- Josh Kilmer-Purcell defends diversity in genderqueer language:
GLAAD now defines transgender as "an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth." As one who prefers to sing in the rain rather than cower under umbrella terms, I'm gonna stand up for all the gender fuckers I count among my friends.
- Benjamin Ryan profiles three young poz men:
But Spraggins wasn't the type to simply take on this laundry list of stigmas and accept it as truth. Deeply spiritual, he worked hard to overcome two assertions he'd always heard--that God hates homosexuals and that AIDS is his punishment for their sins.
- The Nation's Lakshmi Chaudhry examines feminists' views of Hillary Clinton:
Many of the very same feminists who were her most ardent supporters as First Lady are now fiercely opposed to her historic bid to become the first female President of the United States. The woman once described by Susan Faludi as a symbol of "the joy of female independence" now evokes ambivalence, disdain and, sometimes, outright vitriol. The right wing's favorite "femi-nazi" now has to contend with Jane Fonda comparing her to "a ventriloquist for the patriarchy with a skirt and a vagina."
- Michaelangelo Signorile explores the boundaries of the term "outing":
As someone who was at the center of the outing debates back in the early 90s I'd like to throw in my two cents. I hated the word outing -- which Time magazine came up with to describe my and others' journalism back then -- because I felt it was a biased, violent, active verb used by the media to condemn what was simply honest journalism. I just saw it as "reporting." We didn't have a separate word for reporting on heterosexual public figures' marriages and relationships when relevant (and often when not relevant, which is just gossip), so why should we have a separate word for this?
- Marc Hansen provides a quirky straight man's opinion on queer assimilation:
Telling the gays from the straights wasn't that easy, though. Gay Day participants were asked to wear green shirts, but not everybody got the memo.
Straight folks wear green shirts, too. Several members of one extended family roamed the park in green "Family Fun Week" T-shirts.
They politely informed me they weren't gay, but if it meant a discount, they could wing it for a day.