Politics: August 2008

Homosexuality contract?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 31, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

There are reports that several schools in New Zealand are asking students to swear to their sexuality: Pupils are being prevented from taking same-sex partners to school balls unless they sign contracts confirming they are homosexual, a gay support group...Read More


Open Letter to Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | August 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

First, congratulations on your upcoming convention and the historic choice of Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) now faces the important decision of endorsing, or not, the McCain-Palin ticket. We applaud that LCR supports...Read More


Sunday Funnies: MSNBC Calls Crist OUT- Literally

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

MSNBC's Chuck Todd says what we are all thinking about Amendment 2 supporting, newly engaged, possible VP pick, "confirmed bachelor" Governor Charlie Crist during a discussion called "The other glass ceiling: Will the country elect a single person?" Andrea Mitchell:...Read More


Putting Palin in Perspective

Filed by Bil Browning | August 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Let's put Sarah Palin's executive experience in perspective, shall we? Population of Alaska: 670,053 Population of Indianapolis: 784,118 Governor Sarah Palin's amount of time in office: 20 months Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard's amount of time in office: 8 months Apparently...Read More


Putting Palin in Perspective

Filed by Bil Browning | August 30, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Let's put Sarah Palin's executive experience in perspective, shall we? Population of Alaska: 670,053 Population of Indianapolis: 784,118 Governor Sarah Palin's amount of time in office: 20 months Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard's amount of time in office: 8 months Apparently...Read More


An Extra-ordinary Night

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Thursday night was extra-ordinary (I include the hyphen to emphasize what has been lost in the overuse of the word). I've been...Read More


Sarah Palin - Watch Out

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 30, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I've been inundated today with emails and commentary about Sarah Palin, McCain's pick to be his running mate. I did not know of her before today, so please stick with me while I wade through it all. Palin scares me....Read More


Del Martin, and What Makes a Meaningful Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and...Read More


Queering The Youth Vote

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that the youth vote has been a hot topic this election cycle. I can appreciate that...Read More


Looking Back on Katrina

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 30, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: These posts were originally published in The Advocate in 2005 and in 2006, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rev. Irene has agreed to let us reprint them on the third anniversary. It's sad to say that...Read More


Looking Back on Katrina

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 30, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: These posts were originally published in The Advocate in 2005 and in 2006, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Rev. Irene has agreed to let us reprint them on the third anniversary. It's sad to say that...Read More


Sarah Palin just can't stand Hillary Clinton's whining

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Could McCain have found a woman in politics who's more different from Hillary Clinton in his transparent attempt to nab Hillary Clinton Democrats? I posted yesterday about how she's a homophobic, corrupt, creationist, anti-choice zealot... but that doesn't seem to...Read More


Sarah Palin just can't stand Hillary Clinton's whining

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Could McCain have found a woman in politics who's more different from Hillary Clinton in his transparent attempt to nab Hillary Clinton Democrats? I posted yesterday about how she's a homophobic, corrupt, creationist, anti-choice zealot... but that doesn't seem to...Read More


Prisoners and Families of New Orleans Need Your Help

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 30, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

As Hurricane Gustav approaches New Orleans, please read this call-out from Critical Resistance New Orleans and help ensure that people in New Orleans prisons are not abandoned and abused again the way they were during and after Katrina. (Thanks to...Read More


Difficult Days Ahead

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Like many African-Americans I was literally crying tears of joy last night as I saw a major political party nominate someone of my ethnic heritage for the highest office in the land. The fact that it was my party, one...Read More


Gainesville Florida LGBT Rights Repeal to go before Voters

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

The Supervisor of Elections has certified that enough valid signatures were collected by Citizens for Good Public Policy to put a repeal of civil rights protections for the city of Gainesville's LGBT population. The issue will now go before voters....Read More


Video of Obama at the convention

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 29, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Here's some video I was shooting for to get some crowd reaction and just happened to catch Obama's remarks on gays and lesbians. I'll catch up with pictures and video when I get back to Indy. iPhone users: Click to...Read More


McCain Did What Obama Couldn't

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 29, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm a little pissed off today. John McCain picked Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. A crusty old white dude can stomach running with a woman. But Barack Obama, Mr. Change, can't? WTF! One of my best...Read More


Gainesville LGBT Rights Repeal to go before Voters

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 29, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Supervisor of Elections has certified that enough valid signatures were collected by Citizens for Good Public Policy to put a repeal of civil rights protections for the city of Gainesville's LGBT population. The issue will now go before voters....Read More


The Conservative Democrats Come Home

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 29, 2008 | 2:50 PM | comments

Gallup's daily tracking poll has Barack up by 8 points. I'd expect about one or two more days of bounce from the convention -- the current polling only goes up to Wednesday, so we don't have any polling after the...Read More


Arizona marriage ballot initiative wording changed

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The state attorney general, Terry Goddard, who approves wording for initiatives that will appear on the ballot, has required the marriage amendment in that state to add on a sentence explaining that "the measure would 'have the effect of retaining...Read More


Of Columns and Gods

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

click to enlarge Yes, all those Greek Columns the Red Staters have been masturbating over, it seems to be Thomas Jefferson's fault. Cause you know, there are NO Greco-Roman inspirations in Monticello. From Wikipedia: Thomas Jefferson owned a copy...Read More


Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today marks the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Three years and the city still hasn't been rebuilt. Three years and many people still haven't returned home. Three years and another storm is about to hit the city again. According to...Read More


Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today marks the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Three years and the city still hasn't been rebuilt. Three years and many people still haven't returned home. Three years and another storm is about to hit the city again. According to...Read More


McCain picks Alaska governor Sarah Palin for VP slot

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updates after the jump! The New York Times and CNN are reporting that the scandal-ridden Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has been tapped for McCain's running mate. From georgia10: CNN's Dana Bash just described her as a "young female John McCain."...Read More


McCain picks Alaska governor Sarah Palin for VP slot

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updates after the jump! The New York Times and CNN are reporting that the scandal-ridden Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has been tapped for McCain's running mate. From georgia10: CNN's Dana Bash just described her as a "young female John McCain."...Read More


Proposition 8 in California lacking support, gay prisoners to marry

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two stories out of California now about marriage in that state. The first is that Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the California constitution, is down 40-54, according to . This is about the same as...Read More


Proposition 8 in California lacking support, gay prisoners to marry

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two stories out of California now about marriage in that state. The first is that Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the California constitution, is down 40-54, according to . This is about the same as...Read More


Hope: Cyndi Lauper's endorsement of Barack Obama

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

Editors' note: This guest endorsement of Barack Obama is from Cyndi Lauper, pop icon and LGBT rights activist. As I toured all over the country this summer with True Colors, I saw something in the eyes of the audience I...Read More


Queering The Youth Vote

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

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that the youth vote has been a hot topic this election cycle. I can appreciate that...Read More


Great Polling News on California's Proposition 8

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 29, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

The Public Policy Institute of California recently conducted a poll of California voters on a battery of issues (warning: pdf) and the results suggest that Californians are overwhelmingly prepared to reject Proposition 8, a proposed amendment to the California constitution...Read More


Barack Obama knocks it out of the park with his speech at the DNCC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2008 | 2:45 AM | comments

Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination before a crowd at INVESCO Field telling them that there is much work to be done and that Americans cannot turn back and must march into the future. People were weeping all around...Read More


Al Gore's speech at the DNCC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2008 | 1:45 AM | comments

Former vice president Al Gore tells the crowd at the Democratic National Convention, "I believe in recycling," but McCain recycling Bush policy "is ridiculous." Again, thanks to Izzy at 360i at MSNBC for the video footage. The crowd went absolutely...Read More


Bill Richardson and Tim Kaine speeches at the DNCC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2008 | 1:30 AM | comments

Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., expresses his belief to the crowd at the DNC that Barack Obama will protect America against terrorists by fighting them where they actually are instead where the government "imagines them to be." Virginia Governor Tim Kaine...Read More


McCain's vice president speculation open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 28, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

We had quite a few posts speculating about Obama's vice presidential choice, but what about the GOP side of that question? Who do you think Team McCain will pick? Who do you think they should pick? Michael Crawford just emailed...Read More


McCain's Rebuttal

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 28, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Republicans have been making excited noises about John McCain "rebutting" Barack Obama's speech tonight with an extra special ad. In particular, they're excited that McCain will address his opponent directly by name. Some Democrats speculated that McCain would unleash yet...Read More


The Song Remains the Same

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 28, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday I attended the HRC/Victory Fund luncheon and on Wednesday I attended the LGBT caucus at the convention center in Denver. Many stories were broke in the past few days, but one event passed by without a word. In...Read More


Video from the LGBT delegate luncheon

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 28, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Here's Tammy Baldwin: iPhone users: Click to watch Joe Solmonese's comments are after the jump. I'll get video of Michelle Obama's speech and Barney Franks as I get them uploaded....Read More


Tributes to Del

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 28, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

There has been an outpouring of public statements about the far-reaching impact of activist Del Martin's life on the LGBT community. Gavin Newsom, who attended yesterday's LGBT caucus, and learned of Martin's death minutes before, released this statement: For over...Read More


Hope: Cyndi Lauper's endorsement of Barack Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: This guest endorsement of Barack Obama is from Cyndi Lauper. As I toured all over the country this summer with True Colors, I saw something in the eyes of the audience I have not seen in a very...Read More


Sharing with the Locals

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 28, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

So the third day of the convention was the outstanding, but access issues just keep getting worse. Due to the high profile speeches last night and the severely over-allocation of credentials, last night at the Pepsi Center was an utter...Read More


Health Care Solved

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 28, 2008 | 2:04 PM | comments

A pearl of wisdom from John Goodman, John McCain's chief adviser on health care issues and the architect of McCain's health care plan: So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime. The next president of...Read More


Massachusetts Equality Opponents At It Again

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Seems the folks in Massachusetts that are against equality- you know, the ones who think marriage is only for them, not everyone, the laws and systems cannot be shared equality without having them get cooties- have successfully petitioned the Attorney...Read More


Restoring a name, March on Washington 45 years later

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 28, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Who was the man who put Brother Martin on stage and organized the gathering of "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation"? Who was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest...Read More


Joe Biden's remarks accepting the Vice Presidential nomination

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2008 | 11:30 PM | comments

Again, thanks to our partner 360i at MSNBC, video of Senator Joe Biden accepting the Vice Presidential nomination at the DNCC....Read More


Bill Clinton's remarks tonight at the DNCC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2008 | 10:30 PM | comments

Thanks to our friends at 360i at MSNBC for providing us with this video of Bill Clinton's speech to the DNCC tonight....Read More


What Did I Do to Piss Off Log Cabin Republicans?

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 27, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

In a post I wrote for LGBT for Obama, I seemed to have gotten the attention of Log Cabin Republican communications director Scott Tucker with my criticisms of John McCain. In my post about the draft 2008 GOP Platform calling...Read More


Why Does Elaine Donnelly Hate God's Rainbows?

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 27, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"Rainbows... only idiots chase them." - Larry Kersten Why does Elaine Donnelly hate God's rainbows? In a recent post at the National Review Online, Mrs. D. lashes out at the colorful creations in the sky, insinuating - in addition to...Read More


Family of Hate Crime Victim Ryan Skipper Speaks Out

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The family of Ryan Skipper, a 25-year-old gay man from Winter Haven, Florida who was killed last year in a brutal hate crime, is speaking out and fighting for change. Skipper was found stabbed to death on March 15, 2007....Read More


Family of Hate Crime Victim Ryan Skipper Speaks Out

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The family of Ryan Skipper, a 25-year-old gay man from Winter Haven, Florida who was killed last year in a brutal hate crime, is speaking out and fighting for change. Skipper was found stabbed to death on March 15, 2007....Read More


The Night of My Life

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 27, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I've been a die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter since day one. This was supposed to be her year and I believed. So last night was very emotional for me, but the story of how...Read More


Unity, Indy Style

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 27, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm currently sitting on a bus headed for the Pepsi Center for what's being dubbed by some as "Clinton night." Ive been thinking about how much things have changed in the past few months. In Indianapolis I was pretty much...Read More


Hillary Sucks Up To Bloggers

Filed by Storm Bear | August 27, 2008 | 1:10 PM | comments

click to enlarge The first thing that shot though my mind when I saw Hillary take the stage was the color of her pant suit. I have never seen her in something so colorful and bold. The second thought...Read More


The Fight against Amendment 2 takes to the Airwaves!

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 27, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The SayNo2 Campaign is taking its fight against the deceptively named "Marriage Protection" Amendment to the masses with its first TV ad. The ad is for Florida Voters watching the Democratic National Convention in Denver and highlights the overwhelming support...Read More


Act like a gentleman

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2008 | 12:15 PM | comments

While I consider Abdul Hakim-Shabazz a friend, this is one of the most sexist piece of shit writing I've seen this election cycle. He should be ashamed of himself. How about everyone act like a decent human being instead of...Read More


Obama Owes Hillary Some "R-E-S-P-E-C-T"!

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 27, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The second night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Obama's toughest rival for the presidential nominee, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a knockout keynote address, bridging the chasm between her supporters and his. Hillary waxed eloquently about what America can...Read More


Hillary's speech at the DNCC

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Full video here and full transcript after the jump. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


The Women Who Lead Me

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 27, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday was the 88th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, which gave women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, by one vote, a young 24-year-old Tennessee legislator named Harry Burn had been voting with the anti-suffrage forces. At...Read More


The Women Who Lead Me

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 27, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday was the 88th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, which gave women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, by one vote, a young 24-year-old Tennessee legislator named Harry Burn had been voting with the anti-suffrage forces. At...Read More


TBP's Jerame Featured in Article on Democratic Unity

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 26, 2008 | 8:46 PM | comments

In case you missed it, this morning's Star has a lengthy article on Democratic unity at the convention. It's an interesting read on it's own, but I just thought I'd highlight the appearance by our very own Jerame, who has...Read More


Protesters at the DNCC in Denver

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

As we were walking around downtown Denver yesterday, we ran into a couple of protests that were worth sharing with Projectors. First was the group of Hillary Supporters walking around with huge pro-Hillary banners and chanting, "Elected not selected." The...Read More


My comments at the LGBT Delegates' Lunch

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | August 26, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

First, I want to say thank you to Chairman Barney Frank (how sweet it is to say that) and to Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Last year Barney celebrated his 20th anniversary as an out official and in a few months Tammy...Read More


The DNC LGBT caucus - and the sideshow outside

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 26, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

(My coverage of the LGBT caucus from yesterday -- Pam) It was a real zoo out yesterday at the Denver Convention Center this afternoon, the venue for the LGBT caucus. Autumn and Terrance were able to get into first because...Read More


Short clip from Nancy Pelosi's speech Monday night

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Just a short clip I managed to grab of Nancy Pelosi's speech Monday night at the DNCC. While I had quite a bit of the speech, it truly wasn't that interesting. This was the best part. iPhone users: Click to...Read More


Broward County Commission Votes to Say No 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 26, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Broward County Commissioners unanimously voted to oppose Amendment 2, Florida's dangerous and deceptive "Marriage Protection" Amendment today. The amendment is on the ballot in November and would not only define marriage as "between a man and woman" in the state...Read More


GOP platform calls for FMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 26, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

While we're worried about whether we're called by name or not on the Democratic Platform, the Republicans have their draft out and they're calling for FMA. Even though the GOP can't bring themselves to even submit the FMA this session...Read More


