The Movement: October 2009

Soulful Voices for Marriage Equality: DC Clergy United

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 31, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The big untold story in the movement towards marriage in DC is the strong clergy support for equality. The traditional media is stick in a mythical narrative that people of faith are categorically opposed to full LGBT equality. In DC,...Read More


Why we need a saner approach to dealing with cruising

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Reason #3920: Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities, the Portsmouth News reports. He would go to areas such as Portsdown Hill and the...Read More


When the Government does Right

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Finally, we're in. The body of federal law of the United States of America now formally recognizes and protects its citizens from violence driven by hate based on sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in American history....Read More


Obama Signs Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act and Announces End of HIV Travel Ban

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 30, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

President Obama announced an end to the HIV Travel and Immigration Ban during the signing ceremony for the vital Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act this afternoon. The travel ban, a legacy of Jesse Helms, has been in place since...Read More


The unspoken violence in our relationships

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 30, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. With all the talk of hate crimes happening in our community, and with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wanted to take an opportunity...Read More


Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness- For All

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Wake up America! A huge battle for rights is about to be voted on in Maine. This will effect everyone from sea to shining sea. Just like in California in 2008, rights that have already been granted will be voted...Read More


Being Gay IS A Choice

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 29, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Smith is a gay, HIV+ native Montanan, a Rome-educated former priest who is now a mental health therapist, health educator, activist, spiritual adventurer and overall wiseguy who loves to write. He blogs at From Eternity to Here....Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Urvashi Vaid

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Urvashi Vaid. Urvashi Vaid...Read More


Queering Twilight

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 28, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

In preparation for the release of the latest Twilight movie, I've been thinking a lot about the series' leading man, Edward Cullen. Edward is mysterious and masterful, chivalrous and cool. He decides when his lover can touch him and where....Read More


Obama Signs Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Bill into Law

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 28, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

President Obama has just signed the first ever piece of pro-LGBT federal legislation into law. The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was attached to the Defense Authorization Bill and added gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and...Read More


If it's all about procreation, then why did I just marry an octogenarian?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

While there are still major issues with the Perry vs. Schwarzeneggar case to overturn Prop 8 at the federal level, at least the case it turning out gems like this: A federal judge said sponsors of California's ban on same-sex...Read More


Stephen Colbert Wants You to Approve Referendum 71

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 27, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Colbert Report took aim at Washington State's Referendum 71 on last night's episode. Colbert used his popular "The Word" segment to decimate the opposition to LGBT partnerships. The word was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and looked at how the...Read More


On A New System (Sort Of), Or, Referendum 71 And Mail-In Voting

Filed by Don Davis | October 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

We are now about two weeks away from the November election in Washington State, and one item on the ballot that has national attention is Referendum 71, the so-called "everything but marriage" proposal that would give same-sex couples more rights...Read More


War is anti-LGBTQ

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 26, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I wanted to point to two articles about the intersection of pacifism and LGBTQ activism. First, via Transracial, the UN has a new report about gender discrimination in counter-terrorism measures, which included a few sections on the unique burdens and...Read More


Halloween is a busy time of year for gender

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 26, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Cassandra Keenan is a professional journalist living in Las Vegas who works as a copy editor for print media. She also writes about gender, trans issues, queer sexuality and other LGBTQ topics on her blog. I...Read More


William & Mary Students Pick Transgender Homecoming Queen

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

OMG - Pat Robertson and Victoria Cobb of Daddy Dobson's Family Foundation must be having fits and wetting themselves at the news that the College of William and Mary - the second oldest university in the United States - has...Read More


Count me! Count me! Here comes the census.

