Politics: April 2009

Specter

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 30, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I just want to point out what specter -- the word, not the party-switching Senator -- means. spec┬Ěter (spĕk' tər) n. 1. A ghostly apparition; a phantom. 2. A haunting or disturbing image or prospect: the terrible specter of nuclear...Read More


Go cruising in Amsterdam

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

Speaking of cruising.... A PARK near Amsterdam has unveiled information signs pointing out spots where officials say gay men are known to have sex - so no visitors are taken by surprise. The signs "clearly indicate what is happening in...Read More


Rep Andre Carson guest post on hate crimes & gay rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: This guest post comes to us from Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN). Representative Carson is Bil & Jerame's Congressman and was a co-sponsor of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913). Our constitutional rights to freedom...Read More


Rep Andre Carson guest post on hate crimes & gay rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: This guest post comes to us from Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN). Representative Carson is Bil & Jerame's Congressman and was a co-sponsor of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913). Our constitutional rights to freedom...Read More


Marriage Moving in Maine

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The efforts to move the Marriage Equality bill forward in Maine have been successful. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill out of Committee to the full Senate today on a vote of 11 to 2 to 1. The full...Read More


Hate crimes legislation passes House

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2009 | 4:55 PM | comments

The House of Representatives has passed fully inclusive hate crimes legislation. The bill has been introduced in the Senate already and is expected to pass soon. Obama has pledged to sign it (and urged the House to pass HR 1913)....Read More


Rep. Virginia Foxx Says Matthew Shepard Wasn't a Victim Of Hate Violence

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | April 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

From our tremendous friends over at Media Matters: Summary: On April 29, 2009, in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Virginia Foxx claimed that Matthew Shepard's death was merely the result of a robbery gone bad. While his killers...Read More


Just What's this Beast Called Racism, Anyway?

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | April 29, 2009 | 1:00 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 on Bilerico Project. First, for one to fully understand the monster, it's critical...Read More


100 Days - 0% Equal

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today marks the first 100 days of the new administration. President Obama has been saying that we should hold our government accountable. So, we have created the Legal Equality Index. This is a tool that can be used to hold...Read More


Marriage Fight in DC Heating Up

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The movement for marriage equality is building momentum at an amazing pace. The first gay and lesbian couples were married on Monday in Iowa. The marriage bill in Maine is being fast tracked and will be voted on in the...Read More


About the Arlen Specter switch

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm sure you all have heard that Senator Arlen Specter has switched from Republican to Democrat. While it isn't specifically LGBT, such an event shouldn't pass without being noted on this blog. Personally, there doesn't seem to be much of...Read More


New marriage poll out, support increased 9% in one month

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

CBS has a new poll out on same-sex marriage: Forty-two percent of Americans now say same sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. That's up nine points from last month, when...Read More


Indiana Family Institute resorts to lies (again)

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

It kills me that so many of the religious right hate groups have to use obviously twisted logic to support their biases and prejudices. A good case in point is the recent e-blast from the Indiana Family Institute shrieking about...Read More


Public gay sex is worse than torture

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I posted a video this morning of an Oklahoma City police officer explaining a gay sex sting in which 16 men were arrested for public lewdness. After complaints were made, undercover cops were sent to several parks. Uniformed police officers...Read More


The Not-So-Funny Papers

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I’ve been spending my evenings pouring over the torture memos. I’m not sure what I’m looking for, or what I expect to find, but I want to get an idea of how bad it got. (Besides, you can find amazing...Read More


Five members of Congress arrested

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

This isn't news you get to report every day... Five members of Congress were arrested this morning outside of the Sudanese embassy during a protest of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Five members of Congress and two Darfur activists...Read More


Torture: An LGBT Issue?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 27, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Torture has finally come out of the closet where America kept it buried under piles of old Life Magazines with Pulitzer-Prize-winning war photos on the cover -- into the most routine TV news commentaries, even dinner-table conversation. The word "torture"...Read More


Torture: An LGBT Issue?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 27, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Torture has finally come out of the closet where America kept it buried under piles of old Life Magazines with Pulitzer-Prize-winning war photos on the cover -- into the most routine TV news commentaries, even dinner-table conversation. The word "torture"...Read More


