Politics: June 2010

Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative Funding Restored: We Need More Programs Like This

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Unemployment and poverty rates among transgender people are far higher than the national average. In California, the rates are twice as high as the state average. That makes news from San Francisco especially welcome. According to the Los Angeles Times,...Read More


Video from the G20 protests

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 30, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Protestors at the G8/G20 conference in Toronto, if anyone cares to notice, are calling for "jobs" in addition to human rights protections, fairer trade, and action on climate change. It makes sense, since the conference is working on ways to...Read More


The "Intimidation" Argument: Far Right Hypocrisy on Parade

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's a new cry of outrage coming from the far right of American Politics and conservative circles. As more of their arguments against social issues like LGBT equality get shown time and again to be based on personal bigotry, private...Read More


The Ethics of Outing Anti-Gay Hypocrites

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 30, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week on my personal blog I wrote about the closeted anti-gay Lutheran Pastor who urged his parish to leave the Evangelical Church in America ("ELCA") and used his pulpit to denigrate and pontificate against civil law equality for gay...Read More


Elena Kagan answers DADT questions

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

As the confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination continues, yesterday brought us something refreshing in a nominee. Instead of simply mouthing platitudes and telling the committee (and the American people) absolutely nothing about what they actually stand for,...Read More


On The U.S. Army's First Gay Discharge

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | June 29, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Well, Americans, it's been 234 years since our revered Founding Fathers declared this young nation independent. It has been a hard road, to be sure, and yet our democracy remains adolescent: rampant discrimination continues to plague our land, such as...Read More


Poverty is a Queer Issue

Filed by Gloria Nieto | June 29, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Over the weekend, as there were Pride celebrations in many parts of the world, I visited with old friends. What was completely astonishing to me was the state of poverty that we find ourselves in right now. All of us...Read More


Cry Sissy Cry!: Gay shame hosts a goth cry-in to poo poo corporate pride

Filed by R Conrad | June 29, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's that time of year... Feeling depressed this time of year? Can't shake the sadness of seeing those horrifying USA/rainbow flags everywhere you go? Having trouble even leaving your bedroom for fear that you will be confronted by yet another...Read More


Montana's GOP joins Texas

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 29, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Montana's Republican Party platform has gone the same way as Texas: Homosexual Acts We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal. I remember posting back in 2008 during the Obama/McCain...Read More


You Have The Right To Be Fired

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 29, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Jude Stevens is a straight woman, a mom and has been married for 32 years to the same wonderful man.She is a molecular biologist, her best friend is a lesbian, and she believes that every human deserves equal...Read More


You Have The Right To Be Fired

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 29, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Jude Stevens is a straight woman, a mom and has been married for 32 years to the same wonderful man.She is a molecular biologist, her best friend is a lesbian, and she believes that every human deserves equal...Read More


Judith Butler, identity politics, and Berlin

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 28, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Judith Butler was offered the Civil Courage Prize at Christopher Street Day in Berlin last week, and she rejected it. Love the awkward comments after her speech: Of course, because someone with a relatively high profile in the community decided...Read More


Iceland's Prime Minister gets married

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 28, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdottir (the first openly gay head of state government in the world) married yesterday, the first day same-sex marriage was recognized in Iceland. She and partner Jonina Leosdottir (right) had a civil union and then filed for...Read More


Pride in Paris in Photos

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 27, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Gay Pride in Paris yesterday was long. Four miles of marching in the heat, with a parade that was two to three hours long if you stood in one point and watched it go by. The crowd is estimated by...Read More


The biggest #SameSexSunday ever!

