Politics: October 2009

The White House

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 31, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have to be honest. I fawned. A little. I could not help it. I was in the White House, walking along a corridor of Presidential portraits, past the first lady's garden, and my chin was on the floor. Welcome...Read More


Soulful Voices for Marriage Equality: DC Clergy United

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 31, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The big untold story in the movement towards marriage in DC is the strong clergy support for equality. The traditional media is stick in a mythical narrative that people of faith are categorically opposed to full LGBT equality. In DC,...Read More


Why we need a saner approach to dealing with cruising

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Reason #3920: Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities, the Portsmouth News reports. He would go to areas such as Portsdown Hill and the...Read More


Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: To illustrate why Congress must pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the workplace, we will be posting the firsthand accounts of people...Read More


When the Government does Right

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Finally, we're in. The body of federal law of the United States of America now formally recognizes and protects its citizens from violence driven by hate based on sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in American history....Read More


When the Government does Right

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Finally, we're in. The body of federal law of the United States of America now formally recognizes and protects its citizens from violence driven by hate based on sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in American history....Read More


Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act and Announces End of HIV Travel Ban

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 30, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

President Obama announced an end to the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban during the signing ceremony for the vital Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act this afternoon. The travel ban, a legacy of Jesse Helms, has been in place since...Read More


Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act and Announces End of HIV Travel Ban

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 30, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

President Obama announced an end to the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban during the signing ceremony for the vital Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act this afternoon. The travel ban, a legacy of Jesse Helms, has been in place since...Read More


South Dakota's Senator Tim Johnson: Legislator of the Day

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

Will Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota support S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)? Though he might seem to be leaning yes, we don't know where he is on this important bill. Please call him and ask. I remind you...Read More


South Dakota's Senator Tim Johnson: Legislator of the Day

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

Will Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota support S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)? Though he might seem to be leaning yes, we don't know where he is on this important bill. Please call him and ask. I remind you...Read More


The beginning of the end

Filed by Cathy Renna | October 29, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

As I stood watching President Obama make his remarks about the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act at the White House yesterday, I was struck by the history of the moment and also caught up in the emotion...Read More


Sen Evan Bayh will oppose Republican filibuster

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

All of the health care reform debate is really confusing to me and I'll admit that I'm not that well versed in the intricacies. By the time you throw Congressional procedures and protocols, insurance practices lingo, and a bunch of...Read More


Why do homophobes want to keep their names secret?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Fundies continue to try to shield the names of their donors, a trend that, as far as I know, started in 2008 in Florida well before the elections. In Maine, a judge told them NOM they have to disclose their...Read More


Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness- For All

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Wake up America! A huge battle for rights is about to be voted on in Maine. This will effect everyone from sea to shining sea. Just like in California in 2008, rights that have already been granted will be voted...Read More


The Passion of the Palin

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sarah Palin thinks she's the new Jesus. Not that she's peaceful, forgiving, and infinitely wise, but that she is persecuted by people who think they've figured everything out and her pain gives us never-ending life and a reason to live....Read More


LGBT History: A British Bisexual and American Religious Liberty

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Seldom do LGBT historians have the chance to write about pre-1800 historical figures whose orientation was clearly non-hetero. Even more seldom do we dwell on bisexuals, since bisexuality is such a divisive political issue with some of us. So I...Read More


Bob McDonnell Rejected by Hometown Newspaper

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 29, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

While not exactly a ringing endorsement, the Virginian Pilot has nonetheless endorsed Creigh Deeds for governor over hometown boy Taliban Bob McDonnell, Like the Washington Post much of the motivation comes down to who will offer the better solution to...Read More


Bob McDonnell Rejected by Hometown Newspaper

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 29, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

While not exactly a ringing endorsement, the Virginian Pilot has nonetheless endorsed Creigh Deeds for governor over hometown boy Taliban Bob McDonnell, Like the Washington Post much of the motivation comes down to who will offer the better solution to...Read More


Ohio Senator George Voinovich: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ohio is a key state in the fight for ENDA. Senator Voinovich is a fair-minded Republican who seems to be leaning yes on ENDA. He voted for the hate crimes bill on several occasions, and was one of five Republican...Read More


Ohio Senator George Voinovich: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ohio is a key state in the fight for ENDA. Senator Voinovich is a fair-minded Republican who seems to be leaning yes on ENDA. He voted for the hate crimes bill on several occasions, and was one of five Republican...Read More


Reclaiming "We"

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 28, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Mike Elk couldn't have been more right in his thinking about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of the Teabaggers, Birthers, etc. He would have seen that those faces that at first glance seem twisted in anger are...Read More


Obama Signs Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Bill into Law

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 28, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

President Obama has just signed the first ever piece of pro-LGBT federal legislation into law. The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was attached to the Defense Authorization Bill and added gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and...Read More


Acabemos los crímenes de odio

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | October 28, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ante la histórica firma de la Ley para Prevenir los Crímenes de Odio por el Presidente Barack Obama, es hora de hacer valer los estatutos locales y federales para prevenir la violencia en contra de las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales...Read More


Politicians fall further behind the public on LGB legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 28, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Via the New York Times, here's an interesting chart comparing public opinion on various LGB rights issues (since it says NY has job protections I'm assuming it excludes transgender people). The different colors refer to different issues, the different lines...Read More


Blog This: The Battleground Basics

Filed by Bil Browning | October 28, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009- less than a week away- there will be critical votes on on LGBT equality in three states: Washington State, Maine, and Michigan. With so much attention devoted to other issues in the political realm, bloggers...Read More


Atlanta Eagle owner speaks out: Pride committee makes changes

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 28, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

What with bloggers buzzing all over the story yesterday, seems like Atlanta's Pride Committee finally decided to do the right thing. Officer Harris will be marching in civilian clothes I'll be blogging more about this story this week and its...Read More


Tell IN Senator Lugar: No Small Business Will Be Harmed In The Making of This Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 28, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana is concerned about supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of potential impacts on small businesses. Fortunately, he has said, in his letter to constituents on the issue: "I will continue to listen to thoughtful arguments...Read More


Tell IN Senator Lugar: No Small Business Will Be Harmed In The Making of This Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 28, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana is concerned about supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of potential impacts on small businesses. Fortunately, he has said, in his letter to constituents on the issue: "I will continue to listen to thoughtful arguments...Read More


Picking an Easier Target

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Howard teaches in the Education Program at Colby College. He has written numerous articles and paper, and a few books on issues relating to social justice in education with a particular focus on identity and...Read More


Picking an Easier Target

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Howard teaches in the Education Program at Colby College. He has written numerous articles and paper, and a few books on issues relating to social justice in education with a particular focus on identity and...Read More


Arlen Specter: A Tale of Two DOMAs

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Interesting. Take a look at these two statements from Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat Senator Arlen Specter. On September 2nd, Specter sent this in reply to a constituent who wrote about amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. In 1996, the Congress passed...Read More


