Marriage Equality: May 2007

I now pronounce you... okay, I don't know what to pronounce you.

Filed by Jen Jorczak | May 31, 2007 | 7:16 PM | comments

A month ago, I did something I thought I'd never do: get married. Here is a picture from the ceremony: That's Barb, on the left, then me, then Mother Nancy Ferriani of Trinity Episcopal. (Trinity is Barb's spiritual home, and...Read More

How would you describe it?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2007 | 10:17 AM | comments

Do you remember the anti-marijuana PSA from MTV that I blogged about a while back? The one that showed three guys in a car smoking pot and suddenly the two guys from the front seat start kissing. Horrified, they pull...Read More

Oh, Stephen Bennett

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 31, 2007 | 7:57 AM | comments

Rather kooky and always enjoyable ex-gay-for-pay Stephen Bennett has come out with another rant - this time against Samuel David Cheney. You might remember him from when he pushed a YouTube white supremacist. Well, Mr. Concerned Woman doesn't like the...Read More

Being a Democratic Party Chair in the South isn't always as glamorous as it appears on TV

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 30, 2007 | 4:36 PM | comments

Alabama Democratic Party Chair Joe Turnham, while responding to Alabama Republicans welcoming Rudy G. and Mitt to their state, said in a press release:After Alabama Repubs have filibustered 27 straight legislative days away and after the Repub Party has...Read More

Gallup poll shows high level of support for LGBT rights

Filed by Bil Browning | May 30, 2007 | 3:34 PM | comments

The Gallup Poll released their annual Values and Beliefs survey yesterday. The poll has some results that might shock you... In spite of George W's attempts to paint the entire LGBT community as satanic baby stealers, the level of public...Read More

Guest post by Family Pride Ex Dir Jennifer Chrisler

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 29, 2007 | 10:04 AM | comments

[ED NOTE] The following is a guest post by Jennifer Chrisler. Ms. Chrisler is the Executive Director of Family Pride, the nation's only organization dedicated to achieving equality for gay families and their children. She and her spouse are raising...Read More

Friday update, one day late edition

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 26, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

The FDA upholds the ban on gay and bi men donating blood despite objections from the American Red Cross. (Time) Lawrence, Kansas, will be the first city in that state to offer a domestic partnership registry for both homo- and...Read More

The times, they are a-changin'?

Filed by Jen Jorczak | May 25, 2007 | 4:55 PM | comments

So, on Monday I posted about a recent public opinion poll on abortion, and I wanted to "compare and contrast" (if I'm allowed to return to the 7th grade for a bit) with another article I read about the shift...Read More

SJR-7 wins award for Indiana teens

Filed by Bil Browning | May 23, 2007 | 11:22 AM | comments

Two middle school students from Bloomington, Indiana have won 3rd place in CSPAN's StudentCam contest for a video about SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage and civil unions. The amendments was defeated in the legislature this April....Read More

Evangelical reading material

Filed by Bil Browning | May 22, 2007 | 6:00 PM | comments

Two interesting articles that caught my eye today: The Washington Post has an article detailing how Jerry Falwell's death will resonate in the evangelical movement's power structure. It's a very in-depth article tracing the leadership of the movement through it's...Read More

The King family's mixed legacy

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | May 22, 2007 | 4:06 PM | comments

The LGBTQ community as well as the African-American community lost another one of this nation's fierce allies for queer civil rights in the King family - Yolanda King. Fondly known as Yoki, she was the oldest daughter of the Rev....Read More

Avoid Therapists Who...

Filed by Michele O'Mara | May 22, 2007 | 9:02 AM | comments

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, therapy shopping can be particularly difficult. If you encounter therapists who engage in any of the following behaviors, you may not be in good hands. Be sure to avoid therapists who......Read More

Amnesty and the Religious RIght: a bit of a contradiction

Filed by Don Sherfick | May 21, 2007 | 7:22 AM | comments

One of the topics I scarcely thought I'd be touching upon when I first became a contributor to this site and concentrated largely upon SJR-7, the down-but-not-yet-out "proposal to amend the Indiana Constitution to screw up marriage and other rights,"...Read More


Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2007 | 2:00 PM | comments

The New York Times profiles gay homeless youth shelters:One girl said she started living on the streets after her mother beat her for dressing like a boy. Another said she ran away from home after her father pulled a...Read More

Friday Update - Haiku format

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

Talking about gays might be taboo in Poland because of new bill (International Herald-Tribune) Dozens of couples from New York now have valid MA marriages(NY Times) That one Mormon girl in the "That's so gay" court case went home...Read More

Elisabeth Hasslebeck on marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2007 | 8:35 AM | comments

Conservative View gabber and Survivor Elisabeth Hasslebeck on same-sex marriage:...Read More


