Politics: April 2010

Of buses and passports

Filed by Sean Martin | April 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

No cartoon today, sorry. Instead, I'm gonna talk a bit about what it feels like to come to a country where you're clearly not wanted. This is a true story....Read More


National Faith Leaders Speak Out Against TheCall Uganda & Lou Engle

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 30, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

DC Agenda has moving and powerful video coverage of the press conference held by national faith leaders in Washington DC to protest Lou Engle and TheCall's planned anti-gay rally in Uganda. Especially moving is the personal story of the gay...Read More


Indy: GOP Congressional Primary Candidate Carlos May Endorses Civil Unions

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

Carlos May, one of three men seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Congressman Andre Carson in November, stood out from the pack at last night's University of Indianapolis debate. When questioned about same-sex marriage, May indicated that he supported civil...Read More


[PIC] Liberal Teabaggers Emerge

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

That most rare of all beasts, the liberal teabagger, has arrived. Like the Biblical locust, these creatures only emerge rarely and in response to a tyrant's decree unfairly targeting a minority people originally welcomed to the country to serve as...Read More


Washington Blade: There IS a Path to 60 in the Senate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. The Washington Blade is back, and its recent reports suggest that, after the much-exaggerated "Death of ENDA" story in January, there is a path to 60 in the Senate. How many Senators...Read More


Washington Blade: There IS a Path to 60 in the Senate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. The Washington Blade is back, and its recent reports suggest that, after the much-exaggerated "Death of ENDA" story in January, there is a path to 60 in the Senate. How many Senators...Read More


Potential SCOTUS Nominee Leah Sears: Underestimated Hostility to LGBT Families

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 30, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Alliance for Justice released reports Wednesday on thirteen possible nominees for the Supreme Court position being vacated by Justice Stevens. The Alliance for Justice is my favorite Washington DC-based group. (This year they are honoring long-time gay rights activist...Read More


Winged Victory has turned its back

Filed by Bobby Parker | April 30, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This new law in Arizona is especially onerous to the gay community because according to Immigration Equality executive director Rachel Tiven on Advocate.com: "Forty percent of LGBT binational couples in the United States include a Latino family member. For them,...Read More


DADT: My soldier or enforcing this terrible law

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


DADT: My soldier or enforcing this terrible law

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


UAFA: Binational couple protections move forward

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Three Democratic senators have written a framework for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a call for an end to discrimination against LGBT binational families. Senators Harry Reid (NV), Chuck Schumer (NY) and Robert Menendez's (NJ) principles are meant to guide...Read More


Doe Versus Reed: Scalia Defends Open Government

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 29, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Scalia appeared to be on the side of the State of Washington yesterday during the Supreme Court's hearing for Doe Versus Reed. Doe Versus Reed, is a case stemming form Referendum 71. Forces who wanted to prevent the Domestic Partnership...Read More


Is the GOP's Scott Rigell Another Ken Cuccinelli?

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

As a number of articles have noted, since last November GOP political advisers have been lauding the McDonnell/Cuccinelli strategy of campaigning: pretend to be a moderate - even if one is a radical far right extremist - and avoid social...Read More


Is the GOP's Scott Rigell Another Ken Cuccinelli?

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

As a number of articles have noted, since last November GOP political advisers have been lauding the McDonnell/Cuccinelli strategy of campaigning: pretend to be a moderate - even if one is a radical far right extremist - and avoid social...Read More


Traditional Values Coalition: We Are Winning The Battle Against ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 29, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

From the Traditional Values Coalition: Transgender activists are concerned that gay activist Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will throw them under the bus like he did before when ENDA came up for a vote. The "gender identity" section of the previous...Read More


Traditional Values Coalition: We Are Winning The Battle Against ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 29, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

From the Traditional Values Coalition: Transgender activists are concerned that gay activist Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will throw them under the bus like he did before when ENDA came up for a vote. The "gender identity" section of the previous...Read More


Active Duty Military Chaplain: Among the Unknown Soldiers

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


Active Duty Military Chaplain: Among the Unknown Soldiers

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


Marriage matters even to gays in "flyover" states

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I spend my days working to working to win marriage nationwide as New Media Director for Freedom to Marry. As part of my job, I come across an amazing array of stories from folks all over the country eager to...Read More


Uganda Update: Lou Engle & TheCall Respond to Critics with Lies and Distortions

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 28, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

