Media: August 2008

Sunday Funnies: MSNBC Calls Crist OUT- Literally

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 31, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

MSNBC's Chuck Todd says what we are all thinking about Amendment 2 supporting, newly engaged, possible VP pick, "confirmed bachelor" Governor Charlie Crist during a discussion called "The other glass ceiling: Will the country elect a single person?" Andrea Mitchell:...Read More

In the Year 2055

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 30, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

First, I feel I should introduce myself. My name is Wilfred R. Garbo and I am chief historian of the Barack Obama Presidential Library. As is the habit with presidential papers, certain items are held from public review at the...Read More

Massachusetts Equality Opponents At It Again

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 28, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Seems the folks in Massachusetts that are against equality- you know, the ones who think marriage is only for them, not everyone, the laws and systems cannot be shared equality without having them get cooties- have successfully petitioned the Attorney...Read More

Restoring a name, March on Washington 45 years later

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 28, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Who was the man who put Brother Martin on stage and organized the gathering of "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation"? Who was the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest...Read More

HRC Rock To Win concert

Filed by Bil Browning | August 27, 2008 | 8:00 PM | comments

Yesterday when I was waiting the press area of the LGBT delegate luncheon, Jed Hastings approached me to tell me how much he enjoyed reading the blog. Jed is Joe Solmonese's partner and Joe walked over shortly after. We chatted...Read More

Why Does Elaine Donnelly Hate God's Rainbows?

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 27, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

"Rainbows... only idiots chase them." - Larry Kersten Why does Elaine Donnelly hate God's rainbows? In a recent post at the National Review Online, Mrs. D. lashes out at the colorful creations in the sky, insinuating - in addition to...Read More

Straight-washing Matthew Mitcham, straight-washing the Olympics

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Over this past week the gay media has been abuzz over out Australian diver Matthew Mitcham's gold medal upset in Beijing. After faltering early on in the competition, he made it to the finals and got the gold. I don't...Read More

The Wrap (With Two Gay Guys): Did George Lucas Have a Brain Aneurysm?

Filed by Brent Hartinger | August 27, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

This week, we take on homophobia in the new animated Star Wars movie and the U.K. series Skins, and we also review Another Gay Sequel. (Warning: we're in sort of a cranky mood!) It's all after the jump!...Read More

Way to give faith-based programming a good name

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 26, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Kentucky arm of Teen Challenge, a faith-based rehab program aimed at adolescents, has "given up" its $50,000 federal grant. They obviously should never have been receiving it in the first place: Teen Challenge, Americans United pointed out, requires participants...Read More

Was Michelle Obama Enough?

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | August 26, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

As I watched the convention coverage it occurred to me that I have been watching Democratic Party conventions with interest since 1964. As it began at 6:00 AM here I drank my coffee and tried to understand what I was...Read More

AFA's at it again, this time with Hallmark

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 24, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

The AFA is asking for a boycott of Hallmark because they're publishing bland same-sex marriage congratulations cards: Ask them to stop promoting a lifestyle that is not only unhealthy, but is also illegal in 48 states. Hallmark Greeting Cards has...Read More

Theatre Review: "Thoroughly Stupid Things (or the Continuous Importance of Being Earnest)"

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 24, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The moment I saw the title to Montserrat Mendez's play, Thoroughly Stupid Things (or the Continuous Importance of being Earnest), I immediately knew I had to see it. A sequel to Oscar Wilde's infamous comedy of errors, which captures the...Read More

Public sex sting in Alabama and media irresponsibility

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 23, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

There was a massive public gay sex sting in Alabama this past week that's resulted in warrants for the arrest of 24 men. I don't know why they weren't arrested on the spot if they were caught having sex, but...Read More

Tune In, Bear Out

Filed by Eric Leven | August 20, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

JMG just peeped that one of my all-time favorite Bears, The Infomercial World's Billy Mays, has just landed his own reality TV Show. Back off bitches! I loved him first....Read More

Theatre Review: "China: The Whole Enchilada"

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 20, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

"We're three Caucasians with a fascination of the new sensation called the Chinese nation!" So starts the irreverently funny and not-so-politically-correct new musical, China: The Whole Enchilada, one of the many productions showing at the New York International Fringe Festival,...Read More

Jesus Christ! Kathleen Parker and I agree on a socio-political issue

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I posted about the presidential forum that was held in Rick Warren's Saddleback Church. My three big problems with it were that it imposed a religion test on the presidential candidates, that Obama did not use very supportive language...Read More

Good move, MSNBC!!!

