Politics: March 2010

Should we be counting the queers?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 31, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Task Force realized that not every gay person is in a couple, and not every queer person can be found by asking about relationships, so they're protesting the fact that there's no question about sexuality or gender identity by...Read More


Jared Polis Says ENDA Will Become Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 31, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In an interview in LGBT POV, Congressman Jared Polis said that ENDA will pass the House by a "substantial margin" in a few weeks, that President Obama will help shepherd it through the Senate, and that it will be signed...Read More


Jared Polis Says ENDA Will Become Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 31, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In an interview in LGBT POV, Congressman Jared Polis said that ENDA will pass the House by a "substantial margin" in a few weeks, that President Obama will help shepherd it through the Senate, and that it will be signed...Read More


Please Mr. Politician, Separate Your Church from My State

Filed by Keri Renault | March 31, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

In 2007 Delegate Ron George was elected to represent "We the people" of Maryland's 30th District. We're still waiting for him to vote like it. Last week in Annapolis, George voted to represent his brand of extremist ideology, dissenting on...Read More


Click Here For 27 ENDA Unconfirmed House Members

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 31, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The map on the right shows states with U.S. House Members unconfirmed on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Click on it to enlarge.) ENDA is poised to move immediately after the Easter Congressional recess now under way. Congressmembers are back in...Read More


Click Here For 27 ENDA Unconfirmed House Members

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 31, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The map on the right shows states with U.S. House Members unconfirmed on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Click on it to enlarge.) ENDA is poised to move immediately after the Easter Congressional recess now under way. Congressmembers are back in...Read More


Join The Club, Lt. Choi

Filed by Monica Roberts | March 30, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

DADT repeal activist and founder of the West Point GLBT group Knights Out Lt . Dan Choi was recently quoted in a Newsweek interview as saying he felt "so betrayed" by HRC. I have great respect for her (Kathy Griffin)...Read More


Dove 'No Homo Mayor' Ministries: "Homosexuals Hate Free Speech"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 30, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

More crazy ranting from a pastor at Gainesville, Florida's Dove World Outreach Center, the church that is on a mission to oppose openly gay Mayoral Candidate Craig Lowe. Pastor Luke Jones is mad that the church's "No Homo Mayor" video...Read More


Organizing from Margin to Center

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 30, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Over the weekend I read a very moving column in the Washington Post by Colbert King entitled "In the faces of Tea Party shouters, images of hate and history" about the passage of the health care reform bill and the...Read More


Republicans love lesbian sex

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 29, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

so long as it's about serving straight men's sexual appetites. This is the real sexual hypocrisy. Those family values Republicans who out to be getting a little love on the side in the bathrooms? That's nothing. At least those folks...Read More


Lesbian Law Professor Appointed to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Friday, President Obama announced three appointments to the 5-seat Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an organization tasked with ensuring the fairness of the American labor market, a vast beast with 5 million employers and 130 million workers. One of...Read More


Americans United Calls on IRS to Investigate "No Homo Mayor" Church in Gainesville, FL

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 29, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington D.C., has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL that posted a sign reading, "No Homo...Read More


Learning How to Talk about Gay Adoption in Florida

Filed by Father Tony | March 29, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

On Saturday March 20th, at the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida's LGBT Advocacy Project (ACLUFL) presented the four-hour workshop Adoption...Read More


DADT is more "humane"?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 28, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I haven't followed the DADT repeal situation that closely, though I have long been in support of those working on it. But I was blown away when I heard about the steps that Secretary Gates is taking to make the...Read More


Sunday Funnies: InfoMania's Bryan Safi Gives Tips To Closeted Politicians

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 28, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The brilliant and irreverent satirist Bryan Safi, from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania, is back exploring more LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media and pop culture. This week's...Read More


Johnny Weir and the Ari Fleischer Effect

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 26, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

After his debut on "Dancing With the Stars" the other night, Evan Lysacek was asked about Johnny Weir... and skated down the middle with his answer. He said, "We're just acquaintances really. I think I've only had two personal conversations...Read More


Democrats Find Their Mojo

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 26, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Democrats seem to have suddenly realized that they are the majority party. The 99-pound weakling party of the past year and a half suddenly grew into muscular, beefy adulthood yesterday, and they're not going to take it anymore. That's the...Read More


Democrats Find Their Mojo

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 26, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Democrats seem to have suddenly realized that they are the majority party. The 99-pound weakling party of the past year and a half suddenly grew into muscular, beefy adulthood yesterday, and they're not going to take it anymore. That's the...Read More


Against Equality Launches Book Project!

