The Movement: April 2008

Public radio interview

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 30, 2008 | 5:45 PM | comments

Here's a link to the public radio interview we did that I told you about yesterday. It turned out pretty good. 4 minutes on 9 statewide NPR affiliates. It ran at least twice in the Indianapolis market. Click on over...Read More


Pansy-gate

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2008 | 2:17 PM | comments

I'm a bit surprised by the reaction I've seen to NC Governor Mike Easley's comments saying that Hillary Clinton would make Rocky Balboa look like a pansy. A few people are debating the meaning of the word "pansy" in that...Read More


CBS: Don't hump on anyone who doesn't want to be humped on

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2008 | 1:15 PM | comments

Big Brother 9 contestant James Kinkand didn't win the reality show, but he did walk away with a $25k prize for Miss Congeniality. The pink mohawked hottie had shot a few gay porn flicks and was quickly asked about it...Read More


A Possible Solution to the ENDA Equation

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 30, 2008 | 11:05 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Allison Bricker works as a Senior Political Analyst for an Indiana public opinion and research company, and has a lifelong love affair with all things political. She currently manages her own blog, Political-Soapbox. While I believe...Read More


Top Chef's Zoi Antonitsas Dishes It Up for TBP

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 30, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Like most of my classmates at culinary school, I'm addicted to Top Chef. It's fun to see what chefs who are already in the industry are doing. In fact, Top Chef is the predominant item on my Tivo list (along...Read More


Married for health care

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2008 | 7:51 PM | comments

The LA Times reports that people marry for health care: WASHINGTON -- Some people marry for love, some for companionship, and others for status or money. Now comes another reason to get hitched: health insurance. In a poll released today,...Read More


There are gays in Indiana?!

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 29, 2008 | 12:45 PM | comments

I'm such a NPR geek. When I get in the car, I always tune to our local NPR affiliate, WFYI. So how excited was I today when Bil and I went for our first interview with WFYI? (I think if...Read More


The Dollar Purple

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2008 | 10:31 AM | comments

I was reading that lengthy article in the NY Times about young gay couples who are getting married, but at about page 6 I wanted to jump out the window so I could run around the street screaming, so I...Read More


Support San Diego Mayor Sanders!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Stampp Corbin works for the Mayor Sanders Reelection campaign and Nicole Murray-Ramirez is a San Diego City Commissioner. There is an opportunity for the LGBT community to show that we support those who support us. That opportunity is...Read More


HRC releases endorsements, mum on NC U.S. Senate race

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 28, 2008 | 4:28 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) put out its first wave of endorsements as it touts its Election 08 website, where voters can gauge the political landscape of each state, donate to candidates, access the latest news and information on LGBT...Read More


Gay men and the male gaze

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2008 | 4:06 PM | comments

The NY Times is all about the creepy street voyeurism (h/t Feministing): The summer dress, in all shapes and styles, is preferred by many women, and by men who like watching them. (Photo caption) From a 'retro' and 'Mad Men'...Read More


On being an ally

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 28, 2008 | 1:10 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Rev. Ann Fontaine, of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, keeps the blogs Green Lent and what the tide brings in and writes for Episcopal Cafe. She is the author of Streams of Mercy: a meditative commentary...Read More


I Read the News Today... oh boy

Filed by Ethan St. Pierre | April 25, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

Today I spent the day talking. I talked to many different people concerning many different topics. It was quite the chatty day spent on the National Day of Silence. Yet, the one thing I didn't discuss all day long was...Read More


Barney Won't Talk To Us

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 25, 2008 | 9:50 PM | comments

Never let it be said I didn't give it my best effort. During a surprise call-in during my March 6th show featuring Donna Rose, Joe Racalto, an aide in Congressman Barney Frank's office, suggested I contact him to set up...Read More


Warren Throckmorton's Day of Silence counter-programming is wrong

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 25, 2008 | 11:29 AM | comments

