Politics: May 2011


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


Pawlenty Spoof of Savage's Google Chrome Commercial

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Of course this isn't really a Tim Pawlenty campaign ad, but the synchronicity between the feel-good commercial for Dan Savage and the fake campaign spot is amazingly well done.Read More


The Boogey Man Hasn't Gone Away

Filed by Anthony Carter | May 31, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

After ten years of grief, the American public feels vindicated. The big bad evil one, the devil incarnate, has been made to pay the price for f--king the world's saviors - the country that rights the wrongs of evildoers.Read More


State Dept Responds to Dan Choi Russian Incident

Filed by Bil Browning | May 29, 2011 | 9:15 PM | comments

You're doing your job as a troublemaker well when the government issues a statement about an incident and you were involved. This just in from Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner after Dan Choi was arrested in Moscow.Read More

Going to the White House for AAPI Heritage Month

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Ben de Guzman writes about attending the White House's Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders LGBT Youth Pride and Heritage Event this week.Read More

Blue Dog Democrats

House Approves Anti-Gay Defense Authorization Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | May 27, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The House of Representatives approved defense budget legislation that includes several anti-gay provisions meant to disrupt the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell & increase the scope of the Defense of Marriage Act.Read More


Brazilian President Halts Anti-Homophobia Campaign

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Brazil's president halts an anti-homophobia campaign Wednesday.Read More

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Speech Supporting Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | May 26, 2011 | 2:15 PM | comments

Bloomberg presses New York State Legislature to consider the importance of same-sex marriage and vote on the issue before the end of the legislative session in June.Read More


Anti-Gay Propaganda at the "Watchmen on the Wall" Conference

Filed by Adam Polaski | May 26, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg took to the podium to tell pastors that gay people are propagandists, distrustful of black people, and committed to stamping out free speech.Read More


MN Governor 'Vetoes' Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | May 26, 2011 | 10:45 AM | comments

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton symbolically vetoed the recently passed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The legislature accidentally sent the measure to his office as a bill - which requires either a signature or a veto.Read More


Combating the 'Drill, Baby, Drill' Philosophy

Filed by Don Davis | May 26, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

What if, in a world of depleting oil resources, the last thing you want to do is use yours up?Read More


EQCA Town Hall in WeHo Split on Prop 8 Repeal

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 25, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

By the time the Equality California organizers took a final vote on whether the LGBT community in Los Angeles wanted to go back to the ballot to repeal Prop 8 in 2012, two hours had elapsed and about half the crowd of about 100 people had left.Read More


A Trans and Cis Queer Women's Dialog

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | May 25, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

There's a joke going around that events, community spaces, and resources labeled "women and trans" have an unwritten addendum "(but not both)." The reality is that there are few queer spaces specifically for trans women and cis women.Read More

Caption This: Obama's Limo in Ireland

Filed by Mike Rogers | May 25, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm going to try and have some more fun with caption this photos now and then. I got shredded for the last one; hopefully this one sits better with the masses.Read More


Nevada Governor Approves Gender Identity Protections

Filed by Adam Polaski | May 25, 2011 | 11:45 AM | comments

Nevada becomes the fourteenth state to outlaw employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.Read More

John Edwards scandal in the National Enquirer

John Edwards to Face Prosecution for Affair Cover Up

Filed by Bil Browning | May 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Former presidential candidate John Edwards is facing indictment over his cover up of an affair he had with a campaign videographer. The Dept of Justice accuses him of using campaign donations to support mistress.Read More


New Poll Finds 70% of People Favor LGBT Antidiscrimination Laws

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

It's the only national poll I know of (please let me know if there's another in the comments) on LGBT antidiscrimination legislation that I know of, and it shows broad support for it. 70% of Americans favor antidiscrimination legislation for LGBT people in housing, public accommodations, and employment.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


Christian Activist Asks If Rapture 'False Prophet' Should Be Executed

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 24, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

In light of Harold Camping's failed rapture prophecy, Christian Governance activist Timothy Bloedow appears to call for Camping's execution as a false prophet.Read More


