Living: August 2011


Lap Dances for HIV

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This morning, as I was doing my morning news run, I saw this story about a DC-based HIV/AIDS non-profit that used part of the money from a $10 million grant from the city to rehab a strip club.Read More


31 Days: The Nicest Can in the White House

Filed by Bil Browning | August 31, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

During the last holiday season, Alex Blaze came back to the US to visit. He stopped for a few days in DC to crash at Rancho Bilerico and we took advantage of his visit to do the White House holiday tour.Read More

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CDC Analysis: 4 out of 10 HIV-Diagnosed Not In Care

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 31, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Do you know anyone (maybe it's you) with HIV who is not getting care for their disease? What can be done to get them into care?Read More


'Gaypon': The LGBT-friendly Groupon

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A new website is looking to offer deals-of-the-day that support LGBT-friendly businesses and whose proceeds benefit LGBT advocacy organizations. Read More

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Workers of the World... Surf!

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 31, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I knew it! Well, at least I suspected as much. According to a new study, surfing the web at work makes you a better worker.Read More


31 Days: How to Make a Dog Fly

Filed by Bil Browning | August 30, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

The story of how Reese Piece the pit bull came to live at Rancho Bilerico is an amusing tale.Read More


MLK's Dream: Deferred

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 30, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's easy to forget, but some remember exactly what Dr. King was fighting for when he died. King envisioned a broader phase of the civil rights movement, one that put racial injustice in the context of economic justice. Read More


Irene Aftermath: My Vermont Town Has Been Devastated

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

As many of you know, I'm a pastor in southern Vermont. The devastation here is significant. You probably won't be hearing from me for a few weeks while we get a sense of what needs to be done, and I just wanted you to know where I went.Read More


A Touch of the Divine in Florida

Filed by Leslie Robinson | August 30, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

On his syllabus, Florida public school teacher Jerry Buell included this heads up to students: "I teach God's truth, I make very few compromises. If you believe you may have a problem with that, get your schedule changed, 'cause I ain't changing!"Read More


31 Days: Bon Jovi Browning

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

By the time this photo was taken, I'd come out and decided to do something I'd always wanted to do but was too afraid I'd get picked on even more for doing. I dyed my hair blonde.Read More


Indiana HIV Disclosure Docs Medically Inaccurate

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Indiana continues their slide back into the American Dark Ages with news that HIV disclosure forms required by the state include medically inaccurate information and most likely violate the law.Read More


NOM Defector Louis Marinelli Quits Marriage Activism

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 29, 2011 | 11:45 AM | comments

Louis J. Marinelli, after working for the National Organization for Marriage, leaving NOM, and then advocating for marriage equality, is now quitting his activism about same-sex marriage altogether, blaming "whiny" liberals for pushing him out. Read More


No Shelter: NYC Failed LGBT Youth During Hurricane Irene

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 29, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Sassafras Lowrey takes readers inside NYC's plan for evacuating homeless LGBT youth during the recent hurricane. Hint: There were none.Read More


31 Days: Phil & the Stonewall Inn

Filed by Bil Browning | August 28, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

When Phil and I jumped out of Jill's Jeep in front of the Stonewall we both had our picture taken in front of the neon sign. It may not have been the Himalayas, but Phil and I had survived the storm.Read More


Human Rights Court Hears First Sexual Orientation Case

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 28, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights heard the case of Karen Atala, a lesbian mother from Chile who lost the custody of her three children in 2003 because of her sexual orientation. This is their first case ever dealing with sexual orientation. Read More


Closing Arguments in McInerney Murder Trial

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 28, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

One issue the LGBT community is watching closely is whether the jury accepts what many perceive was Wippert's use of the "gay panic defense."Read More


Who Am I?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 28, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Being trans means complicated, abstruse debates, and I'm sometimes left wondering who I am. Read More


31 Days: You Don't Have To Be Einstein

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

When my best friend, Josh, visited DC we did the monument tour and stopped by the Albert Einstein memorial. None of us got any smarter.Read More

