the administration at Washington University in St. Louis has announced it will confer an honorary degree on that most tired...Read More


More on the Michigan Marriage Ruling

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the state's same-sex marriage amendment prevented public schools and universities from extending domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. Waymon posted on this story yesterday, but I thought it deserved a second look because...Read More


Polling on the Larry Craig Vice-Presidental Issue

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 09, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Well, maybe my musings here, here, here, and here last month (which coincidentally began with April Fool's Day) concerning disgraced Idaho Senator Larry Craig being John McCain's running mate this Fall aren't as supportable as the polling now suggests. What...Read More


Has Hillary Clinton Lost Her Damn Mind?

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 09, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

That is the question that must be asked after Clinton said: "I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that...Read More


Black History: Secession of West Virginia

Filed by Storm Bear | May 09, 2008 | 9:04 AM | comments

click to enlarge West Virginia was formed and added to the Union as a direct result of the American Civil War. In the early days of the war, Union troops under George McClellan drove off Confederate defenders, essentially freeing...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Justin Tanis

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 08, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll talk with Justin Tanis, the National Center for Transgender Equality's Program Director and co-author of the new publication "Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People", which offers advice to organizations seeking to become more transgender-inclusive. We'll...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Justin Tanis

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 08, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll talk with Justin Tanis, the National Center for Transgender Equality's Program Director and co-author of the new publication "Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People", which offers advice to organizations seeking to become more transgender-inclusive. We'll...Read More


The presumptive Democratic nominee

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 08, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's Barack Obama. I know because anyone who's anyone has already told me - Hillary, post Indiana and North Carolina - has no chance at winning. Chris Bowers sums up what anyone who's been paying attention thinks about the media's...Read More


More on the Michigan Marriage Ruling

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 08, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the state's same-sex marriage amendment prevented public schools and universities from extending domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. Waymon posted on this story yesterday, but I thought it deserved a second look because...Read More


A Page Turns...

Filed by Jim Neal | May 08, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Firstly, I want to again congratulate Senator Hagan on her nomination as the candidate to beat US Senator Dole in the 2008 senatorial race. I have told Kay that she has my full support and encourage you to work hard...Read More


A Page Turns...

Filed by Jim Neal | May 08, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Firstly, I want to again congratulate Senator Hagan on her nomination as the candidate to beat US Senator Dole in the 2008 senatorial race. I have told Kay that she has my full support and encourage you to work hard...Read More


The Michigan DP Decision: Sad News: Bait and Switch Works

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 08, 2008 | 2:10 PM | comments

There may be a silver lining in the recent decision of the Michigan Supreme Court to erase domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples under its new "Marriage Protection" constitutional amendment. Before it passed the folks of the Rightous Right told...Read More


My Turn To Vote

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 08, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Now that North Carolina and my neighbors across the Ohio in Indiana have cast their ballots, the scene shifts down I-64 to West Virginia. But I'm getting geared up for some increased Obama (and Clinton) sightings in Kentucky leading up...Read More


Joe's sorry

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 08, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Joe Solmonese has apologized for his statements that HRC would oppose any legislation that wasn't fully inclusive (via Pam). That's after the jump....Read More


Spat over, hello war

Filed by Mike Rogers | May 08, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Why write something when someone you respect writes the same feelings in a far more eloquent way? Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade, writes Hillary, the time has come: As someone who endorsed Clinton early in the campaign (well...Read More


The Yearning for Scion Ranch

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 07, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Enough with the Hillary Deathwatches, the Eight Belles comparisons, the Wednesday morning quarterbacking, the super-annuating, the gloating not-gloating, the Wright stuffing, the obliterating, the primary parsing. Everybody take a breath, sit back, have a lovely European style coffee, and play...Read More


Michigan Supreme Court- "No benefits for gay partners"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The decision is in from the Michigan Supreme Court- the 2004 Michigan ban against gay marriage also blocks domestic-partner benefits. The court ruled 5-2 that governments and state universities can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers. According...Read More


Michigan Supreme Court- "No benefits for gay partners"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The decision is in from the Michigan Supreme Court- the 2004 Michigan ban against gay marriage also blocks domestic-partner benefits. The court ruled 5-2 that governments and state universities can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers. According...Read More


That's what they call 'moot,' right?

