The Lens

A Force of Nature: The Photography of David Uzochukwu

Are humans adrift in a cosmic ocean of amniotic alienation, or are we rooted in civilization, evolution and interconnection? These are the provocative questions posed in David...

What’s in a Name? Trans Woman Celebrates Transition with Church Ceremony

Heteros think they own God. Like she’s perched up in heaven as the ultimate Karen, looking down at queer people and threatening to call the manager… before realizing that...

Prince Johnny Excavates the Absurdity of Sex

On a basic level, intercourse is weird. Two people (or more, if it’s a party) decide to mash their nether regions together until everyone is sticky, sweaty and ashamed (if...

For Love of the Game: Gay Rugby Player Wins Asylum Bid

What is an acceptable level of terror? This isn’t just a macabre hypothetical question; it is an issue at the heart of Kenneth Macharia’s case. He is the openly gay rugby...

Guns, Garments & Gays: Defending a Queer Alpaca Commune

Bigots are ridiculous. If you give them the shirt off your back, they’ll tear it up unless it’s white and straight, gaht dammit! Lest you think we’re being hyperbolic,...

Exhibit Gay: Welcome to the American LGBTQ+ Museum

Look back in anger. That’s how many of us in the queer community regard the past. We have been marginalized, institutionalized and even exterminated in certain eras and regimes...

Transgender Teen Escapes Abuse, Discovers Multi-Million Dollar Art Career

It’s no coincidence that the word paint begins with pain. Expression is laborious; we contort our muscles, skin and appendages to externalize the turbulence roiling in our...

Well Hungary: Protesters Rally Against Homophobic New Law

We say it so often that it threatens to become a cliché: representation matters. Although the two-word anthem is bracingly important, we must really savor its implications. To...

You Wear It Well: JW Anderson’s Latest Tom of Finland Gear

Sex changes you. The danger of submission, the thrill of domination, and the equity of mutual satisfaction – these are the hallmarks of evolution by fire, and they can never be...

Salute the Rainbow Flag: Gay Candidate Shakes Up Brazilian Presidential Race

Gays fix everything. If your house is a mess, we spruce it. If your hair is a mess, we zhuzh it. If your neighborhood is a mess, we improve it. Brazil is one of the biggest...

MJ Rodriguez – star of POSE – earned a place in television history with Emmy Award nomination

Pose star Michaela Jae “MJ” Rodriguez has earned her first Emmy Award nomination, making history as the first transgender actor to earn a nomination in a leading role...

Always Bet on Progress: Nevada Crowns the First Transgender Miss USA Contestant

The concept of role models seems quaint. Celebrities often fall short of our expectations, athletes succumb to human foibles, and our recent political leaders are festering...