The Movement: January 2012


The State of the Movement (But Not All the States)

Filed by Bil Browning | January 30, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

Normally the "State of the Movement" address at Creating Change is one of the highlights for me. This year's speech, however, left me feeling flat.Read More


Comment of the Week: A Call for Civility

Filed by Adam Polaski | January 29, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

The post on Dan Savage's third glitterbombing in six months sparked lots of comments about in-fighting, whether it's necessary, and whether it helps progress the community at all. Read More


Christie Sees Future, Santorum Does George Wallace in Drag

Filed by Mark Segal | January 28, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Christie is not considered a moderate. He's a national rising star of right-wing Republicans, but he's smart and ahead of his fellow party members in understanding that LGBT issues no longer matter to the general population - including Republicans.Read More

Cynthia Nixon & Shifting from Essentialism

Filed by Kyle Bella | January 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The debate over Cythnia Nixon's argument that being lesbian is a choice reveals the ineffectiveness of situating LGBTQ politics along defensive lines. I try to change the focus of that conversation.Read More


Airman Randy Phillips to Ride in AIDS LifeCycle

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 25, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Remember Airman Randy Phillips? He's the servicemember who posted a video of his call to his father to come out as gay. He's decided to participate in this year's AIDS fundraising bike ride after an exchange with WeHo-based filmmaker Ryan James Yezak.Read More


Bi Leadership Up North: Health Pioneer Cheryl Dobinson

Filed by Amy Andre | January 25, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

"Most research grouped bi people with gay men or lesbians, which meant that we didn't have a picture of whether or how our health as a community might differ from that of gay, lesbian and heterosexual people's health." -- Cheryl DobinsonRead More

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Cynthia Nixon Is Not My Choice for a Hero

Filed by Yasmin Nair | January 25, 2012 | 9:41 AM | comments

Cynthia Nixon was far more interesting as a straight woman than she is as a lesbian. Read More

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Dan Savage & the Circular Firing Squad

Filed by John M. Becker | January 24, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Instead of directing our frustration and anger inwards at obviously supportive and well-meaning community members, we need to direct it outwards and upwards. Instead of vilifying people for what they don't fully understand, we need to meet them where they are and bring them further.Read More

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GLAAD Cuts Staff After AT&T Scandal Fundraising Fallout

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2012 | 10:45 AM | comments

It appears that former GLAAD Executive Director Jarrett Barrios' AT&T scandal has caught up with the organization's fundraising abilities. The not-for-profit announced late last week that they were cutting 11 out of 45 positions.Read More


If NGLTF Joined the 'Sh*t People Say' Meme

Filed by Bil Browning | January 21, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

I originally thought this was The Task Force's entry into the video meme. Here's "Shit (Young, White, Class-privileged, City-based) "Radical Queers" Say to Each Other."Read More

The Prop 8 Decision & a Valentine's Day Protest

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 20, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Any day now a ruling is expected from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the constitutionality of Prop 8. We can only hope that justice, long delayed in Perry V. Schwarzenegger, will not be denied.Read More

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An Open Letter to Ryan James Yezak

Filed by Kyle Bella | January 20, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

In response to a recent video trailer released by Ryan James Yezak, I offer an open letter to him expressing my concerns that his video fails to include people of color and transgender individuals in its representation of LGBTQ history.Read More


SLDN Executive Director Sarvis to Leave Job

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Servicemember Legal Defense Network Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis announced yesterday that he will leave the organization he's led for the past four years. Aubrey's exit will happen in late spring or early summer.Read More


Discussion: The Gay Rights Movement on Video

Filed by D Gregory Smith | January 17, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

The piece has come under some criticism for its heavy portrayal of white gay men (Dan Choi and Ellen DeGeneres excepted) and non-portrayal of bi or transgender persons. Watch it and tell us what you think.Read More


Arcus Foundation Gives $23 Million for Social Justice Leadership

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Notable LGBT funder the Arcus Foundation has given Kalamazoo College $23 million to endow the "Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership." Former Director of the Task Force's Policy Institute, Jamie Grant, has been tapped to lead the center's programming and day to day operations.Read More


