Politics: July 2011

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Elise Harris on "We Die, You Get Married"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 31, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Are the social/political effects of coming out to get married, as an act of oppositional politics, comparable to the effects of ACT UP and coming out as undocumented?Read More

Santorum: NY Is Destroying American Families

Filed by Bil Browning | July 31, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

More jackassery from GOP presidential-wannabe Rick Santorum...Read More

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Majority of Montana Voters Favor Same-Sex Partnerships

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 31, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

A newly released poll shows that a majority of voters in Montana support domestic partnership protections for same-sex couples.Read More


Take Action: Anoka-Hennepin School District Suicides

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 30, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It's tough being a teenager anywhere, but being a student in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District is especially hard. Why? Because there's actually a "gag policy" that prevents school staff from talking about LGBT issues.Read More

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Drama In Trial of Accused Killer of Larry King

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The King family stormed from the courtroom, and the victim's mother was banned from the entire trial.Read More


Running Your Own Government: Why Pay the Military?

Filed by Don Davis | July 29, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

You will hear a lot of conversation about the consequences from others; today, however, you get the chance to be both the President and the Secretary of the Treasury, and get to decide for yourself exactly what bills the federal government should pay.Read More


Tim Gunn: Hillary Clinton Is Confused about Her Gender

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Project Runway host Tim Gunn appeared on comedian George Lopez's cable show getting laughs by dissing Hillary Clinton's fashion sense. "Why must she dress that way? I think she's confused about her gender. All these big baggy menswear tailored pantsuits."Read More


Ann Coulter Wants a DADT Policy for 'All of Society'

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 28, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

On The Joy Behar Show last night, Ann Coulter denounced marriage equality in New York, defended ex-gay therapy, and said that "all of society" should be under a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Read More


North Carolina Postpones Talk of Anti-LGBT Amendment

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 28, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Lawmakers in North Carolina considered adding an amendment to the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage this week. Last night word surfaced that the lawmakers had decided against changing the rules, pushing back discussion until this fall. Read More


The Changed Political Climate for Marriage Equality

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, has spoken up about how the political landscape has evolved in favor of marriage equality. Read More


Bradlee Dean Defamation Lawsuit

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 28, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

What Does "Muslims...calling for the executions of homosexuals...seem to be more moral than even the American Christians" mean to you?Read More


Philly Transit Giving Trans People A Hard Time

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 27, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm sorry, your gender isn't good enough to ride the bus today. Read More

GLSEN ED Eliza Byard on the CA FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 27, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard talked about the California FAIR Education Act. "As California goes, so goes the nation," she said about school textbooks. Read More


Pervers/Cite: Montreal's Answer to Corporate Pride

Filed by R Conrad | July 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Pervers/Cité, Montréal's collaboratively organized summer festival that aims to make links across social justice groups, queer communities, and radical visions of pride, is set to take place this summer form August 4 to 14. Read More


We Die, You Get Married

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The gay marriage movement enforces a single-issue politic at the cost of broader social change, literally funneling tens of millions of dollars into the drive for gay legitimacy while the needs of queers with the least access are ignored. Read More


Action Alert: Support HIV/AIDS Programs

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 26, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tell your Senators and Representative that cutting programs vital to people with HIV/AIDS is no way to reduce the deficit - we need a fair and balanced approach now!Read More


Hitler Holds News Conference, Blames Balanced Budget for US Loss

Filed by Don Davis | July 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

America's new Führer announced today that his official war history would acknowledge that one of the biggest contributing factors to the defeat of the Allies was the insistence of the former United States of America on sticking to its balanced budget amendment.Read More


After Ex-Gay Question, Bachmann Snubs Iowa News Station

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | July 26, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Michele Bachmann and her presidential campaign received scores of press earlier this month when it was revealed that her husband, Marcus Bachmann, runs an "ex-gay therapy" clinic. And as the scandal unfolded, Rae Chelle, a reporter from Iowa-based ABC affiliate...Read More


