Politics: April 2012


North Carolina for the Win!

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

We're eight days away from the North Carolina primary election where voters will also decide whether or not to ratify a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Our side is pulling out all of the stops to win this sucker and, with your help, it's do-able.Read More


Romney, Through the Eyes of Newt

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 29, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

It comes to us all, eventually: that epiphanic, "come to Jesus moment" when the light of day finally penetrates our cloud of delusion, and undeniable reality slaps us hard across the face. That moment finally came for Newt Gingrich.Read More


Equality & Justice Day at NY Capitol on May 8

Filed by Drew Cordes | April 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Equality & Justice Day will center on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which will ensure that transgender people are included in the New York State human rights law.Read More


Student Debt Free, At Last

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 29, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

When I graduated from high school, my parents expected that I would go to college. I say "expected," but it was really closer to a demand than an expectation. As my father said, "I don't know where you'll go, but you're going to somebody's university."Read More


Montana Congressional Candidate Proudly Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by James Holmes | April 27, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Thanks to Democrat Dave Strohmaier for his support. If only this was more common place.Read More


Slow Jam the News [Caption Contest]

Filed by Mike Rogers | April 27, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

Time for a caption contest... Put your captions in the comments and the best one will receive a fabulous gift, courtesy of the Bilerico Project.Read More


Tough Electoral Challenges: Allies, Allies Everywhere

Filed by Sue Kerr | April 26, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Wow. We elected an openly gay man in Pennsylvania. How about that? Well, how about that? We "unelected" a stalwart ally - a smart progressive woman - to do so.Read More


What Do You Make of Britain's New Marriage Ad?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | April 26, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm honestly not sure how to feel about the new marriage equality ad to come out out of Great Britain.Read More


Freedom Versus Community?

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | April 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

All day yesterday and still this afternoon - I couldn't help it - I have the Joni Mitchell song "My Old Man" in my head: "We don't need no piece of paper from the City Hall keeping us tight and true, no, my old man, keepin' away my blues."Read More

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God May Forgive You but We'll Remember [What You Need to Know]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nothing says "the love of Christ" like discriminating against minority groups and loving couples.Read More


California Bill to Limit 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Advances in Legislature

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 25, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

A California state Senate committee passed a bill on Monday that would curtail the ability of so-called reparative therapists from trying to change someone's sexual orientation.Read More


A Familiar Issue Needs to Vent

Filed by Leslie Robinson | April 24, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm Gay Marriage, and I'm mad.Read More

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Newt Gingrich Enters NC Amendment One Fray

Filed by Bil Browning | April 24, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a rambling video promoting North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment to ban any benefits to unmarried couples, GOP presidential wannabee urges voters to support the anti-gay measure. That's government so small it can peep in the keyhole, folks.Read More

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EEOC Ruling: Trans Discrimination Violates Title VII

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 24, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

The United States Equal Employment Commission, the federal agency that oversees all federal discrimination complaints, has ruled that transgender discrimination is per se sex discrimination. Read More


Antigay Christians vs Kids in NC's Amendment One Fight

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 23, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Antigay Christian leaders are silent on the harm the initiative would have by recognizing only heterosexual marriage as legal in the state - something these Chad Griffin/Mark Armour-produced TV ads with real people for the Protect All North Carolina Families campaign underscore.Read More


French Elections: LGBT Rights Could Be Coming Soon to France

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The French Socialist party is capitalist in ideology but has kept its old name even as it moved to the right. Consider them the French equivalent of American progressives, along the lines of the Congressional Progressive Caucus with a few mainstream Dems thrown in.Read More


Pointing Out the Obvious [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2012 | 7:00 PM | comments

I had dinner yesterday evening with the executive director of a national LGBT org who pointed out the obvious; why isn't GetEqual focused on, shall we say, "educating" the GOP jackasses about a bill that 90% of America already approves of?Read More


Snapshots of Austerity: Despair

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 22, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Dimitris Christloulas's suicide offers a snapshot of austerity's consequences for the elderly, the young, the middle- and working classes, and just about everyone outside of the one percent -- and not just in Greece, but right here at home too.Read More

GetEQUAL: Move On from Obama & Attack Our Enemies

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 20, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

GetEQUAL has a new strategy. Stop me if you have heard this one already. They are going to stage a bunch of protests against Obama.Read More


Romney Hires Openly Gay Man as National Security Spokesperson

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 20, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow called it! She wondered why Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major talk in North Carolina and never mentioned the antigay Amendment One. Mark today as the day Romney pivots to appeal to mainstream voters.Read More


Homophobia: The New 'Hate Word'

Filed by Mercedes Allen | April 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Increasingly, the Canadian far right has not merely imported rhetoric from south of the border, it has also refined and exported it as well.Read More


Obama & Romney Can't Fence Sit on Marriage Equality

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Simply put: In the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support marriage equality. This November it may be a risk not to.Read More


Chad Griffin vs Frank Schubert Over NC's Amendment One

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 18, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

North Carolina's Amendment One will pit incoming HRC President Chad Griffin against Prop 8 mastermind Frank Schubert as the two face off again in a battle over equality.Read More


Karger Files Ethics Complaint Against NOM for Failing to Report Donation from Romney

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 17, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is back in Southern California and is going after rival Mitt Romeny and his ties to the antigay National Organization for Marriage.Read More


Clinton Parties: Can She Get Any Cooler? [Caption This]

Filed by James Holmes | April 16, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

With the recent explosion of Texts From Hillary, and her meet-up with its creators fresh in our minds, we have yet another reason to be reminded of Secretary of State Clinton's awesomeness. Read More


Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC Show: Trans Politics & Funny Business

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry has a great weekend show, the first to spend any time on a real discussion of trans politics. But there were a few things said on the show that made me shout at the screen. Read More

