Politics: February 2011

Campaign Manifesto #3: On The Road, Defending Social Security

Filed by Don Davis | February 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

So it's Day 3 of my fake campaign for Congress, and we've run into our first obstacle. The Fake Campaign, as you may recall, is fake headed for Wisconsin, to show solidarity, and we've fake hitched a ride on a...Read More

Sorry, Alabama, You Just Lost an Amazing Employee

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I just wrote the following e-mail to a head-hunter who wanted me to take a job that would have been a significant pay raise and promotion: Thank you again for reaching out to me. Unfortunately, I do not feel comfortable...Read More

DOJ Dickering Over $1,000+ in DADT Court Costs

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Apparently the Justice Department is none-to-pleased with the way the constitutional challenge to Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the Log Cabin Republican v USA case is going. Sure, President Obama advocated for repeal of DADT and Attorney General Eric Holder...Read More

We're Sick of 'You People' Screwing Us Legislatively, Del. Pena-Melnyk

Filed by Monica Roberts | February 28, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments


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

Where Should We Stand?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 27, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ted Hayes is a retired chemist, Baptist minister and Doctor of Counseling. He was recently featured in D. Gregory Smith's post, "Educate Me." During the recent mid-term elections, the party in the minority in both the...Read More

The Chris Lee-LGBT Connection

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Congressman Chris Lee, who was found on Craiglist looking for a little lovin' and then resigned last month, turns out to have been searching for something other than heterosexual, extra-marital, cis-man/cis-woman, missionary position, for-the-purposes-of-procreation-only fun. Read the whole thing at...Read More

LIFE AIDS Lobby and Equality California

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 27, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Equality California is the grandchild of LIFE AIDS Lobby, which was founded in 1985 out of terrible post-Gay Liberation necessity. Though the Centers for Disease Control published a report on June 5, 1981 about six gay men in the Los...Read More

#SSS DOJ DOMA shift explained (as best as we can); DADT

Filed by Phil Reese | February 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Remember back when I asked Senator Carol Moseley Braun about when she believed her Senate Colleagues would go back and do the right thing on DOMA? Neither of us realized how quickly we'd be seeing that. If you didn't hear...Read More

Roman Polanski Gets Standing Ovation because He Raped a Girl

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night Alberto turned on the TV for the first time this year to watch the Césars (the French Oscars). I ignored it until they got to the Best Director award, which they gave to Roman Polanski. I didn't see...Read More

President Obama Strengthens ENDA by Rejecting DOMA

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 26, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Tico Almeida is a civil rights litigator at the boutique law firm of Sanford Wittels & Heisler LLP, which was recently named by Law360 as the only plaintiff-side law firm on the 2010 list of the...Read More

Why Didn't the Holder Memo Happen Sooner?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 25, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

To get an idea of how sudden an about-face the Holder Memo earlier this week was, here's a judge who just heard Justice Department lawyers arguing that DOMA is perfectly constitutional in December, who doesn't know what's up with the...Read More

EQCA History Part 2: MECLA, Alice and the DNC

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

It may be hard to understand now, but until the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, most LGBT people didn't identify as "a people," a "minority" or even as "a community" with a shared history, dreams and common problems. There had...Read More

Maryland Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday afternoon the Maryland Senate passed a marriage equality bill which now goes on to the House of Delegates for approval. The bill's fate in the House isn't as certain as it was in the Senate. One sponsor has dropped...Read More

Indiana LGBT People Stand With Labor Protestors

Filed by Bil Browning | February 25, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Frequent commenter (and all around nice guy) Rick Sutton is the head of the Indiana Equality Action. Yesterday, he stood at the podium in the Indiana statehouse to address the gathered throng of union members protesting the Republican attempt to...Read More

Teaser: My First Indiana Legislative Expose

Filed by Bil Browning | February 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

While I'd originally planned to run my first expose this evening, the union protests continue in Indiana and the Democrat legislators have fled to Illinois. I don't want to take away from the needed focus on our public employees collective...Read More

Calling Obama's Bluff on Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 24, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I don't believe President Obama still has to "evolve" on the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians. The President is the most supportive President in history on LGBT issues. This week's historic announcement that the DOJ will no longer...Read More

Montana's GOP Tries to End All Hope for LGBT People

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 24, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

This happened while I was gone for the weekend, but this item on the antidiscrimination front is a first for me in the four years I've been blogging here at Bilerico so I should make sure it gets on this...Read More

