The Movement: August 2007

From Genghis Khan to the cult of the cut sleeves

Filed by Bil Browning | August 31, 2007 | 5:10 PM | comments

I stumbled across a story today that I found interesting and thought I'd share it with our readers. Researchers have reconstructed Genghis Khan's code of laws and found that homosexuality was punishable by death. Homosexual acts were punishable by death...Read More


Iowa court rules in favor of marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | August 30, 2007 | 6:13 PM | comments

A trial court in Iowa released a 63 page decision today that said same-sex couples must be allowed to marry based on the Iowa Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law. This ruling overturns Iowa's Defense of Marriage law...Read More


Do We Talk About Ourselves Too Much?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 29, 2007 | 12:43 PM | comments

I've been writing a book. Oh don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with the details of trying to create something readable out of a bunch of disjointed thoughts, ideas, and stuff I've already written. No, what I want...Read More


Silly dichotomy of the day: Old gay culture vs. new gay culture

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 29, 2007 | 6:41 AM | comments

Andrew Sullivan being away, James Kirchick has taken over for the Daily Dish and is filling in for the big guy himself quite nicely. He claims that "old" gay culture - anonymous sex and hook ups - is dying away,...Read More


Fear of gay blood

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 27, 2007 | 1:28 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from anonymous blogger, Scott-O-Rama. Scott describes himself as "a late 30's-something GAY man in Phoenix, Arizona who has too many opinions and too much time on his hands, so I decided to...Read More


Going on the air

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm getting ready to go on air with Republican Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ike Randolph on WIBC News Talk Radio in Indianapolis. Ike screwed our community over during the fight for a human rights ordinance and I have proof. You won't...Read More


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Oh my!

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 27, 2007 | 8:27 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This entry is a guest post by Melissa McEwan. Melissa is the blog mistress behind Shakesville and one of my first blogger friends. She did the graphic design for our recently remodeled site too, and after all the...Read More


What's a queer political issue?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2007 | 6:34 AM | comments

I got into an interesting discussion with Jim Burroway over at Box Turtle Bulletin in the comments last week about what exactly constitutes an "LGBT issue". The list of possible lists is seemingly endless - from the absolute expansiveness of...Read More


Ron Paul radio interview on homosexuality, sin and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 25, 2007 | 2:55 PM | comments

GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul sat down with "Recovering Republican" and former Constitution Party presidential candidate John Lofton to talk about abortion, gays in the military, and other hot button issues on Lofton's radio show, The American View. You can...Read More


A challenge accepted

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2007 | 11:56 AM | comments

Over at the Indiana Family Institute's blog, Veritas Rex, Director of Operations and Public Policy Ryan McCann has issued a challenge to me that I'm perfectly willing to accept. Another blogger had a post up about Rev Billy Graham that...Read More


Evan Wolfson: Disagreeing with me hurts gay people

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2007 | 6:18 PM | comments

I can't believe I've been sitting on this one for a week. This is from Evan Wolfson in an interview he did with David Mixner on the Democratic frontrunners' position on same-sex marriage: Marriage is the tug, and when gay...Read More


I'm Just an Angry Transsexual Activist Mafioso

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 23, 2007 | 1:17 PM | comments

In KQED's recent interview of J Michael Bailey and Alice Dreger, (If you don't know Bailey, he's the one that said Bailey said: in men there's no hint that true bisexual arousal exists, and that for men arousal is orientation...Read More


Michael Vick: You Should Have Been Beating Women Instead

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 22, 2007 | 10:30 PM | comments

I posted this piece on Huffington Post today. I am currently getting hammered for being out of touch with my perception. I believe Michael Vick did something terrible. Horrible. Sadistic. I also believe there are players in all the professional...Read More


Bob Allen was actually trying to lure the officer to a guard with $20 and a blow job

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 22, 2007 | 5:00 PM | comments

First Bob Allen said he didn't do it. Then he said he was so scared of black men that he had to offer head for his own safety. Now he's saying, well, you have to see it to believe it:...Read More


