Politics: December 2008

Gays to be Named to Obama Administration

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 31, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Unnamed sources say that the Obama-Biden Transition Team is very likely to name several openly LGBT people to key positions within the administration in the next several weeks. The appointments would follow disappointment expressed by LGBT activists after the Transition...Read More


Beyond marriage? Let's move beyond progress

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 31, 2008 | 3:20 PM | comments

American workers have had their retirements under assault for over three decades. They've been losing as companies moved from defined-benefit programs over to defined-compensation and plans that were basically a tool to move worthless or soon-to-be worthless stock onto workers....Read More


The Media, the Legislature and the Police Are Guilty Too

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

My post, "Transgender woman and her boyfriend murdered in Indianapolis," has created quite a bit of conversation - both here on the Project and in certain circles in Indiana. I've just finished an interview with an Indianapolis Star reporter about...Read More


Sarah Palin's now a Hockey Grandma!

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 30, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the most anticipated conservabirth since the Cheney Baby, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born (out of wedlock) to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston. Everyone is healthy and safe, and that's a good thing. This instance would be an inconvenient...Read More


End of year honors: Angela Brightfeather

Filed by Matt Comer | December 30, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Every year, the staff at Q-Notes in Charlotte sits down and wade through a list of names as we come to a consensus on who should be our Person of the Year. Our task is a great one: Choose a...Read More


Tel Aviv Has Balls

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | December 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Israeli city of Tel Aviv has begun recruiting gay hunks jocks athletes to compete in World Outgames 2009, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, next summer and which will feature 38 different sporting events. (Of course, the only...Read More


Kirchick: gays, cool your jets on Warren

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 29, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

OK folks, what is your take on this piece by Jamie Kirchick, "The Gay Community Needs to Calm Down About Rick Warren"? A snippet: The problem for gay activists is that many Americans agree with Rick Warren when it comes...Read More


Where the Real Americans are

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 28, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

In the 2000 census, Americans were asked to state their "ancestry." Here's a map of the most common answers in each county (most were pluralities, not majorities). The light blue throughout the north is German, the dark purple band in...Read More


Barney Frank Keynote

Filed by Bil Browning | December 28, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rep. Barney Frank Keynote at GLII Luncheon from Jerame Davis on Vimeo. This is the keynote address Rep Barney Frank gave at the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute luncheon. Those of attending the LGBT bloggers conference also attended. I've held...Read More


Please Don't Divorce...

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 27, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Courage Campaign has launched an amazing and heartbreaking new community photo project called Please Don't Divorce to put faces to the 18,000 married same-sex couples facing the possibility of being forcibly divorced in California. Kenneth Starr, the right-wing prosecutor...Read More


LEAKED: Bush's Xmas Wish List

Filed by Storm Bear | December 27, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge I have this theory I think will hold up after Obama takes his oath next month. I think after Obama is in office and all the idiots are swept out of government (at least most of...Read More


Rick Warren is trampling on MLK Day and it's OK

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 26, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Matt Hennie is a freelance journalist in Atlanta. A product of the legacy media (those printed newspaper no one seems to be reading anymore), he jumped into the blogosphere in September with the launch of Project...Read More


Harvard Business Review and the Interest Convergence Dilemma

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 26, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I recently wrote a laudatory post about Harvard Business Review's case study on gender transition in the workplace. A reader of this blog raised a strong objection, apologizing for "raining on my parade." Dr. Weiss, According to the 2008 2nd...Read More


Top 10 Victories for LGBT Equality in 2008

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | December 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 2008, there were some significants setbacks for equality when we lost the ballot initiatives in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas. But there were some significant victories that will help to advance equality in 2009 and beyond. Read our...Read More


Those hard lines we draw between "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression"

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 24, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

This man in England just won his appeal to have his anti-gay discrimination case heard. It was originally rejected because he was straight and married to a woman. Stephen English says he was forced to quit his job at an...Read More


