The Movement: February 2008

Are We Doing Enough to Stop Bullying at School?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 29, 2008 | 8:58 PM | comments

When I entered Powell County High School in 1949, the boys called me "Nellie the Horse." Back in the day, "Nellie" was understood as a generic reference to horses, like the word "Fido" for dogs. But it was also a...Read More


Breaking up is hard to do

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 29, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

ABC news reported Tuesday that though New York state does not allow same-sex marriages, the courts are allowing the first gay divorce to proceed. (Technically, is this the first? Anybody know about the Massachusetts couple?) In what appears to be...Read More


Too Funny -- HRC Nominated for Pink Brick Award

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 29, 2008 | 12:35 PM | comments

I gotta say, there are moments when I really love our community. So much sass. So much, well, nominating the largest "LGBT" civil rights organization for San Francisco Pride's Pink Brick Award, intended to dishonor folks and organizations who set...Read More


Remembering a life and demanding change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 29, 2008 | 11:45 AM | comments

Community leaders, family, friends, and LGBT activists gathered yeserday at an emotional vigil to honor the life of 17-year-old gay teenager, Simmie Williams Jr, at the spot where he was murdered last week in what many consider a hate-crime. Among...Read More


Trans101 For Dumbasses

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 28, 2008 | 6:13 PM | comments

If you're wanting to ask your favorite transgender person questions and you're not that bright... this video is for you. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


OUTSpoken Families is coming to Indianapolis!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Bilerico Project, Indianapolis PFLAG, likeourfamilies.com and Indiana Fairness Network are teaming up with the Family Equality Council to present OUTSpoken - a national advocacy training program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) parents, guardians and allies. The...Read More


Sitting Shiva On She

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 27, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

Don’t ask. I’m a 60 year old white woman with the last name Clinton. How do you think I feel? Please do not tell me your long night of the soul “Let this cup pass from me, Oprah” story about...Read More


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Black LGBT History Day 26: Kylar Broadus

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 26, 2008 | 1:27 PM | comments

Kylar W. Broadus is a professor, attorney, activist and public speaker from Missouri. He is an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he serves as chair of the business department. Kylar...Read More


Queering time

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2008 | 12:44 PM | comments

I lived alone So I took him home He doesn't love me But he keeps me company Everything's alright -Kimya Dawson You know those criticisms of gay male culture that chide gay men to see the big picture, think about...Read More


Darren Manzella on Coming Out, Speaking Up... and Staying In

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 26, 2008 | 9:10 AM | comments

Many Bilerico readers have been closely following the story of Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, the openly gay Army medic who 'came out' in December during an interview with 60 Minutes. As we reported here on the site in late December,...Read More


Sexing up Hillary Clinton

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2008 | 8:15 AM | comments

This one ranks right up there with Republican operative Roger Stone's new 527 - Citizens United Not Timid. To quote Pam, "This sort of mind-numbing "He-Man Woman Haters Club" frat boy crotch-grabbing has been out of control this cycle." I...Read More


The Tide Is Turning

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 25, 2008 | 9:09 PM | comments

New York's Gay City News is reporting that over fifty people protested outside the Human Rights Campaign's annual Midtown Manhattan Dinner this Saturday, and that the event was snubbed by every single gay, lesbian, and bisexual elected official in New...Read More


The Tide Is Turning

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 25, 2008 | 9:09 PM | comments

New York's Gay City News is reporting that over fifty people protested outside the Human Rights Campaign's annual Midtown Manhattan Dinner this Saturday, and that the event was snubbed by every single gay, lesbian, and bisexual elected official in New...Read More


Gay Producer Craig Zadan on "A Raisin in the Sun"

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2008 | 5:53 PM | comments

Let's be honest: most people will probably tune into ABC's drama "A Raisin in the Sun" tonight to see if Sean "P Diddy" Combs can act. He can. In fact, the entire cast is achingly brilliant. Check out the excellent...Read More


Yes, I Am

Filed by Cathy Renna | February 24, 2008 | 11:59 AM | comments

No, this is not a post about Melissa Etheridge. It is about something I had the honor of working on the past few weeks - the largest bequest ever to LGBT and AIDS/HIV groups. Ric Weiland, one of the first...Read More


