Living: August 2013

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What You Need To Know (8/25-8/31)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 31, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Anti-gay political pledges in Arizona, Sidney Crosby speaks out against Russian oppression, Robert Mugabe uses his inauguration to attack gay people, and more. Read More


Married Gay Couples Can File Joint Fed Taxes Nationwide

Filed by John M. Becker | August 29, 2013 | 2:35 PM | comments

BREAKING: the IRS announced today that all legal same-sex marriages will be recognized for tax purposes, even if the couple lives in a non-equality state.Read More

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Rowan Williams: 'Persecuted' Christians Must 'Grow Up'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 29, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, said recently that anti-gay Christians who claim they're being "persecuted" for their views need to "grow up."Read More


It's Time To Let Pat Go

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 28, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

I truly believe Pat Robertson is in fact suffering a terrible fate on national TV, and it's time to put him out of our minds. Read More

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Visualizing the Brilliance of 'I Have a Dream'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech has been quoted, analyzed, and dissected in dozens of different ways. But I've never seen it presented quite like this before.Read More

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Dr. King's Dream Includes LGBT People

Filed by John M. Becker | August 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Speakers and marchers at Saturday's 50th Anniversary March on Washington made it clear: LGBT rights are civil rights.Read More

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Fifty Years Later: Delivering on the Dream

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 27, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is an occasion to celebrate how far we have come and recognize how far we have left to go.Read More


Flying the 'Not-So-Friendly' Skies

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 26, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Since I've had kids, I don't complain about them on planes, because I've been one of "those parents" with the crying baby and the kid who's had to sit still on the plane for longer than he has most of his life.Read More

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NYC to Protest Coca-Cola for Sponsoring Sochi Olympics

Filed by John M. Becker | August 25, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

LGBT activists in New York City are planning a Times Square protest of Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola on Wednesday.Read More

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What You Need To Know (8/18-8/24)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 24, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

The OED redefines marriage, NPR comes around on pronouns, The New Mexico Supreme Court rules against discrimination, and more. Read More

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Suddenly I Want to Wear Mascara

Filed by Bil Browning | August 23, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

I realize that this ad is aimed at women, but suddenly I have an overwhelming need for mascara. Especially if this new "packaging" is involved.Read More

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Mexican Catholic Bishop: Homophobia is 'Mental Illness'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 22, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

José Raúl Vera López, the Roman Catholic bishop of Saltillo, Mexico, spoke out forcefully against anti-gay bigotry yesterday, calling homophobia a "mental illness."Read More

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Russia Gives Worthless Written 'Assurances' to IOC

Filed by Bil Browning | August 22, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The International Olympic Committee has announced that they've received a written assurance from the Russian government that it won't discriminate against LGBT people that's not worth the paper it was written on.Read More

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Courage & Optimism: 'Nellie Queen' José Julio Sarria

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 21, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

Perhaps Sarria has not been as revered as his pre-Stonewall peers because he challenged society's attitudes while sometimes wearing a dress, but he founded and presided over the International Court System - an organization second only to Metropolitan Community Church in size and scope. Read More

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Israel Erecting Monument to Gay Holocaust Victims

Filed by John M. Becker | August 21, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Israel's memorial to gay Holocaust victims - the first in the country dedicated to honoring victims who wore a badge other than the yellow star - will be dedicated later this year.Read More


A Place for LGBT Grandparents in South Florida

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 21, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

A wonderful new group has been formed in Wilton Manors, Florida specifically for LGBT grandparents. It's a great place for grandparents to gather and discuss issues that are important to them.Read More

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21 Big Ideas of the 21st Century, Volume 1

Filed by Michael Knaapen | August 21, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

To counteract the erroneous idea that we live in a world that's worse off than it's ever been before, here's a list of twenty-one great thinkers and ideas of the 21st Century.Read More


Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Comes Out as a Republican

Filed by John M. Becker | August 20, 2013 | 3:15 PM | comments

Thomas Tobin, the Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, declared last week that opposition to marriage equality and reproductive choice compelled him to join the GOP.Read More

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A Tale of Two Christies

Filed by John M. Becker | August 20, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

On Planet Christie, gay people are born that way, homosexuality is not a sin, and it can't be cured -- but LGBTs still shouldn't be able to get married.Read More

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A Cis Guy's Perspective on #fuckcispeople

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 19, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's been much discussion about whether or not #fuckcispeople was "useful" from an activism standpoint, which seems to me to miss the point.Read More

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Questions Swirl Around Prominent Russian LGBT Activist

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2013 | 10:45 AM | comments

Russian activist Nikolai Alekseev's Facebook and Twitter posts have become so bizarre that some are wondering if he's had a mental breakdown, gotten hacked, or been kidnapped.Read More

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Why Is Russia Grabbing Headlines?

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 18, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

While Russia's oppression of gay people is egregious, it is far from unique. But there are three key reasons why Russia is grabbing the headlines. Read More

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What You Need To Know (8/11-8/17)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 17, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

CA passes a trans* students' bill, wrestling star Darren Young comes out, Scott Lively goes to court, the DOD grants ssm couples full benefits, and more. Read More

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From Russia With Loathing

Filed by Leslie Robinson | August 17, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Not a day goes by without a new development in the Russia-hates-gays story. Consider just some of the happenings from this weekRead More

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To the IOC, Some 'Propaganda' is Worse Than Others

Filed by John M. Becker | August 16, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

If the IOC continues giving public displays of religiosity a pass but punishes and silences pro-LGBT athletes, it will send a message of tacit approval to anti-LGBT regimes across the world.Read More

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The World's Most Offensive Marriage Equality T-Shirt

Filed by Bil Browning | August 16, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Some marriage equality supporters have pushed the envelope a bit with their t-shirts and other items, but I'm guessing this one is done more for "comedic" value than any actual pro-marriage ideals.Read More

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Mayor of Russia's Olympic Village Defends Anti-LGBT Law

Filed by John M. Becker | August 16, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Iconic Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva defended the country's draconian ban on LGBT "propaganda" yesterday and criticized athletes who protested it in Moscow.Read More

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Andy Cohen Won't Cohost Miss Universe in Russia

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

These are the kind of actions we really need if we want to advance the civil rights of LGBT people in Russia. This is much bigger than your choice of alcohol brand.Read More

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Bruni: Sometimes I'm Afraid to Hold My Partner's Hand

Filed by John M. Becker | August 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Frank Bruni: "[After]... all the progress we've made, being gay does mean feeling constrained in situations where most people aren't, scared in circumstances that wouldn't frighten others in the least, self-conscious when you shouldn't have to be."Read More


Gay Former Russian News Anchor Speaks to CNN

Filed by John M. Becker | August 15, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Back in January, Russian news anchor Anton Krasovsky was so fed up with Putin's anti-gay law that he came out on live TV and was immediately fired. He recently spoke with CNN.Read More

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Your Russia Facebook Graphic of the Day

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

I've been highly critical of the campaign against Stoli, but targeting the Olympics sponsors is something I totally agree with if the demands aren't too unreasonable.Read More

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A World Of Hurt: Gay Bashing Beyond Russia

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 14, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

The last several days have seen a flood of headlines about Russia's anti-gay law, but two recent stories remind us that LGBT people across the globe are threatened with violence, rape, and murder.Read More

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Procter & Gamble: Pull the Plug on Russian TV Ads

Filed by John M. Becker | August 13, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's time for Procter & Gamble to stop financing Putin's war on gays - please sign this petition urging them to pull their ads from Russian government-owned TV stations.Read More

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This Unique Love Poem Will Leave You Breathless

Filed by Bil Browning | August 13, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

It's not often that I'm at a loss for words, but this is one of them. This love poem from a man with OCD is stunning in its raw simplicity and emotion.Read More