Dwight DeLee Trial To Start June 11

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now that Allen Andrade is rotting in jail for the rest of his life, it's now time for the transgender community's attention to focus on the other alleged murderer facing hate crimes charges for killing a transwoman. "The decision to...Read More


Democracy fail

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

From Iowa: A group of same-sex-marriage opponents is also expected to arrive this morning to deliver a petition urging the recorder's office not to issue the licenses. Polk County sheriff's deputies are on hand to maintain the peace.[...] Emmet County...Read More


Iowa to begin marrying gay couples today

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Andy at Towleroad reminds us that today is the day when gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry in Iowa. This is a great day for Iowa and for the nation. Seven DC residents including myself participated in...Read More


Lt Guv Becky Skillman to attend hate group fundraiser

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Hat tip to Blue Indiana's Thomas Cook for the news that Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will be the guest of honor at a rightwing hate group's fundraiser. Advance America's founder, Eric Miller, is a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and...Read More


Marriage starts in Iowa

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Same-sex marriage starts in Iowa today. Congrats to anyone going in to get hitched on this lovely April Monday. Consider this your "Go Hawkeyes" open thread....Read More


Marriage in Iowa: Three items

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

1. Iowa marriage licenses will now be semi-gender neutral: The old forms had spaces for the "Groom" and "Bride" to fill in. The new forms refer only to "Party A" and Party B". But the forms will also provide an...Read More


The Storm Gathers in Washington State

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Josh Cohen has been doing various types of LGBT activism for roughly 15 years. Originally from New Jersey (Exit 9), he began his activism at college, staging somewhat militant events on campus. Josh is a technology...Read More


The Storm Gathers in Washington State

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Josh Cohen has been doing various types of LGBT activism for roughly 15 years. Originally from New Jersey (Exit 9), he began his activism at college, staging somewhat militant events on campus. Josh is a technology...Read More


Openly gay man takes over federal Office of Personnel Management

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Openly gay John Berry was sworn in yesterday as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). First Lady Michelle Obama attended the ceremony and made some brief remarks. Also in attendance was Frank Kameny, who led the original...Read More


What does GOProud stand for?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

GOProud, the new gay Republican organization, has responded to hate crimes legislation passing the House Judiciary Committee. If you had any question about what sort of org GOProud is going to be, this should answer it. (Washington, D.C.) - "In...Read More


Why the Jury Had No Trouble Convicting Angie Zapata's Murderer

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 23, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Abigail Jensen is a trans woman and attorney in Prescott, Arizona. She is also President of QsquaredYouth, a member of the boards of directors of the Prescott Area Women's Shelter and TransMentors International, and a general...Read More


Yes. Perez, You ARE a Representative of the Gay Community

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm not a representative of the gay community, in the same way that being Cuban, I'm not representative of the Latino community. I just speak for myself. And I'm Perez Hilton, Rick Sanchez. I can be offensive. I don't...Read More


Marriage polling

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Several polls were released this week for states that have marriage legislation pending. Here are the numbers, with Vermont thrown in for good measure. Here's where the poll numbers are (all numbers are from the most recent polls and are...Read More


Rockstar Energy Drink's Assault on LGBT Rights and Autism

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

UPDATE 2: Over the course of the last few weeks, Bilerico Project and Change.org have worked closely with Rockstar Energy Drink to take concrete steps on addressing LGBT rights. We are pleased to announce though these discussions a bold agreement...Read More


The Twitterazzi Democracy

Filed by John Shields | April 23, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

The scene was set for some serious political dialogue regarding how the two presidential campaigns "handled" new technologies during last year's election. From senators to representatives to the online directors for both the Obama and McCain campaign to the media...Read More


One Iowa's new marriage ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

One Iowa's running this ad statewide to support same-sex marriage. What do you all think?...Read More


Supporting Vermont

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The election of a pro-equality candidate for Vermont Governor next year provides a unique possibility to replace anti-equality Governor Jim Douglas who vetoed two pieces of equality legislation. He vetoed the marriage bill, which was overridden. He also vetoed the...Read More


Is Florida Governor Charlie Crist gay?

