The Lens

Building an LGBTQ Legacy – Lego Gets Queer

Homophobes are like a broken record (playing Kid Rock). They’re always spouting the same tired drivel: But what about the children? Bigots think that kids shouldn’t be privy...

Sex Toy Story: The Rise and Fall of Nacho Vidal

If you DON’T want to hear about a well-endowed porn star trying to cure his friend’s cocaine addiction by administering psychedelic toad venom and ultimately killing him, then...

Third Time’s a-Charming: Blake Knight Weds Former Disney Star Garrett Clayton

Every fairytale ending emerges from abject horror. Goldilocks satisfies her porridge fix by braving the clutches of three ravenous bears (lucky girl). Cinderella snags Prince...

The Castro District is stepping up efforts to fight COVID

Sure it’s fun to be catty and share the occasional hot goss, but at the end of the day, our queer family must support one another. After all, who else will? We couldn’t trust...

Gay 9/11 Hero Vies for Sainthood

Sometimes, we are more powerful in death than in life. Queer warriors like Joan of Arc sacrificed themselves without ever being understood. The genius of Leonardo da Vinci...

Thoughts and Prayers: Catholic School Loses Labor Lawsuit

Progress is never a straight line. In 2012, Lonnie Billard was named Teacher of the Year. In 2013, the Supreme Court ratified same-sex marriage. In 2014, Mr. Billard was fired for...

Meet Your New Queer Crush: Country Pro Ballplayer Bryan Ruby

At the risk of sounding conceited, gays are just better than straights. Think about it: we often grow up misunderstood and maligned as society continues erecting (teehee)...

Come As You Are: The Photography of Steven Tilotta

Flaws. Are. Sexy. Think about it: love handles and dad bods and bubble butts occupy our trend trackers for a reason, but imperfections transcend the surface and speak to who we...

Properly Aged Beef: Ten Years of Meat Zine

The discrepancy between fact and fantasy can be jarring. We ogle hawt guys online and in our dreams, but if we rely too heavily on unrealistic expectations, actual human contact...

For Best Results, Just Add Water: Splash House Rocks the Gay Scene

Society is a patchwork quilt of exclusion and inclusion. We want to belong, yet we also strive to stand out. As gay people, we feel this contradiction on a personal level. Our...

Hail Satan! Hey, He’s Better Than Tucker Carlson

It’s hard to believe that over 4 million people would willingly poison their feeble li’l minds nightly, but that’s Tucker Carlson’s average viewership. The Fox “News”...

You Got Schooled: Progress Trounces Ignorance in Oregon

Brian Shannon is the vice chair and school board director of the Newberg, Oregon district. But the title that more accurately describes Mr. Shannon: Dr. Divisive. Or better yet:...