GLBT Issues

2019 Indiana State Legislature: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Source: Indiana Senate Democrats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2019 Edition The Ugly Bias Crimes This session, Governor Holcomb made it a priority to pass bias crimes legislation. With the governor’s support, Senate Democrats were confident that Indiana would finally get a comprehensive bias crimes law on the books. Sen. Greg Taylor

Read on »

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed to memorialize people killed by prejudice against transgender and gender-variant people. It also raises public awareness of hate crimes committed against transgender people – an action the media doesn’t do well, as we saw during the reporting of Indianapolis resident Ashley Sherman’s death. Day of Remembrance publicly identifies (where

Read on »

Same-sex marriage is legal in Indiana

Yesterday, a federal court judge threw out Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the Gay marriage ban violates Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause. See the the summary judgement here [pdf]. Because there was no stay on the ruling, Indiana couples could begin marrying immediately, and the Marion County Clerk’s office was prepared

Read on »

Essential Follow-up Reading on HJR-3

Indy Star — The intrigue behind the curtain cloaking the HJR-3 debate “When the Indiana Senate cast its vote Monday on the proposed same-sex marriage ban, it all seemed pretty straightforward, even predictable. The vast majority of Republicans voted for the measure and it passed 32-17. But outside public view, another story was playing out.

Read on »

The End of HJR-3 for 2014 (with some thoughts on HB-1153)

Because in the past, I’ve been terrible about writing down the follow-up of the Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment, here’s a wrap-up post in case this comes up again in two years – HJR-3 passed through the state legislature, but we essentially “won” because we succeeded in keeping it off the ballot in 2014. After my

Read on »

How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Three National Strategies All Contradict Each Other

From Think Progress: How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Three National Strategies All Contradict Each Other. At the federal level, opponents currently have three proposed strategies for rolling back some of the recognition that same-sex couples now have. Particularly in the wake of the Utah and Oklahoma decisions, groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and

Read on »

HJR-3 to be heard in the Indiana House Monday at 1:30 p.m.

After some committee shenanigans, (in which Brian Bosma moved the bill from House Judiciary committee to the Elections and Apportionment committee when it became clear that it wouldn’t pass the first one) HJR-3 passed out of committee on Wednesday, and will be heard on the floor of the Indiana House on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Read on »

If Only…

There’s a reason why every teen lesbian in the country watched The Facts of Life religiously in the 1980s. I would have bought that Jo Polniaczek and Blair Warner hated each other a little bit more if it hadn’t looked like they wanted to make out in ever scene they were in together.

Read on »

Skipping Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT wants you to Skip Ender’s Game, and they have some compelling reasons why. As I’ve noted here back in 2005, Orson Scott Card is a homophobic nut who has said some terrible and dangerous things about gay people. Geeks OUT compiles a larger, more complete list of how he had harmed gay people:

Read on »

The Pope’s “new stance” on homosexuality

Let me do the TL;DR up front – it’s the same as the old stance. Several new stories have come out today about a recent interview Pope Francis did where he expanded on his comments from July on homosexuality and women’s roles in the church. I’ll link to some articles about what he had to

Read on »

My DC Comics Pull List Purge

The only comment that DC Comics has made so far about the epic fuck-up that they have made with Batwoman and refusing to allow her to be married [Batwoman writers leave DC Comics over ban on same-sex marriage] is this: “As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN had

Read on »

Batwoman writers leave DC Comics over ban on same-sex marriage

J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman — longtime writers of the Batwoman comic book — are leaving DC Comics over a dispute about editorial changes to their planned story lines, including being forbidden to show the main character marrying her same-sex partner. Cross-posted by the authors to both author sites: Unfortunately, in recent months, DC

Read on »

Documenting the increasing violence towards LGBT people in Russia

In June 2013, Russia passed draconian new laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, which have led to roving bands of neo Nazis and Russian military groups attacking, torturing and killing gay people. Attacks against individuals perceived to be gay or lesbian are on the rise over the last several weeks. Gay Teenager Kidnapped

Read on »

Decision Day: DOMA and Prop-8 Fall

Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.. Link to the decision: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. From SCOTUSblog: So does this mean that I’ll be able to file joint taxes with my wife?

Read on »

ACLU takes Indiana BMV back to court over IYG Plates

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it is take the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles back to court over their refusal to begin re-issuing new IYG license plates. Here is the press release by the ACLU about this recent action: IYG v. BMV 6-19-2013 [PDF] Text of the release: Indiana Youth Group Fights

Read on »

BMV seeks ‘clarity’ on Indiana Youth Group license plates

Despite the fact that a recent judge’s ruling determined that the state improperly revoked IYG’s specialty license plate, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is asking for ‘clarity’ on the issue, before resuming sales of the specialty plate that both benefits the Indiana Youth Group and earns the State additional tax revenue. I’ve written about

Read on »

The 25th Annual Circle City Pride Celebration, June 8th

The Circle City Pride Celebration is a week of events, culminating in the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 8th. Visit their site for a list of the events; there’s lots to do this year throughout the week. But definitely the highlights are the parade and festival on Saturday. The Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade

Read on »

Anti-Gay Churches will not have booths at Pride this year

After meeting with concerned LGBT citizens and with the two churches who had purchased vendor booths for the 25th Circle City Pride Festival this year, the organizers of Indy Pride have decided to return their booth fees and decline their attendance at the festival. I’m very glad that this has been worked out, and that

Read on »

Anti-gay churches have booths at Indianapolis Gay Pride event

2013-05-29 UPDATE: According to a facebook note from the Indy Pride Organizers, These two churches will no longer have booths at this year’s Pride celebration. Last year and for the past few years apparently, there have been two churches from Indianapolis — Castleview Baptist Church and A.C.T. For The Gospel — who have had booths

Read on »

IYG and the homophobic Indiana State Legislature

Indiana Youth Group is a social advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth that has been around since 1987. They provide lots of important services to help young LGBT people in Indiana, including counseling and social services for at risk youth, advocacy on their behalf in schools, and health education. IYG has been

Read on »

Week 1: What is gender? Theories and views

Gender Through Comic Books Online Course at Canvas.net. The Course Syllabus Class hasn’t started, but I can already tell by the reading materials that I’m going to be FIRED UP about some of this week’s subject, because I’ve written about it before! The readings from Lorber are definitely a feminist take on gender, but it’s

Read on »

Ryan Murphy does hate lesbians, apparently

Via Vulture magazine, some interesting commentary of last night’s Glee episode, which I have yet to see. Glee Recap: Carefully Chosen Bells and Whistles — Vulture. Speaking of chaos, if you’re a casual Glee fan, you might have missed out on exactly how directly last night’s episode knocked down the fourth wall between it and

Read on »

Adorable Gay Men get marriage license

Via the Maddow Blog – Pic: Way past wonderful – The Maddow Blog, these two adorable gay men are applying for a marriage license in Washington: Randy and Larry Get Married One month after Washington State voters approved the state’s marriage equality law in Ref. 74, same-sex couples get marriage licenses for the first time

Read on »

Adorable Trans Teen Couple

From the Daily Mail is this story on the cutest trans teen couple ever: To the casual observer, this young couple look just like any other teenagers in love. But pretty Katie Hill and her boyfriend Arin Andrews share a unique bond – they were both born as the opposite sex. Katie, 18, spent the

Read on »

Lesbian Avengers

Via Lesbian Avengers, the awesome lesbian direct action group that was active in the 1980s and 1990s. On June 28, 1992 six activist dykes threw down the gauntlet: “LESBIANS! DYKES! GAY WOMEN!… We’re wasting our lives being careful. Imagine what your life could be. Aren’t you ready to make it happen?” By 1994, a multitude

Read on »

Movie Trailer for Bully

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how

Read on »

Homophobic = Probably Gay

Written and directed by Katie Goodman and Soren Kisiel. Featuring, left to right, Erin Roberg, Katie Goodman, and Maggie Garver. Filmed by Ryan Stumpe and AVERIngenuity. Edited by Soren Kisiel and Ryan Stumpe.

Read on »

How is sexual orientation defined?

Me, on the question of how sexual orientation is decided: This comes down to the argument of “is it your attractions that decide your sexual orientation, or your behaviors?” And within the gay community, there is fierce argument over that question. Which is why I always go back to the Kinsey scale, which is based

Read on »

Recently Read for October 11, 2001

Happy National Coming Out Day! I’ve been out 24 years, as of this date. I’ve been a very lucky woman – able to be open about my romantic life with everyone, happily married to a really wonderful woman. I’ve faced approximately my fair share of homophobia, but not for many many years. For those still

Read on »

Lesbian Web Series

There aren’t too many mainstream television shows with lesbian main characters, but there is no shortage of online web series and shorts. Many of them are independently produced and rely on viewer contributions to keep production going. I’ve only seen the Girl Trash series so far, but have read reviews here and there — enough

Read on »

It Gets Better: Pearson Employees

This is from my company – an “It gets better” message from some of the LGBT employees where I work. When I first saw that they had put it together, I thought “hey that’s pretty cool” – then I started watching it, and teared up. Damn. I do occasionally get frustrated with my job, but

Read on »

Rainbow Noise: IMMA HOMO

I cannot wait for these guys to put out this song as an mp3, because I want to drive around town with my truck windows down blasting this on the stereo. “RainbowNoise is an entertainment company that specializes in marketing lesbian and gay talent to commercial and mainstream audiences without compromising the artists’ individual style

Read on »

Born This Way Blog

Okay while you’re looking at gay blogs, check out Born This Way Blog. It is safe for work viewing, and is cute as a button – gay and lesbian folks sending in pictures of themselves as children – usually photos of them doing something outside of what little boys or little girls are expected to

Read on »

Skins: British vs. American

Skins is a British TV show finishing it’s fourth season in the UK. It’s fictional, set in Bristol, England, it focuses on teenagers, and it’s very raw and realistic, covering drug and alcohol abuse and sexuality as topics. It’s raunchy and hugely popular in Britain. I’ve been watching the British version streaming through Netflix, and

Read on »

We’re here for you

It’s National Coming Out Day. 23 years ago today, I was on a trip with some friends to DC for the National March on Washington for LGBT Rights, and just about this time of morning, we rode the escalators up from the Metro at Dupont Circle, where there were massive crowds of people gathered –

Read on »

Disgrace – Obama’s position on marriage equality

Richard Just (Nation – “Disgrace: Obama’s increasingly absurd gay marriage position“) draws some interesting parallels between Woodrow Wilson’s weak stand on women’s suffrage and Obama’s weak position on same-sex marriage equality: In the fall of 1912, as his campaign for president entered its final stage, Woodrow Wilson was speaking in Brooklyn when he was asked

Read on »

Sapphic matchmaking

Apropo of nothing, on the way to the restroom at work, this notion popped into my head: “Hey, wasn’t Joan’s roommate Carol (played by Kate Norby in season 1 of Mad Men) a lesbian? They should write a scene where she meets Peggy’s new friend Joyce (played by Zosia Mamet, appearing in season 4) so

Read on »

Queen Latifah, PDAs and Outing

I would never have noticed this story on Queen Latifah’s PDAs with her longtime “friend” except that I saw “Leave Queen Latifah Alone” stories on six different progressive/gay/feminist sites. If they’re trying not to out her, they’re doing a poor job of it. I’ve commented on the subject of outing several different times here on

Read on »

U.S. District Court Decision: Perry v. Schwarzenegger

The whole document it’s entirety, courtesy of the New York Times. There is some scrumptious reading here; things that just make me giddy with glee. “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more

Read on »

Prop 8 Overturned by Federal Court

According to MSNBC news services: SAN FRANCISCO — In a major victory for gay rights advocates, a federal judge on Wednesday struck down a California ban on same-sex marriage. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the voter-approved ban, known as Proposition 8, violates due process and equal-protection rights under the U.S. Constitution. …

