Media: February 2011

A Gay Man Joining the Libyan Revolution

Filed by Mark Segal | February 28, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

I've covered the fall of the Berlin Wall from East Berlin, snuck into Cuba without government knowledge, reported for the gay press from behind the Iron Curtain and reported from Lebanon, but actually participating in a revolution had to wait...Read More

Rachel Maddow Fudges the Facts, Calls Out Homophobes

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow, on February 18th, did commentary on the protests in Wisconsin. She opens with and repeats several times the claim that Wisconsin is going to have a "budget surplus this year," that the deficit a fabrication being used to...Read More

Newt Gingrich Wants Obama Impeached for DOMA Position

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 28, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Newt Gingrich is calling for the impeachment of Obama over the Holder Letter on DOMA. The only video that I could find on this was Lawrence O'Donnell, who didn't seem to get that the point of Gingrich calling for impeachment...Read More

Queer Music Friday: Natalia Zukerman

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing folk singer, Natalia Zukerman on how she uses social media to stay connected with her fans while on the road. A lot has gone down since we last spoke. Earlier this year,...Read More

High School Column Calls for Death Penalty for Gays

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

A high school column in Kansas that seems to call for the death penalty for gay people has a school under fire and has started a debate on the limits of free speech in high school publications. Here are the...Read More

Not Born This Way

Filed by Paige Schilt | February 24, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last week, Lady Gaga's single "Born This Way" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her achievement marked the 1000th number one hit since the list was launched in 1958. It also seemed to signal the ascendancy...Read More

It's Official: We're Obsessed with Facebook!

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 24, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I love videos that illustrate the powerful impact of social media and this one is no exception. Check out this new video by Alex Trimpe, a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design, which illustrates our obsession with...Read More

Maggie Gallagher: Obama Says Gay Is the New Black

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Maggie Gallagher of NOM went on Fox News to say that Obama declared unilaterally that gay is the same as black, which means that Obama is trivializing the Civil Rights Movement or something. Gallagher fudges the facts and says that...Read More

Mainstream Coverage of Gay Cruising Misses the Point

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 23, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

WBTV in Charlotte, NC, noticed that there was gay sex going on in their town. Outrage ensues (text version at link): Here's the title of the story: Internet Site Links Charlotte To Gay Sex The silliness of this report obliges...Read More

Video: CNN's Coverage of Santorum's 'Google Problem'

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

This whole mess just keeps getting better... Last week former Senator Rick Santorum acknowledged that he had a "Google problem" that could be damaging to his presidential run. After Dan Savage's successful campaign to have Santorum's name become synonymous with...Read More


This Week On PostSecret: It Gets Better

Filed by Betty Greene Salwak | February 21, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

From this week's entry at PostSecret:...Read More

On Changing My Facebook Relationship Status

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

I'm an early adopter of everything social media related. Partly because it is my job, but mostly because I love it. After I received the press release from GLAAD announcing their win with Facebook to add the additional relationship statuses...Read More

Facebook or Twitter: Strategies on Information Sharing

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 18, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Facebook and Twitter are two of my favorite social media platforms. I use them both in my daily communications to connect with people in my online community. Last year, Facebook announced that it had over 500 million users, which is...Read More

CBS News' Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Egypt, Stirs Internet 'Debate'

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 18, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz reported Wednesday morning that the extraordinary CBS News correspondent Lara Logan has recovered sufficiently from her brutal sexual attack and beating in Egypt to leave the US hospital and be re-united with her two children....Read More

LGBT Fiction Fest: Last of the Lesbians

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 18, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

This brings my five-day queer pulp fiction fest to an end (sniffle), but I'll be back before too long with more fabulous literary finds for queer history buffs and book-lovers. Hope you enjoyed!...Read More

Santorum's 'Google Problem'

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It must be rough being a candidate for President after your name has been turned into a sexual reference. Witness former Senator Rick Santorum's "Google problem." After Dan Savage named "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is...Read More

The Queer Thing About CPAC, Pt. 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 16, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I spent most of my two-day sojourn through CPAC covering economic issues at the conference, but I was aware (as were lots of people) about the gay-related controversy around the conference, due to the presence of the gay conservative group...Read More

Female Condoms Distributed in San Francisco

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Female condoms started being distributed and will be marketed to gay men in San Francisco. Local news was on the scene (text here): Was there any reason to go to a Catholic teacher to get the "gay sex is bad"...Read More

The Rosie O'Donnell Comic Book

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Just when you think you've seen the last of Rosie O'Donnell, another pop culture reference will jump out and grab you. This time queer-owned graphic novel company Bluewater Productions, will feature O'Donnell in a 32 page comic called Female Force:...Read More

The Queer Thing About CPAC

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 15, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I expected a lot of things when I attended the Conservative Political Action Caucus (CPAC) last week. I was assigned to cover the conference for my day job. I'll admit some trepidation. Let's face it. I'm a lot of the...Read More

Trouble with a Capital T, and That Rhymes with P, and That Stands for Pool

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm watching the movie version The Music Man, in which a traveling sales/conman goes to small town Iowa to sell them a marching band, and this number where the Professor is trying to convince the town there's something wrong seems...Read More

Podcast Interview Series: Denise and Donna, Hosts of The Lesbian Lounge

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 12, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is the last installment of my three-part podcast profile series. Earlier we heard from Phil Reese of Same Sex Sunday and Ben and Dave of The Six Pack. Now we're going to hear from two women who cover celebrity...Read More

