Politics: June 2011

Watch: Obama's LGBT Pride Reception Speech

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 30, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Obama spoke last night at the LGBT Pride Reception he hosted at the White House, where he continued to deflect questions about how far along his evolution on marriage equality is. Read More


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Washington Gov. Candidate Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Don Davis | June 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congressman Jay Inslee is running for the gubernatorial position in Washington state. He's pro-marriage and supports legalization of medical marijuana.Read More


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Maine Launches Pro-Marriage Equality Ballot Initiative

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 30, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

LGBT advocates in Maine announced plans today to pursue a 2012 ballot initiative for marriage equality. They are confident that despite the state's previous failures in citizen ballot initiatives, voters will approve marriage equality in 2012. Read More


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Marriage Equality: How We Won New York

Filed by Marc Solomon | June 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

How did we pull this historic victory off? With lessons from my work in marriage battles from Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and California to draw on, I want to share my best thinking on what enabled us to win and what this means for the future.Read More


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Rhode Island Senate Grants Civil Unions

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 29, 2011 | 8:30 PM | comments

The Rhode Island State Senate has approved a bill allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. But LGBT organizations are urging the Rhode Island governor to veto the bill, citing a discriminatory, counterproductive amendment in the bill.Read More


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White House Hosts Briefing with Pride Reception Attendees

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2011 | 2:45 PM | comments

The Obama administration hosted a briefing for LGBT leaders who will be attending this afternoon's pride reception at the White House. I asked two questions of Matt Nosanchuk, the Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. Read More


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GetEqual Livens Up Ho-Hum White House LGBT Pride Reception

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 29, 2011 | 1:15 PM | comments

Pride Reception at the White House. Ho-hum boring, right? Not this year. Read More


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13 Senators Release Group "It Gets Better" Video

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 29, 2011 | 12:40 PM | comments

13 U.S. Senators, all co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act and most co-sponsors of the Safe Schools Improvement Act, have released a group "It Gets Better" video. Read More


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Lawsuit Filed for Marriage Equality in New Jersey

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 29, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit today for marriage equality in New Jersey on behalf of Garden State Equality and seven same-sex couples. The state currently offers "civil unions," which the organization says fail to offer an equal status to marriage.Read More


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Group Releases Investigation of DADT Survey Leak

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 29, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

As certification for final repeal of DADT awaits, the Center for Military Readiness has leaked the investigation into the December 2010 leak of the survey that showed that U.S. military members really didn't care about serving alongside gay peers.Read More


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NY's Marriage Equality Republicans May Face Backlash

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 28, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Since the vote on marriage equality in New York, the Republicans who voted in favor have faced opposition from conservatives, who have said they would pull funding from the senators and seek to unseat them during reelection campaigns.Read More


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Christianists, the Bible and Tyranny of the Majority

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 28, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The arguments against marriage equality are disingenuous and brazenly ignore the U.S. Constitution's protections afforded to minorities. Read More


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71 AT&T-Funded Democrats Endorse Merger

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 28, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

76 Democratic members of Congress submitted a letter to the FCC and Department of Justice yesterday endorsing the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the focus of the Gay T&T debacle. 70 received substantial campaign support from AT&T. Read More


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Mass Dems Blast Brown Over Marriage Stance

Filed by Bil Browning | June 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Oh, what a different world the east coast is... I can't imagine this happening in Indiana where the Democratic party sends out mailers attacking same-sex couples and the minority leader votes for a marriage amendment.Read More


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Catholics Ban Pro-Marriage NY Legislators

Filed by Bil Browning | June 27, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Not only are the beliefs of Catholic leaders still stuck in the Middle Ages, but their leadership style seems to still be glued there too.Read More


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From the Lawn to the House, Bi Activist Makes History Again

Filed by Amy Andre | June 27, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Like President Obama, bisexual activist Lani Ka'ahumanu is mixed-race and has ties to Hawaii. She'll be bringing her heritage and their common background to the forefront when she meets him for the LGBT Pride Reception this week.Read More


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Reopening For Business: What? No Flying Cars?

