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Leaving Las Vegas

You know how President Obama has gotten in trouble for making disputatious remarks about Las Vegas... twice? Well, once again, I wonder what's wrong with being honest. ...

Alexander McQueen Dead at 40

Out fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London flat this morning. McQueen's 2nd line McQ2 was supposed to debut today during New York's Fashion Week. ...

Janeane Garofalo on Selling Out

Janeane Garofalo says, so what if she gets Botox twice a year and wears Spanx every day. ...

The Buzz Around Google Buzz

Poor Twitter. Google’s got a handle on your chats, news, email, and probably some of your most secretive thoughts. ...

Open Thread: Naked Thursday

So has anyone watched Ellen on American Idol? Do you think she will be enough to keep the fan base going once Simon leaves? ...

Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper Speak Out For Women at Risk of HIV/AIDS

Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper appeared on ABC's Good Morning America today in an interview promoting their VivaGlam AIDS awareness campaign with M.A.C. cosmetics. ...

Ask Diana

Where's a young butch turn to for advice on clothes, hair, and style, particularly when you've got, as they say, champagne taste on a beer budget? ...

George W. Asks, “Miss Me Yet?”

In Wyoming, Minnesota people are wondering who bought the billboard on I-35 with the words “Miss Me Yet?” Next to a huge photo of former President George W. Bush. ...

Economic Stimulus: Printing New Currency As A Last Resort

In a drastic new measure the U.S. Treasury will be printing new currency to help stimulate the economy. ...

Open Thread: Feb 10, 2010

What's the most interesting biography you've read? ...

Maddow Is Da Man

Tucker Carlson's website Daily Caller has lately been on a gender-bending binge, at least w ...

Johnny Depp's daughter Lily-Rose makes brave revelation about her sexual orientation after cosying up to Miley's girlfriend
Mirror Online
August 27, 2015

The model identifies herself as being on the LGBTQA spectrum but has not clarified whether she is gay or bisexual

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Hasidic Mother: Sneaking Out to See My Lesbian Lover
Huffington Post
August 27, 2015

I won't let myself imagine the betrayal that will linger in my children's eyes for years. Soon, I will tell myself that I do this as a matter of survival, pikuach nefesh, that like Levi scrubbing his hands even on the Sabbath when he had cancer, the Law stipulates that survival supersedes the Law.

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The Forgotten Lesbian Film Classic That Deserves a Second Look
Advocate.com
August 27, 2015

The Killing of Sister George is a rare and unflinching glimpse into real-life late-1960s lesbianism, and it deserves reputation rehabilitation.

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Oregon All-Girls Catholic School Fires Lesbian Counselor; Students, Alumni Protest
The Mary Sue
August 27, 2015

It’s no secret that the Catholic Church is against same-sex marriage. However, the Church does make a distinction between being homosexual and homosexual acts. Now, this distinction is crazy (so…homosexuals are cool…as long as they stay celibate and miserable forever?),

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Venice Mayor Says Gay-Pride Parades Are Too Kitschy
Time
August 27, 2015

Venice’s newly elected mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, wants to ban gay-pride parades in the Italian city because he thinks they are the “height of kitsch.”

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Raid of Rentboy, an Escort Website, Angers Gay Activists
The New York Times
August 27, 2015

For some gay activists, it had shades of bathhouse raids and gay-bar roundups from decades ago. On Tuesday, federal authorities burst into the Union Square office of the gay-escort website Rentboy.com and arrested the chief executive and several employees on prostitution charges.

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Gay Refugees Addresses U.N. Security Council in Historic Meeting on LGBT Rights
Newsweek
August 27, 2015

Two gay refugees from Syria and Iraq testified Monday about the constant fear of violence and death they experienced living under authoritarian governments, militant groups and the Islamic State (ISIS) in the first-ever meeting on LGBT rights at the United Nations Security Council.

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This Is Bigger Than Me and Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Dee Barnes Responds to Dr. Dre’s Public Apology
gawker
August 25, 2015

On Friday, three days after Gawker ran Dee Barnes’s essay “Here’s What’s Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up,” the New York Times ran a piece that included an official apology from Dr. Dre. Barnes’s response to Dre’s apology ...

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Actress Rowan Blanchard shares her views on feminism and intersectionality
feministing
August 25, 2015

When asked about her views on how white feminism can be exclusive of women of color and queer and trans people, she responded beautifully. Check out her Instagram posts below.

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Feeling the Bern With the Youth Vote
The New Yorker
August 25, 2015

Nathan Heller on Bernie Sanders: the oddest thing about his candidacy is not his aversion to fundraising but his popularity with kids.

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The Married Kama Sutra
The New Yorker
August 25, 2015

Two-page color spread of fictional Kama Sutra positions for married couples.

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Breitbart’s Racist Story About Shaun King Has Completely Imploded
gawker
August 21, 2015

Yesterday, the nativist website Breitbart.com alleged that the anti-racism activist Shaun King had repeatedly and willfully misrepresented his racial background for money and publicity...Today Reid told anchor Richard Lui:

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Josh Duggar's Ashley Madison account: Celebrity infidelity doesn’t justify the outing of hacked clients
Salon.com
August 21, 2015

Enjoy the schadenfreude and gossip, if you must -- it's still powered by a despicable vigilante act

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People know next to nothing about Reconstruction
Salon.com
August 21, 2015

Foner’s most important books have transformed the way we see — and the way we teach — the origins of the Civil War, the significance of slave emancipation, and the politics of postwar Reconstruction.

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Is Nefertiti in Tut’s Tomb?
The New Yorker
August 17, 2015

Amy Davidson writes about a new theory, by the Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, that Nefertiti is buried in a hidden chamber in King Tut’s tomb.

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Julian Bond: Longtime Civil Rights Activist and NAACP Chairman Dies at 75
The Root
August 17, 2015

He died late Saturday at his home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

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Artists at the Venice Biennale Respond to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement
Democracy Now!
August 17, 2015

After the fourth day of protests over Michael Brown’s death, authorities have declared a state of emergency in St. Louis County, drawing worldwide attention. We look at the state of the Black Lives Matter movement and the art world ...

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Beware the Bachelorette! A Report From the Straight Lady Invasion of Gay Bars.
slate
August 14, 2015

What’s the purpose of a gay bar? For starters, they offer gay men, lesbians, and other queer folks a hunting ground where they can chase people with similar desires.

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Ophelia Benson: Is the blogger transphobic or a trans ally? Who decides?
slate
August 14, 2015

When I first began writing professionally about the LGBTQ community, I chose not to write about transgender people, their rights, and their struggle, because I was afraid that if I put one foot wrong, I’d be unable to recover my reputation as a writer. Gradually, as I learned more about...

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