Politics: November 2008

Thumbnail image for NYC World AIDS Day.jpg

NYC World AIDS Day Event

Filed by Eric Leven | November 30, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

NYC World AIDS Day Event Monday December 1st. 2008 CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL begins at 6PM Gay Men's Health Crisis - Tisch Building Lobby 119 West 24th St. (btwn 6th/7th Ave.) NYC CANDLE LIGHT PROCESSION to Judson Memorial Church: 55 Washington...Read More


NY Gays Jilted at the Altar by Democrats?

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite raking in big time campaign contributions from LGBT people across the U.S., Democrats in the New York State Senate may be backing away from their pledge to bring a marriage bill to a vote. After a pledge from New...Read More


Thumbnail image for Travis Ballie.jpg

What I'm Thankful For: Harvey Milk

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 29, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Travis Ballie is a student activist at American University. He is a D.C. resident inspired by the Prop 8 protests and hoping to contribute to the"DC For Marriage" coalition. This man was the queer movement's Barack...Read More


Does the LGBT Movement Need to "Get Real?"

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

There is a moment in every Dr. Phil show were he tells the guests of the day that they need to "get real" and stop the behaviours that are causing them pain and emotional distress.I think it is high time...Read More


The Chronicles of a Guest Blogger

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Monica Helms is a frequent guest blogger and trans activist. She shares a sense of humor with contributor Don Sherfick, but her style is all her own. I finally decided to write an exposé specifically about the inner...Read More


Call for Volunteer Researchers: Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Laws and Public Lavatory Climate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 28, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

As a professor of Law and Society at a liberal-arts institution, one of my major functions, in addition to teaching, is to conduct research on questions of major importance in my field. One of these questions is regarding the effect...Read More


We interrupt this broadcast for an example of competence.

Filed by Storm Bear | November 27, 2008 | 1:55 AM | comments

click to enlarge Three days, three press conferences where real questions were asked and honest answers were given. I am unsure if America can get used to this high level of competence. Isn't there a training video or something...Read More


My God, this sounds familiar

Filed by Bil Browning | November 26, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Oh, did you hear that the state pension funds have lost $5 billion? Wish someone had brought this up when it had only lost $1 billion. Oh, wait....Read More


Candace Gingrich on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 26, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

A few weeks back Keith Olbermann made on of his trademark commentaries about the passage of Prop 8 and the stripping away of marriage rights from same-sex couples in California. Last night Olbermann re-visited the subject in an interview with...Read More


Marriage, Polygamy and Gays

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

One of the religious right's standard splutterings is that legalizing same-sex marriage will open the door to legalizing polygamy. Many of us have dismissed these splutterings as just another boogeyman that the right is conjuring up...one that will make voters...Read More


Marriage, Polygamy and Gays

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

One of the religious right's standard splutterings is that legalizing same-sex marriage will open the door to legalizing polygamy. Many of us have dismissed these splutterings as just another boogeyman that the right is conjuring up...one that will make voters...Read More


Marriage, Polygamy and Gays

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

One of the religious right's standard splutterings is that legalizing same-sex marriage will open the door to legalizing polygamy. Many of us have dismissed these splutterings as just another boogeyman that the right is conjuring up...one that will make voters...Read More


Upon which I say something nice about the Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Most contributors use TBP to call out the Log Cabin Republicans for their idiotic support of anti-gay candidates. That's a valid critique (even if it is funny to see Alex used in their fundraising materials as an example of a...Read More


Isn't Oppression Bad and Calling it Out Good?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Or did I get it backwards. In an LGBT online support community I participate in a few participants were purposefully using the wrong pronouns for a trans person in the media who they did not like. When several people pointed...Read More


The Obama Baby Boom

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 24, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Mark this day on your calendar: August 4, 2009. It may not all happen on that day, but it will mark 9 months since November 4, 2008: the day Barack Obama defeated John McCain in the presidential election. So, that...Read More


Fundies Launch "Protect DOMA" Website

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 24, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Alliance for Marriage Foundation, which you may remember as the group that drafted the Federal Marriage Protection Amendment, has launched a "Protect DOMA" website and started a campaign to "preserve the federal Defense of Marriage Act." Here's the goal...Read More


Why Gay Marriage Is an Asian-American Matter

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | November 24, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

When Asian Week asked me to write an op-ed piece about the aftermath of Proposition 8 and how the issue of gay marriage ties into the Asian-American community, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. After the an...Read More


Standing Firm, Moving Forward

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. Over the past few weeks, the nation witnessed an outpouring of emotion and determination from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)...Read More


Standing Firm, Moving Forward

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. Over the past few weeks, the nation witnessed an outpouring of emotion and determination from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)...Read More


What Harvey Milk Tells Us About Proposition 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 23, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rob Epstein is the director of the Oscar winning film "The Times of Harvey Milk", and is this years' recipient of the International Documentary Association's Pioneer Award. Thirty years ago on election night Harvey Milk gave...Read More


Student Looking for LGBT Military Significant Others to Speak Out

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 23, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Yesterday I was listening to Josh Groban's Christmas album as I did my housework. (I know . . . it's not even Thanksgiving . . .) When it came around to "I'll Be Home For Christmas," the sound clips of...Read More


An Open Letter to My Brother, Newt Gingrich

Filed by Candace Gingrich | November 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Dear Newt, I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protesters of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the...Read More


You Gotta Give 'Em Hope Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 22, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Its been a fantastic week at Bilerico with both contributors and guest bloggers offering provocative ideas on how to kick the LGBT movement into high gear. Here's a taste: Monday: Why Prop 8's Passage Could Be A Good Thing -...Read More


Lieberman and the Loss Leaders (with a Chambliss/Martin twist)

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Senate has kissed Lieberman's sorry ass yet again and the party powers that be are now celebrating how nice and big their tent is. ... The sign on the Big Tent must now read, "SUCKERS!"Read More


Lieberman and the Loss Leaders (with a Chambliss/Martin twist)

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Senate has kissed Lieberman's sorry ass yet again and the party powers that be are now celebrating how nice and big their tent is. ... The sign on the Big Tent must now read, "SUCKERS!"Read More


Panama City Join the Impact Protest

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

Here are some videos and pictures sent in from one of our readers, Wes, who helped organize the Shame on 2/Join the Impact Protest this past Saturday in Panama City, Florida. The event was put together by the Gulf Coast...Read More


The wonder that is Sarah Palin - on-screen turkey slaughter at her presser

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 21, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Paging Tina Fey, we need one more skit from you... it doesn't get any better/worse than this. The failed GOP Veep candidate gabs about the greatness of small business and happy turkeys while the fowl is offed behind her. And...Read More


Newt Gingrich and "Gay Fascists"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 21, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Good grief, Newt Gingrich is "teaching" history again. On the Bill O'Reilly show the other day, Gingrich came up with his biggest lie about history yet. He said, "I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country...Read More


Domestic Partnership Benefits? They are after those too.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

We knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time until the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 proved exactly how dishonest they were during their lie-filled campaign and went after domestic partnership benefits in Florida- despite saying it...Read More


The Obama era, legally speaking

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 20, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The bittersweet combination of the Prop 8 loss and the Obama win, combined with the Dems picking up more seats in both houses of Congress, means that a much greater focus on federal-level policy-making is in the offing in lgbt...Read More


God Files a Prop 8 Amicus Brief

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 20, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Isn't part of religion having some humility? You know, all that bowing heads and stuff? What's up with this group, The Kingdom of Heaven, World Divine Mission? They have filed an amicus brief on behalf of God. Not Jesus. Or...Read More


From The AFL-CIO Blog: Nurses March For Marriage Equality

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

From the official AFL-CIO blog: Members of the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) joined several thousand LGBT, civil rights, labor, community and religious activists in San Francisco in recent days in a demonstration calling for marriage...Read More


Call the Obama Transition Team and/or Join Us in DC!

