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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in 2015. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Congress is considering making same-sex marriage federal law – a political scientist explains how this issue became less polarized over time

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted for a bill that would federally protect same-sex marriage – and 47 Republicans signed on, too. Same-sex marriage isn’t the partisan issue it once was.
Research on pain during sex often excludes LGBTQ+ people, which limits ideas about the bodies and identities of people who have this type of pain to the experiences of cisgender individuals. (Pexels/Lisett Kruusim)

1 in 4 people experience pain during sex, but research excludes the needs of the LGBTQ+ community

Pain during sex is common, but research on the topic focuses on a narrow heterosexual, cisgender definition of sex, excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people’s experiences.
People take part in the annual Gay Pride Parade, under the protection of riot police in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Other frontlines: How the war in Ukraine is transforming the LGBTQ+ rights landscape in Europe

While it is tempting to view the war in Ukraine as a metaphor for some larger struggle between a tolerant West and an intolerant East, the reality is inevitably far more complex.
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia, in 2015. A patriarchal notion of masculinity has been central to Putin’s rule. (AP Photo/Artur Lebedev)

Vladimir Putin, the czar of macho politics, is threatened by gender and sexuality rights

Putin has been consumed with presenting a hyper-macho image throughout his presidency. And in recent years, he’s ramped up sexist and LGBTQ-phobic rhetoric.
Johan Joseph Zoffany. David with the head of Goliath 1756. Oil on canvas 92.2 × 74.7 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with the assistance of the Isabella Mary Curnick Bequest and The Art Foundation of Victoria, 1994 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

‘This show exceeds the hype’: NGV’s Queer advances a beautiful and challenging reading of the queer gaze in art

The ‘queer gaze’ is presenting a new and alternative reading for art of the past and of the present.
The dance floor was a place of belonging in the face of homophobic violence, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and moralistic representations of gay life. (Philip Share/Craig Jennex)

How LGBTQ2+ 1980s dance parties sparked collective joy and power — and can again

Toronto’s Gay Community Dance Committee funded lesbian and gay liberation organizing in an unkind era that made community work not only difficult, but increasingly necessary.

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