The Movement: November 2010

Dressing Up in the 1950s: Vintage trans photo

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

A sweet and bittersweet photo, showing the humble beginnings of trans community in repressed times, probably ca. late 1950's. They look like they're attending a party together. My first thought was the legendary annual "Texas T Party" (which stopped running...Read More

My Words from Baton Rouge's Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Bruce Parker | November 29, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I had the privilege to be the lead organizer of this years Transgender Day of Remembrance in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This was my first time organizing a day of remembrance and my first time speaking at the event. There were...Read More

Guidance for Transgender Air Travelers re New TSA Policies

Filed by Karen Ocamb | November 28, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

The National Center for Transgender Equality has issued the following advisory regarding the new scanners and pat-down searchers for transgender people using airlines this holiday. As transgender people and our families prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, many have...Read More

The Rise of Victorian Feminism: 1905 photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

The title of this French photo is "La Triomphe de la Femme" ("triumph of woman"). Dig that Victorian bodysuit, symbolizing nudity while protecting a lady's modesty. She looks like she means business but his little smirk bothers me. Wish I...Read More

Demoulin Brothers: Fraternal hazing memorabilia

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 24, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

I ran an intriguing oddity from the DeMoulin catalogue on my personal blog recently, and after a friend told me more about the Demoulin company of yore, I did a bit of research and ended up on Amazon, where I...Read More

Kate and Allie had it right & we've been going backwards ever since

Filed by Yasmin Nair | November 23, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

Ryan Conrad was in Washington, DC, on November 16, as part of the Against Equality tour. As some of you know, the Against Equality collective recently published our first book, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage, an anthology of...Read More

Welding Women: Vintage labor photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 23, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

According to the vendor selling this estate rarity, these folks were welders. Looks like a World War II-era factory crew doing their bit back home, and happy to be part of the war effort. I wonder how many of those...Read More

Transgender Steps Forward

Filed by Leslie Robinson | November 23, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

Recently our community marked the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a somber day devoted to memorializing those murdered for their gender identity. Also recently, however, we've seen transgender breakthroughs that are, in a word, fabulousgreatwonderful. College basketball season has...Read More

Fabulously Flip Flappers: vintage humorous photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 22, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Here are some women with an earthy sense of humor. They look like they are really delighted by how scandalous they're being too with their signage. This is ca. 1920s, and these gals truly look like a wild ride....Read More

Disclosing Trans Status

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | November 21, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Originally written for SexIs Magazine, this last March. The music at the club was pounding and we were dancing close. It wasn't exactly a date, as the friend I was with wasn't exactly available, but I was happy just to...Read More

In Honor of our Fallen Brothers and Sisters

Filed by Kelley Winters | November 21, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Excerpted from the Denver Transgender Day of Remembrance Observance, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colorado, on November 20. Tonight, we gather once again on this Twelfth International Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives to hatred and...Read More

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#SSS: The State of States, Where is Marriage Equality Coming Next?

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 21, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

Several states are poised to move towards marriage equality for gays and lesbians in 2011 and 2012. On the 25th episode of Same Sex Sunday, hear from those closest to the ground. Joining us will be the Executive Director for...Read More

On The Day Of Remembrance

Filed by Rebecca Juro | November 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

A few years ago, I wrote a Transgender Day of Remembrance post for Bilerico Project which connected the issues of employment rights and hate crimes. With today's economy and political situation being what they are, I think it's time to...Read More

Do you know a trans person murdered because of their gender identity?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | November 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have been struggling to find words appropriate to this Transgender Day of Remembrance. I can find no fitting words of my own. I am too far from the days when I wanted to die, when people stopped to point...Read More

Straight(ish?) Talk About Trans + Sex Work

Filed by Mercedes Allen | November 20, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

This reprises the trans-specific portion of "Sex Work and 'Human Trafficking' in Canada" at my site, DBM, which was both a response to the Ontario ruling that overturned sex work laws this past Fall and to inform a growing group...Read More

Making Meaning of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 19, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jaan Williams is a policy assistant with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He's also a friend of mine and one incredible guy. It was 2004, and I had volunteered for my school's Queer Straight Alliance...Read More

Remembering Self-Violence on the Transgender Day of Remembrance

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 18, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Pete Subkoviak is a policy coordinator at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) where he works on health care access and other AIDS policy and advocacy. As I enter my 30th year of life, something is...Read More

Palestinian statehood vs the LGBT movement

Filed by Bil Browning | November 17, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Check out this interesting article today from the NY Time about Hillary Clinton's emerging role in the push for Palestinian statehood. While the original subject is fascinating, there's one point that can be expanded to also reference the LGBT movement...Read More

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Foxy Boxers in Long Skirts: Antique photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 16, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Beautiful gem of a photo, have no idea where or when it took place but will guess it was shot between 1905-1920 in small-town America. The fighters are laughing but the gents in the straw hats look like they are...Read More

