The Movement: January 2008

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Monica Helms

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 31, 2008 | 5:01 PM | comments

Tonight it's activist, writer, and Transgender American Veterans Association President Monica Helms. We'll be talking politics, issues, and getting some insight on the issues faced by Transgender-Americans who have served this country. Also, Marti Abernathey joins us for her segment!...Read More

The (lack of) space between homophobia and transphobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2008 | 7:21 PM | comments

Through an unlikely chain of blog posts, Waymon's entry about a gender identity inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance in Montgomery County, Maryland, started a discussion that made it halfway across the blogosphere to one of the more popular radical feminist blogs out...Read More

The (lack of) space between homophobia and transphobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 29, 2008 | 7:21 PM | comments

Through an unlikely chain of blog posts, Waymon's entry about a gender identity inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance in Montgomery County, Maryland, started a discussion that made it halfway across the blogosphere to one of the more popular radical feminist blogs out...Read More

Don't expect health care reform in 2009

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2008 | 3:07 PM | comments

For all the talk of health care this time around, the New England Journal of Medicine is warning us that American health care isn't in crisis in any way that would translate into substantive reform. The argument responds to the...Read More

Sak vide pas kanpe

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2008 | 11:39 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App Several weeks ago Waymon and I got into a comments discussion about the origins of homophobia. It's a big question and one I hope our community activist and media folks, as...Read More

Identity Pluralism, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 26, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

I suppose it was inevitable. The race for the White House is about to go full tilt boogie, and of the candidates vying for the Democratic party's nomination one is an African American man and the other is a white...Read More

Blood, Guts and No Al Gore

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 26, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

We’re killing ourselves. The LGBT leadership in this country is being thrown to the wolves, throwing each other to the wolves… And then complain to the national media that we are not getting enough recognition of our issues in the...Read More

Heath Ledger, John Gibson, and the Westboro Baptist Church

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2008 | 6:25 AM | comments

Dan Abrams took a look at some of the homophobia following Heath Ledger's death: iPhone users: Click to watch video in YouTube App That the Westboro Baptist Church is protesting his death isn't surprising - they use any tired link...Read More

The loneliness of a healthy "I"

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2008 | 9:26 AM | comments

I'm sick! I don't know with what exactly. Flu? Cold? Strep throat? I have a bad taste in my mouth, a sore throat, a bad cough, the chills, and constant fatigue. I don't know what that recipe makes. Ironically enough,...Read More

No Show Tonight :(

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 24, 2008 | 5:13 PM | comments

A double-whammy...I've got a cold kicking my butt and my Internet is wonky, so no show tonight, gang, but check in at our regular time for a rerun. Sorry, but be sure to tune in next week!...Read More

With Apologies to Radical Feminists

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 24, 2008 | 6:53 AM | comments

Recently, I commented on a post at Bilerico: You want to get technical Sue? In the strictest definition, you're not female. The distinction between the "sexes" is that a female has the ability to produce ova, and the male has...Read More

Matt Foreman to resign from NGLTF

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Just in... Bilerico Project contributor and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director, Matt Foreman, will step down in April to lead the Gay & Lesbian Program at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Foreman has led the...Read More

The good ol' boys at the Concerned Women for America are too stupid to be described in one post

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 23, 2008 | 7:08 AM | comments

So I won't even try. They've put out a press release calling on HRC, the Task Force, GLAAD, and Lambda Legal to condemn (several types of) gay male sex. Seriously. I was thinking about writing a 70-some-odd-point ordered list of...Read More

35 years after Roe, the right tries a new tactic: exploiting men

Filed by Jen Jorczak | January 22, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Today is the 35th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. You probably already know that Roe struck down state laws outlawing abortion, but unless it's part of your job description (as it is mine) to keep...Read More

Is There Nothing The HRC Won't Exploit?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 21, 2008 | 3:05 PM | comments

Joe Solmonese just keeps digging that hole deeper... Witness his public statement for Martin Luther King Day: ”The Human Rights Campaign salutes the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His courageous leadership continues to inspire us in our...Read More

Bisexuality is its "Own" Sexual Orientation? WHODUTHUNKIT?