LIVEBLOG: LGBT delegate luncheon with Barney Frank

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

The LGBT delegate lunch has become the hot ticket for queers attending the Democratic convention here in Denver. The room is overflowing with delegates from all over the country and several organizational spokespeople told me about getting dozens of "Can...Read More


Summary from DNC: Day 1

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 26, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

If you're not already, be sure to follow my Twitter feed for regular updates throughout the day. This is the first of the daily convention updates I'll be providing. It was a whirlwind day and I want to hit on...Read More


Denver: Two arrested in Obama assassination plot

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 26, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Nathan Johnson, 32, and 28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. Good lord, look at these domestic terrorists. Does this mean we can now start the random profiling because of the bad blond dye job and possible inbreeding? We certainly didn't hear anything about...Read More


Hillary Clinton will release her delegates tomorrow

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Reports from Clinton delegates suggest that tomorrow at the Clinton Delegate lunch and reception, Sen. Hillary Clinton will release her delegates. As of this morning, the plan is for Clinton to release her delegates at the luncheon and then Wednesday...Read More


A Day in the Life of Joe Biden

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 26, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Jim Rosapepe was US Ambassador to Romania, 1998-2001. Barack Obama's selection of Senator Joseph Biden as his vice presidential running mate understandably is being analyzed in excruciating detail for its political impacts: Will it unite the Democratic Party?...Read More


Substance Abuse

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 26, 2008 | 11:35 AM | comments

One of the criticisms I most frequently hear about Barack Obama is that he is all flowery rhetoric and lacks "substance" and "details." This is sort of half-true, though only the silly half. Yes, Obama, like most politicians, tends not...Read More


Andrew Tobias's remarks at the DNCC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Andrew Tobias, the Democratic Party treasurer and openly gay man, gave a speech last night at the DNCC. I grabbed a copy of his remarks to share with Projectors. My fellow Democrats, this is the third time I've had the...Read More


Was Michelle Obama Enough?

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 26, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

As I watched the convention coverage it occurred to me that I have been watching Democratic Party conventions with interest since 1964. As it began at 6:00 AM here I drank my coffee and tried to understand what I was...Read More


Gay Florida Delegate Justin Flippen Speaks Out on CNN

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 26, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Dolphin Democrats President Justin Flippen, one of Florida's openly gay delegates to the Democratic National Convention, talks about the issues on CNN. Flippen is also running for Wilton Manors City Commission in November. (Crossposted on Bilerico-Florida)...Read More


Gay Florida Delegate Justin Flippen Speaks Out on CNN

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 26, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Dolphin Democrats President Justin Flippen, one of Florida's openly gay delegates to the Democratic National Convention, talks about the issues on CNN. Flippen is also running for Wilton Manors City Commission in November. (Crossposted on Bilerico-Florida)...Read More


Gay Florida Delegate Justin Flippen Speaks out on CNN

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 26, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Dolphin Democrats President Justin Flippen, one of Florida's openly gay delegates to the Democratic National Convention, talks about the issues on CNN. Flippen is also running for Wilton Manors City Commission in November....Read More


Monday's LGBT Caucus meeting

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

I'm sitting here at the LGBT Caucus meeting beside Jerame and Indiana delegate Lori Morris. As I look around the room, I see a lot of Projectors in the room including contributors Pam Spaulding, Terrance Heath, Chuck Wolfe, Alexander Robinson...Read More


Barack Needs A Pee Wee Reese To Step Up

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 25, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Democratic Convention is kicking off in Denver today (wish I could be there). Since the Beijing Olympic Games just ended, I'm still in a sports oriented frame of mind. I tend to focus on baseball after the All-Star break...Read More


Oh, the people you see...

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Stonewall Democrats spokesperson John Marble, Bilerico Project alumni Lane Hudson, Indiana delegate Lori Morris, and TBP co-owner Jerame Davis at the DNCC Stonewall Democrats/Matthew Sheppard Foundation reception Sunday night....Read More


Scene From a Gay Struggle

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 25, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm going to go ahead with this one, because although both sides of the story seem incomplete somehow (the media coverage is missing the answers to some questions), there certainly is a bias on the part of legislators and heavy-handed...Read More


Would 65% of Americans vote for a gay president? I'm not so sure

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 25, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Several organizations are shining over the recent Zogby finding that 65% of Americans would vote for an openly gay president: 65% of likely voters nationwide would support an openly gay person to serve as President of the United States if...Read More


The GLBT South: From Red to Pink

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 25, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have never been to Dallas, Texas, a city that I long associated with the Kennedy Assassination and J. R. Ewing. Unlike Austin or even Houston, Dallas is thought to be a very red city within a very red state....Read More


The Democrats are Anti-Family!

Filed by Storm Bear | August 25, 2008 | 10:42 AM | comments

click to enlarge I have been off my game these past few weeks. During that time my father-in-law died of a horrific bout of cancer and my cat passed away recently - those things on top of other pressures,...Read More


Disgusting: Mitch Daniels Uses Julia Carson's House in Campaign Ad

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 25, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

My sources tell me that Mitch Daniels has been shooting a commercial at the home of the late Congresswomen, Julia Carson. For more than three decades, Julia organized her supporters from the house on north Park Avenue. The house, now...Read More


Scenes From the Trans Struggle

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 25, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some of this is belated again, my apologies, but is important to note: 1) Sweden is drafting a plan to legislate mandatory physical sterilization of transsexuals, 2) The potty wars rage on in Jacksonville and Cleveland, 3) Murders of transfolk...Read More


Scenes From the Trans Struggle

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 25, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some of this is belated again, my apologies, but is important to note: 1) Sweden is drafting a plan to legislate mandatory physical sterilization of transsexuals, 2) The potty wars rage on in Jacksonville and Cleveland, 3) Murders of transfolk...Read More


Get Out Your Flip Flops: It's Joe Biden Weather

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 25, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Can I just say how much I enjoy a fashion accessory's place in politics? I love that flip flops are now political jargon. And the "dymanic duo" of Obama and Biden has embraced these sexy little shoes whole-heartedly. Here's Senator...Read More


Obama Campaign to open 10 more offices in Florida next week

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 24, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Showing the campaign's dedication to winning Florida, the Obama Campaign is continuing its blitz on the state by opening the doors to ten new "Florida Campaign for Change" offices next week. The campaign is continuing to draw in huge numbers...Read More


Rules Committee Meeting

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 23, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

Well, my official duties for the Democratic National Convention are done. If you were following my Twitter feed, you got a blow by blow of the "action" in the Rules Committee meeting today. Somehow, I ended up being the only...Read More


LGBT Groups react to Biden Pick

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

I'll be posting and updating the statements from various LGBT groups about Obama picking Joe Biden as a running mate as they come in. So far we have HRC and Stonewall Dems. I'll be adding things as they come in,...Read More


As Many As 32% of Gay Americans May Be Morons and an Embarrassment to the Rest of Us

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 23, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's note: John R. Selig is a writer, photographer and activist who lives in Dallas, Texas with his husband Rodolfo (they married in Toronto, Canada in April 2004). John produces and hosts the "John Selig Outspoken" podcast featuring interviews with...Read More


Get the Latest from the Convention!

Filed by Bil Browning | August 23, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Want all the breaking news from the Democratic National Convention? Sign up to follow Jerame and me on Twitter! You'll get streaming updates and links sent directly to your phone! Be sure to come back to Bilerico often for all...Read More


Breaking News: Obama chooses Joe Biden as Vice-President

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 23, 2008 | 1:30 AM | comments

The announcement just came out from various news agencies- Barack Obama has named Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) as his vice-presidential running mate. I wanted to put together a look at Biden's stance on LGBT rights over the years. Biden scored...Read More


We're here, we're queer and we're in Denver

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2008 | 11:45 PM | comments

I'm sitting here in the hotel room in Denver with CNN turned on. I've now heard from several sources that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh got the phone call today to let him know he wasn't Obama's choice for VP. CNN...Read More


McCain Antoinette

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

"If there be no bread, let them eat cake" -- Marie Antoinette. The historical portrait of Marie Antoinette is one of legendary excess and disconnection to the common man. When confronted with a starving populace, myth has it that she...Read More


McCain Antoinette

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

"If there be no bread, let them eat cake" -- Marie Antoinette. The historical portrait of Marie Antoinette is one of legendary excess and disconnection to the common man. When confronted with a starving populace, myth has it that she...Read More


Black Homophobia?