Dept. of HHS Considers Revisiting Gay Blood Ban

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 26, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today the Department of Health and Human Services detailed what steps would need to be taken in order for the country's current ban on blood donations from gay men to be reviewed again. Read More


Prosecutor in Larry King Murder Invokes "Gay Panic" Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 26, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The killer of 15 year-old Larry King argues he was provoked into shooting him in the head at school because King was "flirtatious."Read More


Messages from Opponents of CA's FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 25, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Capitol Resource Institute launched an online campaign to repeal the California FAIR Education Act using a slick new email message and a new campaign website called StopSB48.Read More


Media Round-Up: NY Couples Get Gay Married

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 24, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today marked the first day that same-sex couples can legally marry in New York State. Here's a round-up of some of the most interesting media coverage we've seen today about the landmark day!Read More

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My Last Weekend: A Health Care in America Story

Filed by Don Davis | July 24, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

So I disappeared for a full week, right in the middle of what should have been a busy writing schedule, and I have to claim some "personal days" to cover the time we missed here at the blog - but it won't be time entirely wasted.Read More


More Details Emerge on Norway's Fundamentalist Terrorist

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 24, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Given the constant drumbeat of grievances against gays, liberals, Hispanics, blacks and Muslims being put out by so-called Christian "family values" groups and far right GOP aligned organizations, one can only wonder how many would-be Breiviks are being cultivated here at home.Read More

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DADT Certified for Repeal; Policy Dies in 60 Days

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 22, 2011 | 3:50 PM | comments

Today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and President Barack Obama certified repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Repeal will take effect officially 60 days from now, on September 20. Read More

Santorum Using His Frothy Mix as a Fundraising Tool

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Rachel Maddow loves it when Republicans try to raise money by invoking her name. Rick "Frothy Mix" Santorum is trying to link Dan Savage and Rachel together in his most recent fundraising scheme for his moribund presidential campaign.Read More


Tweet: DC's Gang Wars

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I suppose this is one way to look at things. Can't say that I really disagree...Read More


Maryland & Colorado Begin Push for Marriage

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 22, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Inspired by New York's success, Colorado and Maryland are both gearing up for marriage equality campaigns, using different strategies in hopes of attaining success.Read More

NY Gay Marriage Gets Animated

Filed by Bil Browning | July 22, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

You knew it was coming, didn't you? What big news topic doesn't get animated Sim-style by Next Media Animation now?Read More


Democrats Cave On Justice For LGBT Working Families

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

With the economy still in the crapper and jobs still hard to come by, with LGBT unemployment estimated at around double the national average, the silence from Democrats on LGBT workplace rights has been deafening. Read More

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Certification for Repeal of DADT Expected Friday

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 21, 2011 | 10:30 PM | comments

Reports indicate that Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to certify repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on Friday. The policy will be dead 60 days after Obama certifies repeal. Read More


The 2011 ADAP Conference in Nine Minutes!

Filed by Mark S. King | July 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The 2011 ADAP Advocacy Association conference, held July 5-7 in Washington, D.C., was bursting with spirit. But where were all of the large, national LGBT organizations? Read More


Tobias Wolff on DOMA Repeal and Full Faith & Credit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 21, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Here, Law Professor Tobias Barrington Wolff breaks down the debate on the Defense of Marriage Act and sets the record straight on the Full Faith & Credit clause of the U.S. Constitution. Read More


Denouncing West's Attacks on Wasserman Schultz

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | July 21, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Tea Partier Allen West has relentlessly bullied Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a longtime advocate and true leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus denounces West's behavior. Read More

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Gay Marriage Hearings On Capitol Hill: Democracy at its Best

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | July 21, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday held hearings about repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage. This is democracy at its best. Read More


The Closet of the Future

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 21, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

We will still yearn for a place where we don't have to decide whether or not to come out every time we meet somebody new.Read More

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Obama Continues Diversity in Judicial Nominations

