The Movement: September 2010

Homophobia Kills

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Homophobia kills. It kills. I don't know how else to say it. It kills. It kills. Homophobia kills. Hate is killing young men and woman every day. Just this month alone the media reported 4 suicides because of anti-gay bullying....Read More


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Fight Back New York: There Are Consequences

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Greg Rae got his start on political campaigns by taking over as tech lead for the No On 8 campaign. Since then, he has continued to advise organizations on online fundraising and outreach. He currently serves...Read More


Women Hating Women: vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 28, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Sometimes I find something that makes go ARGHHHH and this vintage girdle ad fits that bill. I think someone could write a dissertation on it: from the "joke" that women hate women who are more attractive than themselves (an attitude...Read More


An Interview with NOH8: The Silent Photo Protest

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 28, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm sure you've seen them by now, all the celebrities, public figures, and every day people posing in white shirts and 'NOH8' inked onto their faces. Instead of boring you with my explanation of who Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley...Read More


A Few Words From Blanche Lincoln

Filed by Don Davis | September 27, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Those of you who've followed my work know that I'm usually the one suggesting moderation and keeping everyone in the big tent, and, even in this most difficult year, I'm the one telling folks that sometimes you just have to...Read More


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#SSS: GOProud Chris Barron, Tracy Baim, Shannon Cuttle, Change.org Michael Jones, OutServe JD Smith, James Kotecki, and more

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 26, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Phil Reese interviewed Shannon Cuttle of the Safe Schools Action Network. He also interviewed Publisher of the Windy City Times and author of the new book Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage, Tracy Baim. Later our round table heated...Read More


GetEqual vs HRC & GOProud vs Log Cabin

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday Dan Zac from the Washington Post gave me a call to talk about the differences and similarities between GetEqual and GOProud. He was writing an article about the two groups recent splash onto the scene this year and how...Read More


Egyptomania: antique female impersonator

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Another rare find, this image -- without any provenance or explanation -- showing a male dancer costumed as an Egyptian female. The photo appears to be from 1890-1920. Probably from a theatre performance or vaudeville production. But I can't help...Read More


What Asexuals Want

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 24, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More


Sexual Freedom Day, Laura Flanders, DOMA, DADT & more

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today has been a really hectic day. I'm still settling into the new routine here in DC and I was honored to speak at the Woodhull Freedom Foundation's Sexual Freedom Day celebration event at the National Press Club this afternoon...Read More


Redefining Intimacy

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 23, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More


A Pox on Both Political Parties: So Where Do We Go From Here?

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 22, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

In the wake of yesterday's debacle on the defense authorization bill which included DADT repeal and the DREAM Act as amendments, like many others, I felt like vomiting. The Democrats, naturally are saying it's all the GOP's fault. One Democratic...Read More


Wanna Know Who Your Friends Are? Watch This

Filed by Don Davis | September 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm not even going to bother to add any editorial comment to this video, except to say that if you haven't yet seen it, you should, and if you want to know something about who your friends really are...one of...Read More


The X Factor

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 22, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More


Against Equality Is Hitting the Road with Our New Book!

Filed by Yasmin Nair | September 21, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The recent Prop 8 decision by Judge Vaughn Walker was greeted with great celebration in mainstream gay and lesbian circles. Defenders of gay marriage have been lovingly quoting entire sections of the decision and drawing some strange conclusions. For Jennifer...Read More


Gay is not the new Black: Why replicating King's strategies won't work for the contemporary queer

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 21, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted on Stride Toward Freedom, Martin Luther King's account of the Montgomery bus boycott, one of the most successful direct actions in American history. Why was it successful? I'll get more into that tomorrow, when I'll relate more...Read More


Becoming Queer

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 21, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More


Four facts I didn't know about the Montgomery bus boycott

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

It seems you can't shake a dead cat anymore without someone using Martin Luther King to prove their point. Conservatives claim he was one of them - he once said, "I have a dream that my four little children will...Read More


Asexuality exists

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 20, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More


Anti-Gay Attitudes Undeterred by Golden Rule

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tom Jacobs is a staff writer with the Miller-McCune Center in Santa Barbara, California, a nonprofit organization that publishes a bimonthly magazine and website focused on academic research and public policy. He is a veteran feature...Read More


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#SSS: Stan Garnet and Courage Campaign's Prop 8 Trial Tracker, NOM Tracker, and the Testimony Project

