Living: November 2011


There Is No Closet: Learning about Queer Sexuality from 'Straight' Porn

Filed by Amy Andre | November 30, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Straight-identified men watching male-female porn aren't "secretly" bi. There is no secret. There is no closet. There is only the language we use to describe ourselves to ourselves and others, to create a sense of sexual intelligibility.Read More

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Et Cum Spirit Two Two Oh

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last Saturday night, the smell of overheating lamination machines wafted from Catholic Church basements. The next morning, parishioners lucky enough to attend churches not downsized by pedophilia payouts, consulted freshly plasticized pew cards for the new wording of their Mass.Read More


South Korea: Hooters for Women

Filed by Bil Browning | November 30, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm still shocked that no one in the United States thought of this business model. A new restaurant in South Korea is turning the Hooters "sex sells" theme on its head by offering female customers a bevy of hot "construction worker" waiters.Read More


Gotcha Journalism Criminalizes Teacher's Gay Porn Past

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 30, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

A Boston affiliate of Fox is working this week to villify a new English teacher at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. Fox discovered that the teacher has performed in a number of gay adult films. This is "gotcha" journalism at its worst. Read More


Marine General Amos Now OK with DADT Repeal

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 30, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

In an interview with the Associated Press, Marine Commandant General Amos shocked those who remembered his staunch opposition to lifting the ban on gays in the military when he called the repeal "a non-event."Read More

Soul Kisses of Ancient Sisters: Vintage Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

This photo was probably very special to someone, as they pasted it on black paper and wrote "The Soul Kiss" in chalk beneath. From the clothes and hair, I'm guessing it was 1900-1910.Read More


Words That Are Transphobic & Why

Filed by Bil Browning | November 29, 2011 | 2:45 PM | comments

Ever wonder if certain words or phrases are transphobic? Ever wonder why you're getting called out for some things you say?Read More


Canada Rules on Polygamy, Polyamory & Religious Freedom

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that Canadian laws which limit religious freedom can be upheld if the harms in question outweigh that freedom. The ruling broadens the ways in which the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be limited overall.Read More


George Michael's Family Gathers for Bedside Vigil

Filed by Bil Browning | November 29, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Rumors have circulated for the past week that pop singer George Michael is at death's door in an Austrian hospital. Doctors have said the situation is grim, but spokespersons are denying his illness is that grave.Read More

Sassy Old Sisters: 1912 Photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This one is ca. 1912, and these lovely young women were likely Suffragettes spreading their wings and exploring new boundaries.Read More

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Uncle Jim & Cousin Jack

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | November 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A few weeks ago, guest blogger Patrick Hamilton attended two funerals: his Uncle Jim's, and his mother's cousin's. The difference between the two services couldn't be more striking.Read More

Let's Kiss! PDA at Pride 1970s

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 28, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

ca. 1970s, Atlanta, a beautiful memento!Read More


Monica on the New Comment System [Comment of the Week]

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

Over on my Thanksgiving Day post, "Grateful for Site Updates Today," Monica Helms weighed in our new commenting system. We've switched over to using Facebook Connect in to make things easier for moderators and lower the frequency of flame wars.Read More

Nov. 27, 1978: Harvey Milk Assassinated in San Francisco

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 27, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

At 11 a.m. on a beautiful Monday morning, on November 27, 1978, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was shot and killed by disgruntled former Supervisor Dan White. That was 32 years ago, and there is still no comfort today.Read More


Occupy LA to Be Evicted from City Hall Park on Monday

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

Last Friday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced that City Hall Park will be closed on Monday at 12:01am, thus evicting the Occupy LA protesters.Read More


Sailing on the 2011 HIV Cruise Retreat

Filed by Mark S. King | November 26, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may seem curious that so many people living with HIV would spend their vacation time and money on an vacation alongside over 200 others living with the disease. But our common issue is inspiring and even a source of humor and fun.Read More


Prop 8 Plaintiff's Thanksgiving Video

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 25, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

The American Foundation for Equal Rights distributed a video about what Thanksgiving means to Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, the two couples challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8.Read More


Contributor Mark King Makes POZ 100

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Bilerico contributor Mark King made the list of "100 people, things and ideas that reinvent - and improve - how we tackle HIV."Read More


Christmas Quality & Hanukkah Pricing

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This isn't anti-Semitic, dammit. It's funny!! Wodka vodka's holiday themed Manhattan billboard was just misunderstood, you see. Stupid liberals with their damn politically correct puppies!! Real dogs wear hats.Read More


