Living: June 2012


Los Angeles & Portland Police Celebrate Pride Month

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 29, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Maybe it's just me, but it seems that the Los Angeles Police Department under Chief Charlie Beck has gotten a lot more LGBT-positive... and then there's the Portland, Oregon Police DepartmentRead More


Air New Zealand Safety Video's Failed Attempt to Reach the Gays

Filed by James Holmes | June 28, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

When I was sent this new airplane safety video from Air New Zealand and was told that Obama's evolution on marriage equality was featured, I was left scratching my head. What does the fight for gay rights have to do with airplane safety? Read More


Germany Stands Up for Children

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | June 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I read of the recent German court ruling forbidding non-therapeutic circumcision for minors with both a glad heart and a sense of foreboding.Read More


Am I a Slut or a Prude?

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | June 27, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The other day, a friend who had just read my debut novel said, "Wow, Kergan, I didn't think you were that sexual!" His assumption about how that translated to my own sex life prompted, on my part, some self-examination. And not with a dildo. Read More


Trayvon Martin Murder: Zimmerman Chose to Escalate

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 27, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Sometimes I actually kinda like being able to say, "I told you so." But most of the time I don't. This is one of those times I don't, because this is one of those stories that should never have happened in the first place. Read More


Call for Vigils for Lesbian Teen Couple Shot in Texas

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Vigils are being organized around the country in response to the shooting of a lesbian couple on Saturday night in Portland, Texas. Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in a Portland park with gunshot wounds to the head.Read More


My Chipmunk Baby

Filed by Bil Browning | June 27, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was in middle school when I unexpectedly became a surrogate mother for a chipmunk.Read More


Conservatives to Students: Drop Dead!

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 26, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Never mind "class warfare." Generational warfare continues apace, this time in the editorial pages of the Washington Post, which echoed the conservative message to young (and older) Americans struggling with student debt: Drop dead.Read More


Fried Summer Squash, Boiled Green Beans & Potatoes [VAAB]

Filed by James Holmes | June 26, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The night I received my share last week, I spoke to my mom on the phone, and she and my grandma were cooking squash at home that night. Feeling a sudden desire to connect to home, I decided to make the same thing.Read More

5 Things to Listen for at DOD's LGBT Pride Event Today

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here are five issues pro-equality participants at the Department of Defense Pride event might want to listen and watch for today.Read More


Pride at the Pentagon

Filed by Davina Kotulski | June 26, 2012 | 11:56 AM | comments

I wish all of the employees at the Pentagon a happy Pride. Celebrate and live your lives out loud! We've come a long way, baby.Read More


Spewing Hate Online: A Couple's Ordeal

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | June 25, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

On June 15th, Scout put his plan in motion, knelt down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Liz Margolies, at the White House's LGBT reception. Once video of the proposal went viral, the online hate grew and grew.Read More


Dis-membering Stonewall

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 25, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Friday, June 27th, was the last day of school that year. It started out no differently than any hot and humid summer Friday night in my neighborhood - but then the Stonewall riot happened.Read More


Air Force Sergeant Weds Same-Sex Spouse on Military Base

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 25, 2012 | 11:35 AM | comments

No doubt this wedding ceremony officiated by a Navy Chaplain in a chapel on a military base will send the Religious Right into a dither.Read More

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The Stupid Question: 'Are You Clean?'

Filed by Mark S. King | June 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Anyone who questions whether or not HIV stigma is on the rise need look no further than online profiles and hookup sites, in which "Are you clean?" is asked with infuriating regularity.Read More


Pride, In All Its Glory

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | June 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Pride is communal, unique, varied, as multi-faceted as a disco ball, sometimes a little bit as fragmented, but shining in all its glorious whole. It's an alphabet soup made of many individual characters. It's a big picture of smaller ones painted by friends new and old, near and far, like one of those images made up of a thousand smaller ones. Together, these memories combine to create my own ultimate definition of Pride.Read More


LAPD Chief to Hold LGBT Community Forum on Monday

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 24, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Can anyone imagine the late LAPD Chief Daryl Gates leading an historic effort to ensure transgender people their rights when encountering law enforcement?Read More


Conversion Rate: Evangelicals vs Atheists [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Atheists and evangelical Christians share a common trait; both groups are always fighting for the highest conversion rate. Which group annoys you the most with the constant bombardment with their views on God?Read More


Suddenly Single

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | June 22, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Four wonderful years, ended with a phone call that I thought would end like every one had ended nearly every weeknight for the past four years: "Pleasant dreams." Not this time.Read More


How Gay Shame Really Feels About Corporate Pride

Filed by Toshio Meronek | June 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

While some use it as an excuse to get wasted on (official sponsor) Bud Light Lime while taking in the performances of straight pop acts of yesteryear, Pride actually started as a day of political action called Christopher Street Liberation Day.Read More


API Equality-LA Launches Project to Honor LGBT Asian Elders

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 21, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

On Sunday, June 17, at the One National Lesbian and Gay Archives, API Equality-LA launched the Pioneers Project - an effort to document and share the stories of the earliest API LGBT activists in Southern California. Read More


