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Rump Finds Coast Guard Branding an Irma Bonus

BY ED SIKOV | Sunday September 10 was a gorgeous day on Fire Island — warm in the sun, cool in the shade, the air fresh and early-fall-like. My husband and housemates were lying around on the deck reading and doing crossword puzzles. I, meanwhile, was inside the house in the den, glued to the television, […]

Unfit King Questions Trans Troops’ Fitness

BY ED SIKOV | After initially issuing a major military policy shift by tweet, Mad King Rump made it official the other day, albeit in a modified form. Transgender people will no longer be permitted to join the armed services, but those already serving may or may not be allowed to continue their service, to be […]

Of Racists, Rump, and Tiki Torches

BY ED SIKOV | The hits, as they say, just keep on coming. Since the last Media Circus, Mad King Rump has ratcheted up his already inflammatory statements about a potential nuclear war with North Korea, which is of course led by the equally demented Kim Jong-un. Just think — the two men with the most […]

All the President’s Mien

BY ED SIKOV | The past two weeks have yielded such a phenomenal amount of hideous policy announcements, grotesque quotes, and just plain bullshit from the Rump administration that I scarcely know where to begin. Actually, there’s no doubt where I shall begin: Rump’s now-former communications director communicated in language that not only left MSNBC’s […]

As Planet Comes to a Boil, Priorities Remain Screwed

BY ED SIKOV | New York Magazine’s cover story, “The Doomed Earth Catalog,” by David Wallace-Wells, may be the single most frightening magazine article I’ve ever read. Check out the opening: “In the jungles of Costa Rica where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees Fahrenheit would be lethal. […]

The Root of Chump’s Lies

BY ED SIKOV | During the grotesque period between Chump’s election and inauguration, one of the things with which those of us with our minds still intact consoled ourselves was the conviction that we would be able to stop the “normalization” of Chumpism — the idea that somehow we could, through sheer force of will, […]

Breitbart’s Obtuseness, High Tech’s Hypocrisy

BY ED SIKOV | “The other reason the gay rights movement appears to have adopted a one-sided political approach is that its leaders seem to think that they simply do not need Republican support. Although Americans, and Republicans in particular, have been increasingly tolerant toward the LGBTQ community — with Donald Trump specifically name-checking the […]

On Chechnya: Why England (and America) Sleeps

On Chechnya: Why England (and America) Sleeps

BY ED SIKOV | You may be wondering what the problem is with assisting Chechen gay men at risk of being killed. It seems as though saving the lives of people who are in imminent danger of being murdered would be a universal obligation of every civilized country. But no. As Amy Mackinnon writes on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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