On Barack Obama, Rick Warren, and Leading From Behind

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | December 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Catholic Worker Peter Maurin's essay, "Politics Is Politics", pre-saged Obama's failure in moral thinking on gay issues that led to the Warren and McClurkin gaffes.Read More


A Novel Take on Marriage and Rick Warren

Filed by Brynn Craffey | December 23, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Bob Ostertag, over at Huffington Post, has written an excellent article arguing that elevating same-sex marriage to the forefront of the LGBT movement is ill-advised both strategically and morally. Even more thought-provoking, he writes that rather than an enemy, Rick...Read More


Rick Warren's ridiculous damage control efforts

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 23, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Rick Warren's feeling the heat and he's trying to dodge it. The image to the right will live on in infamy. It's Rick Warren at the Out off the Closet thrift store in LA with his new gay friend. It...Read More


Words Matter: Hate and Bigotry

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The intense discussion about the Rick Warren choice for the inauguration here and in the media has really been both enlightening and surprising. I've been overjoyed to see the concerns of our community get national attention (which is always a...Read More


Grandma Just Got Busted In A Drug Deal

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 23, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Merry Christmas, Projectors! As an early Christmas gift to you, I'm presenting another one of my infamous song rewrites. I posted this on TransGriot, but this one needed to be shared with y'all as well. This holiday-themed one was spawned...Read More


Why I don't donate to the Salvation Army bell ringer

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 23, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Stuff like this just makes me sick: Equality Texas mourns the death of Jennifer Gale, a 47-year-old transgender homeless woman who died yesterday. Jennifer's body was found Wednesday morning. She was lying in an outdoor walkway at the First English...Read More


Rick 'Bearing False Witness' Warren: What he really said on gays, pedophilia, incest

Filed by Matt Comer | December 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, gave a message to his congregants recently. He addressed the controversy over the invite he received to lead the inaugural invocation. Addressing his repeated comparisons of gay relationships with incest and pedophilia, Warren said...Read More


Dear Diego

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 22, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Dear Diego, This may come as a surprise that you're seeing this open letter from me, one of the more vehement critics of HRC and your new boss, but congratulations on your new senior legislative policy adviser job starting January...Read More


Sen Richard Lugar named honorary co-chair of Obama inauguration

Filed by Bil Browning | December 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Indiana's Republican senior Senator, Richard Lugar, has been named an honorary co-chair of the Barack Obama inauguration ceremony. Obama and Lugar had a close working relationship in the Senate. In keeping with the President-elect's commitment to an inclusive and bipartisan...Read More


Sen Richard Lugar named honorary co-chair of Obama inauguration

Filed by Bil Browning | December 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Indiana's Republican senior Senator, Richard Lugar, has been named an honorary co-chair of the Barack Obama inauguration ceremony. Obama and Lugar had a close working relationship in the Senate. In keeping with the President-elect's commitment to an inclusive and bipartisan...Read More


This Can't Really Be the Economy

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 22, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm not an economist. I've never studied economics, beyond reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics about a year ago. I've read about derivatives and had my mind blown by the concept of securitization and the idea that people not...Read More


This Can't Really Be the Economy

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 22, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm not an economist. I've never studied economics, beyond reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics about a year ago. I've read about derivatives and had my mind blown by the concept of securitization and the idea that people not...Read More


Forget Rick Warren, Joseph Lowery is the voice our country needs to hear

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 22, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

While the debate over Rick Warren delivering the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration continues, not nearly enough attention has been paid to the selection of Rev. Joseph Lowery to deliver the benediction. Unlike Rev. Warren who has equated marriage with...Read More


I ♥ the New Deal

Filed by Douglas Meagher | December 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

At the outset, I admit that Franklin Roosevelt is my political hero and I've been enamored of The New Deal since I was first old enough to read about it. The public works projects are my particular fascination. In most...Read More


