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Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The Tony Awards were only the second-gayest ceremony in town last week, as luminaries from the LGBTQ community gathered Monday, June 12 to celebrate the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards. Hosted by multi-genre artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, the ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts handed out prizes to […]

LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach

LGBTQ Russians, Allies Liberate Brighton Beach

BY ANDY HUMM | The first Brighton Beach Pride, led by RUSA LGBT, a group for Russian LGBTQ émigrés, drew 300 marchers to the uncharted territory — for gay demonstrators — of the boardwalk in a Brooklyn enclave of Russians and other Eastern Europeans on Saturday, May 20. The overcast skies greatly diminished the number of […]

When Facts Don’t Matter

BY KELLY COGSWELL | During the presidential debates, every time Republican candidate Donald Trump opened his mouth he lied, and Democrats had a field day presenting the screen-captures of a tweet he’d claimed never to have written, videos of him saying things he’d denied, photos of him chatting with shady characters he said he didn’t know. […]

With Guns Instead of Games, What About Russia’s Gays?

With Guns Instead of Games, What About Russia’s Gays?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A year ago, world attention on Russia focused on two things –– the impending Winter Olympics in Sochi and new legislation that, under the guise of preventing “homosexual propaganda” targeting children, in fact was the leading edge in a legal and extralegal assault on that nation’s LGBT community. Thanks to the efforts […]

Missing the Boat on LGBT Rights Abroad

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Putin’s right up there as an evil genius, planning the invasion of Ukraine while all the nations of the world were sitting in his living room blissed out on ice skating and tsarist pomp and ignoring human rights abuses, not to mention the outright targeting of queers. Now his former guests are […]

The Pussy Riot Olympics

The Pussy Riot Olympics

BY KELLY COGSWELL | If activism were an Olympic sport, Pussy Riot would have taken the gold for their 2012 punk prayer performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Central Moscow, asking, “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, chase Putin out, / Chase Putin out, chase Putin out…” They picked the perfect target, sent a […]