Arlen Specter: A Tale of Two DOMAs

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Interesting. Take a look at these two statements from Pennsylvania Republican-turned-Democrat Senator Arlen Specter. On September 2nd, Specter sent this in reply to a constituent who wrote about amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. In 1996, the Congress passed...Read More


Headed to DC

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 27, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I am honored, humbled, to have been invited to witness the President signing the Hate Crimes Bill. This is the first, the very first, piece of legislation to be signed into law that includes TRANSGENDER. Truly honored. My kids... well......Read More


If it's all about procreation, then why did I just marry an octogenarian?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

While there are still major issues with the Perry vs. Schwarzeneggar case to overturn Prop 8 at the federal level, at least the case it turning out gems like this: A federal judge said sponsors of California's ban on same-sex...Read More


Stephen Colbert Wants You to Approve Referendum 71

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Colbert Report took aim at Washington State's Referendum 71 on last night's episode. Colbert used his popular "The Word" segment to decimate the opposition to LGBT partnerships. The word was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and looked at how the...Read More


ND's Senator Kent Conrad: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 27, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

North Dakota is a key state in the fight for ENDA. North Dakota's Senator Kent Conrad may be a supporter of ENDA, but his vote is unconfirmed. Please call him today to ask for his support of S.1584. Facts and...Read More


ND's Senator Kent Conrad: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 27, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

North Dakota is a key state in the fight for ENDA. North Dakota's Senator Kent Conrad may be a supporter of ENDA, but his vote is unconfirmed. Please call him today to ask for his support of S.1584. Facts and...Read More


Atlanta Pride Committee Throws Eagle Raid Victims Under the Bus

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mike Alvear is the author of Attract Hotter Guys with the Secrets & Science of Sexual Body Language, host of HBO's The Sex Inspectors and writes a sex advice column syndicated to the gay press. He...Read More


Atlanta Pride Committee Throws Eagle Raid Victims Under the Bus

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 27, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mike Alvear is the author of Attract Hotter Guys with the Secrets & Science of Sexual Body Language, host of HBO's The Sex Inspectors and writes a sex advice column syndicated to the gay press. He...Read More


White House hate crimes ceremony to be held Wed afternoon

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

It looks like the White House will have a ceremony for hate crimes legislation after all. Activists had speculated on whether or not the administration would highlight the legislation or let it slide quietly past since it's tied to the...Read More


William & Mary Students Pick Transgender Homecoming Queen

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

OMG - Pat Robertson and Victoria Cobb of Daddy Dobson's Family Foundation must be having fits and wetting themselves at the news that the College of William and Mary - the second oldest university in the United States - has...Read More


Count me! Count me! Here comes the census.

Filed by Gloria Nieto | October 26, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Thursday, October 22, the US Census hosted a meeting in San Francisco at the SF LGBT Center to encourage LGBT participation in the 2010 census. The census is upon us. Every decade the US sets about collecting data about the...Read More


Commission Chairman Joe Sanchez calls for Protest of anti-gay Buju Banton in Miami

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 26, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Buju Banton, the virulently anti-gay reggae singer who advocates the killing of gay men in his songs, continues to stir up controversy in Florida. After "Calls to Action" from numerous LGBT organizations in Florida against his tour, politicians are now...Read More


Progress Is Measured By Dollars Too

Filed by Michael Adams | October 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Some of our recent juxtaposed headlines - thousands marching for LGBT equality in the nation's capital at the same time that President Obama is speaking at an HRC dinner and Congress is passing LGBT hate crimes legislation - are fanning...Read More


The Atlanta Eagle raid according to the Atlanta Eagle

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 26, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Fresh from my mailbox, a link to a factual account of the gory details from attorneys for the Eagle. Read it and scream. On September 10, 2009, a SWAT-team of Atlanta police officers detained and searched over 60 people without...Read More


Florida's Senator Bill Nelson: ENDA Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 26, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Bill Nelson (the second sitting Congressmember to fly in space), has generally been a supporter of the LGBT community. But where is he on ENDA? We don't know, because he hasn't declared a position on it yet. We're at...Read More


Florida's Senator Bill Nelson: ENDA Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 26, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Bill Nelson (the second sitting Congressmember to fly in space), has generally been a supporter of the LGBT community. But where is he on ENDA? We don't know, because he hasn't declared a position on it yet. We're at...Read More


Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in advance of marriage bill hearing

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 26, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Anti-gay activists gathered in DC's Freedom Plaza on Sunday afternoon to protest a bill that will legalize marriages between same-sex couples in the District. The rally, organized by a National Organization for Marriage affiliated group, was composed largely of religious...Read More


E-Marriage? You Heard Right

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | October 25, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

My friend Bryan Wildenthal, who teaches constitutional law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, drew my attention to this startling proposal being put forth by two professors at Michigan State University. In a news release on MSU...Read More


Playing Fair

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Can I rant for a few moments? It's that kind of day. After standing in the rain, coaching my son's soccer team with a single parent- you know, the straight white guy who has not volunteered to coach but feels...Read More


Documenting unreportable discrimination

Filed by Amy Hunter | October 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In recent weeks, the opposition has been stepping up efforts in the effort to repeal the LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo to spread falsehoods about gay and transgender people, our motives, what type of lives we lead and if ballot...Read More


Documenting unreportable discrimination

Filed by Amy Hunter | October 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In recent weeks, the opposition has been stepping up efforts in the effort to repeal the LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo to spread falsehoods about gay and transgender people, our motives, what type of lives we lead and if ballot...Read More


TV ads aren't the answer in Maine

Filed by Matt Foreman | October 25, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

As the campaign in Maine enters the home stretch, our skeevy opponents have unleashed yet another ad claiming that unless marriage equality is overturned, same-sex marriage will be "pushed" on elementary school children. Our side has responded with calm, rebutting...Read More


Singing For Health Care Reform

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 24, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

(Full disclosure: The group that organized the protest is one I work with on my job.) This is something I wish I'd been a part of, and I hope they call me if they need an extra baritone next time....Read More


URGENT! Gays Could Lose Domestic Partnerships in Washington State Nov 3

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

While the eyes of the LGBT nation are now focused on President Obama signing the federal hate crimes bill and on beating back the Religious Right Prop 8 sequel in Maine - same sex couples in Washington state are sweating...Read More


URGENT! Gays Could Lose Domestic Partnerships in Washington State Nov 3

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

While the eyes of the LGBT nation are now focused on President Obama signing the federal hate crimes bill and on beating back the Religious Right Prop 8 sequel in Maine - same sex couples in Washington state are sweating...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Robert Rauschenberg

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Robert Rauschenberg. Robert Rauschenberg...Read More


Histórica aprobación de ley federal para prevenir crímenes de odio

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | October 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

