Politics: August 2010

Richmond, Virginia Launches Gay Tourism Site

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 31, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a move that one would think has Virginia's uber-Christian and decidedly anti-gay attorney general Ken Cuccinelli having convulsions, the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a tourism page aimed at the LGBT tourism dollar. The site, called...Read More


How Janet Jackson Can Save the Democratic Party

Filed by Bil Browning | August 31, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Fresh polling out from Gallup doesn't bode well for the Democrats. August is the cruelest month...for Democrats, it seems. Driving the news today is a new Gallup poll that shows Republicans holding an unprecedented 10 point lead over Democrats on...Read More


Man prosecuted for taping police in public

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

It may be difficult to explain why privacy is so important, as Glenn Greenwald writes, but it's not at all that hard for people with power to understand. Normally people's concerns about privacy are dismissed with a "If you're not...Read More


FL Governor Says He Opposes Fed Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Hours after sparking a firestorm with comments during a CNN interview, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he does NOT support an amendment to the US Constitution that would ban marriage for gay couples. "In an interview that aired today, I...Read More


LGBT Bar Panel Weighs In On Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference ended yesterday, and it was wonderful hearing all of the interesting panels and meeting old friends in the legal world. I particularly enjoyed yesterday morning's plenary, about developments in the struggle for marriage...Read More


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How we should be treating Ken Mehlman

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Ken Mehlman holds the honor of being the highest-ranking GOP official to eventually come out as gay, plain and simple. Top GOP officials have invited him into their lives, made emotional connections with him, and generally built a solid network...Read More


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#SSS: Cleve Jones, Mehlman reactions, Midterms, Glenn Beck & more!

Filed by Phil Reese | August 29, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

What do you think about Ken Mehlman's coming out? What do you think of LGBT leaders who are ready to embrace Ken? What about those who are vowing to never forgive him? What about LGBT organizations that cross our allies?...Read More


Lest We Forget - Katrina 5 Years Later

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 28, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Where were you when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast five years ago? Like many of you, I was stuck to the television watching the city of New Orleans torn apart before my eyes - first the rain, then the...Read More


All Christina Rodriguez Ever Wanted Was To Be A Cop

Filed by Father Tony | August 28, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

"It's all in my high school memory book where I said I wanted to become an undercover agent, a detective and a member of a SWAT team. I accomplished my goals. Now I'm 40 and things didn't work out the...Read More


FRC Head Tony Perkins Reacts to Ken Mehlman Coming Out

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tony Perkins, head of the antigay Family Research Council, is “saddened” by the news about former GOP heavy weight Ken Mehlman coming out as gay, according to an email to supporters he sent during a break from his vacation. Perkins...Read More


Why a Pentagon Meeting with LGBT Spouses Matters

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | August 27, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is pretty dang cool: Yesterday, the Pentagon has agreed to meet with LGBT military spouses during SU's Military Partner Forum on DADT on September 16. Context: So, over the weekend the DOD sent out 150K surveys to ask military...Read More


FRC goes on the attack against Harry Reid

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Check out this ad that the Family Research Council is running in Vegas against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Of course they use us as the boogeyman. God, guns, and gays. You really can't teach an old dog new tricks,...Read More


Reclaiming what's theirs

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

Several years ago people would have found it unseemly for a white millionaire to tell his mostly white audience that he wants to "reclaim" the Civil Rights Movement. It was just two short years ago that most LGBT people agreed...Read More


Egyptian Gay Coke Commercial

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Keep in mind that homosexuality is illegal in Egypt. This is a push-the-boundaries ad for Coca Cola that's currently playing on Egyptian TV. It's really tame for the US, but the ad agency, Cairo's Fortune Promoseven, could face some potential...Read More


Cop who beat Duanna Johnson gets two years prison

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Bridges McRae pled guilty to violating Duanna Johnson's civil rights after his first trial ended in a hung jury. He could have been convicted the second time around and gotten ten years, but he pled and got two. A month...Read More


The Fruit of Her Hands: vintage farm-work flyer

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 27, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Wonderful World War I era poster, urging the women of Scotland to work as fruit-pickers to keep soldiers at the front nourished....Read More


Three Questions, Pt. 1: Can we?

