The Movement: January 2007

We lost the battle

Filed by Bil Browning | January 31, 2007 | 10:41 PM | comments

It's taking me a while to write this post. I've started it half a dozen times by now. I even did a couple other posts, while I was trying to "settle in." Nothing that I have to say - and...Read More

"Read The Fine Print": SJR7 Unfolded -part 1

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 31, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

One thing can be said about SJR7, the proposed "Marriage Amendment" to the Indiana Consitution. It's BORING. The second paragraph, that is. The first, which defines marriage as the union of only one man and one woman, just sails by,...Read More

Special Rights

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 30, 2007 | 9:30 AM | comments

One of my favorite blogs, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, has really hit the nail on the head in a discussion of that perennial favorite, "special rights." (You know--the rights everyone else has that gays have the nerve to want...Read More

Those pesky women and their pesky ovaries!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | January 29, 2007 | 10:21 AM | comments

Japan's minister, Hakuo Yanagisawa, is being urged to resign after describing women as "birth-giving machines" in a speech addressing the low birth rate of the country. "The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed. Because the number...Read More

Tony, say it isn't so!

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 28, 2007 | 8:00 PM | comments

The day the Indianapolis Colts beat New England in the nail-biter that will take them to the Superbowl next Sunday I posted a cheer on behalf of a lot of loyal and admiring LGBT fans. I firmly share their deep...Read More

Battling legislative hypocrisy

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 27, 2007 | 8:40 AM | comments

I have to admit that when I initially read Bil's first post indicating he'd had enough and was going to call Indiana legislative hypocrisy by its real name, letting the chips fall where they may, I got a bit squishy....Read More

You're mad too? Welcome to IAN.

Filed by Bil Browning | January 25, 2007 | 10:20 PM | comments

So I see from all the comments and e-mails that you're just as mad as I am. You're tired of being second-class. You're fed up with hypocrites and bigots. You're sick of constantly playing defense while the media gives crapmasters...Read More

Veep Calls Preg Mary Off-Limits

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2007 | 2:10 PM | comments

Dick and Lynne ensure that their daughter Mary is a public figure then get pissy when she's treated like one by the press. This time Dick got grumpy with Wolf Blitzer. Duck, Wolf, duck!...Read More

Blair and the World's Most Powerful Hate Group

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | January 24, 2007 | 6:42 AM | comments

The world's most powerful hate group, the Roman Catholic Church, is no different from the Boy Scouts in wanting to have their cake and eat it, too. Latest case is their stealth use of purported Catholic wannabe, Tony Blair, to try to carve out an exemption in the U.K.'s Equality Act.Read More

The dirty underbelly

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2007 | 4:33 PM | comments

Sometimes you've just had enough. I've hit that point. I'm angry. I don't want platitudes, promises or to be patted on the head and told "It will all work out in the end." I want to see a difference -...Read More

This week's poll

Filed by Bil Browning | January 23, 2007 | 1:10 PM | comments

This week's poll is focused on the recent spate of LGBT-themed legislation at the Statehouse. You can only pick one answer (and hopefully you can only vote once!) The poll will close Saturday night at midnight. Take Our Poll from...Read More

SJR-7 goes to committee!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2007 | 10:28 AM | comments

The Indiana constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage has been assigned to a state senate committee (Judiciary) and will be heard on January 31st at 9am. It is vitally important that you show up to this hearing and demand your...Read More

In plain words?

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 22, 2007 | 9:07 AM | comments

Tucked into Article 4 of the Indiana Constitution, which deals with the Legislature, is Section 20, which says: "Every act and joint resolution shall be plainly worded, avoiding, as far as practicable, the use of technical terms." Hmmm....SJR7, the proposed...Read More

It's Not Gay Sex, It's ALL Sex

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | January 21, 2007 | 3:44 PM | comments

I'm not the first person to notice that Americans as a whole are profoundly uncomfortable with sex. Our Puritan heritage is alive and surprisingly well, and it crops up in all sorts of weird places. Michigan, for example. As Ed...Read More

GO COLTS ! (no, you're not at the wrong site)

Filed by Don Sherfick | January 21, 2007 | 12:15 PM | comments

THERE..... I said it...and I'm GLAD. On an LGBT-oriented website, no less. And to those of my brothers (many) and sisters (fewer) that would pooh-pooh such a blatant, beer drinking, good-old-boy- macho, un-intellectual, you-name-it outburst, please just get over it,...Read More


Filed by Bil Browning | January 20, 2007 | 7:14 PM | comments

The definition of heteronormativity. 'Cuz knowing is half the battle....Read More

A Chance for Change!

Filed by Carrie Wooten | January 20, 2007 | 5:24 PM | comments

Today, Hillary Clinton announced via video that she will be joining the race for the 2008 Presidential election! The Boston Globe Reports... My heart could burst, I am so happy! More to come on this announcement soon! (EDITOR'S NOTE: You...Read More

Important legislation introduced

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2007 | 12:13 PM | comments

Important LGBT-focused legislation has been introduced in recent days in the General Assembly! Representative Jeb Bardon (D - Indianapolis) has filed HB 1716 - a bill to update the state's non-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. (The...Read More

Candace Gingrich to speak at "Read the Fine Print" rally

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2007 | 10:31 AM | comments

Indiana Equality announced today that Candace Gingrich will be speaking at the February 19 "Read the Fine Print" rally at the Statehouse. Candace, a prominent LGBT activist, is also the half-sister of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Her...Read More

Indiana Constitutional amendment is reintroduced

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2007 | 12:51 PM | comments

The proposed amendment to Indiana's constitution that would ban same-sex civil marriage has been reintroduced. They are still calling it SJR-7 (Senate Joint Resolution 7) and the wording has stayed the same. From the Senate's website: DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL...Read More

Indiana Equality elects new officers

Filed by Bil Browning | January 12, 2007 | 12:18 PM | comments

Indiana Equality announced today that they have elected new officers for 2007. The new leadership team consists of:Jon Keep (Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce) - PresidentRandy Studt (Citizens for Civil Rights Lafayette) - ChairJulie Anderton (Human Rights Campaign) - Vice...Read More

As if we're watching totally different movies

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2007 | 4:26 PM | comments

Some things just aren't what they seem. We've all heard a lot over the past few years about "gay marriage." Allowing gays and lesbians to solemnize their relationships will be "the end of civilization." Things should remain "traditional." Marriage...Read More

Patricia Nell Warren runs for office!

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2007 | 2:08 PM | comments

Patricia Nell Warren, the acclaimed author of The Front Runner, has announced her candidacy for the West Hollywood City Council. A total of ten candidates are running for the three open positions on the council. Ms. Warren has been an...Read More

Gay Christian dating site

Filed by Bil Browning | January 05, 2007 | 5:23 PM | comments

You might remember my post from November 2005 about Justin Cannon - who started a gay Christian dating site. Justin left a comment on the old entry and wrote a very nice e-mail asking me to update readers that the...Read More

Alaska Gov vetoes anti-gay bill

Filed by Bil Browning | January 03, 2007 | 10:28 AM | comments

Sarah Palin, the newly elected Republican Governor of Alaska, has issued her first veto one month into her term. She vetoed a bill that would have blocked gays and lesbians from health and other benefits provided to state workers's domestic...Read More

Former Joint Chief supports repeal of Don't Ask

Filed by Bil Browning | January 02, 2007 | 5:26 PM | comments

Former General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili has an eye-opening editorial in today's New York Times titled "Second Thoughts on Gays in the Military." The General recounts the history of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and...Read More