La aprobación de la Ley para Prevenir los Crímenes de Odio por parte del Congreso federal es un gran paso de avance -- histórico por demás -- para las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transgéneros (LGBT) y para el país...Read More


Is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tone Deaf to the Greater Business Community?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 23, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Eileen Kessler, a board member of the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and an NGLCC-certified business, is founder and president of OmniStudio, Inc., a Washington, DC-based communications and design firm. In Washington, there is a...Read More


FL LGBT News Round-Up: Hate Crimes Report, Anti-Trans Pervs, Pro-LGBT Companies, & More

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 23, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a little round-up of this and that from around the state that I thought you should know! As always, leave more stories and links that we might have missed in the comments! * South Florida hate-crimes total rises, while...Read More


Daniel Choi: A new face and new energy for DADT repeal

Filed by Sean Bugg | October 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just like the entertainment world, the LGBT community has its own breakout stars -- a number of them were part of the National Equality March and the current renewed push for grassroots level activism the brings a new generation of...Read More


Daniel Choi: A new face and new energy for DADT repeal

Filed by Sean Bugg | October 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just like the entertainment world, the LGBT community has its own breakout stars -- a number of them were part of the National Equality March and the current renewed push for grassroots level activism the brings a new generation of...Read More


Gay dog whistles

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Nate Silver got phone-banking talking points from the No (homophobic) campaign in Maine. Under a title that says that they've "literally stopped making sense," he summarizes the arguments as they'd be heard by a normal, functional human being who has...Read More


Anti-gay DC minister pledges to use "the full force of my being" to fight marriage equality

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

Anti-gay ministers are stepping up their oppositional rhetoric and vowing to urge Congress to undercut DC's home rule to fight marriage equality. Sixteen ministers including Maryland's Harry Jackson and Anthony Evans organized a meeting with Council Chair Vincent Gray in...Read More


The New 'Hate Crimes in Florida' Report

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 23, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Hate Crimes Report More info after the jump......Read More


Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 23, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is a key vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Meanwhile, Senator Pryor's cohort, Senator Blanche Lincoln, has come out against ENDA. We're at 56 likely yes votes in the Senate. Those last four are getting...Read More


Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 23, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is a key vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Meanwhile, Senator Pryor's cohort, Senator Blanche Lincoln, has come out against ENDA. We're at 56 likely yes votes in the Senate. Those last four are getting...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Christine Quinn

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Christine Quinn. Christine Quinn...Read More


Hate crimes passes Senate: Goes to President's desk

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

As expected, the Senate passed the defense authorization bill this afternoon on a bipartisan vote of 68-29. Hate crimes legislation has already passed both houses of Congress, but the entire bill had to be voted on again after differences in...Read More


Congressman Hastings to Receive Dolphin Democrats' Political Alliance Award

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 22, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) will receive the Political Alliance Award from the Dolphin Democrats on Saturday, October 24, 2009. The Political Alliance Award is bestowed to an individual for his or her outstanding contributions and leadership in fostering good...Read More


WWII Veteran Phillip Spooner on Marriage Equality

Filed by Donna Pandori | October 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

"Everybody is supposed to be equal in this country. By voting NO on question 1, I'm casting a vote for equality and a vote for my son." "Americans have shown the world again and again that we can figure...Read More


Hate crimes passes next hurdle

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Hate crimes legislation passed a cloture vote moments ago in the Senate. The Senate now has up to 30 hours to vote on the final defense authorization bill. The measure passed 64-35. A cloture vote effectively moves the legislation forward...Read More


SAVE Dade Action PAC Releases Endorsements for Miami & Miami Beach

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The SAVE Dade Action PAC has released their endorsements in connection with the November 3, 2009 City of Miami & Miami Beach General Municipal Elections: City of Miami Beach Mayor- Mayor Matti Bower In the race for Miami Beach Mayor,...Read More


Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 22, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, is considered a moderate Republican. She is generally pro-choice on abortion and supports stem cell research. She is also a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice, and The Wish List...Read More


Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 22, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, is considered a moderate Republican. She is generally pro-choice on abortion and supports stem cell research. She is also a member of the Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans For Choice, and The Wish List...Read More


Jody Wagner for Virginia Lieutenant Governor

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 22, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

As the campaigns in Virginia move into the home stretch, I attended a fundraiser Wednesday evening for Jody Wagner, the Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. I have known Jody for many years, first from working as opposing counsel...Read More


Jody Wagner for Virginia Lieutenant Governor

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 22, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

As the campaigns in Virginia move into the home stretch, I attended a fundraiser Wednesday evening for Jody Wagner, the Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. I have known Jody for many years, first from working as opposing counsel...Read More


Pat Robertson: Gays want to destroy marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 22, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Pat Robertson seems to have missed the media spotlight. To get back in the glare of the overhead lights he's decided to attack The Gays. Again. And, what does Pat have to say this time? "Gays don't want to get...Read More


Obama adminstration moves forward on LGBT rights via HUD & HHS

Filed by Bil Browning | October 21, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Obama administration released three major LGBT rights advances this afternoon. None are as sexy as repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act, but - make no mistake - they are part of the foundation for...Read More


Kalamazoo transphobes' bathroom scare tactics

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 21, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

These folks just don't change. Not one bit. Here's an ad from the Religious Right's campaign against an LGBT anti-discrimination law in Kalamazoo:...Read More


Kalamazoo transphobes' bathroom scare tactics

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 21, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

These folks just don't change. Not one bit. Here's an ad from the Religious Right's campaign against an LGBT anti-discrimination law in Kalamazoo:...Read More


Maine's "No On 1" Jesse Connolly on the Rachel Maddow Show

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

No On 1 Maine campaign manager Jesse Connolly appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about the fight to keep the fundies from doing a "Prop 8: Part Duex." Polls show the fight in Maine is extremely...Read More


FL Republican Ros-Lehtinen sends out Pro-LGBT Mailing

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

South Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has long been an ally to the LGBT community, sent out a mailer to constituents letting them know exactly where she stand on equality: Everyone deserves equal treatment and protection under our laws...Read More


Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Congress has promised to begin the process of reforming America's broken immigration system later this year. There is widespread consensus that reform is urgently needed, and a growing insistence among lawmakers that any reform effort must adhere to our nation's...Read More


Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Congress has promised to begin the process of reforming America's broken immigration system later this year. There is widespread consensus that reform is urgently needed, and a growing insistence among lawmakers that any reform effort must adhere to our nation's...Read More


Let's talk job segregation, not LGBT people and pedophilia

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 21, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've been following the Kevin Jennings story here on TBP pretty closely, and it's not just because it's a blatant case of homophobia. The story is important because of it's political implications, yes, but also because of its social implications....Read More


Shame and blood on a prayer shawl

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 21, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Gregory Hinton is an acclaimed author, filmmaker, and lecturer. His novels include Cathedral City, The Way Things Ought to Be and Santa Monica Canyon. His films include It's My Party and Circuit. Last Saturday morning around...Read More