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Drawing Hope From Hate

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Wintersong Tashlin is pretty sure that bringing feelings of hope, comfort, and even pride to a kinky, polyamorous, queer, pagan isn't exactly their mission in the world, but they do.Read More

Big Muscles & Bondage: Vintage Muscle Hunk

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 27, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Ca. 1950s, this unusually beautiful man in a bondage scenario that leaves me wondering where are the other photos in this set?!Read More

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Steve Jobs Resigns, Tim Cook Named New CEO of Apple

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple, and the openly gay Tim Cook will be taking over as the new CEO, as well as joining the board of one of the most powerful companies in the world. Read More


31 Days: El Guano Loco

Filed by Bil Browning | August 26, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Back in Indiana, a small group of local progressive bloggers would get together to hang out and talk shop. We called ourselves "El Guano Loco" because we're all bat shit crazy.Read More


Same-Sex Couples Increase Outside Of Heavily Populated Areas

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 26, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

New numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census reveal that there are an increasing number of same-sex couples across the country - even outside of the typical LGBT strongholds like New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.Read More


33 Schools Receive Top Rankings in 'LGBT-Friendliness'

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 26, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

33 American colleges and universities - almost double the number from last year - received top rankings in Campus Pride's "LGBT-friendly" Campus Climate Index this year. Read More


New Study: Bullying Directly Affects High Achieving Blacks And Latinos

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 26, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

If the effects on Black and Latino students are so high, imagine what they must be for LGBT students of color.Read More


31 Days: In & Out with Jill Weiss

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Dr. Jillian Weiss isn't just the serious lawyer you've grown to respect for insightful political and movement-related commentary. She has a wild streak that you'd never imagine.Read More

Philadelphia's Instructive Anti-Bullying Efforts

Filed by Kyle Bella | August 25, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Much of the discussion on bullying has been dominated by talks of failed policies and LGBTQ youth suicides. This piece takes a different approach, examining how Philadelphia's school district is making strides in helping reduce all forms of youth bullying.Read More


31 Days: The Nightly Regimen

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

I warned everyone earlier that my posts today would be short and sweet, but I also locked myself into posting 31 photos in 31 days. To wrap it all up together, here's my nightly pill regimen while I've been sick.Read More

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hurts Workplace Performance

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 24, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Is your co-worker gay - or are you unsure? The answer could impact your job performance.Read More

Study: Simple Changes To Dating Sites Could Lower STD's, HIV

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

A study released today recommends eight ways to reduce transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among men who meet male sex partners online.Read More

In Third Place...

Filed by Mike Rogers | August 24, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday tweets were asking "How long until some right wing wacko blames it on the gays?" Today a friend sent me this video of a right wing wacko preacher. The only reason he doesn't win first or second place is because he doesn't blame the gays.Read More


On Abscesses, Pain Pills, & Missed Opportunities

Filed by Bil Browning | August 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

If things are a little slow here on Bilerico Project for the next few days, it's not because I don't love you anymore. I've just been really sick for a while and I'm hitting the end of my rope.Read More


7 Ways to Save Money on Meds

Filed by Mark S. King | August 24, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Jason King of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation tells how to save the cabbage.Read More

The Real 'Dropout Economy'

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 24, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

We're living in a "Dropout Economy," and it's not the post-apocalyptic, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome fantasy that seems to fuel conservative dreams of a government-free utopia. This Dropout Economy comes at a huge cost in lost wages and lost revenue.Read More


31 Days: One-Dog-Only Soccer

Filed by Bil Browning | August 23, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Fritz's hatred of balloons was a common story for our friends to hear, so when Fritz skidded to a halt in the middle of the living room, Dave tossed a balloon into the air to get him started and the one-dog-only soccer game was on.Read More


Beginners: Growing Up in Dad's Closet

Filed by Paige Schilt | August 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's not surprising that stories of fathers coming out late in life remain largely in the shadows. Ours are not the affirming, heart-warming "I love my gay dads" stories of the gayby boom.Read More


Earthquake in DC: Gay Org Staffers Sent Home

Filed by Bil Browning | August 23, 2011 | 3:15 PM | comments

Between today's earthquake and Sunday's expected landing of Hurricane Irene, somewhere Pat Robertson is getting an anti-gay religious conspiracy theory ready to trot out.Read More


Libya: What Now?

