Politics: December 2011


Speculating on the 2012 Vice Presidential Race

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 30, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Newt Gingrich says he would consider naming Sarah Palin as his running-mate if he were to capture the GOP nomination, and one blogger roots for Clinton stepping in as Obama's VP. Read More

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Ron Paul's Links to Antigay Religious Extremists

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

I always thought the Christmas holidays were a time for peace, love and understanding, befitting the birth of Jesus Christ, but that's been a little off this year.Read More


Christians Put Gay Couples in the Crosshairs

Filed by Bil Browning | December 30, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'm guessing there's some Freudian explanation why the North Carolina Family Policy Council went with this imagery to promote the state's upcoming vote on whether or not to ban on same-sex marriage, but, geez, I just can't figure out what it could be...Read More

A Big Gay Thank You to Republicans

Filed by Patrick J Hamilton | December 30, 2011 | 10:45 AM | comments

Guest blogger Patrick J Hamilton sends a big thank you to Republicans, Teabaggers, and right-wing religious conservatives for their inspiration in 2011. Growth and good have come of it.Read More


Remember When Ron Paul Called Sacha Baron Cohen a 'Queer'?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 29, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

A former staffer's allegations about Ron Paul's personal uneasiness with gays seems to have a chunk of truth when you look at the way Ron Paul freaked out when he got punked by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.Read More


Kelly Clarkson Supports Ron Paul?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 29, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, pop singer and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson announced her support of Ron Paul's candidacy to win the Republican's presidential nomination in a blog post on her site. Read More


Would-Be Veep: Bob McDonnell's Sorry Record on Jobs

Filed by Michael Hamar | December 29, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

While the GOP presidential nomination clown car continues, the would-be candidates for the veep slot are working to position themselves as viable contenders. Among them is Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell - a protege of Pat Robertson.Read More

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Buh Bye: Senator Ben Nelson Will Retire

Filed by Bil Browning | December 28, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

So long. Farewell. Auf wiedersehen, goodnight. Conservative Democrat Senator Ben Nelson (NB) announced yesterday that he would not seek re-election in 2012. Read More


The GOP & the Mad Doctor

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 27, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for the Republican party in the run-up to 2012.Read More


Ruining Marriage: Practice What You Preach

Filed by Annette Gross | December 26, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

People like Amy Koch need to think twice when they decide to cheat on their spouses. Do what you want, Amy, but don't be a hypocrite and blame the LGBT community for the ruination of your already-messed-up marriage.Read More


Why Are Some Still in a Hillary Hangover?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 22, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

We shouldn't waste our time hoping and wishing about what could have been. We should help our President in fulfilling his promises.Read More


Will Defenders of DADT Stand By Their Dire Predictions?

Filed by Dr. Nathaniel Frank | December 22, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

This week marks a full year since Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and three months since the new policy went into effect. So how do we assess the change, and, equally important, does it even matter anymore?Read More


What's Really Going on with House Republicans & Why It Matters to LGBT People

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Is House Speaker John Boehner really willing to allow for a tax increase because instead of the bipartisan two-month compromise worked out by the Senate - in order to help the working poor?Read More


Rick Santorum Wants to Win Over Gay Voters?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

During an interview on Fox News' On The Record, Rick Santorum said he has a plan to win over the LGBT community. Read More


Where There's a 'We,' There's a Will & a Way

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 21, 2011 | 4:15 PM | comments

Chalk it up to my ADD, but sometimes my brain finds connections the strangest, seemingly most disparate stories among the many I read online every day.Read More


Zimbabwe MP Arrested for Saying Prez Mugabe Is Gay

Filed by Bil Browning | December 21, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

You know what they say about the lady who protesteth too much...Read More


Canadian Official Asks Trans Woman to Accommodate 'Spooked' Royal Representative

Filed by Mercedes Allen | December 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

A human rights complaint has been filed against Northwest Territories' Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger over an incident that occurred during the December 9th visit to Aurora College by Canada's new Governor General, David Johnston.Read More

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One Iowa: Vander Plaats Out of Touch with Iowa Voters

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 20, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Bob Vander Plaats fights tirelessly to attack loving and committed gay and lesbian couples now that they can legally marry and he just announced that he endorses Rick Santorum for President. Read More


On the Call: Stop SB48 Tries to Rally Support & Activists Disrupt

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 20, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The title and summary from the California Attorney General's office for the new Stop SB 48 initiative to repeal the California FAIR Education Act is expected soon the antigay Capitol Resource Institute announced on a Monday night conference call meant to recruit supporters.Read More