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 20, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Here's the best reason to watch MSNBC. Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host -- and one-time general manager of the network -- Dan...Read More


Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 19, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Over in the comments section of another Indiana focused blog, I notice that Indianapolis based anti-tax activist Melyssa Donaghy is defending herself from accusations of anti-semitism. At the root of the controversy, Melyssa posted a link to a cartoon on...Read More

Vital Nerd Update, Part 3

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 19, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

What with all the excitement generated by The Dark Knight and anticipation of The Watchmen, I think it prudent to mention that one of my favorite current comic series, Y: The Last Man, recently issued its final paperback trade, making...Read More

Bill Donohue takes on Towleroad

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League (that one dude typing away, all alone with his delusion that he represents anyone in the Catholic community) is picking on Towleroad and Bitch PhD. because they got DNC credentials. He called them all...Read More

Yellow Peril: A Chinese American's Olympic Struggle

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 19, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

In case you haven't noticed, I'm Chinese. I'm also American. I won't go into a whole Amy Tan-esque lament of intercultural limbo, as I think (or at least hope) the difficulties of Chinese-Americans to find cultural solace in a country...Read More

BlogIndiana conference: All good things must come to an end

Filed by Bil Browning | August 18, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

I really enjoyed myself at the BlogIndiana conference. Shawn Plew and Noah Coffey are to be commended for organizing an informational and fun weekend. If you didn't get a chance to attend this year, make room on your schedule for...Read More

The Killer, Not The Killed

Filed by Sara Whitman | August 17, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Once again, Lawrence King is in the news. His parents have filed a lawsuit against the school for "not enforcing the dress code." I think I'm going to scream. Lawrence King wore feminine attire to school. He wore what all...Read More

Fox News Smears Next Top Model Transgender Contestant

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

A transgender woman will be one of the 14 women who will compete on the new season of America's Next Top Model on The CW (returning September 3). 22 year-old Isis, a former non-profit worker who identifies herself as "a...Read More

The Diamond's Jubilee

Filed by Steve Ralls | August 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Now I can tell you about success, about fame About the rise and the fall of all the stars in the sky Don't it make you smile? Today we stop, dance and give thanks. Yes, that seminal moment in popular...Read More

Blame Manhunt

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 15, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I just read that Out magazine article that's going around about Manhunt, and I'm trying to think of something to say about it other than the too-easy observation that a certain sort of urban (and let's just be open about...Read More

Republican Manhunt Chairman canned

Filed by Bil Browning | August 15, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Towleroad has confirmed that Jonathan Crutchley, the Republican co-founder of Manhunt, the nation's largest gay hookup site, has been asked to resign by the board. The resulting brouhaha over his contribution to the John McCain campaign - the maximum allowed...Read More

The Wrap (with Two Gay Guys): New Media, Kathy Griffin, and the Top 50 Gay Movies!

Filed by Brent Hartinger | August 15, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In this edition of "The Wrap", Michael and I discuss "new media" (it's not as boring as it sounds!), whether Kathy Griffin has finally gone too far, and the top fifty gay movies of all time! Watch the video fun...Read More

Vital Nerd Update, Part 2

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 13, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Documenting the continuing self-cannibalization of collegiate debate, wait for the brown eye from Dr. Shanahan at the 0:37 mark: iPhone users: Click to watch I'm not going to try to explain the context here, but basically it involves charges of...Read More

I Kissed a Girl... and other observations

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Katy Perry's obnoxiously catchy chart-topping new tune, I Kissed a Girl about lesbian posturing and heteroflexible experimentation has the Entertainment biz buzzing with newfound love for our sometimes Sapphic sisters. Perry is far from the first or the only sultry...Read More

Gayest city in America

Filed by Eric Leven | August 13, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Eric, the Roommate, is obsessed with numbers, statistics and city populations. He is always looking something up and he is an expert on cities around the world and their populations. Although he's straight he always has his eyes out for...Read More

Hot, Hot Hump

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 13, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

First things first: DJ Educated foot has dropped another edition of his hump day mix. And it's free. And it's awesome. What are you waiting for? Need a taste? The new mix features the XXXChange remix of Santogold's "L.E.S. Artistes":...Read More

The Wrap (With Two Gay Guys) #2

Filed by Brent Hartinger | August 13, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Vampires suck as a gay metaphor! Or so say the Two Gay Guys in this week's installment of The Wrap. The guys spread some love for Mamma Mia and the criminally underappreciated Christine Baranski, debate Weeds' big gay reveal of...Read More

