Media: April 2009

George Will, war crimes apologist

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's no secret that I just plain don't like George Will. Unless he tackles LGBT issues again, this will probably be the last post I write about him here on Bilerico. He crossed a line today that no man of...Read More

Talbott Street jumps the shark, but it's a tiny one...

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 30, 2009 | 4:23 PM | comments

Yesterday I got an invitation via Facebook from Talbott Street for an upcoming event they're promoting. I first saw the invitation in my email notifications from Facebook, which are text only. Here's what it said: On Thursday May 7th, Talbott...Read More

Hussel hussel hussel, grind grind grind

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'll be the first to say that the whole Carrie Prejean marriage drama won't affect legislation all that much. Perez probably didn't convince any one to switch teams, and Prejean seems to be speaking only to people who are already...Read More

Des Moines Register prints a hard-core homophobic screed

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 29, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Des Moines Register ran guest column from Karl Schowengerdt, a father who lost his son to AIDS and now opposes same-sex marriage. He's also a staff member of the Iowa Family Policy Center. The marriage decision has caused these...Read More

Register that URL

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Carrie Prejean said to Rex Wockner: I have a lot of friends that are gay. I'm beginning to think that, in order to make more gay friends, I have to switch teams. Obviously the homophobes are the ones with all...Read More

Dwight DeLee Trial To Start June 11

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now that Allen Andrade is rotting in jail for the rest of his life, it's now time for the transgender community's attention to focus on the other alleged murderer facing hate crimes charges for killing a transwoman. "The decision to...Read More

Facebook rejects lesbian movie ad

Filed by Bil Browning | April 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The social media giant Facebook recently rejected an ad for the lesbian flick "And Then Came Lola" for what it's deemed is an inappropriate image. (And, yes, ladies, you can clickety to embiggen the ad.) David at QueerMusings has the...Read More

Let Us Now (P)Raise Famous Men

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

She meant well, I know. Years ago, after I got a letter from my mom. Also in the envelope was a newspaper clipping. I unfolded it to find it was an article about a company that made lifts for short...Read More

The Tomboyest Character on Children's Television?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was dubious—nay, horrified—when I first heard of Disney's new variation on the Winnie the Pooh story a couple of years ago. The show My Friends Tigger and Pooh would feature not the beloved Christopher Robin, but a newly created...Read More

Westboro "church" members to commit mass suicide?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gossip has spread like wildfire today that rabidly anti-gay Westboro Baptist church members may be planning a mass suicide after Gossip Boy found a cryptic blog entry on the hate group's website. Across the liberal blogosphere, both readers and writers...Read More

Geocities to shut down

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's a sad day in Bilerico history; Yahoo announced today that one of the original free site hosting services, Geocities, will shut down later this year. I was one of the original users to sign up for a Geocities account...Read More

Yes. Perez, You ARE a Representative of the Gay Community

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm not a representative of the gay community, in the same way that being Cuban, I'm not representative of the Latino community. I just speak for myself. And I'm Perez Hilton, Rick Sanchez. I can be offensive. I don't...Read More

The Twitterazzi Democracy

Filed by John Shields | April 23, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

The scene was set for some serious political dialogue regarding how the two presidential campaigns "handled" new technologies during last year's election. From senators to representatives to the online directors for both the Obama and McCain campaign to the media...Read More

Miss California goes Norm Coleman

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Jesus Christ. Please make the stupid stop. "If she really feels some tremendous stress as a result of losing -- and I'm certain she's probably devastated from what happened to her -- she can articulate a viable claim for monetary...Read More

Thank you Perez Hilton from the Heart(land)

Filed by Zac Hart | April 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm sure we're all sick and tired of hearing about Perez Hilton and Miss Prop8 California. Ever since the Miss America Pageant, it seems all the news can talk about is how the "Gay Marriage Question" prevented Miss Prejean from...Read More

Calling rape "rape"

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Lisa Derrick at La Figa found this ad produced by "Buzzfree Prom," a nonprofit meant to target teen drinking (and driving): While the creator doesn't think this is homophobic, she's pulled the ad from her site because of complaints....Read More

Perez Hilton is a dumb bitch

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The YouTube moment from the Miss USA pageant is making its way around the internets. In case you didn't see it, Pam posted the video of Carrie Prejean, AKA Miss California, opposing same-sex marriage when asked about it by Perez...Read More

