The Movement: September 2008

Outside the Comfort Zone: Corporate Courage on Social Causes

Filed by Donna Rose | September 30, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Corporate support for political legislation on social causes is nothing new. In fact, it's probably as old as politics itself. However, it's often a tricky proposition. Generally speaking, companies are hesitant to get actively involved in the political machinery of...Read More

Stories from the Helpline

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: "Stories from the Helpline" is a recurring feature on The Bilerico Project, bringing in the personal accounts of Helpline counselors from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis...Read More

Bolthouse Farm madness

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 26, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Back in March, William Bolthouse, the former owner of Bolthouse Farms juice company, donated $100,000 to support Proposition 8 in California. The donation became public in June, at which time I also found that William Bolthouse and his wife were...Read More

Why do we leave our youth out of our youth work?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 25, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. I find that there is one key ingredient often missing from the planning that goes into youth projects and youth advocacy work...youth. Most folks I...Read More

Domestic Partner Benefits for Federal Employees

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Senator Joseph Lieberman, chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, presided over hearings today on S. 2521, the bill that would provide domestic partners -- same-sex only -- with the benefits now extended to spouses of...Read More

Lilly Ledbetter makes her TV debut

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

There isn't anyone who can talk more authentically about how three decades of conservative judges have effectively gutted anti-discrimination law than Lilly Ledbetter. And she did an ad for the Obama campaign. iPhone users: Click to watch More after the...Read More

Banning the "Trans Panic Defense"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 23, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

The gay panic defense, and its cousin, the transgender panic defense, have been criticized by many, and yet it still survives to rear its ugly head again and again. Cases in which these defenses are raised become high profile, with...Read More

Celebrating Bisexuality Day 2008: Bisexual Leaders We Salute!

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 23, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Sue Hyde is the Director of the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and a long-time community organizer and advocate. Hyde was the recipient of the 2002 Stonewall Award in recognition of lifetime service to...Read More

Find Your Center at the DC Center

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 23, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I have lived in Washington, DC for nearly nine years and for much of that time I have been involved with the LGBT community initially as a pro-mo (professional homosexual) and lately on a volunteer level. In that time I...Read More

Black Voters Not to Blame if Proposition 8 Passes

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 22, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

A troubling New York Times article on Proposition 8, the proposed California anti-marriage constitutional amendment, asserts that some marriage supporters are concerned that strong support for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy among Black voters may spell trouble for efforts to...Read More

Patrick Sammon: Gays should vote for McCain

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Patrick Sammon has an article up in the Washington Blade about why John McCain is good for LGBT people. I kid you not - even though he lied to The Advocate and said that LCR is focused first on LGBT...Read More

Not a bad week for LGBT elders....

Filed by Cathy Renna | September 22, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

It has been a rough week - the economy, on-going political nail biting over the election etc - but it was a great week for LGBT senior visibility. Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE)...Read More

Schroer v. Billington: What Does It Mean For Transgender Employees?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 21, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

There was a wonderful post by Nan Hunter earlier on this court opinion from the United States Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. I'd like to raise the question of what this opinion means for transgender employees. The...Read More

Stories from the Helpline

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: "Stories from the Helpline" is a recurring feature on The Bilerico Project, bringing in the personal accounts of Helpline counselors from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis...Read More

Ellen will be the new face of CoverGirl

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Ellen DeGeneres confirmed on her daytime talk show that she will be the new face of CoverGirl Cosmetics starting in January: You know how I always like to share what's going on in my life with you all, and I...Read More

Decided Voters

Filed by Kate Clinton | September 20, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

On Labor Day, after finishing my summer run of shows, and before one quarter of my tomatoes had turned red, I had to pack up, leave Provincetown and head back to New York. Next summer I either have to plant...Read More

Prop. 8 Opponents Worried about the Economy

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Updated The nation's economic crisis is causing grave concern among LGBT activists fighting Prop 8, the initiative on the California ballot this November that would overturn the right of same sex couples to marry. "With the economy in so much...Read More

Safe Sex for The HIV+ Guy

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 20, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: David Douglas is a writer for living in NYC. When I was asked to revisit and revise a piece I'd written on safe sex four years ago I was thrilled. I love revisiting sex as often as...Read More

Fundie Peter LaBarbera reads The Bilerico Project!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 19, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

