The Movement: October 2011

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North Bi Northeast: An Interview with Bi Researcher Dr. Margaret Robinson

Filed by Amy Andre | October 31, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

When Margaret Robinson, PhD, was working on her dissertation - which was on bisexual women and their choices between polyamory and monogamy - she found that the distinctions were more blurry than expected.Read More


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Classic Defenses for Anti-LGBT Behavior

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Matt Smith takes us through several excuses commonly used to justify or explain away anti-LGBT behavior.Read More


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Sharing Your Perspective on the History of HIV/AIDS

Filed by Dan O'Neill | October 31, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm currently working with the Velvet Foundation to develop an exhibition on the History of HIV/AIDS as told from the perspective of the LGBT community. Our aim is to develop this exhibition in advance of the 2012 International AIDS Conference in DC.Read More


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A Right to Be There

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 31, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

This time when I visit Occupy Santa Fe, some people are friendly to me and others seem disengaged, homophobic in the sense of a masculinist type of suspicion.Read More


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5 Best Reasons for LGBT to Support T

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 29, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Some among us need it explained why the LGBT community needs to support trans rights. Guest blogger Winterson Tashlin lays it out in five concrete arguments.Read More


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Fighting Alienation Is a Revolution

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've been thinking this more and more about lately. How did some social apes like us decide that it was a sign of status and safety to not interact with others.Read More


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Something Like a Dream

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 28, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

There's something about living in Santa Fe that allows me to suspend disbelief about this whole thing. I try to follow what's going on in other occupations that pop up in the news, and of course there's a lot more going on there.Read More


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To the Rest of the World, We Are the 1%

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today someone mentions a potential camping area where everyone has been cleared out - oh, a perfect place for an occupation, right? Clear out the wrong people, bring in the right ones. We are the 99 percent! Read More


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NOM Fakes Photo & Gets Called Out on Maddow

Filed by Bil Browning | October 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lovable blogger Jeremy Hooper over at Good As You is one of the best religious right watchers in the nation and he's caught the National Organization for Marriage with their pants down yet again.Read More


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Occupy Santa Fe: Maybe This Is What It Means to Really Live Here

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 25, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Even in this short time, I can see the leaders who do not identify as leaders emerging, I can see the way they talk to one another and I know that intoxication from my own experience with activism.Read More


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Solidarity: Calling Out a Corporate Sponsor at a Pro-LGBT Event

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 23, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Would you have the nerve to call out a presenting sponsor for an LGBT event if you were the featured speaker? Guest blogger Katie Burgess did just that during a Coming Out Day Luncheon sponsored by Cargill.Read More


Thoughts on Why HIV Infection Rates Are Up for Young Black Men

Filed by Anthony Carter | October 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

It has often been said that knowledge is power. A very wise mentor of mine likes to say that it is the "application of knowledge" that gives us true power.Read More


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Mixner Calls for Townhalls to Choose New HRC Ex Dir

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, this is an interesting idea... Veteran activist David Mixner writes that the Human Rights Campaign should hold a series of townhall meetings to get community input on the selection of a new Executive Director.Read More


Transgender Community Wins Some and Loses Some

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Recent events in the trans community show that we are beginning to form a unified opposition to the oppression that we face on a daily basis. Read More


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Equality California Taking Time With Transition Plan

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 20, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a press release announcing the resignation of Roland Palencia as EQCA executive director, the nonprofit statewide LGBT lobbying organization promised to present a plan last Friday, but no plan emerged.Read More


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Are Trans Sex Workers Deserving of Liberation?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have a lot of complicated feelings about sex work. Do I stand in solidarity with trans sex workers and their right to dignity or am I fighting for rights so that trans people won't have to engage in sex work?Read More


How to Combat Rising HIV Rates in Young Black Men

Filed by Anthony Carter | October 20, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

As a mentor, I can offer the insight that is steeped in knowing how young people think and behave. I can give the "think of your future" nonsense a rest. I can actually "listen" to them give me the reasons and thinking behind their decisions.Read More


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Go Purple for Spirit Day on October 20th!