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

As some of you know, Ryan Conrad and I are part of the editorial collective of Against Equality, a web-based archive of material that interrogates the mainstream gay movement and explores queer possibilities for a radical new future. While the...Read More


Video: Pastor 'No Homo Mayor' Sapp Spews Hate against Out Florida Candidate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 26, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I posted earlier about Dove Ministries, a church in Gainesville Florida known for jumping into the political arena with buckets of crazy, putting up a sign in front of their church that said "No Homo Mayor." They are referring to...Read More


What Do We Want? And When Do We Want It? ENDA NOW

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 26, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The media and the blogosphere are starting to blossom with stories about ENDA on speculation that it will come to a vote in the House in two weeks. Compared to other LGBT issues, there have been very few stories about...Read More


What Do We Want? And When Do We Want It? ENDA NOW

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 26, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The media and the blogosphere are starting to blossom with stories about ENDA on speculation that it will come to a vote in the House in two weeks. Compared to other LGBT issues, there have been very few stories about...Read More


First Ever: LGBT Equality Bill Set to Go Before Florida Senate Committee

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 26, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This Friday, March 26th, the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a workshop on the Florida Competitive Workforce Act - SB 798 (FCWA). This is a breakthrough moment for a fully inclusive bill made possible by Equality Florida's grassroots activist...Read More


You Say You Want a Revolution?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 25, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Looks like the movement for LGBT equality is finally getting interesting again. Last Thursday, we saw two gay soldiers chain themselves to the White House fence to protest DADT, dual sit-ins staged at both the DC and San Francisco offices...Read More


You Say You Want a Revolution?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 25, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Looks like the movement for LGBT equality is finally getting interesting again. Last Thursday, we saw two gay soldiers chain themselves to the White House fence to protest DADT, dual sit-ins staged at both the DC and San Francisco offices...Read More


The actual death threats come from the right

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 25, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

After watching the Prop 8 trial and any attempt to make the identities of people testifying in a court of law more public were thwarted by the right arguing that the gays could get overly nasty and mean, these voicemails...Read More


Poly Households Can Be Reported in the Census

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | March 25, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

That's right. There's been minimal information on this topic. I've asked the folks at Our Families Count, who could not answer if such a thing would be possible. I've googled polyamory and census only to come up with a couple...Read More


Will the Supreme Court of Virginia Save the State's Image?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 25, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On March 31, 2010 at 1:00 PM, the Supreme Court of Virginia will hold oral arguments on the case of Michael Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History. Moore is a former employee of the Virginia Museum of Natural History...Read More


ENDA Petition Drive: Cleve Jones, GetEqual and the Courage Campaign

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 24, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The news out of DC is that, according to Rep. Frank, ENDA will go for a markup the first week that Congress is back after the Easter break, and thence to a House vote shortly thereafter. That's great news, but...Read More


ENDA Petition Drive: Cleve Jones, GetEqual and the Courage Campaign

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 24, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The news out of DC is that, according to Rep. Frank, ENDA will go for a markup the first week that Congress is back after the Easter break, and thence to a House vote shortly thereafter. That's great news, but...Read More


On Email Gay Bashing, Or, ENDA's Already Getting Ugly

Filed by Don Davis | March 24, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

It wasn't but a couple of days ago that we had a conversation about The Fear and the emails that are used to spread it, and I figured we had dealt with the topic, and that we'd move on to...Read More


Freedom for Women Everywhere!

Filed by Keri Renault | March 24, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

"No to war, poverty and militarism". That was the first sign I spotted a block or so away. It seemed oddly reminiscent of late 1960's America. The tense days of the Vietnam War protest movement. I couldn't help but push...Read More


Freedom for Women Everywhere!

Filed by Keri Renault | March 24, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

"No to war, poverty and militarism". That was the first sign I spotted a block or so away. It seemed oddly reminiscent of late 1960's America. The tense days of the Vietnam War protest movement. I couldn't help but push...Read More


Judge Walker Rules EQCA and ACLU Must Turn Over Documents in Federal Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 23, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In a 24-page ruling issued Monday afternoon, Judge Vaughn Walker denied motions by the ACLU and Equality California to overrule an order to turn No on Prop 8 campaign documents to Prop 8 proponents in the federal Prop 8 trial....Read More


Judge Walker Rules EQCA and ACLU Must Turn Over Documents in Federal Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 23, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In a 24-page ruling issued Monday afternoon, Judge Vaughn Walker denied motions by the ACLU and Equality California to overrule an order to turn No on Prop 8 campaign documents to Prop 8 proponents in the federal Prop 8 trial....Read More


Gay Gainesville Mayoral Candidate Advances in Race, Faces More Homophobic Attacks

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

We've written quite a lot here about Craig Lowe, the openly gay candidate for Gainesville, FL Mayor. He was Chair of the successful campaign to stop the repeal of the Gainesville Human Rights Ordinance, which included sexual orientation and gender...Read More


Can We Keep Our Gay Eyes on the Prize?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 23, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

To those claiming that nothing but a "storm the barricades" approach to LGBT activism will work, take note of these actions generated by Organizing for America in just the last ten days of the push for health care reform: Made...Read More


Now That Health Reform Is Complete, We'll Get To ENDA In A Month Or Two

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 22, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Rep. Frank says ENDA's going as soon as Congress gets back from recess. Word out of DC this morning is that now that health care reform is on its way, we may or may not be having a vote...Read More


Now That Health Reform Is Complete, We'll Get To ENDA In A Month Or Two

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 22, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Rep. Frank says ENDA's going as soon as Congress gets back from recess. Word out of DC this morning is that now that health care reform is on its way, we may or may not be having a vote...Read More


