The Movement: April 2011

Poet, Mother (and Lesbian) to Write Poem for Royal Wedding

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

I wasn't going to write about the royal wedding at all. Despite having lived in the U.K. for a couple of years, I find the monarchy interesting only as an example of the persistence of older traditions of European leadership....Read More

Video & Interview: The Williams Institute Reports 9 Million LGBT People in the US

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 27, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

(Note from Karen: the article below is cross-posted from Frontiers In LA. Because of space constraints in the magazine, I was unable to include an interview with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum who talks about transgender rights, more from Gary Gates...Read More

Soulmates and Other Lies

Filed by Anthony Carter | April 27, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

I have a wonderful friend who is constantly getting dumped because the women he goes out with don't feel that special spark. He is straight. I have another friend who dumps people after dating less than two weeks because he...Read More

Why is the Log Cabin Republicans' Board of Directors so White and Male?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 26, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

A Bilerico reader sent in a link yesterday to the board of directors at the Log Cabin Republicans. Enough people in the community criticize the lack of diversity in leadership positions in the movement, but if you want to see...Read More

Smart Slut

Filed by Anthony Carter | April 26, 2011 | 1:30 PM | comments

For many years, I wrongly assumed that a loving, honest relationship would keep me HIV negative. I foolishly bought into the thinking that simply decreasing the number of sex partners and being in a committed monogamous relationship would be enough...Read More

Advice To A Young Queer On National Coming Out Day

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 25, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Poem by Dane Kuttler: 1 - Learn to dance; it is your birthright and your heritage. 2 - Be proud of who you are, and we will be proud with you. 3 - If coming out to your parents is...Read More

Protest Optics, Explained

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

I've written before about how homophobes go to LGBT protests looking to take pictures and video of queer people looking as mean as possible, even shouting "faggot" at people and then taking pictures without explaining what caused the gay person...Read More

Same Sex Sunday

#SSS: The Price of DOMA Defense, Chick-Fil-A, & Don't Say 'Gay'

Filed by Phil Reese | April 24, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Though there will be fresh interviews every week, the SameSexSunday round table will be going on a brief hiatus until Pride Month, so Joe and I sought to make this week's expert panel one of our best. We invited a...Read More

Evangelical Church Worker Arrested in Anti-Gay Kidnapping Case

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | April 22, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

The FBI has arrested Timothy David Miller for aiding and abetting the international kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins by her biological mother, Lisa Miller. (Background on the long-running litigation between Lisa, who became an evangelical Christian, and her former civil union...Read More

Lady Gaga Is Not an Ally to Our Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 22, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Featured from CNN to PBS to Cosmo for her expertise in bisexual community and LGBT rights, guest blogger Amy Andre is the co-author of Bisexual Health, published by the NGLTF. With a master's degree in sexuality studies, Amy...Read More

Hanging Out with Billionaires

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 22, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I just got home from a fundraiser for a fantastic nonprofit in Washington state, called the Washington Bus. I'm on their c3 Board of Directors, because I strongly believe in their mission to engage young people in the political process....Read More

An Open Letter to Kelly James, PhD

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 21, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Peter C. Frank is a 30-something, disabled GOP LGBT political & community activist, advocate, & single gay technology-loving male night-owl living in the northern suburbs of New York City. He is a partner of The Symposium,...Read More

The Case for a Truly Progressive Third Party

Filed by Rebecca Juro | April 21, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

If there's anything progressives have learned over the last generation or so, it's that the Democratic Party can't be trusted to lead on the issues its members campaign on any more than the Republican Party can. The vast divide between...Read More

Anti-Gay Marriage Campaigners Know They're Lying

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 19, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

A new documentary on Question 1 in Maine (the ballot initiative to stop same-sex marriage there in 2009) is due out this summer. It contains footage from strategy meetings on both sides, including this bit where Yes on 1 campaign...Read More

Hundreds Show Up at London Kiss-In

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 17, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

Pink News reports hundreds went to a kiss-in in front of a Soho pub that kicked out a gay couple for kissing in the pub: The protest-come-party, originally planned as a 'gay kiss-in' from within the venue, was re-located to...Read More


SameSexSunday: Louis Marinelli Interview, DOMA Hearing, ENDA's Introduction and more

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

D. Gregory Smith interviewed former NOM staffer, Louis Marinelli about his realization that his work to stop marriage equality for gays and lesbian was wrong. Then the round table discussed Friday's so called "defending marriage" hearing in the United State...Read More

New HRBOR Scholarship Established to Benefit LGBT Students

Filed by Michael Hamar | April 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Coming out in mid-life is not an easy journey as long time readers of my personal blog know from my travails - not to mention two suicide attempts during some of the darkest hours. One of the wisest things I...Read More

Michael Lucas's Desecration Porn and Silencing Queers on Palestine

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 15, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Savannah Garmon is a physics researcher and queer and trans community activist presently based in Toronto. She studied both physics and creative writing in her birth state of North Carolina and later received her Ph.D. in physics at...Read More

Building Queer Community (or The Queer Migration Myth, Redux)

Filed by Jessica Max Stein | April 15, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last Saturday night I went to the birthday party of a local lesbian activist. I've attended easily fifty meetings with her, many as small as five or ten people. At the door, she threw her arms around the friend I'd...Read More

Tales of the Radical Faeries

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 15, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

On Labor Day Weekend, 1979, 200 men gathered in the Arizona desert for the first Spiritual Conference for Radical Faeries. Called forth by Harry Hay (of Mattachine Society fame), Hay's partner John Burnside, Don Kilhefner and Mitch Walker, this first...Read More

