Labels can have pluses and minuses—mine is nonbinary and bisexual LGBT. But I prefer human. I understand that shorthand makes some people comfortable—LGBT, LGBTQIA, LGBTQIA+, male, female cis, bi, trans. They can also bring people together. My funny best friend Stella loves joking about my partner and I.
Alex Morse’s 2020 congressional campaign ended in scandal. The progressive candidate was accused of sexual misconduct, and swiftly lost most of the support from his progressive coalition. Endorsements were reneged, funding dried up, and Morse lost by 17 points. Then, evidence emerged that the allegations were part of a
Every Valentine’s Day, studios present big-budget romance movies about a fill-in-the-blank straight couple. While there can certainly be plenty of simple joy in watching two people attain their happily ever after, they do little for representation of identities that are not cis, straight, and white. The few examples of
“A White Horse,” tells the story of a young girl who has undergone gay conversion therapy and exhibits the traumatic impacts of former psychiatric procedures. The Irish Short Film presents viridescent colors and muted images that clash with a tale that reflects the undeserved reality many queer individuals
Intimidation, kidnapping, torture, and systematic extermination. Horrific actions that many relegate as a thing of the past, left behind with monsters like Hitler and Stalin. However, for the LGBTQ+ community in Russia—one of the most oppressively homophobic countries in the world—these remain real and present threats to this
Using social media platforms to spread awareness, bring joy, and advocate for things you feel passionate about is a way to use social media for the better. This is what TikTok and Instagram famous Jessica Golich has accomplished through her entrepreneurial journey. Her funny TikTok videos, she provides comedic relief,
From high-school quarterbacks and girl-next-doors to “James Dean daydreams” and “good girl faiths,” Taylor Swift’s lyrics have routinely capitalized on heteronormative tropes throughout her discography, but with her recent engagement in political activism, particularly with supporting the LGBTQIA community, and her newest, gender-neutral songs
So Pretty is a documentary-style narrative film loosely based on the German novel, So schön by Ronald M. Schernikau. It centers four LGTBQ youths in New York City who struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community. This film was screened at the Berlin film festival in 2019 and won several awards.
The sometimes devastating consequences of and links between homophobia and early trauma are brought viscerally to life in Farbod Khoshtinat’s “Two Little Boys,” which explores the dynamics between two boys, one of whom is bullying the other, effectively juxtaposing different approach individuals can use when confronting
OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project operates in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, under the umbrella of Outfest, a LGBTQ+ annual film festival OutSet is a filmmaking program that empowers young LGBTQ+ creatives to tell their stories through film. Over the course of six months, creatives participated in a
On the anniversary of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in Orlando, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services rolled back Obamacare’s Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The new provision removes protections against discrimination based on sexuality or
Elegance Bratton’s film Pier Kids documents the lives of LGBTQ+ youth who spend much of their time socializing and surviving on the Christopher Street Pier in the West Village of New York City. Filmed over the course of three years, this documentary brilliantly captures the humanity, complexity, and community
Reggie Wingnutz (center) and bandmates. All photos (C) Sam C. Long. Reggie Wingnutz is an accomplished writer and performer whose work explores sexuality, gender identity and spirituality through words and music. His unique relationship with Spirit has led him to exceptional understandings of time and space. (Did we mention he’