Filed by Phil Reese | June 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Happy Pride from Phil Reese and Joe Mirabella on behalf of the SameSexSunday podcast! Download this episode (right click and save) And what a podcast Pride brings us! Hopefully you've bookmarked the page, or subscribed to the podcast so you...Read More


How I Became a Home Depot Defender

Filed by David Castillo | June 25, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm not usually in the practice of coming to the defense of many coporations, especially a giant retailer like Home Depot, but Media Matters for America's County Fair blog pointed out a World Net Daily report that promoted a homophobic...Read More


Dear Mr. President

Filed by Nadine Smith | June 25, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tuesday night Equality Florida's deputy director, Stratton Pollitzer, and I attended the President's reception at the White House in honor of Pride Month. During his address President Barack Obama reinforced his commitment to ending DOMA and DADT and passing a...Read More


NV Senate candidate Sharron Angle's anti-gay newspaper insert

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

Before Sharron Angle was the Republican candidate for Senate from Nevada, she was a member of the far-right Independent American Party. Angle switched parties in 1997 when she wanted to run for statewide office. The Independent American Party is a...Read More


Supreme Court sends battle over release of petition signers' names back to lower courts

Filed by Nan Hunter | June 25, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in Doe v Reed that individuals who sign referendum petitions generally do not have a First Amendment right to remain anonymous. But the Court also held that courts should consider the particular facts in any...Read More


Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Names on Petitions Can Be Made Public

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 24, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to in favor of Washington State's Public disclosure laws allowing petition signatures to remain public. This was a significant case originating from the Referendum 71 campaign in Washington State. Opponents to the Domestic Partnership law...Read More


Pride Toronto Reverses Censorship Decision on "Israeli Apartheid"

Filed by R Conrad | June 24, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Pride Toronto announced yesterday that it would not censor the term 'Israeli apartheid' from the upcoming Toronto Pride Parade as it had previously stated. This announcement comes after more than a month-long uproar over Pride Toronto's decision to ban the...Read More


Boy Scouts win right to $200,000/year government hand-out

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 24, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Philadelphia lost their court case and they're not allowed to charge the Boy Scouts rent to use one of their properties. That doesn't mean the city is giving up: The jury's answers to the 11 questions on the verdict sheet...Read More


Laughing all the way to the bank

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Indiana congressional candidate Trent Van Haaften was added to the DCCC's "Red to Blue" program on Monday. The list of priority candidates is traditionally meant to flip Republican held seats to Democrat control. Van Haaften, however, isn't running to replace...Read More


The Nibbler-In-Chief Promises To Keep On Nibbling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As with his Pride Month Proclamation a few weeks ago, President Obama yesterday lauded the minor incremental baby steps his administration has taken to protect a relative handful of LGBT Americans while relegating the workplace rights of the vast majority...Read More


Closing arguments in the Prop 8 case: Seeing sex discrimination and substantive due process in the tea leaves

Filed by Nan Hunter | June 23, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Oral arguments make for great theater, but any experienced lawyer will tell you that they usually don't count for much. What matters far more to the outcome of a case is the quality of the record (i.e., the evidence) and...Read More


Two Moms Fight to Stay Together

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 23, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Breakthrough TV and RestoreFairness.org recently sat down with Shirley Tan, Jay Mercado and their family in Pacifica, California, for a powerful new video highlighting the urgent need to pass LGBT-inclusive immigration reform. Shirley came from the Philippines decades ago, and...Read More


NY Senate Passes Dignity for All Students Act 58-3: Why?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The bill empowers the New York Commissioner of Education to establish policies and prohibiting harassment and discrimination against students based on a number of categories, including...Read More


NOM launches summer tour; Freedom to Marry to respond in kind

Filed by Adam Bink | June 23, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

National Organization for Marriage, the organization that has jumped into fights for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples around the country, is launching a Summer for Marriage tour. In announcing the tour, Director Louis Marinelli declares supporters to be...Read More


LOGO Coming to Bright House (Someday)

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 23, 2010 | 1:57 PM | comments

In the never-ending battle to get our local cable TV franchises to provide some LGBT programming, a number of LGBT folks in Indy have been contacting Bright House regularly to request LOGO be added to the channel lineup. In the...Read More


