Politics: October 2008

Massive Cyber Attack freezes Donations in Florida Amendment 2 Fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 31, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Florida Red & Blue, the campaign to defeat Florida's Amendment 2, has confirmed that its website, SayNo2.com, was hit by a massive cyber invasion called a "distributed denial of service attack" (DoS) that took down the site for at least...Read More


Google, Yahoo, Twitter oppose Prop 8

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 31, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

San Francisco and the Bay Area are known for being a bit liberal and for being the gay Mecca of the West. Another reason the area is well known is Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley, the heart of the country's tech...Read More


Google, Yahoo, Twitter oppose Prop 8

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 31, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

San Francisco and the Bay Area are known for being a bit liberal and for being the gay Mecca of the West. Another reason the area is well known is Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley, the heart of the country's tech...Read More


To Fast or Not?

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

James Dobson has called for all his minions to fast for 48 hours and then go get 'em, fight the battle to ban equality and fairness in California. I guess then they'd all be set to munch down a ton...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New Field Poll, James Dobson cries, law professors unite

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 31, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

New polling. Field Poll has the newest and most trustworthy numbers out for Prop 8, with the initiative losing at 44-49. Rosie's isn't giving. Michael Petrelis called Rosie O'Donnell out for not donating to fight Prop 8, even though she...Read More


Coming from Canada to Fight Amendment 2

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Kevin Flack is a 25 years old from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Kevin was compelled to come down from Canada to Florida to help fight against Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" facing Florida voters. I've always had...Read More


I'm The Sidekick John McCain

Filed by Monica Roberts | October 31, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's been a while since I've done a song rewrite for you Projectors! Got inspired to do one for you after hearing Republicans attack Barack's Harvard education and pondered how hypocritical that was. So now, just in time for Election...Read More


Anyone know?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 30, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

Two mailers have been delivered at our house urging us to vote "Yes on Question One." The fliers tell voters, "The township assessor system is unfair, inefficient and outdated. Taxpayers deserve a change. By voting yes, we can have a...Read More


FL Amendment 2 Update: Leaked Emails Show More Illegal Campaigning

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 30, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Dirty tricks, money funneling, and lawsuits- oh my! My investigation into the misdeeds and dishonest campaign tactics of the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 just keeps getting nastier and more disturbing... I reported earlier about Florida Red & Blue, the...Read More


Don't blame latinos and blacks if Prop 8 passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's the racial break-down of the latest SUSA poll on Prop 8. WhiteBlackLatino/aAsian Yes48584742 No47384148 Undecided641210 While there is definitely slippage between those categories (bi- and multiracial people, people of various racial backgrounds who get racialized as "latino" in the...Read More


It's Hard to be Good

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

The news out here in CA is the hacking of the No on 8 website. It seems there was a coordinated attack on the site and Florida's No on 2 site. Nice. I've heard over and over again, it's so...Read More


Florida Clergy for Fairness: A Message from Bishop Frade opposing Amendment 2

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

Editor's Note: Bishop Leo Frade is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. He is also involved in Florida Clergy for Fairness, whose purpose is to organize clergy members and religious leaders who strongly oppose any attempt to write...Read More


DC Set to Rollback Trans Rights

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 30, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the past couple of years there have been several failed attempts to repeal gender identity non-discrimination policies in jurisdictions where they have already passed. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Maryland are the most recent and most public sites of our...Read More


An Activist Re-inspired

Filed by Chip Clapp | October 30, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It seems like these days, anyone on the street will debate you about the logic of choosing this candidate over that one. Everyone is now an expert on policy and is willing to endlessly expound on the virtues of one...Read More


The Teflon Don... With Lipstick

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 30, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As the election nears, it's staggering to see how Sarah Palin's association with an international extremist religious cult is still kept off the top TV news. MSNBC has bravely talked about it, of course, as have the Huffington Post, Salon...Read More


Make your own Electoral College map

Filed by Bil Browning | October 30, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've updated my Electoral College map from last month. I'm thinking positive and I'm giving Obama North Carolina, Georgia, North and South Dakota, and Montana. The recent polling shows that there's a distinct possibility that he can take those states....Read More


Voting is a Right, a Civil Right

Filed by IN THE LIFE | October 30, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

The LGBT community is the only community that's ever had its fundamental rights put to a vote. To date, twenty-six states have enacted constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and a woman. On Tuesday, November 4, LGBT citizens...Read More


Not Voting? Why Not?

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

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. It's been an exciting two year buildup to the election that is now days away. It's been a season full of twists and surprises. However,...Read More


Armageddon in California

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have a question for all those religious groups are pouring money into California to try and make a constitutional amendment to limit access to legal contracts - and that is what marriage is, a legal contract, first and foremost...Read More


CNN moves Indiana to "tossup"

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

While a source inside CNN told me to expect this sometime today, I still can't believe my eyes. CNN has moved Indiana from the "Leans McCain" column to "Tossup." The new Research 2000 poll showing Obama up by 1% tipped...Read More


CNN moves Indiana to "tossup"

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

While a source inside CNN told me to expect this sometime today, I still can't believe my eyes. CNN has moved Indiana from the "Leans McCain" column to "Tossup." The new Research 2000 poll showing Obama up by 1% tipped...Read More


Labor Support For No on 8 Goes Beyond $$$

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | October 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

At this point in the No on 8 campaign, labor unions have donated close to $3 million dollars to defeat this unjust and unfair proposition that is a smack in the face to all working people. From a labor perspective,...Read More


Write to Marry Day: My Marriage Story

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 29, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Many of the readers on Bilerico know that my partner, Anthony Niedwiecki, and I were married in California this summer. I posted about the entire experience, from our initial decision to marry in California to the wedding day itself. I...Read More


DNC condemns Indiana anti-gay campaign mailing

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday I posted to Bilerico-Indiana about an anti-gay flier sent by the Indiana Democratic State Committee on behalf of State Representative candidate Andy Schemenaur. The mailing, paid for by the state party, called for "a constitutional amendment that defines...Read More


Gay robocallers do a bad impression of LGBT rights groups

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Oh, yeah, they're going there in South Carolina. State senate candidate Mick Mulvaney (R, no surprise) launched these calls against his opponent Mandy Powers Norrell. iPhone users: Click to watch They can't even muster a good parody - a gay...Read More


GMHC: HIV/AIDS Update on 2008 Presidential Candidates

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 29, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Below, please find the updated 2008 Presidential Candidate Report from GMHC to help you understand the candidates positions on HIV/AIDS issues. There are several other significant issues that are not addressed in the update below- such as the call for...Read More


The Courage Campaign Goes to the Mormon Church

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 29, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, angry over the extraordinary amount of money the Utah-based Mormon Church has given to Prop 8, the ballot initiative that would "eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry," Rick Jacobs, chair of the Courage Campaign Issues Committee, and...Read More


The Courage Campaign Goes to the Mormon Church

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 29, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, angry over the extraordinary amount of money the Utah-based Mormon Church has given to Prop 8, the ballot initiative that would "eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry," Rick Jacobs, chair of the Courage Campaign Issues Committee, and...Read More


$700B for Wall Street, but $600K is too much for homeless queers

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

Proving yet again (as if we needed to see it again) that butter and guns trade-off, a queer homeless shelter that caters to youth in NYC might get shut down: A leading provider of services for New York City's homeless...Read More


Cabbies know best

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was at a table of volunteers, all calling people. It's wild here right now. Calling for volunteers, calling for Election Day visibility. There is a volunteer coordinator who is a clone of my sister in law, Tonita who is...Read More


It's All Up To You

Filed by Bo Shuff | October 28, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

There is one week left. I can't believe that it is finally here. In the last seven days there is only one thing that matters in winning or losing an election - talking to voters. All of the commercials are...Read More


It's All Up To You

Filed by Bo Shuff | October 28, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

There is one week left. I can't believe that it is finally here. In the last seven days there is only one thing that matters in winning or losing an election - talking to voters. All of the commercials are...Read More


More Proposition 8 ads from California: Exploiting children, Republicans Against 8, and Don't be a Douche

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 28, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

This is the ad Patricia Nell Warren posted about earlier today that illegally uses the images of other people's children to sell the ban. iPhone users: Click to watch The parents' response, after the jump, as well as quite a...Read More


Get your voter suppression on

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 28, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Republicans started working on voter suppression for this season a while ago, focusing mainly on big-scale efforts like passing laws to require more specific paperwork for voting, fighting against bills that would make voting easier, like early voting, trying to...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: Illegal Campaigning Tactics Lead to Lawsuit