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 22, 2008 | 3:57 PM | comments

I've been meaning to blog on this for a while, so, before I forget, I think Ta-Nehisi Coates had some thoughtful comments on the much-dreaded "black homophobia": I think the whole "more homophobic" deal--kind of like the "more antisemitic" and...Read More


Black Homophobia?

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 22, 2008 | 3:57 PM | comments

I've been meaning to blog on this for a while, so, before I forget, I think Ta-Nehisi Coates had some thoughtful comments on the much-dreaded "black homophobia": I think the whole "more homophobic" deal--kind of like the "more antisemitic" and...Read More


Text This: WE WANT TO WIN

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have read that Obama's VP will be announced by text message. New, unusual, different. I think it's a brilliant grassroots effort and an excellent start to the head to head campaign season. It's a least something interesting to liven...Read More


I'd Rather Switch than Fight

Filed by Cathy Renna | August 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I am sure you remember that old cigarette ad slogan, "I'd rather fight than switch." Well, this reverse version should be the motto of all of us who supported Hillary Clinton. We all need to get behind Barack Obama and...Read More


Will someone ask McCain about Lawrence or will he be allowed to continue speaking in code about sodomy laws?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 22, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Earlier this week I wrote a post entitled "John McCain promises to re-criminalize homosexuality" here at TBP. I emailed a few listserves I'm on about it, it got a few links, and I cross-posted it to a few other non-LGBT...Read More


Onward to Denver and the DNCC

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 22, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Bil and I leave today for Denver to attend the 2008 Democratic National Committee Convention (DNCC). I really can't describe how excited I am. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as a member of the DNCC Rules Committee...Read More


Survey reveals Veterans Administration discriminates against Transgender Veterans

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

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger and TAVA president Monica Helms reports on recent findings of a survey of transgender veterans. The Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara has released the findings of a survey, conducted by Transgender...Read More


Out Women on the Beijing Podium

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The U.S. women's soccer team just beat Brazil 1-0 for the gold. Which means that our out lesbian Natasha "Painted Lady" Kai shares in the victory of her teammates. It was a close call -- Brazil is not a team...Read More


NBJC Celebrates the Life of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

WASHINGTON, DC --The fervor, passion and dedication of American Politics lost one of its greatest and colorful leaders. U.S. Congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio (D-11) passed away Wednesday evening leaving her family, a constituency and a legacy of social...Read More


NBJC Celebrates the Life of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 22, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

WASHINGTON, DC --The fervor, passion and dedication of American Politics lost one of its greatest and colorful leaders. U.S. Congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio (D-11) passed away Wednesday evening leaving her family, a constituency and a legacy of social...Read More


Bobby Jindal: A Decadence We Can Do Without

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Next Thursday, I'll be heading to New Orleans to join my friends who call the city home for its annual Labor Day debauchery, also known as Southern Decadence. It will be the first time I have been to the city...Read More


Lesbian couple to marry in Oregon

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Two women, one of whom is Coquille, will be getting married next May with the Coquille Indian Tribe: As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon's Constitution. The tribe recently adopted a law that...Read More


Lesbian couple to marry in Oregon

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Two women, one of whom is Coquille, will be getting married next May with the Coquille Indian Tribe: As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon's Constitution. The tribe recently adopted a law that...Read More


Housing Crisis

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 21, 2008 | 3:04 PM | comments

stAllio has a nice run-down of the confusion surrounding John McCain's houses. And, in fairness, it is complicated. As Yglesias hilariously puts it, "When one of your homes is really a combination of two different luxury condos the metaphysical status...Read More


Why is "taxes" a dirty word...?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Corporate tax rates in my former home, Ireland, are among the lowest in the European Union (EU). That fact, along with decades of massive EU spending to subsidize infrastructure, and a well-educated, English-speaking, hardworking workforce has been responsible for what...Read More


Why is "taxes" a dirty word...?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Corporate tax rates in my former home, Ireland, are among the lowest in the European Union (EU). That fact, along with decades of massive EU spending to subsidize infrastructure, and a well-educated, English-speaking, hardworking workforce has been responsible for what...Read More


Why is "taxes" a dirty word...?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Corporate tax rates in my former home, Ireland, are among the lowest in the European Union (EU). That fact, along with decades of massive EU spending to subsidize infrastructure, and a well-educated, English-speaking, hardworking workforce has been responsible for what...Read More


Why is "taxes" a dirty word...?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Corporate tax rates in my former home, Ireland, are among the lowest in the European Union (EU). That fact, along with decades of massive EU spending to subsidize infrastructure, and a well-educated, English-speaking, hardworking workforce has been responsible for what...Read More


Evan Bayh: VP speculation hits fever pitch

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

The "Evan Bayh will be Vice-President" meme is running rampant here in Indiana with more and more tips and leaks and rumors spreading like wildfire. Let's catch up on all the latest gossip about the possible nomination. First there was...Read More


Evan Bayh: VP speculation hits fever pitch

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

The "Evan Bayh will be Vice-President" meme is running rampant here in Indiana with more and more tips and leaks and rumors spreading like wildfire. Let's catch up on all the latest gossip about the possible nomination. First there was...Read More


McCain: An Enemy to the LGBT Community

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

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


Ambassadors of Justice

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 21, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

As we charge full-steam ahead into election season, I'm inspired and awed every day by the commitment and passion I see in our community. The level of engagement is unparalleled. Our staff has given 110% in order to get you...Read More


Some Sense From Bobby Fong

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 20, 2008 | 4:45 PM | comments

Dan McFeely's article in today's Star about changing the drinking age features Butler President Bobby Fong saying some characteristically smart things in favor of reassessing the federally mandated drinking age. And, not surprisingly, the article also quotes some scary scenarios...Read More


Some Sense From Bobby Fong

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 20, 2008 | 4:45 PM | comments

Dan McFeely's article in today's Star about changing the drinking age features Butler President Bobby Fong saying some characteristically smart things in favor of reassessing the federally mandated drinking age. And, not surprisingly, the article also quotes some scary scenarios...Read More


A Trans Story of Support and Acceptance

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

If only all stories of transition turned out this way... An article in Massachusetts's Worcester Telegram tells the story of Brianna Bonin, a 54 year-old transwoman who is a night custodian at Clara Barton Elementary School. The article is about...Read More


Jesus Christ! Kathleen Parker and I agree on a socio-political issue

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted about the presidential forum that was held in Rick Warren's Saddleback Church. My three big problems with it were that it imposed a religion test on the presidential candidates, that Obama did not use very supportive language...Read More


Know Thy Neighbor

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Florida is facing one of its most important, and toughest, political battles this November. We face Amendment 2, an intrusive and dangerous amendment to our state constitution that would not only enshrine discrimination against the LGBT community and other unmarried...Read More


Elaine Donnelly's Radical Culture Change

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Right-wing "military" activist Elaine Donnelly, fresh off of her critically disastrous appearance before the House Armed Services Committee, is again maligning the professionalism of our troops, the capabilites of military commanders and the common-sense of the American public. In an...Read More


Good move, MSNBC!!!

