Living: September 2011

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Will Unheard Voices Be Heard in Schools?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 30, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

There's a great new resource for teaching LGBT history in middle and high schools - and it might even teach us adults something.Read More


Not-So-Heartwarming Video: Gay Soldier Comes Out to Mom

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

Remember the young soldier who came out to his father on a video from the war zone? A half hour later, the soldier came out to his mother and filmed it too. It didn't go as well.Read More

A Good Laugh: Vintage Photo

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

A feel-good find from 1955, this vintage home photo is so human and real it feels completely alive to me.Read More


NY Medicaid May Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery

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

Encouraging news out of New York State this morning. The state is considering covering gender reassignment surgery under Medicaid.Read More


Shark Attack: Another Obnoxious PETA Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | September 29, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I know, shocker. Right?!? Surely PETA wouldn't put out an ad campaign mocking a tragedy and vaguely linking it to animal rights?Read More

Happy Trails to Them

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 29, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Sweet little find home photo of two well-tanned guys having fun in the sun together. The boots are purrrfect.Read More


How to Make an American Fundie's Head Explode

Filed by Bil Browning | September 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

For all the American religious right calls to "Think of the children!", it seems that England actually is.Read More

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Feds' HIV Budget Rescues ADAP - But at a Price

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is good news - increased funding is great, the places and populations with higher incidence rates should get more funding - but it comes with a price. Maybe a heavy price.Read More

Fellow Travelers: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 28, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The tall gent's shoes are amazing - and dig that fancy moustache. Ooh la la.Read More


Worst Employer Winner: Amazon Warehouse

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

After my experiences with Hewlett-Packard, I shouldn't be surprised at Amazon's business practices, but I'm still disgusted.Read More

Sir's Special Night Out: Gender Fluid Gem

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 27, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

A rare, beautiful, turn-of-the-20th century image of a delighted maid watching the lovely transformation of her Sir to her Ma'am.Read More


The Next Troy Davis, Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 27, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

While many questions remain about the case against Davis, even after his death, there's one I want to focus on here: Who will be the next Troy Davis? Because someone will be. Our system of justice guarantees it.Read More


Southwest Boots L Word Actress Off Plane

Filed by Bil Browning | September 27, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Southwest Airlines kicked L Word actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend off a flight to Los Angeles after the two kissed. A flight attendant told them that Southwest is "a family airline" and then ejected them from the plane.Read More


What Does a Bisexual Look Like?

Filed by Amy Andre | September 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

My spouse and I were walking down the street the other day, when a man in a pick-up truck shouted a word from his vehicle. He shouted out the word "lesbians!"Read More

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Spiritual Rage

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 26, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Chris Glaser reminds us that media preoccupation with clergy sexual abuse scandals and cover-ups overlook the far more pervasive spiritual abuse that virtually all LGBT people have endured.Read More

Beautiful Friendship: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 26, 2011 | 3:15 PM | comments

Such an improbable duo, and lap-sitting in photos is rare for the period, but it's still impossible to draw any conclusions about these guys.Read More


Photo Essay: New WeHo Library Invites Cultural Renaissance

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 26, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I am a child of what conservatives in the dark and conformist 1950s called the Countercultural movement. Born of the outlaw and beatnik Howl against societal oppression, the 1960s flourished with color and celebration of individual creativity and artistic expression.Read More


New Standards of Care for the Health of Trans People

Filed by Kelley Winters | September 26, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

Yesterday, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) released it's 7th version of Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People (SOC) in Atlanta.Read More


Comment of (Last) Week: Don Sherfick on Pacifism

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2011 | 9:15 AM | comments

What are your thoughts, Projectors? Is war justified? Now that LGB people are allowed to serve openly, should they?Read More


Losing Weight: Moderation Is Fanatical

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | September 25, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I've pondered the subject of exercise and my effort to understand my motives or, more specifically, my need to tease apart the dreaded surrender to an "ideal" physical appearance from some kind of real or authentic (virtuous?) health consciousness.Read More


Atheism Continues Upswing in America

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 25, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Even as the Republican Party races to turn itself into a completely religious based party, the trend in the larger American public is away from religion.Read More


Fleshlight Freaks Sex Toys

Filed by Bil Browning | September 25, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes a sex toy distributor to disabuse you of that idea. Fleshlight - best known for their masturbation aid in a tube - has launched a new Halloween themed line called "Fleshlight Freaks."Read More

