The Movement: September 2007

Why do Barney Frank & Tammy Baldwin, HRC, Nancy Pelosi & the Dems, and the Civil Rights Powers That Be Hate Gays?

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | September 28, 2007 | 10:30 AM | comments

... smart people don't compromise themselves out of the picture and, even if you could pass for straight enough to get on the HRC Board of Directors, taking gender inclusion out of ENDA is going to leave a bill that could well end up not protecting you.Read More


Why do Barney Frank & Tammy Baldwin, HRC, Nancy Pelosi & the Dems, and the Civil Rights Powers That Be Hate Gays?

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | September 28, 2007 | 10:30 AM | comments

... smart people don't compromise themselves out of the picture and, even if you could pass for straight enough to get on the HRC Board of Directors, taking gender inclusion out of ENDA is going to leave a bill that could well end up not protecting you.Read More


Here We Go Again...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 28, 2007 | 3:52 AM | comments

...and it's just oh-so-familiar, isn't it? Of course, by now you've heard that House Democrats are expected to strip protections for Transgender-American citizens from ENDA. You've probably also heard that the Human Rights Campaign and the Leadership Council on Civil...Read More


Edwards on DenialOMA: Four Tiny Words = One HUGE Statement

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | September 27, 2007 | 5:13 PM | comments

Presidential candidate John Edwards at last night's debate at Dartmouth said that he supports DenialOMA repeal. Read More


Hate crimes vote update

Filed by Bil Browning | September 27, 2007 | 11:55 AM | comments

Trying to keep this as up-to-date as possible while I'm working... Help out in the comments section if I miss something... So far the Matthew Shepard Act has had it's cloture vote. It passed 60-39 and now goes to the...Read More


Judge will rule next week in Larry Craig motion

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 27, 2007 | 7:47 AM | comments

I was gone yesterday, so I didn't get to post this. It sounds like he's staying in the Senate until his motion is granted or denied: "Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name," Craig...Read More


Hate crime vote could happen tomorrow

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2007 | 7:52 PM | comments

From the HRC Backstory blog: Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced today that the cloture vote on the hate crimes legislation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. If we win the required 60 votes, then the Senate will proceed to...Read More


Should I laugh or cry?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2007 | 3:40 PM | comments

I'm going to throw this clip from a press release out there and back slowly out of the post. Will it be good or bad? That's like waving red meat in front of lions around here... The rules of attraction...Read More


People who scare me

Filed by Jen Jorczak | September 25, 2007 | 7:45 PM | comments

Recently I came across the latest issue of Bitch magazine, which I love, but which scared the bejeezus out of me, at least Kate Dixon's article "Multiply & Conquer: How to have 17 children and still believe in Jesus." Yes,...Read More


Ahmadinejad denies the existence of gays in Iran

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2007 | 5:43 PM | comments

Iranian president Maumoud Ahmadinejad has said that there's no homosexuality in Iran. P1Q has the video. [Update: And it just got YouTubed. After the jump.] If you can't see the video, Ahmadinejad said in response to a question about the...Read More


Leave the Activism to the Adults…?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 24, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

People often wonder why we don’t have more young leaders and advocates standing up from within our community. They claim the community, and young people in particular, are disengaged and disinterested in politics and activism. Yet do these people really...Read More


Chris, I'll Say It Again: You're Wrong

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 22, 2007 | 10:05 AM | comments

With a vote coming soon on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, I'd like to revisit something Chris Crain said a while back in his post "A trans activist tees off on ENDA" that was in reference to my post "You...Read More


What will Congressman Ellsworth do?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 20, 2007 | 6:30 PM | comments

I had an interesting conversation with Stu Rosenburg from the Human Rights Campaign yesterday. He's in town continuing the valuable work he and his team have been doing in Indiana around ENDA and hate crimes legislation. I love sitting and...Read More


"I hit puberty because of Jimmy Carter"

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 20, 2007 | 4:28 PM | comments

The always-fabulous Samantha Bee tries to answer the question on everyone's mind: Is America ready for a woman president?...Read More


The Criteria of Prosecuting Hate Crimes

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | September 20, 2007 | 3:24 PM | comments

Recent hate crimes have grabbed the headlines but more for their legal twists and turns than for their actual prosecution. We were first riveted by the West Virginia case where a black woman was tortured for over week by six...Read More


