Media: July 2009

Indy Star runs same-sex marriage announcement

Filed by Bil Browning | July 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bilerico-Indiana reader Marie Siroky and her lovely wife CJ (Weiss) Siroky were married in Iowa recently and the Indianapolis Star printed a wedding announcement for the blushing brides. I spent some time poking around in the Star's archives since I...Read More

Been around too long

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Yes, this Jason Bellini article is about how Kirsten Gillibrand wants to hold hearings to discuss an end to DADT, which is good, but I couldn't let this slide: The controversy has caused bitter rifts and recriminations within the gay...Read More

Gay Generation Gap: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Filed by Jason Tseng | July 27, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

With the passing of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, many in the gay community have taken the opportunity to reflect upon the historic moment in our collective queer history and how the community and movement has changed. The...Read More

Iconic Gay Choreographer Merce Cunningham, dies at age of 90

Filed by Jason Tseng | July 27, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Merce Cunningham. Only his name need be uttered in dance circles and a sense of reverence follows. Cunningham was one of the most influential, radically inventive, and avant-garde choreographers in dance in a century. His career in dance spanned an...Read More

Bareback the f--k up!

Filed by Eric Leven | July 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Fresh off the digital pages of Will Clark's blog comes the story of International Mr. Leather President Chuck Renslow's refusal to continue including bareback vendors, videos and other bareback paraphernalia during next year's 2010 event:...Read More

Can exclusion be good?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Should gay bars ban women? Should lesbian bars ban men? Two cases this week raise those questions. First, in the UK, a gay bar refused service to and asked a lesbian woman and her partner to drink in a different...Read More

Listen: bOUT2 Podcast Interview About ENDA, Indiana Equality, and Facebook

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 22, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Here's an interview I gave to bOUT2, an LGBT podcast based around a radio show that broadcasts in southern Indiana. Hosts Helen Harrell and Sean Lemieux of WFHB's Blooming Out radio show and I discuss the legal and political meaning...Read More

First all Israeli gay porn movie

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Lucas Entertainment is promoting a new porn movie, "Men of Israel." The big hook here is that it's the first gay porn movie to feature only Israeli men and be shot on location in Israel. Former porn star and company...Read More

Tampa Bay Community Not Speechless Over Homophobic Infomercial

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: R. Zeke Fread, has been a GLBT Rights Grassroots Activist for past 20 years. The Director of Pride Tampa Bay, Zeke has organized local actions for ImpACT Florida, Join the Impact, Day of Decision, Don't Amend and for...Read More

Twibbon? What's a Twibbon?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Techno-savvy queers, take note! is the newest way to promote causes on Twitter. A "twibbon" is a way to promote your cause by adding a small graphic banner to the lower right hand corner of your twitter pic. Here's...Read More

Beary Fashionable: Wonde® by Walter Van Beirendonck

Filed by Nathan Strang | July 19, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

High fashion and couture are not normally paired with bellies and fur. Normally. However, Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck sees a veritable canvas on the broad shoulders and fuzzy stomachs of the men intended to wear his 2010 Summer...Read More

Walter Cronkite and the Player Piano

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Dateline: Christmas season, 1975. A cab left me off in front of Walter Cronkite's Upper Eastside townhouse. Fresh out of college, I had joined CBS News two years earlier as a desk assistant and had become a regular substitute for...Read More

Albus Dumbledore: The G Quotient

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Justin Nelson is the Co-Founder and President of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). He has used his background in small business and issues advocacy to develop the NGLCC into the business advocate...Read More

Rockstar Energy Drink CFO breaks ties with Savage Productions

Filed by Bil Browning | July 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

After guest blogger Michael Jones posted concerns about Rockstar Energy Drink's possible connections to far-right radio talk show host Michael Savage, Bilerico Project and worked closely with the company over the last few weeks to take concrete steps on...Read More

Where's My Gay Tennis Player?

