Politics: May 2010

Roy Ashburn makes the case for outing

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 31, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Roy Ashburn, a California legislator whose closet burned down around him, talked to the local paper about how being outed changed him: On Thursday in a remarkably candid interview, Ashburn, who had long been a no vote on gay rights...Read More


Is it Time to Nuke the Oil Well?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 31, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Bloomberg News interviewed energy expert Matt Simmons, founder of energy investment bank Simmons & Company. From Raw Story: Simmons said the US government should immediately take the effort to stop the leak out of the hands of BP and put...Read More


Gen Casey & Sec McHugh: DADT repeal not a "done deal"

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen George W. Casey sent an e-mail to troops over the weekend about Congress' "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal compromise. The legislation, which has been passed by the House...Read More


Congressman Dave Reichert is Either an Idiot or a Liar

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 30, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Congressman Reichert can't have it both ways. After getting blasted by bloggers, Equal Rights Washington, and his opponent Susan DelBene, Reichert issued the following statement in an attempt to back pedal from his clearly inexcusable no vote on an Amendment...Read More


The broader ramifications of DADT repeal...even in slo mo

Filed by Nan Hunter | May 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I had dinner two nights ago with a friend who said he was thoroughly confused by an email blitz of conflicting views about the DADT repeal legislation. What did I think, he wanted to know. Bottom line - I believe...Read More


Mary Cheney: Look in the Mirror, Sister

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 30, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The news today is all good- my sister's numbers came back great, she's feeling much better, the sun is out, and I'm still keeping an eye on this pesky ocean, making sure it doesn't go anywhere. I read today that...Read More


Canaries in the Economic Coalmine

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

When the jobs-focused plenary panel at America’s Future Now convenes— with Angela Glover-Blackwell, Rich Trumka, Jared Bernstein, and Bob Herbert — it’s likely they will continue a discussion America desperately needs, and that tea party conservatives  wants desperately not to...Read More


Canaries in the Economic Coalmine

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

When the jobs-focused plenary panel at America’s Future Now convenes— with Angela Glover-Blackwell, Rich Trumka, Jared Bernstein, and Bob Herbert — it’s likely they will continue a discussion America desperately needs, and that tea party conservatives  wants desperately not to...Read More


Don't Blame MSNBC for Our Poor Messaging on ENDA

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Bilerico Project contributor Rebecca Juro asked a very good question on Friday's post Insightful Yet Still Blind: MSNBC Just Doesn't Get the LGBT Civil Rights Movement I mean, what else could it be? How else can you explain the logic...Read More


Incrementalism Shoe on the Other Foot on DADT

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

John Aravosis of Americablog yesterday called out the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP). As he notes, CAP has been on a rather public campaign to take credit for the entire Don't Ask, Don't Tell compromise that has much of...Read More


Stonewall Statement Regarding DADT Repeal Vote

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 28, 2010 | 3:41 PM | comments

Indiana Stonewall Democrats released the following statement today regarding yesterday's historic votes to move forward with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Yesterday, five Indiana Democrats stood on the right side of history and voted to repeal the discriminatory...Read More


Stonewall Statement Regarding DADT Repeal Vote

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 28, 2010 | 3:41 PM | comments

Indiana Stonewall Democrats released the following statement today regarding yesterday's historic votes to move forward with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Yesterday, five Indiana Democrats stood on the right side of history and voted to repeal the discriminatory...Read More


This Memorial Day

Filed by Sean Martin | May 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Plenty to remember. Plenty to think about as well. Unlike most of my activist friends, I'm not as hopeful about the fate of DADT. I honestly believe we're being played, in an enormous shell game that's hopelessly stacked against us....Read More


Insightful Yet Still Blind: MSNBC Just Doesn't Get the LGBT Civil Rights Movement

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 28, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I mean, what else could it be? How else can you explain the logic involved in presenting the kind of excellent coverage MSNBC has been doing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the virtually absolute silence from the network on...Read More


Insightful Yet Still Blind: MSNBC Just Doesn't Get the LGBT Civil Rights Movement

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 28, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I mean, what else could it be? How else can you explain the logic involved in presenting the kind of excellent coverage MSNBC has been doing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the virtually absolute silence from the network on...Read More


Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Passes House and Senate Armed Service Committee, Soldiers Still at Risk

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 28, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

An amendment to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell passed the House of Representatives Thursday night with a vote of 234 to 194. 5 Republicans voted in favor of the Amendment. 229 Democratic Representatives voted in favor. The Senate Armed Services...Read More


1961: Love Letter to a Soldier

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

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama" was launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership in the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). With the House and Senate votes,...Read More


Col. Grethe Cammermeyer tells it like it is

Filed by Phil Reese | May 27, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The retired Colonel — the highest-ranking discharged gay or lesbian under DADT — gives us an insider's perspective on the Lundon Calling podcast. She was the subject of of the 1995 Emmy-award winning TV movie, Serving In Silence, starring Glenn...Read More