The Gratitude Condition

Filed by Jeff Lutes | November 23, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Several years ago I was asked to debate an anti-gay pastor on national television. When I woke up that day, I stumbled into the kitchen and poured myself a cup of hot java just like I do every morning.Read More


The Islamic War on Thanksgiving

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

Just when you thought that Wal-Mart and the Gap's "War on Christmas" was destroying America's Christian values, now we find out that the Muslims have declared a "War on Thanksgiving."Read More


18 Dirty Things You Can Only Say on Thanksgiving

Filed by Bil Browning | November 23, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

A friend sent this funny list 18 of naughty things you can only say on Thanksgiving. I thought I'd use it for today's open thread question. What else can you only say on Thanksgiving?Read More

Larry King's Father Talks about Plea Deal with Son's Killer

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Christina Gonzala of Fox LA News followed Brandon McInerney's murder trial and after the plea deal was reached Monday, she spoke with the father of gay murder victim Larry King.Read More


Thanksgiving & the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Regardless of one's personal feeling about the U.S. military, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is cause for celebration by every member of the LBGT community on this Thanksgiving Day.Read More

Warning: Major Self Promoting

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 22, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ah, the Most Influential Women of Newton...Read More

Beef for Thanksgiving: Vintage Hunks

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 22, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

A group of happy, healthy, and super-hunky lifeguards, ca. 1970s. Check out the front row left, for a sweet surprise.Read More

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Larry King Killer Gets 21 Years in Prison

Filed by Bil Browning | November 22, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Brandon McInerney, the teenager who shot gay classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during a computer lab class, will serve 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.Read More

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Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Filed by Bil Browning | November 21, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you'll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn't actively discriminate against the LGBT community.Read More


Benetton: Kiss & Sell

Filed by Leslie Robinson | November 21, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Diplomacy suddenly got a whole lot friendlier. Leaders of nations and leaders of faiths, instead of shaking hands, are kissing each other on the lips. Global warming, indeed.Read More


Occupy Wall Street Goes Gay

Filed by Mike Rogers | November 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

As I was walking around, I came upon a table of two people with a rainbow flag behind them. LGBT representation in Zuccotti Park... I was proud of them.Read More


Arthur Evans: The Philosopher as Activist

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 21, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Arthur Evans, who died September 11 at the age of 69, was a gay activist who was also a scholar, a rare combination in the United States.Read More


First Lady Booed at NASCAR Event

Filed by Bil Browning | November 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Is it fair? Hell no. Is it a mammoth racist crowd practically pelting the First Lady with rotten tomatoes? Hardly. It's a time honored tradition of expressing disapproval. They booed. Get over it.Read More


The Locker Room Has Always Been a Site of Sexual Terror

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | November 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

We've all fixated on the shower rape that McCleary witnessed and didn't report to the police. But this was only one incident in decades of sexual aggression toward boys by Sandusky, behavior that he is calling "horseplay." In other words, normal.Read More


US Davis Chancellor Makes the Walk of Shame

Filed by Bil Browning | November 21, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Students held a vigil outside of a press conference by Katehi and campus police officers. They stood silently on either side of the sidewalk that led to her car and forced her to take a walk of shame and face the very people she'd ordered attacked.Read More


GLAAD Encourages Awkward Thanksgivings

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, GLAAD is encouraging LGBT people to talk freely and openly about their relationships and LGBT equality overall. They're calling the campaign "I'm Letting Aunt Betty Feel Awkward This Thanksgiving." Read More


Transgender Day of Remembrance 2011: Nothing to Say

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 20, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

On the Transgender Day of Remembrance, I can find no fitting words of my own to say. I am too far from the days when I wanted to die.Read More


Scholarship Will Honor 'Hero' Author & Narnia Exec Producer Perry Moore

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Following the untimely death of Perry Moore, executive producer of the "The Chronicles of Narnia" trilogy and author of the young adult novel "Hero," a scholarship fund has beet up in his honor by family and friends.Read More


ALERT: Trans Woman Murdered in Hollywood, Shots Fired at Another

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Thursday night at around 9:55pm, a transgender woman named Cassidy (aka Nathan Vickers) was shot in the chest and killed in Hollywood on Lexington Avenue and Gower Street.Read More


AIDS History: Prevention Posters From Around the World

Filed by Bil Browning | November 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The University of Rochester has released Dr. Edward Atwater's incredibly large collection of AIDS education posters (spanning 30 years) from around the world. They've put them all online and it is simply fascinating. You'll get lost looking through them all.Read More


