The Movement: February 2009

Historic DC: Frank Kameny's house

Filed by Brett Abrams | February 28, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gays, lesbians, the homophile movement all received a burst of recognition Thursday when the Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously to make Franklin Kameny's house Washington DC's first gay site on the DC List of Historic Sites. The Board also...Read More


VA attorney general says state can purge gay employees

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I got a press release yesterday from a man suing the Virginia Museum of Natural History because they fired him for being gay. Instead of arguing that they didn't fire him for being gay, they're saying that there's no employment...Read More


Killer of Ryan Skipper Found Guilty in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 28, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

In March of 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed 19 times and left to die on a dirt road in rural Polk County, Florida. He was only 25. His killers drove around in his blood-soaked car, bragging how they had killed...Read More


Women's Art and Pink Prettiness

Filed by Father Tony | February 27, 2009 | 4:00 AM | comments

This evening I attended the Women's Art Exhibit, another of the events of the 2009 Winter Party. The reception was held at the Fache Arts & Amy Alonso Gallery on NE 124th Street in Miami....Read More


Let's Define Our Terms: Bashing

Filed by Scott Kaiser | February 26, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

This has been making the rounds for a while, but that's ok because it deserves and needs the widest possible audience. If you haven't seen this yet, please take a moment to watch. The most effective thing you can do...Read More


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How Gay Marriage Put an End to Gay Sex

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 25, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

As the push for gay marriage becomes more relentless, images of gay men kissing spring up everywhere. But that's where it ends, without the slightest hint of what might come after the kiss. There is nary a whisper about the reality of gay male partnerships.Read More


Take A Minute to Be A Voice for Equality

Filed by Nadine Smith | February 25, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

We are looking to get folks to do 30, 60 or 90 second unscripted videos about why working for full equality matters to them. Your video will be posted on our website and included in education packets to lawmakers on...Read More


It's a Dirty Word

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Josh Verbeke is a student at IUPUI and a longtime LGBT activist. Josh attended the Midwest LGBT College Conference on behalf of Bilerico-Indiana. Bilerico Project was a sponsor of the conference. Queer. No matter who you...Read More


RNC Chair Michael Steele: Gay Rights? Depends on when you ask me...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 24, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Michael Steele, the new RNC Chair who has promised an "off the hook" make-over for the Republican Party, can't seem to get all of his issues squared away or remember what he's said in past interviews. Steele, who has a...Read More


There is compromise on this issue, but this isn't it

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Jack Drescher and Nan Hunter both addressed this recent NY Times column on a supposed compromise on the issue of same-sex marriage. I wanted to address the column from a different point of view, but both of their...Read More


Mary J. Brenny: More Important Than The Gay

Filed by Scott Kaiser | February 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The following is from a blog post that was forwarded to me by my partner. It was written by JC Christian of the blog Jesus' General. The post illustrates well the absurdity of gay politicians voting against gay issues. I...Read More


Prop 8: Our Children's Perspective

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 23, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you're like me, you've read an awful lot about Prop 8. While you still want to spread the word to those who need education about it, you're probably getting a bit tired yourself of reading yet another article pro...Read More


Holding "Ex-Gay" Programs Legally Liable For Harm

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 23, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Truth Wins Out and Lambda Legal have teamed up to produce a booklet, Ex-Gay & The Law, that looks at the possible harmful effects of reparative therapy utilized by "ex-gay ministries" - which is condemned by the American Psychiatric Association,...Read More


And the Winner Is...Gay Marriage! Or: Why Milk and Sean Penn's Acceptance Speech Do not Equal the Need for Gay Marriage

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 23, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

As expected, Milk received major 2008 Oscar awards, including the one for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Sean Penn). And, as I expected, the success of Milk has become, in a bizarre fashion, some kind of emblem for the...Read More


Phenomenal Woman

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

One of the hardest things I did last Saturday at the Mass Equality gig, was get up on stage, and be in front of 500 people. I've done it before, I'll do it again, but the next day, I always...Read More


