Media: December 2010

Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2010

Filed by Bil Browning | December 30, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

MSNBC did a remarkable job with this video montage of notable celebrity deaths of 2010. Quite frankly, I'd forgotten about a few of them. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy For some reason when...Read More

Rupert Everett talks about homophobia in Hollywood

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 30, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Rupert Everett is the latest star to come right out and say it: Hollywood is a pretty homophobic place to work. When asked about the professional reaction he received after he came out of the closet, Everett responded, "Nothing very...Read More

The End Of The World As We Know It

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | December 29, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

In an LA Times op-ed piece that college students of the future will be citing in papers about how everything changed in the early 21st century, no less than Jonah Goldberg welcomes the "gay bourgeoisie."...Read More

Like a Horse and Carriage

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | December 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This is from "Vows" in the Sunday New York Times, a column in which a couple who are about to get married, or have just gotten married, are profiled -- usually a fluffy, romantic tale of how they met and...Read More

Does marriage change you or do you change marriage?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 28, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Divorce counselor writes in the Huffington Post that gay male relationships should be a model for straight ones considering divorce: But not every extra-marital experience needs to lead to a divorce -- and that is a lesson that many gay...Read More

How the Gay Agenda is written: Who's up for a marriage fight?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 28, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Last week I posted about how the mainstream media seem to have decided that marriage is the gays' next priority after being completely ignored for several months. Last Friday, the Washington Post ran this headline: Rights activists press Obama to...Read More

Gays Dragged Into Anti-Islam Batman Debate

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | December 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Right wingers continue to rage against DC's 'Batman' for teaming up with an Algerian Muslim, and Marvel's 'Thor' for the use of a black man in a "white role." Now conservative blogger Warner Todd Huston has brought the gays into...Read More

NYT's Dowd on the Love Story of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 27, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

I confess I'm am less an avid fan of New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd than of her colleague Frank Rich, an LGBT hero. But Dowd's 1994 cover story for POZ magazine on Mary Fisher, the Republican straight woman with...Read More

Cagle syndicates tasteless, offensive 'Don't Ask' cartoons following historic repeal signing

Filed by Matt Comer | December 27, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

A friend of mine still living in Winston-Salem, N.C., pointed my direction to a handful of ill-conceived, tasteless and offensive political cartoons syndicated by Cagle Cartoons and published by The Winston-Salem Journal following Wednesday's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal signing....Read More

How Gay Is Christmas? (Really Gay)

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | December 23, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

There's an interesting essay on my new favorite blog, The Awl, about the gutting of Leonard Cohen's transcendent "Hallelujah," in order to make it vague and Christiany enough for Christmas. Which follows in the long, noble tradition -- well, there's...Read More

More on Smithsonian art censorship

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Updated below the jump. I posted a couple weeks ago on David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in my Belly," the film that was cut from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery because Bill Donohue of the Catholic League threw a tantrum. As...Read More

Should Joe Solmonese be congratulated for DADT repeal?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 21, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

Now that DADT repeal passed the Senate, does Joe Solmonese deserve congratulations? Andrea Mitchell, who probably hasn't been following the fight, says yes: I don't really see how HRC or Solmonese were at the center of this fight, "leading the...Read More

Michael Lucas is still writing at The Advocate

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Earlier today I posted on how The Advocate will be losing Kerry Eleveld, who writes one of their politically neutral columns. But they'll still have Michael Lucas, who writes one of their conservative columns (if there's a regular liberal columnist...Read More

DADT repeal is "done," so what next? Reactions in straight media

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 20, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Hate crimes, DADT, now... marriage? I've ready a half a dozen "What will the gays do next?" articles in mainstream media sources, and the gays with big media access are telling them the next goal is marriage, even though it...Read More

2010: Blogs That Blew Me Away

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | December 20, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

It's been a whirlwind of a year, and in the midst of it, a few blogs have consistently blown me away with their transformative, inspiring visions, so I wanted to publicly thank them here. To the Other Side of Dreaming...Read More

