The Movement: August 2009

Vermont Marriages to Begin at Midnight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 31, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The first same-sex marriages for Vermont are set to begin tomorrow (just after midnight tonight), Tuesday September 1st. Congratulations Vermonters!! There isn't expected to be a large rush of marriages in the first days, like there were when Vermont became...Read More

Florida's Going to the National Equality March- Get on the Bus!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 31, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Our friends over at Pride Tampa Bay, Stand Up SWFL, and OUT are organizing a series of buses to take Floridians to the National Equality March in DC on October 11: Don't Miss The Bus For The National Equality March...Read More

What if you had to ask 600,000 people for permission to marry?

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 31, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

That would be the reality if anti-equality activists are able to force a ballot fight over gay and lesbian couples being able to marry in DC. As I wrote in a post last week, The National Organization for Marriage and...Read More

Bilerico Radio: Kip Williams and I talk about the National Equality March

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 30, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I had a chance to talk with Kip Williams, one of the lead organizers of the National Equality March. I have to take back my previous statement about how the march organizers are unwilling to engage in criticism from the...Read More

One (Huge) Score for the Girl's Team

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Reading an article on Saturday in the L.A. Times about the now widely-reported and extremely disturbing story of kidnap, rape, eventual impregnation, and 18-year enslavement of Jaycee Dugard, then 11 and now 29, I was struck by the fact that...Read More

Bilerico Radio: 2010 or 2012?

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

I recorded this about two weeks ago, but because of a few technical difficulties I haven't been able to finish producing it until I was back in Paris. I had Marc Solomon, the marriage director for Equality California, and Karen...Read More

What's so mutually exclusive about being radical and being rational?

Filed by Phil Reese | August 29, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I am the biggest queen you never met. I love Madonna and dancing and fashion and cooking and all of the shallow, stereotypical things that the nonpolitical superficial sissies are interested in. I long for the day that I won't...Read More

Finding the "unity" in community

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 28, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Michael Eichler is a co-founder and primary contributor to The New Gay. Q: What's worse, being gay or being black? A: Being gay. You don't have to tell your parents that you're black. I apologize for...Read More

Why LGBT groups need to get with the social media revolution

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 28, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

I've had conversations with more than a few LGBT activists who don't understand how the social media revolution is changing the way we communicate and share ideas and information. And, the implications that these rapid changes will have on the...Read More

3 things you can do to protect equality in Maine

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 28, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

In just over three months the LGBT community and its allies in Maine will face one of its toughest fights ever. And, they need our help. Here are three things you can do to help preserve marriage equality in Maine:...Read More

WWDD? - What Would Del Do?

Filed by Kate Kendell | August 27, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Del Martin's death. Even writing that sentence is hard. Yes, Del lived a full and amazing life. Yes, she accomplished more than most people ever dream. Yes, she had 54 years of love and...Read More

What do we point at? Something! When do we point at it? Now!

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 27, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

I expressed some concerns earlier about how the National Equality March doesn't really see to be able to form much of a unified message when it comes to what they're demanding. I assumed that their bumper sticker slogan "full equality...Read More

ACLU argues - again - that Florida's ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians is unconstitutional

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 27, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last November, I predicted that Florida's ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians was on its way out. Yesterday, the fight to end the ban took another step forward. Gay rights lawyers are cautiously optimistic that Florida's Third District...Read More

The Week of Bi-Bi's: Biracial & Bisexual Identity in New Movies and TV

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 27, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Amy Andre, MA, MBA, is a writer, lecturer, and the co-author of Bisexual Health, a book published by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. A biracial, bisexual, African American Jew, she lives in San Francisco...Read More

Sen. Kennedy on LGBT Equality

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 26, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Here is Senator Ted Kennedy talking about his commitment to LGBT equality at the HRC 2008 Equality Convention. h/t HRC Backstory...Read More

Stuart Milk: Hall of Fame isn't good enough for my uncle

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 26, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stuart Milk is the out nephew of slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk. This month I had the privilege to meet and talk with President Obama who bestowed the nation's highest honor upon my uncle for...Read More

Kicking our allies to the curb

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 25, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Adam Bink is the Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC, and manages design and advertising at, a blog covering national progressive politics. He is a Dupont Circle resident and enjoys cooking, cycling, ultimate frisbee,...Read More

PFOX victorious in gaining protections for ex-gays?

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 25, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, isn't this just special? In a precedent setting case, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia has ruled that former homosexuals are a protected class that must be recognized under sexual orientation non-discrimination laws. The Court held that,...Read More

Anti-gay DC minister: "We are going to force an initiative on the city."