The LGBT Hate Crimes Project

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 22, 2007 | 4:35 PM | comments

After some consideration, and discussions, I've come to the decision that I will add no further articles on LGBT hate crime victims to Wikipedia. When I started the Hate Crimes on Wikipedia project, it was because I'd noticed that...Read More


The LGBT Hate Crimes Project

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 22, 2007 | 4:35 PM | comments

After some consideration, and discussions, I've come to the decision that I will add no further articles on LGBT hate crime victims to Wikipedia. When I started the Hate Crimes on Wikipedia project, it was because I'd noticed that...Read More


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New York City remembers a firefighter

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 22, 2007 | 3:46 PM | comments

A gay firefighter friend emailed me that one of the two firefighters who died the other day, fighting the blaze in the abandoned Deutsch Bank building near the WTC site, was Bobby Beddia, long-time supporter of FireFLAG/EMS. This extraordinary organization...Read More


GirlTrash programming note

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

If you've been following our Sunday installments of GirlTrash, the web shorts by The L Word producer Angela Robinson, I have bad news for you. This just in from Angela: Sadly, we've had to take a hiatus from bringing you...Read More


GirlTrash programming note

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

If you've been following our Sunday installments of GirlTrash, the web shorts by The L Word producer Angela Robinson, I have bad news for you. This just in from Angela: Sadly, we've had to take a hiatus from bringing you...Read More


Tripping Over The Labels -- Again

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | August 21, 2007 | 10:20 PM | comments

What to call myself and the people not squarely on that first het point of the Kinsey diagraph -- everything but that last little point -- comes up again and again. It's an infinity of points, so it shouldn't surprise...Read More


Civil Marriage & Political Giving: Tough Love

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | August 21, 2007 | 7:12 PM | comments

My money will go instead to funding Congressional and Statehouse candidates who already embrace me and my marriage as equal to them and theirs and who will not mince words about it ... I hope you are standing with me on this one. Frankly, simply being acknowledged as human should not be too much to demand and less than that should be too much to reward. Read More


Iranian lesbian faces deportation and death

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 21, 2007 | 1:15 PM | comments

I just sent the following email to UK human-rights activist Peter Tatchell in support of last-ditch efforts to save this 40-year-old lesbian from being deported to Iran. If she is sent back, Pegan Emambakhsh faces certain death for her "offenses"...Read More


Iranian lesbian faces deportation and death

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 21, 2007 | 1:15 PM | comments

I just sent the following email to UK human-rights activist Peter Tatchell in support of last-ditch efforts to save this 40-year-old lesbian from being deported to Iran. If she is sent back, Pegan Emambakhsh faces certain death for her "offenses"...Read More


ABC News on Bisexuality Among Young Women

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 20, 2007 | 2:59 PM | comments

Despite the silly title ("Bisexual Until Graduation: Myth or Reality?"), this ABC news article on bisexuality among young women is surprisingly nuanced. For instance: , "... bisexuality is rooted in a culture based on two sexes and doesn't account for...Read More


"our bodies are not the sum of our parts as women"

Filed by Gina de Vries | August 17, 2007 | 5:37 PM | comments

I just wrote this letter to Amy from the Chasing Amy Social Club in San Francisco. Read about their policy that discriminates against transwomen who have not had gender confirmation surgeries here: Consider writing to Amy yourself, too. Hi Amy--...Read More


Indianapolis: 12th largest city won't even crack the lavender ceiling

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2007 | 1:07 PM | comments

Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the United States, but you wouldn't know it from the way the LGBT community is treated. We had to scrape and fight to secure a human rights ordinance in 2005 that includes sexual...Read More


There Should Never Be a Question of Choice

Filed by Ethan St. Pierre | August 16, 2007 | 2:09 PM | comments

I was a little ticked off at the HRC/Logo Presidential Forum, when Melissa Etheridge asked Governor Richardson if he thought that homosexuality is a choice or something that you are born with. First, I wasn't aware that if you choose...Read More