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Questioning the Purpose of the 'We Can't Wait' Campaign

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 13, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

While it is an ambitious initiative, Freedom To Work's new "We Can't Wait" campaign is also tricky and confusing. Yes, this will get attention, but the real question is: How effective will this attention be?Read More


Allen West & the Conservative Mind

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

I didn't think that anyone -- not even her fellow Republicans -- could top Michelle Bachmann's 2008 interview with Chris Matthews, in which she accused then-candidate Barack Obama -- and certain members of Congress -- of being "anti-American." I should have known better.Read More

White House Whopper on ENDA Executive Order

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The White House is reduced to telling whoppers about why it won't sign the ENDA Executive Order.Read More


Santorum's Future: Like the Dinosaurs

Filed by Mark Segal | April 12, 2012 | 5:30 PM | comments

Everyone seems to be waxing poetic on the demise of Rick Santorum's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. LGBT pundits are correct in noting that Ricky is the most rabid of homophobes, and we like that. Why? It ends his elected political career.Read More


LA Mayor on Marriage Equality Plank: 'We're for Family Values'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 12, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

During her show Tuesday night, April 10, Rachael Maddow interviewed LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who notes that he's been supportive of marriage equality since 1994. His cousin is the current openly gay Assembly Speaker John A. Perez.Read More


Yes We Can Wait

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

What the White House is really thinking about the ENDA Executive Order...Read More


Takano Promises to be Progressive if Elected to Congress

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 11, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Takano believes that, unlike the visible suffering during Great Depression, today there is tremendous suffering "masked by the safety net." America, Takano said, is "in peril if we don't make the right decision. This is a huge fight over the course of our nation."Read More


More to Life

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 11, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

I thought there was more. More to fucking life.Read More


MSNBC's Roberts Hosts GetEqual White House Easter Egg Couple On ENDA Exec Order

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 10, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

A gay couple, one of whom works for a federal contractor, attended the annual White House Easter Egg Roll to ask President Obama about the ENDA Executive Order sitting on his desk. MSNBC's Thomas Roberts interviewed them. Read More


The Veep Fantasy Tournament

Filed by Bil Browning | April 10, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Think you know who Romney will choose as his vice president? Here's a way to put your money where your mouth is...Read More

The Pope Song

Catholics & Gay Marriage: Schisms-R-Us

Filed by Leslie Robinson | April 10, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Catholic church in this country, while not in its death throes, is suffering from a rupture and a nervous condition. The church's hold on its members has ruptured, and that's going to make any denomination nervous.Read More


Rick Warren: 'When the Church Accommodates Culture, It Weakens It'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 09, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

ABC News' Jake Tapper interviewed Pastor Rick Warren on This Week on Easter Sunday and surprise, surprise - he has not changed his antigay point of view.Read More


Another Santorum 'Slip of the Tongue'

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 09, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Take a look at this and then tell me what you think Rick Santorum said, almost said, or meant to say.Read More


Quebec Students Continue to Strike!

Filed by R Conrad | April 09, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nearly 300,000 students have gone on strike to fight the tuition hikes and the plan to massively privatize the public university system in Quebec. Queers and feminists are on the front lines. Read More


Should a Gay Couple Press Obama at Easter Egg Roll About EDNA?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | April 08, 2012 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm afraid this will come off like a bad publicity stunt that will undermine the overall message. However, I'm curious to hear what y'all think about this.Read More


Gay Student: 'You Do Not Leave Your 1st Amendment Rights at the Gates of the School'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 06, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Bravo to Kearian Giertz, the Fullerton Union High School student who said he said he hoped he'd see gay marriage legal again in California in 10 years. Read More


Mitt Unzipped: The Real Romney

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 05, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

We've seen and heard plenty of the "real Mitt Romney" in the course of the GOP primary. And not just from his Republican opponents. Mitt Romney has more than revealed himself to American voters. Read More


Romney Exposed: The Real Race Begins

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 04, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Whether they've chosen him, settled for him, or just got stuck with him, it looks like Mitt Romney will be the GOP's standard bearer from here on as we go into the general election.Read More


Anchorage Prop 5 Fails

Filed by James Holmes | April 04, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The campaign to add protections for LGBT persons to Anchorage's non-discrimination ordinance failed on Tuesday night by a wide margin, with unofficial numbers showing 58% voting no.Read More

Pink Elephant

When Even GOProud Flunkies Won't Vote for the GOP...

Filed by Bil Browning | April 03, 2012 | 4:15 PM | comments

Chris Barron's bromance with Libertarian Gary Johnson isn't something new. He's not ashamed to admit that he's forsaken his own party this election cycle and I guess I shouldn't be astonished to see how vitriolic he is about his defection.Read More


Celinda Lake: North Carolina Win Could Change the Movement

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 02, 2012 | 6:30 PM | comments

When LGBT politicos considered the lay of this year's initiative and referendum landscape, many looked at the horrendous Amendment One in North Carolina and shrugged. It's the South! What chance do gays have of winning there? Actually, a good one.Read More


Karger Calls for Romney, Santorum, Gingrich to Disavow NOM Pledge

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 02, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Three more Republican presidential primaries are coming up on April 3. Openly gay GOP candidate Fred Karger - who initiated the investigation that resulted in the documents becoming public - is asking Romney, Santorum and Gingrich to disavow the NOM pledge they took early in the campaign.Read More


It's a Rand Rand Rand Rand World

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 02, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

Whether Ryan still makes his staff slog through Rand's work, is anybody's guess. But his latest budget proposal makes it clear that he and the rest of the GOP want to make the rest of us slog through a world redesigned according to Rand's worldview.Read More

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Constitutional? The Individual Mandate [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | April 01, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

What do you think? Is the mandate constitutional or will it get struck down?Read More