Marriage Equality: September 2010

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Fight Back New York: There Are Consequences

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 30, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Greg Rae got his start on political campaigns by taking over as tech lead for the No On 8 campaign. Since then, he has continued to advise organizations on online fundraising and outreach. He currently serves...Read More

The Long Dark Night Of Eddie Long, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand Workin' in the dark against your fellow man But as sure as God made black and white What's done in the dark will be brought to the light ~...Read More

Candidate runs on queer youth homeless shelter platform

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 29, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Imagine a candidate running this season in the US including this in her platform: A candidate for Toronto city council is asking for the community's support to help create the city's first homeless shelter for queer youth. "We know that...Read More

Why LGBT Hoosiers should vote for a Republican over a Democrat

Filed by Chris Douglas | September 28, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Indiana Equality Political Action Committee is a statewide PAC established to elect candidates who will support and defend the needs of LGBT Hoosiers and their families. The committee is bipartisan and has now in 2010 issued endorsements of four...Read More

Love Warriors: My hard-hitting marriage equality manifesto

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 27, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

After Prop 8 passed I couldn't help feeling that it was somehow my fault, like couldn't I have done more. I raised money, I went door to door in my neighborhood, I went to farmer's markets and cultural fairs and...Read More

'Homo' means 'gay' in French; 'con' means 'stupid'

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 27, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Homocon happened this weekend, where a bunch of gay ultra-right wingers converged on an NYC apartment and complained about how the "gay left" is ruining their sorry, sorry lives ("left" being defined as anyone who doesn't agree with them). That's...Read More

Politics shouldn't be for hacks

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Here's a story that won't get much attention, and it probably shouldn't. But it demonstrates one my biggest frustrations with politics right now. A gay activist thought he'd host a fundraiser for a Democratic state senate candidate in New Paltz,...Read More

The Tea Party, Witches, & the Corporate Republic

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 27, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: C.D. Kirven is a Lambda Literary nominated author of the book What Goes Around Comes Back Around, former Get Equal member and Co-founder of Get Equal Now. "Yet this is a year... in which America must examine not...Read More

Challenging Obama's UN Speech: 'Democracy' Doesn't Mean 'Equality'

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | September 26, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Sure, President Obama used his speech at the United Nations last week in part to address Middle East peace, but the crux of his commentary revolved around the superiority of our democratic living. The president forgot to point out that...Read More

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#SSS: GOProud Chris Barron, Tracy Baim, Shannon Cuttle, Michael Jones, OutServe JD Smith, James Kotecki, and more

Filed by Joe Mirabella | September 26, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Phil Reese interviewed Shannon Cuttle of the Safe Schools Action Network. He also interviewed Publisher of the Windy City Times and author of the new book Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage, Tracy Baim. Later our round table heated...Read More

Weekly Reader: People With Guns, Fidel Castro, & Queer Music

Filed by Bil Browning | September 25, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

While the failure to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell dominated LGBT news this week, there were plenty of other worthy news and opinion posts on Bilerico Project too. Just in case you missed some of them, here's the best from...Read More

If "For Better Or For Worse" Should Turn Worse...

Filed by Don Davis | September 25, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

All things worth having have a "be careful what you ask may get it" element to the thing; same-sex marriage is no exception, and this is the potential outcome for half of all eventual Bilerico marriages, if national...Read More

Why Marriage Equality Matters

Filed by Gloria Nieto | September 24, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last month I was in the hospital, twice within a 10 day period. No fun to say the least. While one could be considered life-threatening the cumulative effect was to feel completely helpless. I don't believe that is over yet....Read More

Recognizing National Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day - Six Things for Gays to Know About HIV/AIDS

Filed by Dan O'Neill | September 23, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Monday, September 27, 2010 marks National Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day, a new addition to the growing list of CDC-sponsored efforts that draw attention to the terrible toll this disease continues to have on high-risk communities. Sadly, I fear this...Read More

Next Stop: Minnesota

Filed by Father Tony | September 23, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Have you learned the pattern? Things percolate in a particular state where homophobes hatch strategies equal in strength to those in the pro-equality camps. Money flows in from out of state, and sometimes we win and sometimes they win. Meanwhile,...Read More

Florida appeals court finds ban on gay and lesbian adoptions unconstitutional

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 22, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

In a long-awaited ruling, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, in In re Adoption of X.X.G. & N.R.G. (usually referred to as the Gill case), has declared the state's ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians unconsititutional. The...Read More

True Blood a Metaphor for Trans Folks?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | September 22, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Vampire-Human relationships in True Blood are set up as a metaphor for same-sex relationships. They are hated by the right wing Christians, legally persecuted, and at one point they sneak in a reference to vampire-human marriages being legalized in Vermont....Read More

Against Equality Is Hitting the Road with Our New Book!

