June 17, 2009

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Has The Promise Of Obama Been Broken For Now, Or Forever?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2009 | 9:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger David Badash is a regular contributor to Bilerico-DC. He is a writer and the founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, a blog focused on gay rights and gay marriage. Part I: That Was Then They...Read More

Ask Not

Filed by Donna Pandori | June 17, 2009 | 7:20 PM | comments

I tuned into "Ask Not" Tuesday night on my local PBS station. What a powerful film about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy! It's a must see. The film did an eloquent job exposing the failures of DADT and the...Read More

Obama to act on anti-trans civil service discrimination, has no timeline on DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I moved this update up to its own post to make discussion clearer. Video of the ceremony and a transcript after the jump. Earlier today I was on a conference call with the director of the Office of Personnel Management...Read More

Today's Presidential briefing covers LGBT concerns

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Lots of LGBT issues discussed in the Presidential briefing today... From Obama's planned announcement on federal benefits to LGBT employees to DOMA and DADT, the reporters kept Robert Gibbs hopping. After the jump, I've cut out the pertinent parts in...Read More

Barney Frank to reintroduce ENDA next week

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Fully inclusive, with 8 bipartisan cosponsors, here's ENDA. An assistant to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) revealed Wednesday that the congressman will introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next week. Diego Sanchez, who is transgender and a senior policy adviser to...Read More

Tyler is 'Divorcing' the 'Abusive' Democratic Party

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lost amidst all the whoopla over President Obama's memorandum about limited benefits to same sex partners of federal employees was the historic anniversary of the legal marriages in California. Equality California and California Faith for Equality co-sponsored a community celebration...Read More

Speaking Washington's Language: Money and Media

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It seems the silence from the Obama Administration might be coming to end. Maybe. Well, at least they're being forced to respond. After the increasing outrage from all sides in the LGBT community over not leading on ENDA, DADT, Hate...Read More

Anyone satisfied with half a loaf?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Update from after the conference call, with info about DOMA and transgender nondiscrimination. Updates and White House press release after the jump. Ben Smith is reporting that Obama will be issuing a memorandum to give some benefits to same-sex partners...Read More

GLAAD: Jarrett Barrios will be new org President

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced that Jarrett Barrios, a former Massachusetts state senator, will be taking the reigns of the organization. Barrios will take replace former president Neil Giuliano who resigned earlier this year. "We're...Read More

Take Action on Department of Justice Brief

Filed by Bo Shuff | June 17, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

The ACLU posted on their Facebook page that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday at 10:00am entitled "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." This would be a great time for Attorney General Eric Holder to answer...Read More

The Advocate Joins in Transphobic Media

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

It was bad enough when the New York Post ran the transphobic article "Wedding Crashers" which erroneously describes a trans woman and her cis male partner, Kimah Nelson and Jason Stenson, as a gay couple and how they "duped" the...Read More

2009 Pride was More than a Capital Affair

Filed by Keri Renault | June 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Capitol Pride wrapped its 2009 festival Sunday with balmy blue skies and high-flying spirits that eclipsed the temps along Pennsylvania Avenue. What a sight to see for the first time. As a relative newcomer to the DC scene, I've witnessed...Read More

Indiana Equality opposes ENDA: Calls it "segregation"

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

In a stunning and controversial move, Indiana's statewide LGBT organization, Indiana Equality, has publicly called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) "a new form of segregation," and will not support the proposed federal legislation. Instead, the group will only accept full...Read More

Megan Fox Makes Me Less Gay!!

Filed by Michael Buckley | June 17, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

Comment Questions of the Day: 1.Do you think Megan Fox is hot? Who would you "switch" for? ;-) 2.What do you think of my new Intro? 3. Do you love TRUE BLOOD?! Have you seen it? 4. WOULD YOU...Read More


Shock and Disappointment

Filed by Ed Team | June 17, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I was shocked and disappointed to learn that President Obama chose to defend DOMA in federal court, especially given his campaign promise to call for a full repeal of DOMA. My sadness turned to outrage when I read the Justice...Read More

Sign language has never been hotter

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Michael DiMartino has become a hot YouTube celebrity after his videos dancing and signing popular pop songs took the web by storm. Here he does his take on Britney Spears' "If You Seek Amy." I'd, uh, be happy to....Read More