Politics: June 2008

Lou Sheldon: pot calling the kettle...

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 30, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Holy smoke. The irony and hypocrisy meters just blew-the-f*ck up. Look at this from the American Taliban Traditional Values Coalition's Lou Sheldon (a big fan of John McCain, btw), is aghast that he's not the only game in town in...Read More


So let me understand this...

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 30, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

...the guy who uses a prostitute and puts his wife at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease thinks we should discriminate against people with HIV? Is David Vitter trying to go further to the right or what? First, he...Read More


Jill Long-Thompson: Still the better choice

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 30, 2008 | 5:04 PM | comments

There has been a lot of discussion about Dennie Oxley and his joining the Jill Long-Thompson campaign as her running mate. (Bil reported on the Indiana Stonewall Democrats' meeting with Oxley last week.) While I understand the sentiments of some...Read More


Overcompensate much?

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

Larry Craig, who had sex with a guy in the Minneapolis airport and then denied it, and David Vitter, who was named as a client of Jeane Palfrey, have both decided to cosponsor a constitutional amendment to define marriage as...Read More


PFOX at NAACP convention

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

David Roberts over at Ex-Gay Watch (awesome narrow-focus blog, you should definitely add it to your RSS feed if you have an interest in the ex-gay movement) has just uncovered a thank-you letter sent by the NAACP to PFOX (Parents...Read More


The Downside of Gay Pride

Filed by Storm Bear | June 30, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge The Human Rights Campaign street team have packed up their clipboards. The sunglasses vendors have packed their unsold wares. All the t-shirts have been given away. The personal lube advocates are sleeping in. Yes, friends, Pride...Read More


Everybody wants our money and time!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 30, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Like most of you, we are often asked to give money and volunteer our time for "the election of our lifetime." Since we have an organization dedicated to give strategically, we spend lots of time thinking about what are the...Read More


Everybody wants our money and time!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 30, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Like most of you, we are often asked to give money and volunteer our time for "the election of our lifetime." Since we have an organization dedicated to give strategically, we spend lots of time thinking about what are the...Read More


Women Unite

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 30, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I am thrilled by Michelle Obama's speech in NYC the other night at the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council. She used strong words and where I've struggled with Barack Obama's arrogance, I heard her sincerity loud and clear. Maybe it's...Read More


John Hagee's Big Mouth

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 30, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

John Hagee is at it again - the super-big preacher guy is shooting off his super-big mouth. Having declared the Catholic Church as the "great whore," "homosexual rallies" as the cause of Katrina, and Hitler as "God's will" for the...Read More


Pro-life is anti-woman

Filed by Ricci Levy | June 29, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I suspect that I've heard every single Carlin routine at one time or another in my life. Since his death, there's been a revisiting of many of his performances. I listen to them now, from the perspective of my work...Read More


Pro-life is anti-woman

Filed by Ricci Levy | June 29, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I suspect that I've heard every single Carlin routine at one time or another in my life. Since his death, there's been a revisiting of many of his performances. I listen to them now, from the perspective of my work...Read More


Larry Craig blows his VP chances

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 29, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Well, that does it! Despite my best efforts to spin him into being a really top-notch pick as John McCain's running mate, Larry Craig has taken himself completely off of my radar screen. Why the abrupt change of attitude? He...Read More


Congressional Blackout

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 28, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

This is a picture of the participants in Thursday's historic subcommittee hearing on transgender unemployment issues on Capitol Hill. Can you detect what's wrong with it? What's wrong with this picture is that with the exception of Diego Sanchez, every...Read More


Marriage Bill Passes AZ Senate

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Friday, the Arizona Senate passed SRC-1042, which would amend the state constitution to prohibit marriage equality, with 16 votes. This, of course, was after the fundies failed to get enough votes on Wednesday to pass the damn thing. They...Read More


You know it's going to be a bad year for Republicans when...

Filed by Bil Browning | June 28, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

The upcoming election is going to be good for Democrats and bad for Republicans. How bad? Bad enough that Republican Senators are using "endorsements" by Barack Obama in their campaign ads. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


One Day Pride Will Be Boring

Filed by Storm Bear | June 27, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge If it is June, it is Gay Pride Parade time. Pride parades all happening all over - in places you don't think would ever have a pride parade like Jerusalem and Zagreb. Bulgaria is planning their...Read More


Albanian Women Defy Traditional Gender Roles

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A recent story in the New York Times reveals that what we currently define as transgender identity has existed in different cultures around the globe for centuries. Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to...Read More


What Michelle Obama Really Said

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 27, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As I posted over at HuffingtonPost earlier, the media has significantly mischaracterized what Michelle Obama said about LGBT rights, and in particular recognition of same-sex relationships, during her address on Thursday evening to the DNC's Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council....Read More


LA Social Forum--This Weekend!

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | June 27, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The first-ever LA Social Forum is this weekend! Inspired by the concept of the World Social Forums, this local event will bring together community workers active on issues ranging from environmental justice to queer liberation, immigrants' rights to action against...Read More


The GOP, Tiaras and the Delusion of Being a Queen

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 27, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

How can Cindy McCain aspire to a tiara when her husband is trying to hide all the queens? This week brought news that America's most notorious recipe robber is devoted to the delusion that she might be Lady Di... and...Read More


What the Main Stream Media Missed at Bruce Cohen's Wedding

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am always fascinated by how my mainstream journalism colleagues and I can cover the exact same story and even select the same quotes and yet wind up reporting the story with significant shades of difference. Here's an example: On...Read More


What the Main Stream Media Missed at Bruce Cohen's Wedding

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am always fascinated by how my mainstream journalism colleagues and I can cover the exact same story and even select the same quotes and yet wind up reporting the story with significant shades of difference. Here's an example: On...Read More


Marriage Bill Fails to Pass AZ Senate

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 26, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Just a quick update on the marriage bill that was working its way through the Arizona state legislature. Yesterday the SCR-1042 failed to pass by 14-11, with 5 members not participating in the vote. In order to pass, 16 senators...Read More


They're melting! Oh, they're melting!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 26, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Barack Obama spoke about the separation of church and state two years ago: iPhone users: Click to watch James Dobson's upset because an on whole pretty-pro-Christian speech said that you can't just point to a page in the Bible, interpret...Read More


Some Quick Thoughts About The Congressional Hearing...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 26, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

