The Movement: November 2009

UK judge explains how people's rights are trampled in cruising cases

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 30, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

A UK judge had some stern words those who use their power to intimidate those who cruise for sex into giving up their rights. Only two news sources covered the proceedings, and this is all they published from the judge,...Read More

Against Equality, In Maine and Everywhere

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger R. Conrad is an outlaw artist, terrorist academic and petty thief dividing his time between Lewiston, Maine and Montreal, Quebec. He is a member of the naughty north collective and his written and visual work is...Read More

Against Equality, In Maine and Everywhere

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 30, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger R. Conrad is an outlaw artist, terrorist academic and petty thief dividing his time between Lewiston, Maine and Montreal, Quebec. He is a member of the naughty north collective and his written and visual work is...Read More

Stupak, Pitts, and the Classist, Sexist "Sin Tax" Amendment

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 29, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Louisa V. Hill is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa's Playwrights' Workshop. LGBT folks and their allies know all too well that their human rights are often the first to be sacrificed under the...Read More

Sacred cows and sacrificial lambs

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

That post about rich people getting kicked out of the LGBT movement the other day was intended as satire. I see from the comments that a lot of people didn't get it, even though the proposition was ridiculous, untenable, contradicts...Read More

Sympathy fatigue

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

There are just so many divergent communities and interests waving the "LGBT" banner, ones that I personally have no reason to defend, interests that simply don't line up at all with my own, and people whose priorities are just far...Read More

Hate crimes up in 2008

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 24, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's not really surprising that the FBI is reporting that hate crimes based on sexual orientation went up in 2008. The trend has already been remarked in New York and in California. It's almost as if demonization of LGBTQ people...Read More

"I'm getting married!" A New Way of Coming Out?

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 24, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Alan Schwartz, M.D., a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, is also Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He is a psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute and...Read More

Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 24, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

I just have one thing to say about this. Forget WWJD. The new question is apparently What Would MLK Do? A coalition of politically and theologically conservative Christian leaders, including nine Roman Catholic bishops, who have just signed a...Read More

Sodomy wasn't born yesterday

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 23, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Antonin Scalia is apparently doing a speaking tour supporting the "originalist" interpretation of the Constitution, whereby a justice has to use his or her telepathic powers to read the minds of people who died 200 years ago, a power they...Read More

In Honor of our Fallen Brothers and Sisters on this Day of Remembrance

Filed by Kelley Winters | November 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

My sisters, brothers, friends and allies, Tonight, on this eleventh International Transgender Day of Remembrance, we come together once again to honor those who lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Our annual Day of Remembrance was founded by...Read More

Whose Day of Remembrance?

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 21, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

This year the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) lists 162 trans people killed. That's over 3 a week. The number is significantly higher than previous years (which had generally been between 20 and 30), and most people are attributing that...Read More

Irene Vilar's Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 20, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The title of Irene Vilar's new memoir, Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict, is a bit misleading. Although Vilar chronicles 15 abortions over 15 years, "addiction" as a diagnostic category is only hastily grafted onto her tale of existential...Read More

From the Washington Blade's Ashes Comes DC Agenda

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 20, 2009 | 3:28 PM | comments

I was as shocked and saddened as anyone on Monday when it was revealed the Washington Blade (along with other Windows Media publications) had been shut down on Monday. But, the great news is Kevin Naff and the former Blade...Read More

Interview w/NGLTF Exec Dir Rea Carey (part two)

Filed by Adam Bink | November 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

TThis is part two of an interview with Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Part one focused on the No On 1 campaign in Maine, the push to repeal Prop 8 in 2010...Read More

Judge deals a rhetorical blow to DOMA

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 19, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

This is a small decision that governs court personnel, but it seems to imply that there is law that is more important than DOMA when it comes to government benefits nonetheless: A gay lawyer in the federal public defender's office...Read More

Stephen Colbert on DC Gay Marriage

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 18, 2009 | 10:43 AM | comments

Stephen Colbert takes on the DC marriage equality issue in the way only he can. The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cThe Word - Skeletons in the Closetwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorU.S. Speedskating...Read More

Lesbian and Gay Parents Are Not Better--and That's Okay

Filed by Dana Rudolph | November 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Everyone's been asking the question. The New York Times: "Are Same-Sex Couples Better Parents?" The Advocate: "Gay Parents Better than Straight?" SF Gate: "Are same-sex couples better parents?" The Dallas Voice: "Do gays and lesbians make better parents?" All were...Read More