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 23, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

As far back as I can remember, Libya meant terrorism, death and an insane leader. It wasn't until I was older that I realized it also meant oil.Read More


Media Dieting

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 23, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I need to go on a media diet. What's your favorite diet plan?Read More


At Microsoft, Bi Is 'What's Next'

Filed by Amy Andre | August 23, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Microsoft is the only company in the world with a bi-specific Board position in its LGBT Employee Resource Group. Read More


Trans Inmate Transferred From Female to Male Prison

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 22, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

A transgender inmate is transferred to a men's prison after filing a sexual assault charge against a corrections officer.Read More


August's Best Church Sign

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Who says God doesn't speak anymore?Read More


Pastor Scott Imler's Fabulous Farewell

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 22, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Crescent Heights Methodist Church, where so many AIDS memorials were held, also housed other non-profits. It was the original home for Project Angel Food, and served as headquarters for the Coalition for Economic Survival and Love Honor Cherish.Read More


WTF?! God Took My Penis Bone?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Apparently most mammals - dogs, mice, monkeys, you name it - have a penis bone. So why are we different? Discover thinks the answer may be found in the Bible and, of course, it's a woman's fault.Read More


31 Days: Scene from a Workaurant

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

When we ate in this Steak n Shake shortly before we moved, I tried to capture the deserted diner and how dark it made the place feel instead of the usual vibrant red, black and white.Read More

Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' Bill Is Back

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 21, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Ugandan parliament is set to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, under the sponsorship of MP David Bahati. While inisting that the bill will not be heard until November 2011, sources in Uganda say that the bill could pass within two weeks.Read More


31 Days: Alcatraz & Chocolate

Filed by Bil Browning | August 21, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Our first day in San Francisco was reserved for sightseeing. Excited, I asked my Twitter followers for suggestions on where to go. Reader and activist Meghan Stabler answered, said she was in town too, and asked if we'd like a personal tour guide.Read More


WM3 Free

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin, collectively known as the West Memphis Three, have been in prison since 1993 for the murders of three 8-year-old boys. On August 19, 2011, they have been freed.Read More

Pandora's Box

Hoping for Change Through Restatement

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | August 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since the U.S. government's acknowledgement of the HIV epidemic, the Department of Health has become a lactating cow and the CDC the perpetually filled udder, with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals sucking voraciously at its teats.Read More


Drawing the Line: LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom at Work

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 21, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This is where the question of religious freedom intersects with workplace expectations. Where do we draw the line? Do we do it with a teacher who expresses his religious views outside of the classroom? That's where things get tricky.Read More


Hidden Surprise In Dr Martens First and Forever Ad Campaign

Filed by Ed Kennedy | August 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Talk about walking a mile in her shoes.Read More


31 Days: Red in the Indiana Forest

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

It was easy to tell that Jerame wasn't having the best time; he was trudging around in the November woods because I wanted to do it. I flashed back to how a little over ten years before I'd asked Jerame to take our first walk in the woods.Read More

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Judge: Illinois Can Drop Catholic Charities Over Discrimination

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A judge in Sangamon County, Illinois has ruled that the state does not have to renew its foster and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities.Read More


Go To Hell, Receive $50,000

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 19, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

A San Francisco woman recently exorcised her demons by means of a cash settlement. Read More


Mayor Blocks Liquor License for Town's Only Gay Bar

Filed by Bil Browning | August 19, 2011 | 1:15 PM | comments

The mayor has taken the extraordinary step of refusing to issue a perfunctory letter to keep a gay bar from opening and instead agrees that anti-gay violence that might spill over into straight people's lives is unacceptable.Read More

It Gets Better from Mom's Perspective Too

Filed by Annette Gross | August 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I know it's not easy for young people to come out to their parents. Most kids worry how their parents will react and parents often have a difficult time absorbing what they've just learned about their child.Read More