Filed by Mike Rogers | May 07, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Justin and Ron: Well, so much for worrying about a blog comment. All those legal fees and the guy wasn't even close to winning. Take a look at the Donna Edwards election in Maryland...It's proof of what happens when y'all...Read More


North Carolina, Jim Neal's U.S. Senate bid and the big picture

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

Obama bested Hillary Clinton with ease last night here in NC, and you can see plenty of analysis about that all over the blogosphere. On primary night I liveblogged from Southern Rail in Carrboro, where U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal...Read More


International Day Against Homophobia: In Latvia Prejudice Is Ingrained

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 07, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kate Allen is the Director of Amnesty International UK. Amnesty International will be launching a hard-hitting briefing on the problem of homophobia in Eastern Europe on May 17th. Later this month sees the International Day Against...Read More


Campaigning Under Mountain Momma

Filed by Storm Bear | May 07, 2008 | 11:06 AM | comments

click to enlarge I did part of my growing up in West Virginia where my father mined coal out of the hills - so did my uncles and my grandfather. It is where many of them died due to...Read More


Historic night for the south

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | May 07, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

While the presidential primary race is drawing this morning's big headlines, last night was also remarkable for two other exciting political achievements. Falls Church, Virginia voters elected Lawrence Webb to their city council, making him the state's first openly gay...Read More


Bilerico visits Obama and Clinton campaign headquarters

Filed by Bil Browning | May 07, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm breaking a Bilerico rule by posting the larger video, but so many of you complained that you couldn't read the type on the smaller video player we normally use. My thoughts on the mini-documentary after the jump....Read More


Marriage Equality Updates from AZ & CA

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 07, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Just a quick update on the anti-marriage amendment making its way through both houses of the Arizona state legislature: The bill is stalled in the Senate, thanks to the maneuverings of State Rep. Kirstyn Sinema, who doubts that there are...Read More


It's time

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 07, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

You all know I am a die hard Clinton supporter. I was hoping for a close race in North Carolina and a blow out in Indiana. No luck. And now? It's time. It's time for Clinton to concede. The fat...Read More


Results matter

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 11:59 PM | comments

So here's the Indiana primary election day roundup: Barack Obama stomped Hillary Clinton in North Carolina. They more-or-less tied in Indiana, but Obama conceded gracefully. Andre Carson defeated all primary challengers to his Congressional seat. The Indiana gubernatorial race is...Read More


Results matter

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 11:59 PM | comments

So here's the Indiana primary election day roundup: Barack Obama stomped Hillary Clinton in North Carolina. They more-or-less tied in Indiana, but Obama conceded gracefully. Andre Carson defeated all primary challengers to his Congressional seat. The Indiana gubernatorial race is...Read More


Marriage Equality Movement Mother Dies

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 06, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As the nation celebrates Mother's Day this Sunday, let us as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans not forgot our mother of the marriage equality movement who died this week: Mildred Jeter Loving. There is no greater challenge before...Read More


Going to vote in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Politics is a family affair for us. Jerame and I went to vote this morning. Paige took today as a vacation day from school and came along as our camerawoman. Indiana's primary hasn't mattered in the presidential primaries in 60-odd...Read More


Going to vote in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Politics is a family affair for us. Jerame and I went to vote this morning. Paige took today as a vacation day from school and came along as our camerawoman. Indiana's primary hasn't mattered in the presidential primaries in 60-odd...Read More


John McCain: Pander-tics as usual

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 06, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Who needs Judges interested in justice? Not John McCain. In a speech a Wake Forest University today, McCain once again proved that he is no maverick or free thinker. He has just continued his pander-tics tour for the religious right....Read More


John McCain: Pander-tics as usual

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 06, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Who needs Judges interested in justice? Not John McCain. In a speech a Wake Forest University today, McCain once again proved that he is no maverick or free thinker. He has just continued his pander-tics tour for the religious right....Read More


Voter turnout

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 12:40 PM | comments

Voter turnout seems to be quite a bit higher than normal today. When Jerame and I went to vote we were numbers 173 and 174 respectively to cast ballots. I think in the last general election we were something like...Read More


Does the Supreme Court of the United States affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right?

