January 19, 2022 Philadelphia Gay News While most of us spent our pandemic trying to remember to put on pants and brush our hair for that Zoom meeting, Greg Herren was being that guy, the one who had to write a book. Make that two books. And short stories. And essays. And planning two literary festivals. Herren is one of the best known and most read gay male mystery writers. The sheer volume of his work is as impressive as it is daunting. He’s published 67 books in all — 17
December 22, 2021 Philadelphia Gay News This is part two of a series on LGBTQ people in prison. Unless otherwise noted, names have been altered to protect the privacy of formerly incarcerated persons. Evie Litwok’s mother was a Holocaust survivor. While Litwok was doing time in two different federal prisons in West Virginia and Florida — including 42 days in solitary confinement — she frequently thought about the parallels to mass incarceration in America. And as her mother
October 17, 2021 Edge Media Network No matter what Dave Chappelle and Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos tell you, violence against LGBTQ is real and giving cover for transphobia and homophobia presents a real world threat to LGBTQ people. In 2020 nearly four dozen trans people — mostly trans women of color — were murdered. They were young, mostly poor and had been made expendable by a transphobic and discriminatory cis-het society that devalues trans lives. Those brutal killings,
October 13, 2021 Philadelphia Gay News The murder of 22-year-old YouTube influencer Gabby Petito should have been a headline for this Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but it isn’t. Although mainstream media spent weeks highlighting her story while she was missing, that same media has side-stepped the facts of her murder. On Oct. 12, Petito's autopsy report was released. The cause of her death was manual strangulation. Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who has been in hidin
October 6, 2021 Philadelphia The #MeToo movement has come late to women’s sports. On Sept. 15, four of the top U.S. women gymnasts testified at a Senate hearing about how they had been victimized by longtime USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of hundreds of counts of sexual abuse of gymnasts in 2017 and 2018. Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols also testified about how when they contacted the FBI, nothing was done in response.
October 5, 2021 Bay Area Reporter Happy LGBTQ History Month, everybody! How better to celebrate than with some compelling new queer history? Amazon Prime, HBO and Netflix have some superb new offerings. Nuclear Family It is impossible not to love HBO's amazing three-part documentary series Nuclear Family, even as you sob through at least half of it. It's history, it's personal journey and it tells a provocative and utterly stunning story of one family and the legal battl