Marriage Equality: November 2008

Better Know a Contributor: Paige Schilt

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 30, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More

Leftover Turkey Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 29, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

While you are lounging around the house in a tryptophan stupor, check out these posts that are guaranteed to make your heart beat a little faster. Monday MILK: A Sneak Peek and a Few Historical Reflections - Nancy Polikoff Standing...Read More

"Children Do Better..." With White Parents?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 29, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

In the wake of the news that Florida’s gay adoption ban was ruled unconstitutional, I made this observation about the right and adoption. I can tell you, though, after marriage the right will come after our families next. What some...Read More

NY Gays Jilted at the Altar by Democrats?

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 29, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite raking in big time campaign contributions from LGBT people across the U.S., Democrats in the New York State Senate may be backing away from their pledge to bring a marriage bill to a vote. After a pledge from New...Read More

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What I'm Thankful For: Harvey Milk

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 29, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Travis Ballie is a student activist at American University. He is a D.C. resident inspired by the Prop 8 protests and hoping to contribute to the"DC For Marriage" coalition. This man was the queer movement's Barack...Read More

Does the LGBT Movement Need to "Get Real?"

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

There is a moment in every Dr. Phil show were he tells the guests of the day that they need to "get real" and stop the behaviours that are causing them pain and emotional distress.I think it is high time...Read More

Candace Gingrich on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 26, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

A few weeks back Keith Olbermann made on of his trademark commentaries about the passage of Prop 8 and the stripping away of marriage rights from same-sex couples in California. Last night Olbermann re-visited the subject in an interview with...Read More

An Interesting Social Experiment

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 26, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I recently came across an interesting blog post over at Religion Dispatches. Tom Ackerman published his "Marriage Manifesto", which is a fun little social experiment and statement that I think I might try during this holiday season. Ackerman decides to...Read More

No "Milk" for Cinemark

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 25, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The film distribution company for the new film Milk needs to get a clue: Alan Stock and Cinemark Theaters should not profit from anti-gay hate. Alan Stock, the CEO of Cinemark, donated $9,999 to support Prop 8 and strip marriage...Read More

Haters promise to "Rise above the Hate"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 25, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The poor, beleaguered, anti-gay bigot forces that waged campaigns across this country based on homophobia, fear, and intolerance have now had enough of the "hate" being directed at them and their anti-equality allies in the wake of the Nov 4th...Read More

Florida Gay Adoption Ban On Its Way Out

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 25, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

This is a big win. Yes, it's only a trial court judge. Yes, it will be appealed. But this is the case that I suspect will finally end Florida's ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians, once and for...Read More

I like you so much I can't spell your name

Filed by Bil Browning | November 24, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Advance Indiana is a laugh a minute anymore. At this point I keep it in my RSS feed just for comedic value. But the best way to tell it's jumped the shark? iPhone users: Click to watch Now match that...Read More

Town Hall Meeting with Marriage Equality New York

Filed by Eric Leven | November 24, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

After the protests everyone has been all, "What's going on? Where do we go? What do we do? What's next?" This Monday November 24th from 6PM-7:30 The NY LGBT Center is holding a Town Hall meeting with Marriage Equality New...Read More

Fundies Launch "Protect DOMA" Website

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 24, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Alliance for Marriage Foundation, which you may remember as the group that drafted the Federal Marriage Protection Amendment, has launched a "Protect DOMA" website and started a campaign to "preserve the federal Defense of Marriage Act." Here's the goal...Read More

HRC: A comment from Dyssonance

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | November 24, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Note from Bil: I'm trying out a new feature with our software that allows me to take a comment and move it up to the front page as a post. Serena's post about HRC's Transgender Day of Remembrance video from...Read More

Wanda Sykes: Black, Womyn, Gay, & Proud

Filed by Bishop Mahee | November 24, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

On the day of National protest against the passage of discriminatory measures in Florida, California, Arizona, and Arkansas, the very air was expectant at Fort Lauderdale's City Hall- and all over this country the message was that the birth of...Read More

MILK: A Sneak Peek and a Few Historical Reflections

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

An anti-gay California ballot initiative. Gay folks marching in the streets. Is it 2008? No. It's 1978. And if you don't know that part of our history, you'll get a good feel for it in "MILK," the biopic that opens...Read More

Why Gay Marriage Is an Asian-American Matter

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | November 24, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

When Asian Week asked me to write an op-ed piece about the aftermath of Proposition 8 and how the issue of gay marriage ties into the Asian-American community, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. After the an...Read More

Standing Firm, Moving Forward

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rea Carey is Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. Over the past few weeks, the nation witnessed an outpouring of emotion and determination from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)...Read More

