Politics: January 2011

Mosley Braun: Opponent Is 'Strung Out on Crack'

Filed by Bil Browning | January 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Holy shit. Why does Chicago always have the most interesting politics? Sometimes it reminds me of a third world country with all the corruption and scheming. While no one threw a shoe, I was waiting on it during this exchange...Read More

Will MassEquality Support Sen Brown in 2012?

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 31, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Kara Suffredini is executive director of MassEquality. As Sen. Scott Brown embarks on his re-election bid - the latest news in that regard is that he's sitting on a $7 million war chest - I have been asked...Read More

When Students Harass Gay Teachers

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 31, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

An out middle school teacher in the LA area and his union brought up the harassment he's experiencing and the school's indifference at a board meeting last week: Although Collins and the union are making specific demands of the district,...Read More

From Both Sides Now?

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 30, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

After getting some concerns off my rest re: the shooting in Tucson, I’ve been reading what everyone else is saying, and I’m kind of amazed at the conservatives attempt at the “Both sides do it,” argument. To be sure, people...Read More

65 Years After Auschwitz & Christianists Have Learned Nothing

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 30, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

As noted by Bob Felton at >Civil Commotion, January 27, 2011, was the 65th anniversary of the day that Allied forces liberated Auschwitz and discovered the full extent of the horrors of the "Final Solution." The hatred and malicious denigration...Read More

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded

Filed by Toshio Meronek | January 30, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

People fighting the Non-Profit Industrial Complex say that it doesn't take long before the number one objective at most non-profits becomes fundraising rather than the cause they were founded for. It's not a new idea, but it's one that people...Read More

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#SSS: Uganda murder, State of the Union, marriage and military

Filed by Phil Reese | January 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Nobody is left off the hook this week on SameSexSunday. D. Gregory Smith returns with another great interview with the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Jason Marsden, discussing hate crimes, the state of the nation-wide LGBT community, and...Read More

Understanding Uganda

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 29, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the tragic bludgeoning death of Ugandan gay activist David Kato last week, international attention has once again focused on the state-supported open homophobia in Uganda. Many, including President Obama, issued statements condemning this murder, while the Ugandan authorities said...Read More

Why Obama's Appointment of 'Damn Lesbian' Roberta Achtenberg to the Civil Rights Commission is Important

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Concern over heated political rhetoric is much in the news since the assassination attempt against Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But not that long ago hate speech against LGBT people in the corridors of Congress was unabashedly acceptable. One recipient of...Read More

Chicago Won't Violate Marriage Protestors' Free Speech

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last year, the Gay Liberation Network in Chicago protested a Catholic church on Valentine's Day for marriage, and some folks noted that it's actually illegal to protest within 150 feet and 30 minutes of a religious service, for anything besides...Read More

On Egypt: The Crisis Is Here

Filed by Don Davis | January 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It has been a couple of years since I first started writing about Egypt; at that time I did a series of stories that described how the country's Constitution is designed to ensure that the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)...Read More

States to Watch for Marriage and Civil Union Legislation, Round 2

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 28, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The other day I posted about various state-level efforts on same-sex partnership recognition, mentioning what's going on in Iowa, Wyoming, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Readers let me know that I left a few states out. Add Florida...Read More

Park51 Senior Advisor Says Gay People Were "Overwhelming"ly abused

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 27, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

An imam who was brought on board as a senior advisor for the Park51 project in Manhattan (the Islamic community center that was demagogued through the election season last year that we haven't heard much about since, for no reason...Read More

Canada: Is the Conversation Lurching to the Right?

