July 29, 2009

Kalamazoo human rights ordinance to go to the ballot

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Kalamazoo, Michigan recently passed an inclusive human rights ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents turned in enough signatures to get the measure put on the ballot. They needed 1,274 signatures to put the ordinance up for a...Read More

"I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization."

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Woo-hoo! Reagan's tax revolution has another victory: Today's cuts to HIV/AIDS programs include: an 80% reduction in funding for Education & Prevention, a 70% cut in HIV Counseling and Testing, a 50% cut for Early Intervention (that provides primary medical...Read More

Lifting the Veil off Mental Health: The Art of Negotiation

Filed by David Castillo | July 29, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that negotiation is a part of every romantic relationship. That dynamic changes quite dramatically, however, when one of the parties involved is bipolar. One of the questions both...Read More

Open Forum: These are our social workers?

Filed by Austen Crowder | July 29, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

My roommate is presently getting his MSW at an Indianapolis school. In one of the classes he takes, student groups present topics within the world of social work. One class presenter, given the topic of discrimination, focused entirely on race...Read More

Marriage advocates in VT outspent the homophobes 7-1

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marriage advocates in Vermont spent more than anti-gay forces: The leading proponent of Vermont's gay marriage bill spent about $294,000 on lobbying and advertising in advance of the Legislature's vote -- more than seven times as much as opponents did,...Read More

Red Without Blue: Identical twins and gender identity

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Thanks to Projector Sky for sending in the link to the documentary Red Without Blue. I haven't made it all the way through the movie yet (it's still playing on my computer) but I knew it was an automatic "OMG...Read More

Today in HIV hysteria

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sweeping bans of blood from at-risk populations are usually pretty stupid, but this one's gotta take the cake. Did you know lesbians can't donate blood in China? Li is a lesbian. Healthcare workers rejected her blood because she declared her...Read More

"Voices of Honor" Tour Comes to New Jersey

Filed by John Shields | July 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The "Voices of Honor: A Generation Under Don't Ask, Don't Tell" national tour hits Trenton, New Jersey and the immediate metropolitan New York City area today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday). There are two events, so try to make at...Read More

Indy Star runs same-sex marriage announcement

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bilerico-Indiana reader Marie Siroky and her lovely wife CJ (Weiss) Siroky were married in Iowa recently and the Indianapolis Star printed a wedding announcement for the blushing brides. I spent some time poking around in the Star's archives since I...Read More

Transgender & Being Sexual: The Double-Edged Sword of Transphobia

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 29, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Bayne MacGregor (aka Battybattybats et al) is an Australian crossdresser/genderqueer/bi-gender goth who has suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for around 19 years. There are a myriad of issues about sex and Transgender. Just the word sex...Read More

U.S. Legislator of the Day: Frank Kratovil

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Today's LEGISLATOR OF THE DAY * * * drum roll * * * Frank M. Kratovil, Jr. (MD-D-01) Tel: 443-262-9136 Email: http://bit.ly/166O8z zip 21617 He was elected as a Democrat in 2008 in a previously long-term Republican district by a...Read More

Under White House Pressure, Hastings Withdraws DADT Amendment

Filed by Father Tony | July 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

In a statement issued yesterday, Florida Congressman Alcee L. Hastings said he is withdrawing his amendment to H.R. 3326, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. From the statement: I introduced an amendment to H.R. 3326, now withdrawn, prohibiting the...Read More

The Unnoticed Power Player at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More

Busy Days in the life of a Florida Activist

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 29, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. I recently had the opportunity to attend two GLBT conferences. The first one was the Equality Florida Training Weekend held...Read More


WNBA Mystics Don't Kiss and Tell

Filed by Ed Team | July 29, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Doesn't the KissCam question distill where we really are? A rite of spring in the NBA -- where couples of mixed creeds, ethnicities and ages are suckered by peer pressure into puckering -- is somehow taboo in the WNBA." --Washington...Read More

NBC responds to GLAAD

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 29, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

NBC responds to GLAAD's report on Conan O'Brien....Read More