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The killing of Scott Johnson drew attention to a rash of homophobia-driven crimes in the 1980s and ’90s in which gay men...
05/12/2020
Man Arrested in Notorious 1980s Killing of Gay American in Australia

The killing of Scott Johnson drew attention to a rash of homophobia-driven crimes in the 1980s and ’90s in which gay men were targeted by gangs of young people, who sometimes forced them off cliffs to their deaths.

The killing of Scott Johnson drew attention to a rash of crimes in past decades in which gay men were targeted by gangs of young people.

To think, in 1966, a black queer man — over the course of his life he would identify himself as gay, bisexual and “omnis...
05/11/2020
Opinion | Little Richard’s Queer Triumph

To think, in 1966, a black queer man — over the course of his life he would identify himself as gay, bisexual and “omnisexual” — could be a sex god.

The legend himself sometimes sought to distance himself from the L.G.B.T.Q. community. But his queerness is what made him a dynamic performer.

Much of the criticism of Samaritan’s Purse stems from the group’s requirement that employees and volunteers sign a state...
05/11/2020
Franklin Graham Is Taking Down His N.Y. Hospital, but Not Going Quietly

Much of the criticism of Samaritan’s Purse stems from the group’s requirement that employees and volunteers sign a statement of faith affirming their belief in Jesus Christ and their view that “marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.”

His critics accuse him of discriminating against L.G.B.T. people. “Just because I don’t agree doesn’t mean I’m against them,” he said.

Gay bars of all kinds have declined in recent decades, but lesbian bars have probably always been more vulnerable than t...
05/08/2020
Where Did All the Lesbian Bars Go? Increasingly, They’re on TV

Gay bars of all kinds have declined in recent decades, but lesbian bars have probably always been more vulnerable than their men’s counterparts.

Most lesbian bars have vanished in recent decades — and that was before the pandemic. But three current TV shows offer their own fictional forms of wish fulfillment.

Even as young Republicans often accept the science of climate change and support L.G.B.T. rights, abortion remains a pow...
05/08/2020
Trump Pushes Young Republicans Away. Abortion Pulls Them Back.

Even as young Republicans often accept the science of climate change and support L.G.B.T. rights, abortion remains a powerful force pulling them toward the Republican Party — and toward President Trump, whom many of them dislike.

On everything from climate change to marijuana, the generational divide that is evident among Democrats is no less present on the other side of the aisle. It’s just less visible.

May the government require the foreign affiliates of groups receiving federal money to fight AIDS abroad to adopt polici...
05/05/2020
Supreme Court Weighs Anti-Prostitution Pledge for AIDS Grants

May the government require the foreign affiliates of groups receiving federal money to fight AIDS abroad to adopt policies opposing prostitution?

In 2013, the Supreme Court said requiring domestic groups to take the pledge violated the First Amendment. The new case concerned their foreign affiliates.

His 1988 book, “Male Homosexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective,” showed that sexual orientation was large...
05/05/2020
Dr. Richard Friedman, Who Debunked Homosexuality Myth, Dies at 79

His 1988 book, “Male Homosexuality: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective,” showed that sexual orientation was largely biological and presented a case that helped undermine the belief held by most Freudian analysts at the time that homosexuality was a pathology that could somehow be cured.

In an important book, he challenged the widely held Freudian notion that same-sex attraction was curable, finding it instead rooted in biology.

“I didn’t go into this business thinking, I want to be a filmmaker,” said Wu, a former program manager at Microsoft who ...
05/04/2020
Alice Wu’s Lesbian Rom-Com Was Influential, but Her Follow-Up Wasn’t Easy

“I didn’t go into this business thinking, I want to be a filmmaker,” said Wu, a former program manager at Microsoft who took a night class in screenwriting, on a whim, in Seattle. “And when ‘Saving Face’ got made against all odds, I had this moment when I was like a deer in headlights.”

When she made “Saving Face,” Wu didn’t expect to influence a generation of Asian-American actresses and directors. Her new Netflix movie arrives in a much different time.

