Media: August 2010

'Equality' is My Middle Name: A Look at One of Facebook's Most Simple and Effective Uses

Filed by Leone Kraus | August 31, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

We've all seen them in our Facebook friend networks, the friends who have 'Equality' as their middle name, such as Joe Equality Smith or Jane Equality Doe. The other night, I was scouring Facebook for blog ideas and came across...Read More

Maybe she was good at physiology?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Jesse Singal at The New Republic reminds us that even Dr. Laura's non-political opinions were pretty terrible, and that she gave bad advice all the time. In fact, that was the point of her show. He provides an example: The...Read More

Yesterday in racist teabagger t-shirts

Filed by Bil Browning | August 29, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Glenn Beck's "Restore America" rally was in DC yesterday and while the organizers discouraged folks from bringing signs (so as not to be embarrassed by the racist bullshit the teabaggers have been writing on them), you just can't keep a...Read More

Blue Ranger Billy Finds New Calling as Lavender Ranger

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 27, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I grew up during the 90s. And pretty much every kid in my generation grew up watching the Power Rangers. It was an unavoidable social phenomenon. The zany costumes, the dinosaur zords (even though two "dinozords" were actually prehistoric mammals),...Read More

The demographics of genital piercing

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

The LA Times published an interesting article about the demographics of genital piercings the other day that I thought readers would be interested in. While I've blogged before about Karl Rove's gay dad and all of his piercings (link NSFW),...Read More

Reject Ann Coulter and know failure

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 25, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Michael Lucas has got to have more than incriminating photographs of editors of The Advocate, because he's over there, not just writing a love letter to Ann Coulter calling her "provocative, smart, witty, funny, fearless," but distraught that all the...Read More

North Korea: Us gay? No Way!

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 25, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On Monday I told you about North Korea's venture onto Facebook, where allegedly they told the world they were gay by indicating they were a man interested in a man. As news quickly swept the internet and social networks about...Read More

Holy Retro-homophobes, Batman!: A trip down memory lane

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 25, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

The 1960s have clearly seen a renaissance of late. It seems everyone is going mad over Mad Men along with a whole cornucopia of 60's themed media (A Single Man, Pride, A Cloud Over England, Howl). And with this retrospection...Read More

Catholic Exchange to trans woman: "It is better to die than to offend God"

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 24, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The next time somebody asks why I don't attend church I'm going to show them "Where the Rubber Hits the Road" (Part 1, Part 2) from Catholic Exchange. A trans woman looking for answers asks if her transition - done...Read More

The problem with Gay Ink

Filed by Phil Reese | August 23, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

What do gays working for the DNC and gays writing and producing for con-gLay-morate Regent Media have in common? Well a lot more than you think. Michael Musto, legendary Village Voice columnist and frequent commenter on VH1 I Love Whatever...Read More

What Dr. Laura Taught Me

Filed by Cathy Renna | August 20, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

This week, the notorious "Dr." Laura said she is leaving her radio show after once again shooting her mouth off. But this time it was by using the "n" word and prompting a coalition of groups including Unity: Journalists of...Read More

Farewell, "Dr. Laura"

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 20, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Farewell, "Dr." Laura. Alas, we knew you far too well. Actually, there is just one thing before you go....Read More

The Los Angeles Times' editorial on Target misses the point

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The LA Times thinks the peasants disagreeing with Target, et al's attempts to buy elections to take money away from schools, put poor people out on the street, and ban same-sex marriage is "distasteful" in an unsigned editorial today. The...Read More

Can blacks rid themselves of the use of the n-word?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | August 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

In an attempt to dole out advice on the n-word, popular talk radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger slipped into a rant using it. When a caller -- a distraught African American women who called in to be advised on how...Read More

No offense, but homosexuals are going to burn in hell

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 19, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I read the comments in blogs too often, and I've come across gibberish like this before: homosexual 'GAY' is not of God!!!![...] The Holy Bible says if your 'GAY' homosexual they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall...Read More