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Getting the Call: Conversion

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 25, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Marc Anderson poignantly shares what it's like to get the call from the doctor that your HIV test results came back positive.Read More


Anti-Gay Meg Whitman Named New President & CEO of HP

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Meg Whitman has been named the new president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co. The announcement comes a year after Whitman's unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in California, where her stance (or lackthereof) on LGBT issues was spotlighted.Read More


That's Just How We Scroll

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 24, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Apple released its new operating system, Mac OS X Lion, back in July, and I've had a question that's been bugging me ever since I upgraded: What's up with the scrolling? I now have an answer. Read More

One Year Anniversary of Asher Brown's Suicide

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

His parents are asking people to please take a moment to recognize Asher and the other victims of bullying at today at 9pm Eastern/8 Central.Read More

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Melissa Etheridge & Tammy Lynn Michaels Divorce Drama

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Looks like lesbian celebrity couple Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels break-up isn't going so well.Read More

Personae: Gender Fluid Gem

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

I've had this in my files for a while and keep returning to it trying to puzzle it out. Read More

Does Bullying Rhetoric Miss The Mark?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 23, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

This research suggests that the "bullying" narrative may be counterproductive for young adults caught up in the drama. Read More

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One Year Ago: The End of Florida's Anti-Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 23, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

September 22nd marked the one-year anniversary of the fall of Florida's anti-gay adoption ban.Read More

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The Twilight of the Redhead

Filed by Mark S. King | September 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

When I came bursting from the closet while in high school, I managed to finally celebrate my red hair along with my sexuality, and reveled in both. I discovered the men who loved redheads, and at last, I'd found the ideal purpose for the trait that once humiliated me.Read More


Taking Back The Vote

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 22, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

When the tea party shouts their desire to take "their country" back, make no mistake the first thing they want to take back is the right to vote. They don't just want to take it back. They want to transform it, again.Read More


Three Executions: Compare & Contrast

Filed by Bil Browning | September 22, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

Let's take a brief look at three recent executions that were scheduled within the past week. What do you think of the death penalty in general: justified or barbaric?Read More


Tyler Clementi One Year Later: An Interview with Jim Swimm

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Jim Swimm was the one who found Tyler Clementi floating face down in the Hudson. A year after his death, I asked Jim if it would be okay to interview him about it and how his life has changed because of it.Read More


Gay Former Staffer Sues Jesse Jackson

Filed by Bil Browning | September 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tommy Bennett, a gay former employee of Jesse Jackson's PUSH Coalition, has filed a lawsuit alleging he was discriminated against based on his sexual orientation, sexually harassed by Jackson, and regularly forced to perform degrading chores for the popular African-American activist.Read More


MS Teen Indicted for Hate Crime Murder

Filed by Bil Browning | September 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

White Mississippi teen Deryl Dedmon, 19, has been indicted on capital murder and hate crime charges for killing an African-American man by running over him with his truck. The victim was severely beaten before being killed.Read More

Rough Trade: Vintage Hunk

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 21, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

This photo was a fascinating surprise. Found it in an estate sale on eBay with no history - just a mystery!Read More

Jamey-Rodermeyer.jpg Is Damaging Our LGBT Youth

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 21, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Buffalo, New York teenager Jamey Rodermeyer recently took his own life after enduring anti-gay bullying for months - especially online and specifically It's important to know what tools are being used against our community if we plan on combatting it.Read More


Montana State Bar Elects First Openly Gay President

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

There's something important about this: Shane Vannatta's election is one more reason LGBTQ kids don't have to leave to lead safe and successful lives.Read More

Life Is a Beach: Vintage Hairy Hunks

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sometimes simple photos like these are sexier to me than all the artificial poses put together. HOT! Or not? What do you say?Read More

Marriage Equality Panel Poses The Hard Questions

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'm on a panel at Ramapo College on marriage equality, and they're going to ask me the hard questions. Read More


Countdown to Honesty: DC DADT Repeal Party

Filed by Bil Browning | September 20, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Includes video of the final minute before Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed and the start of the celebration as servicemembers reveled in their new freedom.Read More

Just a Leatherboy: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Do you understand the allure of leather? Does it turn you on or off?Read More

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Begrudging Kudos for Denver Post