It seems as if the public outcry over American evangelical extremist Lou Engle's upcoming "TheCall Uganda" has caused the a few headaches for the violent anti-gay and anti-abortion preacher best known for calling for martyrs and bloodshed in the name...Read More


Our Rights Are There for the Taking

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gerald, a reader in Melbourne, Australia, whose life parallels my own in some respects and with whom I have corresponded from time to time, sent me a link to an op-ed piece from The Age, Melbourne's principal newspaper, that addresses...Read More


Why you should care about Net Neutrality

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 28, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I just returned from the Net Neutrality meeting in Seattle, where the community had an opportunity to share their comments with the FCC about the future of the internet and the importance of maintaining an open internet. The FCC heard...Read More


Jesse's Journal: Hospital Visitation and LGBT Couples

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 28, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Every day, same-sex couples must fight for the basic rights that straight married couples take for granted. One of those basic rights is the right to visit your partner in the hospital. Michael and I are fortunate to live in...Read More


House DADT Vote "Intention" Signals Good News for ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 28, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was extremely surprised and pleased to read the news in DC Agenda (soon to be the Washington Blade again - yay!) that Speaker Pelosi is planning a House vote on Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal this year. Here's the...Read More


House DADT Vote "Intention" Signals Good News for ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 28, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was extremely surprised and pleased to read the news in DC Agenda (soon to be the Washington Blade again - yay!) that Speaker Pelosi is planning a House vote on Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal this year. Here's the...Read More


Always Faithful: Please be faithful to me

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 28, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


ENDA and the LGBT Prisoner's Dilemma

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Prisoner's Dilemma acts as one of the cornerstones of modern game theory, and its usefulness in discussion cooperation never ceases to amaze me. I wanted to drag it out on the floor today, considering our recent actions on ENDA,...Read More


Gay Surfers Website Launches

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 27, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have loved surfing since my son began surfing 14 years ago. Taking up the sport in mid-life was a challenge, but the thrill of the ocean, the great exercise and the camaraderie are great. For one stretch of time...Read More


Afghanistan: The World of Bacha Bazi

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Did you get a chance to watch PBS's Frontline expose, "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan: Inside the World of Bacha Bazi" when it aired last week? It took me a few days to get around to viewing it and it's...Read More


The ENDA Whip Count

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Two weeks ago, Congress resumed its session after the Easter break, and a whip count began to determine whether there are enough votes for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). We need 216 votes to pass the bill (at least until...Read More


The ENDA Whip Count

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Two weeks ago, Congress resumed its session after the Easter break, and a whip count began to determine whether there are enough votes for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). We need 216 votes to pass the bill (at least until...Read More


7 Funerals & Memorial Services: A Perspective Change

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 27, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


AZ Activist Group Stages DADT Sit-In At Sen. McCain's Office

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 26, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Five protesters affiliated with a Phoenix-based group, H.E.R.O., demonstrated today at Sen. John McCain's office to urge him to support repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. According to twitter messages issued this afternoon by GetEqual, a separate...Read More


Action Alert: Help Stop Lou Engle & TheCall from Exporting Anti-Gay Hate & Violence to Uganda

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 26, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Readers may remember the recent disturbing news from Uganda that once again American Evangelicals are headed to the country to export violent, hate-fueled rhetoric against the LGBT community. Lou Engle, a radically anti-gay and anti-abortion evangelical, is scheduled to hold...Read More


What's wrong with confusion in the classroom?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Mara Drummond is the president of an independent computer consulting firm, author of the book Transitions - A Guide to Transitioning for Transsexuals and Their Families, and co-producer of the award winning film Unraveling Michelle. In the national...Read More


Reasonable Suspicion by way of Clothing

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 26, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I live in Arizona. I love this state with all my heart, with every fiber of my being. I literally get ill when I'm away from it for too long. In case you might have somehow missed this, on Friday,...Read More


The UK grovels to the Pope for forgiveness

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted about the recent slew of child molestation revelations in the Catholic Church. I was specifically focused on the lack of intelligent discussion around why someone would want to molest a child, but the question lots of people...Read More


Doe vs Reed, Open Government On the Line

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 26, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

On Wednesday, Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna, is going to argue before the United States Supreme Court to defend the public petition process. Over 20 states, dozens of journalist's organizations, and government watch dog groups have signed on in...Read More


