Politics: November 2009

FAIL: Rick Warren tries to take a neutral position on Uganda's 'execute gays' bill

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

Pastor Rick Warren attempts to straddle a volatile issue -- Uganda's legislation that calls for the execution of gays -- and commits a double twist, backflip FAIL by saying "As a pastor, my job is to encourage, to support. I...Read More


UK judge explains how people's rights are trampled in cruising cases

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

A UK judge had some stern words those who use their power to intimidate those who cruise for sex into giving up their rights. Only two news sources covered the proceedings, and this is all they published from the judge,...Read More


Is the DC Police Gay and Lesbian Liasion Unit Being Dismantled?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 30, 2009 | 12:43 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger David Phillips is a poly Leather shaman, kink evangelist, and Queermen's health advocate living in Arlington, VA. A survivor of relationship abuse, David co-founded the Rainbow Response Coalition, addressing intimate partner violence among LGBTQ people in...Read More


The things one finds on eBay: CBT for sale

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

Seems the softening in the economy has forced an unknown UK sex-toy vendor into bankruptcy -- prompting a wholesale liquidator to snap up a lot of chastity devices. Hard times call for desperate measures. Male Chastity Device Heavy Chrome From...Read More


How To Get ENDA Moving Again

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

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act bill (ENDA), which was originally planned for a House vote in September or October, then November, now looks like it's headed for a February landing. That's problematic because it puts ENDA into the Senate during an...Read More


How To Get ENDA Moving Again

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

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act bill (ENDA), which was originally planned for a House vote in September or October, then November, now looks like it's headed for a February landing. That's problematic because it puts ENDA into the Senate during an...Read More


On Stimulating The Future, Or, "It's The Ytterbium, Stupid!"

Filed by Don Davis | November 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We're diving deep into "geek world" today with a story that combines economic hardball, the periodic table of the elements, and a barely noticed provision of the Defense Authorization Act that seeks to break a monopoly which today gives China...Read More


HIV/AIDS forum receives White House support, but where is the local community?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 30, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Fort Lauderdale hosts community discussion on HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS forum receives White House support, but where is the local community? For years, national AIDS activists and advocates have been demanding that the President of the United States and Congress develop a...Read More


Conservative Rapper's Delight

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I now extend my request for Levi Johnston to these guys. The Christian side hug, for the unaware, is the Christian version of the standard "full frontal hug," which is a sinful abonimation and should be avoided until marriage (I...Read More


What's the common thread between Sen Ensign, Reps Stupak & Pitts, & the death penalty for homosexuality in Uganda?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 29, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The answer is "The Family," the right-wing Christian organization with a terrifying idea about power and an ideology as far right as can be. Fans of the Rachel Maddow show have been hearing about The Family for months, as she...Read More


Stupak, Pitts, and the Classist, Sexist "Sin Tax" Amendment

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Louisa V. Hill is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa's Playwrights' Workshop. LGBT folks and their allies know all too well that their human rights are often the first to be sacrificed under the...Read More


Boldface State Dinner

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 28, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Some have asked, "How did you get invited to the White House State dinner?" The incredulity of the question implies we were like the reality couple that crashed the dinner. They were the first couple we saw when we arrived...Read More


New and Improved Strategy: End the War

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 28, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Comprehensive new strategy in Afghanistan will be unveiled by the President soon. You know what this will mean? More troops, and the war will now be his. No longer Bush's mistake. Eight years. How many more? Two? Ten? I want...Read More


Register For ENDA In Jeopardy: Emergency Conference Call Tues

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

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. A nation-wide community conference call has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1st, at noon EST to discuss actions we can take to push a vote on ENDA now. It will last...Read More


Register For ENDA In Jeopardy: Emergency Conference Call Tues

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

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. A nation-wide community conference call has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1st, at noon EST to discuss actions we can take to push a vote on ENDA now. It will last...Read More


Una vigilia del amor que vence al odio...

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | November 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

En Puerto Rico celebramos una vigilia en contra de los crímenes de odio, a raíz del vil asesinato del joven gay Jorge Steven López Mercado. Fue una vigilia del amor que vence al odio, de la esperanza que resurge del...Read More


Harvey Milk and the holidays

Filed by Adam Bink | November 25, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Awhile back, I wrote a piece at my home blog, OpenLeft.com, looking at the map of results in Maine, and noted the results in small towns where we lost badly. A colleague of mine at OpenLeft, Mike Lux, who has...Read More


Chairman Miller, Don't Reach For That Turkey Yet!

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 25, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

An Open Letter to Chairman George Miller of the House Committee on Education and Labor, where the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is stalled while awaiting markup. Dear Chairman Miller: I know Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that you are back in your...Read More


Chairman Miller, Don't Reach For That Turkey Yet!