Filed by Ricci Levy | May 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Does the Supreme Court of the United States agree with us when we affirm that sexual freedom is a fundamental human right? You bet it does!! In Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 588 (2003), the Supreme Court of the United...Read More


Does the Supreme Court of the United States affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right?

Filed by Ricci Levy | May 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Does the Supreme Court of the United States agree with us when we affirm that sexual freedom is a fundamental human right? You bet it does!! In Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 588 (2003), the Supreme Court of the United...Read More


The crossover vote

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 10:47 AM | comments

Isn't this interesting? You know it doesn't bode well for Republicans when poll workers are having to beg them to take a R ballot... From the Indianapolis Star's ongoing election day coverage: Sales represtantive Bob Rose selected a Democrat ballot...Read More


Early Polling News From North Carolina

Filed by Storm Bear | May 06, 2008 | 10:26 AM | comments

click to enlarge My wife read today's strip, and after she stopped rolling on the floor laughing, she wiped away the tears and alerted me, "you are gonna get so much hate mail!" Anyway, at my polling place here...Read More


Today's the day!

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Well, it's finally Primary Day in Indiana. For the first time in 60-odd years, our primary will matter in the Presidential race. Who's it going to be? Barack or Hillary? Will Carson eke out another victory for Indiana's 7th Congressional...Read More


Today's the day!

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Well, it's finally Primary Day in Indiana. For the first time in 60-odd years, our primary will matter in the Presidential race. Who's it going to be? Barack or Hillary? Will Carson eke out another victory for Indiana's 7th Congressional...Read More


Mildred Loving of Loving v. Virginia passes away

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 05, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Those of us eagerly waiting for the day when same-sex marriage is finally legalized across the land owe a debt of gratitude to Mildred Loving, whose 1967 case (Loving v. Virginia) resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision that broke...Read More


Health care on paper only

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The NY Times has an article up about the state of health care in the US, specifically for the insured, or, more precisely, the insured-on-paper-only: Mr. Corbin said that under their employer's health plan, he and his co-workers are now...Read More


Same Pearls, No Wisdom

Filed by Steve Ralls | May 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

PFLAG broke the story last week about right-wing activist Elaine Donnelly's latest attack on the military. Her new website, disparaging the service of LGBT Americans and petitioning Congress to continue firing those who bravely sign up for duty, called for...Read More


What Hillary's Umbrella Is Protecting

Filed by Storm Bear | May 05, 2008 | 11:27 AM | comments

click to enlarge Today's commentary is light because it is my birthday and I am relaxing today! w00t! Anyway, a tiny bit of commentary I guess. Hillary's nuclear umbrella bothers me. What are we protecting besides oil with her...Read More


Television, telegraph, telephone, telebil

Filed by Bil Browning | May 05, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

So what've you been hearing right before the primaries? You know me, I love to gossip. Here's what I've got. How about you? I hear the party has pretty much given up on Schellinger. Jill Long Thompson's election night celebration...Read More


Television, telegraph, telephone, telebil

Filed by Bil Browning | May 05, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

So what've you been hearing right before the primaries? You know me, I love to gossip. Here's what I've got. How about you? I hear the party has pretty much given up on Schellinger. Jill Long Thompson's election night celebration...Read More


Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner live blog

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 2008 | 7:15 PM | comments

Note from Bil: While I liveblogged last year's Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner, I've not felt well this weekend so guest blogger Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is going to cover the event for The Bilerico Project and Bilerico-Indiana. Abdul is an Indianapolis...Read More


Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner live blog

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 2008 | 7:15 PM | comments

Note from Bil: While I liveblogged last year's Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner, I've not felt well this weekend so guest blogger Abdul Hakim-Shabazz is going to cover the event for The Bilerico Project and Bilerico-Indiana. Abdul is an Indianapolis...Read More


Not a fair fight

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Left hook. Right hook. Kick to the balls....Read More


Obama takes 2 minutes for "The Minute"

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

You know it's right before Primary Day when the commercials last longer than 30 seconds. If local candidates for Governor and Congress are complaining about being overshadowed by presidential campaign commercials now, wait until they find out about Obama's newest...Read More


Obama takes 2 minutes for "The Minute"

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

You know it's right before Primary Day when the commercials last longer than 30 seconds. If local candidates for Governor and Congress are complaining about being overshadowed by presidential campaign commercials now, wait until they find out about Obama's newest...Read More


Homeward Guam!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the Guam primary today/yesterday/tomorrow (I don't get time zones), the question on everyone's mind surely is "Who can win the average Guamanian?" Not the Dededo elites, mind you, but the gun-shootin', beer-drinkin', over 37-points-over-7-frames-bowlin' Guamanian from Chalan Pago-Ordot. Personally,...Read More


Homeward Guam!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the Guam primary today/yesterday/tomorrow (I don't get time zones), the question on everyone's mind surely is "Who can win the average Guamanian?" Not the Dededo elites, mind you, but the gun-shootin', beer-drinkin', over 37-points-over-7-frames-bowlin' Guamanian from Chalan Pago-Ordot. Personally,...Read More


Myers Campaign Factually Wrong about the Patients' Bill of Rights

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 03, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

Since neither the Myers campaign nor their attorneys have been willing to grace me with so much as an email indicating what about my post is problematic or inaccurate, it's a bit difficult to know exactly why they think it's...Read More


Myers Campaign Factually Wrong about the Patients' Bill of Rights

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 03, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

Since neither the Myers campaign nor their attorneys have been willing to grace me with so much as an email indicating what about my post is problematic or inaccurate, it's a bit difficult to know exactly why they think it's...Read More


Myers Campaign Factually Wrong about the Patients' Bill of Rights

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 03, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

Since neither the Myers campaign nor their attorneys have been willing to grace me with so much as an email indicating what about my post is problematic or inaccurate, it's a bit difficult to know exactly why they think it's...Read More


Safe travels home, Deborah.

Filed by Gina de Vries | May 03, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Toni wrote this beautiful eulogy for Deborah Jean Palfrey. It brings up a lot for me; says a lot of what I want to say, perhaps with more eloquence than I can muster at the moment. The first time I...Read More


Safe travels home, Deborah.

Filed by Gina de Vries | May 03, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Toni wrote this beautiful eulogy for Deborah Jean Palfrey. It brings up a lot for me; says a lot of what I want to say, perhaps with more eloquence than I can muster at the moment. The first time I...Read More


Safe travels home, Deborah.

Filed by Gina de Vries | May 03, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Toni wrote this beautiful eulogy for Deborah Jean Palfrey. It brings up a lot for me; says a lot of what I want to say, perhaps with more eloquence than I can muster at the moment. The first time I...Read More


Politics as usual? The Youth Factor

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 03, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

I have hope that there are some looking beyond the bickering within the Democratic Party and having substantive discussions on policies and their effects. Want to know where this elevated level of discourse is happening? It's among young voters on...Read More


A weekend chock-full of Presidential candidates

Filed by Bil Browning | May 03, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

The Indiana primary is drawing close. Every time you flip over a rock, you find a Presidential candidate. This morning I'm going with a PFLAG mom to see Barack Obama speak. Later this evening there's a free concert at a...Read More


