Living: October 2013

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US Coast Guard Institutes Non-Discrimination Policy

Filed by Bil Browning | October 31, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

If the US Coast Guard can institute a sexual orientation non-discrimination policy, why can't the other branches of the military? Oh, that's right. They're not really military; they're "homeland defense."Read More

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Why Do Gay Men Love Monsters?

Filed by Mark S. King | October 31, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

I didn't just sympathize with the Alien and Pinhead and Freddy, I wanted to take them to lunch and find out how they managed to make it through the day.Read More

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Anti-Gay MN Archbishop Overlooked Sex Abuse, Child Porn

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

John Nienstedt, the notoriously homophobic Twin Cities archbishop, allegedly shielded child molesters while simultaneously attacking LGBT people and crusading against marriage equality.Read More

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Sexy Priests Strip Down in 2014 Orthodox Calendar

Filed by John M. Becker | October 30, 2013 | 9:45 AM | comments

These gorgeous Orthodox priests will have you on your knees in prayer!Read More

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Portrait of Female Supreme Court Justices Revealed

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

A new life-sized portrait of the Supreme Court's four female justices by famed artist Nelson Shanks was unveiled yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery.Read More

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In Other News, Soy Causes Gay Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | October 29, 2013 | 4:15 PM | comments

The Orthodox Jewish yeshiva of Gur has apparently forbidden students from eating soy-based food products because they think it makes students more likely to have gay sex.Read More


Bryan Fischer: Homosexuality Is a Choice, But Not For Me

Filed by John M. Becker | October 29, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

If gays and lesbians can just "choose" to be attracted to people of the opposite sex, it should work the other way around, right?Read More

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ABCs of LGBT: Why We Need Inclusive Elementary Schools

Filed by Paige Schilt | October 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

If kids' classroom lessons are silent on the subject of LGBT people, they're going to understand the underlying message that some people and families are less than worthy.Read More

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Was There Police Violence at Philly's OutFest?

Filed by Mark Segal | October 28, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

An allegedly violent confrontation between two gay men and Philadelphia police officers at this year's OutFest has me troubled.Read More

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New Mobile App Brings LGBT Women Together

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 28, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Thanks to Wing Ma'am, a new, free social networking app, LGBT women are well on their way to a better-connected community.Read More

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Other Than Anal [How's That Work?]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 27, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

As a sex educator, I probably talk to at least one or two gay guys a month who are worried that they can't have a fulfilling sex life because for one reason or another anal sex is off the table.Read More

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Becker vs. Browning: Returning Fire

Filed by John M. Becker | October 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Since Bil recently went out on a limb to prove that he loves small animals and cares about hearts and flowers and global warming, I feel similarly obligated to point out that I can be cynical sometimes.Read More

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Stiffed 'Fag' Waiter: Why Media Coverage Matters

Filed by Bil Browning | October 25, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

A waiter in Overland Park, Kansas, was stiffed on his tip by anti-gay Christians who complimented his service but called him a "fag." If you watch the local CBS station's report on the event, the language is markedly different than the version posted online.Read More


8 Ways the Red Sox Are Like Marriage Equality

Filed by Dana Rudolph | October 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Boston Red Sox and marriage equality are more similar than you might think.Read More

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IL Bishop: Praying for Marriage Equality Is Blasphemy

Filed by John M. Becker | October 25, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Thomas Paprocki, the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Illinois, got his cassock in a bunch and called police to prevent pro-equality Catholics from praying inside the cathedral.Read More

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Gay UK Art Student Will Lose Virginity in Live Sex Show

Filed by John M. Becker | October 24, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

A 19-year-old British art student will lose his virginity in front of a live audience next January and solicit their feedback afterwards. Weigh in: performance art or narcissism?Read More

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Browning vs Becker: The Nicening

Filed by Bil Browning | October 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since John Becker has taken over as Bilerico Project's managing editor, many of you have written in with words of praise for his writing. Now I have to prove that I love small animals and care about flowers and global warming too.Read More

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How to Win DC's 17th Street High Heel Race

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

DC's 27th Annual High High Race is coming up next week and last year's winner, Inertia, has some solid tips on how you can win the big event too.Read More

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Homeless LGBT Youth: Any Given Tuesday

Filed by John M. Becker | October 23, 2013 | 10:15 AM | comments

Even though things are getting better, LGBT youth are still being kicked out of their homes and onto the streets -- in L.A. and all across the country.Read More

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'Unromantic' Lesbian Makes Incredibly Romantic Proposal

