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GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump a year into his presidential bid, this should come as no big surprise, but on LGBT rights, he is a fraud! On issue after issue, he has employed a dizzying combination of hyperbole, exaggerations, outright misstatements, even lies, changed and abandoned positions, and contradictory ideas – those last often […]

Mental Health Challenges Can Be Addressed — And Surmounted

Mental Health Challenges Can Be Addressed — And Surmounted

BY CHIRLANE McCRAY | Earlier this month, I met Picasso. Picasso comes from a very religious Catholic family in Georgia. His mother, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when Picasso was nine, suspected he was gay and sent him to a conversion therapy program with the hope of making him straight. The staff tried to change the way he […]

On the Lighter Side

BY ED SIKOV | My most recent Media Circus column — about a complicated essay by the brilliant bioethicist and philosopher Brian Earp — was pretty heavy duty, so this time I’ve purposely gone light. I’ve grown quite fond of The writing is sharp and funny, the critics are smart, and its blend of alt. […]

After Dallas and Baton Rouge

BY NATHAN RILEY | After former soldiers have twice in recent days launched lethal attacks on police, the Republicans are testing the national civil rights coalition’s ability to turn adversity into advantage. The Democrats have Black Lives Matter, the Republicans chant “Blue Lives Matter.” In past elections, the law and order theme has won battles of […]

Anti-Queer Terrorism, What a Joke

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Listen to this. It’s hilarious. So a guy walks into a bar. A gay bar in Orlando on Latino night. He has an MCX and a 9mm — No, you haven’t heard this one before. That was a pipe bomb and New York. No, not that either. That was New Orleans and […]

The Urgent Case for Agreeing to Disagree

The Urgent Case for Agreeing to Disagree

BY ED SIKOV | The magnificent Dan Savage recently tweeted a link to a seriously complicated essay about, well, many things, especially the intolerance of ambivalence in contemporary political and social discourse. Written by Brian D. Earp and published on the website, which bills itself as “a platform for free thought,” the essay is […]

Income and Equality on Independence Day

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Another Fourth of July, and Independence Day in the US seems especially ironic this year since Britain, the country we won our independence from, just voted to sever ties with the European Union and is already regretting it. Those who voted to leave said they didn’t like EU taxation — even though […]

Ending the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic in the Transgender Community

BY DOUG WIRTH, DANIEL DROMM, AND JIMMY VAN BRAMER | In recent years, there have been great strides in treating and preventing HIV and in reducing the number of new HIV infections in New York. Yet HIV is an ongoing crisis in the transgender community, and it often goes unacknowledged. According to the most recent data […]

Playing Politics on Immigration Rights Hurts LGBT Lives

Playing Politics on Immigration Rights Hurts LGBT Lives

BY GLENN MAGPANTAY | To say I am deeply disappointed would be an understatement. We at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) are aggrieved as a badly divided US Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case US v Texas on June 23. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to block President […]

We Must Show the World We Are Unafraid

BY JESSICA STERN | OutRight Action International is shocked and saddened by the deadly massacre at Latin Night at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, and extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the 49 people whose lives were taken and the more than 50 people injured. These events were […]

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