Charlene Strong: President Obama is Serious about LGBT Equality

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 23, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Charlene Strong met with President Obama on Tuesday afternoon at the White House, prior to the President's annual Pride speech. Her wife Kate's mother joined her. I spoke with Charlene shortly after her meeting with the President. She was incredibly...Read More


Video: White House LGBT Pride Reception

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

President Obama hosted several state-level activists and leaders yesterday evening for a Pride reception at the White House. I know there's a million and one reasons to be angry that more hasn't been accomplished under Obama's administration, but I'm still...Read More


What Hospital Visitation Rights Heroine Janice Langbehn Won't Tell Obama Tonight - She's in Pain and Financial Trouble

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 22, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Janice Langbehn, the accidental activist most responsible for securing hospital visitation rights for LGBT families, will be a guest at the White House Pride event, which begins one hour from now. The White House is expected to webcast the reception...Read More


A wise ex-gay woman, the richness of her experiences, etc.

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 22, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Nan Hunter's right; Elena Kagan is like a Rorschach. That is, what people see when they look at her says more about them than it does about her. We want her to be a lesbian, the right wants her to...Read More


U.S. Supreme Court: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 22, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court is making less and less sense to me these days, particularly when it comes to speech. There have been thousands of U.S. Supreme Court decisions about speech, the freedom of speech, and its various forms and...Read More


Yes, Virginia, Rahm Emanuel Isn't Quitting

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

Yesterday I said that the news Rahm Emanuel might be stepping down as White House Chief of Staff after the midterm elections was like being told what your birthday present will be early. Today comes news that's much more like...Read More


An Elephant Doesn't Fit in a Closet

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Matt R. Salmon is an ASU Graduate with a Bachelor's in Psychology. He works in clinical research and is the chairman of the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans. In newspapers and blogs, on television and the Internet...Read More


At Black Tie Ceremony, Feith Passes Torch To Barton

Filed by Don Davis | June 22, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Honestly, I am absolutely sick of commercial air travel these days. Just dealing with security is bad enough, but then there's the airlines, and, hey, all you really need to know here is that there has to be a pretty...Read More


Good News: Rahm Emanuel Quitting White House?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's not my birthday, but this is like getting told what your present will be early. The rumor mill is furiously reporting that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will resign after the mid-term elections. White House Chief of...Read More


Irish Law Moving To Recognize Transgender Identity

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 21, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Irish government this week removed its objections to a 2007 Irish High Court judgment. The High Court held that the Irish government violated Irish law by failing to make provisions to recognize sex reassignment for transgender people. The Irish...Read More


Wikileaks source Bradley Manning considering transition?

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Baghdad helicopter footage Bradley uncovered was as amazing as it was horrifying. However, new evidence in the form of chat logs shows that Bradly may be considering transition: (1:11:54 PM) bradass87: and... its important that it gets out... i...Read More


The Texas GOP cares about more than just banning marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The part of the Texas Republican Party's platform making its way around the blogosphere says they want to imprison people who participate in marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, even if those ceremonies have no legal meaning. It also calls for...Read More


Father's Day Thoughts - A Father's Gift

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 20, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

I lost my father in the fall of 2006 - strangely, he died on my son's birthday, something that has made that date bittersweet ever since. On this father's Day I want to re-publish a post from over three years...Read More


SameSexSunday: Prop 8 Closing Arguments; Will Blogs Kill LGBT Print Media?

Filed by Phil Reese | June 20, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

This week on SameSexSunday with Joe Mirabella and Phil Reese, Metro Weekly Senior Political Correspondant and Law Dork blogger, Chris Geidner, shares his perspective on the Proposition 8 Federal trial closing arguments in Judge Vaughn Walker's San Francisco Court. His...Read More


Taking Back Pride: Putting the Politics Back in Pride Parades

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's that time of year. Pride is in the air around the world for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally community. Parades, festivals, music, parties, shirtless boys, dykes on bikes, and more rainbows than you can shake your high...Read More


