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Quickies: Proud Whopper * LGBT Protections Under Fire * Libby Anne Nails It *

Greetings one and all. How about some queer skeptic news? Burger King has unveiled (unfortunately in one location) the Proud Whopper. Its signature burger is wrapped in rainbow paper. While patrons weren’t told what was in it, it turns out that it’s no different from the regular Whopper, which I …

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Pride: Celebration and Commitment

A week ago today I attended my first Pride celebration. Montana Pride was not designed for non-drinking, asexual introverts. I’m mostly okay with that, mostly being the operative word. Most things aren’t designed with people like me in mind. I go, do my own thing, have fun on my own …

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ActivismArt & MediaComing OutEducationFeaturedGayHistoryScience

Where are all the LGBT scientists at?

I’m in the ongoing process of being out in a couple of life aspects, being gay and atheistic, (gaytheistic?) which involves a bunch of references to my boyfriend in casual conversation and honest but non-confrontational answers to questions like “So where do you go to church”. I try to be the best …

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The Queerview Mirror: The Parade

Attention: this post might contain spoilers for those who have not seen the 2011 film. Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of violence and anti-gay hatred. The premise of The Parade, a Serbian film by Srdjan Dragojević, seems funny at first glance: because a gay theater director turned wedding director, …

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ActivismTransgender

Trans Exclusionary Trans Activists?

Yet again RuPaul’s questionable usage of transphobic slurs on his show has angered the online trans* community. Trans* public figures Calpernia Addams and Andrea James have not as much defended RuPaul as they have personally attacked one of the other trans* activists speaking out. I used to like Calpernia Addams, even if I …

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Activism

“Humor as Lube:” On Comedy and Activism

Comedian Kristen Becker made a big splash in my hometown of Buffalo, first as the city’s favorite stand-up comedian and then as the general manager of Helium, a major comedy club bringing national talent to the Buffalo. Lately she’s turned her attention to LGBTQ rights activism, especially in her former …

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Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

So for those of you who missed the earlier exchange Dan and I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth RE: the state of graduate education. I broke the topic with an article on the Duke Collective, a group of students who had resorted to wage sharing to help …

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Collectivism at Duke

The Student Union of Michigan recently published an interview with a group of Duke graduate students that contained the unthinkable in a capitalist system, collectivization of wages. The Duke Collective, as they are known, was dissatisfied with the way that the university handled stipends and so decided to take matters …

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