Media: January 2011

Is It Wrong for a Bank to Call Gay Men Feminine?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 31, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Some gays in Australia have complained about this ad, although the Ad Standards Board has said it's OK: I don't think that we can really just complain about every time a gay person is portrayed as feminine in an ad...Read More

A Short History of Small Town Queer and Trans Youth Organizing in Central Maine

Filed by R Conrad | January 31, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

For the last year Outright L/A, the oldest continuously running queer and trans youth program in the state that I volunteer, has been working with talented Lewiston video-maker Craig Saddlemire of Round Point Movies to create a video documenting the...Read More

From Both Sides Now?

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 30, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

After getting some concerns off my rest re: the shooting in Tucson, I’ve been reading what everyone else is saying, and I’m kind of amazed at the conservatives attempt at the “Both sides do it,” argument. To be sure, people...Read More

Why Obama's Appointment of 'Damn Lesbian' Roberta Achtenberg to the Civil Rights Commission is Important

Filed by Karen Ocamb | January 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Concern over heated political rhetoric is much in the news since the assassination attempt against Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. But not that long ago hate speech against LGBT people in the corridors of Congress was unabashedly acceptable. One recipient of...Read More

Park51 Senior Advisor Says Gay People Were "Overwhelming"ly abused

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 27, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

An imam who was brought on board as a senior advisor for the Park51 project in Manhattan (the Islamic community center that was demagogued through the election season last year that we haven't heard much about since, for no reason...Read More

Paul Ryan: Selling Economic Pain, with a Smile

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I hear some progressive bloggers tell it, Paul Ryan's response to President Obama's State of the Union address was an utter failure, and the GOP blundered in picking him to carry its message. But the true measure of a speech's...Read More

Israeli Ads Target the Closet

Filed by Bil Browning | January 27, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Joe.My.God. pointed out this ad from the National Association of GLBT in Israel earlier this week, but if you check out the original post on Copyranter, you can find a lesbian version as well. Clickety to embiggen. In related news,...Read More

On The Rebecca Juro Show: Nicki Stallard of the Pink Pistols

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 27, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Transgender Libertarian Ron Paul supporter and gun rights activist Nicki Stallard joins us to talk guns and politics. We'll talk with Nicki about the Pink Pistols, what it is to be a transwoman on the political right in this country,...Read More

Ted Haggard Is a Bisexual, 21-Year-Old, Masturbation Guy

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 27, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Instead of an urge to go to high school students and tell them there's so much more for them out there, I feel the urge to run to Ted Haggard and just kiss him for being so precious. Ted Haggard,...Read More

State of the Union Tonight... Predictions?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The State of the Union address is tonight at 9 Eastern. Does anyone have any predictions (not dreams) about what Obama will say regarding queer issues? Mine are after the jump. The news today has been the leak that Obama...Read More

Frito-Lay Distances Itself from Gay-Themed Ads

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 25, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Aaron McQuade is GLAAD's Associate Director of National News. Before joining GLAAD, he was the morning anchor for OutQ News on Sirius XM Radio. The company behind Doritos says it is not promoting a pair of...Read More

The LGBT Movement Is for Promoting Freedom, Not Islamophobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, in posting about LGBT lesson suggestions that the UK's government approved, I may have spoken too soon. I wrote: Anyway, the fact that the arguments there are weak-sauce says something about the opposition to LGBT people. If this were...Read More

Judge Rules White Girl to be Tried as Black Man

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Why is it that the most pointed and worthwhile commentary on American life tends to come from places like The Daily Show and the Onion? This one really nails the discrepancies between the races in the judicial system. Judge Rules...Read More

I Just Got Poked

Filed by Leone Kraus | January 25, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yes, it's true, last night I was Poked by someone very near and dear to me, but I will refrain from saying who it is in order to protect the Poker's identity. I had no idea people still Poked one...Read More

Another Gay Doritos Commercial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

Apparently someone has a theme for the Superbowl this year... Frito Lay has released another one of their ads for the Superbowl and this one also has a gay flavor. Over at AmericaBlog Gay, Joe Sudbay Tim Beauchamp thinks the...Read More

New Doritos Gay-Themed Superbowl Ad?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 24, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Will Doritos be running this gay-themed ad during the Superbowl? We've already seen one rejected ad today. Do you think this one will make the cut? The next time I go to a bath though, I'm totally going to try...Read More

The Post-Olbermann Era: What the New MSNBC Can and Should Be

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 24, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Like a lot of lefties, I was a regular viewer of Countdown with Keith Olbermann and I was disappointed, though not really very surprised, at the rather sudden announcement of his departure from MSNBC. I enjoyed watching Keith, and I...Read More

Taormino's Replacement Keynote Also Has Porn Connections

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | January 23, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

This story just gets stranger and stranger. After administrators cited her "significant online business in pornography and related material" as the basis of uninviting Tristan Taormino from the Modern Sex conference, the replacement keynote speaker is Charlie Glickman, an employee...Read More

What Will Obama Talk about at the SOTU?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

A month ago I wrote about how the gay agenda was congealing after the DADT deal passed, and, since clearly we haven't spent enough resources, time, and energy on marriage this past decade, the A-gays were saying that we needed...Read More

Should We See the Giffords' Shooting Video?