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Today President Obama nominated Michael Fitzgerald, an out gay attorney, to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Fitzgerald is the fourth LGBT person to be nominated to a judgeship under Obama. Read More


WATCH: Franken Refutes Focus on the Family Claims

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Al Franken expertly refuted a false claim by Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery today during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing regarding the repeal of DOMA.Read More


3 Openly Gay Candidates Running for Indy City Council

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

While I'd reported previously that Indianapolis has an openly gay man running for the City-County Council, another gay man and a lesbian have also jumped into the fray. Indy has never had an openly gay councilmember.Read More


No One Is the New Black

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

For Cain, Muslims deserve discrimination because they are inherently bad people, while black people don't deserve to be discriminated against because they aren't. That previous sentence sounds Islamophobic, so it isn't hard to accept that an Islamophobe believes it.Read More


Illinois Issues New Birth Certificates To Trans Litigants

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 20, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The ACLU of Illinois racks one up for trans people, but there are a few questions about what this means. Read More


Follow Today's Senate Hearing on DOMA Repeal

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the Respect for Marriage Act today. Many LGBT activists are testifying for the repeal of DOMA and several excellent reporters will be providing continuing, live coverage of the hearing today, which begins at 10am EST. Read More


Alaska Sued Over Trans Driver License Denial

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The State of Alaska canceled this woman's license unless she replaced it with one listing her as male. Read More


Obama Endorses Repeal of DOMA

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Obama administration announced today that the president supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act by publicly endorsing the Respect for Marriage Act. Read More


When Murdering a Queer Isn't Enough

Filed by Toshio Meronek | July 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Eric. A Stanley examines the violence and threat of violence experienced by queers in America today in this one-hour radio program and news article. Read More


First Openly Gay Man Confirmed By Senate To Federal Judgeship

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 19, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

This confirmation marks another important milestone in the acceptance of gay people in our national politics. Read More


Is Utah the New Gay Political Promised Land?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 18, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

What the hell is going on in Utah? Did someone slip them the gay pill?Read More


The Bachmann Gaffe That Wasn't

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The latest Michele Bachmann gaffe once again has eyes rolling and heads shaking among the commentariat. The irony is, it's not really a gaffe. In fact, it's not even that far from today's conservative mainstream.Read More


Maryland Guv Will Do Something Finally

Filed by Bil Browning | July 18, 2011 | 3:15 PM | comments

After being stung by the countless comparisons to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Maryland's Guv, Martin O'Malley, will finally get off his ass and help pass a marriage equality bill.Read More


Tim Pawlenty Touts Christian Cred

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

Check out this six and a half minute video that GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty just put out.Read More


Same-Sex Couple Seeks Recognition By Israel

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 18, 2011 | 11:15 AM | comments

The Israeli government is dithering over whether to recognize a same-sex couple and to provide them the same rights as other couples. Read More


Challenge To California LGBT History Law

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 18, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

A conservative "family values" organization is bringing a challenge to the new law. Read More

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Butch Peaston on Romney's Refusal

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 17, 2011 | 8:00 PM | comments

Is Mitt Romney deserving of a pat on the back for his refusal to sign the anti-gay pledge?Read More


Or Else: Tea Party Wants What It Wants When It Wants It

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 17, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It doesn't matter that most of the rest of us don't want what they want. It doesn't matter that what they want would be disastrous for millions of American families. It's what they want, and they want it now.Read More


Chile: French PACS-style Status for Couples Proposed

Filed by Nan Hunter | July 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will present a bill to the national legislature that would grant legal rights to gay and straight couples who have lived together for more than one year.Read More


Oh Good Lord (Pun Intended)

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

The religious right: This time they're back stronger than ever and they've all read the Left Behind series.Read More


Will DC's Old Boy Network Block First Openly Gay US Senator?

