Politics: January 2010

Florida Adoption Court Ruling Matters Nationwide

Filed by Nadine Smith | January 31, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Wednesday night volunteers from across the state joined us for our first ADOPT EQUALITY phone bank. First timers and seasoned volunteers alike committed 2 hours and made hundreds of calls to Florida voters to ask where they stand on Florida's...Read More


BREAKING: Openly gay Senate candidate Meister quits; backs Giannoulias

Filed by Phil Reese | January 31, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today at 10am Jacob Meister announced that he is backing his opponent, banking scion and front-runner Alexi Giannoulias, for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator from Illinois, effectively ending his historic run as the first visible openly gay Senate...Read More


BREAKING: Openly gay Senate candidate Meister quits; backs Giannoulias

Filed by Phil Reese | January 31, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today at 10am Jacob Meister announced that he is backing his opponent, banking scion and front-runner Alexi Giannoulias, for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator from Illinois, effectively ending his historic run as the first visible openly gay Senate...Read More


What the DC Agenda Story on ENDA Really Means

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 29, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The word is out on the street in DC that ENDA is dead, according to Lou Chibbaro, the famed veteran gay reporter at the DC Agenda. The story quotes four anonymous sources from "mainline" LGBT political advocacy groups who say...Read More


What the DC Agenda Story on ENDA Really Means

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 29, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The word is out on the street in DC that ENDA is dead, according to Lou Chibbaro, the famed veteran gay reporter at the DC Agenda. The story quotes four anonymous sources from "mainline" LGBT political advocacy groups who say...Read More


DC Agenda declares ENDA dead for the year

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

It looks like some folks on the Hill think ENDA's dead for this Congress: Breaking what some have called an informal code of silence adopted by mainline LGBT political organizations, at least four sources familiar with the gay and transgender...Read More


The Supreme Court: Wave Goodbye

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 28, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Can't hide my head in the sand anymore. I'd like to, but it's time to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision. Ouch. What the Supreme Court did, was to rule that corporations are entitled to "personhood" in a way that...Read More


Will faith-based agencies help Haiti's gay community?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 28, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Since the world community has descended on Haiti with relief aid in response to the January 12th earthquake, I am wondering how Haiti's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities are being helped. As one of Haiti's most marginal...Read More


My State of the Union Reaction: DADT Mention, Tough Talk, & Supreme Smack Down

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Note from Waymon: Let me first say that this was a really dense, full speech to the Nation from Obama. I hope the readers will jump in and leave their own views and impressions on the SOTU- I always learn...Read More


The Big Fat SOTU Roundup: Everything You Need to Know

Filed by Bil Browning | January 28, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last night's State of the Union address had the LGBT world buzzing. The White House had dropped some considerable hints that LGBT issues would be mentioned and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell got the nod (although a subtle...Read More


Meeting religious objections to marriage equality head-on

Filed by Adam Bink | January 28, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's an interesting approach being taken to further the cause of repealing Prop 8 in California. This week, openly gay State Senator Mark Leno- who previously sponsored the legislation legalizing marriage equality which was twice vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger -...Read More


Will Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Cross the Finish Line In Maryland?

Filed by Keri Renault | January 28, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The rush is on to beat Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to the finish line in defining the state's legal position toward out-of-state, same-sex marriage. Delegate Emmett Burns, Jr. (D-Baltimore), a Baptist minister and champion of equal opportunity for African-Americans...Read More


State of the Union liveblog

Filed by Bil Browning | January 27, 2010 | 8:30 PM | comments

We didn't announce this earlier, but since I'll be watching the State of the Union live on the ole television, I thought I'd put up a liveblog and we could all talk while it's on. Come on in and offer...Read More


Prop 8 trial: Whose side are these witnesses on?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 27, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

I'm struck, as I read about the defense's witnesses and their case (which is supposed to be finished today), by the paucity of facts they're willing to present. I know, I know, there really isn't much truth in the traditional...Read More


O just might like the T more...

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 27, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Is President Obama more willing to treat trans people better than GLB people? The question is fairly simple and doesn't have much deeper subtextual value, but the things it makes one look at in order to answer it effectively are...Read More


Steve Pougnet for Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 27, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Let's just be honest. One of the best ways we can increase the chances of passing pro-LGBT legislation in Congress is to elect more LGBT people to Congress. Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives only three are...Read More


State of the Union on LGBT Issues

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | January 27, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I am a President Barack Obama fan. I am drawn to his direct, calm leadership style, and quite frankly I think he's as authentic as a president can be. I also do believe that he is doing right by our...Read More


State of the Union on LGBT Issues

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | January 27, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I am a President Barack Obama fan. I am drawn to his direct, calm leadership style, and quite frankly I think he's as authentic as a president can be. I also do believe that he is doing right by our...Read More


Disunity brewing within Tea Party?

Filed by Donna Pandori | January 27, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Tea Party Convention slated to take place next month in Nashville appears to be unraveling. Two major Tea Party supporters, National Precinct Alliance and American Liberty Alliance, have withdrawn their support for the convention. The Tea Party is losing...Read More


The State of the Union & DADT: Rhetoric or Real Policy Shift?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

It looks like Obama will address the horrendous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy in his State of the Union address tonight. 365gay.com is reporting that the reason Sen. Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, pushed back his scheduled hearing...Read More


The Democratic Party's Senate Problem, Political Will and ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 26, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Democratic Party is in trouble. It appears to be unable to move, curled up in the fetal position and bawling at the top of its lungs. Health care reform, the economy and jobs are all problems that, as of...Read More


Now available: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Volume 1

Filed by Jeff Sheng | January 26, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

I first want to start this post by saying a big thank you to the over thirty service members in our military who have allowed me to photograph them for my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," photo series so far. It...Read More


Heads in the sand

Filed by Matt Comer | January 26, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

This year's Census has invigorated activists who believe the U.S. government's decennial count of all citizens should reflect an accurate and inclusive count of the LGBTs in our population. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has taken up an...Read More


Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill Goes XXX??