FL Congresswomen Flex Bipartisan Support for LGBT Equality

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 22, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) taped a special joint video message affirming their commitment to LGBT Equality including putting an end to Don't Ask Don't Tell and the helping repeal of Florida's anti-gay adoption ban. Debbie...Read More


FL Congresswomen Flex Bipartisan Support for LGBT Equality

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 22, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) taped a special joint video message affirming their commitment to LGBT Equality including putting an end to Don't Ask Don't Tell and the helping repeal of Florida's anti-gay adoption ban. Debbie...Read More


"Dems" and We

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Dolphin Democrats are South Florida's oldest, largest and most successful LGBT political organization. Founded in 1982 by Karl Clark, Tom Bradshaw, Jamie Bloodworth and other activists, the Dolphins have made Broward County the most gay-friendly county in a still-homophobic...Read More


Rep. Tammy Baldwin Says She Has Counted The Votes On ENDA, And There Are Enough

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 21, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

After the sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office by GetEqual activists protesting inaction on ENDA, the Speaker's press secretary said, according to The Advocate, as he had told me the previous week: "The Speaker believes passing ENDA is a...Read More


Rep. Tammy Baldwin Says She Has Counted The Votes On ENDA, And There Are Enough

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 21, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

After the sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office by GetEqual activists protesting inaction on ENDA, the Speaker's press secretary said, according to The Advocate, as he had told me the previous week: "The Speaker believes passing ENDA is a...Read More


Cuccinelli: Gay acts are a 'detriment' to society and sodomy is still illegal in Virginia

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

  Things just get stranger and stranger here in Virginia. The other day I did a post with respect to Equality Virginia's ongoing efforts to engage Virginia's public colleges and universities in pressuring Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and the Virginia...Read More


On Selling Paranoia, Or, Conservative Emails, Examined

Filed by Don Davis | March 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

It seems that many of those who are regular guests of this space are committed to a worldview based on some degree of reason and rationality. That's a handy thing if the "Covert Alarm Locator Apparatus" in your Isaac DanielĀ®...Read More


Rock for Equality: Social Security discrimination

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tanner Effinger is a new activist from in the wake of Proposition 8 in California. He founded the Postcards to the President Campaign, was on the Executive Committee for the National Equality March, is on the...Read More


The birth of a movement: LGBTQ rights become civil rights

Filed by Phil Reese | March 20, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Thursday was a crazy day for me. I woke up late. I had a ton of homework to finish. I had a coming out panel. I had a work meeting and my regular work hours. I hadn't scheduled in a...Read More


The New Narrative in DC Politics: Newsweek and the Art of the Protest

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday's blogswarm on ENDA generated dozens of blog posts and hundreds of calls to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and a piece in The Advocate, a national LGBT magazine with a circulation of 175,000. On the other hand, the nonviolent sit-in...Read More


The New Narrative in DC Politics: Newsweek and the Art of the Protest

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday's blogswarm on ENDA generated dozens of blog posts and hundreds of calls to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and a piece in The Advocate, a national LGBT magazine with a circulation of 175,000. On the other hand, the nonviolent sit-in...Read More


EXCLUSIVE: Letter from Peter N. Yacobellis moments before yesterday's arrests

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I received this communication from. Peter Yacobellis. He released it moments before yesterday's action resulting in the arrest of several GetEqual activists including, Lt. Dan Choi. Who is Peter Yacobellis? He is another victim of Don't Ask Don't Tell and...Read More


Civil Disobedience of Trans in LGBT+ efforts

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've been arrested before. I have a record of arrests -- a "rap sheet". I even have court records against me -- several, all of which are for the most part "expunged", which means they'll only come up when I...Read More


Civil Disobedience of Trans in LGBT+ efforts

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've been arrested before. I have a record of arrests -- a "rap sheet". I even have court records against me -- several, all of which are for the most part "expunged", which means they'll only come up when I...Read More


Will Health Care Reform Resuscitate ENDA?

Filed by Keri Renault | March 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Transgender advocates and allies across America gathered Tuesday on Capitol Hill in support of ENDA while opponents of Health Care Reform sounded an entirely different alarm. Both may see action as early as Sunday. The ENDA support coalition was organized...Read More


Will Health Care Reform Resuscitate ENDA?

Filed by Keri Renault | March 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Transgender advocates and allies across America gathered Tuesday on Capitol Hill in support of ENDA while opponents of Health Care Reform sounded an entirely different alarm. Both may see action as early as Sunday. The ENDA support coalition was organized...Read More


A New Queer Order?