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today at 12:30pm EST, 1,000 AIDS activists will gather in Washington, DC to "inaugurate" President-elect Obama as the president who can change the way the U.S. fights AIDS. We will be marching to the White House and Transition Team offices...Read More


A modest marriage proposal

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: The following is a guest post by Chris Crain. Chris is former editor of the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, and gay publications in three other cities. He blogs at CitizenCrain.com and is the editor of GayNewsWatch.com. He lives...Read More


Now It's Official

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I attended the Swearing In Ceremony for Kevin Beckner, an openly gay Democrat who defied the odds and defeated an entrenched homophobic Republican. Many of us have been in those county commission chambers numerous times to protest the repeal of...Read More


California Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Prop 8

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 19, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court has just ruled that it will hear the challenge to Prop filed by various groups, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights. While it doesn't mean we will win the case, had they refused to hear...Read More


The Obama Resistance

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

click to enlarge It was less than 2 hours after Barack was declared President that the first "Join The Obama Resistance" shirts were available on Cafe Press. Since then, websites have been launched, conspiracies have been formulated. Hell, even...Read More


Huckabee: Gays Haven't Suffered Enough for Civil Rights

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 19, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

On The View yesterday former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shows just how clueless Republican leaders are about all civil rights issues and not just LGBT civil rights. After a sickening acknowledgment of the historic election of Barack Obama as our...Read More


One Man, One Clear Message

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

A special thanks to reader Betty who sent us this story from our friends over at Towleroad. While hundreds, sometimes thousands, were gathering across Florida and the nation, one solitary man showed up for the National Day of Protest in...Read More


An open letter to President-Elect Obama

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

NOTE: Originally this post was the focus of a website Alex Garcia and I were going to launch tomorrow. We even have the site built! We wanted to publish an open letter to President-Elect Obama with the LGBT community's expectations...Read More


Will Indiana University continue to support rightwing paramilitary groups?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2008 | 4:21 PM | comments

Since Indiana University has reopened contract negotiations with Coca-Cola, I'm wondering if they'll finally listen to the faculty, students and alumni who have been calling for the soft drink to be thrown off campus. They criticize Coke's record of human...Read More


Obama spells out LGBT support

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Obama's Change.gov website has been updated to include a full civil rights agenda for the LGBT community. It is the most comprehensive and specific presidential agenda in the history of our movement. Check it out after the jump....Read More


"Sleeping" With the "Enemy"

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | November 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

After I posted a temperate and somewhat optimistic response to the disappointing news of Proposition 8's passage (which eliminates same-sex marriage in California), a friend of mine e-mailed me, insisting that I tap into my inner righteous indignation. "Foster some...Read More


Did God Create Marriage?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

When Mormon volunteers walked door to door to urge yes on Proposition 8, their first talking point was: "God created marriage." According to a New York Times report, if the householder agreed with #1 in principle, the Mormon walker then...Read More


The NAACP Gets It

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 18, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Well, the NAACP has shut my mouth on this one. I was pretty hard on them this summer, when I got wind of a PFOX exhibit at an NAACP event. But it looks like the outcome off the proposition 8...Read More


The NAACP Gets It

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 18, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Well, the NAACP has shut my mouth on this one. I was pretty hard on them this summer, when I got wind of a PFOX exhibit at an NAACP event. But it looks like the outcome off the proposition 8...Read More


The NAACP Gets It

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 18, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Well, the NAACP has shut my mouth on this one. I was pretty hard on them this summer, when I got wind of a PFOX exhibit at an NAACP event. But it looks like the outcome off the proposition 8...Read More


A Call for Repeal, And a Timeline That Makes Sense

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

It would appear that there are now very few military leaders who continue to believe that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" serves any useful purpose. Following on the heels of respected leaders like retired Joint Chiefs Chairman John Shalikashvili, retired Lieutenant...Read More


Senator Richard Shelby: Creator of the First 21st Century Great Depression

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 17, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The auto industry bailout was the topic du jour on all the sunday talk shows this weekend, and the hypocrisy of those conversations is something I can simply not let go unanswered. To be clear, I believe the first Wall...Read More


Fort Lauderdale "Shame on 2" Rally- National Day of Protest 2008

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 17, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Video footage of the Fort Lauderdale "Shame on 2" Rally and March, part of the National Day of Protest, which drew over 1000 peaceful protesters to City Hall. Video by Marc Dickerman. iPhone users: Click to watch A special thanks...Read More


No on 8 wasn't no on hate

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 17, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I tried my best to ignore Proposition 8, I mean to ignore all the attention around marriage, even as I received a voicemail message featuring a recording of Barack Obama, a message from Barack Obama himself, another announcement coordinated by...Read More


No on 8 wasn't no on hate

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 17, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I tried my best to ignore Proposition 8, I mean to ignore all the attention around marriage, even as I received a voicemail message featuring a recording of Barack Obama, a message from Barack Obama himself, another announcement coordinated by...Read More


Gay, Straight, Black, White Marriage is a Civil Right

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Justin B. Smith is a 28 year old Air Force veteran and gay and AIDS activist from Baltimore, MD. He writes Justin's HIV Journal. I first decided to record my life with HIV using live video feeds because...Read More


Why Prop 8's Passage Could Be A Good Thing

Filed by Scott Kaiser | November 17, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yes, Prop. 8 passed in California as we're all aware, and the sky is falling. Gay marriages have been outlawed in the state in a blatant display of homophobia infecting politics. This is the worst possible thing to happen to...Read More


Photos from L.A. Rally Against Prop 8

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 16, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Karen Ocamb sent these amazing photos from the L.A. march that was part of the National Day of Protest....Read More


Thumbnail image for LA Mayor at Anti-Prop 8 Rally.jpg

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at LA Prop 8 Protest Rally

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This weekend has been pure hell for the Southland with fires in three different counties raging out of control and hundreds of homes destroyed and lives up-ended. One has to feel heart-sick for our fellow Angelinos at the sheer scope...Read More


Thumbnail image for LA Mayor at Anti-Prop 8 Rally.jpg

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at LA Prop 8 Protest Rally

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This weekend has been pure hell for the Southland with fires in three different counties raging out of control and hundreds of homes destroyed and lives up-ended. One has to feel heart-sick for our fellow Angelinos at the sheer scope...Read More


