Tag: Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Why Is a Woman’s Body Always in Question?

Op-Docs “As a child, I thought that it was a bad thing to be born a woman, because that body clearly limited your liberties.” Video by Camila Kater Ms. Kater is a filmmaker. From youth to old age, a woman’s body is viewed as something to regulate, comment on and critique — what’s personal becomes […]

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Tommy Lasorda’s Death Starts a Conversation About His Son

When Penelope Spheeris heard that Tommy Lasorda died on Friday at 93, she knew many people would be touched by the sad news, particularly in Los Angeles. The city has long been her home and it is also where Lasorda became a baseball icon, leading the Dodgers to two World Series titles during his Hall […]

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Child Welfare Agency Cuts Ties to Professor Over Pedophile Studies

About five years ago, New York City’s child welfare agency began working with a prominent Columbia University professor to study foster children who identify as L.G.B.T.Q. — a significant undertaking because nationwide data on gay and transgender teenagers in foster care is scarce. The groundbreaking study by the professor, Theo Sandfort, was released in November […]

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Robert Jones Jr. Is Son of Baldwin, and More

Nor did he feel safe to be himself even within his own family, who told him not to be gay, that homosexuality was a sin. “I had no role models to tell me what is the next step for a boy like me,” he said. His mother, Joan Jones, was “considered the black sheep of […]

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Salman Toor, a Painter at Home in Two Worlds

Salman Toor’s evocative, tenderly executed paintings begin to pluck at your heartstrings almost as soon as you see them. The 15 examples of new and recent work that form “How Will I Know,” the artist’s brilliant New York institutional debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art tell the stories of lanky, slightly rubbery dark-haired […]

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Better Than Besties: Why Gay Holiday Films Matter

I gasped so loudly, it sounded like Judy Garland had shown up at my Christmas party. It happened during “Dashing in December,” a new holiday film on the Paramount Network about two men who fall in love on a ranch. I involuntarily inhaled as Wyatt, a stuffy venture capitalist, locked lips with Heath, the sweetheart […]

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Buttigieg Recalls Discrimination Against Gay People, as Biden Celebrates Cabinet’s Diversity

WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg was a teenager, not yet openly gay, and had dreams of being an airline pilot when he watched Republicans in the late 1990s deny a confirmation vote to President Bill Clinton’s choice for ambassador to Luxembourg because of his sexual orientation. Senator Trent Lott, Republican of Mississippi, the majority leader at […]

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Hundreds of Religious Leaders Call for End to L.G.B.T.Q. Conversion Therapy

In a show of unity aimed at fighting for the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. people, more than 370 international spiritual leaders have signed a declaration demanding a global ban on disputed conversion therapy. The declaration also asked that nations find a way to end the criminalization of people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. […]

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A Deeper, Darker Look at James Beard, Food Oracle and Gay Man

Fifty years ago, this is how the foremost American food authority described his favorite menu for a holiday open house: “I put out a big board of various slicing sausages — salami, Polish sausage, whatever I find in the market that looks good — and an assortment of mustards. I also like to have another […]

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Hungary Effectively Bans Gay Adoption and Expands Executive Power

BUDAPEST — The Hungarian Parliament passed a raft of sweeping measures on Tuesday that curtail the rights of gay citizens and make it more difficult for opposition parties to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his party in future elections. The new laws also relax oversight of the spending of public funds, which critics say […]

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Hungary Passes Laws Curtailing Gay Rights and Expanding Executive Power

BUDAPEST — The Hungarian Parliament passed a raft of sweeping measures on Tuesday that curtail the rights of gay citizens and make it more difficult for opposition parties to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his party in future elections. The new laws also relax oversight of the spending of public funds, which critics say […]

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U.K. to Ease Rules on Blood Donations by Gay and Bisexual Men

Britain announced on Monday that it would loosen restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men beginning next year, a shift in policy called “landmark” by the government and hailed by activists who have long fought rules they described as discriminatory. The change will take effect next summer after the recommendations of a health […]

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Hig Roberts, Ski Champion, Comes Out as Gay

Across men’s sports in general, there are few openly gay athletes. In the four North American major leagues — the N.F.L., the N.B.A., the N.H.L. and M.L.B. — there are no active players who publicly identify as L.G.B.T.Q., though a handful of former athletes have come out in recent years. If a team signs Ryan […]

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Ski Champion Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m Ready to Be Happy’

Across men’s sports in general, there are few openly gay athletes. In the four North American major leagues — the N.F.L., the N.B.A., the N.H.L. and M.L.B. — there are no active players who publicly identify as L.G.B.T.Q., though a handful of former athletes have come out in recent years. If a team signs Ryan […]

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Bhutan Becomes Latest Asian Nation to Dial Back Anti-Gay Laws

