Living: November 2012


A Victory Lap for LGBT Philly

Filed by Mark Segal | November 30, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

How much investment does your city make in the LGBT community? We deserve our tax dollars helping our community like any other.Read More


NYC: Important Health Alert

Filed by Bil Browning | November 30, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

I got a note from Christine Quinn today asking us to feature this important health alert for gay men in New York City.Read More

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Study: Access to HIV Services Worldwide Stunted by Homophobia

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 29, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Global study finds homophobia, comfort with service provider, and community engagement have significant impact on access to condoms, lubricant, HIV testing, and HIV treatment. Read More


Virginia Commonwealth University Coach Fired for Being Gay

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 29, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Many readers may be shocked by the title of this post, but here in Virginia, LGBT citizens have absolutely zero state law employment protections and since Congress has never passed ENDA, there are no federal law protections either. Read More


Alabama DA Says Beating of Lesbian Not a Hate Crime

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 28, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Mobile, Alabama District Attorney Ashley Rich told WKRG that law enforcement is following up on the brutal beating of Mallory Owens allegedly by her girlfriend's 18 year old brother on Thanksgiving day. Read More


Newly Religious 'Two & a Half Men' Teen Says Show is 'Filth'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 28, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Angus T. Jones, the 19 year old star of Two and a Half Men, suddenly got religion and is now calling the show "filth" and begging people not to watch it. Read More


Am I a Transgender Queer or a Trans Genderqueer?

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 28, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

I've learned enough to let my feelings and tendencies with gender go where they will, without pestering myself too much with the causes and possible effects, but there are some unpleasant internal hurdles I'm encountering.Read More


First Black Female Astronaut: 'Space is Not a Kid's Sport' [Video]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

Filmmakers Renee Sotile and MJ Godges of Traipsing Thru Films also later interviewed Dr. Mae Jemison, who became the first African American female to fly in space aboard Endeavor in 1992. Read More


Seven Things I Don't Love About Being Gay

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | November 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

Seven reasons why if being gay were a matter of a sign-up sheet, my name might not be on it. Read More


Acquiring Thanksgiving Now

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | November 25, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Thanksgiving in my adulthood has been a time for celebrating with what queer people our age call our "acquired family." It was important and inevitable that I put some distance between my family's lives and mine when I left Indiana at 18.Read More


LGBT Orgs Write Open Letter to American Airlines

Filed by Bil Browning | November 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

I reported last Monday that LGBT organizations were joining together to castigate American Airlines for flouting federal directions to allow customer service agents to vote on whether or not the workers would join a union. The letter sent to American has now been released.Read More


Alliance Defending Freedom Should Clean Its Own House

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 23, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

Alliance Defending Freedom should probably worry less about keeping people like me from getting married, and clean its own house. Maybe then they'd know what one of their own attorney's was up to.Read More


LA Gay & Lesbian Center Meets with WeHo Sheriffs Over 'Concerns'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

West Hollywood Human Services Commissioner Jimmy Palmieri angrily blogged about alleged ill treatment of non-white clients by West Hollywood Sheriff's deputies. The post lead to two meetings between representatives from the Center, the city of West Hollywood and the WeHo Sheriff's Station.Read More


Emergency: Uganda May Pass 'Kill the Gays' Bill Today

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 23, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Ugandan Parliament is preparing to pass the infamous "Kill the Gays" bill so many of us thought had withered into non-existence under pressure from the world's human rights community.Read More

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Lots of Links Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I've gone and landed myself a nasty upper respiratory infection, so I've prepared a slew of links to carry you through the weekend. Read More

What's for Dinner? [Thanksgiving Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | November 22, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

So what's on your plate this holiday? Are you cooking or is someone else doing all the work? What are you thankful for today?Read More


Expanding on the Theme of the Trans* Day of Remembrance

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 21, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

We need to see and accept the wide spectrum of gender expressions in the LGBT community, and honor all those who have the bravery to express themselves in an honest and forthright way. Read More


The End of Science

Filed by Kate Clinton | November 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

The current state of anti-science is fact-free-and-proud, rife with assertions from the schvitzing climate change deniers, the we-only-go-back-4,000- years Creationist Theme park rangers, and the because-I-said-so social scientists. Read More


Challenging Gay 'Exorcisms' Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 21, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

2 for 1 special today: a full post on the subject of gay exorcisms, PLUS links on HIV testing recommended for everyone, reporters quitting on air, and much more of What You Need To Know todayRead More


Transgender Day of Remembrance [Open Thread]

Filed by Ed Team | November 20, 2012 | 1:40 PM | comments

Who are you remembering today? Read More


TDOR: Remembering Dee Dee Pearson

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Transgender Day of Remembrance has become sacred to me. It is the only observance specifically for transgender people. It is a sobering day of reflection in which to remember transgender lives lost to violence in the previous year.Read More

The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm still pulling jury duty - although hopefully this will be our last day. Jerame has been gone all weekend and I'm writing this on Monday night as I wait for his plane to land back here in DC. Read More