Dan Gelber Garners LGBT Endorsement in hotly contested FL AG race

Filed by Nadine Smith | October 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today, Florida's largest LGBT political group endorsed Senator Dan Gelber for Attorney General. Equality Florida Action PAC is the state's largest PAC devoted to electing pro-equality candidates. Our endorsement is the first by any statewide organization in the hotly contested...Read More


On Using Mr. Bullhorn, Or, DC Health Summit Thursday: Come Say Hi...Loudly

Filed by Don Davis | October 21, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

It was a long hot August for those who would like to see health care reform, as rabid "Town Hall" protesters proffered visions of public options that would lead to death panels and socialism and government tax collectors with special...Read More


Florida's Sen. George LeMieux: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 21, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator George LeMieux was recently appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist after the resignation of former Senator Mel Martinez. Will he support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S1584? There have been some press reports that Senator LeMieux may be somewhat friendly...Read More


Florida's Sen. George LeMieux: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 21, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator George LeMieux was recently appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist after the resignation of former Senator Mel Martinez. Will he support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S1584? There have been some press reports that Senator LeMieux may be somewhat friendly...Read More


Sexy and queer religious imagery

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 20, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Andrés Duque highlighted a fundraising campaign in Spain for the LGTB Collective of Madrid this weekend: they're selling calendars with photographs of queer reinterpretations of famous religious paintings that feature trans women as the Virgin Mary. Some of my favorites...Read More


Stop the GOP From Taking Virginia Backwards

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The title of this post sums up the basic message that the Falls Church News Press makes in an editorial that looks at the prospect of a GOP victory in the upcoming state wide elections in Virginia. Virginia's GLBT citizens...Read More


Stop the GOP From Taking Virginia Backwards

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The title of this post sums up the basic message that the Falls Church News Press makes in an editorial that looks at the prospect of a GOP victory in the upcoming state wide elections in Virginia. Virginia's GLBT citizens...Read More


Sen. Robert Byrd of WV: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Senator Robert Byrd is the oldest and longest-serving member of the Senate. While some feel that his recent fragile health means that he cannot be counted on for a vote, he has been quite active in the past few weeks...Read More


Sen. Robert Byrd of WV: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 20, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Senator Robert Byrd is the oldest and longest-serving member of the Senate. While some feel that his recent fragile health means that he cannot be counted on for a vote, he has been quite active in the past few weeks...Read More


Martinis With Fred Phelps

Filed by Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | October 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Tonight, I was reading back over some of the Bilerico articles when I came across Bil's article about the kids at North Central putting on "The Laramie Project" and the intentions of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church to...Read More


LA Police Commission to Consider Ending Ties with Boy Scouts

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Robert Olivarez is Los Angeles area Latino gay grass roots activist. He loves his community and works to do his part to make sure that Latinos and the LGBTQ community work together and for each other...Read More


This is all we're getting from Obama

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 19, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The White House released a statement about R-71 in Washington and Question 1 in Maine (FYI, they had to be nudged by the Advocate to do this. Yay for the new management over there, and yay for Kerry Eleveld): "The...Read More


Click Here To Email 36 U.S. Representatives Unconfirmed on ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The House is poised to take a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) soon. While the real fight is going to be in the Senate, it is worthwhile to pause for a moment and take note of where we...Read More


Click Here To Email 36 U.S. Representatives Unconfirmed on ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The House is poised to take a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) soon. While the real fight is going to be in the Senate, it is worthwhile to pause for a moment and take note of where we...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Pauli Murray

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Pauli Murray. The Reverend...Read More


Equality Across America wants you

Filed by Diane Silver | October 18, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

The grassroots group that pulled together the National Equality March is leaping into local organizing in a big way by calling for a National Week of Initiative, November 1 - 8. This is the best news I've seen in months....Read More


Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: To illustrate why Congress must pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the workplace, we will be posting the firsthand accounts of people...Read More


Why ENDA Matters: True Stories of Anti-LGBT Employment Discrimination from the ACLU

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: To illustrate why Congress must pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), a federal law that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the workplace, we will be posting the firsthand accounts of people...Read More


Obama y los derechos LGBT

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | October 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Mucho se ha dicho sobre las promesas a las comunidades lésbica, gay, bisexual y transgénero (LGBT) que hiciera el ahora presidente estadounidense Barack Obama durante la pasada campaña eleccionaria. Y mucho más se ha dicho de sus ejecutorias como presidente...Read More


Congresman Andre Carson at the 2009 Indiana Stonewall Democrats Leadership Awards

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 18, 2009 | 3:59 PM | comments

Last Sunday October 11, the same day as the National Equality March, the Indiana Stonewall Democrats held their 2009 Leadership Awards ceremony. Honored were Congressman Andre Carson and activist Joe Miller. Since neither Bil nor I could be there, our...Read More


District of Columbia publishes list of registered relationships that will be recognized as domestic partnerships

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 18, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last year's expansion of the District of Columbia's domestic partnership laws included a provision requiring DC to recognize as domestic partnerships those relationships registered elsewhere that are "substantially similar" to domestic partnerships in DC. The law required the Mayor to...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Paul Monette

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 18, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Paul Monette. Paul Monette...Read More


What I Learned from Isaiah, or: A Queer Jew Returns from DC

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Joanna Ware is a queer Jewish community organizer, activist, and rabble rouser at Keshet, a Boston-based non-profit building community locally and creating change nationally, working for the full inclusion of GLBT Jews in Jewish communities. In...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Get

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Daniel Chandler is a freelance journalist from London, and is currently based in New York. As many as 200,000 people marched for LGBT rights in Washington, DC, this past Sunday in a bold attempt to reinvigorate...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Get

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Daniel Chandler is a freelance journalist from London, and is currently based in New York. As many as 200,000 people marched for LGBT rights in Washington, DC, this past Sunday in a bold attempt to reinvigorate...Read More


FL LGBT News Round-Up: Hate Crimes, The Gay Market, Helping Youth, and More

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here's a little round-up of this and that from around the state that I thought you should know! As always, leave more stories and links that we might have missed in the comments! * Jacksonville's LGBT youth in crisis have...Read More


National Equality March - Pride of a Different Sort

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I arrived in DC on a glorious evening. Standing at Union Station at midnight on Wednesday, October 7th, I noticed that most of the people quietly slipping into the cabs sweeping into the night were somehow queer. My hope for...Read More


Ex-Gays Target Librarians

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This guest post is by Sarah Stumpf, a bisexual feminist librarian who used to work with the GLBTSSS Library on the Indiana University campus and now works as a Teen Librarian in the south Chicago suburbs. Check out...Read More


Barney Frank explains

Filed by Diane Silver | October 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

This post may well bring me no end of trouble, but here goes: Watch this clip of Joy Behar and Barney Frank. At the end of a long and interesting discussion of the status of the health care debate, she...Read More


