In Memoriam: Author Jeanne Cordova

By John Mack Freeman (thanks to Nel for the tip!) Feminist and lesbian activist and author Jeanne Cordova passed away this week at the age of 67. Her 2011 memoir When We Were Outlaws was a 2013 Stonewall Honor Book in nonfiction. From the Windy City Times: Pioneer feminist, activist, journalist, publisher and LGBT media figure Jeanne […]

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Watch: ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Introduces First Transgender Bride

By Ashley R. Lierman Precious Davis, a transgender woman of color, is the first trans bride to appear on the series Say Yes to the Dress, specifically the spin-off Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, reports the Advocate. Davis was listed in the 2014 Trans 100 List, and is a singer and performer as well […]

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Watch: Adorable Music Video Supports Spy/Villain Romance

By Ashley R. Lierman Swedish indie pop group Miike Snow recently released a music video for their song “Genghis Khan,” filmed in the style of a James Bond-like spy movie. The video features the spy in question and his nemesis falling in love and settling down together, complete with a choreographed dance number under a […]

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Web Series ‘My Life’ Spotlights Transgender Couple

By Ashley R. Lierman Mode Studios’ web series My Life, which “takes a deep look into the lives of fascinating individuals,” recently profiled a transgendered married couple, Out reports. In their segment on the series, Claire and Jim talk about their history, their desire to raise a family, and more. Watch an exclusive clip of […]

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In Memoriam: Robert Spitzer, influential psychiatrist, dies at 83

By John Mack Freeman Influential psychiatrist Dr. Robert Spitzer passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 83 from complications with heart disease. Dr. Spitzer is perhaps best known for brokering the 1973 agreement that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality as an illness from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder […]

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In Memoriam: Poet Justin Chin

By John Mack Freeman Poet Justin Chin was taken off life support on December 22nd in San Francisco following a massive stroke in the preceding week. Via SF Weekly: In both his poetry and prose, Chin explored his identity as a gay Asian American.Bite Hard studies — in vivid detail — lovers and dreams, crabs and HIV. […]

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Autostraddle ranks every queer female television storyline in 2015

By John Mack Freeman Autostraddle released a ranking of the 83 television storylines in 2015 to feature a queer woman. While of course any ranking is ultimately in the eye of the viewer, we wanted to pass this along as a fairly comprehensive list of representation in the past year. You can view the entire list […]

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Tennessee lawmaker wants state to stop issuing marriage licenses

By John Mack Freeman Tennessee State House Representative Rick Womick recently proposed that the state should stop issuing marriage licenses so that it would not have to issue licenses to same-sex couples as the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell. Via Advocate.com: “The state Constitution says that marriage is between one man and one woman, and my personal belief is […]

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New York City takes new steps to protect trans people

By John Mack Freeman The New York City Commission On Human Rights released a new report from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration that outlines the way the city will interpret a 2002 law that protects the rights of trans people. First off, it has officially banned willful misuse of gender pronouns as part of a […]

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Estonia same-sex partnerships become law, problems persist

By John Mack Freeman In 2014, Estonia became the first former Soviet republic to approve same-sex partnerships. However, despite those partnerships becoming legal this week, many are recommending that same-sex couples avoid getting hitched right away. Despite the long run-up to the law, issues like inheritance, divorce, and other common practical matters still haven’t been sorted […]

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