The Movement: June 2010

The "Intimidation" Argument: Far Right Hypocrisy on Parade

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 30, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

There's a new cry of outrage coming from the far right of American Politics and conservative circles. As more of their arguments against social issues like LGBT equality get shown time and again to be based on personal bigotry, private...Read More

Intellectual size queens

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 29, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

I posted last week about the weird masculinity issues surrounding former General McChrystal's interview with Rolling Stone, where he seemed to believe that masculinity was defined, partly, by drinking terrible beverages. I wondered what the right's reaction to this would...Read More

How to Be Popular

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 29, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Gee, wonder why we don't see these kinds of ads anymore. Hmmm... I know I should make some profound scholarly comment about how ideas of beauty have changed, but suffice it to say that any way you cut it, hatred...Read More

Pride through a dark, light, or rose-colored lens

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 28, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

I have become so accustomed to the "post-Pride" debate that it truly feels like Groundhog Day. For the last 2 decades (for my part) it always goes like this: Accusation: too many pictures of white hunky men on floats, drag...Read More

Judith Butler, identity politics, and Berlin

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 28, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Judith Butler was offered the Civil Courage Prize at Christopher Street Day in Berlin last week, and she rejected it. Love the awkward comments after her speech: Of course, because someone with a relatively high profile in the community decided...Read More

HHS proposed regs on hospital visitation ignore the needs of those incapable of naming visitors

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 27, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

If ever there was a bi-partisan no-brainer it is that every hospitalized patient should be able to name his or her visitors, subject to a medical reason to exclude them. The proposed regs emerging from the Obama administration (on line...Read More

NYC Pride March

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 27, 2010 | 5:30 PM | comments

It was a beautiful, hot, sunny day today at New York City Pride. I met up with Father Tony, Michael Crawford, JoeMyGod, the grrls from Autostraddle, and a dozen or so NYC bloggers. In front of us, the champion Rugby...Read More

Pride in Paris in Photos

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 27, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Gay Pride in Paris yesterday was long. Four miles of marching in the heat, with a parade that was two to three hours long if you stood in one point and watched it go by. The crowd is estimated by...Read More

500 March for TransJustice in NYC

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 26, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

I wrote yesterday about my plans to attend the march organized by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project. It was well-attended and inspiring. 500 is my conservative estimate. There could have been more - I'm not a practiced crowd estimator....Read More

How I Became a Home Depot Defender

Filed by David Castillo | June 25, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm not usually in the practice of coming to the defense of many coporations, especially a giant retailer like Home Depot, but Media Matters for America's County Fair blog pointed out a World Net Daily report that promoted a homophobic...Read More

Full Equality Now! Corporate Party Later!

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Lots of Prides are happening this weekend, and in coming weeks, and there have already been a few. Reed Cowan, the director of 8: The Mormon Proposition wants all Prides canceled until we can get married. (Full equality now! Corporate...Read More

Today's Trans Day of Action in NYC - What Racial Divide?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 25, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today at 4pm, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color and allies will take to the streets of NYC once again and demand justice to let the world know, that the rebellion is not over and we will continue...Read More


Discussion: Advice and Support for Straight Allies

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 24, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

As Pride celebrations approach around the country (or have just passed depending on where you live) and the community turns a bit more insular to celebrate our community's uniqueness, visibility, and diversity, there is a group we shouldn't forget: our...Read More

The Nibbler-In-Chief Promises To Keep On Nibbling

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

As with his Pride Month Proclamation a few weeks ago, President Obama yesterday lauded the minor incremental baby steps his administration has taken to protect a relative handful of LGBT Americans while relegating the workplace rights of the vast majority...Read More

NY Senate Passes Dignity for All Students Act 58-3: Why?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 23, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The bill empowers the New York Commissioner of Education to establish policies and prohibiting harassment and discrimination against students based on a number of categories, including...Read More

Vintage Ad: Can you handle the sexism?

