Media: February 2008

Breaking up is hard to do

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 29, 2008 | 3:45 PM | comments

ABC news reported Tuesday that though New York state does not allow same-sex marriages, the courts are allowing the first gay divorce to proceed. (Technically, is this the first? Anybody know about the Massachusetts couple?) In what appears to be...Read More

Psychiatrist: 'liberals clinically nuts'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | February 28, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Where does the right dig up these asshats? Dr. Lyle Rossiter is cited by WingNutDaily as a "top psychiatrist" who is a board-certified forensic psychiatrist with medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago. He makes a diagnosis of...Read More

Tribeca's crossdressing lawyer/hooker

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Discuss. It's a busy day, but I didn't want to leave you hanging. iPhone users: Click to watch...Read More

Bad Trans News Coverage in MI

Filed by Sean Kosofsky | February 27, 2008 | 10:34 PM | comments

One of the more prominent GLBT reporters in Michigan, Todd Heywood, has posted a good piece about recent insensitive news coverage in Michigan on transgender issues. Most of which we have worked on at Triangle Foundation. Here is the link...Read More

No Sex, Please. We're Parents.

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 27, 2008 | 4:01 PM | comments

First of all, this post is not what you think it's about. (Though I could write style-crampin' aspects of having an infant who doesn't sleep through the night yet. Suffice it to say that the spirit is willing but the...Read More

No more eye candy for me, I'm full!

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 27, 2008 | 10:35 AM | comments

I don't think I've talked much about my bizarre relationship with food here, but I think that I'm not alone on this one. Language is itself a system of symbols used to signify concrete objects and actions, but in the...Read More

My Apology to Black Women for Gay America and Charles Knipp

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 27, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

[Editor's note:] This guest post is from Jasmyne Cannick. At 30, Jasmyne Cannick is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who writes about the worlds of pop culture, race, class, sexuality, and politics as it relates to the...Read More

Queering time

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2008 | 12:44 PM | comments

I lived alone So I took him home He doesn't love me But he keeps me company Everything's alright -Kimya Dawson You know those criticisms of gay male culture that chide gay men to see the big picture, think about...Read More

Gay Producer Craig Zadan on "A Raisin in the Sun"

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2008 | 5:53 PM | comments

Let's be honest: most people will probably tune into ABC's drama "A Raisin in the Sun" tonight to see if Sean "P Diddy" Combs can act. He can. In fact, the entire cast is achingly brilliant. Check out the excellent...Read More

$2 for the bus and he never came back

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2008 | 10:10 AM | comments

Another sad case of a gay youth gunned down in public. What's the headline? "Gay teen shot dead while dressed as woman in Fort Lauderdale". "I gave him $2 for the bus and he never came back," said Denise King,...Read More


Filed by Terrance Heath | February 25, 2008 | 12:54 AM | comments

I can count on one hand the times that an Oscar win caused me to jump up and down in the middle of my living room, out of excitement. And there are even fewer that have brought a tear to...Read More

¿Quién es más sexist - Chris Matthews or Maureen Dowd?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2008 | 6:57 AM | comments

From Maureen Dowd today: And when historians trace how her inevitability dissolved, they will surely note this paradox: The first serious female candidate for president was rejected by voters drawn to the more feminine management style of her male rival....Read More

Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me.

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2008 | 3:15 PM | comments

I've pissed off several contributors and readers in the past week. Several of you have written in about my Big Brother butt post and yesterday's Big Brother porn entry. No one, however, wrote in about Abigail's "Lindsay Lohan Naked Photo...Read More

Richard Kim in The Advocate

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2008 | 2:11 PM | comments

Associate editor at The Nation and homo Richard Kim wasn't all to pleased with Jamie Kirchick's criticism of anyone who's queer who disagrees with him Matt Foreman a couple of weeks ago so he wrote a letter to The Advocate:...Read More

In other Big Brother/pornography news

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 22, 2008 | 10:16 AM | comments

A former Big Brother contestant is suing a porn company for sending him some unsolicited porn: Kent Blackwelder, who appeared in Big Brother 2 in 2001 and now runs a sandwich shop, has filed a federal lawsuit against Delaware-based Specialty...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 22: Barbara Jordan

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 22, 2008 | 9:01 AM | comments

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) gained national attention for her intelligence, acumen, and oratorical skill as a member of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during hearings on the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal. In...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones!

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 21, 2008 | 5:47 PM | comments

Tonight on the Rebecca Juro Show: Open Phones! We'll be taking your calls at 928-257-3171. You set the agenda, you choose the topics! Obama's surging...he's now won ten in a row! Is Hillary finished? We'll get into that and...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 21: Billy Strayhorn

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 21, 2008 | 8:47 AM | comments

Despite his indisputable musical genius, prolific composer, arranger, and performing musician Billy Strayhorn spent much of his life in near-anonymity. Best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington over a span of nearly thirty years, Strayhorn was the writer and...Read More

Nancy boys who live in glass houses...