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's been a busy time for the Canadian far right, as conservatives and Christian nationalists try to follow the US example of pushing the conversation so far to the right that even Gandhi looks like Josef Stalin. Is it working?...Read More

Paul Ryan: Selling Economic Pain, with a Smile

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I hear some progressive bloggers tell it, Paul Ryan's response to President Obama's State of the Union address was an utter failure, and the GOP blundered in picking him to carry its message. But the true measure of a speech's...Read More

On The Rebecca Juro Show: Nicki Stallard of the Pink Pistols

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 27, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Transgender Libertarian Ron Paul supporter and gun rights activist Nicki Stallard joins us to talk guns and politics. We'll talk with Nicki about the Pink Pistols, what it is to be a transwoman on the political right in this country,...Read More

Just Say No to ROTC on College Campuses

Filed by Joe Mirabella | January 26, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

President Obama acknowledged that gays and lesbians will serve openly in the armed forces this year thanks to last year's repeal of the so called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. In exchange, the President has asked the college campuses and...Read More

States to Watch for Marriage and Civil Union Legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

New legislative sessions started this week, and quite a few states are considering laws related to official recognition of same-sex couples. In Hawaii, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to create civil unions (for both same- and opposite-sex couples)...Read More

Sometimes Losing Is How You Win

Filed by Don Davis | January 26, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

We have been talking a lot about Social Security these past few weeks, even to the point where I've missed out on talking about things that I also wanted to bring to the table, particularly the effort to reform Senate...Read More

Text of Tonight's State of the Union Address

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2011 | 9:00 PM | comments

Just in from the White House, here's the text of tonight's State of the Union speech. You can also watch online with pop up charts, graphics and commentary from various administration officials - including a live chat after the address....Read More

State of the Union Tonight... Predictions?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The State of the Union address is tonight at 9 Eastern. Does anyone have any predictions (not dreams) about what Obama will say regarding queer issues? Mine are after the jump. The news today has been the leak that Obama...Read More

JFK, Tucson and Fear

Filed by Diane Silver | January 25, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

In the wake of the Tucson shootings and liberal concerns about political rhetoric, our honorable opposition on the right has taken to yelling, "Foul!" Right-wing commentators claim that progressives' concerns about rhetoric aren't real concerns; they're politics. This scream has...Read More

Dan Savage Responds, and: Are All Black People Poor?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Bilerico Project keeps on getting results! On Sunday I complained that Dan Savage wouldn't even explain why marriage is the most "meaningful" right a gay person can have, and yesterday he took to The Slog to defend the issue....Read More

(Gay) Shame on Roe v. Wade Protesters

Filed by Toshio Meronek | January 25, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Every year since 2005, the anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ group Walk for Life has marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by bussing people from around the West Coast into Devil's territory (a.k.a. San Francisco) for a big march down the waterfront...Read More

LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl Doing Well After Surgery

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 24, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Openly gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is so energetic and enthusiastic about his personal and political passions, it is hard to imagine that anything could slow him down. But his office announced that Rosendahl has had atrial fibrillation...Read More

The Post-Olbermann Era: What the New MSNBC Can and Should Be

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 24, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Like a lot of lefties, I was a regular viewer of Countdown with Keith Olbermann and I was disappointed, though not really very surprised, at the rather sudden announcement of his departure from MSNBC. I enjoyed watching Keith, and I...Read More

Rendering Love Visible this Valentine's Day

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 24, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

On February 12, 2001, I dressed up in a make-shift tuxedo with a pink ruffled shirt and my wife, Molly McKay, put on a wedding dress and we walked up the steps of San Francisco City Hall. This is was...Read More

Bad Arguments to Keep LGBT's Out of School

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 24, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

An org put together LGBT lesson ideas for UK schools for next month, which is "LGBT History Month" there: Maths - teaching statistics through census findings about the number of homosexuals in the population, and using gay characters in scenarios...Read More

Senator Bill Nelson tells Florida Gov. Rick Scott to "Make [ADAP] a Priority"

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | January 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last week, US Senator Bill Nelson sent letters to both, President Barack Obama and Florida Governor Rick Scott, urging them to "make this a priority" for the growing crisis with our nation's AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. This was his first...Read More

Twitter Activists Plead With FL Gov Rick Scott About HIV Drugs

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | January 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last Thursday evening, Florida Governor Rick Scott hosted a town hall on Twitter providing Floridians with an opportunity to share a short message with Scott using 140 characters or less. At first I struggled with the daunting task limiting a...Read More

Arizona's No Longer Silent Clergy Protests Exodus International

Filed by Bobby Parker | January 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Phoenix will be the site of Exodus International's "Love Won Out" conference in February. In advance of that conference, this group, which adheres to a completely flawed idea that reparative therapy can "cure" homosexuality, was holding training yesterday at the...Read More

Should We See the Giffords' Shooting Video?