Read on »

links for 2010-04-24

Cheyenne Williams Attacked by Classmates Because She's a Lesbian, Parents Claim – Crimesider – CBS News (tags: homophobia violence lgbt bigotry) County GOP: Get Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton Out Of The House — And 'Back In The Kitchen' | TPMDC (tags: GOP republicans misogyny sexism women equality) Predator Theory « Fugitivus Harriet Jacobs has a

Read on »

links for 2010-04-07

Some pics from the "No Homos Allowed" prom in Mississippi So they held a "fake" prom for the lesbians, and had a "real" prom across town, organized by the homophobic parents, teachers and school officials. Check out some pictures of the douchbags. (tags: homophobia douchbags)

Read on »

links for 2010-02-05

On Language – Crash Blossoms – NYTimes.com Classic headline screw ups – “Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim” and “Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge.” (tags: writing headlines nytimes humor language) This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post – Coyote Crossing This sentence claims that there are many people who do not agree

Read on »

links for 2010-02-02

The U.S. National Archives' collections on Flickr Awesome. (tags: photography history government flickr) 10 Americans Arrested In Haiti, Accused Of Child Trafficking Idaho Baptist group tried to smuggle 33 kids out of Haiti through the Dominican Republic. Some of the children knew their parents were alive, and just hadn't been reunited with them yet. (tags:

Read on »

links for 2010-01-30

IMA bets with NOMA over Superbowl – a masterpiece is the bet Wow – that's better than the Mayor's rinky-dink shrimp bet. Way to raise the stakes, IMA. (tags: superbowl museum sports IMA) Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP I cannot WAIT to see the video of this. (tags: Obama republicans funny) 30 Stylish jQuery

Read on »

links for 2010-01-17

The Observer – Responsibility for offensive comic Comparing a cartoon about gay bashing someone into a vegetable to Harry Reid's misplace remarks about President Obama is the definition of "not getting it." (tags: homophobia indiana NotreDame) Wow. Apparently Gay Bashing is Funny at Notre Dame | The Bilerico Project So not cool. (tags: homophobia indiana

Read on »

links for 2009-12-11

Uganda debates death penalty for gays – Africa – msnbc.com KAMPALA, Uganda – Proposed legislation would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans, and their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities. Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals. American

Read on »

Where is your anger?

It’s a question I’m asking myself. I get caught up in the day to day struggle of just getting through the work week, and I feel like I’m not doing enough and I’m letting too many things go.

Read on »

links for 2009-04-11

11-Year-Old Hangs Himself after Enduring Daily Anti-Gay Bullying An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to

Read on »

More Go Iowa! news

Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s speech on the State Senate floor, explaining why he will not support an effort to amend the state’s constitution to reverse the recent unanimous ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Iowa. That’s just awesome.

Read on »

Indiana Girl sues school over prom tux denial

I so shocked by this that I can’t believe it. I’m giving the school a call later today to tell them what I think, because I can’t imagine how on earth this principal dares to do such a thing. The audacity. You have GOT to be kidding me about this. There is no way in

Read on »

DJ Shiva’s Take on Obama and Warren

DJ Shiva wrote an excellent blog post on Obama’s decision to pick Rick Warren to do the inaugural invocation, which I’m just going to quote the whole thing of, since it’s awesome. But go read her blog regularly; it’s good. fuck you, obama. i was gonna write a long-winded piece about how hard gays and

Read on »

I am disagreeable

Obama had this to say today regarding the angry reaction gay people and feminists are having at his choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation: I am fierce advocate for equality for gay and — well, let me start by talking about my own views. I think it is no secret that I

Read on »

Rage and Frothing at the mouth

According to CNN, this lovely shit-sandwich, delivered right to my plate, courtesy of President-Elect Obama: President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday. Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California,

Read on »

Real Biblical Marriage

Passed along from a friend via email If we were to create a constitutional amendment defining marriage based on the teachings of the Bible, it would look like this: A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5) B. Marriage

Read on »

Knoxville Terrorist was a fan of O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage

According to the Knoxville News: Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he attacked a church in order to kill liberals “who are ruining the country,” court records show. Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of

Read on »

Terrorist opens fire in UU Church in Knoxville, TN

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now that the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennesee was the target of a mass shooting. Two people were killed and 5 more are in serious condition after Jim D. Adkisson, 58, walked into a children’s Sunday school play and opened fire on the crowd. Like

Read on »

How to Get Married in Toronto, ON

Wil asked how we went about setting up our marriage in Toronto, and I realized I never really blogged about that in the rush of planning everything. It was a very simple process, in two parts — applying for the license and having the ceremony. First you apply for the marriage license. You fill out

Read on »

Same-Sex Marriage in California

As of yesterday at 5:01 p.m., same-sex couples can get legally married in the state of California. (Yay!) One of the first in San Francisco city hall was the Marriage of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Phyllis and Del are pioneers of the feminist and gay rights movements and have

Read on »

Um, no, dear. Not really.

“It is because of me — I definitely think [my show] has helped the movement. Before it came out, everyone was still a little apprehensive about [same sex relationships]. Then they realized, ‘Wow, everyone is really into this stuff, and it is fine.’ The next thing you know, [gay marriage] is legal.” — Tila Tequila

Read on »

links for 2008-04-12

The Bilerico Project | Indiana | An Open Letter to Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana Things that I shouldn’t get such delicious glee from, but do, nonetheless. (tags: funny Indianapolis local politics blogs) Shakesville: What you don’t know CAN hurt you Wow – an incredibly insightful piece on Obama and his uncomfortableness dealing gay issues,

Read on »

Indiana political blogging

Sometimes it’s really entertaining for all the wrong [link deprecated: http://www.blueindiana.net/showDiary.do;jsessionid=38F64BC3DD2AF56DA297D48ACAA576E0?diaryId=2332] reasons. 2019 Update: Lest it be lost to the ethereal ravages of time, this was the subject of the above posts. From: gwelsh@indy.rr.com Subject: Tyrion Date: April 9, 2008 4:55:22 PM GMT-04:00 To: bil@bilerico.com It’s quite interesting that you, of all people, would allow

Read on »

links for 2008-04-02

Gmail: Google’s approach to email One of Google’s many april fool’s day pranks. (tags: hoax pranks aprilfools) Virgle: The Adventure of Many Lifetimes Richard Branson wants to lead a team to Mars. (tags: aprilfools hoax prank) Shakesville: Obama and the Anti-Gay Preacher More connections between Obama and homophobic supporters of his campaign. (tags: homophobia election

Read on »

links for 2008-03-18

Video Coming To Flickr Soon. Really. Yay. I’ve been patiently waiting for this. I have a YouTube account, but having my videos in separate places has always bothered me. (tags: flickr tools video) Hepper | Modern Pet Furniture That Will Make You Jealous (tags: design furniture pets) flickrSLiDR – Embed Flickr Slideshows within Your Site

Read on »

links for 2008-03-13

Carson wins seat in 7th District race | IndyStar.com (tags: local news Indianapolis) Gay Iranian teen loses asylum appeal – CNN.com Basically, Britain is sending a gay teenager to his death in Iran. Nice. (tags: lgbt rights equality)

Read on »

I wanna commitment ceremony you

Stephanie and I were having talk the other day with one of our friends over terminology and what we called our selves, our wedding, and what we’ll call ourselves once we’re married. That’s not an unusual discussion, and gay people have different opinions about it. There are some who don’t embrace the words “marriage” “fiancée”

Read on »

Dealing with some denial of service attacks on the site

I have been dealing with a denial of service attack on my site recently. I suspect that I’m the target of some unethical behavior in the gay Republican base in Indianapolis politics, specifically because of this post I wrote about Marion County’s special election to replace Julia Carson. It’s been almost exactly a year since

Read on »

The Ripple Effect: How my post on Jon Elrod has spread

I presumed yesterday’s post on the special election would cause some consternation, but it’s always interesting to see how these things play out. Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project asked me to cross post my entry there, which I though would be fun. From there, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, radio personality and erstwhile former blogger at IndyUndercover

Read on »

links for 2008-03-04

Steampunk Remake: Dave Veloz’s Keyboard and Monitor Very cool steampunk computer. (tags: cool steampunk design) The Steampunk Workshop (tags: awesome steampunk) Toronto Gay Weddings.com | Home (tags: marriage)

Read on »

links for 2008-03-01

National Grammar Day: Brought to you by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar Vote for the worst grammar. No, I’m not one of the poll items. (tags: Grammar english funny) Feminism 101: “Calling Out Fellow Progressives for Sexism Prevents Unity on the Left” The second installment of Melissa McEwan’s excellent series on basic

Read on »

marriage discrimination attached to Gov’s Property Tax Bill

Indiana Republican Foul play at work – because looked like SJR-7 the marriage discrimination bill that has failed to pass the Indiana House the last two years, might again fail, Representative Eric Turner, ranking Republican on the House Rules and Legislative Policy Committee, filed a amendment to House Joint Resolution No. 1 (HJR1) a proposed

Read on »

links for 2008-01-26

Flickr: The Commons Flickr teamed with the Library of Congress to tag photos that have no known copyright restrictions – awesome pictures that everyone can share. (tags: awesome copyright free flickr photos) Fox News’ John Gibson backs down over Ledger mockery – The Carpetbagger Report 1. I don’t believe he’s “sorry” at all. 2. I

Read on »

links for 2008-01-25

Main Page – Chickipedia Encyclopedia of photos of hot women. (tags: funny women reference) My Way News – Ledger Had 6 Types of Prescription Drugs Only 6? Wow, don’t come to our house. I have 6 prescriptions drugs just for my stupid allergies. (tags: news celebrity) Think Progress » John Gibson Mocks ‘Weirdo’ Heath Ledger’s

Read on »

links for 2008-01-09

Zyklon B – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The gas the Nazis used to kill Jews in ovens made by Siemens Corp. Recently, Siemens tried to trademark the name to use to build gas ovens. (tags: evil Siemens) O’Reilly Media | HDR: An Introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography (tags: photography books pdf wishlist) globeandmail.com: Horror,

Read on »

links for 2008-01-06

keybr.com – Be productive, type faster! Sure. Right. (tags: exercise tutorials fun productivity) Traverse City Record-Eagle – Religion & Marriage: Some churches take stand on gay unions They won’t marry anyone, gay or straight. (tags: lgbt equality marriage rights)

Read on »

Gender Identity Things

A couple of posts down, I answered a meme wherein I mentioned that I “have some gender identity things I don’t talk about much.” To that post, one of my former co-workers added a comment. When I initially read it, I deleted the comment. It’s been a very draining weekend, and I thought the post

Read on »

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore was gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald: Harry Potter fans, the rumours are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. JK Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series, outed the beloved character today while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall in New York. After reading briefly from the final book,

Read on »

Happy 20th Annual National Coming Out Day

Last year, I recounted the story of what I was doing on the original National Coming Out Day 20 years ago… so I’ve already blown that anecdote. You’ll have to go read it; it was good. October 11th, 1987 was a great day for me. So officially, I quit lying about my sexual orientation over

Read on »

America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

From the opinion page of the New York Times, a piece by Laura M. MacDonald: WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments

Read on »

On the “down low”

Over at the Pandagon blog, Pam Spaulding has a really interesting blog post commenting on a recent New Yorker article on married men who cheat on their wives with other men. I especially liked the response of one of her readers to the article and to her thoughts. This article underscores several facts: First, that

Read on »

My Past Falwell Greatest Hits

Jokes about Falwell from the past that people are suddenly linking to now that he’s died. No guarantees on the quality of the jokes… The Theological Significance of Tinky Winky 6 Reasons Tinky Winky Can’t Be Gay The Top 13 Reasons Jerry Falwell Thinks Your Favorite TV Character is Gay The Batty Hymn of the

Read on »

Jerry Falwell Dead at 73

According to CNN: The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the television minister whose 1979 founding of the Moral Majority galvanized American religious conservatives into a political force, died Tuesday at age 73. Falwell was found unconscious and without a pulse in his office at Liberty University, the college he founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, said Ron Godwin, the

Read on »

OMFG – I’m on Joe.My.God.