Israeli PM Heckled Before Joint Session of Congress

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 24, 2011 | 12:15 PM | comments

The AP is reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heckled this morning during his speech to a joint session of Congress.Read More


Tennessee's Don't Say Gay Bill Passes Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Either a school thinks that gay students and the kids of gay parents are welcome there or not. There is no middle ground, there is no neutrality. Read More

The Recession Can Aid in LGBT Equality

Filed by Matt Comer | May 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, admits the struggle for LGBT equality in marriage is all but lost for the religious right.Read More

TAKE ACTION: Comment Blast the Facebook Pages of Homophobic Companies

Filed by Jake Weinraub | May 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Each of these organizations is a board member of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and responsible for the chamber's lobbying for anti-gay religious right hate legislation.Read More

Rick Santorum Doesn't Know The Meaning of 'Personal'

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Rick Santorum has some nerve! The former Pennsylvania Senator and super long shot presidential claimed this week that he's not a homophobe, and anyone who says otherwise is just "personalizing" a political debate, which is a bizarre statement, because all...Read More

Republicans versus Democrats

The Difference between Republicans and Democrats Is Dead Real

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 20, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Michael Mitchell is the Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats. "There's really no difference between the Democrat and the Republican candidates." It's an all too familiar comment I hear around election time. While it would be a gross...Read More

Gay Man the Right Loved to Hate Leaves Education Department Job

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Kevin Jennings is leaving the Department of Education to work for a nonprofit: The Be the Change nonprofit announced today that Kevin Jennings, currently serving in the Obama administration's Education Department as the assistant deputy secretary and the head of...Read More

Gallup: Majority Support Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Gallup joined several recent major polls in finding that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage OutletWhenFavorOppose APAugust, 20105246 Wash. Post/ABCMarch, 20115344 CNNApril, 20115147 GallupMay, 20115345 Well, that question is settled. How about some polling on LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, which...Read More

China: Distributing HIV/AIDS Drugs Reduces AIDS Deaths

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

China has released numbers showing that AIDS deaths go down - a lot - when HIV/AIDS drugs are given out for free: China has slashed AIDS mortality by nearly two-thirds since it began distributing free antiretroviral drugs in 2002, Chinese...Read More

Do and Don't Get Excited About AIDS 'Cure'

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | May 19, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Timothy Ray Brown is being hailed as a medical marvel. The 45-year-old man tested positive for HIV back in 1995 and, as he fought the retrovirus, also found out that he had Leukemia, a disease doctors hoped to fight with...Read More


The GOP's Own Private 'Mediscare'

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Republicans. Almost. The mess the GOP finds itself in, after appointing itself to Medicare’s “death panel,” would be laughable if it weren’t also so pathetic. Especially since it’s a mess...Read More

Barney Frank Visits Seattle and Discusses ENDA

Filed by Joe Mirabella | May 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday Barney Frank visited Seattle to help raise money for Congressmen Jim McDermott. I had an opportunity to meet Barney Frank in a small group setting at Equal Rights Washington. He spoke to the group about the state of...Read More

Glitter Is the Herpes of Craft Supplies

Filed by Bil Browning | May 18, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Demetri Martin's joke popped automatically to mind when I heard that Newt Gingrich got glitter bombed by a gay activist at a recent book signing in Minneapolis. The Salamander was in town for an event with the Minnesota Family Council...Read More

Police Officer who Beat Duanna Johnson Gets 2 Years Prison

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 18, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Bridges McRae, the police officer caught on video beating Duanna Johnson, a black, trans woman who was being detained on prostitution charges that were later dropped, has been sentenced to two years of prison and two years probation. That time...Read More

Schwarzenegger Fathered Child With Employee

Filed by Bil Browning | May 17, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Now the real reason why Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have separated has hit the news. While the Arnold has said he hopes to reconcile soon, apparently his wife is telling friends the opposite and here's why: Former California Gov....Read More

Gay LAPD Sergeant Sues City for Job Discrimination

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 17, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

When I interviewed incoming LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for Frontiers In LA in November 2009, one of the first concerns, given Beck's 32-year career with the LAPD, was about whether he belonged to antigay Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker's "God Squad"...Read More

On Sunday Drinking, Or, Has Satan Been Rendered Irrelevant?