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

Here's the best reason to watch MSNBC. Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host -- and one-time general manager of the network -- Dan...Read More


Florida: A Battleground for LGBT Americans

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

We all know from past disappointments that Florida can be an important factor in national politics. Everyone in the country is familiar with hanging chads, Teri Schiavo, and other issues that have catapulted the Sunshine State into the national spotlight....Read More


John McCain promises to re-criminalize homosexuality

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

This deserves its own post separate from the one I wrote on Rick Warren's presidential forum earlier. No, he doesn't say that in so many words, but that's exactly what would happen: Neither candidate shied away from a question about...Read More


Will "Feminists for Obama" help us at DNC?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Michelle Obama won't use the F-word. Alice Walker called it by another name. Her daughter, Rebecca Walker, an icon of the "Third Wave" of feminism, redefined the F-word and then denounced it. And when Hillary Clinton used the F-word, before...Read More


McCain is a secret Romulan

Filed by Storm Bear | August 19, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge After watching this past weekend's "megachurch debate" McCain showed that he really has only two main planks in his platform - Kill It and Drill It. Killing and drilling is all he seems to know. Obama...Read More


Marriage and Religion in the public square: No, they don't have to

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's Obama at Rick Warren's presidential forum on same-sex marriage: When asked to define marriage, he told Warren, "It's a union between a man and a woman." "For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. God's in the...Read More


I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 19, 2008 | 2:24 PM | comments

Pardon my quiet these past few days, but I've been spending my free time zooming around on my brand spanking new road bike. While I used to ride quite a bit, I haven't had a decent bicycle in a few...Read More


New LGBT for Obama blog launches

Filed by Bil Browning | August 19, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm proud to announce that several Bilerico Project contributors (including myself) have been invited to blog at the new LGBT for Obama blog. The site launched yesterday and will be a clearinghouse for Obama-related LGBT news and opinion. You'll be...Read More


Who's The Real Elitist?

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | August 19, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

This video deserves to be passed around to all your friends and co-workers who still think John McCain is a man of the people. If the Republicans can take issue at a $400 haircut, I think it perfectly pertinent to...Read More


Yellow Peril: A Chinese American's Olympic Struggle

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

In case you haven't noticed, I'm Chinese. I'm also American. I won't go into a whole Amy Tan-esque lament of intercultural limbo, as I think (or at least hope) the difficulties of Chinese-Americans to find cultural solace in a country...Read More


FYI: Obama supports hate crime legislation and McCain doesn't

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 18, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

If this is what you call turning up the heat in the presidential race - I'm still simmering. Today's conference call held by the Obama Campaign on the need for federal hate crimes legislation turned up no new information and...Read More


Q & A with Kathy Gilleran

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 18, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Our reporting on Kathy Gilleran's search for her son, who disappeared in Austria in 2007, has moved many of our readers. PFLAG has received numerous emails, messages of support for Kathy, and many questions about the story, how you can...Read More


The Rodney Dangerfield of Nations

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

George has enough accumulated sick days to go on vacation, call the home office from the ranch and say he is not coming back. But no. Now he has a big conflict with his old "I looked him in the...Read More


The Rodney Dangerfield of Nations

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

George has enough accumulated sick days to go on vacation, call the home office from the ranch and say he is not coming back. But no. Now he has a big conflict with his old "I looked him in the...Read More


The Rodney Dangerfield of Nations

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

George has enough accumulated sick days to go on vacation, call the home office from the ranch and say he is not coming back. But no. Now he has a big conflict with his old "I looked him in the...Read More


Has is really only been 10 weeks? I've learned so much!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 18, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

It's exactly 10 weeks since the Log Cabin Republicans said this: We understand the general election starts today and Log Cabin will do its part to educate gay and lesbian voters about Sen. McCain in the weeks ahead. Contrary to...Read More


Facts are such funny things

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

The blogger everyone loves to hate has another factually inaccurate attack piece on his blog. Last time Gary was accusing me of sabotaging Advance Indiana's rankings on independent websites as if I had control over their stats. He whined that...Read More


Fundie meltdown of the week: Michigan Huck for Veep supporters

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 17, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The right wing bible-beaters are really having a tough week. Take this crew in Michigan calling itself "Huck's Army." The fringe supporters are threatening to abandon support of John McCain if the rapist/murderer-releasing, Christian Reconstructionist-supported, Man-On-Dog wannabe, former Arkansas governor,...Read More


Colbert takes on the DOJ

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Stephen Colbert takes on the Department of Justice's illegal hiring practices and Monica Goodling in this hilarious segment of "The Word." You may remember Goodling rejected many lawyers for career prosecutor positions, including a lesbian, because they weren't conservative...Read More


Broward County Candidate Supports Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Candidate for Broward County Property Appraiser Sara Truini, a long-time Republican who recently turned Democrat to challenge the incumbent in the Aug. 26 primary, doesn't think LGBT people should have equal rights. She signed the petition to get Amendment 2,...Read More


More Pro Equality Candidates for Congress

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | August 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Can you run for Congress and be totally pro-equality? Of course! And we continue to find more of these candidates. Here are our five most recent endorsees: A lesbian who would be only the second openly lesbian elected to Congress....Read More


More Pro Equality Candidates for Congress

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | August 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Can you run for Congress and be totally pro-equality? Of course! And we continue to find more of these candidates. Here are our five most recent endorsees: A lesbian who would be only the second openly lesbian elected to Congress....Read More


Rick Warren will host a presidential debate tonight

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

He'll be hosting a presidential debate tonight, and Rick Warren says he'd have trouble voting for an adulterer: ...TAPPER: Would you have compunctions about voting for someone who had cheated on his wife? WARREN: Absolutely I would. Absolutely I would....Read More


Why Is It Important Who is President?

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 16, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

This question keeps being asked. For those of us with memories, we have more reasons each passing year to care. I have had heroes my entire life, but nothing can color my life more than the incredible year 1968. YIKES!...Read More


Update on LGBT Presence in Beijing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 15, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Out Eleven in Beijing -- all but one are women. And how are they doing? On the athletic front, some are struggling. But on the human rights front, they're doing just fine. Indeed, we're maintaining a solid activist presence...Read More


Obama and Clinton?

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

You have to admit it, the Obama campaign has been a big snore since Clinton dropped out of the race. Oh, sure, the Germany speech was great and he didn't pull a single Dukakis/tank moment in Iraq. But the excitement...Read More


Republican Manhunt Chairman canned

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Towleroad has confirmed that Jonathan Crutchley, the Republican co-founder of Manhunt, the nation's largest gay hookup site, has been asked to resign by the board. The resulting brouhaha over his contribution to the John McCain campaign - the maximum allowed...Read More


McCain's VP Requirements? Must Hate Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

So what is McCain looking for in a Vice-President? One thing is for sure- they have to be anti-gay. In an interview with the Weekly Standard, McCain muses about VP picks: I think it's a fundamental tenet of our party...Read More


McCain's VP Requirements? Must Hate Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

So what is McCain looking for in a Vice-President? One thing is for sure- they have to be anti-gay. In an interview with the Weekly Standard, McCain muses about VP picks: I think it's a fundamental tenet of our party...Read More


The Absurdity of Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

We all know Florida's Amendment 2, the deceptively named "marriage protection" amendment, is no laughing matter. It is dangerous- it will strip away domestic partnerships, weaken domestic violence laws, and take away the existing rights and benefits from all unmarried...Read More


RIP: Hobie Beaufort 1993-2008

Filed by Storm Bear | August 15, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge Just before the Fourth of July, in 1993, a young six year old boy knocked on my apartment door. When I answered I saw a panicked lad, who just happened to have a big impetigo breakout...Read More


Congressional Candidate Flip-Flops on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 14, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Call it a case of "Charlie Crist-itis"... Congressional Candidate for District 22 Paul Renneisen, who's challenging Democratic incumbent Ron Klein in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary, has confirmed that he did indeed sign the petition to put Amendment 2, the...Read More