President Obama Defends Justice by Rejecting DOMA

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 24, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Shannon Minter is the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Today brings momentous news from President Barack Obama and the federal Department of Justice about the discriminatory and offensive so-called "Defense of Marriage...Read More

Failed States

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 24, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

What manner of fresh hell will the Republicans think of next? First the Republican Governors adapted Karl Rove's lockstepping, bootjacking game plan to quickly ram measures through their legislatures to decimate public employee unions, i.e. those traitors who did not...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

Faceoff: Patrick Roth Takes on Religious Right

Filed by Bil Browning | February 24, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Remember Patrick Roth? He guest posted his testimony in front of the Indiana House committee debating a marriage discrimination amendment. His testimony was so powerful that the local Fox station invited Patrick to face off against local religious right fundie...Read More

Your ENDA Ran Over My DOMA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 24, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was trying to come up with a snappy title for Part II of this posting on the U.S. Attorney General's announcement that the Obama Administration would no longer defend DOMA in court, (Bil has banned me calling anything "Part...Read More

What The Obama Administration's Decision on DOMA Means

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 23, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Alex reported earlier today on the big news about the Obama Administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in court, and that it believes that statutes discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation should be...Read More

Justice Won't Defend DOMA; Obama Holds Sexual Orientation Discrimination to Higher Scrutiny

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

All during the Smelt brief drama in the summer of 2009, certain former lawyers on the internet kept on saying that the Justice Department didn't have to defend DOMA because Barack Obama had already said that DOMA was unconstitutional. That...Read More

Hawaii Civil Union Bill to Be Signed Tonight; Different-Sex Couples Included

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | February 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The modern era of the movement for access to marriage for same-sex couples began in Hawaii in 1993. Of that there is no doubt. That year the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional...Read More

A Brief History of Equality California and LGBT Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 23, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

EQCA History Part 1: Introduction Saturday night, Feb. 12, 2011, supporters of the statewide LGBT lobbying group Equality California gathered in the grand rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall for the annual Equality Awards. This year EQCA honored two...Read More

Game On: Spaulding to Expose NC 'Family Values' Hypocrites

Filed by Bil Browning | February 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday contributor Michael Hamar posted that he was joining in my quest to discover the dirty secrets behind hypocritical "family values" legislators in his home state of Virginia, last night brought us another convert to the cause. After North Carolina...Read More

Civil Rights Under Attack in Washington State

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 23, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Recent budget cuts have resulted in a disturbing developments that will directly harm the LGBT community. I met with Charlene Strong this weekend to discuss her concerns as the Human Rights Commissioner. She shared the message with you on her...Read More

Lady Gaga Saves the World from Target

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 23, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Gag: "That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I've ever had in a business meeting," Lady Gaga said. "Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin...Read More

The Truth About George Washington

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 22, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

I was reading Family Research Council President Tony Perkin's newsletter this President's Day in which he and FRC's "resident historian" Bob Morrison wax poetic about George Washington: "[O]ur first president, the Father of our Country. George Washington has been described...Read More

VIDEO: Florida Congressmembers Advance AIDS Drugs Funding

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | February 22, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Over the weekend I posted on the successful efforts of Congressman Alcee Hastings to increase funding for our nation's crippled AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) by $42 million. Below is a video of last Friday's discussion where Hastings' amendment was...Read More

Libyan Demonstrators: Stop the Killing Now

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 22, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Libyan demonstrators filled a crowded downtown Seattle shopping center with calls for support on President's Day. "Stop the killing now" and "Down Down with Gaddafi" they chanted while waiving Libyan flags and signs that read, "Where's obama now?" The demonstrators...Read More

Teaching: Hatred and Stupidity for the Masses

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Seth Stambaugh was fired for being honest. This is the lesson we are teaching young people. Be honest until it's inconvenient. As a gay teacher of color, my contributions to the lives of young people are often looked on as...Read More

This Week In Muckraking

Filed by Bil Browning | February 21, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

It appears that my campaign for readers to share the dirty secrets hypocritical "family values" Indiana legislators don't want revealed has hit paydirt this year. I'm planning to publish at least one expose this week - maybe two if I...Read More

Campaign Manifesto #2: In Which We Travel To Wisconsin

Filed by Don Davis | February 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

So when we were last together, as you all know, I announced that I'm fake running for Congress in Washington State's 8th District - and that I'm doing it because, so far as I know, the best way to get...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

Video: Trans Judge Vicky Kolakowski's Speech at the EQCA Equality Awards

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Please excuse the somewhat shaky video - but what a joy to hear Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski at the 2011 San Francisco Equality Awards talk so movingly about her marriage to BAR News Editor Cynthia Laird -...Read More

