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Rare Birds and Wild Creatures

Last Monday evening, Dec 9, 2013, friends old and new gathered at The Bureau of General Services Queer Division (BGSQD) for ...

Time Magazine's Person of the Year Runner Up, Eddie Windsor

Why was Eddie Windsor a runner up and not a finalist? Only Time will tell. ...

Mandela's LGBTQ advocacy fallen on deaf ears in Africa and African diasporic communities

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela - who was oftentimes affectionately referred to by his Xhosa clan name "Madiba," or as "Tata" (Father)—I, too, like so many LGBTQ activists across ...

How media and research institutions contribute of HIV/AIDs in black communities

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! However, here in the U.S. you would have scarcely known. Much of the focus was, and still is, on developing countries. ...

Best Lesbian Erotica, Eating Their Own

In June of this year I sent out a story to be considered for Best Lesbian Erotica 2014, a popular anthology put out by Cleis Press. ...

Investing in the Climate, Fossil Fuel the New Slavery?

The planet is getting hotter and sooner or later, world governments are going to be forced to take action. ...

Michelle Malone Strips Down (and Folks Up)

Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter Michelle Malone has lived through more than a few different incarnations in her career. ...

Velvetpark Reading, "Mother As Muse"

This Wed, Dec 4th at Dixon Place, our December Reading: "Mother As Muse" curated by Qiana Mestrich. Wednesday at 7:00pm, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, @ Delancey ...

3rd Annual Mr Transman Competition

Its that time of year for the 3rd annual FTM competition, Mr Transman, produced by Original Plumbing Magazine and Mr Showbiz, Murray Hill. ...

Velvetpark December Horoscope 2013

Venus goes retrograde this month, are you ready for a visit from old lovers? Read your forcast for December. [-ed.] ...

Anoushka Shankar Continues an Oral and Aural Tradition

If Goddess Sarasawti descended from her celestial loka she would and perhaps may have assumed the form of Anushka Shankar. ...

This Is What Tech's Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like
WIRED
July 29, 2014

Four women tell their sordid tales of what it's really like to fundraise while female.

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'The Bridge' Star Emily Rios Talks Coming Out To Her Mexican Family
Huffington Post
July 28, 2014

Emily Rios, star of FX series "The Bridge," recently announced she is gay in an interview at TCA’s FX day, according to AfterEllen.

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Coronation Street spoiler: Sophie Webster set for TV's steamiest lesbian fling ever?
Mirror Online
July 28, 2014

Corrie favourite Brooke Vincent has been offered a new one-year deal on the soap - with the guarantee of a red-hot storyline, according to The Sun.

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A butch lesbian rejects a non-binary identity.
Slate
July 28, 2014

I first began wearing men's clothing a few years ago, because I thought that looking like a lesbian might help me get girls. Once I'd started, I realized almost immediately that I was feeling far more comfortable and confident and that I liked the way I looked in the mirror...

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This is the best gay character on television: How “Masters of Sex” gets the tragedy of 1950s gay life right
Salon.com
July 28, 2014

Stories about 2014“Masters of Sex” doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves — the subtle, unshowy series about early investigations into human sexuality doesn’t stand out in a time of ever-more-baroque investigations of the male antihero. What attention the period show gets is

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Sweden Resumes Financial Aid to Uganda After Anti Gay Suspension
WSJ
July 28, 2014

Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda, less than six months after the Scandinavian country suspended its support following the enactment of a severe anti gay law.

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NY Giants director of player development David Tyree reverses gay stance
NY Daily News
July 28, 2014

David Tyree, who became as famous for his anti-gay comments as he did for the amazing reception that helped the Giants defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, has had a big change of heart.

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Are Artist Assistant Positions Worth the Trouble?
Gallerist
July 24, 2014

Are artist assistant positions worth the low pay and monotonous work?

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GLAAD: Movies don't represent LGBT well
CNN.com
July 23, 2014

Although the general public may be embracing the LGBT community more these days, it doesn't look like Hollywood is keeping up.

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The Bridge Star Emily Rios Plays Lesbian, Comes Out as Lesbian at TCA
SheWired
July 23, 2014

The Bridge star Emily Rios, who plays lesbian character Adriana, came out as a lesbian herself during an interview at TCA’s FX day, according to AfterEllen. Imagine that. A lesbian playing a lesbian on television! The 25-year-old actress has played impactful roles on TV for the better part of

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Hollywood Fails to Move the Needle On Gay Representation
Out Magazine
July 23, 2014

In a new study that looks at gay representation on the big screen, GLAAD finds that the seven largest studios failed to bolster the inclusion of LGBT characters.

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In Search for Gay Characters, Don’t Turn to Action or Fantasy Films
The New York Times
July 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES — As Comic-Con International opens in San Diego with its Wednesday evening preview session, one bit of fantasy is likely to be in relatively short supply: the gay superhero.

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Federal judge to rule on Colorado gay marriage ban
US News
July 23, 2014

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado's same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Ruling keeps Florida's ban on gay marriage in place
Sun Sentinel
July 23, 2014

A judge in the Florida Keys on Monday rejected an emergency motion filed by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing Florida's same-sex marriage ban to remain in effect while it is appealed, likely all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Woman Enough
Advocate.com
July 16, 2014

The attack by self-identified radical feminists on trans people’s participation in feminism and the LGBT movement has never been a response to any bad behavior by trans women or trans men.

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Love is love — Bollywood style
Dallas Voice
July 16, 2014

As a fan of Bollywood-style dance — and other forms of Oriental and Middle Eastern dance — I was tickled to find this video from United Nations Free and Equal, and I wanted to share.

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Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer
MutualArt
July 16, 2014

The second edition of the Hammer Museum’s new biennial, Made in L.A. 2014, has brought a slew of emerging and under-recognized artists to the museum for a compelling exhibition. Rather than taking over three venues like its inaugural biennial, this year’s Made in L.A.

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Lawyer says Chris Kluwe to sue Minnesota Vikings
ESPN
July 16, 2014

Chris Kluwe's lawyer says the former Minnesota Vikings punter intends to sue the team over his allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach.

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Opposing camps criticize gay candidate
Boston Herald
July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Carl DeMaio figures he must be doing something right if both social conservatives and members of the gay rights community oppose him.

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