Filed by Yasmin Nair | September 21, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The recent Prop 8 decision by Judge Vaughn Walker was greeted with great celebration in mainstream gay and lesbian circles. Defenders of gay marriage have been lovingly quoting entire sections of the decision and drawing some strange conclusions. For Jennifer...Read More

Becoming Queer

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 21, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More

Get off your butt: DADT repeal tomorrow

Filed by Bil Browning | September 20, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Bilerico Project and CREDO Mobile have teamed up to give Projectors a way to help get DADT repeal passed. Click on over, fill out your information, and we'll send a fax to both of your senators asking them to support...Read More

Asexuality exists

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 20, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sara Beth Brooks recently completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is pursuing a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and lives in Sacramento, CA. Sara...Read More

Running Out of Air

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 18, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I feel sometimes like I’m running out of air: blogging. Looking at my output over the last few weeks, it would seem like I’m running out of stuff to write about. (And look at my blog statistics, and the over...Read More


A new contributor! (And a returning contrib too!)

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm very pleased to announce the Rev Emily Heath as our newest Bilerico Project contributor! Emily is an ordained pastor currently serving two congregations. She is out and serves in the United Church of Christ, a denomination which openly welcomes...Read More

HRC Blames Prop 8 Trial Ruling, NOM for Possible Democratic Loss of Congress

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 17, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

What is Joe Solmonese smoking? The President of the Human Right Campaign sent out a fundraising email Wednesday morning that appears to blame the possible loss of the Democrats majority in Congress on District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that...Read More

We must march because we can

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 17, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

A couple days ago I received an e-mail that my fellow marriage equality colleague, Nikolai Alekseev, founder of Marriage Equality Russia, was arrested by the new KGB. Nikolai is guilty of the following: trying to register a non-profit organization named...Read More

Blogs are bad but gay marriage is good

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Here's an interesting snippet from the Associated Press this morning. They put out poll results from a survey studying what institutions the American people trusted. The results are fascinating. Of what confidence there is in institutions, the military and small...Read More

GOProud, aka what happens when you build a gay FreedomWorks

Filed by Adam Bink | September 17, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I see that GOProud, an organization that was billed to be a new kind of Log Cabin Republicans but has turned into a hybrid Uncle Tom apologist for kind-of-pro-gay-but-only-when-people-ask-about-it, not-anti-equality-but-not-gay-bashing-either Republicans, is now working to take down Barney Frank. Today,...Read More

Will Tea Party climate repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | September 16, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

With the global kerfuffle about an Islamophobic minister, Rev. Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida, threatening to burn the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, little attention last week was given to a federal district court judge's ruling that the...Read More

Catholics For Equality Makes A Smart Start

Filed by Father Tony | September 16, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

On Tuesday, September 14th, Catholics For Equality was launched after nine months of preparation. As one of the founders, I am satisfied with the initial reactions. I'd like to tell you what to expect from this fledgling organization and I'd...Read More

Now I Know Who All These People Running Around My House Are

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A family includes same-sex couples with children, as well as married gay and lesbian couples. That's the belief of "a majority of Americans," who now include the above in their definition of family according to a study by Brian Powell,...Read More

Live at TBP tonight at 6 PM- Rep. Paul Hodes, NH Democratic nominee for Senate

Filed by Adam Bink | September 15, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Please join us at 6 PM EST tonight for a live chat with Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee for the open Senate seat in New Hampshire. I am a big believer that if you're going to make a criticism,...Read More

Lesbians' home burned to the ground

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 13, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

A lesbian couple's home was burned down in Tennessee: Carol Ann Stutte and her partner, Laura Stutte, are afraid to return alone to what is left of their Vonore home in Monroe County. After being victims of an arson and...Read More

Abraham Lincoln - Was He Gay? Part 2

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 12, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week I did a post here at The Bilerico Project that created quite a bit of commentary and several personal attacks in comments that I did not approve for publication because of their nastiness. I was particularly surprised by...Read More

Being boring, bored, and gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 11, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

If I believed this, I'd be sad. Boredom is a problem to be solved, not a moral value. In sharp contrast, married gays often depict a lifestyle and relationship that seems suburban stable, only now they have a marriage license...Read More

Should GetEqual Have Targeted Rep. Chris Carney of PA for Playing Coy on LGBT Rights?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 10, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

The direct action LGBT rights group GetEqual this week targeted Representative Chris Carney of Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District for his failure to support ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit job discrimination against LGBT people. They held a sit-in...Read More

