Media: June 2010

Gay Sex Among the Animals

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | June 30, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

A few years ago the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland conducted guided tours that centered around homosexual behavior among the zoo animals. Unfortunately, the one hour tours were held in the early evenings, at a time when most animals were asleep....Read More

What is the state of gay online media?

Filed by Adam Bink | June 29, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

In the last few years, there has been a lot of ink (some of it digital) spilled on the decline of print media as news and entertainment outlets, and the shifts to online. Last week's piece by Michael Lavers in...Read More

Best Headline Evah

Filed by Bil Browning | June 29, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

I don't know that I really have anything to add to this. The headline speaks for itself. Anyone know where this comes from? I want to read the entire article now!...Read More

What were you doing when Ellen came out?

Filed by Nadine Smith | June 28, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

In 1997 when that special episode of the Ellen Show was airing across the country, the local affiliate invited me and a small group of lesbians to watch the show alongside a group of far right homophobes. In particular I...Read More

Stirring up the gay media's hornet's nest

Filed by Matt Comer | June 25, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

If gay journalist Michael Lavers, national news editor for Edge Media Network, intended simply to write a balanced article exploring the demise of Window Media, the future of gay print publications and the rise of LGBT digital media, then he...Read More

Michael Lucas shouldn't have a column in The Advocate

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Michael Lucas has another bash-Europe/Muslims column in The Advocate, which has taken a pretty hard anti-Gaza line since the flotilla was raided. I noticed a few factual errors, and could probably find more if I actually googled any of his...Read More

Thoughts after a preview screening of We Were Here: Voices from the AIDS Years in San Francisco (a work-in-progress)

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 24, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The thing that haunts me the most from this movie is the look in the eyes of one young guy in the hospital, dying at 22, and he's looking out at the doctor or the camera so stunned, so scared,...Read More

Break traditions, have sex, tell everybody

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 24, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm actually enjoying Kirsten Palladino's column on gay wedding etiquette at, mostly because of the bizarre questions she finds. Please tell me queers like this don't actually exist. Question: My wedding's coming up in a few months, and my...Read More

The Ethics of Surrogacy

Filed by Jason Tseng | June 24, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was recently sent a screener of CNN's upcoming broadcast of Gary and Tony Have a Baby (which airs at 8pm on Thursday). In it, Soledad O'Brien walks us through the lives of Gary Spino and Tony Brown as they...Read More

Que es mas macho: Bud Light Lime or Bordeaux?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Gen. Stanley McChrystal reportedly offered his resignation for that article in Rolling Stone where he trashed Obama and his staff (because politics ends at America's borders unless you're a Republican and you complain to everyone). While this article was scheduled...Read More

Vintage Ad: Can you handle the sexism?

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 23, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

From those same "good ole days" that some crusty bastards always reminisce about with fondness. You know, that happy time in America when women were too stupid to use a camera. via flickr...Read More

Journalist attends anti-gay "12-step" program, outs quasi-famous pastor

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

John Townsend, a writer for Lavender, Minnesota's LGBT paper, went undercover to a support group for gay Catholics trying to be chaste to out rabidly anti-gay Lutheran pastor Tom Brock. Brock's been leading a crusade against the Evangelical Lutheran Church...Read More

Thoughts on The Owls

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm always kind of stunned by the demographics of Frameline audiences. As I'm walking up to the Castro Theatre, almost every single person in line is a lesbian. Hundreds and hundreds of lesbians, mostly middle-aged, and of course this is...Read More

Alan Moore, 'Zines and Reinvigorating the Queer Underground

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | June 21, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's not very often that I buy an actual, real-life publication. Sure, I shell out for a New York Times from time-to-time, and stock up on men's fashion mags like V Man when I have a few bucks. Other than...Read More

CNN's Gay In America: Stereotypes Abound & Bigger Picture Ignored

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I had a chance to preview CNN's first episode of their new Gay in America series: Gary & Tony Have A Baby. Unlike the multi-hour Black In America extravaganzas, the network has several one hour shows planned to look inside...Read More

Sunday Funnies: Colbert vs Lesbian Moms, Safi on Gay in Video Games, & Sam Seder on Icky Gays!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

After a few weeks off for me to settle in our new home of Chicago, your weekly round-up of giggle-inducing LGBT themed videos is back! Let's get right to it! Colbert Report- Testoster-Ruin The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm /...Read More

Gay Pride PSA: It's every choice we make.