Austerity's Catastrophic Success Continues

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 20, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

When it comes to austerity, "success" is totally in the eye of the beholder.Read More


Next Time You Need a Bad Idea, Try These

Filed by Don Davis | December 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I have spent a number of years complaining about the interactions between Democrats and Republicans, but after the recent events involving the Keystone XL and civil liberties cave-ins, I've decided it's time to stop complaining and embrace the madness.Read More


Helping Out on the Resolution Front

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

I've taken the liberty of composing New Year's resolutions for individuals who are just too busy to do it themselves.Read More

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Napolitano Could Reunite LGBT Families for Christmas

Filed by Bil Browning | December 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've given GetEqual plenty of hell when I thought they weren't on the right track, but this action even has me signing on to it.Read More

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My Concerns Over the Prop 8 Repeal Initiative

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I appreciate Love Honor Cherish's drive to make this happen, but I think they are way over their heads.Read More


What The GOP Really Wanted

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

The sausage is nearly made. The deal is almost done. Shutdown has been averted. Again. For now. The process wasn't pretty, and progressives are justifiably disappointed.Read More

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Prez Newt Gingrich Would Arrest Judges

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

This begs the question, if he wins and he takes the oath of office to "protect and defend the constitution," will he be telling the truth or will he be lying with his hand on the Bible? Read More


Prop 8 Repeal Initiative OKed for Signature-Gathering

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Love Honor Cherish's ballot initiative proposed by gay attorney Thomas B. Watson to repeal Prop 8 was cleared on Thursday by the California Sec. of State to start gathering signatures.Read More

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Ron Paul's Triumphant Return [Comment of the Week]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. The Ron Paul acolytes have started commenting on anything even tangentially related to the GOP presidential wannabe.Read More


NJ Senator Menendez Supports Marriage Equality

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

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez announced his support of marriage equality today in an editorial in New Jersey's largest newspaper, The Star Ledger. The Democrat will also sign on as the 32nd sponsor of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.Read More

Republicans Behaving Badly: Part 3,847

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

Yesterday was a banner day for Republican leaders nationwide. Two more have been caught up in sex scandals with a gay twist.Read More


Conservatives Don't Want to Fix Poverty

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 16, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

Conservatives can't fix poverty, because conservatives don't want to fix poverty. From a conservative perspective, poverty isn't the real problem. Poor people are.Read More


Advocates Applaud UN Report; LA City Council Denounces Nigeria

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 16, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

African human rights activists applauded the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for releasing the first-ever U.N. report documenting discriminatory laws, practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.Read More


Santorum & Romney Face Off on Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | December 16, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Rick Santorum went after Mitt Romney over the Massachusetts ruling that denying marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional and Romney's role in implementing the ruling.Read More


GOProud: The Walrus and the Carpenter

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

I've always known that the Republican asshats at GOProud have some fucked up priorities, but let me see if I have this right...Read More


Newt Gingrich: Traditional Marriage Super Ninja

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Is your marriage a little muddled? Let Newt Gingrich, the traditional marriage defending super ninja help you figure it all out!Read More


One War Down, One to Go

Filed by Bil Browning | December 15, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's speech this morning to US troops in Baghdad officially marks the end of the Iraq war. Now if we could just wrap up that whole Afghanistan thing...Read More


Sarah Palin: Unwanted

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 14, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Like I said before, it's hard to build a successful television show around someone who's unlikable, and has no discernible talent.Read More


Jose Antonio Vargas on His Gay, Undocumented Identity

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who came out as undocumented in The New York Times, has been hard at work promoting a new project and speaking about where his dual minority identities -- being gay and undocumented -- intersect.Read More

NPR Tackles Mitt Romney's Flip Flopping on Gay Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

National Public Radio's Tovia Smith tackled Mitt Romney's flip-flopping on gay rights on Monday night's "All Things Considered," noting that Romney denied any inconsistency in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.Read More

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A Young Activist Perspective on Global LGBT Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 14, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

For me, as a 24-year-old white guy from Spokane, Wash., this week was monumental. I've been working at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission as Communications Associate since July. But this time was different.Read More


LGBT Rights Are Human Rights: Time to Celebrate?