Indianapolis joins National Day of Protest

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Yesterday about 250 people stood outside the Indianapolis City-County Building in a cold rain and sleet as part of the grassroots National Day of Protest. While that may not seem like a lot of people compared to the posts about...Read More


Carpe Diem

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 16, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I've had a busy October and November so far. I've been working increased hours at my job. I just recently returned from Boulder, CO and the CU campus after being honored with keynote speaker duties for their recent TRANScending Gender...Read More


Carpe Diem

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 16, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I've had a busy October and November so far. I've been working increased hours at my job. I just recently returned from Boulder, CO and the CU campus after being honored with keynote speaker duties for their recent TRANScending Gender...Read More


Open Thank You Note to Leonard Pitts

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 16, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I wept when I read Leonard Pitts' column about black anti-marriage-equality voters. As a white woman -- and a white woman with hundreds of beloved black family members -- the risk of being accused of racism when I point out...Read More


Prop 8 Demos: a Contrarian Caveat

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I write this as demonstrations against Prop 8 occur around the country. That's great - although I distance myself from anything framed as anti-Mormon per se. While it's been tough to have been too busy to be blogging the last...Read More


It's The End Of The World As We Know It

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

At least, I hope it is anyway. Stonewall didn't do it. The Briggs amendment didn't do it. The Defense of Marriage Act didn't do it. The horrific misuse of Don't Ask Don't Tell to facilitate the most intense anti-gay witch...Read More


It's The End Of The World As We Know It

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

At least, I hope it is anyway. Stonewall didn't do it. The Briggs amendment didn't do it. The Defense of Marriage Act didn't do it. The horrific misuse of Don't Ask Don't Tell to facilitate the most intense anti-gay witch...Read More


3500 Turn Out For Equality in Phoenix

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

There were approximately 3500 people at the marriage equality rally in Phoenix yesterday. And anyone who's done their share of protesting in Arizona can attest that it's amazing to get 100 people to show up for anything, let alone 1000....Read More


South Bend's National Day of Protest rally

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Mandy Studdard, a Spanish major at IUSB and founder of the Good Causes Club, is from Rochester, IN. She visits her foster parents Judy and Dale Coffing and chats with her fiancee Johanna Moncada often. Mandy...Read More


Next Stop: Ban Divorce?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

This great video from the "Funny or Die" crew shows how absurd the arguments against marriage equality have been in the Amendment fights... See more funny videos at Funny or Die...Read More


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for from L.A. times

Anti-Prop 8 March Overshadowed by Southland Fires

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl stopped in the middle of his stirring remarks about the impact the anti-Prop 8 rally will likely have on the new LGBT and straight activists against H8. "We are all Angelinos,' Rosendahl...Read More


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for from L.A. times

Anti-Prop 8 March Overshadowed by Southland Fires

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl stopped in the middle of his stirring remarks about the impact the anti-Prop 8 rally will likely have on the new LGBT and straight activists against H8. "We are all Angelinos,' Rosendahl...Read More


Are we still marching?

Filed by Cathy Renna | November 15, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

My three year old asked us this as we began the long walk back to our car after the Washington, DC protest march this afternoon. It was her first protest and she was enthralled by the people, sights and sounds....Read More


Thousands Gather in Austin to Join the Impact

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

An estimated 3,000 Austinites turned out to protest anti-gay ballot measures across the country today. A grassroots coalition of social networkers, gay bars, activists, journalists, and churches helped spread the word about the rally at City Hall, which featured speakers...Read More


Thousands Gather in Austin to Join the Impact

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

An estimated 3,000 Austinites turned out to protest anti-gay ballot measures across the country today. A grassroots coalition of social networkers, gay bars, activists, journalists, and churches helped spread the word about the rally at City Hall, which featured speakers...Read More


10,000 Rally in DC for Equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 15, 2008 | 4:57 PM | comments

UPDATE: New photos after the jump. An amazing and energetic of more than 10,000 LGBT people and allies marched from the U.S. to the White House to demand full equality for LGBT people. The rally was part of the National...Read More


Hundreds Rally in Detroit for National Day of Protest

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

What do we want? EQUALITY! When do we want it? NOW! That was the chant that rang out through downtown Detroit, Michigan today as over 300 hundred dedicated protesters rallied in the freezing rain and sleet as part of the...Read More


Hundreds Rally in Detroit for National Day of Protest

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

What do we want? EQUALITY! When do we want it? NOW! That was the chant that rang out through downtown Detroit, Michigan today as over 300 hundred dedicated protesters rallied in the freezing rain and sleet as part of the...Read More


First, You Get Mad

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 15, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Wow. It's kind of unbelievable, really. You take something away from people, and they get angry. Take away hard won rights, and equal protection for those they love, and people get really angry. In the week since, California has seen...Read More


First, You Get Mad

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 15, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Wow. It's kind of unbelievable, really. You take something away from people, and they get angry. Take away hard won rights, and equal protection for those they love, and people get really angry. In the week since, California has seen...Read More


The New Bicep

Filed by Father Tony | November 15, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Congratulations to the compact team of gay (un)organizers for a superbly (un)planned and (un)structured protest at the Mormon Temple in New York City on November 12, 2008 (and to the lone blogger responsible for the nationwide town hall protests scheduled...Read More


What Would Harvey Milk Do?

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

In this time of incredible passion, anger and energy in the LGBT community, these words by Harvey Milk could not ring more true. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Florida's Amendment 2: Standing up for the Gay Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Joe Dellosa is a University of Florida junior majoring in advertising. He's also the president of Human Decency Now, a student organization at UF that works for gay rights. Their website is at www.humandecencynow.com. I wanted to make...Read More


Joe Biden's Happy Space

Filed by Storm Bear | November 14, 2008 | 2:10 PM | comments

click to enlarge For the past several years, Neil Young's resistance anthem, Rockin' In the Free World has become the music that I have tended to rage to. Whenever my wife and I would pass by anti-war protesters in...Read More


Protests not Convenient? Deal with it.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 14, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I have been amazed at the online and grassroots explosion that the National Day of Protest has spawned. It started with one small blog then took on a life of its own, with hundreds of cities around the country now...Read More


Protests not Convenient? Deal with it.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 14, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I have been amazed at the online and grassroots explosion that the National Day of Protest has spawned. It started with one small blog then took on a life of its own, with hundreds of cities around the country now...Read More


Prop 8 - Who's Next?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

You remember the famous quote by Nazi martyr Pastor Martin Niemoeller about the Holocaust - how they came for all these other people - but he didn't speak up - and then they came for him? Something like that is...Read More


Prop 8 - Who's Next?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

You remember the famous quote by Nazi martyr Pastor Martin Niemoeller about the Holocaust - how they came for all these other people - but he didn't speak up - and then they came for him? Something like that is...Read More


Thousand Youth March

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | November 14, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

It seems it will be a weekend of Marches and Protests in Florida. First we have over 13 cities involved in the National Day of Protest all around Florida, and now we have the Thousand Youth March for Humanity on...Read More


National Day of Protest comes to Florida

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

*Updates at the end of the post- New Cities Added* Everyone has been asking what they can do in response to Amendment 2, California Prop 8, and Arizona 102. Well, someone has answered that question. Join the Impact has started...Read More


