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"Jason Rodriguez is worried. Not for himself — the dancer, actor and choreographer has been doing well during the pandem...
07/27/2020
Jason Rodriguez’s Vogue Family Values: Positivity, Trust, Love

"Jason Rodriguez is worried. Not for himself — the dancer, actor and choreographer has been doing well during the pandemic. His concern is for those in the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community, specifically Black trans youth."

The dancer and choreographer strives to empower a generation: “If you’re not expressing your most confident self, you’re not voguing.”

"White, who turned 80 this year, is also a survivor. He has lived with H.I.V. since 1985, and survived multiple strokes ...
07/27/2020
Living With Edmund White

"White, who turned 80 this year, is also a survivor. He has lived with H.I.V. since 1985, and survived multiple strokes and a heart attack. In keeping with tradition, he intends to make it through the coronavirus pandemic as well."

He has survived H.I.V. and a heart attack, and while the influential gay novelist acknowledges that he is “hyper-vulnerable,” he intends to make it through this pandemic as well.

"The memo is based on two big “ifs” — first, that Mr. Biden wins the election in November, and second, that he then deci...
07/27/2020
Biden Could Quickly Reverse Trump’s Military Transgender Ban, Group Says

"The memo is based on two big “ifs” — first, that Mr. Biden wins the election in November, and second, that he then decides to overturn the ban."

An advocacy group says the Pentagon would not need months to study how to allow transgender people to serve, because it had already done so to prepare the Obama policy that was reversed.

"The policy is just a small piece of a broader, governmentwide effort to diminish protections for transgender people. Pr...
07/27/2020
Trump Presses Limits on Transgender Rights Over Supreme Court Ruling

"The policy is just a small piece of a broader, governmentwide effort to diminish protections for transgender people. President Trump’s 2017 ban on transgender people enlisting or serving in the military has now been in effect for more than a year. A Department of Health and Human Services rule erasing protections for transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies was finalized in June."

The Trump administration is pressing forward with policies limiting transgender rights. Many rules that have been in development for years have now either been finalized or have gone into effect.

"Music is such an expression that your sexuality comes out. It just does. Whether you’re writing about it or not. The pe...
07/18/2020
Music as a ‘Means to an End’

"Music is such an expression that your sexuality comes out. It just does. Whether you’re writing about it or not. The people that need to know, know."

In a New York Times “Live at Home” event, the recording artists Meshell Ndegeocello, Brandi Carlile and Hayley Kiyoko explored the role of activism in their work.

“When I see people in a tough place, I always like to help them,” Ms. Zaher, 65, an Arab citizen of Israel, said in an i...
07/18/2020
The Tahini War: The Food at the Center of an Arab Gay Rights Battle

“When I see people in a tough place, I always like to help them,” Ms. Zaher, 65, an Arab citizen of Israel, said in an interview. “If everyone turns their back on this community, who is going to help?”

After an Arab tahini magnate donated to an Israeli gay rights group, her company faced a boycott. But gay activists say the controversy has an upside.

"I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones, and my intention is to honor that as best I can,” Ms. Sampaio said. “W...
07/18/2020
Valentina Sampaio Is the First Transgender Model for Sports Illustrated

"I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones, and my intention is to honor that as best I can,” Ms. Sampaio said. “What unites us as humans is that we all share the common desire to be accepted and loved for who we are.”

The Brazilian model, who is in the magazine’s swimsuit issue, was also the first transgender woman to work for Victoria’s Secret and grace the cover of Vogue magazine.

"And so she had an idea: a rally for black trans people that would evoke one of the most notable protests in New York hi...
06/16/2020
How a March for Black Trans Lives Became a Huge Event

"And so she had an idea: a rally for black trans people that would evoke one of the most notable protests in New York history, the Silent Parade, when the N.A.A.C.P. assembled nearly 10,000 people in 1917, all wearing white and silently marching down Fifth Avenue to demand an end to violence against black people."

“The violence that’s affecting black trans women and black trans folks is finally getting the attention that it deserves,” an organizer of the Brooklyn march said.

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06/15/2020
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One of the joys of being queer is joining a glorious, creative, sometimes contentious, constantly shifting and growing t...
06/11/2020
For Pride Month, Eight Stories About Queer Power and Defiance

One of the joys of being queer is joining a glorious, creative, sometimes contentious, constantly shifting and growing tribe: under the L.G.B.T.Q. umbrella, the individual experiences (and still-all-too-common disenfranchisements) are both specific and vast, and yet it’s our collective struggle, our efforts to disband the heterosexual patriarchy, that ultimately binds and defines us.

