Politics: July 2009

Devastating D.C. Center Budget Cuts Jeopardize Safer Sex Campaign

Filed by Dan O'Neill | July 31, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

My good friend, Terry Gerace, and I began a new HIV prevention campaign in June of this year to help combat the epidemic rate of HIV infection in Washington, D.C. After 8 years of "abstinence-only policies" and steadily rising rates...Read More


The "Gay Agenda" includes Medals of Freedom

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 31, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, the White House announced the recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. The list of 16 exemplary individuals includes Harvey Milk, awarded the medal posthumously, and tennis legend and gender equity champion Billie Jean...Read More


Out of the Minneapolis airport and into the Mainstream Media

Filed by Don Sherfick | July 31, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The flap over the arrest of a black Harvard professor by a Cambridge police sergeant, leading to the two sharing a beer or two on the White House lawn makes me wonder if another arrest, this one at the Minneapolis...Read More


GOP Sexual Hypocrite quote of the day - David Vitter

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 31, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

And the winner is...Senator Diaper David Vitter, who suggested that the fix for the Republican Party's malaise is to return to its -- ahem -- conservative values....Read More


Muslim state lawmaker supports gay marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

A Muslim Maryland state legislator voiced his support of same-sex marriage in a local newspaper. My stance on this issue isn't politically expedient. I am the first Muslim in the legislature. Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Islam. As such I...Read More


HRC Launches New Grassroots Campaign Targeting Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

We have to push harder and smarter if we want to see change in Congress. And, there's no better time to do it than the upcoming August congressional recess. As David Badash wrote in an earlier post, if we don't...Read More


Can we say the police acted stupidly here?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 31, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

We already knew expressing your opinion was an arrestable offense. I just thought the police would be a little less blatant about it, but I guess the fact that the media has fully turned them into "the troops" this past...Read More


Dutch Ruppersberger: U.S. Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 31, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (MD-D-02) Rep. Ruppersberger is from a heavily Democratic district, and has run substantially without opposition. While he abstained on hate crimes bills in...Read More


Dutch Ruppersberger: U.S. Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 31, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (MD-D-02) Rep. Ruppersberger is from a heavily Democratic district, and has run substantially without opposition. While he abstained on hate crimes bills in...Read More


Here Come the Eye-Rollers: Milk, King Honored by Obama

Filed by Dustin Kight | July 31, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm probably not the first to say that the LGBT community sounds (and acts) like a broken record sometimes. Ever since the President didn't wave a magic wand on Inauguration Day, we've largely been reacting to anything the Administration does...Read More


R-71 campaign sues for secrecy

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

Add Washington to the list that previously included Florida and California: U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle agreed to the temporary restraining order Wednesday, in a case that questions whether Washington's open-government laws could discourage free speech. The case centers on...Read More


DADT and the Democratic finger trap

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

Editors' Note: Sean Bugg is a Bilerico-DC blogger and is a founding writer and editor of Metro Weekly, Washington's gay and lesbian newsmagazine. For a discriminatory anti-gay policy that every Democratic leader has publicly denounced and called for repealing, Don't...Read More


August at Stonewall

Filed by Charles L. Ross | July 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Stonewall Library & Archives 1300 E Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale FL 33304 954-763-8565...Read More


California: Let's Make This a Movement

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

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Gloria Nieto is a longtime social justice advocate. She will be inducted into her college newspaper Hall of Fame in September. She lives with spouse of almost 20 years, their 3 dogs and 2 cats in...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Rodney Frelinghuysen

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-R-11) Rep. Frelinghuysen is a member of the moderate Republican organization Main Street Partnership. He is pro-choice, voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Rodney Frelinghuysen

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-R-11) Rep. Frelinghuysen is a member of the moderate Republican organization Main Street Partnership. He is pro-choice, voted yes on hate crimes bills in 07...Read More


Anti-Gay Bombing at World Outgames

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 29, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Outsports.com and other media sources report a serious, and not unexpected, incident of anti-gay violence during the the World Outgames in Copenhagen. On July 28, according to Jim Buzinski of Outsports, "A member of the Seattle Frontrunners was injured from...Read More


Kalamazoo human rights ordinance to go to the ballot

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Kalamazoo, Michigan recently passed an inclusive human rights ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents turned in enough signatures to get the measure put on the ballot. They needed 1,274 signatures to put the ordinance up for a...Read More


"I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization."

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Woo-hoo! Reagan's tax revolution has another victory: Today's cuts to HIV/AIDS programs include: an 80% reduction in funding for Education & Prevention, a 70% cut in HIV Counseling and Testing, a 50% cut for Early Intervention (that provides primary medical...Read More


Marriage advocates in VT outspent the homophobes 7-1

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marriage advocates in Vermont spent more than anti-gay forces: The leading proponent of Vermont's gay marriage bill spent about $294,000 on lobbying and advertising in advance of the Legislature's vote -- more than seven times as much as opponents did,...Read More


Today in HIV hysteria

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sweeping bans of blood from at-risk populations are usually pretty stupid, but this one's gotta take the cake. Did you know lesbians can't donate blood in China? Li is a lesbian. Healthcare workers rejected her blood because she declared her...Read More


"Voices of Honor" Tour Comes to New Jersey

Filed by John Shields | July 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The "Voices of Honor: A Generation Under Don't Ask, Don't Tell" national tour hits Trenton, New Jersey and the immediate metropolitan New York City area today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday). There are two events, so try to make at...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Frank Kratovil

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Frank M. Kratovil, Jr. (MD-D-01) Tel: 443-262-9136 Email: http://bit.ly/166O8z zip 21617 He was elected as a Democrat in 2008 in a previously long-term Republican district by a...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Frank Kratovil

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Frank M. Kratovil, Jr. (MD-D-01) Tel: 443-262-9136 Email: http://bit.ly/166O8z zip 21617 He was elected as a Democrat in 2008 in a previously long-term Republican district by a...Read More


Under White House Pressure, Hastings Withdraws DADT Amendment

Filed by Father Tony | July 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

In a statement issued yesterday, Florida Congressman Alcee L. Hastings said he is withdrawing his amendment to H.R. 3326, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. From the statement: I introduced an amendment to H.R. 3326, now withdrawn, prohibiting the...Read More


The Unnoticed Power Player at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More


Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit: The Expert Point of View

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More


Washington domestic partnership fight could start soon

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

They'll be delaying the DP law in Washington to count signatures for the ballot measure against it: The signatures for Referendum 71 were turned in to the Washington state secretary of state's office Saturday afternoon. The new expanded domestic partnership...Read More


Been around too long

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Yes, this Jason Bellini article is about how Kirsten Gillibrand wants to hold hearings to discuss an end to DADT, which is good, but I couldn't let this slide: The controversy has caused bitter rifts and recriminations within the gay...Read More


Federal civil unions?