What Harvey Milk Tells Us About Proposition 8

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 23, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rob Epstein is the director of the Oscar winning film "The Times of Harvey Milk", and is this years' recipient of the International Documentary Association's Pioneer Award. Thirty years ago on election night Harvey Milk gave...Read More

An Open Letter to My Brother, Newt Gingrich

Filed by Candace Gingrich | November 23, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Dear Newt, I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protesters of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the...Read More

An Open Letter To White Gays and Lesbians at the Silverlake Prop 8 Rally, by Alette Kendrick

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 23, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

This letter has been widely posted on the web, and I'm including it here for Bilerico readers. The writer, Alette Kendrick, is a friend of a friend, and I'm posting this with her permission. Dear white gays and lesbians at...Read More


Filed by Eric Marcus | November 23, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

This past week I did a presentation at the annual GLSEN Hudson Valley PrideWorks conference on how to answer the questions we all wind up getting asked by parents, friends, strangers, and colleagues (and often get asked over and over...Read More


Marriage is a Basic Civil Right

Filed by Ed Team | November 23, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This use of religious beliefs to block basic civil rights undermines the separation of church and state in this nation. The basis of that separation lies in the experience of early American colonists who had fled religious persecution elsewhere...Read More

You Gotta Give 'Em Hope Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 22, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Its been a fantastic week at Bilerico with both contributors and guest bloggers offering provocative ideas on how to kick the LGBT movement into high gear. Here's a taste: Monday: Why Prop 8's Passage Could Be A Good Thing -...Read More

Ugly Betty: Young Gay Love

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 22, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Everyone knows by now that I am a television junkie. One of my favorite, and probably the gayest show on TV (sorry Project Runway), is Ugly Betty. While it is based on the over the top telenovela style of shows,...Read More

Disposable People

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 21, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last night I gave this speech at Day of Remembrance, addressing the way trans identity, race, gender, immigration, sex work, and police brutality have all become major factors in anti-trans killings. Every year we take this time to review the...Read More

Domestic Partnership Benefits? They are after those too.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

We knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time until the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 proved exactly how dishonest they were during their lie-filled campaign and went after domestic partnership benefits in Florida- despite saying it...Read More

How We Blew It: California's Prop 8 Defeat

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Terry Leftgoff formerly served as the highest ranking openly gay officer of the California Democratic Party and oversaw numerous campaign efforts including local unified Democratic campaigns for Bill Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer, among others....Read More

The Obama era, legally speaking

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 20, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The bittersweet combination of the Prop 8 loss and the Obama win, combined with the Dems picking up more seats in both houses of Congress, means that a much greater focus on federal-level policy-making is in the offing in lgbt...Read More

From The AFL-CIO Blog: Nurses March For Marriage Equality

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

From the official AFL-CIO blog: Members of the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) joined several thousand LGBT, civil rights, labor, community and religious activists in San Francisco in recent days in a demonstration calling for marriage...Read More

A modest marriage proposal

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: The following is a guest post by Chris Crain. Chris is former editor of the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, and gay publications in three other cities. He blogs at and is the editor of He lives...Read More

What Thomas Beatie Doesn't Understand

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 20, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I watched Thomas and Nancy Beatie on Barbara Walters last week. They described their struggle with the state of Oregon over how they would be identified on their child's birth certificate. They want Thomas listed as the father and Nancy...Read More


Liveblog with anti-amendment leaders Kate Kendell, Nadine Smith and Barbara McCullough-Jones

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

UPDATE: The LiveBlog can be found at this post. It has started now. I'm pleased to announce that Thursday night Bilerico Project be hosting a liveblog with Kate Kendell, Nadine Smith and Barbara McCullough-Jones. We'll kick things off at 7pm...Read More

A Gender Primer

Filed by Michele O'Mara | November 19, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: With Transgender Day of Remembrance coming up, it seemed appropriate to re-post Michele O'Mara's great primer on gender from last year. She works with transgender clients in her private practice. What is gender identity? Gender identity occurs from...Read More

Broad Outlines For Change Within the GLBT Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Wayne Besen is an author, activist, columnist and public speaker. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Truth Wins OUT, an organization founded to combat the 'ex-gay' myth and right wing propaganda. As far as...Read More


I can't believe I'm giving Slash free publicity

Filed by Ed Team | November 19, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I married my sweetheart, you should be able to marry yours too. Say no to hate and yes to equal rights. Keep up the fight." -- Perla Hudson, wife of former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, in a short video...Read More

Teaching Kindergarteners About Gay Marriage

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 18, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

I've been holding my tongue for a while now. My son, Waylon, started kindergarten this past August. Until two weeks ago, his entire public school career had overlapped with the campaign against Prop 8. Although we live all the way...Read More

Two Wrongs Never Make a Right

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 18, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Two wrongs never make a right. Over the weekend, a protest got violent. If the answer, as some believe, is to take arms against this sea of trouble... then count me out. I'll have no part of it. I am...Read More