City of Miami Beach passes first reading of improved Human Rights Ordinance, 7-0

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 16, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This just in from our friends at SAVE DADE: Miami Beach, October 14, 2009 - The City of Miami Beach today unanimously passed the first reading of a Human Rights Ordinance revision designed to strengthen and improve its original Human...Read More


Please Call and Thank Senator Mary Landrieu, ENDA's Newest Co-sponsor

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 16, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has signed on as the newest co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 1584. Just as it is important to ask for support, it is also important to say thank you. It is particularly important...Read More


Please Call and Thank Senator Mary Landrieu, ENDA's Newest Co-sponsor

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 16, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has signed on as the newest co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 1584. Just as it is important to ask for support, it is also important to say thank you. It is particularly important...Read More


Who's in charge: Fox News or Congressional Republicans?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've posted quite a few times about Kevin Jennings, the gay man who was appointed to the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools on the back of his life's work to make schools safer for LGBT students. Homophobes, naturally,...Read More


A Movement Moving Forward

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 15, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The National Equality March held in Washington, D.C., last weekend resonated and refreshed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and our...Read More


Mormon is not the new Black

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Back when The Advocate put "Gay is the new Black" on its cover and you couldn't find a gay internet forum without a white gay person saying that we were "the last minority it's OK to discriminate against" or some...Read More


Babs Siperstein interview at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 15, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Babs Siperstein is the first trans woman to be a member of the Democrat National Committee - a powerful and symbolic post inside the Democratic Party. She spoke on stage at the National Equality March and when it was time...Read More


First Ad Hits the Air for One Kalamazoo's Anti-Discrimination Fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

In November, Kalamazoo, Michigan's ballot initiative over the LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance will be voted on. The campaign to approve the ordinance, One Kalamazoo, has released it's new ad: "Neighbors." From the campaign: The ad, starring volunteers and community leaders,...Read More


Asking is over: We will tell

Filed by Annette Gross | October 15, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Last week, on March 11, 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the March for Equality in Washington, D.C. When I first heard about the March, I knew I had to be a part of this historical coming-together of GLBT...Read More


New tools to push for LGBT equality now

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | October 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

We are pleased to announce a new set of tools that we believe will greatly help to accelerate reaching LGBT legal equality. These tools are web-based, integrated with each other, are super easy to use, and are available to both...Read More


Sen. Kay Hagan to Transgenders: I Will Have To "Carefully Consider" Your "Impacts"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Senator Kay Hagan has been sending out letters to constituents who inquire about ENDA, and they suggest she's not at this point in favor of a bill that includes "gender identity." I'm feeling very 2007. Here's what she said: I...Read More


Sen. Kay Hagan to Transgenders: I Will Have To "Carefully Consider" Your "Impacts"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Senator Kay Hagan has been sending out letters to constituents who inquire about ENDA, and they suggest she's not at this point in favor of a bill that includes "gender identity." I'm feeling very 2007. Here's what she said: I...Read More


Meeting a fellow Hoosier at the National Equality March

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

It was great to see Stonewall Democrats board member Aaron Schaler at the National Equality March in Washington DC last weekend. Aaron marched with the Bilerico contingent and was also featured in a video mashup we did asking participants why...Read More


Interview with Cleve Jones at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

We shot so much video that we're still finishing up some of the interviews. I think today will just about wrap it up. This interview with Cleve Jones happened during one of the first speeches on stage as marchers were...Read More


LGBT Strategy: "My Way or the Highway"?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 14, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

LGBT Rights. The Gay Movement. Queer Liberation. Full Equality. The Homosexual Agenda. All are names that get thrown around in the fight for equal right for LGBTQ people. And all have different connotations and baggage that go along with them....Read More


"Why Are You Marching?" video compilation

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

One of my favorite memories from the National Equality March is standing around and waiting to start marching and looking at all of the people in sheer amazement. From the NGLTF float, you couldn't see the beginning of the march;...Read More


Equality Florida's Tobias Packer Speaks at the National Equality March

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Text after the jump!...Read More


Is Barney Frank Relevant?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congressman Barney Frank has been for decades the iconic image of gay civil rights advocacy on Capitol Hill. For many years he was the lone voice and only openly gay congressman. And as a Massachusetts resident I was once proud...Read More


Equality Idol contestant Mario Nguyen talks with Bilerico

Filed by Bil Browning | October 14, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I championed Equality Idol contestant Mario Nguyen during the contest and while the straight guy got the most votes, Mario was also invited to speak since he was so popular. I had a chance to sit down with him before...Read More


Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper: ENDA Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 14, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

How will Delaware's Senator Tom Carper vote on S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act? We don't know, since he hasn't yet indicated his position. In understanding the strategy for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend civil rights to LGBT...Read More


Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper: ENDA Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 14, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

How will Delaware's Senator Tom Carper vote on S1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act? We don't know, since he hasn't yet indicated his position. In understanding the strategy for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend civil rights to LGBT...Read More


How Perry Bindelglass became the official Bilerico photographer at NEM

Filed by Bil Browning | October 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This weekend's National Equality March was absolutely amazing and the unexpected moments kept piling up. We ran into Glee star Corey Montieth while shopping and the Mayor of DC stopped me in the street to say hello, but one of...Read More


Cynthia Nixon talks with Bilerico Project at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It was fun getting my picture taken with Cynthia Nixon, but her speech on stage at the National Equality March was fiery! After she got off stage, I caught her leaving the area and asked her what she thought was...Read More


NYC Speaker Christine Quinn talks with Bilerico Project

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn left the stage at the National Equality March, she took a few moments to talk with me about the march and the fate of same-sex marriage in New York state....Read More


NYC Speaker Christine Quinn talks with Bilerico Project

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn left the stage at the National Equality March, she took a few moments to talk with me about the march and the fate of same-sex marriage in New York state....Read More


HRC's Solmonese: dinner attendees 'more politically aware', have 'better sense of what's at stake'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Those are his words, not mine. Joe Solmonese said them to CNN's Don Lemon in an interview on Sunday that hasn't received much play, and there are some interesting nuggets that reveal more about thinking inside the org than he...Read More


National Equality March & Indy version makes local news

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

While I was gone to Washington DC for the National Equality March, local activists were taking to the streets of Indianapolis in solidarity. Way to go Indianapolis! It's always great to get a local angle on LGBT issues so the...Read More


National Equality March & Indy version makes local news

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

While I was gone to Washington DC for the National Equality March, local activists were taking to the streets of Indianapolis in solidarity. Way to go Indianapolis! It's always great to get a local angle on LGBT issues so the...Read More


The Future of Activism

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

A handful of young activists watch National Equality March participants fill the Capital lawn from backstage. This is my favorite picture I took with the iPhone. I thought it came out really well for being a cell phone picture....Read More


