The Movement: October 2010

4 days and counting

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 29, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Who was it that said the Tea Party doesn't care about social issues such LGBT equality? Whoever it was got it so wrong. Witness Republican senate candidate Sharon Angle's recent comments about marriage: I confess that we are a nation...Read More


Again, the South shall lead us

Filed by Susan Raffo | October 29, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

There I was, sitting in a hotel lobby in Dallas, TX in 1994. A new friend, just met, was sitting next to me on the fake leather couch. This new friend, Pam McMichael, was telling me about the work of...Read More


Time Magazine, 1979: Gay history memorabilia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 29, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Does anyone remember this piece or cover? It's stunningly sad that the same cover could probably still run today, 31 years later, and some people would think the question is fresh and want to debate the point. But is there...Read More


Making the Push for December a Little Easier

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | October 27, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

All the news over the last few weeks has been confusing as hell, and not just for you guys. Wading through all the elating and depressing moments sucks, hard. Through the haze, one fact remains quite clear: We need to...Read More


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#SSS: DADT, Gay Adoption, Obama It Gets Better, NOM's Legal Woes

Filed by Joe Mirabella | October 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Daniel O'Neill discusses HIV Infection prevention efforts in Washington DC with Phil Reese. The Round Table discussed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell roller coaster, the end of the Florida ban on gay adoption, the President's It Gets Better video, NOM's...Read More


When Past Meets Present

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dr. Franklin Kameny, World War II veteran and lifelong civil rights activist, with West Point grad and former U.S. Army infantryman Dan Choi. The two activists seeking repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" joined forces at the Smithsonian's National Museum...Read More


Obama - It Gets Better

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

The administration released a video today of the President's message for LGBT youth for the It Gets Better project. Check it out and let us know what you think:...Read More


Legends for equality

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 21, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Author's Note: I serve on the Equality Virginia Legends Committee. The following is an op-ed piece that we hope to have published in the Virginian Pilot and the Daily Press. Among other things, Equality Virginia believes in a truly inclusive...Read More


Is Don't Ask, Don't Tell 'Humpty Dumpty'?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 20, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tuesday marked the one week anniversary of the court-ordered death of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. And, as the New York Times reported Wednesday, "The United States military, for the first time, is allowing its recruiters to accept openly gay and...Read More


A Multi-Pronged Fight

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | October 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Yesterday the Pentagon announced it was alright for gays and lesbians to enlist in the military. While momentous, the announcement was also misleading. First, no enlistment takes just one day. Medical screenings, aptitude tests, and choosing a job all create...Read More


Women Manning the Homefront: WWI era postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 18, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Humorous World War I postcard, which more than suggests that women made do quite nicely while the men were gone....Read More


Interview with Against Equality

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 17, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I recorded an interview with Bilerico contributors Ryan Conrad and Yasmin Nair earlier this week on their book, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage. While I don't agree with everything they said, their critique does have some valuable components...Read More


The Case for Not Voting on November 2nd

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I realize up front that I will likely be savaged and trashed for my opinions in this post. However, after receiving a plethora of e-mails from Democrats with the catch phrase "Not Voting is a Vote for Tea Party Republicans,"...Read More


Lesbian couple asked to leave strip mall for kissing

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Caitlin Breedlove stresses several times that she didn't kiss her girlfriend as a "publicity stunt," but unless she's completely making up the incident, it couldn't have gotten any publicity without the security guard's actions (transcript at the link): Please let...Read More


I See AC/DC: vintage pulp

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 14, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Didn't quite know how to write a title for this delicious morsel of torrid bisexuality, transgenderism and all-around sluttiness, but wow, I love it. The redhead on the bed looks like Julia Roberts to me... but on Ecstasy. Book cover...Read More


Department of Justice appeal DOMA ruling

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 13, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

After the positive news on two court cases yesterday, we get this: The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a...Read More


A Quick Breakdown on Today's Injunction on DADT Discharges

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | October 12, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Well, maybe not so quick. As of right now, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not in effect. Tomorrow, next week, is another story. Maybe. Today, Judge Virgina Phillips who is presiding over the case LCR v. USA in Riverside declared...Read More


Recovering 70's Lesbian-Feminism, on Its Own Terms

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Emily Douglas is editor of TheNation.com. Formerly an editor at RH Reality Check, she has written on reproductive health, LGBT issues, women's rights and the law for The American Prospect, The Nation, The Women's Review of Books, RH...Read More


A lesson in protest optics

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 12, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

While reading the news this morning, I came across this picture in the Indianapolis Star from the rally yesterday opposing discrimination in the wake of cupcakegate: I'd assume that the person on the left is either gay or pro-gay and...Read More


Matthew Shepard, National Coming Out Day, and Marriage Equality Looking Back

Filed by Davina Kotulski | October 11, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

On the anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death in 2004, 43 marriage equality activists and I stood at the Fireside Lounge, the bar where Matthew Shepard was last seen alive. We were crossing the country on a bus tour that I...Read More


National Coming Out Day and Morality

Filed by Diane Silver | October 11, 2010 | 9:00 AM | comments

Today is National Coming Out Day, so it seems appropriate to note that there is nothing more important to my search for goodness than integrity. The dictionary on my iMac defines "integrity" as "the quality of being honest and having...Read More


Robin McGehee takes on anonymous blog commenter

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Bil posted a few months ago that Robin McGehee of GetEQUAL makes $90K a year, and now we know where a little of that money is going: (If you can't see the screenshots, they're two Tweets from her offering $500...Read More


What Would You Tell a Frustrated Gay Voter?

Filed by Don Davis | October 10, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I have a story that just went up here on the site that is also posted at numerous other places around the Web, and a question has been raised at another site that has brought me here today looking for...Read More


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#SSS: Grant Wood was Gay and the "State of Play" of the LGBT Movement

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

Tripp Evans discusses his new book, Grant Wood: A Life a richly detailed biography of the painter's life in Iowa as a closeted gay man. Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner filled in for Phil Reese as co-host of the Politics Round...Read More


HRC: Corporate Equality Index changes for better transgender health care

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Meghan Stabler is a nationally recognized spokesperson and activist for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She also served on Senator and then President-Elect Obama's LGBT Policy Committee. There are many issues with regards to adequate access...Read More


Unity, One Short Word

Filed by Amy Hunter | October 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

There are many signature issues around which the gay, transgender and allied communities rally — repeal of DOMA and DADT, passage of an inclusive ENDA, same-sex marriage. Social justice today for LGBT people seems to be defined by bumper sticker...Read More


"Queen Bess" Coleman: vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 01, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Worth remembering! Born in 1892, the beautiful, tough, determined and incredibly inspiration, professional aviator Bessie "Queen Bess" Coleman was the first African American (in the world) to attain a pilot's license. At age 30, she was considered "the world's greatest...Read More