Filed by Don Davis | June 26, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

In his first post in a few weeks, Don Davis shares his thoughts and commentary on a host of progressive issues and non-progressive scandals. Read More


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Bachmann Responds to NY Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who plans to run for president, reiterated her opposition to marriage equality while also saying that New York's decision was valid on the grounds that she supports states' rights.Read More


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Gillibrand and Democracy for America Target DOMA Repeal

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 25, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Democracy for America and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are looking to capitalize on the momentum of marriage equality passage in New York by making a renewed push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Read More


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New York Senate Passes Marriage Equality 33-29

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 24, 2011 | 10:45 PM | comments

After a week of deliberations, the marriage equality bill finally went to a vote tonight in the New York State Senate and passed by a vote of 33 to 29. The law will take effect 30 days after Gov. Cuomo signs the bill. Read More


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Live Updates on NY Marriage Status

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | June 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rev. Emily Heath is spending the day in Albany to monitor New York's proposed legislation to legalize marriage equality. She'll be sending in dispatches throughout the day and this post will be updated as news comes in.Read More


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Powerful #EvolveAlready Video

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 24, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

GetEqual created a powerful video based on Joe Sudbay's #EvolveAlready campaign that's taken Twitter by storm. Read More


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Obama Says Nothing New at DNC Fundraiser

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 24, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

During a speech at an LGBT-specific fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, Obama repeated past LGBT victories and reiterated that marriage equality decisions be left to individual states. Read More


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Polis & Frank Roll With Ron Paul on Weed Reform

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2011 | 7:15 PM | comments

Have gay Representatives Barney Frank and Jared Polis been reading Andrew Belonsky on Bilerico Project? Andrew's post "Gay Rights Needs to Roll with Weed Reform," seems to have been taken to heart by the duo.Read More


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Marriage: Live Updates From NY Statehouse

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | June 23, 2011 | 8:45 AM | comments

Rev Emily Heath is spending the day in Albany to monitor New York's proposed legislation to legalize marriage equality. She'll be sending in dispatches throughout the day and this post will be updated as news comes in.Read More


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NY Marriage Vote Unlikely Tonight

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 22, 2011 | 9:30 PM | comments

As finalized language is reached and bills are printed for several measures in the state senate, it's looking more and more likely that the vote on marriage equality in New York won't occur until Thursday. Read More


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IL: Troubling Tax Loophole with Civil Unions

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 22, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Opponents of full marriage equality for same-sex couples often ask why the LGBT community can't simply be happy with separate institutions and groupings of rights like civil unions and domestic partnerships. It seems pretty straightforward, but it's not.Read More


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HHS Sec Sebelius Commits to Collecting LGBT Data in Health Surveys

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 22, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

You can't underestimate the importance of collecting data on LGBT people to better understand where problems lie and how to help. At a news conference on Tuesday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced they will start collecting LGBT data as part of federal health surveys.Read More


Celebrity Power Brokers Coming Out For Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Atlantic Wire has the scoop on Lance Bass, Cynthia Nixon, Michael Strahan, and Sean Avery, with videos. Read More


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GOP's Huntsman Courts Gay Votes

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After announcing his run for the presidency yesterday, Republican candidate Jon Huntsman told reporters that he would respect New York's marriage equality law and launched a fundraising campaign to win gay dollars.Read More


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Live Updates from Albany: NY Marriage Vote

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | June 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Rev Emily Heath is spending the day in Albany to monitor New York's proposed legislation to legalize marriage equality. She'll be sending in dispatches throughout the day and this post will be updated as news comes in.Read More


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Not Just About Numbers: A Response From a Latino Democrat

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 21, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Recently, the president of the DC chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, penned a response to criticism by Bilerico's Alex Blaze regarding the lack of people of color in Log Cabin's national leadership. A Stonewall Democrat sets the record straight.Read More


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How Obama's 'Evolution' on Marriage May Help Us

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Have we stopped to consider how Obama's "evolution" on marriage has benefitted us in media and public consciousness? By having this process of "evolving" on marriage, the media has kept a spotlight on the marriage debate in a way they likely would not have otherwise.Read More


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Huntsman Joins GOP Crowd of White House Wannabees

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced this morning that he would be seeking the GOP nomination for President. The moderate Republican is best known among the LGBT community for his support of civil unions.Read More


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Liechtenstein Approves Civil Unions

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The itty-bitty country of Liechtenstein has approved civil unions for gays and lesbians, but stopped short of including adoption rights. The measure was put up to a public vote and passed overwhelmingly.Read More


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Justice Clarence Thomas' Growing Ethics Scandal

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 21, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Expensive gifts to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his pet projects appear to be continuing unabated. Read More


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Michele Bachmann's 'Glittering' First Amendment Problem

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 21, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Michele Bachmann has equal disdain for the First Amendment and LGBT peopleRead More


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Who We Are: A Response from a Black Log Cabin Republican

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 20, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Robert Turner, president of the DC Log Cabin Republicans, writes to rebut an earlier post about LCR's dearth of minority leadership. Turner is a black man and claims the piece is "nothing more than the status quo from the gay left."Read More


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NY Marriage Vote: Live Updates from Albany

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | June 20, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Rev Emily Heath is spending the day in Albany to monitor New York's proposed legislation to legalize marriage equality. She'll be sending in dispatches throughout the day and this post will be updated as news comes in.Read More