Bash Back disagrees with calling vandalism "homophobic"

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 17, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yasmin Nair emailed me a link with the subject: "I think you called this when it first happened..." Back in September, a Memphis billboard put up by the LGBT community center went from this: To this: Folks were quick to...Read More

Out 100: Cathy Renna & Pam Spaulding

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2009 | 8:30 AM | comments

Congratulations to contributors Cathy Renna and Pam Spaulding for making the Out 100 list of LGBT movers and shakers. Pam is featured with music blogger Arjan Timmermans while Cathy shares the page with Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld and editor...Read More

Making A Better Life

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | November 16, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

As I pointed out, I don't really have a lot of cause or reason to fight. Indeed, I don't find activism to be particularly fulfilling, or advocacy to be especially rewarding, and don't really want to do it as I can think of many things I'd rather be doing. Like making a better life for myself.Read More

LGBT Resistance to the Coup in Honduras

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | November 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

On Saturday I attended a talk by Indyra Mendoza, an activist with the LGTB Coalition Against the Coup in Honduras, who was in LA for a speaking tour. Her message was simple and powerful: Murders of trans women and gay...Read More

The sexual politics of a hug

Filed by Cassandra Keenan | November 15, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Far from just warm and fuzzy, hugging is commonly rich with personal revelations regarding our sexual and gender identity, as well as sexual equality. What got me to thinking about this? I was hanging out recently with this girl I...Read More

First Event 2010: One Big Happy Transgender Family

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 15, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

I will be presenting a keynote address at "First Event 2010" in Peabody, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. First Event, an annual event presented for the past 29 years by The Tiffany Club of New England, will be held January...Read More

Preacher's Sons: Two Dads, Five Sons, Four Cities

Filed by Dana Rudolph | November 14, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

President Barack Obama, in his proclamation of November as National Adoption Month, said: "By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families [my emphasis], we allow more children to find...Read More

When Its Not Your Fight

Filed by Antonia D'orsay | November 13, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

So for my first actual contribution, I'm going to talk about something that's been on my mind of late. Some of it is informed by Austen's recent posts, but for the most part its informed by the direction I've come to feel that things must go in order to make headway in our quest for equality and equity. And I think about this stuff for a really simple reason: its not really my fight.Read More

Michael Crawford: One of Advocate's People of the Year

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Congratulations to Bilerico-DC managing editor Michael Crawford for being named one of Advocate magazine's "People of the Year." In a city that is more than 50% African-American, Michael Crawford has been leading the charge on an issue often used to...Read More

Attacking Tax-Exemptions for Churches a Lose-Lose Proposition

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 12, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Sam Ritchie is a writer and activist who lives with his husband of twelve years in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He writes, edits and manages online content for the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & AIDS Projects....Read More

Why I'm So Damn Frightened of You

Filed by Diane Silver | November 11, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

YOU - that's the "you" that's generally young, gay, trans, queer, lesbian, etc., and so certain you're right - YOU scare the living heck out of me. I'm not exactly certain what it is that is so frightening. I do...Read More

Time For Gay Power

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 11, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Ronald Gold was media director for the Gay Activists Alliance in the early 1970's. He was one of the five original cofounders of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and its first media director. He is best...Read More

About that LGBT boycott of the Obama Campaign, the DNC, and Organizing for America....

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 10, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

I have the following problems with the LGBT boycott of the DNC that a few bloggers launched yesterday: 1. I thought we were already boycotting the DNC. Am I the only who thought that the gAyTM was already supposed to...Read More

Indianapolis Transgender Day of Rememberance

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 10, 2009 | 11:57 AM | comments

It's that time again. This year's Transgender Day of Rememberance activities include a presentation of "TransActions," a play exploring the emotions and realities of being transgender in this day and age. It's a wonderful play, and a wonderful way to...Read More

Is Violence Inevitable In Our Fight For Equality?

