Living: March 2011

The Gandhi None of Us Knew

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It has been not quite a century since Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in January 1948 at the age of 78 in New Delhi, India. The bevy of hagiographies written about him is now being replaced with truth-telling biographies about...Read More

The Day My Family Nearly Parachuted From a Commercial Airplane

Filed by Jeff Lutes | March 31, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Years ago my family went to visit relatives in Vegas for New Years. Along with our children, we took a 10-month baby boy that we were fostering at the time and one of our dogs (which Southwest allows because my...Read More

Feminine Wetness: Vintage Pinup Publicity

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 31, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

I have no idea, but this one looks to be of 1940s vintage (unless you know better), and some kind of a publicity stunt by the folks selling these fine plumbing fixtures. That gal has moxie and actually seems to...Read More

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My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

Filed by Mark S. King | March 30, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Perhaps it is the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, and her connection to Rock Hudson, that brings this memory back again. It still conjures such fear and melancholy that repeating it feels like sharing a ghost story... Over and over, footage...Read More

A Bilerico Blogger in the Baby Dyke Years

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | March 30, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

While recently visiting my childhood home, which I like to call the Stein museum, I dug up this little gem. At 17 (cue Janis Ian), I was the "Baby Dyke Heroine" in the February 1995 issue of Deneuve magazine (before...Read More

Get Beached: Vintage Summer Fashions

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 30, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Buried like some deep ancestral memory, I vaguely remember that my dad had a jacket and swim trunks set like this ca. 1960. I think they were called cabana sets. My dad's was a Hawaiian print with flamingoes on it...Read More

Will Marriage Save Us?

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 30, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Marriage, any type of commitment, and being truly, terrifyingly, unabashedly, emotionally intimate is for grown ups. This is the reason we now have this insane obsession with marriage. Although I have never really had the desire to marry, I am...Read More

Richard Simmons' Air New Zealand Video

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Oh, Richard Simmons. You've still got it. Whatever it is. At least in New Zealand, you do....Read More

Cave Painting of a Dinosaur?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

The nutjobs at the Kentucky creationist "museum" have made another ludicrous claim in their desperate attempts to link modern science with a bunch of nomad's oral history stories written down thousands of years ago. This time they say a cave...Read More

It's March Madness Out There!

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 29, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

War war war all time time - things are pretty mad everywhere it seems, better spend time with the ones you love....Read More

LGBT Health Awareness Week Begins Today

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Hutson W. Inniss is the Executive Director for the National Coalition for LGBT Health. The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is...Read More

Was Gandhi Gay?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Was Gandhi gay? Noted historian Joseph Lelyveld has written a biography of the famous Indian activist that includes a hint of same-sex intimacy. Conservative "historian" Andrew Roberts (there's been some controversy about his other work) wrote a review of Lalyveld's...Read More

Inexplicable Spanking: Vintage Weirdness

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 28, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

An old men's club's hazing ritual? Great-grampa's secret Daddy/boy relationship? The first underground Bear party? Or, as the youngsters say... LOLWUT!? My favorite strange find of the week....Read More

Spring Has Sprung: The DC Edition

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know that one of my favorite things about living in DC is that Spring comes earlier than it does in Indianapolis. The dogwoods, cherry trees, tulips and daffodils are all blooming...Read More

Pole Dancing for Jesus in Texas

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 27, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Reporters Isiah Carey and Kristin Kane of Fox 26 talk about pole dancing for Jesus. Offered without comment....Read More

But I Thought He Was Gay!

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This has to be one of the most ridiculous stories I've ever heard. A woman went to a massage parlor and her male therapist gave her what she asked for. Now she's pissed and making a stink of it. Why?...Read More

Uganda: 'Kill the Gays' Bill Dead?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 25, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Has Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill finally died in the country's Parliament? Local television reports announced the bill's demise yesterday after the Museveni administration pulled its support. Information Minister Kabakumba Matsiko said in the news report that homosexuality is already...Read More

Remember the Triangle Fire

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | March 25, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Today is the centennial of the Triangle Waist Factory Fire - more familiarly the Triangle Fire - a 1911 blaze near Manhattan's Washington Square that killed 146 garment workers, most young immigrant Jewish and Italian women, many just in their...Read More