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 19, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

With yesterday's explosion of activist energy, the LGBT movement may finally be shaking off its slumber and upping its game to win full LGBT equality. People in the community are mad as gay hell and not going to take it...Read More


Photos from GetEqual's ENDA sit-in at Pelosi's office

Filed by Bil Browning | March 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Thanks to GetEqual for sending us these photos from yesterday's ENDA sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. Photo credit: Omar Clarke. 7 more photos after the jump. Notice the last couple of photos. Do cops in DC still wear...Read More


Photos from GetEqual's ENDA sit-in at Pelosi's office

Filed by Bil Browning | March 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Thanks to GetEqual for sending us these photos from yesterday's ENDA sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. Photo credit: Omar Clarke. 7 more photos after the jump. Notice the last couple of photos. Do cops in DC still wear...Read More


Wrap Up: Online/Offline Distinction Blurs As Bloggers Generate Both Light And Heat

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 18, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today began with dozens of blogs and media sites participating in a blogswarm, directed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking that she move the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). A full list can be found after the jump. The major...Read More


Wrap Up: Online/Offline Distinction Blurs As Bloggers Generate Both Light And Heat

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 18, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today began with dozens of blogs and media sites participating in a blogswarm, directed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking that she move the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). A full list can be found after the jump. The major...Read More


Why The Transgender Community Had To Take Out Susan Stanton

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 18, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's something you hope you'll never have to do, but you do it when you have to. I watched "Her Name Was Steven" on CNN Saturday night, and it's taken me until now to decide how I want to discuss...Read More


Why The Transgender Community Had To Take Out Susan Stanton

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 18, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's something you hope you'll never have to do, but you do it when you have to. I watched "Her Name Was Steven" on CNN Saturday night, and it's taken me until now to decide how I want to discuss...Read More


Push for same-sex marriage on again in New York State

Filed by Donna Pandori | March 18, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Reuters reports: A group called Fight Back New York, created with money from software entrepreneur and openly gay philanthropist Tim Gill, is pledging to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get pro-gay marriage candidates elected to the state Senate...Read More


Family Research Institute deemed obscene and insufficiently patriotic

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 18, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Hahahahahahahahaha...Read More


Equality Virginia Keeps Up the Pressure on McDonnell

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 18, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Equality Virginia is continuing to keep the pressure on Virginia GOP Governor Bob McDonnell and the gay haters in the Virginia General Assembly by urging the leaders of Virginia's colleges and universities to lobby for the amendment of the state's...Read More


Blogswarm: Demand LGBT Employment Rights Today

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 18, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Note from Bil: The Bilerico Project is participating in a blogswarm today with Daily Kos, Open Left, Americablog, Towleroad, Pam's House Blend, Joe My God, Michelangelo Signorile, David Mixner, Daily Gotham, Culture Kitchen, Taylor Marsh, PageOneQ, Dan Savage, GoodAsYou, and...Read More


Blogswarm: Demand LGBT Employment Rights Today

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 18, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Note from Bil: The Bilerico Project is participating in a blogswarm today with Daily Kos, Open Left, Americablog, Towleroad, Pam's House Blend, Joe My God, Michelangelo Signorile, David Mixner, Daily Gotham, Culture Kitchen, Taylor Marsh, PageOneQ, Dan Savage, GoodAsYou, and...Read More


Jamaica's Gay Underground Christians

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 17, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Sometime in the late hours of Saturday night the call will come in. Philbert (not his real name), like many of his Christian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) buddies, wait anxiously for the call in order to know...Read More


No Job Protections For LGBT Americans: Are You Angry Enough Yet To Take Action?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 17, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Tomorrow, many blogs and journalists will be asking readers a question: Are you at all bothered by the fact that LGBT Americans have no job protections, and can be tossed from jobs even they are even suspected of being gay,...Read More


No Job Protections For LGBT Americans: Are You Angry Enough Yet To Take Action?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 17, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Tomorrow, many blogs and journalists will be asking readers a question: Are you at all bothered by the fact that LGBT Americans have no job protections, and can be tossed from jobs even they are even suspected of being gay,...Read More


Glenn Beck: Conservatism's Snake Oil Salesman

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 17, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The circus sideshow that was CPAC folded its tent and left Washington weeks ago. However, its apparent ringmaster and chief snake oil salesman still sweats, struts, and sobs across the “stage” of conservative media -- that medicine show never stops...Read More


Out, Proud & in Elected Office One Year Later: What a Difference an Activist in Office Makes

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 17, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Bilerico Contributor, Out Elected official, and my husband Anthony Niedwiecki gets sworn in as Vice-Mayor Of Oakland Park, FL this evening. He was elected in a landslide victory last year, all the while running as an out and proud LGBT...Read More


LGBT New Yorkers Fight Back and Win

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 17, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

In what should become a model for how LGBT activists deal with elected officials who vote against equal rights, Fight Back New York's campaign to defeat former State Senator Hiram Monserratte paid off big. Monserratte was defeated easily by Jose...Read More


Ken Cuccinelli - The Virginia GOP's Gift That Keeps on Giving

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 16, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

In the lead up to last November's elections in Virginia, I warned people as to just how crazy Ken "Cooch" Cuccinelli is if one has followed his career in the Virginia General Assembly. Moreover, he provides a wonderful window into...Read More


The reality of a gay candidate

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

We hear every now and then about what percentage of Americans are willing to vote, in the abstract, for a gay candidate for president. I always have to wonder how inflated those numbers are by people's unwillingness to confront their...Read More


BREAKING NEWS: Florida House & Senate Set to Debate Adoption Ban

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

For the first time in 33 years, the Florida Legislature is scheduled to debate whether people should be asked about their sexual orientation when applying to adopt. The bill would prevent people from being asked if they own guns. Our...Read More


