Living: June 2011


Southwest Pilot Apologizes for Anti-Gay Rant... Sort of

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 30, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

James Fritzen Taylor, the Southwest Airlines pilot who made news for the homophobic cockpit screed that was caught on tape, has issued an general mea culpa for his 'offensive' and 'derogatory' remarks. Well, he is sorry for being 'insensitive.'Read More


Meet Tona Brown, Who Sang For President Obama

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 30, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tona Brown is an African American Transgender violinist and vocalist who has had a career spanning both North America and Europe.Read More

Oh My Midol! Vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 30, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, bless you heart, Sally. If only it was that easy for everyone.Read More

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Catholics Deny Gay Man Funeral

Filed by Bil Browning | June 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Catholic church officials originally banned a gay man's funeral from the church he attended, but changed their mind after a community uproar.Read More


NY Town Clerk Says She Won't Sign Marriage Licenses

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 30, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

If town clerk Barbara MacEwen had her way, she wouldn't be signing any marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Volney, NY.Read More


Dab Garner's 30-Year Story of Survival

Filed by Mark S. King | June 29, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

One man explains to you what happened to him, from becoming one of the first AIDS patients in San Francisco to his life today in the service of others with HIV.Read More


LGBT Groups Protest AR Paper's Obituary Policy

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 29, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Despite agreeing to review their obituary policies that discriminate against same-sex couples, the Arkansas newspaper The Daily Guard has insultingly reiterated its policy, which makes a distinction between grieving life partners. Read More

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A Dangerous Service Model for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Sassafras Lowrey takes a look at "Family Reunification," a common strategy for helping LGBTQ youth that's doing more harm than good. Other approaches, like building new families instead of reunifying destructive ones, should be explored.Read More


It's Walmart's World, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 28, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Supreme Court's Dukes vs. Walmart, raising the bar for plaintiffs in class action suits, means workers who already have it bad in this economy probably won't have it any better and won't be able to do much about it.Read More


Diving In

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

When you go in the ocean in Maine, you have a certain expectation: you expect to have a heart attack. It's how I've been feeling about my whole life lately and I'm not sure how much more I can take.Read More


Brands Popular with LGBT Owned by Pro-Equality Companies

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 28, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

It's heartening to see that the positive perception of brands in the community largely corresponds with companies with strong records on LGBT equality, according to Human Rights Campaign records. Read More


Blame Straight People

Filed by Bil Browning | June 28, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

From former Bilerico-Indiana contributor Zac Hart's Facebook wall comes this sign from the streets of Indianapolis. Oh, how the times are changing...Read More


Loss and More Loss

Filed by Sara Whitman | June 27, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I know I've been absent for a while. End of the school year, 1000 different events to go to- a final goodbye to the elementary school we've been a part of for 11 years. And there's something I haven't written about but am ready to now.Read More


It's Walmart's World, Pt. 1

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

It's Walmart's world, and the rest of us are just living in it. That seems to be the take away from the Supreme Court's ruling in Duke v. Walmart.Read More


Pride in NY & Turkey, Trouble in Chicago & SF, and NOM

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 27, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

It was a big, successful Pride weekend after NY's passage of marriage equality. But that doesn't mean there weren't some roadblocks along the way. Read More


Bi Activist Adrienne Williams Honored by White House

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 27, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The founder of Bi Social Network and the "I am Visible" campaign to combat biphobia and bi-erasure will join other LGBT activists at the White House's Pride Reception on Wednesday.Read More


Catholics Ban Pro-Marriage NY Legislators

Filed by Bil Browning | June 27, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Not only are the beliefs of Catholic leaders still stuck in the Middle Ages, but their leadership style seems to still be glued there too.Read More


Traffic Fatality Derails Anchorage Pride Parade

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 26, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

During the Pridefest parade in Anchorage, Alaska yesterday, the car carrying the grand marshal ran over and killed a man marching in the parade, which was subsequently canceled.Read More


A Look at LGBT Inclusion in Conservative Judaism

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 26, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Three years after being the first openly gay person accepted to a Conservative Jewish rabbinical school, Aaron Weininger says that the movement is continuing its tradition of acknowledging and accepting necessary change.Read More


