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Francois Boucher, "Academic Study of a Reclining Male Nude," ca. 1750 (Art Institute of Chicago)

October 7, 2021

It’s not just Roe—conservatives are looking to overturn gay marriage and more · Joe Dunman, who helped litigating Obergefell v. Hodges at the Supreme Court, argues that conservatives are coming for gay marriage—plus contraception, pornography, and gay sex. ► Read more at the Real News Network

Why LGBTQ+ design matters · Out’s editor in chief, Daniel Reynolds, outlines the power of queer creativity to create inclusive spaces and movements.” ► Read more in Out

Meet the gay man who defied the Nazis and saved thousands of lives · “Before his execution in July 1943…, Willem Arondeus asked his lawyer to spread a message after he was gone...  >> Read more >>

Piero di Cosimo, "A Hunting Scene," ca. 1494-1500 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Hate Crimes, SCOTUS—and John Waters

As states conduct canvassing in preparation for certifying the results of the 2020 election, President Trump continues to insist falsely that he actually won. In more than 300 tweets since November 3, Mr. Trump has woven a web of lies about alleged Democratic voter fraud that is utterly contradicted by a raft of testimony from state and federal voting officials and independent experts. He has filed numerous lawsuits contesting results or challenging vote-counting procedures, many of which have been tossed out of court for want of evidence. While some fear that he will try to use swing-state legislatures to appoint GOP electors in defiance of the popular vote, at the moment this still appears unlikely to succeed...  >> Read more >>

El Greco, "View of Toledo" (1599-1600)

Happy Halloween!

Gay couples rushed to get married after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday. Many fear that Barrett, whom the HRC called an “absolute threat to LGBTQ rights,” will give conservatives the majority they need to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. We would never suggest that couples who are ready to get married should not do so, but the six conservative justices now on the court can’t just wake up one morning and overturn Obergefell. We are not lawyers, but it’s our understanding that any reversal would require a case to be filed in a lower court, wend its way through appeals to the Supreme Court, and be heard before a decision could be issued...  >> Read more >>

C. Grignion, "Sisyphus, Ixion, and Tantalus" (1790)

Noteworthy Articles

As President Trump tested positive for COVID and the vice-presidential candidates sparred in debate, the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a Kentucky county clerk jailed briefly after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. But in a statement released alongside the decision, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito all but urged the court to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. If Thomas failed to note his own hypocrisy in authoring this particular statement, the internet did not: Thomas’s wife is white, and interracial marriage was illegal in 16 states until 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegination laws unconstitutional in Loving v...  >> Read more >>

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 >>