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Conservatives Call for Violent Response to Glitterers

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 20, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Glitter isn't to blame. This is the Conservative zeitgeist, to whom violent thought is a habit, calling for violent deeds is a political modus operandi, and who are silent when violence results.Read More


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Texas Gov Rick Perry's Ties to 'Hate-Monger' Bryan Fischer

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 19, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

The LGBT community should keep their eye on Texas Governor Rick Perry. While he's being touted as a potential GOP presidential candidate, Rachel Maddow examined his ties to hate-monger Bryan Fischer of the AFA.Read More


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Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism Protest at LGBT Film Fest

Filed by Toshio Meronek | June 19, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The world's biggest LGBT film festival accepted funds from the Israeli Consulate, and Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism was on hand to protest outside of the Castro Theater.Read More


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Senate's Proposed Defense Bill Leaves Out Antigay Amendments

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 18, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Three antigay amendments that appeared in the House defense bill were cut from the Senate's version, which included proposed elimination of the military's ban on sodomy.Read More


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Latinos and LGBT Community Working Together on Immigration Reform

Filed by David Castillo | June 18, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

A Netroots Nation session on "Immigration Reform Through a Queer Lens" demonstrated the power of bringing minority communities together to work toward common goals. Read More


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White House Backs Off Forgery Response to 1996 Obama Marriage Support

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 17, 2011 | 7:15 PM | comments

At Netroots Nation on Friday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfifer received boos from the audience for insinuating a pro-marriage equality questionnaire Obama filled out years ago during state legislative election was a forgery. The White House would like to clarify.Read More


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Obama Aide Dismisses 1996 Pro-Marriage Equality Questionnaires

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 17, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

At Netroots Nation, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said that two questionnaires from 1996, in which President Obama supported same-sex marriage, were not filled out by Obama.Read More


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UN Human Rights Council Passes Pro-LGBT Resolution

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 17, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The resolution acknowledges the history of international violence against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and pledges that this violence and discrimination violates human rights. Read More


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Quantifying the Impact of Marriage Equality in NY

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

A new study from The Williams Institute demonstrates just how many people stand to be positively affected by marriage equality in New York, which is under further consideration today. Read More


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Rep Anthony Weiner Will Resign

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

Embattled Representative Anthony Weiner will resign his office according to Democratic sources. Just about every muckey-muck in the party has called for him to resign now - including President Obama.Read More


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New York Marriage Equality May Face Vote This Week

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 15, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

In the New York state senate and assembly, the marriage equality bill, submitted by Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday, was debated and its future - whether it would be put to a vote - was considered. Read More


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The Anteater & the Mushroom: Debating Circumcision

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Alaric DeArment steps into the circumcision debate and the San Francisco ballot initiative to ban the archaic practice.Read More


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Historic Prop 8 Ruling Rejects Effort to Disqualify Judge Walker

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 14, 2011 | 7:15 PM | comments

Only 24 hours after hearing the Prop 8 supporters' motion to disqualify former U.S. District Court Chief Judge Walker and invalidate his ruling striking down Prop 8, Chief Judge James Ware issued an inspiring defense of the integrity of judges everywhere today.Read More


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GOP Debate's LGBT Rights Recap

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

If there was any doubt about where the Republican field of presidential candidates stand on LGBT issues, last night's CNN debate should have cleared things up. When it came to basic rights for our community, there was really no debate at all.Read More


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Rep. Allen West Fires Intern for Pro-Gay Retweet

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 13, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The anti-gay Republican representative from Florida, has "corrected" a Twitter misstep by firing the intern who retweeted a pro-gay statement from the Scissor Sisters. Read More


NY Marriage Equality Vote Next Week?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 13, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

HuffPo reports on high level negotiations and back room discussions on marriage equality in New YorkRead More


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Examining Other Minority Groups' Opposition to Net Neutrality, Support of AT&T Merger

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

After GLAAD's FCC debacle, it's surfaced that many other organizations with little obvious interest in net neutrality and the effects of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, including the NAACP, LULAC, and NGLCC, have also weighed in on both subjects. But does their opposition to net neutrality make sense?Read More


Revenge: Elizabeth Edwards Video Revealed

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

Guess who's assisting the federal government's case against John Edwards for illegally using campaign funds to cover up his affair and subsequent child with Reille Hunter? Read More


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Virtual Infidelity?

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 10, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Does the fact that Anthony Weiner didn't actually have sex with any of the women he's admitted to tweeting at mean that it doesn't "count"? Is it cheating if it's all online?Read More


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CAP Poll: Support for Trans Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 10, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

While the overall average of support for "gay and lesbian" rights was about the same as that for "gay, lesbian and transgender" rights, a lot of people were unfamiliar with the term "transgender." What does that mean?Read More


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Is He Stupid? Yep!

