The Movement: November 2011


Marriage Equality Gets (Another) TV Spot

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 29, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The suggestion that LGBT equality needed a massive PR campaign has come to pass. Marriage equality has its own TV spots now. But is it good for the community?Read More


Former EqCa Staffer: From Grasstops to Grassroots

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 29, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Eric Harrison, the former statewide development director for Equality California, has joined Love Honor Cherish as the marriage equality grassroots organization's Interim Executive Director, LHC announced Monday morning.Read More


Against Equality Auction: Putting Our Asses on the Line

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's a long-held belief, in some quarters, that Against Equality is run by a bunch of secretive millionaires. How else could we possibly carry off all this fabulousness, people wonder - the books, the tours, the mutliple interviews, the media glitz? Read More


The Art of Selling Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 26, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It sucks that marriage equality is something that has to be "sold" - something that has to be packaged into an adorable two-minute video and marketed, passed around to make a point.Read More


Queer Rising Advocates for NYC's Homeless Youth

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Saturday, Queer Rising successfully executed a demonstration in Times Square of New York City by taking advantage of a pedestrian street camera to broadcast a message to the governor demanding more recognition for queer homeless youth.Read More

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Your Thoughts? The HRC President Job Description

Filed by Viktor Kerney | November 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The HRC has posted an ad, searching for a new President. All of the important pieces are included in the job description. But I would like to hear from you all on what should be added, specified or deleted from the description.Read More

Equality Matters Staffers Leave Org

Filed by Bil Browning | November 22, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

What happened to Equality Matters? The group was launched with great fanfare last year, but has slowly faded into nothingness.Read More


GLAAD Encourages Awkward Thanksgivings

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, GLAAD is encouraging LGBT people to talk freely and openly about their relationships and LGBT equality overall. They're calling the campaign "I'm Letting Aunt Betty Feel Awkward This Thanksgiving." Read More


Well-Behaved Movements Seldom Make History

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Almost since the Occupy Wall Street movement began, everyone from pundits to the person-in-the-street have offered their $0.02 on what the OWS movement "should" do next. The advice is almost always the same: Do something else.Read More


All That Glitters

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Malic White asks, "Why have some queer folks been so offended by Savage in particular?" Is he going the route of major LGB organizations who handle trans issues badly?Read More

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I'd Like to Ask a Favor Please

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's not often that I write and ask you for a favor, so I hope you'll consider my request. No, I'm not asking you to vote for Bilerico in some sort of blog contest; this is for something much more important.Read More


The Occupy Movement Is an Incubator for the Nation's New Leaders

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 17, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

"What looks like a disorganized mess is, in many respects, a training ground for those who will join the next generation of leaders."Read More

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A Response to Dan Savage's Statement on Glitterings

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 15, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This morning Dan Savage put out his own statement regarding the recent glitterings he has been the target of. He shares the transcript and some of the details that my source apparently got wrong.Read More


Battling Activist Burnout in the Trans Community

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

How can the community can offset the "two years and out" burnout that seems to come along with trans activism? I think our best bet is in recognizing that the trans and LGB community follow two completely different structures.Read More


Against Equality: The Naked Truth about DADT

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 15, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

What better way to reveal and entice readers towards this fabulous new project than to, well, reveal more than you thought you'd ever know about Ryan Conrad, editor of the latest volume, Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars?Read More


Sidetrack: Use of the Term 'Cis'

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 14, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Over at my post "Dan Savage Glittered Again, Student Arrested," a side discussion has come up deserving it's own thread over whether or not the term "cis" in reference to non-trans people is offensive.Read More


Equality California at a Tipping Point

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 14, 2011 | 5:15 PM | comments

Is Equality California still important and relevant? Or has the statewide LGBT political lobbying organization run its course?Read More


LA Gay & Lesbian Center Gala Celebrates 40 Years of Activism

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Officially, Saturday night was devoted to honoring transgender activist Chaz Bono and actor/singer Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, David Burtka, but the spirit in the packed ballroom celebrated the 40th anniversary of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.Read More

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Join Washington State's New Push for Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It is going to take all of us who support civil marriage for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples to make sure our representatives understand how important it is to us that they pass this bill.Read More


Dan Savage Glittered Again, Student Arrested

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 14, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

On November 9th, Dan Savage was the recipient of a "glitter bomb" for the second time this month so far. One of the students involved in the stunt was grabbed by the police and arrested.Read More

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Stuck in the Mud? Get Your Hands Dirty

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

At Thursday's opening plenary for the United State Conference on AIDS, David Munar, President of AIDS Foundation of Chicago delivered a bold message, stating that despite being "stuck in the mud... It's time to get our hands dirty."Read More


Oregon Abandons Marriage Equality Initiative for 2012

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 10, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Oregon was poised to be the first state to overturn an anti-marriage equality state constitutional amendment in 2012. Basic Rights Oregon sent an email to supporters announcing their plan to wait until they are ready to win.Read More


How HRC Can Partner with the Larger Community

Filed by Matt Foreman | November 09, 2011 | 12:01 AM | comments

To many of our opponents and even to many allies, the LGBT movement is a cohesive force for change. The reality is that we are two separate movements: the Human Rights Campaign and everyone else. Read More

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Mom's Perspective: Reflections on the National PFLAG Convention

Filed by Annette Gross | November 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to attend the 2011 National PFLAG Convention in Arlington, VA. I represented, along with another member, the Indianapolis Chapter of PFLAG.Read More


Pansexuality: A Hidden Gender Binary Buster

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 07, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Is the potential of shattering the gender binary too integral to our society to be a viable option? Does pansexuality -- the sexuality that basically disregards gender or biological sex -- pose such a threat to our black-and-white world that we can't consider it?Read More


Joan Garry Hired to Help Equality California Transition Plan

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, Equality California put out a statement about their strategy for a transition plan after the unexpected departure of Executive Director Roland Palencia.Read More


The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming & David McReynolds

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | November 03, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Is prominent historian Martin Duberman's latest book up to his usual high standards? Read More

Lady Gaga's Plans for the Born This Way Foundation

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 03, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Yesterday Lady Gaga announced the launch of The Born This Way Foundation, a new anti-bullying organization. But is another national organization focused on anti-bullying advocacy necessary? Read More


Sidetrack: Is 'Douche' Misogynistic?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Over on the "Dan Savage Gets Glitterbombed for Being Transphobic" post by Tobi Hill-Meyer, a side discussion has broken out that's worthy of it's own thread. Is calling someone a douche misogynistic?Read More


Stop SB 48 Is Back: Equality California Isn't

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The antigay Capitol Resources Institute and their antigay Stop SB 48 "coalition" are now considering launching an initiative, which would allow them more time to get signatures. Equality California isn't ready to fight back.Read More


Language Doesn't Matter: Substance Does

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 01, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Titles like "Language Matters," which both GLAAD and the polling institute opted for, strike me as that sort of arrogance of the political consultant class that places messaging and strategizing higher in importance than substance and actual conversations with people.Read More


How to Make Occupy Wall Street More Trans-Inclusive

Filed by Toshio Meronek | November 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A big problem with social justice movements? Forgetting to include the people who are the most oppressed in the process. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project knows the problem first-hand, and stopped by Occupy Wall Street last week to help other protesters understand.Read More


13 Ways to Avoid Blame for Homophobia & Transphobia

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 01, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Matt Smith is back with more of your favorite maneuvers for dodging conversations on heterosexism. You have any more to add?Read More