Compromise means everyone loses

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 27, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The DADT Deal isn't through Congress yet, and while there are enough votes to get it attached to the Defense Authorization Act, there may not be enough to get around a Republican filibuster. And they're planning one: Armed Services ranking...Read More


(You Gotta) Fight For Our Right (To Potty)

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 27, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Projectors, been a while since I posted one of my infamous song rewrites here. It was originally triggered by an idea from Ethan St. Pierre and Bet Power, and I quickly came up with the remixed lyrics for it. The...Read More


Major General: I saw the end of segregation

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 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


NOM loses challenge in Maine

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 26, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm guessing NOM's defense - If we release the names of our donors, the gay mafia will hunt them down and send their heads to MSNBC where they'll be labeled homophobes - didn't actually work and they have to follow...Read More


Gay Bashing Christian Group Poses Qur'anic Problems for MN GOP

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 26, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Election years bring the queerest of skeletons out of the closet. And the Minnesota Republican party, including Michele Bachmann and gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, have a doozy: ties to a punk rock ministry whose leader, Bradlee Dean, praises Muslims nations...Read More


Vanguard's 'Missionaries of Hate': The American Architects of Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Current TV's Vanguard series will be showing a powerful report on Uganda's horrendous anti-homosexuality "Kill the Gays" bill in a documentary entitled Missionaries of Hate. It premiers tonight, May 26th, at 10/9c. Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda...Read More


Struggle to Survive: A Career in the Marines

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 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


On Malawi: If they were most gay men people wouldn't care either

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

The story of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, the couple in Malawi sentenced to 14 years hard labor last week, hasn't gotten much attention on Bilerico. The only post I remember - and that Google can find - is this...Read More


Jim Crow? Really?

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 25, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Aaron Belkin is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palm Center at UCSB. I am so glad that I was wrong. For two years, I have been predicting that Congress would not...Read More


John McCain's campaign manager is a gay man

Filed by Bil Browning | May 25, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Remember Alex's post from a couple of weeks ago asking what we should call gay "Uncle Toms" who work against their own community? It's time to add a new nominee to the list of self-serving assholes who's more worried about...Read More


Salvaging ENDA: Can You Help?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 25, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

As you know, ENDA was recently put off until mid-June or July, while DADT repeal goes full speed ahead. That gives us a bit more time to look into ENDA holdouts in the House. There are some who are never...Read More


Salvaging ENDA: Can You Help?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 25, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

As you know, ENDA was recently put off until mid-June or July, while DADT repeal goes full speed ahead. That gives us a bit more time to look into ENDA holdouts in the House. There are some who are never...Read More


Virginia Supreme Court to Gays: You Have No Employment Protections

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

The results are in from the Virginia Supreme Court in the Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History case. Ducking any discussion of the issues, the Court issued a few sentence letter indicating that Michael Moore's appeal was rejected and...Read More


Virginia Supreme Court to Gays: You Have No Employment Protections

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

The results are in from the Virginia Supreme Court in the Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History case. Ducking any discussion of the issues, the Court issued a few sentence letter indicating that Michael Moore's appeal was rejected and...Read More


Thank you for helping us end DADT this year

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 25, 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


Summers Off

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

If there is one thing for which professors are generally envied, it is summers off. I'm working on the Moonlight Sonata this summer, all three movements. I'm also spending a lot of time hiking and boating in beautiful Harriman State...Read More


All hands on deck

Filed by Adam Bink | May 24, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I spent a lot of time over the past few days talking about repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to both strongly political friends as well as apolitical friends of mine, LGBT and straight. The comment I heard most often...Read More


The VA has a New Directive on the Treatment of Transgender Veterans

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 24, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica F. Helms is the president of the Transgender Americans Veterans Association. The VA has a new directive on the treatment of Transgender Veterans, but they won't release it. This is becoming a theme with the Obama Administration....Read More


My Captain opposed my DADT discharge

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 24, 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


Nevada DMV debuts new form to change gender marker

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | May 23, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Transgender Nevadans had reason to celebrate recently as the state's motor vehicles department decided to no longer require documentation of genital reconstructive surgery in order to switch applicants' gender marker on their driver's licenses. Local activists hailed it as a...Read More


Anatomy of a Short Sale; or, My Personal Red Flag on the LGBT Mortgage Crisis

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

While the world has been going to hell in a hand basket, I've been moving. Hence my month-long hiatus from Bilerico posting. On April 30, after weeks of packing personal and business effects, escrow closed on the short sale of...Read More


Letters to President Barack Obama - A Retired, Ordained United Methodist Pastor

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 23, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

As readers of my personal blog, Michael-in-Norfolk, cannot help but know, I am one of the bloggers participating in the SLDN campaign "Letters from the Frontlines - Letters to President Barack Obama," along with the Bilerico and dozens of other...Read More


We Need a Platonic Democracy

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Democracy's an imperfect, unpredictable beast. It works one place, yet disintegrates elsewhere. It's unstable, to say the least, and with continued discrimination against gay people, our country's failing the democratic task. That's why we need to reframe democracy within updated...Read More