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Florida Red & Blue, the bipartisan group behind the SayNo2 campaign to defeat Amendment 2, has just filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court asking a judge to force the group campaigning for Amendment 2 to disclose all of its...Read More


Yes on 8 Perpetrators Should Be Prosecuted

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 28, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Putting out the negative election propaganda is one thing. Committing a crime while doing it is another. In my opinion, the Yes on 8 people have broken the law big-time with their recent attempt at extorting money from businesses that...Read More


Yes on 8 Perpetrators Should Be Prosecuted

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 28, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Putting out the negative election propaganda is one thing. Committing a crime while doing it is another. In my opinion, the Yes on 8 people have broken the law big-time with their recent attempt at extorting money from businesses that...Read More


Neo-Nazi plot to assassinate Obama foiled

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 28, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Thankfully this stupendously heinous plot didn't get very far, as two neo-Nazis not only planned to take out Barack Obama, but had dreams of going postal on black students (setting a target figure of 102). This undated photo obtained from...Read More


7 More Days

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 28, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

We are down to the wire folks with only seven days until election day. In that seven days we can expect McCain, Palin and the GOP to throw as much slime and diversion as they can muster to try to...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: A Matter of Life or Death

Filed by Dr. David Fawcett | October 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

As we bear down to the election on November 4 and the critical vote on Florida's Amendment 2 (constitutionally limiting marriage to a man and a woman), I was reminded of research conducted by a friend who documented that suicide...Read More


Rednecks 4 Obama

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

A sign from a major intersection in North Vernon, Indiana submitted by an alert reader. Not too far away, Jerame's parents have registered to vote for the first time in their lives so they can vote for Obama. They've had...Read More


Indiana Democratic State Committee mails anti-gay flier

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2008 | 8:41 PM | comments

Since I started blogging, I've taken quite a few hits for being an equal opportunity critic. I've never hesitated to call out anti-gay politics - no matter what side of the aisle it originates. My standard answer to those who...Read More


Important Parenting Legislation in Great Britain

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 27, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

When a bill passed by Great Britain's House of Commons on October 22 becomes law, lesbians will have easier access to assisted reproduction. Current UK law requires fertility clinics to consider a child's "need for a father" before accepting a...Read More


Next Tuesday: too good to be true?

Filed by Nan Hunter | October 27, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Answer - probably. Like progressives all over the web, I'm stopping myself from getting too happy. No one wants to jinx the overwhelming tide of good news for Obama by premature counting of chickens. Despite increasingly frequent use of words...Read More


The economic collapse is a feature, not a bug, in American democracy

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 27, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm writing this after just watching the blowhards on This Week discuss the Republican ticket and the economy, and Sam Donaldson actually showed some ability to hold a substantive policy position and started blustering in the general direction of George...Read More


Say NO to Amendment 2- Do your pART

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 27, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

The SayNo2 Campaign, the bi-partisan effort to defeat Florida's dangerous Amendment 2, is offering an exciting merger of art, activism and Amendment 2. Famed artist Xavier Cortada has created a custom work with the names of the first 1,000 donors...Read More


A maverick and a mouse: A tale of two newspapers

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two large newspapers printed their presidential endorsements this weekend. The Indianapolis Star and The Anchorage Daily News are both the newspapers of record for their respective states and have the largest circulation numbers. That, however, is where the similarities end....Read More


Matt Damon in Florida to March for Change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 26, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Monday, October 27, actor Matt Damon will participate in a March for Change on South Beach, beginning at Collins Park, 2100 Collins Avenue, and ending at the Early Vote Location at Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive....Read More


Pitiful

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 26, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

That's the only word I can think of to describe this. iPhone users: Click to watch Seriously? I would much rather my money go to putting Obama on a plane to see his grandmother, than to buying Sarah Palin a...Read More


21 Florida Newspapers- Vote NO on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 26, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Twenty-one newspapers from around the state have come hard against Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. These papers all realize the danger of the amendment's vague language and far-reaching impacts. Many also cite the needless enshrining of discrimination...Read More


Shopping with Grandma & Sarah

Filed by Eric Marcus | October 26, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

As you may know from an earlier post, Sarah Palin has brought me closer to my late grandmother (who died three years ago at 102). The inspiration for the last post was Sarah Palin's decision to schlep her infant around...Read More


Come Out for Change

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 25, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

With a little over a week before election day, Sen. Barack Obama needs your help to become our next president. If elected, Sen. Obama would become the first African-American president in history and the dream that so many of our...Read More


Observations from an Ersatz(?) American

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Before I launch into this post, let me just be clear about one thing. I'm not sure of much anymore. But I am fairly certain that I shouldn't be writing this, or much of anything having to do with politics...Read More


Hillary Clinton in Fort Lauderdale for Obama

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 25, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I had the opportunity to attend the Obama Rally in Fort Lauderdale this week headlined by Hillary Clinton. It was an amazing event- an energized, dedicated crowd hungry for change and ready to hit the streets to make it happen!...Read More


Early Voting Envy

Filed by Monica Roberts | October 25, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

One of the things I miss about home besides my family, Frenchy's creole seasoned chicken, Harlon's Barbecue, Shipley's Donuts and Majic102 FM is early voting. The other thing I missed, Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream I've been able to...Read More


Alexander Hamilton -- "Little Lion" of the Revolution

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 25, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Conservative American historians reserve a closet that's deeper and darker than usual, for any "founding father" who wasn't a Bible-quoting Protestant heterosexual. And some odd boys can definitely be glimpsed through the cannon smoke of our Revolution. Among them was...Read More


Elaine Donnelly is in 'The Tank' and Attacking Colin Powell

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 25, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

That wacky Elaine Donnelly is running out of credibility as quickly as she's running out of friends. Following a blistering rebuke earlier this year on Capitol Hill - where she was called "just plain dumb" by one lawmaker - and...Read More


Why Must We Be Just Plain Petty?

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 24, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

This is what really bothers me about the gay community. Apple today came out publicly opposing Prop. 8 in California (the anti-gay marriage amendment). They also donated $100,000 to the "No on Prop. 8" cause. Given what a controversial issue...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New poll, blackmail, and more ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 24, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

A new PPIC poll has Proposition 8 losing at 44-52. 538 rates the proposition a toss-up. It's a good sign that support for the measure, on no survey so far, has been above 50%. Undecideds tend to vote no on...Read More


An intelligent Catholic lady

Filed by Father Tony | October 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's a video message from a philosophy professor in California (a devout Roman Catholic and mother of a regular Farmboyz reader) giving forth the truth about why California Catholics should not be strong-armed by their bishops into voting for Prop...Read More


A Learning Experience In Workplace Diversity

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 24, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

That's the way I'm trying to look at it anyway. Last Friday, I was fired from my job. This was, unfortunately, not a surprise. I'd known for some time by then that I wasn't a management favorite and that fact...Read More


Advance Indiana warns us all

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 24, 2008 | 3:02 PM | comments

This morning, Advance Indiana breathlessly reported on a woman in Texas who was "attacked" by an Obama supporter for having a McCain sticker on her bumper. The "assailant" was said to have carved a giant letter B in her face....Read More


The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 24, 2008 | 2:53 PM | comments

This is why I love Apple (and incidentally, probably why a lot of LGBT folk think Apple is the best computer company in the world): Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: The Lessons from Michigan

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 24, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The fourth in a series of posts detailing the legal implications of Florida's proposed marriage amendment, Amendment 2. My last post detailed how the proposed amendment would greatly expand Florida's current ban on marriage. Right now, Florida law prohibits the...Read More


Assholes on 8

Filed by Storm Bear | October 24, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

The snot sacks over at ProtectMarriage.com threw down the gauntlet yesterday to corporate America. The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published....Read More


A Florida Vote by Absentee Ballot

Filed by Father Tony | October 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

My Florida absentee ballot has arrived via the post office. It cost Broward County $1.34 in postage to send it to me, and according to the instructions, I will need to affix $1.17 in postage to the return package. The...Read More


Save The Children

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I've had enough. I'm tired of being treated like some freak that needs to be carefully sidestepped at every election as if supporting my marriage is touching the third rail. I'm tired of the rhetoric that "gay marriage" will be...Read More


Jared Polis comes to South Florida for Obama

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Jared Polis, who stands to be the 3rd openly GLBT member of Congress (following in the footsteps of Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Tammy Baldwin) with his historic win in Colorado, is coming to South Florida to help spread the...Read More


Sarah Palin: John McCain will push for FMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

Is she off-message or does she know something we don't know? Palin told Dr. James Dobson in a radio interview, which aired today, that she believes McCain -- if elected -- will implement the Republican Party platform, which includes positions...Read More


The Insanity of John Stemberger: Going Down the Rabbit Hole in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 23, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

It looks like the Right-Wingers behind Florida's Amendment 2 are borrowing from the California Prop 8 playbook. It shouldn't be surprising, since they "borrowed" ads from Arizona's amendment fight. The leader of the pack, John Stemberger, an Orlando attorney organizing...Read More


Before it disappears...

