Politics: July 2008

What Hangs in the Balance

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 31, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

If we lose California, if they defeat the marriage amendment, I'm afraid that the culture war is over and Christians have lost. I've never said that publicly until now--but that's just the reality of the fact. Donald Wildmon, President, American...Read More


What'll happen to Californian domestic partners?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've been doing a lot of personal research into French PACS (civil unions) this past week, and it's gotten me to wonder about what exactly is going to happen to Californian domestic partners. California created its domestic partnership registry in...Read More


What'll happen to Californian domestic partners?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've been doing a lot of personal research into French PACS (civil unions) this past week, and it's gotten me to wonder about what exactly is going to happen to Californian domestic partners. California created its domestic partnership registry in...Read More


What'll happen to Californian domestic partners?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've been doing a lot of personal research into French PACS (civil unions) this past week, and it's gotten me to wonder about what exactly is going to happen to Californian domestic partners. California created its domestic partnership registry in...Read More


Just Launched! Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 31, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm very excited to let you know about the launch of Enough. Created and edited by the wonderful Tyrone Boucher and Dean Spade: Enough is a space for conversations about how a commitment to wealth redistribution plays out in our...Read More


Just Launched! Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 31, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm very excited to let you know about the launch of Enough. Created and edited by the wonderful Tyrone Boucher and Dean Spade: Enough is a space for conversations about how a commitment to wealth redistribution plays out in our...Read More


Catholic Church Takes Aim at Condoms

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 31, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

A Catholic group called Human Life International has put up billboards in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to fight the scourge of condom usage. Human Life International's website claims that their mission is to "fight the evils of abortion, contraception, sex...Read More


Black History: The Later Klans

Filed by Storm Bear | July 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: The name "Ku Klux Klan" began to be used by several independent groups. Beginning in the 1950s, individual Klan groups began to resist the Civil Rights Movement by bombing houses in transitional neighborhoods and...Read More


More Anti-Gay Violence Strikes EuroPride

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 31, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I posted earlier this week about the two gay men that were robbed and stabbed at EuroPride in Stockholm by men yelling homophobic slurs. The incident is being classified as a hate crime by Police. Unfortunately, more horrendous anti-gay violence...Read More


Local this and that

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

I've been busy with the Bilerico Project and Bilerico Media lately, so I haven't had time to post on these great topics that have been submitted. I figured I'd do a quick roundup to make sure you had a chance...Read More


Defining men and women at the Olympics

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The NY Times is reporting that the Olympics in Beijing this summer will be testing female athletes to see if they're actually women or men posing as women: Organizers of the Beijing Olympics have set up a sex-determination laboratory to...Read More


The Sound and The Fury

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 31, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. - Macbeth,...Read More


Obama Organizes in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 31, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

In a great column in the Huffington Post, blogger Sam Stein reports that the Obama campaign is "months ahead" of where the Gore and Kerry campaigns were in Florida in years past. Obama's Communications Director in the state, Mark Bubriski,...Read More


Students Win Precedent Setting GSA fight

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

"Students do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Yesterday, Federal Judge K. Michael Moore ruled that school officials in Okeechobee, Florida, must allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to form at their high...Read More


Prohibitive Prescriptions

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

You can tell a lot about a person by what is in their medicine cabinet. A quick peek during a trip to the bathroom and the nosey neighbor could find out whose taking anti-depressants or birth control pills. Maybe someone...Read More


What Am I Missing Here?

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 30, 2008 | 5:09 PM | comments

The Star reports that the Indiana State Police have fired two officers involved in an altercation outside of Gregs last year. What's perfectly bizarre about the article is its headline -- "ISP Fires 2 Officers in Gay Bar Incident" --...Read More


Tennessee Shooting

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm still stunned by the news that an armed gunman went into a Unitarian Church in Tennessee that was in the middle of a performance by kids of the play "Annie" and killed two people, with the intention of killing...Read More


Pass the PEPFAR, join the bipart-gasm, and redeem colonialism

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 30, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is just too much wrong with this Michael Gerson column on PEPFAR reauthorization for me not to address it here on Bilerico. According to him, the PEPFAR reauthorization proves that politics is meaningless and that the Bush Doctrine, not...Read More


Pass the PEPFAR, join the bipart-gasm, and redeem colonialism

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 30, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is just too much wrong with this Michael Gerson column on PEPFAR reauthorization for me not to address it here on Bilerico. According to him, the PEPFAR reauthorization proves that politics is meaningless and that the Bush Doctrine, not...Read More


More Wedding Bells for Massachusetts

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 30, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law that prevented the state from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be valid in their home states. This comes a week after the Senate voted...Read More


Will Arizona be abandoned?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest Blogger Barbara McCullough-Jones is Executive Director of Equality Arizona. A native of Seattle, Barbara first arrived in Arizona in 1989 and has since enjoyed nearly 20 years working in the LGBT movement. Barbara has received numerous honors...Read More


