The Movement: November 2007

"Won't somebody PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?!"

Filed by Gina de Vries | November 30, 2007 | 3:51 PM | comments

According to Saving Childhood: Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence, Teh Homosexuals MADE ME CHOOSE A SEXUAL ORIENTATION before my time! Yep, it's all there, right on Amazon.com! I mean, I would say my experience of coming...Read More


Henry Hyde, dead at 83

Filed by Jen Jorczak | November 29, 2007 | 12:55 PM | comments

From the AP: "Former Rep. Henry Hyde, the Illinois Republican who steered the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and championed government restrictions on the funding of abortions, died Thursday. He was 83." While his family has my condolences, I must...Read More


Fewer Hoosiers support marriage amendment, Mitch Daniels, Republicans, new poll shows

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 27, 2007 | 7:35 PM | comments

The Indianapolis Star is reporting a recent WTHR/Star poll showing that less than half of Hoosiers support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage: The poll, based on the responses of 600 people statewide, found that 49 percent of Hoosiers...Read More


Obama's My Girl

Filed by Marti Abernathey | November 27, 2007 | 9:06 AM | comments

Editor's note: This post is part of series called Meet the Candidates in which Bilerico contributors write about why they are supporting their chosen candidate. Hillary Clinton seems to have a status just short of Judy Garland, Cher, or Madonna...Read More


Who's Going to Win the LGBT Vote?

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 26, 2007 | 7:50 AM | comments

As you probably know from reading Bilerico, our contributors are an opinionated and varied lot. That is no different when it comes to the candidates for president that we are supporting. In an effort to give a full airing of...Read More


Veteran queer activists protest HRC at Stonewall

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 26, 2007 | 7:40 AM | comments

At an HRC function this weekend, several dozen of the "who's who" of LGBTQ activists showed up to protest HRC's actions following the ENDA split. Their main concern, according to them, wasn't HRC's support for a noninclusive ENDA, but HRC's...Read More


Militant Homosexual Lobby vs Wal Mart

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 25, 2007 | 10:34 AM | comments

While you and I were contemplating the things that we have to be thankful for, the American Family Association was busy spreading more anti-gay lies. In an action alert that the AFA sent to its email list they claim that...Read More


Reality check

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 24, 2007 | 10:32 AM | comments

And while we are all warm, enjoying our families, and feeling love... I want to remind you that the Hate Crimes legislation is currently suffering a setback and may never become law. Because LGBT people don't need special "rights." Being...Read More


Conservapedia homo-obsessed statistics are probably fake

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 24, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

The story about the Conservapedia site statistics that would prove that conservatives are completely obsessed with homosexuality has been making its way around the blogosphere, and it probably isn't true. The Conservapedia site statistics, as they're being reported around the...Read More


"I had sex with Larry Craig" guy can keep "POOFTER" plates

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 21, 2007 | 3:08 PM | comments

I posted two weeks ago that David Phillips's "POOFTER" vanity plates were being recalled by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Well, this story has a happy ending, as Phillips wrote to Pam: This morning the Virginia DMV notified me by phone...Read More


Not satisfied with Brian Williams's answer

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 21, 2007 | 2:02 PM | comments

As Michael Crawford posted earlier today, NBC's Brian Williams said on the Nightly News that we live "in an era when marriage is under attack." Speculation has run as to whether he was referring to the Religious Right's use of...Read More


Not satisfied with Brian Williams's answer

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 21, 2007 | 2:02 PM | comments

As Michael Crawford posted earlier today, NBC's Brian Williams said on the Nightly News that we live "in an era when marriage is under attack." Speculation has run as to whether he was referring to the Religious Right's use of...Read More


At The End Of The Day Of Remembrance

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 20, 2007 | 11:31 PM | comments

I needed to wait. When you write a lot, you know that there are times when you know you have no business behind a keyboard, or at the very least, no business writing on certain topics. I'm usually pretty versatile...Read More


Coming Out and the “F” Word

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 20, 2007 | 6:37 PM | comments

In a recent interview, I was asked when I first “came out.” For those of us of a certain age, in my case 47, coming out meant transformation, liberation, and living with integrity. There was “before coming out,” when we...Read More


Coming Out and the “F” Word

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 20, 2007 | 6:37 PM | comments

In a recent interview, I was asked when I first “came out.” For those of us of a certain age, in my case 47, coming out meant transformation, liberation, and living with integrity. There was “before coming out,” when we...Read More


Remembering Our Dead

Filed by Ethan St. Pierre | November 20, 2007 | 5:01 PM | comments

There are many things in my activist life that I am passionate about and I often wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the people in our community and the way we are often treated by society...Read More


Transgender Day of Remembrance: Let's Get Ready to Grrrrrumble!