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

There's a great interview for those interested in DOMA repeal up right now on the Bay Area Reporter with Rep. Jerry Nadler. Talk of federal civil unions hasn't really picked up all that much steam among either LGBT's or Congress,...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Patrick Tiberi

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 28, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Pat Tiberi (OH-R-12) (pronounced "tea-berry") While he's quite conservative on most issues, he's a fair-minded Republican when it comes to job discrimination, and he voted yes on...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Patrick Tiberi

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 28, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Pat Tiberi (OH-R-12) (pronounced "tea-berry") While he's quite conservative on most issues, he's a fair-minded Republican when it comes to job discrimination, and he voted yes on...Read More


What Really Happened at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More


What Really Happened at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More


What Does an Inclusive ENDA Really Mean?

Filed by Keri Renault | July 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Who can forget the infamous family feud over the highly touted "inclusive" ENDA of 2007? At the time a carefully negotiated LGBTQ alliance promised an employment non-discrimination act to protect both sexual orientation and gender identity classes. That unified alliance...Read More


What Does an Inclusive ENDA Really Mean?

Filed by Keri Renault | July 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Who can forget the infamous family feud over the highly touted "inclusive" ENDA of 2007? At the time a carefully negotiated LGBTQ alliance promised an employment non-discrimination act to protect both sexual orientation and gender identity classes. That unified alliance...Read More


2010 or bust

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, it looks like it's going to be happening in 2010: A straw poll of same-sex marriage leaders gathered in San Bernadino Saturday just came in: The majority want to return to the ballot in 2010 to try to overturn...Read More


Palin: Exit stage (far) right

Filed by Bil Browning | July 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Sarah Palin has now officially relinquished the Alaskan Governor's office to her Lt Guv, Shawn Parnell. The fiery bobblehead went on the attack, of course, against the media, liberals, her political opponents and the boogeyman of the religious right -...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Rick Boucher

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rick Boucher of Virginia (VA-D-09) Email: http://bit.ly/3kc4Mf zip 24210 Tel: 276-628-1145 According to Wikipedia, Rep. Boucher is a very popular legislator serving his 14th term since 1982....Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Rick Boucher

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rick Boucher of Virginia (VA-D-09) Email: http://bit.ly/3kc4Mf zip 24210 Tel: 276-628-1145 According to Wikipedia, Rep. Boucher is a very popular legislator serving his 14th term since 1982....Read More


Let's Call it a "Queer Quilt Across America"

Filed by John Shields | July 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

In recent weeks, the gay and lesbian community has been in a serious and, at times, contentious debate about the wisdom of holding a March on Washington this October. The concerns range from there isn't enough time to organize any...Read More


Sotomayor & The Vulcan Standard, Pt 1.

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 26, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I was probably an annoying person to have around if you were watching the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. I was so frustrated listening to them that I couldn't help ... um ... talking back to the television. There is, after all,...Read More


Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Goes Grassroots

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Over the past few months, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has been making a bold move to gain support for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1283) that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." SLDN has been working on a...Read More


Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Goes Grassroots

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Over the past few months, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has been making a bold move to gain support for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1283) that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." SLDN has been working on a...Read More


Church Chat, Beltway Style

Filed by John Shields | July 26, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In alphabetical order, that would be ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC. Check channels and air times for a station near you. It's all about the Obama administration's...Read More


Church Chat, Beltway Style

Filed by John Shields | July 26, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In alphabetical order, that would be ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and NBC. Check channels and air times for a station near you. It's all about the Obama administration's...Read More


Public Sex Parks Save Lives and Balance Budgets

Filed by Father Tony | July 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Men who wish to have sex with men anonymously, casually or with NSA (no strings attached) constitute an underserved market and a prickly social problem. These men are single, partnered, married, polyamorous, on vacation, from out-of-town, on the down low,...Read More


Sarah Palin Steps Out of The Spotlight? I Don't Think So.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I know I'm not the only one who doesn't want to have Sarah Palin as a neighbor - and leader - in the White House. But as the media and blogosphere has focused on her last days in office (after...Read More


Sarah Palin Steps Out of The Spotlight? I Don't Think So.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I know I'm not the only one who doesn't want to have Sarah Palin as a neighbor - and leader - in the White House. But as the media and blogosphere has focused on her last days in office (after...Read More


Pride House Planned for 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 25, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Look out! I'm moving it! Pride House, the first Olympic house devoted to gay and lesbian athletes, their family, and friends, is making its debut in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The house is designed to be an "inclusive...Read More


Anti-gay former chief justice of Alabama Supreme Court still spewing hate

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 25, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Most of the country remembers former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for his refusal to obey a court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the courthouse. I remember him because he once referred to "homosexual...Read More


DADT bill dropped in Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Kirstin Gillibrand isn't going forward with her amendment to suspend/end DADT discharges: The New York senator who once said she was considering an amendment to a defense bill mandating a stay on discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has decided...Read More


Miami and South Beach Pass Resolutions Against DADT

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Both Miami and South Beach have passed city resolutions opposing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and in support of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1283)! Kudso to the City Commissions and all the hard work of the Servicemembers Legal Defense...Read More