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 26, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

When caught at something, it’s best to come clean. I was recently caught by the Crow, who -- in a response to my earlier post about power outages and our politics of powerlessness -- saw and asked outright the obvious...Read More


Fear leads to violence

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 26, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A Democrat discharged from the US military under DADT is running for state house in Kansas and received this note this weekend: Obviously whoever sent this didn't get the memo. The homophobes are the real victims of violence, according to...Read More


Questions for the candidates

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Projector Todd sent in these proposed questions that he thinks all the state groups and national orgs should be putting to Congressional candidates. It's a good list of well-rounded LGBT issue inquiries and I'd be fascinated to see the responses....Read More


Ken Mehlman comes out, and nothing will change

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

As I posted this morning, Ken Mehlman, the former chair of the RNC, came out. He helped run the 2004 presidential campaign, which Mike Rogers called "the most homophobic national campaign in history." That year saw the approval of eleven...Read More


Noel McKay: vintage (vinyl) album cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 26, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Stumbled upon this album, not knowing the performer but knowing I'd want to share this on Bilerico in case some of you remember him. Turns out it was pretty easy to find a little information on Mr. McKay's work at...Read More


How the 'Rent Boy' Scandal Brought Down a Far-Right Favorite

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

Bill McCollum is still paying for George Rekers. In a stunning defeat, Bill McCollum lost the 2010 Florida Republican Primary by 3% despite having the full support of the Christian Family Council, Florida's Republican party establishment and prominent national Republican...Read More


Women Wearing Pig's Noses: vintage clothing ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 25, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Maybe I'm just too citified, but is there some advantage to your clothes wearing like a pig's nose? What? Those cute little pink snouts always looked so sensitive! But ok, obviously I am not a snout expert. Also I guess...Read More


California's government could help LGBT people more

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Here's some better than usual pre-election pandering: "President Obama has called this law abhorrent in the way it denies more than 1,000 federal rights to same-sex couples," Assemblywoman Brownley said. "Congress must act now to overturn DOMA, which is rooted...Read More


Shady Surveys of Spouses. Seriously.

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | August 24, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Beyond our weekly ads, I'm reluctant to drop Servicemembers United material on Bilerico for my personal posts. We have a website for that, right? Not a fan of being obnoxious. However... We just came out with a memo yesterday criticizing...Read More


WaPo Endorses MD Delegate Candidate Dr. Dana Beyer

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 24, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Washington Post has endorsed Dr. Dana Beyer in the upcoming Maryland House of Delegates election. She is notable not only for her stands on the issues, which I detailed in a post earlier this month, she is also one...Read More


North Korea is Gay for Facebook

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 23, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

North Korea is dipping it's toe into social media. First with a twitter account, and now with a Facebook account. From Mashable: Oddly enough, North Korea has chosen to create a Facebook profile, rather than a Fan Page -- which...Read More


On the Cordoba House, with pictures

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm surprised to see people still discussing Park51 in Manhattan - I thought I was late to the party on this tired issue when I posted about it two weeks ago. But then it's really not that surprising, when one...Read More


Fun maps on marriage public opinion by state

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Columbia politics professors Gelman, Lax, and Phillips (whose statistical work I previously posted on Bilerico), have an analysis piece in the NY Times estimating state-level support for same-sex marriage. They use 2008 state-level projections, demographic information, and estimates of current...Read More


Save Chi Chiz!

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | August 22, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

A few years ago, gay Americans began rallying around a Laguna Beach bar called The Boom Boom Room, which faced destruction in the name of gentrification. Led by Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger, countless LGBT people picketed and protested to...Read More


Fort Eustis Troops Punished For Refusing to Attend Christian Concert

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have written a number of times on my personal blog about something that I believe to be a serious threat to the U.S. military and constitutional freedoms servicemembers: the presence of Christo-fascists in command positions in the U.S. military....Read More


Does God Love Gays More Than Catholic Righty Bill May?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 22, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Late Thursday afternoon, Bill May, Chair of Catholics for the Common Good, sent out a breathless alert urging his followers to immediately contact their Assemblymember to stop Senate Bill 906, authored by openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno (pictured). "[S]o...Read More


Hawaii woman files palimony suit against partner

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lots of lessons to learn from this story: Gibeault said a younger woman came between her and her partner, ending a relationship in which she depended on her partner's income and retirement plans. "She didn't want me to draw a...Read More


Pantomime Dame Nelson Keys: vintage article

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 20, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Adorable 1930's photojournalistic piece on British stage actor Nelson Keys' nightly backstage transformation from "debonair" man to Red Riding Hood. My ain't she coy! She's after the jump....Read More


On Saving Us From The Immoral, Or "Ready, Fire...Aim!"

