Photo: Dr. Josephine Baker, an accomplished early 20th century scientist who lived with female partners all her life.
Coming out in any workplace can be a daunting task. With all the recent discussion around the lack of women in science, I got interested in investigating the experiences of queer women in science. So in the spirit of National Coming Out Day this month, I interviewed ten queer professionals and students working across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields about how they decided to come out or stay in the closet at work.
There is some quality gay TV on the airwaves right now. According to GLAAD, about four percent of series regulars in the 2012-13 season were LGBT, many of them on massively popular shows like Glee. Similar things can be said of movies—recent films like The Kids Are All Right include queer love in their stories and receive Oscar nominations in return. The visibility of LGBT characters on TV and in film has had a stunning turnaround in the past 20 years, considering how taboo the subject of queerness has been historically. And, for me, it raises a question: where the heck are all the queer characters in video games?
Founded in 2008, arts group Queer Rebel Productions has made it their mission to showcase queer artists of color and connect generations.
"We are a multi-generational, Queer Black and Asian artist-activist couple," explain co-directors Celeste Chan and KB Boyce, via email. "Queer Rebels is our lovechild: beautiful and rebellious, aesthetic and experimental, born from our experiences as people of color in punk and DIY scenes, and created with riotously gay love and joy."
With a pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality looming, Kimberly Kidwell and Katie Short decided to tie the knot on Saturday, June 22nd, in a very visible way: across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, on the front lawn of the rainbow-painted Equality House.
In an issue that will go on sale in August, Archie Comics will feature a kiss between two openly gay characters, Kevin and his boyfriend Devon. The gay kiss (because just like "gay marriage," it can't be just a "kiss," right?) shows how much the 72-year-old Archie Comics company has evolved amid America's cultural changes.
Being queer at a private Christian school, I thought I'd heard homosexuality compared to just about everything. But I was caught off guard by the recent remarks of Dr. Erik Thoennes, a professor at my alma mater, Southern California's Biola University. At a panel discussion nominally on homosexuality—a discussion that conveniently didn't feature even one LGBTQ-affirming speaker—Dr. Thoennes likened homosexuality to racism.
Far from being a union of one man and one woman, marriage, for most of human history, has been the union of two men: the husband and father-in-law's wealth and property. Marriage was a business arrangement in which love was highly incidental. Forget kids or compatibility, the only thing guaranteed going in was a well-negotiated contract.
This week the Supreme Court took up the debate over same-sex unions. As Justice Roberts remarked on Wednesday, political leaders have been "falling all over themselves" to endorse marriage equality. Fine. But why do so many gays and lesbians want their romantic relationships recognized by the state in the first place?
There are, of course, bureaucratic matters: tax breaks, hospital visitations, and other federal benefits many same-sex couples are currently denied.