Today is GLSEN's Day of Silence, when students all across the country remain silent at school in solidarity with the silence LGBT youth feel when it comes to expressing their identities, sexualities, and genders and the violence they face when...Read More


National Day of Silence- Silence Can Be Deafening

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 25, 2008 | 10:40 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch www.dayofsilence.org...Read More


North Carolina expands hospital visitation

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

North Carolina hospitals will have to let in more visitors: A new statewide rule will help ensure that same-sex partners and other loved ones will be treated the same as immediate family. The rule adds a provision to the Patients'...Read More


Identity doesn't equal politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2008 | 12:56 PM | comments

I was going to post about that Out magazine article about closeted Republican staffers in the village that got a few responses from a few gay blogs like Gay Patriot, Chris Crain, and Box Turtle Bulletin. I agree with them,...Read More


Identity doesn't equal politics

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2008 | 12:56 PM | comments

I was going to post about that Out magazine article about closeted Republican staffers in the village that got a few responses from a few gay blogs like Gay Patriot, Chris Crain, and Box Turtle Bulletin. I agree with them,...Read More


Dykes on Bikes® Turns 30

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 24, 2008 | 9:45 AM | comments

It used to be that turning the big 3-0 was about as scary as waiting to be taken into that little room to receive your test results. Nowadays, however, 30 is the new 20. Or at least that's what I...Read More


Jack Bauer, masculinity, and torture

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2008 | 7:42 PM | comments

It seems that so much has been coming out these past few weeks about who knew and authorized what re torture at the White House. The Guardian has an interesting article up about Guantanamo Bay and the Haynes memo, and...Read More


Jack Bauer, masculinity, and torture

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2008 | 7:42 PM | comments

It seems that so much has been coming out these past few weeks about who knew and authorized what re torture at the White House. The Guardian has an interesting article up about Guantanamo Bay and the Haynes memo, and...Read More


Money Changes (Almost) Everything

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 21, 2008 | 7:40 PM | comments

Recently, there's been much discussion about how we go forward in dealing with the Human Rights Campaign as a community, where the popular opinion of the greater LGBT community, and probably of nearly all of those who identify as transgender...Read More


Win or Lose, We Still Have a Long Way, Baby

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

With the PA vote loaming on the horizon, I'm going to resist writing about the Primary race. We'll know enough tomorrow night, and I can wait. I can't really wait but I have to so instead of getting anxious now,...Read More


Gay-panic-esque defense in Larry King trial

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2008 | 9:32 AM | comments

William Quest, the public defender of the boy who shot Larry King in Oxnard last month, will be trying to move the case to juvenile court and pushing a variant of gay panic: Quest said he believes school administrators supported...Read More


MIT hate mail and cultural redaction

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2008 | 3:03 PM | comments

Sara posted about this response to an email that the LGBT Club at Sloan Management School received this past week: Last semester, on December 10th, the club officers at MIT Sloan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Club (LGBT) sent an...Read More


No (Finally) Means No

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 18, 2008 | 9:58 PM | comments

I'd forgotten about this. If a woman consents to having sex with a man but then during intercourse says no, and the man continues, is it rape? In Maryland--as well as in North Carolina--when a woman says yes, she can't...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Dana Beyer

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 17, 2008 | 4:42 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll talk with former candidate for Maryland State Delegate and HRC Board of Governors member Dr. Dana Beyer. One of of the very few transpeople still associated with HRC, and certainly the highest-ranking transperson in the organization, we'll talk...Read More


A Call for Congressional Leadership and a Word on Barney Frank's ENDA Compromise

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest Blogger Ed Fallon is a candidate for US Congress in Iowa's 3rd District. He's a former state legislator and is known widely for his 1996 speech in opposition to Iowa's anti-gay marriage bill. He faces Representative Leonard...Read More


Ridiculous transphobia in the Boston Globe

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2008 | 3:47 PM | comments

He's not a man, this Jerry. He's not even married like I am.--Milos from Seinfeld Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, in true gasbag form, has decided that he knows more about transgender experiences and Gender Identity Disorder than transgender people...Read More


Tyrion Recommends: Freiland - "Hot Love (Justus Köhncke Featuring Meloboy Remix)"

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | April 15, 2008 | 1:40 PM | comments

Ahhhh... Spring time! When a boy's attentions turn naturally to... errr... other boys. May I take a brief break from the normal political blogging, to ask: Is there a special queer little cookie you are trying to woo? If so,...Read More


Believe Nothing....

