Media: September 2009

Hanging citizen journalists out to dry: shield-law amendment excludes unpaid bloggers

Filed by Pam Spaulding | September 29, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

This may seem like a little inside baseball, but bear with me, because it will directly affect some of your favorite blogs. At the Blend we have inboxes overflowing with emails asking us to cover this story or that event...Read More

Mario Nguyen is a natural born politician & needs a theme song

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

The National Equality March has a couple of American Idol-like contests going on currently where you can vote on a theme song for the march and a speaker for the event. Here's contestant Mario Nguyen. This kid will be a...Read More

Remorse, love, and how we tell our stories

Filed by Cathy Renna | September 29, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The is a article on the AP wire this morning about Aaron McKInney, one of the young men convicted of killing Matthew Shepard. It focuses on interviews with him that are part of the new Laramie Project 10 years later:...Read More

Fine footwear meets trans for a non-sexist ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 28, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

From French shoe company Eram. Translation: "No woman's body was exploited in this ad."...Read More

Ted Haggard is just like Jesus!

Filed by Bil Browning | September 28, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ego much? Clickety to embiggen...Read More

Why Polanski, After All These Years?

Filed by Brynn Craffey | September 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

George Bush remains free and charged with no crimes, despite lying the American people into an illegal war and occupation that has so far cost taxpayers $700 billion (by the time you read this) and resulted in the deaths of...Read More

America's Fastest Growing Religious Segment: Those with No Religion

Filed by Michael Hamar | September 28, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new Trinity College report looks at what ought to be frightening to all religious denominations (perhaps the Catholic Church the most): the fact that the fastest growing segment of the American population in terms of religion is those people...Read More

The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 4

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 27, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

...[Q]uality care shouldn't depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to. This is...Read More

The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt 3.

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 26, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

"I don't understand you Americans. You blow billions on a useless war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and billions more to bail out banks that nearly bankrupted the world economy, but you don't ensure healthcare for your own people. Even...Read More

Kanye West is right (even babies & football players dance to Beyonce)

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2009 | 8:30 PM | comments

Everyone has heard about Kanye ("Ima Let Chu Finish") West for the past few weeks for interrupting Taylor Swift's MTV VMA Award speech to say Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video should have won the award. The web had him interrupting everything...Read More

WTHR-13 vs WRTV-6: A Tale of Two News Stations

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last December when local trans woman Taysia Elzy was murdered, several local reporters used offensive language to describe Taysia and her relationship. While the Indianapolis Star did a training session with their staff after the incident, NBC's WTHR-13 reporter Steve...Read More

Lesbian and Gay Families on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | September 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'll be appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU-FM at noon (EST) Wednesday. I'm appearing with Oakland attorney and author Fred Hertz, who will discuss his book, Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership, and Civil...Read More

Second Acts

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 22, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

There are no second acts in American lives. F. Scott Fitzgerald It struck me as simultaneously ironic and poetic when, a few weeks ago, two of music biggest icons -- each of whom in their own way represented the...Read More

Miss Manners is so awesome

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I used to say that Miss Manners was the best columnist the Washington Post has, but now that David Froomkin is gone there isn't even any competition. And she takes on addressing same-sex couples: Besides, updating old customs for new...Read More

Top 5 Best Indiana Gay Blogs

Filed by Bil Browning | September 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Indiana can be a lonely place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but the internet has done wonders to connect our community around the state. When I started as a local blog in 2004, there were only three...Read More

Why "I'm not politically correct" is nails on a chalkboard

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 20, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I don't see why everyone is mad about what this one guy said. He may not be "politically correct," he may not be taking the easy way out and saying what everyone wants him to say, but, jeez, when what...Read More

Queer linguistics are just that - linguistics

Filed by Austen Crowder | September 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Alex made an excellent post about the use and potentially offensive qualities of the word "cisgender" in queer communities. He's covered all his bases there, and I highly recommend reading for a further exploration of the debate. Instead, I want...Read More

PRIDE in the PARK 2009

Filed by Donna Pandori | September 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The GLBT Resource Center of Michiana is holding their 2nd annual "PRIDE in the PARK" celebration on Saturday October 3, 2009 at Potawatomi Park, South Bend. Festivities will commence at 1:00pm and conclude at 6:00pm. This is a kid friendly...Read More

But I have a job! Watch out for producerism marketed to us gays as acceptance

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 17, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Michelle Goldberg has a great article up about the rightwing nuts at The American Prospect. She's right - the rightwing grassroots activism we're seeing now is a whole lot less Christian and a whole lot more Confederate than what we've...Read More

A very special recording with a very special guy

Filed by Phil Reese | September 17, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Whenever I record an episode of Lundon Calling with Ace Lundon and Lance Helms, I generally end up in tears, doubled over in laughter at some point. If you don't know him, Ace is a pretty goofy guy. An old-school...Read More

Cisgender madness!

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 17, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

There's been a debate raging over at Pam's that no one here at Bilerico has been willing to touch with a 10-foot pole: Is it OK to call non-transgender people "cisgender"? Well, the debate is mostly a small group of...Read More

Love your inner lesbian

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 16, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a new poster ad campaign being run in the UK by Stonewall, an LGBT group, directed towards lesbian and bisexual women. I think it's cute, but do you think it's effective? The other two posters in the campaign are...Read More

Atlanta Eagle raided by cops. Why?

