The Movement: July 2009

The "Gay Agenda" includes Medals of Freedom

Filed by Kate Kendell | July 31, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, the White House announced the recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. The list of 16 exemplary individuals includes Harvey Milk, awarded the medal posthumously, and tennis legend and gender equity champion Billie Jean...Read More

California: Let's Make This a Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Gloria Nieto is a longtime social justice advocate. She will be inducted into her college newspaper Hall of Fame in September. She lives with spouse of almost 20 years, their 3 dogs and 2 cats in...Read More

Summer Collage

Filed by Kate Clinton | July 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Summer here in Provincetown is about half-over. My low maintenance, orange-alert, day lilies have given it their quotidian best. My green thumb for petunias is sticky from the daily dead-heading you must do to keep them from getting all straggly,...Read More

The Unnoticed Power Player at the Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 29, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More

Busy Days in the life of a Florida Activist

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 29, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. I recently had the opportunity to attend two GLBT conferences. The first one was the Equality Florida Training Weekend held...Read More

Repeal Prop 8 Leadership Summit: The Expert Point of View

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 28, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

The California LGBT community is in the throes of a transformation, catalyzed by the movement for marriage equality. In addition to the important Ted Olson-David Boies challenge to Prop 8, new grassroots and institutional LGBT organizations are struggling with each...Read More

Federal civil unions?

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 28, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

There's a great interview for those interested in DOMA repeal up right now on the Bay Area Reporter with Rep. Jerry Nadler. Talk of federal civil unions hasn't really picked up all that much steam among either LGBT's or Congress,...Read More

San Francisco files motion to intervene in Boies/Olson Prop 8 case

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 27, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Can a lawyer out there tell us if this many motions to intervene is normal in a Constitutional challenge? The city of San Francisco asked a judge Thursday for permission to intervene in the federal lawsuit challenging California's ban on...Read More

Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Goes Grassroots

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 26, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Over the past few months, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has been making a bold move to gain support for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1283) that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." SLDN has been working on a...Read More

Sarah Palin Steps Out of The Spotlight? I Don't Think So.

Filed by Ben Finzel | July 25, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

I know I'm not the only one who doesn't want to have Sarah Palin as a neighbor - and leader - in the White House. But as the media and blogosphere has focused on her last days in office (after...Read More

Bareback the f--k up!

Filed by Eric Leven | July 24, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Fresh off the digital pages of Will Clark's blog comes the story of International Mr. Leather President Chuck Renslow's refusal to continue including bareback vendors, videos and other bareback paraphernalia during next year's 2010 event:...Read More

AAA South Pledges Family Memberships to Same-Gender Spouses

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

During a face-to-face meeting yesterday between Equality Florida and AAA South, top management at the 4th largest AAA affiliate in the country committed to recognizing all spouses, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The policy allows gay married couples to...Read More

Trans hate crimes up in 2009

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 23, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

The German sex and gender journal Liminalis published this map as part of their project to follow transgender murders throughout the world in 2009. More information behind the numbers and the journal's methodology can be found in their report (pdf)....Read More

NYU Human Right's Professor Dr. Thio is a No-Go

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Dr. Li-ann "Anal sex is like shoving a straw up your nose to drink" Thio, a professor at the National University of Singapore and Global Visiting Professor of Law set to teach human rights at NYU, according to the administration,...Read More

Another LGBT Community Center in Distress: Arizona's Wingspan

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 23, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

The economic crisis is hitting everyone hard. Especially under stress are the charities and other organizations that run off grants and donations. One of these groups in dire straights is the LGBT Community Center of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Wingspan....Read More

Meet the Anti-Gay NYU Professor of Human Rights: "Diversity is not a License for Perversity"

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 22, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

New York University Law School has found a new visiting Professor of Human Rights. Dr. Li-ann Thio, a professor at the National University of Singapore, will be teaching Human Rights Law during the Fall 2009 semester as a Global Visiting...Read More

Why are white gay men so racist? Why are straight black men so homophobic?

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 22, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Phil Reese began his career of LGBT advocacy in central Michigan and now resides in Champaign, IL where he teaches Middle School and attends graduate school at the University of Illinois. Phil is passionate about news,...Read More

Our Families Count

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 22, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Late last year, I put out a notice on some email lists that we had a domain name that was just calling out to be used in some creative way. It was originally envisioned for an Indiana education campaign that...Read More

New Video Game: Shoot Gays Before They Rape You

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Wow. Just wow. St├ęphane Aguie has created a game called "Watch out behind you, Hunter." As the name might imply, the object is to shoot gay men who pop out of the bushes before they "rape" the player. Sounds like...Read More

Gay is not the new black

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 20, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: LZ Granderson is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and, and has contributed to ESPN's Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take. He is the 2009 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)...Read More

Senator Sessions Looking to Add "Poison Pill" Amendments to Hate Crimes Legislation

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 20, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is hoping to add three different amendments to the Matthew Shepard Act in an attempt to kill support for the expansion of hate crimes laws to protect the LGBT community. You may know Senator Sessions as...Read More

Oregon appeals court holds unconstitutional donor insemination statute for married heterosexuals only

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | July 19, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

In the most astonishing ruling on same-sex couples having children I have ever read, an Oregon appeals court this week ruled that the state's donor insemination statute making a consenting husband the legal father of a child born to his...Read More

Gee. Thanks, Bill.