Filed by Donna Rose | April 14, 2008 | 10:45 PM | comments

My father was a wise man. Of course, I never gave him credit for that when I was growing up (or while he was still alive so he could savor the satisfaction of "I told you so") - it's only...Read More


Equality Through Intimidation? The Houston HRC Dinner Protest

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 13, 2008 | 5:23 PM | comments

I just received this from Phyllis Frye: By calling the Houston Police, national HRC deliberately set in motion a police over response. HRC used government and taxpayer monies to intimidate the hell out of TG and gender variant people who...Read More


Update on Day of Silence

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 12, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I spoke with the teachers and they are very excited to have Zachary do this and want me to come in and explain to the class what Zachary is doing and why. They asked that Zachary wait till the Friday...Read More


"hey! my paisan!" // worlds coming together // travel adventures

Filed by Gina de Vries | April 11, 2008 | 3:32 PM | comments

Co-teaching a writing workshop at Toni Amato's on Wednesday night was amazing, and hanging out with Toni was amazing as well. I have never in my life had a queer person greet me by shouting "HEY! MY PAISAN!!" and wrapping...Read More


"Gay Panic" defense still wins cases

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 11, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

The verdict is in- gay people are just asking for it. The murderer of Victor Manious, a 62 year old man from Michigan, has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum 15 years. Steven Scarborough, 22, faced...Read More


Finally! A Birth Control Method For Guys

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 10, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Well it's about damn time, ya'll! A new male birth control method to reduce semen output offers results comparable to a vasectomy and may dispel the belief that contraception is a woman's responsibility, researchers and experts suggest. University of Sydney...Read More


thank you, brownfemipower

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 09, 2008 | 8:09 PM | comments

thank you. thank you. thank you. you are bigger and more beautiful and insightful and important and revelatory and warm and liberating and transcending than i can even begin to express in words. wish i could give you a hug...Read More


Changing Hearts and Minds: The 2008 IFGE Conference

Filed by Marti Abernathey | April 09, 2008 | 12:49 PM | comments

I've just returned from the International Foundation for Gender Education's annual conference that was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. A speaker on the very first day said "If you let it, this conference will change you." Even...Read More


Earned media, Absolut ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 09, 2008 | 10:47 AM | comments

I get emails all the time now that we have a large audience here at Bilerico (thanks!) asking me to push people's products. A lot of times it's a company that started a new ad campaign that they think would...Read More


Women Do More Housework Than Men

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | April 09, 2008 | 8:24 AM | comments

Here's a shocker: heterosexuality is oppressive! A new study shows that after all these years, married women still do more housework than their husbands. Sounds like an excellent case for homosexuality to me! Follow me after the jump for my...Read More


Andrew Sullivan, Lesbian pundit

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2008 | 1:47 PM | comments

On MSNBC this past Sunday, Christopher Hitchens called Andrew Sullivan a lesbian: SULLIVAN: Again, you keep playing with that quote. We're happy to have it on the record. And now you've made me forget my second point, which is --...Read More


Celebrating allies: profile of NC Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Besse

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 07, 2008 | 2:18 PM | comments

It's important to recognize -- and encourage -- our allies in the effort to move LGBT rights forward. In the past I've interviewed or profiled politicians in Red states who took public stands in favor of LGBT equality. Virginia Delegate...Read More


