The Movement: February 2010

Making Trouble: Why

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 24, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

So in my last column, a few statements were made by various commenters that raise issues that go well beyond the scope of just a single comment on one thread. All of them raised issues with the specter that's haunting...Read More

Jesse's Journal: Gay Resistance, the Lessons of History

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 23, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Resistance takes many forms. For some of us, it means staging a demonstration or starting a political action group. For others, it means being defiantly different in a society that hates difference. As John Rechy and Charley Shively noted more...Read More

Get hitched or get ditched!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | February 23, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Skinny in Edinburgh asked me to write a short piece on marriage (no, my dear, you're not the only one), and here's how it starts: My mother, a straight white woman in her early sixties, recently moved to a...Read More

DADT: It's Showtime

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Not such a great start to the week yesterday. I hurt my back. I never hurt my back. As my sister said to me, you getting OLD. OLD. Yes, I am. All that happened was I was horsing around with...Read More

War is inherently anti-gay, but....

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Homocon James Kirchick was justifiably excited to score the interview with Joe Lieberman in which the Senator confirmed that he plans to cosponsor DADT repeal legislation (go him), but keep that rocket in your pocket, Kirchick! It's unbecoming. Adam Serwer...Read More

Leave a number and let me know if it is safe to call you

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Guest blogger Roberta Sklar is a communications activist and consultant to LGBT and other progressive movements. She is the former Director of Communications for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In the same historic week that Hate...Read More

Why DADT repeal gets more attention than ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 18, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Adam Bink posed some interesting questions yesterday about how DADT is taking attention away from ENDA, whether that's fair, and what it means for the LGBT movement. In 2009, Congress kept on kicking ENDA further and further down; now it's...Read More

Interview: Che Rudell-Tabisola from US Census

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I had a chance to sit down with Che Rudell-Tabisola. Che works for the US Census and he's also the head of Our Families Count, the joint collaboration between dozens of LGBT business and community leaders. Che answers a lot...Read More

Trans Bathroom Scare Smear used against Gay Gainesville, FL Candidate

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 18, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Our readers may remember last year's battle in Gainesville, Florida where anti-LGBT forces came together to try to repeal Gainesville's Human Rights Ordinance, which included sexual orientation and gender identity & expression. The fierce battle at the ballot box included...Read More

The military can move faster on DADT

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 17, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Gina King comes from a family with a strong tradition of military service is a veteran of the US Navy. She identifies as intersexed and trans identified. Currently she works within the military industrial complex as a vital...Read More

The military can move faster on DADT

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 17, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Gina King comes from a family with a strong tradition of military service is a veteran of the US Navy. She identifies as intersexed and trans identified. Currently she works within the military industrial complex as a vital...Read More

NYC Grand Marshals Announced

Filed by Father Tony | February 16, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Heritage of Pride (HOP) has this week, in two separate statements, announced the names of its grand marshals for the 2010 New York City Pride march. One name caused a dust up, the other none at all....Read More

LA Gay & Lesbian Center and NGLTF lead misguided action about Social Security

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The LA Center and the Task Force are mobilizing the gay community to "Rock for Equality." The equality in this instance is access to Social Security spousal and survivors benefits available to heterosexual married couples. But there's an enormous problem...Read More

Compromise 3 - Analysis of the DSM-V PRs

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 15, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have looked at some of the more simple aspects of the PR's thus far in the first and second parts of this series. This time around, I will look at the little things in there that are both good...Read More

We aren't over the rainbow yet

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

In case you were operating under the false assumption that L, G, B, or T oppression was over, several studies to the opposite effect were released these past couple weeks on youth suicide, transgender employment discrimination, health care, and bullying...Read More

Creating Change with a Kid

Filed by Paige Schilt | February 14, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Long before my son was born, my dear mother turned to me and said, "your kids are going to turn out so conservative." I think this was her special way of saying that 1) my activist lifestyle is a little...Read More

Nathaniel Frank: DADT polling & the paperback edition

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Right after I sat down with the Palm Center's Nathaniel Frank to talk about Don't Ask Don't Tell, he published one helluva piece on the Huffington Post about the military's announcement that they will poll the troops about their opinions...Read More

Compromise 2 - Analysis of the DSM-5 PRs

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 13, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

This is part two of a series of columns analyzing the impacts of the DSM-V revisions on LGBT people. The proposed revisions to the DSM-V are out, and they are a startling compromise. If compromise is the art of given...Read More

Creating change right where you are

Filed by Phil Reese | February 13, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This past week I attended the Annual Creating Change Conference put on by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in various locations throughout this big gay nation of ours every year. This year the all-encompassing leadership conference was held...Read More

Compromise: Analysis Of The DSM-V Revisions, Part 1

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 12, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A multi-part series on the finer points of the DSM-V proposed revisions to certain disorders and the clinical structure behind them. It is a mixed bag, this proposal for revision. Make no mistake, it is not fixed in stone (although...Read More

Freedom to Marry Day 2010

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

On 12, 2001 I went down to the San Francisco City Hall and asked for a marriage license with my then bride, Molly McKay. Not surprisingly, we were turned away. We continued to go ever year to San Francisco City...Read More

Interview: Freedom to Marry 2.0 with Sean Eldridge

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Freedom to Marry's new Communications Director, Sean Eldridge, was hired at the same time that Bilerico contributor Michael Crawford was brought on board to run online campaigns. Is it any surprise that one of the biggest buzz items of the...Read More