Will Arizona be abandoned?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest Blogger Barbara McCullough-Jones is Executive Director of Equality Arizona. A native of Seattle, Barbara first arrived in Arizona in 1989 and has since enjoyed nearly 20 years working in the LGBT movement. Barbara has received numerous honors...Read More


Report Finds Attorney General's Office Broke the Law

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 30, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Department of Justice has released a scathing report against White House liaison Monica Goodling, an aide to former Attorney General Roberto Gonzalez. The report, entitled "An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in...Read More


Report Finds Attorney General's Office Broke the Law

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 30, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Department of Justice has released a scathing report against White House liaison Monica Goodling, an aide to former Attorney General Roberto Gonzalez. The report, entitled "An Investigation of Allegations of Politicized Hiring by Monica Goodling and Other Staff in...Read More


California Fundies Sue Over Prop 8 Language Change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The supporters of Prop 8, California's constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage, are worried. California Atty. General Jerry Brown recently changed the measure's ballot title and summary from "to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman...Read More


The Daily Show Takes on Donnelly

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 29, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Jon Stewart skewers Elaine Donnelly and her "arguments" against gay service members. "Even her blouse," Stewart says, "is mocking her anti-gay stance."...Read More


Transgender Health Law 101

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

On August 9, 2008, The Center OC, in collaboration with Transgender Law Center, will offer the first in a series of Know Your Rights workshops to the transgender community in Orange County. The workshop will run from 10:30am-12:30pm. This first...Read More


Black History: The Tuskegee Airmen

Filed by Storm Bear | July 29, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: Prior to the Tuskegee Airmen, no U.S. military pilots had been black. A series of legislative moves by the United States Congress in 1941 forced the Army Air Corps to form an all-black combat...Read More


Speaking Youth to Power

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

One thing that can be said about the current generation of young gays is that they are a smart and ambitious lot. Eugene Resnick, an openly gay candidate for National Membership Director of the College Democrats, definitely fits that mold....Read More


David Davis's crusade against the gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Richard Smoak, the judge in the case of Heather Gillman (the girl in Florida who wanted to wear pride gear to school, was forbidden by her principal, and then sued and won a case against the school for freedom of...Read More


Invisible Man

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Contemplating my response to CNN's Black in America series, I was reminded of something W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in the "Souls of Black Folk" published in 1903: How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word....Read More


Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Agrees To Say No 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, opposes Amendment 2. She joins more than 200 prominent leaders and organizations on Florida Red & Blue's Advisory Board against the so-called "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment." In Florida,...Read More


Hate Crime at EuroPride

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A gay couple was robbed and one stabbed in a hate crime at EuroPride 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden: A male gay couple were stabbed and robbed during Stockholm's EuroPride festival in what police described Monday as a hate crime. "Two...Read More


Black History: The Second Klan

Filed by Storm Bear | July 28, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: The second Klan rose in response to urbanization and industrialization, massive immigration from eastern and southern Europe, the Great Migration of African Americans to the North, and the migration of African Americans and whites...Read More


Why I Left America

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 28, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I was in the bookstore in Jomtien, Thailand where I now live. The title of this paperback, "Why I Left America", jumped off the shelf at me as it was against the American Flag. The author had a commendation from...Read More


McCain comes out against gay adoption... Again.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I guess we'll be hearing from his campaign to "clarify" his position again. In a Sunday interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous, McCain- who first said he was against gay adoption, then had his campaign backtrack on it- is...Read More


HRC and the Need for a "Second Stonewall"

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 27, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

"The rage against the HRC is not fuelled by one deception last year, but by a legacy of exclusion.... The HRC's insistence on adhering to the old patterns of disregard is why a second Stonewall has literally erupted at their...Read More


Don't Ask Sam Nunn

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | July 27, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

With news reports confirming that former Senator Sam Nunn is on the short list for VP pick, it is important that we unite in reminding Senator Obama: Don't Ask Sam Nunn to be your running mate. Some people say that...Read More


Miami Beach City Commission Votes to Say No 2

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

Mayor Matti Herrera Bower of Miami Beach is going to bat for the LGBT community yet again! During its Wednesday, July 16 meeting, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to condemn Amendment 2, the so-called "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment." The...Read More


Broward County passes Fully-Inclusive Bullying Policy

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 26, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

The Broward County School Board has taken the lead in the fight against bullying in schools. They passed the strongest anti-bullying policy in Florida this week. According to 365gay.com: The policy contains a full list of prohibited forms of harassment,...Read More


My Support

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

Readers of this blog are probably not surprised that I'm supporting the boycott of the Human Rights Campaign's San Francisco Dinner. What you might find surprising is that I'm supporting my friend Diego Sanchez, in speaking at the event. I'm...Read More


Why Black Transgender Issues Are Black Community Issues

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute..." - Justice Thurgood Marshall As a proud African-American that also happens to be a transwoman, there is no doubt- and I make it quite clear on...Read More


Greetings Government Workers!

