Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.
- It’s not a lack of self-control that keeps people poor
When considering poverty, our national conversation tends to overlook systemic causes. Instead, we often blame the poor for their poverty. Commentators echo the claim that people are poor because they have bad self-control and therefore make nearsighted choices. But psychology research says the opposite might be the case: poverty makes it hard for people to care about the future and forces them to live in the present.
- The Black Drag Queens Who Fought Before Stonewall
Roland Emmerich’s new film has rightly been criticized for revising and whitewashing the history of the Christopher Street riots. What many of us fail to realize is that the Greenwich Village uprising was not the first chapter in the story of LGBT rights: Courageous rebels of color were fighting for their liberation long before June 28, 1969.
- Gay or straight, let's embrace the language of marriage equality
‘Gay marriage’ and ‘sexual preference’ are loaded phrases. There are better and more accurate alternatives
- Why Conservatives Are So Filled With Hate
The GOP race sheds frightening light on the deep archetypes of American conservatism.
- The High Cost of the Black Church's Homophobia
The black church is deceiving itself and its followers. By rejecting and isolating gay church members, it’s simply forcing individuals to live in the closet, and enabling them to engage in secretive, risky sexual behavior.
- Hard-core in Jesusland: Here’s why red-state conservatives are the biggest smut hounds
Their guiding principle seems to be, "Do as I say, not as I do."…
- How I Got 'Trumped' In The Whole Foods Parking Lot
We have become a nation of mean people. People who blow up over nothing and then walk smugly away from the smoldering ruins they caused.
- A 'straight-acting' problem: why mass market gay films increasingly fail us all
Roland Emmerich’s tone-deaf comments about the need to have an easily identifiable lead in his gay rights drama Stonewall reflect a wider issue in Hollywood.
- A CEO Goes to Jail for Killing People
The former owner of the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America faces 28 years in prison for his role in one of the largest salmonella outbreaks in US history.