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Mayor Pete and the Black Community

Last week, Charles Blow, a New York Times opinion columnist whose work I generally admire, wrote a blistering attack on anyone who claims that Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has what might euphemistically be called “a black problem,” a distinct lack of support in the African-American community that is directly tied to Buttigieg being gay. Comment
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When Kink Comes to The Times

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When Kink Comes to The Times

In describing Liam Stack’s coverage of the Folsom Europe fetish festival, I use the term peculiar not because the article was especially bizarre in and of itself, but because it appeared in The New York Times. Comment
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The Times Firing on All Cylinders

The New York Times was on quite a roll last weekend. One after another, Times columnists went ballistic, but eloquently so, on the subject of our president, Donald Rump, who has recently done a brilliant job of exposing himself — yet again — as a charlatan. Comment
This week, ABC News had, on its website, a piece on the employment-related legal matters before the Supreme Court this weel. Titled “LGBT Americans look to Supreme Court after being fired ‘because of sex,’” and written by Devin Dwyer, the article is scrupulously “balanced.” Comment
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Stepping All Over the Lede

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Stepping All Over the Lede

There are a couple of reasons for a news show to choose to lead a broadcast with one story over another. Last week, NBC Nightly News didn’t seem to have a good one. Comment
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Log Cabin Ain’t Real Maple Syrup

“The Trump Administration Asked the Supreme Court to Legalize Firing Workers Simply for Being Gay.” This was the arresting headline of a BuzzFeed News story last week. Comments (2)
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Sell-Your-Soul Cycle

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Sell-Your-Soul Cycle

“If gyms sell people on the idea that a gym affiliation is part of their identity, gyms can’t really be surprised when people quit because they no longer identify.” Comment
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When In Doubt, Blame Tumblr

“Police in Pakistan say they have found the bodies of two transgender women who were tortured and beaten to death. A senior officer says the bodies were recovered late Saturday from a locked house in the Sahiwal district of the eastern Punjab province.... Comment
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Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

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Dale Peck’s Brain Dump

What was so wrong about Dale Peck’s pick-nose prose in The New Republic? For starters, according to Muri Assunção of the Daily News, “In the hard-to-believe essay, Peck repeatedly referred to the also openly gay Buttigieg as ‘Mary Pete.’” Comment
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Post-Pride: A Potpouri of Crazies

I thought I would close off what was by any reasonable measure an enormously successful Pride Month with a veritable smorgasbord of wack-jobs — those perverted morons who looked at millions of joyous LGBTQ celebrants and saw nothing but a sea of sin. First up: Breitbart, the premiere go-to source for right-wing crankery. Comments (2)
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The Delights and the Weight of History

“A gay first lady? Yes, we’ve already had one, and here are her love letters.” This was the arresting headline in the Washington Post. Seems that the unmarried, 50-year-old Grover Cleveland needed a respectable White House hostess, so he turned to his sister, Rose. And Rose was a, a… well, they didn’t have a word for it at the time. Comment
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Please, Readers, Find the Humor Here

When hummers don’t help. Comment
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For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

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For God’s Sake, Trans Lives Matter

Here’s Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour: “The most recent killing took place last Sunday in north Philadelphia. Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40 years old and a longtime advocate for the LGBTQ community, was shot several times... Comment
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What Facts Matter?

Are you aware that one of the alleged young killers at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado is a transgender boy? If so, you’ve had to do some digging because the mainstream media has left the issue mostly unspoken, leaving it to the crank right to trumpet. Comments (1)
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Inter-Ivy Resentment Masquerades as Political Journalism

“Meaningless erudition,” is it? This New York Times article, by Jay Caspian Kang’s recent New York Times article, “How Pete Buttigieg’s Meaningless Erudition Made Him the ‘Smart’ Candidate,” is a snotty hit job. Comment
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Carcinogenic Windmills & Dads Who Love Marx

“Now, you could see the Trump administration’s willingness to trust the meat industry to keep our meat safe as part of an overall attack on government regulation, a willingness to trust profit-making businesses to do the right thing and let the market rule. And there’s something to that, but it’s not the whole story, as illustrated by another event: Trump’s declaration the other day that wind turbines cause cancer. Comment
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While You Were Sweating the Mueller Report…

What with all the Mueller hoo-ha in recent weeks, you may have missed the Senate’s confirmation of an anti-gay bigot, Allison Rushing, to a lifetime appointment on a federal appeals court. Here’s […] Comment
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I Feel Even Sorrier for Jussie

I was working my way through the New York Times Magazine story “Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks” by Frans de Waal, a primatologist. It was a pleasant enough article... Comment
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I Feel Sorry for Jussie Smollett

One thing that has been in short supply during the whole Jussie Smollett fiasco is compassion. Opinions, however, have been overabundant. Comments (2)
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Does It Really Come Down to Pee-Shy Men?

The editorial in the Washington Post could not have been clearer or more direct: “For almost two years, transgender men and women have been allowed to openly serve in the military. There have been […] Comments (3)
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In the Long Term, We All Die

From the Associated Press, via the Military Times: “Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the US military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service. The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue. Comment
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Fear and Self-Loathing

From the Moscow Times on January 11: “The Associated Press on Friday cited activist Igor Kochetkov as saying Chechnya has seen a spike in detentions of women and men suspected of being gay since […] Comments (3)
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Anti-Gay Horrors, All But Forgotten

From a horrifying, maddening article in the New Yorker by the great Masha Gessen: “In October, 2017, a young man named Maxim Lapunov spoke at a press conference in Moscow. Flanked by LGBT and human […] Comments (2)

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