This tabloid magazine photo I snapped on a knee-jerk reaction and then blogged about has been making the rounds of the internets; I swore I wasn’t going to do a “oooh, look how popular I am! I’m famous!” post, because that’s so lame. Plus, I’ve had other things to worry about. But today it’s on

Read on »

Crothersville Hate Crime Murderers May Get Off Easy

Advance Indiana continues to follow up on the story I noted earlier of the brutal hate crime beating murder of Aaron Hall in Crothersville, Indiana. Gary Welsh reports the criminals are being charged lightly given the bias and brutality of the crime, and may even get off with an outrageous manslaughter conviction. Read the details.

Read on »

Thoughts on the Jesus MCC Bilboard Campaign

Awhile back, I wrote about the second part of Jesus MCC’s anti-discrimination campaign here in Indianapolis, involving six provocative billboards. At the time, I said “I like it!” without putting a whole lot of thought into the matter. Soon after that, I caught sight of one of the billboards, at 38th and College. I have

Read on »

Another Indiana Hate Crime Death

From WTHR, a story on a man who was beaten to death in Crothersville, Indiana because his attackers thought he was gay: Police found Aaron Hall’s badly beaten body hidden inside a garage on Sunday. Charged in connection with the murder were 19-year-old Garrett Gray, 18-year-old Coleman King and 21-year-old Robert Hendricks. Police made the

Read on »

Regarding SJR-7

I just wanted to say that there are a lot of hard working people who were tireless in getting SJR-7 stopped in its tracks. I’m afraid to start naming them, because I’ll manage to leave someone out – but every single person who was involved in the grassroots effort worked hard – much harder than

Read on »

SJR-7 Died in Committee

From numerous sources, but quoting from the Indiana Equality email: Marriage Discrimination Amendment dies in committee Indianapolis – Indiana Equality announced today that the Indiana House of Representative’s Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee voted five to five on Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR-7). As a result, the amendment will not be brought for a vote

Read on »

Catholic Archbishop Doesn’t Know Difference Between Sex and Rape

In commenting on Italy’s current proposed same-sex civil unions bill, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco revealed that he doesn’t understand the difference between sex and rape: “Why say ‘no’ to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say ‘no’ to incest?” he said at a meeting of Church workers, according to a

Read on »

SJR-7 Language rejected as flawed by ultra-conservative Bork

Bilerico contributor Don Sherffick testified before the recent House Committee meeting on SJR-7, noting that the language for the flawed second paragraph of the bill originally came from an early draft of the Federal version of the amendment – a draft that was later re-written considerably. That revelation caused some comment and concern amongst committee

Read on »

Statewide religious coalition speaks out against SJR-7

From iconindiana.org: Indianapolis – The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) today spoke out against Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR-7) in a letter to the Indiana General Assembly. The letter, which is signed by 130 Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals, opens with, “Our backgrounds and those of the people we serve

Read on »

Lilly Opposes SJR-7

As reported in the Indy Star (and by bilerico.com, Advance Indiana and Taking Down Words): Eli Lilly has joined several other large Indiana corporations (Cummins, Wellpoint, Dow AgroSciences) in opposing SJR-7, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment: “As a result of this uncertainty (over what the amendment’s impact might be,)” Murphy wrote, “some employees may choose to

Read on »

Indiana Newspapers Against SJR-7

I was in the middle of putting this post together when Bilerico beat me to it… Newspapers that have come out against the SJR-7 marriage discrimination amendment legislation: The Marion Chronicle-Tribune The Bedford Times-Mail [link deprecated: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/16859370.htm The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ] The Indianapolis Star The Bloomington Herald-Times The Evansville Courier & Press The South

Read on »

Colts raise $20,000 for Anti-Gay Group

This is being discussed in the comments on my post on Tony Dungy – but it bears pulling up to it’s own entry – at the Indiana Family Institute Dinner, the Colts sent merchandise to be donated off in an auction, which raised $20,000 for the organization to oppose gay rights and to support SJR-7.

Read on »

House committee tables SJR-7 vote

According to Bil from Bilerico: The House Rules and Legislative Affairs committee listened to three hours of testimony regarding SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After several members of the committee commented that they’d like more time to review the testimony before voting on the matter, Chair Scott Pelath

Read on »

Cummins plans to testify against proposed ban

From the Indianapolis Star: No private employers testified against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage when it was before the Senate, but that will change when discussion begins today in the House. Cummins Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Solso has sent a letter to House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, encouraging him

Read on »

Tony Dungy against same-sex marriage

According to the Indianapolis Star: Colts coach Tony Dungy said he knows some people would prefer him to steer clear of the gay marriage debate, but he used a speech Tuesday night to clearly stake out his position. Dungy told more than 700 people at the Indiana Family Institute’s banquet that he agrees with that

Read on »

Why do straights hate gays?

By Larry Kramer March 20, 2007 DEAR STRAIGHT PEOPLE, Why do you hate gay people so much? Gays are hated. Prove me wrong. Your top general just called us immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is in charge of an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops, some fighting for our country

Read on »

Mohler Says Gay Gene Should Be Manipulated, If Possible

From Beliefnet, among many other sources: The president of a prominent Southern Baptist seminary says he would support medical treatment, if it were available, to change the sexual orientation of a fetus inside its mother’s womb from homosexual to heterosexual. The idea of a hormonal patch for pregnant women was discussed by the Rev. R.

Read on »

SJR-7 Assigned to Committee

House Joint Resolution 15 (HJR-15), the legislation formerly known as SJR-7 and the marriage discrimination amendment, has been assigned to committee in the house. It’s been placed in the House Rule and Legislative Procedures Committee. Please contact the members of this committee (information below) to oppose this legislation – for Democrats, remind them that putting

Read on »

I Am Not An “Activist”

I hate the word activist. Mainly because it’s one of those right-wing propaganda, tar-and-feather, hot button words that Frank Luntz cultivated to brand liberals as crazy folks who are out to burn down your house and roast your kids on the bar-be-que. (Read more about Frank Luntz and his language campaign – it’s important to

Read on »

SJR-7 and Eric Miller

Due to supervising all the work on my old house over the past few weeks, and the work on our current home (which is still ongoing. Sigh.), and a busy time at work, and preparation to go to SXSW, I’m guilty of quite a few “drive-by” posts: where I mention important things without enough context

Read on »

Schoolyard Taunts

Ann Coulter on Fox News: “The word I used has nothing to do with sexual preference. It is a schoolyard taunt… It isn’t offensive to gays. It has nothing to do with gays.” As I’ve said before, there are souls out there in the universe for whom the word faggot was the last word they

Read on »

Alumni – Contact IU and Purdue about SJR-7

The bill I’ve been writing so much about lately – SJR-7 – will have an affect on the domestic partnership benefits that are offered by state universities. Currently Purdue and IU have these benefits, and Ball State and other universities have been considering adopting them to remain competitive for the best faculty. Currently, the right-wing

Read on »

Ann Coulter’s Offensive Remarks

Despite the laughter and applause from the conservatives when Ann Coulter called presidential candidate John Edwards a “Faggot” – several GOP presidential candidates are now trying to distance themselves from her. A bit late; they should have done that from the podium during the event, while the applause was going on. Now it just looks

Read on »

Ann Coulter Calls Candidate John Edwards a Faggot

Reported in numerous places (see video), yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (in front of a crowd that included 2008 Republican Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), former Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) as well as Vice President Dick Cheney), right-wing pundit Ann Coulter had this

Read on »

An Investigation of the Ex-Gay Movement

Jim Burroway from Box Turtle Bulletin has written a series of articles on his brave move to attend the “Love Won Out” traveling roadshow put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus which are well worth reading to understand the current rhetoric and rationalizations of the Ex-Gay movement. Prologue: Why I Went To “Love

Read on »

Gay Senior Victim of Hate Attack Dies

This is heartbreaking. Andrew Anthos, whose dream was to light up the Michigan State Capitol dome in red, white and blue, died Friday of injuries sustained in a Feb. 13 hate beating. Though Anthos, 72, was visiting with friends as recently as Wednesday, his condition declined rapidly in the past two days and he was

Read on »

Kill Batty Man – Scary Jamaican Blog

Joe.My.God points out this scary homophobic Jamaican site Kill Batty Man, hosted on google/blogger for over a year. The site gleefully advocates violence towards gay people (often referred to as “batty men”) in the country of Jamaica (which has a long history of rabid homophobia, including some recent incidents I’ve noted here) saying while anti-gay

Read on »

Nigerian Advisor: Same-sex relationships make you retarded

From Tide Online: About four percent of Nigerians are involved in same sex relationship, Special Adviser to the President, Prof Friday Okonofua, has said. Okonofa disclosed this at a public hearing on a bill to prohibit same sex marriage and relationship, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs, in Abuja. He said

Read on »

Apparently, I’m Chopped Liver

Hmmmm – I guess my 20,000 visitors a day don’t rate a mention on Indiana Equality’s thank you letter for the Rally organizing… Many, many other businesses, organizations and bloggers contributed greatly to Monday’s success by promoting participation in the rally. A big thanks to Advance Indiana; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

Read on »

Ball State Alumni

Below the fold is a letter I received from the Ball State Spectrum – the LGBT student organization at the university. They’re wanting to reach out to Ball State LGBT Alumni – so contact them if you fit the description and you’re not already on their list.

Read on »

Indiana Student Paper Censors Gay Tolerance

(via Advance Indiana) from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Woodlan editorial on gays ignites firestorm Principal demands prior review, warns teacher By Kelly Soderlund The Journal Gazette A student editorial in the Woodlan Junior-Senior High School newspaper calling for more tolerance for gays and lesbians sparked the principal to seek approval of each edition before

Read on »

Contacting Your Legislators about SJR-7

I’ve mentioned this several times, but it bears repeating. If you haven’t contacted your legislators about SJR-7 (or even if you already have!), you can do so in a number of ways. Two sites have easy contact forms you can use, that look up your legislators for you based on the information you provide. You

Read on »

Bias Crimes Legislation Pending Before Indiana House

Bias Crimes Legislation Pending Before Indiana House. Make Your Voice Heard! Tell Your State Representative why Bias Crimes legislation is good for Indiana. House Bill 1459 (Bias Crimes) authored by State Representative Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) will be considered by the full House of Representatives during the week of February 19th. HB 1459 amends Indiana’s sentencing

Read on »

Video from the Rally

Video of the Rally and Protest outside House Speaker Pat Bauer’s office. Updated with a better copy of the video… The young man you see in the foreground here on the left is the fellow that Mark St. John grabbed by the arm and dragged out of the protest to argue about why the Democrats

Read on »

500 attend Rally, House Democrats Hide from Constitutents

About 500 people attended the Rally in the Indiana Statehouse, organized by Indiana Equality to address SJR-7, the amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and to support the hate crimes bill, which will include sexual orientation and gender identity. There were several speakers, including Candace Gingrich, lgbt civil rights activist and sister of Newt Gingrich. See

Read on »

University Domestic Partnership Benefits at Risk

In a neat bit of investigative work, Bil Browning discovered that SJR-7 author Brandt Hershman’s statements about the bill not affecting domestic partnership benefits for Purdue and Indiana University faculty members is not only false, but that he wrote the bill specifically to target those rights. Bill uncovered legislation by Hershman to repeal those rights

Read on »

Grassroots Organizing Against SJR-7

I attended a summit this evening of a bunch of different organizations and groups that are opposing SJR-7, along with a bunch of individuals – it was a group of around 30 people, all of whom are active in working on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues at one level or another in Indiana. The

Read on »

Rally Reminder

Please don’t forget there’s a rally tomorrow against SJR-7 at the statehouse — indoors, 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the North Atrium of the Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St. (enter North Entrance, off Ohio Street). Candace Gingrich will speak at 1:40 PM. Many of you have President’s Day off tomorrow – please attend

Read on »

Leviticus in My Spam Filter

I was going through a site migration checklist of things to remember when you move your site from one host to another, and one of the items was to remember to look at your comment spam filter keywords, to make sure that additions you’ve made stayed in the list. Which made me remember a conversation

Read on »

Angry Mob Attacks 3 Gay Men in Jamaica

According to the Jamaica Observer: THREE men branded as homosexuals were yesterday rescued by the police from an angry mob outside a pharmacy in Tropical Plaza, where they had been holed up for almost an hour. But even after the police managed to take the young men from the Monarch Pharmacy, one of the three

Read on »

SJR-7 Will Eliminate Purdue’s Health Care Benefits

As Gary Welsh rightly points out in a must-read article on SJR-7 and Purdue University’s health care benefits, the infamous second paragraph of the proposed amendment will indeed eliminate health care benefits for unmarried partners that are currently used by 31 employees of the university. The question is raised in the Lafayette Journal and Courier

Read on »

‘I hate gay people,’ former Heat star Tim Hardaway declares

From the Sun-Sentinel: A week after retired center John Amaechi became the first active or former NBA player to publicly acknowledge he was gay, one of the most popular players in Heat franchise history offered a blunt view on homosexuality Wednesday during a radio interview. Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who had been making public

Read on »

Rally at the Statehouse – next Monday

The rally — called the “Read the Fine Print” — will feature Candace Gingrich, sister of Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. WHAT: “Read the Fine Print!” Rally at the Statehouse WHEN: Monday, February 19, 2007 from 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm (Presidents Day) WHERE: Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium, 200 W.