Horserace, Schmorserace: Curmudgeonly Queer Political Pragmatism 101

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | May 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Is Obama really the Teflon Gipper meets the Dalai Lama or is he just an ambitious, smart Chicken George who has figured out how to hide whoever he is behind a calm demeanor and a big enigmatic smile?Read More


Orentlicher flips Myers the bird

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

David Orentlicher's campaign quickly responded to the Myers campaign's threatened legal action with their own press release. Just as I did, they tell Myers to go take a hike. Statement after the jump....Read More


Orentlicher flips Myers the bird

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

David Orentlicher's campaign quickly responded to the Myers campaign's threatened legal action with their own press release. Just as I did, they tell Myers to go take a hike. Statement after the jump....Read More


Orentlicher flips Myers the bird

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

David Orentlicher's campaign quickly responded to the Myers campaign's threatened legal action with their own press release. Just as I did, they tell Myers to go take a hike. Statement after the jump....Read More


California Set to Kill Medi-Cal Recipients

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 02, 2008 | 3:10 PM | comments

This is a shocking headline, right? I made it up just to get attention, right? Wrong. The California legislature recently passed Assembly Bill X35 and Assembly Bill X36, containing provisions that will kill people if put into effect in July....Read More


Myers continues his war of words

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

So now the Myers for Congress campaign wants to sue me, the David Orentlicher campaign and American Values Alliance blogger Sheila Kennedy. Welcome to the club, Sheila! No word yet about Blue Indiana or Tyrion himself. Keep trying guys, they're...Read More


Myers continues his war of words

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

So now the Myers for Congress campaign wants to sue me, the David Orentlicher campaign and American Values Alliance blogger Sheila Kennedy. Welcome to the club, Sheila! No word yet about Blue Indiana or Tyrion himself. Keep trying guys, they're...Read More


Myers continues his war of words

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

So now the Myers for Congress campaign wants to sue me, the David Orentlicher campaign and American Values Alliance blogger Sheila Kennedy. Welcome to the club, Sheila! No word yet about Blue Indiana or Tyrion himself. Keep trying guys, they're...Read More


Tyrion's FAQ: Now with 100% More Lawsuits

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 02, 2008 | 2:15 PM | comments

Hey, Tyrion, I heard someone's trying to sue you again. Yep. It's defamation of character they say. What'd you do this time? Well, there's this fella, Woody Myers, who's running for Congress in Indiana's 7th Congressional District. Back in the...Read More


God Damn, America!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 02, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

You've been pretty busy lately! Yesterday was May Day, Mission Accomplished Day, and, I noticed one day too late, National Day of Prayer. My calendar just isn't big enough for all those holidays. Maybe I need to get the one...Read More


The lawsuit threats rain down

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Woody Myers held a press conference to complain about David Orentlicher's recent television ad taking Myers to task for working against the Patients Bill of Rights. Of course, he threatens to sue. Myers' press release after the jump....Read More


The lawsuit threats rain down

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Woody Myers held a press conference to complain about David Orentlicher's recent television ad taking Myers to task for working against the Patients Bill of Rights. Of course, he threatens to sue. Myers' press release after the jump....Read More


The lawsuit threats rain down

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Woody Myers held a press conference to complain about David Orentlicher's recent television ad taking Myers to task for working against the Patients Bill of Rights. Of course, he threatens to sue. Myers' press release after the jump....Read More


Yes, They Can

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 02, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yes, they killed the DC Madam. Another woman who was employed at the same escort service was arrested on prostitution charges and committed suicide before she could go to trial. I know, I know, I live in the house that...Read More


Maybe this "worthless white n---er" matters this time around

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

[UPDATED:] The video is fake. I hope they catch the little slimeball that posted this to YouTube. I've removed the video and the allegation from the post. Know what's just as bad as a racist? Using institutionalized racism to create...Read More


Black History: Emancipation

Filed by Storm Bear | May 02, 2008 | 10:33 AM | comments

click to enlarge The Emancipation Proclamation consists of two executive orders issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. The first one, issued September 22, 1862, declared the freedom of all slaves in any state...Read More


