Politics: March 2009

On Civil Disobedience

Filed by Jeff Sheng | March 31, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

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Connecticut codifies same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Connecticut's Senate Judiciary Committee codified yesterday their state supreme court's decision to legally recognize same-sex marriages in that state. It still has to go through the Senate, House, and signed by the governor, but it'll get through because the court...Read More


Cincinnati NAACP president warns LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | March 31, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Cincinnati NAACP has come under withering scrutiny for appointing anti-gay lawyer Chris Finney to their board. Finney wrote Article 12, a 1993 city charter amendment that forbid city officials from passing laws that protected the LGBT community. The ordinance...Read More


More Marriage Equality News from Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | March 31, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

This just in: the Vermont House Judiciary Committee passed S.115 (the marriage equality bill) out of committee by a vote of 8-2. The full House is scheduled to cast its first vote on the measure this Thursday and I'd be...Read More


Obama hits pause on the repeal DADT button

Filed by Nan Hunter | March 31, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Given the debacle that led to Don't Ask Don't Tell at the beginning of the Clinton administration, I don't really blame Obama for wanting to prioritize other things first, like taking over the auto industry. The White House, the Justice...Read More


Rush Limbaugh vs. Dikes

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 31, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Rush Limbaugh says he is uncomfortable with news media using the word "dike" to refer to levees along the Red River. Really, the level of ignorance among some Republican "leaders" is beyond embarrassing. And to think that, for centuries, people...Read More


And we'll even be greeted as liberators!

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I was going to stay out of the boycott of Jamaica that Michael Petrelis, Wayne Besen, and Jim Burroway started up. It's undeniable that there is violence in that country against LGBTQ people, and that several high government officials have...Read More


Colorism: We Ain't Talkin' Crayola Crayons Here

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | March 31, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Wyatt O'Brian Evans is a Bilerico-DC contributor. This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism" that we're running here on Bilerico Project. The term "colorism" sounds innocuous, a little exotic--you think?...Read More


Does Antonin Scalia - And Do Other Judges - Hate Gays?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 31, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Some have criticized Barney Frank for his interview in which called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a homophobe. In contrast, I applaud Frank's comments that should help expose a very serious problem in the judicial system today: namely, bigoted, homophobic...Read More


Does Antonin Scalia - And Do Other Judges - Hate Gays?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 31, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Some have criticized Barney Frank for his interview in which called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a homophobe. In contrast, I applaud Frank's comments that should help expose a very serious problem in the judicial system today: namely, bigoted, homophobic...Read More


West Virginia defeats marriage amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

West Virginia's House of Delegates squashed a marriage amendment to ban same-sex marriage yesterday. An evangelical group has pressed lawmakers this session to have marriage defined as between one woman and one man. But the resolution needed to put the...Read More


The Deeping Chasm

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | March 31, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

First, let me say that I'm excited and "pleased as punch" to be part of the Bilerico DC team! I treasure this noteworthy opportunity. I'd intended that the subject of my inaugural column would be the legendary Mr. Essex Hemphill....Read More


Waiting for Reckoning Day

Filed by Kate Kendell | March 30, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

As we brace ourselves for another reckoning day - the California Supreme Court's ruling in our Prop 8 legal challenge - I am appalled that our basic rights were put up for a popular vote, and fervently hopeful that the...Read More


Greener pastures

Filed by Matt Comer | March 30, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Democratic Party's Good Ol' Boy Club just got a new member; it doesn't hurt he brings along plenty of cold, hard cash with him. The Daily Beast interviewed evangelical, multimillionaire, religious right leader Howard Ahmanson on his recent decision...Read More


A Marriage Win in D.C. is a Win for Everyone

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 30, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

So I was settling down to judge some martinis at Beacon Bar and Grill this past week with some local notables who were my fellow judges, including D.C. Councilmember David Catania. While waiting for the contest to begin my chat...Read More


NC: lobbying black legislators during the Day of Action was an eye-opening experience

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 30, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last Tuesday there was a great turnout for the Equality NC Day of Action at the state legislature in Raleigh. It drew 250 people from across NC -- that was more than double the attendance at prior lobby days. We...Read More


Poll: Should We Abandon Marriage for Civil Unions for Everyone?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

In new post called Marriage vs Civil Unions Bilerico DC contributor John Shields argues that we should abandon the fight for marriage and instead focus on fighting for equal rights. This has to stop. This war of words between "straight...Read More


Evan Bayh's "little lobbyist problem" is bad for Indiana homeowners

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2009 | 6:50 AM | comments

Does Evan Bayh think Indiana doesn't have a foreclosure problem? I mean, seriously, does he think that Indiana is populated by mortgage industry high-rollers who aren't worried about losing their homes, instead are more concerned with ensuring that no one...Read More


Re-Gifting

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 29, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a quiet ceremony held earlier this month, I celebrated my twenty-eighth year of performing. Please, no gifts. On the night of March 21, 1981, on a challenge from my best friend, I did my first show in my hometown...Read More