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Caught this and it surprises me as much as it concerns me. Cops are claiming they saw sex and drugs at the Eagle in Atlanta. Which can only mean one thing: they weren't looking at other Atlanta bars. Sex and...Read More

Kander & Ebb Theatrical Concert

Filed by Brett Abrams | September 15, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

DC area residents are the first to see a new show by two gay icons of the American musical theater, Fred Ebb and John Kander. Fresh off a Tony Award for the top regional theater, Signature Theater created First You...Read More

Because butt sex is funny

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Nothing sells a product quite like butt sex. What advertising genius thought up this campaign? Don't you really want a Bud Light with lime in a can now? No? Whatever. It's butt sex with fruit! You're not a real American...Read More

Kanye West Disses Taylor Swift and Shows What an Ass He Is

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 13, 2009 | 10:12 PM | comments

In a move worthy of Rep. Joe Wilson who shouted "You lie." during President Obama's address to Congress, Kanye West showed how little class he has by dissing Taylor Swift after she won a VMA for Best Female Video....Read More

Lions and Tigers and... Nazis?

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 13, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

The first few times I heard the right wing call Obama a "Nazi," I ignored it. Thought it was random. After all these years, I should know not a single thing comes from the right that hasn't been vetted, considered...Read More

As a gay wise-ass latino....

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 10, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

OK, this is going to be a fun post. I haven't written much about my cultural background on this site, other than saying that I identify as latino, so I might as well write a little more now. Michael Crawford...Read More

Of Two Minds on an Album for Kids with Two Moms

Filed by Dana Rudolph | September 10, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Canadian musician Kate Reid, a self-described "homofolkie," is working on an album for kids with two moms, according to an article in the Edmonton Sun: Reid hopes to interview children of lesbian couples during her current Canadian tour. She says...Read More

Indy Impact raises $1000 for Lambda Legal

Filed by Zac Hart | September 10, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week was Indy Impact's first fundraiser, a Taste of Equality, a wine tasting supporting marriage equality. I am glad to report that the event was a HUGE success! With almost 100 people in attendance, with the wine flowing freely,...Read More

Anti-Gay Ad Costs Media General Advertisers

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 10, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Advertisers are pulling their dollars from Media General - parent company of WFLA Ch 8 - in response to the media company's decision to air an hour-long infomercial of hateful anti-gay propaganda on St. Pete's Pride Day this year. While...Read More

How to guarantee you'll end up on YouTube

Filed by Bil Browning | September 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's not often that I find myself agreeing with the folks at Hoosier Access, but this time is a good exception. I think Baron Hill is a good Congressman, but his aversion to being recorded has become absurd. In this...Read More

NOM: Hot or not?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Washington Post's ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, wrote a response to the mountains of criticism Post writer Monica Hesse received as a result of her puff piece on NOM's executive director, Brian Brown. While Hesse photocopied Brown's "I'm a reasonable, concerned...Read More

Vanity Fair Tries (and Fails) to Parse the Meaning of Internet Crime

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 07, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A new investigative piece from Vanity Fair takes a detailed look at the people, events and politics of the Craigslist murder that made headlines this summer. It starts off well, acknowledging that this murder (like all murders) is "a very...Read More

And they say men are obsessed with their penises...

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 07, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I'm ashamed I ended up on the same side of an argument as did Rush Limbaugh. I thought I was reasonable, but if he agrees with me, then obviously I was wrong: It is President Obama who wants [to] mandate...Read More

New HIV campaign: AIDS is a mass murderer

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 06, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A controversial new German AIDS campaign is under fire for showing an Adolf Hitler lookalike having sex. The tagline of the ad: AIDS is a mass murderer. With new infections occurring at increasing rate, are provocative tactics like this what's...Read More

Butch is Back? When Did Butch Go Away?

Filed by Paige Schilt | September 06, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In the middle of the summer--on the day I was leaving for vacation, in fact--Bil Browning, our illustrious editor-in-chief, put an article on my virtual desk. It was the cover story for the Village Voice's queer issue, titled "Rachel Maddow,...Read More

Sunday Funnies: InfoMania's 'Gayngels'

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 06, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you're not watching CurrentTV, you're missing out! The brilliant and irreverent satirist Brian Safi, from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania, is back exploring more LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by...Read More

Openly-Gay Candidate Steve Kornell Dominates St. Pete Primary for City Council

Filed by Nadine Smith | September 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Now He Needs Your Help in the General Election! Tuesday, Steve Kornell took a huge step toward making history in Florida as St. Pete's first openly-LGBT city council member by overwhelmingly winning a three-way Primary Election with 49% of the...Read More

Yeah, iPhone users it's all your fault

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Reading the New York Times, I came across a story that featured AT&T executives and analysts whining about iPhone users actually using the devices that they've purchased. It's a data guzzler. Owners use them like minicomputers, which they are, and...Read More

Indiana Word: ENDA not as important as buying wine

Filed by Bil Browning | September 01, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Seriously? This was the lead editorial from Indiana's largest LGBT newspaper? After scathing criticism for the Indiana Word's lack of coverage of ENDA and focus on the trivial, the newspaper responds like by saying that getting carded for a bottle...Read More

VA gov race: extremist Bob McDonnell - Pat Robertson's pick - also supported by BET founder

Filed by Pam Spaulding | September 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has been desperately trying to present himself as a moderate (for a winger) to voters, and one of the ways he has done this is pimp on his web site the support for his...Read More