The Majesty of His Loins

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 12, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Over at The Bilerico Project, Alex Blaze has an interesting piece which is something of a counter-point to yesterday's post on the Edwards-Hunter curfuffle. Alex's main point is that extramarital affairs are pretty human, that we don't know enough about...Read More

Olympic Junkie

Filed by Monica Roberts | August 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

One of the things that hasn't changed about me since transition is that I'm a huge sports fan. While it's not at the same intensity level now that I've been an estrogen-based lifeform for the last 10+ years, whether it's...Read More

The Politics of Fear- Subtle Racism is still Racism

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I remember the uproar that occurred over the Scott Howell attack ad against Harold Ford Jr., the former black Congressman from Tennessee. The slimy video featured a somewhat ditzy-sounding blonde telling the then-candidate Ford to "call me," which sent a...Read More

John Edwards sex scandal!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 11, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

I just got back to regular internet access, and I find out the oh-so important piece of information that John Edwards couldn't keep his rocket in his pocket. Oh my. I can't even begin to imagine why the 24 hours...Read More

Maher at the Murat

Filed by Tyrion Lannister | August 11, 2008 | 2:31 PM | comments

In case you hadn't noticed, Bill Maher is coming to the Murat this weekend. Now, I suppose, in some corners, Bill Maher causes quite a bit of excitement. As America's preeminent libertine comedian, this is quite understandable. And, I'll admit,...Read More

What If There Were Only Two Possible Sexual Orientations?

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 11, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

You know, homosexual and heterosexual, gay and straight. What if bisexuality (let alone pansexuality and other forms of queerness) just didn't exist? What if we were totally sure there are only two genders, and there was no such thing as...Read More

August 2008 In The Life segment with Richard Kim

Filed by IN THE LIFE | August 11, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Richard Kim, Associate Editor of The Nation, discusses LGBT politics and queer media with Michael Billy in this segment from the August 2008 episode of In The Life. The Bilerico Project is mentioned in this...Read More

A Public Service Announcement From Wanda Sykes

Filed by Jeremy Bishop | August 09, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Can "No On 8" make this a PSA? Pretty Please? See more funny videos at Funny or Die...Read More

Orangina furry porn

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 06, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

This has been in my list of things to post for a while, and I've finally worked up the courage to do so. I often tell Americans that French people are weird, but I don't think Americans know just how...Read More

When the Sunday funnies aren't so funny.....

Filed by Cathy Renna | August 05, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Recently, my daughter and I revived a tradition of mine from when I was little - reading the Sunday comics together. As a child, I would crawl into my Dad's lap - or into my parents' bed if they were...Read More

Westboro Baptist Church caught fire this weekend

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 04, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

No one was hurt, so we can joke around: A fence and garage at Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church became engulfed in flames early Saturday, according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal Web site. The fire did not spread to the church...Read More

The Phenomenology of Body

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | August 03, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

A big hat tip to CureThis. In which the Hon. Daphne Suzannah Diana Joan Guinness, a socialite of Irish descent and an heiress of the Guinness family, aims to deconstruct the political power of fashion by personally slow-spinning in iconic...Read More

Songs for Sunday- The McCain Edition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 03, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Here are the rules for Songs for Sunday: one of our contributors will post the last ten songs from their iPod or on a certain topic, then you share yours in the comments so we can compare! Let's...Read More

Antonio Sabato Jr.- Gay or Stupid??

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 02, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

On an episode of E's late-night comedy show, Chelsea Lately, Antonio Sabato Jr. was there to promo his new gig on General Hospital: Night Shift. The show ran a clip in which Antonio Sabato Jr wore only a towel and...Read More

NBJC Action Fund Endorsement of Keisha Waites

Filed by H. Alexander Robinson | August 02, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

NBJC ACTION Fund Endorses Keisha Waites for Georgia State Assembly (GA-61). Georgia resident Keisha Waites seeks to be first African American openly gay woman legislator in the state. On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 the residents of Georgia's 61st Assembly District...Read More

Held Suspect

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 01, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

I don't remember how old I was the first time it happened. I couldn't have been more than ten years old. We were in Philadelphia -- my mother, my younger sister, and I -- visiting my great grandfather on my...Read More

Murderer of Young Transwoman Says He Killed "It"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 01, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

The rage and tragedy continue over the murder of Angie Zapata, a 21 year-old transgender woman in Denver. The alleged killer, Allen Ray Andrade, has admitted to bludgeoning Zapata to death with his fist and a fire extinguisher when he...Read More