Tipper Gore & the Accidental Activist

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

On Sunday night Jerame and I attended a GetEqual fundraiser with Jillian Weiss. During the speeches it was announced that Tipper Gore was in attendance. Mrs. Gore smiled and waved brightly to the assembled guests and according to the Washington...Read More

How to Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time

Filed by D Gregory Smith | March 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

If you're an amateur naturalist, like me, you've probably spent some time in the library or online looking for sexual ambiguity in nature. After all, one of the biggest arguments against the biodiversity of sexual orientation is this: Natural Law....Read More

The Smithsonian: Historically Hardcore

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Copywriter Matt Kaplan came up with this fantastic series of advertisements for the Smithsonian Museum complex. While the ads are fakes, the museum would be foolish not to immediately commission him to do a full series they could use. Two...Read More

The Homosexual Generation: Vintage Book

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

From 1965: this mass-market paperback on homosexuality. Oh dear. From the cover commentary to the table of contents, one gets a clear sense that this volume was riddled with myths, lies, distortions, and misinformation. (Click on the images to get...Read More

The Metaphor Trap

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Hugh Yeman is a redneck cursed with a modicum of intelligence. He enjoys hiking, beer, history and excluding the serial comma. Lately I've been running into a lot of metaphors relating to LGBT rights. I tend...Read More

Dame Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Longtime gay icon and movie star Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79 in Los Angeles. Taylor died of congestive heart failure after being ill for many years. She was well-known in the LGBT community for her dedicated support...Read More

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Walmart Gets Better

Filed by Mark S. King | March 23, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yesterday I had a conference call with Walmart PR manager Ravi Jariwala, and Crosby Cromwell, a manager for constituent relations. We discussed the fact that I wasn't able to use the word "gay" in my review on the Walmart web...Read More

Lobbying Against Indiana's Marriage Discrimination Amendment: Newbie Report

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | March 23, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

A couple of weeks ago I attended a lobbying workshop presented by Indiana Equality Action, in which we learned how to address our legislators on the upcoming vote to embed marriage discrimination in the Indiana constitution. On Tuesday I drove...Read More

DOMA: Judge Adjourns Deportation Until Spousal Status Decided

Filed by Bil Browning | March 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

An Argentinian woman who married her lesbian partner in Connecticut has won a court victory postponing her deportation. The judge ruled that after recent developments surrounding DOMA, the women should submit a form to the government requesting spousal status that...Read More

The Face of Same-Sex Marriage?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 22, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

“Honey, we’re on page two of the Washington Post.” That’s what my husband said to me Saturday morning, when he and Dylan returned from their swimming class, as he left on the counter a page that had been ripped...Read More

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Walmart Is Selling a Profane Book

Filed by Mark S. King | March 22, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Walmart is selling the new It Gets Better book. Just don't call it "gay." When I noticed that Walmart had listed It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living on their web site, I answered...Read More

The Self Esteem Our Precious Young Boys Need to Thrive

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

To all the boys who may or may not be queer. The boys picked last in sports but first for the latest in fashion, entertaining, and tasteful decorating. The boys who couldn't catch a football but instead could clean a...Read More

Sheela Na Gig

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Highlighting the LGBT saints you might not know about!...Read More

Modern Medicine Now Able to Bestow Constitutional Rights

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 21, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

If there's anything that illustrates the inanity of our nation's policies on queer rights, it's what I'm about to go through. In two months, I'll be trekking up to Canada for sex reassignment surgery. (Yes, Canada. That's what I think...Read More

Did I Sign a Youth Death Sentence?