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 18, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

For ... well ... nothing. On the one hand, it's great to hear that Bill Clinton backs same-sex marriage. After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported...Read More

Changing Hearts and Minds One Wedding at a Time

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 18, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I recently posted about the backwards and hypocritical fact that my husband and I were on our way to a wedding which he was officiating, while our marriage isn't recognized in that state or our home in Florida. The discussion...Read More

Stories from the Helpline

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 18, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

[E ditor'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 the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide...Read More

Fill The Void

Filed by David Badash | July 17, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Sarah Palin got it right. Well, just one thing: Palin knows how to fill a void. Who else was able to upstage two solid weeks of 24/7 Michael Jackson media coverage? From the moment she announced she was resigning as...Read More

Why Hate Crimes Legislation Is A Terrible Idea: A Reminder

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 17, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

We've seen a number of posts supportive of hate crimes legislation. The widespread perception is that only hate-mongering Republicans are against it, but in fact a lot of queer radical activists and groups are against it for entirely different reasons....Read More

The Bender theory of discrimination

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Pat Buchanan was on Rachel Maddow last night to talk about Sotomayor. He said she was an affirmative action pick in the bad way who isn't qualified because he hasn't been motivated enough to read any of her opinions (seriously)....Read More

Indiana Equality email blasts for hate crimes, but don't expect action on ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 17, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Got this in my inbox yesterday: Senate Vote on Matthew Shepard Act! Dear Alex, Contact Your Senators Today! The full Senate is scheduled to vote -- this week -- on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, so Indiana's Senators...Read More

"Well I'll be damned"

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 17, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

This past weekend Equality Florida trained dozens of grassroots activists. Amid the phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, media and lobby training was this brave and beautiful poem. Well I'll Be Damned...Read More

Florida Judge Who Struck Down Gay Adoption Ban Demoted

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Miami-Dade Florida circuit court judge who ruled Florida's shameful gay adoption ban unconstitutional in November 2008, a case currently being appealed, has been demoted. For over 15 years, Judge Cindy Lederman served as top administrative judge over Miami-Dade's juvenile...Read More

Congress moves on DADT

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 15, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

There has been lots of motion these past two weeks on repealing DADT, more than any other LGBT bills other than hate crimes legislation and possibly ENDA, as there are people currently working on repeal in both the House and...Read More

Back to the California voters in 2010

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 14, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The big question out in California among marriage advocates is whether or not to go back on the ballot in 2010. Well, I'd say it's a big question, but it looks like there won't be much discussion as some people...Read More

Proof: The Gay Marriage Movement Is Draining Resources from Queer Activism

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 14, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

As anyone who's been reading my posts on gay marriage knows by now, I've been critical of the "movement" for taking away much-needed resources and energy from far more important queer issues. I'll discuss that issue in greater detail in...Read More

Stonewall Democrats put the LGBT Money Where the Leadership Is

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

The folks over at the National Stonewall Democrats, the LGBT Democratic organization, have decided to put their support and money behind the politicians that support our community after what is seen by many as the frustratingly slow movement on LGBT...Read More

The big gay legal turf war

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

It'd be hard to say that the Boies and Olson case got more strange last week with their cold response to several LGBT legal groups' motion to intervene, but there really isn't anything new about these sorts of turf wars...Read More

Survey results

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 13, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Here are the results for the poll on LGBT priority legislation I put up last week: ENDA44% DOMA repeal18% DADT repeal17% Hate crimes legislation8% Everything else got 3% or less. Well, those are the bills that get talked about the...Read More

Utah Court Says Non-Bio Mom Has No Rights to Her Child

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

A couple of months ago, I mentioned the case of Gena Edvalson and Jana Dickson, a former couple now involved in a custody and visitation dispute over the three-year-old son they created together through assisted insemination and raised together until...Read More

"We Keep Marrying Other Species"

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 11, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Some things have to be seen and head to be believed. [Via Huffington Post.] I'm writing something longer that will incorporate this, but I was so blown away that I wanted to go ahead and post it now. I'll connect...Read More