Defense Attorney in McInerney Trial Comes Out as Lesbian

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the McInerney trial, defense attorney Robyn Bramson filed a formal complaint of bias after the judge used the word "queer" in court, asking the judge to remove himself from the case. In doing so, Bramson revealed to the judge that she is "not heterosexual." Read More


31 Days: Malibu on a Paper Napkin

Filed by Bil Browning | August 19, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

I still have a certain napkin amongst my treasures. Each time I see it, I'm reminded of Patricia Nell Warren's wild mop of beautiful hair, the smell of the ocean, and the warmth of golden sunshine on my skin.Read More


IL Hate Group Campaigns for Hateful Gay Blood Ban

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality has launched a new, offensive, and hateful campaign to uphold the federal ban against gay blood donors.Read More


Submissive Wives, Gay Husband & Michele Bachmann, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 18, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

No, this conclusion of a two-part series isn't about that Bachmann story. It's not about being the submissive wife of a gay husband, but about how gay husbands undermine submissive wifeliness. Read More


Doc Cuts Off Man's Penis During Circumcision

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Well, here's a story you don't hear every day...Read More

Larry King

McInerney Defense Witness Denies Hate Crime Motive

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 18, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

From the trial of Brandon McInerney, accused of killing openly gay classmate Lawrence: Defense witness Randal Hecht testified that King's death was not a hate crime and that there were many inconsistencies in the prosecution's 'hate crime' theory. Read More


NJ Bridal Shop Refuses Lesbian Business

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In a strangely worded column, Philadelphia Daily News writer Ronnie Polaneczky brings us word about New Jersey bridal shop Here Comes the Bride and the owner's anti-gay behavior with a lesbian customer.Read More


Life Directions

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 18, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood," wrote Robert Frost. How about a dozen?Read More


31 Days: The Thoughtful Founding Father

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Around the inside edge of the monument is inscribed, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."Read More


Equality Walker Richard Noble Hits Colorado

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

After five months on the road, Richard Noble hit Colorado on his Walk for Equality to draw attention to and get signatures for a national American Equality bill. Read More


My Friend Kay

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 17, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

There are times when the personal is just the personal. Read More


31 Days: When I Met Dan Savage

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

I met Dan Savage in the East Room of the White House at the pride reception earlier this year. Put lightly, it was slightly awkward at first.Read More

HIV meds

ADAP Wait List Passes 9,000

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 16, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

A total of 9,039 people in 13 states are now unable to access their medications via the programs, which provide drugs to under and un-insured individuals who are not eligible for other programs such as Medicaid.Read More


UPDATED: Post Pulled Pending Further Verification

Filed by Bil Browning | August 16, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

While I sort out the two sides to this story, I cannot leave it up in good faith. I'll post about this tomorrow when I've had the chance to verify sources further.Read More


I'm Looking! I'm Looking!

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Just too funny not to share - and nicely filled tighty whities on the hunk on the left.Read More

Anti-LGBT Professor Protests LGBT-Friendly Churches List

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

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has released a list of local LGBT-friendly churches through its LGBTQIA Office. One professor, who's written an anti-LGBT editorial about the issue, is claiming the list violates separation of church and state.Read More


Same Gender Means Some Problems

Filed by Leslie Robinson | August 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'll bet you never considered the bundle of difficulties caused by being in a relationship with someone who's a lot like you. Someone with whom you share everything from chromosomes to conditioner. Let's break them down. Read More


Anti-Gay Politicians On Parade at Montreal Pride

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 16, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

At yesterday's Pride Parade in Montreal, CQGL decided to use their public platform during the parade to showcase anti-gay statements from some of the most prominent anti-gay politicians in the world, including the USA's very own Michele Bachmann. Read More


31 Days: Garden of the Gods

Filed by Bil Browning | August 16, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

I'm not sure if Jerame took this photo or if I did. I know he used it as his desktop background for almost a year after the trip; it made a comeback as his iPad background.Read More


31 Days: Chasing the White Rabbit

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm going to start a new series today that will run for the next 31 days. Each day I'll post a photo from my collections of snapshots and include a small story about it.Read More

