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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)
From the Editor

Calling Out Homophobia Is No Game of Gotcha

In September 2017, as Bronx City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera — whose history of homophobic attacks on the LGBTQ community included a 2014 YouTube video he recorded in Uganda praising that country’s efforts to enact a draconian anti-sodomy statute that included severe prison sentences — faced a Democratic primary opponent, Gay City News noticed that his campaign website included an endorsement by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment
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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)
Now that the government shutdown has ended, the Trump administration has turned to hard science to bolster its argument for a border wall. The proposed 2,000-mile barrier, which would bar thousands of Latin Americans from illegal entry into the United States, received timely support today, with the announcement of a breakthrough scientific discovery. According to top anthropologists at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, only United States citizens — unique among any other people on planet Earth — possess qualities identifying them as true Homo sapiens. Comments (1)
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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)
Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh Air from Detroit

Insider Trading

A Congressional Breath of Fresh Air from Detroit

Kudos to newly elected Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for telling it like it is. Tlaib’s now famous “We’re gonna impeach the motherfucker!” induced Michael Moore to proclaim her a “breath of fresh air.” For the first time in American history we have elected a Muslim woman to Congress. In fact, we have two in the wake of the November election. What Tlaib said is simply what each and every one of us is thinking every day. Comments (2)
Dear Trump Diary, Comment
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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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Women New York Must Honor

In the city’s bid to increase the number of statues of women, there will be one erected for the late Congressmember Shirley Chisholm in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman — in 1972 — to seek the Democratic nomination for president. Chisholm deserves a statue; she broke many a barrier. Comment


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