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

My Hoosier Republican ladies are at it again! With the side note "I'm stirring the pot again" she has forwarded the message below to me that she has not written, but believes. Now I would like your help in answering...Read More


TGIF: Time to Throw Up

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 26, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Normally I'd do a lot more research on a story before posting about it, but I was nauseous before I could even finish watching the video of racist, sexist fuck Jon Justice over at brownfemipower's. So her post and Megan...Read More


Black History: The First Klan

Filed by Storm Bear | July 25, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: As W.E.B. DuBois noted, "It is always difficult to stop war, and doubly difficult to stop civil war... In the case of civil war, where the contending parties must rest face to face after...Read More


It's a joke, until someone ends up dead

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 25, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

When I first heard that anti-gay Oklahoma legislator Sally Kern was caught taking a gun int the state capitol, I made a joke out of it......Read More


Sally, Get Your Gun and Elaine? Keep Talking

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 25, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

As if Elaine Donnelly wasn't enough comic relief, in comes the news that Sally Kern has been caught packing some heat in the Oklahoma State Capitol building. "Anti-gay Okla. lawmaker caught with gun at Capitol" Seems Sally carries with her...Read More


Gay in Iraq: Stories of Terror

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

The plight of gays in gays in Iraq is something I have written about before (see Iraqi Gay Safe Houses to Close). It seems mainstream media is finally catching on to the extreme danger that LGBT Iraqis face. A great...Read More


A disgrace to the Man Race

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I know that this dude probably just has issues with his own sexuality and... manliness... but does it have to be plastered in our faces? I haven't been keeping up the list of media instances where Obama has been called...Read More


Cloaked in Bigotry and All Wrapped Up in Pearls

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 24, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This morning's Washington Post includes a must-read by columnist Dana Milbank, who dissects and deciphers yesterday's testimony by Elaine Donnelly at the Congressional "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" hearings. Milbank reports: Donnelly treated the panel to an extraordinary exhibition of rage....Read More


Florida Fundies using Trans-Scare Tactics

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 24, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The rightwing group, Citizens for Good Public Policy (insert eye roll here), have launched a campaign to repeal the recently passed gender identity protection clause in Gainesville, Florida. In January, commissioners voted to include the phrase "gender identity" in the...Read More


Obama 60-14 among LGBT voters

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Obama's not doing too badly among LGBT adults: Among LGBT adults, 60 percent favor Obama while 14 percent favor McCain. Three percent of LGBT adults favor Barr, while 1 percent choose Nader. Six percent choose "other," while 17 percent of...Read More


Top Ten Check List for Same-Sex Couples Marrying in California

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 24, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Getting the boy or girl of your dreams to say yes to your marriage proposal is only the first step in having the fiercest wedding in all the land. And no, I am not thinking about how crucial it is...Read More


Fight Against AZ Marriage Amendment Advances

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Those of you following the news about the proposed constitutional amendment in Arizona to prohibit same sex marriage will find the latest round of shenanigans very upsetting. On Wedesday, Equality Arizona called on Senate President Tim Bee (R-30) to immediately...Read More


Officials Change California's Prop 8 Language on Ballot

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 24, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Election officials in California made what could be an important change to Proposition 8's language yesterday. Prop 8, which was put forward by fundies to reverse the state's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, is on the ballot in...Read More


The N-Word? Please, Use It Any Way You Can.

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 23, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Lalita Amos is Founder and Managing Director of Total Team Solutions, LLC, a 12 year old leadership and team development firm offering strategic planning and executive coaching to entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs and runs Like Nobody's Business,...Read More


McCain and his Doc Brown DeLorean

Filed by Storm Bear | July 23, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge I hate to keep on McCain and his intellectual gaffes, but the latest about the surge and the Awakening, brings up another thought. Even if McCain tells us he will pick good advisers, but if he...Read More


Cop/Reality Star Put On Leave Amid Gay Porn Allegations

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

First it was James from Big Brother 9 with a gay porn past, now it seems like another reality TV star is in some hot water over adult films. Michael Verdugo, an out gay cop from Hollywood, FL and a...Read More


Culture Wars, good little soldiers, and deserting the party

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Don Wildmon thinks that California could be the last battle of the so-called Culture Wars: "If we lose California, if they defeat the marriage amendment, I'm afraid that the culture war is over and Christians have lost," said Wildmon, "I've...Read More


PETA Exploits Women's Bodies for Animal Rights

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 23, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are at it again. Last year they were turning heads with their ads featuring naked Playboy models protesting fur. This time they're running TV ads that compare teenage girls to cats...Read More


Republican donation letter

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

On the right is a letter sent from the RNC treasurer to a Republican and fundamentalist activist in Indiana. The text version is after the jump. The letter reads like it's begging Kristen to come back to into the party's...Read More


Republican donation letter

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

On the right is a letter sent from the RNC treasurer to a Republican and fundamentalist activist in Indiana. The text version is after the jump. The letter reads like it's begging Kristen to come back to into the party's...Read More


A Milestone for Gays in the Military?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 22, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dixon Osburn is Co-founder and former Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The House Armed Services Committee is set this Wednesday to hold the first hearing on lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the military since...Read More