Filed by Don Davis | August 19, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

It was about a week ago that we saw the ruling throwing out California's Prop 8; that decision has now been appealed, and we will see, at some point in the future, how the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handles...Read More


Rand Paul doesn't believe HIV causes AIDS?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Kentucky Tea Party Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul belongs to a psuedo-science "medical association" that make the ex-gays look like the reasonable sort. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is one of those far-far-right whacked out groups that you...Read More


Damaging Secrets: SU Web Ad Part Two

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | August 19, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today's ad is a montage of perspectives: Navy intel officer Larry Baxley, Air Force spouse Kelly Sayers, and Marine mechanic Jon Martinez. A range of experiences, the overriding theme here is 'secrecy.' Sixteen years in the service is a big...Read More


Not Getting Married Today

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Thom Watson was born in a "pro-America" part of the country but then grew up to become a gay, liberal, Harvard-educated atheist living in northern California. He has come to terms with the fact that this...Read More


Gay Or Straight, Marriage Matters -- For Taxes

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 19, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I have had to educate a number of political candidates on the issue of why the word "marriage" means so much to LGBT Americans. In fact, the issue came up last night at the Norfolk Democratic Party Committee meeting I...Read More


DADT survey results won't be accurate

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

Turns out that the participation the huge US military survey on DADT is self-selected: Sunday was the deadline for troops to complete the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" attitudes survey, and officials at the Pentagon said the final tally...Read More


Keep focused on the target, not Target

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 18, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I like this as an ad. Go MoveOn.org: Of course, I find this problematic in a few ways; that's after the jump. But I'm still glad that they're putting it out there. Don't try to negotiate with these businesses, because...Read More


Mexicans & Muslims vs Teh Gayz

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Now that Republicans have found a new boogeyman, they've started to ignore our community somewhat. They've discovered brown people (as versus black people - it's not okay to be racist/xenophobic toward them anymore because they'll loudly complain about it, you...Read More


Scottish sex line used to extort money

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

This kid got caught; other people who watch too much To Catch a Predator but were less greedy probably didn't. Kelz Sutherland, 19, tried to lure callers into talking about sex with children before threatening to play tapes of the...Read More


Why Tim Kaine, Nibblerspeak, and Democrats can't be trusted

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 17, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Did you catch Tim Kaine's new video, supposedly about the progress the Democratic Party is making on LGBT issues? Like a lot of what comes out of official Democratic Party channels these days, it's simply unbelievable. Not amazing, exciting, or...Read More


This week: No Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Davina Kotulski | August 17, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Yesterday evening the 9th Circuit Court ordered to leave the stay on Prop 8 in place pending appeal. The good news, as my wife the attorney and optimist tells me, is that the Court has picked up the pace on...Read More


Christianists: The Real Force Behind the Mosque Controversy

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 17, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I have already noted on my own blog that part of the insane controversy around the proposed Muslim community center in lower Manhattan is being fueled by the shameless pandering and opportunism of low lifes within the Republican Party like...Read More


Terror Babies, Mosques in Manhattan, and Gay Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 17, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

In case you missed it, Republican leadership has completely gone off the deep end. I mean, completely. From Texas's Congressmen Lou Gohmert (whose insanity brought us "terror babies." I swear they are real. There was one at brunch on Sunday...Read More


Which Supreme Court Justices Will Uphold Judge Walker's Ruling?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 17, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

As I explained in my previous post, Judge Walker held that Prop 8 failed the easiest of constitutional tests, even though it perhaps deserved a much more difficult test. In other words, he could have used a sledgehammer to test...Read More