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 22, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Michael Tomasky points to this... The chief investigator for the sheriff's department here has for the first time publicly described the brief and gory video clip from a store security camera that shows a gunman not only shooting Representative Gabrielle...Read More

GAO Releases Numbers on Cost and Class Impact of DADT

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I know everyone's pointing to the GOA report on DADT, gasping that a government that says that it can't afford a decent health care system (never mind that single-payer would cost less than what we have now) would spend $193.3...Read More

New HUD Housing Regulations: Even Martians

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | January 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced proposed new regulations to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in programs sponsored by or financed by HUD. Alex discussed them in a post this morning....Read More

Courage Campaign Launches 'Issa Watch'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Even before the Republicans officially took over the House in the new Congress, Southern California conservative Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was gleefully rubbing his hands in anticipation of all the investigative hearings he could hold as chair of the House...Read More

The Ballad of Sarah Palin

Filed by Bil Browning | January 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Earlier this week brought us the Battle Hymn of Sarah Palin, but Lady Bunny has now joined the fray with The Ballad of Sarah Palin. If you thought watching two old people warble out the praises of the Half Guv...Read More

New HUD Rules Released on Housing Discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Great new rules, if for anything they're setting the tone when it comes to housing: Most notably, the rules would prohibit lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis to determine a borrower's eligibility for Federal Housing...Read More

Gay Marriage Reality Check

Filed by Monica Roberts | January 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Now that the DADT repeal has been signed into law, there has been chatter in GL world and the Gayosphere about shifting the positive momentum gained from the historic win to renewing the push for gay marriage.That would be a...Read More

Chicago Mayoral Candidate and LGBT Ally, Carol Moseley Braun

Filed by Phil Reese | January 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This past Friday evening I found myself staring at a burning log in a fireplace, shaking like a leaf. Not shaking from the temperatures, but shaking out of nerves. Here I was sitting in the living room of a woman...Read More

On The Rebecca Juro Show this Week: Dr. Dana Beyer

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

On The Rebecca Juro Show this week: Dr. Dana Beyer, former candidate for Maryland State Delegate, transgender activist, author of The Silent T an op-ed that appeared in Metro Weekly on why DADT and not ENDA was passed into law...Read More

Virginia's Bizarre "Tolerance" Ranking By the Daily Beast

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 20, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Daily Beast has come up with a ranking of U.S. states in terms of alleged levels of tolerance. I'm not sure what mind altering drugs the reviewers were using at the time they ranked Virginia as #11 (higher than...Read More

Charges Dropped in Dallas Bathhouse Raid

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

In October I posted on a bathhouse raid in Dallas that resulted in eleven arrests for "public lewdness," "indecent exposure," and one with "interfering with police." The county was going to argue that a bathhouse with membership and everything was,...Read More

The Right to Kill

Filed by D Gregory Smith | January 19, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

I grew up on a ranch in Montana. I rode horses. I branded calves. I collected eggs, brought in lambs, moved irrigation pipe, milked cows, toted hay bales, and, yes, occasionally, I shot things. Guns were part of our life...Read More

Anti-Gay Homeless Shelter Receiving Government Funds

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

A church-run homeless shelter in Columbus, Georgia, kicked two women out because they thought they were gay. While the shelter denies her story, the director is perfectly willing to admit that gay people aren't welcome at that homeless shelter: I...Read More

