The Movement: September 2009

Military journal calls for an end to DADT

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 30, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Joint Force Quarterly is going to publish an article calling for an end to the ban on gays in the military: "After a careful examination, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively...Read More


Slipping Gay Marriage Through the Back Door

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

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Andrew Syrios graduated from the University of Oregon and is currently a staff writer for Swifteconomics.com. A straight man, he comes from the libertarian side of the aisle, which is relatively empty, so he attempts to...Read More


Injustice for Florida Family

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 30, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm spitting nails over this one: A U.S. District Court in Florida rejected a lawsuit by a lesbian mom who had been kept apart from her partner who lay dying in a Florida hospital. The couple's three children were kept...Read More


This Woman's Work

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 29, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Talk about “desperate housewives.” This AlterNet article brings to mind something I’d noticed before. In even the most progressive households, the lion’s share of the housework and childcare falls to the woman. But anyway you measure it, statistically speaking, women...Read More


The French French Kissing at a Gay Kiss-In

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Kudos to the French gays for this slice of queer visibility to Forum des Halles, an underground shopping center. Yeah, some gays will say "we shouldn't be shoving it in people's faces." Whatever. There's nothing wrong or shameful about showing...Read More


Fine footwear meets trans for a non-sexist ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 28, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

From French shoe company Eram. Translation: "No woman's body was exploited in this ad."...Read More


The Personal Impact of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Virginian-Pilot ran a fascinating story yesterday looking at the impact DADT is having on the lives and families of gay and lesbian soldiers who are forced to remain closeted. Rather than focus on the political or military implications of...Read More


Bilerico Radio: Fred Karger interview and ENDA roundtable

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 27, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I recorded another Bilerico Radio show today, an LGBT Weekend Update. The first part is an interview with Californians Against Hate's Fred Karger, who was subpoenaed this week in retaliation for his activism against NOM. He got into the work...Read More


A woman's life was simpler in sexist ads

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 27, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm speechless. An entire day of the week reserved for thinking about nothing but pot roast. As long as my husband's cooking it, I can totally get behind that one....Read More


Toward a same-sex marriage political vocabulary

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I've blogged before about how we don't really have a way of describing the political diversity within the American queer population on LGBT issues. So I'm humbly proposing a few terms to discuss the way people think and talk about...Read More


ENDA ayudaría a terminar con el vergonzoso estado laboral para las personas LGBT

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | September 24, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

El estado laboral para las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transgéneros (LGBT) --particularmente para las personas transgéneros -- en los Estados Unidos es absolutamente vergonzoso. Afortunadamente, el Congreso está al borde de corregir esta injusticia al considerar la Ley de...Read More


On Oct 11th: Take Action in DC or Take Action Locally

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

On Oct 11th: Take action in DC or take action locally. We stand at the brink, at a moment of unprecedented possibility in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality across America. All our legislative victories so far...Read More


Celebremos la bisexualidad

Filed by Pedro Julio Serrano | September 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Uno de los mitos más terribles acerca de las comunidades lésbica, gay, bisexual y transgénero (LGBT) es que la bisexualidad no existe. Nada más lejos de la verdad. La bisexualidad existe, es una orientación sexual válida y debe ser respetada...Read More


Larry Kramer: "We get what we fight for. And we are not fighting."

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 23, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Larry Kramer gave a speech at Dallas Gay Pride on Sunday and in typical Larry Kramer style he was tough and aggressive. We get what we fight for. And we are not fighting. Every single one of us is not...Read More


Protect Maine Equality Needs Effective Response to School Fear Mongering

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

"Stand for Marriage Maine" has just released "Everything to Do With Schools," the latest TV ad in their campaign to revoke marriage equality. Some of you may recognize the name from an ad used during the Prop 8 campaign. As...Read More


Bisexual: Mika finally comes out

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Here's a bit of shocking news. Mika finally came out of the closet; he's bisexual. "I've never ever labeled myself. But having said that; I've never limited my life, I've never limited who I sleep with. So, whatever. (...) Call...Read More


Harry Jackson's latest Blacks vs gays talking points

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 21, 2009 | 3:18 PM | comments

Anti-equality activist Bishop Harry Jackson is at it again. A featured speaker at the Value Voter Summit over the weekend, Jackson called on his fellow right-wingers to tone down their overtly racist attacks against President Obama because it made it...Read More


DC and marriage equality: our time is now

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 21, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Monique Ellison is an ordained minister and LGBT activist in Washington, DC. The LGBT community has a great opportunity this fall. Council Member David Catania is expected to introduce legislation that will bring marriage equality to...Read More


Stories from the Helpline: Javier & Adam

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 19, 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


Laos: An LGBT Issue and Ally

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 18, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Nakhone Keodara is the Campaign Coordinator of A Peaceful Legacy: Campaign to Remove Bombs from Laos, and sits on the Advocacy Committee of Legacies of War. He is a community organizer and founder of the Gays...Read More