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 23, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

From those same "good ole days" that some crusty bastards always reminisce about with fondness. You know, that happy time in America when women were too stupid to use a camera. via flickr...Read More

New condom has teeth

Filed by Bil Browning | June 23, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

What are your thoughts on this? A new type of condom is being distributed during the World Cup in South Africa that's not just meant for birth control use. The condom has teeth attached that will latch on to a...Read More

300,000 to 400,000 LGBT Youth Facing Homelessness Each Year

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 22, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Center for American Progress released a report yesterday on LGBT youth homelessness and the federal response to it. It is not a pretty picture. According to the report, there are approximately 1.6 million to 2.8 million homeless young people...Read More

Thoughts on The Owls

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 22, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm always kind of stunned by the demographics of Frameline audiences. As I'm walking up to the Castro Theatre, almost every single person in line is a lesbian. Hundreds and hundreds of lesbians, mostly middle-aged, and of course this is...Read More

Sanka or Spanka? Vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 22, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

I'd hate to see what kind of punishment she'd give if she was on caffeine. (OK, I confess, I'd love to see it.)...Read More

Open Letter to The Advocate

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 22, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Yesterday I received an apology from Christopher Harrity, Manager of Online Production, apologizing for misidentifying my photo as Briana Freeman. It's quite clear that it was not malicious, but simply a matter of not paying close enough attention while google...Read More

The Newest Christianist Lie: Fear of Harrassment

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The windbags of the Christian Right often claim that Christians are being persecuted as part of their demagoguery used to shake down money from the ignorant and uninformed. Sadly, the news media generally gives these professional Christians a pass and...Read More

Dear Harvey

Filed by Davina Kotulski | June 21, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last weekend my wife and I drove five hours to Bakersfield. I held a free coming out workshop where people learned the 5 keys to coming out and my wife led a free media training workshop to help LGBTQ people...Read More

The Advocate Thinks I'm Brianna Freeman

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | June 20, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Last week a story a story went around the blogosphere of Brianna Freeman, a 45 year old trans woman in Maine, who was suing Denny's after a manager refused to let her use the restroom. The Advocate ran the story...Read More

Google gives you a rainbow for Pride Month

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I do a lot of googling on queer topics, and I noticed yesterday that Google added a little rainbow banner for Pride Month if you search for certain words. It looks like this: And LGBT: Apparently Google sees nothing worth...Read More

Taking Back Pride: Putting the Politics Back in Pride Parades

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's that time of year. Pride is in the air around the world for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally community. Parades, festivals, music, parties, shirtless boys, dykes on bikes, and more rainbows than you can shake your high...Read More

Grading the Trans Community

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 18, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I'm busy today grading essays for my online summer courses. I'm in a grading mood. I've also been spending a lot of time lately thinking about the trans community's recent failures with regard to ENDA and the New York State...Read More

Maine Court Favorable Ruling on Trans Bathroom Use

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 17, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

On May 27, the Maine Superior Court, Androscoggin County, ruled on a case involving a claim of unlawful public accommodation discrimination by a transgender person. In this case, the public accommodation involved was the bathroom of a Denny's restaurant in...Read More

Family Values: Who is it Trying to "Destroy Marriage" Again?

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

In a move that isn't that surprising (but which nonetheless stings), Proposition 8 supporters want to 'revoke recognition' of the 18,000 legal same-sex marriages that occurred in California before the marriage ban went into effect. Removing any doubt about how...Read More

Why We Must Tell America the Truth About the Prop 8 Trial

Filed by Cleve Jones | June 16, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

In his most famous speech, my good friend Harvey Milk urged LGBT people to come out of the closet. "For invisible, we remain in limbo," he said. Harvey knew that full equality would not become reality as long as the...Read More

Don't question the Democrats' commitment to ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Kerry Eleveld has an article up with anonymous Congressional sources blaming the Senate for ENDA falling behind. The DADT deal has to pass the Senate before ENDA can be considered in the House (it's in the Constitution, somewhere in one...Read More

A Pride Event Not to Be Proud of

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 16, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pride parades will take place all over the country this month. As we all rev up for this year's festivities, so, too, the fault lines of race, gender identity, and class will emerge. In addition to Gay Pride events, there...Read More

GOProud crosses the picket line

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

The boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego has been underway for almost two years, has caused quite a few non-LGBT associations to relocate their conferences to other hotels, is estimated to have cost the hotel $18 million,...Read More

Need evidence of the homophobia in gay sex stings?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

There's an interesting case being developed in Palm Springs concerning public sex stings. LGBT folks have long since abandoned this issue, even un-queering the folks arrested by saying that they're just straight men (because straight men love having sex with...Read More

The Year of Magical Political Thinking

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 15, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

I have spent the past year working intensively, day in and day out, on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I have learned a lot from this experience. One thing I have learned is this: the idea that politics or politicians are...Read More

At Last, The Rebecca Juro Show Returns! Live Test Show Tonight 7pm Eastern

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 13, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

It took a while longer than we'd anticipated, but it's finally here! The Rebecca Juro Show returns to the cyber-airwaves for a live one-hour test show tonight, Sunday, June 13th at 7PM Eastern, and we need your help! We've got...Read More

Gay Street Beat Podcast (Featuring Me!) Talks About DADT, Taking Back Pride, Prop 8, & More!