Filed by Father Tony | April 22, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

This persistent question may soon be answered. Over at Blogactive, Mike Rogers tells us that Outrage,a new movie opening at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, may answer that question. On the other hand, the film may trot out only...Read More


Gavin Newsom is running for CA Governor

Filed by Bil Browning | April 21, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

SHOCKER!! Gavin Newsom is running for Governor of California. Newsom announced his candidacy over Twitter this morning. It's official- running for Gov of CA. Wanted you to be the first to know. Need your help. Check out video: http://tr.im/iOCN and...Read More


What If Your Dream Job Doesn't Exist Anymore?

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 21, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Shelly Palmer asks a rather disturbing question. How many people are now looking for jobs that no longer exist? If you used to be a computer photo typesetter, you were replaced in the 1980's with desktop publishing. Now, if you...Read More


Gay Miami Beach loves their Mayor

Filed by Father Tony | April 21, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Matti Herrera Bower, the first Hispanic mayor and first lady mayor of Miami Beach, has the simple genius of the old-school mayors. Listen to her welcoming address at Miami Beach's Gay Pride celebration and parade on Saturday, and you'll see...Read More


Bloomberg and Guiliani: Two very different takes on NY gay marriages

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a study in contrasts... Former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani told the New York Post that he intends to use Governor Paterson's support for gay marriage as a weapon in his quest to seek the New York Governorship....Read More


Meghan McCain: GOP is "scared shitless" of the future

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm really grooving on Meghan McCain lately. It's a damn shame that her father didn't have this much chutzpah during his run for the presidency! Meghan has been making waves during her various public appearances - including her recent turn...Read More


2010 Already?

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 20, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

At least here in Ohio, conversations are already starting in on the nominees for our open Senate Seat. Even though it is an Ohio interest story, I think it bears mention here as a tactic for moving forward on marriage...Read More


2010 Already?

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 20, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

At least here in Ohio, conversations are already starting in on the nominees for our open Senate Seat. Even though it is an Ohio interest story, I think it bears mention here as a tactic for moving forward on marriage...Read More


Boycott Amazon? Why?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 19, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

As one among hundreds of authors and publishers who were directly affected by the Amazon crisis, I'm putting my final two cents on the table. I've read all the blogs, including those as far afield as the Guardian in London....Read More


Remember Hillary? She Still Needs Your Money!

Filed by Nina Smith | April 19, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Not too long ago, if you went to HillaryClinton.com, you found the 2008 presidential nomination race in high gear with Clinton winning more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history. What a difference a year makes....Read More


Momentum for marriage is building...

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The movement to win marriage equality is getting bigger, stronger and more diverse each and every day. People across the DC and across the nation are opening their hearts and minds and realizing that marriage is and should be a...Read More


The Virginia State Bar's Idea of Diversity

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 16, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Manuel A. Capsalis, the current President of the Virginia State Bar, has made much of the issue of diversity and the need for the membership of the Bar to better reflect the demographics of Virginia. Despite the vast increase in...Read More


The Virginia State Bar's Idea of Diversity

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 16, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Manuel A. Capsalis, the current President of the Virginia State Bar, has made much of the issue of diversity and the need for the membership of the Bar to better reflect the demographics of Virginia. Despite the vast increase in...Read More


Gareth Henry opposes Jamaican boycott

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, Wayne Besen responded to JFLAG's opposition to Boycott Jamaica mainly by taking a quotation from former JFLAG co-chair Gareth Henry out of context. I pointed out that Henry's statement was not in support of the current boycott - it...Read More


Tearing Families Apart, When We Should Be Uniting Them

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado are, by all accounts, a picture-perfect family. The two have been together - happily - for more than two decades. They have adorable 12-year-old twins. They married in 2004. And they are hard-working, productive members...Read More


Tearing Families Apart, When We Should Be Uniting Them

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado are, by all accounts, a picture-perfect family. The two have been together - happily - for more than two decades. They have adorable 12-year-old twins. They married in 2004. And they are hard-working, productive members...Read More


JFLAG releases another statement against Boycott Jamaica

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Dear Friends and Supporters: We thank our international allies for their continued interest in the state of LGBT affairs in Jamaica. Your support over the years has strengthened our voice and made it possible for us to make progress...Read More


Hate crimes against homeless people -- is there a solution?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | April 15, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Recently the LA County Board of Supervisors made the decision to start tracking and reporting attacks against homeless people as hate crimes. Bias-related violent crime against homeless people for no other reason than their vulnerable status is rampant -- during...Read More