When news about the coronavirus pandemic began to become more serious, they reconsidered their situation and worried abo...
05/03/2020
A Wedding Under the St. Louis Arch

When news about the coronavirus pandemic began to become more serious, they reconsidered their situation and worried about what might happen if one of them were to become gravely ill.

“We were flung into the reality, this is not a place — Missouri — where you can be two single gay men and have a guarantee that anyone is going to look at your life partner and say, ‘What do you want for him?’” Mr. Kerns said. “The way we sought to get there was by getting married.”

Sean Gottlieb and Matthew Kerns met, fell in love, intended to marry in New Orleans. And then the coronavirus made them think very soberly about their options.

The location was booked. The date announced. The invitations were sent. Then, the impact of the coronavirus began.
04/26/2020
A New Chapter in Salt Lake City

The location was booked. The date announced. The invitations were sent. Then, the impact of the coronavirus began.

Nicholaus Shackleton and Eric Johnson met from afar on a dating app. Eventually Mr. Shackleton moved from Seattle to Utah to be with Mr. Johnson.

For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Dorian Gray to Tom Ripley, the lie of the closet was the hinge upon which ...
04/26/2020
Gay Literature Is Out of the Closet. So Why Is Deception a Big Theme?

For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Dorian Gray to Tom Ripley, the lie of the closet was the hinge upon which queer literature would pivot, reflecting what were then the often judicial or mortal costs of being openly gay.

Until recently, gay literary characters had to hide their identities. But even now the closet — and the lies and concealment it implies — remains a surprisingly potent metaphor.

“Here I am just waiting for my death sentence,” said a young man whose photos were leaked online and who spoke anonymous...
04/26/2020
Dozens of Gay Men Are Outed in Morocco as Photos Are Spread Online

“Here I am just waiting for my death sentence,” said a young man whose photos were leaked online and who spoke anonymously for fear of being attacked. “I’m frustrated and scared.”

The idea was to show the hypocrisy of Moroccan society by showing how many gay men are living quietly in straight society. It backfired badly.

“I asked myself if I wanted to be a boy, a girl, or something in between,” they said. “I decided I wanted to be in betwe...
04/25/2020
A Dark Debut Propels a Dutch Writer to Reluctant Fame

“I asked myself if I wanted to be a boy, a girl, or something in between,” they said. “I decided I wanted to be in between.”

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s novel “The Discomfort of Evening” was a best seller in the Netherlands. Now, it’s been nominated for the Booker International Prize.

"She was Indiana Jones in a miniskirt, a celebrity archaeologist hatched out of old New York aristocracy. Iris Love, art...
04/25/2020
Iris Love, Stylish Archaeologist and Dog Breeder, Dies at 86

"She was Indiana Jones in a miniskirt, a celebrity archaeologist hatched out of old New York aristocracy. Iris Love, art historian, champion dog breeder and the longtime romantic partner of the gossip columnist Liz Smith, was just as comfortable in the ancient world as in the society pages."

She was once known as the archaeologist in a miniskirt, a scion of old New York whose second career was raising Westminster Kennel Club champions.

In the past 15 months, eight L.G.B.T.Q. people have been killed in Puerto Rico, he said. All of the deaths remain unsolv...
04/24/2020
Bodies of 2 Transgender Women Found in Badly Burned Car in Puerto Rico

In the past 15 months, eight L.G.B.T.Q. people have been killed in Puerto Rico, he said. All of the deaths remain unsolved.

Activists said that the women, who were from New York City, were the third and fourth transgender people to be killed in Puerto Rico in the last two months.

“Libraries are community institutions, intended to serve diverse communities,” Ms. Caldwell-Stone added. “That includes ...
04/22/2020
Common Thread Tying Together 2019’s ‘Most Challenged’ Books: L.G.B.T.Q. Issues

“Libraries are community institutions, intended to serve diverse communities,” Ms. Caldwell-Stone added. “That includes all kinds of individuals and families.”