Blogswarming ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 16, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today is ENDA lobby day in DC, where hundreds are converging on their legislators' offices. It's a beautiful Spring day in Washington DC, and the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. (I wouldn't know, though, because I'm laid...Read More


Blogswarming ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 16, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today is ENDA lobby day in DC, where hundreds are converging on their legislators' offices. It's a beautiful Spring day in Washington DC, and the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. (I wouldn't know, though, because I'm laid...Read More


Hate Crimes, Kabuki, and Oklahoma Politics

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 16, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Laura A. Belmonte, Ph.D., is the Vice President and Co-Founder of The Equality Network, an organization dedicated to LGBT equality in Oklahoma. In October 2007, Darrell Lynn Madden kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Steven Domer, a 62 year-old Oklahoma...Read More


"I played by 'don't ask, don't tell'": Police and privacy

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

A USAF sergeant lost her job when the police, investigating her partner, looked through the window of their house and saw their marriage license from Iowa. So, just for fun, they called up the Air Force and turned her in....Read More


Why do I have to wait to get married?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 15, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

My partner and I are trying to decide when we should get married. We have a Domestic Partnership from Washington State, so we have some basic protections at the state level. Our home state of Iowa opened the door to...Read More


Radical Queer Semaine Wrapping up in Montreal

Filed by R Conrad | March 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

From March 5th to 15th rowdy and radical queers have been gathering in Montreal to share information, learn from one another and to celebrate our queerest selves in the highest of low fashion. Radical Queer Semaine is an annual gathering...Read More


In binary-deconstructing news

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last year we saw Pakistan approve a new gender class on its ID's for hijras and India allow voters to declare themselves "O" for "Other." Now NSW, Australia, has changed its records on someone to identify hir as nongendered: The...Read More


Why I want to drop the healthcare bill

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm over it! The bill the President is pressing forward is not at all what progressives hoped for when we elected Obama, so I'm not going to pretend to support it. If the Democratic Party were interested in supporting meaningful...Read More


When queer meant no war and fighting against the body police

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 15, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Susan Raffo lives in Minneapolis where she writes, is a bodyworker, parents, lives in communal housing, organizes and, when the weather permits, gardens. She is planning on going to Detroit for the US Social Forum. She'll...Read More


When queer meant no war and fighting against the body police

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 15, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Susan Raffo lives in Minneapolis where she writes, is a bodyworker, parents, lives in communal housing, organizes and, when the weather permits, gardens. She is planning on going to Detroit for the US Social Forum. She'll...Read More


Time to Get Serious About ENDA, Speaker Pelosi

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Speaker Pelosi, we have been promised a vote on ENDA in the House in March. And we mean to get it. Tomorrow is lobby day for ENDA, and a couple hundred people are expected in DC to go talk to...Read More


Time to Get Serious About ENDA, Speaker Pelosi

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Speaker Pelosi, we have been promised a vote on ENDA in the House in March. And we mean to get it. Tomorrow is lobby day for ENDA, and a couple hundred people are expected in DC to go talk to...Read More


Beyond Gay Marriage - A Radio Documentary

Filed by R Conrad | March 14, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The lovely Lisa Dettmer has produced a fantastic community radio documentary for KPFA on the historic shift from the radical gay liberation politics of the 1960's to an assimilationist neoliberal gay politic of our dismal present titled: "Beyond Gay Marriage:...Read More


Transformational Ties

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Originally published in MetroWeekly. It's funny, and often fascinating, how so much can change in such a short time — and yet change so little. When our family arrived back home on Tuesday evening, we were the same family...Read More


Transformational Ties

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Originally published in MetroWeekly. It's funny, and often fascinating, how so much can change in such a short time — and yet change so little. When our family arrived back home on Tuesday evening, we were the same family...Read More


Could Anyone This Cute Be Wrong?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 14, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Could Muffin and her new baby Precious possibly be wrong? No way. And they are planning on having a puppy fit tomorrow. Because Monday they're going to call that Nancy Pelosi person and tell her to let their friend ENDA...Read More


Could Anyone This Cute Be Wrong?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 14, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Could Muffin and her new baby Precious possibly be wrong? No way. And they are planning on having a puppy fit tomorrow. Because Monday they're going to call that Nancy Pelosi person and tell her to let their friend ENDA...Read More


In the Stupak pits

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Oscars made me sick. Not because my George Clooney did not win and attended with that faux galpal arm-candy instead of me. Not because Kathryn Bigelow the first woman to win best director was so ditzily girly in such...Read More


Sunday Funnies: Jon Stewart Smacks Virginia, InfoMania on Gays & Award Shows, & Colbert on DADT!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 14, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

So much funny video from this past week! Let's get right to the satire! In The Daily Show's "GayWatch: Virginia Edition", Jon Stewart takes on Virginia's recent anti-gay actions, like Governor Bob McDonnell's stripping LGBT protections from anti-discrimination policies and...Read More


Duchess, the Policy Puppy, Says No

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Why is Duchess the Policy Puppy so sad? Because it's the weekend, and yet she has to work her paws to the bone to get the message out about her friend ENDA. Seems that the dastardly Speaker of the House,...Read More