Lesbian Fencer Speaks Out in Beijing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

German fencing champion Imke Duplitzer -- one of the 10 out athletes in Beijing -- may have missed a gold medal yesterday in women's individual épée, but she should get a diamond-studded platinum medal for speaking out on human rights....Read More


Lesbian Fencer Speaks Out in Beijing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

German fencing champion Imke Duplitzer -- one of the 10 out athletes in Beijing -- may have missed a gold medal yesterday in women's individual épée, but she should get a diamond-studded platinum medal for speaking out on human rights....Read More


Black History: Montgomery Bus Boycott

Filed by Storm Bear | August 14, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a political and social protest campaign started in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, intended to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system. The ensuing struggle...Read More


Manhunt screws the community

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Log in. Get off. Get fucked by a Republican. No, not Larry Craig. Not Mark Foley. No, not Ted Haggard either. Millionaire Manhunt co-founder Jonathan Crutchley. Towleroad is reporting on a political donation Crutchley made to the McCain campaign -...Read More


UN Chief Calls for the End of Bias Against Gays

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 14, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with other international leaders, is calling for an end to homophobic bias and its effects on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS around the world. In an address to the International AIDS Conference,...Read More


"Comprehensive"?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Recently I received an email from the Stonewall Democrats. This fundraising letter lauded the newly-released draft of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform, calling it "...the most pro-LGBT proposed platform in Democratic Party history." The list of relevant platform planks seems...Read More


"Comprehensive"?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Recently I received an email from the Stonewall Democrats. This fundraising letter lauded the newly-released draft of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform, calling it "...the most pro-LGBT proposed platform in Democratic Party history." The list of relevant platform planks seems...Read More


How Obama can win Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Obama campaign released a new television ad yesterday that will be playing heavily in Indiana. In my opinion, this is the best ad yet. All of the internal polling that I've seen says that unlike the rest of the...Read More


How Obama can win Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Obama campaign released a new television ad yesterday that will be playing heavily in Indiana. In my opinion, this is the best ad yet. All of the internal polling that I've seen says that unlike the rest of the...Read More


Where's Aeryn? A Mother's Search for the Truth

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 13, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Kathy Gilleran (pictured) is a mother on a mission: To find out the truth about what happened to her son. Aeryn Gilleran, who was 34 at the time, disappeared in Vienna, in October 2007, while working for the United Nations...Read More


Jared Polis wins in Colorado

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Openly gay candidate for the Democratic nod in Colorado's 2nd district Jared Polis just won his primary against two other wonderful Democratic candidates. Congratulations to him. It's a fairly Democratic seat left open by Mike Udall's Senate run this fall,...Read More


Why Obama Is Competing in Indiana

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 13, 2008 | 1:59 PM | comments

The silly-season accusations by Frugal Hoosiers of an Obama "smoke and mirror" campaign in Indiana -- a charge which turned out to be completely and totally bogus -- obscures some of the more interesting issues surrounding Obama's decision to contest...Read More


Why Obama Is Competing in Indiana

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 13, 2008 | 1:59 PM | comments

The silly-season accusations by Frugal Hoosiers of an Obama "smoke and mirror" campaign in Indiana -- a charge which turned out to be completely and totally bogus -- obscures some of the more interesting issues surrounding Obama's decision to contest...Read More


Obama declares vice presidential candidate, may support slavery

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 12, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Speculation has run rampant over the past several weeks as Barack Obama searches for a vice presidential candidate -- guesses have run the gamut from the usual suspects of Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards to New York Mayor...Read More


The Majesty of His Loins

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 12, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Over at The Bilerico Project, Alex Blaze has an interesting piece which is something of a counter-point to yesterday's post on the Edwards-Hunter curfuffle. Alex's main point is that extramarital affairs are pretty human, that we don't know enough about...Read More


Counter-programming is not the answer

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Religious Right is counter-programming Rick Warren's meeting with McCain and Obama: Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and Lou Engle, the leader of The Call, a young adult movement, plan to hold a news conference Friday calling on...Read More


Politics Aside...

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 12, 2008 | 3:31 PM | comments

Get well, Mayor Ballard....Read More


Olympic Junkie

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

One of the things that hasn't changed about me since transition is that I'm a huge sports fan. While it's not at the same intensity level now that I've been an estrogen-based lifeform for the last 10+ years, whether it's...Read More


The Party of the People

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 12, 2008 | 2:07 PM | comments

Politico has a pretty amusing article on how no one wants to attend the Republican National Funeral Convention in Minneapolis. Some of it has to do with individual politicians not wanting to be associated with the national Republican brand, but...Read More


Standing Up

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | August 12, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

For my first post for Bilerico Florida, I wanted to write about what got me involved in politics and why I think speaking out for our community is so important. While I've always been extremely active in politics and activism,...Read More


The Politics of Fear- Subtle Racism is still Racism

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I remember the uproar that occurred over the Scott Howell attack ad against Harold Ford Jr., the former black Congressman from Tennessee. The slimy video featured a somewhat ditzy-sounding blonde telling the then-candidate Ford to "call me," which sent a...Read More


The Politics of Fear- Subtle Racism is still Racism

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I remember the uproar that occurred over the Scott Howell attack ad against Harold Ford Jr., the former black Congressman from Tennessee. The slimy video featured a somewhat ditzy-sounding blonde telling the then-candidate Ford to "call me," which sent a...Read More


Unite for Change Civil Rights Forum

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

Get the Flyer...Read More


Unite for Change Civil Rights Forum

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

Get the Flyer...Read More


Olympic Games: A Century of Boycotts

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

The modern Olympics are not supposed to be "political." But they are political. They are profoundly, pungently, proudly, putridly and pathetically political... and have been for 112 years. After all, they were the brain-child of a few white upper-class European...Read More


Stonewall Dems hold fundraiser for queer delegates

Filed by Bil Browning | August 12, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Fresh in from the tipline: Indiana Stonewall Democrats would like you to join us for: Food, wine, beer and queer delegates! A record number of LGBT delegates will attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver this year! Indiana has elected...Read More


Stonewall Dems hold fundraiser for queer delegates

Filed by Bil Browning | August 12, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Fresh in from the tipline: Indiana Stonewall Democrats would like you to join us for: Food, wine, beer and queer delegates! A record number of LGBT delegates will attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver this year! Indiana has elected...Read More


Notes from South Carolina...

Filed by Cathy Renna | August 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am sitting in one of the most interesting places possible to hear about the John Edwards affair and alleged love child - the lobby of a La Quinta hotel in Anderson, South Carolina. Anderson is "upstate" (aka Mike Hukcabee...Read More


Is the platform perfect? No. Is it a good foundation? Unequivocally, yes.

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. Ms. Carey spoke yesterday at an audio press conference about the Democratic National Platform, which was hosted by the National...Read More


Is the platform perfect? No. Is it a good foundation? Unequivocally, yes.