Not Everyone Should Be Asked to Be Thankful

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 19, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

Make no mistake, I am grateful for what I have. I know my current situation could be worse. But this is going to be the first Thanksgiving I will be celebrating following the death of my Aunt Janine from breast cancer. Read More


Why Is HRC Advertising for American Airlines As Other Groups Condemn the Company?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

One day after several leaders from LGBT orgs met to talk about American Airlines anti-union activities and how its been affecting their LGBT employees, the Human Rights Campaign sent out an email urging their supporters to purchase airline tickets from the company.Read More


Thinking of Fostering or Adopting?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 19, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and the non-profit RaiseAChild.US, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's "All Children - All Families" initiative, has launched a recruitment campaign to encourage LGBT people to consider fostering and adopting kids in need of a loving home.Read More


Pointless Boycott Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Linda Harvey calls for Christians to boycott... everything, SF adds coverage for medical transition, looking towards ENDA, GLB soldiers thrive, FRC blames queers for the General Petraeus scandal, a sweet editorial about LGBT kids, and more!Read More


LGBT & Labor Movement Activist Howard Wallace Has Died

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 18, 2012 | 2:00 PM | comments

Just as LGBT politicos have started talking post-election about ENDA and pushing federal contractors to adopt job protection policies for LGBT workers, Pride at Work announced that one of labor's leading lights, [email protected]'s President Emeritus Howard Wallace, 76, died on Wednesday.Read More

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Lincoln: A Life in the Closet?

Filed by Mark Segal | November 18, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

If you're going to see the movie "Lincoln" you'll enjoy reading this first. Read More


Getting Used to Equality

Filed by Leslie Robinson | November 18, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A gal in our church has been with her partner for decades, and they had no plans to marry. But now their children and grandchildren are putting pressure on them to get legally hitched. Welcome to the mainstream.Read More


It's Worth Repeating: Ali Forney Center & Hurricane Sandy

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 16, 2012 | 4:30 PM | comments

The devastation incurred by the Ali Forney Center is doubly tragic; because the people they serve are the ones most likely to suffer from the likes of Sandy. Happily, the LGBT community was not one to abandon the most vulnerable among us.Read More


George Takei Sings for Old Navy

Filed by James Holmes | November 16, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm not a fan of Old Navy of Black Friday, but this is too hilarious to miss. It seems only appropriate that a song from the Armageddon soundtrack could become a Black Friday ad. Read More


Nigeria Poised to Pass 'Jail the Gays' Bill

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 16, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

A draconian bill was introduced in Nigeria's Assembly that would ultimately jail Nigeria's gay citizens and anyone who supported them if it becomes law. Read More


On Board the 2012 HIV Cruise Retreat

Filed by Mark S. King | November 16, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

I don't expect that everyone has the ability to afford the trip, but the message of the event - reach out for support and friendships where ever you might find them - echoes in my mind and heart today. Read More


Youth Homelessness Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Looking at homelessness in LGBT youth, Uruguay considers marriage, Pride across the world, the East Aurora IL story continues, looking at LGBT rights in China, and more. Plus: Jesse Tyler Ferguson shows us how to tie a bow tieRead More


What Does Your Choice in Underwear Say About You?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 15, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

What do you think? Agree or disagree with the descriptions? And what about those who don't wear any undies? What words should we use to describe those people?!?Read More


The End of an Era... Again

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | November 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

The owners of the trendy (again) restaurants, Indochine and Acme, are going to take over the space on First Avenue that housed Lucky Cheng's and, before that, the Club Baths. Read More


The Importance of LGBT Role Models

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 15, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

To be able to look at someone whose path mirrors your own so closely, and see that they're already doing it, helps you to feel more secure and confident in your own next steps. Read More


The Science of Post-Sleep Erections [Video]

Filed by James Holmes | November 14, 2012 | 6:00 PM | comments

AKA - Morning Wood.Read More


Hiding To Stay Visible

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 14, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

Among gay and queer men, my condition is often seen simply as a burden too far out there to be bothered with in a prospective partner.Read More


Let's Walk Through Texas' Secession [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | November 14, 2012 | 2:30 PM | comments

There's been scads of chatter lately about a petition someone put up at the White House website asking permission for Texas to secede from United States. Settle down. Even Rick Perry isn't dumb enough to think this is a good idea.Read More


Women Pilots 'Best Kept Secret' of World War II [Video]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 14, 2012 | 1:30 PM | comments

A labor shortage during World War II allowed women to play a huge role by working in the war industries. And while the story of "Rosie the Riveter" is well-known, a group of female pilots consider themselves the best kept secret of the war.Read More


African Tragedy Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 14, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Uganda and Nigeria embrace hatred, UPS stops giving to the BSA, Ontario students support a trans* classmate, "queer bioethics" is born, NOM targets pro-LGBT businesses in foreign countries, and more! Plus: a lovely video about gay familiesRead More

