The Movement: April 2012

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Equality & Justice Day at NY Capitol on May 8

Filed by Drew Cordes | April 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Equality & Justice Day will center on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which will ensure that transgender people are included in the New York State human rights law.Read More


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What Do You Make of Britain's New Marriage Ad?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 26, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm honestly not sure how to feel about the new marriage equality ad to come out out of Great Britain.Read More


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Raul Castro's Daughter Speaks Out About LGBT Rights

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | April 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

In a must-listen radio interview with Brian Kahn of Home Ground Radio, Mariela Castro Espin talks movingly about Cuba's recent efforts to bring about economic improvements and social change for its people.Read More


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ACT UP Goes Back To Wall Street For Their 25th Annversary

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 25, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

ACT UP is celebrating their 25th anniversary by marching and protesting on Wall Street. Joined by the Occupy Wall Street movement, they are pushing a Financial Speculation Tax that could support up to 15 million people by 2015, possibly ending the AIDS pandemic. Read More


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Gay Jesus: From His Lips to God's Ears [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | April 25, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

James Brandon, who plays the character of Jesus in Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi, took time to speak with me about his life, love, faith, and his experience of playing a "Gay Jesus."Read More


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A Familiar Issue Needs to Vent

Filed by Leslie Robinson | April 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm Gay Marriage, and I'm mad.Read More


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Gender Diversity, Scapegoating & Erasure in Medicine & Media

Filed by Kelley Winters | April 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The media erupted after psychiatrist Robert Spitzer rescinded his controversial claim that conversion therapy can change sexual orientation in gays and lesbians, but that's only half of the story. Shifting stigma from one oppressed class to a more oppressed class is not real change.Read More


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Even in Failed 'Worldwide March,' Grassroots Effort Finds Seeds of Success

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | April 23, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

What if they gave a "Worldwide LGBT Equality March" and no one came? Well, they gave it, few showed, and now it's time for Monday morning quarterbacking.Read More


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Professional Bisexual: One of the First Paid Staffers of a Bi Org [Interview]

Filed by Amy Andre | April 22, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

In 2011, Ellyn Ruthstrom became the first - and so far, only - regular paid employee of the Bisexual Resource Center... As such, Ellyn joined a tiny number of people in the world who have been paid to work at bi organizations.Read More


GetEQUAL: Move On from Obama & Attack Our Enemies

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 20, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

GetEQUAL has a new strategy. Stop me if you have heard this one already. They are going to stage a bunch of protests against Obama.Read More


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Homophobia: The New 'Hate Word'

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Increasingly, the Canadian far right has not merely imported rhetoric from south of the border, it has also refined and exported it as well.Read More


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ACT UP Returns to Wall Street with Some New Friends

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | April 18, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) "occupied" Wall Street decades before it became a movement. Now ACT UP NY will commemorate its 25th anniversary by teaming up with Occupy Wall Street in a massive demonstration on April 25th. Read More


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Chad Griffin vs Frank Schubert Over NC's Amendment One

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

North Carolina's Amendment One will pit incoming HRC President Chad Griffin against Prop 8 mastermind Frank Schubert as the two face off again in a battle over equality.Read More


Jim Collins Foundation Grants For Trans Gender-Confirming Surgery

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Since the culture considers trans lives a ridiculous joke, the idea of providing appropriate health-care if you aren't rich is dismissed with a laugh. This is where the Jim Collins Foundation comes in.Read More


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Questioning the Purpose of the 'We Can't Wait' Campaign

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

While it is an ambitious initiative, Freedom To Work's new "We Can't Wait" campaign is also tricky and confusing. Yes, this will get attention, but the real question is: How effective will this attention be?Read More


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Psychiatrist Robert Spitzer Retracts His 2001 'Ex-Gay' Study

Filed by Adam Polaski | April 11, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

This morning, a new piece in The American Prospect eviscerates the ex-gay movement's only supposed "evidence" that conversion therapy - "praying the gay away," if you will - is effective. Read More


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MSNBC's Roberts Hosts GetEqual White House Easter Egg Couple On ENDA Exec Order

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 10, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

A gay couple, one of whom works for a federal contractor, attended the annual White House Easter Egg Roll to ask President Obama about the ENDA Executive Order sitting on his desk. MSNBC's Thomas Roberts interviewed them. Read More


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Disqualified from High School Contest, Gay Teen Speaks Out

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | April 10, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

I was curious as to how today's youth were coping with harassment on campus, as well as in their daily lives, and sat down with Kearian Giertz, the California high school student disqualified from a school competition for saying he wanted to marry a man.Read More


GLAAD I Am: Educating the Public About The Trans Community

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition's smart educational video campaign about trans lives goes national. Read More


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Should a Gay Couple Press Obama at Easter Egg Roll About EDNA?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 08, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm afraid this will come off like a bad publicity stunt that will undermine the overall message. However, I'm curious to hear what y'all think about this.Read More


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Federal Appeals Court Hears Historic DOMA Challenge

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 05, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders argued on behalf of seven married same-sex couples and three widowers in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.Read More


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Queer Asians: Coming Out & Coming Together

Filed by Jason Tseng | April 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last night, I sat in the kitchen of my 90 year old grandmother. She asks me how I am and most importantly: if I've found a girlfriend yet. A twang of pain rings in my chest as I tell her, "Not yet, Nai Nai."Read More


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National LGBT Groups Stand with the Family of Trayvon Martin

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 04, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

On Monday, a coalition of LGBT groups issued an open letter that described the killing of Trayvon Martin as a "national call to action" and demands justice for the family.Read More


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A Scavenger Hunt with Queer People for Justice

Filed by Amy Andre | April 04, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Wouldn't you want to spend a day wearing a feather boa and hanging out with these folks?Read More


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When 'Inclusive' Language Actually Excludes

Filed by Sean Bugg | April 03, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The move from "gay and lesbian" to "LGBT" is something that sprung from noble motives of inclusion and, in general, it's been a successful and good change. But language matters and "LGBT" simply isn't the right term to use in every context.Read More


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Transformational? Trayvon Martin & Matthew Shepard

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 03, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

As tragic as the death of Trayvon Martin is, his death has within it the transformational power for justice that we all experienced following the death of Matthew Shepard. In their deaths, both of these young men touched the hearts of millions.Read More


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'Gay Marriage' Isn't 'Cute' [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Over on Viktor Kerney's post, "A Gay Marriage Plank? No, a Full Equality Plank," he caused quite a stir over his choice of words to make his point.Read More