Marriage Equality: January 2013


[Part 2] The GOP & Obama's Second Term: Rage of an Unprivileged Class

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 31, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The irony of Republicans complaining that the president didn't reach out to them in his inaugural address is that few Republicans bothered to be there to hear the speech.Read More


David Mixner & Cleve Jones Issue Call to Action Before SCOTUS Hearings

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 31, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

LGBT activists David Mixner and Cleve Jones have penned a joint op-ed in The Advocate for "A Call to Action" at the end of March as the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8 and DOMA.Read More


Christianists Hate Everyone Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Bryan Fischer has a bigoted agenda beyond opposing LGBT equality, Antoni Scalia says we don't know how he'll rule on marriage, the WBC files a SCOTUS brief, marriage foes are running short on cash, and more. Read More


A Moment in History

Filed by Norm Kent | January 28, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The record will reflect that the inaugural address of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013 was only 20 minutes long, but its reach and breadth will forever be recorded centuries hence in the history of gay and lesbian America.Read More


Pride Picture Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 28, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Have a Pride picture for your personal use. Plus right-wing anti-equality Christians are setting up shop in South America, Canada gets their first gay premier, the BSA strong-arms an LGBT welcoming troop, a tearjerking student film about self-acceptance, and moreRead More


Did Obama Make a Speech This Week? [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | January 26, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend 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


Rhode Island House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 25, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality legislation has passed through the Rhode Island House of Representatives.Read More


Affirmation & Lots Of Links Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Winter stands by his Monday post, marriage equality foes make their strongest argument yet, LGBT Jamaicans speak out, Vegas gets an LGBT themed movie theater, RI's House approves SSM bill, and more. Read More


Obama Linking Selma to Stonewall Divides Black Community

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 24, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Some scoff at comparing the black civil-rights struggle to today's LGBTQ civil-rights struggle because of this: They expected more gains under the first African-American president.Read More


Obama's Inauguration Wove Our Families Into the American Fabric

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 23, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

When the president included the gay movement among the major progressive civil rights movements, he was merely putting it in the context in which it has always belong -- in the company of ever other movement that has worked to extend the promise of America to those whom the founding fathers left out.Read More

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Did Roe v Wade Lead to Same-Sex Marriage Rights?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 23, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

E.J. Graff has an interesting piece in The American Prospect arguing that the LGBT community actually has Roe v Wade to thank for same sex marriage.Read More


Inauguration Reflections: Seneca Falls, Selma & Stonewall

Filed by Waymon Hudson | January 23, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Presidential inauguration days are often filled with pomp, circumstance, cheering crowds, and moments to remember, but rarely do they so perfectly illustrate a dramatic shift in our country's understanding and acceptance of cultural changes.Read More


NPR Re-Writes LGBT History Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 23, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

NPR re-writes the history of the Stonewall Riots to be less scary to straight and cisgender people, President Obama still feels marriage equality is a states' rights issue, NPH goes down the slippery slope, and much more. Read More


The Masters

Filed by Kate Clinton | January 22, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

I've waited until after the glorious Inauguration of Barack Obama to bring this up.Read More


NLGJA's Michael Triplett Has Died at 48

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 22, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association President Michael Triplett passed away Thursday, January 17, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 48.Read More


Obama Calls for Marriage Equality in Inauguration Speech

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | January 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

With a nod to the Stonewall Riots, the president equates gay rights with women's and civil rights fights, advocating for equality under the lawRead More


Authenticity Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two fabulous LGBTQ young people give us an object lesson in authenticity, Daniel Radcliff puts his gay sex scenes in perspective, the UK government looks at the question of a gay heir to the throne, and much more. Read More

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Did MLK Have an LGBTQ Dream, Too?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 20, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

As I learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.'s philandering, sexist attitude toward women and his tepid relationship with gay March on Washington organizer Bayard Rustin, I wonder if King would support LGBTQ rights?Read More


Before DOMA: Sacred Homosexuality in Hawaii

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 17, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Genora Dancel sued the state Hawaii in 1990 for marriage - the case that sparked the passage of DOMA.Read More


God, Guns, Gays & Conservatism's Slow Grift

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Though considered a political bully, the NRA might be losing influence: In the 2012 general election the NRA PAC only had a 10.74 success rate. In contrast, Planned Parenthood spent about as much as the NRA PAC and had a 98 percent success rate.Read More


Harvey Milk Airport & LGBT Superlatives

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

While reaction to the proposed renaming among the LGBT community has been quite positive, some have expressed exasperation about what they view as an endless succession of LGBT superlatives.Read More


Distracted Winter Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 16, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

An excellent recap of the recent transphobic Observer/Guardian fracas, KY town is the smallest in USA to protect LGBT people, Oxford University invites vicious homophobes over for a chat, and more. Plus, gay life in Hong Kong. Read More


Justice For Sale

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 15, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

As someone who's worked in the retail industry, I know that when you treat people badly, fail to deliver on your promises, and misrepresent the truth, people start shopping around for a better deal.Read More


Why Jodie Foster's Golden Globes Speech Was So Infuriating

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 15, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

As I'm concerned, Jodie Foster has been out since 2007 - which is one reason why I was so confused and angry when she made what I considered a convoluted, self-serving Golden Globe speech Sunday night. Read More


