Media: May 2011

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Who Takes the Blame for Sexting Embarrassment

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 31, 2011 | 8:15 PM | comments

Check out this well-put rebuttal to an Australian anti-sexting campaign, taking a look at the multiple actors complicit in cyber bullying and harassment.Read More

Out On Assignment: Queering the Media

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

If you're in the DC area, you'll want to check out this Pride-related gathering hosted by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. I'd love to see some Projectors in the audience at the Chaselton Ballroom tomorrow night.Read More


Rep Weiner Caught in Twitter Bulge Pic Scandal

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 31, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

The "Weinergate" controversy surrounding NY Representative Anthony Weiner is a muddled internet mess of accusations by rightwing "journalists."Read More


Model Andrej Pejic Bashed by FHM Men's Magazine

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 29, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

FHM named gender-bending model 98th sexiest woman in the world to the excitement of many, but it turns out the joke's on them.Read More


Rolling Stone's Biting New Profile of Fox News President Roger Ailes

Filed by Adam Polaski | May 26, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

In a new profile, Rolling Stone writer Dickinson discusses Roger Ailes' reaction to his office location and how "those gays" scared him enough to install "bombproof glass" in the windows.Read More


An Ugly Cry for the Final Oprah Show

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 26, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Like millions of people around the world, I watched Oprah's final show. I was surprised by how sad I was when she made her farewell walk off stage. She hugged weeping people, and maybe it was their tears that hurled me into what Oprah calls an "ugly cry". Read More


The Fight for Gay Marriage in New York is On

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

The battle for gay marriage is on in New York. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a video urging New York residents to call their state senators to ask them to support marriage equality.Read More

The MSNBC Anti-LGBT Hate Connection

Filed by Rebecca Juro | May 24, 2011 | 11:15 AM | comments

Have you ever wondered why you never, ever see transgender-identified guests appear on supposedly liberal and progressive MSNBC? Don't you think it's kind of odd that even lesbian and gender-variant Rachel Maddow completely erases trans people from her coverage?Read More

New York Times Multimedia Package Highlights Teens' Coming Out Stories

Filed by Adam Polaski | May 23, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

LGBT life and politics has hit the mainstream news in the past year more than ever before.Read More

Gay Liberal Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Miller at Long Beach Pride

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 23, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

National Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Miller kicking off Pride Season as the Grand Marshal of the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade. Video by Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges.Read More

Protest again Sexism in France around Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the Media

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

While Americans have been hearing about French people who downplay the importance of rape, the people I've been hanging around sound much more approving of "American justice."Read More

Watch: Stand Up to Homophobic Bullying

Filed by Leone Kraus | May 22, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

I've seen this video a few times over the past couple months but I'm just now getting a chance to post it. This video is superb and it sends a positive message to youth, parents, and others who work with...Read More

Rapture Didn't Happen, and Neither Will Justice

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 22, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I suppose I should write an update for my post the other day where I warned you all that the world was going to end. You may have noticed that no one was raptured. Actually, it's supposed to end in...Read More

FOX News' Medical A-Team Attacks Chaz Bono

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 20, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Building off of Austen Crowder's post earlier today about how right-wing media is taking up Chaz Bono's increased visibility, we have yet another violently transphobic statement from Dr. Keith Ablow, member of FOX News' "Medical A-Team." FOX News published the...Read More

The Gay Agenda, and the End of the World

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | May 20, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I was on the phone with one of my lay leaders talking about the congregational meeting one of my parishes is having next Sunday. We hashed out some details and were about to hang up when he asked me,...Read More

Trans Visibility Sparks Right-Wing Blogosphere Explosion

Filed by Austen Crowder | May 20, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

They say that no press is bad press, and Chaz Bono's making lots of press. The good news? He's using his fifteen minutes to plant discuss the need for protection and understanding. (He's also pimping his book, but how can...Read More

The Rapture Is this Weekend

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The rapture is coming this weekend, according to Family Radio president Harold Camping. He and his followers are preparing for a May 21 rapture, during which around 200 million Christians will be swept into heaven. Non-Christians and the other 1.9...Read More

New York Post Outs HIV-Positive Rape Victim

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've been mulling the idea of posting about the stupid things people are saying about Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the allegation that he raped an African hotel maid, from Bernard Henri-Levy's conspiracy theory about the room number to Ben Stein's claim...Read More

Evolutionary Psychologist: Black Women Are Uglier than White Women

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

The most angry responses I get to my posts here on The Bilerico Project come from when I disagree with someone with a big degree, a few letters after his/her name, and who writes using some numbers and math. Usually...Read More