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | December 13, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

LGBT people are part of the social fabric, and thus part of the population that benefit from the foreign aid funding. A cut in aid will have an impact on everyone, and more so, on the populations that are already vulnerable.Read More

Lesbian Wins Federal Employment Discrimination Case

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 13, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

A lesbian employee receives a substantial settlement in a lawsuit claiming that sexual orientation discrimination is sex discrimination.Read More


Demand Senate Dems Protect Syringe Exchange Programs

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | December 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

National AIDS organizations are encouraging advocates to take action and call key Senators after hearing that negotiations on the appropriations bill - including riders like syringe exchange programs - are taking place at the highest levels.Read More

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Anti-Gay Amendments Dropped from Defense Authorization Act

Filed by Bil Browning | December 13, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The conference committee working to combine the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act announced yesterday that two anti-gay amendments passed by the House of Representatives have been dropped.Read More


Karger Mocks Perry Video, Contributes to GOP Circus

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 12, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

In a new video, Fred Karger, the openly gay candidate who's running for the Republican presidential nomination, parodies Rick Perry's "strong" video. Remember that time where at least some of the presidential nominees were serious?Read More


Not Romney: Dumber Than Dubya?

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 12, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Looking back over the Republican campaign thus far, littered with what's left of a bushel of front-runners whose campaigns ultimately withered on the vine, the dying gaffes of Perry's candidacy seem like just one more added to the pile.Read More


Romney Gets Owned By Vietnam Vet on Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | December 12, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

During a campaign stop this morning, Mitt Romney stopped at a local restaurant and ambled over to two older gentleman sitting at a booth. When one of the men asked Romney about his views on marriage, he quickly realized that this wasn't your usual Q&A.Read More


The Motivation Behind the 'Transsexual Registration Act'

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

Some of the quotes will be difficult for some, so the discussion will follow after the fold -- save it for when you're prepared to delve into some incredibly disheartening attitudes. Consider this your trigger warning.Read More


Perry Gets Heckled in Iowa Over Anti-Gay Positions

Filed by Bil Browning | December 12, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Rick Perry's anti-gay stances and rhetoric are coming back to bite him in the ass. At an Iowa campaign stop yesterday, he was heckled by attendees who shouted, "Why do you hate gay people so much?"Read More


Glitter Is What Made America Sparkle

Filed by Bil Browning | December 12, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I haven't posted the bajillion and one comedy responses to Rick Perry's dumbass anti-gay campaign ad since every other queer blog in existence has posted them nonstop for days, but I'll make an exception for this one.Read More


Hungry for the Holidays

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 11, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Just in time for the holidays, conservatives are presenting their latest gift to America's political discourse. Not satisfied with having creating climate change denialism, it looks like conservatives are applying their denialist model to another area: hunger.Read More


Romney Flip Flops on Marriage; Supports Repeal of DADT

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

From one-eightly land, while he opposed the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell just earlier this year, Romney says he has no plans to re-implement it like all the other buffoons lurching hopefully toward the nomination.Read More


Barney Frank's Views on LGBT Activists & Bloggers [Open Thread]

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 10, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I'm very curious to know what your opinion on Barney's views on LGBT activists and bloggers. Do you agree or disagree with his assessment of the movement?Read More


GOP: The Party of the 1 Percent

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

"Which side are you on?" That question, posed by Florence Reece in a pro-union song she wrote in 1931, echoes across the country today, in the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and demonstrations like Take Back the Capital this week.Read More


Prop 8 Was Not Overturned This Week

Filed by Joe Mirabella | December 09, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

While these renewed celebrations may have felt good, they were more than a year late, and incredibly misleading. Perhaps you should share this blog post now, so your friends know the marathon is still not over. Read More


Herman Cain & Eddie Long: A Tale of Two Players

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 09, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Both Long and Cain were on the "down low," while pretending to be upstanding. Yet they led others to look askance at someone like me. And for a long time, they got rewarded for it, and may yet be forgiven for it.Read More


On the Question of Virginity

Filed by Don Davis | December 09, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I got a weird little story about my friend Blitz Krieger to bring to you today.Read More

Ron Paul: Bring On the Steamed Croutons

Filed by Bil Browning | December 08, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

GOP presidential candidate (and all around kook) Ron Paul gets the bad lip-synching treatment this time around.Read More


It's Not About Cordray

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

When it became clear that Senate Republicans would block Elizabeth Warren's appointment as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama appointed Richard Cordray. Now Senate Republicans are blocking Cordray's appointment. But unlike Warren's appointment, this time its not about Cordray. Read More

Georgia Trans Employee Wins for All the Right Reasons

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 08, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

A third U.S. appeals court rules in favor of trans employees, and alleviates some concerns raised by the District Court's decision. Read More