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 26, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa, who recently made news for planning on February 17th what he called a "million man march" in Uganda in support of the odious "kill the gays" bill, is getting concerned by the international pressure and outrage...Read More


Another Republican against free market solutions

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Considering how bad the recession has been to state budgets, can you really blame New Hampshire from trying to increase revenue from non-tax sources? The way this Republican is complaining, you'd think that the state voted to increase property taxes....Read More


Profile: Openly lesbian Illinois lawmaker Deb Mell

Filed by Phil Reese | January 26, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Over the past few months I've told you a lot about the folks who are aspiring to be out LGBT elected leaders in Illinois, but two people I would love to tell you a lot more about are our two...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: The Defense

Filed by Bil Browning | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The defense is trying to give reasons why they pushed Proposition 8 that wasn't sparked by discriminatory motives today. Yesterday, cross-examination completely torpedoed a defense witness who ended up admitting that Prop 8 was meant to stir hatred and discrimination...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: The Defense

Filed by Bil Browning | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The defense is trying to give reasons why they pushed Proposition 8 that wasn't sparked by discriminatory motives today. Yesterday, cross-examination completely torpedoed a defense witness who ended up admitting that Prop 8 was meant to stir hatred and discrimination...Read More


Gay Hoosier is White House guest for State of the Union address

Filed by Bil Browning | January 26, 2010 | 10:45 AM | comments

Indianapolis resident Trevor Yager, an openly gay business owner, has been picked by the White House to be the First Lady's guest at tomorrow's State of the Union address. Yager co-owns TrendyMinds, an Indianapolis advertising agency celebrating its 15th anniversary...Read More


Will Scott Brown stand up for LGBT servicemembers, too?

Filed by Dustin Kight | January 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

My local NPR station, WBUR, had a (somewhat inappropriately sanguine) profile of Scott Brown on this morning. The feature included references to his troubled childhood: his single mother, the time spent on welfare, his rocky relationships with authoritative men, er,...Read More


Sexting: Indiana looks at new law aimed at teens

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Senator Merritt just tweeted: "My bill, SB 224 Sexting by Minors just passed committee unanimously." It's not often that I give kudos to a Republican - especially Indiana state legislators who tend to trend toward the anti-sex religious fundamentalist...Read More


What Ten Percent Looks Like

Filed by Father Tony | January 25, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

This is what the new census might reveal. I performed this visual exercise with conflicting feelings about the fact that Florida's Broward County has begun a census that asks questions about the sexual orientation of households. It's good to be...Read More


Have a straight crush? Try slipping him some soy milk

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Here's an odd story to start the week. Paul Richards, the CEO of a chain of gyms in New Zealand, wrote an article for the gym's newsletter saying soy milk turns you gay. He's apologized: Richards says he did not...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: The Plaintiffs Rest

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The plaintiffs in the Prop 8 trial should be resting their case today and then comes the defense's attempt to make their case. You won't want to miss today's testimony and arguments. Most of us have been following along on...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: The Plaintiffs Rest

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The plaintiffs in the Prop 8 trial should be resting their case today and then comes the defense's attempt to make their case. You won't want to miss today's testimony and arguments. Most of us have been following along on...Read More


A Bad Case of PMS

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 25, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I want to apologize for Friday's last blog. To be honest, I had horrible PMS, Protect Marriage Syndrome. Protect Marriage Syndrome, or PMS, comes on when you have to sit for hours on end and listen to Yale and Cambridge...Read More


A Bad Case of PMS

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 25, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I want to apologize for Friday's last blog. To be honest, I had horrible PMS, Protect Marriage Syndrome. Protect Marriage Syndrome, or PMS, comes on when you have to sit for hours on end and listen to Yale and Cambridge...Read More


Pending bill to protect same sex married couples in Washington

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 25, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Washington state Representative Jamie Pedersen introduced legislation that would protect same sex married couples under Washington's domestic partnership law. Under the law approved by voters last November, registered same sex domestic partners from other states like California and Oregon are...Read More


Olympics and the coming gender inquisition

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 24, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

While the IAAF has been backing and filling on the Caster Semenya case, many of us have been waiting for the IOC shoe to drop. This week the shoe dropped. In Miami Beach, a panel of so-called "experts" convened by...Read More


What real threats looked like after Prop 8 passed

Filed by Gloria Nieto | January 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Yes On 8 people at the Prop 8 trial going on in San Francisco make me want to scream. Daily. Thursday's star witness, Dr. (of what?) William Tam signed on to Prop 8 early on. He testified in court...Read More


(Net)hacking through the anti-LGBT political climate

Filed by Austen Crowder | January 24, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Nethack, like politics, is a humbling game. Originally released in 1985, Nethack is still among the most uniquely complex games that I have ever had the pleasure to play. It is also the single hardest game I've played; even after...Read More


Lo que vi en sus ojos...

