Living: July 2012


It's That Time

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 31, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

I went on vacation expecting to visit old friends and see my brother get married. By the end of vacation, I reached the decision I've been sneaking up on for a while now. It's time for me to make a change.Read More


Right Chicken Wingers Want Kermit Filleted & Miss Piggy on a Bun

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 31, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson - who laments the old days when homosexuality was punishable by death - used his radio show to discuss the Muppets decision to sever ties with Chick-fil-A after CEO Dan Cathy's antigay remarks.Read More


After Aurora, Nothing Will Change: Part 3

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 31, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

This entry is part 3 in a series on the Aurora Shooting. "Why would anyone need that many weapons or that much ammo?" None of our elected leaders will ask it - because they're afraid to lead. Read More


'Bed Intruder' Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 31, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Forgive Antoine Dodson. He didn't realize so many people had "heartfeeling beliefs and things" about Chick-fil-A's homophobia. Please, "tell us about beliefs, Sweetie." We're climbing through your window; snatching up your people! It's what you need to know. Read More


I Ask You: Is It Wrong to Sexualize the Olympics?

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | July 30, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

We've all seen (or taken) this pic: Shirt raised, shorts pushed down, bathroom sink in foreground, camera phone in hand. But this is no hottie looking for a hook-up. This is an aspiring Olympian. Is there anything wrong with that? Read More


Stereotypes? What Stereotypes?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 30, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ever hear of Zlango? I don't have an Android phone so I'll admit that I've never used their app, but after seeing their new gay add-on pack, I'm really doubtful I'll jump on their upcoming iPhone version.Read More


AIDS2012: Farewell to the Voices of the World

Filed by Mark S. King | July 30, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Our little summer camp for global AIDS advocates (and physicians, and commercial interests) has come to a close, and there are images that will be knocking around in my head for weeks to come.Read More

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Horror Hospital Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 30, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Can American screw up even more in Afghanistan? Yes we can! This and other revelatory news bites you need to know!Read More


LGBT Anthem - For Everyone [Comment of the Week]

Filed by James Holmes | July 29, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

In my Sing-off post for "I Am What I Am,", I included a video of former supermodel turned singer, Karen Mulder. But can a heterosexual bombshell blonde sing it with the same passion and conviction? Read More

More Chick-fil-A Than You Can Shake a Drumstick At

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Having a hard time keeping up with the wonderful world of fast food politics? Here's a quick roundup of everything you need to choke your chicken (sandwich).Read More


National Association for the Deaf Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

After a brief controversy over a speaker at the National Association for the Deaf conference who has publicly announced support of an anti-marriage amendment, the civil rights group put out this video reaffirming their support of marriage equality.Read More


LA City Council Votes to Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Saying the proliferation of pot shops had gotten out of control, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to shut down all 762 registered medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.Read More


Soupy Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 29, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Leave the monkeys and rabbits behind! It's what you need to know about Likely Wisconsin Voters, trans bathroom etiquette and a very phallic 4G signal, condensed. Just like Grandma used to make. Read More


AIDS 2012: The Global Village

Filed by Mark S. King | July 27, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's time for a tour of the heart and soul of the International AIDS Conference: The Global Village. Thank God I'm a video blogger, because words escape me when trying to describe the colors and displays, and the committed people behind it all.Read More


Transmen Exchange Vows in Illinois

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | July 27, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last month I had the great pleasure of attending the wedding of someone I had known since he was little. This wedding was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for me. It was the exchange of vows between two transmen. Read More


Lesbians In Space

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 27, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Call me a buzz kill, however I think it's really a shame that Sally Ride was ashamed of being out about being a woman who was in a committed relationship. It's scarier to come out of the closet than it is to fly into space on a space shuttle?Read More


Digital Library Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A group of imaginative and well-intentioned people want to do the impossible and make books available to every American. This and other news you need to know to start the day!Read More


After Aurora, Nothing Will Change: Part 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 26, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

This entry is part 2 in a series on the Aurora Shooting. Some people are wondering if this - the Aurora shooting - will be the one that finally changes something; changes us. It won't.Read More


A Wedding, Straight from the Heartland

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | July 26, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

A year after wedding equality passes in New York state, the most valuable lesson about marriage is learned from a straight couple in Kansas City. Read More