It ended about ten minutes ago as I write this, and I have to say I was, for the most part, impressed. At some points, even proud. Opening statements made by Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank were both powerful and...Read More


Some Quick Thoughts About The Congressional Hearing...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 26, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

It ended about ten minutes ago as I write this, and I have to say I was, for the most part, impressed. At some points, even proud. Opening statements made by Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank were both powerful and...Read More


Oil vs Ice

Filed by Storm Bear | June 26, 2008 | 3:10 PM | comments

click to enlarge Thankfully, California is doing something about global warming. California outlined for the first time the largest U.S. attempt to regulate greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, calling for the creation of a new emissions- trading program...Read More


McCain meets (in private) with Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 26, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

In a get-together not on McSame's public schedule, he met with members of the Log Cabin Republicans. Gee, why wasn't this a big public event -- you know, to help educate the rest of the LGBT community about John McCain...Read More


Note to McCain Youth Voter Drive - Dr. No was 46 years ago

Filed by Storm Bear | June 26, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge When McCain was running for office eight years ago, he constantly used a film reference when on the campaign trail. He called himself "Luke Skywalker" running through the Deathstar. Star Wars came out 31 years ago...Read More


I heard that Barack Obama fellow is something of a... faggot

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

A few weeks ago I decided to make a complete list of examples of the "Obama is a fag" media narrative. The idea that Obama is feminine, and therefore bad (these people aren't shy with making that connection), is one...Read More


The National Press Club: Whores, not Censors

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | June 25, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sylvia Smith, Washington editor for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and current president of the National Press Club opines on the Larry Sinclair controversy and comes to a rather peculiar conclusion: After a week of relentless e-mails and phone calls...Read More


American, First and Foremost

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 25, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

A recent response to me, personally, was that I was being selfish and narcissistic for pressuring the Obama campaign about marriage equality. He said he was an American first and foremost. Aside from my clearly narcissistic need to clear up...Read More


Well, of course we can't let the riff-raff get married, it would ruin it for the rest of us!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I mean, that's pretty much all I'm hearing from this (via Feministe): Be aware. Images from gay weddings, said Lorri L. Jean, chief executive of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, could be used by opponents in a campaign...Read More


Republicans narrow down Congressional choices

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Inside sources tell me that the Republicans have narrowed their search for a Congressional candidate down to two choices. Social worker Gabrielle Campo is said to be the Party's top choice with former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Scott Keller running a...Read More


A Gay Tale of Two Presidential Candidates

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

If there is any pro-LGBT voter out there who is wondering which candidate to support for the presidency, these video compilations of statements by John McCain and Barack Obama should clear things up....Read More


Court rejects sex offender registry provisions

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Apparently even sex offenders have Constitutional rights: U.S. District Court Judge David Hamilton in Indianapolis ruled Tuesday in favor of the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit that was brought April 3 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The...Read More


Court rejects sex offender registry provisions

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Apparently even sex offenders have Constitutional rights: U.S. District Court Judge David Hamilton in Indianapolis ruled Tuesday in favor of the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit that was brought April 3 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The...Read More


Burning Obama -- and His Family -- at the Stake

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 25, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

As the U.S. heads into the last frenzied months of Presidential campaigning, attacks on the belief history of Obama's family grow ever fiercer. Right-wing commentators aren't content to question Obama's positioning on his former pastor and former church. They keep...Read More


Can we really define "bride" and "groom"?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Monica Helms guest posted a couple weeks ago about how we cannot define "man" and "woman" in marriage; Mercedes Allen posted this weekend about how defining marriage as between one man and one woman leads to confusing policy towards transgender...Read More


Florida AFL-CIO Votes to Oppose Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 25, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Florida AFL-CIO, one of the largest membership organizations in Florida, opposes Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. The Florida AFL-CIO represents 500,000 workers, retirees and their families in aproximately 500 local labor unions and labor councils. The vote...Read More


Kick Bolthouse Farms Out Of Your Refrigerator

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | June 24, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As reported by Alex Blaze several weeks ago, William Bolthouse, founder and 43% owner of Bolthouse Farms, a farm in California that provides organic juices, lemonades, and smoothies to places like Whole Foods and other organic market places, has just...Read More


Duanna Johnson: The tip of a "tremendous number" of cases in Memphis

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 24, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I just got off the phone with Murray Wells, the lawyer representing Duanna Johnson. You might remember Johnson from the video last week of her being held down by one cop and beaten by another. After the incident she was...Read More


The Death of United ENDA Part III: The Funeral

Filed by Marti Abernathey | June 24, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

In March I wrote a post called "The Many Faces Of Mara Keisling: The Death of United ENDA?" in which I put forth the theory that the coalition of over 300 groups was dead. In April I wrote "Starting From...Read More


Crime Fighting With Obama!

Filed by Storm Bear | June 24, 2008 | 11:26 AM | comments

click to enlarge Ok, I had a bad day yesterday. After buying a Bluetooth phone adapter for my iPhone at the Apple store in San Francisco yesterday, I was off to buy some khakis. Since I have been loosing...Read More


It's Our Flag, Too. Use It!

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 23, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

One of the things I have consistently griped about is the lack of American flags at GLBT community events. It would have been more appropriate to post this on Flag Day (June 14), but I was still gathering my thoughts...Read More


Jill Long Thompson, Dennie Oxley and the gay community

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

I started to document some of my notes from the Stonewall Democrats caucus at the Indiana State Democratic Convention on Saturday while I was waiting on gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson to arrive, but wasn't able to finish before she...Read More


McCain Doesn't Do "New"

Filed by Storm Bear | June 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge McCain was speaking about his "new" energy policy of $300 million, "one dollar for every American" to leap-frog to the next level of battery technology so we can have plug-in hybrids. Here is a link for...Read More


Flying Marriages Under the Radar

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 23, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I recently had the pleasure of attending and helping out with the wedding of some close friends in the trans community (or at least until I threw my back out and hit a bout of dehydration and shock that messed...Read More


New Military Data "Tells" Only Part of the Story

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 23, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The New York Times is reporting that the United States military dismissed 627 service members, in 2007, under the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that bars openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from the armed forces. The data reflects...Read More


Glenn Murphy's on a sex offender registry, and I do care

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

A prominent, up-and-coming Republican gets sentenced in accordance with state law for a sex crime he pled guilty to, and what do I feel? Concern. For him, not The Children. Glenn Murphy was the president, for several weeks, of the...Read More