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. Ms. Carey spoke yesterday at an audio press conference about the Democratic National Platform, which was hosted by the National...Read More


Palm Beach HRC Releases Primary Endorsements

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has released its endorsements for the August 26 Primary Election. The PBCHRC's mission is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The Council works to promote equality through...Read More


The Information

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My favorite national liberal blogger, Matthew Yglesias has moved his home to ThinkProgress from The Atlantic. Two thoughts: (1) Having taken a week off from blogging to execute the move, Yglesias has unleashed a nearly unreadably large torrent of bloggery....Read More


The Information

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My favorite national liberal blogger, Matthew Yglesias has moved his home to ThinkProgress from The Atlantic. Two thoughts: (1) Having taken a week off from blogging to execute the move, Yglesias has unleashed a nearly unreadably large torrent of bloggery....Read More


The Information

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

My favorite national liberal blogger, Matthew Yglesias has moved his home to ThinkProgress from The Atlantic. Two thoughts: (1) Having taken a week off from blogging to execute the move, Yglesias has unleashed a nearly unreadably large torrent of bloggery....Read More


Can't Stand Out to Be Counted

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau, now metaphorically, comes knocking on our doors. But when the 2010 census surveys arrive in Massachusetts, married same-sex couples will be reclassified as either unmarried or as same-sex partners if it's a childless...Read More


Black History: Loving vs. Virginia

Filed by Storm Bear | August 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court declared Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute, the "Racial Integrity Act of 1924", unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace...Read More


Tears for Affairs

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Having been on vacation last week, I know I'm a little late on this issue, but, as someone who supported John Edwards during the Democratic primary, I feel obligated to announce that I'm disgusted by the situation between Edwards and...Read More


Obama to announce VP pick soon

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Apparently I was a week or so early. The Obama campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters this weekend announcing that Obama would make his VP pick soon. While my prediction about Bayh being tapped to be the Veep last...Read More


Obama to announce VP pick soon

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Apparently I was a week or so early. The Obama campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters this weekend announcing that Obama would make his VP pick soon. While my prediction about Bayh being tapped to be the Veep last...Read More


Early Voting Begins in Florida!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 11, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: For information on early voting for the November 2008 Presidential Election, go to our post "Early Voting in Florida Begins! Get to the Polls!" Early voting begins today for the Aug. 26 primary! With many important races to...Read More


Special ties to the LGBT community

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stu Rosenberg is the campaign manager for Ashwin Madia for Congress. A former HRC staffer, Stu is a longtime reader and friend of the blog and our community. I want to first thank my good friends,...Read More


Special ties to the LGBT community

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stu Rosenberg is the campaign manager for Ashwin Madia for Congress. A former HRC staffer, Stu is a longtime reader and friend of the blog and our community. I want to first thank my good friends,...Read More


Challenge to Prop 8 wording rejected

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

A California court has ruled that the AG's wording change for their marriage amendment is OK: In a written ruling issued Friday morning Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley said that the title and summary accurately summarizes the proposition....Read More


Electing Our Own

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is a political action committee (PAC) created to elect openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to public office in the United States. Since 1991, the Victory Fund - to quote the not always...Read More


John McCain opens his Indiana headquarters!

Filed by Bil Browning | August 10, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

After some sleuthing, Wilson found the McCain Indiana Headquarters and posted a picture of it on Blue Indiana! On the other hand, Obama has 18 Indiana offices open across the state. While some Republican bloggers are busy trying to pretend...Read More


Too Fit for Office

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 10, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's come to this. The long downward slide may not end here, but it's brought us what should -- if we're lucky -- be the nadir of American politics: a point at which characteristics that in any other circumstances would...Read More


Too Fit for Office

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 10, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's come to this. The long downward slide may not end here, but it's brought us what should -- if we're lucky -- be the nadir of American politics: a point at which characteristics that in any other circumstances would...Read More


WeHo Marriages Go On

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 10, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Terry Scott House and Bennett James Norton waited until 08-08-08 to get married. Not that the couple needed the extra good luck the Chinese believe accrues to the number eight- they've been together since October 1976. "We met when I...Read More


WeHo Marriages Go On

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 10, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Terry Scott House and Bennett James Norton waited until 08-08-08 to get married. Not that the couple needed the extra good luck the Chinese believe accrues to the number eight- they've been together since October 1976. "We met when I...Read More


When is a bike lane anti-gay?

Filed by Eric Marcus | August 10, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Sound like a joke? Well, when I read an article in my weekly Chelsea newspaper about objections to a proposed new bike lane on 8th Avenue (in New York City), I had to laugh. Not because it was funny, but...Read More


Equality Florida Action PAC Releases Endorsements

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

The Equality Florida Action PAC has released their Primary Endorsements for the state. The PAC only endorses candidates that meet a combination of their strategic criteria: 1.They must be Champions of LGBT equality 2.They must be running strong in competitive...Read More


Gays Destroying Marriage? That's not what UK Statistics say

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 09, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

We all know the old fundie refrain about how "gays are destroying marriage." Of course, this comes from hypocritical people who cheat on their wives, are raging closet cases, or are working their way through marriage #3. Well, a report...Read More


It's official: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorses marriage amendment

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

OK, people, he's now out of the closet on this issue, anyway. Express Gay News clears up the question of the week - does the governor want the GOP VP slot so badly that he'll sh*t on gays and lesbians...Read More


It's official: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorses marriage amendment

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

OK, people, he's now out of the closet on this issue, anyway. Express Gay News clears up the question of the week - does the governor want the GOP VP slot so badly that he'll sh*t on gays and lesbians...Read More


Sarasota County gets First Openly Gay County-wide Candidate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 09, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The first openly gay candidate to seek a county-wide office in Sarasota County, Florida has jumped into the race for the Sarasota County Charter Review Board. Bryan Worthington, a Democrat and longtime Sarasota resident, hopes to win the District 3...Read More


Obama is full of stars

Filed by Storm Bear | August 08, 2008 | 10:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge Not sure what the game plan is here. I suspect, the progressive space movement is having an effect on the Obama campaign... or Florida is beginning to shift into the "lean Obama" category in the polls....Read More


Isn't Chinatown a little artistic?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 08, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Are you as pissed off as I am at Mayor Ballard for announcing he plans on cutting all arts funding over the next three years? Then do something about it. What's next? Libraries? Schools? Bah, anything intellectually stimulating has to...Read More


2008 Dem platform: lite on the LGBT, hold the mayo

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 08, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you're looking for a committed, hard-hitting, strong-spined party platform on LGBT rights, you may want to hold off on thumbing through the 2008 Democratic Party platform. I obtained a draft of the DNC platform and searched for: * gay...Read More


Jamaican Lesbian Avoids Deportation Due to Possible Torture

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

A Jamaican lesbian living in Sunrise, Florida has avoided deportation after an immigration judge allowed the 29-year-old to stay in the United States because her sexual orientation could cause her to be tortured if she returned to Jamaica. According to...Read More


Phoenix Lesbian to Walk Across Metro Area For LGBT Equality

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 08, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Remember that song from "Benny and June" that went "I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more . . ." Well, how do you feel about 96 miles? While most locals are surviving the Dog Days of...Read More


Hillary's Denver Death March

Filed by Storm Bear | August 07, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge I have no problem with letting Hillary Clinton speak at the Denver convention - none at all. I was one of those people in 1992 chanting "Let Jerry Speak!" But Hillary's convention preview far past bordering...Read More


She's Baaaack . . .

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 07, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A few words of wisdom for Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern: Sometimes, silence is golden. The Oklahoma City lawmaker, who infamously compared gays to terrorists . . . said she never said the things she said . . . and...Read More


Alternatives To Spending All Your Money On Beer And Cigarettes

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | August 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I had a dollar-store variety realization the other day. It occurred as I was contemplating who to give my next political contribution to. My father, the Southern Baptist minister, instilled in me the importance of tithing ten percent of your...Read More


Alternatives To Spending All Your Money On Beer And Cigarettes

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | August 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I had a dollar-store variety realization the other day. It occurred as I was contemplating who to give my next political contribution to. My father, the Southern Baptist minister, instilled in me the importance of tithing ten percent of your...Read More


Sen. Obama Responds to Jennifer Chrisler's Questions on Family Policy

Filed by Dustin Kight | August 07, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Just three weeks ago, presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain said in a NYTimes interview that he does not "believe in gay adoption." The Family Equality Council immediately responded, issuing a statement questioning McCain's grasp on the reality of American families....Read More


A heaping helping of crow

Filed by Bil Browning | August 06, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Well, you win some and you lose some. I lost. My parents always told me, "If you're going to do it, do it big." I did and I lost. Someone pass me a plate, I've got some crow to eat....Read More


The Youth Vote: Why it doesn't get out

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Michael Connerly over at The Nation discusses some of the structural disadvantages the youth have when it comes to voting: --Deadlines/Timing: Voter registration deadlines often fall in September or early October, right at the beginning of the school year. This...Read More


Black History: Brown vs. Board of Education

Filed by Storm Bear | August 06, 2008 | 4:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge From Wikipedia: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court, which overturned earlier rulings going back to Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, by...Read More


The Divide?

