Media: September 2010

Math is hard: Media outlets fumble with CDC data on MSM HIV rates

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 28, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

New HIV infections and diagnoses numbers are out this week from the CDC, and media outlets are fumbling with the numbers. Here's the headline from Time, which was typical: CDC: 20% of Gay Men Are HIV-Positive, but Nearly Half Don't...Read More

No Straights Allowed

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 28, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Drew Cordes is a transgender woman from Albany, N.Y. She is a 2004 graduate of Vassar College. I used to get pissed off seeing heteros while enjoying a night out at one of my friendly neighborhood...Read More

'Homo' means 'gay' in French; 'con' means 'stupid'

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 27, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Homocon happened this weekend, where a bunch of gay ultra-right wingers converged on an NYC apartment and complained about how the "gay left" is ruining their sorry, sorry lives ("left" being defined as anyone who doesn't agree with them). That's...Read More

On cupcakes and communication

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

While the story out of Indianapolis of a homophobic bakery refusing to make rainbow colored cupcakes for a college gay group is the topic of this news report by local Fox reporter Ray Cortopassi, I want to take a moment...Read More

Would we be calling Martin Luther King a civil discourse nut?

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 24, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I read Stride Toward Freedom a few weeks ago because Bob Somberby kept on telling people to. I saw this post on his site about a month ago, where he caught a bit of Ed Schultz on MSNBC interviewing Martin...Read More

Meeting Girlyman: How the Band Uses Social Media

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 23, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Being at the right place at the right time does have its benefits. Over the summer, I was at a work event and had the pleasure of meeting the band Girlyman. One of the writers at Slate wrote a piece...Read More

"Trsitan and Zeke" by Jeff Sheng (DADT)

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: the Invisibility of Male Couples

Filed by Jeff Sheng | September 21, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

One of the most touching moments for me while working on my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" photo series has been the photographing of couples. It dawned on me recently, that the element of relationships and couples, particularly of men, has...Read More

Truth Wins Out's Wayne Besen Talks About Christine O'Donnell's Antigay Past with Rachel Maddow

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Wayne Besen, director of Truth Wins Out, an organization dedicated to investigating the lies behind the so-called “ex-gay” ministries, appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show Friday night to discuss the Tea Party’s latest favorite, Christine O’Donnell, Republican candidate for Senate from...Read More

Americans Can Learn from Africans in the Fight for Sexual Freedom

Filed by David Castillo | September 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Recent polling suggests that Americans are becoming increasingly accepting of same-sex couples and their families. The second poll in as many months shows that. This is a remarkable statistic and is no doubt a result of all the work that...Read More

How Glee Facebook Status Updates Are Promoting Equality

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 20, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I have a confession to make - I don't own a television. My pop-culture intake comes from free video content on Hulu and Facebook status updates.  (I gave up television when it became impossible to watch it for free with...Read More

Thoughts on Gaga: Part Infinity

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 17, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a Leo who is losing his hair. He blogs at The New Gay. Hey, did you hear that Lady Gaga appeared at the VMA’s with discharged gay soldiers to make a statement about...Read More

Blogs are bad but gay marriage is good

Filed by Bil Browning | September 17, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Here's an interesting snippet from the Associated Press this morning. They put out poll results from a survey studying what institutions the American people trusted. The results are fascinating. Of what confidence there is in institutions, the military and small...Read More

Toilet Fetishes of the Rich and Famous: John Lennon's potty

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 17, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I have occasionally idly wondered about collectors who purchase the hair or underwear of dead Hollywood stars...but this sale is really special. I suppose if you have a fascination with toilets, owning this decorative fixture would be a coup --...Read More

NMAC's joyful HIV/AIDS Awareness video

Filed by Mark S. King | September 16, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

In a new segment last week, Oprah Winfrey revisited a town that shunned an HIV positive man for using the public pool in 1987. The episode haunts me to this day. Thank goodness for the healing balm of the National...Read More

Don't Read This if You Have Hang-Ups: vintage magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | September 16, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Published barely 13 months after the Stonewall riots, this magazine for the exclusive Fire Island crowd makes it clear that the tide had shifted to a spirit of self-acceptance and gay pride. A really fabulous little piece of gay history....Read More

IHOP sues fundie group for copyright violation

Filed by Bil Browning | September 16, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

IHOP - the International House of Pancakes is suing fundie Lou Engle's International House of Prayer. The restaurant is claiming copyright violation. The church's tagline is "Preparing the way of the Lord through night and day prayer." Pshaw, not even...Read More

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," photography exhibition opens in Los Angeles, new photobook released

Filed by Jeff Sheng | September 15, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Many readers will remember a series of my posts from earlier this year about my "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" photography project, featuring currently serving closeted service members affected by the policy. I wanted to finally update everyone about the progress...Read More