Harvey Milk and Bakersfield

Filed by Davina Kotulski | May 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Years ago my wife, Molly, and I were driving through Bakersfield and stopped at an IHOP, Denny's, or one of those places you go to when you're on the road. We met a really nice waitress and she came out...Read More


A Few Quick Words About Small Government

Filed by Don Davis | May 22, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

We don't have a lot of time for a big discussion today, but I wanted to take a second and talk about basic federal government economics as they apply to Rand Paul. It is his stated vision to reduce the...Read More


You Gotta Give Em Hope: Saturday Is Harvey Milk Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Saturday, the nation's LGBT community will remember Harvey Milk. Nationally, thousands of activists, allies and community members are organizing local actions to demand full federal equality for all on Harvey Milk Day and during the week of the International...Read More


Everyone loves a good outing

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

A local news channel in Australia staked out bathhouse, pointed a camera at the door and recorded for several hours, and caught the state's transport minister coming out. Of course, this is a brave new world, and since the doors...Read More


ENDA Delayed To Late June or Mid-July

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 21, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Representative Barney Frank said in MetroWeekly late yesterday that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be delayed until late June or mid-July. He also indicated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is committed to getting a vote on ENDA in the House at...Read More


ENDA Delayed To Late June or Mid-July

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 21, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Representative Barney Frank said in MetroWeekly late yesterday that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be delayed until late June or mid-July. He also indicated that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is committed to getting a vote on ENDA in the House at...Read More


Harvey Milk Day - Stuart Milk and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez Talk about Harvey Milk

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

One has to imagine the late Harvey Milk beaming down from heaven as he watched openly gay California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez walk into Wednesday night's White House State Dinner with Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and be seated...Read More


Tell Bill McCollum: We want our money back!

Filed by Nadine Smith | May 20, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Attorney General Bill McCollum spent $120,000 of our tax dollars on a fraud in his quest to pander to bigots and homophobes, and we need your help to get our money back. Sign the petition to Bill McCollum: we want...Read More


Harvey Milk Day 2010: Being Out Is No Longer Enough

Filed by Marc Solomon | May 20, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As much as any other leader, Harvey Milk is my hero and inspiration. Like so many others, I drew tremendous strength from his belief in the fundamental goodness of all LGBT people in spite of what society too often tells...Read More


Dear Dems: We need to talk. Love, the Gays.

Filed by Adam Bink | May 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Action: Add your name to our open letter to the Dems on ENDA and repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell! Dr. Jillian Weiss has written here before about Democrats' excuses for not bringing ENDA up. At this point, it's become...Read More


Dems High After Primaries, But So Is Gay Bar

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Democrats are high with relief after the primaries, celebrating a far better than expected election night, but the bar on LGBT rights bills remains high as well. They seem to forget why they get elected in the first place,...Read More


Dems High After Primaries, But So Is Gay Bar

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Democrats are high with relief after the primaries, celebrating a far better than expected election night, but the bar on LGBT rights bills remains high as well. They seem to forget why they get elected in the first place,...Read More


Today's open letter to Obama is extra special

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 20, 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


Today's open letter to Obama is extra special

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 20, 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


Great Global Kiss-in: Reports from Around the World

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 19, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A huge number of cities around the globe took place in the Great Global Kiss-in Protest. May 17th was the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), a worldwide rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together, reach...Read More


The Congressional, queer Bradley Effect

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Jill summarized Pelosi's transparent attempt to stall on ENDA this morning: First, she said that taking a vote on ENDA and DADT in the same week is impossible from a scheduling standpoint. An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act...Read More


Primary election results from last night

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

In Pennsylvania, progressive Joe Sestak beat Republican Democrat Arlen Specter 54-46. That's a big upset, what with Specter getting support from Organizing for America, the DSCC, and Obama himself. Rep. Sestak has a 95% rating from HRC and has been...Read More


Pelosi ENDA Discussion Belies Frank's "Whip Count" Defense

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 19, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Speaker Nancy Pelosi convened a conference call on Monday to quell rumors about the death of the two LGBT legislative agenda items: DADT repeal and ENDA. Her discussion belied strong allegations made on Saturday by Rep. Barney Frank's office that...Read More


Pelosi ENDA Discussion Belies Frank's "Whip Count" Defense

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 19, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Speaker Nancy Pelosi convened a conference call on Monday to quell rumors about the death of the two LGBT legislative agenda items: DADT repeal and ENDA. Her discussion belied strong allegations made on Saturday by Rep. Barney Frank's office that...Read More


Two Tours of Duty in Iraq

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 19, 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


Two Tours of Duty in Iraq

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 19, 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


Another moral majority Republican caught...