Marriage vs Civil Unions

Filed by John Shields | March 29, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In December 2008 I wrote an editorial in the Washington Blade on the subject of same-sex marriage, arguing that what we really want is equal rights, so why are we fighting over the single word "marriage." The comments, letters and...Read More


Two Words That Dare Not Speak Their Name: Income Inequality

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | March 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Like many Americans, I was outraged about the AIG bonuses that were lavished on executives that have brought ruin to so many Americans, hell, the world. Outraged, but not surprised. We all know there are separate rules for our separate...Read More


Love in the Ruins

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 29, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kellan Baker is a DC-based activist and graduate student studying LGBT health disparities in the US and abroad. As a board member of the DC Center, he is perversely grateful to the Westboro Baptist Church crowd...Read More


Barney Frank on his Scalia statement

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Representative Barney Frank's office sent us this statement to clear up his comments on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's obvious homophobia: While responding to questions from journalists about my characterization of Justice Antonin Scalia as a homophobe, I realized that...Read More


It's picture time!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Last weekend's Indiana Stonewall Democrats reception for the Democratic State Central Committee was a veritable Who's-Who of Indiana political heavyweights. Hosted in Bilerico-Indiana contributor Doug Meagher's home, the event drew over 100 supportive politicians, political power brokers and LGBT Hoosiers....Read More


New Hampshire legislature "do over" vote passes marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

You don't see this every day... A proposal to allow same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has passed after it initially failed by one vote in the House on Thursday. The House originally defeated the measure 183-182. But because the House...Read More


Surviving The Recession

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 26, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dixon Osburn was the Executive Director of Service Members Legal Defense Network for 13 years. In my last guest post, To Merge or Not To Merge, I argued that the recent call for LGBT organizations to...Read More


California, redux? Vermont Governor to veto gay marriage

Filed by Ellen Andersen | March 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Vermont's Republican Governor, Jim Douglas, announced in a press conference earlier today that he'll veto a marriage equality bill if it passes the legislature (as it looks likely to do). When Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed marriage equality in California, his justification...Read More


No to Newsroom Nitpicking

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 25, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The other day, the fashion police's scream about Michelle Obama's turquoise boots was heard around the world. This on the heels of their shriek that her sleeveless dresses are "inappropriate" in the White House. When I think of all the...Read More


Color me shocked

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Sunday's Indianapolis Star brought some news that doesn't surprise me in the least. The Star analyzed the length of time it took for the Mayor's Action Center to respond to resident complaints - potholes, trash problems and the like. The...Read More


Questions Congress Should Have Asked AIG CEO Edward Liddy

Filed by Storm Bear | March 25, 2009 | 1:35 PM | comments

click to enlarge My rage from the AIG pompousness has boiled away enough to type. Congress, however, still has me all a temper. Yes there were some tough questions and accusations thrown at AIG but they were all formulated...Read More


Victory In Gainesville: Voters Reject Fear Tactics and Discrimination

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 25, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Equality Florida joins with local leaders in Gainesville and fair-minded people across the state and nation in celebrating today's decisive victory over discrimination and fear embodied in Gainesville Charter Amendment 1. Voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 58%...Read More


Whose Goodwill?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | March 25, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Everyone knows that Goodwill is a racket, right? Their mission is to give poor people job skills, and here's how they operate: rich and middle-class people donate the shit they don't want anymore, so that they can deduct it from...Read More


Whose Goodwill?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | March 25, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Everyone knows that Goodwill is a racket, right? Their mission is to give poor people job skills, and here's how they operate: rich and middle-class people donate the shit they don't want anymore, so that they can deduct it from...Read More


Whose Goodwill?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | March 25, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Everyone knows that Goodwill is a racket, right? Their mission is to give poor people job skills, and here's how they operate: rich and middle-class people donate the shit they don't want anymore, so that they can deduct it from...Read More


Civil Rights Death Watch

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 24, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

This has been in the back of my mind for a while now, so I’m just gonna go ahead and say it: If the California Supreme Court upholds proposition 8, it will signify nothing less than the death of civil...Read More


Out lesbians to serve in high-level federal government positions

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

President Obama will tap out lesbian Kathy Martinez to serve as Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor according to the Victory Fund. Blind since birth, Martinez is an internationally recognized disability rights leader. In 2002...Read More


Vermont Senate passes marriage bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

What with the site being down and all, we weren't able to mention last night that the Vermont Senate passed a bill to move the state from the civil unions category over to marriage: The Vermont Senate passed legislation Monday...Read More


California marriage advocates push ballot initiative

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 24, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Well, California marriage advocates have started their work for the 2010 ballot: The measure, put forth by Yes! on Equality, would strike the provision in the state constitution stipulating that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid...Read More


DC for Marriage Update

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Welcome to issue #2 the DC for Marriage newsletter! Each week we'll give you the freshest news in the fight to win and keep marriage in the District and ways that you can get engaged. Here's what's coming up: "I...Read More