Eight of the 10 titles identified in the American Library Association’s annual ranking of the most frequently banned or protested books featured L.G.B.T.Q. subject matter.

"He was known for his decades of advocacy for L.G.B.T. and disability rights. 'A battering ram on issues of importance,'...
04/20/2020
Tarlach MacNiallais, Who Fought for Gay and Disability Rights, Dies at 57

"He was known for his decades of advocacy for L.G.B.T. and disability rights. 'A battering ram on issues of importance,' according to Harriet Golden, a vice president at A.H.R.C. New York City, an organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where Mr. MacNiallais worked for nearly 35 years."

Mr. MacNiallais helped organize the St. Pat’s For All Parade in Queens, a more inclusive version of the annual parade on Fifth Avenue.

"The more people who are documenting and sharing this experience, the more it will highlight to trans patients that ther...
04/20/2020
Preparing for Trans Pregnancy

"The more people who are documenting and sharing this experience, the more it will highlight to trans patients that there are people who will help."

A doctor addresses the challenges that come with this new frontier of fertility.

"Despite this progress, a complex network of state laws, regulations and restrictions affect many of our most common pat...
04/20/2020
Legal Basics for L.G.B.T.Q. Parents

"Despite this progress, a complex network of state laws, regulations and restrictions affect many of our most common paths to parenthood, meaning would-be L.G.B.T.Q. parents can face a far more complicated legal landscape than our straight counterparts."

The L.G.B.T.Q. community has more family planning options than ever before, but a patchwork of state laws and loose regulations can make the process difficult to navigate.

The chief suggested that Officer Bennett had contracted the coronavirus and died from it because “he was a homosexual wh...
04/14/2020
Police Chief Accused of Linking Deputy’s Covid-19 Death to ‘Homosexual Events’

The chief suggested that Officer Bennett had contracted the coronavirus and died from it because “he was a homosexual who attended homosexual events,” the complaint said.

The police chief in Davie, Fla., has been placed on leave after suggesting that a Broward County sheriff’s deputy died from the coronavirus because he was gay, according to a complaint.

How ACT UP — the coalition that fought against AIDS stigma and won medications that slowed the plague — forever changed ...
04/13/2020
How ACT UP Remade Political Organizing in America

How ACT UP — the coalition that fought against AIDS stigma and won medications that slowed the plague — forever changed patients’ rights, protests and American political organizing as it’s practiced today.

The coalition that fought against AIDS stigma and worked to slow the plague changed patients’ rights and contemporary protest movements.

Long a capital of nightlife, from ’70s discos to ’90s raves, New York City is now home to a robust scene of roving parti...
04/13/2020
The People Who Make New York’s Party Scene Happen

Long a capital of nightlife, from ’70s discos to ’90s raves, New York City is now home to a robust scene of roving parties where anyone — of any race, gender or sexuality — is welcome. These are the people who make the party happen.

Long a capital of nightlife, from ’70s discos to ’90s raves, the city is now home to a rich after-hours culture where anyone — of any race, gender or sexuality — is welcome.

"Queer culture and the arts would be much poorerwithout the presence and contribution of butchand stud lesbians, whose i...
04/13/2020
The Butches and Studs Who’ve Defied the Male Gaze and Redefined Culture

"Queer culture and the arts would be much poorer
without the presence and contribution of butch
and stud lesbians, whose identity is both its own
aesthetic and a defiant repudiation of the male gaze."

Without their presence and contributions, queer aesthetics — and the arts at large — would be far less rich.

"The respect and dignity that she gave to our struggle was the ultimate empowerment. She pushed us to shine authenticall...
04/12/2020
Opinion | What Lorena Borjas Did for the Trans Girls of Queens

"The respect and dignity that she gave to our struggle was the ultimate empowerment. She pushed us to shine authentically, to become an unstoppable insubordination, a scream of subversion that says, 'I am here, and I deserve happiness, too.' Some rare magic has left us. But Ms. Borjas leaves a network of activists who she nurtured, and who have mobilized in her wake."

