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A professor has gone viral after responding with a fantastic answer to a homophobic question from one of his students. A medical student in Wisconsin recounted the story to his Twitter followers on Thursday.  “Today in one of our med classes we talked about LGBT patients and the professor isn’t taking anyone’s s**t,” @ZachsClubClinic wrote, before […]

The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus performs onstage at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017.Kevin Winter/Getty Images Hey, Daddy! is a monthly column exploring the joys and struggles of parenting from a gay father’s perspective. Got a topic idea or question for Daddy? Send your letter along to johnculhane19104@gmail.com. […]

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin addresses the Spring Equality Convention.Alex Wong/Getty Images At least 28 trans people were killed in 2017, according to a list compiled by the Human Rights Campaign. But, does that mean 2017 has been the deadliest year for transgender Americans to date? Publications including Mother Jones and HuffPost as well […]

As dismaying as the attitudes of some parents may be, I can’t address them if I never hear them to begin with.Thinkstock When I got my first job after completing my training as a pediatrician, I stopped wearing earrings. In my late teens, I got one piercing and then another in my left ear. I […]

“The sanitization of gay spaces—a total cleaning up of our sometimes messy brushes with desire—would be a profound loss.”Nastco/Thinkstock On Nov. 14, just 4 days after Louis C.K. admitted to sexual harassment and 2 days before Sen. Al Franken was accused, Masha Gessen posed a provocative question on the New Yorker website: “When Does a […]

President Donald Trump arrives back at the White House on December 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images It’s not news that Donald Trump lies with impunity or that his dissembling infects those around him with the same depravity. Some falsities are easy to spot and comparatively benign. But others are disguised as earnest policy […]

What does it take to be a queen in a social media world? (Miz Cracker recording an episode of Slate’s Working podcast.)Miz Cracker There’s no question that social media platforms like Instagram are changing drag: If a queen can adorn herself beautifully and snap a breathtaking photo, she can win fame without even leaving the […]

The Hawaii Supreme CourtDustin P. Smith/Flickr On Thursday, the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear arguments in a significant LGBTQ rights case—a first of its kind—that applies marriage equality to legal parenthood. At the heart of the litigation is a question of what makes a parent. The Hawaii justices will have to decide whether a married […]

Jack Phillips (bottom left), owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, waves alongside his attorneys outside the Supreme Court.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Even if the United States Supreme Court does the right thing in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and comes to the doctrinally easy conclusion that it is not a violation of the First Amendment for […]

A poster for the 2011 “Dyke March” in Portland, Maine.Photo by author; poster design by kd diamond, 2011. Adapted from How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities by Japonica Brown-Saracino, out now from the University of Chicago Press. When Sam—a petite, tattooed woman in her early thirties with a degree from […]


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