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Rachel Maddow: The Rolling Stone Interview

Rachel Maddow sprints onto the set of <i>The Rachel Maddow Show,</i> brain on fire, and slides into her chair. It's two minutes before airtime at MSNBC's …

Trump Says He Does Not Know Jared Kushner Very Well

TAORMINA, Italy (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump on Saturday accused the media of exaggerating his relationship with Jared Kushner, asserting that “I don’t know him very well.”<p>“He’s someone I would see around the office and who, I guess, was working for me,” Trump told reporters on the last …

Here’s how Trump-Pence policy is already affecting LGBT lives in Chechnya

During the Obama administration, Mike Pence — then governor of Indiana — opposed the U.S. government’s effort to protect LGBT rights nationally and internationally. He argued that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should not be recognized as a legitimate minority group separate from the …

Looking back: LGBT rights and culture

26 May 1895: The trial of Oscar Wilde. The playwright is convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years’ hard labour.<p>5 September 1957: The Wolfenden Committee’s report on homosexual offences and on prostitution is out at last, after three years’ preparation. Homosexual behaviour between …

How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movement

One of the World War I’s most enduring legacies is largely forgotten: It sparked the modern gay rights movement.<p>Gay soldiers who survived the …

This video explains the language used in the transgender community, and why words are so important

We all need to strive to make our feminism and activism intersectional — and a significant part of that is educating ourselves about the transgender …

Transgender

Wikibuy is a game changer for saving money online. Here’s why you need it

Wikibuy is kind of the new kid on the block when it comes to Chrome extensions designed to save you money, but its rapid explosion in popularity became pretty obvious after we started using it.<p>As a long-time Honey user, I expected Wikibuy to be pretty much a clone of the famous coupon-applying …

Best LGBTQ Movies to Watch

LGBTQ people have long been buried under tropes and unsubtle stereotypes in film and television. Still, from Sacha Baron Cohen’s fashion-obsessed Brüno to a <i>Scream Queens</i> character nicknamed Predatory Lez, we unfortunately continue to see it all. For marginalized groups, truthful representation in …

The fight for water in Kenya

Hydropower plants are causing parts of Kenya's Tana River to dry up. Scientists are trying to ensure there's enough water for everyone relying on the …

Inside Renaissance-Era Rome’s Gay Marriage

Gay marriage didn’t only emerge in recent years as a key issue. Its history dates back to the late 16th century.<p><i>By</i> <i>Gary Ferguson, Douglas Huntly</i> …

Use 375,000 images from the Met however you want, for free

If you want to use images of paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, like <i>Woman with a Parrot</i> by Gustave Courbet (above), you no longer have to worry about rights. All of the Met's approximately 375,000 public-domain artwork images are now available for free, unrestricted use. The new "Open …

Art

Trump renews promise to roll back law limiting political activity by churches

In a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president also defended his combative phone calls with foreign leaders.<p>President Donald Trump used his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday to renew his campaign promise to undo the law that bars leaders of some tax-exempt …

Trump threatens environmental democracy

Just a week into his presidency, Donald Trump is already undermining inclusive decision-making on environmental issues. Experts in the USA and abroad …

New York Magazine’s Sex Lives Podcast: Whither the Lesbian?

<i>L</i> is the first letter of LGBTQ, but the community <i>L</i> represents often remains misrepresented and on the fringe. This week, two generations of queer …

How David Bowie Brought Thin White Duke to Life on 'Station to Station'

In 1975, David Bowie moved to Los Angeles, and his life descended into chaos and turmoil. He was consuming massive amounts of cocaine, remaining …

7 Young People on Their Views of Gender

About two years ago, I began photographing transgender and “gender-expansive” children and young adults in the United States and Europe. I wanted to ask this question: “Who are we beyond ideas tied to our gender?” The answer is critical not only to the transgender community, I believe, but to …

David Bowie: 25 of Artist's Most Unforgettable Onscreen Moments

NOW PLAYING<p>David Bowie: 25 of Artist's Most Unforgettable Onscreen Moments<p>By<p>No artist used video as creatively as David Bowie – the cracked actor …

David Bowie

11 Political Podcasts For The Turbulent Trump Times Ahead

A reader writes: "I want frank, in-depth discussion — I’m still not really ready for jokes. Any thoughts?"

George Michael: world mourns pop star and gay rights champion – tributes and reactions

• <b>George Michael died peacefully in his sleep</b> over the Christmas period, according to his publicist. Read our full story here.<br>• His manager, <b>Michael Lippman</b>, said the singer died of heart failure in bed at his home in Oxfordshire.• <b><br>Elton John</b>, <b>Andrew Ridgeley</b>, <b>Madonna</b>, <b>Brian May, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue,</b> …

Music

1998: George Michael comes out in CNN interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> When George Michael came out as a gay man in an exclusive interview with CNN in April 1998, public attitudes about homosexuality were far different from how they are today.<p>Same-sex marriage was illegal, violence against gays or lesbians was not classified as a hate crime, and HIV and AIDS …

The popstar’s openness about his sex life, and his campaigning for LGBT rights, offered a liferaft to many – particularly at a time when anti-gay sentiment was rife<p>More than 18 years ago, George Michael was famously outed for a “lewd act” in a Beverly Hills toilet – and promptly humiliated by …

LGBTQI

How George Michael became one of the world's most important LGBT rights campaigners

George Michael has been praised for his work as a prominent gay rights campaigner.<p>The former pop pin-up, who died from heart failure on Christmas Day …

LGBTQI

George Michael: Rare authenticity in the manufactured music industry

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Christmas Day, 2016 gave us another blow. George Michael suddenly passed away of reported heart failure, aged 53.<p>Social media exploded, reminiscing on his biggest hits like "Father Figure," "Faith" and "Praying for Time."<p>George Michael was more than a pop star with a godlike voice, …

Tributes paid to late George Michael for his 'radical activism' in LGBT community

The music legend was a vocal supporter of the HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.<p>Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the late ex-Wham! Singer …

Remember when George Michael visited the ‘queer bench’ during his incredible Extras cameo?

<b>A real highlight of Ricky Gervais’ comedy series Extras came when the late George Michael made an appearance, happily taking the mick out of himself</b> …

Comedy

Why George Michael Was a True Pop Visionary

Damn it, George Michael – another beloved pop legend gone in 2016, dying on Christmas at the far-too-young age of 53, or four years younger than …

Music

George Michael Dead at 53

George Michael, the soulful British heartthrob who became a star in the Eighties as half of Wham! before earning critical acclaim as a solo artist, …

George Michael

Flashback: George Michael Plays Final Encore at Last Concert

George Michael never took the easy path when it came to his career. He broke up Wham! in 1986, just when they were starting to headline stadiums and …

Music

Disappearing lesbians and the need to preserve dyke culture.

My generation of lesbian activists, who honed our identity politics and confronted racism and classism in the spaces of women’s music events and …

Clerk Who Refused to Process Gay Marriage Licenses Loses in Court

December 17, 2016 by Ed Brayton<p>Linda Summers, a clerk in Harrison County, Indiana, refused to process same-sex marriage licenses and was fired for …

LGBTQI