The Movement: January 2009

Creating Change, Day 4: They Got You Covered

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 31, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today was another day full of amazing sessions and institutes. Every issue you can imagine, from healthcare to identity-based politics to youth to faith, had a great space for discussion and communal learning. One of the things that keeps striking...Read More

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State of the Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 30, 2009 | 8:30 PM | comments

UPDATE: Video excerpts of Rea's speech have been added at the end of the post. Editors' Note: Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force delivered the following speech at the 21st National Conference on LGBT...Read More

Creating Change, Day 3: So Many Sessions, So Little Time!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 30, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've been doing my best to cover as many events as possible over Day 1 and Day 2 of the Creating Change Conference in Denver, but today it was impossible to get to everything, even for a speedy guy like...Read More

Vegetarians are so gay

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

Apparently a master of the universe can be completely incompetent, but he can't be vegetarian. A foreign exchange trader in NYC is suing because, he says, his boss made up an excuse to fire him after letting loose a slew...Read More

A very special interview with Dolores Huerta

Filed by Bil Browning | January 30, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

This is one of those stories that will stick with me for the rest of my life. During the Indianapolis event for the National Day of Protest, I shot some video of various attendees and one of them was Daniel,...Read More

Best Creating Change Swag EVER: The Amazing Transgender Equality Pen!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

So the best swaggy giveaway at the Creating Change Conference is by far the National Center for Transgender Equality's "Amazing Transgender Equality Pen." (click the photo to enlarge). For those that can't make out the writing in the picture, here's...Read More

Building bridges across our communities

Filed by Bil Browning | January 30, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I had a chance to sit down with Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, NGLTF's Director of Capacity Building. Lisa arranged all of Wednesday's sessions on race relations. At one of the sessions, I noticed a sign on the door that read: Building Bridges...Read More

Creating Change, Day 2: Issues, Issues, Issues!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 29, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

The second day of the Creating Change Conference in Denver has been packed full of amazing sessions and discussions. The toughest part about today was choosing where to go, since all the topics were so important and interesting. I popped...Read More

Sue Hyde: Creating Change's architect

Filed by Bil Browning | January 29, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

If you don't know Sue Hyde, you should. Sue is the Director of Creating Change and is responsible for organizing this huge conference of queer activists and academics. Literally, she is the busiest person at Creating Change since everyone needs...Read More

Short interviews on race relations in the LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | January 29, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Yesterday's sessions at Creating Change were about racial issues in the LGBT community. (See Jerame and Waymon's posts for more in depth info on the different group sessions they each attended.) I spent some time yesterday afternoon asking attendees to...Read More

SAVE THE DATE: Rally in Tally for LGBT Equality

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | January 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Monday, March 16, 2009 hundreds of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender persons will travel to Tallahassee to engage and educate state legislators to advance civil rights for all people. Come to Tallahassee empowered and have your voice heard! Trainings...Read More

People of Color and the LGBT Movement at Creating Change

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 28, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Creating Change 2009 is off to a great start. Denver is a fabulous host city, even if it's below freezing and there is snow on the ground, we don't have the 12 inches of snow that's being reported back home...Read More

Creating Change, Day 1: Racial and Economic Justice

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 28, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Today was the first full day of Creating Change and it started with a subject that touches everyone- Racial and Economic Justice. This topic has kicked off the Creating Change Conference for the past 35 years and continues to be...Read More

Did We Just Stumble on Another Gay Scandal?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 28, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

As if flying weren't bad enough nowadays, it seems that cluelessness is on the rise in the skies. As most of you know, I spent yesterday flying to Denver for the Creating Change conference. As if going from 78 degree...Read More

Is It Justice Yet?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 27, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editor's update: After some quirkiness with the comments earlier, they're working fine now. Sorry about the delay. Nope, not yet. So here we are, as of this writing just over one week into the Obama Administration. While it would be...Read More

Obama to America: The fundies are still in charge

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 27, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

You want to know who still runs this country? Here's a clue... Christian Defense Coalition calls Speaker Pelosi's decision to add contraceptives to the economic stimulus package bigoted, racist, elitist and anti-child. It is unthinkable that the Speaker of House...Read More

New Coalition of LGBT Groups forms in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 26, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Organizations United Together, or "OUT," a new federation of local LGBT and allied organizations held its first statewide meeting on January 24 in Orlando. According to the press statement, nearly 100 local leaders from across the state met to share...Read More

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The Day I Saved a Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 25, 2009 | 1:00 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

Just Say No to Civil Unions -- Hard Evidentiary Version

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Regarding civil marriage vs. civil unions, a few of us have been crying in the wilderness about things like ... separate ain't equal and never will be and what faux equality does to people's heads and that self-imposing more of it would be just plain shoot-yerself-in-the-foot dumb. Now we've got gummint-sponsored proof by way of the New Jersey Civil Union Commission.Read More

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leadership Awards kickoff in Manhattan

Filed by Father Tony | January 23, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

You know you are back in New York City when you are already running late for something while waiting for the fasten-seatbelt sign to go off. (In Fort Lauderdale, I am never late for anything because there's nothing to schedule....Read More

Gays should celebrate Roe anniversary

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | January 23, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The November elections are only the beginning. We must continue to shovel layer upon layer of dirt onto the grave of right wing political playbooks that have hurt so many Americans. Last year I left the Triangle Foundation in Michigan...Read More

Another Culture War Chickenhawk

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Here's another example of a right-winger who thinks that her personal morality means she can violate another person's body. At least she's being sued. The patient went to the Presbyterian Health Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center in Rio Rancho,...Read More

Of Icebergs and the Mormon Church

Filed by Bobby Parker | January 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Wake up people! We have seen only the tip of the Mormon Church Iceberg. There is so much underneath that the average person would be astonished at the depth and breadth of an organization that thinks it is the only...Read More

Warren Who?

