Media: April 2011

Pro-Gay Billboard Causes Stir

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Another pro-gay billboard in New York state is making people mad, including a state senator who says it's a political message to support same-sex marriage even though it doesn't mention marriage at all (text version at link): This is why...Read More

Poet, Mother (and Lesbian) to Write Poem for Royal Wedding

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I wasn't going to write about the royal wedding at all. Despite having lived in the U.K. for a couple of years, I find the monarchy interesting only as an example of the persistence of older traditions of European leadership....Read More

Don't Say Straight, Either

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Washington Post has a humorous column up responding to the Tennessee "Don't Say Gay" bill that would ban teachers from discussing any sexuality other than heterosexuality in schools. Apparently there's too much heterosexuality at school for one of the...Read More

Boys Battle and Girls Love: Word Clouds of Gendered Advertisements

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A blogger who writes on boys and images of masculinity put together two word clouds based on advertisements for toys that appear in major afterschool cartoons, one for boys and one for girls. Here's the boys: And the girls:...Read More

LGBT Social Media Ethics: What Happened to Decency?

Filed by Leone Kraus | April 25, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The other day, I went for coffee with Jim, the man who found Tyler Clementi's body floating in the Hudson River in New York. Jim and I met via Twitter about six months ago and have remained in Twitter contact...Read More

Slow News Day: Towleroad Pulls a Fox Trick

Filed by Bil Browning | April 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I was all set to report that LGBT activists had forced Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to abandon his plans to attend the upcoming royal wedding after reading Towleroad's headline, "Royal Wedding Invite Declined By Crown Prince of...Read More

Rick Santorum's Dangerous Shift in Tone

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 25, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

When questioned about rights for gays and lesbians, Rick Santorum told Fox New's Mike Wallace: "Well, sure. I mean there are all sorts of contractual benefits that anybody can contract for. But the question is whether we should institutionalize that...Read More

Michael Lucas Is Still Writing at The Advocate

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Michael Lucas has a column up at The Advocate that actually discusses something that really happened this time: the Tel Aviv delegation to Berlin Pride has decided not to display the Israeli flag during pride. Michael Lucas blames the gays,...Read More

America's Gay Confederate and Union Soldiers

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Queer Civil War buffs have been arguing for some time that the deafening silence around LGBTQ Confederate and Union soldiers indicates proof of their very presence. With this month commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil...Read More

Don't Act Straight

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I posted a QOTD I found on the site for WBTV, a Rock Hill, South Carolina, local station. Here's the quote, attributed to Kelly James, a professor and advisor of her university's LGBT group: "I've got to let my...Read More

Most Americans Favor Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

CNN has a new poll that shows a slight majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, making it the third of recent marriage polls to show that: OutletWhenFavorOppose APAugust, 20105246 Wash. Post/ABCMarch, 20115344 CNNApril, 20115147 The wording of the question varies...Read More

Donald Trump and Mainstream Political Discourse

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I have a modest proposition for people who like politics. The next time you come across a policy idea and your first instinct, no matter what the merits of the idea, is to deride it as radical, when this new...Read More

Injustice at Every Turn: Video Story of Two Transgender Women

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

In The Life Media produced an insightful video about two transgender women, Ja'briel and Michelle (a Native American from Los Angeles), that illustrates the findings from a comprehensive transgender discrimination study completed by the National Center for Transgender Equality and...Read More

Toronto Pride: The 2011 Chapter

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 19, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Once again, Toronto Pride funding is under fire. Once again, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid is the excuse being given. This time, though, QuAIA has voluntarily withdrawn from the event, and Mayor Rob Ford still seems poised to withhold funding, at...Read More

Will Prop 8 Tapes Be Available for Everyone?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

After Vaughn Walker made a presentation on cameras in the courtroom at the University of Arizona involving a two-minute clip from the Prop 8 trial, which C-SPAN broadcasted, Prop 8 supporters filed to recuperate those tapes. Now the AP and...Read More

Bad Child Sex Trafficking PSA's

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

These new videos from Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are just dumb. This isn't the sort of problem that can be solved with ads. Or, as VideoGum put it: I'm pretty sure that anyone who is interested in buying a...Read More