Why Exposing Hypocritical Family Values Politicians Is Necessary

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Once again some in the LGBT blogosphere are whining and having a cow over the call to expose hypocrites among the anti-gay, "family values" politician class who wrap themselves in the banner of "family values," oppose LGBT equality at ever...Read More

San Francisco Neighborhood Associationists Prefer Revisionist Art

Filed by Toshio Meronek | February 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Bay Area Reporter has the story of a piece of LGBT art that may never see the light of day thanks to a few neighborhood associationists in the Lower Polk area of San Francisco. Last fall, local artists Helen...Read More

Florida Congressmembers Advance AIDS Drugs Funding

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | February 20, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

AIDS advocates woke Friday morning to a bittersweet victory and discovered the US House of Representatives agreed to an amendment, as part of a continuing resolution for federal spending, providing for an additional $42 million for our nation's crippled AIDS...Read More

Blog Hearts, Flowers & Handcuffs: Sitting-Down For Equality on Valentine's Day

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 20, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

On Valentine's Day we went to San Francisco City Hall and asked for a marriage license. Well, more like we said, "We want you to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples again." It was the 10th time since 2001 that...Read More

In a World of Phonies, It's Time for a Fake Candidate

Filed by Don Davis | February 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

We have spent the past two years watching as insanity has gripped Congress, and even more so with Republicans now running the House. We have a wavering President, far too many feckless Democrats, and Republicans that have decided to dive...Read More

Indiana Government Intensifies Assault on Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Indiana state senate has decided to intensify the assault on same-sex couples. Republican senators Scott Schneider and Carlin Yoder have introduced SB 475, a measure that would prevent state government from providing domestic partner benefits to employees in a...Read More

Indy's Reverend Ray: Yea, Verily!

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I have no idea who Reverend Ray is but, Lord!, did his video about Indiana's marriage discrimination amendment make me chuckle. The hand motions when he quotes Leviticus is hysterical....Read More

Navy Chief in Anti-Gay Hazing Case to Retire with Full Rank and Pay

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 18, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

As readers may recall, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint (pictured), now based in Virginia Beach, was the ring leader in anti-gay hazing and other serious abuses at a military working-dog kennel in Bahrain. A female subordinate, Petty Officer 1st...Read More

Working: My Campaign Is Taking Off

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Not only has my call to expose the dirty underbelly of the Indiana legislature been covered by most major LGBT blogs and publications, it's also making local news. CBS's political reporter, Jim Shella, wrote about it on his blog, the...Read More

The Case Against LGB Military Recruitment

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Kenyon Farrow responds to those, like Dan Choi, who say DADT repeal is a way to end economic inequality: The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans reports that about one-third of all homeless people in the US are veterans, but about...Read More

Video: The Egyptian Revolution on Twitter

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is a fascinating video that's an animated visual of tweets surrounding former Egyptian President Mubarak's resignation. It's an amazing look at the power of social media and how news spreads virally now. (Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan)...Read More

CPAC and the Trouble with True Believers

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 17, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Covering CPAC was like stepping through the looking glass. It was like a lot of political conferences I’ve seen, just with the context flipped. Usually, these conferences are mix of pragmatists ans true believers. Ideally, that blend yields a message...Read More

LCR Will Seek Equal Protection for LGBT Servicemembers

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Much of Monday's eQualityGiving.org-sponsored conference call on Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal focused on the issue of why and how the non-discrimination provision was taken out of the original DADT repeal bill. The consensus answer was that it was done...Read More

Hawaii Legislature Passes Civil Union Bill

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 17, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Hawaii's senate passed a civil unions law last night, which heads to a supportive governor now: The Hawaii Senate approved the proposed law by a vote of 18-5, sending it to Abercrombie for his signature. It had earlier been approved...Read More

Digging: Your Assistance Requested

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

My phone has rang off the hook since I put up my call for dirt on the Indiana legislators who voted in favor of a marriage discrimination amendment. I heard about naked pics, illicit affairs and kiddie porn. I'll only...Read More

Officers Were Drunk During Eagle Bar Raid

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A year and a half ago a gay bar was raided in Atlanta, Georgia. A few license violations were turned up after patrons were forced to lie on the ground for several hours while epithets were uttered by officers. When...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

What HRC Thinks of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last week I posted a wonderful story about 7 year old Malcolm, who I described as "the LGBT Community's Newest Hero." It was actually a fundraising email sent from LA Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri Jean. She talked about...Read More

