The Movement: June 2007

Queer weekend reader

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 30, 2007 | 9:49 PM | comments

Jessica Hoffman examines Western imperialist thought during her recent trip to Abu Dhabi: My head is telling me that (as cultural critic Stephanie Abraham says) "to veil or not to veil" is not the question, but my body's holding on...Read More

Terry Schiavo, Patrick Atkins, and YOU

Filed by Jen Jorczak | June 28, 2007 | 6:05 PM | comments

If you, like me, have been meaning to set up power of attorney and a living will and everything else that you need to have things in order, "just in case"--especially if you, like me, don't have even the protection...Read More

HRC kicks off a new blog

Filed by Bil Browning | June 28, 2007 | 1:59 PM | comments

Have you seen HRC's new blog? The HRC Back Story blog is mostly written by my friend, Christopher Johnson. I've worked closely with Chris on several netroots stories and I'm excited that he's getting his own platform. You'll want to...Read More

Police sued for ignoring anti-gay hate crime

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 26, 2007 | 12:36 PM | comments

Here's a story that's all too common for LGBTQueer people. From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:Four alleged victims in a suspected bias-motivated assault sued Rochester police and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office on Monday, claiming that responding officers showed "deliberate...Read More

The Cheney grandson and the fuss over grandpa's place in the executive branch

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 25, 2007 | 7:40 AM | comments

I've been wondering of late why, after all of the talk leading up to the birth of Mary Cheney and Heather Poe's baby Samuel David Cheney, and the initial headlines and picture of Grandpa Dick and Grandma Lynne (but not...Read More

Flashes of a Day in Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 24, 2007 | 10:26 AM | comments

Updated If she is elected President of the United States, Hillary Clinton will surely pay attention to the pleas from L.A. Mayor and Clinton-supporter Antonio Villaraigosa for funding to fix the sprawling city's horrendous traffic problems after her Friday visit...Read More

Taking The Y Out Of Tyranny

Filed by Marti Abernathey | June 22, 2007 | 2:15 PM | comments

With the ongoing battles between radical feminists and transgender bloggers, I've spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be transgender. Radical feminists, in the vein of Andrea Dworkin's dream of an "androgynous society," hope to...Read More

Wal-Mart kicks us to the curb

Filed by Bil Browning | June 22, 2007 | 1:36 PM | comments

Oh, Wal-Mart. How I love to hate them. And they just keep making it easier and easier! Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has decided to curb its support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organizations after conservative Christian groups...Read More

More gay Iranians beaten

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 21, 2007 | 7:35 PM | comments

Arsham Parsi has a story up at UK Gay News about a young gay couple who had to endure 80 lashes. After being imprisoned for six months for started a blog, Farsad, one half of this couple, became deeply depressed...Read More

Aaron Hall: Gays as the scapegoat

Filed by Bil Browning | June 21, 2007 | 3:25 PM | comments

Let's revisit my hate crimes post that focused on the murder of Aaron Hall from last week. That post is still getting quite a bit of traffic, and I need to clarify something that's arisen time and time again in...Read More

A Major Setback for Women and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Filed by Karen Celestino-Horseman | June 20, 2007 | 11:15 AM | comments

I, for one, cannot keep quiet about an intelligent, qualified officer being demoted for such obvious departmental political reasons. Read More

Colombia & New York: not this year

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2007 | 10:44 AM | comments

It's not often that you get to kill two stories with one stone like this, but yesterday was a busy day for LGBTQ marriage rights... First, in New York state, same-sex marriage took a big step forward when the State...Read More

The AARP takes note of LGBT seniors

Filed by Don Sherfick | June 20, 2007 | 7:45 AM | comments

I became aware yesterday that this week in Los Angeles the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is sponsoring a major conference on "Diversity and Aging in the 21st Century". Among the featured participants is Amber Hollibaugh, Senior Strategist for...Read More

Hair whorls? Is this what we've come to?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2007 | 11:37 PM | comments

This article from New York Magazine has been floating around the LGBTQueer blogsphere. It's about some of the studies some scientists are doing to find other differences between gays and lesbians and straight men and women (sorry, everyone else, but...Read More