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 22, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Michael Tomasky points to this... The chief investigator for the sheriff's department here has for the first time publicly described the brief and gory video clip from a store security camera that shows a gunman not only shooting Representative Gabrielle...Read More

You Are the Most Loathsome Person of 2010

Filed by Bil Browning | January 21, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

You are the most loathsome person of 2010. Well, not our international readers - just the Americans. The Beast has released their list of the 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2010, but you're number one. Your brain's been cobbled together...Read More

GAO Releases Numbers on Cost and Class Impact of DADT

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I know everyone's pointing to the GOA report on DADT, gasping that a government that says that it can't afford a decent health care system (never mind that single-payer would cost less than what we have now) would spend $193.3...Read More

Sex Conference Un-invites Keynote Speaker For Being Too Racy?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | January 20, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Tristan Taormino was scheduled to keynote the upcoming Modern Sex conference hosted by Oregon State University, with a talk entitled "Claiming Your Sexual Power."This past Monday, January 17th, university administrators decided to refuse funding for her talk and the conference...Read More

Elton John's Letter to Himself

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Letters of Note is a sweet blog I follow that highlights interesting correspondence - whether because of the contents or the fame of the author. Yesterday they featured a letter that Elton John wrote to himself; the openly gay adult...Read More

Trans Scenes from The Simpsons: What Do You Think?

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 18, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

A reader emailed in about this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, where Smithers convinces Moe to set up a gay bar, Mo's. I watched it and was surprised that The Simpsons got funny again (there were a few bad seasons...Read More

Must-See TV: The Movie "Two Spirits"

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 16, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Pam Daniels is a writer and activist with 23 years experience in broadcast news and media including the staff of a former Governor. The movie Two Spirits will premier on PBS this coming June. Two Spirits as described...Read More

The Phelpses Get Radio Time, and GLAAD's Revisionist History Erases Homophobia

Filed by Alex Blaze | January 15, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

After the state of Arizona passed emergency legislation to keep protests 300 feet from funerals and burials and someone organized a human shield between the funeral and the Westboro Baptist Church, a right-wing radio show has offered some free radio...Read More

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award

Filed by Dana Rudolph | January 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to Brian Katcher, whose young adult novel Almost Perfect won the inaugural Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award from the American Library Association (ALA) last Monday. The award, which honors children's and young adult books "of exceptional merit"...Read More

My Top 3 Gay Public Relations Scandals of 2010

Filed by Leone Kraus | January 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before we get too far into 2011, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my top three picks of gay public relations scandals for the 2010 year. You know the scandals I'm talking about, the ones where the...Read More

My Top 5 Social Media Interviews of 2010

Filed by Leone Kraus | January 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I should have posted all my 2010 reviews before the New Year but I didn't. I wanted to avoid having my posts get lost in all the 2010 blog reviews, and, frankly, I wanted to take a moment to enjoy...Read More

It's Not Just Inflammatory Rhetoric

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In the aftermath of the tragic Tucson, AZ, shooting that left six dead, and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D, AZ-8) hospitalized, much has been said and written about the degree to which incendiary rhetoric motivated the shooter. However, caustic rhetoric...Read More

Huckleberry Finn's N-word: Artistic Integrity or Ethnic Property Rights?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 13, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

As Americans we have a hard time talking about race in this country when the n-word is not involved. And when this epithet is, predictably, we behave schizophrenically. And much of the kerfuffle is about who's staking a claim on...Read More

Interview with Christine Macdonald: We Talk Equality and What it Means to Be a Straight Ally

Filed by Leone Kraus | January 13, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I noted in a previous post that the active and involved participation of straight allies is critical to winning LGBT equal rights. People have found it through search terms such as; "straight ally," "how to be involved straight ally," "how...Read More

The Rebecca Juro Show Returns Thursday, January 13th at 7pm Eastern with Guest Autumn Sandeen

Filed by Rebecca Juro | January 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

UPDATE: Becky's producer, Michael Ferguson, tells us in the comment section that the show has been canceled tonight due to a serious case of the stomach flu. See the thread for details. -Bil Yes, at long last it's the return...Read More

Facebook shutting down in March?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 10, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Remember when Bat Boy, gay rumors, and the end of civilization were the trademark cornerstones for a Weekly World News article? The skeezy tabloid has always been my favorite of the lurid rags just because their stuff was so obviously...Read More

7 Years Later: From Unsafe to So What

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 07, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Bill Konigsberg is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Out of the Pocket and a GLAAD Media Award-winning sports writer. Bill came out on the front page of in 2001 with his essay "Sports World...Read More

(Not so) Feminist car accident lawyer commercial

Filed by Bil Browning | January 05, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Presented without comment. I'll leave it to y'all to dissect everything that's so horribly wrong with this commercial for car accident attorney Judith Marsh. My favorite line is "Slow down cowgirl, don't click so fast you're not a man." Oy...Read More

Media Afraid to Report on Alleged Aversion Project Doc Aubrey Levin

Filed by Mercedes Allen | January 04, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Dr. Aubrey Levin, a Calgary professor and psychiatrist who is accused of sexually assaulting at least 21 male patients, is scheduled to come up for trial in June 2011. This is internationally notable, since he was alleged to have led...Read More

LGBT Rights: Why Messaging Is Important

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

One of the most intriguing aspects of politics is messaging. If you've got good talking points that resonate with the public's intuitive suspicions, you can dramatically alter the course of events. The right has always been much more effective with...Read More

Trans feminine empowerment and FYCTC

Filed by Austen Crowder | January 03, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Fuck Yeah Cute Trans Chicks. The name speaks for itself. The brainchild of two trans women, FYCTC started from a simple question: "What sites exist to show how awesome trans women can be?" When few sites came to mind, they...Read More