Power to the... states?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Clark at Show Me Progress gets it right: the states' rights argument has been primarily deployed in US history to justify slavery and then Jim Crow. It's about racism, and hearing the argument used by anyone on the left makes...Read More


Wisconsin domestic partnership law under attack

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 24, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Wisconsin Family Action has filed a suit to block implementation of the Wisconsin domestic partnership law. This is no surprise. In a post two weeks ago, I argued that a more inclusive registry would have actually made such a...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Frank LoBiondo

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 24, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday's Legislator of the Day, Rep. David Dreier, received "hundreds of calls" requesting support of ENDA, according to a staffer. This response shows how sore is the crying need for job equality legislation. We extend a hand to Rep. Dreier's...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Frank LoBiondo

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 24, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday's Legislator of the Day, Rep. David Dreier, received "hundreds of calls" requesting support of ENDA, according to a staffer. This response shows how sore is the crying need for job equality legislation. We extend a hand to Rep. Dreier's...Read More


AAA South Pledges Family Memberships to Same-Gender Spouses

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

During a face-to-face meeting yesterday between Equality Florida and AAA South, top management at the 4th largest AAA affiliate in the country committed to recognizing all spouses, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The policy allows gay married couples to...Read More


NYU Human Right's Professor Dr. Thio is a No-Go

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Dr. Li-ann "Anal sex is like shoving a straw up your nose to drink" Thio, a professor at the National University of Singapore and Global Visiting Professor of Law set to teach human rights at NYU, according to the administration,...Read More


Indiana State Senate goes further right

Filed by Bil Browning | July 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I was going to write a thorough analysis of the Republican caucus to choose a successor to former State Senator Teresa Lubbers. I intended to bring up occasional contributor Chris Douglas's campaign for the seat (he dropped out early on...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: David Dreier

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. David Dreier of California. Rep. Dreier, a Republican, voted for ENDA in 07. According to Wikipedia, there has been some controversy about his sexual orientation, particularly...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: David Dreier

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. David Dreier of California. Rep. Dreier, a Republican, voted for ENDA in 07. According to Wikipedia, there has been some controversy about his sexual orientation, particularly...Read More


South Bend Councilman Oliver Davis Responds to Bilerico-Indiana

Filed by Donna Pandori | July 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

South Bend Councilman Oliver Davis recently contacted me about a Bilerico post in which I questioned his support of equal rights for the GLBT community. My post was in reflection to a WSBT story, Council members divided over Luecke's first...Read More


Landmark D.C. law grants parental status to two mothers

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

In the first law of its kind in the country, the District of Columbia confers the status of legal parent on both lesbian mothers who plan a child using donor insemination. The law states that a person who consents to...Read More


Living while Black in Cambridge

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

None of us African-American residents of Cambridge are surprised or shocked by the humiliation and harassment Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 58, of Harvard University encountered at the hands of Cambridge police. My partner, Dr.Thea James, an Emergency Room physician...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Glenn Nye

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 22, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday we sent about 90 emails to Rep. Flake. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Glenn Nye, III of Virginia Because his office doesn't accept emails from outside the district,...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Glenn Nye

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 22, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday we sent about 90 emails to Rep. Flake. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Glenn Nye, III of Virginia Because his office doesn't accept emails from outside the district,...Read More


Our Families Count

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Late last year, I put out a notice on some email lists that we had a domain name that was just calling out to be used in some creative way. It was originally envisioned for an Indiana education campaign that...Read More


FL Attorney General Bill McCollum's Appeal to Uphold Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has launched the state's appeal to overturn Judge Cindy Lederman's decision declaring the state's homophobic adoption ban against gays and lesbians unconstitutional. Here's the brief: DCF...Read More


Hate Crimes: Where Are We?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 21, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Chris Geidner, the author of the Law Dork blog, is a lawyer with experience in state government and the private sector. Aside from a two-year hiatus during his time in government service, Chris has blogged on legal, political...Read More


Hate Crimes: Where Are We?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 21, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Chris Geidner, the author of the Law Dork blog, is a lawyer with experience in state government and the private sector. Aside from a two-year hiatus during his time in government service, Chris has blogged on legal, political...Read More


An Agenda You Can Hang on Your Wall

Filed by Donna Pandori | July 21, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

There is a very poorly written piece over at OneNewsNow - Ex-'gays' would suffer under 'hate crimes' law. As I read it I waited for the factual evidence but as usual there was none. The silliness in the article is...Read More


The trial's about Brandon, not Larry

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

A year ago national media descended on Oxnard, California, to answer the question: what made Larry King flaunt his sexuality and gender, which ended up getting him killed? Was it irresponsible teachers and mentors? A bad family life? Or was...Read More


South African same-sex marriage: Making a fuss

Filed by Bil Browning | July 21, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Mark Gevisser penned a beautifully moving commentary for the New York Times last week that I forgot to mention until Projector Enoch sent it in to the tip line. Thanks Enoch; everyone should go read this uplifting short piece about...Read More


New Video Game: Shoot Gays Before They Rape You

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Wow. Just wow. St├ęphane Aguie has created a game called "Watch out behind you, Hunter." As the name might imply, the object is to shoot gay men who pop out of the bushes before they "rape" the player. Sounds like...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Jeff Flake

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 21, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Thank you for emailing Rep. Mollohan yesterday. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona Rep. Flake is a Republican, but he's also a libertarian. That means he...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Jeff Flake

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 21, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Thank you for emailing Rep. Mollohan yesterday. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona Rep. Flake is a Republican, but he's also a libertarian. That means he...Read More


"I Would Not Have A Homosexual On My Staff"

Filed by Father Tony | July 21, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

In the Miami Herald, Bob Packwood recalls an exchange with Florida Governor Reubin Askew when the governor was nominated by President Carter to be the nation's Trade Representative. Bob Packwood, who was not able to learn Reubin Askew's current views,...Read More


