Oct 2, 2014

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its “real names” policy, which prompted drag-queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond. The huge social network, facing a planned street protest in San Francisco this week, apologized ...

Women express pride in remaining a virgin

| Sep 13, 2014

Women express pride in remaining a virgin

by Michael Hoffman

“The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.” So much for sex — or so much for the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, the 18th-century British statesman who in that little epigram immortalized his trenchant wit — though not his philosophy, for ...

Aug 29, 2014

Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child

Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country’s constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner ...

American Muslims embrace old taboos

Aug 3, 2014

American Muslims embrace old taboos

Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents’ world. They believe that one can ...

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Aug 2, 2014

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and which drew stern criticism from Western and other donors, some of whom withheld aid. The new ruling, which can be appealed, voids a statute signed into ...

Beijing court hears gay 'conversion' case

Aug 1, 2014

Beijing court hears gay 'conversion' case

A Beijing court Thursday heard a landmark case on “gay conversion” treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle. “Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!” chanted supporters. “Haidian Court, oppose conversion therapy!” Homosexuality ...

Last Words from Montmartre

Jul 26, 2014

Last Words from Montmartre

by David Cozy

Qiu Miaojin tells us that her novel features “a plot that has long since disappeared.” That these reflections on narrative are part of “Last Words,” the novel they serve to elucidate, and that they are apt, places Qiu’s novel squarely at the avant-garde end ...