April 7, 2009

The Speed of change, and why I am not happy with President Obama

Filed by Father Tony | April 07, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I'm listening to the news about the victories in Vermont and Iowa, and agreeing with Iowa Senator Gronstal's daughter that we are just one generation away from full equality. I'm also working on my tax return and wondering whether to...Read More

Obama nominates two gay men to faith-based initiatives council

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Advocate is reporting that HRC's Harry Knox was named to the advisory council for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Overall, the council will include two openly gay people - Fred Davie, executive director of the...Read More

VICTORY! Vermont Votes for Marriage Equality!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 07, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This post comes via HRC Back Story and includes on-the-ground commentary from HRC's National Field Director Marty Rouse. BREAKING: The Vermont House voted 100-49 to override the marriage bill veto! The House vote, which followed the Senate voting...Read More

Speedbump to history

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I kind of feel bad for Gov. Jim Douglas. I am sure that there are things for which he will be remembered. I don't live in Vermont, so I'm not really sure what they are. I do know however that...Read More

The dissociation point: On manners and pronouns

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm probably going to open a huge can of worms with this post. I guess every person going through transition has to get to the pronoun question sometime. In my experience, this hits like a rock: one day you don't...Read More

That Open Secret

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | April 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Wyatt O'Brian Evans is a Bilerico-DC contributor. This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism" that we're running here on Bilerico Project. In the African-American community, Black-on-Black racism is an open...Read More

DC Council Votes to Recognize Marriages from Other States

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In one week the Iowa Supreme Court legalizes marriage, the Vermont legislature overrides the governor's veto to legalize marriage and now this. From today's Washington Post: The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on...Read More

Rick Warren is a liar

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pam has a great post responding to Rick Warren's little problem with the truth on Larry King Live last night, where he claimed to have never compared same-sex marriage to incest or to have opposed Prop 8 (video after the...Read More

Reflecting on Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm a little bit shaky inside right now. Part of it is the whiplash that comes from moving from a state (Indiana) where LGBT people have been fighting a rearguard action to defeat an anti-marriage amendment to a state where...Read More

What's Evan Bayh thinking?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I was going to post about Evan Bayh's bizarre vote with the Republicans against the Obama budget (as well as his even weirder vote in favor of the fiscally irresponsible Republican budget filled with tax cuts for extremely wealthy people...Read More

Dear President Obama: Tell That to My Child

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dear President Obama: In less than a week, the White House lawn will be swarming with children and their parents, gleeful participants in the White House Easter Egg Roll. Children of LGBT parents will be among them, as they have...Read More

VT Becomes the 4th State in the Nation to Embrace Marriage Equality!

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 11:02 AM | comments

Woo hoo! By my count, the vote was 100 to 49....Read More

TransTuesday on Twitter

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm sure that the right-wing is having conniptions over what they likely see as the LGBT take over of Twitter. First, there was #samesexsunday and now there's #transtuesday. The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone trans. Each Tuesday recommend...Read More

This just in: Vermont Senate Overrides

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 10:15 AM | comments

The Senate took about 10 minutes to override Gov. Douglas' veto. The vote was 23-5. The Senate then voted to suspend its rules and message the bill over to the House. Let the games continue......Read More

Dear Cal Thomas

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Dear Cal Thomas, If you're going to write a homophobic rant about how Iowa's activist judges are destroying America and how Disneyland is perverting our values by letting gays enter their park, try not to open by relating the plot,...Read More

Poll: 70 Percent of Jamaicans Oppose Any Rights For LGBT People

Filed by K Travis Ballie | April 07, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

In the recent flare up about the "boycott" of Jamaica over its homophobic, transphobic policies we have seen largely progressive whites arguing with progressive whites. I don't want to state my own opinion on the debate here, because I want...Read More

VT Gov. Vetoes; Override Attempted

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Things are moving fast up here in Vermont. As expected, Gov. Douglas (R) has vetoed the marriage equality bill, and will return it to the Senate for an override vote this morning. The Senate is expected to override the Governor's...Read More

Mike Gronstal rejects marriage amendment in Iowa

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

Iowa senate majority leader Mike Gronstal isn't going to let an amendment to ban same-sex marriage go forward here this session, and here's his response to an attempt to get it through. Transcript after the jump. Thanks to Bose...Read More


No war with Islam for at least 4 years

Filed by Ed Team | April 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I know there have been difficulties these last few years. I know that the trust that binds us has been strained, and I know that strain is shared in many places where the Muslim faith is practiced. Let me say...Read More