Hate crimes against homeless people -- is there a solution?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | April 15, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Recently the LA County Board of Supervisors made the decision to start tracking and reporting attacks against homeless people as hate crimes. Bias-related violent crime against homeless people for no other reason than their vulnerable status is rampant -- during...Read More


Do'in The Math on Tax Day

Filed by John Shields | April 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's April 15th again. You know what that means? I'm gay, I can't get married to my husband (in the eyes of Uncle Sam), and I'm getting taxed without any representation because I live in "The District." What the frik'?...Read More


Father and Son go Teabagging

Filed by Storm Bear | April 15, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

click to enlarge My day job is in advertising - coming up with new ideas to promote brands and save businesses. From a marketing communication POV, the whole teabagging meme from the GOP is a laughing stock of guilty...Read More


Lesbian behaving badly

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last Thursday, an appellate court in NY ruled--in a unanimous, unsigned opinion--that Vermont civil unions don't count in determining who is and who isn't a parent for purposes of custody. More specifically, the court ruled that a NY woman whose...Read More


Tax day open thread

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Two protests going on today for tax day. First, the famous tea baggers, told by their corporate sponsors to protest a tax increase on the wealthy (as well as jobs creation), will be having tea parties all over the country....Read More


Hollywood (and All that Jazz)

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | April 14, 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 on Bilerico Project. According to that 20/20 broadcast, Hollywood perpetuates and reinforces the...Read More


Colorado governor signs Domestic Partnership Bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Awesome! The Designated Beneficiary Agreement Act was passed last month in the state House of Representatives and the Senate. The new law, which will take effect on July 1, will permit any two people - regardless of sexual orientation or...Read More


GOProud: A kind of progress

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It used to be that the Log Cabin Republicans was the only group out that that specifically worked to represent gay conservatives, but no more. Make way for GOProud. It seems to have been created for the "Fox News" style...Read More


Rights inferno

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Allow me to translate Justice Thomas: Dear Mr. President, There are too many rights nowadays. Please eliminate three. P.S., I am not a crank. I'm referring to this:...Read More


Amazon.com: A Glitch...or the Ax?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Over the weekend, did LGBT books get the ax on Amazon.com? Does the online bookselling giant actually have a new policy to target certain books as "adult books" -- removing them from the main queue of Amazon rankings and making...Read More


Alberta Finance Minister: "I Didn't Know We Covered That"

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 13, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

When Finance Minister Iris Evans discussed the Province's decision to delist Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) on the day after the budget was handed down, she said, "I didn't even know we covered that." Reportedly, there was a look of hate...Read More


Marriage in DC: The 411

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 11, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Its been quite a week in the movement for marriage equality. The Iowa Supreme Court legalized marriage between same-sex couples in a unanimous decision. The Vermont became the first state to legalize marriage legislatively when the state's legislature overrode the...Read More


Ruthie Johnson Is Confuzzled

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Ruthie Johnson seems to be a little confuzzled. Back on April 3rd, when asked about equal rights for gay and lesbian people, she remarked, "If someone comes to work dressed in drag, they should be able to fire them." Now,...Read More


Barney Frank statement on hate crimes bill

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

Representative Barney Frank's office sent out a statement the other day on the recently reintroduced hate crimes bill. It's after the jump for your reading pleasure and discussion. Personally, I find it interesting from an editor's point of view that...Read More


A Mother, Her Son and a Test of America's New Foreign Policy

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In recent months, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have begun cautiously expressing hope that, in addition to recent, hard won victories here at home, we may be on the verge of a little bit of progress abroad, too. Our...Read More


A Mother, Her Son and a Test of America's New Foreign Policy

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In recent months, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have begun cautiously expressing hope that, in addition to recent, hard won victories here at home, we may be on the verge of a little bit of progress abroad, too. Our...Read More


Susan Stanton working again

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congrats to Susan Stanton, the woman who lost her job as city manager two years ago because she began the process of transitioning. She's working again in her field of expertise. Susan Stanton, fired two years ago from her job...Read More


Maybe New York next?