Why We Hate On Gays

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I love Kirk Franklin, and not just because he's ahem, a fellow Texan. He fused traditional call and response style gospel singing with contemporary R&B and hip-hop tunes. It put a fresh, funky spin on gospel music, African-American style. I...Read More


Breaking News: COPA Not Copacetic

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It has taken ten years, but the long and bloody battle over COPA (the Child Online Protection Act) has finally taken one more gory step towards a possible victory for free speech. As one of the plaintiffs, I hope the...Read More


Breaking News: COPA Not Copacetic

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It has taken ten years, but the long and bloody battle over COPA (the Child Online Protection Act) has finally taken one more gory step towards a possible victory for free speech. As one of the plaintiffs, I hope the...Read More


Families on the Frontlines

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 22, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

In preparation for tomorrow's historic Congressional hearings on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," PFLAG invited family members and veterans from across the country to be part of its Families on the Frontlines series at the PFLAG National blog. And, we wanted...Read More


John McCain Should Talk to the Real Expert on My Family - Me

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Gust blogger Alan O'Brien-Myers is a rising senior at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, MA, where he lives with his two moms and younger brother. As someone who was adopted by two lesbian moms, I was certainly disappointed...Read More


Indiana Senator Evan Bayh top pick for Obama's running mate

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is at the top of the short list to be Barack Obama's VP pick. While I've had a couple of run-ins with the Senator's staff after he refused to answer a question I asked him at...Read More


Indiana Senator Evan Bayh top pick for Obama's running mate

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is at the top of the short list to be Barack Obama's VP pick. While I've had a couple of run-ins with the Senator's staff after he refused to answer a question I asked him at...Read More


Beating Discrimination, One Battle at a Time

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 21, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Ashwin Madia is a graduate of Osseo High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. After graduating law school, he chose to enlist in the United States Marine Corps in 2002. He served as...Read More


An Open Blog Post To John McCain

Filed by Storm Bear | July 21, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge For someone who wants to lead one of the largest economies on the planet in the 21st century, you sure don't seem to understand the issues important to America. Let's start with your computer illiteracy. It...Read More


Kids in NC Get Thrown Under the Bus

Filed by Jim Neal | July 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

As has been reported the NC Senate's failure to pass anti-bullying legislation in tact despite having the votes is disappointing shows a disturbing and unacceptable lack of courage and compassion. They threw kids in the state of North Carolina under...Read More


The New Yorker lampooning Obama insults Muslims

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words," is not so even on the July 21st The New Yorker cover's satirical lampooning of presidential hopeful Barack Obama robed in Muslim garb fist-bumping his Angela Davis afro-wearing, machine- gun...Read More


In Response To Meghan Stabler

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday the Human Rights Campaign's Backstory blog published the full unedited text of a letter to the editor of the Bay Area Reporter in support of HRC written by transgender activist and HRC Business Council member Meghan Stabler. Unfortunately, Backstory...Read More


In Response To Meghan Stabler

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday the Human Rights Campaign's Backstory blog published the full unedited text of a letter to the editor of the Bay Area Reporter in support of HRC written by transgender activist and HRC Business Council member Meghan Stabler. Unfortunately, Backstory...Read More


The Rotweiller of God Prada Steps His Way Though Sydney

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 20, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

As I write these words, "His Holiness" is presiding over the 22nd celebration of World Youth Day in Sydney. The pope has already done what is expected and apologized for priest abuse in Australia. In that persons from 70 countries...Read More


Making a Dent in China

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Some years ago, I was visiting two Chinese friends, wife and husband, at their home in Palos Verdes. Both of them, and their well-to-do families, had somehow survived the Cultural Revolution and succeeded in leaving the People's Republic of China...Read More


The Political Uses of Sodomy Laws

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 19, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here on CNN Asia there are constant and beautiful commercial spots for Malaysia featuring singing children, exotically dressed dancers in the forefront of the Petronas Tower (tallest building in the world when built) located in Kuala Lampur. Petronas has oil...Read More


Evan Bayh sounding excited

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I'm telling you, this is excited for Evan Bayh. I swear, he might just go nuts and wring his hands soon. iPhone users: Click to watch I have to admit though, as much as I knock Senator Bayh for being...Read More


Evan Bayh sounding excited

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I'm telling you, this is excited for Evan Bayh. I swear, he might just go nuts and wring his hands soon. iPhone users: Click to watch I have to admit though, as much as I knock Senator Bayh for being...Read More


Sally Kern's protege?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 19, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Oklahoma Commissioner Brent Rinehart is mailing out ridiculously homophobic and just plain ridiculous comics as part of his re-election bid. Click to enlarge. He says: "It's more or less a story of my experiences of the last four years of...Read More


What If They Had a Gun Registry...