Minnesota's Gay Republican Senator Koering Answers Questions about his Anti-Equality Vote with Nasty Email

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Wow. If this is "damage control", I'd hate to see him stick his foot in his mouth! State Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley Minnesota, is answering those who are asking him about his statement that he will not vote for...Read More


Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the future of the LGBT movement

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 18, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

In a recent interview, Bil Browning and Justin Cole have a discussion about blogs and social media that I think is really important for the future of the LGBT movement. One of the points they touch on is how too...Read More


Black History Month: Bayard Rustin

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Barack Obama's election as America's first black President is a good time for refreshing our memory on LGBT figures in the black civil-rights movement. Bayard Rustin -- that brilliant, charismatic, passionately courageous man who was Dr. Martin Luther King's chief...Read More


Pity party for Jonah Goldberg

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jonah Goldberg, wingnutty conservative columnist extraordinaire, is on his anti-PC hobby horse again in the LA Times: And yet, I've met innumerable writers and editors who are scared, even terrified, of one or more of these groups: gays, blacks, Latinos,...Read More


Justin Cole: The future of LGBT organizing

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The best interview I've done was with Justin Cole, GLAAD's Director of Digital and Online Media. Justin is one of the movement's brightest minds. He gets social networking and how to work in an online environment. He knows how to...Read More


I don't agree with that Suze Orman video everyone loves!

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 16, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Can we admit, as LGBT people, that this makes no sense? In my opinion it is such a travesty that, a few months ago, Proposition 8, in California, passed. Proposition 2, in Florida, passed. What is that about, everybody? We...Read More


Beer Pong, the Sequel: An Update on Agnes Scott's Filming Policies

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 16, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Louisa Hill is a senior at Agnes Scott College where she studies theatre, French, and women's studies. She last guest blogged on The Bilerico Project in December, when she informed us of the filming of Road Trip II:...Read More


NCTE's Mara Keisling sits down for a Q&A

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

One of the things you quickly see after hanging out with the LGBT Inc. crowd a few times is the personality behind the corporate title or the public persona. One of the most dynamic forces working on behalf of our...Read More


Coalition to Stop the Arrests Protest

Filed by Father Tony | February 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

The otherwise engaged Eric Leven has asked me to post his video of a protest held on Valentine's Day, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 79th Street (near Mayor Bloomberg's front door). Watch it after the jump....Read More


What about the freedom NOT to marry?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | February 15, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Freedom to Marry week garnered more attention than usual this year, no doubt a result of all the attention to California's Prop 8 and the litigation challenging it. Most Freedom to Marry activists say they want same-sex couples to have...Read More


Join the Impact? What impact?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 15, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Elián Maricón is a PhD candidate at a university in an undisclosed location. He lives in an undisclosed location with his life partner and their two chihuahuas (Dick Cheney is fortunately nowhere in sight). Before returning...Read More


Join the Impact? What impact?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 15, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Elián Maricón is a PhD candidate at a university in an undisclosed location. He lives in an undisclosed location with his life partner and their two chihuahuas (Dick Cheney is fortunately nowhere in sight). Before returning...Read More


Get A Backbone!

Filed by Brett Abrams | February 14, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The opening session of the 16th Annual American University Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics challenges gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders and queers to believe in our rights and push politicians. The discussion, "Is 'Hope' Enough? Anticipating the LGBTQ Discursive Landscape...Read More


We Will, Ultimately, Prevail

Filed by Kate Kendell | February 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Earlier this month, I was in Denver for Creating Change, the annual activist conference sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The event was packed with LGBT folk of every description, from all over the country. I reconnected...Read More


More GSA Fights in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 13, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The ACLU of Florida has filed a lawsuit against another Florida School Board for denying a Gay-Straight Alliance to form. Administrators from the School Board of Nassau County, Florida have unlawfully denied students' requests for permission to form a GSA...Read More


