Media: July 2008

The Wrap (With Two Gay Guys)

Filed by Brent Hartinger | July 31, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's the debut of our new vlog, where we "wrap up" the week's gay entertainment news! This week...homophobia in the new X-Files movie, why the critics might be dissing Mamma Mia!, and the controversy/debate over some extremely bigoted comments by...Read More

Just Launched! Enough: The Personal Politics of Resisting Capitalism

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 31, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I'm very excited to let you know about the launch of Enough. Created and edited by the wonderful Tyrone Boucher and Dean Spade: Enough is a space for conversations about how a commitment to wealth redistribution plays out in our...Read More

The Sound and The Fury

Filed by Steve Ralls | July 31, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. - Macbeth,...Read More

What Am I Missing Here?

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 30, 2008 | 5:09 PM | comments

The Star reports that the Indiana State Police have fired two officers involved in an altercation outside of Gregs last year. What's perfectly bizarre about the article is its headline -- "ISP Fires 2 Officers in Gay Bar Incident" --...Read More

Pass the PEPFAR, join the bipart-gasm, and redeem colonialism

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 30, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

There is just too much wrong with this Michael Gerson column on PEPFAR reauthorization for me not to address it here on Bilerico. According to him, the PEPFAR reauthorization proves that politics is meaningless and that the Bush Doctrine, not...Read More

Fandango, I Want My Money Back

Filed by Simon Aronoff | July 30, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Warning: this post is one big plot spoiler. I was a fan of the X Files while it had its run on television. The show was an entertaining ride through all manner of paranormal experience--from UFOs to changeling monsters and...Read More

My Fake Meat

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I found this article (via Yglesias) pretty interesting: A new study suggests that you should think about biting your tongue: According to the researchers, how we feel about a sausage, regardless of whether it's soy-based or beef, says more about...Read More


Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 29, 2008 | 3:51 PM | comments

In celebration of my upgrade, I present Lil Wayne's cover of Beyonce's "Upgrade U". Please excuse Lil Wayne's problematic language. But do enjoy his wicked beats and masterful freestyle ("Put A muthafucker on ice like da Maple Leafs/ Dats a...Read More

Not a fake headline: "NY Post prints fair, respectful article about transgender community"

Filed by Cathy Renna | July 29, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Isn't it nice to be thrown for a loop every once in a while? I would ever in my life thought I could write a headline like that, but it seems to be a special day. Yesterday, the NY Post...Read More

Invisible Man

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | July 29, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Contemplating my response to CNN's Black in America series, I was reminded of something W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in the "Souls of Black Folk" published in 1903: How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word....Read More

McCain comes out against gay adoption... Again.

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I guess we'll be hearing from his campaign to "clarify" his position again. In a Sunday interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous, McCain- who first said he was against gay adoption, then had his campaign backtrack on it- is...Read More

Lawrence King's Killer to be tried as Adult

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Brandon McInerney, the alleged killer of 15 year-old Lawrence King, will be tried as an adult. From the Ventura County Star: Relying on past court decisions, a judge ruled Thursday that trying a 14-year-old boy accused of murder in an...Read More

Why Black Transgender Issues Are Black Community Issues

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute..." - Justice Thurgood Marshall As a proud African-American that also happens to be a transwoman, there is no doubt- and I make it quite clear on...Read More

Greetings Government Workers!

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 26, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

My Hoosier Republican ladies are at it again! With the side note "I'm stirring the pot again" she has forwarded the message below to me that she has not written, but believes. Now I would like your help in answering...Read More

TGIF: Time to Throw Up

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 26, 2008 | 8:30 AM | comments

Normally I'd do a lot more research on a story before posting about it, but I was nauseous before I could even finish watching the video of racist, sexist fuck Jon Justice over at brownfemipower's. So her post and Megan...Read More

A Great Divide

Filed by Eric Leven | July 25, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This past Sunday I helped my friends of ACT UP New York sell tee shirts and buttons at their booth at the Broadway Street Fair. I'll always make myself available for any additional help ACT UP needs and I am...Read More

Florida Voters gets Skewered on the Daily Show... AGAIN

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 25, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Daily Show's correspondent Wyatt Cenac heads to South Florida to see if Barack Obama can win the Jewish vote. Along the way he meets state Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, and some colorful, crazy retirees. Sigh......Read More

A disgrace to the Man Race

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 24, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I know that this dude probably just has issues with his own sexuality and... manliness... but does it have to be plastered in our faces? I haven't been keeping up the list of media instances where Obama has been called...Read More

When Batman Was Gay

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Everyone is pretty whipped up about the release of The Dark Knight, which shattered Spiderman 3's record for largest first-weekend box-office draw over the weekend. Unlike Spiderman 3, The Dark Knight is actually a very entertaining film. Christopher Nolan's Batman...Read More

