Tag: Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Stop Blaming Black Homophobia for Buttigieg’s Problems!

Reducing Pete Buttigieg’s struggle to attract black support solely to black homophobia is not only erroneous, it is a disgusting, racist trope, secretly nursed and insidiously whispered by white liberals with contempt for the very black people they court and need. I have never been blind to this — the people who see black religiosity […]

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Here Comes Lindy West, and She’s Holding a Broom

THE WITCHES ARE COMING By Lindy West The writer and feminist extraordinaire Lindy West has never been one to shy away from conflict. Whether it’s confronting online trolls or debating comedians about whether rape jokes belong in the “cultural conversation,” West has long managed to balance fearlessness with vulnerability — the kind that’s a relative […]

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Being Gay Hurts Mayor Pete. It Helps, Too.

Pete Buttigieg vaulted into the top four of a crowded Democratic presidential field because he has an agile intellect, is fiercely articulate and both espouses and embodies a fresh perspective that many voters of all stripes crave. He also got there because he’s gay. He’d be the first to acknowledge that. In fact he did […]

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Classical Music and Fetishes Unite in Historical Center of Gay Culture

BERLIN — A hush fell over the hundreds of kinksters gathered in the pews of the Twelve Apostles Church in Berlin when the cellist, clad in head-to-toe black leather, took a seat in front of the altar and began to play Rachmaninoff. At the back of the room, ushers from the nun-themed drag troupe The […]

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Jury Awards Gay Police Sergeant $20 Million in Discrimination Case

A jury in St. Louis has awarded a gay police sergeant nearly $20 million in a discrimination case involving claims that the department failed to promote him based on sex stereotyping and retaliated against him for filing a lawsuit. The sergeant, Keith Wildhaber, 47, said that he was told to “tone down” his sexuality while […]

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We’re Less and Less a Christian Nation, and I Blame Some Blowhards

Perhaps for the first time since the United States was established, a majority of young adults here do not identify as Christian. Only 49 percent of millennials consider themselves Christian, compared with 84 percent of Americans in their mid-70s or older, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. We don’t have good […]

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What Generations of Gay Men Hand Down in ‘The Inheritance’

ImageThe younger cast members of “The Inheritance.” Clockwise from top left: Carson McCalley, Dylan Frederick, Andrew Burnap, Samuel H. Levine, Jonathan Burke, Jordan Barbour, Kyle Harris, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Kyle Soller and Arturo Luís Soria.Credit…Erik Tanner for The New York Times “I can’t imagine what those years were like,” says a young gay man […]

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How Do You Impersonate Judy Garland? Ask a Drag Queen

Half a century after Judy Garland died and 80 years after “The Wizard of Oz” made her famous, she remains the rare golden-age performer whose popularity and mythology reach beyond Las Vegas and the Turner Classic Movies channel. Last year, Lady Gaga’s performance in “A Star Is Born” alerted many younger viewers to Garland’s in […]

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Has the Ballroom Scene Outgrown ‘Realness’?

“The category is love!” Billy Porter shouted from the podium last month after accepting an Emmy for his role on “Pose,” the FX show about New York City’s ballroom scene during the 1980s and ’90s. His words expressed the positivity around L.G.B.T.Q. acceptance, echoing “Love Is the Message,” the title of a classic ballroom track […]

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‘Big Mouth’ Is the Queer Childhood I Wish I Had

At first glance, Matthew of “Big Mouth,” Netflix’s adult animated series about puberty, appears to be a gay stereotype, a queer foil off which the more important characters can play. He’s flamboyant, snarky and judgmental, even running a tabloid-like morning gossip broadcast at school. But in its most recent two seasons the show has smartly […]

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Hong Kong Court Rules Against Same-Sex Unions

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court ruled Friday against allowing same-sex unions in the city, a setback for efforts to broaden recognition of such partnerships in Asia. The decision by Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance upheld a government policy prohibiting such unions. It came five months after Taiwan’s government became the first in […]

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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Assail Trump Administration on Gay Rights

WASHINGTON — The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student whose murder led to the passage of a groundbreaking federal law that expanded the definition of violent federal hate crimes, harshly criticized the Trump administration’s record on civil rights in a letter read aloud in their absence during a Justice Department ceremony on Wednesday. […]

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What if the Supreme Court Had an L.G.B.T. Justice?

Near the end of this year’s hit Broadway show “What the Constitution Means to Me,” the audience hears a scratchy old recording of an oral argument at the Supreme Court. The year is 1965, and the justices are debating the topic of married women’s right to birth control. Or that’s the idea, anyway; for what feels […]

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At CNN Equality Town Hall Activists Took the Spotlight — and the Mic

LOS ANGELES — During a nationally televised forum on Thursday focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, several Democratic presidential candidates were interrupted by transgender activists who repeatedly called for more focus on the murders of African-American transgender women and said that the forum had not done enough to include their voices. Ultimately, one […]

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The Power and Hurt of Growing Up Young, Black and Gay

HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVESBy Saeed Jones Roughly midway through the poet Saeed Jones’s devastating memoir, “How We Fight for Our Lives,” we meet “the Botanist,” who lives in an apartment decorated with tropical trees, lion statuettes and Christmas ornaments dangling from Tiffany lamps. Despite the camp décor, the Botanist advertises himself as “straight-acting” […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Bias Against L.G.B.T. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. The court has not heard a gay rights case since the retirement last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinions in all four of the court’s […]

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As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

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Watch Out, America — The Supreme Court Is Back in Session

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases in its first complete term since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, gave the court a newly emboldened right-wing majority. The current five-member bloc has already started overturning decades-old precedents and remaking the law in ways that align remarkably […]

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‘A Caricature of the Patriarchy’: Argentine Feminists Remake Tango

BUENOS AIRES — Liliana Furió’s ruby red flat shoes glided across the dance floor in swift, assured moves, making her baggy pants sway gently. She and a lean young Russian man were rapture personified, clasped in a tight embrace as they circled counterclockwise with a few other pairs in perfect synchrony. But it was hard […]

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Pope Francis Is Fearless

The Rev. James Martin, one of America’s most prominent Catholic priests, is a best-selling author, film consultant to Hollywood producers and a prolific tweeter with a digital pulpit that reaches more than 250,000 followers. Father Martin is also a hero to many L.G.B.T. Catholics for challenging church leaders to recognize the full humanity of gay […]

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