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

I thought I'd just copy the text of this Veritas Rex post before it conveniently disappears off of the site (before the IRS comes knocking!)... But, surely, a good Christian organization like the Indiana Family Institute wouldn't be partisan! They're...Read More


A little payback for Robocalls!

Filed by Storm Bear | October 23, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge Ahh yes, Rick Astley - 80s sugar pop icon can be a political weapon! From Wikipedia: Rickrolling is an Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up"....Read More


Mormon Power Grab: It's Tearing Families Apart

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 23, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Fred Karger's extensive experience in politics and corporate public relations has spanned over thirty years. He was the Executive Vice President of the Dolphin Group, a public affairs firm in Los Angeles and Sacramento from 1977...Read More


Text of Barack's Indianapolis speech today

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

For those of you who missed Barack Obama's visit to Indianapolis this morning, the transcript of his speech is after the fold. Unfortunately, I was one of those who missed it. *sigh*...Read More


Garnet Lewis is the real deal

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | October 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

At the Victory Fund, we don't endorse "sayers." We endorse "doers" - people who aren't content to sit back and complain while other people get their hands dirty. In that spirit, I'd like to introduce you to one of our...Read More


Homophobic FMA author Marilyn Musgrave might lose reelection

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The LGBT community is probably familiar with Marilyn Musgrave, the Congresscritter from Colorado's 4th District, because she wrote the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban same-sex marriage and kept on introducing it into the House, even when she knew it'd fail....Read More


Florida GLBT PAC Announces Recommendations and Candidate Information

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 23, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Florida Gay Caucus Political Committee (FGCPC) has announced its Broward recommendations and candidate information in conjunction with the start of early voting. On Florida Constitutional amendments, the FGCPC recommends: Amendment 1: Yes Amendment 2: NO Amendment 3: Yes Amendment...Read More


John Mellencamp radio ad for Obama

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Hoosier son John Mellencamp has recorded an ad for Obama's campaign that's playing around Indiana. iPhone users: Click to watch As Jerame said, "Even Republicans love John Mellencamp in Indiana." Indeed....Read More


John Mellencamp radio ad for Obama

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Hoosier son John Mellencamp has recorded an ad for Obama's campaign that's playing around Indiana. iPhone users: Click to watch As Jerame said, "Even Republicans love John Mellencamp in Indiana." Indeed....Read More


If it's good enough for McCain...

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2008 | 9:30 PM | comments

I was going to do a post about al Queda's endorsement of John McCain: Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in...Read More


Confused, discombobulated McCain in PA

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 22, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

The man is out of it. Look at this rally in Pennsylvania where he appears to agree with the charge that the western part of the state is openly bigoted. The rest of his statement is just as incoherent. iPhone...Read More


The Insanity of the Religious Right: Janet Porter

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 22, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Queen Bee of the Religious Right, Janet Porter (formerly Janet Folger) of Faith2Action, has released a horrendous and offensive "newscast from a future we must never see" on World Net Daily. You may remember Janet as the Naugle-loving, gay-hating...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New ads, new polling, and lots of Ellen

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 22, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Wall Street Journal put the latest Survey USA results on Prop 8 into a graphic. More updates on what's going on in California, after the jump....Read More


Not needed on the team - Foley endorses Obama

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a Ripley's believe it or not moment, GOPerv Mark Foley has thrown the towel in on John McCain. As Howie Klein put it, "Oh, No! Now Even The Really Bad Republicans Are Endorsing Obama." Forget for a moment that...Read More


Not needed on the team - Foley endorses Obama

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a Ripley's believe it or not moment, GOPerv Mark Foley has thrown the towel in on John McCain. As Howie Klein put it, "Oh, No! Now Even The Really Bad Republicans Are Endorsing Obama." Forget for a moment that...Read More


GOP Spends $150,000 on Sarah Palin's Clothes

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 22, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

In the midst of a financial crisis in which many Americans are losing their homes, struggling to put food on the table and clothe their kids, the Republican National Committee sent Sarah Palin on a $150,000 shopping spree. The Republican...Read More


A Lot Has Changed in 40 Years

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 22, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association and a frequent guest blogger her at the Bilerico Project. In 2009, I will be attending my 40-year high school reunion, so it got me thinking about...Read More


The Long Republican War on Voting Rights

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Republicans are doing a dirty election trick of theirs that they always hope nobody remembers from the time before. Whenever things get dicey, the elitists among them try to disenfranchise key groups of voters that they fear will vote...Read More


The Long Republican War on Voting Rights

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Republicans are doing a dirty election trick of theirs that they always hope nobody remembers from the time before. Whenever things get dicey, the elitists among them try to disenfranchise key groups of voters that they fear will vote...Read More


New No FL Amendment 2 Ad: Intrusive Government? They're back!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 22, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

The SayNo2 Campaign has released another television ad telling voters why they must vote NO on Florida's dangerous Amendment 2. The ad, called "They're back", shows voters how the same groups that were behind the massive and unwarranted intrusion of...Read More


No on Prop 8 Campaign Raises $3.9 Million

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Corrected. Imagine "Dynasty" 2008 - only Democratic, dressed down and Tudor-style. In this scenario, Blake Carrington is played by supermarket magnet Ron Burkle, a billionaire Democrat with a rich sense of humor - naming his palatial estate, the former home...Read More


No on Prop 8 Campaign Raises $3.9 Million

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Corrected. Imagine "Dynasty" 2008 - only Democratic, dressed down and Tudor-style. In this scenario, Blake Carrington is played by supermarket magnet Ron Burkle, a billionaire Democrat with a rich sense of humor - naming his palatial estate, the former home...Read More


FL Amendment 2 Supporters Running Illegal Campaign

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Updated at the end of the Post Florida Red & Blue, the group behind the SayNo2 Campaign, has filed a complaint with the Florida Election Commission asking for an investigation of Florida Amendment 2 sponsor Florida4Marriage.org. They say the group...Read More


More Lies from Florida's Amendment 2 Supporters

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I already posted about the copycat, photoshop ads from Yes2Marriage, the group behind Florida's deceptive Amendment 2, but it looks like the lies just keep on coming out of the great "moral majority." Not surprising since the entire premise of...Read More


Que(e)rying The Candidates

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Depending on which media outlets you tune into for "fair and balanced" reporting on the election campaign's presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama can't do any wrong and Senator John McCain can't do any right. Or Obama is spun as an...Read More


Marriage Amendment Copycat Ads: The idea well is running dry...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Kudos to Mark Kerr of the Tucson Observer! In a blog post in the Observer, Mark points to the nearly identical commercials being run by the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 and Arizona's Proposition 102. The same scenes, scripts and...Read More


Top 5 Reasons Obama Supporters Shouldn't Rest Easy

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 21, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The following is from MoveOn.Org Political Action: TOP 5 REASONS OBAMA SUPPORTERS SHOULDN'T REST EASY: The polls may be wrong. This is an unprecedented election. No one knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters--or what they do in...Read More


White McCain Mob Intimidates Black Voters

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

As people tried to exercise their right to vote in North Carolina on Sunday, an angry crowd of mostly white McCain supporters heckled them shouting anti-Obama slogans. iPhone users: Click to watch This attempt to scare and intimidate the line...Read More


Yes We Can

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Justin Flippen, a life-long Floridian, is President of the Dolphin Democrats, Florida's oldest and largest LGBT political organization. He is also a candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission, on the ballot November 4th. "Yes We Can!" "Yes We...Read More


Why Wait? Vote TODAY

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

With 14 days (and counting) to go until Election Day 2008, many Americans are excitedly awaiting the opportunity to cast their votes in a truly historic election. In communities across the country, fair-minded people are volunteering to defeat anti-LGBT ballot...Read More


Wow: Muslims for McCain

Filed by Bil Browning | October 20, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

After all of the crass bullshit we've seen surrounding the McCain campaign lately, I needed to see this. When the chips are down and there's a religious bigot outside their rally, there's one group the Republicans can count on. Muslims...Read More


City Dwellers And People Of Color Are 'Pro-America' Too

Filed by Monica Roberts | October 20, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe, we believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of...Read More


Prepare for McCain to Go Postal

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 20, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gird your loins folks because the political sh-t is really about to hit the fan. Over the next weeks we can expect the McCain campaign to unleash an unprecedented wave of slanderous attacks and lies aimed at attacking Sen. Barack...Read More


Harvard Business Review weighs in on transgender workplace issues

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 20, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Note: The Harvard Business Review blog is now up. I remember reading in 1996 an advice book for transsexuals that read like Cassandra and Nostradamus reminiscing about the End of Days: "You're starting over as a woman, so you need...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: What Does "Substantial Equivalent" To Marriage Mean?