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Think 'Cisgender' Is a New Word? Think Again

Filed by Bil Browning | August 13, 2013 | 11:45 AM | comments

I've never understood the faux outrage from some gays and lesbians about the word "cisgender."Read More


Lessons Learned From a Bigot

Filed by Michael Knaapen | August 12, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

I'm grateful to live in a world where two gay men can complain to their bus driver about hate speech, and the driver will kick the homophobe - and not us - off the bus.Read More

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American Kennel Club: Russia is in the Doghouse

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2013 | 6:30 PM | comments

Leaders of the American Kennel Club say they "cannot and will not support participation in the 2016 World Dog Show" if it is held in Russia as scheduled.Read More

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What You Need To Know (8/4-8/10)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 10, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

An AFA talk show compares gay love to pedophilia and kidnapping, Chris Christie jumps the shark arguing against marriage equality, Iowa investigates NOM, and more. Read More

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You Got Yourself a Serious Case of the Chronic Ghey

Filed by Bil Browning | August 09, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

What would you do if you went to the doctor and got a diagnosis of having high cholesterol and being chronically queer?Read More

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Belarus: 'Better a Dictator Than Gay'

Filed by Bil Browning | August 09, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Move over, RuPaul. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenka is the most fabulous drag queen of them all in a new cartoon that shows him flaunting a little more cleavage and eyeliner than is usually the case.Read More


Attack of the Fatberg

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a... fatberg?Read More

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The Olympic Games: A 'Political' Opportunity for Unity

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 08, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Some say the Olympics must remain outside and above politics. What can be more "political" than taking a group of international economic, cultural, religious, and philosophical rivals off the battle field and into the sports arena?Read More


An Adorably Geeky Proposal At GaymerX

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | August 08, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Any proposal that crosses continents, is given voice by GLaDos, and involves two cute bears and a portal gun, can only be the start of a fabulous life. Read More

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Bil & Drew Solve Everything: Ze/Hir & Genderqueers

Filed by Drew Cordes | August 07, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

After contributor Drew Cordes expressed some insecurity about personal pronoun usage on Facebook, Bilerico Project Benevolent Overlord Bil Browning voiced some opinions - as well as some confusion.Read More

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Instead of Punishing Russia, IOC May Punish Athletes

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Shame on the International Olympic Committee for hiding behind political correctness while gay men and lesbians in Russia are being harassed, tortured, and beaten in the streets. What contemptible cowardice.Read More

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A Free Gift for DC Bilerico Readers from Lyft

Filed by Ed Team | August 06, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Ride sharing company Lyft has arrived in DC and they have a special offer for area Bilerico Project readers. They'll give you $20 to use toward your first few Lyfts. Read More


Rankings: Which States Have the Biggest Penises?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 05, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

Indiana may have more than their fair share of redneck over-testosteroned idiots, but who knew the state actually was chockfull of big dicks? Read More

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Welcome to the State of "FloriDUH"

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 05, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Florida has replaced California as the crazy capital of the USA. It is not for nothing that the Sunshine State is known as "FloriDUH."Read More

Why Do Black People Always Choose Luigi in Mario Kart?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

When two friends sat down to play a game of Mario Kart, the conversation turned to racial stereotypes after the white guy asked his African-American friend, "Why do black people always choose Luigi?"Read More


A Perceptually Progressive Pope

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 02, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Pope Francis's views on the surface are only perceptually progressive.Read More

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Gay, Undocumented, and Unafraid

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 01, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

I used to be afraid to tell people I was undocumented, afraid to tell people I was gay. But after years of staying in the background and witnessing the trials that immigrants and the LGBT community face, I'm no longer afraid.Read More

Will Pope Francis Drag the Catholic Church into Modern Times?

Filed by Mark Segal | August 01, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pope Francis may yet be the savior of the Roman Catholic Church. Whatever he turns out to be, right now he's a much-needed breath of fresh air.Read More