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | January 24, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yo sabía que sería procesable antes de que la jueza lo determinara, pues sus gestos lo delataron. Mi mirada se posó en la suya y nos reconocimos. Supe inmediatamente que era el asesino confeso de Jorge Steven López Mercado y...Read More


Una visita histórica...

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | January 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Esta semana, Puerto Rico recibió una visita histórica de una delegación de oficiales elect@s y de líderes comunitarios de la ciudad de Nueva York y Chicago en solidaridad con la familia de Jorge Steven López Mercado y con las comunidades...Read More


Being gay is bad for my health (but not for the reasons you'd think)

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 22, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

I have not been to the gym since the Prop 8 trial started two weeks ago. I can't even think of going to the gym in the morning when I have to race to San Francisco and go through the...Read More


Now That Corporations Are People, Can They Marry Each Other? What If They're Gay?

Filed by David Badash | January 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

You cannot help but feel amused/perplexed/incredulous/angered/frustrated/ready-to-pack-your-bags-and-move-to-another-country by events the past week in America. After the "stunning upset" Republican Scott Brown (I like to remind him he is a Republican; he seems not to want to tell anyone) pulled off on...Read More


Rep Paul Scott Blows Smoke on Transgender Michigan

Filed by Keri Renault | January 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A fledgling politician, 27-year-old Michigan Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has a precocious grasp of social conservatism's #1 rule. All is fair in the war. Politics is war. Entering his sophomore year as a Michigan congressman, Scott, a rising star...Read More


As Good As it Gets

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It really is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I can't shake the feeling of being cornered right now. My little safe state is no longer what I thought it was. Where to go? Ok, I really was...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: Day 9

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial was really popular last week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: Day 9

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial was really popular last week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and...Read More


Boo Radleys and a Non-Political Gay Wedding

Filed by Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | January 22, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Alex and I are not political whatsoever. We usually get our news from E! or TMZ or Facebook. We care more about Brangelina and the Kardashians than we do Goldman Sachs' bonuses or car recalls in Detroit. Don't get me...Read More


Is openly gay Dave Schroeder heading for a sure Illinois Assembly win?

Filed by Phil Reese | January 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

David Schroeder has been dealing with a lot of good news lately. Of all of the LGBT Democratic candidates going up against the machine in Illinois, Schroeder is faring best--with a Chicago Tribune endorsement on the morning of the 21st,...Read More


Mais je rêve: More from the Prop 8 trial on queer political power

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Back in San Francisco, the homophobes had a chance to cross examine Prof. Gary Segura, who was there to testify that gays and lesbians (they stuck to those categories) aren't politically powerful. My eyes rolled when I saw that apparently...Read More


NOM wants Indiana

Filed by Donna Pandori | January 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage sure is a busy organization. Brian Brown, Executive Director of NOM, sent an alert to his sheeple just as the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee was considering the marriage discrimination amendment. The Senate Judiciary Committee and...Read More


More Queer/Trans Maine Activists Speaking Out Against Equality

Filed by R Conrad | January 21, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

More and more queer and trans activists in Maine are finally speaking out against the parasitic campaign for gay marriage here in the pine tree state. During the last election in November 2009 any dissent around the issue, particularly why...Read More


Testifying at Indiana State Senate Hearing on January 20, 2010

Filed by Annette Gross | January 21, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Last week I was asked to testify at yesterday's Senate hearing of SJR-13. Of course I said yes, being very happy to be able to tell the Senate committee how I feel about this issue. As a PFLAG mom, I...Read More


As Haiti crumbles, the US sends in troops -- get ready for a long occupation!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | January 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm standing in line at Walgreens and some white guy is yelling at one of the cashiers, a Latina woman, about Haiti, spouting racist corporate media lies about how Haitians are corrupt, they steal from their own people, they can't...Read More


As Haiti crumbles, the US sends in troops -- get ready for a long occupation!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | January 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm standing in line at Walgreens and some white guy is yelling at one of the cashiers, a Latina woman, about Haiti, spouting racist corporate media lies about how Haitians are corrupt, they steal from their own people, they can't...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: Day 8

Filed by Bil Browning | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial was really popular last week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: Day 8

Filed by Bil Browning | January 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial was really popular last week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and...Read More


Nepal: Proud to be gay capital of Asia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 21, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm officially on hiatus this month, working on a new book, and completely utterly obsessed with it... but there's just too much news to ignore. Anyone want to move with me? Nepal is set to legalise gay marriage later this...Read More


Cindy McCain, Wife of Sen. John McCain, Poses for NOH8 Campaign

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Update on John McCain's Reaction, after the jump. Cindy McCain, wife of former GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain, has posed for the NOH8 Campaign, the project from photographer Adam Bouska that was started as a response to California passing Prop...Read More


"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Volume 1," is done

Filed by Jeff Sheng | January 20, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Projectors, I'm completely excited to announce that I finished the first volume of my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," photobook series. I approved the final proofs last weekend with my printers (incidentally on MLK's 81st birthday), and preview copies for the...Read More


Unholy Crusade: More on those Bible Verses on our Military's Guns

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 20, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

There's more coming in surrounding the shocking story I blogged about yesterday in which ABC News revealed that our Military is being armed with rifle scopes that have Christian Bible Scripture imprinted on them. These guns are not only being...Read More


Unholy Crusade: More on those Bible Verses on our Military's Guns

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 20, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

There's more coming in surrounding the shocking story I blogged about yesterday in which ABC News revealed that our Military is being armed with rifle scopes that have Christian Bible Scripture imprinted on them. These guns are not only being...Read More