Duchess, the Policy Puppy, Says No

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Why is Duchess the Policy Puppy so sad? Because it's the weekend, and yet she has to work her paws to the bone to get the message out about her friend ENDA. Seems that the dastardly Speaker of the House,...Read More


On The Fear Of Government, Or, Let's Get Back To Basics

Filed by Don Davis | March 13, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

It seems like everywhere you look these days, someone's trying to spread... The Fear. All around us... in every town... on every corner... a massive Army Of Fear is standing by, according to the Messengers, ready at a moment's notice...Read More


What is wrong with us?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I was in Athens last week, and on Friday there were massive protests against the proposed austerity package the socialist government proposed in order to get Germany and France to back their outstanding debt. People demonstrated in the street, all...Read More


Instruments of Injustice: Why Bans On Marriage Are Unconstitutional

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 12, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ryan Secord is a recent graduate from Michigan State University where he studied political science and journalism. He worked for the Capital News Service as a state and federal government correspondent, the Hillsdale Daily News, and...Read More


Instruments of Injustice: Why Bans On Marriage Are Unconstitutional

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 12, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ryan Secord is a recent graduate from Michigan State University where he studied political science and journalism. He worked for the Capital News Service as a state and federal government correspondent, the Hillsdale Daily News, and...Read More


Housing anti-discrimination bill introduced in House

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 12, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Good news is that this is being introduced. Let's see if, unlike ENDA, DADT repeal, and the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, this one actually gets a vote in the House: Two House Democrats are backing a bill that...Read More


Speaker Nancy Pelosi: We Don't Have The Votes And I'm Not Helping

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

We have a new ENDA co-sponsor in the Senate: Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. This confirms the previous information we had that he would be supporting the bill. Our Senate count remains at 55. Meanwhile, out of DC comes the...Read More


Speaker Nancy Pelosi: We Don't Have The Votes And I'm Not Helping

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

We have a new ENDA co-sponsor in the Senate: Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. This confirms the previous information we had that he would be supporting the bill. Our Senate count remains at 55. Meanwhile, out of DC comes the...Read More


ABC News Traces Link Between Uganda "Kill the Gays" Bill & American Anti-Gay Movement

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 11, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

ABC Nightline News has a good piece up on the Ugandan "Kill the Gays" Bill and the direct connection to the rabid anti-gay movement in the US. They focus on Scott Lively- professional gay-hater, holocaust revisionist, and recognized hate group...Read More


H8 Me No More, For I Only Wish To Love

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ryan Secord is a recent graduate from Michigan State University where he studied political science and journalism. He worked for the Capital News Service as a state and federal government correspondent, the Hillsdale Daily News, and...Read More


Bob McDonnell's Meaningless Gesture

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last evening I wrote about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's desperate attempt to douse the political firestorm that he and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (who took McDonnell's Attorney General Opinion No. 05-094 one step further and applied it to Virginia's public...Read More


Calling Speaker Pelosi: Time to Move ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 11, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

We in the LGBT community have been made many promises. We have been patient, more or less, although somewhat mystified as to why our legislative agenda has not really moved much beyond passing ONE bill (the hate crimes bill, which,...Read More


Calling Speaker Pelosi: Time to Move ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 11, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

We in the LGBT community have been made many promises. We have been patient, more or less, although somewhat mystified as to why our legislative agenda has not really moved much beyond passing ONE bill (the hate crimes bill, which,...Read More


Let them eat cake

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I don't live under any pretense that Americans don't have a single payer health care system or even a public option or the right to buy into Medicare because we're morally inferior to other countries that have such systems. Indeed,...Read More


Bob McDonnell beginning to flinch?

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 10, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

With all Hell breaking loose at colleges and universities and even some Republican members of the Virginia General Assembly seeking to insert gay non-discrimination protections in pending legislation, Bob "Taliban Bob" McDonnell has issued what some are calling an edict...Read More


Drag queens and transgender activists

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | March 10, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Hello Citizens of Bilerico. I'm coming to you, by delay, from the realm of personal martyrdom and finance calling known as TVC land. Yes, that's right -- your SPLC-identified Hate Group has begun the battle against ENDA. They want to...Read More


Despite reputation, Kissimmee adds Domestic Partnership Protections

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 10, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Last night, a fairly conservative area of Florida took a huge step toward equality despite a great deal of far right sabre rattling. Kissimmee (it's near Orlando) is the latest Florida city to adopt domestic partnership protections. Below is the...Read More


Illinois discriminatory anti-gay, anti-jobs bill gone but not forgotten

Filed by Phil Reese | March 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week I told you about the urgent action needed to stop a bill seeking to water down Illinois' potent gender identity and sexual orientation inclusive employment non-discrimination law. Republican gubernatorial front-runner, Bill Brady, had quietly introduced a bill to...Read More


Homophobic Smears Continue in Gainesville, FL Mayor's Race

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 10, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A few weeks ago, I covered the transphobic and homophobic scare tactics being used in the Gainesville, Florida Mayor's race. Craig Lowe was Chair of the successful campaign to stop the repeal of the Gainesville Human Rights Ordinance, which included...Read More