Roll Call Magazine Tempts Dems With Candy Mountain

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 26, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This morning's Roll Call again calls for Democrats to head for Candy Mountain: take the easy road and forget gay rights issues like ENDA. (You can also view the article here.) "Down one path lie easy-does-it items designed to gather...Read More


Roll Call Magazine Tempts Dems With Candy Mountain

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 26, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This morning's Roll Call again calls for Democrats to head for Candy Mountain: take the easy road and forget gay rights issues like ENDA. (You can also view the article here.) "Down one path lie easy-does-it items designed to gather...Read More


Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't...Read More


Is Hawaii About to Be Run by the Antigay Religious Right?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 25, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hawaii is a popular state with many LGBTs - but if the Religious Right has their way - and it looks like they might, that beautiful paradise may start turning antigay. Sound unbelievable? Well, please read Bruce Wilson's important report...Read More


Free PR Tips for Tea Partiers

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 25, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's note: Drew Emery is a filmmaker and writer. His most recent film is Inlaws & Outlaws. Hey there, friendly Tea Partiers: Apparently many of you think that the press and the pollsters are misrepresenting who you really are. You're getting...Read More


Bob McDonnell and Cuccinelli Ignore Voting Rights Act

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 25, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's one embarrassment after another under the three stooges regime of Taliban Bob and Ken Kookinelli. Virginians have been subjected first to the anti-gay debacle launched by Kookinelli and then we had the "Confederate History" debacle. Recently, we saw McDonnell's...Read More


Biphobia goes mainstream

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Pennsylvania house representative Babette Josephs said this week that's she's outed her Democratic primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, as straight: "I outed him as a straight person," Josephs said during a fund-raiser at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, as some...Read More


Parenting vs Pork

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is perhaps one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard in ages. A Maryland company authorized by the state to place children with foster families has refused a foster license to a Muslim woman, because she doesn’t allow pork...Read More


TVC's Andrea Lafferty: A zombie queen in pastel

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Traditional Values Coalition's Executive Director, Andrea Lafferty, has been making the media rounds to spew her anti-gay venom to anyone who'll listen. First she penned an op-ed for Roll Call newspaper full of lies about ENDA and then she...Read More


Kentucky Supreme Court ends state scholarship for Baptist school

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Our side won: The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a Baptist university can't keep $11 million awarded to it by Blue Grass State lawmakers nearly four years ago. The money, $10-million for a pharmacy school and $1-million more for...Read More


Wall Street, Willa Cather and Pioneering Imagination

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | April 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The President flew to New York yesterday to both rebuke and embrace bankers. With Obama's visit, ongoing financial reform and amplified populist anger, this nation is having the most volatile monetary debate in its history. Before things get out of...Read More


Pride is about making people uncomfortable

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here's another story about how restrictions on free speech ultimately get used to quell political debate and silence certain opinions, no matter what the intentions were in developing those restrictions. I was following a story from Toronto last month on...Read More


Pride is about making people uncomfortable

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here's another story about how restrictions on free speech ultimately get used to quell political debate and silence certain opinions, no matter what the intentions were in developing those restrictions. I was following a story from Toronto last month on...Read More


Top Capitol Newspaper Publishes Responses to Traditional Values Coalition on ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

In response to an article published Tuesday by Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, who outrageously contends that ENDA will trap young children in classrooms in hundreds of schools districts to be schooled in sexual fetishes by drag queens,...Read More


Top Capitol Newspaper Publishes Responses to Traditional Values Coalition on ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

In response to an article published Tuesday by Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, who outrageously contends that ENDA will trap young children in classrooms in hundreds of schools districts to be schooled in sexual fetishes by drag queens,...Read More


Bob McDonnell's Transgender Former Brother-in-Law Speaks Out Against Him

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I had heard rumors during last year's campaign that Bob "Taliban Bob" McDonnell had a transgender relative, but was never able to confirm it and, therefore, never wrote about it. Well, yesterday at an Equality Virginia organized protest, McDonnell's former...Read More


Bob McDonnell's Transgender Former Brother-in-Law Speaks Out Against Him

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I had heard rumors during last year's campaign that Bob "Taliban Bob" McDonnell had a transgender relative, but was never able to confirm it and, therefore, never wrote about it. Well, yesterday at an Equality Virginia organized protest, McDonnell's former...Read More