Filed by Jason Tseng | October 19, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Every child deserves that kind of support, but not everyone can get it. Which is why you should go purple for Spirit Day on October 20th.Read More


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Col. George Middleton: Black Revolutionary War Hero

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

During the time of the American Revolution, George Middleton was recognized as a great fighter for liberty and independence, and a respected leader among the community of blacks living in Boston, Mass.Read More


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Confessions of a Reluctant Activist

Filed by Anthony Carter | October 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Warning! If somebody has to keep telling - and not showing - their politics there is trouble afoot.Read More


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Roland Palencia on Why He Left Equality California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Over the weekend, EQCA's Communications Director Rebekah Orr told me that the board didn't not complete their conversations with staff and therefore didn't publish their transition plan on Friday, as expected. She said they hoped to put it out Monday, but no release was forthcoming.Read More


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Jerame Davis Named Interim ED of National Stonewall Democrats

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 18, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Current Executive Director Michael Mitchell is not renewing his contract, which expires at the end of this month. Read More


Is Marriage Equality for White People?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Even after it was widely discredited that the black turnout could be responsible for the passage of Prop 8, the conventional wisdom has remained that the issue of marriage equality is simply not something that appeals to voters of color.Read More


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We're Going Purple on October 20: You Should Too

Filed by Bil Browning | October 17, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Bilerico Project will be joining the campaign by changing our logo purple for the campaign. Wearing purple on this day symbolizes support for LGBT people and against bullying of LGBT teens.Read More


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Occupy Wall Street Likes Capitalism - Sort Of

Filed by Don Davis | October 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's free speech, it's people seeking a redress of grievances in a peaceful assembly, there's voting... hell, the only way this could be more representative of Truth, Justice, and The American Way is if everyone down there was wearing a Superman suit.Read More


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Why I Don't Want To Blog Anymore

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

My low blogging libido issues, and what the doctor ordered.Read More


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A View from Occupy Santa Fe

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was skeptical about this encampment, which apparently has received the blessing of both the Mayor of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Police Department. But, when I arrived, it was pretty fascinating to see the infrastructure that had emerged.Read More


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Look Who's at the OutServe Conference: The CIA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 16, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Some very interesting panels at the OutServe conference at the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday. I thought you might want to see this: the CIA is here as a sponsoring organization. Read More


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Same-Sex Couples Fight for Marriage Licenses in NC

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the past few weeks, the new "We Do" campaign has been seeking to make its mark on North Carolina by having gay and lesbian couples request marriage licenses and have their requests publicly denied. Read More


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Tributes Honoring LGBT Hero Frank Kameny Continue

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

One indication of how Frank Kameny secured his own legacy, and therefore the early milestones of the LGBT movement, was by having his memorabilia donated to and curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.Read More


NYC Begins Fight for LGBT-Inclusive Education

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, New York City lawmakers joined California by entering the ring of the fight for public grade school curriculum that discusses the achievements and influences of LGBT people throughout history. Read More


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Point Foundation NYC Cornerstone Event Helps LGBT Collegians

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | October 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Point Foundation is one of my top LGBT causes because it helps guide our next-generation leaders and because it is so well-run, a class act all the way.Read More


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Katherine Lee Bates: Author of 'America the Beautiful'

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Katherine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful," popularly known in the United States as "the other national anthem." Her ode has touched so many lives "from sea to shining sea."Read More


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Friedrich Von Steuben: Father of the U.S. Military

Filed by Mark Segal | October 12, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

There are few historians today who would doubt that Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Von Steuben was gay. If George Washington was the father of the nation, then von Steuben, a gay man, was the father of the United States military.Read More


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Coming Out: Ten Years Later

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

October 10 marks the tenth anniversary of the day I first came out to my former wife. I had struggled for 39 years trying to convince myself that what I knew in my heart about my sexual orientation was not really true.Read More


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16 Reasons We Should Be Protesting

Filed by Leslie Robinson | October 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

LGBT folks are demonstrating from New York to Seattle and I'm pleased about that. I can think of a lot of reasons we should be involved in this fight, but here's the first sixteen that pop to mind.Read More


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Roland Palencia Stepping Down as Equality California ED

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 11, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

In a brief phone interview Monday night, Roland Palencia told me he was resigning as Executive Director of Equality California.Read More


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Dear Applicant: Ten Tips for the LGBT Job Seeker

Filed by Amy Andre | October 10, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Your resume should be one page max. If you're at a stage in your career where you've accomplished so much that you can't possibly fit it all onto one page, you're not applying for jobs anyway - you're being headhunted. Read More


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COW: On Joe Solmonese's Replacement

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Many readers added other prominent LGBT activists to Viktor's list, but many overlooked those who weren't/aren't directly involved in the movement. Former contributor Toni D'Orsay chimed in to remind Projectors to think outside of the box.Read More


