Marriage Equality: July 2012


It's That Time

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

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


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

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

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


Hansen Hopes to Be First Openly Gay Sacramento City Councilmember

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 31, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

At first thought, it seems odd - given California's progressive history - that Sacramento has never before elected an openly gay city councilmember. Steve Hansen wants to change that. Read More


This Is Not About a Difference of Opinion

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 31, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

This is not about someone's right to express his "beliefs." It's not about someone's politics or religion. It IS about pushing back against someone who publicly supports organizations whose mission it is to persecute a group of people. Read More


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

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

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


Debut Gay Fiction Author Jeffrey Luscombe [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | July 30, 2012 | 2:15 PM | comments

One of LGBT fiction's brightest new stars, novelist Jeffrey Luscombe has received much acclaim for his debut novel, Shirts and Skins, and chats with Kergan Edwards-Stout about his journey to authorhood.Read More


AIDS2012: Farewell to the Voices of the World

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

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

More Republicans Are in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage!

Filed by Rodrigo Ugarte | July 30, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

First it was young conservatives. Now it's a Washington state senator. Will Republicans stop accepting us?Read More

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

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

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


The Wrap: Outfest History [Photos, Videos & Other Notes]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

At the height of the AIDS epidemic gay films, the very act of producing and showing them, seemed like a middle finger to the horrific, inculcated homophobia pervading society and infecting our collective unconsciousness.Read More


National Association for the Deaf Supports Marriage Equality

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

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


Soupy Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


Transmen Exchange Vows in Illinois

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

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


Lesbians In Space

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

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


Digital Library Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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

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Economic Pressure: How Is It Different When We Do It?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 26, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

LGBT activists are waging a brilliant public relations campaign against Chick-fil-A spurred on by both grassroots activists, national organizations, and, now, politicians. But I can't help but wonder how much we'd howl if rightwing mayors pledged to block Starbucks from their towns.Read More


A Wedding, Straight from the Heartland

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

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

Love as THE Defining Principle

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

A bill introduced in the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue, if passed, would require the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to highlight that non-marital parenthood contributes to child abuse and neglect. Read More


Friendly Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


The Footman Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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

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

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

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


'Mitt Gets Worse' Campaign Says Romney Would Rollback LGBT Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 24, 2012 | 11:15 AM | comments

In January, it was revealed that Romney gave the Mormon Church $1.8 million in 2008. Without seeing more of his tax returns we may not know the extent to which Romney is bankrolling the antigay activities of the church or other antigay groups.Read More


Lift-Off Edition [WYNTK]

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

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


Sad but Funny: Fast Food Chains' Phony Marriage Endorsements

Filed by James Holmes | July 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Ah - if only it were true. This funny yet fake infographic from the folks at HappyPlace shows the Non-Chick-fil-a fast food chains' possible responses on the issue of marriage equality. Read More


Aurora: We Have to Be Able to Talk About It

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

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


Are You Living Your Courageously Authentic Life?

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

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


Gay PDA Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


Comic-Con Events Celebrate LGBT Achievements

Filed by Viktor Kerney | July 22, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

As a gay comic book geek, I love Comic-Con. And it's a plus to see our community not only involved, but also totally welcomed. If you ever get the chance, you should check it out.Read More


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

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

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


Chick-Fil-A Destroyed Like Pompeii?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

"There is plenty of hate in the debate over same-sex marriage, but it's not coming from the pro-family community, for the simple reason that disagreement is not hatred. But there is a volcanic level of vitriol and venom that spews...Read More

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

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

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


Rocker Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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

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Marriage Goes Corporate

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 19, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

If you live in a state that doesn't allow you to marry your partner, there may be a solution - although it might not work in states with a marriage amendment, and there is a caveat.Read More


Women of Color Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


Cancer-Striken Soldier Fights to Overturn DOMA ASAP

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

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


Gronk Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

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


Sheldon Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


Gay Marriage Isn't a Good Time

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2012 | 9:30 AM | comments

"There's just certain traditions that need to be upheld. I'll give you the other side of it, no it doesn't affect me, no it doesn't change my life. There's just traditions that need to be dealt with. I'm a believer...Read More


Contender Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


Rookie Lesbians, the Rawhide Kid, & Fundie Bribes [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every Friday I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


GLAAD Is Back!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 13, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

The night journalism-trained Herndon Graddick made his first appearance as GLAAD's new president, it was as if the prodigal son of the LGBT movement who had 'gone Hollywood' was returning home to work and fight on behalf of all LGBT people.Read More


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

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

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


Openly Gay LA Mayor Deputy Chief of Staff to Run for Council Seat

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The rumor has circulated since the summer of 2011 when Matt Szabo, the highly regarded, openly gay Los Angeles Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gave up his West Hollywood apartment for an apartment in Hollywood, in Eric Garcetti's 13th Council District.Read More


The Tale of the Rawhide Kid: The Forgotten Gay Comics Hero

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | July 12, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

A history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not be complete without mentioning another gay Marvel hero, the Rawhide Kid. The Kid first appeared in 1955, at a time when Western comics and TV shows were more popular than superheroes.Read More


Gay Marriage: Coming to a Church Near You?