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

While I'd normally skip linking to the Denver Post or quoting anything they had to say thanks to their participation in the Righthaven lawsuits, the company just announced that they're abandoning the rightwing copyright infringement money-making scheme.Read More


Christian School Gives Lesbian the Boot

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

LGBT-affirming Christians always have such a hard time convincing our community that their god is a loving savior thanks to jackasses like the headmaster of The Master's School.Read More

Black Trans Respondents Fared Worse In Discrimination Survey

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

A recent analysis of data from the newest large-scale survey of discrimination against transgender and transsexual people shows that Black trans respondents fared far worse than others in the survey. Read More


When a Prominent Marriage Activist Gets Divorced

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What did you do this summer? You probably know what I did this summer. I filed for divorce.Read More

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Cheers to the Freakin' Weekend...

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 17, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I can't get that song out of my head. I've been all about songs in the last week. Asking people what song stands out to them, why it has meaning, why it makes them happy or sad. it's been a fascinating exercise.Read More


For God's Sake, Put Your Shirt On

Filed by Mark S. King | September 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

First, in the interest of full disclosure, I should reveal that I used to be, in my distant youth, kinda hot. Anyway, my biceps have withered and I've grown resentful, so allow me the tirade of an aging gay man.Read More


Video: Brandon McInerney Jurors Speak

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Two of the jurors from Brandon McInerney's trial for killing Lawrence King talked about the deliberations with an LA Fox station. Fascinating.Read More

A Day at the Lake: 1920s Female Swimmers

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

It's the tiny details - hand placements, hip positions, easy familiarity, and slight possessiveness from the girl on the right - that make me wonder how close these 1920s women really were.Read More

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Trans Employees No Longer Under Threat from Social Security

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 16, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Transgender employees will no longer be outed to employers by the Social Security Administration. Read More


The Melting Pot of Love

Filed by Michele O'Mara | September 16, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

When two people form a relationship it is a cross-cultural experience, even when you come from the same city, town, ethnicity, and religion. Read More


A Dream? A Lie? Or Something Worse?

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

It doesn't come as a surprise to me that downward mobility is the trend that seems likely to dominate the next decade - especially if Washington continues its current trend.Read More


How the Denver Principles Changed AIDS & Health Care Forever

Filed by Mark S. King | September 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life and you may not even realize it.Read More


Help George Carlin Stick It To God

Filed by Don Davis | September 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A language warning: we'll be quoting George Carlin liberally, and that means there may be present today certain of the seven words with which he created one of his best known routines. You are now officially warned.Read More

A Day at the Beach: 1920s Male Swimmers

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

When did American men become so afraid of displaying affection? This photo from the 1920s seems sexually ambiguous to us now because, back then, men were allowed to hug, embrace, hold hands, and otherwise show same-sex affection.Read More


Gay Activist Alliance Co-Founder Arthur Evans Dies

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Arthur Evans, born in York, Pennsylvania on October 12, 1942, died in San Francisco over the weekend. Evans co-founded the Gay Activists Alliance months after the Stonewall riots.Read More


The 32nd Day: Reader Opinion Thread

Filed by Bil Browning | September 15, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

If you've been following along for the past month, you know I've been sharing a photo and then writing the backstory about it as preparation for writing a book of short autobiographical sketches. Now I need your help.Read More


31 Days: Bil-Eri (co)

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This has been the hardest story to write of the entire series of 31 posts. Why? Because I feel compelled to do justice to the subject.Read More

Great Grease! Vintage Hunks in Trunks

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Had to google around to figure out why they were smearing themselves with grease.Read More


Five Years in Prison for McDonalds Attacker

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

So what do you think? Is five years in prison enough punishment? Or does she deserve more?Read More

Suing the Vatican for 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

I'm not a lawyer and I don't play one on TV. Can any of our legal beagles fill us in on whether or not this has a chance of happening?Read More


Hooters: We Love 9/11 Victims

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Hang on to your chair when you watch this eye-popping 9/11 "tribute" produced by your friendly local breast and wings shack. Because, you know, without flagrant exploitation of a tragedy for marketing purposes, the terrorists win. Or something.Read More


31 Days: It's Amazing What You'll Find in the Basement

Filed by Bil Browning | September 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

As we started scrounging through the mens' section at Filene's Basement, Jerame leaned over and whispered to me, "Isn't that Corey Monteith from Glee?"Read More