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 25, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

An Open Letter to Chairman George Miller of the House Committee on Education and Labor, where the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is stalled while awaiting markup. Dear Chairman Miller: I know Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that you are back in your...Read More


The Horrible Truth About Gay Marriage

Filed by Diane Silver | November 24, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

The minute voters ripped the right to marry away from same-sex couples in Maine, the call rang out across LGBTQ America: Let's give up on marriage. The defeat in Maine was horrible in itself, but it was even more galling...Read More


Let's Tell Chairman George Miller to Move ENDA

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

Representative George Miller is the chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor. His Committee was supposed to markup the Employment Non-Discrimination Act last Wednesday and move it to the House floor for a vote. Instead, he has decided...Read More


Let's Tell Chairman George Miller to Move ENDA

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

Representative George Miller is the chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor. His Committee was supposed to markup the Employment Non-Discrimination Act last Wednesday and move it to the House floor for a vote. Instead, he has decided...Read More


FBI: LGBT hate crimes increase but Indy doesn't report any

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The FBI has released their detailed report on hate crimes in America for 2008. Crimes against LGBT people increased by 11% nationwide. Indiana is one of a handful of states without a statewide hate crimes law. Instead, we have a...Read More


Window collapse came with staggering debt

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 23, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Matt Hennie, a product of the legacy media, both gay and otherwise, launched Project Q Atlanta to cover LGBT Atlanta in September 2008. Like a one-two punch only a heavyweight fighter can deliver, gay news consumers...Read More


Vegas trans activists move to merge with Reno group

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | November 23, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Sometimes, history happens right before your very eyes. Saturday seemed like one of those instances. That's when a group of Las Vegas trans activists took some of their first steps toward formally organizing, as well as joining forces with upstate...Read More


ENDA: Reading the Tea Leaves

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

It was a surprise to most people that the markup of ENDA, scheduled for last Wednesday morning at 10 am, was abruptly postponed on Monday night at 6:30 pm, heralded by a terse red notice on the House Committee on...Read More


ENDA: Reading the Tea Leaves

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

It was a surprise to most people that the markup of ENDA, scheduled for last Wednesday morning at 10 am, was abruptly postponed on Monday night at 6:30 pm, heralded by a terse red notice on the House Committee on...Read More


Illinois' Jacob Meister aims to be the first openly gay Senate candidate [Part II]

Filed by Phil Reese | November 22, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last week I had a delightful conversation with Jacob Meister, the openly gay Chicago lawyer who has high hopes for winning the Democratic primary and seeking the seat previously held by President Barack Obama and Carol Moseley Braun before him....Read More


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

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 22, 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


Florida Competitive Workforce Bill Filed To Add Anti-Discrimination Protections Statewide

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

I applaud the filing of the Competitive Workforce bill in the Florida House of Representative. House bill 391, filed by Rep. Kelly Skidmore, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Florida's civil rights statues. Currently, it is legal to...Read More


Ken Hutcherson targets Microsoft for contribution to Approve 71 campaign

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 21, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Rev. Ken Hutcherson made an appearance at Microsoft's annual shareholder's meeting on Tuesday. As usual, Hutcherson was there representing the interests of Thomas Strohbar, founder of numerous anti-birth control, anti-choice, and anti-gay financial organizations. Strohbar's road to financial security has...Read More


From the Washington Blade's Ashes Comes DC Agenda

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 20, 2009 | 3:28 PM | comments

I was as shocked and saddened as anyone on Monday when it was revealed the Washington Blade (along with other Windows Media publications) had been shut down on Monday. But, the great news is Kevin Naff and the former Blade...Read More


Protect the sanctity of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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

Maybe the folks working to end DADT ought to draw attention to the folks who abuse DADT. This is from a lesbian in the military: Looking for a way out of the service isn't a new idea. Since 9/11, soldiers...Read More


Interview w/NGLTF Exec Dir Rea Carey (part two)

Filed by Adam Bink | November 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

TThis is part two of an interview with Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Part one focused on the No On 1 campaign in Maine, the push to repeal Prop 8 in 2010...Read More


Sarah Palin-style: Tom Tancredo goes rogue

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sarah Palin madness is sweeping through the teabagger jet set and the latest victim appears to be Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo. As Palin's new "autobiography" (put in scare quotes because she didn't really write it herself and memoirs are usually...Read More


Historic Declaration of Christian Conscience?

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 20, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today at noon national religious leaders will be releasing a 4,732-word statement signed by Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical leaders, The statement dubbed Manhattan Declaration issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that...Read More


Reject 71 campaign tries to spin history

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

You would think the Reject 71 campaign won in Washington from their first message to supporters after their resounding defeat by the Approve 71 campaign. In the Reject 71 Campaign Manager Larry Stickney's typical truth bending style he wrote: Not...Read More


ND's Senator Kent Conrad: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 20, 2009 | 10:30 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 | November 20, 2009 | 10:30 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


Interview w/NGLTF Exec Dir Rea Carey and Dir of Organizing & Training Dan Hawes (part one)

Filed by Adam Bink | November 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've been writing a lot on what happened in Maine (most recently this piece yesterday in Frontiers in LA magazine), and where our movement should go from here. NGLTF had run much of the field program in Maine, as well...Read More


Interview w/NGLTF Exec Dir Rea Carey and Dir of Organizing & Training Dan Hawes (part one)

Filed by Adam Bink | November 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've been writing a lot on what happened in Maine (most recently this piece yesterday in Frontiers in LA magazine), and where our movement should go from here. NGLTF had run much of the field program in Maine, as well...Read More


Good news or bad ideas? KY, MI, OH, TX re-examine marriage amendments

Filed by Bil Browning | November 19, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The marriage equality drumbeat has rumbled on with news that several states will be attempting to re-examine their state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and/or civil unions. Surprisingly, this hasn't received as much attention as I assumed it would in...Read More


What will President Obama do about that pesky federal Prop 8 suit?

