Tag: Homosexuality and Bisexuality

I Want the World to See Us Kissing

I was raised in New York City, so I didn’t fully appreciate the privilege I had of growing up seeing queer love on display in public. But when I was in high school, I moved to Atlanta. I’ll never forget seeing two Black boys kissing, then being ridiculed and verbally assaulted with slurs. Ever since, […]

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Club Q Shooting Makes Colorado Springs Ponder Its Past and Present

The law led to a boycott of the city by some progressive groups, which branded Colorado Springs “the hate city.” The new law was quickly overturned in the courts, but in many ways, locals say, it had the opposite of its intended effect, and unified the opposition. “We realized we could not be complacent; we […]

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Why the Shooting at Club Q Made Me Think of James Dobson

If you’ve ever been to a gay bar on a holiday or ever worked at a gay bar during a holiday, and I have, you get to watch the transformation of every person who walks through those doors: the unwinding of jaw muscles and shoulders, hips that start to roll about halfway across the room, […]

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At Least 5 Dead and 25 Injured in Gunman’s Rampage at an L.G.B.T.Q. Club in Colorado

“His mom had called me and said, ‘Don’t come home right now, there are some people looking for Andy,’” Ms. Bowman recalled, using the man’s nickname. On Sunday, after the shooting, Ms. Bowman was left wondering why the man may have been at large and able to get hold of a rifle, if he had […]

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Jimmy DeSana, Downtown Pioneer and Provocateur, Goes Mainstream

A list of things Jimmy DeSana photographed — shoes, sofas, legs and butts — misses his true subject, which was a sensibility. He regarded the body as a playground, gender as an ongoing invention, and domestic interiors as surreal constructions. He had a queer take on life. A familiar presence on the downtown New York […]

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‘Channeling the Mama Bear’: How Covid Closures Became Today’s Curriculum Wars

Book bans in schools have also been focused on L.G.B.T.Q. themes or characters, found an analysis by Pen America. In the Morning Consult survey for The Times, just over a third of respondents said parents should have more control over what children read in school. Other recent surveys have reached similar conclusions about the contentiousness […]

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For Ghana’s Only Openly Transgender Musician, ‘Every Day Is Dangerous’

ACCRA, Ghana — When Maxine Angel Opoku was still an upstart musician, relatively unknown and struggling to stand out in Ghana’s competitive music scene, she sang about love, romance and being sexy. Then, in August 2021, lawmakers in the country’s Parliament introduced a bill that would imprison people who identify as transgender, as Ms. Opoku […]

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‘I’m Afraid for My Future’: Proposed Laws Threaten Gay Life in Russia

MOSCOW — In an industrial block in northeastern Moscow on a recent Friday night, organizers of an L.G.B.T.Q.-friendly art festival were assiduously checking IDs. No one under 18 allowed. They were trying to comply with a 2013 Russian law that bans exposing minors to anything that could be considered “gay propaganda.” The organizers had good […]

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Nets Suspend Kyrie Irving Indefinitely After Antisemitic Movie Post

The Nets suspended guard Kyrie Irving indefinitely Thursday for his “failure to disavow antisemitism” since he posted a link to an antisemitic movie on Twitter last week, though he had said there were some things in the movie he did not agree with. “I didn’t mean to cause any harm,” Irving said after a Nets […]

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With Falsehoods About Pelosi Attack, Republicans Mimic Trump

“I don’t know,” Mr. Trump said suggestively. “You hear the same things I do.” Mr. Pelosi, 82, remained in intensive care with a fractured skull, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. In Arizona, the Republican candidate for governor, Kari Lake, made the attack a punchline at a […]

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Ryan Murphy Is Having a Very Happy Halloween

Naomi Watts, the 54-year-old star of “The Watcher,” said she was grateful to be a part of the club. “It doesn’t matter to him that we’re not at the tippy top this second,” she said. “He knows and recognizes that we’ve had great moments and we’ve proved ourselves as artists.” Ms. Watts will also be […]

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Let’s Say Gay

Whereas the first definition for “queer,” according to Oxford and Dictionary.com, is “strange, odd.” Another definition refers not only to gay people but also to “a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary,” according to Dictionary.com. That could mean “transgender,” “gender neutral,” “nonbinary,” “agender,” “pangender,” “genderqueer,” […]

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Can Black Literature Escape the Representation Trap?

But the market’s recent call for more representation has produced troubling new tropes. In various forms, successful novels will center the encounter between a Black protagonist and a white social environment. In “Such a Fun Age” and “Luster,” a protagonist enters into white domestic space, unsettling the privileged lives of their white female counterparts. In […]

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What Happened to Monkeypox?

