American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” Backfires

AFA Bigotry Map

Anti-gay hate group the American Family Association has recently released a perverse mockery of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national map of hate groups which they call a “Bigotry Map“. Promising to “expose anti-Christian bigotry in America”, the map includes locations of groups which are “anti-Christian”, “atheist”, “Humanist”, and which “promote the homosexual agenda”: The [Read More...]

Marriage, Equality, and Radical Queer Politics – Part One

This is a two-part post. The second part can be found here. It seems every day brings news of a new victory for marriage equality advocates: yesterday Kentucky joined Indiana and Utah as the most recent state to find same sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Every day also seems to bring a new article penned by [Read More...]

The Sochi Games: Fury and Futility

I have been avoiding writing about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: my feelings are too fierce and conflicted, and I cannot find precision. Yet I feel I cannot stay silent, so I prevail upon you, my reader, to grant me a space to speak openly and honestly on an issue which is full of complexity [Read More...]

Freedom of Speech and Public Schools


A recent fight over freedom of speech in schools has prompted me to air out my thoughts on this complex and important topic. The Boston Spirit reports on the controversy (03.02.2013): The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully fought to allow a high school student in Connecticut to wear a shirt that included anti-gay imagery. Wolcott [Read More...]

The Wages of Prejudice


It wasn’t long ago that gay marriage was a wedge issue that consistently helped Republicans turn out the vote. It was part of the Republican playbook to plonk a gay marriage amendment on the ballot to get their base to the polls. Today’s results -  the victory of Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, in [Read More...]

Sometimes We Cannot Be Civil. But I Can.


Thanks to commenter Giliell, whose comment on this post inspired me, to Dan Fincke for much writing on this topic, and to Ethan, for discussing these issues with me last night. I am for civil discussion. I oppose the use of demeaning language and rhetoric in every situation, against every foe. I believe that we [Read More...]

‘Bigot’: if the Shoe Fits…

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrat Party, has recently received much criticism when his office mistakenly published the text of a speech he was to deliver which touched on the issue of marriage rights for gay and lesbian people (in the UK gay people can enter into a civil [Read More...]