Are the Rights 5 the Right Stuff?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 11, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

If you've been reading posts here over the past few days, you'll know that Batwoman has been running for Mayor of DC. Across the country, in Colorado, five new LGBT superheroes have arisen as well, dedicated to informing fellow citizens...Read More

Trans People Deserve Better

Filed by Father Tony | July 10, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. A Miami report tells us of the arrest of a Donnie Hendrix. Ms. Hendrix is a male-to-female transgender woman who...Read More

Going to the Chapel: We Can Officiate, but Not Get Married

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

As you read this, I assume the hubby and I are smashed into an airplane with a crying child and some sassy flight attendants hurling towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What brings us to the land of cheese, you may ask? A...Read More

The 14th Amendment and the Defense of Marriage Act

Filed by John Shields | July 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today is the 141st anniversary of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Under the Equal Protection Clause of the amendment, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law"...Read More

Ice Age 3: Can a Queer Utopia Be Built on Prehistoric Gender Roles?

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 08, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week, Zac Hart at Bilerico-Indiana wrote about walking out of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Zac's catalogue of summer blockbuster racism and homophobia got me thinking about the other movie at the top of the box office charts,...Read More

Massachusetts State Senator Comes Out on Independence Day

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, a Democrat, came out to his constituents in a recent Independence Day op-ed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, identifying himself as: a foster child who grew up as a ward of the state, as a...Read More

Trans and Visible

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 08, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. Back in 1978 the message of Harvey Milk was that if we were out, the public would know us and...Read More

Arranging the Homosexual Agenda

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 07, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

For reasons I'll explain after the jump, I was thinking last night that someone should ask this question in a poll. Why can't that someone be me here on TBP? It isn't scientific, but I don't think any legit polling...Read More

White House photo: Frank Kameny

Filed by Bil Browning | July 07, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The White House sent over this picture of Frank Kameny being honored at the gala reception commemorating Stonewall held last week. I imagine Kameny as thinking, "It was nothing being the first LGBT community organizer, Mr. President. Just doing my...Read More

The Prerequisites to "Woman"

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 06, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

A women-only pharmacy -- according to reports, possibly the first of its kind in North America -- is opening in Vancouver on Tuesday. This pharmacy is designed to offer a comfortable, open environment, woman-specific information and non-judgmental counseling. They are...Read More

Cheese and Roses

Filed by Dana Rudolph | July 05, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) signed a bill yesterday that allows same-sex couples to register as domestic partners and thus gain certain rights like hospital visitation and survivor benefits. As an erstwhile Cheesehead, who met my now-spouse while we were...Read More

Progressive movement and the LGBT community

Filed by Bil Browning | July 03, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

What can the progressive movement learn from the LGBT community? Friend of the blog, GRITtv host Laura Flanders, talks with Richard Burns, Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation, Naomi Clark of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Richard Kim, Associate...Read More

Transformers 2: "Homophobia in Disguise"

Filed by Zac Hart | July 02, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

It's 9:00pm. It was date night for the husband and I. We had a nice dinner at Applebees before watching Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen - The IMAX Experience. The movie started a little after 7, and anyone who...Read More

Dump Gay Marriage Now

Filed by Yasmin Nair | July 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Canadian queer radical journal No More Potlucks has just published my piece "Dump Gay Marriage Now." A print-on-demand edition will also be available. "Dump Gay Marriage" was sparked by my Bilerico Project piece, "Prop 8 Is a Distraction, or:...Read More

Violence on the rise, but the police won't be stopping it

Filed by Alex Blaze | July 01, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Great minds thinking alike and all, I was actually going to write a post similar to Waymon's this morning highlighting some of the violence against queer people this past month and asking, "What's going on?" And not just with all...Read More

I Want Free Stuff

Filed by Paige Schilt | July 01, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Last week I attended a six-year-old's birthday party. After pizza and ice cream and cake, the kids were working off their sugar highs by running and wrestling and generally acting like maniacs. The parents were huddled around the booze. One...Read More

Uncovering Feminism: Emma Bee Bernstein and a few questions about suicide

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 01, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Okay, so I'm looking through the Seal Press catalog for the second time, just to see if I've missed anything interesting, and what calls my attention is the bio of one of the editors of a book called Girldrive: Criss-Crossing...Read More

Pride Events Marred by Violence

Filed by Waymon Hudson | July 01, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

This last month, Pride Events were celebrated across the country. Over time, these events have morphed from protests and acts of visibility to celebrations of different parts of our community and culture. The commercialization of Pride has eased us into...Read More


Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 01, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, like so many others I was tuned into the live White House video feed to watch President Obama's speech at the White House reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month. One thing's for certain, Barack Obama knows how to...Read More