July 2, 2009

Another Historic Meeting, Another Melanin-free Transgender Contingent

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 02, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

I went nuclear last year when there was a historic committee hearing on transgender issues and not one African-American transgender person was invited to participate. There was another historic gathering of importance to GLBT people that took place on Monday....Read More

India repeals sodomy law

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Congrats to India, the Delhi High Court repealed the state sodomy law, section 377. The verdict, which was described as "progressive" by the gay rights activists who fought an eight-year-long legal battle, said, "section 377 denies a person's dignity and...Read More

Click Here To Email 20 House Republicans Open to ENDA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 02, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are 20 fair-minded House Republicans who appear to be open towards ENDA, but have not yet gone public with their support. They are just as important as the 45 Democrats who are unconfirmed, and may be more open than...Read More

Transformers 2: "Homophobia in Disguise"

Filed by Zac Hart | July 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's 9:00pm. It was date night for the husband and I. We had a nice dinner at Applebees before watching Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen - The IMAX Experience. The movie started a little after 7, and anyone who...Read More


Bilerico's birthday and the future

Filed by Bil Browning | July 02, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today's our birthday! We launched Bilerico Project two years ago today. It seems appropriate to make an announcement about the future of TBP and our affiliated sites today. We're in the middle of creating a new look for the Bilerico...Read More

Oakland Park Passes Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" City Resolution

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | July 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

At the July 1st commission meeting, the Oakland Park City Commission, working with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), Fight OUT Loud, and many other organizations, brought forward a city resolution calling for the...Read More

Introducing Fairness Works

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | July 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was very happy to get a facebook invite yesterday for Join The Impact's newest campaign: Fairness Works. Join The Impact is the grassroots organization that was able to, with zero money, mobilize millions of LGBT people to march in...Read More


Filed by Charles L. Ross | July 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

On Tuesday, a military board told Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq War veteran and Arabic linguist, that it was recommending his discharge from the Army for "moral and professional dereliction" under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He would...Read More

Dump Gay Marriage Now

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Canadian queer radical journal No More Potlucks has just published my piece "Dump Gay Marriage Now." A print-on-demand edition will also be available. "Dump Gay Marriage" was sparked by my Bilerico Project piece, "Prop 8 Is a Distraction, or:...Read More

Jena Six Free!

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

After more than two years of protesting, writing phone calls and thousands of people descending on Jena, Louisiana, to protest this outrageous retro Jim Crow case, the Jena 6, Jesse Ray Beard, Carwin Jones, Robert Bailey, Theo Shaw, Bryant Purvis...Read More

USI will offer domestic partner benefits

Filed by Bil Browning | July 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The last of Indiana's four publicly supported four-year universities will offer domestic partner benefits after January 1st. Kudos to Projector Chad Tew for pushing the University of Southern Indiana to institute partner benefits for LGBT employees; he's been a driving...Read More

Bending Towards Oblivion: my interview with historian Martin Duberman in the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: We're approaching the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the symbolic event of early gay liberation, and I'm wondering if you think there's any of this liberationist spirit left in the gay movement. Martin Duberman: Well, I...Read More

Book Review: The Progressive Revolution

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 02, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

When I was asked to review The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be by Michael Lux of Openleft.com fame, I expected another partisan rehash of "Yay Liberals! Boo Conservatives!" with little depth. Instead, what I got...Read More

The Cisgender Everyone Else Standard of Care

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Every so often, I receive an email through the albertatrans website feedback form that challenges me with something I hadn't thought of before. Recently, a query came in from a cisgender male who thought that I might be a good...Read More

Should You Love a Wallflower?

Filed by Father Tony | July 02, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony My steady boyfriend is a man who can't dance. He won't even try to learn how to dance. I dragged him onto the floor at our club just once. His face was so sad I gave...Read More

You can do it, Pumpy

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Lots of health care odds-n-ends in this post. I can't bring you comprehensive coverage on this site since covering even one topic is hard enough for a blogger (for continuous coverage, I suggest Ezra Klein). But I can pass along...Read More

My Pride Party & the White Elephant

Filed by Keri Renault | July 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Tuesday night over dinner conversation at a friend's home near Capital Hill, my partner and I recalled the memorable highlights of our Maryland housewarming. Our social event the previous Saturday was more a celebration of newfound friendship than a newcomer's...Read More

Comedy pride month

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 02, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Congratulations to Al Franken, our first openly comic American to serve in the Senate. Larry Craig doesn't count - he had to use props....Read More


Separate Isn't So Equal

Filed by Ed Team | July 02, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race deprives children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities, even though the physical facilities and other 'tangible' factors may be equal. The 'separate but equal' doctrine adopted...Read More

Gay Liberation Front Surviving Members

Filed by Father Tony | July 02, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

At New York City's Gay and Lesbian Community Center, on Thursday June 25, 2009, the surviving founding members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) each had 3 minutes to tell a personal story from the earliest days of the...Read More