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I'm not one usually to get much into the "hypocrisy" angle when an anti-gay politician comes out; it's usually just proof that even people who want to change their sexually cannot, nor can they ignore it, and it also means...Read More


Sam Brownback's Pastor Problem: Evangelical Extremist Lou Engle

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 18, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

American Evangelical Extremist Lou Engle is making waves again. Readers may remember Engle as the fringe pastor behind TheCall Rally in California supporting Proposition 8, where he called homosexuality a "spirit of lawlessness" and called for "martyrs" to become "God's...Read More


Sam Brownback's Pastor Problem: Evangelical Extremist Lou Engle

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 18, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

American Evangelical Extremist Lou Engle is making waves again. Readers may remember Engle as the fringe pastor behind TheCall Rally in California supporting Proposition 8, where he called homosexuality a "spirit of lawlessness" and called for "martyrs" to become "God's...Read More


My Queer Agenda: Puerto Rico, Palestine and Indigenous Sovereignty

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | May 18, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Self-determination over one's body and land are core to my personal and political principles. I'm going to go even further and say that I think that self-determination over one's body and land should be a central tenet of the queer...Read More


Today's ENDA Actions

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

This week we will see dozens of actions around the country asking the Congressional leadership to move ENDA and DADT repeal forward. These are our most basic legislative issues. If we can't move anything forward, then we will have visibly...Read More


Today's ENDA Actions

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

This week we will see dozens of actions around the country asking the Congressional leadership to move ENDA and DADT repeal forward. These are our most basic legislative issues. If we can't move anything forward, then we will have visibly...Read More


DADT throws more than just service people into the closet

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 18, 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 throws more than just service people into the closet

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 18, 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


Will Gay Opposition Help Indiana Democrat Ellsworth?

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 17, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Indiana's Democratic Party named Congressman Brad Ellsworth as retiring Sen. Evan Bayh's replacement on this November's ballot. The news comes as no surprise: Ellsworth's long been described as the strongest Democratic contender. That doesn't mean, however, that the state's Stonewall...Read More


Indiana Young Dems side with gay group on Ellsworth

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a message posted to Facebook Saturday evening, the Indiana Young Democrats issued a statement of support for the Stonewall Democrats abstention from voting on Rep Brad Ellsworth's nomination to replace retiring Senator Evan Bayh on the fall ballot. While...Read More


Career advancement

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

From the Huffington Post: On Friday, the Washington Post ran a meta-piece on the matter under the title: "Is sexual identity our business, or are we a nation of busybodies?" In it, author Karen Tumulty reported that "administration officials asked...Read More


Dems: The Dog Ate My Homework

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

As a college professor, I've listened to many excuses on why the report wasn't done over the past decade. These included classic homework-eating dogs and tales of laptop explosions, Lazarus-like grandmothers who passed away, only to miraculously revive in order...Read More


Dems: The Dog Ate My Homework

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

As a college professor, I've listened to many excuses on why the report wasn't done over the past decade. These included classic homework-eating dogs and tales of laptop explosions, Lazarus-like grandmothers who passed away, only to miraculously revive in order...Read More


The American People Are Not Quitters

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 17, 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


The Kagan Rorschach Test

Filed by Nan Hunter | May 16, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hardworking as well as smart, grade grubbing, self-absorbed careerist with sense of humor and liberal politics (possibly reflecting ethnic heritage or parental values) for whom pragmatism is the ultimate value ISO job commensurate with skills and potential for ego growth......Read More


Great Global Kiss-in in Paris

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 16, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Waymon posted about the Great Global Kiss-in last week, with events all over the world in advance of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. I went this afternoon; more on that after the jump. Did you participate? NYC and...Read More


What's Behind Senator Jim Webb's PR Campaign?

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

It turns out that I was not the only person to receive what at first appeared to be pro-active outreach from Senator Jim Webb's office on DADT. It seems I was but one of several. Other recipients included field consultants...Read More


Ellsworth selected to replace Bayh: IN Stonewall Dems abstain citing anti-gay past

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Friday night's AIDS joke by Senator Evan Bayh at the 2010 Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner wasn't the only queer commotion in the Hoosier state this weekend. Saturday afternoon, conservative Congressman Brad Ellsworth was chosen by the Democrat's State Central...Read More


Video: Senator Evan Bayh's AIDS Joke

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Senator Evan Bayh (D) made an AIDS joke at the 2010 Indiana Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner last night. The Indiana Stonewall Democrats walked out after the joke. Senator Bayh says he was just "misunderstood." Asked for a statement, state party...Read More


Is It Time To Rise Up Yet?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The LGBT civil rights movement is in disarray. We must live in shame and secrecy to serve the country we love, but which seems to hate and despise us. Is it time to rise up yet? AIDS funding has dropped,...Read More


Get the facts before you rant, or: ENDA will not exterminate trans women

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Ryan Blackhawke is a board member and the director of online communications at the Ingersoll Gender Center. Those of you who have ever met me can tell you that I can be impetuous and impulsive. I can be...Read More


LIVEBLOG: 2010 Indiana Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner

Filed by Bil Browning | May 14, 2010 | 5:45 PM | comments

Welcome to Bilerico Project, Blue Indiana and the Huffington Post's liveblog of the 2010 Indiana Democratic Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. Feel free to come on in, put your feet up and chat a bit. We'll be covering each speaker with quotes...Read More


Pucker Up to Fight Discrimination: The Great Global Kiss-in for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 14, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Get out the chapstick and breath spray! It's time for the Great Global Kiss-in! May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), a worldwide rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together, reach out to...Read More


Are the Democrats Running a Con Game on ENDA?

