Marriage Equality: June 2009

Three observations about ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 30, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Observation 1: DOMA will not be repealed before ENDA gets passed. Of the four main pieces of LGBT legislation that the Administration said it wants to pass - hate crimes, ENDA, DOMA, DADT - repealing DOMA will be the hardest....Read More

A "Penultimate Step" in the Fight to End the HIV Travel Ban

Filed by Steve Ralls | June 30, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

In a move that closes the gap between two White House administrations, numerous government agencies and a year-old act of Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued regulations that would end the United States' decades-old HIV travel...Read More

Prop 8: A Spoonful of Sugar

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 30, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

(O riginally published in Bay Windows, May 28, 2009. I thought it was worth reposting here because of the pending Prop 8 case that will go before a district court this Thursday.) We've been on a Disney movie kick around...Read More

Obama and the Democrats Still Don't Get It

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Perusing the coverage of what some have described as President Obama's "Gay Uncle Tom" event at the White House yesterday (in alleged commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots) leaves me thinking that Obama and Congressional Democrats truly...Read More

Take a Straight Person to Lunch

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 30, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The philandering politicos John Ensign and Mark Sanford, the Iranian revolution, the death of Michael Jackson. And you were all worried what I would do without George Bush! On this the 40th anniversary of Gay Liberation, it's one big sexual...Read More

The White House Parties Like it's 1999...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, President Obama hosted a "celebration of Stonewall" at the White House, the first of its kind. While it may have been the first time a President spoke on LGBT rights in the White house for 20 minutes, I couldn't...Read More

Introducing Krystal Ball

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

A wife and mother supports equality... ...and she is running for Congress! Straight allies of the LGBTQ community are critical to the success of achieving equality. And there can be no stronger ally than this 27 year old wife and...Read More

Federal Prop 8 Test Happens Thursday

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

After all the outrage, protests and promises to put same sex marriage back on the ballot in 2010 following the California Supreme Court's May 26 ruling upholding Prop 8, the struggle over marriage equality is now back in the courts...Read More

The Best of Bilerico Project this week

Filed by Bil Browning | June 27, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Before we get to the best posts from this week on the Bilerico sites, don't forget to e-mail 50 ENDA-shy Democrats! Friday Michael Jackson: Goodnight, Sweet Prince...or Princess Filed by: Patricia Nell Warren The "New" NJ Trans Drivers License Regs,...Read More

Our One Year Wedding Anniversary: A Journey of Recognition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

One year ago, we made a trek from Florida to California to celebrate our 6 year anniversary (this year makes it 7). While visiting San Francisco on June 27, Anthony and I were lucky enough to become one of the...Read More

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It's The End of World ... Again

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is something I've been wanting to say something about for a while, because it comes up so often, but never think to bring it up. So, I have to thank Pat Robertson for giving me the opportunity this time....Read More

Being Gay in D.C.

Filed by Ben Finzel | June 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm a gay man and a resident of the District of Columbia. Q: Which of these two facts makes me a minority? A: Both of them. When LGBTQ people talk about identity, we often consider sexuality, gender and related issues....Read More

Delaware's Lesbianism 101

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 26, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Delaware just passed a nondiscrimination bill, and it's now waiting for the governor's signature, although he's said he'd do it: "It protects the most basic activities of human life -- moving about the world, earning a living, keeping a roof...Read More

I'll Be Debating Gay Marriage on the Radio

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 25, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I will be debating gay marriage at 2 PM, CST, Friday, June 26, with Gay Liberation Network's Bob Schwartz, on Vocalo, the locally-focused Chicago Public Radio outlet at 89.5 FM WBEW. You should be able to listen to it on...Read More

Don't Be Played for a Sucker, Again

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 25, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Following various blogs and e-mails, the grass roots LGBTQ fury at the Congressional Democrats and President Obama seems to be continuing to escalate, and rightly so. Obama courted the gay and lesbian vote in his campaign for the presidency but...Read More

Turn Your DNC Dollars to "Reel" Grassroots Support

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 25, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest bloggers Erin Mara and Henriette Fourcade are the owners of Homebody, outfitters of contemporary living located on Capitol Hill. Joe Biden's shindig for the DNC is blacklisted, but you can still make a difference for the LGBT...Read More

Fluid sex. Schedule it for 2020.