Mike Signorile confronts Maggie Gallagher on CNN

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 18, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Marriage Protection advocate Maggie Gallagher sparred with Mike Mike Signorile the other night about same-sex marriage. He mops the floor with her. iPhone users: Click to watch The transcript is below the fold....Read More

Obama spells out LGBT support

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Obama's website has been updated to include a full civil rights agenda for the LGBT community. It is the most comprehensive and specific presidential agenda in the history of our movement. Check it out after the jump....Read More

"Sleeping" With the "Enemy"

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | November 18, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

After I posted a temperate and somewhat optimistic response to the disappointing news of Proposition 8's passage (which eliminates same-sex marriage in California), a friend of mine e-mailed me, insisting that I tap into my inner righteous indignation. "Foster some...Read More

The NAACP Gets It

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 18, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Well, the NAACP has shut my mouth on this one. I was pretty hard on them this summer, when I got wind of a PFOX exhibit at an NAACP event. But it looks like the outcome off the proposition 8...Read More


It burns

Filed by Ed Team | November 18, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The irony, it burns. The pop star who made his name on his effete, androgynous "Is he GAY or not?" persona - now he hates us." -- Joe.My.God. responding to a New Yorker report that asked about gay marriage, Prince...Read More

3 things that made me cry today

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Today has been one of those days. I've found myself welling up three times already today over bits and pieces from our community. Each time I've felt these things so deeply they've made me ache inside. 1. Mexican Is the...Read More

Redefined Marriage? Grow Up

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 17, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Ugh. My least favorite Mormon in all the world is getting under my skin. A woman- who will remain nameless- is complaining. Homosexuals are going to redefine her marriage. How? I can't even imagine how my being married in MA...Read More

No on 8 wasn't no on hate

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 17, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I tried my best to ignore Proposition 8, I mean to ignore all the attention around marriage, even as I received a voicemail message featuring a recording of Barack Obama, a message from Barack Obama himself, another announcement coordinated by...Read More

Gay, Straight, Black, White Marriage is a Civil Right

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Justin B. Smith is a 28 year old Air Force veteran and gay and AIDS activist from Baltimore, MD. He writes Justin's HIV Journal. I first decided to record my life with HIV using live video feeds because...Read More

How the Well-Oiled Mormon Machine Helped Pass Prop 8

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 17, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

In the end, Protect Marriage estimates, as much as half of the nearly $40 million raised on behalf of the measure was contributed by Mormons. That was the statement confirming the extent of the financial involvement of the members...Read More

Why Prop 8's Passage Could Be A Good Thing

Filed by Scott Kaiser | November 17, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yes, Prop. 8 passed in California as we're all aware, and the sky is falling. Gay marriages have been outlawed in the state in a blatant display of homophobia infecting politics. This is the worst possible thing to happen to...Read More

A New Birth of Freedom - Now Is the Time

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES AIDS quilt, and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black are today's guest bloggers. They have launched the new site Seven Weeks to Equality to push President-Elect Obama to quickly pass pro-LGBT legislation. On...Read More

Gay Mormons Say "Please Stop The Hate"

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 17, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

The past two weeks have been very difficult for me. I've been emotionally hurt by two communities that mean a lot to me - the Mormon Church, and the LGBTQ community. I never thought I would have to out myself...Read More

Better Know a Contributor: Scott Kaiser

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 16, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end...Read More

It's Not The Size That Matters

Filed by Scott Kaiser | November 16, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I would like to thank everyone who participated in yesterday's rallies for marriage equality across the nation. The protests were a top news story all over the Internet and on many television stations. It could not be dismissed or ignored....Read More

Carpe Diem

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 16, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I've had a busy October and November so far. I've been working increased hours at my job. I just recently returned from Boulder, CO and the CU campus after being honored with keynote speaker duties for their recent TRANScending Gender...Read More

Open Thank You Note to Leonard Pitts

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | November 16, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I wept when I read Leonard Pitts' column about black anti-marriage-equality voters. As a white woman -- and a white woman with hundreds of beloved black family members -- the risk of being accused of racism when I point out...Read More

Prop 8 Demos: a Contrarian Caveat

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 16, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I write this as demonstrations against Prop 8 occur around the country. That's great - although I distance myself from anything framed as anti-Mormon per se. While it's been tough to have been too busy to be blogging the last...Read More

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

At least, I hope it is anyway. Stonewall didn't do it. The Briggs amendment didn't do it. The Defense of Marriage Act didn't do it. The horrific misuse of Don't Ask Don't Tell to facilitate the most intense anti-gay witch...Read More