Freedom to Marry to Spend $10 Million on Marriage Ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 16, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Freedom to Marry announced a campaign Monday to spend $10 million on pro-marriage ads in the next three years. The first is not something that would persuade me, but I'm not the target audience. I wrote something longer about how,...Read More

Airing It: The Indiana Legislature's Dirty Laundry

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

I'm sick and tired of hypocritical Hoosier legislators who think that our personal lives are any of their business. Do I intrude on who they're sleeping with? I didn't, but I'm going to start now. We need to show them...Read More

Eight Years After Lawrence, Sodomy Laws Are Alive and Kicking

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 16, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Alexis Agathocleous is a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and is co-litigating Doe v. Jindal. In 2003, the LGBT community rejoiced after the US Supreme Court's landmark decision in Lawrence v. Texas, but in Louisiana,...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

Indiana House Passes Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | February 16, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Indiana House of Representatives passed a marriage discrimination amendment yesterday afternoon after only a half an hour of debate. The bipartisan vote of 70-26 took marriage equality supporters by surprise - especially with the defection of Minority Leader Pat...Read More

Allen West's Attack On Multiculturalism Goes Against American Grain

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | February 15, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Representative Allen West wrapped up CPAC with a fiery speech that brought the crowd to its feet. Too bad the Republican's right wing policies, particularly his criticism of multiculturalism, could bring America to its knees. West's keynote speech, built around...Read More

Geoff Kors' Moving Final EQCA Speech

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Saturday night, Feb. 12, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors, who is leaving the organization next month, spoke for the final time at an EQCA Awards gala in the grand rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall. EQCA honored new Attorney...Read More

GOProud May Not Be Welcome at CPAC 2012

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 15, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

WND is reporting that the dream of sodomites taking over the Republican Party so that both parties will be full of filthy homosexuals and Real Americans will have no more electoral choice may be over: In addition, the board of...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

Marriage Bill Introduced in Washington on Valentine's Day

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 15, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

State Senator Ed Murray and Representative Jim Moeller introduced legislation that would grant the freedom to marry to Washington State's thousands of gay and lesbian couples. From a Valentines Day blog post on the Senator's site: This Valentine's Day, Rep....Read More

Arizona: Are Domestic Partner Benefits for Gay/Bi Couples Only?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | February 14, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

In 2008, by administrative regulation, Arizona made available to state employees health benefits for their domestic partners, defined by at least a year of living together and a set of criteria demonstrating financial interdependence. Same-sex and different-sex partners were eligible....Read More

Republicans Propose a Partial Boycott of America

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 14, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Last Friday House Republicans released their plans for budget cuts, and today the National Minority AIDS Council counted the damage the proposals would do when it comes to HIV/AIDS: The Committee's proposed cuts include, among others, $1.3 billion from Community...Read More

Fired Gay Teacher Gets $75,000

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The student-teacher who was removed from a fourth-grade class for coming out to students but was reinstated after public outcry settled with the school: The Beaverton School District has agreed to pay $75,000 to a gay student teacher who was...Read More

Un-Licensed To Kill?

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Via Digby comes this latest bit of insanity from my home state: a Georgia state representative wants to do away with driver’s licenses. A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver’s...Read More

Creation Museum Is Anti-Gay, Straights Don't Know Anti-Gay Discrimination Is Legal

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

There's a cute story that's been lighting up the science blogs over the weekend. Two straight men bought tickets for and wanted to go to "Date Night" at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, only to be turned away at the...Read More

Ann Coulter Wonders Why Gays Aren't (More) Conservative

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 13, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Doesn't she have a JD? I'm trying to make sense of Ann Coulter's argument here: "The left is trying to co-opt gays," she said. "They should be on our side. We watched this for 30 years. The left keeps using...Read More

J-O-B-S: CPAC's Four Letter Word

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have to admit, I got a little excited during Mitt Romney’s speech at CPAC. It began so well, in a sense. I wrote yesterday that I heard (and saw) very little about jobs and job creation at CPAC. Then,...Read More

The Truth Behind the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal - Telephonic Panel Monday

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 13, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover, the smart philanthropists behind the important eQualityGiving.org donor-focused website, started a short-term endeavor called eQualityThinking - a series of panels convened by telephone - to promote open, intense and thoughtful dialogue about issues facing the LGBT...Read More

Testify: How About a 'Do No Harm' Amendment?