Filed by Eric Leven | November 20, 2007 | 3:42 PM | comments

Gwen Amber Rose Araujo (February 24, 1985 - October 4, 2002) Ladies and Gentlemen, bois and grrrls, today on The Transgender Day of Remembrance we have in one corner the mighty blue and gold team of HRC gearing up for...Read More


More gay questions for the GOP YouTube debate

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 20, 2007 | 1:53 PM | comments

Michael Crawford posted this weekend some gay YouTube questions for the upcoming Republican CNN/YouTube debate. Here are a few more, like this one from a Christian lesbian about marriage: They're pretty interesting, and there are a lot more after the...Read More


Just A Couple More Things...

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 19, 2007 | 6:58 PM | comments

I promised myself that the next thing I wrote wouldn't have anything to do with ENDA or the Human Rights Campaign. Really I did. I'm about to sort of keep half of that promise, even as I fail miserably to...Read More


The angel/whore dichotomy, sexual regulation, and Bob Allen's Florida

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 19, 2007 | 3:08 PM | comments

Florida Republican state rep. Bob Allen was sentenced Friday for his bathroom sex solicitation: Friday he was sentenced to serve six months of probation. He must pay a $250 fine, court costs and $245 restitution to Titusville Police Department. Allen...Read More


AOL sucks: QueerSighted edition

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 19, 2007 | 12:47 PM | comments

AOL killed QueerSighted, their queer group blog. Says former contributor Richard Rothstein: And so QueerSighted was born, a diverse community of queer writers that would evolve and grow and within six short months draw more than 3.5 million page views...Read More


This Post is Not Gay

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 18, 2007 | 8:15 AM | comments

But, then again it is. Newsweek Magazine has a new column by Markos Moulitsas, a.k.a. Kos of DailyKos, in which Markos writes about how absent some freak political happening, the Democrats should be fine come the November 2008 elections. Consequently,...Read More


Hate Crimes Bill Hung Up?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 17, 2007 | 4:15 PM | comments

It looks that way. In a more-than-a-little-ironic twist so soon after the ENDA debate, it looks like the hate crimes bill may get hung-up in Congress, because it would include anti-gay hate crimes. The fate of a gay- and transgender-inclusive...Read More


12,000 Flags for...Fundraising?

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 17, 2007 | 2:35 PM | comments

Two weeks from now, "12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots" will go up on the National Mall. When I first read the press release for this project, co-sponsored by HRC, SLDN, Log Cabin and others, I thought, wow, what an amazing...Read More


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 17, 2007 | 8:53 AM | comments

I know that Bilerico contributors like Marti Abernathy, Rebecca Juro and others will have much to say about the Transgender Day of Remembrance, but I came across these amazing speeches from transgender ministers Drew Phoenix, pastor of St. John's United...Read More


Women in the 21st Century: The Balancing Act

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 16, 2007 | 4:13 PM | comments

This week I had the opportunity of listening to two lectures by Pulitzer Prise winning journalist Anna Quindlen, who visited Arizona State University as the 2007 Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture Series guest. Quindlen, who currently writes the column "The...Read More


Equality in Montgomery County, MD

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 16, 2007 | 3:27 PM | comments

If ever I had a doubt (and I haven't) that we moved to the right place to raise our family, I don't anymore. It one of the things LGBT parents have to take into consideration when making the decision about...Read More


National Adoption Month -- Words to Live By

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 14, 2007 | 6:00 PM | comments

In honor of National Adoption Month, I wanted to share with you a bit from a blog post by Hollee McGinnis, an adoptee from Korea and founder of Also-Known-As, Inc. As someone who is not adopted but whose work involves...Read More


Remembering Scott Hitt

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 13, 2007 | 7:15 PM | comments

My first memory of R. Scott Hitt - the prominent AIDS doctor who passed away from colon cancer on Nov. 8 - was watching him work the room during a fundraiser for San Francisco District Attorney Arlo Smith. He...Read More


A Letter To Our Gay Friends

Filed by Nadine Smith | November 13, 2007 | 12:19 PM | comments

I thought I should forward this letter on. Many of you may have already received it. If not, perhaps it is on its way. To: The Gay Community From: The Coalition Re: Your Status It pains me to write this...Read More


Honoring LGBTQ Veterans

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 13, 2007 | 10:14 AM | comments

Yesterday I marched in the Phoenix Veteran’s Day Parade with Veterans for Peace. Started in 1985, the group is made up of veterans from all of the branches of the military who have served in various military conflicts. VFP’s float...Read More


My weekend with Rosie O'Donnell and Gloria Steinem

Filed by Cathy Renna | November 13, 2007 | 9:52 AM | comments

I wanted my first post to have a catchy headline so that folks would read it. And after spending last weekend working at a feminist conference, I thought a peek at this gathering through my eyes would be as good...Read More


I won't kiss and tell, Bob

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 12, 2007 | 11:41 AM | comments

Dear Mr. Bob Allen, I hear that you're in some legal trouble lately. You just got found guilty of soliciting prostitution in Florida after you asked an undercover cop if you could give him a blow job for $20. You...Read More


ENDA: Lessons Learned

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 10, 2007 | 6:21 PM | comments

Sometimes it's hard to keep a certain amount of journalistic distance on a story, especially if it affects you or people you care about in some way. For me, ENDA has been, and continues to be, one of those stories....Read More


That HRC survey....