Filed by Phil Reese | November 19, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

While the federal Proposition 8 lawsuit continues its battle in federal court, leaders in the LGBT community are casting a suspicious eye on the White House, asking whether or not our 'fierce advocate' up there is going to come to...Read More


BREAKING NEWS: Tampa Adds Gender Identity Protections

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 19, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Tampa City Council should be commended for expanding non-discrimination protections to those who live, work and visit the city. Tampa is the latest city in Florida to add "gender identity" to its human rights ordinance that bans discrimination in...Read More


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

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While we stand around, twiddling our thumbs, waiting for the doorman to check his clipboard and open the velvet rope to let ENDA inside the House for markup, we have some extra time to pull out our cellphones and dial...Read More


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

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 19, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While we stand around, twiddling our thumbs, waiting for the doorman to check his clipboard and open the velvet rope to let ENDA inside the House for markup, we have some extra time to pull out our cellphones and dial...Read More


Alex Sink Becomes Top Florida Official to Oppose Anti-Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Fantastic news from our Equality Florida Broward Gala. Last Sunday's gathering of Equality Florida activists, donors, elected leaders and volunteers was our biggest event of the year and smashed through all of our previous fundraising records. The event has triggered...Read More


On Determining Impact, Or, How Stimulative Is Stimulus?

Filed by Don Davis | November 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We strive to be, if anything, a participatory space around here, and I've had a question come to my inbox that is very much deserving of our attention. To make a long story short, our questioner wants to know why,...Read More


Lambda Legal sues because health care isn't a luxury

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 18, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

A few months ago, saying they needed to cut spending, the state of Arizona rescinded domestic partner benefits for same-sex partners of state employees. They seemed to forget that it would have saved a whole lot more money if they...Read More


Illinois' Jacob Meister aims to be the first openly gay Senate candidate

Filed by Phil Reese | November 18, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Jacob Meister and his campaign manager, Lowell Jaffe, were standing outside of a CVS Pharmacy on DuPont Circle, in Washington DC the morning of the National Equality March. Jaffe stuck his hand out as I passed and they started a...Read More


Queer Maine - a very different anti-marriage postscript

Filed by Father Tony | November 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

When you have fifteen minutes to devote to this, I urge you to have a listen to this articulate anti-assimilationist queer as he constructs an excellent economic reframe of Maine and gives voice to a point of view that was...Read More


DC Board of Elections rejects marriage ballot initiative... a model for America?

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

HRC's blog reports that there won't be a ballot initiative on marriage in DC: Today, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics announced their ruling [pdf] that for a second time that a proposed ballot measure that would undermine marriage...Read More


Stephen Colbert on DC Gay Marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 18, 2009 | 10:43 AM | comments

Stephen Colbert takes on the DC marriage equality issue in the way only he can. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cThe Word - Skeletons in the Closetwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorU.S. Speedskating...Read More


Today Is National Call-In Day for ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 18, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

United ENDA, a coalition of hundreds of LGBT groups across the nation, has designated today as National Call-In Day for ENDA. They are asking us to call our U.S. legislators today -- your Representative and your two Senators. The idea...Read More


Today Is National Call-In Day for ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 18, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

United ENDA, a coalition of hundreds of LGBT groups across the nation, has designated today as National Call-In Day for ENDA. They are asking us to call our U.S. legislators today -- your Representative and your two Senators. The idea...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Tell: "Jess, Bend, Oregon, 2009"

Filed by Jeff Sheng | November 17, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Read More


First same-sex couple to marry in Latin America will be from where?

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 17, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Argentina, of course. Since I'm the only person of Argentine heritage I can think of in the American LGBT blogosphere, it'd be a shame if I didn't mention this story. A judge in Beunos Aires last Friday ruled in favor...Read More


NOM's answer to "ban gay marriage" talking points: Chatty Cathy

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 17, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's difficult to make it through an entire video clip of NOM's executive director Brian Brown anymore but when I can I get a horrible déjà vu of Chatty Cathy. Somebody PLEASE stop pulling that string! Mr. Brown's "ban same...Read More


Michelle Obama - What a Woman!