NY Senator Chuck Schumer supports full DOMA repeal

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Great news popping up about a "private risotto dinner" last night LGBT politicos had with New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer. The Senator, who previously parroted the one-man-one-woman line and voted in favor of DOMA had moved to supporting civil...Read More


Allies Aren't 'Homophobes' or 'Transphobes' For Telling The Truth

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 23, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The late poet Gwendolyn Brooks said it best when she stated that 'truth tellers are not always palatable, there's a preference for candy bars.' One of the things that irritates me is when the people in the GLBT community who...Read More


Allies Aren't 'Homophobes' or 'Transphobes' For Telling The Truth

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 23, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The late poet Gwendolyn Brooks said it best when she stated that 'truth tellers are not always palatable, there's a preference for candy bars.' One of the things that irritates me is when the people in the GLBT community who...Read More


Going to the Moon and GLBT

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Amid all the noisy debates about how much we'll spend on bailouts, healthcare, education and war, NASA is quietly rocketing its way towards an $18.7 billion budget for 2010, which is $2.4 billion more than it got to spend in...Read More


Going to the Moon and GLBT

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Amid all the noisy debates about how much we'll spend on bailouts, healthcare, education and war, NASA is quietly rocketing its way towards an $18.7 billion budget for 2010, which is $2.4 billion more than it got to spend in...Read More


Pleading death threats makes its way into the AIG hearings

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Remember that lawsuit a couple of months back in California to keep the names of people who donated to Proposition 8 secret because they might get "death threats" (which were never made public, of course)? Remember how the judge in...Read More


Barney Frank on ENDA, DADT and the "Homophobe" Antonin Scalia

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 23, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

In a wide ranginginterview with CBS News' Ross Palombo on LGBT issues, Rep. Barney Frank makes clear what he believes is possible in President Obama's first term: Passage of an inclusive ENDA Passage of an inclusive hate crimes bill Repeal...Read More


Virginia GOP Civil War Continues to Intensify

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

As a former member of and activist in the Republican Party of Virginia ("RPV") in the days before it became largely an arm of James Dobson's affiliate in Virginia, The Family Foundation, I continue to watch in dismay as the...Read More


Virginia GOP Civil War Continues to Intensify

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

As a former member of and activist in the Republican Party of Virginia ("RPV") in the days before it became largely an arm of James Dobson's affiliate in Virginia, The Family Foundation, I continue to watch in dismay as the...Read More


The Kids Aren't Alright : The Gay Marriage Movement and its Manipulation of Children and Youth

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Religious Right is notorious for its manipulation of children, especially in its anti-gay tirades. The passage of Proposition 8 was prompted in part by the incitement of fear about what children might have to endure: the spectacle of gay...Read More


Ray of Hope for Peaceful Protest

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

During the Bush years, and the Clinton years too, I worried more and more over encroachments on that part of the First Amendment that guarantees the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government. At every level, law enforcement had...Read More


Ray of Hope for Peaceful Protest

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

During the Bush years, and the Clinton years too, I worried more and more over encroachments on that part of the First Amendment that guarantees the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government. At every level, law enforcement had...Read More


Ray of Hope for Peaceful Protest

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

During the Bush years, and the Clinton years too, I worried more and more over encroachments on that part of the First Amendment that guarantees the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government. At every level, law enforcement had...Read More


Video: Vigilante mob attacks transgender woman and gay man

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dante Alencastre is a filmmaker and activist of Peruvian descent. He emigrated to the United States in 1976. Dante is currently working on a documentary on American transgender role models and recently premiered his documentary En...Read More


Video: Vigilante mob attacks transgender woman and gay man

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dante Alencastre is a filmmaker and activist of Peruvian descent. He emigrated to the United States in 1976. Dante is currently working on a documentary on American transgender role models and recently premiered his documentary En...Read More


Notes from an Arizona radical

Filed by Bobby Parker | March 21, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Statement: Arizona GLBT organizational leadership just cannot get its shit together. Because of that we are miserable failures, patting ourselves on the back now and then for small successes, when we could have set and achieved Heroic Goals. There, I've...Read More


Vermont Takes Step Toward Marriage Equality

Filed by Ellen Andersen | March 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This just in: early this morning, Vermont's Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to support S. 115, which would permit same-sex couples to marry in Vermont starting on September 1st. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill Monday....Read More


Mike Pence lies to try to protect the GOP's reputation

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Mike Pence has been all over the TV lying to the American people about the AIG bonuses, pretending like it's some sort of ideological, Republican vs. Democrat issue, with Republicans being against these bonuses from the beginning. Here's just one...Read More


Death penalty banned in New Mexico

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 20, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Bill Richardson just signed a bill into law banning the death penalty in New Mexico. His statement is after the jump. It's stupefying that Republicans, for all the huff and puff about judges having too much power and the government...Read More


Gays being executed on video in Iran... really?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday I saw a video making the rounds in the LGBT blogosphere, purportedly of gay men being pushed off a building in Iran as punishment for homosexuality. First Gays without Borders posted it, then Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin...Read More


This is What Democracy Looks Like...