Filed by Don Davis | May 17, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I know better than to go drinking on Sundays, but it's just been one of those weeks, and I figured I'd grab a few beers, no big deal, and then head home and get some real work done. Of course,...Read More

Wisconsin Governor Wants to Stop Defending Gay Rights

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 17, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Gov. Scott Walker, the conservative ideologue Wisconsin somehow elected to its highest office, has asked the court if his office could stop defending Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry, which gives same-sex couples the opportunity to register for some of the rights...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

Trump Won't Birth Presidential Campaign

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

America's favorite showman since P.T. Barnum finally made the announcement today that he won't be running for President. "After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement. With...Read More

Tennessee Bill to Ban Local LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws - Is It Constitutional?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Tennessee Senate Bill 632 would strike down local legal protections from discrimination for LGBT Tennesseans, and would make it impossible to pass such protections in the future. It recently passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee by a vote...Read More

The Black Unemployment Epidemic

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lost in the media tsunami after U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden is news that may prove as economically devastating the terrorism bin Laden masterminded. For a lot of Americans, "returning to the private sector" means practicing saying "You...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

Dear GOProud

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

Dear GOProud, When you refer to gay people who are centrist, independent, liberal, progressive, nonpolitical, socialist, leftist, left-libertarian, and center-right as "the gay left," it sounds like you don't really know much about politics other than "Cut taxes! Privatize wealth...Read More

How Afterbirthers Will End my Unemployment

Filed by Anthony Carter | May 15, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Although I have been unemployed for two years, I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. Whenever I have been called in to interview, I have consistently and absentmindedly neglected to bring along my fetal membranes and god only...Read More

Thoughts on Prison, Hatred, and Disorganization

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

It seems every time I talk about the criminal justice system with Americans, the "Well, if they did something wrong, they should expect to be punished!" argument comes up to justify pretty much whatever. Criminals are the scum of the...Read More

No Vote on Uganda Anti Homosexuality Bill

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin is reporting that the Ugandan Parliament has adjourned without taking a vote as expected on the horrific Anti Homosexuality Bill. Burroway cautions that there is a procedural way the bill could be revived in...Read More

Potosnak Files for 2012 Congressional Bid

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 13, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Ed Potosnak, the 2010 Democratic Nominee for United States Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District, filed last week with the Federal Elections Commission to run in 2012. Mr. Potosnak, a newcomer to politics, received 40% of the votes in the...Read More

Ron Paul Is Running for Prez

Filed by Bil Browning | May 13, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Since Ron Paul is older than Newt Gingrich, when the civil libertarian announced his candidacy for President of the United States this morning he didn't do it on that new-fangled Twitter box, he did it like a real Amurcan: He...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

Delaware Civil Unions

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 12, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last night, I had the honor and privilege of attending the signing ceremony for the Delaware civil unions bill. In front of a capacity crowd at the recently renovated Queen Theater in downtown Wilmington, Governor Jack Markell signed the bill...Read More

Afghanistan Peace Dividend Stimulus Lotto? OK!

Filed by Don Davis | May 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

They told us "We're dropping about $10 billion a month in Afghanistan so we can catch that Bin Laden guy but, eventually, we're gonna catch him and as soon as we do you can imagine that folks will be wondering...Read More

Secret GOP Talking Points: Newt Gingrich Is Running for Prez

Filed by Bil Browning | May 12, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Proving how hip and with it he is, yesterday Newt Gingrich announced he was running for President on Twitter with a link to his YouTube page. Newt, the only Speaker of the House to be disciplined for ethics violations, is...Read More

Uganda: Follow the Money

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 12, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I don't know that I can say it any plainer than that: we need to follow the money. Barney Frank gets it: I was pleased when the Financial Services Committee overwhelmingly, in a bipartisan way, voted in favor of my...Read More