Journalist Investigates 'LGBT Population Is 9 Million' Claim

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

A couple of weeks ago I posted about that Williams Institute brief that said that there were nine million LGBT people in the US. Gary Gates averaged results from several problematic studies that asked people what their sexuality was and...Read More

Has Queerty Shut Down? Sources Say Yes

Filed by Bil Browning | April 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Has gay tabloid-style blog Queerty shut down? The popular site hasn't been updated since last Tuesday and the front page now just shows you their Twitter feed. If you try to click any of the links to their stories though,...Read More

Beautiful Amigo: Vintage Gay Magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

From 1963, this beautiful and vibrant cover from a 1963 publication which recently sold on eBay. Please contribute any info you may have on this one, folks!...Read More

OUT Lists 'Power 50': Forgets People of Color & Trans Folk

Filed by Bil Browning | April 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Out Magazine has released this year's "Power 50" with rankings of various gay and lesbian people dubiously ranked by their "power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person's media profile." While the publication's listings...Read More

The Daily Show Takes on J. Crew Transgender Fox-traversy

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 15, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Daily Show mocks the fake controversy around the J. Crew ad I posted about earlier this week. The original Fox News story I linked said "doctors and parents" were upset about the J. Crew ad, which was disingenuous because...Read More

The J. Crew Transgender Plot to Destroy America

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

It looks like not only do the wingnuts know that trans people exist now, but they're learning how to make everything about trans people in the same way they've been making everything about gay people for four decades. Here's a...Read More

Chelsea Clinton, Ken Mehlman & David Mixner to Team Up for Friendfactor

Filed by Phil Reese | April 09, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

You can't imagine stranger bedfellows. The super tech-savvy organization promoting straight allies get involved in the political process pushing for LGBTQ equality, is celebrating the launch of its New York initiatives with a big event hosted by its newest Advisory...Read More

Manwich's Gender Fascist Commercials

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Teddy Partridge posted several Hunt's Manwich commercials at FireDogLake that show men acting gay and then getting hit in the face. Here's the one on musical theater: This makes me think of those "Hungry Man" frozen dinners that have more...Read More

The LGBT Population Is Not 9 Million

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

I would be really nice to know how many LGBT people there are in the US. I often scoff at studies that say "X% of LGBT people do/believe Y" because, since we don't even know the size of the queer...Read More

Was Glenn Beck Just Promoted?

Filed by Don Davis | April 07, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

So, the thing is, I'm not the one who tends to follow the herd. If everyone's backed up on the freeway, I'm the one who will look for the longer but less crowded country road. When everyone's talking about whoever...Read More

The End of the LGBT Blogosphere As We Know It?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

When I give speeches about blogging, I always use this line: "Blogging is an ego sport. If you didn't think the world needed to hear what you have to say, you wouldn't be publishing your thoughts online for all to...Read More

Millionaires Ask to Be Taxed More as New York Tries to Cut Social Services

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Some millionaires in New York put out a video and a statement last week asking the governor not to cut their taxes in the next budget: Keep in mind that's not all of the millionaires of New York, probably not...Read More

LGBT Social Media Ethics: Please Don't Post That!

Filed by Leone Kraus | April 04, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Try to follow me if you can. In 2003, I opened a Friendster account. In 2007, a MySpace account. In 2008, a Facebook account. In 2009, a LinkedIn account. In 2010, a Twitter account and a dot429 account. Most recently,...Read More

Feminism Is Getting a Drink Discount by Being Lady Entertainment for Straight Men

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 02, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I've posted a few times about Roy den Hollander and his quest to ban ladies' nights at bars because they're part of a feminist agenda for drink specials (the agenda is guarded by the "lady judges" on the Supreme Court...Read More

More on the Anti-Gay Stoning Killing, and Is the Bible the Source of Homophobia?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 01, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Philadelphia Daily News has lots of new information on the case of the older, mentally disabled man who was stoned to death by a younger, paranoid schizophrenic man. While some queer news-n-views sites portrayed the case as being one...Read More