Politics: November 2011


Call for LGBTs to March in Solidarity with Occupy LA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

An LGBT march in solidarity with the Occupy movement is planned for Saturday, Dec. 3 in Los Angeles after city officials evicted the encampment late last night.Read More


UPDATED: TN Tea Party Tweets Anti-Gay Slur at Barney Frank

Filed by Bil Browning | November 30, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

So much for that whole meme that "The Tea Party doesn't care about social issues. It's all about the money!" Seems the Tennessee Tea Party didn't get the memo.Read More

Barney Frank on ENDA's Future After His Retirement [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | November 29, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Presented without commentary... I'd rather hear what y'all have to say about Representative Barney Frank's idea on how to pass ENDA after he retires in 2012. Read More


Race for CA's 50th Assembly District Is Getting Gritty

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 29, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the redrawn 50th Assembly District that stretches from Malibu through the Westside to West Hollywood, the race pits progressive Assemblymember Betsy Butler against challengers Torie Osborn, a longtime lesbian activist and nonprofit executive, and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom. Read More


Applying Soft Power to Achieve Hard Results

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

There's news to report across a variety of issues; that's why today we'll be talking about trade, human rights, cybersecurity, poverty and development, and the methods by which you can apply "soft power" to achieve hard results.Read More


Catholic Archbishop: 'These People' Don't Deserve Jobs

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Archbishop Dolan's remarks about being "deceived" by politicians that marriage equality wouldn't pass have garnered some attention in the LGBT blogosphere. What Dolan said after that segment is what should be highlighted though if we want to win full equality nationwide.Read More


Rep Frank Statement on Not Seeking Re-Election

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Representative Barney Frank's office has released a statement from the Congressman explaining his decision not to seek re-election in 2012. Read More


Do As I Say: Putting OWS in Perspective

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

While the US government has encouraged the Arab Spring uprisings as "people seeking a chance to contribute and to have a role in the decisions that will shape their lives," they've not been so tolerant of dissent here.Read More


Transgender Political Trends

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's a lot happening in the trans political world, and I name what I see as the top three trans political trends. I'd love to hear your analysis of our top political trends. Read More

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UPDATED: Congressman Barney Frank to Retire

Filed by Bil Browning | November 28, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

News is currently breaking that openly gay Representative Barney Frank will retire at the end of this term. The 16 term Congressman will hold a press conference at 1pm today in Massachusetts to announce his decision.Read More


Anti-Gay Lobbyist Tries to Hide Moralism with "Pro-Business" Arguments

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

It is surely a sign of the times that the successful lobbyist for the Tennessee Family Action Council used a strategy of not highlighting religious or moral objections to homosexuality when doing outreach to members of the state legislature.Read More


Buffy the Democrat Slayer: Celebrity Republicans

Filed by Bil Browning | November 27, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Buzzfeed brings us an interesting look at celebrities who are either registered Republicans or conservative activists. Some of the folks on the list will shock you.Read More


Occupy LA to Be Evicted from City Hall Park on Monday

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

Last Friday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced that City Hall Park will be closed on Monday at 12:01am, thus evicting the Occupy LA protesters.Read More


GOProud Leader 'Likes' Obama Assassination Idea

Filed by Bil Browning | November 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

What kind of fresh hell is this? There's a huge difference between being on opposite sides of the political aisle and tacitly approving of assassinating the President.Read More


After the Supercommittee: Round Two

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 26, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The supercommittee is down for the count, and everyone from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, and even Grover Norquist is credited with throwing the knockout punch. It's tempting to do a victory dance, but we'd better make it a short one.Read More


Prop 8 Plaintiff's Thanksgiving Video

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

The American Foundation for Equal Rights distributed a video about what Thanksgiving means to Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, the two couples challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8.Read More


Republican Leaders In Clown Make-Up

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 25, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

Sure, you've seen it already. Yes, this is redundant. But nonetheless.Read More


Legislation in Russia Would Ban Gay 'Propaganda'

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 23, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

A bill put forth by the conservative political party United Russia in the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly calls for a fine of up to $1,600 for "public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors."Read More