¿Quién es más sexist - Chris Matthews or Maureen Dowd?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2008 | 6:57 AM | comments

From Maureen Dowd today: And when historians trace how her inevitability dissolved, they will surely note this paradox: The first serious female candidate for president was rejected by voters drawn to the more feminine management style of her male rival....Read More


Conservatives Spend More Time Talking About Our Identities Than We Do

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 23, 2008 | 12:09 AM | comments

So the headline might be a bit of an overstatement, but bear with me. I recently got "pinged" for a post I'd written for the Family Equality Council Blog. That post is called, "It's STILL Elementary," referring to the recently...Read More


Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me.

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

I've pissed off several contributors and readers in the past week. Several of you have written in about my Big Brother butt post and yesterday's Big Brother porn entry. No one, however, wrote in about Abigail's "Lindsay Lohan Naked Photo...Read More


Richard Kim in The Advocate

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2008 | 2:11 PM | comments

Associate editor at The Nation and homo Richard Kim wasn't all to pleased with Jamie Kirchick's criticism of anyone who's queer who disagrees with him Matt Foreman a couple of weeks ago so he wrote a letter to The Advocate:...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 21, 2008 | 5:47 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! Obama's surging...he's now won ten in a row! Is Hillary finished? We'll get into that and...Read More


Transwomen of Color Testify to the UN on Racism in the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Right now, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Switzerland -- and two Bay Area activists are there to advocate for the rights of transwomen of color in the U.S. Miss Major and Melenie...Read More


Transwomen of Color Testify to the UN on Racism in the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Right now, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Switzerland -- and two Bay Area activists are there to advocate for the rights of transwomen of color in the U.S. Miss Major and Melenie...Read More


Nancy boys who live in glass houses...

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2008 | 8:32 AM | comments

Tim Gunn thinks Hillary Clinton is suffering from gender confusion (about 5:50 in): iPhone users: Click to watch What's also interesting is that of the three politicians whose fashion he and Conan commented on, two were women. That makes sense...Read More


The legitimate votes

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2008 | 2:03 PM | comments

Apparently, it's not just white women and black men who are dealing with identity politics in this presidential race: Working-class white men make up nearly one-quarter of the electorate, outnumbering African-American and Hispanic voters combined. As the Democratic primary race...Read More


Angry Brown Butch: "Hate Crimes Legislation Won't Help"

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 20, 2008 | 1:25 PM | comments

Over at Angry Brown Butch (a blog well worth checking out, if you haven't already), Jack offers a queer, prison-abolitionist take on responses to the murders of Sanesha Stewart and Lawrence King. Jack writes, I cannot see how hate crimes...Read More


When the Best Just Isn't Enough: Hillary Clinton

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 20, 2008 | 8:03 AM | comments

I have said it before and I will say it again, Barack Obama is pretty fucking impressive. I am not one of the folks who will critique him as being all style and no substance. On some level, when he...Read More


300 Rally for Equality

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 18, 2008 | 3:25 PM | comments

Equality IS a Hoosier Value and today at the Indiana Statehouse, 300 LGBT Hoosiers and their supporters made that message ring loud and clear. From the Indianapolis Star: About 300 Hoosiers rallied at the Statehouse today to urge the defeat...Read More


Am I a Closet Case?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 17, 2008 | 10:27 AM | comments

I started a new job this week at a hip new restaurant in Scottsdale. I like the people I work with, But like any other kitchen, there's a lot of sex talk that goes on. I mean A LOT. Normally,...Read More


A sex writer’s open letter to her audience

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 16, 2008 | 6:45 PM | comments

Lest you have any doubts about why I’m up on this stage tonight, I’ll make my intentions abundantly clear: I am here to cruise every single last one of you. Perhaps stumblingly, perhaps juggling my heart around in my nervous...Read More


A sex writer’s open letter to her audience

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 16, 2008 | 6:45 PM | comments

Lest you have any doubts about why I’m up on this stage tonight, I’ll make my intentions abundantly clear: I am here to cruise every single last one of you. Perhaps stumblingly, perhaps juggling my heart around in my nervous...Read More


Power is sexy! Action is hot!

