December 21, 2010

This holiday open thread brought to you by MIKA

Filed by Bil Browning | December 21, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As we call it quits for the evening, it seemed appropriate to leave you with Mika's new version of that Christmas standard, "Let It Snow." There's a little bit on the ground here in DC but I've heard that Indy...Read More

GetEqual's Robin McGehee Invited to DADT Repeal Signing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 21, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

GetEqual's Robin McGehee has been invited by the White House to the signing of the DADT repeal law. What does it mean that this mother of two, who has protested against governmental inaction, including that of the White House and...Read More

And domestic partnership benefits for all

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 21, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

There's an interesting column in The Arizona Republic about the decision by Arizona Public Services, a private electric utility, to only extend domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples: I learned about the new policy from an APS employee who has...Read More

Vintage Trans Performer: Rex Jameson and his life as Mrs. Shufflewick

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 21, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

On one of my grand research surfing adventures, I came across this awful album cover and added it to my archive of bad LP art. But when I later googled around for info on the performer, Rex Jameson, I was...Read More

Is it too soon to celebrate the end of DADT?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | December 21, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

DADT is soon to be dead (at least regarding sexual orientation), but with DOMA still around LGB soldiers in same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and reciprocal beneficiary relationships will still not be able to give their partner's veteran or...Read More

White House staffers' It Gets Better video

Filed by Bil Browning | December 21, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Several LGBT White House staffers got together to make an It Gets Better video. President Obama and Vice President have also both done videos to encourage LGBT kids that things do eventually get better. This is a great entry to...Read More

Should Joe Solmonese be congratulated for DADT repeal?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Now that DADT repeal passed the Senate, does Joe Solmonese deserve congratulations? Andrea Mitchell, who probably hasn't been following the fight, says yes: I don't really see how HRC or Solmonese were at the center of this fight, "leading the...Read More

Family Time

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 21, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

This short film put together by COLAGE and media artist Jen Gilomen documents the past twenty years of organizing and activism by people with LGBTQ parents. Their interwoven stories reflect social changes through personal experiences with the political, legal, and...Read More

Defense Drains - Offense Gains: A Journey Towards Full Civil Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alan L. Bounville is a full time graduate student studying theatre for social change at New York University and is one of the founding members of Queer Rising New York City, a direct action group fighting...Read More

Hopes for the New Year

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

As 2010 draws to a close, I'm looking ahead. Here are some of my hopes for the LGBT community in 2011, along with a few predictions. I hope next year the Pope will reveal a new attitude toward gays. I...Read More

Winning Equality in Florida

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | December 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Equality Florida "is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community." EQFL recently published a report, "Winning Equality," which details the progress of LGBT rights in the Sunshine State...Read More

Bilerico at the DADT repeal signing ceremony

Filed by Bil Browning | December 21, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Jerame and I got our official White House invitations to witness President Obama sign the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell into law. We were invited separately by different areas of the administration. Apparently you can't bring a date to...Read More


Choice in Canada

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 21, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's the right of individuals to choose their orientation[....] Individuals have chosen." --Conservative Canadian senator Rev Don Meredith...Read More

Fired gay soccer coach talks to ESPN

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 21, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

Lisa Howe, the coach who left Belmont University after coming out, talks to ESPN....Read More