Updated: Hoosier National Day of Protest events

Filed by Bil Browning | November 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Updated with information about all the protests Everyone has been asking what they can do in response to Florida's Amendment 2, California Prop 8, and Arizona 102. Well, someone has answered that question. Join the Impact has started a movement...Read More


Marriage Matters to Us

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It has been a strange couple of weeks. Just last week, I saw something that I never thought I'd see in my lifetime, and felt like I was witnessing it for all my ancestors who didn't live to see a...Read More


Marriage Matters to Us

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It has been a strange couple of weeks. Just last week, I saw something that I never thought I'd see in my lifetime, and felt like I was witnessing it for all my ancestors who didn't live to see a...Read More


Prop 8 Protest in NYC

Filed by Jason Tseng | November 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

At 6:30pm on W 65th St and Columbus, I joined thousands of fellow queers and their allies in a protest before the Mormon Temple in New York City. I didn't have extraordinarily high expectations for the night. I had a...Read More


California Supreme Court Could Rule This Week On Prop 8 Lawsuit

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 13, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've been traveling on the road, so apologies if this has been posted, but it seems to have slipped through the radar screen nationally. According to The Sacramento Bee, California Supreme Court Spokeswoman Lynn Holton says that the Court could...Read More


Where Is That "Traditional Marriage" They Keep Talking About?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 13, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

In 2005 I published a long article in Gay & Lesbian Review, about the history of marriage in the West. Researching it was an illuminating experience. It got me clearer about what the real issues are, and how they're being...Read More


Amendment 2: Theocracy Reigns in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 13, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

While much has been made of minority groups and their votes for anti-gay amendments, like Florida's Amendment 2, there is something we are missing as a community. It isn't a racial issue- it is a religious one. Exit polling from...Read More


Wolfgang Umana at an Obama rally in Virginia

The Gays are Pissed. Now What?

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 13, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Every other blog post is about gays erupting in righteous anger over the passage of Prop. 8, hate-monger James Dobson's induction into the Radio Hall of Fame or some other issue. But, what are we accomplishing other than giving people...Read More


Dump Dobson/Prop 8 Protest In Chicago

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 12, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

The recent explosion of gay protests now includes more than anger over the passage of Prop. 8. Truth Wins Out (TWO) teamed up with the Gay Liberation Network to protest the induction of hate-monger James Dobson into the Radio Hall...Read More


Congrats to Connecticut

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

Same-sex marriage started today in Connecticut. With all that's going on in California, it's important not to forget our victories....Read More


It's a small world after all

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This is one of those six degrees of separation stories. Bilerico alumni and good friend Linda Perdue was recently quoted in The Arizona Republic reacting to Arizona's new marriage amendment. Guest contributors Evan Wolfson and Barbara McCullough-Jones are also quoted....Read More


Stop Blaming Black Voters for Prop. 8's Passage

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

While white LGBT activists are pointing fingers at African-American voters for the passage of Prop. 8, Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight takes a more clear-eyed view in a post called Prop. 8 Myths. Nate was hands down the best...Read More


Stop Blaming Black Voters for Prop. 8's Passage

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

While white LGBT activists are pointing fingers at African-American voters for the passage of Prop. 8, Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight takes a more clear-eyed view in a post called Prop. 8 Myths. Nate was hands down the best...Read More


A Glass Half Full

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

The longest presidential election season in history is over. The campaign that gave us Joe the Plumber, Ralph Nader (again), Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and lipstick on a pig also gave us our most inspiring leader since John F. Kennedy....Read More


The Root, Not the Drama

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 12, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The root, not the behavior. I keep telling myself that over and over again. Don't look at the kids' behavior- think about the root of it. Except when they burp out loud at the dinner table. That's about behavior. Period....Read More


Indiana Equality: The jester of Mitch Daniels' court

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 11, 2008 | 11:30 PM | comments

I recently received an invitation from Indiana Equality to an event at the Governor's residence they're calling "Holiday IN the Governor's Residence". Beyond the totally dorky name, as I read this email invitation, I was both amused and infuriated. Obviously,...Read More


Obama crew will increase condom education, lift global gag order

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 11, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Obama's staff is talking about lifting the global gag order: ``We have been going in the wrong direction and we need to turn it around and be promoting prevention and family-planning services and strengthening public health,'' said [co-chairman of Obama's...Read More


Obama crew will increase condom education, lift global gag order

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 11, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Obama's staff is talking about lifting the global gag order: ``We have been going in the wrong direction and we need to turn it around and be promoting prevention and family-planning services and strengthening public health,'' said [co-chairman of Obama's...Read More


National Day of Protest- Nov 15th

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 11, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Everyone has been asking what they can do in response to California's Prop 8, Florida's Amendment 2, Arizona's 102, and the other setbacks in Equality for our community. Well, someone has answered that question. Join the Impact has started a...Read More


National Day of Protest- Nov 15th

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 11, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Everyone has been asking what they can do in response to California's Prop 8, Florida's Amendment 2, Arizona's 102, and the other setbacks in Equality for our community. Well, someone has answered that question. Join the Impact has started a...Read More


NC's ready to rumble with Prop 8 protests

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Friend of the Blend, Bilerico Project contributor and former candidate for the US Senate Jim Neal sent out this call to action, as we are going to have a demonstration against Prop 8 on Saturday, November 15, in Raleigh at...Read More


No We Didn't

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's been a week, and -- well, I'm more convinced than ever that, no, we didn't. It's been a week, and all I have are questions: How do I fight what I cannot name? How do I effectively oppose what...Read More


No We Didn't

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 11, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's been a week, and -- well, I'm more convinced than ever that, no, we didn't. It's been a week, and all I have are questions: How do I fight what I cannot name? How do I effectively oppose what...Read More


National Day of Protest comes to Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | November 11, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

Everyone has been asking what they can do in response to Florida's Amendment 2, California Prop 8, and Arizona 102. Well, someone has answered that question. Join the Impact has started a movement for a National Day of Protest on...Read More


Proposition 8 is not about black homophobia

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 11, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

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


Should We Be "Attacking" the Mormon Church?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 10, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

I'm seeing the fearful comments from a few LGBT people about how we shouldn't be "attacking" the Mormon Church. They are raising an issue that we shouldn't try to get the Mormons' tax-exempt status revoked. By "attacking religion," they say,...Read More


Should We Be "Attacking" the Mormon Church?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 10, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

I'm seeing the fearful comments from a few LGBT people about how we shouldn't be "attacking" the Mormon Church. They are raising an issue that we shouldn't try to get the Mormons' tax-exempt status revoked. By "attacking religion," they say,...Read More


Are Blacks More Homophobic?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 10, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I'd republish...Read More


Are Blacks More Homophobic?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 10, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I'd republish...Read More


We are going to fail again and again unless we get a clue

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 10, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

After the No Campaign failed last week and Proposition 8 passed, the orgs that worked against it were quick to point out why they had really done a great job this year. Sure, some mistakes were made, but there are...Read More


No More Mrs. Nice Gay

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 10, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Robin Tyler was the original plaintiff, along with Diane Olson, in Tyler vs. the County of Los Angeles, which gave lesbians and gays the right to marry in California when the state Supreme Court ruled in their favor....Read More


Sign up to host a local event at Bayh's office telling him to stand up to Lieberman!