Filed by Mark S. King | June 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I must admit, I think it's pretty funny. Until it punches you in the gut. Please share and re-post freely. Someone might hear the message at the right time....Read More

Why does McDonald's hate America?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

The COO of McDonald's was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune and they got into that French gay ad that Bill O'Reilly compared to al-Qaeda. It's also the ad that got the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce upset since...Read More

Half naked bloody Dutch men compete in beauty pageant

Filed by Bil Browning | June 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, that's a post title I never imagined writing: "Half naked bloody Dutch men compete in beauty pageant." Yup. Never in my wildest. Thank goodness, the Mr. Gay Netherlands contest decided to help me expand my horizons, eh? The beauty...Read More

Why Aren't a "Man Gay?"

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | June 15, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Being gay and male comes with more than its fair share of stereotypes: we're all fashionable, have seen Rent a million, billion times, and none of us, not one single homo, likes sports. But we do like ballet; we're fabulous...Read More

Sesame Street: Bert comes out on Twitter

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Oh, Sesame Street. While Bert and Ernie's longtime "roommate" status has often been the topic of rumor and innuendo by other muppets (and those of us with time to wonder about the sexual orientation of puppets), Bert seems to have...Read More

Mail: A Hater Asks About Pride

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

While we get hate mail all the time, this one came in yesterday while I was at the Pride parade. It seemed apropos to overlook the tone, publish it today and ask everyone to answer the larger question it asks:...Read More

Whither the Amateur Blogosphere?

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I’ve never considered myself a “professional blogger.” That’s mainly because I’ve never come close to making my living off my humble blog. So, I’m light years away from being in the same set as those who have, like Markos and...Read More

At Last, The Rebecca Juro Show Returns! Live Test Show Tonight 7pm Eastern

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

It took a while longer than we'd anticipated, but it's finally here! The Rebecca Juro Show returns to the cyber-airwaves for a live one-hour test show tonight, Sunday, June 13th at 7PM Eastern, and we need your help! We've got...Read More

Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks About DADT, Taking Back Pride, Prop 8, & More!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was back on the new LGBT podcast "Gay Street Beat" this week for their Pride edition and wanted to share it with all of you! Be sure to download it free on iTunes and hear all the fun &...Read More

Radical Queers Reclaiming and Naming (and I'm in a Movie) and More

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | June 12, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

As I mentioned in my last post, there is a ton of stuff happening at the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco this month, and radical queers (and others) across the country are gearing up to head to Detroit...Read More

Here I am on NPR, talking about -- yes, you guessed it -- marriage!!!

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 11, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

On Thursday, I was on the nationally broadcast National Public Radio program Tell Me More -- listen here, and tell me what you think......Read More

Gay pulp fiction: The covers of our fathers

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 11, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

They were "shame mates"? That's kind of hot! But perhaps not quite as hot as a "dungaree jungle" where men are clad only in underwear. Do I see a hint of stockings under that robe? Two gay pulp fiction book...Read More

Discussion: What Media or Pop Culture Figures Do You Identify With?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Every generation has them- media or pop culture figures that resonate or are reflective of the changing fabric of society. The LGBT community is no exception. Our community has always found or made icons in pop culture that speak to...Read More

The Grio's Trans Free LGBT Leaders List

Filed by Monica Roberts | June 11, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I'm usually paying attention when black LGBT leaders lists are put together by media outlets geared toward people of color. I've found these lists are heavy on the gay and lesbian side of the community, forget the bi part or...Read More

