The Movement: July 2011


NAACP Convention: Wanda Sykes on Ex-Gay Therapy [VIDEO]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 31, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

At the first-ever NAACP town hall on LGBT issues last Monday, lesbian comedienne Wanda Sykes talked about how the black church preaches that being gay is "an abomination" so she tried hard to pretend she wasn't a lesbian.Read More

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Majority of Montana Voters Favor Same-Sex Partnerships

Filed by D Gregory Smith | July 31, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

A newly released poll shows that a majority of voters in Montana support domestic partnership protections for same-sex couples.Read More


NAACP Convention: Julian Bond Speaks on LGBT Issues [VIDEO]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 31, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

The NAACP held its first-ever town hall meeting to discuss LGBT issues on July 25 as part of its 102nd annual convention held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Julian Bond, Civil Rights Icon and Chairman Emeritus NAACP, addressed the gathering.Read More

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'On the Road' with the Human Rights Campaign

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

The HRC has announced plans to launch a bus tour that will visit 17 cities in 11 states (plus D.C.), all of which lack LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. 24 additional states that the HRC will not visit also lack these nondiscrimination laws. Read More

GLSEN ED Eliza Byard on the CA FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 27, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard talked about the California FAIR Education Act. "As California goes, so goes the nation," she said about school textbooks. Read More


We Die, You Get Married

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | July 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The gay marriage movement enforces a single-issue politic at the cost of broader social change, literally funneling tens of millions of dollars into the drive for gay legitimacy while the needs of queers with the least access are ignored. Read More


Messages from Opponents of CA's FAIR Education Act

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 25, 2011 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Capitol Resource Institute launched an online campaign to repeal the California FAIR Education Act using a slick new email message and a new campaign website called StopSB48.Read More


Queer Youth Define How Schools Need to Change in New Book

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 25, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

In the just-released book project called Queer Youth Advice for Educators, 30 students from around the country detail the crisis of being queer in school. Guest blogger Abe Louise Young talks about the unique and interesting book. Read More


Why Gay Organizations Might Be Missing Out

Filed by Amy Andre | July 25, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Would you join an organization that included LGBT people in its mission statement - and was called the National Bisexual Association? Maybe. But maybe not. Read More


Low-Key Point Foundation Educates LGBT Leaders of the Future

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 25, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Point Foundation is the most amazing LGBT activist organization you've never heard of. Read More


Comment of the Week: Claude Wynne on Queer Riff Raff

Filed by Bil Browning | July 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Erica Chus's post, "Standing with Queer 'Riff Raff'," she compares the outcast queens of Stonewall with modern day's poor urban youth. Some contributors, like Claude Wynne, disagree: This is one barely middle class black man who is having...Read More

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NAACP Hosting A Trans Free LGBT Town Hall Meeting

Filed by Monica Roberts | July 24, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

One of the things I'm heartened to see the NAACP do at their national convention is finally address the undeniable fact that there are African descended LGBT people. One problem. They forgot the trans people. Read More

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The Rise of the 'Transgender Community'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

How did transsexual people become part of the transgender community?Read More


Democrats Cave On Justice For LGBT Working Families

Filed by Rebecca Juro | July 22, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

With the economy still in the crapper and jobs still hard to come by, with LGBT unemployment estimated at around double the national average, the silence from Democrats on LGBT workplace rights has been deafening. Read More


Building Bridges Between Latino and LGBT Communities is Key

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 21, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Catherine M. Pino, a member of the National Council of La Raza, reflects on the potential for the LGBT and Latino communities to find commonality and work to promote a better life for more people. Read More


Raising Progressive Voices of Faith for Equality

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | July 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

The challenge for Christian denominations is going to be moving beyond the initial gestures of acceptance to the reality of full inclusion in our own traditions. We cannot speak with a convincing voice until we correct injustices in our homes. Read More

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Standing With Queer 'Riff Raff'

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 20, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Guest blogger Erica Chu examines how we'd be throwing away the benefits of history if we ignore the similarities between the homophobia that eventually led to Stonewall and the classist and often racist attitudes now at the surface in Boystown. Read More


Trans & People of Color Disproportionately Targeted

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 19, 2011 | 8:30 PM | comments

A new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs demonstrates that people of color and transgender people are significantly disproportionately affected by anti-LGBTQ hate violence. Here are some of the report's key findings. Read More


