April 29, 2009

When queer communities of color are not needed to win marriage rights

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 29, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

With Iowa being the fourth state to approve marriage equality, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans' optimism is high, believing many more states will follow suit. "We're hoping this momentum is contagious," Daniel Richards of Rhode Island told me....Read More

Marriage Moving in Maine

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The efforts to move the Marriage Equality bill forward in Maine have been successful. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill out of Committee to the full Senate today on a vote of 11 to 2 to 1. The full...Read More

Hate crimes legislation passes House

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2009 | 4:55 PM | comments

The House of Representatives has passed fully inclusive hate crimes legislation. The bill has been introduced in the Senate already and is expected to pass soon. Obama has pledged to sign it (and urged the House to pass HR 1913)....Read More

Rep. Virginia Foxx Says Matthew Shepard Wasn't a Victim Of Hate Violence

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | April 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

From our tremendous friends over at Media Matters: Summary: On April 29, 2009, in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Virginia Foxx claimed that Matthew Shepard's death was merely the result of a robbery gone bad. While his killers...Read More

Des Moines Register prints a hard-core homophobic screed

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Des Moines Register ran guest column from Karl Schowengerdt, a father who lost his son to AIDS and now opposes same-sex marriage. He's also a staff member of the Iowa Family Policy Center. The marriage decision has caused these...Read More

The "outing" of 83,000 anti-gay Arkansas citizens

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In what is sure to anger and frustrate the fundies yet again, KnowThyNeighbor has launched a searchable database of Arkansans who signed a petition to ban gay adoption and foster care rights. The information is a matter of the public...Read More

Just What's this Beast Called Racism, Anyway?

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | April 29, 2009 | 1:00 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 on Bilerico Project. First, for one to fully understand the monster, it's critical...Read More

100 Days - 0% Equal

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today marks the first 100 days of the new administration. President Obama has been saying that we should hold our government accountable. So, we have created the Legal Equality Index. This is a tool that can be used to hold...Read More


Filed by Kate Clinton | April 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

What a glorious time to visit Asheville, North Carolina! Kudos to my planning team. It totally makes up for Detroit in February. It had been a cool, long rainy non-springy spring in the Northeast, gray and overcast, and I was...Read More

Strange films of the 30s and 40s

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: As a sex expert (Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, M.P.H. in Human Sexuality), an author and a sex-and-relationships expert, guest blogger Gloria Brame has helped thousands of individuals with sex and relationships issues. Dr. Brame is a licensed clinical...Read More

Marriage Fight in DC Heating Up

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The movement for marriage equality is building momentum at an amazing pace. The first gay and lesbian couples were married on Monday in Iowa. The marriage bill in Maine is being fast tracked and will be voted on in the...Read More

About the Arlen Specter switch

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm sure you all have heard that Senator Arlen Specter has switched from Republican to Democrat. While it isn't specifically LGBT, such an event shouldn't pass without being noted on this blog. Personally, there doesn't seem to be much of...Read More

Andrew Holleran Below Sea Level

Filed by Father Tony | April 29, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

I do not admire him just because his newly published first novel, given to me thirty years ago by an older priest, instantly became my bible, guidebook and lexicon. I admire him because his writing is of the sort that...Read More

Susan Boyle's Hot Makeover!!! - Fake Idol, Hills and Pussycat Throwdown!

Filed by Michael Buckley | April 29, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Comment Questions of the Day: 1. Should Susan Boyle have gotten a makeover? 2. Do you view her differently now that she has two eyebrows? 3. Which show is faker/more annoying? The Hills or Keeping Up with the Kardashians?...Read More


Obama urges passage of hate crimes legislation

Filed by Ed Team | April 29, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. I urge members on both sides of the aisle to act on this important civil rights issue by...Read More

Taking down corrupt homophobic magistrates

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Via Ben Smith, here's an interview with Arlen Specter about how he first got involved in the Republican Party by going after corrupt magistrates who would seek bribes from gays picked up in sex stings....Read More