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How the Pope Was Played

Many people felt dejected when Pope Francis, on his recent visit to the U.S., met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, becoming a media sensation and a cause célèbre of the religious Right. It turns out both Davis and the papal meeting were creatures of […]

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Guns and Dildos

  Texas has passed a law that will allow people to carry guns on all public college and university campuses. So a group has sprung up at UT-Austin called Campus (Dildo) Carry that plans to have its members carry dildos in their backpacks as they come and go on campus. It seems the university has […]

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File Under: When These Things Write Themselves

Could this be one of those times when one segment of the population can only see something hilarious, while another (the majority?) can’t see it at all? The image went viral on the social media for those in on the joke, but the double entendre was apparently missed by the editors of Rightwing.com. Which brings […]

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Up Yours!  

In the spirit of American flag toilet paper and Richard Nixon candles, Donald Trump has been made into a butt plug! The sex toy was created in reaction to Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants, which included gems like: “They’re sending us not the right people. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” The tool […]

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Ireland Sends a Message to the World

IN A NATIONAL REFERENDUM on May 22, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, not by judicial or legislative action, but by a popular vote. How did a country long assumed to be a conservative Catholic stronghold, which only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, become the first to take this course […]

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Aaron Schock’s Fall: A Star Is Born

The time has come to bid farewell to Congressman Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican who’s no stranger to this column due to his flamboyant style and his horrible voting record on GLBT issues. Schock abruptly resigned from the House in March after various irregularities of a financial nature were disclosed. There were padded expense accounts […]

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“Person of the Year” Invokes 1938 Cover

It was in 1938 that Time magazine shocked the world by naming Adolph Hitler as its “Man of the Year,” explaining that their intent was not to single out the “best” person of the year, but rather to identify the one who’d had the biggest impact “for better or worse.” And their choice was the dictator […]

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My Ferguson Moment

“IS IT TIME to do a James Baldwin?” is an inside joke of mine, and a cerebral one at that. It’s one I like to break out every so often among my friends when a racial episode occurs. Usually, it’s only my black gay friends who get it. It didn’t matter that James Baldwin was […]

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Pride (the movie) Marries the Personal and the Political

EARLY ON IN PRIDE, after the leader of a ragtag group of London gay activists has proposed that they raise money for the striking coal miners—the year is 1984—one member protests: “Yeah, like they’ve done so much for us.” In the end, persuaded by their charismatic leader Mark, they decide to go ahead with the […]

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Cock and Bull

Here are three stories that are united in their theme of a right-wing politician getting caught with something where it probably doesn’t belong:  1. John Schindler is a professor at the Naval War College who’s known for his conservative views, notably his defense of government secrecy and his disdain for whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and […]

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