Why does the Woody Myers campaign want to sue me?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

It must be that time of week. Yesterday I was contacted by an attorney for the Myers for Congress campaign threatening to sue me over Tyrion's post about Woody Myers history as a health insurance industry insider. While the post...Read More


Another young gay person murdered in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 02, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Another black gay youth has been gunned down in Fort Lauderdale. Shanesa Conaway, 22, was shot to death on April 26 during a domestic dispute between her partner, Shameca Davis and Kevin Cartwright, the father of Davis' two children. Conaway...Read More


NC: Jim Neal and Kay Hagan spar in only televised debate

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 02, 2008 | 8:50 AM | comments

North Carolina U.S. Senate candidates Jim Neal and Kay Hagan faced off Tuesday in a televised debate from UNC-Greensboro (Full video is on Spartan TV). NC LGBT news outlet Q-Notes has excellent coverage of the debate and what is included...Read More


The Marion County Democratic Party has lost its collective mind

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 1:45 AM | comments

NOTE: Updated with documentation of party rules after the jump. No joke. On Monday, I reported about a letter I received from MCDP Chairman Mike O'Connor threatening precinct committee people with repercussions if they support any candidate other than the...Read More


The Marion County Democratic Party has lost its collective mind

Filed by Bil Browning | May 02, 2008 | 1:45 AM | comments

NOTE: Updated with documentation of party rules after the jump. No joke. On Monday, I reported about a letter I received from MCDP Chairman Mike O'Connor threatening precinct committee people with repercussions if they support any candidate other than the...Read More


These past 5 years have gone by so quickly...

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Jessica reminded us that it's May Day today, and half the blogosphere reminded me that it's been 5 years since our Fratboy-in-Chief declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. I don't think I have to go into an explanation of how wrong...Read More


The Supreme Court

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 01, 2008 | 6:10 PM | comments

As we wonder about whether or not Obama's charisma is running out, or if Clinton can in fact win regardless of how much ground she is making up right now, I want to remind everyone of something bigger than Obama...Read More


The Democratic Primary in 7 Minutes

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 01, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

(Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan)...Read More


Really, Fox News??

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 01, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

It's no shock that Fox News is biased and crazy. I don't have the highest expectations for anything they do or say. I mean, they employ Bill O'Reily, Hannity, and those annoying idiots on the morning show... But this might...Read More


Happy May Day!

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | May 01, 2008 | 3:10 PM | comments

Hope you're all out celebrating, agitating, and organizing on International Workers' Day. If you haven't yet figured out where on the streets to be, check out this list of actions for immigrant workers' rights courtesy of the Immigrant Solidarity Network....Read More


Happy May Day!

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | May 01, 2008 | 3:10 PM | comments

Hope you're all out celebrating, agitating, and organizing on International Workers' Day. If you haven't yet figured out where on the streets to be, check out this list of actions for immigrant workers' rights courtesy of the Immigrant Solidarity Network....Read More


Woody's Bad Medicine

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 01, 2008 | 11:40 AM | comments

Like most voters in IN-07, I'm frustrated by how long politicians have allowed our current health care crisis to fester. I wasn't very old at the time, but I remember how disappointed my parents were when President Clinton's health care...Read More


Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on HIV/AIDS

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 01, 2008 | 11:05 AM | comments

The AIDS epidemic has received scant attention so far in the election cycle even in the gay media. Rather than pressing the candidates forcefully and directly about how they will advance GLBT issues if elected to the presidency, we have...Read More


My View of Mission Accomplished

Filed by Storm Bear | May 01, 2008 | 11:02 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


The real tragedy in the District 3 California State Senate election

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm feeling a little bit silly about it, but I started crying on the bus while reading the San Francisco Bay Guardian's election endorsement in the race between Carole Migden and Mark Leno, two gay Democrats fighting for the State...Read More