The Movement: May 2008

Opening the Door to Full Inclusion

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 31, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have released a new joint publication, Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations...Read More


Tomorrow Night! Critical Resistance Parties All Over the U.S.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | May 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Critical Resistance, a visionary organization working to abolish the racist, classist, and violently heteronormative prison system, is hard at work planning CR10, their tenth-anniversary gathering, which will take place in Oakland in September. This will be a major moment in...Read More


One reason why there's sexism...

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 30, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Because girls rock: Jaime Nared, a 12-year-old girl who stands 6-foot-1, has been told she can no longer play on the boys team of which she has been a member since the second grade, according to a report on the...Read More


The Yearning for Zion Ranch -- What's a Lesbian Mother to Think?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 30, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The children of the Yearning for Zion Ranch are going home. Am I happy? Yes and no. The Texas Supreme Court says they should all go home, but a minority of the court wanted to keep the girls who had...Read More


Tonight on The Rebecca Juro Show: Nancy Nangeroni

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 29, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll be talking with transgender activist and mediamaker Nancy Nangeroni. In addition to being a longtime transgender activist, Nancy also created and hosted "Gendertalk," the groundbreaking radio show that took on topics of interest to transgender people and ran...Read More


Let's not resort to process arguments....

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Rebecca Hagelin is a conservative who thinks she cares about democracy: If you've ever wondered why liberals fight tooth and nail whenever it comes to confirming judges, just look to California. There, in another outrageous example of judicial over-reach and...Read More


Relationship legitimacy questions of the day

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 29, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've been gone for about a week now because the ol' Acer died somewhere between Paris and St. Etienne last Wednesday (more about my computer problems for the nerds in the audience later today), and there was a great comment...Read More


I know you want to hear more of my anti-marriage thoughts...

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 28, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Though I am a queer person living in San Francisco, I will not be celebrating the California Supreme Court decision overturning the ban on same-sex marriage. Nor will I join those who say, "I would never choose to get married,...Read More


Can a Morehouse College Man be openly gay?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Since its inception in 1867 Morehouse College is noted as the bastion of black male leadership. Embodying W. E.B. Dubois's theory of The Talented Tenth, where "exceptional black men" would be the ones to lead the race, Morehouse College has...Read More


Marriage vs. healthcare, and guess who loses?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 26, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Back when I first started doing radical queer direct action (in the early '90s), universal health care was almost a mainstream gay issue. So many people had seen a dramatic percentage of their friends die quickly and painfully of AIDS...Read More


We Are Family

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 25, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sometimes politics, like life, is just not as black and white as we often like to think it is, especially for those of us who perpetually inhabit gray space. Thursday night, I interviewed Hilary Rosen on my radio show. While...Read More


Gay stamp celebrates CA marriage equality

Filed by Bil Browning | May 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

No, not an official stamp from the Postal Service. Of course, the United States government wouldn't be that cool... California queer artist Perry Hoffman has designed this stamp to celebrate the California marriage ruling. He used online postage generator zazzle.com...Read More


OK, fess up - who is leaking info about the Homosexual Agenda?

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 23, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Someone's going to get a spanking from me! I want to know who has turned over one of our top secret strategy documents to the fundie Alliance Defense Fund. Blender Karen in Kalifornia alerted me to the security breach; click...Read More


A fleeting moment of democracy for California's same-sex couples

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have learned as both a pastor and as a member belonging to several minority groups- African-American, women and lesbian- that a popular opinion on an issue does not always reflect the right choice. Too often, the right choice and...Read More


Oh my

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm kinda weirded out over the huge response around the internet to my post this past Saturday about how I'm going to make a list of all the media folks and pundits calling Obama a faggot, either directly or indirectly....Read More


California, Homophobia, and the Living Rebuttal

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | May 20, 2008 | 3:11 PM | comments

As I've written before, I generally place anti-gay marriage arguments into one of two camps. The first camp starts with the assumption that gay sex is sinful. Therefore, this line of reasoning continues, the state is justified in doing whatever...Read More


Preserving my domestic tranquility: What the next day means

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 20, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The only plausible connection to the subject matter of this post to the GLBT community discourse has to do with peace in my own particular same-sex household. My beloved and I have long been at odds over what "Next Monday,...Read More


St. Alf's Science Fair

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 20, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Faster than you can say, "CA Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage," his Extreme Slippery Slopeheadedness, Pope Benedict had an announcement to make. Barely taking the time to translate it from the Latin, in that oddly high voice, the...Read More


Almost every trope of sexism

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Watch this video about McCain: iPhone users: Click to watch Consider it in conjunction with pretty much the Platonic ideal of the gendered political narrative I was talking about this weekend (Democratic men are prissy, women in politics are bitches,...Read More


We'll never be able to imagine

Filed by Bil Browning | May 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Keep in mind, we're still occupying Afghanistan; nominally, we're in charge. BushCo should be deeply ashamed. Go read the story and let's remember that this still happens. "I would lie to my family and say I bought them food from...Read More