The Bloggerist, #1

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2008 | 10:42 AM | comments

Here's a great xkcd. Lots more bloggeristing after the jump....Read More


Clinton supporter gone wild

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2008 | 7:56 PM | comments

The image there is the cover of Philadelphia Gay News, with a big blank space where the interview with Barack Obama should be. It directs readers to editor Mark Segal's tirade against Obama on pages 11 and 21. I have...Read More


Dr. King Created the Road That NBJC Travels

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | April 04, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Although assassinated 40 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream continues to live throughout America and throughout the world. As an heir and a product of Dr. King's legacy and vision, the National Black Justice Coalition strives to...Read More


I like butch Arizonans and I cannot lie...

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 04, 2008 | 1:48 PM | comments

A video to accompany McCain's biography tour (via Hullabaloo): iPhone users: Click to watch Did anyone else notice that McCain's just so tough; he's just so handsome. He's so... butch! And a specific type of butch. More after....Read More


Destigmatization Versus Coverage and Access: The Medical Model of Transsexuality

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 04, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger Mercedes Allen looks at the role of the medical establishment in relation to trans identity. In recent years, the GLB community has been more receptive to (and even energized in) assisting the transgender community, but...Read More


Bay Area: Free Writing Workshop for Queer and Trans of Color Survivors of Violence

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 03, 2008 | 1:26 PM | comments

Just in from the marvelous Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: What Your Body Wants to Say: Writing As Rebellion and Healing For Queer and Trans of Color Survivors of Violence. Taught by Suzanne del Mazo and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Sunday, April 13-...Read More


Bay Area: Free Writing Workshop for Queer and Trans of Color Survivors of Violence

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 03, 2008 | 1:26 PM | comments

Just in from the marvelous Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: What Your Body Wants to Say: Writing As Rebellion and Healing For Queer and Trans of Color Survivors of Violence. Taught by Suzanne del Mazo and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Sunday, April 13-...Read More


What DOMA's repeal still wouldn't do

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

A couple of days ago guest poster Jeremy Bishop, Executive Director of Pride at Work, discussed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an impediment to marriage equality. I fully agree with almost everything he says and commend him for...Read More


What DOMA's repeal still wouldn't do

Filed by Don Sherfick | April 03, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

A couple of days ago guest poster Jeremy Bishop, Executive Director of Pride at Work, discussed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as an impediment to marriage equality. I fully agree with almost everything he says and commend him for...Read More


Report-Back from the Women, Action, and the Media Conference (WAM!)

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 03, 2008 | 1:59 AM | comments

I spent last weekend in Cambridge at the Women, Action, and the Media Conference (aka WAM!), a gathering of media makers, activists, and others. Lo-o-ng report-back after the jump....Read More


Report-Back from the Women, Action, and the Media Conference (WAM!)

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 03, 2008 | 1:59 AM | comments

I spent last weekend in Cambridge at the Women, Action, and the Media Conference (aka WAM!), a gathering of media makers, activists, and others. Lo-o-ng report-back after the jump....Read More


They Aren't Fooling Us In April or November

Filed by Nadine Smith | April 02, 2008 | 10:37 AM | comments

Dennis Patrick, his partner, Tom Patrick, and their four adopted children lost their family health benefits after Michigan passed a constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex partners. Those backing the amendment promised voters it would not hurt unmarried couples....Read More


Pelosi helped Baldwin's relationship get recognized

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2008 | 7:09 AM | comments

The Politico's reporting that Nancy Pelosi helped get Tammy Baldwin's partner on a fact-finding trip to Europe: Under House guidelines, members of Congress may take their spouses with them on military flights if there is room for them and when...Read More


Scholars Inn blind item

Filed by Bil Browning | April 01, 2008 | 1:35 PM | comments

Fresh in from the tip line. Anyone know anything? Bil, I heard something really weird the other day. A friend (who is gay) was at the bar at the new Scholars Inn. He commented on the new designs to a...Read More