Filed by Bil Browning | November 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Big news! Over 1,800 people around the country submitted letters to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats asking them to boot Joe Lieberman from the Democratic Caucus. (If you haven't already written one at BoldProgressives.org, submit one here. Let's aim for...Read More


Massachusetts Equality Under Attack?

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 10, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

"We're much encouraged by the results in California, and there's no doubt in our minds, had," said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage. Yes, that is a Massachusetts based group. After failing on June...Read More


A Rainbow Arc of History Hangs Over Prop 8 Protests

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 10, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Few people really noticed it - the flipping on of a bright white neon light over one of many joints lining Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake's Sunset Junction where the latest pre-march rally against Prop 8 was gathering. Le Barcito,...Read More


Palm Beach County gets Fully Inclusive Bullying Policy

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Palm Beach County School Board has voted unanimously to include "sexual orientation" and "gender expression and/or identity" as a protected classes in a comprehensive policy to protect students against bullying and harassment. The Palm Beach County School Board's anti-bullying...Read More


Republican Attacks Gay Obama Supporters

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

Two gay men joining an impromptu rally celebrating the election of Barack Obama as our next president were attacked by an angry McCain supporter in Washington, DC. The men who were carrying a rainbow flag were rushing to join other...Read More


Homophobic Dreier mailer - It's just as bad from the left

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 09, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have to go back and hit this item, too. This mailer went out in California's 26th district against semi-closeted Republican David Dreier: Howie Klein's Blue America PAC paid around $20K to run this ad. I find it extremely homophobic....Read More


The Fight in Florida: Where do we go from here?

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

There is no doubt about it- Nov 4th was a bittersweet and historic day. Barack Obama shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first African-American elected to the office of the Presidency. But for many in the LGBT community, it...Read More


Moving Forward Together: The Dream of Marriage Equality Remains Alive

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 09, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Jacqueline Wing is the communications manager at The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. On Wednesday morning, I realized that...Read More


Why Punish Only the Mormon Church? Let's Get Them All

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 09, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

A movement is afoot to punish the Mormon Church by getting the IRS to strip them of their tax-exempt status. I agree 110 percent. But why stop at the Mormon Church? Let's see to it that all the "yes on...Read More


Why Punish Only the Mormon Church? Let's Get Them All

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 09, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

A movement is afoot to punish the Mormon Church by getting the IRS to strip them of their tax-exempt status. I agree 110 percent. But why stop at the Mormon Church? Let's see to it that all the "yes on...Read More


Mean Times

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 08, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

So, the election is over and like so many in our community I'm still not sure whether to be happy, sad, both, or neither. Not only did our guy win, but the Democrats took virtually complete control of Congress, reducing...Read More


Mean Times

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 08, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

So, the election is over and like so many in our community I'm still not sure whether to be happy, sad, both, or neither. Not only did our guy win, but the Democrats took virtually complete control of Congress, reducing...Read More


Come on, Rogue!

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 08, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

While the American family and our extended international family were whooping it up for the historic Obama victory, I banged pans and wept for joy with the best of them. But I also had that dissociated, not-quite-part-of-feeling I had at...Read More


Help Barack Obama lead the nation

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | November 08, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

For almost a year the Presidential Appointments Project has been asking LGBT Americans to consider serving the next president of the United States. Starting right now, President-Elect Obama will appoint thousands of people to help him lead and change the...Read More


The Days Ahead

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 08, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I write this with a heavy heart. I, like you, have sacrificed everything in our fight to defeat Prop 8. And on Tuesday, we lost. This is an outcome that is fundamentally unjust, unfair, and wrong. We banded together as...Read More


Fallin' For The Okey-Doke

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 07, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

I'm coming to you live from beautiful Boulder. CO. I'm here to give the keynote address later tonight for the opening of the TRANScending Gender Conference being held on the CU-Boulder campus November 7-8. I was flying from Da Ville...Read More


Fallin' For The Okey-Doke

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 07, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

I'm coming to you live from beautiful Boulder. CO. I'm here to give the keynote address later tonight for the opening of the TRANScending Gender Conference being held on the CU-Boulder campus November 7-8. I was flying from Da Ville...Read More


Somebody Gets Trans-Inclusion

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 07, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

For those of you looking for a dream job in the President-Elect's administration, you should visit, the Change.gov website. And good news for our community. Look at their anti-discrimination clause: The Obama-Biden Transition Project does not discriminate on the basis...Read More


Our Loss

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This post will probably piss some people off, but I am sort of known for that, so here goes. I am saddled with the feeling that the loss in California is being over-hyped by our side. I am also bothered...Read More


Our Loss

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This post will probably piss some people off, but I am sort of known for that, so here goes. I am saddled with the feeling that the loss in California is being over-hyped by our side. I am also bothered...Read More


When the "Will of the People" Goes Wrong

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 07, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

With the election over, religious righters are smugly insisting that "the will of the people" has spoken the final word on same-sex marriage. Voters in California, Arizona and Florida denied us the right to marry in their states. "The people's...Read More


When the "Will of the People" Goes Wrong

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 07, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

With the election over, religious righters are smugly insisting that "the will of the people" has spoken the final word on same-sex marriage. Voters in California, Arizona and Florida denied us the right to marry in their states. "The people's...Read More


Prop 8 updates: Lawsuits, protests, and civility

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lawsuits. Three lawsuits have been filed to prevent Prop 8 from taking effect, one by the ACLU, NCLR, and Lambda Legal, another by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco and Santa Clara County, and the other by Gloria...Read More


Historically Black Homophobia

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 07, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I'd republish...Read More


Historically Black Homophobia

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 07, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I'd republish...Read More


You can't take this away from me

Filed by Joe Solmonese | November 07, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Proposition 8 broke our hearts, but it did not end our fight. Like many in our movement, I found myself in Southern California last weekend. There, I had the opportunity to speak with a man who said that Proposition 8...Read More


Forgetting the horse they rode in on

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 07, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Blabberhead-in-chief, David Broder, yesterday: These insiders can judge Obama better than I can, but I think they read him correctly. The expanded Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate may tempt Obama to consider a mirror-image of George W....Read More


Kerry Outperformed Obama Among LGBT Voters: Why?

