Media: April 2010

Sex and the Sublime: The Real Power of Madonna

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Reid Uratani is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His work centers on a variety of topics, mainly focused on the ways in which queer subcultures mobilize in relation to larger communities....Read More taken down by LDS hackers?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments owner Paul Jackson e-mails that the controversial porn site was taken down last week by a hacker attack that originated out of Salt Lake City. The site is back up and running now and Jackson is looking at the...Read More

Manly freedom fighters

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 27, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

After the censored South Park episode about depictions of Muhammed and the media firestorm of condemnation it elicited, I feel like I've been impotently flailing my arms here in this corner of the internet about the twice-canceled-due-to-death-threats Tarleton State University...Read More

Demonization and politicization are so much more fun than understanding

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 25, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

With all the Catholic Church scandals going on right now, most related to pedophilia, we're going to be hearing more and more gasbags on TV talking about why all these priests want to molest children. I can't even watch American...Read More

Sunday Funnies: That's Gay Salutes the Freedom Federation & ENDA, Stewart vs DADT, & Colbert on Outing Lindsey Graham

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 25, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sunday Funnies' prayers have been answered! Bryan Safi, our favorite satirist from InfoMania's That's Gay, has started doing hilarious mini-webisodes called "That's Gay Salutes", a very special series of salutes to our worst enemies! In the first installment, Safi burns...Read More

TVC's Andrea Lafferty: A zombie queen in pastel

Filed by Bil Browning | April 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Traditional Values Coalition's Executive Director, Andrea Lafferty, has been making the media rounds to spew her anti-gay venom to anyone who'll listen. First she penned an op-ed for Roll Call newspaper full of lies about ENDA and then she...Read More

They don't care about gays, just secret gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC accused Lindsey Graham of being a Democratic Party puppet because he's afraid the White House will out him. Of course, he has nothing to worry about since we live in a post-gay...Read More

Gay, straight, or bi? Either way, she's questioning

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 21, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Someone wrote into Dear Patricia, an Irish advice columnist, asking if her boyfriend is gay or just "European." I don't know much about Patricia, but she sounds rather conservative and her advice was for this woman to tell her boyfriend...Read More

CBS News Lets Hate Group Hijack LGBT Debate

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

CBS News has allowed an anti-gay hate group, on the watch list of the Southern Poverty Law Center, hijack the debate over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We must act to let CBS News know that this is wrong. CBS News...Read More

Iowa Family Policy Center is your tax dollars at work

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Iowa Independent is reporting that the Iowa Family Policy Center, a standard-issue state-level homophobic lobby group, received over $3 million in federal money between 2004 and 2009 in grants mostly from the "Healthy Marriage Initiative" to administer their "Marriage...Read More

Ex-Gays: We'll take down Republicans with witty one liners

Filed by Bil Browning | April 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Those poor, poor ex-gays. Isn't it unfortunate when they're unable to peddle their fake science and general bullshit? PFOX is whining on the tip line today that Republican chairman Michael Steele won't meet with them. "Michael Steele, chair of the...Read More

Butt Bra. Seriously.

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 20, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

If this catches on, I'm going into the woods and never coming out again....Read More

Interview: InfoMania's Bryan Safi on Satirical Comedy, Activism, & (gasp!) Gays at Prom

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 19, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Comedian and writer Bryan Safi has been making you laugh since he first burst onto the online viral video scene with his "That's Gay" segment on Current TV's InfoMania. Safi uses his biting wit to explore and expose stereotypes and...Read More

The Return of the Pods

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 17, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yes, finally, after much delay, my first new podcast in about two years is up! Even cooler, you don't need to get it with I-Tunes or download it anymore. There's a nifty little player after the jump, with which you...Read More

Homophobia still exists

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Marc Ambinder has an interesting post up on the speculation that Elena Kagan is gay (she's not), but not interesting in the way he intended it to be. Mainly, it typifies the way mainstream political journalists understand gays and gay...Read More

Not Sure About The Transgenders in ENDA; CBS pushes hate group message

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 16, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

An article appeared yesterday in Roll Call, a DC newspaper covering legislative news. In it, Rep. Collin Peterson, so-called "Democrat" of Minnesota, said he's not sure whether transgender people should be included in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that coming up...Read More

Portrayals Of LGBT People in Media

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

I thought for today's column I would key into the overt issues that are involved in several discussions around a more covert one that I expect to tackle fairly soon head on, and with all the vigor I can manage....Read More

GLEE: Go Call Your Congressman

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: I stand in the dock accused of defamation, of discrimination, by maligning the good intentions of GLEE, that favorite television show of the gays, by that most savage means and instrumentality of slander --...Read More

Is GLEE Really A Friend of the LGBT Community?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 14, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