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 25, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

A recent meeting called by Ward 5 ANC Commissioner Robert King to build support for a Prop 8 style ballot measure in DC may have had low turnout, but that's no reason to let our guard down. The National Organization...Read More

Smelt case thrown out on technicality

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 25, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The judge in the Smelt case (the California couple suing to overturn DOMA, Obama's DOJ responded in an offensive brief...) just threw it out because it was filed earlier in a state court. Their attorney attempted to sue the federal...Read More

Anti-gay group to use its $6 million budget to ban marriage in DC and defeat repeal of DOMA

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 25, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I wrote last week that the National Organization for Marriage had opened an office in DC to spread its anti-gay message. Now in an interview with the Washington Blade NOM's executive director Brian Brown reveals the truth behind their new...Read More

Help Protect Marriage Equality in Maine

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 24, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

One of the big gay takeaways from Netroots Nation was the critical importance of defending marriage equality in Maine. The same team that brought us Prop 8 in California is now trying to strip away marriage from same-sex couples in...Read More

LGBTI Health Summit: Where are we now?

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 24, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger David Phillips is a poly Leather shaman, kink evangelist, and Queermen's health advocate living in Arlington, VA. A survivor of relationship abuse, David co-founded the Rainbow Response Coalition, addressing intimate partner violence among LGBTQ people in...Read More

Fighting Homophobia, One Kiss at a Time

Filed by David Badash | August 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last Saturday, thousands of people - gay and straight - joined together across more than 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada and kissed their partners, in public. The Great Nationwide Kiss-In, a celebration and affirmation of the right of...Read More

The Gender Police Strike Again

Filed by Brynn Craffey | August 23, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

A South African runner, Caster Semenya, 18, is being forced to prove that she is, indeed, a young woman and not "a man," as her detractors allege. Semenya, whose athletic performance recently improved greatly and who, it seems, was a...Read More

Sunday Funnies: InfoMania's 'Lady Kisses'

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

He's back! Brian Safi, the brilliant and irreverent satirist from my favorite nerdy show on my favorite nerdy channel - InfoMania on Current TV , is back exploring LGBT issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media....Read More

The Bride Wore Red

Filed by Eric Leven | August 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

In an unlikely twist, the California Gay community now stands an even greater chance of hearing wedding bells ring in their name. Theodore Olson, the Republican Lawyer who helped steal argue George Bush's election, could now be same-sex marriage's strongest...Read More

In Praise of Long Engagements

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 21, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I’ve always been a fan of long engagements. Even before I met the hubby, I had a strict rule that I imposed on myself while dating: No matter how much I liked the guy, how great he was, etc.,...Read More

I Was There: Clinton, Don't Ask Don't Tell, & Wiggle Room

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 20, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Gloria Nieto lives in San Jose, Cal with her spouse and pack of animals. She is waiting anxiously for hockey season to start. With all the latest discussions about the history of Don't Ask Don't Tell...Read More

NAACP's Julian Bond Endorses the National Equality March

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond has joined other high-profile people endorsing the the National Equality March on October 11th: GLBT rights are civil rights; there are no 'special rights' in America. Everyone has rights - or should have - and...Read More

Awesome Website of the Week: 'God Hates Shrimp'

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Sometimes you just have to smile at the snarky, fun skewering of the anti-LGBT right. Activists Joe Decker and Ryland Sanders have created my new favorite parody site called "God Hates Shrimp", a smart poke at people like Fred Phelps,...Read More

I want to hear a song that makes me believe there's something to believe in

Filed by Sean Bugg | August 20, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

There was a point in my life when I thought nothing could have more meaning than music. This point, of course, was during my teenage years in high school and college. At 16, even a Motley Crue song can carry...Read More

How we win marriage in DC

Filed by Michael Crawford | August 20, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Much has been made of the external challenges we face in DC as we build a movement to win and keep marriage for same-sex couples including the possibility of a Prop 8 style ballot fight and potential intervention from members...Read More

Prop 8 Court Challenge: Judge says San Fran In, LGBT Orgs Out

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Judge Vaughn Walker has denied the request of several LGBT legal groups, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and NCLR, to join Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. He also approved the City of San Francisco's...Read More

How the National Equality March Could Undermine LGBT America

Filed by Diane Silver | August 19, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

There are no villains in this post. Please note that fact before reading farther. I don't believe that the wonderful folks who are organizing the national march are evil or stupid, but I am worried that we could be marching...Read More

Justice Department Hires New LGBT Liaison

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 19, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has hired Matt Nosanchuk, a former staffer for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), to serve as a a senior counselor and a representative to the LGBT community. Nosanchuk, who is openly gay, has worked for...Read More

Anchorage Mayor Vetoes LGBT Rights Ordinance: The Power of Privilege

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 18, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It looks like we won the battle against discrimination and no one bothered to tell us! At least that seems to be the opinion of Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska. Sullivan has vetoed an ordinance that would ban discrimination...Read More

Pandora's Box: The National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | August 17, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

I've made my concerns about the National Equality March known and Cleve Jones responded with his reasons why it should go forward. After spending a week at Netroots Nation talking to Kip Williams, the Director of the march's organizing campaign,...Read More

What Would Jesus Do?