Glenn Murphy's on a sex offender registry, and I do care

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

A prominent, up-and-coming Republican gets sentenced in accordance with state law for a sex crime he pled guilty to, and what do I feel? Concern. For him, not The Children. Glenn Murphy was the president, for several weeks, of the...Read More


The Itch to Hitch

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 23, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Happy Summer Solstice!! And Merry Christmas while I'm at it because that's how fast tempus is fugiting. It's Day #14 of my Hillary withdrawal. For at least seventeen months, I saw her every day, knew where she was going, who...Read More


The Itch to Hitch

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 23, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Happy Summer Solstice!! And Merry Christmas while I'm at it because that's how fast tempus is fugiting. It's Day #14 of my Hillary withdrawal. For at least seventeen months, I saw her every day, knew where she was going, who...Read More


Get a damn haircut

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Here's an item that rolls gender anxiety and cultural superiority all into one. Needville Elementary School in Texas is saying that Adrian Arocha, a 5-year-old Native boy, can't attend school this fall because his hair is too long. The school...Read More


Indianapolis vs Detroit: The battle of the councils

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

The Indianapolis City-County Council has been a breeding ground for bad behavior recently. First we had one Councilor arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct, another forced to resign because he didn't live in his district and a Council leader who...Read More


Sweet justice

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 23, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

I can't imagine the Obama campaign would piss off gay voters... They'll need every member of the coalition to pull it off. This should be a lesson to politicians. Hate can often come back and get ya. Obama team weighs...Read More


Yo NAACP, NBJC...Where Y'all At?

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 23, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's been a few days since the video of a Memphis police officer beating down an African-American transwoman was released, and I have yet to see any statement released about it from two organizations claiming to represent me as an...Read More


A VP Pick We Can All Believe In

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 22, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

In the midst of rumors about the unacceptable (Nunn), the uninterested (Gore), and the uninspiring-to-some (Edwards) has emerged a quiet speculation about a truly exceptional possibility for Barack Obama's vice presidential pick. Unlike former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, who invented...Read More


Not quite a delegate...

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 22, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

...but I'm going to the Democratic National Committee Convention in Denver as part of the Indiana delegation anyway. I'll be a member of the Rules Committee representing LGBT Hoosiers with pride. I was running for At-Large Delegate, so getting on...Read More


Not quite a delegate...

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 22, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

...but I'm going to the Democratic National Committee Convention in Denver as part of the Indiana delegation anyway. I'll be a member of the Rules Committee representing LGBT Hoosiers with pride. I was running for At-Large Delegate, so getting on...Read More


Sometimes the Law Works in Mysterious Ways

Filed by Dustin Kight | June 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Just when you thought DOMA made it impossible for same-sex couples to enjoy any of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of marriage, the Department of Justice releases a legal opinion stating that nothing in the infamous 1996 federal law bars...Read More


Indiana Democratic Convention - LGBT caucus

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Instead of going back over this and trying to recreate the live blog, I'll just save it for a complete post tomorrow. I'll do a separate post on Oxley's visit. 1:35 - Quotes from Ellen Andersen - past president of...Read More


Call to protect the Fourth Amendment

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

As I write this, the House of Representatives is poised to vote has voted--or may have already voted--on the bill to "reform" FISA--the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Democratically controlled House is on the edge of giving has given the...Read More


White vs Black - Midwest Vs New Orleans

Filed by Storm Bear | June 20, 2008 | 3:50 PM | comments

click to enlarge Is it just me or is the Midwest getting more Federal help, got Federal help sooner than the Katrina victims received? No problems with ice. I haven't seen any issues with getting aid into the much...Read More


Renewal for Abstinence Only Programs Likely

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In spite of the ever-mounting research showing that it is completely ineffectual, it appears as though the Bush administration's abstinence-only, wait-until-marriage programs for schools will be renewed. According to 365gay.com: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services,...Read More


This is absolutely hysterical

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch I ♥ this video! Why isn't the mainstream media reporting on McCain calling his wife a cunt in public? Combine that with his record on women's issues and all those middle-aged white women claiming they'll...Read More


The Bloggerist, #2: If you offer a free widget, I will take said free widget

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

The RNC wants you to use their town hall meeting count-down widget: I can't argue with that. I mean, a widget told me, so it's gotta be important. What Hunter said about the RNC's count-down clocks: Of course, all the...Read More


The Bloggerist, #2: If you offer a free widget, I will take said free widget

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

The RNC wants you to use their town hall meeting count-down widget: I can't argue with that. I mean, a widget told me, so it's gotta be important. What Hunter said about the RNC's count-down clocks: Of course, all the...Read More


First ever hearing on gender identity in the workplace

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The House Committee on Education and Labor's subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on gender identity in the workplace on Thursday, June 26. Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) will chair the first ever congressional hearing to...Read More


First ever hearing on gender identity in the workplace

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The House Committee on Education and Labor's subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on gender identity in the workplace on Thursday, June 26. Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) will chair the first ever congressional hearing to...Read More


Pink Lotus Bathrooms

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Here's a novel idea: a high school in rural Thailand has provided gender-neutral toilets to protect and support the school's transgender students, not out of a desire to offer solace to the non-trans students. Tolerant "I'm so happy about this,"...Read More


Obama Leads McCain in Florida Poll

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain in Florida for the first time. Until now, McCain has had the edge -- by 2 to 16 points -- in more than a dozen polls dating to September....Read More


"God Killed Him For Loving Fags!" (UPDATED)

Filed by Storm Bear | June 20, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge Updating from Monday's post... A guitar playing man who was supportive of same sex marriage passed out at my feet a little after 5pm. The medics gave him CPR for over 20 minutes before they moved...Read More


Obama likes us! He really likes us!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 19, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Obama campaign announced today they'll be spending some cash on campaign commercials in Indiana. Whether or not our state will actually swing blue remains to be seen, but at least it'll force McCain to spend what little money he...Read More


Mistrial in California Hate Crime Case

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of Aleksandr Shevchenko, accused of the anti-gay hate crime killing of Satendar Singh in Sacramento in July, 2007. Singh, 26, died as a result of head injuries received during an attack...Read More


Lesbian Couple Lectured at Doctors office

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | June 19, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

West Michigan is a very conservative place, but two local lesbians were still shocked to be lectured by their doctor about their "lifestyle" when they went in for a simple issue. It is a shame that in an era of...Read More


John McCain: Conservative's Delight

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Seems Johnny Prozac loves to keep the women barefoot and pregnant. iPhone users: Click to watch Please, don't ever confuse him with someone who cares about women's rights. I don't care how many times he talks to Ellen on national...Read More


Just saw a great gay play...