Out of the ashes of Prop 102 rises the Arizona LGBT Political Coalition

Filed by Bobby Parker | January 20, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

The passage of Prop 102 in Arizona, writing discrimination into our state's constitution like its counterpart Prop 8 in California, required our LGBT community to realize that if we didn't stop the bickering and infighting going on among our groups...Read More


Massachusetts Is Not Invincible

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 20, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I have always been so proud to be from Massachusetts. Home of the liberals, even when liberal became a bad word. We have marriage equality, we have health care, we had the "liberal lion" Teddy Kennedy. I thought we were...Read More


IN Marriage Amendment Moves Forward

Filed by Bil Browning | January 20, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

This morning the Indiana State Senate Judiciary Committee passed SJR-13, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. The legislation passed on a vote of 6-4 party line vote with one Senator out of the chamber at...Read More


Can the LGBT community adopt Haitian orphans?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 20, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

As the humanitarian disaster continues to unfold in Haiti, one of the most vulnerable populations are the orphans. Before the earthquake, 15% of the country's children were orphaned or abandoned. In Port-au-Prince there were 380,000 orphans alone. Post earthquake, that...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: Day 7

Filed by Bil Browning | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's time for our daily Twitter feed of all the Prop 8 trial action on Day 7. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and will send in regular updates too. (Sorry folks, Davina had to take a day...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Twitter Feed: Day 7

Filed by Bil Browning | January 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's time for our daily Twitter feed of all the Prop 8 trial action on Day 7. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and will send in regular updates too. (Sorry folks, Davina had to take a day...Read More


Coakley/Brown, the day after

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 20, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Jon Stewart goes over just some of the incompetence from the Coakley campaign. Did you know she went on vacation just a couple weeks before the election? Or that Scott Brown held more three times the number of public events...Read More


The Sky Is Falling: Prop 8 Trial Day 6

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

The attorney for the proponents of Prop 8, Cooper, cross-examined Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Director of the Williams' Institute at UCLA. Cooper asserts that research suggests that many...Read More


The Sky Is Falling: Prop 8 Trial Day 6

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

The attorney for the proponents of Prop 8, Cooper, cross-examined Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Director of the Williams' Institute at UCLA. Cooper asserts that research suggests that many...Read More


Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition... Literally

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 19, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

According to ABC News, our Military is operating in Muslim countries like Afghanistan and Iraq (and elsewhere in the world) with Bible Scripture imprinted on their guns. Not written on the guns, mind you. Actually embedded as part of the...Read More


Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition... Literally

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 19, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

According to ABC News, our Military is operating in Muslim countries like Afghanistan and Iraq (and elsewhere in the world) with Bible Scripture imprinted on their guns. Not written on the guns, mind you. Actually embedded as part of the...Read More


The Costs of Marriage Discrimination: Prop 8 Trial Day 6

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Director of the Williams' Institute at UCLA was called to testify about the private harms caused by Proposition 8 and the impact of...Read More


The Costs of Marriage Discrimination: Prop 8 Trial Day 6

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D., a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Director of the Williams' Institute at UCLA was called to testify about the private harms caused by Proposition 8 and the impact of...Read More


Could a Brown win in Mass be good for health care reform?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Should liberals be secretly hoping for a Scott Brown win in Massachusetts today? Could a Brown win be good for health care reform? Air America's Jack Rice makes a good case for why a Brown win could actually help liberals...Read More


Could a Brown win in Mass be good for health care reform?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Should liberals be secretly hoping for a Scott Brown win in Massachusetts today? Could a Brown win be good for health care reform? Air America's Jack Rice makes a good case for why a Brown win could actually help liberals...Read More


A Change of Heart: Day 6 Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 19, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Driving rain and wind gusts of up to 51 mph reported in San Francisco. Day 6 of the Prop 8 trial begins. Today's witnesses are Lee Badget, Williams Institute, UCLA, Jerry Sanders, current mayor of San Diego who has a...Read More


The Massachusetts Special Election, The Energized Base and ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 19, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

The key to today's special election in Massachusetts is how many people will turn out. Comparatively few turn out for a special election, so it all turns on whose base is more energized. Judging from my family, the base is...Read More


The Massachusetts Special Election, The Energized Base and ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 19, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

The key to today's special election in Massachusetts is how many people will turn out. Comparatively few turn out for a special election, so it all turns on whose base is more energized. Judging from my family, the base is...Read More


The Massachusetts Special Election, The Energized Base and ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 19, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

The key to today's special election in Massachusetts is how many people will turn out. Comparatively few turn out for a special election, so it all turns on whose base is more energized. Judging from my family, the base is...Read More


Day 6 Prop 8 trial Twitter feed

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial was really popular last week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and...Read More


Day 6 Prop 8 trial Twitter feed

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial was really popular last week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Contributor Davina Kotulski is in the courtroom today and...Read More


Caster Semenya: Sports Authorities in Gender Gridlock

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 19, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Whenever I want to know what's up with the still-festering Caster Semenya case, I go to a South African website called "The Science of Sport." TSOS gets through the media murk to what the issues really are. It's run by...Read More


Massachusetts special election today: A Brown victory means Obama's done too much for LGBT's

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bridgette LaVictoire thinks LGBT's might not get out to vote in the special Senate election today: It is there that Massachusetts becomes a problem. Massachusetts is a state with some of the largest numbers of LGBT Americans in the country,...Read More


Down to the Wire: Coakley vs. Brown

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 18, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