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Patrick Roth is currently a stay at home dad living in Indianapolis with his husband, Wade, daughter, Rosy, and exchange student, Julia. He gave the following testimony in front of the Indiana House committee considering a...Read More

What Does the Trans Community Want the President to Know?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 13, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last week I asked the trans community how gays and lesbians could be more helpful. I did so with a pure heart because when I say I'm part of the LGBT community I sincerely mean it. I believe that despite...Read More

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#SSS: Egypt, CPAC & the gays, DADT repeal implementation and gay lawmakers

Filed by Phil Reese | February 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week on SameSexSunday we have an exclusive interview with Denver Colorado mayoral hopeful James Mejia about safe schools and why he is a staunch LGBTQ advocate and ally. James tells us why Denver is a queer town and how...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

Breaking News: Mubarak Resigns!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

"Egypt is free!" the thousands of demonstrators scream in euphoria. The army is in charge of the transition. History in the making! One commentator said yesterday this peaceful revolution is Bin Laden's worst nightmare. Another today notes that there have...Read More

Writing Discrimination Into the Indiana State Constitution

Filed by Annette Gross | February 11, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

On Monday, February 7, 2011, I, along with two other PFLAG moms, heard the testimony for and against SJR-6 - the "Marriage Discrimination Amendment" in Indiana. The proposed amendment says: "Marriage. Provides that only marriage between one man and one...Read More

Lady Gaga's 'Gay Anthem' to Be Distributed by Target

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 11, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bil's been writing about commercial exploitation of gay teen suicide lately, but any discussion of the recent phenomenon isn't complete without talking about the over-hyped single expected from Lady Gaga, in which she co-opts a decades-old gay phrase that's safe...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

Canada's Trans Rights Bill C-389 Passes

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 10, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Bill C-389, an Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), passed at Third Reading, on a vote of 143 for to 135 against. Third Reading took place nearly a month sooner...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

Hawaii Moves Closer to Civil Unions

Filed by Bil Browning | February 09, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Hawaiian legislators have moved one step closer to passing civil unions legislation. The state House Judiciary Committee voted last night to approve a civil-unions bill with amendments to ensure that the relationships are recognized in the tax code and are...Read More

Oklahoma Shari'a Law Controversy: The Secret Plot Is Finally Uncovered

Filed by Don Davis | February 09, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (Fake News Service) - After an exhaustive 18-month investigation, FNS is able to exclusively report that, contrary to popular opinion, Oklahoma's controversial State Question 755, which is intended to prevent state courts from considering Shari'a law when making...Read More

MT Legislator Fears Blowdart-brandishing HIV+ Inmates

Filed by D Gregory Smith | February 09, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

For real. But see for yourself: Just to be clear she is wrong. HIV is a very fragile virus that dies within seconds outside the body. It is only spread by blood, semen, vaginal fluid and breast milk - and...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

Kentucky Supports LGBT Anti-Discrimination Measures

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 08, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Here's a big reason why queer people are still bitter that ENDA didn't even get a fair shot in Congress. The Kentucky Fairness Alliance just released poll numbers (conducted by a third-party) that showed, across the board, Kentuckians support antidiscrimination...Read More

Ronald Reagan's Real Legacy: Death, Heartache, and Silence Over AIDS

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 07, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

America is gushing Sunday over former President Ronald Reagan in recognition of what would have been his 100th birthday. Produced by Reagan groupies, the long-weekend celebrations at the newly primped Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley are glitzy and...Read More

French Marriage: As Goes San Francisco...

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 07, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

So go the other San Franciscos of the world. The mayor of Montpellier, France, married a gay couple even though same-sex marriage isn't recognized in France and the constitutional court rejected it last week. Socialist Hélène Mandroux married a local...Read More

Injustice At Every Turn: Study of Trans Discrimination

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 07, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality teamed up to do a comprehensive study of discrimination against trans people. Cathy Renna featured the story of one person involved in the study last week...Read More

Bahrain Raids Gay Party - What Are the Limits of Care?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 07, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

An estimated 127 queer men and women* were arrested in Bahrain this weekend at a party: An undercover agent paid the 20 dinar [$53 --Ed.] entrance fee and was allowed into the hall where he saw dozens of cross-dressers drinking...Read More

Nollendorfplatz, Then and Now: LGBT History

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

An early 20th century view of Nollendorfplatz, the center of gay and bohemian life in pre-World War II Germany. Theatres, cabarets, and clubs here catered to gays, lesbians, transsexuals, sadomasochists, and other members of Berlin's sexually liberated sub-culture. The Nazis...Read More

Egypt: I'll Be the CIA

Filed by Don Davis | February 07, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

We are in day whatever it is of the Crisis In Egypt, and we have now reached the part where, in the USA, we begin pointing fingers and ducking and dodging as we begin to address the question of why...Read More

Revisiting the Reagan Nightmare

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Now that he is safely dead, let us praise him," poet Carl Wendell Hines wrote of Martin Luther King Jr, after his assassination. Ronald Reagan has been "safely dead for just under seven years, but the economic impact of his...Read More

Arrests Upheld in Palm Springs, but Who Won?

