Living: February 2011

Turn Off the Social Networking and Really Interact

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 28, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I hereby declare a moratorium on technological advances. In the sometimes witty and always stylized series Sex and the City, Carrie gets dumped via a Post-It note. I found this both hysterical and troubling at the same time. This is...Read More

Texas School Shuts Down All Clubs to Avoid GSA

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Are you ready to award the douchebag of the week prize so early on a Monday? I think we've got a clear winner already! Corpus Cristi, Texas's Flour Bluff Intermediate School District Superintendent, Julie Carbajal, has decreed that all extracurricular...Read More

Mademoiselle Beeson: Slack-Wire Dancer

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 28, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The poster: The back-story: Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, ND), July 18, 1929, p. 6. "Chicago.--(AP)--Dainty, skirted Herberta Beeson, hailed as "the world's greatest slack-wire dancer," is a man! The story of his rise from grocery clerk to featured performer of the...Read More

How Biblical Literalism Took Root... Literally!

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 27, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Stephen Tomkins over at the Guardian answers a question I’ve long pondered, and blogged about: How biblical literalism took hold. The Bible is the word of God, Christians believe, but why should the fact it’s God’s mean it has to...Read More

Destiny: Your Future Husband

Filed by Bil Browning | February 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I don't know about you, but when I start wondering what my future husband will look like I start averaging the global demographics and... Well, okay. I don't. But the PostNational Monitor did and here's what they say the average...Read More

A Thank You Card for 7-Year-Old Malcolm

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Remember that heart-warming story from two weeks ago when we reported how the LA Gay & Lesbian Center received on Monday, Feb. 7 what CEO Lorri Jean described as a "remarkable gift" from a 7 year old stranger? "What we...Read More

Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist's Sites

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's nothing that Westboro Baptist fundies like better than seeing their names in lights. Eariler, the fake church put out a fake statement claiming that the hacker consortium "Anonymous" had threatened to take down their websites. Anonymous responded by saying...Read More

EQCA History Part 2: MECLA, Alice and the DNC

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may be hard to understand now, but until the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, most LGBT people didn't identify as "a people," a "minority" or even as "a community" with a shared history, dreams and common problems. There had...Read More

Should Cruising Be Considered an Unacceptable Risk?

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I was 36 the first time I had sex in public. I had no idea this was an option. I kept hearing Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in my head, "How long has this been going on". I truly thought...Read More

As She Was: Mystery Celebrity Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 25, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

When an icon releases private family photos...well, how could I resist? See if you can guess who this adorable tot is: Maybe this photo of her in her teens will help:...Read More

Educate Me

Filed by D Gregory Smith | February 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I love my life. It sometimes seems that I'm a magnet for fascinating people; I know so many whose stories and attitudes have shaped my life for the better- some of you are reading this right now, and believe me,...Read More

The Midlife Calm of Gregory Kabel

Filed by Father Tony | February 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The quality and sound of a man's laughter often disclose more about him than do the words he offers. Some men laugh only on cue but probably never when alone. Some laugh hysterically at a world they define as beyond...Read More

Who Will Take Home an Oscar this Sunday?

Filed by Mark S. King | February 23, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Exact science? Hardly. But I do have a knack for predicting Oscar trophies (and cleaning up in the Oscar pool) when I set aside my personal preferences and use common sense. Get out your cheat sheets and get ready for...Read More

Video: Coming Out in the 1950's

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What a fantastic project! The newly formed Pye/Harris Project was founded by 94-year old Edgar Pye, whose sixty-year life partner Robert Harris died in 2006. In Mr. Harris' honor, Pye created the project to show young gay people that a...Read More

I Thought They Shot Horses, Not Women

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Recently, our brilliant Republican friends, with Dan Burton (R-IN) leading the way, have decided to cut major funding for Planned Parenthood. He also submitted legislation that would provide contraceptives for wild horses and burros to control the size of wild...Read More

The Truth About George Washington

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 22, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I was reading Family Research Council President Tony Perkin's newsletter this President's Day in which he and FRC's "resident historian" Bob Morrison wax poetic about George Washington: "[O]ur first president, the Father of our Country. George Washington has been described...Read More

I Love Laughing

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 22, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

I have been laughing my ass off for weeks now. I am currently doing research for a series of screwball comedies that I plan to write, shoot and direct. My research includes one episode of "I Love Lucy" a day....Read More

Leviticus 19:28

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

From the too-stupid-to-survive files... While Leviticus 18:22 condemns homosexuality as an abomination, Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos....Read More