A sports fan at the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Gloria Nieto | June 18, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I went to the opening day and closing day of the Prop 8 trial. While not a legal type, I still have a huge investment in the outcome of this if nothing else besides being a lesbian living in California....Read More


Why Charlene Strong's Visit With the President Could Change Everything for the LGBT Community

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 18, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

ENDA's chances of passing this year are minimal. The LGBT community can still be legally fired for just being who they are for the foreseeable future. Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal remains in limbo. The repeal of the Defense of...Read More


General John Sheehan Says Gays in Military Would Spread AIDS

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 18, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

General John Sheehan, retired four-star general of the U.S. Marine Corps and former Supreme Allied Commander for NATO, is back in the news with more bigoted anti-repeal talk about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Readers may remember Sheehan as the man...Read More


Getting Hired As a Millenial Queer

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 18, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

In case you haven't heard the news, getting hired while LGBTQ can be a little difficult. I'm not going to talk about inequities here, as others on Bilerico have made pointedly clear. We need job protection, and we need it...Read More


Maggie Gallagher's Bare Feet

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 17, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I realize there are far more important moments in the closing arguments from the Prop 8 trial Wednesday, but, frankly, these two moments are my favorite from Rick Jacob's live blog of the trial. C. It has become a desire...Read More


Our 1st Gay Super Lobbyist

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

Congratulations to SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis for being listed as one of Washington DC's top lobbyists of 2010. The leader has been key to getting any action on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell this year. While other...Read More


Virginia City Solicts LGBT Investors and Entrepreneurs

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 17, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Will Phoebus' Mellen Street be the next Rehobeth Avenue or Duval Street? While Virginia Governor "Taliban Bob" McDonnell and delusional Virginia AG Ken "Cooch" Cuccinelli endeavor to maintain Virginia's reputation as a non-gay friendly state, fortunately, there are elements within...Read More


Family Values: Who is it Trying to "Destroy Marriage" Again?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

In a move that isn't that surprising (but which nonetheless stings), Proposition 8 supporters want to 'revoke recognition' of the 18,000 legal same-sex marriages that occurred in California before the marriage ban went into effect. Removing any doubt about how...Read More


From the Courthouse

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 17, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Yesterday we heard compelling closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to Proposition 8. The National Center for Lesbian Rights was in the courtroom live-tweeting, making sure that you shared this historical moment with us. I was in...Read More


Why We Must Tell America the Truth About the Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Cleve Jones | June 16, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

In his most famous speech, my good friend Harvey Milk urged LGBT people to come out of the closet. "For invisible, we remain in limbo," he said. Harvey knew that full equality would not become reality as long as the...Read More


Polls consistently overestimate voter support for marriage equality

Filed by Nan Hunter | June 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

NYU Political Science Professor Patrick Egan has studied 10 years worth of public opinion polling conducted during election campaigns involving same-sex marriage ballot questions, and has found in a new poll on same-sex marriage ballot measures [pdf] that such polls...Read More


White House plans closeted Pride reception

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

It's secret after the Pride reception (cocktails with senior staff to remember a riot!) caused controversy last year, but Kerry Eleveld has the anonymous sources: Anonymous sources have confirmed that a reception to commemorate Gay Pride Month will be held...Read More


Prop 8 Trial Live Twitter Feed

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

The federal Prop 8 trial will resume for closing arguments shortly. Attorney Ted Olson will deliver the closing for our side starting at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern). With the Supreme Court ruling that cameras will not be allowed at all...Read More


Woman, Thou Art Loosed

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 15, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. George W. Bush might have been slightly better president if he’d listened to the women in his family. That’s become even more evident, now that he’s safely out of office, and...Read More


Half naked bloody Dutch men compete in beauty pageant

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, that's a post title I never imagined writing: "Half naked bloody Dutch men compete in beauty pageant." Yup. Never in my wildest. Thank goodness, the Mr. Gay Netherlands contest decided to help me expand my horizons, eh? The beauty...Read More


