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All While America Seems Beset by Golden Slumbers

BY ED SIKOV | “By the end of the day, Trump had been condemned by Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, to which he responded by going after a different Theresa May on Twitter, dragging an obscure woman who at the time had six followers into the limelight. In another tweet, he insinuated that the TV […]

State of the Global Queer Nation, Year 1 Post-Trump

BY KELLY COGSWELL | It’s hard to do more than gape at the destructive ripples we’re sending worldwide, the terrible knowledge of how fragile our already imperfect American democracy is, so dependent as it is on custom and those “gentlemen’s agreements” and not the beleaguered US Constitution. Who knew it only took one mad, racist narcissist […]

Trump’s Thug-Power, Or Does Anybody Still Like Woody Allen?

BY SUSIE DAY | Let’s go back to when we were all a little younger and less terrified. Obama is president. I am talking to a slightly older, white, heterosexual male, highly esteemed by the academic world and by me. I, a lesbian, admire and trust this guy. We’re catching up, talking about life, books, friends. […]

Murder Prosecutions of Low-Level Sellers Stymie Public Health

BY NATHAN RILEY | Drug law reformers are pushing back against a new wave of counterproductive cruelty from prohibition-minded law enforcement seeking to prevent drug use with harsh sentences. Drug users and low-level sellers are being accused of drug-induced homicides (DIH) in ever-greater numbers, according to a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). […]

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

On World AIDS Day, Legendary R.E.D. Ball is a Celebration of Life

BY DR. OXIRIS BARBOT AND DR. DEMETRE DASKALAKIS | “Tens across the board!,” the emcee screams into the microphone as three young, queer New Yorkers of color walk the runway of the R.E.D. Ball with giant angel wings that they designed and assembled just for this night. On the runway at the R.E.D. Ball, everyone is […]

Long Live the King! Celebrating Diane Torr

Long Live the King! Celebrating Diane Torr

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Sunday afternoon, I gussied myself up and was at the door putting on my red shoes when I realized I was still wearing puffy white athletic socks. I was going to a memorial at Dixon Place for Diane Torr, a remarkable artist, extraordinary human, and king of all drag kings everywhere, who […]

Rump, Rose, Moore, Tambor & a Monstrous “Frankenstien”

Rump, Rose, Moore, Tambor & a Monstrous “Frankenstien”

BY (((ED SIKOV))) | “Trump Risks Hypocrisy Charges with Franken Attack,” The Hill informs us. No shit, Sherlock. In fact, given Rump’s history with women accusing him of sexual predation, there is no risk at all — his Twitter attacks on Franken are pure hypocrisy — and no charges need to be filed, except maybe by […]

Addressing Trans Health Respectfully, Holistically

BY COREY JOHNSON & DOUG WIRTH | Imagine surviving childhood trauma, sexual assault, homelessness, an HIV-positive diagnosis, and multiple suicide attempts. That’s a snapshot of the life of one Amida Care member, a transgender woman of color living in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, her story is all too common for people of transgender experience and gender-nonconforming individuals. Transgender […]

One Gay Man’s Experience with Sexual Humiliation

One Gay Man’s Experience with Sexual Humiliation

BY SAM OGLESBY | Forty years ago I stood in the center of a crowded room with a nervous smile on my face. It was lunch time, and the office canteen was packed with noisy colleagues in a festive mood. Decorations and a sumptuous buffet table lent a festive air to the gathering, which was a […]

When Life Is Skeevier than Art

BY ED SIKOV | “Netflix dumps Kevin Spacey from ‘House of Cards,’” the Entertainment Weekly headline announced. The article, by Derek Lawrence, went on to summarize the nasty but delicious story, which broke on BuzzFeed. (Oh, come on! Don’t tell me your outrage isn’t tempered by even a teensy-weensy bit of pure delight. It’s a […]