Radio Lab Investigates the Origin of HIV

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 18, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I listened to an interesting episode of Radio Lab this week, a podcast out of NYC. It was about the concept of Patient Zero, or that there's really one place where a disease (or an idea) starts.Read More


STD Rates for MSM, Communities of Color 'Shockingly High'

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 17, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The CDC's annual report of statistics and trends for the three reportable sexually transmitted diseases in the United States shows that STDs rates in this country are still shockingly high. Read More

5 Steps to Finding Your Lucky This Thanksgiving

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Rebecca Perlman Coniglio shares some simple steps you can follow to help you and your family find what makes you feel lucky this ThanksgivingRead More


Rapier Wit

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 17, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

From Occupy Wall Street and Herman Cain to female comedians and Pedro Almodovar, I'm pissed.Read More


VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Accept LA Gay & Lesbian Center Award

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

NPH was funny: "It's hard to believe that it's been 40 years since the Center first invented gays and lesbians. But David and I were so happy that they did."Read More


Indy PFLAG Needs Help from LGBT Hoosiers

Filed by Annette Gross | November 16, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Indy PFLAG is asking LGBT Hoosiers to send us your personal stories that we can send to the Indiana State Medical Association describing how you and your families had been impacted by discrimination.Read More


Putting a Face & Voice to Student Debt Statistics

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

Despite staggeringly high numbers of U.S. student loan debt, we rarely talk about the crisis. If we talk about it at all, we discuss it as a large, overarching problem or a faceless statistic, one that encourages us to lose perspective.Read More


VIDEO: Chaz Bono Accepts LA Gay & Lesbian Center Award

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 16, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Scream star David Arquette appeared to not be reading off the teleprompter but looking at his friend and fellow Dancing With the Stars co-star Chaz Bono as he presented Chaz with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Board of Directors Award Saturday night.Read More


Catholic Charities Ends Illinois Anti-Gay Adoption Lawsuit

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization's state-funded adoption and foster care contracts, and their refusal to grant those services to same-sex couples in civil unions, is finally over.Read More


'Homosexuality as Gateway Drug' and Queer Studies

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last week, an image surfaced that showed a unique course listing over at Baylor University: "Homosexuality as Gateway Drug."Read More


Pre-Thanksgiving Party for LGBT Youth This Saturday in West Hollywood

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Get a sense of this C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Thanksgiving fest for LGBT youth in this video piece by my AIDS LifeCycle Ride friend and producer Earnest Winbourne for his important online show, NoMoreDownLow TV. Read More


Marcus Bachmann Wants Paid for Ex-Gay Therapy

Filed by Bil Browning | November 15, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Truth Wins Out staffer John Becker exposed Marcus Bachmann's ex-gay therapy business when he went undercover as a client. Now Bachmann is leaving voicemails demanding payment for missed appointments!Read More


Domestic Partnerships: Montana Tries Another Door

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

In light of the District Court dismissal of the same-sex domestic partnership case Donaldson and Guggenheim vs The State Of Montana in April, The Montana ACLU has filed an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court.Read More


Battling Activist Burnout in the Trans Community

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

How can the community can offset the "two years and out" burnout that seems to come along with trans activism? I think our best bet is in recognizing that the trans and LGB community follow two completely different structures.Read More

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The Worst Thing You'll Read Today

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

Oh my God, this pisses me off soooooo much that I literally sputtered when trying to tell someone about it.Read More


Bisexual Youth Kicked Off Spokane Bus

Filed by Amy Andre | November 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Three bus riders in Spokane were recently ousted after one of them, sitting within earshot of the driver, came out as bisexual. What the what?!Read More


Fire Island Goes Up in Flames

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

Sad news from Fire Island this morning... A fast-moving fire destroyed several businesses last night in the Fire Island Pines area. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.Read More


Iowa Baker Won't Make Lesbians' Wedding Cake

Filed by Bil Browning | November 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

What is it with Midwesten bakers refusing to serve LGBT people? First there was Cupcakegate in Indianapolis and now a Des Moines baker has refused to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.Read More

Changing Trans Employee Name and Gender In Corporate Records

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

How should employers handle change of employee name and gender in cases of on-the-job gender transition?Read More


Bell, Book & Candelabra

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

In last month's letter, signed as the "Most Reverend Timothy Dolan", he decreed that he knows exactly what the supernatural laws are, what they say, and what they mean, and that he has "moral authority" over every mortal in his sales district.Read More