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

And nobody came? This was apparently the case with the D.C. gun registry, following the Supreme Court decision. With the ban lifted after a momentous, years-long legal battle that led to the landmark high court decision last month, here's how...Read More


California's Prop 8 will fail - 6 reasons

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm going to predict, in all my blogger glory, that the marriage amendment in California, Proposition 8, will fail this November. Here's why: It's polling pretty badly. A new Field Poll released today says that likely voters are against the...Read More


Thurman Steps Aside

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 18, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

IPOPA is reporting that Terry Thurman is stepping aside and will no longer be challenging Ed Treacy to be Marion County Democratic Party Chariman. I've got confirmation of the same from my sources, so it looks like Treacy -- absent...Read More


New Field Poll Good News for California Marriages

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 18, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A new poll released by Field Research -- the standard in California polling -- indicates that a proposed amendment to the California state constitution which would define marriage as only between one man and one woman is failing to gain...Read More


Introducing FRC's magical pansexual non-threatening spokesthing, Pit-Pat!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I just got the image on the right in my inbox, taken from the Family Research Council's website. Apparently it's the new graphic they'll tack on to their news items from California regarding marriage. It looked kind of familiar to...Read More


A Military Mom "Tells" Her Story

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

For almost a decade, I have had the great honor and privilege of working alongside some of the best and most courageous men and women serving in our nation's military. These brave men and women sacrifice, every day, in unimaginable...Read More


Note to McCain: Obama can read

Filed by Storm Bear | July 17, 2008 | 11:20 PM | comments

click to enlarge You can read, I can read and I am pretty sure Obama can read. We can read all about the Iraq war, we can see it in video form. McCain keeps pushing the meme that the...Read More


Fred Phelps's church to protest Tony Snow's funeral

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

They do have a knack for consistency, the Phelpsians: they hate just about everyone. Yes, today they're marchin' on former White House press secretary Tony Snow's funeral. The problem with him is that Bush signed a law banning funeral protests...Read More


HIV travel ban repealed, PEPFAR funding passed

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Senate did something useful for once, probably because it didn't involve a confrontation with the president: they just passed the Lantos/Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act. This bill:passed without a provision requiring abstinence-only education,designates...Read More


HIV travel ban repealed, PEPFAR funding passed

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Senate did something useful for once, probably because it didn't involve a confrontation with the president: they just passed the Lantos/Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act. This bill:passed without a provision requiring abstinence-only education,designates...Read More


Gay Ron Paul staffer dies of pneumonia without health coverage, leaves $400K debt

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Kent Snyder, Ron Paul's campaign chair, died of pneumonia a couple of weeks ago after two months in the hospital. He was openly gay. Here's what Paul had to say about Snyder: Kent poured every ounce of his being into...Read More


Wildcatting

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 16, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's a beautiful day here in Ptown and we were out at Herring Cove and some of the gals were in their beach chairs. It was low tide. We were talking, just idly letting the sand sift through our fingers....Read More


Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative Will Remain on November Ballot in California

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court ruled this afternoon that the ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage will go forward as planned. Numerous gay rights groups were involved in the litigation trying to stop the initiative. The...Read More


Hey Phil Gramm, are the troops whining too?

Filed by Storm Bear | July 16, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge The recent bank failures, suck-ass economy, rising gas prices are all a figment of your imagination. That is what the Bush Administration wants you to think as they keep pounding the podium for off-shore drilling -...Read More


A Turning Point for Troops & Their Families

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Next Wednesday -- July 23 -- may well mark a critical turning point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the federal ban on open service that has cost our country the talent and skills of more than...Read More


Obama's so... fancy

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

Now it's GOP strategy. Here's a Republican operative, Andrea Tantaros, on MSNBC and Fox News, calling Obama a faggot (full text at Media Matter:...Read More


Believing in Our Families

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

As you're reading this, I'm either on my way to, in, or on my way back from New Jersey. There reason for the trip is incredibly happy one. Today is the day we're finalizing Dylan's adoption. Last week we got...Read More


Trying to pull the wool over our eyes

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Elizabeth Dole has a passion for irony, apparently. The North Carolina Senator proposed an amendment to rename a tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV funding bill for Jesse Helms. Yes, she thought it was appropriate to name a bill aimed at fighting...Read More


Trying to pull the wool over our eyes

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Elizabeth Dole has a passion for irony, apparently. The North Carolina Senator proposed an amendment to rename a tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV funding bill for Jesse Helms. Yes, she thought it was appropriate to name a bill aimed at fighting...Read More


Is anyone paying attention at McCain Central?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 15, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

And I don't mean his campaign office, since they were smart enough to send out this release to *ahem* clarify McCain's position on gay and lesbian adoption. I mean the McCain Central in his head. "McCain could have been clearer...Read More


The Fog Rolls In

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 15, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm back... if you don't count the fact that I'm sitting on a porch watching an enormous fog bank creep in off the ocean. I still haven't read a paper in over a week. I'm hoping someone got Jesse Jackson...Read More


We'll Come Back, Really....

