The Movement: October 2008

Google, Yahoo, Twitter oppose Prop 8

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 31, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

San Francisco and the Bay Area are known for being a bit liberal and for being the gay Mecca of the West. Another reason the area is well known is Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley, the heart of the country's tech...Read More

In California, Tackling Homophobia in the Black Church

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 31, 2008 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Peter Montgomery is Vice President for Communications and Research at People For the American Way Foundation. His first foray into LGBT activism was on the DC local organizing committee for the 1987 March on Washington. As...Read More

To Fast or Not?

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 31, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

James Dobson has called for all his minions to fast for 48 hours and then go get 'em, fight the battle to ban equality and fairness in California. I guess then they'd all be set to munch down a ton...Read More

Prop 8 updates: New Field Poll, James Dobson cries, law professors unite

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 31, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

New polling. Field Poll has the newest and most trustworthy numbers out for Prop 8, with the initiative losing at 44-49. Rosie's isn't giving. Michael Petrelis called Rosie O'Donnell out for not donating to fight Prop 8, even though she...Read More

Big Gay Slowdown

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 31, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Despite much good-natured pressure, my partner of twenty years and I have not gotten married. If we ever do marry, I know I will want an old fashioned wedding. Really old fashioned. When I get married, I want a country....Read More

Don't blame latinos and blacks if Prop 8 passes

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 30, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's the racial break-down of the latest SUSA poll on Prop 8. WhiteBlackLatino/aAsian Yes48584742 No47384148 Undecided641210 While there is definitely slippage between those categories (bi- and multiracial people, people of various racial backgrounds who get racialized as "latino" in the...Read More

Armageddon in California

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

I have a question for all those religious groups are pouring money into California to try and make a constitutional amendment to limit access to legal contracts - and that is what marriage is, a legal contract, first and foremost...Read More

Write to Marry Day: My Marriage Story

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 29, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

Many of the readers on Bilerico know that my partner, Anthony Niedwiecki, and I were married in California this summer. I posted about the entire experience, from our initial decision to marry in California to the wedding day itself. I...Read More

Trans-Activism Blossoms in Unlikely Environment

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 29, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Rhodes Perry is the field and policy manager for PFLAG. Before joining PFLAG, Rhodes worked for the US Office of Management and Budget, focusing on federal benefit programs and policies that provide assistance to low-income communities....Read More

Cabbies know best

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 29, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I was at a table of volunteers, all calling people. It's wild here right now. Calling for volunteers, calling for Election Day visibility. There is a volunteer coordinator who is a clone of my sister in law, Tonita who is...Read More

More Proposition 8 ads from California: Exploiting children, Republicans Against 8, and Don't be a Douche

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 28, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

This is the ad Patricia Nell Warren posted about earlier today that illegally uses the images of other people's children to sell the ban. iPhone users: Click to watch The parents' response, after the jump, as well as quite a...Read More

Winger fundraiser blames gays for Musgrave tanking

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 28, 2008 | 6:30 PM | comments

Look at this pathetic cry for help for homobigot Musgrave, via Right Wing Watch - the best part is the bleating about "homosexual activist billionaire Tim Gill": I want to bring a special need to your attention. We are 10...Read More

San Francisco, Here I Am

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 28, 2008 | 11:30 AM | comments

Ed Note: This post was written last night after we'd stopped posting for the day. Sara will be joining the No on 8 campaign today. I'll go to work tomorrow. I'm a bit of a baby when it comes to...Read More

Temporary Change of Address

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 27, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

I am leaving for San Francisco tomorrow morning. I will be working on the No on Prop. 8 campaign. I have no idea what I'll be doing until I get there. I'm excited, nervous, but I am ready to do...Read More

I'm fundraising for the Log Cabin Republicans

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 27, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Log Cabin Republicans just sent out an email asking for money, and their pitch is interesting: gays really don't like them right now, so please donate. As evidence, they quote yours truly: Gay conservatives "support those who would throw...Read More

An intelligent Catholic lady

Filed by Father Tony | October 24, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Here's a video message from a philosophy professor in California (a devout Roman Catholic and mother of a regular Farmboyz reader) giving forth the truth about why California Catholics should not be strong-armed by their bishops into voting for Prop...Read More

The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 24, 2008 | 2:53 PM | comments

This is why I love Apple (and incidentally, probably why a lot of LGBT folk think Apple is the best computer company in the world): Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No...Read More