Clown Hall bigot eruption: gay rights vs democracy

Filed by Pam Spaulding | May 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

According to Town Hall columnist, racism apologist and author Dinesh D'Souza, the advancement of gay rights via the courts is undermining our democracy. I almost refrained from posting this asshattery, but I just couldn't after reading:...Read More


How Wrong Can a Court be When It Looks at Two Moms and a Child?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 19, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Very wrong, if it's the highest court in Maryland and they are considering same-sex couples raising children. Today the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that, after the end of an 18 year relationship that included raising a five year old...Read More


Obama's so gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

So I'm working on a mini-project here to track mainstream media and politicians calling Obama a faggot, directly or indirectly. This will become a dominant narrative this fall as McCain is a real manly man and Obama can't bowl over...Read More


Obama's so gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

So I'm working on a mini-project here to track mainstream media and politicians calling Obama a faggot, directly or indirectly. This will become a dominant narrative this fall as McCain is a real manly man and Obama can't bowl over...Read More


800-1000 Celebrate Marriage Victory in WeHo

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 16, 2008 | 5:15 PM | comments

Celebration is too calm a word. For two hours, the heart of West Hollywood burst with boisterous joy, gratitude, pride, applause, marriage proposals and promises, laughter, tons of couples - some with marriage licenses, some with children - bubbles, candy,...Read More


Congratulations California! Go Buckeyes!

Filed by Kate Clinton | May 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Four years after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's gay marriage block party got shut down by a very testy legislature, the California Supreme Court lifted the ban on gay marriage statewide. Woo Hoo! Make some noise! Tie strings of tin...Read More


Rape and Murder of a Lesbian Soccer Player

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 16, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

The crime is horrific in itself, but few countries can point an accusing finger at South Africa and not admit that crimes like this are endemic within their own borders. On April 28, in a town near Johannesburg, the body...Read More


California Supreme Court OKs Marriage for Gays - But It Ain't Over Yet

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 15, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

That joyful noise you hear rumbling across America is the sound of equality applauding: today the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that lesbian and gay couples have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The decision could be overturned,...Read More


The Reasoning of the CA Supreme Court

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

OK, two hours and 120 pages later, I'm back with a quick summary and analysis of the majority decision in the California marriage cases. I'll post on the concurring/dissenting opinions later....Read More


Victory in California

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 15, 2008 | 2:45 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Toni Broaddus is the Executive Director of the Equality Federation. The Federation is the national alliance of state-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations. Just over an hour ago, the California Supreme Court ruled in...Read More


The California Marriage Win -- Reason to celebrate; Reason to pause

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | May 15, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's an auspicious day for my first Bilerico post! The win in California is a huge civil rights victory. Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, deserves kudos for spearheading the litigation that resulted in today's...Read More


California Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 1:08 PM | comments

The decision has come down. We won by a 4-3 majority. The full decision is 172 pages long, containing 4 separate opinions. Full text after jump with commentary to follow....Read More


Radio is the theater of the mind

Filed by Bil Browning | May 15, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Our own Don Sherfick was recently interviewed for WFIU radio about the implications Michigan's recent domestic benefits ruling will have in Indiana. He has become one of the foremost activists fighting against Indiana's marriage amendment. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More


Sitting Around Waiting for the CA Supreme Court to Rule...

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 15, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

While we sit around twiddling our thumbs and waiting for the California Supreme Court to announce its ruling in the same-sex marriage cases, I thought it might be useful to recap some of the key features of the litigation. The...Read More


The results of rhetoric like Schlafly's

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 14, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Dr. Dean L. Rosen is the president of PFLAG's St. Louis chapter. PFLAG has taken the lead in opposing an honorary degree to be given to Phyllis Schafly by Washington University. This Friday, the graduating class...Read More


More on Dr. Kenneth Zucker

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 14, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Dana at Mombian points out this NPR report on the mother of a transgirl who was sent to Kenneth Zucker (who's the chair of the panel charged with revising Gender Identity Disorder's entry for the DSM-V). Let's just say he...Read More


That's Revolting! -- the book you've been waiting for...

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 13, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

"That's Revolting! is a pre-emptive line in the sand... It calls us all, regardless of our specific sexual and gender identities, to resist the pressures to assimilate into an increasingly belligerent and racist normality. Ranging from New York to San...Read More


The International Queer

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Sam Harris at the Huffington Post asked: But, leaving aside the practical and political impossibility of doing so, could we even allow ourselves to contemplate liberating the women and children of traditional Islam? I get asked to post (by emailers,...Read More


Destruction Of The Black Transwoman Image

Filed by Monica Roberts | May 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

One of the things that I and my transsisters have in common with our biosisters besides our shared cultural heritage is defending the images of Black women from constant assault inside and outside the community. Ever since the advent of...Read More