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last weekend, I went down to the Festival Autrement Gay here in St. Etienne, France, to go see a play written, directed, and starred in by Alberto Lombardo (my boyfriend), Quand mon coeur bat je veux que tu l'entend (When...Read More


Civil Rights Restored to Florida Ex-Felons

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

At a summit to help keep down repeat criminals, Governor Charlie Crist announced that over 115,000 former felons who completed their sentences have had their civil rights restored since a new state rule went into effect 14 months ago. Those...Read More


Shut the hell up

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 18, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

If I hear "Marriage is between one man and one woman" one more time from Obama's mouth- or any Democrat's mouth- I'm going to scream. Last night, while being questioned on California's decision, Obama just had to say it. One...Read More


First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then...

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 18, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Trigger Warning: I've never used a "trigger warning" before but there are some descriptions of severe abuse after the jump. I wanted to warn anyone whose memories of past trauma might be triggered by the descriptions. As I write this,...Read More


First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then...

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 18, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Trigger Warning: I've never used a "trigger warning" before but there are some descriptions of severe abuse after the jump. I wanted to warn anyone whose memories of past trauma might be triggered by the descriptions. As I write this,...Read More


Jon Elrod: He's not a quitter, just a flip-flopper

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 18, 2008 | 3:09 PM | comments

Republican Jon Elrod is dropping his bid for the 7th Congressional District seat currently held by Democrat Andre Carson. More importantly, he may just be sinking his chances at ever again being elected to office. Everyone knows you need ambition...Read More


Jon Elrod: He's not a quitter, just a flip-flopper

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 18, 2008 | 3:09 PM | comments

Republican Jon Elrod is dropping his bid for the 7th Congressional District seat currently held by Democrat Andre Carson. More importantly, he may just be sinking his chances at ever again being elected to office. Everyone knows you need ambition...Read More


Off-shore drilling - Bush's real agenda

Filed by Storm Bear | June 18, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge From the Washington Post - a non-AP story: President Bush called on Congress today to lift a 26-year-old ban on oil drilling off the shores of the United States, arguing that the country needs more domestic...Read More


Queers On The Radio: KBOO Gets LGBT Pride

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | June 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

If you're like me, on days when I am stuck at my desk I am always looking for engaging talk radio (which can be hard to find) to have running in the background as I work. In that regard, I...Read More


Florida Firefighters Say No to Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 18, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Florida Professional Firefighters has joined Florida Red and Blue's SayNo2 Campaign to defeat Florida's so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. The Florida Professional Firefighters are a State Association chartered by the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO-CLC. They comprised of 140...Read More


A great day for LGBT Californians!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | June 17, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

I've been watching Bilerico's slide show of California marriages, fighting back tears of joy and wishing I could be in San Francisco on this historic day, rather than stuck at a desk at a temp job which couldn't feel farther...Read More


Bad Chicago news for The Peter

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 17, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Peter is probably having a cow right now since this is in his backyard. An openly gay Chicago alderman is proposing changes to the city's domestic partner benefits plan to ensure that the partners of city workers remain insured...Read More


Tying the Knot in Long Beach

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Denise Penn is an advocacy journalist, editor and columnist who has been covering political and social issues for alternative and LGBT press since the early nineties. She is currently News Editor for The Lesbian News, Editor-in-Chief of Bi Magazine, and...Read More


Marriage in WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tori and Kate Kuykendall got in line outside the West Hollywood Park auditorium late in the afternoon of June 16, just about the same time that Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were getting their marriage license at the Beverly Hills...Read More


Marriage in WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tori and Kate Kuykendall got in line outside the West Hollywood Park auditorium late in the afternoon of June 16, just about the same time that Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were getting their marriage license at the Beverly Hills...Read More


Watching History

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Although I live about as far away from California as a person can be (in South Florida), watching the news coverage last night of couples getting married made me feel like I was right beside them. My partner and I...Read More


Al Gore endorses Obama, Solis Doyle tapped for position

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 17, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Al Gore endorses Obama. In all the Cali marriage hubbub, this news was buried, but it is significant. Obama's first campaign appearance with Gore, at the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit, came after Gore announced his support in a...Read More


I Do! California Performs Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Truthfully, it felt more like an event than a marriage, as a huge swarm of media - me included - descended on Robin Tyler and Diane Olson after they got out of their white stretch limo in front of the...Read More


I Do! California Performs Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Truthfully, it felt more like an event than a marriage, as a huge swarm of media - me included - descended on Robin Tyler and Diane Olson after they got out of their white stretch limo in front of the...Read More


Big Love Trumps Mr. Big

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 16, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Clinton Gals and Obama Gals, why can't we all get along? Let's take a cue from the gals in Sex and the City. You might have missed the opening week of SATC because you were consumed with the last installments...Read More


My Marriage Decision

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This is an exciting day for our community. Marriage Equality is a reality in California. It's a day for celebration and reflection. Here on Bilerico, there has been much discussion about the importance of "marriage" and the fight for equality....Read More


Glenn Murphy pleads guilty

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

About a year ago, Glenn Murphy, then-president of the Young Republicans National Federation and chairman of the Clark County Republican Party was accused of giving another young Republican a blow job while the latter was passed out after a party...Read More


An open letter to today's happy newlyweds

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Lena Dahlstrom is a crossdresser from the San Francisco Bay area who also performs as a drag queen under the stage name "Joie de Vivre." She always gets teary-eyed at weddings. First let me offer my congratulations on...Read More


Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage in Puerto Rico Fails

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

From the AP: Puerto Rico's house of representatives has denied a measure to toughen a ban on same-sex marriage. Rep. Victor García San Inocencio says Resolution 99 failed on Thursday to make it to the house floor for voting, effectively...Read More


Straight Men Will Love Gay Marriage

Filed by Storm Bear | June 15, 2008 | 5:58 PM | comments

click to enlarge From the San Francisco Chronicle: When San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presides over the city's first legal same-sex wedding Monday, there will be some very carefully arranged political stagecraft involved. It's all geared toward voters who...Read More


I'm voting Republican because...

