The Movement: December 2010

Context: Let's Talk About "Tranny"

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 30, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

This is part three in a three part series. You may want to first read part one, which details the meanings and associations of the term "tranny" when used as a slur. Understanding those meanings provides useful background for understanding...Read More

If Frank Kameny Was a Pop Star

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 30, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Zack Rosen is a Leo who is losing his hair. He blogs at The New Gay. You know who Madonna is, right? Or Lady Gaga? Can you recite every line of Kathy Griffin's latest standup routine...Read More

Homophobic Hollywood - Where's the LGBT Outrage?

Filed by Michael Hamar | December 29, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

Over the weekwend I commented on my personal blog (as did many other LGBT bloggers) about Richard Chamberlain's advice to gay actors that they should stay in the closet in order to protect their careers. Chamberlain's advice may sound practical,...Read More

Conservative orgs pull out of CPAC because of GOProud

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 29, 2010 | 1:30 PM | comments

CPAC, the largest yearly conservative convention in the US, is coming up, and it seems like the Religious Right set is more prepared for the homocons this year than they were last year. Two rightwing orgs have already announced that...Read More

Daily living for change: More than hot air

Filed by Susan Raffo | December 28, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

This piece is written in partnership between Susan Raffo and Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz. I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's...Read More

Will LGBT Progressives Work with Log Cabin Republicans in 2011?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 28, 2010 | 12:30 PM | comments

While mainstream media pundits give President Obama, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi most of the credit for repealing the odious Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy during the lame duck session last week, repeal...Read More

Holiday dinners: Pass the gender roles

Filed by Drew Cordes | December 27, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

The holidays always provided me an opportunity to observe the curious divide between our world's two most popular genders. Every year, at every age, I have sat at tables with both sides of my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners--most...Read More

Patriarchy Alive & Functioning

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 27, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Warren J. Blumenfeld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University. Among his books are Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States and Readings for Diversity...Read More

Remembering Past Gays in the Military

Filed by Michael Hamar | December 27, 2010 | 10:00 AM | comments

With the legislative repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, thankfully future generations of gays in the military will not find themselves living in fear of outings and expulsion from careers that many of them truly love. Likewise, the military will...Read More

The Agenda Item Barney Forgot

Filed by Dana Rudolph | December 26, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

When it comes to acerbic wit among politicians, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is second to none. His response to a right-wing reporter about the issue of "showering with homosexuals" in the military is priceless: "What do you think happens in...Read More

Barack Obama's ENDA post-mortem: DADT had to happen first

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 23, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

Kerry Eleveld published an interview with Barack Obama yesterday in which she asked a few questions about ENDA. Obama basically says that he didn't have time to do more than one piece of LGBT legislation, and here's why it was...Read More

Defense Drains - Offense Gains: A Journey Towards Full Civil Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Alan L. Bounville is a full time graduate student studying theatre for social change at New York University and is one of the founding members of Queer Rising New York City, a direct action group fighting...Read More

Hopes for the New Year

Filed by Leslie Robinson | December 21, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

As 2010 draws to a close, I'm looking ahead. Here are some of my hopes for the LGBT community in 2011, along with a few predictions. I hope next year the Pope will reveal a new attitude toward gays. I...Read More

Milk Photographer Jerry Pritikin is OK with HRC at Castro Landmark

Filed by Karen Ocamb | December 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Photographer Jerry Pritikin emailed me saying he has a different opinion from those who are upset that the Human Rights Campaign is setting up an “Action Center” in the storefront once occupied by the late LGBT hero, Harvey Milk. I...Read More

Let's Talk about "Tranny" - Meanings

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | December 20, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Two years ago I wrote an article "Is Tranny Offensive?" which still gets cited and referenced. It's a decent breakdown, but after two additional years of watching arguments unfold around the term, I've got a little more to say. This...Read More

Reversal of DADT a Good Beginning

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Warren J. Blumenfeld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University. Among his books are Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States and Readings for Diversity...Read More

Could It Really Take Another Year to End DADT?

Filed by Don Davis | December 20, 2010 | 12:00 PM | comments

So we got the good news that legislative repeal of the DADT policy that kept LBGT folks from openly serving in the military has occurred, as the Senate voted Saturday to first cut off debate on the question (that's the...Read More

Coy Gay Canoodling, with Beard: Antique postcard

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 20, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

I think of this card (from ca. 1900-20) as "The Beard: An Instructional Tableau." Note Mr. Baldy's missing leg; note doll-like woman's skirt raised towards Mr. Hairy Beary. Infer that Mr. Baldy's tickling his toes on his secret mustachioed beau....Read More

No Homonationalism

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | December 19, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

In November, I spent several weeks in Sweden, Germany, and Austria presenting Makeshift Reclamation, a multimedia program showcasing grassroots feminist arts and activism. Traveling like this means immediately connecting with feminists/queers/radicals in every town you pass through, which is a...Read More

New Trinkets from the Against Equality Collective!

