The Movement: July 2010

New Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks About DADT, Music, Target, & More!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 30, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was back on the new LGBT podcast "Gay Street Beat" this week for their latest edition and wanted to share it with all of you! Be sure to download it free on iTunes or listen to it on the...Read More


Equality Federation ED to step down

Filed by Bil Browning | July 30, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Toni Broaddus, Executive Director of the Equality Federation, will be stepping down. She has served the organization for nearly six years and was the group's first leader. Toni is also a personal friend who has helped many state organizations gain...Read More


Tribute to Julian Eltinge: Theatre memorabilia

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

America's first great professional trans stage performer, Julian Eltinge, was a subject of intrigue, romance, and controversy. According to W.C. Fields, "When Julian Eltinge enters a room, all the women swoon and all the men leave for the smoking room."...Read More


NetRoots Gaytion: Is It Wicked Not To Care?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a Leo who is losing his hair. He attended Netroots Nation on a Freedom To Marry scholarship. He blogs at The New Gay. Nothing looks more democratic than Las Vegas from the 36th...Read More


NetRoots Gaytion: Is It Wicked Not To Care?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a Leo who is losing his hair. He attended Netroots Nation on a Freedom To Marry scholarship. He blogs at The New Gay. Nothing looks more democratic than Las Vegas from the 36th...Read More


Another example of the black-white divide in our community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 29, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Boston's Gospelfest this year featured Rev. Donnie McClurkin, the poster boy for African American ex-gay ministries, who spews anti-gay religion-based vitriol at every public event he can get as part of his outreach ministries to gay youths. But at this...Read More


"The Transformative Promise of Queer Politics" in Tikkun

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 29, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Back in May, I was interviewed by Tikkun magazine's assistant editor Alana Yu-lan Price for a piece on contemporary queer politics. The article, "The Transformative Promise of Queer Politics," is now out on the stands and on the web, and...Read More


Get equally screwed over

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Here's a story out of Minnesota that makes identity look pitifully ridiculous as a means of politically organizing. As I've written about a few times before, identity can be a useful tool to get people to recognize certain problems, but,...Read More


The Honorary 'Bilerican'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 28, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Ryan Biava is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on the comparative politics of privacy in liberal democratic countries. He holds a B.A. from the University of Washington -- where he was...Read More


US wants to deport gay man who's been here 20 years to Iran

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Here's a case that highlights a few of the many ways America's immigration system is completely broken. This man has been in the country without papers since he was three-years-old and the US is trying to deport him: Abdollahi, a...Read More


The DownRIGHT Crazy

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 27, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Matt R. Salmon is an ASU Graduate with a Bachelor's in Psychology. He works in clinical research and is the chairman of the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans. Growing up in a political, conservative, religious family instilled...Read More


Response to 'An Open Letter to Louisiana's LGBt Organization, Forum for Equality'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 25, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This guest blog comes from the Forum For Equality in response to Wesley Ware's post "An Open Letter to Louisiana's LGBt Organization, Forum for Equality." Dear Mr. Ware, Thank you for your open letter and expressing your concerns...Read More


Senator Reid Gets Dan Choi's West Point Ring As A Pledge

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 25, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

During Senator Reid's speech at Netroots Nation on Saturday, the moderator handed Dan Choi's West Point ring to the Senator on behalf of former Lieutenant Choi, asking the Senator to get Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal passed....Read More


Pervers/Cité: Montreal's answer to boring corporate pride events

Filed by R Conrad | July 24, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Montreal queer and trans activists have announced this year's schedule of events for the community based, collaboratively organized annual pride celebration Percers/Cité. Taking place from August 5th to 15th, the festival offers up a little bit of everything that the...Read More


Busting into the land of the make-believers: On parenthood and "being gay"

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | July 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

These were the sentiments of a good friend who is gay: I don't think I'm even gay any more. I mean I don't feel gay. I mean I live my life, I am out, I have great friends, I have...Read More


Same-Sex Seven Sue Big Sky State

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Another reason why Montana matters: Seven committed same-sex couples and the ACLU are suing the State of Montana for 'failing to offer legal protections to same-sex couples and their families in violation of the Montana Constitution's rights of privacy, dignity...Read More


Moving The Twitterati and the Tuberati

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 23, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

