The Movement: August 2010

The Trouble with Women: Vintage ads

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 31, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Stereotypes of women in vintage ads never cease to amaze. Here, two pre-feminist ads which more or less the traditional patriarchal view of what's wrong with females. First, we're very emotional. This woman, for example, just learned about the Tea...Read More


Is OutServe creating a grassroots organizing model we can copy?

Filed by Phil Reese | August 30, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

This morning, I received a breaking press release from JD Smith, the co-director of OutServe, the network for LGBT active duty military service members. Last week, their new website went live, and JD has been really eager to get the...Read More


ENDA: A separate water fountain for LGBT people

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 30, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger J. Todd (Tif) Fernandez is a volunteer activist with a Masters of Law in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a JD and BA from Boston University. With a past career in...Read More


The Way We Were

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 29, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: 25 year old guest blogger Hunter Andrews began as an escort while working on his International Business degree as a sophomore in college. He currently lives in New York City and is the writer for his blog, Confessions...Read More


LGBT Bar Panel Weighs In On Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference ended yesterday, and it was wonderful hearing all of the interesting panels and meeting old friends in the legal world. I particularly enjoyed yesterday morning's plenary, about developments in the struggle for marriage...Read More


LGBT Bar Speaker Highlights GetEqual's ENDA Timeline of Broken Promises

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 27, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

At the opening plenary at the National LGBT Bar Association this morning, before hundreds of lawyers from around the country, there was a panel presentation entitled Real Change: LGBT Issues and the Administration. There were several speakers on the panel,...Read More


The Fruit of Her Hands: vintage farm-work flyer

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 27, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Wonderful World War I era poster, urging the women of Scotland to work as fruit-pickers to keep soldiers at the front nourished....Read More


For all the suffering: A benefit greater than words

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 27, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: With the Pentagon's family survey now in the field, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), will release a letter each day this week from...Read More


Noel McKay: vintage (vinyl) album cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 26, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Stumbled upon this album, not knowing the performer but knowing I'd want to share this on Bilerico in case some of you remember him. Turns out it was pretty easy to find a little information on Mr. McKay's work at...Read More


Old San Fran Bath Goes to the Dogs

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

There's nothing more ecologically sound than reusing old buildings for new purposes instead of watching them crumble or razing them to build something new. In this case, however, a former gay bath in San Francisco is going to the dogs....Read More


Women Wearing Pig's Noses: vintage clothing ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 25, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Maybe I'm just too citified, but is there some advantage to your clothes wearing like a pig's nose? What? Those cute little pink snouts always looked so sensitive! But ok, obviously I am not a snout expert. Also I guess...Read More


National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 25, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Every year, the sharpest legal minds in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community gather at the National LGBT Bar Association's annual Lavender Law conference and career fair. It's happening tomorrow through Saturday in Miami Beach. Miami in August?...Read More


Feminist Classic Goosebumps

Filed by Kate Clinton | August 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This morning in Ptown, I actually had goose bumps. The days are cooler; sunsets are earlier. What can you do? What we have been doing all summer is having Feminist Classics Readings every Saturday night at nine p.m. on Commercial...Read More


Military Woman: antique photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 23, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I have no idea who these women are, but the uniform appears to be WWI era. Can any of the brilliant minds here can shed some light on this history mystery? I love these photos, and wish I knew more...Read More


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#SSS: Pam Spaulding on LGBT Bloggers and the White House, Dr. Laura, Trans Law in TX and More

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 22, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week on Same Sex Sunday, openly gay U.S. Congress hopeful Ed Potosnack form New Jersey talks with Phil Reese and Pam Spaulding shared her thoughts about the White House's beef with LGBT bloggers. The weekly round table talked about...Read More


A View of Marriage Through Wedding Cake Toppers

Filed by Dana Rudolph | August 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Same-sex couples are destroying marriage? No, I think opposite-sex couples are doing very well on their own, as this series of actual wedding cake toppers indicates. Apparently, marriage is something into which straight men need to be dragged or chained....Read More


MSNBC, HRC, the LA Times, Target, MN Forward, and the GOP: Class solidarity in class warfare

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 20, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

What's makes the fact that corporations aren't people (or even normal groups of people) so obvious is their ability to work together even when their economic interests are supposedly in conflict. And now they're circling the wagons around Target; they...Read More


