The Movement: October 2006

Oh, here I go again...

Filed by Carrie Wooten | October 29, 2006 | 1:29 AM | comments

At a party I attended tonight, a commercial came on the TV about HPV (Human papillomavirus) that encouraged women to get see their doctors and get tested. A fellow partier noted the recent increase in ads for the disease and...Read More


Tennessee amendment strategy

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2006 | 1:07 AM | comments

Wow. People get confused when you start to explain Indiana's constitutional amendment process to them. It has to pass one legislature, then pass again unchanged through a separately elected legislature, then pass a popular election. It takes a while to...Read More


Separate? equal? please pass the catsup

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 28, 2006 | 9:38 AM | comments

I see that last Wednesday's New Jersey Supreme Court decision has produced everything from Ellen's "We Won!" claim, prompting Marla's description of civil unions as "an insulting bag of benefits", to Chris' reminding us that the decision is largely the...Read More


Republicans use "Marriage" Amendment in last-ditch campaign effort

Filed by Bil Browning | October 27, 2006 | 11:49 AM | comments

Thursday morning saw Indiana Republican leaders latching on to the New Jersey Supreme Court decision extending equal protections to same-sex couples. While ignoring that four of the seven New Jersey justices were appointed by a Republican governor, the State's current...Read More


Women as Meat? Rape as Women's Lack of Responsibility? Oh yes...

Filed by Carrie Wooten | October 26, 2006 | 10:22 AM | comments

A Muslim cleric in Australia may be forced to resign after making comments in a sermon about the irresponsibility of Muslim women who go out without head scarves. The cleric went on to imply that such actions invite and are...Read More


More on the Proposed (Anti-) Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2006 | 11:14 PM | comments

This evening I attended a Community Forum on the Proposed Marriage Amendment, sponsored by St. Luke's United Methodist Church's Justice Committee, St. Luke's UMC Reachout Group, and the Aldersgate Society. This forum was spearheaded by Dr. Jane Park Cutler, LCSW,...Read More


Court Majority and Entire Dissent: Republican Appointees

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 25, 2006 | 4:56 PM | comments

(It's important for Republican leadership to note that in other states, it has been Republican-appointed courts that have upheld the equal protection clause of the Bill of Rights in these cases. New Jersey is not the first state in which...Read More


Court Majority and Entire Dissent: Republican Appointees

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 25, 2006 | 4:56 PM | comments

(It's important for Republican leadership to note that in other states, it has been Republican-appointed courts that have upheld the equal protection clause of the Bill of Rights in these cases. New Jersey is not the first state in which...Read More


WE WON!!!

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 25, 2006 | 3:20 PM | comments

NJ Supreme Court rules gay couples have equal right to all benefits of marriage. Leaves name up to legislature. 4-3 decision. Here's the thing: the 3 who dissented argued that only marriage would do. That 7 votes for civil unions...Read More


WE WON!!!

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 25, 2006 | 3:20 PM | comments

NJ Supreme Court rules gay couples have equal right to all benefits of marriage. Leaves name up to legislature. 4-3 decision. Here's the thing: the 3 who dissented argued that only marriage would do. That 7 votes for civil unions...Read More


Hostettler Ad Reaches New Lows

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 25, 2006 | 2:38 PM | comments

Less than two weeks before the election and now the gloves are really starting to come off. Check out the new ad Hostettler has out. The centerpiece: Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and the gay agenda. According to the voice-over, if...Read More


The Question I did not ask

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2006 | 1:41 PM | comments

At Annette's invitation, along with a few friends, I attended the JCRC's Annual Political Action Workshop: Indiana State House Debates, last night. Present were: Representative David Orentlicher (D) and challenger Kathryn Densborn (R); Representative Cindy Noe (R) and challenger Leona...Read More


The Question I did not ask

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2006 | 1:41 PM | comments

At Annette's invitation, along with a few friends, I attended the JCRC's Annual Political Action Workshop: Indiana State House Debates, last night. Present were: Representative David Orentlicher (D) and challenger Kathryn Densborn (R); Representative Cindy Noe (R) and challenger Leona...Read More


Watch New Jersey today

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 25, 2006 | 8:20 AM | comments

I just got an E-Mail from Lambda Legal indicating that the New Jersey Supreme Court is due to announce its long-awaited decision on same-sex marriage today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. EST (why not EDT I don't know...that would make it...Read More


Traditions, Good and Bad

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | October 24, 2006 | 2:26 PM | comments

It's "that time of year." No--I'm not talking about Halloween, or even Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas. For the eleventh year in a row, from November 3d through the 19th, approximately 100 organizational partners will invite us to the civic conversation...Read More


Barney Frank on gay republicans

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2006 | 7:13 PM | comments

Barney Frank eviscerates his opponent (I have no idea who he is. You can tell me in the comments!) on Bill Maher's show. They talk about gay Republicans, LGBT rights, gay marriage and more. With so many Republican readers...Read More


Ron Liggett and David Orentlicher: Two Candidates Worthy of GLBT Support

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | October 23, 2006 | 10:35 AM | comments

Attention members, family and friends of the GLBT community - your financial support and election day assistance is needed by former State Representative Ron Liggett, author of the legislative proposal that included sexual orientation in Indiana's nondiscrimination code. In the...Read More


Follow Up to Lambda Legal Dinner

Filed by Linda Perdue | October 23, 2006 | 9:36 AM | comments

David Wene recently listed on GayIndy some of the elected or appointed individuals who attended the Lambda Legal Benefit Dinner on September 21, 2006, as well as some candidates. I also listed some, but didn't have access to the full...Read More


Three candidates oppose amendment

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 21, 2006 | 7:09 AM | comments

At yesterday's blogger forum put together by Bil Browning, each of the three candidates for the Indiana General Assembly expressed their opposition to SJR7, the proposed so-called "marriage amendment" to the Indiana Constitution. (I like the suggestion of many of...Read More


Gay cliches

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 20, 2006 | 4:40 PM | comments

I've decided to start collecting gay cliches. One of my personal favorites is the dead, evil lesbian cliche. You know the one: if a lesbian is portrayed on TV or in the movies, odds are that she'll either be dead...Read More


Those legal beagles!

