The Movement: March 2012


A Gay Marriage Plank? No, a Full Equality Plank

Filed by Viktor Kerney | March 31, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The marriage equality plank initiative has clouded our thinking. Let's take a minute to process this notion. Out of all of the LGBT issues, marriage is the main subject we want the DNC and President to support overall? No.Read More


Marriage vs. Full LGBT Equality

Filed by Mark Segal | March 30, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Marriage became a recurring theme at this year's Haas gathering. No matter what the subject of the panel was, the questions always turned to marriage equality. It was the issue du jour.Read More


Venice Florida Votes Unanimously to Protect LGBT Community

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 28, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

Passage of the human rights ordinance during Tuesdays council meeting means those that work or live in the city will be protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.Read More

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For LGBT Families, Health Access a Necessity

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 26, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

When Naz Meftah found out that one of her triplets was not developing properly in her womb, she wasn't prepared to deal with it by herself.Read More


Protect All NC Families Live Chat

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today I'm honored to be co-hosting a live chat with the campaign manager for Protect All NC Families, Jeremy Kennedy. The chat is after the break, so jump on in and join us to find out how you can help!Read More


Same-Sex 'Convenience' Marriages Can Be Affirming Too

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

You won't see us used in a pro same-sex marriage campaign ad any time soon, but I believe that there's a place for stories like ours in the broader marriage rights narrative too. Read More

Coming at You with Quiz-able News

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 25, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Have you been paying attention to LGBT news lately? Let's find out! Choose the right answer to each question.Read More


Low Voter Turnout & LGBT Rights

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 23, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

While voter apathy could be chalked up to Obama's uncontested presidential primary and the lackluster Republican primary candidates, if the trend holds, low voter turnout could have a larger impact in the November elections, especially when it comes to LGBT rights. Read More


Silence On N.C. Amendment Isn't An Option For Gay-Friendly Politicians

Filed by Matt Comer | March 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The momentum against North Carolina's Amendment One is growing, but many LGBT-friendly politicians and elected bodies have yet to speak out, including North Carolina's largest city and county.Read More


The News Is Still Going Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | March 23, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may almost be the weekend, but there's still plenty of news to be had...Read More

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Freedom to Marry Says F--k Off to North Carolina & Maryland

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2012 | 6:15 PM | comments

Today Freedom to Marry announced the formation of the "Win More States Fund." The group wants to raise $3 million dollars to spend in five "2012 marriage battleground states" - New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state.Read More


GLAAD & MTPC Launch 'I AM: Trans People Speak'

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

GLAAD has teamed up with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition to take MTPC's "I AM: Trans People Speak" video campaign to a national level. The two orgs will spotlight the stories of transgender people and allies to build awareness about trans issues. Read More


Peta Goes Anti-Choice Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

There's nothing like using anti-choice language to evangelize for vegetarianism, right? That's bound to move the progressive left - Peta's target market - into their animal rights camp.Read More


Hundreds March In DC's Silent March For Victims of GLBT Violence

Filed by James Holmes | March 21, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Hundreds attended last night's Silent March for Victims of GLBT Violence in response to a series of attacks over a 24 hour period earlier this month in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood. Read More


Morgan Goode: On Board with the Future of the Movement

Filed by Amy Andre | March 21, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

"I had to be very vocal in order to be out, otherwise I would just be absorbed into whatever identity I was assigned based on my current partner's actual or perceived gender identity, or mine for that matter."Read More

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Silent March for Victims of GLBT Violence

Filed by James Holmes | March 20, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

The organizers of tonight's march to honor the victims of recent hate crimes in the DC area have updated the route and what they are calling on marchers to do. Read More


Charlize Theron Funny and Moving at HRC Gala in LA [Video]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 20, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Actress Charlize Theron was honored with the Ally for Equality Award at the HRC gala on Saturday night. She was funny - joking about Michael Fassbender's penis - and moving in talking about LGBT kids.Read More


Family Equality Council Celebrates 30 Years With New Video

Filed by James Holmes | March 19, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Family Equality Council has released a new video celebrating 30 years of advocacy for LGBT parents and their children. This video is the first in a new story telling series that will be rolling out throughout this year. Read More

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HRC's LA Gala: Theron's a Hoot, Matthews Praises Solmonese & Griffin's a Hit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Inside the ballroom, the mood was jubilant. The black tie crowd appreciated the work accomplished by departing HRC President Joe Solmonese and agreed with him that re-electing President Obama in November should be a top priority for LGBT people.Read More


The Bi-BQ: Grillin' and Chillin' with Bisexuals at Pride

Filed by Amy Andre | March 15, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

"BBQs are the most bisexual kind of a picnic because nobody wants to choose between hot dogs and hamburgers - or not-dogs and gardenburgers - and they don't have to." -- Allegra HirschmanRead More


AIDS: Remember Me?

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | March 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Something about the reticence of the LGBT community to fully explore the AIDS epidemic reminds me of Shane's catatonic state. Just like him, there are emotions and thoughts coursing throughout, just under the surface, even if unacknowledged.Read More


It's Not Always as Simple as 'Masc' or 'Fem'

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 10, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Masculinity and femininity are reoccurring themes in the gay male community, not only on gay dating/hook-up sites but also on many online gay forums where threads about how irritating or upsetting "fem-y" guys are is a weekly phenomena.Read More


Meet Equality California's New Interim Executive Director

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 07, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

After what many perceived as a long period of silence, on Feb. 23, Equality California announced a new interim executive director. Hasencamp's four-to-six-month appointment was greeted with widespread praise, including from EQCA critics.Read More


SLDN Celebrates 20 Years of Service with White House Senior Advisor

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 06, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, created in response to the antigay political "compromise" of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, celebrated its 20th anniversary at a gala on March 3 attended by more than 1,000 servicemembers, veterans, family and supporters.Read More


HRC Names Chad Griffin New Org President

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Human Rights Campaign has announced who will replace Joe Solmonese as their Executive Director. The organization has hired AFER co-founder Chad Griffin.Read More


EQCA Names New Interim ED: Nothing on FAIR Act Repeal Initiative

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 01, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

While EQCA presidents are touting they will "continue to lead the LGBT equality movement in California," I have to ask... What leadership? EQCA has been MIA for so long, no one's really noticed their absence.Read More