The Woman Who Would Be Scribe

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 16, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

I was recently alerted to a blog post entitled "Academic intolerance." He discusses an article written by Alice Dreger entitled "The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A Case History of the Politics of Science, Identity, and Sex...Read More


Too gay to be pregnant or erect

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 15, 2007 | 8:55 PM | comments

Laura Parker at USA Today (which I don't read often, which is why these articles took so long to find me) posted 2 stories 2 weeks ago about the intersection of LGBT rights and reproductive rights, which of course, we've...Read More


Too gay to be pregnant or erect

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 15, 2007 | 8:55 PM | comments

Laura Parker at USA Today (which I don't read often, which is why these articles took so long to find me) posted 2 stories 2 weeks ago about the intersection of LGBT rights and reproductive rights, which of course, we've...Read More


Arellano Was One of (at least) 3 to Die in Federal Immigration Custody in a Month

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 15, 2007 | 2:01 PM | comments

Why aren't more queer, feminist, and other radical media makers mentioning it? Victoria Arellano/Arrelano (the spelling of her name varies from story to story), a trans woman with AIDS who died in a California immigration facility for men in July...Read More


In Support of ENDA

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 15, 2007 | 8:27 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Barry Welsh. Barry is running against Republican Congressman Mike Pence in the 2008 elections. Rep Pence is an absolute embarrassment to his party and my state and consistently takes anti-gay positions....Read More


Update: Trans Woman Denied AIDS Meds Dies in ICE Detention Facility

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 14, 2007 | 8:24 PM | comments

A trans woman named Victoria Arrelano died in July after being denied AIDS medication and improperly treated while held in a federal immigration detention facility for men in San Pedro, California. The LA Times reports here. (When I posted about...Read More


I never thought I'd say this, but: thank goodness for Al Sharpton.

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 14, 2007 | 5:26 PM | comments

Thanks, Alex, for the heads-up from Drudge and WaPost: Don Imus will collect $20 million from CBS to settle his "termination dispute," and is already being courted by other networks. To which I can only say: Are you fucking kidding...Read More


Largest ever survey of gay and lesbian consumers in America

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 14, 2007 | 3:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Tom Roth, President and Founder of Community Marketing. Tom and his team have developed a spectrum of products and services to skillfully lead the company’s clients to their goals. Tom is...Read More


Reality Check, Aisle 5

Filed by Ethan St. Pierre | August 14, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

I wasn't going to post anything about the Logo/HRC Presidential Forum. I've read most of the blogs and I felt as though all sides were represented and I honestly didn't feel like beating a dead horse. That is, until that...Read More


Italian mayor calls for "ethnic cleansing of faggots"

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2007 | 5:01 PM | comments

Giancarlo Gentilini, an Italian mayor is trying to stop gay public sex: Last week the rightwing politician told a local television station that he would order police to put an end to gay cruising which he claimed was out of...Read More


Gay Geeks: How technology trumped LGBT issues and presidential politics

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 10, 2007 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've said before that my two passions in life are politics (particularly LGBT flavored) and technology. Last night, there was a melding of those two passions that was unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. What was this magical...Read More


An important night in the fight for equality

Filed by Joe Solmonese | August 10, 2007 | 4:15 PM | comments

Yesterday was an important night in the fight for equality for GLBT Americans. We pulled the curtain back a bit and gave all Americans a deeper look inside the candidates’ core beliefs about the issues that affect our community. From...Read More


Learning to talk across our differences

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 10, 2007 | 8:09 AM | comments

(Note: This was originally posted last night minutes before our presidential forum coverage began and got knocked off page 1 almost immediately. I'm moving it up to this morning because the Reverend's points about how we talk are important to...Read More


After the Forum: A few thoughts

Filed by Bil Browning | August 09, 2007 | 11:17 PM | comments

While Jessica was lucky enough to be able to attend tonight's HRC/Logo Presidential Forum, I had to watch it online. (Logo isn't available at all on my cable system.) Jerame and I tried valiantly to watch it together, but the...Read More


