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Dying to Get Out of Chechnya

BY ED SIKOV | Dozens of gay men who fled persecution in Chechnya are hoping to find safety in a handful of countries that have volunteered to help,” writes Kevin Ponniah of BBC.com. “Activists are in talks with five countries, two of them non-EU, the Russian LGBT Network told the BBC. Nine men have already […]

Time for Resistance to Jeff Sessions’ Drug War

Time for Resistance to Jeff Sessions’ Drug War

BY NATHAN RILEY | It’s a question of will; you want to solve the drug problem, give them the max, says Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the man Donald Trump chose to be his attorney general. In line with that thinking, Sessions is torpedoing a three-year experiment that encourages leniency before its impact could be examined. Sessions’ […]

D’entre Les Morts

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. Hardly surprising as I turned 70 this past February. But my health is good and my spirits high, so I’ve probably got a reasonable amount of time ahead of me before the End Credits roll. But that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about […]

Denying Chechen Gay Torture — In Grozny, Moscow, and DC

Denying Chechen Gay Torture — In Grozny, Moscow, and DC

BY ED SIKOV | Chechnya wants to eliminate gay community by end of May,” the British-based Independent.com’s headline states. Now how exactly does one deal with threats of imminent extermination? Stay away from Chechnya, for starters. Not that the wretched place has much to offer, although according to Trivago, you can get a hotel room in […]

France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  It’s almost a miracle how, in just one year, centrist Emmanuel Macron and his supporters launched the grassroots movement En Marche! (On the move!) that not only got him into the second round of the presidential vote, but helped him win. Much of the work was done by folks who hadn’t […]

Voting for Hope in France

Voting for Hope in France

BY KELLY COGSWELL | The first round of France’s presidential election is over, and it’s down to the centrist Emmanuel Macron and the candidate of the extreme right, Marine Le Pen. I think Macron will win. God, I hope so. In many ways, he was the most progressive in the pack, emphasizing education, human rights, social […]

When the Times Tried Gay Men’s Souls

BY ED SIKOV | From the New York Times, we learned that the cop who was shot to death in the most recent Paris terrorist attack was not only gay but also an LGBTQ activist. Xavier Jugelé, 37, wasn’t just out and proud; he was especially public about it. As the Times noted, “Officer Jugelé […]

Modest Advance on Drug Harm Reduction

BY NATHAN RILEY | Unable to quell a steep increase in overdose deaths, New York City has opted to create a Municipal Drug Strategy Advisory Council that will include drug users and propose new policies and pilot programs that could save lives and give a helping hand to beleaguered opiate users. However, the new inter-agency […]

Obamacare Works — Just Ask Mike Pence

BY DOUG WIRTH | As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence slashed state health spending, eliminating Scott County Planned Parenthood — the only place for residents of that rural area to get tested for HIV. Shortly afterwards, HIV began to spread throughout this community, in large part due to an injection drug use epidemic. As the crisis […]

Don’t Mention Gender or Race

BY KELLY COGSWELL | For the next four years our only strategy on the national level can be to persistently say, “No!” And, “No!” And, “No!” No! to every single thing Trump does or that the Republicans propose — from Supreme Court candidates to financial reform and next season’s wars. Odds are we’ll still lose. But […]

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