Media: December 2008

Unintentionally Homophobic, Virtually

Filed by Prince Gomolvilas | December 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

As if the animated virtual world of Second Life, which has led to real-life divorces, weren't enough to keep geeks occupied and separated from more important things like, oh, reality, Sony recently launched PlayStation Home, yet another animated virtual world,...Read More

A Conversation With Dr. Mathilde Krim and Phill Wilson

Filed by IN THE LIFE | December 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

In recognition of World AIDS Day, December 1, Dr. Krim, Founding Chairman of the American Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR) and Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute relate their tireless efforts in the fight against...Read More

"Queer" as a Challenge: Notes on Louise Bourgeois, Milk, Revolutionary Road, White-Led Feminist and Gay-Rights Movements, and Etc.

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | December 26, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

Queer, as in "strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint" [Random House Webster's Unabridged]; "questionable ... differing in some way from what is usual or normal." As in "often disparaging: homosexual" or "sometimes offensive: gay." As in "a contemporary antonym...Read More

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Filed by Brett Abrams | December 23, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

'Tis the season. The View provided a small gift on its program yesterday. Judy Gold made a sensible point about the inconsistencies of marriage laws. Honestly, I have watched the show intermittently over the last few years and have never...Read More

LDR 2.0 - Loving from afar in the digital age

Filed by Nathan Strang | December 22, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have dated my boyfriend John since February, 2008, and I feel closer to him in more ways than I have with anybody else. I also live farther away from him than anyone I have ever been with. How can...Read More

Conversations with God Hates Fags/Westboro Baptist Church

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 21, 2008 | 8:30 PM | comments

I promised I'd post a transcripts of my conversations with people in God Hates Fags, so here's a brief account of my encounter made available only on Bilerico. Links will take you to my previous Bilerico posts. It's Monday, December...Read More

Rachel Maddow on Rick Warren

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 20, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow gets real about the Warren Fiasco on the Thursday edition of her show. .msnbcLinks {font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 425px;} .msnbcLinks a {text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal...Read More

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2008-The Year Of the Black Transperson

Filed by Monica Roberts | December 20, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ever since Christine Jorgensen stepped off the plane in New York from Denmark in 1953, the media coverage concerning transgender people has been disproportionately focused on white transgender people. What little coverage we have garnered has been limited to African-American...Read More

Rick Warren: gays are immature and slutty

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 20, 2008 | 9:30 AM | comments

Despite his Mr. Rogers-like public persona, it is increasingly clear that Rick Warren is nothing less than professional anti-gay James Dobson in a cardigan sweater. Check out this clip of Warren being interviewed by Ann Curry on the Today Show...Read More

Should "Inclusion" Include Everyone?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 19, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

It is pretty obvious to anyone how I feel about Rick Warren being chosen to deliver the blessing on inauguration day. Warren is a unabashed bigot draped in religious clothing who hates the entire LGBT community. And let's be clear,...Read More

Taylor v Rice: An Update

Filed by IN THE LIFE | December 19, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Denied admission to the Foreign Service in 2003, Lorenzo Taylor, with the aid of Lambda Legal, sued Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for discrimination in the workplace. As part of our pioneering documentation of the...Read More

Yawn: Obama is Time's Person of the Year

Filed by Bil Browning | December 18, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Duh. I mean, who else were they going to name Person of the Year? Sarah Palin? She was runner-up. Seriously. Don't get me wrong. I'm all in favor of the nod to Obama; it's great. Super. Fantastic. He deserves it....Read More

Obama picks arch-homophobe Rick Warren to deliver inauguration invocation

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 17, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

This is unbelievable. Just when you thought the era of insane right-wing pastors having the president on speed-dial was over, Obama goes and shows that it's not: Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an evangelical minister of the Saddleback Church,...Read More

Did Mat Staver Really Just Say That? Seriously?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 17, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Sometimes you read something and have to do a double take. One of those shake-your-head, cartoon-sound-effect "Huh??" moments. That's what happened when I read the Liberty Council's Mat Staver's quote in the Florida Baptist Witness. The article was discussing the...Read More

Conservative media going intellectually bankrupt

Filed by Matt Comer | December 16, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Cliff Kincaid, the editor of the conservative Accuracy in Media, took to the web to share his hatred-laden viewpoint that "Pro-homosexual media is going bankrupt." I guess it's a shame that conservative personalities like Kincaid are causing their media to...Read More

The Lost Art of Language

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 16, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'll admit it. I am fascinated by the way we communicate with one another- what we say, how we say it, and what we really mean. I've delved into it here before, from the language of gender (I still get...Read More

Gay is NOT the new Black

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 16, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

If you are African American and gay, and fighting alongside your white LGBTQ brothers and sisters for queer civil rights, the notion that "Gay is the new black" is not only absurdly arrogant, it is also dangerously divisive. In a...Read More

GLAAD responds to Becket Fund "No Mob Veto" ad

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 15, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Rashad Robinson is the Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD. Last week, GLAAD issued an action alert about a full page ad in The New York Times paid for by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, an...Read More

It's not homophobic if your heart is in it

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 15, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

The right's in overdrive to construct an image of queer people that's a violent threat to anyone who would cross our paths. It was the most obvious in that full-page "No Mob Veto" ad put out by a group of...Read More

By Seizing the Truth, We Seize the Upper Hand

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 15, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Today's guest bloggers are Bishop Carlton Pearson and Bishop John L. Selders, Jr. Bishop Pearson is the founder and senior pastor of the New Dimensions Worship Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bishop Selders is an ordained minister serving the...Read More