From the reader mailbag

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2007 | 5:15 PM | comments

Today's e-mail brought in a few nice e-mails about the site. I thought I'd share a couple of them with the readers. If you want to send us e-mail about the site, tips on stories we should cover, compliments or...Read More

Disappointing Mom and Dad

Filed by Michele O'Mara | May 15, 2007 | 10:16 AM | comments

I never felt married, until I got married. I got married twice, in fact, to the same person. The legal ceremony, if you will, took place in Canada (no bitterness there, right?) I don't have a long history of partners,...Read More

Qomics for Queers, 4 one-liners

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 13, 2007 | 10:21 AM | comments

Qomics for Queers is where I put on my super-sleuth hat and find queer representation in the daily comics, and this week it's all before the jump. Wednesday's Beetle Bailey: Miss Buxley admits that there's nothing to her relationship with...Read More

Friday Update - Haiku News

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 11, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

Parti Québecois's gay leader André Boisclair has resigned his post (Globe and Mail) Alaskan workers don't need to worry about gay DP ben ban (Anchorage Daily-News) Homoparenting, once thought destructive to kids, outperforms the straights (The Windsor Star) Pro-marriage Royal...Read More

Queer Canadians in India!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2007 | 4:24 PM | comments

A Canadian gay diplomat and a Canadian lesbian diplomat aren't able to get immunity from India's sodomy law. From CNN-IBN:Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which came into effect 145 years back in 1862, bars sexual intercourse between same-sex...Read More

I left my heart in Portland, Oregon

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2007 | 12:10 PM | comments

Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon just signed into law two bills concerning LGBT people. One is a civil rights bill that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes when it comes to public accomodation, housing,...Read More

Mike Gravel down with the same-sex love

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2007 | 11:43 AM | comments

And who can blame him? It's effin' awesome. PageOneQ has video of a Q&A session with former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel who's running for the Democratic nomination. He's OK with marriage equality, civil unions, whatever because he thinks all love...Read More

Giuliani spins, but Romney sprints

Filed by Jen Jorczak | May 10, 2007 | 9:50 AM | comments

To follow up on yesterday's post about Giuliani's past contributions to Planned Parenthood, it's now confirmed by the Romney campaign that Mitt's wife--not Mitt himself, mind you, but his wife Ann--made a $150 contribution to Planned Parenthood in 1994. Romney's...Read More

Navy re-admits gay sailor

Filed by Bil Browning | May 07, 2007 | 10:28 PM | comments

Did I miss the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell? While the Congresscritters are busy arguing amongst themselves about whether or not we're fit to serve, it appears that the Navy has taken matters into their own hands. On his...Read More

Oh, the Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 07, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

LCR prez Patrick Sammon has a column up at The Advocate about how LGBT people should be giving money to Republicans. I don't quite understand the whole gay Republican thing (voting Democrat is about as establishment as I can take,...Read More


Coffee & Toast with Pat Bauer

Filed by Ed Team | May 07, 2007 | 6:13 AM | comments

"The outstanding participation of major corporations in explaining the economic impact was a revelation that needed to be part of the equation. The harm to domestic violence laws and their enforcement showed why you needed deliberations and hearings before putting...Read More

Qomics for Queers, a Beetle-Sarge love montage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 06, 2007 | 2:50 PM | comments

Like a bad peyote-fueled nightmare, a crazed French soldier from the early twentieth century drops on of his arm to tell you "SIGNS ARE ILLEGAL!" Signs? What signs? Signs of life? Street signs? "Signs" in the way postmodern linguistic critics...Read More

Queer music Friday - Xiu Xiu

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 04, 2007 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here's punk band Xiu Xiu's "Pox" (just to let y'all know, there's some violent imagery in the video): Lead singer Jamie Stewart on same-sex marriage for Queerty:Do what you want. I don't really have anything to add to this. The...Read More

Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 04, 2007 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Minnesota Senate approved hospital visitation rights for domestic partners. (WKBT) A Turkmenistani lesbian was granted asylum in the US. Apparently their government runs ex-gaying gulags. (365gay) Faith in America is launching a five-city "Call to Courage" campaign to fight...Read More

No more Post for me, Mom, I'm full!

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 03, 2007 | 6:52 PM | comments

Ugh. I was going to write up a post about the latest McGreevey incident (he's been accepted to Episcopalian seminary), but I've been conflicted. I've actually been rather conflicted about all of these posts on the subject. Not that...Read More


Coffee & Toast with Mark Pocan

Filed by Ed Team | May 01, 2007 | 6:36 AM | comments

"It's a crapshoot when you take it to a vote. Do you really want mob rule deciding who's going to be discriminated against and who's not going to be discriminated against?" -- Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan about same-sex marriage...Read More