November 3, 2009

Election Night Results Open Thread: Maine, WA State, Kalamazoo & Beyond

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight is a big night for LGBT rights and issues- Marriage Equality in Maine, Relationship Recognition in Washington State, and a Human Rights Ordinance in Kalamazoo. Add that to the openly gay candidates (Annise Parker in Houston) and races that...Read More

New study of gay marriage from Census data

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

First of its kind: a demographic analysis, based on new Census Bureau data, comparing statistics on married same-sex couples, unmarried same-sex couples, and married different-sex couples. The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA Law issued...Read More

A little marriage bill moves ahead in D.C.

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 5:50 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Lost in the aftermath of the D.C. Council hearing on the marriage bill and in...Read More

In York, Maine Today: No on One!

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 03, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

My friend, and fellow board member of Mass Equality, Pete and I hit the road this morning to knock on doors. Specifically, we were in Kittery. The campaign was set up at the York Harbor Inn, and set up with...Read More

Statement from Ryan Skipper's Family about today's Guilty Verdict

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

After two hours of deliberations, a jury of 12 has found William Brown, Jr. guilty of first degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. From Ryan Skipper's Family: We would like to thank the State Attorney's Office and especially...Read More

How Do You Just Watch a Rape?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

NOTE: TRIGGER WARNING, VIDEO BELOW DEPICTS GRAPHIC RAPE SCENE FROM A MOVIE. WTF is wrong with people? How do you just watch a rape?...Read More

Maine, Obama and the LGBT Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger, author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor David Mixner writes about his passions: progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy. Once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in...Read More

Voting on marriage equality in DC

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 03, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The hearing on marriage equality in DC continued today before the City Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. Last week there were theatrics by those opposing marriage equality, but there was also a common theme. They want the...Read More

Verdict expected today for 2nd defendant in Ryan Skipper's murder

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: After two hours of deliberations, a jury of 12 has found William Brown, Jr. guilty of first degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. We'll be updating this as trial info comes in: BROWN TRIAL ADVISORY: Equality Florida...Read More

The Leather 70s: vintage gay erotica

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

From a rare French photoset...Read More

WV's Senator Jay Rockefeller: Legislator of the Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Big news! The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has just announced its witness list. It's an interesting list that raises hope and questions, and I've uncovered some facts about the witnesses that you can see after the jump....Read More

Washington: New Referendum 71 Polling Analyzed

Filed by Don Davis | November 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

It is now Election Day around the US, and one ballot question that is attracting national attention is Washington State's Referendum 71. Voting "yes" on the Referendum would codify in law various protections for same-sex domestic partners, and it is...Read More

DC marriage hearings end with a proposal

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Monday was the second day of the marathon hearings on the DC marriage bill. Over 250 people signed up to testify for or against legalizing marriages between same-sex couples over the two days with roughly 80% of the witnesses supporting...Read More


Democracy in Action

Filed by Ed Team | November 03, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." --Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism...Read More

Maine campaign raises $68k online yesterday

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

When Adam Bink sounded the alarm yesterday about fundies dumping an extra $25k into Maine, he asked you to donate online. The netroots came through and donated almost $70,000 - allowing the campaign to buy extra ad time through...Read More

Equality March Co-Directors Resign; Group Reorganizes Amid Controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2009 | 12:30 AM | comments

Kip Williams and Robin McGehee, Co-Directors of the National Equality March, have left Equality Across America citing differences about the direction the new group should take. The march, held less than a month ago, attracted about 200,000 LGBT people to...Read More