Politics: May 2009

Non-travelogue: Istanbul, Turkey

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 31, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Back in February, I took a week off this site and went on down to Istanbul with Alberto. Well, I had to tell Bil where I was going, and he mentioned the Four Lads song, famously covered by They Might...Read More


MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty Vetoes Safe Schools Bill

Filed by Dustin Kight | May 31, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nearly one week ago, Minnesota Governor (and rising GOP star/presidential hopeful) Tim Pawlenty vetoed the "Safe Schools for All" bill, a long overdue update to the state's anti-bullying and harassment laws governing schools. Anyone familiar with Pawlenty's politics might shrug...Read More


No Midnight Snackin if You're Gay

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 31, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: James Hipps is the managing editor of GayAgenda.com, an online news source for the LGBT community and its allies. He is alumnus of Florida International Univeristy and lives in South Florida. James is dedicated to ending homophobia and...Read More


Obama: The Fresh Man

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 30, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Well, she's right. He was definitely kinda cute. (Heck, I'd have given him a second look.) Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy...Read More


The scandalous details of the antichrist's sex life

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Several events last year, like Sarah Palin's nomination and Ted Stevens's prosecution, gave America a crash-course in Alaskan politics. It turns out it's not just another state up there - it's another planet. Well, Don Sherfick sent me this link...Read More


New York court hurts children of lesbian parents again

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 29, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Since the disgraceful case of Alison D. almost 20 years ago, New York courts have closed their doors to nonbiological mothers seeking visitation rights with their child after the couple splits up. Doesn't matter if the child knows she has...Read More


New NOM ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This ad, which will air in New York, appears to be directed at African Americans....Read More


Bar Harbor's Day of Decision protest photos

Filed by Bil Browning | May 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Thanks to Projector Andrew C for sending in these pictures from Bar Harbor, Maine's Day of Decision protest this week. Only a dozen people participated, but they look like they had a great time; I wish I could have been...Read More


Parental Rights Clause Gives the Right a New Weapon Against Diversity

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

On Thursday May 28th, The Alberta Government passed Bill 44, which makes changes to the Province's Human Rights Act. Bill 44 includes a proposal to extend to parents the right to exempt their children from any teaching about "subject-matter that...Read More


Parental Rights Clause Gives the Right a New Weapon Against Diversity

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

On Thursday May 28th, The Alberta Government passed Bill 44, which makes changes to the Province's Human Rights Act. Bill 44 includes a proposal to extend to parents the right to exempt their children from any teaching about "subject-matter that...Read More


TransLondon backs out of Pride celebration

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

TransLondon, the largest trans org in London, voted a week ago to boycott Pride in that city. Apparently, the pride organization thought this would be a good way to have a trans float in the parade: The 2009 pride participation...Read More


Kalamazoo/Lansing Day of Decision protest photos

Filed by Bil Browning | May 28, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Projector Adam T sent in these photos of the Day of Decision protests in Kalamazoo and Lansing, Michigan. Don't miss our other photos of Indianapolis, Indiana's rally and the protest in Dallas, Texas. It's great to see all these pics...Read More


Mitch Daniels: Environmental Standard Bearer

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 28, 2009 | 3:29 PM | comments

Indiana Governor Mitch "Let BP Dump Whatever They Want" Daniels is giving the weekly Republican radio address this week and it's on the environment. Wait, what? From AP: House GOP Leader John Boehner said Daniels was a leading voice against...Read More


Mitch Daniels: Environmental Standard Bearer

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 28, 2009 | 3:29 PM | comments

Indiana Governor Mitch "Let BP Dump Whatever They Want" Daniels is giving the weekly Republican radio address this week and it's on the environment. Wait, what? From AP: House GOP Leader John Boehner said Daniels was a leading voice against...Read More


Where the violence starts -- gay support for US militarism

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 28, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Suddenly there are all these stories in the news about violence in Iraq against gay people -- by all accounts, this violence dramatically escalated -- guess when? Oh, I know -- after the US occupation! That's what disgusts me so...Read More


Prop 8: The Think Positive Edition

Filed by Dana Rudolph | May 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The blogosphere is awash in news and analysis of Prop 8. I'm working on a more thoughtful piece of my own, but in the meantime, I wanted to highlight a few of the more positive pieces I've found. Call me...Read More


Black and gay -- and reclaiming 'civil rights'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 27, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Note from Pam: OK, I know people can be hesitant to jump into a thread that touches upon race. Don't let it become an orphan thread. Speak your mind - be part of the solution of open communication, not part...Read More


Obama - Kennedy Connection

Filed by Donna Pandori | May 27, 2009 | 4:45 PM | comments

"When I am President of the United States, Gays and Lesbians will have somebody who will fight for equal rights for them, somebody who opposes Don't Ask Don't Tell, somebody whose fought to make sure that Gays and Lesbians...Read More