My moment in the sun at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

For one brief shining moment, I got to stand on the main stage of the National Equality March to be recognized as an Executive Steering Committee member instead of working as press backstage. Even then, I couldn't help snapping pictures...Read More


Post-march question: Just a one-night stand? Hope not

Filed by Tom Brown | October 13, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

OK, we've had our march and it's the morning after. Has anything changed? Lots of rip-roarin' speeches that I followed on C-Span -- I especially liked Troy Perry's fiery invocation -- but I haven't spotted any new crumb that the...Read More


Falsely-accused gay man sues police

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Remember that story about gay men being arrested in a porn shop in NYC because they didn't immediately citizen arrest the undercover cop who proposed prostitution to them? Well, one of the police's victims is fighting back: "The actions taken...Read More


Phil Reese, Jerame Davis, and Rea Carey at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bilerico Project contributors Phil Reese and Jerame Davis pose with Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, backstage at the National Equality March. Photo credit: Bil Browning for bilerico.com...Read More


Montana's Senator Max Baucus: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 13, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In understanding the strategy for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend civil rights to LGBT workers, it's important to understand that secrecy is our enemy. The Senate leadership will not bring this vote to the floor unless there...Read More


Montana's Senator Max Baucus: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 13, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In understanding the strategy for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend civil rights to LGBT workers, it's important to understand that secrecy is our enemy. The Senate leadership will not bring this vote to the floor unless there...Read More


Was the National Equality March A Success? It Depends On Who One Asks.

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 13, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

There has been a great deal of sniping going on between proponents of the National Equality March and those who opposed it and/or resented the fact that they could not control it. Some have cynically sought to diminish yesterday's accomplishment...Read More


Was the National Equality March A Success? It Depends On Who One Asks.

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 13, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

There has been a great deal of sniping going on between proponents of the National Equality March and those who opposed it and/or resented the fact that they could not control it. Some have cynically sought to diminish yesterday's accomplishment...Read More


From backstage at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Looking out over the crowd from backstage at the beginning of the National Equality March. Photo credit: Bil Browning for bilerico.com...Read More


Indiana Coming Out Day Celebration

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | October 13, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I attended my second ever protest this past Sunday. This one really was more of a celebration, just as it was billed. Any anger was channeled into inspirational rhetoric, and the short speeches were effective. I arrived about 45 minutes...Read More


Taking a break at the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bilerico Project co-owner Jerame Davis takes a break from shooting videos at the National Equality March. Photo credit: Bil Browning for bilerico.com...Read More


The faces of the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Excited LGBT activists at the National Equality March. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for bilerico.com Click to enlarge....Read More


Marching with a rainbow

Filed by Bil Browning | October 12, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Activists march down the streets of Washington DC carrying a rainbow flag to demand LGBT rights at the National Equality March. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for bilerico.com...Read More


Waving our flag

Filed by Bil Browning | October 12, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

An excited activist cheers her approval at the National Equality March. Photo credit: Bil Browning for bilerico.com...Read More


Judging the March's Success

Filed by Diane Silver | October 12, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

By almost any measure, Sunday's National Equality March was a roaring success, yet the true impact of the march can't be judged by what happened on Sunday. The true measure is what happens today, tomorrow and the day after. First...Read More


Why the March worked

Filed by Phil Reese | October 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Saturday night before the October 11, 2009 National Equality March, I stood in the Bauman Foundation meeting room with Kip Williams--N.E.M. co-chair--members of the Tides Foundation and Kip's gushing mother and sister. Kip looked really tired from a week of...Read More


National Equality March: The measure of success

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

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Open Left blogger Adam Bink raises the question of how do you judge the success...Read More


National Equality March: The measure of success

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

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Open Left blogger Adam Bink raises the question of how do you judge the success...Read More


Robin McGehee preps for the National Equality March

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

National Equality March co-director Robin McGehee finishes some last minute preparations minutes before the start of the march. Photo credit: Bil Browning for bilerico.com...Read More


The Day After: Where Are We On ENDA Now?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The National Equality March is over, and here we are waking up on a long holiday weekend. Now what? What next? Our next step in our federal agenda should be focusing on ENDA in the Senate. Of all our initiatives,...Read More


The Day After: Where Are We On ENDA Now?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 12, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The National Equality March is over, and here we are waking up on a long holiday weekend. Now what? What next? Our next step in our federal agenda should be focusing on ENDA in the Senate. Of all our initiatives,...Read More


We Have Arrived

Filed by Bil Browning | October 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

National Equality March Co-Directors Kip Williams and Robin McGehee greet marchers at the Capital. Photo credit: Perry Bindelglass for bilerico.com I'll be traveling back to Indiana today, but I've set up several photos to publish while we're driving. There's...Read More


The March is Over; Now We Must Take Action

Filed by Ben Finzel | October 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Marches are commonplace in DC. Everyone wants to come to DC to protest, raise their voice and let the folks in power know they care about this or that issue. To be honest, I generally don't pay a lot of...Read More


The March is Over; Now We Must Take Action

Filed by Ben Finzel | October 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Marches are commonplace in DC. Everyone wants to come to DC to protest, raise their voice and let the folks in power know they care about this or that issue. To be honest, I generally don't pay a lot of...Read More


Interview: Dan Choi after Obama's HRC dinner speech

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Lt. Dan Choi immediately after President Obama's speech at the HRC Dinner last night. As you can see, he wasn't impressed with the President's flowing words and was hoping for more specifics...Read More


What Barack Obama really said about transgender rights

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It seems like each time I write something about Barack Obama some variant of the following sentence is included in the first paragraph: The man knows how to deliver a speech. Was there any real news to gleaned here? Well,...Read More


Is Obama a sissy?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 11, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

When President Obama walked out onto the HRC stage tonight - I watched on C-SPAN - he received a thunderous reception and then hugged Joe Solomonese, I thought, "Well, there's a picture we're going to see forever." Yes, it's great...Read More


HRC National Dinner w/ President Obama, Judy Shepard, Lady Gaga and the cast of Glee

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2009 | 7:10 PM | comments

Things here are still a little hairy as people are getting moved around and put in place. Somehow I've ended up on the camera risers even though I'm liveblogging. Jerame's here too, but it's where he's supposed to be. I'm...Read More


Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize -- what next?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 10, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Is this a joke? I mean -- seriously -- at first I thought it was April Fools, or something, but then I realized it's October, but maybe in Norway they have October Fools? Let's review Obama's peacemaking record... Okay, expanding...Read More


Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize -- what next?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 10, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Is this a joke? I mean -- seriously -- at first I thought it was April Fools, or something, but then I realized it's October, but maybe in Norway they have October Fools? Let's review Obama's peacemaking record... Okay, expanding...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


Now is not the time to eliminate domestic partnership in the District of Columbia

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 09, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The bill authorizing same-sex marriages in the District of Columbia contains a disturbing additional provision that has gotten little attention. It eliminates any new domestic partnerships as of January 1, 2011. I don't know why Councilmember David Catania wrote this...Read More