Filed by Father Tony | June 25, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Father Tony, it'd be great to have you write in more depth about why you hope the 'straight vs. gay' dichotomy has gone stale. What kind of potentialities do you imagine? Grounding 'fluidity' in some practical, lived way is...Read More

Missouri court deprives one child of a second mom and the other of child support

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 25, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The number of states that disregard a child's second mother grows. I don't know whether to scream or cry. I do know that if judges cannot see the family in front of their eyes then the answer lies in changing...Read More

Long Overdue

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 24, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 is an important day. It is a day when we witness a commitment to full equality and inclusion. A day when the most senior openly gay elected official in the nation affirms that discrimination against...Read More

Indiana Marriage Amendment - Action Alert

Filed by Donna Pandori | June 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Indiana Equality just released an action alert that the Marriage Discrimination Bill was officially introduced during special legislative session on Tuesday (yesterday), Proponents Fundraise at the Expense of Hoosier Taxpayers The Marriage Discrimination Amendment - House Joint Resolution 3 -...Read More

Gut Check

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 24, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

When Dick Cheeeney was asked why he had not served in Vietnam, he harrumphed that he "had other priorities in the '60s than military service." Like applying for six deferments. Side note: come to find out, the very long E...Read More


A Different Reality

Filed by Ed Team | June 24, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The fact that I was raised a certain way just isn't a good enough reason to stand in the way of fairness anymore. "My young daughters are growing up in a different reality than I did. Our family knows many...Read More

Why there won't be a gay Martin Luther King

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I have had been plenty of discussions over the last few weeks, both here and elsewhere, that lead to the question: Where is the gay Martin Luther King? (I haven't heard anyone asking about the trans or bi MLK, but...Read More

Obama's upcoming hush-hush damage control meeting with LGBTQ leaders

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 23, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The President has been an Obama-nation on LGBTQ issues since he's taken office. The political carrots Obama dangled before us as campaign promises are now looking like merely empty rhetoric that was used to court our votes and to collect...Read More

Apologists Need Not Apply

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 23, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: David Badash is a regular contributor to Bilerico-DC. He is a writer and the founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, a blog focused on gay rights and gay marriage. My, how far we've come! Time was, a...Read More

Traditional Marriage Threat Alert - Brownsburg, Indiana

Filed by Donna Pandori | June 23, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The sanctity of traditional marriage (i.e. Marriage = Man + Woman) was under attack Sunday in Brownsburg, Indiana as a husband stabbed his wife to death while she was in bed. No comments have been forthcoming from the folks over...Read More

Access v. Progress

Filed by John Shields | June 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Many things have been said, spoken and written about whether the LGBTQ community should attend the "gay" fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. this Thursday. While President Obama's overtures - and non-overtures - to our community may...Read More

Indy Stonewall Rally On June 28th

Filed by Zac Hart | June 22, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

On Sunday June 28th, come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and 40 years of LGBT victories at Indy Impact's upcoming rally. More info about the event after the jump...Read More

Sesame Street knows what marriage is

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Presented without commentary because I think Grover and Jesse sum it all up perfectly. God love Sesame Street. So, what does marriage mean to you? Let's hear it in the comments. This should be an interesting conversation. (Hat tip to...Read More

DNC = Do Not Contribute

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Stephen Zollman is a lawyer who works for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and is passionate about youth issues, access to quality/affordable health care, education, and a cleaner environment. A lot has been written and...Read More

Bloomington group to hold sit-in for equality

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Wow. I'm torn on this one. Gay Recruiters, a Bloomington-based gay rights group, is planning a protest on July 2nd. The group says the sit-in is being held to condemn a possible constitutional ban on same-sex marriage or civil unions....Read More

The Gays are Getting Uppity, Mr. President

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Terry Leftgoff formerly served as the highest ranking openly gay officer of the California Democratic Party. He is currently an Environmental & Government Relations consultant living in West Hollywood. TO: President Barack Obama FROM: The Gays...Read More

So you want to be an activist

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 22, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

We had a few discussions about organizing and actions in the queer blogosphere and on TBP last week. No matter what anyone does, it's important to keep our eyes on the prize: actions and demos aren't about expressing our anger,...Read More

Transgender Comics: Venus Envy

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

This is part two of Austen's ongoing Transgender Comic review. Be sure to check out Closetspace as well! The picture says it all. If I were to pick any one comic, novel, or show to give to a young trans-person,...Read More

Change We Can Believe In- Moving Towards Equality, at Least on the Local Level

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | June 21, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

While things may be moving slowly, or sometimes not at all, on a national level in regards to equality for the LGBT community, we must not forget that we can create change on a local level. Many don't realize the...Read More