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Tallahassee is still buzzing from 700 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied Floridians descended on the Capitol Monday afternoon. Our collective force was undeniable, even to our staunchest opponents. As Mallory Wells, Equality Florida's Public Policy Director, boldly stated from...Read More


The End of "Gay Affluence:" LGB People More Likely to be Poor

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dr. Gary J. Gates serves as the Williams Distinguished Scholar at The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. He is a recognized national expert on the geography and demography of the gay and lesbian population and...Read More


Breaking: Cincinnati LGBTs protest over police/media inaction on gay hate crime

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 19, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Jere Keys is a long-time community activist, most recently working with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, but is now an aspiring lawyer living in Cincinnati and blogging at Blind Prophecy . Barry Floore is a nursing student and...Read More


Obama, Education, and America's Teachable Moment

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 19, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

There is one person in particular I hope got to hear President Obama's recent speech on education. There was a teachable moment in that speech applicable to all of the challenges we're facing and essential for Americans to understand if...Read More


LGBT Employment Discrimination in Virginia

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 19, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

In the state of Virginia, subject to certain exceptions to be discussed below, a person--whether gay or straight--can be legally fired or refused a job by a private employer on the basis of that person's real or perceived sexual orientation....Read More


LGBT Employment Discrimination in Virginia

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 19, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

In the state of Virginia, subject to certain exceptions to be discussed below, a person--whether gay or straight--can be legally fired or refused a job by a private employer on the basis of that person's real or perceived sexual orientation....Read More


Taking Marriage Out of The Battlefield

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

That's what Ali Shams said was his intention when he and fellow college student Kaelan Housewright filed the Domestic Partnership Initiative. The initiative, which would remove the word "marriage" from all California law, replacing it with the term "domestic partnership,"...Read More


More Signs that Times are Changing in DC for LGBT Americans

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 19, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest bloggers Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck-Combs Communications in Washington, and Wes Combs, President of Witeck-Combs Communications, advise Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit organizations on gay business and market research issues. Together they wrote the first business book...Read More


Only Rich Christians Should Marry?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The folks who brought us Florida's horrific Amendment 2 are back in the business of interfering with people's private lives... again. John Stemberger, head of the Florida Family Policy Council and the Yes2Marriage Campaign, now wants to make it harder...Read More


Bravo à la France!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | March 18, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Leave it to the French to have the balls to respond to the Pope's heartless and idiotic misinformation campaign against condoms! The Roman Catholic Church says marital fidelity and sexual abstinence are the best way to prevent the spread of...Read More


The New Adventures of Aunt Christine

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jeff Buppert's work has appeared in Frontiers, Drummer and The Family Business Report, as well as BuzzFlash and on stage at the Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica; his story on gay adoption will appear in the...Read More


A Shoe Too Far

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Former U.S. President George W. Bush has decided to join the public speaking circuit, because he's oh so good at that. His first venture brought him to Alberta. This is my maiden voyage. I can't think of a better place...Read More


Breaking News: U.S. to Sign U.N. Gay Rights Declaration

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 17, 2009 | 10:00 PM | comments

This just came over the AP wire service: WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration will sign a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that President George W. Bush had refused to...Read More


Dire Straits

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | March 17, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Wyatt O'Brian Evans is a Bilerico-DC contributor. This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism" that we're running here on Bilerico Project. NaNa is an American citizen who is half-African American,...Read More


What can he do?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Friend of the blog Meghan Stabler sent me a copy of an e-mail an old co-worker sent her recently. Meghan transitioned while they worked together and the letter will bring a tear to your eye. Her former co-worker asks Meghan...Read More


Focus on the Family gives away free books!

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Or: Doctor Dobson's Dead Fish Handshake File this one under "surreal, messed-up Focus rhetoric." I could go on for a country mile about Focus on the Family's positions on gay marriage, reparative therapy, and the social degradation created by LGB...Read More


DC Council Hears Testimony on Needs of LGBT Seniors

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 17, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

On March 16th the DC City Council held an oversight hearing looking at the Department of Aging. Alan Dinsmore, co-chair of the Elder Think Tank, delivered testimony on the needs of LGBT seniors including ways that the DC government can...Read More


Hearings opened yesterday in Vermont for same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

In 2000, Vermont created civil unions for same-sex couples with all the state-level rights of marriage in order to avoid letting same-sex couples marry, as their supreme court ordered. Yesterday, they opened hearings on same-sex marriage in the state legislature....Read More


Feinstein, Bond Star at HRC Gala; Solmonese on DOMA/ENDA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles was packed with heavy-hitters Saturday night at the Century Plaza Hotel including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and NAACP board chair Julian Bond. Afterward, I asked HRC executive director Joe Solmonese about timelines...Read More