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Paige Listerud on UK Riots

Filed by Jerame Davis | August 14, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Earlier this week, Adam Polaski wrote a piece to discuss the riots in the U.K. and what they could mean for the U.S. and the LGBT community. Some folks seemed to think Adam was endorsing riots as something we should be doing here.Read More


Cuba's First Trans Wedding

Filed by Bil Browning | August 14, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Cuba celebrated their first transgender wedding ceremony - complete with American diplomats some of Cuba's best known dissidents. One can only imagine how festive the reception was!Read More


The Power Vested in Me by the State of New York

Filed by Father Tony | August 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

At the busy southwest corner of New York City's Central Park, a short walk from where the archbishop of New York was probably sitting down to a fine lunch, I legally joined two same-sex couples in marriage at a unique event called "Popupchapel."Read More

Remembering Tel Aviv & Supporting Them Today

Filed by Leone Kraus | August 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I awoke to some sad news this morning out of Tel Aviv. The LGBT Center, Bar Noar, faces the possibility of closing. The LGBT Center is the location of the 2009 unsolved shooting that wounded 15 and took the lives of two.Read More


Gay Bar Seeking New Location Faces Opposition

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

Eric Einstein, the owner of Pieces, a Greenwich Village gay bar, had no idea that moving to a different location would be so challenging. He's been struggling for the past seven weeks to galvanize community support for his liquor license, and he's hit a wall.Read More

Facebook Put My Life Together Again

Filed by Mark S. King | August 11, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Joining Facebook meant a collision of worlds. My AIDS work colleagues would be treated to videos of me in drag. My friends would post encouraging words about our shared disease of addiction, and all of this alongside my nephew's picture of his baby.Read More


Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

No, really. It's a serious question. Serious enough to be studied.Read More


Photos: AIDS Exhibit at Smithsonian

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

Jerame and I explored DC a bit during our time off. Determined to unplug, we hoofed it over to the Smithsonian Museum of American History where I still found something to blog about.Read More

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Starbucks CEO Cancels Talk at Anti-Gay Church

Filed by Bil Browning | August 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

While New Balance is trying to distance itself from a contribution made by their board chairman to Mitt Romney's campaign after the candidate signed NOM's anti-marriage equality pledge, Starbucks is dealing with their own anti-gay controversy and they're quickstepping it just like the sneaker company.Read More


New Balance Backs Away from Romney Donation

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 11, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

According to the Restore Our Future PAC filing with the Federal Election Commission, James Davis, CEO of New Balance Athletic Shoes contributed $500,000 to the pro-Romney SuperPAC.Read More


The U.K. Riots & Where the LGBT Community Fits In

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 11, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The mainstream media is misrepresenting the riots in the United Kingdom as unimportant, trivial violence. But there are key structural issues in the country that are making people join together in uprising. Here's part of why the LGBT community should care. Read More


Catholic 'Moral Authority' in IL: Abuse Victim Gets $6.3 million

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Three years later, the Diocese of Belleville has finally paid the jury-awarded judgement to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest for over five years at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem, Illinois. Read More


Bil and Me: Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 10, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Here I am with our beloved editor, Bil Browning, during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Had a blast up there giving two speeches - one to an academic group and a second about my new book. Read More


Knights of Columbus Reaffirms Marriage Equality Opposition

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 10, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week, the Knights of Columbus, who donated $1.4 million to the National Organization for Marriage in 2009, reaffirmed their commitment to fighting marriage equality. Read More


Apple Is Now the Largest US Publicly Traded Company

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 10, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Apple, Inc. has just surpassed Exxon Mobil's market cap, becoming the largest U.S. publicly-traded company. This may be a "sign" of positive developments ahead for LGBT people. Read More


Ghana Church Plans Counseling Centers for Gays

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 10, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana is planning to create therapy centers to counsel and pray the gay away from their citizens. Read More


Advocates Protest Exportation of 'Ex-Gay' Programs

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 09, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

The Hong Kong Social Welfare Department hosted a "doctor" who specializes in "ex-gay" reparative therapy in June. Now, LGBT advocates are continuing the push to keep the dangerous conversion programs out of Hong Kong. Read More

