Tag: Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Dispute Account That Attack Was Staged

Jussie Smollett’s lawyers suggested in court on Thursday that two brothers at the center of the case attacked the actor to scare him into hiring them as his personal security, and later, to avoid prosecution, falsely told the police that Mr. Smollett had planned it all as a hoax. The brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, […]

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‘Flee’ Review: From Kabul to Copenhagen

“Home — what does it mean to you?” That’s the question that hovers over “Flee,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s piercing animated documentary about a high school friend of his who emigrated from Afghanistan to Denmark as a teenager. For reasons that become clear in the course of the film, the friend — now a grown man […]

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Investigator Cites Video and Other Evidence Against Jussie Smollett

A detective who investigated the actor Jussie Smollett’s hate crime report took the stand on Tuesday, taking jurors through the steps investigators took to conclude that Mr. Smollett had orchestrated the attack, including securing surveillance footage and ride-share data that helped identify the two brothers at the center of the case. The brothers, Abimbola and […]

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Ballroom Takes Root in Colombia. But Who Is It For?

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The theme was Met Gala — that is, if the Met Gala had vibrators and whips. On a Friday night in October, hundreds of attendees crammed into a second-floor dance studio near the northern edge of Bogotá adorned with flowers, chains, corsets and long flowing wigs, their carefully painted makeup smearing as […]

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Colton Underwood Comes Out and Comes Clean

An executive producer on the series, Underwood knows he has privilege and a platform, which is why he said he sought counsel from people who aren’t white gay cisgender men, including Nicole Garcia, a transgender Latina pastor. In an email, Garcia said Underwood could be a role model, especially to let young athletes know they […]

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Wakefield Poole, Pioneer in Gay Pornography, Dies at 85

One New York night in the early 1970s, a dancer and budding filmmaker named Wakefield Poole went to see a gay porn flick called “Highway Hustler” at a run-down theater in Times Square with his friends. As he settled into a tattered seat, he prepared to spend the next 45 minutes or so enjoyably aroused. […]

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My Book Was Censored in China. Now It’s Blacklisted — in Texas.

I am working on a book that is partly about race, and, as a liberal centrist, I am anticipating a critical reception from both the right and the left. Ideological censorship in the form of shunning, hate-mailing and cancellation has come to pervade both poles of American social politics, but I had in some ways […]

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Friendsgiving Can Be a Lifeline For Those Who Feel Rejected by Family

Arnold Myint doesn’t have a coming-out story. His father, Win Myint, a mathematics professor at Tennessee State University, drove his son to ballet class and figure-skating competitions, and met young Arnold’s budding interests with encouragement. “My coming-out story is that I never did,” the son said. “I was born and I was very open.” Myint, […]

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The Real Surprise of ‘Passing’: A Focus on Black Women’s Inner Lives

Midway through the new drama “Passing,” Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), the light-brown-skinned, upper-middle-class protagonist, offers a unique insight into her psyche when she says to her friend Hugh, “We’re, all of us, passing for something or the other,” and adds, “Aren’t we?” Until now, Irene has successfully maintained her cover as both a respectable wife […]

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People Like Her Didn’t Exist in French Novels. Until She Wrote One.

The narrative is punctuated with flashbacks to the main character’s childhood and adolescence. The youngest of three sisters in a Muslim family from Algeria, and the only one born in France, Fatima struggles to fit in at school and has romantic relationships with women, even though she considers homosexuality a sin. She battles feelings of […]

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Threats of Violence in Today’s Political Discourse

To the Editor: Re “Menace Grows Commonplace Among G.O.P.” (front page, Nov. 13): It is appalling what our country has become. There have always been dissension and clashes between the two political parties, but there has rarely been anything as utterly ugly as what is going on today. That a young man at a rally […]

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Pope Francis Sent Me a Letter. It Gives Me Hope as a Gay Catholic.

Then he offered a decades-delayed papal blessing on the work undertaken by people like Ms. Baltosiewich. “Instead of indifference, alienation and even condemnation,” Pope Francis continued, “these people let themselves be moved by the mercy of the Father and allowed that to become their own life’s work; a discreet mercy, silent and hidden, but still […]

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Elaine Romagnoli, Longtime Fixture of Lesbian Nightlife, Dies at 79

Ms. Romagnoli painted the venue lavender, installed a big video screen and a pool table, and put a bar on each floor. There was dancing upstairs. The online bar guide Club Planet described Crazy Nanny’s as “a lesbian fun park.” She sold Crazy Nanny’s in 2004 and retired soon after, but her impact on New […]

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Stephen Karpiak, Pathbreaking H.I.V. Researcher, Dies at 74

“Losing all those people was never far from his mind,” said his brother, who is his only immediate survivor. “And it tied deeply into his personal life. He lost his lover, who was his soul mate.” His partner’s death stirred something in him. “When he finally saw those who survived, he saw they weren’t surviving […]