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 19, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week on our weekly podcast, Same Sex Sunday: Stan Garnet, candidate for Colorado Attorney General talked with Phil Reese. Phil Reese and I interviewed the Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs and Arisha Michelle Hatch with Open Left's Adam Bink. We...Read More


Five Myths About Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 18, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I have long maintained that the real rational behind Don't Ask Don't Tell is religion and religion belief and the efforts of military leaders and Christianists to inflict their beliefs on all of society and in the military in particular....Read More


Don't Read This if You Have Hang-Ups: vintage magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 16, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Published barely 13 months after the Stonewall riots, this magazine for the exclusive Fire Island crowd makes it clear that the tide had shifted to a spirit of self-acceptance and gay pride. A really fabulous little piece of gay history....Read More


Now I Know Who All These People Running Around My House Are

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A family includes same-sex couples with children, as well as married gay and lesbian couples. That's the belief of "a majority of Americans," who now include the above in their definition of family according to a study by Brian Powell,...Read More


HRC donates $150K to offset Target... what about everyone else?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 13, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

HRC off-set the donation Target made to MN Forward, the rightwing PAC set up to elect officials who want to decrease social services in Minnesota and hurt the economy in order to benefit corporations and wealthy people in that state,...Read More


Rep Frank on Inclusive ENDA: "Get The Votes!"

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 12, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Pam Daniels is a writer and activist with 23 years experience in broadcast news and media including the staff of a former Governor. "Get the votes" was the message from Representative Barney Frank to everyone in the LGBT...Read More


Queer gender boxed - One size does not fit all

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 09, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: K. Flo Razowsky is an anti-Zionist ashkenazic Jew based in Minneapolis who combines grassroots organizing, documentary photography and writing with no-compromise activism to the international struggle for human rights, dignity, freedom, and respect for the Earth in face...Read More


"The good side of Gay, Inc." remix

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 08, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Phil posted yesterday several reasons why he loves the gay nonprofit industry, and a few people in the comments pointed out that they didn't like how their agenda was pretty much set based on wealthier LGBT's desires. I'm not defending...Read More


What about the queer kind of ladies' night?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

An appeals court rejected a case brought to close down ladies nights in New York: The Manhattan-based Second Court of Appeals rejected a claim by Den Hollander, a self-proclaimed "Men's Rights" lawyer, who insisted that "Ladies Night" promotions such as...Read More


The good side of Gay Inc.

Filed by Phil Reese | September 07, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Say what you will about Gay Inc, I still send my dollars down to DC every year without fail. Should I be happy with the return on investment that I get out of my pet causes? Certainly not. With the...Read More


Labor Day Weekend Five Years Ago - Katrina Aftermath

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 07, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The following is largely a repost of a post I did on my personal blog, Michael-in-Norfolk, over three years ago that described the efforts of my former partner and I in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation to...Read More


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#SSS: GetEqual's Robin McGehee, GOProud Chris Barron, and Americans for Democratic Action's Michael J Wilson

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 05, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

On this week's Same Sex Sunday, GetEqual's Robin McGehee and conservative GOProud Chairman of the Board Chris Barron got into several heated debates as we discussed this week's top news. Michael J Wilson, the National Director of the nations' oldest...Read More


Historians' Changing View of President Lincoln's Sexuality

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In 2005, the late C.W. Tripp posited that Abraham Lincoln was secretly a homosexual in his book, "The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln." Not surprisingly, many historians and those on the far right were aghast - as if somehow being...Read More


Homophobia and transphobia aren't clear-cut, separate concepts

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I've been saying for a while that perhaps the word (if not the concept) of "homophobia" should be replaced since it doesn't really describe the whole of the concept. I'm not making the Amelia Bedelia argument that homophobes are not...Read More


HO-MO-HUM

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On the same day marking Mother Teresa's 100th birthday, news broke that the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman is gay. Much to the chagrin of William Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious...Read More


Why The TBLG Community Can't Sit Out The 2010 Midterms

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 01, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I'm noting the volcanic level anger within elements of the GLBT community at the Democrats over the pace of the community's political agenda. While I'm angry at the Dems for different reasons and some of y'all within the GLBT community...Read More


Transgender Law Institute at Lavender Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

We held our first Transgender Law Institute at the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference last Thursday. We had about 75 people in attendance, from all over the country. It was an amazing gathering of talent, and I felt...Read More


New Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks the New Documentary "Bullied", LGBT Youth, Media, & More

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 01, 2010 | 10:30 AM | 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