Media: October 2007

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 31, 2007 | 7:11 PM | comments

How much of a free speech purist are you? You may be put to the test when answering that question as you consider a ruling today in Maryland against the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and its leaders, including Rev....Read More

A right winger goes down Down Under

Filed by Mike Rogers | October 31, 2007 | 8:15 AM | comments

Closeted right-wingers, hardly an American only phenomenon. From Australia's party of anti-gay hate, the Family First Party: If you thought John Howard was having a bad election campaign, spare a thought for Andrew Quah, a candidate for the Family First...Read More

Obama defends McClurkin inclusion

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2007 | 6:09 PM | comments

Obama's defense of McClurkin's inclusion amounts to this, from an interview with the Advocate: Part of the reason that we have had a faith outreach in our campaigns is precisely because I don't think the LGBT community or the Democratic...Read More

The McClurkin/Obama concert

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2007 | 3:37 PM | comments

The Obama gospel concert where Donnie McClurkin performed was last night. The NY Times reports: The whole controversy might have been forgotten in the swell of gospel sound except Mr. McClurkin turned the final half hour of the three-hour concert...Read More

They're called "hate groups" for a reason

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 29, 2007 | 10:35 AM | comments

Sure, they're completely out of touch not just with Americans in general or conservatives in general, but also Evangelicals. That doesn't stop Religious Right groups from holding some sway in these parts through well-funded lobbying and absolute control of a...Read More

Ann Coulter: On the Gay Circuit in West Hollywood

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 29, 2007 | 8:10 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] This guest post comes to us from Rick Jacobs. Rick chaired Howard Dean's 2003 presidential campaign in California. He is currently Chair and Founder of the Courage Campaign, a progressive political organization in California. He is also the...Read More

White Right Cracking Up?

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 28, 2007 | 11:30 AM | comments

Now, a lot of us have known that the white right had cracked up mentally a while ago, but in a must read article the New York Times chronicles the evangelical political crack up. As Joe Sudbay points out at...Read More

Bilerico Contributors Represent on Out 100

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 27, 2007 | 12:15 PM | comments

So Out Magazine is playing the tease and slowly revealing this year's Out 100 aka the people who made this a year to remember. With dozens more to be announced, I am proud to say that three Bilerico contributors are...Read More

Tolerance of Gays Caused California Wildfires

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 27, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

That's what some homo-hating right-wing nutcase is saying. Below is the email that Matt Trewhella sent to his flock: Subject: The Righteous Judgment of GodDate: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 03:00:18 +0000 Dear Friends, Last week I groaned when I read...Read More

Crack is Whack, But Slut Day Might Be An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 26, 2007 | 12:27 PM | comments

Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein isn't a gay man, but he thinks a little bit like one. Case in point: His column in this morning's paper, proclaiming the death of adult Halloween and the birth of a new kind...Read More

God burns cities when you have sex

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 25, 2007 | 2:04 PM | comments

Some think the fires in Southern California were caused by poorly planned population growth. Others say it's climate change. But if you're James Hartline, then you know the real reason: us! Everyone's favorite insane ex-gay is at it again, making...Read More

Government should not be prying into and punishing relationships between consenting adults

Filed by Matt Foreman | October 25, 2007 | 11:24 AM | comments

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., applauds yesterday’s 3–0 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit striking down a federal statute commonly known as “Section 2257” because its extensive regulation of visual depictions...Read More

Rick Santorum just won't go away

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 24, 2007 | 2:31 PM | comments

Editor and Publisher is reporting that Rick Santorum has started writing a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His first column is about terrorism: Santorum presses his case against Islamic extremism: 'There's a denial of this problem,' says the ex-senator. This...Read More

TWO GAY GUYS: Scary Halloween Edition

Filed by Brent Hartinger | October 24, 2007 | 1:36 PM | comments

Uh, this one's a little hard to describe. It's Halloween, and Michael and I have to fend off an attack by scary anti-gay media images? Oh, just watch it! Two Gay Guys at AfterElton.comUploaded by sarahwarn...Read More

Italians Do It Better

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 24, 2007 | 1:21 PM | comments

Yes, it's true: Italians do everything better. Take, for example, the latest ad campaign from Tuscany's regional government. It's tagline, Sexual Orientation Is Not A Choice, appears alongside a new-born infant with "Homosexual" written on its hospital wristband. Thousands of...Read More

Kevin Naff puts it into words...