Filed by Cathy Renna | January 20, 2008 | 1:28 PM | comments

This was all over the headlines last week as a new book and study are about to be released about bisexuality. Excuse my cynical – even snarky – tone here, but this seems like a long overdue realization on the...Read More

10 Reasons Gay Marriage Should be Illegal

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 18, 2008 | 8:20 AM | comments

I think its important to set you misguided homosexuals straight, so to speak, on the issue of marriage. As pointed out by Mike Huckabee, your homosexual attempts to undermine traditional marriage and destroy civilization cannot be allowed to go unchallenged....Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Steven Goldstein

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 17, 2008 | 4:44 PM | comments

Tonight, Steven Goldstein, Chair of Garden State Equality, joins us to talk to the passage of the new hate crimes and anti-bullying bills in the New Jersey legislature. GSE, along with the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey and...Read More

Sodomy, the Final Frontier

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 16, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

A New York construction worker is suing a hospital for performing a rectal exam to check for spinal injury after a wooden beam hit his forehead. I'm not going to get into the specifics of the case because the...Read More

Re-Branding “Faggot”

Filed by Eric Marcus | January 16, 2008 | 12:01 AM | comments

The early 1990’s effort to re-brand “queer” always struck me as well-meaning, but misguided. (Okay, in the interest of straight talk, I thought it was stupid.) In an era when newscasters were just beginning to get comfortable using “gay,” rather...Read More

The Gay Divorcee

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 15, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Being a gay divorcee is not much fun. Nothing like what you see in the movies. The reality is it’s hard on you; it’s hard on everyone around you. If you’ve had the fortune of being married a long...Read More

Lost in Assimilation?

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 15, 2008 | 1:32 PM | comments

[Ed. note: This guest post comes to us from Clarence Patton, Acting Executive Director of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.] Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when I was just a baby activist in...Read More

Ode to Fag Hags

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 15, 2008 | 8:57 AM | comments

I'm a fag hag. Always have been, always will be. I love me some gay men! Seriously. I don't think you'll find a bigger or better hag than me. Which is why I thought I would post my tips for...Read More

Don’t Stereotype Me, Bro!

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 14, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

I’ve had it. And the 2008 election system has just started. According to the pollsters, I am one of those “older female voters” who can be counted on to support Hillary Clinton because, after all, we’re so much alike. We...Read More

CHANGE: Buzz word of the presidential candidate campaigns, hallmark of the LGBT Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 14, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

[Editor's Note:] This guest post is by Jaime Grant, director Policy Institute, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It's hard to even remember what life was like before George Bush stole his way into the Presidency. We've all slogged our...Read More

Is America Ready for This Nutcracker?

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 13, 2008 | 4:10 PM | comments

That’s it. I have decided who to support, who I want to be President. In the 1970’s, I remember the rhetoric against the Equal Rights Amendment. Men in women’s bathrooms. Shared showers in schools. Horror of all horrors, men would...Read More

Make the Suffragists Proud

Filed by Kate Kendell | January 10, 2008 | 6:15 PM | comments

On January 10, 1917, ten women picketed the White House and demanded the right to vote. They stood in the bitter cold, holding signs that read, “How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?” and “Mr. President, what will you do...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 10, 2008 | 5:33 PM | comments

Tonight on the Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones! We'll be taking your calls at 928-257-3171. You set the agenda, you choose the topics! Two primaries happened this week, who are you supporting? I endorsed a candidate this week...I'll read...Read More

Why The Human Rights Campaign Is Wrong And Always Has Been

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 10, 2008 | 4:48 PM | comments

Imagine if one day you went to vote in your state or local primary election and you were told “Oh, I’m sorry, but you didn’t donate enough money to the Party this year to have the right to vote in...Read More

