Psychological Safety

Are there times in a group or with a partner/friend, you want to say something but don’t? What guides your decision to stay quiet or speak up? We are living in times when a lot of people feel strongly about issues but may keep their thoughts or opinions to themselves. But then there are others who declare what is on their minds without regard to other people’s reactions as well. Accepting that one was wrong seems to be difficult for many people. Why is that? We all know that no individual can be right all the time. The cultural messages […]

The Way of the Force: an interview with Q-Force’s Gabe Liedman

Do you love to hear cartoon characters swearing and talking dirty? What about seeing them naked, muscular, and anatomically correct? Oh, and can you dig a story involving brainwashing, world domination and LGBTQ+ folks saving the planet? If so, the hot new Netflix series Q-Force is meant for you! Featuring the voices of a stellar cast of queer and queer-friendly actors including Sean Hayes (voicing Steve Maryweather aka Agent Mary), Wanda Sykes (voicing Deb), Patti Harrison (voicing Stat), Matt Rogers (voicing Twink), Laurie Metcalf (voicing V) and Gabe Liedman (voicing Benji) in lead roles, as well as several other guest stars, Q-Force takes animation […]

Lesbian couple killed while camping, no arrest made

Moab, UT – A newlywed Utah couple Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, known for their love of the outdoors, often camped and traveled together in their van. So, a summer weekend trip into Moab National Park wasn’t out of the ordinary for them. But while they were enjoying their evening on Thursday, August 19, things took a dark turn once nightfall crept over their campsite. As the sun went down, the women began to take note of a “weirdo” camping in the next site over. He had reportedly been observing and following them throughout the day, and as […]

Rufus still rules!: an interview with Rufus Wainwright

It’s been said that timing is everything, and in the case of gay singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, the saying holds true. In July of 2020, at least seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, he released his eighth pop music studio album Unfollow the Rules. It was significant because it was his first in 12 years. Full of drama, hopefulness, and humor, it was among his best work, and even earned a Grammy nomination. In the past, Wainwright would have embarked on a multi-city (and continent) concert tour, but that was not possible now. As inventive as ever, Wainwright began presenting a regular series […]

High percentage of LGBTQ+ people have gotten COVID vax

Washington, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) released survey data showing that 92% of LGBTQ+ adults living in the United States have received at least one coronavirus vaccination dose. The foundation focuses on understanding and encouraging the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals globally. The 2021 LGBTQ Community Survey, generated by the HRC Foundation, Wells Fargo and CMI Media Group, gathered data from approximately 15,000 self-identified LGBTQ+ respondents in the US. This year’s version, the 15th since the survey began, is the first one to include a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals and coronavirus vaccination data. Survey respondents reported high rates […]

Lehigh Valley holds in-person Pride as COVID numbers rise

Allentown, PA – In the early afternoon of August 15, a line of over a thousand people stretched around the block outside the Jewish Community Center in Allentown. They were all waiting to get into Lehigh Valley Pride — an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the Lehigh Valley area. After last year’s event was held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions, the event welcomed back thousands of patrons in person for its 28th annual festival after organizers made the decision to hold the event in person just ten weeks beforehand due to the lifting of many coronavirus restrictions [Ed […]

Colorado high school students protest Gay coach’s ouster

Highlands Ranch, – David Reddish reports in Queerty that a Colorado high school erupted in student protests the week of August 29 after the resignation of a popular volleyball coach. The coach in question has publicly claimed he was forced to resign because he’s gay. Inoke Tonga claimed administrators at Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, pressured him into resigning after learning about his sexual orientation. Tonga has said in the press that the school warned him if he continued to live as an openly gay man, he could not live as a “child of God” and would therefore […]

Activist place Marsha P Johnson bust in New York City park

New York City – Lily Wakefield writes for Pink News that Queer activists have put up a bust of Marsha P Johnson in a New York City park, after waiting several years for the city to deliver a promised monument. Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and co-founded the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), which was dedicated to helping homeless queer youth. Although she was not present when the Stonewall riots began, she was instrumental as the uprising continued, and fought tirelessly throughout her life to advance the rights of the LGBT+ community. The city announced […]

Disconnect And Reconnect

The past year and a half saw many connections put on hold, stymied, dropped, or outright rejected. Some of the reasons involved differences of opinion, fears of being around people, or even taking the option of not connecting. Now that we are slowly entering another phase of dealing with this pandemic, the variant notwithstanding, do we reconnect? Do we continue to isolate? Do we reevaluate those friendships, relationships, and connections with a new perspective regarding their place in our lives? What I hear from several people, present company included, is that we all have started to take another look of […]

Afghan LGBTQ people in danger as Taliban to use sharia law

Kabul, Afghanistan – Bil Browning reports for LGBTQ Nation that a Taliban spokesman has dispelled any notion that Afghanistan will remain a democracy, saying the country will likely be governed by a ruling council similar to the last time they held power. “There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,” Waheedullah Hashimi told Reuters. “We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.” Afghan citizens and their families who worked with Americans are […]