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Is Getting Angry in the Face of Oppression Productive?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Expressing anger - acting with spiritual violence - hurts everyone, not just the object of that anger. Insulting people is like throwing hot coals at someone with your bare hands; you might hit your object sometimes, but you're sure to burn yourself in the process.Read More


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Paula Ettelbrick Dies at 56

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | October 09, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The passing of Ettelbrick, a lesbian legal expert and activist, is a great loss. Read More


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Walt Whitman: Poet, Chronicler of War

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Walt Whitman, the father of both American poetry and modern poetry in general, established free verse as the international norm for poetry in English and celebrated gay sexuality with surprising openness for its time.Read More


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Queers Shouldn't Ask to Sit at the Table

Filed by Toshio Meronek | October 07, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's hard in there for a queer. The relative number of LGBT people in prison is higher than that of straights, and queers behind bars experience abuse more widely than their straight counterparts.Read More


Complete This Sentence in 4 Words or Less

Filed by Bil Browning | October 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Just for fun this afternoon, complete this sentence in four words or less.Read More


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The Top 10 Potential Presidential Candidates for HRC

Filed by Viktor Kerney | October 07, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

As most of you know, Joe Solmonese had chosen not renew his contract as HRC President. Here's a list of ten highly qualified leaders that could move the HRC in an progressive direction.Read More


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What's Next for the Progressive Movement?

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

As the last full day of the Take Back the American Dream conference ended, the “Building the Progressive Movement: What Should We Do Next?” action strategy session posed the question that was probably on the minds of many attendees: What should we do next?Read More


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Is My Generation Destroying Gay Subculture?

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 06, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow's interview in The Hollywood Reporter makes me question: How important is "gay subculture"? And what does that even mean? Perhaps my inability to pinpoint the subculture is exactly the issue that she's talking about...Read More


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Equality California Says No to Prop. 8 Repeal Ballot in 2012

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Buried in a note to supporters of Equality California on what Executive Director Roland Palencia describes as a new "breakthrough" project is the announcement that EQCA will not be participating in any return to the ballot in 2012 to overturn Prop. 8.Read More


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William Rufus King: First Gay U.S. Vice President?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 06, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Some historians have speculated that William Rufus King holds a significant distinction as likely being the first gay U.S. vice president, and possibly one of the first gay members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.Read More


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Unequal Equality

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 05, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

As common as it now is to hear the term "equality" thrown around with such abandon in our national conversation about American LGBT civil rights, is it really accurate or even fair to describe many of our community's most recent political gains with this term?Read More


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James Buchanan: America's First Gay President?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 05, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Historian James W. Loewen has extensively researched the personal life of James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, and he's convinced Buchanan was gay, having shared much of his life with William Rufus King, a senator from Alabama.Read More


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Your Thoughts: HRC's New Survey

Filed by Bil Browning | October 04, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I noticed this morning that HRC is doing a survey to get the community's thoughts on "HRC, the state of our movement, & issues that matter most to you." My interest piqued, I went and took the quick survey.Read More


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Doe v Reed: The Next Chapter

Filed by Joe Mirabella | October 03, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today, the next chapter in a legal case that many thought was long since over will be argued in Federal District Court in Tacoma, Washington.Read More


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Anna Maria Lane: Soldier

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 03, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Just beyond the grounds of the Virginia Capitol stands a historical marker honoring Anna Maria Lane, a soldier in the American Revolution. It distinguishes her for donning men's clothing so she could enlist with her husband in the Connecticut Continental Line. Read More


New Marriage Equality PSA Debuts in Australia

Filed by Adam Polaski | October 02, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

This week an Australian LGBT advocacy organization, "I Do," launched a PSA promoting marriage equality in the country. It's a sweet, statistics-filled piece that makes the case for a supportive, gay-friendly Australia. Read More


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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: Civil War Surgeon

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 02, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Known for her determination and strength of conviction, Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) is also remembered as the only woman to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor in the United States military, for her service during the Civil War.Read More


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Fairness WV: From Secret Meetings to Equality Gala In Three Years

Filed by Ed Kennedy | October 02, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

How does one build equality? Out of a few brave souls.Read More


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Fairness WV Brings GLBT Activism To Small Town Appalachia

Filed by Ed Kennedy | October 01, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

West Virginia's only gay rights group brings activism out of the cities and into rural West Virginia.Read More


Teleseminars: Coming Out

Filed by Davina Kotulski | October 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Sometimes coming out is more than just revealing our sexual orientation. Sometimes we need to come out about other aspects of who we are that others may not agree with.Read More