The Movement: July 2007

Japanese lesbian fails to win election

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2007 | 11:05 AM | comments

Kanako Otsuji, Japan's first openly lesbian political candidate, failed to win a House of Councilor's seat in the general election. Otsuji-san was backed by a major party, the Rainbow and Greens coalition, and would have been Japan's first openly gay...Read More


My Special Reality

Filed by Ethan St. Pierre | July 30, 2007 | 2:42 PM | comments

"Why don't you just demand your rights as an American instead of asking for Special Rights?" Transgender Americans are not asking for special rights but for the same rights that other people have. The fact that transgender Americans are NOT...Read More


Somebody's trying to be inclusive, cue Dan Savage whine

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2007 | 4:28 PM | comments

Don pointed me to this Slog post that found this item on the University of Michigan webpage. The University's Office of LGBT Affairs is considering a name change for a number of reasons, including the fact that they'd like to...Read More


Why come out?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2007 | 3:17 PM | comments

Having been out on some level since I was 15 (it had a lot to do with a cute boy who I called up and "asked out".... oh, those were simpler days), and, as you likely know, it isn't always...Read More


Anti-gay hate crimes on the rise in the Netherlands

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2007 | 1:31 PM | comments

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide: The homosexual interest group COC is also sounding the alarm. It says that "old-fashioned queer-bashing" is back. The Amsterdam police have also observed an increase in the number of reports of violence against homosexuals. In the...Read More


Gay zap at Ban Ki-Moon

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2007 | 11:28 AM | comments

Michael Petrelis, et al, zapped UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in San Francisco yesterday to protest the UN not talking about queer issues. Video from Zombie Time: Ban responded:...Read More


Is this activism?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 26, 2007 | 4:34 PM | comments

Charles Merrill, a really, really rich white gay guy (his late wife was the daughter of one of the Johnsons of Johnson & Johnson and he's the cousin of the Merrill in Merrill Lynch), burned a rare copy of the...Read More


Wyoming (IN)Equality

Filed by Marti Abernathey | July 26, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

What the heck is up with Wyoming Equality? From their front page: An equality group is promoting The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival? For those that don't know, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival is a "womyn born womyn" event that specifically...Read More


More sex fantasies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 25, 2007 | 6:47 PM | comments

About two weeks ago Fort Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle said that he was going to try to install quarter-of-a-million-dollar toilets in that city to curb man-on-man bathroom sex that no one could confirm was actually happening. Yesterday the mayor apologized...Read More


Matt Foreman ROCKS!

Filed by Bil Browning | July 25, 2007 | 4:02 PM | comments

Joe.My.God. sent us over a tip about a video he has up on his site featuring Bilerico Project contributor Matt Foreman speaking at the Flush Naugle rally yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale. (See this post for details behind the rally.) I...Read More


SF Gay Rape Reports Remind Us that Race Still Matters

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 25, 2007 | 12:56 PM | comments

I moved to San Francisco in late 1979. By then most of the gay bars had curbed their most overt form of racial discrimination and I could get a cocktail with only one maybe two forms of identification, though my...Read More


Note: Separate still isn't equal

Filed by Bil Browning | July 24, 2007 | 1:04 PM | comments

Civil unions and domestic partnerships are taking a beating lately, aren't they? First UPS refuses to recognize New Jersey's civil unions as equal to marriage when it comes time to give insurance benefits to their same-sex employees. NJ Governor John...Read More


America Finally Spoke Up in Last Night’s Debate

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 24, 2007 | 12:44 PM | comments

The everyday American finally had a chance to weigh in on the presidential race last night in the CNN/YouTube debate. The new age, techno-savvy format allowed videos from everyday citizens to play across a massive screen giving candidates only 1...Read More


If the NAACP Can Bury the N-Word, Could the F-Word be Too Far behind?

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 23, 2007 | 2:00 PM | comments

For the third year in a row, the National Black Justice Coalition proudly and pro-actively participated in the NAACP annual convention. Once again NBJC hosted a prominent tradeshow booth where staff members spoke to hundreds of people and distributed many...Read More


Straight Pride gone bad

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 20, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

From the Telluride Daily Planet: Down main street they came, wearing Brooks Brothers and waving signs that declared “Straight is Great,” and “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” They were the Straight Pride brigade, and they high-stepped through Telluride’s...Read More


Because women aren't pretty without Photoshop

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2007 | 1:01 PM | comments

Oh, Photoshop - the advertising world's best friend. Where would American life be without the re-touched, flaw free and completely unrealistic tweaks to our collective consumption of celebrities? While I posted a video a while back that shows you just...Read More