Vote No on Charter Amendment 1 This Week!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Join Equality is Gainesville's Business and stand united in opposition to the proposed charter amendment that would remove existing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity and prohibit Gainesville from ever adding protections not included in the Florida Civil...Read More


Hate crimes increase after Prop 8

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Remember, the people who fought for Prop 8 were innocent victims in the face of the wrath of the LGBT community in California after the election. Teh gayz committed such atrocious crimes, like boycotts and sternly-worded postcards, that average, pro-family...Read More


Trans 101

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 16, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This is an amazing video put together by my organization, Mass Equality, with GLAD and Mass Transgender Political Coalition. Watch. Please. And then go call your state legislator, regardless of where you live, and demand protections for Transgender people....Read More


Maggie Gallagher and the Scarlet Letter tort

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 16, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Fairness dictates acknowledgment that when anti-marriage-equality activist Maggie Gallagher puts forward an absolutely idiotic, non-starter proposal like "a tort of adultery" -- legally punishing unmarried individuals who have sex with married individuals -- it at least has something to do...Read More


Maggie Gallagher and the Scarlet Letter tort

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 16, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Fairness dictates acknowledgment that when anti-marriage-equality activist Maggie Gallagher puts forward an absolutely idiotic, non-starter proposal like "a tort of adultery" -- legally punishing unmarried individuals who have sex with married individuals -- it at least has something to do...Read More


DC Goverment's Response to AIDS Epidemic = EPIC FAIL

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 16, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

You know that things are beyond bad when the HIV/AIDS rate in DC is compared to such Western African countries as Uganda and Kenya. At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses...Read More


ACTION ITEM: End The H8, Within The LGBT Community

Filed by K Travis Ballie | March 16, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm Pissed, I'm Angry And I'm Not Gonna Take This Anymore. Two female-to-male transgender patrons of the Dupont Circle gay bar Fab Lounge told police they were verbally harassed and assaulted by two female customers who denounced one of the...Read More


Reality vs. Ideology: A Closer Look at HIV Testing for Pregnant Mothers

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Recently Bilerico aired the Colorado Senate's hot debate over SB 179 and HIV testing of pregnant mothers. Both parties focused on ideology. A lone wing-nut Republican voted against the bill, insisting that it promoted "sexual promiscuity." But Democrats and Republicans...Read More


Reality vs. Ideology: A Closer Look at HIV Testing for Pregnant Mothers

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Recently Bilerico aired the Colorado Senate's hot debate over SB 179 and HIV testing of pregnant mothers. Both parties focused on ideology. A lone wing-nut Republican voted against the bill, insisting that it promoted "sexual promiscuity." But Democrats and Republicans...Read More


A Picture from a New Perspective - Inside the White House

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mara Keisling is the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara was recently invited to the White House to witness the signing of a presidential executive order. This picture represents something you have...Read More


Black History: The March On Washington

Filed by Storm Bear | March 13, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge Birth Of A Notion Disclaimer From Wikipedia: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his...Read More


Social Networking and Politics: Turning a Local Race Global

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 13, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

As I continue to look back on the long 18 month campaign for City Commission we ran in Oakland Park, Florida, I am trying to pull together the things I learned and what made it such a resounding success with...Read More


Change is coming to Florida

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 13, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Can you feel the change that is coming to our country and to Florida? This is our moment to change the world by standing together. Whether you're one of the over 1,000 people attending next week's Rally in Tally, or...Read More


UNITE, or DIE.

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm sure this item will earn a footnote in a book put together 80 years from now on the rise of fascism in America in the early 21st century (hopefully that book will never have to be written). Conservative entertainer...Read More


Out, Proud, and in Elected Office

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 12, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The past few days have been a whirlwind here in sunny South Florida for my husband Anthony Niedwiecki and me. Hopefully you've heard by now that Anthony was elected to the City Commission in Oakland Park, a part of the...Read More


Freedom to Serve Rally Friday, March 13th at Noon

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 12, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Nothing makes the case for the repeal of the anti-gay Don't Ask Don't Tell better than this article from the San Francisco Chronicle: The Army fired 11 soldiers in January for violating the military's policy that gay service members must...Read More


Like HE said

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Oh, boy. It's gonna be a fun eight years if president Obama keeps giving interview answers like these. First, he confuses and confounds conservatives by doing pretty much what he said he would do when he was just candidate Obama....Read More


General Outcry Expected

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: This guest post comes via The New Gay. Alex Blaze also wrote a post for the Bilerico main site which you can read here. Something deeply upsetting happened outside of Fab Lounge last week and we all need...Read More


Is Mayor Fenty more cautious on marriage equality than was Mayoral Candidate Fenty?