You won't have Dr. Laura to kick around anymore

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 18, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last week I posted Dr. Laura's bizarre rant against a caller who asked how to deal with casual racism in her family. Dr. Laura went from "You're probably hypersensitive" to "Black people ruin everything for white people like me!" in...Read More

A Quick Look at Social Media Usage by the LGBT Community

Filed by Leone Kraus | August 17, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Last month, Facebook announced that the site has over 500 million users, making it the second largest site - Google is the first. According to Wikipedia, Twitter attracts over 190 million monthly users and according to BlogPulse there are over...Read More

Karate/Sissy Ad Update: A Teachable Moment in Stereotypes, Gender Roles, & Shaming

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 16, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

The print ads for a South Florida Karate School featuring young boys doing stereotypically "feminine things" like wearing their mother's high heels or playing with make-up have been making their way around the internet this past week and causing lots...Read More

Stephen Wayne Foster, Activist & Scholar

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | August 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Stephen Wayne Foster is almost a Native Floridian. Though he was born in Virginia in 1943, he moved with his family to Miami a year later and grew up in Miami Shores. Foster studied at Miami-Dade College and the University...Read More

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka To Be Gay Dads, Heroes

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | August 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's little doubt that Neil Patrick Harris has achieved higher fame that even in the 1980s, when he won a Golden Globe for the 1988 film Clara's Heart, and then charmed as the eponymous child doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D....Read More

Gender terrorism is worse than bank robbery

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 15, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The photo at the right appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, and it's from a surveillance camera video of a bank robber. I don't want the picture to be the center of this post, since I'm not writing about the...Read More

The karate lessons ads, improved

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 14, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Waymon posted some ads for karate lessons yesterday, and a few people pointed out in the comments that you can't really tell the message without more text, so I added some. The other ad is after the jump....Read More

How It Enriches Hot Vegetables With Its Creamy Goodness

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 14, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I have been fascinated by the phrase "creamy goodness" for some time now. Not sure exactly why, and not necessarily that willing to delve that deeply into my own fetid psyche, but fascinated nonetheless. A few minutes of research on...Read More

Karate Kick the Sissy Out of Your Son: Gay Panic as Advertising

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 13, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Be sure to check out the update on this story, complete with my contact and conversations with both the Ad Agency and the Karate School: Karate/Sissy Ad Update: A Teachable Moment in Stereotypes, Gender Roles, & Shaming. In...Read More

Dr. Laura is still alive and still conservative

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

In case you wanted to know, Dr. Laura still has a radio show, and she's still as classy as ever. Here's her tirade against racism, if by "racism" one means "Complaining about how white people can't say the word 'nigger'...Read More

How soon is too soon to blog the breaking story

Filed by Phil Reese | August 13, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

We bloggers got our tushies kicked yesterday. Sure, Judge Walker decided his stay on the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger decision would expire August 18th (good news, although I'm pretty sure that the 9th District or Justice Kennedy is going to be...Read More

The Betty Behind the Boop: Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 13, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Everyone knows Betty Boop, but did you ever see the woman who gave her that amazing voice (and personality)? Here's a great headshot of Helen Kane, the songstress who brought Betty's charming "boops" to life. She wants to be loved...Read More

Interview with 'Fight Back New York' and How They Use Social Media

Filed by Leone Kraus | August 13, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Watching marriage equality in the state of New York in 2009 was hard. I, along with a number of my peers, had spent a majority of the year lobbying, phone-banking, hosting fundraisers, and doing everything we could to encourage our...Read More

Gaymers Admitted to Gay UN, aka Manhunt

Filed by Jason Tseng | August 12, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I saw this graphic on a friend's Facebook wall. It's one of those post 'em and tag 'em grids that ask you to lump your friends into tightly defined categories. I don't usually pay attention to these kind of memes...Read More

He'll call it "The Stonewall Inn" after his rock-hard resistance to the Muslim terror threat

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

Shorter Greg "mini-Glenn Beck" Gutfeld: My dickish joke about a Muslim gay bar has demonstrated that Muslims and the left are working together to oppress American gay people and that only conservatives have proven themselves ready to save the gays....Read More