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

Bay Windows newspaper published an article yesterday noting that Capitol observers suggest that the Democrats are running out the clock on ENDA. "The community and the movement have done everything we've been asked to do," said Mara Keisling, executive director...Read More


Are the Democrats Running a Con Game on ENDA?

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

Bay Windows newspaper published an article yesterday noting that Capitol observers suggest that the Democrats are running out the clock on ENDA. "The community and the movement have done everything we've been asked to do," said Mara Keisling, executive director...Read More


TONIGHT: Indiana 2010 Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner Liveblog

Filed by Bil Browning | May 14, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Just a quick note to say that Thomas Cook from Blue Indiana and I will be liveblogging Indiana's Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner tonight for Bilerico Project, Blue Indiana and Huffington Post. The event starts at 6:15 Eastern so you'll want to...Read More


Kirk vs. Kirk: Lobbying a lawmaker on DADT with extra clout

Filed by Phil Reese | May 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

When it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, we know that powerful political families are divided, but those divisions generally never make jaws drop. Then again, I've never lobbied a lawmaker with his ex-wife before. On Tuesday, May...Read More


LGBT BootCamp: training the next generation of LGBT activists

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 14, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

You want equality? Well, equality costs and New Organizing Institute's LGBT BootCamp is where you start paying in sweat! Okay, leaving aside the somewhat cheesy reference to the 70's TV show Fame, winning full LGBT equality is going to take...Read More


LGBT BootCamp: training the next generation of LGBT activists

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 14, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

You want equality? Well, equality costs and New Organizing Institute's LGBT BootCamp is where you start paying in sweat! Okay, leaving aside the somewhat cheesy reference to the 70's TV show Fame, winning full LGBT equality is going to take...Read More


Stick it in a Manila envelope and keep it in a desk

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 14, 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


Stick it in a Manila envelope and keep it in a desk

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 14, 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


Steve King is worried about transgender sting operations and flamboyant, litigious gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 13, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Rep Steve King (R-Iowa) is ready to whip the base into a frenzy over ENDA. Check out what he told a local radio host: KING: Well Tony, I can imagine someone coming in and interviewing one day in man's clothes...Read More


When epithets are not enough, what does it take to call a hate crime a crime?

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 13, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Sharon Stapel is the Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. The mistrial determination in the Brooklyn Keith Phoenix trial sends a clear message: We are not safe. Hakim Scott and Keith Phoenix were charged with...Read More


Harvey Milk Day of Action May 22

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

On May 22, LGBT people all around the nation and the world will be marking the birthday of Harvey Milk, one of the first out gay politicians to be elected to public office in the United States. (Not the first,...Read More


Soldier's Spoof of Kesha's "Blah Blah Blah" Video is Satire of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 13, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

US Soldiers stationed in Afghanistan decided to put their own spin on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" debate heating up back home. To be fair, they are not engaging in the debate. Soldiers are supposed to be apolitical. And they...Read More


WaPo: Choice Words For Civil Rights Of Transgender Workers

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Washington Post weighed in this morning on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with a few choice words. It characterizes ENDA as pushing a "testy" issue in the culture wars: civil rights for transgender workers. "Testy"? Really? I've heard of a...Read More


WaPo: Choice Words For Civil Rights Of Transgender Workers

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Washington Post weighed in this morning on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with a few choice words. It characterizes ENDA as pushing a "testy" issue in the culture wars: civil rights for transgender workers. "Testy"? Really? I've heard of a...Read More


No longer fit for military duty due to homosexual conduct

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 13, 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


No longer fit for military duty due to homosexual conduct

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 13, 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 there a connection between Jim Webb and Elaine Donnelly?

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 12, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

My recent post concerning Robert Gates' outward insubordination on the issue of repealing DADT have triggered a number of comments and e-mails to me on the issue of Obama, Robert Gates and one of my U.S. Senators, Jim Webb of...Read More


Minimum wage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

For this kind of money, I'd pretend to be straight too: Anti-gay psychologist George Rekers charged Florida $300 an hour to testify as an expert witness in a trial defending Florida's ban on gay people adopting. The state planned to...Read More


Tallahassee: Leon County Passes Fully-Inclusive HRO

Filed by Nadine Smith | May 12, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Victory in Leon County! By a 5-2 vote, Leon County - home of our state capital - has added a sexual orientation and gender identity inclusive Human Rights Ordinance and added the protections to the county's own personnel policy as...Read More


Bilerico Sends Over 1,000 letters to Congress on ENDA, Yesterday

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

Bilerico readers, you are amazing. Yesterday, I asked that you write letters to Congress in support of ENDA. I had expected a few hundred, based on my past guesses at participation. This time, using a site that tracks the number...Read More


Bilerico Sends Over 1,000 letters to Congress on ENDA, Yesterday

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

Bilerico readers, you are amazing. Yesterday, I asked that you write letters to Congress in support of ENDA. I had expected a few hundred, based on my past guesses at participation. This time, using a site that tracks the number...Read More


Because one person felt I shouldn't be in the Navy

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 12, 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


Because one person felt I shouldn't be in the Navy

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 12, 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


BREAKING: 2nd Sit-in at McCain's AZ Office to Protest DADT

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 11, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

H.E.R.O staged a sit-in today at Senator McCain's Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona office. This is the second sit-in by the group in less than a month. According to statement from the group: Quarter Master 3rd Class (QM-3) Shellaine Gokey served her...Read More


How many gays work at NARTH?