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

When explaining why Congress will have a hard time passing a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Congressman Barney Frank loves to point out that: In fact, many States in this country still have laws that protect only against sexual orientation,...Read More


Massachusetts might lift out-of-state marriage ban

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 15, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Massachussetts legislature is considering repealing their ban on out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in that state, and there's a good chance it'll pass: Senator Dianne Wilkerson, who is championing the issue in the state Senate, said she is "extremely...Read More


What you are missing at Netroots Nation in Second Life

Filed by Storm Bear | July 15, 2008 | 12:18 PM | comments

click to enlarge Netroots Nation in Second Life is in full swing today: While this year's Netroots Nation conference (formerly YearlyKos) takes place in Austin, a concurrent gathering will take place in the virtual world Second Life. Netroots Nation...Read More


Dick Lugar featured in new Obama ad

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

We'll probably be able to hear a certain local Obama hating blogger's head explode when he sees this new commercial for Barack Obama. After all, what self-respecting Republican would dare to attempt to tarnish Senator Dick Lugar's image? Oh. Wait....Read More


Dick Lugar featured in new Obama ad

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

We'll probably be able to hear a certain local Obama hating blogger's head explode when he sees this new commercial for Barack Obama. After all, what self-respecting Republican would dare to attempt to tarnish Senator Dick Lugar's image? Oh. Wait....Read More


GOP Gold Digger

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Serena, since you asked for it, I'm gonna bring it for you and all our Projectors. On TransGriot I occasionally do song rewrites satirically skewing various subjects to keep the creative writing juices flowing. Thanks to Serena, I got an...Read More


Economic Flashbacks

Filed by Storm Bear | July 14, 2008 | 4:43 PM | comments

click to enlarge Phil Gramm must be high: Many in the United States are concerned about the high prices of food and gasoline and the loss of almost a half million jobs. Senator McCain met with voters in parts...Read More


John McCain: Bowing to the Religious Right and big corporations, just like Theodore Roosevelt

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Hopefully this will be seen for what it is one day: extreme right-wing pablum. Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. "I think that we've proven...Read More


John McCain: Bowing to the Religious Right and big corporations, just like Theodore Roosevelt

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Hopefully this will be seen for what it is one day: extreme right-wing pablum. Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. "I think that we've proven...Read More


Locked Up For Loving

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 13, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Well, that didn't take long. Just this week I asked: I'm just wondering if it's too far-fetched to suggest that we're probably not too far from the day when someone -- a gay couple who gets married, or the person...Read More


Is Obama Talking Down to Black People?

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 13, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

What a week! In one day we see the best and the worst in icons and media. Rev. Jesse Jackson, who I have watched from his earliest years of "grievance based politics," makes an "off mike" whispered remark about Obama's...Read More


Barack Obama and Post-Homophobic Models of Black Leadership

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

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Bill Lindsey is a theologian and writer who expends time and energy trying to keep the churches (and himself) honest. In a career of several decades, he taught and did academic administrative work at a number...Read More


A people's history of the American empire

Filed by Bil Browning | July 12, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

This has to be one of the best history lessons our schoolchildren will never learn. A People's History Of American Empire By Howard Zinn...Read More


You should see him when he finds shrimp on the salad bar

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Okay - Even the Veritas Rex fundies don't think abortion is the #1 issue facing America today. WTF? I'm almost afraid to do a post about this, so I don't give the idiot a bigger ego. It pretty much stands...Read More


Another Bush Knife In The Back

Filed by Storm Bear | July 11, 2008 | 3:25 PM | comments

click to enlarge Bush has broken his promise to the G8 Summit and has now rejected the regulation of greenhouse gases. The Bush administration on Friday rejected regulating greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, saying it would cause too...Read More


Cultural differences

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 11, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm sure by now you've all heard or read what McCain said about social security: I'd like to start out by giving you a little straight talk. Under the present set-up, because we've mortgaged our children's futures, you will not...Read More


Cultural differences

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 11, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm sure by now you've all heard or read what McCain said about social security: I'd like to start out by giving you a little straight talk. Under the present set-up, because we've mortgaged our children's futures, you will not...Read More


Washington Post: The Beginning of the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 11, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Washington Post weighs in this morning with its latest editorial calling on Congress to repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning gay troops. The Post has called for an end to the law more than a dozen...Read More


No effin' way

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Presented without commentary, because I really don't think any is needed. Be sure to pick your jaw up off the floor when you're done reading. The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate...Read More


Charlie Crist sex tape

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 11, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

OK, I don't think there any chance that Charlie Crist will be the GOP's VP nom, but this is getting way ridiculous. The dude's never been married, has had several politically convenient engagements, has had ex-boyfriends and lovers talk to...Read More


Welcome to the neighborhood: Indy cop gets shot

Filed by Bil Browning | July 10, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

I've been blogging repeatedly about the overwhelming crime problem plaguing my neighborhood. When our car was stolen or when the windows were smashed out, I knew crime was up all across the city. After having a gun stuck in my...Read More


McCain really does equal Bush

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 10, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

McCain campaign takes on a Democracy Superhero Librarian... iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Note To McCain: Viagra is not a weapons system

Filed by Storm Bear | July 10, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge That thing... that thing right there, by your foot, it is my jaw... "I certainly do not want to discuss that issue," the Arizona senator said aboard his "Straight Talk Express" bus in Ohio when asked...Read More


