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Behavior Americans Won’t Tolerate in a Fictional President

Behavior Americans Won’t Tolerate in a Fictional President

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey is finished. No one will be able to look at him again without thinking about the fact that when he was 26, he cornered a 14-year-old boy on his bed and tried to force himself on the boy sexually. While Spacey said that he had no recollection of the attack […]

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 […]

Kevin Spacey’s Career-Ending Abuse Started 30 Years Ago

Kevin Spacey’s Career-Ending Abuse Started 30 Years Ago

BY ANDY HUMM | Kevin Spacey is finished. No one will be able to look at him again without thinking about the fact that when he was 26, he cornered a 14-year-old boy on his bed and tried to force himself on the boy sexually. While Spacey said that he had no recollection of the attack […]

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

Meet Philip Gunn: A Model Modern Homophobic Pol

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Philip Gunn knows how to protect his conservative friends. When he thought they might have to solemnize marriages for same-sex couples, provide services for such unions, or aid transgender people, the speaker of the Mississippi House wrote a bill that barred the state from taking any “discriminatory action” against religious groups, people, […]

Pope to LGBT Catholics: No “In” at the Room    

Pope to LGBT Catholics: No “In” at the Room    

BY ANDY HUMM | Pope Francis’ US visit September 22-27 will not include a meeting much sought-after by LGBT Catholics, nor will Catholics who affirm gay love be given any voice in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia that is the principal purpose of his trip. Despite this exclusion, no public protests are planned by […]

A Father Comes Home as a Son Comes Out

A Father Comes Home as a Son Comes Out

BY GARY M. KRAMER | With “Blackbird,” out gay director Patrik-Ian Polk — co-writing with Rikki Beadle-Blair, also gay — has loosely adapted Larry Duplechan’s celebrated novel about an African-American teenager’s coming of age. Recasting the story from Southern California to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the film provides a marvelous showcase for newcomer Julian Walker as Randy Rousseau, […]

GLAAD Lowers Its Profile in Fifth Avenue Parade Controversy    

GLAAD Lowers Its Profile in Fifth Avenue Parade Controversy    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2014, GLAAD leapt into the controversy over the continued exclusion of LGBT Irish groups from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when it persuaded Guinness, the beer brand owned by Diageo, the liquor giant, to end its sponsorship of the Fifth Avenue parade. “Today, Guinness sent a strong message to its customers […]

Hillary’s Not Our Mom, and She’s Not Judy Garland

Hillary’s Not Our Mom, and She’s Not Judy Garland

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a recent New York Times article, which was titled “Hillary Clinton’s Gay Rights Evolution” and explored her connection to and, to a lesser extent, her detractors among LGBT voters, longtime activist David Mixner got the last word. Arguing that lesbians and straight women were among the most committed activists during […]

Rally Celebrates Supreme Court Wins, Hails Windsor

Rally Celebrates Supreme Court Wins, Hails Windsor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A June 26 Manhattan rally was as much a salute to Edie Windsor as it was a celebration of the two victories the US Supreme Court handed the gay and lesbian community that day. “The federal government picked the wrong New Yorker to screw with,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at […]

Tyler Clementi’s Family Condemns NOM’s Use of Son’s Story

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Family members of Tyler Clementi have been joined by several advocacy groups in condemning a statement from a spokeswoman for the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage who pointed to the example of the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman’s 2010 suicide to warn of the dangers of young gay people being influenced by others […]