Culture Wars, good little soldiers, and deserting the party

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Don Wildmon thinks that California could be the last battle of the so-called Culture Wars: "If we lose California, if they defeat the marriage amendment, I'm afraid that the culture war is over and Christians have lost," said Wildmon, "I've...Read More

Sesame Street Gets Feisty

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Only a few days ago, whilst reminiscing on my favorite rock act, Broken Social Scene, I mentioned that BSS helped to launch Leslie Feist's career. As a founding member of BSS, she's contributed vocals on all of their albums. She's...Read More

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman John Shalikashvili hails DADT hearings

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 22, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Elaine Donnelly is probably foaming at the mouth as we speak... Democrats in Congress hope to ignite a drive to reverse the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy Wednesday with the first hearing on the subject since 1993, when President...Read More

I will never buy a Snickers bar again

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Snicker's Super Bowl ad with the two mechanics sharing a kiss and then beating the hell out of each other was enough to diminish my enjoyment of the popular candy bar. This latest ad though, has thoroughly convinced me to...Read More

The New Yorker lampooning Obama insults Muslims

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 21, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words," is not so even on the July 21st The New Yorker cover's satirical lampooning of presidential hopeful Barack Obama robed in Muslim garb fist-bumping his Angela Davis afro-wearing, machine- gun...Read More

About that New Yorker cover

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 21, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I'd hate to see this one drift off into the ether without it being posted on TBP, so it's now the question of the day. What do you all think about the New Yorker's "Obama is a secret Muslim" cover?...Read More

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you!

Filed by Ricci Levy | July 20, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

...but it also doesn't necessarily mean they are. It's not always about the fact that we're gay or lesbian, into bdsm, too fat or too thin, heterosexual, gender neutral, gender queer, two-spirit, transgendered, a cross-dresser, a person of color, etc.,...Read More

It's the Weekly Round-up!

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | July 19, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Yeah! Monday Bathroom Politics, Again - Simon Aranoff Me: Queer-identified, proudly out, emotionally articulate, feminist man. (Oh, and I'm FtM.) . . . You? - Brynn Craffey Tuesday The Importance of the West Village and Those God-damn Christopher Street Kids...Read More

Bi the Way, Outfest: You've Got a Ways to Go in the "B" Department

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

"[We sought subjects] who were thinking about their sexuality in a fluid way ... who were less political." That's, in part, how Josephine Decker, codirector of the documentary Bi the Way, responded during a Q&A last night at Outfest when...Read More

Introducing FRC's magical pansexual non-threatening spokesthing, Pit-Pat!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I just got the image on the right in my inbox, taken from the Family Research Council's website. Apparently it's the new graphic they'll tack on to their news items from California regarding marriage. It looked kind of familiar to...Read More

Fred Phelps's church to protest Tony Snow's funeral

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

They do have a knack for consistency, the Phelpsians: they hate just about everyone. Yes, today they're marchin' on former White House press secretary Tony Snow's funeral. The problem with him is that Bush signed a law banning funeral protests...Read More

Shared Spaces

Filed by Eric Leven | July 17, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I ran into Aaron at Nowhere Bar and we got to talking about the whole "Save the Roxy" topic and the case for dwindling New York City nightlife. He opened up a topic which is always on our minds but...Read More

Black In America

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 17, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Next week you may want to either tune in or set your Tivo's for an upcoming CNN program hosted by Soledad O'Brien. It's called Black In America and the four hour show spread out over two nights will be broadcast...Read More

Bye Bye Brit

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 17, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

I wonder if Brit will now feel comfortable coming out about the real story behind his son Sandy's "suicide"? WaPo: Fox's Hume to Step Down Brit Hume, a top anchor and executive with Fox News since the channel was launched...Read More

Wait. What's the joke again?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Have you heard about this knee slapper? Image via WikipediaIt seems Sacha Baron Cohen has pulled one over on those hicks from Arkansas. I mean, most comedy is based on stereotypes, right? After all, rednecks are homophobic and queers don't...Read More

Obama's so... fancy

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 16, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now it's GOP strategy. Here's a Republican operative, Andrea Tantaros, on MSNBC and Fox News, calling Obama a faggot (full text at Media Matter:...Read More

Want to learn some blogging tips and tricks?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Are you considering starting your own blog? Do you have a blog already, but you're struggling to get visitors? Maybe you get decent traffic and would like to monetize your site. Blogging can be a lot of fun, but there...Read More

Hot Mormon boy pics! A cause for excommunication

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Here's where I step into Creepsville a little bit... You know those Mormon mission boys who go through neighborhoods, door-to-door, in their pressed white shirts and black pants, ready to tell you about the Book of Mormon? Well, someone made...Read More