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

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


Anderson, We Need You

Filed by Norm Kent | July 12, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

With more and more stars quietly 'outing' themselves, it became a little bit of a running joke with Anderson, reducing his prestige and position, almost intimating that he was ashamed of who he was.Read More


Maggie Gallagher's Frank Capra Moment

Filed by Bil Browning | July 12, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

"You're like those sweet little ladies from Arsenic and Old Lace. So charming... and yet serving up poison in their tea. Their behavior was monstrous too." -- AfterElton's Ed Kennedy responding back to Maggie Gallagher after she accused him of...Read More


Controversial Parenting Study Reaches the Courts

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

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


Vietnam to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

"To guarantee personal freedom, the marriage between same sex people needs to be recognized." -- From an opinion letter sent to social organizations and related agencies by the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice. While the government organization stresses that it doesn't...Read More


Bohnett Pledges $800k to Victory Institute's LGBT Leadership Program

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 11, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

What is leadership? Is it a quality you can learn, develop and re-think as required?Read More


Earth 2's Sam: Heterosexism & Narrative Violence in Comics

Filed by Jason Tseng | July 11, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

For the past few weeks, the queer comic-verse has been spinning with news of Marvel and DC's competing LGBT announcements: '90s groundbreaking gay character Northstar's nuptials to boyfriend Kyle; and the introduction of a gay iteration of the iconic first Green Lantern Alan Scott. Here at Scarlet Betch, we were even more excited when previews for the introductory issue included the first appearance of Scott's boyfriend, Sam, a CEO from Hong Kong, and presumably a queer Asian character.Read More


Asteroid Named After Frank Kameny

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

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


Former Bilerico Intern Places 3rd for Online Journalism Award

Filed by Bil Browning | July 10, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Congratulations to former Bilerico Project intern Adam Polaski for his third place finish for a National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for online journalism.Read More


Remarkable in Many Ways

Filed by Bil Browning | July 10, 2012 | 9:54 AM | comments

"This was a remarkable [General Assembly] many ways... A historic first was achieved: this was the first time a marriage equality overture was debated and voted on the plenary floor. This is only the third GA to have marriage equality...Read More

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Trans Marriage, Parenting & Youth at This Year's Trans Law Institute

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 09, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's another beautiful summer, and time for our third annual Transgender Law institute at the National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair. More importantly, it's a great deal of fun getting together with colleagues once a year to make air kisses and compare notes. Read More

Ana Matronic: Family Is Something You Make

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2012 | 9:09 AM | comments

Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic took to the mic at this weekend's show in NYC to show support for LGBT families and marriage equality. The language is a little salty at the end, so if your boss is prudish, you...Read More


Sliced Bread Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


Mazel Tov! Rep Barney Frank Marries Longtime Partner Jim Ready

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

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


Moms Say the Darndest Things

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

"I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon. Any...Read More


Iowa Anti-Marriage Forces Start to Concede Defeat

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

Even though Iowan Republicans are close to capturing both houses of the state legislature and have crowed that they'd quickly attempt to roll back marriage equality rights, it seems they're having second thoughts.Read More


Rep Maloney on Think Progress Honor

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2012 | 10:20 AM | comments

"Every American has the right to live proud of who they are, whatever their race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation may be. As a City Councilwoman in 1986, I introduced the first domestic partnership legislation in New York. Since...Read More


When Public Figures Come Out & the World Doesn't End

Filed by James Holmes | July 05, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

My post about Anderson Cooper coming out received comments accusing me of making light of a serious issue. No jokes were intended to offend but were made to show a change in pop culture that should be celebrated - it's no longer a big deal for celebrities to be gay. Read More


Who We Think We Are: Jerry Sandusky & Us

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

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


Dinglehopper Edition [What You Need to Know]

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

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


The Normal Heart at Arena Stage [Interview]

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

One of the actors in the production, Chris Dinolfo, plays the part of David - the first character to die from AIDS. We sat down backstage to talk about his role and how he was introduced to the play. Read More


Meghan McCain on GOProud

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2012 | 9:31 AM | comments

"I am a Log Cabin Republican member. As far as I'm concerned, GOProud is a rogue group that has publicly said very nasty things about me, very nasty things. And they're the type of gay Republicans that I think exacerbate...Read More


I Am a Mother F-ckin' American

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | July 02, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm sick of political parties wrapping the mantle of patriotism around themselves, insisting that only they are the true patriots. They have perpetuated the falsehood that to be anything less than ultra-conservative means to be anti-USA. That to question and criticize policies is to be a traitor. Read More


On Persecution Complexes & Rage

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 02, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

We need to challenge the ideology, not the ideologue. And we need to break the cycle that is used to justify our oppression by refusing to validate it. Be angry, but act smartly.Read More


The Uniqueness of Our Achievements [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Projector Jay Kallio responded to my post, "The Changing Face of LGBT Victory," with this thoughtful comment about the uniqueness of the LGBT movement's achievements.Read More


LULAC Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2012 | 10:45 AM | comments

"Since its inception, LULAC has fought for the equality of minorities. All individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, country of origin or sexual orientation, deserve equal rights. Everyone should be granted the freedom to marry their partner be protected under...Read More