Media: June 2011


Twitter Hashtags that Promoted NY Marriage Equality

Filed by Leone Kraus | June 30, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

#NY4M and #ssm, among other terms celebrating marriage equality in New York, were tweeted thousands of times in the past week. Here's a closer look at the power of Twitter in spreading word about marriage equality.Read More


New FRC 'Documentary' Continues Fear-Mongering

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The hate group is releasing a new 30-minute propaganda-full documentary called The Problem with Same-Sex Marriage.Read More


Google's Pride Doodle Controversy

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Google's rainbow Doodle is drawing criticism from the LGBT community for being too safe. But is the animated decision really enough to discredit what the company has done to actually make a difference for gay rights? Read More


Designer Prosecuted for Hate Speech in France

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I just don't get the prosecution of hate speech. Isn't it more effective to respond instead of pushing it underground? Examining the case against John Galliano, Christian Dior designer. Read More


The New Republic Cover Story On Trans Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 25, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The New Republic, a magazine of politics and the arts, reaches older, influential establishment liberal types, who don't read much about transgender or transsexual people. Read More


Gay Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Comes Out as Undocumented

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Too often the LGBT community is perceived to be purely white and male dominated, with little interest outside their plush ghetto silos. As Jose Antonio Vargas illustrates in his moving revelation in the New York Times magazine, gays have issues that intersect with other communities.Read More


'Tranny' Is Not Acceptable

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A PSA about the derogatory use of words against trans people. Read More


Why Equality Depends on Net Neutrality

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The United States must maintain a neutral, open, and accessible Internet. Our democracy depends on it. LGBT equality depends on it.Read More

Celebrity Power Brokers Coming Out For Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Atlantic Wire has the scoop on Lance Bass, Cynthia Nixon, Michael Strahan, and Sean Avery, with videos. Read More


Famous For Reproducing

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Quelle suprise. Bristol Palin took the "fall down drunk, get up pregnant" route to parenthood. I'll just repeat what I said around the time the whole Jon & Kate mess exploded. Why are people famous just for reproducing?Read More


The Scandal Grows: Gay AT&T Lobbyist's Role Exposed

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

The GLAAD/AT&T scandal continues to grow as it engulfs other civil rights organizations and media outside of the LGBT community has started to take notice of the role of one specific gay lobbyist.Read More


Why I'm Wearing a Tiara During the AIDS LifeCycle Ride

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 20, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

One of the best things about being an embedded reporter during the AIDS LifeCycle ride was how I was reminded of the difference between humility and humiliation.Read More


'Paula Brooks' Offers Formal Apology

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Bill Graber, the middle aged straight guy posing as lesbian blogger "Paula Brooks" of LezGetReal, has offered his full apology for deceiving the community. You can tell it's sincere because he posted it on his website.Read More


Social Media: Helping Us Win the Fight for Marriage in NY

Filed by Leone Kraus | June 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

As close as we are to winning marriage equality in New York, we're not there quite yet. There's still work to do and voices that senators need to hear from, which is why I love the power of social media.Read More


Congrats to Pam Spaulding Who's Joining Firedoglake

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 17, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Pam is joining the Firedoglake family of bloggers. This is great news since it will allow Pam to get some sleep, do more blogging and not worry so much about the backstage mechanics.Read More


The Unreliable World of Bill Graber from 'Lez Get Real'

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 16, 2011 | 7:15 PM | comments

Bill Graber's confession that he, a married, straight man, is the true identity of Paula Brooks, the lesbian cofounder of Lez Get Real, raises more questions than answers. Read More


Why Athletes Don't Make Good Spokespeople

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

That's the thing with ignorance and prejudice. They tend to go hand in hand.Read More


AC360's 'Sissy Boy' Story Followup

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Anderson Cooper's three part investigative report into George Reker's disastorous ex-gay therapy for effeminate boys was highly acclaimed in the blogosphere and earlier this week he followed up on the story with guest Jim Burroway.Read More

Tomorrow's Man, Yesterday's Hunks: Vintage Magazines

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Two beautiful vintage issues of bodybuilding magazines featuring hunks in trunks who undoubtedly made a lot of hearts throb back in the 1950s.Read More


'Lez Get Real' Successors Clarify Time with 'Paula Brooks'

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 15, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Bridgette LaVictoire and Linda Carbonell, who will take over Lez Get Real this month, speak with The Bilerico Project about the true, male identity of the site's founder and how it's different from the Damascus hoax. Read More


Hiding from the 'AIDS at 30' Media Storm

Filed by Mark S. King | June 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Examining the best of the "AIDS at 30" journalism and why I needed to warm up to the media blitz taking over my beat. Read More


Melanie Nathan's Final Weeks at Fraudulent 'Lez Get Real'

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 14, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

Former Lez Get Real editor Melanie Nathan speaks about how her co-workers cross-posted the "A Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, altered the site's direction, and, she said, squeezed her out of the picture.Read More


Is Out Actress Amber Heard... Unheard?