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Roberta Raeburn is a photographer who lives Staten Island, NY and is a Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) client and volunteer Imagine my surprise when Catherine Thurston, Deputy Director for Programs at SAGE called...Read More


The Recession and LGBT Communities: A Series

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | November 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The global economic recession has been rolling over the world full force for over a year now. We have seen the markets flowing in red, homeowners being turned out at a rate not seen since the great depression, and the...Read More


Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 17, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While news of the postponement of ENDA is still fresh, and there is no word on when ENDA might get back on track, that is no excuse to slack off. It will get back on track sooner or later, and...Read More


Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 17, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While news of the postponement of ENDA is still fresh, and there is no word on when ENDA might get back on track, that is no excuse to slack off. It will get back on track sooner or later, and...Read More


BREAKING: ENDA Postponed

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 16, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The House Committee on Education and Labor, which was due to mark up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on Wednesday of this week, has announced that it is postponing its markup. A terse statement on the Committee's website states simply...Read More


BREAKING: ENDA Postponed

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 16, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The House Committee on Education and Labor, which was due to mark up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) on Wednesday of this week, has announced that it is postponing its markup. A terse statement on the Committee's website states simply...Read More


Rocky Horror and the Holy Grail, or: The Problem with Defining to Exclusion

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 16, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

As communities rise from the margins, they undergo a process of introspection, microscopic self-examination and self-definition. It's a process of healing, throwing off the ill-fitting definitions that had been imposed previously by a majority that didn't experience and most often...Read More


Another Catholic Church Red Herring

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 16, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I wrote that legislation allowing same-sex marriage will have no impact on the issue of the church's provision of foster care and adoption services, because providing those services is already subject to DC's anti-discrimination laws. The church makes one...Read More


LGBT Resistance to the Coup in Honduras

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

On Saturday I attended a talk by Indyra Mendoza, an activist with the LGTB Coalition Against the Coup in Honduras, who was in LA for a speaking tour. Her message was simple and powerful: Murders of trans women and gay...Read More


Weekly ENDA Update: Could A House Vote Be Next Week?

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

U.S. Representative George Miller, Democrat of California's 7th Congressional District, is the Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and a supporter of H.R. 3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He will be presiding over the mark up of...Read More


Weekly ENDA Update: Could A House Vote Be Next Week?

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

U.S. Representative George Miller, Democrat of California's 7th Congressional District, is the Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and a supporter of H.R. 3017, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He will be presiding over the mark up of...Read More


Why Are So Many Gay Men Grateful They Got HIV?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | 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


The DC Catholic Church's red herring

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 15, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

To hear the Catholic Church tell it, if same-sex couples can marry in DC they will have to stop providing social services here. At least that's their threat, as reported earlier this week in the Washington Post. I heard the...Read More


The history maker's historian: Jon Knoll on Jim Madigan

Filed by Phil Reese | November 15, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Illinois has had its share of making history lately, but we have the opportunity to make history once again with an unprecedented number of openly gay candidates going into this Spring's primaries. Cook County (Chicago) is leading the pack with...Read More


Should Heterosexuals be allowed to serve openly in the military?

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 15, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

According to One News Now the American Medical Association (AMA) is ignoring health facts in homosexual advocacy with it's passage of a resolution that opposes "don't ask, don't tell" and declaration that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities: Elaine...Read More


Putting on the brakes: An apology

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

As Antonia said in my last post's comments, "My dear, you certainly stepped into it." It has come to my attention that my counterpoint article on trans exclusion/inclusion has made the rounds on e-mail lists, forums, and the desks of...Read More


John Aravosis' "Don't Ask/Don't Give" has the wrong focus

Filed by Phil Reese | November 14, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Let me preface this by reminding everyone that my first Bilerico post ever was a critique of the President's LGBT record. That was this past Spring. We are now getting on into Winter, and I still believe the President has...Read More


Maine anti-marriage leader tied to several pro-gay companies

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

Schubert Flint Public Affairs, a Sacramento, Calif.-based consulting firm, worked extensively on California's Proposition 8 and Maine's vote to overturn the new marriage equality law. Two companies listed in the HRC's Corporate Equality Index with excellent scores, however, are currently...Read More


Video WH 'held for review': Obama official Melody Barnes' support for marriage equality

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 13, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

This story is so weird; it exemplifies the paranoia over at the White House over anything G-A-Y, particularly regarding the President's current illogical-but-politically safe position on marriage equality. We have to roll the story out before getting to the meat...Read More


Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 13, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

This past Wednesday, I posted about a possible slow-down of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I have to admit I was very concerned, though others counseled that ENDA was on track. Yesterday afternoon, thankfully, the House Committee on Education and Labor...Read More


Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 13, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

This past Wednesday, I posted about a possible slow-down of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I have to admit I was very concerned, though others counseled that ENDA was on track. Yesterday afternoon, thankfully, the House Committee on Education and Labor...Read More


For marriage victories, we must face and use religion

Filed by Matt Comer | November 12, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is saying it might not be able to continue its social services programs if a marriage equality bill is passed by the D.C. Council. The Washington Post reports that Archdiocese officials say the proposed...Read More


I've signed on to Don't Ask, Don't Give (and you should too)