The Miseducation of America

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 18, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A clip from Rachel Maddow's show, where she blames Log Cabin Republicans for Patrick Murphy losing reelection and for the lack of progress on gay rights generally, is making the rounds (video is after the jump). Here's the big quote:...Read More

Troubleshooting your label-maker

Filed by Drew Cordes | December 17, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Our culture loves labels. From designer jeans and dresses to sexuality and gender, it's an obsession. It's supposed to make things a little easier to understand, but lately the more I think about labeling, I only see catch-22s. So I've...Read More

"Homosexual" vs. "Gay and lesbian"

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 17, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Back in February there was a CBS poll on DADT that asked some people if they were OK with "homosexuals" serving in the military and other people if they were OK with "gay men and lesbians" serving in the military....Read More

Both the French and Americans need alternatives to marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 16, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

France restricts marriage to heterosexual couples but created civil unions, known as "PACS," back in 1999 for both straight and gay couples. In 2000, 76% of the couples that pacsed were heterosexual, in 2006 93% were, and in 2009 (the...Read More

Oprah is not gay, folks

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 16, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Oprah is known everywhere around the world, and has touched nearly everyone. Her media stardom and public ministry make her omnipresent as well as omnipotent. Her converts would argue she is also omniscient, especially with her monthly oracle -- O,...Read More

Gay porn panic rejected by jury

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 16, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Conservatives complain a lot about silly lawsuits, which are the main means by which consumer protections are enforced in the US, but usually the silliest lawsuits are filed by them. Here's one such case. A man says he received an...Read More

More gay art censored

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 15, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

A public art exhibit in a small town library in Canada has been censored because one person found a gay sculpture offensive. The library threw a cloth over the sculpture (which is tame, it's "Joy" at the link, not the...Read More

The (Christian) Month of December

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 15, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Warren J. Blumenfeld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University. Among his books are Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States and Readings for Diversity...Read More

HRC defends retail outlet in the former Castro Camera

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

I remember hearing earlier this year about an attempt to destroy one of the old, irreplaceable hotels on the historic Ile St. Louis in the middle of Paris and put in a parking lot (the plan was blocked by the...Read More

The Holidays: Stress, Secrets and Statistics

Filed by D Gregory Smith | December 13, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

"There's always so much stress for me at this time of year - and everyone's pushing drinks." This is a statement from a gay male therapy client who is also in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. He continued, "I...Read More

Conflict 101: Identifying the Stakes

Filed by Austen Crowder | December 13, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

A link to a radical feminist's diatribe on "castrated men" appears a chat window. "This makes me sad," one of my sisters says, completely deadpan. This doesn't bother me. What bothers me is that she posted this in response to...Read More

Life is Not a True/False Exam

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | December 12, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

This blog post (which Andrew Sullivan linked to this morning) says succinctly what I've been thinking, what I've been trying to put in words, regarding the billboard that some atheist group put up near the Lincoln Tunnel ("You Know It's...Read More

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#SSS: The DADT Repeal Vote and Prop 8 Hearing

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 12, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Phil Reese and I put together a team of experts to unravel this week's historic vote on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to help explain what happened and where we go from here. We also analyzed Monday's hearing...Read More

Thank You, In The Meantime Men, for Honoring Me

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 11, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

As a somewhat old-fashioned journalist, it feels odd for me to accept an honor from an organization that I cover. I don't want anyone to think I might lean towards favoritism. On the other hand, I wonder how many old...Read More

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Sexy Soap Stars Struck with AIDS and Cancer!

Filed by Mark S. King | December 11, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

A horrific rash of AIDS, mental disease and anal cancer has struck a group of adorable, pouty-faced young actors living in New York City. This NYC health department TV spot is scarier than the Black Swan trailer, so please be...Read More

Scarlet Betch Episode 32

Filed by Jason Tseng | December 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Hey betches! We're back! In this week's issue Jason and Anthony review the latest in queer comic book news, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "The Last Gleaming Part III" and Batwoman #0. We also have a ton of shoutouts in this...Read More

Former Publisher of San Diego Gay Paper Commits Suicide

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 10, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Frontiers has confirmed that Michael Portantino, 52, the former publisher of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times, committed suicide Wednesday night. According to Michael Ellano, an investigator with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office, Portanino was found dead...Read More

Rachel Maddow stole from Bilerico Project!