MA trans rights bill gains momentum

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I hit that place in vacation where I actually calm down. It feels good. Only problem is, Jake has a fever. Poor baby. We were supposed to go parasailing today- perhaps it's the gods telling us no. It's been great...Read More


Marisa Demeo confirmed

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marisa Dameo, who's openly lesbian, was confirmed to the DC Superior Court by the Senate after a year after they got out from Jim Demint's grips. Demint's gripe? A number of Republicans had concerns and asked me, as chairman of...Read More


What Is the White House Strategy for Delaying the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 22, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

It is difficult to understand why the White House would want to delay Don't Ask Don't Tell until at least next year. What is their political strategy? An overwhelming majority -- nearly 60%-- of Americans support a repeal of Don't...Read More


Nor'easter Brewing: 5 Northeastern Reps To Call On ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Do you see the signs? The sky is getting darker, the wind is up in the Northeast, and the clouds are rolling in. There's a cold front in DC. Congressmembers have put up their shutters, and no one's talking. It's...Read More


Nor'easter Brewing: 5 Northeastern Reps To Call On ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Do you see the signs? The sky is getting darker, the wind is up in the Northeast, and the clouds are rolling in. There's a cold front in DC. Congressmembers have put up their shutters, and no one's talking. It's...Read More


TheCall Uganda: Anti-Gay American Evangelical Going to Inflame Hate in Uganda

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 21, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The situation in Uganda, where the anti-homosexuality "Kill the Gays" Bill still thrives, continues to deteriorate as news now comes of more radical and dangerous American Evangelicals going into the heated atmosphere of anti-gay hate to hold a huge homophobic...Read More


They don't care about gays, just secret gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC accused Lindsey Graham of being a Democratic Party puppet because he's afraid the White House will out him. Of course, he has nothing to worry about since we live in a post-gay...Read More


CBS News Lets Hate Group Hijack LGBT Debate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

CBS News has allowed an anti-gay hate group, on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law Center, hijack the debate over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We must act to let CBS News know that this is wrong. CBS News...Read More


A Call to Action: Immigration is a Queer Issue!

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | April 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

On April 13, 2010 The Arizona legislature voted 21-to-35 to make it a criminal offense to be an undocumented immigrant in the state of Arizona. This measure also requires local police to determine a person's immigration status by establishing whether...Read More


A Call to Action: Immigration is a Queer Issue!

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | April 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

On April 13, 2010 The Arizona legislature voted 21-to-35 to make it a criminal offense to be an undocumented immigrant in the state of Arizona. This measure also requires local police to determine a person's immigration status by establishing whether...Read More


GetEqual Interrupts House Committee To Demand ENDA Markup

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 21, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The activists of GetEqual interrupted a meeting of the House Committee on Education and Labor today, handing Chairman George Miller a magic marker labelled "GetEqual: Markup ENDA." "I don't know if it's because of the recession that you guys you...Read More


GetEqual Interrupts House Committee To Demand ENDA Markup

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 21, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The activists of GetEqual interrupted a meeting of the House Committee on Education and Labor today, handing Chairman George Miller a magic marker labelled "GetEqual: Markup ENDA." "I don't know if it's because of the recession that you guys you...Read More


President Obama our only target to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell this year

Filed by Kip Williams | April 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I joined six servicemembers in front of the White House to call on President Obama to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), the Clinton-era policy that bans lesbians and gays from military service. These six servicemembers - including one...Read More


HRC vs TVC: Debate over "transgender teachers"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

HRC staffer and frequent TBP commenter Allyson Robinson took up the sword yesterday to do battle with the Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty on CBS's Washington Unplugged webcast. Of course, Lafferty uses lies to try and scare the public, but...Read More


Florida Politician thinks Gays & Muslims Shouldn't Hold Office (& They Cause Hurricanes Too!)