I took the kids to the Obama rally yesterday. Yeah, they were really happy about that. Actually, we had the chance to meet the President and they all willingly put on ties and suits. It was the President after all....Read More


Michael Steele's Wall Street Populism

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 18, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Eugene Robinson thinks maybe Michael Steele is crazy like a fox. I think he’s just plain crazy (and only slightly crazier than the GOP for hiring him in the first place), for a number of reasons, the latest of...Read More


The Devil versus the Democrats

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 18, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger J. Todd (Tif) Fernandez is a volunteer activist with a Masters of Law in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a JD and BA from Boston University. With a past career in...Read More


Educating Congress

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 18, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I am still stunned by last week's statement from Capitol Hill about Congressmembers' miseducation on trans issues in ENDA: There continues to be concerns on the part of many members about the transgender issue, particularly about the question of places...Read More


Educating Congress

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 18, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I am still stunned by last week's statement from Capitol Hill about Congressmembers' miseducation on trans issues in ENDA: There continues to be concerns on the part of many members about the transgender issue, particularly about the question of places...Read More


NOM Loves Scott Brown

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 17, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

You know, I simply could not put my heart into the Coakley race. Not again. And... it was a sure win. I was tired - no more for now. My kids needed my time, my wife, heck, my dog was...Read More


DC's Murderous Anti-Prostitution Policy

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 17, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Apparently all you need to do to be arrested for prostitution in D.C. is carry three or more condoms. Sign the petition. Tell D.C., San Francisco and New York: Condoms Aren't a Crime!Seriously. Think you might get lucky tonight? Well,...Read More


21 Bogus Reasons Why Gender Matters From the Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday we found out that during the Prop 8 campaign Ron Prentiss reportedly distributed a booklet to churches that included an article entitled "'21 Reasons Why Gender Matters' Examines Gender Disorientation Pathology And Social Policy." By the way, he made...Read More


Italy's All-Transgender Prison: That's Amore?

Filed by Keri Renault | January 16, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Italy plans to designate a former women's prison specifically for transgender inmates. The proposal may be the first globally to separate gender variant inmates from the cisgender criminal population. My first reaction was wariness. I tend to sniff for ulterior...Read More


The Uh-Ohs: A Decade of Conservative Failure, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 16, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

“Haven’t we already given money to rich people … Shouldn’t we be giving money to the middle?” – President George W. Bush in November 2002, acknowledging to advisors that he knew his tax cuts were giveaways to the super-wealthy....Read More


Indiana State Senate to take action on marriage amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana has been re-introduced in the state senate and will be heard in committee next week. Similar legislation has already been introduced into the Indiana House of Representatives. Indiana legislators have introduced...Read More


Playing Politics: It's Our Lives

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night I read that 18 Republican state senators from Iowa are introducing an amendment to ban "gay" marriage. I would like to remind them, it's not "gay" marriage, it's marriage equality. And since there isn't a hope in hell...Read More


Day 5 Prop 8 trial update: Our children are well adjusted

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Michael Lamb, PhD discussed the impact of same-sex marriage on children. Lamb is the author of The Role of the Father in Child Development and co-author of Child Care and Its Impact on Young Children (2-5) published by the National...Read More


Day 5 Prop 8 trial update: Our children are well adjusted

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Michael Lamb, PhD discussed the impact of same-sex marriage on children. Lamb is the author of The Role of the Father in Child Development and co-author of Child Care and Its Impact on Young Children (2-5) published by the National...Read More


Ann Coulter's Favorite Democrat

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. is considering a run for the Senate from New York and you know what that means, right? He's backtracking and flip-flopping on issues faster than you can say "I love gay people." The good folks...Read More


Day 5: Live Twitter feed of Prop 8 trial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial has been really popular this week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. While Davina had to take a day off...Read More


Day 5: Live Twitter feed of Prop 8 trial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 15, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial has been really popular this week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. While Davina had to take a day off...Read More


ENDA: More Trans Follies

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 15, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Representative Barney Frank, quoted in the Advocate, has said that the House Committee on Education and Labor will mark up ENDA sometime in February, with a full House vote in March. Right now, of course, the Congress Channel is all...Read More


ENDA: More Trans Follies

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 15, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Representative Barney Frank, quoted in the Advocate, has said that the House Committee on Education and Labor will mark up ENDA sometime in February, with a full House vote in March. Right now, of course, the Congress Channel is all...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: Sunrise Vigil Video & Witness List

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'll be back in the courthouse today, but I wanted to share these videos from the Sunrise Vigil (for and against marriage equality) and a list of the witnesses (thanks Pam Brown). If you are interested Google them and learn...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: Sunrise Vigil Video & Witness List

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'll be back in the courthouse today, but I wanted to share these videos from the Sunrise Vigil (for and against marriage equality) and a list of the witnesses (thanks Pam Brown). If you are interested Google them and learn...Read More


Conflicting Signs on DADT Repeal

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 14, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are conflicting opinions coming out of the Military and the Administration on when to move forward on a repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Pentagon legal...Read More


Haitian ambassador responds to Pat Robertson's idiocy

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Bil posted Pat Robertson's comments on Haiti this morning, how Haiti deserved the earthquake because they made a pact with the devil some 200 years ago to free them from "Napoleon the Third and whatever," who was born four years...Read More


Supreme Court shuts down webcast of Prop 8 trial, finds risk to security of defense witnesses

Filed by Nan Hunter | January 14, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