Teaching: Hatred and Stupidity for the Masses

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Seth Stambaugh was fired for being honest. This is the lesson we are teaching young people. Be honest until it's inconvenient. As a gay teacher of color, my contributions to the lives of young people are often looked on as...Read More

Increasing Awesome, Decreasing Suck

Filed by Austen Crowder | February 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I think the activist community has a problem with optimism. Between all the marriage battles, the commercialization of the "It Gets Better" campaign, the continued assault on our visibility as valid and acceptable members of society, and the neverending victim...Read More

Video: Trans Judge Vicky Kolakowski's Speech at the EQCA Equality Awards

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Please excuse the somewhat shaky video - but what a joy to hear Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski at the 2011 San Francisco Equality Awards talk so movingly about her marriage to BAR News Editor Cynthia Laird -...Read More

Bullying: Don't Ask, Do Tell

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

"Didn't need no welfare states, everybody pulled his weight, you knew who you were then, gurls were gurls and men were men. Those were the days". In the brilliant and way-ahead-of-its-time show, All in the Family, a bigot, is forced...Read More

Knowing Uncle Calvin for What He Is

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

When I was a little boy, my father's best friend was a pimp. Uncle Calvin was dapper, charming and always sported the latest fashions. I had no idea what this man did for a living. The only thing I knew...Read More

Is HIV Conversation on the Menu?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | February 21, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Over the past 30 years, a tremendous amount of effort has been made to transform HIV/AIDS into a chronic disease, provided that an individual has access to care, treatment and support programs. Despite these advances, people living with HIV/AIDS continue...Read More

A Vet and An Activist Walk Into the VA

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | February 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I feel sheepish walking into a VA hospital for an appointment. I feel especially guilty taking the elevator to my appointment. It's on the fourth floor, but when I'm surrounded by three folks in wheelchairs and another struggling to hold...Read More

Why We Should Cancel Pride Celebrations

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Pride festivals for all of 2011 and beyond should be canceled. More important than hunky guys, displays of camp, and the all consuming focus on gay marriage, our young people need all of our time and access to resources. It...Read More

Blog Hearts, Flowers & Handcuffs: Sitting-Down For Equality on Valentine's Day

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 20, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

On Valentine's Day we went to San Francisco City Hall and asked for a marriage license. Well, more like we said, "We want you to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples again." It was the 10th time since 2001 that...Read More

Screen Test

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 20, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Silence can speak volumes....Read More

Better is Now

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Although I love the concept of the "It gets Better" campaign, I'm not sure that this is enough. While it is far more than the young gays of my generation received in terms of self esteem and a severe blow...Read More

Video: Forward, Not Backward!

Filed by Jake Weinraub | February 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Intern Jake works behind the scenes here at Bilerico Project. He's a student at the University of Wisconsin and has been at the recent demonstrations at the Statehouse all week. He sent in this video from the capital...Read More

The Importance of Straight Allies Speaking Out

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 2011 "Out in the Park" pride celebration in Hampton Roads is finally moving to a premier venue - Norfolk's Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk waterfront - after years of being relegated to the off the beaten path...Read More

Prostitution Conviction Not Sex Offense

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 18, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Andrea J. Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City. She is one of the co-authors, with Joey L. Mogul and Kay Whitlock, of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in...Read More

Target Changes Corporate Donations Policy

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

From the Washington Blade comes news that Target is changing their corporate giving policies. They set up a "policy committee" to advise the CEO on which political activities to fund. They did not say they'd stop meddling in politics thanks...Read More

You Are Beautiful: Pass It On

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've had to deal with so much muck and nastiness today as I sort through all the gossip about the Indiana legislature, that I feel we need to end the day's posts on a high note. You're beautiful. Pass it...Read More

Video: The Egyptian Revolution on Twitter

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is a fascinating video that's an animated visual of tweets surrounding former Egyptian President Mubarak's resignation. It's an amazing look at the power of social media and how news spreads virally now. (Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan)...Read More

Don't Wear an American Eagle Shirt for Your Yearbook Photo

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Why shouldn't you wear an American Eagle shirt for your yearbook photo? I'm sure it's obvious to this kid now... (Hat tip to Queerty)...Read More

ACLU Wants You... to See if Your School Blocks LGBT Websites

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The ACLU is calling on all high school students to see if their schools are illegally blocking LGBT websites. The ACLU got LGBT sites past Tennessee school filters last year suing, and now a Virginia high school student sent them...Read More

Month of Fever

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 16, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

February, the month of the fever. It is the time of year when those of us in the cold parts of the world start to go nuts. Stir crazy, cabin fever; whatever you want to call it, we are aching...Read More