Assholes on 8

Filed by Storm Bear | October 24, 2008 | 12:30 PM | comments

The snot sacks over at threw down the gauntlet yesterday to corporate America. The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to but have given to Equality California will be published....Read More

Save The Children

Filed by Sara Whitman | October 24, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

I've had enough. I'm tired of being treated like some freak that needs to be carefully sidestepped at every election as if supporting my marriage is touching the third rail. I'm tired of the rhetoric that "gay marriage" will be...Read More

Marriage won't solve all our problems, part II

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 23, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Gay Patriot West asks: Many opponents of gay marriage, however, do understand the social benefits of the institution. Instead of calling them mean-spirited, shouldn't we join them in their defense of marriage, using that defense as a basis for extending...Read More

The Insanity of John Stemberger: Going Down the Rabbit Hole in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 23, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

It looks like the Right-Wingers behind Florida's Amendment 2 are borrowing from the California Prop 8 playbook. It shouldn't be surprising, since they "borrowed" ads from Arizona's amendment fight. The leader of the pack, John Stemberger, an Orlando attorney organizing...Read More

The Insanity of the Religious Right: Janet Porter

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 22, 2008 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Queen Bee of the Religious Right, Janet Porter (formerly Janet Folger) of Faith2Action, has released a horrendous and offensive "newscast from a future we must never see" on World Net Daily. You may remember Janet as the Naugle-loving, gay-hating...Read More

Pity party for gay Republicans

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 21, 2008 | 9:00 PM | comments

In Dale Carpenter's recent column, he argues that gay people have started treating gay Republicans worse this year than we usually do: Time and again gay conservatives have been called self-hating, treasonous, and selfish. It's the worst vitriol against gay...Read More

The Week of Women

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 21, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

In between two of my monthlong October run of Super-Tuesday shows at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York, I happily headed off to Massachusetts. No not to get married, silly. For Women's Week! After four glorious days of being...Read More

Marriage Amendment Copycat Ads: The idea well is running dry...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 21, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Kudos to Mark Kerr of the Tucson Observer! In a blog post in the Observer, Mark points to the nearly identical commercials being run by the backers of Florida's Amendment 2 and Arizona's Proposition 102. The same scenes, scripts and...Read More

8 Against 8 launches to fight Prop 8

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 20, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

As regular readers of my blog know, I live in North Carolina, a state where my wife and I have no legal rights as a same-sex couple. It is for that reason that I have donated to defeat Proposition 8....Read More

Stories from the Helpline

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 19, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: "Stories from the Helpline" is a recurring feature on The Bilerico Project, bringing in the personal accounts of Helpline counselors from The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis...Read More

Fla Poll shows Amendment 2 more likely to lose

Filed by Nadine Smith | October 19, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Some good news from Florida about Amendment 2 - but don't grab the champagne yet. This poll in the Sun-Sentinel was conducted before the big far-right church tour that begins today and before their deceptive barrage of robocalls, radio and...Read More

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Show Your Hometown Pride

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 18, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

With little more than two weeks before election day, now is the time to pull out your little black book and contact everyone in it about Barack Obama. This election is the most important in at least a generation and...Read More

Florida Amendment 2 Backers Release Ads

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 18, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yes2Marriage, the group behind Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, has released and started airing a new ad called "Just One Thing"- which is built on the lie that Amendment 2 does "only one thing - defining marriage...Read More

Transphobia exists: Kids pulled from transitioning teacher's class

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 17, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's a new study currently being worked on about discrimination against women: A recent study has found a new way to examine pay disparities between men and women: Comparing the salaries of transgender employees before and after their gender changes....Read More

It's Never Too Late

Filed by Eric Leven | October 16, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

This past Saturday, October 11th, was National Coming Out Day and I purposely waited to post something to make the statement that it's never too late, nor too right or too wrong to come out and say, "I'm gay!" Oh...Read More

Westboro Church to "debate" Florida's Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 16, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

It looks like the circus is coming to town here in Florida! The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for their "God Hates Fags" and Military Funeral protests, is coming to "debate" Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "Marriage Protection" Amendment, at...Read More

Let's Be Honest: Prop. 8 Will Hurt Families

Filed by Michael Crawford | October 16, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

In 19 days voters in California will vote on whether or not to strip marriage rights away from same-sex couples. One of the most critical things that we can being doing now, besides contributing to No on Prop. 8, is...Read More

Michael Schiavo tells Florida to vote NO on Amendment 2

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

The great people over at Progress Florida have just released an internet ad of Michael Schiavo, the husband of Terri Schiavo, urging voters to vote NO on Florida's Amendment 2, the so-called "marriage protection" amendment. Michael Schiavo knows better than...Read More