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Earlier this week, D.C. Councilmember Phil Mendelson (At Large) released a letter (PDF after the jump) to Mayor Adrian Fenty urging him to move more expeditiously in applying the District's law on recognizing as domestic partnerships any legally formed relationships...Read More


Well, there goes the "Evangelical right works with Obama" experiment

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Remember how kissing Rick Warren's hand and giving a lot of God talk was supposed to get the Religious Right on Obama's side so that they'd be more likely to support him? Remember how a few of us said that...Read More


Are Michael Steele's Days Numbered?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Politcal Wire has an item saying that newly elected RNC chair Michael Steele may face a "no confidence" vote next month. Republican insiders tell Political Wire that a no confidence vote on RNC Chairman Michael Steele is likely to be...Read More


H8 Vigils and the Pacific Altar

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | March 11, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Proposition 8 was heard by the California Supreme Court on March 5. My partner and I participated in a candle light vigil at the San Diego City Hall the night before. It was one of many such vigils held around...Read More


Republican Party of Virginia Civil War?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Apparently the national Republican Party is not the only area of the party where power struggles have been unleashed. The Virginian Pilot is reporting that many ranking Virginia Republicans are seeking to oust embattled Del. Jeff Frederick, R-Prince William (at...Read More


Republican Party of Virginia Civil War?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Apparently the national Republican Party is not the only area of the party where power struggles have been unleashed. The Virginian Pilot is reporting that many ranking Virginia Republicans are seeking to oust embattled Del. Jeff Frederick, R-Prince William (at...Read More


International Gay Tunnel Vision

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was recently pointed to the Council for Global Equality's website, a group that "brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT leaders, philanthropists and corporate officials to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on human rights...Read More


Anthony Niedwiecki elected Mayor of Oakland Park, Florida

Filed by Father Tony | March 10, 2009 | 10:00 PM | comments

Just ran out of the victory party to let you all know that Anthony Niedwiecki has become a city commissioner in Oakland Park, Forida, winning his first race for public office. At the time of this report, he is apparently...Read More


It's Election Day today! Seriously!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's Election Day in Broward County Florida! You know what that means! Bilerico-Florida contributor (and TBP editor Waymon Hudson's husband!) Anthony Niedwiecki is running for Oakland Park City Commission Seat 4. If you live in the area, they need everyone...Read More


Racism: The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | March 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In the early 1990's, I viewed a fascinating PBS series on racism conducted by Frances Cress Welsing, the distinguished African-American behavioral scientist and general and child psychiatrist practicing in Washington, D.C. Famous for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation," which...Read More


The Murder That Shocked Gay DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

A few days ago I announced the soft launch of Bilerico DC. Today I want to direct your attention to an amazing post looking at the unsolved murder of Robert Wone, a straight Asian attorney who was found murdered at...Read More


Another Consequence of Taxation Without Representation

Filed by K Travis Ballie | March 10, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Washingtonians have been following the time honored Beltway Olympic sports of media-sniping, political back-stabbing and public humiliation by committee hearing for the past few weeks. I'm not talking about the Hill however, bastion of deceit and betrayal that it is....Read More


Another Consequence of Taxation Without Representation

Filed by K Travis Ballie | March 10, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Washingtonians have been following the time honored Beltway Olympic sports of media-sniping, political back-stabbing and public humiliation by committee hearing for the past few weeks. I'm not talking about the Hill however, bastion of deceit and betrayal that it is....Read More


Rich people are just plain better than you

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

This is why I can't go on vacation: after taking the latter half of last week off of Bilerico, the right decided to go Galt and deprive the world of their incredible talents. It's simply too much. I often wonder...Read More


HRC Corporate Equality Index Revisions are Great, but 2012 is Much Too Late.

Filed by Kelley Winters | March 10, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced long awaited revisions to its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) that would address some of the current inequities in transgender health benefits. Employers receiving a perfect 100% rating would be required to remove...Read More


Andrea Shorter on her new EQCA marriage job

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday Equality California announced that they hired two new leaders to help regain the freedom to marry in California. (The press release has their full bios.) Marc Solomon - the highly regarded executive director of MassEquality - will be EQCA's...Read More


Andrea Shorter on her new EQCA marriage job

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday Equality California announced that they hired two new leaders to help regain the freedom to marry in California. (The press release has their full bios.) Marc Solomon - the highly regarded executive director of MassEquality - will be EQCA's...Read More


"When I Came Home" -- TV film review

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 09, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

This is one of those documentary films that wins major film-festival awards and rave reviews from major magazines...but you won't see it aired on network TV. Why? Because the U.S. government and many Americans simply don't want to deal with...Read More


Change, Coming from the Heartland

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 09, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

During his campaign for the White House, President Obama was often fond of reminding Americans that "change doesn't come from Washington; it comes to Washington." Significant change, he told the country, doesn't usually originate in the halls of Congress, but...Read More


My piece in the DOMA challenge debate

Filed by Matt Comer | March 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week, while I was tending to pressing family matters in my hometown of Winston-Salem, the queer world found out about Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders' (GLAD) challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Bil posted on his...Read More


My piece in the DOMA challenge debate

Filed by Matt Comer | March 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week, while I was tending to pressing family matters in my hometown of Winston-Salem, the queer world found out about Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders' (GLAD) challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Bil posted on his...Read More


Teen Challenge founder: 'earth-shattering calamity' approaching

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The founder of the Christianist extremist Assemblies of God ministry Minnesota Teen Challenge (which was the beneficiary of a a $500,000 earmark request from Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar), David Wilkerson, has cut loose with some serious batsh*ttery over at...Read More


My Visit to the Mr. Gay World Competition!