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Speaking for the Voiceless

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 13, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

In the process of writing my LGBTQ Superhero novel Silver Demon, it did not feel right to me to not honor real life LGBTQ heros, as well as use the opportunity to highlight LGBTQ individuals that have either been overlooked or forgotten.Read More


My First Day as Juror 1

Filed by Bil Browning | November 13, 2012 | 10:30 AM | comments

I mentioned last week that I'd been called to the courthouse for jury duty. Out of a couple hundred potential jurors, I was picked to be Juror 1 for a criminal trial that starts today.Read More


PETA's Anti-fur Ad Needs a Body Trimmer

Filed by James Holmes | November 12, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

Last week I brought you the newest ad from PETA showing off the sexual benefits for men who go veggie. Well this week we have something for the ladies.Read More


Another Company Pulls Support of Boy Scouts

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2012 | 3:30 PM | comments

UPS has become the latest company to stop financially supporting the Boy Scouts of America over their anti-gay policies.Read More


The Presidential Hug Shows a Huge Change in Culture

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 11, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

What was decried as the "feminization of America" just a few years ago is now normal.Read More

Two Spirits Walking

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 11, 2012 | 12:00 PM | comments

People often ask guest blogger Alan Bounville what it's like to sleep in a tent on the side of the road. Here's his answer.Read More


Running to the Aid of the Ali Forney Center

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | November 09, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

Hurricane Sandy dealt New York's The Ali Forney Center a severe setback. Luckily, the community is stepping up. Here are several ways Bilerico readers can help, in ways as unique and creative as the LGBT spectrum itself.Read More


An Open Letter To Everyone Who Said "No"

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 09, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

To everyone who ever said "no:" thank you for showing me the virtues of perseverance, humility, and patience. Of believing in myself, and allowing myself to believe in a dream beyond the narrow scapes of fear, cruelty, and ambivalence.Read More


My Modesty (Blaise)

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 07, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

No lost tragedies, no dramas of revelation, waiting silently and tautly, and intently understanding that someone, somewhere might pull the trigger before her.Read More


The Real Story of Sodomy

Filed by Bil Browning | November 07, 2012 | 11:30 AM | comments

So what's the real story of sodomy? What's it all about? And what about Gomorrah? Why didn't anyone make gomorrahing a crime?!Read More


Big Victory Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 07, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

Obama wins reelection bid, three states legalize same-sex marriage, the U.S. gets its first gay senator, East Aurora schools have a strange sense of fairness, FoF goes after trans* kids, and more. Plus: Mitt Romney provides some closureRead More


Non-Political Eye Candy While We Wait for the Election Results

Filed by Bil Browning | November 06, 2012 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'll be back later this evening when the results start to come in, but until then let's enjoy this video of a hot boy signing a video love letter to his deaf boyfriend.Read More


Canadian Mounties: It Gets Better [Video]

Filed by James Holmes | November 06, 2012 | 3:00 PM | comments

Need a break from election day? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have created their own "It Gets Better" video. Pull your head out of American politics and take a ten minute vacay with our friends up north. Read More


Is There Pride in Being HIV Positive?

Filed by Mark S. King | November 06, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

I tried to reconcile my own "HIV OUT" status with those who can't speak for themselves, and I investigated a simple question: if HIV is nothing to be ashamed of, can it be something to be proud of?Read More


Big Bird Goes to Washington

Filed by Joseph Gentile | November 05, 2012 | 5:15 PM | comments

Brought together to defend public broadcasting - and by the fear a Romney administration might defund it - adults, children and those adults still children at heart had an unmistakable message for the Republican presidential candidate Saturday, Nov. 3: "EL-MO! We won't go!"Read More


Coming Out from Behind the Badge

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | November 05, 2012 | 4:00 PM | comments

Coming Out From Behind the Badge is an organization and a set of books by Greg Miraglia that deal with the process of coming out as an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender police officer, firefighter or EMS professional.Read More


PETA: Veggies Are the New Viagra

Filed by James Holmes | November 05, 2012 | 12:30 PM | comments

In this new ad from PETA, men make use of some phallic veggies to show off the positive sexual health benefits of going vegan. I am now both hungry and horny. Read More


Holding Our Breath Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 05, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

An LGBT youth drop-in center is destroyed by Sandy, a trans* father is denied fair treatment, defending the word "bigot," and other stories. Plus, it's been 551 days and we're hoping for One Term MoreRead More


The Importance of Surrendering to Desire

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 02, 2012 | 1:00 PM | comments

The word "Surrender" has been on my mind a lot lately. In part because it's something I've not been getting enough of in my life lately.Read More


Election Fatigue Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | November 02, 2012 | 10:00 AM | comments

A 4yr old girl sums up the election, NOM denounces "gays deserving of death" comment, Brazil holds a trans* women beauty pageant, another GOP politician says something dumb about rape, straight people push for LGBT workplace rights, and more!Read More