History: The Furnished Means By Which We Suffer

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 10, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ryan Secord is a recent graduate from Michigan State University where he studied political science and journalism. He worked for the Capital News Service as a state and federal government correspondent, the Hillsdale Daily News, and...Read More


A Call to Action in Virginia - and to Virginia College Alumni

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 10, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

In the wake of Uber-Christianist Virginia Attorney General Ken "Cooch" Cuccinelli's directive to all Virginia public colleges and universities to rescind their non-discrimination policies insofar as they include "sexual orientation" as a protected class, Equality Virginia is asking Virginia residents...Read More


For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 09, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

While I was gone last week, another conservative Republican who votes against LGBT rights turned out to be gay. I'm sure you've heard already how California senator Roy Ashburn was caught drunk-driving home from a gay bar and then came...Read More


Virginia and D.C. - Two Worlds Only A River Apart

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 09, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In Washington DC, on the north side of the Potomac River, LGBT people have employment discrimination protections and, starting today, will begin getting married. In Virginia on the south side of the Potomac, same sex couples are barred by a...Read More


Uganda's Trade Status to be Reviewed by State Department and the Pope Turns a Blind Eye to "Kill the Gays" Bill

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 09, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The international pressure continues to mount on Uganda over the odious Anti-Homosexuality "Kill the Gays" Bill. The US State Department is responding to a letter by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) about the Bill currently in the Ugandan Parliament by saying...Read More


Following DC: What the Freedom to Marry in Our Capital Means Nationwide

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Evan Wolfson is founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry. In 2004 TIME magazine named Evan one of the "100 most influential people in the world." Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in...Read More


Following DC: What the Freedom to Marry in Our Capital Means Nationwide

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Evan Wolfson is founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry. In 2004 TIME magazine named Evan one of the "100 most influential people in the world." Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in...Read More


A Tale of Two ENDAs: Time For Direct Action

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 08, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season...Read More


A Tale of Two ENDAs: Time For Direct Action

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 08, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season...Read More


Class and Race and Raising Boys

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 08, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

We talked to Jake and Zachary last night extensively about class and race. They did not understand why my parents had great educations, and Jeanine's parents never went to college. It started with the story of Ruby Bridges. She had...Read More


Karl Rove: Dad wasn't gay he just liked pierced dicks

Filed by Bil Browning | March 08, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Just when you think Karl Rove couldn't get any douchier, he goes and raises the bar. In a recent Today Show interview with Matt Lauer to promote Rove's new book, the former presidential adviser claims that he had no clue...Read More


Our politics is more important than your health

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 08, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's the former COO of Catholic Charities, which just decided to stop giving everyone health care benefits because of same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination legislation: Some, including the archbishop, have argued that by providing health care to a gay or lesbian...Read More


Florida "Family-Friendly" Film Tax Credit Would Exclude Movies with Gay Families

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 08, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Watched the Oscars? Here's some filmmaking news that will have you seething: Florida lawmakers are considering an incentive package to attract film and entertainment jobs to the state. Productions with "nontraditional family values," however, would be ineligible. State Rep. Stephen...Read More


Equality Virginia Issues a Challenge to Gov. Bob McDonnell

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Since his time as attorney general, now Governor Bob McDonnell has taken the lazy way out and mouthed platitudes about not condoning discrimination with respect to state employees. More recently, during his campaign for governor, McDonnell claimed that he had...Read More


My Civil Rights Are Different Than Yours

Filed by Keri Renault | March 07, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

An ominous undertone pervaded hearings on Civil Marriage and Anti-Discrimination in Maryland last week. Gloomy gray skies and rain prevailed outside the Miller Senate building. Inside the Judicial Proceedings Committee a storm of hateful discrimination raged. Let me assure you...Read More


Virginia Attorney General Moves Against Gay Employees

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 07, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In the wake of his letter to the public colleges and universities in Virginia directing them to strip gays and lesbians of employment protection policies, the reaction has been loud and one of universal condemnation - except of course for...Read More


Making It Legal

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I suppose it’s no secret anymore. We went down to the courthouse Wednesday morning, and got a place in line. At least 16 couples were waiting at 7:15 a.m. inside the city’s Moultrie courthouse, which houses the marriage bureau and...Read More


The Cautionary Tale of the Salty Seaman

Filed by Sean Bugg | March 07, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am one foul-mouthed motherfucker. I am not alone in this. In my two decades in Washington I've worked closely with people who spew some pretty goddamned vulgar language every fucking minute of the day. I know bureaucrats, executive directors...Read More


Wedding bells in the US and Mexico's capital cities!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 06, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Spring weddings are on tap for our nation's capital. While our elected officials fight over health care reform, marriage is getting a make-over in DC. On Tuesday, after years of waiting, same-sex couples in our nation's capitol got ready to...Read More


What's wrong with America?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 06, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up middle-class...Read More


Compromise

Filed by Sara Whitman | March 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Compromise. I realize that is the name of the game these days. LGBT issues are now the third rail of politics, right along with abortion. I'm not against it, it's just that there are times I think you cannot compromise...Read More