Filed by John M. Becker | October 22, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Here's your tear-jerker for the day.Read More

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Ohio Man Who Led Challenge to Marriage Ban Dies

Filed by John M. Becker | October 22, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

John Arthur, the terminally ill Ohio man at the center of a challenge to that state's marriage discrimination amendment, died this morning at 48.Read More

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Indy City Councilor & Partner Elope at Own Wedding

Filed by Bil Browning | October 21, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

The best part about a wedding isn't the few minutes you stand together and take vows; it's in the stories that you're able to tell for years after the big event. And nothing makes a better story than eloping at your own wedding.Read More

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Arkansas Catholic Schoolteacher Fired On Wedding Day

Filed by John M. Becker | October 21, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Catholic Church's unholy crusade against LGBT people continues: Arkansas Catholic schoolteacher Tippi McCullough was fired for marrying her same-sex spouse -- on her wedding day.Read More

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George Takei Talks LGBT Rights at National Press Club

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2013 | 8:15 PM | comments

Actor, activist, and social media sensation George Takei told a packed crowd at the National Press Club about his career and his passion for social justice.Read More

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Why Aren't You Out About Your HIV Status?

Filed by Mark S. King | October 20, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

I don't want to be a radical. I just want to live a truthful life and know who my friends are.Read More

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Lively Pushes 'No Rainbows For Queer People' Strategy

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 20, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Hate group leader Scott Lively wants to take away LGBT Russians' rainbow.Read More

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This Week in Christian Privilege Tantrums

Filed by John M. Becker | October 19, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

From persecution fantasies at the Values Voter Summit to queer-hating mayors, this has been a week full of Christian privilege tantrums.Read More

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What You Need To Know (10/13-10/19)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 19, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Tea Party leader propose a "class action lawsuit" against homosexuality, gay-bashing murders in Chile are convicted, right wing extremists and TERFs partner to harass a trans* teen, and moreRead More


Oregon Now Recognizing Legal Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

The state of Oregon will now recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other jurisdictions.Read More

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Enthusiasm Gap on LGBT Issues at Values Voter Summit

Filed by John M. Becker | October 15, 2013 | 10:30 PM | comments

Speakers at the Values Voter Summit predictably bashed LGBT people, but the loneliest booth in the exhibit hall belonged to the National Organization for Marriage.Read More


Racists, Homophobes, & the GOP All Love Special Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

What do racists, homophobes, the proponents of Proposition 8, and today's Republican Party all have in common? They all love special rights.Read More

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Tea Party Delusion in Full View at Values Voter Summit

Filed by John M. Becker | October 15, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Laughing at gay Holocaust victims? Yup, that happened at this year's Values Voter Summit.Read More

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Help Me Protect the LGBT Community from Meningitis

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The story of Julian Siwek, a queer trans man who contracted bacterial meningitis and lost his fingers and feet to the disease, illustrates the danger it poses to the LGBT community.Read More

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Watch: Top Thinker Steven Pinker on Homosexuality

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Steven Pinker - one of the greatest minds in the world - discussed homosexuality and its origins at a recent briefing on Capitol Hill.Read More

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Things No One Says Now

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

There are some phrases and statements that no one says anymore even though you used to hear them all the time.Read More

In Memoriam: Matthew Shepard

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

Fifteen years ago today, Matthew Shepard was taken from us. Today and every day, we must honor and remember.Read More

Why I Won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 11, 2013 | 6:45 PM | comments

When you come out as either a straight ally or as part of the LGBT community, ask yourself: On whose behalf am I coming out? What, exactly, does this community represent?Read More

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Kink: My Last Closet

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 11, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

I can't really continue on as a writer, blogger, or anything else, if I have to be closeted about my interest in leather. I'm sick to death of closets.Read More

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Sometimes We All Need a Helping Hand

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

What better time to reflect on helping someone who's struggling than National Coming Out Day? At some point or another, we all need a helping hand.Read More

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Filed by John M. Becker | October 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The hours and minutes before I came out for the first time were probably the most vulnerable and frightening moments of my entire life. But would I go back? Hell no.Read More

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U.S. Postal Service Will Issue Harvey Milk Stamp

Filed by John M. Becker | October 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM | comments

The U.S. Postal Service will release a Harvey Milk postage stamp in 2014.Read More

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Did Homosexuality Kill the Dinosaurs?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

And now we know why we use oil as a lubricant. Because Jesus, that's why.Read More

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Latest Russian Attack on LGBTs: Surrogacy