Larry Craig's back in court

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

This is, like, so 2007. Larry Craig is appealing a ruling from October where a judge said his guilty plea to disorderly conduct charges was completely valid. His first argument is: The undercover police officer who busted U.S. Sen. Larry...Read More

Epic misogyny

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary last night. Here's Chris Matthews this morning: She was falling behind in the polls that were released in the days leading up to the election by double digits, so this win has been...Read More

Size Matters

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 09, 2008 | 11:15 AM | comments

2007 was the year of the big girl. Jennifer Hudson received a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in "Dream Girls." She was also on the March cover of Vogue. (I don't really think Jennifer counts...Read More

Why I Believe: Barack Obama For President

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 07, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

Let’s start with some basic, honest facts: I didn’t start out here. I had to reach this place, and I had to be shown the way. At the start of this Presidential campaign season, I was an ardent supporter of...Read More

Meet Sergeant Manzella

Filed by Steve Ralls | January 06, 2008 | 3:40 PM | comments

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network invites Bilerico's DC-area readers to join us on Wednesday evening, January 9, for a special reception in Washington with Sergeant Darren Manzella, the openly gay medic recently featured on 60 Minutes. Sergeant Manzella will be joined...Read More

The Double-Screw Is In: Ted Kennedy and Senate Dems Set To Wimp Out On ENDA

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 05, 2008 | 2:08 AM | comments

The Washington Blade is reporting that a spokesperson for Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy has said that he will push for passage in the Senate of the crippled, non-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which passed the House last November....Read More

This Week's Rebecca Juro Show With Guest Marti Abernathey Now Available For Download!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 04, 2008 | 9:57 PM | comments

Hey everyone, this week's Rebecca Juro Show with guest Marti Abernathey is now available for download here. Be sure to tune in to next week's show for a very special announcement!...Read More

Susan Stanton Responds

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 04, 2008 | 7:10 PM | comments

On a page on her personal website titled "Message to TS Community", Susan Stanton, the transwoman who came under fire from the transgender community for comments that were published in a story on her in the St. Petersburg Times that...Read More

Colts' Coach Dungy bungles employment civil rights questions on HBO

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 04, 2008 | 4:31 PM | comments

Tony Dungy, in a recent interview on Bob Costas' NFL show on HBO, virtually announced how he has and/or plans to break several federal, state, and local civil rights laws regarding employees' rights to employment regardless of religion and sexual...Read More

Hoo Hoo: The Musical

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | January 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

For your Friday pleasure, I thought I'd post a video from one of my favorite queer comedians, Jen Kober. If my vagina was going to star in a play, I think it would be called "Coochie Conversations," and my cooch...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Marti Abernathey

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 03, 2008 | 4:38 PM | comments

Yes, she's back again! Marti Abernathey, Webmistress of, Bilerico Project contributor, podcaster, and all-around radical transactivist and mediamaker joins us tonight! Barney Frank says no trans-inclusive ENDA in '09, no matter what happens! Is it already a done deal?...Read More

Soylent Red, White and Blue

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | January 03, 2008 | 12:33 PM | comments

Over New Year's, I had a sobering conversation with a retired friend who lives in Oklahoma. Sobering because, these days, it's a conversation that I find myself having more often with people my age. My friend is 67, and needs...Read More

Largo Was Right To Fire Stanton

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 03, 2008 | 10:13 AM | comments

Last night I was thinking about what Susan Stanton said in this interview. If you follow her line of reasoning about transgender inclusion in the Employment Non Discrimination Act, the city of Largo did the right thing in firing...Read More

You Aren't Like Me, Susan Stanton

Filed by Marti Abernathey | January 02, 2008 | 5:14 PM | comments

One of the many rumors flying around the transgender blogosphere is that the next Human Rights Campaign (HRC) golden (or token, if you like) transgender person is Susan Stanton. If true, it's an sign of just how desperate the HRC...Read More