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George Caleb Bingham, "The County Election" (1852)

Election Guide & Noteworthy Articles

As campaign-weary voters braced themselves for another presidential debate, RuPaul and the cast of Drag Race season #12 took to YouTube to urge us all to Vote. For. Your. Life. For the record, this is not hyperbole. With less than two weeks to Election Day, here are our thoughts on the candidates, the election, and voting:

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U.S. Supreme Court at night

One Man’s Crusade for Gay Rights

Three days ago, the United States lost one of its greatest liberal jurists: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During her 27-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg voted in the majority in a number of critical cases concerning LGBTQ rights, including those legalizing gay sex and same sex marriage and prohibiting employment discrimination. We are in shock at her loss.

One of the first to recognize the role that the courts might play in advancing the cause of LGBTQ rights was Franklin E. Kameny, a young astronomer who was fired by the U.S. Army Map Service in 1957 for being gay. Kameny was not a pushover, however, as Eric Cervini details in a new biography, The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs...  >> Read more >>

Thomas Rowlandson, Champion of the People (1784)

Noteworthy Articles

“An estimated one-fifth of queer adults [in the U.S.] are not registered to vote,” writes Jennifer Finney Boylan in today’s New York Times. Yet “the fight for equality isn’t over, and can most definitely still be lost.”

While the Republican Party advocates policies hostile to LGBTQ citizens, it has a long history of courting gay voters at election time; this year’s national convention, however, failed to mention us at all. Meanwhile, Mike Pompeo is today pushing his anti-queer agenda at the United Nations, while Trump’s recently released list of possible Supreme Court nominees was criticized by Lambda Legal as “teeming with individuals who have alarming anti-LGBTQ and anti-civil rights records.”..  >> Read more >>