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 12, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

I was back on the new LGBT podcast "Gay Street Beat" this week for their Pride edition and wanted to share it with all of you! Be sure to download it free on iTunes and hear all the fun &...Read More

LGBT Pride Month: What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 11, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

A recent CBS News poll shows something we should already know: increased LGBT visibility means increased support for LGBT people. The increasing visibility of gay and lesbian Americans appears to have contributed toward more positive perceptions of homosexual relations. Forty-three...Read More

Incarcerated Transgender Woman Can Pursue Case for Appropriate Medical Care

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 11, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Federal, state and local authorities in charge of jail and prison inmates are responsible for their health care. This is a big responsibility, because the U.S. incarcerates about 2.5 million people, more than any nation on earth. Appropriate medical care...Read More

Confusion: How the LGBT movement still refuses to have a real ideological debate

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 10, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This post is all after the jump since I'm really just responding to a few of the mini-debates from these past couple weeks (concerning certain LGBT orgs). I quote the dictionary so don't click to read the full post and...Read More

Is the Pentagon DADT Study Being Rigged?

Filed by Michael Hamar | June 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have written before on my personal blog about insider e-mails that I have received from inside sources at Westat - the contractor conducting the DADT study for the Pentagon - that indicate that there are reasons to be concerned...Read More

The Significance of the New State Department "Gender Change" Policy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 10, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: Here is a link to the new policy. See comments for discussion. The U.S. Department of State has announced new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. The previous policy, which was never...Read More

Exploiting Almost Everything: vintage movie poster

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 10, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I love creepy posters for exploitative movies of the past and this one rolls sexploitation and blacksploitation and even a little bisexualploitation and shades of incest into its deliciously tawdry mix. Oh my God. LOGO! Buy the rights!...Read More

On agendas, loyalties, cult of personality and an end of the old dichotomy in the LGBT community

Filed by Phil Reese | June 09, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

In the LGBT community we have an addiction. An addiction to boxes. Who am I? I'm a spiritual progressive HIV- white middle-class educated bisexual non-poly cis-gender queer male blogger and LGBT rights organizer & activist. What does that mean? That...Read More

Why Judge Walker's Questions Are Important

Filed by Nan Hunter | June 09, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

During the four months since the big Prop 8 trial ended, Judge Vaughn Walker has presumably been reviewing the transcript and drafting his opinion. Yesterday he issued a list of questions "to assist the parties in focusing their closing arguments"...Read More

Judge Walker's Interesting Prop 8 Questions

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Yesterday Judge Vaughn Walker, the judge overseeing the federal trial on the validity of Prop 8, issued a series of questions he'd like the parties to address in their closing arguments. Rick Jacobs, chair of the Courage Campaign, wrote on...Read More

Canadian Politics, Not Queer Politics, At Issue In Toronto Pride Parade

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, R. Conrad wrote about the Toronto Pride Parade's decision not to allow a banner reading "Israeli Apartheid" in the upcoming parade. In response, over twenty Pride Toronto honorees from the last decade have returned their awards. Noting that the...Read More

Troy Walker, Whatever: 80's trans performer

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 08, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Arguably, one of the odder ads I've come across. Do any of my fine friends recognize this fashion plate?...Read More

Renting Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 08, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Laura Matanah is the Publisher/Executive Director of Rainbow Rumpus, the online magazine for youth with LGBT parents. What if the societal rights accompanying a legal marriage came in a vending machine? For a mere $10, you could select...Read More

Let's Call The Democrats What They Really Are: The Nibbler Party

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Have we had enough yet? I don't know about you, but I certainly have. This past Sunday, I went to Asbury Park and attended Jersey Pride. As is the norm for this annual event, the heat was oppressive, the festival...Read More

Is Lt Choi a gay hero? Does GetEqual know what they're doing?

Filed by Mark Segal | June 07, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Is Lt. Dan Choi an LGBT "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" hero? Yes, but a better question might be: Does GetEQUAL, the organization Choi is associated with, know what it's doing, is it acting out of passion and ego or becoming...Read More

Long Live QueerBomb!