How to Survive a Plague: Telling Stories

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | June 21, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

This weekend, as we celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I want to remind everyone that Stonewall was important but it was the 80s when things really started to change. Read More


Honor Bound: One Eagle Scout's Story

Filed by Joseph Gentile | June 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Joseph Gentile toed the difficult line of managing a double-life, yet still expected the other members of his troop - and the campers he later instructed as a Boy Scout camp counselor - to be truthful with him. Read More


Students Watch Porn & Masturbate in Class for 'Gay Test'

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Nine students have been suspended from Bell Middle School in San Diego after they watched porn on their cell phones and several openly masturbated during an all-male English class. Read More


Gay High School Coach Fired for Facebook Photos [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | June 20, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mitch Stein had just led the boys' junior varsity team through an undefeated summer season when he was called into the Principal's office and confronted with a letter from a parent and photographs pulled from his Facebook page.Read More


Generation Gaps: A Personal Story of Love

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

By using the idea that "it would take a generation of older voters and legislators passing on for equal rights laws to catch up", we sometime forget the positive stories of the older generations that do accept and love us unconditionally. This is that kind of story. Read More


Dharun Ravi Released from Jail

Filed by Bil Browning | June 19, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

It still irritates me to no length that Ravi was held responsible for Clementi's suicide. Taking your own life is a personal decision and while Ravi's actions were wrong, who's going to hold his parents to account?Read More


Roasted Kohlrabi & Root Veggies With Kohlrabi Greens [VAAB]

Filed by James Holmes | June 19, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

This meal is once again brought to your from my CSA share - and focuses on the alien veggie, kohlrabi. If you are not familiar, it is like no vegetable you have ever seen.Read More


How 'No Homos in Heaven' Child's Anti-Gay Video Went Viral

Filed by Bil Browning | June 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

While the church is in Indiana, the guy who found the video and tracked down where it came from, lives in Texas and did all of his sleuthing with Google.Read More

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Puzzling Out the Phelpsians

Filed by Leslie Robinson | June 18, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Some people argue that the best way to handle the ever-present, ever-protesting members of the Westboro Baptist Church is to ignore them. That sounds sensible. I just can't do it. Read More


Kat Horne on Melissa Etheridge's Paycheck [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 18, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sue Kerr's post from last Thursday, "Melissa Etheridge Rocks Pittsburgh Pride After They 'Show Her the Money'," got folks talking about what responsibilities LGBT celebrities have to the community. Read More


Texas Justice: Slap the Bully

Filed by James Holmes | June 18, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

A Texas teacher has been fired for allowing her class to slap a classroom bully as a means of punishment. Ignoring the involvement of the other students, do you think corporal punishment is a successful deterrent to bullying, or just a way to enable it? Read More


Father's Day Gifts from a Trans Daughter

Filed by Paige Schilt | June 18, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Hallmark holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day can be a challenge for LGBT folks, because our relationship to the nutty cluster of family life can be complicated.Read More


Death, Taxes, & Student Loans

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 18, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Apparently, Ben Franklin was only partly right. These days, nothing in life is certain, except death, taxes, and student loans.Read More


Rodney King Found Dead at Home Sunday Morning

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Rodney King, whose 1991 beating by Los Angeles police became a symbol of police brutality, was found dead in his swimming pool yesterday morning. Not reported by most mainstream media was the involvement of many LGBT people.Read More

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The Lizz Winstead Inspired Open Thread Contest

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Jerame and I had brunch with Lizz Winstead and a few other new friends this morning and we started talking about how Super PACs are named. What PAC names can you come up with and what segment of the population will they target?Read More


Do You Support the Death Penalty? [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2012 | 1:15 PM | comments

Let's veer off onto a topic not normally associated with LGBT equality for today's open thread. Do you support the death penalty? Why or why not?Read More


The City of Los Angeles Honors Frontiers Magazine

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 15, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

My publication, Frontiers Magazine, was honored for outstanding contributions to the LGBT community during the launch of LGBT Heritage Month at Los Angeles City Hall on June 1.Read More


Gay Teen Brandon Joseph Elizares 'Couldn't Make It'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 15, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I wish I could place a candle in the window of every out and proud LGBT person and ally in America saying, "Come to our home. It's safe here. We're family and we welcome you just the way you are."Read More

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Father's Day Memories: I am the Man My Father Built

Filed by Mark S. King | June 15, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Now, people have their bat kites and their regular shaped kites," Dad said to me when I was ten years old, "but the box kite, Mark, now there is the most aerodynamically sound of them all."Read More

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LAUSD Gives Middle Finger to Anti-Gay Religious Right

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 14, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

While "protecting" students is axiomatic, actively incorporating lessons about LGBT people into public schoolrooms is not - even though California's FAIR Act has been in effect since January.Read More


Turn Your Kid Straight With a MacBook Pro? [Updated]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Oh, for pity's sake. The sheer idiocy shown in this Craigslist ad is remarkable.Read More


Indiana's First Openly Lesbian Fire Chief

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

The dearth of openly LGBT leaders in Indiana is notorious. While there've been a couple of out city councilors around the state, there are no out officials of a higher rank.Read More


