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Alex Myers: Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills.

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tristan Bridges, Mignon R. Moore: 23% of young black women now identify as bisexual in U.S.

Demographic research shows that black women have led the way in US trends related to gender.

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: The Betrothal

And why should I be cold, my lad,
And why should you repine,
Because I love a dark head
That never will be mine?

June 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

James Wright: To a Blossoming Pear Tree

Beautiful natural blossoms,
Pure delicate body,
You stand without trembling.
Little mist of fallen starlight,
Perfect, beyond my reach

April 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

Therese Frare: A father comforts his son on his deathbed. The photograph that changed the face of AIDS (1989)

A father comforts his son, David Kirby, on his deathbed in Ohio, 1989. . This picture is widely considered the photo that changed the face of AIDS. It showed AIDS … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry

A member of Code Pink protests as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Julie Matthaei: Feminism and Revolution — Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Why we must reach beyond a politics that views feminism as a struggle of women against oppression by men for a solidarity politics that seeks to end all forms of oppression. Orla … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Philip F. Clark: Learning

Put up your fists, my father said. And so I did. So I have been ever since; I’ve won nothing, gained less. Blood-weary, well-worn, I resist what I can. Father, … Continue reading

August 21, 2018 · 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

Irvin Cemil Schick: What Ottoman erotica teaches us about sexual pluralism

History might be the best antidote to the unthinking, and pernicious, naturalisation of cisgender identity and heterosexuality. When confronted with the fact that, for most of history, people simply did … Continue reading

May 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

Abby Zimet: This is the Bunny I Love

The Stellar Trolling of Mike Pence This week’s Canny Resistance Award goes to John Oliver, who deftly stole Mike Pence’s family’s homophobic thunder by, hours before the release of their … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Love is not all

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain, Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink And rise and … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Max S. Gordon: Bill Cosby Himself — Fame, Narcissism and Sexual Violence

There is a black woman who works security in our building.  Leaving for the day a few weeks ago, I skip our morning salutation and jump right in: “Oh, chile, … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

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