The Movement: April 2009

The Miss California/NOM craziness continues

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Alex posted this morning about Miss California Carrie Prejean appearing in an anti-gay marriage commercial for the National Organization for Marriage. The ad is out now and also features HRC President Joe Solmonese and blogger Perez Hilton. But have you...Read More

HRC Releases "Introduction to Welcoming Schools" Guide

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 30, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The recent suicides of two young boys after repeated bullying at school have made many of us, myself included, wonder what we could do. One of the ways the HRC Foundation Family Project has responded is to push up the...Read More

Hussel hussel hussel, grind grind grind

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I'll be the first to say that the whole Carrie Prejean marriage drama won't affect legislation all that much. Perez probably didn't convince any one to switch teams, and Prejean seems to be speaking only to people who are already...Read More

When queer communities of color are not needed to win marriage rights

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 29, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

With Iowa being the fourth state to approve marriage equality, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans' optimism is high, believing many more states will follow suit. "We're hoping this momentum is contagious," Daniel Richards of Rhode Island told me....Read More

Hate crimes legislation passes House

Filed by Bil Browning | April 29, 2009 | 4:55 PM | comments

The House of Representatives has passed fully inclusive hate crimes legislation. The bill has been introduced in the Senate already and is expected to pass soon. Obama has pledged to sign it (and urged the House to pass HR 1913)....Read More

The "outing" of 83,000 anti-gay Arkansas citizens

Filed by Pam Spaulding | April 29, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In what is sure to anger and frustrate the fundies yet again, KnowThyNeighbor has launched a searchable database of Arkansans who signed a petition to ban gay adoption and foster care rights. The information is a matter of the public...Read More

100 Days - 0% Equal

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 29, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today marks the first 100 days of the new administration. President Obama has been saying that we should hold our government accountable. So, we have created the Legal Equality Index. This is a tool that can be used to hold...Read More

Marriage Fight in DC Heating Up

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The movement for marriage equality is building momentum at an amazing pace. The first gay and lesbian couples were married on Monday in Iowa. The marriage bill in Maine is being fast tracked and will be voted on in the...Read More

Hunting the elusive white stag

Filed by Bil Browning | April 28, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm a big fan of fantasy novels and King Arthur legends. One of the recurring storylines common in the genre is hunting the white stag - a metaphor for the hero seeking purity and justice. Of course, the white deer...Read More

Iowa to begin marrying gay couples today

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Andy at Towleroad reminds us that today is the day when gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry in Iowa. This is a great day for Iowa and for the nation. Seven DC residents including myself participated in...Read More

Overlooked in the Miss USA Flap

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 27, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Ben Finzel is a Washington D.C.-based public relations professional. A former Congressional staffer and Clinton Administration appointee, his career has focused on public affairs, public education campaigns and media relations. By now, you've likely heard or...Read More

New Outrage! documentary: Is outing justified?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 27, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

We haven't talked about outing too much on Bilerico Project and with Outrage!, the new documentary on outing closeted anti-gay political figures hitting the big screen, the topic will soon be a national discussion. The movie outs Florida Governor Charlie...Read More

Top ineffective ways to "convert" gay Christians

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 26, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Wendy writes about life, love, spirituality, humor, plus LGBT issues at Burning or building bridges in the community? Here are some top ineffective ways to “convert,” convince, coerce, cajole or otherwise change gay Christians. Quote scripture...Read More

Lambda Legal gets big win for children of disabled parent...but case shows the risk of parentage orders

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 26, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal announced this week that the Social Security Administration has agreed to grant child benefits to the two children of a father receiving social security disability benefits. The issue concerned recognition of the parent-child relationship based on two California...Read More

Yes. Perez, You ARE a Representative of the Gay Community

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 23, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I'm not a representative of the gay community, in the same way that being Cuban, I'm not representative of the Latino community. I just speak for myself. And I'm Perez Hilton, Rick Sanchez. I can be offensive. I don't...Read More

How Many More?