Mercy-killing claim wasted police's time

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 14, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I heard that gay British TV gabber Ray Gosling got a suspended sentence for "wasting police time" because he said he mercy-killed his partner a few months back, and I thought, Wow, the British criminal justice sucks. They investigate you,...Read More

Young Turks: I'll call you people what I want

Filed by Bil Browning | September 14, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

What the hell happened to Young Turks host Cenk Uygur? While the guy is normally LGBT-positive, in a recent episode of the show, he turns into one of this week's biggest assholes. After a co-host explains why the LGBT community...Read More

Remembering the Tel Aviv Tragedy Through Social Media

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 14, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

I don't know why but I've always been drawn to Israel. I chock it up to my conservative Catholic upbringing, which, due to their rejection of homosexuality, has left me in a state of constant turmoil in regards to my...Read More

Going Green

Filed by Sara Whitman | September 13, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

We are going green. Greener. Jeanine's car died. Eleven years old, 150K miles on it, the transmission went and it simply makes no sense to fix it. And who wants to be forced into making a decision about buying a...Read More

Being boring, bored, and gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 11, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

If I believed this, I'd be sad. Boredom is a problem to be solved, not a moral value. In sharp contrast, married gays often depict a lifestyle and relationship that seems suburban stable, only now they have a marriage license...Read More

Google Instant censors "lesbian" but "fag" is OK

Filed by Nathan Strang | September 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Google, in their never-ending quest to be the "third half of your brain" launched a new search service called Google Instant. Aptly named, results start to pour in the millisecond you start typing your term, and constantly update as you...Read More

Elections go homophobic and transphobic... this is nothing new

Filed by Alex Blaze | September 10, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

This guy gets right to the point, doesn't he? A functional economy, a decent living, and solid infrastructure are for pussies. Real men spend all their money on war and stop silly sissies from giving away their hard-earned cash to...Read More

Why I Didn't Attend the NLGJA Convention - They Failed Us on Prop

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 09, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association held its annual convention in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. And even though I've been around for the 20 years since it was founded by Roy Aarons - I didn't go. I'm...Read More

Back to the Classroom: How I Stay Organized via Social Media

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 09, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

In case you've never checked out my bio before, not only do I write social media posts for Bilerico and my own personal blog, but I also attend graduate school in the evening for my Master's in Public Relations and...Read More

Live from Dragon*Con!

Filed by Jason Tseng | September 08, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This past weekend, I flew down to Atlanta, GA for four fantastic days at Dragon*Con, one of the largest geek conventions in the US. Since 1998, Dragon*Con brings over 30,000 nerds, geeks, whathaveyou of all varieties to discuss their fandoms,...Read More

Remember Doom Patrol's Queer Characters, Rebis and Coagula?

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | September 05, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

While gay and lesbian superheroes are building their ranks with characters like Batwoman or Rictor and Shatterstar, there's a dearth of trans or otherwise gender-bending heroes on the comic scene. Not so in the 1990s, when the Doom Patrol opened...Read More

Serial Killer Action Figure?

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 04, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I’ve written once or twice about my interest in crime stories and earlier research into serial killers for a writing project. I’ve seen the first season of Dexter, but have yet to catch up with the rest on Netflix. And,...Read More

Queer music Friday: Interview with Natalia Zukerman

Filed by Leone Kraus | September 03, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Thank you Facebook! I would personally like to thank Mark Zuckerberg and his incessant need to consistently alter Facebook's platform and settings any chance he gets. Without this, I would never have crossed paths with folk singer and accomplished painter,...Read More

Glee meets the leather daddies

Filed by Bil Browning | September 03, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

This picture of Chris Colfer from Glee posing with several leather daddies is absolutely adorable. It's from Rolling Stone's photo spread of this season's "best characters and most memorable scene-stealers." (Hat tip to JMG for this find)...Read More

A Day with HIV in America

Filed by Michael Crawford | September 03, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

What does it mean to live with HIV? That's the question Positively Aware magazine wants you to answer on September 21. The magazine is creating an online photo essay about living with HIV in America. Whether you're HIV positive or...Read More

Women in Wheelchairs: A Case Study in Inequality

Filed by Jason Tseng | September 02, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Comic books are largely a static medium. Captain America will always be the straight-laced, optimistic, idealistic soldier. Superman will always be the incredibly powerful yet distant hero. The X-men will always be the oppressed minority. No matter how many new...Read More

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Drill No Evil

Filed by Don Davis | September 02, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I am one of those people who will actually watch those boring, boring, hearings on C-SPAN that most of us flip right on past while watching TV, and this past week I've been watching one of the longer events the...Read More

Scorecard of Mehlman mentions: Fox News 2, HRC & NGLTF 0

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 01, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: From San Francisco, Guest blogger and advocate Michael Petrelis reports stories the mainstream media choose to ignore. Michael has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. He has been quoted by The New...Read More

New Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks the New Documentary "Bullied", LGBT Youth, Media, & More

Filed by Waymon Hudson | September 01, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

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