Ted and David's Most Excellent Adventure

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

In the weeks leading up to the Proposition 8 trial, much was made in the media, blogs, and everyday conversations about the unlikely duo leading the legal challenge against the shameful California ballot measure that stripped marriage from same-sex couples....Read More


9th Circuit stays Walker's Prop 8 decision

Filed by Phil Reese | August 16, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

At least until after the appeal hearing on December 6th, there will be no joy in Mudville--call off your Wednesday wedding plans, the 9th Circuit has just released this decision on the Defense's request for a stay of Judge Walker's...Read More


Don't tell him about my USDA grant for sodomy orchards either

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Quality sex education in public schools would go a long way to reducing homophobia in the US. Here's Exhibit A; he doesn't seem to know much about anything related to sex and I wonder if anyone ever tried to sit...Read More


When you're writing about war, there aren't any good headlines

Filed by Susan Raffo | August 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I wrote this piece a week before President Obama announced that we were pulling out of Iraq by the end of August. I am reminding myself that this is not the end of the war. Today was a beautiful day....Read More


New Hire: Bilerico's Mr. Davis Goes To Washington

Filed by Bil Browning | August 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The National Stonewall Democrats announced two new hires this morning and one of them will be very familiar to Projectors. Bilerico Project co-founder Jerame Davis has accepted a position as the org's Affiliate Services Coordinator. Linsey Pecikonis will be the...Read More


Standing in the Prop 8 trial

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

A year ago it seemed like everyone was assuming that the Prop 8 federal case would end up at the Supreme Court and trying to predict how they would decide, but I'm reading more law professors now questioning whether Prop...Read More


Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka To Be Gay Dads, Heroes

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | August 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's little doubt that Neil Patrick Harris has achieved higher fame that even in the 1980s, when he won a Golden Globe for the 1988 film Clara's Heart, and then charmed as the eponymous child doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D....Read More


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#SameSexSunday lands secret interview with armed forces' LGBT leader and more

Filed by Phil Reese | August 15, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

SameSexSunday for August 15th, 2010 features our first pseudonymous interview from inside the armed forces. We chat with OutServe's co-director, active duty LGBT activist J D Smith. Smith, who can't use his real name to protect himself from discharge, explains...Read More


Crisis of Capitalism

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 14, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I don't have much to add to this (yet), but I agree with Paul that it's too good not to share....Read More


Cop fired for gay porn wins appeal

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 14, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I posted earlier this week about Michael Verdugo, the Hollywood, Florida, police officer who lost his job because he did a porn movie 14 years ago. He won his appeal and he's still certified: "We won,'' Verdugo, 36, told The...Read More


Ben Quayle is so damn butch

Filed by Bil Browning | August 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Have you seen the campaign ad Ben Quayle put out for his Congressional race in Arizona? Quayle is the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle - the only politician to make Republican Hoosiers look even stupider and backwards than...Read More


A Day In the Life of a Love Warrior

Filed by Davina Kotulski | August 13, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I got up at 4:00 AM yesterday, dressed quickly in a black suit, and drove in darkness to San Francisco City Hall with my wife, Molly McKay. No breakfast, no coffee, just the excitement of Judge Walker's impending ruling regarding...Read More


So About That Executive Order Thing

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | August 12, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I'm sure by now many of you have seen the Rachel Maddow Piece on Wednesday that focuses most of its attention on pressuring the White House, also bringing two more faces to the DADT repeal movement (John, Katie: Welcome. You...Read More


Prop 8 stay to be lifted in 6 days--now what?

Filed by Phil Reese | August 12, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Reported by Chris Geidner and just confirmed by CBS News: at 12:45 Pacific time, Judge Walker announced effective August 18th at 5pm, the stay of his Proposition 8 decision in Perry V Schwarzenegger will expire. That means marriage equality will...Read More


Equality walks in Arizona

Filed by Bobby Parker | August 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

When the temperature reaches 110 degrees in Arizona, even the lizards stay in the shade, but not those hearty souls from Right to Marry Arizona. They are walking a mile for each of the 98 years that Arizona has been...Read More


WV: Equality Threw a Picnic & NOM Said Let Them Eat Hate

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ed Kennedy is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who was born and raised in West Virginia. After 20 years of traveling the country and the globe, he's come back to West Virginia to be...Read More


Take This Job And....