She pushed us to shine authentically, to become a scream of subversion that says, “I am here, and I deserve happiness, too.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most prominent members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, praised the “incredible ...
04/10/2020
Anthony Fauci calls out “extraordinary stigma” gays face while standing right in front of Mike Pence

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most prominent members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, praised the “incredible courage and dignity and strength and activism” LGBTQ people showed during the HIV epidemic in the face of “extraordinary stigma.”

He made the comments while standing right in front of Mike Pence, one of the U.S.’s best known sources of anti-gay stigma.

Fauci praised LGBTQ people's "strength and activism" during the HIV epidemic as Pence loomed over his left shoulder...

LGBTQ Stars Who Have Come Out in 2020 (So Far)
04/10/2020
LGBTQ Stars Who Have Come Out in 2020 (So Far)

LGBTQ Stars Who Have Come Out in 2020 (So Far)

We're just a few months into 2020, and stars from all across the entertainment industry have decided to open up to their fans about their own personal identities, coming out officially to the world at large.

Samaritan’s Purse is led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who has been criticized for anti-Muslim and anti-L.G.B.T.Q. rhetor...
04/10/2020
Plan for Cathedral Hospital Stalls Amid Concern Over Evangelical Role

Samaritan’s Purse is led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who has been criticized for anti-Muslim and anti-L.G.B.T.Q. rhetoric.

Leaders of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan were upset by the involvement of Samaritan’s Purse, led by the Rev. Franklin Graham.

“During AIDS, I was disposable because I’m a faggot. Now I’m disposable because I’m a fogie,” said Cleve Jones, 65, who ...
04/10/2020
For H.I.V. Survivors, a Feeling of Weary Déjà Vu

“During AIDS, I was disposable because I’m a faggot. Now I’m disposable because I’m a fogie,” said Cleve Jones, 65, who got into activism during the 1970s as a protegé of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California.

Some of them are now senior citizens: vulnerable again, mistrustful of government directives about coronavirus and unable to organize.

The art of AIDS was bold and brash and often overtly political, sparking debates about federal arts funding and censorsh...
04/10/2020
What Can We Learn From the Art of Pandemics Past?

The art of AIDS was bold and brash and often overtly political, sparking debates about federal arts funding and censorship, and it didn’t flinch from the realities of the body.

From the playground game ring-around-the-rosy to the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the scars of illnesses throughout history are still visible today.

There is no evidence to suggest the medications in PrEP are useful in protecting against coronavirus.
04/10/2020
Sex and the Coronavirus: Reader Questions, Answered

There is no evidence to suggest the medications in PrEP are useful in protecting against coronavirus.

Will there be a baby boom in nine months? Is this a bad time to get pregnant? Could PrEP protect me? And should high-risk people abstain altogether?

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The largest study of same-sex sexual behavior finds the genetics are complicated, and social and environmental factors are also key. "How do genes influence our sexuality? The question has long been fraught with controversy. An ambitious new study — the largest ever to analyze the genetics of same-sex sexual behavior — found that genetics does play a role, responsible for perhaps a third of the influence on whether someone has same-sex sex. The influence comes not from one gene but many, each with a tiny effect — and the rest of the explanation includes social or environmental factors — making it impossible to use genes to predict someone’s sexuality. “I hope that the science can be used to educate people a little bit more about how natural and normal same-sex behavior is,” said Benjamin Neale, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard and one of the lead researchers on the international team. “It’s written into our genes and it’s part of our environment. This is part of our species and it’s part of who we are.”..."
“As an Irish gay immigrant, I was excluded from all the St. Patrick’s Day parades in the city and arrested when I tried to march in them,” said Mr. Fay, who is from Drogheda, Ireland, and was instrumental in a long-fought and ultimately successful movement to allow the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to march in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
This makes me so happy. Think about rescuing a child from the system and starting a family.
The play tells the story of an openly gay teenage boy, Pharus, who is the head of the prestigious choir at a stalwart all-black boarding academy called the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys.
RIP