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Notes on the State of the Queer Union

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Last week, I bought seeds and potting soil, rigged a couple of egg cartons, and planted tomatoes and herbs. Before I went to bed yesterday, I saw the first pale sprouts of basil emerging. I check back every half hour now, to see what else has poked out. At least that […]

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 […]

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

Kevin Spacy Has No Place Mocking Closets

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey tried to make no fewer than four “jokes” about being in the closet while hosting the Tony Awards, but was shown up by multiple out gay and lesbian winners and presenters — calling attention to his immature and offensive insistence on not owning up to his gay identity. It […]

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

BY SUSIE DAY | his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is […]

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 […]

In Defense of Lesbians, i.e., Those Fucking Dykes

In Defense of Lesbians, i.e., Those Fucking Dykes

BY KELLY COGSWELL | On Saturday, May 20, two lesbians got attacked on the Q train. The news reports say it was an altercation over seats. Apparently two lezzies had them, and, according to police, when Antoine Thomas got on the train he demanded theirs, bumping against them and screaming “Faggot,” and “Dyke.” When they […]

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 […]