Shock & Awe in the LGBT Blogosphere

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

This week was absolutely full of LGBT news that reminds you of the war in Iraq. From the shock of Indiana Equality opposing ENDA and calling it "segregation" to the awe of Obama's domestic partnership memo, it seemed like we...Read More

Whose "Equality"?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 20, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Mitchell Halberstadt is a 59-year-old writer, lifelong activist, and gadfly who sometimes makes Michael Petrelis and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore look (by comparison) like pillars of the community. He lives in Oakland, CA. Chris Crain writes: It's "patently irrational...Read More

IL Rep Jan Schakowsky: Open letter to the LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, released the following open letter to members of the GLBT community and supporters of the movement for equality yesterday afternoon. The letter provides Rep. Schakowsky's assessment of the movement's progress. I hate to nitpick, but why...Read More

"...With Liberty and Justice for ALL" (unless you're gay, of course)

Filed by Eric Leven | June 20, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This has been stewing within me for the last couple of days......Read More

Florida Students Protest to Protect a Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 20, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Ryan Terrell is a Senior at Cypress Bay High School where he serves as the President of the Cypress Bay Gay/Straight Alliance. He is also the incoming President of the Broward County GSA Advisory Council. I have been...Read More

The latest on the flailing gay DNC fundraiser as more attendees drop out

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 19, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've been out of the loop for the last 24+ hours, so a lot has happened regarding 1) the blowback on the DOMA brief, and 2) the meltdown of the gay DNC fundraiser next week, as the list of those...Read More

Major Networks Fail Gay Service Members

Filed by Donna Pandori | June 19, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Major media networks frequently honor our military service members by providing news about the sacrifices they are making to keep us safe at home. Sadly, the news stops short when it comes to the additional human sacrifices made by gay...Read More

White House Looks to Include Same-Sex Unions in Census Count

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Big news out of the White House today. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama Administration is turning its back on a Bush interpretation of the Defense of Marriage Act that they said prohibited the release of the...Read More

Indiana Equality: No stranger to controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | June 19, 2009 | 9:45 AM | comments

While Indiana Equality's opposition to the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has raised eyebrows nationally about the organization's leadership, the state equality group isn't new to controversy. The organization, led by Republican fundraiser and organizer Kathy Sarris, has been perceived...Read More

Maine gets Schubert Flint

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The famous publicity firm who won California Prop 8 and who then won Pollies for their successful campaign will be helping out in Maine: Gay marriage foes in Maine have hired the public relations firm that led the successful Proposition...Read More

NOM threatens primaries in New York

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 18, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

How can they even think over the deafening dissonance in their heads? In order to prevent people from being distracted with same-sex marriage in New York, NOM is pledging $500K to make it the #1 issue in the 2010 Republican...Read More

Flotsam and Jetsam for a rainy Thursday afternoon

Filed by Bil Browning | June 18, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

From the inbox... Readers have sent in links to these stories that we haven't blogged about. Got another suggestion for your fellow Projectors? Put 'em in the comments section so we can go check them out! Barney Frank has changed...Read More

AMERICAblog, interrupted

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 18, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I was originally going to do a post trying to respond to a few of the misleading statements AMERICAblog has been making about the DOJ DOMA brief, because even though I agree that the brief is offensive and homophobic, misrepresenting...Read More

I've Been Everywhere

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

For LGBT comics, Gay Pride Month is like our national trade show. Comic troubadours fan out across the land to Gay Pride parades, rallies, block parties, garden parties, and hootenannies. No wait, the hootenannies are for National Coming Day. We...Read More

A Personal Reflection on President Obama's Step Towards Equality for LGBT Americans

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 18, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Leonard Hirsch works for the Smithsonian on international environmental issues. He also has been active in the LGBT Political Science Caucus, the Network of Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae Associations, and is one of the founders and President of...Read More


A Joint Responsibility

Filed by Ed Team | June 18, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Last week the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA. I was profoundly disappointed by this action, particularly coming from this administration. I still take President Obama at his word that he...Read More

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Has The Promise Of Obama Been Broken For Now, Or Forever?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2009 | 9:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger David Badash is a regular contributor to Bilerico-DC. He is a writer and the founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, a blog focused on gay rights and gay marriage. Part I: That Was Then They...Read More

Obama to act on anti-trans civil service discrimination, has no timeline on DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