CA Public Officials Encourage HIV Testing

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

California State Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener received rapid HIV tests in Castro today to encourage gay and bisexual men to get tested. Monday is National HIV Testing Day.Read More


Gay Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Comes Out as Undocumented

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Too often the LGBT community is perceived to be purely white and male dominated, with little interest outside their plush ghetto silos. As Jose Antonio Vargas illustrates in his moving revelation in the New York Times magazine, gays have issues that intersect with other communities.Read More


A Sexy Chick Tells You About Faggots

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Who better to tell us about the history of the word "faggot" than a hot sexy chick with big boobs? Apparently, "Hot For Words" is playing up the sexy teacher angle for these short videos on the history of English words.Read More


How Target & Two Sofa Salesmen Liberated My Inner Harvey Milk

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | June 24, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Patrick Hamilton is an accidental activist. Target and two sofa salesmen made it happen.Read More


Just Monkeying Around: Strange Vintage Postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 24, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

All I can come up with is "Does this tail make my ass look big?", but surely that perfume atomizer should be acknowledged. Maybe you can think of a better caption, because this risque Victorian postcard is begging for the right joke.Read More


Europe Isn't Paradise

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The European Union's Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, instituted a two year study examining LGBT life in the 47 Council of Europe member states and found that our tribe is still getting shafted quite often.Read More


U.S. Census Statistics Number Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Data from Alabama, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming has been released, and it shows that the number of same-sex couples in these states is substantial. Read More


35 Years Ago Anita Bryant Waged War: We've Not Come A Long Way

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

As we wait to see if marriage equality will become a reality in New York, it was 34 years ago this month that Anita Bryant caused the lesbian and gay citizens of Dade County, Florida to lose their rights and protections.Read More

Target Releases 'It Gets Better' Video

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 23, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Is Target "evolving" on LGBT issues, too? Or is this another move to deter the bad press the company's been receiving about its stance on LGBT issues?Read More

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Chicago Man Denied HIV Meds in Jail

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

An HIV+ Chicago man was arrested and detained in the Bureau County Jail late last year, but even though he repeatedly told officers he needed medication to manage his illness, the jail decided that they were too expensive to provide.Read More


Flying the Not-So-Friendly Skies

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

An unlucky Southwest Airlines pilot who decided to go on a sexist, anti-gay, and age-phobic rant in the cockpit found out too late that his microphone had become stuck and transmitted his entire outburst for hundreds of miles.Read More


Understatement of the Day

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This little graphic is making its rounds across Facebook. I couldn't agree more.Read More


5 Tips to Make It Better Now

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Eric Poole gives five tips to teens who can't wait for it to get better when they become adults and need a way to combat bullying now.Read More


Famous For Reproducing

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Quelle suprise. Bristol Palin took the "fall down drunk, get up pregnant" route to parenthood. I'll just repeat what I said around the time the whole Jon & Kate mess exploded. Why are people famous just for reproducing?Read More


The Lady Is a Tramp: Vintage Sex Worker Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 21, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Interesting little historical gem, a cabinet photo of a seemingly pampered prostitute who worked at a 19th century lumber camp somewhere in Michigan. She looks very comfortable with herself, doesn't she?Read More


Go the F**k to Sleep!

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm posting this here for all the parents in the world who have ever thought what the title of this book says. Go ahead, play it twice. You know you were laughing too hard to hear the whole thing.Read More


Why I'm Wearing a Tiara During the AIDS LifeCycle Ride

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 20, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

One of the best things about being an embedded reporter during the AIDS LifeCycle ride was how I was reminded of the difference between humility and humiliation.Read More


Old Lady Robs Bank: Threatens Teller with AIDS

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

From the strange and stranger files, an elderly woman robbed a Longmont, Colorado Wells Fargo bank earlier this month by threatening to infect the teller with AIDS if they didn't hand over the cash.Read More


Trans in Afghanistan: Update on Jenn & Transgender Military Service

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 18, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Pam Daniels updates us on her friend Jennifer who has a little more than a month to go for her deployment in Afghanistan and is still transitioningRead More