Filed by Brent Hartinger | March 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

A few weeks, I mentioned my visit to the Mr. Gay World competition in Whistler, British Columbia. I'm back, and I brought video -- speedos included!...Read More


More post-Prop 8 blame game - but where do we go from here?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | March 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Fellow bloggers Michael Petrelis and Dan Savage have posts up blasting No on 8 for allegedly sitting on or failing to make use of a letter from then-prez candidate Barack Obama that outlined his support for federal recognition of same-sex...Read More


Tavis Smiley's Big Day Without Gays

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 07, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's been a week since Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union. I don't know if anything concrete came of it - but I was fixated with the event even before it happened. Why? Because in celebrating the 10th anniversary...Read More


Bulletproof

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 06, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kathy Padilla has been advocating on transgender issues since 1984. She's been a key leader in passing local civil rights legislation, served as a delegate to the 2004 Democratic Presidential Convention and as a Commissioner on...Read More


Illinois and Vermont move forward on marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 06, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

While California's Prop 8 hearings took center stage yesterday, two other states also pushed forward on marriage equality. An Illinois House committee passed a bill that would extend legal recognition and benefits limited to same-sex couples. From an Equality Illinois...Read More


Urgent: AIDS funds at risk in Budget Bill

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Support the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW! Urge them to Pass the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill , which Includes critical increases for HIV programs and funding for a National AIDS Strategy Why: The Senate...Read More


National AFL-CIO Calls On California Supreme Court To Invalidate Prop 8

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | March 05, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

From Pride At Work: Miami, Florida- As the AFL-CIO Executive Council gathers in Miami this week, hearing addresses from Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis dealing with the economic crisis and its impact on workers across...Read More


Recognizing our allies in the NAACP

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The American Prospect has an interesting article up about the risks that the NAACP took to oppose Proposition 8. For Pastor Amos Brown, the president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, opposition to Prop. 8 had serious consequences....Read More


Pictures from outside the Prop 8 hearing

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Photographer Jeff Sheng has graciously agreed to provide us these shots from outside of the Proposition 8 arguments before the California Supreme Court. Jeff also sent pictures out (with commentary) via his Twitter account. So how do you think the...Read More


Elaine Donnelly & A Sister's Hidden "Doubt"

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 05, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Elaine Donnelly is beginning to sound more and more like Sister Aloysius. The lead character in John Patrick Shanley's play, and film, Doubt, Aloysius spends much of her time whipping up the winds of controversy and declaring, as if preaching...Read More


Congratulations are in order!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congrats to both Jennifer Wagner and Thomas Cook for their new gigs! Jennifer, known for her old job as Communications Director for the Indiana Democratic Party and her blog Taking Down Words, left that position to work on a campaign...Read More


The Potty War Comes to Canada

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 05, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Is it me, or did the circus come to town? Canadian media from The Globe and Mail and The National Post on down have all seized upon a case in which the Ontario Human Rights Commission's mere willingness to hear...Read More


Yet more on marriage equality

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | March 05, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about whether Proposition 8 should be overturned and whether the marriages of 18,000 same-sex couples that occurred last year in California are still valid. This critical ruling can come any time...Read More


GOP Suffering Buyer's Remorse Over Michael Steele

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

It looks like an increasing number of Republicans are have second thoughts about electing Michael Steele as chairman of the RNC. Steele, who seems to be on a mission to use every hip hop linguistic cliche in the book in...Read More


GOP Suffering Buyer's Remorse Over Michael Steele

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

It looks like an increasing number of Republicans are have second thoughts about electing Michael Steele as chairman of the RNC. Steele, who seems to be on a mission to use every hip hop linguistic cliche in the book in...Read More


An Interview with Equality Virginia's Executive Director

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 04, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last month I wrote about the ill fate of ten (10) bills up for consideration in the Virginia General Assembly that would have added protections and/or provided benefits for LGBT Virginians. It was not a pleasant picture and shows that...Read More


An Interview with Equality Virginia's Executive Director

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 04, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last month I wrote about the ill fate of ten (10) bills up for consideration in the Virginia General Assembly that would have added protections and/or provided benefits for LGBT Virginians. It was not a pleasant picture and shows that...Read More


Maryland Transgender Civil Rights Bill Advances

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | March 04, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Transgender equality is making advances in Maryland, where the House of Delegates will soon vote on House Bill 474. HB 474 is more expansive in scope than the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. HB 474 would add "gender identity" to existing...Read More


