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Man-Made: How Top Surgery Changed My Life

"My days of dysphoria have finally passed. I am free."<p>July 2017 / February 2018<p>The first video (on the left) was taken right after my initial …

LGBTQI

Inqueery: Is "Queer" a Bad Word?

The history of the word "queer" in under four minutes.<p>Welcome to our new web series InQueery, where we delve into the his, er, <i>them</i>story of our …

Scotland

How Rose McGowan Is Trying to Make Amends With the Trans Community

Journalist Ashlee Marie Preston sat down for an "uncomfortable" but "healing" conversation with Rose McGowan after her public breakdown — and told us …

Feminism

The Shocking Homophobia of Being Denied Insurance for Being On PrEP

"No one should be discriminated against for either having HIV or protecting themselves from it."<p>Would you deny a woman life insurance because she …

LGBTQI

The Queer Dance Party That Became a Slaysian Celebration

Brooklyn banger Bubble T was founded in response to the exclusionary vibe of other gay spaces.<p>The news started with a whisper, then built to a …

Mary J. Blige

Bear in Mind: Fatphobia Is Alive and Well, Even Within the Bear Community

"As fat gay men, our experiences are so different than most others in the LGBTQ+ community."<p>Welcome to Bear in Mind, a column about being a bear and …

LGBTQI

Sissy Diaries: How Our Queer Elders Paved the Way for Adam Rippon

"In our desire to celebrate moments when our movement has come to a pinnacle, the person who climbs up top at the end gets the fanfare."<p>Dear Diary,<p>I …

LGBTQI

How a Fabulous, Femme Gay Man Finally Became America’s Sweetheart

Why Adam Rippon has stolen the show — and our hearts — at the Winter Olympic Games.<p>We fell in love.<p>Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon almost look like …

LGBTQI

Why Dating Another Trans Person Makes It Easier for Me to Love My Own Body

"I learned that the cartography of a body could be reimagined, so that the map space marked 'woman' accommodated a body like mine."<p>The first time I …

Relationships

The Library Is Open, and It's Time to Be Read

Introducing The Library: a weekly queer roundtable where we cover everything from pop culture to politics.<p>Welcome to The Library, our weekly queer …

Adam Rippon

MAN-MADE: How Do You Know If You're Transgender?

"I’ve always known; I simply lacked the language to explain how I felt."<p><i>How did you know you were transgender?</i><p>I’ve always known; I simply lacked the …

LGBTQ

The High (and Often Deadly) Cost of Resistance for Black Queer and Trans People

What price must we pay to be able to protest the injustices committed against us?<p>“Be Strong. Stay Proud.” is the mantra heralded on the website for …

LGBTQ

For Ireland's Biggest Drag Queen, Sparking a Revolution Was Easy

Panti Bliss has spent 30 years in heels — and may have played a large role in bringing same-sex marriage to Ireland.<p>Drag queens lighten our lives …

LGBTQ

Beyond Gun Control, We Need to End America's Toxic Masculinity Problem

"We need men to stop believing that violence is what makes us whole."<p>17 adults and children were killed Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High …

Guns

Memo: Gay Men Are Not The Only Queer Olympians Worth Celebrating

"Queer women have been there and done that for the U.S. And they haven't received nearly this much attention."<p>“We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to …

LGBTQ

themstory: Susan Sontag Loved Her, Yet Time Has Overlooked This Brilliant Queer Playwright

A regular column about the people, places, and events that have shaped our queer lives.<p>If a queer Cuban-American woman wrote forty plays, was a …

Literature

These Queer Kissing Booth Photos Will Even Melt the Coldest Heart

We captured kisses both romantic and spontaneous (but always consensual!) in front of a KiraKira-friendly tinsel backdrop.<p>Last night at The Rosemont …

LGBTQ

Learning About My Late Father Through His Gay Personal Ads

"It's not surprising that the whole of his love life as I know it is contained entirely in that envelope."<p>During one of the last afternoons I spent …

Relationships

This Kiss-In Reveals the Power of Queer Love as Protest

"This is the work — not just to resist the forces against us, but to answer them with a more powerful alternative."<p>Last weekend, Voices4 partnered …

LGBTQ

7 Ways to Love Your Queer Self on Valentine's Day

"In the same way that it takes time to build relationships with others, it also takes time to build a healthy relationship with yourself."<p>As we’re …

Relationships

These Valentine's Day Photos Celebrate Queer Self-Love

"Being authentically you is the most freeing and empowering thing you can do for yourself."<p>I do the same thing every Valentine's Day. I buy $2 wine …

Dolly Parton

I'm Aromantic and Asexual — And I Love Valentine's Day

"I may not want romance for myself, but I will always relish the joy of others."<p>“You’ve never even dated anyone, why do you care about Valentine’s …

Relationships

We Dressed LGBTQ+ Couples in Burberry's Epic New Rainbow Collection

"What a world we could only live in, if we just let each other love freely."<p>I can remember the first time I stumbled upon the Alasdair McLellan photo …

Frida Kahlo

14 Rules for Dealing With Your Pretend Internet Boyfriend

Dispatches on the queer epidemic of texting folks you've never met.<p>I was on a weekend girls trip in Toronto with a handful of friends — the kinds of …

Relationships

Why Chromat May Be the Most Radical Runway Show at New York Fashion Week

For the swimwear brand, diversity is not just a goal, but a fundamental principle.<p>In witnessing models of such variety walk down the runway at the …

Women's Fashion

Trans Folks Host "Ask Me Anything" Sessions to Change State Laws

In New Hampshire, this battle is about more than a single bill — it is about the small-scale, grassroots work of changing minds one at a time.<p>New …

LGBTQ

The Dire Realities of Being a Trans Woman in a Men's Prison

"There are women in the prison system who are being housed as men, assaulted as women, and have little recourse to stop the abuse."<p>Imagine living as …

Transgender

Sunday Poetry: "DUKKA" and "The Loon"

Eileen Myles knows how to tug at the heartstrings.<p><i>Eileen Myles is a legend who needs no introduction. Over the last five decades, their poems have</i> …

Literature

David Hockney and the Art of Queer Pleasure

"Hockney continues to carve out a vantage point from which viewers can intimately witness (and participate in) queer life."<p>Some artists spend their …

Art

News Flash: History Is Not Just for Straight People

"Without queer history, we cannot truly understand history, full stop."<p>This week, a contrarian hot take from England has sparked debate among many in …

Black History