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 20, 2006 | 7:53 AM | comments

For those of you puzzled and weary over the meaning of "the legal incidents of marriage" in the proposed Indiana amendment, take a break to contemplate this serenely blissful representation of "The Beagle Incidents of Marriage". [Sorry, I find puns...Read More


Guest post by Mike Kole: Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 19, 2006 | 11:26 AM | comments

(Editor's note: The following is a guest post by Mike Kole, the Libertarian candidate for Indiana Secretary of State. Mike writes about the Libertarian Party's views on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as his own candidacy. If you...Read More


Emerging Consensus on Nondiscrimination

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 19, 2006 | 7:34 AM | comments

According to a report in today's Indianapolis Star, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops said that they are developing new guidelines for ministry to gays, affirming many of that church's traditional positions, but condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation....Read More


Emerging Consensus on Nondiscrimination

Filed by Chris Douglas | October 19, 2006 | 7:34 AM | comments

According to a report in today's Indianapolis Star, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops said that they are developing new guidelines for ministry to gays, affirming many of that church's traditional positions, but condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation....Read More


Tim Curry - GLAAD Media Awards

Filed by Annette Gross | October 18, 2006 | 10:26 PM | comments

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Out of Idaho

Filed by Bil Browning | October 18, 2006 | 2:33 PM | comments

Pssst. Did you hear about the Republican Senator from Idaho? He's the latest casualty in the Foley fallout. Was he sending "naughty e-mails?" No. Acting inappropriately with pages? Nope. Senator Larry Craig (R - ID) was having sex with other...Read More


Marking the Passing of Rep. Gerry Studds

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | October 14, 2006 | 12:23 PM | comments

Rep. Gerry Studds, age 69, died today due to pulmonary embolism. With the Foley issue hot in the press, Gerry's affair with a page that rightfully earned him censure is the MSM's obituary meme but they're neglecting the critical dissimilarities. ... Gerry Studds had the courage to be real, to feel, to grow, and used his life's experiences in the service of others. The angels will welcome him and, I imagine the spirit of the young Holocaust victim he held in his heart will be among them.Read More


Marking the Passing of Rep. Gerry Studds

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | October 14, 2006 | 12:23 PM | comments

Rep. Gerry Studds, age 69, died today due to pulmonary embolism. With the Foley issue hot in the press, Gerry's affair with a page that rightfully earned him censure is the MSM's obituary meme but they're neglecting the critical dissimilarities. ... Gerry Studds had the courage to be real, to feel, to grow, and used his life's experiences in the service of others. The angels will welcome him and, I imagine the spirit of the young Holocaust victim he held in his heart will be among them.Read More


Bush administration double standard on gay marriage

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 13, 2006 | 10:08 AM | comments

Andrew Sullivan links this morning to a USA Today item that highlights what it calls the "GOP's gay identity crisis". It features a picture of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swearing in Mark Dybul as the country's new global AIDS...Read More


Not worth the trouble, Pat?!?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2006 | 12:46 PM | comments

I have some red meat to throw out to the readers today. Feel free to digest in the comments... While we've come to expect hateful, homophobic legislation from the Republican side of the aisle (constitutional amendment, no support for LGBT...Read More


In memoriam

Filed by Edward Fox | October 09, 2006 | 11:38 PM | comments

Two weeks ago, the Seymour, Indiana chapter of PFLAG lost a dear friend. Charles W. King was a simple man and kind; his life revolved around his wife and daughter, his work and NASCAR. His work ethic (in the Cleveland...Read More


The Navy Releases One Of Its Best

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | October 09, 2006 | 11:23 AM | comments

Lieutenant Commander William Swift of the United States Navy took an oath to defend and protect the United States Constitution. It was Swift who argued that the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay were stepping on the Constitution. The Supreme Court...Read More


Patriarchal Brainwashing and the Harm it Can Cause

Filed by Carrie Wooten | October 07, 2006 | 12:20 PM | comments

I was reading this story on news.google.com today. Apparently, Guantanamo still isn't being as hospitable to its detainees as the naval officers who work there might otherwise have us believe. Surprise, surprise. However, this wasn't what caught my attention. The...Read More


The truth is bad enough

Filed by Bil Browning | October 03, 2006 | 10:30 PM | comments

What is it about a sex scandal that gets the American blood pumping? The lurid details, the steamy stories, and the automatic gross-out factor combine into a boiling mess of gruel that we suck down like caviar. And so it...Read More


Bubbeh Lee & Me

Filed by Annette Gross | October 02, 2006 | 7:12 PM | comments

From October 25 to November 16, the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center will present the 2006 Ann Katz Festival of Books. This is a community-wide celebration of books, movies and music, featuring authors on varying topics. On Sunday, November...Read More


The Indiana "marriage" amendment... how many problems can you find?

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 01, 2006 | 5:15 PM | comments

In my first post last week I gave readers an assignment to read the second section of the so called "Indiana Marriage Amendment" several times and try to understand it. Just in case you didn't do your homework here are...Read More