Let's Stop Talking About Failure and Go Win

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest bloggers Kip Williams and Robin McGehee are the Co-Directors of the National Equality March. As Co-Directors of the National Equality March scheduled for October 10-11 of this year, we were moved yesterday by Toni Broaddus's post reminding...Read More


An Open Letter to Cleve Jones from Toni Broaddus

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 16, 2009 | 7:00 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. Dear Cleve, We don't really know each other, but I've always...Read More


An Open Letter to Cleve Jones from Toni Broaddus

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 16, 2009 | 7:00 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. Dear Cleve, We don't really know each other, but I've always...Read More


DADT repeal in 2010

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 16, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

They're setting a time line for DADT repeal in 2010: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) said he expects the House to hold hearings on a bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in winter or spring of 2010. Murphy, speaking to...Read More


Deja Vu All Over Again

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 16, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Homosexual marriage [could be] taught in schools whether parents like it or not." Sound familiar? The ultra-right used the argument to drum up support for Prop 8. Now, Stand for Marriage Maine is busting out the same drivel in support...Read More


Danish unwed mother tourism ad FAIL

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

WTF? Who signed off on this Danish advertising gimmick of an actress posing as an unwed mother looking for the foreigner who fathered her child? The Danish tourism agency called the faked video, "a nice and sweet story about a...Read More


Repeal DOMA bill introduced in Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.) was passed by Congress and signed into law in 1996. The Respect for Marriage Act, which is a brilliant name...Read More


5 reasons why same-sex marriage in D.C. would be huge

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Michael A. Jones blogs about LGBT issues for Change.org. He is the Communications Director for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and previously was Communications Director for Pax Christi USA, a progressive Catholic human...Read More


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Bilerico-DC's Dan O'Neill Makes The Advocate

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 14, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The work of Bilerico DC contributor Dan O'Neill is spotlight in the current issue of The Advocate. Dan is Chair of the HIV Working Group, a program of The DC Center focused on reducing HIV infections among GBT men. I...Read More


Why I Will March in October

Filed by Ben Finzel | September 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I began life as a dyed-in-the-wool 60's liberal. My parents took me to the first march on the Pentagon during the Vietnam War, I was at Martin Luther King's last speech in Washington, D.C. and I participated in the big...Read More


DC gearing up for marriage bill introduction

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I wrote last week that now is the time for marriage equality in DC and the City Council is gearing up to make that happen. 10 of 13 members of the Council are reportedly co-sponsors a marriage bill that is...Read More


Start Acting Like It

Filed by David Badash | September 10, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Despite the 72 degrees here in Manhattan, there's a crispness in the air. It's fall, the season that is supposed to represent the beginning of dormancy, a shortening of summer's long days and fun times, a letting-go of play and...Read More


Indy Impact raises $1000 for Lambda Legal

Filed by Zac Hart | September 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week was Indy Impact's first fundraiser, a Taste of Equality, a wine tasting supporting marriage equality. I am glad to report that the event was a HUGE success! With almost 100 people in attendance, with the wine flowing freely,...Read More


Is it all about me?

Filed by Gloria Nieto | September 10, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I have seen a bit of blogosphere conversations lately about the need or lack of need to demand progress from the President on LGBT equality issues. Just wanted to add some thoughts to that particular line of discussion with some...Read More


Equality costs and right here is where we start paying in sweat

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 09, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

You've likely seen the recent comments from Steve Hildebrand, deputy campaign manager for the Obama campaign, about the lack of progress on LGBT equality at the federal level. "The problem is, Obama isn't listening enough," Hildebrand said, according to the...Read More


24 hours left to double your money

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bil wrote yesterday about a generous Bilerico reader will match up to $1000 total raised on Bilerico if at least 12 people donate to the Protect Maine Equality campaign before noon tomorrow. So far we have enough donors, but we're...Read More


LGBT people should not settle for "conditional freedom"

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 08, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The 3rd Annual State of Black Gay America Summit was held in Atlanta on September 5. The summit, focused on developing an agenda for the Black LGBT community, was held as part of Atlanta Black Pride. Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder,...Read More


Just say no to the March on Washington

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Pauline Park is a New york based activist and co-founder of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy. She is also the writer of PaulinePark.com. What is being billed as the 'National Equality March' called by Cleve...Read More


Sunday Funnies: InfoMania's 'Gayngels'

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you're not watching CurrentTV, you're missing out! The brilliant and irreverent satirist Brian Safi, from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania, is back exploring more LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by...Read More


Rev. Rob Hardies: I believe it is wrong to use the language of war to speak about matters of love

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 06, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

As we prepare for the introduction of a marriage bill in the D.C. City Council, opponents of equality are ratcheting up their violence rhetoric. They've used phrases such as "declaration of war" and "civil war" to whip D.C. residents into...Read More


In Response

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I wrote this in response to Adam Bink's guest post "You Made the Bed, Now Sleep In it (Alone)?", but realized it was too long for a comment. It also seemed to put a foot into the thread on contributor...Read More


Where you can help us win today

Filed by Phil Reese | September 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