The GOP's "Do Nothing" Plan for Health Care

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

During the presidential campaign, Republicans enjoyed poking fun at Obama's "Yes, We Can," campaign slogan. Most often they simply restated it as "No, You Can't." However, the GOP majority in the House is setting out to exemplify its own slogan:...Read More

Black LGBTs March in Martin Luther King Day Parade in South LA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 19, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

For the third year in a row, members of the Jordan/Rustin Coalition, the Here to Stay Coalition, Black Lesbians United, In The Meantime Men, At The Beach LA Black Pride and supporters marched down in the annual Kingdom Day Parade...Read More

Louisiana Argues against Gay Birth Certificates; Hospitals Become More Inclusive

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

File this under "homophobic laws I didn't know about." Louisiana contends that it doesn't have to put a same-sex couple on their adoptive child's birth certificate, even though their law says they have to put adoptive parents on a child's...Read More

Supreme Court Saves DC Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by Bil Browning | January 18, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The US Supreme Court's denial of certiorari today effectively ends the debate on same-sex marriage in the capital. Reverend Harry Jackson's one man crusade to try and invalidate same-sex marriage in DC has effectively been squashed. Jackson petitioned the court...Read More

Tea Party Protests Abortion, LGBT Rights

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Now everyone keeps on telling me that the Tea Party is something other than the Republican base re-branded, that they're reasonable, independent Real Americans who just want both the Democrats and Republicans to quit the bickering and cut spending, deny...Read More

ENDA Is Dead: Bury It and Move On

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 17, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Babs Siperstein is a member of the Democratic National Committee, co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats' Federal PAC Board and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey. Attending the signing of the legislation that...Read More

NOM: Obama Is Sabotaging the DOMA Cases

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week I posted about the Justice Department's non-substantive defense of DOMA. Perhaps it's not the worst defense they could be providing (they could have just not appealed the ruling), it was legalistic and avoided most of the substantive arguments...Read More

Wyoming Honors MLK Day By Debating Marriage Rights

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

While Martin Luther King Jr is being honored today for his work on behalf of equality and civil rights, the Wyoming state legislature has decided to take a remarkably different approach to justice. They will be debating a bill to...Read More

Would We Be Calling Martin Luther King a Civil Discourse Nut?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 17, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

I wrote a five-post series on King's Stride Towards Freedom last year Four facts I didn't know about the Montgomery bus boycott, Gay is not the new Black: Why replicating King's strategies won't work for the contemporary queer, Nonviolence: It's...Read More

Martin Luther King Day: What's Love Got to Do with It

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and commitment to non-violent transformation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend," and, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only...Read More

Will Obama Lose an Argument with Himself?

Filed by Don Davis | January 16, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

There have been many unlikely things that have happened this past month or so: some of them appearing as legislation, some of them appearing in the form of Republicans who set new records for running away from the words they...Read More

Rugged Individualism: Meet the Ghost of Government Past

Filed by Don Davis | January 16, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

It is about time for the 112th House to come back into session, and the first thing on the agenda appears to be an effort to take away any healthcare reform that have been passed by this Administration. Next comes...Read More

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#SSS: Vitriolic Discourse, Immigration Forms, DOMA, HRC and the States

Filed by Phil Reese | January 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week's powerful SameSexSunday will knock you right over as we get to the heart of some truly meaty topics. First and foremost, we discussed the violent rhetoric and vitriolic discourse brought to light by the intense discussions following last...Read More

What Will Obama and Holder Do About Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Tuesday?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Eric Holder, a well-known civil rights advocate before becoming Attorney General, spoke briefly at the powerful memorial in Tucson for the victims of the Arizona shooting Wednesday night. He had a front row seat to President Obama's inspiring message urging...Read More

Minneapolis Public Schools to Teach about LGBT People

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Minneapolis School Board just passed a resolution unanimously that calls for more tracking of anti-bullying efforts, better training of teachers when it comes to LGBTQ issues, and for LGBT people to be included in curriculum: In a unanimous vote by...Read More

"I Believe We Can Be Better"

