Tag Archives: Gay Life

A point is all that you can score: the best of Trevor Horn

So much of how listeners define the eighties Trevor Horn shaped: orchestras, sampled and live, treated as punctuative noise; the manipulation of artificial sound for rhythmic or melodic ends; understanding the Bowie/Ferry legacy of bombast as expression of genuine emotion. … Continue reading

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‘We resisted then and we’re resisting now’

In “Pride Has Always Been a Protest,” Nico Lang reminds remders that before the affirmations of the last ten years, Pride existed as protest. ince Trump’s inauguration in January, his administration has consistently chipped away at protections for queer and … Continue reading

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The nonsense of marching against “Sharia law”

So marches against “Sharia law” are happening as I type. Fortunately, these marches celebrate the diversity of opinion regarding the interpretation of the Koran and the discussion among Muslims about what Sharia means. Pawl Bazile, who runs Proud Boy, a … Continue reading

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The burden of belonging to a poor queer minority

Yesterday, Thomas Edsall published another sobering column about what he calls the Democratic Party’s disarray. Although data collected in November 2016 shows that bits of the so-called Obama coaliton stayed home or in some cases switched to Donald Trump on … Continue reading

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Being gay: the VHS days

This is the latest in a series of posts begun in June 2016 in which I reflect on the early days of being a homosexual. For the newly out young gay adult in the late nineties, AOL was a godsend. … Continue reading

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On the nexus between white nationalists and queer men

In a grotesque inversion — I use this noun intentionally — of the concept Christopher Hitchens called superpower self-pity, some gay white men hope to protect themselves from abuse by aligning themselves with the vilest fringes of racism. Donna Minkowitz’s … Continue reading

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I could give them a mirror: the best of Eurythmics and Annie Lennox

Not much chatter about Eurythmics these days — a pity, for at their prime they were among the more consistent singles artists of their decade. After 1984, Annie Lennox’s infatuation with her vocal prowess and David Stewart’s guitar noodling and … Continue reading

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‘Staying Vertical’ stays cool and perverse

“Staying vertical” refers to how one should position oneself when confronted by a wolf. Alain Guiraudie’s latest film could also refer to how to survive when dealing with the screenwriter turned sheepherder who enters the lives of a woman and … Continue reading

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The duties of friendship

Kate Shellnutt’s account of the difficulty of maintaining friends after thirty has occasioned some discussion on my social media feeds. The following passages struck me: I’m not sure who I’m destined to become in the years ahead. Turning 30 doesn’t … Continue reading

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The satisfaction of aloneness

The immersive blandness of a Target on the Sunday morning of a long weekend – my church. The sheer acreage of the average store is enough to stagger me, although so long as I can find the frozen blueberries and a … Continue reading

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Queerture feature: ‘Alien: Covenant’

Fans who’ve dreamed of helping Michael Fassbender with a fingering should race to any theater showing Alien: Covenant. Playing the synthetic Walter and his less advanced but more erudite earlier model David, Fassbender has a scene in which the latter … Continue reading

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to retire in 2018

Well. The Democrats have an easy pickup now: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the dean of the Florida legislative delegation and the first Cuban American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term next year, saying it’s time … Continue reading

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