A Bad Prescription for Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dixon Osburn is Co-founder and former Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The Palm Center at the University of California Santa Barbara this week published a new report by a "study group" of four flag...Read More


Will gay Republicans tolerate the Barnes Option?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | July 09, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The LGBT community has grown accustomed to the tired tradition of anti-gay politicos scaring the bejesus out of straight America in order to turn out voters. But the conventional wisdom, before this past week anyway, was that the tactic had...Read More


Obama's turn to the right leaves out poor LGBTQ Americans

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 09, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The senate's most left leaning member, presidential hopeful Barack Obama, is now turning to the right. And the turn, he's finding out, is not as easy as calculated. On July 1, Obama announced partnering with communities of faith. His proposed...Read More


Finally, An HRC Campaign I Support

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 09, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Michael Petrelis is a long-time gay rights and AIDS advocate who works in San Francisco. He blogs at The Petrelis Files. As a longtime critic of the Human Rights Campaign and its very silly ways, with so little...Read More


Step Right Up, Folks, and Win a Fabulous Prize

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 09, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

In these economically trying times do we need a man who says- and I quote- "The issue of economics I've never understood as well as I should." I'm sorry, he's been in the Senate for over 20 years, and gosh,...Read More


McCain needs to pick on the gays more?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 08, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

One of America's sharpest conservatives, Fred Barnes, editor of the Weekly Standard, on Fox News on how McCain needs to start gay-bashing: iPhone users: Click to watch Oh, where to begin....Read More


Doubtful

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 08, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a way it would be good if Crist was the VP nominee. With stuff like this out there, I can't believe McCain would be that stupid. From 2006: iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Doubtful

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 08, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a way it would be good if Crist was the VP nominee. With stuff like this out there, I can't believe McCain would be that stupid. From 2006: iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Released Hostages

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 08, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The released hostages from Columbia are a sight for sore eyes, I am sure. Their families, waiting 5 and a half years have been rewarded with their loved ones, in one piece. And yet we continue to hold our hostages...Read More


No sympathy for HRC

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 08, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

If you're in the SF area: Subject: Advisory: Independence from HRC We Declare Independence from the Human Rights Campaign! Next Saturday, July 12 @ noon, the San Francisco LGBT community will celebrate its Independence from the Human Rights Campaign by...Read More


Shutting gay marriage down?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 08, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

The other day, I ran into a friend a block from my apartment and we had an interesting conversation about the book launch for That's Revolting!, which I thought was totally incredible because people were so engaged, and my friend...Read More


Four More Voices in the Chorus for Repeal

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 08, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Is there anyone left who still thinks "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a good idea? According to a new report released yesterday, the answer is increasingly no. A group of four senior retired military officials weighed into the debate on...Read More


Best Slogan to Defeat CA's Anti-Gay-Marriage Initiative?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 08, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Michael Petrelis is a long-time gay rights and AIDS advocate who works in San Francisco. He blogs at The Petrelis Files. I went to the town hall meeting about gay marriage on July 3 at the gay community...Read More


How 'Bout Some Daddy Worship Instead?

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 07, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

James Kirchick argues in the Washington Blade that the gay community's support for Hillary Clinton is damned pathetic "diva worship": All kidding aside, I find my fellow gays' love for Hillary incredibly shallow. Identifying with her hopelessness has become a...Read More


Why Fox News canceled my interview about Netroots & the Troops - KO-worthy

Filed by Storm Bear | July 07, 2008 | 2:35 PM | comments

click to enlarge At 3:44pm Eastern, Fox News Channel employee (I am guessing a segment producer) Eldad Yaron called me to arrange an interview for me to talk about BooksForSoldiers.com, our fundraising problems and how I am using the...Read More


Bolthouse Farms Update: Tony Perkins ain't too bright

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (the thinking person's right-wing anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-sex hate group) has an "Alert" out concerning Bolthouse Farms. Apparently, some gay people deciding not to purchase Bolthouse Farms products is an "intimidation tactic." I missed...Read More


Bolthouse Farms Update: Tony Perkins ain't too bright

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (the thinking person's right-wing anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-sex hate group) has an "Alert" out concerning Bolthouse Farms. Apparently, some gay people deciding not to purchase Bolthouse Farms products is an "intimidation tactic." I missed...Read More


Paging Dina McGreevey

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I can't imagine she is that stupid. He's probably unable to get it up and she's probably just fine being a sexless second lady. Florida Gov. Crist says he's getting married - St. Petersburg Times: "ST. PETERSBURG -- Florida's most...Read More


Walking in Faith, With Obama: Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I only glanced at the headline, because I was up to my ears in work. But what I read was enough to give me a sick feeling; the kind you get when you begin to wonder whether you've made a...Read More


The True Story Of Jesse Helms That No One Believes

Filed by Storm Bear | July 05, 2008 | 2:30 AM | comments

click to enlarge What I am getting ready to tell you is a true story about my run-in with then Senator Jesse Helms. I used to have a film production office in Raleigh, North Carolina - two careers ago....Read More