TV Networks Fail to Broadcast Obama's Major LGBT Announcement

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 07, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the administration's new stance on international LGBT issues. So, you would think the networks would cover it, right?Read More


Ireland, Occupied

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 07, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I keep an eye on news about Ireland's economy, because it's regularly held up as an example we should follow here. At least in the headlines. Read a bit deeper, and it's a different story.Read More


Hillary Clinton's LGBT Rights Speech to the UN

Filed by Bil Browning | December 06, 2011 | 7:15 PM | comments

Here's the speech everyone is talking about today. It's being heralded as a modern day "I Have a Dream" speech.Read More


Kids as Activists: Good Idea or Bad? [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 06, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

By now you've probably seen the video of the eight year old boy telling Michelle Bachmann, "My mommy's gay but she doesn't need any fixing." Let's talk for a moment about the ethics behind using your child as a prop for activism.Read More

Debt Schmedt

Filed by Kate Clinton | December 06, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

This Trumped-up maniacal, medieval drive to reduce deficits by enacting pound-of-flesh, down-to-the-bone austerity measures is creating a worldwide open-air Debtor's Prison. It is shameful and it is the poor who are shamed.Read More


Who Pays for the 'Pay For'?

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

One half of every conservative plan on job consists of cuts that reflect the party's core belief that America's road to recovery begins with more Americans being out of work. The latest proposal from the GOP is to pay for job creation by cutting jobs.Read More


Troy MI Mayor Gets Earful Over 'Queer' Remark [Video]

Filed by Bil Browning | December 06, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Troy, Michigan's tea party mayor, Janice Daniels, is in hot water after posting an anti-gay slur on her Facebook page. The new mayor posted "Going to throw away my I Love New York bag now that queers can get married."Read More


Iowa Teen Argues the Good Argument

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 06, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

I give Jane Schmidt a world of credit. The Iowa high school student held her own in an exchange with Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. At Schmidt's age, shaking a candidate's hand was enough to make me forget my name.Read More


Marriage Back on the Ballot in Maine?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 05, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Equality supporters in Maine have been gathering signatures to put a citizen initiative on the ballot and have now gathered almost twice as many as needed.Read More


Obama with All His Faults

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | December 05, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

In 1904 the New York Sun published the following one-line endorsement of Theodore Roosevelt: "Theodore! with all thy faults..." Like voters before and since, most Americans who voted in 1904 chose the lesser of many evils.Read More


Comment of the Week: Kelley Winters on Barney Frank

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 04, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Kelley Winters spoke out against Barney Frank's statement on ENDA's future after his retirement. Read More

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The GOP Tax Plan Does So Stink

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 04, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

No doubt Republicans know the fight over extending the payroll tax is one they could lose. They've now presented a plan of their own - one that Timothy Noah says the Democrats should be willing to work with because it doesn't stink. Read More


HUD Addresses Concerns of Aging LGBT Community

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be having its first-ever national summit to discuss issues pertinent to aging members of the LGBT community. Read More


From the Heart of the Heartland

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 03, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Supporters of equal rights have something to celebrate this week, and it comes from the heart of the American heartland.Read More


Newt's First Rule of Dysfunctional Politics

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 03, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

The cardinal rule of dysfunctional politics, it turns out, it identical to the cardinal rule dysfunctional families: Don't talk about it.Read More


GOP Candidate Gary Johnson Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Adam Polaski | December 02, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last night, Gary Johnson announced during a GOProud-sponsored online town hall event that he supports marriage equality and does not think that decisions of morality or religion should dictate governmental rights. Read More


Putting LGBT Ads in Perspective

Filed by Bil Browning | December 02, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

While everyone is still going crazy over the marriage equality ad from Australia, a Russian group has put out a powerful PSA "speaking out" against St. Petersburg's proposed legislation to criminalize gay "propaganda." Read More

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Thank You, Congressman Barney Frank

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 01, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

For those who've read my work over the years, the title of this post will probably come as a surprise, but there's good reason for trans people and allies to be grateful to Barney Frank for his work in Congress.Read More


Public Accommodations Law Misconceptions and Trans Rights

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 01, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

How important is it to put "gender identity" into a state public accommodations law? What should we think about bills that do not include public accommodations protection? Read More

Passing Trans Human Rights in Canada With a Conservative Majority

Filed by Mercedes Allen | December 01, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

"It'll never pass," I often heard. "Not with a Harper government. They'd never support human rights inclusion for transsexual and transgender people." And then it passed.Read More