Filed by Ricci Levy | June 15, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Those were the words in the subject line of an email I received from a friend of mine who is one of those folks declaring that if the nominee wasn't Hillary, they would rather vote for McCain. So I was...Read More


Stupidity in California

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | June 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As we ooh and aah over the California Supreme Court's brave decision to allow same-sex marriage, the Governor of California just made a less-than-brave decision about water conservation. On June 5, Schwarzenegger signed an executive order that California is in...Read More


The first snowflake falls in Hell

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 15, 2008 | 11:36 AM | comments

From Advance Indiana: City tourism proponents and civic leaders typically fall head over heels to promote events like this one, which draw such large crowds and help show off our city, but not Mayor Greg Ballard or a single representative...Read More


Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

First, heartfelt congratulations! This is amazing and historic because couples from any state can get married in California. Take this one-question poll if you plan to marry in California. But now a reminder of the work ahead and important information...Read More


Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

First, heartfelt congratulations! This is amazing and historic because couples from any state can get married in California. Take this one-question poll if you plan to marry in California. But now a reminder of the work ahead and important information...Read More


Tammy Baldwin on upcoming legislation, Gordon Smith on John McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 14, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's Tammy Baldwin on upcoming LGBT legislation, from the Washington Blade via Pam: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) made the comments today at a Center for American Progress forum geared toward highlighting the importance of the Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations...Read More


Florida Lawmakers help form Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

U.S. Rep's Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Robert Wexler, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have joined 52 other members of Congress to form the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. The caucus' mission is to push for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, repeal...Read More


Andre Carson joins Congressional LGBT caucus

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

This press release just hit the inbox. I'm glad to see at least one of our Democratic Congressmen are willing to stand up for equality. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Earlier this week, Congressman André Carson joined the U.S. House of Representatives...Read More


Obama International

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This past Monday, I was hanging out in a classroom during recess with two little French girls of African descent. They were talking to me about what's excited large parts of the French population these past few months: Barack Obama....Read More


Obama International

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This past Monday, I was hanging out in a classroom during recess with two little French girls of African descent. They were talking to me about what's excited large parts of the French population these past few months: Barack Obama....Read More


Obama International

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This past Monday, I was hanging out in a classroom during recess with two little French girls of African descent. They were talking to me about what's excited large parts of the French population these past few months: Barack Obama....Read More


Stop Dropping the F-Bomb

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 13, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

We all remember hater-queen Anne Coulter calling John Edwards a faggot. We've been to pride events where nutty Fred Phelps and his goons carry their "God Hates Fags" signs. Our community knows the f-word carries a lot of weight and...Read More


Does Agent Orange Work On Mice?

Filed by Storm Bear | June 13, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge John McCain alerted us that he is computer illiterate. That is fine, there is no law stating one must know how to use a computer, my Grandmother can't use a computer - she never really cared...Read More


Because they know they're wrong

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Liberty Counsel is suing to have same-sex marriages in California delayed: The Virginia-based Liberty Counsel, in a petition with the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, argued that the wording of the California Supreme Court ruling legalizing...Read More


Tell the White House: No Medal for Pace

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 13, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

What do you get for calling LGBT Americans immoral and supporting the continued firing of gay Americans? If you're retired General Peter Pace, you get a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House announced today that Pace, a former Chairman...Read More


Palm Beach school district discriminates against domestic partners

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 13, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) issued two rulings earlier this week finding that the School District of Palm Beach County discriminated against employees with domestic partners by charging excessive health insurance premiums. The OEO also reinforced...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Melissa Sklarz

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Tonight, we welcome New York transactivist Melissa Sklarz. We'll be talking with Melissa about GENDA and much more! Plus, news, commentary, and fun with Becky, Mike, and Rye!...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Melissa Sklarz

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Tonight, we welcome New York transactivist Melissa Sklarz. We'll be talking with Melissa about GENDA and much more! Plus, news, commentary, and fun with Becky, Mike, and Rye!...Read More


Because they can't say the n-word...

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 12, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Fox News captioned a Michelle Obama photo like this: There isn't much to analyze about the wording itself. It's "nappy-headed hoes" all over again....Read More


She's Still My Girl

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It wasn't the party I had planned, either, but I sure loved the company along the way. It's been almost a week since Senator Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters at the National Building Museum here in Washington. And while I...Read More


Search for a "True Christian VP"?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 12, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Why do all the fundie nut-jobs live in Florida? Sigh... Gary Cass, former head of the Center For Reclaiming America at the late Rev James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries, has launched an online petition drive to get an evangelical Christian...Read More


Pledging for Dark Lord Cheney

Filed by Storm Bear | June 12, 2008 | 12:32 PM | comments

click to enlarge McCain has been chanting about how he is not McSame, not running for Bush's third term, and he is not a GOP sycophant. No one in the reality-based community believes a word of all of this....Read More


Obama on Midwest flooding

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Obama campaign released a statement today on the Midwest flooding. "My heart goes out to the families in Illinois and across the Midwest, who have been forced to flee their own homes, and leave their businesses and communities behind....Read More


Yes, John, technology is part of America

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 12, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

McCain isn't into Mac or PC, he's into his wife: Neither, I'm an illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get. He's using a Google, which is remarkable, to search for a...Read More


Obama opposes Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama opposes Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment, his campaign told Florida Red and Blue, the bipartisan statewide organization fighting Amendment 2 through the Say No 2 campaign. In opposing Amendment 2, Senator Obama...Read More


Q & A with Elaine

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

There she goes again. If it's Thursday, Elaine Donnelly - America's most miserable misogynist - must be coiffed, confused and on a crusade to stop somebody from doing something that might make good sense. And sure enough, E.D.'s in a...Read More


LGBT orgs urge out-of-state couples marrying in CA to 'Make Change, Not Lawsuits'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 11, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As the date for marriage equality nears in the Golden State, four LGBT legal organizations, including Freedom To Marry, and five other leading national LGBT groups have issued a press release and primer (PDF) on marriage equality strategy called "Make...Read More


No Justice in Greenville County

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 11, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

PFLAG has just learned that a judge in Greenville County, South Carolina, has sentenced Stephen Moller to just under two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in the murder of Sean Kennedy. Sean was viciously beaten in an anti-gay attack,...Read More


Norway to Get Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 11, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Equality Train just keeps on trucking... this time internationally! According to Aftenposten: The Norwegian government put forth a long-expected gay marriage bill on Friday, clearing the way for homosexual couples to secure the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. Norway...Read More


Do You Have to Go?

