The Movement: August 2011


Counting on Being Counted

Filed by Dan O'Neill | August 29, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

This final challenge of collecting data on our lives may be one the most important battles we face to improving the health of LGBT people and bring us out of obscurity. Read More

Comment of the Week

Comment of the Week: Capitalist Piggy On Socarides' Marriage Equality

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 28, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

Projector Capitalistpiggy says Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters, is wrong when he says marriage equality will help trans rights.Read More

HRC's Solmonese Resigns: Staffers Angry at News Timing

Filed by Bil Browning | August 28, 2011 | 1:00 PM | comments

Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend reported that the Human Rights Campaign's Executive Director, Joe Solmonese, would be leaving the organization late on Friday night and Washington insiders and HRC staffers are understandably upset at the timing of the report.Read More


Who Am I?

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 28, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Being trans means complicated, abstruse debates, and I'm sometimes left wondering who I am. Read More

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Beth Elliott's Rebuttal of the Brennan-Hungerford Letter

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 26, 2011 | 3:30 PM | comments

Guest blogger Beth Elliott has written a rebuttal to the Brennan-Hungerford submission to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.Read More


Same-Sex Couples Increase Outside Of Heavily Populated Areas

Filed by D Gregory Smith | August 26, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

New numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census reveal that there are an increasing number of same-sex couples across the country - even outside of the typical LGBT strongholds like New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco.Read More


33 Schools Receive Top Rankings in 'LGBT-Friendliness'

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 26, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

33 American colleges and universities - almost double the number from last year - received top rankings in Campus Pride's "LGBT-friendly" Campus Climate Index this year. Read More


They Don't Know Jack about Bi Men

Filed by Amy Andre | August 26, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

I don't need a research grant, a penis-measuring-tape, and a stack of porn to prove what bi men themselves have been telling me for years (that they exist). Read More

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Mazzoni Center Announces New Legal Services Director

Filed by Kyle Bella | August 25, 2011 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia's only LGBT service provider, announced a new Legal Services Director, David M. Rosenblum, citing his long history of legal advocacy, particularly in terms of employment non-discrimination.Read More


'Out and Around' Highlights Global LGBT Advocacy

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 25, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

A lesbian couple is taking a year-long trip around the world to meet "Supergays" - the international movers and shakers in the LGBT community - and demonstrate how they're making an impact. Read More


Queer & Trans Activists Proclaim: 'No Future in Capitalism' at Montreal Pride

Filed by R Conrad | August 25, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

The Pink Bloc speaks up against business as usual during Montreal's Pride ParadeRead More


What Can Coverage of the Earthquake Teach Us about the LGBT Movement?

Filed by Rev. Emily C. Heath | August 23, 2011 | 6:00 PM | comments

What does the recent earthquake have to do with LGBT rights? On the surface not much. But as I sat watching coverage, I was struck by a familiar feeling that we were missing the heart of the story.Read More


Watch: Don Lemon and Ashley Love Spar Over Words

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last month, the CNN anchor was interrupted at the NAACP's LGBT town hall meeting. Love said she considered Lemon's exclusion of transsexuals and transgenders an insult when he said he intended the discussion to be all-inclusive.Read More


At Microsoft, Bi Is 'What's Next'

Filed by Amy Andre | August 23, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Microsoft is the only company in the world with a bi-specific Board position in its LGBT Employee Resource Group. Read More


Socarides On Trans Rights: Eat Your Cake And Have It Too

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 22, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Gay leaders' assurances that marriage equality will lead to transgender rights falls on deaf ears. Read More

Pandora's Box

Hoping for Change Through Restatement

Filed by Antoine Craigwell | August 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

Since the U.S. government's acknowledgement of the HIV epidemic, the Department of Health has become a lactating cow and the CDC the perpetually filled udder, with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals sucking voraciously at its teats.Read More


Argentine Legislature Debates Trans Rights

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Argentina's legislature will begin to formalize debate around a proposed gender identity act, which would allow trans people to easily correct their name, gender, and image in public records. Here's an example of L, G, B & T working together. Read More


Equality Walker Richard Noble Hits Colorado

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

After five months on the road, Richard Noble hit Colorado on his Walk for Equality to draw attention to and get signatures for a national American Equality bill. Read More


EQCA ED Roland Palencia's First EQCA Awards Speech

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 16, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

On Saturday night, Roland Palencia took the stage as the new ED for Equality California. Palencia's dealing with changing EQCA's direction during a tough economy and while facing a potential referendum to overturn the California FAIR Education Act.Read More


Yvonne Cook Riley: The Invention of Transgender

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yvonne Cook-Riley is a founder of the transgender movement. She gave an interesting history of the invention of transgender as a word and as a movement. Read More