Read on »

Right-wing lies about SJR-7

On the opinion page of today’s Indy Star, Sheila Suess Kennedy, associate professor of law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis, (and one of my neighbors – she and her husband live a couple blocks away) comments on SJR-7, the amendment to ban equal marriage rights:

Read on »

SJR-7 Passes Senate

The bill to amend the Indiana Constitution to ban Marriage Equality passed the Senate today. As Gary Welsh notes on Advance Indiana, the right-wing hate battalion have managed to achieve something that even the KKK weren’t able to do when they held total control of state government – disenfranchise an entire unfavored minority group. Here

Read on »

Queer Quotes

Why can’t they have gay people in the army? Personally, I think they are just afraid of a thousand guys with M16s going, “Who’d you call a faggot?” — Jon Stewart

Read on »

SJR-7 Passes Indiana Senate

The controversial, discriminatory Senate Joint Resolution 7 – to amend the Indiana Constitution to bar equal marriage rights – had a second reading in the Senate today, and was passed by the Senate, much to the State’s disgrace. Apparently an amendment to remove the highly ambigous second paragraph of the bill was voted down, even

Read on »

I Am The Very Model Of An Ex-Gay Individual

by Justin, of Gay Christian.net as Justin points out on his site, “Ex-gay” people admit they have what they call ongoing “same gender attraction” (called SGA in the song) but claim they’re not actually gay. (Never mind that the definition of gay is “being attracted to some one of your own sex.) I. I am

Read on »

Catholic League Bill Donohue Quotes

According to transcripts of his speech at Justice Sunday: The most insane idea I’ve heard in my whole life, of two men getting married, I mean – that’s something that you expect in the asylum, quite frankly. Donohue on MSNBC: Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular.

Read on »

Snickers Super Bowl Website Pulled?

UPDATE: Looks like they did indeed pull the site, at least as far as I can see. The URL now goes to the main snickers site instead. UPDATE: Americablog goes into the story in more depth, including pointing out that two of the “alternate endings” of the video result in violence – one with one

Read on »

National Freedom to Marry Week – Feb 11-17th

National Freedom to Marry Week 10th Annual Observance February 11-17, 2007 10 years of work 10 years of change 10 years closer to equality All across the country, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, from California to New Jersey, we have worked together to make significant gains for same sex couples and their families. Our journey is

Read on »

Dan Savage Takes on Mary Cheney’s Hypocrisy

Dan Savage calls out Mary Cheney’s hypocrisy on suggesting she should be allowed privacy from media scrutiny for her decision to have a baby with her lesbian partner Heather Poe: In today’s New York Times Mary Cheney defends her decision to get her lezbo self knocked the fuck up. Like her father, Mary Cheney believes

Read on »

SJR-7 Update

SJR-7, the bill to amend the Indiana Constitution to prevent equal marriage rights for gay people, was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, and will soon be presented to the full Senate for voting – probably next week. That’s pretty bad news, especially since two amendments to the legislation that were presented were

Read on »

My Thoughts on SJR-7

The SJR-7 legislation to amend the Indiana constitution is going to be heard in committee tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The committee will meet in the Senate Chambers – 3rd floor of the Indiana Statehouse (200 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis). Everyone is invited to attend – a good crowd against the legislation will make

Read on »

Tony Dungy to Speak For Anti-Gay Hate Group

This is really disturbing – Colts coach Tony Dungy will be speaking at a dinner for the Indiana Family Institute, which is a right-wing hate group whose primary purpose is to promote hatred towards gay people. Make no mistake about what their goals really are – in the same way the the Irish Republican army

Read on »

“What You People Should Do”

I’m shamelessly cribbing this post by Chris Douglas from bilerico.com, because it’s so true and bears repeating in as many places as possible — so hopefully people like RiShawn Biddle with see it. As long as we’re contemplating the advice from the straight community about the strategy employed by various sectors of the gay community,

Read on »

Steph Mineart’s Corollary to Godwin’s Law

I’ve had an observation rolling around in my head for many years, but as far as I can tell, I haven’t put written it on my site yet, although I know I’ve pointed it out in email on the gayindy mailing at various times. It popped back into my head as I was thinking about

Read on »

bilerico’s new policy

I read with excitement this piece on Bilerico.com: Looking at last year’s news cycle, one option had a high degree of success at influencing voters’ behavior, setting back a large segment of the conservative movement, and generally providing a modicum of entertainment value for the masses. What was it? “Outing” the hypocrite. Think Ted Haggard

Read on »

On the Subject of the words “Faggot” and “Dyke”

Other that some passing linkage, I haven’t weighed in on the controversy surrounding actor Isaiah Washington and his use of the F-word twice in the last three months on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy” and at the Golden Globes. The New York Times summarizes the events. Given that there has been lots of commentary, I

Read on »

Rishawn Biddle and Questions on Hate Crimes

Over on the Expresso blog, Rishawn Biddle asks this question regarding the current hate crimes legislation in the house. 3.) Can the supporters of the hate crimes penalities proposed in House Bill 1459 muster up evidence that gays are being murdered or assaulted at any higher rate than the rest of the population? More importantly,

Read on »

Rally at the Indiana Statehouse to Oppose SJR-7

A while back, I wrote about SJR-7, the bill to amend the Indiana constitution to eliminate equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, and I urged people to contact the legislators responsible for this atrocious piece of legislation. Well, there’s more you can do. Indiana Equality is organizing a rally at the State House to oppose

Read on »

Nigeria Outlaws Existence of Gay People

According to Peter Tatchell at UK Gay News: A new bill, currently being debated in the Nigerian parliament, is the most comprehensively homophobic legislation ever proposed in any country in the world. Its extremism is rivaled only by the death penalty that exists for homosexuality in several Islamic fundamentalist states. The bill is primarily concerned

Read on »

Anti-Marriage Equality Amendment Introduced to Indiana Legislature

As Bilerico is reporting – the massively flawed legislation to put an anti-marriage equality amendment (banning civil marriage for same-sex partners) on the ballot for voting had been re-introduced to the legislature. Here’s the proposed bill: DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL Definition of marriage. Provides that marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one

Read on »

A Letter to John Edwards on Marriage Equality

A letter written by the very wise Pam Spaulding on Pam’s House Blend (link has been deprecated) is a great help in sorting out the marriage equality issue for fair-minded people, so I’m reprinting it here in full… Dear John Edwards, I have read about some comments you made recently in New Hamphire about marriage

Read on »

The Catholic Church Has a New Policy on Gay People

This happened earlier in the week, but I haven’t had time to address it before now. If you know me, you know I grew up Catholic and have had somethings to say in the past about the Catholic Church and their behavior towards gay people. Catholic Bishops have officially approved new guidelines concerning ministry to

Read on »

Soulforce urges people to write compassionate letters to Haggard

Soulforce is urging gay people to write compassionate letters to Ted Haggard now that he’s being targeted for “spiritual restoration.” In response to the news that Rev. Ted Haggard has been dismissed by New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), Soulforce has urged the gay community to respond

Read on »

A Commonplacebook Candidate Endorsements

These are Marion County, Indiana Democratic candidates who have shown strong stances and leadership on progressive issues including improving education, finding health care solutions for all Hoosiers, property tax reform and equality for GLBT citizens. I’ve personally shaken hands with all of these candidates at one time or another and discussed issues with them. I

Read on »

Mark Foley blames crimes on being abused

Priest comes forward to tell of his inappropriate behavior with Mark Foley when Foley was young. Let me make it really clear: I was not molested as a kid. Most of my gay friends were never molested as kids. I have several friends who were molested. Some of them are straight and some are gay,

Read on »

IYG Wishlist

From their mission statement: Indiana Youth Group provides a safe place, a confidential environment, youth development programs and support services which foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, on the streets, and in the community. IYG builds friendships and explores individualism

Read on »

Even more on Outing

I’ve talked about the subject of “Outing” in the past several times. Scott tackled the issue recently on Bilerico, and along with a lot of others, I commented. I wanted to pull my comment over here, though, because it’s a refinement of some of my previous ideas. I’ve pointed this out in the past —

Read on »

Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritical votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and consistently always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to

Read on »

Marriage, children and equal rights

Good As You presents an especially apt point about the fallaciousness of the “reserving marriage for the nuturing of children” argument: Hmm..you know why the judges “ignored is that marriage is not primarily about adults; marriage is about the nurturing and development of children?” Because marriage certificates don’t legalize unions with the caveat that those

Read on »

Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritcal votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to highlight…

Read on »

Oh my god, Did Bauer just throw us under the bus?

Thanks to Bil for pointing out this jaw-dropping statement from Indiana Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend: “I just think that the only way for (Republicans) not to (continue to) demagogue it is to have a redundancy. It’s too bad it has to go in the constitution, but so be it,” Bauer said. “It’s not

Read on »

National Coming Out Day

Okay, I’ve been officially called out by one of my gay friends for being flip about National Coming Out Day, so I’ll ‘straighten’ my act out and give the day the attention it deserves. Nineteen years ago on October 11, 1987, I was a student at Ball State University. I had been out of the

Read on »

Susan Fuldauer Fundraiser

We are strapped for cash and time, so we can’t go to this, but I wanted to be sure to pass it along because it’s an EXCELLENT cause… Get tickets to this event to raise money for Susan Fuldauer. You will get food, drink, comedy and the pleasure that your donation is going toward removing

Read on »

Homophobia and anonymity online

Kim Ficera of Afterellen.com does some research on anonymous posters and homophobia on youtube.com and in online sites like myspace.com, after reading the story of a woman who had a fake myspace page created by her disgruntled students, who falsely claimed she was gay. After delving deep into the world of anonymous webspaces and open

Read on »

Ben Stein is fucking batshit crazy

Former Nixon speechwriter and Ferris Bueller actor Ben Stein weighs in on the Foley scandal in the American Spectator, illustrating that he’s not only homophobic as hell, but off his damned rocker. We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party,

Read on »

Chapter Titles in Jim McGreevey’s Book

From “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Top Ten Lists: 10. “The Day I Got Caught Governing Myself” 9. “How to Pretend to Like Girls for 47 Years” 8. “From Schwarzenegger to Pataki: Governors I’d Like to Oil Up” 7. “Another Confession – I Can’t Resist Entenmann’s Pound Cake” 6. “At First I Just Thought

Read on »

The purser wants you to stop that

New Yorker article on a gay couple who were ordered to stop kissing on an airplane: Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. “The purser wants you to stop that,” she said. “I opened my eyes and was, like, ‘Stop what?’ ” Varnier recalled