Our Own Private Disasters

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

What's even scarier than natural disasters? The tea-party-conserva-tarian dystopia of the future - where there is no more public sector and there are no more public workers.Read More


The Securitization of Gender

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The highly-regarded political scientist, Dr. Paisley Currah, has an article in the upcoming edition of the venerable journal Social Research, discussing the TSA's use of gender in its security programs.Read More


Find Me a Find

Filed by Leslie Robinson | September 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof would have a coronary over the kind of matchmaking being practiced these days. And by a rabbi, no less. The shmendrik.Read More


31 Days: Thirteen Years to Mt. Vernon

Filed by Bil Browning | September 12, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

The fact that Jerame and I ever went on a first date is practically miraculous. I spent months trying to shake him and his advances; I actively discouraged him, in fact. I wanted nothing to do with him.Read More


31 Days: Is that a Hamster in Your Hat?

Filed by Bil Browning | September 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

My parents got divorced when I was young; Dad walked out on Mom on my tenth birthday. Walter was an older man who lived across the country lane on land that used to be a soybean field.Read More


WeHo Remembers 9/11 Pop Luck Club Co-Founders

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

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, West Hollywood hosted a special remembrance for Daniel Brandhorst, Ronald Gamboa and their son, who died when United Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles flew into the second tower of the World Trade Center.Read More

LGBT Issues In Policing

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 12, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

How do we introduce our aspiring young law enforcement officers to important issues of 21st century diversity, when all they know is CSI and Ghost in the Machine?Read More

Another DC Trans Shooting

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 12, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Another assault on a trans person in DC, and questions about reportingRead More

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Comment of the Week: Jesse Monteagudo on Top 20 Queer Things

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 11, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Did we create the monster that wishes to destroy us?Read More

Nathan Carroll, On 9/11 I Salute You

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 11, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

If 9/11 stands for anything, it stands for the proposition that we must stand together to overcome violence and attempts at bullying by evil people whose beliefs demonize us and cal l for our destruction.Read More


9/11: Ten Years After

Filed by Ricci Levy | September 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today is a good time to renew our commitment to the ongoing battle to secure the values of liberty, freedom and democracy that have been crushed in the response to the tragedy of 9/11.Read More


Some Thoughts About 9/11

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | September 11, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

On September 11, we were camped in a state park just outside Ithaca, New York. Probably because my life was falling apart, because what was happening in the camper and in my heart was so compelling, I barely had room for this other thing.Read More


9-11 Remembered: A Flight Attendant's Tale

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's important that we remember what happened and how we reacted as individuals and as a nation, especially in light of the recent abhorrent and repugnant bigotry, divisions, and fear that many have stoked in the name of scoring political points.Read More


31 Days: Big Man, Bigger Woman

Filed by Bil Browning | September 10, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Jerame's mom, Sherry, is a small wisp of a woman with a spine of steel and she didn't much care for me when we first met thirteen years ago.Read More


9/11: When We Were One

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

Guest blogger Chris Glaser reminds us of when categories seemed to disappear; divisive walls came down. We were no longer Democrats or Republicans, no longer black or white, no longer gay or straight. We were humbled, but not by the terrorists.Read More


Harvard College Hires Queer Student Life Director

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

This week Harvard College hired its first paid staff person dealing specifically with support for LGBT students and services. Read More


31 Days: The Squanto Baby

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

When I was a kid I loved to play with dolls. My favorite was a big stuffed Native American doll my grandmother made me. I named him Squanto.Read More

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ADAP Crisis: How You Can Help

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 09, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm working with Project Inform to help with HIV advocacy in the United States. Won't you take a minute and sign the petition?Read More

Massive Blackout Caused by Human Error

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 09, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Very scary prospect - on the cusp of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 - that one single person could cause such widespread trouble. Just how secure are we?Read More


NYC & DC Terrorism Threat 'Credible;' San Diego Loses Power

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 09, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

No sooner had President Obama completed his 30-minute-plus address to Congress on his proposed jobs bill than Homeland Security reporters advised of a possible terrorist threat on the anniversary of 9/11.Read More


Top 20 Things That Owe Their Existence to Queers

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 09, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

After reading the Bilerico Project's list of the Top 20 Most Important LGBT Figures in History by Adam Polaski, guest blogger Jeremy Redlien thought that it would be a good idea to create an entirely different sort of list.Read More