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 11, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

This is the first Tuesday after the Democratic primaries and it is blistering hot in New York. For days it had been rainy and cool and then suddenly, perhaps because it's the last days of school, and god is a...Read More


Will California's initiative to ban same-sex marriage succeed?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 11, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Patrick Range McDonald opines on Equality for All's drive to defeat the ballot initiative in California in LA Weekly (via GP): Voters will now have the final say on gay marriage in November. Gay rights activists have already been gearing...Read More


When will Neo-Cons ever take a marketing class?

Filed by Storm Bear | June 11, 2008 | 11:02 AM | comments

click to enlarge The Neo-cons have been on the "scary black man" meme for some time now and show no signs of letting up. Fox News' anchor, E.D. Hill, started yapping about Michelle and Barack Obama's dap and called...Read More


"Family First" Check-off Signed into Florida Law

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

Florida's Governor Charlie Crist quietly signed into law a bill that allows a private Tampa-based group to solicit money from Florida drivers on official state forms. He signed the bill giving Family First the opportunity to ask drivers to donate...Read More


The Glass Ceiling: 18 Million Cracks and Counting

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 11, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In Senator Clinton's speech on Saturday, when she gave up her place in the race for President and gave her support to Senator Obama, she mentioned not having broken the "glass ceiling." But she had made "18 million cracks in...Read More


The Mongol horde

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2008 | 6:15 PM | comments

While Mayor Ballard is clamoring to build a new Chinatown, my neighborhood has apparently been overrun by the Mongol horde. Someone please build a big wall soon! Not only did I get a gun stuck in my face on Thursday...Read More


Bishop Robinson says "I do!"

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 10, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson is the most dangerous bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion. But witnessing this man of quiet dignity and humble beginnings join in civil union with his partner, Mark Andrew, you must ask yourself: why?...Read More


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's stand against same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

A few people on the left are wondering how the Religious Right, who hates both Muslims and gays, will reconcile Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's rejection of counsel because of same-sex marriage, either in Massachusetts or California. From the Wall Street Journal:...Read More


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's stand against same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

A few people on the left are wondering how the Religious Right, who hates both Muslims and gays, will reconcile Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's rejection of counsel because of same-sex marriage, either in Massachusetts or California. From the Wall Street Journal:...Read More


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's stand against same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

A few people on the left are wondering how the Religious Right, who hates both Muslims and gays, will reconcile Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's rejection of counsel because of same-sex marriage, either in Massachusetts or California. From the Wall Street Journal:...Read More


Faux News Strikes Again

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 10, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Does anyone even think Fox News is really a news station anymore? In a segment discussing Barack and Michelle Obama's now famous fist-bump, Fox News anchor E.D. Hill decided to turn an innocent expression of love between a couple into...Read More


A Fight I Didn't Pick

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 10, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stephen I. Cohen is a Member of the House of Representatives for Tennessee's 9th District, roughly encompassing the City of Memphis. He serves on the Judiciary and Transportation committees where he is a fierce campaigner for...Read More


A Fight I Didn't Pick

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 10, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stephen I. Cohen is a Member of the House of Representatives for Tennessee's 9th District, roughly encompassing the City of Memphis. He serves on the Judiciary and Transportation committees where he is a fierce campaigner for...Read More


L.A. LGBT Pride and Politics

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"You have to understand, this is our Mardi Gras," John Duran explained to the Time Warner cable audience watching the half-naked gyrating boys during the live broadcast of the 38th Christopher Street West Pride parade Sunday. Yes, Pride has always...Read More


L.A. LGBT Pride and Politics

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"You have to understand, this is our Mardi Gras," John Duran explained to the Time Warner cable audience watching the half-naked gyrating boys during the live broadcast of the 38th Christopher Street West Pride parade Sunday. Yes, Pride has always...Read More


LCR wants to educate you about McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the most bizarre assumptions behind the LCR's campaign against Romney in the primaries was that any of the other candidates were any better on the issues LCR cares about. They all pretty much opposed any legislation with anything...Read More


Do Your Damn Job

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's pretty straightforward. You read the job description. You took the job. Now, do your job. On Wednesday, San Diego County Clerk Gregory Smith said he would consider allowing clerks to bow out of processing such marriages if they had...Read More


Do Your Damn Job

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's pretty straightforward. You read the job description. You took the job. Now, do your job. On Wednesday, San Diego County Clerk Gregory Smith said he would consider allowing clerks to bow out of processing such marriages if they had...Read More


Do Your Damn Job

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's pretty straightforward. You read the job description. You took the job. Now, do your job. On Wednesday, San Diego County Clerk Gregory Smith said he would consider allowing clerks to bow out of processing such marriages if they had...Read More


Let's fire the gays...

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 09, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Steve Clemons of The Washington Note is a rarity. Steve is an out gay man operating in the world of intelligence and high intrigue international diplomacy. He's an expert in all things military and one of the go-to experts on...Read More


Free SRS a todos!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

From Cuba: New horizons opened up for transsexuals in Cuba with the approval of a Public Health Ministry resolution that establishes guidelines for their health care, including free gender reassignment operations. "It was just approved. The operations will begin to...Read More


Obama Shows Some Pride

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 08, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I honestly never imagined seeing a day when a Presidential Candidate would issue a press release supporting Pride Month that not only supports the gay community, but also makes sure to include the transgender community. Yet that is just what...Read More


Hillary Clinton suspends campaign

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

And delivers a wonderful speech endorsing Obama. It seems like a good time to post this video again. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


HRC Report Slams John McCain's Opposition to LGBT Rights

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign PAC has released a blistering report on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's pathetic record on LGBT civil rights. The report entitled John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans shows that while McCain...Read More


False Larry Craig alert in Pennsylvania - darn it!

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 07, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I read the headline that had "here we go again" written all over it, and since many of you readers seem to be collectively yawning at my multiple speculations concerning Larry Craig being John McCain's running mate, I thought I...Read More


Consensus at Last!