Too Big To Fail

Filed by Kate Clinton | December 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

So much for no-drama Obama. This holiday season we got an early gift stuffed in our fishnet stocking. Clinton at least waited until after his inauguration to throw us under the Straight Talk Express bus with Don't Ask, Don't Tell....Read More


A new twist in the Prop 8 litigation

Filed by Nan Hunter | December 21, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

CA Attorney General Jerry Brown surprised all sides in the Prop 8 litigation by filing a 90-page brief in the state supreme court that takes a unique position in the case, not agreeing completely with either side. In general, a...Read More


What Barack Obama Should Do About Rick Warren

Filed by Dana Rudolph | December 21, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

At my alma mater, Wellesley College, on the first Sunday of the school year, students gather at the chapel for "Flower Sunday," one of the oldest traditions of the College. While Flower Sunday has Protestant roots, the service has evolved...Read More


It is important to say these things out loud

Filed by Nadine Smith | December 21, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

President-elect Barack Obama believes "marriage is between a man and a woman". Barack Obama does not think gay couples' relationships are worthy of the same stature as his and Michelle's. He does not believe that gay couples deserve the precise...Read More


Up With Downward Mobility

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Every once in a while, an idea gels in my head and I dismiss it, thinking to myself "Nah. I gotta be missing something. It can't be that. And then I hear someone who probably knows a lot more than...Read More


Up With Downward Mobility

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Every once in a while, an idea gels in my head and I dismiss it, thinking to myself "Nah. I gotta be missing something. It can't be that. And then I hear someone who probably knows a lot more than...Read More


Up With Downward Mobility

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 21, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Every once in a while, an idea gels in my head and I dismiss it, thinking to myself "Nah. I gotta be missing something. It can't be that. And then I hear someone who probably knows a lot more than...Read More


A Poem For Barack Obama

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I am not a poet. In fact, while I've been writing for years, this is my first attempt ever at this kind of thing, so I ask your indulgence. Bad poetry it may be, but it's how I feel. I...Read More


Not a Disagreement among Friends...

Filed by Kate Kendell | December 20, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Even as we endured the passage of Prop 8 and three other anti-gay measures on November 4, we took comfort in the near end of the most treacherous administration in recent history and the historic election of a man who...Read More


Rachel Maddow on Rick Warren

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow gets real about the Warren Fiasco on the Thursday edition of her show. .msnbcLinks {font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 425px;} .msnbcLinks a {text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal...Read More


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2008-The Year Of the Black Transperson

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 20, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ever since Christine Jorgensen stepped off the plane in New York from Denmark in 1953, the media coverage concerning transgender people has been disproportionately focused on white transgender people. What little coverage we have garnered has been limited to African-American...Read More


CA Attorney General Supports Repeal of Prop 8!

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

Californian Attorney General (and former two-term governor) Jerry Brown, in a surprise turnabout, has filed a brief to the State Supreme Court in support of overturning Proposition 8! Prior to this move, Brown had publicly stated he would uphold Prop...Read More


CA Attorney General Supports Repeal of Prop 8!

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

Californian Attorney General (and former two-term governor) Jerry Brown, in a surprise turnabout, has filed a brief to the State Supreme Court in support of overturning Proposition 8! Prior to this move, Brown had publicly stated he would uphold Prop...Read More


Calm down: Rick Warren is not a big deal

Filed by Bil Browning | December 19, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You might be surprised at my thoughts on the current Rick Warren scandal. I've hesitated to blog about it for the past couple of days, but as this story has grown bigger and bigger, it's time I stepped out and...Read More


Should "Inclusion" Include Everyone?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 19, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

It is pretty obvious to anyone how I feel about Rick Warren being chosen to deliver the blessing on inauguration day. Warren is a unabashed bigot draped in religious clothing who hates the entire LGBT community. And let's be clear,...Read More


Man does not live by doughnuts alone

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 19, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