What lettuce has Steve Buyer been smoking?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Steve Buyer, who achieved national fame a few weeks ago for warning complacent Americans about the dangers of smoking lettuce, is at it again. He wants people who don't wear condoms to pay more for health care if there's a...Read More


Richmond Newspaper Regrets Role in Support of Segregation

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 21, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Virginia - which gave the early years of the nation many brilliant, enlightened and dynamic leaders - has for more than the last 125 years become a bastion of reactionary thought where discrimination against targeted groups of its citizens has...Read More


Richmond Newspaper Regrets Role in Support of Segregation

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 21, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Virginia - which gave the early years of the nation many brilliant, enlightened and dynamic leaders - has for more than the last 125 years become a bastion of reactionary thought where discrimination against targeted groups of its citizens has...Read More


Gay is not the new black

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 20, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is the 2009 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)...Read More


SCLC/LA's Rev. Eric Lee Remains Firm in Gay Marriage Stance

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A few hours after President Barack Obama included gays in his heartfelt speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the in a grand ballroom in New York City Thursday night, Rev. Eric Lee, director of the Los Angeles chapter of the...Read More


SCLC/LA's Rev. Eric Lee Remains Firm in Gay Marriage Stance

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A few hours after President Barack Obama included gays in his heartfelt speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the in a grand ballroom in New York City Thursday night, Rev. Eric Lee, director of the Los Angeles chapter of the...Read More


Senator Sessions Looking to Add "Poison Pill" Amendments to Hate Crimes Legislation

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 20, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is hoping to add three different amendments to the Matthew Shepard Act in an attempt to kill support for the expansion of hate crimes laws to protect the LGBT community. You may know Senator Sessions as...Read More


Today's Legislator of the Day: Alan Mollohan

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last week, we sent about 80 emails to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia Please email him/her at CongressmanMollohan@mail.house.gov and tell him...Read More


Today's Legislator of the Day: Alan Mollohan

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last week, we sent about 80 emails to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia Please email him/her at CongressmanMollohan@mail.house.gov and tell him...Read More


Shocker: Religious Right doesn't really want freedom of religion

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I know, I know, this is totally news to everyone here. In Connecticut, the Department of Children and Families has taken down LGBT information from their website designed to help foster parents and other care-givers handle LGBT youth. Part of...Read More


Twibbon? What's a Twibbon?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Techno-savvy queers, take note! Twibbon.com is the newest way to promote causes on Twitter. A "twibbon" is a way to promote your cause by adding a small graphic banner to the lower right hand corner of your twitter pic. Here's...Read More


Mormon Mysteries #549

Filed by Storm Bear | July 20, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge The crazy sex issues of the Mormon church, such as the polygamy and the back lash against gays, are just a couple of things that make Mormonism so odd. And don't get me started on their...Read More


One Pissed Off District

Filed by Keri Renault | July 19, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Washington D.C.'s Human Rights Act includes protections for gender identity and expression - and the law is supposed to extend to public accommodations. But a not-so-funny thing is happening on the way to the restroom. Rampant discrimination remains in play....Read More


Church Chat, Beltway Style - Sports Edition

Filed by John Shields | July 19, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In chronological order - broadcast channel-wise, in D.C. - that means 4, 5, 7 and 9. That would be NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS. Check channels and air...Read More


Gee. Thanks, Bill.

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

For ... well ... nothing. On the one hand, it's great to hear that Bill Clinton backs same-sex marriage. After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported...Read More


Fill The Void

Filed by David Badash | July 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Sarah Palin got it right. Well, just one thing: Palin knows how to fill a void. Who else was able to upstage two solid weeks of 24/7 Michael Jackson media coverage? From the moment she announced she was resigning as...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Mario Diaz-Balart

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday we sent about 130 emails to Rep. Donnelly. A phone call to his office at the end of the day suggests he is still undecided on ENDA. You might want to call him at 574-288-2780. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Mario Diaz-Balart

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday we sent about 130 emails to Rep. Donnelly. A phone call to his office at the end of the day suggests he is still undecided on ENDA. You might want to call him at 574-288-2780. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR...Read More


Why Hate Crimes Legislation Is A Terrible Idea: A Reminder

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 17, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

We've seen a number of posts supportive of hate crimes legislation. The widespread perception is that only hate-mongering Republicans are against it, but in fact a lot of queer radical activists and groups are against it for entirely different reasons....Read More


Leon County FL Commissioners approve "Human Relations Advisory Committee"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Leon County commissioners gave approval on Tuesday to create a human relations advisory committee, whose goal is to "to provide commissioners suggestions for people who may be under represented before the governing body." The Commissioners will now nominate names to...Read More


Al Franken's first confirmation hearing

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

How fitting that Al Franken's debut as a US Senator came during the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Sonia Sotomayor. During his stint on Saturday Night Live, Franken played a Senator in a skit parodying the Clarence Thomas hearings. I...Read More


Indiana Equality email blasts for hate crimes, but don't expect action on ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Got this in my inbox yesterday: Senate Vote on Matthew Shepard Act! Dear Alex, Contact Your Senators Today! The full Senate is scheduled to vote -- this week -- on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, so Indiana's Senators...Read More


Indiana Equality email blasts for hate crimes, but don't expect action on ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Got this in my inbox yesterday: Senate Vote on Matthew Shepard Act! Dear Alex, Contact Your Senators Today! The full Senate is scheduled to vote -- this week -- on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, so Indiana's Senators...Read More


The F-22 v. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill

Filed by John Shields | July 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Woo Hoo~! The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed cloture in the United States Senate last night. How awesome is that? Not much. For starters, hate crimes legislation is a no-brainer and should have been passed as a stand-alone...Read More


Rockstar Energy Drink CFO breaks ties with Savage Productions

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

After guest blogger Michael Jones posted concerns about Rockstar Energy Drink's possible connections to far-right radio talk show host Michael Savage, Bilerico Project and Change.org worked closely with the company over the last few weeks to take concrete steps on...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Joe Donnelly

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 16, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Well, good work, folks. Yesterday we sent 173 emails to Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who is undecided on ENDA. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana Please email...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Joe Donnelly