It's the ENDA, stupid

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: C.D. Kirven is a Lambda Literary nominated author of the book What Goes Around Comes Back Around, former Get Equal member and Co-founder of Get Equal Now. The truth is marching on as President Obama's declining poll numbers...Read More


White House is "99% there" for us, except when they're not

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

There's some hope and a lot of out-of-touchness in this article on a recent meeting between state LGBT orgs and the White House, but let me zoom in on the part about ENDA: Tchen said that the administration was prioritizing...Read More


GetEqual Board Statement: Our Issues Will Not Be Ignored

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

As I noted last week, I have decided to work with GetEqual, the non-violent direct action group, as a member of its provisional Board of Directors. After its first in-person meeting last week, the Board released a public statement. That...Read More


TP or not TP, that is the vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 18, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Don't you just want to slap the bitch for dissing Ruth's mothering skills? Oh, sorry, that's just me. This seems to have been a popular thread running through toilet paper ads of old: women are falling down on the job...Read More


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Enough Already With the Gay Marriage Thing

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 18, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Josh Olson is an Acadmy Award nominated screenwriter who lives, works, and loves in Los Angeles. He argues it is time to abandon "gay marriage". Read More


Ted and David's Most Excellent Adventure

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 17, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

In the weeks leading up to the Proposition 8 trial, much was made in the media, blogs, and everyday conversations about the unlikely duo leading the legal challenge against the shameful California ballot measure that stripped marriage from same-sex couples....Read More


Stephen Wayne Foster, Activist & Scholar

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Stephen Wayne Foster is almost a Native Floridian. Though he was born in Virginia in 1943, he moved with his family to Miami a year later and grew up in Miami Shores. Foster studied at Miami-Dade College and the University...Read More


When you're writing about war, there aren't any good headlines

Filed by Susan Raffo | August 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I wrote this piece a week before President Obama announced that we were pulling out of Iraq by the end of August. I am reminding myself that this is not the end of the war. Today was a beautiful day....Read More


I love having non-marital sex with you!

Filed by R Conrad | August 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

A cute little video from Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, that really has us radicals laughing our little booties off! A great quick read of the gay marriage movement with some serious humor thrown in for...Read More


TransActive III: Advocating for Trans People if Not Trans

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 16, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

(Part three of a series on trans advocacy. Part one spoke about changing the narrative used to describe trans people, and part two looked at expectations.) In order to be an advocate for any group that you are not a...Read More


Being a Young Person's Hero

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 16, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Charles Robbins, the executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. To...Read More


Even If Your Hands Tremble

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | August 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

If this is your photo, please email me for proper acknowledgement....Read More


About half of America supports same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 12, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm surprised that the numbers were this high, but here's what CNN found: 37. Do you think gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid? (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE....Read More


Lost Histories: Hobo Nell

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 12, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Found this interesting image as I was surfing for sideshow attractions and quickly looked to see if I could find something on Hobo Nell. Seems the image after the jump may have been a cover or publicity flyer for The...Read More


How to trick people

Filed by Bil Browning | August 12, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

A friend hit me up on Facebook last night and sent me links to these two videos. She said they're "a sad funny commentary on being a woman." She wondered what our readers and contributors would think about the pair...Read More


Fowl Play: antique postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 11, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Now here's a slang expression that's undergone numerous linguistic evolutions. Far from its contemporary meaning in gay culture, once upon a time (guessing this card is from 1905-1915) it referred to women who were free and easy with their sexuality....Read More


"MSM" Revisited: Trans Inclusion in LGBT Medical Study

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 11, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Recently, I'd blogged about a term that's increasing in usage in HIV research and outreach: "MSM," or "men who have sex with men." The term was originally invented because of a need to include not just sexually active gay men...Read More


Why I Am Working With GetEqual

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 10, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have decided to work with GetEqual as a member of its provisional Board of Directors. I recognize this as a decision fraught with controversy. At the same time, I do feel strongly that GetEqual has great potential to move...Read More


Yearning for a Just Democracy: From Prop 8 to the 14th Amendment

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | August 09, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am celebrating the overturn of Prop 8 but not for the reasons you might think. Although I have strong objections to the fact that the mainstream LGBT movement has made marriage a priority above and beyond so many other...Read More


Working class women: vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Love the faces of these hard-working women in a factory town, enjoying a spot of lunch, ca.1960....Read More


On Organized Fearmongering Revealed, Or, "Lock Up The Kids...It's The Gay!"

