July 20, 2011

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Obama Continues Diversity in Judicial Nominations

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today President Obama nominated Michael Fitzgerald, an out gay attorney, to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Fitzgerald is the fourth LGBT person to be nominated to a judgeship under Obama. Read More


Raising Progressive Voices of Faith for Equality

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | July 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The challenge for Christian denominations is going to be moving beyond the initial gestures of acceptance to the reality of full inclusion in our own traditions. We cannot speak with a convincing voice until we correct injustices in our homes. Read More


Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, Musto At Heart

Filed by Father Tony | July 20, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

NYC's fabulous Michael Musto is about to release his fourth book.Read More

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ACLU Sues Vermont Inn Over Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A lesbian couple looking to host a wedding reception at the Wildflower Inn in Vermont was turned away when "due to the personal feelings" of the innkeepers. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit for discrimination.Read More

My Fellow American

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

An interesting video contrasting the rightwing nutjob rhetoric about Muslims versus reality. It reminds me of the bland PSAs the gay rights groups used to make about how we're just like any other American.Read More

A Tux, A Tie & a Big Smile: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A sweet private piece of transgender history, this vintage stereocard, probably ca. 1920s, possibly earlier. The tuxedo is awesome but did it come with breeches instead of pants, or was that a stylistic alteration? Love the joyful face! It must've...Read More


WATCH: Franken Refutes Focus on the Family Claims

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Al Franken expertly refuted a false claim by Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery today during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing regarding the repeal of DOMA.Read More


3 Openly Gay Candidates Running for Indy City Council

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

While I'd reported previously that Indianapolis has an openly gay man running for the City-County Council, another gay man and a lesbian have also jumped into the fray. Indy has never had an openly gay councilmember.Read More

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Standing With Queer 'Riff Raff'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 20, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Erica Chu examines how we'd be throwing away the benefits of history if we ignore the similarities between the homophobia that eventually led to Stonewall and the classist and often racist attitudes now at the surface in Boystown. Read More


The Gayest Emmy Season Ever?

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 11:15 AM | comments

Close to a dozen LGBT actors or actors playing LGBT characters have been honored by the Emmys this year. Their success again begs the question of why the film industry hasn't caught onto the possibilities for success with gay themes. Read More


No One Is the New Black

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

For Cain, Muslims deserve discrimination because they are inherently bad people, while black people don't deserve to be discriminated against because they aren't. That previous sentence sounds Islamophobic, so it isn't hard to accept that an Islamophobe believes it.Read More


Illinois Issues New Birth Certificates To Trans Litigants

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The ACLU of Illinois racks one up for trans people, but there are a few questions about what this means. Read More


Follow Today's Senate Hearing on DOMA Repeal

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the Respect for Marriage Act today. Many LGBT activists are testifying for the repeal of DOMA and several excellent reporters will be providing continuing, live coverage of the hearing today, which begins at 10am EST. Read More


A Few Rainbow Connections

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | July 20, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

A roundup of recent LGBT-related Muppet news and events.Read More


Alaska ACLU Sues On Behalf Of Transgender Drivers

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2011 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It is unfair and unnecessary to require that transgender people undergo prohibitively expensive and drastic surgery in order to have accurate identity documents." --ACLU of Alaska Executive Director Jeffrey Mittman, on a policy of the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles...Read More

FCKH8 Takes on Minnesota

Filed by Ed Team | July 20, 2011 | 7:00 AM | comments

The FCKH8 crew, who've been intentionally stirring up controversy with their swear-laden videos that feature children saying "fuck you" to marriage equality opponents, have a new video out parodying haters with the "Top 5 Reasons" marriage equality should be...Read More