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I am a cowardly murderer. I stood by watching the hate and homophobia of the world devour our youth and did nothing to prevent it. I could have spoken up. I could have screamed. I could have demanded they take...Read More

Whatever Happened to My Middle Age?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 21, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Steve Publicover is a former DC resident who lives in southwestern Virginia. I got the word from my doctor this week that it's time for me to schedule my first colonoscopy. That's the procedure where they dope you...Read More

Six Dead Kids Who Needed More than Safety

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Whenever I have worked with young people the issue of safety is obsessively focused on. You can't touch them (unless it is in front of other people and even then it's frowned upon). You can't be too involved or concerned...Read More

Are You?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: 15-year old guest blogger Naomi L. from Los Altos, California and is starting to look at colleges - with an eye towards an LGBTQ friendly campus! Naomi was a winner of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights...Read More

Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 20, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck is receiving some well-deserved backlash after an extremely offensive comment he made at a Kansas House debate this past Monday. During the meeting he stated: Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs...Read More

From Politics to Parades: What's Left To Do in Massachusetts

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 18, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kara Suffredini is the Executive Director of MassEquality. She is a seasoned LGBT movement veteran and has extensive background advancing laws that promote justice and fairness. So much has changed in Massachusetts since the early 1990s...Read More

You Don't Have to Go to College to Figure Out Scissoring

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 18, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The New York Times has an article about how new survey data doesn't support the idea that there's a "lesbian until graduation" phenomenon. Here's the data: But according to the new study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and...Read More

A Belated Apology: Should We Accept?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 18, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sean Carlson is a writer and organizer from Washington, DC. Sean is the co-founder of Talk About Equality, an LGBT blog focusing on personal stories and leveraging narrative for social change. Coming out was easily one...Read More

No Gays in the Crystal Cathedral Choir?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

There is trouble at the famed Crystal Cathedral mega-church in California's Orange County - and it's not just that they've filed for bankruptcy. The church now appears to be vetting its leadership by making them sign a "covenant" promising that...Read More

1972 Philly Pride: Historic Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 17, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Awesome private photo of a contingent Gay Pride Parade in Philadelphia 39 years ago - a touching reminder of the passion and bravery of the people who fought for rights at a time when Gay Rights seemed like an impossible...Read More

Obstinance Only

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 17, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

We won't let Women's History Month become Women ARE History month!...Read More

Like Black Church, St. Patrick's Day Parades Are Anti-gay

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 16, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Irish and African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities share a lot in common when it comes to being excluded from iconic institutions in their communities. For LGBTQ African-Americans, it's the black church, and for LGBTQ Irish, it's...Read More

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The Book with a Promise: It Gets Better

Filed by Mark S. King | March 16, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

There were moments while reading It Gets Better, the new book inspired by the YouTube video project to help bullied youth, when my heart leapt to my throat and hovered there. It happened a few times, quite unexpectedly, usually while...Read More

Sean Chapin Homage to Gaga: Target, Are You Anti-Gay?

Filed by Phil Reese | March 16, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

This weekend I was in San Francisco at the Haas Jr. Fund summit for LGBTQ journalists, writers, bloggers and editors (more on that in my next post) and while I was there I had the good fortune to meet gay...Read More

America Loves Mitch and Cam More than Murphy Brown

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Pew found that Americans are more supportive of gay parents than single parents (as if they're mutually exclusive categories...): The survey found that when it comes to opinions overall on non-traditional families, such as those with gay and lesbian parents,...Read More

Refugee from Uganda

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 16, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

"Gay Sex Pervert Can't Boink Wife" in big black typeface took up more than a third of the tabloid newspaper Moses held up for everyone in the audience to see. These words were next to a large photo of him...Read More

Christian Exceptionalism

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Michigan's attorney general, who campaigned on not firing that creepy assistant attorney general who was homophobicly/homosexually stalking a gay college student because "when you're not on the government job, you ought to be able to express your opinion," has filed...Read More

Written in the Stars: Gays and Astrology

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 15, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I first knew there was something queer about astrology back in my teen years, when I first saw Walter Mercado on television. Though Mercado's homosexuality has never been established, this flamboyant, androgynous, perfumed, bouffant, heavily-made up psychic seemed to me...Read More

Indiana LGBT Folk Rally at Statehouse Against Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

About 500 Hoosier LGBT people rallied against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partner benefits yesterday. While Fox 59 has done an admirable job of leading the way for accurate LGBT reporting, I was...Read More

Grindr Goes Straight

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

The same guy who put Grindr together is going to put out a straight... I mean "mainstream" version of the app: The new application, Project Amicus will offer similar functionalities, allowing users to discover other users who are close to...Read More