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 08, 2007 | 6:20 PM | comments

The Bay Area Register asked the big question of where HRC got its list o' 500 queers and HRC doesn't feel like sharing: Earlier Tuesday, HRC trumpeted a poll it commissioned that showed 70 percent of the 500 self-identified LGBT...Read More


News Flash: 100% of My Friends Say Leaders Should Be Stewards and Listeners, Too

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 08, 2007 | 3:30 PM | comments

In a recent poll, 100% of my contacts and close friends said that leaders should be stewards and listeners. Participants were asked to respond to the following statement: "When a community is faced with difficult decisions, that community's leaders should...Read More


That's right, Barney, make light of your cowardice

Filed by Brynn Craffey | November 08, 2007 | 1:55 PM | comments

As an Irish resident who is both queer-identified and FtM, I am protected from outright discrimination in employment or the delivery of goods and services—such as housing or say, medical care—on both the basis of gender-identity and sexual orientation. Now,...Read More


For Phyllis, who surprised me with love unending...

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 07, 2007 | 11:51 PM | comments

In all the drama of late, 'SPLENDA in the Mud', if you will, I neglected to announce that Phyllis and I celebrated our twenty-third religious wedding anniversary recently. The original event was on Sweetest Day in 1984 and, ever since,...Read More


What Do We Want? Gay Power!

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 07, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

Thanks to the awesome work of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund dozens of gay candidates were elected to municipal and state legislative office yesterday. The Victory Fund has endorsed 71 candidates for office in 2007 with 31 winning their...Read More


ENDA Update: HRC, LCCR Completely Turn Their Backs On Gender-Variant Americans, House To Vote On CripplENDA Tomorrow

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 07, 2007 | 3:44 AM | comments

As many expected, the Human Rights Campaign, in concert with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and a few of its member organizations, yesterday effectively renounced its previous public promises and statements on the issue, and has now completely...Read More


Watch Out! Here Come the Queers

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 06, 2007 | 8:37 AM | comments

Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law has released a study, Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey, showing a massive increase in same sex couples especially in...Read More


Barney's SPLENDA Legacy: Skinny & Not-So-Sweet

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 05, 2007 | 11:00 PM | comments

He's of an age now when he should be looking at things with an eye to his legacy. Crotchety anachronism - the political equivalent of the old bar troll -- who constantly needs his ego stroked doesn't seem like one worthy of his pursuit.Read More


This Day in History

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 05, 2007 | 4:55 PM | comments

On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for attempting to vote in the presidential election. During her trial, Anthony delivered an impassioned speech demanding equal rights for womyn. She was convicted and ordered to pay a $100 fine,...Read More


Log Cabin Republicans To Canvass Men’s Rooms for New Members

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 05, 2007 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yet another Republican is caught tapping his way to an arrest in a public bathroom. Seems 57-year-old Mike Shallow, ”A two-term City Commissioner and mayoral candidate has been caught in a gay sex sting, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal Friday.”...Read More


Were You Born Gay, or Just Plain Stupid?

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 04, 2007 | 10:10 PM | comments

Eliminating prejudice and oppression is no easy feat. Like viruses, prejudice and oppression mutate and change. They adapt to the times. When you go at them from one direction, they move in another. When you cut off one of their...Read More


Were You Born Gay, or Just Plain Stupid?

Filed by Dustin Kight | November 04, 2007 | 10:10 PM | comments

Eliminating prejudice and oppression is no easy feat. Like viruses, prejudice and oppression mutate and change. They adapt to the times. When you go at them from one direction, they move in another. When you cut off one of their...Read More


Another day, another homophobic sex sting

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 03, 2007 | 2:42 PM | comments

From the great state of Florida, we have another sex sting. This one only nabbed one politician among the nine arrested - a Daytona city commissioner (no word yet on if he made decisions we didn't like): Shallow and Behringer...Read More


Do Feminists Have Better Sex?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 02, 2007 | 1:24 PM | comments

A new study shows that feminists have healthier, more egalitarian (hetero)sexual relationships. The study, which was conducted by Rutgers University professors Laurie Rudman and Julie Phelan, attempts to debunk the stereotype that feminists are sexually unattractive and that successful womyn...Read More


Photo Ops, Donations, And The Selling of Our Dead

Filed by Marti Abernathey | November 01, 2007 | 5:06 PM | comments

Upon hearing of the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) "Transgender Day of Remembrance", I had to wonder, is anything sacred to HRC? The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by Gwen Smith. She explains the origins of TDOR on the...Read More


GenderPAC's college student survey

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 01, 2007 | 1:55 PM | comments

If you're a college student, take a moment to help out GenderPAC by taking their GenderSAFE survey. GenderPAC works hard to further the cause of gender equality, so help them out with this one so they can learn more about...Read More


Feminism for the 21st Century

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 01, 2007 | 12:03 AM | comments

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Gloria Steinem (founder of Ms. Magazine and feminist activist extraordinaire) at a lecture hosted by the Arizona State University Women & Gender Studies Program. Steinem spoke to a...Read More