HONG KONG — The kingdom of Bhutan prides itself on maximizing “gross national happiness,” but it doesn’t always feel that way to members of the country’s L.G.B.T. community. Stigma and discrimination are rife, activists say, and it’s common for gay people to be blackmailed. “These are the issues that don’t get talked about, but this […]

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New Star of ‘The Prom’ Sees a Chance to Make L.G.B.T.Q. Characters Visible

During her second day ever on a film set, Jo Ellen Pellman came face to face with an irate Meryl Streep. “You owe me a house!” Streep, a three-time Oscar winner snarled, eyes flashing, as she ripped off her blazer and lunged at the 24-year-old ingénue. Pellman’s eyes widened. “I’m so sorry!” she said, holding […]

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Deb Price, a First as a Columnist on Gay Life, Dies at 62

After stints at The Northern Virginia Sun and the States News Service, which covered Washington news for dozens of papers across the country, she joined The Washington Post in 1984. Both she and Ms. Murdoch were editors on the paper’s national desk, and they became a couple in 1985. They were the first to register […]

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End of ‘One Day at a Time’ Removes One of TV’s Few Latino Families

The sitcom “One Day at a Time,” about a multigenerational Cuban-American household, has had a complicated plotline of its own. When Netflix canceled the show last year after three seasons, it was rescued by a cable network, at least in part because of the outcry from its small but passionate fan base. But a year […]

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Pat Patterson, a Wrestling Star Who Came Out, Dies at 79

Pat Patterson, the first major wrestling star to announce that he was gay, died on Wednesday in Miami Beach. He was 79. The cause of his death, in a hospital, was liver failure, said Bertrand Hébert, who collaborated with Mr. Patterson on his autobiography, “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE” (2016). After decades […]

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Finding Community Even in a Pandemic

It was a relief, he said, to only be responsible for paying $566 a month for his studio apartment at Stonewall House. The affordable housing development, a partnership between BFC Partners, three city housing agencies and SAGE, a nonprofit for L.G.B.T.Q. elders, has 145 units for seniors earning less than 50 percent of area median […]

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Zanele Muholi Walks In With the Ancestors

“For the longest time, I resisted the label of artist,” the photographer Zanele Muholi said on a recent video call from Durban, South Africa. “I called myself a visual activist, because of the agenda I was pushing at the time — which I am still pushing, even now.” Since the early 2000s, Muholi, 48, who […]

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Elliot Page, Oscar-Nominated ‘Juno’ Star, Announces He Is Transgender

Elliot Page, the Oscar-nominated star of “Juno,” announced on Tuesday that he is transgender. “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” Page, who as Ellen Page starred in several critically acclaimed films, wrote in a statement that he posted on Twitter […]

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Should I Stop Speaking to My Trump-Supporting Friends?

Am I morally bound to confront friends who support President Trump or to stop speaking to them? I find it untenable that anyone could support such a deficient person. He is xenophobic and a liar. He admires authoritarian rulers, lacks self-control and is an inciter of division in our country. He serves his own self-interest […]

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In a Holiday Lesbian Rom-Com, Kristen Stewart Saw Herself

No one imagines that a Christmas rom-com can be renegade. And yet “Happiest Season,” about a couple played by Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, manages to be at once deeply, warmingly conventional and surprisingly radical, simply by focusing on a pair of women. “I just wanted it to feel very, very relatable — but then […]

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H.I.V. Death Rates Fell by Half 2010-2018, C.D.C. Says

Deaths related to H.I.V. in the United States fell significantly from 2010 through 2018, regardless of sex, age, race or region, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The death rate declined over all by about half, a welcome sign in the fight against the virus, experts said. But the data also […]

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Frederick Weston, Outsider Artist Who Was Finally Let In, Dies at 73

Frederick Weston, a belatedly recognized New York artist who inhabited the cramped apartments of the city’s single-room occupancy hotels for decades, hermetically creating meticulous collages exploring the male body and Black queerness, died on Oct. 21 at his apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. He was 73. His cousin Denise Weston said the cause […]

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How I Got Caught Up in a Global Romance Scam

This past spring, my inboxes began filling with messages from heartbroken women. The first came through Instagram: “Hey, I am Lina. I live in Germany. Someone is using your pictures for scamming!” Her profile revealed a woman who looked to be near my age, late 40s, wearing black-framed glasses. She told me she had met […]

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European Union Tries to Counter Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. Wave in Hungary and Poland

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Thursday unveiled policies intended to strengthen the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. people, proposals that appear aimed particularly at right-wing governments in Hungary and Poland that have promoted discrimination. The moves, drawn up by the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, would classify hate crime, including homophobic speech, […]

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What Happens to Some L.G.B.T.Q. Teens When Their Parents Reject Them

A teenage girl from Brooklyn bounced to four foster homes before she trusted a family enough to come out as bisexual. In Queens, a 21-year-old transgender man said he no longer spoke to his parents. Another teenager, who is transgender, remembered the day he climbed to the roof of his apartment building in Queens and […]

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