Filed by Scott Kaiser | November 07, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

While surfing the web tonight for information about the remaining undecided races from the election, I ran across a little tidbit over on the widely-respected and accurate site FiveThirtyEight.com that shocked me: John Kerry received a larger percentage (77%) of...Read More


The election & other thoughts from The Road

Filed by Gina de Vries | November 06, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tuesday night while friends of mine were watching the election returns I was on a train from Portland to Seattle. It was, to say the least, bizarre to be on a train -- without cell service for half of the...Read More


Election Politics: Winning to lose or losing to win?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 06, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

During any election it's hard to have a long term vision for success. Everything is focused on the upcoming election day. I've been on so many campaigns where the goal was to win at any cost and unfortunately the costs...Read More


Election Politics: Winning to lose or losing to win?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 06, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

During any election it's hard to have a long term vision for success. Everything is focused on the upcoming election day. I've been on so many campaigns where the goal was to win at any cost and unfortunately the costs...Read More


Implications for LGBTQ equality

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | November 06, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Michelle Obama very eloquently spoke a few months ago about the common struggles "from Selma to Stonewall." The path to equality is not a straight road, so to speak. We advance, and then we go backwards. So the question to...Read More


Voices from California

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Thought I'd point your attention to two nuanced, moving posts by two of my favorite CA queer women reckoning with what to make of Tuesday's events: At Chicks Dig Me, Joan Kelly asks "California--reddest blue state in the union?" And...Read More


Voices from California

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Thought I'd point your attention to two nuanced, moving posts by two of my favorite CA queer women reckoning with what to make of Tuesday's events: At Chicks Dig Me, Joan Kelly asks "California--reddest blue state in the union?" And...Read More


A Change is Gonna Come

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's been a long, long time coming But I know, a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will. Sam Cooke, "A Change is Gonna Come" At 11:01 p.m. last night, after the polls closed in California, I just had...Read More


Feeling A Part of, and Apart from, the Nation: Or, Why Do I Have to Take it Personally?

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 06, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Damn it, I didn't want to be sad yesterday. As soon as the election was called for Barack Obama, I raced to the shores of Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Lake to join a jubilant group of friends and strangers. We...Read More


Top 10 web videos of the presidential campaign

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

2008 saw an explosion when it came to internet usage in politics. With the technology to create, distribute, and view video content widely available, it seemed like anybody who was anybody was creating videos for the whole world to watch....Read More


A New Morning In America

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Okay, so I was wrong. It's one time I will happily say (and will write the post on November 5 if it plays out) I was wrong about an issue. I've always told friends that I believed the United States...Read More


First Thoughts: Reflection on the 2008 Elections

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | November 06, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

All across America there is celebration of the election of Barack Obama as our 44th President of the United States. The disappointing setback represented in the passage of marriage bans and anti-gay legislation does not diminish my hopefulness for positive...Read More


Volunteering for Obama in Indiana

Filed by Annette Gross | November 05, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

I began campaigning for Obama in July. I had originally been a Hillary supporter, but once I got over my grief, I got on the Obama bandwagon. I first started making phone calls in the Broad Ripple campaign office, then...Read More


Volunteering for Obama in Indiana

Filed by Annette Gross | November 05, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

I began campaigning for Obama in July. I had originally been a Hillary supporter, but once I got over my grief, I got on the Obama bandwagon. I first started making phone calls in the Broad Ripple campaign office, then...Read More


Now Comes the Hard Part

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 05, 2008 | 9:30 PM | comments

After 21 months of hard work by the Obama campaign, and anxiety by voters and supporters, it was a wonderful moment last night -- a moment that was shocking in its unexpectedness. The million people that spontaneously gathered in Grant...Read More


Now Comes the Hard Part

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 05, 2008 | 9:30 PM | comments

After 21 months of hard work by the Obama campaign, and anxiety by voters and supporters, it was a wonderful moment last night -- a moment that was shocking in its unexpectedness. The million people that spontaneously gathered in Grant...Read More


Bittersweet Victory

Filed by Brynn Craffey | November 05, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

For California's LGBT residents, last night's historic election victory is a bittersweet one. At the same time that Barack Obama's amazing victory was being proclaimed, it become clear that Proposition 8 was headed to victory. Bigotry went down to defeat...Read More


Why I'm a Debbie Downer during this surge of Obamamania

Filed by Jason Tseng | November 05, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

With the increasingly likely passage of Proposition 8 in California, which will strip the marriage rights of thousands of couples in California and across the nation, I'm just gonna call it: we lost in California. Some may say I'm jumping...Read More


Election Night Buenos Aires

Filed by Father Tony | November 05, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

We joined the liberal ex-pat community of Buenos Aires at Sacramento, a resto-bar in the fashionable Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, for an election night event organized by the local chapter of Democrats Abroad. The room was typical ex-pat: thoroughly mixed gay/straight...Read More


Election Night Buenos Aires

Filed by Father Tony | November 05, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

We joined the liberal ex-pat community of Buenos Aires at Sacramento, a resto-bar in the fashionable Palermo Hollywood neighborhood, for an election night event organized by the local chapter of Democrats Abroad. The room was typical ex-pat: thoroughly mixed gay/straight...Read More


Unite Our Country Again: Put Up a Flag

Filed by Scott Kaiser | November 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last night in his acceptance speech, Obama said: "Americans ... sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."...Read More


Now the Work Begins

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 05, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

And I don't mean Obama and his team. I mean us. The United States of America now possesses a mandate for change. Obama's victory, coupled with the gains in the Senate and House, represents a sea change in Washington that...Read More


Now the Work Begins

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 05, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

And I don't mean Obama and his team. I mean us. The United States of America now possesses a mandate for change. Obama's victory, coupled with the gains in the Senate and House, represents a sea change in Washington that...Read More


Today is the Day but I'm angry instead

Filed by Bil Browning | November 05, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've sat here today flipping aimlessly from one blog to news sites to e-mail to Twitter and back again. I've watched 30 second bits of CNN until my eyes flit back to the computer screen. I've been restless and unsettled...Read More


Eric & Barney Celebrating in Times Square

Filed by Eric Marcus | November 05, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

After Obama's acceptance speech and way past our bedtime, we couldn't resist the lure of Times Square. From our bedroom overlooking West 20th Street we could hear the roar of the crowd a mile north and decided to share our...Read More


Hate and Bigotry Pass in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 05, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Florida's Amendment 2, the dangerous and deceptive "Marriage Protection" Amendment, has passed. A supermajority of Floridians, 62% (4,662,558) versus just 38% (2,851,598), has decided that our state needs to enshrine hate, bigotry, and homophobia in our state constitution. And my...Read More


Ireland hearts Obama

Filed by Brynn Craffey | November 05, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I laughed when I read this yesterday: One in six Irish workers will take tomorrow off work to follow the overnight voting in the US election, a survey claimed today. The study by employment law firm Peninsula Ireland also found...Read More


Results for ballot issues and progressive candidates

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 05, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Since you write the blog you want to read, I decided to concentrate last night on the ballot initiatives and down ballot races that I thought progressives would be most interested in. What strikes me the morning after is how...Read More


Local LGBT Victories in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 05, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Although we may have lost Amendment 2, our community did elect some strong leaders on a local level! - Kevin Beckner won a seat on the Hillsborough County Commission in Florida, unseating anti-gay incumbent Brian Blair and becoming the first...Read More


ENDA, marriage equality and moving the ball forward

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I am elated at President-elect Obama's (how I love saying that phrase) resounding electoral college win, slightly dismayed at the margin of the popular vote (although it is...Read More


ENDA, marriage equality and moving the ball forward

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I am elated at President-elect Obama's (how I love saying that phrase) resounding electoral college win, slightly dismayed at the margin of the popular vote (although it is...Read More


