Category: LGBT

  • Killing All The Right People

    Killing All The Right People

    In a 1987 episode of Designing Women, a show about four interior decorators in Atlanta, the titular characters discover a good friend is gay and dying of AIDS. They are naturally distraught, but one of their customers is smug and satisfied. In a diatribe about how AIDS is God’s punishment for homosexuality, the bigoted belle […]

  • Requiem for Pete Buttigieg

    Requiem for Pete Buttigieg

    “Being open about my sexual orientation at school – and the hell that goes along with it – is not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do.” I wrote those words in my diary in 2003. I was running for student body president as the only openly gay student in […]

  • On Phillip Schofield and remembering my own coming out

    On Phillip Schofield and remembering my own coming out

      In a very moving statement released on Twitter this morning, and in an equally moving segment on This Morning, Phillip Schofield came out as gay. Married for 27 years to his wife Stephanie, they have two daughters. By Schofield’s own account his wife and children have been nothing but supportive. This can’t have been […]

  • Thoughts on that woman who wouldn’t vote for Pete Buttigieg because he’s gay

    Thoughts on that woman who wouldn’t vote for Pete Buttigieg because he’s gay

      I can’t stop thinking about this viral video of an Iowa voter asking to change her vote after she discovered Pete Buttigieg is gay. My first thought was “where the hell has this woman been?” The fact that Pete Buttigieg is gay has been plastered everywhere. Hell, I’ve written about Pete’s sexuality and what […]

  • 20 questions with… EastSiders creator and star Kit Williamson

    20 questions with… EastSiders creator and star Kit Williamson

    Most people will have first met Kit Williamson when he starred as Ed Gifford on the Emmy-winning series Mad Men, but now he’s best known as the creator, writer, producer, and director of EastSiders, the Emmy-nominated web series about a group of LGBT friends living, loving, and often lying in Los Angeles. Its fourth and […]

  • Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, and who gets to show emotion in American politics

    Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, and who gets to show emotion in American politics

    I suspect the similar double standard experienced by Hillary Clinton and—it must be said, to a lesser degree—Pete Buttigieg is rooted in the same patriarchal, misogynist notions about how women and gay men behave. It’s why when a straight man gets angry, he’s “passionate,” when a gay man gets angry, he’s “dramatic,” and when a woman gets angry, she’s “hysterical.”

  • On Pete Buttigieg, my Independent column, and whether I hate myself for being gay (spoiler: I do not)

    On Friday, the Independent published an think piece I wrote entitled “If one more polyamorous coastal ‘queer’ tells me Pete Buttigieg isn’t gay enough, I’ll scream. He is – and so am I.” This article was in response to a few different “Pete’s the wrong kind of gay” articles I’ve seen over the past year, […]

  • Pete Buttigieg and the Equality Town Hall show how far we’ve come in the fight for LGBT rights

    I went to the courthouse for my 18th birthday. Full of excitement and the promise of America, I proudly filled out my first voter registration card, marking “D” for Democrat. It was 2004, and as a young, openly gay American, I was ready to cast my ballot against the homophobic policies of George W Bush. […]

  • My Dale Peck Problem

    I’ve had a few days to reflect on Dale Peck’s infamous piece for The New Republic. Bowing to pressure, the website deleted the article, but the internet is forever and you can read it here. Peck spends a full third of the piece speculating on Pete Buttigieg’s sexual role and says, in short, he is […]

  • The gay community must do more to protect young gay boys from sexual exploitation

    The gay community must do more to protect young gay boys from sexual exploitation

      Earlier this month, news broke that Ralph Shortey, a Republican Oklahoma state senator and prominent Donald Trump supporter was charged with engaging in child prostitution for soliciting sex from an underage boy on Instagram and Kik, social media apps popular with teenagers. Shortey was found with the boy (whose name is withheld for privacy) […]