Read on »

A sure-fire way to piss me off on a Tuesday

And article I discovered via Shakespeare’s Sister: Gay Stereotypes: Are They True? Are Gays More Like Straight Men Than We Think? By JOHN STOSSEL and GENA BINKLEY Yes, John Stossel is writing about gay stereotypes. I don’t need to go on do I? ‘Cause — John Stossel?! WTF?! I’m going to stop here before I

Read on »

Rosie O’Donnell and Christian Terror Cells in the US

The American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Faith and Action and World Net Daily are all busy bashing Rosie O’Donnell for saying “Radical Christians are no different than murderous radical Muslims.” God damn it. What she said is way tamer than what I said in the recent past with a big fat list of

Read on »

Ballroom Dance Lessons for Same-Sex Couples

From the Outword Bound mailing list: Ballroom Dancing Lessons for GLBTQ people and their allies who are willing to dance with persons of the same sex Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Jesus MCC, 2950 East 55th Place NO dance partner necessary. $5 per person per 2-hour lesson – please bring cash. Finally, we’ve found

Read on »

Brad Pitt: I’ll marry when everyone can

via Shakesville, this article on Yahoo: “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Sept. 19. That is pretty awesome. I have to admit that at each of the three

Read on »

“I’m not a bigot”

Via the Consumerist, this incredibly funny quote: Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be “promoted” as what is the norm for society. Shorter: “I am not a basher or a bigot, however, I am a basher and

Read on »

why lesbians are bitter and angry

Biff, on “Fundies say the darndest things:” “I’m of the opinion that homosexuals should not be police officers any more than they should join the military. Regarding the humorless of lesbians, perhaps it is because women are designed by God to be fulfilled through childbirth/child raising, so by choosing to be lesbians they deny themselves

Read on »

Christian terrorist says Gays have sex with infants

A few days ago, Guy Adams, Deputy National Grassroots Director of RenewAmerica appeared on the right wing talk show of fundamentalist activist Stacey Harp, and during the interview, committed blood libel against gay Americans. Pam’s House Blend summarizes some of what was said: * Gays have sex with infants (He says its “The New trend”)

Read on »

Freedom From Religion

From Good As You: I mean just the other day this was chatting with this Jewish friend of mine who keeps kosher, and he was all like, ” Ya know, my religious beliefs tell me that consuming pork is not in my best interest, so I think I’m gonna take that belief to the public,

Read on »

Gay Games: Team Indiana Takes the Field

Team Indiana marching onto the field at the Opening Ceremonies of GGVII. See all my pictures of the Gay Games Opening Ceremonies, and the pictures Stephanie took from on the field, also. It was a beautiful, surprisingly political ceremony, and I had a great time, even if it was twice as long as planned. Team

Read on »

Two Gold Medals

Stephanie won two gold medals in the past two days, at both her competitions. She skated really well – she looks really confident and smooth on the ice. I’m so proud of her. The skating is really amazing. I have tons of photos, but we’re still unable to connect my laptop to the weak signal

Read on »

Gay Games 2006

We’re headed up to Chicago for the Gay Games this week. Stephanie’s skating in two competitions as part of Team Indiana, so we’ll be there all week. (IIf you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter!) We’re staying with Stephanie’s Dad (and taking Spike!) so our internet connections will be sporatic, but we’ll try

Read on »

Prize for killing gay people

Via Good As You: Just a month before the 2006 WorldPride Parade is scheduled to be held in Jerusalem (Aug. 6-12), protest flyers are reportedly being distributed to residents of the capital city offering a cash reward to “anyone who brings about the death of one of the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.” I haven’t

Read on »

AFA Sues Michigan State To Block Same-Sex Benefits

Advance Indiana comments on a recently announce lawsuit from the American Family Association — suing to block same-sex couples from receiving university health care benefits on the basis of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages. I’m blogging this specifically for my mom and other family members — THIS IS THE REASON THESE BANS ARE SO DANGEROUS.

Read on »

Cross-dresser doused with gasoline (?)

“Cross-dresser doused with gasoline” is a headline in today’s IndyStar. That’s the kind of headline that makes my heart stop. Fortunately, it didn’t have a tragic outcome. And the story itself seemed to have little to do with the person in question being a cross-dresser, so I wonder why it made a headline, other than

Read on »

Recommended Reading

One of my very favorite sites is Good As You — it’s a website that keeps up with GLBT news and provides analysis and witty commentary on same. They keep track of what the religious right is saying about us and provide hilarious and logically directed commentary about why they’re wrong. Every day I find

Read on »

Drag Queen Names

Joe of Joe.My.God called for submissions of his reader’s favorite drag queen names… and the answers are truly hysterical. Ophelia Pain Hannah Kronistik Summer Clearance Carlotta Tendant Rita Book Bridget of Madison County Anna Nutherthing Iona Trailer Julie Meewunday Hilda Klime Tara Fying Patty O’Furniture Frieda Peoples Aleekie Roof… named after her mother, Aleekie Tubb

Read on »

A Priceless Quote

Regarding the same-sex marriage ban: “I don’t believe there’s any issue that’s more important than this one,” said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. Note where the guy is from — a state who’s citizens are still displaced all over the country, who had a major U.S. city destroyed last year.

Read on »

Video Game encouraging killing gay people

A description of the new “Left Behind” video game, based on the series of books, the game will be release in October 0f 2006, just in time for Christmas. The synopsis is from the “Talk to Action” website. The game has been previewed at video game exhibitions. Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a

Read on »

Gay People in Iraq sentenced to Death

From the Times Online UK: THE death threat was delivered to Karazan’s father early in the morning by a masked man wearing a police uniform. The scribbled note was brief. Karazan had to die because he was gay. In the new Baghdad, his sexuality warranted execution by the religious militias. The father was told that

Read on »

Study: Lesbians’ Brains React Differently

Via Yahoo News: Lesbians’ brains react differently to sex hormones than those of heterosexual women, new research indicates. That’s in line with an earlier study that had indicated gay men’s brain responses were different from straight men — though the difference for men was more pronounced than has now been found in women. Lesbians’ brains

Read on »

Alabama needs better sex ed classes. Seriously.

The website goodasyou.com pointed out an anti-gay “sex-ed” (no actual education included) pamphlet distributed by an Alabama Middle School that has a quote that literally made me snort soda out of my nose a few minutes ago. These same sex “unions” cannot provide an adequate means of achieving a genuine physical relationship with another human

Read on »

The controversial post about 7th district candidate Kris Kiser

If you’ve been following local politics at all, you may have noticed this little dust-up. Democratic candidate for congress Kris Kiser threatened legal action against a local political blog for a post one of their contributors made about him, alleging some shadiness about his personal life and business dealings when he lived (recently) in Washington

Read on »

Anti-Gay Threat Graffiti at Michigan University

Michigan Technological University had an anti-gay graffiti problem during it’s Pride Week recently. This sort of thing happens fairly often, and it’s easy to gloss over it for that reason… but when you see the language used in the graffiti in these photos, it leaps out as something fairly extreme, and worth calling attention to.

Read on »

The Harrison Center and Anti-Gay Religious Groups

This is extremely disturbing, and not a hoax, despite today’s date. An “Ex-Gay” event will take place in Marion, Indiana, planned and sponsored by a church in our downtown neighborhood — the Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 1505 North Delaware, Indianapolis, IN., which is also home of the The Harrison Center art gallery, run by our

Read on »

Rabbi: Bird Flu Caused by Gays

Yet another natural disaster being blamed on us for no conceivable reason whatsoever: AN outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel is God’s punishment for calls in election ads to legalise gay marriages, according to Rabbi David Basri, a prominent sage preaching Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. “The Bible says that God punishes depravity first through

Read on »

The Soulforce Equality Riders Arrested at Falwell’s “Liberty” University

I mentioned the planned Equality Rides a few weeks ago — modeled after the student “Freedom Riders” of the 1960s who travelled around to centers of intolerance and bigotry, these students are traveling to Universities and military institutions that ban LGBT students. Yesterday, 20 equality ride students were arrested at Jerry Fallwell’s “Liberty” University. LYNCHBURG,

Read on »

e-mail – a tool for good, and for evil

Every once it a while, you get an e-mail that’s so shocking that it could either destroy your soul, or make you a completely better person. Recently I got blind carbon-copied on an exchange a friend of mine had with “respected activist” Marla Randolph Stevens, a former resident of Indiana and former “political activist” here

Read on »

Advance Indiana, Carson’s Challenger, and Ted Fleischaker

Julia Carson is facing a democratic challenger to her office — a gay man, Kris Kiser, with very little political experience. Much of the GLBT community supports Carson, who has been a friend of ours politically and gone to bat on gay issues with no hesitancy whatsoever. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin

Read on »

Quad Cities Censorship

This is an interesting article in the Quad City Times, about a book called “The Misfits” that was banned at the elementary school level in the Quad Cities. “I knew I had all of those signs of being gay, and I couldn’t make sense of it,” said Howe, who wrote “The Misfits,” a book about

Read on »

Laurel Hester Dies

Laurel Hester, the New Jersey woman who fought to get her pension awarded to her female partner died yesterday. She succeeded in making sure that her partner Stacie Andree was able to receive her money and keep their family home, after a long legal battle with county officials.

Read on »

Johnny Weir Dodges the Gay Question

Johnny’s flamboyant, but he’s not officially out… “I think it’s funny that people care,” Weir said before ultimately placing fourth. “I don’t have a problem with people saying anything. People could be saying, ‘Oh, let’s poll about Bode Miller. Let’s poll about Michelle Kwan being a lesbian. It’s not a big deal. Who I sleep

Read on »

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Costs $363.8 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s costs for firing service members for homosexuality under its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were nearly twice as high as a government estimate made last year, an independent commission said on Tuesday. A University of California commission of military experts said it cost at least $363.8 million to implement the

Read on »

Guerilla Marketing Tips

I found this interesting post on how the Chick Tracts nuts suggest distributing their mini hate-comics to the public. The comedic, ironic aspects of Chick Tracts aside, they actually have some interesting guerilla marketing techniques on how to get their message across that could be duplicated, say by a GLBT direct action group in Indianapolis.

Read on »

LGBTQ Youth Equality Ride Across the U.S.

During March and April The Soulforce Equality Ride will be visiting 19 religious and military schools to give voice to those who can not speak up themselves because of oppressive school policies. Many of these schools expell lgbtq students who come out or are outed. At military and religious colleges around the nation, bans on

Read on »

Political Sites I Like

If you’re looking for intelligent stuff about Indiana politics, these guys are great: http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/ http://www.masson.us/blog/ http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/ And on a national level: http://www.democraticunderground.com/ http://www.goodasyou.org/ http://americablog.blogspot.com/ http://www.biggaypicture.com/ http://atrios.blogspot.com/

Read on »

Photos of the Rally at the Statehouse

Marti has photos of yesterday’s Rally at the statehouse, [link deprecated: http://statehouse.transadvocate.com/] from beginning to end. There’s apparently some question of the number of attendees. Fortunately, I know how to count, so I think we can solve the mystery.

Read on »

Anti-Gay Killer’s MySpace profile

Of course you’ve heard about the teenager Jacob Robida who went on a rampage at a gay bar in Massachusetts with an axe and a gun, and who was later killed in a police shootout. Checkout his myspace web page. Too bad none of the people he hurt and killed get to have accolades on

Read on »

Chris Matthews suggests that gay people are burning churches

What the hell? Chris Matthews suggested that gay people are responsible for a series of church burnings that occurred last Thursday in Alabama. See the video of his suggestions (made with out any proof). MATTHEWS: Is there anything in the papers down there where a Baptist church has taken a position on some social issue,

Read on »

Corett Scott King Quotes

“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice,” she said. “But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone

Read on »

The L-Word and Hot Sex (or lack thereof)

While we were watching this weeks episode of The L-Word, (episode 4, season 3) we noted that so far this year, there has been a distinct lack of hot sex such as existed in previous seasons. In the past, the characters were shuckin’ clothes and doing the deed several times an episode, whereas this season

Read on »

Here Is The Big Gay Agenda

I’ve seen humorous takes on “The Gay Agenda” before… in fact I have an example of it on my site. But this recent column from the San Francisco Gate is nicely written: Do you want to know the real gay agenda, what 96.8 percent of all gay couples wish for every single day including Sunday?