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 21, 2008 | 8:32 AM | comments

Tim Gunn thinks Hillary Clinton is suffering from gender confusion (about 5:50 in): iPhone users: Click to watch What's also interesting is that of the three politicians whose fashion he and Conan commented on, two were women. That makes sense...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 20: Jay Morrow

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 20, 2008 | 2:25 PM | comments

"I most graciously received, I will graciously give" Jay Morrow, founder of Jamorr Entertainment was born in Durham, NC. She received her degree from North Carolina Central University. She began her work in the African American community with Delta Sigma...Read More

The legitimate votes

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 20, 2008 | 2:03 PM | comments

Apparently, it's not just white women and black men who are dealing with identity politics in this presidential race: Working-class white men make up nearly one-quarter of the electorate, outnumbering African-American and Hispanic voters combined. As the Democratic primary race...Read More

Angry Brown Butch: "Hate Crimes Legislation Won't Help"

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 20, 2008 | 1:25 PM | comments

Over at Angry Brown Butch (a blog well worth checking out, if you haven't already), Jack offers a queer, prison-abolitionist take on responses to the murders of Sanesha Stewart and Lawrence King. Jack writes, I cannot see how hate crimes...Read More

Child with Gay Dads Featured on Today Show

Filed by Dustin Kight | February 20, 2008 | 11:52 AM | comments

Henry, a young child with gay dads, talked about his life and his family on the Today Show recently. It's a great, honest piece. Check it out after the jump!...Read More

Two Gay Guys: A Kiss Is Just A Kiss

Filed by Brent Hartinger | February 19, 2008 | 10:38 PM | comments

What's in a kiss? A lot, at least if it's between two guys. Get Embed Code...Read More

High Ranking Black Politician Comes Out As Gay

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 19, 2008 | 7:35 PM | comments

[Editor's Note:] The following is an interview granted today by State Representative Jason Bartlett to the National Black Justice Coalition - the first LGBT organization to interview Rep. Bartlett on his historic coming out. History was made earlier today as...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 19: Craig Washington

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 19, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

Craig Washington is a writer and community organizer lovingly raised by Anna and Leon Washington in Queens, New York. He has been living in Atlanta since 1992. Currently, he serves as the Training Coordinator at Positive Impact, an agency which...Read More

Alternative Divas, reclaiming diva love

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 18, 2008 | 5:19 PM | comments

It's no secret that the idea of diva love usually bothers me, but I think I'm going to have to examine that a bit further. I think it stems from the fact that I don't like being told what to...Read More

Stop asking for it…

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 18, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Look at the recent coverage of hate crimes against the LGBT community (when there is any coverage) and one theme is clear: We are asking for it. With the senseless death of 15 year-old Lawrence King, the phrase “a personality...Read More

More L Word Drama

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | February 18, 2008 | 12:43 PM | comments

Last night's episode of "The L Word" may have been sparse on the sex scenes, but there was no shortage of drama. Alice is up for a role on a daytime talk show called "The Look." The producer and hosts...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 18: Dr. Kofi Adoma

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 18, 2008 | 11:06 AM | comments

Dr. Kofi Adoma (pronounced doe-MAH) is also known by her childhood name, Amorie Robinson. Professionally, she serves as a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in and around Detroit, the city where she was born and raised. She received her B.A. in...Read More

Howie mulls a retirement fund

Filed by Mike Rogers | February 18, 2008 | 6:58 AM | comments

Howie Klein, the blogger at Down With Tyranny mulls the creation of a retirement fund for sex workers who come forward with information about the anti-gay closet cases. I don't have enough to set that up, but I do have...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 17: Gil Gerald

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 17, 2008 | 10:39 AM | comments Gil Gerald graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1974, following attendance at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After ten years working as a professional in the field of architecture, Mr. Gerald...Read More

A sex writer’s open letter to her audience

Filed by Gina de Vries | February 16, 2008 | 6:45 PM | comments

Lest you have any doubts about why I’m up on this stage tonight, I’ll make my intentions abundantly clear: I am here to cruise every single last one of you. Perhaps stumblingly, perhaps juggling my heart around in my nervous...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 16: Shonia Brown

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 16, 2008 | 11:04 AM | comments

Shonia Brown lives in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the few remaining Atlanta natives. She is an entrepreneur who founded and maintains an arts and entertainment technology company designed to market and promote independent artists. Through the original development of Nghosi...Read More

