Media: August 2007

From Genghis Khan to the cult of the cut sleeves

Filed by Bil Browning | August 31, 2007 | 5:10 PM | comments

I stumbled across a story today that I found interesting and thought I'd share it with our readers. Researchers have reconstructed Genghis Khan's code of laws and found that homosexuality was punishable by death. Homosexual acts were punishable by death...Read More

Audio of Larry Craig's police interview

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2007 | 6:43 PM | comments

You can hear the tape of Larry Craig's police interview here. He says over and over that he disagrees with the officer's recounting of the events that took place but that he wouldn't fight them in court. Obviously, he was...Read More

Ted's spiritual restoration team: get a job

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 30, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

OMFG, how humilating. Ted Haggard's Daddy Dobson-approved Spiritual De-Gaying Oversight Squad has released a statement in light of the disgraced pastor, former male escort client and meth purchaser's outrageous fundraising plea to the faithful to support the lifestyle to which...Read More

NBJC Responds to Sen. Larry Craig Restroom Incident

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 29, 2007 | 5:38 PM | comments

Sen. Larry Craig's recent sexual restroom exploits have given the American community an unexpected but valuable teachable moment that should be embraced and further understood. Instead of running from the tabloid fodder, late night talk show jokes, and Sunday morning...Read More

Tucker Carlson's Gay Panic

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 29, 2007 | 2:20 PM | comments

Note to self: If I ever run into Tucker Carlson in a D.C. area men's room, do not say "hello," nod in recognition, or even so much as smile at the S.O.B. OK. First the mere thought of Hillary...Read More

Do We Talk About Ourselves Too Much?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 29, 2007 | 12:43 PM | comments

I've been writing a book. Oh don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with the details of trying to create something readable out of a bunch of disjointed thoughts, ideas, and stuff I've already written. No, what I want...Read More

NBJC responds to Rush Limbaugh's racist remarks about Darfur

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 28, 2007 | 12:16 PM | comments

On the August 21, 2007 broadcast of the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh responded to a caller who asked why Democrats wanted to provide support and assistance in the African country of Darfur. Limbaugh responded: "There are two reasons....Read More

But Larry Craig is not someone else, this isn't another planet, and I'm not a bigger person

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2007 | 10:54 PM | comments

Bil broke the story earlier tonight that Larry Craig, a Republican Senator from Idaho, was arrested in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport in a men's room. He pleaded guilty, paid a $500 fine, and is serving a year's probation. But what...Read More

Larry Craig's statement

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2007 | 10:43 PM | comments

Larry Craig's full response to being charged with lewd conduct and violating privacy: Idaho Senator Larry Craig made the following statement in response to the Roll Call story this afternoon: "At the time of this incident, I complained to the...Read More

Is High School Musical 2 "Gay"?

Filed by Brent Hartinger | August 27, 2007 | 5:32 PM | comments

Maybe the answer is self-evident, given that High School Musical 2 is set, well, in the world of high school musicals. And the movies also includes the character of Ryan, Sharpay's sharply dressed, choreographically gifted brother. But is Ryan gay?...Read More

Going on the air

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm getting ready to go on air with Republican Indianapolis City-County Councilor Ike Randolph on WIBC News Talk Radio in Indianapolis. Ike screwed our community over during the fight for a human rights ordinance and I have proof. You won't...Read More

By Their Priorities Shall Ye Know Them

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | August 26, 2007 | 9:51 AM | comments

For some of us, citizenship means an obligation to accept the "rules of the road," to live within the constitutional framework. For others, it implies an obligation to change or evade those rules when they conflict with--or inconvenience--promotion of their specific religious beliefs or practices. Read More

Another invitation accepted

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2007 | 4:14 PM | comments

Just a quick note that I have agreed to appear on WIBC Newsradio 1070 in Indianapolis next Monday at 10am. This would normally be the Greg Garrison show, but Indianapolis republican City-County Councilor Ike Randolph will be guest hosting. Our...Read More

Mike Jones spotted!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2007 | 6:48 AM | comments

The Denver alternative paper spotted Ted Haggard outer Mike Jones leading, as Daniel Gonzales put it, "absolutely filthy bar trivia." No joke: He takes the microphone and starts to introduce the guest quizmaster for the evening, only to be flouted...Read More

GirlTrash programming note

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

If you've been following our Sunday installments of GirlTrash, the web shorts by The L Word producer Angela Robinson, I have bad news for you. This just in from Angela: Sadly, we've had to take a hiatus from bringing you...Read More

Fun with Wikiscanner

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 22, 2007 | 6:35 AM | comments

You know that space between the way you see yourself and the way others see you? Well, for Focus on the Family, that space is about as wide as the broadside of a barn. Because back in 2005, someone at...Read More

New ex-gay study soon: Set your eyes to "roll"