After Aurora, Nothing Will Change: Part 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 26, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

All I have to say, after Aurora is this: Nothing will change. As with the Tucson shooting, some people are wondering if this -- the Aurora shooting -- will be the one that finally changes something; changes us. It won't. Read More


Friendly Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Writer Mychal Denzel Smith didn't anticipate the crosshairs of another man's gaydar ... and he didn't mind. So, why haven't straight men resisted the impulse to hit a guy that's hit-on them? It's what you need to know, and we're not pulling any punches!Read More


Did Astronaut Sally Ride Come Out Too Late?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 25, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

There's been some minor controversy lately after astronaut Sally Ride came out in her obituary. While out to family and friends, she never came out publicly while she was alive. But did she have a responsibility to do it?Read More


AIDS2012 Day Two: Stigma, Singers & Subways

Filed by Mark S. King | July 25, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Day Two of the international AIDS conference (AIDS2012) roared through its first full day on Monday, and there are sights to behold. Read More


The Radical Right's Bigoted Narrative Puts Children at Risk

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | July 25, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

By cravenly perpetuating a long debunked 'Boys Beware' era mentality about the risks LGBT people pose to children, these conservatives put innocent people, queer and non-queer alike in harm's way in the pursuit of their own dogmatic ends. Read More


I Was Fired by the Salvation Army Because I'm Bisexual

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 25, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

After guest blogger Danielle Morantez revealed that she is a bisexual to her bosses at the Salvation Army, she was immediately fired. She shares her story exclusively with Bilerico.Read More


Gay Men Are Flunking the Test

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 25, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you have HIV, you should find out early, get on meds and you'll have a better chance of living a longer healthier life. So what's the problem? Hint: It's probably why most gay men won't even read this article.Read More


A Father, a Son, & a Storm

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | July 25, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

"Who's that nice young man out in the backyard?" my father asked. It was me. His only son. Hurricane Andrew had just blasted through Miami, but Alzheimer's had long begun to both clear and tangle my father's memory. Read More


The Footman Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Ever wondered why Thomas, the footman from Downton Abbey, was such a bitch? Now you'll find out! That and other exciting news you need to know!Read More

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Masked Men Invade Lesbian's Home, Cut 'Dyke' into Her Skin

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Imagine if this happened to you - because it happened to a lesbian in Lincoln, Nebraska this Sunday.Read More


International AIDS Conference 2012 Briefing

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 24, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

The XIX International AIDS Conference 2012 is taking place in Washington DC (July 22-27). Here is a brief review of what has happened so far. Read More


Broiled Squash & Mushrooms with Basil Pesto Pasta [VAAB]

Filed by James Holmes | July 24, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

This week for my CSA share we received a huge amount of basil - so that means only one thing - time to make pesto!Read More


Lift-Off Edition [WYNTK]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dr. Sally Ride's death Monday has left our world somewhat dimmer, as does the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); preventing Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, her surviving partner, from procuring her federal benefits. What you need to know is prepared for lift-off. Read More

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How the Care Bears Caused the Greatest Crime Epidemic in US History

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 23, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Following in the wake of the disturbing attack at at midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado theater, a rather predictable response came forth - the entertainment media's obsession with depictions of violent acts was to blame. Read More


Drive-By Shooting at Indy Gay Bar?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 23, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Was there a drive-by shooting in front of the Indianapolis gay bar Gregs? Police are saying they have no suspects and are calling the incident "vandalism" but patrons and the bar's owner/manager say differently.Read More


Aurora: We Have to Be Able to Talk About It

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 23, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

While care must be taken not to jump to conclusions, when events like this occur, there is a tendency to severely limit how it may be appropriately addressed. The result is that there's not much one can say, beyond rightly calling it a "terrible tragedy" and a "heinous crime."Read More


'Gay Day' at AIDS2012

Filed by Mark S. King | July 23, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here is my first report from the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC! The week is just getting started, with opening ceremonies to come, the opening of the colorful and provocative Global Village, and amazing sights and people ahead.Read More


Are You Living Your Courageously Authentic Life?