How #Prop8 Inspires Us Not to Turn Our Back On Twitter

Filed by Leone Kraus | August 11, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Like many LGBT activists, on the afternoon (east coast time) of August 4th, 2010, I was obsessed with tapping my computer's refresh button. I was waiting for Prop 8 to be overturned. Almost two hours after I began my obsessive...Read More

Negotiating the Closet

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 10, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alan L. Bounville is a full time graduate student studying theatre for social change at New York University and is one of the founding members of Queer Rising New York City, a direct action group fighting...Read More

The Fox News Muslim gay bar

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Updated after the jump. I don't know which is sadder: that Greg Gutfeld thinks he's going to prove a point to liberals using the American right's constantly-demonstrated fidelity to the LGBT community or that getting people into gay bars nowadays...Read More

Michael Lucas hates Muslims; does The Advocate?

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I wonder just which Advocate editor Michael Lucas has incriminating pictures of, because it's hard to see any reason why they'd keep on publishing these columns. This week Michael Lucas informs Advocate readers that the Cordoba Initiative to build a...Read More

Information Obesity

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 08, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

This is a great video that I saw when I was reading my daily headline email yesterday from the New York Times, that posted a video (with no embed code!?) found on Of course I had to immediately tweet...Read More

You flippin kidding me? GOProud books Ann Coulter for party

Filed by Phil Reese | August 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ann Coulter probably isn't as anti-gay as she pretends. After all, we all know that sensationalism makes lots of money. Look at Madonna. Look at Gaga. Look at Liberace. Regardless, however, the woman who throws around "fag" like I throw...Read More

A Fine Romance: Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Lieutenant Dan Choi

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 05, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I never thought I would start crying while listening to an interview with Lieutenant Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran who recently received notice of his honorable discharge from the US military for publicly acknowledging he's gay. But here I...Read More

Remembering Angie Zapata and Reflecting on Media Coverage of Transgender People

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 05, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Adam G. Bass joined GLAAD in early 2007. Prior to GLAAD, Adam worked for over ten years in electoral politics, working on communications and field work in federal, state, local and issue campaigns. Your 21st birthday...Read More

Queers Read This

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 03, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Bash Back pointed out on their blog that it's been 20 years since "Queers Read This" was first published and distributed. I was going to try to say something interesting on this, but rereading it now and understanding it in...Read More

How To 'Think' Like Bill O'Reilly

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 03, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Steven D, at Booman, notes that Bill O’Reilly is still attacking Shirley Sherrod. Bill O’Reilly, the first entertainer propagandist news analyst on Fox News to run the edited, out of context Breitbart clip of Shirley Sherrod, walked back his intense...Read More

Interview with NOM's Brian Brown

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The NOMTourTracker folks caught up with National Organization for Marriage Executive Director Brian Brown and took the opportunity to ask him some questions about his stance on marriage equality. The interviewer asked Brown the same questions Judge Vaughn Walker asked...Read More

A Progressive Definition of Marriage, Circa an 1895 Botanist

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | August 02, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Marriage. It's a word and a concept that has endured the test of time, and inflamed more than a few culture wars. Despite the fact that we humans have been grappling with nuptials for multiple millennia, we still can't quite...Read More

Odd: NOM as depicted by computer voices (w/ animation!)

Filed by Bil Browning | August 02, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This has to be one of the oddest references to Bilerico that I've ever seen and I love it! I watched it last night and thought, "WTF?" and then laughed and laughed at it. I'd never seen one of these...Read More

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#SSS: Featuring Sen Roy Ashburn, Joe Jervis, Target Boycott, GetEqual Protest & more

Filed by Joe Mirabella | August 01, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

On this week's Same Sex Sunday we interviewed Joe Jervis, blogger and editor of Joe My God. We also chatted with Randi Reitan, the Minnesota mother who started a Target boycott for their political contribution to an anti-gay candidate. Recently...Read More