This morning at Netroots I attended a session on turning tweets into action and another on using YouTube to move activism. I must admit that I've grown cool on twitter, finding that what people had for lunch and the latest...Read More


Creating Change or Creating Chains? A Fierce Look at the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Filed by R Conrad | July 23, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Gay Shame is one of the most interesting and relentless queer political groups to be making noise in the United States these days. They have consistently deployed some of the fiercest political satire, unmatched theatricals feats, and a commitment to...Read More


In Defense of Same Sex Marriage

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 23, 2010 | 9:30 AM | 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. Since Same-sex...Read More


4 AM In Vegas

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 22, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's 4 am in Vegas, where I'm attending the Netroots Nation conference. Starbucks is closed, and I'm dying for a cup of coffee, having crashed last night at 10 (1 am for the Eastern time zone programmed into my Circadian...Read More


Interview: Derrick Martin talks Prom, Being Kicked Out, & Helping Other LGBT Youth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I recently wrote about Derrick Martin, the gay teenager from Georgia who sparked a media firestorm when he asked his school if he could bring another boy to prom, has turned his experience into a project to help other LGBT...Read More


Trailer for New Uganda "Kill the Gays" Bill Documentary: Killing in the Name

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A trailer has just been released for a new documentary about Uganda's odious "Anti-Homosexality Bill" that prescribes the death penalty and other harsh punishments for LGBT people and their allies. The film is by Dominique Mesmin and if the trailer...Read More


Dan Choi Now Officially Discharged Under DADT

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Lieutenant Dan Choi's National Guard unit has notified him by mail and phone he has been fully disachrged and is no longer serving as an American solider. According to Gay City News: Choi lost his battle with the Pentagon on...Read More


Hate Is Hate But Love Is The Answer!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 21, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Hate is hate no matter whose side it's coming from. In fact, I can not see the love from "our side" from this NOM video as their t-shirts ask. Here is a video that the anti-gay group NOM produced. Here's...Read More


Protest NOM's "Summer of Marriage" At A Town Near You

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | July 21, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage known as NOM is conducting a "Summer for Marriage" tour starting in July and culminating with a rally in Washington, DC on August 15, 2010. Click here to find out about the counter-protest to NOM's...Read More


Tampax on the Brain: vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 20, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Click to read the text, but this Tampax ad's visuals clue you in to the message: if you use Tampax, you can devote the rest of your mental energies to floating in a pool and dressing up like a bride....Read More


Fringe Candidate to Protest "Homosexual Agenda" in South Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 20, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Every so often, a crazy fringe candidate comes along that seems so far down the rabbit hole that you assume they must be joking. From Sue "Chickens for Healthcare" Lowden to Sharron "Make Rape Lemons into Lemonade" Angle, there will...Read More


Kathy Griffin, LGBT advocate extraordinaire

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 20, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Remember how HRC wants Kathy Griffin to be the face of the movement? Well, who would have seen any problem with putting a straight woman who's built an entire career off insulting others because she's constitutionally incapable of going five...Read More


Transphobia in the Gay Community

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Note: I'm travelling to Netroots Nation, so I thought I'd put up a timeless post from the wayback machine. This was originally published last year, but the issue hasn't gone away. Wondering if you have a different take on my...Read More


David Mixner: An Oral History of DADT

Filed by Bil Browning | July 19, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

When I was in New York City in early March, fellow contributor Phil Reese and I met veteran activist David Mixner at his favorite restaurant for brunch. David was incredibly generous with his time and after we ate I broke...Read More


21st Century Leadership: Queers and Interdependence

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | July 18, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I want an LGBT movement that is visionary, bold and unafraid of difference. I want an LGBT movement that represents the full breadth and depth of our communities without hesitation or compromise. In the words of Audre Lorde, I want...Read More


#SSS: Interviews with GetEqual Robin McGeehee and Friendfactor's Brian Elliot

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 18, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

In this special interview-only episode, Joe Mirabella interviews GetEqual co-founder Robin McGeehee. Robin discussed the future of GetEqual, the importance of civil disobedience to the LGBT community, and more. Phil Reese interviewed Brian Elliot, creator of Friendfactor. Friend Factor promises...Read More