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 11, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Granted, we’ve all had days on the job where we’ve long to say, “Screw you guys. I’m going home.” But this guy took it to a whole new level. A JetBlue flight attendant got into an argument with a passenger...Read More


Cornholing Brad Ellsworth

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

And here I said Indiana Congressman and Senate hopeful Brad Ellsworth wasn't gay-friendly. My mistake. Apparently if you put a few beers in him, he's down with some cornholing. (Clickety to embiggen) In related news, local CBS reporter Jim Shella...Read More


Cop fired for having appeared in gay porn

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

I can't believe we're even discussing this, but this police officer is having to fight for his job after having appeared in a gay porn film: Hollywood Police Department fired him for not disclosing previous employment -- the porn film...Read More


Cop fired for having appeared in gay porn

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

I can't believe we're even discussing this, but this police officer is having to fight for his job after having appeared in a gay porn film: Hollywood Police Department fired him for not disclosing previous employment -- the porn film...Read More


Texas attorney general declines to define "man" and "woman"

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

I posted a few months ago about a cissexual and a transsexual woman who wanted to marry in Texas and found a county clerk willing to do it after being told to wait in El Paso County. The county wanted...Read More


Why I Am Working With GetEqual

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 10, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have decided to work with GetEqual as a member of its provisional Board of Directors. I recognize this as a decision fraught with controversy. At the same time, I do feel strongly that GetEqual has great potential to move...Read More


Prop 8 Proponents May Lack Standing to Appeal Perry Ruling

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 10, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I mentioned in an earlier post that some 43 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ballot initiative derived amendment to the California Constitution that would have allowed California residents to discriminate against black citizens in leasing and...Read More


On Saving 319,000 Jobs

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

Across my desk have some documents that report how many jobs will be saved by the House coming back into session to vote out H.R. 1586 and send it to the President for his signature. Long story short, after all...Read More


Directly Addressing the Opposition: SU Web Ad 1

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | August 10, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today brings the release of the first of several web and tv ads on DADT from Servicemembers United's new lobbying arm - the Servicemembers United Action Fund. When planning this project at SU, we wanted to make sure we weren't...Read More


FL Governor Candidate: Don't Let Gays Foster Parent Either!

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 10, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Once assumed the inevitable GOP candidate for Florida Governor, Bill McCollum been sliding in the polls and now is sending up a desperate anti-gay hail mary to the religious conservative crowd. Here are excerpts from an interview with a Southern...Read More


U.S. Supreme Court in 1967 - The Will of the Majority is Not Sacrosanct

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 09, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

One of the arguments that the whining Christianists such as Maggie Gallagher and Tony Perkins are using to condemn Judge Walker's ruling striking down proposition 8 is that it "overturns the will of the majority." In their view - unless,...Read More


Fighting sex crimes by showing kids child porn

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 09, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

British Columbia has stopped a program in which young sex offenders were hooked up to a penile plethysmograph, a device that measures changes in tumescence, and were shown various pornography to see if they get turned on by kiddie porn....Read More


Going Back In Time, With Rand Paul

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Hey, everyone in the Rand Paul pile-on, make room for one more. I’m coming in for a landing! I shouldn’t pick on the good doctor, though he makes it too easy. After all, his latest media train wrecks gave...Read More


Going Back In Time, With Rand Paul

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 09, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Hey, everyone in the Rand Paul pile-on, make room for one more. I’m coming in for a landing! I shouldn’t pick on the good doctor, though he makes it too easy. After all, his latest media train wrecks gave...Read More


Our, ahem, progressive mayors do it too

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 09, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Cute, but I wouldn't call the photo of Reykjavik's mayor on the right proof of Iceland's supreme progressiveness (their economic policies would advise against labeling them too far to the left, although people are at least responding appropriately). It wasn't...Read More


Yearning for a Just Democracy: From Prop 8 to the 14th Amendment

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | August 09, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am celebrating the overturn of Prop 8 but not for the reasons you might think. Although I have strong objections to the fact that the mainstream LGBT movement has made marriage a priority above and beyond so many other...Read More


Working class women: vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Love the faces of these hard-working women in a factory town, enjoying a spot of lunch, ca.1960....Read More


When Does Good News Become Bad News?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 08, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rev. Rick Elliott has been a minister since June 1973 and has frequently handled the overflow of weddings from a university chapel. He has received an M/Div from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and did five-sixths of...Read More


On Organized Fearmongering Revealed, Or, "Lock Up The Kids...It's The Gay!"