Obama - Kennedy Connection

Filed by Donna Pandori | May 27, 2009 | 4:45 PM | comments

"When I am President of the United States, Gays and Lesbians will have somebody who will fight for equal rights for them, somebody who opposes Don't Ask Don't Tell, somebody whose fought to make sure that Gays and Lesbians...Read More


Dallas Day of Decision protest photo essay

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Projector John Selig sent in these photos from the Dallas Day of Decision protest yesterday evening as a guest photo essay. Clickety all pics to embiggen. For more pictures, check out John's site. In Texas there were protests...Read More


Prop 8 Decision: We Won't Back Down

Filed by Joe Solmonese | May 27, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court ruling brings bitter news: Proposition 8 will stand. While we take some solace that the loving couples who did marry in California will stay married, an estimated one million more individuals have been denied that dignity...Read More


The Prop 8 Ruling: Discrimination as a Constitutional Principle

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greta Christina is editor of the new anthology, "Best Erotic Comics," and "Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients," a book of advice for sex work customers, written by sex...Read More


Prop 8 Decision a Major Blow, Silver Lining Remains

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Howard L. Simon is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. The disappointing decision by the California Supreme Court is but one step back in the midst of a human rights revolution for gays and...Read More


Civil Disobedience: Trying to Stop the Moving Train

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

While LGBT people argue fiercely over pros and cons of marriage, and decry the money spent by those who oppose their views, a lot more money is about to be poured out in a torrent. Those LGBT dollars will have...Read More


Reactions to Prop 8 court decision

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The reactions to the California Supreme Court decision upholding Prop 8 continue to pour in. Here are some highlights: Whte House spokesperson Robert Gibbs: "I have not talked to the president about it. I think the issues that ... the...Read More


Indy's Prop 8 Protest - A Recap

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 9:30 PM | comments

I'm sure you've all seen the pictures that were rolling in all afternoon from the protest challenging Prop 8 being upheld in California. Figured I'd add some higher quality pictures (10.1 megapixels, baby!) and give everyone some of the highlights...Read More


Indy's Prop 8 Protest - A Recap

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 9:30 PM | comments

I'm sure you've all seen the pictures that were rolling in all afternoon from the protest challenging Prop 8 being upheld in California. Figured I'd add some higher quality pictures (10.1 megapixels, baby!) and give everyone some of the highlights...Read More


We Lost... For Now

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 26, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

I have never been a graceful loser. I have, however, learned a few things about patience and strategy in my life that has made losing a little easier to take. The California court ruled to keep some marriages, take away...Read More


Equality California says go back to the ballot in 2010

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 26, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I'm trying to pull together a wide selection of reactions to the Prop 8 ruling - - but this just landed in my email and I wanted to share it right away. This is from Equality California Executive Director Geoff...Read More


California's Prop 8: Limited Edition Married Gays, Still Separate and NOT EQUAL

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 26, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

My head is spinning. After the long wait, the decision on Prop 8 has come. It was something my husband and I were watching very closely, since we are 1 of the 18,000 couples married in California while it was...Read More


Indianapolis Day of Decision protest

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

Slideshow after the jump. Bilerico-Indiana contributor Zac Hart (pictured: top) has a running photostream of the Indianapolis Day of Decision rally on that site....Read More


Who I'm fighting for - the love of my life

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

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Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Prop 8

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 26, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

With the decision about Prop 8 today, the Adam/Kris story will probably get lost in the uproar for a while. That's too bad, because the story makes its own positive statement about acceptance of LGBT people. No doubt the right-wingers...Read More


WIBC has joined us and we'll be on the 5pm news

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

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Great signs!

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 3:15 PM | comments

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Prop 8 reaction from South LA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The room at the Lucy Florence Café in South Los Angeles was packed with reporters listening to prayers from religious leaders from across the religious spectrum. At 10 o'clock - the room fell still until a reporter announced the ruling...Read More


Indy Prop 8 rally

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Starting small but hopefully picking up momentum....Read More


California Court upholds Prop 8

Filed by Father Tony | May 26, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Wake up, South Florida. If you don't make some noise, you will never have what was just lost in California, where at least the 18,000 gay marriages that were made before Prop8 are still valid. Here is the ruling in...Read More


United We Mourn, United We Stand

Filed by Kate Kendell | May 26, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Today, the California Supreme Court diminished its legacy as a champion of equality. By upholding Prop 8, an initiative that stripped the right to marry from same-sex couples in California, the Court's decision has undermined the central principle that all...Read More


California Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 8

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 26, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Updated below the jump The California Supreme Court just ruled that Prop 8 is a fully legal amendment to the constitution. Watch out for your rights, other minorities, because they're all up for a vote now. Same-sex marriages that were...Read More


Prop 8: Edge of My Seat

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 26, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Anyone else on the edge of their seat? In a half hour, a decision from the Supreme Court of California will be announced. Will there be violence, regardless of the ruling? How will this change the tenor of the Supreme...Read More


Prop 8: Edge of My Seat

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 26, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Anyone else on the edge of their seat? In a half hour, a decision from the Supreme Court of California will be announced. Will there be violence, regardless of the ruling? How will this change the tenor of the Supreme...Read More


What will marriage equality supporters do during the Prop 8 rallies?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 26, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

As we await the 1PM ET ruling on the constitutionality of Prop 8, here is a thoughtful piece by Christopher Geidner@ Law Dork. He discusses the forthcoming Prop 8 ruling by the California Supreme Court and the possible reactions in...Read More


Obama nominates Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 26, 2009 | 10:20 AM | comments

Updated after the jump Obama just announced that he nominates Sonia Sotomayor to replace Souter on the Supreme Court later this year. I'm elated by his decision here on civil rights and civil liberties issues, but I'm not finding much...Read More


Jesus Christ took away my Sin Freedom

Filed by Zac Hart | May 26, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

(Please note this article was written BEFORE the official decision by the CA Supreme Court was released. Any views expressed in this entry may not hold true depending on whether Prop8 is upheld or not) Today is D-Day for the...Read More


Rethinking Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As any LGBT who follows American politics knows, with the Democrats running things in Congress and Obama in the White House it's supposedly a new day in America for LGBT people and rights. At the same time, however, we also...Read More


Rethinking Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As any LGBT who follows American politics knows, with the Democrats running things in Congress and Obama in the White House it's supposedly a new day in America for LGBT people and rights. At the same time, however, we also...Read More


Alberta Tops Itself (and North America) Again With Bill 44

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

On the heels of delisting Health Care funding for Gender Reassignment Surgery without consultation with the medical community, the Government has taken further ridiculous steps to alienate the closeted moderates in the Province. A small concession is being made in...Read More


Alberta Tops Itself (and North America) Again With Bill 44

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

On the heels of delisting Health Care funding for Gender Reassignment Surgery without consultation with the medical community, the Government has taken further ridiculous steps to alienate the closeted moderates in the Province. A small concession is being made in...Read More


The Master's Tools, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 24, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

(Read part 1.) For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. ~ Audre Lourde The...Read More


California: Families, No Matter What the Court Rules

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 24, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's quiet today, minus the cats howling at my ankles looking for food. The sun is out, and we have many projects around the house lined up. Zachary is off at a sleep over, Ben just rolled out of bed,...Read More


The Master's Tools

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house… ~ Audre Lourde That’s for Marion Barry, a number of D.C.’s black ministers, and many African-Americans who seem to need the reminder. When the D.C. city council voted to...Read More


The Master's Tools

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 22, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house… ~ Audre Lourde That’s for Marion Barry, a number of D.C.’s black ministers, and many African-Americans who seem to need the reminder. When the D.C. city council voted to...Read More


Wine or Win? Seeking Quality Part 4

Filed by Bo Shuff | May 22, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I want to go back to the fundraiser that sparked this conversation with Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. The event itself is not the issue. I commend Equality Ohio Campaign Fund for actually doing something. To have a high...Read More


Club for Growth

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Founded in 1999, the Club for Growth is a fiscally conservative political organization and an affiliated political action committee that raises money for candidates, AKA Republicans, who support a low-tax and limited-government agenda. Because the group was about to use...Read More


390 Years Minus 100 Days ... And On, Pt. 5 of 5

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 21, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Coming to terms with race and resolving racial disparity in America feels like an insurmountable, unfinished task, because it is unfinished. The work was started and abandoned, started and abandoned many times by generations before us. But it’s only insurmountable...Read More


A Conversation with the Chair: Seeking Quality Part 3

Filed by Bo Shuff | May 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is an ongoing series that began at Bears Left. This is part three and was originally published on May 18th. Further posts will be simultaneous. Today I sat down with Chris Redfern, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party to...Read More


Judy Shepard meets Obama in Oval Office

Filed by Bil Browning | May 21, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

President Barack Obama meets with Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, in the Oval Office Wednesday, May 20, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)...Read More


Two marriage items: Back to committee in New Hampshire and California ruling delayed by Gavin Newsom

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

UPDATED: Gavin Newsom's office is denying the charges published by Towleroad. Their statement added to the end of the post. The New Hampshire house has sent the amendment to create a religious exemption to their same-sex marriage bill back to...Read More


Senator Duane: Where are you on New York State's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Bill?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 20, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