365Gay is reporting that Geoff Kors, who led the No on Prop 8 campaign, has decided to boycott the inauguration because of Rick Warren's invocation. I suspect he won't be the last. What's getting me about this is the straight...Read More


Meeting of Indiana Presidential Electors

Filed by Jerame Davis | December 19, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I recently had the honor and privilege to attend the Indiana Meeting of Presidential Electors. This is the meeting of Indiana's 11 Presidential Electors, essentially Indiana's contribution to the Electoral College. Indiana voted for a Democrat for the first time...Read More


Meeting of Indiana Presidential Electors

Filed by Jerame Davis | December 19, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I recently had the honor and privilege to attend the Indiana Meeting of Presidential Electors. This is the meeting of Indiana's 11 Presidential Electors, essentially Indiana's contribution to the Electoral College. Indiana voted for a Democrat for the first time...Read More


That Weird Hug from Rick Warren

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Lutes is the Executive Director of Soulforce, a national civil rights and social justice organization dedicated to freedom for LGBT people through nonviolent direct action. According to the first three books of the New Testament,...Read More


That Weird Hug from Rick Warren

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Lutes is the Executive Director of Soulforce, a national civil rights and social justice organization dedicated to freedom for LGBT people through nonviolent direct action. According to the first three books of the New Testament,...Read More


Another assault on women's choice

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Women's reproductive choice suffered a legal blow this week, with the Bush administration issuing a new rule that allows medical staff who have moral objections to women's autonomy to refuse treatment: The controversial rule empowers federal health officials to cut...Read More


The More Things "Change", the More They Stay the Same...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 18, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

With the crushing defeats at the ballot box for our community this past November, the one bright spot, the glimmer of hope, that I held on to was Obama's election. While I may not always have agreed with all his...Read More


Responding to Obama: We can disagree without being disagreeable, but Rick Warren cannot

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

The Obama team has come out with its official talking points on the Warren invocation, and there's nothing there that's all too surprising. They want the celebrity power at their ceremony but they don't want to take responsibility for picking...Read More


About that Obama transition team meeting with the LGBTs

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | December 18, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Until this post on the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) blog, I hadn't seen a list of all those in attendance at last Wednesday's (Dec 10) LGBT meeting with the Obama transition team. Thanks to Greg Varnum for also posting...Read More


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DC community outraged at mayor's silence after gay man murdered

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

The DC LGBT community is outraged over the latest murdered of a gay person and the absolute silence coming from the DC's mayor Adrian Fenty over the increasing level of violence affecting LGBT people. Durval V. Martins A 35-year-old gay...Read More


Obama's Vision - He Doesn't See Us

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's a saying in the 12 Step programs about being sick and tired of being sick and tired. It's at this point - generally your own personal version of rock bottom - that you surrender and admit something has been...Read More


Crackdowns on Sex Work Make Things Worse

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 17, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Note: In honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, I thought I'd share something I wrote for my local weekly paper. Unfortunately, our local police department decided to honor this day with a crackdown on internet based...Read More


Crackdowns on Sex Work Make Things Worse

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 17, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Note: In honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, I thought I'd share something I wrote for my local weekly paper. Unfortunately, our local police department decided to honor this day with a crackdown on internet based...Read More


Obama picks arch-homophobe Rick Warren to deliver inauguration invocation

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 17, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This is unbelievable. Just when you thought the era of insane right-wing pastors having the president on speed-dial was over, Obama goes and shows that it's not: Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister of the Saddleback Church,...Read More


Diego Sanchez Named As Senior Advisor To Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today Transadvocate.com is reporting that FTM transgender activist and business leader Diego Sanchez has been named to replace Joe Racalto as Congressman Barney Frank's senior policy advisor. As you would expect, this news is receiving mixed reaction from many in...Read More


December Harvard Business Review Features "When Steve Becomes Stephanie"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 17, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