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

According to this story from the Miami New Times, NARTH is trying to cover up the Reker/Rentboy scandal. After the story broke last week, Rekers sent Lucien a questionnaire with questions about what exactly happened during their trip to Spain...Read More


Obama Needs to Fire Gates Now!

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Contributor's note: I live in the Norfolk, Virginia, area and know many discharged under DADT. Hence, my emotions on this issue are high. I have previously drawn the parallel between Harry Truman's firing of General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination and...Read More


New state-wide LGBT organization to launch in Michigan

Filed by Amy Hunter | May 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

An event, long talked about and long overdue, will come to pass this week in Michigan. This state's two preeminent LGBT education, rights advocacy, and lobbying organizations, The Triangle Foundation and Michigan Equality combined this past January to form an...Read More


Is Elena Kagan gay? A sexy mystery

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday morning, I came across this post on Renew America's webpage, in which the author assumed Elena Kagan is gay: My main argument against adding a homosexual to the bench is simply this. That individual would have already made up...Read More


Caught in a Bad Hotel: San Francisco queers support hotel worker boycott

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

Editors' Note: This post comes to us from Pride At Work San Francisco. On a bustling Saturday afternoon at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis Hotel, there was a strange disturbance at the check-in counter. A seemingly innocuous gay couple had...Read More


ENDA Now Ready To Pass

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The question on most people's minds about ENDA is: can it really pass? The National Center for Transgender Equality, along with the Transgender Law Center, and the Coalition of State/City Transgender Advocacy Organizations, held a conference call last night on...Read More


ENDA Now Ready To Pass

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The question on most people's minds about ENDA is: can it really pass? The National Center for Transgender Equality, along with the Transgender Law Center, and the Coalition of State/City Transgender Advocacy Organizations, held a conference call last night on...Read More


DADT: I was present at more than 1500 military funerals

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 11, 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: I was present at more than 1500 military funerals

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 11, 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: Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan & the Solomon Amendment

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Elena Kagan was not my choice for the Supreme Court. I preferred others on the short list. Like everyone else, however, I am not surprised by Obama's choice. We'll be hearing much about the "Solomon amendment" in the coming weeks,...Read More


Cruising sting nabs local politician; at least he's denying everything

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Is it a crime to discuss having sex in public? To lick you lips in a park? Or to carry a condom? Since the police didn't tell the press anything worse happened in the cruising sting that saw the arrest...Read More


Encouraging News: Uganda Government Panel Rejects "Kill the Gays" Bill

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Promising news coming out of Uganda regarding the odious "Kill the Gays" Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The New York Times is reporting that the Ugandan President's special panel called to offer a recommendation on the bill has ruled that it should be...Read More


Dueling Capitol Versions of ENDA: "It's A Sure Thing" "No, It's Not"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 10, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

What's going on with ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would finally prohibit overt homophobia and transphobia for millions of LGBT US employees? On the one hand, the Dems said they would conduct a whip count and proceed to a...Read More


Dueling Capitol Versions of ENDA: "It's A Sure Thing" "No, It's Not"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 10, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

What's going on with ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would finally prohibit overt homophobia and transphobia for millions of LGBT US employees? On the one hand, the Dems said they would conduct a whip count and proceed to a...Read More


DADT: I lived in constant fear

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 10, 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: I lived in constant fear

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 10, 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


President Obama Honors Mothers and Their Families - All Kinds

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 09, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Mother's Day is as non-political as you can get, right? Well, politics comes in all forms. The personal is the political. The Bush Administration was a rough time for LGBT families, as well as any family that didn't fit into...Read More


Examining the Basic Math of SB 1070 in Arizona

Filed by Bobby Parker | May 09, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Examining the basic math of SB 1070, I find: This law requires the arrest and detention of all people in the state of Arizona who are not legally in the United States. Estimates put their number at 400,000 to 460,000....Read More


Wiesel's Lesson for the Gays

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 08, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Michael Petrelis is gay man living with HIV, and his 221 t-cells in San Francisco's Mission District. He's been happily partnered to Mike Merrigan since 1995. Oy, vey. Those Jews are like the gays, in that...Read More


I'm here to help

Filed by Amy Hunter | May 08, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Haiti Dr. Joia Mukherjee is an impressive person. She holds an MPH from Harvard, specializes in infectious diseases, and practices internal medicine and pediatrics. Considered one of the foremost experts on public health policy and implementation, she teaches the subject...Read More