Has Anything Changed in Puerto Rico Since Jorge Steven's Murder?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today marks the second anniversary of Puerto Rican gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado's brutal murder. Has anything changed in Puerto Rico since López's death?Read More


Alex Garner Reporting from US Conference on AIDS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 13, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Alex Garner, HIV and health contributor to Frontiers In LA magazine and the author of The Infection Monologues, is reporting from the US Conference on AIDS in Chicago for Frontiers. Read More

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Stuck in the Mud? Get Your Hands Dirty

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

At Thursday's opening plenary for the United State Conference on AIDS, David Munar, President of AIDS Foundation of Chicago delivered a bold message, stating that despite being "stuck in the mud... It's time to get our hands dirty."Read More


Penn State: Get a Grip

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

The Trustees of Penn State did the right thing. I love football. I've been a Penn State fan for a long time. I'm not sure I can ever watch a game again without thinking of this crime.Read More


Honoring Veteran's Day

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I posted this on the National Stonewall Democrats Facebook page today, but since no one has posted about Veteran's Day here on Bilerico, I thought I'd post it here too.Read More

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AIDS History: The 'Mark of Cain' & the Return of KS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 11, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

During the AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s there were two outward manifestations of having AIDS: the wasting syndrome where once strapping gay men became walking skeletons and the appearance of purple lesions religious right types decided was the "mark of Cain."Read More


Reminder: Tonight in DC

Filed by Bil Browning | November 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Don't forget that if you're in the DC area tonight, you can come catch what's shaping up to be a fantastic discussion on "What does it mean to be gay in America?"Read More

Catholic Intellectuals See LGBT Church Equality as Inevitable

Filed by Father Tony | November 10, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Four conferences sponsored and hosted by Fordham University, Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School and Fairfield University may be remembered as extremely important in the evolution of the contentious relationship between the LGBT community and the Roman Catholic Church.Read More


Shooting the Rapids with 12 Gay Men for 8 Days!

Filed by Father Tony | November 09, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

When Alyson Adventures' Zach Moses suggested I join their "all gay male 8 day whitewater rafting/hiking tour of the Grand Canyon" I gamely agreed, thinking that an invitation made by a naked guy poolside at the Island House in Key West would be soon forgotten.Read More


Mesmerizing Murmurmation

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 09, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

I stumbled across this video while going through my RSS feeds, and found it rather hypnotic. I think you'll enjoy it too. What have you witnessed on this living planet that takes your breath away?Read More


Anti-Abortion Lobby Dances on Graves

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Anti-abortion "news" websites Human Life International World Watch and Canada's LifeSiteNews have co-published an article cheering Nigeria proposed legislation to ban same-sex marriage, calling the bill something that "pro-life and pro-family supporters" should rally behind.Read More


Toronto Zoo to Separate Gay Penguins

Filed by Bil Browning | November 09, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

With news that the Toronto Zoo is planning to separate famous gay penguins Buddy and Pedro, the LGBT blogosphere has exploded. The two are African Jackass Penguins - an endangered species.Read More

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Mom's Perspective: Reflections on the National PFLAG Convention

Filed by Annette Gross | November 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to attend the 2011 National PFLAG Convention in Arlington, VA. I represented, along with another member, the Indianapolis Chapter of PFLAG.Read More


The Perfect Birthday Gift

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

Seeing Eri again after seven years was the perfect birthday present from Jerame. Now she's gone and I'll have to go back to missing her again.Read More


If a Miracle Happened Tonight

Filed by Jeff Lutes | November 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

From your perspective, what is the main challenge or struggle in your relationship? If a video camera inside your home caught this in action, what would a viewer see when they played back the tape?Read More


Why It's Important to Remember Gay & AIDS Activist Bob Hattoy

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 07, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

A friend of mine noted the other day that Tuesday, Nov. 1 would have been the late gay and AIDS activist Bob Hattoy's 61st birthday. Bob died of AIDS-related complications on March 4, 2007.Read More


Slow Posting Today: Gone Fishing

Filed by Bil Browning | November 07, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Posting will be slow again today. Eri-chan, my best friend (and bil-ERI-co namesake), is in the United States for a few days and today is the last full day I get to spend with her. You can leave her well wishes on this thread.Read More


COW: BTC on Whether or Not to Rainbow Up

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

Over on Mike Rogers' post, "Tape of Shame or Pride," Projector BTC left this comment about whether or not rainbow flags and other pride symbols are still necessary. What do you think?Read More