Colleges Discriminate, but Will Be Subsidized by Federal Government

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 16, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I read a story this morning about something we don't hear much about: homosexuality bans on college campuses. Westmont College in California apparently has a ban, and alumni and faculty are speaking out against it: "I was terrified that I'd...Read More

Female Condoms Distributed in San Francisco

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Female condoms started being distributed and will be marketed to gay men in San Francisco. Local news was on the scene (text here): Was there any reason to go to a Catholic teacher to get the "gay sex is bad"...Read More

Peruvian Police In Riot Gear Attack Queer Kiss-In

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Another reminder that American queers aren't the most oppressed in the world... Blabbeando brings us this video of Peruvian police in riot gear attacking kiss-in participants in Lima. You can see how blatantly the officers abuse the individuals - literally...Read More

Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This was originally posted on The Bilerico Project three years ago on Valentine's Day. You can see the older post and comments here. We know by now that Valentine's Day, like the concept of romantic love as the highest form...Read More

Celebrating Love for All LGBTQ People

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sharon Stapel is the Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project which serves NY's LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. We deserve a loving and respectful Valentine's Day. Our communities have been subjected to increasingly public...Read More

Un-Licensed To Kill?

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Via Digby comes this latest bit of insanity from my home state: a Georgia state representative wants to do away with driver’s licenses. A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver’s...Read More

Gay Cruise: The High Seas

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Talk about the high seas... I'll admit that I've never been on a cruise ship, but I'm not really shocked that one passenger (out of 5400) was selling drugs. I think the question I have is why is it worthy...Read More

Let Me Count the Ways I Love My Dude

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 14, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I love Joe Brokken more and more every day. I love that he is the chipper one in the morning. I grumble my way through the dawn, stumbling for coffee. Not him. He's always happy in the morning. I love...Read More

CPAC: Ex-gay Leader Supports Gay Relationships?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Going to CPAC was like dropping down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. I stopped by the PFOX booth to talk to ex-gay leader Elaine Berg from Jonah International. Before we could do the interview, Elaine made me promise that I...Read More

CPAC: White Supremacists Okay with Gays?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2011 | 11:00 PM | comments

After catching a video of a white supremacist group exhibiting at CPAC this year, Lt. Dan Choi and I knew we had to go ask them a few questions. We talked with Devin Saucier, the Vice President of Youth for...Read More

When Rape Crisis Support Staff Attack

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | February 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Does that headline strike you as absurd? That's how I feel about it. But nonetheless it's the one statistic that sticks with me the most after reading the recent comprehensive study on discrimination against trans people, Injustice At Every Turn....Read More

Dan Choi's New CPAC Drag

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

When you're going to CPAC, you gotta look the part. Here's the t-shirt that came in Dan Choi's shwag bag. I'm headed over to the conservative conference with Dan today. Should be interesting....Read More

Vintage Fetish Fashion: 1960s Leatherwear for Men

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 11, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Two-page spread from a 1960 fetish (latex, leather, and lingerie) catalogue, showing some of the hot leather garments that men could order. The leather bathing suits are amazing but what happened when they got wet? Yikes. It's after the jump....Read More

Strong Stuff

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

When I was ten, Tanya Nelson repeatedly tortured me by jabbing me with a compass. She sat behind me and constantly tormented me along with others for being a sissy. I took the abuse. I learned to tolerate it and...Read More

Haitian Vodou and the Acceptance of LGBTQ Identities

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | February 10, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In celebrating Black History Month is year, I want to lift up our West African ancestral religious contributions. One of them for me as a lesbian, is the contribution of Vodou. As one of the religions brought to the New...Read More

The Good Die

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 10, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The good die and the assholes live, a colleague said to me yesterday. So painfully true. I think about my sister every day. She is in my thoughts, always. In my dreams, she is smiling and happy. I can't shake...Read More

Rancho Bilerico: The Latest Houseguest

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Since we've moved to DC, Rancho Bilerico has become quite the popular place. While we had a few regular friends that would swing through Indianapolis and crash in the spare bedroom, it's nothing compared to the action our couch is...Read More

San Francisco to Advertise Female Condom to Gay Men

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The ads themselves haven't been released yet, but the Bay Area Reporter is reporting that the city of San Francisco will start a campaign for the female condom (also known as the Reality condom) for men who have sex with...Read More

Engaging 'The Enemy'

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Blogger Zack Ford is having an interesting Twitter exchange with well-known anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera and has documented quite a bit of it on his site. He raises an interesting question that I'm sure will cause quite the bit of...Read More