3500 Turn Out For Equality in Phoenix

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

There were approximately 3500 people at the marriage equality rally in Phoenix yesterday. And anyone who's done their share of protesting in Arizona can attest that it's amazing to get 100 people to show up for anything, let alone 1000....Read More

South Bend's National Day of Protest rally

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Mandy Studdard, a Spanish major at IUSB and founder of the Good Causes Club, is from Rochester, IN. She visits her foster parents Judy and Dale Coffing and chats with her fiancee Johanna Moncada often. Mandy...Read More

Wanda Sykes Comes WAY Out

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | November 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Anyone familiar with Wanda Sykes's stand-up comedy knows that she's gay-friendly. In her 2006 HBO special, Sick and Tired, she exclaimed, "If you don't believe in same-sex marriage, then don't marry someone of the same sex!" But Sykes has taken...Read More

Next Stop: Ban Divorce?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

This great video from the "Funny or Die" crew shows how absurd the arguments against marriage equality have been in the Amendment fights... See more funny videos at Funny or Die...Read More

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Anti-Prop 8 March Overshadowed by Southland Fires

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl stopped in the middle of his stirring remarks about the impact the anti-Prop 8 rally will likely have on the new LGBT and straight activists against H8. "We are all Angelinos,' Rosendahl...Read More

Talking 'bout a Queer Revolution Roundup

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 15, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Let's just say that the entire LGBT community seems to be shouting collectively "No more Mr/Ms Nice LGBT!" I'm loving it! In case you missed some of the fast and furiousness, here's a sample of TBP's coverage of the past...Read More

Thousands Gather in Austin to Join the Impact

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

An estimated 3,000 Austinites turned out to protest anti-gay ballot measures across the country today. A grassroots coalition of social networkers, gay bars, activists, journalists, and churches helped spread the word about the rally at City Hall, which featured speakers...Read More

Hundreds Rally in Detroit for National Day of Protest

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 15, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

What do we want? EQUALITY! When do we want it? NOW! That was the chant that rang out through downtown Detroit, Michigan today as over 300 hundred dedicated protesters rallied in the freezing rain and sleet as part of the...Read More

Is Homosexuality Genetic or Chosen? Does That Matter?

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 15, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

In the swirl of Prop 8 madness, and the rush to blame the black community for its defeat, comes William Saletan's myopic piece for Slate, about "Blacks, Gays, and Immutability." Saletan uncritically rehashes the idea that blacks voted for Prop...Read More

First, You Get Mad

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 15, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Wow. It's kind of unbelievable, really. You take something away from people, and they get angry. Take away hard won rights, and equal protection for those they love, and people get really angry. In the week since, California has seen...Read More

Keith Olbermann's Message

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Zythyra is an acoustic musician, writer and activist who lives in NH. Like many LGBTIQ Americans, I was both elated and devastated by the election results this past week. I am absolutely elated that President-elect Barack Obama won...Read More


Geoff Kors on Repealing Prop 8

Filed by Ed Team | November 15, 2008 | 7:52 AM | comments

"Today is the first day of the campaign to overturn Proposition 8 by 2010 and to regain the freedom to marry. We must do everything we can to ensure that in two years we have educated enough Californians about...Read More

Florida's Amendment 2: Standing up for the Gay Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 14, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Joe Dellosa is a University of Florida junior majoring in advertising. He's also the president of Human Decency Now, a student organization at UF that works for gay rights. Their website is at I wanted to make...Read More

Protests not Convenient? Deal with it.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 14, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I have been amazed at the online and grassroots explosion that the National Day of Protest has spawned. It started with one small blog then took on a life of its own, with hundreds of cities around the country now...Read More

Should We March On Churches?

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 14, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

Wednesday, 10,000 people marched and rallied against the Mormon church in New York City angry about the loss on Prop. 8. I think it's a mistake. When we start making villains out of other people, we are no better. When...Read More

Prop 8 - Who's Next?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

You remember the famous quote by Nazi martyr Pastor Martin Niemoeller about the Holocaust - how they came for all these other people - but he didn't speak up - and then they came for him? Something like that is...Read More

Gay vs. Black... no thanks

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 14, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Bill O'Reilly's taken on the "Blacks destroyed same-sex marriage" meme, and he's asking for a minority war. iPhone users: Click to watch I wonder why he'd want a minority war?...Read More

You wanna know why the gays are apathetic?

