The Movement: February 2007

We gays could learn a lot from Asian-Americans

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2007 | 11:52 AM | comments

From CNN:Asian-American leaders are calling on a weekly newspaper to apologize and cut ties with a writer who penned a column titled "Why I Hate Blacks." In the piece, which appeared in the February 23 edition of San Francisco-based AsianWeek,...Read More


Note to Canada's government - Our Canadian brothers and sisters aren't ATMs

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2007 | 12:05 AM | comments

Really. A ruling is expected in the largest gay and lesbian class action suit in the history of... man this is huge. The Canadian government gave widowed partners in same-sex couples the pensions of their partners when it opted for...Read More


Cleaning out the files - more non-SJR-7 diversion (almost)

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 27, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

One thing I've discovered since becoming a contributor to this site, and searching the Internet for links or other material to support or embellish my offerings, is that I've managed to pick up some odds and ends that don't quite...Read More


RiShawn Biddle nails it

Filed by Bil Browning | February 27, 2007 | 11:14 AM | comments

Since Senator Jeff Drozda's amendment forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting died yesterday, I'm a little late in pointing out this blog post on Expresso. But you know, some things are so good there's no expiration date. RiShawn has taken...Read More


College student in Colorado attacked

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2007 | 1:30 PM | comments

Speaking of hate crimes, there was another attack this past week against a lesbian student at Naropa University. 365gay has more:Police say the young woman had met two men in a mall who said they were from California and did...Read More


SB289 - a stealth companion of SJR-7?

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 26, 2007 | 7:28 AM | comments

We all know how proponents and opponents of SJR-7 are arguing over whether the text of that proposed "Marriage" amendment is crystal-clear or river-bottom muddy, what it means and what it doesn't. It now seems that a companion piece of...Read More


A short "time out" from SJR-7 - a 92 county perspective

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 25, 2007 | 7:48 AM | comments

As you know many, if not most, of my posts have been on the subject of SJR-7. And I need a little break on a Sunday morning. So indulge me with a little diversion as I tell you about a...Read More


Pass that Buck, may it rest in peace

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2007 | 2:36 PM | comments

Ok, here are the survey results from when I asked you if Arnold Schwarzenegger should stay married to Maria Shriver: 15% said "yes", 56% said "no", and the rest decided not to decide. Now the governor should show his support...Read More


Guess who's gay?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2007 | 2:10 PM | comments

Suze Orman, that's who....Read More


My objection over-ruled.....by me

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 24, 2007 | 8:28 AM | comments

Yesterday I took issue with something in an item by Thomas Nolan, a Purdue student writing in the Purdue Exponent, appeared to imply about SJR-7 being unconstitutional. Fellow contributor Alex Blaze posted a comment saying he didn't think that was...Read More


So many thoughts...

Filed by Julien A. Sharp | February 23, 2007 | 2:33 PM | comments

...so little time. I am preparing for my FIRST computer-free vacation with my beloved since July 2004. I have promised to leave said laptop at home (and as a freelance writer this is very hard to do!). We are even...Read More


Would SJR-7 be constitutional? yes, but......

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 23, 2007 | 7:19 AM | comments

Yesterday Bil posted and quoted extensively from an item written in the Purdue Exponent by Thomas Nolan, a sophomore in the School of Mechanical Engineering. I applaud and agree with Nolan's opposition to SJR-7 as being repugnant to the very...Read More


Late night weird

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 11:59 PM | comments

Gay dog as an advertising ploy? WEIRD!...Read More


There's so much wrong with this story

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 11:52 PM | comments

A new development in the case of the Rev. Lonnie W. Latham. He was a pretty outspoken Baptist fundamentalist who didn't really like the gays. According to the AP:Latham had spoken against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern...Read More


Illinois's moving on up

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 9:15 PM | comments

Or at least proposing legislation to do so. From 365gay:Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris filed legislation Thursday that would permit same-sex couples in the state to marry. Harris (D-Chicago), who is gay and represents a district with a large LGBT...Read More