When Cupid Is Stupid: 10 Ways To Avoid Falling In Love With A Jerk On Valentine's Day

Filed by Jeff Lutes | February 09, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Cupid - the icon of desire and attraction - will undoubtedly fire his arrows through the hearts of many this Valentine season. Countless lovers will swap confectionery and flowers, and according to the Greeting Card Association over 140 million greeting...Read More

Man Tango: Photo by Wangenheim

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 09, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Exquisitely erotic dance photo, ca. 1970s, shot by fashion photographer extraordinaire, Chris Von Wangenheim...Read More

Catholic Know Nothings Freak Out Over Anne Rice Interview

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Over the weekend I wrote on my personal blog about and posted video clips of Christopher Rice's interview with his mother, author Anne Rice. Personally, I thought the interview was well done and directly on point in terms of citing...Read More

Marriage Would Be Great If It Weren't for those F***in' Humans

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 08, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

It annoys me to no end that there are LGBT people who see no connection between sexual freedom and LGBT rights. Jeremy Hooper put up a video from the Ruth Institute (funded by NOM, video is after the jump) explaining...Read More

Flashmob Kiss-In: She'll Do Anything to Get Your Heart

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Very cute Valentine's Day-themed video of a handful of couples surprising shoppers in a Toronto market with an impromptu kiss-in that ends up drawing in several of the bystanders. It's fun to watch as the shoppers first look surprised, then...Read More

Controversy Erupts Over WeHo Tom of Finland Exhibit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 08, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

This legislative session, Equality California and Sen. Mark Leno will strongly advocate for the FAIR Education Act, a natural extension of last year's historic Harvey Milk Day. The bill requires that LGBT history and contributions be taught in the California...Read More

Really, It Didn't Make It Better...

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I keep saying it and keep saying it.... The It Gets Better campaign has turned into a commercial enterprise now. Need more proof? How about some cranberry and pomegranate flavored "It Gets Better" chapstick? The worst part? I still got...Read More

The End of the Internet

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 08, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

It's finally happened. We have reached the end of the internet. Well, sorta. On Thursday, the internet as we know it ran out of space. The nonprofit group that assigns addresses to service providers announced that, on Thursday morning, it...Read More

5 Tips to Get Him From iPad to Your Pad This Valentine's Day

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 08, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Phil Henricks is Gaydar's Head Of North American market. An appropriate bit of trivia: Did you know Gaydar invented the online personals profile format, now standard webwide? True. Want a date this Valentine's Day? Whether seeking...Read More

When You Take Protein Powder to Creating Change

Filed by Phil Reese | February 08, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

When you take a canister of protein powder with you to Creating Change, and come back with a packed suitcase with far more in it than when you began your voyage, this is basically what happens to your apartment when...Read More

Haircut: Vintage Military Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 08, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

A quiet photo of two soldiers in a makeshift barber station somewhere in the Pacific (or possibly in South Korea), ca. late 1940s - early 1950s. Sometimes the simplest images convey the sweetest eroticism, even (or perhaps especially) when the...Read More

The Real Life GLEE Kids!

Filed by Mark S. King | February 07, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

Why does amateur video of kids singing in a community concert give me such a lump in my throat? The NYC Youth Pride Chorus (a LGBT/straight alliance) in this clip is simply singing, and yet I'm overcome with such pride...Read More

Ronald Reagan's Real Legacy: Death, Heartache, and Silence Over AIDS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 07, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

America is gushing Sunday over former President Ronald Reagan in recognition of what would have been his 100th birthday. Produced by Reagan groupies, the long-weekend celebrations at the newly primped Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley are glitzy and...Read More

Creating Change over Lunar New Year Forces Tough Choices for Queer Asians

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 07, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: This speech was presented for Creating Change by Ben de Guzman, Co-director of Programs at NQAPIA and others from the Planning Committee of the Asian American Pacific Islander Institute. We're glad for the opportunity to speak before you...Read More

Made in China?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Color me shocked to get this message inside my fortune cookie. According to the wrapper, it was made in China....Read More

Recipe: Eggplant Caviar

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

In France, "caviar" doesn't just refer fish eggs. French Wikipedia says that apparently there's a law that defines caviar as only sturgeon eggs, and while it's true that the eggs of other fish as sold as such ("oeufs de lompe,"...Read More

Buy Two Wigs and Call Me in the Morning

Filed by Mark S. King | February 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A French father of two is suing GlaxoSmithKline, claiming a drug he was prescribed caused impulsive behavior that included gambling, illicit drugs, and cross-dressing. If he wins his lawsuit, you can bet I'm calling Gloria Allred faster than you can...Read More