It was hot weather when I met Senator Tom Duane at a picnic last summer up in Sullivan County, New York, where my partner and I live. I shook his hand and asked him about the New York State Gender...Read More


Senator Duane: Where are you on New York State's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Bill?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 20, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

It was hot weather when I met Senator Tom Duane at a picnic last summer up in Sullivan County, New York, where my partner and I live. I shook his hand and asked him about the New York State Gender...Read More


Prop 8 decision?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 20, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The rumor mill started whirling last night that the California Supreme Court will issue it's ruling on Prop 8's constitutionality Thursday after Joe.My.God's Joe Jervis posted that San Francisco police were dropping off crowd barriers in the Castro district. Since...Read More


Needle exchange isn't a priority and probably won't happen

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

A few weeks ago I posted about how the White House website was de-gayed. The site offered a lot of policy proposals right when Obama was sworn in, but many were removed several months later as, I suppose, the Obama...Read More


Demanding quality state equality orgs

Filed by Bil Browning | May 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bilerico Project contributor (and the former HRC field organizer who helped to pass Indy's inclusive human rights ordinance) Bo Shuff has started an interesting series on the main site. The series looks at Equality Ohio and asks whether the equality...Read More


Have an Impact: Seeking Quality in Equality 2

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

This is an ongoing series that began at Bears Left. This is part two and was originally published on May 11th. Part 3 will appear here on Thursday. The organizations that speak for us have the highest of responsibility. Even...Read More


Naked pics and the TSA

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Mother Jones has an interesting post up about the movement against full-body scans that could become commonplace in American airports. When I first read about this a year ago, I thought the idea was so ridiculous it would never happen....Read More


What does the NH religious exemption mean?

Filed by Nan Hunter | May 19, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today the New Hampshire state Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to add the language that Governor Lynch has requested to an unrelated bill and bring it to the full Senate for a vote tomorrow. If it passes the Senate, the...Read More


More Quality in our Equality...

Filed by Bo Shuff | May 19, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

This is an ongoing series that began at Bears Left. This is part one and was originally published on April 15th. Part 2, published there on May 11th will follow tomorrow, with Part 3 on Thursday. The only way that...Read More


APA Admits No Gay Gene - Really?

Filed by Donna Pandori | May 19, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow.com, reports The attempt to prove that homosexuality is determined biologically has been dealt a knockout punch. An American Psychological Association publication includes an admission that there's no homosexual "gene" -- meaning it's not likely that homosexuals are...Read More


This Week at Stonewall

Filed by Charles L. Ross | May 19, 2009 | 3:40 PM | comments

This week at Stonewall Library & Archives Thursday, May 21 SNAP Social Network of Active Professionals This month, the gathering will be at Rosie's, 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. 6:00-8:00pm $10 suggested donation. Call or email Chad for more info...Read More


Is In re Marriage Cases the new Roe v. Wade?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Does anyone else get the feeling that the Republicans are now just throwing out whatever stupid strategy pops into their head and seeing what sticks? Because the Washington Post is reporting that same-sex marriage might become the new flashpoint for...Read More


"Yasmin Nair: Eat This!" Or: How to Leave Comments Without Going up In Flames

Filed by Yasmin Nair | May 19, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I recently began my stint as a regular contributor on queercents.com. The blog, devoted to queers and money, has a tagline that reads: "We're here, we're queer, and we're not going shopping without coupons." My first post was about the...Read More


I thought I heard some offshore partying last night

Filed by Father Tony | May 18, 2009 | 7:20 PM | comments

Yesterday, Cuba had a gay pride celebration. That is not a sentence I would have expected to write while Fidel Castro is still alive, but the pace of change in favor of LGBT rights worldwide seems to be quickening. There...Read More


Contrast: NY marriage rallies

Filed by Eric Leven | May 18, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The contrast between two marriage rallies yesterday in NYC couldn't have been greater. In the early part of the day I jumped uptown to attend an anti-marriage equality rally organized mostly by a group of Hispanic and Latino church goers...Read More


Gay Pride: Singapore vs Moscow

Filed by Bil Browning | May 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Compare and contrast: Moscow police drug gay rights demonstrators off to jail last weekend after the notoriously anti-gay mayor refused to grant the activists a permit for a pride parade. In Singapore activists held a peaceful and harmonious rally to...Read More


Traditional domestic violence is between one man and one woman

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

South Carolina's been working on a bill to educate teens about relationship violence, since the state ranks pretty high when it comes to men who kill women. They've been debating this over the past week, and the stickler has been...Read More


France demedicalizes transsexuality

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

France has demedicalized transsexuality by taking it out of its list of mental disorders. I don't know if this is just a net or an unadulterated positive for French trans people, considering the French have one of the best universal...Read More