Filed by Chuck Wolfe | July 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Old boy network politics hasn't changed much in Washington, a town famous for trading in secrets and rumors. I hear that some straight white males in the Democratic Party are calling around to recruit a Wisconsin senate candidate that looks a little more like them.Read More


9/11 Gay Hero's Mom on the Documentary 'With You' & John McCain's Evolution

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

In nine weeks, America will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Mark Bingham, a gay PR executive and rugby player, was among 44 passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 that the hijackers aimed for the US Capitol.Read More


Gingrich Nixes 'Marriage Vow' Proposal

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 15, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gingrich may have opted out of the Iowa fundies marriage pledge, but draping your genitals in the flag doesn't excuse you.Read More


White House Blogs About National HIV/AIDS Strategy at One Year

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The White House posted a blog by Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Strategy, recognizing Wednesday, July 13, as the one year anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.Read More

TEDxTalk: Why LGBT Couples 'Refuse To Lie'

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

They just released the video of a TEDx Talk I did in Tampa Bay to an almost exclusively straight audience on marriage equality and the RefuseToLie campaign.Read More


Cher on the Bachmanns

Filed by Bil Browning | July 15, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Well, she's never been afraid to speak her mind. Why change now?Read More


What Is Up With Don't Ask Don't Tell?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 15, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Confusing developments on DADT have wrong-footed some of the most astute pundits.Read More


Reaction: California Gov Brown Signs FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 14, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s office just issued a notice that he has signed SB 48, the FAIR Education Act.Read More


9/11 Gay Hero's Mom Urges Brown to Sign Fair Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Alice Hoagland, mother of 9/11 hero Mark Bingham, sent California Gov. Jerry Brown a letter Wednesday urging him to sign SB 48, the FAIR Education Act that would prohibit the discriminatory exclusion of LGBT people from public education.Read More


Michele Goldberg Takes Down the Bachmanns

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

If sexual orientation is immutable, it then falls within constitutional equal protection rulings and analysis. This fact terrifies the Christianists.Read More


Anticipation: Will Kucinich Run in Washington State?

Filed by Don Davis | July 14, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Kucinich was in town to stir up the troops, and if things don't go well in Ohio there are several scenarios that could place him here in Washington - and there are at least two districts where he could have a shot at winning.Read More


Cheap Gay Jokes & Marcus Bachmann

Filed by Bil Browning | July 14, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

While I love Second City and I despise the Bachmanns, I'm not so sure how I feel about using Marcus's sexuality as the butt of the joke.Read More


Obama Administration Mulls Appeal Of DADT Ruling

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 14, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Obama Administration is considering whether to appeal the ban on DADT enforcement. There are many complex factors at work in this decision.Read More


In Memoriam: Betty Ford & AIDS

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

America had never seen a First Lady quite like Betty Ford. She was totally open about her views, her family's lives and her own struggles with addiction. That was also the case with HIV/AIDS.Read More


URGENT: Call Gov Brown NOW and Tell Him to Sign the FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 13, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Gov. Jerry Brown may have a history of being pro-gay - but he also has a long history of being pro-farm worker and recently vetoed a bill dear to the United Farm Workers. Brown has an even longer history of being unpredictable.Read More


Hahn Wins 36th Congressional Special Election

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 13, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After a very ugly four-month special election that saw one of the ugliest racist and sexist political ads in decades, LA City Councilmember Janice Hahn is headed to Washington to take the South Bay congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Jane Harman.Read More


IL: Judge Halts State from Ending Catholic Charities Adoption Contracts

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 13, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Illinois has decided to end its involvement and financial contracts for Catholic Charities' adoption and foster services in the wake of the religious organization's refusal to follow the state's new civil unions law and existing anti-discrimination policies.Read More


Romney Rejects Anti-Gay 'Pledge'

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

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has declined to sign on to a religious right-sponsored anti-gay statement, calling it "undignified."Read More


Ohio Supreme Court Severs Co-Parent Relationship

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

When is a parent not a parent? When you're in Ohio.Read More

Victory for the Atlanta Eagle

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

It's been a long, arduous battle to get the Atlanta Police Department to admit wrong-doing.Read More


California Approves NARTH to Give Education Credits To Therapists

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 13, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

California therapists can renew their licenses using credits from an organization that teaches "ex-gay" therapy.Read More


Alan Grayson Will Run for Congress Again

Filed by Bil Browning | July 12, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The fiery liberal made headlines during the national healthcare debate by saying the Republican plan was "Don't get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly."Read More


After Marriage Equality, What's Next, Polygamy? Yes.