As I discussed a while back, the Harvard Business Review, one of the world's foremost business publications and read by business elites in every country in the world, is weighing in on transgender workplace issues this month. Every month, HBR...Read More


Irish Equality Authority Budget Cut by 43%

Filed by Brynn Craffey | December 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I was shocked to read today that the Irish government has cut the budget of the Equality Authority -- a civil service organization tasked with enforcing non-discrimination legislation in Ireland -- by 43%! The Equality Authority's CEO, Niall Crowley, resigned...Read More


The Security of Civil Rights

Filed by Douglas Meagher | December 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

My friend Jerame Davis once described himself as a member of the Schoolhouse Rock generation, which naturally made me think of the classic "I'm Just a Bill" cartoon explaining how a law is enacted. While his explanation is accurate and...Read More


The Security of Civil Rights

Filed by Douglas Meagher | December 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

My friend Jerame Davis once described himself as a member of the Schoolhouse Rock generation, which naturally made me think of the classic "I'm Just a Bill" cartoon explaining how a law is enacted. While his explanation is accurate and...Read More


Bush doesn't understand the shoe-thrower

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 16, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This shoe-throwing incident is a perfect symbol of Bush's entire presidency. In an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz afterwards, he showed about as much awareness as he's shown over the last 8 years: Raddatz: It's also considered a huge insult...Read More


The Shoe Thrown Around The World

Filed by Storm Bear | December 16, 2008 | 4:22 PM | comments

click to enlarge I am kinda outraged at Chris Matthews today. Last night on Hardball, he lamented how Americans didn't like it when their leaders were treated badly abroad and how he didn't like Bush's treatment in Baghdad yesterday....Read More


Light up the night for equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 16, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

The explosion of grassroots energy after the passage of Prop 8 is continuing to find an outlet in actions organized by Join the Impact. The next action is Light Up the Night for Equality set for Saturday, December 20th. iPhone...Read More


Muntadhar al-Zaidi's response to years of torture, death, and mockery

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 15, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I put it up as today's YGST post, but this deserves some left-column attention on this site. If you haven't seen it yet, this is video of an Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, throwing his shoes at Bush. That's the biggest...Read More


Muntadhar al-Zaidi's response to years of torture, death, and mockery

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 15, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I put it up as today's YGST post, but this deserves some left-column attention on this site. If you haven't seen it yet, this is video of an Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, throwing his shoes at Bush. That's the biggest...Read More


I Am Because We Are

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Have you heard about I Am Because We Are, a powerful new work of photojournalism documenting the AIDS pandemic in southern Africa? This new collection by award-winning photographer Kristen Ashburn, a companion piece to Madonna's documentary film by the same...Read More


Hatred We Can't Ignore

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 14, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

If nothing else, this election revealed how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. Yes, there’s the irony of celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama while simultaneously mourning the passage of Proposition 8 and...Read More


Rejected Obama campaign logo designs

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

I found a fascinating article at Logo Design Love about the rejected Obama campaign logo designs for his presidential run. It amazed me to realize that the logo was designed in Fall 2006, well before Obama announced his candidacy in...Read More


It's Pay-to-Gay Time

Filed by Kate Clinton | December 14, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Apparently Chicago was getting a little too big for its britches about their favorite son and it got a big old biotch slap. First Oprah announced that she literally had gotten too big for her britches. She admitted - and...Read More


The defense of the defense of marriage - and post Prop 8 right-wing rhetoric

Filed by Nan Hunter | December 13, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

With the Democrats having control of the White House and Congress, there won't be any federal marriage amendment moving anywhere in the next two years, and probably no time soon, if ever again. As icing on the cake, its chief...Read More


One in Seven -- A Scary New Year's Prediction

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Merry Christmas from our government, everybody. The other day, in an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Harvard economics expert Elizabeth Warren dropped a little holiday bomb. Warren is chairman of the Congressional panel set up to oversee TARP, the spending...Read More