Mitch Daniels Cuts Funding to Planned Parenthood

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 11, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Hey, remember how Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) called for a truce on social issues a bunch of times? Apparently there was an asterisk no one noticed, because he's leading the way on the right's extreme social agenda: And in Indiana,...Read More

NOM's Ad against Same-Sex Marriage: It'll Turn Your Kids Gay

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

NOM has an ad targeting African Americans in New York, whose legislature is considering same-sex marriage this year: The ad discusses the children, over and over again, as if children will be turned gay because same-sex marriage is legalized in...Read More

Wait, Congress Is Messing with DADT Repeal Again?

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | May 11, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

So over the past few days some have been making a show about Duncan Hunter introducing an amendment that would add each of the Joint Chiefs as certifying authorities on repeal. The language introduced by Hunter is the same exact...Read More

What Does Discrimination Cost?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the Commonwealth millions of dollars each year. The findings...Read More

Gay Republicans Fight Back Against DADT Repeal Backlash

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 11, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

The headline in Tuesday's Navy Times reads: "Effort to alter DADT repeal may be too late." The story, in advance of this morning's House Armed Services Committee mark-up hearing for the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, is about the...Read More

URGENT: Uganda Parliament May Pass Anti-Gay Bill Tomorrow

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 10, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin reports Tuesday morning that the Ugandan Parliament is likely to take up the HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL BILL, 2010 and the ANTI HOMOSEXUALITY BILL, 2009. The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power protests...Read More

Gay Donors Expected to Fill Enthusiasm Gap for Obama

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Politico has an article up saying that rich gay donors are going to be a cornerstone of Obama's 2012 billion dollar campaign strategy. There's a lot of interesting information in the article, although with all the unnamed sources, boilerplate, and...Read More

Was Rome Felled by Gays or Christianity?

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 10, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

One of the often repeated mantras of many Christianists, including loons at Focus on the Family and Family Research Council among others (not to mention their political whores in the GOP), is that the acceptance of homosexuality caused the fall...Read More

Birthers, Deathers, & Bin Laden

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 10, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

It’s a little unnerving -- because I’m not used to being in the majority -- but it looks like I am now, at least when it comes to the president’s decision not to release pictures of Obsama bin Laden’s...Read More

Fred Karger Will Save You From Alien Frisbees

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

While Fred Karger's political ad is called, "Demon Frisbee," it seems more like an alien frisbee to me. The kooky gay Republican has put out a spot in New Hampshire touting his, um, free Fred frisbees. Sure, giggle all you...Read More

Action Alert: Texas Legislature Mulls Voiding Marriages, And One In Particular

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 10, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Texas law allows transsexual and intersex individuals to get married upon the presentation of a court order recognizing sex reassignment. This change honors the self-identification rather than basing access to marriage licenses on sex assigned at birth. The Texas Senate...Read More

Michigan Attacks Pro-Gay University Funding

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 10, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Don't accuse government of not accomplishing anything; here they're upholding the moral fabric of America by making certain some people can't get a bone marrow transplant when they get leukemia: The Michigan House approved an amendment to the education budget...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

Poor, Oppressed Corporations

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 09, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Maybe universities should start offering classes to study the oppression of corporations and create safe spaces for them on campus. They've only been people since 1886, and they've been maligned ever since. All they want to do is make 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

ACLU Finds Schools Intentionally Block LGBT Websites

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 09, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The ACLU, in putting out a call for students to check to see if LGBT websites are blocked by their schools, found a lot more violations of free speech and equal access than one would think. And they didn't just...Read More

Florida: Awake the State Again on May 10

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | May 09, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

This past March 8th, at the onset of our Florida's legislative session, thousands of Floridians rallied on street corners throughout the state, in 31 cities, to send Florida's state legislature a strong message. It was a warning to lawmakers that...Read More