Me, my Tea Party friend, and gay marriage

Filed by Drew Cordes | November 15, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I am close friends with a Tea Party-attending libertarian. (I'll pause to allow gasps of shock.) Our friendship is sustained by the usual things -- common interests and hobbies, sense of humor, etc. We're both passionate about current events and...Read More

Can We Collectively Refuse to Grandstand? There's Repealing to Get Done

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | November 15, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Jesus. So Friday afternoon HRC put out a press release demanding the Pentagon release its study. NOW. In all caps, in case you didn't pick up on HRC's anger. This is the same day Tony Perkins freaked out over leaks...Read More

Queer Music Friday: Rosie Flores

Filed by Paige Schilt | November 12, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

For this week's Queer Music Friday, I wanted to write about queer fandom--specifically my queer fandom for Rosie Flores, the "rockabilly filly." Over the past four decades, Rosie's career has spanned the L.A. punk scene, the Nashville country scene, and...Read More

Disillusionment & Consequences: Moving Equality Forward After Setbacks

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 12, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Now that a little time has passed after the midterm elections, it's time for us to pick ourselves up and figure out how to move forward in a very different political climate. There has been much talk about voter disillusionment...Read More

Ten Little Suffragists: Suffrage memorabilia at Bryn Mawr

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 12, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Thanks to a friend, I was directed to this sobering 10-card series of anti-suffrage propaganda (early 20th century), which manages to cram infinite sexist insults into its cutie-pie illustrations. You can see the full set of cards at Bryn Mawr's...Read More

Lesbian family study: No sexual or physical abuse

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | November 10, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Earlier this year, I wrote about the well-being of the 17 year old children of lesbians in the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS). Now there's more data on these children, this time published in the Archives of Sexual...Read More

An Indictment Against the Violence and Harm of the 'Ex-Gay' Movement

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 09, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Vincent Cervantes is a queer Latino/Chicano, speaker, writer, and activist. Since 2006, Vincent has traveled throughout North America to share his own personal story as an "ex-gay" survivor. His story has been shared through Details Magazine,...Read More

Isadora Duncan's fluid movements: vintage dance photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

You probably knew that the dancer Isadora Duncan was killed in a freak car accident. Did you know that she was openly bisexual? Here are two lovely photo portraits of the Mother of Modern Dance....Read More

Isadora Duncan's fluid movements: vintage dance photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

You probably knew that the dancer Isadora Duncan was killed in a freak car accident. Did you know that she was openly bisexual? Here are two lovely photo portraits of the Mother of Modern Dance....Read More

Loving myself gay, loving myself fat

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | November 07, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I stood stunned at the edge of the football field. Our touch football game had ended and I'd had a brief conversation with a woman who made a significant living off her public reputation as a feminist and LGBT activist....Read More

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#SSS: Post Election Analysis with Log Cabin, Stonewall Dems, Victory Fund, and Americans for Democratic Action

Filed by Joe Mirabella | November 07, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

After Tuesday's election, the political landscape clearly changed for the gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender communities. But how did it change? What does a Republican majority mean? What role do Log Cabin Republicans play in moving us forward? How did...Read More

Waiting for Rights Never Works

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 04, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

It's been a common mantra coming from the Democratic Party, the Obama Administration, large beltway equality groups like the Human Rights Campaign, and many others for years: just be patient and wait. We'll get to you and your basic civil...Read More

What makes someone gay?

Filed by Alex Blaze | November 03, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Getting away from talking about the elections, I'm currently reading Ritch Savin-Williams's book, The New Gay Teenager. Savin-Williams caused a mini-stir a few weeks ago (so mini you probably didn't notice it) by saying, "there is no gay teen suicide...Read More

3 Things You Can Do After the Election to Move Us Forward

Filed by Austen Crowder | November 03, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

I'm going to keep my election postmortem short. Look, it sucks that the Dems lost. It was expected, and in many ways necessary to put the Dems in check. But it's not all bad in the end; with conservatives slowly...Read More

Stay has been Extended on Injunction on DADT Discharges

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | November 02, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

First, SU's statement: "It is really unfortunate that the government has tricked the Ninth Circuit into believing that 'enormous consequences,' 'immediate harm,' and 'irreparable injury' will result from a continuation of the injunction," said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers...Read More

Bad Advertising: Suit Supply

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Why am I surprised so often when advertising agencies or companies decide to "push the boundaries" and end up with egg on their faces? This is no exception. While Jezebel reports that the Dutch company, Suit Supply, has removed the...Read More

Why This Election Matters More Than You Think

Filed by Jerame Davis | November 01, 2010 | 2:00 PM | comments

Sure, folks are pissed-off, disappointed, disaffected or just disillusioned right now. But, if you don't get out and vote on Tuesday, you're going to have a lot more to kvetch about for a lot longer than you might think. Here's...Read More

Ouch: Understatement of the Year

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

I'll admit that running Bilerico Project has really opened my eyes to the state of the LGBT movement nationwide. We've run afoul of some of the internal politics both in our personal dealings with the national org and in our...Read More