Potatoes, Greens, Peas, & Beans [Vegan Ain't All Bad]

Filed by James Holmes | June 13, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

I once again bring you last nights dinner inspired by my CSA share for the week. The recipes are simple and country cooking inspired, so I have decided to share with you all three.Read More


The History of Gay Slang

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2012 | 5:15 PM | comments

While I realize it's just a cute comedy quip, my misfiring brain automatically had two questions...Read More

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The Gay Porn Killer's Crystal Meth Connection

Filed by Mark S. King | June 12, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

The sheer madness of the crimes, and the killer's insane determination to make it as shocking as possible, was sickeningly familiar to a recovering methamphetamine addict like me.Read More


Noble Crosses Finish Line in Jackson, FL After 15-Month Journey

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 12, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

Los Angeles-based LGBT rights activist Richard Noble finally crossed the finish line in his 15-month journey to raise awareness about the American Equality Bill. Read More


Now That's One Nice Ham

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

All I'm going to say is, I'd let him pork me. Naturally.Read More


LA Pride: Transgender Activist Karina Samala Honored by City

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

One of the best aspects about living in the Los Angeles/West Hollywood area is that the political and elected leadership takes the word "inclusive" seriously and comfortably embraces trans people and concerns. Read More


LA Pride: Star Trek's George Takei at LGBT Heritage Month Kick Off

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 10, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

George Takei's enthusiasm was catching, albeit not all honorees gave the mayor a big kiss.Read More

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It's That Time of Year [Pride Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2012 | 1:20 PM | comments

For today's open thread, let's talk Pride. Do you go to your local event? Why or why not? And what's it like? How many people go? What are the activities?Read More


GRYGIEL & Students of RAW Art Works Craft a Powerful Message

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | June 07, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'll be the first to admit that I didn't have high expectations before I watched this music video, produced by high school students through RAW Art Works' Real to Reel Program, and featuring a song by local activist/musician Jen Grygiel. Read More


American Conservative Judaism Approves Same-Sex Weddings

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Conservative branch of American Judaism has formally approved same-sex weddings.Read More


AIDS LifeCycle Riders Encounter Friends, Rain, & Heart

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 05, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Paul Katami was not with his American Foundation for Equal Rights today as they waited to hear whether the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would re-hear the case with more judges (they won't). He is on the 7-day AIDS LifeCycle 11 Ride. Read More


Garlic, Greens, & White Bean Soup [Vegan Ain't All Bad]

Filed by James Holmes | June 05, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

In my CSA share last week, I received both chard and collard greens. The collards survived the weekend, and I decided to cook them up in a very easy, quick, and cheap soup. The weather has been mildly chilly enough that it seemed fitting. Read More


Queer in Faith: Forging Alliances for Equality

Filed by Terence Weldon | June 05, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Looking back over 60 years of history, in my case queer church history, there has been a truly remarkable transformation of Christian responses to homosexuality. This transformation matters to all of us, whether believers or not. Read More


He's Still Here

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 05, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

At the end of June, I will have been living as Monica for 15 years. It is not as much of a milestone as I thought it would be, because the world is a different place, and I am indeed a different person today. Read More


AIDS LifeCycle Kicks Off 545-Mile Trek from San Francisco to LA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Cyclists in California ride hundreds of miles to raise money and awareness about AIDS.Read More


Adding to the Christian Splutterings

Filed by Leslie Robinson | June 04, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Leslie Robinson examines the latest outbursts of religiously motivated hate. Read More


Video: Spitzer Discusses Repudiated "Ex-Gay" Study, Rebukes Anti-Gay Religious Right

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Dr. Robert Spitzer, who recently made headlines after making an unprecedented apology to the LGBT community and victims of so-called "reparative therapy" for his infamous 2001 study that claimed some "highly motivated" homosexuals could change from gay to straight, has spoken on camera for the first time since going public about his change of heart.Read More


Anti-Gay New York Archbishop Gave Payouts to Pedophile Priests in Milwaukee

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

For now-Cardinal Dolan to smear loving and committed same-sex couples while simultaneously swapping cash for the clerical collars of alleged pedophiles requires a level of arrogance and moral bankruptcy that can only be described as astounding.Read More


Victoria Carmen White's Accused Murderer Accquited

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 03, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Victoria Carmen White's accused murderer went free. Find out why. Read More


A Gay Guy's Best Girlfriend [Open Thread]

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

How did you meet your best girlfriend/gay friend? Ladies, what do you look for in a best gay friend? Guys what makes a good best girlfriend? Read More


Gay Iranians Speak Out

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 01, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

For some of our LGBT brothers and sisters, diaspora is the only way to survive as an out LGBT person. Without moving from our homes, some of us face the ultimate consequence -- death. This is especially true for Iranians. Read More


Is Marriage Sacred?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 01, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

At dinner with a close friend during a time when I was writing a book on same-gender marriage, I was stunned by his blunt rebuke to my musings about the spiritual dimensions of marriage. "There's nothing sacred about marriage."Read More