Rick Warren operatives trying to whitewash his anti-gay positions from Wikipedia entry

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 20, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Isn't this special? "Exhausted" Rick Warren recently bailed on an interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week just days after the Saddleback pastor was caught lying about his support of Prop 8 on Larry King Live ("I never once even...Read More

The future of local LGBT bookstores

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Over on Bilerico Project, there has been a few posts about the faux controversy surrounding's employee mistake that marked several feminist, LGBT, and health books as "adult." Prominent lesbian author and Wildcat Press owner Patricia Nell Warren recently offered...Read More

Bzzzt - wrong answer: Miss California on marriage equality

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

It's not like folks are tuning in to see the next world leaders on the Miss USA pageant, but the producers clearly wanted to convey a tad more gravitas by having judges ask deeper questions than the usual "achieving world...Read More

Georgetown, symbols and the media

Filed by Ricci Levy | April 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm sitting here shaking my head over the "situation" at Georgetown University. You know the one - it's been on the news cycle and in lots and lots of online media - about how the university covered up the symbol...Read More

Bloggers on marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The National Journal does a weekly, completely non-scientific poll on where the left and right blogosphere is on a given issue. This week, one of the questions was about same-sex marriage:...Read More

Pop Culture Does New Orleans

Filed by Brett Abrams | April 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

From Katy Perry to theories of camp, scholars from the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations compared and argued for four days in New Orleans last week. Over 2100 people from all over the world gave papers in fields ranging...Read More

Miami Beach Pride: the Kick-off, with words from Mayor Matti Herrera Bower

Filed by Father Tony | April 18, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Wednesday, April 15, 2009, I attended a private kick-off celebration for the new Miami Beach Pride taking place this weekend. (Many years have passed since Miami Beach had a "Gay Pride", and this year's celebration will include a first-ever...Read More

Washington state expands domestic partnership bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Washington state upgrades domestic partnerships: The Democratic-controlled House approved the Senate-passed measure on a mostly party-line 62-35 vote after nearly two hours of debate. It next goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said she will sign it into law. "Our...Read More

Gays All A-Twitter about Amazon: How They Nearly Ended Capitalism But Chose to Hate Porn Instead

Filed by Yasmin Nair | April 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Amazon debacle hasn't quite left us. For now, I offer some observations on what transpired over the last few days. None of this is based on more than my following the "debates" over various websites, Facebook accounts and the...Read More

Groundbreaking Anthology on Asian-Americans in Comic Books Needs Our Help!

Filed by Jason Tseng | April 15, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was introduced to Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology at New York ComicCon, where editor-in-chief Jeff Yang led a spirited discussion on diversity in comic books. As a self-professed comic book geek and an Asian American, Secret Identities...Read More

America loves San Francisco and France

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Since Bush's first win in 2000, there has been a proliferation of literature about how the Republicans won that election. It seemed so illogical, and it seemed to make a profound statement about the people living among us. And, apparently,...Read More

"They Must Recruit Our Chidren..."

Filed by Bo Shuff | April 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Ah, Anita Bryant. Her famous quote about gays needing to recruit children has been parroted so many times since 1977 that it has become an all to familiar refrain of the right. Even the Prop 8 supporters in California Video...Read More

If you're in Paris these next few weeks...

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I do know that we have a Parisian readership here at the Bilerico Project, so I'm giving you all a heads-up to the Festival Parisien du Théâtre Gay et Lesbian (Gay and Lesbian Parisian Theater Festival). Starting this Wednesday going...Read More

Rick Warren's fragile ego

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 13, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Jeez. Could Rick Warren get any more pathetic? Warren dropped out of the show [George Stephanopoulos's This Week] after comments came to light that seemed to contradict the megachurch pastor's stated neutrality on Proposition 8, the California measure that banned...Read More

Forgiving The Franklins

Filed by John Shields | April 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The incredibly powerful and effective response to the bigoted and idiotic National Organization for Marriage "advertisement" has knee-capped the group of intolerants, and all the mashups were hilarious. You've seen them, so no need for me to recap. But awesome...Read More

A friendly reminder: Cut-a-thon this Wednesday, April 15

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just a reminder to everyone looking to support a good cause: the cut-a-thon in support of Dr. Rodney Anderson's office will take place this next Wednesday, April 15. I'll be there from 2:00-3:00, if you're interested in meeting....Read More