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 23, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail or if it was worth it to go for it even if you did?Read More


Gay PDA Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Do you look over your shoulder before holding your partner's hand in public? Read a personal story of how one man deals with those situations along with the latest scoops you need to know!Read More


Jimmy John's: To Eat or Not to Eat [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

This comment of the week comes to us from James Holmes' post from early May, "More Than One Reason Not to Eat at Jimmy John's". His post went viral this month and has garnered over 10k Facebook shares alone in the past week.Read More


Aurora: The Right To Kill 2

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 22, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Nothing is changing. In fact, it's just getting worse. Crazy people who act out in public seem to give permission to crazy people in charge of congregations and political positions permission to act out, too.Read More


The Effect of Class on Gender

Filed by Drew Cordes | July 22, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm finally fulfilled in my gender identity, and it was a long, arduous, process of intense personal confrontation. However, I can't ignore that my class and race (and the privilege inherent in each) made that confrontation possible.Read More


'Minnesota Nice' Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Minnesota's Boy Scouts remind us that discrimination isn't very nice, and other goodly things you need to know!Read More

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Does Chick-Fil-A Care if Their 'Positive Influence' is Anti-Gay?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy one-upped the Boy Scouts in anti-gay publicity - telling the Baptist Press that he and his company are "guilty as charged" for their support of straights over gays.Read More


Does Hiding Your Face Count as 'Public'?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Gee, I wonder why some of these singing bigots are wearing paper bags over their heads. Maybe they were all out of the white pointy hats.Read More


Rocker Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 20, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Guess who in the World Net Daily staff believes it isn't any of his business whether same-sex couples can marry? This and many more rocking news you need to know!Read More


Bridging the HIV Viral Divide with Friendship

Filed by Mark S. King | July 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Much has been written by me about the "viral divide" between those who are HIV positive and those who are not. But not today.Read More


Women of Color Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

One Utah magazine editor has a rather "colorful" interpretation of diversity that isn't very bright. Now here's fifty shades of what you need to know!Read More


Why the BSA's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy Matters

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 18, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

The BSA's policy exacts a steep price and it is the youth of our community who pay it. While guest blogger Jeremy Redlien was in the middle of working on his Eagle Scout Project he attempted to commit suicide.Read More


Cancer-Striken Soldier Fights to Overturn DOMA ASAP

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 18, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

This is just plain old unfair! Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and her wife Karen describe their situation of how Karen would not be entitled to survivor's benefits upon CW2 Morgan's death. Read More


Interview with 'What's Normal Anyway?' Creator Morgan Boecher

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | July 18, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Morgan Boecher is the creative talent behind 'What's Normal Anyway?,' a semi-autobiographical webcomic about the life of Mel, a young queer guy juggling life, college, and his own journey of self discovery and medical transition from female to male. Read More


Brian Moylan Won't Eat Lunch or Get Laid in This Town Again

Filed by Father Tony | July 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Gawker's Brian Moylan is sure to upset many with his cutting remarks about bears, the motivations of thin gay men and the rules of attraction for gay men. Did we miss this when it was new?Read More


Gronk Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski reveals how much of an LGBT ally he can be. This and other news you need to know.Read More


Did the Boy Scouts Just Pull a Fast One on Anti-Gay Policy?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2012 | 6:20 PM | comments

The Boy Scouts of America announced today that they'd formed a secret committee back in 2010 to study whether or not to change their ban on gay scouts and leaders. The committee suggested the group keep their current discriminatory policy. I'm calling bullshit.Read More


Roasted Beets & Fennel Bulbs in Fennel Oil [VAAB]

Filed by James Holmes | July 17, 2012 | 4:15 PM | comments

I have been wanting to try this recipe for a long time. When I received both beets and fennel in my CSA share last week, I couldn't wait to get home and try it. Read More


West Virginia Rock Climbers are 'Sexy & They Know It'

Filed by James Holmes | July 17, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yes. Gay people live in and visit West Virginia. And if you need more proof, check out this advertisement for the local rock climbing gear shop in Fayetteville - Water Stone Outdoors.Read More


Sheldon Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

How can YOU help cut Mitt Romney free from his sugar daddy, Shelly Adelson? Here's how (and several other useful snippets you need to know!)Read More


German Safer-Sex Ad Leaves a Crick In Your Neck

Filed by James Holmes | July 16, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Thanks Germany. Now men are going to worry and obsess over the length of their necks. Read More