It seems right-wing Fundie Peter LaBarera, the President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, loves to read the Bilerico Project! The Peter put up a rather twisted article called "Sarah Palin, 'Daddy's Roommate' and the Left's Hypocrisy on 'Book Burning'"...Read More

New Field Poll and fundraising numbers for California same-sex marriage ban

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

There's a new Field poll of likely voters on California Prop 8 out. Here it is along with two older polls, one other Field Poll and one from the Public Policy Institute of California: Date:9/18 (FP)8/27 (PPIC)7/18 (FP) For:384042 Against:555451...Read More

Sarah Palin would rather let 100 rapists go free than let one woman use contraception

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

It turns out that the reason why Sarah Palin opposed paying for rape kits with city money, instead sending the bill to the victims, might not be what we thought. Personally, I just thought that like most law-and-order nuts, she...Read More

A fiendishly brilliant plan

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | September 18, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Karen Celestino-Horseman is a Bilerico alumni with an important message to pass along to Projectors. Dear Friends: We may have thought we wanted a woman on a national political ticket, but the joke has really been on us,...Read More

Media picks up the slack on Sarah Palin's LGBT record

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 17, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

When we first heard that Sarah Palin was named to be McCain's running mate, I put together what we knew about her record on LGBT issues, and it wasn't good. She did two things: She supported for Alaska's amendment to...Read More

CA's Prop 8 is Not About Gays or Marriage?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 17, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: California gay rights and AIDS activist and frequent guest blogger Michael Petrelis updates us on campaign rhetoric from the fight against Proposition 8. (Current image being used on the pro-gay-marriage forces' site, to the right. Other signage from...Read More

A few moments of your time please

Filed by IN THE LIFE | September 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Dear Friends of In The Life Media, We are at a strategic crossroad and need your ideas to help us chart our future course. Our members, supporters, viewers and donors are essential parts of our organization, shaping and guiding the...Read More

McCain heavily involved in Ultra-Conservative GOP Platform

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Remember when the McCain campaign said it was taking a "hands off approach" to writing of the GOP platform? Turns out they weren't telling the truth. Again. The Minnesota Independent is reporting that the McCain camp directly tapped right-wing fundie...Read More

Not gay enough, too queer, or uncatagorizable?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | September 15, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The San Francisco gay softball team has been disqualified from the Gay World Series for violating the rule that each team is only allowed to have two straight people on the team. However, none of the six contested team members...Read More

Elections 2008 Conference Calls

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | September 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

eQualityGiving is organizing a series of conference calls with equality leaders to cover our top giving priorities for the 2008 elections. The series of five calls (maybe six) cover three main priorities: The Presidency Constitutional amendments in California, Florida, and...Read More

The Reds

Filed by Eric Leven | September 14, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

It's 4:45 in the afternoon and ominous clouds develop over my city. A storm is on it's way. It is inevitable. In the distance another storm is brewing. Though this one is 8 weeks away. This storm is gathering, the...Read More

The Fight for Equality in Gainesville, FL

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 14, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The group fighting the repeal of protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents in Gainesville, Florida has taken their cause to the web! Equality is Gainesville's Business has launched a website: Our readers have been following this case...Read More

NCTE survey on transgender discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The NCTE is conducting a survey of transgender experiences with discrimination in conjunction with Pennsylvania State University. If you identify as trans, please take a few minutes to help them out....Read More

Why were the Log Cabin Republicans so hasty in their endorsement?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 13, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Jordan Peters is a 20 year old sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in International Studies and Russian language. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio with her parents. The 2008 election marks her first opportunity to cast...Read More

Log Cabin Republicans lash out

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Log Cabins simply hate being labeled as traitors to the LGBT community, and perhaps their complaints would be more credible if it weren't for statements like this (full release after the jump): Gay Democrats have confused Democrat party rhetoric with...Read More


Michael Kimmel: Is there a Gay "Guyland"?

