Tag Archives: Gay Life

‘He kind of asks for it’

Demonstrating how he has adapted to the times, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming shares his views on queer rights with high schoolers: For the last question from students, sophomore Bailee Foster asked Sen. Enzi about the LGBTQ community — specifically … Continue reading

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No one can lift the damn thing: the best of the Magnetic Fields

With a catalog this daunting, I expect arguments about exclusions and why I included so much of 69 Love Songs: (a) it’s got sixty-nine songs, at least a third of which are superb and funny, especially as collected in the … Continue reading

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Wave of anti-gay violence in Chechyna

Often I wonder if the “It Gets Better” campaign exists for the purpose of a hashtag: Chechnyans are being ordered to murder their gay relatives after they are released from sinister Nazi-style concentration camps, according to new evidence. Failure to … Continue reading

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Tell me how does it feel: Best of eighties dance

Of course I acknowledge overlap with my freestyle and disco lists, but that’s inevitable. 1. Patrick Cowley ft. Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk 2. Madonna – Into the Groove 3. Shannon – Give Me Tonight 4. Jamie Principle – … Continue reading

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Trump is not conservative, part 4571

Remember when Donald Trump’s RNC convention invited Peter Thiel to explain that LGBT rights are Republican rights too? Remember the rainbow flag? Meet Tennessee state senator Mark Green, whom Donald Trump wants as secretary of the army Green, who once … Continue reading

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Best disco singles

I’m not Tom Smucker, Peter Shapiro, or Tim Lawrence — I’m a consumer of disco who has written about its eighties permutation often. At this point it’s as much a cliche to repeat that disco never died as to say … Continue reading

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Sunday morning read

Surveying the coming storm, Jonathan Chait looks to millennial voters to save us from the worst of conservatism: Voters under 30 disapprove of his performance by margins exceeding two-to-one. My recent magazine story describes Trump’s strategy of dividing the country … Continue reading

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Best in queer cinema

When I defined queerness and queerness in rock and pop this week, I implied that a space where members of the same gender could share desires, gratified and ungratified, was a prerequisite. George Cukor’s delicate, strange Holiday leapt to mind. … Continue reading

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What it means to be queer

I posit ten theses: To be queer is to question your desires after cracking a joke at your own expense. To be queer is express a desire with undue vehemence. To be queer is to squirm, with unnoticeable effort, beneath … Continue reading

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Strange voices are saying: Best queer songs

To be queer is to squirm, with unnoticeable effort, beneath the weight of expectations. Queers laugh when their desires are uncovered to save themselves from a public embarrassment that they have already registered as shame. The following songs encompass a … Continue reading

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WWI story ‘Frantz’ blooms beneath the queer gaze

As a camera object Pierre Niney is extraordinary, a china vase with an effete mildness. In Frantz, the star of Yves Saint Laurent plays a French veteran of the Great War who visits the family of the dead German soldier he’d … Continue reading

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But Trump is not a typical Republican!

I know homosexuals who thought Donald Trump would a fairer than normal president when it came to LGBT rights. Remember this story? ““He will be the most gay-friendly Republican nominee for president ever,” cooed Gregory T. Angelo of the Log … Continue reading

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