Full speech: Obama addresses Notre Dame graduation

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2009 | 3:36 PM | comments

President Obama used his commencement address at the University of Notre Dame to stress the importance of diversity and dialogue. The speech seemed a direct challenge to those rightwing nutjobs who've been protesting his honorary degree since Obama supports a...Read More


Non-travelogue: Cork and Killarney, Ireland

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm finally buckling under the pressure to write about the vacations I take. We'll try it this time and see how it goes. I've hesitated to write about this because I don't think it's all that interesting and feels like...Read More


White House Poetry Slam

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The more I hear or read about Michelle Obama, the more I like her. The latest news about poetry night at the White House, and her reasons for holding it, are just one more reason. First lady Michelle Obama says...Read More


New Hampshire marriage religious exemption

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 16, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

New Hampshire governor John Lynch yesterday determined that he would sign a bill to legalize same-sex marriages if and only if the state legislature created a religious exemption to the bill. The governor released language for that exemption. It would...Read More


AAA anti-gay?

Filed by Father Tony | May 15, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Over at Equality Florida, Nadine Smith asks: Does AAA Discriminate Against Gay Couples? Each year we get a slew of calls from people complaining that AAA refused to provide a family or associate membership to the callers partner. Often a...Read More


Fasten Your Seatbelts

Filed by Kate Kendell | May 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today is the one year anniversary of the California Supreme Court's groundbreaking ruling striking down the exclusion of same-sex couples from the right to marry. On the morning of May 15, 2008 I stood on the Supreme Court steps--with hundreds...Read More


How to Flummox the System

Filed by Father Tony | May 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

This report in the Pink News suggests one possible strategy for achieving gay equal rights. Here's an excerpt: A trans woman in Tennessee has had her marriage declared invalid after the state refused to recognise her female status. Terri Jo...Read More


New ad campaign against French homophobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 15, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Collectif Contre l'Homophobie, a French anti-homophobia org, has launched a series of print ads pointing out the negative effects of homophobia with a €100,000 in grant money from several cities in the south and west of France. Translation and the...Read More


Eurovision contestants threaten walkout of Russian finale

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Contestants and staff are threatening to boycott the Eurovision singing competition's Moscow finale over horrendous treatment of the LGBT community. Past gay pride marches have been marred with violence and police brutality. Organizers plan on holding a rally on the...Read More


Sully: A 'sickeningly familiar feeling' Obama's team wants LGBTs and our issues to go away

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 15, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yes, Andrew Sullivan, you hit the nail on the head this time. Emphasis mine: And it's tedious to whine and jump up and down and complain when a wand isn't waved and everything is made right by the first candidate...Read More


Why President Crist might not be so bad.

Filed by Father Tony | May 15, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Check me out on the South Florida Blade where I weight the merits of having a closeted president. Here's a sample: I have always assumed that some successful politicians do not differentiate between choosing the correct tie for a public...Read More


A challenge to Brian Sikma

Filed by Bil Browning | May 14, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

While normally I like to hold fundie idjits up for ridicule on the main site, since this guy is a little fry, I thought Bilerico-Indiana was the place to issue this challenge. In a posting on Hoosier Access, Brian Sikma...Read More


Where we stand on the next Supreme Court justice

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | May 14, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Washington press corps was briefly fascinated last week by the idea of an openly gay or lesbian Supreme Court nominee. The spark that lit the media forest fire was an innocent-enough post on the Victory Fund's blog, GayPolitics.com, pointing...Read More


The Iraq-Torture Scandal

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

FYI, it's looking a lot like the reason the Bush Administration tortured was not to collect information about future terrorist attacks, but to force confessions out of people they captured pre-invasion to prove a connection between Saddam Hussein and al...Read More


Lesbian motherhood wins controversy for Wanda Sykes

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 14, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last Saturday, comedian Wanda Sykes delivered a round of very, very impolite commentary about respected conservative scholar Rush Limbaugh in front of a room of very sensitive journalists last week at the National Correspondents Dinner. But in a one-two punch...Read More


Lawrence King's Memory Shat Upon By CA Judge

Filed by Jason Tseng | May 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

News comes out of California that a Ventura County Judge ruled that the parents of Lawrence King, the young boy who was shot twice in the head by his homophobic classmate early last year, can sue his foster home, Casa...Read More


Florida recognizes second-parent adoption from elsewhere

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

There's little I hate more in our community than a lesbian mom who creates a two-mother family and later decides to pretend there was only one mother. Well today Florida, of all places, has ruled that she can't -- not...Read More


Your Healthcare Stories Are Needed

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | May 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The AFL-CIO is doing a health care survey to help determine priorities as they move forward, working with the administration to push through health care reform. Last year, there was a good response from the LGBT community telling the stories...Read More