Ageism is an LGBT Issue

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 09, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Kathleen Nicole O'Neal takes a look at the way that ageist social structures unnecessarily inhibit the liberty, equality, and pursuit of happiness of LGBT youth. Without taking that into consideration, analysis of the problem will be incomplete.Read More


The Village Health Foundation's 'Healthy Choice Awards'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 09, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

This weekend, Jewel Thais-Williams held the "Healthy Choice Awards" to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Village Health Foundation and its non-profit VHF Clinic at Jewel's Catch One, the nation's oldest black LGBT Night Club.Read More


Sexy California Scene: Vintage Gay Erotica

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 09, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Such a beautiful man on this great cover from a vintage 1972 gay magazine! Wow.Read More


Pokemon Flier on STIs: Don't Catch 'Em All

Filed by Bil Browning | August 09, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

I remember when it was little kids that were into Pokemon; our daughter's half-brother used to sit in front of the TV soaking up each episode obsessively. I feel so damn old.Read More


Gender Discrepancy as the 'Sickness Unto Death'

Filed by Drew Cordes | August 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Each of Kierkegaard's identified forms of despair is paralleled in the struggles of gender-nonconforming individuals to identify their True selves and integrate their ideal gender expression with their identity. Read More


18 States Still Have Sodomy Laws on the Books

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 08, 2011 | 5:45 PM | comments

It's crazy to think that it hasn't even been 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled sodomy laws unconstitutional. But despite the 2003 ruling, 18 states have not yet revised their policies to remove the unconstitutional laws. Read More


Bi(phobic) Until Graduation? College Women Fill Out Survey

Filed by Amy Andre | August 08, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Although the men surveyed were more okay with same-sex cheating (compared to different-sex cheating), the women were less okay with same-sex cheating. Does this mean the ladies don't like the idea of man-on-man action? Read More

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Dan Massey on DC Police Ignoring Anti-Lesbian Attack

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 07, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Is this screw up a failure of police management, or a few bad apples in the ranks? Read More


A Nifty Solution

Filed by Bil Browning | August 07, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

After police refused to let Kansas activists hold pride flags at a recent rally citing rules against flagpoles, one innovative gay man decided to beat them at their own game.Read More

The Pain Update

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 07, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I was walking around the office yesterday and a coworker asked me why she'd seen me walking the halls so often. I told her why and it occurred to me that I hadn't told the story of my knee pain here. Read More


Indiana Same-Sex Couples Census Results

Filed by Bil Browning | August 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Williams Institute has released the analysis of Indiana's same-sex couples recorded in the 2010 census. The results, for those who know Indiana's gay landscape, are hardly surprising.Read More


Fried Chicken... Finally

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

For those of you long long long time readers, you know I have battled with my inadequacy around fried chicken. Try as I did, over and over, I never, ever managed the beautiful, delicious, fried chicken my mother made.Read More

McInerney Suffered Physical, Sexual Abuse, Brother Says

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The defense in Brandon McInerney's murder trial underway in Chatsworth is trying to suggest that his abusive childhood was a strong contributing factor behind the then-14-year-old's shooting of his 15-year-old gay classmate Larry King in Feb. 2008.Read More


Can a $1 Plastic Chip Really Diagnose HIV?

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 05, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a device called the "mChip" that requires just a drop of blood and 15 minutes to diagnose HIV. Read More


Long Beach Rally Protests Attacks on Gay Men

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

About 200 LGBT and straight people gathered in Long Beach to protest a recent spate of attacks on gay men along the gay-friendly Broadway Corridor. Only one of three separate attacks in two weeks has so far been confirmed as a hate crime. Read More


Lesbians Attacked in DC: Police Do Nothing

Filed by Bil Browning | August 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The two men yelled anti-gay slurs at the group of women and punched them repeatedly in the face and head. While the police had one of the attackers in custody at the scene, they let him go.Read More


McDonalds Trans Attacker Pleads Guilty

Filed by Bil Browning | August 04, 2011 | 4:15 PM | comments

Teonna Monae Brown, the woman who attacked a transgender McDonalds patron in a Baltimore suburb, has pled guilty to one count of first-degree assault and a hate crime charge. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of five years in prison for the attack.Read More