Arizona - National Equality Rally

Filed by Bobby Parker | October 09, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

After the election and events of the past year we have learned a valuable lesson. In order to have an equality initiative on the ballot in 2012, we have to educate the hearts and minds of everyday citizens of Arizona....Read More


FL LGBT News Rond-Up: Pride, A New "Christian Coalition", Trans Protections, and More!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here's a little round-up of this and that from around the state that I thought you should know! As always, leave more stories and links that we might have missed in the comments! * "Christian Coalition 2.0" Hits Florida -...Read More


Socialized, heavily regulated, or single-payer: A health care system is as good as the people running it

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

It seems like it's the universe's goal to simultaneously lower my expectations for my fellow humans and to surprise me with their generosity. Today I schlepped myself across town to do visa paperwork and found out, when I got to...Read More


Why I Won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 09, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Note: I wrote this piece last year and am resurrecting it here, with a few additions. This is the week of the March on Washington. Or, wait, is it the March Through Washington, a city that will be missing most...Read More


Montana's Senator Jon Tester: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 09, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Montana is a key state in the fight for ENDA. There are two Senators supportive of ENDA here. One of these is Senator Jon Tester. Please call him today to ask for his support. There are 40 co-sponsors of ENDA,...Read More


Montana's Senator Jon Tester: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 09, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Montana is a key state in the fight for ENDA. There are two Senators supportive of ENDA here. One of these is Senator Jon Tester. Please call him today to ask for his support. There are 40 co-sponsors of ENDA,...Read More


Washington: It's all about voter turn-out

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

This is the most explicitly religious ad I've seen in one of these anti-gay ballot initiatives, and I've seen quite a few from the past few years: And what about people who don't believe in God? Or, as the ad...Read More


Message from Indiana State Senator John Broden

Filed by Donna Pandori | October 08, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Have anything on your mind regarding the upcoming 2010 legislative session? A recent email message from Indiana Senator John Broden relates the Indiana Senate Democrats are open for questions. Want an opportunity to sound off now to the Indiana Senate...Read More


Message from Indiana State Senator John Broden

Filed by Donna Pandori | October 08, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Have anything on your mind regarding the upcoming 2010 legislative session? A recent email message from Indiana Senator John Broden relates the Indiana Senate Democrats are open for questions. Want an opportunity to sound off now to the Indiana Senate...Read More


What is this, America?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I posted on Facebook yesterday that I twisted my ankle pretty hard, and am now unable to walk. And even though I work for the French government, I can't go to the doctor because immigration laws were recently changed so...Read More


Louisiana's Senator Mary Landrieu: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 08, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Louisiana is not generally considered a liberal state, and its Senators are considered quite conservative. However, one of those Senators, Mary Landrieu, is more likely than the other, David Vitter, to vote for ENDA, making Louisiana a very important state...Read More


Louisiana's Senator Mary Landrieu: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 08, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Louisiana is not generally considered a liberal state, and its Senators are considered quite conservative. However, one of those Senators, Mary Landrieu, is more likely than the other, David Vitter, to vote for ENDA, making Louisiana a very important state...Read More


Hearing set for DC marriage bill

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 08, 2009 | 10:45 AM | comments

A hearing on DC's marriage equality bill will be held on Monday, October 26 in the 5th floor Council Chambers of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW.) This is a crucial opportunity for us to make the case for...Read More


Do sex offenders deserve to live?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 07, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I think it's time we had a national debate on that question. Do sex offenders (any kind, dudes who cruise in parks, rapists, guys who collect child porn, exhibitionists...) deserve to live? Should we automatically give them the death penalty...Read More


Will hate crimes pass in time for the National Equality March?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's looking more and more likely that Congress will pass hate crimes legislation just in time for the National Equality March this weekend. Last night, the House voted down a Republican measure to strip hate crimes language from the Defense...Read More


North Carolina's Senator Kay Hagan: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 07, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Kay Hagan is likely to be supportive of ENDA. The only problem is, she hasn't said anything one way or the other. We need 60 votes in the Senate, and we need to know they're there, or else the...Read More


North Carolina's Senator Kay Hagan: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 07, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Senator Kay Hagan is likely to be supportive of ENDA. The only problem is, she hasn't said anything one way or the other. We need 60 votes in the Senate, and we need to know they're there, or else the...Read More


DC marriage bill introduced today and what's next

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today D.C. Council Member David Catania introduced a bill that would legalize marriages between same-sex couples. The bill, known as the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, sets the stage for DC to become the next...Read More


Indiana's Senator Evan Bayh: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 06, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

There are now 8 Senators* who I believe are likely to be supportive of ENDA. If we add them to the confirmed yes votes**, we would have 57 yes votes. That would communicate volumes to the Senate leadership, because it...Read More


Indiana's Senator Evan Bayh: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 06, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

There are now 8 Senators* who I believe are likely to be supportive of ENDA. If we add them to the confirmed yes votes**, we would have 57 yes votes. That would communicate volumes to the Senate leadership, because it...Read More


Microsoft donates $100k to keep Washington relationship recognition

Filed by Bil Browning | October 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Good news out of Washington... Microsoft has given $100,000 to Approve Referendum 71 - the org leading the push to keep Washington's new domestic partnership law. The donation is larger than all the combined contributions to Protect Marriage Washington, the...Read More


DC marriage bill to be introduced today

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2009 | 9:48 AM | comments

Today, DC Council Member David Catania will introduce a bill legalizing marriage between same-sex couples in the District. The bill will be introduced with ten of thirteen members of the Council co-sponsoring the bill. There has been little opposition to...Read More


Everyone wants a piece of Glenn Beck's pie

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

Speaking of strange pitches we get at Bilerico, here's Jerry Falwell's Liberty Council trying to prove that they're still relevant even after the teabaggers took the rightwing over from the Religious Right establishment. They made a page where you can...Read More


Obama will speak at HRC National Dinner on eve of March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 05, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign announced today that President Obama will address their annual national dinner on Saturday evening. No matter what your thoughts are about HRC or President Obama, it is worth noting that this is only the second time...Read More


Think positive, Wacky Jackie. Think positive.

Filed by Bil Browning | October 05, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Holy crap! Indiana State Representative Jackie Walorski is seriously being considered as a credible Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Congressman Joe Donnelly? Perhaps the RNC likes having fringe candidates running in that spot - like last election cycle's Tony Zirkle...Read More


Senator Harry Reid endorses & welcomes the National Equality March

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

Good news for this weekend's LGBT rights march - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed the National Equality March [pdf] calling it "part of a larger movement for peace and social justice." No word yet on whether or not...Read More


Can't go to the Natl Equality March? Want to talk to Rep Andre Carson in Indy?