Filed by Mike Rogers | October 24, 2007 | 10:00 AM | comments

The current editor of the Washington Blade is a nice change from the right-winger Chris Crain who used to run the shop. Kevin wrote a great analysis of Craig's interview with Matt Lauer. Sadly, the irony of Craig’s predicament is...Read More

Some thoughts on feminism and faggotry

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | October 24, 2007 | 3:52 AM | comments

I'm fond of saying that most faggots wouldn't know feminism if you hit them over the head with it, but usually this isn't as funny as it sounds. So often it means that my sex life stays separate from my...Read More

Offensive or...

Filed by Bil Browning | October 23, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Details magazine has taken some slack lately for their popular "Gay or..." column. The little section is supposed to be humorous, but at times the comedy can get interpreted as racist/sexist/homophobic. Each month they show a picture of a person...Read More

On the Outing of Albus Dumbledore

Filed by Don Sherfick | October 20, 2007 | 11:05 AM | comments

To a waiting world still trying to figure out the latest developments in the Larry Craig story, comes news today that J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has disclosed that Hogwarts Head Wizard Albus Dumbledore is gay. Get...Read More

Enough with the Hillary Already!

Filed by Dustin Kight | October 19, 2007 | 3:00 PM | comments

"Her husband let us down, she won't support marriage equality, but still we can't stop dreaming about Hillary." Okay, what gives? If I see one more gay (particularly gay male) throw down a red carpet and put up a shrine...Read More

It's (Still) Elementary

Filed by Ellen Andersen | October 18, 2007 | 10:10 PM | comments

When It’s Elementary: Talking about Gay Issues in School was first broadcast on PBS 10 years, it broached the then-radical notion that we should be teaching about gay and lesbian lives in classrooms – in elementary school classrooms yet. Oh...Read More

The Changing Face of Evangelicals?

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 18, 2007 | 7:06 PM | comments

Tonight's CBS Evening News included a fascinating new look at the evangelical movement, its priorities and its influence in the 2008 election. CBS found that, as young evangelicals focus on issues such as the crisis in Darfur, healthcare and, yes,...Read More

Is YouTube Dominated by Hot Lesbians or Straight Male Fantasies?

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 18, 2007 | 1:23 AM | comments

I am up late tonight and Bil asked me to find a You Gotta See This entry for tomorrow since we don't have one scheduled like we usually do. I figured that would be a quick and easy trip to...Read More

Move Over David E. Kelly...

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 17, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

because Peter LaBarbera thinks I'm just as talented as you are. In what will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the so-called "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality" are in an uproar over last night's episode of the Emmy-winning...Read More

Awesome work, Pam!

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 16, 2007 | 2:52 PM | comments

Bilerico Project contributor and blogger extraordinaire Pam Spaulding has been given LGBTQ blogging's highest endorsement: Pam's House Blend is a "leading source of radical homosexual propaganda, anti-Christian bigotry, and radical transgender advocacy," according to Mike Hein. The pro-sodomy site averages...Read More

From Russia, With Hate

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 16, 2007 | 2:00 PM | comments

A new and dangerous group of immigrants has entered the U.S. from Russia, the Ukraine, Latvia and other countries of the former Soviet bringing with them a virulent strain of homophobia that has already resulted in one death. Many are...Read More

Splash Bar New York to Bash Victim: "Leave"

Filed by Eric Leven | October 15, 2007 | 1:23 PM | comments

Ramone Johnson, gay lifestyle columnist for and author of the column "What would you like to know about Gay Life" was gay bashed outside of the wildly famous and popular Splash Bar New York. Read Johnson's personal account of...Read More


Filed by Bil Browning | October 15, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

What?!? Another GOP repressed homosexual sex scandal? Whodathunkit? Let's do a quick recap before we get into the details of this particular scandal, shall we? Reverend Gary Aldridge, a Jerry Falwell flack, was found dead from autoerotic asphyxiation while wearing...Read More

Tech Gossip Magazine Tackles Trans-Issue

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

The technology gossip/information site ValleyWag had in interesting post about a Microsoft manager, Megan Wallent, who is transitioning from male to female, called "Microsoft's Sex Change." What I find most interesting about the article is that the trans-issue takes a...Read More

Ken Hutcherson, Latvian fundies to work on anti-gay strategy at WA conference

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 13, 2007 | 10:38 PM | comments

Hutcherson photo art via Mike Tidmus.David Neiwert at Orcinus has an update on the activities of the Seattle-area's answer to Fred Phelps, Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church.You might recall that back in March, Pastor Hutch made headlines because of...Read More