Would Jesus torture? What if He was really, really scared?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 13, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

From Sarah Posner: Last month's Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll showed that the more religiously observant one is, the more likely one is to justify torture. In response to the finding, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture...Read More


Same-sex marriage - it's nothing new

Filed by Father Tony | May 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jennifer Finney Boylan of Maine teaches college English and has a remarkable op-ed piece in the New York Times making a fine point about same-sex marriage that has been mostly overlooked: it's been around - legally - for years. Ms....Read More


What the world needs now is empathy

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 13, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I didn't think that the right-wing would actually declare war on "empathy," but, as Dahlia Lithwick points out, they have, mainly because Obama has said that empathy is a characteristic to look for in judicial nominees and the GOP has...Read More


The Ascension of Weather Reporting

Filed by Storm Bear | May 13, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge When Iowa takes the lead in civil rights in the 21st Century, when New England (the spot in America where that Revolution thing started) becomes the hotbed of Gay marriage, when states approve of Gay marriage...Read More


It's times like these...

Filed by Bil Browning | May 12, 2009 | 9:00 PM | comments

That I'm really glad I don't live in my hometown anymore or I'd have Mike Pence as my Congressman. I'm also really happy that Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State though......Read More


Trump forgives Prejean; Beauty queens reject her

Filed by Bil Browning | May 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

While the Miss California USA organization has been pretty clear about their dislike of current queen Carrie Prejean, Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump refused to fire the beauty queen for her topless photos, controversial stances or refusal to communicate...Read More


A short lesson on polling would do the fundies good

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Don Sherfick emailed me a link to Cornerstone Policy Research's site where they claim they polled everyone in the state of New Hampshire and found that 64% of that state's population opposes same-sex marriage. Yes, someone wrote that on their...Read More


Tennessee could invalidate transwoman's marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Leaf Chronicle has a story on their site now about a transwoman who married a cis-man in prison in Tennessee in 2007, but whose marriage was overturned because she's legally considered male in the state of Tennessee. The Chronicle...Read More


Report: Charlie Crist will run for U.S. Senate

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

If it's true that the Florida governor will toss his hat into the ring for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by the retiring Mel Martinez, this will be the test of whether the documentary "Outrage", and its reporting that...Read More


Hollywood on the Potomac

Filed by Cathy Renna | May 11, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The White House Correspondent's dinner this past weekend was amazing. If you took the Oscars, the Grammys, a convention of the MSM's pundits and anchors AND Obama's inauguration it would basically describe the crowd. I was honored to be there,...Read More


Moni Goes To Washington

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've spent the last three days since my May 4 birthday in our nation's capital exercising my constitutional right to petition my legislators for 'redress of grievances'. Translation: I've been lobbying. Lobbying isn't just for high priced hired guns working...Read More


Eight stupid questions

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

I just got back from vacation, and I spent the last several hours catching up on my favorite blogs and news sites. Since spending any more than a few hours away from American politics only makes it seem ridiculous when...Read More


OUTRAGE

Filed by John Shields | May 10, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was incredibly fortunate to see the premiere of OUTRAGE on Friday night in Washington, D.C. The film, based on the who, what, when, where and why of politics, is a very clear and concise look inside how hanging out...Read More


Will Democrats Seize the Marriage Moment?

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 08, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

DC has approved a same-sex marriage law. Washington DC city council has voted to recognise same-sex marriages conducted in other US states. Because Washington DC is not a state, the decision will now have to be approved by Congress before...Read More


For the political junkies...

Filed by Douglas Meagher | May 08, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's something for Hoosier political junkies. There have been 49 presidential elections since Indiana attained statehood in 1816. The results of those elections are after the jump......Read More


The Right Side of History

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 08, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I went to a concert this morning for my son Jake. They sang the song, Nifty Fifty United States... I kept thinking, oh, win, win, gonna win, gonna win... long time for that one. The truth is, we are making...Read More


The Right Side of History

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 08, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I went to a concert this morning for my son Jake. They sang the song, Nifty Fifty United States... I kept thinking, oh, win, win, gonna win, gonna win... long time for that one. The truth is, we are making...Read More


Single-Payer Advocates Arrested at Senate Hearing

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It was a eerie moment that reminded me of all those Bush-era overreactions to protest. On Tuesday, May 5, during a Senate Finance Committee "round table" on healthcare reform, eight activists stood up one by one to protest the fact...Read More


Dear Ms. McGreevey (Jimmy, that is)

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I didn't pay that much attention to you when you gave your "I'm a gay American" speech -- I just thought oh no, another closeted politician coming out and wrapping himself in the flag and soon he'll be the next...Read More


Will NH Governor sign same-sex marriage bill?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 07, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