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

Marriage equality advocates were quick to denounce the connection. But there is a connection: both involve freedom.Read More


LCR v. US To Be Dismissed As Moot?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 12, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

If the Ninth Circuit dismisses the case as moot, what happens to the District Court's ruling that DADT is unconstitutional?Read More


Indiana Accidentally Repeals Family Services Agency

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

After spending a legislative session trying to destroy unions and successfully defunding Planned Parenthood, Indiana lawmakers have discovered they've caused quite a few unintentional problems too.Read More


Tampa Bay Times Thinks 'GENDER BENDER' Is a Good Description Of Trans People

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

The University of South Florida has just done a great thing for its trans students, so, of course, the Tampa Bay Tribune had to go and ruin it all.Read More


Dr. Bachmann's Reparative Therapy Revealed

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 11, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Dr. Marcus Bachmann's denial that his counseling center engages in reparative therapy turns out to be a bold-faced lie. Read More

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Comment of the Week: Jay Kallio on Marriage Equality Thoughts

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Will marriage bring us to the end of the rainbow?Read More


Antigay CA Family Council Urges Gov to Veto FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 09, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Remember Ron Prentice? He's the chair of ProtectMarriage.com and the CEO of the California Family Council. Here is his action alert sent out Friday morning with specific talking points and he's targeting African American families.Read More

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2011 | 9:16 PM | comments

Former First Lady Betty Ford has died at age 93.Read More

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White House LGBT Liaison, Brian Bond, Moving to DNC

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 08, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement Brian Bond, who also served as the White House's LGBT liaison, will be leaving his post to take up a position as the Democratic National Committee's Director of Constituency Outreach.Read More


Obama Wants To Attack The Middle Class? Take Congress Hostage!

Filed by Don Davis | July 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

What I'm going to propose is brutal, unfair to many of our friends, and vindictive to the point of risking an even worse situation than we have now, but these are desperate times, and I suspect it's now time for desperate measures.Read More


Bachmann Pledges to Ban Porn; Says Homosexuality Is a Choice

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 08, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Erstwhile GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann seems hell bent to provide additional proof that she's a religious fanatic nutcase.Read More

The Time to Push for Marriage Equality in Washington State is Now

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is the time to push, and push hard for marriage equality in Washington State. We need everyone on board right now if we are going to achieve marriage as early as 2012 for gays and lesbians.Read More


California LGBT Education Bill: Backlash Ahead?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Tuesday, the California Assembly passed the FAIR Education Act by a vote of 49-25. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown to take action. Though Brown is considered strongly pro-gay, his signature is not predictable.Read More


I'll Wait for Netflix, Thanks

Filed by Bil Browning | July 08, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

So how many of you are going to run right out to see Sarah Palin: Undefeated?Read More


DADT, Politics, and The Supreme Court

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 08, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The initial stay granted by the Ninth Circuit back in November raised strong arguments in favor of the stay. What's changed? We won, right?Read More


Do Washington State Democrats Have A Labor Problem?

