Backfire and Backlash: Mike Pence and Republican Reality

Three days ago, Indiana governor Mike Pence admitted that he "didn't anticipate the hostility" that would result from passing the state's new anti-gay "Religious Freedom" law. Speaking to the press on Sunday and Monday,...

Fred Phelps, In Memoriam

Fred Phelps was a closeted gay man. No, I have no conclusive proof of that, and I’m not being facetious in a “ha-ha, he sure would hate me saying that” kind of way. It’s what...

Well, THAT was horrible. Now what do we do?

1. We protect our mental health This has to be the immediate priority. The traumatic shock of this result is already being compared to the 9/11 attacks, and we need to take care of ourselves and...

First Amendment Friday: 05.02.2014

Rap lyrics, drone journalism, and the NCAA's right to use "student athletes" in video games: the week in First Amendment issues.

Cartoon: False Flag

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What Graham Moore’s critics get wrong about “Weird.”

Persecuted though they are, queer teens don't hold the patent on feeling bullied--and sociological criticisms don't invalidate the experiences of individuals.

I am just an advertisement for a version of myself

Way back in November of 2007 I posted about the sordid saga of Ethan Reynolds, formerly of the model blog / community Brat Boy School (since shut down; internet wayback machine link here -...

Here’s what you should think about before making that Bruce Jenner joke

Bruce Jenner is a millionaire public figure, and probably made himself a fair target for mockery--but it's not his feelings you need to consider before making transphobic jokes.

More Crimes That Never Happen!

Perhaps the very worst thing about the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is that voters feared imaginary sexual assault so much that they voted in favor of actual sexual assault. There's basically...

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