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 16, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Well, good work, folks. Yesterday we sent 173 emails to Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who is undecided on ENDA. And now... Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana Please email...Read More


A wise latina woman with the richness of her experiences will speak on same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Updated after the jump I haven't posted on the Sotomayor hearings because I've been watching with a mix of ennui and anger as a bunch of racist bullies call a latina woman a racist bully, feign interest in strict interpretation...Read More


White Attire Affair Fundraiser Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Filed by John Shields | July 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Looking for something to do this Saturday night that will help an under-served part of the LGBTQ community, and also be part of an experience that you won't soon forget? Then listen up, as Al Sura has just the *fun*draiser...Read More


Florida Judge Who Struck Down Gay Adoption Ban Demoted

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Miami-Dade Florida circuit court judge who ruled Florida's shameful gay adoption ban unconstitutional in November 2008, a case currently being appealed, has been demoted. For over 15 years, Judge Cindy Lederman served as top administrative judge over Miami-Dade's juvenile...Read More


He said - She said

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I don’t know if you’re watching the Sotomayor confirmation hearings, but we have them on in the office. I’d just finished listening to judge Sotomayor being grilled about the "wise Latina" quote, when I read probably the best summation of...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Brad Ellsworth

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 15, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I will be posting, from time to time, a link to the U.S. Legislator of the Day. This link will allow you to email a legislator who is undecided on ENDA, and tell him or her of your support for...Read More


U.S. Legislator of the Day: Brad Ellsworth

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 15, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I will be posting, from time to time, a link to the U.S. Legislator of the Day. This link will allow you to email a legislator who is undecided on ENDA, and tell him or her of your support for...Read More


Jewish lesbian crime-fighters and building progressive political power online

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Despite being a Jewish, lesbian crime-fighter, Batwoman didn't win. Wonder Woman did. The race was a mock mayoral campaign for DC mayor that was part of the New Organizing Institute's BootCamp 2009. It wasn't a two-way race between Batwoman and...Read More


Jewish lesbian crime-fighters and building progressive political power online

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Despite being a Jewish, lesbian crime-fighter, Batwoman didn't win. Wonder Woman did. The race was a mock mayoral campaign for DC mayor that was part of the New Organizing Institute's BootCamp 2009. It wasn't a two-way race between Batwoman and...Read More


Evan Bayh: A stumbling block to health care

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Isn't it sad when the Democrats have to run television ads in Indiana to prod Evan Bayh into doing the right thing? This guy wanted to be President, but is a stumbling block to health care reform? In Indiana? It's...Read More


Police "Stupidity" Over Unsolved 2004 Crime

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 14, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Remember the pregnant lady cop in the movie Fargo? Marge Gunderson? Who didn't seem too bright but was actually smart as a fox and patient as a crocodile, as she solved a series of brutal killings in her North Dakota...Read More


Back to the California voters in 2010

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The big question out in California among marriage advocates is whether or not to go back on the ballot in 2010. Well, I'd say it's a big question, but it looks like there won't be much discussion as some people...Read More


Proof: The Gay Marriage Movement Is Draining Resources from Queer Activism

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 14, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

As anyone who's been reading my posts on gay marriage knows by now, I've been critical of the "movement" for taking away much-needed resources and energy from far more important queer issues. I'll discuss that issue in greater detail in...Read More


Action: Hate Crimes vote in Senate this week

Filed by Bil Browning | July 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force head Rea Carey e-mailed this morning to alert us that the Senate could be voting on hate crimes legislation as early as this Thursday. How can you help? Glad you asked. Enter your cell...Read More


Gay Republican cat-fight!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Hahaha, gay Republicans are in-fighting: "[GOProud has] made it clear that they just want to add a voice to the echo chamber. ... They've already said they don't want to be a people organization and have members and clubs," [Log...Read More


Stonewall Democrats put the LGBT Money Where the Leadership Is

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The folks over at the National Stonewall Democrats, the LGBT Democratic organization, have decided to put their support and money behind the politicians that support our community after what is seen by many as the frustratingly slow movement on LGBT...Read More


Steele: I'll Woo Blacks To GOP With "Fried Chicken And Potato Salad"

Filed by Bil Browning | July 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Young Republicans convention was held in Indianapolis last weekend and their election of a racist, middle-aged woman as President isn't the only controversial item to come out of the GOP gathering. Local Republican blog Hoosier Access was able to...Read More


It's the moment of truth, Maggie

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Fred Karger's extensive experience in politics and corporate public relations has spanned over thirty years. He was the Executive Vice President of the Dolphin Group, a public affairs firm in Los Angeles and Sacramento from 1977...Read More


It's the moment of truth, Maggie

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Fred Karger's extensive experience in politics and corporate public relations has spanned over thirty years. He was the Executive Vice President of the Dolphin Group, a public affairs firm in Los Angeles and Sacramento from 1977...Read More


What Does Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and the DNC Have in Common with "Gay Rights" Groups? Not Our Interests.

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I have written about the recent Virginia Court decision involving Michael W. Moore - a former resident of Martinsville, Virginia, who was forced to resign from the Virginia Museum of Natural History because he is gay - in numerous places,...Read More


FedEx Delivers to the Transgender Community

Filed by Sara Whitman | July 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

A few months ago, I was asked by a transgender activist in Tennesee to look into FedEx's policy regarding gender identity. I did, and I went to the one place I knew would do something about it- NorthStar Asset Management,...Read More


Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 13, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

As a legal organization litigating cases in federal and state courts, we are keenly focused on the current Senate confirmation process for Judge Sotomayor. For the future of this country on so many essential issues that mark our times and...Read More


Young Republicans elect racist middle-aged woman President

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

And, no, it's not Sarah Palin. The Young Republican convention held this weekend in Indianapolis wasn't without controversy. While no one was arrested for giving sleeping men blowjobs, this year's flap was over incoming President Audra Shay's election. The Lousiana...Read More