Filed by Don Davis | July 07, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Let's talk about why Democrats are having all kinds of problems with what should be "natural" constituencies - and why those problems might not be going away anytime soon.Read More


DOMA Repeal Will Get Senate Hearing

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. It will be the first time Congress will have debated the law since it's enactment 15 years ago.Read More


Tonight on The Rebecca Juro Show: John Aravosis

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 07, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Americablog editor John Aravosis will be speaking with Rebecca Juro about ENDA, the Democratic Party and its relationship with the LGBT community, and the role of LGBT media. Read More

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Indy Coalition of Progressive Groups Rally at Statehouse

Filed by Annette Gross | July 07, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

On Thursday, June 30th, members of Indianapolis PFLAG joined with other community organizations at the Indiana Statehouse to protest the passage of several bills that will have negative impacts on women, LGBT people, immigrants, workers and teachers.Read More


Michele & Marcus Bachmann: More & More Questions

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 07, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The questions about Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and the extremist anti-gay views she shares with her husband, Marcus Bachmann, continue to multiply.Read More


Will the Supreme Court Reinstate the Stay on the DADT Ban?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 07, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

What will the Supreme Court do?Read More

Toronto City Councilor Records March, Calls for Defunding

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 07, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Toronto city councilor Giorgio "Creepy" Mammoliti made it a point to film Saturday's Dyke March during Toronto Pride Week festivities, in hopes of catching any sign of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid or anyone sporting similar messaging to them.Read More


Golinski v. OPM: How Does It Affect Gender Identity Discrimination?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The government's position is that the same legal standard should apply to gender identity classifications and sexual orientation classifications.Read More

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The Bizarre Moral Universe of the Haters at NOM

Filed by Michael Hamar | July 06, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The photo of Brian Brown, from the National Organization for Marriage, crying after the New York marriage equality bill passed, reflects on the bizarre morality of his organization.Read More


Obama Appoints Gays to Prestigious Advisory Boards

Filed by Bil Browning | July 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two prominent members of the LGBT community were appointed to advisory boards by President Obama yesterday. OutServe co-founder Sue Fulton and author Tom Healy will become the latest openly gay members tapped to serve their country.Read More


Application Process Opens for NY Same-Sex Nuptials

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 05, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Later today the updated forms will be available for the marriage pre-application process for same-sex couples in New York state.Read More

Some Thoughts on the New York Gay Marriage Victory

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

My friend insists marriage may not be perfect, but it is a step toward basic respect in our society for gay people, so even if marriage is flawed it is worth obtaining access to. Get marriage first, then tear it down. Your thoughts?Read More

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Bradley Manning's Role in the LGBT Community

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 05, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

New information about WikiLeaker Bradley Manning - including a history of gender questioning and harassment from fellow U.S. military personnel - calls for an examination of whether he holds specific significance for the LGBT community.Read More

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Rev. Emily Heath on Christians

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 03, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Is organized religion bad for LGBT freedoms?Read More


Republicans Dropping Marriage Equality Boogeyman?

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Have they finally come to their senses? Are Republicans abandoning the culture wars in favor of their corporate masters' bidding?Read More


Michigan's LGBT Legislative Struggles

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 03, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

This week two anti-LGBT bills passed through House committees while an anti-bullying bill - one opposed by LGBT advocates for its lack of explicit LGBT inclusion - was tabled for further discussion. Read More


NC Ballot Initiative to Ban Marriage Equality Likely

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A 2012 ballot initiative proposing an amendment banning same-sex marriage is looking more and more likely in North Carolina, as the state's Speaker of the House spoke up todayRead More


Rep Vicky Hartzler: Don't Feel Bad Because I Hate You

Filed by Bil Browning | July 01, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Watch as Missouri Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler tries to explain to a college student why he shouldn't feel bad that she wants to discriminate against him. Obviously, she doesn't do a very good job.Read More


Victory for Binational Couple Henry Velandia & Josh Vandiver

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Federal immigration officials have cancelled the deportation of Henry Velandia of Venezuela, who is legally married to Josh Vandiver. According to their lawyer, Lavi Soloway, the action comes after more flexible immigrations guidelines were put into effect for immigrants with no serious criminal records.Read More

The Awakening: Suffrage Memorabilia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 01, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

From 1915, an emotional appeal to grant women the right to vote across the United States. Simple and direct, the image speaks to the universal craving for equality. Read More