Victory: Illinois Kills Anti-Adoption Bill

Filed by Phil Reese | April 13, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

When you put your mind to it, you can achieve just about anything! [UPDATE: Find out who voted how after the jump.] Thanks to hundreds of calls being made by people all over Illinois and all over the nation, the...Read More

An Educational Campaign for Trans Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a nifty little educational campaign started by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. It's called I AM: Trans People Speak. This is a multi-media campaign aimed at raising awareness about the diverse communities of trans individuals, families, and allies. It's...Read More

How to Create a Drama-Free Zone

Filed by Anthony Carter | April 10, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

I woke up this morning now I understand what it means to give your life to just one man. Afraid of feeling nothing. No bees and butterflies. My head is full of voices and my house is full of lies....Read More

#SSS NOM Bus Tour Organizer Defects, Queer the Taxes

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

Tech problems couldn't get us down this week at SameSexSunday. We just had too much to talk about to give up, so even when we lost almost all of our round table participants, we knew "the show must go on."...Read More

Chelsea Clinton, Ken Mehlman & David Mixner to Team Up for Friendfactor

Filed by Phil Reese | April 09, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

You can't imagine stranger bedfellows. The super tech-savvy organization promoting straight allies get involved in the political process pushing for LGBTQ equality, is celebrating the launch of its New York initiatives with a big event hosted by its newest Advisory...Read More

NOM Bus-Tour Bigot Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Filed by Phil Reese | April 08, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Jeremy Hooper's website, is like a well-organized database of all of the atrocities performed by the religious far-right. Jeremy has broken much important news at the page: we found out about Chick-Fil-A's homophobic philanthropy policies through his site, and...Read More

LA Bids Farewell to Marc Solomon (with Photos)

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 08, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

The night was cool and clear, the vista of the city of Los Angeles was dazzling from the Hollywood Hills home of Adam Press – a point LA City Council President Eric Garcetti noted repeatedly as he teased and saluted...Read More

Maryland Nondiscrimination Bill Marks Potentially Life-Saving Advance

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 07, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Editors' note: Mara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Lisa Mottet is the Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force An important thing we have learned from "Injustice...Read More

How Many LGBT Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?

Filed by Cathy Renna | April 07, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Full disclosure: The Williams Institute is a client of Renna Communications but the opinions expressed by me are mine and mine alone. Any agreement on the part of anyone is purely coincidental. Even my wife's. Trust me. New analysis coming...Read More

The Night I Believed Jesus Was Gay

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 06, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

About 70 ancient lead codices caught the imagination of writers, scientists, and theologians worldwide last week. The provenance of the lead books are not intact, but the current owner claims they were found in a cave in Jordan about five...Read More

The End of the LGBT Blogosphere As We Know It?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 06, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

When I give speeches about blogging, I always use this line: "Blogging is an ego sport. If you didn't think the world needed to hear what you have to say, you wouldn't be publishing your thoughts online for all to...Read More

Does Hyper Sexuality Start at Five?

Filed by Anthony Carter | April 06, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

When baby animals don't get touched they die. If this is the case for lesser developed creatures, why do we think humans can survive without touch. In my post "Should Cruising Be Considered an Unacceptable Risk?" I made reference to...Read More

GetEqual Claims an Online Petition Made the Military Bureaucracy Nervous

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 05, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

Last week a gay sailor, Derek Morado, was told he was going to face discharge under DADT because the law is still in effect. GetEqual and Americablog set up an online petition for him. He had a hearing in front...Read More

QNotes: Marriage Equality or Bust?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 05, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

Robbi Cohn, a strong advocate for the trans community, has written an important piece in QNotes. ...this will probably be deemed contentious and recalcitrant. I know how important the issue of marriage equality is to many within the gay and...Read More

Woodhull: Stepping Up & Speaking Out with a Brand New Name!

Filed by Ricci Levy | April 05, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

Today is a big day for Woodhull as we put aside the name we've had since 2003 and adopt our new name - a name that better reflects who and what we are at Woodhull and the work that we...Read More

Why Black Fear Matters

Filed by Anthony Carter | April 05, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

I write this essay as a direct response to all of the drama surrounding the belief, statistically factually proven or not, that the black folks in our great state of California overwhelmingly voted for Prop 8. While there is much...Read More

Her Goal: Ending 'Trans' Bias at Work

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 04, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a piece on the work of Vanessa Sheridan, a consultant who provides diversity training for companies on transgender diversity issues. I've read Ms. Sheridan's book, The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace,...Read More

Lesbian and Gay Parents Jumping Through Hoops

Filed by Dana Rudolph | April 04, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

The New York Times ran an article last week on "The Extra Hoops Gay Parents Must Jump Through" to gain legal and financial protections. Three experts - a lawyer, a financial planner, and an accountant (which sounds like the start...Read More


SameSexSunday: LGBT Health, Immigration Equality, ENDA, and Jay Bakker

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 03, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

D Gregory Smith interviewed Jim and Tammy Fey Bakker's son, Jay Bakker about his new book Fall to Grace. Bakker discussed how growing up in the Bakker house helped him discover empathy for LGBT people later in life. Then our...Read More

Rep. Polis Endorses Omnibus LGBT Rights Bill

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 01, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

There have been some calls recently to scrap piecemeal rights bills like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Some have called for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the federal Civil Rights Act. Some have suggested a separate federal LGBT rights...Read More

Report: Health Care Needs of LGBT People Unknown

Filed by Joe Mirabella | April 01, 2011 | 8:30 AM | comments

The Institutes of Medicine released a report on Thursday that demonstrates how desperately we need researchers to include data about the LGBT community in their studies so we can have a better understanding of the health care needs of LGBT...Read More