Filed by Bil Browning | December 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Remember this hateful sign from the Indianapolis rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage? The photo took the internet by storm and since I knew it would be popular, I put a watermark on the bottom to show we...Read More

PANTONE 2011 Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

Filed by Bil Browning | December 09, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

PANTONE has announced their new color for 2011 - Honeysuckle. Now, you might ask yourself, "Self, what freakin' color is honeysuckle?" Well, I'm here to share this valuable knowledge with you. How is a proper decorating diva to design their...Read More

Amber Heard: Beautifully put...

Filed by Bil Browning | December 08, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

You may have missed this quick interview that AfterEllen did with actress Amber Heard (The Stepfather, The Joneses, Pineapple Express). The 24 year old had a few words of wisdom for the site that deserves to be amplified. I am...Read More

Winging Their Way to Gayness

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 07, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Scientists in Florida have discovered that when male white ibises eat too much mercury, they turn gay. Don't blame an overbearing ibis mother. Blame the metal. Suspicious that mercury had led to lower breeding levels among the wading birds, researchers...Read More

Salvation Army donations down dramatically this year

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

While I'd love to think I helped do my part with my post, "Why You Shouldn't Give to the Salvation Army this Holiday Season," it seems that the Giant Food supermarket chain is the reason why Salvation Army donations are...Read More

How Friendfactor Speeds Up the LGBT Equality Movement

Filed by Leone Kraus | December 07, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

In case you missed it, a new social networking site has sprung and it's an important one. Friendfactor is a social networking site designed to give members of the LGBT community a platform to show their straight friends what LGBT...Read More

Glee: Stepford Gays

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | December 06, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Glee lets the world know that it's okay to be gay. If you're a robot. At this point, the only thing that will redeem Glee is if, in the end, we discover that fundamentalist Christians are killing high school students...Read More

Good Medicine: Honoring Aurora Levins Morales through thought and action

Filed by Susan Raffo | December 06, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

A piece written in partnership with Aurora Levins Morales Susan Who is your community? Seriously. Stop and take a moment to notice who you think of when you hear that word: community. What makes them your community? Is it just...Read More

The Pope & Condoms for Dogs

Filed by Bil Browning | December 06, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

While PETA has often been criticized on Bilerico for their sexist, transphobic or fatphobic advertising stunts, I still like to lift up some of their PR campaigns just for the sheer originality of their ideas. They use sex to sell...Read More

Chris Colfer: The Face of Hope

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | December 06, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

This week on PostSecret....Read More

The Rise of the Straight-Acting Man

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | December 05, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

Kevin Troughton, in an essay in Tuesday's Guardian, declares that effeminacy in gay men, a sad vestige of our oppressed past, is on its way out. Sighting a pathetic stereotype of a queen in his provincial gay bar prompts a...Read More

Dr. Laura: DADT is 'absurd discrimination'

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Now that Dr. Laura has a new show on Sirius radio, has she also turned over a new leaf? On her new show yesterday, she led the show with a rant about Don't Ask Don't Tell, calling it "absurd discrimination."...Read More

WOIO: Men 'posing as women' are 'freaks'

Filed by Bil Browning | December 03, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Crime stories are always the most problematic for reporters to get right when it comes to LGBT people, but this story from CBS station WOIO entitled Bosom buddies busted after tricking kid into having sex takes the cake for not...Read More

If we're a Christian nation, then shouldn't we all be allowed to criticize Christianity?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 02, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

I wanted to write about the controversy surrounding "Fire in my Belly" by David Wojnarowicz and Diamanda Galas, the film that got pulled from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery because Bill Donohue complained (he's apparently a trained curator and gets...Read More

Nicki Minaj: "Only Gay Men Understand Women"

Filed by Toshio Meronek | December 01, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Bisexual hip pop star Nicki Minaj likes to call herself the new "black Barbie," a term stolen from Lil' Kim's lyric book that reduces her to a race plus plasticity and superficiality. Another reduction she loves to use is her...Read More