The Movement: March 2011

Travel to Washington to Get Better for Married Gay and Lesbian Couples

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 31, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

If you are in a married, same-sex relationship, you may be a lot like me. Before I travel to any other state or country I familiarize myself with the local and state laws. I always want to be aware whether...Read More

ENDA Redux: Why Bother?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 30, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has been reintroduced in Congress. We know ENDA is not going to pass because of the Republican majority. Why bother? The answer is that...Read More

Will Marriage Save Us?

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 30, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Marriage, any type of commitment, and being truly, terrifyingly, unabashedly, emotionally intimate is for grown ups. This is the reason we now have this insane obsession with marriage. Although I have never really had the desire to marry, I am...Read More

Indiana Senate Gallery Closed with LGBT Protests

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 29, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

I'm used to hearing about the Indiana Statehouse being flooded with conservative Christians, most of whom are there as a field trip from their home schooling, so this is different: The Senate closed its gallery Monday after protests disrupted a...Read More

The Fabric of Our Lives

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 29, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

We Americans like to express ourselves with our chests. I'm not speaking of Jane Russell, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm talking about our proclivity for wearing T-shirts with slogans on them. Americans have been human billboards for decades. The slogans...Read More

Young Gay Activists in South Africa

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 28, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

One of the most amazing things about blogging is the way in which it has allowed me to have contact with people literally from all across the globe. I find it exciting and encouraging to find smart, articulate, sensitive and...Read More

Harvard Theologian Attacks Gay Activists Rather than Christian Hate Merchants

Filed by Michael Hamar | March 27, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Last week on my personal blog I wrote a post addressing the failure of "good" Christians to speak up and combat the hate and lies issuing daily from far right Christians against LGBT individuals. Indeed, I likened them in some...Read More

#SSS: An Immigration Slam Dunk

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

President Obama has had his critics from within the LGBTQ community, but will he go down as the hero of same-sex binational American couples? We've already discussed the Justice Department's decision to no longer defend the constitutionality of the so-called...Read More

The Rebecca Juro Show with HRC Press Secretary Michael Cole-Schwartz

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 24, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

On tonight's show we welcome Human Rights Campaign Press Secretary Michael Cole-Schwartz. We'll talk with Michael about HRC's advocacy of LGBT rights, where they are now and where they're going. There's been a lot of discussion about HRC's past and...Read More

The Metaphor Trap

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Hugh Yeman is a redneck cursed with a modicum of intelligence. He enjoys hiking, beer, history and excluding the serial comma. Lately I've been running into a lot of metaphors relating to LGBT rights. I tend...Read More

The Self Esteem Our Precious Young Boys Need to Thrive

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

To all the boys who may or may not be queer. The boys picked last in sports but first for the latest in fashion, entertaining, and tasteful decorating. The boys who couldn't catch a football but instead could clean a...Read More

Our Queer Intergenerational Life

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 21, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

This piece was written in collaboration with Carmen Vazquez If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice; have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege. -- Bell Hooks Building beloved community is a passion we share....Read More

Trans Rights Group Announces Lawsuit Over Refusal to Correct Birth Certificates

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 21, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, March 22, at the New York State Supreme Court in lower Manhattan to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the City of New York...Read More

Did I Sign a Youth Death Sentence?

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

I am a cowardly murderer. I stood by watching the hate and homophobia of the world devour our youth and did nothing to prevent it. I could have spoken up. I could have screamed. I could have demanded they take...Read More

Six Dead Kids Who Needed More than Safety

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 20, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Whenever I have worked with young people the issue of safety is obsessively focused on. You can't touch them (unless it is in front of other people and even then it's frowned upon). You can't be too involved or concerned...Read More

Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic

Filed by Jake Weinraub | March 20, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck is receiving some well-deserved backlash after an extremely offensive comment he made at a Kansas House debate this past Monday. During the meeting he stated: Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs...Read More

SameSexSunday: Trans Protections, DOMA, Iowa Caucuses and More

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

What if any trans protections are advancing and where? Meghan Stabler gives us an important update and analysis of progress and set-backs. What is the significance of a DOMA repeal at this time and what is the likelihood we will...Read More

A New Me Gets Ready For GetEqual's One Year Anniversary

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 19, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, I arrived at Bil and Jerame's house in DC to spend a little facetime with my Editor-in-Chief and Webmaster during my Spring Break. Aside from delighting in the smart-funny-edgy company, I'm going with them to the fundraiser for GetEqual's...Read More

'Respect for Marriage Act' Is the Best Name Ever

Filed by Joe Mirabella | March 17, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

On Wednesday the House and Senate versions of the repeal of DOMA were introduced under the name the "Respect for Marriage Act." This is the best messaging on LGBT rights at the federal level ever. Who ever came up with...Read More