In a 5-4 per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court yesterday effectively shut down any broadcasting of the trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger beyond closed circuit transmission to other rooms in the federal courthouse in San Francisco where the trial is...Read More


Liberty Law School drops out of CPAC because of GOProud

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Actually, this GOProud sponsorship is turning out to be kind of fun to watch. Now Jerry Falwell's Liberty Law School has dropped out of the CPAC because they refuse to kick out GOProud, the newer gay Republican group: Liberty University...Read More


Live Twitter feed of Prop 8 trial: Day 4

Filed by Bil Browning | January 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial has been really popular this week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Unfortunately, Davina isn't able to attend the trial...Read More


Live Twitter feed of Prop 8 trial: Day 4

Filed by Bil Browning | January 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Our live Twitter feed of the Prop 8 trial has been really popular this week, so I'm bumping it back up to the top to make it handy for Projectors to find. Unfortunately, Davina isn't able to attend the trial...Read More


Sick and Wrong

Filed by Paige Schilt | January 13, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

It had to happen sooner or later. When we sent our son, Waylon, to school, we knew that eventually some kid would tell him that it's sick and wrong to be fat....Read More


Aggressive violent acts by supporters of LGBT rights

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

After the break, Thompson began introducing evidence that Yeson8 people were attacked by No8 people - including death threats, boycotts, defaced churches, and an elderly couple beaten up. While this is all hearsay to me, I want to speak to...Read More


Aggressive violent acts by supporters of LGBT rights

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

After the break, Thompson began introducing evidence that Yeson8 people were attacked by No8 people - including death threats, boycotts, defaced churches, and an elderly couple beaten up. While this is all hearsay to me, I want to speak to...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: No One is Perfect (Not Even Lily Tomlin)

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 13, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In California, the trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 is underway. Soon, in New Jersey, a similar trial will take place. The proponents of Prop 8 say that "states have a compelling interest to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: No One is Perfect (Not Even Lily Tomlin)

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 13, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In California, the trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 is underway. Soon, in New Jersey, a similar trial will take place. The proponents of Prop 8 say that "states have a compelling interest to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: You Have Brokeback Mountain

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

DAY 3 MORNING Thompson, the smug attorney for the Proponents of Prop 8, is taking the position that gays are not being discriminated against any more and so that cannot be the reason that Prop 8 passed. He makes a...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: You Have Brokeback Mountain

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

DAY 3 MORNING Thompson, the smug attorney for the Proponents of Prop 8, is taking the position that gays are not being discriminated against any more and so that cannot be the reason that Prop 8 passed. He makes a...Read More


And Stay Out! Michael Savage Still Not Welcome in UK

Filed by Bil Browning | January 13, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Oh, Michael Savage, how the world loves him. Granted, we think he's a piece of shit and England barred him from even entering the country last year, but now the UK has upheld their ban on Savage. Unsurprisingly, knowing what...Read More


Not every liberal supports same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Maybe Equality California is just trying to shape coverage of Obama's words on same-sex marriage, since it's unlikely he'll come out with a brief for the Prop 8 trial this late in the game. But, if he did, something tells...Read More


Is ENDA Back?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 13, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

With Congress set to resume operations next Monday, the big question on the LGBT legislative agenda is whether ENDA is back. When I ask "Is ENDA back?" I don't simply mean "Does ENDA exist?" To be or not to be...Read More


Is ENDA Back?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 13, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

With Congress set to resume operations next Monday, the big question on the LGBT legislative agenda is whether ENDA is back. When I ask "Is ENDA back?" I don't simply mean "Does ENDA exist?" To be or not to be...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Day 2 Recap: Homosexuality This Is Your Life

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Leaving where I left off yesterday in my coverage of the Prop 8 trial, at 12:30 PM we broke for lunch and raced to the cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the federal building. I inhaled some sushi because I...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Day 2 Recap: Homosexuality This Is Your Life

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Leaving where I left off yesterday in my coverage of the Prop 8 trial, at 12:30 PM we broke for lunch and raced to the cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the federal building. I inhaled some sushi because I...Read More


So Harold Ford is OK with marriage now... does that change anything?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 12, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

How long did it take for Harold Ford to convert his position on same-sex marriage after announcing that he wanted to challenge Kirstin Gillibrand for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat? He leaked rumors that he'd challenge her on the January 5,...Read More


The Spirit of Harvey Milk: Day 2 of the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's hard not to think about the legacy of Harvey Milk when the Prop 8 court case is only a block away from where Harvey made history, changed the world, and was tragically murdered by Dan White. And Harvey's spirit...Read More


The Spirit of Harvey Milk: Day 2 of the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's hard not to think about the legacy of Harvey Milk when the Prop 8 court case is only a block away from where Harvey made history, changed the world, and was tragically murdered by Dan White. And Harvey's spirit...Read More


From all around the court building

Filed by Gloria Nieto | January 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The first day of the federal Prop 8 trial felt like the start of overtime in a hockey game. There was excitement everywhere in the building, anything could happen in testimony, what lineup would the coaches use and what would...Read More


From all around the court building

Filed by Gloria Nieto | January 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The first day of the federal Prop 8 trial felt like the start of overtime in a hockey game. There was excitement everywhere in the building, anything could happen in testimony, what lineup would the coaches use and what would...Read More


The Politics of Being Transgender: GRITtv panel

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and blogger at Feministe, and filmmaker Jules Rosskam of Against a Trans Narrative, were on Laura...Read More


Prop 8 trial a "teachable moment"