CDC Finds HIV Infection Rate in Young Gay Blacks Alarming

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 04, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a report on the rate of new HIV infections in America. The overall rate remained relatively stable, but the rate among young black gay and bi men rose between 2006 and 2009.Read More


Princeton Review Releases List of LGBT Friendly Colleges, And Not

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The tops and bottoms of colleges.Read More


Last Known Gay Holocaust Survivor Dies

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 04, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Rudolf Brazda, who was believed to be the last survivor of the Holocaust who was specifically targeted because of his sexual orientation, died yesterday at the age of 98. Read More


Another Trans Spiritual Retreat

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm off again to the long-running "Kindred Spirits" trans spiritual retreat in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Read More


Locking Up HIV+ Black Men Doesn't Help HIV Prevention

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Edwin J Bernard explores the case of Johnson Aziga, a 55-year-old African migrant living with HIV in Canada who was convicted in 2009 of attempted aggravated assault because he had unprotected sex with 11 women without telling them he had HIV. Read More


Largest Brazilian City May Host 'Straight Pride' Day

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 03, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The municipality of São Paulo in Brazil has advanced a measure that would establish a "Straight Pride" Day. Now, the bill is awaiting the approval from the city's mayor. Read More


John Heilman's Report from Sweden on Stockholm Pride

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

West Hollywood City Council member John Heilman, an openly gay law professor at USC and Whittler Law School, reported from the Stockholm Pride Parade and panels on transgender rights in Europe. Read More


Jackassery: Iowa Gay Man Claims Fake Hate Crime

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

University of Iowa grad student Ryan Grant Watson filed a fake hate crime report claiming his attacker yelled a gay slur at him and punched him in the face. Of course, Watson claimed the assailant was a black man.Read More


SC Newspaper Publishes Same-Sex Marriage Notice

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Back in 2006, The State ran an editorial supporting the state's constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Now they're publishing our wedding announcements.Read More

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Boston Queer Artist & Activist Aliza Shapiro Hospitalized

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 02, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

If you've gone to any sort of performing arts event in the Boston queer community, chances are Aliza was involved either in the execution or inspiration. Last Sunday she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.Read More


ENDA: The More Things Change... [Photo]

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night as I was tagging photos, I ran across this one from 1999. I'd been fired from my job as a convenience store manager and the local Pride At Work chapter staged a protest outside of the store.Read More


I'm Gonna Wipe That AIDS Right Off of My Face

Filed by Mark S. King | August 02, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Why is that I can produce a blog, proudly march with HIV POSITIVE on my T-shirt in gay parades, and even write a book about coming of age during the dawn of AIDS - but I get upset if someone can tell I'm positive by how I look? Read More

WA Indian Tribe Approves Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Suquamish Tribal Council unanimously decided to honor and perform same-sex marriages yesterday.Read More

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Dolly Parton Apologizes for Dollywood T-Shirt Incident

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 02, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

After last week's "Marriage is So Gay" T-shirt incident involving two lesbians at Dollywood, the face of the theme park herself, country star Dolly Parton, has apologized. Read More


A Donkey's Work Is Never Done

Filed by Leslie Robinson | August 01, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

At the Jerusalem Pride parade, right-wing demonstrators attempted to hold a simultaneous "Donkey Parade" in order to symbolically represent the "bestial" nature of homosexuality. The donkeys weren't allowed to participate. Read More


Meet Baby

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 01, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

I found Zachary's "Baby" recently. It was a gift from a friend of mine and Zachary loved her. Poor Baby ended up on top of the refrigerator, long forgotten until I got Baby, dusted her off and took her on adventures.Read More


Anti-Gay Hate Group Loses 501(c)3 Status

Filed by Bil Browning | August 01, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Poor Peter LaBarbera... He'll no longer be allowed to give donors tax deductions for fueling his anti-gay hatred. Porno Pete's Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) had it's 501(c)3 status revoked in May of 2010.Read More