72-year-old man attacked in Detroit, and some other stuff

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2007 | 6:33 PM | comments

From Detroit's WDIV:The victim, Andrew Anthos, was riding a city bus back to his residence at Detroit's Windsor Tower apartments on Feb. 13 when another male passenger asked him if he was gay, Anthos's niece, Athena Fedenis said. Anthos was...Read More


Coming together

Filed by Bil Browning | February 20, 2007 | 11:51 PM | comments

There's been a lot going on lately and I haven't gotten a chance to talk about something that's very important to me. On Sunday night I was witness to a remarkable and empowering experience. A little background... I truly and...Read More


What your tax dollars aren't doing

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2007 | 6:31 PM | comments

There's no such thing as a non-queer-related issue, and to disabuse anyone of that idea, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq's Human Rights Report (links to pdf) has a section on queer people being hunted down in Iraq: Attacks...Read More


Pass that Buck, again

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2007 | 2:03 PM | comments

No sense in not pushing this again on a weekday. Take the pollFree Poll by Blog Flux Decide based on whatever criteria you choose and use the comments to describe those criteria. I'll post the results this Saturday. I wonder...Read More


Cultural ex-gayism

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2007 | 1:06 PM | comments

Anyone who knows me knows that when I hear queer people describe themselves or their desired mate/sexual partner as "straight-acting", it's like nails on a chalkboard. I cringe, because there's too much internalized homophobia and self-contempt packed into that one...Read More


Read the Fine Print rally a success

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 5:50 PM | comments

Today's "Read the Fine Print" rally at the Statehouse was a success, I think. About 500-600 people gathered at the Statehouse rotunda to demand that Indiana's LGBT citizens get the same rights as other Hoosiers. Indiana Equality and HRC sponsored...Read More


Read the Fine Print rally a success

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 5:50 PM | comments

Today's "Read the Fine Print" rally at the Statehouse was a success, I think. About 500-600 people gathered at the Statehouse rotunda to demand that Indiana's LGBT citizens get the same rights as other Hoosiers. Indiana Equality and HRC sponsored...Read More


Amendment advertising

Filed by Bil Browning | February 19, 2007 | 9:06 AM | comments

In other states the various Equality groups have been able to raise enough money to do targeted TV, radio and print ads. Unfortunately, the Indiana LGBT community hasn't come up with that much fire power. If SJR-7 makes it out...Read More


One step forward, one step back

Filed by Ellen Andersen | February 18, 2007 | 10:23 PM | comments

On the good news front: Same-sex couples in New Jersey will be able to apply for civil union licenses beginning tomorrow, Feb. 19th (the same day that LGBT Hoosiers and their allies will be protesting SJR 7 in a rally...Read More


Pass that Buck

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2007 | 2:27 PM | comments

The California governor has promised to veto a bill that might be passed this year that would recognise same-sex marriages. Arnold says:Schwarzenegger said Thursday that if another gay marriage measure goes on the California ballot in the future, "the people...Read More


Procreation and the Will of God

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 17, 2007 | 11:24 AM | comments

It's petty of me, I know, but I have really enjoyed the somewhat "in your face" tactic of a gay-rights group in Washington state. In the wake of a decision by a Washington court upholding the state's ban on same-sex...Read More


Connect the dots

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2007 | 9:15 PM | comments

Let's take a closer look at Brandt Hershman - author of SJR-7 and chief proponent. Good old Brandt has realized that he's no longer able to whip folks into a fury with the gay boogieman. Hoosiers point out that a...Read More


The gentleman's candy bar

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2007 | 5:58 AM | comments

I loved this Jimmy Kimmel spoof of the infamous Snickers commercial and thought I'd share it with you. If you're going to make gay jokes to sell your teeth rotting product, at the very least make it funny instead...Read More


Chuck Knipp speaks, nothing much intelligent said

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2007 | 11:39 PM | comments

The Bay Area Reporter has an article about the recent Hartford, Los Angeles, and New Orleans cancellations of Chuck Knipp's performance of Shirley Q. Liquor. Here's an interesting paragraph:I don't mind critics ... not scared of controversy. I'm so glad...Read More