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 13, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

After the jump is a post I wrote over at my diary on Daily Kos. It got a reaction there so I thought I'd pass it along over here. I saw just a few too many threads with kind straight...Read More

Marriage Matters to Us

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 13, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It has been a strange couple of weeks. Just last week, I saw something that I never thought I'd see in my lifetime, and felt like I was witnessing it for all my ancestors who didn't live to see a...Read More

Prop 8 Protest in NYC

Filed by Jason Tseng | November 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

At 6:30pm on W 65th St and Columbus, I joined thousands of fellow queers and their allies in a protest before the Mormon Temple in New York City. I didn't have extraordinarily high expectations for the night. I had a...Read More

Amendment 2: Theocracy Reigns in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 13, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

While much has been made of minority groups and their votes for anti-gay amendments, like Florida's Amendment 2, there is something we are missing as a community. It isn't a racial issue- it is a religious one. Exit polling from...Read More


Elton John thinks marriage is stupid

Filed by Ed Team | November 13, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. The word marriage, I think, puts a lot of people off....Read More

Don't mess with the drama queens

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

File this under the "WTF were you thinking?!" file... The Artistic Director for California Musical Theatre, Scott Eckern, donated $1000 to support passage of Prop 8. After considerable outrage in the theater community, Scott has decided to resign his position....Read More

Congrats to Connecticut

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 12, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Same-sex marriage started today in Connecticut. With all that's going on in California, it's important not to forget our victories....Read More

It's a small world after all

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This is one of those six degrees of separation stories. Bilerico alumni and good friend Linda Perdue was recently quoted in The Arizona Republic reacting to Arizona's new marriage amendment. Guest contributors Evan Wolfson and Barbara McCullough-Jones are also quoted....Read More

A Glass Half Full

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 12, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The longest presidential election season in history is over. The campaign that gave us Joe the Plumber, Ralph Nader (again), Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and lipstick on a pig also gave us our most inspiring leader since John F. Kennedy....Read More

We are not equal - the abused second class Americans

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 12, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up middle-class...Read More

Indiana Family Institute condones anti-gay slurs

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2008 | 9:15 AM | comments

After years of running a gay blog, I've become used to the regular insults and slurs that are submitted in the comments section. Sadly, I doubt some people could deal with the regular blows to the psyche gay people get...Read More

Indiana Equality: The jester of Mitch Daniels' court

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 11, 2008 | 11:30 PM | comments

I recently received an invitation from Indiana Equality to an event at the Governor's residence they're calling "Holiday IN the Governor's Residence". Beyond the totally dorky name, as I read this email invitation, I was both amused and infuriated. Obviously,...Read More

Obama crew will increase condom education, lift global gag order

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 11, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

Obama's staff is talking about lifting the global gag order: ``We have been going in the wrong direction and we need to turn it around and be promoting prevention and family-planning services and strengthening public health,'' said [co-chairman of Obama's...Read More

NC's ready to rumble with Prop 8 protests

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 11, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Friend of the Blend, Bilerico Project contributor and former candidate for the US Senate Jim Neal sent out this call to action, as we are going to have a demonstration against Prop 8 on Saturday, November 15, in Raleigh at...Read More

This post has nothing to do with the election or gay marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | November 11, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm putting on my citrus hat and demanding that at least one post on Bilerico today have absolutely nothing to do with the election, Prop 8 aspersions or assumptions, or marriage equality in general. Carry on....Read More

Proposition 8 is not about black homophobia

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 11, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I have learned as both a pastor and also as a member belonging to several minority groups - African-American, women and lesbian - that a popular opinion on a civil rights issue does not always reflect the right choice. Too...Read More

The queers are upset that I'm not an upset queer

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 11, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Ryan Miller, a native Texan, attends the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he is studying Higher Education Administration as a Point Foundation scholar. He completed a bachelor's degree with honors in journalism as a Point Foundation scholar...Read More

If Not Marriage for All, How About Marriage for None?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The simplicity and brevity of same-sex marriage bans like prop 8 leave a lot of room to look at alternatives. I can't help but see something like this and think, Okay, I can work with that. Only marriage between a...Read More

Are Blacks More Homophobic?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 10, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I'd republish...Read More

We are going to fail again and again unless we get a clue

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 10, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

After the No Campaign failed last week and Proposition 8 passed, the orgs that worked against it were quick to point out why they had really done a great job this year. Sure, some mistakes were made, but there are...Read More

No More Mrs. Nice Gay

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 10, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Robin Tyler was the original plaintiff, along with Diane Olson, in Tyler vs. the County of Los Angeles, which gave lesbians and gays the right to marry in California when the state Supreme Court ruled in their favor....Read More

Massachusetts Equality Under Attack?