With all the hoopla over Maine becoming the fifth state to allow same-sex marriage (and the first to do it without passing civil unions or domestic partnerships first), the news that New Hampshire's House of Representatives passed marriage quality legislation...Read More


Maine: What Happens Next

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 06, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

As Nancy Polikoff has noted, Maine recorded a number of "firsts" today. It became the first state to pass marriage equality without first trying a quasi-parallel status such as civil unions. And Maine's Gov. Baldacci became the first governor in...Read More


Judging Supreme Court Possibilities

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 06, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There's a frenzy-fest of speculation over potential nominees to the Supreme Court, and since I'm an egghead, I've been following it closely. A lot of the reporting has been grating on me, but it took these two analyses for me...Read More


Maine governor signs marriage bill

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 06, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Maine Governor John Baldacci this afternoon signed the bill authorizing marriage for same sex couples. In his written statement, he acknowledged that the people of Maine have the last word on the issue. His statement that "civil union is not...Read More


The Other Side of the Rainbow

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 06, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger David Comfort is founder of the Equality Network, a nonprofit, grassroots organization that is committed to building a movement for non-violent action to achieve social and political justice and equality for gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual...Read More


Drama at Notre Dame

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 06, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

As the anti-Obama noises get louder around the President's invitation to address Notre Dame's commencement ceremony on May 17, the university recently confirmed that it is not going to back down on the invitation. Nor will it step back from...Read More


Republican Survivor

Filed by Bil Browning | May 06, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

This is absolutely hysterical. It has to be one of the best DNC web ads yet. The Republicans just keep setting themselves up for mockery, don't they? My favorite part is the baby elephant running through the mud. (Hat tip...Read More


Outrage: closeted gay politicians, Elizabeth Birch, and queer challenges to the status quo

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 06, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Earlier tonight I went to a preview screening of the movie Outrage, "a searing exposé of the secret lives of closeted gay politicians." More than an exposé of those secret lives, the movie serves to focus on hypocrisy of closeted...Read More


Those northeastern liberals are at it again...

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 89 to 57 in favor of marriage equality. The State Senate approved a virtually identical bill last week by a vote of 21-14. The bill will now head back to the Senate for...Read More


Maine House passes same-sex marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | May 05, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Gay marriage passed another hurdle this morning in Maine. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage passed the state's House of Representatives 89 to 57. It had already been approved by the Senate and now goes to Governor John Baldacci for his...Read More


Virginian Partisans Endorse Brian Moran for Governor

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

At the Equality Virginia Commonwealth Coalition Dinner on April 4, 2009, the boyfriend and I had the opportunity to meet and have a substantial conversation with Brian Moran, one of the Democrat nominee candidates for Governor of Virginia. I was...Read More


Virginian Partisans Endorse Brian Moran for Governor

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

At the Equality Virginia Commonwealth Coalition Dinner on April 4, 2009, the boyfriend and I had the opportunity to meet and have a substantial conversation with Brian Moran, one of the Democrat nominee candidates for Governor of Virginia. I was...Read More


390 Years Minus 100 Days ... And Counting

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 05, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This is part 3 of the series "390 Years Minus 100 Days." See Part 1 and Part 2 for other reading. In many ways, the discussion of race in America, particularly as it relates to today’s issues (the economy, health...Read More


390 Years Minus 100 Days ... And Counting

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 05, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This is part 3 of the series "390 Years Minus 100 Days." See Part 1 and Part 2 for other reading. In many ways, the discussion of race in America, particularly as it relates to today’s issues (the economy, health...Read More


Another reason not to shop at Wal-Mart

Filed by Bil Browning | May 05, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As if we needed another reason not to shop at Wal-Mart - the home of low wages (except for the Republican executives!)... Mike Duke, Wal-Mart's CEO, signed the petition to ban gay adoption in Arkansas. Over the weekend, the website...Read More


DC City Council votes 12-1 to recognize same-sex marriages from elsewhere

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Former Mayor and civil rights activist Marion Barry was the only member of the DC City Council to vote against recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. The bill will now go to Mayor Adrian Fenty to sign. From there...Read More


The Future of the American Newspaper

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 05, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Aaron M. Renn originally grew up on a gravel road outside of a town of 29 people in rural Southern Indiana. Today he remains a proud Hoosier, but one who loves cities, and is now better...Read More


The lesson from Justice Souter

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 05, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

We love him now. After voting with us on the right to equal protection (Romer v. Evans) and the unconstitutionality of sodomy laws (Lawrence v. Texas), we know that Justice David Souter is on our side. So we see him...Read More


Joe the Plumber's queer friends

Filed by Bil Browning | May 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