Silencing preachers? Again? Seriously?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2007 | 12:22 PM | comments

Several Black pastors in conjunction with the High Impact Leadership Coalition have put out an ad about how they're opposed to the hate crimes bill currently in Congress. It's the same old argument, that preachers won't be able to speak...Read More

Fox (and CBS) not clever enough to "Evolve"

Filed by Jen Jorczak | June 18, 2007 | 1:38 PM | comments

Today, Trojan launches a new "Evolve" ad campaign that will run on two networks, nine cable channels, eleven magazines and seven websites. But, according to the NY Times, it won't be seen on Fox or CBS. Fox said that...Read More

Kentuckiana Pride 2007

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 18, 2007 | 12:17 PM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE:] Bilerico reader Allen Lopp attended Louisville's pride festival and submitted this post with pictures of the festivities. We'll continue to bring you Pride coverage from around the nation from various contributors and guest bloggers. Stay tuned for more!...Read More

A bit of Bleach fun

Filed by Bil Browning | June 16, 2007 | 1:18 PM | comments

If you've been reading the blog for very long, you know I have a fascination with Japanese culture - and especially anime. One of my absolute favorites is Bleach - a show that still runs currently on Japanese TV but...Read More

I always have the most amusing conversations with doctors...

Filed by Gina de Vries | June 15, 2007 | 10:39 AM | comments

Doctor: Is there any chance you could be pregnant? Me: Definitely not. Doctor (fishing): Not having sex? Not having sex with guys, or...? Me (resisting the urge to launch into a lecture about how some men don't have the anatomy...Read More

More homeless shelter discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 14, 2007 | 8:29 PM | comments

John Garon, a Colorado homeless man, says that he was kicked out of a homeless shelter because of he's gay. From the Coloradoan:"[Shelter director Rev. Richard Thebo] said 'I don't allow homosexuals to use these facilities,' " Garon said. "I...Read More

What a respectable thing to do

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2007 | 12:36 PM | comments

Remember Jerame's post from March about Nadine Smith, Equality Florida's executive director? She was arrested during the public testimony on whether the city of Largo, Florida should fire their city manager for coming out as transgender. Susan Stanton lost her...Read More

Dear Condi...

Filed by Bil Browning | June 14, 2007 | 11:01 AM | comments

Representatives Tammy Baldwin and Barney Frank recently wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask her to step in and investigate the killings of gay Iraqis. In a press release sent to, the two Congress members urge the...Read More

Bill Richardson is a funny guy

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 13, 2007 | 6:19 PM | comments

Bill Richardson is a funny guy. He's affable, charming, and amusingly mischievous. He's the kind of guy I'd love to have a beer with, if I still drank. And unlike that other amiable guy who wanted to be president -...Read More

Why the media isn't paying attention to Aaron Hall's killing

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2007 | 1:03 PM | comments

You may have noticed the talk around the blogosphere about the murder of Hoosier Aaron Hall and the cries about why the mainstream media hasn't picked up on the story. Advance Indiana has a post from early May entitled "Why...Read More

Fortieth Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 12, 2007 | 10:57 AM | comments

Forty years ago the Supreme Court decided that it was illegal for states to bar interracial couples from marrying. It's not the same thing as same-sex marriage, but there are parallels. And I can't think of a better way to...Read More

Kroger pulls gay publication

Filed by Bil Browning | June 12, 2007 | 8:14 AM | comments

You know those free magazines that you find at grocery stores? They're usually about cars, employment, parenting and so on. They run the gamut of topics and professionalism and are always stuck by the exit. It seems that in Nashville,...Read More

Second verse - same as the first

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2007 | 4:10 PM | comments

Do you remember the other posts we've done about Navy serviceman Jason Knight? Knight was kicked out of the armed forces under Don't Ask Don't Tell and then recalled to active duty and sent to Kuwait only to get booted...Read More

Pride and Prejudice

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | June 11, 2007 | 11:51 AM | comments

Last weekend was IndyPride. Twenty years ago, when I first started attending Pride events, they were small, and the subject of snickering coverage by the local media. Attendance largely consisted of guys in leather harnesses. Not, I hasten to add,...Read More