Filed by John M. Becker | October 10, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Notoriously anti-gay Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has fired the latest salvo in that country's war on LGBT people, suggesting a ban on surrogacy for gay couples.Read More


Russian Athletes Pose for NOH8 Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

People known to be LGBT in Russia are being bullied, beaten, raped, and murdered - yet for these athletes, speaking out against homophobia is worth the risk.Read More


How to Make the Feds Protect Your Family From Meningitis

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

What if there was a way to eradicate bacterial meningitis like we eradicated polio? There is, but so far the government has ignored it. We've made the feds protect our families before - let's do it again.Read More

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The Gay Man Who Saved the United States

Filed by Mark Segal | October 09, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

If George Washington was the father of the nation, then Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a gay man, was the father of the United States military. Read More

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Yet Another Survey Shows Catholics Back Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yet another poll confirms that on the issue of marriage equality, the Catholic Church's outspokenly homophobic bishops are wildly out of step with the people in the pews.Read More


Hardline Ex-Gay Group's Hopelessness Isn't Selling Well

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 09, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two years after they revolted against moderates at Exodus International, hardline ex-gay activists at the "Restored Hope Network" are still grasping for recognition -- apparently with little success.Read More

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Heterochromial Men Are Sexy

Filed by Bil Browning | October 08, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

When I heard the term "heterochromia," I couldn't put my finger on the meaning. Was it a straight person who worked with metal alloys?Read More

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Happy Birthday, Bil Browning!

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Today is a special day here at the Bilerico Project: it's the birthday of our founder, editor-in-chief, and fearless leader Bil Browning!Read More


Glitz, Glamour, & Equality on Display at HRC Dinner

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Jennifer Lopez and other attendees and speakers at HRC's annual National Dinner, held Saturday in Washington, D.C., celebrated a landmark year in the push for LGBT equality.Read More

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Detroit Lions Investigating Player Who Allegedly Used Anti-Gay Slur

Filed by John M. Becker | October 07, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Detroit Lions are investigating allegations that player Dominic Raiola hurled anti-gay slurs and other epithets at members of the UW Marching Band during yesterday's game in Green Bay.Read More


Kuwait Will Conduct 'Tests' to Block Gays from Entering

Filed by John M. Becker | October 07, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

The small, oil-rich Persian Gulf nation of Kuwait announced today that it plans on "testing" for homosexuality in order to prevent LGBTs from entering the country.Read More


Anti-Gay Activists Wage War on Christian Values

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 07, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

When LGBT equality advocates deride antigay meddlers in Russia and Uganda as "bigoted," "antigay," or "wingnuts," they trivialize these Christian Rightists' historical threats to human welfare, individual freedom, and religious liberty.Read More

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21 Big Ideas of the 21st Century, Volume 2

Filed by Michael Knaapen | October 07, 2013 | 10:00 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 another batch of great thinkers and ideas of the 21st Century.Read More

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What You Need To Know (9/29-10/5)

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | October 05, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Virginia's AG literally goes medieval in his arguments against marriage, NOM's leader attacks trans* equality in California's schools, American Christianists backing anti-LGBT laws in Eastern Europe, and more. Read More

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This Week in Christian Privilege Tantrums

Filed by John M. Becker | October 04, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

Sometimes, the best thing to do in the face of such unmitigated craziness is grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the fireworks.Read More

Pay Attention to LGBT Domestic Violence in Communities of Color

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 03, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but not enough attention, education, intervention, and advocacy is given to this issue in LGBTQ communities of color.Read More

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Secret 'Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner' Fails Miserably

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Self-professed "ex-gays" gathered in D.C. this week to celebrate and raise awareness about their ex-gayness. Naturally, they did this by holing up in an undisclosed location and keeping the press out.Read More


Grandfather Disowns Daughter for Rejecting Gay Son

Filed by John M. Becker | October 02, 2013 | 2:15 PM | comments

This letter will bring a smile to your face on this stressful day.Read More

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Vladimir Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Filed by John M. Becker | October 02, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Vladimir Putin may be waging an anti-LGBT crusade, but a Russian advocacy group still thinks he deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Read More

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Young Boy Challenges Former Aussie PM on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 01, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

A young boy asked Julia Gillard, the infamously anti-gay former Australian Prime Minister, why she "didn't let gay people get married" while she was in power. Read More

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Francis to Canonize Homophobic Pope John Paul II

Filed by John M. Becker | October 01, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Pope John Paul II wasn't a saint, he was a homophobic bigot. Shame on the Vatican for canonizing him.Read More