Video Interview: Charles Robbins, Executive Director of the Trevor Project

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 11, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Charles Robbins, Executive Director of the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project runs the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. It's an...Read More

Interview: Queer youth issues with Greg Varnum from NYAC

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

One of the most interesting parts of my interview with Greg Varnum, Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC), is the work they're starting to do around social media and innovative fundraising to keep the doors open. We...Read More

The End Of Disorder

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 10, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

On February 9th, 2010, The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version 5 (DSM-V) revision working groups released their Proposed Revisions for the areas in the manual under consideration for deletion, removal, revision, and addition. The current version of...Read More

Live large - Think big

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 10, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

That was the slogan of the 22nd Annual National Conference on LGBT Equality in Dallas, Texas. Good thing we weren't in Rhode Island. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of LGBT organizing happening in RI. Two thousand activists from...Read More

Exclusive Interview: Evan Wolfson of Freedom To Marry

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I had a chance to sit down with Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, and talk to him about why marriage recognition is such a personally important issue for him. Of course, I also had to ask him...Read More


Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Let's pause for a moment and look at one thing, though.  One thing that reaches outside that, so that people know why it is that I note, casually and consistently, the importance of our recognizing the kinship we have with each other within the LGBT. It starts when we are kids.Read More

Building political power: One interview at a time

Filed by Kate Kendell | February 10, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm back at my desk after four days in Dallas at the annual Creating Change conference organized by The Task Force. Every year I return re-energized and inspired. What I love most about Creating Change is the energy and vibe....Read More

Creating Change Round-Up: A Broad Approach to Achieve Broad Goals

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 09, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

By the end of the nearly week-long Creating Change Conference held by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force in Dallas, many of us had joking begun calling it "queer bootcamp." It was a rigorous schedule of sessions, trainings, discussions,...Read More

Exclusive Pics: Lt. Dan Choi back in service?

Filed by Jeff Sheng | February 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

This past weekend at the NGLTF Creating Change conference, there was a notable absence that many have already tweeted and remarked about. Lt. Dan Choi was supposed to lead a Knights Out sponsored workshop on Friday morning about ending "Don't...Read More

Sarah Palin wants YOU to point fingers and shut up

Filed by Kip Williams | February 08, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I just watched Sarah Palin's speech to Tea Party Nation on MSNBC. She is a used car saleswoman. A deceiver. And she doesn't care about people of color or queer folk, poverty or children in jail. Her message is self-serving...Read More

Children Ask, Children Tell: Iraq war vet struggles to raise sons while closeted

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 06, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

[Author's note: I first published this piece two years ago, when I had the honor of interviewing a lesbian-mom couple, one of whom is an active-duty military officer. Given the recent news about possible progress on a repeal of Don't...Read More

DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The news of a possible repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has gay and straight liberals billing and cooing at each other like long lost pigeon lovers. If the words of military top brass are to be believed, they really,...Read More

Want to Create Change? Take a Look in the Mirror

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 05, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was having a chat with a friend at the Creating Change Conference where we were catching up, talking about our current projects, and chatting about the community in general. We got into the topic of what we both agreed...Read More

The State of the Movement: Speeches aren't change, change is more than words

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey presented the annual State of the Movement address today at the 22nd Creating Change conference in Dallas, Texas. The speech was a real barnburner that brought the crowd to their feet multiple times as Carey...Read More

We're not even laser-focused on jobs

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The executive branch is saying that it'll take a year to study the implementation of a repeal to DADT, and the legislative branch is apparently not even going to try to come up with an excuse for ignoring DADT until...Read More

Creating Change Day 2: Got Issues? We're Talking About Them Today!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 04, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Everybody has an issue near and dear to their heart, but it's not just preaching to the choir at Creating Change. It's also about learning about other issues that are going on in the LGBTQI community. Today in Dallas is...Read More

It's economic interdependence, not marriage, that should afford benefits to partner of deceased state trooper

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | February 03, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Missouri highway patrol officer Dennis Engelhard died in the line of duty on Christmas day. His surviving partner of 15 years, Kelly Glossip, is not entitled to a lifetime benefit of $28,000 a year. That benefit is reserved for spouses...Read More

Creating Change Day 1: Institutes, Trainings, & Activists... Oh My!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 03, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's day one of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Annual Creating Change Conference, which is the largest annual gathering of LGBTQI activists from around the country. It's my second year attending and again I'm blown away by just...Read More

When our Honor Code becomes a Jilted Lover, it wants revenge

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 02, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: 1st Lt. Dan Choi was a West Point graduate with degrees in Arabic language and Environmental Engineering. He was an infantry officer and Iraq combat vet, co-organizer of the National Equality March, and co-founder of Knights Out. Secretary...Read More

Congress and the public don't see eye-to-eye on ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Update: People are providing links to state-level anti-discrimination legislation in the comments. If you know of any, please pass it along. I'd like to see how much there is and make another post out of it, since the numbers are...Read More

Gay, trans, man, and pregnant: Let's talk about cognitive dissonance in the media and the movement

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | February 02, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

...for all our effort to show how we are just as normal as anyone else, what we are saying is that we are not different from the het/cis people out there. And, in point of fact, we *are* different. And those differences shouldn't matter. We speak of how coming out is so awesome - how it frees us to be ourselves, how it loosens the shackles of conformity and enables us to truly be ourselves - to be an individual, different from others...Read More