The Year of Magical Political Thinking

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 15, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I have spent the past year working intensively, day in and day out, on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I have learned a lot from this experience. One thing I have learned is this: the idea that politics or politicians are...Read More


More information on Kagan's views

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Duncan Osborne turned up a 1996 memo from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan arguing that religious freedom should trump compliance with state anti-discrimination laws. A case involved a straight couple in California that wanted to rent an apartment so they...Read More


Holy Crap: Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) flips his cookies, attacks student

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 14, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The video speaks for itself, just watch: I don't know if it's the sense of entitlement going to his head or if this guy has always been a total dick, but the idea that he thinks he has a right...Read More


Dino Rossi Washington State's Biggest Loser Going for Thirds

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Two-time gubernatorial loser Dino Rossi is going for thirds, but this time he's after Senator Patty Murray's seat. Rossi is Washington State's biggest douche-bag. That's quite the honor, because our state has no shortage of douche-bag Republicans who are desperate...Read More


Pucker Up: Great Global Kiss-In Video

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Great Global Kiss-In for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia was a smashing success last month with over sixty cities taking part in the mass demonstrations for LGBT rights. Gays.com has just released this video compilation of smooches...Read More


Tijuana Pride Weekend: 15th Annual Parade & a New Festival

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rex Wockner has reported news for gay media for 26 years in hundreds of publications. He focuses on on California politics and local life. Tijuana's 15th gay/lesbian pride march hits the streets Saturday, June 19, at...Read More


On Setting Things Straight, Or, An Open Letter To The United Kingdom

Filed by Don Davis | June 14, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Dear The United Kingdom, I just wanted to take a minute to say hello and to see how things have been for you lately, and to maybe bring you up to date on a bit of news from here. Well,...Read More


SameSexSunday blasts off

Filed by Phil Reese | June 13, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

SameSexSunday is a new LGBT politics podcast by Bilerico Project contributors Joe Mirabella and Phil Reese that takes the concept of the Sunday morning political talk show, and takes it to the Castro. Listen to this episode Joe and Phil...Read More


Clear Channel censors Pride billboards

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 13, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

One of the only pleasures of taking the metro to work is checking out all the ad-busting. There are lots of ads in the metro, and every now and then a clever person will have taken a marker to an...Read More


Cuccinelli "Attends" DC Pride - a/k/a Smooches for Cooch

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 13, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I have to admit it - I love the sense of humor of whoever came up with the idea of raising money and recruiting new members for LGBT causes by having gay folk kiss a large cut out photo of...Read More


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Gay Rights Needs to Roll with Weed Reform

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | June 13, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Ganja, like gay rights, has fueled innumerable social battles, and both continue to inflame massive amounts of Americans.Read More


More Democratic Betrayal of LGBT Americans

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nancy Pelosi has announced that there will be no movement on efforts to pass ENDA until the Senate acts of the so-called "repeal" of DADT. Which, given the fact that there's no guarantee of when the Senate will take up...Read More


More Democratic Betrayal of LGBT Americans

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nancy Pelosi has announced that there will be no movement on efforts to pass ENDA until the Senate acts of the so-called "repeal" of DADT. Which, given the fact that there's no guarantee of when the Senate will take up...Read More


Long-Term Joblessness: Crisis or Correction?

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Like any parents, we want the best possible future for our children, and we're doing all we can to prepare them to attain it as our parents did for us. Being the grandson of sharecroppers and the son of 1st...Read More


Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks About DADT, Taking Back Pride, Prop 8, & More!

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

I was back on the new LGBT podcast "Gay Street Beat" this week for their Pride edition and wanted to share it with all of you! Be sure to download it free on iTunes and hear all the fun &...Read More


Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks About DADT, Taking Back Pride, Prop 8, & More!