Gays: Not the Last Oppressed Minority

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 13, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A couple of people here at Bilerico have already commented on the phrase, "Gay is the New Black," which adorns the most recent cover of The Advocate. Yet the subtitle on that cover, "The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle," is...Read More


Leadership on AIDS must come from the White House

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | December 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

With all the excitement, hope and opportunities presented by the upcoming installation of President-elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, every progressive constituency group is hawking their first 100 days list. That includes our nation's efforts...Read More


DC Activists Discuss Marriage Strategy

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

More than 200 people braved the cold and rainy DC weather to participate in a community forum to discuss a plan for winning marriage equality in the District. The forum was organized by DC for Marriage, a project of the...Read More


GM = Get Money

Filed by Storm Bear | December 12, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge I find it odd that the "Big Three" can't believe they are in trouble. They decry they can't make money or grow with the way our trade policies are and because of competition. Please. I own...Read More


My letter to President-Elect Obama

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 11, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Before the election, The Advocate asked me to write a letter to the Dem and GOP nominees for president. The magazine planned to feature missives from various well-known voices in the LGBT community; it was an interesting idea, since we...Read More


Basic fundamentalist theology fail

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 11, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Still-president Bush is letting it all hang out these last few months. MCFADDEN: Is it literally true, the Bible? BUSH: You know. Probably not ... No, I'm not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it,...Read More


I Address the Obama-Biden Transition Team

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | December 11, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's note: The Obama-Biden Transition Team invited dozens of LGBT movement leaders to their offices to discuss the role the incoming administration can play in securing equality for all Americans. Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian...Read More


No on "Gay Is Black"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | December 10, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

"Gay is the new black." It's slick as a slogan, but dangerous as a dogma. I understand what its purveyors are trying to do with it. But it's dangerous ground to stand on, and already is blowing up in their...Read More


Agnes Scott College: Lesbians until graduation?

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 10, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Louisa Hill is a senior at Agnes Scott College where she studies theatre, French, and women's studies. Agnes Scott College, the supposed World for Women, has become the cesspool for Hollywood's C-list sequels. In my four...Read More


Obama names out lesbian to key post; gay band to march in Inaugural Parade

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 10, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

President-Elect Barack Obama is set to make two more steps that show his commitment to including LGBT Americans in his vision for our country. Obama is expected to announce that he has chosen Nancy Sutley as his pick to head...Read More


Iowa marriage argument - good try

Filed by Nan Hunter | December 10, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal did their usually excellent job of lawyering with the challenge to the Iowa marriage law that was argued this morning before the Iowa Supreme Court. (Kudos to lead counsel Camilla Taylor!) But the court did not seem particularly...Read More


Marriage Community Forum in DC

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

After the passage of Prop 8 in California, more than 5,000 DC LGBT residents and allies marched to demand an end to marriage discrimination. But, how do we win marriage equality in the District? Prop 8 Passed, Now What: A...Read More


The Best of the Honorable Barney Frank

Filed by Father Tony | December 09, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

On Saturday, Dec 6, 2008, Barney Frank spoke at a Victory Fund luncheon at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. The Bilerico team in attendance at the National LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative was also in the room. Barney...Read More


Is Gay the New Black?

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 09, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

For whatever reason, some LGBT people are consumed with comparing the LGBT equal rights movement and the Black civil rights movement. Some have gone so far as to ask "Is gay the new Black?" This Newsweek.com video explores that question...Read More


W's Massive Delusions

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 08, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

In a previous post we explored the spectacle of George W. Bush bungling through an attempt at an expression of remorse — this time over the state of the economy — as only he can. It’s what you’d expect from...Read More


Equal Roots Coalition: Organizing in the aftermath of Prop 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 08, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Matthew Palazzolo is the co-founder of Equal Roots Coalition, a new group formed in response to the passage of Prop 8 in California. A new LGBT activist, Palazzolo is also a video artist and an actor....Read More