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The third in a series of posts detailing the legal implications of Florida's proposed marriage amendment, Amendment 2. As I stated in my most recent post, there is no real possibility that Florida will follow Connecticut's lead and legalize marriage...Read More


ACORN "Voter registration fraud" pushers attack black transwoman

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's a report from Fox News-on-paper that's just disgusting, but not for the reasons they think it is: There really aren't two ways to interpret that report. The NY Post has decided that Santina Gibbs shouldn't be allowed to vote....Read More


The Colin Powell Countdown Calendar

Filed by Storm Bear | October 20, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge I was blown away by Powell's endorsement of Obama and televised spanking of McCain and Palin. Powell has always had the ability to formulate his sentences in a manner that is plain spoken yet leaves no...Read More


Lugar speaks on Obama and McCain

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

When will Richard Lugar step up and endorse Barack Obama? Now that Colin Powell has crossed the aisle, will Senator Lugar put the nail in McCain's Indiana chances? As the two most respected Republicans in American politics, the one-two punch...Read More


Senator Joe Lieberman more clueless and misguided than McCain on HIV/AIDS?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Several months ago, Waymon Hudson asked me to contribute to the Bilerico Project as a person living with AIDS. Over the past few months I have struggled immensely to find the time, but after losing my voice at a community...Read More


Get Ready to Get Active, Bilerico-Florida!

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

It is my pleasure to welcome our newest contributor to Bilerico-Florida, Michael Emanuel Rajner! Michael is a longtime activist and advocate for our community. I have had the distinct honor of working beside him on many causes including the fight...Read More


My Brief Journalistic Dilemma Over Prop 8

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've been having some very revealing discussions about Proposition 8 lately. Prop 8 - that ballot measure that would change the California constitution to take away the fundamental right to marry for same sex couples - the one the Religious...Read More


My Brief Journalistic Dilemma Over Prop 8

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've been having some very revealing discussions about Proposition 8 lately. Prop 8 - that ballot measure that would change the California constitution to take away the fundamental right to marry for same sex couples - the one the Religious...Read More


Protesting Sarah Palin

Filed by Annette Gross | October 19, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

I joined Planned Parenthood Friday and went up to Noblesville to protest Sarah Palin. I arrived at a parking lot on East 96th Street to meet and carpool to the rally. Along with Planned Parenthood people were members of various...Read More


Equality FL Voter Guide: Know Where The Candidates Stand

Filed by Nadine Smith | October 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

It is free, customized and chock full of information to help you decide how to cast your ballot when early voting starts tomorrow! Please spread the word to your circle of Floridians. Pollsters say Florida may well decide the Presidential...Read More


What Does Hope Look Like?

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 19, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

My guess is something a lot like this: Over 100,000 people showed up at Obama's rally in St Louis, Missouri. I just hope each and every one of them remembers to vote come election day. Together we are strong....Read More


Sarah Palin on SNL

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 19, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sarah Palin crawled out of her media black hole and made her much buzzed about appearance on Saturday Night Live last night. The cast was hilarious, continuing the hard-hitting political satire they have been famous for this season (I love...Read More


Fla Poll shows Amendment 2 more likely to lose

Filed by Nadine Smith | October 19, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Some good news from Florida about Amendment 2 - but don't grab the champagne yet. This poll in the Sun-Sentinel was conducted before the big far-right church tour that begins today and before their deceptive barrage of robocalls, radio and...Read More


Colin Powell endorses Obama; Campaign raised record $150 million in Sept.

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Updates including new video of Gen. Powell at the end of the post. On Meet the Press moments ago Gen. Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama for president. Gen. Powell ha advised the last three Republican presidents....Read More


Suze Orman Says No To Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Financial expert (and out lesbian) Suze Orman, named by Time magazine earlier this year as one of The World's 100 Most Influential People, is urging Florida voters to vote no on Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment: My life's...Read More


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Show Your Hometown Pride

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 18, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

With little more than two weeks before election day, now is the time to pull out your little black book and contact everyone in it about Barack Obama. This election is the most important in at least a generation and...Read More


Florida Amendment 2 Backers Release Ads

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yes2Marriage, the group behind Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, has released and started airing a new ad called "Just One Thing"- which is built on the lie that Amendment 2 does "only one thing - defining marriage...Read More


Why I am withholding federal taxes

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Charles Merrill, the cousin of the founder of Merrill Lynch, was previously married to the late Evangeline Johnson, the Johnson & Johnson heiress. He has refused to pay federal taxes, protesting marriage equality. Charles is a...Read More


Bob Graham Says No To Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Florida's popular former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham has announced his opposition Amendment 2. Graham served as Florida's governor from 1979 to 1987 and as the state's U.S. Senator from 1987 to 2005, notably as chairman of the Senate...Read More


The *Other* Things John McCain Knows

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 18, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

John McCain must be a very knowledgeable guy. After all, over the course of three Presidential debates he's told us that he knows how to: get Osama Bin Laden;fix the economy; create jobs; save billions of dollars;eliminate programs; heal the...Read More


More Proposition 8 ads from California

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 17, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Ellen Degeneres has announced that she's spending $100K of her own money to put this ad on the air: iPhone users: Click to watch Prop 8 ads from the No on Prop 8 campaign are all here. Their newest ads...Read More


McCain Campaign compares Obama to Hitler

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 17, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

That's what a poster that greeted visitors to the John McCain campaign office in Pompano Beach, Florida had to say. The sign was headlined "Barrack Hussein Obama" and compared Obama to Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler, Mussolini, and Fidel Castro. The...Read More


Transphobia exists: Kids pulled from transitioning teacher's class

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

Here's a new study currently being worked on about discrimination against women: A recent study has found a new way to examine pay disparities between men and women: Comparing the salaries of transgender employees before and after their gender changes....Read More


Southwestern New Mexico - A Probable History Before Stonewall

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ronald L. Donaghe, winner of the Jim Duggins "Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist" Award for 2008, has been actively writing fiction since 1986. His first novel, Common Sons, was first published by a small, independent press out of...Read More


Remembering Philip Labhart, Pioneer Ad Producer

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 16, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

Gay film history should have a category for ads and infomercials -- and Los Angeles producer Philip Labhart should be one of the first stars to be installed on that sidewalk of fame. Ads and infomercials may be despised by...Read More


One Year Later, A Mother Returns to Vienna

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 16, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

In the months since we first reportedon Kathy Gilleran's search for her son, Aeryn, many readers have asked us to keep you updated on the story... and there has been an outpouring of support, from Kathy's hometown PFLAG chapter to...Read More


Arkansas has a pro-child agenda, not a "gay agenda"

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 16, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Even as Arkansas voters get ready to decide whether the state will ban adoption and foster care by lesbians and gay men, the state's Department of Health and Human Services has lifted its ban on licensing unmarried couples -- gay...Read More


Do the Obama tax plan math yourself

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 16, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

So the main issue on voters' minds is the economy, a subject John McCain has repeatedly said in the past that he's not exactly an expert in. So what's McCain to do? Well, beyond denying he ever made those remarks,...Read More


City of Oakland Park Takes Stand Against Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 16, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last night, the Oakland Park City Commission voted unanimously to approve a resolution opposing Amendment 2, Florida's so called "Marriage Protection Amendment." The commission passed the resolution because of the "potential adverse impact that it causes on the existing rights...Read More


Westboro Church to "debate" Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 16, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It looks like the circus is coming to town here in Florida! The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for their "God Hates Fags" and Military Funeral protests, is coming to "debate" Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, at...Read More


Let's Be Honest: Prop. 8 Will Hurt Families

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In 19 days voters in California will vote on whether or not to strip marriage rights away from same-sex couples. One of the most critical things that we can being doing now, besides contributing to No on Prop. 8, is...Read More


Log Cabin Republicans - Explain This

Filed by Bo Shuff | October 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

This was sent to me by my friend Dan who is working in Colorado. He's not connected to this race at all, but I think it is important to spread this information as far as possible. After the cut is...Read More