Highest court rules against HK sodomy law

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2007 | 1:35 PM | comments

From the AP: Hong Kong's top court rejected a ban Tuesday on public gay sodomy, another victory for the Chinese territory's gay rights movement. This started with a case of two guys caught having sex in their car, which, strangely...Read More


Elizabeth Edwards Calls Out Bush Over Hate Crimes

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 17, 2007 | 10:05 AM | comments

Hello gorgeous! I am psyched to be joining the Bilerico Project community and getting to know everyone. This site is pretty sweet and Bil, Alex, Jerame and co. should be very proud of what they are creating. Feel free to...Read More


Turkey is improving the lives of gays, slowly

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2007 | 7:37 AM | comments

The AP has a story up about how gay life has changed over the past several decades in Turkey: In the 1980s and 1990s, Turkish police routinely raided gay bars, detained transvestites and banned homosexual conferences and festivals. In May,...Read More


Liberating Gender and Sexuality: Audio from the USSF

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 16, 2007 | 9:16 AM | comments

Audio from the "Liberating Gender and Sexuality" plenary at last month's U.S. Social Forum is available here. Moderator: Suzanne Pharr Speakers: Andrea Smith, Mia Mingus, Loretta Ross, Imani Henry, and Betita Martinez (The plenary begins after a pre-show by participants...Read More


Liberating Gender and Sexuality: Audio from the USSF

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 16, 2007 | 9:16 AM | comments

Audio from the "Liberating Gender and Sexuality" plenary at last month's U.S. Social Forum is available here. Moderator: Suzanne Pharr Speakers: Andrea Smith, Mia Mingus, Loretta Ross, Imani Henry, and Betita Martinez (The plenary begins after a pre-show by participants...Read More


Liberating Gender and Sexuality: Audio from the USSF

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 16, 2007 | 9:16 AM | comments

Audio from the "Liberating Gender and Sexuality" plenary at last month's U.S. Social Forum is available here. Moderator: Suzanne Pharr Speakers: Andrea Smith, Mia Mingus, Loretta Ross, Imani Henry, and Betita Martinez (The plenary begins after a pre-show by participants...Read More


Violence Against African Lesbians, Now

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 16, 2007 | 8:31 AM | comments

Go now: Read the discussions on violence against African lesbians and international queer solidarity in the wake of the murders of two South African lesbians last weekend at Black Looks and Women of Color Blog. Why are the international LGBT...Read More


Violence Against African Lesbians, Now

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 16, 2007 | 8:31 AM | comments

Go now: Read the discussions on violence against African lesbians and international queer solidarity in the wake of the murders of two South African lesbians last weekend at Black Looks and Women of Color Blog. Why are the international LGBT...Read More


We’re desperate. Shut up!

Filed by Matt Foreman | July 14, 2007 | 2:12 PM | comments

If the country seems increasingly hungry for a change in power, I’d say the LGBT community is desperate. We’ve been taking it on the literal and figurative chin for years, and the extent to which anti-gay ignorance and bigotry has...Read More


Weekend queer reader

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2007 | 12:21 PM | comments

Enrique Fernandez describes some of the many slang words for gay in Spanish: In gorgeous imagery, Lorca defended Whitman's love for men while mercilessly attacking homosexuals who display behavior associated with being "queer''-- a word that later generations would use...Read More


I finally figured out how to talk about cruising without talking about Rosie O'Donnell...

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 14, 2007 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's the songs they play when you're cruising the video booths at the Nob Hill Theatre, they go something like this......Read More


Gravel's in!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2007 | 5:06 PM | comments

From the HRC: After enthusiastic community response, former Senator Mike Gravel has been invited to participate. Confirmed candidates now include, in alphabetical order, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), former Senator John Edwards (D-NC), Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)...Read More


Dykes on Bikes now have legal protection

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2007 | 2:18 PM | comments

From the NCLR: The San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent announced today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a final ruling yesterday affirming the group's trademark of the name "DYKES ON BIKES." The Court of Appeals...Read More


Fight the right: not each other

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 13, 2007 | 12:32 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Michael Crawford. Michael is an African-American LGBT activist and blogger based in D.C. He has worked to advance LGBT civil rights at the national and state levels as a former staff...Read More


Here a Trick, There a Trick

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | July 12, 2007 | 4:41 PM | comments

If you thought that losing control of Congress would mean we would hear less about Republican sex scandals, you were wrong. Two recent revelations about Republican elected officials continue the drum beat about hypocrisy within the conservative movement. The first,...Read More


Michael Moore's next movie on gay rights?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 12, 2007 | 2:24 PM | comments

What's this floating around in rumor land? The Advocate has an interview with Michael Moore in the current issue where the filmmaker hints that the subject of his next movie might just be gay rights. I think it’s a very...Read More


Let Mike Gravel debate!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 12, 2007 | 8:49 AM | comments

Lane posted yesterday about how the HRC excluded Gravel, and only Gravel, from their invite list on the upcoming presidential debate. The HRC's Chris Johnson responds: The other standard we set was that the candidates we invited had to have...Read More


Same sex marriage: it's behind everything that's gone wrong!