100 Days of School, 100 Days of Bullying

Filed by Phil Reese | February 04, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Today is the 100th day of school for most school districts, and will be marked with celebrations and activities marking 100 days of science, math, reading, social studies and the arts in elementary and middle schools throughout the country. Likewise,...Read More

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Lesbian Lunch: Why Annette Bening Will Take Home the Oscar

Filed by Mark S. King | February 04, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Several of the blog topics that have occurred to me lately have a lesbian angle, don't ask me why. I must have lesbian on the brain. I'm posting these gay gal items at noon for the next few days, so...Read More

Church Threatens to Deny Communion to Gay-Supportive Mother

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Remember the mom who defended her son's right to dress as Daphne from Scooby-Doo last November? Turns out her pastor got mad and had several meetings with her: For an hour and a half he spoke to me as if...Read More

York County, Virginia Schools Won't Stopping Bullying despite Suicide

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 04, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I have written about the ongoing bullying problem in the nearby York County, Virginia, school division in the aftermath of the Memorial Day weekend suicide of 16-year-old Christian Taylor last year both here on Bilerico and on my personal blog...Read More

100 Days of Bullying

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 04, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Laura Matanah is the publisher and executive director of Rainbow Rumpus, an online magazine for kids and teens with LGBT parents. She is also a former elementary school teacher. If you're at the Creating Change conference today, you...Read More

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Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel

Filed by Mark S. King | February 04, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Clearly I'm insane, wearing a tank top next to HIV fitness expert Nelson Vergel. There I am, all doughy and smiling, thirty pounds heavier after a year without a cigarette (how long do I get to legitimately use that reasoning?)....Read More

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The Hilarious Idiocy of Anonymous Gay Sex

Filed by Mark S. King | February 03, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

These horny robots are about to get it on after hooking up through a gay chat site. Except the horned up bareback bottom forgot to ask about the top's HIV status. Hilarious stupidity follows. Now allow me to share some...Read More

Jane's Story: One of Challenge and Resilience

Filed by Cathy Renna | February 03, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

As I hit the road for this year's annual Creating Change conference, I go with no plans for moderating a panel or doing a training. Instead, Renna Communications has an even greater responsibility and challenge. We will be helping with...Read More

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Mubarek's Bloody AIDS Legacy

Filed by Mark S. King | February 03, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you need further reasons to feel queasy about U.S. support for Egypt's "he wasn't all that bad" dictator, Housing Works has posted a heartbreaking article about the treatment of people living with HIV. The piece describes a country with...Read More

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The Miami Fashion Week Kickoff Event

Filed by Mark S. King | February 03, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Father Tony and I were set loose with a video camera at the exclusive kick-off party for Miami International Fashion Week, and for two guys who don't know much about fashion, we had a blast. We told models they looked...Read More

Why We Fought our High School (With Pictures)

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 02, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Desiree Shelton is an out lesbian and a senior at Champlin Park High School, in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District. She and her girlfriend, Sarah Lindstrom, were elected to the school's Snow Days royalty court for the winter formal...Read More

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My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

Filed by Mark S. King | February 02, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn't be looking at its contents, yet I can't bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my...Read More

Gay Campus Advocacy Has Changed Over the Years

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 02, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: John D'Emilio teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian history and author or editor of half a dozen books, he was also the founding director of the Policy...Read More

Full Interview With POZ's Sean Strub

Filed by D Gregory Smith | February 02, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

There was so much to talk about, that we didn't have time to put it all on Same Sex Sunday! The full interview with Sean Strub, founder and editor of POZ Magazine and Senior Advisor to the Positive Justice Project...Read More

Behind the scenes at the Emergency ADAP Summit

Filed by Mark S. King | February 02, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Step behind the curtains of the 2011 Emergency ADAP Summit last weekend for a revealing look at activists trying to address the growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis. In this video episode of My Fabulous Disease, you'll learn about...Read More

I Want My Girlhood Back

Filed by Drew Cordes | February 01, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

In the years I've identified as transgender, I've encountered many of the drawbacks and advantages that I assume many other trans people also face. There are a few benefits I really like (no menstruation!) and some other aspects that are...Read More

Florida Cuts Off 6500 People from HIV Meds; Nonprofits and For-Profits Step In

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 01, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Tim Horn is president and editor-in-chief of He has been working with since the website was launched in 1999. He is also a senior editor at Smart + Strong,'s parent company, where he oversees the...Read More