Marriage Equality: February 2013

Top Republicans Sign Onto Brief Opposing Prop 8

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 27, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Ken Mehlmann is leading the charge for moderate Republicans to come out in support of marriage equality. Here's the growing list of GOP supporters of the freedom to marry.Read More

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HIV & Gay Media: The Vanishing Virus

Filed by Mark S. King | February 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

What is the responsibility of LGBT media in this climate of rising infection rates and a bored readership? Are they simply reflecting the community's waning interest, or do they have a responsibility to keep HIV in the headlines?Read More


What You Need To Know for 2/27/12

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 27, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Seeking info on pictures from a gay wedding in the 50s, Katie Couric does a show on trans* kids, marriage equality advances in IL, and more. Read More


Senior Romney Strategist: Why Mitt Lost

Filed by Bil Browning | February 26, 2013 | 11:10 AM | comments

"Yes, the Romney campaign won seniors and lost voters under 30, though our numbers were a significant improvement from the 2008 presidential campaign. But was this a tech-driven gap or more reflective of substance? Like most things in life, the...Read More


GENDA & New York: A Bellwether Battle

Filed by Drew Cordes | February 26, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

April 30 will be the day LGBT voices reach full throat literally within earshot of New York legislators. The clock is ticking. Let's queer the Capitol.Read More

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Mahony Heads to Rome as Catholic Church Scandals Widen

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Roman Catholic Church seems to be coming apart at its brocade seams - thanks to the seemingly unending child sexual abuse scandal, another revelation of "inappropriate" behavior by a priest and allegations of a gay underground at the Vatican.Read More

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DOJ Brief to SCOTUS Says DOMA Unconstitutional

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

On Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice filed a brief saying Section 3 of DOMA should be struck down because it "inflicts a vast array of...severe harms" on married same sex couples.Read More


Oscar Afterglow Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

CNN runs a decent trans*-related piece, Texas may move against schools offering DP benefits, Ecuador's president apologizes to LGBT people, more Ugandans our outed in the paper, and more. Read More

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Playing Catch Up Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Jon Huntsman argues that the GOP has to embrace mariage, a gay man is attacked on a New York subway, the Oscars could use some more gay, and more. Read More

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This Weekend: #LGBTmedia13

Filed by Bil Browning | February 21, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

This weekend is the 2013 LGBT Media Journalists Convening. So what's left to do? Why, invite all of you to join us, of course!Read More


CA State Senator Ricardo Lara & EQCA Take On the Boy Scouts

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

For a brief shining week at the end of January and into February, it appeared that the Boy Scouts of America might relent, acknowledge the progress made in ending discrimination against LGBT people, and lift its ban on gays scouts or scout leaders.Read More


Title IX and Transgender Students

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 19, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

What rights do transgender students have in public schools? The University of Wisconsin intends to find out. Read More

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Groundbreaking Gay Mystery Series Finally Comes to E-Book [Interview]

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | February 19, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Michael Nava, five-time Lambda Literary Award winner and Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, talks with author Kergan Edwards-Stout about his revolutionary gay mystery series and his forthcoming new book.Read More


It's the fair thing to do.

Filed by Ed Team | February 18, 2013 | 7:00 AM | comments

"Allowing same-sex couples to wed under the law would not devalue traditional marriage. It would affirm the bedrock values that underlie and sustain such unions. "Marriage promotes stable families, safeguards the interests of children and rewards committed relationships. "Recognizing same-sex...Read More


French Subway Offers Special for Straight Couples

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2013 | 1:15 PM | comments

"Discrimination: No, the marriage for all law has advanced, but has yet to be ratified by the Senate. Until then, I'll use my freedom of expression." -- From an advertisement by a French Subway franchise offering a discount for straight...Read More


Flash Mobs Do 'Condom-Style' Dance for International Condom Day

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 17, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you were in a high-trafficked part of a major city in one of 26 countries last Wednesday, you might have caught a "Condom Flash Mob" dancing to a safer sex version of PSY's international hit "Gangnam Style."Read More


Scream If You Love Me!

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2013 | 7:15 PM | comments

I'm willing to bet most of us probably hadn't thought of expressing our love for our significant other by walking on a stage, screaming at the top of our lungs in front of a crowd of total strangers, curious passersby, and a fleet of television cameras, amirite?Read More


The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name Is Shouting Now

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 14, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

The love that dare not speak its name is shouting now. And everyone is listening.Read More


We Killed Olympic Wrestling: Blame the Gays [Vol 548,776]

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2013 | 2:15 PM | comments

Homosexuality has been blamed for causing everything from terrorist attacks to hurricanes to Sodom & Gomorrah. The latest item on the list? The demise of Olympic wrestling.Read More

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Top Papal Candidate Has Defended 'Kill the Gays' Laws in Africa

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

According to Cardinal Turkson, the cultural values that gave rise to barbaric anti-gay laws in Africa deserve respect and understanding. After all, it's only fair.Read More