What Happened at the Journalist's 'Secret' Meeting in San Fran

Filed by Phil Reese | March 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Except it wasn't so secret. Along with other Bilerico contributors Bil Browning, Jerame Davis, Adam Bink, Joe Mirabella, and Karen Ocamb; I attended an LGBTQ journalist, editor and blogger summit in San Francisco sponsored by the Haas Jr. Fund, an...Read More

Activism Chic

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Shophound found something interesting at Barney's in Chelsea: ACT-UP T-shirts at the chic retailer go for $50 a pop, which is totally a reasonable mark-up for a T-shirt that they probably paid 15 cents to an Indonesian sweatshop worker...Read More

Age 40+ Gay Black Male Seeking a Love Community

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

In communities of color in other parts of the world , there is no such thing as orphans and single parents. Children are not left alone and people are not removed or shoved out of communities once they reach a...Read More

Same Sex Sunday

#SSS LGBT Youth, Immigration Equality Reform & Montana Queer Politics

Filed by Phil Reese | March 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week Joe and I are at the Haas Jr. Foundation LGBT writer, journalist and blogger summit in San Francisco California, however we wanted to share a few special interviews this week while we're away. This weekend we will be...Read More

The Fierce Urgency of This Movement Moment

Filed by Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz | March 11, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Revolution doesn't happen by accident. Revolution doesn't happen without tremendous vision, loss, and sacrifice. Revolution happens when a critical mass of courageous people come together to struggle for it with every fiber of their being. Revolution takes place over time...Read More

Why Shouldn't You Give To GetEqual?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 11, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

Political representation comes at a price. You have to go along to get along. When LGBT organizations started demanding that politicians pass ENDA, repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and repeal DOMA, politicians started running for the exits. All three...Read More

What Is Happening in Madison Is an Essentially Queer Conversation

Filed by Susan Raffo | March 10, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

I've been struggling about how to talk about what is happening at the capitol building in Madison as an LGBT conversation. I've wanted to add to what we know - the numbers of LGBT people organizing in the capitol, the...Read More

Live Video Townhall With Congressman Jared Polis

Filed by Bil Browning | March 09, 2011 | 6:30 PM | comments

Bilerico Project is proud to host a live video townhall meeting with Congressman Jared Polis tonight in conjunction with Rep Polis' Fearless Campaign and the National Stonewall Democrats. The event will go live at 9pm. Watch live streaming video from...Read More

Jeff Sharlet and Alan Cumming at the IGLHRC Awards

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 08, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

Last night I attended the awards ceremony of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, also known as IGLHRC (apparently pronounced "iggleherc"). No one likes the name, and my proposal, IGLBTHRC (igbilthric?), has not yet been accepted, but their...Read More

In Praise of Good Men

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 08, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

In an effort to make sense of so much of the craziness that goes on, everybody would like a scapegoat. Someone to blame everything on. I have read a great deal of feminist literature. I love me some bell hooks...Read More

Same Sex Sunday

#SSS: Maryland, Harvard & the ROTC, Westboro and More!

Filed by Phil Reese | March 06, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

At the very last moment of today's round table somebody moves me emotionally very unexpectedly - despite our disagreement. We'll get to that later though... That is only one of numerous incredible moments on this week's SameSexSunday. Poor Joe is...Read More

This PFLAG Parent Is Angry!

Filed by Annette Gross | March 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

In response to the proposed marriage discrimination amendment (HJR-6) in Indiana, there is going to be a Rally for Equality on Monday, March 14th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. I'm helping to work...Read More

My Deepest Apology to Our Beautiful Youth

Filed by Anthony Carter | March 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I would like to sincerely apologize for being an elder within the community and not doing my part. Yes, I have more life experience and most importantly I grew up in a very different world. When I was a young...Read More

Why We Need a Culture of Giving in the LGBT Community

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | March 02, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

The other day I put up a post entitled "Why You Shouldn't Donate To The National Stonewall Democrats." The title was tongue-in-cheek, designed to pique interest, and it did, but it also started a controversy in the comments section and...Read More

The Sandwich-Generation Lesbian

Filed by Leslie Robinson | March 01, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Ever heard of the Lingerie Football League? It's a women's football league where the women wear helmets, shoulder pads, bras, panties and garters. Billed as "true fantasy football," the teams have names like the Los Angeles Temptation and the Dallas...Read More

One Queer Madisonian Reflects on Day 14 of the WI State Capitol Occupation

Filed by Caitlin Breedlove | March 01, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

I grew up in Madison, WI, and I would be the first to admit I did not think that a town that has mostly been known for its comfortable arm-chair liberal majority and the power they wield could do this....Read More