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I made my way with to the Federal Court House in Seattle as a typically nasty Seattle winter rain storm managed to drench me to my soul, despite my over-sized umbrella and hearty rain jacket. No matter, I was...Read More


Prop 8 trial a "teachable moment"

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I made my way with to the Federal Court House in Seattle as a typically nasty Seattle winter rain storm managed to drench me to my soul, despite my over-sized umbrella and hearty rain jacket. No matter, I was...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: Day 1 Recap

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 12, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Okay, I was blogging, tweeting, and facebooking for 8 hours yesterday and, damn, my hand hurts. But I'm willing to go the extra mile for equality. I woke up yesterday morning at 4:30AM to support my princess bride, Molly McKay,...Read More


Prop 8 Trial: Day 1 Recap

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 12, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Okay, I was blogging, tweeting, and facebooking for 8 hours yesterday and, damn, my hand hurts. But I'm willing to go the extra mile for equality. I woke up yesterday morning at 4:30AM to support my princess bride, Molly McKay,...Read More


It's not the hypocrisy, it's the ubiquity: Iris Robinson and Scott Brown's straight moral sex lives

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I don't care much at all about who or what people want to do in their private lives, but sometimes it becomes apparent that certain public figures' private affairs are affecting their public views and actions that it makes you...Read More


Yemen? Really?

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 11, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

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AFA Self Mutilates over Amanda Simpson

Filed by Keri Renault | January 11, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The social-cultural divide in America has widened considerably since conservatives were voted from power after the 2008 election. Nowhere is this emotionally charged environment more evident than when an LGBT American makes national news. Take the Obama administration's appointment of...Read More


Update from the Prop 8 trial: Special Report

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Prop 8 trial started with introductions from all the attorneys and discussion of the stay of a live feed of the trial to other federal courthouses and streaming for YouTube. A stay has been issued until Wednesday at 4:00...Read More


Manchester Grand Hyatt protest still going strong

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

These folks know how to boycott: Waving signs reading: "We All Deserve the Freedom to Marry," more than 200 gay-rights activists and union members representing hotel employees rallied outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Saturday in the latest protest over...Read More


Meet the Independent: Jim Madigan vs 'The Machine'

Filed by Phil Reese | January 11, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jim Madigan is taking a big risk. He's running against the infamous Chicago Democratic Machine to try to become Illinois's only openly gay state Senator. Check this guy out, he knows his stuff. And he's got what it takes to...Read More


Special Prop 8 trial report: All Rise for Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Bilerico Project special correspondent, Dr. Davina Kotulski, is live at the federal Prop 8 trial and will be filing regular reports as the trial progresses. Davina is the former executive director of Marriage Equality USA and is the...Read More


Live Twitter feed of Prop 8 trial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Now that the US Supreme Court has put a stay on cameras in the federal courthouse for the Prop 8 trial (including delayed YouTube videos and satellite watching locations) for at least three days, the only way you can keep...Read More


Live Twitter feed of Prop 8 trial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Now that the US Supreme Court has put a stay on cameras in the federal courthouse for the Prop 8 trial (including delayed YouTube videos and satellite watching locations) for at least three days, the only way you can keep...Read More


Federal Prop 8 trial starts today

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has blocked a live broadcast and delayed daily YouTube videos for three days until it has enough time to fully consider the appeal by Prop 8 proponents to ban cameras from the courtroom. Perry v. Schwarzenegger,...Read More


Federal Prop 8 trial starts today

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has blocked a live broadcast and delayed daily YouTube videos for three days until it has enough time to fully consider the appeal by Prop 8 proponents to ban cameras from the courtroom. Perry v. Schwarzenegger,...Read More


It's funny because he helps set American foreign policy

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Charles Murray over at the American Enterprise Institute (a neoconservative think tank that really, really wanted to invade Iraq) started talking about Paris after visiting a non-Paris part of France, and he went there: Last night, having been struck by...Read More


Writing a check your body can't cash

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

That line still sticks in my head, all the years after it was pointedly told to Tom Cruise. It fits in well with a whole set of ideas related to a particular theme that Dirty Harry once reminded bad guys...Read More


Writing a check your body can't cash

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

That line still sticks in my head, all the years after it was pointedly told to Tom Cruise. It fits in well with a whole set of ideas related to a particular theme that Dirty Harry once reminded bad guys...Read More


Writing a check your body can't cash

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

That line still sticks in my head, all the years after it was pointedly told to Tom Cruise. It fits in well with a whole set of ideas related to a particular theme that Dirty Harry once reminded bad guys...Read More


Oil Tears

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 09, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Boat, the woman said to her small toddler she was holding. See that? It's a boat... I've been to many war memorials, having grown up with two great aunts who were members of the Daughters of the Confederacy and lived...Read More


"The Uh-Ohs": A Decade of Conservative Failure

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 08, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

“Stuff happens.” - Donald Rumsfeld on the looting of Iraq following the U.S. invasion Forget about “the Aughts.” Never mind “the Naughts.” The decade just passed — and which promises to leave a lingering, bitter aftertaste — deserves a...Read More


Global HIV travel and immigration policies

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 08, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The US and South Korea just ended their HIV travel bans this week. UNAIDS has an interactive map up with information about the restrictions other countries put on entry, stay, and residence of foreigners with HIV/AIDS. Blue means there's some...Read More


Marriage bill defeated in New Jersey Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New Jersey failed in the senate 14-20. The governor is changing after next week from a Democrat who would have signed a marriage bill to a Republican who won't, so this...Read More


Freedom depends on open government

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is part 3 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. In part...Read More