Anti-Defamation League testimony

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 7:16 PM | comments

At yesterday's hearing on the hate crimes bill, several individuals testified about the importance of passing the bill. Testifying were: Carl Brizzi (Marion County Prosecutor)Earl Morgan (Director, Indianapolis Department of Public Safety)Abigail Seif, (Anti-Defamation League, Chicago office)Cornell Burris (President, Greater...Read More


Dungy story still has legs

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 7:03 PM | comments

The story about Tony Dungy fundraising for the Indiana Family Institute is still trickling into the mainstream media. Notice this story from CBS Sportsline called, "Don't ask, don't dwell: This will be acknowledged, then ignored." What it tells us is...Read More


"I am homophobic"

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2007 | 10:59 AM | comments

Former NBA player Tim Hardaway isn't holding anything back when it comes to bigotry and hate. In a radio interview with a Miami radio station, Hardaway - a Heat guard - was asked about his views on gays and lesbians...Read More


The Big Lie III: "Terms of Art" and other Social Conservative Red Herrings

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 15, 2007 | 6:55 AM | comments

Hoosier social conservatives have called in their out-of-state hired guns, this one in the person of Chris Stovall, an attorney out of Arizona, who publishes in this morning's Indianapolis Star. (Arizona, incidentally, land of Goldwater western conservatives, voted down their...Read More


Ted sends hearts and kisses!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2007 | 7:51 PM | comments

(Superhumongously big hat tip to prettyontheoutside.com)...Read More


The Big Lie II

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 14, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

I think it's important for the media to understand the conflation of two strategies at work among Republicans, business interests, and academic interests in the legislature, whether friend or foe. As educated press rooms, editorial boards, reporters and blogs around...Read More


What? A Republican that can resist the Siren call of an anti-marriage amendment?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2007 | 10:27 PM | comments

Apparently, Charlie Crist is one. The Florida governor has said that it's a bad idea for the state party to give money to a petition drive for an anti-marriage amendment in that state. He's all like: We've been focused in...Read More


Did I shovel the drive-way this afternoon?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2007 | 3:43 PM | comments

The snow is piling up here in Indiana and quite a few of the schools are closed. So, instead of being locked in my house, I did what every respectable ex-urban does when it snows: I shoveled the drive-way. The...Read More


DNC issues continue

Filed by Bil Browning | February 13, 2007 | 2:36 PM | comments

Does anyone know more about this internal DNC struggle? I'll admit, I'm a little lacking in knowledge of the background on this one... I know Howard Dean made some bad decisions after the election and the director of the Gay...Read More


I Have to Wonder...

Filed by Julien A. Sharp | February 13, 2007 | 2:06 PM | comments

I have to wonder what goes on in the minds of people. As I see the legislature of the state in which I was born continue to steamroll discrimination into the constitution, I wonder what is it about two people...Read More


My Fellow Central Indiana Republicans: Time to Smell the Coffee

Filed by Chris Douglas | February 13, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

I sat yesterday sipping a drink with a fellow Republican holding close to vest the name of another Republican thought capable of beating Bart Peterson. In my opinion, it was delusional. I don't think the ramifications on Marion County politics...Read More


New study on adoptive parents is pretty cool

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 12, 2007 | 10:51 PM | comments

The American Sociological Review has a new study (link in pdf) about the way that adoptive parents relate to their children. They found that parents who adopted children invested more time with them than heterosexual biological parents. While the initial...Read More


John Amaechi came out!

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 12, 2007 | 5:11 PM | comments

Last week! Or when he was fourteen. Or some time in between. Hmmmm.... He just got named today as the spokesperson for the HRC's Coming Out Project. If you're like me, you might have wondered if naming someone who just...Read More


MAD as HELL over SJR-7!