Filed by Gloria Nieto | October 26, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Thursday, October 22, the US Census hosted a meeting in San Francisco at the SF LGBT Center to encourage LGBT participation in the 2010 census. The census is upon us. Every decade the US sets about collecting data about the...Read More


Scholastic Bans Book with Lesbian Moms from Book Fairs

Filed by Dana Rudolph | October 26, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Most of us with young children in public school know about Scholastic Book Fairs. Many of us remember them from our own childhoods. They are a pretty big deal at many schools. Scholastic sets up in the school cafeteria or...Read More


The Gay Hate Crimes Crisis Isn't Over Yet

Filed by David Badash | October 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Thursday's historic passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is cause for celebration. The first federal legislation to provide inclusive protections for the GLBTQ community, this hate crimes bill will extend significant protections to...Read More


Hate crimes passes Senate: Goes to President's desk

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

As expected, the Senate passed the defense authorization bill this afternoon on a bipartisan vote of 68-29. Hate crimes legislation has already passed both houses of Congress, but the entire bill had to be voted on again after differences in...Read More


Hate crimes passes next hurdle

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Hate crimes legislation passed a cloture vote moments ago in the Senate. The Senate now has up to 30 hours to vote on the final defense authorization bill. The measure passed 64-35. A cloture vote effectively moves the legislation forward...Read More


Obama adminstration moves forward on LGBT rights via HUD & HHS

Filed by Bil Browning | October 21, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Obama administration released three major LGBT rights advances this afternoon. None are as sexy as repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act, but - make no mistake - they are part of the foundation for...Read More


Maine's "No On 1" Jesse Connolly on the Rachel Maddow Show

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

No On 1 Maine campaign manager Jesse Connolly appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to talk about the fight to keep the fundies from doing a "Prop 8: Part Duex." Polls show the fight in Maine is extremely...Read More


High School Hand Holding as Punishment... with a Dash of Internalized Homophobia

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 20, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Advocate has a brief story up on a Colorado high school football coach who made two players hold hands and run together as punishment during a recent practice: Officials from the Aurora Public Schools say they are investigating the...Read More


Martinis With Fred Phelps

Filed by Peter Monn and Alex Paredes | October 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Tonight, I was reading back over some of the Bilerico articles when I came across Bil's article about the kids at North Central putting on "The Laramie Project" and the intentions of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church to...Read More


It is time for an Agenda to really exist

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Antonia "Toni" D'orsay is an advocate and sociologist based out of Phoenix Arizona working for several organizations in an advisory capacity, where she works on issues of empowerment, education, and language within and without the LGBT community under...Read More


Congresman Andre Carson at the 2009 Indiana Stonewall Democrats Leadership Awards

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 18, 2009 | 3:59 PM | comments

Last Sunday October 11, the same day as the National Equality March, the Indiana Stonewall Democrats held their 2009 Leadership Awards ceremony. Honored were Congressman Andre Carson and activist Joe Miller. Since neither Bil nor I could be there, our...Read More


My Cleaning Trolley, just in case real cleaning wasn't fun enough

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 18, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Miriam at Feministing highlighted this toy earlier (and its "Girls only" sticker) this week, and since we discussed the Swedish school that filed a complaint against Toys R Us, I thought I'd look up Toys R Us's ad for it....Read More


Churches Ignore Jack Price Anti-hate Crime Rally in Queens. Vicious is Holier than Gay?

Filed by Father Tony | October 18, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

We joined three hundred people in College Point, Queens (one of the five boroughs of New York City and one of the most ethnic and racially diverse places in the world) for a rally and march to protest the homophobic...Read More


Why We Were Marching

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tommy News is an internet peace and equal rights activist in New York. We are guaranteed equal protection by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize...Read More


National Equality March: A star-studded affair

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

Editors' note: Steve Publicover is a former DC resident who lives in southwestern Virginia. The National Equality March in Washington, DC yesterday was all about re-energizing the LGBT rights movement by tapping into the passion of our next generation. That...Read More


National Equality March - Pride of a Different Sort

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I arrived in DC on a glorious evening. Standing at Union Station at midnight on Wednesday, October 7th, I noticed that most of the people quietly slipping into the cabs sweeping into the night were somehow queer. My hope for...Read More


A Movement Moving Forward

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 15, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The National Equality March held in Washington, D.C., last weekend resonated and refreshed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and our...Read More


New tools to push for LGBT equality now

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | October 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

We are pleased to announce a new set of tools that we believe will greatly help to accelerate reaching LGBT legal equality. These tools are web-based, integrated with each other, are super easy to use, and are available to both...Read More