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Everyone either wondered what the President would say, or knew what he should say. Now we know what he did say. It may be the finest speech he’s given as president, thus far....Read More

The Justice Department's Anemic Defense of DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 14, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Justice Department has filed for an appeal of the Tauro decisions in Gill vs. OPM and Massachusetts vs. US that struck down provisions of DOMA last year. Chris Geidner sums up Justice's arguments: 1. Congress Could Have Rationally Concluded...Read More

Employees Don't Want to Be Asked about Sexual Orientation

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

As part of the Equality Act passed in the UK last year, government agencies are required to monitor their workforce to see if discrimination is occurring. This means that agencies with over 150 people have been required to ask their...Read More

It's Not Just Inflammatory Rhetoric

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In the aftermath of the tragic Tucson, AZ, shooting that left six dead, and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D, AZ-8) hospitalized, much has been said and written about the degree to which incendiary rhetoric motivated the shooter. However, caustic rhetoric...Read More

Marriage Equality Hero Gavin Newsom Sworn-In as California Lt. Governor

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Applause interrupted openly gay Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez during his remarks before former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was officially sworn in as California's Lt. Governor on Monday. In 2004, "his bold leadership ushered in a...Read More

Gay Graffiti at Islamic Center in Missouri

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

A lot of hay has been made about how Jared Lee Loughner would have been already shipped off to Guantanamo if he were Muslim and the right wouldn't be arguing as forcefully as possible that he was "insane" and therefore...Read More

State Rep. Larry Brown to the HIV-Positive: You Can All Go Rot!

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 12, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Well, with all the states facing budget crunches and looking for something to cut, someone in this homophobic society was bound to come right and say that people with HIV should just be left to die. State Rep. Larry Brown...Read More

The Worst Thing You'll Read Today

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What violence in our political rhetoric? Just because a South Carolina gun manufacturer is releasing an AR-15 assault rifle with Congressman Joe Miller's "You lie!" quote engraved on the firearm, doesn't mean they expect anyone to use it on a...Read More

From a Friend of Gabrielle Giffords

Filed by Bobby Parker | January 12, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I have a good friend, Steve Brittle, a political strategist and environmental activist, who worked with Congresswoman Giffords on several campaigns. We talked about what happened in Tucson and I asked him for his thoughts to share with the nation...Read More

Palin responds to AZ shooting with video

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

When you're Sarah Palin, you issue statements via Facebook and Twitter. And when you've been blamed for targeting a Congresswoman for assassination by printing a graphic with crosshairs over her district, you make a nice video in your home studio...Read More

Rachel Maddow's Ode to Heroism; Interview with Daniel Hernandez

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 12, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Interesting that Rachel Maddow did not find a way to note that Daniel Hernandez is openly gay. Does his sexual orientation and ethnicity matter? Yes, says Salon.com. Indeed, consider that Arizona does not have workplace protections based on sexual orientation...Read More

The third way to same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 12, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

A conservative organization, the Third Way, has a column up in The Advocate telling the gays what they need to do to get marriage. They claim to have identified the "middle" on the issue (whatever that means) and to have...Read More

Virginia freezes ADAP enrollment

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Virginia announced that they're freezing enrollment in the state's ADAP program, a move that'll keep most people to be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS from being added to the medication program and will move a bunch of people already in the program...Read More

HRC's SF 'Action Center' is Now Just a Store

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 11, 2011 | 6:00 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

Crosshairs or Surveyor's Symbol? You Decide

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 11, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

OK. I have at least a couple of posts about the Tucson shooting that left six dead and Rep. Gabriel Gifford's in critical condition. I might even finish writing one of them before the story is no longer news. (But...Read More

Violent Rhetoric: Compare and Contrast

Filed by Bil Browning | January 11, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

There've been quite a few people drawing connections between this weekend's tragic attempted assassination of Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and the violent rhetoric that's been coming out of various rightwing fundie radio programs, TV shows, and politicos. After the jump...Read More