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gov. Patterson from New York said yesterday on an Ithaca, NY, radio station that he intends to introduce a same-sex marriage bill similar to the one previously introduced by former Gov. Spitzer. The only problem is, the Empire State isn't...Read More


Reflections on the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a perhaps surprising - but totally correct - ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week that limiting civil marriage to one man and one woman to the exclusion of same sex couples violates the equal protection clause...Read More


A quick point from a "nut" about mental illness

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday John Aravosis posted about a tragic murder/suicide in Florida. A mentally ill woman went with her 20 year old son to a shooting range, shot and killed him and then turned the gun on herself. The woman had a...Read More


Cool Your Jets

Filed by John Shields | April 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

What a gay week! There was the unanimous ruling by the the Iowa Supreme Court, making same-sex marriage legal in the Hawkeye State. Just days later, Vermont legislators weighed in on the issue, overriding the Republican governor's bigoted veto of...Read More


Stupid Alert: NOM ad actors "controversy"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Have you ever been arguing with someone and been frustrated that they choose one small minute part of what you said and constantly keep picking at that instead of seeing the bigger picture? It's stupid and doesn't get you anywhere....Read More


Ready to roll... again

Filed by Cathy Renna | April 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It has certainly been quite a week for the LGBT community. Vermont. Iowa. Washington, DC. Actually two things in the nation's capital. One, D.C.'s City Council had a preliminary - but unanimous - vote to respect the laws of other...Read More


Vermont Rules!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 08, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Marc Solomon is the new marriage director for Equality California, leading the organization's efforts to win marriage back in the Golden State. He recently served as the executive director of Mass Equality, where he successfully helped protect marriage...Read More


Columbia, Missouri establishes inclusive domestic partner registry

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 08, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

With all the excitement about Vermont, we don't want to overlook this good news from the heartland that occurred... Domestic partners are now legally recognized in Columbia after a unanimous City Council vote. Elected leaders approved the new domestic partner...Read More


Marriage Recognition in DC: Business as Usual?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a founding member of DC for Marriage and an advocate for gay rights for the past 20 years. Big news yesterday, after Vermont's legislature overrode the Governor's veto on marriage equality, D.C.'s Council...Read More


Susan Stanton Named City Manager for Lake Worth

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 08, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Equality Florida congratulates both the City of Lake Worth and Susan Stanton on her selection to fill the position of Lake Worth City Manager. Susan was selected for the job from a group of 50 candidates. We're pleased that the...Read More


Next We Move Forward

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Within the span of five days the supporters of marriage equality have moved forward in three very different jurisdictions in very different ways. All of this progress is cause for massive celebration. Honestly I think the Iowa decision is the...Read More


Next We Move Forward

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Within the span of five days the supporters of marriage equality have moved forward in three very different jurisdictions in very different ways. All of this progress is cause for massive celebration. Honestly I think the Iowa decision is the...Read More


Hate the sin, not the sinner: a remix

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 08, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Alex Blaze made an excellent post about Tony Dungy's appointment to the Office of Faith-based Initiatives. Frankly, I'm not here to debate that issue whatsoever: I'm not a fan of the organization, but as they say, "Somebody's gotta do it."...Read More


Alberta Delists Gender Reassignment Surgery Funding

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 08, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

This is a quick note for Canadian readers and those interested on the way of things for transfolk up here. On April 7th, 2009, the Province of Alberta has delisted funding for GRS surgery. I'm awaiting confirmation as to whether...Read More


Gay rights in the District of Columbia -- always in the shadow of Congress

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I shock my law students every year when I tell them that their new-found home, Washington, DC, does not have basic voting rights and does not control its laws. Even if we get a vote in Congress this year, we...Read More


When the Midwest Goes Gay...

Filed by Storm Bear | April 08, 2009 | 12:30 AM | comments

click to enlarge The whole change thing is becoming unsettling. First Iowa voted for a Black guy with the middle name Hussein to become President of these United States and now gay marriage is the law of the land...Read More


The Speed of change, and why I am not happy with President Obama

Filed by Father Tony | April 07, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I'm listening to the news about the victories in Vermont and Iowa, and agreeing with Iowa Senator Gronstal's daughter that we are just one generation away from full equality. I'm also working on my tax return and wondering whether to...Read More


Obama nominates two gay men to faith-based initiatives council

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Advocate is reporting that HRC's Harry Knox was named to the advisory council for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Overall, the council will include two openly gay people - Fred Davie, executive director of the...Read More