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

Conservative Democrats don't want to move forward on Don't Ask, Don't Tell after the last elections. There are concerns about the future of ENDA. No one in Congress is going to do anything about DOMA anytime soon. (If the votes...Read More


The Importance of "Straight Allies"

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

As the recent lost on marriage equality in Maine demonstrates, the GLBT community will never achieve full equality under the civil laws without the help of our "straight allies" who may in some cases be better able to open hearts...Read More


ENDA: not a done deal yet

Filed by Phil Reese | November 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

According to Dr. Jillian Weiss' Congressional ENDA spreadsheet, we seem to have enough "supporters" in the House to pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act once and for all. That does not mean ENDA will pass. Dr. Weiss' spreadsheet shows 214...Read More


Michael Crawford: One of Advocate's People of the Year

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to Bilerico-DC managing editor Michael Crawford for being named one of Advocate magazine's "People of the Year." In a city that is more than 50% African-American, Michael Crawford has been leading the charge on an issue often used to...Read More


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

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 12, 2009 | 11:30 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. Delaware's other Senator, Senator Ted Kaufman, just recently co-sponsored the bill. In understanding the strategy for the...Read More


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

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 12, 2009 | 11:30 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. Delaware's other Senator, Senator Ted Kaufman, just recently co-sponsored the bill. In understanding the strategy for the...Read More


Attacking Tax-Exemptions for Churches a Lose-Lose Proposition

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sam Ritchie is a writer and activist who lives with his husband of twelve years in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He writes, edits and manages online content for the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & AIDS Projects....Read More


Counterpoint: trans-inclusion is distracting to LGB legislation

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 11, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Author's note: this piece is a point-counterpoint, academic discussion of issues currently circulating in the LGBT community. These points in no way represent my personal beliefs on the issue: as a transwoman and LGBT activist I want to see solidarity...Read More


Everything is not marriage

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

I'm more accustomed to calling out the idea that same-sex marriage will solve every problem that queer people face. No, it won't end school bullying, it won't give us all access to health care, it won't make our relationships any...Read More


Rumors of ENDA Slow-Down In The House

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Congressional offices are closed today for Veterans Day, so we can take a break from calling our Senators. As you know, we have been working on moving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate, where the real fight is...Read More


Rumors of ENDA Slow-Down In The House

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Congressional offices are closed today for Veterans Day, so we can take a break from calling our Senators. As you know, we have been working on moving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate, where the real fight is...Read More


LDS Changes Sides on Salt Lake City Human Rights Ordinance?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 10, 2009 | 5:45 PM | comments

Tonight's Salt Lake City city council meeting to pass a fully inclusive human rights ordinance might come with a pleasant surprise from the Mormons. The LDS church previously opposed the ordinance, but according to my sources they will announce at...Read More


On Paying for Immoral Things; or: Is Stupak on to Something?

Filed by Don Davis | November 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

There has been a great wailing and gnashing of teeth over the past day or so as those who follow the healthcare debate react to the Stupak/Some Creepy Republican Guy Amendment. The Amendment, which is apparently intended to respond to...Read More


A Rally in Albany

Filed by Father Tony | November 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

New York blogger bud Gavin contacted me with this report about yesterday's marriage rights rally in Albany, New York.. Just when I thought we were all burned out from Maine and Washington, looking at these photos made me feel hopeful...Read More


Please Thank Senators Paul Kirk and Ted Kaufman: ENDA's Newest Co-Sponsors

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Senator Paul Kirk of Massachusetts and Ted Kaufman of Delaware have signed on as the newest co-sponsors of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 1584. Just as it is important to ask for support, it is also important to say thank...Read More


Please Thank Senators Paul Kirk and Ted Kaufman: ENDA's Newest Co-Sponsors

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Senator Paul Kirk of Massachusetts and Ted Kaufman of Delaware have signed on as the newest co-sponsors of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 1584. Just as it is important to ask for support, it is also important to say thank...Read More


Our Families Count Launches Website

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 10, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

In July, I wrote about a project I've been involved with that aims "to educate and motivate all LGBT Americans and households to be visible in 2010, and to take part in the 2010 U.S. Census." At that time, Our...Read More


TAKE ACTION: End Anti-LGBT Job Discrimination in Florida

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

The Florida Competitive Workforce Bill adds "sexual orientation and gender identity and expression" to Florida's civil rights law that bans discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. End Anti-LGBT Job Discrimination in Florida Endorse the Florida Competitive Workforce Bill Even...Read More


Exclusion of GLBT dialogue in schools hurts all children

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We've seen in California and now Maine how far religious fundamentalists will go to prevent same-sex couples from obtaining the civil right of marriage. The successful theme continually used which resonates with their supporters is "homosexuals will indoctrinate your children...Read More


Vegas still casts desert mirage of equality

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | November 09, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's the sex and gambling capital of the world - a place where anything goes, right? Wrong. As far as I'm concerned, Las Vegas generally has a bogus reputation for being socially liberal, including when it comes to LGBTQ liberties,...Read More


Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Jeff Sheng | November 09, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

For almost all of us, this past week has been crushing due to the results from Maine. Almost an equal disappointment for myself is that I am reminded how President Obama was elected a year ago, and change still seems...Read More


The time to demand unequivocal Progressive support

Filed by Phil Reese | November 09, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I think everyone's already put their two cents in on 'Maine'--including myself and Maggie Gallagher. Certainly we're not all on the same page on marriage, but what happened in Maine was a demoralizing defeat for a lot of people. The...Read More


Weekly ENDA Update: What Did The Senate Hearing Accomplish?