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2007 | 6:20 PM | comments

The anti-gay group NARTH has been touting a five-year study soon-to-be-released for, well, the last five years. Well, Ex-Gay Watch is already on the case here: There are unconfirmed reports that the study has a sample of as few as...Read More

Indianapolis Star discovers the Aaron Hall murder

Filed by Bil Browning | August 21, 2007 | 12:26 PM | comments

After extensive coverage in the blogosphere, the Indianapolis Star has finally done a story on the horrific murder of Aaron Hall in Crothersville, Indiana. While some have attempted to label the gruesome killing a hate crime, I've resisted the urge...Read More

Shutting down Harry Potter fan fiction

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 21, 2007 | 9:50 AM | comments

Oh, my: LAWYERS for the promoter of the Harry Potter films are clamping down on so-called 'slash porn' featuring the world-famous boy wizard. It is estimated that there are more than 700 websites worldwide publishing lurid homosexual tales about the...Read More

Racist Intel ad?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 20, 2007 | 7:05 PM | comments

The ad to the right there has been floating around the internet since it appeared in a Dell catalogue. It's an ad for Intel's Core 2 Duo. Intel says that it's supposed to "convey the performance capabilities of our...Read More

Forever Blue

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 17, 2007 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have to admit that I've never seen the CBS drama Cold Case, but a little bird tells me that this Sunday's episode, a repeat from earlier in the season, is a 'must-see.' Having heard that it's one of...Read More

"our bodies are not the sum of our parts as women"

Filed by Gina de Vries | August 17, 2007 | 5:37 PM | comments

I just wrote this letter to Amy from the Chasing Amy Social Club in San Francisco. Read about their policy that discriminates against transwomen who have not had gender confirmation surgeries here: Consider writing to Amy yourself, too. Hi Amy--...Read More

Just in case you thought the Religious Right was all about freedom of religion....

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 17, 2007 | 2:04 PM | comments

From the Columbus Dispatch: A conservative Christian values group has been interrupting services at two central Ohio churches to protest their support for homosexuality. Minutemen United vowed to attend services every Sunday.[...] [Rev. Kathy] Hurt said a man, who introduced...Read More

The gay-bashing fundie caravan heads to Florida

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 17, 2007 | 8:42 AM | comments

Oh boy, you folks down there in the Sunshine State better be prepared for the fundie invasion ahead. The best and brightest of the professional right-wing fundamentalist fearmongerer set are coming to "inform and empower involved Christian citizenship," according to...Read More

Bill O'Reilly lied

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 16, 2007 | 1:19 PM | comments

Well, that kinda goes without saying. Those people who toil away at Media Matters have recorded another lie by Mr. Propagandist. He said that there's a poll that showed that most Americans would be less likely to vote for a...Read More

YGST: The Jena 6

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2007 | 7:06 AM | comments

Did you see yesterday's post by Alexander Robinson about the Jena 6? He gives more information than this clip - including a way to register your displeasure. This is an absolute outrage!...Read More

20 Million Dollars for "Nappy Headed Hos"

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 14, 2007 | 8:32 PM | comments

How much is the phrase "nappy headed hos" worth? Well, if you are well-known racist shock jock Don Imus, its worth $20,000,000. That's how much The Drudge Report is saying that Imus will recieve in a settlement with CBS after...Read More

I never thought I'd say this, but: thank goodness for Al Sharpton.

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 14, 2007 | 5:26 PM | comments

Thanks, Alex, for the heads-up from Drudge and WaPost: Don Imus will collect $20 million from CBS to settle his "termination dispute," and is already being courted by other networks. To which I can only say: Are you fucking kidding...Read More

Largest ever survey of gay and lesbian consumers in America

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 14, 2007 | 3:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] The following is a guest post by Tom Roth, President and Founder of Community Marketing. Tom and his team have developed a spectrum of products and services to skillfully lead the company’s clients to their goals. Tom is...Read More

Standing Up To Jim Crow Justice in 2007

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 14, 2007 | 2:36 PM | comments

In September 2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a "whites only" shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn't sit beneath the tree. The...Read More

Merv Griffin died at 82

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2007 | 4:41 PM | comments

I'm a bit late to this party, but... Merv Griffin, who created a whole bunch of shows, including Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and was the host of one of the longest-running talk shows in television, died yesterday at 82...Read More

Gay Geeks: How technology trumped LGBT issues and presidential politics

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 10, 2007 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've said before that my two passions in life are politics (particularly LGBT flavored) and technology. Last night, there was a melding of those two passions that was unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. What was this magical...Read More

And then there were the panelists

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2007 | 12:28 PM | comments

Originally the only two panelists for the HRC/Logo Presidential Forum were going to be Joe Solmonese and Melissa Etheridge. It was easy to question their journalistic capabilities since one did not have a professional background in politics or journalism and...Read More

Social exclusion as bullying

Filed by Bil Browning | August 08, 2007 | 6:25 PM | comments

Social conformity as a concept has always fascinated me. I always wanted to know who set the mark to conform to and the history of the "why" behind it. (I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a scholar...Read More

When there's nothing left to burn, you've got to set yourself on fire

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2007 | 6:06 PM | comments

San Diego firefighters are forcing LGBT residents to ask the uncomfortable question, "If my house catches on fire, will the rescue workers discriminate against me because of my sexuality or gender identity?" Strangely enough, this is all over a Pride...Read More

Levi's commercial shows man coming (thru the floor!)