The next hot ass that comes along

Filed by Michael Crawford | February 16, 2008 | 8:22 AM | comments

In his fantastic post Where's the Outrage??, Waymon Hudson assails the traditional media for failing to more widely cover the murder of 15 year old Lawrence King who was shot in the head by another student likely for being gay....Read More

LGBT Media Matters...Or Not

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 15, 2008 | 9:38 PM | comments

Back when I first came out transsexual and began getting involved and familiar with community-relevant media in the mid-90’s, there really wasn’t a heck of a lot of out there for transgender and gender-variant people. With the exception of the...Read More

The Way We Raise Our Gays

Filed by Eric Leven | February 15, 2008 | 3:36 PM | comments

Here in America we accept that homosexuality exists but nobody wants to talk about it. If you're gay, it's a "figure it out for yourself" type of thing because there still, even in 2008, seems to be a fear that...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 15: Dr. Ron Simmons

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 15, 2008 | 1:17 PM | comments

Since his college days when he wrote Faggotales, a weekly column about the black gay experience for his campus newspaper and where he served as the Editor-In-Chief of the university's yearbook, Torch 1972, Ron Simmons has published numerous literary works...Read More

Where's the Outrage??

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 15, 2008 | 12:56 PM | comments

With the announcement of the shooting death of Lawrence King, just 15, one has to wonder-- where is the outrage and outcry from the public and media? King was, by all accounts, a young man who was teased at school...Read More

Baseball? Seriously?!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2008 | 8:20 AM | comments

As I flipped on the TV this morning, once again the topic was the Congressional hearings into steroid use in professional baseball. Seriously. The war in Iraq, domestic spying, gay rights, and war crimes by the President be damned, there's...Read More

Friendship in the Time of Love

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 14, 2008 | 6:48 PM | comments

We know by now that Valentine's day, like the concept of romantic love as the highest form of affection, is a modern invention. The language of romantic love is all around us, even after the 14th of February, and it...Read More

Tonight On The Rebecca Juro Show: Vanessa Edwards-Foster

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 14, 2008 | 6:03 PM | comments

Tonight, my guest will be activist, blogger, and former Chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, Vanessa Edwards Foster. Vanessa's been a respected leader in the LGBT and transgender rights movement for many years, and since leaving the reins of...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 14: Ifalade Ta' Shia Asanti

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 14, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Writer/journalist Ta'Shia is the author of two books, her best-selling non-fiction book, The Sacred Door: A Spiritual Guide to Power Living and a debut novel, The Seer: Legacy of Stone & Spirit. Ta'Shia is a widely published poet, essayist, journalist...Read More

Happy Valentine's Day--the safe sex way!

Filed by Jen Jorczak | February 14, 2008 | 9:55 AM | comments

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Whether you're boycotting V Day or impatiently whiling away your work day so you can get home to your red hot sweetheart, enjoy this safe sex primer courtesy Ricky Gervais: iPhone users: Click to watch Consider...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 13: Marcellas Reynolds

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 13, 2008 | 8:42 AM | comments

TV host and celebrity fashion stylist Marcellas Reynolds first appeared on TV screens as the quick-witted, hilariously outspoken house guest on CBS' summer sensation, Big Brother. Marcellas' one-liners and surprising comments won the hearts of millions of viewers. Marcellas has...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 11: Dr. Ian C. Barrett

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 11, 2008 | 2:39 PM | comments

Dr. Ian C. Barrett is Associate Vice President of Human Resources for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He provides leadership to Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Employee Health, Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Protective Services, Parking, Transportation, and Grounds. These departments...Read More

The Advocate's Homophobosphere

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2008 | 4:35 PM | comments

Here's Chris Crocker on homophobia on YouTube (NSFW): iPhone users: Click to watch This month's Advocate has an article about homophobia on web 2.0 outlets. It specifically talks about Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone" video and the amount of homophobia...Read More

Living A Second Life: Rising To The Top

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 10, 2008 | 4:25 PM | comments

(The first two parts of this series can be found here and here) I’d finally reached the point in my experience with Second Life when I felt comfortable enough within it as an individual to really start exploring the outer...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 10: Nadine Smith

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 10, 2008 | 2:24 PM | comments

Nadine Smith has been executive director of Equality Florida since its inception in 1997, and was executive director of its predecessor, the Human Rights Task Force of Florida. She joined the organization in 1993 after serving as one of four...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 9: Elder Joseph W. Tolton

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 09, 2008 | 12:31 PM | comments

Elder Tolton enjoys a three-faceted career serving the gay and lesbian community as a voice for spiritual freedom, social justice and economic empowerment. As a professional man of faith, Tolton is the founder and pastor of Rehoboth Temple Christ...Read More

TWO GAY GUYS: Why Are So Many Gay Guys so Mean?