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | June 07, 2008 | 12:37 PM | comments

Breaking News: 100% of crazy fundamentalist Christians and scary terrorists agree: Gay Marriage is totally evil! Khalid Sheik Mohammed makes the case for the Federal Marriage Amendment: At his arraignment here Thursday, the alleged 9/11 mastermind said he would not...Read More


31 Days to Total Financial Hell - Gas Up Now!

Filed by Storm Bear | June 06, 2008 | 9:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge A friend of mine manages a multi-million dollar fund and sometimes I think he is afraid to admit the truth to himself. Days like today wring him out like a dishrag. We have previously discussed what...Read More


Carpooling on the Straight Talk Express

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 06, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Newsflash: You are not going to believe this! I just got a call from that darling Caroline Kennedy on the Obama v-p search team, and she said they need a 60 year old white woman, last name Clinton. Just not...Read More


No Wedding Ceremonies for Kern County

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 06, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

How do you get around marriage equality in California? Simply stop performing all wedding ceremonies. Kern county clerk's office will stop performing ceremonies for any couples -- gay or straight -- after June 13- the Friday before the Supreme Court...Read More


Bob Barr, Not Babar

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 06, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

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Late night fright

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

What happened to Mayor Ballard making the streets safer? I'm watching the administration tout the decreasing crime rate, but I have my doubts. Take last night, for example... I went outside on our front porch for a smoke before bed...Read More


Why is EMILY's List endorsing anti-semitism, racism and homophobia?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 05, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

EMILY's List, known for funding female candidates for public office, has two main qualifications for getting their endorsement. You have to be female and you have to be pro-choice. The organization recently endorsed Nikki Tinker in her run for Congress...Read More


Why is EMILY's List endorsing anti-semitism, racism and homophobia?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 05, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

EMILY's List, known for funding female candidates for public office, has two main qualifications for getting their endorsement. You have to be female and you have to be pro-choice. The organization recently endorsed Nikki Tinker in her run for Congress...Read More


About Bolthouse Farms

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

For the latest and most accurate information about Bolthouse Farms, read this updated article. William Bolthouse has just donated $100,000 dollars to the ballot initiative to amend California's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. He owns 43% of Bolthouse Farms, a...Read More


He Sees Gay People

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 05, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

After my Memorial Day run at the Crown and Anchor in Ptown, I took a lovely local nine-seater CapeAir plane into Boston for the 27th Annual MA Bill of Rights dinner. The pilot was in training and kept reading the...Read More


LGBT Equality Congressional Caucus forms...

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

As H. Alexander Robinson posted last night, yesterday 52 members of the House came together to form an LGBT Equality Caucus. The full list is after the jump. It'll be headed up by Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank. And while...Read More


Who isn't fired up?

Filed by Storm Bear | June 05, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge Everyone I know is fired up about Barack Obama and the highly improbable success of a black man named Hussein winning the Democratic primary. Not only will he be the first black US President, but he...Read More


Marriage Equality means Big Money for California

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

In an interesting article in the San Francisco Chronicle (which I did a brief interview and quote for), another reason why the California Marriage Decision is good for the state was brought forward: money. In the article, "State sees economic...Read More


Marriage Equality means Big Money for California

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

In an interesting article in the San Francisco Chronicle (which I did a brief interview and quote for), another reason why the California Marriage Decision is good for the state was brought forward: money. In the article, "State sees economic...Read More


A Thank You Note to Senator Hillary Clinton

Filed by Bruce Parker | June 05, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Hillary, When I was twelve, I spent a lot of time telling anyone who would listen that you were ranked as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America before even marrying Bill. You had a career before becoming...Read More


History

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 05, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

I can only think of one moment in my memory that compares to this. It was when I stood in front of my television and watched the Berlin Wall come down, live on CNN. I'm not yet sure that another...Read More


A Cause of Celebration: Reflections on Our Progress

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | June 04, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I am most reflective today as two significant announcements have captured my attention and filled my spirit with a renewed hopefulness: the rise of Barack Obama and the newly formed LGBT Congressional Caucus. In 1980, African American gay activist Mel...Read More


Perez, Leno Win California Races

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

John A. Perez beamed as he made his way among the tables at La Fonda restaurant, hugging supporters, friends and family - including cousin Antonio Villaraigosa, the Mayor of Los Angeles, as a mariachi band trumpeted his victory in the...Read More


Surprise: Texas prosecutors don't like homeless poz man

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Even a court of law in 2008 can get caught up in AIDS panic (via BTB): Prosecutors convinced a Dallas County jury this week that HIV-positive saliva should be considered a deadly weapon. But the Centers for Disease Control and...Read More


Surprise: Texas prosecutors don't like homeless poz man

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Even a court of law in 2008 can get caught up in AIDS panic (via BTB): Prosecutors convinced a Dallas County jury this week that HIV-positive saliva should be considered a deadly weapon. But the Centers for Disease Control and...Read More


Breaking News: No Stay for California Marriages!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court denied a request today to put a hold on its ruling allowing same-sex marriages after the November election. Opponents of the court's May 15 ruling had asked the justices to stay the decision until Californians vote...Read More


Breaking News: No Stay for California Marriages!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court denied a request today to put a hold on its ruling allowing same-sex marriages after the November election. Opponents of the court's May 15 ruling had asked the justices to stay the decision until Californians vote...Read More


I'll see your 17 million votes and raise you...

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 04, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

From the perspective of another Hillary Clinton supporter who can do basic math, Hilary Rosen wrote this morning that she was "not alone in privately urging the campaign over the last two weeks to use the moment to take her...Read More


The Incrementalists Dirty Little "Secret"

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign hopes you're not paying attention. Barney Frank hopes you'll look the other way. John Aravosis is crossing his fingers that you won't draw the only logical conclusion. These folks - and those who think about basic...Read More


Obama needs an Orthopedist. Suggestions?

