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Indonesia Regresses; Country Music Association Reverses

Indonesia Regresses; Country  Music Association Reverses

BY ED SIKOV | Fear and horror among Indonesia’s LGBT community as gay sex ban looms” is the disturbing headline of a piece by Ben Westcott on cnn.com. Westcott begins his reporting with the story of a young gay man whose life could be drastically upended if the bigots have their way. “When Ael left […]

Historic Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic: Back, Renovated, and Ready for a New Fight

Historic Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic: Back, Renovated, and Ready for a New Fight

BY DR. MARY T. BASSETT | In New York City, we are close to winning a battle that for decades seemed unwinnable: the annual number of new HIV diagnoses has fallen to historic lows. The fear and stigma associated with sexual health is gradually being replaced with honesty and hope. Today, March 15, we mark a […]

Insurance Discrimination Against PrEP Is Ignorant

March 5, 2018 To the Editor: In regard to “Rosenthal Takes on Insurers’ PrEP Blacklisting” (by Nathan Riley, Mar. 1, 2018), by preventing the transmission of HIV, PrEP is helping HIV-negative individuals stay negative and serving as a key prevention tool in the fight against AIDS. Unfortunately, some insurance companies are denying coverage to PrEP […]

Bob Mueller’s Leaks Versus Mike Pence’s

Bob Mueller’s Leaks Versus Mike Pence’s

BY ED SIKOV | Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election,” Stephen Colbert announced the other night, “charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States. First of all, no one saw this coming. There were no leaks. Mueller’s office does not leak. That place […]

Lezzie at Large: Revolting Lesbian Jo Macellaro

Lezzie at Large: Revolting Lesbian Jo Macellaro

BY KELLY COGSWELL | A young Special Ed teacher, Jo Macellaro, knew she had to do something when Donald Trump was elected and her students came to class in tears, afraid Trump would deport or even kill them. So she joined the mostly queer Rise and Resist, kicking off her trouble-making career with a direct action […]

Bigotry and Bullshit

Bigotry and Bullshit

BY ED SIKOV | Speaking of bigotry and bullshit — we’re always speaking of bigotry and bullshit here at Media Circus — we can thank Erik Wemple and the Washington Post for catching Fox News in the act. The headline reads: “Fox News eliminates column by network executive blasting Olympic diversity as ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’” I […]

Joy Is Essential to the Work of Resistance

Joy Is Essential to the Work of Resistance

BY RABBI SHARON KLEINBAUM | “Don’t postpone joy,” Edie Windsor was well known to say. In a time in which despicable racism spews from the mouth of the occupant of the White House and motivates policies of the government of the United States, it is easy to despair and feel crushed by the ugliness of it […]

The Trouble With Andrew Sullivan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Andrew Sullivan, who more than a quarter century ago stormed the American intellectual and media ramparts as the British enfant terrible, a self-styled contrarian gay Tory who became editor of The New Republic at 28, is at it again. Writing in New York Magazine last week, Sullivan lamented the “radicalization” of the […]

Ten Ways I Resist that Sniveling Bastard Trump & His Evil GOP Minions

BY KELLY COGSWELL | try not to think about Trump. He’s there in the White House, of course, but he’s like the golden retriever with its head stuck out the car window grinning and drooling while the humanoids in charge careen down the highway scattering ink-stained bills from their latest heist. I’ve seen the movie, and […]

What Does Black History Month Mean To Me?

What Does Black History Month Mean To Me?

BY MAURICE W. DORSEY, PH.D. | My grandparents were poor and did not graduate high school. They only knew and staunchly believed in their Christian faith and used it each day to get through profound racism, low wages, dilapidated segregated housing, education inequality, and verbal abuse to their face and behind their backs.When I think […]