Filed by Brent Hartinger | February 09, 2008 | 2:55 AM | comments

This week, Michael and I ask: what the hell makes so many gay men so damn bitchy? Online Videos by More

Black LGBT History Day 8: Rev. Irene Monroe

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 08, 2008 | 12:20 PM | comments

A native of Brooklyn, Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate of Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She served as a pastor at an African-American church before a Ford Fellowship took her to Harvard Divinity School for...Read More

The Military's Big Gay Patch?

Filed by Steve Ralls | February 08, 2008 | 10:09 AM | comments

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" indeed! From Flickr: This patch is from the 22nd Military Airlift Squadron, who flew C-5 cargo aircraft out of Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Part of the 22nd MAS’ mission was to conduct late...Read More

Me on Jamie Kirchick on Matt Foreman

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 07, 2008 | 10:14 PM | comments

One can only imagine the conversation that took place between The Advocate and America's third-favorite gay conservative, Jamie Kirchick, when he was asked to write an opinion piece on Matt Foreman's resignation.... The Advocate: Jamie, you're gay and, like, into...Read More

Three Shelves

Filed by Eric Leven | February 07, 2008 | 4:17 PM | comments

I got out of work earlier than expected and Wayne wasn't available for another hour and a half. I headed out of my office, got on the subway and eventually jumped off at West 4th St. figuring I'll slum around...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 7: Kai Wright

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 07, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

Kai Wright of Brooklyn, NY is a writer and editor whose work explores the politics of sex, race and health. Kai has reported from all over the world for independent and community-based media, ranging from Mother Jones to Essence magazines....Read More

Black LGBT History Day 6: Donna Payne

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 06, 2008 | 5:50 PM | comments

Donna R. Payne is Associate Director of Diversity, Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This year she celebrates 10 years of service working for the organization. Payne, originally from Memphis, Tenn. works closely with a number of civil rights organizations and leaders...Read More

Ted Haggard is NOT completely heterosexual after all

Filed by Bil Browning | February 06, 2008 | 9:05 AM | comments

No matter what the catchy little ditty we posted months ago says, Ted Haggard is finding the road to straightdom a little bumpy apparently. What was in my inbox this morning? A quick note from my friend Joe about his...Read More

Black LGBT History Day 5: Morris Price

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 05, 2008 | 7:18 PM | comments

Morris W. Price, Jr. is the National Program Officer of the Gill Foundation's movement building center, which makes grants to national nonprofits and those in 49 states (excluding Colorado) that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Morris...Read More

James Dobson's John McCain hissy fit

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2008 | 6:33 PM | comments

The good Doctor took a moment away from berating dads into showing their penises off to their boys to complain about McCain: "I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a...Read More

Abstaining from the Reality of Gay Familes

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 04, 2008 | 2:20 PM | comments

This Friday, I had something anyone who's ever lived through the first few months of parenting a newborn will understand is something to be treasured: a day off. The rest of the family left the house in the morning, and...Read More

Black History LGBT Profiles: Pam Spaulding

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 04, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of Pam's House Blend, honored as "Best LGBT Blog" in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards and ranked in the top 50 progressive political blogs. "The Blend," which averages 110,000 visitors a month,...Read More

Finnie's Ball

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 04, 2008 | 11:43 AM | comments

New York wasn't the only place having drag balls. When the Great Migration began out of the rural Deep South, African-Americans congregated in large northern cities such as New York, Detroit and Chicago. That migration also included Afican-American SGL peeps...Read More

Black LGBT History Profiles: Dr. Horace Griffin

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 03, 2008 | 10:05 AM | comments

Horace L. Griffin teaches pastoral theology and is Director of Field Education at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, USA, Griffin also serves as an associate at All Saints' Episcopal Church...Read More

Yes We Can!

Filed by Bruce Parker | February 02, 2008 | 8:20 PM | comments

When I was watching the speeches after the New Hampshire primary, I admit that even though I am a Clinton supporter, I teared up when Obama gave his "Yes We Can!" speech. Even after not winning there he gave a...Read More

Hillary Dodges The Trans-Inclusive ENDA Question Again

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 02, 2008 | 1:33 PM | comments

Check this video out. Kudos to Jason Bellini for at least asking the question. A pity he didn't bother to follow-up and press for an actual answer when Clinton completely ignored the actual question and went off about hate crimes....Read More

Black History LGBT Profiles: Mandy Carter

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | February 02, 2008 | 11:27 AM | comments

Mandy Carter is a self-described "out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist." 2008 marks her 40th year of working in multi-issue and multi-racial grassroots organizing. Although she was first introduced to social justice activism in 1965 when the Quaker-based American...Read More