I Am the Man my Father Built

Filed by Mark S. King | June 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

My father raised exactly what he valued - a man who steps up and asks stupid questions and knows that to soar, you must risk the occasional, spectacular crash.Read More


Misguided Policy for Transgender Residents in NYC

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 17, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Jen Pula, MD, discusses NYC's 40-year old health code requiring individuals to have genital surgery before changing their legal gender on their birth certificates.Read More

Video: Immigration Reform Through A Queer Lens

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 17, 2011 | 3:15 PM | comments

The session focused on the personal stories of undocumented immigrants - using 'coming out' rhetoric to draw a parallel between LGBTQ identity and undocumented immigrant identity.Read More


Video: TSA Fires Trans Employee

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

When Ashley Yang worked for the TSA as an airport screener, they insisted that she cut her hair or wear a "male wig" and would only let her pat down male passengers who regularly sexually harassed her.Read More


Thoughts on Race from Korea

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

During my trip to South Korea, I've been a visible racial minority in a way that's never happened to me before. It's an experience I'm glad I was able to have, and it's one everyone who hasn't had should have.Read More


HIV Vaccine Trial Highlights 30 Years of Progress

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

It is more imperative than ever for every individual to take a stance in the prevention and management of HIV. Guest blogger Kyle Bella's own contribution is being part of HVTN 505, a study of an HIV vaccine.Read More


California Marriage Equality's 3rd Anniversary

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Similar to last year, this year's anniversary of the first legally-recognized same-sex marriages in California coincides with an important development in the Proposition 8 case. Read More

Video: LGBT Netroots Connect Pre-Conference

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 16, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yesterday morning kicked off the LGBT Netroots Connect Pre-Conference. Check out this video from Carlos in DC.Read More


The 8 Best Gay Nude Beaches

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | June 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

As summer's official start rapidly approaches, check out the best nude beaches, frequented by many gay men, in the country. Read More


I Ate The Best Of Key West

Filed by Father Tony | June 16, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Headed to Key West? Make sure to check out these local restaurants that are gay-owned or gay-friendly. Read More


United/Continental Sends Gay Travelers a Foul Message

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Employees at United/Continental Airlines at Houston Intercontinental Airport sent two gay travelers returning from a luxury trip to Costa Rica a very disturbing message by vandalizing their luggage. Read More


The Anteater & the Mushroom: Debating Circumcision

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Alaric DeArment steps into the circumcision debate and the San Francisco ballot initiative to ban the archaic practice.Read More

Thoughts and Updates from Netroots Nation

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 15, 2011 | 2:15 PM | comments

I am most excited to engage in conversations about race/class/cis privilege with other privileged LGB folks.Read More


For the Love of Christ: Disabled Gay Men Tossed from KY Pool

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

Workers at The Pavillion, a government-funded recreational facility in Hazard, Kentucky, threw two gay men with developmental and intellectual disabilities out of the public pool citing the Bible as the reason.Read More


Hiding from the 'AIDS at 30' Media Storm

Filed by Mark S. King | June 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Examining the best of the "AIDS at 30" journalism and why I needed to warm up to the media blitz taking over my beat. Read More


Queering Up the Family Vacation

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 15, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Queerness is an intimate and real part of my nieces' lives. It's something they knew even before they could articulate it in words. It was also something that came up - along with race, class, and sovereignty - on our family vacation to Arizona.Read More

AIDS at 30: 1996 Being Alive Video

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 15, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

This video about Being Alive, the organization for and run by people with HIV/AIDS, was produced in 1996, after the new AIDS drugs became available - but not for everyone, including some of these PWAs meeting in Silverlake.Read More


The Pastor of Saint Cecilia's in Boston Is Not a Pro-LGBT Hero

Filed by Father Tony | June 14, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

There was snow in June at Saint Cecilia's Church in Boston, but the miracle was a contrived hoax. Read More

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Space Needle: If Community Raises $50k We'll Raise the Pride Flag

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 14, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

