Media: February 2009

Rea Carey at The Winter Party

Filed by Father Tony | February 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hosted a media reception last night at Van Dyke on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Executive Director of the Task Force, Rea Carey, spoke about the priorities of and the challenges faced by...Read More

James Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family board

Filed by Bil Browning | February 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Oh happy day! James Dobson has stepped down as chairman of the board for Focus on the Family. Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role...Read More

Compromise doesn't happen 5 miles before the finish line if you're serious

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Laurie Higgins, of the Illinois Family Institute, responded to one of my particularly colorful posts here at Bilerico and called it "deeply troubling." Similar to what my fifth-grade teacher said about me.... Actually, one thing I love about the rightwing...Read More

Delonas Controversy Is A Symptom Of A Larger Problem At The Post

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 25, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Justin Cole is the Director of Digital and Online Media for GLAAD - The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Last week, the controversy surrounding a cartoon by Sean Delonas, the New York Post editorial cartoonist,...Read More

A real Savior-based economy

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

South Carolina's governor, Mark Sanford (R), recently rejected stimulus money for his state's unemployment insurance fund. The funds are meant to alleviate the burden of state unemployment funds (since most states can't deficit spend), increase the amount of free money...Read More

Censorship Deprives Millions of Hearing Oscar Night Equality Messages

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 25, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

By now we've all heard the great pro-equality speeches by Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black from the Oscar telecast. Sean Penn, not surprisingly, took on anti-gay political sentiment (and Westboro Baptist Church), while Black delivered a tear-jerking message to...Read More

Holding "Ex-Gay" Programs Legally Liable For Harm

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 23, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Truth Wins Out and Lambda Legal have teamed up to produce a booklet, Ex-Gay & The Law, that looks at the possible harmful effects of reparative therapy utilized by "ex-gay ministries" - which is condemned by the American Psychiatric Association,...Read More

Classic War Photograph?

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Well, no. But the image was recently named World Press Photo 2008, and the judges framed it in a war context. A picture of an armed sheriff moving through an American home after an eviction due to a mortgage foreclosure...Read More

GLAAD: Get on Track and Fight Back!

Filed by Cathy Renna | February 20, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This week, we saw something unprecedented happen in the media. The New York Post apologized (sort of, which for them is saying a lot) for a nasty editorial cartoon by Sean Delonas, a longtime fixture on the editorial page of...Read More

Who's History? My Curious Encounter with the Radical Faeries

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I don't do gossip, which is kind of unfortunate because I hear a lot of good stuff. And I actually do strive to keep my personal opinions out of my reporting - an old ethic, to be sure, but a...Read More

The Christianist Propaganda Blue Print

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 20, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Having followed the tactics and propaganda methods of a number "family values" Christian organizations for nearly ten (10) years, one thing has always struck me. Namely, that their tactics and their propaganda campaigns against gays draw heavily on the Nazi...Read More

It came from the bog... it's OCTO-MOM!!!!!

Filed by Jason Tseng | February 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

To say that the media blitz surrounding Nadya Suleman and the recent birth of her eight children (of fourteen) has been monumentous would be an understatement. Accusations of everything from an unhealthy obsession with motherhood and clinical insanity to criminal...Read More

Facebook Got Me Elected: How the New Media Helped Make Me the the First Openly-Gay Official in South Carolina

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 18, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Nick Shalosky is Secretary of the South Carolina Stonewall Democrats. He is the first openly-gay elected official in South Carolina. At the age of 21, Shalosky was elected with 22 votes to the Charleston County District...Read More

Will Gay Media Get the "Obama Effect" Memo?

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 17, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: I wrote this post for the upcoming Bilerico-DC and want to share it here as well. There's an interesting article in the New York Times about how the "Obama Effect" has opened the eyes of fashion designers to...Read More

Rebranding the crazy right

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Religious Right doesn't like being called that anymore, so they're trying out new words. It seems that people don't like what they hear when they hear "Religious Right" (via Juan Cole): Jerry Falwell, cofounder of the Moral Majority, self-applied...Read More

Pity party for Jonah Goldberg

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jonah Goldberg, wingnutty conservative columnist extraordinaire, is on his anti-PC hobby horse again in the LA Times: And yet, I've met innumerable writers and editors who are scared, even terrified, of one or more of these groups: gays, blacks, Latinos,...Read More

Quoting current climate change research FAIL

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

From the actual University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center, here comes a blog post showing that George Will knows as much about global warming as he does about the Prop 8 lawsuits or the Great Depression or independent voters...Read More

Outrageous anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell commentary up at

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I don't know who the "F" Merrill R. Darby is, but this guy has one of the most homophobic commentaries I've ever seen, easily eclipsing some of the best of Elaine Donnelly of The Center for Military Readiness re: DADT....Read More

Beer Pong, the Sequel: An Update on Agnes Scott's Filming Policies

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 16, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Louisa Hill is a senior at Agnes Scott College where she studies theatre, French, and women's studies. She last guest blogged on The Bilerico Project in December, when she informed us of the filming of Road Trip II:...Read More

Will Gay Media Get the "Obama Effect" Memo?