The Word Is Out

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 15, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

At Wayne State University in Detroit, the Word Warriors wave the banner on behalf of the English language's neglected words. Last year the Warriors released a list of words they hoped to rescue from disuse. As the obliging type, I...Read More

Wash Away the Gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 14, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Oh, this stuff is still going on. This is the latest from a Florida ex-gay ministry that's making powerful promises, specifically that a bath can wash away the gay if done correctly (I'm gonna wash that man right outta my...Read More

Age 40+ Gay Black Male Seeking a Love Community

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In communities of color in other parts of the world , there is no such thing as orphans and single parents. Children are not left alone and people are not removed or shoved out of communities once they reach a...Read More

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My Friend Chloe

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

In 1996 or so, I went after a long day in the law office to a place called the Manhattan Gay Community Center to get counseling at the Gender Identity Project, where transsexuals could go to get help. Wearing my...Read More

Like a Virgin, Post-SRS?

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

My sex reassignment surgery is two months away, and as you might expect, I have a lot of things on my mind. Most of them I'm trying not to think about: complications, pain, infection, how much sensation I'll have, my...Read More


Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 13, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Call it nepotism if you like, but I wanted to use my temporary editor powers to make you all aware of a project my cousin Leilah Weinraub has been working on called "SHAKEDOWN." The film chronicles the day-to-day lives of...Read More

"The Gay Gene Will Not Protect You"

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the wake of Lady Gaga's new song "Born This Way," there have been several online discussions about the worth of arguing whether queers are biologically determined or not. I think it's a pointless issue. Whether or not science supports...Read More

Invisible at Death

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 13, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Death Certificates in Washington State do not count gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people, and Washington is not alone. There is not a single state in this country recording this data. This is problematic for several reasons. For example: Local,...Read More

LGBTQ Mentorship Program - DIY!

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

So last Wednesday I had four coffee dates. The first at 10AM was with a 42-year-old graduate student, who recently admitted to himself his attraction to other men, and is looking for guidance through the coming out process. The next...Read More

Coming Out in Wisconsin

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 13, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Ryan Biava is a PhD Candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington. [Disclosure: He is a member of the Teaching Assistants Association, a public-sector union affiliated...Read More

My Humble Hero - Teaching People with HIV to Live and Die with Dignity

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Every March, a diverse community of more than 400 PLWHA's (people living with HIV/AIDS) journey from several states, mostly the southeast, and meet up at the annual Positive Living Conference. The conference take place along the Florida's Emerald Coast stretches...Read More

Ali Forney Center LIFE Coaches Go Live

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 12, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

As I noted a while back, I'm training to be a LIFE coach for homeless LGBTQ youth of the amazing Ali Forney Center in New York City. "LIFE" stands for, uh, something I can't remember right now. (uh oh, new...Read More

Sign the Petition Demanding that Apple Remove Exodus's Bigoted iPhone App

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Truth Wins Out has created a petition to demand that Apple remove its bigoted Exodus International iPhone app: Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization, has just released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a...Read More

Brotherhood is Not So Powerful

Filed by Kate Clinton | March 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

What an interesting Women's History Month. They must have hired a new publicist. It's as if plucky Peggy Olsen from "Mad Men" took over the account and decided to shake things up. I don't know how the new branding will...Read More

The Queen

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was doing some sleuthing online and came across this clip from the 1968 documentary "The Queen" directed by Frank Simon, which features Flawless Sabrina preparing for a drag queen contest in New York City. What strikes me most about...Read More

Gay Men and Lesbians Marry in West Bank and Shanghai

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 11, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Haaretz has an article up on Orthodox Jews forming gay male/lesbian couples for marriage and child-rearing: His 12th couple has just announced their engagement, Harel said, and he has a list of another 30 gays and 20 lesbians seeking matches....Read More

Claiming Rainbow Pride

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 11, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Hi everyone! I thought I'd make my first post a conversation starter. So last week wraps up some of the LGBT Pride events in Cape Town, South Africa, an opportunity for some queer Capetonians to unveil their new South African...Read More

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The Great Queer Migration Myth

