December 1, 2010

Illinois legislature passes civil unions: different-sex couples also eligible

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | December 01, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Illinois Senate has passed a civil union bill. The House passed it yesterday, and the governor has said he will sign it, so it's a done deal. When it becomes law the status will be available to both same-sex...Read More

The Story of Hanukkah

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | December 01, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

To many Americans, Hanukkah is the Jewish equivalent of Christmas, perhaps because the two holidays usually fall close to one another. However, thanks to the vagaries of the Jewish lunar calendar, Hanukkah 2010 begins at sundown on December 1, when...Read More

Nicki Minaj: "Only Gay Men Understand Women"

Filed by Toshio Meronek | December 01, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Bisexual hip pop star Nicki Minaj likes to call herself the new "black Barbie," a term stolen from Lil' Kim's lyric book that reduces her to a race plus plasticity and superficiality. Another reduction she loves to use is her...Read More

When "free trade" really means "restricting trade"

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 01, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Independent in the UK has a special World AIDS Day issue that's worth looking through, and I wanted to zoom in on this article because access to HIV/AIDS medication, while restricted and soon to be more restricted in the...Read More

A Day with HIV in America

Filed by Cathy Renna | December 01, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Much of the media coverage and focus of World AIDS Day seems to be on the global pandemic. While of course absolutely justified, it seems that the epidemic here in the US gets short shrift. I know I am not...Read More

Pentagon Study Analysis, Part 2: Methodology, Themes, and Angry Items

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | December 01, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

A lot to get into, so I'm just going to jump into Part 2 without the intro. You can find Part 1 here. Key Themes The study immediately hones in on some key distinctions: the level of unit success for...Read More

Covenant House Texas Is Not A Home For Houston Trans And Intersex Youth

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 01, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Covenant House location in Houston opened its doors on June 27, 1983 and has been around in the Montrose gayborhood for over 25 years. It claims on its website that it has counseled, mentored, educated, inspired, transformed, and healed...Read More

Join Us Tomorrow For A LiveBlog: DADT Hearings 9AM ET

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 01, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Tomorrow morning at 9AM, the Senate Armed Services Committee will commence a hearing on the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. While there has been widespread speculation that the policy will be repealed in this lame duck session, the smart money...Read More

NFL's Chad Ochocinco gets naked for PETA

Filed by Bil Browning | December 01, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco strips down for a recent anti-fur ad for PETA. The hottie doesn't have a problem thrusting himself into the spotlight - whether it's being a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, hosting a football...Read More

Pentagon Study Analysis Part I: Overall Impression

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | December 01, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I spent the greater part of yesterday in pure grad student glee reading over the Pentagon study which was finally released yesterday. Yes, I am that guy. This study is good. Really good. Incredibly exhaustive, you will be hard pressed...Read More

Civil Unions passes Illinois House, on to Senate

Filed by Phil Reese | December 01, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

While you were sleeping (well, at least right before bed) Illinois' lower house brought the Prairie State one step closer to equality in relationship recognition by passing a civil unions bill that includes many of the rights of marriage. Before...Read More

Once, When We Were Heroes

Filed by Mark S. King | December 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

On any other day you might be excused for skipping an HIV related posting. But not today. World AIDS Day demands we pay attention to our history and what happened 30 years ago, when something terrible began and our best...Read More


End of story

Filed by Bil Browning | December 01, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"For years, Senators have said they'd lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military when the military signaled the time had come. When the architect of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' General Colin Powell, said the time had come,...Read More

Labor Sec Solis + LGBT employees: It Gets Better

Filed by Bil Browning | December 01, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

The stream of prominent Democratic officials creating "It Gets Better" videos continues with this offering by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and several LGBT employees at the Department of Labor. You can watch the Spanish language version after the jump....Read More