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 10, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

"We're much encouraged by the results in California, and there's no doubt in our minds, had," said Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage. Yes, that is a Massachusetts based group. After failing on June...Read More

A Rainbow Arc of History Hangs Over Prop 8 Protests

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 10, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Few people really noticed it - the flipping on of a bright white neon light over one of many joints lining Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake's Sunset Junction where the latest pre-march rally against Prop 8 was gathering. Le Barcito,...Read More

Ordinary Couples at the Indianapolis LGBT film festival

Filed by Don Sherfick | November 10, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In June 2007 my partner Jerry and I (upper right) joined nine other gay/lesbian couples who had been together for over 10 years to film "Ordinary Couples/ Extraordinary Lives!". It's but one of the nearly 20 featured works to be...Read More

The Fight in Florida: Where do we go from here?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 09, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is no doubt about it- Nov 4th was a bittersweet and historic day. Barack Obama shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first African-American elected to the office of the Presidency. But for many in the LGBT community, it...Read More

Moving Forward Together: The Dream of Marriage Equality Remains Alive

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 09, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Jacqueline Wing is the communications manager at The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. On Wednesday morning, I realized that...Read More

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly . . . Post Election Roundup

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 08, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

Will someone please cue the cheesy Clint Eastwood music? In all the lead up to Tuesday's election and the fall out (and celebrations) afterward, you might have missed some TBP coverage. So here ya go . . . Monday Julie...Read More

Mean Times

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 08, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

So, the election is over and like so many in our community I'm still not sure whether to be happy, sad, both, or neither. Not only did our guy win, but the Democrats took virtually complete control of Congress, reducing...Read More

Come on, Rogue!

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 08, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

While the American family and our extended international family were whooping it up for the historic Obama victory, I banged pans and wept for joy with the best of them. But I also had that dissociated, not-quite-part-of-feeling I had at...Read More

The Days Ahead

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 08, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

I write this with a heavy heart. I, like you, have sacrificed everything in our fight to defeat Prop 8. And on Tuesday, we lost. This is an outcome that is fundamentally unjust, unfair, and wrong. We banded together as...Read More

Let's Change the Paradigms of Gay Organising

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 08, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

A full 27% of gays voted for McCain in this year's election. That's up from 23% in 2004, the percentage that voted for Bush. It's easy to dismiss these Republican-leaning gays as either self-loathing or deluded, but perhaps the numbers...Read More

Shall we dine?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 08, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Diego Sanchez is the Director of Public Relations & External Affairs AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc. and currently serves on the HRC Business Council. Sometimes fingers are used to point, figuratively and literally. At other times, the...Read More

Fallin' For The Okey-Doke

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 07, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

I'm coming to you live from beautiful Boulder. CO. I'm here to give the keynote address later tonight for the opening of the TRANScending Gender Conference being held on the CU-Boulder campus November 7-8. I was flying from Da Ville...Read More

Our Loss

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 07, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This post will probably piss some people off, but I am sort of known for that, so here goes. I am saddled with the feeling that the loss in California is being over-hyped by our side. I am also bothered...Read More

Prop 8 updates: Lawsuits, protests, and civility

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 07, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lawsuits. Three lawsuits have been filed to prevent Prop 8 from taking effect, one by the ACLU, NCLR, and Lambda Legal, another by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco and Santa Clara County, and the other by Gloria...Read More

Historically Black Homophobia

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 07, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I'd republish...Read More

You can't take this away from me

Filed by Joe Solmonese | November 07, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Proposition 8 broke our hearts, but it did not end our fight. Like many in our movement, I found myself in Southern California last weekend. There, I had the opportunity to speak with a man who said that Proposition 8...Read More

Kerry Outperformed Obama Among LGBT Voters: Why?

Filed by Scott Kaiser | November 07, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

While surfing the web tonight for information about the remaining undecided races from the election, I ran across a little tidbit over on the widely-respected and accurate site that shocked me: John Kerry received a larger percentage (77%) of...Read More

They are Marching in the Streets

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 07, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I asked for this and it's happened. In San Francisco, in West Hollywood, in Los Angeles and soon in San Diego, night after night, they have been marching. Thousands of people holding their No on 8 Signs, politicians, activists have...Read More

Our Choice on Prop 8 and African Americans: Reckless Carping or Productive Change?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 06, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Cindy Rizzo is a long time Projector. She blogs at Personal=Political=Polemical. Losing California has been a major demoralizing event for our community and there's no way to minimize that. Frankly I feel robbed--robbed of the opportunity...Read More

Election Politics: Winning to lose or losing to win?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 06, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

During any election it's hard to have a long term vision for success. Everything is focused on the upcoming election day. I've been on so many campaigns where the goal was to win at any cost and unfortunately the costs...Read More

Implications for LGBTQ equality

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | November 06, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Michelle Obama very eloquently spoke a few months ago about the common struggles "from Selma to Stonewall." The path to equality is not a straight road, so to speak. We advance, and then we go backwards. So the question to...Read More

Voices from California

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 06, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

Thought I'd point your attention to two nuanced, moving posts by two of my favorite CA queer women reckoning with what to make of Tuesday's events: At Chicks Dig Me, Joan Kelly asks "California--reddest blue state in the union?" And...Read More