Dear Sen. McCain

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Dear Sen. McCain, I seriously thought you were going to go postal at the debate last night. You seemed to have mad love for Joe The Plumber, but you could not hide your contempt for Barack Obama. iPhone users: Click...Read More


Our Story: Seniors Say No Amendment 2 in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The SayNo2 Campaign has released another great commercial against Florida's dangerous Amendment 2. This is the story of Wayne and Helene- whose domestic partnership is in danger from Florida's Amendment 2, which could strip away their rights and benefits- and...Read More


My Open Letter to Florida and California Republicans

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

My good friend and neighbor in Florida Robert Moreno sent me this fantastic video. Bob emigrated from South America and became a banker after college. He traveled extensively to all parts of the Spanish speaking world to facilitate business opportunities...Read More


Bilerico's online debate watching party

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Consider this the thread for those of us watching the debate. I'll be on economics and domestic policy. Each candidate will get 2 minutes to respond to each question and 5 minutes of discussion will ensue. Bil, Scott Kaiser, Sara...Read More


Michael Schiavo tells Florida to vote NO on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The great people over at Progress Florida have just released an internet ad of Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, urging voters to vote NO on Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "marriage protection" amendment. Michael Schiavo knows better than...Read More


Michael Schiavo tells Florida to vote NO on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The great people over at Progress Florida have just released an internet ad of Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, urging voters to vote NO on Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "marriage protection" amendment. Michael Schiavo knows better than...Read More


Reason #4584 why the Obama campaign is better than McCain's

Filed by Bil Browning | October 15, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

He's even advertising on X-box Live. More ads after the jump....Read More


Remind Me To Go Sneeze On Them

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 15, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You can't make this stuff up, though I really wish this was all just made-up. It would make it a lot easier to stomach. For those who don't know, Arizona will be voting on Proposition 102 this November. If approved...Read More


Scapegoating's getting more complicated... and scarier

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

For the past month everyone's trying to explain just why the financial crisis happened. To anyone paying attention, massive deregulation caused an explosion in the buying and selling of arcane and opaque securities, creating a huge bubble (bigger than all...Read More


Puerto Rican Sodomy Law - An Irony of Gay History

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up middle-class...Read More


A miracle brewing in West By-God Virginia

Filed by Storm Bear | October 15, 2008 | 1:03 PM | comments

click to enlarge Voting for a Black Man (tm) in West Virginia is a new concept which is strangely being embraced by the people of the Mountain State. Having lived my early years and having most of my family come...Read More


Let's Give Sarah Palin a Taste of Her Own Medicine

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 15, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Despite our many differences of opinion, I'm sure there is one thing that Sarah Palin and I could agree on: a domestic terrorist (i.e. one who encourages violence against the government or the citizens of the U.S.) should not...Read More


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Vote Yes on Proposition 8 to protect the Separation of Church and State

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Instead of an "I get mail" post, I thought I'd share this comment that appeared on one of Karen Ocamb's posts on Proposition 8 from September: i am voting yes on prop 8 simply because i think the United States...Read More


Coming Out in East Tennessee

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some years ago, gay writer Lee Lawrence contacted me about speaking to a writers' group at his retreat spa. As he told me that his Lee Valley Farm was located in east Tennessee, a chill ran down my spine and...Read More


Did Daniels lose millions in Hoosier investments?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 14, 2008 | 10:30 PM | comments

Jill Long Thompson brought up the millions in lost investments by the Daniels administration in tonight's debate. Brian Howey describes tonight's scene like this: Indiana's investment in Major Moves funding burst into the gubernatorial debate at the third and final...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage: Three Years On

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 14, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

If people in California, Arizona, Florida, and anywhere else that same-sex marriage is being debated finds this article useful, they are welcome to distribute it. I'm writing this because a lot of people in America are forgetting that there is...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage: Three Years On

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 14, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

If people in California, Arizona, Florida, and anywhere else that same-sex marriage is being debated finds this article useful, they are welcome to distribute it. I'm writing this because a lot of people in America are forgetting that there is...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage: Three Years On

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 14, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

If people in California, Arizona, Florida, and anywhere else that same-sex marriage is being debated finds this article useful, they are welcome to distribute it. I'm writing this because a lot of people in America are forgetting that there is...Read More


GOP Launches Smear Campaign Against Ashwin Madia

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You would think that with the economy tanking, 48 million Americans without health insurance and the Iraq war that Republicans would be offering solutions to the problems we face not trafficking in smears and diversionary tactics. And, you would be...Read More


GOP Launches Smear Campaign Against Ashwin Madia

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You would think that with the economy tanking, 48 million Americans without health insurance and the Iraq war that Republicans would be offering solutions to the problems we face not trafficking in smears and diversionary tactics. And, you would be...Read More


Ex-gays want in on the ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 14, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

And they want in on DC's human rights ordinance: Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, or PFOX, says in its suit that the Office of Human Rights does not recognize "ex-gays." The suit asks the DC Superior Court to...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: Florida Is No Connecticut!

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 14, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The second in a series of posts detailing the legal implications of Florida's proposed marriage amendment, Amendment 2. Amendment 2 essentially has two parts: one that limits marriage to opposite sex couples, and a second that prohibits the recognition of...Read More


Is CNN Giving Palin a Pass?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 14, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Those of us who are older can remember CNN when it was young, hungry and dedicated to real TV news reporting. For me, vivid pictures linger from 1991, when the Soviet Union was dissolving, and a young Wolf Blitzer stood...Read More


Is CNN Giving Palin a Pass?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 14, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Those of us who are older can remember CNN when it was young, hungry and dedicated to real TV news reporting. For me, vivid pictures linger from 1991, when the Soviet Union was dissolving, and a young Wolf Blitzer stood...Read More


Vote Republican or the Terrorists Win?

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

More voter intimidation from the Florida Republican Party- this time in the form of a disturbing mailer sent out from the State GOP to Florida's 18th District. Terrorists are Committed to Kill Anyone Not Like Them. America Must be Committed...Read More


Financial Crisis Meets Queer Politics: Seeking the Wisdom of the Elders or ... Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | October 14, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

...the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, an early chairman of the SEC during the New Deal ... said that [the inevitability of corporate greed and cunning is] why tough regulation is essential.Read More


The LGBT Case for Barack Obama

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 14, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

There has never been a presidential nominee from either political party that is as supportive of LGBT civil rights as Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee. He has long fought for civil and equal rights for minorities including the LGBT...Read More


Are Democrats Throwing Gays Under the Bus?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 13, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

With just over three weeks until the elections, it seems a pretty certain bet that most of the LGBT community will vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, though with curtailed enthusiasm after numerous missteps. But electoral support does not...Read More


Are Democrats Throwing Gays Under the Bus?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 13, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

With just over three weeks until the elections, it seems a pretty certain bet that most of the LGBT community will vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, though with curtailed enthusiasm after numerous missteps. But electoral support does not...Read More


Homeland Security

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 13, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Though I have not looked, I bet you twenty dollars my 401K looks like the Y2K. Actually, make that five dollars. I have been treating my 01K as I treat any new weird sound in my old Jeep. I just...Read More


Homeland Security

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 13, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Though I have not looked, I bet you twenty dollars my 401K looks like the Y2K. Actually, make that five dollars. I have been treating my 01K as I treat any new weird sound in my old Jeep. I just...Read More


Time to Call the FBI: Stoking the Fires of Hate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

We've talked a lot here on Bilerico about the disgusting negative attacks coming from the McCain campaign and the right. Our community knows better than most how using inflammatory rhetoric that plays into bias and hate can cause very real...Read More


With friends like these...

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Gay Republican blogger Gary Welsh's recent post "To My Gay Friends" asks why the queer community is overwhelmingly supporting Barack Obama's campaign for president. He spouts more "Obama is a Muslim! And from Africa!" nonsense and closes with, "Is this...Read More


McCain's Outrage Inciting Road Rage

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

It was a beautiful fall day as my partner and I drove upstate from New York City to enjoy the change of seasons in Northeast U.S.A. this past weekend. We enjoyed looking at the glorious colors of the foliage in...Read More


Never using religion, nor biology, to argue against same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

If there was proof that people who actually follow LGBT issues should be writing about them for even traditional media sources, this article could be it. An article about two activists who are working against same-sex marriage in Connecticut yesterday...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: We must not Abandon our Wisdom

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 13, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Justin Flippen, a life-long Floridian, is President of the Dolphin Democrats, Florida's oldest and largest LGBT political organization. He is also a candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission, on the ballot November 4th along with Amendment 2. Be...Read More


Gay Cannibal! Health Warning Tattoos! No Gay Adoptions!

