The Movement: August 2012

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Trans Advocate Kylar Broadus Appointed To DNC Committee

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 31, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Kylar Broadus is an amazing man who has had the honor of being selected for the important Rules Committee for the Democratic National Committee 2012 Convention Platform Committee. I am proud to be supporting him as he heads to Charlotte to represent all of us and our concerns.Read More


Does Ignoring Trans People Make Your Point Look Bigger?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | August 30, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

The focus and action on women's rights in this political season has been heartening. However, it's given rise to many over-simplified discussions of bodies and rights that pose a problem for a movement that intends to include trans women. Read More

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Third Annual Trans Law Institute, and the Fifty Top Trans Law Developments

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 29, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

The third annual Trans Law Institute was held last week at Lavender Law, and I presented my annual "Fifty Top Developments In Trans Law" Read More


Is Geoff Kors' New Job at NCLR a Movement Game-Changer?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The National Center for Lesbian Rights may be one of the most effective national LGBT movement organizations few people have heard of.Read More


Equality Moves Like Molasses

Filed by Davina Kotulski | August 28, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Equality moves across this great country like molasses.Read More


Lavender Law Begins Conversation on Trans Military Service

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 28, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The National LGBT Bar Association hosted military recruiters for the first time post-DADT, which is troubling because the military still excludes open trans military service. At the same time, the Association held the first discussion by a national organization on the subject.Read More


Gay Chicago TV Tackles Bisexuality, Biphobia, & Bi Erasure

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 22, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

We cannot, as a community, be part of erasing a vital and thriving part of our movement and history. Simply throwing a "B" into the acronym LGBT isn't enough.Read More


Do Republicans Care About Anything Besides Money?

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | August 22, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Republican Party offers politicians and platforms which are anti-women, anti-gay, anti-poor, anti-earth, anti-people of color, anti-arts, anti-jobs creation (unless it comes from the top down). So why do so many continue to vote for them?Read More


APA Issues Historic Position Statements on Trans Issues

Filed by Kelley Winters | August 21, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

On May 18, 2009, trans community members and allies gathered outside the Annual Meeting of the APA to protest diagnostic policies that psychopathologize gender diversity. This week, the group announced two new public position statements.Read More


A New Anthology of 'Letters to My Bully' [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | August 20, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

The editor of a new collection of "Letters to My Bully" shares her inspiration for the creation, as well as the issues she sees the LGBT and people of color communities facing.Read More


Why Marriage Needs to Take a Backseat to Workplace Rights

Filed by Rebecca Juro | August 16, 2012 | 3:15 PM | comments

In order to really make progress on the marriage rights front, the first thing that needs to be accomplished is leveling the economic playing field.Read More


Keep Calm & Marry On

Filed by Joseph Gentile | August 14, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gay rights activists from four different states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington) are taking to the pitch in support of marriage equality this November. But, they'll be the first to admit that it's not going to be pretty. Read More


Watch: Women Who GLSEN Against Bullying

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

On Sunday, Aug. 5, filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges covered a fundraiser in Malibu where stars and politicos talked about bullying, bisexuality and President Obama.Read More

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Is It Ever Okay to Call Someone a Pansy?

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | August 12, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last night found my son's team on the field, in the middle of a drill, when one of the assistant coaches yelled, "What are you? A bunch of pansies?"Read More


Sentence GLAAD to a Pit of Chick-fil-A

Filed by Mark Segal | August 10, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Let's not waste words here: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), you screwed up royally. Read More

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Equal Under (Whatever)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 10, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Proselytizing sometimes strikes me as the spiritual version of what the kink/BDSM community calls "involving bystanders in your scene," but I try to be sympathetic towards those who are called to or required by the dictates of their religion to do so. Read More


Sitting Down & Sitting In: Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez of GetEQUAL [Interview]

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | August 08, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

We sat down with the new National Field Director of GetEQUAL to hear why marriage is just part of the equality puzzle, why he doesn't mind making people uncomfortable, and what he thinks will be the fight of our lives.Read More

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The 'Kiss-In': Affection as Activism?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 07, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Beyond just hate chicken and marriage equality, one aspect of the ongoing Chick-fil-A story struck me as odd. My strongest reaction was to the "kiss-in" protests at the fast food chain that was seen as the LGBT community's response.Read More


Trans Power

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 06, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

What are the barriers to transgender people achieving the measure of power necessary in democracy for the recognition of the human rights to which we are entitled? Why are we so far behind the gay community in rights, economic power and cultural acceptance? What do you think?Read More


The Hollow EQCA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 05, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Hear that deafening silence? That's the sound of Equality California, the once highly regarded and legislatively active state LGBT lobbying organization, thinking about its next move - and thinking, and thinking, and thinking.Read More


Rosa Parks & the Leathermen: A Quest for Equality

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | August 05, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Beau and Major set out to get a marriage license. The journey ended in jail for both men. That's a hell of a way to get to the altar.Read More

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My Two Cents on Chick-Fil-A (Which I Wouldn't Give Them)

Filed by Annette Gross | August 05, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

I certainly can't say for sure, but it seems to me that Chick-fil-A's owner made his anti-gay statement knowing full-well what would happen. I think he wants this controversy.Read More

It's Time to Move on from Chick-Fil-Ageddon

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 03, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Maybe it's just me, but somewhere in this whole Chick-Fil-Ageddon, I got lost.Read More


Bell Ringers & Chicken Slingers: When 'Christian' Companies Go Too Far

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | August 01, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Chick-fil-A and the Salvation Army have finally and fully dragged their crosses too far across the line, each in their own way, but both changing the game and ending my patience. Time to say Hell No. Read More