VICTORY! Vermont Votes for Marriage Equality!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 07, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This post comes via HRC Back Story and includes on-the-ground commentary from HRC's National Field Director Marty Rouse. BREAKING: The Vermont House voted 100-49 to override the marriage bill veto! The House vote, which followed the Senate voting...Read More


Speedbump to history

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I kind of feel bad for Gov. Jim Douglas. I am sure that there are things for which he will be remembered. I don't live in Vermont, so I'm not really sure what they are. I do know however that...Read More


DC Council Votes to Recognize Marriages from Other States

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In one week the Iowa Supreme Court legalizes marriage, the Vermont legislature overrides the governor's veto to legalize marriage and now this. From today's Washington Post: The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on...Read More


Rick Warren is a liar

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pam has a great post responding to Rick Warren's little problem with the truth on Larry King Live last night, where he claimed to have never compared same-sex marriage to incest or to have opposed Prop 8 (video after the...Read More


Reflecting on Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm a little bit shaky inside right now. Part of it is the whiplash that comes from moving from a state (Indiana) where LGBT people have been fighting a rearguard action to defeat an anti-marriage amendment to a state where...Read More


What's Evan Bayh thinking?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I was going to post about Evan Bayh's bizarre vote with the Republicans against the Obama budget (as well as his even weirder vote in favor of the fiscally irresponsible Republican budget filled with tax cuts for extremely wealthy people...Read More


VT Becomes the 4th State in the Nation to Embrace Marriage Equality!

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 11:02 AM | comments

Woo hoo! By my count, the vote was 100 to 49....Read More


This just in: Vermont Senate Overrides

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 10:15 AM | comments

The Senate took about 10 minutes to override Gov. Douglas' veto. The vote was 23-5. The Senate then voted to suspend its rules and message the bill over to the House. Let the games continue......Read More


Poll: 70 Percent of Jamaicans Oppose Any Rights For LGBT People

Filed by K Travis Ballie | April 07, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

In the recent flare up about the "boycott" of Jamaica over its homophobic, transphobic policies we have seen largely progressive whites arguing with progressive whites. I don't want to state my own opinion on the debate here, because I want...Read More


VT Gov. Vetoes; Override Attempted

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Things are moving fast up here in Vermont. As expected, Gov. Douglas (R) has vetoed the marriage equality bill, and will return it to the Senate for an override vote this morning. The Senate is expected to override the Governor's...Read More


Tony Dungy nominated by Obama to advisory position

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Update: Thanks to Kim in the comments. The Huffington Post reported 2 hours ago that Tony Dungy has declined the position because of time commitments. This is what I get for putting off a blog post! The rest of the...Read More


Death penalty team resigns in Washington

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

A death row inmate in Washington is currently suing the state because the state's execution method, lethal injection, can be long and painful if not administered correctly. The judge in that case, in order to evaluate the chance of lethal...Read More


Nate Silver crunches the Iowa numbers

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nate Silver over at 538.com predicts that, if a marriage amendment makes it to the ballot in 2012 in Iowa, it's going to be a close battle: So what does this mean for Iowa? The state has roughly average levels...Read More


Progressive Budget, Progressive Values

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

“Budgets are moral documents” ~ Rev. Jim Wallis “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility... This is the price and promise of citizenship.” ~Barack Obama, January 20, 2009 There are moments when the contrast...Read More


Intersectionality and the False Dichotomy of Proposition 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Carmen Morgan has been a community activist supporting grassroots initiatives for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR), a program that provides resources and skills to community workers and activists....Read More


Garp author John Irving on same-sex marriage

Filed by Father Tony | April 05, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Talk about your six degrees of separation. Here's a letter from John Irving to Edmund White passed to Rex Wockner to Karen Ocamb to me and now to you. (With permissions granted at each juncture for wider distribution.) Dear Edmund:...Read More


Putting the Historic Iowa Victory in Perspective

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling stating that not allowing same sex couples to marry in the state was unconstitutional is historical because it is the first time in which a marriage equality ruling by a State Supreme Court was unanimous....Read More


Putting the Historic Iowa Victory in Perspective

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling stating that not allowing same sex couples to marry in the state was unconstitutional is historical because it is the first time in which a marriage equality ruling by a State Supreme Court was unanimous....Read More