Queer Rising Advocates for NYC's Homeless Youth

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

On Saturday, Queer Rising successfully executed a demonstration in Times Square of New York City by taking advantage of a pedestrian street camera to broadcast a message to the governor demanding more recognition for queer homeless youth.Read More


Meet the One Percent... And the 99 Percent

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 22, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Being in the 99 percent, and living in Washington, DC, is to live and work in close proximity to the 1 percent. (Especially if you work in Capitol Hill.) When you do so on a daily basis, it's easy to forget that - as F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote - "The rich are different from you and me."Read More


The Last Thanksgiving

Filed by Steve Ralls | November 22, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Benjamin Anderson will spend this Thanksgiving packing. The Coast Guard resident is preparing to leave the United States because current immigration laws have made it nearly impossible for him to remain in the country he honorably served.Read More


First Lady Booed at NASCAR Event

Filed by Bil Browning | November 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Is it fair? Hell no. Is it a mammoth racist crowd practically pelting the First Lady with rotten tomatoes? Hardly. It's a time honored tradition of expressing disapproval. They booed. Get over it.Read More


The Guardian: 99% or 99.99%?

Filed by Bil Browning | November 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

The UK's Guardian takes a look at the 99% movement in the United States and examines the truth of the matter. Their conclusion? It's not the 99%; it's the 99.99%.Read More

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Robin Tyler & Diane Olson on CA Prop 8 'Standing' Opinion

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 20, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson - the married lesbian couple who filed the first lawsuit in 2004 to win marriage rights and were the first couple in Southern California to marry in 2008 - react to the California high court's opinion.Read More

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Herman Cain: Repeal the Supreme Court

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

I know the guy's shown a complete lack of knowledge about how our government works, but could someone give him a popup storybook about our Constitution? Read More

Sec of Labor Issues Statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2011 | 3:45 PM | comments

Now this is a big deal. Following on the heels of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's speech at a national transgender organization's gala fundraiser, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has issued a statement recognizing the Transgender Day of Remembrance.Read More


Antigay Forces File Proposed Initiative Against CA FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 18, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Committee to Repeal SB 48 - a newer version of the antigay StopSB48 crowd - filed a proposed initiative on Wednesday with the California Attorney General's office to again try to eliminate LGBTs from the California FAIR Education Act.Read More

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I'd Like to Ask a Favor Please

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's not often that I write and ask you for a favor, so I hope you'll consider my request. No, I'm not asking you to vote for Bilerico in some sort of blog contest; this is for something much more important.Read More


Remembering Our Dead & Our Living

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 17, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Every year I wonder how many more transgender people will have to be murdered in acts of hate-fueled violence before the politicians finally get it. People are losing their lives because of their cowardice and it needs to stop.Read More


Perry Challenges Pelosi to a Debate

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

Rick Perry continues his assault on Congress today by challenging Minority Leader (and former Speaker) Nancy Pelosi to a debate on his proposal to slash Congressmembers' salaries and make them part-time representatives.Read More


Flat Tax: Back in the USSR

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 17, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

After labeling Barack Obama a "socialist," you wouldn't think conservatives would be taking their cues from socialists, right? You'd be wrong.Read More

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CA Supreme Court Issues Prop 8 Standing Ruling

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2011 | 1:15 PM | comments

The California Supreme Court has issued their ruling on whether or not proponents of ballot initiatives have authority to represent the state of California when the state's public officials decline to do so.Read More


The Occupy Movement Is an Incubator for the Nation's New Leaders

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 17, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

"What looks like a disorganized mess is, in many respects, a training ground for those who will join the next generation of leaders."Read More


DNC Responds to Perry 'Lazy' Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Earlier this morning, we showed you Rick Perry's new attack ad on Obama; he claims the President called Americans lazy. The DNC responds with the truth.Read More


Examples: Boycott Koch Products

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Tired of dealing with the teabagger and general rightwing bullshit that's being financed by the extremist Koch brothers? Were you aware of all the companies that Koch Industries owns and the products you could be buying every day?Read More

Herman Cain: Real Men Eat Sausage

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

There's nothing more manly than longing for a mouthful of nice, hard sausage.Read More


HUD Secretary Donovan Makes LGBT History

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

At the National Center for Transgender Equality gala awards banquet last night, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan made history.Read More