Remind Me To Go Sneeze On Them

Filed by Scott Kaiser | October 15, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

You can't make this stuff up, though I really wish this was all just made-up. It would make it a lot easier to stomach. For those who don't know, Arizona will be voting on Proposition 102 this November. If approved...Read More

Puerto Rican Sodomy Law - An Irony of Gay History

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 15, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Carlos Mock has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007. He grew up middle-class...Read More

Same-Sex Marriage: Three Years On

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 14, 2008 | 7:00 PM | comments

If people in California, Arizona, Florida, and anywhere else that same-sex marriage is being debated finds this article useful, they are welcome to distribute it. I'm writing this because a lot of people in America are forgetting that there is...Read More

Sluts Still Get to Say No

Filed by Gina de Vries | October 14, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

I got another one of those gross MySpace messages this morning. You know, the "hey baby, nice tits, I want u 2 suck my dick" kind? I get sexually harassed on the internet -- and on the street -- a...Read More

Financial Crisis Meets Queer Politics: Seeking the Wisdom of the Elders or ... Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Filed by Marla R. Stevens | October 14, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

...the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, an early chairman of the SEC during the New Deal ... said that [the inevitability of corporate greed and cunning is] why tough regulation is essential.Read More

Homeland Security

Filed by Kate Clinton | October 13, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Though I have not looked, I bet you twenty dollars my 401K looks like the Y2K. Actually, make that five dollars. I have been treating my 01K as I treat any new weird sound in my old Jeep. I just...Read More

With friends like these...

Filed by Bil Browning | October 13, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Gay Republican blogger Gary Welsh's recent post "To My Gay Friends" asks why the queer community is overwhelmingly supporting Barack Obama's campaign for president. He spouts more "Obama is a Muslim! And from Africa!" nonsense and closes with, "Is this...Read More

Legal Victories Are Not Enough!

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | October 13, 2008 | 11:00 AM | comments

Let's savor Friday's tremendous victory allowing same sex couples to get married in Connecticut. And let's not forget the same feeling that we got when the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in May. But these victories...Read More

Stories from the Helpline: National Coming Out Week

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 12, 2008 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Charles Robbins is the executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. "How do I know...Read More

The process of coming out

Filed by Bil Browning | October 12, 2008 | 2:00 PM | comments

Coming out is a process. It's a general growth that we drift toward as versus a well-defined goal marker usually. Or at least it was for me. I came out in Kindergarten when I wrapped duct tape around my wrists...Read More

National Coming Out Day 2008

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 12, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

October 11 was National Coming Out Day. We may be winning the culture war one day at a time (see the marriage equality ruling in Connecticut on Friday), but not everyone has the option of coming out of the closet...Read More

This Goes Out to All the Art School Queers

Filed by Dustin Kight | October 12, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

In 2002 I graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities with a South Carolina public high school degree and a certificate of completion in Creative Writing. Virginia Uldrick, founding president of the Governor's School, forgot...Read More

Coming Out as a Gay Montana Redneck for Obama

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 11, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

Updated after the jump Editor's Note: Jim Toevs was a member of the founding Board of Directors, and is a past President of The Pride Foundation of Seattle. In 1990, he co-founded the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission,...Read More

What's left to come out as...

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | October 11, 2008 | 1:30 PM | comments

I've come out as so many things over the years. Bisexual, queer, trans, kinky, poly -- not to mention the odd identity shifts through a dozen different related identities. Sometimes I'm left feeling as if there's nothing left to come...Read More

National Coming Out Day: An Every Day Celebration

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 11, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today is National Coming Out Day, the day we encourage and celebrate our community coming out and living life out and proud. Since I wrote about my personal coming out story last year, I wanted to really take a different...Read More

Why I won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 11, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

Public discussions around sexuality evoke simplistic narratives about gays versus conservatives. We automatically assume that anything gay is part of a leftist or progressive agenda. In this context, National Coming Out Day takes on the aura of a sacred rite...Read More

Coming Out and the Revolving Door

Filed by Robert Ganshorn | October 11, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

In most of my childhood, I felt extreme loneliness, even when with those who loved me. It is possible when you are desperate to believe two opposed ideas when the outcome gives pleasure beyond all that you had ever known....Read More


Filed by Gina de Vries | October 11, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

There is no bigger pleasure than hearing Leah, Zuleikha, and myself screaming chants on FemmeCast. Check out Episode 5 to hear some of my best & brilliant friends shark-sharking it up. (I also make a tiny little cameo as an...Read More