How Not to Argue that Marriage Is Important

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Proving that children who are raised by their biological, married parents do better than other kids requires more than just looking at statistical attributes of those kids and comparing them to other kids.Read More


Trans Activism 2013-Style

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 14, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

But it's not about legislation right now. The government agencies and the courts are where it's at. I've moved my activism to those arenas, and it's time to start blogging again. Read More

The Front Runner

Legendary Author Patricia Nell Warren: Ever the Front Runner

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | January 14, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"The Front Runner" author (and Bilerico contributor) Patricia Nell Warren sits down with fellow author (and Bilerico contributor) Kergan Edwards-Stout to discuss her body of work, as well as what she next has up her sleeve. Read More


Trans* Targeting Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 14, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Fox News engages in a stunning display of anti-trans* dehumanization, a gay refugee writes about growing up in Iran, Jodi Foster comes out, Illinois' GOP chair resists calls to resign, and more. Plus: Rachel Maddow on Jeanne ManfordRead More


Challenging Sex Addiction

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 14, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

"Perhaps the most interesting thing about the sex addiction movement--and certainly the most telling--is that it did not arise from the field of sex therapy or any other sexuality-related field... 'Sex addiction' has been adopted enthusiastically by the addiction community,...Read More


'Can't Hardly Wait' For The Hagel Confirmation

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | January 13, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

I watched Can't Hardly Wait to unwind after covering the ever-changing Hagel story at a breakneck speed. I needed a break from all that, and the teen comedy romp, I recalled, was a favorite. And then I remembered all the homophobia.Read More


Perez Hilton, National Security, & a Top 25 List [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend 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


Cute Picture Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Marine Corps warns spouse clubs against discrimination, a pro-gay legal judgement in Serbia, Scott Lively goes off the deep end, a powerful anti-homophobic speech PSA from Canada, and more. Plus, an adorable picture. Read More


One of the Good Ones

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 11, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

"No one church or leader represents all persons of faith... all loving, committed couples should be recognized, respected and treated equally under the law." Rev. Gene Dyszlewski - Chairman of the Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality...Read More


The First Step Is Young, Thin, White Female Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Could there be a more obsequious protest against homophobia?Read More

Homophobes for Marriage for All

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 09, 2013 | 5:20 PM | comments

French homophobes have a lot to learn from their American counterparts.Read More


Unwinnable Compromise Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 09, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Gallaudet reinstates their diversity officer after she signed an anti-marriage petition, Jeanne Manford - the founder of PFLAG passed away at 92, UK's 1st trans* doctor is under investigation, and much more. Plus, DOMA tragedy for a war widow. Read More

Supreme Court

SCOTUS to Hear Prop 8 & DOMA Cases in March

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Prop 8 case (Hollingsworth v. Perry) and the DOMA case (United States v. Windsor) on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27, respectively.Read More


Could Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon Be Like Nixon Going to China?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 08, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

If President Obama's nomination of former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense illustrates anything, it is that the LGBT community is not monolithic.Read More


Bigotry And Gratitude Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 07, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Oregon passes a breakthrough trans* insurance bill, a priest in handcuffs, looking for long-delayed justice in Victoria AUS, Taiwan moves towards marriage, was Soderbergh's Liberace film "too gay," and more. Read More


Churches Masquerading As Political Orgs

Filed by Bil Browning | January 05, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"In my view 'social conservatives' need to do two big things much, much better: build actual political organizations instead of religious ministries masquerading as political organizations, and invest in culture creation networks -- serious artistic and intellectual networks. Culture wars...Read More

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Inadvertent Argument For Equality Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 04, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

An unfunded $4.6 Trillion protest against trans* equality, GOP support for marriage in IL, the Pentagon blocks LGBT blogs, conservative Christians declare hate a virtue, and more. Plus: an historic swearing-in in the SenateRead More


PA: You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

Filed by Sue Kerr | January 03, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times... for Pennsylvania. Read More


Let's Have a Convening!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 02, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Every year I host a gathering of the nation's top LGBT media professionals for a weekend to discuss LGBT-relevant issues to better inform our reporting. This year's convening will be held in Philadelphia from Friday, February 22 thru Sunday, February 24.Read More


What Nature Tells Us Is Impossible

Filed by Bil Browning | January 02, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"Civil laws that establish 'same sex marriage' create a legal fiction. The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." -- Chicago Cardinal Francis George in a letter sent to congregations to urge them...Read More


Baseline Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | January 02, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The first What You Need To Know of 2013: marriage news, a (formerly) bigoted Bishop changes position on LGBT rights, a trans* man fights for a divorce, LGBT concerns around Hagel continue, and more. Plus a powerful videoRead More


Ten New Year's Resolutions for Our Community

Filed by Viktor Kerney | January 01, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

As we move forward into the new year, I hope we are thinking about the possibilities of what could happen in 2013.Read More


A Backwater That Frown on Diversity

Filed by Bil Browning | January 01, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

"Despite vows from Gov-elect Mike Pence to stay out of these pesky social issues, expect our dear General Assembly to vote on adding a ban on same-sex marriage to the state's constitution... Expect Indiana to be criticized nationally. Expect us...Read More