Filed by Sean Bugg | July 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

As a young kid playing tennis on the cracked and ill-kept public courts of rural Western Kentucky, I had my idols who inspired both how and why I played. I loved Bjorn Borg, despite my great aunt's admonishment to "always...Read More

Equality Florida Action PAC Releases St. Petersburg Endorsements

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Equality Florida Action PAC, which supports openly LGBT and pro-Equality Candidates, has released its endorsements for the upcoming races in St. Petersburg, FL. St. Petersburg is Florida's fourth largest city and is part of the state that plays a...Read More

Bruno: the Herald of the Gayby Boom?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 16, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Johann Hari at HuffPo reports that--shock--we're in the middle of a gayby boom, and Bruno is spreading the word. He writes, "This quiet trend has finally poked its way to public attention with the sight of Bruno - the crazed...Read More

A Fine Bromance

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bruno did not open as well at the box office as Borat. Despite a studio publicity blitz, including a faux fight with Eminem at the Grammies and his own best worst efforts, Sacha Barren Cohen did not take into account...Read More

Jewish lesbian crime-fighters and building progressive political power online

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Despite being a Jewish, lesbian crime-fighter, Batwoman didn't win. Wonder Woman did. The race was a mock mayoral campaign for DC mayor that was part of the New Organizing Institute's BootCamp 2009. It wasn't a two-way race between Batwoman and...Read More

"Red Flag" Rally TODAY- Let's Show WFLA What FREE SPEECH Really Means

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 15, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Join us for a Red Flag Rally to DEMAND a public apology from NBC's affiliate WFLA Ch 8 for screening a dangerous and dehumanizing anti-gay infomercial - Speechless: Silencing Christians. Media General, which owns WFLA, must hear from the community....Read More

Group to Protest WFLA CH 8 for Airing Homophobic Infomercial

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 14, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The great folks over at Pride Tampa Bay are organizing a peaceful protest of WFLA for airing the horrendously anti-gay infomercial "Speechless: Silencing the Christians" on Pride weekend. The protest will be July 15th, with a 4:30 P.M. Press Conference,...Read More

David Brooks got the bad touch from a Republican Senator

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I can't beat all the "point to where the Senator touched you on the doll, David" jokes out there, but can I just point out how weird this admission from David Brooks is?...Read More

Fig Trees, Transliminal Criminals, and Other Plural Nouns: Dispatch from Outfest 2009

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 12, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

So, you know, there's a bo-ring school of thought about how political art is didactic, great art can't be explicitly political, and bla bla bla silliness that shores up existing power structures and of course anyone who's outside or critical...Read More

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Starts to Sing

Filed by John Shields | July 12, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

From the failure to pass hate crimes legislation - which should have been a no-brainer - to ENDA and DADT, the fits and spurts of "we're this close" to "you're going to have to wait in line" have been both...Read More

Best wishes for a beautiful bride

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Family Institute's Director of Public Policy, Ryan McCann, got married at the end of June. His wife, Tory Clark, is a beautiful and gentle woman; I admire her patience, wit and kindness. Interestingly enough though, the IFI's blog...Read More

D.C. Queer Fringe

Filed by Brett Abrams | July 10, 2009 | 9:00 PM | comments

It's show time! DC has a riches of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer shows coming up for the next two weeks as Capital Fringe runs from July 9 through July 26. Most of the shows appear four or five...Read More

Vote Batwoman: Because We Need a Crime-fighting Lesbian Jewish Mayor

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today is election day in our campaign to elect Batwoman the first crime-fighting lesbian Jewish mayor of DC! Vote Batwoman for DC Mayor Voting is today until 6pm EDT. You can vote from anywhere in the world. Batwoman on why...Read More

Unbuckling Straps: An undoing of the NYC Leather Community

Filed by Eric Leven | July 09, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

A week ago the decades-old organization of Gay Male S/M Activists (GMSMA) of New York put the kibosh on their twice a month meetings and community. Over the years numbers of attendees dwindled from hundreds to just a handful and...Read More

I'll be on bloomingOUT tonight, tune in

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 09, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'll be appearing on the bloomingOUT radio show tonight to talk ENDA, the Dallas Principles, and Indiana Equality's stance on ENDA at 7pm. Be sure to tune in... it could get fun. Like "discussing the ins and outs of LGBT...Read More

We Win!! Rockstar Energy Drink to Donate $100K+ to LGBT Orgs & Bloggers

Filed by Bil Browning | July 09, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm pleased to post a joint press release from Rockstar Energy Drink,, and Bilerico Project today. The beverage company will not be suing Bilerico Project or and they have expanded or started many new LGBT positive corporate policies...Read More

The Trans-Free BET 'Who's Who In Black GLBT America' List

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was shocked and surprised to discover puts out a list of what it considers as the 'Who's Who in Black GLBT America' and has done so for three years now. Jasmyne Cannick, one of the people some Projectors...Read More

Poster child

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This is a bit old, but I couldn't let it completely fall by the wayside. But Perez tells me that, in the heat of the moment that night, he almost chose to use a different word. "I thought about calling...Read More

Ice Age 3: Can a Queer Utopia Be Built on Prehistoric Gender Roles?

