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06.29.15 Aymann Ismail

There was a lot to celebrate at this year’s Gay Pride Parade in New York City. Grand marshaled by Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, the annual event took place just two days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage as the law of the land, creating a joyous atmosphere that […]

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06.26.15 Aymann Ismail

#LoveWins. Hours after SCOTUS announced a historic win for same sex marriage, a celebration erupted at the Stonewall Inn, the historic landmark and ground zero for gay rights. Just four decades ago, the NYPD raided this bar because they claimed being homosexual was a crime. Its patrons fought back leading to riots and the birth […]

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04.17.15 Mala Kumar

2008 was not that long ago. In the evolution of gay acceptance in America, however, 2008 was effectively a generation ago. Since 2008, the moral, political, legal and societal conversations around homosexuality have dramatically shifted in favor of us gays — in the mainstream, at least. For minorities, it’s a different story. Being Indian-American, I […]

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12.04.14 Michael Rougeau

ANIMAL’s feature Game Plan asks game developers to share a bit about their process and some working images from the creation of a recent game. This week, we spoke with Porpentine about With Those We Love Alive, a text-based browser game about love, power and an alien empress. With Those We Love Alive opens on […]

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10.02.14 Marina Galperina

Are you in Berlin and on Grindr? Want to go make pancakes, trim nails or play chess with artist Dries Verhoeven inside a glass-walled container in a Berlin Kreuzberg square? Potentially lucky participants are being solicited right now by the Dutch artist via the gay hook-up app. He says, “we’ll shave one another or read to one […]

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09.15.14 Sophie Weiner

UPDATE: Facebook has agreed to meet with Sister Roma and other affected drag queens at the request of San Francisco city Supervisor David Campos. Drag queens, trans people and others who go by names other than those on their birth certificate are being forced by Facebook to change their account to their “real name” or have their […]

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09.03.14 Marina Galperina

A time-honored tradition of excluding gay groups from the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade crumbles this week. The New York Times reminds that for decades, “gays could march but were not allowed to carry anything identifying them as a group.” As first reported by the Irish Voice, OUT@NBCUniversal will be the first LGBT group to participate in the parade on March 17th, […]

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09.02.14 Rhett Jones

William Saponaro Jr., a 52-year-old man from New Jersey, is suing Grindr after he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy he met through the hook-up app for gay men. Saponaro states that he “reasonably believed [the minor] was 18 years or older.” While no information is available on the quality of Saponaro’s eyesight, he apparently can read the small text in […]

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08.26.14 Marina Galperina

There’s an incredible profile of famed luchador Saúl “Cassandro” Armendáriz in the September New Yorker by William Finnegan, with photographs by Katie Orlinsky. The forty-four year old exótico wrestles in drag, a tradition hails back to the ’40s. “It was Baby Sharon who encouraged me to step out of Mister Romano,” Armendáriz said. Baby Sharon was an exótico—a luchador who wrestles in drag. Exóticos […]

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07.08.14 Marina Galperina

Russia is full of problems. Good thing there’s one singular political entity responsible for most of the country’s bans on things — Rospotrebnadzor aka Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being. So if you bored by the censorship, imprisonment and murders of Kremlin policy critics, here’s a nifty list of things Russia has recently banned for you […]

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