Filed by Don Davis | August 08, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The airwaves (and the print and blog waves, for that matter) are filled with the news that a federal judge in California has declared that state's Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, which could clear the way for the resumption of...Read More


Tyra Hunter Medical Transphobia Death 15th Anniversary

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday marked another sad anniversary. It was the 15th anniversary of the death of Tyra Hunter on August 7, 1995 at the hands of Washington DC transphobes. Transphobes who sadly held the titles of doctor, nurse and emergency medical technician....Read More


Marriage: A Poor Little State and Church-Beggoten Weed

Filed by R Conrad | August 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

From Emma Goldman's 1911 essay Marriage and Love: Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful...Read More


A het lady on marriage equality

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 07, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

As regular readers know, my happy little niche here on Bilerico is to share some of the buried or obscure images I dig up as I research all aspects of sex all over the Internet. Not sure if you know...Read More


Will Judge Walker's Decision Hold Up In the Supreme Court?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 06, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As has been reiterated by every single commentator on this case, ad nauseam, Judge Walker's decision is the first step on a long road that will culminate in the United State Supreme Court. But no one is taking much of...Read More


Call to Action: Queering the Midterm Election!

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Brianna Marquez is the Youth Engagement intern at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) this summer. I still remember my emotions the night of November 4, 2008 right before Barack Obama gave his victory speech in...Read More


GOProud invites Ann Coulter to "Homocon"

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 06, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I don't have much to say about this, other than that these are obviously very complicated, troubled individuals. That and they need to learn how to adjust resolution in Photoshop before enlarging an image....Read More


We got so excited we forgot we were mad at Target

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 06, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

As I cautioned in a post last week, and again on the Michaelangelo Signorlie Show on Tuesday, the LGBT and progressive communities should not call for boycotts unless they intend to follow through with them. Americans have attention deficit disorder,...Read More


"I Do" San Diego

San Diego Celebrates Prop 8 Defeat

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | August 06, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The sunset rally celebrating the defeat of Proposition 8 at the San Diego LGBT Center, known simply as "The Center," was impressive. Hundreds showed up with banners and signs, wedding cake was dished out by the plateful, and though we...Read More


A Fine Romance: Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Lieutenant Dan Choi

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I never thought I would start crying while listening to an interview with Lieutenant Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran who recently received notice of his honorable discharge from the US military for publicly acknowledging he's gay. But here I...Read More


Prop 8 and Sadness

Filed by Diane Silver | August 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

When I see people celebrating the federal court's decision overturning Proposition 8, I feel sad -- not for them, but for me. I wish I had their innocence. I wish I could feel their joy. The ruling from the district...Read More


You Can't Declare War On Love

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 05, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

When it was on the air, Battlestar Galactica was one of my fave sci-fi shows and I never missed an episode during its four year run. I own all four seasons on DVD, the "Razor" and "The Plan" standalone episodes...Read More


Interview: Congressional candidate to keep an eye on

Filed by Bil Browning | August 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet is running against Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack in California's 45th district; Pougnet is openly gay. One of the most interesting aspects of Pougnet's campaign is that, if elected, he would be our first gay...Read More


Analysis of Prop 8 Decision

Filed by Nan Hunter | August 05, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Well, round one in the Perry case is almost over. The effect of Judge Vaughn Walker's decision finding that Prop 8 violates both Due Process and Equal Protection guarantees in the U.S. Constitution is stayed until Friday, when he will...Read More


Prop 8: When the Fat Lady Sings

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 05, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

"It ain't over till the fat lady sings" was never truer as in the case of Prop 8 litigation. Yesterday, while happy LGBT people celebrated in the streets, and press releases and email forwards blizzarded the Internet, and people called...Read More