No Time Like the Present for DADT

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 04, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

As we approach 15 years of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," I'm thinking back on not only the community's long and convoluted journey, but my own. Back in the heady days when Bill Clinton was first elected, it was the gays...Read More


No Time Like the Present for DADT

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 04, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

As we approach 15 years of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," I'm thinking back on not only the community's long and convoluted journey, but my own. Back in the heady days when Bill Clinton was first elected, it was the gays...Read More


What to do with your Citigroup Stock

Filed by Storm Bear | March 04, 2009 | 2:09 AM | comments

click to enlarge A friend of mine was recently discussing what you can do with Citigroup stock since it is priced a tad over a dollar. Well... not much it seems. It isn't too far of a stretch to...Read More


A Bright, Shining Light

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a suit in federal court in Boston, MA to challenge the denial of critical federal benefits to same-sex couples. Yes. It's time for the Supreme Court. Years ago, when GLAD...Read More


Red State Insanity

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 03, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

One really has to wonder what some conservatives have been smoking as they shout from the top of their lungs how much they want President Obama to fail. Forget the reality that if President Obama fails to clean up the...Read More


More Republican Madness: Let the crumbling of the GOP continue!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

With the GOP messaging, goals, and leadership in shambles, it seems that the struggle to be the "voice of the party" is getting even more public and nasty. With Rush "where are my pills" Limbaugh, Michael "off the hook" Steele,...Read More


More Republican Madness: Let the crumbling of the GOP continue!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

With the GOP messaging, goals, and leadership in shambles, it seems that the struggle to be the "voice of the party" is getting even more public and nasty. With Rush "where are my pills" Limbaugh, Michael "off the hook" Steele,...Read More


HRC: Corporate Equality 3.0

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Samir Luther is an expert on employment non-discrimination policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers in the United States. In his capacity with the HRC Workplace Project, he works with employers to develop...Read More


NJ Gov. Corzine Announces New Regulations For Transgender Drivers

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Transgender drivers in New Jersey will have an easier time changing our documents to conform to the genders we live in thanks to new regulations regarding gender marker changes on New Jersey driver's licenses NJ Governor Jon Corzine announced on...Read More


GLADly bending over or All coastal states are tops

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) announced at a press conference today that they filed "the first concerted, multi-plaintiff lawsuit to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)" in federal district court. New England's Bay Windows reports:...Read More


Sex Education and Abstinence-Only in the Sunshine State

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Adrienne Kimmell is a Member of the Healthy Teens Campaign and Executive Director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. This week, The Healthy Teens Campaign of Florida and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the...Read More


A Study in Contrasts on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Filed by Steve Ralls | March 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

It may be the latest sign of the growing divide between North and South, so to speak. Or, to find a more optimistic silver lining, a hopeful sign of things to come here at home. Earlier this morning, the government...Read More


Obama nominates Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius today to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In this role, Sebelius will oversee a department with wide-ranging responsibilities essential to the American people, including the implementation of the President's vision...Read More


Obama and Carson announce cash for health care in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Speaking from personal experience - if you don't have insurance and your income isn't too big, you're pretty much screwed in Indiana. Around Indianapolis, you can apply for Wishard Advantage care, but the application process is ridiculously long and complicated...Read More


Turning Beavis and Butthead around: McCain can't manage a beaver

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Paul Krugman called the GOP the "party of Beavis and Butthead" last week because instead of actually thinking of ways to get us out of this depression, or materially improve people's lives, they're just snickering over tiny programs that sound...Read More


Bob McDonnell Falsely Casts Himself As a Moderate

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The eyes of the country will be on Virginia this coming November to see whether or not the Democrats can continue their march towards making Virginia a consistently blue state. The Republican Party standard bearer will be Bob "Taliban Bob"...Read More


Between You and I

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

File this one under, “Are You Kidding Me With This?” I didn’t see this one coming, but apparently grammarians have pounced on Obama already, just one month into his presidency. WHEN President Obama speaks before Congress and the nation tonight,...Read More


Prop. 8 - it's not about us, it's about you

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 02, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Robin Tyler and her wife, Diane Olson, of Los Angeles were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that won marriage equality for same-sex couples in California. They now are plaintiffs in the California Supreme Court case to overturn...Read More


Parents need to get used to diversity

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Via Feministing, a children's BBC show hired a presenter who's missing part of her right arm. Some parents didn't like the hire that much: Disparaging comments by adults about a children's presenter have led to an angry backlash in support...Read More


President Obama Shows He's Serious

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 01, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Judging from his first budget and his latest weekly address, President Obama is serious about creating the change he promised in his campaign. The system we have now might work for the powerful and well connected interests that have run...Read More


Conservative sexual politics: Overcompensate much?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm always surprised by how much of the conservative movement is based on people telling others, as loudly and repeatedly as possible, that they're more masculine than their political adversaries, and yet no one stops for a second and wonders...Read More