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

I was back on the new LGBT podcast "Gay Street Beat" this week for their Pride edition and wanted to share it with all of you! Be sure to download it free on iTunes and hear all the fun &...Read More


Tony Perkins attacks Indiana Guv for being too liberal!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Rightwing nutjob Tony Perkins is on the attack again. This time he's after my Governor, Mitch Daniels. Perkins has his knickers in a twist because Daniels told the Weekly Standard that whoever the next President is, they "would have to...Read More


LGBT Pride Month: What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A recent CBS News poll shows something we should already know: increased LGBT visibility means increased support for LGBT people. The increasing visibility of gay and lesbian Americans appears to have contributed toward more positive perceptions of homosexual relations. Forty-three...Read More


Another out of control HIV prosecution

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 11, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I posted a few months ago about a poz Michigan man charged under anti-terrorism laws for biting someone (biting people isn't cool, but it's not terrorism), and the charges were dropped this week by a judge because they didn't fit...Read More


Two Worlds: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I was born with a gift. I was born of Jewish/Muslim Arab descent. Yes, my friends, I am a clear headed, unconflicted Jewish Arab-American that deeply values and respects my Semitic roots and the histories and cultures of my peoples....Read More


Two Worlds: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I was born with a gift. I was born of Jewish/Muslim Arab descent. Yes, my friends, I am a clear headed, unconflicted Jewish Arab-American that deeply values and respects my Semitic roots and the histories and cultures of my peoples....Read More


Is the Pentagon DADT Study Being Rigged?

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

I have written before on my personal blog about insider e-mails that I have received from inside sources at Westat - the contractor conducting the DADT study for the Pentagon - that indicate that there are reasons to be concerned...Read More


Will Congressional Democrats let people with HIV/AIDS die?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Congress apparently can't get it's act together on an emergency ADAP supplemental (money for low-income HIV-positive folks to get meds). A couple Republicans are playing politics with the money needed and saying that they'll support the funding if it comes...Read More


Woman fired for fornication

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This appeared in one of my Google alerts because of the name of the lawyer, but it's definitely a queer issue. It takes a lot of chutzpah to do this to a worker: Jarrestta Hamilton said April of 2009 was...Read More


President Obama, Are You Listening?

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

From my perspective and that of many gays that I talk with, the answer to the question asked in the headline of this post is a resounding "No." Obama and far too many among the Congressional Democrat ranks have abandoned...Read More


President Obama, Are You Listening?

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

From my perspective and that of many gays that I talk with, the answer to the question asked in the headline of this post is a resounding "No." Obama and far too many among the Congressional Democrat ranks have abandoned...Read More


Judge Walker's Interesting Prop 8 Questions

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yesterday Judge Vaughn Walker, the judge overseeing the federal trial on the validity of Prop 8, issued a series of questions he'd like the parties to address in their closing arguments. Rick Jacobs, chair of the Courage Campaign, wrote on...Read More


Canadian Politics, Not Queer Politics, At Issue In Toronto Pride Parade

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, R. Conrad wrote about the Toronto Pride Parade's decision not to allow a banner reading "Israeli Apartheid" in the upcoming parade. In response, over twenty Pride Toronto honorees from the last decade have returned their awards. Noting that the...Read More


Thank you, Ike Skelton, for your honesty

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

A couple of weeks ago (before the DADT deal was announced), Rep. Ike Skelton, the Democratic chair of the House Armed Services Committee, explained why he wouldn't move forward on DADT repeal: "You won't find any mention of the repeal...Read More


Poll: Voter Support Surges for Marriage Equality in Washington State

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new poll released by the University of Washington shows a surge in support for marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. The poll was unique in that it did not ask a binary question "Should gay couple's be allowed...Read More


Queers Against Israeli Apartheid turning up the heat on Pride Toronto

Filed by R Conrad | June 08, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Over twenty Pride Toronto honorees from the last decade have returned their awards in response to PT's banning of the term "Israeli Apartheid" (and thus the group QuAIA) from the upcoming pride march and festivities. Pride Toronto claims the decision...Read More


Same-sex marriage starts in Portugal

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 08, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Add Portugal to the growing list of countries that recognizes same-sex relationships (the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden). Same-sex marriage started there yesterday. Helena Paixao and Teresa Pires, the first lesbian couple to get married in...Read More