Michigan Bullying Bill Won't Have Religious Loopholes

Filed by Bil Browning | November 16, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

We were due for some good news and here it is. Michigan's proposed bullying bill will not include loopholes to allow religious bullies to intimidate LGBT students or those from other religions.Read More


Domestic Partnerships: Montana Tries Another Door

Filed by D Gregory Smith | November 15, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

In light of the District Court dismissal of the same-sex domestic partnership case Donaldson and Guggenheim vs The State Of Montana in April, The Montana ACLU has filed an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court.Read More

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Join Washington State's New Push for Marriage

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It is going to take all of us who support civil marriage for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples to make sure our representatives understand how important it is to us that they pass this bill.Read More


COW: A Back & Forth Over DOMA Repeal

Filed by Bil Browning | November 13, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Was the hearing and and passage of the bill just a dog and pony show since it would never make it through the full House and Senate or an important public statement about where we are in the struggle for marriage equality?Read More


Stand With Veterans: The Worthy 1 Percent

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Across the country, veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are standing with the joining the 99 percent. Beyond Veterans Day, let's stand up with and for veterans - our worthy 1 percent - and demand better.Read More

Why George Will Thinks Losing 24,000 Jobs Is a Good Thing

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I am beginning to understand George Will. Normally, that realization would worry me in too many ways to count, and would be cause enough for my progressive friends to stage an intervention.Read More

AFER Breaks Down the DOMA Repeal Vote

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 11, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Matt Baume of the American Federation for Equal Rights gives a good summary of the issue with some explanations of what could or may happen next, in this new video. Read More


Letterman: Rick Perry's Top 10 Excuses

Filed by Bil Browning | November 11, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Rick Perry appeared on Letterman last night to do the Top Ten list. His topic? The top ten excuses for his debate performance Wednesday night.Read More


Senate Committee Passes DOMA Repeal Bill

Filed by Bil Browning | November 10, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Respect for Marriage Act today. The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which bans same-sex marriages from federal recognition.Read More


Perry: Major GOP Debate Gaffe Won't End His Campaign

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 10, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Thursday morning, Perry told AP, "Oh, shoot, no,"when asked if the major gaffe would end his presidential run. "This ain't a day for quitting nothing."Read More


Time To Retire the 'Greedy Geezers' Myth

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 10, 2011 | 4:45 PM | comments

A report on wealth gap between younger and older Americans - which is being spun by the right as "proof" that we "spend too much" on grandma, at the kids' expense - is a reminder that what we're spending is keeping both out of poverty.Read More


New Equality MD Director Carrie Evans And Trans Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After last year's Maryland debacles and the Equality Maryland's organizational issues, which way should ED Carrie Evans go on trans issues?Read More


Oregon Abandons Marriage Equality Initiative for 2012

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 10, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Oregon was poised to be the first state to overturn an anti-marriage equality state constitutional amendment in 2012. Basic Rights Oregon sent an email to supporters announcing their plan to wait until they are ready to win.Read More


Kenyan Newspaper Cartoon Mocks Gay Rights

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

After British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to cut aid to nations that abuse their LGBT citizens, African nations have erupted in anger. Yesterday, The Kenya Star published this editorial cartoon mocking gay people and international pressure for basic human rights.Read More


Victory Fund-Endorsed 22-Year-Old Wins Mayoral Race

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 09, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last night, a 22-year-old, Alex Morse, won his race for the mayoral seat in Holyoke, Mass. The openly gay man had previously been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Read More

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Equal Benefits Ordinance Enacted in Broward County, Florida

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | November 09, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday Broward County, Florida sent a strong message to assure its LGBT-residents that they embrace the county's rich diversity and value all families who call south Florida home.Read More


Liz Mathis Wins! Marriage Safe in Iowa for Now

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 09, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Pro-equality Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will welcome Liz Mathis to the Iowa Senate. She supports marriage for all of Iowa's families, and has guaranteed a Democratic majority for the pro-marriage Iowa Senate for now.Read More