31 Days: Kittens in the Flowerpot

Filed by Bil Browning | September 08, 2011 | 5:15 PM | comments

Today's story though is about the kittens and their untimely demise. If you're easily upset, you might want to skip this post.Read More


UK Lifts Lifetime Blood Ban for Gay Men

Filed by Bil Browning | September 08, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The UK has lifted its lifetime ban on gay men who want to donate blood. The new regulations say that a man who hasn't had oral or anal sex with another man in the past year is allowed to donate.Read More


31 Days: The Boyfriend Who Came Back from the Dead

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

My first relationship didn't end well. It didn't especially start that hot either, so I should have seen it coming.Read More


The Saint of 9/11

Filed by Father Tony | September 07, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Let's take a moment to remember the gay priest who was the first 9/11 victim.Read More


31 Days: My Chipmunk Friend

Filed by Bil Browning | September 06, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I was in middle school when I unexpectedly became a surrogate mother for a chipmunk.Read More


Everyone Knows Uncle!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | September 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

What would you do? What would you do if your entire hometown found out you'd been keeping a secret?Read More


What's Wrong With This Picture?

Filed by Annette Gross | September 06, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday I was invited to my first commitment ceremony between two men. Did buildings fall down and did birds come dropping out of the sky? Did oceans flood the land and did volcanoes erupt? Did millions of happy marriages disintegrate? No!Read More

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31 Days: When Organized Labor Came to Our Rescue

Filed by Bil Browning | September 05, 2011 | 2:15 PM | comments

The web's first online action for gay rights started a revolution in how our community uses the internet and how we demand our rights.Read More


31 Days: Blood in the Shower

Filed by Bil Browning | September 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

My book will be autobiographical with plenty of juicy scandalous made-up sections and outrageous quotes from famous people and nobodies alike. There will be romance and intrigue, adventure and comedy, and scads of horrific incidents throughout.Read More


31 Days: Meridian Hill Park

Filed by Bil Browning | September 02, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The history of the area surrounding Meridian Hill park is absolutely fascinating. The area was still rural when Mary Foote Henderson literally built a castle across the street and drew up plans to build a new Executive Mansion on the hill.Read More

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NJ Anti-Bullying Law Goes Into Effect

Filed by Adam Polaski | September 02, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

"The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights" went into effect this week in New Jersey. The comprehensive state-wide anti-bullying policy is one of the strictest anti-bullying measures in the country.Read More

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Black Gay Men: Looking Forward & Backward

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | September 02, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

While many black men are demonstrably strong against the usual suspects, which tend to want to oppress them and make them less than, they seem to be powerless against belonging to a gay community that is fragmented, divisive, unwelcoming, and untrustworthy.Read More


Feel Good: Chipotle Pulls a Fast (Food) One

Filed by Bil Browning | September 02, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

A feel-good liberal ad touting the goodness of farm-fresh meat at Chipotle's. No factory pigs here, folks! Just worker exploitation, hypocrisy, and hidden meat ingredients...Read More

Hung Jury in Larry King Murder Trial

Filed by Bil Browning | September 01, 2011 | 5:45 PM | comments

It looks like the gay panic defense has worked again.Read More


31 Days: Minneapolis' Cold Night Air

Filed by Bil Browning | September 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

When I went to Minneapolis earlier this year for the Creating Change conference, I'll admit that I hated the city. By the second day I was ready to pack up and go home. It was just too damn cold.Read More


We Write Our History in the Present

Filed by Kyle Bella | September 01, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

How can a single film inspire a series of community events targeted specifically toward empowering LGBTQ youth of color by encouraging them to write history?Read More

'You Are Loved'

Filed by D Gregory Smith | September 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I've written about the importance of Rural Pride Celebrations before - but if you want to see it firsthand, or if you ever wondered what the 2011 Montana Pride Celebration was like - well wonder no more.Read More


The Governor Who Wore a Dress

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 01, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

One of the remarkable characters I discovered while doing some transgender history research for my book was Lord Cornbury. He was the British Governor of New York and New Jersey in the colonial era.Read More


K-Y to Launch National Lesbian Commercial

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

They also offered to send me a free sample for "any female friends or colleagues." Any takers? We're all amongst friends here, right? Read More