Read on »

Human Rights Ordinance Elimination Bill Withdrawn

Representative Thompson withdrew his amendment today to House Bill 1010 which would have eliminated local human rights protections in cities throughout Indiana. The House reconvened at 1:30 pm today. Rep Thompson withdrew his amendment and the House was recessed until 5:30pm tonight. This amendment may be only temporarily dead; it could still be attached to

Read on »

Best Lesbian Erotica 2006 (Best Lesbian Erotica Series)

Best Lesbian Erotica 2006 (Best Lesbian Erotica Series) by Tristan Taormino, Eileen Myles This was better than most lesbian erotica books I’ve read, I have to say. I’m normally not a huge fan of the genre because it’s often so badly written that I can’t suspend my disbelief long enough to go for the ride.

Read on »

ABC kills reality show because winners are gay

The television show “Welcome to the Neighborhood” was supposed to be a huge hit. Seven families compete to win a McMansion on a cul-de-sac in an suburban neighborhood, with the winners being chosen by the neighbors. Turns out, the popular couple who won, by changing the hearts and minds of the redneck republican residents, were

Read on »

Chris Matthews is also a homophobe

Chris Matthews also had this to say about the movie Brokeback Mountain on the Don Imus radio show: MATTHEWS (1/18/06): Have you gone to see it yet? I’ve seen everything else but that. I just— IMUS: No, I haven’t seen it. Why would I want to see that? MATTHEWS: I don’t know. No opinion on

Read on »

More Indiana State Legislature Attacks on Gay People

Bills that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered folks in Indiana: Preference of Marriage Bills House Bill 1335 (Preference for marriage over other relationships) and House Bill 1202 (Preference for marriage; instruction by schools) – Introduced by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) These two bills, would have Indiana law declare that marriage is preferred, encouraged, and

Read on »

IndyStar’s “In Touch” Blog

Read this blog entry from Jocelyn-Tandy Torkwase Adande: An individual’s sexual preference should be a private matter. Recently, the Democratic caucus of the City-County Council attached an ordinance relating to sexual orientation to a human rights bill that also allows 15 percent of all business contracts with the city of Indianapolis to be awarded to

Read on »

Outrageous Firsts in TV History

YesButNoButYes lists controversial first in TV broadcast history. 1947: First Couple to Share a Bed – Mary Kay and Johnny, on…Mary Kay and Johnny 1957: First Toilet on Television. – Leave it to Beaver 1957: First Exposed Rack on Television – Jayne Mansfield, 1957 Academy Awards 1967: First Time the Word Hell was Used on

Read on »

Brokeback Mountain does well at box office

According to the Associated Press, Brokeback Moutain is doing well at the box office in limited release, and may appeal to audiences in wide release as well. The movie is playing here at Keystone Art Cinemas at the Keystone at the Crossing mall. We’re planning on seeing it this evening…

Read on »

Indiana Bill Watch

If you’re at all curious about the Indiana State Legislature, you may find the Bill Watch section of the state’s website interesting. It posts text of the bills that are currently being considered in the State legislature. You can also search for particular bills if you know the number if them, and do keyword searches.

Read on »

Brokeback Mountain opens Wednesday, Dec. 28th

Due to the large box-office success in its limited run, the movie Brokeback Mountain will open in Indianapolis on Wednesday, December 28th at the Keystone Arts Cinema, rather than the originally scheduled mid-January release date. Who wants to go? Stephanie and I are seeing it…

Read on »

Local FBI spying on vegan groups

In another article about the domestic spying on left-wing organizations, this time from the New York Times, the article mentions in passing: One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a “Vegan Community Project.” Wow. If they’re spying on vegetarians in Indy, what do you think they’re doing

Read on »

Prop 622 passed, 15-14

Proposition 622 passed at the City-Council this evening, 15-14. My councilor, Patrice Abduallah voted for the ordinance. And we’re on the fox news at 10 again. I’m very tired, and I’m going to bed.

Read on »

Belief-O-Matic

I discovered this via my friend Mikal… Belief.net has an interesting quiz on personal beliefs about faith and religion.. Here’s how I stack up: 1. Neo-Pagan (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (96%) 3. Liberal Quakers (88%) 4. New Age (87%) 5. Mahayana Buddhism (86%) See how the rest of my beliefs stack up below the jump…

Read on »

New Year’s Resolution: More Gay Sex

Right-wing nutjobs are urging people to “Quit Gay Sex” and promoting a false parallel to news organizations that are urging people to “Quit to Live” smoking. They claim, falsely, that: gay people are in “the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle” and “Life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases among homosexuals are on the increase.” The seem to be

Read on »

Prop 622 passed out of committee; vote to be Monday

Last night, Proposition 622 to amend the Human Rights ordinance passed out of committee by a vote of 5 to 3. It will be voted on in the full committee in a special session on Monday night. I’ll post details of time and room as soon as I hear them. Here are the undecided councilors

Read on »

Prop 622 information and updates

Your help is needed to get the HRO passed and to stop discrimination. Task #1 – – Contact your City-County Councillor and tell him/her that discrimination is wrong and that they should support the HRO amendment. Write, call, phone or all three –just do it. Find out who your Councillor is by calling 327-4242 or

Read on »

City-Council President Steve Talley backs Prop 622

Thanks to the tireless work of Indiana Equality Region 8 (especially Bil Browning, Jerame Davis, Jeff Newman, Seth Kreigh, Gary Welsh and many others including the folks from Greater Indianapolis Fairness Alliance) in getting information and education about anti-gay descrimination to the city-county council, the president of the council, Steve Talley (D) has decided to

Read on »

You’ll need to tell me more before you get my money

I got a fundraising letter from a local gay organization today (quoted below the jump line) in my inbox today… the kind that drives me absolutely bananas. I’ve written it on my site and on the gayindy.org mailing list dozens of times, and I’ll say it again: this is not enough information for me to

Read on »

Great, now I have to buy a new truck

According to the Advocate: The antigay American Family Association claimed a cultural victory on Thursday and called off its threatened boycott of Ford Motor Co. On Friday, Ford spokesman Mike Moran confirmed to Advocate.com that the company will stop advertising its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications but insisted it was strictly a

Read on »

Last night’s City county council meeting about the HRO

Advance Indiana does an excellent job of narrating the action from last night’s city county council meeting, so I won’t duplicate the effort here. If you want to see it for yourself, the committee meeting will be broadcast several times on Channel 16, so haul out your TIVO. I was asked to speak at the

Read on »

Monday December 5th hearing on amending the HRO

I will be at this meeting. Please, please, please come with me, or meet me there. If you’ve never been to the city-county building, it’s very easy to find parking; just east of the building, where Market Square used to stand is a parking lot that charges 3 dollars. You can park there easily. I’ll

Read on »

Oh, no, they did not go there

According to the IndyStar: Leaders from a dozen African-American churches held a prayer vigil today in the City-Council building in advance of an upcoming vote on a proposal to protect gays from discrimination — a proposal the church leaders firmly oppose. Taking turns praying by name for each of the 29 members of the City-County

Read on »

10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

I’m completely ripping off my friend Bil. 1. Homosexuality is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning. 2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall. 3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to

Read on »

Indianapolis’ Human Rights Ordinance

If you have a few minutes to write to your city-county councilors asking them to amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections (aka Proposition 622), please take some time to do so. If you’ve been discriminated against, or if you know someone who has (here’s a hint I

Read on »

Anti-Gay Christians Burn Flag at Bloomington Business

According to the Indiana Daily Student: About 25 members of the Old Paths Baptist Church protested Monday afternoon outside The Inner Chef, chanting anti-gay slogans, burning a gay pride flag and brandishing signs with messages like “Fags Die, God Laughs.” Bobb Easterbrook, a clerk at the store, was the only person working there at the

Read on »

Patricia Miller’s failed Orwell plot

Regarding Indiana’s proposed Orwellian plan to criminalize “unauthorized reproduction”: State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, issued a one-sentence statement this afternoon saying: “The issue has become more complex than anticipated and will be withdrawn from consideration by the Health Finance Commission.” Scott was lamenting yesterday that we look even more like hicks now that the entire

Read on »

Criminal Penalties for women concieving out of wedlock

Yep, that’s what state lawmaker Patricia Miller (R) is proposing legislation for here in Indiana. A bill will be heard by the Health Finance Commission intended to restrict any form of “assisted reproduction” defined as “causing pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse, including intrauterine insemination, donation of an egg, donation of an embryo, in-vitro

Read on »

Arnold vetos gay marriage bill

From Reuters: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would allow gay marriage in the state of California. Now, I’m confused. First the right-wing tells us that the “activist judges” aren’t allowed to rule on gay marriage laws, saying the laws have to be written by congress, the body elected to represent the will of

Read on »

Job Posting: Executive Director, Indiana Youth Group, Inc.

If you know anyone qualified for this position, please pass this along. Indiana Youth Group is a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender youth agency with a 15 year history in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Executive Director (ED) is a member of a two-person management team directly responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission. The ED and the Operations Director

Read on »

Indianapolis City Council figures it out

When an amendment to the city’s Human Rights Ordinance was proposed to the city council last year which would introduce protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, the council was bombarded with e-mail from the religious right — most of it from outside of Indianapolis, and some of it from even outside the state of

Read on »

The Normality of Gay Marriages

A New York Times opinion piece: There’s nothing like a touch of real-world experience to inject some reason into the inflammatory national debate over gay marriages. Take Massachusetts, where the state’s highest court held in late 2003 that under the State Constitution, same-sex couples have a right to marry. The State Legislature moved to undo

Read on »

Schwarzenegger will veto equal marriage rights bill

Apparently, the will of the people won’t prevail after all. Governor Schwarzenegger is promising to veto the equal marriage rights bill that was just passed in the California legislature. So let me get this straight… we can’t take our civil rights issues to court, because when the courts make a ruling, they’re called “activist judges”

Read on »

Which Asshole Conservative Response Is Your Favorite?

Pandagon lists all the typical Conservative responses. Here are just a couple: Religious Conservative: God hates faggots and the rich white unmarried college kids who travel down to the French Quarter every year to drink, carouse, and deposit various genital secretions on or in each other. Thus, he killed a bunch of straight black people

Read on »

California Legislature Passes Same-Sex Marriage

From the San Francisco Gate: Sacramento — The state Assembly, in a stunning victory for the gay rights movement, approved a landmark bill allowing same-sex marriage Tuesday night and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The measure, which passed with no votes to spare, marks the first time that a legislative body in the United

Read on »

Catholic Church moves to ban gay priests

The Pope is considering banning gay men from becoming priests and removing priests who are gay from service. Interesting on so many levels, really. My thoughts: I wonder when they’re going to remove all the lesbian nuns. The pedophile scandals will continue, because the priests molesting kids aren’t gay, and the gay priests aren’t molesting

Read on »

Juliet and Juliet

Apparently, Boston’s famous swan couple are a same-sex couple. Testing recently revealed that the swans who have been promoted by the city as a Shakespearean romantic dream are actually both female. How very appropriate. This, however, is not: ”Each year when the swans go in, the kids immediately come to us and say, ‘Which one’s

Read on »

Gender Roles

There are lots of things that I like that are traditionally considered feminine. For example: big poofy white wedding dresses. There are lots of things of things that I like that are traditionally considered masculine. Like pipe tobacco smoke (which is because I have memories of my dad smoking a pipe when I was a

Read on »

“Outing” Revisited

Way back in March of 1998, I wrote a long article/essay/diatribe on the subject of “outing” people. Reading it today, I realize it wasn’t as much about “outing” people as it was about complaining about prevalence of opportunistic gay people who stay in the closet to prey on people who are out while avoiding the

Read on »

Homophobia in the News

Gay teenager forced by parents to go into a “sexual re-orientation” camp to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Nevermind that all licensed, legitimate psychological and psychiatric professionals say it isn’t possible to change sexual orientation because it isn’t a disease. Read Salon’s four part expose on these “ex-gay” camps. The New York Pizza Depot in

Read on »

Ken Mehlman needs to resign, too

Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman (and closeted homo), speaking in Puerto Rico, said there was no need to apologize because “what Karl Rove said is true.” White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, asked about the Rove dispute on CNN, noted, “We have seen pretty hot rhetoric from both sides of the aisle lately.” Again,

Read on »

City-County council member Virginia Cain

Advance Indiana has a very interesting in-depth article on homophobe and city-county council member Virginia Cain. Among her choice quotes: Homosexuals have a shorter life span, are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, experience serious bouts of depression and even suicide…. Thus, we need to help those who are entrapped in any kind of unhealthy lifestyle.

