The Movement: January 2010

Abortion Dr. Killer (Roeder) Convicted

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | January 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Scott Roeder has been convicted of first degree murder after just 40 minutes of deliberation by a jury in KS. Roeder murdered Dr. Tiller in cold blood last year at Tiller's church because he provided late term abortions to women....Read More

Come create some change

Filed by Cathy Renna | January 29, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Do you like complex conversations? Do you enjoy talking about the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, class etc? Do you celebrate and thrive in a diverse, unapologetically queer setting? If so, keep reading. I've got the perfect weekend...Read More

Movement on DADT repeal

Filed by Bil Browning | January 29, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

What a difference a mention in the State of the Union brings, eh? Since President Obama announced during the address that, "This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans...Read More

Building Blocks

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A bit over a year ago, I had a phone conversation with Bil Browning. At the time, I was a frequent commenter and there was some stupid thing going on that had us riled up (myself included) and by fortunate...Read More

60s Men's Mag, Debonair: "Inside a Lesbian Convention"

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 28, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Media tip: before you let someone inside your convention, make sure you approve of their conventions....Read More

Steve Pougnet for Congress

Filed by Michael Crawford | January 27, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Let's just be honest. One of the best ways we can increase the chances of passing pro-LGBT legislation in Congress is to elect more LGBT people to Congress. Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives only three are...Read More

State of the Union on LGBT Issues

Filed by Michelle Marzullo | January 27, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I am a President Barack Obama fan. I am drawn to his direct, calm leadership style, and quite frankly I think he's as authentic as a president can be. I also do believe that he is doing right by our...Read More

The State of the Union & DADT: Rhetoric or Real Policy Shift?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

It looks like Obama will address the horrendous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy in his State of the Union address tonight. is reporting that the reason Sen. Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, pushed back his scheduled hearing...Read More

What real threats looked like after Prop 8 passed

Filed by Gloria Nieto | January 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Yes On 8 people at the Prop 8 trial going on in San Francisco make me want to scream. Daily. Thursday's star witness, Dr. (of what?) William Tam signed on to Prop 8 early on. He testified in court...Read More

Now That Corporations Are People, Can They Marry Each Other? What If They're Gay?

Filed by David Badash | January 22, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

You cannot help but feel amused/perplexed/incredulous/angered/frustrated/ready-to-pack-your-bags-and-move-to-another-country by events the past week in America. After the "stunning upset" Republican Scott Brown (I like to remind him he is a Republican; he seems not to want to tell anyone) pulled off on...Read More

Prop 8 trial: Conversion therapy doesn't work, GLBT people experience violence, and the Kinsey scale

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 22, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

While I was doing this and admiring the historic photos of San Francisco on the 19th floor in the federal building, I struck up a conversation with the other person in the hallway. It turned out that I was talking...Read More

When a semen donor teams up with a bio mom...

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | January 22, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

The custody dispute between nonbio mom Kim Smith and bio mom Maggie Quale has attracted a lot of attention, including in this Bilerico post earlier this week, because Maggie has become romantically involved with the man who donated semen for...Read More

Cindy McCain, Wife of Sen. John McCain, Poses for NOH8 Campaign

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 21, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Update on John McCain's Reaction, after the jump. Cindy McCain, wife of former GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain, has posed for the NOH8 Campaign, the project from photographer Adam Bouska that was started as a response to California passing Prop...Read More

Party like it's 1993

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 20, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

In case you were getting too hopeful about this one: In a new complication for President Obama's push to allow gays to serve openly in the military, the House Armed Services Committee chairman says he is "personally ... against" any...Read More

Is HIV Motive For A Hate Crime?

Filed by D Gregory Smith | January 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On Christmas Day, 2009, gay, HIV+ Louisiana bar manager Robert LeCompte was found dead in his club, stabbed more than ten times with "a very long knife." More than four thousand dollars was missing, and the killer(s) left a note...Read More

I know you are but what am I

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 19, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The San Francisco Chronicle has an interesting article up about a bizarre argument Republicans of all stripes (fundies and gay Republicans alike) have been using lately that made its way into the federal Prop 8 trial. It goes something like...Read More

Notre Dame Newspaper Issues Weak "Apology" Over Gay Bashing Cartoon

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Update: Apologies from the cartoonist & the University President in the Comment section. Also in the comments: more fallout- Assistant Managing Editor resigns & cartoonists fired. In what has to be one of the most weak, pseudo apologies I've seen...Read More

Hope and change

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 16, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Even though it's not specifically about LGBT issues, I think that with the amount of disappointment people in the community have faced this past year that Christopher Hayes hits the nail on the head here: American progressives were the first...Read More

Transphobia In Mainstream Media: Are The Right-Wingers The Real Problem?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 14, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

It seems like all too often when you tune your radio or television to mainstream news and talk shows these days, there's good reason to be at minimum pretty annoyed, and sometimes even genuinely pissed off and angry if you're...Read More

Conflicting Signs on DADT Repeal

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 14, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are conflicting opinions coming out of the Military and the Administration on when to move forward on a repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Pentagon legal...Read More

Erasing Marriage

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm in the process of writing the last of my articles in my series on foundational stuff, but I'm not quite finished. In the interim, I'm going to talk about other stuff. In this case, the trial regarding marriage equality...Read More

Sick and Wrong

Filed by Paige Schilt | January 13, 2010 | 7:30 PM | comments

It had to happen sooner or later. When we sent our son, Waylon, to school, we knew that eventually some kid would tell him that it's sick and wrong to be fat....Read More

Olson and Boies Talk Prop 8 on Maddow

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 13, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, Ted Olson and David Boies came on to talk about the Prop 8 trial. This is just the latest stop in what has been a full-on media blitz from the pro-equality side. It's...Read More

What the LGBT movement can learn from anti-abortion protesters

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

Randall Terry's new anti-abortion group, Insurrecta Rex, has really been on my radar recently. They came to the National Equality March and recently encouraged people to burn Sen Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in effigy. I...Read More

Prop 8: The Twinkie Offense

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 12, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

During the Prop 8 trial in California yesterday, plaintiff Paul Katami, a fitness manager, was asked why he didn't think domestic partnerships were good enough. He replied with a metaphor of putting a Twinkie at the end of a treadmill...Read More

Ridicule, the federal jobs site, and an ENDA prescription

Filed by Bil Browning | January 07, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

My first op-ed written for the Advocate went up this week - "Prescription for an Ailing ENDA." I lay out a three point prescription on how to get ENDA passed before the end of this congressional session when health care...Read More

Description, Affinity, Politics, and Identity

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | January 06, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

This is a continuation of previous columns: What Is Trans, What Is Sex, What Is Gender, and Situational Membership. For the next couple columns, I will examine aspects of group dynamics within the LGBT milieu that are affected by the...Read More

Should We Scrap the Word "Transgender"?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 03, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The definition of "transgender" is not universally agreed upon. Some define it very broadly, to include anyone with a history or a hint of gender variance. Women who like sports. Men who like to cook. Some people take issue with...Read More