Fixing the problem - not the blame

Filed by Ricci Levy | January 11, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Enough. Seriously. Enough. An insane young man walked into a store and attacked human beings. Each of the human beings, those wounded physically, those wounded emotionally, and those who died, are (and were) individuals with individual stories, but first -...Read More

Passport application forms amended, re-amended

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 11, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Last week the State Department announced that applications for passports wouldn't ask for information about people's "Father" and "Mother" anymore, but instead ask about "Parent 1" and "Parent 2." It makes sense, and not just for same-sex couples raising children,...Read More

Saskatchewan court: No religious exemption to a government job

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Several Canadian civil commissioners argued in court it violated their religious principles to perform same-sex marriages, and the court said that's no reason for them not to perform the ceremonies: "Persons who voluntarily choose to assume an office, like that...Read More

Arizona Shooting: Bitter Rhetoric Needs to End

Filed by Sara Whitman | January 10, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

At the end of the day on Saturday, after the memorial was done, a few of us were sitting around, laughing, talking. I don't know who heard the news or how, but suddenly there was an iPad running a report...Read More

Palestinian Queer Activists to Tour United States

Filed by R Conrad | January 10, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

In February a small group of Palestinian queer activists from from alQaws and Aswat will be touring the United States, hosting a series of community dialogs moderated by local queer activists in the hosting cities. This exciting announcement comes on...Read More

The 'Undo Everything' Congress Begins, With Health Care

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 09, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Did you think that, having regained control of the House, the GOP will stop being the "party of No" and start governing, or at least doing something about the challenges facing the country? Think again. The 112th Congress will...Read More

Who is Alleged Tucson Shooter Jared Lee Loughner?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 09, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Federal sources have identified the suspected gunman in the tragic shooting of 12 people as 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner. While most attention has been focused on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot point blank in the head and...Read More

Mr. President, Washington and Franklin thank you

Filed by Mark Segal | January 09, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

When President Obama signed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he might have felt the ghosts of Founding Fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin smiling over his shoulder. They might have even whispered in his ear, "It's about time."...Read More

AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been shot at a townhall meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Several other attendees, including a federal judge supposedly, were wounded or killed. Details are still emerging, but it appears that the Congresswoman was shot in the...Read More

The Democratic Party's New LGBT "Equality" Agenda: Big Words, Short Arms

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's really interesting to see how mainstream cable newsmedia is lauding the Democratically-controlled 111th Congress for getting so much done. It's not entirely undeserved of course, but when one takes a close look at what actually did get done this...Read More

The gays scare more conservatives: Heritage Foundation pulls out of CPAC

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 07, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Heritage Foundation has pulled out of the CPAC (I'm not even conservative and it's hard to imagine a conference establishing itself as the center of American movement conservatism without them): "We believe in the traditional definition of the family,"...Read More

Shame as a tactic

Filed by Don Davis | January 06, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

We have been following the story of Betsie Gallardo lately, she being the woman that, due to a medical decision, was being starved to death in a Florida prison. She has inoperable cancer, her death is imminent, and her mother...Read More

Two Virginia Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Bullying Bills

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

As I have written before hereand here, Virginia's current anti-bullying laws are nothing less than a joke and school personnel who fail to address bullying are pretty much given blanket immunity while the bullies face virtually no consequences - even...Read More

Queer homeless youth funding restored in NYC

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The city of New York has restored money that was cut from homeless youth services after Bloomberg decided to care about LGBT people yesterday: As a result of extensive negotiations over the past six weeks, City Council Speaker Christine C....Read More

Ouch: John Edwards out of Elizabeth's will

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Elizabeth Edwards' will was published online yesterday and it had one shocking revelation. Edwards' husband, former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, doesn't get a dime. The couple separated last year after it was revealed in the National Enquirer that John...Read More

Police chief resigns over cruising sting allegations

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I've been posting about these two gay cruising sting operations a lot because they're both particularly vicious, the one in Palm Springs and the other in Essex County. And there have been developments in both. In Palm Springs, the cruising...Read More

Future of LGBT leadership in Illinois Part I: Anthony Martinez

Filed by Phil Reese | January 06, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

This is the first in a series of interviews with both established and up-and-coming Illinois LGBT leaders in this period of transition for our state. Look for another one with Andy Thayer in a few weeks, and more to follow...Read More

What will and won't happen in this Congress

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Huffington Post has an article up about what gay conservatives think this Congress is going to accomplish when it comes to LGBT legislation. HRC provided a graphic on how the change in levels of homophobia in both houses: It's...Read More

Be Gay and Say F--k You to the Armed Forces!

