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Pope's transparent views on transgenders

Pope Francis is a complicated, if not confusing, pontiff to the LGBTQ community—especially so to the transgender community. ...

When Politics Meets Oscar

Since it was the worst viewership of the Oscar's in seven years you may have missed what all the fuss was about. Here are the highlights of the acceptance speeches.   ...

Remembering the Lovings this Valentine’s Day

On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of no greater challenge to marriage equality than same-sex marriage that many LGBTQ activists are still struggling for in their states. ...

Full Moon in Leo

It’s snowing boatloads from the thick grey cloud covered sky and I not even sure daylight came today. ...

Chris Ofili Retrospective at The #NewMuseum

If you waited until the last minute to see the Chris Ofili retrospective "Night and Day" at the New Museum, this ...

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on “Selma”

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTQ communities held discussions on the film “Selma”. ...

Toshi Reagon's Parable

Toshi Reagon's latest musical project, "Parable of t ...

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Expansive Dream

Martin Luther King's actual birthday is January 15th, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay's film "Selma." Many people working for justice today stand on ...

Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2014

It is with great honor that Velvetpark announces our Top 25 Queer Women of 2014. ...

That day after Christmas

Garbage pick-up on my block is every Thursday. But with Christmas falling on that day of the week, this year garbage pick-up rolled over to Friday. ...

Finding Home for the Holidays

The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. ...

The Role of Queer Writers in Donald Trump's America
The Atlantic
November 18, 2016

Feeling afraid—and imagining a way forward—as the status of LGBT rights looks uncertain

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Election 2016: White women voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because they still believe white men are their saviors — Quartz
qz
November 14, 2016

White women have a history of betraying their sisters. The 2016 election was no exception. The pattern of white women choosing white men over women of color underscores some of the more insidious machinations of patriarchy ...

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Gwen Ifill dead at age 61
POLITICO
November 14, 2016

Gwen Ifill, the longtime PBS news anchor who had served as a co-host of PBS's NewsHour and as moderator of 'Washington Week,' has died, POLITICO has learned. She was 61

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Here's An Open Letter To Comey From The Teen Who Allegedly Got Sexts From Weiner
BuzzFeed News
November 2, 2016

"I thought your job as FBI Director was to protect me."..

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Anthony Weiner Has Allegedly Checked Into a Sex Addiction Clinic
jezebel.com
November 2, 2016

Anthony Weiner has entered rehab for sex addiction, reports the Daily Mail, which broke the news that Anthony Weiner was aware that a girl he was sexting was underage, leading to an FBI investigation of his computers that’s currently posing a threat to our very democracy.

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Life in the Heart of New York’s L.G.B.T. Latino Community
Lens Blog (The New York Times)
October 13, 2016

Roosevelt Avenue, in Jackson Heights, Queens, reminds my boyfriend of El Salvador, where he grew up. It reminds our friend Danny of where he grew up, in Mexico. And others of Colombia or Guatemala. That’s fitting, because it’s one of the vibrant centers of Latino culture in New York.

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Fullscreen Acquires ‘First Girl I Loved’ Lesbian Love Story, Plans Limited Theatrical Release for Sundance Winner
Variety
October 13, 2016

Fullscreen looks to be angling to get into the awards-season footrace — at least in a small indie way. The digital multiplatform network has acquired rights to teen lesbian love story “First Girl I Loved,” winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s Next Audience Award

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21 Fall TV Shows Giving Lesbian & Bi Women Screen Time
NBC News
October 13, 2016

This fall we have more queer women characters than ever before with more representation of women of color in pivotal roles and characters that identify as lesbian, bisexual and pansexual. From network to cable to streaming, show runners, writers and producers

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The Flintstones Have a More Modern Take on Marriage Equality & Gay Rights Than the GOP
Out Magazine
October 13, 2016

The Flintstones—one of the beneficiaries/victims of the trend to reboot every beloved thing from your childhood—have a new series with DC Comics by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, and Chris Chuckry. Hailed as being "surprisingly dark and honest,"

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Gay marriage dead in Australia: Meet the people left behind
CNN.com
October 13, 2016

Every year on their anniversary, Des and Rex go to the restaurant where they had their first date.

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Australian gay rights groups welcome same-sex marriage hurdle
BBC News
October 13, 2016

Supporters of same-sex marriage have celebrated moves to block a plan to hold a national vote on legalising same-sex marriage.

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How Clinton and Trump Made Alicia Machado the New Khizr Khan
nymag.com
September 28, 2016

Clinton set the perfect trap, and Trump walked right into it.

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Young Girl's Emotional Council Speech Laments 'Shame' of Fatal Charlotte Shooting
ABC News
September 28, 2016

Young Girl's Emotional Speech Laments 'Shame' of Fatal Charlotte Shooting

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Hari Nef, Model Citizen
The New Yorker
September 23, 2016

The verdict each time was ‘Hey, we think you’ve got a great personality, and you’ve got a really unique look. We just don’t understand how we could make money off of you.’ ”

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Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too
nytimes.com
September 23, 2016

The wife and other relatives of the dead man, Keith L. Scott, watched his killing from two angles, recorded Tuesday by police dashboard and body cameras, and “it was incredibly difficult,” a family lawyer, Justin Bamberg, said in a statement.

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Kate McKinnon wins best supporting actress in a comedy
EW.com
September 19, 2016

Score a victory for Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber, and Ellen DeGeneres as Kate McKinnon has won her first Emmy. The actress took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her varied performances on Saturday Night Live

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Hillary Clinton congratulates ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Kate McKinnon on Emmys win
The Daily Mail
September 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton is not ready for prime time — but Kate McKinnon is.

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Olivia Timeline: From Grassroots to World’s Largest Lesbian Travel Company
San Francisco Bay Times
September 19, 2016

1973: Singer songwriter Meg Christian discovers fellow musician Cris Williamson’s record in Washington, D.C. Deeply moved, she rallies 400 fans to attend a Williamson concert. Christian starts singing from the audience when Williamson forgets the words.

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Lesbian mistaken for man, questioned in restroom at L.A. concert venue
LGBTQ Nation
September 19, 2016

A lesbian woman says she was questioned by staff at L.A.’s Staples Center Wednesday after they mistook her for a man in the women’s restroom, PinkNews reports.

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