Filed by David Badash | August 14, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

How is it possible that so-called "Christian" and "Family" organizations are planning to protest an event that was created to celebrate and affirm the right of all couples to share simple acts of affection - like a kiss? That's right....Read More

Fighting on Our Own Terms

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 14, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

[Editor's Note: Veteran LGBT activist and environmentally-friendly entrepreneur Diane Abbitt has helped lead campaigns against anti-LGBT ballot initiatives since Prop 6. She was the first female co-president of the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), a founding member of...Read More

Netroots Nation: Bill Clinton supports repeal of DADT, DOMA

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 14, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

UPDATE: The full transcript of Lane Hudson's questions to Bill Clinton and the former President's response is below, courtesy of Rex Wockner. How's that for a juxtaposition, lol. I'm about to hit the sack, but I wanted to give you...Read More

Important elder law publication...with a caveat

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I was so excited to see the National Center for Lesbian Rights' new publication, Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders, available on line here. Basically, I love any publication that explains the law to people in a clear...Read More

Google made me do it: playing the SM card in court

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 13, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

In a trial that has nothing to do with sadomasochism, the prosecution nonetheless thought it relevant to include the information that the alleged murderer joined an SM site. The reporter then thought it relevant to include that morsel when covering...Read More

HRC: Trying to figure out what the grassroots wants from us since 1980

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 13, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

HRC released that statement promised a week ago saying that they're going to help out with Cleve Jones' National Equality March. It's nice of them to join in less than two months before it happens. It's been interesting to watch...Read More

Poor NOM: Seems Hate Just Isn't as Popular as it Used to Be

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Excuse me while I shed a tear... It seems the rabid right-wing fundies are having to do lots of backpedaling and begging lately. Yesterday, I wrote about poor "Focus on the Family" putting out the pleading email about their 6...Read More

Marriage changes us more than we change marriage

Filed by Cathy Renna | August 12, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

A new book by M.V. Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics, director of the Center of Public Policy And Administration at Amherst and research director of the Williams Institute on Public Policy at UCLA School of Law (phew, her business card...Read More

Cry Me a River: 'Focus on the Family' Running Out of Cash

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 11, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm not smiling at the misfortune of the fundies. Really, I'm not. The good folks over at Amplify got a pleading letter from Focus on the Fundraising... er... "Focus on the Family" whining about the hard economic times and what...Read More

"Two Hot Transsexuals Finally Give You Some ANSWERS!"

Filed by Gina de Vries | August 11, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Red and Charles, two trans artists/activists/media makers/hotties (hey, they said it -- I'm just agreeing!) answer a series of the obnoxious but unfortunately usual questions that trans folks often get from clueless non-trans people. I love how smart, funny,...Read More

The Gay Crusaders Are Hesitant

Filed by Father Tony | August 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

I am not sure if I am remembering 1993 or 1996 in the current edition of the South Florida Blade, but I do remember having a hellaciously great time. Here's my take on DC march: In "The Lion In Winter,"...Read More

Indiana's vetting as a swing state

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 11, 2009 | 8:43 AM | comments

For the longest time I joked that Indiana would vote red even if Saddam Hussein was on the GOP ticket. Then we voted for Obama and the joke never rang the same again. In all seriousness, though, Indiana's legislative efforts...Read More

Barack Obama, Cover Boy

Filed by Dana Rudolph | August 10, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Advocate's current issue features a cover image of President Obama with the words: "Nope? He was our greatest hope, but he has yet to deliver." At GRITtv with Laura Flanders, journalists Michael Musto and Esther Armah talk about the...Read More

Daniel Radcliffe Teams Up with the Trevor Project to Help LGBT Youth

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 10, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

What a magical match up! Daniel Radcliffe, the star of Harry Potter, has made a major donation to our friends at The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide suicide-prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. The 20-year-old actor...Read More

AFER rejects San Francisco's help

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 10, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why does everyone think this is so complicated? They're saying they want the equal protection promised by the US Constitution, and the Supreme Court will totally just give it to them because they expressed their displeasure with Prop 8. It's...Read More

UPDATE: U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Reaffirms Support for Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed by Nadine Smith | August 09, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Here's a quick update on Equality Florida's conversations with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen. Today, she issued a statement today reaffirming her strong opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She also encourages us all to focus our efforts on those who have not...Read More