LGBT Strategy: "My Way or the Highway"?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 14, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

LGBT Rights. The Gay Movement. Queer Liberation. Full Equality. The Homosexual Agenda. All are names that get thrown around in the fight for equal right for LGBTQ people. And all have different connotations and baggage that go along with them....Read More


Personal Reflections from the National Equality March

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Only time will tell exactly what effect the National Equality March in DC will have. Will the crowds move from the streets of the Capitol back to their home states and districts? I hope so. Will it further the divide...Read More


The Chaos, Hubbub, and Order Scale

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 13, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

6:30 comes early when you go to bed at 2. Last night, my wife's heavy metal band played to a packed house of head-banging lezzies. Of course we had to go out for triumphant post-show pancakes. Now it's my turn...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Kate Kendell

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Kate Kendell. Kate Kendell...Read More


HRC's Rhode Island Avenue office vandalized: What does it mean?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A few hours after Obama spoke to the gay lobby, a group of queers going by the name "Queers Against Assimilation" (to the point) tagged HRC's building with the sentence "Quit leaving queers behind." Their statement is after the jump....Read More


The Fundie's Handbook

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 12, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the way I see it, and with the steamroller momentum of birtherism, teabagging, speechies, marriage protection and the like, one can't help but just want to take the easier road of rolling...Read More


National Equality March: The measure of success

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

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Open Left blogger Adam Bink raises the question of how do you judge the success...Read More


The National Equality March: Confessions and Snapshots

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 12, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Leah McElrath Renna is a Managing Partner with the communications-consulting firm Renna Communications and a professional psychotherapist with a Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. She has authored and contributed to...Read More


Videos of National Equality March Speakers: Lady Gaga, Julian Bond, and more

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 12, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Video of the speakers at yesterday's rally have been YouTubed, and they're all after the jump. The speakers were: Kip Williams and Robin McGeeheeDavid MixnerCynthia NixonDan ChoiJudy ShepardLady GagaTanner Efinger and Cleve JonesJulian BondKate ClintonStaceyann ChinUrvashi Vaid...Read More


The March is Over; Now We Must Take Action

Filed by Ben Finzel | October 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Marches are commonplace in DC. Everyone wants to come to DC to protest, raise their voice and let the folks in power know they care about this or that issue. To be honest, I generally don't pay a lot of...Read More


How I Never Came Out

Filed by David Badash | October 11, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I believe human sexuality can be a very fluid element of our being. If you believe in the Kinsey Scale, however, I'm definitely a six. But I remember well a conversation I had with my first real boyfriend, Tom. I...Read More


Interview: Dan Choi after Obama's HRC dinner speech

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Lt. Dan Choi immediately after President Obama's speech at the HRC Dinner last night. As you can see, he wasn't impressed with the President's flowing words and was hoping for more specifics...Read More


Live from Washington: Coverage of the National Equality March

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 11, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Throughout the day, I'll be posting video, pics, and messages from Bilerico contributors at the National Equality March. Follow them on Twitter: Bil (@bilerico), Michael Crawford (@dmcrawford), Phil Reese (@Ameriqueer), Waymon Hudson (@homopolitico), Dr. Jillian Weiss (@drjilliantweiss), and Travis Ballie...Read More


Early morning in Washington

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 11, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Reader Colin Hammer sent in the view from his hotel in DC this morning....Read More


Live from Washington: Coverage of the National Equality March

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

I'm updating this post all day today and tomorrow with video, pics, and messages from Bilerico contributors who are in Washington. If you want to contribute to this, email edteam (at) bilerico.com. Bil sent in a few photos. Here's the...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 10, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


Bilerico Radio: Maine marriage roundtable

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

We recorded this a few days ago, and due to some administrative difficulties, it won't be made into a full show. But it was a great roundtable session and it's worth a listen. We talked about the ballot initiative to...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Magnus Hirschfeld

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Magnus Hirschfeld. For more...Read More


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After The Rallies

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | October 08, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

October is LGBT History month, and this weekend will make history with the National Equality March in Washington DC. Like a lot of Projectors, I can't go to Washington to show my support, but I will be downtown with my...Read More