Does HRC have to be the anti-Christian homosexual activists from the movie?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 12, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

You've gotta give the AFA some credit here. Their strategy was brilliant, and they're going to profit well from it. Earlier this week we learned that the AFA had purchased a one-hour primetime slot in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to run...Read More


ePride Guide

Filed by Jerame Davis | February 12, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I had the opportunity to talk to Sue Hoffman, president of Indigo 501 Creative, about an exciting new project she's been working on - the ePride Guide. The ePride Guide is a website and accompanying iPhone app that will allow...Read More


Welcoming Schools Guide Teaches Tolerance

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ellen Kahn is director of the Human Rights Campaign's Family Project. One year ago, 15-year-old Lawrence King was shot in the head by a fellow student at a middle school in Oxnard, CA. While the motives...Read More


Lobbying 101

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Frequent guest blogger Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender Americans Veterans Association. 'Tis the season where new Senators and Representatives begin getting used to their new jobs, while the cherry blossoms bloom in the springtime. Capital...Read More


Kate Clinton and Alicia Skillman: Got a new job?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

On the last day of Creating Change, I had interviews scheduled with Bilerico Project contributor Kate Clinton and the Triangle Foundation's new Executive Director, Alicia Skillman. Alicia is only the second African-American to head a state equality organization. (TBP contributor...Read More


Clearly, you need more Gina de Vries in your life!

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 11, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Attention Pioneer Valley, Boston, NYC, & New England people! I'm hoping to make it out to the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Reproductive Justice conference at Hampshire College this April, and to turn it into an opportunity to do some...Read More


Surrender Dorothy: the Clarke Wags a Broomstick at the Trans-Community

Filed by Kelley Winters | February 10, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I am saddened and frightened by news that Professor Lynn Conway, a dear friend and outspoken advocate for the trans-community, has been threatened with a lawsuit by attorneys on behalf of the University of Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental...Read More


Let's Talk Stimulation: The Economy & the LGBTQ Community

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 10, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

We have lots of issues facing us as a community. They are all extremely important (I'm not one to make grand "this is the number one issue facing LGBTQ folks" statements). But one that seems to not get included in...Read More


Marriage Equality and the Protection of Children

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This seemed appropriate for Freedom to Marry Week. It first appeared in slightly modified form at 365gay.com. Denying marriage to same-sex couples harms our children. So said the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, which published its final report at...Read More


The Greatest Gay Lie Ever Told?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a founder and first full-time employee of The New Gay, an alternative queer resource based in Washington, DC. Bilerico is happy to have him back again as a guest blogger. In a recent...Read More


Sturm und Drang

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I posted, elsewhere, a couple months ago, and I mentioned without even thinking about it that there was no guarantee that the US was going to get more queer-accepting in the future, and, if it did, that it would remain...Read More


Exclusive interview with Toni Broaddus

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I had an opportunity to sit down with Toni Broaddus, the Executive Director of the Equality Federation. The Federation is the umbrella organization for the various state equality groups (Indiana Equality, Equality Ohio, etc.). As a quiet force behind the...Read More


Freedom To...Starve?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I don't know about you, but I'm long past sick of the elitist tunnelvision of these so-called marriage equality advocates. America is in the beginnings of a massive recession. Americans are losing their jobs by the millions. LGB and especially...Read More


Blog for Freedom to Marry Week: The Only Agenda Is Love

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Please join a blogswarm for the Freedom to Marry! Today, bloggers in the LGBT community and our allies will be participating in "The Only Agenda Is Love," a blogswarm in support of Freedom to Marry Week. By being a part...Read More


Counterpoint: Loving Hate: Why Hate Crimes Legislation is a Bad Idea

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Matthew Shepard Act (H.R. 1592) would expand the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The bill also requires "the FBI to track...Read More


