The Movement: April 2010

Of buses and passports

Filed by Sean Martin | April 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

No cartoon today, sorry. Instead, I'm gonna talk a bit about what it feels like to come to a country where you're clearly not wanted. This is a true story....Read More


Gay, Jew, Dwarf, Leftie: Harry Weider Killed in NYC Accident

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Michael Petrelis is gay man living with HIV, and his 221 t-cells in San Francisco's Mission District. He's been happily partnered to Mike Merrigan since 1995. As I write this my eyes are cloudy with tears...Read More


Marriage matters even to gays in "flyover" states

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I spend my days working to working to win marriage nationwide as New Media Director for Freedom to Marry. As part of my job, I come across an amazing array of stories from folks all over the country eager to...Read More


Our Rights Are There for the Taking

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gerald, a reader in Melbourne, Australia, whose life parallels my own in some respects and with whom I have corresponded from time to time, sent me a link to an op-ed piece from The Age, Melbourne's principal newspaper, that addresses...Read More


Uniting the T and the LBG

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Last year I celebrated my birthday in Washington DC with hundreds of friends and readers at the National Equality March. This year, I'll be celebrating in Phoenix, Arizona, and, of course, you're all invited. I'll be a plenary speaker at...Read More


Listen & Watch: Sirius XM Radio town hall

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last weeks' Sirius XM Radio town hall meeting of LGBT activists was amazing for the unusual joint appearance by several prominent Gay Inc leaders. While quite a bit of seemed like a pile-on for HRC and Joe Solmonese, it's worth...Read More


San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee Throws a Pink Brick at Senator Roy Ashburn

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | April 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Committee awarded Roy Ashburn its Pink Brick yesterday. Roy Ashburn is the California state senator with an anti-gay legislative record who was arrested for drunk driving leaving a Sacramento gay bar...Read More


Pride is about making people uncomfortable

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here's another story about how restrictions on free speech ultimately get used to quell political debate and silence certain opinions, no matter what the intentions were in developing those restrictions. I was following a story from Toronto last month on...Read More


The Trevor Project Honored with Crisis Center Excellence Award for Work with LGBTQ Youth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 23, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Amazing news for my one of my favorite LGBTQ organizations that do incredible and life-saving work for our community! The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning...Read More


Who knew what when?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I've been saying for some time here on TBP that DADT repeal won't happen before the midterms - the White House has been sending that message between the lines for a while now (most obviously when they trotted out Mullen...Read More


Bi African-American Ballplayers Sue Gay Softball Organization For Discrimination

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 22, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

If the GLBT community wants their rights and humanity respected, protected and codified under the law, it is imperative for them to remember and realize that they must do the same thing for others inside and outside the GLBT community....Read More


Don't Miss This: LGBT Leadership Town Hall Today

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Don't forget that Michelangelo Signorile is hosting an LGBT Leadership Town Hall today. The event will be broadcast live via Sirius XM Radio channel 109 from 2pm - 4pm Eastern. If you are not a subscriber to Sirius XM you...Read More


A Call to Action: Immigration is a Queer Issue!

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | April 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

On April 13, 2010 The Arizona legislature voted 21-to-35 to make it a criminal offense to be an undocumented immigrant in the state of Arizona. This measure also requires local police to determine a person's immigration status by establishing whether...Read More


A Call to Action: Immigration is a Queer Issue!

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | April 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

On April 13, 2010 The Arizona legislature voted 21-to-35 to make it a criminal offense to be an undocumented immigrant in the state of Arizona. This measure also requires local police to determine a person's immigration status by establishing whether...Read More


The Unasked Question

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 17, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I promised this post a few short days ago. I'm setting it up for the weekend, because it's the kind of thing that will take time to discuss, to flesh out, to explore, and besides, it'll get ugly if "the...Read More


What's the Key to the Gay Rights Movement? Straight Liberation.

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Grace Chu lives in New York City, and she is the editor-in-chief of lesbian humor and culture blog Grace The Spot and a staff writer at AfterEllen. She likes penguins. I've been hit with deadline after...Read More


What's the Key to the Gay Rights Movement? Straight Liberation.

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Grace Chu lives in New York City, and she is the editor-in-chief of lesbian humor and culture blog Grace The Spot and a staff writer at AfterEllen. She likes penguins. I've been hit with deadline after...Read More


An LGBT, beyond marriage win

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Obama released a presidential memo late yesterday to allow people to choose who gets to visit them and who gets to act as health care proxy, effectively banning hospitals that participate in Medicaid or Medicare (almost all of them) from...Read More


White Noise and Queer Families

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 15, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Susan Raffo lives in Minneapolis where she writes, is a bodyworker, parents, lives in communal housing, organizes and, when the weather permits, gardens. She is planning on going to Detroit for the US Social Forum. She'll...Read More


Steny Hoyer says vote is coming on ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 14, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Add the majority leader to the list of Democrats saying a vote is coming on ENDA: Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer signaled Tuesday that the House is likely to consider legislation this year banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation,...Read More


Same-Sex Marriage in 2012? That'll Be the Day

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Patrick Connors is a self proclaimed uppity fag living in San Francisco that is legally married to a man. He is a freelance writer for The Snitch, a blog for SF Weekly. He is tired of...Read More


2012 or bust

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

After Equality California and the Courage Campaign endorsed 2012 as the year to repeal Prop 8 in California, people didn't think that the orgs left in the 2010 had the resources to get enough signatures to get on the ballot....Read More


Barney Frank: Lobby like the NRA

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 12, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Karen Ocamb has a great, wide-ranging interview up with Barney Frank about DADT, ENDA, and other LGBT legislation that's worth reading if you want to know what's up with what. And he's trying to rally the troops: So what the...Read More


Pre-Modern Feminist advertising: Kotex

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Kotex ran an ad campaign around the the theme of "there is no average woman" in the 1940s, a lovely blip in pre-feminist time when women were filling in for absent soldiers in factories and other traditionally male-dominated professions. With...Read More


There are no homophobes in America, just homophobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 11, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal this week discussed whether employers should out themselves in interviews: But others point to instances of recruits abruptly quitting after learning they were working for a gay-owned establishment. As a result, they...Read More


Top 10 LGBT groups to follow on Twitter

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 08, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Despite evidence to the contrary, Twitter is not the sole province of rabid Justin Bieber fans. It's also a fantastic way to stay up-to-date on LGBT news and to connect with advocacy organizations. And, #samesexsunday is a great way to...Read More


Fraternity, Sorority, Gender: 19th Century Lesbiana

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 06, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Something tells me there is more to this late 19th century postcard than meets the eye, though what meets the eye is certainly enchanting....Read More


The Catholic church pedophilia scandal: The forgotten victims

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 05, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dr. Carlos T Mock is a native Puerto Rican who resides in Chicago, IL and Three Oaks, MI. He has published four books and is the GLBT Editor for Floricanto Press in Berkley, CA. I was...Read More


What do you see?

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 02, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

(Trigger warning: Yeah, from me. So it's bad.) I take in a fair amount of information in a given day. It ranges from the absurdist to the terrifying, and all manner of points on a three dimensional grid around them....Read More


Glimpses of Equality: Why I Queered the Census

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 02, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Many of the readers on Bilerico know that my partner, Anthony Niedwiecki, and I were married in California before Prop 8 passed and became one of the 18,000 limited edition gay couples grandfathered in to marriage equality. I posted about...Read More


I'm Joining The NCTE Board

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 01, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have an announcement to make that is probably going to come as a shock to people who have known me for a while. It's also going to come as a surprise to those individuals in the trans community who...Read More