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France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

France at the Authoritarian Crossroads

BY KELLY COGSWELL |  It’s almost a miracle how, in just one year, centrist Emmanuel Macron and his supporters launched the grassroots movement En Marche! (On the move!) that not only got him into the second round of the presidential vote, but helped him win. Much of the work was done by folks who hadn’t […]

Trump Redux in France?

Trump Redux in France?

BY KELLY COGSWELL | In France, we’re gearing up for a presidential election where the likely victor, François Fillon, is as friendly with Putin as Trump is and has policies as disastrously conservative as Pence. There will be no saviors from the floundering left. The incumbent Socialist president, François Hollande, is so unpopular he isn’t […]

Queer Ally, Defender of Justice, Resigns in France

Queer Ally, Defender of Justice, Resigns in France

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I love Christiane Taubira. If she appeared before me like Yemaya or the Virgin Mary, I’d fall at her feet. The French Republic has rarely had such a staunch and principled defender. As an elected deputy of the French parliament, she was the driving force behind a 2001 law recognizing slavery and […]

At Ugly Xenophobic Moment, Moore Swings Way Too Hard

At Ugly Xenophobic Moment, Moore Swings Way Too Hard

BY STEVE ERICKSON | I feel guilty for criticizing Michael Moore and his latest documentary “Where to Invade Next” for an excess of xenophilia, especially at this ugly moment in American politics. But I’ve long been annoyed by his tendency to romanticize Canada and Europe. In “Sicko,” his gushing over all the social services provided by […]

Too Easy a Shot at Turkish Sexual Mores

Too Easy a Shot at Turkish Sexual Mores

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Mustang” director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is Turkish. So is her entire cast, and that country is the location where her film was shot. Yet “Mustang” is the official nominee of France, not Turkey, for the Best Foreign Film category of the 2016 Oscars. It’s true that co-productions have made such national […]

Prayers, Love for Paris Fill Washington Square Park

Prayers, Love for Paris Fill Washington Square Park

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In the 24 hours after at least 129 people were killed in Paris in coordinated terrorist attacks for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, thousands surged into Manhattan’s Washington Square Park to show support for the people of France and to mourn those lost. For the most part, the gathering was quiet, […]

Marriage Victories in Rhode Island, France; Action Pending in Illinois, Delaware, UK

Marriage Victories in Rhode Island, France; Action Pending in Illinois, Delaware, UK

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Rhode Island State Senate has cleared away the last major hurdle to that state becoming the 10th in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry. In a 26-12 vote on April 24, the Senate approved a version of marriage equality legislation somewhat different than the one adopted earlier this […]

Marriage Equality’s Imminent Victory Spawns Protest, Violence in France

Marriage Equality’s Imminent Victory Spawns Protest, Violence in France

BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE | The French Senate, on April 12, approved a marriage equality bill previously passed by the National Assembly, making only small adjustments to a portion of the bill dealing with adoption rights. According to the Huffington Post, “Because [the Senate] made minor changes… the National Assembly must vote to approve the measure […]

New Zealand Following Uruguay Just Ahead of France on Marriage Equality

BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE | A New Zealand bill that would legalize same-sex marriage is due to receive its third and final reading on April 17. NZTV reported, “The bill passed its committee stages with 77 votes to 43 last month and little change was anticipated for the final vote.” The bill is sponsored by lesbian lawmaker […]

Queering Democracy In France

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | Seems like whenever you demand LGBT rights in a democracy, some asshole declares, “It’s a free country. You can do whatever you want inside your home. Why do you have to impose it on me?” Then they call you a fascist and sometimes cap things off with the advice, “Go back […]