The Movement: February 2011

#SSS DOJ DOMA shift explained (as best as we can); DADT

Filed by Phil Reese | February 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Remember back when I asked Senator Carol Moseley Braun about when she believed her Senate Colleagues would go back and do the right thing on DOMA? Neither of us realized how quickly we'd be seeing that. If you didn't hear...Read More

Why Shouldn't You Donate To the National Stonewall Democrats?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 26, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Washington Blade reported yesterday that there are reports of financial trouble at the National Stonewall Democrats, and the Executive Director, Michael Mitchell, may be ousted. That made me angry. Angry enough to pull out my credit card and plunk...Read More

Mitchell Out As Stonewall Dems Chief?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 25, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Washington Blade is reporting that there are questions about whether Michael Mitchell will continue as the Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats, the organization created in 1999 by, among others, Rep. Barney Frank. The group describes itself as...Read More

Should Cruising Be Considered an Unacceptable Risk?

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 25, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

I was 36 the first time I had sex in public. I had no idea this was an option. I kept hearing Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in my head, "How long has this been going on". I truly thought...Read More

Senator Patty Murray Announces her Support for the Repeal of DOMA

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 25, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I was at the Greater Seattle Business Association Business (the GSBA) and Humanitarian awards dinner on Thursday night. I am on the board, and this is one of our annual dinners where we recognize business and community leaders for their...Read More

Not Born This Way

Filed by Paige Schilt | February 24, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last week, Lady Gaga's single "Born This Way" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her achievement marked the 1000th number one hit since the list was launched in 1958. It also seemed to signal the ascendancy...Read More

Your ENDA Ran Over My DOMA

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 24, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I was trying to come up with a snappy title for Part II of this posting on the U.S. Attorney General's announcement that the Obama Administration would no longer defend DOMA in court, (Bil has banned me calling anything "Part...Read More

What The Obama Administration's Decision on DOMA Means

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 23, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Alex reported earlier today on the big news about the Obama Administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in court, and that it believes that statutes discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation should be...Read More

Understanding the Significance of Wisconsin's Unions & Why We Should Stand in Solidarity

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 22, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The unions have a strong history with the LGBT communities. They were one of our first allies that understood the connection between LGBT rights and worker's rights. If LGBTs were discriminated against in the work place, anyone could be discriminated...Read More

Increasing Awesome, Decreasing Suck

Filed by Austen Crowder | February 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I think the activist community has a problem with optimism. Between all the marriage battles, the commercialization of the "It Gets Better" campaign, the continued assault on our visibility as valid and acceptable members of society, and the neverending victim...Read More

Bullying: Don't Ask, Do Tell

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

"Didn't need no welfare states, everybody pulled his weight, you knew who you were then, gurls were gurls and men were men. Those were the days". In the brilliant and way-ahead-of-its-time show, All in the Family, a bigot, is forced...Read More

Knowing Uncle Calvin for What He Is

Filed by Anthony Carter | February 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

When I was a little boy, my father's best friend was a pimp. Uncle Calvin was dapper, charming and always sported the latest fashions. I had no idea what this man did for a living. The only thing I knew...Read More

A Vet and An Activist Walk Into the VA

Filed by Jarrod Chlapowski | February 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I feel sheepish walking into a VA hospital for an appointment. I feel especially guilty taking the elevator to my appointment. It's on the fourth floor, but when I'm surrounded by three folks in wheelchairs and another struggling to hold...Read More

Scampering Through the News

Filed by Leslie Robinson | February 15, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

You might want to do a few stretches before reading this. We're about to race through the GLBT news, and I don't want to be blamed if you strain something. I don't have insurance. Ready, set, etc. Terry Jones, Florida...Read More

Is It Time for Another March on Washington?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Washington Blade is reporting that activist (and regular Bilerico commenter and guest poster) Robin Tyler is calling for another march on Washington DC in 2012. Veteran lesbian activist Robin Tyler of Los Angeles says she's talking to LGBT leaders...Read More

Winter Heat: Celebrating the Work of Women in New York City

Filed by Leone Kraus | February 11, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I've written a lot about social media and how others in the community are using social media to reach and engage their fans. One thing I haven't spoken about yet on Bilerico is my commitment to fighting for equal rights....Read More

Into The Lion's Den: The NYC HRC Gala

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 09, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

It really wasn't quite as dramatic as it sounds, but it was, well, educational. On Saturday night, I attended the New York City Human Rights Campaign gala at the Waldorf Astoria as press representing Bilerico Project. Basically, my job that...Read More

CNN Blog Highlights National Prayer Breakfast Protest

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 08, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

On Thursday, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, hosted by, among others, the Fellowship Foundation, which supports the Ugandan "Kill The Gays" bill, and which has helped foster the severe homophobic environment which led to the recent death...Read More

Creating Change over Lunar New Year Forces Tough Choices for Queer Asians

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 07, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: This speech was presented for Creating Change by Ben de Guzman, Co-director of Programs at NQAPIA and others from the Planning Committee of the Asian American Pacific Islander Institute. We're glad for the opportunity to speak before you...Read More

Injustice At Every Turn: Study of Trans Discrimination

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 07, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality teamed up to do a comprehensive study of discrimination against trans people. Cathy Renna featured the story of one person involved in the study last week...Read More

When Was the Last Time a Christian's House Was Burned Down?

Filed by D Gregory Smith | February 06, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

I know. Provocative question. But I can't help asking it when I see stories of deliberate arson evicting LGBT's from the safety of their homes. I also ask the question (appropriately modified) when I see anti-queer graffiti, read about harassment...Read More

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SameSexSunday: Creating Change 2011

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week on SameSexSunday upon the launch of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's ground breaking joint study on the American transgender experience with The National Center for Transgender Equality, we speak with Jabriel Walthour, a transgender person of...Read More

Disability Justice Collective at Creating Change

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | February 03, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm not at Creating Change, but if I were, I would sure be attending some of these sessions put on by Disability Justice Collective (DJC) members Sebastian Margaret, Mia Mingus, and Eli Clare. (Info below via Mia Mingus.) If you...Read More

The LGBT Movement Should Oppose US Support of Dictators

Filed by Joe Mirabella | February 01, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Like most of the world, I am glued to developments in Egypt as the people move to overturn their 30-year dictatorship. I refreshed my enthusiasm for Al Jazeera English, despite the media blackout in the United States. I huddled closely...Read More

Civil Unions in Illinois: A Step Forward

Filed by Waymon Hudson | February 01, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed civil unions into law yesterday to a packed house of over 1000 attendees at the Chicago Cultural Center. The bill, which takes effect on June 1st, grants same-sex couples some 650 state-level rights and recognitions...Read More

The Penis that Almost Ruined Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | February 01, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

If you'll be joining us in sunny, warm Minneapolis later this week for the Creating Change conference, be sure to check out this session that combines two of your favorite things - Bilerico and sex! We'll combine some of our...Read More