Filed by Gina de Vries | October 11, 2008 | 8:00 AM | comments

There is no bigger pleasure than hearing Leah, Zuleikha, and myself screaming chants on FemmeCast. Check out Episode 5 to hear some of my best & brilliant friends shark-sharking it up. (I also make a tiny little cameo as an...Read More

The Impact of Matthew Shepard

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 10, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Greg Varnum is the acting Executive Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. It seems that regardless of your age or the amount of time you've been working with the LGBT rights movement - everyone is aware of...Read More

Connecticut legalizes same-sex marriage

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 10, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that civil unions aren't OK, and the state has to recognize same-sex couples with marriage. Updates to come. Update: Not just same-sex marriage, but the court also went the way of California and made...Read More

Bolthouse boycott is over

Filed by Bil Browning | October 10, 2008 | 9:00 AM | comments

Californians Against Hate reached an agreement with Bolthouse Farms and will immediately end its "Don't Buy Bolthouse" campaign. CAH spokesperson Fred Karger tells us: Jeffrey Dunn, President and CEO of Bolthouse Farms, has provided us with a compelling perspective which...Read More

Barack Obama supported same-sex marriage in 1996?

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 | 5:00 PM | comments

The fundies are going wild over this one. Apparently the archives of Outlines, a Chicago-based gay paper that merged with the Windy City Times in 2000, show that Obama supported same-sex marriage back in 1996. This is from their election...Read More

California's Prop 8 TV ads

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 | 1:00 PM | comments

Update: Here's the latest from the No on Prop 8 campaign: iPhone users: Click to watch All the other ones I posted this afternoon are after the jump. Lots of TV to watch!...Read More

Fight against Florida's Amendment 2 takes to Airwaves!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | October 09, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Say No 2 Campaign, the bi-partisan group dedicated to defeating Florida's dangerous and deceptive Amendment 2, has just released a hard hitting new commercial. It highlights the numerous groups and newspapers that have come out against the so-called "Marriage...Read More

Even in cases of rape and incest.... Oh, no, here we go again

Filed by Alex Blaze | October 08, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Am I the only one who's getting tired of hearing liberals use the phrase "...even in cases of rape and incest" when they talk about Sarah Palin's extreme opposition to abortion? No doubt about it, the argument is everywhere: being...Read More

More Religious Nonsense

Filed by Brynn Craffey | October 06, 2008 | 10:00 AM | comments

Marie Stopes International (MSI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focusing on sexual and reproductive health and headquartered in London, does not receive a penny of funding from the US government. But according to this Guardian article, in some places MSI does...Read More

Class in Drag or Who's Middle Class Anyway?: Sarah Palin, Joe Sixpack, and Main Street

Filed by Yasmin Nair | October 05, 2008 | 10:30 AM | comments

I watched Sarah Palin on Thursday night with my fingernails digging into my hands. Joe Biden must have remembered the fuss over Al Gore's sighs during the latter's debate with George Bush, because he showed restraint even as Palin consistently...Read More

Biden, Palin and that pesky marriage thing

Filed by Pam Spaulding | October 04, 2008 | 4:30 PM | comments

My wrap on last night's debate included the clip of the exchange between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin on the topic of same-sex marriage. With a couple of hours of sleep now under my belt, I wanted to...Read More

When Belief Speech Becomes Hate

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 02, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

A little while back, I blogged about some fear-mongering from the religious right that alleged that the passage of SB200 in Colorado to protect transgender people had somehow effectively banned the Bible. One recurring theme we keep getting from Fundies...Read More

Balancing Views on Gender Diversity in the DSM-V Process

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 02, 2008 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Kelley Winters, Ph.D. is a writer and civil justice advocate on issues of gender diversity in medical and mental health policy. She is the founder of GID Reform Advocates, a member of the World Association for...Read More

TBP Meet Up at Southern Comfort Conference

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 01, 2008 | 6:00 PM | comments

Just a quick note about this weekend's Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta. A lot of contributors and readers responded to my last post about having a Bilerico get-together, so let's make a date, ya'll! Let's meet up outside the SOCO...Read More

Good News From the Toilet Wars

Filed by Serena Freewomyn | October 01, 2008 | 12:00 PM | comments

We've had a lot of articles on TBP talking about the negative side of the toilet wars. In fact, toilet issues are one of the most commonly cited concerns about anti-discrimination laws that include gender identity. With that being said,...Read More