Filed by Amy Andre | June 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Amber Heard has told the press that she has a girlfriend - but as someone who hates labels, she's never come out "as a lesbian." How did the media miss this memo?Read More

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A Look at #NY4M & Other Social Metrics

Filed by Leone Kraus | June 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

As we head into our final days of pushing for gay marriage in New York, I wanted to take a moment to look at some of the metrics.Read More


Tracy Morgan Reaction Roundup: Responses from NBC, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes and More

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 12, 2011 | 5:15 PM | comments

From network chairmen to co-stars, big-name comedians to CNN pundits - and of course GLAAD and the HRC - it seems everyone is weighing in on 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan's homophobic remarks made during a performance in Nashville on June 3.Read More


NY Times: Parents Navigating Choppy Gender Waters

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 12, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The New York Times weighs in on gender-variant children.Read More


Tracy's Morgan's Homophobic Rant: The Joke's on Tennessee

Filed by Joe Mirabella | June 12, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Tracy Morgan's rant shined a spotlight on Tennessee's group hate and demonstrated the ugly results of institutionalized homophobia. An audience full of people actually thought it was funny that Tracy Morgan would stab his gay son to death.Read More


Project Inform Director Martin Delany On Compound Q: AIDS at 30

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 10, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Project Inform Director Martin Delaney's appearance in West Hollywood to discuss experimental AIDS medications drew praise and concern that the drugs wouldn't be available in time to help those who most needed them.Read More


Anderson Cooper 360 Airs Investigation on Ex-Gay Therapy This Week

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 09, 2011 | 12:15 PM | comments

The three-part series, "The Sissy Boy Experiment: The Consequences Of Ex-Gay Therapy," traces the effects of gender-normalizing treatment on a 5-year-old boy in 1970, who took his own life at 38.Read More

Indianapolis Police Department

Horrible Media: Indy Cops Will March In Pride Parade

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Indianapolis Police Department will officially participate in this year's pride parade and local media is trying to drum up controversy that doesn't exist.Read More


'A Gay Girl in Damascus' Blogger Reportedly Seized

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 07, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The lesbian, Syrian-American writer Amina Abdhallah Araf al Omari, who's provided an important voice for political dissidents in Syria, has allegedly been kidnapped by armed Syrian security forces. Read More


The Female Impersonator: Vintage Magazine

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Incredibly beautiful models in this vintage (ca. 60s?) magazine. A sweet note of irony that Sonny and Cher, parents of the amazing Chaz, appear on this cover.Read More


Lambda Literary Awards: Most Boring Controversy Ever

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 06, 2011 | 12:45 PM | comments

Really, gay people? Is this the best you can come up with?Read More


Daily Show Ratings Beat All of Fox News

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

And jubilation was found all through the Comedy Central studios... Jon Stewart's The Daily Show now has more viewers than all of Fox News' lineup combined.Read More


Dan Savage & Fatphobia: It Gets Worse

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | June 03, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

The fat hits the fire in Savage's latest sex column. If your partner gains weight, do you lose desire? And if so, is it okay to stray? Read More


Pride DC Kicks Off with a Look at LGBT Media

Filed by Adam Polaski | June 02, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editors and reporters from Metro Weekly, The Washington Blade, The Advocate, and The Bilerico Project examine the past and future of LGBT journalism. Read More


Pat Robertson Says Muslims are the New Nazis

Filed by Jake Weinraub | June 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Televangelist Pat Robertson spoke on The 700 Club yesterday equating Muslims to Nazis, adding that the world frowned upon people who opposed the Nazi regime.Read More

ACT UP AIDS protest

A Stark Pride Reminder

Filed by Bil Browning | June 01, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

As we start Pride month this year, take a moment to reflect on how lucky you are. Many of our elders weren't so lucky and paved the way for today's civil rights advances.Read More