What's Sarah Palin Up To?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 13, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Everybody in the world is jumping on the Palin prediction bandwagon. This is not surprising. Ever since she popped onto the national scene during the 2008 Presidential campaign, predicting whether Palin would win or self-destruct has become a national sport....Read More


Where is the Senate on ENDA?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 13, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's close. But we can do it. As I am sure you remember from Schoolhouse Rock, it's hard to make a Bill into a Law. In order for a Bill to be presented to the President for signature, it must...Read More


Where is the Senate on ENDA?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 13, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It's close. But we can do it. As I am sure you remember from Schoolhouse Rock, it's hard to make a Bill into a Law. In order for a Bill to be presented to the President for signature, it must...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Tell Starts to Sing

Filed by John Shields | July 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

From the failure to pass hate crimes legislation - which should have been a no-brainer - to ENDA and DADT, the fits and spurts of "we're this close" to "you're going to have to wait in line" have been both...Read More


Who Will Be the Bride at our Gay Wedding?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 12, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

[E ditor's Note: Loren A. Olson MD is a board certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has received the "Exemplary Psychiatrist Award" from the National Alliance for Mentally Illness, and has received recognition...Read More


Church Chat, Beltway Style

Filed by John Shields | July 12, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In chronological order - broadcast channel-wise, in D.C. - that means 4, 5, 7 and 9. That would be NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS. Check channels and air...Read More


Church Chat, Beltway Style

Filed by John Shields | July 12, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In chronological order - broadcast channel-wise, in D.C. - that means 4, 5, 7 and 9. That would be NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS. Check channels and air...Read More


What's In a Handshake?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 11, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

[Editors' Note:] Steve Publicover is a middle-aged gay man living with his partner of nine years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia, with three cats, four ducks and a pond. Steve worked for eleven years in the non-profit...Read More


Providing the Best Health Care in the World For EVERY American

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 10, 2009 | 3:08 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 20th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is also Chairwoman of the Committee on Appropriations' Legislative Branch Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. The...Read More


How is this lawsuit not like the others?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sue Hyde is a Massachusetts resident and Director of the the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Attorney General Martha Coakley, the top lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,...Read More


Looking for male love

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

If you all haven't been following, there's been a completely fucked up story developing in Lansing over the city's use of undercover cops to crack down on cruising and the abuse of power going on there. I don't believe for...Read More


O'Malley, Favorable Opinion May Pave Way for Civil Marriage

Filed by Keri Renault | July 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Legislation in support of same-sex marriage in Maryland has hit political roadblocks time and again. Apathetic sub-committees have proven a common dead-end. The road ahead, however, may be clearing. In June, Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), sponsor of...Read More


O'Malley, Favorable Opinion May Pave Way for Civil Marriage

Filed by Keri Renault | July 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Legislation in support of same-sex marriage in Maryland has hit political roadblocks time and again. Apathetic sub-committees have proven a common dead-end. The road ahead, however, may be clearing. In June, Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), sponsor of...Read More


AIDS Activist Shut Down Rotunda After Obama Breaks AIDS Policy Campaign Pledge

Filed by Donna Pandori | July 09, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Geez, here we go again. AIDS activists shut down US Capitol rotunda over Obama reversal on AIDS policy. A group of 26 AIDS activists chained themselves to each other in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday morning, startling visitors, shutting down...Read More


AIDS Activist Shut Down Rotunda After Obama Breaks AIDS Policy Campaign Pledge

Filed by Donna Pandori | July 09, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Geez, here we go again. AIDS activists shut down US Capitol rotunda over Obama reversal on AIDS policy. A group of 26 AIDS activists chained themselves to each other in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday morning, startling visitors, shutting down...Read More


Canadian Minister Tries to Salvage a Little Pride

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 09, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Canada's Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Diane Ablonczy, recently saw the Marquee Tourism Events Program (an economic stimulus package designed to encourage major tourism events such as the Calgary Stampede and the Montreal International Jazz Festival) taken...Read More


Going to the Chapel: We Can Officiate, but Not Get Married

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

As you read this, I assume the hubby and I are smashed into an airplane with a crying child and some sassy flight attendants hurling towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What brings us to the land of cheese, you may ask? A...Read More


Going to the Chapel: We Can Officiate, but Not Get Married

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

As you read this, I assume the hubby and I are smashed into an airplane with a crying child and some sassy flight attendants hurling towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What brings us to the land of cheese, you may ask? A...Read More


The 14th Amendment and the Defense of Marriage Act

Filed by John Shields | July 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today is the 141st anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Under the Equal Protection Clause of the amendment, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law"...Read More


Will the Democrats Lose Virginia in November?

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Harold Meyerson has a column in the Washington Post that looks at the Obama administration's apparent failure to mobilize its grass roots supporters via the Internet as it did during the campaign. But the lack of grass roots Democrat mobilization...Read More


Will the Democrats Lose Virginia in November?

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Harold Meyerson has a column in the Washington Post that looks at the Obama administration's apparent failure to mobilize its grass roots supporters via the Internet as it did during the campaign. But the lack of grass roots Democrat mobilization...Read More


Someone stepped over your grave

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

You know that feeling you get down your spine that makes you tingle and shake? My mom used to say that "Someone just stepped over your grave." Mitch Daniels for President. Yeah, that's the feeling all right. Did you get...Read More


Someone stepped over your grave

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

You know that feeling you get down your spine that makes you tingle and shake? My mom used to say that "Someone just stepped over your grave." Mitch Daniels for President. Yeah, that's the feeling all right. Did you get...Read More


This is 2009, this is the north, this is America, and this is what it looks like

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 08, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

A private pool in Philadelphia apparently didn't like the idea of black children swimming in their pool, even though these campers had already paid the enormous fee to use the pool. More than 60 campers from Northeast Philadelphia were turned...Read More


Massachusetts sues the Feds to overturn DOMA

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Well this certainly ratchets up the discussion, eh? Massachusetts's federal lawsuit to overturn DOMA relies on a federalist argument while GLAD's case is based on equal protection claims. The lawsuit questions the constitutionality of Section 3 of the law, which...Read More