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I feel like I've drawn my first deep breath in over eight years, now that the Hopester is the new prez.....And, as for Rick Warren's performance, it was the dud of the day. ... We made our point and he struck himself out. Score us the big winner of that round.Read More

What the LGBT Community is Up Against

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 20, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Waymon asked if the LGBT community needs new thinking for a new president. Judging from some of the predictably bitter comments to Waymon's post and the conspiratorial outrage over technical difficulties and scheduling mishaps around the Gene Robinson inaugural concert...Read More

A new website with a new agenda

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 20, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In the Internet age, the real proof that change has come to the White House can be seen by surfing over to President Obama's new website is live and it is just as amazing and groundbreaking as his campaign...Read More

Moving Beyond Bush: A Long Road Ahead

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 20, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Bush Legacy. The words alone send shivers down my spine and causes my blood to boil. For eight years, we have seen this administration tear apart virtually every part of our lives. War, recession, torture, job loss, deregulation, stripping...Read More

Does the LGBT Community Need New Thinking for a New President?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 19, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'll be the first to admit that after 8 years of horrendous Bush policies and many more years of seeing our community sacrificed on the altar of politics, I have grown cynical and combative. After so much betrayal, demonization, and...Read More

No. 44: A Cause for Celebration

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | January 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

The inauguration of Barack H. Obama as the 44th president of the United States is cause for pride and hopefulness for America and the world. Sen. Obama's campaign heralded a transformational message of progressive change. His very election, as the...Read More

If I was straight

Filed by Annette Gross | January 18, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

My son sent me this video. It's entitled "If I was straight......." The young man in it speaks about how being gay has made him stronger and more accepting of other people. There is a mom in our PFLAG chapter...Read More

Get Your Hot, Fresh Abortion Doughnuts!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 18, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Let's take a minute to go down the rabbit hole (or doughnut hole, in this case) with yet another bizarre fundie press statement... Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, like every other business in the country, is looking to get in on all...Read More

Phelps Clan is a No Show in South Florida

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | January 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night, the Westboro Baptist Church, the group run by Fred Phelps that is best known for their disturbing anti-gay signs and protests at military funerals, failed to show up at their own scheduled protest at the Rising Action Theatre...Read More

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Your Pink Sheets Are Showing

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I wrote a post a little over 24 hours ago on TransGriot that basically called the gay community out for their continued pattern of knee jerk hostility to President-elect Barack Obama dating back to last year's Democratic primary. I pointed...Read More

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Acceptance is Key to Combating LGBTQ Youth Suicide

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Charles Robbins is Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. At The Trevor Project, we listen to young people every day who confirm exactly what the new study from the Family Acceptance Project at San...Read More

George Will: Lying, snooty homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Long-time readers of this blog know that I plain don't like George Will. There isn't much space between him and the farthest right on substance, but he's usually held up as a "true conservative," a "respectable conservative," or an "intellectual...Read More

Rev. Al Sharpton on Marriage, Mormons and Prop. 8

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rev. Al Sharpton left no doubt on where he stands on marriage equality and the passage of Prop. 8 in his speech at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta: It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that...Read More

How Prop 8 Hurts Families

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 15, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

"My six-year old, the day after we lost Prop 8, asked me, with tears running down his face, if we were still a family." —Contra Costa County Another Contra Costa parent explained, "My eight year old daughter heard many...Read More

The Chickenhawks of the Culture War

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I think we've been noticing a disturbing trend among the Religious Right in their attempts to impose their beliefs on the rest of us. They have, for some time, been developing an ethical framework in which someone can do something,...Read More

Oops. We were just kidding.

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 14, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Kalamazoo City Council knuckles under. When Kalamazoo, Michigan had passed an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or access to public resources on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the American Family Association and others led...Read More

Equality Matters: Online March for LGBT Equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Equality Matters is launching an Online March for LGBT Equality set for the week of the presidential inauguration January 17-24. Equality Matters is using the power of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to spread the message about...Read More

Body Talk

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | January 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

A year ago, I was joining the cast of a personal theater show, Body Talk, which was designed to provide a similar opportunity for empowering women as the Vagina Monologues, but with the freedom to write our own pieces. Despite...Read More

Maine marriage advocates go on the offensive

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

From the Maine Civil Liberties Union's executive director, Shenna Bellows. They've built a coalition and they're going to push a referendum to recognize same-sex couple's marriages. This is the direction we need to be going in, bringing the battles to...Read More