Filed by Father Tony | November 09, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Before you comment on this topic, I urge you to carefully read this post at JoeMyGod. Joe's advice is sensible. Don't say anything in a comment that you wouldn't say when writing a signed letter to a newspaper. The specter...Read More

Ed Flanagan, FTW

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 09, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Good on Vermont senator Ed Flanagan. Take a lesson from this lawyer and politician, boys, because he didn't do the stupidest thing you can do when you get arrested for cruising: admit to doing anything wrong. [Addison County State's Attorney...Read More

Down but Not Defeated

Filed by Sara Whitman | November 08, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

It's hard to think of what to say. My heart is broken. I am exhausted and sick (literally and figuratively). I kept checking the Bangor News site to see the last of the numbers trickle in, hoping it got closer....Read More

The Finances Behind the National Equality March

Filed by Bil Browning | November 05, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

National Equality March leaders have discovered they have money left over after paying all the bills. Organizers raised approximately $260,000 to put on the event in Washington DC that drew 200,000 activists. March leaders budgeted $282,000 for the event -...Read More

Are We Listening?

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's times like these when, even though you're proven right, you take no joy in it. Back in February, I wrote that same-sex marriage is overall a loser issue in this country right now and that our community would be...Read More

On Projecting R-71's Outcome, Or, We Visit A Political Party

Filed by Don Davis | November 05, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Over the past few days we have been talking about Washington State's Referendum 71, which was voted on this week. If passed, the Referendum will codify in law certain protections for same-sex couples. In the first story of our three-part...Read More

Speaker Pelosi (and all your Democratic friends): I'm not waiting anymore.

Filed by Kip Williams | November 05, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Early November last year, I stayed up into the wee hours one morning obsessively refreshing my web browser. The incoming precinct results for Prop 8 confirmed that my rights were being stripped away from me. I should have been celebrating...Read More

Our Muddled Electoral Mess

Filed by Diane Silver | November 04, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Anyone who says they know exactly what yesterday's election results mean for the future of LGBTQ people is a blowhard and a liar. Yesterday's results were decidedly muddled. Marriage equality lost yet again, this time in Maine. For anyone who's...Read More

The Day After a Hard Night

Filed by Kate Kendell | November 04, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Déjà vu is welcome when it flashes us back to a welcome or happy memory. Today déjà vu is not so pleasant. The loss of marriage rights in Maine is a traumatic reminder of our Prop 8 fight in California....Read More

Justice for Ryan and Something More

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 04, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Brian Winfield is the Equality Florida Communications Director. In March of 2007, Ryan Skipper was stabbed 19 times and left to die on a dirt road in rural Polk County, Florida. He was only 25. His killers drove...Read More

Election Night Results Open Thread: Maine, WA State, Kalamazoo & Beyond

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 03, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Tonight is a big night for LGBT rights and issues- Marriage Equality in Maine, Relationship Recognition in Washington State, and a Human Rights Ordinance in Kalamazoo. Add that to the openly gay candidates (Annise Parker in Houston) and races that...Read More

A little marriage bill moves ahead in D.C.

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 03, 2009 | 5:50 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Bob Summersgill is a long-time GLBT rights activist in the District of Columbia who has successfully led numerous human rights efforts. Lost in the aftermath of the D.C. Council hearing on the marriage bill and in...Read More

How Do You Just Watch a Rape?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 03, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

NOTE: TRIGGER WARNING, VIDEO BELOW DEPICTS GRAPHIC RAPE SCENE FROM A MOVIE. WTF is wrong with people? How do you just watch a rape?...Read More

Washington: New Referendum 71 Polling Analyzed

Filed by Don Davis | November 03, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

It is now Election Day around the US, and one ballot question that is attracting national attention is Washington State's Referendum 71. Voting "yes" on the Referendum would codify in law various protections for same-sex domestic partners, and it is...Read More

DC marriage hearings end with a proposal

Filed by Michael Crawford | November 03, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Monday was the second day of the marathon hearings on the DC marriage bill. Over 250 people signed up to testify for or against legalizing marriages between same-sex couples over the two days with roughly 80% of the witnesses supporting...Read More

Equality March Co-Directors Resign; Group Reorganizes Amid Controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | November 03, 2009 | 12:30 AM | comments

Kip Williams and Robin McGehee, Co-Directors of the National Equality March, have left Equality Across America citing differences about the direction the new group should take. The march, held less than a month ago, attracted about 200,000 LGBT people to...Read More

Why gay marriage IS the End of the World (or the queer world, at least)

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | November 02, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I organized a sassy roundtable for the queer issue of Maximum Rocknroll, which was the October issue -- the issue is now off the stands, but here is the roundtable for your viewing pleasure -- it's a bit long, but...Read More