NY GENDA B-team Goes Down In Flames At Senate Judiciary Hearing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 08, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Hearing webcast available after the jump, and New York Daily News article reports on Democratic allegations of double cross by Senators Lanza and Maziarz. A hearing was held today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill was voted down...Read More


Evan Bayh's the kind of guy who covers his kids' eyes if two dudes are holding hands in the park

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 08, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Evan Bayh, Indiana's (thank God) out-going Senator, was on Morning Joe in a rather brain-dead segment talking about Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johanson kissing. If you want to know how un-cool Bayh is, while everyone's making silly, forgettable, and dorky...Read More


Let's Call The Democrats What They Really Are: The Nibbler Party

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Have we had enough yet? I don't know about you, but I certainly have. This past Sunday, I went to Asbury Park and attended Jersey Pride. As is the norm for this annual event, the heat was oppressive, the festival...Read More


Let's Call The Democrats What They Really Are: The Nibbler Party

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Have we had enough yet? I don't know about you, but I certainly have. This past Sunday, I went to Asbury Park and attended Jersey Pride. As is the norm for this annual event, the heat was oppressive, the festival...Read More


IRS gives some same-sex couples a tax break

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

The IRS ruled that same-sex couples with domestic partnerships in California must put down the average of their incomes when they file federal income taxes, reducing federal income tax liability for same-sex couples where one person makes significantly more than...Read More


Long Live QueerBomb!

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | June 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

My favorite sign at last Friday's "QueerBomb," the alternative pride march in Austin, Texas, was, "STONEWALL WAS A RIOT, NOT A TRADE SHOW." Queerty gets many of the facts right, but they are wrong to say that QueerBomb made people...Read More


Queers Without Borders

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 07, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico is keeping me up at night. The destruction, ignorance and inaction are just so HUGE. For generations to come the waters, plant life, fish... well let's just say the entire fucking ecology...Read More


Queers Without Borders

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 07, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico is keeping me up at night. The destruction, ignorance and inaction are just so HUGE. For generations to come the waters, plant life, fish... well let's just say the entire fucking ecology...Read More


Robin McGehee, Kip Williams and Me on GetEqual

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 06, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I confess, my jaw dropped when I read that GetEqual's Robin McGehee was making $89,000 as co-director of the new activism group, GetEqual. After all, I work in the LGBT press for enough money for food, rent and to take...Read More


Sex Ed: A Reader From Peru Writes

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

A Projector from Peru writes about a surprising discovery. I've redacted names so no one gets in trouble. My name is Kirsten. For the past three months, I've been living in Peru as an exchange student. In the US, I've...Read More


Building a Network of Gay Entrepreneurs

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 06, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

On May 20, 2010 Hampton Roads Business Out Reach ("HRBOR") held its third anniversary event, which was a huge success. The number of attendees was in the 200 range and included local elected officials, Jessica Sandlin, a gay-friendly Republican running...Read More


On Responding To Oil, Or, "Disaster, Or Emergency, Or Neither?"

Filed by Don Davis | June 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

We're now into day way too many of the BP oil spill, and the President has just yesterday been down on the Louisiana coast - again. There have been suggestions that the Administration should take action to essentially push BP...Read More


Solidarity in the Archives: Hope and Inspiration in South Africa

Filed by R Conrad | June 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This past May I received a post-graduate research travel grant from the Maine College of Art to work with the folks at Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was familiar with some of their...Read More


Religious Based Discrimination Wins in Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History Case

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 05, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Washington Blade has a story on the Michael Moore v. Virginia Museum of Natural History case wherein the Supreme Court of Virginia refused to hear Moore's appeal. For those not familiar with the case, Moore was fired by the...Read More


The Backbone of Our Work

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 05, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Most of you know I'm the Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Thirty-three years ago, we were founded by two attorneys seeking to help secure the parenting rights of lesbian mothers who were losing their children when...Read More


Oil Spill: What Can I Do?