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 20, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough made headlines this month by questioning and blocking nominees to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission because of their possible views on gay marriage, God, Islam and prayer in public places. Basically Yarborough wanted to see...Read More


NOM's Maggie Gallagher quits

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage's head homo hater is out the door. NOM's Maggie Gallagher is stepping down as President of the organization. NOM Executive Director Brian Brown will take her place according to an entry she wrote for the...Read More


Iowa Family Policy Center is your tax dollars at work

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Iowa Independent is reporting that the Iowa Family Policy Center, a standard-issue state-level homophobic lobby group, received over $3 million in federal money between 2004 and 2009 in grants mostly from the "Healthy Marriage Initiative" to administer their "Marriage...Read More


Ex-Gays: We'll take down Republicans with witty one liners

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Those poor, poor ex-gays. Isn't it unfortunate when they're unable to peddle their fake science and general bullshit? PFOX is whining on the tip line today that Republican chairman Michael Steele won't meet with them. "Michael Steele, chair of the...Read More


Joseph Milhous Ratzinger

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 20, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have noted a number of times on my personal blog - as have others in the media and blogosphere - that it appears that the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI learned nothing from the disastrous aftermath of the Watergate...Read More


ENDA & Hostile Work Environments

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

After discovering that my laptop has some rudimentary video capabilities, I thought I'd spare ya'll the usual wall of text post and give you a long video. You get to see me in my usual form when I write posts...Read More


Top Capitol Newspaper Publishes Outrageous Lies of Hate Group About ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 20, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Roll Call, a well-respected Capitol newspaper with a wide readership among politicians, today published an article written by Andrea Lafferty, of the hate group Traditional Values Coalition. Traditional Values Coalition is on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law...Read More


Top Capitol Newspaper Publishes Outrageous Lies of Hate Group About ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 20, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Roll Call, a well-respected Capitol newspaper with a wide readership among politicians, today published an article written by Andrea Lafferty, of the hate group Traditional Values Coalition. Traditional Values Coalition is on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law...Read More


Know Your Rights

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I came across this in my work-related news-reading. According to a Bakersfield woman, five police officers -- and maybe one bounty hunter -- entered her home without consent or a warrant. At least she had the presence of mind to...Read More


How to Talk to a Gay Republican (If You Must)

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I got a letter to the editor from Bruce aka GayPatriot this weekend regarding my post on Marc Ambinder's discussion of Elena Kagan's sexuality: Alex- Don't you owe Marc Ambinder an apology from your April 16 posting where you see...Read More


The South Rises Again: 13 Possible ENDA Supporters from the South

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Rep. Barney Frank confirmed yesterday that a markup of ENDA will take place "this week or next," followed quickly by a House vote. If you're from the South, you've got a better chance than anyone else in this country to...Read More


The South Rises Again: 13 Possible ENDA Supporters from the South

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Rep. Barney Frank confirmed yesterday that a markup of ENDA will take place "this week or next," followed quickly by a House vote. If you're from the South, you've got a better chance than anyone else in this country to...Read More


The Unasked Question

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 17, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I promised this post a few short days ago. I'm setting it up for the weekend, because it's the kind of thing that will take time to discuss, to flesh out, to explore, and besides, it'll get ugly if "the...Read More


Not Sure About The Transgenders in ENDA; CBS pushes hate group message

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 16, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

An article appeared yesterday in Roll Call, a DC newspaper covering legislative news. In it, Rep. Collin Peterson, so-called "Democrat" of Minnesota, said he's not sure whether transgender people should be included in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that coming up...Read More


Not Sure About The Transgenders in ENDA; CBS pushes hate group message

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 16, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

An article appeared yesterday in Roll Call, a DC newspaper covering legislative news. In it, Rep. Collin Peterson, so-called "Democrat" of Minnesota, said he's not sure whether transgender people should be included in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that coming up...Read More


GLEE: Go Call Your Congressman

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: I stand in the dock accused of defamation, of discrimination, by maligning the good intentions of GLEE, that favorite television show of the gays, by that most savage means and instrumentality of slander --...Read More


GLEE: Go Call Your Congressman

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: I stand in the dock accused of defamation, of discrimination, by maligning the good intentions of GLEE, that favorite television show of the gays, by that most savage means and instrumentality of slander --...Read More


We're Paying Our Dues- So When Do We Get The Privileges Of Membership In American Society?