Another Way to Fight Anti-Gay Discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 17, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Cracker Barrel's policy wasn't just homophobic, it was patronizing, elitist, and authoritarian. Read More


Call for ENDA Executive Order After EEOC Sex-Discrimination Settlement

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 15, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

With all the election-year talk about "jobs, jobs, jobs" one would think someone would call for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.Read More


Two Major Benchmarks in LGBT History

Filed by Mark Segal | January 14, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

If you sneezed last week, you might have missed them. Two major changes in the fight for LGBT equality took place last week -- and they literally will change the playing field forever.Read More


Equality California Posts Job for Interim Executive Director

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Equality California finally posted its job opening and criteria for an Interim Executive Director.Read More

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What's Wrong with Gay Republicans?

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'd love to hear how gay Republicans honestly justify supporting a political party that hates them and seeks to keep them less than full citizens.Read More


Squalls & Sunsets: Have the Strength of a Penguin

Filed by Norm Kent | January 11, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

The LGBT community has not only fought against legal and social discrimination for decades, we have endured alienation and disease; been bullied and belittled. Today, however, is our turn; time to rise against the tide and ride the wave to self-worth and social equality.Read More


Stuff Cis People Say to Trans People

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | January 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

In response to the "Shit ____ People Say" internet meme, "Stuff ____ People Say to ____" has been a great way to explore the different common types on prejudice and assumptions being made about marginalized groups.Read More


Activism in Gestures of Affirmation

Filed by Kyle Bella | January 10, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Kristen Wolfe published a story about two brothers she helped at a store recently. Her experience forced me to examine what activism is, and to suggest how it can occur in day-to-day moments of affirmation that form unexpected connections.Read More

Planning for the Third Transgender Law Institute

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 10, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

It seems like just yesterday that I volunteered to chair a planning committee in 2010 to create a Transgender Law Institute to be held at the National LGBT Bar Association Conference. And now, we've just started planning the third annual...Read More

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Striking a New Chord at Stonewall?

Filed by Phil Reese | January 09, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

For those of us who have to read organizations' press statements all day every day, its a lot more enjoyable when one gets the feeling that the author of the statement gives a damn about what they're saying.Read More


Brunch Is So Bi: Activism Over Easy

Filed by Amy Andre | January 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Brunch is a very bi meal. It's not breakfast or lunch, but it combines some of the best elements of both - without making you choose a side! Pancakes? Omelet? At brunch, you can have both.Read More


Where Does 'Queer' Fit In?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 08, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Within the LGBT community there are many labels and ways of identifying. Some are broadly accepted and have widely, if perhaps not universally agreed upon meanings, but beyond those is a swirling soup of labels whose meaning and acceptability are in dispute.Read More


Update: EQCA Hiring, Doing Better

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 07, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Equality California Communications Director Rebekah Orr says the statewide lobbying group is doing better going into the new year.Read More

Interview: Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Fred Karger

Filed by Adam Polaski | January 06, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

Fred Karger is still running for president, and he's the first openly gay person to do so. Here, he speaks with The Bilerico Project about his lack of support, his disappointment with The Victory Fund, and what his campaign is trying to achieve.Read More

Stonewall Dems Announce New Leadership Team

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Bilerico co-founder and my partner, Jerame Davis, has been named as the new Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats. I'm very proud of him and I know he'll lead the org in a new agressive direction that'll kick ass and take names.Read More


Eric Cantor's Wife Is Pro-Choice & Pro-Marriage Equality

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 03, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

In what has to be causing angst amongst the knuckle dragging Neanderthals that make up the Republican party of Virginia, Diana Fine Cantor, wife of GOP House Majority Whip Eric Cantor, has come out as pro-choice and pro-gay.Read More


Hawaii & Delaware Join Marriage Equality Train

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Hawaii and Delaware joined the marriage equality train at the start of the new year. They may be at the caboose, but at least they're on the right track.Read More