A Short History of Physique Magazines

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I saw my first physique magazine when I was 13 years old (1966), in a newsstand in downtown Miami. Though I did not yet know what I was, I knew that I found other men attractive, and I was instinctively...Read More

Australian TV Station Cleared of Charges in Homophobic Bathhouse Sting

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 10, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last May a TV news station in Australia staked out a bathhouse and taped transport minister David Campbell leaving. Gay blogs in America were calling it "Australia's George Rekers," even though no one could really show any reason to believe...Read More

Another Congressmember with Zipper Itches: Republican Chris Lee Resigns

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Rep. Chris Lee, (R-NY) who was elected to Congress in 2008, resigned Wednesday afternoon after the website Gawker posted a story that included email exchanges and a photo Lee allegedly sent to a single 34-year old woman he found on...Read More

Interview with Comedian Erin Foley: We Talk Buttered Rolls, Twitter and PR

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I always love meeting comedians. To me, they're like really funny public relations representatives who have to market themselves and communicate in a way that both engages and attracts an audience. This includes their skits and communications via their social...Read More

Egypt: We Should be Celebrating

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 10, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Egypt is a multicultural, diverse population. It is one of the oldest cultures in our world today. Egyptian culture has six thousand years of recorded history. Egypt has the highest number of Nobel Laureates in Africa and the Arab world....Read More

To Curb Political Outcry, Obama Should Support .gay

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | February 09, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

News that the White House hopes to enact a "Presidential Alert System" has some people worried about President Obama's position on executive control of the Internet, and opponents are already decrying the alert as part of the President's "Orwellian" efforts...Read More

5 Tips to Live Tweeting: A Look at #CC11 and #Marryland

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 09, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I love Twitter. No other social media platform grants you immediate access to such timely news and updates. Twitter also uses hashtags, words you see in Twitter with the '#' in front, to help connect you to the content that...Read More

Into The Lion's Den: The NYC HRC Gala

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 09, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

It really wasn't quite as dramatic as it sounds, but it was, well, educational. On Saturday night, I attended the New York City Human Rights Campaign gala at the Waldorf Astoria as press representing Bilerico Project. Basically, my job that...Read More

Controversy Erupts Over WeHo Tom of Finland Exhibit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 08, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

This legislative session, Equality California and Sen. Mark Leno will strongly advocate for the FAIR Education Act, a natural extension of last year's historic Harvey Milk Day. The bill requires that LGBT history and contributions be taught in the California...Read More

Gay Chick-fil-A Culture Jamming

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This sign appeared at a West Virginia campus: (If you can't see the image, it's a Chick-fil-A cow holding a sign that says, "Hate Mor Gay People.")...Read More

What They're Saying: Indiana's Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

An Indiana House committee passed a marriage discrimination amendment yesterday, sending the bill to the entire House for passage. Similar legislation has died in committee in previous years, but since the Republicans took control of both legislative branches in the...Read More

Podcast Interview Series: Ben and Dave of the Six Pack

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 07, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

This is the second installment of my three-part podcast interview series. I kicked off the series with Bilerico's own Same Sex Sunday host, Phil Reese. In the interview, we learned how effective podcasts can be in getting the political word...Read More

Documentary Films Featured at the 2011 Colorado Gold Rush Conference

Filed by Kelley Winters | February 06, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

The 12th annual Colorado Gold Rush, the Rocky Mountain Region's premiere gender conference, will kick off with a screening and preview of two remarkable documentaries by Colorado producers on February 24 at the Denver Renaissance Hotel. Keynote speakers for the...Read More

Why Are Advocate Columnists So Bad?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Zack Rosen takes exception to Bil's post on him from last week, but doesn't really seem to know how to respond. So instead of addressing Bil's issues (I don't agree with Bil either - my response to him is in...Read More

Advocate Columnist Supports Hosni Mubarak

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 03, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Foreign policy expert Michael Lucas has a column up talking about how much he loves Hosni Mubarak. You see, dictators are bad and anyone who supports them is "brainless," but sometimes a pro-America dictator is needed to keep dirty, stinkin',...Read More

Book: Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

Filed by Yasmin Nair | February 03, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

For some time now, the LGBTQ community has been involved in various internal disputes and conversations about its relationship to law and order. With Lawrence v. Texas in 2003 and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention...Read More

This Week on The Rebecca Juro Show: NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

With the Republicans now in control of the House and the introduction and passage of LGBT-protective federal legislation a pipe dream for the next couple of years at minimum, where do we go from here? We'll explore that with National...Read More

Gay Beer

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I know I worry about the queerness of the beer I drink: To compete with these giants, smaller breweries such as Minerva have started to target their products, and produce specialized beer. Jalisco based Minerva is producing its second lot...Read More

Podcast Interview Series: Phil Reese

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Podcasts are an excellent social media tool that can be leveraged by the LGBT community to get their messages out to the world. According to 2010 research conducted by Edison Research, podcasts have grown over the past five years paving...Read More

The Penis that Almost Ruined Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

If you'll be joining us in sunny, warm Minneapolis later this week for the Creating Change conference, be sure to check out this session that combines two of your favorite things - Bilerico and sex! We'll combine some of our...Read More

Egypt: A Message to Be Feared

Filed by Sara Whitman | February 01, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I'm nervous. Oh, I should be nervous about the snow but I'm simply resigned. I give up. I have assignments lined up for the kids to do if they are home for the day. I'm nervous about Egypt. I've been...Read More