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Video: How a 1940s psychology study sparked the modern gay rights movement

In the 1940s, psychiatrists labeled homosexuality as a mental disorder. UCLA’s Dr. Evelyn Hooker sought to change that with her groundbreaking study that proved homosexuals were not ill and in need of a cure. This research made it all the way to the Supreme Court and helped change gay​ life forever.

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Megan Volpert: The Sophomores

Sophomore is fangirling out. He loves these boys in their three piece suits…

August 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Mariposa

Butterflies are white and blue In this field we wander through. Suffer me to take your hand. Death comes in a day or two. All the things we ever knew … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

A.E. Housman: “Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all’s over”

Be good to the lad that loves you true
And the soul that was born to die for you

May 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: illuminate — a cinematic poem about being in the closet

. Nisha Gupta, the director of “illuminate,” says: This short film is based on in-depth phenomenological research interviews with sexual minorities about their lived experiences of being in the closet. … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sunnivie Brydum: Southern Baptist Convention Kicks Out Gay Attendees, Waffles on White Supremicists

While the Southern Baptist Convention considers whether or not to denounce white supremacy and the “alt-right,” it apparently has no such equivocation over the place for LGBT Christians at its … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Resist — How to Triumph in Trumpland

. Based on decades of her writing and research, psychologist and community activist Glenda Russell gives us a quick summary on how to use Trump’s election as a springboard to … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Life Under Trump

Night Terrors and Daytime Hopes The night after the election, this long-time pacifist dreamed she shot a big white man carrying an arsenal of guns. He was wandering around a … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Eduardo Galeano: Sacrilegious Women

. In the year 1901, Elisa Sánchez and Marcela Gracia got married in the church of Saint George in the Galician city of A Coruña. Elisa and Marcela had loved … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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