Read on »

Rep. Espich on supporting bigotry: “I sure do!”

Representative Jeff Espich (R 82) was asked, “You don’t support bigotry do you, Sir?” His reply? “I sure do!” There were around 150 people protesting against House Speaker Brian Bosma’s Beer Bash for Cash last night at the Rathskeller in the Antheaneum, and my partner Stephanie and I were two of them. The problem with

Read on »

Not in Our Neighborhood!

Brian Bosma, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and one of Indiana’s leading opponent of GLBT rights, is holding his annual “Junetoberfest” campaign fundraiser on Monday, June 13th at the Rathskellar Biergarten, right in the heart of Massachusetts Avenue, in an area whose revitalization was driven by the GLBT community. Bosma is apparently willing

Read on »

Anti-Gay Cross Burnings in Durham, NC

Durham, North Carolina had three cross burnings last night, that are apparently anti-gay related. The seem to be in response to a production of the Laramie Project, and also targeting a gay-friendly church, although none of the news outlets are willing to make that connection, except the pastor of the church, who mentioned it as

Read on »

Orson Scott Card

Aw, man. I suspected when we were reading Ender’s Game for my book club that mormon Orson Scott Card was a conservative nutjob. Turns out he is indeed: he actually writes an article attempting to rehabilitate the Sith and the dark side, claiming that the Jedis are the force of evil, not Darth Vader. That

Read on »

right-wing nutjob school

I had no idea something like this existed — Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute is a school for conservatives that teaches them how to rig elections and engage in dirty politics. Among it’s graduates: Karl Rove, the man who runs the White House, and his boyfriend, gay prostitute/fake journalist Jeff Gannon. No wonder the religious right

Read on »

The Top 10 Conservative Idiots (No. 199)

Hip, Hip… Hypocrisy! Edition I’ve been pointing out Republican hypocrisy for quite a while now — Democratic Underground covers the recent blatant examples of it. The upshot is that pretty much any conservative who lectures on “family” values is either gay, a wife beater, a child molester or a white collar criminal. Because for them

Read on »

Isn’t that precious?

Apparently some fine folks in Arizona are traveling around the state in a nice “Please Hate Homos” semi-trailer truck called the “Marriage Mobile.” Beautiful. Why not just stick a nice burning cross on the top of that thing, and make it complete? If you take a good look at the statistics about gay marriage in

Read on »

$2 Bills Rock Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality announced today their statewide $2 bill campaign. The campaign, which began two weeks ago with a saturation period, will last through the summer. “Because of the vast discrimination that is being wielded against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers, we feel it is important to send a message

Read on »

Catholics refuse communion to people who support gays

According to an AP story, A priest in St. Paul, Minnesota denied communion to more than 100 parisioners on Sunday because they wore rainbow color sashes in support of gay and lesbian Catholics. A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore

Read on »

How Gay Is The Religious Right?

Very, very gay, according to Frank Rich in the New York Times, who gives us a nice overview of several anti-gay religious zealots have been outed as leading secret gay lives. We’ve been saying it for years, and it’s finally showing in the papers — people who protest too much have something to hide.

Read on »

What’s Your Kinsey Number?

I think the number on this quiz is probably right, but the quiz itself isn’t the actual Kinsey quiz, just so you know if you plan on taking it. Your Kinsey Number is 5.7 Predominantly Homosexual, Incidentally Heterosexual What’s Your Kinsey Number? More Great Quizzes from Quiz Diva

Read on »

I wanted to be a Darwinist, but I wasn’t selected

If you’re following the news at all, you’ve read that Kansas is having a second Scopes Monkey trial wherein they’re planning on teaching creationism in the classroom as a form of science. In 1999, Kansas decided to drop the teaching of evolution in the classroom (this decision has since been reversed). But today the Kansas

Read on »

I really want to be proud of where I live

But it’s really hard to do when my elected officials embarrass the crap out of me every time I turn around. Turns out the Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar are both at the top of the list of politicians who take sleazy free vacations from lobbyists. Way to represent, guys. And because I was in

Read on »

Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#194)

This week’s list covers several issues of personal interest to me… the “Day of Truth” crap, Eric Rudolph’s nutjob anti-gay statements: “with force if necessary.” (Really, Eric? I can fight fire with fire), anti-gay nutjob Arthur Finkelstein’s gay marriage, and Jeff “Defense of Marriage” Miller’s adulterous behavior, which makes yet another addition to the right-wing

Read on »

Bash a Fag For Jesus

Shoot, yesterday was the National Day of Silence, and I missed blogging about it. This is a project where high school students, to protest the harrassment and bullying that gay and lesbian teenagers experience at school every day, choose to go through their day without speaking. Started in 1998, it’s swelled into a nationally recognized

Read on »

The Pope

I pray that God bless and care for the Pope and ease his suffering, and forgive him for persecuting gay people. Pope John Paul II in Failing Health

Read on »

What? No Christian Terrorists?

Of course they don’t consider Christian Terrorists like bomber Eric Rudolph and the Anthrax killer “Terrorists.” Because these are the people who give money to Republican election campaigns. Can’t offend the people who put you in office, even if they do blow shit up and kill democrats and gay people. The Department of Homeland Security

Read on »

Uncyclopedia

I have found a new place to spend unearthly amounts of time reading and writing and amusing myself no end. Like I needed another place like that. I love technology. Technology is the best. I pity the Amish. And people from the olden days. They had no technology. They must have been very sad. And

Read on »

Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays

This is truly frightening. Not letting us get married is one thing, but refusing to provide health care to gay people is chilling, nazi-esque “load up the trains” behavior. Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan

Read on »

Judge rules California marriage law is unconstitutional

According to the Associate Press: SAN FRANCISCO — A Superior Court judge has ruled that California’s law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The lawsuits were brought by the city of San Francisco and a dozen same-sex couples last March, after the California Supreme Court halted the four-week

Read on »

We Kissed Inside The Statehouse

Photo Set: 2005 Rally Against SJR-7 We had a wonderful, successful rally at the Indiana Statehouse yesterday! Hundreds of people showed up with extraordinary signs to protest the SJR7 legislation. We were getting people’s contact information, and of the people who agreed to sign up, we got 757 contact addresses. That was about 3/4ths of

Read on »

Statehouse Rally for Equal Marriage Rights – March 8

In response to the State Legislature’s current bill (SJR 7) seeking to limit equal marriage rights for same-sex couples by amending the constitution, gay rights advocates and their friends and families are planning a Rally/Silent Protest at the east steps of the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, March 8 at 11 a.m. to protest this piece

Read on »

PARODY of the "Citizens Concerned for the Constitution" Logo

Eric Miller’s right-wing anti-LGBTQ+ hate group “Advance America” used to be called “Citizens Concerned for the Constitution.” This group has spent years lobbying in the Indiana State legislature on anti-LGBTQ+ legal issues intended to marginalize and eliminate LGBTQ+ folks from Indiana’s population. These are the folks that introduced legislation in the 1990s to get LGBTQ+

Read on »

Rock Indiana Counter Rally Key Information

WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT TIME? Tuesday, March 8th at the State House – Capitol Ave. East steps (facing Capitol Ave.) From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parking will be a free for all, but Circle Center Garage may offer the best option. Carpool if you can. Make it as fun as possible – under the

Read on »

Same-Sex Marriage – That Happy Golden Feeling

Just a reminder of what was going on last year at this time… In S.F., debate on gay nuptials marked by joy “Boston and San Francisco are often compared for their similarities. But of the two cities that bookended a historic week in the debate on gay marriage, I know which place I’d rather have

Read on »

Indiana Democrats Admit They Have No Principles

In response to criticism that several local Democratic candidates took money from gay rights organizations in Indiana, and then came out with policy stances against gay rights during the election, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Kip Tew had this to say: “The race was about winning. I will not allow us to go down without a

Read on »

Gay Toronto Tourism

Just linking to this for future reference. Toronto, of course, is in Ontario, where same-sex couples have marriage equality. Also, Information about winter in Toronto. Lots of ice skating. 2014 Update: we got married in Toronto on June 4, 2008.

Read on »

Republicans Dress Up as Gay Outside Florida Polls

In an attempt to discourage black voters from voting Democrat on Sunday, Republicans dressed up as “gay” and “abortion rights” advocates and held provocative signs outside polling places as black voters went to the polls after Church this Sunday. Read more about other Republican voter suppression tactics here: REPUBLICAN PARTY DECEIVING VOTERS IN WEST VIRGINIA

Read on »

Ohio’s Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Salon Magazine has an article on Ohio’s anti-marriage equality amendment, which will be on Nov. 3rds. The measure goes beyond simply disallowing same-sex marriage arrangements, and potentially invalidates all legal agreements between a same-sex couple, including child custody agreements, wills, and power of attorney. Ten other states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North

Read on »

Voter Fraud should be more important than Mary Cheney

Despite the fact that the allegations of voter fraud by the Republican party are exploding around the country, the media and the Republicans are still making the hot story Kerry’s mention of Mary Cheney. Dick Cheney and the Republican party are still having fits that Kerry discussed Dick’s “openly gay for 10 years” daughter who

Read on »

Mary Cheney

Because Kerry once again won the debate last night, the only thing the Republicans have to hammer him on is his reference to Mary Cheney as being a lesbian. Apparently, they’re all wigging out about this, for some strange reason, as though mentioning it were a bad thing, or some big secret. WHAT KERRY SAID:

Read on »

HoYay

One of my favorite things about the really stellar website Television Without Pity is that most shows have a HoYay forum. It’s fun reading what the recappers thought of my favorite shows, but it’s even more fun reading what other gay people think of my favorite shows. Especially when people in the forums link to

Read on »

Alan Keyes’ Daughter Is Outed

Remember Alan Keyes, the homophobic senate candidate from Illinois, who said during the RNC that Mary Cheney was a “Selfish Hedonist” and gave a long diatribe on how gay people are evil? Well.. his daughter Maya Keyes is an out lesbian with a website. Of course, she got scared and took it down when he

Read on »

Jimmy Swaggart, you’re a wuss

Jimmy Swaggart thinks he’s some sort of bad ass, threatening to kill a gay man: “In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay marriage when he said, “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me

Read on »

Bigotry and anti-gay hate at the Republican National Convention

Pastor Donnie McClurkin will be performing at the Republican National Convention. Among other things, McClurkin thinks homosexuality is a “curse,” that it’s caused by men raping small children, that being gay is a choice, that it can be cured, and most explosively, that gays are trying to “kill our children.” He’s come to those conclusions

Read on »

“Boycott for Equality” and “Shut It Down”

Boycott for Equality is calling for gay and lesbian people to drop out of the United States economy on October 8th to demonstrate that we are vital and important members of our communities with significant economic presence. There are three elements to the boycott: No Work, No Purchases and No Cell Phones. In New York,