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | June 07, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

My favorite sign at last Friday's "QueerBomb," the alternative pride march in Austin, Texas, was, "STONEWALL WAS A RIOT, NOT A TRADE SHOW." Queerty gets many of the facts right, but they are wrong to say that QueerBomb made people...Read More

What I'd Like To See From GetEqual

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 07, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Bil and Heather have had their say about GetEqual's structure, accountability and transparency, and whether GetEqual has been going down the right road. Interesting and important stuff, but I'd also like to talk about where they're going. For that purpose,...Read More

Diet activism

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 06, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

I was going to write about Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo's hunger strike last Thursday, but they ended it before I could get a post up. But since we've moved from discussions of violence in the LGBT movement a few...Read More

Am I A Smug, Privileged Jerk? Part II

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 04, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is Part II of a series. Part I can be found here. I am sometimes smug, and sometimes a jerk, but always privileged. The concept of "privilege" is a bit confusing. Few people are born into families with great...Read More

Through a Glass Darkly: Is GetEqual the New HRC?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This week I've been taking a closer look at the new direct action group GetEqual and asking if the group has too many similarities to HRC, the group that everyone loves to hate. Many readers and other bloggers around the...Read More

Part 2: GetEqual responds again

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 03, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Heather Cronk is the Managing Director of GetEQUAL. Bil and Bilerico community -- here is my response to Behind the Veil: Is GetEqual the New HRC?...just a few things I'd like to clarify, with an ask...Read More

Part 2: GetEqual responds again

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 03, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Heather Cronk is the Managing Director of GetEQUAL. Bil and Bilerico community -- here is my response to Behind the Veil: Is GetEqual the New HRC?...just a few things I'd like to clarify, with an ask...Read More

Choi's Hunger Strike Lite: Now With More Calories

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lt Dan Choi and Capt James Pietrangelo's hunger strike - or "Dignity Fast" as they called it - has come to an end. The two men gave up after 7 days without accomplishing any of their stated goals. As one...Read More

The Many Faces of Charlie Crist: Flip Flopping in Florida

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 03, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Florida Governor and US Senate Charlie Crist just can't seem to make up his mind about who he is. The so-orange-he-could-outshine-John-Boehner politician has long been a man of shifting values depending on who he's talking to and what political race...Read More

Some benefits extended to federal employees

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 03, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Some progress: The same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers can start applying next month for long-term health-care insurance, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday. That's great, because long-term health insurance can be incredibly expensive. The more people...Read More

Behind the Veil: Is GetEqual the New HRC?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2010 | 8:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I took a look at the finances behind the new direct action group GetEqual and asked, "Is GetEqual the new HRC?" Today I'd like to take a look at who holds GetEqual accountable for their actions. Many of yesterday's...Read More

GetEqual: A Response & Clarification

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 02, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Heather Cronk is the Managing Director of GetEQUAL. Hey there, Bilerico readers. After reading through Bil's post this morning, I asked him if I could write a response to clarify a few things and to offer...Read More

GetEqual: A Response & Clarification

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 02, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Heather Cronk is the Managing Director of GetEQUAL. Hey there, Bilerico readers. After reading through Bil's post this morning, I asked him if I could write a response to clarify a few things and to offer...Read More

Man-trapping lingerie: vintage ad

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 02, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

Vintage ad pressing the same message women get from pop culture: that artifice is the essence of sexiness and that natural beauty is never "enough." On the other hand, I'm wondering... I'm 54 now... and, well, you know...does that girdle...Read More

Day 7: Dan Choi's DADT hunger strike

Filed by Bil Browning | June 02, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Army Reserve Lt Dan Choi's hunger strike is on Day 7 today. Choi recently filmed this video update for the new DignityFast YouTube channel to document his health on Day 4. The rumor mill has it that GetEqual activists demanded...Read More

Tony Perkins of FRC on CNN: DADT Is A Religious Issue

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 02, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

On CNN's Belief Blog yesterday, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council made a very strong pitch for the idea that homosexuality in the military is a religious issue. He says that allowing gay soldiers to serve openly would infringe...Read More

Follow the Money: Is GetEqual the New HRC?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 01, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

6-2-10 Note from Bil: After GetEqual's Managing Director Heather Cronk's guest post this afternoon, I've corrected my salary numbers now that concrete dollar amounts have been released. Quoting Martin Luther King or Bayard Rustin doesn't make you a successful activist....Read More

Blogging for LGBT Families 2010: My "Non-Traditional" Family

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 01, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Author's Note: Over the past five years, hundreds of bloggers from around the world have participated in "Blogging for LGBT Families" on June 1st, including lesbian moms, gay dads, bisexual parents, transgender parents, adult children of LGBT parents, LGBT individuals...Read More

Underlying Cause of ENDA's Failure: Not MSNBC, Messaging, Or Apathy

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

We have been speculating here at The Bilerico Project as to why ENDA failed in this Congressional session. Of course, the fight for ENDA isn't over in this session, but even if it passes the House, it's likely too late...Read More