Hearing set for DC marriage bill

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 08, 2009 | 10:45 AM | comments

A hearing on DC's marriage equality bill will be held on Monday, October 26 in the 5th floor Council Chambers of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW.) This is a crucial opportunity for us to make the case for...Read More


GLBT History Month Icons: Harry Hay

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 08, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 31 GLBT History Month Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero, or their significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Today's Icon is Harry Hay. For more...Read More


Guess who's going to the National Equality March

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bil and Jerame are traveling to DC today to attend the National Equality March, while I can't even walk to the metro station to go to work because I busted my ankle pretty bad. Are you going to DC? The...Read More


Marching alongside the pink elephant

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Mitchell Gold is the co-founder of the successful and innovative furniture design and manufacturing company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The Advocate magazine recognized Mitchell as a Person of the Year in 2006, calling him a...Read More


Montana Supreme Court protects children with two same-sex parents

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | October 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Montana Supreme Court has affirmed a trial court decision granting a "parental interest" to a lesbian mother who co-parented two children legally adopted only by her partner. The case, Kulstad v. Maniaci, is a strong and unequivocal victory for...Read More


DC marriage bill introduced today and what's next

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 06, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today D.C. Council Member David Catania introduced a bill that would legalize marriages between same-sex couples. The bill, known as the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, sets the stage for DC to become the next...Read More


March for the Cure

Filed by Cathy Renna | October 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

As we all wait for this weekend's events to unfold in Washington, from the National Equality March to the President speaking at the HRC dinner, there are many mixed feelings. Will people show up? What will the President say? How...Read More


Obama will speak at HRC National Dinner on eve of March

Filed by Bil Browning | October 05, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign announced today that President Obama will address their annual national dinner on Saturday evening. No matter what your thoughts are about HRC or President Obama, it is worth noting that this is only the second time...Read More


Marriage, money, discrimination, and the New York Times

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 05, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The New York Times has an interesting article up about how much more it costs to be a same-sex couple than a heterosexual couple over a lifetime, considering additional expenses when it comes to retirement, health care, and income tax....Read More


NYT: The High Price of Being a Gay Couple

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 05, 2009 | 12:45 PM | comments

For many of us, the emotional and human costs of being denied the freedom to marry are clear. The moments that matter most are fraught with additional worries including difficulties in visiting one another on the hospital, the worry about...Read More


Why Maddow Matters

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 05, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The first time I ever listened to Rachel Maddow on the radio for any length of time was when she guest-hosted for Michelangelo Signorile on his Sirius OutQ afternoon drivetime show a few years ago. It wasn't that I didn't...Read More


20 reasons you should go to the National Equality March

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | October 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The National Equality March on Washington will happen on October 10 and 11, 2009. Here are twenty reasons you should go: Go because you are worthy. Go because we need each other. Go because you will never forget this. Go...Read More


Marching Not the Only Event at National Equality March

Filed by David Castillo | October 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A friend of mine visited Chicago recently and we were talking about his trip when he got back to DC. We chatted about various parts of the trip but the comment that struck me the most was when he said...Read More


Congresswoman Norton Issues Statement on DC's Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 02, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton released the following statement in the DC marriage equality bill that will be introduced on Tuesday: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement on the same-sex marriage bill expected to...Read More


Why I Am Marching

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville, Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. I will be at the NEM (National Equality March) on October 11, proudly marching for GLBT civil rights. The purpose...Read More


Black queers are tying the knot

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 01, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

More and more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people of African descent are marrying. An idea that was once thought of as an anathema to black queer identity, marriage, in our LGBTQ communities, is being celebrated and on the...Read More


Equality March meets $250k fundraising goal: Sets march route

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

After an event in New York City last week raised over $14,000 for the National Equality March, Equality Across America announced it has met it's fundraising goal of $250,000. The gala at NYC hotspot Elmo was hosted by actor Allan...Read More


DC marriage bill to be introduced on Tuesday

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 01, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

At a meeting last night to mobilize the LGBT community and allies Council Member David Catania announced that on October 6 he would introduce a bill to legalize marriage between same-sex couples in the District. "We are going to do...Read More