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 12, 2007 | 4:59 PM | comments

You likely just saw Bil's item advising that the full Indiana Senate this afternoon passed and sent SJR7 to the House of Representatives, 39 to 10. I was going to wait until I could determine how many Democrats voted for...Read More


Klan presence increases in Indiana

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 3:58 PM | comments

Well, color me surprised. Membership in the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana has soared. I wonder what could be causing that? Hmmmm. Let's think about what hateful, discriminatory laws and attitudes have been floating around the state lately? Hmmmmm. Could...Read More


SJR-7 passes the Senate

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 3:35 PM | comments

The Indiana State Senate has passed SJR-7, the proposed amendment to the constitution that would not only outlaw same-sex marriage, but would also strip all unmarried couples of hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, domestic partner benefits, civil unions and domestic...Read More


Vagina Monologues as Anti-Male Shananigans!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 12, 2007 | 3:31 PM | comments

Watch the video clip to see the debate on PBS' To The Contrary between the president of the Independent Women's Forum, Michelle Bernard and the director of Women in Media and News, Jennifer Pozner. My finding of this debate...Read More


Laugh Out Loud

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 2:20 PM | comments

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Homosexuality might just be for you!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 11:19 AM | comments

Are you a straight bilerico reader who's having relationship problems? This mock infomercial might just have the solution for you! Don't you think that sometimes the wingnuts that claim homosexuality is a choice must think this is how it happens?...Read More


Help Helen help you

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2007 | 6:16 AM | comments

This weekend at a dinner party I was talking to Carl Brizzi's Chief of Staff, Helen Marchal. We were talking about the proposed hate crimes law and I promised her that I would ask bilerico readers to help her to...Read More


Harvard Elects its First Woman President!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 11, 2007 | 8:14 PM | comments

Today Harvard University announced that it has elected Drew Gilpin Faust as its new President, marking a turning point in its prestigious history. The former President, Laurence Summers, resigned after heated scrutiny surrounding comments he made regarding his opinion that...Read More


Dungy story makes the mainstream media!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2007 | 10:47 AM | comments

The story about Tony Dungy fundraising for the Indiana Family Institute has finally reached the mainstream media. The Philadelphia Inquirer has an article running that talks about Dungy's overt born-again Christianity and what it means to fans. Think the Indy...Read More


Do we finally agree with the Agape Press?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2007 | 9:28 PM | comments

We're all having a good laugh about that Washington ballot initiative to annul the marriages of hets who don't have kids. But I think that some people who criticise it now agree with it more than they'd like to admit....Read More


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Quote of the Day

Filed by Ed Team | February 10, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

"The Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. Committee members would have served their constituents better by addressing serious concerns about the proposal. They should have considered, too,...Read More


Boston Legal ex-gay episode

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

If you're a regular reader, you'll remember that my favorite TV show is Boston Legal. It is hysterically funny and often shows a moral compass. One of the best episodes of the show aired this week. It featured a gentleman...Read More


Our One Good Shot

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 10, 2007 | 12:14 AM | comments

The comments on my earlier post today have only proven to me how imperitive it is that Hillary Clinton be elected. I was going to post as a comment what I have written below, but I think it would be...Read More


It's Not Just the Bigotry...

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | February 09, 2007 | 6:37 PM | comments

It's the hypocrisy. By now, readers of this blog know that a Michigan court--ruling on language very similar to the language in "clause B" of SJR-7--said "The marriage amendment's plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any...Read More


Hillary Clinton 2008

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 09, 2007 | 12:57 PM | comments

It is interesting to me, the apathy that I have witnessed towards Hillary running for President. A highly qualified, highly intelligent, highly respected woman who is being met with curious opposition from her own side in favor of less qualified...Read More


Shakes keeps her job!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2007 | 5:54 PM | comments

It looks like Melissa gets to keep her job after all. From the JohnEdwards08 blog comes Edwards's statement on the bloggers: The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwan's posts personally offended me. It's not...Read More


SJR7 goes a step further in the Indiana Senate

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 08, 2007 | 3:41 PM | comments