"What's so important about local races? I don't care about marriage! I don't care about things happening in another state. I don't understand why I should support local causes when we can apply a band-aid to D.C. and everything will...Read More


The Cleve Jones interviews: Omnibus post with transcripts

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last week I had the opportunity to interview veteran LGBT activist Cleve Jones about the upcoming National Equality March and his role inside the community. Instead of doing a standard interview, I asked our readers to submit questions and I...Read More


Maddow on Massachusetts: Turns out gay marriage is a "defense of marriage" act

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Let the fundie head exploding begin! Rachel Maddow took on the "marriage equality will destroy 'traditional' marriage" crowd last night when she reported on her show about a fact that's really hard to twist (although I'm sure the anti-gay folks...Read More


Cleve Jones interview: The non-March questions

Filed by Bil Browning | September 03, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

This segment from our interview with Cleve Jones focuses mostly on the questions submitted that weren't about the National Equality March. Readers and social networking followers sent in the questions and I'm reading them off the iPhone as they're coming...Read More


You Made the Bed, Now Sleep In it (Alone)?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam Bink is the Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC, and manages design and advertising at OpenLeft.com, a blog covering national progressive politics. He is a Dupont Circle resident and enjoys cooking, cycling, ultimate frisbee,...Read More


Dan Savage, Chill With Your Race Baiting

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 03, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Dan Savage just won't give up pimping that thoroughly discredited meme about the Prop 8 loss in Ca-lee-forn-ia. "I do know this, though: I'm done pretending that the handful of racist gay white men out there--and they're out there, and...Read More


NGLTF endorses National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | September 03, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

NGLTF has officially endorsed the National Equality March as I predicted last week. From the official press release: "For the past 30 years, LGBT people and our allies have come together in Washington to be inspired, to engage in political...Read More


"One Fight, Not Fifty" Sets Us Up for Failure

Filed by Diane Silver | September 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I hate to be grumpy, but I am horrified by the latest rallying cry for the National Equality March. It's the grassroots slogan: "One Fight, Not Fifty." Just to be clear... I'm not attacking the march. What's got me gritting...Read More


Maine's Marriage Equality Repeal Makes Ballot: An Overview of the Fight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

As expected, equality opponents Stand for Marriage Maine managed to get enough signatures to place Question 1, a repeal of Maine's newly passed Marriage Equality bill, on the November ballot. The drive to put the "People's Veto" on the ballot...Read More


Will New York finally get it right for children of lesbian couples?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 02, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's almost 20 years since the highest court in New York ruled that a child planned for by a lesbian couple, born to one partner using donor insemination, and raised as the child of two mothers, nonetheless has only one...Read More


DC Archbishop comes out against marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

In an unsurprising move DC Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has joined anti-equality activist Harry Jackson in urging continued discrimination against gay and lesbian families. Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition...Read More


Bilerico Project's interview with Cleve Jones: National Equality March questions

Filed by Bil Browning | September 02, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

This segment from our interview with Cleve Jones focuses mostly on the questions submitted about the National Equality March - including the recent controversy about an HIV/AIDS vigil during the march. Readers and social networking followers sent in the questions...Read More


Growing Support for the National Equality March: 140 New LGBT Activists and Allies Sign On

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 01, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The momentum for the National Equality March, organized by Equality Across America seems to be reaching a fevered pitch. The March, scheduled for October 10th and 11th in Washington DC, has given blogger Andy Towle of Towleroad a list of...Read More


The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn: the Rebirth of the CA Equality Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 01, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jane Wishon is a straight mother-of-three who has been married nearly 33 years. She actively campaigned for No on 8 and has started a cause for straight allies on Facebook. Jane also volunteers for AIDS Project...Read More


Cleve Jones on the origins of the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | September 01, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Projectors had the opportunity to interview Cleve Jones last weekend. They sent in questions and I read him them to him off my iPhone. In this video, Jones has finished answering queermonkey89's question about motivating young activists and the conversation...Read More


Anti-gay minister calls on anti-equality activists to undercut home rule in DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 01, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Bishop Harry Jackson is stepping up his attacks against gay and lesbian families. He has stated his plans to seek a Prop 8 style ballot fight to ban marriage equality in DC. A previous attempt by Jackson and other anti-marriage...Read More


Mary Cheney donates money to homophobic Senate hopeful

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 01, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the summer of 2007 I met up with my teen-years boyfriend to see where we were now. We didn't have much to talk about (which was one of the main reasons we knew it wouldn't ever work out... how...Read More


Cleve Jones: The Man Behind the Curtain

Filed by Bil Browning | September 01, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I had the opportunity to meet veteran activist Cleve Jones Sunday during his recent visit to Chicago. Readers left questions for Jones in the comment section and sent in more via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail and I did the interview...Read More


O.U.T. Hires Ted Howard as Interim Director

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 01, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Organizations United Together (OUT), a coalition of over 80 Florida LGBT and ally groups, has announced they have hired an interim Director. Their choice is Ted Howard, a Tampa-based LGBT community organizer and activist. Citing the need for a full-time...Read More