Gay Georgia Teen Starts Group to Help LGBT Youth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Derrick Martin, the gay teenager from Georgia who was inspired by the anti-gay prom cancellation story out of Mississippi and asked to bring another boy to prom, has turned his experience into a project to help other LGBT youth in...Read More


Democrats want to add gays to the immigration bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The gays will be in the upcoming immigration bill, or at least Democrats will give the old college try: Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Rep. Mike Honda of California and others will urge Congress to pass the Uniting American Families...Read More


GetEqual Has The Right Idea: Hold Our Congressional Leaders Accountable

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Bil yesterday attacked GetEqual's latest campaign, accusing it of "attacking friends and ignoring enemies." What fresh idiocy is this? GetEqual has launched their newest action and this time they're asking the public to vote which politician they should "hold accountable"...Read More


Our Girdles, Ourselves: Vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 16, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guessing ca.1950s ad for that mainstream torture device known as the long-line girdle. Add a pair of spiked heels, and she'll never be able to run away from you! Meanwhile, check out the before and after pics. Seems you also...Read More


GetEqual: Attacking Friends & Ignoring Enemies

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

What fresh idiocy is this? GetEqual has launched their newest action and this time they're asking the public to vote which politician they should "hold accountable" for Congress' failure to pass ENDA. The problem? They've only picked Democrats who are...Read More


Disturbing New Report for Anti-LGBT Violence in 2009

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has issued their annual report on the number of reported violent crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in 2009. While the findings are disturbing enough, keep in mind that such statistics...Read More


Study: Women's sexuality fluid later in life

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

We've known for a while that lesbian women generally come out later than gay men, and now one researcher is saying that the difference isn't due to just the coming out process, but also that some women's sexual orientations change:...Read More


Mad Menses: Vintage advertising

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 13, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Monthly blackouts from your period? What? On the other hand, dammit, why didn't I think of using that as an excuse when I got periodically dysfunctional from a margarita?...Read More


What married same-sex couples owe to hippie communes

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 12, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I'm guessing most married same-sex couples think they have little in common with the hippie communes of the 1960's and 70's. Free-loving hippies challenged the fabric of American society, including the nuclear family, while most married same-sex couples, or at...Read More


Marriage won't fix your relationship

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 08, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Marriage doesn't make relationships more stable, a group of social scientists in the UK found: Parents who are cohabiting when their child is born are three times more likely to split up by the time their child is five than...Read More


Trans men & women together: Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Turn of the century (ca. 1905-1910) photo of some nonconformists either clowning around or expressing their real identities, and probably both. Sweet!...Read More


Diseased Women: Vintage WPA anti-VD art

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 07, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Interesting to consider that the spread of venereal disease was, until modern times, largely blamed on women (and specifically on prostitutes). Somewhere perhaps some scholar has drawn the comparison between the misogyny that historically attached to VD and the intense...Read More


A Call for Violence Answered in Uganda: Gay Activist Found Beheaded

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 06, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

There's disturbing and sad news out of Uganda today. The severed head of Ugandan LGBT rights activist Pasikali Kashusbe was found in a latrine on a farm in Uganda. Pasikali and his partner Abbey are youth workers with Integrity Uganda,...Read More


Obama, Congressional Democrats and The Pink Beltway

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 06, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

There were two great posts up on Pam's House Blend - one by Pam Spaulding and the other by Autumn Sandeen, both of whom I got to know at the December 2008 LGBT Blogger Summit. Neither post holds its punches...Read More


What I Mean When I Say Family

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 05, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Last month, my hometown of Austin, Texas, had two separate pride celebrations--Austin Pride 2010, organized under the auspices of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and QueerBomb, a counter procession dedicated to reclaiming pride's radical, carnal, noncommercial, and...Read More


The American Equality Bill: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The American Equality Bill is a proposed federal law that will amend all existing federal civil rights laws to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity". Drafted by Karen Doering, an attorney who has been involved in some of the most...Read More


DADT repeal activists subpoena Obama

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Of course Obama will never actually show up, but at least they're keeping this story in the news: The subpoena seeks to compel the testimony of President Barack Obama who has, on several occasions as President and Commander in Chief...Read More


Are we not patriots, too?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 01, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

This weekend we celebrate July 4th with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 234 years of independence. But this country's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism continues to come at the expense of basic freedoms and protections denied...Read More