Filed by R Conrad | January 05, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

While many gay and lesbian activists are celebrating the recent overturn of DADT, I thought it important to remember and reflect on queer resistance to the military industrial complex. The fierce and deafeningly blunt anti-war cartoons of Mr. Fish and...Read More

Robert Gibbs to leave White House staff

Filed by Bil Browning | January 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will follow in the footsteps of former Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. Gibbs announced today that he will leave the Obama administration. Some sources say Gibbs will create a consulting firm that will assist...Read More

Playing Keep Away With Our Rights

Filed by Davina Kotulski | January 05, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

In yet another segment of what feels like the never-ending California same-sex marriage struggle, the 9th Circuit Court declined to answer the question as to whether or not Prop 8 was unconstitutional. Instead they submitted a question to the California...Read More

Antonin Scalia does not interpret that Constitution literally

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 05, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Much ado is being made about this statement from Antonin Scalia, and I think that's because people never really understood that his interpretation of the Constitution, at least in his mind, isn't based on the text itself in a vacuum,...Read More

The Ninth Circuit issues decision on Prop 8 standing

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 04, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that Imperial County, California, doesn't have the right to intervene in the Proposition 8 case for same-sex marriage and asked the California Supreme Court about the orgs that...Read More

Obama extends Bush policy on religious group discrimination

Filed by Nan Hunter | January 04, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Virtually unnoticed by the press, President Obama issued an Executive Order in November establishing criteria for federal agency funding of social services provided by religious organizations. Executive Order 13559 modified Executive Order 13279, the much criticized 2002 order issued by...Read More

Cindy Sheehan on DADT Repeal

Filed by Bil Browning | January 04, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

In an op-ed written for Al-Jazeera, peace activist Cindy Sheehan lets loose with her opinion on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. While she is supportive of LGBT rights, she echoes some of the opinions of Bilerico contributors who've...Read More

Largely Worthless Tim Kaine to Remain DNC Chair

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 04, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Maybe my view of Tim Kaine is colored by his failure to do anything to support his own Executive Order 1 (2006) - which allegedly afforded employment non-discrimination protections to gay Virginia state employees - when its effectiveness was being...Read More

LGBT Rights: Why Messaging Is Important

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of the most intriguing aspects of politics is messaging. If you've got good talking points that resonate with the public's intuitive suspicions, you can dramatically alter the course of events. The right has always been much more effective with...Read More

New Hampshire: Proposition 8 redux

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 03, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The news out of New Hampshire is that the right, after taking over the state legislature, is looking to ban marriage between couples of the same sex in that state. Even though the governor is still a Democrat, Republicans control...Read More

"Defend Christians" Lists ENDA as Top Anti-Christian "Event" of 2010

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Defend Christians.org, a San Diego-based "ministry" of the self-styled Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, just-released a list of the "Top Ten Anti-Christian Events in 2010." The list is the result of an online poll "of Christians and people of good will" at...Read More

NOM: No 2009 Tax Returns Yet

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Continuing their practice of skirting or outright violating American election law, the National Organization for Marriage has failed to file any tax returns for 2009. The group's 2007 and 2008 filings were up to 17 months late and they have...Read More

Jon Huntsman: The Manchurian Candidate?

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 02, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Just shy of two years ago I wrote here and here about former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and his likely calculated decision to change his stance on opposition to gay rights and to oppose some of the most vocal social...Read More