From Altar Boys to Boy Scouts [Part 2]

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 12, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

For a while it seemed the court of public opinion might accomplish what the Supreme Court could not.Read More


It's Freedom to Marry Day (Again)

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 12, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Today is Freedom to Marry Day again and we still don't have marriage equality in the United States.Read More

Hamblen County, TN Says No Marriage for Matt & Raymie

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Campaign for Southern Equality activists Matt and Raymie applied for a marriage license in Hamblen County, Tennessee as part of the WE DO Campaign. Obviously, the duo was rejected, but the video is worth watching thanks to the emotional...Read More

Light the Way to Justice

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Just in from Projector Sean Chapin: "LGBT organizations as well as Cleve Jones and David Mixner, are calling for LGBT Americans and allies to organize and attend rallies in cities and towns across the country when the Supreme Court...Read More

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Future of the WYNTK Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Help decide the fate and shape of the What You Need To Know. Plus: NPR ignores trans* people again, the Turks implement DADT, a Catholic school VP looses his job for supporting marriage, and more. Read More


Life Out of the Shadows

Filed by Norm Kent | February 10, 2013 | 11:40 AM | comments

The world is changing and we with it. Having the word gay next to your name is no longer a sin to be ashamed of, but a sign of progressive equality. From the dark shadows cast over us for decades, somehow we got here.Read More


Blackface, Lawsuits, & a Bitter Valentine [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2013 | 11:20 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


How Gay Marriage Is Reinvigorating the Love Story for Everyone

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

I hope that at some point in your life, you get to see a gay-rights foe become a gay-rights supporter. This Valentine's day, don't take for granted how very special your relationship is not only for you but for the greater good of this world.Read More

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Dehumanization & the Hegemony of Gendered Language

Filed by Drew Cordes | February 08, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

The gender binary is the most fundamental way people unconsciously attempt to connect, because it has been absorbed from the gendered structure of language.Read More


This Is Becoming a Thing

Filed by Bil Browning | February 07, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"Last year, Minnesotans began a conversation about why marriage matters, and we found our common belief that it is about love, commitment and responsibility. I want Minnesota to be a state which affirms that freedom for one means freedom for...Read More


Illinois Governor: Marriage Equality Is Coming

Filed by Bil Browning | February 06, 2013 | 3:35 PM | comments

"Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. Now, it's time to take the next step in achieving full equality. Let's pass this bill for marriage equality and let's do it now. Our Illinois is not a land of discrimination." -- Illinois...Read More


Why Eric Cantor Can't Rescue the GOP's 'Lost' Message

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 06, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Eric Cantor is working hard to rescue the GOP's "Lost" message. You can't blame him for trying. There are, of course, several problems.Read More


Accountability Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 06, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

CNN holds bigots accountable, UK's House of Commons passes marriage equality, a gifted trans* pianist recounts her transition journey, Christian students at Swarthmore College affirm LGBT equality, using art for activism and more. Read More


A Bitter Valentine This Year

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 05, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

February 14 is St. Valentine's Day; a day when couples and other romantic units celebrate their love, loyalty and devotion. This year, for the first time since 1985, I will sleep alone on Valentine's Day.Read More


An Open Letter to LifeSiteNews Regarding Anti-Gay Activism in Africa

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 05, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Dear LifeSiteNews, I have questions about your stance on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and anti-gay activism taking place in Africa. I also have reasons why it is appropriate to direct those questions to you, and why it is reasonable to expect an answer.Read More


Let's Be Blunt...

Filed by Bil Browning | February 04, 2013 | 1:10 PM | comments

"How is it possible to be married yourself, and yet at the same time vote to deny that privilege to someone whose pants you have just pulled down?" -- British conservative political commentator Iain Dale writing about a list of...Read More


Our Kids Are Still Dying Edition [What You Need To Know]

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

Bullying and suicide continues to claim LGBT youth, France move one giant leap closer to marriage equality, President Obama supports GBT Boy Scouts and LGBT Scout leaders, LGBT asylum seekers in the UK have a Sisyphean task and more. Read More


Why I Won't Cheer for the 49ers This Super Bowl Sunday

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 03, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since Los Angeles doesn't have a team, I cheer for other California teams - and today that would have been the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.Read More


The Kids Are Alright, But the GOP May Not Be

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 01, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Young voters seem to have been forgotten amid the Republican party's flailing to shore up its demographic deficits, but they're an important electoral demographic. And a new survey shows that young voters lean very progressive.Read More


2013: One Month In

Filed by Leslie Robinson | February 01, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

The first month of the new year is done. So, what happened?Read More


'Don't Say Gay' Redux Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 01, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Don't Say Gay" returns, the 49ners have LGBT-related image problems, Brian Brown brings in the big bucks, and more. Plus: Stephen Colbert dissects DOMARead More