Filed by Don Sherfick | July 12, 2007 | 8:15 AM | comments

Jon Swift has written a delightful tongue-in-cheek piece here about the current revelations that Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter's name appeared on lists kept by "D.C. Madame" Deborah Jeane Palfrey, and how his acknowledged marital transgressions were really due to,...Read More


Homophobia starts pouring in over HRC-sponsored presidential forum

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 11, 2007 | 6:13 PM | comments

The forum that the HRC and Logo are sponsoring for the presidential candidates (only the big money ones, of course, because we wouldn't want poor people attending an HRC event) probably won't produce anything worth much out of these candidate....Read More


Shocker: former Surgeon General felt political pressure

Filed by Jen Jorczak | July 11, 2007 | 11:20 AM | comments

As the Senate preps for confirmation hearings on his anti-gay would-be successor, former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona tells Congress: The administration... would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison,...Read More


Rick and Steve, meh, I'll hold off on judgment here

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2007 | 3:24 PM | comments

Logo's launching Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World, a Southpark-like gay puppet show. Here's a clip: Well, it doesn't look as terrible as Big Gay Sketch Show was, even though it's from the same creator....Read More


Dude, You're a Fag

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 10, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Michael Crawford. Michael is an African-American LGBT activist and blogger based in D.C. He has worked to advance LGBT civil rights at the national and state levels as a former staff...Read More


Lesbian Grandmothers from Mars

Filed by Lane Hudson | July 09, 2007 | 12:41 PM | comments

Carrie and Elisia Ross-Stone are dedicated to the goal of marriage equality. But these grannies aren't sitting around in rocking chairs waiting for something to happen. Instead, they mounted their bicycles and rode across the country. TWICE. Along the way,...Read More


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Welcome to my childhood dreams come true

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2007 | 6:32 AM | comments

Sometimes I look around at the world and I am amazed at how far the LGBTQ movement has made it so far. I came out in high school - around 1989 - and for a senior English assignment, I wrote...Read More


Trans hate crime is "justifiable"?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2007 | 12:04 PM | comments

This is one of those cases that'll just make you seethe with anger. A trans woman is horribly beaten in Palm Springs, Florida and the judge decides it wasn't a hate crime, but instead commented, "In many ways it appears...Read More


Ban Straight Marriage

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 06, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

(This guest post comes to us from Eric Marcus, an NYC-based author who wrote Making Gay History, Breaking the Surface, Is It A Choice?, and several other books on gay issues. He blogs at Up & Out. ~a.b.) I think...Read More


Mitt Romney won't kill you, but he sees where those who would are coming from

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 05, 2007 | 3:15 PM | comments

In case you needed any more proof that the pro-life movement has little to do with actually promoting life (in the same way that the "traditional values" movement has little to do with tradition or values), here's a few words...Read More


Why "sodomize" and not "rape"?

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | July 05, 2007 | 8:36 AM | comments

I have been waxing confused lately about the use of the term "sodomized" when referring to men who have been raped. It is on my mind because of the recent news that David Ritcheson, a young Mexican-American who was violently...Read More


Prayer good; compassion bad

Filed by Jen Jorczak | July 03, 2007 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today, the Indianapolis Star writes about Jeanne Atkins, devout Catholic, cheesecake producer, and mother of gay stroke victim Patrick Atkins. Except that the Star left out that last bit. The entire article is about a (blessedly, optional) prayer group she's...Read More


That Mass. bar exam question

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2007 | 1:23 PM | comments

Ellen posted yesterday about that guy suing the state bar association and individual justices on the Massachusetts Supreme Court for having to acknowledge that same-sex marriage is part of Massachusetts law. Well, someone on the internet thinks they know the...Read More


Thoughts on the pieing of Medea Benjamin

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 03, 2007 | 4:25 AM | comments

Your browser is not able to display this multimedia content. When a friend of mine mentioned that Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK: Women for Peace (or Global Trade-Off and Code Pinkerton, as someone posts on San...Read More


Notes from the USSF (or, What Andrea Smith Said)

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 02, 2007 | 7:25 PM | comments

"How does heteropatriarchy keep white supremacy and colonialism in place? How does the heterosexual family serve as the building block of empire?" That's how INCITE!'s Andrea Smith opened Saturday night's plenary on "Liberating Gender and Sexuality" at the US Social...Read More