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | March 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This weekend, I am going to the house where I grew up for the last time before our family sells it. I have been surprised at the depth of my feelings of loss. I wonder how much my experience of...Read More

Much Too Old

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 10, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger William Schindler, a.k.a., Brother William, founder and Spiritual Director of Ashram West, obtained a B.A. in Sanskrit from UC Berkeley, where he also studied Hindi and Bengali, and a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch...Read More

The Joy of Gay Banking

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Once a while back a few friends, who are French, were over and one read a line of poetry, an awkward but clever metaphor that involved fruit (it was a while ago, I don't remember it exactly). I joked that...Read More

When History Is Hard

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

February came and went without my writing a post about Black History Month.Though, not because I didn’t think about it, or didn’t want to. I did. I even had a couple of invitations to write guests posts for other...Read More

Women of Trans Berlin: Two 1920s Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 09, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Historic 1920s photo of a sophisticated group of transwomen, taken at the Eldorado Night Club on Berlin's Motzstraße. The Nazis shut the club down in 1933....Read More

TRX Needs to Sponsor Chris Mosier

Filed by Bil Browning | March 09, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I don't usually do promos for specific people since we're inundated with requests to "show my video" or "help me win XYZ contest." This one, however, is interesting and easy to help out with. Projector Chris Mosier writes in to...Read More

40+ and Refusing to Be Dismissed

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 08, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Within the gay community, there seem to be two factions, old and young. I want to specifically address these issues even though I know someone will bitch and say we have more issues than this, or this is too simplistic,...Read More

One Queer Reports on Changing Hearts and Minds of White People in Wisconsin

Filed by Caitlin Breedlove | March 08, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of the things about the Wisconsin protests that has not been written about much is that most of the uprising consists of working class white people. The culture of the space reflects the culture of this place: country and...Read More

Gay Film and Theatre Arts, 1920s Berlin

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 08, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

In the course of doing some research on libertine life in 1920s Berlin, Germany, I came across two small but very meaningful images. The first one, showing two gay sailors, was a banner that once hung on a theatre in...Read More

Clarification in New York Marriage Rules for Transgender People

Filed by Austen Crowder | March 08, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

One of the most understated barriers to equality for trans people isn't animus - it's ambiguity. Some of our biggest steps of progress come from the clarification of rules regarding gendered institutions like marriage. Take TLDEF's latest victory regarding policies...Read More

Hillary Clinton & James Bond: International Women's Day

Filed by Bil Browning | March 08, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today is the 100th annual International Women's Day - a "global celebration of women" that originally started as a German socialist political event that has morphed into different celebrations in different areas of the globe. Some treat it like Valentine's...Read More

The Myth That LGBT Youth of Color Can't Be Supported

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 08, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kyle Bella currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is an undergraduate studying through Goddard College's low residency program. He is working on his senior thesis project titled, "Queer: Self. Selves. Selvedges." and writes articles for...Read More

In Praise of Good Men

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 08, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

In an effort to make sense of so much of the craziness that goes on, everybody would like a scapegoat. Someone to blame everything on. I have read a great deal of feminist literature. I love me some bell hooks...Read More

The "Gay Imam"

Filed by D Gregory Smith | March 07, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I get a lot of emails from friends who know that I love to read all sorts of things, but don't have a lot of time to search for it myself. One of my friends looks at websites from the...Read More

DOMA & the Death of My Beloved Partner

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ted Hayes is a retired chemist, Baptist minister and Doctor of Counseling. He was recently featured in D. Gregory Smith's post, "Educate Me." There is cause for a great deal of rejoicing these days. The Obama...Read More

Turn of the Century Butch: 19th Century Photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 07, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Two fascinating photos, dated 1890, from a private estate sale. Presumably a bunch of 19th century misses that had a fun costume party, but do I sense a special tenderness between some of the couples! Photos like these pose so...Read More

New Free Legal Resource for LGBT Families

Filed by Nadine Smith | March 07, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

For LGBT Floridians looking to navigate the legal landscape, Equality Florida is providing a free legal guide created in partnership with Carlton Fields, one of Florida's premier law firms. The Equality Florida Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families...Read More

