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Against Religion –– Again

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I noticed nobody in the queer community is rushing to chastise Brandeis University for caving in to pressure from religious groups and right-leaning academics in deciding not to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali the honorary degree it had promised. Apparently all our high-mindedness about free speech and academic independence doesn’t apply when […]

Regretting the Gay Future: Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me

BY KELLY COGSWELL | So I went to the Rainbow Book Fair this weekend, and cooed over all the new presses, the courage of self-publishers, writers of sci-fi, porn, roman noir, and the wan, smoldering poets. At the same time, I tried to quell a growing and uncomfortable awareness at how much has changed in our […]

Voices of Protest at the St. Pat’s Parade

Voices of Protest at the St. Pat’s Parade

BY KELLY COGSWELL | “We’re here, we’re queer, we’ll be here every year.” When the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization first chanted that in 1991, no one imagined we’d actually have to do that if we wanted to march openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More than two decades later, there are signs of […]

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

BY KELLY COGSWELL AND HARRIET HIRSHORN | Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On March 7, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested outside the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved. Nigeria Demo from Woman at the […]

Missing the Boat on LGBT Rights Abroad

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Putin’s right up there as an evil genius, planning the invasion of Ukraine while all the nations of the world were sitting in his living room blissed out on ice skating and tsarist pomp and ignoring human rights abuses, not to mention the outright targeting of queers. Now his former guests are […]

The Pussy Riot Olympics

The Pussy Riot Olympics

BY KELLY COGSWELL | If activism were an Olympic sport, Pussy Riot would have taken the gold for their 2012 punk prayer performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Central Moscow, asking, “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, chase Putin out, / Chase Putin out, chase Putin out…” They picked the perfect target, sent a […]

Activism in Sepia: Lost Community

BY KELLY COGSWELL : It’s Black History Month again and time to celebrate the sepia-toned accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Watch TV, you’ll learn it didn’t really take much work, just a lot of outrage at inequality and the overwhelming desire for liberty, justice, and a long, pain-free life. God, […]

Homophobes United, But Queers…?

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | I’m thrilled to know Vladimir Putin has gay acquaintances, but it doesn’t do much to change my opinion of his bigoted, tyrannical regime. In fact, I doubt anybody buys the nice friendly gloss he’s trying to give Russia before the place is inundated with Olympic ice skaters and skiers –– and […]

Through One Dyke’s Eyes: “Blue is the Warmest Color”

Through One Dyke’s Eyes: “Blue is the Warmest Color”

BY KELLY COGSWELL | If I hadn’t already admired Abdellatif Kechiche’s films, I might not have gone to see “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” Based on the graphic novel in French by Julie Maroh, the film is the coming of age and coming out story of Adele, a 17-year-old working class girl who falls in love […]

New Times, New Tactics to Fight AIDS

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I’ve got no new tactics to fighting HIV/ AIDS, but I know we have to look for them. Some of the things we’d assumed are just plain wrong. Like successful treatment programs would lead to a lessening of stigma. Well, I’ve heard from a friend in Burundi that the reverse is true. […]

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