In a dramatic change of course, Seattle's Space Needle has announced that they will fly the Pride flag again this year during Seattle Pride Weekend, if the community can help them raise $50,000 for four organizations that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Read More

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The 'Religious Liberty' Straw Man

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | June 14, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

As New York state prepares for a probable vote on legalizing same-gender marriage, a familiar argument from the anti-equality crowd is being raised: religious liberty.Read More


I Often Feel the Same

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2011 | 12:15 PM | comments

So let's talk about the comments section on Bilerico. Especially the "imbecilic, repugnant grunts" that seem to pop up regularly lately.Read More


The Allure of Relationships with 'The Other'

Filed by Anthony Carter | June 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

If you create relationships based on ignorance, assumptions, fears, and titillation of being with the "other," you have a definite recipe for disaster. I saw this firsthand when I decided I no longer cared what package affection comes in. Read More


Lez Get Real? Inside the Imagined Life of 'Paula Brooks'

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 14, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

Bill Graber announced yesterday that he is the creator of Lez Get Real and that he has been cultivating an online identity for a false lesbian blogger. Here, we talk with Lez Get Real co-founder Julie Phineas. Read More


Larry Kramer's Historic Essay: AIDS At 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 14, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

This article was first published in the New York Native, Issue 59, March 14-27, 1983, and was the Larry Kramer scream heard around the world. Kramer's famous AIDS play, The Normal Heart, is currently in revival in New York City.Read More


Letting Go of Sorrow and Embracing Life at AIDS LifeCycle 10 Candlelight Vigil

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 13, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

As the AIDS LifeCycle 10 participants completed their 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, they reflected on the monumental significance of their accomplishmentRead More


States Of Union

Filed by D Gregory Smith | June 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Have you ever thought of an idea that would make a good project, but maybe just didn't have the resources or drive to see it through? Or have you ever seen something totally engaging that you knew you could support?Read More


Photos: Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C.

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 13, 2011 | 12:45 PM | comments

Thousands of people in Washington, D.C. attended this weekend's Capital Pride festival and parade, which featured The Bilerico Project's own Bil Browning. Check out photos from the parade. Read More

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Orphan Reunion: Two Kids from China Meet in Texas After a Decade

Filed by Jeff Lutes | June 13, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

My son and my friends' son lived in the same orphanage in Nanjing, China at the same time. After 10 years apart, they reconnected, demonstrating another amazing, incredible moment in our world. Read More


Tracy Morgan Reaction Roundup: Responses from NBC, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes and More

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 12, 2011 | 5:15 PM | comments

From network chairmen to co-stars, big-name comedians to CNN pundits - and of course GLAAD and the HRC - it seems everyone is weighing in on 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan's homophobic remarks made during a performance in Nashville on June 3.Read More


Two Spirits: The Last Thing Fred Saw

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 12, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since the brutal murder of Fred Martinez. Seeing the spot where he was killed was a gut-wrenching sight, even with experience dealing with the hallmark of hate crimes called "overkill."Read More


Access to Health Care Expanded for Trans Veterans

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Veterans Health Administration announced a directive on Thursday that acknowledges the unique health care needs of transgender and intersex veterans and establishes new policies to ensure that trans and intersex people are treated without discrimination by health care providers.Read More


AIDS LifeCycle 10 Rider Reveals HIV Status to Mom

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Kenny Norman is a 23 year old from Glendale who tested HIV positive on June 9, 2009 who came out to his mother on the telephone at a rest stop on the third day of the AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride.Read More


Voguing to Madonna ... at the Age of Nine.

