23 Jun 2011

Troubling Tax Issues for Illinois Civil Unions Arise: Why Separate is Never Equal

Opponents of full marriage equality for same-sex couples often ask why the LGBT community can’t simply be happy with separate institutions and groupings of rights like civil unions and domestic partnerships.  Illinois recently became one such state to move to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with

12 Nov 2010

Disillusionment & Consequences: Moving Equality Forward After Setbacks

Now that a little time has passed after the midterm elections, it’s time for us to pick ourselves up and figure out how to move forward in a very different political climate. There has been much talk about voter disillusionment with the Democrats, especially in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, &

10 Nov 2010

Wedding Announcement Gets Lesbian Fired From Illinois Catholic University

Benedictine University doesn’t mind you being gay.  Really.  As long as you don’t tell anyone. Administrator Laine Tadlock, who was director of the education program at Benedictine, was forced from her job from the Catholic university in Springfield, Illinois after a local paper, The State Journal-Register, published her wedding announcement

04 Nov 2010

Waiting for Rights Never Works

It’s been a common mantra coming from the Democratic Party, the Obama Administration, large beltway equality groups like the Human Rights Campaign, and many others for years: just be patient and wait.  We’ll get to you and your basic civil rights eventually, but we’re a little busy.  Stop griping and

31 Aug 2010

New Gay Street Beat Podcast Talks the New Documentary “Bullied”, LGBT Youth, Media, & More

I was back on the new LGBT podcast “Gay Street Beat” this week for their latest edition and wanted to share it with all of you!  Be sure to download it free on iTunes or listen to it on the website and hear all the informative interviews & news.  

19 Jul 2010

The War on Intellectualism Pt. 2: Mainstream Media Madness

When I last touched on the issue of the intentional dumbing down of the American Public, I took aim at the Republican Party during 2008’s Presidential election.  It seemed the new “culture war” or wedge issue in the election was intelligence, with cries of Folksy Appeal, Joe Six-pack, Too Professorial,

18 Jul 2010

Gay Georgia Teen Starts Group to Help LGBT Youth

Derrick Martin, the gay teenager from Georgia who was inspired by the anti-gay prom cancellation story out of Mississippi and asked to bring another boy to prom, has turned his experience into a project to help other LGBT youth in crisis.  Readers may remember that while his prom request was

08 Jul 2010

You’ve Got (Hate) Mail: ‘When Tea Baggers Attack’ Edition

I sometimes judge the impact I’m having on the world by the amount of hate mail or threats I get. It’s a way of making something that could be disturbing into something positive. Plus, they make for a great scrapbook. Or a lovely decoupage side table to put my cosmo

07 Jul 2010

New Questions Around Uganda Beheading, but Situation for LGBTs Remains the Same

It appears that some of the details about the motivation behind the violent beheading of Pasikali Kashusbe and his connection to LGBT rights group Integrity Uganda are still very much in question.  A story that some connected to the beheading, the apparent disappearance of a Rev. Henry Kayizzi Nsubuga after

06 Jul 2010

A Call for Violence Answered in Uganda: Gay Activist Found Beheaded

There’s disturbing and sad news out of Uganda today.  The severed head of Ugandan LGBT rights activist Pasikali Kashusbe was found in a latrine on a farm in Uganda.  Pasikali and his partner Abbey are youth workers with Integrity Uganda, a Ugandan LGBT rights group.  The two organized young LGBT