Gay Art at Art Basel

Filed by Brett Abrams | December 15, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Where was the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual or queer art in Miami Beach? We know that family members were everywhere. Art Basel draws over 2,000 artists from around the world and they fit into every genre with sections for recent...Read More

Dr. Firpo Carr masturbates dogs?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 14, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Pam posted yesterday about Dr. Firpo Carr's crazy homophobic column in the LA Sentinel, Los Angeles's African American paper. Jim Burroway gave him his Peter LaBarbara Award for his outrageousness, and Jasmyne Cannick gave him her "Negro Please" Award. Accolades...Read More

Want to see a Grade A homobigot? Meet Firpo W. Carr

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 13, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Oh, and let's not leave out lesbians. Law enforcement agencies are struggling with a new phenomenon. "Butch" lesbians who physically abuse "lipstick" lesbians can easily penetrate the defenses of women's shelters where victims seek refuge since they, too, are...Read More

Laughing with us, or at us?

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 13, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's note: Michael Eichler lives in Washington DC and works in urban planning. When he's not designing new bus rapid transit lines, he enjoys nearly-vegan cooking, cycling, making music, his rockin' boyfriend, and contemplating deep questions about the queer experience...Read More

Fred Phelps's war on Christmas

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 12, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Yasmin Nair took the photo on the right during the Westboro Baptist Church's recent appearance in Chicago. It looks like they hate Christmas now, along with fags, dykes, America, Sweden, and Pakistan. This wouldn't be the first Christian group to...Read More

HIV is still a big deal

Filed by IN THE LIFE | December 12, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch Alarmed at the rise of high-risk behavior among HIV+ young gay men, a collaboration of NY Public Health professionals and New York University has produced an innovative web-based campaign telling the story of a young...Read More

Lesbian Moms, Stat!

Filed by Dana Rudolph | December 12, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Sometimes, a lesbian mom is just a mom. Most of us here know that, but it is rare that a media depiction portrays us that way. ER, however, last night featured a lesbian mom and her spouse who could have...Read More

Anti-gay activists called out in full page ad

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 11, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

If anti-gay activists that they could get away with running a misleading ad about LGBT people in the New York Times, they were wrong. Truth Wins Out, lead by activist Wayne Besen, struck back with a full page ad in...Read More

F--k The Advocate

Filed by Gina de Vries | December 11, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

I am not surprised by this in the least -- The Advocate has a long and well-documented history of catering to the privileged and few (and did I mention white?) GayLite. But for god's sake. Oh, and if you're wondering...Read More

Mr., Barack Obama, and sexual racism

Filed by Jason Tseng | December 11, 2008 | 2:30 PM | comments

Ok... it's a stretch. No, Barack Obama does not have a profile (I'll leave that to Mark Foley and other closeted Republicans), but I was surprised and pleased to discover that the recently crowned Mr. is Andrew Roberts:...Read More

Huckabee: Words more important than human dignity

Filed by Matt Comer | December 10, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Note: Hey all! Matt Comer here. Thought I'd give just a little introduction on my first post as a regular Bilerico contributor. I'm so excited to be among the list of your contributors here. I'm looking forward to the community,...Read More

Why Andrew Sullivan Blogs

Filed by Father Tony | December 10, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

This essay on blogging by Andrew Sullivan is almost flawless. There is but one question begged but not raised: Given the ephemeral, immediate and rapid nature of blogging, is it not performed more often than not by those afflicted with...Read More

Yes, there is a Biblical argument for same-sex marriage

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

Lisa Miller wrote up a defense of same-sex marriage from the Biblical perspective in Newsweek earlier this week that I haven't had a chance to link to. It's a lot of the same arguments that queer, Christian and Jewish theologians...Read More


Filed by Eric Leven | December 09, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've really got to hand it to this week's HX magazine for pumping out such a cute and creative who's who in current New York nightlife. The photos of the nightlifers really capture the essence of who these people are...Read More

Why Does the Word "Homosexual" Piss Me Off?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | December 05, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

I find myself cringing when I hear the word "homosexual." Yes, I know it is a scientific term and meant to be clinical. And I know it is odd that this word bothers me when I embrace other words like...Read More

On December 5, I'm a make/shift reader...

Filed by Yasmin Nair | December 04, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Hi everyone, On Friday, December 5, make/shift magazine will be making a Chicago appearance. On hand will be co-editors and co-publishers Jessica Hoffman (also a Bilerico contributor) and Daria Yudacufski, to discuss this amazing independent production (get a subscription, give...Read More

Report: anti-gay org to run ad in NYT blaming gays for 'Campaign Of Violence' in wake of Prop 8

Filed by Pam Spaulding | December 03, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

You knew this was coming -- it was only a matter of time before the emotion and outrage in the LGBT community after Prop 8 would be turned into a rampaging mob of heathen homosexuals persecuting Christians. The Blend has...Read More

The issues, the challenges, and the people

Filed by IN THE LIFE | December 01, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

iPhone users: Click to watch This December, IN THE LIFE looks at the current state of HIV/AIDS and the continuing effort to educate and communicate the peril it still presents. We look at the issues, the challenges, and the people...Read More

10 World AIDS Day 2008 videos from around the globe

Filed by Bil Browning | December 01, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Today is World AIDS Day 2008. As I was looking around yesterday for today's You Gotta See This video, I noticed how many great videos had been produced from all around the globe. I picked American Idol finalist Nadia Turner's...Read More