When Murdering a Queer Isn't Enough

Filed by Toshio Meronek | July 19, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Eric. A Stanley examines the violence and threat of violence experienced by queers in America today in this one-hour radio program and news article. Read More


Gay History Lands in the Lesson Plan

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 18, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

California is the first state to require public schools to include the contributions of LGBT people in social studies curricula. We take you to the classroom of Mr. Mitchell a couple of years from now, as he adds the new material to his AP American history class.Read More

TEDxTalk: Why LGBT Couples 'Refuse To Lie'

Filed by Nadine Smith | July 15, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

They just released the video of a TEDx Talk I did in Tampa Bay to an almost exclusively straight audience on marriage equality and the RefuseToLie campaign.Read More


Prominent U.S.-Based Women of Color and Indigenous Feminists Deplore Pinkwashing, Endorse BDS

Filed by Jessica Hoffmann | July 14, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

A group of prominent U.S.-based feminists issued a statement endorsing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign against Israel. Read More


GLAAD Withdraws Support for AT&T Merger; Supports Net Neutrality

Filed by Bil Browning | July 13, 2011 | 2:30 PM | comments

In a letter sent to the FCC today by GLAAD's interim president, the media organization has withdrawn its previous support for the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. The letter also strongly supports net neutrality.Read More


The Rise of "Transgender"

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 12, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Some argue that transssexuals were pushed into joining the wider "transgender" community in the 1990s, but the historical record seems to suggest something different.Read More


When You Are Not A Real Transsexual

Filed by Tobi Hill-Meyer | July 12, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

I keep hearing a bunch of litmus tests that don't properly address those distinctions between "transgender" and "transsexual."Read More

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Comment of the Week: Jay Kallio on Marriage Equality Thoughts

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

Will marriage bring us to the end of the rainbow?Read More

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White House LGBT Liaison, Brian Bond, Moving to DNC

Filed by Jerame Davis | July 08, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement Brian Bond, who also served as the White House's LGBT liaison, will be leaving his post to take up a position as the Democratic National Committee's Director of Constituency Outreach.Read More

The Time to Push for Marriage Equality in Washington State is Now

Filed by Joe Mirabella | July 08, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is the time to push, and push hard for marriage equality in Washington State. We need everyone on board right now if we are going to achieve marriage as early as 2012 for gays and lesbians.Read More


A Panel's Attempt at a Progressive LGBT Discussion

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 07, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

At Campus Progress' National Convention yesterday, three LGBT activists spoke about the movement's priorities, funding streams, and approaches to activism. But did their progressive perspectives fall on deaf ears?Read More


Born This Way?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 06, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Is Lady Gaga's ode to immutability less helpful to gay rights than Guiliani in drag?Read More

Some Thoughts on the New York Gay Marriage Victory

Filed by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer | July 05, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

My friend insists marriage may not be perfect, but it is a step toward basic respect in our society for gay people, so even if marriage is flawed it is worth obtaining access to. Get marriage first, then tear it down. Your thoughts?Read More

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Bradley Manning's Role in the LGBT Community

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 05, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

New information about WikiLeaker Bradley Manning - including a history of gender questioning and harassment from fellow U.S. military personnel - calls for an examination of whether he holds specific significance for the LGBT community.Read More


Proud of the LGBT Movement? You Bet!

Filed by Matt Foreman | July 03, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

As we celebrate the New York marriage vote and the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it's time to take real pride in the LGBT organizations that do us proud every day of the year.Read More

2011 New York City Pride Parade Photos

Filed by Leone Kraus | July 02, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Check out these excellent photos from the 2011 New York City Pride Parade, when New York City felt truly alive. Read More


London Celebrates Pride Today

Filed by Adam Polaski | July 02, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Today is Pride London, a symbol of the country's progress on LGBT rights. While Europe may be no perfect paradise for LGBT people, in terms of legally designated rights, the United Kingdom is ahead of the United States.Read More


Pride Notes to Self

Filed by Leslie Robinson | July 01, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

After participating in this year's Seattle Pride parade with members of my Unitarian Universalist church in Seattle, it behooves me to make a few notes about the experience so I can ensure next year that things go downright flawlessly.Read More


Decolonizing Trans As Allies

Filed by Mercedes Allen | July 01, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

How do we do activism if not as a single umbrella community? Why do transsexual and gender diverse peoples ally, and how do we ally? Should we ally at all?Read More