You've got a gay!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 11, 2007 | 10:28 AM | comments

Let's start the weekday off with a short giggle. This clip from Family Guy is one of my favorites. Doesn't it feel like this is how a lot of our fellow citizens are being "educated" about us by their churches?...Read More

Indianapolis Pride photos and thoughts

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2007 | 12:20 PM | comments

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Indianapolis Pride photos and thoughts

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2007 | 12:20 PM | comments

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Pride day in Indy

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2007 | 9:23 AM | comments

Today will be another slow posting day - it's Gay Pride here in Indy. I'm off to hop in the shower and go check out the parade and festival. I'll try and snap some good photos of the day. As...Read More

Lambda Legal promotes strippers!

Filed by Bil Browning | June 08, 2007 | 11:43 AM | comments

Lambda Legal is running a toon contest! How cool is that?! The strips focus on the role of fair courts in our lives. Submissions were accepted and the entries have been narrowed down to the top 5 by celebrity...Read More

I have returned

Filed by Candace Gingrich | June 08, 2007 | 9:10 AM | comments

I've got "Goin' Back to Indiana" bouncing around my head. That song comes to mind every time I come to the Hoosier State but so does the fact that a good lot of the Generation Equality (under-30 voters) that I...Read More

I have returned

Filed by Candace Gingrich | June 08, 2007 | 9:10 AM | comments

I've got "Goin' Back to Indiana" bouncing around my head. That song comes to mind every time I come to the Hoosier State but so does the fact that a good lot of the Generation Equality (under-30 voters) that I...Read More


Coffee & Toast with George Michael

Filed by Ed Team | June 08, 2007 | 6:30 AM | comments

"Me, I don't want any children, I don't want responsibility. I am gay, I smoke weed and I do exactly what I want in my life because of my talent. I represent an ideal which others have had to let...Read More

Thou shalt not float in the air

Filed by Bil Browning | June 06, 2007 | 5:25 PM | comments

I'm fed up. I'm sick and tired of seeing LGBT rights advance around the nation. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against our community gaining acceptance and respect in general. I'm just irritated that it seems to be happening everywhere...Read More

Republicans debate Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 05, 2007 | 11:08 PM | comments

In the Republicans' third presidential debate tonight they discussed DADT. It's fun to watch them debate it, especially since they don't seem to know what they're talking about. For example, after stating that he's pro-DADT, Ron Paul said:We don't get...Read More

Oh, look, another homophobe. Thanks George W.

Filed by Bil Browning | June 04, 2007 | 11:09 AM | comments

BushCo is like a bad case of herpes; he's the gift that just keeps on giving... It's not enough that he just nominated Judge Leslie Southwick to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals - a man known for racist and...Read More

Is the Cheney baby a Pride Messiah?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 04, 2007 | 10:40 AM | comments

[EDITOR'S NOTE] The following is a guest post by Sean Kosofsky. Sean is the Director of Policy for Triangle Foundation, Michigan's leading civil rights organization for GLBT people. He is one of the most visible, recognizable and accomplished GLBT activists...Read More

Right on straights, wrong on lesbians (the Peel, that is)

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2007 | 9:53 AM | comments

A couple stories have been in the news this past week that have caught my attention. First, in Australia, a bar won the right to exclude women and heterosexuals. Also, in Montreal, a woman is filing a complaint with her...Read More

The Red Bird Has Landed

Filed by Bruce Parker | June 01, 2007 | 11:30 PM | comments

On May 23rd Jen Jorczak, a bilerico contributor, posted about Lybrel saying, Today, the FDA approved a new method of hormonal birth control called Lybrel. It's special because it's the only birth control method to date designed to postpone your...Read More

Are we really expected to believe this without, you know, evidence?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 01, 2007 | 3:35 PM | comments

Here's something that's been making its way around the LGBT and conservative blogospheres:Officials said the three seropositive men invited gays contacted on the Internet to private homosexual orgies. When the victims turned up, they were allegedly given ecstasy and GBH...Read More