The DC Radar Screen: July 2009

Filed by John Shields | August 09, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

July was, without a doubt, a busy month for the LGBTQ community. We witnessed some gains, as well as more than our share of losses. Below you will find just a few stories that hit the Bilerico-DC airwaves in July....Read More

LGBT Weekend Update - Patricia Nell Warren, Jillian Weiss, and Yasmin Nair

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 09, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Here's a new feature for the Bilerico Project, and we'll see how this goes: a weekly podcast roundtable discussion. I'm the host and producer, and this week's guests were Patricia Nell Warren, Dr. Jillian Weiss, and Dr. Yasmin Nair. We...Read More

Stories from the Helpline

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 08, 2009 | 10:00 AM | 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 the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention...Read More


Filed by Guest Blogger | August 07, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Lorri L. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most seasoned and effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ("LGBT") civil rights movement. An LGBT activist for 30 years, Jean currently serves as...Read More

The legal status of same-sex relationship recognition

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | August 07, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Anyone reading my Bilerico posts and my blog knows that I am not a fan of fighting for access to marriage for same-sex couples. But I am certainly a fan of providing accurate, readable information to LGBT folks about the...Read More

How A Feminist Found Her Sexism

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Helen Boyd is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married. Her own blog is (en)gender and she writes for many magazines and online outlets. Currently she can be found in...Read More

How A Feminist Found Her Sexism

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 06, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Helen Boyd is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married. Her own blog is (en)gender and she writes for many magazines and online outlets. Currently she can be found in...Read More

Debate on National Equality March continues

Filed by Alex Blaze | August 05, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I didn't have a chance to link to this column by Steve Ault last week in the Gay City News. He was one of the organizers of two of the successful gay marches on Washington and he had some advice...Read More

The Great Nationwide Kiss-In!

Filed by David Badash | August 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

San Antonio. El Paso. Salt Lake City. Three cities. Three same-sex couples. All harassed and detained or arrested - for kissing. You've heard the stories. You've read the news. The lesbian couple arrested last December. The two men who kissed...Read More

Lu's Womyn-Born-Womyn-Only Policy: The Ongoing Discussions

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 04, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

On July 6th, I noted the story of Lu's: A Pharmacy for Women, operated by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC) , and noted how the Vancouver pharmacy's policy to serve only "women who were born as women and live...Read More

LGBT Challenges: True Leadership

Filed by Phil Reese | August 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Recent leadership gaffes in California have reminded me of the challenge of leadership in general--specifically LGBT leadership. What is it about our movement that seduces us to keep picking leaders that we are inevitably unhappy with? In her July 28,...Read More

A Supremely Ridiculous Argument

Filed by Dana Rudolph | August 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Sometimes I read something that is just so mind-blowingly irrational I don't know where to begin. Robert P. George, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece titled, "Gay Marriage, Democracy, and the Courts," begins by stating that it would be...Read More

LGBT Teenagers Slaughtered by Tel Aviv Gunman

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 03, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Susan Ferman-Austin is a writer, blogger and LGBT rights activist. She has served on the Board of Directors of Washington State Stonewall Democrats and the Moscow-Pullman LGBT Pride Festival. Susan is married to Phyllis Austin and...Read More

Lt Gen Claudia Kennedy: Easier to deal with race & gender than sexual orientation in military

Filed by Bil Browning | August 03, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Lori Hahn (of Hahn at Home fame) has an interview with retired Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy that is definitely worth a read. Hahn, a former military member, served with Kennedy earlier in Kennedy's stellar career. Kennedy retired from her last...Read More

REAL Women Selectively Oppose Human Rights?

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Before being deposed by the current minority Conservative government, the federal Liberals began work on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, to be built in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the building is underway and the Advisory Committee is being developed to...Read More

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No Greg, YOU are harassing ME!

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 02, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

[Editor's Note: Guest blogger Josh Cohen is a consultant providing need-based, low-cost internet media services for equality campaigns and organizations. During the day, he works for a software company in Redmond, WA. As a member of the Board of Directors...Read More

Statewide HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network Emerges in Florida

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | August 02, 2009 | 12:00 AM | comments

According to the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), Florida reported 109,524 AIDS cases to CDC, cumulatively from the beginning of the epidemic through December 2007. Florida ranked 3rd highest among the 50 states in cumulative reported AIDS cases....Read More

The Radar Screen: July 2009

Filed by John Shields | August 01, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

July was, without a doubt, a busy month for the LGBTQ community. We've seen some gains, as well as more than our share of losses. Below you will find just a few stories that hit the Bilerico airwaves in July....Read More