The Movement: December 2011


As We Look to the Future [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 31, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

After a banner year for LGBT rights, what do you think will happen in 2012? What strides will we make next year?Read More

A Big Gay Thank You to Republicans

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | December 30, 2011 | 10:45 AM | comments

Guest blogger Patrick J Hamilton sends a big thank you to Republicans, Teabaggers, and right-wing religious conservatives for their inspiration in 2011. Growth and good have come of it.Read More

The State of Marriage Equality 2011

Filed by Bil Browning | December 29, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Incredibly smart (and adorably cute) Matt Baume brings us the 2011 Marriage Equality Year in Review this week where he highlights all the advances our community has made worldwide in the past year.Read More


Catholic Bishops' Lie About Threats to Religious Freedom

Filed by Michael Hamar | December 29, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I was raised Catholic (altar boy, Knight of Columbus, the whole works) so I know all about the Roman Catholic Church - especially when it comes to the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the bishops and Church hierarchy.Read More


The 'Game-Changing' Year in HIV/AIDS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

2011 has been a game changing year in the fight against HIV/AIDS. There have so many positive advances that advocates are celebrating while we still mourn.Read More


2011: The Year In Gay

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Am I still a gay blogger? Well, I'm still a blogger. And I'm as gay as I've every been. But I almost hesitate to call myself a gay blogger these days.Read More

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My Concerns Over the Prop 8 Repeal Initiative

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I appreciate Love Honor Cherish's drive to make this happen, but I think they are way over their heads.Read More


Not Your Grandmother's Lesbian Philanthropy

Filed by Paige Schilt | December 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

This time of year, my mailbox is overflowing with letters. They're not Christmas cards. My holiday inbox overfloweth with end-of-year fundraising letters from nonprofits. Read More


EQCA Brings on Key Women to Re-Build the LGBT Organization

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Until now I had not realized that the entire "Save Equality California" effort seems to be publicly lead by women.Read More


GOProud: The Walrus and the Carpenter

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've always known that the Republican asshats at GOProud have some fucked up priorities, but let me see if I have this right...Read More

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A Young Activist Perspective on Global LGBT Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

For me, as a 24-year-old white guy from Spokane, Wash., this week was monumental. I've been working at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission as Communications Associate since July. But this time was different.Read More


LGBT Rights Are Human Rights: Time to Celebrate?

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | December 13, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

LGBT people are part of the social fabric, and thus part of the population that benefit from the foreign aid funding. A cut in aid will have an impact on everyone, and more so, on the populations that are already vulnerable.Read More


Stereotypes about Black Lesbians

Filed by Amy Andre | December 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This language feeds into a negative stereotype about black lesbians: that they don't know themselves - don't understand their own sexuality - as well as or as quickly as white lesbians know themselves.Read More


Barney Frank's Views on LGBT Activists & Bloggers [Open Thread]

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 10, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm very curious to know what your opinion on Barney's views on LGBT activists and bloggers. Do you agree or disagree with his assessment of the movement?Read More


Prop 8 Was Not Overturned This Week

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

While these renewed celebrations may have felt good, they were more than a year late, and incredibly misleading. Perhaps you should share this blog post now, so your friends know the marathon is still not over. Read More


NCLR Policy Director Named to Ebony Power 100 List

Filed by Bil Browning | December 08, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to my friend, Maya Rupert, for being named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 List. Maya is the Federal Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.Read More

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'Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars' Is Out!

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 07, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Our newest anthology of archival writing and images critiquing gay and lesbian investments in overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell and militarism more broadly is now available.Read More


Hillary Clinton's LGBT Rights Speech to the UN

Filed by Bil Browning | December 06, 2011 | 7:15 PM | comments

Here's the speech everyone is talking about today. It's being heralded as a modern day "I Have a Dream" speech.Read More


BOLD Gathering Motivates LGBT People of Color

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 06, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The BOLD Gathering in Minneapolis was designed to empower LGBT leaders of color to meet this "movement moment" when LGBT communities of color profoundly intersect with the economic crisis and the right wing response to such issues as immigration.Read More


How Wall Street Can Stay Greedy & Be Well Loved

Filed by Anthony Carter | December 06, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I have taught and worked in a variety of places with a variety of young people and some annoying and not always productive adults. Money is not the issue here. We have to change our thinking.Read More


Iowa Teen Argues the Good Argument

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 06, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit. The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. At Schmidt's age, shaking a candidate's hand was enough to make me forget my name.Read More

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HIV Receives Its First Hate Mail in 30 Years

Filed by Anthony Carter | December 05, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Dear HIV, I am sending you this brief note because once again you have pissed me off.Read More


GLAAD's Blue Carpet Gala in Fort Lauderdale

Filed by Father Tony | December 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Blue Carpet Gala helps raise funds for GLAAD's work in Florida and across the nation to bring culture-changing stories that increase understanding and build support for full LGBT equality to millions of homes, schools and workplaces.Read More

HRC: Equal or Less Than?

GL vs BT: Why We Aren't A Real LGBT Movement Yet

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 05, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why is the LGBT movement experiencing frustration of our goals? Perhaps it has something to do with our lack of understanding about who we are and who we are not. Read More


A 'Movement Moment' for LGBT People of Color

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 03, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Many POC groups have either faded away for lack of organizational funding or included an HIV education program to attract capacity building grants. That endless cycle may now be changing.Read More

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Wendy Williams: 'Ending HIV Is Not Magic'

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | December 01, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Like most gay men, I absolutely love it when our divas stand tall in their high heels and speak out to end HIV. I'm willing to put on high heels and stand up to end HIV along side Wendy Williams. Will you?Read More

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Let's Redouble Our Commitment to Cure AIDS

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | December 01, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The debate over the federal budget and deficit reduction gets more heated each year. But on this World AIDS Day, the benefits of federal investment in research are incontrovertible. As documented earlier this year, for the first time in history, a cure for AIDS is possible.Read More