I moved this update up to its own post to make discussion clearer. Video of the ceremony and a transcript after the jump. Earlier today I was on a conference call with the director of the Office of Personnel Management...Read More

Today's Presidential briefing covers LGBT concerns

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Lots of LGBT issues discussed in the Presidential briefing today... From Obama's planned announcement on federal benefits to LGBT employees to DOMA and DADT, the reporters kept Robert Gibbs hopping. After the jump, I've cut out the pertinent parts in...Read More

Tyler is 'Divorcing' the 'Abusive' Democratic Party

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lost amidst all the whoopla over President Obama's memorandum about limited benefits to same sex partners of federal employees was the historic anniversary of the legal marriages in California. Equality California and California Faith for Equality co-sponsored a community celebration...Read More

Anyone satisfied with half a loaf?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Update from after the conference call, with info about DOMA and transgender nondiscrimination. Updates and White House press release after the jump. Ben Smith is reporting that Obama will be issuing a memorandum to give some benefits to same-sex partners...Read More

GLAAD: Jarrett Barrios will be new org President

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced that Jarrett Barrios, a former Massachusetts state senator, will be taking the reigns of the organization. Barrios will take replace former president Neil Giuliano who resigned earlier this year. "We're...Read More

The Advocate Joins in Transphobic Media

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

It was bad enough when the New York Post ran the transphobic article "Wedding Crashers" which erroneously describes a trans woman and her cis male partner, Kimah Nelson and Jason Stenson, as a gay couple and how they "duped" the...Read More

2009 Pride was More than a Capital Affair

Filed by Keri Renault | June 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Capitol Pride wrapped its 2009 festival Sunday with balmy blue skies and high-flying spirits that eclipsed the temps along Pennsylvania Avenue. What a sight to see for the first time. As a relative newcomer to the DC scene, I've witnessed...Read More

He's Not Your Daddy, or: Obama and the Personal Politics of Gay Marriage

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 16, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

As I've written countless times before, I think gay marriage is the wrong cause and should be dumped immediately. So I didn't think I'd care much about the recent Department of Justice move to dismiss the Smelt case against DOMA....Read More

Paper and Clocks: Reflecting on the First Anniversary of California's Marriages

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 16, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Some interesting trivia (courtesy of Wikipedia and Paper is the traditional gift to celebrate a first year wedding anniversary, with clocks being the modern twist. In the United Kingdom, couples celebrating their 60th, 65th, or 70th anniversary can receive...Read More

New Equality California marriage ad

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Equality California has a new ad out meant to change the hearts and minds of African Americans on the issue of marriage. What do you all think?...Read More

Meet Sean Chapin

Filed by Donna Pandori | June 16, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sean Chapin is producing a promotional video for the National Equality March on Washington. He emailed me recently and asked if I knew where to find original footage of the speech given by Obama in a video clip he...Read More

Thoughts on the DOJ DOMA brief

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was travelling last weekend so I missed the news about the DOJ filing a brief to dismiss the Smelt case against DOMA. I can understand why people are upset, and do agree that some of the arguments were gratuitous...Read More

In DC, We Don't Put Civil Rights Up for a Vote

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 16, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Maybe you know that DC is a colony. Congress can write our laws if it wants to. We have no voting representation in Congress. Our license plates say "Taxation Without Representation." But we know that civil rights for the minority...Read More

Obama: Where's the Leadership?

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 16, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

So the Obama administration thinks supporting DOMA is a good thing... I am not sure what to say. The Obama administration is not asking and not telling about the Nazis and skinheads, not to mention rapists and arsonists, who are...Read More

An Equality Speech Obama Could Deliver

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, many people anticipate that the White House will announce a significant package of LGBT equality measures and that the President will deliver a speech on equality in front of a...Read More

Behind The Scenes at D.C. Pride

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

So what really is the best part of working behind the scenes at one of the largest LGBT Pride events in the country? The longtime activist in me says it's the clean bathrooms with no lines and a truck full...Read More

Marriage anniversary in California

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

It seems apropos that today, in a week filled with LGBT news, is the one-year anniversary of California starting to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On that day, Bilerico hosted a photo album put together by professional photographers and...Read More

Recap: DC marriage equality twists and turns

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 16, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The twists and turns in our efforts to win marriage equality in Washington, D.C. have been worthy of any soap opera. John Shields, the new managing editor of Bilerico-DC, has asked me to write a recap of recent events. So,...Read More