Filed by R Conrad | December 19, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

The sassy folks at the Against Equality collective are always looking for new ways to create time and space to have critical dialog about the direction the gay and lesbian movement is headed. This month we have released a new...Read More

Life is a Beach With Close Friends: Vintage photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 17, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Vintage image (guessing 1920s by the bathing suits) in an age when men could still show fraternal affection openly. Lovely, happy image of the joys of male camaraderie....Read More

Solution to HRC taking over Harvey Milk's store?

Filed by Bil Browning | December 16, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

I was surprised to find myself quoted in a recent Associated Press article about HRC leasing Harvey Milk's old camera shop in the Castro. I banged off a quick rant, used my massive Photoshop skills to whip up the graphic,...Read More

Peabody MA Says Anti-bullying Law Too Much Work

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | December 16, 2010 | 3:00 PM | comments

How stupid are the school board and the school administrators in Peabody, Massachusetts? They say that the law intended to save students from bullying and its often suicidal after-effects "creates more work for administrators, costs too much money and is...Read More

Of This and That

Filed by Rebecca Juro | December 14, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Phreddy Phelps Is(n't) Comin' To Town Nope, he never showed. At least, not so you'd notice anyway. On a chilly November night in North Brunswick, New Jersey, about fifty or sixty people gathered in a grassy area just across from...Read More

Working Women: 1940s factory workers

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 14, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Beautiful and historic photo of women watching as a woman works on... well, what the heck is she doing? I have no idea. As always, readers are very welcome to fill out the backstory here if they recognize the uniforms...Read More

Should Joe Solmonese resign from HRC over DADT?

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 13, 2010 | 11:00 AM | comments

I've often lamented, although I don't know if I've mentioned this on Bilerico, how I was one of the people who hated HRC before hating HRC was cool and the new haters don't really have a good reason to hate...Read More

Video: Mission Incomplete DADT rally

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

We co-sponsored yesterday's rally at the Capital in DC along with several other organizations and websites to protest the failed cloture vote to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. The message sent to Congress was that the mission is incomplete and...Read More


Filed by Sara Whitman | December 09, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

This is for the lesbian, gays and bisexuals. Watch and learn....Read More

Laughter: A Tool of Asymmetric Warfare?

Filed by Don Davis | December 09, 2010 | 8:30 AM | comments

So here it is, almost halfway through this President's first term, and it's starting to become abundantly clear that there is no way Obama is going to pursue the same agenda that he ran on in 2008. In fact, as...Read More

Beach Belles: 1920s girls in swimsuits

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 08, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Two really great, rare photos of lovely young women relaxing together in fabulous vintage swimsuits. I actually find these suits sexier than bikinis -- and the natural looking women a whole lot cuter than the artificial beauties in most contemporary...Read More

HRC to move into Harvey Milk's store

Filed by Bil Browning | December 07, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

What fresh hell is this? HRC is moving into Harvey Milk's old camera shop in the Castro? Methinks "insult" is a little too dramatic understated. In what some grassroots gay activists are calling an "insult," the Human Rights Campaign is...Read More

Three Trans-Focused Web Tools You Should Know About

Filed by Toshio Meronek | December 05, 2010 | 4:00 PM | comments

Three not-for-profit websites are tackling the massive job of making the world a more navigable place for transgender people. Want a safe place to take a leak, get hormones, or avoid annoying gendered pronouns? They got you. Safe2pee Find out...Read More

Trans woman assaulted on Black Friday

Filed by Alex Blaze | December 05, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Tennessee Equality Project is reporting that a woman, Akasha Adonis, was assaulted during a fight at a Kohl's in Jackson, Tennessee, before the store opened on the day after Thanksgiving. She lost three teeth and her jaw was broken....Read More

115,000 LBGT Troops: How Many Is That, Exactly?

Filed by Don Davis | December 02, 2010 | 7:00 PM | comments

I took a couple of weeks off, as Thanksgiving and snow came around (a subject we'll address in a day or so), but we are all again occupied as lots of things we've been talking about either will or won't...Read More

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Gay donors give matching grants to LGBT groups

Filed by Michael Crawford | December 02, 2010 | 3:30 PM | comments

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is: Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and his partner, Freedom to Marry political director Sean Eldridge, have a made a huge commitment to the nonprofit push for marriage equality nationwide. The couple will...Read More

Nicki Minaj: "Only Gay Men Understand Women"

Filed by Toshio Meronek | December 01, 2010 | 5:00 PM | comments

Bisexual hip pop star Nicki Minaj likes to call herself the new "black Barbie," a term stolen from Lil' Kim's lyric book that reduces her to a race plus plasticity and superficiality. Another reduction she loves to use is her...Read More