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

The Senate held hearings to a nearly empty Committee chamber last week regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Only five Senators showed up, all Democrats, including the Chair of the Committee, Senator Harkin, the lead sponsor, Senator Merkley, and three other...Read More


Weekly ENDA Update: What Did The Senate Hearing Accomplish?

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

The Senate held hearings to a nearly empty Committee chamber last week regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Only five Senators showed up, all Democrats, including the Chair of the Committee, Senator Harkin, the lead sponsor, Senator Merkley, and three other...Read More


Roundtable on Kalamazoo, Washington, and Maine's ballot initiatives

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 08, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Below is a roundtable I just recorded on the ballot initiatives in Maine, Washington, and Kalamazoo. In on the discussion were Joe Mirabella, the LGBT community blogger for Seattle Post-Intelligencer and worked as a social networking consultant for the approve...Read More


Elizabeth Edwards helped my breaking heart

Filed by Gloria Nieto | November 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

While living in New Mexico, I heard many folk stories. Tales of emergence, creation stories, even UFO sightings. One in particular has always had a profound impact on me, the story of Apache tears. The story says that some Apaches...Read More


Take a tip from the Lions: or why I don't like the marriage fight

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 06, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Thinking of gay marriage reminds me of Detroit. Here was a team that did everything wrong; up until the third game of this season they hadn't won a game since 2007. The stadium rarely filled up. The sportscasters used them...Read More


The Top 10 Best Ballot Questions Ever

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

If "Let the people vote!" is now the dominant, deeply-considered political philosophy, I don't see why we can't all dream about what we want to see on the ballot. There's no cow too sacred, so add in your ballot initiative...Read More


Ok... So, now what?

Filed by Amy Hunter | November 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's funny, Tuesday afternoon, after watching the noon news, inside my head, I was willing to entertain the idea that we could lose. I mean actually lose! The local newscast had ended with a piece about ballot question 1856--the non-discrimination...Read More


Ok... So, now what?

Filed by Amy Hunter | November 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's funny, Tuesday afternoon, after watching the noon news, inside my head, I was willing to entertain the idea that we could lose. I mean actually lose! The local newscast had ended with a piece about ballot question 1856--the non-discrimination...Read More


Delaware's Senator Ted Kaufman: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Interesting doings yesterday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which you can view here. I congratulate the Committee and witnesses on doing a wonderful job of addressing business and religious objections...Read More


Delaware's Senator Ted Kaufman: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Interesting doings yesterday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which you can view here. I congratulate the Committee and witnesses on doing a wonderful job of addressing business and religious objections...Read More


Tampa City Council Votes Unanimously to Add 'Gender Identity and Expression' to Human Rights Ordinance

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

An amendment to add "gender identity and expression" to the Tampa Human Rights Ordinance passed first reading and will come to the council for a final vote in two weeks. The council voted unanimously 7-0 to move the measure to...Read More


Marriage after Maine

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 05, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

As heartbreaking as it was for the people on the ground and as callous as this may sound, Maine 09 was just another move in the two steps forward, one step back dance that social change movements are. The overall...Read More


We can't deny the fact that you hate us right now, you hate us!

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I was actually gone on vacation for the earlier part of this week in Seville, since French vacations don't line up with American elections... but I've been catching up and most of what I wanted to say about the elections...Read More


Maggie Gallagher (NOM) attended pro gay marriage rally in DC

Filed by Donna Pandori | November 05, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Metro Weekly, Washington DC's GLBT magazine, is reporting Maggie Gallagher attended a pro gay marriage rally in Washington, DC, the night following Maine's vote on same-sex marriage. A protest rally held in Dupont Circle tonight brought together same-sex marriage supporters...Read More


Prop 8 anniversary in LA draws 150 and a Police Commissioner

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 05, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles Police Commission Rob Saltzman was among about 150 people of all ages who rallied at the Metro station at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vermont Ave Wednesday night marking the one year anniversary of the passage of...Read More


And Now, Two Steps Forward

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 05, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Even as we took the sucker punch of losing marriage equality in Maine by popular vote, we saw history made and in the making in Kalamazoo, Michigan and--hopefully--Washington State. In Kalamazoo voters strongly backed an ordinance which protects lesbian, gay,...Read More


"Obedience" -- Bigotry at Work in Maine

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | November 05, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. When we go head to head at the polls with an ideological enemy who is more numerous than we are -- who has more money than we do to spend on...Read More


Steve Kornell Wins St. Pete City Council Race!

