Tag Archives: Gay Life

A terror by which I hoped never to be engulfed: James Baldwin

To a point I understand why James Baldwin has vanished from Common Core required reading lists (I understand why Bayard Rustin doesn’t appear in hagiographies about the civil rights movement). Complexities of style has nothing to do with it; for … Continue reading

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On the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign sends young volunteers to collect signatures at my university at least once a semester. When I reject the request, the volunteer looks sad, as if I’d reminded her of her bigoted dad; when I explain I’m … Continue reading

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The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

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Bisexuals: ““They’re misunderstood. They’re ignored. They’re mocked.”

Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ Sunday magazine story depicts researchers struggling to give bisexuality the respect it deserves as a legitimate mode of being. Until the last seven or eight years I counted myself among the skeptics, thanks in large part to experiences … Continue reading

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“It’s fine by me if they vote more often”

I wish the whole thing were up: a “Firing Line” episode from the early eighties in which William F. Buckley, Jr asks two guests about what exactly “gay rights” means. Richard Ashworth joined Parents of Lesbians and Gay Men upon … Continue reading

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There’s more to love than boy meets girl: Jimmy Somerville

Writing this essay on Jimmy Somerville, I realized he was a mediocrity who wrote and sang a fistful of great dance tracks. To learn that Bronski Beat and the Communards recorded music incommensurate with Somerville’s personal radicalism and the monikers … Continue reading

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Anti-gay florists serving gays: “It is the price of citizenship”

I haven’t posted about Arizona’s attempt to protect businesses who claim religious exceptions when serving gay and lesbians because the stupidity of columnists whose libertarian principles are as deep as birdbaths is a better target. Andrew Sullivan: I would never … Continue reading

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“Will Judge Sarah Zabel do to our voting rights what Bull Connor did to our civil rights?”

I’m sure this tactic will work. With Florida’s gay-marriage ban threatened in Miami court, social conservatives launched a counteroffensive Friday, accusing same-sex union proponents of opposing civil rights. The new argument from the Christian Family Coalition and other groups adopts … Continue reading

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54 percent of Floridians now back same-sex marriage

I couldn’t be as excited as friends when John McCain lost in 2008. Floridians in impressive numbers voted for a constitutional amendment keeping marriage between men and women at the same time that Florida went to a Democrat for the … Continue reading

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Mud in your eye for the queer guy: “Looking”

In the fall of 2000, sixteen months after coming out, I remember the night I watched “Queer as Folk” and wondered how “Beverly Hills 90210″ was a better representation of queerdom. Think about it: that enclave of wealth in which … Continue reading

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Gay marriages and Catholic schools

A product of Catholic schools, I wonder how my alma mater is doing with this sort of thing: administrators fired a principal after learning he had married a man. I suspect it’s experienced growing pains too: This month, the band … Continue reading

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SoFL gay couples sue in Miami-Dade court for right to marry

It begins: According to the 21-page filing, which names Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin as defendant, the plaintiffs “allege that Florida’s categorical exclusion of all same-sex couples from marriage deny same-sex couples, including the plaintiff couples, and their families the … Continue reading

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