Florida Taxpayers Paid Reker's $120,000, Twice What Was Initially Reported

Filed by Nadine Smith | May 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Did Bill McCollum's office hide the truth about payments? Attorney General Bill McCollum has scrambled to distance himself from the "star" witness he paid to defend Florida's anti-gay adoption ban after George Rekers was caught in the Miami Airport with...Read More


Support the troops

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The hold up on DADT is in the Senate, according to an article by Kerry Eleveld: "Clearly the world changed dramatically with the Gates letter," said one Hill veteran who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Everyone is trying to figure...Read More


On George Rekers, Homophobia and Compassion

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 07, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: The Reverend Jonathon Edwards is a pastor in the United Church of Christ and has been active on a local level in the glbt movement since his youth. He currently pastors a congregation in Southern California and has...Read More


Why Immigration Reform Is Good for the LGBT Agenda

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

The swiftly changing winds of Washington, D.C. today are making my head spin, but one theme begins to clearly emerge from all this: the Democratic Party is at a tipping point. The background of all this is the dire prediction...Read More


Department of Defense: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Inbox Goes Live

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 07, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Department of Defense posted to their blog, that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Inbox soliciting anonymous comments from military personal about gays and lesbians is live. A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously...Read More


Harry Truman's grandson writes Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 07, 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


When Gay Becomes A Weapon

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 06, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Homosexuality's instability boggles the mind. One day it's a good thing, something of which one should be proud, and the next it's being used as a weapon, and proves quite explosive. Gay, the action, the adjective and the concept, proves...Read More


Al Sharpton Comes to Arizona to Protest Immigration Law

Filed by Bobby Parker | May 06, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Remember - "Forty percent of LGBT binational couples in the United States include a Latino family member. For them, and their loved ones, Arizona is now the most dangerous place in America." That's why it's important to know what's happening...Read More


Looking for Work?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 06, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Friend, are you looking for work? Do you only have a part-time or temporary job? Are you afraid of coming out at work and would like to have a job where you don't have to worry every day about being...Read More


Looking for Work?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 06, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Friend, are you looking for work? Do you only have a part-time or temporary job? Are you afraid of coming out at work and would like to have a job where you don't have to worry every day about being...Read More


Advocacy alone won't change the status quo

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 06, 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


Census 2010 - It's Not Too Late!

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | May 05, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The point of the Census is an accurate count of people in the US. It matters to everyone because it determines representation in congress, like how many US representatives are assigned per state. It also affects how more than $400...Read More


Lady Gaga: Are You Listening!

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I am starting to get discouraged with the progress of ENDA. I go through these periods. It's called being human. The last word from DC was that they were supposed to do a whip count on April 12, when they...Read More


Lady Gaga: Are You Listening!

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I am starting to get discouraged with the progress of ENDA. I go through these periods. It's called being human. The last word from DC was that they were supposed to do a whip count on April 12, when they...Read More


Macho has no place in a modern professional Army

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 05, 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


Macho has no place in a modern professional Army

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 05, 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


FL Atty General Bill McCollum's "Expert" Witness Caught with Male Prostitute

Filed by Nadine Smith | May 04, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

George Rekers, the "expert" witness hired by Attorney General Bill McCollum to defend Florida's anti-gay adoption ban has been caught with a male prostitute at the Miami airport, according to the Miami New Times. Rekers was one of only two...Read More


Future Supreme Court Nominee Stephanie Grace??

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 04, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Well, maybe. But not until President Palin’s second term. Via Jill at Femeniste and Jezebel’s Anna North comes this bit of insight from Harvard Law School 3L Stephanie Grace, who felt the need to clarify her statements after a dinner...Read More


Current ENDA Language Regarding Transgender Workers Revealed, Concerns Mount

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

During his show Sunday night, TransFM founder and host Ethan St. Pierre received a call-in from International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) Executive Director Denise LeClair, who revealed for the first time what the current language regarding transgender workers and...Read More


Marco Rubio Flexes Anti-Gay Muscles & Headlines Florida Family Policy Council Dinner

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 04, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Florida Senate Candidate Marco Rubio continues to stake his claim of the right-wing fringe in Florida and around the country. Rubio is set to be the keynote speaker at The Florida Family Policy Council's 5th Annual Public Policy Dinner on...Read More


Real men

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 04, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

We wouldn't want to let gays and lesbians in the military come out, because that would make the military all that much less manly. It's the military culture, you see, that has to be protected or else we won't be...Read More


Sexual Assault: Dirty laundry? Dirty little secret?