Judith Light's Jewelry Collection Inspired by Jonathan Stoller's Nature Photos

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 16, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was channel surfing Friday night, July 13, when my eye caught a familiar name in a strange location: Judith Light on Home Shopping Network. Read More


Thoughts on Aging with Dignity as an LGBTQ Person

Filed by Jeff Lutes | July 16, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Driving home afterwards, I reflected on my younger days when I too could stay up all hours of the night frolicking in one dance club or another. Nowadays, I'm in bed by 10:30 p.m. Read More


Taxes & Waking Up With the House On Fire

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Is this still the America we want to live in? Do we still believe it's worth paying for? Think about it, the next time you smell smoke.Read More


Olympic Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Could an Olympic straight couple really be discriminated against because they can't room together and gay couples supposedly can? This and other other olympic-sized news you need to know!Read More


Contender Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 15, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Photographer Jeff Sheng's "Fearless" high school and college athletes aren't afraid to be, be aggressive, or out of the closet. Here are several other contenders you need to know!Read More


Openly Gay NAACP Civil Rights Pioneer Willis Edwards Dead at 66

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

Willis Edwards, the openly gay, openly HIV-positive longtime president of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the NAACP, has died. He was 66. The cause of the death was not immediately released.Read More


Big Wigs & Pink Pigs: London World Pride 2012 [Photos]

Filed by Daniel Villarreal | July 15, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Couldn't make it to the 2012 London World Pride march? Not to worry, love. We've got your camp tramps, muscle studs and glory gals in pictures right here. God save the queens!Read More


Indiana Fundies Giving Out Bribes to Raise Opposition to Domestic Partner Benefits

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

You know the religious right fundies have truly realized their base of anti-gay support is dwindling when they have to resort to giving out electronics, t-shirts, and cookies to lure people to show up to an anti-gay rally. Read More


The Latest 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

Filed by Mark Segal | July 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

This headline from The Salt Lake Tribune caught my attention: "Can gay Mormons serve in Boy Scouts? Well, yes and no: Admission rules are murky, but both groups use 'don't ask, don't tell' policy."Read More


Reid: Burn Ralph Lauren's US Olympic Team Uniforms

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2012 | 11:15 AM | comments

Not only are the Ralph Lauren designed uniforms for the US Olympic team drab and emblazoned with the company's logo, they're also made entirely in China. The political powers-that-be are not amused.Read More


Gay Marriage: Coming to a Church Near You?

Filed by Terence Weldon | July 12, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

It's usually civil marriage that get's the headlines. Progress to church marriage equality is at least as important - and is currently on the move in several denominations. That matters to all of us, people of faith and non-believers alike.Read More


Bisexuals in Shorts: Bi Short Films

Filed by Amy Andre | July 12, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Here are some of my favorite films from my Bi Request line-ups. They are still floating around out there in LGBT-film-landia, so, if you get a chance, I highly encourage you to check them out!Read More


Controversial Parenting Study Reaches the Courts

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 12, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Just one day after the results of a controversial parenting study were released to the public, the research was used - and misrepresented - in a federal court brief defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.Read More


Asteroid Named After Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

In a fitting tribute to a former government astrologer turned gay rights pioneer, an amateur astronomer has named an asteroid he discovered "Frankkameny."Read More


The Most Important Gay Porn Film Ever Made?

Filed by Mark S. King | July 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Like the legend of Lana Turner fortuitously cozying up to the counter at Schwab's, a beautiful and achingly masculine young man approached the Treasure Island Media booth. He liked the TIM videos and he hoped to one day document a few fantasies of his own.Read More


Nancy Pelosi Cuts a Rug to ZZ Top at Barney Frank's Wedding

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 11, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and gay activist Terry Bean took to the dance floor at Rep Barney Frank's wedding for a quick spin to a ZZ Top classic.Read More


How Frank Ocean Sparked Change

Filed by Viktor Kerney | July 10, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Frank Ocean is more than an R&B and Hip Hop artist, and his coming out has not only started in-depth conversations but has also created a spark that will eventually change the game in the R&B and Hip Hop universe. Read More


Lori Hart: Beyond Plastic

Filed by Davina Kotulski | July 10, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Last month I left the Bay Area after 21 years and moved in with my girlfriend in Los Angeles. I never thought I'd live in LA I always saw LA as crowded, smoggy, and plastic. And it is!Read More