Filed by Eric Marcus | October 13, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Earlier this week I sat at lunch in London reading through The Daily Mail and found some eye-popping headlines that competed favorably with page after page of horrible news about the world financial crisis. So I thought I would share...Read More


Everyday People Stand Up, Speak Out, Say No 2

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

The fight against Florida's Amendment 2 is heating up and hitting the road! I wanted to pass along all of the amazing things going on in the effort to get people to SAY NO 2! An amazing group of educators,...Read More


Coming Out as a Gay Montana Redneck for Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 11, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Updated after the jump Editor's Note: Jim Toevs was a member of the founding Board of Directors, and is a past President of The Pride Foundation of Seattle. In 1990, he co-founded the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission,...Read More


Silly Season? Scary Season.

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | October 11, 2008 | 4:02 PM | comments

The story of the week has been the noxious fruit of the McCain campaign's recent "character attacks" on Barack Obama. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank reported, lead by Sarah Palin's inflammatory cheerleading, McCain's campaign rallies have turned increasingly ugly...Read More


Silly Season? Scary Season.

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | October 11, 2008 | 4:02 PM | comments

The story of the week has been the noxious fruit of the McCain campaign's recent "character attacks" on Barack Obama. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank reported, lead by Sarah Palin's inflammatory cheerleading, McCain's campaign rallies have turned increasingly ugly...Read More


What's left to come out as...

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 11, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've come out as so many things over the years. Bisexual, queer, trans, kinky, poly -- not to mention the odd identity shifts through a dozen different related identities. Sometimes I'm left feeling as if there's nothing left to come...Read More


Why I won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 11, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Public discussions around sexuality evoke simplistic narratives about gays versus conservatives. We automatically assume that anything gay is part of a leftist or progressive agenda. In this context, National Coming Out Day takes on the aura of a sacred rite...Read More


Why I won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 11, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Public discussions around sexuality evoke simplistic narratives about gays versus conservatives. We automatically assume that anything gay is part of a leftist or progressive agenda. In this context, National Coming Out Day takes on the aura of a sacred rite...Read More


Gay porn actor Mason Wyler raped

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Thanks to reader Jere for sending the link to this one. Adult film actor Mason Wyler was raped in late September by an Army officer who was also a fan of his. The details are available at the link above...Read More


How will Connecticut affect California, Florida and Arizona's amendment battles?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today's Connecticut Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage is a major boost to California, Florida and Arizona's battle to defeat "marriage" amendments. Expect to see a push from LGBT and allied advocacy groups touting the decision to push the message...Read More


Do the Rights Thing

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

Here's the new Do the Rights Thing video against Florida's dangerous Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. Your one vote can be stronger than Amendment 2! Get involved in the fight: www.SayNo2.com. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Happy Birthday to me from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels!

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I woke up Wednesday morning to a nice birthday greeting on Facebook from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels' re-election campaign. Subject: Happy Birthday Bil, Happy Birthday from the Mitch for Governor Campaign and good luck in the future! -the Mitch Team...Read More


Fox News Meltdown

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 10, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

It seems the arm of the McCain Campaign known as Fox News is in full "oh crap" mode. The Daily Show says it best: Now that's some fair and balanced reporting....Read More


AFA says McDonald's caved

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

The American Family Association's saying that McDonald's caved to their demands after another one of their lame boycotts. They started the boycott back in July because McDonald's gave $20K to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, had a...Read More


Orlando will offer Domestic Partnership Benefits to City Workers

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Orlando City Council, led by Mayor Buddy Dyer, decided this week to give domestic-partner benefits to gay city employees. In doing so, Orlando becomes the first government in Central Florida to do so. The benefits will only be available...Read More


Jen Wagner has an evil twin

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

Some call Jen Wagner the meanest woman in the Indiana blogosphere, although she's perfectly nice. She does, however, have an evil twin living in Ohio. Let's hope she doesn't have a blog... iPhone users: Click to watch (Hat tip to...Read More


John McCain and The Grinch: Separated at Birth?

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

That is the question that popped into my mind this morning while reading yet another story about the gutter style politics of John McCain. You remember The Grinch, right? He was dead set on stopping The Whos from celebrating Christmas....Read More


LGBT History Month: A Tale of Old-time Montana

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 09, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

One coming-out in one small town can move the hearts of a lot of people for a long time after. Whenever I go home to Deer Lodge, Montana, and enjoy the acceptance -- or at least tolerance -- of a...Read More


No Way. No How. No McCain/Palin.

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 09, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A couple of days ago I wrote that gays won't let their friends vote McCain and with less than four weeks before election day that message has taken on an increased urgency. This post the second is a series that...Read More


Lake Worth votes against Amendment 2!

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 09, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Lake Worth City Commission unanimously passed a resolution strongly opposing Florida's dangerous Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. Lake Worth City Commissioner Dave Vespo, who introduced the bill, was concerned that Amendment 2 might remove safeguards and eliminate...Read More


Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The fundies are going wild over this one. Apparently the archives of Outlines, a Chicago-based gay paper that merged with the Windy City Times in 2000, show that Obama supported same-sex marriage back in 1996. This is from their election...Read More


Cindy McSame

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Disgusting. That is all that comes to mind when I heard Cindy McCain unleash yet another low blow attack on Obama while stumping in Pennsylvania. Funny how the campaign that kept screaming "leave families out of it" when it came...Read More


J.R. Warren, Matthew Shepard and a link of hope

Filed by Cathy Renna | October 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

On July 3, 2000, Arthur "JR" Warren, a 26-year-old African American gay man, was murdered in a hate crime by two young white men. The ran over him - repeatedly - with their pick-up truck after luring him into the...Read More


California's Prop 8 TV ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Update: Here's the latest from the No on Prop 8 campaign: iPhone users: Click to watch All the other ones I posted this afternoon are after the jump. Lots of TV to watch!...Read More


Fight against Florida's Amendment 2 takes to Airwaves!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Say No 2 Campaign, the bi-partisan group dedicated to defeating Florida's dangerous and deceptive Amendment 2, has just released a hard hitting new commercial. It highlights the numerous groups and newspapers that have come out against the so-called "Marriage...Read More


Say No 2 Releases Tough New Commercial against Amendment 2!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Say No 2 Campaign, the bi-partisan group dedicated to defeating Florida's dangerous and deceptive Amendment 2, has just released a hard hitting new commercial. It highlights the numerous groups and newspapers that have come out against the so-called "Marriage...Read More


Anger Management Problems

Filed by Brynn Craffey | October 09, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Watching the debate on Tuesday night, the contrast between McCain's snarky, scripted, desperate and confused attacks and Obama's thoughtful, articulate, complex pronouncements could not have been more dramatic. Obama looked presidential. McCain looked empty, struggling, and furious. His "That one!"...Read More


A Deeply Personal Guest Post

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is none other than Steven Goldstein. Steven is the chair of Garden State Equality, New Jersey's leading LGBT rights organization. Steven, a leader in a state that's "on the cusp" of marriage equality, has a...Read More


How Obama's Rise in the Polls Could Cost Him the Election

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Scott K is a gay man living in sin with his partner of over twelve years whom he still cannot legally marry. Scott says he's not politically active because he wants to be, but he has...Read More


How Obama's Rise in the Polls Could Cost Him the Election

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Scott K is a gay man living in sin with his partner of over twelve years whom he still cannot legally marry. Scott says he's not politically active because he wants to be, but he has...Read More


Even in cases of rape and incest.... Oh, no, here we go again

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

Am I the only one who's getting tired of hearing liberals use the phrase "...even in cases of rape and incest" when they talk about Sarah Palin's extreme opposition to abortion? No doubt about it, the argument is everywhere: being...Read More


Mayor Naugle of Fort Lauderdale Spews More Anti-Gay Hate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 08, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sigh... Isn't he out of office yet? Raging bigot Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale has once again used his office to unleash an attack on the LGBT community. In a press conference yesterday, Naugle came out in support of...Read More


Inciting Anger and Violence

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

It looks like McCain and Palin are willing to do anything to win- including inciting fear, anger, and violence in their supporters. As the McCain campaign has stepped up the negative attacks and smears, the audiences at their rallies are...Read More


Inciting Anger and Violence

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

It looks like McCain and Palin are willing to do anything to win- including inciting fear, anger, and violence in their supporters. As the McCain campaign has stepped up the negative attacks and smears, the audiences at their rallies are...Read More


Sarah Palin's gay friends

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

HRC went to Wasilla to find out about Sarah Palin's gay record, and here's what they found: iPhone users: Click to watch The New Republic also did an investigation of her background in Wasilla and her tenure on the city...Read More