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today is April 15 as many of you perusing this post are aware of. With the midnight deadline looming to get that check mailed off to the IRS, depending on whether you owe Uncle Sam or are waiting for a...Read More


Like living in Bizarro World

Filed by Bil Browning | April 14, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I still can't believe anyone takes Wacky Jackie seriously enough to back her run for Congress. I know Republicans are desperate to regain some semblance of relevancy, but their best bet is a tea bagging anti-abortion and anti-gay crusader? Seriously?!...Read More


You've Got (Hate) Mail: Ex-Gay Faux "Intellectual" Conservatism Edition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sometimes something so crazy comes through your inbox that you just have to share it. When the two major South Florida newspapers, the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel, ran stories in print and online about our recent announcement about moving...Read More


Stand Up And Fight

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 14, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I've been asked how it went yesterday, guest hosting Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM radio show yesterday. My response is I'm angry this morning. I can hardly sit and type while the bees are buzzing in my chest. I was surprised...Read More


Stand Up And Fight

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 14, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I've been asked how it went yesterday, guest hosting Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM radio show yesterday. My response is I'm angry this morning. I can hardly sit and type while the bees are buzzing in my chest. I was surprised...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage in 2012? That'll Be the Day

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Patrick Connors is a self proclaimed uppity fag living in San Francisco that is legally married to a man. He is a freelance writer for The Snitch, a blog for SF Weekly. He is tired of...Read More


Craig Lowe Wins, Narrow Margin Triggers Automatic Recount

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 14, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Moments ago, Craig Lowe got the most votes in the race for mayor of Gainesville and could become the first ever gay mayor of a North Florida city. Equality Florida Action PAC supporters contributed thousands of dollars and months of...Read More


Montana: Homophobic dad gets schooled

Filed by Bil Browning | April 13, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Missoula, Montana passed the state's first LGBT inclusive human rights ordinance last night after the city council meeting ran into the wee hours of the morning. The meeting was packed full of residents wanting to testify either for or against...Read More


Pedophilia libel

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Vatican is flailing its arms trying to pawn its current crop of sex abuse charges on the gays. They've been doing it for years, and you can almost hear the Cardinal saying, "Please just believe it's their fault. You...Read More


Do-or-Die Time for ENDA: Whip Count Now Under Way

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 13, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congress is back in business today after the Easter recess, and action is starting on one of the major stated goals of our movement: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would finally stop overt job discrimination against LGBT people. A whip...Read More


Do-or-Die Time for ENDA: Whip Count Now Under Way

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 13, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congress is back in business today after the Easter recess, and action is starting on one of the major stated goals of our movement: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would finally stop overt job discrimination against LGBT people. A whip...Read More


IN Senate hopeful Rep Brad Ellsworth hides from LGBT community (again)

Filed by Bil Browning | April 12, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

Indiana Congressman and Senate hopeful, Brad Ellsworth, held a liveblog on Blue Indiana Thursday evening that highlighted an important aspect of what LGBT Hoosiers can expect if he's elected to office; they can expect to be ignored and marginalized by...Read More


Jacksonville, FL Councilman Thinks Human Rights Not Necessary for Human Rights Board

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Local human Rights Boards can be important places for minority communities to bring forward issues and concerns in their municipalities. The purpose of these boards are right in the name: Human Rights. They deal with issues around discrimination. Don't tell...Read More


Warriors for Christ

Filed by Donna Pandori | April 12, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

In 1998, Jack Smith and his wife Valerie founded Elijah's Fire International (EFI) Church in Elkhart, Indiana. According to their website, within eight years EFI grew from 8 to 300 members. They proclaim to be one of the "most radical...Read More


Could the Pope Be Arrested in Britain?

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Two recent news stories raise the question of whether or not Pope Benedict XVI could potentially face criminal charges if he proceeds with his trip the the United Kingdom later in the year. The first is from the Los Angeles...Read More


Bad Manners, Bad Politics

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | April 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before I get to the issue at hand, which has to do with the death of Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, I want to say that I feel some compunction about my tenure here at TBP starting on such a contentious...Read More


Listen: Guest Hosting Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM Radio Show

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 12, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM Radio Show on OutQ 109 is on every weekday from 2pm to 6pm. I don't know how he does it every day for years, but now he is taking a week of well-deserved vacation. He asked...Read More


Listen: Guest Hosting Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM Radio Show

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 12, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Michelangelo Signorile's Sirius XM Radio Show on OutQ 109 is on every weekday from 2pm to 6pm. I don't know how he does it every day for years, but now he is taking a week of well-deserved vacation. He asked...Read More


Vehicle of Bigotry: Lies of the Truth Truck

Filed by Keri Renault | April 11, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