Openly Gay Man Wins Indy City-County Council Race

Filed by Bil Browning | November 08, 2011 | 10:30 PM | comments

Zach Adamson will become Indianapolis' first openly gay City-County Councilor after today's election. Adamson is a board member of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats and was endorsed by the Victory Fund.Read More


Sec Hillary Clinton Lays Out US Plan to Fight HIV/AIDS

Filed by Dan O'Neill | November 08, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the NIH today to give a major speech, in which she presented a new vision for the fight against HIV/AIDS.Read More


The Poor Have It So Good Today

Filed by Don Davis | November 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

You know what the problem is with America? The poor don't get just how great they have it. If the poor want things to get better, let 'em pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Read More


A New Player in the DOMA Game

Filed by Nan Hunter | November 08, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last week, when briefs were due from amicus groups supporting the plaintiffs' challenge to DOMA, ten were filed. Most were from the usual suspects of gay-supportive organizations, but there was a surprising new player in the game.Read More


Connect the Dots: VA's Anti-Gay Campaign Flyer & the Traditional Values Coalition

Filed by Michael Hamar | November 08, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

News about a hideous anti-gay flyer circulated in a Virginia state senate race hit most national LGBT blogs yesterday, but what happens when you connect the dots between the Republican campaign and the Traditional Values Coalition?Read More


Obama Is Not a Radical Leftist

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

This political test has been around for years. Obama was in the upper-right quadrant in 2008 based on his Senate record, which, in 2011, doesn't seem surprising at all.Read More


White House AIDS Czar Jeff Crowley Leaving Post

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

This letter from White House AIDS Czar Jeff Crowley was distributed on Thursday. Crowley is leaving his post as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy.Read More


Policing the 99%, Part 2

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 06, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The spread of the Occupy movement, and its increasing popularity, shows that not only do Americans want Wall Street held accountable for its role in the economic crisis and ensuing recession, but it's painfully clear to that there has been no accountability.Read More


NAACP's Ben Jealous: Stand Up 4 Freedom

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 06, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Friday, NAACP President Ben Jealous sent a message to supporters asking for help fighting the latest assault on the US Constitution.Read More


Shoplifting is Political, or: Kleptomania for the 99%

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Stealing is a politicized topic. I'm not the sort of person who would turn anyone in for stealing a handful of mushrooms while I would get mad if someone's employer forced them to hand over half their tip money.Read More


Legislative Malfeasance in Michigan

Filed by Amy Hunter | November 04, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a stunning misrepresentation of the public trust, ultra-conservatives in Michigan pushed an "anti-bullying" initiative through the state Senate Wednesday after attaching an amendment that radically changed the legislation's impact.Read More


What Would Adam Smith Say?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 04, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Elizabeth Warren really hit a nerve among conservatives with her winning message about the the social contract and America's economy. What I didn't know is that she did it with an assist from the right's favorite philosopher on economic policy.Read More


Policing the 99% Part 1

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 03, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

From using pepper spray to lobbing flash bombs, the police tactics are chilling enough by themselves, but he policing of the 99 percent by the 99 percent on behalf of the 1 percent is truly ominous.Read More


Stop SB 48 Is Back: Equality California Isn't

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The antigay Capitol Resources Institute and their antigay Stop SB 48 "coalition" are now considering launching an initiative, which would allow them more time to get signatures. Equality California isn't ready to fight back.Read More


LGBTs Push for Education Act with Anti-Bullying Policies

Filed by Adam Polaski | November 02, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today, a number of LGBT advocacy organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined together in requesting that the anti-bullying language be incorporated into the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011 before it is approved.Read More


California Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani Comes Out

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 02, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's a simple headline that will change the life of California Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani - and she apparently hopes - the lives of LGBT teens, as well.Read More


How to Make Occupy Wall Street More Trans-Inclusive

Filed by Toshio Meronek | November 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

A big problem with social justice movements? Forgetting to include the people who are the most oppressed in the process. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project knows the problem first-hand, and stopped by Occupy Wall Street last week to help other protesters understand.Read More


Rep Cantor Booed Over Defending DOMA

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Rep Eric Cantor's visit to the University of Michigan wasn't as positive as he'd hoped. Not only did students and staff turn their backs on him during his speech, they booed him when he reiterated his support for "traditional marriage."Read More