Harvey Milk: In the Footsteps of Gandhi and King

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 07, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

This is a great video from Causecast that situates the life of Harvey Milk in the context of other movements for civil rights and social justice. It is inspiring to see the life of a gay man not compare to...Read More


Enough is Enough

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 07, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Thomas McGinnis is a 24 year old originally from Philadelphia, PA that currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently work in the Advertising industry. We are not a political...Read More


A Turning Legal Tide Calls "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Into Question

Filed by Steve Ralls | December 06, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibits lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from serving openly in the armed forces has suffered another setback. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused, on Thursday, won't reconsider a recent court decision...Read More


Gay Dollars, Labor, and Boycotts

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 06, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I just wrote a piece for Chicago's Windy City Times on the interlinked issues of Gay Dollars, the links between labor organizers and LGBT politics, and economic boycotts. All of these are, of course, tied to the recent upheavals around...Read More


Gay Dollars, Labor, and Boycotts

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 06, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I just wrote a piece for Chicago's Windy City Times on the interlinked issues of Gay Dollars, the links between labor organizers and LGBT politics, and economic boycotts. All of these are, of course, tied to the recent upheavals around...Read More


How are we going to learn our lessons from the Prop 8 campaign?

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

I'm sitting a panel discussion here on Proposition 8. It includes: Marty Rouse of HRCTobias Packer of Equality FloridaJosh Cohen of Bloggers Against 8George Simpson of Equality CaliforniaMegan Kinninger of Freedom to MarryJoe Sudby of AmericaBlog (moderator) There's a lot...Read More


Business Gets Behind Mary Beth Maxwell

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | December 06, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Its not only the labor and LGBT communities getting behind MB Maxwell's candidacy for Secretary of Labor, business is stepping up as well. From insurance company, American Income Life: Over the last few years, I have had the privilege of...Read More


A Shotgun Wedding in Connecticut?

Filed by Father Tony | December 05, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

As some may know, in 2007, I elected to take advantage of the earliest possible retirement offered by the State of Connecticut to its managers. Recently, I received a letter from Nancy Wyman, Comptroller of the State of Connecticut. (Nancy...Read More


Impact Florida- Why We Demonstrate

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Lorna Bracewell is the director of Impact Florida, an organization devoted to attaining marriage equality for all of Florida's citizens. She is also a singer/songwriter and has released six albums of original music on her own label, Braced...Read More


NY Senate not to pursue same-sex marriage bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 05, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The NY general assembly has already passed same-sex marriage and governor Patterson has indicated that he would sign the bill, but it died in the Senate last year due to Republican opposition. The focus was on turning two of those...Read More


On December 5, I'm a make/shift reader...

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 04, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Hi everyone, On Friday, December 5, make/shift magazine will be making a Chicago appearance. On hand will be co-editors and co-publishers Jessica Hoffman (also a Bilerico contributor) and Daria Yudacufski, to discuss this amazing independent production (get a subscription, give...Read More


The age of the U.S. Supreme Court - who will retire?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

John @ Americablog posted the current SCOTUS bench, noting only two were nominated by a Dem: John Paul Stevens, 88 (Ford) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75 (Clinton) Antonin Scalia, 72 (Reagan) Anthony Kennedy, 72 (Reagan) Stephen Breyer, 70 (Clinton) David Souter,...Read More


The Case of the Returning Jacket

Filed by Bil Browning | December 04, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

My God, Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. Remember that $150k worth of clothing that she didn't keep and donated to charity after the election? Remember how some of it "came up missing"? Ladies and Gentlemen, we've...Read More


CSPAN ain't scratching the itch.

