Ellen DeGeneres And The Limits Of Relatability
After decades trying to convince an anti-gay mainstream that she’s a relatable person — gay, but “just like you” — Ellen ended up in a prison of her own making.
Glennon Doyle Is Trying To Wake Up White Women. Is It Working?
The author, activist, and former mommy blogger has been encouraging her mostly white fans to speak up and empower themselves. What happens when her new advice is to shut up, listen, and let women of color lead the way?
"7th Heaven" Duped Me Into Believing In A Christian Family Fantasy
Growing up, 7th Heaven offered me wholesome Christian comfort. But then I saw myself in queer shows like South of Nowhere, in which the Christian grown-ups weren’t saviors.
Is A Successful Creative Life — Without Kids — Enough?
Private Life and Can You Ever Forgive Me? are two of the most recent movies to make me wonder: As a queer person facing an uncertain future, do I want to have children?
We Prioritize Boys' Suffering At Girls' Expense
Controversy over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has raised the question: Should 17-year-old boys be held responsible later in life for alleged sexual assault? That depends on whose pain we value most.
All Hail The New Queer Teen Stars
The rise of young, unapologetically queer artists like King Princess is thrilling, but makes me a little sad for the closeted kid I once was.
Hannah Gadsby Refuses To Make Lesbianism The Butt Of The Joke
Joking about homophobia won't solve it — and as Gadsby says in her new Netflix special, Nanette, that tension might make us sick. So she offers a radical alternative.
Poll Finds Lesbians Are Only 16% Of The LGBTQ Population In America
While young women are now more likely to identify as queer or bisexual, they’re much less likely to identify as lesbians.
People Are Pissed At The New Rules For New York Pride
A new route and group limits for this year's march have sparked outrage and raised questions about who should — and shouldn't — be barred from marching.
In Defense Of "Unflattering" Clothes
It’s my body, and I’ll wear a fashion potato sack if I want to.
These Basketball Players Sued Their College For Anti-Gay Discrimination — And Lost
Haley Videckis and Layana White gave up everything to sue Pepperdine University for discrimination. Though they lost the case, they set a major precedent for LGBT rights.
Three Big Superhero Movies, One Queer Tragedy Trope
In three of the last year's biggest superhero movies, queer-coded minor characters were either straightened out or killed off in strangely similar ways.
What Would A Less Gendered World Really Look Like?
Gender still matters. But how might our world change if we were all empowered to define it for ourselves?
How Jack From "Titanic" Launched A Thousand Lesbian Awakenings
Leonardo DiCaprio and other androgynous '90s heartthrobs looked a lot like the soft butch queer women we'd grow up to date in real life.
The End Of An Emo Era Is Breaking My Teenage Heart
As a teenager, Brand New’s music helped me through some of the darkest times in my life. That makes the recent allegations of sexual misconduct against lead singer Jesse Lacey hit even harder.
The Uncertain Future Of Outing
For decades, Kevin Spacey used the media’s fear of “outing” him to keep sexual misconduct allegations out of the news. But what really counts as “outing” — and when is it justified?
Cara Delevingne’s Allegations About Harvey Weinstein Feel Awfully Familiar
Queer women like me have gotten this same message over and over: It’s wrong for you to be queer, unless you’re putting on a show for the pleasure of men.
The Complicated Appeal Of Celesbian Gossip
Our cultural fascination with famous queer women — and women rumored to be queer — has reached a particular peak in 2017. But do celebrities have a moral obligation to come out? And what, exactly, does it mean to "out" someone these days?