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The Weekender

Are you ready to get this possibly hectic and devious week of work behind you?  I am and I've been waiting for the weekend since Sunday. ...

Wangechi Mutu's Fantastical Journey, Dripped, Dipped and Left to Bled

Wangechi Mutu's mid-career survey of works at the Brooklyn Museum, is a meditation on the beauty of the grotesque, as well as a stark commentary on womanhood in a neocolonial world. ...

The Weekender

Altough it's getting colder, Fall weekends can be great!  Here are some things to keep on your radar for this crisp and chilly weekend.   ...

The Matthew Shepard we don't know

There are numerous hagiographies on the Matthew Shepard murder. Twenty years after Shepard’s murder, they’re being challenged. ...

In Case You Were Wondering Being Traditional Maroi Tattooed Hurts

Rihanna is a bad ass. Here she is getting a traditional Maori tattoo on her hand, hammered into her boney flesh... Do not look if you are squeamish.   ...

Reproducing Inequality in Our Own Communities

Step One:  Ask some nonsense question. Step Two:  Ask it again with vigorous sincerity, ignoring any problematic language. ...

Masters of Sex, What the TV Show Doesn't Tell Us

The new Showtime series (which aired on Sept 29), Masters of Sex is based on the book ...

The Weekender

The Weekend has crept into my lap and although I'm not fully ready for all of its amazing potential; here are some events  to keep on your radar:   ...

Now is the Time for Attention to LGBT Domestic Violence in Communities of Color

Every Monday morning Alex (not his real name) and I met for breakfast at our favorite dive in Harvard Square. ...

Have You Signed Up for Obamacare?

For all you uninsured self-employed-underemployed artists and entrepreneurs and the like, have you signed up for health insurance? ...

Taking the Stage with The Sister Rosettas

THE SISTER ROSETTASwith special guest Lauren Hennessy ...

Sonia Sotomayor Wrote an Epic Dissent Against the Supreme Court Decision Upholding Michigan’s Affirmative-Action Ban
Nymag.com
April 23, 2014

Joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Elena Kagan recused herself and Stephen Breyer was with the majority, but wrote his own opinion — Sotomayor delivered a 58-page dissent, "longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome,"

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SCENE Magazine
Letter from Musto: Dear Michael Alig
April 23, 2014

So you’re out, kid. May 5 was your release date after serving approximately 17 years for the killing of Angel Melendez, which you carried out with “Freeze” (a.k.a. your roommate, Robert Riggs, who’s already free) in one of the most heartless crimes of the decade.

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SC Lawmakers Threaten Over Production of Fun Home
The Washington Post
April 23, 2014

More than 750 people packed into a city auditorium here this week for a sold-out production of “Fun Home,” a musical by a New York-based troupe about a woman coming to terms with her closeted gay father’s suicide. The crowd rose in a standing ovation before the show even began.

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Iggy Azalea Can't Crowdsurf Because Her Fans Sexually Assault Her
gawker
April 23, 2014

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea says she's had to take on new security measures for her concerts because fans think it's funny to try to finger her while she performs.

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A Mainstream Museum Welcomes Two Old-Guard Experimentalists
hyperallergic
April 23, 2014

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect upon entering the fourth-floor galleries at the Museum of Modern Art for a collaborative performance,"illlummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!!" (2014), by old-guard experimentalists Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine.

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Jo Becker's Forcing the Spring gets the gay marriage story wrong. Here's what really happened.
slate.com
April 22, 2014

One fall day in 1990, Ninia Baehr found herself with an ear infection and no health insurance. When the pain became unbearable, she and her partner, Genora Dancel, called Bill Woods, a lawyer at a Honolulu gay and lesbian community center, to see if there were any options for domestic-partner...

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Did Facebook's Graffiti Artist Admit To Sexual Assault On His Podcast?
xoJane
April 22, 2014

"She said yes with her eyes."

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How to Mold a Brain
gizmodo
April 22, 2014

Our brains are inherently plastic, and can be easily shaped to change our behavior. In this video Crash Course looks at the history of psychology to explain how possible to mold our grey matter

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For One Brief, Shining Moment, New York City Will Get Its Own Cat Cafe
jezebel
April 22, 2014

A pet food company is opening up a cat cafe in New York City, but cat lovers won't have very long to enjoy it.

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Members of Turkey's Art Community Speak Out Against Government
Hyperallergic
April 22, 2014

Turkey has long been known for its relatively liberal political system for the region, but over the past year the country has begun clamping down on free speech; 24 people were detained last summer after allegedly spreading anti-government sentiment on Twitter, and the

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George R. R. Martin Weighs in on the Rape Scene
Vulture
April 22, 2014

The whole dynamic is different in the show.

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Mayor Who Fired Lesbian Police Chief Caught On Tape In Homophobic Tirade
huffington post
April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The mayor of a tiny South Carolina town has triggered protests, prayer vigils and even a city council vote to weaken his powers after firing longtime police chief Crystal Moore, who is a lesbian and who some believe is a target of the m...

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Obama and Biden, not Mozilla, illustrate how to advance gay marriage.
Slate
April 21, 2014

In the days since Brendan Eich quit Mozilla, supporters of same-sex marriage have debated the wisdom of using pressure to punish their opponents. Eich, an executive with no known record of antigay bias in the workplace, was forced out for having donated $1,000 to the 2008 campaign for

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Can landlords ban tenants from opening gay bars?
New York Post
April 21, 2014

A Brooklyn bar owner says he’s going “straight” out of business — because his landlord won’t let him turn his watering hole into a gay bar.

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Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter’s same-sex wedding
standard
April 21, 2014

The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s...

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How A Gay Ugandan Teen Was Thrown Out Of His Home, Arrested And Tortured
huffington post
April 21, 2014

A few weeks ago, I told the story of a teen named Corey who was driven from his birth home when his parents found out he was gay, and into the arms of a loving home that rescued him. His unique story was read widel...

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Couple Plans Own Prom After Student Says School Barred Her From Bringing Her Transgender Boyfriend
buzzfeed
April 17, 2014

A private Christian high school in Queens, New York, allegedly won’t allow a student to bring her transgender boyfriend to prom this year —...

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Hollywood Counternarratives: A Fictional Female Warner Brothers
hyperallergic
April 17, 2014

Phyllis McGillicuddy strode out of the bathroom, heading toward a podium that overlooked a room packed with fans and friends alike. It had been a while since Phyllis left her home in suburban Glendale, where she lives

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The First 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 Trailer Is Finally Here And It's Amazing
Huffpo
April 17, 2014

They teased us, they played with our hearts, but now Netflix has finally given us a fully trailer for "Orange Is the New Black" Season 2, and it's oh so delicious. Piper is back in SHU, Morello is seemingly out of prison and t...

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