Shoplifting is Political, or: Kleptomania for the 99%

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Stealing is a politicized topic. I'm not the sort of person who would turn anyone in for stealing a handful of mushrooms while I would get mad if someone's employer forced them to hand over half their tip money.Read More


This Weekend at Rancho Bil-ERI-co

Filed by Bil Browning | November 05, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Posting will most likely be light this weekend folks. We have a very special guest coming to stay at Rancho Bilerico...Read More


Why I Flag (It's Not Just About Sex)

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 05, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Back in the days of the love that dare not speak its name, a man sporting a hanky could remain inconspicuous to straight people while openly signaling to other gay men that it was safe to make a move. So why has it made a revival?Read More


Tape of Shame or Pride?

Filed by Mike Rogers | November 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm perfectly capable of revealing who I am, I'd rather not leave the job to my bicycle.Read More


Photos: Frank Kameny Lying-In-State

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Unfortunately, I was sick yesterday and couldn't make it to Frank Kameny's lying-in-state service at the Carnegie Library here in DC. Jerame, however, was able to attend and took these photos for us.Read More

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The KS Boogey Man

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 04, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Alex Garner takes issue with Patricia Nell Warren's post "KS Is Back." He thinks that Patricia used scare tactics for her post and suggests we all stop freaking out and take a deep breath.Read More


Reflections on the Death of Equality Pioneer Aristide Laurent

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 03, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I knew Aristide only through a listserv. I enjoyed reading his feisty reactions during spirited discussions. I want to acknowledge him as someone who was front and center even before I was aware of the fight for LGBT equality.Read More

Better than Jesus Pizza: Ball Face

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 03, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

In the world of sexual medicine, doctors may stumble across incredible anomalies. Such as this oddity from Canada. Facing cancer bravely, this testicle gave doctors something to marvel about.Read More


Sexual Diversity & the Catholic Church: Ecclesiological Questions Arise

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guest blogger Matthew Vogel writes about a recent conference at Yale Divinity School to examine Roman Catholic teaching on sexual diversity and the bishops' response to the legalization of same-sex marriage.Read More


The Great Impersonators II: Boylesque

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 02, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I bring you the brand new, super-fabulous part two of my "Great Imposters" tribute to male and female impersonators from the 1880s to the mid 20th century. Check out Boylesque.Read More


LGBTs Push for Education Act with Anti-Bullying Policies

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 02, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today, a number of LGBT advocacy organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined together in requesting that the anti-bullying language be incorporated into the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011 before it is approved.Read More


Occupy an Open Heart in the Ozarks

Filed by Davina Kotulski | November 02, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week I received a Facebook message from a woman who lives in Arkansas. Her story touched me deeply and showed me how important it is for us to continue to work towards equality in the heartland and the South too.Read More


California Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani Comes Out

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 02, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's a simple headline that will change the life of California Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani - and she apparently hopes - the lives of LGBT teens, as well.Read More

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Kameny Home Listed in National Register of Historic Places

Filed by Bil Browning | November 02, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Noted gay activist Frank Kameny's home has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Kameny passed away in October at the age of 86.Read More


New Study Examines Sexual Practices of Gay & Bi Identified Men

Filed by Dan O'Neill | November 02, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Researchers analyzed responses from nearly 25,000 users of Manhunt™ and DList™ who responded to a survey that included questions about their sexual practices.Read More


Dan Savage Gets Glitter Bombed for Being Transphobic

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 02, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The bottom line is that when challenged on his various prejudicial influences, Dan Savage tells his critics to patiently wait for him while it gets better. This glitterbomb is one of many responses that demand, "Make it better."Read More

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Did I Abandon Family for Gay Community?

Filed by Mark S. King | November 01, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Did I leave Bossier City, Louisiana because of my life ambitions, or did I flee? The truth is a little of both. After bursting out of the closet during high school in 1978, I knew I was causing some embarrassment.Read More


A Response: 'Quit flaunting your lifestyle'

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 01, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Almost all LGBT persons experience ignorance in the form of public attack sooner or later. Those of us in rural areas tend to get it even more regularly - especially in the local newspapers.Read More


Advocate Co-Founder Dies

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Want to know the impact Laurent had on the LGBT community? You're reading part of it.Read More


Satan Makes Gay Babies Says US Catholic Bishops Spokesman

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 01, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

A US Catholic Bishops spokesman claims that the Devil causes a supposed malfunction in fetal development in the womb and, so, a gay child is born.Read More