Emasculation consternation

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm loathe to have this non-issue spread out into two posts, but I was surprised when i saw this video at how stupid some people in the media can be. They need to grow the fuck up....Read More

John McCain: Bowing to the Religious Right and big corporations, just like Theodore Roosevelt

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Hopefully this will be seen for what it is one day: extreme right-wing pablum. Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. "I think that we've proven...Read More


Filed by Eric Leven | July 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tonight's episode of Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List followed her to the San Francisco International Bear Rendezvous where she did a cover shoot for A Bear's Life Magazine and preformed before a hefty crowd of 1500 at the...Read More

Truth Wins Out launches campaign to keep Daddy D out of the Radio Hall of Fame

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm also up for nominating James Dobson for the fundie fraud Hall of Shame, but this will do for now. Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out has kicked off a drive to ensure that the mastermind behind Focus on the...Read More

Maureen Dowd... on marriage?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Instead of actually writing a column this week, Maureen Dowd just pulled some marriage advice from a priest. Talk about phoning it in. Father Pat Connor, a 79-year-old Catholic priest born in Australia and based in Bordentown, N.J., has spent...Read More

McDonald's stuff: Peter LaBarbera's not up on AFA talking points, is a pretty terrible parent

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 10, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Peter LaBarbera isn't paying attention to the AFA. He wrote up a whole post about why he's joining the boycott of McDonald's, and he links to info found on HRC's Corporate Equality Index: For those not playing along at home...Read More

Shutting gay marriage down?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 08, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

The other day, I ran into a friend a block from my apartment and we had an interesting conversation about the book launch for That's Revolting!, which I thought was totally incredible because people were so engaged, and my friend...Read More

Transgender Inclusion Goes Mainstream

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 07, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

If there's anything you can count on the city of San Francisco for when it comes to LGBT rights and community support, it's that even when they're not on the very leading edge of something, they'll still do it bigger,...Read More

Desperate times call for desperate lies

Filed by Mike Rogers | July 07, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

SHOCKER! Staver continues his campaign of misinformation. In a world of soundbites, it's fun to get one in here and there that explains exactly what the right wingers do, turn to lies if the truth won't assist them. We all...Read More

50 Best/Worst Gay Bars in America

Filed by Eric Leven | July 07, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

My friend John Polly over at Logo Online sent out a massive email asking people from all over the country to lend a hand in helping him compile the best and worst gay bars across all 50 states. What he...Read More

Trevor Project on CNN

Filed by Eric Leven | July 06, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Pat on the back to CNN for featuring this article on The Trevor Project. I have known about The Trevor Project for a few years now and really commend their efforts. It is a relief to know this is available...Read More

Someone play the Cheers theme

Filed by Bil Browning | July 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Making your way in the world today Takes everything you've got; Taking a break from all your worries Sure would help a lot. I left out the part about "where everybody knows your name" for a reason. Because there's nothing...Read More

Snakes On A Plane

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 05, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Trifecta news day - the man who played Bozo the Clown died; a transgendered man in Oregon gave birth to a baby girl; Jesse Helms died of "natural causes" in North Carolina at the age of 86. The man who...Read More

Walking in Faith, With Obama: Pt. 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I only glanced at the headline, because I was up to my ears in work. But what I read was enough to give me a sick feeling; the kind you get when you begin to wonder whether you've made a...Read More

Fourth of July post

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

This disgusts me: iPhone users: Click to watch If you haven't heard about this, Wesley Clark in response to a question by Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation this past Sunday and to point out that John McCain has no...Read More

Tea With Nelson Mandela

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | July 02, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Robert Ganshorn Gay_liberation.jpgwas a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front at Purdue University before creating one of the first Public Television documentaries on gay lifestyles broadcast during his graduate studies at Indiana University. Failing to become the...Read More

John Stossel's here to tell you how well the economy is doing

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 02, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

John Stossel, co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, just wrote this in a column: So let me stop here to repeat that. We are not in a depression. We are not even in recession. Get a grip, guys. We ought to point...Read More

American Family Association Tilts At Cultural Windmill; Hilarity Ensues

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | July 01, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Remember when, way back when, you could say things like "we attended a truly gay affair last evening" and not have to worry about people thinking you went to a party with a sling. Not so since those damnable homosexual...Read More

John McCain, everyone's favorite pro-gay homophobe

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

John McCain released a statement on the anti-gay initiative in California last Thursday: I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman just as we did in...Read More

A short interview with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4, just after her release from prison

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 01, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

(I had the chance to sit down briefly with Terrain Dandridge of the New Jersey 4 just two days after her surprising release from prison, after 673 days in prison for fighting back against a homophobic attacker.) Mattilda: First of...Read More