Month: September 2009

The Face of Hatred – A Hate Crime Survivor

Michael was beaten on August 14, 2009. I can’t say it better than Michael:

“I thought it was very important that I do this video right away because I need to let people know that even though there is that much hatred in the world, I will continue to do good things for people.”


September 29, 2009 1

Vandals Attempt to Silence Pro-LGBT Messages.

Former marine, Tim Smith, is one of the many who have risked their life to defend this country’s freedom. However, in spite of his heroism, he was discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. Having served in the marines, Tim Smith is no stranger to fighting. Rather than just roll over in the face of his discharge, he chose to become the face for a Memphis area billboard.


September 28, 2009 2

Gearing up for the National Equality March: 11 Things You Can Do.

The National Equality March is just around the calendar corner, Sunday, October 11, 2009, in Washington D.C. Actually, there are events planned all weekend.

We know that there are many people who are going to the march. We also know that there are many people who would like to go to the Equality March but can’t. Either the timing is bad, they can’t afford it, or it’s too difficult to make the trip.

There are still ways that you can help. This message is for everyone, gay or straight. In honor of the eleventh of October, which is also Coming Out day, we have eleven ideas for you. Because ten ideas is so straight.


September 28, 2009 0

National Equality March Song Competition Finalists: Vote Now!

The National Equality March is fast approaching. Organizers launched the National Equality March Song Contest weeks ago and four finalists have been chosen and I must say the finalists are as diverse as our community. In them you’ll here the influence of show tunes, blues, jazz and new age.

Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite. Voting will end at 5:00 p.m. PST on October 1, 2009. You may vote via YouTube or Facebook simply by rating the song on YouTube or giving it a thumbs up/thumbs down on Facebook.

Congratulations to all finalists. Great songs! [songs after the jump]


September 24, 2009 1

Closet Talk: Nathan and Johnnie Discuss the Atlanta Eagle Bar Raid

In a scene reminiscent of this summers bar raid in Ft. Worth, Texas, on September 10, 2009, police raided the Eagle in Atlanta after an anonymous complaint from a neighboring residential building claimed the bar was promoting public sex and drug use. Police entered the bar and made patrons lay on the floor, some for over an hour, while they illegally searched their pockets and refused to state why they were detaining the bar goers. Since the raid, many rumors have found their way into the conservative and liberal blogosphere.

Witnesses Nicholas and Johnnie joined me on Closet Talk to discuss the raid, the reaction and what was said. Johnnie confirmed perhaps one of the most terrible comments overheard by police which I had hoped was a sick rumor: “… this is more fun than raiding niggers on crack.”


September 24, 2009 0

Join In and Spread the <3 | 1st Annual Nationwide You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project

Starting at noon on October 5th and ending one week later on October 12th, students at colleges and high schools across the country will write messages of love and equality on sidewalks using chalk. The timing is meant to coincide with Coming Out Day, which is October 11th.The students at Drew University started a tradition of writing messages of equality and love to LGBT individuals. Jen Dugan has taken on spreading this tradition to other schools, creating the 1st Annual Nationwide You-Are-Loved Chalk Message Project.


September 22, 2009 2

Maine No On 1 Campaign: You Can Help From Home – No Credit Card Required

Perhaps the most annoying thing about helping protect marriage equality has been the state by state battles. The LGBT community at large has human resources available, but many of us can’t just get on a plane and fly to Washington, Maine or California to help our brothers and sisters.

Protect Maine Equality has come up with a wonderful way for all LGBT people in the U.S. – and I suppose even abroad, to help fight against those that oppose full civil equality – virtual phone bank!


September 22, 2009 1

Why My Driver’s License is More Powerful than a Marriage License

I love my driver’s license. It gives me the ability to get in a car and go just about anywhere in the United States. It’s gotten me on board aircrafts to virtually every state in this great country. I’ve seen the big sky of Montana and the roaring waters of Niagara, in large part, thanks to my driver’s license.

My driver’s license has a state seal on it, bearing the markings of the State of Texas and it has a 10 year old picture of me on it (shh, don’t tell the DMV!).


September 21, 2009 5

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Gays are the Most Vengeful, Hateful Segment of the Population

Carrie Prejean recently claimed that God chose her to stand up for her Christian values which include reducing human rights to theocratic laws. But Carrie Prejean, in spite of all the stupid things she’s said about the gays, is not the subject of this Stupid Things People Say About Gays.

Instead, it’s one of her supporters, “ES165,” who wrote this in response to Carrie’s push for theocracy:

“She [Carrie Prejean] simply disagrees with one of the most vengeful, hateful segments of our population. This is not her story, it’s about how hypocritical the extreme left and gay population are. Their relentless attacks are totally despicable.”


September 21, 2009 1

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: All Pornography is Gay Porn.

Today, I opened up one of my favorite blogs in my feed, Foolocracy to discover something I’d missed. My instincts were to smack myself in the head and declare myself a bad gay blogger for letting this wonderfully perfect “Stupid Thing People Say About Gays” nearly slip past me. But instead of focusing on my inadequacies, I thought I would first give Glenn Church, author at Foolocracy, a few praises. He is an exceptional political blogger and I always find his humor and insight refreshing.


September 20, 2009 3