Filed by Mark S. King | June 11, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

When Robert Jeffrey and his parents visited a New Hampshire casino that featured a "make your own music video" attraction in 1991, he only paused long enough to decide which Madonna song to perform. Watch the video!Read More

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What Sucks About Most Privileged Gay Men

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

"The Grid" contributor Paul Aguirre-Livingston writes about his experience as post-modern homosexual, and is critiqued by many.Read More


End of an Era: Thanks for the Good Times

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 09, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

I am stepping down as Managing Editor of the Bilerico Project. I can't justify the time I'm spending on the site without financial stability - no matter how proud I am of what we have built here.Read More


AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display in DC 2000: AIDS at 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 09, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Renee Sotile covered the unfolding of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in DC as part of the March on Washington in 2000. She and her wife have edited that footage to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS.Read More


I Won't Be Shopping at AutoZone Any More

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 09, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

In case you missed it, the Huffington Post just ran a story about HRC's list of The Worst Companies For LGBT Workers, including two retailers to especially avoid: AutoZone and Cracker Barrel. Read More

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Poem: Walking for Samantha

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 09, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In honor of all the bathroom bill scares out there. Read More


Anderson Cooper 360 Airs Investigation on Ex-Gay Therapy This Week

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 09, 2011 | 12:15 PM | comments

The three-part series, "The Sissy Boy Experiment: The Consequences Of Ex-Gay Therapy," traces the effects of gender-normalizing treatment on a 5-year-old boy in 1970, who took his own life at 38.Read More

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Horrible Media: Indy Cops Will March In Pride Parade

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Indianapolis Police Department will officially participate in this year's pride parade and local media is trying to drum up controversy that doesn't exist.Read More

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My Surprising Lack of Gay Pride

Filed by Mark S. King | June 08, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

For most of my life I've been judgmental and a little impatient with gay people who didn't just come out. Are the risks really that dire? I suspected they were just chicken shit, or unwilling to stand up to their family.Read More


Gay Puerto Rican Man Found Dead

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 08, 2011 | 5:15 PM | comments

Ramón "Moncho" Salgado's murder is the 3rd LGBT-related attack to take place in Puerto Rico in the past 72 hours.Read More


A 'Thank You' Note After Reassignment Surgery

Filed by Drew Cordes | June 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Upon completion of my sex reassignment surgery, I want to thank publicly all those who helped make my gender transition happen. Transitioning is not something one can do alone.Read More


9 of 10 Voters Think Feds Already Ban Workplace Discrimination

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 08, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

As the governor of Connecticut prepares to approve a nondiscrimination law that protects transgender people, a new study indicates that 9 out of 10 voters already think a federal nondiscrimination law exists.Read More


AstraZeneca to Pay $250k In Sex Discrimination Suit

Filed by Bil Browning | June 08, 2011 | 12:45 PM | comments

Pharmacuetical giant AstraZeneca will pay 124 women a total of $250,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Department of Labor. The women were being paid an average of $1700 less than their male co-workers.Read More


My Best Trait

Filed by Anthony Carter | June 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

After being labeled "stubborn," I thought I better get some insight. It is official, I am stubborn.Read More


AIDS at 30: ACT UP Demonstrates at L.A. Federal Building

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 08, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

One of the largest early ACT UP demonstrations in Southern California in October 1989 saw 400 people demanding that the federal government grant people with HIV/AIDS access to experimental drugs.Read More

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Have You Lost Someone to AIDS?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 07, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This post originally ran in late 2009 and spawned one of the most beautiful comment threads in Bilerico history. As AIDS turns 30 this year, I thought I'd re-run the item to see if we could repeat the experience.Read More

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How Marriage Equality Can Save the Black Family

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 07, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Maya Rupert points out how this summer has the potential to dredge up the familiar false dichotomy that pits the black community against the LGBT community.Read More


'A Gay Girl in Damascus' Blogger Reportedly Seized

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 07, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The lesbian, Syrian-American writer Amina Abdhallah Araf al Omari, who's provided an important voice for political dissidents in Syria, has allegedly been kidnapped by armed Syrian security forces. Read More


AIDS at 30: Rob Eichberg & National Coming Out Day

Filed by Bil Browning | June 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rob Eichberg was a noted psychologist and LGBT activist who created "The Experience" to help LGBT people with the coming out process. He died of AIDS in 1995, just before the life-saving HIV/AIDS medications became available.Read More


New AARP Web Portal Focuses on Aging LGBT Community

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 07, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The sub-site provides support, feature stories, and informational bulletins about the unique challenges facing aging members of the LGBT community. Read More


