If asked to list the prevailing social debates in the United States, most people would start to list things like homosexual equality, healthcare, and education. While the United States is attempting find a solution for these issues that would be appropriate for all of its citizens, many other countries already have a comfortable fix for [...]
In February, I wrote about Michigan’s banning of domestic partner benefits for all public employees. This almost exclusively targeted gay public employees — teachers, university employees, and local government workers — because our state does not allow gay marriage. Well, for once in a long time, there might actually be some good news on the horizon for gay [...]
Michigan does not have a good record when it comes to protecting the rights of same-sex couples and the wider queer community. In fact, Michigan has only become more hostile towards same sex couples over the past few months.
Three years ago today, on MLK Day, I visited a museum display of artifacts and items from King’s life at the Michigan Union. In the collection were photographs, letters, pins, medals, awards, certificates, clothing, and other personal possessions. I set a trajectory toward the letter section and commenced reading. They were primarily correspondences he had [...]
(Andries Coetzee, a UM linguistics professor and his partner of seven years, Gary Woodall) Michigan, along with many other debt-ridden states across the country, is seeking to drastically cut spending. Since assuming office in 2011, Governor Rick Snyder has launched a swift and vicious series of spending cuts with the support of Republican majorities in [...]
In the words of Dan Savage’s LGBT awareness campaign, it gets better..right? Well, except maybe in Missouri. Early this week, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a federal lawsuit against a school district in Camdenton, Missouri, whose Internet filtering software blocks web access to any online content relating to LGBT issues. The school district argues that [...]
Many blood donation agencies across the world have some sort of exclusionary policy implemented against men who have sex with men. These exclusionary practices are defunct and unjust.
Lady Gaga has not shied away from the political scene, but like any other celebrity who attempts to make a statement through his or her work, she has placed herself in the heat of controversy and in a position to be a direct subject of scrutiny. Stefani Germanotta’s political activism drew the attention of the [...]
For those of you who haven’t finished the Harry Potter books but plan to, be warned that you’ll find spoilers in what follows. Yesterday The Philosopher’s Magazine posted a nice essay by Tamar Szabó Gendler about authorial authority, in which Gendler exhumes the debate on J.K. Rowling’s declaration in 2007 that she had always thought of Albus Dumbledore, the [...]
A recent article in Slate by Nicola Davison describes a unique, emerging phenomenon in the Chinese gay community: fake-marriage markets. Men and women in China face an enormous amount of pressure to get married. Family is a crucial part of Chinese culture. Parents expect a grandchild, and since most gay men and women in China [...]
Trish Bendix at Alternet.org wrote an interesting piece on the representations and visibility of lesbians in prime time TV shows. She argues that although there are lesbian couples and characters in popular shows, like Grey’s Anatomy and the upcoming show I Hate That I Love You, there is a large disparity in numbers between gay [...]
Some readers have probably not heard of Howell, Michigan, but in this city not too far from our beloved Ace Deuce, high school teacher Jay McDowell was suspended without pay after kicking one of two boys out of his classroom for making homophobic remarks. The school board thought it was a violation of the students’ first amendment rights. In [...]
Though I can try to describe the I Love Boo anti-homophobia campaign, I fear any attempt would plainly pale in the comparison of Kai Wright’s description: One of the smartest, most compelling public health campaigns around took off in a big way this month: The “I Love My Boo” series by Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which originally took on sexual health among black and Latino men but has been broadened into an anti-homophobia campaign, too. The idea is as simple as it is revolutionary: Promote loving, healthy relationships rather than preach about disease, and the rest will follow. The campaign’s been around in New York City for a couple of years, but this month it expanded, with posters running on 1,000 subway cars over the month. The visuals are unprecedented: black and Latino men in tender, loving and unapologetically physical embrace of one another. Watch the video explainer above, or check out the campaign’s Facebook page to see the posters—and to upload your own pic of loving your boo. I think what’s also really important about the ILMB campaign is that it features gay minorities. I can only speak through personal experience about this but most of the time when I see anti-homophobia campaign posters and the like, they feature Caucasians. I think this inadvertently stereotypes whites as the only people who are gay and discourages minorities from coming out. The truth though is that gay people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. One of the best features of the ILMB campaign is that it helps make that fact common knowledge. –Daniel Strauss […]
The ratification of the 14th amendment marked the beginning of an era in which the federal government became the protector of civil rights. The amendment states: “[no state] shall deprive […] any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” In our nation’s post-Civil War era, the federal government took the responsibility of protecting each person’s [...]
There are a number of newsrooms around the country that don't print stories about suicides for fear of causing more. The argument goes that people prone to suicide are more likely to kill themselves if they think they'll get some ink on the paper. Not only is this idea wrongheaded (people who are suicidal aren't [...]