Filed by Storm Bear | June 04, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge My wife, an African American, was watching the delegates roll in for Barack Obama and she asked "can this really be happening, can this be for real? I guess so - typically Blacks struggle for everything."...Read More


Geraldine Ferraro continues

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Geraldine Ferraro on race politics, via Feministing: As for Reagan Democrats, how Clinton was treated is not their issue. They are more concerned with how they have been treated. Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a...Read More


Let's work together

Filed by Bil Browning | June 04, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

My friend Robert Rouse got inspired to create a video after Obama's victory speech last night. Robert's very talented with putting together these homemade videos and half the time he's the singer as well. (I'm not sure if that's him...Read More


McCain... More War and More Double Talk

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

This man has the creepiest laugh I've ever heard. And he's laughing at all of us. He knows what ambitions he will pursue. Let the election begin, Johnny Prozac. We're going to kick your ass....Read More


New York State Assembly Approves GENDA

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Great news from New York!! The New York State Assembly approved a bill affording civil rights protections to the transgender community by an overwhelming vote of 102-33. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) would bar bias based on gender identity...Read More


Oh, to be a fly on the wall

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2008 | 10:30 PM | comments

So do you think a certain local blogger had a thrombosis tonight after Obama secured the nomination?...Read More


Congratulations to our Democratic nominee

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

CNN is is reporting that Barack Obama has enough delegates to secure the Democratic Presidential nomination. America has our first African-American candidate for President. This is historic. Not only are we going to nominate Barack Obama for President, we're going...Read More


Obama-Clinton Ticket

Filed by Jim Neal | June 03, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Now that the Presidential primary season is winding down after months and millions of votes cast, it's now time to set our focus on November and winning back the Presidency. Both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have energized millions of...Read More


Get Busy. Get Equal.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU LGBT Project recently launched Get Busy, Get Equal , an online toolkit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. Get Busy, Get Equal is designed to equip activists who don't necessarily have much experience organizing with the tools...Read More


Get Busy. Get Equal.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU LGBT Project recently launched Get Busy, Get Equal , an online toolkit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. Get Busy, Get Equal is designed to equip activists who don't necessarily have much experience organizing with the tools...Read More


Get Busy. Get Equal.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU LGBT Project recently launched Get Busy, Get Equal , an online toolkit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. Get Busy, Get Equal is designed to equip activists who don't necessarily have much experience organizing with the tools...Read More


The Antichrist is so gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Making people vomit the demon of handwriting analysis isn't the only thing John Hagee does. He also tells us that the Antichrist is a gay Jew: iPhone users: Click to watch So does this hurt McCain with the gay Republican...Read More


PFLAG Parents Greet the "Ex-Gays"

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 03, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This weekend, Orlando will be hopping with the annual Gay Days at Disney World. Thousands of LGBT people from across the country will gather in the Sunshine State to party, celebrate and tan. But it may well be early on...Read More


Just a thought about health care and John McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

John McCain is in good enough health to run for president: Republican John McCain was deemed by his doctors on Friday to be in sufficient good health to serve as president even as they reported a long history of skin...Read More


My apologies to Andy Towle

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'll just come right out and say it. After all, coming out is good for queers. I owe Andy Towle an apology. When I wrote my post about DNC credentials, I used Andy's blog, Towleroad, as my example. I was...Read More


My apologies to Andy Towle

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'll just come right out and say it. After all, coming out is good for queers. I owe Andy Towle an apology. When I wrote my post about DNC credentials, I used Andy's blog, Towleroad, as my example. I was...Read More


Let Them Eat Cake

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 03, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

[Editors' Note:] Robin Tyler is one of the Original Plaintiffs in the CA Supreme Court Lawsuit, Tyler v. County of LA. In fall 2008, Robin will be filming her one woman comedy show, Always A Bridesmaid, Never a Groom. Wedding...Read More


Obama & the Orgasmic Orgy of Approval

Filed by Storm Bear | June 03, 2008 | 9:50 AM | comments

click to enlarge There are few times in my life where I hoped the mainstream media was right about their reporting. Last night and today, the Team Clinton seems to be packing up and getting ready to call it...Read More


Colorado gets expanded civil rights legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Congratulations to LGBT activists in Colorado, the governor just signed an anti-discrimination bill: Gov. Bill Ritter today quietly signed a controversial bill expanding the prohibition of sexual-orientation-based discrimination, over the vocal opposition of conservative Christian groups like Focus on the...Read More


Colorado gets expanded civil rights legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Congratulations to LGBT activists in Colorado, the governor just signed an anti-discrimination bill: Gov. Bill Ritter today quietly signed a controversial bill expanding the prohibition of sexual-orientation-based discrimination, over the vocal opposition of conservative Christian groups like Focus on the...Read More


Initiative to limit marriage will be on California ballot in November

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's official: California voters will have a chance to overturn the recent state Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage just five months from now, as the secretary of state certified a measure to define marriage as "between a man...Read More


Initiative to limit marriage will be on California ballot in November

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's official: California voters will have a chance to overturn the recent state Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage just five months from now, as the secretary of state certified a measure to define marriage as "between a man...Read More


A Lifetime in Two Weeks

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I write this on the evening of May 29. It has been exactly two weeks since the historic ruling from the California Supreme Court ending the exclusion of lesbians and gay men from the right to marry. The past two...Read More


Save Rent Control in California (No on Prop 98!)

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | June 02, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Hey, California! I know it can be hard to get out and vote on local elections--either they seem insignificant, or you're pretty convinced electoral politics will never bring real social change, let alone justice. I hear you. The thing is,...Read More


Vice President Crist?

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Hey, girlfriend! The chances of Charlie Crist being nominated for VP by the GOP are about as good as the chances that the sun will set in the east and that your local PBS station will announce they are flush...Read More


Separation of church and state in marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

TBP editor Waymon Hudson got quoted in the Contra Coast Times last week in an article about how some clergy aren't signing marriage licenses anymore: "I think the need to untangle civil marriage and the rights associated with it from...Read More


To the DNC: It's the selection process, stupid!

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 01, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

It has been long established conventional wisdom that Democrats understand the web and know how to use it for political purposes better than Republicans. The #1 blog on the Internet is a liberal blog (The Huffington Post) and the Democrats...Read More


Non-Shocker: DNC Limits Diversity, Continues Pandering To Rich White Gay Men As Per Usual

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Just the other day, Bilerico Project Publisher Bil Browning reported that the Democratic National Committee Convention credentials committee has snubbed the Bilerico Project in favor of Towleroad, a blog mainly directed toward the interests of wealthy white gay men. Of...Read More


Why the Victory in California is so Special

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The decision by the California Supreme Court that same sex couples have the same right to marry as anybody else makes California the first state in the Union where LGBTQ people are treated fully equal under the law. For example,...Read More


Why the Victory in California is so Special

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The decision by the California Supreme Court that same sex couples have the same right to marry as anybody else makes California the first state in the Union where LGBTQ people are treated fully equal under the law. For example,...Read More


New Study Reveals LGBTQ Spending Habits

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | June 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

A new report from Prime Access, Inc.,an advertising agency that targets African American, Hispanic, gay and urban youth consumers has a lot to say about how the LGBTQ community spends its money. According to the study, we have high brand...Read More