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 06, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The judge in Palm Springs has ruled that charges won't be dismissed against the men arrested in a gay cruising sting (the sting involved officers arranging a deal with prosecutors to ensure the men arrested would be put on a...Read More


Weekly Reader: High School Lesbians Fighting Back, the Revolution, and SNL

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 05, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

News of the revolution in Egypt continued to dominate the mainstream media this week. And here's what was happening in the queer world. Sunday The Revolution Will Not Be Funded Filed by: Toshio Meronek SNL Makes Fun of Trans Women......Read More

Social Security: Where's Our Tahrir Square?

Filed by Don Davis | February 03, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

We have seen some amazing days in Egypt, and it has provided a better lesson than anyone could have expected for how taking action, against long odds, can really get something done. A secret police mechanism has been pushed aside,...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

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

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Mubarek's Bloody AIDS Legacy

Filed by Mark S. King | February 03, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you need further reasons to feel queasy about U.S. support for Egypt's "he wasn't all that bad" dictator, Housing Works has posted a heartbreaking article about the treatment of people living with HIV. The piece describes a country with...Read More

Thoughts on Chick-fil-A

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 03, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Chick-fil-A has been in the LGBT news the past month after a franchisee sponsored a Pennsylvania Family Institute event, Jeremy Hooper dug around and found that they also have a nonprofit that sponsors fundamentalist politics, have worked with NOM, and...Read More

Murder of Prominent Ugandan Activist Demands Action

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Paul LeGendre is the Director of the Fighting Discrimination program at Human Rights First. Paul has worked extensively with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on human rights issues and particularly hate crime laws and enforcement....Read More

Is an Executive Order Version of ENDA Possible?

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 03, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Here in Virginia, LGBT citizens can be fired at will from their jobs simply for being a sexual minority - it happened to me personally in the private sector in a law firm setting. And, as my client Michael Ware...Read More

The Founding Fathers Supported Socialized Medicine

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 02, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Those pesky founding fathers. You’d think guys who so long ago shuffled off that old mortal coil would find it harder to surprise us. With them safely dead for so long, you’d think we could easily appropriate and their past...Read More

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Breakfast without Bigotry Tomorrow

Filed by Mark S. King | February 02, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you're in Washington, DC, tomorrow, you might consider skipping the Egg McMuffin and checking out the "Breakfast Without Bigotry," a GetEQUAL event starting at 6:00 AM outside the Washington Hilton to protest the National Prayer Breakfast. The increasingly controversial...Read More

Students Protest ROTC's Transgender Exclusion

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 02, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Stanford student groups are petitioning the school not to let ROTC back on campus: "Now, more than ever, is the time for college students across the country to take a stand and organize against transgender discrimination, an issue that has...Read More

Behind the scenes at the Emergency ADAP Summit

Filed by Mark S. King | February 02, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Step behind the curtains of the 2011 Emergency ADAP Summit last weekend for a revealing look at activists trying to address the growing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis. In this video episode of My Fabulous Disease, you'll learn about...Read More

Civil Unions in Illinois: A Step Forward

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed civil unions into law yesterday to a packed house of over 1000 attendees at the Chicago Cultural Center. The bill, which takes effect on June 1st, grants same-sex couples some 650 state-level rights and recognitions...Read More

Jon Huntsman Prepares for 2012 Presidential Bid

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 01, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

A month ago I wrote about the possibility that former Utah governor and current ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, might throw his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination for the 2012 presidential race. It seems that my analysis...Read More

Lesbian Couple Applauded by School

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 01, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday I posted about a lesbian couple in the Anoka-Hennepin school district (which has become a primary battlefield in LGBT school fights over the years) who was told they couldn't walk together as elected royalty at a pep rally. They...Read More

On the View from Egypt, Part Six; Or: Let's Review Where We Are

Filed by Don Davis | February 01, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

We're a week into the Egyptian uprising now, and it's time to reassess what has taken place so far and what might come next. We know a few things, and we don't know a lot--and from what we can tell,...Read More