My God, every time this douchenozzle opens his mouth, more crap just falls out. In an interview with Christianity Today, Joe the Plumber tells the world what he thinks of gays and lesbians. Q: In the last month, same-sex marriage...Read More


Overwhelmed By Events

Filed by John Shields | May 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's been an interesting couple of months for the gay and lesbian community. In just eight weeks, the "news" has gone from California to Iowa to Vermont to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. As one intimately involved...Read More


Overwhelmed By Events

Filed by John Shields | May 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's been an interesting couple of months for the gay and lesbian community. In just eight weeks, the "news" has gone from California to Iowa to Vermont to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. As one intimately involved...Read More


Overwhelmed By Events

Filed by John Shields | May 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's been an interesting couple of months for the gay and lesbian community. In just eight weeks, the "news" has gone from California to Iowa to Vermont to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. As one intimately involved...Read More


Pt 2: 390 Years Minus 100 Days

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 04, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

This is part 2 of 390 Years Minus 100 Days It was a brief respite, savored for as long as the day lasted, and then we all returned home, or turned off the television and returned to reality. For reality...Read More


Unclear against whom the "rage" should flow

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Chris Worden is a family-law attorney and political commentator. Chris has managed two successful statewide races in Indiana, including the campaign to elect Pam Carter, the nation's first African-American woman attorney general. Outrage, Kirby Dick's new...Read More


Congressmen Donnelly and Ellsworth don't care about us

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Donna Pandori is a transplant from upstate New York and often wonder why the heck she moved to Indiana. H.R. 1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 passed, but not with the help...Read More


President Obama - Give Us an LGBT Advocate

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 04, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I didn't bother writing a story on President Obama's first 100 Days. Other than a few appointments, there wasn't much to write about from an LGBT perspective. So my heart quickened when I heard him talk about picking a replacement...Read More


Likewise: An Interview with Graphic Novelist Ariel Schrag

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 03, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Allison McCarthy is a freelance writer based in Maryland. Her writing has been featured in magazines such as Girlistic, The Baltimore Review, JMWW, Dark Sky, The Write-Side Up and Scribble. She has provided guest posts for...Read More


My Report Card

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

In the spirit of self-criticism, I share with you my assessment of my own First 100 Days of Obama. First, you know the MSM* is in a heap of trouble when they have to hype Barack Obama's first one hundred...Read More


Renewed Hope

Filed by Kate Kendell | May 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

With its groundbreaking marriage decision a year ago, the California Supreme Court set us on a path that -- despite some setbacks -- has led to one marriage victory a week in the past month: A first-ever unanimous state supreme...Read More


Why Attack Gays? Killer: They Are Easy Targets

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 02, 2009 | 2:00 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


Col. Diane Schroer Awarded Half A Million In Anti-Discrimination Ruling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Colonel Diane Schroer had an offer of a job at the Library of Congress rescinded when the person who was hiring her learned that she planned to transition from male to female. Schroer successfully sued the government for damages for...Read More


Col. Diane Schroer Awarded Half A Million In Anti-Discrimination Ruling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Colonel Diane Schroer had an offer of a job at the Library of Congress rescinded when the person who was hiring her learned that she planned to transition from male to female. Schroer successfully sued the government for damages for...Read More


White House website de-gayed

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2009 | 5:06 PM | comments

**Updated after the jump** Remember how the civil rights agenda page of the White House website had a huge section on LGBT equality? Well, his Civil Rights Agenda page has been changed. Gone is the large LGBT section, and it's...Read More


NOM board member advocates criminalization of homosexuality, overthrow of government

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 01, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The folks at the National Organization for Marriage are quickly earning a reputation as an incompetent, delusional organization ill-prepared to handle defending "traditional marriage." I mean come on -- all these people have managed to do is make their cause...Read More


390 Years Minus 100 Days

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 01, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

It’s been pointed out by many -- including the president himself -- how absurd it is to Obama’s success in cleaning up messes that were decades in the making, based on his first 100 days in office. It’s equally absurd...Read More


Regarding those petitions in Iowa....

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Earlier this week I mentioned that some people had protested the beginning of same-sex marriage in Iowa by handing in petitions to county clerks asking them not to hand out licenses. They're saying that they've gathered 17,860 signatures from Iowans,...Read More


The bathroom argument wins again

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The New Hampshire Senate voted this week to legalize same-sex marriage. They also voted to unanimously reject a bill to ban discrimination against transgender people. (The Union-Leader article says "sexual identity issues," but I think they meant "on the basis...Read More


Suing for discrimination or just for cash?

Filed by Father Tony | May 01, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

In Miami, a gay lawyer is claiming that he was passed over for promotions and given bad reviews just because he is gay. This account in the Pink News is a balanced and brief presentation of some of the facts...Read More