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 16, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Those were the popping mantras of the recent National Conference on LGBT Equality sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in good old Detroit, Michigan. I did a warm up show the night before the conference in Ann...Read More


The next hot ass that comes along

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2008 | 8:22 AM | comments

In his fantastic post Where's the Outrage??, Waymon Hudson assails the traditional media for failing to more widely cover the murder of 15 year old Lawrence King who was shot in the head by another student likely for being gay....Read More


LGBT Media Matters...Or Not

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 15, 2008 | 9:38 PM | comments

Back when I first came out transsexual and began getting involved and familiar with community-relevant media in the mid-90’s, there really wasn’t a heck of a lot of out there for transgender and gender-variant people. With the exception of the...Read More


Beyond Violence: On School Shootings, Domestic Abuse, Hate Crimes

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 15, 2008 | 11:18 AM | comments

As Gina posted yesterday, a reportedly gender-nonconforming teenager was shot and killed by a classmate in Oxnard, CA, this week. Today, the LA Times is reporting that prosecutors want to charge the 14-year-old who shot him as an adult, for...Read More


Beyond Violence: On School Shootings, Domestic Abuse, Hate Crimes

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 15, 2008 | 11:18 AM | comments

As Gina posted yesterday, a reportedly gender-nonconforming teenager was shot and killed by a classmate in Oxnard, CA, this week. Today, the LA Times is reporting that prosecutors want to charge the 14-year-old who shot him as an adult, for...Read More


Colorado couple goes to court

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 15, 2008 | 8:59 AM | comments

Remember Kate Burns and Sheila Schroeder, the couple who staged a sit-in at their county clerk's office when they were refused a marriage license? This week, they were in court on the trespassing charge stemming from their sit-in and to...Read More


Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2008 | 6:48 PM | comments

We know by now that Valentine's day, like the concept of romantic love as the highest form of affection, is a modern invention. The language of romantic love is all around us, even after the 14th of February, and it...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Vanessa Edwards-Foster

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 14, 2008 | 6:03 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be activist, blogger, and former Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, Vanessa Edwards Foster. Vanessa's been a respected leader in the LGBT and transgender rights movement for many years, and since leaving the reins of...Read More


A Love That Knows No Bounds

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 14, 2008 | 1:45 PM | comments

On this Valentine's Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage. However, the precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving (1942- ) who I am honoring as...Read More


Protest, HRC, and My Investment Portfolio

Filed by Marti Abernathey | February 14, 2008 | 11:40 AM | comments

I like to think of my advocacy/political work in much of the same way as I think of how to invest my money. I see activism as an investment in my community and my future. With that in mind, I...Read More


Reasons why I don't like "marriage equality"

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2008 | 2:16 PM | comments

Evan Wolfson has a letter up about this year's Freedom to Marry Week and Freedom to Marry Day telling everyone, for the love of Christ, stop saying "gay marriage." It's interesting that this is often the big message of the...Read More


Who wants to file taxes anyway?

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 12, 2008 | 6:01 PM | comments

Taxes. Who doesn't hate them? Even as an unabashed Liberal (note the capital L) I hate taxes. Unlike Republicans, I understand they are a necessary evil that keeps our democracy running and capable of dealing with everything life throws at...Read More


Black LGBT History Day 12: Regina Shavers

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 12, 2008 | 12:59 PM | comments

Transitioned January 29, 2008 Regina Shavers founded the GRIOT Circle, "an intergenerational and culturally diverse community-based social service organization responsive to the realities of older lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, two-spirit and transgender people (LGBTST) of all colors." Regina Shavers had...Read More


Is it any wonder?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2008 | 12:36 PM | comments

Are you surprised that women keep telling pollsters that they're voting for Hillary even though they agree with Obama more on the issues? One look at this t-shirt outta tell you why... Another sexist example after the jump courtesy of...Read More


The Advocate's Homophobosphere

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2008 | 4:35 PM | comments

Here's Chris Crocker on homophobia on YouTube (NSFW): iPhone users: Click to watch This month's Advocate has an article about homophobia on web 2.0 outlets. It specifically talks about Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone" video and the amount of homophobia...Read More