Reproductive Choice Survives Election Night

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

With all the hubbub over the marriage initiatives, one of the major issues that has been overlooked in this election is reproductive choice. South Dakota put an abortion ban on the ballot for a second time. Californians were considering a...Read More


Why I'm not celebrating an Obama victory

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 05, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm pretty sure that I've never watched a Presidential candidate's concession speech, and definitely not from Canada where I deliberately scheduled my book tour to wander during this election time. Here I am sobbing while listening to John McCain, who...Read More


Why I'm not celebrating an Obama victory

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 05, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm pretty sure that I've never watched a Presidential candidate's concession speech, and definitely not from Canada where I deliberately scheduled my book tour to wander during this election time. Here I am sobbing while listening to John McCain, who...Read More


California's Prop 8, election night blogging

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 9:50 AM | comments

BIL - 9:49am (11/5) Prop 8 will pass. From CNN's results: Yes - 5,125,752 - 52% No - 4,725,313 - 48% 95% of precincts reporting We'd need 400k votes to win. Only 500k votes are still outstanding. Alex - 1:18...Read More


Ballot initiative results from Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, and Florida, oh and King County

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 4:30 AM | comments

Arkansas Act 1 Arkansas voters passed Initiative Act 1 with 57% of the vote yesterday. The measure bans unmarried couples in that state from adopting or foster parenting. It doesn't affect single parents' ability to parent. This is the most...Read More


Congressional election night thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 2:24 AM | comments

Alex - 2:24 In Minnesota House races, CNN called it for Michele "McCarthy of the 21st Century" Bachmann. At least she'll be able to publish that expose of all the unpatriotic Congresscritters. CNN also says Ashwin Madia lost. He was...Read More


Results: Florida's Amendment 2 Passes

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 05, 2008 | 2:00 AM | comments

Waymon- Now that Amendment 2 passed, where do we go from here? More indepth discussion on Amendment 2. Waymon- Detailed results and commentary, click here. Waymon- 1:48am MSNBC calls it: Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, passed. Waymon-...Read More


Results: Arkansas's unmarried couples adoption ban passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 1:36 AM | comments

Alex 1:36 And CNN also called it for this one: Arkansas's Initiative Act 1, the ban on unmarried adoption, has passed. Alex - 11:22 With 28% reporting, the act is up 59-41. This isn't looking good, and it's absolutely ridiculous....Read More


Results: Arizona's same-sex marriage ban - Prop 102 - passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 1:33 AM | comments

Alex - 1:33 It's official - CNN called it. Arizona's Prop 102 passed. Alex - 1:14 With 90% of precincts reporting, it's 56-44. We lost this one. Alex - 11:15 With 58% of precincts reporting, it's 56-44 Alex - 10:33...Read More


New York Senate: Democrats could take over tonight

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 12:04 AM | comments

I'm also following the NY Senate here, because it's two people away from a Democratic majority. The state has a Democratic Assembly and a Democratic governor. This is important on two issues, GENDA and same-sex marriage. Their Assembly has already...Read More


Bush - too much fiber

Filed by Storm Bear | November 04, 2008 | 11:17 PM | comments

click to enlarge...Read More


Obama wins!

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2008 | 11:02 PM | comments

Yes We Can!...Read More


Election Night LiveBlog

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2008 | 11:00 PM | comments

Read More


Presidential Election thread

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 04, 2008 | 10:59 PM | comments

Updates after the jump....Read More


Results are in: Connecticut's Question 1 fails

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 04, 2008 | 10:25 PM | comments

Alex - 10:25 And Channel 8 in Connecticut is calling this a win for the No side, with the vote at 39-61. So, that's it for quite a few more years. Marriage cannot be repealed in the Nutmeg State through...Read More


Barack The Vote In Da Ville

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 04, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today is the day I've been waiting months for. While the folks in Dixville Notch, NH, have already weighed in by casting their ballots at 12 midnight EST, I finally got my chance to cast my historic presidential ballot for...Read More


"I voted!" open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 04, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Consider this the open thread to talk about your voting experiences. I'll try to get first comment here in a minute. TAVA president and frequent guest blogger Monica Helms sent us in a guest post about her early voting experience,...Read More


Election Day is Here!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 04, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Today is the the day. Today we change the world. We won't be posting today until the first polls close at 6pm EST. Instead, our contributors will be out working to elect their candidate of choice or defeat Amendment 2....Read More


Election Day is here. Finally!

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2008 | 5:30 AM | comments

It's 5:30am and I'm up early for Barack Obama. I've waited eight years to see our country regain its footing as a world leader. I've waited for Americans to stand up and say, "Enough!" to the BushCo policies and I've...Read More


Election Day is here. Finally!

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2008 | 5:30 AM | comments

It's 5:30am and I'm up early for Barack Obama. I've waited eight years to see our country regain its footing as a world leader. I've waited for Americans to stand up and say, "Enough!" to the BushCo policies and I've...Read More


Obama guest post: A Call for Full Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama guest posted at Bilerico Project to explain his support for LGBT civil rights. This post was originally published on November 10, 2007; it seemed appropriate to reprint it tonight, the eve of the...Read More


Obama guest post: A Call for Full Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama guest posted at Bilerico Project to explain his support for LGBT civil rights. This post was originally published on November 10, 2007; it seemed appropriate to reprint it tonight, the eve of the...Read More


All you need to know about Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

Comedy Central sums up all you need to know about Indiana as part of their InDecision 2008 coverage. Indiana's state animal and fruit and way to enjoy nature: John Cougar Melon Camp. *snickers*...Read More


Prop 8 updates: New poll, extortion, endorsements, rallies, and ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 03, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

New poll. SUSA has their last poll out, and it puts Prop 8 losing at 47-50. We ought to round these up after the election and see who did the best job, SUSA, PPIC, or Field Poll. New endorsements. Barack...Read More


Special MSM Op-Ed: Why A Labor Union Supports Gay-Marriage Rights

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 03, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

(Today, in the San Jose Mercury News one of the papers of record in California, was an op-ed that I just had to pass on. The author is Courtni Sunjoo Pugh, the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union...Read More


Homophobic ad in Kentucky accuses Mitch McConnell of being gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

AFSCME (a union) homophobic radio ad against Mitch McConnell. put out a To the right is a poster that Page One Kentucky is reporting went up all over the state, using much of the same language as the AFSCME ad,...Read More


Bill Clinton: Say No to FL Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Former President Bill Clinton is joining the fight against Florida's Amendment 2! About 250,000 Democrats who have not yet voted will receive a telephone call today from Clinton asking them to vote NO on Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection"...Read More


Log Cabin Greed

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 03, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Self preservation is human nature. It is in fact animal nature. However, one of the fundamental components of the American psyche is a sense of community. That those defined in common by geography, demography or other common factor will look...Read More


Log Cabin Greed

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 03, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Self preservation is human nature. It is in fact animal nature. However, one of the fundamental components of the American psyche is a sense of community. That those defined in common by geography, demography or other common factor will look...Read More


A Middle Finger For Prop 8

Filed by Storm Bear | November 03, 2008 | 2:42 PM | comments

click to enlarge Prop 8 is a measure in California that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage. If it is successful, it will be a major set-back for gay rights in America. In the spirit of...Read More


Too Much Hate

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I drove up to Oakley, California Sunday to check polling locations and also went through Pittsburg, and Bentwood, all small towns north of San Francisco. It was the hardest day I've had here, by far. Everywhere there were Yes on...Read More


How the Grinch stole Halloween

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

It never ceases to amaze me how often our species tends to go overboard in our zeal for politics. The lengths some fervent supporters (or opponents, for that matter!) will go to is simply mind numbing. Case in point: iPhone...Read More


'TheCall': A day-long religious frenzy for Yes on 8

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 03, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Saturday "TheCall," a 12-hour rally to boost support for Yes on 8, was held in San Diego's Qualcomm stadium. The festival of fundies believe they will save marriage, the homosexuals and the state of California by communing during the movement's...Read More


FL Amendment 2 Video and How to Help Online!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Here's a great video from the folks over at Common Sense Policy that explains exactly how dangerous Florida's Amendment 2 is. It's an easy to understand video that really breaks it down as voters continue to go to the polls...Read More


Help Win Marriage in New York...