Social exclusion as bullying

Filed by Bil Browning | August 08, 2007 | 6:25 PM | comments

Social conformity as a concept has always fascinated me. I always wanted to know who set the mark to conform to and the history of the "why" behind it. (I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a scholar...Read More


Bush might really reject hate crimes leg

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 07, 2007 | 7:34 PM | comments

From the Washington Times: President Bush is committed to vetoing the latest effort to expand federal "hate crimes" laws to include sexual orientation, even if it means sending a defense authorization bill back to Congress, the White House said.[...] Mr....Read More


When there's nothing left to burn, you've got to set yourself on fire

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2007 | 6:06 PM | comments

San Diego firefighters are forcing LGBT residents to ask the uncomfortable question, "If my house catches on fire, will the rescue workers discriminate against me because of my sexuality or gender identity?" Strangely enough, this is all over a Pride...Read More


Indy Star finally covers the real story

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 06, 2007 | 8:40 AM | comments

Well, this morning the Indianapolis Star finally fills its readers in on the Conrad-Atkins court case, about the incapacitated gay man whose parents were keeping his partner of 25 years from seeing him. We and others in the blogosphere have...Read More


Weekend Queer Reader

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 05, 2007 | 5:28 PM | comments

Rep. Tammy Baldwin answers questions about her endorsement of Hillary Clinton: Some people will say, "Well, she was first lady," but she clearly redefined the role and was actively involved in shaping policy. So she has that experience, combined with...Read More


Why I Don't Do 'Bi'

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 05, 2007 | 1:50 AM | comments

It's been years, but suddenly this week the word "bisexual" is landing in my life a lot. First, I was invited via e-mail to moderate a panel of young lesbian writers at an upcoming book fair. I replied--to a person...Read More


Why I Don't Do 'Bi'

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 05, 2007 | 1:50 AM | comments

It's been years, but suddenly this week the word "bisexual" is landing in my life a lot. First, I was invited via e-mail to moderate a panel of young lesbian writers at an upcoming book fair. I replied--to a person...Read More


You Can Still Fire Me

Filed by Marti Abernathey | August 04, 2007 | 7:00 AM | comments

Chris Crain has repeatedly suggested 1, 2, 3, 4 that transgender people don't need to be included in the Employee Non-Discrimination Act because "existing federal civil rights laws have already been interpreted by some judges to protect trans workers." A...Read More


Prosecution can go for hate crimes enhancements in Sandy murder trial

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2007 | 3:23 PM | comments

A judge in Brooklyn ruled that the prosecution could add hate crimes enhancements to the charges being pressed again three defendants in the case of Michael Sandy's murder. Micheal Sandy was lured to a beach in New York where he...Read More


Hate Crimes Delay: Who to Hold Responsible?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2007 | 10:30 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Peter Rosenstein. Peter has worked for Congresswoman Bella Abzug, the Carter administration, and the White House Conference for the Handicapped Implementation Unit. In addition, Peter has been a member of the...Read More


Disney will save the world -- thank you, Disney!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 03, 2007 | 6:19 AM | comments

Saltyfemme brought my attention to a piece of stunning journalism at Huffington Post -- isn't that supposed to be a "progressive" blog (or the progressive blog, according to some)? Anyway, "Corporate America: the New Gay Activists," this post by Kirk...Read More


More GOP code

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 02, 2007 | 5:36 PM | comments

Over at Huffington Post, Christina Page has delved further into the coded messages used by the GOP Presidential candidates, this time decoding their thoughts on birth control: To layman's ears, it all sounded pretty standard: He wants to overturn Roe...Read More


We’ve come a long way to get to where we are today

Filed by Joe Solmonese | August 01, 2007 | 5:54 PM | comments

On May 3, the House of Representatives voted 237 to 180 in favor of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1592). This historic vote was the first time that a major piece of pro-gay legislation had an...Read More