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

We did it! Tuesday night, Steve Kornell won his historic race to become the first openly gay person to win a seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. In a contest widely praised for being a clean race that focused...Read More


Are We Listening?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's times like these when, even though you're proven right, you take no joy in it. Back in February, I wrote that same-sex marriage is overall a loser issue in this country right now and that our community would be...Read More


Liveblogging the Senate ENDA Hearing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 05, 2009 | 9:45 AM | comments

First, some good news this morning! Senator Kirk of Massachusetts has signed on to co-sponsor ENDA! Let's all call to thank him at 202-224-4543 (Toll free DC Capitol line: 866-220-0044). And while you're at it, use this handy-dandy form from...Read More


Liveblogging the Senate ENDA Hearing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 05, 2009 | 9:45 AM | comments

First, some good news this morning! Senator Kirk of Massachusetts has signed on to co-sponsor ENDA! Let's all call to thank him at 202-224-4543 (Toll free DC Capitol line: 866-220-0044). And while you're at it, use this handy-dandy form from...Read More


GOP Christian Taliban Ticket Sweeps Virginia

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Fighting the urge to vomit, last on Tuesday, I watched Creigh Deeds concede to Taliban Bob McDonnell (Pat Robertson's anointed candidate) in the race for Virginia's next governor. Obviously, there are a number of lessons to be learned from Deeds'...Read More


Speaker Pelosi (and all your Democratic friends): I'm not waiting anymore.

Filed by Kip Williams | November 05, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Early November last year, I stayed up into the wee hours one morning obsessively refreshing my web browser. The incoming precinct results for Prop 8 confirmed that my rights were being stripped away from me. I should have been celebrating...Read More


Senate ENDA hearing: Where are the trans witnesses?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tomorrow morning the Senate will hear testimony on S. 1584 - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The legislation would provide employment protections for LGBT people. In a strategic move endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign and other prominent leaders and activists,...Read More


Mourn the losses... Celebrate the Victories!

Filed by Phil Reese | November 04, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today is not a day to be sad. Anger is a different story. We have a lot to be angry about with our community's razor-thin defeat in Maine. Its a hard pill to swallow. I've given quite a bit of...Read More


Our Muddled Electoral Mess

Filed by Diane Silver | November 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Anyone who says they know exactly what yesterday's election results mean for the future of LGBTQ people is a blowhard and a liar. Yesterday's results were decidedly muddled. Marriage equality lost yet again, this time in Maine. For anyone who's...Read More


Our Muddled Electoral Mess

Filed by Diane Silver | November 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Anyone who says they know exactly what yesterday's election results mean for the future of LGBTQ people is a blowhard and a liar. Yesterday's results were decidedly muddled. Marriage equality lost yet again, this time in Maine. For anyone who's...Read More


The Day After a Hard Night

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 04, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Déjà vu is welcome when it flashes us back to a welcome or happy memory. Today déjà vu is not so pleasant. The loss of marriage rights in Maine is a traumatic reminder of our Prop 8 fight in California....Read More


The Day After a Hard Night

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 04, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Déjà vu is welcome when it flashes us back to a welcome or happy memory. Today déjà vu is not so pleasant. The loss of marriage rights in Maine is a traumatic reminder of our Prop 8 fight in California....Read More


Justice for Ryan and Something More

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 04, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Brian Winfield is the Equality Florida Communications Director. In March of 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed 19 times and left to die on a dirt road in rural Polk County, Florida. He was only 25. His killers drove...Read More


Indiana's Senator Evan Bayh: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 04, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last night's loss in Maine for marriage equality was very disappointing, losing by about 5 percentage points, but the ENDA-like non-discrimination ordinance won in Kalamazoo by an amazing 30 percentage points. The Kalamazoo ordinance covers housing and public accommodations, in...Read More


Indiana's Senator Evan Bayh: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 04, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last night's loss in Maine for marriage equality was very disappointing, losing by about 5 percentage points, but the ENDA-like non-discrimination ordinance won in Kalamazoo by an amazing 30 percentage points. The Kalamazoo ordinance covers housing and public accommodations, in...Read More


Jesse's Journal: Kevin Jennings and the antigay witch hunt

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 04, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

In May 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Kevin Jennings to the post of Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education and Director of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education (the so-called "safe schools czar.") The...Read More


Election Day

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

At 7:30 yesterday morning, we walked to our local polling place in the elementary school, past the "Vote Aqui" signs, past the bake sale moms, the cellophaned chocolate chip Frisbees and into the voting area. The elderly near-sighted, hard-of-hearing, darling...Read More


Election Night Results Open Thread: Maine, WA State, Kalamazoo & Beyond

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight is a big night for LGBT rights and issues- Marriage Equality in Maine, Relationship Recognition in Washington State, and a Human Rights Ordinance in Kalamazoo. Add that to the openly gay candidates (Annise Parker in Houston) and races that...Read More


Election Night Results Open Thread: Maine, WA State, Kalamazoo & Beyond

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight is a big night for LGBT rights and issues- Marriage Equality in Maine, Relationship Recognition in Washington State, and a Human Rights Ordinance in Kalamazoo. Add that to the openly gay candidates (Annise Parker in Houston) and races that...Read More


New study of gay marriage from Census data

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

First of its kind: a demographic analysis, based on new Census Bureau data, comparing statistics on married same-sex couples, unmarried same-sex couples, and married different-sex couples. The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA Law issued...Read More


A little marriage bill moves ahead in D.C.