Massachusetts State Senator Comes Out on Independence Day

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, a Democrat, came out to his constituents in a recent Independence Day op-ed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, identifying himself as: a foster child who grew up as a ward of the state, as a...Read More


Healthcare Reform for LGBT Americans

Filed by Dan O'Neill | July 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The healthcare reform debate has become so fluid and has moved so quickly as of late, that trying to follow along is akin to taking a proverbial drink from a fire-hose of health policy. Currently, there are five committees in...Read More


Is the Queen of the UK homophobic?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's a question I never really thought of before, even though she is one of the most powerful women in the world. She's the queen regnant of 16 independent nations and the Supreme Governor of the central Church in the...Read More


Powell: the GOP still has a race problem

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 07, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

And he's putting the blame on bigots like Rush Limbaugh, who fanned the flames all during the campaign....Read More


Fallen Idol: Why I won't automatically vote Obama in 2012

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Phil Reese began his career of LGBT advocacy in central Michigan and now resides in Champaign, IL where he teaches Middle School and attends graduate school at the University of Illinois. Phil is passionate about news,...Read More


Fallen Idol: Why I won't automatically vote Obama in 2012

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Phil Reese began his career of LGBT advocacy in central Michigan and now resides in Champaign, IL where he teaches Middle School and attends graduate school at the University of Illinois. Phil is passionate about news,...Read More


White House photo: Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The White House sent over this picture of Frank Kameny being honored at the gala reception commemorating Stonewall held last week. I imagine Kameny as thinking, "It was nothing being the first LGBT community organizer, Mr. President. Just doing my...Read More


Jesse's Journal - Obama and the GLBT Community

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | July 07, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last year, after the election of Barack Obama (whom I supported), I predicted that Obama "is likely to disappoint us the way that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did before." This was not meant as an indictment of Obama but...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage Law Goes into Effect in Washington, D.C.

Filed by John Shields | July 07, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

At 12:01 a.m. today, our nation's capital began recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the District of Columbia, however, remains illegal. The D.C. City Council overwhelmingly approved the new ordinance in a...Read More


Exclusive: DNC's Rufus Gifford Confirms $1M for LGBT Fundraiser

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 06, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

(Corrected) The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld was right: the Democratic National Committee did make a million dollars off that controversial LGBT Leadership Council fundraiser on June 25. Or at least that's the tally the DNC is expecting by mid-July when all...Read More


Should Wisconsin have a more inclusive partner registry?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Wisconsin made history last week with the passage of its domestic partner registry because it is the first state with a "super DOMA" to take such a step. A word about "super DOMAs." These are the constitutional amendments passed by...Read More


State, Local and National Organizations to Host "Policing Hate Crime" Town Hall in Broward County

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Dolphin Democrats, Florida's largest and oldest LGBT) Democratic Club, in conjunction with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Gay & Lesbian Community Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Anti-Defamation League, Equality Florida and Log Cabin Republicans, is...Read More


The Prerequisites to "Woman"

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

A women-only pharmacy -- according to reports, possibly the first of its kind in North America -- is opening in Vancouver on Tuesday. This pharmacy is designed to offer a comfortable, open environment, woman-specific information and non-judgmental counseling. They are...Read More


The Word's poor coverage of IE's opposition to LGBT civil rights legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Word's coverage of Indiana Equality's opposition to ENDA in this month's edition is appalling. I had a chance to read July's issue (pdf available if you can't get a print version), and I didn't even find a news blurb...Read More


Question: What Did We Expect? Answer: More Than This.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Barack Obama has been criticized for what he has not done as President on the myriad LGBTQ issues that he addressed during the campaign. I don't have much to add to the "what," but I have a thought about the...Read More


Question: What Did We Expect? Answer: More Than This.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Barack Obama has been criticized for what he has not done as President on the myriad LGBTQ issues that he addressed during the campaign. I don't have much to add to the "what," but I have a thought about the...Read More


You won't have Palin to kick around anymore

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Well, since she got quite a bit of coverage on this site, Sarah Palin's resignation deserves at least a mention. Her speech is after the jump, which makes so little sense it's fun to watch. It won't be long before...Read More


Church Chat, Beltway Style

Filed by John Shields | July 05, 2009 | 5:00 AM | comments

Here's what's coming up for the major network morning news shows today. In chronological order - broadcast channel-wise, in D.C. - that means 4, 5, 7 and 9. That would be NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS. Check channels and air...Read More


How the Palin 2012 Campaign Will Look

Filed by Storm Bear | July 04, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

click to enlarge As with most of you, I sat in shock watching the train wreck yesterday. Sarah Palin stood on her lawn and resigned as Governor of Alaska. As hard as I tried, I looked deeply into the...Read More


Freedom

Filed by John Shields | July 03, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Being the Fourth of July weekend, I thought it important to remind us of part of the Declaration of Independence. After all, it is Independence Day... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...Read More


Click Here To Meet With Your US Legislators in August. Or Bye-Bye ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 03, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Click here to sign up to meet with your US Senators and Representatives in August in your local district to press the case for HR 3017, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation...Read More


Click Here To Meet With Your US Legislators in August. Or Bye-Bye ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 03, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Click here to sign up to meet with your US Senators and Representatives in August in your local district to press the case for HR 3017, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation...Read More


Progressive movement and the LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

What can the progressive movement learn from the LGBT community? Friend of the blog, GRITtv host Laura Flanders, talks with Richard Burns, Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Richard Kim, Associate...Read More


2008 was most dangerously violent year for LGBT people in over a decade

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kim Fountain, PhD, is the Deputy Director of the NYC Anti Violence Project. She is standing with Joseph Holladay, a recent hate crimes victim, in the picture below. Holladay's bashing was covered on Bilerico-Indiana; he's originally...Read More


The Ins and Outs of the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban

Filed by Dan O'Neill | July 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