Free Sex-Change Surgery in Cuba

Filed by Brynn Craffey | July 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The first week of June saw the beginnings of a dramatic reversal of decades of oppression toward transgender people in Cuba when the government of the new president, Raúl Castro, began offering free hormone treatment and sex-change operations for transsexuals....Read More


The AFA is boycotting McDonald's

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

High on their successful boycotts against Disney and Ford, the AFA has decided to take on another corporation that's better integrated into American culture than they are: McDonald's. And, no, this has nothing to do with the fact that Grimace...Read More


Indiana's Historic Moment

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The recent post over at Indiana Equality blog was enough of a kick in the pants, reminding me to post about some recent events. If you know me, you know how jazzed I am about Barack Obama. The first time...Read More


Indiana's Historic Moment

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The recent post over at Indiana Equality blog was enough of a kick in the pants, reminding me to post about some recent events. If you know me, you know how jazzed I am about Barack Obama. The first time...Read More


ZOMG! They Banned the BIBLE!!!!!!!!!111111

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yes, it's true. That is, World Net Daily has sounded the panic alarm once again: "Section 8 of Senate Bill 200 is a wide open door for any judge to censor anything that condemns homosexuality, including Scripture," Lundberg [state Rep....Read More


Black transwoman found dead in Memphis: Will there be justice?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A black transwoman in Memphis was found dead. This is the same city that Duanna Johnson was beaten by police: iPhone users: Click to watch This happened in the same city with a police department that is more concerned with...Read More


Bush 'Austin 12' divided about supporting McCain

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Talk about adding even more pressure on the Log Cabin Republicans. The group of prominent gay GOPers who participated in a meeting with Bush in 2000 to request that he move toward building a more inclusive administration and GOP --...Read More


Brit Soldiers Paid To Attend Gay Pride Events - Breeders Outraged!

Filed by Storm Bear | July 02, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge From The Telegraph: Homosexual soldiers are to be paid travelling expenses to attend Gay Pride parades, while troops are not allowed to claim for trips to the Queen's Garden Party. Gay troops have been told they...Read More


Obama's promise to change faith-based initiative funding pisses off the Religious Right

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Obama isn't making friends with the extremists elements of the evangelical community with his plan to expand funding of faith-based initiatives and prevent organizations that receive that funding from discriminating: "For those of who us who believe in protecting the...Read More


Obama's promise to change faith-based initiative funding pisses off the Religious Right

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Obama isn't making friends with the extremists elements of the evangelical community with his plan to expand funding of faith-based initiatives and prevent organizations that receive that funding from discriminating: "For those of who us who believe in protecting the...Read More


John Stossel's here to tell you how well the economy is doing

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

John Stossel, co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, just wrote this in a column: So let me stop here to repeat that. We are not in a depression. We are not even in recession. Get a grip, guys. We ought to point...Read More


Can gun-toting solve gay-bashing?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 02, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

In a 5-4 ruling the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a gun for personal use. While the debate will continue to go on about whether the Second Amendment really means that American...Read More


Catholic Charities: Let's Not Forget

Filed by Dustin Kight | July 02, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Many cases of carpal tunnel will be diagnosed before the blogging about Obama's faith-based programs announcement is over and done with. Let me contribute my two (wrist-destructive) cents: As someone who has seen the best and the worst that organized...Read More


Obama wants to expand faith-based initiatives

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is currently up on 365gay.com and is causing a few gasps: Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and...Read More


Toyota Prius: Human trafficking saves the environment

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Since Alex discovered Bolthouse Farm's connection to far rightwing donations lately, it's piqued my interest in other company's behind the scenes abuses. I caught this clip about Toyota on GRITtv the other day and thought I'd throw it out here...Read More


American Family Association Tilts At Cultural Windmill; Hilarity Ensues

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 01, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Remember when, way back when, you could say things like "we attended a truly gay affair last evening" and not have to worry about people thinking you went to a party with a sling. Not so since those damnable homosexual...Read More


Fighting Religious Oppression With Smooches!

Filed by Storm Bear | July 01, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge Pride in Madrid... There is a tasteless Inquisition joke in here somewhere... In a country where Catholic majority views on homosexuality clash with the government's recognition of gay marriage, gay pride organizers use smaller regional venues...Read More


3 questions for John McCain during his visit to Indy

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2008 | 10:50 AM | comments

Since McSame is visiting Indianapolis today in an attempt to raise some badly needed cash, the DNC sent me "Three Questions John McCain Won't Answer Today." They were intriguing even though they're not LGBT related so I thought I'd pass...Read More


John McCain, everyone's favorite pro-gay homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

John McCain released a statement on the anti-gay initiative in California last Thursday: I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman just as we did in...Read More


John McCain, everyone's favorite pro-gay homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

John McCain released a statement on the anti-gay initiative in California last Thursday: I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman just as we did in...Read More


A short interview with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4, just after her release from prison

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

(I had the chance to sit down briefly with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4 just two days after her surprising release from prison, after 673 days in prison for fighting back against a homophobic attacker.) Mattilda: First of...Read More