The Advocate's Homophobosphere

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2008 | 4:35 PM | comments

Here's Chris Crocker on homophobia on YouTube (NSFW): iPhone users: Click to watch This month's Advocate has an article about homophobia on web 2.0 outlets. It specifically talks about Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone" video and the amount of homophobia...Read More


Blogger meetup pic

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2008 | 12:27 PM | comments

I thought I'd share this photo from the blogger meetup. While folks were running in and out, we gathered up some of the bloggers at Creating Change and snapped a photo. Pictured: H. Alexander Robinson, Lane Hudson, Wayne Besen, Bil...Read More


What are these people really like?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2008 | 9:20 AM | comments

I'll have a lot more to say about Creating Change - especially about some of the major topics - but for now I just wanted to mention some of the other contributors and some thoughts about meeting most of them...Read More


Ambassador Michael Guest and Sean Kennedy: What's your favorite blog?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2008 | 5:49 PM | comments

Sean Kennedy from the Advocate and former Romanian Ambassador Michael Guest wanted to get in on the Bilerico Project shout outs. Isn't it funny how many different people stop by on a regular basis? I'm starting to get a big...Read More


The State of the Movement

Filed by Matt Foreman | February 08, 2008 | 5:48 PM | comments

While this was the plenary speech today at Creating Change, I thought I'd share it with the Bilerico audience too. As always, I cannot tell you how privileged and humbled I am to be here speaking to you — as...Read More


Julian Bond excerpt from Creating Change plenary

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

I'm having a great time at Creating Change. I've met lots of folks, and I have to admit: I didn't realize we had so many fans out there! *puffs chest out with pride* Last night we got settled into the...Read More


Me on Jamie Kirchick on Matt Foreman

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 07, 2008 | 10:14 PM | comments

One can only imagine the conversation that took place between The Advocate and America's third-favorite gay conservative, Jamie Kirchick, when he was asked to write an opinion piece on Matt Foreman's resignation.... The Advocate: Jamie, you're gay and, like, into...Read More


New York, California, Hillary Clinton, GLB's, and exit polling

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 06, 2008 | 7:03 PM | comments

Exit polling reported by The Advocate: The exit polling found that among the 4% of California voters who identified as GLB, 63% voted for Clinton, 29% for Obama, and 1% for Edwards. In New York, 7% of voters self-identified as...Read More


Saying No to Just Saying No

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 06, 2008 | 12:25 PM | comments

There has been a national trend of states turning down federal funding for abstinence-only education. And as of last week, Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona has joined the list of governors who are saying no to just saying no. Napolitano,...Read More


What's 'SGL' Mean?

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 05, 2008 | 4:43 PM | comments

If you read my blog or the posts I have done on Bilerico so far, you'll note that when I'm describing the African-American GLBT community, I will sometimes use the term 'SGL' or 'SGL community'' What's SGL and what does...Read More


Gladys Bentley: Bad as She Wants to Be

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 04, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

Black History Month. Black History Month is that time of year when the achievements and courage of people of African descent are acknowledged and celebrated. However, for decades now, Black History Month has not once acknowledged or celebrated the contributions...Read More


Clinton or Obama: Clinton of course - Here's why

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 04, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since we've had an Obama lovefest on the site of late, I thought it was time we gave Hillary a bit of love. Hillary Clinton is the right candidate for this point in our history and gets my wholehearted endorsement...Read More


Hillary Dodges The Trans-Inclusive ENDA Question Again

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 02, 2008 | 1:33 PM | comments

Check this video out. Kudos to Jason Bellini for at least asking the question. A pity he didn't bother to follow-up and press for an actual answer when Clinton completely ignored the actual question and went off about hate crimes....Read More


Yes, Black GLBT History Exists

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The purpose of studying history is not to deride human action, nor to weep over it or to hate it, but to understand it-and then to learn from it as we contemplate our future. -- Nelson Mandela As someone...Read More


Bilerico Celebrates Black History Month

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 01, 2008 | 9:09 AM | comments

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. In celebration we will be running a series of posts throughout the month exploring the rich and varied experiences of Black LGBT people. The posts and video clips from Bilerico contributors and...Read More