On Friday, June 26, at the behest of the Office of Management and Budget (see announcement), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was asked to proceed with publication in the Federal Register of the long-anticipated rule to lift...Read More


The Ins and Outs of the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban

Filed by Dan O'Neill | July 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

On Friday, June 26, at the behest of the Office of Management and Budget (see announcement), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was asked to proceed with publication in the Federal Register of the long-anticipated rule to lift...Read More


War! War! War!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Patrick Vandenburgh, writing for the Freeport (Ill.) Journal-Standard, wants a Christian revolutionary war: It is time for a new Christian revolutionary war. It is time for Christians all over the United States to stand up for our Judeo-Christian heritage. Our...Read More


Another Historic Meeting, Another Melanin-free Transgender Contingent

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 02, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

I went nuclear last year when there was a historic committee hearing on transgender issues and not one African-American transgender person was invited to participate. There was another historic gathering of importance to GLBT people that took place on Monday....Read More


India repeals sodomy law

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Congrats to India, the Delhi High Court repealed the state sodomy law, section 377. The verdict, which was described as "progressive" by the gay rights activists who fought an eight-year-long legal battle, said, "section 377 denies a person's dignity and...Read More


Click Here To Email 20 House Republicans Open to ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 02, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are 20 fair-minded House Republicans who appear to be open towards ENDA, but have not yet gone public with their support. They are just as important as the 45 Democrats who are unconfirmed, and may be more open than...Read More


Click Here To Email 20 House Republicans Open to ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 02, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are 20 fair-minded House Republicans who appear to be open towards ENDA, but have not yet gone public with their support. They are just as important as the 45 Democrats who are unconfirmed, and may be more open than...Read More


Oakland Park Passes Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" City Resolution

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | July 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

At the July 1st commission meeting, the Oakland Park City Commission, working with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), Fight OUT Loud, and many other organizations, brought forward a city resolution calling for the...Read More


Introducing Fairness Works

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | July 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was very happy to get a facebook invite yesterday for Join The Impact's newest campaign: Fairness Works. Join The Impact is the grassroots organization that was able to, with zero money, mobilize millions of LGBT people to march in...Read More


Stripped!

Filed by Charles L. Ross | July 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, a military board told Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq War veteran and Arabic linguist, that it was recommending his discharge from the Army for "moral and professional dereliction" under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He would...Read More


Jena Six Free!

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

After more than two years of protesting, writing phone calls and thousands of people descending on Jena, Louisiana, to protest this outrageous retro Jim Crow case, the Jena 6, Jesse Ray Beard, Carwin Jones, Robert Bailey, Theo Shaw, Bryant Purvis...Read More


Jena Six Free!

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

After more than two years of protesting, writing phone calls and thousands of people descending on Jena, Louisiana, to protest this outrageous retro Jim Crow case, the Jena 6, Jesse Ray Beard, Carwin Jones, Robert Bailey, Theo Shaw, Bryant Purvis...Read More


Book Review: The Progressive Revolution

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 02, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

When I was asked to review The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be by Michael Lux of Openleft.com fame, I expected another partisan rehash of "Yay Liberals! Boo Conservatives!" with little depth. Instead, what I got...Read More


Terrorists in Blue: Police Running Out of Control

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 01, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

While Americans argue about how to prosecute foreign terrorists, a mammoth irony is festering among us. We already have home-grown armed terrorists running amok in many of our cities and communities. They operate openly, not in secret "cells." And they...Read More


Terrorists in Blue: Police Running Out of Control

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | July 01, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

While Americans argue about how to prosecute foreign terrorists, a mammoth irony is festering among us. We already have home-grown armed terrorists running amok in many of our cities and communities. They operate openly, not in secret "cells." And they...Read More


Who's responsible for Indiana Equality's anti-ENDA stance?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

After news that Indiana's controversial LGBT organization will actively oppose federal legislation to outlaw employment discrimination shocked the state's LGBT community, many people were left wondering who's responsible. Other state and national LGBT organizations quickly denounced Indiana Equality's (IE) contentious...Read More


The Governor of New York is with us.

Filed by Father Tony | July 01, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

In a world of hollow political promises and gestures, the fact that Governor Paterson of New York made history as the first sitting governor to accept an invitation and to walk a Pride March as a Grand Marshal is significant...Read More


The 9 Unconfirmed ENDA House Votes in Pennsylvania

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

What are the political calculations that govern support of HR 3017, the current ENDA bill? This is what you need to understand if you want to help the bill pass. Last week, I noted that the largest number of unconfirmed...Read More


The 9 Unconfirmed ENDA House Votes in Pennsylvania

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 01, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

What are the political calculations that govern support of HR 3017, the current ENDA bill? This is what you need to understand if you want to help the bill pass. Last week, I noted that the largest number of unconfirmed...Read More


D.C. Court Refuses to Block Marriage Recognition Law

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

DC Superior Court Judge Judith Retchin cleared the path for the DC law recognizing same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. It is now likely to take effect next week. The 15 page opinion rejects every ground put forward by Reverend Harry...Read More


"If we will take care of the morality, God will take care of the prosperity"

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

Oh, no, deregulation of the markets, credit default swaps, massive greed and fraud, regulators falling asleep at the wheel, the housing bubble, stagnant job growth and median income, exotic investment products, and financial opacity had nothing to do with the...Read More


Miami HIV doctor sentenced

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

If you can't trust a doctor.... This is in the Miami Herald: A Miami physician was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison after admitting he fraudulently prescribed HIV therapy for Medicare patients who didn't need or get the treatment,...Read More


Hopemongering

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, like so many others I was tuned into the live White House video feed to watch President Obama's speech at the White House reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month. One thing's for certain, Barack Obama knows how to...Read More


The Future of Iran Won't Include an Azure Curtain

Filed by Storm Bear | July 01, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Somewhere in Iran, there are terabytes of data - unseen photos, unwatched videos and unread words that have captured events that have yet to be seen by those of us in the "West." The Ahmadinejad regime has struggled to tamp...Read More