Forbes on sex and politics and the web

Filed by Mike Rogers | October 12, 2007 | 3:30 PM | comments

Forbes, probably to sway US financiers to ignore Foley, Vitter, Craig and the rest, has run a story and photo slide show about international sex scandals, going so far as to print: Just about every country in the world has...Read More

A Laureate - and a Champion - for Change

Filed by Steve Ralls | October 12, 2007 | 9:04 AM | comments

Congratulations to former Vice President Al Gore, who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for his "efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed...Read More

Because unmarried women can't have children

Filed by Bil Browning | October 11, 2007 | 9:45 PM | comments

Sometimes we get the funniest press releases... Would any of our readers happen to know Swedish? You have to get it all in one take and it's a little long for the front page. Check it out after the jump....Read More

TWO GAY GUYS: National Coming Out Day Edition

Filed by Brent Hartinger | October 10, 2007 | 4:42 PM | comments

In honor of National Coming Out Day (which is October 11th), I present the latest edition of Two Gay Guys, wherein I dream of a world without gay folks. It ain't pretty! get embed code...Read More

"Dear Abby" supports Gay Marriage and other LGBT issues

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 10, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

Jeanne Phillips, advice columnist “Dear Abby”, will be honored with PFLAG’s first "Straight for Equality" award. "I believe if two people want to commit to each other, God bless 'em," the syndicated advice columnist told The Associated Press. "That is...Read More

Bucking the supposed liberal gay orthodoxy

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2007 | 8:55 AM | comments

OK, I'm a day and half behind on everything out here, so I'm not going to respond to the main idea of John Aravosis's Salon column about how transgender people "imposed" themselves on the gay rights movement. It's easy to...Read More

Who Says Young Gay Men Are Shallow?

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 09, 2007 | 10:10 AM | comments

There's nothing like a little shock to the system to jolt us out of our complacency and back into the real world. That's just what the new HIV prevention PSA by 26 year old filmmaker and blogger Eric Leven does....Read More

Anti-gay groups target marriage equality-supporting Blue State lawmakers

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 08, 2007 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last June, legislators in Massachusetts turned back an effort to place marriage equality on the ballot. This enraged fundie organizations around the country to no end. So much so that there is now an effort to target lawmakers who are...Read More

ENDA Update: Keep It Up, It's Working!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | October 07, 2007 | 7:08 PM | comments

Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, is reporting that we now have over 300 organizations on board on the United ENDA list (though the list on the site needs to be updated), and Congress is...Read More

Larry Craig to Join Idaho Hall of Fame

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 07, 2007 | 7:02 AM | comments

There are more than a few jokes that can be made about the news that Larry Craig is being inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. I am going to let the moment pass, but feel free to leave your...Read More

“Ugly Betty’s” Judith Light and Showtime Receive Outfest Legacy Awards

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 05, 2007 | 8:38 PM | comments

Every now and then it’s imperative to stop, breathe and appreciate where we’ve been and how we got here. For those of us whose job it is to reconnoiter in the Culture Wars, constantly surveying enemy territory and the ramifications...Read More

Attack of the Independent Breasts

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 05, 2007 | 4:10 PM | comments

Okay. Now I’ve seen it all. This is a headline for all headlines. “Heated bra aims to save the world” How can a bra save the world you ask? Filled with an eco-friendly gel that can be heated in the...Read More

God Loves Choir and Bonnie Tyler

Filed by Marti Abernathey | October 04, 2007 | 3:34 PM | comments

God may hate fags, but he loves him some choir singers! This fabu parody is brought to you by those lovely folks at Westboro Baptist Church. It's soldier hating sung to Bonnie Tyler's 1984 classic, I Need A Hero." Anyone...Read More

TWO GAY GUYS: Bitchy Gay Queens Edition

Filed by Brent Hartinger | October 04, 2007 | 12:22 AM | comments

I admit to being in a somewhat foul mood when making this vlog. However, it's definitely true that I despise Perez Hilton and his ilk--they, along with Bush and the Republicans, are pretty much everything that's wrong with the world,...Read More

Don't Forget…Gender Identity and Gender Expression Protect Us All

Filed by Andrea Hildebran | October 01, 2007 | 1:00 PM | comments

It has been disturbing this week to hear about the dismantling of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by its sponsor, Rep. Barney Frank. ENDA is meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from being discriminated against on the...Read More