Telling Sakia's Story

Filed by Cathy Renna | October 08, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have spent the last month working with reporters who are re-telling the story of Matthew Shepard's murder. Which, on some level, makes sense. A college student at an event where Judy Shepard spoke this past Monday said to me...Read More


McCain to Black America: You Don't Matter

Filed by Storm Bear | October 08, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

click to enlarge Last night's debate was a huge loss and campaign mess for the McCain camp. McCain clearly lost the debate, even Fox News agrees to this. McCain lost RedState.com readers and Free Republicers - his core wingnuts....Read More


Blue Cross and Blue Shield Opposes Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 08, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, the state's largest health insurer, has come out harshly against Florida's Amendment 2- the dangerous and deceptive "Marriage Protection" Amendment. The vague language of the amendment has many in Florida worried- both gay...Read More


Five ways to guerrilla broadcasting with your cell phone

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 08, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Liza Sabatar is a new media consultant who is also publisher and founder of culturekitchen and Daily Gotham. Allison and Nancy have a killer post over at TechPresident titled, "Twitter: An Antidote to Election Day Voting...Read More


New Obama iPhone app

Filed by Bil Browning | October 08, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Jerame turned me on to the new Obama iPhone application late last week and I wanted to share it with ya'll. I know a lot of our readers are Mac users and several of you e-mail me from your iPhone,...Read More


Presidential debate thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

The second presidential debate is on in an hour at 9pm Eastern. Here's the info from the debate site: Second presidential debate: all topics in town meeting format, moderated by Tom Brokaw Tuesday, October 7, Belmont University, Nashville, TN -Two-minute...Read More


The GOP ticket draws, and apparently embraces, the bigot eruption crowd

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 07, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

As we've seen time and again over this year, the fantasy of a post-racial election (held by many across the political spectrum) has been predictably obliterated as the fears and prejudices of way too many of our fellow Americans has...Read More


LGBT Hate Crimes Timeline

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 07, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder. I didn't get chance to blog about it (or much else) yesterday. Ten years ago yesterday, I was in a hotel in Albuquerque, NM -- helping to facilitate an HIV/AIDS prevention...Read More


LGBT Hate Crimes Timeline

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 07, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder. I didn't get chance to blog about it (or much else) yesterday. Ten years ago yesterday, I was in a hotel in Albuquerque, NM -- helping to facilitate an HIV/AIDS prevention...Read More


Anything can be true in Wingnut Land

Filed by Storm Bear | October 07, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

click to enlarge Seriously, does this cartoon make any sense? I think it does, but you must live in Wingnut Land for you to get it. I have come to believe that Wingnutters live in some sort of Roddenberrian...Read More


Gays Won't Let Friends Vote McCain

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 07, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just as friends don't let friends drive drunk, we should declare right here, right now that as LGBT people we won't let our friends vote McCain. At least not without a fight. If you think I am overstating the importance...Read More


Keith Olbermann Blasts Palin on Terrorism

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last night, American voters finally got the word that Sarah Palin is supported by a violent ultra-rightist international religious front. She was exposed in prime time by a big name in mainstream TV news -- none other than Keith Olbermann...Read More


Califonia's Prop 8 is gaining traction

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Survey USA has a new poll out today putting the race for Proposition 8, California's amendment to ban same-sex marriage, at 47-42. Under two weeks ago, SUSA had the No campaign winning by 5 points. CBS, which funded the poll,...Read More


On the Bright Side...

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

Oil fell to under 90 bucks a barrel today... gas will be cheaper. Of course, you may not have a job to drive to but I'm trying to be positive. Yesterday's market crash- almost a free fall in the middle...Read More


City of West Palm Beach Votes to Say No 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 07, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Another city has passed a resolution denouncing Amendment 2, Florida's so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. The mayor and city commission of West Palm Beach unanimously to oppose the dangerous amendment yesterday. Mayor Lois Frankel said: West Palm Beach was the first...Read More


Oct. 7, 1998: Matthew Shepard found, let's find the others now

Filed by Cathy Renna | October 07, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ten year ago today, Laramie Police Dept. Officer Reggie Fluty went to the scene reported by a bicycle rider - a young man tied to a fence and obviously beaten very badly. Her words in the Laramie Project - that...Read More


It was like Christmas Morning!

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 07, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I had requested my absentee ballot one day before requesting one for my partner. I figured, two different last names and the same Florida and Thailand address coming from the same email address at the same time were, well, too...Read More


Catholic Priest Defies Church Over Antigay Ballot Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"A man of conscience." The phrase seems almost quaint today when most leaders talk largely about tactics, strategies, and short-term goals while not rocking the boat. But some of us remember the agonizing efforts of conscientious objectors during the Vietnam...Read More


Catholic Priest Defies Church Over Antigay Ballot Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"A man of conscience." The phrase seems almost quaint today when most leaders talk largely about tactics, strategies, and short-term goals while not rocking the boat. But some of us remember the agonizing efforts of conscientious objectors during the Vietnam...Read More


Sarah, Are You Palling Around With Terrorists?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Things are heating up with Sarah Palin's accusation that Obama is "palling around with terrorists." McCain's smear campaign for the next 30 days is aimed at recouping his sagging ratings. Speaking at a 10/4 rally in Colorado, La Palin said:...Read More


Sarah, Are You Palling Around With Terrorists?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Things are heating up with Sarah Palin's accusation that Obama is "palling around with terrorists." McCain's smear campaign for the next 30 days is aimed at recouping his sagging ratings. Speaking at a 10/4 rally in Colorado, La Palin said:...Read More


Sarah, Are You Palling Around With Terrorists?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Things are heating up with Sarah Palin's accusation that Obama is "palling around with terrorists." McCain's smear campaign for the next 30 days is aimed at recouping his sagging ratings. Speaking at a 10/4 rally in Colorado, La Palin said:...Read More


Russian Officials Attempt (But Fail) to Squelch the Nation's 1st LGBT Film Fest

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 06, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last Thursday, the St. Petersburg fire department shut down both venues for Side by Side, Russia's first LGBT film festival, which was due to open that evening with a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Alexey Bulokhov, a Russian...Read More


The Real Impact of Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | October 06, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As most of you already know, Florida voters will go to the polls on November 4, 2008 to vote on an amendment to the Florida Constitution that attempts to limit the recognition of same sex relationships. Specifically, the proposed amendment,...Read More


The Mouth Piece (Peace?)

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 06, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

This is a video that should surprise you. It is not my opinion, but it is really something to think about when we dismiss all people as being "friend or foe." I did not like this video because it came...Read More


McCain Strategy: Attack, Attack, Attack

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Its lines like this that make me more than a little gay for Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos: Many people will warn against "getting complacent". I like to approach this potential problem differently -- we have a chance to...Read More


EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I recently had the chance to talk to Steve Hildebrand, the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Obama Campaign and the highest ranking gay staffer for the campaign. Steve has spent more than twenty years organizing some of the most targeted...Read More


The latest Mitch Daniels rumor

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

This just came in via the Bilerico-Indiana tip line... I have been told by high level Republicans in Indianapolis that the Daniels Administration took the Major Moves Funds, PERF, & Teachers Retirement Fund and combined those funds (billions of dollars...Read More


Help Heal Fran!

Filed by Gina de Vries | October 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I read at a benefit for my beloved friend and colleague Frances Varian on Wednesday night. Many nights later, I'm still a little choked up about it. I was wanting this post to be smart, political, incisive -- but I've...Read More


Help Heal Fran!

Filed by Gina de Vries | October 06, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I read at a benefit for my beloved friend and colleague Frances Varian on Wednesday night. Many nights later, I'm still a little choked up about it. I was wanting this post to be smart, political, incisive -- but I've...Read More


Hello -- Liberty Is a Pagan Goddess

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

To the creators of that Republican campaign commercial that appropriates the Statue of Liberty -- I've got news for you. You're hawking the wrong symbol. In fact, you're stealing a symbol that actually shoots a big hole in all the...Read More


The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly on the Palin

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 05, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I come from a family of winkers. I swear if my family had been on the Titanic, the last thing I would have seen my Dad do as he sank beneath the cold, dark sea would have been one last...Read More


Is Sarah Palin George Bush in Drag?