What Iowa Means To California

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Shannon Minter is the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and lead counsel for same-sex couples and Equality California in Strauss v. Horton, the challenge to Proposition 8 currently pending before the California...Read More


What Iowa Means To California

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Shannon Minter is the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and lead counsel for same-sex couples and Equality California in Strauss v. Horton, the challenge to Proposition 8 currently pending before the California...Read More


Defend Iowa

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now that we have won in the Iowa Supreme Court, we need to defend the decision and prevent the Constitution from being amended. The Democratic leadership in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate have pledged to block any Amendment...Read More


Defend Iowa

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now that we have won in the Iowa Supreme Court, we need to defend the decision and prevent the Constitution from being amended. The Democratic leadership in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate have pledged to block any Amendment...Read More


First thoughts on Iowa marriage decision

Filed by Nan Hunter | April 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

First, hats off to Lambda Legal for a truly spectacular job in winning this case. In retrospect, this decision may come to seem almost as important as the first one in Massachusetts. Why? The decision was unanimous, the first time...Read More


Iowa legalizes gay marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The court's site is down, but the Des Moines Register is reporting that same-sex marriage has come to Iowa. Congrats! The Iowa Supreme Court this morning struck down a 1998 state law that limits marriage to one man and one...Read More


Surprise! Indiana Department of Workforce Development squanders funds!

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Should I put on my OMG face for this, or can we all agree that anyone with knowledge of Indiana's state programs could see this coming from a mile away? The Indiana Department of Workforce Development broke federal laws and...Read More


Stop Playing "Kick the Can" with Don't Ask Don't Tell

Filed by John Shields | April 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm sick and tired of politicians playing "kick the can" with the lives of gay and lesbian servicemembers, and it better stop soon. First off, the LGBTQ community is not a "can" and I for one am tired of being...Read More


Waiting for the Iowa Supreme Court Ruling

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule at 9:30am today on the Varnum v. Brien case before it. It's the last of the state-level marriage cases for a long while. The grand marriage strategy was put together a few...Read More


Five Votes From Making History in Vermont

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 02, 2009 | 10:15 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Marty Rouse is the National Field Director of the Human Rights Campaign. Before joining HRC, Rouse served as Campaign Director for MassEquality, the state group that successfully defended marriage equality in Massachusetts. Prior to that he...Read More


Five Votes From Making History in Vermont

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 02, 2009 | 10:15 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Marty Rouse is the National Field Director of the Human Rights Campaign. Before joining HRC, Rouse served as Campaign Director for MassEquality, the state group that successfully defended marriage equality in Massachusetts. Prior to that he...Read More


Disrespecting the Troops, One Thousand Officers at a Time

Filed by Steve Ralls | April 02, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Throughout their history, right-wing activists, when left with no facts to defend their case, have often turned to scare tactics to keep their crusades going. Whether it is "code red" terror alerts a few days before an election, or dire...Read More


The Jamaica Gleamer covers Boycott Jamaica

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's a bit from an article in the Jamaica Gleaner yesterday, which Michael Petrelis described as "factual and basically balanced": J-flag deplores boycott However, Jason McFarlane, programmes manager at the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG), said it...Read More


Compatible Partners launched yesterday

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

eHarmony, after years of discrimination complaints because they excluded same-sex couples, created an online dating service for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. If you remember, the company ascended quickly a few years back with help from their friends at FOTF....Read More


Some Progressive Thoughts This Morning

Filed by K Travis Ballie | April 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

As part of my ongoing freakout about needing a job, I've been networking like its the end days lol. These are some questions from another year long political campaign program that I applied to this morning: If elected to office,...Read More


Breaking: Calgary Court Prepared to Issue "Symbolic" Arrest Warrant for George W. Bush

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 01, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I wrote a few weeks ago about George W. Bush's speaking engagement giving members of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce economic advice. During the protest outside the Telus Convention Centre, I had mentioned that four people had been arrested over...Read More


Breaking: Calgary Court Prepared to Issue "Symbolic" Arrest Warrant for George W. Bush

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 01, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I wrote a few weeks ago about George W. Bush's speaking engagement giving members of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce economic advice. During the protest outside the Telus Convention Centre, I had mentioned that four people had been arrested over...Read More