We Who Feel Differently: Global Reflections on Gay Rights

Filed by R Conrad | May 08, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Carlos Motta, a queer Colombian-American multi-disciplinary artist making his home in New York City, has launched and ambitious new web-based project called We Who Feel Differently. The project exists largely as an online database of documentary style video interviews with...Read More

Vermont Goes to Single-Payer Health Care

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 07, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

As Americans who pay attention to politics learned last year, the US spends (lots) more per person on health care but doesn't get spectacular results out of its system, half of all of bankruptcies are caused by medical expenses, and...Read More

Writing A Falsified American History

Filed by Michael Hamar | May 07, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The New York Times did a piece the other day on David Barton (pictured at left), a Christian dominionist who writes fictional versions of the history of the United States to support the efforts of Christianists to dupe the masses...Read More

Rightwing Poll: Americans Don't Want Gay Lessons

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

America's most-trusted birther news source, World Net Daily, along with a birther polling outfit, Wenzel Strategies, have a poll about teaching about homosexuality in schools, which they say shows that 65% of people oppose. Assuming that they actually did hire...Read More

Florida's Sexting Bill: A More Measured Approach

Filed by Ricci Levy | May 05, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

While I don't believe sexting ought to be a crime in all instances, I am pleased to see that Florida is taking a more measured approach than most states. Florida's SB 888 creates the crime of "sexting", the transmission of...Read More

Your Husband Will Be Deported Tomorrow

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 05, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

BREAKING NEWS: MetroWeekly: Attorney General Holder Vacates Immigration Decision Based on DOMA The Velandia case has been stayed until mid-summer. Imagine that your beloved were being deported tomorrow. He is not being deported because he is a criminal, or entered...Read More

Is Rape a Legitimate Form of Punishment?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 05, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Trigger warning for rape. A millionaire accused of murder in South Africa who was arrested in the UK is arguing that he shouldn't be extradited because he will certainly be raped in prison and has a good chance of contracting...Read More

Indiana's First Openly Gay Politician?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to Indianapolis activist Zach Adamson on winning yesterday's primary race to be one of four official Democrat candidates for the Indianapolis City-County Council. Many of you know Zach from the comments section of Bilerico; he was one of our...Read More

Canada Votes for Hard Right Turn

Filed by Mercedes Allen | May 04, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Canada voted Monday, and in the end, centrist Canadians decided - thanks to some effective Conservative Party messaging and third-party vote-splitting - that they were more frightened by "socialism" than they were by the thought of a theocratic-influenced, Republican-style, control-fixated...Read More

61 Year Long Engagement

Filed by Michael Crawford | May 04, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Richard Dorr, 83, and, John Mace, 91, are seriously the most adorable couple ever. And, after being together for 61 years, haven't they waited long enough to get married in New York? This video featuring Richard and John is one...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

Why Does God Keep On Making Gays If He Doesn't Like Us?

Filed by Alex Blaze | May 03, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

A Minnesota representative Steven Simon in a house debate on an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in that state asks, "How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants...Read More

LGBT- Friendly Justice Sotomayor To Speak At Ramapo College Commencement

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 03, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is coming to give the commencement address at my college, Ramapo College of New Jersey, on Friday, May 14. I am especially pleased about Justice Sotomayor because of her positions on LGBT issues. Are you listening, LGBT...Read More

Looking Back at 9-11: A Flight Attendant's Story

Filed by Waymon Hudson | May 02, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Author's Note: I was asked to repost my first hand recollection of September 11th when the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden broke, so here it is in its original form. I think it's important that we use...Read More

On Universities: If Obama's a Kettle, Is Donald Trump Black?

Filed by Don Davis | May 01, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just about 40 seconds after (Yes, He's Actually the) President Barack Obama brought forth his Certificate of Live Birth unto the world, Donald Trump was accusing Obama of somehow sneaking his way into some university or another. If Trump's to...Read More

Prolonged Adolescence

Filed by Anthony Carter | May 01, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Six pack abs, huge cocks, all night sex parties, and drug-induced orgies are now officially over. We are now officially required to man up and grow up and take our rightful place in society as responsible, trustworthy citizens. I want...Read More