The Blue and Yellow Stepchild

Filed by Marti Abernathey | September 20, 2007 | 10:58 AM | comments

Every year around this time I start seeing the GLBT media get in a feeding frenzy about the HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Story after story is told of how American corporations are getting better and better for GLBT Americans....Read More


Welcome to the heteropatriarchy, MoveOn.org

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 20, 2007 | 7:38 AM | comments

After MoveOn.org ran its notorious ad taunting General Patraeus as "General Betray Us", John McCain said that the organization "ought to be thrown out of this country." What a brilliant symbol! It brings to mind a time when there were...Read More


I'm "only" 2/5th of a man

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2007 | 2:15 PM | comments

Popular Mechanics has an extremely sexist article up called "25 Skills Every Man Should Know." I don't want to hear any of you women complaining about this either - this is for "real" men... Get your asses back in the...Read More


When baby steps turn to strides

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2007 | 1:27 PM | comments

I wanted to blog about something that's been rumbling around in my head lately to just get it out there... I keep watching in amazement at how far the LGBT movement has progressed in recent years. A few examples have...Read More


Thinking BIG

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | September 13, 2007 | 10:58 PM | comments

Some days I really get tired of fighting for incremental change. It just seems to me (and this is no cutting edge or creative strategy I am pitching here) that GLBT activists and our progressive allies need to scrap a...Read More


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Marriage Equality: A Cause and Conversation That Won't (and Shouldn't) Stop

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 13, 2007 | 10:40 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Evan Wolfson. Evan is Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Before founding Freedom to Marry, Evan served as marriage...Read More


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Marriage Equality: A Cause and Conversation That Won't (and Shouldn't) Stop

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 13, 2007 | 10:40 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following guest post comes to us from Evan Wolfson. Evan is Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Before founding Freedom to Marry, Evan served as marriage...Read More


"Faggots" and "Queers"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 08, 2007 | 2:13 PM | comments

Re the Jerry Lewis "faggot" slur: Lewis should have known better. TV footage shows that he knew he'd offended the moment the word came out of his mouth. But my concern here is for the confusing climate that some in...Read More


Saying the Shibboleths

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 07, 2007 | 10:46 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Arthur Farnsley, Art is Executive Officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and a fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana...Read More


Being for Civil Unions: how big of a deal is that? The POTUS and a Primer Part V

Filed by Don Sherfick | September 07, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

In early August six Democratic hopefuls for their party's presidential ("POTUS") nomination on an HRC/Logo forum prompted me to think about how much candidates really DON'T say when they talk about gay marriage and civil unions. Mike Gravel and Dennis...Read More


Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's testimony in favor of ENDA

Filed by Bil Browning | September 06, 2007 | 12:44 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Fresh in from the tip line comes the transcript of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's (D-WI) testimony before the House subcommittee in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007. Our thanks to the Congresswoman's office for sending this along....Read More


11th Hour for Women-Owned Business?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | September 06, 2007 | 12:05 PM | comments

On August 22, PRNewswire put out this bulletin: "Earlier this month the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU), designed to increase opportunities for...Read More


An Indy peek at Larry Craig

Filed by Don Sherfick | September 05, 2007 | 4:45 PM | comments

Across from the editorial page of this morning's Indianapolis Star is a great piece by its regular columnist (and chief resident liberal, which makes him the Right's primary target) Dan Carpenter, who delves into the Larry Craig episode in a...Read More


A watershed moment

Filed by Matt Foreman | September 05, 2007 | 3:24 PM | comments

This week, a House subcommittee held a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Given that the bill has been languishing for 17 years -- in spite of overwhelming public support -- a collective "whatever" would be understandable. But folks,...Read More


On the subject of hypocrisy....

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 05, 2007 | 6:46 AM | comments

Here's an interesting phenomenon, similar to men who have sex with men and moralize against homosexuality, or second ladies to anti-gay presidents who write lesbian themed literature: anti-choice women who get abortions. This article's a bit old, but it adds...Read More


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Gaydar reduced to body language?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2007 | 11:01 AM | comments

A recently released study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology claims to have partially unlocked the secrets of "gaydar." While the study isn't very in depth and leaves quite a bit of unanswered questions, it does pose...Read More


Hypocrisy isn't such a good thing

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2007 | 6:41 AM | comments

(Here's an old post I wrote about Ted Haggard back in January on my old blog. It seems relevant to the whole Larry Craig debacle. Gawsh, my blogging's changed a lot since back then when I had just gotten started,...Read More