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The Politics of a Sleeveless Silhouette

For instance, one study started with the observation that many politicians choose not to wear eyeglasses because they believe that glasses project infirmity and old age. But the researchers came to the conclusion that politicians might be making a mistake; they found that glasses seemed to actually help politicians because wearing them also connotes intelligence. […]

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‘Maybe I Do Have a Story to Tell’: Kal Penn on His Memoir

In what way is the book you wrote different from the book you set out to write? I was sure that I wanted to share two stories: one about my parents and their upbringing; and the story of how Josh and I met. He showed up with an 18-pack of Coors and turned my TV […]

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BIPOC or POC? Equity or Equality? Debating Words on the Left

Some activists defend the focus on language, saying that the way people use words is not mere symbolism but is necessary to achieving justice. “Saying something like, ‘Black people are less likely to get a loan from the bank,’ instead of saying, ‘Banks are less likely to give loans to Black people,’ might feel like […]

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To Protest Iran’s Anti-Gay Abuses, an Artist Painted a Dictator’s Car

The Paykan was the first car manufactured in Iran. Produced from 1967 to 2015, it started life as a licensed copy of an outmoded British vehicle, the Hillman Hunter, but it nevertheless became a symbol of national pride, priced for middle-class Iranians. Paykans eventually became ubiquitous on the streets of Tehran, serving as sedans, wagons, […]

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A Gay Music Teacher Got Married. The Brooklyn Diocese Fired Him.

Matthew LaBanca said he held two titles while working for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn: music teacher and parish music director. Off and on for 16 years, he played the organ and led the choir at Corpus Christi Church in Queens. In 2015, he also began working at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, also in […]

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Transgender Woman Flees Malaysia After Wearing Hijab

In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire. On Monday, Ms. Nur […]

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Assessing the Legacy of Colin Powell

To the Editor: Re “Colin L. Powell, 1937-2021: Model Diplomat Haunted by the Iraq War” (obituary, front page, Oct. 19): True, Colin Powell was haunted by the war in Iraq, but for most Americans he rose far above those problematic scenes of his testimony before the United Nations. He was a man whose name invokes […]

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The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

The Catholic Church in Poland is a more widely popular and legitimate institution, because of the role it played in resisting communism. In Krakow this winter, I met the philosopher Ryszard Legutko, a former anti-communist dissident who became increasingly disenchanted with liberal democracy in the 1990s, in a way that was illuminating for skeptics of […]

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Texas Removed an L.G.B.T.Q. Resource Page After a Candidate Complained

The State of Texas removed a web page that offered resources to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth after one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Republican primary challengers said its content was “offensive” and out of line with “Texas values.” The removal occurred shortly after the candidate, Don Huffines, denounced the website in a video that […]

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Texas Man Is Sentenced for Using Grindr to Target Gay Men

A Texas man was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison on Wednesday for his connection in a scheme that used the popular dating app Grindr to target gay men for violent hate crimes, prosecutors said. Daniel Jenkins, 22, was the last of four defendants to be sentenced in what prosecutors called a conspiracy to […]

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Visconti’s Operatic Autopsy of German History, Restored Anew

The revered Italian director Luchino Visconti was openly gay yet devoutly Catholic, ostensibly Communist yet unyieldingly aristocratic. In short, he embodied contradictions that haunt many of his films, in which criticism can sometimes be confused with reverence, or obsessive detail with tasteless excess. Nowhere is this more evident, to sometimes frustrating and other times awe-inspiring […]

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Jon Gruden’s Emails Shocked Me. They Shouldn’t Have.

In emails written between 2011 and 2018, Jon Gruden, then an ESPN analyst and past and future N.F.L. head coach, said that the leader of the N.F.L. players union, who is Black, had “lips the size of Michelin tires,” and used homophobic and misogynist language to denigrate people in football including Roger Goodell, the N.F.L. […]

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What Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special’s Trans Remarks Show

If there is brilliance in “The Closer,” it’s that Mr. Chappelle makes obvious but elegant rhetorical moves that frame any objections to his work as unreasonable. He’s just being “brutally honest.” He’s just saying the quiet part out loud. He’s just stating “facts.” He’s just making us think. But when an entire comedy set is […]

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Jon Gruden Emailed Homophobic and Mysogynistic Comments

When the vaunted N.F.L. coach Jon Gruden was confronted with a racist email he had sent in 2011 to insult the head of the players’ union, he said he went too far but didn’t have “a blade of racism” in him. But league officials as part of a separate workplace misconduct investigation that did not […]

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Superman Comes Out, as DC Comics Ushers In a New Man of Steel

Up, up and out of the closet! The new Superman, Jonathan Kent — who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane — will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend, DC Comics announced Monday. That same-sex relationship is just one of the ways that Jonathan Kent, who goes by Jon, is […]

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