Prop 8: When the Fat Lady Sings

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 05, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

"It ain't over till the fat lady sings" was never truer as in the case of Prop 8 litigation. Yesterday, while happy LGBT people celebrated in the streets, and press releases and email forwards blizzarded the Internet, and people called...Read More


Judge Walker Strikes Down Prop 8: Shows the Backbone the Virginia Supreme Court Lacks

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 04, 2010 | 10:00 PM | comments

I have now had an opportunity to review Judge Walker's opinion handed down today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger and my reaction in a nut shell is wow!! The reaction of professional Christians and others who are enriching themselves by beating...Read More


Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional: Gays and Lesbians One Step Closer to Equality

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 04, 2010 | 9:00 PM | comments

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled today that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in Perry vs Schwarzenegger. In the 136 page ruling he wrote: Proposition 8...Read More


Brief Summary of Judge Walker's Reasoning in Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Judge Walker said that he found Prop 8 in violation of the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the US Constitution. Our hero! Here's a quick definition of these terms: Due Process: the gov't may not deny anyone life,...Read More


Good Riddance Prop 8

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 04, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Well, it's official: Proposition 8 is history - hopefully, for good. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and violates the United States Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection of the...Read More


Our Constitution Is a Living, Breathing Document

Filed by Marc Solomon | August 04, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Reading the words of Judge Walker moves me deeply. Once again, our constitution is a living, breathing document, and today it protects our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, just as it should protect all people and peoples when the...Read More


The Prop 8 Verdict: Gays Win In California!

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

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, chief justice of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, released his verdict in Perry v. Schwarzenegger just now and we've won. The case was brought by American Foundation for Equal...Read More


This would not be happening if you were not a lesbian

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Kimya has a master's degree in social work and nearly two decades of experience in the field. She was the manager of a unit of a long-term care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer's and dementia. She enjoyed her job, and...Read More


This would not be happening if you were not a lesbian

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Kimya has a master's degree in social work and nearly two decades of experience in the field. She was the manager of a unit of a long-term care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer's and dementia. She enjoyed her job, and...Read More


Prop 8 decision expected today

Filed by Bil Browning | August 04, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Judge Vaughn Walker is expected to rule on the constitutionality of California's Prop 8 today sometime between 4-6pm Eastern/1-3pm Pacific. We'll bring you the news as quickly as the decision is announced. American Foundation for Equal Right will be hosting...Read More


DNC Chair Responds to Me and Others About LGBT Issues

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 03, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

This past weekend, I was in Washington, DC to represent Indiana for the National Stonewall Democrats Convention. It was a memorable weekend overall with a great mixture of speeches, tours and learning opportunities. During one of the plenary sessions, the...Read More


A Breakthrough Study of the Prop 8 Campaign

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kenneth Sherrill is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College, CUNY. A specialist in public opinion, voting, and elections, he has been studying the LGBT rights movement since 1972. Classic studies of electoral behavior...Read More


Two cruising sting operations suspended

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 02, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I posted a couple months ago about the particularly egregious sting operation in Palm Springs to stop men from cruising in public get gay men on the sex offender registry. Click the link to read the details, but here's the...Read More


Are gays violent or not?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 02, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

This one's bugged me for years, and here are two examples from the news that are relevant. R&B singer Ne-Yo here is describing a stereotype of gay men that's not at all uncommon: There's this whole gay thing that keeps...Read More


Far Right: Military Homosexual Scandal Tied to WikiLeaks Treason

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 02, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

The caption of this post is the headline that appears on a far right news site and could well be the beginning of an additional ploy used by the anti-gay opponents of DADT repeal to smear LGBT servicemembers in general....Read More


Why You Should Give A Damn, And Dollars, For Dana Beyer, Maryland Delegate Candidate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 02, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Maryland is one of the strongholds of Democratic Party rule in the country, quite progressive and with a highly educated electorate, and yet it has not passed inclusive employment protections. Why? It may be because the Party there is controlled...Read More


Civil baptism in France

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 01, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I did know that many countries with legal systems in the Roman tradition (including both Argentina and Mexico) have separate civil and religious ceremonies for marriage. My mother showed me pictures when I was a kid of both my aunt...Read More