They call it the "Truth Truck". I call it a lie. One of the Ten Commandments says "thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor". Who knew? Oscar Wilde once said, "Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward...Read More


Sacrifice

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 11, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sacrifice. I have had my attention drawn to sacrifice recently. As a parent, I know sacrifice. I no longer get to do what I want, when I want. There are a few delicious times when without children and without responsibility,...Read More


False Piety: Vatican, Canadian Church Tried to Keep Sex Scandal Secret

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the interest of full disclosure, I was a Catholic for nearly 50 years and left the Church in 2001/2002 both because of the Church's hostility to gays and because I was sickened by the moral bankruptcy of the Church...Read More


Going Offline To Get ENDA On Line: What We Need To Do Now

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's looking more and more like a vote on ENDA is going to be a reality. When exactly is not yet known, but on Monday, Congress will be back in session, and I hear that final scheduling will begin. A...Read More


Going Offline To Get ENDA On Line: What We Need To Do Now

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's looking more and more like a vote on ENDA is going to be a reality. When exactly is not yet known, but on Monday, Congress will be back in session, and I hear that final scheduling will begin. A...Read More


Civil Rights in the Digital Domain

Filed by Keri Renault | April 10, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Big business special interests have proven to be the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing of the new world order. Let me count the profiteering ways. The unfettered greed of Wall Street crippled America's Main Street, a domino effect contributing to...Read More


Justice Stevens will retire this summer

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This will be John Paul Stevens's last session with the Supreme Court. He's just short of 90 and has been an associate Justice since Ford nominated him in 1975. Right now he's the only Protestant in the Court, and he's...Read More


Service Members Still at Risk under New DADT Instructions

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 09, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Aaron Tax serves as Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's Legal Director. Mr. Tax provides legal assistance to those currently serving who are impacted by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and related forms of discrimination, including those who are...Read More


Drag Discrimination at Miss Gay IU 2010

Filed by Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | April 09, 2010 | 8:00 AM | comments

Several years ago, a friend called me and asked me to come down to Bloomington for the Miss Gay IU Pageant. Since I love pageants of any kind, I buckled in and headed down south, not quite expecting to find...Read More


Conservatives hate that our families count on the 2010 Census

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 08, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Arkansas News reported: LITTLE ROCK -- An advertising campaign by the U.S. Census Bureau directed toward same-sex couples isn't sitting well with some conservatives in Arkansas. State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, a candidate for Arkansas' 3rd District congressional seat,...Read More


Virginia's PR Insensitive Governor

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 08, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Although he has been in office less than three (3) months, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has quickly shown himself to be insensitive - if not downright stupid - in terms of how his pandering to the extreme right of the...Read More


A preview of ENDA opposition

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

There's an interesting piece of rightwing propaganda about Annise Parker's recent executive order to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the city of Houston people have been linking to. Nothing really controversial,...Read More


The 2010 census and the browning and seasoning of America

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 07, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

We're really going to learn a lot more from the 2010 census about the browning of America, as well as how many of us identify racially -- understanding that "race" is an artificial construct. The white supremacists' worst fear will...Read More


The Only "Choice": Coming Out of "Situational Heterosexuality"

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the far right and the professional Christian set all in a dither about the possible upcoming vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ("ENDA") in the U.S. House of Representatives, I guess it is no surprise that the faux experts...Read More


The Only "Choice": Coming Out of "Situational Heterosexuality"

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the far right and the professional Christian set all in a dither about the possible upcoming vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ("ENDA") in the U.S. House of Representatives, I guess it is no surprise that the faux experts...Read More


Jesus smiles on sexual harassment

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

As should be plainly obvious to anyone paying attention (except for anyone invested in the idea that the Religious Right is a group of home-grown Americans motivated by nothing other than the Moral Values in the Bible), the reason rightwing...Read More


Whereupon I fall over dead: I agree with Michael Steele

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'll admit - this is a little painful for me to say. I'll just get it out of the way right here at the beginning. I agree with Michael Steele. Has race been an issue with Chairman Steele's reign as...Read More


2nd Amendment Foundation And Black Community Agree To Joint Gun March, Rally

Filed by Don Davis | April 06, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

New York (FNS)--In an effort to help dispel concerns of racism, Terri Stocke, President of the Second Amendment March, agreed to coordinate with members of the Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network and the Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/Push Coalition in...Read More


Exclusive: George Takei & Christine Quinn on the 2010 census

Filed by Jason Tseng | April 05, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The US Census Bureau announced a series of public service announcements targeted at the LGBT community today at a press conference at the New York City LGBT Community Center. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and George Takei were...Read More


Police trying to close "this fag establishment"

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Usually we have to prove that these gay bar raids happen because of homophobia, and sometimes the cops will just say it themselves. Chi Chiz, a gay bar in Manhattan directed towards black and latino men, has ben repeatedly raided...Read More


Follow-up on a Flawed System: Is HRT in Prison Life or Death?