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 05, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I don't mean to offend drag queens when I ask that question, but look at this video from Progress Accountability and see for yourself. iPhone users: Click to watch More after the jump....Read More


Class in Drag or Who's Middle Class Anyway?: Sarah Palin, Joe Sixpack, and Main Street

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I watched Sarah Palin on Thursday night with my fingernails digging into my hands. Joe Biden must have remembered the fuss over Al Gore's sighs during the latter's debate with George Bush, because he showed restraint even as Palin consistently...Read More


Class in Drag or Who's Middle Class Anyway?: Sarah Palin, Joe Sixpack, and Main Street

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I watched Sarah Palin on Thursday night with my fingernails digging into my hands. Joe Biden must have remembered the fuss over Al Gore's sighs during the latter's debate with George Bush, because he showed restraint even as Palin consistently...Read More


Class in Drag or Who's Middle Class Anyway?: Sarah Palin, Joe Sixpack, and Main Street

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I watched Sarah Palin on Thursday night with my fingernails digging into my hands. Joe Biden must have remembered the fuss over Al Gore's sighs during the latter's debate with George Bush, because he showed restraint even as Palin consistently...Read More


The Daily Show returns to Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 05, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Daily Show's correspondent Wyatt Cenac returns to Florida to see how some older Jewish residents feel about the first presidential debate. You might remember his last visit......Read More


Can't They Afford a Babysitter?

Filed by Eric Marcus | October 05, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

My grandmother has been dead for three years. But I still often hear her voice. It's not a sign of mental illness. I just knew her really well. By the time she died in her 103rd year, I knew her...Read More


Biden, Palin and that pesky marriage thing

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 04, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

My wrap on last night's debate included the clip of the exchange between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin on the topic of same-sex marriage. With a couple of hours of sleep now under my belt, I wanted to...Read More


Sarah Palin: Out of Touch and Out of the Loop

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 04, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

She's a spunky one that Sarah Palin. Unfortunately, not only is she out of touch with the issues facing most Americans, she is also out of the loop in decisions made by the McCain campaign. Check out this clip from...Read More


Ifill's misleading question...

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 04, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here's was the exact question Gwen Ifill asked Joe Biden in the VP debate: "Do you support, as they do in Alaska, granting same-sex benefits to couples?" After Biden's convoluted response, Ifill said to Palin, "Governor, would you support expanding...Read More


Arizona: marriage ban supporters continue to fill their coffers

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 04, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The fundie coffers are filling at an alarming rate in John McCain's home state, the only one to turn away a marriage amendment at the ballot box. Supporters of a measure that would change Arizona's constitution to ban gay marriage...Read More


Orlando to offer benefits to same-sex couples

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 04, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando announced plans to offer domestic-partner benefits to gay city employees when the City Council approves changes to its employee health-care policy. This will make Orlando the first government in Central Florida to do so, joining...Read More


News from "The Bangkok Post"

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 04, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

What are people on the other side of the world reading? If this proves to be something of interest - and it should be - I will try to do it more often. I won't include every article, but as...Read More


Now we know what was in Palin's email account.

Filed by Storm Bear | October 03, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

click to enlarge Not much commentary for today. Last night when Biden was asked a question, he answered it and gave detail about the answer. When Palin was asked a question, she ignored the question and just started to...Read More


The War on Intellectualism

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

It seems there is a new threat to our country- an insidious danger that is seeping into our homes and everyday lives that must be stopped at any cost. That threat is intellectualism. We have heard some of the buzzwords...Read More


The Wall Street giveaway and Democratic "values"

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

When I think about this Wall Street giveaway my whole chest tightens up and I feel kind of nauseous and start walking around in circles and all I can think about is bipartisanship, what a hideous concept! Bipartisanship means Barack...Read More


Coming Out Politically

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | October 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Coming Out" has many meanings and can happen more than once in a person's life. In previous articles I wrote about "coming out" as a gay man, a Jew, a bear and a nudist. Now I want to talk about...Read More


"What's become normal now is really absurd."

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

According to Immigration Equality, more than 36,000 same-sex couples include a partner who is a non-citizen. And, at long last, at least a few members of Congress are stepping up to the plate to try and make life a little...Read More


"What's become normal now is really absurd."

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

According to Immigration Equality, more than 36,000 same-sex couples include a partner who is a non-citizen. And, at long last, at least a few members of Congress are stepping up to the plate to try and make life a little...Read More


One Little Capitalist Segment

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In my last posting I tried to cover too much and I apologize for that. I attempted to link the intense suffering of the 25% of the world's population (who may yet starve to death) to the importance of the...Read More


One Little Capitalist Segment

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In my last posting I tried to cover too much and I apologize for that. I attempted to link the intense suffering of the 25% of the world's population (who may yet starve to death) to the importance of the...Read More


Biden and Palin on LGBT relationships

Filed by Bil Browning | October 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Both of the vice presidential candidates were asked a question about benefits for gay couples and whether or not they supported same-sex marriage. Biden supports domestic partner benefits which prompted Palin to defend "the traditional definition of marriage." She mouthed...Read More


Hate crime in the South Bend area

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

What a shame. A northern Indiana man was attacked after watching a football game with some other gay men. A 54-year-old man who was found severely beaten Monday told police he was assaulted because he is gay. Police said the...Read More


Sarah Palin Supreme Court Cheat Sheet

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 02, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

As you can see in this clip of an interview between Sarah Palin and Katie Couric, that Palin can't name one Supreme Court case other than Roe v Wade. Not one. Couric gives her multiple times to answer the question...Read More


When Belief Speech Becomes Hate

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A little while back, I blogged about some fear-mongering from the religious right that alleged that the passage of SB200 in Colorado to protect transgender people had somehow effectively banned the Bible. One recurring theme we keep getting from Fundies...Read More


RedStater diet now includes Prozac

Filed by Storm Bear | October 02, 2008 | 4:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge I always find it refreshing to read what the wingnuts are thinking. I haven't visited RedState.com in some time and I was shocked to see how beaten down they feel. I guess denial does have its...Read More


Paulson's Ashes

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

All this news is too damn depressing. Once, about two years ago, Walter told me to lighten up on my blog. Too sad all the time, he said. It's like Angela's ashes. I remember reading Angela's Ashes while pregnant with...Read More


Election night party games for political junkies

Filed by Nan Hunter | October 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

In exactly five weeks from the moment I'm writing this, the Pennsylvania and Florida polls will have closed, and we might know who the next POTUS will be. If either candidate succeeds in winning both of those states, we can...Read More


International Debate Experts Analyze Presidential & Vice Presidential Debates

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 02, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

A lot of you have expressed your opinions about last week's debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. And tonight we're about to watch Senator Joseph Biden face off against Governor Sarah Palin. I'm predicting Sarah Palin is going to...Read More


LGBT Alaskans Come Out Against Sarah Palin

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 02, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

We know that Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, but what does she think of LGBT people? The Human Rights Campaign wondered the same thing and sent its Senior Media Center Manager, Michael Cole to Alaska to investigate....Read More


It's Debatable...

Filed by Bo Shuff | October 01, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The polls coming in over the weekend are showing a bump for Obama coming out of the debate last week. He has drawn closer in Florida and Ohio and seems to be solidifying some of the previously "lean democrat" states....Read More


Celebrities team up for new Get Out The Vote PSAs

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Q: What do Amy Adams, Tatyana Ali, will.i.am, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Maria Bello, Halle Berry, Selma Blair, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Connolly, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jaime Foxx, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Kiedis, Ashton Kutcher,...Read More


Trans for Obama: Is the trans community becoming a "community?"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

There's something brewing in the trans community, and I think I like it. It has long been a question as to whether the transgender community really constitutes a "community", as commonly understood to mean a coherent group with common interests....Read More


Palin Pygmalion

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 01, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

After reading some of the comments at this Politico article, saying that Republicans are getting increasingly nervous about Palin after her media performances, there something that needs pointing out. The questions she was asked, and failed utterly to answer, are...Read More


Thoughts from Rosh Hashanah

Filed by Annette Gross | October 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have a few thoughts about the Election and the campaigning that is going on. Yesterday I was sitting in synagogue - it is the Jewish New Year - a time of introspection and renewal - and as I was...Read More


Right-Wing Activists Plan Private D.C. Briefing

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has learned that The Center for Military Readiness, a right-wing activist group based in Michigan, has invited leaders of prominent veterans services organizations to a Washington, D.C. briefing on Thursday that...Read More


"The Religious Test" -- More on Scary Religion

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

As a lover of history, I ponder how religion has become a burning issue in the campaign -- though fewer people are daring to discuss it now that Sarah Palin is on the scene. The right grumbles about a religious...Read More


"The Religious Test" -- More on Scary Religion

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

As a lover of history, I ponder how religion has become a burning issue in the campaign -- though fewer people are daring to discuss it now that Sarah Palin is on the scene. The right grumbles about a religious...Read More