Why Real Intimacy Starts From Within

Filed by Jeff Lutes | June 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Our dual needs to be separate, yet together, create a fully human experience. We understand that loving another person transcends the experience we can have on our own.Read More


Flying the Colors

Filed by Leslie Robinson | June 06, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

At the start of June, citizens of Richmond, Va., noticed an addition to the flagpole outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Underneath the American flag waved a rainbow flag. The two banners, Old Glory and Newish Pride-y, flapped in the breeze.Read More


Loving Our LGBT Kids

Filed by Annette Gross | June 06, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Why should someone thank me for doing what a parent should do in the first place - which is to love your child unconditionally? Read More


Get to Know Them

Filed by Anthony Carter | June 06, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I recently penned a piece, "In Praise of Good Men," yet failed to mention any examples or personal experiences. I ended by saying what I'd like to see - not remembering that I had to have gotten that vision from somewhere.Read More

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Why the Pride Flag on the Space Needle Matters

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

During the more than three decades since the Stonewall riots, LGBT people are in the midst of a civil rights struggle that continues to this day.Read More


PBS Documentary 'Two Spirits' Interactive Map

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 06, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Thoughts on the film's site, which includes an interactive map of "Gender-Diverse Cultures" pinpointing global cultures that have "recognized, revered, and integrated more than two genders."Read More


Comment of the Week: Jessica Max Stein on the Barbershop Queer Issue

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 05, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

What's a "queer issue," and are we all under the "queer umbrella" now?Read More


The Genocidal Legacy Of Ronald Reagan

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 05, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

While Republicans and the Tea Party proudly wallow in the revisionist life history of Ronald Reagan let us, the friends, the family, and the also the victims of this mans bigotry and homophobia remember the truth and continue to shout it to high heaven so it is never forgotten of the genocidal part that Reagan played that killed almost an entire generation of gay men.Read More


AIDS at 30: Candlelight March Poster in 1983

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 05, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

This candlelight vigil poster from May 1983 is full of memories for me.Read More


Bobbi Campbell in 1984 at Dem Convention: AIDS at 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Bobbi Campbell's remarks about living with HIV/AIDS - delivered during a rally before the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco in 1984, one month before he died - could be given in some quarters today.Read More

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Space Needle Says No to Raising the Pride Flag

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 04, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, the Space Needle said no to the more than 1,500 fans who signed a petition asking them to fly the Pride flag as they did last year. They flatly said, "We are not flying the flag again."Read More


Dissembling a Discharge: Air Force Boots Gay Airman

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | June 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Yesterday the military acknowledged an airman was discharged in April under DADT. Wait, what?! Yep.Read More


Dr. Death Meets the Reaper

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, dubbed "Dr. Death" for his role in bringing assisted suicide to national attention, has died at age 83.Read More


Gay Men in Serious Relationships Have More Unprotected Sex

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 03, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

A new study out of Northwestern University indicates that programs designed to prevent HIV transmission should focus more on gay men in serious relationships.Read More


Softball Players Not Gay Enough?

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 02, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Three bisexual-identified African American members of a gay softball team claim they were cut from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle for "not being gay enough."Read More


Old Navy Sells Pride Shirts (In a Few Stores)

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Just in time for Pride Month, Old Navy has announced they will be selling a limited edition t-shirt to help LGBT people celebrate. They're carrying versions for men, women and babies.Read More

Daric Richie Apologizes for Gay Teen Suicide Hoax

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 01, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The supposed young lover of gay teen Terrel Williams who reportedly had hanged himself last October made the startling confession. He created the deception as a way of coping with his own emotions about being gay and possibly transgender.Read More


Australian Safe Sex Billboards Are Back

Filed by Bil Browning | June 01, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

After realizing they'd been the target of a religious right campaign, the Australian agency responsible for placing ads in Brisbane bus stops has decided to reinstate a safe sex billboard showing two gay men embracing and holding an unopened condom.Read More

ACT UP AIDS protest

A Stark Pride Reminder

Filed by Bil Browning | June 01, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

As we start Pride month this year, take a moment to reflect on how lucky you are. Many of our elders weren't so lucky and paved the way for today's civil rights advances.Read More