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 08, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week, Zac Hart at Bilerico-Indiana wrote about walking out of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Zac's catalogue of summer blockbuster racism and homophobia got me thinking about the other movie at the top of the box office charts,...Read More

Star Parker chastises blacks who support that homosexualist, Christian teaching-abandoning Obama

Filed by Pam Spaulding | July 08, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

If you want another good laugh at the delusional anti-gay mindset, click over and read Star Parker's "When color trumps Christianity" over at Clown Hall. It's another case of Bizarro World, where the God-fearing American culture is going to hell...Read More

What's really scary is the deductible

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 08, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

There are so many layers of possible, subtle, and overt homophobia, misogyny, racism, sodomy anxiety, Nixonian resentment, and sexophobia cynically in use to turn conservatives off to health care reform in the new National Review cover that it isn't possible...Read More

Batwoman for DC's First Lesbian Mayor

Filed by Michael Crawford | July 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Yesterday Batwoman announced her candidacy to become the first lesbian mayor of Washington, DC. Batwoman aims to unseat current Mayor Adrian Fenty. If elected, Batwoman would not only become the first openly lesbian mayor of DC, but she would also...Read More

Can gay men & straight men be friends?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The New York Times ran an interesting article last week about whether or not gay men and straight men can be friends. Of course, the article concludes that they can be, but it does raise some interesting points along the...Read More

Wait -- is it my imagination, or is Saks Fifth Avenue satirizing the gay marriage assimilation agenda?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Left display window: mannequins in Diesel underwear (and one with a hat, one wearing bow tie, and the other sporting a bandana), and the slogan -- EQUALITY IS THE BOTTOM LINE....Read More

The Word's poor coverage of IE's opposition to LGBT civil rights legislation

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The Word's coverage of Indiana Equality's opposition to ENDA in this month's edition is appalling. I had a chance to read July's issue (pdf available if you can't get a print version), and I didn't even find a news blurb...Read More

Progressive movement and the LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

What can the progressive movement learn from the LGBT community? Friend of the blog, GRITtv host Laura Flanders, talks with Richard Burns, Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Richard Kim, Associate...Read More

Let them attend their own insider salons

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm sure you've all at least hear about the story Politico broke yesterday about the Washington Post attempting to sell access to Obama officials, newsroom journalists, and editorial staff. For the low price of $25,000, health care lobbyists could secure...Read More

War! War! War!

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Patrick Vandenburgh, writing for the Freeport (Ill.) Journal-Standard, wants a Christian revolutionary war: It is time for a new Christian revolutionary war. It is time for Christians all over the United States to stand up for our Judeo-Christian heritage. Our...Read More

Dump Gay Marriage Now

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Canadian queer radical journal No More Potlucks has just published my piece "Dump Gay Marriage Now." A print-on-demand edition will also be available. "Dump Gay Marriage" was sparked by my Bilerico Project piece, "Prop 8 Is a Distraction, or:...Read More

Jena Six Free!

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

After more than two years of protesting, writing phone calls and thousands of people descending on Jena, Louisiana, to protest this outrageous retro Jim Crow case, the Jena 6, Jesse Ray Beard, Carwin Jones, Robert Bailey, Theo Shaw, Bryant Purvis...Read More

Bending Towards Oblivion: my interview with historian Martin Duberman in the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: We're approaching the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the symbolic event of early gay liberation, and I'm wondering if you think there's any of this liberationist spirit left in the gay movement. Martin Duberman: Well, I...Read More

The Cisgender Everyone Else Standard of Care

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Every so often, I receive an email through the albertatrans website feedback form that challenges me with something I hadn't thought of before. Recently, a query came in from a cisgender male who thought that I might be a good...Read More

Uncovering Feminism: Emma Bee Bernstein and a few questions about suicide

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 01, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Okay, so I'm looking through the Seal Press catalog for the second time, just to see if I've missed anything interesting, and what calls my attention is the bio of one of the editors of a book called Girldrive: Criss-Crossing...Read More

"If we will take care of the morality, God will take care of the prosperity"

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Oh, no, deregulation of the markets, credit default swaps, massive greed and fraud, regulators falling asleep at the wheel, the housing bubble, stagnant job growth and median income, exotic investment products, and financial opacity had nothing to do with the...Read More