The Obama Administration, The Democratic Party, and Civil Rights

Filed by John Shields | June 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I once wrote an article about being overwhelmed by events, and how the LGBTQ community needed to take into account the realities on the ground while also shaping the "news cycle" to our advantage. Boy, was I naive. In the...Read More

Cleve Jones Responds: 10 Reasons Why a March Isn't a Bad Idea

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Cleve Jones is a long-time gay rights activist devoted to AIDS awareness and education. He co-founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and is the leading force behind the planned march on Washington scheduled for this...Read More

Political Stars Newsom, Villaraigosa Talk DOMA, Prop 8 at LA Pride

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Too often at the close of the annual Christopher Street West Pride parade in West Hollywood, politicos lament that the crowd is only into the party and misses the larger point - the ongoing struggle for LGBT liberation and full...Read More

Gay dad gets a good ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 15, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

With all the attention to lesbian and gay couples having children through donor insemination, surrogacy, and adoption, it might be easy to forget the legal issues that affect gay parents who come out after having children within heterosexual marriages. In...Read More

HRC responds lengthily to the DOJ DOMA brief

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Posted without comment because I'm in a rush, here's HRC's reaction to the DOJ brief on DOMA (via Pam). June 15, 2009 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: I...Read More

IE discovers new marriage amendment attempt via anti-gay group

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 2009 | 2:45 PM | comments

While the right-wing org Indiana Family Institute (IFI) was trumpeting the re-introduction of legislation to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions Thursday night, Indiana Equality (IE) finally released a statement on Sunday afternoon. Apparently, they found...Read More

How did conservatives get more political power than us?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, I'm back from my traveling weekend, and, while I was gone, two major stories broke about the Obama Administration and LGBT legislation. I wanted to tackle this one first, but I'll have a post about the Department of Justice...Read More

Capital Pride: Was it All About Same-Sex Marriage?

Filed by John Shields | June 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Either I must be missing something or the Washington Post sent exactly one reporter to cover Capital Pride and he stood for precisely 10 minutes on a single spot during the week of events, commemorations, parades and festivals. It's been...Read More

God, Guns and Gays: Far Right Slams McCollum as too Moderate on Gay Issues

Filed by Nadine Smith | June 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Gainesville Sun reports that Republican Bill McCollum is moderating his political views and appealing to the Charlie Crist voters in his run for Florida Governor. The article points out that McCollum's support for including sexual orientation in Hate Crimes...Read More

Yelling "Stop!"

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 14, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've been working on a post about the murder of Dr. George Tiller for most of the week, and since it isn't a four-paragraphs-a-link-and-a-blockquote kind of post, it's taken that long. Then in the middle of it, the shooting at...Read More

Capital Pride Festival - It's Time to Shake Up "The System"

Filed by John Shields | June 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

From New York City to San Francisco to our nation's capital, I've been to - and in - many Pride parades and festivals across this country. Arguably the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ movement, New York City has to lay...Read More

The blog takes me to unexpected places

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

What a week I had with Bilerico... My post on the 10 reasons why a march on Washington was a bad idea led to interviews with Sirius OutQ News and the Advocate. It also got me a call from Cleve...Read More

Stonewall Rebooted

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

On an early morning flight from Orlando, after appearing at the 19th Annual Gay Days at Disneyworld, I was "sirred" twice by a cab driver and flight attendant. All before 7 a.m. I would have thought the brand new faux...Read More

Indiana's marriage amendment is back

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Rep Eric Turner (R - Marion) and Rep Dave Cheatham (D - North Vernon) introduced HJR-3 yesterday on the opening day of the legislative special session. The bill is a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution to ban same-sex marriage...Read More

Pride? Yes. Prideful? No.

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 12, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Keri Renault is a broadcast writer/producer credited with creating & distributing two PBS-oriented television series, and blogs on the power of self advocacy in personal & relationship transitions. The burgeoning LGBTQ community has much to celebrate...Read More

Obama administration to defend DOMA in court

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Updated at the end of the post The Department of Justice filed a motion asking a federal court to dismiss a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) today. President Obama ran for office with a promise to repeal...Read More

Louisiana court deprives child of her second mom

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 12, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Add Louisiana to the list of states willing to deprive a child of her mother...and her brother. This week the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal ruled in Black v. Simms that Kimberlee Black is not entitled to joint custody...Read More

Farewell to LGBT Services?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 12, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greg Varnum is the Executive Director of NYAC, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. As news of marriage equality in New Hampshire dominated the headlines, I got word of another story unfolding in New Hampshire that is...Read More

Inhale for Pride - Exhale for Equal Rights

Filed by Father Tony | June 12, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

A back injury that sends you to a physical therapist may have a good side effect. It makes you think about the mechanics of your body. It makes you analyze your movements. You learn to stretch, sit, bend, lift and...Read More


Loving Words

Filed by Ed Team | June 12, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to...Read More

Carrie Prejean got fired...Who cares?