Palencia & Simon: Visions for the Future of EQCA, Stonewall Dems

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 13, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

New California leaders Roland Palencia and Stephen David Simon share their vision for building the power needed to deliver full LGBT equality across California.Read More

Fighting to Fight: Questioning the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Battle

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Guest blogger Gabrielle Korn argues that Don't Ask Don't Tell has kept gay people in America distracted from protesting the wars by protesting to join something we've been told by the government is an honorable cause.Read More


Jennifer Boylan on Trans Rights in the NY Times

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 12, 2011 | 11:00 AM | comments

Jennifer Boylan's NYT op ed this morning on trans rights uses the metaphor of a ventriloquist's dummy. How apt.Read More


The Top 20 Most Important LGBT Figures in History

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 11, 2011 | 2:00 PM | comments

Who, of hundreds of important LGBT people, will be included through the FAIR Education Act? We polled the readers and contributors of The Bilerico Project to get a better feel for which figures are important to today's LGBT community.Read More


Top LGBT Voices Name History's Essential LGBT Figures

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 10, 2011 | 10:15 AM | comments

This last batch of personal "Top 5" lists from a selection of important LGBT voices - from Andrés Duque, Bil Browning, Emily Heath, Scott Wooledge, Roberta Sklar & more - really reflects the diversity within our community. Read More


Ghana Church Plans Counseling Centers for Gays

Filed by Viktor Kerney | August 10, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana is planning to create therapy centers to counsel and pray the gay away from their citizens. Read More

Threats of Violence By Trans Advocates Must Be Condemned

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 09, 2011 | 3:00 PM | comments

We cannot remain silent when threats of violence are made in our name. Read More


AFER Prop. 8 Opponents Accept Top ABA Award

Filed by Karen Ocamb | August 09, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

The American Foundation for Equal Rights' lead attorneys, David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, were honored with the most prestigious award their legal peers can bestow - the American Bar Association Medal. Read More


Top LGBT Voices Name History's Essential LGBT Figures

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 09, 2011 | 9:00 AM | comments

Dan Choi, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Patricia Nell Warren, Wayne Besen, and more sound off on their "Top 5" lists of essential LGBT figures and moments. This series culminates on Thursday with the Top 20 list, chosen by Bilerico readers.Read More


Prague's First Pride, Despite Homophobic President

Filed by Jos Truitt | August 08, 2011 | 7:30 PM | comments

Prague will host its first Pride festival this week. Pride organizers are trying to focus on the event as a celebration instead of a political rally. But someone forgot to tell Czech President Vaclav Klaus this Pride isn't political. Read More


Outside the Gender Boxes: A Political Theory of Gender

Filed by Jos Truitt | August 08, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

We need to work against the construction of two essential gender boxes, the forcing of everyone into one or the other, and against the linking of power and resources to these boxes. We need to work for the liberation of people who have failed to conform. Read More


Top LGBT Voices Name History's Essential LGBT Figures

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 08, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

All this week, we'll be asking some of today's the most significant LGBT voices to reflect on the most important LGBT people in history. It will all culminate in the Top 25 list on Thursday! Read More

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Less Than Woman, Less Than Human

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 04, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

In a paper to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford explicitly oppose the extension of basic human rights to transsexuals, under the premise that providing protections under the classes of gender identity and gender expression "erodes" womens' rights.Read More


LGBT Movement "Hitting A Wall"

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 04, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

Williams Institute Executive Director Brad Sears said at a March conference that the movement may be hitting a wall. Read More


Track the LGBT Movement with these Equality Maps!

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 02, 2011 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Movement Advancement Project has released a series of maps to visually represent the state of the LGBT equality movement. Tomorrow, the organization will release a full "Momentum Report."Read More


West Appearance Canceled After LGBT Group's Campaign

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 01, 2011 | 5:30 PM | comments

The anti-gay Republican representative was scheduled to speak at a meeting for the Wilton Manors Business Association in an LGBT-friendly community. After threats of a boycott from LGBT advocates, West's appearance was canceled. Read More


Anti-Gay Hate Group Loses 501(c)3 Status

Filed by Bil Browning | August 01, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

Poor Peter LaBarbera... He'll no longer be allowed to give donors tax deductions for fueling his anti-gay hatred. Porno Pete's Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) had it's 501(c)3 status revoked in May of 2010.Read More


Who Are the Most Important LGBT People in History?

Filed by Adam Polaski | August 01, 2011 | 9:45 AM | comments

California's newly approved FAIR Act will require CA schools to teach about the societal contributions of LGBT people. But who should they teach about? Help The Bilerico Project compile a list of the Top LGBT people in history!Read More