Filed by Don Davis | August 08, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The airwaves (and the print and blog waves, for that matter) are filled with the news that a federal judge in California has declared that state's Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, which could clear the way for the resumption of...Read More


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#SSS: Rep. Jim McDermott, David Fleisher's Prop 8 Study, Prop 8 Ruling

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 08, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

On this week's Same Sex Sunday, I start off the episode with an interview of Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-WA). We discuss the holdup of the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the House, Citizens United, how to end the war...Read More


Lesson learned: Target's problem was public relations, not the donation itself

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 07, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

As I pointed out last week, activism that focuses on the relationship between consumers and brands, that depends on personal lifestyle changes instead of government action, won't accomplish any major goals. I don't say that because I want to stop...Read More


Call to Action: Queering the Midterm Election!

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Brianna Marquez is the Youth Engagement intern at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) this summer. I still remember my emotions the night of November 4, 2008 right before Barack Obama gave his victory speech in...Read More


Growing Up Skipper: Barbie's twisted sister

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 06, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Great little video about one of the weirdest dolls ever sold, "Growing Up Skipper," and one woman's memories of playing with its fascinating features....Read More


So where does Obama stand on the Perry decision?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 05, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's David Axelrod on MSNBC explaining Obama's position on same-sex marriage after the Prop 8 trial decision. I comprehend that position, but that doesn't mean it makes sense (transcript's after the jump): This is exactly why people hate Democrats....Read More


Brief Summary of Judge Walker's Reasoning in Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Judge Walker said that he found Prop 8 in violation of the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the US Constitution. Our hero! Here's a quick definition of these terms: Due Process: the gov't may not deny anyone life,...Read More


Prop 8 Preview: The 'Basis' Is The Thing

Filed by Don Davis | August 04, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

As you look at today's Prop 8 ruling, I want you to think back a few weeks to the Massachusetts Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) rulings for a bit of legal logic that will make a huge difference as this...Read More


Criminal Queers on the Run: Bitch Magazine Interview with Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas

Filed by Yasmin Nair | August 04, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I first met Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas when they came to Chicago for a viewing and panel discussion of their first film Homotopia. The event was packed to the gills and included one of the most thought-provoking public conversations...Read More


Man kills 17-month-old boy for acting like a girl

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

This seems less like an attempt to kill the child and more like excessive violence that ended up killing someone, gender policing gone too far. And now a kid is dead. Transcript at the local news site....Read More


People of the Margins: Sideshow memorabilia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 03, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Someone recently called me "eclectic." I guess that's better than "mad as a hatter." Hm. Anyway, among my multitudinous quirks, I've lately developed a fascination with images from the sideshows and circuses of old, and particularly with the people who...Read More


DNC Chair Responds to Me and Others About LGBT Issues

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 03, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

This past weekend, I was in Washington, DC to represent Indiana for the National Stonewall Democrats Convention. It was a memorable weekend overall with a great mixture of speeches, tours and learning opportunities. During one of the plenary sessions, the...Read More


Queers Read This

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Bash Back pointed out on their blog that it's been 20 years since "Queers Read This" was first published and distributed. I was going to try to say something interesting on this, but rereading it now and understanding it in...Read More


A Breakthrough Study of the Prop 8 Campaign

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kenneth Sherrill is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College, CUNY. A specialist in public opinion, voting, and elections, he has been studying the LGBT rights movement since 1972. Classic studies of electoral behavior...Read More


Woman is my Co-Pilot: vintage postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Lovely 1940s/50s linen card for the "modern" woman who can do everything....Read More


Oligarchy is fine if it's fabulous

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 02, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I asked last week if oligarchy was OK as long as it was gay-friendly, and HRC answered my question: Yes, yes it is. Here's part of the letter they're sending to Best Buy and Target after both corporations gave huge...Read More


Coalition anyone?

Filed by Gloria Nieto | August 01, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Has anyone ever heard of the National Black Farmers Association? I had not heard of them until Monday night on on the Rachel Maddow Show. It was an interesting dichotomy for me. I had just returned from Netroots Nation in...Read More