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Roberta Sklar is the former director of communications at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Empire State Pride Agenda. She is a communications activist who lives and works in NYC. Over the past...Read More


Indy prosecutor candidate would establish LGBT liaison

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

After transwoman Taysia Elzy and her boyfriend were brutally murdered in late 2008, Indiana Equality met with then Public Safety Director Scott Newman in an attempt to establish a police liaison with the LGBT community. While the org touted their...Read More


"The Students By and Large Don't Have A Problem With A Transgender School Teacher; It's The Parents"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 04, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The title quote from documentary filmmaker Rohan Spong, director of the highly-acclaimed documentary "T Is For Teacher," illuminates the overblown "moral panic" about transgender teachers now infecting the ENDA debate. It's reverberating especially hard in a few "moderate" Congressional offices....Read More


"The Students By and Large Don't Have A Problem With A Transgender School Teacher; It's The Parents"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 04, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The title quote from documentary filmmaker Rohan Spong, director of the highly-acclaimed documentary "T Is For Teacher," illuminates the overblown "moral panic" about transgender teachers now infecting the ENDA debate. It's reverberating especially hard in a few "moderate" Congressional offices....Read More


They called me Vapor

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 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


They called me Vapor

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 04, 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


An Open Letter to My Senators

Filed by Gloria Nieto | May 03, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Dear Senators Boxer and Feinstein: My last unemployment check came the first week of April. Yesterday I went out to talk to someone about some work and I could not find her. I almost ran out of gas trying to...Read More


Video: White House Correspondents' Dinner

Filed by Bil Browning | May 03, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Jay Leno hosted this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner and his jokes matched his usual television schtick. Leno's known for being one of the least edgy comics in the business; he goes for the chuckle instead of the jugular....Read More


A Tale of Two Phone Calls: A Call To Action

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Babs Siperstein is a member of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats' Federal PAC Board and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey. Last Thursday evening about 6:15 PM ET...Read More


A Tale of Two Phone Calls: A Call To Action

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Babs Siperstein is a member of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats' Federal PAC Board and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey. Last Thursday evening about 6:15 PM ET...Read More


American Evangelical Lou Engle Promotes "Kill the Gays" Bill at Sunday's Rally in Uganda

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 03, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Over 1,300 people gathered at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday to hear American Evangelical Lou Engle preach at a rally and prayer service against "homosexuality, witchcraft, and corruption." Engle's involvement in organizing TheCall Uganda was mired in controversy...Read More


Actor goes shirtless, becomes gay icon?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 03, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I just got back from an exhausting vacation, and just now an even more exhausting first day back at work after spring break, so it's shirtless boys. I have no qualms about posting pics since it's clear to me that...Read More


Washington Blade: There IS a Path to 60 in the Senate (Pt. 2)

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. We counted to 49 with the help of the Washington Blade in Part 1 of this series last Friday. Can you count to 60?...Read More


Washington Blade: There IS a Path to 60 in the Senate (Pt. 2)

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. We counted to 49 with the help of the Washington Blade in Part 1 of this series last Friday. Can you count to 60?...Read More


They locked me in a feces-filled dog kennel

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 03, 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


They locked me in a feces-filled dog kennel

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 03, 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


Andrew Sullivan: Pep Talk to LGBT Virginians at Equality Virginia Event

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 02, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Last night's Commonwealth Dinner was a wonderful affair and the venue at the Marriott was far superior to that of the Richmond Convention Center where it has been for the past several years. The key note speaker, Andrew Sullivan, provided...Read More


Prop 8 Fighters Olson and Boies Make the 2010 TIME 100 List

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 02, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The 2010 TIME 100 just posted their annual TIME 100 list of "people who most affect our world" and included in the "Thinkers" category is the federal Prop 8 trial odd couple of Ted Olson and David Boies (pictured here...Read More


Prop 8 Fighters Olson and Boies Make the 2010 TIME 100 List

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 02, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The 2010 TIME 100 just posted their annual TIME 100 list of "people who most affect our world" and included in the "Thinkers" category is the federal Prop 8 trial odd couple of Ted Olson and David Boies (pictured here...Read More


A squeeze play on DADT repeal?

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 02, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

DADT is quickly becoming a big hot-potato issue on the hill. It seems that everyone wants to avoid taking action the bill; the Dems turn to the president, the Republicans turn a blind eye to the issue, the military wants...Read More


Why Regulate When You Can Masturbate?

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

How, many people have asked since news broke about Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion ponzi scheme, could regulators have let such a blatant criminal slip through their fingers? We know, now. The Securities and Exchange Commission is the sheriff of the...Read More


ENDA Cuts Off Student Loans For Christian Colleges

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 01, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, according to this Family Research Council video. No, really. In fact, according to this video, Obama's Department of Education has already ordered Christian schools to comply or face a cut-off of federal funds. It's the end of the 100...Read More


ENDA Cuts Off Student Loans For Christian Colleges

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 01, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, according to this Family Research Council video. No, really. In fact, according to this video, Obama's Department of Education has already ordered Christian schools to comply or face a cut-off of federal funds. It's the end of the 100...Read More


Hawaii legislature passes civil unions; Will the governor sign the bill?

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 01, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

In what can only be described as a legislative coming back from the dead, a civil unions bill was passed by the Hawaii House in the final hours of the 2010 legislative session. The key question is will Republican Governor...Read More


Privacy and the 2010 Census: Count Me In

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 01, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Masen Davis has been an activist in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality since 1990. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Starting...Read More