Invalidate Prop 8

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 08, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I don't know how anyone can look at the divorce video by Courage Campaign and say "I'm not political." The video which has been viewed nearly 100,000 times puts a face to the 18,000 married same-sex couples in California facing...Read More


Map Showing Supporters of Florida's Amendment 2 Hits the Web

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Financial supporters of Florida's Amendment 2, the dangerously worded constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state, may now have their day in the sunshine. A new website called Marriage4All.org has launched with a handy, searchable database and map so...Read More


Dr. Zucker Fights Back, and the APA's Special Exemption on Reparative Therapy Remains

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 06, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Q: When is reparative therapy not reparative therapy? A: When the patients are gender variant children. Then it's okay, or so the implicit judgment from the American Psychiatric Association would still seem to say. But more on that in a...Read More


A Question of Religion

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 06, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'll be the first to admit that I have a long and messy history with organized religion. Having been chased out of the Southern Pentecostal church I grew up in for at first asking too many questions, then for coming...Read More


This will break your heart

Filed by Father Tony | February 05, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Watch this video. Sign the letter....Read More


A casual chat with NGLTF's Ex Dir Rea Carey

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Rea Carey is one of my favorite people, so I should warn you that in this interview I'm pretty casual as versus some of the other interviews I did that were more formal. Rea "gets it" and unlike a few...Read More


20% of same-sex couples in Oregon got registered

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

From 365gay.com: A year after Oregon established a domestic partner registry, about 2,600 Oregon same-sex couples - about one in five - have registered.[...] Under the partnership law, couples who register are guaranteed the right to visit partners in hospital...Read More


Exclusive: NGLTF Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper on mental illness and other queer issues

Filed by Bil Browning | February 04, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

It was my honor to interview Rev Darlene Nipper, NGLTF's new Deputy Executive Director, at the Creating Change conference. Darlene has a prestigious background both in and outside of the LGBT movement. From her bio on the NGLTF site: She...Read More


Pretty girl, foxy lady, or both?

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 03, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's my birthday today! I am 26, officially closer to thirty than twenty. That brings up a very important question: Do I have to relinquish my femme chicken status? I'm being mostly tongue in cheek in asking this question --...Read More


LGBT Parenting Roundup

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 03, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Assorted recent news about LGBT families: California's KNBC-TV refused to air an ad during the Super Bowl from GetToKnowUsFirst.org, featuring a gay family. They say the NFL Legal Department considered the ad "advocacy," and would not let it run. During...Read More


Avon or Old Spice

Filed by Father Tony | February 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Would you either buy or avoid a product based on what you know about the LGBT attitude of the company that produces it? If so, you might want to contrast and compare the following. First up is this lovely story...Read More


Creating Change Plenary Speech on HIV/AIDS

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Kenyon Farrow is an organizer, communications strategist and writer working on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons and homophobia. A current Policy Institute fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Farrow is working on a...Read More


Moving Forward

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Denver... you have to love a city where they don't run you down when you're in the crosswalk. And everyone is actually in the crosswalk. Strange for a Bostonian to see. The community continues to digest the Prop 8 loss....Read More


Why the family planning funding mattered

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Several people argued on my last post about Obama capitulating to House Republicans on funding for women's reproductive health in the stimulus package that it's in the spirit of bipartisanship, not capitulating, to take rational criticism from the minority party...Read More


Why the family planning funding mattered

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Several people argued on my last post about Obama capitulating to House Republicans on funding for women's reproductive health in the stimulus package that it's in the spirit of bipartisanship, not capitulating, to take rational criticism from the minority party...Read More


"Domestic Partnership" Does Not Equal Marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

An editorial on marriage in the Portland Press Herald laid out in the clearest language possible why the debate around relationship recognition should about marriage and not just the collection of rights and responsibilities accessed through marriage. A domestic partnership...Read More


Stories from the Helpline - The Trevor Project

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 01, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: "Stories from the Helpline" is a recurring feature on The Bilerico Project, bringing in the personal accounts of Helpline counselors from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis...Read More