A Change is Gonna Come

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 06, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's been a long, long time coming But I know, a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will. Sam Cooke, "A Change is Gonna Come" At 11:01 p.m. last night, after the polls closed in California, I just had...Read More

Race, sexuality, and Proposition 8

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the wake of the passage of Proposition 8, I'm troubled by the resurgence of "blame black people" rhetoric coming from some some gay people. It's not that African Americans didn't vote for Prop 8 in a higher percentage than...Read More

A New Morning In America

Filed by Monica Roberts | November 06, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Okay, so I was wrong. It's one time I will happily say (and will write the post on November 5 if it plays out) I was wrong about an issue. I've always told friends that I believed the United States...Read More

First Thoughts: Reflection on the 2008 Elections

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | November 06, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

All across America there is celebration of the election of Barack Obama as our 44th President of the United States. The disappointing setback represented in the passage of marriage bans and anti-gay legislation does not diminish my hopefulness for positive...Read More

Bittersweet Victory

Filed by Brynn Craffey | November 05, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

For California's LGBT residents, last night's historic election victory is a bittersweet one. At the same time that Barack Obama's amazing victory was being proclaimed, it become clear that Proposition 8 was headed to victory. Bigotry went down to defeat...Read More

Why I'm a Debbie Downer during this surge of Obamamania

Filed by Jason Tseng | November 05, 2008 | 7:30 PM | comments

With the increasingly likely passage of Proposition 8 in California, which will strip the marriage rights of thousands of couples in California and across the nation, I'm just gonna call it: we lost in California. Some may say I'm jumping...Read More

Today is the Day but I'm angry instead

Filed by Bil Browning | November 05, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've sat here today flipping aimlessly from one blog to news sites to e-mail to Twitter and back again. I've watched 30 second bits of CNN until my eyes flit back to the computer screen. I've been restless and unsettled...Read More

Hate and Bigotry Pass in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 05, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Florida's Amendment 2, the dangerous and deceptive "Marriage Protection" Amendment, has passed. A supermajority of Floridians, 62% (4,662,558) versus just 38% (2,851,598), has decided that our state needs to enshrine hate, bigotry, and homophobia in our state constitution. And my...Read More

Results for ballot issues and progressive candidates

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 05, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Since you write the blog you want to read, I decided to concentrate last night on the ballot initiatives and down ballot races that I thought progressives would be most interested in. What strikes me the morning after is how...Read More

ENDA, marriage equality and moving the ball forward

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 05, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I am elated at President-elect Obama's (how I love saying that phrase) resounding electoral college win, slightly dismayed at the margin of the popular vote (although it is...Read More

Reproductive Choice Survives Election Night

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | November 05, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

With all the hubbub over the marriage initiatives, one of the major issues that has been overlooked in this election is reproductive choice. South Dakota put an abortion ban on the ballot for a second time. Californians were considering a...Read More

California's Prop 8, election night blogging

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 9:50 AM | comments

BIL - 9:49am (11/5) Prop 8 will pass. From CNN's results: Yes - 5,125,752 - 52% No - 4,725,313 - 48% 95% of precincts reporting We'd need 400k votes to win. Only 500k votes are still outstanding. Alex - 1:18...Read More

Ballot initiative results from Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, and Florida, oh and King County

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 4:30 AM | comments

Arkansas Act 1 Arkansas voters passed Initiative Act 1 with 57% of the vote yesterday. The measure bans unmarried couples in that state from adopting or foster parenting. It doesn't affect single parents' ability to parent. This is the most...Read More

Results: Florida's Amendment 2 Passes

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 05, 2008 | 2:00 AM | comments

Waymon- Now that Amendment 2 passed, where do we go from here? More indepth discussion on Amendment 2. Waymon- Detailed results and commentary, click here. Waymon- 1:48am MSNBC calls it: Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, passed. Waymon-...Read More

Results: Arizona's same-sex marriage ban - Prop 102 - passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 1:33 AM | comments

Alex - 1:33 It's official - CNN called it. Arizona's Prop 102 passed. Alex - 1:14 With 90% of precincts reporting, it's 56-44. We lost this one. Alex - 11:15 With 58% of precincts reporting, it's 56-44 Alex - 10:33...Read More

New York Senate: Democrats could take over tonight

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 05, 2008 | 12:04 AM | comments

I'm also following the NY Senate here, because it's two people away from a Democratic majority. The state has a Democratic Assembly and a Democratic governor. This is important on two issues, GENDA and same-sex marriage. Their Assembly has already...Read More

Results are in: Connecticut's Question 1 fails

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 04, 2008 | 10:25 PM | comments

Alex - 10:25 And Channel 8 in Connecticut is calling this a win for the No side, with the vote at 39-61. So, that's it for quite a few more years. Marriage cannot be repealed in the Nutmeg State through...Read More