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 11, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

So, Miss California, Carrie Prejean got canned finally. Another washed up beauty queen on the heap is not news, but everyone wants to talk about it. Schadenfreude, I suppose. I know there are folks out there fired up about her,...Read More

Let's Homosexualize! Humor as a Tool for Change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 11, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are few things I enjoy more in life than making fun of the Far Right. And trust, me they sometimes make it way too easy. From the fun of talking about "Homosexualizing" and "Transgenderizing" to the word play of...Read More

Town Hall Meeting - Tonight~! "The State of Marriage Equality"

Filed by John Shields | June 11, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There is a Town Hall meeting (isn't that just cool to say in the 21st Century?) tonight at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in the District of Columbia. Details to follow, but it's 6:30pm TONIGHT. Be there or be square....Read More

An Important Step for LGBT Equality in Wisconsin

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 11, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

[Editor's Note:Katie Belanger is the Legislative Director with Fair Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Wisconsin through education, advocacy, grassroots organizing and electoral work.] Wisconsin is poised to be...Read More

I realize the price one pays

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 11, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Right Reverend Raymond S. Decelles-Smith, M.Div., Ph.D., has retired from active ministry and is a veteran in many definitions of the term. Dr. Sawyer has been partnered for thirty-three years and they are the parents of...Read More

Breaking News: The Legality of a Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage in D.C.

Filed by John Shields | June 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

This just in from informed sources regarding the legality of a voter referendum to suspend what is called "The Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009." The Act, approved by the D.C. City Council, recognizes as "valid any marriage legally...Read More

Was Jesus Gay?

Filed by Father Tony | June 11, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Hey FT, I am back to ranting that Jesus Christ was a gay man. Since you were a priest versed in all the jargon and able to be viewed as a credible source on the subject, I want you...Read More

Marriage Plans and Insurance Plans: How Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Can Affect LGBT Health

Filed by Dan O'Neill | June 11, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

LGBT Americans currently find themselves at the nexus of two major political debates that are raging within the state and federal legislatures: same-sex marriage and healthcare reform. As a result, it's especially important that we consider how these issues are...Read More

DC Elections Board Considers Harry Jackson's Demand for Referendum Against Marriage Recognition Law

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 10, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Peter Montgomery is a D.C.-based writer, editor and communications consultant. He is a Senior Fellow at People For the American Way Foundation and authored its recent report on Harry Jackson, Point Man for the Wedge Strategy....Read More

Is D.C. Mayor Fenty Our Friend?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Tim Newman is a DC-based activist working primarily on economic justice and global justice issues. Gay pride month has a particularly important significance this year as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on...Read More

Watch one progressive bus run over Rachel Maddow and the LGBT community

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I don't know how many of my readers surf around the general progressive blogosphere regularly, but you can get a taste of the blowback the LGBT community is receiving for deigning to ask why the Obama administration has been silent...Read More

I'll be on's LIVE show at noon today

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I just got confirmation that I'll be a guest on's LIVE show today to discuss President Obama and LGBT rights. Some of the areas we're supposed to cover are: The Obama administration/same-sex marriage/Supreme Court's refusal to take up don't...Read More

Rumors Say HRC and Obama Plot to Help Most Queers Possible

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Stop the presses! There's another controversy swirling around the Human Rights Campaign's role in winning gay rights! This time the rumor mill has it that HRC has told the Obama administration that it's okay to stall on repealing Don't Ask...Read More

LGBT Pride organizer attacked in San Diego

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Didn't this guy get the memo? It's gays who intimidate and use violence to make their point, not the other way around. Duh. I was waiting for the Equality Torch Relay to come by Main and Broadway and standing in...Read More

Getting Married? Consider This Proposal

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It should be a happy time for LGBT folks in New Hampshire, with a marriage equality victory making the springtime a little brighter. For the LGBTQ youth organization Seacoast Outright, however, things are looking bleak. The organization, which provides educational,...Read More