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The more I sit still, the more I wonder... Why do I need to move, groove, and change the world? Is it possible? What do I believe? I finished Matt Taibbi's "The Great Derangement" and I'm left wondering what is...Read More


Orangina furry porn

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 06, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

This has been in my list of things to post for a while, and I've finally worked up the courage to do so. I often tell Americans that French people are weird, but I don't think Americans know just how...Read More


Crist Really Wants to be VP: His Shifting Stance on Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Let the great flip-flop continue from Florida Governor Charlie Crist on his never-ending quest to become McCain's Vice-Presidential pick. According to the Star Banner: Also on Monday, Crist said he supported Amendment Two which would constitutionally ban gay marriage in...Read More


Crist Really Wants to be VP: His Shifting Stance on Marriage Equality

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Let the great flip-flop continue from Florida Governor Charlie Crist on his never-ending quest to become McCain's Vice-Presidential pick. According to the Star Banner: Also on Monday, Crist said he supported Amendment Two which would constitutionally ban gay marriage in...Read More


Disturbing Video: The Law Is "Supposed To Discriminate" Against Gays

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 05, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Florida State Rep. Darryl Rouson says he didn't remember calling gay people immoral during a television program in 2006 or describing them as unfit to adopt children. He did not remember saying this: "I think it's wrong to allow adoptions...Read More


Fundies Get Ready for the "Armageddon of the Culture War"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 05, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

According to Right Wing Watch, pastors gathered earlier this week at more than 200 sites throughout California, Arizona, and Florida to be pushed by national Religious Right leaders like Tony Perkins, Harry Jackson, Maggie Gallagher, and Chuck Colson and others...Read More


Obama Calls for Full Vote for Florida Delegates

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 05, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Barack Obama sent a letter to Democratic Party leaders asking they give a full vote to the Florida and Michigan delegates. In the letter to the Democratic National Convention's Credentials Committee, Obama says: As a candidate for the nomination, I...Read More


White Racism and Barack Obama

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 05, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Ordinarily I am pretty happy to delete stuff in my inbox without comment to the sender if I think that it is just junk that has been forwarded to death. I even had a YouTube forwarding session/intervention with one friend...Read More


EQCA Raises Over $1.6 Million in 15 Minutes to Fight Antigay Ballot Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 05, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Updated with correction about LIFE Lobby: They came pumped and ready to give. They knew what was at stake and they wanted to be part of history. And by the end of the 15 minutes allotted to fundraising Saturday night...Read More


EQCA Raises Over $1.6 Million in 15 Minutes to Fight Antigay Ballot Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 05, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Updated with correction about LIFE Lobby: They came pumped and ready to give. They knew what was at stake and they wanted to be part of history. And by the end of the 15 minutes allotted to fundraising Saturday night...Read More


Poll: What Should Be the Top LGBT Issue?

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 05, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

There is a strong chance that Barack Obama will be the next president of the U.S. and that the Democrats will increase their majorities in both the House and Senate. This increases the chances of passage of one or more...Read More


Religious Right Targets Transgender Community

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 05, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

This morning's Washington Examiner includes a front-page story about the effort in Montgomery County, Maryland, to roll back legal protections for the transgender community. Right-wing groups, the paper reports, are pushing a November ballot initiative to repeal a measure that...Read More


Michelle Obama speaks to DNC Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council

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

Good speech. (Via David Mixner)...Read More


McCain: The Return of Folksy Racism

Filed by Storm Bear | August 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge You know its bad when David Gergan reminds George Will that Southerners knows what "uppity" means. This Presidential (I use the term loosely) race has been circling the drain for some time. McCain's insistence on using...Read More


McCain's Security Ousts Black Reporter Covering Florida Event

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Media outlets in Florida are asking why John McCain's security detail ousted the only black reporter covering his visit to Panama City, Florida. Also troubling, a reporter who asked why her credentialed colleague was being hauled out of the event...Read More


McCain's Security Ousts Black Reporter Covering Florida Event

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Media outlets in Florida are asking why John McCain's security detail ousted the only black reporter covering his visit to Panama City, Florida. Also troubling, a reporter who asked why her credentialed colleague was being hauled out of the event...Read More


Obama will name Bayh his VP choice on Wednesday

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

Updated at the end of the post. I'm going to put my neck out on the line by making a prediction. Barack Obama will announce his vice-presidential choice Wednesday morning. It will be Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. While Washington Post...Read More


Fussy Faggots

Filed by Eric Marcus | August 04, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

So now Barack Obama is a fussy faggot. At least that's what we heard from the McCain campaign last week (although the campaign's decision to play the race card got all the attention). Okay, so they didn't use the "F"...Read More


Larry Craig toe-tapping for Obama?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 03, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Some recent Democratic campaign buttons in Idaho show an unlikely pair: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican Sen. Larry Craig. The mismatched pair's images appear together under Obama's campaign slogan: "Change We Can Believe In." Was Don Sherfick right...Read More


Songs for Sunday- The McCain Edition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 03, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Here are the rules for Songs for Sunday: one of our contributors will post the last ten songs from their iPod or on a certain topic, then you share yours in the comments so we can compare! Let's...Read More


My Love-Hate Relationship with the AARP

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 02, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Well, it isn't really hate- just annoyance and let me tell you why. Yes, discounts on insurance, car rentals, hotels and coupon deals are nice. It is a good thing to have an advocate in Washington lobbying Congress in the...Read More


Who Marriage is For: A Tale of Two Weddings

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex workers and...Read More


NBJC Action Fund Endorsement of Keisha Waites

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 02, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

NBJC ACTION Fund Endorses Keisha Waites for Georgia State Assembly (GA-61). Georgia resident Keisha Waites seeks to be first African American openly gay woman legislator in the state. On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 the residents of Georgia's 61st Assembly District...Read More


NBJC Action Fund Endorsement of Keisha Waites

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 02, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

NBJC ACTION Fund Endorses Keisha Waites for Georgia State Assembly (GA-61). Georgia resident Keisha Waites seeks to be first African American openly gay woman legislator in the state. On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 the residents of Georgia's 61st Assembly District...Read More


NBJC Action Fund Endorsement of Keisha Waites

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 02, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

NBJC ACTION Fund Endorses Keisha Waites for Georgia State Assembly (GA-61). Georgia resident Keisha Waites seeks to be first African American openly gay woman legislator in the state. On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 the residents of Georgia's 61st Assembly District...Read More


Held Suspect

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I don't remember how old I was the first time it happened. I couldn't have been more than ten years old. We were in Philadelphia -- my mother, my younger sister, and I -- visiting my great grandfather on my...Read More


Held Suspect

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I don't remember how old I was the first time it happened. I couldn't have been more than ten years old. We were in Philadelphia -- my mother, my younger sister, and I -- visiting my great grandfather on my...Read More


Proposition 8 funding

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 01, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's the break-down of cash in California to either support or oppose Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage (7/31 numbers, in millions): ForAgainst Total California $2.0$2.8$4.8 Out-of-state $1.3$2.9$4.2 Total $3.3 $5.7$9.0 Well, they did say same-sex marriage...Read More


Costner Plays Politics in "Swing Vote"

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | August 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

In the new movie "Swing Vote," Kevin Costner plays an alcoholic single father named Bud who has just lost his job. He makes a promise to his daughter Molly that he will show up and vote on election day, but...Read More