Our world got better, way better, this week

Filed by Gloria Nieto | March 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The world has significantly changed this week for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. Some significant events to note: Wedding licenses were issued to same sex couples in Washington D.C. Mexico City allowed same sex marriages to begin there....Read More


Spill-Over Love: Building a Just and Multi-Racial LGBT Movement

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Are we building a movement that is about JUST US or JUSTICE? Thank you, Mandy Carter, for asking us this important question. For the past forty years, she has challenged us to intentionally commit to justice while doing the hard...Read More


Help Wanted: Clinical Psychologist - No Experience Necessary

Filed by Keri Renault | March 04, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Lobby Day arrived in Maryland on the 22nd of February. It's fitting this blog is posted two weeks late. The Blizzard of 2010 postponed the annual advocacy by 14 days. But on this lobby day of days, neither sleet nor...Read More


I Quit: Palinitus Strikes 3 Times

Filed by Bil Browning | March 04, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

There's been an epidemic of Palinitus sweeping the nation this week. Conservatives and politicians are dropping like flies. First, Representative Eric Massa (D-NY) announced he wouldn't seek re-election after allegations of sexually harassing a male staffer surfaced. Then anti-gay Republican...Read More


Scholarships Available: ENDA Lobby Day in DC March 16

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 04, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, March 16, there will be a lobby day specifically for ENDA in Washington, D.C.. LGBT people and allies from around the country who support ENDA will be there. I will be there. Will you? It is particularly important...Read More


Scholarships Available: ENDA Lobby Day in DC March 16

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 04, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, March 16, there will be a lobby day specifically for ENDA in Washington, D.C.. LGBT people and allies from around the country who support ENDA will be there. I will be there. Will you? It is particularly important...Read More


Photos: DADT discharges still happening

Filed by Jeff Sheng | March 04, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

While all of the photographs published in my first photobook "Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Volume 1" are of closeted service members currently serving, I was recently approached by a cadet who is now facing discharge for coming out, and I...Read More


Virtual Lobby Day: Tell Congress to Repeal DADT NOW

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 04, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today hundreds of volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign are on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress on an array of LGBT issues including ENDA and repeal of DADT. You can join the action no matter where you're located...Read More


DC Gay Couples Celebrate First Marriages

Filed by Michael Crawford | March 03, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today was quite a big day in D.C. This morning, more than 100 same-sex couples went to the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse for the first day gay couples could apply for a marriage license in the city. Among those couples...Read More


Lake Worth to Tallahassee: "Repeal Anti-Gay Adoption Ban"

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 03, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

By a unanimous vote yesterday, the Lake Worth City Commission passed a resolution calling for repeal of Florida's adoption ban - the most notorious anti-gay state law in the country. Kudos to Allan Hendricks who led the effort for Equality...Read More


Ugandan Pastor Martin Ssempa Reads Bilerico and Responds

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 02, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Who knew Uganda's main proponent of the "Kill the Gays" bill read our blog? Pastor Martin Ssempa, who I have written about extensively, left this comment on my post "Uganda's Porn Peddling Pastor Ssempa Responds to Critics" (note- I'm assuming...Read More


Florida Lawmaker Introduces "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Measure

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 02, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

One of Equality Florida's strongest champions in the Florida Legislature, Rep. Rick Kriseman, has just filed a measure called a House Memorial (HM 1459) urging Congress and the President to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Take a moment to sign...Read More


GOProud: Stockholm syndrome or sheer genius?

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 02, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Okay, show of hands: who laughed when they heard that GOProud was going to attend CPAC? I know I did. The story couldn't have been more nonsensical: a gay group attending one of the foremost rally points of the anti-gay...Read More


Catholic Charities chooses worst option for complying with DC law...and pretends it has no choice

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | March 01, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

The long wait is over. Catholic Charities of Washington, DC has settled upon its response to the District of Columbia's approval of marriage for same-sex couples. Effective March 2, its employees will no longer be able to add a spouse...Read More


Prop 8 trial: At least they admit they aren't the "reality-based community"

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 01, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

Final briefs were filed in the Prop 8 trial, and we also found out that, despite the judge's suggestion otherwise, closing arguments won't be televised. You can read more about Olson and Boies's arguments at Karen's place, which are really...Read More


Where is ENDA?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 01, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

We have been promised a markup and vote on ENDA in March. It's the first of March today. After the markup, it has to be scheduled on the House floor for a vote. Ideally, there will be some time for...Read More


Where is ENDA?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 01, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

We have been promised a markup and vote on ENDA in March. It's the first of March today. After the markup, it has to be scheduled on the House floor for a vote. Ideally, there will be some time for...Read More


Take Action: Illinois rightwingers want to gut LGBT protections

Filed by Phil Reese | March 01, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

In 2005, a broad coalition of labor, LGBT, and progressive activists from across the state of Illinois joined together to form "The 85% Coalition" to pressure the legislature to pass an inclusive amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act [IHRA]...Read More


US Ambassador David Huebner preparing for tsunami in Samoa

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 01, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Following the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, a tsunami watch was initiated along the entire West Coast and out to Hawaii, Australia, Samoa and the territories. I emailed openly gay U.S. Ambassador David Huebner to see what was happening there...Read More