An LGBT Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 06, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: The Mongolian LGBT Centre is this year's awardee of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Felipa de Souza award, which honors human rights defenders working on LGBT rights each year at it's a Celebration of Courage...Read More

DUI Arrest: Senator's One Year Coming Out Anniversary

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week marks the one year anniversary of former Senator Roy Ashburn's DUI arrest and subsequent coming out as a gay man. As you may recall, Republican Senator Roy Ashburn from Bakersfield, California, was arrested for drunk driving in Sacramento...Read More

Not Welcome: A Transwoman and the Plasma Center

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sera Wohldmann is a 23-year old recently post-operative transgender lesbian, a working musician by day, and a security guard by night. She currently lives in Hollywood, CA with her unemployed trans fiancée just trying to scrape...Read More

Conservative Campus Queers Revolt

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 04, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I posted a few weeks ago about Westmont College, which forces students to promise not to be gay, and the letter alumni and professors wrote talking about the negative effects of the school's homophobia. Even though the school receives federal...Read More

Life Partners: Vintage Lesbian Couples

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 04, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

It's a rare and beautiful thing when the person dissolving an estate can provide some brief background on the deceased. According to the auctioneer of these two images, they came from the estate of an elderly, openly lesbian woman and...Read More

Live Nude Sex Show!

Filed by Mercedes Allen | March 04, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The above is not what you would expect to be the heading used to advertise an elective on-campus speaker series event. But then, most of us never attended Northwestern University. After an initial discussion at Ryan Family Auditorium, the students...Read More

This Will Break Your Heart

Filed by Bil Browning | March 03, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Meet Derence Kernek and Ed Watson, a California couple who have been together for 40 years. They want the 9th Circuit federal court to lift the stay against same-sex marriage is California so they can get hitched. Why? Ed, who...Read More

Happy First Anniversary Washington, DC

Filed by Cathy Renna | March 03, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A year ago today, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction south of the Mason-Dixon line to legally marry same-sex couples. As I write "Happy First Anniversary" emails to the three couples I had the honor and pleasure of...Read More

In Defense of Nikolai Alexseev

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger John R. Selig is a gay dad, writer, photographer, podcaster and activist living in Dallas, Texas. Selig produces his "John Selig Outspoken" podcast to provide role models to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. I am...Read More

Rev. Peter Gomes: Accidental Gay Advocate

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 03, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

If during your tenure as a student at Harvard you did not encounter the Reverend Peter J. Gomes, you have not had the quintessential Harvard experience. For undergraduates, if they were paying attention, Gomes bookended their four-year experience at Harvard...Read More

Are Our Politics Born of Immutable Principles?

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | March 02, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Since we plan to move in together, C, being more traditional than I am about these things, took me home to meet his family. Besides his mom and dad, his brother, his sister and her husband and baby were there....Read More

How Many Parents Does Rufus Wainwright's Daughter Have?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | March 02, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen (born February 2, 2011) is the heir to folk music royalty. As the granddaughter of Loudon Wainwright III, Kate McGarrigle, and Leonard Cohen, she starts off life with songs - and poetry - in her blood....Read More

Why I Am an Evangelical Christian

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | March 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Growing up in the South, there was one phrase that could always strike terror in my heart: evangelical Christian. My town was overrun with Christians who claimed the label of "evangelical". For them, this did not mean spreading the good...Read More

UK Foster Parents Told They Can't Be Homophobic

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 01, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

A couple in the UK, which had previously fostered almost twenty children and was considered an exemplary foster parenting couple, were told several years ago that they couldn't foster anymore because they're homophobic. They sued, and the court sided with...Read More

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Touring an HIV+ Gay Sex Club: Serosorting in Action

Filed by Mark S. King | March 01, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The idea that HIV positive people still want sex is as old as The Denver Principles, the 1983 manifesto drawn up by gay men with AIDS that demanded "as full and satisfying a sexual and emotional life as anyone else."...Read More

Designer John Galliano Confuses Fascism with Fashion

Filed by Bil Browning | March 01, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

What's the deal with the recent rash of celebrity implosions? I realize that there's always high drama surrounding these mostly nouveau riche stars and that addiction and mental illness often plays a role, but not since Mel Gibson's infamous racist...Read More