What Happens If LGBT Rights Aren't Profitable?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 16, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I can't say I expected a NY Times column to take on this position today: And yet supporting marriage on economic grounds dehumanizes same-sex couples by conflating civil rights with economic perks. Americans should be offended when the value of...Read More

Fair and Balanced Journalism

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 16, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

This web poll appeared on a South Carolina Fox affiliate's story on the Presbyterian church voting to allow more freedom among regional bodies to ordain LGB clergy. I think the choices about cover the spectrum of opinions on the matter....Read More

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Comes Out: Sends Message to Projectors

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

This morning CNN anchor Don Lemon came out of the closet publicly. In an odd turn of events, Don and I have a connection. I was one of his first Facebook friends back when he actually used the site personally...Read More

Rachel Maddow Details Senate Ethics Allegations Against 'Family Values' Supporter John Ensign

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 15, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Rachel says the Senate Ethics report reads like a movie script. The new details of former Sen. John Ensign's sexual harassment of the wife of his former staffer - and alleged best friend - are jaw-dropping. As Rachel reminds us,...Read More

Reluctance about Chaz Bono, 'The Reluctant Transgender Role Model'

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | May 13, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Chaz Bono seems to be having his fifteen minutes of media, with the recent documentary Becoming Chaz, his new book Transition, and a flurry of accompanying publicity, including Cintra Wilson's dismaying New York Times Sunday Style section cover story "The...Read More

Chaz Bono on David Letterman About His New Book

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Chaz Bono appeared on the David Letterman show on CBS Wednesday night, May 11, promoting his new book, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man. This is Part One (thanks to indigenous2logic): Part two is after the jump....Read More

King & Spalding Was Right to Drop DOMA Defense

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 12, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

When King & Spalding dropped DOMA defense, newspapers and columnists around the country ran breathless pieces scolding the firm (and HRC). Their reasons were pretty much all the same: everyone deserves a legal defense, as if DOMA were a human...Read More

Sally Kern Is Sorry

Filed by Anthony Carter | May 09, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

"We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that's tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don't want to study as hard in school? I've taught school, and I saw a...Read More

War Porn: What We Don't Need to See

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 09, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Warning: Graphic images below the fold. NSFW. Strong trigger warning re: graphic depictions of violence, abuse, etc. Here, we go again. Why does it seem, lately, that a significant portion of the country sounds a lot like our three-year-old every...Read More

The Handsome Homo: Rep Schock's Ablicious Magazine Cover

Filed by Bil Browning | May 09, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Look who's adorning the cover of this month's Men's Health magazine? Why, it's closet case Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock. Best known for his fashion taste and abliciousness, the single totally gay Congressman posed for the soft core erotica fitness...Read More

Trans Woman Attacked at McDonald's Meets Woman who Saved Her

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Chrissy Polis, the woman attacked in a Baltimore-area McDonald's, meets the woman who saved her....Read More

Men With Rounded Corners: The Loren Olson Story

Filed by Father Tony | May 07, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

When Dr. Loren Olson called to talk about his autobiographical new book Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist's Own Story, he had just received a letter from his ex-wife who had just finished reading the book. Because...Read More

Just How Popular Are Social Profiles?

Filed by Leone Kraus | May 06, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

In an opinion piece written in May of 2010 for The Washington Post, Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook, wrote: Six years ago, we built Facebook around a few simple ideas. People want to share and stay...Read More

Local News Segment Says Glee Will Turn People Gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 04, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

GLAAD's calling out this Houston-area Fox affiliate for running this "debate" on whether TV is getting too gay because Glee had a Lady Gaga episode (I'm still looking for the debate on whether Two and a Half Men is too...Read More

NOM's Superficial Diversity

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 03, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Louis Marinelli, the NOM organizer who defected, has a post up about how NOM uses imagery of racially diverse crowds in their promotional materials. The entire thing is worth a read - he publishes a bunch of emails that NOM...Read More

A Look at the Social Media Strategies of the 'Standing on the Side of Love' Campaign

Filed by Leone Kraus | May 03, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Author's Note: The post originally ran on April 10, 2010, on my personal blog The interview below is with Adam Gerhardstein, former campaign manager for the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. The new campaign manager is Dan...Read More

Allegations of A Hoax: Was A Trans Woman Banned For Life From The Las Vegas Cosmopolitan?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In my dozen or so years in the trans community, I have seen many surprising things. One consistent phenomenon is the willingness of people to act out dark fantasies of prejudice, discrimination and violence against trans people. Another consistent phenomenon...Read More

Aaron Hicklin: Editor of Out on the Power 50

Filed by Phil Reese | May 01, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Our newspapers and magazines love making lists and ranking famous people. We see it every day: from Cosmo to USA Today - lists are it. One list made a surprising uproar in the LGBT community recently. Out Magazine's Power 50...Read More