Are you a Chicken? The lesson of Stalin and a Chicken

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | May 10, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Robert Ganshorn was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front at Purdue University before creating one of the first Public Television documentaries on gay lifestyles broadcast during his graduate studies at Indiana University. Failing to become the...Read More


Lawrence King Deserved To Die

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 09, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

While the defense lawyer in the Lawrence King shooting decided to take the most disgusting route possible- it was in fact, Larry's fault for being open about himself and the school's efforts to support him that got him killed. I'm...Read More


Parsing of Words and The Projection of Dishonesty

Filed by Marti Abernathey | May 09, 2008 | 5:34 AM | comments

One of the things that really bothered me about Bill Clinton during his presidency was how he parsed words. Every single dot and tittle was accounted for and packed with hidden meanings. "I did not have sexual relations with that...Read More


Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Justin Tanis

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 08, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight, we'll talk with Justin Tanis, the National Center for Transgender Equality's Program Director and co-author of the new publication "Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People", which offers advice to organizations seeking to become more transgender-inclusive. We'll...Read More


More on the Michigan Marriage Ruling

Filed by Ellen Andersen | May 08, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the state's same-sex marriage amendment prevented public schools and universities from extending domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples. Waymon posted on this story yesterday, but I thought it deserved a second look because...Read More


Joe's sorry

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 08, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Joe Solmonese has apologized for his statements that HRC would oppose any legislation that wasn't fully inclusive (via Pam). That's after the jump....Read More


International Day Against Homophobia: In Latvia Prejudice Is Ingrained

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 07, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kate Allen is the Director of Amnesty International UK. Amnesty International will be launching a hard-hitting briefing on the problem of homophobia in Eastern Europe on May 17th. Later this month sees the International Day Against...Read More


Historic night for the south

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | May 07, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

While the presidential primary race is drawing this morning's big headlines, last night was also remarkable for two other exciting political achievements. Falls Church, Virginia voters elected Lawrence Webb to their city council, making him the state's first openly gay...Read More


Marriage Equality Movement Mother Dies

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 06, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

As the nation celebrates Mother's Day this Sunday, let us as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans not forgot our mother of the marriage equality movement who died this week: Mildred Jeter Loving. There is no greater challenge before...Read More


Book review: Valuing all families

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Nancy D. Polikoff Beyond (Gay and Straight) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law Beacon Press, 2008 Law professor Nancy Polikoff argues in Beyond (Gay and Straight) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law that marriage and the rights currently...Read More


Uh oh

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 05, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger Mercedes Allen looks at who's in charge of deciding the fate of Gender Identity Disorder in the DSM-IV. A short time ago, I'd discussed the movement to have "Gender Identity Disorder" (GID, a.k.a. "Gender Dysphoria")...Read More


Health care on paper only

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

The NY Times has an article up about the state of health care in the US, specifically for the insured, or, more precisely, the insured-on-paper-only: Mr. Corbin said that under their employer's health plan, he and his co-workers are now...Read More


Safe travels home, Deborah.

Filed by Gina de Vries | May 03, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Toni wrote this beautiful eulogy for Deborah Jean Palfrey. It brings up a lot for me; says a lot of what I want to say, perhaps with more eloquence than I can muster at the moment. The first time I...Read More


Horserace, Schmorserace: Curmudgeonly Queer Political Pragmatism 101

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | May 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Is Obama really the Teflon Gipper meets the Dalai Lama or is he just an ambitious, smart Chicken George who has figured out how to hide whoever he is behind a calm demeanor and a big enigmatic smile?Read More


These past 5 years have gone by so quickly...

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2008 | 10:00 PM | comments

Jessica reminded us that it's May Day today, and half the blogosphere reminded me that it's been 5 years since our Fratboy-in-Chief declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. I don't think I have to go into an explanation of how wrong...Read More


The Ridiculous Notion of Gay Privilege

Filed by Sara Whitman | May 01, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Watching Tim Wise today has me wondering... how do we do the same thing in the LGBT community? How do we push hard against someone else, make someone smaller, less than in order to feel our privilege? ENDA, of course,...Read More


Is same-sex marriage just for white people?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 01, 2008 | 12:10 PM | comments

Earlier this week, I posted about the lengthy article in the NY Times Sunday magazine that profiled young, married gay couples in Massachusetts. The couples were all white and wealthy, and I took author Benoit Denizet-Lewis to task over that...Read More


Talking Shop with Jennifer Bietsy of Top Chef

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | May 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I knew blogging had its perks, but who knew I would get to talk to some really cool chefs as a result of writing for an LGBTQ blog? Yesterday I interviewed Zoi Antonitsas of Bravo's Top Chef. It was really...Read More


The real tragedy in the District 3 California State Senate election

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm feeling a little bit silly about it, but I started crying on the bus while reading the San Francisco Bay Guardian's election endorsement in the race between Carole Migden and Mark Leno, two gay Democrats fighting for the State...Read More