Essential reading from T’s archive, including pieces on how L.G.B.T.Q. culture has re-envisioned the worlds of food, art and entertainment.

The past decade has seen a surge of films that have eschewed self-discovery narratives and propelled these characters in...
06/09/2020
The Roles Are L.G.B.T.Q., but the Movies Are Not About Self-Discovery

The past decade has seen a surge of films that have eschewed self-discovery narratives and propelled these characters into wonderfully complicated directions. In honor of Pride Month, here are nine worth watching.

After a generation of films about sexual or emotional awakening, these titles showcase lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters in all their wonderful complexity.

Guibert was a pioneer of autofiction and the author of one of the truly great AIDS novels, “To the Friend Who Did Not Sa...
06/09/2020
A French Writer Who Blurred the Line Between Candor and Provocation

Guibert was a pioneer of autofiction and the author of one of the truly great AIDS novels, “To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life,” in which he documented the breakdown of his body with detached fascination.

More work by Hervé Guibert, who died at 36 in 1991, is being made available in English, including his great AIDS novel “To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life.”

Just a year ago, Mr. Díaz, a cowboy-hat-wearing Pentecostal minister and New York City councilman, was ignoring calls to...
06/09/2020
It’s America’s Bluest House Seat. How Is This Man a Top Contender?

Just a year ago, Mr. Díaz, a cowboy-hat-wearing Pentecostal minister and New York City councilman, was ignoring calls to resign his seat after saying the Council chamber was “controlled by the homosexual community.”

The Rev. Ruben Diaz opposes abortion, has made homophobic statements and may vote for President Trump. And he’s a Democrat. In the Bronx.

What happened in Costa Rica is the type of civil rights victory one should expect when a country adopts a model of gover...
06/08/2020
Opinion | Same-Sex Marriage in Conservative Costa Rica Was Not a Miracle

What happened in Costa Rica is the type of civil rights victory one should expect when a country adopts a model of governance merging social inclusion with liberal institutions, and rejects populism in favor of the rule of law.

The country’s model of social inclusion by way of law kicked in.

“I received 400 proposals. Some of them of marriage,” she said in an interview for The Sunday Times of London in 1972. “...
06/08/2020
Overlooked No More: Roberta Cowell, Trans Trailblazer, Pilot and Auto Racer

“I received 400 proposals. Some of them of marriage,” she said in an interview for The Sunday Times of London in 1972. “I could have had titles, money, the lot.”

Cowell is the first woman known to undergo sex reassignment surgery in Britain. But after a splash in the 1950s, she withdrew from public life and died in obscurity.

Are you going?
06/08/2020
Is the Party Over on Fire Island?

Are you going?

The gay clubs are closed, but many of the Pines “boys” are keeping their summer shares. Can they also keep their social distance?

Mr. Sheldon espoused the widely discredited view that homosexuality is a choice and that people could and should be free...
06/08/2020
Louis Sheldon, Anti-Gay Minister With Political Clout, Dies at 85

Mr. Sheldon espoused the widely discredited view that homosexuality is a choice and that people could and should be freed from its grip.

The founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, he railed against what he called the “homosexual agenda,” gaining the ear of national politicians.

"He was then a founder of a more militant group, Act Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), whose street actions demandin...
05/27/2020
Larry Kramer, Author and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84

"He was then a founder of a more militant group, Act Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), whose street actions demanding a speedup in AIDS drugs research and an end to discrimination against gay men and lesbians severely disrupted the operations of government offices, Wall Street and the Roman Catholic hierarchy."

“One of America’s most valuable troublemakers,” Susan Sontag called him.

He worked hard to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency. But his often abusive approach could overshadow his achievements.

"As a queer woman, you’re forced to come out constantly. At family gatherings. To the hotel concierge. At the airport wh...
05/15/2020
The Power of Naming for Queer Women

"As a queer woman, you’re forced to come out constantly. At family gatherings. To the hotel concierge. At the airport when you’re late for a flight. On the street when people ask if you are sisters. At a bar, when some guy is hitting on you. Some people will perform a dizzying array of mental gymnastics to avoid seeing the couple in front of them. But the fact of the matter is: There is no ambiguity with 'wife.' When you say 'wife,' the other person has to deal with it."

Do married lesbians use the title “Mrs.?” The answer is often “no.” Women also have strong feelings about the word “wife.”

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.

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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.
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