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Lawrence v. Texas: A Victory for Liberty

The sodomy statute could have been declared unconstitutional under either theory—due process or equal protection—which is not to say that they are legal equivalents.

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Legal Challenges after Lawrence

The way in which Justice Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion falls short of providing a clear roadmap for analyzing these constitutional questions.

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Lawrence Brings It All Back Home

  IN STRIKING DOWN the Texas law that made consensual sex in private between members of the same sex a criminal act, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, speaking for the majority of the Supreme Court, wrote that the Texas law “demeans the lives of homosexual persons … entitled to respect for their private lives.” By emphasizing […]

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Case Against Marriage Equality Implodes

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissenting opinion that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage rests on “pretty shaky grounds.” Though I rarely agree with Scalia, when he’s right, he’s right.

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How the UN Can Advance Gay Rights

With its ability to impose individual criminal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, the ICC represents a momentous advance in international justice.

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Assault on Our Performance Spaces!

Spaces like this one are (or were) open to all ages, which was great for younger folks who can’t get into nighttime gay bars; they hosted local activist groups and offered tangible solutions for change at the regional level; they cooked up fresh food for people passing through; put on clothing swap parties; and, most prominently, they gave a platform for Southern queer artists to perform.

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Gay and Arab in the Trump Era

I am an Arab homosexual. I have a rough beard and it digs out moan after moan when grazing the asses of my lovers. In my native country, I am queer and flirting with danger.

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B.T.W.

  Fun Down There The defeat of North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, last November ran against the general tide of the election, and his loss was clearly due to his support for the infamous HB2 or “bathroom bill” that bars transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. The law triggered a […]

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Gays for Trump? Homonationalism Has Deep Roots

ONE OF THE SURPRISES of the Trump campaign and presidency has been the presence of prominent and vocal gay male supporters, such as Peter Thiel and Milo Yiannopoulos. In Europe, however, gay men have played a role in populist far-right parties for years …

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B.T.W.

  Cher Was There Police were stumped when house after house was getting robbed in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood, and the burglar kept eluding capture. He would take the usual items of value—cash, electronics, jewelry—and managed to rob fifteen homes without slipping up. But then he was done in by… Cher. It seems the burglar, […]

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