Filed by Kate Kendell | April 23, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

When one of my NCLR staffers forwarded me a news article today, I thought it must have been a mistake. It detailed the suicide of an eleven-year-old boy who hung himself after relentless bullying at school. I had just read...Read More

Marriage polling

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Several polls were released this week for states that have marriage legislation pending. Here are the numbers, with Vermont thrown in for good measure. Here's where the poll numbers are (all numbers are from the most recent polls and are...Read More

Twitter, gay rights and controlling the message

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

While Twitter has taken the world by storm and we've talked about using social media for LGBT organizing, I'd like to expand the topic just a bit. I'd like to delve into how our community is getting its news and...Read More

Supporting Vermont

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The election of a pro-equality candidate for Vermont Governor next year provides a unique possibility to replace anti-equality Governor Jim Douglas who vetoed two pieces of equality legislation. He vetoed the marriage bill, which was overridden. He also vetoed the...Read More

Why I Don't Do 'Bi'

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | April 21, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: This post ran over a year and a half ago on TBP and has been one of the most popular. Since there are lots of new readers on the site, we thought we'd run it again. Enjoy! It's...Read More

Miami Beach Pride: the celebration and the parade

Filed by Father Tony | April 21, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

A wonderful time. An old-school Mayor throws an old-school Pride and everyone cheers....Read More

Momentum for marriage is building...

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 17, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The movement to win marriage equality is getting bigger, stronger and more diverse each and every day. People across the DC and across the nation are opening their hearts and minds and realizing that marriage is and should be a...Read More

How about the whole story on taxes and same-sex married couples?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 17, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Gary Gates does amazing work. He is singlehandedly responsible for the wealth of knowledge we have about same-sex couples from census data. I turn to him for data for my own work. But his co-authored Huffington Post piece today doesn't...Read More

LGBT Parenting Roundup

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 16, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Here's a compilation of recent stories about LGBT parents, LGBT kids, schools, and other related matters: Tragedy: GLSEN reports, "An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday [April 6] after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of...Read More

Maintaining a Unified Front

Filed by Kate Kendell | April 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

In light of the recent good news out of Vermont, Iowa, Washington D.C., Washington state, and the city of Gainesville, Florida, I've been reflecting about the values of our community and the goals of our movement. As a progressive, feminist...Read More

Faith Community and LGBT Community Come Together

Filed by Sara Whitman | April 14, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I went to a funeral yesterday. Of a little boy. 11 years old. He lay in the coffin, in a grown up suit, dead. So little. He killed himself last week because he was taunted, over and over, for being...Read More

State Fairness

Filed by Kate Clinton | April 14, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

When I was growing up in Syracuse, New York I was not a big fan of our annual State Fair. The mid-way was too freaky, sticky and crowded but I loved bumper cars and Whac-a-mole. As a budding butch from...Read More

Stuck in Binary

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 14, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Monica Helms is the president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. This is the second part of her "Stuck in..." series. Think of how dull the world would be if everything came in just twos. We would only...Read More

Marriage in DC: The 411

Filed by Michael Crawford | April 11, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Its been quite a week in the movement for marriage equality. The Iowa Supreme Court legalized marriage between same-sex couples in a unanimous decision. The Vermont became the first state to legalize marriage legislatively when the state's legislature overrode the...Read More

Whether you like it or not, Gavin Newsom is awesome

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 10, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Jerame posted on Gavin Newsom being honored by the Task Force this week with a Leadership Award earlier this week. He also won an award, indirectly, at the Pollies two weeks ago. The Pollies are the awards political consultants give...Read More

The Task Force New York Leadership Awards

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Monday evening I attended the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's New York Leadership Awards. This year's honoree's were San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and fashion designer John Bartlett. Presenting the award to Newsom was New York City Council speaker...Read More

It's Not Over Yet: "Protect Isabella Coalition" Forms to Keep Girl from Lesbian Mom

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 08, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In this week of euphoria over the marriage victories, let's not forget we still have a long way to go. Today, "a coalition of concerned Virginia citizens" has formed the "Protect Isabella Coalition" to "create awareness of what it labels...Read More

Husbands and wives and partners, oh my!