Freedom depends on open government

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is part 3 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. In part...Read More


The Prop 8 trial will get YouTubed

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Both Joe and I posted about the controversy in the Ninth Circuit over whether or not to broadcast the federal Prop 8 challenge. The Prop 8 defenders said that their witnesses would be intimidated and look like idiots if people...Read More


Humor Rights Watch: Rachel Rocks, Letterman Doesn't

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 07, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The appointment of Amanda Simpson by President Obama to the Commerce Department is now making the rounds on the TV show circuit. Interestingly, as revealed last night by Rachel Maddow, she's not the first. Rachel also displayed her usual witty...Read More


Anti-equality foes so ashamed they have to hide

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 06, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This is part 2 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. Yesterday I...Read More


The punishment doesn't fit the crime: More on transgender women, prison, and Maria Benita Santamaria

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I posted the other day about Maria Benita Santamaria, a transgender woman sent to prison after she was found with ten pounds of meth on her. She was sent to a men's prison, put in solitary confinement, and denied hormones...Read More


The Rhode Island legislature recognizes, with a veto-proof majority, that everything is not marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Rhode Island legislature overrode the governor's veto to pass a bill to allow gay and straight unmarried partners to plan their partners' funerals in the case of death. I blogged about the governor's veto of this bill last November...Read More


The Prop 8 trial would make for better TV than Judge Judy

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

How is National Review writer Edward Whelan not admitting that Prop 8 supporters are judgmental authoritarians whose willingness to uncritically accept what they're told means that their arguments are inferior? Walker's New Year's Eve surprise is a critical step in...Read More


Referendum 71 petition signatures should remain public

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

This is part 1 of a 3 part series discussing the pending Supreme Court case that will decide the future of our petition gathering process in Washington, and the push by anti-equality forces to operate in secrecy nationwide. The US...Read More


New Jersey court decides against gestational surrogacy contracts

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Here's a complicated story from New Jersey. A gestational surrogate (i.e., a surrogate mother who's not genetically related to the child) is the legal mother of the twins she carried. Angelia Robinson agreed in a contract to have her brother...Read More


They really want to ban gay-as-in-happy marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

More Oklahoma fundamental-ness, this time from someone we already know, Sally Kern: Scheduled for introduction in the 2010 legislative session by state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, House Bill 2279 would restrict the "use of incompatibility as a ground for...Read More


Rhode Island to override veto of domestic partner death rights

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

In November, in an unusually cold anti-gay move, Rhode Island's Governor Donald Carcieri vetoed a bill that would allow domestic partners to collect the remains of their deceased loved ones. The bill was inspired by the tragic loss of Mark...Read More


The HIV travel ban is over

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

While Obama lifting the HIV travel ban was in the Top 10 LGBT Stories of 2009 Bil and I wrote up, it wasn't put into effect until yesterday. A two decades old policy that was based on nothing more than...Read More


Marriage equality safe in Iowa until at least 2014

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Democratically controlled Iowa legislature will not put Iowa's April 3, 2009 Supreme Court decision legalizing same gender marriage up for a debate. Iowa's founders brilliantly made it difficult to change the state constitution. Two...Read More


Oklahoma to ignore new hate crimes law?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Representative Sally Kern isn't the only right wing fundie nutjob in the Oklahoma state legislature. Republican state senator Steve Russell is now proposing legislation to exempt Oklahoma from the recently passed hate crimes law. This proposed measure would forbid state...Read More


Crazy tea baggers and liberal blogger friends

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 04, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Friend of the blog, Abdul Hakim Shabazz, is a conservative radio pundit, blogger and part-time stand-up comedian (no, seriously - he teaches college part-time too.) His show, Abdul in the Morning is on WXNT radio and his blog is Indiana...Read More


New rights for trans people in Pakistan

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 04, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pink News Reports: The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their...Read More


That is Mayor Annise Parker now

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Congrats to the new mayor: HOUSTON -- Annise Parker has been sworn in as Houston mayor, officially making her city the nation's largest to be led by an openly gay person. Parker took the oath of office in a private...Read More


Rare joint appearance!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2010 | 6:00 AM | comments

I almost forgot to mention this, but if you're in the Indianapolis area, Jerame and I will be making a joint media appearance on Abdul Hakim Shabazz's radio show this morning from 7-8am. We'll be talking about local and state...Read More


Amanda Simpson, The DC Power Elite, and the Cultural Imaginary

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The announcement of President Obama's appointment of Amanda Simpson to the Department of Commerce on the last day of 2009 is a significant event for LGBT rights in the U.S. But what does it, in fact, mean? What, if any,...Read More


Amanda Simpson, The DC Power Elite, and the Cultural Imaginary

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The announcement of President Obama's appointment of Amanda Simpson to the Department of Commerce on the last day of 2009 is a significant event for LGBT rights in the U.S. But what does it, in fact, mean? What, if any,...Read More


Iowa and New Hampshire's equality and the Presidential elections

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 02, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

At 12:01 AM on January 1, New Hampshire became the 5th state to grant marriage equality to same gender couples, changing Presidential politics as we know them. Arguably the most important states in Presidential politics, both Iowa and New Hampshire...Read More


Iowa and New Hampshire's equality and the Presidential elections

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 02, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

At 12:01 AM on January 1, New Hampshire became the 5th state to grant marriage equality to same gender couples, changing Presidential politics as we know them. Arguably the most important states in Presidential politics, both Iowa and New Hampshire...Read More