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2007 | 10:25 AM | comments

Have you seen the Levi's commercial where the sexy guy is putting on his jeans and the phone booth pops up thru his floor with a cute girl inside? Did you know Levi's also made a gay version with a...Read More

Iran bans paper for gay interview

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 06, 2007 | 4:37 PM | comments

From the ME Times: Iran Monday shut down a leading moderate daily for the second time in less than a year after the paper published an interview with a woman accused of being a "counter-revolutionary" homosexual. The ban on Shargh...Read More

Indy Star finally covers the real story

Filed by Jen Jorczak | August 06, 2007 | 8:40 AM | comments

Well, this morning the Indianapolis Star finally fills its readers in on the Conrad-Atkins court case, about the incapacitated gay man whose parents were keeping his partner of 25 years from seeing him. We and others in the blogosphere have...Read More

Advocate claims TBP column as "exclusive"

Filed by Bil Browning | August 06, 2007 | 8:14 AM | comments

We've all been hearing about the Advocate's recent problems. But one thing I had to point out is how magazines like the Advocate haven't kept up with the changing times. More and more folks are canceling their subscriptions because by...Read More

Busted Florida Republican state rep's "black gay panic" defense on soliciting charge

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 06, 2007 | 6:30 AM | comments

Another Republican sexual hypocrite out of control. Florida State Representative Bob Allen (R-of course) is clearly shooting for worst defense of the year after being caught trolling for a same sex encounter. Earlier this month he was arrested at Veteran's...Read More

The Fine Art of Internet Stalking Your Friends

Filed by Gina de Vries | August 04, 2007 | 2:22 AM | comments

Do you look at the online profiles of people you know already? Even the profiles of your good friends, whose profiles you don't really need to look at because, hey, you already know them? And it'd be pretty easy for...Read More

What the hell was Capcom thinking?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2007 | 6:06 PM | comments

While you see quite a few sexist and homophobic video games, racism isn't usually an issue. Resident Evil 5, however, has picked up the flag and ran with it... Who in their right mind thought that it was a good...Read More

Islamophobia is alive and well at the Blades

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2007 | 5:49 PM | comments

Remember Charles Merrill? Last week, the millionaire burned a Koran to protest Muslim homophobia. I was a bit desperate for content that day so I posted from the press release he sent out and made fun of him. Well, pornster...Read More

The Worst Network in the World

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | August 03, 2007 | 10:24 AM | comments

Keith Olbermann does a segment on “Countdown” called “the Worst Person in the World.” Bill O’Reilly (bloviating Bill) holds pride of place—he has won that dubious honor more than anyone else. That’s not a surprise, since O’Reilly’s network is Fox...Read More

Elton John - Sad Songs Say the Internet sucks

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 03, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

His Sirness, Elton John, has taken leave of his senses and apparently it's all because of the Intarwebs. In an interview with The Sun (UK), Sire John gifted the world all with this little meme: The Internet has stopped people...Read More

Disney will save the world -- thank you, Disney!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 03, 2007 | 6:19 AM | comments

Saltyfemme brought my attention to a piece of stunning journalism at Huffington Post -- isn't that supposed to be a "progressive" blog (or the progressive blog, according to some)? Anyway, "Corporate America: the New Gay Activists," this post by Kirk...Read More

More voting fun

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 02, 2007 | 11:43 AM | comments

The Advocate is putting together a list of the top 40 gay heroes in the past 40 years, and you can vote away at the nominees here. Project contributors Rev. Irene Monroe and Patricia Nell Warren made the list of...Read More

High Politics in Rome

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 02, 2007 | 10:58 AM | comments

Italy, that European land of infamous sex drives and smoldering men, is in the midst of its own David Vitter-like political scandal. Cosimo Mele, a member of Italy's staunchly Catholic UDC party (which, much like American Republicans, proclaims to carry...Read More

Hypocrisy on its knees

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2007 | 8:37 AM | comments

Wow. There's not a lot you can really say that would add anything to this, is there? 'Cuz this story finds the top and then sails right over it. A Baptist minister has been charged in Tennessee with indecent exposure...Read More

Midweek roundup - contributors edition

Filed by Bil Browning | August 01, 2007 | 3:48 PM | comments

Today's round up is going to be about some of our contributors and the news that they've been making lately! First, congratulations to Mike Rogers who won $1000 and the title of BlogPAC hero from Daily Kos! Mike's site BlogACTIVE...Read More