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 08, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I think this is an interesting conversation to be having if taken in the right context, so here's something that Markos Moulitsas said yesterday: You know what would help with marriage equality? For gay couples who have committed themselves to...Read More

Don't Be Invisible - Join "The Count"

Filed by Dr. David Fawcett | April 08, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Did you ever wonder about the LGBTQ population where you live? How many of us are there? How old (or young) are we? What races and ethnicities do we represent? What is the status of our health, or our households,...Read More

VICTORY! Vermont Votes for Marriage Equality!

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 07, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: This post comes via HRC Back Story and includes on-the-ground commentary from HRC's National Field Director Marty Rouse. BREAKING: The Vermont House voted 100-49 to override the marriage bill veto! The House vote, which followed the Senate voting...Read More

Reflecting on Vermont

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I'm a little bit shaky inside right now. Part of it is the whiplash that comes from moving from a state (Indiana) where LGBT people have been fighting a rearguard action to defeat an anti-marriage amendment to a state where...Read More

Dear President Obama: Tell That to My Child

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dear President Obama: In less than a week, the White House lawn will be swarming with children and their parents, gleeful participants in the White House Easter Egg Roll. Children of LGBT parents will be among them, as they have...Read More

Poll: 70 Percent of Jamaicans Oppose Any Rights For LGBT People

Filed by K Travis Ballie | April 07, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

In the recent flare up about the "boycott" of Jamaica over its homophobic, transphobic policies we have seen largely progressive whites arguing with progressive whites. I don't want to state my own opinion on the debate here, because I want...Read More

Beyond the Tipping-Point: The Modern HIV Crisis Among Gay Men

Filed by Dan O'Neill | April 06, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: In addition to being a Bilerico DC contributor, Dan O'Neill is chair of the HIV Prevention Working Group. HPWG is a program of The DC Center. The gay community is now experiencing a rather devastating case of déjà...Read More

And in another sign of the coming apocolypse...

Filed by Ellen Andersen | April 05, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sweden's Parliament voted overwhelmingly (261-22) this week to eliminate the legislative distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex relationships. Starting May 1st, same-sex couples will be permitted to marry legally, rather than enter into a registered partnership. The law does allow clergy...Read More

Love makes a family...but only through marriage

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 04, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

On a day when most people were focused on the marriage win in Iowa , I read the news that the Connecticut group Love Makes A Family is disbanding. Its "core purpose" was achieving marriage for same-sex couples, and, having...Read More

Lostmissing: a public art project

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | April 04, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

You know when you have a friend who you think will always be there -- no matter what, at least you'll have that friendship, right? Lostmissing is a public art project about the loss of that relationship, a specific relationship...Read More

Compare and contrast

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 03, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A vast majority of LGBT people vote Democratic in elections, and that led GayPatiotWest to ask why gay people aren't more receptive to conservatism. He said that it's a "political conformity" brought on by "time socializing with their gay peers."...Read More

First thoughts on Iowa marriage decision

Filed by Nan Hunter | April 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

First, hats off to Lambda Legal for a truly spectacular job in winning this case. In retrospect, this decision may come to seem almost as important as the first one in Massachusetts. Why? The decision was unanimous, the first time...Read More

Where Did Everybody Go?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jack Denelsbeck is the NY State Technical Assistance Manager for ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), where he coordinates and facilitates HIV and HCV health literacy workshops both statewide and nationally. An LGBT activist for...Read More

Where Did Everybody Go?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 02, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jack Denelsbeck is the NY State Technical Assistance Manager for ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), where he coordinates and facilitates HIV and HCV health literacy workshops both statewide and nationally. An LGBT activist for...Read More

Barney Frank needed not to explain why he called Justice Scalia a homophobe

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 02, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

When Democratic U.S. Representative Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe," criticizing his likely support of the Defense of Marriage Act, his remarks were wrongly taken as only a personal attack on Scalia. But Barney Frank's remark...Read More

Utah Mandates All Children to Be Raised by LGBT People

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 01, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a special session of the Utah Legislature, lawmakers of both houses approved a bill that would require all children born in the state to be raised by LGBT people. A delegation rushed the bill to the governor's desk, where...Read More

I'm Joining HRC

Filed by Monica Roberts | April 01, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

This may come as a shock to all of you who've known me for years as one of HRC's most virulent critics, but I'm pleased to announce that I am joining the Human Rights Campaign outreach team to the African-American...Read More