Filed by Storm Bear | December 03, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

click to enlarge I hope you guys can relate to this. Now when I turn on the TV, there is a great lack of political news. Mumbai, puppy selection and Britney's comeback seem to be taking up broadcast time....Read More


The Hardest Word

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 03, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's sad. So sad. It's a sad, sad situation. And it's getting more and more absurd... Oh, it seems to me, that 'sorry' seems to be the hardest word. Elton John, "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" Absurd....Read More


FL: David Duke comes to aid of ex-Klan leader's son in dustup over County GOP seat

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

Here's a nice blast from the past -- I guess former KKK grand wizard and Louisiana pol David Duke hasn't gotten the message that his seal of approval isn't exactly a plus. He's jumping into the fray over the election...Read More


Indiana's marriage amendment to make a comeback?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Could Indiana's constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions make a comeback after all? While I wrote yesterday that the marriage amendment's chances were slim according to the Indianapolis Star, WIBC radio has a different story to report....Read More


Lesbian on Obama's Short List for Labor Secretary

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 02, 2008 | 8:31 PM | comments

Lesbian labor activist Mary Beth Maxwell is under serious consideration to be named Secretary of Labor by President-Elect Barack Obama. For the rainbow cabinet of the nation's first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you've...Read More


California legislature to step into Prop 8 battle?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The California legislature appears to be whipping out the "Checks and Balances" card... Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced resolutions today in their respective houses. The legislation deems Prop 8 a revision to the state Constitution that should...Read More


Vatican Cheers on Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Someone better head to confessional. The Times Online is reporting that the Vatican has come out strongly against a United Nations declaration formally condemning anti-LGBT discrimination, saying that the declaration would lead to the decriminalization of same-sex unions. The nonbinding...Read More


The Iowa Marriage Case- Coming up... and you can follow it

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | December 02, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

There's only one marriage equality case left. I'm not counting the case before the California Supreme Court on the proper method to amend that state's constitution. I'm talking about a state constitutional challenge to a ban on same-sex marriage, litigated...Read More


We're still living with AIDS

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 02, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Kenyon Farrow is an organizer, communications strategist and writer working on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons and homophobia. A current Policy Institute fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Farrow is working on a...Read More


Gay Rights Group to Protest FL Governor Crist's Nuptials

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

After much speculation from bloggers and media outlets, it does appear that what many viewed as a conveniently timed wedding between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Carole Rome is still on. The wedding announcement came out when Crist was on...Read More


No marriage amendment for Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Good news on the marriage front! The Indianapolis Star brings us news that Indiana won't be debating a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After last year's defeat in committee, Republican backers have decided it's just not...Read More


LGBT Group to Protest Governor Crist's Wedding

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 02, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Going to the Chapel... of Protest? A group in Florida called Impact-Florida has announced it will protest outside Governor "Live and Let Live" Charlie Crist's wedding to Carole Rome this month. The group will first gather outside the First United...Read More


President-Elect Obama Commemorates World AIDS Day

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 01, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

President-elect Obama released a video message and statement today to mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. While acknowledging that we have made progress, he also points out that we still have a long way to go to defeat...Read More


Your Tax Dollars at Work

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 01, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's very clear that the economy is in the toilet. The national crisis is trickling down (is that what they meant by "trickle-down economics"??) to the states- with education, healthcare, first responders and hundreds of other programs being slashed to...Read More


10 World AIDS Day 2008 videos from around the globe

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

Today is World AIDS Day 2008. As I was looking around yesterday for today's You Gotta See This video, I noticed how many great videos had been produced from all around the globe. I picked American Idol finalist Nadia Turner's...Read More


Twilight Star Michael Welch: Prop 8 is Absolute Disaster

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 01, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Even vampires get that Prop 8 is just plain wrong. Michael Welch, one of the stars of red-hot vampire-human love story Twilight, called the passage of Prop 8 an " absolute disaster" in an exclusive video on the Campaign Silo....Read More


The New Politics of Yes: Yes We Can... Overturn Prop 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Torie Osborn has been a social activist for 40 years; She is former Executive Director of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, NGLTF, and the LIberty HIll Foundation. She is currently Senior Advisor to Los Angeles...Read More