Responding to a Facebook homophobe

Filed by Annette Gross | June 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Facebook is an interesting phenomenon. By using it, you can reach people automatically and get feed-back right away. Though geographically diverse, it has enabled my extended family of cousins to stay in close contact. Last week, one of my cousins...Read More

Operation Flip Flop

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

Presidents have the option refusing to defend a law they view as unconstitutional on its face. President Obama himself has called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) "abhorrent" and he's a constitutional law professor. Given these premises, President Obama...Read More

Poisonous Parenting: Making Babies vs. Raising Children

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

This series is overdue for an update. I’ve been meaning to get to it for a while now. But every time a relevant news story reminds me of it, there’s always something more pressing. The entire time the “Octomom” saga...Read More

10 reasons why a march on Washington is a bad idea

Filed by Bil Browning | June 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Chalk this up as one of the worst ideas ever. Speaking at Utah Pride yesterday, Cleve Jones announced plans for a march on Washington on October 11th. Of course, the focus will be on marriage equality. Witness the headline: "March...Read More

How Many Letters Does It Take to Kill A Movement?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 08, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stampp Corbin is a successful entrepreneur and LGBT activist. He was the Co-Chair of the Obama LGBT Leadership Council during the presidential campaign and is a former Board of Director for the Human Rights Campaign. Many...Read More

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Poor, Elderly, HIV/AIDS Citizens to Die in California

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 07, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest Blogger Herndon Davis is a media consultant/journalist focusing on issues of diversity among people-of-color, women and LGBT. He can be reached at The piece below is reposted with permission from Diversity Reports, June 6, 2009. In...Read More

Colbert Takes on Marriage & the Prop 8 Decision

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Stephen Colbert points out the absurdity of the "Separate but Equal" idea in his hilarious "The Word" segment. His solution? Just make different categories for everyone so no one feels left out. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cThe...Read More

George Tiller's killer "treated as a criminal"

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Over the last several decades, the right has constructed and reinforced the idea among themselves that if someone does something, however illegal or wrong, because of their "personal morals" or "religious beliefs," then they should get off the hook. According...Read More

LGBTQ Leadership: Going The Way Of America's Automakers

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 07, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger David Badash is a writer and the founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, a blog focused on gay rights and gay marriage. Remember the Big Four Automakers? Who are now the Big Three Automakers. Maybe...Read More

Dick Cheney supports same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 06, 2009 | 7:00 AM | comments

What does is say about us when one person, who's become a symbol for evil, is on our side, while another, who's a symbol for hope and change, doesn't support same-sex marriage?...Read More

Lesbian couple separated at hospital

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Wow. "By that time, I was going in and out of consciousness. The paramedics wanted nothing to do with Teresa and she had to practically fight them to be allowed to ride in the ambulance. I remember one of them...Read More

Betty Bowers Takes on "Traditional" Marriage

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, takes time to explain to less informed Christians the curious details of the Lord's concept of marriage. Funny, smart, and completely on point. Maybe we can get her to take on "homosexualizing" next......Read More

Discussing the federal case for same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

While I'm not fond of George Will, George Stephanopoulos annoys me to no end. No, his politics aren't bad, since he doesn't really have any. The problem I have with him is how vapid he is and how he doesn't...Read More

The Hidden Cost of Marriage Exclusion

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Robert-Jay Green is distinguished professor in the PhD clinical psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology and executive director of the Rockway Institute, a national center for LGBT psychology research, education & public policy. The California...Read More

Heart Rob

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 04, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

OK. Rob Thomas was never all that hard to like. (At least not as far as I’m concerned. He’s easy on the eyes, and many of his songs work quite well for my voice, on the occasional karaoke night)....Read More

This Is How Change Is Made: A Story from Blogging for LGBT Families Day

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Of all the posts submitted to Blogging for LGBT Families Day, my yearly blogfest over at Mombian, the one that has made the greatest impression on me is: "The One Where I Come Out... And Say It," by Haley Montgomery,...Read More

The transgender row to hoe

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I had a strange experience at a drag club the other night. I had gone with friends to see the show, see, and we were having a great time of it. During the end-of-show monologue, the queen onstage asked how...Read More


Welcome a new Bilerico contributor/editor

Filed by Bil Browning | June 04, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Please join me in welcoming a new contributor to Bilerico Project! John Shields was already a Bilerico-DC blogger, but he's made the jump to TBP now too. In fact, he's such a winner he's earned a promotion; he's the new...Read More