Stupid Alert: NOM ad actors "controversy"

Filed by Bil Browning | April 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Have you ever been arguing with someone and been frustrated that they choose one small minute part of what you said and constantly keep picking at that instead of seeing the bigger picture? It's stupid and doesn't get you anywhere....Read More

AP repeats extreme-right zombie-meme as fact

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 09, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Without even trying, I keep on coming upon the anti-historical assertion that Prop 8 was a response to the California court's decision in favor of same-sex marriage last year. Here's the AP having a little trouble with fact-checking: California's Proposition...Read More

Richard Inman: The Father of Florida's Gay Community

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 09, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The State of Florida has had its share of outstanding GLBT leaders; people who worked against enormous odds to make life better for the Sunshine State's LesBiGay and Trans community during the last half century. To a great degree, they...Read More

National Organization for Marriage's new tactic: fear-mongering without using the word 'religion'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 08, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

These folks have nothing left in the tool box after the Iowa ruling decimated the excuse that religious opposition should govern civil law. So now the folks at the National Organization for Marriage have decided to send out e-blasts and...Read More

The Task Force New York Leadership Awards

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Monday evening I attended the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's New York Leadership Awards. This year's honoree's were San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and fashion designer John Bartlett. Presenting the award to Newsom was New York City Council speaker...Read More

Husbands and wives and partners, oh my!

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I think this is an interesting conversation to be having if taken in the right context, so here's something that Markos Moulitsas said yesterday: You know what would help with marriage equality? For gay couples who have committed themselves to...Read More

The dissociation point: On manners and pronouns

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm probably going to open a huge can of worms with this post. I guess every person going through transition has to get to the pronoun question sometime. In my experience, this hits like a rock: one day you don't...Read More

That Open Secret

Filed by Wyatt O'Brian Evans | April 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Wyatt O'Brian Evans is a Bilerico-DC contributor. This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism" that we're running here on Bilerico Project. In the African-American community, Black-on-Black racism is an open...Read More

Rick Warren is a liar

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pam has a great post responding to Rick Warren's little problem with the truth on Larry King Live last night, where he claimed to have never compared same-sex marriage to incest or to have opposed Prop 8 (video after the...Read More

TransTuesday on Twitter

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 07, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm sure that the right-wing is having conniptions over what they likely see as the LGBT take over of Twitter. First, there was #samesexsunday and now there's #transtuesday. The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone trans. Each Tuesday recommend...Read More

Dear Cal Thomas

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Dear Cal Thomas, If you're going to write a homophobic rant about how Iowa's activist judges are destroying America and how Disneyland is perverting our values by letting gays enter their park, try not to open by relating the plot,...Read More

I'm sorry, you're just not manly enough for this interview

Filed by Austen Crowder | April 06, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I was really hoping the Tayisa Elzy reporting issue would simply be an isolated Hoosier incident -- no such luck! They scheduled an interview with me for this morning with an 8:50am arrival time for a 9:20am live air interview....Read More

Same Sex Sunday Blows Up on Twitter

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 06, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Yesterday the Twitterverse was all abuzz at the launch of #samesexsunday. #samesexsunday is an idea I cooked to connect LGBT Twitterers and share news and information. The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone gay, gay, gay. Each Sunday recommend...Read More

What if Political Consultants Said No More Gay-Bashing?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 05, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's axiomatic that political consultants will do almost anything to win. So it was a little surprising to see that their professional association - the American Association of Political Consultants - has a significant and no doubt well-intentioned Code of...Read More

Same Sex Sunday

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 05, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today is the kick off of Same Sex Sunday on Twitter. Same Sex Sunday is an idea hatched by me and Bil to build a stronger sense of LGBT community on Twitter. The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone...Read More

Lostmissing: a public art project

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | April 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

You know when you have a friend who you think will always be there -- no matter what, at least you'll have that friendship, right? Lostmissing is a public art project about the loss of that relationship, a specific relationship...Read More

Same Sex Sunday on Twitter

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Bil and I were IMing the other day about the usual stuff (boys, politics and social media) when we hit on a great idea: Same Sex Sunday on Twitter. The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone gay, gay, gay....Read More

Honda Commercial

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm sacked out, watching Villanova and Pitt go head to head. Commercial comes on for a Honda. Briefly, but certainly, they show two dads and a son. No question, as they have panned from a straight couple with their kid....Read More