Why I Didn't Attend the NLGJA Convention - They Failed Us on Prop

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 09, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association held its annual convention in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. And even though I've been around for the 20 years since it was founded by Roy Aarons - I didn't go. I'm...Read More

Back to the Classroom: How I Stay Organized via Social Media

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

In case you've never checked out my bio before, not only do I write social media posts for Bilerico and my own personal blog, but I also attend graduate school in the evening for my Master's in Public Relations and...Read More

GOP Candidate Scott Rigell Led Anti-Gay Split of Historic Episcopal Parish

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I have written previously concerning the far right religious views of Scott Rigell (right), GOP candidate for the Virginia 2nd Congressional District. With the election getting closer, it is timely that I more fully document Mr. Rigell's extremism and just...Read More

Queering the Mayor Daley announcement

Filed by Phil Reese | September 08, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, Mayor Richard M. Daley--the son of infamous Chicago Machine mayor Richard J Daley--announced he would not seek a second term, allowing his dad to keep the title of longest-serving Chicago mayor (by a smidge). I can't tell you how...Read More

GOP, What Have you Done for me Lately?

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 07, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: C.D. Kirven is a Lambda Literary nominated author of the book What Goes Around Comes Back Around, former Get Equal member and Co-founder of Get Equal Now. Is that homophobia in your pocket or a gay campaign contribution?...Read More

Focus on the Family goes to China

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

America's still exporting something. The fact that it's not even a quality product, unable to perform its ostensible function, makes it all the more surprising that the Chinese are buying it from us: In Yunnan schools this year, teachers are...Read More

TheCall in Sacramento

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2010 | 7:00 AM | comments

Lou Engle's rally against same-sex marriage, abortion, and pornography was this weekend in Sacramento. Here's some video....Read More

Historians' Changing View of President Lincoln's Sexuality

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In 2005, the late C.W. Tripp posited that Abraham Lincoln was secretly a homosexual in his book, "The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln." Not surprisingly, many historians and those on the far right were aghast - as if somehow being...Read More

Book Review: "Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation"

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 03, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw is a canonical work in the world of postmodern gender criticism. The book is fifteen years old, though, and that is a veritable eternity in the realm of gender theory and trans* lives. Gender Outlaws: The...Read More

Homophobia and transphobia aren't clear-cut, separate concepts

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I've been saying for a while that perhaps the word (if not the concept) of "homophobia" should be replaced since it doesn't really describe the whole of the concept. I'm not making the Amelia Bedelia argument that homophobes are not...Read More

Montana Tea Party Advocates "Hanging Fruits"

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 03, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Is it safe to be gay under the Big Sky? Fuck no. Tim Ravndal, a Montana loud-mouthed Right-wing Tea Party darling hosts a conversation on his Facebook page where he comments on an article by the Billings Gazette on the...Read More

Pacific Justice Institute's weird suit rejected

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The suit to force California to appeal Judge Walker's Prop 8 decision from earlier this week has already been rejected: A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that...Read More


Jarrett Barrios on divorce

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 03, 2010 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Just as gay and lesbian couples share the joys of marriage, we will share the pain of divorce, something for which we have no template. Divorce plumbs impossible depths of sadness. It involves separating the dishes and the books and...Read More

Parallels Between Priestly Celibacy and Afghanistan's "Dancing Boy"

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Having been raised Roman Catholic, I grew up well versed in the Catholic Church's obsession with all things sexual, and the sometimes less than subtle message that women were temptresses looking to corrupt men and/or dirty. After all, Eve was...Read More


Filed by Kate Clinton | September 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On the same day marking Mother Teresa's 100th birthday, news broke that the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman is gay. Much to the chagrin of William Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious...Read More

Why The TBLG Community Can't Sit Out The 2010 Midterms

Filed by Monica Roberts | September 01, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I'm noting the volcanic level anger within elements of the GLBT community at the Democrats over the pace of the community's political agenda. While I'm angry at the Dems for different reasons and some of y'all within the GLBT community...Read More

Gay, Muslim, roll-back, and demonization

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 01, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I won't name names, but I've been reading enough mainstream and gaystream media for the past couple weeks to have come across the "Homophobia is over" thesis a few times. Ken Mehlman came out, AFER won their case against Prop...Read More

Scorecard of Mehlman mentions: Fox News 2, HRC & NGLTF 0

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 01, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: From San Francisco, Guest blogger and advocate Michael Petrelis reports stories the mainstream media choose to ignore. Michael has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted by The New...Read More

California sued to appeal Prop 8 ruling

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 01, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Karen Ocamb has a great post on her site about the Pacific Justice Institute's attempt to sue the state of California into appealing Prop 8. Two weeks ago I wrote, "[I]s the next step for them to sue the state...Read More