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A Better Politics on the Screen

A Better Politics on the Screen

BY STEVE ERICKSON | The name of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is a little deceptive. It’s not exactly a festival of films about human rights, although it comes close. Instead, it’s sponsored by the NGO Human Rights Watch, which is akin to Amnesty International though with a broader mission, and it would be more […]

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 […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

Embedded in Queer Turkey

Embedded in Queer Turkey

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I was in Turkey almost two weeks for an LGBT film festival, and at first it seemed like Paris or New York or San Francisco, where out queers hold popular events, discuss how to push things forward in a resistant, but mostly democratic society. In fact, everybody smiled so much, was so […]

Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

Queer Turkey: A Snapshot

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I don’t know what I expected to find at the KuirFest film festival in Turkey. Cops writing down the names of besieged queers, maybe. Or mobs of angry fundamentalists outside the degenerate theaters. But while I can see the tall white minarets of the local mosque from my hotel window and hear […]

In NYC Briefing, Diverse, Nuanced Messages From Activists Around the Globe    

In NYC Briefing, Diverse, Nuanced Messages From Activists Around the Globe    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what has become an annual tradition coinciding with the observance of International Human Rights Day at the United Nations, nearly three dozen LGBT rights advocates from across the globe traveled to New York in early December for several days of meetings and presentations coordinated through the International Gay and Lesbian […]

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

Was Lawrence Gay in Arabia?

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL | Among the innumerable highly regarded T.E. Lawrence biographies, Anthony Sattin’s new work, “The Young T.E. Lawrence,” is noteworthy in deftly capturing the pre-World War I intellectual and emotional development of one of the 20th century’s great sexual enigmas. Since Lawrence’s 1935 death in a motorcycle accident, there has been no shortage of […]