LGBT Civil Rights legislation: Let's be bold

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 13, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger David Mixner is former strategist and adviser to several presidential campaigns, including those for McGovern, Clinton, and Gephardt. He currently works as an activist for AIDS, LGBT rights, and wildlife. David writes from Turkey Hollow, his...Read More

Gay Bishop to Deliver Invocation at Inaugural Event

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson has been invited by President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural committee to deliver the invocation at a concert held at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert will be held on Sunday, January 18th and will be the first...Read More

Author of Trans Workplace Study Speaks Out

Filed by Paige Schilt | January 12, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Back in October, the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy published an article examining the salary and workplace experiences of transgender men and women "before and after" transition. The article, which was co-authored by economist Matthew Wiswall and sociologist...Read More

Hulu Sunday: Edna Garrett on marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Straight from 1982, here's the episode of Facts of Life where Mrs. Garrett discusses the meaning of marriage. I thought it would be illuminating because of the ways in which the Religious Right has constructed false narratives about the importance...Read More

Mary Bonauto Gets Raw and Real About Marriage Equality

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 11, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Mary Bonauto, lead counsel in the Massachusetts case that won same-sex couples the right to wed, spoke in November at a WBUR Kennedy Library Forum about marriage equality. When asked about the potential impact of the demonstrations that have sprung...Read More

Bipart bad, reason #2905: Equal pay for equal work passed House

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The House passed two bills this past week to protect equal pay for equal work, the Lilly Ledbetter Act and an amendment to the Paycheck Fairness Act. The former passed with three Republicans voting for it, the latter with ten....Read More

Larry Craig gave up the fight

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Larry Craig has stopped his legal battle. It was impossible and went on far longer than it should have - there was no way that confession and plea agreement was going to be overturned. Not on the first appeal, not...Read More

The Mormon Church and Proposition 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: This guest post comes to The Bilerico Project courtesy of Exception Magazine. Liz Towne is General Counsel and Director of Advocacy Programs at Alliance for Justice, a coalition of public interest organizations which provides free technical assistance on...Read More

Saying good-bye to Boi from Troy

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 08, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Scott Schmidt, aka Boi from Troy, is hanging up his keyboard and has stopped blogging. I got the message in my RSS feed last week and was surprised that I was a little upset. I've at least scanned the boi's...Read More

House rules go gender neutral

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

Via Amanda Terkel, here's a bit of the changes to the House's rules:...Read More

Women: Your beavers are smelly and itchy

Filed by Bil Browning | January 07, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Since my "I don't know nuthin'" post (where I admitted my ignorance to some trans and feminist issues), I've tried to keep my eyes open and be a little more observant of everyday slights that I'd normally overlook. I must...Read More

Come See Me + Make/shift in Brooklyn on Saturday!

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | January 07, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm heading to NY for a few days this week. On Saturday in Brooklyn, we're having a reading/party/benefit for make/shift, the feminist magazine I coedit and copublish. There will be readings by some wonderful queer writers, and I'd love to...Read More

It Doesn't Make Sense

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

My son came home from school yesterday after having watched a movie about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's. It was horrible, he said. As he described the church bombing, the hoses and the police dogs, he asked me,...Read More

Gay Rights Threaten Freedom of Belief, Conservative myth 2.0

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Travis Ballie is a queer activist currently attending the most politically active campus in the nation, American University. He is a D.C. resident inspired by the Prop 8 protests and hoping to contribute to the"DC For...Read More

New York Times Comes Through Again...Who's Listening?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | January 06, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

This morning's New York Times editorial condemning Arkansas's ban on adoption and foster parenting by anyone living with a same-sex partner or unmarried different-sex partner is a welcome piece of advocacy. NYT calls the law "offensive" and urges the court...Read More

To all those folks telling us to keep it quiet about Rick Warren...

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Nate Silver has a post up about how Obama's transition website is more LGBT-friendly than his campaign site: What to make of the difference? On the one hand, this would seem to demonstrate Obama's (over)sensitivity to the politics embedded in...Read More

Children of Lesbian Families Happy and Healthy, Despite Homophobia

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 05, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), the longest-running and largest investigation of its kind, published two new reports in December, in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and Journal of Lesbian Studies. I interviewed Dr. Nanette Gartrell, the lead investigator,...Read More

A1 steak sauce: Sexism is that important

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I realize that the picture is a little fuzzy since I took it with my cell phone, but this bottle of A1 Steak Sauce shocked me for it's blatantly sexist wrapper. (You can clickety to embiggen the picture.) The bottle...Read More

Let's move beyond "marriage" in '09

Filed by Jerame Davis | January 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Can we all agree to a New Year's Resolution? Can we drop marriage as "the issue" for 2009? Let me be clear... I know we have to fight the fight against amendments in the places that don't have them yet....Read More

ACLU files suit in Arkansas to overturn Act 1

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I don't know why, but I was much more upset that Arkansas's Act 1, which banned unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in an attempt to overturn their supreme court decision that found the ban on gay adoption unconstitutional,...Read More