In yesterday's episode of Glee, there is a comment about she-males. The thoroughly despicable, cartoonish Coach Sue is seen cutting a nerdy male student's ponytail and utters "there, you no longer confuse me with your shemale looks". "She-males" is a...Read More

You've Got (Hate) Mail: Ex-Gay Faux "Intellectual" Conservatism Edition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | April 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Sometimes something so crazy comes through your inbox that you just have to share it. When the two major South Florida newspapers, the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel, ran stories in print and online about our recent announcement about moving...Read More

Understanding the Idea of Slurs

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | April 13, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Of late I've felt obliged to write posts, but at the same time, the stuff I want to write is not something I can write at this time without it triggering some kind of related hook into some recent event...Read More

Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory

Filed by Paige Schilt | April 12, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Have the conservative Christians on the Texas Board of Education got you down? Has the board's partisan bid to impact national social science curricula made your blood boil? The antidote might just be Micaela Campos--a Chicana baby dyke with a...Read More

Fear of a queer Jesus

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 12, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

How many times has the American right beaten the story about the fatwa against Salman Rushdie for writing a "disrespectful" depiction of Mohammed in The Satanic Verses to show how primitive Muslim people are? I know they're beyond hypocrisy, but...Read More

Bad Manners, Bad Politics

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | April 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before I get to the issue at hand, which has to do with the death of Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, I want to say that I feel some compunction about my tenure here at TBP starting on such a contentious...Read More

Bareback porn is killing our community and you're to blame

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bareback porn is killing porn stars. From Edge: Chad Noel's March 17 death was reported on at GayPornGossip on March 26. The posting read, "Chad Noel age 25, a former 'twink genre' gay porn performer using the stage names of...Read More

Conservatives hate that our families count on the 2010 Census

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 08, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Arkansas News reported: LITTLE ROCK -- An advertising campaign by the U.S. Census Bureau directed toward same-sex couples isn't sitting well with some conservatives in Arkansas. State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, a candidate for Arkansas' 3rd District congressional seat,...Read More

Exclusive: owner gets death threats from LDS members

Filed by Bil Browning | April 08, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Disturbing news from Paul Jackson, the owner and publisher of While my post "Hot Mormon Boys Masturbating" has caught some flack around the web over whether or not sexy fluff posts belong on a serious LGBT blog, that's nothing...Read More

You can do it too!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | April 08, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ricky Martin did it. Anna Paquin did it, even California Senator Ray Ashburn did it. I'm talking about coming out. Coming out is a radical act, and yet it is simply speaking the truth of who you are and who...Read More

An Open Letter to Kyra Phillips at CNN

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Recently, California lawmakers started a long-overdue process to repeal a ridiculous law that required the state of California to search for a "cure" or "treatment" for homosexuality. On Tuesday, CNN's Kyra Phillips attempted to tackle the topic by asking, "Homosexuality,...Read More

Why Freedom of Speech has to be absolute

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 07, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

While LGBT blogs have been buzzing with several stories about freedom of speech these past few weeks, only one's really gotten the mainstream media's attention: the suit Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder's father brought against the Westboro Baptist Church for protesting...Read More

Jesus smiles on sexual harassment

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 06, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

As should be plainly obvious to anyone paying attention (except for anyone invested in the idea that the Religious Right is a group of home-grown Americans motivated by nothing other than the Moral Values in the Bible), the reason rightwing...Read More

"Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives" Fails, as a Movie and as a Concept

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 06, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's rare that a three-and-a-half-minute trailer tells you just about everything you need to know about a movie, but in the case of "Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives" the movie is everything you see in those few minutes but more... and...Read More

Fairly Unbalanced

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 06, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

OK. This is truly getting tiresome. I know the media is making an attempt to be "fair and balanced" in writing about the threats of violence against Democratic lawmakers after the passage of health care reform. Plenty of people have...Read More

Porn vs Prude: Bilerico is sex positive

Filed by Bil Browning | April 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Last week I published the post "Hot Mormon missionary boys masturbating" and contributor David Badash quit the site because he "wouldn't expect to see that type of content coming from a think tank, or mainstream journalism site." ...I had viewed...Read More

Nate Phelps speaks out about his abusive father

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Nate Phelps, one of Fred Phelps's eleven children, is speaking out about his father for the first time. Nate says that his father beat his children for hours on end and ranted about homosexuality to them. He describes the family...Read More

Livin' La Vida Out Loud

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 04, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

This was my first experience of Ricky Martin. I didn’t know his name. I’d never seen him before. But by the time he was done, I -- like a lot of people -- wanted to know “Who is that guy?!”...Read More

Squeaky clean Facebook

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 04, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Kenneth in the 212 put up a message this past week from an author whose fan page for the book Band Fags was taken down by Facebook. They didn't give a reason why, though, and since a search for the...Read More