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

There's an interesting article in the New York Times about how the "Obama Effect" has opened the eyes of fashion designers to the beauty of male models of color. "Some casting sheets actually said 'No Blacks,"' the 19-year-old model Shawn...Read More

How to destroy online discourse and how to improve it

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Columnist Mark Morford gripes in the San Francisco Chronicle about the lack of civility on the internet. Did you know that sometimes people on the internet are mean? He blames it on anonymous commenting. Because, you see, there was a...Read More

He Said the Principal Banned Rent; She Said "Did Not!"

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | February 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

When I saw Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist on DVD last night, I finally realized why it deservedly received a nomination for Outstanding Film by the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - a nomination that I didn't quite understand when...Read More

Heroes Old and New

Filed by Cathy Renna | February 12, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

January 9 was one of those indescribable days where it not only felt good to be alive but a privilege to be working in the LGBT community. The best part is that much of it was unexpected. I started the...Read More

The Indianapolis mating game

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I was pleasantly shocked a few weeks ago when the Indianapolis Star solicited my help in finding a "20-something gay couple" for an upcoming feature on Valentine's Day. I quickly called long-time friend (and total hottie!) Josh Verbeke and asked...Read More

Will Lesbian Batwoman Steal Sperm to Impregnate Partner?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 11, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

At first, I was excited. A lesbian Batwoman, and a redhead, no less. Being a fellow member of that esteemed league, I felt a certain bond. Then I read the rest of the article, in which Gotham's female guardian is...Read More

Clearly, you need more Gina de Vries in your life!

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 11, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Attention Pioneer Valley, Boston, NYC, & New England people! I'm hoping to make it out to the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Reproductive Justice conference at Hampshire College this April, and to turn it into an opportunity to do some...Read More

Regarding that video ...

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Regarding that video, Please don't forget to be critical about marriage. Please love the weirdo queers, too. Please don't exclusively equate love with long-term, two-party commitment. Or atomized nuclear families. Please don't think assimilation + inclusion are justice + freedom....Read More

Hello, San Francisco (with an LA Infusion): Get Queer-Literary Next Week ...

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 06, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some LA friends and collaborators are heading to the Bay Area next week for some events I thought you might want to check out: Monday, the rad and talented Raquel Gutierrez (of Butchlalis de Panochtitlan, among many other projects), is...Read More

RuPaul's Drag Race Premiers

Filed by Jason Tseng | February 05, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

RuPaul, easily America's most famous drag queen extraordinaire premiered her new reality program, RuPaul's Drag Race on LOGO. Move over Bravo! RuPaul has just cemented LOGO as the home of screaming queens and shade throwing fierce biotches, at least for...Read More

Islamic terrorists are using SODOMY to recruit!

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gay Patriot, a gay conservative blog, is asking you to set your beds to wet with new information originally reported by the British tabloid The Sun: terrorists are using TEH SODOMY to recruit new suicide bombers. They've started a watch...Read More

Tranny IS Just a Word

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Trangender American Veterans Association. I know that by expressing my opinion about this word in an article, I will make a lot of my trans friends angry. Seems that the quarterly...Read More

Oscar Wilde Bookstore, and my first and only visit

Filed by Matt Comer | February 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It is sad, sad news, indeed. The New York Times reports that the Oscar Wilde Bookstore at 15 Christopher St. in Greenwich Village, New York, will close March 29. The current owner cites the economy. Opened in 1967, the bookstore...Read More

API Equality Celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 03, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 10th annual Golden Dragon Parade through Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles is one of the most colorful celebrations in a city renown for its colorful creativity. And for the fourth year in a row, API Equality participated in the...Read More

T-Shirt Hell goes out of business, blames accusations of hate crimes.

Filed by Nathan Strang | February 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

T-Shirt Hell, the purveyors of fine and sarcastic shirts like "I Support Single Moms" accompanied by a silhouette of a stripper on a pole, is going out of business, effective February 10th. Their reasons aren't economy based, though a fine...Read More

Why the family planning funding mattered

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Several people argued on my last post about Obama capitulating to House Republicans on funding for women's reproductive health in the stimulus package that it's in the spirit of bipartisanship, not capitulating, to take rational criticism from the minority party...Read More

ESPN and Shaq's Homophobic Commerical

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

John Aravosis is dead on when he asks the question " If the ad called a show of affection between blacks and whites "weird" and "disgusting," would you find it just as funny?" That's the question everyone should ask themselves...Read More