The full Indiana Senate considered Senate Joint Resoution 7 (SJR7) on second reading today. Second reading is where amendments to a particular piece of legislation are considered by the full chamber. Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) offered an amendment to...Read More


SJR7 goes a step further in the Indiana Senate

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 08, 2007 | 3:41 PM | comments

The full Indiana Senate considered Senate Joint Resoution 7 (SJR7) on second reading today. Second reading is where amendments to a particular piece of legislation are considered by the full chamber. Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) offered an amendment to...Read More


NBA player comes out

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2007 | 9:28 PM | comments

The first NBA player will soon come out of the closet. Well, ex-NBA player - he's retired. John Amaechi, who played for Cleveland, Utah and Orlando in his five years in the NBA, will throw the closet doors open in...Read More


Did Mr. Deity really help the Colts?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2007 | 11:50 AM | comments

With all the hullabaloo over Tony Dungy and the Colts' recent brushes with homophobia, I thought that this was really funny. In the clip, God (Mr. Deity) holds a press conference to talk about whether or not he really helps...Read More


Snickers goes nuts with the Colts

Filed by Bil Browning | February 06, 2007 | 7:29 PM | comments

If you blinked you might have missed this story. I didn't get a chance to blog about it yesterday and by now it's a completely different story. Think back to Sunday's game. Do you remember the Snickers commercial that showed...Read More


Ted Haggard "cured" - didn't you always really know it?

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 06, 2007 | 1:22 PM | comments

Well, I see today that one of four ministers who oversaw three weeks of intensive counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard said the disgraced minister emerged convinced that he is "completely heterosexual." His homosexual liaisons were purely an "acting out",...Read More


Rally at the Statehouse!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 05, 2007 | 8:00 PM | comments

This coming Thursday, Planned Parenthood will be holding a rally at the Indiana Statehouse to advocate for "Prevention First" legislation. The proposed legislation aims at fighting right-wing religious doctrines that are currently invading sexual education curriculum. It also serves to...Read More


Rally at the Statehouse!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | February 05, 2007 | 8:00 PM | comments

This coming Thursday, Planned Parenthood will be holding a rally at the Indiana Statehouse to advocate for "Prevention First" legislation. The proposed legislation aims at fighting right-wing religious doctrines that are currently invading sexual education curriculum. It also serves to...Read More


SJR-7 roundup

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2007 | 12:58 PM | comments

There is a lot more chatter about the marriage discrimination amendment this year than there was two years ago. That's an improvement... A quick roundup of some of the better clips from around the web lately surrounding SJR-7: A mean-spirited...Read More


Now that's an idea!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2007 | 9:51 AM | comments

Now here's some folks that are using their noggins! Washington state activists are introducing a citizen initiative after the State Supreme Court ruled against same-sex marriage. The ruling was based on the the courts decision that the state has a...Read More


SJR7 - Did Senator Hershman mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee?

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 05, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

This past Wednesday both proponents and oppontents of SJR7, the so'called "Marriage Amendment to the Indiana Constitution, presented their arguments to the Senate Judiciary Committee, dominated by Republicans. The outcome, as most had preducted, was 7-4 in favor of the...Read More


Teresa Lubbers and Jeff Drozda?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 03, 2007 | 6:00 AM | comments

Copyright 2007 David Honig David sent this in yesterday and asked me to mention his new site for "lefty cartoonists," Left 'Toon Lane. You can submit your own 'toons at the site - they've had a few cartoons picked...Read More


"Read The Fine Print": Part II - SJR7 and the fresh eggs dilemma

Filed by Don Sherfick | February 02, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Wednesday I re-commenced a series designed to try and put SJR7, the so-called "Marriage Amendment" proposed to become part of the Indiana Constitution, into more "non-lawyer friendly" language. To begin, let's forget about SJR7's second paragraph for a moment (a...Read More


Talking to Mom

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

I'm spending today at the 2007 Indiana Counseling Association Educational Conference working at the PFLAG/IYG/YAD booth. (That's Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Indiana Youth Group, and Youth and Diversity for those of you from out of state.)...Read More