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BTB nominated for GLAAD award

Timothy Kincaid

January 22nd, 2015

So, little Turtlers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has released the nominees for its Media Awards. And there’s this:

GLAAD nomination

As you can see, we are among excellent company and are honored to be nominated.

Happy Chanukah

Timothy Kincaid

November 27th, 2013

My apologies

Timothy Kincaid

March 12th, 2013

I know that I’ve not contributed much at Box Turtle Bulletin recently. I’ve wanted to and there have been some stories to discuss, but I have been crazy busy at work lately. I hope to get a chance to start back up again soon.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Timothy Kincaid

May 25th, 2012

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, whatever it may offer.

* Navy recruitment poster by JC Leyendecker, 1917

I’m taking a break

A Commentary

Timothy Kincaid

May 1st, 2012

I know that my opinions are not popular in the gay blog-reading community and that my views are not shared by more than a quarter to a third of those who identify as Gay or Lesbian. But lately the criticism has become very personal in nature and very hurtful.

I really need to have a brief period where I don’t log on every day to be subjected to personal abuse. Frankly, it’s getting to me. So I’m taking some time off.

A brief hello from Timothy

Timothy Kincaid

September 12th, 2011

Hi guys.

Perhaps some of you noticed that I have not made much contribution to BTB in the past month. It isn’t because I’ve been captured by space aliens, joined an ex-gay ministry, or even been feuding with Jim. I’ve just been very very busy with my real job and have barely had time to even read the site, much less formulate opinion or research an issue.

I’ll be back. I promise.

And in the meanwhile, thank you to the other site contributors for the truly excellent coverage of events, presentation of stories that simply are not told anywhere else, and fair-minded analysis of what all of this means both to us personally and in context of the Culture War that rages over whether or not gay humans should be treated like other humans.



Timothy Kincaid

June 8th, 2011

Welcome to those joining us from CNN or from other links. Many of you are here to read the details of our investigation into Kirk Murphy’s life and you can find the report here. We invite you to stay and join the BTB community.

As many of you know, Box Turtle Bulletin has been down for the past several hours. Although moved to a dedicated server, the traffic was in excess of our capabilities. While this has been extremely frustrating to us, it is also testament of the importance of Kirk Murphy’s story.

Thank you for your patience.

A message to Jim Burroway

Timothy Kincaid

May 13th, 2011


Politics is a funny animal and the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 could still raise its head in another form. But it does look very promising at this time that this bill may be finally dead.

And much of the credit goes to Box Turtle Bulletin, and especially to you personally.

This has been a TREMENDOUSLY time consuming effort involving a matter that surely no one here ever considered to be our bailiwick, involving connections that we could not assume we could even develop, and creating allies that were unimaginable. Going into this two years ago we never dreamed of reaching the State Department, much less having statements from the President and many governments around the world.

It has been a lot of work, but you must be feeling tremendous satisfaction. I certainly do for my much less significant role.

Congratulations, my friend and associate. You changed the world.


I’m back from vacation

Timothy Kincaid

February 17th, 2011

Hey box turtles, I’ve made it back to SoCal in one piece and am delighted to be able to join again in the conversation. I still have to catch up on all that BTB has covered (and from what little I’ve read, it is going to be a very enjoyable read) as well as all that is moving on the rights front.

It seems that marriage issues have taken some interesting shifts while I was away, and I will want to share my opinions and perspectives. Additionally, I may weigh in on some of the intra-community bickering that is consuming the time and attention of a number of our organizations.

But first I need to give attention to my real job. So my participation here may be a bit slow at first. But, in any case, it’s good to be back

On Vacation

Timothy Kincaid

February 5th, 2011

Hey box turtles, I am on vacation (soaking up the sun in the Caribbean) and will not be commenting here until I return. I’ll be back on the sixteenth and I’m sure I’ll be glad to join the conversation again at that time.

Happy Labor Day

Timothy Kincaid

September 3rd, 2010

I will probably be taking most of the Labor Day Weekend off from commenting here at Box Turtle Bulletin. I’m not sure when Jim’s vacation is over or if Rob or any others will be posting, but if not then know that we all are wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Perry v. Schwarzenegger ruling tomorrow

Timothy Kincaid

August 3rd, 2010

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has announced that Chief Justice Walker Vaughn’s decision on Perry v. Schwarzenegger – the federal case seeking to overturn Proposition 8 – will be available tomorrow. We will post the decision once we have it.

UPDATE: The decision is expected to become available between 1 and 3pm PDT.

UPDATE TWO: The supporters of Proposition 8 have already filed a request for stay of judgment pending appeal. In other words, if the court rules that Proposition 8 is a violation of the US Constitution, the supporters want for there to be no new same-sex marriages until they can appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a decision is made by that court.

On Atlanta radio today

Timothy Kincaid

August 3rd, 2010

I’ve been invited to join Betty Couvertier’s Alternative Perspectives radio show on WRFG 93.8fm in Atlanta today. I’ll be joining the show around 7:30 EST and discussing a BTB commentary:

Conservative Christians “with a heart for the homosexual” still don’t get it

A sad loss

Timothy Kincaid

May 31st, 2010

Those who regularly read the comments sections will know the name Ephilei. We now learn some sad news from Ex-Gay Watch:

XGW is sad to report that Ephilei, whose real name was Johannah, has died in a car crash at the age of 26.

Johanna ran the website, a resource for transgender Christians and anyone looking for answers on gender and transgender issues.

We will miss her.