How did the gay partners get in immigration reform?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Like an ever-expanding mushroom cloud of diversity, every few years another diverse group of people want to enter the United States. It has created a complicated history in which there are many people who are different in the US. In...Read More

Really, Right-wing? "Homosexualizing"?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 04, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's not the first time I've seen it, but for some reason it jumped out at me in a recent press release I was reading from some nutty, fundie, right-wing group (insert some combination of "America" "Traditional" and "Family" and...Read More

Onion on transgender gay marriages

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yeah, let's not pretend like the Religious Right makes a clean distinction between sexual orientation and gender identity. Did like the graphs, though, since Silly Graphs + Contentious Issue = Comedy Gold. Another humorous video about marriage is after the...Read More

How has marriage changed me?

Filed by Father Tony | June 04, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Dear Father Tony, In all the talk about marriage equality, we hear about laws and rights and injustice, as well we should. But the video interview of George Takei and his husband made me wish I could hear more...Read More

Intimidation is not an effective tactic

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dorian Davis starred on MTV's morning show, MTV Hits, before switching to the other side of the camera to research and develop Iraq coverage for MTV News. Now a freelance writer, Davis is published in Architectural...Read More


What Was that About Marriage and Procreation Again?

Filed by Ed Team | June 04, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Homosexuality is nothing unusual among animals. Sex and coupling up in our world do not necessarily have anything to do with reproduction." --A representative of Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, where a male penguin couple are raising a chick together...Read More

New Hampshire passes same-sex marriage

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

New Hampshire legislators just passed a marriage equality bill. The measure passed the state senate 14-10 and the house of representatives 198-176. The bill now goes to Governor John Lynch for his signature. Since Lynch asked for changes to include...Read More

Workshop: how to engage on the topic of race and LGBT civil rights

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 03, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

A reader of my blog named Kevin wrote me the other day to say that he is interested in building bridges with people of color (POC) about race and equality but doesn't know how to engage when the conversation turns...Read More

Ron Paul and Rachel Maddow make beautiful music together

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Bilerico-Indiana contributor Austin Crowder posted this awesome Auto-Tune the News video the other day and I loved it so much I wanted to share it on TBP. Check out her original post for another video on same-sex marriage....Read More

Driving Mr. Kameny

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last night we kicked off Capital Pride week here in Washington, DC. The opening event is one that I love for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is held inside (gotta love the humidity here). The...Read More


Dick Cheney on Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | June 03, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union...Read More


Filed by Alex Blaze | June 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I know this has been pointed out before, but can I just add my voice to the swaths of people questioning the painful psychic dissonance going on in the heads of folks who just a year and a half ago...Read More

Nitpicking Obama's Pride proclamation

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Yesterday the White House released President Obama's proclamation in honor of gay pride month. (Complete text after the jump.) Within hours online activists and soothsayers were picking it apart and reading between the lines. First came the claims that the...Read More

Barbar Dyke

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Well there's a job I never wanted," my mom once remarked as we watched an elephant trainer on some TV variety show putting a pachyderm through his paces. If I remember correctly, the gentle, possibly drugged, giant was in a...Read More

UAFA (Uniting American Families Act): Facts and Fiction

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

This piece originally appeared on and reappears here with some changes. An account of what transpired there can be found at "Yasmin Nair: Eat This!" Or: How to Leave Comments Without Going up In Flames." No matter how much...Read More

Auto-tune the news: or, Ron Paul can totally drop the beat!

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 02, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Is there much in the way of GLBT issues in this video? No. It's just that good. However, the video after the jump does talk about gay marriage quite a bit....Read More

Full equality now

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dixon Osburn was the Executive Director of Service Members Legal Defense Network for 13 years. When is it ever "convenient" to grant civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community? To follow recent events,...Read More

My "Non-Traditional" Family: Blogging for LGBT Families

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 01, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I often tire of the labels that those against LGBT people put on our families. They say they fight for "traditional marriage" and preserving "traditional families", as if there is such a thing. Their close-mindedness extends beyond just our community...Read More

Those Goddamn Activist Judges

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 01, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Al Hausman is an Economics student at the New College of Florida in Sarasota, Fl. He works as a policy analyst for the United States' Government and is dedicated to improving the quality of public debates in this...Read More

Foot Soldiers Needed in California and Maine, Not Washington DC

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

With all due respect to Cleve Jones and David Mixner, who I've known and covered for many years, I think we seriously need to question the wisdom of convening a march on Washington this October. Yes, LGBT people are angry...Read More