Filed by Keri Renault | April 05, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last week's court decision overturning Wisconsin law that precluded transsexual inmates from receiving transition-related care raised the age old question of equality. Even fair-minded American tax-payers harbor conflicted feelings about subsidizing medical care for transgender inmates. I doubt I'm going...Read More


Message to Senate: ENDA Is A Jobs Bill

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 04, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

On Friday's Rachel Maddow show, Ezra Klein of the Washington Post came on to talk about the fact that the Democrats have been doing a bang-up job of creating jobs. The Bush administration hemorrhaged over 3 million jobs, whereas the...Read More


Message to Senate: ENDA Is A Jobs Bill

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 04, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

On Friday's Rachel Maddow show, Ezra Klein of the Washington Post came on to talk about the fact that the Democrats have been doing a bang-up job of creating jobs. The Bush administration hemorrhaged over 3 million jobs, whereas the...Read More


Rock for Equality's video "What Kind of Planet Are We On?" up for YouTube's DoGooder Award - Please Vote!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 04, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Science Fiction has always intrigued me in how it can get to the heart of a contemporary issue through an other-worldly story. In February, I posted a video from the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's important Rock for Equality campaign....Read More


16,000 Ask Pelosi To Move ENDA - Are You One of Them?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week we shared with you an open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Cleve Jones, a pioneering equal rights activist featured in the film "MILK," creator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Senior Advisor to the Courage Campaign. He...Read More


16,000 Ask Pelosi To Move ENDA - Are You One of Them?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week we shared with you an open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Cleve Jones, a pioneering equal rights activist featured in the film "MILK," creator of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Senior Advisor to the Courage Campaign. He...Read More


HRT in Prison: Life or Death?

Filed by Keri Renault | April 03, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Inmates aren't denied life saving drugs or medical care in Wisconsin prisons. Insulin is in ready supply for the diabetic inmate. Angina sufferers receive nitro quick same as asthmatics have access to an inhaler. Even in prison the right to...Read More


White House: Steve Hildebrand is crazy

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This has me so sputtering with anger that I can't even begin to describe it. I've sat here all day trying to write out a response that was insightful and meaningful, but I've been unsuccessful. In a Washington Post story...Read More


Coming out to get out

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

One woman who got a civil unioned another woman won't be kicked out of the military: Lt. Robin R. Chaurasiya wasn't exactly asked, but she told anyway: She is a lesbian, and in a civil union with another woman. Her...Read More


Plaintiff in Florida Adoption Lawsuit Heading to White House

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 02, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Even as they await a ruling on the constitutionality of Florida's law banning gay people from adopting, Frank Gill and his recentlyThe Gill boys at home preparing for Easter before they head for the White Houseadopted sons have reason to...Read More


Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History - Oral Argument Update

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 02, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Thankfully, I survived oral argument before the Virginia Supreme Court on the afternoon of March 31st, and, according to the boyfriend, my client, his father and a friend of his, all of whom were all in attendance, I did a...Read More


George W. Bush comes out

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Rumors about former President George W. Bush's sexuality were confirmed today when he announced that he is indeed gay, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel relieved to announce that I am a very fortunate homosexual man." The former President was inspired...Read More


Today, I'm a Republican

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 01, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

In my last post, I expressed my dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration, due to their dismal record on LGBT rights and other progressive issues. There finally came a time when President Obama's flip-flopping and backtracking took...Read More


Tea Bagging Extravaganza! Tea Party Joins with Truck Nutz for Cross-Promotion!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 01, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a merchandising move made in heaven, the Tea Party Movement has teamed with Truck Nutz, the company that makes faux testicles to hang from the bumper of trucks, to create Tea Nutz. It seems that the move came after...Read More