Politics / Activism

AI:  What Now?  What Next?

AI: What Now? What Next?

Recently I’ve been thinking about how I could help further the cause of LGBTQIA/queer rights and equality, spurred mostly by the state of those rights in my home state, Montana, and some disappointing developments on the non-discrimination ordinance front. Montana is not one of the 19 states in which same-sex marriage is legal, but there is a suit underway challenging Montana’s constitutiona... »

Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

A Ugandan court has struck down Uganda’s horrible antigay law which criminalized not only homosexuality, but also helping homosexuals or not reporting them to the police. In front of an overflowing courtroom in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was invalid because it had be... »

Truvada: A Late Take

Truvada: A Late Take

The CDC issued guidelines in May of this year recommending that people at high risk for HIV transmission including men who have sex with men, people with HIV-1 positive partners, intravenous drug users and women who have unprotected sex with partners of uncertain status undergo pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens to prevent HIV infection. The WHO issued similar guidelines but targeted it dire... »

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Religious Liberty and the Right to Discriminate: How Privileging Religious Belief Endangers Civil Rights

Deference to religious belief, specifically Christianity, is deeply ingrained in American culture, so much so that arguments that would look suspiciously like discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not only excused but held up by our Supreme Court when coated in the veneer of religious liberty. Such was the case with the recent, infamous Hobby Lobby decision where Justice Alito stated that sincere ... »

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Sodomy Causes AIDS: A Shocking Entirely True Revelation in the Field of Science

Recently, Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives outlined what may just be the greatest scientific theory of all time. Frey outlined his position to the MinnPost in a recent article. From the piece: “When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the e... »

The Queerview Mirror: Sex Workers Unite

The Queerview Mirror: Sex Workers Unite

I picked up Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk by Melinda Chateauvert because it made me uncomfortable and because I didn’t know anything about a sex worker’s movement. I kept reading because the information the book presented was fascinating. Sex work is not a common topic of discussion in most circles. In fact, it is still a mostly taboo subject. When it come... »

Follow-Up to Transgender Semantics

Follow-Up to Transgender Semantics

Last week I wrote a post about how the issues surrounding RuPaul’s Drag Race got me thinking about the meaning of “transgender” and how its meaning is still contested. In the intervening week, I’ve continued talking about these issues with various people in a few different places, and I would like to re-visit some of the thoughts from that post in an attempt to try to clarify my positions and goal... »

Transgender Semantics

Transgender Semantics

(Content Note: Discussion of problematic language) A recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race ( »

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