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 02, 2008 | 9:30 PM | comments

Marriage Equality, decided by a Legislature and signed by the Governor, is a possibility in New York in the next year if the Democrats are able to win back control of the New York State Senate. The measure has passed...Read More


Listening to TheCall

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 02, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Once upon a time, I would have been afraid to cover TheCall - the Christian rally that promised to pray for the passage of Proposition 8, the antigay marriage initiative on the California ballot. I would have felt like I...Read More


Arkansas: Going to the polls to ban adoption by Unmarried Couples

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

This measure would prevent unmarried, cohabiting couples from adopting or fostering children. Even though it would prevent straight, unmarried couples from adopting or fostering (and I'm sure there are far more of those than there are gay couples in Arkansas),...Read More


Obama's last campaign stop

Filed by Bil Browning | November 02, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Just in from the Obama campaign: Senator Barack Obama will Return to Indiana on Election Day Visit Highlights Obama's Commitment to Bridging Traditional Partisan Divides Indianapolis, IN - More than 17 months after launching his campaign to bring the change...Read More


Obama's last campaign stop

Filed by Bil Browning | November 02, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Just in from the Obama campaign: Senator Barack Obama will Return to Indiana on Election Day Visit Highlights Obama's Commitment to Bridging Traditional Partisan Divides Indianapolis, IN - More than 17 months after launching his campaign to bring the change...Read More


Quick update on Connecticut's Question 1 to hold a constitutional convention

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

This one came up late in the game for LGBT nutmeggers. Every 20 years the question has to appear on the ballot in Connecticut to have a Constitutional Convention, and the year is this one. Since Connecticut's constitution doesn't allow...Read More


Arizona's proposition 102 updates

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The other contributors and I have been providing lots of updates about Prop 8 in California, and Waymon's been doing an excellent job providing coverage of Florida's Amendment 2. California's taken the time, money, and focus of the LGBT community...Read More


FL: Palin rally is something out of 'All About Eve'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 02, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I don't know how many of you all are fans of the 1950 classic film All About Eve... The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, a willingly...Read More


An unfair, shameful proposal

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 02, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Howard L. Simon is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. ''Gay marriage'' is not on the ballot in Florida. What is on the ballot is prohibiting the legal recognition of anything "that is treated...Read More


SWEDEN? Not Sweden!

Filed by Eric Marcus | November 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A little more than a week ago, a local ABC News anchor in Florida concluded an inane interview with Joe Biden by asking him about Barack Obama wanting to turn the U.S. into a socialist country like Sweden. Horrors! Can...Read More


SWEDEN? Not Sweden!

Filed by Eric Marcus | November 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A little more than a week ago, a local ABC News anchor in Florida concluded an inane interview with Joe Biden by asking him about Barack Obama wanting to turn the U.S. into a socialist country like Sweden. Horrors! Can...Read More


SWEDEN? Not Sweden!

Filed by Eric Marcus | November 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A little more than a week ago, a local ABC News anchor in Florida concluded an inane interview with Joe Biden by asking him about Barack Obama wanting to turn the U.S. into a socialist country like Sweden. Horrors! Can...Read More


Sunday Funnies: McCain on SNL and Colbert on Prop 8

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 02, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

McCain took to the airwaves last night on Saturday Night Live. Here's his opening sketch with Tina Fey/Palin. Did this seem like a really harsh, weird dig on Palin to anyone else? I think it only made the McCain Campaign...Read More


Forget Presidential Debates... Presidential DANCE OFF!

Filed by Jason Tseng | November 02, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The amazing people at Minimovie.com have brought us the long-awaited Presidential Dance-off! Now, I know that this is a serious campaign about serious issues, and the serious nature of the future of our nation. But sometimes, you need to inject...Read More


Happy Halloween

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 01, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

I missed Halloween. Heavy sigh. I have been known to get requests from neighborhood parents in regard to my costume choice. I really like Halloween. But today I was driving all over Fremont, California checking out polling stations, deciding which...Read More


Obama Takes Gay Rights Stand Four Days Before the Election -- Can This Be Real?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a move drawing outrage from gay rights leaders and the San Francisco District Attorney, the campaign to eliminate marriage for same-sex couples in California mailed flyers to voters with a picture of Barack Obama -- and Michele -- and...Read More


Obama Takes Gay Rights Stand Four Days Before the Election -- Can This Be Real?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a move drawing outrage from gay rights leaders and the San Francisco District Attorney, the campaign to eliminate marriage for same-sex couples in California mailed flyers to voters with a picture of Barack Obama -- and Michele -- and...Read More


Voting Rights for Transgender People

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I wanted to make sure everyone saw this important info put out by the National Center for Transgender Equality: At NCTE, we believe in the importance of voting and we believe that it makes a difference in our work for...Read More


The "Godless" Ad: Dole and Hagan Are Both Mindless

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 01, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The feeding frenzy is on, and the sharks are gathering to tear at the corpse floating in the bloody water. They're driven by an impulse to destroy anything in America that doesn't jibe with their religious belief. All the intolerant...Read More


Breaking: FL Court Grants Emergency Hearing in Amendment 2 Battle

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 01, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

As I've been reporting, there is a legal battle brewing in Florida around Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. And now they will have their day in court. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mary Barzee Flores has granted the request of...Read More


The Abomination of Government Marriage

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 01, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Allison Bricker is a lifelong political junkie. She has worked in various capacities on several local, statewide, and Congressional campaigns. She currently works as a Senior Political Analyst at a public opinion/research and analysis firm based out of...Read More


What races are LGBTQ people watching?

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

We're going to have some good election night coverage, and I'll be here Tuesday night updating you on what's going on in elections around the country. I'm working on my list of races that are important to LGBTQ news to...Read More


What races are LGBTQ people watching?

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

We're going to have some good election night coverage, and I'll be here Tuesday night updating you on what's going on in elections around the country. I'm working on my list of races that are important to LGBTQ news to...Read More


Early Voting in Florida! Get to the Polls!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

UPDATE: Effective immediately, every early voting site in the state will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday, October 31st, and for a total of 12 hours between 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1st, and 7:00 p.m....Read More