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

One Million Gallons of Oil a Day. Since April 20th. ONE MILLION GALLONS A DAY. And still, the oil gushes. Did you know this particular site was tried before and actually did the same thing but it was a shallower...Read More


LA County Votes to Boycott Arizona After Public Hearing with Gay Testimony

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard hours of contentious public testimony Tuesday before voting 3 to 2 to boycott Arizona over SB 1070, the state's controversial "Papers, please" illegal immigration law that requires law enforcement to ask anyone...Read More


LA County Votes to Boycott Arizona After Public Hearing with Gay Testimony

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard hours of contentious public testimony Tuesday before voting 3 to 2 to boycott Arizona over SB 1070, the state's controversial "Papers, please" illegal immigration law that requires law enforcement to ask anyone...Read More


A Queer Renaissance in Austin, Texas?

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | June 04, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

One of my first visits to Austin was in October of 2005 when my film Life in a Box was screened in aGLIFF -- the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival. (A testament to the great appeal of Austin,...Read More


In Anti-Gay Letter to Karger, a Test for the GOP

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | June 03, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

There's no doubt our nation's changing its collective mind on the gays. A recent Gallup poll showed that 52% of Americans believe same-sex love is "morally acceptable." Sure, it's not an astounding number, but it's still the highest in history,...Read More


Videos: Larry Craig, Charles Djou, and Bill O'Reilly

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here are a few videos I wanted to put up here but don't have much to say on. First, here's The Daily Show interviewing Evan Bayh and Larry Craig. Good to see Larry Craig is still doing well and has...Read More


The Many Faces of Charlie Crist: Flip Flopping in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Florida Governor and US Senate Charlie Crist just can't seem to make up his mind about who he is. The so-orange-he-could-outshine-John-Boehner politician has long been a man of shifting values depending on who he's talking to and what political race...Read More


The Many Faces of Charlie Crist: Flip Flopping in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Florida Governor and US Senate Charlie Crist just can't seem to make up his mind about who he is. The so-orange-he-could-outshine-John-Boehner politician has long been a man of shifting values depending on who he's talking to and what political race...Read More


Obama shifting responsibly for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 03, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Last week, with a vote of 230 to 191, the House of Representatives voted to repeal former President Bill Clinton's 1993 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy that bars lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer service members from serving openly in...Read More


Will Mark Kirk's outing stick?

Filed by Phil Reese | June 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Tuesday morning, HBO's Outrage! subject Michael Rogers sent the gay/progressive blogosphere abuzz when he revealed that Rep. Mark Kirk had been sexually involved with two men in both his undergraduate and law school years. According to Rogers, these two men...Read More


ENDA postmortem: We just don't care about jobs

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

Jill, Joe, and Rebecca have all written about why ENDA didn't get passed this Congressional session, even with massive public support, even with strong Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, even with all the work citizen activists put...Read More


ENDA postmortem: We just don't care about jobs

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

Jill, Joe, and Rebecca have all written about why ENDA didn't get passed this Congressional session, even with massive public support, even with strong Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, even with all the work citizen activists put...Read More


Arizonans March Against SB1070

Filed by Bobby Parker | June 01, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Pictures are worth a thousand words. I've attached some from Saturday's huge rally and march in Phoenix after the jump. One little guy, Luis, about five years old, grabbed a hard hat and a bullhorn and marched up and down...Read More


Rand Paul Wants It Both Ways

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 01, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

When I heard Rand Paul’s statement about the civil rights act, I had a sense of deja vu. Not only that I’d heard them before, but that I run into the peculiar conservative phenomenon they represented: wanting have it both...Read More


Underlying Cause of ENDA's Failure: Not MSNBC, Messaging, Or Apathy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

We have been speculating here at The Bilerico Project as to why ENDA failed in this Congressional session. Of course, the fight for ENDA isn't over in this session, but even if it passes the House, it's likely too late...Read More