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 5:50 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. Lost in the aftermath of the D.C. Council hearing on the marriage bill and in...Read More


In York, Maine Today: No on One!

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 03, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

My friend, and fellow board member of Mass Equality, Pete and I hit the road this morning to knock on doors. Specifically, we were in Kittery. The campaign was set up at the York Harbor Inn, and set up with...Read More


How Do You Just Watch a Rape?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

NOTE: TRIGGER WARNING, VIDEO BELOW DEPICTS GRAPHIC RAPE SCENE FROM A MOVIE. WTF is wrong with people? How do you just watch a rape?...Read More


Maine, Obama and the LGBT Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger, author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor David Mixner writes about his passions: progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy. Once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in...Read More


Maine, Obama and the LGBT Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger, author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor David Mixner writes about his passions: progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy. Once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in...Read More


Maine, Obama and the LGBT Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger, author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor David Mixner writes about his passions: progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy. Once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in...Read More


Voting on marriage equality in DC

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The hearing on marriage equality in DC continued today before the City Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. Last week there were theatrics by those opposing marriage equality, but there was also a common theme. They want the...Read More


WV's Senator Jay Rockefeller: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Big news! The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has just announced its witness list. It's an interesting list that raises hope and questions, and I've uncovered some facts about the witnesses that you can see after the jump....Read More


WV's Senator Jay Rockefeller: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Big news! The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has just announced its witness list. It's an interesting list that raises hope and questions, and I've uncovered some facts about the witnesses that you can see after the jump....Read More


DC marriage hearings end with a proposal

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Monday was the second day of the marathon hearings on the DC marriage bill. Over 250 people signed up to testify for or against legalizing marriages between same-sex couples over the two days with roughly 80% of the witnesses supporting...Read More


Equality March Co-Directors Resign; Group Reorganizes Amid Controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2009 | 12:30 AM | comments

Kip Williams and Robin McGehee, Co-Directors of the National Equality March, have left Equality Across America citing differences about the direction the new group should take. The march, held less than a month ago, attracted about 200,000 LGBT people to...Read More


Low Blows In The NJ Governor's Race

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here in New Jersey, politics is a contact sport and the participants are not shy about drawing blood. It's been this way throughout my adult lifetime and I don't expect it will ever change. It's just the way politics is...Read More


Is Alan Grayson a politician, a rock star, or a nut job?

Filed by Phil Reese | November 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is making a lot of waves on Capitol Hill over health care, and his words seem to be resonating with folks--and enraging others. This video comes directly from Grayson's own Rock-star-like YouTube channel. How does a...Read More


If you don't vote, it's all your fault!

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Having grown up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, guest blogger Steve Publicover worked for fifteen years in the non-profit field of consumer credit education and advocacy and has written newsletters, educational materials and numerous articles for a...Read More


Why gay marriage IS the End of the World (or the queer world, at least)

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I organized a sassy roundtable for the queer issue of Maximum Rocknroll, which was the October issue -- the issue is now off the stands, but here is the roundtable for your viewing pleasure -- it's a bit long, but...Read More


Lessons for the marginalized

Filed by Amy Hunter | November 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Kalamazoo will vote tomorrow. Should the city reinstate and keep on the books a transgender inclusive non-discrimination ordinance? Nearly all of these local initiatives ultimately stand or fall on two issues, "reverse discrimination", leveled at L,G,B and T and the...Read More


Weekly ENDA Update: Senate Hearings!

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

Now that the hate crimes bill has been enacted into law, the Next Big Thing is ENDA. That's the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the bill to stop job discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity. I'll continue to post a...Read More


Weekly ENDA Update: Senate Hearings!

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

Now that the hate crimes bill has been enacted into law, the Next Big Thing is ENDA. That's the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the bill to stop job discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity. I'll continue to post a...Read More


Down To the Wire

Filed by Adam Bink | November 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Last month, Bil asked you to chip in to send me to Maine to write at my home blog, OpenLeft, about the campaign to protect marriage equality, and to build a broader movement of non-LGBT activists. Many of you generously...Read More


Guess Who Just Played the Gay Card?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 01, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Bink is the Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC, and manages design and advertising at OpenLeft.com, a blog covering national progressive politics. He is a Dupont Circle resident and enjoys cooking, cycling, ultimate frisbee,...Read More


Guess Who Just Played the Gay Card?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 01, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Bink is the Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC, and manages design and advertising at OpenLeft.com, a blog covering national progressive politics. He is a Dupont Circle resident and enjoys cooking, cycling, ultimate frisbee,...Read More