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

Indiana Stonewall Democrats will honor Congressman Andre Carson and local businessman and philanthropist Joe Miller for their work on LGBT issues on October 11. The Frank O'Bannon award will be presented to Congressman Andre Carson for legislative leadership on LGBT...Read More


Can't go to the Natl Equality March? Want to talk to Rep Andre Carson in Indy?

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

Indiana Stonewall Democrats will honor Congressman Andre Carson and local businessman and philanthropist Joe Miller for their work on LGBT issues on October 11. The Frank O'Bannon award will be presented to Congressman Andre Carson for legislative leadership on LGBT...Read More


NYT: The High Price of Being a Gay Couple

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 05, 2009 | 12:45 PM | comments

For many of us, the emotional and human costs of being denied the freedom to marry are clear. The moments that matter most are fraught with additional worries including difficulties in visiting one another on the hospital, the worry about...Read More


A brief history of domestic violence against men, in vintage postcards

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 05, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Wives beating up their disobedient or wayward husbands was once perceived as downright hilarious. Maybe it was the shock of the role reversal (wife-battering was a commonplace in those days) or that men who submitted to female authority were viewed...Read More


Virginia's Senator Mark Warner: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 05, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, like his colleague, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. For that we can be grateful. It's time for him to come out publicly...Read More


Virginia's Senator Mark Warner: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 05, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, like his colleague, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. For that we can be grateful. It's time for him to come out publicly...Read More


20 reasons you should go to the National Equality March

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The National Equality March on Washington will happen on October 10 and 11, 2009. Here are twenty reasons you should go: Go because you are worthy. Go because we need each other. Go because you will never forget this. Go...Read More


20 reasons you should go to the National Equality March

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The National Equality March on Washington will happen on October 10 and 11, 2009. Here are twenty reasons you should go: Go because you are worthy. Go because we need each other. Go because you will never forget this. Go...Read More


20 reasons you should go to the National Equality March

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The National Equality March on Washington will happen on October 10 and 11, 2009. Here are twenty reasons you should go: Go because you are worthy. Go because we need each other. Go because you will never forget this. Go...Read More


The Potty: An Argument Against ENDA? (Part IV)

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 04, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

A major objection to gender identity protections in ENDA is that it will cover transgender people, and where will they go to the bathroom? As odd as it might seem to argue that an entire class of people should go...Read More


The Potty: An Argument Against ENDA? (Part IV)

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 04, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

A major objection to gender identity protections in ENDA is that it will cover transgender people, and where will they go to the bathroom? As odd as it might seem to argue that an entire class of people should go...Read More


2015: Last year an Indiana marriage amendment could pass

Filed by Bil Browning | October 04, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After reading Nate Silver's prediction that rightwingers attempts to overturn Maine's same-sex marriage law would likely fail, I found this list by state of the last year voters would pass a marriage amendment. Nate says that by 2015 Indiana voters...Read More


Dallas Voice's John Wright on the big marriage news out of Texas

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

By now, you've probably heard about the big news coming out of Texas. A state district court judge considering whether a gay couple married in Massachusetts could get a divorce in Texas, which has a constitutional state ban against same...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Tammy Baldwin

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Tammy Baldwin. For more...Read More


UPDATED: Prominent Midwestern LGBT Activist Accused of Embezzling $5.9 Million

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Contributor Marla Stevens was the first person to join Bilerico as a contributor in April 2005. Neither she nor her wife, Phyllis Stevens, have donated any money to Bilerico Project. UPDATED AT THE END OF THE POST Phyllis...Read More


Congresswoman Norton Issues Statement on DC's Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton released the following statement in the DC marriage equality bill that will be introduced on Tuesday: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement on the same-sex marriage bill expected to...Read More


More people are getting AIDS meds worldwide

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The UN released some good numbers in the global fight against AIDS: In 2008, officials estimated more than 4 million people were on AIDS drugs in low- and middle-income countries. The biggest increase was in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 3...Read More


Valued Members of Society

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 02, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm ready for a week at the spa. It's been crazy around here in so many ways... After the cat died, very sad and her sister is walking around the house meowing for her which breaks my heart, Ben was...Read More


Virginia's Jim Webb: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 02, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Virginia Senator Jim Webb is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. Great News. It's time for him to come out publicly in favor of ENDA. We've got 40 co-sponsors of ENDA, and...Read More


Virginia's Jim Webb: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 02, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Virginia Senator Jim Webb is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. Great News. It's time for him to come out publicly in favor of ENDA. We've got 40 co-sponsors of ENDA, and...Read More


Alberta Teacher Fired For Gender Change

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

In early October of 2008, substitute teacher Jan Buterman was informed that he was being dropped from the teacher list and should not report to a scheduled class that day. Jan had spoken with the Deputy Superintendent at the Greater...Read More


Alberta Teacher Fired For Gender Change

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

In early October of 2008, substitute teacher Jan Buterman was informed that he was being dropped from the teacher list and should not report to a scheduled class that day. Jan had spoken with the Deputy Superintendent at the Greater...Read More


How much do you want hate crimes legislation to pass?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Just as I warned in June, the fate of hate crimes legislation is tied to the defense bill. We're now put in the uncomfortable position of advocating for our allies to authorize more money for the wars in Iraq and...Read More


Homophobic hissy fits start in Gay-sachusetts

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 01, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Obama fired Van Jones, and now the wingnuts (does anyone else think the plural of "wingnut" should officially become "angry mob"?) smell blood. Who should be their next target? It's looking like Kevin Jennings is fresh to receive some false...Read More


ISU Students will march in DC

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Indiana State University's student newspaper is reporting that a sizable contingent of ISU students will be marching in DC next weekend. Members of a campus LGBT-awareness group will travel to Washington, D.C. next month for the National Equality March, part...Read More


Equality March meets $250k fundraising goal: Sets march route

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

After an event in New York City last week raised over $14,000 for the National Equality March, Equality Across America announced it has met it's fundraising goal of $250,000. The gala at NYC hotspot Elmo was hosted by actor Allan...Read More


Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in Illinois Senate: Matches House Version

Filed by Phil Reese | October 01, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

And we're off! The race to marriage equality for the fifth largest state in the Union was kicked off this morning when State Senator Heather Steans became the first Illinois Senator to introduce a marriage equality bill - SB2468 the...Read More


Nebraska's Ben Nelson: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. That is wonderful. Unlike the rest of NE's congressional delegation, Nelson has been supportive of ENDA and hate crimes legislation in...Read More


Nebraska's Ben Nelson: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson is a friend and supporter of ENDA. He has privately indicated his support for ENDA. That is wonderful. Unlike the rest of NE's congressional delegation, Nelson has been supportive of ENDA and hate crimes legislation in...Read More


DC marriage bill to be introduced on Tuesday

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 01, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

At a meeting last night to mobilize the LGBT community and allies Council Member David Catania announced that on October 6 he would introduce a bill to legalize marriage between same-sex couples in the District. "We are going to do...Read More