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 09, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Is Anthony Weiner stupid? Yep. Did he blow his chances to be mayor of the nation's largest city? Yep. Should he resign? I am not in a position to say.Read More


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IL: Catholic Charities Sues for Right to Discriminate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 09, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Catholic Charities in Illinois continues to make news in the wake of the state's passage of the state's civil unions bill. They've made good on their threat to pull out of foster and adoption services in three dioceses.Read More


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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders Endorses Lesbian Replacement

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 09, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sanders says that he trusts District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, claiming that she is the only candidate with "experience as a chief executive of a public agency."Read More


Target: We're Undecided About You, But Come Shop Here

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Confused much, Target?Read More


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Maine Rejects Anti-Trans Bill

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Maine rejected a bill to prevent trans people from filing complaints.Read More


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Will Rob McKenna's Anti-Gay Past Come Back To Haunt Him?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 09, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) announced his candidacy for Governor of Washington State on Wednesday, but will his past anti-gay slurs come back to haunt him?Read More


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Poll: Huge Public Support for LGBT Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Center for American Progress's poll results are surprising because they don't agree with past polling data in one important respect.Read More


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City of Portland Gets Trans Inclusive Healthcare

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 08, 2011 | 5:45 PM | comments

Earlier this morning the Portland, Oregon City Council unanimously voted to remove the trans exclusion clause in their employee health coverage and implement a trans inclusive policy, a proposal brought by mayor Sam Adams.Read More


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Margaret Thatcher Refuses Visit with Sarah Palin

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 07, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Palin hoped to stop in London for a visit with the Iron Lady during an upcoming trip to Sudan in July.Read More


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Caption Contest(s): Palin the Librarian

Filed by Mike Rogers | June 07, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Artist Zina Saunders has generously offered to donate a signed print of her work on archival watercolor paper. After eight weeks of caption posts, an esteemed blue ribbon panel will select the best overall caption and award the print. Read More


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Weiner Admits It Was His Junk In Twitter Scandal

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2011 | 5:15 PM | comments

Representative Anthony Weiner has now admitted that he did send a picture of his junk via Twitter last week after a conservative website dug up other incriminating photos of the Congressman.Read More


Santorum Throws Frothy Hat In Ring

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

Rick "Frothy Mix of Lube & Fecal Matter" Santorum has joined the presidential clown car.Read More


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Rep Dannemeyer Thinks AIDS Will Become Airborne

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 06, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Among the most vile and virulent of gay-haters from 1979-1993 was Rep. William Danneymeyer from Orange County. On June 29, 1989, he read a statement into the Congressional Record entitled: "What Homosexuals Do."Read More


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Too Big To Tell: An Epic Without Heroes

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 05, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Monday night, I watched Too Big To Fail - HBO's eponymous adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin's book - from start to finish.Read More


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Dept. of Education Hosts First LGBT Youth Summit

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 04, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The two-day summit, which starts on Monday, is called "Creating and Maintaining Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBT Youth."Read More


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CT Passes Trans Rights Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 04, 2011 | 2:15 PM | comments

After several years of trying, the Connecticut State Senate has passed a trans rights bill, which now heads to the Governor's desk for signature, and he has said he will sign it. Read More


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Fred Karger's Proclamation for Gay Pride Month

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 03, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

Fred Karger is excited for Pride month, reiterating that he's the "only full equality candidate running for President in 2012." Who's skeptical?Read More


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AIDS at 30: President Reagan with KS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 03, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

How angry were activists at President Reagan for ignoring the burgeoning AIDS crisis? This photoshopped image I shot of Reagan with Kaposi's Sarcoma lesions plastered on walls on New York City streets during the 25th anniversary of Stonewall is one indication.Read More


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John Edwards Indicted in Mistress Scandal

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

John Edwards, former senator and presidential candidate, has been indicted on six counts including violating campaign contribution laws, conspiracy, and issuing false statements.Read More


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Palin's Tour Bus Tagged in NYC

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sarah Palin had her constitution edited during a tour date in Manhattan yesterday.Read More


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Romney Joins GOP Presidential Clown Car

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Romney's in and CNN has the best damn headline for the announcement: "Same man, different strategy, for Romney's second White House bid." Yup, same old crap.Read More


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Civil Unions Start in Illinois

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 01, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Hundreds of couples are expected to request their civil union license today in Illinois, now the sixth state to allow civil unions for same-sex couples.Read More


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White House 2011 LGBT Pride Month Proclamation

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 01, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

President Barack Obama proclaims June 2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.Read More