Obama guest post: A Call for Full Equality

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama guest posted at Bilerico Project to explain his support for LGBT civil rights. This post was originally published on November 10, 2007; it seemed appropriate to reprint it tonight, the eve of the...Read More

Prop 8 updates: New poll, extortion, endorsements, rallies, and ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 03, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

New poll. SUSA has their last poll out, and it puts Prop 8 losing at 47-50. We ought to round these up after the election and see who did the best job, SUSA, PPIC, or Field Poll. New endorsements. Barack...Read More

Special MSM Op-Ed: Why A Labor Union Supports Gay-Marriage Rights

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | November 03, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

(Today, in the San Jose Mercury News one of the papers of record in California, was an op-ed that I just had to pass on. The author is Courtni Sunjoo Pugh, the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union...Read More

Bill Clinton: Say No to FL Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Former President Bill Clinton is joining the fight against Florida's Amendment 2! About 250,000 Democrats who have not yet voted will receive a telephone call today from Clinton asking them to vote NO on Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection"...Read More

Log Cabin Greed

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 03, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Self preservation is human nature. It is in fact animal nature. However, one of the fundamental components of the American psyche is a sense of community. That those defined in common by geography, demography or other common factor will look...Read More

A Middle Finger For Prop 8

Filed by Storm Bear | November 03, 2008 | 2:42 PM | comments

click to enlarge Prop 8 is a measure in California that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage. If it is successful, it will be a major set-back for gay rights in America. In the spirit of...Read More

'TheCall': A day-long religious frenzy for Yes on 8

Filed by Pam Spaulding | November 03, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Saturday "TheCall," a 12-hour rally to boost support for Yes on 8, was held in San Diego's Qualcomm stadium. The festival of fundies believe they will save marriage, the homosexuals and the state of California by communing during the movement's...Read More

FL Amendment 2 Video and How to Help Online!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Here's a great video from the folks over at Common Sense Policy that explains exactly how dangerous Florida's Amendment 2 is. It's an easy to understand video that really breaks it down as voters continue to go to the polls...Read More

Help Win Marriage in New York...

Filed by Bo Shuff | November 02, 2008 | 9:30 PM | comments

Marriage Equality, decided by a Legislature and signed by the Governor, is a possibility in New York in the next year if the Democrats are able to win back control of the New York State Senate. The measure has passed...Read More

Listening to TheCall

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 02, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Once upon a time, I would have been afraid to cover TheCall - the Christian rally that promised to pray for the passage of Proposition 8, the antigay marriage initiative on the California ballot. I would have felt like I...Read More

Quick update on Connecticut's Question 1 to hold a constitutional convention

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 02, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

This one came up late in the game for LGBT nutmeggers. Every 20 years the question has to appear on the ballot in Connecticut to have a Constitutional Convention, and the year is this one. Since Connecticut's constitution doesn't allow...Read More

Arizona's proposition 102 updates

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The other contributors and I have been providing lots of updates about Prop 8 in California, and Waymon's been doing an excellent job providing coverage of Florida's Amendment 2. California's taken the time, money, and focus of the LGBT community...Read More

An unfair, shameful proposal

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 02, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Howard L. Simon is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. ''Gay marriage'' is not on the ballot in Florida. What is on the ballot is prohibiting the legal recognition of anything "that is treated...Read More

Sunday Funnies: McCain on SNL and Colbert on Prop 8

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 02, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

McCain took to the airwaves last night on Saturday Night Live. Here's his opening sketch with Tina Fey/Palin. Did this seem like a really harsh, weird dig on Palin to anyone else? I think it only made the McCain Campaign...Read More

Obama Takes Gay Rights Stand Four Days Before the Election -- Can This Be Real?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

In a move drawing outrage from gay rights leaders and the San Francisco District Attorney, the campaign to eliminate marriage for same-sex couples in California mailed flyers to voters with a picture of Barack Obama -- and Michele -- and...Read More

Breaking: FL Court Grants Emergency Hearing in Amendment 2 Battle

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 01, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

As I've been reporting, there is a legal battle brewing in Florida around Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment. And now they will have their day in court. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mary Barzee Flores has granted the request of...Read More

The Abomination of Government Marriage

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 01, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Allison Bricker is a lifelong political junkie. She has worked in various capacities on several local, statewide, and Congressional campaigns. She currently works as a Senior Political Analyst at a public opinion/research and analysis firm based out of...Read More


We should not be legislating discrimination into Florida's Constitution

Filed by Ed Team | November 01, 2008 | 7:30 AM | comments

"My take on it is that it is totally unnecessary. I'm absolutely opposed to it. And I've been working very hard to try to talk to undecided voters and do whatever I can to help defeat it. We should not...Read More