Filed by Jason Tseng | September 11, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Michael Kimmel, a leading sociologist and scholar in the study of masculinity, recently released his new book, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. In his latest work, Kimmel investigates "Guyland," a new development stage in young men's lives that...Read More

Please consider writing your own letter about "biological sex"

Filed by Gina de Vries | September 11, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dear Cassandra, My name is Gina de Vries. I am writing because I am disturbed by the exclusion of male-to-female (MTF) transgender women from your survey on romantic and sexual relationships between women. I would like to respectfully ask you...Read More

Florida Adoption Ban Declared Unconstitutional

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 10, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Florida Circuit Court Judge David J. Audlin, Jr.has granted the petition of a gay man to adopt the child who was placed in his home as a foster child in 2001 and whose legal guardians the man and his partner...Read More

Anti-feminist crocodile tears

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 10, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

While a Townhall column that opens by telling women who is a feminist icon and who's not (spoiler: Hillary Clinton didn't make the cut), this Kevin McCullough column crosses the line from "typical Republican garbage" to "creepy old guy who...Read More

National Suicide Prevention Week and The Trevor Project Day

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 10, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Charles Robbins is the Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. He previously held key leadership positions...Read More

Is 'Tranny' Offensive?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | September 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm happy to be a part of the Bilerico team now, and I thought I'd start off by reposting something I wrote in my own blog a couple weeks ago. It was inspired by a reoccurring conversation I've seen on...Read More

I'm a big fan of recycling but...

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

If you're going to lift another org's short Facebook message to their group members... XX XX sent a message to the members of Michigan Equality. -------------------- Subject: Let's Grow this Group! Hi! I have a favor to ask. Would you...Read More

Marriage amendment funding

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 09, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Funding for and against Proposition 8 in California, the amendment to ban same-sex marriage (9/5 numbers, in millions of dollars): ForAgainst Total California $8.8$5.3$14.1 Out-of-state $4.0$5.0$9.0 Total $12.0 $10.2$22.2 In Arizona, amendment supporters have raised around $3 million. I can't...Read More

Hillary, Sarah, and Feminism?

Filed by Bruce Parker | September 08, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the first class of the advanced seminar in Feminist Theories that I am taking this term, the Professor asked students in the course to introduce themselves by offering their definition of feminism. I was amazed as the eleven people...Read More

An Open Letter To Joe Solmonese

Filed by Rebecca Juro | September 08, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dear Joe, I've heard you might be posting on the Bilerico Project again, so I'm writing this in the hopes that you'll read it and respond. First and foremost, before you read any further, let me say this: I'm not...Read More

Book Review: Into the Pines Kitchen

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | September 06, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Fire Island Pines Arts Project, a non-profit organization promoting the arts in the Fire Island gay summer community, just released its first-ever cookbook, Into the Pines Kitchen. The cookbook is filled with recipes from Pines residents, gay, straight, young,...Read More

Anti-same-sex marriage lawsuit in New York dismissed

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 05, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

A judge threw out a lawsuit brought by the Alliance Defense Fund to stop the governor's executive order to recognize marriage performed outside of the state. "The [Paterson's] directive is entirely lawful," Billings wrote. "New York's recognition of same-sex marriages...Read More

Cindy McCain Supports Abortion

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | September 05, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

John McCain isn't the only person in his family who can claim to be a maverick. His wife Cindy McCain made statements this week showing her support for abortion and reproductive choice. According to The Guardian: When asked by CBS...Read More

Will Women Support Sarah Palin?

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | September 05, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

Focus groups conducted this week by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund have found that the GOP's nomination of Sarah Palin may have the intended effect with women voters. There were only two focus groups...Read More

I don't know nothin'

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: While readers are still encouraged to join in this discussion thread, the first question resulting from the post can be found at: "What IS the LGBT community? Who are we?" Earlier today I published a post about Sarah Palin...Read More

Log Cabin Republican's McCain/Palin endorsement is about access

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 04, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

There's been a bit of hand-wringing in the LGBT blogosphere about the absolutely tortured logic in the Log Cabin Republicans' endorsement of McCain and Palin. They claim that his opposition to the FMA outweighs everything - including his opposition to...Read More

HRC gave LCR $10,000 but not the Stonewall Democrats?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 04, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Bil and I have already gotten a few emails about this one. This post is all after the jump, and, no, I don't think HRC's about to commit political suicide....Read More

Barefoot and Pregnant in the White House: Sarah and Bristol Palin

Filed by Yasmin Nair | September 03, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Some on the putative left, represented by the likes of John Nichols, have taken it upon themselves to tell us all that the Bristol Palin pregnancy story is simply too insignificant in comparison to, for instance, the "Troopergate" story. Or...Read More