When Worlds Collide

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 10, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Once again disappointment humps my leg. It's still early, but so far this summer I have not been invited to one Higgs boson discovery party. And I have an amazing outfit.Read More


Episcopalians Give Tentative OK to Blessing Gay Unions, Trans Ministers

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 10, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Eight years after the US Episcopal Church approved the election of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, Episcopalians approved a resolution on Monday allowing provisional blessing of lesbian and gay unions.Read More


I'd Like to Take the Azerbaijani Challenge Please

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

I don't think I've got too much to say about this commercial for Febreze air freshener other than, "Well, helllooooo Haji!"Read More


Guiding the Rookie Lesbian

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 09, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

I met Elizabeth about five years ago at a mostly gay party. She was a graduate nursing student, who looked every inch the straight girl. It took hours along with alcohol for her to confess that she was involved with a woman for the first time in her life.Read More


Sexting By the Numbers

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2012 | 12:15 PM | comments

So how many of you will admit to sending the occasional sext?Read More

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Private Sexual Conduct Threatens Mountie's Career

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | July 08, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

The very foundations of the gay liberation movement can be found in the quest for sexual freedom. What's happening to Cpl. Brown flies in the face of the underlying values on which we as queer/LGBT people have built our successes, and it's just plain wrong.Read More


Sliced Bread Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 08, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Eighty-four years ago, the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri unveiled the "greatest forward step in the baking industry," giving us sliced bread. Here are several other things of great importance you ought to know!Read More


Mazel Tov! Rep Barney Frank Marries Longtime Partner Jim Ready

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Representative Barney Frank became the first member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner yesterday when he tied the knot with Jim Ready at the Boston Marriott hotel in Newton, Massachusetts.Read More


The Murky Future of a Partner's Transition

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | July 08, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

As his medical transition comes closer, I find that there's something that scares me more than the incipient roller-coaster ride of second puberty: the uncertainty of who he'll be when this is all over.Read More


On Coming Out & Activism

Filed by Mark Segal | July 08, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Monday I went to my Facebook page (MarkSegalPGN) and asked what I should write about this week. Most this round wanted a discussion of the need for celebrities like Anderson Cooper to come out. So I'll start there. Read More


How Hot Is It Today? [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

As the heat wave continues to bake the country, my Facebook, Twitter feed, and personal texts are chockful of people telling me just how hot it is where they live. How hot is it currently in your neck of the woods?Read More


Powerless: Conservative Failure Returns Us to the Dark Ages

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 06, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

It was about 10:30 on Friday night, when the derecho that hit the mid-Atlantic plunged my family and 5 million others into darkness. One minute we were watching television in our well lit, air conditioned home. The next minute we were stumbling around, cursing the darkness and lighting candles.Read More


Who We Think We Are: Jerry Sandusky & Us

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 05, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

I've followed news of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal and the trial of former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky pretty closely. How could this go on for so long? How could people have looked the other way for so long?Read More


Today Is Our Independence Day [Open Thread]

Filed by James Holmes | July 04, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm up early to set up an Independence Day Open Thread - and plan on returning to sleep shortly after. After two nights of the Scissor Sisters, I'm hung over and my ears are ringing, but even that feels patriotic today. What are your July 4th traditions? Read More


Dinglehopper Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Joseph Gentile | July 03, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Sorry, Charlie, but your mermaid friends are imaginary. Here's what else you need to know! Read More


Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'll miss you, Andy. Thanks for making my childhood brighter.Read More


Racist Advertising: See Asia Like Asians Do

Filed by Bil Browning | July 02, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

What the fuck is this latest advertising monstrosity?Read More


Auf Wiedersehen Little Hero

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Consider Gad Beck's attempt to rescue his Jewish boyfriend during World War II. He donned a Hitler Youth uniform and entered a deportation center to free Manfred Lewin. Thereby setting a ridiculously high bar for standing by your manRead More


No 'High Order Thinking Skills' For TX GOP

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 01, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 1927, the United Negro College Fund adopted its famous motto: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Forty years later, the Texas Republican Party seems to have adopted a slightly edited version of the UNCF's motto.Read More