Read on »

Salon Article: Republicans Adjust Strategy to Target Gay Marriage

Because of the erosion of support from independents and from moderate Republicans, Salon reports that Karl Rove’s new strategy is to energize evangelical Christians for the election. His choice of tool: The anti-gay marriage amendment. so they’re coming after me, y’all. The White House’s strategy for winning the votes of evangelicals has several components. It

Read on »

Bush Renews Call to Ban Gay Marriage

I want this man out of my White House. At the very least, the man needs to go back to high school and take a damned civics course, so he can remember how the government, especially the judiciary, is supposed to work. From the Indianapolis Star: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Bush on Monday renewed

Read on »

Massachusetts Performs First Legal Gay Marriages

Ahhh, love. Isn’t it grand? Have I mentioned recently that I expect my whole family to vote Democrat this year?? Via Reuters: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Two women were among the first gay couples to be legally married on Monday and hundreds more waited for their turn to make history as Massachusetts became the only

Read on »

Two Indianapolis men sentenced for killing trans teen, friend

From the Indianapolis Star on the death of Nireah Johnson and the sentencing of her killers: Two Indianapolis men declared their innocence today even as a judge sentenced them to prison for killing a cross-dressing teen and his female friend. Superior Court Judge Robert Altice sentenced Paul Moore to a combined 120 years in prison

Read on »

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO – Opponents of gay marriage went to court Friday to stop an extraordinary act of ongoing civil disobedience in which San Francisco has issued nearly 100 marriage licenses to gay couples. Weddings were continuing Friday and over the long holiday weekend, despite the effort by the Campaign for California

Read on »

Gay Gatherings Removed from Video Footage at Lincoln Memorial

According to 365 Gay News: (Washington, D.C.) All images of gay gatherings at national sites, including the Millennium March on the Washington Mall have been ordered removed from videotapes that have been shown at the Lincoln Memorial since 1995 according to a civil service group. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says that the directive

Read on »

In Defense Of Biblical Marriage

The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to: “Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With any forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God’s Word and His standards will be honored by

Read on »

The royal gay sex scandal

You can read the actual alleged details here in the Toronto Star and also more here in Scotsman.com news. I remember reading some allegations like this years ago, but they didn’t specify Charles as being the royal involved, they just said “an immediate member of the royal family” and I just guessed that was probably

Read on »

Recent News Headlines

I was having a conversation recently with someone from work, who said that they thought things were getting much better for gay people in America and they felt that there are no real incidences of homophobia any more. For their benefit, these news headlines from the past week. Conservative Supreme Court justice ridicules sodomy ruling

Read on »

Entertaining Hate Mail I’ve Received

This was posted on Here Is The Big Gay Agenda and I removed it to not give them a pingback and pulled it up to address it separately. Hate to say it, but your [sic] wrong. If the homosexual community wanted to be left alone then they should have just shut up years ago. People

Read on »

More on The Murdered Indianapolis Trans Teen

From the Indy Star: An initial hearing in the case of the teen’s murder was held for an Indianapolis man who has been arrested for the murder of Gregory Johnson and his friend Brandie Coleman. According to the hearing, the gun belonging to Paul Anthony Moore, 20, was matched to the bullets that killed the

Read on »

The Magdalene Sisters Documentary

I wrote a few months back about the Magdelene Laundries – In Mid-20th Century Ireland (until the last one closed in 1996), the Catholic Church ran commercial laundries, run by nuns, that were essentially prisons for wayward girls, who were deposited there by their families when they became pregnant, got in trouble or otherwise upset

Read on »

Supreme Court Strikes Down Sodomy Laws

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could punish homosexuals for what such laws historically called deviant sex. Laws forbidding homosexual sex, once universal, now are

Read on »

Top ten queerest straight people

Via the New York Press: “New York’s 10 queerest straight folk.” As more and more gay men and lesbians strive to become virtually normal—married, house in the suburbs, 2.5 children and wood-paneled station wagon—it’s worth pointing out that heterosexuals possessing queerness probably exhibit more tendencies once thought of as “gay” than many gay people. …

Read on »

Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#113)

Courtesy Democratic Underground. In which Bill O’Reilly threatens to shoot Al Franken because Franken is smarter than he is and made him look bad at a book expo. Aw, poor Bill. Also, the Catholic church accuses gay people of hate crimes for kissing. Gee, that’s so similar to Matt Shepard being beaten to death and

Read on »

Santorum is an idiot, part 2

Read the full remarks he made to the Associated Press here. They are more shocking than the edited quotes that appeared elsewhere. This man should not be in a leadership position in a political party.

Read on »

Top Ten Jerry Falwell Pet Peeves About TV

10. Angels Shouldn’t Go Around "Touching" Anyone 9. Mister Rogers’ sissy loafers. 8. "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane" are lesbian, gay, gay and lesbian. 7. Bastards at MTV didn’t even look at my "Road Rules" audition tape. 6. If you don’t pay the bill on time, Playboy channel gets all fuzzy. 5. Fox won’t even

Read on »

Dear Dr. Laura

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

Read on »

The Batty Hymn of the Repugnant

Mine eyes have seen the Teletubby and his cutsey little purse. He wears a purple outfit, and, dear friends, what’s even worse, He doesn’t scratch or spit or belch, He doesn’t even curse. What kind of guy is he?

Read on »

Onion: Newly Out Gay Man

I could make a big fat list of guys I know who are just like this…. Newly Out Gay Man Overdoing It PENSACOLA, FL—Calling his flamboyant air and effeminate mannerisms “a bit forced,” friends of recently out-of-the-closet homosexual Mark Glynn, 23, say he’s overdoing it. “When Mark first told us he was gay, everybody was

Read on »

Drag Kings

DC Drag Kings — Lucky Dog Productions – DK The Kings of the World – NYC The Kingz – Denver The Drag Kings of Club Casanova – NYC Madkats! – where Drag is King!

Read on »

Relationships and the Importance of Gay Marriage

This article in the New York Times, in a nutshell, explains what I’ve been saying for 15 years about why it is important for gay and lesbian people to be allowed to get married. “Marriage, for instance, isn’t just about the relationship of two people. Other people have to recognize the couple as a couple.

Read on »

enough rainbows!

I have to say, even though it’s probably politically incorrect, that I’m really sick of rainbow crap. I certainly don’t want to hide the fact that I’m gay. But I don’t think I need tacky tchotckes and knick-nacks anymore to let everyone know that I am. I still have my first March on Washington t-shirt

Read on »

Liza Minnelli’s Wedding

So what’s the deal with people freaking out that Liza Minelli married a gay man? So? Her mother married a gay man. Her grandmother married a gay man. It’s a family tradition. Leave them alone. I think it’d be weird if Liza married a straight guy.

Read on »

Rosie Comes Out

“They’re saying I’m not gay enough. They say I lied because I said I love Tom Cruise. I do love Tom Cruise. What do I have to do, have sex with Angelina Jolie on TV?” — Rosie O’Donnell, lashing out at people who quibble with her coming-out technique at a benefit for ovarian cancer in

Read on »

Gay People Blamed for Enron

And if it’s not enough that the right-wing nutjobs are trying to kill us and attempting to steal our children away, now they are blaming gay people for the fall of Enron Corporation. Enron was YOU GUYS. Republicans. With all your deregulation, and your corporate welfare, and tax breaks for the rich, and thwarting campaign

Read on »

parental rights of gay people

Okay, time for another rant, on the subject of gay people getting their children taken away from them: I have reproductive organs, I’m going to use them, and I don’t give a flying god damn what anyone thinks about it. I’m a lesbian, I’m going to have kids, I’m going to raise them well, and

Read on »

executing gay people

I’ve pointed out to my family members, at various times, that there are people who want to kill me, and that these people have connections to the Republicans they keep putting into office, but I don’t think they’ve ever taken me very seriously. “Let us give thanks,” Army of God “chaplain” Rev. Michael Bray proclaimed

Read on »

Local Political Organizing

I got an e-mail yesterday from a woman I know who’s on the board of directors of an organization I used to do volunteer work for. She was objecting to something I wrote here in my journal. The e-mail was titled “I’m disappointed” and in it, she chastised me for expressing some opinions about some

Read on »

Andrew Sullivan and “private behavior”

Joan Walsh says in regards to Andrew Sullivan: “It seems as if there’s a brand-new, very simple standard for when the private behavior of a public figure is news: when he or she writes something that makes enemies.” No, that’s not a fair characterization of what Signorile or others said. Your private behavior becomes newsworthy

Read on »

Bank seizes HIV, AIDS donations to AIDServe Indiana

According to Gina Barton, the Indianapolis Star [link deprecated: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/indystar/access/1914935211.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Feb+22%2C+2001&author=GINA+BARTON&pub=Indianapolis+Star&edition=&startpage=A.1&desc=Bank+seized+HIV%2C+AIDS+donations” title=”Indy Star Article Archives”]: Nearly $175,000 worth of donations for people with HIV and AIDS was seized by Fifth Third Bank to pay off the debts of AIDServe Indiana, a troubled statewide agency that closed in November. The money, raised at the annual AIDS walk

Read on »

Young Americans

The summer season of the WB’s show “Young Americans” ended last night. This is, certainly, one of the strangest shows I’ve seen on TV It’s almost a homoerotic wet dream with dozens of gorgeous, doe-eyed, apple-cheeked, buffed young men running around at an all-boys pre-ivy league prep school. Almost homo. They try to clean it

Read on »

Gay/Straight Marriages and the Georges tragedy

This is in regards to Ruth Holladay’s recent column on the Georges murder tragedy. (excerpted below) I think we as a community, and Ruth Holladay, need to separate our issues here, because we’re talking about several different issues as though they’re a single issue. We’re talking about people, regardless of their orientation, being honest with

Read on »

Gay National Anthems 1939-1979 (vol. 1)

By Steph Mineart, Doug Feller for the The Millenium March on Washington 01 – Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland – Wizard of Oz Soundtrack 02 – Cry – Johnnie Ray 03 – Secret Love – Doris Day 04 – The Man That Got Away – Judy Garland with Ray Heindorf & Orchestra 05 –

Read on »

A Family By Choice

By Kathleen Schuckel Reprinted from The Indianapolis Star INDIANAPOLIS (Sun. Jan. 9, 2000) — Butch Kimmerling adopted his 8-year-old foster child to keep her from becoming a gay man’s daughter. Kimmerling, 52, is now accused of molesting the little girl, and has admitted it. Even as Kimmerling prepares to go to court soon on 10

Read on »

Anti-Gay Hate Crime Legislation

To my esteemed legislators: When I was in college in August of 1989, I was raped. My rapist picked me out in a gay bar, followed me home, and came back to next night to attack me in my home. He did this because I am a lesbian, and he felt he was “teaching me

Read on »

Gay Indy Mailing List

On the bright side – I saw two movies this past weekend – Dogma and Run Lola Run. Both were good. On the dark side – It surprises me sometimes what other people find to be important. I say this because I’m on the GayIndy mailing list, and it’s kind of a joke. The mailing

Read on »

On the Subject of “Outing”

The phrases “in the closet,” “coming out” and “outing” are euphemisms for lying about your sexual orientation, or telling the truth about it. They’re phrases I dislike, because they allow people to rationalize away the fact that “staying in the closet” is a fundamental dishonesty. It’s much easier to say, “I’m not out yet at

Read on »

Families Never Sought Gay Men Found Dead On Estate

By Ken Kusmer / Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — From rural communities across Indiana, young gay men have moved to the big city, leaving behind their families to find a place where they could openly express their sexuality. When some of them began disappearing, no one came looking for them. Years later, at least four gay

Read on »

Same-Sex Marriage

The biggest fallacy in this debate is the belief that gay men and lesbians aren’t able to get married right now. Not only are there thousands of married gay and lesbian couples, they’ve been getting married for decades. There are several aspects to marriage; among them a legal aspect, a religious aspect, a social aspect,

Read on »