A few months ago, monkeypox regularly made headlines as a major new disease outbreak. Then it largely vanished from the news. What happened in the meantime? The virus receded: Since a peak in early August, reported monkeypox cases in the U.S. have fallen more than 85 percent through yesterday. The rise and fall of monkeypox […]

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Ignored in Life, Bernice Bing Is Discovered as Museums Rewrite History

SAN FRANCISCO — She was an Asian American woman, a lesbian and a community activist. Bernice Bing, whose intense abstract expressionist paintings fused Eastern and Western techniques, had a lot going against her in the eyes of museum curators. For decades, she and her peers were almost invisible. Nearly a quarter century after her death […]

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A Cruel Death in Hebron

Because it’s unlikely that his name will be publicly remembered for long, it’s worth pausing to consider the grisly murder of Ahmad Abu Murkhiyeh in the West Bank city of Hebron. Every murder is an outrage and a tragedy, and many murders involve a larger story. In this case, it’s one that too few people […]

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Melissa Etheridge and Jill Sobule Bring Their Whole Lives to the Stage

ETHERIDGE I dropped out of school, too. Is it difficult to tell your stories in a new medium? SOBULE I think it’s a natural progression because we’re storytellers, and now we get to grow it out, we get to be more cinematic, in a way. I was telling my theater friends, “I’m moving on from […]

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Jeffrey Dahmer Series on Netflix Revisits a Painful Past

For years, Eric Wynn was the only Black drag queen at Club 219 in Milwaukee. He performed as Erica Stevens, singing Whitney Houston, Grace Jones and Tina Turner for adoring fans, eventually earning the title of Miss Gay Wisconsin in 1986 and 1987. “I had this group of Black kids who came in because they […]

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The Lesbian Perez Hilton of TikTok

For a particular corner of the internet, the world ended this summer. Several internet-famous WLW couples — an abbreviation for “women-loving women” — had made online announcements that they had split up, leading their followers to speculate about a so-called breakup curse. Followers of the drama called it the “lesbian breakup apocalypse,” and NBC News […]

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Modern Love Gay Dad

They were standing in a Walmart parking lot when William’s wife turned to him and asked, “Are you gay?” Those three words catalyzed the end of their marriage, and the end of a 22-year partnership filled with many joys and rituals, including the haircuts William’s wife gave him. But those words were also an opportunity […]

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The Midterm Election’s Most Dominant Toxic Narratives

A month after Florida passed legislation that prohibits classroom discussion or instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity, which the Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, signed into law in March, the volume of tweets falsely linking gay and transgender individuals to pedophilia soared, for example. Language claiming that gay people and transgender people were “grooming” children […]

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The Psychic Trauma of Being Queer in Singapore

I was at a watch party last month, waiting excitedly for the expected announcement that Singapore would finally decriminalize consensual sex between gay men. Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code, a holdover from British colonial times, has loomed as a barrier to queer rights, setting the tone for discrimination in broader areas like housing, health […]

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L.G.B.T.Q. Club Proposes a Compromise to Yeshiva University

An L.G.B.T.Q. student group offered to delay seeking recognition from Yeshiva University, its members said Wednesday, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompted the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to suspend all undergraduate club activities rather than sanction the group. Although Yeshiva lost at the Supreme Court on procedural grounds last week, it immediately announced its […]

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Don’t Let Republicans Off the Hook on Same-Sex Marriage

Why is it always on the Democrats to compromise? To be the nice ones? To take the high road to nowhere? On Thursday, the bipartisan group of senators behind the Respect for Marriage Act, which would have enshrined federal protections for same-sex marriage, announced a delay on putting the measure to a vote, which had […]

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Our Assumptions About the Maternal Instinct

To the Editor: Re “The Pernicious Myth of Maternal Instinct,” by Chelsea Conaboy (Opinion guest essay, Aug. 28): My husband and I are two dads who raised a boy and a girl from birth to adulthood in small-town America. As gay dads, we got to pull back the curtain of the assumptions about maternal instinct. […]

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Yeshiva University Halts All Student Clubs to Block L.G.B.T.Q. Group

Yeshiva University abruptly announced on Friday that it had placed all undergraduate club activities on hold, the latest maneuver in the legal battle by the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to keep from recognizing an L.G.B.T.Q. student group. The move came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered the university to recognize the student […]

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Democrats Delay Senate Vote to Protect Gay Marriage as GOP Balks

WASHINGTON — Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin, said on Thursday that the Senate would postpone an expected vote on legislation to provide federal protections for same-sex marriage until after the midterm elections in November, amid dimming hopes of drawing enough Republican support to ensure its passage. Leading proponents of the Respect for Marriage Act […]

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Giorgia Meloni May Lead Italy, and Europe Is Worried

CAGLIARI, Sardinia — Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right leader of a party descended from post-Fascist roots and the favorite to become Italy’s next prime minister after elections this month, is known for her rhetorical crescendos, thundering timbre and ferocious speeches slamming gay-rights lobbies, European bureaucrats and illegal migrants. But she was suddenly soft-spoken when asked on […]

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Supreme Court Says Yeshiva University Must Allow L.G.B.T. Group as Case Proceeds

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it would let stand for now a ruling that Yeshiva University must recognize an L.G.B.T. student group. The vote was 5 to 4, with the majority saying that the university, a Modern Orthodox Jewish institution in Manhattan, must first pursue challenges to the ruling in state […]

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Andrew Sean Greer on His New Novel, ‘Less Is Lost’

Greer’s literary success arrived suddenly, but hardly overnight. Growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where his parents worked as chemists, Greer started writing stories when he was 10. At 16, he wrote a novel, a Gothic ghost story, which he tried and failed to publish. When he was a creative writing major at […]

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In Palm Springs, L.G.B.T.Q. Voters Could Sway a Key House Race

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Tucked away in the California desert, where windmills line the sprawling hills and rainbows adorn the crosswalks, a sizable progressive L.G.B.T.Q. community has turned a once reliably Republican stronghold into a battleground in the fight for control of Congress, giving Democrats hope for picking up a House seat that has long […]

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