Two Worlds: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I was born with a gift. I was born of Jewish/Muslim Arab descent. Yes, my friends, I am a clear headed, unconflicted Jewish Arab-American that deeply values and respects my Semitic roots and the histories and cultures of my peoples....Read More

Film Review: "8: A Mormon Proposition"

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 10, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

On Monday night I attended the Seattle International Film Festival screening of the new documentary "8: A Mormon Proposition." The screening was at the Egyptian Theater, a beautiful old two story theater on the crest of Seattle's gay friendliest neighborhood,...Read More

File this under "Hypocritical Stone Throwing"

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Okay, seriously. I know politicians like to drum up scandals and faux outrage to score political points against their opponents, but New York Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis has a different target in her sights. Instead of attacking her opponents,...Read More

The Heathers

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 09, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I was trolling an LGBT online news service. It used to be if something gay happened in the news, it was pretty much a one-off and you clung to as if it were a life preserver in a sea of...Read More

On Canadian Cultural Imperialism, Or, I Explain Red Green

Filed by Don Davis | June 08, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

We are again having to take a short bypass on our planned writing journey; this time to a place that's, according to their Facebook page, about 148 beer stores north of Toronto, Ontario. It's a crazy place, where duct tape...Read More

The covers of our mothers: Lesbian pulp fiction

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 07, 2010 | 6:30 PM | comments

I just can't get enough of those wacky 50s and 60s pulp novels. I wonder if the women who bought them were like me when I first began exploring kinky sex -- stealing into newstands trying to look casual but...Read More

Helen Thomas: Jews out of Israel & Helen out of a job

Filed by Bil Browning | June 07, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

After video surfaced this weekend of Hearst Newspaper's White House correspondent Helen Thomas saying that Jews should stop occupying Palestine, the venerable journalist has announced her retirement. This is a travesty that all LGBT people - whether you support Palestine...Read More

Rush's fourth marriage proves that he has "sex only within marriage, marriage for life"

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

The NY Times profiled lesbian conservative Eve Tushnet, and she had this to say about same-sex marriage: But same-sex marriage, she wrote in The New York Post in 2007, "can bring one of three outcomes: A two-tiered marriage culture, where...Read More

Queers Without Borders

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | June 07, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

The oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico is keeping me up at night. The destruction, ignorance and inaction are just so HUGE. For generations to come the waters, plant life, fish... well let's just say the entire fucking ecology...Read More

LGBT vs. gay, at my own risk

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

John "what I as a gay man have in common with a man who wants to cut off his penis" Aravosis started the perennial conversation, and it wouldn't be a perennial conversation if I didn't jump in. Here's the title,...Read More

Ted Haggard wishes he knew how to quit... tax breaks

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 02, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Pastor Ted Haggard (who got outed by a male prostitute a few years back) had a big, surprise announcement yesterday. It turns out he is starting a new church, something he knows about since he built one of the biggest...Read More

Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Banksters

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 02, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

So much for telling kids to "always tell the truth." It turns out, toddlers who tell lies do better as adults. Whether this is surprising news about child development, or a sad statement about the kind of society we live...Read More

It's June! National Queer Arts Festival, Pride, AMC + USSF, and So Much More ...

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | June 01, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's June, and there is so much radical queer stuff happening! Pride events everywhere at the end of the month, the social-justice convergences of the Allied Media Conference and the US Social Forum in Detroit in a couple of weeks......Read More

Punk and Gay: The Reunion Tour

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | June 01, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Words, as I've so often said, are mercurial. In one context, they're perfectly acceptable. In another, they're terribly offensive. We've already learned that lesson with "gay," which sad, misinformed people use as a pejorative and proud people often embrace. There's...Read More

Underlying Cause of ENDA's Failure: Not MSNBC, Messaging, Or Apathy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

We have been speculating here at The Bilerico Project as to why ENDA failed in this Congressional session. Of course, the fight for ENDA isn't over in this session, but even if it passes the House, it's likely too late...Read More