We would never wish COVID-19 on anyone, but it’s hard not to see the irony when a public figure who has railed against masks or blamed the pandemic on undesirables finds himself a victim of the disease. Back in March, Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate earned broad condemnation—and at least one lawsuit—after saying on television that the pandemic was “God’s punishment for the sins of men… First of all, I mean same-sex marriage.” Now, the church has announced that Filaret is being treated for COVID-19. We can only wonder if he is being punished for his own sins.
Meanwhile, Star Trek: Discovery has announced that the series’ third season will feature two LGBTQ characters: Adira, who is non-binary, will be played by non-binary actor Blu del Barrio (interviewed by GLAAD); Gray, who is trans, will be played by trans actor Ian Alexander. Adira and Gray will be the first major LGBTQ characters in Star Trek’s history—even though George Takei, who played Sulu in the original TV series, came out as gay in 2005. Chasten Buttigieg, husband of the former presidential candidate, talked with TMZ about his own coming-out experience.
An exhibition of artworks by Jordan Eagles calls out the insanity of prohibiting gay men from donating blood or “convalescent plasma” in the midst of a pandemic. Tour the show online, or visit it at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York through December 1. And gay critic and New York Review of Books editor-at-large Daniel Mendelsohn shares his thoughts on The Odyssey, the Jewish diaspora, and the psychological toll of writing.
Two federal judges have paused a new rule by the Trump administration that would allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination by health care providers. Both preliminary injunctions cited the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County; the cases will now proceed to trial. A Georgia congregation has become the first to leave the United Methodist Church over its 2019 refusal to ordain LGBTQ ministers or consecrate same-sex marriages. And is it really true that RuPaul contestants are paid only about $400 per episode—and have to bring (most of) their own food??
Illustration cropped from Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Achilles Receiving the Envoys of Agamemnon (1801), National Museum Stockholm